Chapter One- Of Inheritances, Auras and…ahem… The Talk.
Disclaimer- I don't own Harry Potter.
Warnings: Slash, HarryxDraco, RemusxSirius, and Mpreg. Disregards everything after 5th book.
Summary: Cruentus: Bloodthirsty, Blood-driven, Vampire… Harry comes into his inheritance on his birthday only to find that he has come into an ancient bloodline that has lain dormant within the Potter line for centuries. He needs a mate, but what happens if his mate does not want him.
Harry James Potter had never been normal. When he was young he had been different, he had managed to re-grow all of his hair when his Aunt had chopped it all off, he had managed to somehow jump to the roof of his school and then there was the incident with the snake in the zoo. And then when he finally thought that he would be thought of as normal, where the things he could do were considered normal, when he had received his Hogwarts letter and when he had first met Hagrid he finally had hope that he would be normal.
His hopes were dashed however when he had gone to the pub in the Wizarding World and he was stared at. He wasn't normal after all.
Now, he was seventeen, well, sixteen years, three hundred and sixty four days and twenty three hours old. He only had one hour left until he was seventeen.
Currently sitting in his cupboard (which he had been demoted back to last year) he shone a torch on the small clock ticking away.
He switched off the torch as he heard footsteps on the stairs above his head and dust floated down from the ceiling.
The steps stomped into the kitchen and Harry could hear them moving around there for a while before the footsteps moved back up the stairs once again covering Harry with dust. He had often wondered how the stairs never ran out of dust.
He flicked the torch back on and realised that he had another half an hour to go. He sighed and leant back against his bed blinking a few times as he realised his vision was blurring slightly. He shook his head and it went back to normal, he frowned. Maybe he was just tired. He soon forgot about it and lay there staring at the clock for a while. At the thirty second mark he suddenly gasped as a terrible pain raced through him. It felt like he was burning. He screamed as the pain overtook his limbs rushing through his arms and legs pulsing, burning like it was alive.
He was in too much pain to notice the sudden burst of pure magic which burst from him shattering the wards around Number Four Privet Drive, alerting the whole of the Order and knocking the Auror on guard off of his feet.
Remus snapped awake instantly as he felt a massive shift of power in the atmosphere. He gasped as it took the breath away from him. He had never felt such power. He threw himself from his bed and ran down to the hall banging on Sirius' door wildly. A few seconds later Sirius opened it his eyes wide.
"Did you feel that too?" Sirius asked and Remus nodded. "What was it?"
Before Remus could answer a loud alarm similar to that of an air raid siren rang through Number 12 Grimmauld Place. That could only mean one thing; the wards around the Dursley's household had broken. Remus glanced to Sirius before they both ran down the stairs and into the kitchen where the rest of the Order were gathering quickly.
"What's happened?" Remus demanded and Dumbledore looked to the raging werewolf.
"The wards around the Dursley's home have been shattered. Literally. A sudden blast of pure power came from within the house. We have yet to receive any form of communication from the Auror who was on guard." He said.
"We have to go see him! Something must be wrong!" Sirius yelled.
"We will wait for confirmation from the Auror before we go anywhere." Dumbledore said firmly but Remus just growled at him grabbing onto Sirius' arm before side apparating out of Grimmauld place and into the back garden of the Dursley's home. As soon as they reached it they could hear him. The terrible soul wrenching screamed tore through the air. Sirius had only ever heard screams like that from one person before, and that was only on the nights of the full moon when Remus transformed.
Without thinking both men barged in through the back door just in time to see Vernon Dursley pull open the door of the cupboard and pull Harry out of it, only to be knocked backwards by a bright green light. For a second Remus thought it was an avada kedavra but then the whale of a man grunted and the two men approached the body cautiously. Harry was convulsing on the floor, his face scrunched up in his pain.
They reached Harry just in time to see him scream once more before passing out in a dead faint the green aura still pulsing around him. Sirius dashed forwards and grabbed his godson, holding him to his chest he grabbed Remus' wrist as the werewolf apparated them both away.
They landed just outside Grimmauld Place and Remus waved his wand causing the house to appear from between the houses surrounding it. That was the thing with the apparition wards Flitwick had set up, anyone could apparate out of the house but they couldn't apparate in. It was useful for emergencies such as this one.
They ran inside and into the study where the rest of the Order would be waiting. Remus pushed the things on the kitchen table onto the floor and Sirius laid Harry onto the table.
"What's happening to him?" Sirius cried, not noticing that Harry's aura seemed to cling to him for a moment before it sunk back to Harry. Suddenly Harry's back arched and he screamed as a loud cracking sound split the air causing most of the Order members to flinch at the terrible sound.
"What's going on?" Remus growled once the scream had stopped and Harry was once more silent, only whimpering slightly and shaking badly. Sirius stroked his hair gently, trying to sooth his godson.
"I was afraid this would happen." Dumbledore said stroking his beard thoughtfully.
"What would happen? What is this?" Sirius asked panicking slightly as more cracking sounds were heard as Harry moved slightly.
"It is his inheritance." Dumbledore said causing the remaining members of the Order in the study to look at him as if he were crazy.
"That's ridiculous. The most anyone ever gets is the slightest boost. I mean even I didn't get that big a boost compared to most people and I'm a bloody werewolf!" Remus yelled.
"Please calm down gentlemen. It seems that Harry has come into an ancient bloodline that has lain dormant within the Potter family for many centuries." Dumbledore said.
"That's crazy. James would have told me if there had been any dormant bloodlines in his family. I mean he knew all about my dormant veela blood." Sirius said shaking his head quickly.
"It seems that since this bloodline unlike the dormant veela blood within your family has not become noticeable within some of your family, such as Narcissa Malfoy when she came into her inheritance it was made known that she had some veela tendencies, such as her slight power over the wind. Nothing has happened as such within the Potter line." Dumbledore explained.
"What bloodline has lain dormant then? And why has it chosen Harry to make its presence known within?" Remus asked narrowing his eyes.
"I believe that it is the Cruentus bloodline that has made itself known." Most members in the room gasped at this.
"How is that possible? The Cruentus went into hiding millennia ago." Sirius whispered.
"That my boy is not true. There have been sightings every few centuries of Cruentus who have ventured into out world. And as is shown by Harry here, one of them found a mate in a Potter many centuries ago and the blood has lain dormant until now." Dumbledore said, everyone was silent for the longest time and they all jumped when suddenly the green aura surrounding Harry dissipated and Harry groaned, his eyes flickering open for a few seconds before they fell closed again.
"Harry?" Sirius asked, instantly by his godson's side. "How do you feel?"
"Like I've been run over by a bus." Harry groaned. "What happened?"
"You've… You've come into your inheritance." Remus said gently, resting his hand against Harry's forehead.
"Why did it hurt so much then?" Harry asked frowning. "When Ron and Hermione got there's they only sparkled for a few days."
A few of the Order laughed at that. Only Harry Potter would describe a magical aura as a sparkle.
"I think it's best for young Harry to rest for a while and when he is full conscious we shall tell him." Dumbledore said and Harry shook his head.
"I want to know now." He opened his eyes only to cry out in surprise.
"What is it Harry?" Sirius asked checking his godson over.
"Everything's glittering." Harry whispered his eyes wide. The avada kedavra green bright against his pale skin.
"Remus, Sirius, why don't you take Harry to one of the spare bedrooms. All will be explained in the morning." Dumbledore said and Sirius nodded, once again gathering Harry into his arms gently as if afraid to hurt the boy. The two hurried upstairs and placed Harry in a bedroom that wasn't too filthy. They would have to clean it out properly tomorrow but for now it would do. Harry was already asleep anyway.
"Why does everything have to happen to him?" Remus whispered as they watched the young boys sleep peacefully on the bed.
"You never know Rem; this might be a good thing for him." Sirius whispered back. "I mean, it could be a chance for him to be truly and completely happy."
"I know." Remus sighed. "But it's going to be hard for him, especially if his mate is reluctant to mate with him."
"Who wouldn't want to mate with the Harry Potter?" Sirius said smirking proudly.
"That's one of the problems." Remus said before turning and going back into his own room. "Night Sirius."
Sirius sighed as the door closed. It was so long since they had shared a bed but he didn't want to press upon Remus knowing that it would make their situation worse. He sighed once again before making his way into his own bedroom knowing that he wouldn't be getting much sleep that night.
When Harry woke the next morning, the first thing he registered was the tingling pain he felt all over his body, as if he was about to get pins and needles. He groaned and curled up into a foetal position, trying to stop the pain.
"Harry?" Someone knocked on the door. He groaned as an answer and the door opened. The person rushed over to his side and held something to his lips. He drank it without question, hoping it was something to stop the pain. Within moments of drinking the bitter liquid the pain had resided. He uncurled. "Better?"
Harry looked up to see Remus standing above him a pained expression on his face. Harry nodded before frowning. He blinked a few times. Remus looked all sparkly and seemed to have an amber glow about him.
"Moony?" He whispered and Remus nodded instantly worried. "What happened to me?"
"Well…um…give me a minute. I'll go get Sirius." Remus hurried from the room and returned a minute later with Sirius in tow.
"Will someone please explain what's going on?" Harry asked beginning to panic as he saw the reluctant looks on their faces. He noted absently that Sirius had the same aura as Remus did and he wondered if it meant anything but then he saw Sirius biting his lip and he knew that something big had happened to him. Sirius was rarely nervous.
"Well, you came into your inheritance last night." Sirius began.
"But what does that have to do with anything? When Ron and Hermione came into theirs it didn't hurt them." Harry said frowning as he remembered the sparkles that had clung to his friends for a few days after their birthday.
"No, but theirs was different to yours." Remus said biting his lip as he tried to think of how to explain it.
"Different how?" Harry asked his frown deepening.
"Well, um…how to explain this…" Sirius mumbled.
"When I came into my inheritance I grew a foot over night, I was five four and I grew to six five in one night. It was shocking and I fit into none of my clothes. I had to borrow some of your Dad's he had been tall since Fourth Year." Remus said smiling nostalgically. "Everyone else in the dorm thought I just had a strong inheritance. What actually happened though was that werewolves who are bitten young don't fully mature until their seventeenth birthday so while everyone else in my dorm had gone through puberty, it hit me all at once."
"I tell you it was not fun to be around a moody hormonal werewolf." Sirius joked causing Remus to roll his eyes.
"Anyway, after a month my hormones slowed down a bit and I was physically matured." Remus said.
"What does this have to do with me?" Harry asked.
"Well, when a wizard matures they tend to only get a slight boost in their powers and their aura is visible for a few days." Sirius explained. "However when a hybrid, meaning a mixture of human and creature genes, such as a werewolf gets their inheritance it is a bigger change, like Remus growing a foot in a night."
"Wait…" Harry said blinking rapidly. "…Are you telling me that I'm a werewolf?"
His two guardians stared at him for a moment before they both burst out laughing.
"It wasn't that stupid." Harry grumbled crossing his arms across his chest, pouting slightly.
"Harry you can't become a werewolf unless you get bitten." Remus said still smiling.
"Well then what does all of this talk of creature inheritance have to do with me?" Harry asked still pouting.
"You aren't a werewolf…but you are another sort of hybrid." Sirius said and Harry's mouth dropped open.
"W-What am I then?" He asked after a long moment.
"You are a Cruentus." Remus said and Harry stared at him blankly.
"A what?" He asked shaking his head.
"A Cruentus, it's Latin for 'Bloodthirsty'." Remus said biting his lip. "They can be likened to the modern vampires-"
"-I'm a vampire!" Harry cried his mouth dropping open. "How did that happen? I've never been bitten! I can't stand the sight of blood! I can't be a vampire! I don't want to live for all eternity!"
"Harry calm down, you aren't a vampire." Sirius said soothingly pulling his godson into his arms and rocking his gently for a few minutes.
"What's the difference then?" Harry mumbled against Sirius' shoulder.
"Well for one you don't live for all eternity." Remus said. "Well, not usually anyway."
"What do you mean USUALLY?" Harry cried and Sirius sighed.
"Maybe I should have a go at explaining." Sirius said tiredly. "Cruentus aren't immortal. They merely physically stay at their maturing age until their mate is of the same maturing stage as they are. Cruentus don't drink only blood either, though they do need it, they only drink from their mate, and so until you find a mate you don't need to worry about it. But a Cruentus craves for a mate since not only do they wish for the blood to make them stronger they wish for children. It's one of the things written most about in the books about them. They have a driving need to continue their bloodline."
"Um that's kind of impossible for me." Harry said and the two marauders looked to him in surprise.
"Why's that?" Sirius asked frowning.
"I…well…I don't like girls." Harry said shifting nervously.
"And…" Remus said slowly as if not understanding.
"Well, if I'm gay the likelihood of having a female mate would be low right! I mean since we're meant to be completely compatible. So having a kid would be kind of impossible." Harry said not understanding why they didn't understand. The two men looked at him in confusion for a long moment before realisation seemed to dawn on Remus.
"Harry, have you ever had…ahem… The Talk?" He asked nervously. Harry blushed bright red and gaped for a moment before nodding his head.
"A-Aunt Petunia gave it to me when I was fourteen. It was one of the most embarrassing things in my life." Harry said putting his head in his hands.
"What does…The Talk have to do with anything Rem?" Sirius asked and Remus bit his lip.
"Well, if a muggle gave Harry The Talk it would be different to a talk we would give wouldn't it." Remus said rolling his eyes and Sirius' eyes widened.
"No way! I'm not giving him The Talk! That would be mortifying!" Sirius exclaimed.
"Well you're his Godfather! You should tell him about it!" Remus said and Harry looked between the two wondering why they had to give him The Talk again. He really didn't need to hear it; the first Talk had branded the facts into his memory forever.
"Hello? I'm just bringing Harry some breakfast." The three looked to the door to see Mrs Weasley at the door. Harry noticed that she had a sparkling periwinkle blue aura.
"Molly!" Sirius and Remus cried gratefully and Molly frowned.
"What is it?" She asked, having been filled in on Harry's condition. "Is something wrong with Harry?"
"Oh no. Nothing's wrong…We just need you to do something for us." Sirius said plastering an innocent look onto his face.
"Do you need me to get something?" She asked and Remus shook his head.
"Um…you have lots of sons right?" She nodded cautiously. "Well, Harry's never had the full Talk. He's only had a muggle version."
Molly's eyes widened in realisation before she raised an eyebrow in amusement.
"Well, can't you two give it to him? I mean the female version is pretty much the same as the muggle; it's the men that he needs to know about. Oh and I suppose the spells." Molly said thoughtfully.
"I don't need the talk again. I've had it once already and that was enough!" Harry shuddered at the thought.
"Oh but Harry dear, there is a big difference between the muggle Talk and the wizard Talk." Molly said before chuckling and giving the two Marauders an amused look. "You two should be perfectly well informed to tell Harry about the male side of the Talk."
"Please Molly! Don't make us do it!" Sirius cried and Molly just sighed.
"Oh fine, I'll help you. But don't think you're getting out of this. You're helping me." Molly said. "I always insisted on having Arthur with me when I told the boys since he was a man, I told Ginny on her own though."
"Fine." Remus said and Sirius looked horrified at the thought of having to give The Talk. Molly walked into the room and placed Harry's breakfast on the bedside table before she moved to the chair on the other side of the bed and sat down. Remus sat next to Sirius on the end of the bed.
"Now Harry, I'm sure you already know of the female and male version and you don't need to know the female and female version so I'll skip to the male and male version." Molly said and Harry looked at her with wide eyes. "Now, wizards are very different from male muggles. You see a wizard's magic can create a womb, so they are able to conceive."
"W-Wha-What?" Harry stuttered. "But that's impossible."
"Not quite dear." Molly said gently. "Now, I know that in the muggle world homosexuality might be looked down upon but in the wizarding world it is anything but. You see although most male wizards have the capacity to become pregnant, it takes a great deal of effort to keep the baby stable and safe within the magic womb so if a man is able to carry a child without miscarriage then it is a sign of strong magic."
Harry stared at her, how could he have gone through six years in the Wizarding World and have never heard of any of this once!
"Now, there are a few spells you need to learn for contraception, which you should use when you are with a male or a female until you are both sure you want a baby." Molly said. Harry nodded, his face growing redder by the second. "Also there are some useful spells which Remus and Sirius will teach you if you are with a male."
Before any of them could protest she had gotten to her feet and left the room. A smile still on her face.
"Um…what sort of spells?" Harry asked curiously causing Sirius and Remus to turn beetroot in colour.
"Well…umm…so to say…spells for…ahem…preparation…" Sirius stuttered looking incredibly uncomfortable.
"Preparation?" Harry asked raising an eyebrow and Sirius nodded motioning to Remus who looked like he would rather be anywhere else.
"You see Harry, when you are with a male it's different from being with a female and you need to…um…prepare…your partner before you can, well…do anything." Remus said he was better than Sirius at least. He could get a few words out at a time.
"What do you mean by prepare?" Harry was curious now. He had never heard of any of this before and while it was still mortifying, it wasn't nearly as bad as having his first Talk with Aunt Petunia.
"Well… to prepare a man you have to…stretch… him first." Remus said averting his eyes from Harry.
"Stretch him…As in…" Harry trailed off but they all knew what he meant as he had turned redder.
"Yeah. Also lubrication helps." Remus said biting his lip.
"Oh." Harry said.
"There is a spell for contraception, lubrication and…well…stretching. But that bit can be done…without spells too." Sirius started before trailing off. Harry just wanted to get this over with.
"What are they?"
"Well the spell for contraception is Munimentum. The spell for …lubrication…is Lubricus and the spell for…stretching is Pertingo." Remus said hurriedly and Harry nodded, committing these words to memory so he never had to ask for them again and cause another uncomfortable moment.
"That's about it." Sirius said gratefully and Harry nodded sighing just as gratefully.
"How about we go and find something to eat Sirius?" Remus asked and Sirius nodded.
"We'll be back in a bit." Sirius said before hurriedly leaving them room. Harry sighed and leant back on his pillow just as his stomach gave a loud grumble. He grabbed the tray of food from his bedside table and began to eat as though his life depended on it. After spending half of the summer holidays with the Dursleys (Dudley was on his diet again) and then having a great amount of stress that this 'change' had put upon his body it was no wonder that he would be starving.
Remus and Sirius came back just as he was finishing his food with trays of their own. Remus took the chair that Molly had vacated while Sirius just sat back down on the bed and folded his legs placing the tray upon them.
"Is there anything you notice that's a lot different than before?" Remus asked.
"Yeah. Everyone's all colourful and sparkly." Harry said through his last mouthful of toast.
"Really?" Remus asked and Harry nodded.
"Well, from whom I've seen so far. Yours is amber, so is Sirius'. But Mrs Weasley was blue." Harry said frowning as he noticed Sirius flinch when he said that Remus' aura was the same colour as his. "What are the colours?"
"Well, they are people's auras. Generally most people don't see them, unless of course that Witch or Wizard has recently come into their inheritance." Remus said.
"Can you see them?" Harry asked and Remus shook his head.
"No, I can't see auras. But I can smell different people; I guess it's almost like an aura. Everyone has a unique smell. I for example smell almost like chocolate." This brought a choking laugh from Sirius.
"That's no surprise considering you eat so much of it." He laughed and Remus just rolled his eyes.
"You however smell slightly spicy." Remus said ignoring Sirius as he laughed.
"Oh." Harry said. "So I can see them, whereas you can smell them." Harry commented and Remus nodded.
"Anything else that's really different?" Remus asked and Harry shook his head.
"Aside from the pain when I woke up, nothing." Harry said shuddering at the memory.
"That's from how your body changed last night. It sounded painful." Sirius said and Harry tried to remember but after the clock had struck midnight he remember nothing except slight blurs and then he remembered waking up for a short time before falling back asleep.
They sat in silence for a long while before Harry shifted nervously.
"But what if I don't find a mate? What happens then?" Harry asked.
"Well, you will stay at this age until you find a mate." Remus said and Harry's eyes widened.
"What happens if I never find one? I won't grow old and everyone else will! I'll be alone forever!" Harry cried.
"Harry calm down." Sirius said hugging the young boy close to him once more. "You don't have to worry about that yet. First you should know about the changes your body is going to go through."
"Dumbledore told us all about them, so you will be prepared." Remus said and Harry nodded.
"Well first off the physical changes, over the next few weeks you'll either grow taller and broader or shorter and more delicate, depending on whether you are dominant or submissive." Sirius started.
"Meaning?" Harry asked and Sirius hit his head with the palm of his hand.
"Merlin Harry, you're a seventeen year old boy. Shouldn't you know at least a little about this?" Sirius cried and Harry looked away a dark look passing over his face.
"Well I'm sorry but I've been a bit preoccupied with trying to kill a Dark Lord than going after other boys in hopes of sex!" Harry snapped angrily and Sirius instantly looked sorry.
"Harry…I didn't mean…"
"No, it's okay." Harry said taking a deep breath. "It doesn't matter."
"Well anyway. A dominant is the one who is more likely to…well to top." Remus said blushing slightly. "And the submissive is more likely to bottom. So the submissive would be the one to carry the children."
"Oh." Harry said his face reddening once more. His face twisted as he thought of something else. "What if my mate's a girl? I mean I'm gay. I wouldn't be attracted to her."
"I don't think it's possible for you not to find your mate irresistible. It's mostly the same principle with all life mating creatures. Veela's for example will not look at another since they believe that their mate is the most beautiful creature there is." Sirius said glancing at Remus before looking uncomfortable again and shifting slightly.
"Yes, that's right, with most magical creatures it's the same." Remus said. Harry noticed him glance at Sirius for a moment before looking away quickly and he wondered if this conversation had anything to do with them. But before he could say anything there was a knock at the door.
"Come in." Sirius called quickly and the door opened to reveal Hermione, Ron and the twins. Harry's eyes widened as he watched all of them glitter brightly. Hermione was the same glittering gold that she had been after her birthday and Ron was a crimson that matched his hair. Fred was bright fluorescent green and George was a clashing bright pink.
"…We heard what happened!"
"…Oh my god, this is so cool!"
"…You're like a full on vampire but cooler!"
All of these were said in less than a second and Harry smiled at his best friends.
"His guys." He said smiling brightly.
"How are you feeling?" Hermione asked biting her lip worriedly. Harry smiled at her Mother hen behaviour. "Does anything hurt anywhere?"
"I'm fine Mione." Harry smiled before pursing his lips. "Did you know that wizarding men could get pregnant?"
"You didn't know that?" Fred and George asked at the same time.
"No!" Harry yelled. "Why did no one see fit to tell me this?"
"Well we just never really thought it was something to speak about. I mean so many people know." Ron said shrugging. "It's just one of those things. It's not that common but it happens. That Zabini guy in our year has two Dads."
"Really?" Harry said frowning as they all nodded.
"How have you never read about it Harry. It's in at least three of our compulsory textbooks." Hermione said and Harry shrugged sheepishly, he hated to say it but she was one of the only people who actually read those books. "Well, anyway. We got sent up to tell you that you are strictly not allowed out of bed. We're sorry but it's McGonagall's orders. Madame Pomfrey will be coming here this afternoon to give you a check up."
Harry nodded a grimace making its way onto his face. He hated being stuck to a bed and yet he had spent more time on a hospital bed in the Hospital Wing than anyone else in Hogwarts.
Well, what do you think? Review please and I'll update sooner! I promise!