Remus led the boys inside and allowed Harry to decide where to put Neville. Unsure of what to do Harry put him in the room next to his. He started to beat himself up over that decision when he saw the crestfallen look that passed on Neville’s face.
“Great now I’ve done it. I’m probably the worst the dominant ever. It hasn’t even been a whole day and I’ve already messing up,” Harry thought.
“He doesn’t want me,” thought Neville.
“Harry I think it might be better for you and Neville to share a room,” Remus said when he saw the look on Neville’s face.
“Of course. I’m sorry Neville.” Harry took Neville’s arm and showed him what would become their room.
“If you don’t want to share a room with me, why’d you come to find me?”
“Neville, I didn’t think you’d want to share a room with me yet. I’m sorry.”
Neville took his trunk out of his pocket and unshrunk it. He set it at the foot of the bed and asked, “Where can I put my things?”
“Your clothes can go in the closet and you’re more than welcome to put your books on the bookshelf, I don’t have enough to fill it.”
Neville saw the tome laying on the bed and he recognized it as the same one in his family library. “Is that the book you got from Gringotts?”
“Yeah, I haven’t had much time to read a whole lot of it, but I promise that I will read it cover to cover so that I can be a good dominant for you. I’m sorry if I hurt you earlier, that was not my intent. I promise that I will never intentionally hurt you.”
“I know you didn’t mean to hurt me and I don’t think you’re a bad dominant. I was raised hearing about dominant and submissive drackens. I know that as a submissive there will be rules that I’ll need to follow and I promise that I will try to follow them to the best of my abilities.”
“Can I help you get things put away?” Harry asked.
“You don’t have to, it won’t take me long,” Neville replied.
“Nev, I want to help. Besides it will give us time together to talk. Maybe you can tell me what you know of Drackens, because I didn’t know either of my parents carried the gene.”
“Alright.” Neville opened his trunk while Harry opened the closet and bathroom doors because he knew if Neville was anything like him most of his things would get put away with magic. He was surprised when Neville started taking things out of the trunk and putting it away without magic. He thought it was adorable when Neville pulled out a teddy bear with a Gryffindor scarf around his neck and placed it on the bed.
Harry went to the trunk and started to unpack the books and loaded the bookshelves. He quickly realized that the two bookshelves he had wouldn’t be enough so he conjured another. Even though Harry said they would talk while they put things away each boy seemed lost in their own thought and soon everything was put away.
“Neville are you disappointed to have me as a dominant?” Harry asked.
“No, Harry. In fact I couldn’t think of a better person to have as my dominant. I don’t know if I will have more than just you, but even if I don’t I will be happy.” Neville led Harry to the couch in his sitting room. “We have the advantage of having been friends before we received our inheritances. I think we’ll be ok if there are other dominants added.”
“Do most dracken subs have more than one dominant?” Harry asked.
“Typically a sub has two dominants. The strongest is considered the Alpha and their decisions are final. The dominants main priority is to protect the submissive at all costs. I’ve known since I was young that I would be a submissive. Gran always made sure that I would know how to act when the time came and I found my dominant.”
“I’m grateful you had someone to help you and that you’re willing to help me understand better so that I don’t fail you as a dominant. There’s a part of me that hopes you have another dominant, but there’s also a part of me that doesn’t want to share you with anyone. Does that make any sense?”
“It makes perfect sense. Drackens are very possessive creatures, but they are also very protective of their mates. By having additional drackens you can be sure that I’ll be protected. More than one dominant will make it easier to protect the submissive and any children that they may have.”
Harry’s senses went into overdrive when he felt the presence of another dracken in the vicinity. It was only then that he realized Neville was still calling for his mates. Harry became unsure of himself because it proved that he wouldn’t be enough to protect Neville and their children from danger.
“Harry, Neville stay here. Someone is at the edge of the wards. I’m not sure how they know we’re here since this is supposed to be unplottable,” Remus said when he ran into the room.
Harry sniffed the air and could feel the presence of another dracken. He ignored what Remus had just told him and ran after his adoptive godfather. Neville knew he needed to stay safe and decided that he would heed Remus’ warning to stay in the room.
Remus opened the front door and was surprised to see Charlie standing there. “Charlie how did you know to find us here?”
“Remus my mate is here. Let me in to get him and we’ll be on our way.”
Harry got there in time to hear the last part and snarled, “Stay away from my mate.”
“He’s my mate too Harry. He called to me.”
“How much of a Dumbledore man are you Charlie?” Harry demanded.
“What does that have to do with you keeping my mate from me?”
“I will not allow him any say over me or my mate. I am done doing his bidding. Know that I will not put up with the meddling of your mother, sister, or Ron. They are all dead to me.”
“Harry can I come in so we can discuss this calmly like two adults? Hopefully our mate can join us because this really should be something that is talked through together.”
Harry looked at Remus and nodded to let him know he could admit Charlie through his wards if he wanted to. Upon seeing Harry’s nod Remus adjusted the wards to allow Charlie’s entrance.
“Charlie, you cannot admit anyone through the wards. Harry and I are the only who can admit someone. I don’t want the Order to know where I am living; that goes for your family as well Charlie. This is Harry’s home for as long as he wants to be here.”
“If Harry is also mates with my submissive I will concede to his wishes because we need to live in harmony.” He looked to Harry and said, “If I want to see my family I will go to the Burrow. They will not know that we are mates. They aren’t too accepting of me inheriting the dracken abilities from our ancestors. The only family I see are the twins, Bill, and Dad.”
“I have no problem with them.” Harry led the way into the house and called out, “Neville its safe.”
“Our mate is Neville?” Harry saw the disbelief on Charlie’s face and growled lowly.
“Do you have a problem with that? Cause if you do you can get your arse out of here as quickly as you came.”
“No I don’t have a problem with Neville being our mate. I was simply shocked is all.”
Neville came into the living room from the hallway. “Charlie?”
Harry looked at Remus. “Is it okay for Charlie to stay here for a little while until we can get something bigger for us?”
Remus deflated at the thought of Harry moving out. He hadn’t had much time to spend with his cub until recently and didn’t want to see him go.
“Of course cub. I’ll be sad to see you go when you move out though.”
“Move out?” Harry shook his head at his godfather. “I would hope you would go with us to some place bigger if it’s needed, but I’m sure you don’t want to leave your own house.”
Remus grinned because it seemed like they both misunderstood the other. “I would go wherever you go cub. You’re my pack.” He looked at Neville and Charlie. “That is if you don’t mind sharing your house with a werewolf.”
“Remus, you’re family. Of course I don’t mind. Besides you’re family to Harry,” said Charlie.
“Thank you Charlie. I did some reading while Harry searched for Neville. I understand that you and Harry are going to be extremely protective of Neville, especially until the mating is complete.”
“Besides when our chits are born they’ll need their grandpa,” said Harry as he pulled Remus into a hug.
Without thinking Neville growled at his mate’s show of affection towards another male. Charlie pulled him into a hug to calm him down and whispered in his ear, “It’s okay, it’s only Remus. There is no threat of Harry leaving.”
Harry heard the growl and turned to Neville in surprise. He didn’t think that giving Remus a hug would cause a problem.
“Cub, he feels threatened that you’ll leave because the bond hasn’t been completed yet.”
It was as if a light bulb went off in Harry’s head. He went over to Neville and joined in on the hug. “I’m sorry love. I’m not going to leave you. Remus is like a father to me and is in no way a threat to us.”
“I know Harry, but my dracken didn’t like it. He feels unsettled right now because we haven’t mated. He feels like something is wrong with us and that you don’t want us.”
“Oh, Neville you have nothing to fear. I know it’s partly the bond, but I love you. I loved you as a friend for the past six years and it has grown to where it wasn’t a hardship to change into romantic love. Never doubt my feelings for you.”
The three of them stood there in their three way hug for a few minutes before Remus cleared his throat.
“Charlie, why don’t you go get your things and we can expand your room here so the three of you are cramped. You can let your family know you are with us but please don’t give out the location. I’m not too happy with what some members of your family has done to Harry and I do not want Dumbledore to know ever.”
“Okay, I will go get my things. The only ones I’ll tell are the twins and Bill. Mom pretty much disowned me when it came out that the dracken gene awakened within me. Ron and Ginny follow her thinking and Dad, well he never stands up to mom. Ever since the attack by Greyback on Bill he has also been shunned even though he doesn’t transform. You of course know what she thinks about the twins and their joke shop.”
“I have my own reasons for being upset with them and to be honest I’m glad you feel that way towards them because I don’t want them anywhere near our chits when we have them.”
“I thought you were best friends with Ron?” Charlie could hear the hurt and anger in his voice and he wondered what his brother had done. He knew that Ron had always been jealous of Harry and the unwanted fame that Harry dealt with.
“I don’t want to talk about it right now.”
“Okay, that’s fine with me, but know that no matter what I am on your side. I don’t know what he’s done, but I have no doubt your anger is justified. On that note I’m going to go and gather my things. I think I’ll floo to work each morning but stay here, if that’s okay with you Remus?”
“That’s fine Charlie. Your room will be ready when you get back. I have adjusted the wards and I will open the floo to you.”
Charlie gave Harry and Neville a kiss before he grabbed some floo powder and call out, “Dragon Heart Reserve.” He was gone in the midst of green flames.
Harry left Neville’s arms and walked out of the room. Neville stood there and couldn’t believe that Harry would walk away like that. He knew that whatever happened with Ron had to be hurting him deeply and he wished Harry would talk to him like they used to. He sighed and followed Harry to their room.
Neville found Harry pacing in their sitting room and knew better than to interrupt Harry while he was thinking. He wondered what bothered him, but knew he would find out when Harry was ready.
“Who does he think he is coming in here and making decisions without asking us? I mean it’s great that he’s your other mate because we both know him and trust him, but I was your first mate and he just came in and it was assumed that he would be the top dominant. I may be younger than him but I’m just as powerful, if not more so. Besides how do we know he won’t tell his family where we are and who he’s mated to?”
“Harry, I’m sure he didn’t mean to come in and take over to push you to the side. The only decision he made was that it was ok for Remus to stay with us and that he would go get his things then come back here.”
Harry looked at Neville and was torn in his fear that he would be pushed aside for Charlie and his belief that Neville still wanted him as his mate.
Neville must have seen something in Harry’s face because he said, “Harry, I won’t choose one over the other. I am meant to be with both of you and that is where I’ll stay.”
Harry sat on the bed and put his head in his hands. He knew Neville wouldn’t leave him or choose one over the other; it was his own insecurities that made him feel like that. His head came up when someone knocked on the door. He knew by the scent that it was Charlie.
“Come in Charlie,” Harry called out.
Harry got off the bed and enlarged it to fit the three of them comfortably. He also transfigured another dresser for Charlie to use.
Charlie entered the room and could feel the tension. He knew it had to do with Harry. He expected to have issues if his submissive had more than one mate, but he honestly thought with Harry it wouldn’t be a big issue.
“Harry, you okay buddy?” Charlie asked.
“Just peachy.” Charlie couldn’t believe the amount of sarcasm and disrespect he heard in Harry’s voice.
“Harry there’s no need for the attitude.”
“You expect me to sit back and follow your lead? Of course I’m going to have an attitude. I was his mate first.”
“You may have found him first but I am older and the larger dominant. I will be able to protect Neville better.”
“So what, I’m going to be pushed aside is that it?” Harry demanded.
“Harry, I never said that. What made you think I would push you aside in something as serious as our mating?”
“I’m not your mate Neville is.” Harry pushed Charlie aside and stormed out of the room.
Remus had come to see what the commotion was and was almost run over by Harry. Thankfully he slid out of the way right before the possible collision. He looked towards the door of their room and saw Charlie standing there.
“What’s going on Charlie? Why is Harry so pissed?”
Charlie sighed. “He thinks I’m going to push him aside in the relationship because he and I aren’t actual mates.
“Let me go talk to him.” Remus left to go find where Harry had disappeared to. He got to the front of the house and saw the front door open. He got there in time to hear a crack of apparition and knew that he had left. He knew his godson needed time to cool down but he never expected him to leave like that.