A/N: For the sake of the timeline – Talon hasn't taken Sunshine back to his shack yet and Zarek was flown in earlier because Ash thought that he'd need help sooner rather than later thanks to Harry.
Summary: Ash knows that Camulus has a plan to get revenge on Talon but whenever he tries to see further his vision disappears – alerting him to the fact that something will either happen to him...or to his uncle, Harry Potter, son of Chaos. Harry is dropped off at Talon's for safety during Mardi Gras. Too bad he forgot about magic and technology not mixing.
Disclaimer: Don't own the characters. Created the fanfic though! :P
Set during: Night Embrace – will be spoilers for that book.
"But why?" Harry asked, "I can help fight!"
Ash tightened his grip on the steering wheel and rolled his eyes. Again. "We don't know what Camulus' plan is and he's got at least one other god on his side. Do you know how desperate they would be to get their hands on you?"
Harry huffed and crossed his arms over his chest.
"Especially," Ash continued, stressing the word, "as you seem to have some sway over The Destroyer."
Pouting, Harry let his hands drop down to his lap and turned to look out of the window of the car, watching as the trees sped past them in a blur.
"It's not my fault she likes me best." He grumbled a few minutes later.
Ash shot him a droll look. "She likes you better than my father."
"Well...he did cheat on her. And I give her pottery."
"Yeah," Harry wiggled his fingers in front of his face, "you know, for smashing. She is named Destroyer for a reason."
"And that worked?"
"Well, yeah." Harry shrugged helplessly, "Why wouldn't it? Oh, I did make them look like people she knew."
Ash looked at him in disbelief.
"What?" Harry was starting to get defensive, "We had fun!"
Ash sighed and shook his head. "Nothing, nothing. It's just a little hard for me to believe."
"You'd be surprised how much bonding you can have destroying pottery busts of your enemies." Harry paused. "Took me ages to get the dust out though."
Ash blinked, "Was that why you were stained red for a week? I had wondered."
Harry grinned. "So can I help?"
"Aw," Harry pouted and slumped back into his seat, "...Hey, wait a minute!" Harry brightened "I'm your uncle! You have to do what I say."
"Sure thing, Uncle. Just as soon as you're older than me." Ash smirked.
Harry gaped at him. "That's just unfair. You're really old."
"And that just made you sound like a child."
"But I can help!" Harry protested, "I can distract them!"
"Harry. You're the son of Chaos. Anything you do to try and distract them is going to go wrong. Somehow."
"What? That's not true!" Harry paused, "Not all the time."
"That's just how it works. It's written into your very being to subvert the norm."
"Name three things!"
"The killing curse when you were one, the horcrux in your head and the fact that you came back to life."
Harry gritted his teeth. "Name five more."
"Falling a hundred feet and only breaking your wrist, surviving a basilisk bite, gaining the philosopher stone from the mirror, riding an abused dragon out of a bank without dying and facing off a hundred dementors without having your soul sucked out of you."
"Name one more."
Ash rolled his eyes, "No, I think we've established that I'm right."
"You can't, can you!" Harry chirped gleefully, "That just prov-"
"Escaping Malfoy manor."
Harry pouted and slumped in his seat. "I'm not talking to you anymore."
Ash chuckled and scrubbed his hand through Harry's hair. Harry batted him away in annoyance.
"Oi, leave off! Treat your uncle with some respect!"
"I was just fixing your hair. You want to give a good impression right?"
"Fixing my hair? My hair doesn't fix," Harry said pulling down the car's sun visor to check his reflection in the little mirror there, "It's just naturally mes- Hey! It's neat! How come I can never do that?"
Harry ignored him and reached up to touch his hair which was, for the first time in his life, lying flat on his head. Ash slapped his hand away.
"Don't touch it. You'll just mess it up again and I don't think Talon would be very receptive if I bring you over with you looking like you've just been electrocuted."
"I wusn't gonna." Harry pouted, cradling his hand to his chest, "You can be so mean sometimes, Ash."
Ash raised an eyebrow at him. "I think you need to work on the innocent act."
Harry grinned. "Got it. Oh hey, are we here?" He added as Ash turned off the 'road' they were driving down and onto a muddy track.
"Not quite." Ash said as he slowed the car to a stop just outside what looked like an ancient shack and climbed out.
Harry followed Ash's example by getting out of the car too and looking around. It was dark, gloomy and creepy. He repressed a shiver as something died screaming in the swamp.
"Nice." He murmured and hurried over to where Ash was standing.
"It's locked." Ash said gesturing at the shack. "We're going to have to wait until Talon opens it up from the inside."
"Can't you just poof us in? We'd only be moving around three feet."
Ash stared at Harry, then at the door, then back to Harry.
"Better not risk it. Remember the last time I tried to 'poof' you anywhere?"
"Hey," Harry said defensively, "that wasn't my fault. And I've always wanted to see what a dinosaur looked like."
Ash raised his eyebrow with an amused smile.
"I got us out of there." Harry continued to defend himself.
"Only because that T-Rex was going to eat us."
"But it didn't," Harry stressed, "I saved us before we could die."
"What you did was a complete accident."
"No, I knew what I was doing the whole time."
"Oh, really. What did you do then?"
"Um," Harry fidgeted, trying to come up with something, "I used my...powers...to poof us back...from where you had sent us!"
"Me?" Ash asked in disbelief, "You're going to blame that on me?"
"You're older, you should have known better." Harry said with a smug grin.
"You're my uncle." Ash shot back with a smirk.
"Oooh, low blow."
"What the hell?"
Both Harry and Ash jumped and spun around to see tall blond man looking at them in disbelief. The shack behind him had been opened and Harry could see an array of cars, bikes and boats. They hadn't even heard him arrive, which should've been almost impossible.
Laughing nervously Harry ran his hand through his hair, turning it back to its regular crow's nest.
Ash sighed in resignation. "Harry, this is Talon." He said making introductions. "Talon this is-"
"His uncle!" Harry chirped in happily.
Ash pinched the bridge of his nose.
"Uncle?" Talon asked faintly.
"Harry." Ash finished. "My uncle."
"How?" Talon looked between them with wide eyes.
"I'm his mother's half-brother."
Talon's jaw dropped. Ash gritted his teeth.
"Harry, what did I say about revealing information?"
"To not to." Harry grinned at Ash. "Don't worry, dear Nephew! I know what I'm doing!"
"I sincerely doubt that."
"Ash." Harry whined, "Stop undermining my authority."
"How does that work? Are you immortal too?"
Harry stopped, his eyes widening. "You know...I've never actually thought about that." He turned to look at Ash who just shrugged.
"You'll know when you need to."
"How vague." Harry said with a fond smile, "You know, if you keep saying things like that I might just replace you with a magic eight ball. I'd get a straight answer for once."
Talon just stared at them both looking dumbfounded and just a little terrified.
"So," Talon interrupted, "why are you here? And why did you ask me to meet you?"
Harry blinked, and then turned to stare at Ash. "You didn't tell him?" He asked.
Ash shifted slightly. "He can't run away now."
"Uh, what?" Talon asked slightly confused and not liking the implications.
"Talon, I need somewhere safe to keep Harry for a few days. Away from the daimons."
"So you brought him here?" Talon asked incredulously.
"This is the safest place at the moment. You're completely isolated and you have one of the best security networks available."
"Talon." Ash said sternly.
"What about Kyrian?"
"He's mortal now." Ash reminded.
Talon looked like he was going to protest further when he caught the narrow-eyed look Ash was giving him.
"Okay," he sighed in defeat, "I'll take him."
"Not like I had much of a choice anyway." Talon mumbled under his breath as he led Ash and Harry to his boat, closing the door of the shack behind them.
Harry gingerly stepped onto the raft. If there was ever a time where his powers kicked in it would be now. Fortunately, the raft didn't tip over or burst into flames or turn into something embarrassing. Harry sighed in relief and sat down, paying no attention Ash who was quietly snickering next to him.
Talon followed with wide eyes and started up the boat.
Harry spent the entire ride trying to make his hair lie flat again and ignoring the glances that Talon kept giving him and Ash.
He sighed as the wind made a mockery of his attempts and in the end just gave up. Ash shot him a grin. Harry sulked.
It was only several minutes later that Talon slowed the raft down and his house became visible.
Harry was not impressed.
"You want me to stay there?" He asked Ash, "It doesn't look like it can stand up to a brisk wind never mind a daimon attack."
Ash clipped him backside the head and Harry yelped.
"Stop insulting Talon's home."
Harry looked over at Talon who was looking very annoyed.
"Oh, come on." He said, "It's not like you're blind. You know what it looks like."
Ash clipped him again.
"Okay, okay!" Harry said, shuffling as far out of reach as possible, "Geez."
Talon brought the boat up against the dock and secured it, immediately jumping out and striding up to his front door. Ash followed at a more leisurely pace leaving Harry to scramble out after them and almost falling in.
"Careful there, Uncle."
"It's not my fault." Harry grimaced, "You both have freakishly long legs that can easily step over the gap."
"Or maybe you're just short." Talon murmured under his breath.
"I heard that!" Harry called after him in annoyance before freezing in place.
"Harry?" Ash asked, slightly worried when Harry didn't respond.
"Um...is that a crocodile?"
Ash turned to look in the direction Harry was staring in and raised an eyebrow.
"No, that's an alligator."
"Oh," Harry said faintly, "what's the difference? Never mind," he cut off Ash before he could reply, "I don't care. They can both eat me."
"She's not going to eat you."
"Yeah, okay." Harry said, edging nervously with a wide berth around the huge animal that was staring fixedly at him, "Don't judge me if I don't believe you."
Ash rolled his eyes and pushed Harry up and through the front door, ignoring his protests and ignoring the sly pat on the head Talon gave the animal with a smirk.
"Wooooow!" Harry exclaimed once he had finished telling Ash how he was going to die, "I take my previous comments back. This is awesome!"
Talon flushed a little. "It's not that great." He mumbled, closing the door behind them.
"Are you kidding?" Harry asked, turning in a slow circle trying to take in everything, "This looks like something out of a film!"
"Now Harry," Ash said, trying to capture Harry's attention away from all the gadgets. "You need to sta-"
"What does that do?" Harry interrupted as he skipped over to one of the terminals and started pressing random buttons.
Ash grabbed his arms and hauled him away when it looked like Talon was about to go apocalyptic.
"What did I say about pressing random buttons?"
"To not to." Harry pouted as he crossed his arms over his chest.
Ash glared at him as Talon rushed about in the background trying to calm his machines down.
"Fine." Harry said flopping down onto the bed, "I'll just sit here and not press any buttons."
"Now," Ash continued, "You are going to stay here. You are not to leave here. You are not to touch any of the machines in Talon's house.
"In fact, you are not to move from this bed, or make any loud noises that will draw attention to this place. Do you understand?"
Ash turned to Talon who looked decidedly unimpressed that he was having to leave Harry here alone in his house with his precious equipment unguarded.
"Don't worry," Harry said with a sly grin, "I won't touch your stuff."
It didn't seem to reassure the blond man but Ash didn't give him time to reconsider and hustled him out the door.
"Remember," he shot back at Harry just as the door was about to close, "no touching."
"Got it." Harry grinned and gave him a thumbs up until the door slammed shut and the sound of the motor starting up drowned out the resident nightlife. Then Harry scowled and scuffed his foot on the floor. "Now what am I going to do?"
There was a loud bang and the door shook as something heavy seemed to charge it. Harry yelped and scrambled back into the middle of the bed, tucking his knees against his chest and staring at the door with wide eyes.
There was another bang, and another and the sound of scales rubbing against wood.
Harry just hoped that the door was stronger than it looked.
"Go away you stupid alligator!" He yelled out.
There was silence for a moment before a blood-curdling snarl echoed through the night. Harry whimpered at the sound and gathered his magic, ready in case he needed to fight off something that wanted nothing more to do than to eat him.
Three hours later found Harry bored out of his mind tossing a ball of light from hand to hand.
The alligator had scared him for the first ten minutes, but when it became clear that whatever the door was made out of was completely solid the noises became less terrifying.
He had even tried baiting the brutish animal – yelling out random words just to hear it snarl and try to break in the house.
It had even amused him for a while until the animal seemed to figure out what he was doing and had left.
Now he was stuck in a one room shack with nothing to do. The machines weren't helping either, every few moments one would let out a whirr or a bleep and sometimes even little lights would flash for a few seconds.
And he wasn't allowed to go play!
So here he was, tossing a lumos ball back and forth, trying to stave off boredom until Ash and Talon came back.
Or at least he was hoping Ash came back with Talon, otherwise he'd have to go poofing about trying to find his errant nephew and with his father's influence running unchecked through his system he had no idea where he would end up...or even when.
All in all it was a bad idea.
He had just started to toss the ball of light to his left hand when the door gave an almighty bang.
Flinching at the sudden noise he didn't manage to get his hand up in time to catch his make-shift ball.
Harry could only watch as it sailed across the room and collided with a computer monitor where it slowly dissolved into the machine.
The screen gave a couple of flickers, turning a variety of colours from pink to green before it changed one last time to a bright blue that lit up the room.
"Ah." Harry stared at it with wide eyes. "That's not...okay, I can fix this." He pointed his finger at the screen and concentrated on his wizard magic, not his chaos magic.
"Reparo." He murmured, feeling smug as the blue screen disappeared into a thin horizontal line cutting across the middle before that shrank to a small dot and faded completely.
There, back to the normal black screen.
The computer the screen was connected to started make really loud clunking noises.
No sooner had the words left his mouth then the clunking noises stopped. Harry held his breath for a moment but nothing else happened. He breathed out a sigh of relief.
The computer burst into flames.
Harry scrambled off the bed then flinched violently to the side as the alligator outside decided that now was a perfect time to once more try to get into the building.
After shooting a wary glance at the door that was now shaking on its hinges, Harry looked back and let out a cry of distress.
The flames had spread upwards and now half the desk was on fire.
"Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit ohshitohshitohshit! What do I do? What do I do? I know!" Harry pointed his finger at the spreading flames, "Aguamenti!"
A jet of water shot out of his fingertips and blasted the computer terminal, dousing it with water. Harry kept up the stream until all the flames were out, then he stopped, his heart pounding and his breathing erratic.
One half of the desk had melted into a soggy pile of twisted metal and charred plastic. The other half was surprisingly intact.
"Maybe he won't notice?"
The other two computers blew up, scattering sparks across the room.
Harry could only watch stunned as the floor, walls and bed caught fire.
He glared upwards, "Oh, come on."
The door burst in off its hinges, clattering against the far wall, and a very angry looking alligator crawled its way inside the burning building snarling at him.
"Now I know you hate me."
Harry dodged as the alligator snapped at him, unable to do anything but be herded into a flaming corner, doing his best to ignore the intense heat.
"Back! Back you stupid animal."
He spared a glance as the ceiling groaned alarmingly and started to sag in the middle.
"If now was ever a time to get this right." Harry mumbled to himself, gathering his magic to him and trying to force it to do his will. He apparated out just as the roof collapsed.
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