To Whom It May Concern;
If you are reading this, then you are or will be affected by the Marriage Law.
This paper, like this book, is protected by the Fidelius Charm. If you attempt to tell anyone or show anyone, you will forget you ever saw this page and the book will disappear.
If you, like me, believe that the Marriage Law is unconscionable, then I have a solution. It will not be easy. The place where we will find sanctuary has been abandoned for centuries. There are no amenities. No luxuries.
There is only freedom from the Marriage Law and what we make of it.
I say again, this will not be easy. But if you need sanctuary, we will welcome you.
In three months time, the ink on my signature will turn from red to gold. When that happens, this book has become a Portkey that will take you to the nearest Waystation along the road. They will instruct you on the next leg of the journey.
Most of these Waystations are farms. The owners have agreed, of their kindness, to help you escape. There will be a place to sleep and fresh food to purchase, but likely little else.
Bring what you need, if you can. (if you can't bring anything, but you are in danger, come anyway. We'll take care of you.)
Your families are welcome, but be cautious what you say. You cannot explain where you are going or the Fidelius will activate. We are sorry, but for security, it has to be this way.
You will need shelter, warm clothes, and food to get through the first year. In the following pages you will find charms to create Extensible Tents and Bottomless Bags. There are preservation charms for food, and a variety of shrinking charms.
Snap your wands. The Ministry can find you if you don't.
We have people who will help you create another.
We have been advised that the Ministry is seizing assets of those who flee. If you plan to sell, keep it in gold. Muggle banks are not safe.
If you do not wish to sell, consider placing your assets in trust. There are options. If you are interested, talk with Apprentice Senrick at Gringott's in Diagon Alley.
When all is ready, take firm hold of your bottomless bag and place your hand on this page and say, "I solemnly swear I'm up to no good."
DON'T FORGET TO SNAP YOUR WAND FIRST. (We will be checking, and we will snap it for you if we find it)
See you in Sanctuary,
A/N: And thus we come to the end of Book 1! (I'm sure some of you were wondering if it would ever end,lol) Yes, I still have plans for the sequel, but I have no idea when it will be. I'm trying to get my other WIPs finished first. I'll try though. (Unfortunately, for my other projects, I want to keep writing this story)
I know I tend not to return emails - I just have no time. I'm sorry. But I will try to answer questions if people are confused. Just don't be surprised if it takes a few weeks for me to get to everyone. Emails take forever for me to write because I fuss over them :)
I wanted to say thank-you so much for all the encouragement and feedback. You kept me writing, and I mean that.
As for the Romance tag on this story...to be honest, I tended to see it more in terms of the tradional definition of romantic literature, but yes there will be modern romance too. Eventually, lol. I just didn't see Severus as being ready yet. He has spent too many years trying to find what he needed as a person. But he'll get there...
So without further ado...NOX.