Sirius looked at Remus as if he had two heads. "Remus, what the bloody hell are you talking about."
"Look at his hand, Sirius. He's wearing the Potter family ring," Remus said.
Sirius turned and looked at the ring on the younger man's hand. Sure enough, it was James' ring. Fury ignited in Sirius' eyes and he made a move to attack the boy. "You little bastard!"
Buffy got in the middle and pushed Sirius away, sending him clear across the room."
"Sirius!" Harry exclaimed as he went to go to the man's side.
Xander grabbed his brother by the arms and held him back. He then looked at Buffy. "Was that really necessary, Buffy?"
"Xander, he tried to attack you," Buffy said.
Sirius groaned. That had really hurt. This woman obviously had quite a bit of strength.
"Sirius, are you alright?" Remus asked. He'd gone to his friend's side the instant he'd hit the ground.
"I'm fine," Sirius said as he started to get up. He looked over at Xander and glared. "Get your hands off my godson."
"Sirius, stop. He hasn't done anything wrong," Harry said.
"He kidnapped you, Harry. Not to mention stealing from your father," Sirius said.
"As you usual, Black, you jump to a conclusion without thinking it through," Giles said. Sirius had been like this since they were all children. He allowed his anger to take control over rational thought.
"You stay out of this, Giles. This has nothing to do with you!" Sirius yelled.
"Use your head, Black! No one can wear a Head ring except for the heir to the family," Giles said.
"He's right, Sirius. You ought to know that. This young man is a Potter. He has to be," Remus said.
"That's not possible. All the Potters are dead," Sirius said. When he thought about it, he knew Remus was right about the whole ring thing, but it made no sense. The boy couldn't be a Potter.
"Yeah, well, sometimes dead doesn't really mean dead," Xander said.
"Yeah, just ask all the vampires in town," Buffy quipped. "Although, I guess this is kinda different."
"What's your name?" Remus asked. He already knew the answer though. It wasn't that hard to figure out. He was around the same age, he looked a lot like him, and he was next in line to become heir. Still, Remus wouldn't let himself believe it until he heard it from the boy himself.
"Alexander," Xander told them. He gave them his full name because he knew that would leave a bigger impression on them.
Sirius was shocked for a minute, but then shock turned to anger. He was angry that anybody would dare try to impersonate his godson. "You little son of a bitch!" he yelled before moving to lunge at him. Before he could though, Remus held him back.
"Dude, the next time you try to attack him, I will make that little tumble across the room seem like a love tap," Buffy warned.
"Sirius, you need to calm down," Remus said. He was just as shocked by everything as Sirius was, but losing control and attacking people wasn't going to help anything.
Sirius looked at Remus like he had two heads. "You can't really be buying this, can you? He's lying, Remus."
"No, he's not!" Harry defended.
Xander put a comforting arm on his brother's shoulder.
"Is there somewhere that I can talk to him alone," Remus asked Buffy. He needed to get Sirius under control before the man got himself seriously hurt.
"That might be a good idea. In the kitchen," Buffy said, pointed in the direction to it.
Remus practically dragged Sirius all the way to the kitchen, as the man was still enraged and ready to hurt someone.
Sirius violently pulled his arm away from Remus. "What the hell are you doing? You left those people alone with Harry! What if they hurt him?"
"The only person that seems to upsetting Harry right now is you," Remus said.
Sirius scowled. "Those people are messing with his head! Come on! Did you notice the company? We've got Snape and Giles in there, two slimy Slytherins."
Remus rolled his eyes, "Sirius, get your head out of your ass. This is not about some rivalry between school boys. This is about Harry and Alexander. James' sons."
"That kid is not James' son. He can't be," Sirius said. He frankly wished the kid was their Alex. That would be amazing. It would be like a dream come true. But it wasn't so. Alex was dead. "You went to Alex's funeral Remus. You know he's dead."
"Sirius, I'm not saying that it makes sense. It doesn't. I don't understand it one bit. But I believed him before he even said it," Remus said.
"Why?" he asked.
"Well, for one, there's the ring. It belongs to the first son of James Potter. The ring is rested on that kid's finger. He couldn't wear it if it didn't belong to him. And then there's his face. He looks like James. You can't deny that. More than that though, he looks like an older version of our Alex. It's him, Sirius. I don't know how, but it is," Remus said.
Sirius was quiet for a minute. It was all starting to sink in. The possibility of it flowed through his body and for the first time since they got there, he began to feel hope that it was true. Still, he couldn't see how. How could this be? "Let's go. I need answers one way or another."
Remus got in Sirius' way of the doorway. "If we go back in there, are you going to stay calm?"
"I'll do my best," Sirius said. He couldn't promise anything more. The truth was, there was a good chance he would lose it again, especially if it turned out the kid really was a fraud.
"I guess that has to be good enough," Remus said before leading the way back into the living room. They found all the adults sitting down on the couches. The two children, including Harry were gone.
"Where's Harry?" Sirius demanded.
"Upstairs. He was already upset by how tense things were getting. They're only going to get worse, so I figured it would be a good idea for him and Dawn to leave the room," Xander explained.
Sirius looked like he was about ready to pounce again, but he managed to calm himself down and stay quite.
Remus breathed a sigh of relief at having been able to avoid another scene and then turned to Xander. "Would you please explain to us what is going on?"
Xander nodded. "My name is Alexander Harris. At least that's what I thought until recently. I started having dreams. Dreams of a different life. I was around a couple who I felt strangely safe with. I had a dream with the two of you in it as well. It was in a hospital and a baby was there."
"Harry's birth," Remus whispered to Sirius. He then turned back to the boy he was now sure was there Alex. "You didn't remember any of this before? How is that possible?" Alex was young back then, but he was old enough to form lasting memories.
"I would've remembered before if someone hadn't messed with my head," Xander said angrily. It angered him deeply that that old bastard had messed with his memories like this.
"Messed with your head how?" Remus asked.
Xander pointed to Severus. "He can answer it better than I can. He came to help when we realized something was wrong."
"Yes. Rupert requested I come and look into the boy's memories. What I found was very disturbing," Severus said.
"What did you find, Severus?" Remus asked.
"The boy's mind had been extremely altered. He had blocks and false memories everywhere," Severus said.
"Somebody altered his memories?" asked a horrified Remus. Messing with an underage wizard's mind was highly illegal. It carried a massive prison sentence.
"Quite. The blocks on his mind were very strong. Though I must give him credit. It takes an extremely strong mind to put the kind of cracks he did in blocks that strong."
"Who would do this?" Sirius asked. He wanted answers. He wanted to know who did this so that he could go rip the bastard's head off.
"Who do you think, Black? That old man that everyone's always phoning over," Giles said.
"Dumbledore did this? Why?" Remus asked. He knew that Dumbledore could be manipulative sometimes, but to do something like this… It was unconscionable.
Sirius growled. "I told you! I told you that I didn't trust him anymore. He wants nothing more than to control, Harry.
"But so much so that he'd actually do something like this?" Remus asked, still in shock.
"He's more than capable of it, Lupin. Dumbledore would do anything for the so called greater good," Severus said.
"I'm gonna kill him," Sirius growled.
"I just can't believe it. You're alive," Remus said as he looked at Xander.
Xander smiled and stood up.
Remus immediately went over and put his arms around the young man.
Sirius went over and placed a hand on his shoulder and smiled. He hadn't felt this good in a long time. His eldest godson was alive. They were all together again. Sure, they couldn't get back what was taken from them, but there were all together again with Harry as well. And nothing was going to tear them apart again.