Harry Potter and the Better Life

Summary: This is what I wish would have happened in PoA!

Major spoiler for year 3. (and possibly the rest of them)

After Harry and the gangs run-in with the escaped murderer Sirius Black, they go to the castle with Peter, but this time they make it to the castle with Peter. (Starts after they force Peter to transform) might be a series, if so this is the first story

Rated for language, violence, and goreD

Chapter One; The Rat that was a Rat

"Together, Padfoot, old friend?" Reamus said, with a glint in his eye as he looked upon the rat, which was screeching and frantically trying to free itself from the werewolf's grasp.

"Yes," Sirius said with a matching twinkle in his eyes, only more determined and murderous, "Together."

"On three then, one…two…THREE!"

Harry, Ron, and Hermione looked in expectation at the blue light that illuminated from the Maruaders wands, Ron made a whimpering noise as the spell hit the rat and raised it out of Reamus's hands.

Harry half expected it to not work, that once the light vanished there would still be a rat, struggling for freedom in the Professors hand.

There was a final flash of blue from the combined wands, and Reamus dropped the rat, rat?

Right in front of their eyes a balding head grew from the spot on the floor where Reamus had dropped the rat, after that a pair of broad shoulders then arms, a whole body grew from the rat.

He was a short, dumpy man, barely taller than Harry, but bigger non the less. The man looked around, to Sirius, to Reamus, to Harry then back to Sirius. He finally whimpered out.

"R-Reamus….S-S-Sirius, my friends! My old friends!" even his voice was squeaking…like a rat.

Those simple words that Scabbers…no, Peter…seemed to send Sirius into a frenzy of blind rage.

"Old friends?? OLD FRIENDS?? Old is right, you were no friend! You never were! If you was you would have fucking DIED for your old friends, not SELL THEM OUT!!" Sirius's voice came out as a venomous hiss but everyone could hear every word.

Petegrew flinched under Sirius's rage, Harry couldn't blame him, but then if Harry did not have as much self control he would have already hexed him into oblivion and back for more torture.

While Sirius raged on Petegrew his mind was buzzing, Black was telling the truth…he really was innocent…this is the truth.

"Sirius!!" Petegrew whimpered, "you cant believe that I could do that? I-it was you Sirius-"

"Me?" Sirius barked out a laugh, "ME? HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT?! YOU WAS THEIR SECRET KEEPER PETER! IT WAS YOU WHO SOLD LILY AND JAMES TO VOLDEMORT! YOU WHO WAS THE TRAITOR! YOU WHO FRAMED ME FOR THEIR DEATHS! WE TRUSTED YOU PETER!"

"Sirius what was I suppose to do? He is so powerful what was I?-"

"YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!! DIED RATHER TO BETRAY LILY AND JAMES!"

"Harry! Harry you don't believe this-"

"HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO HARRY?? DON'T YOU DARE SO MUCH AS TRY TO LOOK HIM IN THE EYE!!NOT AFTER WHAT YOU DID!"

"Harry, you do believe us now?" Reamus asked in a gentle voice, only taking his eyes off of Peter to look Harry in the eye.

Sirius looked at Harry also, his eyes determined, but softened when he looked at Harry.

Harry looked at Reamus, than to Peter than looked Sirius straight in the eyes, and nodded.

Sirius's face split into a true smile, his eyes danced, Harry believed him!

"NO!!" Peter cried, as if Harry's nod was his death sentence.

Peter started to sob, and look at all the exits in the small room.

"Why did you do it Peter." Reamus finally spoke, Harry had never heard his voice so menacing, even after all the Slytherins jokes and bullying. "why? To please your master? To make you seem important, you sold your best friends to Voldemort, and made our lives hell, you made their son's life hell. This cannot be overlooked….goodbye Peter."

Sirius and Reamus raised their wands, their eyes set on the man before them, they had no intention of backing down. Sirius was finally going to commit the murder he was imprisoned for. They are going to avenge their best friends.

Hermione whimpered and put her hands over her face, Ron paled at least two more shades squinted away. Harry didn't know what to do.

"N-no!" Harry yelled and ran in front of Petegrew, before he even knew that he had done it.

Sirius and Reamus jumped back, they looked like they were just slapped in the face. They just looked at Harry like they didn't know him.

"Harry," Sirius said gently, "this man-no-this thing, killed your parents, what are you-?"

"He can go to Azkaban." Harry simply stated firmly looking them both in the eye.

"Wha-"

"He can be turned over to the Dementors, and he can go to Azkaban, think about it-" He only looked at Sirius. "You can tell your side to Dumbledore and Fudge, they will have to once you hand him-" he jabbed his thumb behind him, indicating Petegrew, "over. You could get your name cleared." he said those last words in a clear emphasized tone.

Reamus and Sirius lowered their wands and looked at each other, as if they couldn't believe what they were hearing. Harry stayed firm, and kept looking over his shoulder to make sure that Peter wasn't trying to make a move. He stayed still on the floor, whimpering.

"Harry-" Sirius said as if it was final, "Think! Think what he has done."

"He can go to Azkaban, I don't think my dad would want you two to become murderers for him."

That seemed to ring in. They looked at each other again and they nodded."

"HARRY!" Petegrew launched himself at Harry's legs. "Harry thank you!! Thankyou!"

"GET YOUR HANDS OFF OF HIM!!" Sirius yelled and made to step forward. And Petegrew backed off. "we decided to let you go to Azkaban, but if you make one move that we do not like, we will kill you! Right Harry?"

Harry smirked and looked at the wasted man before him "oh yea I will even help."

Peter whimpered at this but nodded.

My first chapter!! Please read and review!!