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This story is No. 6 in the series "Of Light and Dark". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: Harry and Hermione visit the Scoobies and get lessons in caring for a young baby. Sequel to Message from the Grave.

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DISCLAIMER: I own none of the characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or from the Harry Potter series. I am not making any profit from this.

TIMELINE: Summer after book 6/Season 4.

“Ugh! Bloody Hell!”

“Harry! Language around the baby!”

“Merlin, Hermione. The little blighter peed all over me!”

Xander chuckled from the doorway into the Slayer’s training room where Willow was trying to show him how to change his cousin’s nappy. Not that he knew how he’d gotten roped into this chore.

“Yeah, he does that a lot.”

Harry turned his head to glare up at the big American father of his cousin.

“Hey, at least your glasses will protect your eyes. He got me good one time and baby pee in the eye stings a whole lot.”

Baby Alex just kicked his legs and chortled in delight. Harry turned back around and made a face at the baby.

“Oh, right. You think that’s funny, don’t you? Ha, ha. Pee on the Harry. It’s all good.”

Willow giggled and Hermione smiled even as she rolled her eyes.

“Fine, fine. What’s next?”

“Well, er…you need a new diaper. That one’s no good now since we sorta used it as a pee shield once little Alex here let off like a mini firehose.”

“Er…Hermione, could you?” he pointed to the bag of disposable plastic nappies behind her.

Grinning, she pulled one out and handed it over.

“Pay close attention, Harry. You’ll have to do this with your own someday.”

He rolled his eyes. “Yes, thank you. Please don’t wish one on me anytime soon though, yeah.”

“Oh, I don’t know.” Xander mused softly. “Don’t get me wrong. The timing wasn’t very…er, convenient for me. Just recently out of school. No real job…at the time at least. I’m in construction now, but when Alex arrived I’d just been recently fired from a crappy delivery job.”

He shrugged and looked fondly on the proceedings.

“Still, he really is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Plus, it’s nice to have a family member that I’m not ashamed of.”

Harry nodded. He could understand that. A lot. Before all this mess, he’d only had the Dursley’s as family and he was very ashamed to admit being related to them. Bunch of useless bigots, they were. Then there had been Sirius; his godfather. After he’d seen the Black Family tapestry and noted his own name he’d mostly focused on how awful it was to be related to both Draco and Bellatrix.

But now, there was a new name on that musty old tapestry: Alexander Orion Black.

And while taking care of a baby was a lot of work, he really did adore the little rugrat.

“Okay, swap out the wet diaper for the dry one.”

Carefully, Harry pulled the wet one away and tried to stuff the new one under Alex’s raised butt. It wasn’t very easy, the little baby was a wiggler. “Ahh! Hold still a moment, little man.” Then, he slid the new one in place and carefully lowered the baby’s bottom again.

A big white plastic bottle was shoved into his hands.

“Okay. Now the powder. It’s open. Just turn it upside down and give it a shake over him.”

Harry did so and a big cloud of white powder sprinkled down on the baby. Alex cooed and kicked his legs again. Harry put down the powder and folded up the front flap of the nappy.

“Oh! Oh! Make sure his…er…you know, is pointing down or he’ll pee all over his shirt.”

Harry and Hermione both blushed bright red.

Harry pulled a face. “But then I’ll have to touch…”

Willow rolled her eyes and reached out. She quickly and gently adjusted the baby. “Okay. Now.”

Then, quick as he could Harry arranged the nappy into place and sealed it shut with the little sticky tabs over either hip.

“Okay. Good. Very nice. Tight enough to stay in place, but not so tight as to be uncomfortable. You’re a natural at this Harry.”

He blushed and nodded at the muggle witch. “Thank you.”

“Now just fix his little onesie in place and you’re all done.”

Harry reached up for the baby’s shirt to pull it down so it could be snapped under his bottom. Unfortunately, that move put his hands in reach of the baby’s hands. Quick as a flash, little puggy fingers wrapped around the wand tucked into his sleeve and yanked it out.

A wash of red and gold sparkles filled the air over the baby.

Alex let out a shriek of sheer delight and kicked both legs at once. Harry and Hermione both gasped and stared in shock before Harry lunged for his wand. Alex, however, had waved it again. A wash of magic swirled out of it and turned Harry’s shirt furry.

Alex giggled again and then let out a huge yawn.

Quickly, Harry pulled the wand out of the baby’s hand and then stared down at what had recently been his favorite new shirt.

“How,” Xander had somehow gotten across the room without him noticing and was now staring between the baby and the utterly ridiculous shirt Harry was wearing. “How did he do that?”

It was Hermione that answered though.

“Um…it was the wand. It didn’t happen until he was holding Harry’s wand.”

Xander nodded, but it was clear from his expression that he didn’t understand what that meant.

“Alex here…is a wand wizard.”

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