Albus nearly choked.
"Y- you what?" he exclaimed.
"Oh, Albus, please don't be angry! It was just bothering me so much, and I needed to talk to someone, and I knew you would be positively livid if I told Dad, so..." Lily cringed, and if afraid that her brother would hit her. Albus took a slow breath and opened his mouth to speak, but before he could say a word, Lily was talking again, as if now that she'd started, she couldn't stop.
"And when I told Mum, she was really upset, and kept saying that this wasn't how she wanted us to find out about everything. Oh, and you wanted to know what I was talking about when Mum started laughing and I said 'I knew it!'?" Lily asked. Albus nodded silently, unable to speak. A faint smile played on Lily's face, as she continued to talk.
"Yeah, well, I asked her about a..." the smile on Lily's face widened. "a special valentine that Daddy got in his second year at Hogwarts." A grin began to spread across Albus's face as well.
Lily grinned and cleared her throat. "His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad, his hair is as dark as a blackboard..."
"I wish he was mine, he's really divine, the hero who conquered the Dark Lord," Albus finished with a smirk. "I had a feeling that that was her! But," Albus continued, the smile immediately fading from his face. "Tell me more about this. I mean, you promised you wouldn't tell, and then you go and tell Mum without even mentioning it to me first? That's not cool!"
"Well, what was I supposed to do?" she demanded. "Just go up to you, and be like 'Hey Al, I'm going to go tell Mum everything you made me promise not to tell her, see you later'?"
She does have a point, Albus thought.
"No," he retorted, "I would have- I mean, I want- oh, forget it," he grumbled. What he really wanted to say was that he was glad that she had told Ginny; it was becoming too much for him to handle alone, without his parents knowing. "Can you go get Mum?" he added. Lily raised an eyebrow.
"Because I want to talk to her about all this."
"So, you're not angry at me anymore?" Lily asked hopefully. Albus hesitated. Of course he was still angry that she had done exactly what he had begged her not to do, but, he had to concede that it was for the best. And looking into her wide, brown eyes, he couldn't help but forgive her. He stepped forward and hugged her, holding her tight. Annoy him, she may, but this was his sister, whom he cared about more than anyone else in the world, and he couldn't stay angry at her for long; he never could. Lily threw her arms around her brother, beaming.
"Oh, Albus, I knew you wouldn't be too mad, I mean, I knew you'd be mad, but I knew that you'd forgive me, not to say that I did the right thing- well, I think I did, but you don't have to, and-"
"Lily?" Albus said mildly. "Do me a favor and shut up." He laughed and pulled his sister closer, stroking her flaming red hair. Lily punched him in the shoulder playfully and spun around.
"Well, come on then, let's go talk to Mum!" she said happily, grabbing his hand and dragging him towards the door. Albus smiled faintly, but in truth he was quite nervous. Now that Ginny knew...
"Wait, Lily!" Albus cried, halfway down the stairs.
"What is it, Albus?"
"Are you still on the second book?"
"Well, yeah," Lily said, looking down at the carpet. "I'm just a slower reader than you!" she added defensively.
"No, no, I don't care how fast you read," Albus said quickly. "Just don't mention the second book to Mum."
"Why not?" Lily demanded, looking annoyed. Albus hesitated. He didn't want to ruin the second book for her, but it was crucial that she not tell their mother anything about it.
"Just- trust me," he said desperately. Lily raised an eyebrow and walked into the living room, where Ginny was curled up with a book. She looked up upon hearing voices, and smiled at Albus and Lily.
"Hello, you two."
"Hi, Mum," Lily said brightly. "Enjoying the book?" Ginny nodded, but gave Lily a warning look. "Oh, it's fine," Lily replied, cheerfully. "Albus knows now." Ginny looked at her daughter with a mixture of amusement and exasperation on her face.
"Shocking, Lils. And how did this little piece of information just happen to slip?" Lily put her hands on her hips and glared at her mother.
"I just felt bad, okay? And he was all upset and crying-" With extreme difficulty, Albus restrained from tackling Lily to the ground in fury, and satisfied himself by clenching his hands into fists and jamming his knuckles into his legs.
"Albus?" Ginny interrupted. "Why were you crying?"
"Nothing, no reason," Albus muttered.
"If you want to talk to me about it, Al, you know you can tell me anything," Ginny said quietly, tilting his chin up so he was forced to look at her. Albus's green eyes sparkled with tears, and he sat down on the couch next to his mother.
"Is Daddy going to be angry at me?" he asked, his voice barely above a whisper. "W-will he still love me?" Ginny's own eyes suddenly filled with tears as well.
"Albus, Dad will always, always love you, no matter what. You know that! Reading one little book won't change that."
"There's seven of them, actually," Albus said, but Ginny didn't hear him.
"I still love you just as much as ever, now that you know..." her voice suddenly trailed off, and a tear slipped down her cheek.
"Now that we know what, Mum?" Lily asked curiously.
"Now- now that you know it was me," Ginny said, the tears falling faster. Lily looked scared to see her mother in tears.
"What was you, Mum? I'm only on Daddy's second year-"
"That's when it happened!" Ginny weeped. She took a few deep breaths, trying to calm herself. "The Chamber of Secrets- all of the injuries, and those things- it was all me!"
"What?" Lily gasped. "But- I mean- It couldn't have- But you're..."
"It was... the diary. He- he used it to possess me, and... "I'm sorry, I- I just hate thinking about it. I-I could have killed someone!" Lily ran toward her mom and threw her arms around her, crying into her shoulder. The three of them sat there crying, each for their own reasons, for several minutes, until they heard the door open.
"What's wrong? Is everyone okay? Who's hurt?" Harry asked worriedly, running into the room.
"Everyone's fine, Love, don't worry," Ginny replied, laughing weakly.
"No, you're not fine!" Harry snapped. "I'm sorry, but I don't find walking in on my entire family in tears to be 'fine'!"
"Entire family?" Lily asked, giggling through her tears. "I'm telling James you said that!" Harry ignored her, and continued talking. "Something's clearly going on here with you lot, and I want to know what it is!" Ginny opened her mouth as if to say something, but closed it again, looking like a fish out of water. "Well?" Harry asked.
"I-I don't know if the time is ripe for you to know, Dear-"
"I have every right you do to know what's so awful it can cause my wife and two of my children to succumb to tears! Trust me, I can handle it! I'm fully equipped to-" Harry broke off his rant at the sound of his youngest son laughing. "What are you laughing at, Albus?" he asked, sounding exasperated. Albus hesitated.
"Mum, can I... you know?"
Lily and Ginny exchanged a quick glance, and nodded at him. "Go ahead, otherwise I think he might burst," Ginny said, laughing.
"ThereisthisseriesofbooksIfou ndallaboutyouandyourlifeatHo gwarts," Albus blurted.
"Albus, please talk at a pace that a normal human being can understand," Harry sighed.
"There- there's this book series I found at the library, and- and it's all about you, and uh, your life at Hogwarts and stuff," he said quietly, looking at his feet.
"It's exactly what it sounds like, Harry," Ginny said, her voice struggling to keep calm. For the first time, Albus got a good view at the book in his mother's hands- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She held it up to show her husband, who gasped and stumbled toward the couch in shock. Ginny gently pulled him onto the couch next to her, and put a reassuring hand on his arm.
"How- how far are you?" he asked hoarsely.
"I'm just starting your sixth year and Lily is just finishing up your second year." Harry sat there, looking stunned. Albus wished he would yell, or moan, or do something besides just sit there.
"Dad?" he asked tentatively, after a few moments of this awkward silence.
"Well, this certainly isn't the way your mother and I would have chosen for you to find out, but I suppose what's done is done," Harry said, shaking his head sadly. "So this is what you were doing, holed up in your room all this time.
"Dad? Can we- I mean to say, are we allowed- er, can we keep reading the books?" Albus asked nervously. "Please? I mean, they're really interesting, and we deserve to know, and-" he looked at his father hopefully, his bright green eyes wide. Harry and Ginny exchanged a meaningful look.
"So, these books are just a summary of my life?" Harry asked. "Told from an outsider's point of view?"
"Pretty much, yeah," Albus replied, and Lily nodded emphatically. Harry hesitated for only a moment longer, before agreeing.
"Fine, you may finish them, Albus. Lily, you're going to need to wait a bit; some of this stuff is a bit above your level." Lily pouted.
"I'm a really good reader!" she argued. "My muggle teachers said I read at a 10 year old level, and that's without any magic!" Harry sighed.
"Lils, this isn't about how well you read; it's about what you're reading. Albus, I feel, is old enough to know. In a few years, you will be too." Harry squeezed his daughters shoulders and kissed the top of her head.
"Trust me Lils."
So Harry consented to let Albus read the books. But what he didn't realize was that the books were told from an omniscient view. That is to say, the author knew everything that was going on, in Harry's head, and out. And what Harry also didn't realize was that the books recorded everything that had happened to him over the years, even the things that he had shared with no one. Namely, the horcrux that Ron destroyed.
A/N Sorry if this wasn't a great chapter- I've been busy, but that's no excuse. I just wanted to get something up, so sorry if it's not very good. I'll try to improve it in the future! And I hope you all remember that awful horcrux... and what, exactly, Ron saw. Do you guys think that Albus is old enough and mature enough to appreciate the Ron/Hermione relationship? Or will he just roll his eyes and say "eew!" like most boys his age? And same with Lily? I feel like Albus would be all "Eww!" and Lily would be more "Aww" like all of us Romione shippers. :)Please tell me what you think, (preferably in a review) so I can add that into the next couple chapters!