"Well this is going to be a sight to behold." Klaus murmured as the door swung opened, none of the group was too surprised that they were greeted with a stunned silence. Elijah wasn't too surprised at their reaction, since little Iris, Ron, Ginny and Lockhart were covered in muck and slime.
"Ginny-!" Mrs Weasley shrieked
"Damn woman moves fast." Damon muttered seeing the plump woman running towards the youngest Weasley and engulfed her in a hug.
"Is no one noticing the bleeding child?" Kol exclaimed "Come on-"Iris shook her head.
"I'm perfectly fine there-"the raven head uttered.
"Still not entirely appropriate, you should have been taken straight to the medical bay." Elijah said smoothly and noted that little Iris wasn't focusing on the reunion, no her gaze was on the headmaster.
"So he's been reinstated then." Rebekah drawled a frown on her face. She didn't miss the pattern, whenever there was trouble at Hogwarts for the last two years the headmaster would go off leaving little Iris and her two companions to sort things out.
"She looks like she's about to collapse." Jeremy whispered to Alaric, the hunter nodded in agreement when they saw McGonagall who was taking great steady breaths as she grasped her chest.
"You do know how to make an entrance sweets." Kol commented a small smirk on his lips. Little Iris jumped when Fawkes swoosh passed her ear and settled on Dumbledore's shoulder.
"Figured that he would own a bird like that." Damon commented taking the sight of the deputy headmistress's office, he noticed that it was somewhat similar to Gryffindor's common room.
"Who I'm surprised she's not crushing you to death-"Caroline grinned seeing Mrs Weasley tightly embracing little Iris and Ron.
"You saved her! You saved her! How did you do it?" Mrs Weasley asked.
"You don't say-"the raven head vampire exclaimed.
"Shut up Salvatore-"Rebekah barked and was even more annoyed when he merely smirked at her. Iris shook her head and glanced over her shoulder smiling at Klaus who was idly playing with one of her loose curls. The Original hybrid was much more relaxed now that the petite former witch was out of immediate danger.
"I think we'd all like to know that." said Professor McGonagall weakly. Stefan didn't miss the way Mrs Weasley seems to reluctantly let the preteen go. They saw little Iris hesitate for a moment before walking over to the desk, and placed the Sorting Hat, the ruby encrusted sword and what remained of Riddle's diary. Elijah's lips quirked slightly she did return with some unexpected treasures.
"Here we go-"
"For God's sake shut up Damon-"Rebekah snarled and much to the group's amusement she slapped Damon upside the head. Jeremy and Alaric sniggered as well Stefan; it was fun seeing the cocky vampire getting beaten down. They watched as little Iris started telling them everything. Kol kept an eye on the grand cock on the fireplace, the twelve year old spoke nearly for a quarter of an hour.
"They listen better than us." Caroline muttered to Elena as little Iris's audience listened with rapt attention. They watched as little Iris told them about hearing disembodied voice, how Hermonie had finally realised that she was hearing a Basilisk in the pipes-
"She is smart." Elijah admitted, know that most of the other professors par Dumbledore would even think that a giant snake was the creature that attacked the student.
They then listened to little Iris telling them how she and Ron had followed the spiders, when she mentioned the part Klaus had tugged presents Iris's hair she glared at him. "That was incredibly foolish of you." He pressed his lips against the shell of her ear, Iris bit down on her bottom lip when his tongue swiped out caressing her ear.
"Stop." Iris hissed causing the hybrid to smirk. She looked back to the scene as her past-self describe how she and Ron met Aragog in the Forbidden Forest and how the spider had told them where the last victim of the Basilisk died.
"Is it me or don't you guys think it's odd that Iris conveniently seemed to get to places before others?" Rebekah drawled,
Iris shrugged her shoulders. "My bad luck?"
"Hmm…" Klaus muttered he felt there was something else; two years in a row Iris had faced trouble, not just any trouble life endangering trouble. He knew that there was much more to come.
Jeremy shifted his weight, his eyes flashed over to the Phoenix, he was still miffed to see a creature like this existed, he knew when they exited this memory he was going to sketch this. He focused back on the scene and saw that little Iris was in the middle of telling them how she had guessed Moaning Myrtle had been the victim., and that the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets might be in her bathroom.
"Very well" Professor McGonagall prompted her, as the little raven head paused "So you found out where the entrance was, breaking a hundred school rules-"
Kol let out a loud groan "Serious? Does the batty old woman know you did save someone-oww-"he yelped when Iris pinched him.
"Minerva isn't batty…she will glare you to death if you said that to her face." Iris defended her former head of house; the woman had helped her go through a lot.
"Whatever-"Kol grumbled causing Rebekah to smirk, "What?" he was now glaring at his older sister.
"You sound like a pathetic human teenager." Rebekah ignored the glares that she was getting from both Jeremy and the doppelganger.
Stefan rolled his eyes and focused back onto what the deputy headmistress was saying. "-Along the way, I might add-but how on earth did you all get out of there alive, Potter?"
"Yeah no offence Iris but your chances didn't look too good." Damon commented Iris smiled mysteriously; she had much more dire situations that she manages to get out of.
Little Iris licked her dry lips; they noted that by now her voice had grown hoarse from all her previous talking. She had told them about Fawkes's timely arrival and about the Sorting Hat giving her the sword. Alaric didn't miss the way little Iris faltered, nor didn't he miss the way she seemed to have avoided mentioning Riddle's diary or Ginny. The eleven year old was standing with her head against her mother's shoulder, and tears were still coursing silently down her cheeks.
"They won't expel her would they?" Jeremy asked curiously.
"Just watch." Iris instructed all their unasked questions would be answered sooner or later if they listened and watched.
Little Iris looked at Dumbledore, who smiled faintly, the firelight glancing off of his half-moon spectacles. "What interests me most-"said the silver haired man gently "is how Lord Voldemort managed to enchant Ginny, when my sources tell me he is currently in the forests of Albania."
Elijah frowned that was a fare point. Stefan frowned he did wonder how Riddle controlled the red haired girl, it's not as if he was able to compel her…so of course it was magic. The younger Salvatore now knew for certain that Iris's type of magic was completely different from Mystic Falls resident witch Bonnie. Iris's kind seemed more powerful, more able to carry things out without facing constant consequences.
Caroline's eyes darted over to Mrs Weasley who was spluttering. "W-what's that?" she asked in a stunned voice "You-Know-Who-"Klaus rolled his eyes at that, sure people feared him but come on…they were able to say his name, if they didn't it did…give him some sort of satisfaction though. "-En-enchant Ginny? But Ginny's not….Ginny hasn't been…has she?" the plump woman choked out.
"Honesty it's almost she'd rather not have her daughter possessed." Damon muttered under his breath. He rather have someone being possessed if they're doing a heinous crime than them doing it willingly.
"It was this diary-"little Iris said quickly, causing Damon to shoot his younger brother a smug look, Stefan rolled his eyes.
"Not all diaries are evil." Stefan muttered under his breath. And once again looked back at the scene.
"-Riddle wrote it when he was sixteen." She placed the dairy back down on the desk; they watched as Dumbledore took the diary and almost keenly peered down at it with his long crooked nose.
"Brilliant-"said Dumbledore softly.
"Your headmaster is twisted-"Damon drawled and yelped when Rebekah pinched him.
"He's admiring the magic." Iris stated as Dumbledore's long thing fingers rand over the edges of Riddle's dairy.
"-Of he was probably the most brilliant student Hogwarts has ever seen."
"It's weird huh? Dumbledore taught the man who brings about mass destruction wherever he goes." Alaric muttered under his breath. Iris merely shrugged; even when she was younger she knew that Dumbledore and Voldemort had a very tricky relationship,
Elena noted that the headmaster was now facing a group of stunned red heads. "Very few people know that Lord Voldemort was once called Tom Riddle-"
"Makes him more human to have a name like that." Damon uttered smoothing down his leather jacket.
"-I taught him myself, fifty years ago, at Hogwarts. He disappeared after leaving the school…travelled far and wide…sank so deeply into Dark Arts-"Elijah's jaw clenched knowing that Riddle became obsessed with Dark Magic, it was a volatile thing…once you had a taste of dark magic it was hard to resist until you became completely consumed. The dark haired Original was pulled out of his thoughts by Dumbledore's words. "-He consorted with the very worst of our kind, underwent so many dangerous, magical transformations, that when he resurfaced as Lord Voldemort, he was barely recognisable-"
Caroline scoffed "No kidding he was a hottie back in the day…and now? eww-"
"Really you have a crush on an evil dude?" Iris snorted earning incredulous looks from the rest of the group par the Originals. "Ok…I can't talk much." She admitted, she was with Klaus after all.
"-Hardly anyone connected Lord Voldemort with the clever, handsome boy who was once Head Boy here."
"Was he gay?" Jeremy asked nodding towards Dumbledore.
"No clue…he had no lady friends…actually I don't know." Iris admitted she never really looked into her former headmaster's personal relationships.
She leant back feeling Klaus's firm chest behind her, "But Ginny-"said Mrs Weasley "what's our Ginny got to do with-him?"
"His dairy-"Ginny sobbed, Kol supressed a scoff he hated it when women cry…it was just so annoying. "I've been writing in it, and he's been writing back all year."
"Ya know…when she puts it like that…show how stupid she's been." Caroline uttered tucking a loose strand of hair behind her ear.
"Ginny-"Klaus wasn't too surprised to see the flabbergasted expression on Mr Weasley's face. "Haven't I taught you anything-"
"Merlin Damon, it was a rhetorical question." Iris cut him off before he could finish his sentence. She licked her lips and looked back at the scene.
"-what have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain. Why didn't you show the diary to me, or your mother? A suspicious object like that. It was clearly filled with dark magic."
Iris felt her heart go out to the eleven year old, she had no doubt that Ginny was thinking like that. to her it was a pocket friend…she knew that the red head later had trouble falling asleep…what she went through sort of cemented her friendship with her, they had spent nights when neither of them could sleep in the common room, chatting or just keeping each other company.
"I didn't know-"they watched eleven year old Ginny sobbed, "I found it inside one of the books Mum got me. I thought someone had just left it in there and forgotten about it…"
"Miss Weasley should go up to the hospital wing straight away-"Dumbledore interrupted.
"Ok…does he not realise that Iris is still bloody?" Rebekah scoffed "and yet he makes no mention of her going to the hospital wing-"
Iris was touched my the taller female's concern "I was fine-"
"Well you should have had a once over." Elijah said sternly, causing the raven head to roll her eyes.
"I can give you a very through once over when we're out of here." Klaus whispered into her ear causing Iris to blush and look away.
Caroline pressed her lips together as Dumbledore said more firmly "This has been a terrible ordeal for her. There will be no punishment. Older and wiser wizards than she have been hoodwinked by Lord Voldemort "they watched as he strode over to the door and opened it. "Bed rest and perhaps a large seaming mug of hot chocolate. I always find that cheers me up."
"Yeah that'd work-"Jeremy scoffed no way was hot chocolate going to do the job.
"-You will find that Madame Pomfrey is still awake. She's just giving out Mandrake juice-I daresay that the Basilisk's victims will be waking up any moment." He added.
"Hermonie's ok?" said Ron brightly
"You don't say-"Kol said sarcasm oozing from him. He had taken a clear disliking towards the red head boy. The wretched being was lucky that none of them had the chance to hunt him down yet.
They watched as Mrs Weasley led Ginny out, and Mr Weasley followed none of the group was surprised when they saw the deeply troubled look on his face.
"You know Minerva-"said Professor Dumbledore said thoughtfully to Professor McGonagall, "I think all this merits a food feast. Might I ask you to go and alert the kitchens?"
"Seriously feasting?" Rebekah scowled "please tell me you go at least see this Pomfrey woman?"
Iris smiled sheepishly and shook her head.
"Right-"said Professor McGonagall as she moved towards the door "I'll leave you to deal Potter and Weasley, shall I?"
"Deal?" Damon's brows furrowed together, hell he was expecting a marching band coming through the doorway for Iris and her little accomplice. The deputy headmistress left, leaving little Iris and Ron behind. Klaus didn't miss the uncertain looks that both twelve year olds exchanged.
"I seem to remember telling you both that I would have to expel you if you broke any more school rules." Said Dumbledore.
"Seriously?" Alaric snorted. He couldn't expel them, especially since they saved his freaking school. Ron's opened his mouth in horror, and little Iris simply stared.
"Which goes to show you that the best of us must sometimes ear our words-"said Dumbledore who was still smiling. "You will both receive Special Awards for Services to the School and-let me see-yes, I think two hundred points apiece for Gryffindor-"
"You should've got money…so you can go shopping." Caroline sniffed,
Iris's lips stretched into a smile and looked at the bubbly blond. "Caroline I'm kind of rich ergo I do not need cash."
Caroline's brows furrowed together "So wait you're loaded and your clothes are like that?" Iris's smile was wiped off of her face.
"You're a bitch-"
"Pfft I know that." the blond vampire snorted, Iris rolled her emerald green orbs, she obviously didn't take what Caroline said to heart.
She shook her head and looked back at the scene, "But one of us seems to be keeping mightily quiet about his part in this dangerous adventure." Said Dumbledore "Why so modest, Gilderoy?"
Jeremy looked around and spotted the golden haired man. "I forgot about him." he admitted, the rest of the group nodded in agreement. Klaus noted that little Iris gave a start indicating that she also forgotten about the DADA teacher.
The former gloating man was standing in the corner with a vague smile on his face. When the headmaster addressed him the man looked over his shoulder to see who he was talking to.
"Oh shit well he got his commences up." Damon chuckled shaking his head. And watched as the red head boy rushed forward.
"Professor Dumbledore-"said Ron quickly "there was an accident down in the Chamber of Secrets. Professor Lockhart-"
"Am I a Professor?" said Lockhart in mild surprise "Goodness I expect I was hopeless was I?"
Stefan grinned and shook his head. Iris could tell that the rest of her group was amused.
"He tried to do a Memory Charm and the wand backfired-"said Ron.
"So deserved that." Caroline nodded a smile played on her lips.
"Dear me." Said Dumbledore, shaking his head, his long silver moustache quivering "Impaled upon your own sword-"
"What?" Klaus's voice rumbled "That man knew how incompetent he was the whole time?" Elijah frowned, now this was discerning to think about.
"I…I don't know…he-he probably couldn't find anyone else. Or no one applied." Iris's brows furrowed together. "But it did work out for the best." She added.
Klaus scowled there was more to this. He knew that the headmaster was playing some sort of game he could tell…but why was he manipulating the situation…all these atrocious teachers…perfect timing…something was deeply amiss. The hybrid knew once he found out what the headmaster had been up to, he could foresee that he wasn't going to be happy at all.
Jeremy sniggered at Lockhart's words. "Sword?" he said dimly "Haven't got a sword. That girl has though-"he pointed at little Iris "She'll lend you one."
Damon sniggered "Is it weird that I prefer him this way?" he said to Stefan. The younger Salvatore snorted
"Not at all. I'd be freaked out if you liked him before." Stefan admitted exchanging a smile with his brother, Damon returned the gesture and couldn't help but think that it's been a long time since the smiles they shared with one another was genuine. Damon realised perhaps his infatuation with Elena really blinded him on what matters….family. Something he couldn't help but grudgingly note that the Originals shared and held above all.
"Would you mind taking Professor Lockhart up to the hospital wing too?" Dumbledore asked Ron "I'd like a few words with Iris…"
"Clear dismissal…and the lump is taking a minute to move." Kol said scornfully, Iris sighed truth be told she wasn't expecting anything less.
They watched as Lockhart ambled out, Klaus's upper-lip curled into a sneer when he saw Ron casting a curious look back at Dumbledore and Iris as he closed the door.
"And he sits down…"Rebekah tutted "Does no one think Iris should have been taken straight away to the Hospital Wing?" she rounded on the group. They all took a step back seeing the furious look on the female Original's face. "Well?" she snapped.
Iris and the others gingerly raised their hands…."Let's just watch the scene." Elijah cleared his throat. "Sit down Iris" the headmaster said, little Iris did just that, Klaus could tell that the preteen was nervous since she was playing with the hem of her top.
"This should be interesting." Alaric mused watching as the two before him remained silent for a moment. He saw that Dumbledore was the one to break the silence.
"First of all Iris, I want to thank you-"the old man began,
Damon leant into his brother's ear "His god-damn eyes twinkle a lot." He whispered, causing Stefan to snort with laughter.
"Seriously Damon? How much time do you spend staring into other men's eyes?" Stefan whispered back. "You are so gay-"
"I am not-"Damon balked.
"What?" Iris asked curiously she could hear the pair of Salvatores whispering to each other on her right.
"Damon is gay-"Stefan said casually and blurred to the other end of their make-shift line.
"That's a shame-"
"I knew it-"those were Damon's, Rebekah's and Alaric's responses causing the rest of the group to blink.
"Why is it a shame Rebekah?" Kol taunted "you fancy-"
"Oh-"Iris and Klaus flinched when the blond vampire punched Kol in face. Elijah huffed was no one paying attention? Besides him, obviously not.
"I am not gay." Damon huffed "I slept with thousands of women-"
"So what you're bisexual?" Caroline sniggered.
"NO-"Damon shouted "and-hey-"he rounded on the history teacher "what do you mean that you knew I was gay? I'm not-"
Alaric shrugged his shoulders "Well-"he rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly "you're always asking me out-"
Iris giggled and the others snickered par Elijah. "As a friend-…wait are you gay?" Damon asked the hunter
"No-"Alaric rolled his eyes. "I kind of thought you was bisexual-"
"ENOUGH!" Elijah shouted taking control of the situation "Now be quiet so we can pay attention-I mean it." The last part of his sentence held a threatening edge towards, Iris licked her lips and they all went back to watching the scene.
Dumbledore started speaking "So thank you Iris you must have shown me real loyalty down in the Chamber. Nothing but that could have called Fawkes to you."
"Huh…interesting." Elijah murmured under his breath, he was eager to know more about the wizarding worlds and the creatures that resided in it. Iris hid a smile, she couldn't wait to see his reaction and of course Alaric's when they see what else is to come.
Caroline saw the phoenix crooning as Dumbledore stroked its head. "And so you met Tom Riddle-"Jeremy blinked, realising that Iris had met her parents murderer….it was an odd and weird thing. "I imagine that he was most interested in you." The old man added.
Klaus hummed "Of course he'd want to meet the person that is the reason for his demise." Iris shifted it always made her tense when her parents were brought up. Klaus sensed this and lightly wrapped his arm around her waist pulling her towards him.
They didn't miss the way little Iris stared resolutely at the ground before meeting his eyes. "Professor Dumbledore….Riddle said I'm like him. Strange likeness…he said." Elijah wasn't too surprised that, that had been playing in Iris's mind…she feared the man who killed her parents…and there were similarities. He glanced over to present Iris and could see how content she was in his brother's arms…a small miniscule smile played on his lips. He was glad that Iris had worked passed that.
"Did he now?" said Professor Dumbledore, causing Kol to roll his eyes…really? The youngest male Original thought? Why do people constantly ask useless question…he mused. "And what do you think Iris?"
They all took a step forward wanting to know what Iris had thought. "I don't think I'm like him-"
"No way are you like him." Caroline snorted "You have a heart." Iris grinned at that.
"-I mean I'm-I'm in Gryffindor, I'm-"they all didn't miss the flash of doubt on little Iris's face. "Professor-"she started again after a moment "the Sorting Hat had told me, I'd-I'd have done well in Slytherin. Everyone thought I was a Slytherin's heir for a while….because I can speak Parseltongue…."
"Hmm no kidding. I remember that little shit at duelling club." Damon grumbled.
Alaric saw Dumbledore shifting in his seat and paid attention like the others. "You can speak Parseltongue because-"
"Now we're getting to the interesting stuff." Jeremy muttered, he wanted to know why Iris was able to speak to snakes. He made a mental note to ask Iris whether or not she could still speak to snakes.
"-because Lord Voldemort who is the last remaining descendent of Salazar Slytherin-can speak Parseltongue. Unless I'm much mistaken, he transferred some of his own powers to you the night he gave you that scar. Not something he intended to do, I'm sure…."
"So Voldemort put a bit of himself in me?" little Iris asked thunderstruck.
"It certainly seems so." Elijah and Klaus exchanged alarmed looks, Voldemort put a little bit of himself in her? Both Originals knew nothing good could come of this.
"Iris-"Klaus hissed, she swallowed and tilted her head so she could see his face.
"Just be patient and you'll seen everything soon enough." Iris uttered running the pads of her things over the back of his hand to sooth him. Klaus's jaw clenched but he nodded; he knew something bad happened…something horrible.
He was brought out of his dark thoughts by little Iris's voice. "So I should be in Slytherin? The Sorting Hat could see Slytherin's power in me and it-"
"Gosh you're really are hanging onto a hat's words aren't you?" Damon sniggered; Iris rolled her emerald green orbs.
"You do know that you weren't placed in Slytherin?" Caroline asked, Iris shook her head not bothering to reply to the blond vampire.
Iris looked back over to her past-self and Dumbledore. "The Sorting Hat put you in Gryffindor, listen to me, Iris. You happen to have many qualities Salazar Slytherin prized in his hand-picked students. His own very rare gift, Parseltongue…resourcefulness…determination…a certain disregard for rules…"he added.
"You know-"Kol commented "It doesn't seem a bad house to belong in…"
Iris cocked an eyebrow "You're right, and I could so picture you in Slytherin." She added, Alaric noted that the headmaster didn't seem to make light of the Slytherin house…in fact he was coming off as being slightly biased towards Gryffindor house.
"The Sorting Hat put you in Gryffindor…think why is that." The silver haired man said softly.
They saw little Iris's facial expression, her mind was working a mile minute her shoulder hunched ever so slightly forward. "Because I asked not to go into Slytherin." She said in a defeated voice.
"Exactly-"Dumbledore declared. Stefan cocked an eyebrow…ok he wasn't exactly making the twelve year old feel better. "Which makes you very different from Tom Riddle. It is our choices, Iris that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Little Iris remained motionless in her seat; Alaric could see by her facial expression that she was following what he was saying. "Of you want proof, Iris, that you belong in Gryffindor, I suggest you look more closely at this."
Rebekah frowned and watched as Dumbledore reached across to Professor McGonagall's desk, and picked up the blood stained sword and handed it to little Iris.
"Whoa-"Jeremy gaped when little Iris twirled the ruby encrusted sword in her hands, he and the others caught sight of the engraving. It was just below the hilt and read 'Godric Gryffindor'
"Yep that proves it." Damon declared "you pulled a freaking sword out a hat with a name on it. Question is there anything else in the hat?"
Iris rolled her eyes, "Only a true Gryffindor could have pulled that out of the Hat Iris." Dumbledore said simply.
"For god's sake shut the hell up Salvatore." Rebekah snarled.
Elena glared at the vampire "You can't speak to him like that." she defended the raven head vampire.
"Elena I can look out for myself. I don't need you." Damon sniped "And Rebekah-oww ok-"he yelped when the female Original pinched his ear and held it tightly. Jeremy didn't miss the crestfallen look on Elena's face making him roll his eyes. He never did get the Stefan, Elena and Damon saga…he did wonder why did his sister drag it out….just pick a Salvatore and stick with one. The younger Gilbert thought it'd be easier for her, since it was quiet clear that Damon didn't really want anything to do with her, and Stefan? Well the younger Salvatore hadn't really made a move. He was brought out of his thoughts when he saw Dumbledore moving to place the sword back on the desk.
"What you need, Iris is some food and sleep. I suggest you go down to the feast, while I write to Azkaban-we need our games-keeper back."
A big grin made its way across present Iris's face. She could still picture the grin on Hagrid's hairy face when he returned to Hogwarts. "And I must draft and advertisement for the Daily Prophet too" he added thoughtfully "We'll be needing a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Dear me, we do seem to run through them don't we?"
Klaus cocked an eyebrow "Hmm…he's right. It's like the job is curse?" he muttered, Iris forced herself to keep her face passive. She didn't want to give anything away…
"So is the next year's teacher another wacko?" Damon questioned, he wondered did Iris actually get a decent teacher.
Iris hummed and would have rocked on the balls of her feet if Klaus's arm wasn't still wrapped around her, but she was comfortable where she was. "Well he is different…"she murmured "And no I am not saying anything else." She added the last part stubbornness underlining her words.
"Another man?" Caroline scrunched up her nose. "Are there any woman who apply?"
Iris's jaw twitched "We do get a female-"she muttered, wishing that in fact she never crossed paths with Umbridge….merlin she was going to get her life squeezed out of her when they see the more dangerous parts of her time at Hogwarts.
They watched as little Iris got up and crossed to the door. She had just reached for the handle, however the door open violently so it bounced off of the wall.
"Oh lucky-"Jeremy muttered seeing that the door just missed the twelve year old girl's face.
"Oh the older douche is back." Damon drawled as Lucius Malfoy stood there, the vampire could see the fury on his face.
"Oh no what happened to him?" Caroline frowned; Iris swallowed seeing a heavily bandaged Dobby cowering behind the man. Elijah frowned it was a pitiful sight. He had come to the conclusion.
"The Malfoys are his masters." The dark haired Original said smoothly.
"How the hell are you such good friends with a Malfoy?" Stefan shook his head, in a way he was looking forward to seeing how the most two unlikeliest people became such good friends.
"Good evening Lucius." Said Dumbledore pleasantly.
"Dick-"Kol growled seeing the man nearly knocking little Iris over as he swept into the room. The house elf scurried after the tall man crouching at the hem of his cloak, there was a look of abject terror on his face.
"So-"said Lucius Malfoy his tone hard and cold, Rebekah wondered did Draco sound like that when he was angry, if so she no doubt that he'd sent many men scurrying away with their tails in between their legs. "You've come back-"
"Not a word Damon." Stefan hissed seeing his older brother opening his mouth.
"-The governors suspended you, but you still saw fit to return to Hogwarts." The platinum haired man uttered.
"Well you see Lucius-"said Dumbledore pleasantly and smiled serenely, Klaus pressed his lips together knowing that Draco's father would be even more in a sour mood "the other eleven governors contacted me today. It was something like being caught in a hailstorm of owls, to tell the truth. They'd heard that Arthur Weasley's daughter had been killed and wanted me back here at once. They seemed to think I was the best man for the job after all. Very strange tales they told me, too. Several of them seemed to think that you had threatened to curse their families if they didn't agree to suspend me in the first place."
Elijah cocked an eyebrow and linked the dots together, of course Lucius Malfoy was the one who planted the journal in the first place. He remained silent wanting to see if the others realised.
"You can tell his bad." Damon commented
"How?" Caroline questioned, her eyes sliding over to him.
"Look at the hair and outfit…that just reeks of being bad." Damon nodded,
"Yeah you sure you're not at least bi?" Stefan smirked when his older brother glared at him.
Iris shook her head, she got the feeling that Damon's sexuality would be an on-going joke amongst them. She saw that Lucius seemed to have gone paler.
"So-have you stopped the attacks yet?" the man sneered. "Have you caught the culprit?"
"We have." Said Dumbledore with a smile.
"Does he never not smile?" Jeremy whispered to Alaric, the hunter snorted and shook his head.
"Well?" said Mr Malfoy "Who is it?" he asked.
"The same person as last time Lucius" said Dumbledore "But this time, Lord Voldemort was acting through somebody else. By means of this diary." They watched as he held up the small black bod with the large hole through the centre. The headmaster was watching Mr Malfoy closely, but there attention shifted to little Iris who was busy watching Dobby.
"What the hell is it doing?" Rebekah frowned as the elf was doing something very odd. His great eyes were fixed meaningfully on little Iris. He kept pointing at the dairy, then at Mr Malfoy, and then hitting himself hard on the head with his fist.
"Oh-"Alaric blinked, they all managed to connect the dots. Mr Malfoy was responsible for this whole mess. "Damn he is some fucked up parent," the history teacher concluded. No sane person would allow a monstrous creature like this to be awoken when they had a child in the school.
"I see…"said Mr Malfoy
"A clever plan." said Dumbledore in a level voice, still staring Mr Malfoy straing in the eyes. "Because if Iris here-"
"Great he's attracting more attention to you." Klaus grumbled, his jaw clench seeing the fierce look that man was shooting the small raven head girl.
"-and her friend Ron hadn't discovered this book, why-Ginny Weasley might have taken all the blame. No one would ever have been ale to prove she hadn't acted of her own free will." Dumbledore uttered.
"Good thinking in bringing the journal back with you." Stefan murmured still watching the scene.
"And imagine-"Dumbledore went on, Rebekah huffed wondering does Iris even visit the hospital wing "The Weasleys are one of our most prominent pure blood families. Imagine the effect on Arthur Weasley and his Muggle Protection Act, if his own daughter was discovered attacking and killing Muggle-borns. Very fortunate the diary was discovered, and Riddle's memories wiped from it. Who knows what the consequences might have been otherwise…"
"Wow he is some twisted guy-"Caroline exclaimed "this whole thing was done so he could get back at Arthur Weasley?"
"Yep…plus I believe he wanted to bring his master back…"Iris added but she was more inclined to believe that Mr Malfoy had wanted to get back at Mr Weasley.
"Very fortunate indeed." Mr Malfoy said stiffly,
"That elf is…weird." Jeremy muttered as the house-elf who was still behind Mr Malfoy's back was pointing first to the diary and then to Lucius Malfoy, then punching himself in the head.
"He's telling you who did it." Caroline grinned "Soooo cute…"she gushed.
"Finally you've got it….damn Iris you was slow." Kol chuckled when the little raven head finally nodded in understanding.
"Ha ha-"Iris rolled her eyes, ok she can admit to herself that she was very slow back then…very slow indeed.
"Don't you want to know how Ginny got hold of that diary, Mr Malfoy?" little Iris asked, present Iris felt Klaus's fingers lightly digging into her flesh.
They watched as Lucius Malfoy rounded on her, Elijah and the other Originals couldn't help but stiffen, the man towered above the twelve year old.
"How should I know how the stupid little girl got hold of it." The platinum blond haired man sneered.
"Because you gave it to her." said little Iris. "In Flourish and Blotts. You picked up her old Transfiguration book, and slipped the diary inside it didn't you?"
Kol recalled the memory of when the elder Malfoy confronted the patraich of the Weasley household. Come to think of it he did in fact pick up a book in the cauldron.
"Gosh you sure aren't subtle." Rebekah muttered "Know this Iris when confronting someone at least be a tiny bit more tactful."
"Right." Iris uttered.
Alaric didn't miss the way Mr Malfoy's hand clenched and unclenched. "Prove it." He hissed down at the small girl.
"On no one will be able to do that." said Dumbledore smiling at little Iris. "Not now Riddle has vanished from the book. On the other hand, I would advise you, Lucius, not to go giving out any more of Lord Voldemort's old school things. If any more of them find their way into innocent hands, I think Arthur Weasley, for one, will make sure they are traced back to you…"
"Ha he caught him-"Jeremy declared
"It was kind of obvious if you think about it." Damon said casually,
"Yet you didn't realise it Salvatore." Rebekah drawled causing the raven head vampire to glare at her.
Stefan watched as Lucius Malfoy stood for a moment, he didn't miss the way his right hand seemed to twitch as if longing to reach something. Instead he turned to his house elf. "We're going, Dobby!"
"Oh…"Caroline frowned she wanted the house-elf to have a happy ending. They saw Lucius wrenching the door open, and as the house elf came hurrying up to him, he kicked him right through it. Causing present Iris to suck in a deep breath, she always hated how Dobby was treated…she was glad that before his sad demise that he did live out his happy years.
"You're up to something." Klaus murmured recognising look on little Iris's face, she was formulating a plan.
"Professor Dumbledore." The twelve year old girl said hurriedly "Can I give that diary back to Mr Malfoy, please?"
"Is that such a good idea." Elijah frowned not liking the idea of a twelve year confronting a fully grown wizard, but if she could handle a Basilisk then she definitely could do this.
"Certainly Iris." Said Dumbledore calmly "But hurry. The feast remember."
"Yeah think about food…not that fact that there was a gigantic fang engorged in your arm." Rebekah huffed, causing Iris to smile.
"Come on-"they followed little Iris out of the room as she grabbed the diary and dashed out of the office.
"Oh that doesn't sound so god." Damon grimaced hearing the pained squeals coming from the house-elf further down the corridor.
"And you're taking a sock off…"Jeremy frowned in confusion when they saw little Iris slipping off a slimy sock before sticking it in the dairy. They followed on her heels as she ran down the corridor.
"Finally-"they caught up with Mr Malfoy at the top of the staircase.
"Mr Malfoy-"the group stood to the side, Iris had a large grin on her face knowing what her former self was going to do. "I've got something for you."
They watched as the twelve year old forced the diary into Mr Malfoy's hands, he threw it aside, Klaus stiffened when the man took an intimidating step towards her.
Elijah grinned seeing that the twelve year old didn't move an inch. "You'll meet the same end as your parents' one of these days Iris Potter-"he said softly "They were meddlesome fools too."
Kol's jaw clenched what he wouldn't give to wipe that sneer off of the man's face. Klaus felt his hackles rise.
Mr Malfoy turned to go, "Come Dobby." But the elf didn't move "I said come."
A massive smile made its way on to present Iris's face, when she saw Dobby pulling out the filthy sock from within the pages of the diary. "Master has given Dobby a sock." The house elf choked out.
"Eww…it's so dirty-"Caroline cringed.
"Yeah I don't think he cares." Alaric snorted for some reason he could picture the elf kissing the filthy garment.
"What's that?" said Mr Malfoy "What-"
"Dobby has got a sock-"Dobby said in disbelief "Master threw it, and Dobby caught it, and Dobby is Free!"
"Caroline don't cry please-"Iris yelped when the vampire hugged her tightly causing her to go stumbling back into Klaus's chest.
"That is so sweet-"Caroline gushed and pinched Iris's cheek.
"Ok…this already happen-"Iris grunted and was enveloped into antoher hug by the female vampire.
"Yeah I don't think she cares." Klaus whispered clearly amused. The raven head let out a sigh of relief when Caroline let go. The smiles on the groups faces dropped when they saw Lucius Malfoy lunged at little Iris.
"You lost me my servant girl!"
Klaus snarled and before he could do anything, Iris shook her head wondering what he would do…since they weren't' corporeal here there was a sudden shout.
"You shall not harm Iris Potter!" shouted Dobby, there was a loud bang and the group watched in stunned silence as Mr Malfoy was thrown backwards. He crashed down the stairs, three at a time, landing in a crumpled heap on the landing below. He got up, his face livid and pulled out his sword.
"Don't tell me he lays a hand on you" Klaus growled.
Iris grinned "Doesn't get a chance." They watched as Dobby raised a long threatening finger.
"You shall go now-"the house elf said fiercely, pointing down at Mr Malfoy "You shall not touch Iris Potter. You shall go now."
"You've got yourself quiet a little protector Iris." Elijah said a smile played on his lips.
"Your elf is awesome." Damon grinned seeing the tall man turning on his elf and stalking away. "Does he have a crush?" he asked seeing the watery eyed elf gazing up at little Iris,
"No-dick." Iris snapped.
"Iris Potter freed Dobby" said elf shrilly, causing the vampires in the group to wince at the pitch of his voice. "Iris Potter set Dobby free"
"Ok before he was cute…it's kind of freaky now." Caroline uttered looking at the wide eye elf. His eyes were large and glassy.
"Least I could do Dobby-"little Iris grinned "Just promise never to try and save life again." This made the others chuckle as they saw the elf's face split into a wide, toothy smile.
"I've got one question Dobby" little Iris said as the house elf pulled on the slimy sock. "You told me all this had nothing to do with He Who Must Not Be Named remember?" Well-"
"It was a clue Miss-"
"How the fuck is that a clue?" Jeremy huffed and groaned when Alaric slapped him upside the head "Language." The hunter scolded him
"-Dobby was giving a clue. The Dark Lord, before he changed his name Miss, could be freely named you see?"
"Right-"little Iris said weakly.
"If it's any constellation Iris it was a poor clue." Stefan said.
"-well, I'd better go. There's a feast and my friend Hermonie should be awake by now…"
"So you're not going to the Hospital Wing?" Rebekah sighed.
"Nope-"Iris replied popping the 'p'.
"Oh-"Kol smirked seeing the house-elf throwing his arms around little Iris's middle and hugged her.
"Iris Potter is greater by far than Dobby knew-"
"Jeesh…elfs are very emotional." Caroline uttered as the elf continued to sob.
"Farewell Iris Potter" and with a final crack he disappeared.
Iris felt a familiar tug in her naval, "And that is my second year done and dusted." Klaus grasped her around the waist as they were pulled upwards.
"At least it wasn't boring." Damon shouted as they floated upwards.
"Ok….ready steady go-"Caroline shouted. They were back at the living quarters. A few hours had passed since their exit from the pensive.
They had eaten dinner and thought it'd be a good idea to celebrate going through Iris's second year. So….they decided to have some drinking games. Elijah the ever sensible vampire went off to the drawing room, opting to lose himself a good bottle of whisky along with Klaus and surprisingly Alaric decided to join them instead.
Elena and Jeremy were somewhere else, needing a talk. Leaving the rest of the group in the kitchen, Iris raised her glass and slurped down the contents of Firewhisky.
"What game is this?" Kol questioned he was sitting beside Iris.
"It's called beer race…well in this case Firewhisky race. There are two teams competing against one another, when one person finishes the next has to drink." Damon explained this game had been in his idea. The group were split in two. Damon, Stefan and Caroline on one team, whilst Rebekah, Kol and Iris on the other.
"DRINK KOL-"Iris shrieked finishing her drink, to make things fair they had to keep human pace. The raven head giggled when Kol chocked and downed his drink, Stefan was a second behind him. "And we won" she declared.
"No fair-"Caroline pouted. "How about a different game? I never!"
"Pfft I can so trash you in that." Iris said cockily, maybe having pre-games drinks before was such a good idea. The raven head was a lightweight.
"You think?" Damon scoffed.
"I know bitch." Iris snorted.
"Fine you're on."
Soon enough the group which now included Alaric were gathered around a round table, each person had a shot glass filled to the brim. Damon who seemed to come across as a master at drinking games, explained the rules they set off.
Since this was Caroline's idea she was starting it off. "Never had I…fallen asleep during sex." There was a moment of stillness before Damon cursed and down his shot.
"Oh damn-"Iris laughed.
"You fell asleep during sex?" Stefan snickered.
"I was very drunk." Damon glared at them, Alaric sniggered "My turn…"the raven head vampire drawled…"Never had I…rode on a centaur before." Iris cursed and downed her drink.
"Not fair." The petite teen pouted. "My turn…Never had I had sex in a sleeping bag." She declared.
"Fuck's sake." Damon downed his drink. "Never had I…fought a troll." Iris downed her drink. The rest of the group watched on, they got a feeling where this game was going. They casually sat back and watched on.
"Never had I…streaked." Iris uttered this time Caroline and Damon downed their shots.
Alaric's eyebrows shot to his hairline "You streaked?" he looked at the female vampire.
"Long story." Caroline shook her head. "My turn…never had I….had I lied about sexual preference to avoid a date."
"Dear god-"Stefan muttered as Damon downed a shot. An hour or so later the group had decided to call it a day but both raven heads Damon and Iris kept going. And they were both hammered.
"Never-"Damon hiccupped causing Iris to giggle "had I….freed a house elf."
Iris grinned, her eyes were slightly glassy "I did that…Merlin you saw me…saving-"she slurred
"Then drink." The vampire urged her. Iris did just that and sighed. "Ya know…Iris-I….I don't think I'm in love with Elena anymore….I-miss having Stefan as a brother…."
"Then ditch the bitch and go to your brother-"Iris said loudly and giggled "rhymes…-"Damon laughed realising it did.
"Ok never had I….had sex against the wall" the former witch shouted and cackled when Damon swore loudly; he tipped his chair back and fainted on the floor.
"I…win-"Iris shouted and stumbled over her own feet. She would have fallen if strong hands didn't clamp around her waist. "Klausy-"she slurred and hugged the hybrid…"I won."
"I can see that come on." they arrived at their bedroom and Iris fumbled with the buttons of her top.
"Let me help-"Klaus gently batted her hands away, her skin tingled against his touch. "So really Iris never had sex against a wall? Wish for me to remedy that?" he smirked devishly. Iris grinned and kissed him sloppily on the lips
"Yes please." Iris gasped when she found herself pinned to the wall. Klaus growled lowly in his throat feeling the soft pads of her fingers grazing up his back; he removed his shirt and pressed himself against her.
Their mouths met, tongues battled for dominance, Iris gasped when she felt his fingers against the zipper of her jeans. Klaus's mouth moved over to her neck and felt his need for her arise even more hearing the noises she was making. Iris gasped and moaned when his lips and tongue wreaked havoc across the column of her throat.
"Klaus-"she moaned when he shoved her top down revealing her lace covered breasts. She felt his nose burying itself in her cleavage. Her mind was in a buzz full of alcohol, pleasure and lust.
"Patience love." Klaus crooned and blurred them towards the bed; he kissed her soft supple body and along the way removed her articles of clothing, since Klaus was so lost in his own world he was oblivious to Iris becoming still. The hybrid kissed her bare knee. And went for her soft lips but stopped. He groaned.
"Never had I had a woman fall asleep on me during foreplay." Klaus muttered and gazed down at the sleeping raven head. He didn't blame her, she and they all had an exhausting day. "Until now." with that Klaus grabbed the covers and pulled it over their bodies. Iris shifted and snuggled into his side, soon enough they were fast asleep.
AN: Apologies for any grammar or spelling mistakes. Thanks to those who reviewed.
So this is the final chap on Iris's second year. Comments about what's going down, little Iris explaining things, questions answers. Klaus and Elijah not too happy about her having had a bit of Voldemort in her. Damon is accused of being gay or bisexual. Drinking games...I never, ends up with Damon and Iris. Klaus wants to heat things up...she falls asleep.
Next Chap-Beginning of her third year. (It may take a while since I have all the books of Harry Potter, but for some odd reason not number three. I personally think it had something to do with my sister.) But It will come out soon.