Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter. I do own Mia Lars.
Just a random story that popped into my head. Its a mix of Harry turning into a snake hybrid and Harry being adopted.
There is mildly graphic desciptions of child murder, abuse and negligence. Read footnote for further information as to why.
There was an old stone house three blocks from the Dursley residence.
It was a two story building that was once a church, but had been renovated several years ago. There was a bell in the bell tower, the roof slates and granite walls were clear of lichen and moss, the grass was almost always ankle-length and new-grass-green, the gardens were full of wildflowers and herbs and the yards was fenced in by a patchy white picket fence.
The owner of the house was a wealthy young woman with long, loose chestnut hair and eyes always hidden by a large sunhat and glasses. She was quite fond of long cotton sundresses in late spring and summer, but was rarely seen from mid autumn to spring.
Mia Lars had moved in when Harry was four, and almost immediately became a gossip sensation in Surrey. At only twenty-four, the wealthy heiress was a part-time model, occasional theatre actress and operetta, and a genius at the stock market.
She also went through men like most women went through a box of chocolates.
The children and some adults called her a witch.
Harry, for his part, quite liked her. She always smiled at him whenever she saw him when he passed her house on the way to school. Sometimes she would give him a lolly and a pat on the head. And, most of all, she let him hide in her yard from Dudley's gang during 'games' of Harry Hunting.
Harry barely noticed that she couldn't stand any other children and was coldly snide to most other adults.
He only noticed that every so often one of Dudley's little gang would go missing because the police often came to question Dudley about their disappearances.
It was during one of these disappearances when Harry was nine that his life changed.
Chief Investigator Joseph 'Joe' Morelli had been part of the unit dispatched to investigate the disappearances of no less than seven little boys since the first boy, Piers Polkiss, was taken during recess at school three years ago.
According to the other children, he had been Dudley Dursley's best friend.
Joe had known, the moment Petunia Dursley had opened the door and paled slightly, that something was very wrong with that family. That feeling had only gotten worse when he had met Vernon and Dudley Dursley.
Vernon Dursley was a bully of a man with some anti-social tendancies and in dire need of anger-management classes.
Dudley Dursley, however, despite his young age, was a bonafida baby sociopath. Joe had made a note to Child Services to keep an eye out for the boy.
It was only as he and his partner had been speaking to the older sibling of the third boy that they even found out that there was a fourth person living at the Dursley residence.
A though questioning of the girl had revealed that young Harry was violently bullied by his cousin at school and that it was common knowledge that there was something 'off' about the boy.
Research and inquires at Social Services showed that Harry James Potter had been reported dead with his parents in an unsolved homicide case several years ago, there was no paperwork at all of young Harry's guardianship transfer to his aunt, and there were fifteen uninvestigated reports of suspected child abuse and neglect from four school nurses (all of whom had been dismissed within a week of the report being made), three from a previously abused foster-home teenager who had been rendered comatosed in an unwitnessed attack, an elderly man who suffered a heart attack a month later and seven from a young woman who lived several blocks away on Harry's route to school.
The young woman, a Mia Lars, was quite influential in some social circles, and had actually approached Joe and his partner, Daniel, and told them to look into reports of child abuse in regards to Harry, and to be very discreet in doing so.
Apparently, she had had three potentially fatal car accidents, an arson-lit fire that she had caught in time to stop damage to her house and had then borrowed her cousin's guard dog, Loki. Loki had set off the alarm three times for attempted break-ins and had actually mauled the person who got in, but got away.
During this time, three more boys went missing.
The case was clear. All the boys had been friends with Dudley Dursley, had violently bullied the elusive Harry Potter, and had all been kidnapped and probably killed in likely defence of said little boy.
And someone else was willing to kill to keep Harry in a potentially abusive household.
Then the kidnapper slipped up.
The body of the seventh boy, Borius Landon, was found by a cadaver dog the night the boy went missing.
He'd been hung from a tree in a construction site near the school with meat-hooks through his shoulders, partially disembowelled and skinned from the neck down. The coroner noted that the boy couldn't have screamed as his vocal cords had been neatly severed without killing him. The shock had done that.
The boy had been alive and probably aware when the killer started to butcher him.
The butchering had also been interrupted, from what the coroner could tell, and the killer had just left the body for the police to find several hours later.
Several theories about why the killer had abandoned his prey were thrown around until Joe had gotten a call from Mia Lars that she had answered a knock at her door to find Harry laid out unconscious and bloody on her doorstep and immediately rushed the boy to hospital.
The investigators turned up to find that Harry was in ER with life-threatening internal bleeding, rib and spinal fractures, and other damages that would take at least twelve hours in surgery before they could even consider the boy near safe. When the first doctor had come out on rotation from the surgery, she had promptly told the investigators to arrest the boy's guardians.
Aside from the long term damage sustained, the poor boy had woken up mid-surgery, delirious, and babbled to 'Aunt Petunia' that he'd get dinner done right away, even trying to get up.
Mia Lars had had to be sedated and was passed out on a bed in the nurses breakroom, clad in scrubs while her bloodstained dress was bagged and given to the police.
Six months later, the Dursley's were sentenced to twenty years imprisonment for kidnapping, child abuse, child neglect, fraudulence, child slavery, attempted murder resulting in grievous bodily harm, three accounts of assaulting an officer of the law and seven cases of contempt of court.
No one could have saved the Dursleys as it hit the media the next morning.
During this time, another case was opened to determine who had participated in Harry's kidnapping and why he had been declared dead.
Ever after, Joes could never forget the first time he saw Mia Lars' eyes without the prescription sunglasses. It had been the day that she had finally managed to legally adopted Harry Potter, who trusted no one living, adult or child, except Mia and the person he called Loncha, whom they suspected was the killer.
Her eyes, her brilliant, kaleidoscopic golden eyes, had slit pupils like a snake.
As it turns out, at the very end of his long life, they would also be one of the last things Joe ever saw.
I thought of that one myself as I was about to conk out last night whilst thinking of this. :3
Definition from Wikipedia:
In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia (Greek: Λάμια) was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. While the word lamia literally means "large shark" in Greek, Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children.
Some accounts say she has a serpent's tail below the waist. This popular description of her is largely due to Lamia, a poem by John Keats published in 1819. Antoninus Liberalis uses Lamia as an alternate name for the serpentine drakaina Sybaris. However, Diodorus Siculus describes her as having nothing more than a distorted face.
Later traditions referred to many lamiae; these were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.
According to Diodorus Siculus, Lamia was born the beautiful daughter of King Belus of Egypt, making her the granddaughter of Poseidon and Lybie. Upon her father's death she became queen of one of his territories, Libya. However, while visiting Delphi, Pausanias remarks that Lamia was the daughter of Poseidon. He also states that Lamia and Zeus were the parents of Herophile, a noted sibyl.
Diodorus goes on to relate that Lamia had an affair with Zeus and bore him children. When Hera, Zeus's wife, discovered the affair, she became enraged and killed the children. Driven insane with grief, Lamia began devouring other children, and, according to Diodorus, her face became hideously distorted from her grisly deeds.
Zeus then gave her the ability to remove her eyes. In Diodorus the purpose of this is unclear, but other versions state this came with the gift of prophecy. Zeus did this to appease Lamia in her grief over the loss of her children.
Later stories state that Lamia was cursed with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children. Some accounts (such as that of Horace, below) say that Hera forced Lamia to devour her own children. Myths variously describe Lamia's monstrous (occasionally serpentine) appearance as a result of either Hera's wrath, the pain of grief, the madness that drove her to murder, or - in some rare versions - a natural result of being Hecate's daughter.
Horace, in Ars Poetica (l.340) imagines the impossibility of retrieving the living children she has eaten:
Neu pranse Lamiae vivum puerum extrabat alvo.
Alexander Pope translates the line:
Shall Lamia in our sight her sons devour,
and give them back alive the self-same hour?
In case you didn't get that, Mia Lars is a Lamia who has the power of prophecy, knows Harry is a Parselmouth and had been killing and eating the children who hurt him. She couldn't get to the Dusley's because of the wards.
Tell me what you think. And, yes, New Divide and Hi'i Palulukan will be updated in the next week.