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“Death is but, an enemy, that snatches our loved ones, taking them away to where they can never return. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is, but of course Death.”

He turned to see Dumbledore’s tall figure looking at him. His eyes still moist but mood composed. “Come, lets look for the kids. May be I know where we can find them.”

They were now standing outside the church with Miley on Sirius’ shoulder and Harry on Dumbledore’s, sleeping peacefully. “Come, lets walk.” They kept walking without a word. It felt a long time when Albus said, “Harry will obviously be famous – being the only wizard ever to have survived the killing curse, with nothing but a scar mark. He is our best hope, Sirius. And, a reminder of the violence that tore apart a family.” He stopped for a while and resumed, “Voldemort has chosen Harry. Marked Harry his equivalent and in doing so, marked his own reason for death.”

“But, he’s gone.”

“He will return, and Harry will be in terrible danger when he does.” “Of course, we will be there to help him, guide him and to make sure James’ and Lily’s deaths were not in vain. But, its his war at the end.” It came back to him as a blow. James’ and Lily’s deaths…. the words hit him hard. “Harry was saved of the enchantment Lily laid upon him by sacrificing herself. Harry will be safe, with his mother’s love, for life.” Albus took a break before saying further, “He has to be sent to Petunia, the Dursley’s, his last living relatives, as that would keep the charm intact till the time Harry lives there and takes to that place as his home.”

“But……I am his God father, and……”

Before he could speak further, Albus interrupted, “No, Sirius. He will be safer there. It would be sensible to keep him away from all this, till we can, he has a long way to go later on.”

Sirius looked at the children, sleeping peacefully, far away from the thoughts and worries, for what the future has in hold for them. He agreed but continued, “All this while you had just been talking about Harry and safeguarding him. What about Miley?”

“Ah……Ana……Miley…! Well…Harry has already been marked. He is the chosen one and become their prime target. We cannot risk Miley too by pushing her into it.”

Sirius could not understand. What was Albus trying to say?

“Well Sirius, Harry has already become the subject of their attention and that he will be till the time he returns and even later. We cannot make Miley too an object, to be specific an easy bait. As, Harry goes to the Dursley’s, Miley has to be sent into exile. She has to go, disappear.”

“But……”, Sirius couldnot understand, belive what he was hearing, What was Albus saying? Exile…Miley…No…this wont happen. He could not let this night take away everything he had.

“No one saw her and few knew about her.” Albus kept speaking at his normal tone. “Today when I take her from here, the world will forget, there ever was a fourth Potter, there ever was a Miley. I know it hurts, needless to say hurts me more so. So today when I take her, a charm will be cast, which will make everyone to forget about her existence. It works just like the ‘Fidelius Charm’, I am the Secret Keeper, and now, that I am passing on the secret to you, you too become one. I will take her and keep her safe you can count upon me. After all … I am … her … Great God Father.”

Sirius got startled to hear this, he looked at Albus with confused expressions, “But … James and Lily never told me …”

“Lysandra …… Lysandra Rosier, well … I am her God Father. Obviously not many know about this, for the very same reason as yours.”

“How do you … ….”

“But, that is not important Sirius. We need to rush with our arrangements. I am taking Miley with me. You stay here with Harry. I’ll send Hagrid to fetch Harry and to deliver him safely to the Dursley’s.”

“But …I’ll ….”

“Hagrid will be fine, and he’s right for the job. I take my leave here.”

He turned to leave, but came back patted on Sirius’ shoulders and said, “This is a terrible loss, but we need to to keep our peace intact and do the needful before further harm can be brought upon.” Saying this he turned and walked down the street, after several steps he disapparated. Sirius heard a distant pop.

There lay Harry, sleeping in his arms. He knew, he could cry now.

James and Lily’s death was a major blow, with Miley gone and Harry in constant danger. He felt a lump forming his throat, choking him, for a fraction of a second he too wanted to die. But no, he could not die now. There was so much to be done, keeping Harry safe and not to let their deaths and Lily’s sacrifice go in vain, after all he was Harry’s God Father.

How could this ever happen? So much had happened in one day. So much had been lost. The worst still was Peter’s betrayal. Oh how it felt, he himself was partly responsible, for it was he himself who had suggested Peter’s name, Lily’s doubts had been so very right. Oh James! How could we so blindly trust him? How could we never guess his hearts deeper inclination? He had to question Peter, and Peter had to be answerable for what all he has brought upon.

He could never recover from this loss. Never Ever. He had lost his family, once and for all.

Sirius crossed the street and went over to the other side and sat on the pavement bench.

Much had happened and much has to happen. But, it is the wait that would torture him. Torture him till he did not see Voldemort dead and Peter punished for betraying James, who has thought it a sin – not to trust friends. He could not stop his tears, his eyes burnt when he closed them. Everything started rushing to his mind, every memory with James. As fresh as it had ever been…

The day they had first met on the Platform 93/4, and immediately started off a conversation, they knew it from the very start that this friendship was to go a long way since that very first meeting. Their journey to Hogwarts, Their sorting in the same house, night outs, tours and detours under the cloak, Pranks they played together on people, their easy and favorite target Snape, …Snape … he has got his revenge, “I will kill him too, the more the better”.

Their life spent at Hogwarts was the golden period. The formation of the ‘Marauder’s Gang’ and Invention of ‘The Marauder’s Map’. James love for Lily, his advances and Lily’s efforts to avoid him … he laughed on the memory... How he finally left his people and James’ parents took him in as their son. They had been a family since then. James’ marriage with Lily – Sirius being their Best Man. Harry’s birth – Sirius Being announced the God Father.

Fragments of a lost life bit him hard on the heart, Peter’s betrayal gnawing at him, he felt something in his heart tearing apart. He could not take it any longer.

Life after the Prophecy had been so stressful. But, never ever had they thought this could happen. We never think of the worst for our loved ones. That feeling comes so natural. But no, it was lost … lost forever … lost to where, they could never return.

10 Readers:

its great..plz do post soon.. cant wait..

April 23, 2008 at 1:45 AM  

waiting *impatinetly* to see how the story will go forward.. excellent one, yaar...

April 23, 2008 at 3:32 AM  

XH

Thank u sooo much..



@Anonymous

Hi thank u so much...but please give me ur name.

April 30, 2008 at 9:59 AM  

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Where have all the readers gone.....i mean...its been a while since i posted and i see only two comments...

Have the interest meter gone down...??????



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April 30, 2008 at 10:00 AM  

hey, twas simply gr8 im so keen to read more but im a bit confused in miley's case can u explain it in a simple way.

May 2, 2008 at 1:40 AM  

Hello there Nidhi...

Nice progress u have made in the story and i find it quite interesting !!

Plz go on posting.

P.S. - Dont make us wait so long for the nxt chapter!!!

-Sameer

May 2, 2008 at 9:16 PM  

Sorry for the delay, but had been busy these past few days...

But still the story goes on as good as ever...

Do keep up the good effort

-Shaurya

May 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM  

Thank you all so much

I am gonna post my next chapter today.

May 9, 2008 at 3:58 AM  

hi...


first of all gr8 going...

but i have a doubt...

dumbeldore didn't know b4 harry rescued sirrius that sirius was innocent right.......

May 9, 2008 at 5:06 AM  

@ gayathri

Thank you so much for your interest.

Yeah Dumbledore never knew he was innocent, but then he neither doubted him, he just gave a testimony that only Sirius knew about the secret of the Fidelius Charm, its never said that he believed sirius ever joined hands with Voldemort.

May 12, 2008 at 3:11 AM  

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