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A/N: Only a short chapter today.


"Miss Slain, Mr. Black, I have called you here for a reason." Dumbledore sat plaintively behind his desk, smiling gently at the two lovers. "The Order of the Phoenix, the one thing that can protect the world from Voldemort, has been reborn, and many of its old members are to join the fighting." Sirius squeezed Esme's hand in anticipation. Dumbledore cleared his throat and continued, "However, because you two are getting married, and the Order's new headquarters is being moved to your old home, Sirius, I feel that you two would be best to stay home, plan your wedding, and rid the Grimmauld Place of any infestations."

"What?! Why?" Sirius cried out. Dumbledore looked at them strongly, his smile fading.

"Mr. Black, I have seen many young couples' love torn apart by our wars. I have seen mangled, broken families, and I have seen the pain in the ones left behind. I will not allow your love, as pure as it is, be the first to fall!" Sirius bowed his head, contemplating this.

"Yes, Headmaster," he muttered, rolling his eyes.

Meanwhile, in the Dark Lord Voldemort's secret lair…

"Um, My Lord?" Lucius raised a hand cautiously.

"What is it, Lucius?" Voldemort, looking exhausted, rubbed his temples.

"Um, I was just curious about why we're meeting in an abandoned car dealership."

"It's not abandoned! It's just closed! Tomorrow there'll be loads of Muggles here that we can kill, and eat!" Dead silence. "Anyway, it has come to my recent attention that, at Hogwarts, your school, Severus, a young relative of Harry Potter teaches. A sibling. Is that true?"

"It is, My Lord," Snape nodded. "Her name is Esmeralda," Lucius gasped softly, causing heads to turn his way, but Snape continued, "She is about to marry Sirius Black. I've taught alongside her for two years, and she was a student of mine."

Voldemort nodded, looking pleased, "Excellent. Kill her."

"May I ask why?" inquired Snape. "I mean, this woman isn't exactly a threat to us. She's not exactly bright. Is there another reason you want to kill her?"

"Yes," Voldemort's eyes narrowed. "You see, Severus, I don't know if you know this, but the girl is a sibling of Harry Potter." His voice rose a few decibels, "We cannot allow his next of kin to live!" His face turned dark, "When I take him down, she'll turn around and kill me. It's what big sisters do!"

"My Lord, I don't think you have anything to be afraid—" Snape began, looking rather frightened.

"KILL HER!" he screamed.

"Yes, Master," Snape muttered, rolling his eyes. Voldemort smiled and twisted smile.

"And Severus, make it interesting. I want to laugh when I read her obituary."


A/N: That's the end of this story! The next one will be up soon, it's called A Wedding to End All Weddings (different from the original title, I know).