Ok so you will all have to forgive me after re-reading this chapter I decided that I didn't like it- but still I will post it. I was supposed to post this yesterday however it's been project hell in my world so I hope you will all forgive me. Even for a multitasking Queen like myself I've had waaay too much on my plate as of late- ha that rhymed! At any rate know that while I have begun the second book for this series I will have to take some time off from it to get all the other crap that I have to do done first so expect it maybe (and I mean Maybe!) in a month or so- if not I have an entire four days at the end of July in which I will be house sitting for someone I plan to spend the entirety of that time catching up my archives. Hope you enjoy! Oh and this is the last chapter for book one!
General warnings apply,
And I do not claim any of these characters or themes!
Harry's eyes cracked open slowly and he groaned. "Briiiiight" he rasped lifting an arm to cover his eyes. "Harry!" Sirius' voice echoed painfully in his head.
"He probably has a migraine Zombie man, it would be best not to antagonize him." L said his voice low and soothing against Harry's frayed noise. He sighed as the light faded and he could crack his eyes open once more. L's face was suddenly directly in front of him, yet it didn't surprise him as much as it should have.
"L" He said smiling slightly.
"I asked the nurses and they told me that there was no sexual intercourse or injuries of any kind that weren't related to the accident but it doesn't follow B's previous patterns." L said with a frown.
"Come on L he just woke up!" Sirius said annoyed. Harry sighed.
"I did not have sex with him and he told me that he didn't want to hurt me L." He said dryly.
"I gathered that you didn't have sex with him because there were no fires- why wouldn't he want to hurt you?" He said thoughtfully.
"The fires only happen when I'm around you." Harry said accepting the glass of water Sirius handed him and pushing the button on the bed to make him rise to a sitting position. L was blinking at him slowly.
"B does not arouse you?" he said tipping his head to the side. "He is nearly identical to me." He added in slight annoyance.
"But B is not you." Harry said sighing in relief as the cool water soothed his sore throat. Sirius sniggered.
"I've never seen L blush before." He said teasingly. A deeper chuckle from behind them alerted Harry to Watari's presence. Harry smiled slightly and snorted at the slow creepy smile that crossed L's lips.
"I think I have developed a crush on Harry." L said his face falling suddenly into a thoughtful expression. Harry was the one to flush this time and Sirius cracked up.
"What was your first clue? Merlin you two are dense!" he snorted. Harry eyed L for a moment. What did he feel for L? A sexual draw most assuredly, fondness towards things that would normally annoy him- respect for L's mind…he smiled slightly. He felt the way he did in fifth year when he realized that he didn't exactly hate Snape but rather grudgingly appreciated him.
"I think…I have developed a crush on L…" He said just as thoughtfully. Sirius paused, quirked an eyebrow at him and simply shook his head.
"Ok I get it with this guy, he's like a total social reject-but you Harry?" He said incredulously. Watari chuckled.
"I think that Mister Potter here has never examined or thought of love outside of his first love mister Snape." He said calmly. Harry winced as Sirius' jaw went slack.
"Snape." He said tone clipped. Harry nodded slowly. "As in Snivvelous Snape?" Harry scowled and crossed his arms.
"Don't call him that! He nearly died for me on many occasions and-"
"He was in love with your mum!" Sirius said wrinkling his nose. "He was an ugly snot nose bastard- oomph!" Sirius flew across the room into the wall.
"And you were an incorrigible prat that set a werewolf on him!" Harry sneered. "You have no idea how much Severus Snape sacrificed during the war! And what did he get for it? Every one's hatred and disgust! Don't you dare talk about him like that when he was there for me and you weren't!" The glass shattered from the window and Harry flinched at the same time that the light in Sirius' eyes died. Harry pursed his lips and choked slightly as the tears formed and fell before he could stop them. "I didn't mean that…" he sobbed burying his face in his hands.
"Harry?" L said hesitantly setting a hand on his head. Harry let out a sob.
"Hold me?" He begged quietly without lifting his head. There was a tense moment before he felt the bed shift.
"Scoot forward." L said quietly. Harry did as he was told and L settled behind him wrapping his arms around him in a tight embrace. "Better?" L said hesitantly. Harry nodded and leaned closer.
"I'd forgotten what it was like." Harry said softly his body trembling.
"What?" L said quietly.
"To be the one being held instead of the one holding everything together." Harry said his chest tight. L sighed softly and settled his chin atop of Harry's head.
"Silly Harry Potter." He said sounding amused. "This is my world and in my world L is the one that holds everything together- including silly vampire boys from other realms." He said tightening his grip. Harry chuckled slightly and L moved to push the call button.
"You were right Harry." Sirius said quietly. Harry lifted his face slowly feeling ashamed of himself. "I was always a useless godfather wasn't I?" Sirius said in a self depreciating way. Harry opened his mouth but L beat him to it.
"You're silly too zombie man, Harry didn't smile until you came back, he didn't laugh or cry much either- he was just sad. You help Harry in a way that no one else can- even if it makes me jealous sometimes." He muttered into Harry's hair. Harry snorted.
"He's right Sirius." Harry said smiling sheepishly. Sirius looked at him for a long moment before nodding.
"Goodness gracious what happened in here!" The nurse said as she stepped through the door and surveyed the damage.
"It just exploded mam." Harry said shrinking back into L's chest. "Scared us all!" He said shaking his head, the very picture of innocence.
"Perhaps a solar flare?" L said shaking his head. "Or a UFO?" He said with wide eyes.
"UFO?" Sirius said incredulously.
"What was that Zombie man?" he said pretending that he was deaf. Sirius snorted.
Harry rose his eyebrows in shock as the TV announcer spoke. "They caught B." He said faintly. L who was sitting beside him lifted his head momentarily.
"Ah yes, he was captured just an hour after we retrieved you." He said before returning his gaze to the laptop. Harry twitched slightly.
"And no one thought to let me know?" He said struggling to reign in his temper. L lifted his head as the pitcher on the side table trembled.
"B is unimportant to Harry Potter now." He said lifting his chin. Harry looked into glittering eyes for a long moment before letting out a sigh.
"How so?" He said rubbing his temples. "Something tells me that you are going to do that thing where you tell me what I'm going to do next." L's eyes widened slightly.
"Do you have precognitive abilities too?" He asked tilting his head to the side. Harry smiled thinly.
"No, its just intuition." He said with a shrug. L nodded slowly and closed his laptop.
"The first time I heard of you was not in the FBI building the day the case was given to us. I was informed that there was a person that fell out of the sky mere moments after it happened. After that I watched you, and tested you. The tests you were given were not run of the mill academic tests. They were tests designed specifically for those with above average intelligence- you passed them with flying colors. But I still had to test your abilities on field duty before I could accurately place you." Harry nodded slowly.
"I thought the whole transfer student thing was a bit fishy- that was your way of testing me personally hmmm?" He said smiling slightly. L smirked.
"I knew that you would pick up on that." He said placing his laptop on the table so that he could curl his legs under his chin. "Once you are released today you will be taken directly to a special school." Harry wrinkled his nose and L smiled thinly. "It is not like normal schools at all, in fact this school is the one B and I attended as children, it is essentially a school with a curriculum designed for geniuses." Harry nodded slowly and looked up as a knock sounded on the door. Watari gave Harry a slight bow.
"The car is ready." He said easily. Harry frowned.
"What about Sirius?" He said feeling suddenly wary. Watari and L shared a glance.
"Zombie man has agreed to allow you to attend our school." L said into his kneecaps. Harry's expression fell.
"Wh-Where is Sirius?" He asked looking at Watari.
"Your case is a special one Mister Potter, normally we only accept orphans however, in your case the schedule will work like a boarding school." Watari said looking away.
"Zombie man told me to tell you that it will be just like going to a place called Hog warts though I don't know why any one would refer to a place as being like the blemishes of a pig…" L said drifting off in thought. Harry nodded slowly in sudden understanding.
"He's gone isn't he?" he said softly. The two men traded looks before nodding.
"I fear that your words the other day had a greater effect on Mister Black than he was willing to admit." Watari said with a slow nod. "Perhaps he simply needs time?" He suggested. Harry's face was empty though and his fists had relaxed.
"L." He said softly. "Hold me?" He said his voice trembling. L stood and leaned over the bed wrapping his arms around him.
"If he does not visit you within a month I will have my men pick him up and bring him to you." L assured into his shoulder. Harry tried to laugh but it came out as a hiccup.
"No…after all he needs his freedom. He's been locked up for most of his life, who am I to tie him down now that he's free?" He said with a slight shrug.
"He will come back Mister Potter." Watari assured quietly. "He made you a promise didn't he?" Harry nodded.
"Until the end." He said softly.
"Then we must simply wait for him." Watari said with a small smile. Harry nodded.
"Thank you." He said softly.
"Silly Harry, there is no thanks needed." L said softly. Harry smiled and Watari's eyes twinkled slightly.
He'd looked into deaths cold hard eyes, and life…
Life was truly precious.