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Since Harry knew that Dean had confined himself to Bobby’s until Sam woke up, he used the mirror to check in every evening. It seemed Dean had just left it lying on Bobby’s desk, because sometimes Bobby answered, told him Sam was still asleep and that Dean was ‘hanging in’ and that was that. Which was why a spike of adrenaline ran through Harry when his pocket said his name one evening, nearly a week since Harry had brought Till to visit the Winchesters.

Harry pulled the mirror from his pocket. Ginny, who was sitting next to him on the couch, put down the book she was reading and sat up straight. The kids carried on playing across the room – it wasn’t too unusual for Harry to get a call in the evening after all.

“Dean?” Harry asked, flipping the mirror open and waiting the excruciatingly long three seconds until Dean’s image swam into focus. Dean was smiling. Dean was smiling very broadly.

“Shh, check it out,” Dean said, and then angled the mirror away from him. Harry saw the wall of Bobby’s study, then the open door into the kitchen, and then...then he saw the large form of Sam puttering around the kitchen, getting a plate from the cupboard, getting food out of the fridge. Harry stifled his urge to call out to the man, and he felt Ginny draw a breath beside him.

Sam was humming off key to himself, then he stopped, and without turning around called out.

“Hey Dean, do you want ham or bologna in your sandwich?” As he spoke, he opened one of the packages in front of him and smelled it. Then opened another and did the same, only to pull his head back immediately. “Nevermind! You’re getting bologna.”

Harry watched as Sam turned to throw, what was most likely, the ham into the bin, and then caught sight of Dean in the corner of his eye.

“Oh, you’re right there,” Sam said. “Why didn’t you- What-”

“Harry,” Dean said. “It’s Harry. Come say hi.”

Sam smiled, really smiled – and Harry knew it had all worked.

Sam took the mirror from Dean, causing the image to shake a little bit. Beside Harry, Ginny ducked out f the way wand wiped a little at her eyes. Harry couldn’t blame her.

“Hi Harry, how’s it going?” Sam asked.

“Brilliant,” Harry said. “Everything is going really well. How are you?”

“Good,” Sam said. “I uh, Dean says I was gone for a year and a half, but I don’t remember- um, I don’t remember anything, just uh, falling. I remember falling, and then I woke up here – and Bobby’s alive, and so’s Cas apparently.”

“That’s good,” Harry said. “The wa-”

“Yeah,” Dean interrupted loudly. “I hope he never remembers any of it.”

Harry paused, and realized what Dean was saying.

“Oh,” Harry said. “Right, yes, exactly. It’s really worked out well.”

“Dean told me it was your idea to talk to Death, Harry,” Sam said. “He shouldn’t have done that. I told him not to-”

“I know, but you didn’t tell me anything,” Harry said. “And it’s not like I forced him. So don’t shoot the messenger. Besides, are you really going to tell me that you aren’t glad?”

“No,” Sam said. “I’m glad. I’m....thank you, Harry. I mean it. Even if I don’t remember- ...I thought that I’d never- ...when I fell, I really thought that was it, and...”

Dean cleared his throat awkwardly.

“I’m just happy you’re alright now, Sam,” Harry said.

“Samdean?” a voice suddenly said from across Harry’s living room. Harry looked up to find his three children staring at him.

“Do you want to say hello to the kids?” Harry asked Sam in the mirror, as he beckoned his children over.

“Yeah, sure,” Sam said. Harry turned the mirror towards the children as they lined up in front of him.

“Hey guys, you remember Sam, right?”

“Hi Sam,” James said.

“Samdean! You’re back!” Albus smiled.

“Hello,” Lily said cautiously.

“Wow, hi guys,” Sam smiled. “God, you’re all so big now! Is that little Lily? I can’t believe- I mean, Dean said it’d been a year and a half, but it’s one thing to hear it and another to- ...just wow.”

“You were gone,” James said. “And it was scary, but I wasn’t scared.”

“No?” Sam said, a little confused.

“No,” James said. “Lily was scared, but I was brave. I’m going to be in Gryffindor like Daddy.”

“Sounds like it,” Sam said.

“I wasn’ scared,” Lily pouted. “I giffendor too.”

“All right,” Harry said. “I didn’t bring you over here to bicker, you can go back and play if you’re done talking to Sam, but say goodbye first.”

“Ok, bye, Sam,” James said.

“Goodbye,” Lily said dutifully.

“Get well soon!” Albus said, and kissed his fingers and then smudged them on the mirror.

“Albus,” Harry sighed, whipping the mirror off with his shirt.

“Nice stomach, Harry,” Sam said.

“Sorry,” Harry said. “I think Albus might be a little confused as to where exactly you’ve been.”

“Probably better that way,” Sam smiled. “Thank him for the kiss-better, regardless. I think the last time I got one of those, I was five.”

Harry laughed.


Later that night, as Harry was tucking Albus into bed, he couldn’t resist asking.

“Albus?” Harry said. Albus looked up from where he was studying the illustrations in the book that Harry had been reading him.

“Yes, Daddy?” Albus said, placing his finger on the elf character in the picture, as though holding his place.

“Why did you tell Sam to get well soon?” Harry asked. Albus looked at him as though he were incredibly stupid.

“Because he’s hurt,” Albus said.

“How is he hurt?” Harry asked.

“He’s all bloody,” Albus said, “but he hasn’t noticed yet, so it’s not that bad.”

“What will happen when he notices?” Harry asked, trying to keep his voice level and calm.

“I don’t know,” Albus shrugged. “’member when I stepped on Lily’s toy and hurt my foot?”

Harry nodded, remembering that Albus had limped stoically half-way down the stairs, but, as soon as he saw the trail of blood behind him, he had burst promptly into wailing tears.

“Maybe like that?” Albus said.

“Oh,” Harry said. “Do you know when this will happen.”

“Daddy,” Albus rolled his eyes, “I can’t see the future.”

“Right,” Harry said, “that was silly of me.” Harry quickly changed his strategy. “Do you think Sam will be okay?”

“I gave him a kiss better,” Albus said.

“Yes, but sometimes that’s not-” Harry cut himself off, because Albus was giving him a very confused and concerned look. Harry realized that Albus had never had to fathom an injury that couldn’t be kissed better. He had never seen his friends die, nor heard his parents’ death-screams in his dreams, and Harry was going to make sure that he never did.

Harry took a deep breath.

“Maybe he needs more kisses than just me,” Albus offered.

Harry smiled, looking down at the son who looked the most like him – black hair, green eyes, the only difference was the smattering of freckles across his nose, and the innocence that comes from growing up in a loving home. Harry wasn’t about to take any of that innocence away from him.

“I love you,” Harry said.

“I know, Dad,” Albus said, “I love you too.” Albus eyed him, his forehead crinkling. “Do you need a moment?”

“Yes, I need a moment,” Harry said, and Albus moved over in his bed, so that Harry could lie down beside him. Albus turned back to his book.

“Tell me how the story ends?” Harry asked.

Albus smiled, pointing at the picture of the elf in the illustration inside his book.

“The elf and the dwarf become friends,” Albus said, “and they go on a lot of adventures together. They climb a mountain, and go in a cave, and through a forest, and fight bad guys, and help their friends when they are in trouble. Then they live happily ever after.”

“That’s a good ending,” Harry said.

Albus nodded.

As Albus tried to read the caption underneath the illustration, Harry thought about Sam and Dean. He wondered how long they had before Sam’s wall came down – before he saw the blood, as Albus put it. He wondered how it was that his son could see such a disturbing image, when all Harry saw was Sam, healthy, happy, and unharmed. He wondered about endings and whether or not it was actually possible for the Winchesters to have a happy one.

“In the...dark...val-ley, the trave...the travellers...stopp-ed to rest for the nig- night,” Albus read out loud beside him, then turned to smile at Harry.

“Good job,” Harry praised.

“In the dark valley, the travellers stopped to rest for the night,” Albus repeated, then he looked at Harry and smiled, “and the day ended happily ever after.” Albus snapped the book closed.

“What about the rest of the book,” Harry said, pointing to the edges of the unread pages.

“That’s the future,” Albus said. “Today, they live happily ever after in the dark valley.”

“But-” Harry said.

“Go to bed, daddy,” Albus rolled his eyes, “if we stay awake to see what happens next, we’ll never get any sleep.”

Harry smiled, kissed his son goodnight, and followed Albus’ advice. Whatever the future might bring, Harry would certainly need his rest.



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Aug. 15th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)

I will reply better when I have got myself under control.

Now if you will excuse me, I am off to do a little jig and grin manically. :D ♥
Aug. 15th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Not even my very smiley Dean icon is accurately representing my smile right now. I am VERY happy to have caused you to do a little jig and grin manically. :)
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Aug. 15th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Love the way you brought in the HP characters, without changing spn canon.
Aug. 15th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's a really fun game for me to figure out how to do that every time I write in this 'verse.
Aug. 15th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah (happy sigh). You found perfect places for these two worlds to intersect. This last bit with Harry and Albus is just the right cap to put on it. I'm with Ginny and I've got to go wipe my eyes too. I hope you can catch up with these folks again in the future.
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I will be catching up with these folks again. That's the trouble with staying true to canon - as long as there is more canon, there is more opportunity to write. :)

Thank you so much for reading and commenting!
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
you know i love your stuff, right?

over the weekend, i read an official Supernatural novel, Coyote's Kiss. it takes place during S6, after they learn Sam is soulless, but before Appointment in Samarra. i really really really had to STOP thinking about your fics. (i don't know if i should hurt you or hug you. lol!) =D
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Haha, I'll take the hug please!!

I haven't tried to read any of the Supernatural novels. I'm too worried they will annoy me with canon inaccuracies. :P
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Aug. 15th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed how Draco solved what the kids were trying to convey with MT. And Harry being the one to tip off Dean to talking with Death was an intriguing but well-done hook. The glimpse into Till as this OC roped into going along with Harry was wonderful especially when he realized who exactly he was working on. His back story was nicely done without taking away from the main storyline. And of course, the closure with an awake, resouled Sam who the kids happily greet and a final father-son moment at the end. Harkens back to Gabriel too: It's going to end bloody for all of us. A wonderful timestamp I am glad you wrote and posted.
Aug. 15th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am glad all those elements worked for you - it was a fun and delicate game of weaving for me, when I decided to bring the 'verse into S6 without changing any of the SPN canon. My main fear was that it would be boring, but I think I've managed to avoid that.

It's going to end bloody for all of us - excellent line to bring it back to, and although that thought didn't cross my mind when I wrote the final part, it's very gratifying that my writing is true enough to canon that it even fits in with canon that I had forgotten about.

Thanks for reading and commenting! :)
Aug. 15th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
DAAAAWWWW! Happily ever after in the dark valley. That pretty much sums up all the bright moments in the Show.

I love this. I love your crossovers; you have a masterful touch with canon.
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. :)

And yes, I was really torn about how to end this one - but once Albus came up with that line in my head, I knew it had to end there.
Aug. 15th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Aww! Wise!Albus for win! ;D Is he following the footsteps of his namesake? *laughs* I love how Dean managed to read the book on parenting wizarding children more thoroughly than Harry and Ginny. I love how he little exchange between Harry and Draco managed to keep them true to their characters, but at the same time make it less antagonistic. Till was a pretty cool OC. Will we be seeing more of him in the future? ;D Concerned!Dean, worried!Dean, broken!Dean, relieved!Dean, good-with-kids!Dean was AWESOME. (I'm a fan, can you tell?) I love how you portrayed robo!Sam. It just somehow made broken!Dean all the more heartbreaking.
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if Till will reoccur! He was a surprise half-way through writing this one! I really liked him though, so I wouldn't be surprised if he popped up again somewhere in the future.

I'm glad you liked my portrayal of everyone. I think Albus is a strange and wonderful kid, and his life will probably be equally strange and wonderful...he's named after two very contrasting personalities, and he's the son of Harry Potter, so really, who knows what he's going to be like!

Haha, I didn't even think of how many moods I had Dean in here...he's really been put through the wringer, the poor guy. I'm glad you liked robo!Sam too - he was a hard one.
Aug. 15th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
I... this...wow....I LOVE YOU!! *sniffles*
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I love you too! I'm really happy you enjoyed it!
Aug. 15th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
“Hey Dean, do you want ham or bologna in your sandwich?” As he spoke, he opened one of the packages in front of him and smelled it. Then opened another and did the same, only to pull his head back immediately. “Nevermind! You’re getting bologna.”

So absolutely SAM... made me all miss the boys wholeheartedly. More than usual...

“The elf and the dwarf become friends,” Albus said, “and they go on a lot of adventures together. They climb a mountain, and go in a cave, and through a forest, and fight bad guys, and help their friends when they are in trouble. Then they live happily ever after.”

Is that? It is, isn't it? the part I wanted most in the movie and never got? A reference to Gimli and Legolas? Pleeeease say it is (lie to me!)

“That’s the future,” Albus said. “Today, they live happily ever after in the dark valley.”

I adore your Potter-kids. Each and every one you created *nods*

Soooooo happy to have seen this pop up in my inbox. I LOVE your demented-verse and I love your Potter and Draco and the Winchesters. I liked Till, and yeah...

Damn, I miss my Winchesters :-(
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Is that? It is, isn't it? the part I wanted most in the movie and never got? A reference to Gimli and Legolas? Pleeeease say it is (lie to me!)

I don't have to lie. It is just that indeed. My best-friend (who happens to be the Gimli to my Legolas) was outraged when he took me to the movies and discovered no epic-friendship scenes. ;)

Thanks for reading, and I'm really happy you liked it all!! I miss the Winchesters too!! And now I don't even get to write about them, because I've finished this piece! :P Soon though, they'll return to us...and then my mind will no doubt be coming up with new demented'verse plots.
Aug. 15th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Of course, Albus is the wisest out of all of the wizards and can acknowledge that pain isn't skin deep... I definitely like the nice reunion with everyone!
Aug. 15th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Kids can be surprisingly observant and insightful sometimes! He is indeed making his namesake proud. :)

Glad you liked it!!
Aug. 15th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Wow. Albus is a smart little kid.

Keep up the good work! I'll always be happy to read any more in this verse!
Aug. 15th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! I'm always happy to write more in this verse, so this sounds like a win-win situation to me. :)
Aug. 16th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Just saw this go up and it was lovely! Albus is adorable and I loved seeing all the HP crew work to help Sam - it fit perfectly with S6 SPN cannon!
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was a lot of fun to figure out how to weave the HP characters into SPN canon. :)
Aug. 16th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
that was awesome! you had a difficult task, needing to get your story to fit into SPN canon without changing it, because this isn't an AU. Yet the story did need to go somewhere, affect something, or it would be directionless. so you used one of the very important parts of HP (death and his power) to fill in a hole in SPN that I never even really noticed before this (how *did* Dean think of asking Death to get Sam's soul back?) good show!
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
It was a lot of fun! I don't know what possessed me to make a non-au CROSSOVER but, yeah, now that I've started, I can't stop! :P

And really, I am immensely grateful to the SPN writers for leaving that nice big hole for me to fill in. It worked out perfectly, because at the end of The Letter, so many readers wanted the HP gang to rescue Sam, yet I knew that I didn't want to go AU...but this way, the HP gang DOES (sort of) rescue Sam, so hopefully everyone is happy!

Anyway, glad you liked it! Thanks for reading!
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Oh man you do it every time... What a great wonderful story and I just love how you intertwined HP and SPN.. You did an awesome job and I loved that the kids were the ones that saw that he was M.T. and that Albus saw that Sam was bloody and the kiss for the hurt.. Can't wait - so are you going to attempt to write about the Souls and what happens to Castiel????

Will read what you write! thank you so much for sharing your point of view and what a wonderful story.
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! The kids were a lot of fun to use - to put things into a language so simple that it escapes the parents' brains.

We'll see what happens in S7 before I make any promises about writing about Castiel and the souls...if there's another opening for weaving in this verse, then I'll do so...if not, then I won't. I've got a couple of ideas for unconnected-to-plot timestamps...but yeah, it REALLY depends how the SPN S7 goes.

Thank you for reading! :)
Aug. 16th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
Every time I think the show has thrown something you can't possibly work with at us, you weave around it in a truly magical way. I love this and I hope we get time stamps out the butt until the next installment. :D
Aug. 16th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! More timestamps are all dependent on what the show gives my next - if it's something that I can weave around or not. I feel like I was extremely lucky with S6, the writers left me just enough gaps that I could fill them in with this verse.

I'm really happy you liked it, and thank you for reading and the kind words. :)
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