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Sep 29, 2022 2:56 AM
Henry is Harry. Gabe is Dudley. Shenanigans ensue
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Henry looks up and down Gabe, even his clothes are adult-sized, except he wasn't wearing that style a minute ago.

"This is impossible," he says looking down at his own hands.

Then... he is suddenly flooded with memories of a large library and of a cold, cold night....

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...then they are kids again.

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"What happened?"

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Henry doesn't provide an answer.

He feels that this is the sort of thing a kid should be happy about, but... he is just more confused than anything.

The next few days are harrowing because Henry assumes that the bullies would tell everyone, but that doesn't happen.

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They don't even act like something weird happened at all. Or something that scared them. They are right back to trying to intimidate the two "weirdos".

Weirdo is the nicest thing that they are called.

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They are called other things, which Henry... is more angry about the fact that those things are used as offensive terms than being bad on itself.

And something about it, feels correct, but they are not sure.

They remember many things, but sometimes, there are memories that feel... at the edge of what they can understand.

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Gabe just doesn't think too much about it. There is enough things trying to hurt his head. Like the bullies crew. The only problems Gabe tries to solve with his mind is trying to figure out what is wrong with his parents. They keep saying appearance this and social standing that, but then they do stuff like force Henry only use Gabe's old clothes. And there was that one time Gabe had to tried to stop his mother trying to give Henry a haircut.

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The scissors, come undone on her hands right before she is about to make the first cut.

Rose decides that Gabe is right. She excuses herself.

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Henry picks up the pieces of broken scissors. Noticing that they are also dull.

Well, crappy low-quality scissors pieces can go to the trash bin.

Henry's hair is long and shaggy for a while. Which doesn't makes him being called names any less.

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Henry wants to ignore them at first, but if you don't do anything then they will continue provoking until there is some reaction. Which leads fists being raised one way or another.

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More weird incidents keep happening.

Like, when they are backed into a corner and Henry closes his eyes, only to open them again and... the two are up in the nearest roof.

Another time Gabe's aunt comes visit and sets one of her creatures (a.k.a. one of her dogs) on Henry.

Gabe was not around and Henry finds himself in need to climb a tree to escape.

It stays barking and then it starts shrinking away.

Literally, the creature becomes smaller and smaller until it becomes smaller than the grass blades around it. By that point "Aunt Marge" and her brother had tired from laughing at Henry suffering so they didn't see anything.

 

Henry slowly climbs down the tree and... mindful of his steps, walks away from the scene.

The dog reappears hours later, but refuses to approach Henry.

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Rose hears the story of how Henry lost Marge's dog, and he is sent without dinner to bed.

Then she hears how long Henry was up in that tree until her husband and sister-in-law got bored with it and left Henry unsupervised with an angry dog.

She forces a smile on her face until Marge leaves.

Before the boys are put to bed, she gets Gabe to take dinner up to Henry.

Neither her and her husband shout at each other. That would be uncivilized. But voices can be heard upstairs, which means that voices were raised.

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That is very, very weird. And Henry doesn't talk about it and generally acts like something terrible happened. And Gabe wonders if the dog bit him? There are no marks. He is confused, and kinda mad at the adults by default, but specially Aunt Marge.

(Honestly, it's kinda hard to like Aunt Marge, she is the worst traits of every adult. Gabe knows, plus trying to buy love with gifts. Which is a positive trait if you are a kid.)

Gabe keeps poking Henry about what happened. But Henry doesn't budge, and it's very weird.

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Henry just... doesn't know how to feel about the entire thing. And he is partially sure that he is losing his marbles.

Eventually, they both forget the event and life goes peacefully.

Or as peacefully as they can have it, when every so often there is a fight at school.

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Funny how much fighting you can get into while entirely minding one's own business.

Or despite the fact that the fights prompt the weird incidents. After one such incident, Gabe is looking down at the four pair of sneakers that had melted into the ground.

Ceramic tiles, do ceramic tiles are even capable of melting if they are hot enough? Those sure looked melted, and that then some boys stepped on them, realized their feet were trapped and then booked it. Shoes left behind. Gabe pokes at it. And it's solid and cold. Just, deformed.

"You know what happened?"

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"I don't?" Henry shifts uncomfortably.

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"Henry, you did this. And your name is Henry Potter. Is that like, the book?"

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"That is impossible. And the books was just... me being confused."

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Gabe tenses. "Well, I am the one that should be confused and you should be the smart one. Henry, this is magic, you have been doing magic! Like in the book."

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"Books." Henry corrects automatically, oddly enough this makes Gabe relax. "And magic isn't real. And the Potters books definitely are not real."

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"How do you explain all the weird things?" He says kicking a shoe out of the ground. There is enough force that it rips apart, sole staying firmly planted while the rest flies away.

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"It was probably very hot because of the sun."

It is a very cloudy british day. They are damp with sweat, but only because they have been running.

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Gabe gives up and instead just walks away.

He does what he never expected to do about the entire situation.

He goes to his mother.

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Rose is busying herself in the kitchen.

"Dudkins, do you want a sandwich or something?"

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"No, mom. Do you know that magic is real?"

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