Author's Notes: I had a few people question a few things and I just wanted to clear them up. First of all, yes, Harry is strong enough that he could've stopped Aro, gotten away from Marcus using his abilities, but in doing so would've declared himself an enemy of the Volturi and Edward as well, meaning that they both would've been on the run, for the rest of eternity and never able to see their families again. Second, the blood; Edward coughed up blood and drew blood from Aro when he scratched him, in my mind, I don't see the vampires as not having blood, I've always thought that they replenish their blood by drinking that of another human or an animal, but because their hearts do not beat, it doesn't flow through their bodies but just sits where it is, deteriorating until it's replenished again. So they don't bleed actively, when they're ripped apart it's just like a dumping a bucket of blood on the floor, when they are scratched or bitten, any blood in the area of the wound just pools through the opening but doesn't actively flow, just whatever is in that area comes out. Edward coughing up blood is because even though he doesn't need to breath, he still does (out of habit) and any bleeding in his lungs would eventually make it's way up and out of his wind pipes. Which also means, yes if they wanted to the vampires could feed from each other, but since the blood is dead it has no taste and does not give them what living blood would. I know Twilight vampires aren't like that but I honestly HATE the idea of the Twilight Saga vampires and thus, took an artistic license, I hope you understand that.
Now, please enjoy the last chapter of Black Dawn, and thank you all so so so much for reading.
Edward stared up at the ceiling from the bed that he'd been dumped in. He did his best not to feel sorry for himself, but he did. Aro had been right, Harry had suffered because he'd not been strong enough. It didn't matter that Harry had magic and could fend for himself, it was Edward's job to make sure he never needed to. It didn't matter that Harry had not been tortured or that he'd been able to fight off his captor's unwanted attentions.
"What are you going to do?" Asked Carlisle, and Edward looked from the ceiling to him. "Aro's conditions to be able to reunite with Harry are steep and not without consequences."
Edward grimaced, the pain he was still feeling made it near impossible for him to move. "There's only one thing I can do." Edward said, lifting his hands slowly to rub his face. "Being away from Harry is going to be extremely difficult, but it's only a few years, versus the rest of eternity kept away from him."
Carlisle frowned. "I have raised you to be a compassionate, understanding man Edward, and even when you've strayed, it has not been like this will be. The fighting alone-"
"Will be worse than what Jasper went through." Edward finished. "But I will do whatever I have to to gain Aro's favor and win Harry back." Carlisle nodded, heart heavy and they lapsed in to silence.
"Where is Aro sending him?" Harry asked, a week later as he watched from a window as Edward was lead to a dark grey car. It was just before dawn, and the Cullens and his Wizarding family had been sent to their homes after a brief, bittersweet reunion. Remus and Sirius sent him a hand mirror with a communication charm on it so they could reconnect, but it was not how Harry had hoped to get to know them again.
"He will go to several places." Marcus said, arms crossed as he stood behind Harry, watching from over the younger's head. "There have been problems with newborns in Croatia, Northern Norway and several covens in South America had requested assistance. After that Aro has not told me where he plans to send him."
Harry clenched his jaw as Edward looked up just before he got in the back seat and their eyes met. Harry put a hand against the window, Edward lifted his hand, then stopped as he was shouted at from the interior of the car. He nodded at Harry, a silent promise before getting in the car.
Harry stayed at the window until the car rounded a curve and disappeared behind the stone wall.
"How long does he have?" Harry asked.
"As long as it takes." Came Aro's voice from the end of the hall. Harry turned to look at him, he looked very old this last week, and as Harry's back stiffened and his shoulders squared, it was apparent as to why. Harry turned away from him, glanced out the window again before he turned and walked away.
Aro sighed heavily and Marcus chuckled at his expense. "Aren't you glad you took my advice now brother?" He said as the two ancients went the opposite way as Harry, to Aro's study.
"He still hates me." Aro replied grimly, sinking in to his chair.
"Yes, but when Edward returns, his hate will dissipate." Marcus reminded him. "You must weather through this just like they must." Then he chuckled. "Besides, don't all teenagers go through a phase where they hate their parents?"
"You're enjoying this aren't you?" Aro asked.
"Only a little," admitted the other. They were both quiet for a while, until Marcus spoke up. "How is Caius doing?"
"As far as I can tell, he's pretending nothing has changed." Aro answered, smiling a bit as the subject turned away from him. "Have you talked to the three yet? They have very interesting abilities."
"The twins especially," Marcus replied. "For a vampire to be impervious to fire, let alone two is unheard of."
"For a vampire to get through to cold Caius is unheard off." Aro joked and Marcus hummed in agreement. "It shall be an interesting thing to watch grow."
It had been decades, since Edward had had living, human blood. He'd forgotten what it felt like, the power and the heat that moved through his body was different from that of the animals he'd drunk from. He growled, at the man struggling between his teeth, and bit down harder. His eyes glowed a faint red in the darkness of the alley he'd pulled his prey in to.
He'd gone as long as he could get away with not feeding on humans, before Aro had gotten tired of his defiance, waiting until the black had completely covered his eyes before feeding. He'd get weak then, and for his stupidity Felix and Demetri beat him senseless.
That had been a months ago now and he'd learned his lesson well, he could try to sneak out and feed from animals, but there wasn't always animals large enough to sate a vamppire his age for long, where as there was always an abundance of humans, like the man who'd followed him in to the alley, thinking he was going to get lucky with an under aged male. Aro didn't care if he selected his meals based on the level of their lack of morality or worth, only for him to learn what he was trying to teach him.
Edward tuned out the man's pleading and frantic thoughts, he couldn't afford to feel guilty. Harry needed him, just as badly as he needed Harry and if feeding on humans was one step closer to his mate, he was beginning to realize how easily he would slaughter anyone he needed to.
It was a terrifying thought, but was true.
Only Harry mattered.
The thoughts of newborns were scattered and frantic, only focused on two things, violence and hunger. Pain did nothing to stop the repeating thoughts, and neither did the sight and sounds of other newborns being decimated around them. After six months in Northern Norway, with Demetri and Felix, where they tracked and destroyed a coven of four and their newborn army of over fifty, Edward was sent to Croatia where he was to put his new tracking and fighting skills to the test.
Of course, once he found the nest, he was to wait for the others to come and help clear it out. He spent his free time thinking of Harry. Now over two years after nearly being put to death by Aro, he understood why the ancient had done what he had, but it didn't mean he liked it.
Demetri, who'd been one of the oldest of the guard had told him of the story of Didyme and Marcus, having been the only guard member around when it happened. Several times Marcus had almost died because of her carefree nature, but Didyme would not change her ways, and although Marcus was the happiest he'd ever been, he was not safe most of all with their plans on leaving the Volturi. At the time, they'd been at war with several covens, and the death of one of their leaders would have been a great loss for the Volturi, one their enemies would use to their advantage.
Aro had suffered too, killing Didyme, though he would not admit it, and the rift between him and Marcus had only just started to heal with Harry as the catalyst.
Harry was the most important vampire in ages, and Edward had nearly lost him. One that all three leaders of the Voltuir thought of as a son, that they all agreed to be heir to the throne of the Volturi coven. When the day came they decided to slumber, all of the vampire world would rest on Harry's shoulders and he would need a mate capable of protecting him, of leading The Guard in striking down any that opposed him.
Edward was pulled from his thoughts at the sound of approaching footsteps. He crouched, still and silent behind an outcropping of rock until his prey came close. One of the older vampires in the Croatian coven he was hunting. After dealing with newborns for months, this vampire seemed to move slowly to Edward's eyes and he wondered if this is how Jasper felt sometimes.
It was strange to see the three different branches of Harry's family all converging together in one place for his birthday after so long. The Volturi and the Cullens seemed strained together, but did their best to be civil, though the Cullens were still sore about Edward's treatment (unjust punishment). The wizarding portion of his family seemed to just fine playing go between, though Snape, like always looked like this was the last place he wanted to be.
Harry tried not to notice the one person missing from the festivities that he wished was there above everyone else. He was happy, very happy to have everyone together, yes, but without Edward it all seemed lacking. It had been two very long, dreary years now, and still Aro said it was too soon.
"Don't worry cub," Remus said, ruffling Harry's unruly hair with a smile. "Trust me, Edward will finish his tasks with flying colors and be in your arms soon enough. It will be all the sweeter then."
Harry smiled and hugged the werewolf, grinning at the rounding of his belly. "I will not worry for the rest of the night, I promise." He said and Remus chuckled, hugging him back then pulled away.
"Good, now come on, Connor has something he wants to show you." Remus informed, leading him over to Sirius and their now three year old son.
Harry dropped to his knees as the little boy pulled on his sleeve to get him at eye level. "Watch Uncle 'Arry." He said, then screwed up his face in concentration until his hair turned in to a great, electric blue mane. Harry laughed with delight, pulling the boy forward and ruffled his hair.
"Look at that, the magics of The Black Family," Harry said. "That's wonderful Connor." The little boy squealed happily as his hair changed again to stringy and dirty green.
"Black blood is strong," Sirius said and Harry looked up at him. "A family name to be proud of now,"
"Yes it is." Harry placed a kiss to the top of Connor's head, then stood, pulling the boy up in to his arms as he did. "I'm glad you decided to come."
"Like I would miss your birthday," Sirius stated. "The only birthdays I've missed were because I was in Azkaban, and the others were because someone didn't want anyone to know where he was expect for that no good cousin of mine." He grumbled.
"I'm making up for it now." Harry said.
"We both are Prongslet." Sirius said.
"Why haven't the Cullens moved on yet?" Jacob asked, looking down at Draco who was lounging quiet happily with his head in the shifter's lap. Draco cracked one eye open briefly.
"Are you still on bad terms with them, after all this time?" He asked and Jacob grumbled something under his breath that his mate didn't quiet catch.
"They usually only stay for five or six years at a time, that's all." Jacob said and Draco hummed.
"Even though all of the 'kids' are out of school now, they stayed in the area because they like it here." Draco said. "Besides, they were hoping that the La Push alpha might be willing to work out a treaty with them for future generations."
"Is that so?" Jacob said, brushing his fingers through Draco's hair, getting a soft trill of contentment for his work.
"Yes, Carlisle didn't want to leave until the two of you could come up with something now that you and Sam have merged your packs and Sam has stepped down as alpha." Draco said. "Harry has also expressed an interest in returning to Forks for a time after Edward and him are allowed to come back."
"How's that going by the way?" Jacob asked.
"Its been three years and Edward is in Boliva, helping a coven deal with some issues the last I heard. Aro has allowed him and Harry to communicate, via letters anyways."
"Wow, letters, bet that's exciting." Jacob said with a snort, Draco opened his eyes to look up at him. "You know, there were these amazing things called telephones invented a while ago, they work a lot faster than letters the last I heard."
"Oh really?" He asked raising an eyebrow, stretching his back before sitting up with a groan and a gentle, guiding hand on his back. "Merlin, help me, I'm getting fat." He grumbled, running his hand over his stomach
"Not fat, pregnant." Jacob reminded him, "very pregnant." he was grinning at Draco's huge stomach.
"Shut up, this is your fault you know."
"I know." Jacob replied proudly, he wrapped his arms around Draco, pulling him back in to his lap. He pressed a kiss to the side of the veela's neck. "Does Harry have any idea when Aro's ending Edward's enlistment?"
"No, I don't even think Aro knows when Edward will have worked off his debt."
After all the things Harry had seen, he never thought he'd see the day when someone else could make Caius smile. Yet, today Caius hadn't stopped smiling. Nicoli was leaning over to whisper in his ear, their hands entwined between them as Aro and Marcus finally gave their blessing. It had taken three and a half years for Nicoli and Caius to mate, and it was disgusting how happy they made each other.
It was just like he had felt with Edward, and he had to admit he was very jealous. But he did not take it out on them. Caius deserved to be happy, as did Nicoli and he was happy for them. Harry sighed heavily, running his fingers through his hair and left the throne room, which was serving as a make shift wedding chapel.
Demetri followed him out silently and they walked out all the way to the library in silence. Once there, Demetri poured them both a wine glass of blood, and took one to Harry who was sitting in front of the fire place.
"So, Alec tells me you've taken up another instrument while I was gone." Demetri said, just trying to break the ice.
"I got bored with the violin," Harry answered, slouching when he realized Demetri was here only as a friend.
"You get bored to easily," The tracker said with a chuckle, taking the seat across from him. "Edward sends his love,"
"Where is he?" Harry asked.
"Southern tip of Chile," Demetri answered. "Aro has him tracking a group of Slayers who've wiped out three non-combative covens." Harry's fingers tightened around the bottom of his wine glass, and Demetri feared it would shatter at any second. "Three of them have already been killed running like the cowards that they are."
"How is he?" Harry asked, taking a breathe to calm himself.
"Stronger, when Felix and I last tested his skills he pinned Felix and tracked and caught me in little under an hour," Demetri answered again, and sipped his blood, giving Harry a few minutes to think. Felix was quite pleased with Edward's progress, to have someone finally best him in a fight was quite impressive, but Aro was still not ready to forgive him.
Demetri wasn't sure where he fell yet. Seeing his youngest brother so lifeless and lonely, even with him just a few feet away made him feel powerless. Edward's presence could fix it in a second, but Demetri still wanted Edward to be stronger.
"So... so he's okay?" Harry asked, voice unsure.
"Besides missing you, yes, he's okay." Demetri told him, and Harry smiled a little.
They were just a few hundred miles away from Forks, Edward could faintly catch Emmett's scent (very faint and old, most likely an old path he'd taken hunting) on the tree he was leaning against. Yet, the temptation to go see them never came. Alec and Jane were standing not far from him, and hadn't even looked his way since they'd met up with him. They were supposed to be meeting a nomad with information on a vampire with the beginning of a new born army on Vancouver Island.
He missed his family, of course, it had been four years and five months since he'd last seen any of them. Yet, he didn't miss them, going to see them wasn't worth loosing all the ground he'd gained towards Harry.
The sound of footsteps drew his attention from his thoughts and he straightened up, tilting his head towards the approaching vampire.
He growled faintly when he heard not one mind, but eight, three clear and five disjointed.
"A trap." He informed, drawing the attention of the twins. Alec sighed, pulling off his cloak as their attackers rushed the clearing. One of the newborns pounced on the fluttering red cloak, and Alec took it out with a series of well placed breaks. Jane turned her attention on the non-newborns, seeing as her ability was useless on them. Edward had three newborns swarm him at once. He kept up with their speed now, blocking wild claws and jaws that snapped shut like bear traps the second they got close to flesh.
Edward beheaded the first to break away from the group with ease, kicking it's head away as the second two jumped him at the same time. He roared in outrage as teeth locked on to his jaw. He swiftly removed the offending lower jaw, which had the new born squealing and writhing on the ground while he ripped the third from his back, snarling at the tearing of his skin and tore it to pieces.
Alec finished off his new born, just in time to see Edward go to the remaining one and put it out of it's misery. Jane was standing over the three elder vampires, arms crossed over her chest and her eyebrow raised.
"Why do they always underestimate me?" She asked and Alec laughed. "It's not funny," She snapped at him.
"Let one of them out, we must have words." Alec said, ignoring his sister's annoyance. She huffed and the vampire on the end gasped as he was let out of the mind-killing pain he'd been in. He writhed around on the ground, trying to figure which way was up as Alec grabbed him by his hair and pulled him to his knees. "You're going to answer every question I ask truthfully, or the pain you were just in will be the nicest thing we shall do to you. Do you understand?"
Edward was surprised it was Aro who met him at the airport in person, black cloak on and hood up to shade his face from the sun. He was holding another cloak, dark grey in color with green edging. Edward accepted it easily, he didn't hold a grudge against Aro any more.
"Welcome back," The ancient stated as Edward wrapped the cloak around his shoulders, then brought the hood up. "We'd better hurry, don't want to be late, do we?"
"Late?" He questioned, following Aro through a series of hallways and doors towards a back exit in the airport.
"It is the day of Harry's crowning ceremony so to speak." Aro informed. "We three are old, and ready for slumber and over the next year Harry will slowly begin to take over our duties now that you have returned to balance him."
"Does he know?" Edward asked as they finally exited the airport. The car that was waiting for them was the same one that had driven him to the airport five years ago. It was a very warm and sunny day, and the voices of excited humans carried across the airport to the private exit.
"That you have returned or that he is to lead the Volturi until we awake?" Aro asked, folding himself gracefully in to the backseat of the car as Edward did the same on the other side.
"Both." Edward answered as they drove away.
"He has been informed of his future duties, but I did not tell him of your arrival." Aro said. "He has to much on his plate to be distracted now."
"Me coming back at all will distract him." Edward said.
"Then you'd best hope your new found discipline can keep him focused on his work Mr. Cullen." Aro said, his tone was joking but his thoughts were serious.
His heart was beating again, Harry was sure of it. As soon as they grey robed vampire stepped in to the room, Harry had known it was Edward. The rest of the room had faded away, Cauis' words static and as red eyes met his green, Harry left the table, his chair clattering loudly to the floor.
They didn't speak for a long time, Edward just kept his arms around him tightly, and his chin resting on the top of his head. Harry was filled with too many emotions to find words, or even cry.
Finally, after what felt like ages, Harry pulled away just enough to look up at Edward's face. Although it was impossible for him to have aged, Edward did look older (although more mature was perhaps a better choice of words) and there was a scar on the right corner of his mouth and down his chin, a bite mark (one of many Harry would later discover). The color of his eyes told him that Edward had been feeding on humans (a condition Aro insisted on). He stood differently, more like The Guard and Jasper (like that of a soldier), his shoulders squared and his legs parted to give the best balance.
But his crooked smile still as Harry remembered it.
Harry surged up to capture that mouth in a searing kiss that did no justice to the six years of pent up lust, longing and love Harry had felt. His hands reached up to clutch at Edward's windswept hair and he sobbed happily as Edward kissed him back just as desperately.
Harry felt he could take on the world now that Edward was back.
End of Black Dawn
Yes, this is the end and I thank each and every one of you that has stuck with the story and with me through all 16 chapters and nearly three years (holy shit I can't believe it). I loved writing it, even when it got difficult towards the end and I loved hearing from you even more than that.
I do not know if I will do another Twilight/Harry Potter story of this size again, but I do have ideas for some pairings that I think you guys might enjoy, though there's no telling when I'll get around to it.
Again, thank you all for sticking with me and making Black Dawn such a huge success. Please send the story out with a huge flood of comments and reviews.