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Chapter 6: In Which I Meet the Family
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"But if you have any respect, you'll call me Al." Said the shaggy dark-haired boy. "So what are you doing out here in the woods by yourself?" He asked me, his green eyes sparkling with amusement.
"I was in the neighborhood. I came from the ministry, but I'm actually staying with the Lovegoods." I responded.
"Oh really? That's cool. How come?" Asked one of the other boys, John.
"Uh, it's complicated. They're watching over me before I go to school soon." I said, careful to not mention the fact that I was part-maneating creature being watched carefully by the ministry.
"How nice of them!" Said the red-haired girl, Rose. "So Anna, would you like to come back to the house with us? We should probably make sure you're okay after that fall. Plus, dinner is soon, and some of our other cousins are coming!"
I thought about it cautiously. I could, but then there would be a lot of questions. I still wasn't quite sure what to do with the information about my parents. I decided to take a risk, considering I didn't really want to be alone at Luna's house for another hour until Rolf got back from work. "Sure. I guess so." She smiled. "Great! Let's go!"
She grabbed my arm abrubtly and led me past the clearing, her broom over one shoulder. I could hear the other guys following behind us as we tromped through the woods. I tried my best not to trip over any rocks or twigs as Rose pulled me up a steep hill. Eventually, the woods thinned out and we were walking over a clear, grassy hill. We seemed to be in someone's large, expansive yard. In the center of the grassy space, was the most trechorous, messed-up house I had ever seen. It appeared to have been added on to and expanded so many times that the tower-like structure seemed to be leaning slightly to one side. Although it seemed quite bungly and dangerous, it appeared cozy and well-kept.
"Here we are," said Rose. "Let's go on in. My parents are here too, but this is actually my grandparents' house. We're just visiting, but Al lives here with his brother James during the summer."
"Oh, okay." I replied, unsure of what to say.
She let go of my arm as we approached the back porch, swinging the door open, throwing her broom to the side of the porch.
"Come on in." She held the door open for me. We entered into a small, cozy kitchen area. The boys followed, kicking their shoes off. "GRANDMA! Were back! And we brought a friend! She's staying with the Lovegoods!" She shouted into the house.
I realized that I was still holding my shoes in my hand, with the snitch. I dropped the shoes by the door. "Oh by the way, here's your snitch. I got it out of that tree." I said, turning towards the guys.
Their expressions of incredulousness were interuppted by a short, bustling woman with red hair entering the room. "'Hello dears, dinner will be ready soon." She said, checking a variety of pots lying on the stove. Delicious scents drifted over from where she stood.
"Excellent, what are you making?" Asked Al, temporarily forgetting the snitch.
"You'll find out soon enough, dear. Rosie, who did you say your friend was?" She looked over at me, smiling.
"Oh, i'm Anna." I said, introducing myself. "I'm staying with the Lovegoods right now." I held out my hand at an attempt to be polite. She ignored me and gave me a brief, smothering hug.
"Well welcome to the Burrow, Anna." She said smiling. Hugo dear, could you do me a favor and set the table? Albus Severus, get your hands out of that bowl!" She said sternly. Al was currently peering into a covered bowl sitting on the counter. He immediately jerked away from the bowl as its lid snapped shut. He walked back over to John, mumbling under his breath about unintelligable lids.
"Rosie, why don't you show Anna to the loo and wash up. Percy will be here soon and I believe Teddy is coming tonight as well. You too Al, show John the way please."
"Nan, I'm sure John knows where the loo is, he's only been here forty times this summer." Al said, rolling his eyes as he walked with us to the small washroom adjourning the kitchen.
After we had finished, Rose said, "Come on Anna, let me introduce you to my parents." She pulled me into a nearby den as Al and John meandered towards the kitchen again.
The den was small but comfortable and there were two people sitting across from each other in what looked like an intense conversation. One was a tall man with red hair, the other a woman with bushy brown hair, tied into a knot at the nape of her neck.
I recognized her as the judge at my hearing.
"Mom, Dad, this is Anna. She's staying with the Lovegoods." They looked up at me.
"Hello Anna, it's nice to see you again," said Hermione, smiling. "This is my husband Ron." She gestured to the tall, red-headed man.
"Wait you know each other?" Asked Rose. I cringed inwardly, expecting Hermione to tell her daughter the whole story.
"Oh we met the other day at the ministry." She said vaguely. I smiled, wanting to hug her. Rose shrugged. "Well, were going to go find Al and John now. Nan says dinner is going to be ready soon."
"Thanks Rosie. Nice to meet you Anna." Nodded Ron.
Rose dragged me into the hallway that led me to the kitchen again. We found Al and John sitting in a much bigger living room across the hall from the small study/den with Ted Lupin, who must have arrived in the past few minutes. I grew nervous at the sight of him, not sure as to why he was here.
"Hey Teddy!" Said Rose brightly. "This is Anna." She gestured to me as she plopped down on the couch with Al.
Ted looked at me and immediately froze for a second before standing and shaking my hand. "Nice to meet you Anna." He said smiling. I played along, as his stance said that we had indeed never met before. However, his face seemed to say, Funny seeing you here, we need to talk.
"Same here." I said, clearing my throat of nervousness.
"So Teddy, what were you saying about the time you blew up Mr. Filtch's cat?" Asked John, interupting the awkwardness between me and Ted that no one else seemed to notice.
Dinner was quite the production at the Burrow. The Kitchen table was just large enough for all the company, and could barely hold all the delicious food that Rose's and Al's nan, Mrs. Weasly had prepared. Percy and his familiy had joined us shortly after Ted did. Percy had seemed pretty shocked to see me there, especially when I greeted him "Hey Percy!" John and Al thought that this was pretty funny for some reason, and John later explained to me that Percy was really uptight and was simply shocked that someone had greeted him so casually. They also thought it was funny when I told them of when I met him in the elavator.
Over dinner, I learned that Albus was a year older than me, and he attended school in America. John was my age, but a little older. He was Al's friend, and they had met in Diagon Alley a couple years ago. John went to boarding school, here in the UK, up in Scotland. Rose attended the same school as him, but was younger, and in the year below him. I guess. It was slightly confusing. Percy's kids, Molly and Lucy, went to the school too. Molly was a year older than us, and Lucy a year younger, like Rose.
Dinner had been going for about a quarter an hour when Al asked, "Hey nan, when's James coming?"
Mrs. Weasley's brows knit together as she said, "He told us he'd be here about six thirty, looking towards the clock that said it was five to seven, then glanced towards the clock that had what must have been thirty hands, pointing to various positions, including "Home", "Work", "Traveling", as well as several that pointed to the grim "Dead" posistion. I noticed that 'James Potter' was inscribed on a hand that pointed at "Traveling". It was a cool clock, as Rose, Al, Ron and Hermione all had their own hands as well as Hugo and Percy's family.
I know what you're thinking. Yes, I had realized that Al was my brother. I mean, I'm not that unobservant. I just was glad Al hadn't noticed. I had assumed that James was too, but was now positive that he was. A little nervous flutter erupted in my stomach as I realized my other brother was coming tonight. I wondered what he was doing, if he was with friends, if he was old enough for a job, if he was nice, if he looked like me, and so on.
"Well, he must have just gotten caught up at Eloise's." She said, returning to her meal with a worried look on her face.
"So Anna, what school did you say you were going to? You are a witch i'm assuming." Said John, breaking the tension that seemed to have settled into the folds of dinner at the mention of James.
I spluttered, choking on my water. He had just called me a witch? Oh yeah that's right, that's what magic women were called. "Sorry," I apoligized for the spluttering."I'm still getting used to that term. I'm pretty new to the whole magic thing, but yeah, I am. I'm going to Hogwarts, i think."
"Hey that's where we go!" He seemed pretty pleased. "So are you muggleborn then, Anna?" Asked Rose curiously.
"Well, no, I'm not really quite sure to be honest, I don't think so, I was just raised away from magic....I'm kind of an orphan..." I trailed off nervously, scratching the side of my neck, like I always do when I'm uncomfortable. Technically I was raised by wolves, but I could already feel Ted's eyes narrowing on me, and I didn't want to freak these people out by being all "Yeah, my parents are actually Ginny Weasley and Harry Potter, who are gone because of me and how I was taken away to be raised as a werewolf under the commands of Greyback, who I'm pretty sure was an awful being.Oh, and Al is my brother." I mean, I just met the people.
"Oh, well it's nice of the Lovegoods to take you in." Said Rose again, kind of awkwardly.
"Yeah it is."
"By the way dear, I let Luna know that you were fine with us, so you don't have to worry about any of that." Mrs. Weasley smiled at me. Wow, what a great grandma. I can't believe that I had forgotten about Luna not knowing where I was.
"Okay thanks. Hey, do you mind if I use the Loo quickly?" I said, standing up.
"Not at all dear." She smiled warmly.
I started towards the loo through the hallways, when I heard footsteps behind me. It was Ted. He nodded towards the den. I followed him in there and he shut the door.
"So, Anna. I need to talk to you. You ran away before, and I couldn't help but see the folder." He said hesitantly.
I avoided his eyes. "Yeah I know, sorry. I kind of went crazy, and I needed to get out of there."
"Well, I'm sure you might have figured out that Harry Potter is your dad right?" I nodded.
"Well, if you need anyone to talk to, I can help you. Harry was my godfather, and I'm a part werewolf too. My parents died in the war along time ago. I never knew them, so I can relate to you. I think its a good idea not to tell anyone. Harry Potter is pretty famous, but there are a lot of people out there who think he abandoned us when he left. There are actually Potter-Haters out there. That's why Al and James go to school in America. After he came clean about what went on during the war, people praised him. But when he left, abandoning his family, people began to doubt him. They thought that the whole horcrux tobocale was a fraud. So be careful who you tell, Anna. I promise I won't tell anyone okay?" I nodded again, meeting his eyes. They were concerned and warm. I felt relieved all of a sudden.
There was a scuttle coming from the kitchen that tore Ted's eyes away.
"Well, sounds like James finally decided to show up." He said, sighing.
"Thanks Ted. I'll be right there." He smiled and left the room.
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