Harry dropped his head on the table with a thump. “Ow.”
Lily laughed from her portrait frame. “It’s not that complicated, love. Family is those you choose, not always your blood.” She deliberately caught Narcissa’s gaze and held it. “Doesn’t matter their bloodlines, or how “pure” they are. Sometimes you just know. They’re yours, and you’re theirs, and you will do anything to protect them, even from themselves.”
The blonde witch smiled wryly as the redhead winked at her. “Let’s get back to business, shall we?” She said briskly. “The children can deal with their peers, but its up to us to take on the adults. Unlike at Hogwarts, they will not have a choice to remain neutral. But we need to give them the option of a third side, nonetheless…”
“I have an idea.” Anastacia said suddenly. “A perfect way to make your debut,” she nodded at James and Sirius.” As well as reveal some secrets that Dumbledore and the Ministry have kept from the public, which by revealing, will lessen the blind trust and faith in them considerably.”
“Do tell.” Sirius drawled, sitting back.
She smirked at him. “The World Cup is being hosted this year in Britain, and rumor has it that Hogwarts is resurrecting the Triwizard Tournament. Which means that the Ministry is going to be pulling out all the stops. Starting with…”
“The Ministry Gala.” Narcissa breathed, her eyes lighting up.
“Uh-oh.” James muttered to Sirius. “I know that look. She used to get that gleam in her eyes right before she bribed, coaxed, or blackmailed us into doing something that should’ve gotten us killed.” He cleared his throat, raising his voice. “Oh Selina, darling. Mind sharing with the rest of us so we don’t cock up whatever you lovely, vicious witches are brewing?”