Sawyer was happier than she had ever been as she packed her trunk that night, the Hogwarts Express was leaving the following morning and she had spent the last few days reveling in three facts. One she knew who her mom was, two she had gained friends she never thought she'd ever have, and three she was officially dating Draco Malfoy. The whole school knew the morning after Draco and she had made up, of course this led to yet more Gryffindors thinking she was a traitor. Seamus who had yet to forgive Sawyer for insulting him also seemed to draw back from her even more, not even smiling at her like he had. Neville took it well, though he told her to be careful, Luna was happy that Sawyer was happy and therefore didn't care about her relationships. Fleur was ecstatic she had finally landed a boy and promised to write as much as possible if Sawyer did the same.
Harry thought she was crazy for being with Malfoy after everything he'd done and Sawyer felt this strange over-protective sibling vibe from him, he may not have known she was his half sister but he managed to act like it. All around her status as Draco's girl hadn't really changed things that much; most of the changes from her fellow students this time were subtle. It seemed that because her dad used to be a Slytherin her dating one wasn't strange in the least. Sawyer closed her trunk, even though she'd been thinking the whole time she had been packing, she managed to do it efficiently and leave nothing of hers lying out. She was all ready to leave come tomorrow, except for the fact of her not really wanting to go. Hogwarts was the home away from home, she loved her life and her life with her dad but being at Hogwarts she had actually been able to socialize and do things she never dreamed of.
She knew she'd be coming back next year but still she knew she'd miss it till then, smiling she sat down on her bed and took one last long look around the room that had been her haven all year. Strangely enough she longed for her bed at home, for the sounds of silence that surrounded it and the sound of her dad moving around the house, just her and him. It was strange to miss so many things at once and sad to not be able to have them all at the same time, she'd have to settle for having them just at different times. Heaving a sigh she lay down on her bed and drew the curtain before positioning her head on the pillow and drifting off to sleep.
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Sawyer dragged her trunk down the moving staircases trying to move fast enough that they wouldn't change when she didn't want them to; she reached the bottom and jumped off before it moved again.
"Hello, beautiful," said Draco, and as soon as she turned towards his voice he had pulled her to him and kissed her.
"If I get a greeting like that every time we're apart I'll leave more often," said Sawyer smiling, Draco kissed her on the cheek then grabbed her trunk and pulled it along for her.
"I thought you weren't the gentlemanly type?"
"I'm not but McGonagall over there was giving me the eye."
Sawyer turned and saw Professor McGonagall now with a pleased expression on her face.
"Trying to make the teachers think highly of you then?" asked Sawyer.
"Maybe they'll give me higher grades," Draco replied, smirking and Sawyer laughed. They reached the train after a bit and Draco pulled her trunk inside and as they walked down the aisle Sawyer spotted Luna sitting with Neville and Sawyer stopped there and turned to Draco.
"I want to sit with them," she said, and he looked into the compartment and scrunched his nose. "You don't have to."
"Why don't you just sit with me?" Draco asked.
"Because I will be visiting you this summer, I want to spend some time with them in case I don't see them this summer."
"You'll join me in the compartment for a while though?"
"Yes I will, now will you kindly pull my trunk inside and put it up in the over head compartment?"
Draco pulled the trunk inside and Neville gave him a grimace and Luna gave a fake smile as he put the trunk in the above compartment. He made a big thing of kissing Sawyer long and passionately in front of the two before leaving, Sawyer turned to them embarrassed before sitting next to Luna.
"I don't know what you see in him," Neville said, following Draco with his eyes as he left their sight.
"I don't either, Sawyer," said Luna sighing.
"You don't know him like I do, not everything, or one, is as they appear," replied Sawyer.
"Will you come visit me over the summer?" Luna asked dreamily as she stared out the window.
"Only if you want me to!" said Sawyer smiling.
"Of course I want you to."
"Then of course!"
Sawyer smiled and gave Luna a half hug and smiled, Neville was still looking out the compartment door, he saw Seamus pass and stood up going after him without a goodbye. Sawyer turned to Luna who only shrugged; Sawyer wondered what the whole thing could be about. The vibration of the train moving made Sawyer realize they were finally leaving, she looked out the window and watched as Hogsmeade Station disappeared from her view and the vast green landscape appeared. Luna had taken to reading The Quibbler and Sawyer decided to go and see if she could find Harry.
"I'm going to go look for Harry, Luna," Sawyer said and Luna gave her a far-off stare and nodded her head, Sawyer stood up and began to walk the hallways. She heard familiar voices and found Neville and Seamus talking in an empty compartment. Sawyer was going to stop and say hello in an attempt to befriend Seamus again but then she heard her name and even though she knew it was wrong she began to eavesdrop.
"Sawyer is with that git, it's unbelievable," said Seamus, crossing his arms.
"You can't continue to be mad at her, Seamus, it's not her fault you didn't speak up when you should have," Neville said.
"What could she possibly see in him, he is the worst kind of person and he does everything he can to put Gryffindors through hell. Yet she's dating him, letting him…letting him kiss her. How can it not bother you?"
"You like who you like, I don't agree with her dating him, who knows maybe she'll change him."
"That's just crazy, Nev, Draco Malfoy is never going to change from the selfish, egotistical, vain jerk that he is."
"Just try to make things right with Sawyer, you don't have to like Malfoy but Sawyer is your friend."
"I'll think about it."
Sawyer could sense the conversation dying down and quickly walked past when neither of them were looking and then stopped, running a hand through her hair. She had always suspected that Seamus had feelings for her, which was what started their whole fight. Hearing it though, knowing for a fact it was true, it made her sad. It was very possible that had Seamus admitted to liking her that she would have given him a chance but he hadn't. She wasn't going to feel sad about it now though, it wasn't her fault that he said nothing. If Seamus wanted to still be friends then she would be friends, she really wanted that.
Some of her best memories were of her, Neville, Seamus, and Luna being together. She sighed and continued walking along the train, deciding to do what she had set out to do. Find Harry. After the second half of the train she spotted Harry sitting with Hermione and Ron, she went to the compartment door and stuck her head inside before knocking. Ron crossed his arms across his chest, he had that how-could-you look on his face, he was obviously unhappy with her, probably due to Draco. Hermione acted as she always did when she saw Sawyer, she was happy and all smiles. Harry looked between Ron and Hermione then at Sawyer, he stood up and walked towards her.
"Let's take a walk," he said and Sawyer nodded, he stepped into the hallway then they walked a few steps in silence.
"Why Malfoy?" asked Harry stopping and turning to look at Sawyer. He had that brother-knows-best vibe going on again and Sawyer loved feeling like someone beside her dad was protective of her.
"None of you understand that you don't see what I see," answered Sawyer, throwing her hands in the air. "He's different then all of you think, if you knew him like I did, if he would let you see him like he lets me see him, then you would understand."
"He's already hurt you once."
"Why do you care so much?" Sawyer asked, though she didn't do so rudely she was curious what answer he would have. She knew they were related but he didn't.
"I…" Harry started then seemed to realize something. "I don't know." he looked up at Sawyer obviously confused himself as to why his instincts were taking over. "This is going to sound strange but I feel….close, connected with you I guess. Do you think I'm crazy?"
"Not at all," Sawyer replied then sighed, her dad didn't want Harry to know about Sawyer being his half sister but Sawyer had to tell him, she couldn't hold it in any longer. "Want to hear something crazier?"
"What if I were to say that I figured out who my mother was?"
"Then I would want to know who she is because you told me you'd tell me."
"What if you don't like the answer?"
"Why wouldn't I like the answer?"
"Because my mother and you are close."
"Not Molly, right?"
"No, no, not Molly."
Sawyer took a deep calming breath and then looked straight at Harry.
"My mum and your mum are the same person, Harry," said Sawyer. "My mum is Lily Evans."
"Are…are you serious?" Harry asked.
"Yes, I know it's a surprise and that it doesn't sound right but it is. My dad and your mum were friends when they were young and they knew each other for years."
"If what you're saying is true then my mum had to have cheated on my dad."
"Well, yes, I guess technically she did but there's more to it than that."
"How do you know that Snape is telling the truth?"
"He wouldn't lie to me about something like this, Harry, but if you want to believe the worst I have proof."
Sawyer slipped her hand into her pocket and pulled out the picture of her and Lily, she found herself staring at it so often that she kept it on her at all times.
"That baby is me," said Sawyer. "Your mum wrote on it, see on the back, it says my name and hers, written in her handwriting."
Harry took the picture and Sawyer saw him touch Lily's face and then he looked down at Sawyer. Watching as Lily brought Sawyer to her and kissed her on the forehead before hugging her tightly.
"I don't understand," said Harry, clutching the picture tightly. "Why would she do that to my dad?"
"It wasn't something they expected to happen, my dad and yours never got along," Sawyer explained. "Your dad was cruel to mine and even after school James would still say things about Severus that were mean. Lily still cared about Severus and often defended him and one time James went too far and Lily sought out Severus for comfort. They loved each other once, our mum and my dad but they didn't have the chance to become anything because of a stupid fight. Then they saw each other again and sometimes old feelings can cloud judgment. But they realized that they didn't love each other that way, not anymore and Lily went back to James. When she found out about me she knew she couldn't keep me and she knew Severus needed me and so she gave me to him."
"Can you give me a while to think on this, it's just big and I just, I don't know what to do with it," Harry stated. Sawyer nodded in understanding and Harry went back into his compartment and Sawyer walked along the corridors until she found Draco's compartment He was sitting with his goons and a few other Slytherins, Sawyer stuck her head into the compartment door and Draco waved her in. She walked over and sat next to him; he wrapped his arm around her shoulders and kissed her briefly.
"I was wondering when you'd join me," Draco said smirking at Sawyer and she smiled back though her thoughts were centered on Harry, how would he deal with the news she had told him? Then Sawyer thought about how Draco and Harry were basically enemies if not worse and here she was dating Draco and being Harry's half sister, what a mess she had gotten herself in to. "What are you thinking about?" whispered Draco.
"I thought you weren't that observant," Sawyer whispered back.
"It's been known to happen."
"I'd rather not talk about it, at least not right now."
"Perfectly fine with me, I'd rather kiss you then talk with you."
Sawyer play slapped Draco's arm and he grasped her hand and pulled it across his chest and leaned down kissing her again, Sawyer giggled and pulled away embarrassed Draco would do that in front of the other Slytherins. She sighed dreamily as she looked into Draco's beautiful eyes then laid her head against his shoulder and smiled happily.
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The Hogwarts Express pulled into platform 9 and ¾ and Sawyer was back in her compartment where Neville was pulling her trunk out of the above compartment for her.
"Neville, you are the best!" Sawyer said gratefully, then threw her arms around him and hugged him tightly. "I'm going to miss you so much!"
"I'm going to miss you too, Sawyer," Neville said and Sawyer kissed him on the cheek then grabbed her trunk. "Just send an owl if you ever want to visit."
"Then you'll be getting an owl from me for sure!"
Neville laughed then Sawyer pulled her trunk along the corridors till she found a door and climbed out, amongst the crowd she found Luna. Luna glided over to Sawyer and pulled her into a hug which Sawyer returned fully.
"Luna," Sawyer said trying not to cry. "I'm going to miss you more than you know!"
"I'll miss you very much, Sawyer," Luna said dreamily, and then stepped back. "I better get going my dad is waiting."
"I'll send you an owl every day!"
"I'll read each one."
Luna waved then turned around and left, Sawyer sighed again wiping away a stray tear just as Harry found her.
"Hey, Harry," Sawyer said, flicking off the last tear that had trailed down her cheek.
"We're brother and sister," Harry said and Sawyer smiled.
"Well technically half."
"I'm sorry for just leaving you thinking that I was mad at you or angry at you for telling me. I'm glad you did and I realized nothing measures up to the fact that I do have a piece of my parents outside of me. I have a sister and that's all that should matter, nothing else should be able to take away from that."
"So you're saying you don't think it's a bad thing?"
"Not at all and the reason I always felt like I was supposed to protect you makes sense now."
"I wanted to tell you ever since I found out but daddy didn't want you to know, I think he didn't want you to be angry with Lily, he really loved her."
"You'll have to tell me the whole story someday."
"You can count on it."
Without warning Sawyer threw her arms around Harry and hugged him tight, for the first time in her life she was hugging her half-brother.
"I'll write some of it and owl it to you," Sawyer said laughing and Harry joined in, then Ron called to him and he left. Near the barrier Sawyer spotted her dad waiting for her. She waved to him and then Draco stepped up beside her, following her line of sight.
"Do you think your dad will mind if I kiss you goodbye?" asked Draco and Sawyer turned and looked at him before wrapping her arms loosely around his neck. "If he does, then I'll deal with the consequences, there's no way I'm passing up a goodbye kiss."
She then pushed her lips to Draco's, kissing him deeply knowing this was not their last kiss, they'd have many more and she looked forward to each one.
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So there it is! The end of An Illegitimate Daughter. It's been a long process but I loved every minute of it and I really appreciate all you readers who have stuck it out till the end and reviewed. You guys rock! I don't know how many of you have gone back and read the prologue since I added some tidbits to the beginning so I'll just talk about them here as well. In the original draft the story took a different route after chapter 9 but it's not very long and I'll only post it if you guys want, I only mention it cause I mentioned it in the prologue. :P Also, there is a prequel that I will be posting soon that will explain hopefully all, if not most, of the questions that are left unanswered about Sawyer's birth and all that jazz. As of now there is no sequel really planned out or in the works but I haven't ruled it out as a possibility, it all depends on how I feel and how my inspiration goes. I really hope this last chapter left everything feeling resolved and gave Sawyer a good ending in the case I don't bring her back in a sequel. Thank you guys so much for all the love and all the amazing comments and reviews and reads of this story! It's been fun!
P.S. Since the posting of this chapter I have published the prequel but it is separate from this as I did not want to add more onto it. So if you're interested in reading it all you gotta do is go to my story page and you'll find it! It's called My Sweetest Downfall.