Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter or any of the characters you recognise in this fictional story belonging to Joanne Kathleen Rowling, Warner Bros., and whoever else…Bloomsbury and Scholastic. Some characters are based on childhood friends, I made them into this fiction therefore I own them. I also own the plot. And the dates… coz they're terribly wrong.
He bent down gently and kissed her lips, and Lily had a ghost of a smile, she looked up and was about to speak-
She tried to scream, bur nothing came out of her mouth, Lily felt her body fall in James' limp arms, she sobbed as she was caught by a pair of strong arms.
"Lily, it's Tom! It's Tom Lily… Lily…"
Lily finally closed her eyes.
Vanessa rushed over, "Oh lord, what did they do!?"
Tom gently touched her cheek, "She's out. Drake, please apparate her to the lair,"
"I'll go too" Vanessa said tending to Lily's forehead.
"Right…I'll take the poor fellow out of here-"
"Tom, don't erase his memory!" Vanessa rushed.
"We have to…you know that"
Vanessa shook her head, "They are the loves of each others lives…please Tom"
Tom stood his ground, "Vanessa, I'm sorry… after I take care of Mr. Potter I'll have to do his friends too." with that he levitated James away.
"Let's go now" Drake urged her.
She could only nod.
Chapter XIII- [Colin]
Colin stood there for moments, looking at the spot his friend's had disappeared from with Lily and watched Tom walking at a fast pace toward a group of young adults who were running at him from about 90 metres away. They probably had seen their friend floating along side him. It took moments for Colin to catch up to him, once he did he took his pace, "Tom, do you honestly think it absolutely necessary to take their memories? I know you-" Colin froze as Tom took his wand, "Hey…"
"I'm taking your wand Colin, as a precaution. I'm determined to do this and you are clearly trying to persuade me otherwise." He replied tensely, "And I do think it is necessary to perform a memory charm on the group, by defying the greatest force in the country—the M.O.M. we cannot take risks nor let ourselves take risks when there are more important matters at hand. Erasing their memories won't be so easy if they just 'enervate' their friend and run off…"
Colin looked at him with a perplexed expression -- Tom had managed to surprise him once again in that day. When Mr. Potter's friends were merely seconds away from full view of their unconscious friend, with a surge of power and a wave of his wand, it seemed that Tom had stopped time itself; everything froze, even the air was tighter. Colin simply stared in disbelief as Tom waved his hand across the floating body; creating scratches and cuts all over James.
Colin started to say, "You can't do this-"but was interrupted by the rush of everything unfreezing. He was left breathless, he felt like his body was about to lurch forward by the forces of magical gravity. Eyes wide, he found the grass rush toward him, until a firm hand caught his chest, pushing his up straight.
He looked up to the owner and the hand and wasn't surprised to find that it was Tom's. Once Colin held himself together, Tom held up his other hand forward to James' running friends, beckoning them towards their unconscious friend.
It had seemed the there was an evident 'leader' in the group as they arrived. Tom had seen photos of these people, he knew who they were. Sirius was the first to speak, "Who the hell are you?"
Colin struggled for moments, no one else around him had stumbled after the time freeze. Colin's face seemed concerned and Tom remained still, "Do you know this man? We-"
"Yes! Yes, we do" the only woman in the group rushed toward James, Tom recognised her as Arabella Figg. There was something he knew about her that was important, he just couldn't think of it at that moment. "What happened?"
Colin saw the horrified expression Figg had so he lowered James down onto the grassy green, "We found him about 20 metres away from here, in the poisonous bushes. That would explain the scratches all over his face and limbs…" his eyes met theirs with such sincerity.
"Poisonous?" Sirius eyes seemed wider, "and how did that happen?" he half growled.
Tom shook his head, "We were hoping you had seen what happened, we didn't. The poison would have killed him if we had not pulled him out and placed a charm on him, to temporarily stop all of the poison flow in his body. We're licensed doctors, practitioners if you will. Though this seems simple, we must know what bush it is, we do not have this information at this moment because we are now in the muggle open world. Also, we yet to heal the scratches."
Arabella inquired, "Will it infect? Which spell did you use to stop the poison?" Do you have your license here? I want to see it, right now"
"Ah, I can provide you with those," Colin said not missing a beat, he noticed Tom subtly waving his hand over his pocket, his wand peeping out from his sleeve. Colin took out two rolls of parchment, "Here you go"
When Arabella was looking over it, Remus went to James and tried to heal the scratches. "Why won't these heal?"
Tom looked thoughtful for a moment then replied, "That won't work Mr. Lupin, only our remedies will help heal those cuts. Now we've only to seal those cuts, the chances of those cuts ever closing up without our remedy are so very slim…"
"So he fell into a bush and now he's out cold." Sirius stated carefully, not even restraining his expression.
"We had to make him unconscious, for the fr-"
"He fell into a poisonous bush? in a public muggle cemetery. I don't believe you, any of you…" Sirius said flatly, he moved towards James and released him from the floating spell, he was quite aware who these two men could be; assassins from the bastard who wanted them dead, it was hard to keep his cool "Leave us alone. Just leave!" he yelled.
Tom's face revealed that he was obviously alarmed, he looked into the distance and then pop, two Aurors appeared behind the group, there were two of them, running toward the scene with their so-called speed. Tom finally got his reality check. He was supposed to be forever gone now. An Extreme Auror, no longer, a wandering fool trying to restart his life again. He let out a tight smile, "Clever, Black…"
Sirius turned around to see their bodyguards behind them, when he turned around again, the two doctors were gone.
"Oh geeze, look what happened here" The Auror helped Sirius place James onto bitumen. When the Aurors tried several healing spells, "Darigan, this is odd…"
Darigan was a big man, his shadow took over Sirius and Arabella, he nodded and said, "Okay, let's take him away now."
Arabella held on to Remus as they Disapparated to the hospital.
Colin and Tom Apparated back to the lair that was an underground bomb shelter for 4 families, conveniently providing more than enough space for the Rebellion.
"What now, Tom?" Colin said irritated.
"Hmm… I'll think of something, James won't be conscience for a while so we are safe for now. That Sirius Black… if only the ministry's petty warnings hadn't gotten to him so much…"
"Oh, cut them some slack Tom. You can't really blame the poor soul for being as jumpy and paranoid as he was, after all that's happened to his circle of friends before and after the ball…"
"But you can't deny that if he hadn't been so paranoid, we wouldn't have this little rub…"
"If only those stupid Aurors didn't arrive too," Colin added.
"Oh, them too; the witty yet disposable Aurors… When I was an Auror, I thought that I was at the highest level I could ever achieve. Until Ernest Banks came along," Tom sighed, "everything changed after that, and I knew I'd do anything to get to be an Extreme Auror…"
Colin grinned, "Who would've thought? Slytherin prefect strived to be the highest position in the defence against evil."
"We all change Colin, whether or not we like it…"
"And whether we can accept it either…"
"Precisely," Tom smirked and went left as Colin went right to the beds. It was to be easy to find Vanessa with Lily as they were the only females, Tom only saw one of them. "Vanessa," he said as he rushed toward her.
She was standing outside the medical storage room, when the opened door shut on her she turned around. Her bare arms and face were covered with blood and her hair was a mess. Tom's stomach sunk as he thought of the worst.
He sat her down and kneeled in front of her, he decided to be patient with her now-
"Tom, she's bleeding… she's bleeding inside" Vanessa said gravely, "When we arrived we lay her down and healed her bruises and cuts… she's broken two of her ribs on her left side, but we couldn't heal them because her body was rejecting the potion we gave to her. We tried a lot of things to heal the bones but her body just didn't respond. Her facial colour was really worrying us after awhile too, it looked like she had been poisoned. Drake confirmed it."
Tom looked stricken, his gaze travelled toward the door of the room, "Do you know what she's been poisoned with?"
Vanessa shook her head, "My knowledge struck its limit in that room. She's going into surgery Tom," Her voice trembled for those last words. "When we picked her up back there, I had this really bad feeling we would need to use something other than magic to revive her… and that's not good Tom, we might not be able to give her what she needs to heal at all."
He looked at her with uncertainty, "She'll get through it, she's strong," he paused carefully, "You know that. Who's performing it in there?"
"Drake has gone to get more medical supplies so Thomas and Geoff are doing the surgery, they specialised with Ernie a year back…"
Tom just nodded, he took her hand and squeezed it, "She's in good hands. She'll wake up well, you'll see," he left her to clean herself up and walked down the stairs to Melissa, Rod said she was visiting and taking a break from one of her missions with Norrick. Their reunion didn't turn out to be as warm as he expected it to be, though.
"Heard about your plan, where's your bounty?" unexpectedly, her tone was rather colder than usual.
"Stupid fish didn't take the bait properly" He muttered. Damn fish, I mean, him… he thought. "And hello to you too Melissa" he muttered under his breath.
"What?" Her head jerked back and her expression turned sour, "So sorry to hear that…" her head turned down to the piece of parchment she was writing on, she secretly hid a smile.
Tom made a face, he did not want to be the bad guy here. He honestly and genuinely didn't. But what other choice did he really have? He had to do what was best, even if- "Eurgh!" he threw up his hands and left her. He didn't need this.
Melissa watched after him then turned to where he had come from, she sighed and walked her way and sat next to Vanessa and put her arm around her.
Vanessa looked up in surprise, "Melissa!"
Melissa gave her a small smile and gave her a bear hug, "How've you been holding up?"
"Me? Oh… I'm holding it together, I think that's the main point" She gave out a small laugh then grimaced, "these past few days have been like years."
Melissa made a face, "These are hard times, I'm just grateful there are people actually trying to do something about it, and not sitting on their fat arses listening to the wizarding radio channel gasping and gawking at what You-Know-Who has been doing. The Aurors are going crazy, they've had their first You-Know-Who since the so called 'strike'. The Aurors think they're so good, but if I were in their position, I would probably do the same. Go crazy, I mean… the Dark Lord just stopped attacking for a week, what kind of sinister bastard would do that! It's beyond evil, making everyone watch and wait, hoping their family wasn't next.
"I know for a fact that some family's fear has gone beyond measure, they are beginning to feel relieved when there's an attack on another family that night, because they know that the chances of the bastard and his goonies to come and kill them have lessened. For years now this has been going on, it's been years since our community hasn't been attacked for days. Imagine families loving their lives in even more desperate fear, thinking that any second they could die in the hands of some ruthless serial fucki- sorry serial killer. For years, we've lived like this, a strike was the worst and best thing that has happened in years…
"Their fear is increasing, and their hope is failing… You-Know-who, what a dirty bastard, he did this strike on purpose."
Vanessa frowned, "Either that…or something happened to him…something so bad, he's just stopped. He could be dead."
Melissa gave a bitter laugh, "Keep on dreaming… He isn't dead, the Death Eaters would have killed on the occasion of their master's death, not wait a week later."
"...I hope he's hurting."
"We always do."
Vanessa smiled, "I think I'm going insane…"
Melissa shook her head and simply grinned back, "We all are."
Peter placed his three black robes in front of Avery, "Here… I won't need these."
Avery looked up and sneered, "Why ever not, rat?"
Peter didn't cringe at his adopted nickname he just calmly replied, "I'll be leaving His chambers for awhile. My disappearance from the others had gone on for too long…"
Avery laughed, "Missin' them are yah?"
Peter's pale face twitched, "Yes actually, I've been crying over them every night since I've left them…"
Avery screwed his eyes at the rat, he noticed the red rings around his eyes, "That's low, even for you!"
"Well, I'm leaving Avery-"
"Who exactly said you could Pettigrew? We're to stay here until our Master had comeback to us, by order…"
Peter swallowed hard, "By order of Atrox Malfoy, second in command who is now a withering corpse. I'm not going to stay here while all of you babble around with no one in command waiting for our Master's revival, I'll return when I am I summoned by the Dark Lord himself." Avery looked half shocked at him, he grunted. "take the robes"
"Fair 'nuff! Hahaha! But take one of them and I'll take the other three 'lright? Keep on of them to remind you of your real family 'ere, so as you won't cry too much ov'r us! Hawhawhaw!"
Peter wiped his brow, "…Fair enough" and left through the huge gates of his master's castle. Leaving Avery to laugh to himself.
"I was wondering, sir… if you could help me with a certain patient of mine."
"I'm sorry, but this is Minerva McGonagall, unfortunately Professor Dumbledore has been called into London over official business."
"Oh… well maybe you could help me?"
"Hmm… yes, continue"
"About my patient. She has been stricken with a very rare disease, the last case was quite a long time ago. And I would like to try my hardest to cure her, even if breaking some laws may be in the quest for the cure. I believe by taking advantage of this patient's condition, we can harness a better future…"
"You wouldn't be talking about Miss Potter, would you?"
"I would be lying to you if I said I wasn't…"
She sighed. If only this man knew the story behind his patient's condition, he would surely be as puzzled as she was. "Listen to me, Aiden… for you to try to help Miss Potter would be a great attempt but all together, a great waste of time. Believe me when I say, when I unfortunately must say that she is a lost case, there surely is no hope for her. She will age during her Enntrance, and she will peacefully fall into the depths of her origin."
"Meredith Nornway's condition was tracked and followed by the movement of her eyes behind her eyelids by medieval physicians, when she awoke, the physicians knew she was going to die. They knew, because she was insane. Although history books say she died, I think they killed her. If she wasn't killed we could've known more about Enntrance. It's been hundreds of years now that some one else had gotten this condition, it would be a decision based on folly if we were to let this opportunity go…"
He heard her sigh again, "Very well, Aiden, what do you want? I have a class in less than an hour."
Dr. Aiden Peters smiled, "Thank you, I won't be a moment…" he said. He exited his office to talk to the Potter's.
"Nothing works…they can't heal him" Sirius said in desperation.
"Oh, no…" Arabella sank down into her seat.
Remus rubbed his eyes and sighed, "What's happening to us guys, seriously"
"We're falling apart, Remus…" Sirius said flatly, "Somebody's after us, our friends are dying because of them! And that son of a bitch somebody is getting exactly what they want… so far"
"What could we do? What can we do? What should we do?" Arabella asked hopelessly. "What are we going to do…?"
"Wait for a miracle," Sirius laughed.
Arabella and Remus looked at Sirius curiously, he was looking up at the ceiling, grinning. They shared a look and the three friends stayed in silence for a long moment.
"Well, while we wait, I'm going," Remus stood up and put on his black jacket, "I have some things to sort out…"
Remus walked past his friends and took the stairs to the bottom level, avoiding the Potter's who were talking to the doctor. The wind outside bit his cheeks but that was OK, he never thought he had ever seen the sky so dark but that was OK too, Remus knew he possibly have the power to turn things around. Easily, he could expose Lily, use her as a cure for Sarah and make Lily get the guy who was hurting James, the guy who has Adele and- he sighed. And together, they would help Calista.
Yes… It was a nice dream, it was a great dream. At that moment, Remus was determined to give up anything for that to become reality.
When he arrived at Sarah's apartment, he prepared the floor with candles and herbs. In one hand, he held the incantation that would change a lot of things by leading him into the right direction, the first step of the miracle they were waiting for. And in the other hand, a single photograph of the gang, after graduation.
Remus started the incantation, and the worlds swirled. Fate's charms changed from copper to silver. He felt like dying… that's when he fell.
There was smoke, there was heat…
Ah! The burning, Remus' eyes began to water as his eyes strained to see through the impossible gray smoke. He strained to look around him, he used his hands to find his way around too. He felt a banister behind him and a plant beside him… the smoke was slowly clearing out from a window he saw in front. Realisation hit him like a tonne of bricks, the stairs and ceiling and walls all brought him back to his Hogwarts days, he remembered his first time here back in seventh year-- this was Lily's house!
"Call her!" a man's voice hollered.
He heard running, he heard screams of a woman and a man and heard a vicious cold laugh. There were foot steps, thumping along above him, Remus looked to see the stair banister, he clung onto the blurry wood as he felt himself being pushed aside. He gasped, "Death Eaters!"
He tried to find a place to find but it was too late, there were three looking straight at him, they started toward him.
"Lily, Darling!" Remus heard a woman's cry from upstairs, Remus look to see more death eaters running up the stairs.
Remus tried to find somewhere to hide, he tried retreating into the smoke, he almost suffocated. His eyes were burning, Remus squinted and tried to crouch into the corner of the smoke filled room, he covered his hand with his eyes in desperate anxiety. He kept his hands over his eyes and made them as an extra shield for his eyes, he squinted to find a death eater straight in front of him, realisation dawned on him, they couldn't see him!
He stood up and pushed one of them to the ground, and punched another. He squinted at the blood on his fist with satisfaction.
The death eater stood up and said "Remus! Stop."
The two other Death eaters seized him and hauled him upstairs. Remus screamed and struggled, but shrunk when he realised they weren't death eaters at all, they had black robes on, but their bare arms showed no dark mark.
"Help! Lily! A man's here! there's smoke everywhere!" a female voice cried from the end room.
Remus lay motionless in the arms of the two robed men, he saw his fist was clean. "Are we-?" he started.
"Yes Remus, you summoned us to show you the way, that is what we are doing."
Remus began to struggle even harder, Lily's parents were dead, they were murdered by Voldemort.
They were murdered by Voldemort… They were murdered by Voldemort… They were murdered by Voldemort… that was why she disappeared!
Lily's parent's were always nice to him—they were murdered by Voldemort, everyone knew how Voldemort killed his victims. They were murdered by Voldemort and Remus would have to relive it…
"This is a MURDER SCENE!" he yelled in desperation. " These people are Lily's parents! You can't do this. Take me away! GET ME AWAY!" Remus found himself almost weeping.
"You summoned us, We are only giving you the answer." They said in monotone.
Remus heard Voldemort's cruel laugh from the end of the hall way where the room was, he heard the screaming of pain and torture, Remus struggledt and screamed, "This is the violent demise of your creator's parents! You can't DO. THIS!"
"We are only giving you the answer."
"ENOUGH!" Remus cried as they got to the door that was half opened. He saw legs twitching, he could not bear it—he shut his eyes only to find them being forced open by forces he could not see. As his eyes flew open wide, the room was in full view…
The screaming ceased.
"No!!" Remus wept loudly, "Enough! Enough!"
He felt himself being dropped to the ground, he gripped his hair with his shaking hands, crying. The three men the beside him. Then he fell.
Remus hastily stood up, his sobbing quietened down, he was in the room. He yelled in agony as he saw the wrangled bloody bodies. He turned to run to find him a soft wall, he looked up crying to see one of the three men, he pointed to the corner of them room. Remus looked to where he had pointed, there was a muggle phone, it had not been hung up.
Remus slowly walked toward it, he could hear his heart beat louder and faster… then there was silence. Remus strained his ear, from the phone, there were soft sobbing from it. His eyes went wide, Lily!
He ran to the phone, "Lily!" he cried.
But it was too late, she had already hung up. Remus choked on his sobs, he looked at the calendar next to the phone and he look at the time. It was the day before they found Lily missing!
Remus' hands flew up to his face. This was too much.
"Right, let's go then."
Colin shivered; he couldn't believe they were doing this. He took a small gadget from the shelf and put it in his pocket.
Colin and Tom arrived in front of a tall building, the hospital. He sighed; he couldn't believe he was letting Tom do this!
Tom led the way, through the crowds once they got inside. Colin followed him along the long white hallways, twisting left and right. After 10 minutes Tom stopped, "Ok, Colin just one more right and we're there."
Colin nodded and followed his footsteps until Tom stopped abruptly, Colin opened his mouth but Tom closed it shut, "Aurors! Coming this way!" he hissed.
They scurried across into a closet., "James is in room 2209"
"That's right Colin, you're so smart at reading numbers Son," remarked Tom.
"Do the job if you get to him first, all right? Come on, let's go…"
The two crept out and walked casually passed the door 2209, no one was there anymore, they advanced casually again, and Tom reached for the knob-
"Yeah! Hahahaha!!!" came a loud voice.
"Damn!" Tom cursed.
Colin casually walked down the hall and Tom crammed himself into the same closet. Colin felt his ears go red, someone was watching him! He swerved into the toilets.
After 5 minutes, Colin came out and started to walk to the closet. The lady along the hallway gave him a suspicious look, the look irked him, when she turned around , he hastily entered the room closest to him, the Staff Washroom.
The room was dark and he heard machines beeping, "A washroom?" Colin muttered in amusement. His gaze wondered across the room, he gasped, "Potter?"
James Potter lay sleeping on a small bed in the corner of the huge room. He was connected to tubes all over his body.
Colin gulped and took out his wand, "Obliviate!"
He turned the knob to get out and found that someone else was turning the knob too, the door opened and Tom hastily came in and shut the door, "Wrong room Colin- oh!" He looked at a sleeping James Potter and scowled, "Those guards I found were just a ploy! Dirty bastards…" He laughed bitterly and started to mutter to himself, "I mean, who'd think that James Potter was in the Staff's Washroom! Ha?! No one! Sneaky devils.."
Colin frowned, "Our job is done." He put his wand back into his robes, "If anyone asks, you did the actual spell."
Tom froze and his eyes grew wide, "You? Y-you did it? Already?"
Colin exited the room and walked down the hall way, Tom followed him smiling, "That's fine with me, as long as it was done. Now I can sleep…"
"Let's just go."
"All right, but wait a sec, I'm preparing to be hated."
Two nurses chatted happily down the dimmed hallway, it was the end of their shift, and they were ready to have a good night's sleep. Barely anyone was there. As they passed room 2209, they muttered gossip. Then they noticed a guard running down the hallway.
"Get a doctor!"
"What is it?" said one nurse.
"We need a doctor now! The alarm for a patient has gone off."
At that moment, they could hear a slight humming of the alarm from down the hallway.
The nurses went pale, "I'll get a doctor, and you two should go to the room"
The nurse and guard ran down the silent doorway, other nurses started running down the room too. When the nurse and guard finally got there, a doctor came out with a grave expression, he shooed the nurses away saying, "It's too late, go on… we were too late,"
"What happened?" asked the nurse.
The doctor went inside the room again and closed the door behind him. After a moment an older nurse came out of the room looking solemn. A couple of the nurses gave her a questioningly look. The older nurse sighed and said, "People, it is very late, go home…"
There was a sharp intake of breath throughout the hallway, the nurses cleared off straight away.
The nurse walked toward the exit waiting for the friend, while she was waiting she overheard the doctors say that the patient was an important patient, an eye witness who was vital to the Ministry, and that she was somehow related to the prestigious Potter family, she also heard that she died silently within her sleep.
OK I'm now aware that my story is now no longer completely right with the HP series. But that is OK, nothing major. So to all the newbies out there: back off… : P
I had finished this chapter a few days before book 5 came out but ff.net didn't let me upload (grr). Nyeh…
Sighs- All done with revising… I skipped some parts so let me know of the errors and I'll eventually get to it. On to the chapter XIV… which, I can tell you now has 2274 words so far. I know it's been about 2 months since my last update. Umm… but you try revising and editing 67,059 words while having a bloody life.
Thanks- thanks to everyone who has ever reviewed this story. Thanks to the people who also review like a month after my last update (you give me a nice surprise!) I've gotten really cute reviews, keep them coming.