Hello there….people? No dogs among you? No, good. Got scared there for a moment. Now on to the story.
I don't own Naruto or Harry Potter.
Chapter two – Shopping and train ride
Naruto dragged Harley into the Leaky Cauldron. Unlike Harley he has been here before. He knew how the place looked inside. He knew how dark and shabby it was and what kind of wizards drank there the most often. He saw Harley look around the place in curiosity. He knew she could stay there for a while just looking at the place so he tugged her hand. Her head snapped towards him and he motioned towards the back door with his head. She realized what he was trying to say so she gave a small nod of understanding. Neither of them noticed Harley's bangs moving away from her scar revealing it to everyone. But it would seem the bartender was much more observant.
"Bless my soul…" whispered the bartender as the two children passed. Naruto had sharp enough hearing to catch the quiet words that most would lose in the sea of chattering and glasses clicking. "Harley Potter!" said the bartender this time loud enough for the rest of the small pub to catch. Harley and Naruto stopped when they heard all the noise instantly stop at the mention of the raven-haired girl's name. Naruto sighed. He knew what was coming and he wanted to avoid it at any cost. He still had some busyness to attend to after they were done with the school shopping and what was about to happen will not be in his favor in any way.
Haley to her credit didn't look as surprised as she felt. Sure Hagrid told her she was somewhat famous but she wrote it off. She thought the giant was just blowing it out of proportion, but it would seem she was wrong. Everyone in the bar was staring at them, well they were staring at her. When Naruto noticed the crowd moving towards them he dropped Harley's hand. It may seem like an asshole thing to do, but to tell you the truth he still had a slight problem with large crowds. Too many bad memories. The problem didn't lie in walking through the crowd, but at seeing many people walking towards him and that was exactly what was happening now. So he let go of her hand and stepped slightly aside so it didn't feel like they were walking towards him.
He watched as many people shook Harley's hand. Some she recognized from before some not. And if she recognized someone that person looked like today was Christmas, Easter and Halloween at the same time. It all made him annoyed a bit. He watched Harley's facial expressions. At first she looked surprised because so many people knew of her, than she looked happy for meeting new people and then finally annoyed when people would shake her hand over and over again, but she tried to hide her annoyance making Naruto shake his head.
Naruto watched as a pale young man made his way towards Harley. One of his eyes was constantly twitching, his eyes would dart around the room at random moments in what Naruto assumed was fear from being attacked. He introduced himself as Professor Quirrell, the new teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts, he was stuttering the whole time. Naruto narrowed his eyes at the man.
'Something is wrong with him.' thought Naruto. Hearing the blonde's thoughts Kurama cracked an eye open and looked at the timid man. The slitted orbs went over the man looking for anything unusual.
'I think you are right.' said the fox through the mental link. His eyes never left the stuttering man as he made small talk with Harley or at least tried to.
'Do you know what exactly is wrong with him?' asked Naruto. His eyes were scanning the Professor trying to find something out of the ordinary. Something just didn't seem right, but he couldn't place his finger on it.
'I don't know, but he makes me feel…uneasy.' answered the fox. Naruto nodded slightly. If something made Kurama uneasy it couldn't be anything good.
His attention was averted from the Professor when he saw some people trying to go for another round of handshakes. His eye twitched. Some people could be really annoying. He cleared his throat getting Harley's attention as well as that of the others.
"Harley we should go." he said. The girl nodded in understanding. The raven-haired girl tried to make her way towards the blonde, but the people around her blocked her path saying she could stay just a little bit more and that there was no rush. Now Naruto was really annoyed. He was tempted to go ninja and teleport them both from there, but that would raise too much suspicion and he was trying to stay under the radar, at least until he finished school.
With an annoyed sigh he made his way through the crowd, grabbed Harley by her hand and dragged her through the crowd and towards the back door. "We are very sorry, but we really have to go now." he said as they moved away from the crowd. Harley just threw everyone in the bar an apologetic smile, but let out a sigh of relief when they were out of the pub and in the back alley. Naruto released her hand and then walked towards the brick wall.
"Thanks for getting me out of there. I don't think I could have handled another round of handshakes." said Harley. While it was nice for someone to know your name it got quite annoying when they kept doing it over and over again. And she just didn't have the hearth to snap at anyone.
"No problem." said Naruto as he counted the bricks above the trash can.
"What are you doing?" asked Harley. She walked towards the blonde just as he tapped one brick three times. Naruto stepped away as the bricks started to move.
"Just opening the door to Diagon Alley." he said as the bricks stopped moving creating an archway. An archway onto cobbled street that twisted and turned out of sight. Harley stared in awe at everything in the street. "Well Harley, welcome to Diagon Alley." said Naruto with a small smirk when he saw the girl's awed face.
They stepped through the archway and Harley was looking around trying to see everything. She turned around just as the last brick fell back in place leaving the simple brick wall. She turned back around. Her eyes traveled from building to building, from window to window and from one person to another. "Where are we going first?" she asked her eyes never stopping their exploring of the street.
"Gringotts, the wizard bank." said Naruto as he pointed to a snow white building that towered over all others. Harley looked at the building in awe. "Unless you were planning on stealing." added Naruto. Harley blushed in embarrassment.
"No." she said a bit offended making Naruto chuckle slightly. As they approached the bronze doors Harley noticed something she never expected to see. "Is that….?" she asked letting the rest of the question hang in the air.
Naruto followed her line of vision. He smiled when he realized Hagrid didn't tell the girl wizards weren't the only fairytale beings that actually existed. "A goblin?" he asked. "Yes." answered the blonde when he saw Harley nod at his previous question. "It might be a good idea to buy you a book on magical creatures." he suggested. "So you wouldn't be so surprised when you see one." he explained further when he saw Harley's questioning gaze.
Naruto opened the door for both of them to enter and Harley noticed from the corner of her eye the goblin bow to them. She noticed Naruto giving a small nod of acknowledgment in return. This time they were faced with a pair of silver doors with something engraved in them.
Enter stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn.
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.
Read the elegant letters. She heard Naruto chuckling slightly so she sent another questioning look towards him. He caught her look and just shook his head. "You will find out later." he whispered as they both went through the silver doors where two other goblins bowed to them, Naruto gave each a small nod. Harley meanwhile was looking around the marble hall. There were even more goblins sitting on high stools behind long counter doing all kinds of things. Some were counting money, some were looking at precious stones and some were scribbling in or browsing through big and old looking books.
"Good morning!" said Naruto as they stopped in front of the only free goblin. The goblin looked at them from under his lids. He seemed to recognize Naruto as he fully lifted his head to look at them.
"Ah Mister Uzumaki! How may I help you?" asked the goblin in a formal tone. His eyes traveled from Naruto to Harley for a moment before they returned back to Naruto.
"We need to get some money from both of our safes." said Naruto in a polite and slightly formal one.
"Do you have your keys?" asked the goblin. He was looking at Harley as he said so.
"Offcourse we do." said Naruto in that formal tone. Naruto took out a golden key that was just a bit bigger than Harley's. Once she saw Naruto's key she started rummaging through her own pocket looking for the key Hagrid gave her. They both handed their keys to the goblin. He looked at the keys for a bit turning them around so he could see them from every possible angle.
"They seem to be in order. Griphook will take you to your safes." said the goblin in a formal tome. "Griphook!" yelled the goblin after a moment of silence making Harley jump. Griphook was another gobbling making Harley come to a conclusion that there were only goblins working in Gringotts. Both of them followed the goblin through one of the many doors in the marble hall. They came in a narrow stone passage. Torches lit the passage giving Harley the feeling like she traveled through time back to the medieval ages. They came upon a set of track. Griphook whistled and seemingly out of nowhere a small cart appeared and stopped in front of them. All three of them climbed in and then they were off.
They traveled at high speeds through a maze of passages. Harley tried to keep track of which turns they took but very soon she lost track. She noticed Griphook wasn't doing anything making her come to a conclusion the cart had a spell on it. It was either that or it was just a very intelligent cart, which seemed more unlikely. After a lot more twists and turns they stopped in front of a small door. Griphook got out first and the two followed. The goblin took our one of their keys and unlocked the door. A lot of green smoke came billowing out.
"Miss Potter's safe." said Griphook formally. Harley stared wide eyed at the mountain of golden coins that filled her safe. She then turned to Naruto expecting him to say something along the lines of 'Nah, we are just kidding. Your safe in the next one.' but the boy only smiled at her.
"Grab as much as you think you will need." said Naruto. "Oh and take some of the silver and bronze ones as well." he added before she even stepped in the safe. She took out a small bag and started filling it with the coins. She was quickly done and walked out to hear a bit of the conversation Naruto was having with the goblin. "I noticed you are still challenging thieves at the entrance." said Naruto with a grin.
The goblin smiled an even wider toothy smile before he answered the blonde. "Only thieves see it as a challenge. Others see it as a warning Mister Uzumaki." said the goblin his grin getting wider and wider with each word. Naruto frowned at the short creature, but then he smiled a foxy smile.
"Maybe when I am older and more skilled." he said. Griphook didn't say anything he just smiled a knowing smile. It seemed goblins firmly believed no one could break in Gringotts, steal something and get away with it without being caught.
"Uhm Naruto can you explain to me the value of these coins?" asked Harley. She shook the bag a little getting the coins clank against each other.
"The gold ones are Galleons. The silver ones are Sickles and the bronze ones are Knuts. A Galleon is worth seventeen Sickles and a Sickle is worth twenty-nine Knuts. And that is about it." answered Naruto. After the explanation they both turned to Griphook. "We are ready to go to my safe next." said Naruto to which the goblin nodded. They got back into the cart and after five sharp turns, Harley counted, they stopped in front of yet another door. Griphook unlocked this door too. This time there was no green smoke when the door opened. Behind the safe door lay a pile of coins just slightly bigger than Harley's making the raven haired girl wonder just what did Naruto do for living. Her blonde companion filled a small bag with coins before exiting the safe a big grin on his face.
After they got their keys back from Griphook they got back in the cart. One insanely fast cart ride which made Harley lose count of the turns they took, again, they were walking down Diagon Alley again. "We should get our uniforms first as that is the most boring thing we need to get on the list." suggested Naruto as he read over the list of Hogwarts supplies they were asked to buy.
"Where to?" asked Harley. This was her way of agreeing. She wanted to get the boring things first so she could enjoy the rest of the trip.
"Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions." said Naruto as he pointed to one of the buildings in the street. They walked to the shop in silence and for some reason Naruto looked nervous. Madam Malkin was a squat, smiling which dressed all in mauve and for some reason Naruto was terrified of her. He tried to not let it show on his face, but his eye would twitch every so often and he would flinch every time she got too close.
"Hogwarts, my dears?" asked the woman. Before either of them could answer or even nod the woman started talking. "Got the lot here. Another young woman came in for her robes. Now come on, young lady you can go over there" said the woman as she pointed to one of the doors in the back "and you young man can go to this one." she said as she literally pushed the blonde through the door. Naruto was wide eyed, he looked at Harley in utter horror. He mouthed 'save me' before the doors closed behind both of them.
"I will be with you shortly dear." she heard the woman yell. She almost felt sorry for Naruto, almost. Before she had a chance to find out why exactly was Naruto afraid of the squat woman she entered the room the woman told her to enter. There was already a girl with white-blonde hair that was kept back with a dark green headband, not even a hair was out of place. She had very pale blue almost grey eyes. Her skin was rather pale. The features of her face were sharp and pointed yet they were very delicate. Harley noticed light make up on her face, just lip gloss and mascara. She was very slender yet you could see the slight curve of her hips and two small bumps on her chest. It was obvious she already hit puberty.
Harley looked down at her own body and glared. In her eyes the blonde had the perfect body and she couldn't help but feel a bit jealous even if she herself still had to hit puberty. She looked back up to the girl and only then noticed the other witch pinning the big robes so they would fit her perfectly. The witch noticed her and motioned for her to stand on the stool next to the blonde. The witch dropped another pair of robes over her head that were obviously too big for her. Madam Malkin entered the room just as the other witch got back to work on the blonde girl. Harley assumed Naruto's robes were all done.
'Well that was fast.' thought Harley. 'Naruto is probably sulking in the store now. Wonder why he is so afraid of the woman?' wondered Harley but before her thoughts could wonder any further the girl next to her spoke.
"Hello," said the girl "Hogwarts too?" asked the girl with a quick look over the robes that were on Harley.
"Yes." answered Harley. She saw no harm in making small talk with the girl, not like she could do something else anyway.
"My father is next door buying my books and my mother is looking at wands." said the white-blonde girl. She had a pleasant and melodic voice even if it was now in a lazy drag. "Then I am going to drag them to look at racing brooms. I don't see why first years can't have their own. It isn't like I don't know how to fly one and will fall and break my neck." said the girl in the same lazy drawl.
"Do you have your own broom?" asked the girl looking at Harley from the corner of her eye.
"No." answered Harley simply. Suddenly standing in silence didn't seem so boring to her. It was better than talking to high and might next to her that much is for sure.
"Play Quidditch at all?" asked the girl as she raised a perfect eyebrow.
"No." answered Harley wanting to end the conversation as soon as possible. Poor girl was just too nice to just tell the blonde girl she didn't want to talk.
"I do." said the girl with pride, for the first time she dropped the lazy drag. "Father says it would be a crime if I am not picked to play for my house." said the girl in a snobbish way. "Do you know what House you will be in?" asked the girl. She didn't really sound interested. It was probably just a way for her to talk more about herself. Thankfully Naruto explained her a few things about her new school which included the Houses.
"I don't know." said Harley with a small shrug. "But Rawenclaw and Gryffindor sound interesting." she added.
The girl frowned a bit but let it fall soon. "Yeah no one really knows we can only guess. But I am sure I will be in Slytherin, all of my family members were. Imagine being in Hufflepuff. I think I would rather leave then be there." said the girl with a small smirk. Harley just hummed at what the girl said.
"What is your name anyway?" asked the girl.
But before Harley could answer Madam Malkin said, "That's it, you done dear." Harley didn't need any more reasons to just stop talking to the girl so she just jumped off the stool and went for the door.
"I will see you at Hogwarts I guess." said Harley before she exited the door.
"You too I guess." answered the girl without really caring just before Harley stepped out.
"Finally!" she heard someone yell from behind her making her jump. She turned around and saw Naruto grinning like a fox. Even the fox around his neck was grinning somewhat. Harley swore he came out of nowhere. Maybe he fell from the ceiling.
"Where did you come from?" she asked still feeling her hearth beat fast.
"I melted out of the shadows." said Naruto in a mysterious voice. Harley gave him a look that clearly said to stop screwing around. He was telling the truth more or less but no need for her to find out just yet. "So…ready to finish this shopping trip?" asked his grin back in place.
Harley smiled at him. "Offcourse. Where to?" she asked. Naruto held the door for her and they went to buy school supplies.
Their next thing on the to-buy list was ink, parchment and quills. Harley stared at the color changing ink for good five minutes. Naruto noticed this and with a sight and a mummer of "Girls." bought her the ink. When she asked why he said his school gift for her and that she would probably bug him if he didn't. She just laughed it off. They bought the books next.
After Naruto had to explain to Harley why exactly she couldn't buy a book on curses they looked for some other books. Naruto bought a book on dragons getting a funny look from Harley. Even after some browsing Harley didn't find anything that interested her in particular so they just bought their school book and left the store. Then they went to buy cauldrons and some potion ingredients. Harley looked around the store while Naruto bought what they needed for school. Naruto wanted to get out of there because of the stench and Harley couldn't really blame him.
"What more do we need?" asked Harley after they left the Apothecary. Naruto took out the letter from Hogwarts and looked through the list of supplies.
"Uh, just an owl and a wand." said Naruto.
"What are we getting first?" asked the raven haired girl.
"The wand. It can take a while and I don't want to keep the owls in cages for so long." answered Naruto as he wiggled his nose a little. Harley nodded at his logic. They approached a shop with peeling gold letters on the door. It said 'Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 B.C.'. The shop was narrow and shabby and didn't have many people going in and out. In fact Harley and Naruto were the only people around. They stepped inside dinging the small bell that hung above the door. They approached the small counter.
Naruto seemed bored while Harley looked around the small shop. Suddenly the hairs on the back of her neck stood up. "Good afternoon." said a soft voice behind them. Harley jumped. Naruto just turned around lazily. Was he expecting this? An old man was standing in front of them.
"Hello." said Harley still a bit afraid. Naruto on the other said a firm hello. He looked like he wasn't afraid of anything.
"Ah yes. Yes, yes. I thought I'd be seeing you soon Harley Potter." said the man looking at Harley and ignoring Naruto. "You have your mother's eyes. It seems like it was only yesterday that she was standing her buying her first wand. Ten and a quarter inch inches long, swishy, made of willow. Nice wand for charm work." said the man with a barely noticeable found smile on his lips. He moved closer to Harley making her look in those unblinking silvery eyes. Harley just kept repeating in her head 'Please blink. Blink. Blink. Blink.', but those orbs just stared at her.
"Your father on the other hand, favored a mahogany wand. Eleven inches. Pliable. A little more power and excellent for transfigurations. Well I say favored it, but it is really the wand that chooses." said the man as he got closer and closer to Harley. They were now almost nose to nose and Harley was creped out by the man. "And that is where…" said Ollivander as he raised a long, white finger and touched Harley's scar.
"I'm sorry to say I sold the wand that did that." he said in a soft almost sad voice. "Thirteen and half inches. Yew. Powerful wand, very powerful and in the wrong hands….well if I had known what it was going in the world to do…" he let the sentence hang in the air before he shook his head. Then, to Harley's relief, he turned to Naruto.
"I don't know anything about you except your name, Naruto Uzumaki." said Ollivander. "I don't remember your parents buying a wand here and I know every wand I sold." he continued his unblinking eyes now staring at Naruto's own blue ones. Surprisingly Naruto didn't seem bothered at all by the creepy man. "And I do know you aren't a muggle born." said the man.
"I am not surprised, since my parents were never in England." said Naruto. Harley looked at him in surprise.
"Where were they from then?" asked Ollivander. Harley stared at Naruto waiting for him to answer. She would be lying if she said she wasn't curious about it herself.
"Japan." he said staring straight at Ollivander's eyes. Ollivander frowned a bit making Naruto wonder if he saw through the lie.
"Well now Miss Potter. Let me see." he pulled out a long tape measure with silver markings. Naruto let out a small breath of relief that went unnoticed by the other two. He didn't want to tell them the truth. Not like they would believe him anyway. Well Ollivander just might with how crazy the man acted. "What is your wand arm?" Ollivander asked Harley.
"Er, well I am right-handed." said the girl unsure of herself.
"Hold out your arm. That's it." he said as he started measuring Harley. Soon he jumped in a long explanation about all the kinds of wands. Harley was paying rapid attention to what the man was saying while Naruto looked bored out of his mind. He already knew all of this. Harley looked so absorbed into what Ollivander was saying she didn't notice the tape moving on its own. She noticed when Ollivander disappeared between the shelves and his voice got quieter. The old man got back to her with a thin long box in hand. "That will be enough." he said and the tape fell in a heap on the floor.
"Miss Potter, try this one. Beech wood and dragon hearth string. Nine inches. Nice and flexible. Just take it and give a wave." said the man. Harley took the wand but before she could even wave it Ollivander snatched it from her. Before Harley could ask what was wrong he handed her another wand. "Maple and phoenix feather. Seven inches. Quite whippy. Try it." he said. Harley hesitated before she took the wand. Again before she could give it a wave it was snatched away. Again and again wands were handed to her and snatched from her before she could even wave it. For some strange reason Ollivander seemed happier and happier with every wand he had to snatch away. Naruto was standing off to the side chatting with Kurama.
"Tricky costumer, eh? Not to worry, we'll find the perfect match here somewhere. I wonder, now…..yes why not, unusual combination, holly and phoenix feather, eleven inches, nice and supple." Harley looked at the wand and then at Ollivander in a suspicious way. She took the wand and felt sudden warmth in her fingers. She raised her hand above her head and gave it a wave and a stream of red and gold sparks shot from the end like fireworks. Naruto smiled a bright smile while Ollivander yelled "Oh bravo!" the old wand maker made a thoughtful expression. "Yes indeed, curious. Very curious." he said. He put Harley's wand back in the box and warped it up.
"Sorry, but what is curious?" asked Harley as she watched Ollivander warp the wand up.
"I remember every wand I ever sold, Miss Potter. Every single wand. It so happens that the phoenix that gave a feather for your wand gave another one, just one other. It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this wand when its brother…" he stopped here as if what he was going to say was painful for him. "Its brother is the one that gave you that scar." Harley's hand shoots up towards the scar as she swallowed.
"Yes thirteen and a half inches. Yew. Curious indeed how these things happen. The wand chooses the wizard, remember….I think we must expect great things from you, Miss Potter….After all He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things, horrible yes, but great things." said the man in a serious voice. Harley shivered. She didn't like Ollivander too much.
"That will be seven Galleons." said Ollivander in a somewhat cherry voice. This time creeping out both Harley and Naruto. Harley paid for the wand.
"Now Mister Uzumaki, let's find you a wand." said Ollivander as he turned to the blonde. Naruto rolled his eyes at the man's mood swings. He was changing them more often than a pregnant woman. He held out his right hand and Ollivander started measuring him. Soon the man disappeared between the shelves. The tape measured for some time, but when Ollivander appeared from between the shelves it fell down to the floor. Ollivander handed his a wand. "Troll whisker. Elm. Eleven inches. Give it a wave." said Ollivander.
Before Naruto took the wand Kurama stopped him. 'That is not your wand.' said the fox to Naruto through their mental link as he stared at the offered wand.
"I don't think that is my wand." said Naruto to Ollivander making the man raise an eyebrow.
"Oh and how do you know that?" asked the old man more from curiosity than anything else.
"I don't." said Naruto honestly. "But Kurama over here does." said Naruto as he shrugged the shoulder where Kurama's head lay. Kurama looked at Ollivander as the man himself looked at the red fox. Without saying anything Ollivander disappeared between the shelves again. He came back with another box in hand.
"Unicorn hair. Hawthorn. Ten inches." said Ollivander as he presented them the wand. Naruto looked at the fox on his shoulder. Kurama shook his head. Ollivander smiled a small smile. This was greatly amusing to him. Up until now the only way for people to find out if it was the right wand was for them to touch it. Sometimes he himself could feel if it was right in others, well, something would explode or break. On one occasion a lamp grew legs, human legs, and ran away. He never saw that lamp again. It was a good lamp. He disappeared between the shelves again this time a smile on his lips. He came back with yet another box.
"Dragon heartstring. Cherry. Thirteen and half inches. Very powerful." he said as he presented the wand. The fox shook his head again. Ollivander closed the box and thought for a moment. "Mister Uzumaki, if you don't mind me asking, but what type of magical creature is Kurama?" asked Ollivander as he looked at the fox.
"He is a Kitsune." answered Naruto a bit confused. Why would the weird wand shop owner need that information?
"I wonder." mumbled Ollivander as he disappeared between the shelves again. After a few minutes he emerged with an old looking box that was cowered in dust. He was staring at the box in both worry and excitement. It was a very weird combination. "Kitsune hair. Cherry. Twelve and three quarter inches." said Ollivander as he handed the wand to Naruto. "The only wand I ever made with Kitsune hair." he said as he stared at the wand. "There aren't many wands with that core out there in the world." said the man as his eyes traveled to Naruto.
Naruto stared at the wand for a moment. 'Kurama?' he asked through the mental link. Kurama too was staring at the wand. 'I am not sure Kit, but this wand does seem….familiar.' answered Kurama. Naruto hesitantly took the wand. He immediately felt it, the warmth in his fingertips. He gave it a wave and a fox made out of red mist ran out of the tip and dance around him for a minute before dissolving into thin air.
"Interesting, very interesting." said Ollivander.
"What is interesting this time?" asked Naruto. He was annoyed with the man. It seemed like he found something interesting in every wand.
"This wand has a very interesting history. Well the core does. It is one of my best wands." said Ollivander. Naruto just stared at him urging him to continue. "Very picky was the core too. Burned a good amount of my wood, until I tried cherry that is. It is a wood I don't use often." said the old man as he tapped his chin. "Are you familiar with the legend of Kyūbi no Kitsune?" asked Ollivander. When he saw the confused looks on both children's faces he continued.
"In Japan stories of Tamamo-no-Mae, a legendary being, were written and collected in the Otogizōshi of the Muromachi period. Otogizōshi is type of short stories in Japan. A Tamamo-no-Mae was a courtesan under the Japanese Emperor Konoe. She was said to be a most beautiful and intelligent woman." said Ollivander not seeing Kurama flinch slightly. "She caused the Emperor to be extremely ill and was chased away by Abe no Yasuchika, who had been called to diagnose the cause of the Emperor's poor health. Abe no Yasuchika discovered the true nature of Tamamo-no-Mae." he continued. Both Naruto and Harley were paying rapid attention to the legend.
"A few years later, in the area of Nasu, the nine-tailed fox was seen killing and eating women and travelers." here Harley flinched slightly, but Naruto didn't do anything. "Emperor Konoe thus sent Kazusa-no-suke and Miura-no-suke along with 80,000 troops to kill the fox. In the plains of Nasu, it was finally killed and became a stone called the sesshoseki." here Naruto had to try reallyhard to hold his laughter in.
"The stone continually released poisonous gas, killing everything that touched it." this part seemed ridiculous even to Naruto's standards. He saw many crazy things but this was too much for even him to believe. "The stone was said to have been destroyed in the Nanboku-chō period by Gennoh Shinshou, and the pieces flew away to different parts of Japan." said Ollivander.
"Many believe the Kitsune was never killed but fled to India where it became the concubine of a prince, causing him to cut off the heads of 1000 men. It was then defeated again, and fled the country. After that no one is really sure what happened to the fox." said Ollivander finishing the story.
'Kurama what have you done?' asked Naruto. But before the fox could answer Naruto said 'Wait! Not now. We will talk about this later.' said Naruto through the mental link as he glared at Kurama from the corner of his eye.
"What does that legend have to do with Naruto's wand?" asked Harley.
Ollivander sighed. "When Kazusa-no-suke went to kill the fox he never even got a wound in, but he did manage to shave a hair from the fox's back. He took it as a reminder of his failure. Over the years the hair got lost and no one really knew where it was. That is until about thirty years ago. An old friend of mine came in giving me this blood red hair saying it belonged to the Kyūbi. He asked me to make him a wand with the hair as the core." explained the old wand maker.
"What happened to the man if the wand is still with you?" asked Harley.
"Well after I made the wand, and it was quite the picky core, he came and tried waving it around, but the wand didn't accept him. He got angry and tried to force the wand. It was a bad decision, a very bad decision. You see most wands would just refuse to comply, but this was no ordinary wand. This wand was very temperamental. Instead of doing a simple spell it burned the man's hand all the way to the bone. The flames were nothing I have seen before. They were black in color, scariest flames I have ever seen. They couldn't save the arm even with all the potions and spells used for healing, the muscle tissue just refused to grow.." said the pale eyed man while looking at Naruto.
'Wow Kurama, even your fur is temperamental.' said Naruto snickering through the mental link.
"So you can see why I find it curious that you should get this wand Mister Uzumaki." said Ollivander his eyes never leaving Naruto. There was a long silence in which no one was sure what to say. "That will be fifteen Galleons." Naruto's eyebrow twitched.
Naruto and Harley walked towards the pet shop in Diagon Alley. Harley looked at Naruto from the corner of her eye. "Your wand has some story behind it." stated Harley. Naruto looked at her, Kurama lay around Naruto's neck seemingly not bothered by the tale of the blonde's wand.
"Yours isn't so innocent either." he stated.
"It is not my wand that has a story, only its brother. But your wand on the other hand…" she said letting the second sentence hang in the air. "You don't seem bothered by it." she said. It wasn't a question more of a statement.
"Why should I be?" he asked not really expecting an answer. "Ollivander was way creepier if you ask me." he said making the raven haired girl chuckle.
"True the stare was indeed creepy." she agreed.
"I found the mood swings creepier. He reminded me of a pregnant woman." he said. This time Harley laughed. Naruto cracked a smile when he saw her laugh. It made him happy. "Come on let's get those owls." he said as he held the door open for her. They ended looking around the store for a while. None of the owls caught their attention. Just as they were about to give up two owls caught their attention.
One of the owls was white and Harley fell in love with it in matter of seconds. The second owl was light grey in color with black splotches on its wings. Its left eye was closed because of a big scar going over it. Naruto assumed it lost the eye. The other eye was half closed and the owl had that lazy air about it. Naruto stared at the owl and it stared back. Neither blinked and neither looked away. Harley and the snow owl looked from Naruto to the grey owl and back to Naruto as one. Confusion was written over Harley's face. Naruto wiggled his nose and the owl hutted lowly at him. "I will call you Kakashi." said Naruto. He took the owl's cage and paid for the owl to the shop owner. Harley was right behind him looking confused.
"Hey Naruto." said Harley as both of them walked towards the train.
"Hmm?" hummed Naruto to let her know he did in fact hear her.
"I never asked you if you missed your first owl. You know the one Kurama ate." she asked. She glanced at Kurama who was trying to look innocent. Naruto laughed awkwardly while scratching his whiskered cheek.
"You know actually I don't." he answered honestly. Harley looked at him not really believing his words. Wizards would often get attached to their owls. They were something like useful pets from what she understood and everyone gets sad when their pet dies especially kids. "My previous owl wasn't really that likable. He would often shred my mail and peck Kurama on the head. So I am not actually that surprised Kurama had snapped." he said as they got closer to the train station.
Naruto went to buy tickets for both of them. They waited for the train in silence. Harley's train soon stopped in the station and they said their goodbyes. Harley waved to Naruto from the window just as the train left the station. Naruto watched as the train disappeared in the distance. 'Okay Kurama start explaining.' he said as he glared at the fox on his shoulder.
'I may or may not have been here for a vacation before…well not exactly here.' said the fox. It sounded like someone talking about the weather. The kind of tone people use when they knew they did something wrong but did not regret it. It was the kind of tone that made Naruto wish to knock the fox demon into next week.
'That is your idea of a vacation!?' yelled Naruto at the fox all the while maintaining a sort of poker face so the passing people wouldn't suspect something.
'Well…..' said the fox not really wanting to answer the question.
'Kurama.' said Naruto. Kurama understood the unspoken threat. It was either he answered or it was back in the damn seal with his consciousness. Like it wasn't bad enough almost all of his chakra was stuck in the damn thing.
'Look it was before the whole Naruto rehab thingy. Back then I was still hell bent on destroying the humanity.' said Kurama with a shrug. Naruto nodded at the answer. He could understand it because he knew Kurama back when he was still the evil fox everyone knew and hated. There was a long silence between them.
'So the idea of your perfect vacation is masking into a chick and seducing emperors?' asked Naruto innocently as a big smile stretched across his face. Kurama's eyebrow twitched.
'Brat! It just so happens that it is easier to make men do what you want when you are a woman.' said the fox irritably.
'Yeah, yeah….so did you sleep with them?' asked Naruto. Kurama grit his teeth as he slapped Naruto over the head with his tail. Naruto chuckled at the reaction. It was all the answer he needed. 'Kurama, you whore.' he said making the fox growl at him.
Harley kept pushing the chart where all of her stuff was, including Hedwig. She was a bit pissed after her talk with one of the guards. All she did was ask him where the platform nine and three quarters was and he started laughing at her. Can you believe it? He actually laughed in her face. Oh she would have been satisfied if that was the only dark spot in the day, but no. And it wasn't just the day it was the whole month. The Dursleys were better towards her during the month, but that was only because they avoided being in the same room as her out of fear.
So she found herself being even more isolated during the month. Before she had at least some type of human contact, but now…..they would literary run out of the room at the sight of her. The only companions she had were Hedwig and Naruto's letters. Over the month she exchanged some letters with the blonde over their owls. She found Kakashi to be funny. The owl was just too lazy for its own good. One time she walked in her room and the owl was sleeping on her bed with its feet in the air. The first thought that came to mind was that the owl was dead but no, he was just sleeping.
Hedwig hooted angrily at her as she drove over some can making the cart jump disturbing the owls sleep. "Sorry." mumbled Harley. And this morning the Dursleys gave her a ride only because they were going to the hospital to remove Dudley's tail. She really wanted to see how they will explain that to the doctor. "Oh yeah, he just kind of grew a pig's tail. Nothing unusual, it runs it the family." she snorted. Yeah right! What kind of doctor would buy that? Her eyes were looking over the train station trying to spot something unusual. Oh why? Oh why didn't she ask Naruto how to get to the platform? She spotted a family of red haired people hurrying somewhere with carts. On one of the carts was an owl. Bingo!
She watched as the older one disappeared in the crowd. She shook her head and rubbed at her eyes under the glasses. People don't just disappear like that, especially ones with such unique hair. The twins were next. After a short argument with their mother about who was who they too disappeared among the crowd. Deciding she had enough of vanishing people she decided to just go up and ask the woman how to get to the damn platform. Hm Naruto was rubbing off on her already.
"Excuse me!" she said as she got close to the plumb woman. "Do you know how to get to platform nine and three quarters?" she asked stopping next to the woman.
"Ah, first time at Hogwarts?" asked the red haired woman, a warm smile on her lips. Harley just nodded at the woman. "Ah it is quite alright dear. It is Ron's first time too." she pointed to the only son that was left. He was tall thin and gangling. He had freckles, big hands, feet and a long nose. For some reason he blushed when he looked down at her. She gave him a small smile and the boy looked away from her his blush getting brighter.
'What is up with him?' she sheshe thought to herself.
"He is quite handsome, isn't he?" asked the plumb woman noticing how her son reacted when the girl just looked at him. So like any good mother she tried to score some good points for him. Ron looked away embarrassed as his younger sister laughed. Harley looked at the boy.
'Naruto looks better.' she thought to herself not really wanting to voice that. She didn't even realize what she was thinking to be quite honest.
"Here is all you have to do dear." said the red hared woman changing the subject. "All you have to do is walk through the barrier between platforms nine and ten. Don't stop and don't be scared you will crash into it. Sometimes it is easier to have a running start." explained the woman as she nudged Harley to start walking towards the barrier. Harley glanced at the woman from the corner of her eyes. She then looked back at the barrier and with a sigh she started running towards it. As she got closer she closed her eyes and waited for the crash. There wasn't one. She slowly opened her eyes. A scarlet stream engine was waiting next to a platform full of people. The sigh above the platform said nine and three quarters.
SHShe looked around the platform as she walked towards the train intending on finding Naruto….somewhere. She looked at the archway she just walked through, at the train and at all the different students that were bustling around the platform. But there was no mop of blonde spikey hair anywhere around. She figured he was already sitting in the train. The first few charges were already packed with students so she walked further. She walked until she found an empty compartment near the end of the train, at least she hoped it was empty. Now it was time to try and tackle the second challenge of the day, getting her trunk on the train.
As she was trying to lift the damn thing off the chart someone spoke "Need a hand?" She turned around and saw the red haired twins from before standing there. But before she could accept the help someone else spoke from the direction of the train.
"Hey Harley! Nice to see you made it." she turned around yet again, smiling when she saw the familiar face.
"Hey Naruto!" she greeted happily. The twins looked over her shoulder towards the blonde boy in surprise. "Where are Kurama and Kakashi?" as she noticed the absence of Naruto's live scarf.
"Ma, they are sleeping in the compartment." answered Naruto as he scratched the back of his head. "Say who are your two friends?" asked Naruto as he noticed the twins peeking over Harley to see him. Harley looked surprised for a moment before she realized who he was talking about.
"Ah these are-"she started but one of them interrupted her.
"This is Fred." said one of the twins pointing to the other one.
"And this is George." said the other one mirroring his twin.
"Naruto Uzumaki." said the spikey blonde with a small nod. They heard the train give a warning whistle. "See you around Hogwarts I guess." said Naruto as he threw Harley's trunk over one shoulder and walked back in the compartment. The Weasley twins stood there gaping. They both had to lift one trunk at the same time to move it and this kid just threw it over his shoulder like it was a woman's purse or something. Harley wasn't really that surprised by Naruto's display of strength so she just took Hedwig's cage. She said goodbye to the still stunned twins before following Naruto into the compartment.
Harley came in the compartment just as Naruto lifted her trunk above the seats. She heard some snoring coming from the seat to her left. She turned towards the sound and saw Kurama and Kakashi sleeping. Kakashi was on his back with his two little feet in the air. Kurama was draped over Kakashi looking like a rag. Harley had to giggle at the scene. Harley sat next to the window and watched the red haired family banter between each other. Well it was mostly the twins teasing everyone and their mother scolding them. She smiled a sad smile as she watched the scene. She never had that.
"Hey brighten up. I don't want to deal with you moping around for the rest of the train ride." said Naruto jokingly. Harley looked at him and gave him a grateful smile. They felt the train start moving. "Do you want to see me turn Kurama pink?" asked Naruto. Kurama's eyes snapped open and in matter of second he was outside of the compartment. "Hey wait Kurama I was joking this time!" yelled Naruto as he ran after the fox leaving a laughing Harley behind.
Ronald Weasley got onto the train seconds before it started moving. So you could say it was in just a nick of time. His twin brothers dragged his trunk somewhere so the only thing he needed to do was find a compartment to sit in. The only problem was that every single compartment he looked in was full, well there was one seat free among the older Slytherin but there was no possible way of making him sit with Slytherin. Just as he was losing all hope he saw one compartment with only two people occupying it. One person was the cute raven haired girl from before and the other one was a blonde kid that was about an inch shorter than him.
He watched as the boy said something to the girl which made her grin. This made Ron jealous. Just few minutes earlier she didn't even speak to him but she was grinning at something some random guy said. He completely forgot he just met the girl and didn't even know her name. Before he could do something stupid the door snapped open and a red fox ran between his feet. The blonde boy yelled after the fox before standing up and running after it. What Ron didn't realize was he was standing in the boy's way and the blonde wasn't one for waiting for someone to move.
The end result was him almost flying through the window. He watched as the boy chased the fox down the train. His heart was beating fast from nearly being killed. He heard laughing, oh and what laugh it was. The most melodic sound he ever heard. The raven haired girl slowly calmed down. After completely calming down she spotted him and Ron did his best to look good. Well as good as someone who was scared shitless and had a smudge on his nose could.
"Uhm hi." he said somewhat awkwardly. All of his determination was gone the second he looked at those emerald orbs. He swallowed feeling the lump in his throat go away. "Is anyone sitting there?" he asked pointing to the seat next to the girl. She glanced at the seat before shaking her head slightly. Ron smiled slightly before sitting down. That is when he saw it, a dead owl.
"Blamey! What is a dead owl doing here?" he squawked. Harley blinked at him and then realized what he was talking about.
"Oh no that is just how Kakashi sleeps." she said as she laughed a bit awkwardly. Ron stared at the owl and noticed its feet twitching every once in a while. He gathered some courage to talk to the girl or at least tried to.
"I don't think we met properly. I am Ronald Weasley. You?" he said quickly trying his best to look cool, but unfortunately he was too nervous for that.
"I am Harley Potter." she said with a smile. The boy's eyes widened and Harley knew what was coming and she wasn't looking forward to it, not one bit.
"Harley Potter as in THE Harley Potter the one who stopped You-Know-Who?" he asked eyes still wide. She had to resist a sigh. Where was Naruto when you needed him?
"Yes." she said simply not really wanting to talk about it.
"And that is where You-Know-Who?" he asked letting the rest of the question hang in the air. Before Harley could answer the door of the compartment snapped open. There stood Naruto holding Kurama. One of the blonde's hands was under the fox while the other one was around fox's neck stopping Kurama from swallowing. On closer inspection Harley saw four frog legs peeking from the fox's snout giving an occasional twitch telling her the toad was still alive. She had to release a sigh.
"What did he try to eat now?" she asked as the blonde dropped in the seat across from her.
"I don't know. By the time I caught up to him he already had it in his mouth and was looking like he conquered England." said Naruto in irritation as he tried to pray the demon's jaws open. Kakashi was still sleeping soundly not bothered even slightly by all the noise.
'I probably would have conquered England. Oh they would have been bowing to me and bringing me gifts and sacrifices. I probably would have done it if it weren't for Naruto rehab.' growled the fox through their mental link.
'And how pray tell would you have done that? By marrying a prince?' teased Naruto still trying to pray the jaws open.
'You evil little shit! I will get you back for that!' yelled the centuries old demon.
Harley was watching the scene with amusement while trying to force down her laughter. Ron on the other hand was just staring at the scene in confusion. And then yet again the door of the compartment opened. A bushy haired girl stood there with a round faced boy behind her. "Excuse me but have you seen a toad? Neville has lost his." she said just as Naruto managed to pray open Kurama's jaws revealing a toad that was too scared to move.
He looked at the toad and then at the two newcomers. The boy was staring wide eyed at the toad while the girl just looked at him. "Do you mean this toad?" he asked as he tried to keep Kurama still. The damn fox was trying to get away from the strong grip and finally swallow the toad. Neville hesitated fearing the fox will bite his finger off or something. After a moment of hesitation he snatched the terrified toad from the jaws of death. Naruto let Kurama's snout go and the fox threw him a small glare.
"I am Naruto Uzumaki and the fox that just tried to eat your toad is Kurama. Oh and the dead owl over there is Kakashi." said Naruto as he pointed to the owl. Kakashi gave a small lazy hoot in his sleep telling the other two he wasn't really dead.
"I'm Hermione Granger and this is Neville Longbottom." said the girl introducing herself and the shy boy. Neville was clutching the toad close to his chest while staring at Kurama in fear. Just to scare the boy even more Kurama looked at the toad in the boy's hands as he licked his lips revealing a row of sharp pointy teeth. The boy clutched the toad close to his chest while his eyes widened in fear.
"I'm Ron Weasley." said the red haired boy.
"I'm Harley Potter." said Harley with a pleasant smile. Hermione's eyes widened at her name and Harley felt like crying for the second time during the train ride. Thankfully this time around Naruto was there.
"Are you really?" asked the girl as she took a seat next to Naruto. "I know all about you, offcourse. I got a few extra books for background reading and you are in: Modern Magical History and The Rise and The Fall of Dark Arts and Great Wizarding Events of the Twentieth Century." she said really fast making the rest of them look at her with wide eyes. At some point during her speech the Neville boy disappeared, probably too scared of Kurama.
"Am I really?" asked Harley a bit awkwardly.
"You mean you don't know?!" asked the girl in astonishment. "If it was me I would have tried to find out everything." she said in one breath. "Anyway do any of you know in which house you want to be? I have been talking to the older students and I hope I am in Gryffindor. From what I understand it is by far the best. I heard Dumbledore himself was in it. But I guess Rawenclaw wouldn't be too bad either." she said fast making the other three blink. "You might want to get dressed in the uniforms." she said before she left. All three blinked as she left.
"So any ideas?" asked Naruto.
"Gryffindor does sound nice agreed Harley with a shrug.
"Everyone in my family is in Gryffindor so I guess I should too." answered Ron still a bit stunned at the way Hermione talked.
"What about you Naruto?" asked Harley.
'I bet you will be in Hufflepuff.' said Kurama with a snicker.
"I don't know, Slytherin sounds interesting." he answered ignoring the annoying fox demon. Ron's eyes snapped towards him as he snorted. "Why would you want to be with the snakes?" he asked disgust clearly evident in his voice. Naruto gave him a nonchalant shrug.
"The dungeons seem interesting." he said with a wide grin. Harley gave a sort of side nod agreeing with the blonde. Sleeping in the dungeons did sound interesting.
"You can't be serious!" yelled Ron. "You want to become a snake just because they sleep in the dungeons." he said angrily. What kind of a person judged a house just by where they slept. Naruto just shrugged at him again making the redhead hate him even more. There was a knock on the door before the door slid open gently. There stood a smiling, dimpled woman. "Anything off the chart, dears?" she asked kindly.
Naruto saw Harley's eyes widen in childish glee at all the sweets and he had to smile at the girl. Ron turned pink as he muttered he brought sandwiches. Naruto just rolled his eyes at the boy. What did it matter if he brought anything or not? He should be happy he had a mother that made him sandwiches.
"I will have ten chocolate frogs." said Naruto.
'And Every Flavor Beans. Don't forget the Every Flavor Beans.' said Kurama also in childish glee.
"And two packs of Every Flavor Beans." said Naruto giving into Kurama's wishes. Not like he hated the beans, on the contrary he found them quite fun to eat.
The woman handed him the frogs and the beans and he paid. He watched as Harley took a bit of everything from the chart. From the corner of his eye he saw Ron staring at all the sweets with wide eyes. But he had more important things to do that make fun of the red haired boy, like trying to eat the chocolate frog before Kurama got to it. And with the way Kurama was watching him and how tense he was it might be a bit challenging. He carefully started opening the box never breaking eye contact with the demon fox. Neither of them noticed the other two looking at them with curiosity.
They both narrowed their eyes at each other when only one movement was all it took to release the frog. When Naruto opened the box and the frog jumped out all hell broke loose. In the span of five minutes Kurama got two cuts and lost some of his fur while Naruto had one bite mark on his hand and few scratch marks here and there. But none of that mattered to Naruto because he was the one who bit the head of the chocolate frog.
"Bloody Hell mate!" gasped Ron when they were done. Harley was off giggling in her corner of the compartment. To her it was just funny, unlike Ron who was both terrified and confused. "You have like nine more chocolate frogs. It is just one frog." he said his eyes wide as dinner plates. Both Kurama's and Naruto's heads snapped towards the red haired boy.
"Just one frog?" asked Naruto as he looked at the boy in disbelief. "Oh no, it is not just one frog. It is the FIRST frog." said Naruto as Kurama nodded. Ron wasn't sure what else to say. It was obvious there was no arguing with the blonde and the little demon spawn. Naruto opened another frog tossing it in the air towards Kurama who jumped high in the air to catch it. He gave one satisfying bite into the chocolate thing, swallowing it whole when it stopped moving. And that is how they shared the frogs one went to Naruto and then one to Kurama who would usually make a hunting game out of eating the alive treat.
Harley would just watch both of them while eating her own sweets and snicker at Kurama when he would literally stalk the frog. Ron just looked away from the two choosing to ignore them. He didn't like the boy since he said he wouldn't actually mind being in Slytherin. In his mind no one that didn't outright hate Slytherin was trustworthy. After they were done with the frogs the two of them and Harley shared three boxes of Every Flavor Beans while making a game out of trying to guess the flavor. It was no surprise when they got almost every single one wrong.
The door of the compartment opened yet again just as Kurama was trying to chough out an eel flavored bean. He really hated eels and that didn't go just for the taste. A white-blonde girl and two gorillas entered. Oh no wait those were two boys. Naruto looked the girl over and had to admit she looked good for an eleven year old. Although she did have that air arrogance about her, this made Naruto frown slightly. The girl dismissed Ron without even looking at him, which made Naruto a bit happy. He didn't really like the boy.
"Is it true?" asked the girl. The two boys just stood there looking exactly like bodyguards. "Everyone in the train is saying Harley Potter is in this compartment." she said looking at the only girl in the compartment. "It is you, isn't it?" she asked.
"Uhm yes." said Harley somewhat awkwardly. No matter how many times people recognized her or at least her name she couldn't get used to all the attention. She believed she never will. Naruto just watched the exchange quietly. Even though he met the girl just a month ago he was already very protective of her and he knew how uncomfortable she was with this much attention on her. Harley looked over the girl at the two big boys.
"These are Crabbe and Goyle." she said not really caring about the two boys. "And my name is Diana Malfoy." she said as she flipped her hair. Naruto wanted to ask her if it was after the Roman Goddess of the Moon, but didn't want to make her ego get even bigger. Ron snickered off to the side making Diana's head snap towards him as she gave him a cold glare. Ron gulped slightly at the sight of the glare. "Is my name funny to you?" she asked not really expecting an answer from the boy.
"No need to ask who you are. Red hair, freckles and old robes. You must be a Weasley." she said with disgust. Ron's face fell. He wasn't sure what to say at that, not to mention his brain just kind of stops working when he is near cute girls and there were two next to him right now. Diana turned to Harley. "You will soon find out some wizarding families are better than others. And I can help you with that." she said with a small arrogant smile as she held her hand out for Harley to shake.
Harley didn't take the offered hand. Instead the girl smiled a polite smile. "While I am not particularly found of Ron," the boys face fell even more "I think I can tell who I want to hang out with, but thanks anyway." she said in a polite and pleasant tone. The girl frowned as her arm fell.
"I would be careful if I were you Potter," she said slowly. "Unless you are a bit politer you will go the same way your parents did." she hissed out through clenched teeth. "If you hang out with riffraff like the Weasleys it will rub on you." she glared at Harley switching to Ron at the middle of the sentence and then back to Harley. Ron stood up offended by her words.
"Leave now." he glared at the girl finding the brain cells for speech somewhere in his head.
"Are you going to make us?" asked Diana as she raised one of her fine eyebrows.
Naruto saw Goyle reaching towards Ron and narrowed his eyes. In a matter of nanoseconds something whizzed between the two boys. Goyle retreated his hand back yelling in pain. Everyone's eyes widened. Everyone looked at the spot where Goyle's hand was seconds ago only to see a weird sort of knife with a drop of blood going down the sharp edge.
"Ma, ma, let's not get hasty." he said coly. Everyone looked at him as soon as he spoke.
"You could have killed someone!" yelled Crabbe speaking for the first time.
"Ma, if I wanted you dead you wouldn't have set a foot in this compartment." he said with a smile copying his old sensei Kakashi. The three new comers and Ron stared at him in fear while Harley looked only curious. It interested her where the knife even came from and how he smuggled it on the train without anyone noticing.
"I advise you to leave. We are nearing Hogwarts and it would be wise for you to go and change in your robes." he said with a smile and cold eyes. The three newcomers disappeared from the compartment as soon as the words left his mouth. Naruto watched them leave.
"Bloody hell." mumbled Ron.
Naruto stood up and took the kunai from its spot on the wall. "We too should get changed." Ron just nodded dumbly before reaching for his robes. Naruto rolled his eyes at the boy before grabbing him by the back of his collar. "Come on pervert, we should let Harley get changed first. Don't you think so?" he said as he dragged the blushing boy out of the compartment. Harley looked after them throwing Naruto a grateful smile before changing in her school robes.
In front of the compartment Naruto was leaning on the door of said compartment while glaring at Ron. The red haired boy was shifting uncomfortably under his gaze. Finally having enough he decided to speak up. "Why are you staring at me?" asked Ron with annoyance and fear.
Naruto continued to stare at him for a few moments making the boy even more uncomfortable. "I don't like you." he stated coly.
"Why is that?" asked Ron. He wasn't used to someone judging him so quickly unless it was because of his last name. But Naruto didn't seem like the type of guy to judge someone just because of his name.
"You are quite arrogant and too quick to judge." stated Naruto simply. Ron looked like he was about to deny it but the door of the compartment opened. Surprisingly Naruto didn't fall on his ass because of the sudden loss of balance, but he stepped next to Harley avoiding the near collision and stepping in the compartment to change. Ron just stared after the boy in anger before entering himself.
After a few minutes Naruto peeked his head out through the door. He smiled at Harley. "You can come in." he said letting the girl in. After a few minutes of sitting in silence a voice echoed through the train "We will be reaching Hogwarts in five minutes time. Please leave your luggage on the train, it will be taken to the school separately." Harley felt bit sick to her stomach. As if he could read her thoughts Naruto gave her a reassuring smile as Kurama jumped around his neck. The train slowed down and then stopped. The three of them exited the compartment joining the thick crowd in the corridor.
People pushed their way outside and onto a small and dark platform. Soon Harley and Naruto found themselves on the platform too. Naruto saw Harley shiver as the cold air hit her so he motioned fox Kurama to go and warp himself around her neck. When Harley felt something furry and warm warp around her neck she looked towards Naruto. He just smiled at her before a red tail passed through her field of vision and she understood instantly.
A voice both Naruto and Harley knew came floating towards them over the chatter of students making them both snap their heads towards it. "Firs' years! Firs' years over here!" yelled Hagrid. Naruto and Harley made their way towards the giant man through the crowd losing Ron in the process. "Oh hey there yer two!" he greeted when he saw them. "Follow me! First years! First years follow me!" he yelled before he started walking down a steep, narrow path. All the first years started to follow the giant man without a complaint. Some were stumbling and slipping. Naruto's ninja skills helped him navigate down the path in the dark without a problem. Harley noticed this so she tried to follow his steps as closely as possible.
Harley was so busy trying to recreate Naruto's steps she didn't hear Hagrid say they were almost done with the walking. She looked up only when she heard everyone around her gasp in surprise, well almost everyone, Naruto didn't seem that surprised. The black path opened up to the edge of a giant black lake. There in the distance perched on top of a mountain was a huge castle with many turrets and towers. "No more'n four in a boat!" yelled out Hagrid. Naruto grabbed her hand and dragged her into a boat where Hermione and Neville already were sitting.
"Everyone in?" they heard Hagrid ask as he looked around for a bit. "Right then….FOWARD!" he yelled out and all the boats started to glide over the smooth lake. Everyone was quiet as they neared the castle that towered over them all. She noticed Kurama snickering while Naruto gave a smirk. She knew he was planning something but before she could ask him what Hagrid yelled out for them to keep their heads down. They did as the boats carried them through a curtain of ivy into a dark tunnel.
They traveled in the dark until they reached a kind of underground harbor. They stepped out of the boats onto rocks and pebbles. They followed Hagrid up a passage caved in the stone, Hagrid's lamp was their only source of light. Harley noticed they were now in front of the castle and were walking towards a set of big oak doors. Hagrid raised his hand and knocked three times. Harley knew her destiny was about to change drastically. And she wasn't the only one it seemed, Naruto was chuckling in glee as he watched the door swing open.
Mother of sweet Jesus that was long! Aaaaa proof reading this will be a pain in the ass. MY ASS! It is a bit longer than I intended it to be hope it isn't a problem. Come on 12 thousand words I think I at the very least deserve a fucking clap. I will cover about two chapters of the book in every chapter but I still don't think any of them will be this fucking long!
Anyway a bit on the chappy itself. You got to see some bonding between Naruto and Harley, we met Ron (don't like him that much which means there will be some bashing, only Weasleys I like are Molly and the twins), we met Hermione (some people asked if she could be with Naruto too and that is up for debate), Trevor is scared shit-less and won't be running away any time soon, Naruto got his wand and it is awesome (the legend behind the wand was copied from internet and since it never lied to me you are free to tell me if it is wrong) and yes Diana will be a bitch in the beginning. Not much could have been changed here so I just went with cannon please don't judge. I promise there will be changes.
Also I am tired of getting the 'Your grammar is bad.' reviews so I am going to say this only once. English is my second language and unless you are willing to tell me where exactly I screwed up and how to correct it or are crazy enough to be my beta please keep it to yourself. Now the reviews! 31 reviews, have I told you I love you all, except for 0 Jordinio 0 and Blinded in a bolthole I am not that found of you…..I kid, I appreciate your opinions.
dregus – First of all thank you for being the first reviewer. Yes he is up and running about, but not in a real fox body. It is more of a chakra shaped one, kind of like how Kushina can crate chakra chains. I figured Naruto would be able to do the same with practice and since he is the most unpredictable knucklehead ninja he would take it up a notch. It was just a body of a fox and Kurama gave it spirit and personality, but he is still sealed in Naruto.
michelous – Thank you for reviewing and for your suggestion. It was considered but as you can see it wasn't chosen.
0 Jordinio 0 – I get your point, but you have to understand that is the best I can do at the moment. There will always be some I overlooked. Also understand I am using USA filter so some words might be different than in British (color and colour). While I myself prefer British I have only USA filter in my Word at the moment.
senpen banka – Thank you for reviewing. I am looking forward to your response to this chapter. Hope you are satisfied ;)
Coolkid93 – Thank you for reviewing and having fate in my story. Hope this chapter didn't disappoint you. Also like your penname.
purpledemon431 – Thank you for reviewing, I aim to please ;) hope I did with this chapter.
eniox27 – Well I do have a big love for gender bender, I just find the male character to be more interesting almost everywhere and offcourse I want to pair my favorite ones, but am not that big fan of yaoi. The backstory will be starting in two chapters. 'and naruto seems older then he seems' nicely said, he is a bit older and that shall be explained too.
Jebest4781 – Thank you! Sorry this chappy didn't have that many changes, but there wasn't much I could change here. Stuff had to be bought and people had to be met. The difference will be more noticeable in the future chapters and that is a promise.
Lord Fic – Glad you like it. Wait are you giving me permission to continue? Well I can't disappoint you now can I, My lord? ;)
Psudocode Samurai – Sorry I just have the mental image of my fic pulling you in a tight hug and saying 'Read me.' over and over again. I shall keep it up. On a more serious note, how is the fight for MA rating going? They still ignoring us?
Tenza-z – Thanks for reviewing!
ultima-owner – Thank you for reviewing and for your suggestion for Draco's name. It was considered and was just a hair away from being chosen but then I found Diana and it kind of stuck.
war sage – Thank you for reviewing and for your support of the pairing. It shall be done!
sl0bad – Thank you!
SanguineGravios – I know what you mean it is either overused, badly written or yaoi. But at least when you find a gem of a fic you are so happy you start to cry….maybe it is just me.
Blackplant – More has come and even more shall come.
Blinded in a bolthole - It is so in my fic. Just kidding, in my fic they are similar but there is a difference and it shall be pointed out and explained in the story. Sides I kind of run out of good titles and writing something longer seemed stupid.
Guest – Thank you, I shall.
ALUCARD – He will be able to do jutsu, but won't be using them for a while. He is trying to keep a low profile.
Guest (2.) – Hey I said when I will be updating didn't I.
NAMTAB – Thank you, as I said every second Sunday there will be a new chappy.
Guest (3.) – Thank you.
Darkth Shadow – Glad you liked it, hope I didn't disappoint you.
hellfire45 9 – I just did :D
Black Ace 0 – Thank you for the suggestion it was considered but in the end Diana won. I don't really care if you are logged in or not I am just glad you reviewed.
Guest (4.) – For now it is Harley and Diana, Hermione and Luna are up for debate, but for now let's just consider Hermione since Luna isn't in the story yet.
naruto saiyan00 – Thank you for the support of the pairing it shall be done.
thewolvesofwar – Okay? Well thank you anyway for the praise.
starvires – Hope you didn't wait for too long.
Dark Neko 4000 – Wow! Wow dude! Slow down. I can't answer most of those questions because it will spoil the story (and on some I am not even sure myself, hey I have only the basic idea of what I want and don't have it all planed out step by step). You just read what happened next so I hope that answers your question. Yes he will. And the last one is still a mystery.
powermachine79 – Well for now it is just Harley and Diana, but Hermione and Luna are up for debate. Still not sure if I should include them :/
And that is about all the reviews. Also I want to ask something of you, please help us fight for MA rating. All you have to do is go here: www. fanfiction topic/ 111772/ 63683250/ The-actual-letter (just remove the spaces), read it and decide if you want to support us. Come on people, it is basically more freedom, violence and lemons. Feed your inner pervert or evil madman.
Tsuki: Yes feed us! Don't let us die! Feed us! Feed us!
You get out of here. That shall be it for this damn long AN. Oh wait, one more thing!
Fun fact of the chapter:
Did you know there is actually a song called 'Sweetest Ass in the World'? I sure as hell didn't. It is a cool song, enjoy it.
Join us next time when we get to sorting and Snape. Wonder where Naruto will end up. Now the worst thing in the world after Latin, proof reading. *dies*