~*~Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

~John 15:13

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"So what do you think Remus wants?" Harry asked Hermoine as they made their way towards 'The Witch's Brew.'

"I'm not sure. But there he is at that table." Hermoine pointed to a table by the window. Remus Lupin smiled a carefree smile at them.

Harry and Hermoine exchanged curious glances. Since when did Remus seem so cheerful?

"Hey." Harry greeted as he slid into the seat across from Remus.

Hermoine sat beside him. "Why did you want to meet with us Professor Lupin?"

"Would you two like some butterbeer first?" Remus offered.

Harry shook his head in decline. "No. I want to know what it is you have to tell us. I'm tired of playing games."

"Very well." Remus rose from his seat and motioned for the two teens to follow his lead. "Someone would like to talk to you."

Harry and Hermoine followed close behind Remus. He looked so different to Harry. He seemed younger and happier. For a man who lost his two best friends and had the third betray him, he sure seemed in a good mood.

Remus stopped outside of a cave on the outskirts of the town. Harry and Hermoine came to a stop as well. There seemed to be some creature lurking in the shadows. It almost looked like a dog of some sort. But wait! There seemed to be two dogs.

One of those dogs looked strikingly familiar to Harry. Could it be his godfather? Harry walked past Remus towards the canine in question. Hermoine followed close behind, curious herself about the second canine figure.

Suddenly the two dogs transformed. One became the form of Sirius Black and the other of Cassiopeia. Hermoine ran to her cousin and embraced her. Harry stood in shock, gaping at his godfather.

"Is it really you?" Harry managed to whisper. Sirius nodded his head in affirmation.

"Black is back." Sirius' strong voice resonated throughout the cave. Harry forgot that he was a sixteen year old boy and rushed to hug his godfather like a five year old child. Tears rolled from his eyes as a year's worth of angst resurfaced.

"I thought I had lost you. How is this possible?" Harry looked up at his father figure with blood shot eyes. Sirius wiped away the tears. Harry had grown but was still half a foot shorter than Sirius' stature.

"It's a long story. But, I promise to explain everything in detail. I came as soon as I was allowed." Sirius explained.

Harry nodded and then began to focus on the other previous canine. He noticed a beautiful woman with long dark hair and piercing blue eyes. "Who are you?"

She flashed him a fifty million dollar smile and extended her hand in American hand-shaking fashion. "I am Cassiopeia Granger. It is a pleasure to finally meet the famous Harry Potter. I have heard much about you and -- --"

"Ahem." Sirius interrupted her.

Cassiopeia looked at him apologetically. "Let me begin fresh. I am Cassiopeia Black."

Sirius grinned triumphantly. "Harry, I would like you to meet my new wife."

Harry shook the extended hand curiously. Was she a muggle? How did she transform like an animagi? "How did you morph?"

Remus interjected. "Cassi is a werewolf. She actually created a serum that has aided both of us with the negative aspects of the infection."

"That's why you look so healthy. And that's where you were on all those full moons! I knew it!" Hermoine exclaimed happy with herself and her astute observations.

"Have you been in America this whole time?" Harry asked Sirius.

"For the most part, but I was stuck in my Snuffle's persona the majority of the time. I'll tell you about that later. Cassi and I wanted to ask you something." Sirius answered.

"You know that your name is clear, right?" Harry asked with a hopeful edge to his voice.

Sirius nodded his head. "Yes, and what we wanted to ask, is if you would like to-"

"Yes! I want to live with you guys! No more Uncle Vernon! No more Privet Drive!"

"Actually, I can't offer you that." Sirius told him sadly. "Remus told me about the spell that connects you and your aunt together. It provides you with added protection. However, we wanted to know if you would be interested in spending the winter holiday with us. We'll understand if you don't though." Sirius told his godson, suddenly fearing rejection.

"Of course! This will be the best winter break ever; it will be like I'm part of a real family." Harry got a dreamy look in his eyes that made the hearts of the other four melt.

"Great! Now, let's head into Hogsmeade. I believe that Firebolt of yours may need to be replaced with the newest model, don't you?" Sirius asked looping an arm around the slender boy's shoulders while wrapping the other around Cassiopeia's waist.

"Sirius, you can't buy the boy's affections." Remus scowled.

"Sure he can!" Harry defended.

"Fine." Remus agreed as he followed the others outside of the cave and headed back towards the streets of town.

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"I can't believe you got married and didn't tell me!" Hermoine squealed into her cousin's sensitive ears.

"Could you BE any louder?" Cassiopeia asked sarcastically as she rubbed her abused ears.

"Sorry." Hermoine mumbled. "So why is Remus so chipper?"

"Oh, he's turned into quite the lady's man as of late." Cassi answered confidentially. "Watch this."

Remus sat himself across from the two at the table. He had just ordered them all butterbeers as they awaited the return of Sirius and Harry.

"So, how was your date yesterday?" Cassiopeia inquired after their drinks had arrived and he had just taken a big gulp. He practically spit it out on her.

"It was fine." He answered curtly avoiding the inquisitive stares of the two Grangers.

"Who did you go out with?" Hermoine asked innocently.

"Which time?" Cassiopeia asked before Remus could answer.

Lupin cast Cassi a death stare. She smiled back at him angelically. "Both times were fine." He answered.

"He had a date with Tonks for lunch and then one with my Aunt Phillie for dinner." Cassiopeia informed her, earning another evil glare from the werewolf. "What?"

Remus needed to change subjects. "So are you two related on your father's side?"

"Yep." Hermoine answered. Cassiopeia thought about it for a second and then realized Remus' point.

"Hmmm, Hermoine, we're not related, by blood at least. You remember Gabriel? Well he is my biological father. Dad is my adopted father." Cassi looked at the girl apologetically.

Hermoine only shrugged and took it in stride. "That explains why you have no magical ability then. I always wondered why, because if anyone in the family would be magical I would assume it would be you."

"Werewolves are magical, sort of." Cassiopeia suggested defensively.

Harry and Sirius then reentered the tavern as the trio had finished their butterbeers. Harry showed off his new Firebolt model as Sirius beamed at him proudly. He offered Cassiopeia his hand to help her rise from the bench after the other two had rose.

The group headed out to the streets.

"Sirius, I still have the mirror you gave me, however it's shattered now. You should have told me what it did. It would have saved us so much grief."

Sirius glanced over at Cassiopeia then at Harry. Perhaps it was a good thing they suffered so much grief. It seemed to be worth it in the end.

Hermoine rolled her eyes. "Harry, honestly, it's not that hard to fix something such as a mirror. Do I not repair your glasses every term?"

Suddenly, screams broke into the conversation of the companions.

"Giants!"

"Trolls!"

"Death Eaters!"

The five street strollers took defensive stances and prepared for the approaching onslaught. Four giants, five trolls, and about six Death Eaters soon entered the picture.

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"You're sure about this Snape?" Kingsley asked as he, some other Aurors, and certain members of the Order were about to apparate onto the streets of Hogsmeade.

"I am sure of it. There is to be a raid in the town in approximately five minutes time."

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Cassiopeia transformed into her alter ego and stood in front of Harry, he had been hit in the head by a random brick. Sirius was busy in casting match. Remus and Hermoine were shouting various jinxes.

Fortunately, about ten other wizards and witches showed up and began to fight back the enemy. Harry woke up and was pissed. If his eyes could shoot out balls of lightning they would have done so now.

The other wizards were occupied fighting against the trolls and giants and Death Eaters. Currently, only one troll was standing and the giants had all left in search of food, they didn't care much for confrontation.

One particular snake-like wizard approached Harry. Cassiopeia leapt for the man's jugular but was knocked aside with a nasty blow and crashed into a nearby building unconscious. Harry took up his wand.

"Looks like we meet again, Potter." Lord Voldemort hissed.

He raised his wand; Harry couldn't move his arm to lift his wand. Bellatrix had cast a spell on him petrifying him to some extent. Voldemort's lips cracked open as he began his incantation.

Sirius caught wind of the danger and moved to leap in front of Harry to protect him from the deadly blow of the curse. However, someone moved faster.

Someone else stopped Voldemort's plan by taking the curse in Harry's stead. The spell backfired and suddenly Voldemort began hissing in pain.

"Not again! NO! It will NOT happen again!" Bellatrix and Malfoy rushed to his side and disappeared. All the other antagonists were either unconscious or cast under spells.

"Why did you do it?" Harry asked quietly.

"I couldn't betray you again."

Sirius had gathered Cassiopeia in his arms and was holding her wolf form to his chest as he kneeled beside Harry to regard the man who sacrificed his life. Remus hovered silently above them standing.

The man looked at Remus and Sirius with deep regret in his eyes. "I am sorry. I never wanted to betray the Marauders. I was just scared. I never was as strong as you."

"You are wrong, Peter. James would have been proud that you stood up against Voldemort." Sirius answered gravely.

"We forgive you, Peter." Remus answered.

Peter had the first smile cross his face in sixteen years as his last breath escaped him.

Everyone was silent for a moment.

"Why do you suppose Voldemort was defeated?" Harry asked Remus.

"I imagine it had something to do with the fact that it was a selfless sacrifice and because Peter's hand was created by Voldemort's wand. To cast a spell to destroy something you created probably caused some sort of backfire." Lupin answered logically.

Cassiopeia stirred in Sirius' arms and transformed back into her human form. She smiled at him and then sighed in relief in discovering that Harry was alright.

Snape approached the group as they all stood surveying the street where the battle took place. His attention was drawn to the unfamiliar woman standing between Black and Lupin. He was practically drooling.

Sirius noticed this reaction and had an irresistible urge to transform into Snuffles and piss on his Snape's leg. However, Cassi must have sensed his annoyance and had a better idea.

She pulled him towards her and put on the award winning performance for 'Best PDA.' When she was done with her husband both of their faces were flushed and slightly blue from lack of air.

Snape had a disgusted look upon his face and glared daggers at Black. Black merely shrugged innocently.

"I think we should take you back to Hogwarts Harry, you should pack up." Sirius told his godson.

"What are you doing back, Black?" Snape asked indifferently. Inwardly he was ecstatic that Black was alive and apparently well. However, he chose to hide these emotions. Just because he was happy he wasn't dead, did not mean they were friends.

"My wife and I were just picking up our godson for the holidays." Sirius calmly replied as if nothing out of the ordinary was occurring.

The End!