Her eyes darted back and forth as she walked quickly down the alley. All she wanted to do was go back home, but she needed the silver. The things Scorpius got her were of a too poor quality to make anything. She walked in and showed the key to the goblin. Quietly and still jumpy she followed him down to vault. Walking in, something was different. She looked around to find Agana missing. She just walked over to the pile of silver, put it in her bag and walked out of there.


She jumped in the air and pulled out her wand. Pointing it towards the person who had uttered her name.

"Stay away from me."

"Belinda it's me. James. Do you remember me?"

"Yes I remember you James, please, stay away from me."

He started to walk towards her, and Belinda could feel how she got scared. If Scorpius found out…

"Please James, for your own safety. Stay away from me."

"Are you going to hurt me Belinda?"

He was so stupid. Tears formed in her eyes, and surprised she found out she was actually crying.

"You're the one who usually hurts me."

"Then logically you would have said for my own safety stay away. But you said for your own."

Her head was hurting. He came closer and closer.

"We've been looking for you for a long time Belinda. I won't lose you again."

He smiled.

"If I did Al would never forgive me."

She couldn't breath, and her wand lowered a bit. She hadn't allowed herself to think of him, of any of them, for a long time.


"You remember Al don't you Belinda."

"I remember."

He was so close she could smell his aftershave.

"Four months is a long time Belinda."

"I know."

The world was spinning, and as he gently touched her arm it turned black.


She woke up. Then she got to her feet and intended to walk out of the room.

"Where are you going?"

She turned and looked at him.


"So home is with him?"


He got to his feet and walked towards her. She wanted to walk away, and would, if it had been anyone else. He gave her the jewellery box he had been carrying.

"Before you leave, can you open it please? I've missed the music."

Her hands were shaking, but she did. And the music made tears develop in her eyes.

"We thought you had been cursed."


She placed the box on the shelf.



For a moment the couple froze.

"Dad I…"

"You're not evil Belinda."

The tears were now running down her face.

"No matter what he told you, no matter what he did, you are not evil. If he makes you happy then be with him. I don't care. But know that you are not evil."

"I made my mother go mad. My family hates me. I was placed in Slytherin. How can all those things happen if I'm not evil?"

He started to stroke her arms, and she turned as he pulled her into a hug.

"Bad things happen Belinda. But they are not your fault. My daughter is not evil."

Something broke inside her, but it wasn't a bad thing. It made her laugh. Between her tears laughter found it's way out her mouth and grew. Soon it was the only thing there.

"I know I'm not strong, or fast, or a good wizard, and I know you and I don't share any blood, but you are my daughter Belinda Sophia Linx, and you are not evil."


Belinda looked out the window down on the few people running back and forth on the street.

"It's going to be okay Belinda. They boys know what they are doing. Dad knows what he's doing."

"I can't help but worry Rose. It's my daughter. If anything happens to her…"

"It won't."

Rose smiled and sat down next to her.

"Nothing's going to happen to Justine, so stop worrying."

"It's my right as a mother to worry."

She looked at Rose and they started to laugh, but it didn't last soon.

"Al wants things to be like they were before."

"We all do."

"You do understand that it can't be right?"

Rose looked at her, and slowly nodded.

"Belinda when it comes to the things you said when you vanished. About Slytherins and Gryffindors."


"I think you're right."

Belinda looked at her.

"I would never have been able to do what you've done. Any of it."


"No, wait. I have to say this. What you have gone through, I have no possibility to even understand how you cope with it. I mean the whole story about your mother, then your grandparents, and the rest of your family, and being part goblin, and then Scorpius and Justine and all of it."

Belinda grabbed her hand and opened her mouth.

"No. Wait Belinda. I need to finish."

She breathed in and out.

"What I want to say is, thank you. Thank you for going through that. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being my friend. Just thank you."

Rose dried her eyes with one hand before reuniting them with Belinda's again.

"Can I speak now?"

Rose smiled and nodded.


"Good. First I'll tell you the same thing about coping with my past as I told Al when he asked me. I cope with it because I have no other choice but to cope with it. Two. I will never stop missing my mother or my grandparents. I will never stop wondering what my life would have been like if she had been stronger, or my grandparents had lived longer, or if I had been accepted and loved by my family. I can't stop wondering about it."

Rose looked down, before Belinda forced her to look into her eyes.

"But I don't regret a thing. For if things hadn't happened the way it had I would never have gotten Justine. I would never have gotten to be your friend. I don't love the cards I got dealt, but I'm pretty happy with what I ended up with."

Rose was crying and Belinda hugged her.

"You are my best friend Rose, and you are one of the good things that grew out of something bad."

They laughed before Belinda suddenly stopped and got to her feet.


"I don't know, I…"

She turned and looked at the door as it opened and Albus with Justine on his arm came in. The girl fidgeted when she saw her mother and her father placed her down on the floor. Belinda bent down and opened her arms as the girl ran into them. Wrapping them hard around her Belinda rose and twirled, loving how her daughter laughed of joy.


"Still running away James?"

"Old habits die hard."

They looked at one another and smiled. He turned back to the sky as she came up next to him.

"You look wonderful."

"You've said that already."

"Truth can't be said too often."

Belinda looked down at her light green wedding gown before looking back at him.

"You look good too."

"I hate formal attire."

"Well it's nice to see you in it, for once."

"Everything for you Belinda."

Her smile lowered.

"I've met someone."

She looked at him, before her smile widened.

"You've held back."

"I just met her. Her name is Janet. She works as a secretary at Aunt Hermione's law office."

"I'm so happy for you."

He looked at her and kissed her cheek.

"Go back inside. It is after all your party."

"Don't be long alright. I want to know more about this Janet."

"Of course."

She smiled as she walked back inside, and he followed her for as long as he could before turning back into the night. From his sleeves a pair of silver cufflinks with a big J engraved.