Harry was seated on the couch with C.J. next to him watching cartoons. Emmett, Jasper, Alice, Rosalie, Esme and Carlisle were there as were Luna and Neville, who had taken an extended vacation from Hogwarts. The only one who wasn't present was Edward and Harry had no idea where the vampire was. Fred and George had left a few days earlier, wanting to get back to work at their joke shop and they had taken Hermione with them. Harry had promised her he would stay in contact but had yet to send a letter.
The wizard was enjoying his time with his family and friends. His magic crackled in the air dangerously making them all jump. His control wavered, it was harder and harder to control his magic and the only time he was able to control it was when his mate was touching him and the excessive magic left his body. Where is Edward?
He closed his eyes and concentrated on releasing his magic into the earth. It helped a little but he could still feel his magic right under his skin, building up. It was rather painful to keep his magic inside; it felt as if his skin was burning away, as his magic tried to find an outlet.
A comforting hand took the excessive magic into itself, leaving Harry's body. A grateful sigh escaped his lips before he opened his eyes. Worry showed in the topaz eyes before him and he gave a grateful smile. Reaching up he caressed his mate's cheek, needing a little more contact. He linked his hands behind his mate's head and pulled him down to kiss him. His magic crackled in the air one more time before it entered Edward.
Edward had been on his way back to the house when he'd felt his mate's pain. Running at a faster pace, he reached the house and quickly kneeled down in front of his mate. The moment his skin met that of his mate's, Edward could feel the magic enter his body; running through his veins, settling down before it dissolved.
The concerned thoughts of their friends and family became louder when the magic entered his body before they quieted down to the volume they had always been, when the magic dissolved.
He let himself be pulled closer to his mate and felt his predator purr in contentment when he felt his mate's pain leave with Edward's touch. Breaking the kiss he realised this was a perfect moment for what he was about to do.
"I wanted to do this in a more romantic manner but I guess this will do." Confusion showed in the green depths as Edward continued. "All my life, I've been searching for my one true mate. Over the years I became lonely and longed for that which my parents and siblings shared.'
"I was so happy I found love with Bella that I tried too hard… Alice's visions showed me I would be happy with Bella and I did everything to keep her. When she left all hope for happiness faded from me. I thought I would never find someone to love again and was doomed to be alone. The thought drove me to depression and I felt myself pulling away from those who loved me. But I couldn't deal with them and their happiness for why did they deserve to be happy while I didn't?'
"When you came into my life I was caught off guard. You found a way through my barriers and into my heart and never left. What I feel for you is so much more than I ever felt for anyone. You are my best friend, my lover but most of all my mate. I cannot imagine my life without you or C.J. in it.'
"There was a time when I feared eternity but now I don't have to fear it anymore for I'll be spending my life with you, if you'll let me. Harrison, will you marry me?" Pulling out a ring from his pocked he showed it to Harry.
The wizard sank down to his knees before throwing his arms around the vampire. "Yes!" he exclaimed before kissing him passionately. "Yes," he repeated more gently against the lips.
Luna was crying softly into Neville's shoulder. Esme and Alice looked like they would cry had they been human; even Rosalie seemed emotional. The men were smiling while they watched the scene in front of them. Edward pushed the ring onto Harry's finger and dragged him in for another kiss.
Congratulations were bestowed upon the newly engaged couple before they were left alone. Edward gathered his fiancé close to him as they sat down on the couch. "Are you happy?" He asked him.
"Mmm," Harry answered in agreement a small smile on his lips. "Edward, there's something I must do," he told the vampire.
"What is it?" Edward asked as he turned his new fiancé's head to make him look at him.
"I want to go to England, to the Diggorys. I want them…I want to explain to them…" Harry looked away from the worry in the topaz coloured eyes. "They've given me so much and they deserve the truth."
"You want to ask them for permission," Edward stated gently, reading the stray thought in his mate's mind.
"I…I guess, I mean," Harry stopped and turned around to face the vampire. "They are the only family I have beside you and yours. I want to show them the respect they have given me. Without them C.J. would have never been born."
"Then we shall go to England," Edward stated simply, knowing how much this would mean to Harry.
"Thank you," Harry smiled and kissed his mate. "I hope they'll accept this."
"I'm sure they only want your happiness," his mate replied.
"Would they think it's too soon after Cedric?" Uncertainty showed in his eyes.
"It's been almost three years since his passing; no one shall think it too soon. Everyone saw how much his death devastated you, how much you still love him. No one is blaming you for finding happiness again, Harrison." Edward reached up to caress his mate's cheek. "You deserve to be happy."
"And you make me very much so." Harry pulled the vampire down and kissed him deeply. Thinking about the Diggory's brought back a conversation he had had with Luna and Neville a few months ago when they had thought Edward had died. He thought back to when he had that conversation with Edward, explaining things to him.
"Edward, there's something that's been recently brought to my attention," Harry said to his mate as he snuggled further into the lose embrace.
"What was that?" The vampire asked, trying to figure out what his mate was thinking but his ability wasn't back to normal yet as his mind was still healing so he couldn't figure it out.
"When you were gone Luna, Neville and I talked about our bond and the bond I had with Cedric," the wizard began. "And we figured some things out…" Harry paused a moment before he continued. "I've told you about Cedric and how we bonded," he didn't need to ask the vampire if he remembered how they bonded for he figured the vampire would know. "It was a life bond, like the one we share."
Again, the wizard paused. Edward was silently pleading the wizard to go on and say what he had to say; his constant pausing was making him nervous.
"In a wizard or witch's life, there's only one life bond and yet I have two," Harry turned his head and looked up at his mate. "Or so I thought."
Edward could feel his heart sink, especially when Harry didn't continue. "Harry, what are you trying to tell me?" His voice did NOT shake, he told himself.
"I've only entered one life bond in my life and it started with Cedric," Harry began but was cut off by the vampire.
"But we share a bond?" Edward asked he needed to know that was still true even though he could feel it.
"Yes," Harry reached up and caressed his mate's cheek. "I fear I am making you concerned when there's no reason to be, forgive me for my poor word choice. I merely want to tell you that the bond I have with Cedric didn't break, it transferred to you."
Edward gave his mate a confused look. "What does that mean?"
"Cedric and I shared a life bond," Harry stated again. "We think that when he died my magic tried to protect me and found the nearest link I had to Cedric, which was C.J. who was growing inside me. But of course a bond between parent and child is different than between partners and it needed to find another link, which brought me to the Diggory's where I gave birth to my son. Barely four months later I went to America and found you."
"I don't understand," Edward admitted. What did he have to do with the Diggory's?
"Mrs. Diggory's maiden name is Mason," Harry admitted. "You and Cedric are related."
Edward shook his head as he tried to examine all he had learned. He was related to his mate's deceased husband? Did that mean Harry was only with him because he was related to Cedric?
"I am not with you because you are related to Cedric," Harry told him as if he had read his thoughts. "I thought that too at first but then I realised you two are completely different. I have to admit that you have things in common but I fell in love with you."
Edward turned his eyes to the ceiling. He was related to the Diggory's, to Cedric. Did that mean he was related to C.J. as well? All his life he thought he had no more family left from his human life and now he found out that wasn't true. His last remaining family member was living under his own roof!
"Edward?" His mate's voice brought him out of his musings and he turned his eyes back to his mate, who was struggling not to cry. He brought his arms back around his mate and tightened the hold on him.
"Forgive me, I was merely thinking about this," he told him. "I love you Harry, there's nothing that would change that. You are my mate as much as I am yours. I was more shocked to realise I had a human family left than I was to learn I'm related to your husband. I will never leave you!"
Harry let out a relieved sob and threw his arms around his mate and kissed him deeply. He wasn't certain what he feared but he knew that his mate had taken his fears away. Edward would never leave him, that was all that mattered! "I love you," he whispered against the cold lips. "Never forget that."
Harry balanced C.J. on his hip as he took a deep breath. Edward, C.J. and he had arrived in England and were about to go to the Diggorys. Nervousness was making his magic crackle in the air and he gave his mate a thankful smile when Edward's arm encircled his waist.
Although the Diggory's know about Edward, Harry was still nervous about what they would say.
"Shall we?" Edward asked and after receiving a nod from his fiancé he knocked on the door. They didn't have to wait long for the door to open.
"Merlin! Harry, child. It's good to see you again," Mrs. Diggory exclaimed as she took in who stood before her. She hadn't seen her son-in-law since she and her husband had taken C.J. back to America. Harry had looked like a ghost back then but now he was his bright self again; it did her heart good to see him happy.
"And C.J. sweet boy," she continued, holding out her arms she waited for Harry to place the child in them and once he had done so she hugged the child close. "How I've missed you." She looked up at her son-in-law and added. "How I've missed you both."
"Up and about again, I see," she said to Edward when the vampire passed her after she stood aside to let them pass.
"I am," Edward replied, curtly.
"Please, come in, don't mind the mess. We weren't expecting company." Mrs. Diggory was soon leading them inside and told them to sit down, which they did. Before she joined them she called up the stairs for her husband and then sat own with C.J. in her lap. It took Mr. Diggory a moment to come down the stairs and into the living room.
"Harry Potter!" He exclaimed as he walked over to the young man and indulged him in a hug. "Edward." He gave the vampire a nod, not quite at ease with vampires even though he knew Edward and his family only drank the blood of animals.
"To what do we owe this wonderful surprise?" Mrs. Diggory asked after standing up and getting some toys for C.J. which she kept from when she had been looking after him.
"I…uh…we wanted to…" Harry stopped, blushed and looked away. He wasn't sure how to continue, it wasn't every day he asked his in-laws permission to remarry.
"There was something I wanted to ask you Mr. Diggory," Edward began, taking control after feeling his mate's uneasiness. "You may have noticed my interest in Harry and as his in-laws you are the only family he has, besides C.J. of course," he quickly added the last part as C.J. gave a sound of protest. "I know it's not usually done this way but I've asked Harry to marry me," lovingly he took Harry's hand in his own. "And as his last remaining family I ask your permission to marry him."
Harry sucked in his breath, waiting for the answer His heart beat madly in his chest. Sweat was forming in his hands and he wiped his free one dry on his jeans.
Edward kept a close ear on the Diggory's thoughts. Most of them were about how happy they were for Harry but there were a few thoughts that turned to their only son.
Mrs Diggory carefully handed C.J. over to her husband before she stood up and kneeled down in front of her son-in-law. "Harry, I know how much you love Cedric," the use of the present form didn't go unnoticed by either one. "Cedric would have wanted you to be happy and if Edward makes you so then we have no objections." She took a moment to study the couple. "You are happy, are you not?"
Harry and Edward shared a look before a true happy smile was born on both their faces. "I'm very happy," the wizard replied, bringing Edward's hand to his lips and placing a gentle kiss on top of it.
Mrs Diggory stood up when her husband joined her. "Then you have our permission to marry our son," Mr. Diggory held out his hand for Edward to shake it. Once Edward stood up and shook his hand, he was pulled into a hug by Mrs. Diggory.
"Take good care of our son and grandson for they are all we have left," she whispered into his ear.
"I will," he replied, simply.
"It does my heart good to see you smile after all you've been through. I wish you well," she said to Harry embraced him as well.
"It means a lot to hear you say that," Harry told her. Breaking the embrace Harry looked into her eyes. "May I visit his grave?"
"Of course," she gave him a kind smile and nodded to the back door.
Harry slowly got up and walked outside, leaving the family alone. He made his way to the lone grave at the back of the garden by the apple tree. Having been there before, he knew his way around. Sinking down to his knees he carefully caressed the head stone which said Cedric's name, his date of birth and date of dead and beneath that it read ‘Our hero'.
"Hello Cedric," Harry began as he took a deep breath. "It has been almost three years since you passed away but I still miss you. My life has taken a different turn since your death. I've fulfilled my destiny and killed Voldemort. What do you think of me now that I've become a murderer?'
"You had grown up with tales of the Boy-Who-Lived but how could you know what I would become? Dumbledore trained me to become a tool to do his bidding. My staying at the Dursleys was all part of his big plan to make me depend on him. Of course, that didn't go as planned and I ended up alienating him. The only one I could trust was you and you left me.'
"I must admit that there were times that I hated you for leaving me alone. For leaving me with a child I did not know how to care for; that all changed when I held him in my arms.'
"Oh, Merlin, Cedric, C.J's the most amazing child. He's an empath, did you know that? He can feel my as well as Edward's emotions. I hope you don't mind that he sees Edward as his other father. I promise you that he will know about you. He'll know who his father was and I won't keep him from your parents. They have a right to know him.'
"Your parents have been wonderful to us. They've taken care of C.J. when I could not. I'm forever grateful to them. I wish you could have been here with us though and watch C.J. grow up. He's so clever Cedric, you wouldn't believe it. I think he got that from you," Harry let out a laugh as he shook his head. "He's incredibly intelligent and is often teaching me something new.'
"Just the other day he told me Edward was hurting and knew I was the only one who could help him. He's such a wonderful boy. It takes my breath away every time I look at him and realise he's mine.'
"But I'm sure you know all this. I've a feeling you've been keeping watch over us." A gentle smile played on his lips. "Are you angry at me, Cedric?" He asked after a moment.
"I know that on my birthday you gave me permission to love again but did you really mean it to happen this soon? If not, I hope you can forgive me one day. We formed a bond on my birthday and I've quickly fallen in love with him.'
"It was quite a shock to realise our bond was transferred to Edward. Luna told me that could only happen when my intended was related to you, which means that you are a cousin or something of Edward. Funny, don't you think?'
"I hope you don't mind that I fell for your relative but, Cedric, if you met Edward you'd know why I love him. He may be a vampire but he's one of the kindest people I've ever met. He takes care of me and protects me. He's a good parent to C.J. But most of all, I love him. God, Cedric! I love him so much.'
"Could you ever forgive me for falling in love with him so fast?" Closing his eyes, he waited a moment. "I think you do." He answered at last. "I know you want me to be happy and I am. I've never felt like this before. He makes me feel things I never thought possible. There are times when I feel guilty for falling in love with someone else but I know deep within my heart you're happy for me and now with your parents' blessings I know it to be true…'
"You did want this to happen, didn't you? You knew how I felt about Edward and brought us together. I thank you for that. All you've ever done in life was to make me happy and now in death you are doing the same. I shall never forget you, my Cedric. Know that I and C.J. are happy and will always love you."
Harry traced Cedric's name with his finger. "Goodbye, Cedric." Just as he uttered those words his magic crackled in the air. It felt as if a mental block was removed from him, letting his magic out as it tried to find his mate. There was nothing Harry could do to control it; he needed Edward close for his magic had become uncontrollable. The mental block he had built up to protect himself had fallen and he was now free to love Edward. His guilt for betraying Cedric had left him.
His magic grew stronger, even dented Cedric's headstone. Oh God, no! Harry thought as his magic crackled in the air again and made another crack in the headstone. Oh please, don't break the only thing left of Cedric, he desperately thought.
In the living room Edward was talking to Mrs. Diggory when he felt his mate's anguish. "Harry," he let out before he rushed out of the house in search for his mate. Mrs. and Mr. Diggory ran after him and found Harry kneeling down besides their son's grave grabbing his heart as if he was having a heart attack. His magic was shocking her and her husband but let Edward in who was already kneeling besides his mate. The moment their skin touched the magic settled.
"Your magic is unstable," Mrs. Diggory stated once Harry regained his breath. "You must complete the bond or you'll lose your magic." With that she turned and left, dragging her husband with her.
Harry was blushing at her words and locked his eyes with Edward. "She's right," he told him. "My magic is too powerful to be controlled by myself in this half bond. If we don't complete this bond I'll lose my magic or worse."
"Then there's only one thing to do," Edward told him before kissing him gently. "Have you…" he stopped and tried again. "Are you done here?" He knew Harry needed this moment with his late husband and wasn't going to take it away from him.
Harry nodded his head. "Yes, I believe I've settled things with Cedric." Turning his head back to the headstone he rested his hand on top of it for a moment. "Be at peace, my love, for I am well." He turned his head back to Edward. "I'm being taken care of." Bringing his mate's hand up to his lips he placed a kiss against the back of his hand.
"Ready?" Edward asked gently.
Harry took one last look at the headstone before he nodded. "Yes, let's go."
"Are you okay?" Edward asked concerned.
Harry took a deep breath which he gently let out. "You know, I believe I am. I feel freer," he replied with a kind smile. "More at ease."
"You do look a lot happier," Edward told him. "There's this…aura around you. You're practically glowing."
"I think that's my magic," Harry replied with a laugh as he felt himself blush. Before they entered the house, Harry stopped.
"We don't have to do this now," Edward kindly said to his mate when he saw how nervous he was.
"Edward, my only wish is that it would be special to you since it's your first time," Harry answered.
"It is special, for I will spend it with you," Edward replied before reaching up and caressing his cheek. "I don't care where we are, as long as I'm with you."
"I just…I feel as if I'm bringing you home from the streets and am now looking for a place where we can have a quickie," Harry suddenly confessed as he took a step away from the door. "I don't want it to be like this."
"Then we'll wait," the vampire replied before lowering his head to claim his mate's lips. "Why don't we check up on C.J.?"
Harry nodded his head and let himself be led inside. Both, wizard and vampire were careful to always keep touching for if they didn't Harry's magic would lash out and it might hurt the Diggorys or C.J.
Watching his son play with his grandfather brought a smile to Harry's face. When he felt his mate's arms encircle him and tug him against his chest, he felt more content than he'd ever been. Love blossomed in his heart and he knew he was right where he belonged.