mnicb1

Okay I just revised this a bit. Instead of Jamie and Remy being born after Cassi find out, they were born just after their dad was arrested. He never knew about his sons until he escaped. So I'm gonna have to fix that in the Finial Battle too.

Nothing is mine. Tell me what ya think. If you get confused just tell me. And let me know if I should change The finial battle too.

My name is Cassiopeia Black. And I have a story to tell. It doesn't start with me and it doesn't end with me. See this is more about my father and my friend and what they were. I just happened to be a witness.

My father and my friend were two of the most powerful wizards to ever enter this world. For years we have waited for them to release us from the darkness that threatened to overtake us all, of course they had no idea what they were till the moment came,

Oh sorry I'm getting ahead of my self. Maybe I should start at the beginning of my story.

The day it all started. I was at home like usual. It was summer, a beautiful bright sunny summer day. My best friend in the whole world Bridget was over. We love sunny days. We don't get many of them in Ireland where we live. We were watching my twin brothers. They are a year younger than me and to tell you the truth are holy terrors. James and Remus are their names, but we call them Jamie and Remy.

We were sitting on my back porch. The boys were discussing everything they wanted to do that summer. Then out of the blue an owl swooped down and landed next to me. It had a letter tied to its leg. It extended its leg like it wanted me to take the letter. I pulled it off and the owl took off. It was addressed to me.

Dear Ms. O'Connell,

We are pleased to inform you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.
Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress

Bridget read over my shoulder.

" Woah, Do you think it's real?"

" I don't know. It sounds real. Maybe I should ask mum."

" Okay. Call me when you find out."

"Sure thing." I wandered inside. Mum came home just then. I helped her take off her coat and get comfy on the couch. She was always tired. She worked as a secretary. To be honest we didn't have much money. But we got by.

" Hi, Honey."

" Mum, I got a letter today. You wanna see?"

"Sure." I retrieved the letter and handed it to her.

"I was wondering if you could tell me if it's real or not." She read it and her face paled. She took a deep shaky breath and closed her eyes. " Cassi, is all your homework done?"

"It's summer vacation mum."

"Oh yes. Why don't you go to bed and we'll talk about this in the morning. You two, boys." I opened my mouth to ask her why but she looked so sad. I let it go. We all left the room quietly.

As I walked up to my room, I figured it must have something to do with Da. See I never knew my father. He died or left or disappeared or something, when I was a baby, before my brothers were even born. I don't know who he was, or what he looked like, I don't even know his name. I wish I did. I see all my friends with their dads and I wish mine were here. I know the twins do too. I used to imagine what he would be like. I know he looked like me because I don't have mum's hair or eyes. He has dark hair, jet black like Jamie's and mine. And dark brown eyes that almost seem black like Remy's and mine. He is tall and handsome. And he loves to laugh. Smart, with an interesting sense of humor. I don't like to think of him as dead and I know he didn't abandon us. I just know it. I like to think he left for a reason. That he was fighting for something, some thing good. That something was after him and he had to leave just to protect us. That's what I picture my da as. I don't have anything to contradict my image. Mum never mentions him.

I was laying in bed thinking when the door creaked open. I sat up. Remy and Jamie stood there, their faces solemn and worried.

"Come on in, boys." They closed the door behind them and sat down on the bed.

"Cassi, we were just talking. Do you think the letter you got has something to do with Da?" Remy asked. He was the shyer quieter one, if such a thing could be true.

"Yeah, I think it does."

"Do you remember him?" Jamie asked. I sighed and pulled both of them into a hug, slipping my arm around their shoulders.

"No, not really. I know what he looked like though."

"Really?" Remy asked.

"What?" Jamie put in. this was a game of ours. We played it many times, guessing things about our father. His name, what he looked like, why he left, things like that.

"He's tall. With dark black hair, like ours Jamie. I know cause Remy has mums hair. And Remy and I have his eyes. Dark brown, so dark that when he's mad they seem to get black. In fact he's like one of those tall dark heroes. He always wears black. Not cause he's mean or anything but because it looks good."

"Why's he leave?" Remy asked, quietly.

I paused. "I think Da had a reason for leaving. Maybe he was part of some secret organization and if he stayed we would all be in danger."

"Like the IRA?" Jamie said.

"Maybe. I dunno." (We live in western Ireland and we aren't affected by the Troubles as much as other places, but we are still aware of them.)

"But he didn't just get up one day and decide to leave." Remy said.

"No, he thought about it for days, weeks even." Jamie said. I nodded.

"And he decided it was best for all of us and that he would return when he could." We were silent for a moment.

"Do you think he's ever gonna come back?" Jamie asked. I shrugged.

"I dunno, but let's get some sleep." They curled up beside me and we fell asleep.

That night I had a dream. A tall dark hared man, with copper eyes was standing in a room, there were people all around. He was laughing and teasing an another man with untidy black hair. They were laughing and when he saw me the man picked me up and swung me around. I laughed and Mum came over and they kissed.

The man's friends laughed too. " Look Padfoot, either get a room or restrain yourself." The man with untidy hair told him. He had an English accent. Padfoot, the tall man, replied with.

" Keep, talking Prongs and I'll tell every one what you say about Lily in your sleep." They all were English.

"I don't think that will work anymore Padfoot." Another man said. He was smaller than the other two, with red-brown hair. He looked tired and pale, but happy. " They've been married for twelve years now."

"Shut up Moony." They all laughed.

"Plus I don't think this is a good conversation for them to be listening too." He continued. He pointed to me and to another boy. He looked like the man with untidy hair, Prongs. Except he had green eyes. He grinned at me.

"Aw come on da, I'm eleven. I'm going to Hogwarts next year."

" Oh of course. You're almost ready to move out." He laughed.

" It's not like we're babies I said."

" I should hope not, and who knows maybe there will be a few surprises at Hogwarts for you." Padfoot said. All the grown ups laughed as if they knew something we didn't. Then It was as if they simply melted into the darkness. They were all gone, Except for Padfoot. He turned to me.

" Cassi, I'm sorry. I love you and your brothers and your mother. I'm sorry for not being there. I'm sorry for what you will go through. Just remember I love you."

"Daddy?" I called. He just smiled and then he was gone.

The next morning I awoke to the smell of bacon frying. Mum must be in a good mood she never made bacon,

I crept down stairs. The twins were gone. They must still have been asleep or they were already out terrorizing the neighborhood.

"Hello, Cassi. How did you sleep?" Mum asked. I never could sneak up on her.

"Great mum. Another dream though."

" I made your favorite." I noticed this time she didn't ask about my dream. I had been having weird dreams for a while now. In fact a lot of weird stuff happened to me.

" Great." I sat down. Mum gave me a plate and I helped my self. We sat down and for a few minutes we sat in silence.

"Where are the twins?" before she could answer they walked quietly into the kitchen. It surprised me because they never did anything quietly. They sat down and helped themselves to bacon.

" Mum?"

" Hmm?"

"About that letter I got. "

" Cassi, I need to talk to you about that." She sighed. The boys looked up with interest. " I had hoped you wouldn't inherit it. That I had left it all behind. After …" She closed her eyes. " I had hoped. But he said you would. He promised you would be like him. He always knew things like that."

"Who?"

"Your da."

"Da?" She had never even said that word before. Remy and Jamie stared at her.

" He was like you. That's were you get it."

" Get what?"

"The magic."

"Magic?"

"Believe it or not Cassi, You are a witch. You boys are wizards. There are such things as wizards and witches. You da was one."

" Witch?"

" Actually he was a wizard, but it's the same thing. It explains all the strange things that happened when you were younger. Like turning my car black because you didn't like green." I laughed at the memory.

" Me, a witch."

" Hogwarts is the best school for magic in all the British Isles. Or so your father and all his friends boasted every five minutes." She laughed softly.

"What about us?' the twins yelled.

"You'll be going too, no doubt. In a year or so."

" Next week we'll take a trip to London and we'll get your stuff."

The next night there was a knock on the door. It was very late. I snuck down the stairs to see who it was. The boys sat on the stairway beside me. Mum opened the door and she gasped in shock. A young woman was standing there. She had light green eyes and red brown hair.

" Mari." She had an English accent.

" Addi. Come in." She stepped inside.

"What are you doing here?"

" well, I was in the country and I decided to see how you and Cassiopeia were doing. This was the place you last letter came from so I came here first. We haven't heard from you in a long time."

" Well, I've been busy."

" For ten years?"

" Raising children alone was not the way I wanted to spent my life."

'Children?"

"That's right. You never met the boys. They were born in May. Eight month's after my oh so loving husband decided to make the biggest mistake of his life and ruin all of ours."

" I know. I know. Nothing turned out the way we planned."

" You still have Remus." I glanced at my brother. He shrugged.

" No we broke up week after you left. He just couldn't take it anymore. It was too much for him, losing everyone at once, and he left. He is the last one left."

" Oh really has you brother died yet?" she said brother like she would say a curse word. The woman, Addi sighed.

" Not that I know of."

" Too bad."

" Look I just wanted to see you again. It's been so long and we used to be so good friends. Please don't push me away again. I need you. I need a friend."

"What couldn't find one of them to be your friends?" Mum asked.

" After, my brother, No one will even trust me. They all think any Black is a dark one, I don't even have any magic." Black. I knew that name.

"Well they have good reason."

"Why are you doing this? I would have thought you would be glad to see me. You and Lily and me , we used to be the best of friends."

" Look, You want the truth? You remind me of him. I see enough of him in my daughter every day. I see his eyes in her face, I hear his laugh, she even has his magic. You have no idea how confusing it is to love someone so much who looks like some one you hate. I want nothing to do with magic. It had brought me only heartache. But I can't not send her to Hogwarts. I know she will be happy there. Be with her own kind. But I don't want her to go. I have prayed she wasn't like him. But she is. In every way. It's the same way with the boys. Every time I hear an explosion coming from their room, it's like I'm back. They both have their father's laugh. " I could tell Mum was crying.

The woman put her arm around her shoulder.

"I know, I know. It's been hard for me too. Every time I would go into a store they would sneer and follow me to make sure I wasn't going to steal. The after a while, the owner told me I couldn't go there. I know what people think when they see me. The sister of a murderer. That's all I am in their eyes."

"She doesn't know. "

"Doesn't know what?"

"About her father. She didn't even know he was a wizard until this morning."

"She doesn't know? About Lily and James and"

"No."

" She doesn't know what he did?"

"NO! And I don't plan to tell her. Or them. Can you imagine, going to school with all that? Knowing what their father did? And what if they meet Harry? He is in school now, if those horrible Durslys haven't killed him. How could they face him, knowing what their father did to his parents? No, I couldn't do that."

That was all I could take. " Why not mum?" I came out from my hiding place. The boys followed me.

"Cassi." She gasped. Her eyes were red and she stared at me in shock. The other woman, Addi looked at us and smiled. " She has our mothers' eyes. So does he. He's got his fathers hair. You were right they do look like him. A lot."

" Cassi, I want you to meet your aunt. Adhara."

" Addi, please." She shook my hand. We went to the kitchen where we sat down.

" Coffee, Addi?"

" Decaff please. I still refuse to buy regular in case I even meet Remus again. The scene at the hospital was the worst." The both laughed at some old memory.

" Mum, you never told me you had a sister."

" She doesn't. I'm your fathers sister. " As soon as she said father Mum's face clouded over.

" Da? Is he coming?" Jamie asked. Her smile vanished.

" No. Things like family and friends don't matter to him. Or if they did, they won't now. Nothing matters to him now."

" You saw him?"

" Haven't seen him in eleven years. And not planning to either. Trust me child, you don't want to waste your time worrying about him. "

"oh." I sighed disappointed.

" Well, I hear you're going to Hogwarts this year." She said changing the subject.

I brightened. " Yeah, I was so surprised when I got the letter. It explains all the weird stuff though."

"yes your dad was the same. Lots of weird stuff happened to him before he got his letter."

Addi stayed for a long time. She even went to London with us. She showed us how to get into Digon alley and everything. The boys loved it. They spent lots of time in some old joke shop and came out loaded with stuff. I got my cauldron, robes and wand. We meet lots of people who seemed to know Mum. Some smiled and stopped to talk. Others gave her mean or distrustful looks. I figured Da must have done something very bad for people to hate mum like that just because she was married to him.

The wand store was one of the strangest places I've ever been. The owner gave me a weird look.

"Cassiopeia Black, Yes, Your father was one of us. He was very powerful. One of the most powerful I've ever had here. Now lets see about a wand." It took a while but eventually we got one. It was dogwood with a phoenix feather core. I loved it.