It was a day before Christmas Eve and the whole area including the castle itself was covered in snow, the students were snowball fighting and some had gone to their families to celebrate the holidays, others stayed in the castle, this included Draco, Harry and Neville. Harry had gotten a letter from St. Mungos saying that Sirius Black recovered enough to leave the Hospital and was now at his home at Grimauld Place, Harry was looking forward to seeing his Godfather and learn more about him, he had sent a letter to him the moment he had gotten the info and wasn't disappointing when Sirius replied saying he 'wouldn't miss it for the world'.
"I take it Sirius has replied back" Draco asked as they made their way to the Great Hall for Breakfast.
"You assumed right Drake" Harry replied with a small smile appearing on his face.
Draco then remembered something that he thought he should warn Harry about "word of advice Harry, be careful that Sirius and Severus aren't in the same room, they were school rivals when they came here, and I must say it wasn't pretty"
"Are you referring to your Godfathers bad experience here?" Harry asked.
"Yes, you may want to ask Sirius about it, I promised my Godfather that it would stay between him and me"
"I can understand that" Harry didn't want anyone to know about his past but he had a feeling that even though it wasn't in the papers yet, it would be soon and he had a feeling on who would put it in.
They sat down at the table, there was only 2 in the center of the hall since there was only a handful of students still in the castle including the teachers.
"That reminds me, when are you going to do that potion remedy with Professor Snape?" this was code for 'when was Harry going to try out his experiments with Severus' since they were in public.
"He suggested we wait till after the holidays or after Christmas anyway" Harry replied "Oh, I almost forgot I spoke to Griphook about that thing we talked about, he said he should be able to sort something out for you, are you sure you want to go through with this?" he was talking about arresting his dad.
"If I don't do this, I may never have the life I want to have, I know he has done something to my head because every time I try to remember something I keep getting these terrible headaches, I have to do this, I need to know" Draco sounded desperate and as if he was trying to convince himself "part of me thinks this isn't really my dad but the other side of me thinks different, it's like an endless battle, I swear someone has put a confundess charm or an Imperious Curse on me"
Harry nodded and gently placed a hand on his shoulder "I'll inform Griphook when the meals over okay?"
Draco once again nodded before digging into his meal, Neville who had been quiet through the whole conversation knew it was best to stay out of it and decided to copy Draco.
They had just finished their meals when they heard a comotion "are you sure you should be here Sirius? Perhaps you should go home and rest more" they instantly knew the voice as Dumbledork, but why was he saying Sirius' name when he should be here tomorrow?
"That's Lord Black to you Headmaster" Harry knew that voice instantly and knew that voice was his Godfather, but why was he here now? Oh well, he looked at his friends and the silently agreed that they should check it out in case the Headmaster tried to do anything since it was clear that Sirius didn't like the Headmaster either.
Sirius had come to Hogwarts because he wanted to surprise Harry, but he wasn't happy when he had ran into Dumbledore and he wasn't in the mood to be near the old man.
"Sirius what are you doing here?" he could tell that Dumbledore was pretending to sound concerned "are you sure you should be here Sirius? Perhaps you should go home and rest more, after all we don't want there to be any accidents now do we?"
Sirius knew that even though the Headmaster was acting concerned, there was also an underline threat in the sentence "that's Lord Black to you Headmaster" he said with a tone that demanded respect.
He moved towards the Great Hall doors as they opened up and was greeted by his Godson and his friends "Sirius, what are you doing here? I thought you would be coming tomorrow" Harry asked.
"I had come to surprise you, besides if you think I would miss my first Christmas Eve with my Godson then you are sadly mistaken" he tried to make it sound like a joke.
Harry knew so he didn't have to worry "thank you Headmaster, I will take over now"
The three students and Sirius had to hide their amused looks when Dumbledore spluttered "but he shouldn't be here, he should still be resting even though he came out of St. Mungos"
"I'll have you know that I invited him hear myself when he was sure that he was ready Headmaster, now why don't you go and do Headmaster stuff, Lord Black if you would kindly follow me?" he gestures for Sirius to follow him and Sirius did without protest since he would do anything to get away from Albus.
Harry led them to the Room of Reqiurement, he thought it was best since it would be the last place anyone would look. He didn't see Sirius look in amazement.
"What is this place?" Sirius asked when the closed behind them.
The room they were in now looked similer to the Slytherins common room except without the Slytherin colours and no windows that showed the Black Lake.
"This is the Room of Requirement" Neville said proudly.
"I never knew about this place when I first came to Hogwarts" he sat down in one of the chairs while Harry and his friends sat on the sofa facing him "so, I take it you would like to know more about me?" he asked with slight hesitation.
Harry nodded "I would like to, but first there is something I would like to know" when Sirius nodded Harry continued "I would like to know what you did to Professor Snape when you both went to School"
Sirius paled before taking a deep breath "I will tell you Harry, but please know that I have regretted ever doing it since I was a teenager at the time and I have been beating myself ever since, and the Dementors helped me realize that too"
Harry knew he wasn't going to like what was said but nodded for Sirius to continue. And that was what he did from beginning to end, how he tricked Severus into the Whomping Willow during a full moon where he knew Moony aka Remus would be in his werewolf form, how Severus nearly died and James had rushed in and saved him before anything else bad had happened.
"Did any of you get punished?" Harry asked quite calmly although his eyes were burning with rage.
"Remus was an exception since he wasn't in his right mind at the time but Dumbledore made sure that Severus was sworn a vow never to mention it to anyone who didn't know and recieved a month's detention as well as 100 points taken from his house" Sirius bowed his head down in shame as he remembered that day and night clearly "and made me and James get away with it scot free, James was seething when we had returned to the common room and made sure I didn't try anything like that again, we made sure to not prank Severus after that" Harry was shocked when he saw a lone tear leave Sirius' eye "to this day I still regret ever doing it, I just wish I could turn back time and try to stop it from happening" he covered his hands with his face "I allowed a student, a Slytherin, Snape, to nearly get killed all because of my stupid jealousy towards him" he removed them to look at Harry who's face was showing no emotion "so do you you hate me now?"
Harry wasn't sure what to think "you said you regretted ever doing that?" Sirius nodded "you said that you had been punishing yourself and wished to change everything if given the chance?" another nod "then no, I do not hate you, upset yes but as you said it is in the past, you have been punishing yourself because you feel like you deserve it so I think it is time for you to let go of your hatred toward him and keep moving forward, its all you can do" Sirius nodded after letting out a breath of relief knowing that his Godson didn't hate him at all "although you are going to have to deal with him anyway as I will be doing a little potion experiment with him later on"
Sirius' eyes snapped open in shock, even though he never realized they were shut and looked at Harry "if it is alright with you, when you next see him I would like to go with you so I can offer a truce" he would do it for Harry's sake.
Harry nodded "that is acceptable, we can do that at Dinner, so how about those stories you promised?" a small smile appeared on his face as Sirius began his story on both himself, the Marauders and Lily. He even mentioned some of the times when he never trusted Dumbledore, it made Harry happy to know that his Godfather wasn't following Dumbledore like a lost puppy.
Dinner time came and everyone hurried out of the room and began their walk to the Great Hall, everyone was happy to have spent time with Sirius, they may not have been happy with all the jokes they did but they had to admit that some of them were funny (although they weren't happy since most of the jokes were for Snape).
"Oh great its the mutt" said a voice behind them.
Harry and his friends all jumped and reached for their wands until they realized that it was just their Potions Teacher.
Snape managed to hide the pride in his eyes when he saw them going into battle stance, he was proud of them even if one of them was a Hufflepuff, he mentally flinched though when he realized that he had just insulted an innocent Godfather, but he guessed old habits died hard. He was surprised though when Sirius walked up to him not even fazed and said "I know sorry won't make up for all the pain and suffering I caused you years ago, that it was totally unnecessary, and I have also heard that you will be helping Harry with something later on in the year, so for the sake of him and to put myself at ease I would like to offer a truce with you" he held out his hand and silently hoped that Severus would take it.
Severus Snape was always a cautious man even when he was in school, and to see Sirius now offering a truce there had to be some sort of catch, but when he looked at the mans eyes, he didn't even need Legilimens to know how dead serious Sirius was "try anything funny though Black and I will not be happy" was all he said before shaking the mans hand once and leaving for the Hall.
Sirius let out a breath of relief he didn't know he had been holding in, at least that was out of the way for now and made his Godson happy "how about dinner then?" he said to them "and don't worry about me trying to curse the old man, as much as I want to"
"Trust me Sirius, I've been wanting to do that ever since I came here, but if I did it would not look good for me, even though we are Lords" Harry replied trying to stop a smirk from appearing.
"And your parents wouldn't have stopped you" Sirius smiled as he thought of their reactions.
Harry didn't say anything as they all sat down at the table, all the teachers except Dumbledore and Snape were shocked when they saw Sirius.
"Lord Black what has brought you here so suddenly?" Professor Sprout asked in shock but with as much politeness as possible.
"Is it wrong for me to see to my Godson now that I am a free man?" the news had been out a while saying that Sirius was free and cleared of all charges, everyone was now on the lookout for Peter Pettigrew and were very careful should a rat appear out of nowhere, they were even using rat poison.
"No of course not I was just surprised" Sprout reassured the man, she was one of the few people that actually believed Black should have been given a trail, it wasn't fare to have just sent him to prison.
"Besides" Harry added "I asked him to come here so I could have a business talk with him" that wasn't a lie as the Black family had been funding some places under a another name, he was going to help Sirius bring it out that it was his family in hopes that he could give the line a good name.
Sirius raised an eyebrow in his direction as he had never been told that in the letter or when they were in the Room of Requirement, but from what they had been talking about in the letters Harry never really liked lying unless it had something that involved talking to Dumbledork.
Surprisingly no one thought to talk through the whole meal, except for Dumbledore who tried to ask Harry questions about how he was getting on and what he had been doing, he was hiding the fact that the Weasley's and Granger's had been taking out of the mansions and money had been repaid to Lord Harry. He needed to get those vaults and soon. The two Gryffindor's had been trying their hardest to become friends with Harry but nothing seemed to work.
Every time Dumbledore asked Harry something the little Lord would always ignore him or talk to Sirius about how he had been doing in the hospital, by the time they left the hall Sirius, Harry and Albus were all ticked off.
Harry quickly led them to the Room of Requirement and everyone was sitting back in the chairs and sofa's they had sat in before.
"Were you telling the truth about the business thing?" Sirius asked.
"Yes I was, I have found out that your family has been funding some places under a different name"
Sirius looked pale for a moment "I assure you that those were from my family I had no part in any of the funding's" he really needed to stop butting in when he shouldn't.
Harry just raised an eyebrow and was silently pleased with what Sirius had said "as I was saying, I am thinking that we try to make the Black's popular, at the moment I am working on a potion that will hopefully cure people from severe Crutiatus curses, if you were to make it known that you were 'funding' the project, people will begin to see you in a new light" Harry informed him.
If it was possible Sirius would have hit the floor with his jaw, Harry had to stop himself from laughing.
"Are you serious?" he whispered as he tried to get his brain working.
"Have I lied to you yet?" Harry shot back.
Sirius shook his head "touche, alright then, what exactly do I have to do?"
Harry smiled slightly, he knew this would work, it was a win-win situation, he would get the chance to try something out, Sirius would be able to change everyone's views about him even though they knew he was a free man, but that didn't stop them thinking that he might one day follow in his parents footsteps and Neville would be able to talk to his family again, yes this was a good thing, all that was left was to sort out Lucius Malfoy.
But when time does come for him to be arrested, nobody would be prepared for the outcome.