A Mother's Desperation and Rearing Challenges
Halloween, Year 1981...
'Lily! It's him! He's here!' James cried as the Fidelius was falling apart. 'We've been betrayed! I'll hold him off, get Kahlua out of here!' Lily scampered upstairs to the Nursery where her daughter is, sleeping peacefully.
'I can't believe Peter betrayed us all...we trusted him!' she sobbed as she quickly wrote down her will, which she made sure is in her sleeves as she prayed hard for hope, for a sign that someone or something will save her daughter even if it meant selling her soul for it.
So it's a young woman this time... she heard a voice as a shadow materialized before her. My last master was a brat. was the annoyed grumble. You willingly turned your back on the light and that's enough for us to come out. So what is your desire?
'I won't have long left to live.' said Lily quickly. 'I want you to take my daughter away, and raise her to be a good kind girl and a girl worthy of the title Lady Potter of the Most Ancient Noble House of Potter. We are a family of Magic from a prestigious house but after someone we thought was our friend betrayed us, she'll be the last Potter left! Raise and protect her, make her strong and fulfill her wishes! That's all I ask!'
You know the price...your soul... said the shadow. To fulfill this contract, you must give me a name, and state where you want to put our contract seal.
'Ehhh I'm no good with men's names...what's your name that you used when you worked for your former master?' Lily stammered out. 'You can use that! And my contract seal...on my forehead. I'll be dead soon anyway so I don't care!'
...very well. a pale hand with claw-like black fingernails appeared and smacked into her forehead. The application of the seal caused Lily great pain.
Sebastian Michaelis, the demon Lily Potter summoned had one heck of a time raising a baby girl. First, he had gone off to Gringotts Bank, and the goblins, terrified of him upon sensing WHAT he is, knew of the truth. Sebastian ensured the Potter Fortune goes to Kahlua Potter, and gave the goblins Lily Potter's will to publicize. Sebastian added that she made 'safety measures' for Kahlua's safety and she's hidden by 'an old friend' and will only show up when she goes to Hogwarts.
That will saved Sirius Black from prison and was let out two days after he was tossed in without a trial, and a hunt for Peter Pettigrew began. No male rat in Britain was safe after that. Sebastian then searched for a house worthy of raising an 'ideal girl' Lily wanted her daughter to be. He knew upon consuming the woman. Not that he'd tell Kahlua that, it'll make his job harder. After all, he's stuck to her until she's 21. He found the old rundown Phantomhive Estate, now a spooky haunted house. He checked to see if anybody who knew of Phantomhive still lives. After all, it's been a hundred years since.
Nobody's surviving and the Midford Family of this generation no longer has a connection to the Phantomhives nor were they aware of this estate. Sure he can clean it himself, but he needs to run it by the goblins to make it Potter Property. No longer belonging to the Phantomhives just to be double sure. It cost some sum, and then he fixed the mansion to be elegant and sophisticated-looking. He also stole expensive, luxurious furniture, appliances and electronics. He also went to recruiting other servants who also doubles as the house's private army. He recruited young boys and girls who were ten years older than Kahlua with the most potential off their troubling backgrounds and an elderly nanny to care for and wean her until she's six years old as he has no clue how to raise babies. After that, her job will permanently change into that of a cook's. Sebastian trained five girls and five boys physically, martial arts, marksmanship, weapons and of course, their cover jobs and general education. The girls are maids, and the boys were gardeners and handymen err boys. They also double as well-trained killers trained not only against humans, but also the supernatural. They were trained as Anti-Wizard Killers who can easily kill wizards and witches in one shot. After a six-year education, Sebastian told them to keep training after doing their 'cover duties'. And their salary was 320 pounds a month...as long as they do their jobs good. 320 was too big a pay for maids and gardeners, but they're no ordinary sort, and the elderly nanny who's the only normal one in the house knew that well. Her pay was 200 pounds and in the event that she reaches retirement age ten years from now, she would be given a bonus of 2000.
When little Kahlua was six...education began that Sebastian took over.
"The nanny did a good job." he thought as little Kahlua was a good, kind girl although a bit shy. She could speak straight with no baby-talk, and knows how to write and read.
'Um, are you my teacher?' Kahlua asked him shyly. 'Grandma says my teacher's coming on my sixth birthday.'
'Yes, young miss.' Sebastian smiled pleasantly. 'I am Sebastian Michaelis, your tutor and butler.'
And so, Sebastian began teaching her language, starting with English, Good Manners and Right Conduct, and Etiquette befitting of a noble princess...just without some undesirable qualities. He also started her physical training, and ensuring she gets along well with her other servants to reinforce loyalty to her.
Next year was learning about the ways of Magical British Nobles, knowing about the prominent and known families in Magical Britain(as well as what kind od people they are), Latin, Ministry of Magic and it's structure, Known Magical Places in Britain, History, Mathematics, Arts, Literature, and Music and Dance with still more physical training, until age eight. She also knows what happened to her family.
At age nine, she is learning fencing, marksmanship, martial arts, and ways to kill, as well as strengthening her magic, and flying skills on a broom. By age ten, she is learning what first years usually learn so she's a year ahead in knowledge. Sebastian also made it a point to tutor her well until she reaches 11 years old. In her years, she got along well with her servants. Despite her education, she was ensured a happy childhood as Sebastian made the lessons look like fun games. And children like games and like excelling in them well. It was a job well done, and Kahlua was a reasonable mistress who only orders him when she really couldn't do some things. Otherwise, she does things on her own. Every summer, she has textbook knowledge of Dark Magic and Dark Potions, as well as ways of countering them. Granted, she never practiced Dark Magic, just the ways to counter them until she's proficient. Dark Magic stains the heart and soul with evil and Sebastian has orders after all. The counter doesn't stain. Sebastian also lets Kahlua enjoy anime shows since they were more...educational than western cartoons. They watched Dragonball Z, and Ranma 1/2. Sebastian was impressed that they could come up with ways of fighting, yet not practice it...? They and the servants benefitted as well and trained harder.
July 31st came...her Hogwarts Letter came by owl. Kahlua was about to reach for it but Sebastian snatched it in mid-air. 'Wha?!'
'A precaution, young miss.' said Sebastian. 'As you know, you are famous in our world. Anything sent to you may contain portkeys for a quick kidnap, poison, or curses to kill. Please take note of this from now on. Mail can be intercepted just to plant them in.'
'Surely it can't be that bad?'
'It can be. I haven't gotten to teach you that yet due to lack of time.' said Sebastian. 'Jinxed and Portkey letters are common back in the old days. Especially when wizards or witches have grudges against each other.'
'Oh...I just wish we had more time but I'm expected to show up this year. So annoying.' Kahlua complained gloomily as Sebastian checked the mail for anything, before opening it. But one magic in it destroyed.
'One trace magic to our location.' he said. 'Had you taken ahold of it, they'll know where we are.' Kahlua twitched at this.
'Have they heard the word 'privacy' exists?'
'Apparently not.' Sebastian sniffed. 'Nonetheless, it's destroyed. We can safely go shopping now. We'll get ready to leave in thirty minutes.'
In a limo, they drove for Charring Cross Road, parking their car by a parking lot, before going to the seedy area where the Leaky Cauldron is hidden. On the way, due to the way they dressed, there were mugging attempts, only for the pair to break a few bones off.
'And they thought this place is safe to hide the entrance? What retards.' Kahlua grumbled.
'Your kind isn't exactly known for common sense...something your father gained upon marrying your mother.' said Sebastian. 'Magic...wizards and witches got so lazy, they justify everything with magic, and day by day, common sense and logic deteriorates. Had you lived with your godfather instead of with me as your mother wished, you'd be one of them by now.'
'Speaking of him, how is he? I never heard of him since you publicized my family's will, and he got out of prison.' said Kahlua.
'I told him that if he wanted to see you, he must be strong first.' said Sebastian. 'Your family and those associated with your parents are number one targets. I gave him the training menu he must do. If he really wants to see you, he must be at the level I expect him to be at because he has 11 years to work to gain the strength we have and skill. The late madam insists on it for your safeties.'
'Well, I hardly know the man anyway so I have no attachments whatsoever. I leave it to you to judge. He made a mistake once and if he makes a second time, all I can say is sorry but he's not welcome here.' Kahlua shrugged. 'Strangers who are poor judge of characters can't just worm their way in afterall.' There's no way Kahlua would forget, that Sirius trusted the wrong person and that cost her, her parents. In some way, she resented him. Her father was murdered, her mother became a martyr who died a gruesome death just so she could take Voldemort with her and blew up their bodies just so he wouldn't escape. Since then, Wizarding Britain made the Lily Flowers their national flower for she ended Britain's misery...and the ouch part? The Pureblood Supremacist died in the hands of a Muggle-born! Rita Skeeter milked that real good as an irony and surprisingly, she's still alive to this day.
As far as Wizarding Britain knew, the Potters had a Secret Test of Character on the day they made that switch. They trusted Sirius who was insistent that they switch with Peter Pettigrew while he uses himself as bait to lure them away and nobody would suspect Peter because he's so weak and who'd trust him with something so important? Once Peter came and made the switch, they had made a 'dummy baby', allowing Peter to see the fake baby Kahlua when in reality, the real Kahlua was in Sebastian Michaelis' hands, an old muggle friend of Lily's in her Muggle Elementary days who was at the time, studying in College. When they 'were sold', Sebastian knew to alert authorities before Sirius gets wrongly-arrested, and hide Kahlua until she's old enough for Hogwarts. Sebastian went as far as having an interview with the Daily Prophet in private just so he and baby Kahlua at the time will not get mobbed upon leaving.
That was the lie Sebastian made with the Goblins' help who were happy(and scared for their lives) to cooperate, rather than piss him off.
Nobody knew the truth, really. Many in the Wizarding World wished they hadn't done that as poor Kahlua got orphaned. Since then, Sirius passed a law about compulsory registration of animaguses who would show the Wizengamot their forms, and publicize it. Their animal forms reflect what kind of person they are and he used himself as an example. Because Peter was a Rat, everyone knows by now not to trust anyone whose animal forms were associated with the word 'traitor' and 'backstabber'. He passed a well-worded bill that soon became a new law after fighting for it, and paid Cornelius Fudge quite the gold to get it through.
His young miss learns well.
Sebastian pressed the right bricks with a finger and they made their way through, and they headed for Gringotts.
'Y-yes, Mr. Michaelis?' the goblin teller meeped as Sebastian smiled charmingly. Kahlua wondered what her butler/guardian did to spook the little guy into stammering. It was kind of funny.
'The young miss will withdraw from her vault.' said Sebastian as he showed the goblin the key.
'GRIPHOOK!' the teller yelled as another goblin appeared quickly. 'Take Mr. Michaelis and Ms. Potter to the Trust Fund.'
'T-this way sir, miss.' said Griphook as he led them away. Kahlua noted that instead of hallways, he led them to tunnels that had tracks and a mine cart...with comfy seats.
'Wow...you mean we're riding?' Kahlua marveled in amazement and impression as they got on.
'Yes. Because the vaults are waaay down below.' Sebastian explained. 'One cannot get there by walking and this also helps discourage thieves as the carts are goblin-operated only. The lower the floors, the higher security.'
'Ohhhh...' and soon, they rode away much to Kahlua's delight, and wanting to go faster. Upon arrival at Vault 687 which was Kahlua's Trust Fund...
'Young miss, take out 700 of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts.' Sebastian advised. 'Some of the things we'll get will be expensive, especially a Trunk to store your belongings in for Hogwarts.' he said. 'And back in the old days, your parents paid for seven years' worth of Tuition in advance so you no longer need to worry.'
'How much is all that in Pounds?' Kahlua asked him warily as she had a baaad feeling...
'Well, 700 Galleons is 3451 pounds, 700 Sickles is 203 pounds and 700 Knuts is 70 pounds, a total of 3724 pounds.' came the answer. Kahlua's jaws dropped in disbelief as she gasped at the huge amount of money. Say what?!
'Wizarding goods is THAT expensive?!' she squawked incredulously.
'I'm afraid so.' said Sebastian. 'That's why it's better safe than sorry. Prices probably changed since the war ended, we can never know.' Kahlua sighed rather tiredly.
'Even if I'm wealthy, just hearing how much things cost makes my skin crawl.' she lamented with a shiver as she took out a belt that has three Mokeskin pouches for Galleons, Sickles and Knuts respectively.
'That's good to hear as you're not like your fellow wealthy peers who'll throw money around to show off how wealthy they are till they drive themselves bankrupt in a bid to flaunt.' Sebastian snorted. 'Spend wisely as the Trust Vault is to last us until you've graduated Hogwarts. Until then, you cannot access the Main Family Vault.'
'Hey Sebastian, how come the goblins are spooked stiff when they saw you?' Kahlua asked him curiously. Sebastian looked rather amused as if he recalled an old joke.
'Well, let's just say I went to great lengths to spook them into doing what Madam Lily wanted. I think I traumatised them real good.'
'Wow...you're amazing.' Kahlua whistled.
'Well just remember, the public knows I'm muggle, OK?'
'Un.' And so, shopping ensued. They first went to buy a trunk. Kahlua wanted a multi-compartment trunk that allows her to put many things in separately, and she chose a trunk that looks simple, yet elegant-looking and 'box-like' in ivory and ebony wood with silver keyholes. What came next, is clothes in Madam Malkin's.
'Hogwarts, dears?' Madam Malkin, the kind-looking plump witch asked them as she turned around and gasped. 'You! You're the Sebastian Michaelis!' she exclaimed as her eyes then fell on the young girl with him. 'And...Kahlua Potter!' she choked upon seeing the young girl dressed in a seifuku dress with a baby blue collar with yellow trimming, and royal blue neckerchief as well as white tights and black, heeled mary janes.
'Yes.' said Sebastian rather impatiently in a polite manner and sounding. 'About the uniforms, is any material OK as long as the uniform cosmetics are the same?'
'Yes sir, although some don't know that.' Madam Malkin shrugged, 'They never asked.'
'I see. Well, I want the finest silks for my young charge here as well as the brightly colored kind. She's starting her First Year.'
'Yes sir, it can be accomodated.' said Madam Malkins.
'Well, I'll leave you here as I'll have to shop for everything else.' Sebastian told Kahlua. 'Wait for me here.'
'OK!' and Sebastian left with the money and the trunk.
'Where are you all these years, dear? Sirius Black is in a tizzy looking for you!' said Madam Malkin as she led him to the back, where there's another boy being outfitted. He was a slender boy with sleek white-blond hair, cold grey eyes, a pale complexion and rather sharp, pointed features. He was standing on
a footstool while a second witch pinned up his long black robes. Madam Malkin stood Kahlua on a stool next to him and slipped a long robe over her head, and began to pin it to the right length.
'Hello,' said the boy, 'Hogwarts, too?'
'Yes,' said Kahlua.
'My father's next door buying my books and mother's up the street looking at wands,' said the boy. He had a bored, drawling voice as he took on the appearance of the girl next to him. She is fairly cute-attractive with smooth, fairly-pale skin with angular eyebrows, bright-green eyes, small nose and thin, rosy lips. He was wondering what family she's from to be that attractive. 'Then I'm going to drag them off to took at racing brooms. I don't see why first years can't have their own. I think I'll bully father into getting me one and I'll smuggle it in somehow.'
Kahlua looked amused. Didn't they say First Years can't have brooms?
'Have you got your own broom?' the boy went on.
'Yes, but it's at home though.' said Kahlua. 'Because us First Years aren't allowed to bring one. It's a Nimbus 2000.' she said as the boy gaped. 'I practiced flying at home since I wanted to be on the Quidditch Team next year and basic requirement is good at flying right?'
'Really? Damn, I never even touched a 2000 and yet you got one?!' the boy moaned at the unfairness of it all. 'And you got to fly around your house when my mother won't let me even a foot off the ground!'
'I can see why judging by how you talk.' said Kahlua in amusement, much to his indignancy. 'Your attitude alone screams 'I'm adventurous and king of the Wronski Feints!'' the boy did a double-take. 'Maybe if you prove yourself responsible enough not to be reckless, maybe she'll allow you to own a broom and fly at home.' she said. 'Your mother is naturally worried, that's all.'
'But I'll be fine!'
'That's up to her I'm afraid whether you like it or not, so prove yourself responsible and sensible because if you fall off after she gave you one chance, game over. She'll hide your broom till doomsday. Your father might let you but she won't. As they say, men win battles but women win wars.' Kahlua giggled. 'Try it out.' the two eavesdropping witches who were doing their jobs could not help but smile secretly in agreement. Afterall, it's a woman who ENDED the war.
'Maybe I will, I really want to fly at home.' the boy grumbled in his drawl. 'So what house do you think you'll be in?' he asked. 'I know I'll be in Slytherin. All my family have been so naturally, I'll go there.'
'Slytherin...I've heard of the house. They say students who go there are mostly Purebloods who are ambitious, shrewd, cunning, strong leaders, and achievement-oriented, as well as cleverness, resourcefulness, and determination. Nice qualities to have in a person. It's just too bad it gained a rather nasty reputation just because of a band of murderers who came from the same house as alumni.' Kahlua shook her head, not noticing that her 'friend' winced. 'I heard that since then, students who go to Slytherin are labelled as instant 'Death Eaters in Training' and instantly hated and untrusted by everybody. Are you prepared for that if you DO get into Slytherin?' she asked him worriedly with a slight frown. 'If you're alone, who knows what trouble you'll get into just because you're a Slytherin with 3/4 of the school against you.' the boy looked like he swallowed a bitter pill. 'You'll have a hard school life because we live there until summer you know. One day, you'll snap and become a self-fulfilling prophecy out of anger and spite from all the impending mistreatment and bad stares.' the boy looked rather deeply troubled now.
'I...I don't know...'
'You have till September 1 to consider. Because that's what you're signing up for if you get into that House. And you seem like a good kid, even if a bit...reckless and overconfident.' said Kahlua. 'Me? I guess that's up to the hat. All houses are good to me.'
'You're done now dear.' Madam Malkin told Kahlua. 'Mr. Michaelis arrived ten minutes ago so you're good to go. Wait in the shop until I make your uniforms.'
'OK!' Kahlua got off the stool.
'Hey, what's your name?' Kahlua turned to look at him.
'Me? I'm Kahlua Potter!' and she skipped away, leaving the boy to gape incredulously at her with wide eyes.
'I'm back with everything, young miss.' said Sebastian. 'All we need now is a wand.'
'Goody, they said they'll get my uniform in a jiffy.' Kahlua chirped as she clapped her hands once. 'And I want to see wizarding silk and see if it's different from muggle silks.'
'Well, we'll soon know.' said Sebastian as they waited. Soon, a couple in the form of a man who has white-blonde hair with pointed features and a tall woman with patrician beauty came in, and a house elf in tow carrying a trunk. Soon, the boy Kahlua talked to came out as well and greeted his parents. Soon, Madam Malkin was done with their uniforms, and handed out baby pink and blue bags respectively to both parties.
'Here you go kids, and have a good year!' Madam Malkin beamed as she went to the cashier after getting her pay of 140 Galleons...because both parties paid for the finest and brightest-colored silks.
'Hey Potter,' said the boy, startling his parents at WHO exactly he addressed. 'You never gave me the chance to introduce myself since you skipped off.'
'Oh, sorry, because I need to double-check the things we bought.' Kahlua smiled her way out of that lie and Sebastian held back from snorting, 'I live very far from here and one trip is troublesome as it is, I don't want to go back again.'
'Oh. Well, I'm Draco Malfoy.' said Draco, holding his hand out for a handshake. 'I'll be considering...your advice this summer.'
'It's up to you entirely. It's your life afterall.' Kahlua then bade him goodbye cheerfully.
'So that's the elusive Kahlua Potter.' said Malfoy Sr. 'And she seems to like you just fine. We'd like to hear more of this at home.'