Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Harry Potter
Character/Pairing: Albus, Hagrid, Dragons
Challenge/Prompt: comment_fic: Harry Potter, Any+/Any, more dragons! requested by untldeathtakeme
Word Count: 501
Date Written: 11 April 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Rowling, not the author, and are used without permission.
He heard the excited bellow just as he was beginning to move away and stopped cold. A long, weary sigh slowly escaped him; he shook his head. He should have known better, but he knew his student’s heart was set on any animal who could be both dangerous and even the smallest bit cute. Dragons excited the boy most of all.
He turned slowly back around and watched Rubeus simultaneously playing with two of the fire breathers. They were still small enough that his huge hands could hold one each while never endangering the creatures. They had lost their mother, and Rubeus had lost . . . Albus sighed again, his countenance drooping. Rubeus had lost far, far too much. If the dragons could bring the boy any joy at all, it was worth all the whispers that would be tearing apart his own reputation in the coming weeks.
“Rubeus, we must be careful -- “ he started, moving closer to the Giant and the baby dragons who were squealing with glee as Rubeus bounced them up and down in his massive hands.
Rubeus stopped playing instantly and almost hid the dragons behind his back. It was clear to Dumbledore that he stopped that intention only when he remembered that his Professor already knew about the creatures. He turned them to face him instead, his own head lowered and blushing. The dragons looked as cute as they could as they cooed up at Albus Dumbledore.
“Of course, Sir,” Rubeus spoke obediently, but then stole a quick look back up at his favorite Professor.
“You know what will happen if the Ministry finds out -- “
“Of course, Sir. We won’t let that happen, Sir.”
“See that you don’t, Rubeus,” Albus commanded, starting to turn away. He stopped and stole one last look back at them quickly enough that he caught the huge grins on all three of their faces before they could vanish them. “But enjoy each other, Rubeus.”
“Yes, sir, Professor Dumbledore, sir.”
Albus sighed again and moved away, his own memories trying to cling to him and haunt him. He’d heard recently that there was a way to remove one’s memories and store them for later use; he needed to look into that. He’d made so many mistakes over the years and lost so many loved ones; a way to store them away would surely help.
At the top of the hill, he paused again as he heard the Giant boy’s deep, guffawing laughter. It echoed over the forest and rumbled through the ground beneath his feet. Albus’ whiskers twitched as he allowed himself a smile. At least he seemed to have done one thing right, even if it might not last. He’d brought happiness to three children, and that made him feel warm at last. Maybe the Winter wouldn’t be so harsh on them after all. It surely wouldn’t be on the three orphans for they’d have each other to keep them warm and happy. Albus smiled and left Hagrid to the dragons.