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Harry led the way to the front door of his relative’s house while Angel and Gunn helped Dudley.
Angel felt like he was going to collapse as he carried the obese boy from the car. He apparently wasn’t a vampire anymore so he needed to do things like breath, which became very hard when you were carrying a whale-like person. “Oh God, I really miss super strength.
“Damn this kid must weigh five hundred pounds,” Gunn added as he too struggled to help carry overweight teen.
“Here we are,” Harry said as they got to the front door.
“Oh thank God,” Angel murmured.
Harry heard him. He would’ve chuckled if he didn’t know how much trouble he was in. The Dursley’s were going to blame him for Dudley getting hurt and the Ministry was probably going to expel him for using magic outside of school.
He opened the door and held it open for the two men who were helping his cousin. Once inside, they were all immediately confronted by the Dursley’s.
“Where have you been, Boy?” Vernon demanded. He then noticed the two men carrying his son. “WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY SON?
Angel and Gunn lowered Dudley to the ground, and Petunia and Vernon rushed it his side. “It’s okay, sweetums, Mummy’s here,” Petunia said.
Vernon meanwhile stood up and looked at Harry menacingly. “What did you do to my son, you little freak?” Vernon asked before charging at him.
Angel instinctively grabbed Harry by the back of the shirt and pulled the boy behind him and Gunn. This Dursley guy was as big as a house. He would crush that kid. There was no way Angel was going to allow a child to get hurt.
“What the bloody hell do you think you’re doing? Get out of my way!” Vernon demanded.
“Hey, back off! I’m not going to let you hurt this boy,” Angel told him.
“This none of bloody business. That’s my nephew and I will deal with him how I choose!” Vernon yelled.
“Not if the way you choose is by hurting him,” Angel said.
Harry was in shock. This man was protecting him. No one had ever done anything like this for him before. No one had ever protected him from his uncle. They’d say that his uncle was awful and that he shouldn’t treat him so bad, but they’d never tried to stop it before. Why was a complete stranger willing to do what no one else was?
Harry didn’t have much time to contemplate because at that moment an owl came flying through the window towards him.
“Whoa!” said a shocked Gunn. He’d never seen an owl fly through a house before.
NO! I will not tolerate this. Get this ruddy owl out of my house, Potter!” Vernon bellowed.
Harry took the letter off the owl and watched as it flew back out the window. He took the letter and began reading. His heart sank the more he read. The Ministry was expelling him from Hogwarts. Someone was coming to break his wand.
Gunn leaned in to speak to Angel. “Have you ever seen an owl deliver a letter?”
Angel shook his head. This was weird to him too. “It’s probably just something unique about this world.”
“I will not have this freakishness anymore! I will not allow it!” Vernon said angrily.
“No problem. I’m leaving,” Harry announced. He would not stay here any longer, not when he had no hope of escaping for the school year. He’d kill himself before spending the next three years straight with the Dursley’s.
“You can’t leave. Those freaks won’t let you,” Petunia said.
“Yeah, well, the ‘freaks’ just kicked me out, so I can do whatever the hell I want and there’s no way I’m staying here,” Harry informed him.
“Fine, go! It isn’t like we want you here,” Vernon said.
Harry nodded before heading up the stairs.
Angel was standing by his car with the others when Harry came out of the house with his things. He turned to the others. “I’ll be right back.”
“Angel, what are you going to do?” Cordelia asked.
“I’m not going to let that kid roam the streets,” Angel said. Vampires or not, it wasn’t safe for a teenage boy on the streets. He couldn’t in good conscience let Harry just go.
“Be careful, Angel. We still don’t know much about this world,” Wesley warned.
Angel nodded before jogging after Harry. “Harry, wait.”
Harry turned back and saw Angel trying to catch up to him. “You following me?” he asked as he continued to walk.
“It’s not safe out here, Harry,” Angel said.
“It’s safer than it is in there,” Harry said, referring to the Dursley’s house. “What do you care anyway? You don’t even know me.”
“I care, okay? You’re just a kid. You shouldn’t be out on the streets,” Angel said.
Harry stopped walking and looked at Angel. “I’m not going back. I’ve just been expelled from my boarding school. I can’t live with the Dursley’s year round. I just can’t.”
Angel wasn’t sure what was going on with the whole school thing, but after meeting the kid’s family, he understood why the kid felt the need to get away from them. “There are other ways. Go to the police or something.”
“No!” Harry exclaimed. “I won’t go to some orphanage. I’ll be fine on my own.” He then began walking again.
Angel once again worked to catch up with the boy. “Let me help you. My friends and I are about to go to a hotel. Come with us.”
Harry stopped once more in surprise. “Why would you do that?”
Angel shrugged his shoulders. “I guess you could say I have this thing for helping people. Also, I have a son about your age. I haven’t seen him in a while, and I’d like to think that if he needs it, someone will do the same for him.”
“I don’t know. I don’t even know you,” Harry said.
“Maybe not, but what other choice do you have?” he asked.
Harry sighed. He couldn’t argue with that one. He’d been cast out of the magical world and there wasn’t much the muggle one could do for teenager out on his own. “Good point. Alright.”
Angel smiled before leading the boy back towards the car.
A/N: For those of you wondering why Dumbledore didn’t send Harry/Connor the later telling him to stay put, I’m pretty sure he found out so quickly about everything in the book from Mrs. Figg. Since Angel and the rest of the gang got there before she did, she wouldn’t have found out as quickly.