I'll Stand By Your Side (Book 3)

Athena Black's seventh and final year at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry brings more than she could ask for. Dolores Umbridge, The latest Defence Against the Dark arts teacher is beginning to take over the school in the Ministry of Magic's attempt to keep the news of Voldemort returning to power on the down low, and that doesn't settle well. Athena is the youngest member of The Order of The Phoenix and is determined to do the best she can to help, as long as she can stand by the sides of the ones she loves. (Book three to the Proud To Be series)

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Athena's POV

"What the hell do you mean! Is he alright?" I asked, exasperated about the news that Harry had two Dementors set on him and his cousin, Dudley.

"He's fine, and he's on his way here." Remus said calmly.

"How are you so calm about this?" I asked. "They're trying to expel him!"

"They can't. He has a trial, but they can't expel him. He was protecting himself."

"Do you really think that'll stop the ministry considering what's going on at the moment?" I spat, worried and upset.

"Dumbledore will be there." He said softly, pulling me into a hug. I wasn't going to lie, it made me feel a slight bit better.

"It doesn't even make sense. Someone had to have sent those Dementors after him. Two don't just randomly show up in a muggle community." I shook my head, letting him hug me.

"I know, and that's exactly what we're trying to find out."

"Well, I'll do what I can to help." I stated. "Where's dad?"

"Probably in his room or making fun of Kreacher." He said and I rolled my eyes, he couldn't leave that house elf alone, could he?

"Okay, I'm going to go annoy him. Bye." I said, bouncing out of the room. Remus had been correct, Dad was laying on his bed doing absolutely nothing. "Hey, stop being a fatass and do something." I said, collapsing next to him.

"That's rude, and no. I mean, what is there to do when I can't go outside?"

"Hang out with me because I'm cool as hell." I suggested.

"Well of course you're cool as hell. You're my daughter." He smiled.

"You cocky-" I was cut off by Fred walking through the door.

"Oh- I.. I'm sorry, I was looking for you and I didn't know..."

"It's fine, Fred. Come here." I smiled and waved him over. He walked over slowly, more cautiously, actually. He casted a few glances at dad, who just looked amused. I think Fred was a little scared of dad. Maybe because he thought dad wouldn't think he was good enough to be with me.

"Sit down," dad said in a stern voice. I nearly laughed, before I realized what he was doing. Fred jumped when he spoke, quickly scrambling to sit down on the bed next to me. I grabbed his hand and he looked at me as if I'd just said I was a Death Eater. "So. You're the one who got my daughter, right?" He asked. Fred merely nodded.

"Y-yes sir," he said and I couldn't contain myself, I giggled quietly.

"And what are your intentions with my daughter, Mr. Weasley?" He asked, raised his eyebrows at him.

"I... To love her no matter what, and hopefully, one day, start a family." He said so softly I almost jumped in his arms and kissed him right there. Dad looked at him for a moment, as if he was thinking about something, then finally smiled.

"You're a good kid. I was just joking," he smiled and Fred looked as if Jesus had spoken to him.

"Really?" He asked.

"Yeah, just don't hurt her or I'll hurt you." He said so coolly. I rolled my eyes and pushed him a little harder than I thought, causing him to fall off the bed. I burst out laughing and helped him up and back on to the bed and he looked at me, annoyed and amused.

"Why did you-"

"Shhhh," I put my finger to his mouth and smiled, showing the dimple In my right cheek. Fred, who barely said anything the whole time, almost automatically poked it, like he did every time. I heard dad laugh at him and he blushed and quickly moved his hand away.

"Oh my god, he isn't going to yell at you for touching me," I said and grabbed his hand, intertwining our fingers.

"Well-"

"Dad, shut up or I'll push you off the bed again."

***

"HARRY!" I yelled, pulling him into a hug.

"Athena!" He laughed, with a little less enthusiasm.

"Are you alright? My god you had us all worried." I said, pulling away but keeping my hands on his shoulders.

"Yes, I'm fine, I'm fine." He told me.

"Good, good. Just making sure.." I said, smiling and giving a failed attempt at fixing his hair.

"Give everyone else a chance, Athena." Dad spoke from behind me and I rolled my eyes.

"Fine," I said reluctantly and let go of him. When Harry saw dad he smiled and ran to hug him.

"Sirius!" He shouted and the did the whole greeting hug thing that family does. I smiled and realized I wasn't needed here anymore, so I apparated to my bedroom.

As usual, when I got there, Fred was already there laying on my bed. "Get up you lazy fuck," I grinned and jumped on top of him. He let out a groan, and I assume I elbowed or kneed him somewhere that shouldn't have been.

"Ow," he said, glaring at me.

"Love you," I kissed him and smiled innocently.

"You're mean."

"I know. But it's alright, because you still love me." I stated. He raised an eyebrow.

"How do you know?"

"Because if you didn't love me, you would've left by now." I pointed out.

"Fair enough," he smiled.

"You know what?" I asked randomly.

"What?"

"You're cute."

"Thank you, so are you." He told me and I shrugged.

"You're a ginger, though. That means you're a lot cuter than I am."

"Lies. It's all lies." He said and I smiled.

"Harry's here, if you want to go see him." I told him.

"You coming?" He asked, getting up.

"No, I think I'm going to go to sleep."

"Before dinner?"

"I don't know, I'm tired, alright?" I ask, becoming a little defensive.

"Right... Sorry." He said and I sighed.

"I love you." I said, but he had no time to answer since he had alright apparated.

I rolled over into my side, facing the wall and I laid there for a moment, thinking about what school would be like now. I didn't want to image the precautions that the ministry would be taking to make sure Dumbledore didn't say anything. I didn't want to imagine how it would interfere with our lessons and lives there. And if anything dares interfere with the NEWTs, I will not be a happy student. Not at all.

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