Disclaimer: I do not own anything. Everything belongs to J.K Rowling except the plot.
"Draco Malfoy. Nice to meet you".
When they let go of each others hands Harry asked, "So are you starting Hogwarts this year".
"Yes. What about you", the boy asked in response without the cockiness that Harry had grown to expect from him.
"Yeah. What house are you hoping for", Harry asked although he knew exactly what answer he would receive.
"Personally, I want to be anywhere but Slytherin but please don't let anyone know", he whispered looking back at his mother.
The blonde boy's answer shook Harry who barely managed to stop himself from doing a double take.
"My parents were in Gryffindor so I want to continue the tradition".
"My parents were in Slytherin", said the boy before continuing, "So I don't want to be in Slytherin being marked for life as a bad person because of my house and last name", he concluded.
A smile crept across Ginny's face outside the shop. Maybe there really was hope for Draco after all.
Their conversation was interrupted by Madam Malkin. "Okay young man. All finished".
Draco then did something that Harry never thought he would do before today. He said thank you.
As Narcissa was exiting out of the shop Harry turned to her. "Narcissa. If you don't like something you always have a choice to change it".
She looked like she was about to say something back but stopped herself. "Goodbye Mr Potter".
Ginny and Ron came into the shop soon after that. "That went better then expected", said Ginny before adding a whispered conclusion, "Maybe we really can save him".
"Yeah. I think I gave Narcissa food for thought as well. She really is considering what I said".
When they all had gotten their schoolrobes they went back to The Leaky Cauldron. Charlie and Tonks waited for them all to go through the floo before following them.
They arrived in the parlour and found themselves overcome with the smell of lunch. There was sandwiches, sausage rolls. If you could think of a food item, then it was on the table.
The Weasley boys, James and Harry were quick to start devouring food much to the amusement of Molly, Tonks, Lily and Ginny.
As the women sat down they heard the floo erupting. Out came Sirius Black, his handsome features disrupted by sadness. He sat down next to James and turned to his best friend with a serious look on his face.
"I'm sorry for snapping at you Prongs. I shouldn't have assumed you didn't care. You and Bella were friends before all this and I should have been more considerate of your feelings".
James nearly laughed at his friend grovelling. "It's okay mate".
Tonks on the other hand looked very smug. Sirius noticing this looked at her and told her, "She won't take me back". Tonks lost the smirk and her features took on a sympathetic look.
"I'm sorry Sirius. I liked her. She was nice and ypu were good for each other", said Percy and Ginny couldn't help but stare at him like he had two heads.
"What. I can be sensitive when I want to be". This caused everyone to laugh.
After dinner, Tonks retreated to the room her and Charlie were sharing. She was working on a plan to save Bellatrix which she was going to present to the Order at the meeting next month.
The meetings weren't as regular as Charlie and Sirius had said they were in the original timeline, probably because they weren't at war at the moment.
She hoped it would stay that way but if saving her Aunt meant a war then so be it.
Ginny was looking for Tonks. She had become like a sister to her while they were staying at Grimmauld Place.
She intended for that to happen again in this timeline. Obviously she found it weird that the older girl was sharing a room with her brother but she was slowly but surely accepting it.
She found Tonks in her room slaving over what looked like blueprints. "Tonks". The woman shot her head up at her name.
"Ginny. Hi", the metamorphaghus replied. Ginny could sense that the woman was busy so she wasn't going to talk until she was ready. She sat down on the bed facing the desk at which Tonks was working.
They sat in silence for another twenty minutes until Tonks asked the question, Ginny knew she was dying to know the answer to.
"Why are you here", she tried to keep any emotion out of the question.
"Well. My dear brother said he tried to talk to you but you were rather unresponsive. I think he thought a woman's touch might be needed", Ginny seemed rather amused by Charlie's inability to understand the female brain.
"I'm here to listen to you and understand what you are trying to say", she added as an afterthought before quietening. She sat waiting for the inevitable moment when Tonks realised she could trust her.
Eventually Tonks gave in. "I just feel like I gave up on Aunt Bella so fast and because of it she has been in Azkaban for ten years", she took a breath before continuing. Ginny wasn't going to stop her. She would listen to everything Tonks said before opening her mouth.
"Mum has been telling me the whole time but I didn't listen. I didn't listen. I assumed the worst and I was wrong. I didn't trust my mother to know her sisters better than anyone else and they paid for it", she sobbed breaking down.
Ginny sat next to the woman and wrapped her arm around her shoulders gently. "Hey. It's okay. You didn't know but you do now and we are going to get them back. You're mum is going to be dead pleased with having them back".
Eventually Tonks stopped crying and her shoulders no longer heaved with every shaky breath she took. "Thanks Gin", she said gratefully hugging the time traveller.
Two weeks later Ginny turned 10. The Weasleys as well as the Potters, the Tonks', Sirus, Remus and Amelia congregated at The Burrow for a party. There was enough food to feed an army which was ironic since that was what Harry was trying to create.
All of the Weasley kids as well as the Maurauders, Lily, Tonks and Amelia had been running every morning for the last two weeks before breakfast. Every day they were able to run further.
Harry had also taken it upon himself to get checked up by Madam Pomfrey. He knew the years of abuse with the Dursleys had taken a toll on his health.
She had used numerous diagnostic charms to check him over. She had suggested that he take supplements with his meals for a month and Ginny was already noticing the difference the exercise and supplements had made to his scrawny frame. He was filling out nicely and was as tall as Ron.
Tonks was throwing herself into her plans to save Bellatrix and with a bit of help from Charlie and Dumbledore they were almost done.
Charlie was also going to start training Harry and Ginny to control their power reserves. They were going to be the light sides secret weapon if all went to plan.
Sirius still hadn't won Amelia back and although they were still talking everyone could see it wasn't quite the same. Harry was going to talk to Amelia today about it.
James and Lily were still looking for Abi but so far had had no luck. Harry could tell his parents were getting anxious to find their daughter.
Harry was dragged out of his thoughts when George tapped him on the shoulder. "Harry mate. Are you there".
"Yeah sorry. I was just thinking", Harry replied. It wasn't a lie. He was thinking. George didn't seem to believe him though.
Each of them gave Ginny their gift to her. She received a multitude of presents including a beautiful dress from Charlie and Tonks as well as a state of the art sneakoscope from Amelia.
Harry gave her, his present last. He gave her an amazing sapphire necklace with her name ingraved on it.
"Merlin's Beard Harry. Where did you get this. It's stunning".
"That would be telling", he smirked, "I'm glad you like it".
After dinner and the presents were finished they all went out to swim in the lake.
No one went inside until it was getting dark and they sat in the parlour talking about memories of Ginny as a baby until they went to bed. Sirius hadn't felt so normal in years before he came back.
Seeing Amy laughing with Lily and Molly made him well up. It had been weeks since she had last looked at him in the eyes and he didn't know how much longer it.
James had noticed that his friend seemed a bit down in the dumps so he decided it was time to talk.
"Hey Paddie. How're you doing", Sirius looked up from the Firewhiskey he had been drinking. "Fine", then he was back to drinking.
"You know I'll always be your friend right", James asked.
"Yeah Prongs of course", Sirius was confused as to what all this was about.
"Stop being a git. You know and I know that you and Amelia are made for each other", Sirius could tell that James was dead serious.
"She told me she doesn't want me", Sirius replayed what he had already told James.
"No. She told you that you couldn't be together because you're going through something and she can help you".
Sirius was really getting annoyed now. James had just repeated the same sentence in different words.
"Padfoot. Don't you see...", James waited for an answer which didn't come, "You need to let her help you. Talk to her. Tell her you want to be helped".
"I'll think about it", was his only response before rising from his seat.
Lily saw this encounter unfold and felt her heart melt at the sight. When Sirius left she approached her husband.
As she sat down next to him she put her head on his shoulder. "I'm proud of you. That was a lovely thing you did for him".
"He's my best friend. That's my job".
"Do you think he's going to talk to her", he asked worried. Lily thought about it for less than three seconds before replying. "Yeah. He listens to you because your opinion matters to him".
She felt his shoulders relax as an indication that he trusted that what she said was true.
Author's Notes: Thanks for the support I'm receiving on this story. Constructive feedback welcome.