"Well.. Er.. This is rather awkward." Fred spoke up, breaking the silence.

"Justin. You need to leave. Now." Josh said, standing up and his hands curled up into fists. Harry let go of Hermione and pulled his wand out. Hermione moved further into Draco's arms.

"I will fucking curse you if you don't leave her alone. Just go." Harry said darkly. Justin burst out laughing.

"And.. you're going to hurt me with a stick? How drunk are you?"He sneered. Harry pointed his wand at him silently. A bright red light shot out from the end of his wand. Justin fell back, stunned. Hermione groaned.

"Oh, Harry…" She cried. "That's gonna get you in trouble.."

"I'm 17, 'Mione. I can do magic now."

"Yes, I know that, honey, but you just cursed a Muggle. That's illegal." She whispered. Harry shrugged and bent down. He pulled a knife from Justin's limp hand. He frowned and said darkly, "It was self defense."

"Holy shit. He had a fucking knife." Emma whispered. Her voice was shaking. "He had a fucking knife."

"What the hell was he going to do with it?" Ginny asked.

"I hope he wasn't going to do what I think he was going to do with it." Draco muttered, pulling Hermione closer to him; she was crying now. He stroked her hair and whispered lovingly in her ear, "It's okay, baby, we won't let him hurt you. I won't let him hurt you." He wiped the tear from her cheeks. "I love you. It's gonna be alright, kay? I promise."

"Hermione, the Winter Carnival is in town. Wanna go?" Emma smiled. Hermione beamed and nodded.

"Only if I can drive." She said. Everyone nodded and climbed into the van. Hermione slid into the driver's seat while Draco rushed to the passenger side. Hermione started the car and picked up the iPod. She scrolled down the playlist for a minute.

"Kay, guys. We're listening to Angels and Airwaves, kay?" And she turned the volume all the way up as she backed out of the driveway.

"Which album?" Lauren yelled over the music.

"Love." Hermione yelled back. Emma smiled and leaned back into her seat, not bothering with any seatbelts as Ginny sat down at her feet, pulling her knees to her chest and singing.

"I didn't know you knew them, Ginny!" Lauren cried, looking at her new friend with wide eyes. Ginny smirked.

"I hang out with Hermione too much." She said simply.

I'm not the one to complain of bad dreams,
It's like disease, but without a life
It's all a scene with this great directive
That we're all lost and we're stuck in time
We feel alone in a strange blue ocean
And we're all scared as death to die

"Harry's not!" Fred said cheerfully. Harry flipped him off and reached up and turned the music up.

I'm not the one to admit it's helpless,
I have a sense that we will be alright
I wish for peace with electric silence
To keep our hearts beating on our minds
And we will see that we're all connected
When we awake to the tunnel's light

"Mum always wishes for silence," Ron said. Everyone laughed.

Suit up, boys,
We're on vacation
With endless stay and reservations
Saddest girls
Who will await while dying inside,
How will they get by?

"That's why we have best friends and sisters!" Ginny yelled as she stuck her head out of the window. Emma giggled and pulled her by her waist back into the car, where she fell on her lap. They both laughed.

"And brothers!" Draco shouted from the front.

Suit up, boys,
We're on vacation
With endless stay and reservations
Saddest girls
Who will await while dying inside,
How will they get by?

"They just will, kay?" Lauren laughed. Hermione shook her head as she took a lit cigarette from Josh and brought it to her lips.

Suit up, boys,
Let's ride, it's the weekend
Get down, girls and dance with your best friend
Show yourselves and take what you ask for
Let it go, no fights on the dance floor

"Yeah, Emma, no fights on the dance floor!" Lauren giggled.

Suit up, boys,
Let's ride, it's the weekend
Get down, girls and dance with your best friend
Show yourselves and take what you ask for
Let it go, no fights on the dance floor.

Suit up, boys,
Let's ride, it's the weekend
Get down, girls and dance with your best friend
Show yourselves and take what you ask for
Let it go, no fights on the dance floor

Suit up, boys,
Let's ride, it's the weekend
Get down, girls and dance with your best friend
Show yourselves and take what you ask for
Let it go, no fights on the dance floor

"Well. That was a bit extensive. How many times was that?" Harry said jokingly. Hermione hit him from the front seat, smiling as she threw the cigarette out of the window.

The night gets better, but wait, so wonderful
They move together and dance so colorful
And kiss like flowers that breathe with pheromones
Songs get louder, it feels so natural.

The night gets better, but wait, so wonderful
They move together and dance so colorful
And kiss like flowers that breathe with pheromones
Songs get louder, it feels so natural.

Hermione pulled into a parking spot and jumped out of the car.

"Well…" She said as Draco wrapped his arms around her waist as they gathered into a big circle. "What shall we do first?"

"I'm hungry." Emma stated. "Let's get funnel cakes, yeah?"


"This is orgasmic." Hermione sighed happily as she took another bite of the funnel cake on the table in front of her. She closed her eyes.

"RIGHT?" Ginny exclaimed as she licked the powdered sugar off of her fingers. Harry smiled and reached over to kiss his girlfriend.

"You still had some sugar on your lips." He smirked. Ginny shook her head and continued to eat.

"Oh, Harry, how I love you so." She grinned.


"Such a pretty girl…" Hermione whispered sadly as they walked past a girl on a bench with tears running down her cheeks. She let go of Draco's hand and slowly walked over to the girl.

"I'm sorry…. But what's wrong?" She said softly, bending down in front of the little girl.

"I lost my mummy." She sniffed. Hermione frowned.

"I'll help you find her," She promised and offered the little girl her hand. "What's your name, sweetie?"

"Kaylee." She whispered as she clinged to Hermione's hand. "I'm Hermione." She responded kindly.

"Where was the last place you saw her, Kaylee?" She asked.

"I lost her over there, by the bumper cars." And Hermione lead Kaylee to the bumper carts. Everyone silently followed her, exchanging curious looks.

"What does she look like, honey?" Hermione asked. Kaylee looked at her.

"Just like me." Hermione examined the girl. She had long pitch black hair and icy blue eyes with the palest skin.

"Okay."

"Hey, kitten, I think that's her!" Emma said, pointed to a woman looking around frantically.

"Is that her, sweetheart?" Ginny asked softly. Kaylee looked up.

"Yes!" And she let go of Hermione's hand and ran to her mother.


"I think we should hit up the carousel." Lauren said happily, starting to skip in the direction of the moving horses.

"Kay!" Emma exclaimed and slipped her hand in Lauren's and together, they ran off into the night.

"Has anyone spiked their drinks?" Harry jokingly asked. Hermione shrugged.

"It's a possibility, I s'pose."

"Did you spike their drinks?"

"Hell no!"

"You sure 'bout that?"

"Dude."

"I WANT THE PINK HORSE!" Emma yelled and jumped on the pink horse and smiled. Harry looked at his sister.

"Are you sure you didn't spike their drinks?" He raised his eyebrows as he watched Lauren jump on a white one facing the wrong sway.

"Why would I do that?"

"I dunno… but it looks like something's wrong with them…"

"Nah, that's how they usually act." She assured them and ran to the black horse next to Ginny's white one. Harry and Draco climbed on two black ones behind the girls.

"I'm sorry.. but this would be really trippy if you were high." Harry laughed as they began to move.

"Dude. Yes." They both laughed.

"We should try it.." Ron laughed from behind them.

"Maybe next time, mate." Harry smiled, patting Ron on the back.


"I just wanted to let you know something," Emma said, leaning toward Hermione. Her breath smelled like beer.

"What's that, Em?" Hermione asked.

"I really like that you're home. You gotta come back home more often. Bring back this.. family of yours." She smiled widely. "They make life interesting… You're so lucky, 'Mione. I love you."

"I'll try my best to come home more often. I have to split up my breaks between Narcissia, Molly, and Dad. I love you, too, sweetheart."


"I think… We should sneak some Selsum Blue in Snape's inbox thingie back at school." Fred piped up from the floor. Hermione burst out laughing.

"I second that motion, my brother." George said.

"We go back to school tomorrow…" Blaise said sadly. "I think we should have another fire."

"Yes, but, honey, we just got back from the carnival. I think that that was a pretty freakin' awesome last night here." Ginny replied, smiling as she reached out to take his hand in hers.

"I do have to say I miss Remus, though." Harry said as he took out the mirror his godfather had given him two years ago. He opened it and stared at it for a couple seconds. Ginny frowned at the sadness and longing in his eyes as he stared at his own sad reflection. His eyes suddenly widened.

"Sirius?" He said hopefully. Hermione fell off of Draco's lap and climbed over Fred and Emma and sat on the floor beside Harry's head.

"Are you cereal?" Sure enough, Sirius's smiling face was staring back at them.

"Sirius? What.. how.. WHAT?"

"Hi!" Sirius said happily.

"Dude.. How the hell… You… But… The veil… What?" Ginny was spluttering as she sat next to Harry. Sirius laughed.

"Yeah… About that… Well.. Basically, I found a way out."

"That's not possible, though, Sirius. We saw Bellatrix hit you with the Killing Curse." Hermione said.

"Well.. yeah. But I guess it didn't work 'cos of me falling back through the damn veil thing. I found a way out, though."

"How?" Harry asked, his voice shaking. Sirius laughed gently.

"I dunno… But… I opened my eyes yesterday.. and I was home."

"Does Remus know?"

"Of course! He's staying with me now. I mean.. I've been dead for like, two years now. I kinda need to… er, I dunno.. get back on my feet."

"Are you at Grimmauld Place?" Harry asked in a rush, jumping up from his spot on the couch, making Ginny and Hermione fall to the floor.

"Of course.. where else do I have to go?"

"I'm coming!" Harry exclaimed and he ran out of the house. Ginny and Hermione eagerly followed him.


Harry, Hermione, and Ginny burst through the door of Hermione's Dad's house.

"Mum!" They all yelled. Molly looked up.

"What's wrong?" She asked, standing up and rushing to hug Harry, who looked as though he was nearly in tears.

"Sirius!" Ginny exclaimed.

"What?" Molly asked, letting go of Harry.

"He's.. He's not dead!"

"But, Harry, dear, that's impossible." Molly said sadly. Harry actually laughed as he pulled out the mirror from his pocket.

"Sirius Black." He said clearly. Molly looked around nervously.

"I thought you said you were coming, Harry." Sirius's voice said from the mirror. Molly gasped.

"But how is that possible?"

"I dunno, mum, but, please, I need, we need Floo powder to get to Grimmauld Place. Now." Harry said, unable to stay still. Molly walked across the room and handed Harry a small bag filled with green powder. Harry smiled and kissed her cheek as he climbed into the fireplace with Hermione and Ginny. He threw the powder at their feet and clearly said,

"Number 12, Grimmauld Place." And the world disappeared.

"SIRIUS!" Harry yelled, running into his godfather's open arms as they fell out of the large fireplace.

Remus came out of the kitchen and smiled at the girls.

"Do you know how this happened?" Hermione asked, going to hug him. Remus shook his head.

"I dunno.. but... I'm just happy to have my brother back." He smiled as he hugged Ginny.

"You don't know what I went through after you died, Sirius." Harry said as they all sat down around the dinner table. Sirius frowned at looked at his godson sadly.

"I saw." Sirius muttered, closing his eyes and seeing the screaming and crying Harry while Remus held him back, also biting back his tears. "I tried to come back, Harry, I really did. That image will never leave my mind…"

"Oh, by the way, Sirius, you've been cleared. So you can go out in public now and stuff." Ginny said happily.

"YES! Let's go break the law!" Sirius exclaimed, jumping out of his seat.

"I'm so glad to have Sirius back…" Hermione said happily, gripping Harry's hand.