"Hurry, come now." Mrs. Weasley ushered Harry into the old broken down building known as 12 Grimmauld Place.
Looking around, Harry could see it was dark, dusty, and looked as if no one has lived in it for a long time. Only the few clean surfaces and displaced cobwebs gave way to anyone having stayed here. Harry was so entranced in the mysterious building, he wasn't even responding to what Mrs. Weasley was saying as she fussed over him.
"How was the flight my dear? Having you been eating enough? You must be exhausted." She went on in one breath.
Finally realizing that Harry wasn't really paying attention, Mrs. Weasley pulled him down the dark, dusty hall and showed him upstairs to a bedroom while the Advance Guard continued down the hall to another room. She took him to the first door to the left of the stair way and opened it to reveal Ron and Hermione sitting on the floor talking.
Everyone was completely still and quiet. Almost as if afraid to break the tense atmosphere that fell across the room. Hermione was the first to do anything, she shot right up the rammed herself into him, giving him a big hug. Ron followed soon after. They all talked and caught up on how each was doing but the tension was still in the air. No longer able to wait, Harry asked them why they haven't been receiving his letters and why he was practically left stranded for the summer. He started to get very upset when they were telling him how Dumbledore decided on not telling Harry what was going on for his own good. Well, that didn't make him feel any more safe, just abandoned. After Harry was able to calm down a bit they all were able to talk and make up, even though he still was feeling that little bit of betrayal.
The next day went uneventful. Harry was able to talk and catchup with Sirius and the others and come to terms with what was going and what happened. That evening, there was a meeting for the Order of the Phoenix. They were going to discuss their game plan and Harry's predicament. Unfortunately, Harry was not allowed to attend.
"What do you mean no? You're having a meeting about me, I should be there!" Harry was furious. First they left him in the dark all summer and now after going through all this, he had to just sit back and let others make decisions for him.
"It's for the best dear" Mrs. Weasley said, trying to calm Harry down. "Now why don't you all go upstairs and we can talk about all this later."
She shooed all the kids upstairs but that definitely wasn't going to stop them. The twins had an idea to be able to get in on the meeting but before Harry and the others could attempt eavesdropping, there was a knock on the door.
"Who could that be?" Ron whispered as he and the others sat at the top of the stairs hidden behind the railings as best they could.
"Dumbledore perhaps?" Hermione offered, "He is the last to arrive now I believe."
Not saying anything, Harry just watched as Mrs. Weasley went to the front door, fixing her hair a bit before she opened it. Whoever was at the door must've been important because as soon as she saw who it was, Mrs. Weasley let out a small gasp then immediately gave a small bow and before hurriedly invited the individual inside.
The guest was very intimidating. He was huge, well assuming it was a man, towering over poor Molly Weasley. He was tall enough to challenge Hagrid. He wore a dark cloak that covered every inch of his body, leaving nothing to help identify with. The cloak even trailed behind him as he walked passed the doorway. The hood did a very good job in concealing his face too, covering every detail. Even as he glanced up at Harry and his friends, they could see nothing but a shadow, before he followed Molly into the room down the hall to the same room the Advance Guard went to the day before. That was where the meeting was being held.
"Who was that?" Ron whispered, almost as if he was afraid to speak any louder.
No one said anything. They didn't know what to say. Was he human? He certainly didn't look like one. He was either some kind of creature or just a very tall man. The cloak didn't help the matter either. Whoever or whatever it was, could be some half giant for all they knew. They all also noticed how cautious Molly was around the man, she even gave a bow. Was he some kind of lord? Maybe an important pure-blood who wasn't with Voldemort?
Three knocks were heard, startling the three from their thoughts. Again Molly came rushing down the hall and went to open the door. Her face lit up a little as she let the next guest through. This time it was Dumbledore. He came in and said a soft good evening to Molly then went straight into the back room. He didn't even spare a glance at Harry. That infuriated Harry to no end. First he stops any real contact Harry has to the magical world now he ignores him?
While Harry was fuming, Dumbledore was in a very important meeting with a very important person, or should he even say person? Dumbledore sat down on one side of the long table, sitting across from the visitor.
"Forgive me for being late Lao Shi, my old friend" Dumbledore smiled, giving a small bow with his head toward the mysterious visitor, "Something unexpected came up that I had to attend to."
"No worries friend Dumbledore" The accented, aged voice of the visitor, now known as Lao Shi replied, "I was enjoying a interesting conversation with these fine people, also this very good cup of tea that Mrs. Weasley made for me" Raising a blue, scaly claw towards Mrs. Weasley and the others.
Mrs. Weasley blushed as she served Dumbledore a cup of said tea, and then hurried off into the kitchen to put the kettle away. Meanwhile, outside, five people were trying to listen in this so called important meeting. It wasn't difficult at first, the twins offered to use one of their inventions, the ear extensions, to listen through the door. All five went up to the top of the stairs and then lowered one end of the ear next to the keyhole. Unfortunately, Hermione's lovable cat decided the extensions would make an excellent toy and ran off with it. All they were able to hear before hand was that some kind council member was coming to Hogwarts.
Before they could discuss their findings, the door opened revealing Severus Snape. Snape sported an annoyed look as he grabbed what was left of the ear extensions, examining it before looking up and giving them a look as if he just saw something revolting.
"What do you think you are doing?" He snarled and yanked the cord, forcing the twins to let go.
No one said a word; they just looked away, doing their best to avoid looking at the potions master. They didn't need to for long; Snape just rolled his eyes, grumbling about nosy brats, and was out the door. They all let out a collective sigh of relief. The group of young wizards then looked down to find Mrs. Weasley giving them all a pointed look. Her eyes practically screamed: you lot better get upstairs this instant or so help me. They needed no more and just as quick as she gave the look, they were gone. Right as the last bedroom door was shut; Dumbledore and Lao Shi were walking out of the back room.
"I look forward to seeing you and the others this year" Dumbledore said as he walked Lao Shi to the front door, "do give the Council my greetings and thanks."
"Of course." Lao Shi answered "May this year be filled with new friendships and victories." With a curt nod to Dumbledore and the others, he headed out the door and into the dark street. With a quick look around, he crouched down low, then launched himself up into the air and flew out into the dark night, his cloak trailing behind him.
"This sure will be an interesting year" Sirius said beside Dumbledore as they watched Lao Shi disappear into the night.
"Yes" Dumbledore agreed "Indeed it will."
So here is the first chapter of the rewrite :) Thank you for being patient with me. Writing is so much more difficult than I remember. School doesn't make it easier either. I took both summer block classes so my time has been limited. I also got a new job so that has been an adjustment too.
I've decided that I'm going to try and post on a weekly basis instead of posting it all at one time. I haven't decided on the days yet. I will let you know on the next update. For now, plan the beginning of the week next week. I might move up to bi-weekly but that only if I can get through more of the chapters. I updates my progress on my profile.
Hopefully these chapters are a little better than before. Some details have been added and some of my lore has changed as well. Not by much. I think it was more to my benefit than anything. Also, hopefully this story will begin to go in the direction I want. I'm still not sure how many chapters this story will be. I'm just going to go with the flow of it. I have an outline with the number of chapters and content, but so far it has loosely followed it haha. It may go exactly, over or I may end up cutting some stuff.
Reviews are greatly appreciated. Any help to make this story better is welcomed. It's been a while since I've written so much. I haven't been able to write creatively since I graduated. Only research papers, reports, etc. So bear with me. I still feel like I'm getting the hang of this.
Remember to keep an eye on my profile. I decided to keep posting the progress and any complications on there. I really don't like posting just Authors Notes as a chapter. I'll also write my progress/complications in the end notes of my chapters but if I miss a day, check my profile.
Until Next Time ~