Harry awoke to an aching pain in his ribs. The drowsy 10 year old boy blinked. Trying to remember what woke him. It wasn't the pain. He's had to sleep through worse. Especially when uncle Vernon was drunk. No his dream had awoken him. Mainly because it was so unrealistic that he didn't want to keep listening.
In his dream a beautiful red headed woman with sparkling green eyes just like his had been hugging him. She told him that everything would be ok. And that people were coming to rescue him today. Of course this was absurd. Who would rescue him? Not the teachers. Not his friends. Mainly because he didn't have any. And certainly not any social workers. The last time they were there he had gotten the beating of his life and couldn't move his arm for a week after that.
Suddenly there was a crash from upstairs which meant his cousin was up. Quickly harry hurried out of the cupboard and into the kitchen to make breakfast. He had forgotten that his uncle locked the cupboard last night….
After a few minutes Harry was flipping eggs onto a plate for the others and started on the bacon. Soon his uncle came thundering down the stairs and after stopping a moment he roared in anger as he lumbered into the kitchen looking more like a walrus in a wig than anything.
"BOY! HOW DID YOU GET OUT FROM THE CUPBOARD!?" he bellowed. Harry blinked and gulped "I-I don't know…. It was open when I woke up sir…" Harry said shrinking back. " DON'T LIE TO ME! YOU PICKED THE LOCK YOUR GOING TO PAY FOR THAT LOCK BOY!" Vernon yelled.
Harry winced as he knew what was coming. He felt his uncle's fist connect with his head and then his already bruised ribs. He would have begged if that made any difference. Though he always knew that only made the beatings last. Vernon liked to hear him beg.
As Harry doubled over in pain he could have sworn he saw Mrs Figg through the window. Her face a mixture of pain. Anger and shock. But then Vernon got the hot oil from the pan and poured it onto Harry's hands. Despite his best efforts Harry screamed in pain.
The last thing he saw was Vernon's boot swinging towards his face before the world began to fade to black. Harry only hoped that Vernon would realize he was out cold. Because sometimes he wouldn't stop until he noticed.
Meanwhile Mrs figg raced back to her house to get to her floo. She supposed the Dursley's forgot that she was meant to babysit harry today. Never before did she wish she wasn't a squib. Though today she would have loved to hex the Dursleys into next Tuesday for what she saw.
Finally she burst into her house and threw the floo powder into the fireplace. " Headmaster's office hogwarts!" She shouted. Thankfully he was there. And so were Arthur and Molly Weasley. " Fiona. What a nice-" she quickly cut him off
" ALBUS COME QUICK I WAS JUST AT THE DURSLEY'S. I WAS ABOUT TO KNOCK ON THEIR DOOR WHEN I SAW VERNON BEATING HARRY. AND HARRY LOOKED AWFUL. ALBUS HE WAS KICKING. HITTING AND SHOUTING ABUSE AT THE POOR BOY! HE EVEN BURNED HIS HANDS WITH OIL HOT OIL ALBUS YOU HAVE TO GET HIM OUT OF THERE NOW THEY'LL KILL HIM!" she said panting as she went.
She hadn't noticed that she was crying though she could clearly see the headmaster looked deathly pale. Finally he looked at her and simply said. "Fiona. Try and get the Dursley's attention off of Harry. I'll send Molly and Arthur there immediately." She nodded and ran out. Heading back to the dursleys.
Back in the office Arthur was getting his wand out as was Molly when Bill suddenly walked in the door. "sorry I'm late i had-" he stopped in his tracks as he noticed everyone's grave faces. " no time to explain son get out your wand and come with us. Bill simply nodded and walked into the fireplace with his parents. Molly threw down the powder shouting. " Fiona Figg's residence!"
As soon as they were through Molly and Arthur ran for the door down the street towards #4 Privet Drive with their eldest son in tow. As soon as they got to the door they saw Fiona knocking rapidly. The curtains were now drawn over the windows. As soon as she saw them fiona stepped aside. " They won't open the door." She choked out.
Bill rushed past his parents. Wand in hand. " Alohamora." He said as the door unlocked with a audible click. They opened the door and gasped at the sight. A skinny horse faced woman was stuffing an unconscious bloody boy into a cupboard. As soon as she saw them she let out an ear splitting shriek.
" STUPEFY!" all three voices screamed aiming their wands at her. Just then a walrus of a man came thundering down the stairs. "WHO ARE YOU!? WHAT DID YOU FREAKS DO TO MY WIFE!?" He bellowed. As calmly as he could Bill walked over to Harry and gently picked him up as Arthur pointed his wand at Vernon. A look of pure fury marred his normally relaxed features
" you…. You vile repulsive muggle. You don't desserve to have Harry. He is a magical child and you have used and Abused him beyond anything we could have imagined. I'll say it now Vernon Dursley. We'll be back for you and your wife. Run if you want. But we'll find you. And we'll make you pay. STUPEFY!" he said with such force that it knocked the great oaf into the wall.
Arthur then turned to his son and wife. Molly was now standing next to Bill tears streaming down her face. " is he?" Arthur asked. Unable to finish his question. " he's breathing." Bill replied quietly as he held the young boy to his chest. in the next moment they apparated to the burrow and began running towards their house.
Percy. having noticed his parents and older brother running his way he called the rest of the family into the livingroom. " GINNY! RONALD! FRED! GEORGE! GET DOWN HERE SOMETHINGS WRONG! MOM AND DAD ARE RUNNING THIS WAY WITH BILL AND HE'S CARRYING SOMETHING!" Percy bellowed.
there was a stampeed of running on the stairs as the twins followed by Ron and Ginny ran into the livingroom. Percy quickly threw open the door just in time as Bill ran in followed by Molly then Arthur. " Percy! floo st mungo's and tell them to get a healer here immeadiatly!" Molly yelled. Percy nodded and ran to the floo as Arthur transfigured the couch into a flat bed and Bill placed Harry onto the cot.
The other three siblings looked pale as they stared at Harry. finally Ginny noticed the lightning shaped scar on the boys head and she let out a horrified sob. " T-Thats..." she said pointing a shaking hand towards his head. " Blimey..." one of the twins said. " Thats Harry Potter!" they finished together.
Ron let out a small gasp. " Bloody Hell! Sorry mum, but who did that to him?" Ron asked furrowing his brow. it was Bill who answered as Molly and Arthur sent a patronus to Dumbledore" it was his uncle... he was beaten and starved if his thin frame is anything to go by." Ginny gasped tears running down her face as she slid down onto the floor. Fred quickly crouched by her and began rubbing her shoulders as he tried to comfort her.