[19 years later]
"Madison Hayley Lupin!"
"Carter Sirius Lupin!"
"I KNOW YOU ARE UP THERE!" Alexandria screamed at the top of her lungs.
At the sound of merely nothing but silence, Alex turned in irritation to face the kitchen table where a man sat.
"Wanna help me out here?" Alex pleaded.
She then watched as her husband folded up his copy of the Daily Prophet and simply smiled at her. Alex put her hands over her ears and sighed, knowing exactly what was coming next.
"MADISON HAYLEY LUPIN! CARTER SIRIUS LUPIN! WHEN YOUR MOTHER CALLS YOU, YOU COME! GET YOUR ASS DOWN HERE NOW!"
Suddenly, an array of footsteps could be heard upstairs and then two brown-haired heads popped up at the edge of the staircase.
"Thanks Hunny." Alex said with a kiss as she kissed her husband of fifteen years. Despite the 21 year age difference between the two, both were as happy as you'd expect a couple, who had been together for over 20 years to be, not that that was saying much. Although, they did work well together and they still had the kids. Their marriage had their ups and downs over the years, but at the moment, their marriage was definitely on an up.
"Sorry mum!" Carter apologized, "I was writing a letter to Jeff!"
"Why do you have to write to him, they're coming over today?" Madison glared at her younger brother like he was stupid.
Remus peered over to his daughter and gave her a look that clearly read, 'cut the teenage attitude.' Madison immediately shut up.
"That's right!" Alex bustled, "They'll be here any second, so eat you're breakfast."
"I'm on a diet." Madison complained, pushing her food away.
Alex whisked over to her daughter and leaned in to her ear with a smile, "Eat, before I shove it down your throat."
Alex then walked away just as 11-year-old Carter began to interrogate his sister.
"Why are you always on a diet? Do you think you're fat? Is that why you don't have a boyfriend?"
Just then Madison leaped across the table in hopes of strangling poor Carter, but Remus who was anticipating Madison to react, jumped in the middle of the two to stop it. Unfortunately, Remus didn't see the jam Alex had set on the table moments before and his tie dipped right into. The kids shared a laugh at his expense just as Remus lurked off the table and Alex, who was shaking her head at him, walked over with a damp rag.
"I'll just go change it." He said, removing Alex's hand from his body.
As he ran upstairs, the doorbell rang.
Alex bustled to the entrance and opened the door to greet her longtime friend.
"What's up asshole!" Hayley greeted.
"Really? In front of the kids?" Alex scolded as the family walked in.
"If they're old enough to go off to Hogwarts, they're old enough to listen to a few choice words I have." Hayley explained.
"Wonderful philosophy, really." Alex rolled her eyes as she closed the door behind Fred.
"Let's go upstairs" Madison told Rachael, Fred and Hayley Weasley's eldest daughter of the same age.
"Rachael Alexandria, say hi to uncle Remus first!" Fred yelled.
Just as he said that, Remus made his way down the steps with a fresh tie on.
"Hi…" Rachael mumbled as she passed him on the steps on her way to Madison's room.
"We leave in ten minutes!" Alex called after them, just as a door slammed shut upstairs.
"I see we're not the only ones dealing with a pissy teenager." Remus joked.
"Were we ever that bad?" Fred joked back.
"You were." Remus retorted, causing everyone to laugh.
"He's in the kitchen, Jeff." Alex told Jeff Weasley, as she guided him by the back of his head lightly to the kitchen where her own son Carter still was. The boys immediately started talking.
"Whose wonderful idea was it to have kids around the same age?" Hayley asked as she looped her arm into Alex's.
"Yours," Alex grunted.
"You're welcome." Hayley smiled.
"I never said it was a good thing." Alex replied.
"You didn't have to" Hayley smirked, "I just know you."
A few minutes after some chit chat was passed around, the group decided to leave. Piling into their cars, both families made their way to King's Cross Station. The men secured the children's things onto trolleys and one by one they made their way to platform nine and three-quarters.
Upon arriving on the other side the young boys' eyes lit up in excitement. Before them was a red train of great proportions with smoke bellowing out of the top. Children were all around. Carter could hear some students greeting one another as old friends, other children excitedly confessing goodbyes to their parents, and the rest of the children begging to be allowed to go yet quietly being denied.
The boys began pushing their trolleys across the pavement, the wheels bumping at every crack and their parents close behind. Madison and Rachael had tried to scurry off by Alex and Hayley pulled them back to lecture them.
"Now, this is your brothers' first years here." Alex began.
"You are fifth years and you should watch over them!" Hayley interjected.
"I know how much you loath them and think of them as a hassle, but try and remember what it was like on your first days at Hogwarts." Alex said.
"You two were scared and nervous." Hayley smiled, "Which is normal, but you need to help them out a bit."
"They aren't exactly the smartest kids." Alex shrugged. The two girls laughed.
"Now, stay with the family at least till we see you off." Hayley ordered before turning back to her husband.
After Remus and Fred helped Jeff and Carter load their luggage onto the train, they helped the girls. Remus felt a drag on the bottom of his shirt just as he heaved Madison's suitcase.
"Dad?" Carter said quietly.
"What's up buddy?" Remus asked, kneeling next to him.
"Are you going to be made at me if I don't get into Gryffindor?" Carter sincerely worried.
"Of course not," Remus smiled, "I have no doubt in my mind that you will be placed in Gryffindor. Not only because myself, your mother, and your sister were placed there, but also because you are everything a Gryffindor represents. When I needed someone to go down to the basement to grab the flashlights during the blackout, you were the first to volunteer. When Jeff fell down when he crashed his bike, you were the first one to figure out a solution and get him some help. You are brave and courageous. You are kind-hearted. You put others before yourself and you'd never be torn down without a fight first. You are a Gryffindor, Carter. Believe it. Believe in yourself. Your mother and I do."
"But—but what if…" Carter attempted.
"Then you are." Remus answered, knowing exactly what his son was about to say. "And it won't matter. Every house has their own special uniqueness about them and if the sorting hat sees it fit to place you there, then there is a reason you should be there. And whatever house that may be, they will be lucky to have Carter Lupin among them."
Carter smiled at his father's words, but Remus could tell it was still bothering his a bit.
"And if it is really bothering you, you can always ask the hat to sort you into Gryffindor." Remus assured him.
"You can?" Carter's eyes lit up.
"Yes. I once knew a boy, just like you. He was a brilliant student and when the hat offered to put him in Slytherin he asked to go to Gryffindor and so that's where he was placed."
"Who was he?"
"A little boy by the name of Harry Potter"
"THE HARRY POTTER?" Carter gapped.
"Yes" Remus nodded with a grin, "So don't worry. We're going to love you no matter what happens."
Remus stood from his crouching position and squeezed his son's shoulder in comfort as they re-joined the rest of the group. The train's final whistle blew moments later. Goodbyes were exchanged before the kids scrambled onto the train. Minutes later, Hayley and Alex could see the kids choose a cabin and smiled to themselves.
"Our old compartment." Hayley whispered.
"It's like they're our kids or something." Alex joked.
"Nah" Hayley shook her head, "Can't be. We're too young to have kids."
"And way too cool." Alex added.
Carter, Jeff, Rachael, and Madison could be seen securing themselves in. The train then began to move and Fred, Hayley, Alex, and Remus, began to wave. The children waved back. Alexandria's eyes began to fill with water. Taking notice of this, Remus wrapped one of his arms around his wife in comfort. She leaned her head on his chest just as the train left the station and jeered out of sight.
"It's weird to see it leave." She whispered about the Hogwarts Express that was now holding her own kids within.
"I know," Remus rubbed her arm, "I know."
Moments later Hayley touched Alex's back, signaling to her that she and Fred were going to go home. Hugs between the girls and handshakes between the guys mixed about before Hayley and Fred took off.
Just before leaving, Alex and Hayley had a brief conversation.
"How did they grow up so fast?" Alex asked sincerely.
"Magic" Hayley shrugged. The two of them began laughing hysterically. "I'll see you tomorrow?"
"Yeah, see you tomorrow" Alex agreed.
Just as Hayley and Fred cleared out of sight, Remus grabbed his wife's hand and followed behind by exiting back through the wall to King's Cross Station. As he still held her hand, Remus kissed the top of her head.
"That's our last one" Alex made apparent.
"No more left." Remus assured.
"What are we going to do now?" Alex huffed.
"Have crazy amounts of sex." Remus laughed. Alex shoved him playfully at his request.
"I do still find you sexy, Mr. Lupin." Alexandria told as she snuggled closer to him. "Even though you are nearly sixty."
"HEY NOW!" Lupin defended, "I still have a good three years left before that birthday."
"Alright, alright." Alex gave in, throwing her hands in the air.
"But Mrs. Lupin, I happen to find you quite attractive too" Remus smiled, kissing her forehead. "Even though you are a hundred and four years old."
Alex snorted and rolled her eyes, "Yeah, that's how old I am."
"It is." Remus grinned.
"Wanna go make another baby, so I can have one more to send off to Hogwarts?" Alex laughed.
"I don't know about having another baby; we got lucky that the last two didn't come out as werewolves. Let's not push it with a third one, but I will definitely take in the suggestion about committing the act that makes one." Remus implied with a wink.
Alex and he chuckled a bit. When it died down and they reached the car, Remus took Alex by both hand and looked her into eyes. Everything he found so interesting about her back when he taught at Hogwarts, still laid in her soul. He still loved everything about her. She hadn't changed a bit and she was happy about that.
"I love you." He told her with every fiber of his being.
"I love you" she responded equally as infatuated. Alex's heart raced a bit every time he looked at her, even now; 20 years later.
"Forever and Always?" he pressed.
"Forever and Always." She reassured.
And as their kids made their way to the very place they first met, Remus and Alex stood outside King's Cross Station by their car and sealed their love with a kiss.