A/N: Well here it is the next chapter, 14 pages of fun :D I hope you like it, I'm finally going to show you a glimpse of where I'm going with this story, you know apart from the sex and cooking lol. Please come and join me on my facebook page you can find a link on my profile or just search for my author name. Let me know what you think and if you try the soup please let me know if you like it.

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Chapter 19

Hermione Granger had never in her life had this problem before. She was staring at a question and didn't have the first clue of how to answer it. It was an event worthy of inclusion in the next copy of 'Hogwarts A History'.

Deciding to rely on an old fall back, 'when in doubt, library,' She placed her parchment and quills in her bad and hurried out. She wasn't noticed, the common room was empty most of the school were in the Great Hall, making new friends in different houses.

The library was empty, save for Mrs Pince, Hermione headed for her favourite table at the back of the library; it was under a large stained glass window. Only today, the table was already occupied by a troubled looking Draco Malfoy.

Hermione bit her lip not knowing what to do with herself.

"Sit down Granger, before Pince throws you out for loitering with intent to read."

Hermione giggled quietly and sat down. "Thanks Malfoy. She's already threatened me for miss-using the books, apparently books are for studying and appreciating not for fun," Hermione quoted in a falsely high voice.

Draco started laughing. It had been a long time since anyone had joked around with him, so many of his so called friends laughed at the things he said half the time not even listening to what he said.

"Shhh or we will get thrown out," Hermione said starting to giggle.

"I was just thinking if she's ever heard of the karma sutra."

That started Hermione laughing too. Soon they were week with laughter and didn't notice Mrs Pince standing next to the table glaring at them

"This is a place if learning not a circus or some other frivolous facility. Out the pair of you and don't come back until you can compose yourselves."

Hermione stopped laughing but kept on grinning. "Sorry, come on Draco."

"Sorry Madam Pince, I promise it won't happen again. Draco gave a low swooping bow and grabbed his and Hermione's bag and ran out of the room followed by a giggling Hermione.

When the door closed Hermione took off running her long hair behind her and Draco following. She finally stopped and collapsed on the floor on the seventh floor.

"You know what Granger, I can see why you and Potter got on so well, you're both completely nuts," Draco sniggered dropping to the floor next to her.

"Right back at ya Malfoy."

"You called me Draco earlier," Draco half pouted.

"You can't expect me to call you Draco if you keep calling me Granger," Hermione got up still slightly out of breath.

"Fine, Hermione, why are we here?"

"Because, you obviously are looking for the same thing I am," Hermione started pacing.

"Um," Draco stood up uncertainly. "Hermione, you're pretty and all, and I do like you, but I don't, that is I think I'm…"

"Draco let me stop you there; I do not, in any way, what so ever fancy you. I don't go for blonds."

"Then what do you mean we both want the same thing?"

A door appeared in the previously blank wall. "You wanted a place to think in peace and quiet and so did I."

"I haven't been back here, not since…"

"Oh goodness, Draco I'm so sorry. I didn't even think about it," Hermione apologised.

"Don't worry about it. It's a good idea and I do want somewhere to think. Plus if you're here, I can ask you."

"Come on then," Hermione opened the door. The room was set up like a sitting room; it had a fire on one side with two arm chairs half facing each other and half facing the fire.

They made themselves comfortable and a table with snacks and pumpkin juice appeared between them. Hermione took out the letter that was causing her such a problem and Draco did the same, looking at each other, they swapped.

They each had an almost identical letter. It was a formal letter to request a courtship agreement.

"Now that I wasn't expecting," Draco exclaimed in shock. "This kind of tradition went out of style decades ago. For us both to get one, is a hell of a coincidence."

"I don't believe in coincidences, they are just patterns the mind creates to help us make sense of the nonsensical."

"Is that smart person speak for you think they collaborated?" Draco smirked.

Hermione laughed. "Even Harry only understands half of what I mean when I go into smart arse mode. I don't know what to do. I mean Sirius and I exchanged a few letters in the last 24 hours but that's all, we've never been on a date or had any kind of in-depth conversation. I don't even know what kind of books he likes,"

That made Draco laugh. "I think you read enough for both of you. What about Fred and George? We've barely had a civil conversation let alone anything else."

They sat in silence staring at the fire each deep in thought.

"Well I suppose we have to ask ourselves some questions and answer honestly," Draco suggested.

Hermione nodded, glad that someone else had the same thought proses and she did. "Alright, first and most important. Do we find them attractive?"

"Oh dear god yes," Draco moaned, Hermione nodded in agreement a blush staining her cheeks.

"Could we see ourselves in ten years still with them?" Draco asked.

Hermione closed her eyes as if to try and imagine it. And shuddered slightly. "I think if I was alone with Sirius all the time the pranks would drive me mad and I'd end up burying him under the patio and buying lots of cats."

"No, not cats, dogs, big ones, and call them fluffy," They sniggered together.

"It's a shame we only just became friends, I thinks we're more similar than I ever thought,"

"Brother from another Mother," Hermione held out her hand for him to shake.

Draco snorted. "Sister from another Mr. If we lived next door to each other at least we'd have each other to keep us sane.

This time when Hermione imagined the future she grinned. "Oh I could live with that. I always wanted a big brother."

"Are we deciding to say yes to this?" Draco asked his own grin getting bigger.

"I think we are," Hermione cocked her head to one side and looked thoughtful again. "What do we do now?"

"We have to let them know if we accept the courtship," Draco looked at Hermione. "We can do it by letter or in person. What do you think?"

"I think we should let them stew for a while. Were both going to Arthur's party we can tell them then."

"That's a great idea. But we need clothes. We have to look special."

"I have an idea. Go change into something less wizzardy and get your money pouch or I guess we can go to Gringotts. You and I Brother dearest are going shopping in London. Meet me at the headmistress's office as soon as you can."

Draco got to his feet and pulled Hermione up. "Alright baby sister, lets shop," They stood with their arms grasping the others elbow. There was a flash of light and they fell down landing in a very undignified heap on the floor.

"What in the name of the 7 hells was that?" Draco asked not able to summon the energy to open his eyes.

"I don't know but did you get the hippogriffs licence number?"

"They sat up and looked at each other mouths open in shock. They had both changed their appearance. Hermione's dark brown hair had long blond streaks on either side of her temple and Draco had corresponding brown streaks, each several inches thick.

"What happened?" Draco repeated.

A heavy bound book appeared between them and instinctively they lay across the floor to share the new treasure they had been given. The book had fallen open to the place that Hogwarts wanted them to read.

'It is possible in rare situations for two people to adopt each other as siblings, but the two individuals must share a great deal in common. The more they share the more similarities will now appear. The most comprehensive change recorded was in 1564 when each of the newly bonded sibling pair hair colour changed by a shade around the temple from root to tip. However most will have a single or only as many as five individual strands of hair change colour.'

"Well I suppose we have a lot in common," Draco smiled.

Hermione just couldn't stop smiling, and launched herself at Draco giggling. "I have a brother, I have a brother. And look how much we changed. When's your birthday?

"September 14th."

"Mine too. Holy shit we're like twins then," Hermione gushed.

Draco started laughing hard. "Well it makes scenes, I'm the Slytherin Prince and your Gryffindor Princess."

Hermione jumped up. "Come on, we need to hurry up, we have to look dead sexy for our men."

Less than twenty minutes later both half's of the strange sibling set had arrived panting at the Gargoyle that guarded the headmistresses' office.

"Could you ask her to see us?" Hermione asked politely.

The statue was saved the trouble by the woman in question opening the door. "Was there something you both wanted? I can't imagine why you would be at my door," She didn't look up from her paperwork

"Good morning Professor, would it be possible for us to use your Floo, we want to Floo to London for a few hours and go shopping," Draco asked in his most polite and charming voice.

McGonagall looked up and gasped. "You sibling bonded," She stated already knowing it to be the truth.

Draco and Hermione blushed and looked at each other. "We didn't mean to, it just happened."

"That's the only way it can happen. It's all a matter of feeling and intend. And I think there is a particular way to hold hands. But no one knows for sure. You both look fantastic. Congratulations."

"Thank you Professor," Hermione smiled. "So can we?" she asked bouncing on the balls of her feet.

"I've told you 8th years, time and time again, I don't mind you going off campus as long as you let us know. Just be careful."

Minerva watched them Floo away hand in hand and smiled at herself softly, her hand drifting to the five strands of jet black hair at her left temple.

Sirius sat in the fire room of Grimmauld place with Fred and George; they were staying with him for a few weeks since their flat had been taken over by an experiment gone wrong.

"The letter did say he was going to Floo call at 10am our time didn't it, not his time, or we're about 8 hours out of luck," Sirius was nervous, Remus had told him in his letter there was something he had to tell him in person.

"Yes Pads, 10am our time," The twins chorused, it wasn't the first time he'd asked that question.

The Floo flared green and the three waiting men scrambled forward.

"Hello you three, keeping out of trouble I hope," Remus greeted, his friendly smile turning to a frown when he saw their sheepish expression. "What have you done?"

"Well. Nothing really, well not a lot, we might sort of…" Sirius stammered.

"What he's trying to say…" interrupted George.

"Unsuccessfully…" Fred added.

"Is we have offered a formal courtship to Draco, and he, offered one to Hermione. They haven't responded yet," George continued ignoring Fred's interruption.

Sirius nodded. "We sent the letters at breakfast, but nothing's come back."

Remus shook his head in exasperation. "Right first off, congratulations in advance for whenever they say yes. Fred, George, be good to him, he's had a hard time of things what with his family life and the constant need to be perfect. Sirius, you realise you can never again take the piss out of Severus and Harry any more, especially if my dates are right, there is more of an age gap if only by a few months between you and Hermione."

Fred and George sniggered at Sirius' look of horror. "Shit," he cussed in irritation.

"Anything else I need to know about?" Remus asked smiling.

"Nope, that's all our news," Sirius smiled at his oldest friend.

"Can I give you my news?" he got eager nods in response. "I've taken a mate."

"WHAT?!"

Remus laughed at their response. "It happened rather quickly, but it seemed to be the night for it, as some friends of ours mated to each other the same night."

The next hour was spent with Remus explaining what had happened when Harry and Severus had come to visit.

"So let me see if I have this right. Your mated to a Muggle who can use a type of mage magic who has basically adopted a boy who's been possessed by a prima alpha female and some sort of supper soldier who got himself a mate on the same night that's a 150 or something year old vampire?!" Sirius clarified.

"That's about the size of it yes," Remus laughed at Sirius' frank assessment of everything.

"And you didn't think to invite your best friend to your mateship?" Sirius pouted.

That made Remus laugh so hard he snorted some ash and started coughing, he disappeared from the fire, his face replaced by a young dark haired man. "Giles has taken him to get some water."

"Are you Xander?" George asked.

"That would be me, the Xan man. Can I tell you how weird it is to be talking to someone with my head in a fire? Spike is growling at me, I think his protective streak is showing. I just wanted to tell you that there was no way you were going to be invited to a werewolf's bonding, just like you wouldn't have been to a vampire one. I was only a standard wolf, ok a primal female alpha, but still not the type of wolf that goes grrr on the night the moon is all fat. But it's still the same principle, its personal and private and something that you don't get to watch."

"Holy shit your vampire must be a lucky man if you can hold your breath long enough to say that all in one breath," Fred teased the young man who looked to be much the same age as he was.

Even though the red fire they could see Xander's blush. "To borrow one of Spike's favourite sayings, 'bugger off'."

"I can see why Remus accepted you as his pup," Sirius smiled.

Xander looked surprised, "What do you mean?"

"Well he said Giles had adopted you as his son, if he's bonded with him then he realised that you came as part of the package and accepts you as his son too. Pack is all important to a werewolf, you should remember that if you're a bit of a wolf too."

"Wow, that's so cool I have two need Daddy's, shame they don't have a cool car I can borrow," Xander paused. "I have to go I'm being called, family meeting I guess, I'll see you all soon. And Remus says he'll call you tomorrow."

And without waiting for a good bye Xander was gone.

"I wonder if they'll all come over here to live with Remus? George wondered aloud.

"We'd have to live close to them," Fred said quickly.

"For sure, it would be so much fun all of us together."

"Don't forget me, Remus is my brother, I just acquired three new family members," Sirius grinned wildly and for a while, they managed to forget they were both still waiting for an important letter.

Harry and Severus arrived back in Severus' rooms, Harry happily wrapped around Severus.

"I could get used to traveling like this,"

"I'm not your pack horse Mr Potter," Severus teased a mock of his usual sneer flashing across his face.

"Is this the bit where I make a comment about riding you?" Harry teased back stepping out of Severus' arms.

Severus closed his eyes a shudder running though his body. "Harry don't please, you have no idea how much I want you."

Harry stepped back into Severus' personal space and hugged him. "That's more than mutual. I love you."

"I love you too," Severus responded happily hugging his young love to his chest.

"So, we're all alone, in your quarters, with a big bed nearby and nowhere to be for at least two hours. What ever shall we do?" Harry smiled when he felt Severus' breath hitch beneath his cheek.

"You tell me," Severus didn't want to make any assumptions and push Harry too far. Harry blushed deeply making Severus chuckle. "How about we start the soup you wanted to make until you can formulate the words more articulately."

"You're a git, you know that right?" Harry asked slapping Severus gently on the arm and walking off. "Come on then let's go to the kitchen and then later you can show me just how you suck my cock and I'll see if I can copy you."

Severus, who had been following Harry smirking, stumbled and knocked into his desk as he passed it. "Bloody Hell Harry, you can't say something like that and walk off," Severus complained.

"Come on, the faster we get this started the faster you can give me a tour of your bedroom," Harry called from the kitchen where he'd already called Dobby for a kilo sack of carrots and a handful of coriander.

Severus sat at his kitchen table and pouted in the most adorable and uncharacteristic way that Harry couldn't help but kiss him. "Sev, don't be like that. This will need to cook for a while, we'll have plenty of time to ourselves."

"You better make it up to me Potter," Severus said turning on his Slytherin side but smiling slightly to show Harry that he wasn't totally serious.

Harry turned Severus on the stool so he could stand between his legs. "And how can I make it up to you Severus?"

Severus bit his lip nervously, unsure whether he should ask for what he truly wanted or make something up.

Harry didn't like the look that crossed Severus' face, he leaned in and gently kissed Severus until he released the abused lip. "You can say or ask anything Sev, same as I can to you. But we are both fully capable of saying no. You don't need to treat me like glass and I promise not to treat you that way either. Now tell me what you're thinking that you don't think I'll like."

"Would you be willing to try something from our box?" Severus asked recovering his self-confidence. Harry was right, not that Severus was about to admit that out loud. They were an equal partnership, if this relationship was going to work they had to feel safe and trust each other, and that included being able to ask for what they wanted and the freedom to say no.

"What did you have in mind?" Harry asked breathing heavily at the thought of the contents of that box.

"One of the plugs, would you be amenable to using one on me?" Severus asked relishing the feel of Harry hardening against him. "I want to feel it inside me while we're out tonight."

Harry moaned and kissed Severus fiercely. "I would love that, but if you do I can't promise to keep my hands off you while we're there."

"I think I can live with that, in fact I look forward to it," Severus purred into Harry's ear.

Harry reluctantly stepped back and pointed at the table. "Get pealing those carrots," He ordered. "Take the very top off and the very bottom so that you don't cook the bad bits, and peal them, then just chop them into large ish chunks the size and shape don't matter at all. Then put them in the cauldron, the water should be enough to cover the carrots and about an inch above."

Harry pulled half the carrots towards him and worked his way quickly thought them, Severus doing the same. When all the carrots were in the water bubbling Harry vanished the peelings and grinned at Severus. "They need to be left alone to cook on simmer until they are soft, we don't need to do anything for twenty munities to half an hour."

Severus didn't respond just pulled Harry out of his chair and dragged him towards his bedchamber vaguely waving his wand to cast an alarm to alert them when the carrots were done.

Harry fell onto the bed laughing at Severus' enthusiasm, not that he was any less excited. "Tell me what to do Sev," Harry asked innocently, purposely trying to have an effect on Severus.

Severus groaned. "Undress for me Harry, I want to see you lying naked on my bed."

Soon they were both naked, Harry flat on his back his knees drawn up and his legs spread, Severus kneeling between them taking in every contour of his young lover's body, to have an unobstructed and unhurried view was intoxicating.

"Please Sev," Harry begged, his cock already hard and wanting.

"Don't worry my little love, I'll take care of you," Severus promised lowering his head to place little kisses along Harry's chest carrying on down until his kissed the very tip of Harry's cock, relishing in the mewing noises Harry was making and the way his body twitched with every kiss.

Severus licked from the base to the tip before taking the whole length into his mouth. Harry screamed out and couldn't help but buck his hips into the warmth surrounding him before forcing himself to stay still. Severus moaned around Harry's length and reluctantly pulled himself away. "Don't hold back for me Harry, you don't need to,"

"I don't want to hurt you."

"You won't, I promise. In fact I like it, the feeling of you taking my mouth is wonderful. If I need to I will pull back."

"What's it like, doesn't it feel like being choked?" Harry asked sitting up on his elbows so he could see Severus better.

Severus had to think how to explain it properly. "It's not a feeling I can adequately describe, it is like many things and a personal taste is involved. I love the taste of you and the feel of you heavy on my tongue, I even like for you to trust into my mouth. You might not like that; some don't like to 'go down on' someone at all. You will have to see for yourself."

"I would like to try, can I try Severus," Harry begged his wide eyes falling to Severus' own cock.

"You will have to wait your turn," Severus growled reclaiming his prize. This time Harry couldn't hold back as Severus sucked and licked his length but it was when Severus pushed the tip of his tongue into the slit of Harry's cock that Harry lost control completely and began thrusting into Severus' mouth with abandon and screaming his completion.

Severus swallowed every drop and flopped backwards panting hard.

"My turn," Harry grinned crawling towards his lover, groaning in disappointment when the buzzer sounded.

"I can wait, and by then, thanks to teen recovery rates you'll likely be ready to go again," Severus smirked at the look Harry threw at him. "Come on show me how to make this special soup of yours."

"We need to wash first, and get dressed again," Harry said firmly.

When they were back in the kitchen Harry took the cauldron off the heat and checked that the carrots were soft.

"Don't drain the water because you need extra liquid for the soup and already has the flavour of the carrots. Now we need the coriander. The good thing about this is you can use the dry stuff you can buy in a jar; you just have to add a bit more of it to get the right taste. But if you use fresh it's cheap enough in most places now. We have fresh coriander today. Now Mr Potion's Master extraordinaire. I want you to cut the coriander. Use a sharp knife and put the coriander all together and facing the same way on a chopping board, then cut left to right and up and down, just keep doing it until it's all in small bits."

Harry watched as Severus followed his instructions and threw the coriander into the cauldron. "Now what?" Severus asked.

"Now I use a hand held blender to blend it down into a liquid. But if you don't have one you can use a potato masher as long as you're willing to put in a bit of work."

"Or we can use magic," Severus suggested with a small smile.

"Oh yeah, you don't know how often I forget about that," Harry smiled back sheepishly. He waved his wand over the cauldron until the liquid inside was smooth. "If it's too thick you can always add a bit of water, now all you need to do is add salt and pepper, I can't say how much because it's all down to personal taste. Now put it back on a very low heat for half an hour and its ready to go. When we're ready to go we can just put a lid on it and re heat when we get there."

Severus cast a spell on the flames to automatically turn them off after half an hour and held out his hand for Harry. "We have time then before we go."

This time Harry knew his own way to the bedroom, he pushed Severus onto the bed and laughed when by the time he landed his own and Severus' clothes had vanished. "That's a nifty spell; you'll have to teach it to me sometime."

"Another time," Severus promised, lust shining in his eyes.

"Where's the box?" Harry asked still staring at Severus; he couldn't get enough of looking at Severus' naked form.

"In the draw next to the bed, there's a bottle of lube in there too."

Harry retrieved the bottle and box; he looked at the label-less bottle. "Did you make this?"

"Why would I trust anyone else's when I can make something far better?"

Harry couldn't find anything to say he was too interested in getting on the bed and trying the bespoke lube. "What do I do?"

"Just remember what I did earlier."

Harry scooted closer and tentatively licked the tip of Severus' cock in a little kitten lick, making Severus groan and a small bead of cum appear which Harry licked away making eye contact with Severus as he did so. It was an unusual taste but it was all Severus and Harry found himself wanting more.

Harry opened his mouth an slipped his lips around Severus' girth and dropped down as far as he could, he couldn't fit everything in his mouth but by the sounds Severus was making each time Harry lifted and dipped his head sucking and licking alternatively, he was doing it right.

"The box Harry, please," Severus begged a sheen of sweat covering his body.

Harry sat back and reached for the ornate box and opened it reverently. "Which one Severus?"

"Any you want, just please pick one," Severus moaned at the loss of Harry's talented mouth.

Harry chose one that was in the centre and looked to be about middle size. He looked at Severus for approval which he got; Severus dropped his head back and panted in anticipation. "You'll need to prepare me first, use your fingers start with one then two scissor them use plenty of lube I'll let you know when I'm ready," Severus instructed.

Harry watched in awe as his fingers disappeared into Severus' body, his hole twitching and his cock leaking with need. When he'd buried three fingers into that inviting tightness he curled them slightly making Severus scream. Harry jumped and realised he must have hit a sensitive spot; experimentally he copied the movement making Severus buck off the bed.

"You're so sensitive, it's really hot."

Severus was too far beyond words to respond. Harry pulled out his fingers and grasped the toy making sure it was fully covered he pushed it in searching for that spot again. When he found it he dropped his mouth over Severus' cock again without warning. The noise Severus made was primal, he came hard. Harry swallowed as much as he could, a bit dribbled out of the corner of his mouth.

Sitting back Harry watch as the rest of the dark purple plug was pulled into Severus' body as if it were hungry to be filled.

Severus was still panting with exertion so Harry leant over him and peppered his face with small kisses until Severus pulled Harry into a deeper passionate kiss.

"We should shower and get ready," Severus said reluctantly. "You go first or we'll never get there."

Harry showered and washed his hair and left the bathroom for Severus to take his turn. When they were both finally dressed and ready to head to the headmistress' office to Floo with the others Harry earned himself a half-hearted glare as he ran back to the bedroom for his wand. Next to his wand was their box, Harry picked it up wanted to have one more look at it before he put it away.

In the space where the purple plug had sat there was a small ring that just fit on Harry's little finger. Harry knew about cockrings from the many many overly graphic stories he got from his room-mates, but this wasn't one, for one thing it wasn't' with the other cock rings in the box. Slipping it on his finger he put the box away pocketed his wand and ran to catch up with Severus and the others waiting.

The headmistress was waiting for them with Ginny and Colin. "Hermione and Draco are going to Floo directly there," she told them offering them each the pot of Floo powder. Ginny and Colin disappeared together in the green flames Harry and Severus following them, Severus making sure Harry didn't fall flat on his face.

Ginny and Colin had already gone outside to see the other guests leaving Severus and Harry alone in the house; they took the soup to the kitchen where it could be put back on a small heat to warm up.

"Severus, what's this?" Harry asked showing Severus the ring he'd found.

Severus examined the ring closely. "I do not know. Where did you find it?"

"It was in the box, under, where your, you know, was."

Severus couldn't help but smirk at Harry's sudden shyness. "Then it should be safe, just put it back when we get home."

Harry grinned at the use of the word 'Home,' and started fiddling with the ring, pressing the top of it to see how rubbery it was, but the action had an unforeseen effect. Severus gasped and stumbled.

"What did you just do?" Severus demanded.

"Nothing," Harry stuttered moving quickly to Severus' side. "I was just playing with the ring."

"Show me,"

Harry pressed the same spot again making Severus gasp although less so now he was expecting it and could hold it back a little.

"Every time you press that it makes the toy you picked vibrate, but only for a moment. However the placement of said toy is making the sensation rather more intense," Severus explained standing up.

"So in language for the dumb one in this relationship that means what?" Harry asked stepping out into the garden.

Severus stopped him. "Don't ever call yourself dumb Harry Potter, you are far from stupid, although you do have your moments of dumb luck, you are not, nor are you ever permitted to call yourself dumb, do you understand me?" He asked taking hold of Harry's shoulders.

Harry nodded, touched by how much Severus cared for him. "I won't I promise. But you're not allowed to call yourself ugly or old ever again because you're not. Deal?" Harry didn't wait for Severus to agree he pulled his head down and put his arms around Severus' neck so he could kiss him properly, making sure to press the little button on his new ring.

Severus gasped but the sound was over shadowed by the clapping from everyone around them who had heard the speech. Both men now red with embarrassment came to sit at the table with everyone else.

"I just hope there's no more surprises tonight," Lucius commented offhandedly looking between Draco and his new daughter Hermione. "I'm not sure my heart could take anything else."

Arthur laughed; he was used to madness with his sons around. "Ok, so who wants to tell us about their day?" He asked eyeing the new hair colouring of two of his guests, not that they seemed inclined to explain just yet.

Late into the evening they laughed and talked together enjoying the surroundings and family that had been gathered together. Dudley was the last one to relax and join in the fun, he was still nervous about being around so many magical people, but he got there in the end. Draco and Hermione told them all about the new changes. And the Weasley brother told everyone about the changes coming for the shop, and the new place they wanted to open together for research and development.

It was only as they dug into their ice cream that Lucius's words came back to bite him on the ass. There was a loud crack of apparition from just outside the Burrow's wards.

"Who's there?" Lucius and Arthur called in unison.

"Tut tut, isn't it a shameful thing that a husband doesn't recognise his own wife."

"Very shameful, and my own children too," Molly came into view with Narcissa next to her. "I've come to take back that is mine," Molly said simply, as if it were the most natural thing in the world.

"There's nothing for either of you here," Bill said his voice strong and full of confidence.

"You owe us, you all do, and soon the whole world will pay."

The two deranged women disappeared back where ever they had come to leaving a family of angry people behind them.

"Wonderful, just what we need another bloody fight."