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The meeting had already started with Arthur Weasley, Snape, Lupin, Dahlia, Sirius, and Molly. The headmaster's niece straightened up when the others entered the room but Sirius kept her close. They were all discussing, or arguing, on what to do with the new information that had been received about the Prophecy and if action should be taken and when. Dumbledore was absent from the meeting and Sirius was hammering the fact home that action was needed.
"There've been no sightings," Arthur argued, "No deaths. No proof."
"He almost killed Harry and Dahlia," Sirius said a bit heated he sat back in a huff his arm firmly around the lilac haired witch, "If that isn't proof enough…"
"Sirius…" Dahlia said quietly while her face went red as his arm moved from her shoulder.
"Yes," Mr. Weasley said giving Dumbledore's niece an apologetic look, "But guarding you-know-what is the most important," Arthur paused, "We must trust Dumbledore on this…"
Sirius cut him off, he was growing more and more frustrated with the Order and all the non action that had been decided, "Was he able to protect Harry or his niece last year?" He looked at Dahlia, he had come so close to losing her and Harry both, he would not let that happen again. "Well, tonight I say it's time to take action!"
"Cornelius Fudge is a politician first and a wizard second," Arthur rebutted, "His instinct would be to ignore it!"
"Keep your voices down!" Molly scolded them.
"He's getting stronger and stronger by the minute! We have to act now!" Sirius said his voice gaining more volume.
He stopped for a moment looking down the hall, Dahlia looked around Sirius to see Harry, safe and unharmed from the Dementor attack and then suddenly a flash of yarn and red hair obstructed their vision. Molly had shut the door and ushered Harry upstairs before returning to the meeting. It was quiet for a moment and that silence felt so heavy. Dahlia looked around the room catching the eyes of Severus before looking away in a quick moment. Something had to be said, but not just anything, she thought quickly before clearing her throat.
"I agree with Sirius," Dahlia said to some eye rolling, "Yes I know," she said somewhat prickled before continuing, "and there are some conditions before the Order that I wholly disagree with."
"Such as Miss Dumbledore," Snape asked coolly.
"Keeping Harry out of the loop," she stated sternly. Dahlia was met with groans and arguments to the contrary. "Hear me out," she said loudly as she stood. "Finished are we?" Nods came from the other order members; Sirius gave her a sly smirk and wink he loved when she was direct. "Harry has been through more than most of us, taken the brunt of the attacks from," she paused glancing at the Weasleys, "You-Know-Who, not to mention he's after not only Harry but me as well. I think that Harry should know all the facts, what the Dark Lord is after, who my real father is if he hasn't figured it out, and what's happening with the Order."
"He's just a boy," Molly protested.
"And that could be said the same of me or Tonks for that matter! We aren't much older than those kids but we're trusted with things that they aren't. I understand we're trying to protect him, but keeping things secret, as we all know, has never kept anyone safe." She paused settling her annoyance at treating Harry like a child before sitting back down, "I'm living proof of that," she muttered crossing her arms.
"Can we all agree that he needs to be informed about what's happening," Lupin said, "But to keep it on a need to know basis?"
"Oh Remus, always the peace keeper," she smiled at him.
"It's a compromise little love," Sirius said placing his face in the crook of her neck. "If anyone has a right to know, it's Harry. If it wasn't for Harry and Dahlia…we wouldn't even know that Voldemort was back. He's not a child Molly," he said as softly as he could, he loved how the Weasleys took care of Harry when he couldn't but being this overly cautious with him was a bit ridiculous.
"He's not an adult either," Molly shot back, "He's not James, Sirius."
Sirius sat up once again, "Well he's not your son."
"Sirius," Dahlia said in a harsh whisper.
"It's all right Dahlia, he's as good as," Molly said with a smile, "who else has he got."
"He's got me," Sirius said his voice was irritated.
"How touchingly paternal, Black. Perhaps Potter will grow up to be a felon," Snape quipped, "just like his godfather."
"Snivellus," Sirius said harshly leaning menacingly towards Snape.
"That's quite enough you two," Dumbledore's niece said sternly getting in between the two wizards, "The Order's time is not to get out your petty arguments from 500 years ago, be civil or leave." She was firm with both of them, "The last thing we need is in-fighting."
"I think we adjourn this meeting for another date," Moody stated.
"Finally someone said something sensible," Dahlia muttered casting daggers at Snape then Sirius.
"Molly," Arthur said looking at Dahlia rather amused, "Call the kids down for dinner."
The members shuffled out including Severus. His eyes lingered on the lilac haired witch for a moment before leaving.
"Dahlia," Sirius said softly holding her hands trying not to laugh at the cross look on her face, "my sincerest apologies little love," he kissed her hands meeting her eyes that immediately softened.
"I'm not the one you should be apologizing to," she kissed him lightly, "but you are forgiven."
"Well, we'll be eating down in the kitchen," Molly told Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Fred and George once again apparated behind Molly scaring her awfully once again, "OH, just because you're allowed to use magic now does not mean you need to whip your wands out for everything! You hungry Harry?" she asked sweetly.
"Sure you're alright Harry, gave us quite a turn," Arthur said putting an arm around Molly.
"Harry Potter," Sirius said from behind the Weasleys, who moved out of the way.
"Sirius," the joy on Potter's face and his godfather's was immeasurable as the two embraced. It made Dahlia smile, their relationship hadn't changed even though they had been apart the whole summer.
"Hey there troublemaker," Dahlia called before hugging the boy, "Missed you this summer, come on, we need to eat again," she laughed putting an arm around his shoulder, "You've gotten taller," she observed, "stop that," she joked and Harry chuckled a bit.
Molly was busying herself with making supper for all in attendance and shooing Dahlia and Tonks away from trying to help. Dora went to entertaining the Ginny and Hermione changing her face and hair into various colors and animal shapes. Sirius sat at the head of the table close to both Harry and Dahlia who was sitting next to Lupin. Moody was observing from behind Black as Remus and Arthur informed Harry of his next steps for his trial the next morning.
"This is very, very peculiar, it seems that your hearing is to be before the entire Wizengamot," Arthur informed him.
"I don't understand, what does the Ministry of Magic got against me," Harry asked.
"Show him," Moody said, "He'll find out soon enough."
Kingsley handed Harry a copy of the Prophet showing Fudge stating "All is well" and another headline showing a picture of Harry reading "The Boy Who Lies".
Arthur continued, "He's been attacking Dumbledore as well."
"Both of us," Dahlia answered as the Prophet switched headlines again to read "Dumbledore: Daft or Dangerous?" showing a picture of Albus and of Dahlia transforming into her veela form. Harry looked at her with questions in her eyes but she looked away almost ashamed that someone had gotten a picture of her like that.
Sirius put an arm around her, "All will be fine little love." Sirius turned back to Harry, "Fudge is using all his power, including all his influence at the Daily Prophet to smear anyone that has claimed the Dark Lord has returned."
"Why," Harry asked.
"The Minister thinks Dumbledore is after his job," Lupin told him.
"But that's insane," Harry responded, "No one in their right mind would think that."
"Exactly!" Remus said, "Exactly the point, Fudge isn't in his right mind, it's been twisted and warped with fear. Now fear makes people do terrible things. The last time Voldemort almost came to power he almost destroyed everything we hold dear. Now he's returned and I'm afraid the Minister will do almost anything to avoid facing that terrifying truth."
"We think Voldemort wants to build up his army again," Sirius chimed in. "Fourteen years ago he had huge numbers at his command and not just wizards and witches but all manner of dark creatures. He's been recruiting heavily and we've been attempting to do the same. But gathering followers isn't the only thing he's interested in." There was a pregnant pause in the room as Moody cleared his throat before Sirius could look at Dahlia with loving concern; there was a price on her head along with getting his claws on the Prophecy. "We believe Voldemort may be after something."
"Sirius," Moody scolded.
"Something that he didn't have last time," Sirius continued.
"You mean like a weapon…?" Harry asked.
"No! That's enough," Molly stopped her dinner prep walking over to Harry taking the paper away from him, "He's just a boy, you say much more and you might as well induct him into the Order straight away."
"Good! I want to join! If Voldemort is raising an army then I want to fight," Harry said confidently.
Sirius clapped his hands leaning back in his chair, looking at Dahlia; she was right, as usual. Harry should be told about what was needed; he had James' fighting spirit. Black gave him a wink as the talk of the Order and Voldemort was shut down.
"What about the trial tomorrow," Harry asked, somewhat changing the subject.
"Right," Dahlia leaned forward as Molly served up dinner, "Arthur and I will be taking you to the Ministry." She paused for a moment sharing a look with Lupin, "There's a chance that my uncle may not make it so if that happens I'll be serving as your counsel for the Wizengamot which Fudge isn't too happy with, but you've done nothing wrong Harry." He nodded taking a bite of food, but her confidence did nothing to calm his nerves.
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