Double Trouble

Sweet and quiet Harry and sassy and rambunctious Emily Potter have lived their lives with Sirius Black and Remus Lupin ever since their parents, James and Lily, were killed by Voldemort on October 31, 1981. Now, ten years and a few months later, the twins are getting ready for their first year at Hogwarts. But everything is not what it seems.

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11. My parents?

"Just you four go first." Molly instructed. "We'll wait out here until one of you comes to get us." 

Mackenzie took a deep breath, told herself everything would be fine, tried to assure herself that she was perfectly capable of facing this strange new experience by herself, decided she was not, and grabbed hold of Sirius's hand. Sirius was completely taken aback; Mackenzie hadn't held either his or Remus's hand since she was seven. 

"It'll be okay." he said quietly, squeezing her hand comfortingly. "It's just your parents." 

Mackenzie took a deep breath again, nodded, and entered the room with her guardians and brother. 

There were only two people in the room. A man with messy black hair, hazel eyes, and glasses, and a woman with long red hair, bright green eyes, and freckles across her nose. You could have mistaken them for an older version of Harry and Mackenzie, except both had the green eyes, neither had hazel. The pair were both propped up on pillows, reading. Lily was reading a book, James a Quidditch magazine. 

Sirius and Remus's eyes both filled with tears again. 

"Hey, Prongs." Sirius said. 

"Good morning, Lilyflower." Remus gave a watery smile. 

James and Lily both looked up, and smiles split their faces. 

"Moony, Padfoot!" they exclaimed in unison. 

Sirius and Remus both strode forward and pulled their friends into gentle hugs. Tears were falling freely from all four pairs of eyes, nobody trying to stem the flow. 

Awkwardly, Harry and Mackenzie hung back, slightly wary of these two new strangers who should have been there from the start. 

Sirius and Remus pulled back and turned around, gesturing for the twins to come forward. 

"James, Lily, this is Harry and Mackenzie." Sirius said, placing his hands on Harry's shoulders. Remus did the same with Mackenzie. 

"Harry, Kenzie, this is James and Lily." Remus said, smiling a bit sadly. "Your parents." 

Not sure how to act, Harry stepped forward a bit, arms moving a bit mechnically between handshake and hug. James rolled his eyes and gave him a hug, before letting him move to Lily. Mackenzie, however, had now latched herself onto Remus's arm, and was clinging to it as though it were her lifeline. 

"Kenzie?" Remus said gently. "Are you going to say hi?" 

Mackenzie stepped forward a bit and, for reasons unknown to all, even her, she dipped into a quick curtsy. 

"Hello." she whispered. 

James burst out laughing. 

"Come here, Mackenzie." he said, holding out his arms. 

Mackenzie glanced back at Sirius and Remus, who both nodded, and stepped forward and allowed James and Lily to both hug her. 

"You two are both so grown up." Lily said, eyes filling with tears again. 

When neither twin answered, Sirius stepped forward. 

"Yeah, they've matured a bit." he nodded. 

"Are you two enjoying Hogwarts?" James asked. 

That was all it took for Harry to be off, excitedly talking all about Hogwarts and Quidditch and Gryffindor and his friends and whatever else went on in the Gryffindor dorms. Mackenzie, however, returned to Remus's arm. 

When Harry finally ran out of steam, James smiled. 

"And how's Mackenzie?" he asked kindly, trying his best to seem kind, welcoming, and loving. 

Mackenzie simply shrugged. "Fine." she whispered. 

"Oh, don't let this fool you." Harry said. "I don't know why she's being so shy; usually she never shuts up." 

"Well I've never heard you talk so much in our lives." Mackenzie retaliated, more at ease bantering with her brother. 

"I've heard you talked plenty to Blaise, Draco, and Daphne when you first met them." Harry said. "Why not with them?" he gestured at James and Lily. 

Mackenzie quieted again, before shrugging. "It's different." she finally muttered. 

All the adults could sense her discomfort, so Sirius cleared his throat loudly. 

"Prongs, Lilyflower, the Weasleys and these two's friends are all outside in the hall. They wanted to give us time alone, but if you feel up to it, I could go invite them in." 

"Oh, yes, do!" Lily exclaimed. "How many kids are the Weasleys up to by now?" 

"Seven." Harry announced. "And one of them's my age!" 

Sirius moved to the door and opened it, spoke briefly to those outside, and then the crowd came in. 

"Molly!" Lily exclaimed. 

"Lily!" Molly gasped, hurrying over and giving her a hug. 

Arthur went over to clasp James's hand. 

There was a moment of awkward silence. 

"Kenzie, why don't you introduce your friends first?" Remus suggested. 

Mackenzie shrugged. "This is Daphne Greengrass," she began.

Daphne stepped forward and, like Mackenzie, curtsied, causing everyone to laugh. 

"Hello." she said, shaking James and Lily's hands. 

"Blaise Zabini," 

"Pleasure." Blaise said, also shaking their hands. 

"And Draco Malfoy."

"Yes, we met Draco already." James smiled. "Are you alright?" 

"Um, yes...?" Draco said hesitently. 

"We could hear you and your father from the cellar," Lily began, but Draco shook his head violently, and she broke off. 

"Yes, I'm fine." he said. "How are you two?" 

"Getting there." James shrugged, wincing slightly. "A little sore, nowhere near as bad as it was before. Enjoying seeing our old friends and meeting all you kids." 

"Harry?" Sirius prompted. 

"These are my two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger," Harry began, "And all the Weasleys excluding Bill and Charlie. There's Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny." 

"A girl!" Lily exclaimed. "We've met everyone before you, Ginny. How are you?" 

"I'm fine." Ginny said, her voice small. 

Ron rolled her eyes. "You don't know how weird it is for her to be this shy. She never shuts up, usually." 

Lily laughed lightly. "I was told the same thing about Mackenzie." 

The group talked a while longer, Sirius and Remus telling stories of Harry and Mackenzie's childhood, until a Healer walked up to them. 

"Excuse me," she said, "I was told to inform you all that James and Lily Potter were healing quite well, and they should be able to go home within a week." 

"That's before the holidays are over!" Harry exclaimed. "You'll get to meet Hedwig! Remus said I'm not allowed to bring her to the hospital." 

"I'm not surprised, Remus was always such a buzzkill." James said, grinning. "Who is Hedwig, anyway?"

"My pet snake." Harry said. "I can talk to her."

"You can talk to snakes?" James asked. 

"Yes." Harry said proudly. "Mackenzie can talk to almost every animal except snakes." 

"Yes, about that." Mackenzie said, smiling a bit sheepishly. "I may have lied." 

"What do you mean, you lied?" Harry asked. "Can't you talk to Serefina?" 

"Well, usually, yes." Mackenzie said. "I've recently had a brief period where I couldn't, but I can now understand most animals again, but I can't seem to reach Serefina's mind. But anyway, I may have lied about not being able to understand snakes." 

"What?" Harry, Sirius, and Remus exclaimed. 

"You mean this whole time, you've been able to understand what I'm saying to Hedwig?" Harry asked, aghast.

"Yes." Mackenzie nodded. "You have very boring conversations with your snake." 

Harry rolled his eyes. "You're very annoying, Mackenzie." 

Mackenzie's eyes hardened ever so slightly, but only Harry noticed. "Yes, I'm well aware of that, thank you." 

"Kenzie, I-" Harry began. 

"No, it's fine, I know." Mackenzie shrugged. She turned to Remus and dropped her voice to a whisper. "Can we please go home now?" 

"Oh, um, er, yes, I suppose so." Remus whispered back, before straightening. "Mackenzie isn't feeling well, so I'm going to take her back home."

"We'll come." Daphne, Blaise, and Draco said at once.

"Oh." James said, looking slightly disappointed. "Okay." 

"I'll probably be back in just a bit." Remus assured him. 

"Goodbye, Mackenzie." Lily called after the five as they left. "It was wonderful meeting all of you!" 

Mackenzie waved briefly over her shoulder, gave a smile, and then clutched onto Remus's arm until they were back down in the lobby.

"Do you want to take the car again, or just apparate?" Remus asked the four kids. 

"Just apparating, unless you don't want to have to come back for each of us." Mackenzie said. 

"I'm fine apparating." Remus shrugged. "Hold tight. I can take two of you at a time." 

Mackenzie and Daphne grabbed on first. Remus deposited them at Grimmauld Place, disappeared briefly, and then returned with Draco and Blaise. 

"I'll be back in a few hours at most." Remus promised. "Will you be okay?" 

"Yes." Mackenzie nodded. "Why did you say I wasn't feeling well?" 

"I thought that it might hurt James and Lily a bit if they knew you just didn't want to be there." Remus smiled softly. 

"Are you upset?" Mackenzie asked, looking worried. 

"No, I get it." Remus laid a hand on her shoulder. "It's a lot for you to take in, and it's probably strange and uncomfortable for you. But you'll adjust. I promise." 

Mackenzie nodded, hugged him, and turned to her friends as Remus disapparated with a sharp crack. She could only hope that what he said was true, that she would adjust. 

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This chapter is not the greatest quality. Sorry for that. :/

In random news about what's going on in my life because why not, I had to go march in a parade on Saturday, and got so badly sunburned that I actually have blisters. So you know, that's fun. 

I hope you all did something nice for your mothers/grandmothers/stepmothers/any female guardians you have in your house. *stern look* 

Unless they're horrible to you. Not just a 'teenager hating their parents' sort of way. Actually horrible. 

Well, that's all for now. I'm going to go start the next chapter. Leave a comment on how you think it's gonna go? Please? *innocent smile*

See you later, fantastic pineapples!

-Emma

 
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