The Final Chapter

Yes, back from popular demand, and threats from friends. I got the idea to finish this after procrastinating my English and Science work.

Karen walked into her office, not surprised that her desk was covered with letters. She took another long break, this one without Sirius' special candy. Though this vacation wasn't work free. She was tracking down supposed leads on Death Eater whereabouts.

"What are you doing Darkes?" She looked up and smiled.

"Nice to see you again too Severus." He sat down in the seat next to her desk and picked up a letter.

"How was your vacation?"

"I caught three, and I'm this close to getting into Voldy's inner circle."

"You better be careful."

"Me? Aren't I always careful?"

"Do you want me to list everything?"

"Nah, I don't have all day. So why did you come to visit?"

"To make sure you were still in one piece. Albus was getting worried."

"Why? I owled everyday."

"No owls were received." Karen looked at him with wide eyes. "They were intercepted. Be careful Karen." He got out of the chair and walked out of the Auror offices.

"What do you mean you're leaving again? You just got back."

"I know. But I'm not going on vacation this time. It's Auror business."

"We're Aurors and we never go on trips like that." Remus scoffed. Sirius was sitting in silence, watching with patience, and a hurt face.

"I'm sorry guys." Karen looked at Sirius. "Please say something."

"How long this time?" This was not what she hoped he would say.

"I don't know." She said solemnly. "But this may save all of our lives."

"How?"

"I'm going after Voldemort." This caused massive chaos.

"WHAT!" Sirius ran out of the room and to the fireplace.

"James! Get yours and your wife's asses over here."

"What the hell is wrong with you?"

"Karen's going after Voldy!" More chaos ensues. Within seconds Lily and James, with a sleeping baby Harry, appeared in the room.

"Now what is going on? James just told me to get my wand and apparate over here."

"Karen thinks she's going to go after Voldemort."

"What!" Lily sat Harry's basket on the chair and walked over to the one Karen was sitting in.

"Why?"

"To save our lives, or at least yours. You all know I'd give mine to save everyone of you. And that's what I'm doing."

"There's no way to talk you out of this is there."

"No." Lily looked at her determined face before turning to James.

"Alright lets go." The three males looked at Lily confused. "What? She's convinced, there's no way to get her to change her mind. So I think we should all just drop the subject and go to bed. It's late, and Harry needs his rest. I'm not about to be woken up at 2 am for him to be fed." Lily picked up the basket and disappeared.

"I'll guess I'll see you guys later. Karen?" James pulled her into a hug. "I'll never forget you, and I hope you come out safe."

"James, I hate goodbyes."

"I know. I'll see you later then." As James left, Sirius turned and walked out of the room, extremely upset at the whole ordeal.

"Sirius?" Karen whispered, opening his door and slipping in quietly.

"What?" He said angrily.

"I just wanted to talk."

"We don't have anything to talk about."

"Then lets do something else."

"Like what?" Karen closed the door and locked it. She turned off the light to and walked over to his bed. "You're not thinking about..."

"Maybe.... or maybe I just want to snuggle."

"Could we do both?"

"Do we have enough time to do both?" She asked, curling up next to him under the sheets.

"When are you leaving?"

"I leave at 4 am."

"Is it just you going?"

"No."

"Who else?"

"Severus is taking me to where Voldemort is suppose to be."

"Snape?"

"Yes. He's the one that's been keeping me alive for this long."

"Are you sure you have to go?"

"Yes."

"Alright. So this will be our last night together for a long time."

"Yes, so lets make it worth it."

"These are my parents graves?" Harry asked Sirius and Lupin. They were standing on the hill of Godric's Hollow. It was a bright sunny day, and though spirits should be high and joyful, they were not. Sirius nodded, trying to swallow the lump in his throat.

"Yes." Lupin watched as Harry sat two roses on the graves. He looked up to see Sirius walking down the small road leading to the bottom of the hill.

"Where is he going?" Harry whispered.

"To visit another grave." Harry followed the road. Sirius pulled an old, yellowed piece of parchment out of his cloak.

Dear Sirius, Lily, James, Remus, and Peter

As you know I went after Voldemort. Severus took me to the 'meeting grounds'. I don't expect to come out alive. Sirius, I love you, you know that, and don't think that I don't. Lily and James, I wish I would have been able to see Harry grow up in person, but now I can look after him from above. At least I hope I'll be above. Sorry, I know not a time to joke. Remus, I don't care what Kayla's parents say, you go and get her, now! And Peter, I'm sorry I haven't been all that friendly and supportive for you. I regret it now. I hope you all have wonderous lives full of happiness. Mine has been too long already.

Love you all,

Karen Darkes

"Sirius?" Harry came up to him. "Are you alright?"

"Yes, just thinking of the old times."

"Who was Karen?"

"My old girlfriend. She was your godmother. She gave her life to save the rest of ours." Harry looked down at the remaining rose in his hand. He sat it down on Karen's grave.

"Can you tell me about her?" He asked, looking up at Sirius. Sirius smiled and wiped the tear that escaped his eye away.

"Yeah, sure. Where should I begin?"

"How about the time when you fell on top of her at the train station." Remus said, also smiling. He threw his arm around Harry's shoulders. "Karen was standing in front of the barrier and Sirius comes and plows her over. She sprained her wrist."

"Yeah then when she came to wake you up, Remus, he scared her and she fell on top of a rook."

"I'm surprised she never ended up in a full body cast." Harry grinned at Sirius and Remus laughing and sharing all of the stories they could remember.

A:N// Was that too short for the complete ending of my very long story? I did write a whole different ending to this, and alot more chapters before Lily and James died, but I got bored with this story. It didn't help that my muse Skylar kicked Karen out of my head. Then I got interested in co- writing a story with my friend Gothic Valley Girl. It's called Generation Chaos. Go read it, please?? With sugar on top? I'm pathetic ain't I. Please review.