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To any of you who are new to my work, I'd like to tell you that I have two other completed Twilight/Harry Potter crossovers posted, titled 'Dark Clouds' and 'Resurfacing'.
Also, I know that I made the "arms" typo yet again. I'm dutifully embarrassed.
Harry sat on the edge of his seat, holding his breath and straining for a glimpse of him over the sea of soon-to-be college graduates.
"Jacob Black, Engineering!"
Jacob stepped forward and accepted the scroll and handshake before moving to stand by the other graduates. He beamed, searching the crowd with his eyes until he saw his family and Harry sitting in the audience. Harry stood and snapped a picture.
As soon as they were dismissed, he pushed his way through the applauding throng to wrap his arms around him.
Harry laughed, holding tightly onto his neck. "I'm so proud of you!"
He held him tight. "I'm proud of me too."
Billy slapped him on the back of his leg to catch his attention and he separated from Harry to hug his neck. "Congratulations, son!"
Breaking away, he stood and asked, "So what are we doing for lunch? The party isn't until six, right?"
Harry laughed. "Babe, it's three-thirty! You had lunch two hours ago."
He blinked at him. "Exactly. Come on, you know how much my furry side needs to feed!"
The restaurant they picked, a nice grill in La Push, was small and warm. There were barely three feet between the tables, which made Billy's wheelchair a bit of a nuisance to the couple next to them. They ignored their muttered remarks in favor of congratulating Jacob every couple of seconds and listening to him talk about stuff his friends had done the night before while nervous.
The house was decorated with streamers and balloons courtesy of Rebecca, and the cake had his name on it.
"Oh my god, you guys didn't have to do so much!" Jacob gushed, looking around the nearly unrecognizable house with awe. Not even the sofas were spared. Crisscrossing lines of streamers covered them in amateur plaid. "So, when do people start getting here?"
"In about half an hour," Harry provided, shepherding him down the hall to their room. "That gives you enough time to freshen up."
The door closed behind them and Harry sat down on the bed to take off his shoes. They were slip-ons, like the rest of his shoes, to save on the frustration of tying knots with one hand. Jacob sat beside him and smoothed some of his hair behind his ear. On unanimous vote, Harry started growing out his hair until it was almost as long as Jacob's. Much to their surprise, it turned out to curl once it passed his chin.
"Do you want me to brush your hair?"
"Sure." Harry chirped, perking up immediately despite the long car ride. Jacob knew how much he loved getting babied, no matter what he said, and happily complied whenever he wasn't too busy.
"Mm?" Harry took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes tiredly.
"What do you want to do for our anniversary this year?"
Harry laughed incredulously. "Babe, our anniversary isn't for over half a year yet!"
"I know, but I just thought that we should do something big this year, since it's our 5th, and the sooner you make big plans the smoother they go later. I don't want to do things last minute like we did last year."
They shared a smile, remembering the last minute dinner at McDonald's just moments before midnight last year. They'd both forgotten about it, and barely managed to celebrate it before the day was over.
"Okay, point taken. What did you have in mind?"
"Well…what about moving?"
He blinked. "Moving?"
"Yeah; you know that Rachel is moving back onto the Reservation to keep an eye on dad, right? Not to mention that she hasn't found somewhere to stay yet. I thought that, since dad would be taken care of, we could look into finding someplace that was just ours." He set aside the hair brush and kissed the top of Harry's head.
"Well…if Billy would be okay, then I don't see a reason not to. You'll still see your sisters, and we both know that my friends make a point of tracking me down every once in a while, especially Ginny and her new husband, so…okay. I'm open to it, but let's think about it."
Jacob rolled his eyes at the memory of Ginny's serial weddings. She was on her third husband now, and she wasn't even 25 yet. "Of course; that's why we're thinking about this now, and not later."
"Speaking of later," Harry turned and smirked at him, "did you have any intention of testing your new engineering skills on me?"
He stood and pulled Harry to his feet, feeling much better now that he was wearing just his socks and could take his hair out of its ponytail. "That depends on how early the party ends. I wouldn't want to start something that we can't finish."
Rachel pounded on the door. "Hey! I did not want to hear that!"
"What were you doing eavesdropping?!" Jacob yelled back, jerking the door open a moment later. She crossed her arms and raised an eyebrow.
"Please…all I had to do was walk down here to the bathroom and I got an earful of your nasty talk. I know you think you're being subtle, but I wasn't born yesterday and-"
Jacob put his hand over her mouth. "I don't want to know about your sex life."
She made an outraged noise, but Jacob sprinted for the kitchen before she could say anything. Harry shrugged helplessly as if to say 'what can you do?' and followed him to help.
The party went well, with a lot of Jacob's college friends stopping by from their own parties to congratulate him and steal some cake. Charlie slapped him on the back, and expressed how proud he was of him for getting such a difficult degree. In short, everything was fine until Harry noticed Bella and her husband skulking in a corner.
He hadn't seen much of Bella over the past five years, and he couldn't help but notice how much older she looked now. With a little sigh, he decided to be the better man and approach them like a proper host. If he was lucky, they would leave before Jacob could notice and pitch a fit.
"Hey, guys!" He said brightly, brandishing his drink, "How are you?"
Bella perked up, looking very relieved to have someone to talk to. The clouds floating over Edward's head thickened. "Hey, Harry! We're good. How are you? You…you look really good."
"How sweet of you to say!" Harry gave them his best sparkly-toothed smile, "I've been good. I'm so proud of Jake I could burst!" Casually, he sat down on the edge of the sofa they were occupying. "What have you been doing lately? I haven't gossiped about you with your dad, so I have no idea what's been going on in your life. Which college are you attending?"
She seemed confused, and Edward let out a little growl, "Oh, I'm not attending college. I almost dropped out of high school, so there was no way I was going to put up with more school!"
Harry nodded slowly. "Right…well, excuse me, but I have to go and mingle some more. It was nice seeing you again, Bella! And tell your husband that maybe if he removed that massive log from up his ass, he might be better company. Tootleloo!"
He left before they could retaliate, searching the crowd until he spotted Jacob chatting animatedly with Su Yung, one of his closest friends. Jacob looked up, still talking, and winked at him. They exchanged secret smiles and went back to their guests.
On Boxing Day, they moved from Forks to Alaska and never looked back. Unwary tourists who stray too far from the beaten path might encounter a wolf the size of a small car frolicking like a foal and terrorizing the rabbit population.
End chapter 48