A/N: So, sorry about the wait, but it's here! The sequel to The Other Side of Life! Enjoy!
Into Something True
Chapter One: Failed Attempts at Living Simple Lives
The hall was quiet, too quiet. Even Harry knew better than to let his guard down now. There was too much at stake for him to lose.
He looked right, looked left, and then scanned the ground, looking for anything, everything. Aha. They were good, but not good enough. Harry zigzagged across the floor, staying away from the muggle laser beams that stretch across the hall.
At the end of the hall was a door. Most people would just walk blindly through the door, but not Harry, not now. Looking up, he saw it, what he knew would be there. The bucket. What was in it didn't matter. He took down the bucket and placed it on the floor, far away from him. Then, and only then, did he walk through the door into Star's room.
She smiled at him as she saw him dry and unpranked. Ever since Harry had gotten there a month ago, Star and Harry had been on the same team in a prank war against James and Remus. Remus wasn't the biggest prankster in the world, but if he put his mind to it, he could be the scariest thing in the world.
Harry had enjoyed his time here at his dad's house. He was glad he actually had. After all, it would have been bad if he didn't, it had taken a lot of work to get here.
The house was quiet. Everyone from the party had left. Harry was annoyed at all of the parties his mom was throwing. After having all of the freedom he had had at Hogwarts, he just wasn't enjoying his old life anymore.
Lily was waving her wand around the ball room to clean it up. "Mom?" Harry asked quietly, unsure of himself.
"Yes sweetie?" Lily was oblivious to his mood, or his change of attitude. She seemed to be oblivious to everything but Harry's fame.
"I-want-to-stay-with-dad-for-a-little-while." Harry practically had to push the words out of his mouth. He said it like one word all together.
It took Lily a little while to decode his answer, and even longer to let it sink in. "YOU WHAT!" she yelled. She had never yelled at him before. Star, yes, Dad, yes, Sirius, yes. But never, ever, had she yelled at Harry. That was what closed the deal for him.
"I'm going to stay at Dad's for the rest of the summer, and you can't stop me!" He exclaimed.
"I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT, I AM YOUR MOTHER!" She screamed. Lily had always had control issues, and now she was losing the control she had worked so hard for.
"HE'S MY FATHER! I HAVE A RIGHT TO SEE HIM!" Harry yelled as he stormed out. Despite popular belief, Harry was a smart kid. Being as that was, he had thought about his mother's reaction ahead of time. He had told Star in his last letter to open up her floo network.
Harry ran up to his room where everything he needed was already packed. In one swift motion, he grabbed his trunk, threw a pinch of floo powder into his fireplace, and yelled out, "Potter Manor!"
James had been ecstatic when Harry had fallen out of the fireplace. The first thing he did was Hug Harry. Then he brought him and all of his stuff up to the room he had made for him. On the door were the initials, HJP.
Inside, there was a huge bed to the side. A huge walk in closet was across from it. There was a desk where Harry could do his summer Homework, and a huge window that took up the entire back wall. The window seat was large and covered in red and gold, like the rest of the room. James had told Harry that the window would open with a password he could set and then he could just fly right outside to the Quidditch Pitch in the back. After Harry had gotten settled, the prank war had begun.
Then point of the prank war was to earn the most points. They earned one point for every time they pranked one person of the opposite team. If they pranked both opposite team members at once, it was worth two points. Each player was allowed to choose one safe house where they kept all of their supplies. The other team couldn't take anything from the safe house, but they were awarded three points for finding it and pranking it. Four points were awarded to the team who could find and prank the headquarters of the opposite team. The prank war would end three days before school started so Harry and Star had time to get their school supplies. Also, all pranking was stopped on the day before, the day of, and the day after the full moon in regards to Remus.
Harry had chosen the attic as his safe house while Star had chosen the secret passageway behind the picture of Grodric Gryffindor. Their headquarters was the underground tunnel hidden beneath the back right hand corner of the property, right by the forest.
James had chosen the basement as his safe house. Sirius had taken the third nook in the fifth passage way right next to the second wing of the house, which is right behind the fourth secret passage way and the sixth picture of something related to Gryffindor, just passed the sixty seventh emergency food button. He wanted to make it hard to find and therefore prank, but he ran into the problem- of making it too hard to find. Three weeks into the prank war, he gave up trying to find it a second time and just started using James's safe house. Their headquarters was located in the flying island right above James's bedroom.
On the last day of pranking, everyone was too cautious to get pranked, so no one scored any points. The next day, They decided that instead of ending it, they would let the war continue next time they all saw each other.
A/N: Sorry about the long wait, I have a LOT of things this year. Just to let you know, I'm now in my first year of high school, which gives me about two to three hours of homework a night, and it's only the second day! Plus, due to theater, I will be staying after school until five almost every day. Due to this, I will have next to no time to write this story. Updates will be few and far in between. Anyway, I hope you liked this chapter! It was mainly just to let you know what was going on. It will pick up next chapter. Anyway, review! They make me write instead of watch TV or do important thing in my little free time! If you have nothing to say, tell me your favorite superhero, or just tell me about you're day. If you ever need to vent, feel free to use me!