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The Family Secret by Hufflepuff Cup
Chapter 8 : The Furture Never Looked So Grim
 
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Chapter six

Dorea's POV

The Dursleys have moved away. Mrs. Dursley wanted to live closer to Vernon’s school; I think it’s called Smelly. So now, the boys don’t have deal with him ever again and they don’t start Hogwarts for another year.

I still can’t believe that they are ten already. It feels like just yesterday that James was born, that Adrian was left on my doorstep, that Sirius and Andromeda joined my family. So much happened in the past decade that and I don’t know how I survived it all. Know that I wouldn’t have been able to deal with it all if it weren’t for Charlus. He has been so great during all of this. Not many men would have put up with taking in three kids.

I don’t think that I’ll be writing anymore. My story with the boys is almost over. I know that unless something happens, I am going to be dead in less than ten years. But I don’t think my death can be prevented. I have accepted it though.

Dumbledore once told me that death is the next great adventure. And how can I doubt him? He is the wisest man to walk the earth since Merlin himself. Many may think that he might be even wiser than him.

But big things are about to happen and my family is going to be in the middle of it.




 

Charlus' POV

Big things are about to happen and I’d give anything to prevent it. Rumors are flying around the Ministry about a new Dark Lord. People are dying all over the place. Minister Bagnold is trying her best to put an end to all of the attacks.

But things are just going to get worse before they get better. We all know that. Yet, we try to ignore the fact that people are dieing.

We know that people are being murdered and tortured. Heck, even the Muggles have noticed that something is wrong. They are seeing people dieing right and left but don’t know how it’s happening. We are trying to convince them that there are gas leaks or an unidentifiable virus in England.

Dumbledore asked Dorea and I to join his group called the Order of the Phoenix. I am still thinking about it. I know what I would be asked to do if we join. I would have to become a spy in the Ministry. I don’t know if I could do that. I have such a high position that the information that I could get could be invaluable.

But I don’t want to put my family in even more danger. Being an Auror does that enough. Gagh, I don’t know what to do. I asked Rea and she said that she would support me any all of my decisions. She trusts my judgment and will follow me. That’s what I love about her.

I was told that Aurors aren’t allowed any sort of document other that official documents. So that means that I have to put this journal in a vault in Gringotts. I can’t bring myself to destroy this because it has so much of my life in it. If I retire, I will write again. But that won’t be for a very long time.




 

Andromeda's POV

I’m in a lot of trouble. Well... not really. I just realized that I’m in love with my best friend. But I’m going out with Logan and I care deeply for him. I’ve been with him for so long that I just feel safe with Logan.

I know that at the end of the year he is going to ask me to marry him. I don’t want to though. I want to be with Ted. And he wants me. He has always wanted me. I guess I know why he was always so jealous.

Gagh, I am confused as to what to do. I can’t just leave Logan. But it isn’t fair of me to keep him in a relationship that doesn’t stand a chance. I want to be free from all of this. I have to end it as soon as possible. I hope I don’t hurt him too much.

On the plus side, I am leaving Hogwarts in June. I can’t wait for my Seventh Year to end. I am already applying to some publications. Dad thinks I’m being a little too ambitious. But I want to be secure when I leave school. I won’t depend on someone to always take care of me. Mum thinks I’m a little too independent.

I gotta go for now.




Andromeda was once again looking for Logan. He was constantly disappearing. He missed many of their dates. And Andi was getting sick of it. Now she was going to find out why. But in order to that, she had to find him first. She went to the first person that might know, Ted Tonks.
“Ted, have you seen Logan? I can’t find him anywhere. I have to tell him something very important.”

That put a lot of thoughts in Ted’s mind. He knew where he was but it took him a few seconds longer than necessary to answer.

“He’s in the dorm.” Then he remembered something that could hurt her. “But I wouldn’t go up there if I were you. The place is a mess.” He hoped that would keep her out of the dorm.

“Ted,” she put her hand on her shoulder, “I have three brothers. I think I can handle a little mess.” She walked past him up to the dorm.

“Andi, you really don’t want to go in there!” Ted called after her but she didn’t hear him because she was already half way up the stairs. He braced himself for what he knew what was coming.

Andi didn’t even bother knocking; she had been going into the boys’ dorm since she was a First Year. The boys weren’t surprised when she decided to enter their room unannounced.

“Hey Logan, we need...” It was then that she saw the girl in his arms. She ran out of the room in tears. Ted called to her but she didn’t hear him. So he did the only thing he could think of, he ran after her. It was a good thing that he knew her so well or him might never have found her. He went to the seventh floor and asked for a room where he could think. Inside, he fond a room identical to the one she had in Oxford.

“Andromeda? Please talk to me.” He walked toward her. He may not have liked that Andi was dating him but he didn’t like seeing her so hurt.

“You knew and you didn’t tell me.” Her voice was low and full of pain. “You knew that he was cheating on me. And you didn’t tell me. Why Ted? Why didn’t you tell me?”

“I didn’t want to hurt you. I’m sorry Andi. I wanted to protect you.” He sat down next to her.

“I didn’t need your protection!” She got up from the bed so she wasn’t so close to Ted.” I can take care of myself. But worst part of all of this is that you lied to me. I don’t know if I can forgive you that. Don’t you know that the one thing I can’t bare is rejection! And he rejected me for a Fifth Year.” She was really yelling at him now.

“You know that the humor in this is I was going up there to break up with him. I guess it’s over with now anyways.”

She sat down on the floor with her back against the bed. Ted slid down next to her. He put his arms around her and let her cry on his shoulder. He could feel her sobbing and his jumper was getting soaked through. But he didn’t care. He just cared about being there for his friend.

“You know I told you that Logan was an idiot,” he said trying to get Andi to laugh.

“You’ve been telling me that for over two years. But this time I was the idiot. I let things go too far with Logan. I can’t say that I’m shocked that he did cheat.”

“You are not an idiot. You just didn’t know how to get out of a dead relationship.” He pulled her off his shoulder. “He doesn’t deserve you. You are too good for him.”

“Why am I even crying? I don’t even like him that much.” She finally smiled. “I’m going to get cleaned up. Breakfast is over by now but we can get something to eat before I have to go to practice.”

While Andi was gone, Ted picked up a piece of Muggle paper. A half finished song was written on it. Just looking at the lyrics, he knew that the girl was in a lot of pain. But he knew that she‘d be better in time.

When she came out her eyes were no longer puffy and she had a smile on her face. That was the marvel of being a Metamorphmagus.

“So, it’s really over between you and Logan?” She nodded. “Then I won’t fell guilty doing this.” He pushed her against the wall and deeply kissed her. In her shock, she pulled away and smacked him. But then she realized that it was Ted that she wanted to kiss in the first place and kissed him back.




Things back in Oxford weren’t nearly as dramatic as they were at Hogwarts. That meant that there was three bored ten-year-olds sitting at home with nothing to do. Their parents were out so they weren’t allowed to fly.
James and Sirius were more than willing to break this rule but Adrian didn’t want to have anything to do with it. He was a rule follower on the most part. He only got trouble because Sirius and James always dragged him along.

“Come on Adie. I want to have fun and I won’t have fun if you’re in here all alone,” James pleaded with his brother. “We know what time Mum and Dad are coming home so they won’t know that we went out.”

“How many times so I have to say no?” He was getting annoyed. “Besides, if we go out you will make us practice your Chaser moves. And I think Chaser is boring.”

“You’re just jealous that I’m the best Chaser out of the three of us. Everyone knows that Chaser is the best position!”

“That’s not true. It’s the Beaters that win the game.” Sirius just wanted to be in the conversation.

“Oh please.” James and Adrian said at the same time.

“It’s true. If it weren’t for the Beaters, there wouldn’t be anyone to protect the other players. Plus they are always strongest players.”

“But you could always fly out of a Bludger’s path. Seekers are the ones who win the game. The do get the points that win the game.” Adrian yelled back

The argument continued until they found themselves on brooms. Since they weren’t sure how fast Adrian could catch the Snitch, he was playing Keeper. He hated being the Keeper because his small stature kept him from reaching far enough to reach the ball. He was muttering under his breath all the pranks he was going to pull on his brothers.

They agreed to a forty-five minute game and using only one Bludger. It was going fine until Sirius missed the Bludger and it hit Adrian’s wrist, successfully breaking it. They all went quiet when they heard the crack. Hissing in pain, Adrian flew back to the ground.

They knew that they would be in trouble no matter what they told their Mum. She specifically told them not to break anything while she was gone. And ‘anything’ included Adrian’s wrist. So basically, they were doomed.

While James and Sirius were trying to find a way out of trouble, Adrian was cursing his brothers. He knew that there was no way for them to get out of trouble.

When Dorea and Charlus got home, they both had grim expressions on their faces. Dorea fixed Adrian’s wrist without asking questions. This worried the three boys a lot.


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