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Chapter 10 The Fourth and Final Note
January and February passed in a blur. When the Easter holidays came around, Albus and James didn't say a word about Scorpius's dad to Ron and Hermione. They figured that their aunt and uncle would just lie to them anyway.
"Isn't this supposed to be a good thing?" Rose asked a week after returning back to Hogwarts from Easter.
Albus was sitting on a sofa that faced the fireplace. Lucy, Fred, and James were all standing by him.
"Yeah, don't you want to know where your parents are?" Lucy asked.
"Of course we do," James snapped.
He then sighed and looked down.
"It's just… well, we thought Aunt Hermione and Uncle Ron knew where they were," James admitted.
Albus finally picked up his head. His eyes then met Rose's.
"I suppose I'd be upset too. Let's just start focusing on the final exams shall we? They're in two days," Rose said.
They all moaned. Leave it to Rose to throw studying problems at them.
"We know, Rose," they all told her.
Her cheeks reddened as she looked down.
"You've been reminding us about it for a month now," Fred said with a laugh.
A couple of months later, Albus was roaming the corridors alone one day after class to clear his head of thinking about his parents when he spotted Scorpious.
"Hey Scorpious," Albus said, waving to the boy whose eyes were widened.
Scorpious didn't know what to think about Albus's action.
"Potter," he said nodding.
"Call me Albus," he smiled, shaking his head.
Scorpius was still a little wary.
"Um, all right. What's with the change?" he asked.
Albus's face then became serious. He took a breath and sighed.
"Your dad's helping to find my parents. What I'm trying to say, I guess, is that your family isn't as bad as I thought they were," Albus said.
"Thanks, I guess," Scorpius said.
There was a short pause.
"So, I guess we're going to be spending a lot of time together during the summer holidays," Albus said.
Scorpius laughed and nervously scratched his head.
"I suppose we are," he said.
"Did you pass everything?" Albus asked, trying to make conversation.
Scorpius gave a confident smile.
"Yes, and you?" he asked.
"Barely. Rose is going to torture me during the summer. She was really on my case," Albus said with a laugh.
Scorpius then became quiet, but Albus didn't think anything of it and waved goodbye to him.
Rose and Lucy knocked on the second year boys' dormitory door. Albus answered it.
"Are you finished packing yet?" Rose asked him.
Albus smiled and pointed to his trunk.
"Yes, and you?" he asked.
Rose and Lucy shook their heads.
"Not yet," Lucy said.
A breathless James then pushed by Rose and Lucy.
"What's the matter, James?" Albus asked.
It took a few moments for James to catch his breath.
"Albus, I need to talk to you," James said.
Albus knew what that look meant.
"Okay," he nodded.
James ran into the fourth year boys' dormitory room.
"Hey, what's going on?" Albus asked.
James grabbed something that was on his bed and started running down the stairs like some mental. Lucy turned to Rose, who shook her head.
"I don't know what's going on," Rose said.
Albus gasped and stopped in his tracks as James turned.
"What is it, James?" he asked.
"Another letter," he said, holding it up for his brother to see.
Albus just looked at it as his brother opened it.
I hope you're enjoying school. I hope
you've been using the Invisibility
Cloak responsibly. Lily will be starting
Hogwarts this coming semester and
will need to be told she is a Potter. Have
a great summer.
Love Mum and Dad
Albus and James took a deep breath.
"How do you think Lily's going to take this?" Albus asked.
"I hope she'll be all right," James said.
Albus let out a big yawn.
"I think it's time we get to bed," he said.
James smiled after he then yawned as well.
"I suppose so," he admitted.
James and Albus gasped when they exited the Hogwarts Express the next day and saw the back of a man in green robes, his blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail, facing their sister.
"Oi, you! Get away from her," James yelled as he and Albus ran towards them.
They gasped when the man turned and saw who he was. It was Draco Malfoy.
"Well look at this. You're without a doubt a Potter," Draco said, looking straight at James.
He then eyed Albus.
"And you. You have his looks," Draco noticed.
He didn't look surprised, though. Albus wondered if he had all ready been told by his aunt and uncle. Then again, the Daily Prophet had undoubtedly been keeping its readers up to date about him.
"Mr. Malfoy, we thought you…" Albus began.
"You, however, don't carry his insolence," Draco said.
"Where are my parents and brother?" Rose quickly asked.
Albus and James turned and found Rose, Fred, and Lucy behind them.
"We're right here, Rose," Ron said.
Fred cleared his throat as everyone became silent.
"Um, I better get going," he said.
"Yeah, me too. Mum and Dad are probably looking for me," Lucy admitted.
"Bye you two," Hermione waved.
James, Albus, and Rose knew Fred and Lucy just didn't want to see Ron and Hermione mad.
"So, why wasn't Lily with you?" James asked, though trying not to sound too demanding.
"She insisted on taking the barrier by herself," Hermione said.
Lily rolled her eyes and crossed her arms.
"I can't have you holding my hand for the rest of my life, now can I?" she asked.
Hugo laughed into Ron's pant leg. Scorpius then walked up to them.
"Father, what's… oh, hey, Albus… Rose," he said.
"Hi, Scorpius," they smiled.
Ron and Hermione glanced over at each other.
"Looks like the kids all ready know each other," Ron said, looking at Draco.
"Scorpius, this is my cousin, Hugo, and my sis… cousin, Lily," Albus told him.
Lily uncrossed her arms, suddenly forgetting why she was angry.
"You were beginning to say sister," he said.
"It was a slip up," Albus assured her.
Ron and Hermione sighed.
"Oh, really?" Lily asked.
"Lily…" Hermione began.
She turned and saw they all were looking at her.
"What's going on here," Lily asked.
"There's something you need to know," Ron said.
Lily opened her mouth, but nothing came out. Albus and James glanced at each other.
Well, this is it for now. Who'll have wait for 'Harry Potter: The Return' to see how this all ends.