Magic is Real
David stood on his brother's front stoop and sighed. He really wanted to turn down Mac's dinner invitation, but Jane had asked him to come as well and he had never been able to tell his sister "no". Deciding that there was no sense in delaying the inevitable, David rang the doorbell.
A blonde teenager opened the door.
"Hello Maxie, how are you?" David asked as he entered the house.
Maxie shrugged sullenly. "Fine, but I would have been better if I was at my friend's party instead of here," she grumbled.
David sighed and shook his head. Why couldn't he just have told Janie "no"?
"Uncle David!" An excited voice exclaimed when he stepped into the living room.
David grinned and caught his excited niece in a hug. "Hey there Cutie!"
Hermione's eyes sparkled. "I'm so glad you're here," she whispered. "I may need someone to heal and obliviate Maxie before dinner is over! I've had to fight hexing her since I got here."
David chuckled. "I knew you were my favorite niece."
Hermione winked, "And you are most definitely my favorite uncle."
"David, I'm glad you could come." A solemn voice declared from behind him.
David turned to see his youngest brother. "Hello Mac, it's good to see you."
"Uncle David? When did you get into town?" Robin asked as she came to stand beside Mac.
"A few weeks ago," David replied vaguely.
Robin stepped forward and gave him an awkward hug. "It's nice to see you again."
"You too," David lied. "So how are you doing now? Are you still in medicine?"
"Robin's a doctor at General Hospital." Mac declared proudly.
David tried to look suitably impressed. "Good on you."
"Are you working here in Port Charles?" Robin asked, trying to make conversation.
"Actually, David is working for Jason Morgan." Mac declared in a disapproving tone.
Robin's eyes widened. "Really, but I thought you were - you know…"
"Magical?" David supplied with a smirk.
"Right, that" Robin nodded uncomfortably.
"I am. I'm his son, Harry's, bodyguard." David explained.
Robin looked confused. "Since when does Jason have a son?"
"Jason adopted Harry while he was in England a few weeks ago." David explained. "He rescued the kid."
"Where are Harry's parents?" Mac asked suspiciously. "You never said."
David sighed. "They were murdered by a terrorist when he was a year old. His mother sacrificed her life for his. Harry was then sent to his maternal aunt and uncle."
"Did Morgan steal the boy from them?" Mac accused.
"Actually, it was Harry's relatives that put him in the wheelchair. Jason found Harry in their house when he was there for a business dinner. He called an ambulance and the police. He saved Harry's life." David informed them.
"How do we know he was telling the truth?" Mac argued.
Hermione had tears in her eyes. "Harry was always afraid of his aunt and uncle. He would never tell us why, but he always came to school too thin and moving like he was in pain. He just wouldn't ask for help. He finally told me what happened when we were studying last week. Mr. Morgan saved Harry that night."
David wrapped an arm around her shoulder and held her to his side. "He's safe now Hermione and we're going to make sure he stays that way."
"So he's like you then?" Mac asked.
"Yes, he's a wizard, if that's what you mean." David confirmed.
Mac ran a hand over his face. "I'm sorry David, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that magic even exists."
David smiled at his youngest brother. "It's okay, Mac, I understand. At least you never hated or hurt me like Harry's relatives did."
Mac shook his head and shrugged. "You're my brother. Magic doesn't change that." He glanced down at Hermione, "and it doesn't make me love either of you any less."
Hermione grinned and stepped forward to hug her uncle. "Thank you, Uncle Mac." She stepped back again. "I know that you don't like Harry's dad very much, but he's been wonderful for Harry. I've never seen him so relaxed and happy since I've known him. I think it's the first time in Harry's life he's felt safe."
"If Jason breaks the law and I can prove it, I will arrest him." Mac declared before his face softened, "but I won't go out of my way to accuse him of anything without proof."
"I can assure you that Jason isn't about to do anything to lose Harry. He knows how much Harry needs him." David pointed out. "Besides, I'm keeping an eye on him."
Mac shot his older brother a sly look. "Somehow that doesn't necessarily reassure me."
"We have located Potter my lord." Lucius Malfoy declared proudly even as he bowed before his dark master.
Voldemort smiled through his lipless mouth and leaned back in his throne. "Where is the brat?"
"My source at the Ministry discovered that he has been adopted by an American muggle." Malfoy sneered. "The muggle is from a city called Port Charles in the state of New York."
"So Potter has fled the country." A hissing chuckle escaped the snake-like man; its sound causing the Death Eaters in the room to flinch. "He will learn that there is no where safe for him. Lucius, you have done well."
Voldemort turned to the hunched man against the wall. "Wormtail, you will take Crabbe and Goyle to this Port Charles and kill the brat. Bring me back his head."
"Y-yes M-master," Wormtail stuttered nervously before turning and scurrying out of the room.
"Once Potter is dead, we will move to finish Dumbledore and take Hogwarts. I've been enjoying the Prophet's exposés on our dear headmaster." Voldemort smiled cruelly.
"It will be as you command, Master." Lucius bowed reverently.
Harry sighed and shook his head. "No, not a word. Do you think he's really that angry at me?"
Hermione shrugged and sank down on the couch. It was just after breakfast and the two friends were spending the day together. "It's possible. Ron's never been that rational. He has to be upset that neither of us is coming back to Hogwarts."
"This is like the tournament all over again." Harry grumbled as he slouched in his chair.
"Chin up, Harry. I'm sure you'll meet some great friends at our new school." The witch encouraged.
Harry smiled slightly. "At least I still have you, Hermione."
Hermione reached over and took his hand. "You'll always have me, Harry."
Harry smiled and nodded as there was a knock on the door and Francis stuck his head in. "Elizabeth and Emily are here."
The two brunettes burst into the room. "Hey you guys!" Elizabeth stopped and looked around in confusion. "Where's Jason?"
"He had an emergency at the coffee house and since he knew you would be here soon he went ahead and left." Harry explained.
Emily smirked at her disappointed friend. "Sorry Liz, no smooching."
"We call it snogging." Harry pointed out giving Elizabeth a mischievous look.
Elizabeth raised an eyebrow. "Oh really? And is that what you and Hermione were doing before we got here?"
The teens' eyes widened comically as they both turned bright red. "NO!" They protested at the same time.
Emily and Elizabeth burst out laughing at the mortified teens.
"Oh that is priceless! Where's my camera when I need it?" Emily roared as she wiped a stray tear from her eye. "The looks on your faces!"
Harry and Hermione sent the women identical glares as they crossed their arms over their chests and slouched into their seat in the standard pout pose.
"Oh don't be that way. You were the one picking on me, Harry" Elizabeth chuckled as she gave the boy a quick hug.
Harry sighed dramatically, "Fine, but Hermione is my friend."
"I know that, Sweetie, but most of the best relationships start as friendships. Your dad and I were friends first. Besides, you guys are a little young for anything very serious. We were just teasing you." Elizabeth pointed out.
Harry smiled and nodded.
"Okay, who's ready for some 'Wizard of Oz'?" Emily declared whipping out the aforementioned DVD.
"I've got the popcorn." Elizabeth announced as she held up a box of microwavable bags with one hand and then a plastic container in the other; "and the fresh brownies!"
Harry and Hermione's' eyes lit up at the treats.
"Put the movie in while I take care of serving snacks." Elizabeth instructed as she headed towards the kitchen.
"I'm on it." Emily declared.
The Quartermain couldn't believe that she was about to watch "The Wizard of Oz" with an actual witch and wizard. She smiled as she thought back to the day that Jason told her the truth about Harry and himself.
"Okay, I'm here. So what's the big news?" Emily declared as she flounced into Jason's apartment after he had called her. Harry was out with Carly and Michael so that the siblings could have the penthouse to themselves.
Jason sat down on the chair in the living room and motioned Emily over to the couch."There's something that I haven't told you about Harry. It's a pretty big secret that only a few people know. You can't tell Edward or AJ. Lila already knows."
"What about Mom and Elizabeth?" Emily asked, seeing the seriousness of the situation.
"Elizabeth already knows. As for Mom, well I'll tell her soon." Jason promised.
"Okay, so what's so important that only certain people know about it?"
Jason took a deep breath and let it out slowly before looking into his sister's eyes. "Magic is real."
Emily sat back in her seat and studied her older brother. If anyone else had made that statement she would have scoffed immediately; but this was Jason, her practical, methodical brother who despite what everyone liked to think, had a great deal of control over his emotions and thoughts.
"Okay, so I'm guessing that Harry is magical?" Emily replied carefully.
Jason nodded, relieved that his sister wasn't storming out of the room. "Harry is a wizard." Jason stated before pulling out his wand, "And so am I."
Emily stared at Jason incredulously. "Okay, I wasn't expecting that," She muttered. "So you can do magic?"
Jason pointed his wand at the basket of fruit on the table and stated something softly in Latin. The basket rose steadily into the air. Emily, her eyes wide, reached out and ran her hand into the empty space between the table and basket before feeling above the basket.
"There aren't any wires." Jason smirked softly.
"Yeah, well just checking." Emily mumbled.
After a moment, Jason lowered the basket back down to the table and looked over at his sister, who was still staring at the fruit in shock. "Are you okay?"
Emily reached over to her arm and pinched – hard. "Nope, I'm not dreaming." She said softly.
"Emily?" Jason spoke up again, his voice laced with concern.
"How come you never told me that you could do magic?" Emily asked him; hurt that he had kept such a secret from her.
"I didn't know until a few weeks ago. There was a block on my magic that was removed." Jason answered with a shrug.
"Oh." Emily's anger snuffed out at the answer. "So Harry's a wizard too?"
"Yes, it was a dark wizard who killed Harry's parents and is still trying to kill Harry." Jason confirmed.
"Wow. That's really – I mean…" Emily stuttered.
"It's a lot, I know." Jason nodded.
"Yeah. So is this dark wizard guy going to keep coming after Harry even though he's not in England anymore?" Emily asked.
Jason sighed and stared down at the floor. "Probably. Harry is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with him. He'll want to kill Harry if only for his own pride."
"Damn." Emily grumbled. "Why is it that so many people want to hurt that kid? Harry is so amazing and sweet and kind and funny. I just don't understand how anyone could dislike him, much less want to kill him."
Jason chuckled. "I don't understand it either, but I'm not about to let anyone else hurt him."
Emily smiled at her brother. "I know you'll keep him safe. You're a great dad."
Jason looked down and blushed slightly. "Thanks. I just want Harry to be happy."
"Well mission accomplished." Emily declared. "He says all the time how great his life with you is;" Emily's eyes twinkled with mischief, "especially since Elizabeth and you started dating."
Jason shot his baby sister a stern look. "Don't think for a second that I didn't know what you and Harry were up to."
Emily shrugged carelessly. "It worked didn't it? Now you're both a lot happier – or didn't you want to try again with Elizabeth?"
Jason shook his head. "That's not the point. You were matchmaking."
"Harry and I just wanted you to be happy. Besides, it was all Harry's idea. He didn't want you to be alone, and he felt guilty about Courtney leaving – I know that he's not to blame, but he refused to believe it." Emily continued when Jason began to protest. "I decided that instead of arguing with him, I would help him so that maybe Harry would stop being upset about the breakup."
Jason sighed and slouched down into his chair. "I didn't know he was that upset. I thought I had convinced him it wasn't his fault."
Emily shook her head. "Well it didn't work. However, he felt much better when you and Elizabeth hooked up."
"So did I." Jason confessed.
"Well then, all's well that ends well." Emily declared. She glanced down at her watch. "Oops! I've got to meet Nikolas at The Grille."
The siblings stood and Jason walked Emily to the door. The young woman reached out and hugged her brother tight. "Thank you for telling me."
"You needed to know. Thank you for taking it so well." Jason replied as they parted.
"You've never lied to me, Jason. You've also never been one to exaggerate or fantasize. It wasn't hard to believe you. I've always believed in you and you've never let me down." Emily shrugged. "I'll see you later big brother. I love you."
"I love you too." Jason smiled.
"I don't see flying monkeys." A voice startled Emily out of her musings.
"Did you say 'flying monkeys'?" Harry asked incredulously.
"I still can't believe that you've never seen this movie." Elizabeth shook her head and took a seat on the couch next to the wizard.
Harry shrugged. "It's not like I was allowed to watch anything at the Dursley's, and the wizarding world doesn't have movies."
"Now see, that's just wrong on so many levels." Emily pointed out as she reached for the remote and curled up in the overstuffed chair.
Harry nodded in agreement as he took a bite of the buttery popcorn and watched the opening credits to the classic film.
"I never should have encouraged you to watch that movie."
"Why not Auntie Em? I thought it was brilliant!"
Elizabeth chuckled as Emily and Harry came in the door and headed towards their regular table. Ever since watching "The Wizard of Oz" the week before, Harry had been teasing her best friend by calling the young woman "Auntie Em". Despite her grumblings, Elizabeth knew that Emily was amused by her nephew's joking.
Elizabeth started towards their table when the door opened again and Lucky Spencer walked into the diner. She grimaced at the sight of her former lover.
"Elizabeth, have you seen Nikolas?" Lucky demanded curtly.
"Shouldn't you be asking me that?" Emily spoke up, having heard the question.
Harry watched curiously as Lucky whipped his head around and finally noticed the other brunette. "Emily! Where's Nikolas?" He repeated as he approached their table.
"He's in a meeting at the hospital, but we were going to dinner this evening…why? What's so urgent?" Emily replied with a shrug.
Lucky took a deep breath and ran a hand over his face. "I would rather talk to Nikolas first."
Emily narrowed her eyes and crossed her arms, "That doesn't sound very good. Lucky, why don't you tell me now and save us all a lot of trouble in the future?"
Lucky glanced down at Harry. "Who's the kid?" He asked, avoiding the question.
"Don't think that you're going to distract me. This is my nephew, Harry. Now tell me what is so important." Emily grumbled.
Instead of answering, Lucky stared at Harry in confusion. "Did AJ have another kid?"
Emily huffed and shook her head. "No, Harry is Jason's son. You still haven't answered my question."
Lucky's eyes narrowed dangerously when his friend mentioned her brother's name. Despite being over Helena's programming, Lucky still hated Jason Morgan.
Harry shrank back a bit into his chair when he saw the distaste in the man's eyes. He was aware that his father had some enemies, but this seemed personal. He glanced nervously between Emily and Lucky.
Elizabeth sighed heavily. "Emily, why don't you and Lucky step outside to talk while I sit and visit with Harry for a minute? It's time for my break anyway."
"Fine," Emily declared as she stood up and grabbed Lucky's arm. Before he had a chance to protest, he was being pulled out the door.
"Who was that?" Harry asked softly once he and Elizabeth were alone.
"That is a very long story. Let's just say that Lucky and I have a history and he really doesn't get along with your father." Elizabeth replied softly.
Harry's eyes opened wide. "You and he were…"
Elizabeth nodded. "But that's all over now. Lucky decided that he would rather be with my sister, and I didn't want to share so I broke it off."
"What a bloody idiot." Harry declared. "I'm glad though, or else you wouldn't be with Dad."
Elizabeth leaned forward. "You know what? I'm glad too."
"Okay, now what is so important that you have to find Nikolas?" Emily demanded when she got outside the restaurant.
Lucky glanced in the window. "Since when does Jason have a son?"
"You tell me your news and I'll tell you mine." Emily bargained.
Lucky sighed heavily. "I just ran into this girl on the docks. She was staring out at Windermere so I asked her if she was a friend of the Cassadine's. She said that she was Nikolas' future wife."
Emily's eyes narrowed dangerously. "Say that again?"
"She said that she was the future Mrs. Nikolas Cassadine." Lucky explained. "I told her I was Nikolas' brother and I knew who he was engaged to and it wasn't her. She laughed and said that it was all arranged through his uncle before turning and walking away. I've been looking for Nikolas since."
"I think we both need to find my darling fiancé." Emily growled.
"Hey, what about Morgan's kid?" Lucky demanded.
"Jason adopted him and he's awesome. Now come on!" Emily didn't give the young man a chance to ask anything else before she dragged him over to the body guards standing outside the restaurant doors.
"David, can you tell Harry I'm sorry but an emergency has come up?" Emily asked the burly guard.
David's eyes narrowed. "Is everything okay?"
"Yeah, I've just had an issue come up with my fiancé and I have to find him right now. Tell Harry I'll call him and we'll do lunch another day." Emily reassured the guard.
"Alright, but call me if you need anything."
Emily smiled. "Thanks David, I'll see you later!" She called as she dragged Lucky behind her towards the parking lot.
"Do you think we should call Jason?" Francis asked the other man in a low tone.
"Yeah, he may want to head over here since Emily had to leave." David replied as he pulled out his cell phone and dialed.