Chapter 42

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After a while we worked our way over to where we entered the Shrieking Shack. We sat behind a large tree stump and waited. We planed on finding Buckbeak and flying up to get dad, but we didn't know how to find him. We saw our past selves walk out of the Shrieking Shack and we ducked down lower.

"How in the hell are we gonna go through with this plan?" I asked in a whisper.

"Shh!" Harry and Hermione said to me. The whole large group of our past selves looked at us and we hid, hoping they wouldn't see us.

"What was that?" I heard past Remus ask. "Never mind."

My heart was beating hard in my chest. I was breathing heavy as the others looked back at me with an angry look.

"I'm sorry." I whispered.

We sat in silence as we watched the group go past. I saw Dad walk close by.

"Hide!" Hermione whispered. We quickly ran into the woods and hid behind three trees. I couldn't breathe at how nervous and terrified I was. I was scared that I'd be seen.

"I have missed you so much, my little pup." I heard Dad say. My heart started racing and I was tempted to look back.

"Rhea?" Harry asked. I shot him a dirty look. "Iris."

"What?" I whispered.

"Why wouldn't you tell us Sirius was your real father?" He questioned.

"Harry, now is not the time for this." Hermione snapped, looking past her tree at Harry and my dad.

"Now is the perfect time for this, Hermione." Harry said. "I want the truth, and I'll know if you're lying."

"Alright, alright." I said, turning to face Harry. He turned to face me. "I didn't tell you because I knew I'd put you into danger. I was already in enough trouble being my father's daughter, and hiding my identity was supposed to keep myself safe, but it never helped. Fred found out just after I met him, he got it out of me. I couldn't help it. I knew I couldn't tell anyone else, but after that, everything began to snowball. Madame Pomfrey found out when I was talking to Fred in the hospital before I left for Ilvermorney, then I found out that Professor McGonagall knew since I was born, then I found out that Dumbledore and the Minister knew, so that's why I had to leave for Ilvermorney, since too many people where finding out. Then John at Ilvermorney knew from his father who works at MCUSA, and now we're here, and all of you know. I couldn't tell you to keep myself, and you all safe. If you knew the Ministry would probably erase your minds."

"But they didn't do that to Fred," Harry said. "Why weren't you just honest with us from the beginning?"

"I just told you!" I snapped. "It would out you in danger!"

"Quiet you two!" Hermione snapped. "We still can't be seen."

We heard a howl. We all looked over to see Remus transforming into a werewolf.

"Oh no." I mumbled. I saw my father get knocked off the side of the cliff. I held my breath in panic.

"We need to find Buckbeak!" Hermione said. "If we can't find him, then this whole thing was for nothing."

"Let's start looking." I said. "Just don't go to far, and try not to get into trouble while we look."

We spread out and quietly called for Buckbeak.

"Buckbeak!" I called quietly. "Buckbeak!"

I heard Hermione howl. I looked over and saw Hermione howling. It was her who howled earlier.

"Hermione!" Harry snapped, running over to her. "What are you doing?"

"Saving our lives." Hermione said. He howled once again. I ran over to the two and got in front of them as Remus ran over.

"Iris what are you doing?" Hermione asked.

"Something similar to this has happened to me before." I said. "I know how to handle this."

I drew my wand and held it out. Remus was slowly walking closer on all fours.

"Back away very slowly." I whispered back to Harry and Hermione. I could hear their heavy breathing as they tried not to panic. Remus stood up and I heard Hermione whimper.

"Shh." I silenced. "Don't make a sound."

We kept backing away and Remus kept getting closer. Hermione stepped on a twig. We all held our breath, then Remus launched. Hermione screamed and Harry covered her. I went to cast a spell when Remus was suddenly knocked down by a flying figure. I looked over at Remus lying on the forest floor after being knocked over by Buckbeak. Remus ran off into the forest, whimpering and holding his arm.

"Well, we found Buckbeak." I said.

"That was so scary." Hermione said, burying her head into Harry's shoulder. He wrapped his arm around Hermione in comfort.

I ran up to Buckbeak and grabbed the rope that was still tied around his neck. I led him over to Harry and Hermione, who had let go.

"We've got him." I said, a smirk on my face.

Harry, Hermione, and I rode on Buckbeak to the tower in which my father was being held captive. We jumped off when we reached the landing and I tied Buckbeak to a nearby post.

"Stay here." I told him.

"Bombarda!" I heard Hermione said. The door to my father's cell was busted open, and Dad walked out.

"Iris, Harry, Hermione." Dad said. "Thank you so much."

"Dad!" I said, running to him. "Thank goodness you're alright." I trapped my father in a tight hug. He hugged me back.

We let go and Dad hugged Harry, then Hermione. We led him to Buckbeak, and I untied him.

"Dad," I said, handing my father the rope around Buckbeak's neck. "Will I ever see you again?"

"Of course you will, my little pup." Dad said. I hugged him one last time. We let go and Dad climbed onto Buckbeak.

"Bye Dad." I said.

"Bye Sirius." Harry and Hermione said.

"Promise you'll write to me you two." Dad said, pointing at me, then to Harry.

"Promise." Harry and I said in unison. We gave each other a weird look and Hermione and Dad laughed.

"Already acting like brother and sister." Dad said. I rolled my eyes and laughed.

"They've done it all year." Hermione said.

"Bye dad." I said.

"Bye my little pup." Dad said. He smiled at me, then flew off on Buckbeak's back.

"Bye kids!" Dad called back.

"Bye Dad!" I called out.

"Bye Sirius!" Hermione and Harry called out the same time I did.

We all looked at each other and smiled.

"We did it." I said, tears of joy filling my eyes, and a smile on my face. "My father's set free."

"Wait, what time is it?" Hermione asked, a panicked tone in her voice.

"Uh, almost ten o'clock, why?" Harry said, looking up and the clock in the school.

"We need to get back to the hospital wing, quickly." Hermione said. She led the way back to the hospital.

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