Chapter 1 : Christmas Cards
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Harry Potter woke to the sounds of his five children running up and down the stairs.
“Ginny,” Harry mumbled.
“I think the kids are trying to say it’s time to get up.”
“Well they can wait a few more minutes.”
“Do you want a repeat of last year?” Ginny bolted out of bed.
“Hurry Harry. Get dressed! We don’t have time to let the children run amok through the house.” Harry chuckled.
Once all the children were seated at the dining table, Ginny and Harry bought in the food.
“Yum! Bacon! My favourite!” James licked his lips.
“You better not eat it all like last year. I like bacon too,” Syan stated.
“Bacon is disgusting,” Albus and Lily said in unison.
“Stop arguing or no one will get anything to eat,” Harry warned. That quickly shut them up.
“When can we open presents?” Xandra, the youngest, asked.
“Cassxandra, you know, we open presents after everyone has finished breakfast.”
“My name is Xandra.” Harry ruffled her long black hair and she smiled up her father. Xandra was certainly Daddy’s little girl.
After everyone had finished breakfast the children raced into the living room and sat around the tree. Ginny and Harry smiled at the excitement on their children’s faces.
“Pick a present each.” James searched through the presents and retrieved the biggest one addressed to him. Albus took the one closest to him. Lily found the prettiest one and placed it in front of her. Syan and Xandra got identically wrapped presents.
“Syan, Xandra, can you get one for mummy and daddy.” Syan got one with a pretty silver bow on top for her mother. Xandra was going to get one wrapped in blue, but then she noticed one wrapped in green with a purple bow. She got that one and gave it to her father.
“Now you can open your presents.”
James gave a whoop of joy. Uncle George had given him supplies for him to make his own practical jokes. Albus smiled as he opened a book full of charms. Lily giggled in delight at her present of an emerald green dress. Syan and Xandra received fur lined Gryffindor cloaks.
“Mummy, what did you get?” Albus asked.
“Ron gave me Cannons scarf.” Everyone laughed.
“Daddy, what did you get?” Xandra questioned. Harry was looking down at his present with a look of shock on his face.
“What’s wrong?” Lily asked.
“It says it’s from my parents.”
“Do you want the ministry to check it?”
“No, it doesn’t seem like it’s a dark object.” Harry carefully took the paper off. An ornately carved box was revealed and a letter fell from the wrapping. Harry opened the letter and read:
If you are reading this, it means we are dead. We gave it to Sirius to give to you when you were old enough to understand.
Inside the box is something special to us. We hope that it will help you connect with our teenage selves.
We love you very much and wish we could be with you now and wish that we could have been with you to see our grandchildren grow up.
We hope you have a great Christmas that isn’t plagued by Voldemort.
Love, Mum and Dad
P.S Amaria, Sirius, Remus, Peter, Syan, Cassxandra Lucas and Nyce all say Hi. And they hope they are with you while you are reading this.
A tear dropped onto the paper. He gave the letter to Ginny and carefully opened the box. Inside lay two Christmas cards. He opened the first one. It read:
Will you be my girlfriend?
Harry chuckled. He then opened the next card and it had one word written on it.
The annoying beep of an alarm clock went off. Three girls moved under their blankets while two managed to get out of their beds. Lily slammed her hand onto the alarm clock. Silence overtook the room again.
“Come on Cassxandra, it’s time to get up.”
“In a minute, Lily.”
“We have school in an hour.”
“That’s an hour away.”
“Don’t you want to stare at Lucas during breakfast?” Amaria questioned. Xandra jumped out of bed.
“Bags the shower first.” She grabbed her uniform and entered the bathroom, before anyone could protest.
“They really need to have more than one shower per dorm,” Lily said to Ria.
“Can you two shut up. I’m trying to get some sleep,” Veronica yelled from under her blankets.
“Maybe you should just wake up,” Syan said.
“Make me.” Syan then transfigured two hair brushes into cymbals; she then proceeded to bang then together. Lily and Ria fell onto a bed, laughing. Veronica got out of bed, scowled at Syan, went to the bathroom door, growled when it wouldn’t open, grabbed her uniform, hastily got dressed and stomped down the stairs.
“Good morning to you too,” Syan called after her retreating back.
“I just can’t stand her attitude.”
“We know Syan,” Lily and Ria said in unison. This bought out another round of laughter.
The group of four girls sat down at the Gryffindor table. Lucas and Nyce came and sat with them. Xandra proceeded to stare at Lucas while trying to out a piece of bacon in her mouth. Nyce gave Syan a quick peck on the lips before eating his own breakfast.
“I’m still amazed at how you can tame Syan,” Ria said, looking at the display.
“Do you think any of them would notice if we left?” Ria whispered to Lily.
“Why would we leave without them?” Lily questioned.
“I need to talk to you about something.”
“Well, in that case, no, I don’t think they’ll notice. Well, for at least five minutes, eight tops.”
“Let’s go then.” Ria grabbed Lily’s hand and took her to an empty room on the first floor.
“What is it you so urgently need to talk about?” Lily asked.
“What about him?”
“Oh, come one. You know what I’m talking about.”
“Do you like him or something?”
“You know who I like, or do I have to tell you again?”
“Well what about him then?”
“I’ve seen the looks you give him.” Lily turned away from her best friend.
“What? Looks of loathing?”
“Looks of loathing sure look a lot like looks of love.”
“What are you trying to say?”
“Why don’t you just say yes to him when he asks.”
“In case you haven’t noticed, he hasn’t asked me since we came back, not one bloody time.”
“And whose fault do you think that is?” Lily turned back to her friend.
“What should I do?” Lily whispered.
“That, you have to figure out for yourself.”
“James! Wake up!” Sirius yelled into James’ ear.
“What’s the time?” James mumbled.
“Eight in the morning.”
“It’s too early to get up.”
“Well, I’m up. So it’s my duty to wake up my fellow Marauders.”
“When did you decide that?”
“A few years ago. Get with the times.”
“Wake me up at eight thirty.”
“I’ll pour water on you.”
“You wouldn’t’.” Remus then came over to James’ bed, soaking wet.
“Oh yes he would.” Remus shook his head and droplets of water landed on James.
“Okay, I’m up.” James jumped from his bed to Peter’s, and he landed on said person.
“Argh, get off me you lump.” Peter pushed James, and he fell to the ground with a loud thump which woke the twins.
“What’s all the noise?” Lucas asked.
“James hurting himself.”
“Oh, is that all?” Nyce asked. Five of the occupants laughed while James crossed his arms and pouted.
“What’s wrong Jamie-poo? I thought you liked making people laugh,” Remus said in a sympathetic voice that was ruined by the laughter coming through.
“Yeah, but I don’t like being the one laughed at.”
“I’m sure Lily will make you feel better.”
“Does she like me?!” James leaped up with a huge grin on his face.
“I dunno, but when you see her, you’ll go all glassy eyed, start drooling and claim you are the happiest man alive because you get to stare at her beauty.”
“I don’t do that!” James exclaimed, trying to keep his dignity.
“Yes, you do,” Lucas told him.
“How would you know? Your best friends are girls, so you must be gay, so you wouldn’t know what a guy does.” James seemed pleased with his logic.
“Who’s the one drooling over girls? And who’s the one hanging out with them?” Lucas and Nyce laughed on their way out.
“You know, he got you there mate.” Sirius pushed James, James jumped on Sirius’ back and ruffled his hair.
“Hey! Don’t touch the hair.” Sirius chased after James down the stairs. Remus and Peter looked at each other before bursting out in laughter.
When the Marauders entered the Great Hall, Lily and Ria were right behind them.
“Should I ask now?” Lily whispered.
“Your choice.” Ria walked past the Marauders and sat next to Syan. Lily just stood behind the Marauders wondering what to do. She almost sighed in relief when they walked to the Gryffindor table. She rushed over to her friends and started piling food onto her plate.
“Did you ask?” Ria questioned.
“Asked who what?” Xandra asked. Ria and Lily looked at each other and Lily silently agreed.
“Miss Evans has finally fallen for Mr Potter.”
“WHAT!” Lucas and Nyce exclaimed, spraying food over each other.
“I thought you said you would forever loathe him,” Xandra puzzled.
“Finally! Gosh, I’d been waiting years for you to admit it.” Syan sighed in relief.
“So did you ask?” Lily’s shoulders slumped.
“Why not? Everyone knows he’s head over heals in love with you,” Syan said.
“But he hasn’t asked me out all year. So I thought that maybe he didn’t like me anymore.” Lucas and Nyce looked at each other.
“Well he is definitely-” Lucas started.
“-one hundred percent-” Nyce continued.
“-without a doubt-”
“-head over ass-”
“-in love with you,” they said in unison.
“Then why doesn’t he show it?” Lily’s head fell onto the table and she groaned.
“Why does life have to be so hard?”
“How come you haven’t asked her out this year?” Peter asked, following James’ gaze down the table.
“In case you didn’t notice, she didn’t like it when I asked her out constantly.”
“Maybe 1237th times the charm,” Remus said.
“I want her to think I’ve grown up, that I’m more mature.”
“And how do you plan on doing that impossible feat?” Peter asked.
“I don’t know.” James slumped on the table.
“Well you need to figure out quickly, because here she comes,” Sirius whispered. Sirius, Remus and Peter left James sitting at the table.
Sirius, Remus and Peter sat with Lily’s friends.
“What do you think they’re talking about?” Sirius asked. The whole group, except Xandra, were staring at the head boy and girl.
“It had better be what I hope it is,” Ria mumbled.
“She’s taken bloody long enough, so if she hasn’t asked, then I’m gonna give her a good talking to,” Syan said.
“What do you hope she’s asked?” Peter inquired. Ria and Syan looked at each other, having a silent conversation.
“Well, if you promise not to tell anyone, not even James, we can tell you.”
“But he’s my best mate, my brother! How can I keep something from him?” Sirius sounded outraged at the thought.
“Keeping it from him will make him extremely happy in the long run.”
“I suppose I can keep it a secret. But know this, if it makes him miserable, you’ll be getting it.”
“Okay, come closer.” The three Marauders lent in closer to Ria and Syan.
“Miss Lily Evans has finally admitted she likes Mr James Potter, and we are hoping she is asking him out at this very moment.”
“And what if she isn’t? It’ll just make James withdraw from her more. He’s already starting to accept the fact that maybe she’s out of his reach. I have to tell him.” Sirius started getting up, but a hand grabbed his wrist. He looked and saw Xandra holding onto him.
“Listen, what do you think will happen if you tell him now?” Sirius sat back down.
“He’ll ask Lily out.”
“Think about it. Lily is right there next to him. If you tell him now, Lily will deny everything and he’ll feel worse. Lily has only just come to terms with it herself.”
“Fine, but I’m going to tell him when Lily’s not around.”
“No. You’ll only get James’ hopes up, just for him to be crushed again.”
“Why would he be crushed again?”
“Because Lily will tell him when she’d ready. If she’s pushed into it, she’ll back away from James and by the time she’s ready, it’ll be too late.”
“What if she’s never ready?”
“Oh, she will be.” This was one of those statements that Xandra often said which confused others by how certain she sounded.
“How did you know what was going on when you were staring at Lucas the whole time?” Ria clapped her hand over her mouth, the words had come out before she knew what she was saying. Xandra looked at Ria then Lucas, horrified. Evan though she stared at him a lot, he never seemed to notice and that was how she liked it.
“You stare at me?” Lucas asked.
“I think that’s our cue to leave.” Ria, Syan, Nyce, Peter, Remus and Sirius left the two alone.
“Maybe,” Xandra replied to Lucas.
“Well, um, this isn’t going to be easy to say,” Lucas said.
“You don’t like me, I get it.” Tears started to form as she raced towards the Great Hall doors. Lucas chased after her and managed to get hold of her before she left the hall.
“Andy, don’t run away from me. I don’t, don’t like you-”
“-But you only like me as a friend.” Lucas ran his hand through his hair.
“What I’m trying to say is…the words I want to say are…why is this so hard…would someone who only liked you as a friend do this?” Lucas lent forward and captured Xandra’s lips with his own.
“Finally!” Someone shouted.
At that point Professor McGonagall entered the Great Hall. She noticed the pair kissing and her lips drew thin.
“Mr Rowlfe, Miss Ingot!” The two students broke apart and looked at their Professor.
“You both know public displays of affection are not permitted in Hogwarts. Five points from each of you. I do not wish to see such an indecent behaviour from either of you again.”
“Okay Professor.” Lucas and Xandra left the hall and burst into laughter. Lucas recovered first.
“Oh, there’s something else I have to say.”
“Will you be my girlfriend?”
“I’d love to be.” They both looked around before kissing again.
Lily walked past Sirius, Remus and Peter while on her way to talk to James.
“Hi Li- wait did you just call me James?”
“It is your name isn’t it?”
“Yeah, but, well, never mind.”
“Can I talk to you?”
“Sure thing.” Lily sat down next to James.
“So um, are you staying for the Christmas holidays?”
“All us Marauders are. Why do you ask?”
“Oh, no reason.”
“What classes do you have today?”
“Double potions, Charms, DADA, Free and Transfiguration. What about you?”
“Double potions, Ancient Runes, DADA, Advanced Charms and Transfiguration.”
“You don’t even have a free period on your last day before Christmas holidays.”
“Nope, and I don’t really mind either. We get three weeks off.”
“That’s true.” Awkward silence over took them. Lily glanced over at the doors. There she saw Lucas and Xandra talking. Lucas then let down and kissed Xandra.
“Finally!” Lily yelled.
“Finally what?” James asked.
“Xandra and Lucas finally kissed.”
“Now all we need is for Ria and Peter to get together.”
“Crap, pretend you didn’t hear that.”
“Thanks.” Lily then kissed him on the cheek before disappearing towards the doors.
Xandra fell onto the couch, exhausted.
“Who knew Transfiguration could be so tiring.”
“At least you didn’t have Care of Magical Creatures. One of the Niffters ran into the forest and we had to run and retrieve it,” Lucas replied.
“It’s your fault for choosing that subject,” Ria told him.
“Yeah, yeah.” Ria then left the couple and joined Syan and Lily.
“How would you like to go for a walk with me through the grounds.”
“Whenever you like, Andy.”
“Why do you call me Andy? Everyone else calls me Cassxandra or Xandra.”
“I like to be different. Don’t you?”
“Sure do.” Lucas then lent into Xandra and kissed her. His tongue then asked for entry and they deepened the kiss.
“Oi, you two. Get a room.” Lily called.
“As Head Girl I should condone you of that behaviour, but, I’ll let you get off with a warning.”
“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Xandra asked Lucas.
“Find another room?” The two left the common room in search of a place more private.
Xandra and Lucas found a broom closet on the seventh floor. Xandra kissed Lucas as he opened the door. Xandra backed into the closet while never breaking lip contact with Lucas. Xandra then heard what sounded like kissing. She put her finger to Lucas’ lips to signal he should stay quiet. She reached inside her robes and withdrew her wand, a bright light came from the end of it.
“Argh!” Two simultaneous screams were heard.
“Sirius? Remus?” Xandra questioned when she saw the half naked bodies o Sirius and Remus.
“It’s not what it looks like,” Remus told them.
“Then what is it?” Remus and Sirius looked at each other.
“Can we tell them? I hate keeping it a secret,” Sirius said to Remus.
“It’ll destroy our reps,” Remus protested.
“It’ll be worse if people we don’t know find us like this, they will spread it. If we tell now it won’t be as bad,” Sirius told him.
“I supposed you’re right.”
“Um, hello. We are still here, and you guys are still half naked.”
“Oh, right, both guys put their shirts back on.”
“So are you going to tell us what’s going on?”
“Well, it is what it looks like,” Sirius stared.
“We have been going out secretly for two years.”
“What about all those girls?” Lucas questioned.
“So no one was suspicious.”
“Are you going to tell the others?” Xandra asked.
“I guess we have to now.”
“We will keep it secret until you are ready to tell.”
“Thanks, I think we will be telling the others soon.”
Lily, Syan and Ria sat at a table discussing boys.
“When will you ask him?” Ria asked Lily.
“I don’t know. Syan, how did you and Nyce get together?”
“I told him I liked him. He told me he liked me too. And we have been going strong for five years.”
“If only it were that simple,” Lily and Ria said in unison.
“I’m sure if you just ask Peter, he will say yes,” Lily told Ria.
“And if you asked James he would say yes.”
“I have a feeling that I will have to do something other than ask to get him.” Peter and James entered the common room at that point.
“Now’s your chance, both of you. Sirius and Remus aren’t around.” Ria and Lily slowly got up and walked towards James and Peter.
“Hey, can we talk to you guys?”
“Sure. What do you wan-” James was cut off by a loud bang from the portrait hole.
“Never fear, Sirius is here.” Lily and Ria groaned.
“Where have you been?” Peter and Ria asked. Sirius, Remus, Xandra and Lucas all looked at each other.
“Walk,” Xandra replied.
“Snowball fight,” Sirius said.
“Ice-skating,” Lucas told them.
“We got lost.” They all said at the same time.
“So you went for a walk, had a snowball fight, went ice-skating and got lost, in half an hour?”
“We went for a walk to the lake, where we had a snowball fight while ice-skating and on our way back, we took the wrong tunnel and got lost.”
“Hope you had fun,” James, Peter, Lily and Ria said in unison.
“You have no idea,” Remus said. And they laughed.
That weekend, those remaining at Hogwarts, were allowed to go to Hogsmade to get Christmas presents. The Marauders and Lily’s friends, travelled to the village together.
“I’m gonna go by my self and get presents, so you guys can’t peek,” Lily told them.
“That’s a good idea. We should all go by ourselves and meet up at the three broomsticks at twelve for lunch.”
“Synchronise watches, go,” Sirius looked up from his watch and saw everyone going in their own direction.
“Okay, don’t synchronise.” Sirius then took the path that lead to the book shop.
The groups met at the three broomsticks each with a variety of colours of bags.
“Andy, what did you get me?” Lucas asked.
“You’ll have to wait till Christmas to find out.” Everyone at the table laughed.
“Don’t you dare ask, Nyce,” Syan warned. Nyce gave a nervous chuckle.
“Do you know who’s staying for Christmas?” James asked.
“Well, Veronica has gone home. Only one Hufflepuff is staying, five Ravenclaws and two Slytherins,” Lily replied.
“How do you know?” James asked.
“If you read the parchment Dumbledore gave us, you would have realised a list of the students staying was on it.”
“Who wants try firewhisky before we go back to Hogwarts?” Sirius asked.
“Uh, Sirius you have to be over eighteen.”
“And you’re the only one.”
“When does someone else turn eighteen?”
“I turn eighteen on Christmas,” Xandra said.
“Yay, a drinking buddy in nine days.” Sirius put his arm around Xandra.
“Uh, can you remove your arm?” Xandra asked.
“Wake up! It’s Christmas day!” Sirius shouted. The boys all fell out of bed at the sudden noise. He then rushed out of the dorm, turned into a big black dog, went into the girls dormitory and woke up the girls.
“Get out here Sirius!” Syan yelled at the large black dog. He then transformed back into his human self.
“It’s Christmas Day and I wanna open presents.”
“We will be down in a minute. Now leave!” Syan told him. Sirius left the room and they could hear the steps turn into a slide.
“Now that everyone his here,” Sirius gave Peter an evil look because he had taken half an hour to get down, “we can open presents,” Sirius continued. The group then tore open their presents and gave shouts of delight and thanked everyone.
“Peter,” Ria said.
“I’ve got to give your present.” Everyone fell silent and looked at the two. Ria then lent in close to Peter and kissed him on the lips. Peter was shocked but then joined in the kiss. Everyone cheered and the two broke apart, blushing. Peter looked back at Ria.
“Hey, Ria, um, will you go out with me, like um, be my girlfriend.”
“I’d love too!” Ria then leaped on Peter and the two laughed before kissing again.
“After Wormtail and Ria’s performance, Moony and I have to say something.” He grabbed Remus’ hand.
“Remus and I are a couple and have been so for the past few years.”
“Finally he tells us,” James and Peter said in unison.
“Wait you guys knew?”
“Yeah. We were just waiting for you guys to tell us,” Peter said.
“Oh, Well, what presents are left?”
“I have to give Lily hers.” James got a present out from his robe.
“I have one for you too.” Lily retrieved a present from under the couch. They exchanged gifts at the same time. Lily opened the card first and it read:
Will you be my girlfriend?
Lily smiled then proceeded to open the present. James opened his card from Lily. It had only one word on it:
James looked at the word for several moments before realising what it meant. He then put the present down and crushed his lips against Lily’s. She smiled against his lips.
“This is the best Christmas ever!”
Harry laughed when he read the cards.
“Daddy, are we named after these Cassxandra and Syan people?” Xandra and Syan questioned.
“Yes, dears you are. They were very close friends of your grandmother.”
“How come one of us isn’t named after Amaria? Her name is listed first.”
“Her and Peter didn’t end up being very good people.”
“Oh. Can we open more presents now?” Harry laughed at his daughters sudden change of subject.
“Of course you can.”
Four people stood outside the Potter house, looking through the window at the happy family.
“Should we go in?” The girl with black hair asked.
“Andy, you know we can’t, not now at least.”
“When then?” the girl with short brown hair questioned.
“I don’t know,” replied the man standing behind her.
“-we have to go,” said the men who were obviously twins.
“Just a moment longer.”
“We can’t, they might see us.”
“Alright.” The four turned and walked outside the anti apparition barrier.
Harry looked through the window and saw four people dissaparate.
“I hope to see you guys soon, Syan, Cassxandra, Lucas and Nyce.”
“What was that honey?” Ginny asked.
“Nothing.” The two turned back to their children and smiled at the image of their happy family.
A/N: Here is a fic for the holidays. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all.
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