After a few days Luna and Neville managed to drag Harry outside. Harry and Jasper had been planning an attack on the Death Eaters the entire time and both friends figured it was time for their friend to take a break. So they brought him outside to talk, enjoying the cold winter weather.
Over the past few days Harry had told Luna and Neville how Severus and Poppy helped him escape to America. He told them how he met Esme and the other vampires. How he knew he could trust them and how they found out he was part of the coven.
He told them about Cedric; how they had been more than friends during his fourth year. How they had performed an illegal bond and how he had put a temporary glamour on it.
"Why do you wish to hide it?" Neville asked curiously.
"I don't," Harry answered with a sad look on his face. "Edward, my mate… We haven't completed the bond yet and I wasn't sure what it would do to him if he found someone else's mark on me."
"I thought Cedric was your mate," Neville replied confused.
"They both are," Harry replied and shook his head. "Do not ask me to explain for I do not know how they both could be my mates."
"The moon and the sun shall join together and the vandergouches shall bless their union," Luna's voice sounded far away and a dreaming look was on her face.
Both Harry and Neville turned to her before shaking their heads. Harry smiled, "You haven't changed one bit, have you Lunes?" He asked with a small laugh.
"I know that the bond I had with Cedric was real and I know the bond I had with Edward is real," Harry sighed. "I just don't understand why I have been blessed…or cursed I have to say…with two bondmates."
"If you are bonded then how come it isn't completed?" Neville asked.
"I…we weren't ready yet," Harry answered. "The only one I've been with is Cedric and Edward has never been with anyone. We thought it best to wait till we were both ready. The bond was forced upon us."
Harry could see the question in his friend's eyes so he continued. "From the moment I met Edward, I felt this pull to him," he began after a moment. "It was weird, you know? I mean this pull was telling me to be with Edward while I was certain the vampire hated me." He chuckled as he remembered how Edward had avoided him in the beginning. "But I still didn't know what it entailed and it scared me. It wasn't until my birthday that I realised what it was…" He stopped as he remembered that fateful day.
"What happened?" Neville urged him on.
"I'm sure you've heard all about how I was dragged back to England and held by Dumbledore." When his friends nodded their heads he continued. "They couldn't continue with their plans to bind me to Percy Weasley because my magic was out of control and locked me up in a room. My magic was pushing everyone away; no one was able to touch me… I remember waking up a few times, my magic everywhere in the room. I pushed it into the earth; it took so much out of me that I kept falling asleep.'
"At exactly midnight, I woke up. I think I was screaming I'm not certain. My magic was overwhelming me, pushing out of my skin, searching for someone to balance it. Edward was there that night, he'd come to rescue me but I unable to leave so he stayed the night.'
"My magic found the slight pull to Edward and reached out to it before settling down." Both his friends knew what that entailed. A slight pull towards another person usually indicated a life bond. When magic, as powerful as Harry's, had no outlet it'll find the nearest pull and settle on it.
"You said the bond isn't complete?" Neville asked. After Harry confirmed it with a nod of his head Neville continued.
"You do realise that if you didn't complete the bond you will die?"
Harry nodded his head. "Yes, I know that…" He acknowledged but didn't elaborate. "Doesn't really matter now does it. I'd die either way…"
"What did Edward say to that?" Neville asked, but Harry didn't reply. "Harry, what's wrong?" He prompted after a moment.
Harry shook his head as if denying answering the question before he sat back down defeated. "I never told him," he admitted in a small voice, not being able to look at his friends faces.
"Why didn't you tell him?" Neville asked.
"I didn't want him to be with me because of this stupid bond," he replied miserably. "And I didn't want him to think the same."
Harry knew he had to start from the beginning. "I was miserable when Cedric died. He was the world to me." He continued. "I had nothing left to live for except for my son. You know, I didn't even care that the wizarding world had spit me out for I was happy to be rid of them. I left and arrived here, hoping for a chance at a normal life. Which was taken away from me when I met Esme and frankly I didn't care.'
"When I started developing feelings for Edward I freaked out for how could I fall for someone else when I had just lost Cedric? Cedric was my world, my everything and falling for someone else made me feel like I was betraying him. Not only were we illegally bonded, we were engaged, already husbands in our heart. I had promised to love him for as long as I lived.'
"And then Edward came into the picture. I realised what an incredible man he was. He was good to me and good to my son. Whenever I'd see him my heart would start to beat so loudly I knew the vampires could hear it all around the house and for a moment I'd indulge the fantasy of us together before the guilt would settle in. The guilt that I was betraying Cedric for how could I love another when my heart already belongs to him?'
"It wasn't until Cedric gave me permission to love again that the guilt started to lessen…"
"Wait? Cedric gave you his permission? How?" Neville asked confused.
"On my birthday, he came to me and talked to me…" Harry explained with a smile on his face. It had definitely been one of the best birthdays he's ever had. Not only had Edward rescued him from Dumbledore but he had been able to spend it with the vampire, his son, husband and even his parents-in-law.
"It's not unheard of that a powerful wizard or witch could bring back a soul for a short time," Neville observed as he nodded his head.
"Yes, he came to me and told me it was okay for me to love again. I'm also pretty sure he gave Edward his permission," a smile lingered on his face as he remembered his husband's words.
"So, are you saying that you can love him now without guilt?" Neville was confused; he'd forgotten where the point was going.
"No, of course not," Harry had to bite his tongue so he wouldn't snap at the other boy. "I still feel guilt from time to time."
"Sunshine dances on the beauty of love," Luna's voice ripped through to the two boys thoughts.
"I think Luna's right," Neville spoke up. He had gotten used to her vague and weird remarks and knew how to decipher them. "If you bonded with Cedric you shouldn't have been able to bond with Edward."
"No, I shouldn't and yet I did," Harry replied. "What does it mean?"
"What's Edward's last name?" Neville's asked. Suddenly an idea struck him.
"Mason, why?" Harry answered.
"Mrs. Diggory's maiden name is Mason," Luna suddenly said; her eyes lucid and wide before turned glassy again.
Harry was shocked to hear that. "I didn't know that, " he said before Neville spoke up.
"Technically, Edward shouldn't be alive in this lifetime, but Cedric should. I'm guessing Edward didn't find his mate when he was still alive." Harry shot Neville a look that said ‘you'd think?' for it was obvious the vampire had been turned at a young age. "I'm guessing the bond transferred to Edward when you met him."
"Transferred?" Harry asked. "What? Are you saying I only fell in love with Cedric because he was related to Edward?" Harry was slightly disturbed by this notion and prayed to God is wasn't true.
"No, of course not" Neville told him and Harry breathed out a sigh of relief. "You fell for Cedric because he was your mate, not because of who he's related too and you fell for Edward because he's also your mate."
It didn't make any sense to Harry. He had loved Cedric for the person he was and had been with him and he loved Edward as well for who he was. They were similar in many ways but never had he confused one with the other.
"I don't understand…" He began, confusion clearly showing on his face.
"I'm thinking; when Cedric died the bond found the last remaining link to Cedric. It found C.J. first. His life force was enough to keep you alive but it wasn't stable, which is why you went to the Diggorys for they are also a link to Cedric," he stopped a moment to think. "You know my gran once told me about a bond like this before; sometimes really powerful wizards are able to stay alive on the children's life-force until they find another mate which is usually a descendent of their first mate. Or in this case an ancestor. I guess your magic is powerful enough that it kept you alive while it searched for someone else who was compatible to your magic. That's how you found Edward; I'm thinking you never thought to settle down in Forks?"
Harry shook his head. "No, I was just passing through and thought this was a good place to stay."
"Yes, fate or your magic brought you closer to your mate. You said you felt a pull towards Edward?" At Harry's nod he continued. "I'm thinking, the moment you saw Edward the bond knew he was compatible with you and tried everything to bring you together before you got into your inheritance." Neville saw the question in Harry's eyes and quickly added. "Don't think you only love Edward because the bond tells you he's compatible with you, nor does Edward love you because the bond tells him the same. You fell in love with each other on your own. The bond had nothing to do with it.
Harry nodded his head as he took everything in. "So, Cedric is related to Edward?" He asked after a moment. At Neville's nod he continued. "That would mean C.J. is related to him as well." He wasn't certain how he felt about this but he would think about it once he was alone. Not that it mattered anymore…his mate was gone anyway.
"It doesn't matter anyway," Harry said with a sullen look on his face. "If the battle does not kill me surely the bond will and I shall join both my mates in death."
Neither Neville nor Luna knew what to say and stayed quiet. But both decided that Harry had suffered enough and deserved all the happiness in the world and they were going to make sure he was going to get some, at least in his final days.