|Book Four and Three Quarters (standard:adventure, 42207 words)|
|Author: Mab||Added: Mar 24 2002||Views/Reads: 2478/2183||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A spin-off from the Harry Potter series. Harry, Ron and Hermione go to stay with Harry's uncle Sirius Black for the summer holidays - but does everything go simply? It does not.|
~BOOK 4 ¾ ~ ~ For Paffy ~ Disclaimer: I don't own the characters <sob> - I've just borrowed them to play with while I wait for JKR to write the next book. I've brought them back all in one piece, though... (well, more or less.) Rating: No slash, no sex not even too much violence. Lame, hey? Read on... ...And, by the way, if you're into HP stories I recommend the fanfictions on this site by Gryffindor_Girl, which are excellent! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The boy called Harry Potter stared out of the tiny window, and sighed. A white owl sat on his shoulder, tweaking his ear with her beak, and Harry rubbed her feathers absently with an affectionate finger. Oh, Hedwig, he said miserably. That summer was the worst Harry had ever had. Not because Dudley was back off his diet and insisting that he eat all of Harry's food as well as his own, not because Aunt Petunia had decided her little Dudders should take up some kind of sport instead, and suggested he practise his aggressive yoga on Harry; it wasn't even because Uncle Vernon had threatened to handcuff him to the piano if he uttered a single word about Hogwarts or his wizarding friends. No, it was the worst summer of Harry's fourteen years because Sirius Black had sent him an owl asking if he, Ron and Hermione would like to go and stay with him in his house and there wasn't a thing Harry could do about it. Sirius Black was Harry's godfather. He was also a convicted murderer in both the magic and muggle worlds accused of a crime he hadn't committed, and hiding from the Ministry of Magic. Harry had been delighted to hear from him: he wanted nothing more than to spend the remainder of the holiday with him, and his two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He wasn't worried about the danger of Sirius being caught in his letter, Sirius had said that he was safe where he was, and Harry believed him. He knew Sirius would never place him or the others in danger if he could help it. But there was simply no way that Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia would let him go. Although scared at the prospect of Harry having a homicidal maniac as a guardian, they had both nonetheless sternly forbidden Harry to bring up the subject But why? Harry had asked, exasperated over breakfast one morning. You want to get rid of me I want to get out so why don't you just let me go? That'll be enough of that, boy, Uncle Vernon had said, furiously, toast crumbs flying from his mouth as he spluttered. One more word one more word and it'll be the piano for you. Harry had quickly learned to dislike the piano thoroughly: the last time Vernon had left him there, Dudley had came and jumped repeatedly up and down on the keys, making loud discordant noises very close to Harry's head. He hadn't stopped until Aunt Petunia had called him in for lunch which, naturally, Harry wasn't given and his ears were still ringing. That had been two weeks ago. So Harry sat in his small room, looking wistfully out of the window, being careful not to make any noise that might make his Aunt or Uncle remember he was there and shout at him to mow the lawn or some equally tedious task, and waited hopefully for more owls from Ron, Hermione or Sirius. But the days wore on, and still no news came. And then, a month after Sirius's invitation and Harry's reluctant refusal, Pigwidgeon arrived. Pigwidgeon or Pig, as Ron, his owner, called him was a small and highly excitable owl that more closely resembled a bundle of brown feathers. He flew straight in through Harry's open window one night, Click here to read the rest of this story (5157 more lines)
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