"Emma! Someone's moving in across the way! Don't you want to come and see?!"
The girl smiled and shook her head in amusement. "Just a minute!" She yelled back upon entering her doorway. She slowly made her way down the steps, tying her hair into a knot, hastily, mumbling under her breath, "Hopefully a new friend." After bounding off the stairs, she scoffed at the sight of her mother at the living room window, and crossed her arms. "What are you doing?"
"Come, come." Charlotte motioned her closer. "I didn't even see any moving trucks. Come to think of it, I didn't even know the house was for sale."
Emma smiled and moved towards her, curiosity getting the best of her. Her green eyes fell on the sight a small family, who seemed to be a bit uncomfortable.
"Look at him." She pointed her long finger at a boy who looked just about her daughter's age. "Cute isn't he?"
Just at that moment, when Emma peered at him, he caught her eye. Her cheeks burned as she backed away from the open window. "Mom!"
Harry sighed. "Bloody hell. Is that her?" He nodded to the house across the street, his eyes flashing on the empty window.
"I suppose." Jennifer Darling, a Ministry member, answered. "She's the only child."
Jennifer was a plump woman with black straight hair that stuck out in strange places, oddly like his own. Her beady black eyes deceived her joyful and warm demeanor.
He nodded and stepped inside of his new 'home'. His orbs travel over the rooms and noted that he would write to Ron just before night fall.
"Potter!" Jennifer called.
"When it gets dark, I'm going to set up a few spells around the Cooper's. But I think it'll be a good idea if you get close to the girl."
"What?" Harry furrowed his eyebrows and set his trunk down.
Darling laughed and took a step forward. "Oh come on Harry, use your famous charm. You want to keep them safe, don't you?"
"Mom. Mom! Where are you going?!" Emma called exasperated, watching her mother's figure move away.
"I forgot, I have to go to the store. Be a dear and welcome them to the neighborhood." Charlotte glanced over her shoulder and winked.
"But," The door opened and Emma hastily turned around, coming face to face with the boy she saw earlier. "Uh - Hi."
"Hi." He smiled gently and stuffed his hands in his pockets.
She found herself staring at him and blushed. Her eyes gravitated to her hands. "Here." Forcing the pie into his hands, she laughed nervously. "My mom made it, as a welcoming gift."
They stood there for a moment in silence. Suddenly realization struck her. "Oh, I'm sorry. My name is Emma, Emma Cooper." She stuck out her hand and he shook it.
"Harry," Next she found it was odd that he hesitated. "Baines. My - my name is Harry Baines."
"Nice to meet you." She grinned and had it received. Her stomach tied itself into knots and she stuck her thumb over her shoulder. "I had better get going. I have to do - something."
Emma turned on her heel and walked as fast as she possibly could to get away. "Stupid - Stupid - Stupid."
Harry closed the door and stared at the apple pie. 'This is to much responsibility.'
"Potter. Who was that?"
He ignored this question and stated, "Our last name is Baines."
"I thought it was supposed to be McCann. Oh well. Don't think it'll make too much of a difference." Jennifer shrugged and eyed the dessert. "What's that?"
"Welcoming gift." Harry handed her the plate, in which she took gratefully with a broad grin. "I'm going to owl Hermione and Ron."
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