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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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9. Issues of Trust

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Chapter 9: Issues of Trust

Bella's Point of View

Things had been quiet for the past few days. Nessie's class' dueling tournament had ended, she placed third. Alice and I continued going to Divination classes, and Alice was enjoying laughing at Trelawney on a daily basis.

Seth, Embry, and Leah had remained in the forest, and the Cullen family was the only group that knew they were there, which was how they wanted it to be.

Alice and I were just leaving Divination when we were approached by Harry and Ron.

"Hi Harry, Ron. How's it going?" Alice asked.

"I can't complain," Ron said.

"I'm doing fine, thanks," Harry said.

"You seem like you have something to say, what's up?" I asked.

Harry cut to the chase, "Hermione is our best friend, and she's been spending a lot of time with you. Since neither Ron nor I have had a chance to spend much time with you since we tutored you for s bit, we didn't get to know you or your family well. We figured it'd be a good idea to get to know you guys a bit better."

"We're going to Defense Against the Dark Arts now, why don't you walk with us?" Alice said.

They fell into step beside us and we set off towards Professor Lupin's classroom.

"The best way for you to get to know us would probably be to ask us about ourselves, so, what do you want to know?" Alice asked.

I decided to let Alice do most of the talking, as she would be able to see their questions before they were asked, giving her more time to form an answer.

Harry was the first to speak, "Why didn't your family go to school in America, why come all the way here?"

"Our parents thought it would be a good way for us to see someplace other than America. Plus, as you saw when you tutored us, they didn't teach us very well back there. Our parents were offered jobs here after we enrolled." Alice answered.

"Where abouts in the States do you live?"

I decided to answer this question, "We live in Washington, on the west coast."

Their questions began veering towards us and our interests.

"What did you guys do for fun? Your brothers didn't seem familiar with Quidditch." Ron commented.

"We played a lot of Muggle sports, like baseball." Alice said, "Our family was more integrated with non-magic people than most of the families here do. We all read a lot too."

I decided to ask a question myself, "I've heard a lot of people talk about Voldemort, but never really found out who he is. Would you mind explaining?"

Harry opened his mouth to speak, but was spared from answering the question by our arrival at the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom.

Alice and I took our seats with the rest of our family. Professor Lupin spent the class teaching about incantation-less casting. Edward mastered it in very little time, while the rest of us found it to be a bit of a challenge.

"Just focus your whole mind on casting the spell," He encouraged me.

Near the end of class, most of us had managed a few simple spells without needing to use an incantation. A few moments before class ended, we heard Dumbledore's voice.

"All teachers please report to the Entrance Hall immediately. Students are to remain in the classroom they are in until further notice."

Harry immediately stood up, "What's going on Professor?"

"I'm not sure. Just do as Dumbledore said and stay here."

Harry sat down, and Professor Lupin hurried out of the room.

"What do you think is going on?" Somebody asked.

"I don't know, but Dumbledore sounded pretty strained. It can't be anything good."

I looked over to Edward, who seemed to be concentrating on something. After a few moments he grimaced.

"What's wrong?" I asked quietly.

"I checked Dumbledore's thoughts. Somebody left a message, and it refers directly to us"

No sooner than he had said that, the door opened and Professor McGonagall stepped through the doorway.

"Mister Potter, Mister Weasley, Miss Granger, please come with me." She the turned in my direction, "Will all the Cullens please come as well?"

I looked at Edward, who nodded subtly and stood up. I followed suit and followed Professor McGonagall out the door.

"What's going on Professor?" Ron asked.

"Professor Dumbledore will explain.." She replied.

We arrived in the Entrance Hall, and saw a crowd of Professors, including Carlisle and Esme, standing there, watching what sounded like an argument.

"I've said this before Albus, they cannot be trusted, they are dark creatures. Even the fools in the Ministry see that the D
dementors are likely to switch sides."

"Severus, you have made your views clear and I have explained my reasoning. You must trust me in this matter."

Snape seemed about to reply, but he turned and noticed that we had arrived, so he fell silent. A few moments later, Professor Flitwick walked in with Nessie behind him.

Harry stepped forward, "What is going on?"

Dumbledore turned, "We received a message from Voldemort."

"What did it say?"

Dumbledore stepped to the side, revealing blood red lettering on the floor, 'I shall return, more powerful than ever. It is already too late to stop me.'

"I had Professor McGonagall bring you down, because this, obviously, is of concern to you."

Jasper stepped forward, "If I may ask Professor, why did you send for us?" He indicated our family.

"One of our informants picked up some information that concerns you as well."

He led us into the Great Hall, and we saw a ragged man sitting at one of the tables, eating a small meal voraciously.

"Mister Fletcher, if you could come over here?"

The man looked around, and when he saw who had called his name, got up slowly and walked over.

"Mundungus, could you tell us again what you heard?"

"Well, I was in the Leaky Cauldron, not during my shift of course, and I heard a bunch of Death Eaters talkin' about You-Know-Who looking for something called the Volturi."

My entire family tensed visibly, as did Hermione.

"Thank you Mundungus, that will be all." Dumbledore said.

He returned to his seat and continued eating.

"What's the Volturi?" Harry asked.

Hermione acted as if she hadn't been told about them by me, "Remember Professor Black talking about them them during class? They're supposedly a family of vampires, but he said they were a myth."

"So Voldemort is trying to become immortal by becoming a vampire?" Ron asked, "But what makes him think that the myth is true?"

Edward nodded grimly, "You're right Alice, there's no point in trying to hide it from them anymore."

"What are you talking about Edward, Alice didn't say anything, and what do you mean hiding?" Harry asked.

I noticed Professor Dumbledore slowly walking away from our group, allowing us to sort out the situation for ourselves.

Hermione looked nervous as Edward began to speak, "This Voldemort is seeking out the Volturi because they are real. And because they are so thirsty for power, I would be surprised if they did not agree to his request."

"How do you know this?" Harry asked.

"Because we are vampires." He answered simply.

Harry and Ron's reactions were less than ideal. Both immediately took several steps backwards.

"Not possible, how did you get into Hogwarts?" Ron asked.

"Professor Dumbledore offered to let us enroll." Alice told him

Harry's voice took on an accusatory tone, "How could you do this?" He yelled at Professor Dumbledore, "You know that vampires are dark creatures. They're all probably spies for Voldemort!"

"Harry, I assure you that the Cullens are no more dangerous than you or I."

"Except for the fact that Voldemort is going to use them to become immortal."

"Harry," Hermione said pleadingly, "The Cullens aren't like other vampires."

"You knew?" Ron asked, betrayed, "How could you not tell Harry and me about this? I'm with Harry on this one, dark creatures can't be trusted."

"They asked me not to. They wanted you to get to know them better before they sprung this on you."

"You trust them? Hermione can't you see it all lines up? They're using you to get to me. They're working for Voldemort!" Harry yelled, incensed.

Hermione seemed offended, "Well if you don't value my opinions, you obviously don't value my friendship that highly. I'm very capable of making judgements for myself."

Hermione walked over to Professor Dumbledore, "Do you need me to be here for any reason, or can I go back to class?"

"You may return to class if you wish Miss Granger."

As she walked out of the Hall, Edward turned to me, "She apologizes for walking out, she's trying to make a point to Harry and Ron."

"Perhaps you would like for the Cullens to tell you more about the Volturi and Vampires?" Dumbledore prodded Harry.

Harry however was still angry, "I don't need help from someone who's helping Voldemort."

Harry began to leave the Hall with Ron close behind when Professor Lupin called out, "Harry just because someone is technically a dark creature does not make them evil. Werewolves are also considered dark if you've forgotten."

Harry and Ron seemed unconvinced, and continued walking, until they disappeared around the corner.

Professor Dumbledore walked over to us, "I apologize for putting you on the spot like I did. I had no other options when we received the information, and Harry needed to know what he is dealing with."

"Why is everything about this Voldemort important to Harry anyway?"

"That is a very long story. To put things as simply as possible, when Voldemort murdered his parents, he marked Harry as the only one who would be able to defeat him. If you would like, I can provide a more full version of the story later on. I will send a message when I know when I am available."

"So, Harry is destined to beat Voldemort, so he needs to know everything about him? As Sun Tzu said 'If you know your enemy and yourself, you need not fear the result of a thousand battles.'" Jasper said.

"Yes. Do not worry too much, I will make sure Harry and Ron swear to secrecy and I am sure that with Miss Granger's help they will come around. I think all that can be accomplished here as been done, so why don't you all get on to your next class?"

We bade Dumbledore goodbye and left the Great Hall.

"It will be very difficult, if not impossible, to change Harry and Ron's opinions of us. Their thoughts made their opinions very clear."

"Do you think Hermione will be able to sway them?" Alice asked.

"They're incredibly angry at her for withholding the information. I doubt they'll listen to anything she says about us."

"What do you think we should do?" Emmett asked.

"We should we care?" Rosalie asked. "Dumbledore said he'd swear them to secrecy, so we're safe."

"I agree with Rosalie, if they're going to come around, they'll come around. There's nothing we can do to force them to change their opinions." I said.

"True. I suppose that we will just have to continue as we have been."

~*~*~*~

Time passed and Halloween came and went without much excitement. Harry and Ron avoided my family as much as possible, and after a period of extreme coolness in their relationship, Hermione began splitting her time between Harry and Ron and my family.

The entire Cullen family, plus Jake, met in Dumbledore's office one night to hear the story of Voldemort. After we heard the story we understood the fear most people had that caused them to refuse to say his name. We also understood Harry's distrust of us a bit better.

Fall began to turn to Winter, and the students fell into a routine. One event, however, broke that routine.

Edward, Alice, Nessie, and I were spending some time in the Shrieking Shack, talking with Leah and Seth while was Embry patrolling.

Suddenly, Embry burst into to the room, "I just caught a strange scent. I followed it and about twenty people in masks were approaching the school."

"Could it be Death Eaters?" I wondered.

"It doesn't matter, we need to tell Dumbledore." Was Edward's answer, "You three should phase and tail the group. Don't get too close, just don't let them get near the castle. Alice can you and Nessie go tell Jake while Bella and I notify Dumbledore?"

Alice nodded and she and Nessie sped off. Edward looked at me and we both began running at superhuman speed towards the castle. When we reached the steps we slowed down to a more reasonable speed.

We reached Dumbledore's office, and gave the password. No sooner than we had knocked on the door, it opened.

"Ah hello Mister and Miss Cullen, what seems to be the matter?" Dumbledore asked seeing the looks on our faces.

"Embry saw about twenty people in masks walking through the Forest towards the castle." Edward told him.

"Masks?" Asked a voice from inside Dumbledore's office, "Why would he send Death Eaters to attack Hogwarts?"

Harry appeared next to Dumbledore, ignoring us, he asked, "What should we do Professor?"

"Come with me." He said, "You should come as well." He said to Edward and I.

"Professor, you can't actually trust them..." Harry began, but Dumbledore cut him off.

"Now is not the time for prostests Hary, time is of the essence."

Harry begrudgingly complied, but not before glaring at Edward and me. We sped out the doors and on to the grounds. Alice and Nessie arrived with Jake, as well as Jasper in tow.

Edward nodded at a question that Dumbledore had not yet asked. Dumbledore turned to Jake, "Jacob, if you could make contact with your friends and ask the whereabouts of the group?"

"Sure, just give me a minute." Jake said, running towards the Forest.

Harry seemed confused, but did not air any questions. A few moments later, Jake returned.

"Embry says that they're about two minutes away."

"That isn't enough to summon the rest of the staff." Dumbledore said, "We will have to handle the situation ourselves. Jacob gather the other wolves and stand just inside the forest. Do not come out unless the situation gets out of hand."

"Will do." Jake called as he ran back into the forest.

"Professor, who are you talking about?" Harry asked.

"Later Harry, we must prepare."

Just as Dumbledore finished speaking, masked and robed figures began emerging from the forest opposite the side that Jake had just run into.

One masked figure stepped forward. "Ah, I see that our work here will be simple. Voldemort has sent us with a demand Headmaster, give Potter to us, and we shall leave in peace."

"You say that you will leave in peace, but giving Harry to you will only cause more suffering in the long term. I'm afraid that you will need to leave empty handed."

"You don't understand Dumbledore. No is not an option. If you stand aside, we will take Potter and go, but if you refuse, we will be required to use force."

By this time, the last of the Death Eaters had exited the forest. The last two looked immediately towards Edward and I. A split second later, I recognized their scents.

Ignoring the Death Eater that was speaking with Dumbledore, the shorter of the two stepped forward. "Well well, what a strange surprise. Hello again Edward, Bella."

"Hello Jane," Edward replied coldly.

The Death Eater who was speaking with Dumbledore turned, "You recognize these others?"

"Of course, they're vampires, like I am."

"I always thought that you were going senile Dumbledore, but this is proof. But that is of no matter, this is your last chance; give us Potter."

Two Death Eaters began walking towards Harry who had apparently had enough. He whipped out his wand, aimed at the nearest Death Eater and yelled, "Stupefy!"

At that point, the small clearing we were in erupted into a battlefield. Spells began flying, and everyone sought cover. From behind the rock I had ducked behind, I heard Harry yell in pain. I peeked over the rock, and saw Harry writhing in pain. A Death Eater, who I assumed was Jane was focused on him.

Immediately, I expanded my mental shield to cover Harry and Dumbledore, as well as Edward, Jasper, Alice, and myself.

As Harry scrambled to his feet, I heard Nessie yell, "Jake, some help would be nice."

I began firing stunning spells at any Death Eaters I saw, hoping Jake would show up soon. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Edward and Alice, dueling with Death Eaters and Jasper battling the much smaller Jane.

Dumbledore was dueling with three Death Eaters at once, and three more were converging on Harry, who was defending himself well, though it seemed like he would not be able to keep it up for long.

Edward dispatched the Death Eater attacking him, and raced at superhuman speed towards Harry. Edward raced past Harry and tackled one of the Death Eaters who was focused on Harry. He then quickly stunned the Death Eater and tackled the next.

By this time, Jane had disappeared, and Jasper and Alice were dueling one Death Eater together. Suddenly, four large wolves burst out of the woods, and began chasing after Death Eaters. At some unspoken command, the Death Eaters began apparating away, until the only ones that remained were unconscious on the ground.

The dust had barely settled, and already Dumbledore was composed, as if nothing had happened, "I will summon Professor Flitwick to check the wards on the Castle, to make sure they cannot get in again. I'll leave you here to make sure none of our new guests wake up before the Aurors get here."

While we gathered ourselves, taking in what had just happened, Harry walked over to Edward, "Maybe I judged your family too quickly." He admitted, holding out his hand. "If Voldemort is planning on becoming a vampire, I'll need all the information, and help, I can get."

Edward took Harry's hand and shook it, though Harry did flinch a bit at his cold touch. "We would be glad to help you. If you know of a suitably private place, we can answer any questions you have."

As Harry and Edward talked I looked over towards Nessie, "What took you so long Jake?" She demanded.

In response, Jake padded over to her and licked her face, and then laughed his familiar wolf laugh.

Edward and Harry walked over to me. "Bella, Harry wants to talk to us in the Room of Requirement about. Now seems as good a time as any, would you agree?"

"Yes, that sounds fine." I told him. "Maybe Jake should come too."

"Let me go get Ron and Hermione, they should hear this too," Harry told us, "we'll meet you in the Room."

Edward and I nodded, and as Harry entered the Castle I walked over to Nessie and Jake.

"Hey Jake, Harry wants to talk with us, we think you should come in case he has any questions about wolves, is that okay?"

Wolf Jake nodded and trotted off towards the forest.

"Is it okay if I come too Mom?" Nessie asked.

"Sure, it can't hurt."

Edward called to Alice and Japer, "Can you two handle the Death Eaters until the Aurors Dumbledore was talking about show up?"

"Sure Edward. None of them are going to wake up anytime soon anyway." Alice replied.

Jake returned from the forest as a human, "Sorry I was a little slow on coming to help. I wanted to make sure there weren't any more coming, so I went a bit deeper into the forest. Seth, Embry, and Leah didn't want to come out without me there. Well actually, Leah just wanted to rip somebody's throat out, but Seth and Embry held her back." Jake laughed.

Together, Jake, Edward, Nessie, and I walked into the Castle and to the Room of Requirement, prepared to answer whatever questions that might be asked.