Dumbledore paced impatiently as he waited for his contact to show up. He'd already been waiting for half an hour and he'd expected his contact to keep up the time. He wondered how the murder of Lord and Lady Potter had gone. If all had gone well, the population of Magical Britain would have felt the wrath of Lord Voldemort by now.
He cast a quick Tempus charm and frowned. His contact had never been late, even by a minute. But somehow, this time, Dumbledore felt that something had gone wrong tonight at Willow Cottage. Thinking quickly, he Apparated to the outskirts of Godric's Hollow. Casting a Disillusionment charm on himself, he walked towards Willow Cottage. His frown deepened when he reached it.
A site of destruction greeted him when he reached Willow Cottage. Dumbledore pushed the gate and went inside. When he was at the door, he saw a body - no, make that a burned body - a body he was very familiar with. A body that he'd seen first in a Muggle orphanage, the body of the person he had been waiting for, for the past hour. He hurried inside, only to confirm his fear. The Dark Lord had been defeated.
A simple Sectumsempra was all it had taken to finish him off. He idly wondered who had cast the curse. James was the obvious choice, but still, he found it hard to believe that James would know such a Dark curse. He looked around for Riddle's wand, but could not find it anywhere. When he went farther into the house, he found James' and Lily's body near the stairs. Both were dead, and by the looks of things, Dumbledore was sure he could have control over the young Potter boy, but mostly his wealth. Being the Supreme Mugwump was just a stepping stone towards his desires and dreams to become the Magical Ruler of all of Great Britain.
He went through the house three times, but he failed miserably to find Harry Potter. He was angry now. Whoever had played the game had played it well. Whoever had taken the boy had deprived him of his means to become the Magical Ruler of Great Britain. He thought of what he could tell the Ministry for a few minutes and then he sent a Patronus to Minister Bagnold informing her of the attack on Godric's Hollow and the Potters.
Remus Lupin was sitting in the modest apartment he rented, thinking about his days at Hogwarts. He smiled at the memory of James pestering Lily to go out with him and Lily always turning him down. Well, that had happened until their Seventh year when Lily had agreed to go out with him and eventually, they got married. He was lost in old memories when a voice interrupted him.
"What are you smiling about, Remus?"
He whipped around, with his wand drawn, only to be facing the smiling face of Sirius Black. He didn't lower his wand, instead, he asked,
"What did James tell us on the day of his wedding?"
"To not entrust his children with Dumbledore," Sirius said. "And he is correct," he added. Remus raised an eyebrow at the last part.
"What makes you think so?" he asked his best friend, while indicating him to sit down. Sirius shook his head and motioned for Remus to follow his lead.
"Where are we going?" Remus asked, as he followed Sirius to the fireplace.
"Why would you be willing to go back to the place you hate so much?" Remus questioned as Sirius searched for the pouch of Floo Powder in his robe pocket.
"I'll tell you everything shortly," Sirius said, finding the Floo Powder and disappearing in a cloud of green smoke. Remus followed suit, and stumbled out of the fireplace in Grimmauld Place. As he brushed off the soot, he noticed James and Lily sitting in one of the couches by the fire.
"James, Lily!" he said surprised. "What are you doing here? Aren't you supposed to be in Godric's Hollow, keeping off radar?"
"That's what was supposed to happen, Moony," James replied, as he twirled his wand in his hand, admiring it as though he never seen it before.
"What do you mean, was supposed to happen?" Remus questioned, moving over to sit in one of the armchairs. He glanced around the room and as he did so, he noticed Regulus in the room. Instinctively, he pulled out his wand and sent a Stunner at him.
"Really, Mr. Lupin," he drawled, as he swatted off the hex easily. "Do you like attacking me in my own house?"
Remus was about to cast another hex when Sirius asked him to stop.
"B-but he's a Death Eater," Remus blurted, looking at Sirius incredulously. "This must be a trap, he must have you all under the Imperious Curse! Where's Harry?"
And much to his surprise, everyone started laughing, even Regulus. As Sirius wiped off tears of laughter from his eyes, he called Kreacher and told him to bring tea for everyone.
"Just excuse me for a moment," Sirius said, and hurried out of the room.
Walburga Black had always prided herself on the fact that she was the most beautiful women in her generation. As she sat looking at herself in the mirror, she thought about the reason she always found herself worrying with. It was her son Sirius, the white sheep of the Black family. He was now the head Auror, but she wished he had a better position in the Ministry. Of course, Orion had always treated him well, just like Alphard did. She often found herself wondering why she found daily with Sirius always. Was it something to do with the fact that he had refused to join the Dark Lord point blank? She sighed. She'd heard from Regulus how the Dark Lord didn't have any of the Pureblood ideals in mind. She was thankful that Sirius hadn't joined. Even if she found fault with her eldest son, she still worried and cared about him. He was still her son.
Regulus had told her that Sirius was willing to come back to the Ancient and Noble House of Black. She had never really disowned Sirius, hoping that he would come to his senses before soon and would be willing to accept the post of the Head of House of Black, once it was time.
As she sat contemplating on what she would do for the rest of the day, she heard the door open. She turned around to find Sirius, a bunch of flowers in his hand.
"Sirius!" she exclaimed. Walburga got up and hurried to hug her son. Auror hugged her back and handed her the flowers.
"I'm sorry Mom," he whispered into her ear. Walburga broke the hug and looked at her son.
"Don't be sorry son," she said. "If anyone must be sorry, it must be your father and me. We unknowingly forced our children to join the Dark Lord thinking he upheld the Pureblood ideals. Oh, how wrong we were!"
"I forgive you Mom," Sirius said sincerely. "I'm also sorry for putting you on unnecessary strain over the years. I shouldn't have run away."
"Well, if what Regulus says is true, then we must see if we can save your cousins," Walburga said. "We'll call the Malfoy's and the Lestrange's for lunch tomorrow."
"Mom, we're deciding on what to do," Sirius said. "Can you join us?"
"Sure son," Walburga smiled.
The two Blacks walked back to the living room. When Mrs. Black entered, James and Lily rose to greet her.
"Thank you for letting us stay here, Lady Black," Lily said, giving her a small bow.
"Oh, I don't mind at all, Lady Potter," Mrs. Black said. "In fact, it is actually an honour to have such an ancient and noble family in our humble dwellings. Where is little Harry?"
"We put him to sleep, Mother," Regulus answered.
"The first thing you must know is that the Dark Lord had fallen," Sirius said, once everyone had settled down. Remus looked happy, but he didn't rejoice much. Walburga looked happy, and she too tried to maintain a solemn face.
"I know many people think that Dumbledore is the leader of the Light," Sirius continued. "But I must tell you that I have my doubts. When I was made the head Auror, I was informed by sources that Dumbledore was meeting with an unnamed person, so I decided to take a look. Much to my surprise, it turned out to be Voldemort. I was shocked, appalled. I started monitoring every move Dumbledore made.
"It looked like he had spies within the Ministry, because he bribed the head of DMLE and Obliviated her. The next thing I know, he plans to keep the Potters cooped up in a cottage in Godric's Hollow. I didn't tell anyone of my suspicions, mainly because I had no proof. When James
and Lily made their will, they wanted Dumbledore to be a witness for their wills. Dumbledore was told of the switch made with the Secret Keeper, but no one else, not even Remus here was told of it.
Dumbledore was slowly slipping into Darkness and today's attack proved it to us."
"Attack?" Remus asked interestedly.
"Lord Voldemort attacked the Potters at Willow Cottage tonight," Sirius replied. "They were saved just because I happened to see Voldemort walking down the main street of Godric's Hollow towards Willow Cottage. I Apparated there in time to save little Harry.
"I killed Moldyshorts with the Sectumsempra Curse, transfigured two house-elfs to resemble James and Lily and came here. In short, I want to frame Dumbledore and strip him of his power and influence. If I've read Dumbledore right, he will dispose the body of James and Lily before involving the Ministry. He will be livid once he does not find Harry, because I think he wants control of Harry because of the immense wealth of the Potters."
"Well done, son!" Mrs. Black praised Sirius. "It's a plan worthy of a Slytherin."
"Thanks Mom," Sirius said. "Now we'd better go to bed. We have important business to take care of tomorrow morning."
Everyone left for their rooms and Remus was given the second guest bedroom as the first one was being used by James and Lily.
A/N: Hello guys! Happy New Year! I hope you guys have a prosperous and fruitful new year ahead. I know that Regulus was already dead by the time the Dark Lord fell. But this is an AU, so Reg is alive in this. I must tell you, I won't be using Horcruxes as the only way for Voldemort's immortality. There are a few other surprise elements that I think you guys will like. So anyway, I hope you guys like this and enjoy it.
And thanks for the review loretta537, it really encouraged me. Please guys review.