Birth of the Serpent King – Chapter Twelve

Chapter Twelve

Harry was sitting in the chair Sirius favored whenever he was forced into sitting in the Headmaster’s office. The fury boiling in his gut was so overwhelming that he could hardly even think. Draco was sitting across from him—sprawled elegant and lazy like a predator.

Dumbledore swept through the floo with easy grace, not even pausing as he casually cast a cleaning spell on his robes and strode toward his desk. He turned as if he wasn’t expecting his office to be occupied and smiled at Harry. “Your aunt will make a full recovery.”

“That is good—it would reflect poorly on you if that was not the case. As it stands, I’m considering filing a complaint with the Ministry concerning your choice to order a member of your precious vigilante group to alter the wards around my aunts home in such a way that I was not notified of the abuse she was suffering at the hands of her husband. The wards didn’t trigger until he hurt Dudley, Moody thinks that’s because Dudley has a little more magic than the average squib.”

“Harry, those wards were heavy and it was my opinion that they were completely unnecessary.”

Harry chilled at the words. “Are you presuming to tell me what is necessary when it concerns the protection of my Aunt on the very day her husband nearly killed her?”

“I believed it was necessary to alter the wards at the time but it is clear that I made a mistake.”

He sat back in his chair and forced himself to calm down. He would not lose his temper. It wouldn’t serve him at all. “It was none of your business, Headmaster. You meddled in matters that do not concern you—just as you always have. This is the last time you make a personal decision for me. I assure you I have the funds to hire private tutors and sit my NEWTS with the Ministry.”

“I would apologize but it appears that you aren’t interested in hearing it,” Albus murmured.

“Your judgment when it comes to me as been questionable since my parents were murdered,” Harry began and then took a deep breath. “I realize that you have a different perspective about what must happen in the future between me and Voldemort, but from now on it would be in our best interest to have an honest and open dialogue. Had you asked me about the wards I would have told you why I had them upgraded and my Aunt would have been found long before today. My Uncle Vernon is a vicious, bigoted man—the kind of man who would embrace the ideals of Voldemort if he were magical.”

“I understand.”

“Good.” Harry took a deep breath. “It occurred to me today that you could have had the wards around my aunt’s house altered so that you could monitor my health. Had you taken your role as my magical guardian seriously before I came to Hogwarts, perhaps I wouldn’t have spent my childhood being beaten and near starved to death.”

He turned and left before Dumbledore could respond—leaving Draco glaring at the Headmaster in shocked silence.

– – – –

Draco signed the last of his correspondence and dropped it into the stack. “Elbe, wrap these in a package and magically seal it for Ramses to deliver to Mr. Wilbanks.”

“Yes, my Lord.” Elbe accepted the stack of letters and popped away.

He sat back at his desk and rubbed his thumb over his father’s ring. The moment he’d slipped the Malfoy signet on—he’d been overwhelmed by the connection he’d felt with his deceased father. Draco wasn’t fool enough to ever think that his father had been a good man. Lucius had been the epitome of what it meant to be a Death Eater in Voldemort’s inner circle which made his sacrifice for Harry and Cedric all the more stunning.

A warm, large hand slid across his neck and he turned into Harry with a sigh. “I love your hands.”

Potter made a soft sound of contentment as Draco slid out of his chair and into his arms. “I’m very fond of touching you.” He pulled him closer and sighed when Draco slid his arms around him, under his robes. “Merlin, you feel amazing.”

Draco pressed a soft kiss against his throat and then another when Harry trembled in his arms. “Let’s go to bed.”

Harry clamped one hand on Draco’s hip as they shifted and pressed the blond against the edge of his desk. He sought out his mouth as he lifted Malfoy slightly and sat him on his desk. Draco laughed a little against his mouth and they separated.

“Are you laughing at me?” Harry demanded softly as he pressed in between Draco’s legs.

“No,” Draco murmured. He ran his hands along Harry’s rib cage. “I’m just amused how much I like being manhandled by you. It’s completely mad how it makes me feel.” He tilted his face just a little and pulled at Harry. “Kiss me, Potter.”

Harry leaned in and took his mouth in a hard kiss as Draco’s hands started to prod him out of his robes. They both shuddered as Harry stroked his tongue between Draco’s lips. His magic shifted, a warning that they were no longer alone and he jerked away to glare at the person standing in Draco’s doorway.

Higgs glared at him and then focused on Draco who was frowning. “We have a house meeting. Snape sent me along to get you. You should shut your door when you’re entertaining your half-blood.”

Draco sighed and slid off his desk. “You should have broken him a lot more, Harry. He obviously hasn’t learned his place.”

Harry laughed a little and picked up his robes with a sigh. “Some people are incapable of learning such things. I blame inbreeding—I mean, just look at Pansy.”

Draco grinned. It was common knowledge that Higgs and Pansy were dating. “It’s like they were made for each other.”

“Agreed. Barely forked family tree, common interests, thoughtless, and completely without regard to their continued good social standing.” Harry nodded as he slid on his robes. “Sounds like fate to me.”

Higgs flushed with anger. “You think you’re better than me, half-blood?”

“I think I’ve already proven to be twice the wizard you are, Higgs.” Harry glanced over at him. “The evidence that I’m a better man is obvious—you don’t see me abusing under-aged wizards for my own amusement.” He paused. “And you do realize that your so-called Dark Lord is a half-blood, right?” He laughed when Higgs paled. “His father was a Muggle, Higgs. Not even a Muggle-born wizard but a plain, average, everyday Muggle. How does it feel for your blood purity crusade to be led by a half-blood?”

“I don’t believe you,” Higgs hissed.

“Tom Riddle.” Harry inclined his head. “He was born Tom Malvo Riddle. He isn’t all powerful, and one day I’m going to kill him and you should know that I plan to kill everyone that stands in my way when that day comes. You and your father both will die beside that corrupt, half-blood monstrosity if you continue on the path you’re currently on.”

“How can you be so sure?” Higgs demanded. “How can you stand there and say you’re going to kill the most powerful wizard on the planet?”

“Because he isn’t the most powerful wizard on the planet. He isn’t even the most powerful wizard in Britain.” Harry settled his robes and shook them out so they fell the way they were tailored to fall. “He is undoubtedly very powerful but, it would do you to remember, Higgs, that I was marked as his equal when I was little more than a year old. He claimed me as equal before I matured and before my ancestral magic settled.”

Higgs made a shocked noise, turned and left the room without another word.

Draco grinned and sighed. “You’re going to keep doing that to people, Potter, and eventually I’m going to get so excited that I’m just going to fall on my knees and beg for your cock.”

Harry flushed. “You bastard. Walk me out—I’m sure he’s told everyone I’m in here. There is no need broadcasting the second entrance into your quarters.”

“Right.”

Draco took his hand and tugged on it gently as they left the room and walked down the wide hall that he shared with two prefects and into the common room. Harry offered the room in general a smirk and favored Snape with a nod as he was led to the portrait.

The ornate metal snake that twined around the carved stone entrance activated as soon as Harry got close to him. It hissed at him in greeting. ”Hello, wizard.”

Harry grinned and stroked his head with a careful finger. ”Hello, snake, did Salazar create you?

Yes.” The snake moved its head under Harry’s hand and slid around his wrist in greeting. “Your magic feels good.”

Draco cleared his throat. “What is it saying, Harry?”

Harry blushed. “He said hello and I asked him if Salazar created him and he said yes. Then he said my magic feels good to him.”

“So it is hitting on you,” Draco summed up dryly. “It figures, Potter.”

The snake hissed at Draco briefly and Harry laughed before responding in Parseltongue, “Be nice. He’s mine.”

The snake left Harry and pushed out completely from the doorframe towards Draco. Malfoy hesitated briefly before offering his hand. “Then I will watch over your dragon, wizard. Tell him to put me on his door.”

Harry nodded. “He says to take him to your door so he can guard the entrance.”

“Oh.” Draco blinked in surprise as the snake completely wound around his arm. “Seriously?”

“Seriously.” Harry pushed through the portrait with a small smile. “Goodnight, Dragon.”

Draco flushed as the portrait closed and he turned to face the rest of his house. The metal snake was resting its head on the top of his hand. “The strangest things happen around him.” He settled down in a chair and absently stroked the metal snake’s head.

Snape cleared his throat. “I’ve called this meeting to discuss certain activities that have taken place in the school and within our own house. It has been implied that I do not have control over my own house.”

Draco winced as his godfather’s voice went silky and hard. He’d never been in the presence of the Dark Lord but he did think there could be a comparison drawn. He listened with half an ear as Snape laid down the law and lowered the curfew by two hours for everyone in the house until after the Christmas holidays.

– – – –

Harry set aside another book in his quest for a reference he needed for his transfiguration essay and frowned at the pile he had remaining. A soft sob caught his ear followed by sniffles. He frowned and stood up to follow the noise. It took him a few minutes to find the source and frowned as he encountered Kevin Wesley tucked in the last row in the back of the library holding a blooded cloth to his hand.

“Kevin?” Harry squatted down in front of him. “Are you hurt?” He reached out to touch the boy. “Who did this to you?”

“Filch caught me out after curfew and got Professor Umbridge—she gave me detention.” Kevin hitched a breath. “This was the first night I had to serve.”

“What did she make you do?” Harry demanded. “Why are you bleeding?”

“I had to write lines but the quill… it used…” Kevin lifted the clothe off his hand and showed Harry his hand. The words ‘I’m worthless’ had been carved into the top. “I don’t know what it was but it used my blood for ink.”

Harry’s stomach tightened in horror. “Dobby.” The elf appeared immediately. “Take Kevin to Madame Pomfrey in the infirmary. I will join you there with the Headmaster. Make sure she documents his injury thoroughly.”

Fifteen minutes later, Harry found himself staring at Dumbledore in horrified silence. McGonagall was close to hyperventilating at his side but was holding her tongue.

“You expect me to ignore the fact that she tortured a first year in my house because you don’t want to antagonize Minister Fudge?” Harry demanded in a low tone. “How exactly did you manage to become the Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot with such corrupt morals?”

“Lord Potter,” Minerva hissed. “There is no reason…”

“There is every reason!” Harry shouted. “She tortured an eleven year old child by making him carve the words ‘I’m worthless’ into his own hand!” He glared at her and took a deep breath. “My apologies, Professor, it’s unbecoming for me to take my shock and anger out on you.” He turned to look at Dumbledore and found him less sparkly than normal. “Kevin Wesley is an orphan so it isn’t like he has parents he can complain to. He told me what happened to him and I assure you, Headmaster, no matter what you might say—this issue will be addressed to the fullest measure. You will notify the DMLE and press charges against Umbridge for this or I will. If I levy charges against her—it will reflect poorly on you and your leadership of this school.”

“I’ll contact Amelia Bones,” Albus allowed. “And explain the situation to her. I can’t guarantee that charges will be filed.”

“I suggest you all work together to accomplish it or this situation will be on the front page of the Daily Prophet.”

“The Minister has demonstrated the ability to control what gets printed in the Prophet, Harry.” Dumbledore pointed out.

Harry smiled then. “I think you’ll find that situations change, Headmaster, and that Minister Fudge no longer has the ability to determine what does and does not get printed at the Daily Prophet.”

– – – –

“Look guys, I realize that Umbridge and Filch have some kind of punishment scheme going on.” Harry looked around the tower at the first years he’d gathered. “I’ve complained to the Headmaster and if something isn’t done about her—I will crucify her and everyone who stands in my way in the press until the Ministry has no choice but to remove her from the school. In the mean time, I think it’s high time she learned a lesson or two about picking on Gryffindors.” He turned and looked at the twins who’d been muttering amongst themselves since he’d filled them in. “So, if you’d like to help Fred and George make Delores Umbridge miserable—raise your hand.”

Fred and George grinned evilly as all the first years raised their hands. “Wonderful.”

“We have recruits,” Fred murmured with a nod. “We’ll make her regret…”

“Ever coming here,” George exclaimed gleefully. “Come firsties, we have planning to do!”

“Oh.” Harry pulled a folded piece of parchment from his robes. “You might need this for your mischief management.”

Fred took it. “We shall make good use of it and return it when we are finished.”

“You can pass it to the next generation—someone worthy. I have my father’s copy. It was at Potter Manor in his desk.”

“Even better,” George proclaimed. “Kevin, my young friend, come it is time for you to be introduced to the Marauders.”

Harry grinned. “Hey Fred.”

“Yeah?” Fred questioned with a grin.

“I think this means that Filch is fair game, too. After all he apparently likes capturing students for Umbridge’s little sadistic games.”

“Oh,” George sighed. “That is…”

“Righteous,” Fred agreed and the twins shared a smile so evil that it made Harry shiver in anticipation.

– – – –

Lord Potter,

 

I am pleased to inform you that both your Aunt Petunia and her son Dudley are healed, and through the Muggle law firm, we’ve began the process legal process to separate her from Vernon Dursley. I have arranged for her a nice flat in a good neighborhood in London and she whole heartedly approved.

 

I took the liberty of contacting Bill Weasley concerning wards for the new property to insure her safety from both unwanted Muggles and other unsavory types. We were able to file a restraining order against her soon to be former husband.

 

She did say with some hesitation that she’s willing to accept owls if you are interested in communicating with her though I believe she would understand if you chose not to.

 

She expressed several times that she could hardly believe that you were willing to do this for her and help her escape her situation and provide for her.

 

Mr. Cecil Riser

 

Harry set aside the letter with a frown and glanced around the common room. The last thing he wanted to do was actually become involved in Petunia Dursley’s life. He felt an obligation to her but that was in his blood and perhaps even his magic. He felt far more responsible for her now than he ever had before and he blamed his ancestral magic for that.

The men in his family were rather renowned for stupid heroics and protective streaks a few kilometers wide. He would provide for her and protect her within his ability to do so but he didn’t want her in his life. He was just at a point when he was carving out a life for himself.

“What’s going on?” Ron questioned. “You look upset.”

“My Aunt told my solicitor that she would like some contact with me,” Harry muttered and started to play with his quill. “It’s insane.”

“She apologized, right? And you accepted?” Hermione questioned.

Harry sighed. “I have OWLs to take this year, a corrupt Minister of Magic to undermine, several people that I want to treat poorly in public for the next decade, several businesses with hundreds of employees to bring out of the middle ages, people to threaten, a Dark Lord to kill, a Dark Lord’s minions that I may or may not have to kill, and a Slytherin to seduce. I’m swamped! I simply don’t time at this point to forgive my aunt for fourteen years of neglect and mental abuse.”

Ron sputtered and Hermione stared in silence for a full thirty seconds before she started to laugh. Ron cleared his throat and said, “Harry, you’re mental!”

– – – –

Harry dropped down into the seat next to Kevin Wesley and in amongst several other first years that Filch had captured for Umbridge’s detention session. There were fifteen kids from various houses. He raised an eyebrow as Draco entered the room and sat down next to a second year from Slytherin followed quickly by Susan Bones who sat down next to a little girl from Hufflepuff. Roger Davies strolled in just before the doors closed and got comfortable with his fellow Ravenclaws.

Umbridge entered from her office in the back and appeared very startled at the sight of all the upper classmen then she smirked. “Did Mr. Filch catch you doing something bad, Lord Potter?”

Harry smirked. “No. I’m not here for detention.” He leaned forward a little. “I’m actually here to supervise detention. I’ve heard some disturbing rumors. To promote house unity—I asked Draco, Susan, and Roger to join us.”

“Who are you to supervise me?” Delores demanded, shocked and furious.

“Lord Harry James Potter, last scion of the House of Potter and Heir to the House of Black.”

“And the Boy Who Lived,” Susan offered with a bright smile.

“And the Chosen One!” Roger said as he unpacked a text book.

“And the youngest Dark Lord slayer in history,” Draco murmured with a smug little grin and they all watched Umbridge pale with fury. “I’m Lord Draco Lucien Malfoy, The House of Malfoy, Heir Regent to the House of Lavoy, and fiftieth in line for the throne of the Veela Nation.”

“That’s pretty impressive,” Susan allowed. “I’m Susan Bones—Heir Regent to the House of Bones and ward of Madame Amelia Bones, the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.”

Roger flicked open his text book and set his wand purposefully on the table beside him. “I’m Heir Apparent to the House of Davies. I’ll be the first to claim the title of Lord in my family as I’m the tenth magical generation and the Queen has already granted our petition. I am to have my title conferred on my seventeenth birthday.”

“Which is in a few weeks, right?” Susan questioned. “Are you coming to the Malfoy Ball?”

“Of course, my mother is giddy,” Roger rolled his eyes and looked toward Umbridge with a raised eyebrow. “In case you’re wondering, Potter out ranks us all. That’s who he is, Professor.”

She sputtered and then glared at Harry. “Get out of my classroom immediately.”

“And if I say no?” Harry questioned. “You can’t possibly think I care about house points at this point in my life. Will you give me detention, too? Then we’ll be right back where we started.”

She drew her wand and pointed it at him. “Get out of my classroom.”

“Pointing a wand at a member of the Wizengamot without cause by a Ministry employee is a fireable offense,” Harry murmured and then smiled. “You can’t imagine how much I’m looking forward to what comes next.”

Her wand wavered and then she put it away with a scowl. “The Minister…”

“Is an elected employee of the Ministry. He is certainly not above the law and is subject to the rules and regulations set down by the Crown in the Magical Accord of 522. If he were to attempt to use his position to usurp the laws of the crown—the entire magical government could be dissolved and sovereignty over our people would return to the British crown.” Harry inclined his head. “I would think as an employee of the Ministry you, above most others, would be fully educated on such matters. It simply wouldn’t do for the ministry to be disbanded due to the foolishness of one witch.”

“It’s the inbreeding,” Draco drawled lazily. “I didn’t believe you at first, Potter, but I started researching a few things.” He turned half in his seat and adopted a truly innocent expression. “I can only thank Merlin that my father chose to honor a contract with the Black family—otherwise he might have married his first cousin on his mother’s side. Did you know that in the last three hundred years the Ministry of Magic has dropped the employment standards twenty-six times to insure that pure bloods could actually qualify for positions?”

“I’m not remotely surprised by that,” Harry admitted. “Even the ones that aren’t inbred to the point of genetic mutation are indoctrinated into bigoted ideals and pure blood nonsense so early in life that it’s a wonder they even have a thought of their own.”

“Shut up!” Delores hissed. “You don’t know what you’re talking about, you half-blood bastard. I don’t care how many titles you think you can claim. You shouldn’t even be allowed a wand—mudbloods like you should be stripped of what little magic you have and obliviated!”

Harry smirked and relaxed back in his chair. “It is widely established that Voldemort and Albus Dumbledore are the two most powerful wizards in the wizarding world. I have been proclaimed by prophecy to be Voldemort’s equal. He marked me as his equal when I was an infant. Then in a feat of magic that no one can explain, I banished him from his own body—without a wand, without training, and with an immature magical core.”

Draco chuckled softly as Umbridge paled and then fainted. “You’re so shiny, Potter. I want to do things to you that I can’t even say because of all the first years in the room.”

Roger Davies cleared his throat. “You aren’t… even sixteen, yet.”

“Right.” Harry nodded.

“Have you received all of your Family magic?”

“Yes, but I’ll still likely go through my magical inheritance at seventeen like everyone else. It’s a separate matter after all.”

“Right.” Roger sighed. “You really are shiny, Potter. Very shiny.”

Susan Bones chuckled. “I guess we should be lucky the sun hasn’t decided to shine out of his arse.” She sighed and picked up her wand. “You guys want to have a friendly duel to figure out who has to wake the toad up?”

“I vote we leave her there and send a note to Professor Dumbledore that she needs medical assistance,” Kevin offered. “In a few hours.”

“I don’t know who you didn’t end up in Slytherin,” Draco said with a sigh and then he frowned at the kid. “Did you talk the hat into putting you in Gryffindor?”

Kevin blushed furiously. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Sure, kid, sure.” Draco laughed and glanced at Harry briefly who just grinned back at him unrepentant. “It takes a special kind of person to manipulate an artifact as powerful as the Sorting Hat.”

“I just think it likes to mess with people’s heads,” Harry confided. “Like it gets some perverse pleasure out of messing with the house system on a fundamental level.” He inclined his head and then picked up his quill. “Detention was two hours, right?”

“Right.” Kevin confirmed.

“We’ll stay here two hours and if she’s still unconscious when we leave—we’ll let the Headmaster know she needs Poppy.” He holstered his wand and then sent a wandless stunner at her that made her body jerk minutely. Draco, the only one to notice, snorted and everyone else went back to their home work.

– – – –

“I want them all suspended!” Delores shouted.

“For what?” Minerva questioned. “They stayed for their detention and notified Poppy that you needed medical assistance.”

“Four hours later!” Delores shouted and started to struggle to sit up in her infirmary bed. “I want Potter expelled!”

“Whatever for?” Albus questioned wide eyed. “If anything, I’m tempted to reward the young man for his efforts in uniting the houses and for the loyalty he’s shown to the youngest, most vulnerable members of his house.” His eyes were twinkling so brightly that Minerva had to take several deep breaths to keep from laughing out loud at him.

“One of them stunned me!”

“We did check their wands after your initial accusation and I assure you that no one in that room stunned you,” Albus patted her shoulder and smiled at her so serenely that Poppy had to turn abruptly away to hide her own mirth. “Perhaps, dear, you need to monitor your health a little better. It’s not good for members of the staff to appear so fragile in front of the students.”

“Potter lied! He said he was as powerful as you!”

“Indeed,” Albus inclined his head. “It’s entirely possible—I haven’t personally tested him but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find that he is extremely powerful. It has been the general consensus since his birth that he would achieve the power of level of a Magus by his twenty-fifth year. Considering his talents in Defense, Charms, and most recently in Transfiguration—I do believe the International Council of Warlocks & Witches will bestow on him the title of War Mage on or after his seventeenth birthday. This is all public record, Delores.”

“He’s a half-blood!”

Albus’ eyes stopped twinkling. “So am I, Delores and I assure you I have more magical power in one finger than you have in your entire body.”

Minerva bit down on her bottom lip and averted her gaze as Poppy snorted and rushed from the room. “Albus, perhaps we should let Delores rest.”

“Yes, perhaps we should.” Albus offered her his arm and she took it with a mild glare. “We wouldn’t want to be late for dinner.”

“Quite right.”

– – – –

“The Minister quashed my arrest warrant for Delores Umbridge citing her position has High Inquisitor,” Amelia winced at the cold fury that crossed Potter’s face. She didn’t know much about the kid but she had seen a pensive memory of the duel he’d had with the Higgs kid and she had cause to wonder more than once if the Boy Who Lived had any idea how much political power he had at his disposal.

“I see.” Harry’s gaze narrowed. “Dobby.” An elf immediately popped into place beside his chair.

“My Lord Potter.” Dobby bowed briefly and tucked his hands behind his back. “How may Dobby serve?”

“Take the package I have on my desk to Mr. Riser and inform him that I expect the first story to appear in the Prophet no later than Wednesday.” Harry relaxed back in his chair as the elf disappeared. “There. If Minister Fudge wants to play with torturing children—he needs to be taught a lesson on morality.”

Amelia nodded. “I take it that package is a duplicate of the one I received from the Headmaster?”

“Complete with magically sealed testimonials, copies of the pensive memories you received, medical reports concerning the reported injuries, and all the photographic evidence you were shown,” Harry confirmed in a neutral tone.

“You know that the Daily Prophet won’t print…”

“The Ministry of Magic doesn’t own a single share of the Daily Prophet, Madame Bones.” Harry brushed a piece of lint from his slack and crossed his legs casually. “And I’ve been told the staff of the newspaper has been instructed to magically seal their building and put it under a Fidelius if the Ministry attempts to interfere with the daily running of the paper.”

Her mouth dropped open briefly before she shut it with an audible click of teeth. “I see. I do believe Cornelius will be quite upset by tomorrow’s headline.”

“If he were a decent man, he would have nothing to worry about,” Harry replied evenly. “I find that can be said about a great many people in the magical world, Madame Bones.” He raised an eyebrow when she started to protest. “The lack of accountability in magical society is contemptible and might I say in most cases, unforgiveable. The vast majority of the people are content to let someone else do their thinking for them and many in power are so corrupted by fanatical ideals and easy gold that it’s laughable Voldemort bothered to use violence to get his way.”

“I don’t understand,” Amelia admitted.

“He could have bought magical Britain for a few million galleons and gotten everything he wanted without ever getting his hands dirty. Instead he used his follower’s money to wage a guerilla war while the Ministry twisted itself up in knots and whined like petulant children because things stopped being easy.” Harry ran his finger over his Potter signet ring thoughtfully. “Great Britain’s magical population are isolationists in every meaning of the word. They know little of international politics and ninety percent of them couldn’t even tell you who the current North American Minister of Magic is. They allow men like Fudge to keep them ignorant and lazy and then have the nerve to get upset when their perfect little world shatters under the weight of dishonesty and greed.”

“I don’t follow,” Albus admitted.

“Did you know after my sworn testimony was released that I received two hundred Howlers complaining that I allowed the Dark Lord to rise. They actually blame me for it! They, like many others in this country, are under the impression that I should go out and fight their battles for them. It only got worse after the ministry leaked the prophecy. After that I received letter after letter telling me that I should finish this ‘war business’ before it got out of hand so that decent people wouldn’t get caught up in my squabble with Riddle.”

Amelia’s face paled and her lips pressed together. “I… Lord Potter, while many people might choose to ignore the fact that you’re a fifteen year old child, I’m not one of them. I don’t expect you to fight this war for me or for anyone else.”

“I’m not child, Madame Bones. I never had a childhood to speak of,” Harry murmured. “I do recognize my responsibility to the memory of parents and in turn the magical world. I will do my part when the time comes and I have no doubts my actions that day will be vilified by most as extreme and perhaps even Dark.” He focused on his father’s ring and sighed. “Last year, shortly before the third task, I received a note from a woman who knew my parents. She told me if I my father hadn’t married a mudblood that the Dark Lord wouldn’t have murdered him. Then she told me I must be evil to have survived the Killing Curse and that I should have been put down the day I was found because I would be worse than Voldemort ever was. The fact that I’d done so well in the Tri-Wizard tournament at fourteen was enough for her to think that I couldn’t be natural.”

Minerva, who had been silent since the meeting had begun, took a furious breath. “Mr. Potter! You should have brought me that letter immediately!”

Harry bit down on his lip. “If I brought such things to your attention, Professor, that’s all you’d do with your day. Of course, now I a personal mail ward on my magical signature and anything from non-authorized senders is sent to a room in Potter Manor for processing. It stops the Howlers from everyone because I don’t intend to give anyone permission to abuse me. Mrs. Weasley tried to send me three over the summer before I sent her a note telling her to stop because my house elves were starting to hate her.”

“Do you receive death threats?” Amelia questioned.

“My solicitor keeps those,” Harry admitted. “I only read the ones that come from people I might actually know. You wouldn’t believe how many death threats I received last year during the tournament from students I had classes with every day.”  He stood and stretched. Then he sighed. “By the way, I never told you…” He focused on the Headmaster. “You got it wrong.”

“What?” Albus questioned with a raised eyebrow.

“What I would miss most,” Harry admitted. “Ron’s my friend, of course, but at that time he didn’t even come close to being what I’d miss most. Then it would have been Hermione. She was, quite frankly, the only person I had on my side through most of last year and the only one I fully trusted.”

– – – –

Draco put down the letter his mother had sent him and pinched the bridge of his nose as guilt and anger pooled in his gut. “Elbe.”

The elf appeared at his side immediately. “Yes, Master Draco.”

“Return to Malfoy Manor and check on my mother as discreetly as possible. Ask the other elves if she is eating as she should and make sure if she isn’t that you come back to me immediately.”

“Of course.”

She’d done so well to move on that Draco had allowed himself to ignore the depth of his mother’s grief. It could never be said that his father was a good man but he’d been his mother’s lover and friend for many years. It galled him that he’d forgotten what it must be like for her to be rattling around in their manor alone while he was at school romancing his way into Harry’s life and bed.

He pulled on his robe and fastened it with steady hands while he processed the content of his mother’s letter. He went to the portrait that lead to the passage that would take him under the castle and then up the tower into Harry’s chambers. He made the trip in silence, grief tumbled around inside him. It felt new and raw inside him all over again. A part of him wanted to be angry at his mother but he felt small and immature for the desire.

Harry was on the sofa with a book when Draco exited the passage. He stared at his friend and  liege lord for several seconds before clearing his throat. “My father’s portrait woke up last week.”

Harry closed the book with a sharp snap and frowned. “And your mother didn’t send you a letter when it first happened?”

“No.” Draco slouched down on the sofa beside him and took a deep breath. “Thankfully, he doesn’t remember his own death.” He frowned. “Well, if he does—he’s chosen to tell my mother that he doesn’t remember it at all.” He shivered at the thought.

“I don’t… do all wizards have portraits?”

“No, normally it is very for the very wealthy and the titled.” Draco took a deep breath. “He… did you know that I found his remains? I couldn’t keep her from seeing him. Merlin knows, I tried.”

“Ron mentioned it.” Harry let his head fall back to rest on the back of the sofa and they both stared at the ceiling. “I can’t imagine what that must have been like for you.”

Draco blinked rapidly and cleared his throat. “At first, I wasn’t sure that they’d sent back all of his parts but I couldn’t…” He shuddered. “Every time I closed my eyes for weeks it was all I saw—his body strewn over the foyer. The elves spent hours cleaning up after we removed the body. The Ministry officials were fucking horrible.”

“I bet.”

“The Aurors kept trying to peek around the manor and find anything dark they could confiscate and my mother could barely even speak.”

“I don’t…” Harry sighed. “I’m sorry.” He reached out and curled his hand into Draco’s. “I was wrapped up in my own problems over the summer.”

Draco’s fingers tightened against his. “You stood up in front of everyone and told the truth—risked your own life and magic to testify before the Goblin Court so that everyone would know that Voldemort had returned. So that everyone would know what my father did—how he redeemed himself.”

“Redemption,” Harry murmured. “It’s a harsh word—it implies so much. What does it take to receive the Dark Mark?”

“The murder of an innocent,” Draco whispered. “Normally a Muggle or a Muggle-born. My grandfather forced my father to participate in a ritual with the Dark Lord and during that ritual, he killed a young witch. He said she was fifteen. There is nothing but evil in Voldemort’s circle.”

“When did he tell you this?”

“After my first year when I told him about the rumors about what happened to you at the end of the year.”

Harry took a deep breath. “Is that when you asked him to make sure you wouldn’t have to take the mark?”

“Yes.” Draco shifted closer and wrapped both of his hands around Harry’s. “It was a pretty hard moment between us.”

“Are you worried about speaking to his portrait?” Harry questioned.

Draco sighed. “Yes and no. The shift of power in our relationship is really scary. He’s dead, Harry, and his portrait is just one of my fucking assets!”

Harry lifted his hand and dragged Draco’s along for the ride. He pressed a kiss the top his hand. “He’s your father—for all of his heroics and flaws. The mistakes he made in his life really can’t be balanced by the last moments of his life—you know that.”

“I do.” Draco admitted. “I don’t want to be anything like the man he was.”

“You won’t be,” Harry promised. He turned to face him. “I’m here, Draco, and I won’t let you go down that path. We… walk together. We’ll always walk together.”

Draco leaned forward and let his forehead rest on Harry’s with a soft sigh. “Together.”

“Always, Dragon,” Harry whispered and then leaned in to press a soft kiss against Draco’s mouth. “You and me.”

Draco moaned against his mouth and moved closer. “Let’s… go to bed.”

Harry smiled and used his free hand to brush his fingers over his face and down the side of his neck. “Are you sure that’s what you need?”

“You’re exactly what I need.”

“Alright then.” Harry stood and then offered Draco his hand. He smiled when Malfoy took his hand without hesitation.

They walked into the bed chamber of the suite in silence and Harry closed the door carefully. He secured and then murmured a simple locking charm that would do nothing much against an accomplished wizard but would indicate the amount of privacy he was requesting.

They shed their clothes efficiently and with very little unease. Harry was no stranger to the naked form of his liegeman but seeing Draco slip onto the cool cotton sheets of his bed and spread himself out made his mouth go dry.

“You’re so beautiful,” Harry murmured as he put one knee on the bed. He crawled up slowly, stopping to press his mouth against  the inside of Draco’s knee and then trailed his lips up his inner thigh. “I want to kiss you everywhere.”

Malfoy sucked in a breath as Harry’s lips drifted over the length of his dick and he gasped in shock as his mouth as he leaned in and brushed his mouth over the head of Draco’s leaking cock and smiled softly at the soft moan he was rewarded with. He sucked him in gently and flicked his tongue over the head to gather the precum. He wrapped his free hand around the length of Draco’s cock and stroked him gently as he sucked firmly on the head.

“Merlin!”

“Not quite,” Harry murmured as he released his cock and flicked his tongue into his belly button and then moved upward. “I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while.”

“Yeah?” Draco exhaled sharply when Harry glided his tongue over his nipple. “Have you been practicing with someone? Because I’m not above cold blooded murder, Potter.”

Harry grinned. “Of course not, Dragon, practically everyone is afraid of you.” He settled on top of Draco and sighed against his mouth as their cocks brushed together. “Hermione brought me a book or two.”

Draco laughed and ran his fingers through Harry’s hair with a sigh. “You don’t say.”

“Illustrated—those little moving pictures did a lot of really dirty, explicit things to each other,” Harry murmured as he pressed kisses along his lover’s jaw. “She’s a very naughty kind of witch.”

“The best witches are,” Draco declared as he spread his legs and lifted his knees so he could cradle Harry with his body.

They fell into a kiss, bodies shifting and rubbing together until they were both gasping for air and groaning. It became impossible to go slow—to savor the pleasure that burned between them.

“Merlin, Draco,” Harry whispered against Malfoy’s cheek before taking his mouth again in a kiss. “You feel so good against me like this.”

“Yes,” Draco’s agreed as his fingers clenched on Harry’s lower back. “Come on me, Harry. Let me feel it.”

Harry shuddered and buried his face against the side of Malfoy’s neck as the other boy shifted and thrust up against him. He came and groaned loudly as Draco thrust hard up against him and came, too. “Dragon.”

Draco chuckled. “You’re my favorite snake on the whole planet, you know that right?”

“I do,” Harry agreed. He slipped off his friend with a small sigh and reached out for his wand. He cleaned them both with a flick of his wand and a muttered scourgify. He settled down on the bed beside him and pulled a sheet over their bodies. “That was… really good.”

“Better than what we’ve done before?” Draco questioned.

Harry shook his head. “Just different—more intimate. Any time I’m with you is amazing, you know.”

“Right.” Draco turned on his side and snuggled back against Harry. “If you tell a soul that I spoon with you on a regular basis, Potter, I’ll make you suffer horribly.”

Harry laughed and pressed a kiss into his hair. “All of your secrets are safe with me, Dragon.”

“You won’t… you won’t let him take you from me, will you?”

Harry closed his eyes at the softly spoken question. “No, I won’t. I promise. We’re going to live stupidly long lives, Draco, full of spoiled rotten children and grandchildren and friends. We’ll be doddering old codgers like Dumbledore before I even think about letting death get the best of me.”

Draco snorted, unwillingly amused. “Just as long as you don’t start making your eyes twinkle, love.”

“I think it’d be a great look for me,” Harry protested.

“Go to sleep, Potter.”

“As you wish, Dragon.”

The End

Keira Marcos

In my spare time I write fan fiction and lead a cult of cock worshippers on Facebook. It's not the usual kind of hobby for a "domestic engineer" in her 30's but we live in a modern world and I like fucking with people's expectations.

283 Comments:

  1. I love you so much right now! I have a sleepless night ahead of me so I’d better start reading. Thank you again!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was just planning what to do on my day off and now I am set.
    What a great way to start the day! (well it’s the start of the day here in Aus anyway.)

    May your creativity continue to inspire us all.

  3. I am so excited to see this. I was hoping it would be posted in time for me to take on my trip. So thanks! I can’t wait to read it. Now I’ll just have to find enough will power to wait until we actually leave so I have something new to read.

  4. There are lots of reasons why I love your writing, and this whole story is one of them. You made the whole thing wonderful. And I can’t wait to see if there will be any more.

    Thank you.

    ~L

  5. This is a terrible thing to say, but if this is what we get when you’re laid up and broken and wishing murder and mayhem on your neighbors… well I can only hope you keep wishing murder and mayhem on your neighbors. (I do hope you’re feeling better because I did the broken and laid up thing last month and it sucked!!)

    I love Harry Potter and this is my favorite pairing so it was a wonderful Sunday treat for me, I always get mad at all the “Gee they’re screwing me around but I’ll forgive them” fanfic so it’s nice to read ones that make Harry human and not quite so eager to forgive.

  6. Great fic.
    I love how you expand the world J.K. Rowlings created. The gobblin society, the Elves’ inheritances, the wizard’s family legacy and so much more…
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  7. I really loved the universe you created for Darco & Harry – it was such a wonderful story and I loved it!

    I want to say more but I’m at a loss for words! lol This is excellent and I love how you create new universes in your stories and this was awesome, just what I expected to see from your writing!

    I am slightly disappointed to see this ending…and hopes that you might write more of this universe.

  8. This is just….. I mean….I have just devoured the whole thing. If I didn’t have to work tomorrow I’d read it all again right now! All the things I wished Rowling had fixed, how did Dumbledore not know -he just didn’t care? Hate to ask but will there be a sequel??
    Also I feel that my writing muses just came back 😉

  9. <3
    Excellent as always.
    And you've probably already told us somewhere I haven't read yet, but… Will there be anymore in this 'verse?

    • I want to write more for it. But as you know– I’ve got a lot of fic planned already.

      • Oh, come on! There’s always room for more Keira!fic!

        *waves my pom poms with enthusiasm*

        • Haha, I actually did almost that last night! I started reading this thinking ‘I’ll stop at 12’. Which then became ‘I’ll stop at 1’… Thankfully I finished reading it a little before 2, so I got a good 5 hours sleep before I had to go teach 32 seven/eight year olds. I think the key is the hour nap when I get home before I do my marking and planning for the next day. Of course, an hour’s OSA/PPA time and then circle time before they went home helped!

          I definitely think we should see more of this! I want to see the reaction to the newpaper and everything, Draco’s heat and Harry taking his inheritance as Gryffindor’s heir. Plus there’s the inevitable fight with Voldemort. I think you’re one of the few authors who could be capable of writing this kind of fic where the story didn’t end with ‘and then he killed Voldemort. Epilogue.’

  10. I loved this so much 🙂
    It was just perfect.
    Thank you!

  11. I discovered your fiction through your Stargate Atlantis stories. At this point, I have read just about everything on your site three times, and I am about to start over again. This is a great story. You have added another ‘universe’ to your repertoire in a wonderful way, and I look forward to seeing what else you will do with it.
    I had planned to do other things today, but that all went by the wayside when I saw you had posted a new story. Thanks so much for sharing your efforts.

  12. UNF. I think my brain melted. Absolutely fantastic in all ways possible. Thanks for sharing this gem!

  13. Oh dear gods, I love this. I love all your AUs, actually, because you make them so plausible. You don’t just throw random events out there without explanation, you build so much backstory and build your characters up so well…I don’t know how you do it.

    Cannot wait for the next part.

  14. I love the allusions to Prince Humperdink’s speech in a Princess Bride!

  15. This is AWESOME!!!! I lost it with that perfect Princess Bride reference. My hubby thought I was watching a comedy on my nook. I can’t wait to see where you go with this. I also wanted to say thank you for writing a H/D fic where the Weasleys and Hermione aren’t very large PITAs. That gets annoying fast.

  16. Your like Midas, everything you write is gold.

  17. I really don’t know what to say beyond the one fact of thank you..thank you for allowing all of us inside the worlds you build with such a remarkable gift

  18. Dear lady Keira,
    What a great joy it was finding out that you have posted the HP universe !
    Once again, I am awed by the manner you have structured this verse, creating the nobility idea in wizard land, with precise rules . You have a magnificent and so well ordered mind, it is a unique pleasure for your readers to dive in any of your universes. As you did with the Pleasure Houses in Ties that bind, every detail is precisely linked to the next here too :the larger space and powers given to goblins and elves . the noble families with family magic being given to the heir, changing Harry from being Rowlings nice boy to being a man with healthy appetites for love and sex … very nice.
    I adore ” Merlin ” as a swear word.
    I adore the fact that Dumbledore is shown as a half bad guy, it gives him a colour , different from the powerless man he is usually. You make the reader understands his manipulation is for the greater good , but it does not excuse his negligence or the fact he considers Harry to be a mere tool against Voldemort.
    I adore Draco being Harry’s Dragon and liege man , his lover and protector .
    You know english is not my first language . I would like to express my total admiration for how you have written Birth of the Serpent King with the mastery I have of french. This story , for me , is like a Monet in his good years: thousands of details , patches of colors , all linked creating a remarkable ensemble , a tableau to be savoured.
    Sometime during these months you were in the healing process, I was worried about how your spirit would be affected by your accident. I am happy to see I was wrong to worry. You are stronger that before, your writing is so powerful , it is such a pleasure to read, I am giddy.
    Bravo to you dear lady. Once again you have given proof you are unique. And thank you for this story. Now, I am going to reread it slowly to enjoy it again.
    Lise

  19. Holy Sh#t! I never thought you would EVER get into Harry Potter since you rarely make mention of it, I did know you would write an epic like you always do if you did so, and I got to say this, so far, is my ultimate Harry/Draco flick. Are you sure you won’t post on Fanfic.net? God knows you’ll break the review button with it and crash the systems with how much people would be raving about you. Please, I will give you my first born I swear to god, if you hurriedly post the next section, ebook, novella, what-the-f@ck-what you call it, as soon as possible.

  20. Absolutely great, I should have been doing homework but got caught up in this. Awesome.

  21. Can I say that I love you with out geting in trouble? My sister called me as I was driving home from dropping the kids off with their father, she had to let me know that you posted the new story and then she teased me for I was an hour from the house. So I got home and she started telling me about the story asking me if I really wanted to read it. I would beat her more often but she has school on Monday so I have to be nice. Well I love the story and hope like hell that there is a book two at some point. I love Harry and Draco as you have them here. Thank you so much for the wonderful writing.

    Sister: exactly what she said . . . without the beating : ) Loved what I have read – Big sis reads faster than me and is tauntng me with the ending – evil wench. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us.

  22. Hi,
    Awesome novel! I really like the way you created your own Harry Potter world. And serious bonus points for the Princess Bride reference, I had to pause reading until I could stop laughing :). Also, congrats on sending you posted word count up by I think 6%? Nice.

  23. Keira,
    In the past Harry/Draco was a ship I did not favor; however, as I have yet to dislike any of your writings and have fallen into each story line, I started to read Birth of the Serpent King. A few paragraps in and I could not read fast enough. You have converted me.

    The background, the detail , is astounding. A favorite part is impossible to select. Although, I do truly fancy the baby house elf. Just one question, is this to be the start of a new series?

    As always, amazing!

    Winter

  24. This, this is fantastic. I have never read or seen any of the Harry Potter books/movies and I love this. You are awesome.
    Thank You.

    😀

  25. Wow! Just wow. You have given me a new ship. Loved this. Thanks for sharing it.

  26. Oh. My. Gods….. I think my brain just leaked out of my ears…. That was Fantabulous!

    I love how well you did the characters, not that that’s a surprise, but still. You make it so believable that I think that J.K. should take some pointers from you. 😉

    *Runs off to read it again*

  27. This was a wonderful story thank you! It’s one of the more plausible Harry Potter stories I’ve read. The idea of family magics and inheritance was a wonderful way to help Harry mature and learn more.

    My favourite bit is back when Hermione says that she doesn’t really know what evil is until she enters the magic world. You put that so well and it comes across so strongly in this fandom – neglect, indifference, dementors etc. Your Voldemort is shaping up to be a very plausible evil Lord – most people just call him evil but you are actually outlining what he has done that is so despicable.

  28. Loved it! Took me forever to finish though 😀

    Will you be adding anymore to this in the future or is this just a one-shot?

  29. Harry Potter was my first fandom and while Harry/Draco was not my most read pairing I dabbled. I have drifted almost completely away from it in recent years. However, this reminds me of why I loved it so much. You have breathed a great deal of life into JK Rowlings world for me again. Thank you.

  30. I just finished Birth of the Serpent King and all I can say is WOW!! I love harry/draco fic and powerhouse (coming into his own) harry is great. Dumbledore being forced to recognize his mistakes is good also.

  31. This was fantastic!! I love how you have twisted this universe to make it uniquely yours.

    I admit that I have read only one story before with this pairing but the little snippet you gave us really intrigued me. So of course I had to read. And now I am completely hooked and cannot wait for you to write/post the next part of this story!

    As usual your world building is spectacular and I love all of the background tidbits we get.

    I was surprised by your characterization of Dumbledore and his actions but it really seems to fit in this universe well. I admit that I thought that you were going to have a Sirius/Remus pairing but the hint of a possible pairing between Sirius/Severus is interesting.

    Really enjoyed!!

  32. I love this story. I can’t even tell you how much. If I had money I would pay you to just write stories like this. I am awed by your talent and the work it takes to consistently produce stories of high quality. I have no idea what motivates you but whatever it is I hope it continues.

  33. This story SATISFIED me in a way that few stories in the Harry Potter fandom do. Just one question: Are you writing a sequel? PLEASE, PLEASE write a sequel. I have many delicious pictures of Harry and Draco if you need visual inspiration 😉

  34. i adore this so much! Harry/Draco was my first ship in fandom and remains one of my favorites. I was so excited to see that you were writing them and this story exceeded everyone of my expectations and hopes. Perfect!

  35. Absolutely fantastic. I started reading it and didn’t stop until I finished. Thank you for sharing your writing.

  36. Loved this! Absolutely loved this fic! So happy to find it today – you made my weekend!

  37. First, from the time Harry called Ollie the elf baby to him I was going, “give him to Winky, she needs him and he needs her.” So I was really glad that that is what happened. Second, I like how Harry grew and changed, becoming more confident and charismatic, someone others would want to follow because is good. Third, I think Harry has been much nicer to Dumbledore than he deserves for Dumbles really should have been more on the ball and had no right to interfere in any of the wards Bill set down on Privet Drive. Fourth, I hope it occurs to Harry to keep an eye on Dudley when it comes to his having kids, if he marries a squib or even if he doesn’t, he could eventually have a wizard child. Lastly, I’m glad Harry and Draco are starting to heal together and draw closer but they have a long road ahead of them. I’m hoping we’ll get a sequel to this story one day.

    (also it would be great if Draco’s uncle and Remus met and cool if they were mates. I’d also lay money on Hermione being somehow related to McGonagall or Harry’s mother’s side of the family.)

  38. I just had to refresh the page I was reading (WMHB) to check to see if you had anything new at 1:30 in the morning… I’m gonna go read this now and maybe I’ll sleep tomorrow. 😀

  39. I can like your Harry/Draco !
    Damned you evil author, i love them, i forgot my Lucius/Harry crush thanks or not to you.
    It’s incredible hot and it’s sexy and credible.

    Love your universe, i have a huge crush for the baby and laugh, thinking at Harry, the most powerful wizard, a lord, caring this babe, it’s so sweet and so him.

    There’s a lot to say about this fic…. So i’m just going to say “you do it, you make me love that”

    I have to tell that since yesterday i collect pics of the guys to make some arts, hoping that you’re interested.
    Tell me, do you want my first H/D art ever ?

  40. Oh god I spent hours rereading this! and you left in at a part where I can’t wait to see what happens next! *sigh* It was a good read. Thanks for sharing! 😉

  41. This was fun and fascinating and, god, I just LOVED Harry and Draco’s relationship. Epic, wonderful story.

  42. wonderful! your work is always so full of ingenious plot twists and is it ungrateful of me to hope there is a sequel for this in the future? Because that would just be SHINNY!

  43. You are a marvel! I loved this story and can only hope that this will mean that you are creating a new universe. I am thrilled to see a story written with Draco and Harry as the pairing that doesn’t have everyone Harry cares about being asses and turning their backs on him.

    Thank you for another fantastic work of fiction.
    Calia

  44. I’m sitting in my nice warm house while a cyclone whips around us reading your new fic, which is just wonderful, and all those other superlatives we keep throwing at you.
    You should know, I have no interest in Harry Potter fic, don’t read it, can’t even get my head around why anyone my age would want to………..yet here I am….. reading it.
    The only reason I can think of is that your are one hell of a writer… good going girl 😉

  45. I should have gone to bed hours ago, my boyfriend laughed at me, I didn’t even read the last Harry Potter books and I blame all of this on you. 🙂

    That being said, I am absolutely in love with your writing and your characters and the gratuitous amounts of snark. There were a couple times I could almost hear Rodney in Harry and Draco.

    And I totally finished this before my roommate. 🙂 Which almost makes up for the less than 2 hours of sleep I’m getting tonight…

  46. I love this!! You made my week with the awesomeness that is this story. I think that it is very possible that you are the best fanfiction writer around, if not the best then for sure in the top three. If I tried to explain everything I loved about this story I would be typing for hours. There was just so much fantabulousness. I can’t wait for your next update of any kind. I wish you well and just wanted you to know that I think you are super talented.

  47. Oh. My. God. No words can truly express the awesomeness and beauty of this fic. I love you so much Keira, I’d so date you if you weren’t older and of the same gender as I am.

  48. This is just perfect from start to finish–thank you!

  49. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!
    I logged on at lunch today… I think I came in my pants just seeing the update.

    I don’t think I did any work at all this afternoon, I’m sure my boss would be horrified to know I bludged off work to read Harry Potter gay porn… I totally wouldn’t even regret telling her.

    So in love with you right now, but I have to go and start reading it again. I always miss a couple details the first time ’round.

    ~ Rosie 😛

  50. This was awesome… words can not describe how much I loved this story… and eh sleep…. well sleep is over rated.

  51. Well, now I think I can re-read something for my exam later today. It was obvious last night when I found that you posted this story that my exam will go down on my to do list.
    It was a beautiful, powerful story. I love powerful!Harry stories and (as I expected) yours is one of the best I’ve read. Right now I’m hoping it’s the first sory in a new series. I can’t wait to see how Harry and Draco will change and evolve in their fifth through seventh years, along with their friends.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Irina

  52. “Swoon”
    Loved it, the chemistry between Draco and Harry leaps off the page.
    Thank you for helping me feel better while home sick from work 🙂

  53. Outstanding! That was such a fun, gloriously long ride. I especially loved the ‘Keira’ twist on Draco and Harry’s personalities – it was definitely a match made in heaven! 🙂

  54. I have to confess you almost killed me this morning. The notification that you were posting came in just as I was leaving very late for work (I’m in Melbourne – so the first notification came in at like… 8.59 on Monday morning.) I so wanted to stay home and read. I couldn’t of course, but it was a damned hard decision.

    On to the important stuff, once again you have created a wonderful world that is rich in history and believability. You took a universe that lacks grey and gave us so many layers I just can’t think of words to tell you how much I love your ability to weave wonders with words! I have seldom, if ever, read something so satisfying in regards to Harry making people take responsibility for their actions. Satiftying really is the right word.

    Once again I’ve read your story and gone, “YES! That’s… that’s what I wanted it to be.”

    Thank you!!.

    Oh, also wanted to say, I love the fact we seem to be wearing the same prescription in slash glasses, because if you were writing couples I couldn’t see, I think I’d be devastated. Missing out on any of your worlds would be heartbreaking.

    Thank you for posting this wonderfully rich tale and creating yet another world for us to play in while we wait for more – with baited breath.

    Emma

  55. Loved your Harry and Draco. I liked how your Harry was kicking ass and taking names. What happened to him now was by his choice and by his decision. That was one thing in the original stories I hated was how all the so called adults treated Harry like an idiot and expected him to be able to save them Voldemort without giving him all the info and training he actually needed to do it. They were setting him up to fail, him surviving must have shocked many.

    Keira, I hope you continue this series. I want to see the Sirius/Snape thing grow. See how Harry takes out Tom with all his new friends and companions. See little Ollie grow to a good house elf. I would love to see how Harry changes the Wizard world into something that is more compassionate and responsible for their actions. Especially setting a child to kill the most feared Dark Lord in their history with very little help, I wish them the evolution to Harry’s version of their world.

    Thank you for a lovely story that has kept me involved and I’ll be re-reading it shortly. Also loved Harry’s Humperdink impersonation. That list had me giggling for hours.

    Melisa

  56. MARVELOUS. Just putting that right out there first. –I had mixed feelings when you posted the snippet from this story. I was excited because it was you, but I really was agonizing over waiting for the next Ties That Bind because there is no story that I adore more. I had mixed feelings because anything new was not adding to something already started. So I avoided reading the full posting for most of the day because I was rebelling a bit. Well I didn’t last even a full day and read it (stayed up until 5:30 AM reading it :). I really loved it and think you did a wonderful service to the fandom of HP. So that was my long-winded comment on why I currently feel like scum for ever having had any such mixed feelings because you are so incredible. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness!

  57. I so loved this story. It corrects everything of the HP universe that I started to notice when I got older and read the books again through a different color of glasses. I would wait forever for an update to this fic. My husband as spent the past 12 hours making fun of me because I can’t stop telling him about this fic. He is happy to see me so happy so soon after the death of my grandmother. She was and will be the light of my life and she taught me to read at the age of three and turned me loose on the world of fiction. Your other fics saved me while watching her slowly pass and this one drew me out of the funk I have been in. You truly are a kindness to the world. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO!

  58. I adore your fiction, they are always so good! and this was no exception, it had the elements i love to read in a HP story. I was so excited when i saw that you had posted something new on your site! Please keep going, reading your stories give me such joy 🙂

    xxx

  59. Lovely. I’m going to read it all over agian. Is this part of a new series or a stand alone?

  60. I loved this story. Harry/Draco is one of my favorite pairings. I love your writing and am always glad we I see you’ve posted something.

  61. What a great read. You have me totally hooked. I ended up reading this all in one shot and staying up until 2:00 a.m. to do so. It made it hard to get up for work at 6:00 a.m. but it was totally worth it. I’ve never read any Harry/Draco slash. Despite seeing all of the movies and loving them, it didn’t occur to me that I would enjoy any of the fanfic. I am so glad to be wrong and to be able to add a new fandom to my reading. Thanks Keira!

  62. I am a culinary intern and yesterday when you posted this I was in the middle of picking thyme leaves for FIVE HOURS!!!!!! yes it is just as horrible and mindless as you think it sounds and I was in my own little personal hell in a way. So when I came home and checked my email and I saw that you updated and it was harry potter a fandom I did not know you wrote in… Anyway I wanted to thank you, reading this was the best part of my day and I love that in this story harry is strong in more than one way. Thank you.

  63. Gahhhhhhhh *runs around like a chicken with the head cut off*

    you are unbelievable evil, because off you i could not sleep(i got the mail you postet around 23:00 my time yesterday), i could not concentrate on work and now i have not enough time to read your probably awesome storry in one go.

    I have read the first 4 chapters and have to say they are great. cant wait to read the rest of it. 🙂

    i just could not wait to tell you how awesome you are, i love your writing and hope you are doing better with your private live and your neighbours dog ^^
    Keep going.

    Magda

  64. I am going to fail all of my classes because of you, and I am not going to regret a minute of it 😀 Kay is right they are both so snarky and awesome! Thanks for posting!

  65. Thank you for another fantastic fic! When I got the link in me e-mail yesterday, I was half “great, great, great” and half “oh no, why is it posted now that it’s 11pm here, and I must work tomorrow…”. In the end, I was stuck in the middle of the last chapter when I had to leave for work. That’s just torture! I really hope to see more of this verse, after all, if this was the birth of the serpent king, we need to see his life… I usually like the stories where Harry takes control of his life, but I really appreciate the way you have him doing that without bashing half his entourage (Fudgre, Umbridge and Percy are fair game in my mind). The way you worked the Malfoy in the story is a good idea, I like that the life debt was to Lily and not James (else, one would think he liked to collect them). And your Narcissa looks very interesting, the way she acted before the Wizengamot was sooooo cool. Draco’s humor about Hermione and the elves was really funny too. Well, everything was great, but we are used to it with your stories. I can’t wait to read the next one you post, whichever it is.

  66. I am not and never have been a reader of HP fanfic. It has never appealed to me in any shape or form. So, last night I found myself sitting reading something I thought I’d never do, reading a HP fic. I managed to read up to Chapter Five at 2:30am and then dragged myself off to sleep. I continued to read it this afternoon. I then re-read the whole darn thing again, because I was pretty certain I’d missed things the first time.

    I loved it, I loved the strong real Characters that you have made them be. I love the fact that Harry made old Dumby face the truth over his bad decisions in Harry’s life. I love your Sirius….. Oh Hell I love the whole damn thing!!!!

    So, is it possible that there will be a sequel sometime in the future???? Oh and thank Buttons for creating the plot bunny 🙂

  67. WHat Princess Bride remark?
    Please tell me this isn’t the ending…chapter 13, please!

  68. *gives you a bleary grin*

    Even as many times as I’ve read this, I had to stay up until 2 a.m. reading, until I just couldn’t keep my eyes open…. and then woke up at 6 a.m. so I could finish reading before work.

    You’re just that good.

    *waves a weary and somewhat bedraggled pom pom*

    When I fall asleep at work, I’m blaming you. 😀

    You’re entirely too awesome… you’ve corrupted me entirely and hooked me on a freaking HP fic, something I’ve avoided the way most small humanoids avoid boiled spinach. *blech* But this story hooked me within seconds… I still love the correspondence between Narcissa, Draco and Harry.

    *sighs*

    Okay, now I’m late to work as well as exhausted…. ^___^ And I’m grateful! How sick is that? But still… thanks for posting this. It totally made my day… night? Whatever!

  69. This was awesome. I totally loved it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  70. Wonderful work as always…would have finished it in one sitting but the other half insisted that I needed sleep before work….

  71. i totally love it. it’s a wonderful story as is usual for your work. i hope that you write a sequel soon.

  72. A very nice surprise this morning. I have to say that that little rant of Harry’s to Ron and Hermione about how he was swamped with work totally reminded me of Prince Humperdink in the Princess Bride 🙂 It was great. You have written in all of my absolute favorite fandoms now, so many wonderful stories. Thank you!

  73. Okay, so, I wasn’t as sober when I started reading this. I blame you. I had every intention of sleeping off my buzz, but no, this story called my name. So, I stayed up till 5am reading this. *sigh* I love it. Harry/Draco has always been my second fave pairing in the HPverse. Severus and Sirius are third, so I have to say you did wicked awesome with this!!! So, I can safely say I would soo love more if you, you know feel like writing more. 🙂 also I had a hell of a time not laughing my ass off at 3am when I read “Draco, here take the baby.”
    Still makes me laugh….again. Thank you for writing this and sharing with the rest of your rabid fans!!

  74. You are one of the most awesome people on the face of the planet. Seriously. How you come up with all of this wonderful stuff that manages to blow my mind every time…I have no idea. Many hugs, and if there were a way for me to send you cookies every day for the rest of my life, I totally would. You rock.

  75. Stayed up way too late reading this last night. I usually avoid Harry / Draco fic but your stories are so great I gave it a shot. This was BRILLIANT! I loved the society you created and the characterization of Dumbledore and Harry’s relationship. Any chance of some Sirius / Severus fic?

  76. HP was my first fandom and Harry/Draco my favourite pairing so finding out you wrote a whole novella of them was amazing. I should have written a paper today but I spent most of my time reading this and I don’t regret it.
    It was a fantastic story, full of magic and with more rounded characters than Rowling wrote. Thank you so much for the story 🙂

  77. this was bloody wonderful Keira, you already got me addicted to Harry/Draco with your recommendations, but this was just superb.
    i love strong beautiful Harry standing up for himself but we really need a sequel for all the things stilll to come……especially torturing the elf killing bastard!!
    bloody gorgeous need more!!!!

  78. It’s awful how awesome this is!! I had just gotten over the urge to start checking out HP fics again. I’m just glad I didn’t see the email notification last night or I wouldn’t have gotten any sleep at all 😀 Now I just spent the day pretending to work while actually devouring your newest masterpiece ♥

    I loved every single part of it!! Just what I like in my HP fics Harry/Draco, independent!Harry without bashing the other characters, the snarky dialogue, cool magical stuff hapening with the goblins and the house elves & snakey parseltongue sexiness ^__^

    Thank you for another wonderful story to read and re-read and re-re-read!!! Will there be more??

  79. God I hate when I get to the end of one of your stories! I always find that I’m devastated by wanting more!!!!!

    Beautifully done – far better than some of the drek and dribble that JKR foisted upon us.

    I do love this Harry and Draco and really really want to read more about them.

    Thank you for sharing!

  80. Harry/Draco is my OTP in this fandom and it’s been an age since a really long fic has caught my attention. The world-building you’ve done on expanding and improving existing canon elements is breath-taking.

    I was initially dubious about reading it because of the starting point for the story, i.e. the ages of Harry, Draco and their contemporaries. I quickly realised my worries were completely unfounded. The relationship you’ve portrayed Harry and Draco growing in to is wonderful.

    As a fan of your Sentinel, Trek and SGA stories, I should begrudge you writing another story this good… but I won’t! Instead, I’ll cheerfully add fan of your HP stories to my mentail checklist.

    I eagerly await the next story in this universe, just as I eagerly await the next stories you produce in your other fandoms.

    You spoil us for choice and I thank you for that.

  81. I am sloop tired. I stayed up really late last night to read this all in one gulp. I normally don’t read Harry Potter fanfiction but this was amaaaaaaazzzzing. Don’t change Keira, you rock.

  82. I was so incredibly excited to have the entirety of today off in order to read this story. Seriously, it absorbed most of my afternoon, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. It alternately made me smile, laugh, sniffle, or grit my teeth. Just wonderfully satisfying and engrossing.

    As always, your power for world building is extraordinary. You managed address certain plot oddities that had made me wonder in the actual novels, such as didn’t Harry have any sort of family at all on his father’s side? Anywhere? And Dumbledore’s manipulativeness always did bother me. I always hated how Harry had very little emotional support, especially in the fifth book; it was so sad that when he finally found some one he could call family that that person then died. I’m so glad that Sirius is alive in your universe and that Harry has plenty of people to trust and who love him. I must say that I also appreciated your take on house elves. SPEW was another thing that always irritated me. I liked your interpretation better.

    I haven’t read much in the Harry/Draco fandom, less than a half dozen stories including yours, in fact. I am looking forward to reading more, and I hope someday that you will revisit this world and give us more of your lovely ‘verse. I would be ecstatic to read another installment, especially to see Voldemort’s defeat (and perhaps Harry and Draco’s bonding – my personal favorite trope).

    Kudos to you and your crack beta team for another fantastic story. Thank-you so much for sharing; I enjoyed every minute. ♥

  83. This was wonderful!! I can honestly say that I love anything that you write!!

  84. I just recently started reading Harry Potter fan fiction, then lo and behold I get the update message in my Inbox. What a wonderful gift. I tried to pace myself but your stories are too addicting. Thank you for creating this wonderful world. I think I like it more than the original Harry Potter, its nice when he’s written as an intelligent and powerful person.
    You are amazing and I continue to look forward to more great stories from you.

  85. I have to say this is up there with very few HP stories as one of my all time favorites. You took Harry, and yeah you did the Super!Harry (which I’ve seen done ….badly *shudders* lol), and just made him yours. You made both Harry and Draco wonderfully believable in thier changes and growth. And Ron and Hermione were awesome best friends. So much better than what some people do to them. Just an amazing and lovely story! I have to agree with some of the others up above, lol, if this is how you deal with being frustrated and pissed off at your neighbors then please…continue lololol. I hope you know how much you are loved and treasured as both a writer and a person. Thank you for letting us explore your mind just a little. I hope we see more of your writting if it’s HP that’s great but anything from you is treated with a bounce and squeal of happiness and instant attention.

    Shade and Sweet Water
    MistWalker

  86. Oh, so lovely…. Okay, I have to admit that Severus/Harry is my OTP in this ‘verse but I’m always open to well written and thought out options… and, darned if you haven’t done it.

    I love how Harry and Draco work so well together… Narcissa is a delight, Sirius is a survivor but, well, I do hope Dumbledore gets what is coming to him. I’ll be interested in seeing what plans you have for Albus… even in ‘canon’ he’s pretty much a prat to Harry and gets away with too much.

    Wonderful story … will wait (not so) patiently for more…. 😉 I know how much work it is to get an opus like this done…..

    ::hands you tea and cookies::

  87. I am seriously in utter awe of you right now. You have this wonderful gift of drawing me in and giving me a whole new outlook on characters that i had thought had been completely fleshed out long before. I have been a big H/D fan since i was introduced to the fanfic world several years ago and i think you just combined everything i love about the fandom and made it beyond amazing. Now, i am sure your other readers are asking for a sequel, politely or otherwise, and the inner five year old in me wants to stomp my foot and demand more now… well, i wont. But i will say that if you decide to continue in this universe i would be a very happy reader. I am always eagerly waiting for more of your wonderful writing, whether its in a fandom i am a part of or not. (You’ve converted me before… i.e. The Awakening;-))

    Thanks for sharing and giving me a lovely respite from real life. ;p

  88. Great story. I adore Draco and Harry together. And the snakes all being fond of Harry, especially the bracelet, were awesome.

  89. WOW this was fantastic very glad you dipped into the HP universe and created a masterpiece.

    I must admit I have a love of strong Harry but on the other hand have always hated Ginny as a significant other for Harry even if it became cannon as it simply does not work to my thoughts.

    I also had a feeling of something lacking in the whole HP Wizarding World construction by the Author of the books it seemed half done and slap dash while the series was a master piece and I loved them I simply wanted to know more all the way through and she basically made Harry a wimp without much of a brain in his head he had just been thrown into this new world a world his parents came from and he set out to learn nothing about it just didn’t makes sense which was very silly on a lot of levels plus the last couple of books seemed to me as if she as if she was writing them as a chore just to get the series over and done with.

    I can seriously see how all the evil Dumbledore stories that abound came about the man was either a hidden manipulating hidden Dark Lord, a man treading a fine line between dark and light with only his Phoenix keeping him in line as you wrote him or a total idiot going senile from age, to not know what was happing in his school and to Harry even at the Dursleys as he made himself his guardian and don’t even start on the whole Sirius Black mess the man was the head of two many Governments and over the Law for that to hold water even if he hadn’t known about the lack of a trial until third year he damn well should have started throwing a fit to get a trial after he knew.

    The author left so many gaps in the Wizarding World construction and must admit I also love playing in that pond it is just so intriguing to play with it. Canon wise it became very obvious she hadn’t bothered with a plotting out a lot of the simpler things to round the story out, for pity sake the Dursley neighbour was called Mrs Next Door in the books . It was a real shame as she ignored all the rich background and plot growth she could have played with if she was only bothered to explore her own world and the implications, the the Wizarding World was old and separated from the Non Wizarding world long before the Crown became a figurehead and with Magic so much of their society should have been bound up in the Magic.

    On a personal level concerning Harry I alway found the Dursleys abuse strange sure abuse of that level happens but they went to extremes and in many ways it was against their own need to be normal it all smacked of Magical manipulation being at it’s root especially as the whole neighourhood seemed to take the Dursley’s word as gospal whenever it concerned Harry which was very strange. Plus an Orphan would have had some sort of oversight from normal Muggle services they had to have the paperwork or they couldn’t have gotten him into primary school.

    Their treatment of Harry was very alien to those of this century in thinking very Victorian Oliver Twist in concept which is probably also why so many Dark Lord Dumbledore Stories are around as the cause of it as that made much more sense. The Dursleys also came accross as lacking in self preservation as they were abusing a power Wizard child who could eventually take it all out on them as he grew. Again it came across as Magical manipulation of Dumbles trying to make Harry Tom’s equal in every way to match the prophesy including childhood abuse.

    I look forward to more of this as I am interested in how you develop it all

    Shaz

  90. Once upon a time I was a Draco/Ginny shipper. (Stop laughing! I was young, new to fanfiction and didn’t know about slash yet.) That ended quite quickly and I never looked back. H/D has always been my favourite pairing in HP fandom and I am so happy, thrilled even, with this newest contribution. I adore the clichés you’ve included in this universe and I can’t even begin to tell you which I would consider the best variation. Give me three or four re-reads. Thank you for posting yesterday rather than tomorrow or I’d be going to work with no sleep whatsoever.

    Like so many other things you’ve written, this story has made me laugh and cry along side your protagonists, become angry and frustrated with your antagonists, and generally make my life just that little bit happier. It is my belief that only good authors can evoke emotion like this from me, and I love them, and you, for doing it.

    One question: which is Draco’s middle name in your universe, Lucian or Orion? You’ve used both in this *first* book. (Please let it be the first of several books. Oh please, oh please, oh please! Short stories are good too.) Honestly, the only problem that I can see with world building is that there is always something more to see. Who are Hermione’s people? What mischief do the twins and the first years get up to regarding the bastard Marcus? What else was on that list of Hermione’s? What’s to become of all those companies that Harry is having investigated? I’m truly curious to see what you have in store for Umbridge and Fudge, because their cannon natures practically beg retribution and you’ve said that Harry would support someone else in the MoM elections if his name was brandied about.

    Again, thank you for what you have given us, a precious jewel to add to the collection.

  91. This? Is delicious and wonderful and I’d dearly love a sequel with Voldemort melting into a puddle of yuck, and babies and Snape and Sirius getting it ON, and Fudge getting dismembered by a goblin and all kinds of cool stuff. You rock, really really hard.

  92. will there be a sequal????

  93. You are such ab EVIL person(GRINNING) . each time i think you have a great story you turn around and start a even greater story. i have yet to regret reading any of your stories. i will be a faithful read for a very long time .

  94. Ohhh yay! I was soooooo happy when I saw you had posted this. I just had to read it straight away – am bloody glad I’m on annual leave this week. It was perfect. I just loved your characterizations – I’ve always enjoyed a strong Harry and Draco in my HP fic. All the others were just great too. I also liked that you kept Harry’s original friendships going. So many HP fics just end up with Ron or Hermione bashing and I get tired of them.
    Thanks again for another great read, Booffra

  95. Now, I’m only on chapter three, but I had to comment now, because I have just bust a rib laughing. I had to say, Dobby is so baddass in this, I just adore his awesome snarky little hide. I want a Dobby like this one.

  96. That was GREAT! I thoroughly enjoyed your portrayal of Harry and company as well as the Malfoys. Rarely do we have stories where among other things Ron isn’t a jealous whiny brat, Hermoine learns to accept she doesn’t know everything and isn’t always right, where Dumbledore isn’t evil per se but keeps screwing up despite his best intentions. He just can’t seem to learn from his mistakes when it comes to Harry. This was a very good read and I hope there will be more in this AU in the future.

  97. Mostly I’m just all SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE still because YOU WROTE HARRY/DRACO!
    And that pretty much blows my mind towards any other rational thought.

    I actually really really need to go to bed… or maybe not considering I would get less than 3 hours of sleep before I have to get up for class, but I NEEDED TO READ IT!

    So I’m not going to make much sense but, the way you build worlds, darling, blows my mind EVERY SINGLE TIME. I love what you’ve done with the wizarding world. LOVE IT.

    And while there are a half-a dozen hundred thousand or so little details I love, here’s the thing that really gets me:

    You brilliantly showcase how truly MESSED UP Harry’s life was. I don’t think its something that gets addressed much, more like, look at Harry he’s like Oliver Twist only magically, but… you showcased the extremely dark nature of his childhood and his continued existence during his summers very very well, highlighting and magnifying it in a wonderful way with the world you built.

    And I always love stories that explore blood line magic and what being a pure blood is and generational magic. It fascinates me.

  98. “Severus! Harry thinks we should resolve our UST!” Absolutely hilarious and totally made of win. I love this and love the fact that you keep bringing such amazing writing to all the fandoms I know and love. I’ll add this to my re-reading rotation along with all of your other amazing work and will impatiently wait for more. You are a goddess among women and I freely worship at your feet.

    P.S. “Fear is a mind killer.” Awesome line and please forgive me if this is a stupid question but…is that from Dune?

    • Yes, it is from Dune – kind of. I didn’t think Harry would be able to quote it exactly. The actual quote is:

      “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

  99. oh god it’s 4:30am and i have class at 8am and work after that! gah! i read all of it and it’s fantastic!!! now if only i had checked your site before midnight…oh well off to get 2hrs of sleep. thank you for the story, i would love to see more.

  100. You rekindled my love of H/D and HP in general <3 This is a fabulous fic and i'm sure that i'll be re-reading this one just as much as the rest of your wonderful stories!

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