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True Love Never Dies by MissLily

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Format: Novel
Chapters: 19
Word Count: 28,136
Status: WIP

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Strong Language, Strong Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature

Genres: Romance, Action/Adventure, Angst
Characters: Dumbledore, Sirius, A. Longbottom, F. Longbottom, Lily, James, Pettigrew
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC

First Published: 07/14/2006
Last Chapter: 06/10/2008
Last Updated: 06/10/2008

Summary:
Lily had always hated James... James had always loved Lilyso what did get them together? What made James change secret keeper? Why was Lily going to be left alive? COMPLETELY AU

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Chapter 5: Answers
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Lily looked around the dining table. They had returned from St. Mungo’s a few hours ago and she was getting restless. She wanted to know what was going on, and why the Death Eaters had attacked her house.

She was obviously the only one worried. James and Sirius were plotting some sort of prank and they both had mischievous glints in their eyes. Remus was reading a Muggle novel that Lily had lent him at the end of sixth year. Peter was yet to show up, James and Sirius had mentioned earlier that they hadn’t seen him all summer.
The elder Potters and Evans were deep in conversation. She decided she would try to listen to what they were saying to get some answers.

“Yeah… then they just entered the kitchen…”

Mrs. Evans looked up suddenly, and caught Lily trying to listen in. She cleared her throat and all conversation stopped. She looked at all the parents, waiting for their permission. Once they all nodded, she turned to Lily.

“Lily, dear, I think we should tell you what happened yesterday,” Mrs. Evans stated simply.

Silence fell across the full table. Everyone’s eyes where on the elders, expectantly awaiting their answer.

This time, Mrs. Potter spoke.

“We can’t go into detail but we can give you a general outline,” Mrs. Potter looked around the table and her eyes landed on Lily. They stayed there as she spoke.
“Lily, before Hogwarts broke up, we got information that Voldemort,” there was shudders from all the wizards; Mr. and Mrs. Evans didn’t show any indication of knowing who Voldemort was.

“Was planning to attack you. We think this is because you are an extremely talented witch. It is believed that he was going to try and get you to join his ranks as a Death Eater…”

“Why would He Who Must Not Be Named want me to be a Death Eater? I’m Muggle-born. He doesn’t like us. Wouldn’t he rather just kill me?” Lily asked, interrupting Anne Potter.

“We have no idea how his mind works, Lily. We think that it might be because nobody would expect him to want a muggle-born so he could use you to spy on Dumbledore. He was going to threaten your family to get you to join. If that didn’t work we believe he would have used an Unforgivable Curse to get you. This is why your house has been being watched. We wanted to be there to protect you. That’s why I was watching the house after the attack, to see if you or the Death Eaters returned.” Anne took a deep breath before continuing.

“Now… the Death Eaters plan didn’t go down well. You see, as you left your house by Portkey, a dozen Death Eaters apparated into your room and a dozen more downstairs. When they realized that you were not in the house they decided they would have a little ‘Muggle-torturing-fun.’” Anne shuddered and stopped. She waited for one of the Evans to step in, since she hadn’t been in the house at the time and couldn’t correctly explain what happened.

“These ‘Death Eaters’ came into the kitchen where we were sitting, eating breakfast. We, of course, knew that Lily had gone shopping with her friend Alice,” Mr. Evans began. “One of the Death Eaters stepped forward and asked were you were, Lily. By the aggressive tone that they were speaking in, we knew they weren’t your friends. So I said that you had gone out and you wouldn’t be home for quite some time. This seemed to anger them. They started whispering saying something about failing their master. Then one of them stepped closer and said that they could tell I was lying. They would have to have some fun until you returned. Just then, your Grandmother walked into the room.

“She was completely oblivious to what was going on. After all, she didn’t know that you are a witch, so she didn’t know she was in danger. One of these people grabbed hold of her from behind why the others tied your Mum, Petunia and I up. The ropes were so tight, I couldn’t untie them. Whenever I tried, they would just get tighter and tighter until they eventually cut through my skin. I watched as they flung your Grandma to the floor and pointed their wands at her. One of them said something and a flash came out of the wand; your Grandma started withering around in pain.

“They all started saying something about her being a strong Muggle; not screaming. Then someone else pointed their wand at her and she started bleeding. They were killing her and we had to watch. I could hear your mother and sister crying. I knew that even if they left her alone she wouldn’t be the same. So then I began hoping that they would kill her and put her out of her misery. Finally…they did.

“One of them said that they wanted to kill me next. They were all getting excited, speaking of different ways to torture me. But suddenly, people in purple robes appeared in the room out of nowhere. Once the Death Eaters noticed them, they all started vanishing. Some of them stayed, though, and the fighting started. They were all shooting spells at each other. Then something hit me on the head and I just remember waking up in hospital,” John Evans concluded.

Lily nodded, tears falling freely down her face. She looked up and asked, “Do you mind if I am excused?” When Henry Potter nodded and gave her a weak smile, Lily jumped up from her chair and made her way towards the lake.

James stood to follow but Remus put a hand on his arm to tell him to let Lily be. James glared at Remus and hissed “I can’t just leave her! She’s upset she…”

Remus put a hand up to stop James. “Give her time, if she isn’t back in, in an hour then go and see her, but right now she needs to think things over.”
James nodded but couldn’t stop his glare.

After a game of wizard’s chess James glanced to the clock, noticing it was a little after eleven he stood and made his way toward the door.

He found Lily sitting, dangling her feet into the lake and watching the ripples as she moved. James took a seat beside her, close enough to smell the flowery scent that she always smelled of, but not so close that they were touching. They sat like that, neither breaking the silence.

After what must have been an hour, Lily spoke.

“They want me? It’s my fault they had to go through that. I should have been killed; not Grandma…” Lily started, but James silenced her once he began to speak.

“No, Lily you shouldn’t have been killed. They wouldn’t have killed you anyway. You’d have been taken to him and they would have made you spy on Dumbledore. The man who taught you magic and made you who you are. Would you rather have that happened? Didn’t think so. If you refused and fought off the Imperious Curse, then they would have killed you. Then where would I be? The one person I care for more than anything; dead? I think I would have killed myself,” James reassured, standing up.

“Listen Lily, we are all here for you and we love you. Please, just stop feeling guilty. It’s not your fault. Your parents don’t blame you. If your sister has any sense she will come round in her own time.”






Henry watched the exchange between James and Lily, a hundred thoughts running through his mind.

Would it be better for them to join the Order? Will they stay alive to see the end of this war? Does James really love her? When would Lily finally admit her feelings for James?

“Knut for your thoughts?” He heard Anne ask. He turned round and wrapped his arms loosely around her waist.

“Should we ask Dumbledore to let them join the Order? They could be safer if they did. At least they would know what’s going on.”

“No love, it’s much too dangerous. Dumbledore said that he is going to ask them to join when they leave school, if we like it or not. Even though I don’t want them in the Order, I won’t try to stop them then.” Anne left no room for argument.

Realizing defeat, Henry nodded his head and got ready for bed.



Lily looked around the dining table. They had returned from St. Mungo’s a few hours ago and she was getting restless. She wanted to know what was going on, and why the Death Eaters had attacked her house.

She was obviously the only one worried. James and Sirius were plotting some sort of prank and they both had mischievous glints in their eyes. Remus was reading a Muggle novel that Lily had lent him at the end of sixth year. Peter was yet to show up, James and Sirius had mentioned earlier that they hadn’t seen him all summer.
The elder Potters and Evans were deep in conversation. She decided she would try to listen to what they were saying to get some answers.

“Yeah… then they just entered the kitchen…”

Mrs. Evans looked up suddenly, and caught Lily trying to listen in. She cleared her throat and all conversation stopped. She looked at all the parents, waiting for their permission. Once they all nodded, she turned to Lily.

“Lily, dear, I think we should tell you what happened yesterday,” Mrs. Evans stated simply.

Silence fell across the full table. Everyone’s eyes where on the elders, expectantly awaiting their answer.

This time, Mrs. Potter spoke.

“We can’t go into detail but we can give you a general outline,” Mrs. Potter looked around the table and her eyes landed on Lily. They stayed there as she spoke.
“Lily, before Hogwarts broke up, we got information that Voldemort,” there was shudders from all the wizards; Mr. and Mrs. Evans didn’t show any indication of knowing who Voldemort was.

“Was planning to attack you. We think this is because you are an extremely talented witch. It is believed that he was going to try and get you to join his ranks as a Death Eater…”

“Why would He Who Must Not Be Named want me to be a Death Eater? I’m Muggle-born. He doesn’t like us. Wouldn’t he rather just kill me?” Lily asked, interrupting Anne Potter.

“We have no idea how his mind works, Lily. We think that it might be because nobody would expect him to want a muggle-born so he could use you to spy on Dumbledore. He was going to threaten your family to get you to join. If that didn’t work we believe he would have used an Unforgivable Curse to get you. This is why your house has been being watched. We wanted to be there to protect you. That’s why I was watching the house after the attack, to see if you or the Death Eaters returned.” Anne took a deep breath before continuing.

“Now… the Death Eaters plan didn’t go down well. You see, as you left your house by Portkey, a dozen Death Eaters apparated into your room and a dozen more downstairs. When they realized that you were not in the house they decided they would have a little ‘Muggle-torturing-fun.’” Anne shuddered and stopped. She waited for one of the Evans to step in, since she hadn’t been in the house at the time and couldn’t correctly explain what happened.

“These ‘Death Eaters’ came into the kitchen where we were sitting, eating breakfast. We, of course, knew that Lily had gone shopping with her friend Alice,” Mr. Evans began. “One of the Death Eaters stepped forward and asked were you were, Lily. By the aggressive tone that they were speaking in, we knew they weren’t your friends. So I said that you had gone out and you wouldn’t be home for quite some time. This seemed to anger them. They started whispering saying something about failing their master. Then one of them stepped closer and said that they could tell I was lying. They would have to have some fun until you returned. Just then, your Grandmother walked into the room.

“She was completely oblivious to what was going on. After all, she didn’t know that you are a witch, so she didn’t know she was in danger. One of these people grabbed hold of her from behind why the others tied your Mum, Petunia and I up. The ropes were so tight, I couldn’t untie them. Whenever I tried, they would just get tighter and tighter until they eventually cut through my skin. I watched as they flung your Grandma to the floor and pointed their wands at her. One of them said something and a flash came out of the wand; your Grandma started withering around in pain.

“They all started saying something about her being a strong Muggle; not screaming. Then someone else pointed their wand at her and she started bleeding. They were killing her and we had to watch. I could hear your mother and sister crying. I knew that even if they left her alone she wouldn’t be the same. So then I began hoping that they would kill her and put her out of her misery. Finally…they did.

“One of them said that they wanted to kill me next. They were all getting excited, speaking of different ways to torture me. But suddenly, people in purple robes appeared in the room out of nowhere. Once the Death Eaters noticed them, they all started vanishing. Some of them stayed, though, and the fighting started. They were all shooting spells at each other. Then something hit me on the head and I just remember waking up in hospital,” John Evans concluded.

Lily nodded, tears falling freely down her face. She looked up and asked, “Do you mind if I am excused?” When Henry Potter nodded and gave her a weak smile, Lily jumped up from her chair and made her way towards the lake.

James stood to follow but Remus put a hand on his arm to tell him to let Lily be. James glared at Remus and hissed “I can’t just leave her! She’s upset she…”

Remus put a hand up to stop James. “Give her time, if she isn’t back in, in an hour then go and see her, but right now she needs to think things over.”
James nodded but couldn’t stop his glare.

After a game of wizard’s chess James glanced to the clock, noticing it was a little after eleven he stood and made his way toward the door.

He found Lily sitting, dangling her feet into the lake and watching the ripples as she moved. James took a seat beside her, close enough to smell the flowery scent that she always smelled of, but not so close that they were touching. They sat like that, neither breaking the silence.

After what must have been an hour, Lily spoke.

“They want me? It’s my fault they had to go through that. I should have been killed; not Grandma…” Lily started, but James silenced her once he began to speak.

“No, Lily you shouldn’t have been killed. They wouldn’t have killed you anyway. You’d have been taken to him and they would have made you spy on Dumbledore. The man who taught you magic and made you who you are. Would you rather have that happened? Didn’t think so. If you refused and fought off the Imperious Curse, then they would have killed you. Then where would I be? The one person I care for more than anything; dead? I think I would have killed myself,” James reassured, standing up.

“Listen Lily, we are all here for you and we love you. Please, just stop feeling guilty. It’s not your fault. Your parents don’t blame you. If your sister has any sense she will come round in her own time.”






Henry watched the exchange between James and Lily, a hundred thoughts running through his mind.

Would it be better for them to join the Order? Will they stay alive to see the end of this war? Does James really love her? When would Lily finally admit her feelings for James?

“Knut for your thoughts?” He heard Anne ask. He turned round and wrapped his arms loosely around her waist.

“Should we ask Dumbledore to let them join the Order? They could be safer if they did. At least they would know what’s going on.”

“No love, it’s much too dangerous. Dumbledore said that he is going to ask them to join when they leave school, if we like it or not. Even though I don’t want them in the Order, I won’t try to stop them then.” Anne left no room for argument.

Realizing defeat, Henry nodded his head and got ready for bed.


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