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Another Myth to Live Through

Summary:
The Cullens, an immortal family of vampires, have protected themselves by hiding from the world. That will change forever when magic enters their lives. But what seems at first to be a new opportunity may just cause a new set of troubles. A Twilight / Harry Potter Crossover that takes place post-Breaking Dawn and during the Trio's sixth year.


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4. Secrets Revealed

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Chapter 4: Secrets Revealed

Bella's Point of View

The rest of the week passed quickly. Nessie began to fit in with her classmates a bit more, though she tended to stay with us whenever she wasn't in class. We were all able to make a good amount of progress in catching up. We had Harry, Hermione, and Ron show us some things we could practice on our own, and used the long nights to practice, and thanks to that, Hermione maintained her belief that we would be proficient enough to no longer need excessive tutoring by the end of the next week.

Saturday came, and it was bright and sunny outside. This disappointed Edward, Jasper, and Emmett as they had planned to ask Harry and Ron about Quidditch, but I was content to stay inside and practice magic with Hermione, Harry, and Ron for a while. They had us working Third Year spells from breakfast until lunch.

As we returned from lunch, where as usual we had eaten nothing, Harry said, "It's really nice out. Are you guys up for some Quidditch?"

"No thank you" Edward said, "I think I would prefer to continue trying to catch up."

"You guys work too much. It's the weekend, come on let's have a bit of fun." Ron said.

"I'm not much for the outdoors." I said, "I think I'll just go up to the Common Room and read."

"And I'll join you." Edward said. He turned towards Harry and Ron, "Maybe I'll play with you another time. How about," He looked at Alice, who nodded minutely, "Tomorrow?"

Harry and Ron agreed, and Jasper and Emmett also promised to join them the next day. Hermione decided to come up to the Common Room along with us.

Edward and Alice went off into a corner to play some chess. Jasper joined them and watched. Edward and Alice hadn't been able to get used to Wizard's Chess, because most of their games took place in their minds. Thankfully Edward had thought to bring a traditional board. It drew a few odd looks when Alice flipped over her king after Edward made only one move, but no one thought much of it.

Rosalie and Emmett disappeared to an unknown location. I tried not to think of what they were doing.

Hermione and I sat on the couch and talked.

"Edward is really studious, isn't he?" She asked, "I expected him to go with Ron and Harry as soon as they asked."

"He just really wants to catch up. We all do. It's a bit awkward to be sitting in here practicing things that kids years younger than us can do without a second thought."

"I can understand that, but honestly you're all making amazing progress. I expected that it would take months for you to catch up, but I still think you'll be there by next week. It's almost as if you're all staying up late at night to practice more." Hermione laughed.

"No, but that's a good idea, we should try it." I tried to laugh naturally.

Edward walked over to us. "Hey Bella, want to go for a walk?"

I looked at Hermione, who didn't seem to mind, and agreed. We walked around the Castle, until I noticed that we were walking in circles. I was about to ask Edward why, when a door started materializing on the wall in front of us. We stepped into a cozy room that looked a lot like our house back in Forks.

Before I could ask it, Edward answered my question. "This is the Room of Requirement. It becomes whatever you need it to be. I found out about it in the minds of a few students. Apparently Harry, Ron, and Hermione organized a small group in this room last year."

"This seems quite convenient." I said. "It can become anything?"

"Well, that's the gist of what I got from reading people's minds. It seems like only a few people know about it."

"How does it work?" I asked.

"All you need to do is walk past the wall three times while thinking about what you need."

I could tell that Edward had brought me here for a reason.

"So, why did we come here?" I asked.

"I'm concerned about Hermione. From what I've seen in her mind, she is incredibly intelligent, and she will not stop searching until she finds the answer to something she doesn't know."

"But she hasn't gotten suspicious yet, has she?"

"Not yet," Edward said, "But remember? I told you that she was starting to wonder earlier this week? I'm afraid that she'll figure at least something out soon."

"So what should we do?" I asked.

"She's very open minded." Edward said, "I think the fact that she has faced prejudice because her parents aren't magical has helped with that. I think it might be best to tell her."

"We have to ask the others before we tell her anything, you know that. Why'd you only ask me?"

"Well honestly, I wanted to make sure the idea didn't sound crazy." Edward chuckled. "Besides, you know her the best out of all of us, so I thought it would be a good idea if you told her."

"I guess I can do that. But everyone needs to agree that we should do this. I think that we can trust Hermione, and the earlier we can tell people the better. But still, we don't want anyone in our family unhappy about telling her. Also, what about Harry and Ron, they seem like they're part of the package with Hermione."

"Perhaps we shouldn't tell them just yet." Edward said, "Not that I don't think they'd be accepting, I just think that if Hermione is in on our secret for a little while first, she can help us figure out the best way to tell them."

"Let's talk with everyone else after dinner? We'll need to include Jacob in this too."

Edward and I stayed in the Room of Requirement until it was time for dinner. As Edward hoped, Alice had seen his plan, and had told everyone in the family, plus Jacob, that Edward wanted to talk. Carlisle offered his office, as it was far away from the places students normally walked.

We left dinner, and followed Carlisle to his office. He opened the door, and we stepped inside.

"Okay Edward," Carlisle began, "Alice told us that you wanted to talk. What did you want to talk about?"

Edward cut directly to the point, "I believe that we should tell Hermione that we are vampires."

"Why?" Esme asked.

"Well, I've seen in her mind that she is aware there is something slightly different about us. And from what else I have seen, she is incredibly intelligent, and once she decides to find the answer to something, there is no stopping her until she finds it. She'll use her friends for help, so if she finds out, then so will all her friends. Not that I distrust her friends, but I believe that it is better if we control how the information about us gets out."

"That makes sense." Jasper said, "But do you think she'll be accepting of it?"

"From what I've seen, she has very few prejudices. She has been ridiculed because here parents are not magical, so that has probably helped in that matter. She does have a proven track record in her fair treatment and respect of Professor Lupin, who many people hate simply because he is a lycanthrope."

Alice nodded her head, "I don't see Hermione having any problem with us being vampires."

"Edward presents a good case. Does anyone have any objections?" Carlisle asked, "Seeing none, Jake do you want us to tell her about you as well?"

"It's probably better to get it all out at once. There will be fewer surprises in the future for her then. The important question is; how are we going to tell her?"

"I think it would be best if Bella told her. Bella knows her better than the rest of us do, and this news would probably be better accepted coming from a friend." Edward replied.

Everyone agreed, and I asked, "Okay, I'll tell her, but when and how?"

"It's going to be cloudy tomorrow," Alice said, "The boys are going to go play Quidditch with Harry and Ron. Maybe while they're playing and Hermione is alone you can tell her?"

"That sounds good."

It was silent for a short moment before Carlisle said, "So, how has everyone's first week of school been?"

We spent the next few hours talking about our week. It had been fairly dull. Or at least as dull as things could be when you were surrounded by magic. Carlisle, Esme, and Jake got a chuckle out of Alice's story about her chess game with Ron. Jake suggested that Alice challenge Ron formally and in public. Apparently there was a betting pool amongst the faculty as to whether Ron would ever lose.

At around ten in the evening, we returned to the Common Room. Edward and Alice went off to play more chess. Emmett and Rose disappeared again, most likely to the Room of Requirement, and Jasper decided to do some reading.

Nessie and I sat down on a couch.

"You were pretty quiet earlier. How's your week been?" I asked.

"Not very good. I can't relate to any of my classmates. I've made a few friends," She made air quotes around the word, "But I can't talk to them about anything important because they would just get confused. And then there's Jake. I have to go to class every day and see him, but I have to act like I've never met him. It's nearly impossible. You and Dad are lucky to not have to hide your relationship."

"I don't think I can help you with your classmates. They're just acting like most eleven year olds act. Maybe you should try and talk with some of the older students more. As for you and Jacob, you only need to act like you don't know him when other people are around. I bet that he could bring you for a ride somewhere, and you two could have some fun together. Why don't you go ask him about it tomorrow?"

"That's a good idea. I never thought of that. Now, unlike you I need to sleep. Good night Mom."

With that Nessie gave me a quick hug and walked up the stairs to the girl's dormitories.

I decided to watch Edward and Alice playing chess. The match was confusing as usual, because only about three moves occurred on the board. Then Edward and Alice just started commenting on the moves they saw the other make without bothering to move the pieces. Alice ended up winning two out of three games.

We went up to our dormitories for a few hours, and returned downstairs at about one. Rose and Emmett had returned, so we began practicing the spells Hermione had told us to. We had all of them nearly perfect by five, when we went back to our dorms, and waited until it was a normal hour for waking up.

As Alice had promised, they skies were cloudy and overcast, though there was no sign of coming rain.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione were in the Common Room when we decided to leave our dorms. Harry and Ron immediately approached Edward, Jasper, and Emmett and began talking about Quidditch. Alice joined the conversation, saying that she was also interested in playing.

Their conversation continued throughout breakfast, and Harry and Ron seemed oblivious to everything going on around them.

"Are they always this out of it when they talk about Quidditch?" I asked as Ron shoved his elbow into a stick of butter.

"Normally they only act like this before a game." Hermione replied, "There are a few openings on the team this year, so maybe they're just getting excited about doing scouting."

"So what do you normally do while they're playing?"

"I normally bring a book into the stands and watch. I don't enjoy flying, but watching them can be fun."

"Do you want to go for a walk instead?" I asked, "I have a few things I want to talk about with you."

"Okay. There's a nice place near the lake that Harry, Ron, and I go to a lot. We can go there."

After breakfast, we returned to the Common Room. Alice and the boys grabbed their brooms. Ron changed into a new robe, after noticing the large amount of butter on his elbow. And they went off to the Quidditch pitch. Rosalie decided to go and watch.

Hermione and I walked down to the lake, and sat down underneath a tree.

"So, you said that there was something you wanted to tell me?" She seemed concerned, as if she thought there was something wrong and wanted to try to help.

"Yes, I did. It's rather important and private, so please, don't tell anyone. Not even Harry or Ron."

Hermione seemed slightly taken aback by this request, but agreed, "It's okay, I won't tell anyone."

"Well, I know that you've noticed that there is something a bit different about my family and me. I wanted to explain that."

I quickly looked around to make sure we were completely alone.

Seeing that we were, I continued, "Everyone in my family is a vampire."

"What?" Hermione said, sounding quite surprised.

"That's why we're all so pale, and if you had noticed, we're all cold to the touch. Have you learned anything about vampires here at Hogwarts?"

"No. Though I did read in an old textbook that vampires are highly predatorial, and nomadic, rarely traveling in groups of more than two. We did learn that vampires we supposed to be pale, but there are a lot of pale people out there."

"Well, the book was right in one respect. Vampires rarely travel in groups of more than two."

"But what about your family?" Hermione asked.

"My family is very strange among vampires. The main way we are different is that we don't drink the blood of humans. We only feed of animals. We have a little joke that we are vegetarians."

"The book also confirmed all the old stories about vampires sleeping during the day, only coming out at night and being burned by the sun."

"Things rarely mimic the stories. Just think about the stories people tell about witches. As for sleeping during the day, we don't, we can't sleep at all. The sun doesn't burn us either, it makes us sparkle."

"Sparkle?" Hermione asked, slightly sarcastically, which was odd for her. It was probably her brain running on auto pilot, trying to prevent itself from being overloaded by so much information. "Sparkling in the sun doesn't seem to do all that much."

"It just helps make us the perfect predator. We're super-humanly fast and strong, we're beautiful, and we sparkle in the sun to add to the beauty. We're made to draw people in so we can kill them."

"But why don't you?" Hermione asked, curious now.

"Because we don't want to be monsters. We want to try to live like normal people. Or as normally as we possibly can. In the human world, we can't reveal what we are, but we hoped that here, we could show our true selves, and be accepted."

"I'm not sure that that will be so easy. There are many bigoted people here. I'm sure that you know that professor Lupin is a werewolf. Three years ago, he was forced to resign because he was 'a danger to the students,' even though he is completely safe."

"Obviously we're going to have to reveal ourselves slowly. The Professors already know, for obvious reasons. And I saw what Professor Snape thought of us earlier this week."

"It makes sense that he would single you out. He hates almost everything, and he hates werewolves and the like a lot more."

"Speaking of werewolves." I said, "You know Professor Black?"

"Yes? What about him?"

"He's a werewolf. But not like professor Lupin. Jake can change form at will."

"I've never heard of that before. And you called him Jake, like you're familiar with him. Are you?"

"He comes from the same place that my family and I do, Forks, Washington. The main reason he is here is Nessie."

"Nessie? Why?"

"Maybe, it would be better to start from the beginning." I said.

I proceeded to tell her the entire story, from the time I arrived in Forks, to us arriving at Hogwarts. Hermione was rather surprised to find out that we were all originally Muggles, though it explained our lack of knowledge about magic. She was also particularly interested in the concept of imprinting, and the special abilities that Edward, Nessie, Jasper, Alice, and I had. As Edward had expected, she was very accepting of the fact that we were vampires, and didn't even ask for any sort of proof.

I was glad that I had been the one to tell her. It was nice getting to know Hermione, and after telling her, I felt like I had known her for years.

As we walked back to the Castle, she said. "Just to get things straight, your family is hundreds of years old, Edward can read minds, even though she looks like she is eleven, Nessie is only three, and you and Edward are actually married? I must admit Bella, even in the magical world, this is hard to handle."

"Imagine me trying to grasp all of this without knowing about the existence of magic." I replied.

We both laughed as we entered the Castle.

"Oh, Hermione, one last thing."

"Yes?"

"We were hoping if you could help us explain all of this to Harry and Ron when we decide to tell them. We want to start small, and it would probably be best if you were there to help explain."

"Sure, that's no problem."

We made our way back to the Common Room. Things were going to be interesting now that we had begun letting people in on our secret.