Chapter 7: Over the Horizon Part IV
"I don't see what's so important about what they are talking about," Fred complained. Nothing they were saying proved what Harry said, and they both strongly believed that the Dark Lord would return. George was nodding in agreement, but didn't say anything.
"Just wait," Harry said. "I'll go into the room. When I do, watch Dumbledore's face. He won't be happy."
"But everyone knows that he favors your family the most," George said with thought. He then looked to Fred and the two communicated without words. Fred nodded.
"We'll watch from here," they said in unison. Harry slipped back out of the tiny door, and in no time was knocking at the meeting room's door. Their father answered the door.
"What's wrong Harry?" they heard Lily ask.
"I was wondering if I could go to Fred's and George's and Ron's and Ginny's house today?" was the answer. Harry's voice was so sweet that the twins were sure that the boy was made of sugar, but their attention was solely on Dumbledore. The old man with half-moon spectacles was glaring at the place the assumed Harry was. Both twins' eyes widened.
Dumbledore looked truly terrifying. Anger covered the man's face, but, as soon as that anger appeared, it was replaced by a warm smile. If the twins hadn't been watching the elder man they would have missed that instant of pure rage; pure rage at a child. The very child that stopped the Dark Lord.
"I don't know, Harry. I thought that you wanted to go to Diagon Alley today." Lily doted.
"I do, but I also want to play!" Harry said in that sweet voice. That time Dumbledore was able to school his features. Harry was almost allowed to sit in the meeting when he asked but the Weasley matriarch reminded Lily of the topic of the meeting. After that Lily ushered Harry out of the room and told him to go play with the other children and that she would think about letting him go the Weasley's home.
A few minutes later, Harry rejoined the twins in the room under the stairs. Harry was wearing a big grin. The twins wondered why. Before they could ask what he was so happy about, Harry started laughing.
"Did you see the look on his face!?" Harry laughed. The twins looked bewildered for a moment. Then a smirk wiggled its way onto the identical faces. Indeed they had seen that look. "My friend says that Dumbledore hates everyone because he has trust issues. Something about friends not listening and betraying him. Once the adults started to simmer down about the Death Eaters Dumbledore started acting that way. The old man probably wanted to eradicate every trace of the Death Eaters and my friend."
Once again the twins were amazed by Harry's maturity. "So, Harry, how did you know about this little room?" the twins asked at the same time.
"This is an old Potter home," Harry smiled. "My father leant it to Dumbledore and his Order as a safe haven. The portrait of my great-grandmother told me about it. I'll take you to meet her sometime. She and my great-grandfather were both supporters of all types of magic before the Light craze. It wasn't until after my grandfather left Hogwarts that the family became Light supporters. All of the portraits are hush about why that is."
The twins watch Harry amusedly. They would have never expected Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived, to not only support the Dark Lord, but to also have the Dark Lord living within him. The chance to see him once more was right before them. The chance to prove themselves was within their reach. George looked at Harry carefully. He realized that the boy would be the twins key to proving themselves. The key to being Marked.
"Harry, we'll pledge ourselves to you until the Dark Lord returns," George said suddenly. Fred looked at his twin incredulously. "Right now, your safety is the most important because you have his soul in you. When the Dark Lord returns, he will be able to protect you better than we can, but until then we will protect you with our lives."
Fred gave George a hard look, before he caught on to what George was thinking. Fred thought for a moment. Fred would protect George no matter what, and George had just put Harry in front of himself on Fred's "People to Protect" list. Fred didn't want to lose George because he couldn't protect him or he had to choose not to save him. At the same time, Fred knew that George wouldn't have made that decision without being absolutely sure about it first. Fred took in a deep breathe and nodded his agreement.
"When the Dark Lord returns, he will be able to protect you, but until then you're just going to have to deal with us." Fred said with a big smile.
That was the day one of the most influential alliances had been made in the name of the Dark Lord, right under the noses of the Light. No one knew it at the time, but that moment was the beginning of the end.