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Chapter name- Dark Secrets

A/N: Special thanks to my beta, teenage_firestarter, she's great. Just to let everyone know… I am updating as fast as possible. I am putting up chapters on BOTH of my stories, so bear with me. I am working with a fractured wrist, so I am wearing a brace. Grr. But yes, I am updating as fast as possible. One chapter gets put up, so I go straight to the site and add another one. I have dedicated readers and I thank them for that. I love to hear feedback, so please, leave a review. J

The song I am listening to is helping me write this chapter. I have written the last three all today. So this is my inspiration for the new chapter. "Beyond the Sun" Shinedown. It is an amazing song. Check it out. And now the story…

A month had passed, and the couple soon settled into a rhythm with Alex and Lily, but Harry was still troubled with Crystal's past. He knew nothing of it.


"Yeah?" She was nursing Alex.

"I need-, I need to know about your past."

She looked up at him. From the chair she was in, the freshly risen sun hit her face and made it glow.

Alex was finished, so she put him down for a while.

"Get Hermione to watch them for a while. It wont take long, Ill just show you." She said it, and all the sorrow he saw in her eyes when he first met her came rushing back. She began to walk past him, but he stopped her.

"I love you Crystal, and I don’t want you to think I'm pressuring you. Only do it if you're ready."

She kissed him lightly. "I am ready." She smiled at him with sorrow gracing her lips and walked on to get dressed. He watched her walk. It was always like a dance with her, her hips swayed, her hair swung about her shoulders, and her feet, she was so light on her feet that it was like she was floating. He took himself away from her, and walked out of the room.

Harry went and got Hermione, then met Crystal down at the lake on the balmy afternoon. She was sitting just on the edge, her feet in the water.

"Harry. What I am going to tell you is troubling, but I have to start off at the beginning. I told you how you made me feel that night after you proposed, and I haven't felt it since I was young. Five or six maybe. When I was young, we had horses. Lots of horses. My favorite was one named Angel. She was grey. Black stockings and outlines, black mane and tail. Most beautiful creature I have ever seen. And the most loving. I loved her more than you could know Harry. She was my only confidant. My mother, I loved her, but I couldn’t talk to her. She was one of those people, who when she talks, always puts her opinion in and makes a person feel like shit. And my father. He was always working. My brothers and sister were already gone.

"We bred Angel, and the stud was all black with a red at the end of his tail. Demon we called him. They made a wonderful filly, and a nice young colt. But I watched as Voldemort killed all of my family. I was never really part of the family. I was the middle child, always looked over. My sister and brother got the attention.

"I fled to the barn, those horses were the family I didn’t have at home. They always were there. Demon killed a Death Eater on his own, with a ferocity I had never seen in him before. Death Eaters made me watch them kill the foals. But Voldemort and sick ways tied Angel up and held my hand in his and made me kill her. He made ME kill her Harry." Tears were now streaming down her face, she had her heard resting on his chest, they were wrapped together. He stroked her hair comfortingly.

"Voldemort took me as his little slave. I was under a curse until I was sixteen. Then he just controlled me with a flick of his wand, and I would do anything. He haunted me with images of my family and all of the horses I held so dear. Basically my life was what haunted me. I never really knew anyone until about two years ago. And that was all through memories. The way I see the thestrals is I watched my brother die by the hand of Voldemort over and over again. It was so painful, Harry. And I don’t even remember what got me out of there."

"Crystal, stop, you're hurting too much, I wanted to know, but that’s all. I can figure out the rest, come here." He put a hand under her chin, and pulled her tear-stained face toward him.

"I love you with all my heart, and one day, you'll know its true. One day soon. And maybe, just maybe, you can start to let the pain go."

He kissed her lovingly and lay back, but instead of laying beside him, she fell on top, kissing him again, and smiling.

Between kisses she said "I- already know- that you love- me with- all- of your -heart. And we always will feel that way. About each other."

With that she rolled off of him, and taking advantage of the fact that the had his hand behind his head, she lay her head on his shoulder, and he wrapped his arm around her and kissed her forehead.

"We better get back." He got up and helped her up, kissing her again, but with more passion. It had been a month since they had been together, and they both knew it.

They walked back to the Room, and told Hermione thanks. Harry winked as she went out, and she knew what had happened. He knew more now. And he would soon share with her.

Crystal put a silencing spell on the kids as Harry grabbed her and kissed her again. She was leaning against the bed, and she fell back, and once again, they connected. And as the days grew long, he came to know more about her… yet, there were still secrets…

A/N" Bear with me, this chapter was revealing. And I know some of you don’t think a person can get that close to an animal, but they can, and she did. We will find out more later.

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