Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter and never will, everything belongs to the brilliant mind of JKRowling. I do not make any money off of this piece of writing and never will.
Characters: Harry Potter (AKA James Toland), Julie Reynolds, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Adam Weasley, Maple Weasley, Robert Denton, Gaius Malfoy, and Ophelia Vivas
Pairings: Harry/Severus, Ron/Hermione, Remmy(Remus)/Reese(Sirius)
Words per Chapter: 1,111
Warnings: AU from book four on, het, slash, Muggle world, violence, language, post-war, hiding Harry, life left behind, and the standard whatever else this demented author thinks up.
Summary: The war ended and Harry Potter disappeared. Years later, a young secondary school science teacher runs into some people from his past. The life he had will be changed forever as they try to drag him back into their world.
Notes: As people have commented on the whole alcohol comment back in the beginning of the story this is an explanation. The whole no alcohol comment came from both research, and also having vegan friends that could answer any questions that needed asked. All of them said no alcohol, though I do know of vegans that do drink. However, for James, the whole alcohol thing comes as, he won't drink it as he doesn't want to take that particular risk. He just lumps it in if people ask him what vegan is so that he doesn't have to explain that part as separate.
Chapter 44: Rebellious
James sat in his office and hummed to himself. He was in an unusually good mood. Yet, he was also waiting for a couple of people to show up to his office. He had sent notes to both Flitwick and McGonagall that had asked them to meet him there. The only reason that he had sent notes instead of telling them in person was because he could do so without risking Dumbledore possibly overhearing what he was up to. He was staring at his quill as he hummed. He looked away from the quill and then looked at the door. He wondered what was taking the two professors so long to arrive.
There was a knock on his door. He smirked when he heard the knock. "Enter." He set his quill down and sighed as he stared at the feathered writing utensil. He REALLY disliked quills. He kind of wondered why Wizards hadn't ever thought of using fountain pens. The door opened and revealed both Flitwick and McGonagall. James gave them as good of a smile as he could manage. However, the smile disappeared when Severus walked in behind them. The man was scowling. It was a look that James managed to match. He didn't want to be in the same room as his ex-potions professor. He cleared his throat. "Why is he here? I only asked for the two of you." He glared at Severus.
McGonagall sighed. "I asked him to come with us. He doesn't like the idea of what's happening any better than the rest of us do." James could understand that, though he still didn't want the man there. He was tired of feeling as if he was being pushed towards a man that he couldn't stand the sight of. The fact that his body seemed to react in ways he didn't like didn't help his feeling towards the man. He nodded after a moment. He knew that there was no way that he was going to get McGonagall to change her mind.
Flitwick shook his head. "Let's just talk about what James has come up with." He then looked at James. "You said that you think we shouldn't do what Dumbledore wants. Why do you think that is?" James watched Flitwick. He then glanced over at McGonagall and Severus. The Transfiguration teacher had her arms crossed. Severus, on the other hand, looked like he wanted to be anywhere other than where he was.
James sighed. "It's really quite simple. I don't think we have to do it. Yes, he's the headmaster, but he's asking us to essentially compromise our classes to do this. I know that many of the other teachers wouldn't like this. I also know that not everyone has to do more than a day or two each week,, but that's still taking time away from the teaching schedule. Plus, these combined classes won't help if certain students are stuck in a combined class with an elective they don't have. Those students would be at a disadvantage." He knew that was true. He wouldn't know what was going on in a class if it had been a combination with something like Ancient Runes. It wasn't a class that he had taken.
McGonagall seemed to think about it. "You're right in that respect. We don't make it a habit of encouraging our students to try and take every subject, though that's only because it would cause too much stress on said students." James nodded. He knew that she was viewing the situation as one that would cause the students unnecessary stress. Luckily, he agreed about that.
Severus made a noise. "While I hate to say that you have a point, you do. I don't like this either. In fact, the schedule the man gave me means I couldn't even get anything done." The scowl on Severus' face deepened. James found it unusual that the scowl wasn't directed towards him for once. Yet, he was grateful that it wasn't. It made a difference. He rubbed his eyes and sighed as he thought of what he could say.
He looked at them. "The only reason that I asked you two in particular is that you'll be able to talk to the other teachers better than I can. I'm a new teacher that hasn't made it a secret that I don't like being here. This is something that needs to be done. We can't let the headmaster determine our schedules. None of us would be able to get our work done and our classes would fall behind. Besides, none of us even have the lesson plans that we would need to make this work." That was one of the problems in James' mind. He knew that it would only work if they had the proper time to do said lesson plans. This wasn't something that could happen with the schedule that they were on.
Flitwick nodded. "I understand that. I've been attempting to figure it out myself. We can't do something without a proper amount of planning." James, McGonagall, and Severus all nodded in agreement. James, for his part, couldn't believe how easy it was. He kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, especially with Severus being in the room.
Severus looked at him. "As good of an idea as this is, you won't get all of the teachers to agree to it. In fact, it would be pointless if you can't get them to all agree." James blinked. He wondered what it was about this situation that made Severus a bit more reasonable than normal.
McGonagall shook her head. "The reason that they'll go with it is because of the fact that he's doing this to all of us. We don't have the time. That fact is the point of all of this, Severus. It doesn't matter if they would normally fight it. They won't like that their time to plan has been taken away. If he had announced this during the summer, we would have been more receptive. That isn't the case this time." James stared at her. He hadn't actually thought about the fact that Dumbledore could have done that during the summer.
James rubbed his face. "Anyways, will you talk to the other teachers? Like I said, I'm too new for them to listen to me." Flitwick nodded and so did McGonagall. Severus stood there, but was dragged out by McGonagall when she decided that it was time to leave. James was sitting alone in his office. He felt that was way too easy, which caused him to wonder what was going to happen. He just hoped that it wouldn't all go wrong.
A/N: Well, here you go. The plan has started. Hope that you all enjoyed. Later.