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Chapter 1: Prologue
Prologue - August 1996
A grey owl tapping on the window was the sound that made Harry Potter wake up that morning. Scrambling to put on his glasses, he quickly realised that he had not seen the creature before and opened the window curious as to what news it may bring. Tied to it's leg was a package with a note attached to it. He recognised the handwritting of Remus Lupin.
Remus, his old professor, his father's friend, the last remaining Marauder. Harry swallowed the lump in his throat. It was still too painful to think about Sirius, his godfather, passing away just a few short weeks ago. It also hurt him to think about Peter Pettigrew, whom his father had loved and trusted, going to Voldemort and selling his soul for a lifetime of being a servant.
He decided to focus on the note he had in front of him.
With trembling hands, he ripped the brown paper from the package and a number of papers and pictures fell out. Harry picked up the first photo, and there was his father, smiling at him, holding on to his bride, who was looking radiant. He could've looked at his parents forever, but turned his attention to the rest. Photos from their school years, photos of baby Harry on his first broom.
But what Harry noticed most weren't the people he knew and recognized, but those he didn't. Two women were waving in a group photo, one of them kissing Sirius' cheek. He put the photo down and started searching for any evidence of their names.
Finally he found a letter, written on a piece of parchment that looked unopened. Sirius had never gotten around to reading this letter. It made him feel guilty, invading his privacy like that, but then again, he was the only one left to carry on stories of his godfather and his mischievous ways. With great interest, Harry opened the envelope and read.
Harry's jaw dropped. Sirius had had a girlfriend. The thought was strange to him, as he had only met him after Azkaban, with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He packed everything away in his trunk, making a mental note of asking Remus about it first chance he got.
A few weeks later, Harry finally found his opportunity one night at the Burrow after dinner. Remus had stayed behind to discuss some issues with Arthur and Harry had caught up with him just before he left.
"Yes Harry? Is something bothering you?"
"The other day, when you sent me that package..." he started a little unsure of how to phrase his question.
"Was there something there that shouldn't have been?" Remus asked.
"Well, not exactely..." Harry handed him the letter and the picture of the two women. Remus smiled as he looked at the picture.
"Mary MacDonald and Sophie-Elise Bouvier."he said pointing first to the woman with flowig black hair and then to the woman kissing Sirius, who's brown hair was tied in an elegant knot "They were your mother's friends. Well, our friends really. Why do you ask about them?"
Harry extened the letter and watched as Remus' expresion changed from curiosity to amazement.
"I wouldn't have imagined she still felt this way after everything..." he said, more to himself than to Harry.
"Who was she Remus? Was she..my godmother?"
Remus sighed and ran a hand through his greyish hair, but based on his reaction Harry suspected that he saw this day coming. The day he, Harry would want to know more.
"We'd better sit down Harry. It all started in the beginng of our 6th year of school..."
I don't own anything that came from the books. Title from a song by Barbra Streissand.