Authors Note:

I know that it has been awhile since I updated this and just left it on a cliff looking down a very long drop, R.L. has sucked for me for a while along with writers block on this story and many of my others.

In May my youngest brother passed away from cancer. We had only found out about it seven months before.

But life is getting better and on track again. I am now going to College, so I don't know when I will update again, but I will try not to leave it on a cliff again.

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Chapter 28: The Trial Concluded

Tuesday October 15, 1996

Dumbledore's Trial Conclusion

Yesterday the trial of Albus Dumbledore had started and was

concluded. With the amount of evidence brought forth by the thirteen

Witnesses, Harry Malfoy-Potter, Lucius Malfoy, Kathlyn Malfoy,

Abraxas Malfoy (Jr.), Cyane Malfoy, Lex Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, Rhea Lestrange,

Rodolphus Lestrange, Rabastan Lestrange, Alice Longbottom, Neville Longbottom

and Frank Longbottom.

I wasn't told just what Dumbledore had said, but I was told that he dug his own grave

and that he was mostly to blame for the war. Albus Dumbledore is to go to Azkaban

with his magic remaining bound.

It was also concluded that the cursing of Frank and Alice was in

No way caused by the Lestrange's. The Lestrange's were also compensated for their wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Turn to page 2 to read about Albus Dumbledore being stripped of his titles and having his vault seized by Gringotts Goblins and audited.

Lucius set the paper down and wondered just what the reaction to this article would be. With the last article, Riddle lost ten of his followers. Now that Dumbledore's trial is over, Lucius hoped that others would stop and think about whom they put their hopes and support for the war into.

By noon, Lucius had gotten so many owls that he had to have it all sent to the Sorting Room. It was a room not far from the kitchen. Apparently the Founders had made the room for just this purpose. For when they got too many owls to deal with on their own. They would have all the owls addressed to the Headmaster/mistress redirected to the Sorting Room. A few House-elves would sort through the mail and then send it to the Headmaster.

It was just after lunch had ended and all the students and Professors that had class had gone to their right classrooms, that Professor McGonagall had knocked on Lucius' office door. Once she entered, Lucius saw that she wasn't alone.

"Andy." Lucius said. "It's good to see you."

Andromeda Tonks nee Black smiled as she walked into the room with her husband.

"It's good to see you, Luc. You know, you look perfect sitting behind that desk."

"So I have been told. Come sit down." Lucius said. "Thank you, Minerva. I have no doubt that you have something to get back to."

"Yes, who knows just what your brother is teaching my class." Minerva said.

Lucius laughed. "Lex isn't that bad."

"I was talking about Abraxas."

"Ah, he is a lot like Ayden was, especially from what Severus told me." Lucius said. "Maybe you should go save your class before he teaches them how to find their Animagus form without you."

"That is just like something your Father would do." Minerva said and left the room, closing the door behind her.

Lucius just laughed as the elder woman left.

"I take it that your brother's are giving Minerva a bit of fun." Andromeda said.

Lucius chuckled again.

"Yes, I think they like getting a rise out of her. They found out how to make Minerva's Scottish accent thicker and it amuses them. Lyn had told them that our Father had told her that he had done it when he went to school with Minerva just to get that to happen. It was amusing to him. I take it that you have been reading the articles in the Prophet." Lucius said.

"Yes, we have. It wasn't until this morning's article, that we found that we really needed to come see you." Andromeda said. "My sister – my sister was cursed."

Lucius looked into Andromeda's grey eyes. "Yes, she was, Andy. You know that Severus is talented in detecting curses and identifying them."

Andromeda nodded. "Yes, I always thought that he should have been in Ravenclaw than in Slytherin. I have a niece."

"Yes, you do. Rhea has been doing well. The friends that have stood by her have helped her. Bella and Rodolphus are finally getting to know their daughter. Rabastan is getting to know his niece. Bella, Rodolphus and Rabastan are also dealing well with losing seventeen years of their lives." Lucius said. "I have no doubt that Bella would love to see you. I have no doubt that she would also like to meet your family."

Andromeda gave Lucius a tearful smile. "I was so happy to find out that my sister had been cursed and never willingly did any of the things she had done in the last seventeen years. I thought that I had lost all of my family. I know that Narcissa is acting on her own free will. We both know that."

Lucius scowled. "Yes, she is acting all on her own free will. I wish that I have known all that I know now. I never would have married Narcissa."

"But if you hadn't, Lucius, who knows what would have happened." Ted Tonks said. "It's possible that you still wouldn't have found out that Ayden was your sister until after she was gone or at all."

"You have a point, Ted. I do wish that I could have known Ayden as my sister, but it didn't happen. I am just glad that I have found out that Harry is my nephew." Lucius said.

"It's good that he brought this to your attention. He needed his family just as much as you and Draco do. While I refuse to acknowledge that Narcissa is my sister any more, I still accept Draco as my nephew. Harry of course is family since Sirius named him his heir." Andy said.

"I think that Harry would accept you as family also, Andy. Merlin knows that he deserves family."

"We would gladly call Harry family. He is the adopted son of my cousin, so that would make him my second cousin." Andy said.

"He would be happy to hear it, Andy. Shall I call a house-elf to show you to Bella's rooms?" Lucius asked.

"Yes, please, Lucius."

Lucius called a house-elf and soon Andromeda and her husband Ted were off to Bella's quarters to be reunited with her sister. It was only five minutes after Andy and Ted had left that Lucius' Floo charmed, telling him that he had a Floo call. Casting the spells to let the person calling to come through, but not able to step through the Floo, Lucius moved to one of the chairs sitting in front of the fireplace.

Lucius wasn't that surprised to see Arthur Weasley's head in the fire.

"Arthur."

"Lucius." Arthur said. "I gather you understand why I am calling?"

"Yes. The twins." Lucius said.

"Yes. Molly and the twins asked me to call you to ask if we can meet you. All of us would rather have someone that we trust and know that can remove the spells that had been placed on the twins." Arthur said. "We would also like to talk to you about the war."

"You, Molly and the twins are more than welcome to come to Hogwarts, Arthur. Severus will be free after lunch. He is letting Lyn teach that class."

Arthur smiled. "Great. We will see you soon."

Arthur cut the connection and let Lucius get back to his work. Lucius wasn't that surprised that the twins would be removing the spells on them. To find out that they were really the twin brother's of Molly Weasley that they had been named after, would be a shock. Lucius had known the Prewett twins a little when they had been in school. Fabian and Gideon Prewett were just two years younger than him. Once they returned to themselves, the twins would be forty years old and not eighteen. But thanks to the fact that wizards and witches lived a lot longer than Muggles, He doubted that the twins would mind too much.

Even if the Prewett twins were jokers and Gryffindors, Lucius got along very well with them. They didn't really care what house you were in. If they thought that you were okay, they wouldn't care what house you were in. They were also quite talented in magic and potions. It made him wonder just what they would end up doing with their joke shop.