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Chapter 1: That Fateful Halloween Night
"Is Harry asleep?" James asked. Lily nodded as she sat beside her husband. They had only been discussing the war for a short time when they heard a conspicuous knock. James peered out and looked back at Lily with horror.
"Lily, get Harry, run, hide. I'll try and stall him." She hesitated. "Run!" She ran upstairs and as she entered Harry's room, she heard the lock break. She grabbed Harry. The wards had been broken.
"Run, James, run to us." She said to herself out loud. Just then, she heard the very words she hated so much.
"No!" She said in horror. He was gone. Her husband was gone. She had to save Harry. She heard someone coming up the steps. "No, no." She had to think fast. "Apparate." She shut her eyes and thought about somewhere she once felt safe. They disappeared into oblivion as the door shot open to Harry's room.
Lily landed on the grass and looked at Harry. He had thrown up on her blouse. Perfect. At least they were safe. She looked around. She was in her old neighborhood. Her parents didn't live there anymore. They had passed away already. Still, that thing didn't know where she grew up and she highly doubted he'd ever come here.
It was dark. Harry whimpered. A rumble of thunder rang in the air. She had to find a place of shelter. A restaurant, anywhere. Tears formed in her eyes as she took off down the road. She was not sure where to go or what to do at the moment. She heard a noise and turned around. A cat. When she turned back, she hit something.
"Watch where you're going!" The man snapped at them, but then gave a gasp. "Lily?" Lily looked up in shock.
"Severus?" She had forgotten he used to live here too. How could she have forgotten? "You never saw us, understand?" She started away.
"Lily, wait." She stopped. "What happened?"
"He's after us. I'm sure you knew that, being one of them." She said it cockily, but at the look of shock on his face, she winced. He hadn't known.
"But, he, how? You were supposed to be hidden."
Lily was rather shaken that he knew that bit of information."How did you know that?" He winced. "Tell me, dammit!"
"Voldemort where we were! You traitor!"
"NO! Not really. It's a long story, but no. Dumbledore was supposed to hide you. All of you."
"I know he hid us, but why would you know that?"
"The prophecy. It's my fault. I just never thought he would believe such nonsense."
"What?" She was still confused. He looked guilt-ridden. "What did you do?"
"I overheard Trewlaney make a silly prophecy. I was a spy for Voldemort. I gave him what I heard, thinking it was utter nonsense. He didn't think so and decided it meant you and your baby."
"How could you?" The hurt in her voice was unmistakable. It made him cringe inside.
"I didn't know. It was hogwash, or so I thought."
"Why you little" She stopped. "Was a spy? What do mean by that? You aren't anymore? He promote you? What? To find us?"
"NO!" She jumped in surprise. "I don't work for him anymore. I went to Dumbledore. He was supposed to protect you. How could it fail unless someone ratted you out?" She gasped.
"He wouldn't have!"
"I wouldn't put it past Black to do that. He was your secret-keeper, right?"
"What? Why not?"
Severus's eyes grew wide. "You are still friends with that rat?"
"James is, but why would you care?"
"I saw him."
"At the last Death Eater meeting. I thought you all had dropped him." Lily nearly dropped Harry, who was asleep in her arms now.
"No! No, he sold us out?" Tears began to fill her eyes again. She felt dizzy. It was all too much at once.
"Come on, we have to go to Dumbledore. I mean, Professor Dumbledore. Hogwarts is safe. We can apparate once away from here."
She didn't know why she trusted this man who was once her best friend. Something told her he would not harm her. Deep down, she knew he never would have harmed her.
"What happened to your shirt?" He asked suddenly.
"Oh, Harry didn't take kindly to being apparated, I guess."
"Where's Potter?" He asked with a sneer until he saw Lily's face fall in misery. "No."
"He's gone." She choked back tears as they walked. Out of sight, they apparated outside the gates of Hogwarts and entered inside the castle where they found Dumbledore wandering the corridors. The students were all in bed this time of night.
"Albus!" He turned.
"Lily, dear. What happened?"
"James. Voldemort. He came after us." She choked back tears, not wanting to break down right now. "He killed James. I got Harry and we got out just in time. He was coming for us, I heard him upstairs as we left."
"Oh, no. No, how did he find out?"
"Pettigrew." Severus spoke before Lily could. "He's a Death Eater."
"You saw him?"
"Black suggested Pettigrew. He thought it would be safer." She was shaking.
"You put your trust in the wrong person." Dumbledore said before turning to Severus. "Just like someone else I know."
Severus put his head down. Lily could have easily died tonight because he had trusted Voldemort and all because of a silly, stupid prophecy. If she had died, he never would have forgiven himself.
"I must find Black and inform him of what happened and that you two are okay." He started to leave the room. "Oh, um, Severus?" Severus looked at the Headmaster. "Take Lily and Harry to your place for the night. It should be a safe location. It'll be the last place Voldemort would look for them."
Take Lily to his place? He rarely ever let Lily in the place when they kids, but that was because of his father mostly. The man no longer lived there. His parents were both gone now. It wasn't quite the pigsty it was when they children, but it was still a drab place.
"Yes, sir." He agreed reluctantly.
Dumbledore left and they followed. Lily wasn't sure she wanted to go Severus's place, but Dumbledore seemed to trust him. They left the grounds once more and apparated, landing at Spinner's End. Rain was pouring down. He led her inside, unsure how this was going to go. He expected this would end up being a complete disaster.