AN: So I'm a horrible speller but I don't really care. I have a story to tell and although I have tried to make this as correct as possible, please don't hate if i've mixed up a few words :)
Also, I just wanted to state that this is more of an OC/OC story. I know I get a ton of reviews from people saying they love it or hate it. Yes Harry is in here, but I'm trying to not just retell all of the books, I feel like I have really told them from a different perspective.
Hope you enjoy it!
I am clearly not J.K. Rowling and don't own anything you recognize.
It was the climax of what would one day be known as the First Wizarding War. Voldemort was at the height of his power, and although his goal was to crush out all hope and love, there were still those who fought, who loved, and who believed that they would win. Voldemort fought to take over and enslave the wizarding world, but there was one force that would not let him win. The Order of the Phoenix was a group of witches and wizards who refused to step back and let Voldemort have his way. These people, who despite the dread and misery they were fighting against, refused to give up and continued to do the things that didn't seem responsible for people fighting in a war. They still fell in love, got married and started families. When you're fighting in a war, it doesn't seem practical to do something like have a baby. But when you are fighting for the future of your race, building up that next generation and having the opportunity to pour all of your love and strength into them becomes what you're fighting for.
The first couple in the order to further their love through a child was the Longbottoms. Alice and Frank brought a wonderful boy they named Neville into the world on the 30th of July. This cute and pudgy little baby was well loved by his brave and courageous parents.
The following day on the 31st the second baby of the Order was born to the Potter family. Lily and James named their beautiful son Harry. He had his father's looks and his mother's eyes. If only the baby had been born a day later his sorrowful fate would perhaps have been passed to the Longbottom's son.
Two weeks later in the middle of august, one of the least likely members of the Order became a father. Sirius Black looked lovingly into the eyes of his daughter as he held her tight in his arms. His little Mia Bell. He sat on the edge of his sleeping wife's bed and he rocked their daughter and whispered promises to always love her and to always put her wellbeing first. He stood up and carried his daughter into the hospital's hallway to introduce his daughter to her new family. This family was not comprised up of any blood relatives, but they were closer than and family, and their love was stronger than anything Sirius had ever received from his own family.
"Guys! I would like you to all meet my daughter. Amelia Michelle Black!" Sirius smiled a large wolfish grin as he handed his daughter to her God Father. "Remus, I'm counting on you to teach her to be a responsible adult while James and I teach her to have fun!"
"Oh Sirius," Remus Lupin, honored at the title of Godfather, cooed at the small baby in his arms. "How on earth did you ever sire such a beautiful child?"
James Potter jabbed Sirius in the ribs with his elbow. "Good thing it looks like she takes after Cassy!" The last statement was clearly a falsehood, but James stated it anyways as he looked down into the face of the new baby. Amelia Michelle was clearly her father's daughter. With her striking black peach fuzz hair and her light complexion, it was rather evident the only feature she kept of her mothers were her piercing blue eyes.
Lupin picked up a little stuffed grey wolf and snuggled it next to the baby in his arms. "So you always remember which of your uncles loves you the most."
"Well that's not fair! If I had known this was a competition I would have bought her a rat!" The short watery eyed wizard peered over the blankets to look at the little baby.
"Please Pettigrew, who wants their daughter to carry around a rat stuffed animal!" James laughed at his short friend.
"James! Be nice." Lily elbowed her husband in the side as she scooted closer to look at the little baby and wolf. Her own little sleeping two week old boy in her arms not even stirring at her movements. "Aw, Remus it's an adorable wolf. I think it's perfect for her!"
"Yeah it's her bear from Uncle Moony. It's her Moony Bear! Perfect!" Sirius Laughed excitedly at his own wit.
Lupin looked disapprovingly at his best friend. "Sirius it's a wolf not a bear."
"To late! Moony Bear it is. It's perfect." Lupin growled but resigned the argument. Lupin handed his Goddaughter back to her father and all the well wishers said their last congratulations and allowed the proud dad to head back into where his wife lay resting. Sirius walked back into his wife's room taking his eyes off of his daughter just long enough to see his wife Cassandra Black waking up just a little. She smiled sweetly at him and weekly reached out her hand for him to take. He firmly took her hand and sat back down on the edge of her bed. Cassandra Black - (nee Montgomery) had never been a very strong woman. Not to say that she wasn't brave and courageous, for although she was a Ravenclaw, she was a bold and confident woman, but her constitution wasn't as strong as her classmates. She was often sick as a child, growing up with her muggle parents she didn't have the perks of the wizarding healthcare system to make her stronger. When she received her Hogwarts letter when she was 11, her parents were worried for her health, sending her off to a boarding school for 9 months out of the year. But in hindsight sending her to Hogwarts was the safest thing for the young Cassandra. Although she still became frequently sick thought her school years, living within the walls of Hogwarts Cassandra was safe from the muggle hating Death Eaters who attacked and killed her family during her 5th year.
That was also the year Cassandra found comfort from her grief in the arms of Sirius Black. In school Sirius and his friends the Marauders were the school pranksters, and Sirius was the biggest clown of them all. Before the year her parents died, Cassandra had hated everything to do with the Marauders. She was a bit of a goodie-good and didn't like the immature ways of the pranksters. But the day after she found out of her parents deaths, Sirius found her crying in a corridor next to a statue of a one-eyed witch. After awkwardly staring at her for a few minutes trying to decide what to do, he pushed away the 15yr old boy in his mind telling him to run away and simply wrapped his arms around her and held her until she stopped crying. And then he did the most amazing thing she could have imagined. He made her laugh.
From that day Cassandra and Sirius were inseparable. She joined the Order and although she wasn't physically strong, she was a brilliant witch and added much to the fight against Voldemort. Not long after they graduated, they were married, and soon Cassandra was pregnant. Alice, Lily and Casey were the three pregnant order members and if it wasn't obvious in their school years that Cassandra didn't have a strong constitution, it became clearly evident in her pregnancy. Pregnancy made Lily and Alice glow, but the severe morning sickness and fatigue made Cassandra thin and pale.
Now that she had given birth, it was Sirius's greatest hope that his beloved wife's health would pick up, even if it meant he had to spend the next few months living for her every beck and call. Sirius gently stroked his wife's forehead as she drifted back off to sleep. Little did he know that rest was going to become even more scarce for the new family.
A year later of attacks and battles found the Order Members tired and scared. Most of them had families to protect from vengeful Death Eaters. It had been decided that some members would go into hiding. The Potters due to a prophecy were one of the first. They named Sirius as secret keeper and entered into hiding. A few days before Halloween found Sirius in planning to put his own family into hiding. He had met with the Potters a few days before and had made James his family's secret keeper while convincing them to make Peter Pettigrew, one of the original Marauders their secret keeper instead of Sirius.
That Halloween night Sirius got the worst news he could imagine. A stag patronus rushed into his house while he sat on the couch playing with baby Amelia Michelle. The stag opened his mouth and the frightened voice of James Potter came tumbling out speaking only two words. "He's here!" Voldemort had found the Potters and Lily and James were in trouble. Sirius stood up and handed his oblivious baby to his weak wife and disapparated on the spot appearing right outside of Godric's hollow. What he saw there shocked him to the core. The house had been blown up, the roof was gone and one whole side of the house was missing. He ran into the wreckage not worried of his own safety and found the dead body of James in the living room. He stood there frozen in fear unable to move. Finally the crying of a baby broke through his shock and he ran up the broken steps to the second floor into the baby's room. There he saw Lily lying dead in front of the crib with baby Harry crying his head off. A cut on his forehead shaped like a lightning bolt bleeding slightly. Sirius sprang into action and picked up the baby trying to comfort him as he carried him from the wreckage. He stood in the street at a loss for what to do. It was dangerous to apparate with a baby that young. So he went over to the Potters now buried garage and using his wand attempted to dig out his old flying motorbike he had loaned to James. Between the collapsing house and the crying baby in his arms it took him a few minutes to dig it out. Just then a man three time the size of a normal man came running down the road towards the wreckage.
"Oh! Sirius! I can't believe-" The giant man let out a wail and large tears began falling from his face. "Lily and James! It ain't fair! It can't be!" Sirius didn't know what to say. He didn't trust himself to speak without crying. And Harry needed someone to be strong for him. The giant managed to get a few more words out in-between gasps. "Dumbledore told me what happened. Told me t' floo down and retrieve the boy! Oh it just ain't fair! Poor Harry!"
"Here Hagrid," Sirius handed the boy to the giant. He knew Harry would be safe wherever Dumbledore planned to take him, and at the moment Sirius needed to be free to hunt down the man responsible for his friend's death. There would be time to retrieve his God son after he had his revenge on Pettigrew. "Take my motorbike and promise to keep Harry safe. I won't be needing it anymore."
Hagrid wailed even louder and scooped Sirius up into a big hug as Sirius protected Harry from being squished in the large mans arms. Placing Sirius back on the ground Hagrid scoped the small child into his arms and muttering a few illegible words through his tears and wails climbed onto the motorbike and flew into the sky. Sirius stood in the street watching the tail lights of his motorbike as Hagrid took the small child away. Sirius knew what he needed to do. He needed to hunt down Pettigrew. If he didn't prove the Potters had switched secret keeper than Sirius would be blamed for betraying them to their death and he would be sent away to Azkaban. He couldn't do that to his wife and daughter. Deciding where he would go he apparated on the spot to begin his search.
After searching for most of the night he decided to return home to check on his family. No doubt Cassandra would be furious with him not telling her exactly where he went off to. Arriving in front of the warm country house he called home, he noticed to his horror the front door was wide open.
He ran inside and down the hall to the sitting room where he saw his wife lying in her chair dead with his cousin Bellatrix Lestrange standing over her holding his daughter in her hand like she was something gross. Amelia Michelle was a brave baby. She wasn't easily frightened and loved to be thrown up into the air, knowing that every time she fell back to the earth one of her uncles or her father would always catch her. She may have only been a year old but she was also a good judge of character. She may not have been scared of this crazy eyed woman holding her up but she certainly was not happy about the arrangement. When Bellatrix saw Sirius she smiled big. "Sirius! My dear cousin! I see your secret keeper died. How sad for you!"
"Give me my daughter now Bellatrix." Sirius's voice was shaking with anger and the look in his eyes said murder. His wand was in his hand pointed at his cousin.
Bellatrix just smiled bigger and giggled perversely. "Now why would I do that? You, my disgraceful cousin, decided to taint our family line by procreating with that filthy mudblood. Now I'm simply trying to clean up the mess!" She pointed her wand at the now very grumpy baby and began speaking a curse. "Av-"
Before she knew what was happening Sirius had shot her with a leg locker hex and levitated his daughter across the room. He used all his Quidditch skills and caught his daughter while firing hex after hex at Bellatrix. She fought back savagely and after almost hitting her with a rather strong stunning curse Bellatrix decided to cut her losses and after making a rude gesture disapparated away.
Sirius stood in his living room in complete shock. He has saved his daughter but his wife was dead. He knew if he stopped to think he would break down. So instead he walked swiftly to the fireplace baby in arm, threw in some floo powder and disappeared in a wave of emerald flames.
Remus Lupin was pacing back and forth in his living room. He had just heard the news and he couldn't believe it! How could Sirius do such a thing? How could he betray Lily and James! How could they be dead? Just then his fire place lit up in a wave of emerald flames and to his utter shock, out walked Sirius Black holding a laughing Amelia Michelle. His little god daughter always did love to floo. The look on Sirius face was one of both anguish and fury. Remus didn't understand. Why was Sirius here? Did he think Remus wouldn't turn him in for the betrayal of two of their best friends? But before Remus had a chance to open his mouth or even raise his wand. Sirius was across the room and placed baby Amelia Michelle into his hands. With a look of utter sadness Sirius said three words and disappeared in a turn on the spot. "Keep her safe."
The next few weeks were a mess of utter confusion and grief for Remus. He spent his time learning how to take care of a baby. He was glad Amelia Michelle was such a strong baby. His little Mia Bell. Baby Mia loved her uncle Remus and thankfully didn't cry in longing for her mommy and daddy. Sometimes at night she would get a little fussy, but all he had to do was grab her Moony Bear (a small stuffed wolf Remus had given her when she was born) and sing her night night song, invented by her mommy and she would fall right to sleep. Remus would just sit next to her bed for a while watching her sleep. Sirius how could you do this. How could you leave her?
The day after Halloween had been a day of celebration for the whole wizarding world. Voldemort was dead. It came out a few days later that Sirius Black had caught up to Peter Pettegrew and killed him and a street full of muggles before being arrested and sent off to Azkaban. This made no sense to Lupin. Why had Sirius betrayed Lily and James, then seek out Peter and kill him. But leave him, Lupin, alive? Lupin had heard about the murder of Cassie. It didn't make any sense. Of course if Sirius had been a secret Death Eater this whole time like the media was suggesting. The fact that he had fallen in love with a muggle born in the first place was a very shocking event. Unless of course the whole relationship had been a scam to make Sirius seem more trustworthy.
No! That couldn't be true. This is Sirius we're talking about here. The man who had been Remus' best friend since he was 11! Even when it had come out that Remus was a werewolf, most men would disown him on the spot! But not Sirius and James. Sirius had been the one to suggest him and James become Animagus for him. That's right, Sirius Black, the boy-who-never-did-his-homework had suggested committing to the several year long practice of study and work that it would take to become an animagus. For him. Remus knew Sirius. At least he thought he did. But still, there was no way he had been faking his love for Cassy. Perhaps one of his fellow Death Eaters had killed her. Maybe Voldemort knew of his most loyal followers love for the muggle born so he ordered someone to end her so that Sirius would be more focused. Yeah that make sense. And that's why he dropped Mia-Bell off with him. Death Eater or no Death Eater. Sirius loved his daughter and wanted her kept safe. And that was exactly what Remus was going to do. Or so he thought.
Two weeks. Two weeks was all the time they had together. Two weeks for the Ministry of Magic to sort through all of the chaos that came with the fall of the Dark Lord before they remembered about the survival of Amelia Michelle Black. When the ministry remembered that the daughter of one of The Dark Lord's most trusted servants was still alive and in the care of a werewolf, they immediately took action. So many of the werewolves had taken the side of Voldemort in the war that they didn't want to leave the girl in the hands of a man who would probably raise her up in the ways of her father. It didn't matter if Lupin had been a member of the Order of the Phoenix and that Albus Dumbledore himself had vouched for the man. They wouldn't allow it. Two weeks after the death of the Potters and Cassandra Black, a witch from the ministry arrived on the doorstep of Remus Lupin with a roll of parchment and two Aurors. Remus answered the door with a baby bib thrown over one arm and a small jar of pulverized yams in the other hand with an impatient baby in the background winning for the rest of her lunch. To say he was surprised to see the ministry there would be an understatement.
After a very heated argument where an auror got a face full of yams, Remus flooed off to Hogwarts in search of Dumbledore and the ministry official left with Baby Mia. There was nothing to be done. Dumbledore had already fought for Remus' guardianship. Now it was left up to a committee at the Ministry. Lupin attended every hearing trying to persuade the committee to give him back his little girl but a week later, the morning after the next fool moon when a tired and ragged Remus entered the courtroom, the committee was decided, The Black child would not be going home with the werewolf. It took a few more meetings before a suitable home could be found for the child. In the wizarding world of England there was only one orphanage, usually with such extensive family lines there was always at least one family member to take in an orphaned child. But in Amelia Michelle's case all of her family were either convicted Death Eaters or dead. The only living relatives she had who were not previously occupied were the Malfoys and the Tonks. The Malfoy family refused on the spot to take in the half muggleborn child, but Ted and Andromeda Tonks seriously considered taking her in. Andromeda was Sirius' cousin and had loved him like a brother being the only other member of their family who refused to follow in the Blood Purist mentality. Or so she thought. Andromeda herself had married a muggleborn wizard and they had a daughter a few years older than Amelia Michelle. They were going to take the girl in, but the day before they told the ministry, Andromeda's sister Bellatrix decided to pay them a house call. She hexed Ted and tried to go after their daughter Nymphadora but Andromeda managed to fight her off. It was then they decided perhaps Amelia Michelle would be safer among strangers rather than her own messed up family. It was a coward's excuse, but even with Voldemort gone it was still a fearful time for the family.
Finally it was decided. The Black daughter would be sent to the orphanage. They began to make the arrangements when the unthinkable happened. The wizarding orphanage refused to take her. They didn't want to put the other children at risk (or themselves) by letting in the daughter of one of the most feared Death Eaters. Finally fed up the ministry's committee decided it would be for the best to take her to a muggle orphanage. There were far more of those in the area and surely the girl would have much better odds growing up in a world where no one knew of her dreaded heritage. Remus tried with all his might to stop their decision. Surely the girl would be in better hands with him, her God Father who loved her, rather than with a bunch of muggles! But nothing could be done.
A month after the death of her mother and the unknown wrongful imprisonment of her father. Amelia Michelle Black was placed on the doorstep of a muggle orphanage by a ministry witch. Wrapped in a blanket and placed in a basket, the young girl slept and waited to be discovered with the only identifying thing on her was a tag that said Amelia Michelle.