"Remus! It's so great to see you. Where have you been?" Lily exclaimed, rushing to give her friend a hug as he entered her home. Remus hugged her tightly and followed her to the living area where James and Harry were playing on the floor.
"James!" Lily chatised. He had bewitched Harry's toys to attack each other. Once the little goblin figures spotted her they rushed at Lily and began clawing at her legs. James's eyes widened and he quickly ended the jinx. Harry clapped energetically and slowly pulled himself up, using the table, and teetered slowly to his mother.
Lily smiled and lifted her son into her arms. "Hello, Harry. You're doing so well! You'll be chasing Daddy around the house in no time!" James bit his lip. "And Daddy's being a very bad boy, isn't he?"
Harry giggled and nodded. "Moony!" He cried, seeing his 'uncle' behind his mother. James quickly got up to pull his friend into a warm embrace. Remus looked at them, eyes shining with joy. He had never had a real family and Lily and James knew how much he enjoyed spending time at their home. Lily eyed Remus questioningly. He nodded and she handed the baby over to him, happily watching his eyes light up. It was a pity he would never have the chance to be a father, and she said so.
"Oh, Lily, I'm quite happy to help take care of this one. Harry will be a handful, won't he Prongs?" Remus replied good naturedly. James only smiled in reply. Lily sighed and let the subject drop.
"So, how is the new potion coming along? Does it help at all?" James asked, referring to the improved Wolfsbane Potion. Remus nodded.
"The transformation is a little less painful and I can control my thoughts more." The werewolf began to tickle Harry, who started laughing shrilly and shouted for him to stop.
"Stop, Moony! No, stop!" Harry gasped. His vocabulary had really grown and he knew how to get his meaning across with very few words. Remus paused in his tickling, then went back for another attack. Lily and James stood back and James quietly pulled Lily into the hallway.
"I think Moony could use some bonding time with Harry, and we could use a break from the house. Why don't we ask if he would like to babysit while we go out for dinner?" James asked quietly. Lily frowned, then looked back at the two laughing in the other room.
"Alright," she replied, somewhat hesitantly. "But, I can't help being afraid, James."
He shrugged. "We'll wear costumes, Lily. It is Halloween." Lily smiled and nodded. James went back in to ask if Remus wanted to watch over Harry for awhile. He instantly agreed.
"Just be careful. There are a lot of suspicious things going on. But, don't worry, Harry will be safe with me. Or,er, do you want me to have Sirius come over?" Moony asked.
James shook his head. "I trust you with Harry, Moony, I know he'll be fine. However, if you want Padfoot to come over you can invite him. I just thought that you and Harry could spend some time alone. Sirius tends to be a little... overbearing."
Remus laughed and nodded. "So, Prongs, what are you going as? Bambi?"
James snorted. "No!"
"Oooh, close, Remus." Lily said, coming in and placing a red ball on James's face. Remus burst into laughter and James glared at his wife."He's going as a clown. It fits with his personality."
Harry toddled over just as Lily waved her wand and paint covered his dad's face and his outfit turned white with red and gold polka dots. His shoes grew about five sizes bigger and his hair became bright red, the same color of his wife's.
"Lily!" James whined. Harry looked up at him.
"Daddy?" James bent down and picked him up.
"Yes, Harry." Harry grabbed his new red nose and squeezed. It squirted water right into both of their faces, causing James to splutter and Harry to giggle and wipe his face. Lily took his so that James could wipe his face, failing to hide her smirk. Remus had left the room until he could straighten his face. He soon returned and Lily and James kissed a wet Harry's forehead good-bye and waved to Remus, walking out the door.
"Oh, and Lily!" Remus called. Lily turned. "I love the outfit. Vampiress. Hope you don't find Dracula out there, Bozo here would be crushed."
Lily laughed as she shut the door before James could start spluttering and yelling. Still chortling, Remus picked Harry up. "Let's get you dried up and see what Lil has in the kitchen for dinner." Harry clapped his hands energetically and allowed Remus to carry him to the kitchen.
"It's so nice to get out once in a while, James, but why do I feel so nervous?" Lily asked as they walked down Diagon Alley, looking at the things on display. James kissed her head and pulled her close.
"Don't worry, love, no one could recognize us. Your face is completely changed. Another of your inventions?" James said. Lily nodded. "No one expects us to be out of our home. Everyone thinks we are hiding at home with Harry and -" He stopped and Lily looked up at him. He was staring intently down a side street. Lily followed his gaze and realized he was looking down Knockturn Alley.
"What is it?" she asked softly.
"Peter. He just went in." He pulled out his wand and disillusioned the both of them. Lily waved away their disguises since they no longer needed them. Holding hands, they stealthily followed Pettigrew and stopped when they spotted him talking to Lucius Malfoy. Lily placed a hand over her mouth to keep from gasping in shock and horror. They had trusted him, and he was talking to a known, well known to them, Death Eater!
"Are you certain that is where they are? If our master is lied to, you will be punished." Malfoy was saying in a menacing tone.
"Of course I'm sure." Pettigrew spat. "I'm their Secret-Keeper!"
"Very well. Then we will attack." Malfoy said. "And then -"
James pulled a sobbing Lily away. Once she was certain that no one was around, she cried."Peter! No! How could he do this? Oh, James! Harry!"
"Let's go home and pack quickly. Albus will let us go to Hogwarts until school starts. By then we can make Sirius our Secret-Keeper and have another hiding spot." Lily nodded and they instantly Apparated home.
Remus had just changed Harry into his night clothes and laid him down in his crib when the door burst open and he heard Lily frantically calling him.
"Remus? Remus!" He hurried down the stairs to see her face tear-stained and James in shock.
"What is it? What happened?" Remus asked quickly. They had been gone for hours and he didn't know what could have occured.
"Where's Harry?" Lily asked quickly, obviously frightened for her child.
"Upstairs, I just -" She had already dashed up the stairs and he turned back to his friend. "James? What's going on?"
James sighed. "Remus, I need for you to go to Dumbledore. Peter betrayed us. We heard him talking to Malfoy and they are going to attack soon. We have to get out of here and fast."
Remus's eyes widened. "Peter?" James nodded, his face now turning hard and cold. "I'll go right now. Would you like me to take Harry?"
"No! I'm sorry Remus but I won't let Harry out of my sight until we're safe again!" Lily said, coming back down the stairs with her son in her arms. Remus nodded in understanding and patted James on the shoulder. He kissed Lily and Harry on the cheek and left immediately.
"Lily, go pack Harry's things and I'll pack ours. Not much though, just enough to get us through." Lily nodded and she hurried back up the stairs, James right behind her. Fifteen minutes later their suitcases were packed and in the front room. The front door opened and James hurried down the stairs to greet Remus. However, as he reached the door he saw no one.
"Lily! It's him, it's Voldemort! Take Harry and go! I'll hold him off!" James yelled. Lily screamed at him to come with her. He ignored her, for Voldemort had just slowly walked into their home.
"Well, well, well. If it isn't James Potter. And you thought you could escape me?" He drawled, twirling his wand in his very long pale fingers. James said nothing but raised his wand in an attempt to attack, but was hit with the Cruciatus curse. He writhed and screamed on the floor. The pain felt like being placed in a very hot flame before being stabbed all over with a million knives stabbing at every inch of his body. Suddenly the pain was gone and he was breathing deeply. Voldemort was cackling.
"You bastard! Leave my family alone!" James said with as much force as he could muster. The wizard's eyes flashed and without warning he shot a streak of green light right at him. James Potter crumpled and died on the floor, desperately hoping that his wife and son would survive.
Lily heard footsteps coming up the stairs. They were almost silent and she hugged her son close. Those footsteps were not her husbands. With a heart-wrenching sob, she knew James had been killed and that Voldemort was coming for her and Harry. Lily kissed her son's forehead and whispered, "I love you, Harry."
The footsteps stopped and the bedroom door creaked open. Lily quickly set her son in his crib and turned around to defiantly face the dark man before her.
"Stand aside," he hissed.
"No." Lily said, trying to remain calm.
"Stand aside, you silly girl."
"Then I will make you! Avada Kedavra!"
Lily Potter slumped to the floor, a tear falling down her cheek. Voldemort ignored her and stood in front of the baby boy in front of him. He sneered and raised his wand.
The green light sped towards young Harry Potter and then collided. The baby began to wail and suddenly the light rebounded towards Voldemort and struck him. He howled in pain and rage just as the house exploded, leaving a wailing baby in a house all by himself.