Harry walked out of Dawn's bedroom just as Dawn walked out of Buffy's. "Hey," Dawn said.
"H…hi," Harry said shyly. He always got really shy when he was around Dawn and his stomach did backflips. It was a lot how it had been with Cho last year.
"Did you sleep well?" Dawn asked.
"Yeah, thanks. Um, thanks for letting us have your room last night," Harry said.
"Oh, no problem. Buffy, Willow, and I got to have a slumber party, so it's all good," Dawn said smiling.
Just then, Xander came up the stairs. "Please tell me you don't hate anyone because of a house."
"Huh?" Harry asked in confusion.
"I believe he's speaking of the Hogwarts houses," Giles said as he came out of Willow's room. He had come out just in time to hear Xander's frustrated plea. "I'm assuming your godfather had a few things to say about Slytherin."
"Oh, that. No, I don't hate anyone because they're Slytherin," Harry said. He really didn't. At first he had because of things he heard from Ron and Hagrid, and from his experience with Malfoy, but he didn't think so anymore. In fact, aside from Malfoy and his cronies, he really didn't have a problem with the Slytherins. He wasn't friends with them, but he didn't hold anything against them.
Xander was relieved to hear that his brother wasn't part of the lunacy. "Good. I just had the most ridiculous conversation I've ever had in my entire life. What kind of person hates another person based on where they sleep?"
"It actually goes back generations. It started with the founders of the school who disagreed about how the school should be. That's why they were separated into houses in the first place. The fights between Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin were the worst," Giles explained.
"So it's about two dead guys who couldn't get along? Ridiculous!" Xander exclaimed again.
"I couldn't agree with you more, but it's how it has always been. The rivalry gets more intense with each generation. And no one does anything to stop it. In fact, it's encouraged. There's a point system there that awards a House Cup for whichever house gets the most points," Giles explained.
"Okay, I can see I school boy rivalry between competitive houses or whatever, but Sirius seems to hate you because you're a quote, 'slimy Slytherin'," Xander said.
Giles rolled his eyes. "Yes, well, Slytherin gets a bad reputation. It's believed by the other houses, Gryffindor in particular, that if you're sorted into Slytherin, it means you're evil."
"But didn't you tell me you go to this school when you're eleven. How can anyone know that a kid will be evil at the age of eleven?" Xander asked.
"Now you're trying to be logical, Xander, and most of Hogwarts don't understand logic," Giles said.
Dawn and Harry both snickered. Even Harry knew Giles was right about that. He loved Hogwarts and a great deal of the people who attended and taught, but they could all be rather daft. Actually, the wizarding world as a whole could be. The ministry's refusal to believe Voldemort was back was a prime example of that.
"Okay, I think I'm done with this conversation. I think this is just one of those things I'll never understand," Xander said. The more he heard, the more ridiculous it sounded.
Giles snorted. "Well, when you understand it, it means you've become a part of the idiocy. It's better that you don't understand it."
"Understand what?" Buffy asked as she and Willow came out of her room.
"Trust me, you don't want to know. It's that stupid," Xander said.
"Okay, then. You don't have to tell me twice. Breakfast, anyone?" Buffy asked.
"As long as you're not making it," Willow said.
"Yeah, I love you, Buffy, but I don't love your cooking," Dawn said.
"Here here," Xander said in agreement.
"Oh, you guys are just hilarious," Buffy said sarcastically.
"I can do it," Harry offered. He figured it was the least he could do after Buffy allowed basically his family to stay in her home.
"What? No, you don't have to do that. You're our guest," Buffy said.
"It's not a bother. I like cooking. I'm good at it," Harry asked.
"I'll give him that. He is good at it. But Buffy's right, you don't have to cook for us," Xander said. He wanted to get his brother out of the habit of thinking he had to wait on people. He knew that was what he had to do at his last home, but things were different now and he wanted to make sure Harry knew that. "Besides, I was thinking you, me, Remus, and Sirius could go out for breakfast. Get reacquainted."
Harry shifted uncomfortably. "I'm not sure I'm ready to talk to them." He was still pretty angry about the fact that Sirius and Remus hadn't told him about Xander and he wasn't quite ready to forgive them.
"Still pissed, huh? Well, you gotta talk to them eventually. Look, let's just go eat and take things from there. You don't even really have to say anything if you don't want to," Xander said.
Harry sighed. "Alright.
"Okay, come on," Xander said before leading his brother down stairs and back into the kitchen. Sirius and Remus were right where he left them. "Hey, you guys wanna head back to our place with us. We have to get a change of clothes and then I thought we'd go out for breakfast."
"Yeah, sure, pup. Um, you're not still pissed?" Sirius asked.
"I was never pissed. More like frustrated. It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life, which is saying a lot, but I'm perfectly willing to forget I never heard it as long as you back off Giles," Xander said. He wouldn't tolerate any disrespect of Giles, not after everything the man had done for all of them. "So what do you say we get out of here?"
"Of course," Sirius said as he and Remus stood up. "Do you know how to apparate? No, I suppose not. We can take you side-along."
"Uh, as great as I'm sure that would be, I thought we'd use this fickle invention called a car," Xander said.
"That's a muggle contraption, right? It'll take ages. We should just apparate. It's much faster," Sirius said.
"Yes, but hazardous to my appetite," Xander as he remembered how horrible it had been when he apparated with Giles. "I think I prefer my car."
"Let's just do it his way, Sirius. It won't take that long," Remus said.
Sirius simply shrugged, indicating that it was fine with him.
"Okay, let's go," Xander said before leading the way out of the room.