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A/N: I have the best Beta in the world. Her Pen name is Pingo and my story would not be nearly as good with out her. She is the talent, I am just the story teller. I couldn’t write my way out of a paper sack with out her help. Thank you so much Pingo, you’re the best.

Chapter 1: At Home with the Potters

Ginny Potter stood in her kitchen preparing the evening meal. With a wave of her wand, knives began cutting up vegetables which would be added to the pot currently boiling away on the stove. She was making all of Harry’s favorite dishes and she anxiously watched the clock her mother had given her and Harry as a wedding present, it indicated the locations of each person in the family. At this moment Harry was still at work, their two boys, James and Albus where at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and their daughter Lily as well as herself, where shown to be safe at home.

She knew it had been a long week for Harry; he always struggled so much after he sent one of the kids off for their first trip to Hogwarts. She’d first seen his reaction to this event when he had accompanied his Godson Teddy and Teddy’s grandmother to Kings Cross on his first trip. It became worse when it was their son James’ turn to go two years ago, that depression lasted a month, but at least he was able to sleep. Since dropping Albus off at Kings Crossing last Sunday, Harry hadn’t been able to sleep and she’d woken up several times in the middle of the night over the past week to find him standing at the boy’s bedroom door staring at their beds. God how that man loves his family, Ginny thought to herself with a smile.

Perhaps tonight would be a good time to broach the subject that had been on her mind for quite some time. She knew he would say “yes”, at least she hoped he would. Oh how she yearned to have another baby, just one more Harry, or maybe two, she giggled at the thought. She was snapped out of her reverie by a loud popping sound emanating from the back yard. She glanced at the clock and sure enough Harry was home. Ginny heard the back door open and close and then she could feel him standing behind her. He reached around her giving her a sweet hug while kissing the nap of her neck sending goose flesh up and down her spine. Harry whispered into his wife’s ear “I love you” Ginny giggled and thought, oh yes, tonight would be the night for her husband to find out what was on her mind.

Harry woke up the following morning; Ginny was still asleep in his arms with her head resting on his shoulder. He realized with amazement that he’d slept like a rock all night. He laid there thinking of what had taken place the night before and a happy contented feeling filled him. He should have known that something was up when he sat down to eat and was served all his favorites. His wife knew him so well. They’d spent the evening after dinner playing with Lily and when Lily was put to bed and was fast asleep, Ginny had curled up next to him on the couch as he read the Daily Prophet. She kept poking him in the ribs until he put the paper down and gave her his full attention. After a rather passionate round of snogging, Ginny had dazed him with her sweet little proposal of having another baby. How could he have refused her?

What he found somewhat amusing was that she thought she had to go to such great lengths to get him to agree to her desires. Harry knew he could never turn down any serious request she made of him. Ginny’s and their children’s happiness was the most important aspiration of his life and had been for the past 19 years. But maybe, he thought, it was a good thing that she didn’t realize what a soft spot he had where she was concerned that made him such a push over, especially if it led to nights like last night.

He laid there holding his wife and dozing peacefully until Lily bust through the door and bounded onto their bed waking Ginny. This was a Potter family tradition during the school year, every Saturday Morning the Potter children would join their parents in bed and wait for the early morning owls to deliver letters from Hogwarts. This had begun when Harry’s Godson Teddy started his education there and Harry had made him promise to post a letter every Friday night. The tradition continued as James started at Hogwarts two years ago and now Albus was also there. Hogwarts had become more and more crowded with Potter children and Harry and Ginny’s bed was feeling a little empty with just Lily jumping up and down on it this Saturday morning. Her joy and excitement made it impossible for Harry and Ginny to feel anything but happiness and excitement as well.

Ginny grabbed Lily tickling and kissing her all over as Harry got up out of bed and opened the bedroom window, settling back into bed he joined the tickling and kissing session, then they all settled in to await the owls. Lily gave her mom a worried look, “what if they’ve forgotten mom?”

Ginny laughed “they better not or your dad will have a howler waiting for them when they get to breakfast Monday morning,”

Lily gasped “he wouldn’t really would he?”

Ginny answered her youngest child, “Ask your brother James and your uncle Teddy if he wouldn’t,” She and Harry laughed, remembering the hastily written letters of apologies both had sent after they’d forgotten. Neither had forgotten again.

“Yep, howlers sure are embarrassing to get when the great hall is crowded for breakfast,” Harry mused out loud for Lily’s benefit.

With a flapping of wings two snowy white owls and two large brown barn owls swooped into the bedroom through the open bedroom window, landing on the bed. Lily screeched with excitement as Harry hastily removed a letter from each owl’s leg patting their heads and giving each one a treat he kept in a bowl on his bedside table. Each owl took flight back out the window in turn. Harry noticed that the two brown owls had delivered letters addressed just to him and they looked rather official, setting those aside, he looked at the other two that had been attached to the snowy white owls that belonged to his two boys. The first was addressed The Potter Family #7 Hamptenshire Lane, Godric Hollows, this one would be from James he thought, the second letter simply had for and address Mom Dad and Lily, this one would be from Albus. He handed the letters over to Lily to open and settled his head down on his pillows to listen. Ginny sat near the foot of the bed holding Lily in her lap. Lily opened the first letter and withdrew two sheets of parchment. Lily scanned the contents saying “This one’s from Albus and there is a note here as well addressed to you dad it’s from Neville Longbottom,” she handed Harry the note and gleefully read Albus’s letter out loud.

“Dear Mom, Dad, and Lily,

I’m a Gryffindor! Isn’t that great? I’m not sure James thinks so. He seems a bit put out with me. The train ride was great! The sorting was scary! The food is brilliant!!! Classes keep me busy, my favorite is brooms. Professor Longbottom saw me flying in my first flying lesson and has attached a note. I get to try out for the quidditch team as Seeker. Isn’t that great! I don’t think James thinks so. Mom, send me more Cauldron Cakes when you get a chance will you please? They are a big hit with me and my friends and the ones you packed in my trunk are gone now. I miss you Lily, can’t wait till you join James and me, we will have such a blast. Dad, thanks for the owl, she’s a beaut, I’ve named her Guinevere, kinda after you mom.

I love all of you,

Lily looked up from Albus’s letter, “why can’t they let nine year olds go, it just isn’t fair.”

Ginny squeezed her daughter “I felt the same why when all my brothers where at school and I had to stay home waiting for my eleventh birthday, trust me, in no time you’ll be eleven and joining your brothers, making their lives at school difficult” She glanced up winking at her husband, smiling “Wow another Seeker in the family, Albus must take after his mother I think, what does Neville’s note say dear” she finished chuckling

Harry gave her a playful poke in her side with his big toe, pay back for her jibe and broke the seal, unfolding the parchment, he looked at the note for a minute, then looking up from it and smiling with a hint of confusion he read;


Albus is the most gifted and natural flyer I have ever seen, Minerva agrees, she says he even would have put you to shame. I pointed Albus out to our team captain and have given Albus permission to try out for the Gryffindor quidditch team as its Seeker. The Headmistress has granted special permission for him to have his own broom here at Hogwarts, even though he is a first year. So on your visit here to Hogwarts would you mind bringing Albus his broom, he tells me you purchased him a rather nice one. See you soon.

Neville Longbottom”

“What did he mean by ‘so on your visit here to Hogwarts’ and ‘see you soon’, are you planning a trip to Hogwarts I didn’t know about?” Ginny inquired stormily “we went all through this with James his first year Harry, you know they like the kids to get settled in before parents start making visits, the kids need time to adjust. Parent visits prior to the end of the first term are really frowned on by the…”

Ginny’s reproach came to an abrupt halt because as she was going on and on Harry sat up in bed and stretching over Lily who was still sitting in Ginny’s lap, he put a kiss on her moving lips stopping them. He then gently put his hand to her mouth ensuring she did not continue. Harry in a tender and amused timber, replied to Ginny’s outburst “I haven’t made any plans to visit the school, I promise Ginny, I don’t know what Neville is talking about,”

Harry tried to give his wife a hug but Lily stopped him, pushing him away, “come on dad, Yuck! Will you two cut it out? I want to read James’s letter,”

Harry lay back down with an exaggerated sigh and rolled his eyes, Lily and Ginny giggled at his display of disappointment. Lily began to read from James’s letter;

“Hi Mom and Dad and you too Lily,

Well in case you don’t know, Albus is in the Gryffindor House. After he was sorted he came right over and sat with me and my friends, what a git. We are third years you know. I patted him on the back then showed him where he was to sit with the first years. And guess what, they are letting him try out for Seeker. I wasn’t even allowed to try out for the team until last year. I was the second best flyer on the team last year behind Mary Spinnet and with her finished up with her seventh year and all, I thought I’d give Seeker a go this year. I mean I like being a chaser and all but I wanted to give it a go, but Professor Longbottom saw Albus in his first flying lesson, take off and zoom around the school grounds, he couldn’t stop talking about him. The Professor keeps saying that with Albus as the seeker and me as one of the teams chasers, and with the rest of the team as strong and experienced as they are, Gryffindor had the best chance of winning the quidditch house cup since uncle Ron was king. When I asked him what that meant, he told me to ask Uncle Ron and chuckled. I don’t get adults at all!”

Harry and Ginny simultaneously broke out in a merry chorus of “Weasley is Our King” remembering the Slytherin’s disastrous attempt of psyching out Ginny’s brother, Ron, who at the time had been the Gryffindor Keeper,

Lily put her hands on her hips looking and sounding just like her grandma Weasley when she scolded her parents, “Really, you two carry on like a couple of school kids!” Harry and Ginny burst into laughter at her and Lily, her face turning red, sounded more her own age as she whined “Stop, I want to finish James’s letter,” her parents finally pulled themselves together and settled down, the youngest Potter continued reading aloud;

“I guess if the Professor is right and we really do win the cup, having Albus on the team is ok, He is kind of fun hanging around with sometimes and I do like being a chaser. The food here as always is great, not as good as moms though. I like all my classes except for Divination. All third years are taught by Professor Trelawney who is so old and weird. She creeps me out, keeps predicting horrible things are going to happen to me and the rest of the class. She said she had you as a student dad and then she just looked real sad and shook her head. She’s crackers if you ask me. I need to finish up this letter as I have promised to meet up with someone later. Love you Lily, you too mom and dad,


“I wonder if he has a girlfriend.” Ginny thought out loud, Lily giggled and Harry’s stomach picked this time to rumble with the sounds of emptiness and hunger. “Right then, come on Lily,” Ginny said getting off the bed, pulling her daughter with her “I think that’s the sound that says it’s time we get breakfast started or else your dad will start eating those owl snacks,” Harry sat up in bed watching his daughter laughing and waving at him as she was pulled from the bedroom by his wife. When they had gone he turned his attention to the two unread letters.

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