"Nicole!" Remus called up the stairs of Number 12. "It's time to go!"
Niki came skipping down the stairs. "You know Moony, I'm really excited to go to Hogwarts. What House do you think I'll be in?"
"I don't know, Niki, but I'll be happy with whatever you get." Moony said.
"Aw, thanks! I think that Hufflepuff would be my first choice, but if I can't have that then I think I'll choose Slytherin. After that would be Gryffindor, then Ravenclaw. I don't think that Ravenclaw would be an ideal choice for me because I'm not that smart or wise. Plus, I hate schoolwork. Of course, I've never tried Wizard schoolwork. I've only ever done Muggle schoolwork, which is all just math and science. I don't think I'll be taking Arithmancy once I get to third year, because that's pretty much just math. I hate math! Oh, I came up with new names for you and Padfoot." Niki said.
"Oh?" Remus asked, amused. "And what would those be?"
"I'm going to call you Moomy and Dadfoot. You know, Mommy and Dad?" Niki explained. "Well, obviously I know that you're not a mom, and Padfoot's not my real dad, but I just think that that's what I'll call you. Is that okay?"
"Of course that's okay, Niki." Remus said in a quiet voice. Niki was so wrapped up in her own little world, she didn't notice, and just skipped off to the kitchen. A few moments after she was gone, Sirius down the stairs.
"Moony, I think that -" Sirius cut himself off. "Remus, are you okay?"
Remus looked up. He hadn't noticed that he'd been staring at the kitchen door for the past five minutes.
"Do you know what Niki just called us?" he whispered.
Sirius, thinking that it was something rude, said "No,"
"She called us Moomy and Dadfoot." Remus said.
Sirius opened his mouth, then closed it again, and looked towards the kitchen. "She's a sweet little girl." He finally said, after a few minutes of silence.
"Yes, she really is." Remus replied. From the kitchen, there came a sound of breaking glass, then a shout of, "Wasn't me!" Remus and Sirius looked at each other, grinned and hurried into the kitchen.
"Okay, what happened?" Sirius asked.
"Harry did it, Dadfoot!" Niki said.
"I did not! It was entirely Niki!" Harry objected. Neither of them noticed that Sirius's eyes had misted over at Niki calling him Dadfoot. He quickly pulled himself together.
"Can someone just tell us what happened?" Remus asked.
"Harry pushed me, which made me slip and hit your cup, Moomy." Niki explained.
"I only pushed her because she called me Hairy Potty!" Harry said.
"I only called him that because he said that he thinks that red hair doesn't suit me!" Niki said.
"I only said that because she told me that my hair looks stupid all the time!" Harry fired back.
"I only said that because he said that I eat like a pig!" Niki said indignantly.
"I only said that because you said I eat like a princess!" Harry replied, getting angry.
"I only said that because you said I look silly in this dress!" Niki replied, referring to the pale green skirt and silver blouse she was wearing.
"I only said that because it makes you look like a Slytherin, and you said you want to be in Slytherin!" Harry said.
"I only said that because I do, and you said that Slytherins are stupid bullies!" Niki said, getting hysterical.
"I only said that because they are!" Harry exclaimed.
"Have you ever met one? You only hang out with Ron! You've never met a Slytherin!" Niki said, looking like she was about to cry.
Sirius and Remus looked at each other. They had to calm Niki down, or she would end up hurting Harry. Not that she would mean to, of course.
Niki had this strange kind of magic in her. Whenever she got mad, or sad, or just upset, it exploded out of her, and the person she was mad at would end up seriously injured. Once she even killed an animal that had injured her pet cat, but that was when she was very little. However, she still had no control over it. She didn't even know she had it. Harry did, but was under strict orders not to tell her anything about them. Whenever her magic exploded out of her, Niki would remember none of it. But recently, she had started thinking that she remembered things about it. And if she found out, it would terrify her, and she wouldn't want to be around anyone, for fear she would hurt them. Remus and Sirius knew this, because they asked her what she would do if she had powers that she couldn't control and hurt people. She said that she wouldn't go near people, because she didn't want them to get hurt. Finding out about these powers would destroy the innocent little girl that they loved, and Sirius and Remus weren't going to let that happen.
"You're right, entirely my fault." Harry said hastily. Obviously, he had seen what was coming. Sometimes he was really annoyed with Niki, but he had to admit that now it sounded like it was his fault. Plus, saying those things about Slytherins was out of line. He knew that she had a strict policy about fairness, and any injustice or unfairness, that didn't go unsolved, quickly set her off.
"Anyway, you two, go get your trunks. We're leaving in five minutes. Plus we've got a surprise for both of you!" Sirius said. This made them both run upstairs and reappear, in less than one minute, destroying the ground by dragging their trunks down the hallway. Sirius and Remus both ran upstairs to help.
Once they got to the living room, they set the trunks down.
"You both wait here. We'll go get the surprises!" Remus said, and he and Sirius hurried out of the room.
"You know, Moomy and Dadfoot are both really nice to us. Especially considering that we were just dumped on them without notice." Niki said.
"Yeah, they are." Harry said.
Sirius and Remus came back into the room, and they both had large boxes in their hands.
"SURPRISE!" They both yelled, handing them the boxes.
Harry and Niki ripped the boxes open. Harry said, "Thanks!" but Niki just started jumping up and down, squealing.
"THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!" She squealed, over and over and over again.
Harry reached into the box and withdrew a cage with a beautiful snowy owl in it. Niki reached into her box and withdrew a small carrier with an adorable black puppy in it.
^This is Niki's puppy.^
"She's so cute!" Niki squealed, hugging the puppy close. "Even though she doesn't have horns, her name is Prongs!"
Remus and Sirius looked at each other. "Okay, Harry, Niki, come here, and hold onto your trunks." Sirius said.
"We're going to Kings Cross by apparition." Remus added. Harry grabbed Remus's arm, and Niki grabbed Sirius's arm, and, with a twist into darkness, the little family was off to Kings Cross.