Disclaimer: I own the unfamiliar, the rest belongs to JK Rowling.

A/N: SO sorry about the time wait. See my story Harsh Realities for the not- so-long run-down on why I was gone for so long. I'm hopeful that this clears up many of the people's views that Sirius, Remus and Harry are just adjusting to this. I view Harry being told he's James & Lily Potter's son the same way those who are adopted are told the truth – no one reacts the same way. However, since he's had such a happy childhood, and he knows that his parents are dead and didn't just give him away, and what would have happened had he NOT been taken from the Dursleys – let's just say from his point of view his life was the best it could be. Keep in mind he has two younger siblings as well – something that ties his whole happiness together.

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Changing Past Wrongs

Chapter Eight: Explanations for Moony and Padfoot

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Remus, Sirius and David quickly stopped at David's home to allow Sirius to clean up, before going shopping to buy a few new things for Sirius to wear. When they finished, they made their way back to David's house, where Sirius changed and David got them all drinks, and put Padfoot outside. When all three men were sitting comfortably in the living room, Remus started to ask questions.

Remus frowned, and asked, "Why, exactly, did it take so long to come forward with Peter's location?"

David answered simply, "I could not find another way to do so without revealing myself to someone – and as soon as it became apparent that I knew that, I knew it would be claimed I must be a Death Eater myself. My mission was to keep Harry in a happy childhood – I could not risk him being transferred to a fourth home, or back to the Dursley family. I hoped that when I was finally able to find a way, that both of you would understand the circumstances."

Sirius, who was busily drinking his hot chocolate, smiled and said, "I'm just glad to be out of that place. And I'm glad Harry had a happy childhood – though I wish I could have been here for it."

Remus sighed and nodded before saying, "I suppose that does make sense. There was too much at stake, though I wish I had been able to see past all of this and done something – anything – to help."

David smiled tiredly and said simply, "What's done is done – we can always attempt to change it of course, but this time, I think I can live with the way things have gone."

Remus and Sirius both nodded in agreement, though there were several things they would both have changed, they could live with the way things had gone. Sirius couldn't help but ask however, "What – that is, if it's not to painful to speak of – what would have happened had you not gone back with the Order's protection and changed things?"

David smiled sadly and said, "You would have escaped Azkaban in two more years, fueled by having seen a photo of Peter with the Weasley family in Egypt. Remus was the Defense Professor that year – as Albus wanted someone who was familiar with you helping to protect Harry. Eventually, Harry, Remus and two of Harry's friends discovered the truth. The following year there was a Tri-Wizard tournament, which Harry somehow got selected for – I still don't know how that happened. The final task ended with Voldemort's re-birth. Harry's fifth year was horrid, his sixth year not much better. Sirius was freed the week before Harry's seventeenth birthday, and decided to pick him up on his birthday, as a present. When he arrived, Harry had already committed suicide, and he was so filled with grief that he did the same immediately."

David paused and then said, "After that, the owl Harry sent to Dumbledore sealed my mission. We were no longer winning the war, and Albus was unsure how to improve things. The Order voted, and it was decided that someone had to volunteer to go back, and fix things with Harry. My life at the time was in shambles, my wife and twin daughters had just been killed, my family was being torn apart by Harry's death."

David took a deep, shaky breath and continued in a slightly hoarse voice, "I felt I had no choice. I volunteered, and immediately packed up what was needed before I left. Albus gave me all of the money in both the Black and Potter family vaults, and several of his own, to help me with finances for when I arrived. The Dursleys were pathetically easy to convince to give me Harry. I only offered a thousand pounds, and they all but threw him in my arms."

Sirius and Remus both made noises of disgust, and they would have continued to converse, if the front door hadn't opened and the sound of three giggling children and running feet hadn't reached them. Melanie's voice called out, "Boys? We're home!"

Harry's voice was heard calling out before they could respond, "PADFOOT! PADFOOT!"

Sirius and Remus looked confused, but happy that Harry was excited to see Sirius at least. They were more confused however when David called back, "He's out back Harry!"

Harry raced by the living room, followed by Lana and Alex, straight out to the back yard, not bothering to say hello to anyone on his way. David explained, "Our dog. Or rather – Harry's dog. I found it ironic when Harry named him, not yet having heard of the Marauders – or their nicknames."

Sirius and Remus both chuckled and grinned. Melanie walked by, holding two bags of groceries. She smiled at them all and said, "Hello! Have a good time? Sirius! You look much better than you did before!"

David smiled back at Melanie and said, "The kids didn't cause trouble?"

Melanie snorted and said, "I had a Potter and two Weasleys in a market – what do you think?"

David chuckled, as did Sirius and Remus, before all four adults moved to the kitchen. David said to Sirius and Remus, "You know – I'm sure the kids would love to see Padfoot and Padfoot interact with one another."

Sirius' face lit up and he immediately transformed, letting a smiling Remus lead the way out to the back yard. Moments later, David and Melanie were preparing the meal, watching their children through the kitchen window, as they played with two men who desperately needed more cheerful times.

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A/N: I've been getting some down-right nasty reviews, well, one nasty review and then nasty emails, for this one, and I'm hopeful that there are people who really enjoy this story who simply don't review – and I'm not going to demand that they do – but it would be nice if those who don't like the story simply stopped reading it rather than leaving such nasty reviews. I can handle constructive criticism – but that's not what I've been getting.

Replies to Reviews:

Jordan: Sorry the wait was repeated. As for the Weasleys finding out – we'll see. I'm not sure yet.

wingweaver: I'm glad you enjoy it – would you mind emailing me where the run-ons were? I really strive to make sure the stories come across at their best, and something that simple is easy to fix.

Xirleb70: Way too much information. Totally didn't need to know that – but I'm glad you enjoy my story.

Cataclysmic: I'm glad you enjoyed this one – and I hope you enjoyed my others as well.

Ariana Dumbledore: I'm not so sure she's doing it anymore – she hasn't updated her own story in about as much time as I have. However, if she ever does email me to let me know she's posted & updated it, I'll post where to find it on mine. I've debated just finishing it myself, but I honestly don't know where to take it from where I've left it. Hope you enjoyed my two updates today!

Rachel A. Prongs, headncloud, Bob the psycho ghost, Kateri1, insanechildfanfic, wintermoon2, Layce74, Solo, maridale3, Blueberrie, vampyreice, Honor, EmeraldKatsEye, hogwartsfreak, Madam Moony & walker-of- the-shadow-path: Thanks for reviewing! I'm glad you like my story!

athenakitty: yes, maybe, maybe & maybe. Keep reading & find out!

Anne (bluedragonrulz): I'm not sure how far I'll take the story. I haven't outlined this one the way I do my others, and it's just sort of taking me along for the ride. I might just end it with a nice epilogue showing how things turned out this time around. I dunno yet. (The end, mind you, is still at least 2 chapters away.)

Blue Dream1: I don't like Ron much either – in my opinion he's a judgmental prat who uses Harry's friendship to further himself and then gets mad at Harry when things happen to Harry because of his fame that he doesn't necessarily want or ask to happen. I don't know if Charlie & Charlie/Daniel are going to meet or not yet – haven't quite decided, but it's a fun scene to picture in my head at least. Quirrel & the basilisk are dealt with in the upcoming chapters, but I won't give away how!

SlytherinRose: Thanks for the offer, I was stuck, but several reviews led me to this chapter, and another is in the making. I'm glad you're enjoying my story.

Maab: Thanks! I quite like the way Harry handled that myself. I hate it when people make him throw hissy fits. A friendship with Ron is unlikely – as Harry is already friends with Draco. Hermione I'm still debating on, but is a possibility. And Quirrel is in the upcoming chapters.

Padawan Jan-AQ: Quirrel is in the upcoming chapters. I'm glad you like it! Keep reading & reviewing!

ShadowQuirk: Yes, I'll be following a different story-line than canon. I'm glad you like the story!

And lastly, we have Acacia Jules:

If you didn't read the adoption comparison up above, please do so. That's my response to your 'Harry not resenting them'.

As for Sirius & Harry not being upset – the only thing Sirius knows is that someone took him out of Azkaban & believed in his innocence. After ten years of having his mind raped by Dementors and all the happiness sucked out of him, he's just first experiencing happiness, joy and having fun for the first time in ten years. By the time he's able to be angry about it, he'll likely feel it inappropriate to express it.

I never said Harry didn't have those memories still. After all, 'Padfoot' had to be in his subconscious for that to be the dog's name didn't it? And at this point, Sirius doesn't know that Harry is a Slytherin yet.

As for your review in general. Perhaps the next time you review someone's story you don't like, you could be just slightly less sarcastic about it. I hope that regardless of this review, you continue to read my story, and that you enjoy it.

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