Baby Sitting Kidvengers
Chapter 7: Healing, Resting, and Cleaning
Natasha waited with Harry outside for Teddy to arrive. It didn't take long for a black vehicle to arrive. Teddy immediately ran from the car and tackled Harry into a hug.
Harry cringed and Teddy stepped back quickly, eyes wide with guilt and worry, and apologized.
Harry raised his hand to stop him and then pulled him back into a hug. "I'm fine. I'm also very sorry I forgot you. I swear I didn't mean it."
"Don't worry about it. I overheard Mr. Weasley talking with gran. Heard you were very busy. They didn't want me to come but you know me, I came anyway." Teddy said as one of the agents came up with his bag. He took it and Harry led them all up.
Along the way Teddy couldn't help but look from Natasha to Harry, "So...what exactly happened?"
They had arrived back on the floor where they lived and stood there and watched the mess that had been left behind. Harry raised his hand and was about to do a spell when Natasha jumped and hugged his arm.
"What are you doing?" she asked, a bit of an accusing glare on her face.
"I need to repair this damage," Harry replied.
"You haven't rested yet!" Natasha insisted, "You need to nap. And then eat!"
"You haven't been resting properly?" Teddy asked.
Harry sighed as he looked from Natasha to his fourteen year old godson, "Not...really."
Teddy shook his head but he had a small smile on his face, "Haven't learned that you aren't indestructible have you?"
"I know I'm not," Harry replied.
"But you still try to carry on even though you're on empty," Teddy said.
"I'm in charge here Teddy. I can't falter," Harry said.
Teddy looked from the table to Harry and Natasha, "Well I could really use a cuppa. Any chance I can get one?"
Knowing what Teddy was doing he nodded and turned to Natasha, "Can you go ask one of the agents to make a fresh pot and bring it over? One more and I'll be as right as rain."
"Then off to nap?" Natasha asked innocently enough that Harry almost forget she was really a trained assassin.
"Scouts honor," Harry promised with the scout gesture. Natasha ran off towards the first agent she saw.
Teddy and Harry sat at the table and Teddy asked, "Okay, so what happened?"
"Everything was going perfectly normal. I had my little book shop, I lived in a small crappy flat, made rent, used the tube, everything was going normal," Harry started.
Teddy smirked, "You're a Potter, it didn't last long did it?"
Harry waved a hand around and said, "What do you think?"
Looking back to where Natasha ran off, "I'm a bit confused though. What exactly happened?"
"Well what I thought was another normal day turned out to be one hell of a field day. Aliens monsters started attacking the city," Harry replied.
"Aliens?" Teddy echoed.
Harry nodded, "Yes. Believe it or not, aliens. From outer space. The mastermind behind it is the adopted brother of a friend of mine. They're from Asgard."
"Asgard? From the Norse mythology?" Teddy asked.
"Except it's not just mythology anymore. Apparently it never was just mythology." Harry said.
Teddy leaned back in his chair. His expression in awe, "Wow...you mean to tell me that they're real? All of it? How many other mythologies?"
Harry shrugged, "I have no idea. But it make sense I guess. I mean look at us. The muggles don't think we're real. Merlin and everything he is are nothing but stories for them and look how far we've gotten."
"True, but still. Wow. Wait, so you know an Asgardian?" Teddy asked as a smile broke out on his face.
"Nope," Harry replied and when Teddy's face fell he smirked and added, "I know two."
Teddy lightened up immediately and Harry could practically see the stars in his godsons eyes, "Really?"
"Yup. Ever hear of Thor and Loki?"
Teddy's eyes widened, "No...way..."
His godson's expression was too funny for Harry not to smile. He had to really try not to laugh, "Yeah. Your old man knows the God of Thunder and his mischievous trickster of a brother. Anyone else's parents that cool?"
"Course not! Not only are you Harry Potter, you're friends with Thor and Loki! Oh this is so awesome! Just wait until Victoire!" Teddy exclaimed and the last part with a blush.
Harry said and couldn't help but butt in. Though he'd do it with as much discretion as he can muster, "Just look at you! Travelling through the Floo network, covered in soot, and fourteen years old already! You're starting your fourth year this fall. I remember where you were this small," Harry said as he made a gesture with his hands, "So, how was your third year at Hogwarts?"
"It was fine, but don't try to switch subjects. Sides George already tried to talk to me. Give me...the talk," Teddy shivered.
"It couldn't have been that bad. George's a really cool guy," Harry said as he tried to suppress another laugh.
"Ron and Percy were trying to help," Teddy deadpanned.
This time Harry couldn't hold back the chuckle. He really needed it but he was in so much pain he couldn't full out laugh. Though the idea of the three redheads trying to give his godson the talk was pretty amusing. He stopped when his sides really started to hurt from the tackle the Hulk gave him.
Teddy's face grew grim and asked again, "What happened?"
Harry sighed, "We stopped the aliens and caught the man controlling them. Which was Loki by the way. Some of my new friends were helping the people who picked you up make a machine, a portal, to send them back. Just before they could Loki tried something and all of the Avengers were deaged."
"How?" Teddy asked.
"They were the only ones in the room. My magic was more powerful than Loki's spell so that's why I wasn't affected. The rest I'm not sure. I can't reverse the spell or break it. Heck, I don't even know what it is," Harry replied.
"Okay...I understand the part where you fight with them. But if I understand it correctly, you're babysitting what used to be Earth's mightiest heroes?" Teddy asked, confusion etched on his face.
"I have to Teddy. If I don't take care of these kids they'll be sent to labs where they'll be experiments on like lab rats. I understand that S.H.I.E.L.D, the people who brought you here, are looking out for what's best for Earth, but I wouldn't put it past them not to keep them to see if they can use them in something...evil," Harry tried to explain.
Teddy nodded, "What about Loki? What happened to him?"
"The spell bounced off me and hit him. So now him, his brother, and the rest of them are all kids once more, living together on this floor, with mostly me as a form of chaperon." Harry deadpanned.
Teddy looked around again and took in the mess all over again and then raised an eyebrow at Harry, "I'm guessing that compared to them I was a dream to take care of."
Harry chuckled again then cringed.
"Something's wrong with your side," Teddy got up and pushed up Harry's shirt. There was a giant bruise already forming. Teddy frowned, "I have enough potions in my bag to patch you up if bruises and cuts are all that's wrong. Though there can be some internal damage I can't know about. Maybe you should see a healer."
Harry smiled at his godson and ruffled his hair fondly, "Looks like I got one right here. Going to study to become a healer are you?"
Teddy rolled his eyes, "Full out healer? No. But it never hurts to know a few things when you're the star player for your Quidditch team. And I reckon it's not a bad thing to knew a few healing tricks when you're an Auror either."
Harry smiled kindly at him again, "Smart boy. Very smart."
Teddy blushed, "Anyway, how did you get so banged up? Wasn't from the alien attack was it?"
"No. I didn't get that hurt from then. Patched up real quick. All I really needed to do was rest and regain my energy and magic supply. Though..." Harry left it hanging.
"Babysitting taking a lot out of you?" Teddy guessed the rest.
"Yeah, well, it wouldn't have been all that bad. I had them all under control for the most part." Harry said.
"But?" Teddy pressed.
"But, one of my friends has a bit of a...condition. When his heart rate it too high he...turns into a giant green rage monster that's basically indestructible. Luckily for me his alter ego also deaged, but that's still one hell of an opponent. Had to go head to head with him," Harry explained.
"If he's indestructible then how did you win?" Teddy asked, going back to his seat.
"I used whatever I had left of my magic and tapped into my reserved to wash magic over him and revert him back into Bruce, his human self." Harry said.
"Ah. You're worse off than just plain tired then. Come on, off to bed. You can skip tea," Teddy said standing up.
"What about you?" Harry asked, also standing up. He was so tired, so sleepy. He wasn't even trying that hard to fight with Teddy, which he would had he had the energy to do so.
"What about me?" Teddy asked.
"What are you going to do while I sleep?" Harry asked.
Teddy shrugged, "I have some summer reading and reports I need to do. Send letters to friends and family," Teddy then poked Harry's stomach, "Make you a huge sandwich. Honestly, when was the last time you ate?"
Harry rolled his eyes and yawned, "Bruce will still be asleep for some time. The rest of the boys are to stay in their room and I was very crossed so I doubt they'll leave without me giving them permission. You'll have Natasha to keep you company though."
"What about the agents?" Teddy asked as he looked at one by the door.
"They're really just wallflowers. Or helpful when you need something. Think of them as human house elves," Harry said.
"Hermione won't like that term. So they're basically the help?" Teddy asked.
"No," Harry shook his head, "They don't clean or cook."
"Good, because otherwise they are doing a horrible job," Teddy said as he looked at the mess again.
Harry chuckled and clutched his side again, "They're just here to help with tasks. If you need anything or something done because you aren't familiar with something just ask them."
"Okay. Here. Just take these and by the time you wake up, you should be good as new." Teddy said as he handed Harry the vials from his bag. "I'll owl George to send me more. He's the only I think who will send them without telling anyone else or nagging us about being 'safe' and 'careful."
Harry smiled, "Pretty wrong thing to tell a Potter and Lupin huh?"
"The descendents of the Marauders are what they are," Teddy replied with a smile.
"Alright. Well I'm off to sleep. Please, don't get into trouble," Harry meant it as a joke but Teddy saw the small plea in his godfathers eyes.
"No problem. Besides, I think you got into enough trouble for the whole summer for both of us." Teddy replied and watched as Harry went to his room and closed the door behind him.
Teddy looked around him again and winced. It really looked bad in here. Some of the furniture was turned over, there were papers everywhere, there were holes and dents in the walls, toys and other things were thrown everywhere. A total housekeepers nightmare.
"Is Harry in bed?"
Teddy turned around to see a little redhead carrying a try of tea. Smiling at Natasha, Teddy walked over and took the try from her. He set it on the table and served them both.
"Yes, Natasha was it?" Natasha nodded and Teddy smiled at her, "Yes I gave him some medicine that will heal him right up. It'll make him all better while he rests up."
Natasha blushed lightly and looked away, "Good. He needs rest."
"Yeah he does. He always worries about everyone else but forgets about himself. That's one of his things. Anyway, thank you for the tea." Teddy replied as he sipped his.
Natasha simply nodded and sipped hers silently.
After a brief silence she asked, "Are you really his son?"
"Well, not by name. He's my godfather. He's basically taken me in really, but I technically live with my gran, but since I can remember me and gran have lived at Grimmauld Place which rightfully belongs to dad. Though for most of the year I'm at school. And we're both somehow Black's, so we're somehow related. He's also an honored Black, but we both want to keep our fathers names. I'm rambling aren't I?" Teddy asked as he blushed and scratched the back of his head in embarrassment.
"A bit," Natasha replied as she looked up at him.
"Sorry. I do that sometimes," Teddy apologized.
"It's okay. Are you magic too?" Natasha asked.
"Yup. I go to the same school dad went to," Teddy replied.
"Can you show me some magic?" Natasha asked.
"Well...I would if I could, but I'm not sure I can right now," Teddy said.
Tilting her head in confusing Natasha asked, "Why?"
"Since I'm underage I'm not allowed to use magic outside of school, magical areas, or from the supervision of a legal witch or wizard. Since this is...an odd situation maybe I'll be allowed but I didn't ask dad so I'm not sure. I don't want to risk it and get dad in trouble. Sorry," Teddy explained.
"Oh. That's okay," Natasha said, though she was obviously let down.
Teddy bit his lip when an idea popped into his head, "I can't show you a magic trick but I can show you this."
Teddy looked into her eyes and his changed from the color of Harry's to her shade of green. His black hair started to brightened until it was as red as Natasha's.
Natasha gasped and whispered, "How?"
"I'm a metamorphmagus," Teddy replied.
"A what?" Natasha asked.
"I'm a special type of wizard who can change my appearance at will. Well, sort of. Other wizards and witches need a potion or a spell to change their appearance. I can just think about it and it happens. I've got it down for the most part, but sometimes it just happens on it's own." Teddy explained.
"So you can change you hair and eye color at will?" Natasha asked.
"For now, yes. Very easily. There are also other things that I can change. The shape of my eyes, my face, ears. With enough practice I can turn into someone else completely," Teddy said with a smile.
"Why would you want to do that?" Natasha asked before she could help herself. She then blushed bright red and looked down at her tea.
Teddy just smiled and stood up.
"Where are you going?" Natasha asked.
"I may not be able to use magic to clean this place but I might as well do something. Dad's going to be asleep for a while. And when he wakes up the less he has to do the better. I'm not so sure how much magic the spell to clean this room up will be, but with less mess the less magic." Teddy replied.
"I'll help," Natasha said as she ran to his side and looked up at him with a shy smile.
"Um...okay. Why don't you pick up all the papers and put them in a neat pile okay? I'll try to straighten up the less heavy furniture," Teddy said. Natasha nodded.
When the agents in the room saw what they were doing they helped. The adults fixed up all the heavier things like the couches, desk, and tables. Natasha picked up the papers and smaller objects. And Teddy got everything in between. All together they finished in about two hours. The agents said they'll have someone come fix the wall later.
Teddy sat back with a content sigh and admired the clean up work they did. "Looks like dad has one less thing to worry about."
"What about dinner?" Natasha asked.
"Dinner?" Teddy echoed.
"Eating gives you back energy right? Harry could really use some when he wakes up. Plus there's you and me and the boys." Natasha said.
"Right. How many boys?" Teddy asked with a raised eyebrow.
"Six," Natasha replied.
"Okay...what do you feed nine un-normal people?" Teddy asked out loud.
"I think the right word is abnormal," Natasha corrected.
Teddy smiled at her and said, "You're a smart one I see. Have to be to out smart my old man into going to bed without much fuss."
Natasha's face was as red as a tomato at the compliment.
"Are you okay? You look a little pink. Not getting a fever are you?" Teddy asked as he placed the back of his hand on her forehead. "No, your forehead is cool. Hm, weird."
"I'm fine," Natasha whispered.
"Ya sure?" Teddy asked and she nodded, "Okay then. So, dinner? Any suggestion? Preferably something simple to make."
Harry woke up to the smell of smoke. Alert and panicked, he rushed towards the kitchen. When he got there he saw a redheaded Teddy wearing oven mitts to place a pot into a sink. He turned on the water and there was a sizzling sound as whatever was in it met the cool water.
Natasha was on a stool using a paper plate to fan some of the smoke away. Harry raised his hand and used a spell to will the smoke away.
Coughing, Teddy and Natasha turned to Harry, "You didn't need to waste magic on that dad."
"Yeah Harry. The smoke would have left soon. There wasn't much," Natasha added.
"What happened?" Harry asked as he ignored them.
"I was making soup," Teddy said, "Look easy enough."
"What happened?" Harry asked again as he approached the sink and stared at the black stain in the pot.
"Well Natasha told me about the appetite some of the boys had so I guessed I had to make something else. While we were thinking of what to make and seeing what what in the ice box and pantry we sort of...forgot...about the soup," Teddy finished lamely.
Harry pinched the bridge of his nose. While looking up at his godfather worriedly Teddy's features returned to mimicking Harry's.
"You...burned...soup?" Harry asked slowly.
"Yes," Teddy replied shortly.
Harry sighed, "Are either of you hurt?"
"No, we're fine," Teddy replied and Natasha nodded.
"Then I guess we should let bygones be bygones. I don't have the energy to properly lecture you," Harry said.
Worry was etched into Natasha's and Teddy's face as the younger wizard said, "Maybe you should go back to sleep."
"Nah. I got a few hours. Besides, it's almost dinner time. The brats are going to be hungry," Harry said as he went to the fridge and saw what he had to work with.
"Okay fair. But after dinner head back to sleep okay?" Teddy asked.
"He already promised. No story, no broom rides, no butts. Straight to bed." Natasha said and reinforced her order with a small glare.
"Yeah yeah, I already promised." Harry said with a shake of his head. "Now you lot get what I tell you and follow my directions. In an hour or so we'll have a proper meal made."
Teddy and Natasha nodded and all three of them got to work. Soon enough they had a proper meal with steak, vegetables, fruits, soup, and some yummy warm biscuits.(America term. Those little bread buns they serve in restaurants.)
The three of them were admiring their work at the table.
"Are you sure this isn't a bit much? Looks like we can feed the entire Weasley family plus the extras," Teddy said.
Harry hugged him with one arm and winked at him, "Trust me. We'll be lucky if we don't need to make more."
"Should I get the boys?" Natasha asked.
"In a bit. But why don't you get the plastic cuts and plates and set up a place for everyone?" Harry suggested and Natasha went on to do just that.
Teddy turned to Harry and said, "I'm sorry about the mess dad. I was just trying to help, honest."
Harry smiled fondly at Teddy, "I know. And I appreciate the gesture. I just worry about your safety."
"I know you do, but hey, ease up. Out of our dads, mine was more mellow than yours." Teddy said with a smile.
"Yes but Remus was still a Marauder and your mother was quite the mischievous sprite," Harry replied with a smirk.
"So we're good?" Teddy asked.
"We're always good bud," Harry said.
"Thanks dad. And you know, I feel this is the mushy part where I say, well you know...I love you," Teddy whispered the last part.
Harry laughed and placed Teddy in a playful arm lock while ruffling his hair, "You better believe that's the part when you tell me you love me. After everything I've done I'm glad my son appreciates what I've done."
"Dad~!" Teddy whined with a laugh of his own.
"You have a son?"
Harry let go of Teddy and stared at the new voice.
"Tony. Hey," Harry greeted.
"YOU HAVE A SON!" Tony roared.
"Tony, what's wrong?" Harry asked as he approached the young genius, though he had an idea forming. One he knew he wasn't going to like.
Tony's eyes were wide, angry, and on the verge of crying. He looked between Harry and Teddy before settling a glare on Harry. Then he pointed accusingly at him and screamed, "YOU DO! YOU DO HAVE A SON, YOU JERK!"
When the tears started to fall Tony bolted away.
"TONY!" Harry yelled.
"What just happened?" Teddy asked.
Harry shook his head, "I'll handle it. In the mean time get Natasha to get the boys and start dinner without us. We'll be back soon."
"You sure?" Teddy asked.
"Positive. I know how to handle this," Harry said as he ran after Tony. Then he whispered to himself, "I hope."
Next chapter will most definitely have the full blown tantrum of Tony Stark. Stay tuned!
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