Disclaimer: Harry Potter and properties are owned by JK Rowling. I don't make money from writing this fanfiction. The story contains spoiler of all Harry Potter series especially the Deathly Hallows. There are parts taken from the books too. You've been warned.
Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
Remus and Sirius were sitting in the living room when Harry and Lucius emerged from Remus' study. Sirius scowled when he saw Lucius. When was his godfather going to change? Harry had married Lucius in the future. There was no need for Sirius to be so suspicious of Lucius every time Lucius showed up.
They took a seat across of Remus and Sirius.
"I contacted Daily Prophet," Lucius said. "The paper will publish investigation about Tom Riddle the day after tomorrow."
It was a move that Harry and Lucius had planned to decrease the number of Voldemort's follower.
"Why not tomorrow?" Sirius asked.
Lucius smirked. "They already got news for tomorrow edition."
"The result of Triwizard Tournament first task," Harry said.
"Precisely, my dear."
"What kind of investigation are you going to publish?" Remus asked.
"The real identity of Voldemort." Lucius replied.
"How much do you pay for the article anyway?" Sirius asked curiously.
"Sirius!" Remus hissed.
"What?" Sirius asked innocently.
Harry looked at his watch. "I have to return to Gryffindor Tower now," he said. "They are waiting for me."
Lucius kissed his forehead.
"See you later," Harry murmured.
"I will call you, my dear." Lucius replied.
Harry turned to his godfather. "Thanks for coming, Sirius."
Sirius softened. "Of course!" the man replied. "I'm my godson biggest supporter."
Sure enough, when he entered the Gryffindor common room it exploded with cheers and yells again. "Way to go, Harry!" Fred yelled.
"It's because of us you're chosen!" George added.
Harry waved at them but he didn't say anything. Hermione and Ron had saved place for him near the fireplace.
"You know what? I reckon you could win this tournament, Harry, I'm serious." Ron said once he sat down.
"Harry has got a long way to go before he finishes this tournament," Hermione said seriously. "If that was the first task, I hate to think what's coming next."
"That dragon was scary." Ron commented. "There's no way any of the other tasks are going to be that dangerous, how could they be?"
"Actually, the tasks only get worse," he replied.
Their conversation was disturbed by Fred, George and Lee Jordan who wanted to see the golden egg.
"Blimey, this is heavy," Lee Jordan said. "Open it, Harry, go on! Let's just see what's inside it!"
"He's supposed to work out the clue on his own," Hermione said swiftly. "It's in the tournament rules…"
"I was supposed to work out how to get past the dragon on my own too," Harry muttered.
She grinned rather guiltily. "Well, you're right," she admitted.
"Yeah, go on, Harry, open it!" several people echoed.
Harry grimaced inwardly. The merpeople's voice was horrible. But, if they wanted to hear it, well, it was their choice. The moment he opened the egg, the most horrible noise, a loud and screechy wailing, filled the room.
"Shut it!" Fred shouted.
"What was that?" Seamus Finnegan muttered. "Sounded like a banshee… maybe you've got to get past one of those next, Harry!"
"It was someone being tortured!" Neville whispered. "You're going to have to fight the Cruciatus Curse!"
"Don't be ridiculous, Neville," George said. "That's illegal."
"I thought it sounded a bit like Percy singing. Maybe you've got to attack him while he's in the shower, Harry." Fred said, snickering.
The students laughed at that.
"Percy's singing was terrible." Ron mumbled out.
Hermione rolled her eyes.
Neville stole their attention as the teen turned into giant canary. He had eaten the food the twins offered. He returned back to normal within a minute.
"Canary Creams!" Fred shouted amid the laughing. "George and I invented them - seven Sickles each, a bargain!"
Two days later, the Great Hall was buzzing when Harry, Ron and Hermione got down for breakfast. The students were talking with each other. Some looked horrified at the news at Daily Prophet. The situation at teacher's table didn't differ much. McGonagall and Dumbledore were talking with serious expression on their face. Snape was in full concentration as he read the paper.
"What is going on?" Ron asked in bewilderment.
"We'll find out," Hermione replied.
They sat at Gryffindor table.
"Have you guys read it?" Dean Thomas asked.
"Read what?" Ron asked.
"This!" Seamus shoved Daily Prophet at Ron's face.
Hermione snatched the paper. "'The Real Identity of You Know Who!'" she read the headline.
Below the headline, there were two pictures. One showed young Tom Riddle in his Slytherin uniform and one showed Voldemort so the readers could make comparison. At the lower part of the first page, there was picture of Tom Riddle Senior. The man was so similar with his son that no one would miss the connection.
"What does the paper say?" Ron asked.
"Voldemort is actually halfblood named Tom Riddle. He's the son of Merope Gaunt and Muggle." Hermione answered.
It was all the students could talk about in the castle. Even the students from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons were interested to talk about Voldemort. Of course, every time people talked about Voldemort they would automatically talked about Harry too. That was quite annoying for Harry who felt that everyone was staring at him.
The next day, the Prophet came with another headline. 'Dark Magic Caused You Know Who's Insanity.' The article explained that Voldemort tried to obtain power through ritual that slowly but sure caused insanity. There were quotes from many people who knew Voldemort during the beginning of his reign about the insanity. One of the quotes came from Lucius.
Harry wanted to groan. Of course. Lucius couldn't antagonized the other pureblood wizards and witches who followed Voldemort since he still needed them. Once he could convinced them that Voldemort was nothing but crazy psychopath, he could become their leader. Nothing like Voldemort of course, but Lucius was powerful wizard and one of the richest as well. He was also the head of one of the oldest pureblood family. It would be very easy for him to control them all. Harry had no doubt that those fanatic purebloods were in uproar ever since the revelation. They wouldn't want to be seen as idiot and that's where Lucius would trap them.
For the next few days, the articles were the main conversation topic at Hogwarts. That was, of course, before the Yule Ball announcement. It was the end of Transfiguration lesson when Professor McGonagall made the announcement. The class broke into whispers. Parvati and Lavender were the most excited students in the class.
"Potter, a word, if you please." She called him when the lesson was over.
Harry proceeded to her desk. "Yes, Professor?" he asked.
"Potter, the champions and their partners traditionally open the Yule Ball. So, make sure to get dance partner." McGonagall told him.
"Oh, alright, Professor," he replied easily. "I know who I'm going to ask."
"You do?" McGonagall looked surprised.
"Yes," Harry said.
This time, he knew who he was going to ask. Well, he certainly couldn't ask Lucius to come with him. He didn't waste time. Harry immediately went to look for his Yule Ball partner. The search took time but Harry found the girl finally. "Luna!" he called. "I was looking for you!"
"Oh, hello, Harry," Luna replied dreamily. "What can I do for you?"
"Do you want to come with me to the Yule Ball?" Harry asked. "You're my best friend and we could go together."
"Oh! No one ever asked me about that before," Luna said. "Okay then. I will come with you to the Ball, Harry."
He smiled. "Thanks, Luna."
"But, I don't know about this Yule Ball," she said.
"Hogwarts is going to hold Yule Ball this year and the Triwizard champions and their partners traditionally open the Ball," Harry explained. "McGonagall told us about it."
"I can't dance," Luna said.
"It's okay," he replied. "I can't dance too. We could practice together."
Luna nodded at him, beaming.
For the next few days, many of Hogwarts students asked Harry to go to the ball with them and Harry refused politely, saying that he already got partner.
"Who?" Ron demanded incredulously.
"Luna," he replied easily.
"Luna?" Ron was surprised.
"Yes." Harry confirmed.
"Why Luna?" Ron asked.
"Why not?" he answered. "Luna is our best friend."
Ron gave up.
However that meant, Ron was alone in his quest to find partner. That also meant that the news that he was going to the ball with Luna spread at the castle. Harry had heard the girls talking about it. Well, Luna was his best friend and since she couldn't go to the ball unless someone from the upper class asked her, Harry figured that he could ask Luna. As Harry had said before, he and Luna practiced dancing together. They used empty classroom for that. He seldom danced in the future and if he did, Lucius was always the one who lead the dance.
"I think we're doing good," he said to Luna once their practice ended.
Luna nodded at him. "I'm wearing anti Nargle charm," the girl said. "It helps my concentration."
They left the classroom together and met with Draco Malfoy.
"Hi, Malfoy," Harry greeted his future stepson.
"Potter," Draco replied. His eyes went to Luna.
Harry had no doubt that he, as well as, entire Hogwarts student had heard that he was going to the ball with Luna Lovegood. "We're practising for Yule Ball," he said. "I'm not good at dancing."
Draco nodded at him.
"So, who is your partner?" Harry asked suddenly.
Draco looked taken aback. "I haven't asked anyone yet," the blond replied after a few moments of silence.
Harry smiled. "Try asking Astoria," he suggested.
"Who?" Draco looked puzzled. He already knew Astoria then.
"Astoria Greengrass," Luna said suddenly. "She is in my year and she is quite nice. You two will make nice couple."
Harry blinked at her.
Draco stared at her.
Luna smiled serenely at them.
Christmas was getting near. It didn't mean that the teachers let students to run rampant. Professors McGonagall and Remus kept them working. Snape also acted like usual. The Potion Master gave them homework about poison and antidotes. Snape had smirked nastily and told them that he would test their antidote to see if it worked or no.
"It's Christmas!" The redhead grumbled. "We're supposed to have fun!"
Hermione ignored him and turned to Harry. "Have you worked it out with the egg?" she asked.
"'Come seek us where our voices sound,
We cannot sing above the ground,
And while you're searching, ponder this:
We've taken what you'll sorely miss,
An hour long you'll have to look,
And to recover what we took,
But past an hour- the prospect's black,
Too late, it's gone, it won't come back'" Harry replied.
"What was that?" Ron asked, confused.
"The hint for the second task," Hermione replied.
"Really?" Ron asked.
"Yes. The egg contains merpeople's song. They're going to get something from us and the task is to get our valuable item back." He explained.
"But merpeople live underwater!" Hermione said. "How are you going to breathe underwater?"
"That is the part of the task too," he replied.
Hermione narrowed his eyes. "You seem too calm for this, Harry." She commented.
"Not really," he said. "But I know the way to make me breathe underwater."
"How?" Hermione asked, astonished.
Hermione leaned forward, eager to know about Harry's newfound knowledge.
"There are few ways actually," he replied.
Their conversation was interrupted by Fred and George.
"So, Harry, we heard that you go with Luna for the ball," George said, grinning mischievously.
"Yes," he replied casually.
"That's good." George nodded solemnly at him and then turned to Ron. "And how about you, dear brother?"
"Nope," Ron replied, annoyed.
"Well, you better be hurry or all the good ones will be gone," Fred said.
"Who're you going with, then?" Ron asked curiously.
"Angelina," Fred said promptly, without a trace of embarrassment.
"What?" Ron said, taken aback. "You've already asked her?"
"Good point," Fred said. "Oy! Angelina!"
Angelina looked over at him. "What?" she called back.
"Want to come to the ball with me?"
Angelina gave Fred an appraising sort of look.
"All right, then," she said, with a bit of a grin on her face.
Harry watched George's face. He looked a bit annoyed by his twin's action. Was it possible that George has crush on Angelina? In the future, George married Angelina but Harry always assumed that he and Angelina grew closer after Fred's death.
"There you go," Fred said smugly. "Easy, right?"
"Come on, Fred," George said.
Together, they left.
"Merlin beard!" Ron muttered anxiously. "What should I do? I don't want to end up with a pair of trolls."
Hermione let out a sputter of indignation. "A pair of… what, excuse me?"
"Well, you know," Ron said. "I'd rather go alone than with Eloise Midgen, say."
"Her acne's loads better lately and she's really nice!" Hermione argued.
"Her nose is off-centre," Ron argued.
"Oh I see. So basically, you're going to take the best looking girl who'll have you, even if she's completely horrible?" Hermione demanded angrily.
"Err...yeah, that sounds about right," Ron replied, digging his grave deeper.
"I'm going to bed," Hermione snapped and left them.
"What did I do?" Ron asked Harry. "Why is she angry at me?"
A few days later, Harry and Hermione returned to Gryffindor common room after dinner only to find Ron and Ginny huddled together in a distant corner. Ron mysteriously didn't show up at dinner.
"What is wrong with him?" Hermione asked, frowning. "Is he sick?"
Ron looked up at them but he didn't say anything. Harry suspect that it was Hermione's presence there that stopped him from telling the truth.
"Ginny?" Hermione asked.
"He asked Fleur Delacour to go with him to the ball," Ginny replied.
Ron groaned. "I don't know! I was just walking past her...she was standing there talking to Diggory. It sort of came over me...and I asked her!" Ron moaned and put his face in his hands. "She looked at me like I was a sea slug or something. I just sort of came to my senses and ran for it."
But this time, since Cedric wasn't one of Hogwarts Champion, there was probability that Fleur would go to the ball with him now. Or maybe not, since there was Cho Chang.
"This is mad," Ron said.
Hermione snorted. '"All the good-looking ones taken, Ron? Eloise Midgen starting to look quite pretty? Well, I'm sure you'll find someone somewhere." She said snidely. Hermione was still annoyed with Ron's heartless comment few days ago.
Ron was staring at Hermione in a whole new light. "Hermione, you are a girl…" he muttered.
"Oh well spotted," she said acidly.
"Well, you can come with me!" he insisted.
"No, I can't," she replied, annoyed.
"Oh come on," he said impatiently.
"I can't come with you," Hermione said irritably, "because I'm already going with someone."
"You just said that to get rid of Neville!" Ron countered. "Neville told me that he asked you and you refused him."
"Oh did I?" Hermione said sarcastically. "Just because it's taken you three years to notice that I'm girl, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!" She stormed off.
"She's lying," said Ron flatly.
"She's not," Ginny quietly.
"Who?" Ron asked sharply.
"I'm not telling you, it's her business," Ginny replied.
"Right," Ron muttered sullenly.
Harry sighed. He had enough of teenage drama. "I'm off then," he muttered. Without waiting for Ron and Ginny's reply, he walked to the boy's dorm.
Even though Harry had to stay at Hogwarts this year, he still found opportunity to visit Sirius, Remus and Lucius. He spent a day with Sirius and Remus at Grimmauld Place to celebrate the season. In fact, Sirius had insisted that they had Christmas earlier. That's why Harry had opened his presents from Sirius and Remus at 23rd December.
Then the next day, he spent the day with Lucius at their London house. The house was decorated beautifully as always during Christmas. This time, Lucius had ordered Dobby to do it.
"I have something to show you," Lucius said, leading Harry to his study.
It turned out to be Pensive.
"Lucius..." Harry stared at the Pensive.
"I've put my memories in it," Lucius told him.
It was quite weird, seeing everything from Lucius' point of view. His husband had put his memories about their last Christmas together. The Christmas eve...the morning when James, Al and Lily barged into their bedroom, opening the presents and playing in the snow together. Seeing all of it made Harry smile.
He turned to his husband. "Thank you, Lucius," he whispered.
"You're welcome," Lucius replied. "Merry Christmas, my dear."
"Merry Christmas, Lucius."
Harry returned to Hogwarts the next day after lunch. He was going to find Ron and Hermione but they found him first.
"We're going to have snowball fight," Ron said, gesturing to the crowd behind him. There were Fred, George, Seamus, Dean, Lee Jordan, Ernie Macmillan, Ginny and even Luna.
"Come on, mate!" Fred said impatiently.
They split into two teams, a red team and gold team. Ron was chosen to be the captain of the red team and Luna the captain of gold team. The election was definitely fair since Hermione had them all draw sticks. Luna and her team was greally great at snowball fight. She had incredible aim while Fred and George were equally ruthless. In no time, they had flattened the enemy.
"And the winner is Gold Team!" Hermione announced.
The member of gold team cheered. The loudest being Fred and George.
Harry flopped onto the ground, exhausted. He remembered James, Albus and Lily having snowball fight. The children would make snowman and snow angel too. It was still years until he could see them again.
"Hey, Harry," Hermione said. "Are you okay?"
"Hm? Oh, yes," he replied, getting up. "I'm going to make snowman," he announced.
The others followed his lead and soon, the ground was filled by numerous snowman. Harry made three little snowman, each for his children. Luna made some strange creature which must be magical creature in her imagination.
They played until afternoon then retreated back to the castle. Harry, Ron, Seamus, Dean, and Neville changed into their dress robes up in their dormitory. This time, Mrs. Weasley had bought new dress robe for Ron.
"I'm going to pick Luna," Harry said once he was ready.
Ron waved his hand. Harry knew that Ron was going to the ball with Lavender Brown. The redhead finally gathered his courage and blurted it out.
He walked to Ravenclaw tower and answered the riddle. The students at common room looked up when he entered. Harry recognized most of them.
"Hi Harry," Luna had showed up. She wore red dress with black ribbon in the waist. The dress looked lovely on her and it was age appropriate too with her being only thirteen year old. Harry meanwhile had worn all black except for his red shirt.
He smiled. "Shall we go now?" he asked.
"Okay," Luna replied happily.
At the empty corridor, Harry stopped walking. Luna stopped too.
"I got something for you," he explained and took out gold brooch from his pocket. It was flower shaped and was decorated with rubies. The brooch also could be used as hair ornament.
"There," he said, putting the brooch on her hair. The rubies glinted in the light.
Luna looked at him.
"You are one of my best friend, Luna." He said seriously. "When I have daughter, I'm going to name her Lily Luna. And you will be the best godmother in the world for her."
He found himself with an armful of Luna the next second.
"You're so nice, Harry," Luna said. Her eyes looked a bit moist. "No one was that nice to me."
"Well, you got me, Hermione, Ron, Ginny and Neville now," he replied.
Luna beamed at him.
"Come on," he said. "The Yule Ball can't be started if one of the Champions is late."
They walked together to the Great Hall. The entrance was packed with students, waiting for eight o'clock, when the doors to the Great Hall would be thrown open. Harry saw the other Champions. Fleur was gorgeous as always in silver gray satin gown and accompanied by Roger Davies. Where was Cedric then? Ah, he came together with Cho Chang. Krum was accompanied by Hermione.
A group of Slytherin students came up the steps from their dungeon common room. Draco Malfoy was in front and his arm was Astoria Greengrass. Draco moved faster this time. Next to him was Theodore Nott, accompanied by Daphne Greengrass. Pansy Parkinson seemed very unhappy with this. Harry saw her displeased expression, even though she was accompanied by some Durmstrang student.
Then Professor McGonagall's voice called, "Champions over here, please!"
Once everyone else was settled in the Hall, Professor McGonagall told the champions and their partners to get in line in pairs and to follow her. The walls of the Hall had all been covered in sparkling silver frost, with hundreds of garlands of mistletoe and ivy crossing the starry black ceiling. There were about a hundred smaller, lantern-lit ones, each seating about a dozen people. In the front sat the Professors and the judges and Ludo Bagman. Lucius didn't come to the ball since he had some business to do.
Harry and Luna chose to join Hermione and Viktor Krum. Hermione and Krum were having lively discussion. The dinner was begun then. When all the food had been consumed, Dumbledore stood up and asked the students to do the same. A set of drums, several guitars, a lute, a cello, and some bagpipes were set upon it. The Weird Sisters now trooped up onto the stage to wildly enthusiastic applause.
After that, came the part Harry dreaded. But overall, it wasn't that bad. He enjoyed dancing with Luna. Not far from him, Neville was dancing with Ginny. Professor Dumbledore was dancing with Madame Maxime. As for Lucius, he was busy talking with Snape.
When the ball was over, Harry escorted Luna back to Ravenclaw tower. The night went quite well in his opinion.
"You want to what?" Ron asked.
Harry had just told Ron and Hermione about his idea to hold New Year party. Both of them were acting strangely, which must be the result of last night fight. But Harry ignored it and began telling them his plan. It was going to be simple affair, not as extravagant as the Yule Ball. They can hold it at the school yard with lot of bonfires to keep warm. Harry already had the vision in his head.
"I'm going to ask Dumbledore's permission first," he said.
Hermione cocked her head thoughtfully. "Well, if you're sure about it then I'm going to help you," she said. "Besides, it sounds like fun."
"And we can invite students from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons too," he added.
"What?" Ron protested. "Why?"
"They're guests here. We have to welcome them. And it's opportunity to find new friend."
Ron grumbled. He was still sore about Viktor Krum and Hermione.
As Harry had expected, Dumbledore agreed immediately to his plan. The headmaster was enthusiast to hear that Harry plan to include students from the other two schools too. Dumbledore also would talk to the house elves about the food and drinks.
"Dumbledore agrees," he told Ron and Hermione.
"Great," Hermione said.
"We have to start then." Harry said. "We only have few days left."
Hermione nodded. "We have to be quick," she commented.
"I'm going to ask Remus and Hagrid's help," Harry said. "Hermione, can you make announcement for the party? We can ask Luna, Ernie and Malfoy to put it at their common rooms."
"Alright." Hermione said.
"Do we need to invite Slytherins too?" Ron asked.
"Yes," Harry and Hermione answered in unison.
Ron slumped down. Even though Harry's relationship with Draco was better and there was no fight or name calling between them anymore, Ron was still wary of the blond teen.
"Ron, you can go to Fred and George to ask for fireworks," he ordered. "I think they'll be happy to help."
They set to work then. Harry went to find Remus and explained his idea. They both then set to find Hagrid. Harry's plan was to make giant bonfire in the middle of the school yard and he wanted fire salamander to entertain the students. He remembered that it was really amazing to see the salamanders running in the flame. Also he needed logs for the bonfire. After he told Remus and Hagrid everything he needed, he returned to the castle. Hermione had finished with the announcement. They split the task. She went to find Luna and Ernie while Harry went to find Draco.
In no time, the whole castle occupants knew about the party. It was helped by Dumbledore, who announced it during dinner. Yule Ball was fine but it was quite formal. This however would be different. Students could relax in their daily clothes, sitting around bonfire and talking with friends.
The day finally came. The party would be started at 8 P.M and ended right after midnight. Fred, George, helped by Sirius would provide fireworks to mark the end and beginning of the new year. Everything went according Harry's plan.
There was giant bonfire in the middle of the yard with fire salamanders running in the flame. Students who never saw the salamanders before watched in awe. There were small bonfires scattered around. Each of it was surrounded by logs that functioned as seat. Each of the small bonfires also had log near it to be used as table. There were food and drink ready. They had grilled sausages, chicken and corn. For drinks, they had hot chocolate.
The teachers also came. Harry saw Dumbledore, McGonagall, Flitwick, Remus, Sinistra and even Trelawney. Snape was also there although the man had sour expression on his face. Hagrid sat next to Madame Maxime. Sirius even came too.
"I brought the fireworks with me," Sirius said. "Of course I have to see it by myself."
Harry shook his head fondly at his godfather. He was happy that his godfather was there with him.
They sat in secluded corner so they could talk freely. Ron was busy stuffing himself. Harry, Hermione, Sirius and Remus were talking about the tournament and other light topics. Luna regaled Neville with her tale about Nargles, Snorkack and other unkown magical creatures.
It was midnight soon.
Lee Jordan began the countdown. "10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...!"
Fred and George lit the fireworks. It exploded in the sky, creating dragons, unicorns and other magical animals that ran in the sky.
"Wow!" Ron gaped in awe.
Apparently, Fred and George had started their fireworks business then. It was truly amazing.
"Happy New Year," Harry said, smiling.
"Happy New Year." His friends and family chorused back at him.
Christmas and New Year had passed. Harry focused back his attention to school. They were practicing Banishing Charm at Charms class now. Professor Flitwick had given each student a stack of cushions on which to practice, the theory being that these wouldn't hurt anyone if they went off target. Neville's aim was so poor that he kept accidentally sending much heavier things flying across the room - Professor Flitwick, for instance.
"You haven't told us about your plan to breathe underwater," Hermione said suddenly.
"Gillyweed," he replied.
"What was that?" Ron asked.
"Magical plant. Once I eat it, I can breathe underwater," he explained.
He had asked Lucius to get Gillyweed so at Hogsmeade weekend, Harry went to London.
"Master Lucius is in study," Dobby told him once he arrived in the living room.
"Thank you, Dobby," Harry replied.
He knocked the door before entering the study.
Lucius was seated behind the desk. Important documents filled the desk.
"Hello, my dear."
Harry sat across of his husband.
"Here is your Gillyweed," Lucius said, giving him small black box.
He opened the box and saw green slime ball. "Thank you, Lucius," he said.
"Our campaign succeeded very well," Lucius said.
"You mean your campaign," he muttered, referring to Lucius' interview on Daily Prophet.
Lucius smirked at him.
Time flew by and February twenty fourth came. Harry and the other champions gathered at shore of Black Lake, ready for the second task. Lucius and the other judges were there too.
"Well, all our champions are ready for the Second Task, which will start on my whistle. They have precisely an hour to recover what has been taken from them." Ludo Bagman said. "On the count of three, then. One… two… three!"
The shrill whistle pierced through the air, and the stands erupted with cheers and applause as all the champions started to wade into the water. Fleur cast the Bubble-Head Charms and then dive straight into the water and disappeared almost at once. Viktor took a little more time as he raised his wand and had performed a very sloppy job of Transfiguration on his head; changing it into one of a shark's.
Lucius saw Harry took out Gillyweed from his pocket and started eating it. Harry looked like he was having difficulty to breath before he dove into the water.
Once the three champions were underwater, Ludo Bagman started giving explanation about the second task.
The waiting was hell in Lucius' opinion. He truly hoped that Harry didn't wait at the bottom of the lake for Gabrielle Delacour. There was no reason for that. Harry knew that the hostages were perfectly safe.
"Someone's coming!" a young Gryffindor students shouted.
There was ripple on the surface...
"It's Harry!" the boy yelled.
"Yes, it's Harry!" the younger boy next to him shouted. They must be the Creevey brothers, Harry number one fans in Hogwarts.
Sure it was. Lucius was very relieved that his spouse didn't waste time. The faster Harry returned to the land the better it was.
The judges and Hogwarts teachers had argued whether as to choose Ron Weasley or Luna Lovegood as the hostage when Remus Lupin said that Sirius Black would be the perfect candidate seeing as he was Harry's hostage.
"You may be right, Remus," Dumbledore said, His eyes twinkled madly. "I'm quite sure Sirius would love the opportunity."
Sirius Black, being the prankster he was, quickly come to Hogwarts upon called by Lupin and went along with the plan happily.
On the lake, Harry swam with his godfather in tow to the shore. Black was grinning. No doubt he was thinking of this as adventure.
There was ripple in the water and Fleur Delacour showed up, assisted by two merpeople. The girl was very pale and appeared to be unconscious.
Whispers broke out at this.
"What about her sister?" someone whispered.
Dear Lord! Lucius wanted to groan. Harry, being the noble person he was, dove back into the water to rescue Gabrielle Delacour.
"Hey, Harry!" Black protested since he was left alone.
Lupin went to assist him. "Harry knew what he is doing," the man assured. "Come on, Padfoot! We should check you over."
"Oh! It's Krum!" someone shouted.
Sure it was, Krum showed up with Granger.
Not long, Harry appeared with Gabrielle Delacour. The little girl looked confused since she was expecting for her elder sister. A number of merpeople also showed up with them.
Madame Pomfrey quickly seized Harry and wrapped him tightly in blanket. She also gave Harry potion.
Dumbledore was crouching at the water's edge, deep in conversation with leader of merpeople. He nodded at and then joined the other judges.
"Well, as we all know Harry was the first to show up," Dumbledore said. "And we've seen that Harry went again to the bottom of lake to help Miss Delacour."
Madame Maxime nodded thoughtfully. Karkaroff looked unhappy. Ludo Bagman was beaming.
"It is time then," Dumbledore said.
One by one, they gave the points.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached our decision." Bagman announced. "Miss Fleur Delacour, though she demonstrated excellent use of the Bubble-Head Charm, was attacked by Grindylows as she approached her goal, and failed to retrieve her hostage. We award her twenty-five points."
Applause from the stands.
"Mr. Viktor Krum used an incomplete form of Transfiguration, which was nevertheless effective, and was second to return with his hostage. We award him forty points."
A loud cheering for Krum.
"Mr. Harry Potter used Gillyweed to great effect and he returned the first," Bagman continued. "He also rescued Miss Gabrielle Delacour. We award Mr. Potter forty seven points."
The seven of course came from Karkaroff since Dumbledore, Madame Maxime, Bagman and he each gave Harry ten points.
"The third and final task will take place at dusk on the twenty-fourth of June," continued Bagman. "The champions will be notified of what is coming precisely one month beforehand. Thank you all for your support of the champions."
The last task... Lucius thought. It was time to end Voldemort for once and all.
Hi. It's me again. I was busy writing my crossover fanfics that I neglected my Lucius/Harry story for a while. So now, I'm starting to pick up again. I have finished Unexpected Things and now I plan to finish this.
It is easier to write long stories in Harry Potter universe rather than in crossover because I have to create storyline where Mycroft and Harry could meet and get together. The story tends to be short because of that. No fight with Voldemort and all. Maybe I have to create original enemy or problem that Mycroft and Harry have to face together.