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First Published: 08/15/2004
Last Chapter: 08/15/2004
Last Updated: 08/15/2004
What if the Potters had a guardian angel? All characters are J.K. Rowling's.
Celeste Pettigrew sat on her lounge sofa and patiently waited for her
husband Peter to go out and perform 'special orders' for his master.
Celeste and Peter always shared a marriage that was on good terms, but
recently he had become so secretive and nervous snapping and jumping
about every time she either talked to him or touched him. This was why
she didn't want to tell him that she was expecting a baby girl. Come to
think of it,Celeste really noticed his odd behaviour this past Thursday
when James and the gang visited to play games and have a few drinks.
She noticed that Peter didn't make eye contact with anybody while they
were there. She had just hoped that he wouldn't behave out of character
with the Marauders by doing or saying something that he might later
Normally, she wasn't nosy about his 'affairs' as he had always called
matters that he didn't want to share, but lately Peter got into the habit of
receiving a mysterious visitor who came by at night. His voice was like
ice, and she could feel an ominous vibe about him whenever he entered
the house. Despite his eerie presence, she couldn't help but be curious
about him. Peter always told her to mind her business, and that this man
was important to their future. She walked from the kitchen to the study wall
and leaned her head against the wall to listen in on what they were saying.
"You have second thoughts about doing this for me , do you ,
Wormtail?," the man asked.
"N-no,---master. That's not it," her husband answered.
"You're a pitiful liar, Wormtail. Nevertheless, you've proven to be
quite useful to me," the man said.
" My lord,----w-what if they thwart you again as they did thrice
before?" Peter asked.
" You doubt my power, Wormtail?"the stranger asked.
"N-no, master. It's just that ----,"Peter whined.
"You feel guilty about betraying them seeing as how they made you
their secret keeper," the man said wickedly.
"Yes.NO!!! I mean n-no, my lord," Peter answered.
"Oh, do stop, Peter. You've made your choice, and you can't take it
back. It's too late. For now I suggest that you rethink your loyalties. I'll be
at Godric Hollow at eight the day after tomorrow. Good day, Wormtail,&
quot;The man said and then left without even addressing her to say good-
She guessed that whatever Peter had gotten himself into had been quite
bad. Not only for himself, but for James and his family. She left
immediately after Peter did . She had to beat whoever that man was to the
Potters' house. She guessed that since she overheard the Potters'
location, that she would be able to locate the house too.
She turned herself into a sparrow. She knew that she could get there
faster flying than by walking. Plus, apparating could be a little risky ;
because, Celeste grew up one town away from Godric's Hollow, and
someone could possibly recognize her and let the man know that she'd
visited the Potters and thwarted his plans if he'd gone fishing for
information about what messed his plans up.
She flew as fast as her wings could take her. When she reached the
place, it was just as she thought. She could see it too since Peter
unwittingly divulged the location to her as well as the man. She settled on
the upper window sill where the baby's room was located. He looked just
like a little angel. May God forgive her for what she was about to do. She
apparated into the room and gently picked little Harry up and placed him
into a satchel that she attached to herself.
Celeste then took a piece of paper out and wrote a message down for
James and Lily. She laid it down in the crib where Lily could find it, and
apparated away from the house.
She apparated into muggle London where she'd kept a post office box that
she'd filled with money, just in case Peter ever decided to leave her. She
had saved up enough to travel by air out of England. Celeste took a flight
to Canada. Her grandparents left her a two-story cabin and some money.
There was also a good wizarding academy nearby for little Harry to go to
when he came of age.
"Don't worry your head, my little precious. Nobody will hurt you whilst
I am around. We're going to peace and safety," she said.
The plane landed in Deep River, Ontario. It was more beautiful now than
when she and her family had left it back in the mid seventies. Her father
and mother were diplomatic officials in the magical world. Her mother was
the ambassador to England, and her father, who was a native Englishman
was ambassador to France. It wasn't until she was thirteen that she found
out that her parents agreed to spend half their time in Canada and the rest
of their time in England. She remembered how sad it made her to leave
Canada. She begged to stay behind with her grand-parents , but her father
told her that she belonged with them. They moved to a lovely townhouse in
Shropshire. That was where she met Peter. he was a bungler with a good
and gentle nature. She liked the way that he always followed her around
like a stray little puppy. What happened to that shy boy who used to
absorb her every word as if it were water to a sponge? She started to cry,
but stopped when Harry started to fuss. It was time to get to a store and
buy her new charge some food.
Meanwhile, back in England, Lily realized that baby Harry had slept a little
longer than usual. She went pstairs to check up on him. When she saw
the empty crib, she screamed.
James got up and ran to her. He looked in the crib and grabbed the note
which read," Don't worry. Baby Harry is fine." Then as a
closing address it read, "P.S.--- You've been made. Get going if you
know what's good for you. Lots of luck, C.P."
"James. Oh ,James,who'd do such a thing. To take our baby and not
tell us anything, it's just so wrong," Lily said crying.
"That's not important. Right now, we have to get going. I'm guessing
that whoever this C. P. person is, they are obviously trying to help us,&
quot; James said.
Lily exploded," WHAT DO YOU MEAN THEY'RE TRYING TO HELP
US? SOMEONE'S GOT MY BABY, AND I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY'RE
TRYING TO DO; I WANT MY SON!!!!"
James grabbed her and hugged her saying. " I feel the same, but we
have to survive if we want to see him again.'
Lily nodded in acknowledgement that James was right. She gathered their
belongings and they headed out.
A week later, Celeste had filed the necessary papers to change her and
Harry's identities.The baby seemed to like her, but she wondered with a
pang of guilt how Lily was coping with his absence, so she took a
snapshot of Harry at a park and mailed it to Professor Dumbledore with an
unaddressed letter saying that she couldn't divulge her location but that
she wanted to let the Potters to know that Harry was safe and that she
changed his name and hers.
Professor Dumbledore informed the Potters about their son, and Lily had
another outburst. She rounded on him telling him that he'd better get some
form of address or something from this person so that she could get her
baby back, but he stood firmly against her telling her that he knew of no
way to find the baby.
She flopped into the chair in a tantrum-like fashion. She pushed everybody
away who tried to comfort her. She wanted to feel her little baby against
her and sing to him, feed him, and rock him gently to sleep.
Celeste waited another nine months before she sent another letter. She
took two snapshots, one of Harry walking, and another with him hugging
her baby girl Annabelle.. This time Dumbledore begged her to divulge her
location ; because, Lily had been uselessly apathetic without her baby.
Celeste apologized for her refusal, but she offered to write more often to
ease Lily's mind.
Despite her letters of correspondence, Celeste's writing to Lily did nothing
but depress her further. Lily felt like her son was behind a glass, and she
couldn't reach him. Her baby was somewhere with this person probably
calling her 'mum' or if it were a man 'dad' forgetting all about her and about
James. Once she found this C.P., she'd let him or her have it. This person
deserved whatever came to him or her.
Celeste met a man named Darryl Hayden who she married a year later.
He was a well-to-do muggle who worked in real estate. She and the kids
wanted for nothing. They were contentedly happy.
Fate answered Lily and James' prayers eight years later when Sirius
decided to go to Canada for a vacation. He rented one of Darryl's
cottages, and Darryl wound up liking him so much that he invited him to
have dinner with his family.
Darryl introduced the children, and when he laid eyes upon Harry his heart
jumped for joy. His joy,however, turned to rage and disgust when he laid
eyes on Celeste, who now called herself Alicia. He bided his time ;
because, he didn't want to make a scene.
Darryl forgot the champagne and went to a store to get some. Sirius
offered to accompany him, but Darryl refused.
"What the bloody hell did you mean by kidnapping James and Lily's
son? I mean. how could you just sneak into their house and take their
baby?"He asked angrily.
"I did it to keep him safe. He's happy as you can see. Peter divulged
their whereabouts, and I knew that they were in even more danger than
they were before. Can't you see? It was the only way to keep the boy
"Why didn't you come to us?"
"My coming to you pobably would have lead that man to you. "
" Does Harry know that you're not his mother? "
"Yes. I've told him that they do work overseas, and that someday
they'll come back to get him,"
"Oh-----, so you plan to give him back. How nice to know. Well, the
someday that his parents will come to collect him is going to be a lot
sooner than you think. As soon as I get back to my lodge, I'll send an owl
to them to let them know where you've been keeping their son all this
"Hello, all. I'm back," Darryl announced.
When dinner started, Sirius announced that he didn't want to cause an
upset, but that he was a friend of Harry's real parents who were coming to
Canada in a few days to bring Harry back to England to live with them.
There was no way that he was going to let Celeste get away with what she
Sirius did as he promised, and within the next two days, James and Lily
appeared at her address with other members of the order. Everybody
looked as if they were ready to skin her alive. Lily stepped forward to
"Where's Harry?!!!!!!"Lily asked enraged and ready to atack
"Henry is upstairs with my daughter Annabelle," Celeste
"Aunt Alicia, what's going on?" Harry came down stairs and
"Harry," Lily said smiling.
"I'm sorry , but my name's not Harry; it's Henry?"
"Yes, it is son," Celeste answered assuringly.
"What do you mean, Aunt Alicia?"
"Okay ,Henry, do you remember how I said that we were different;
because, of our special abilities? Well, it gets deeper. Harry is your birth
name given to you by your mother who now stands before you. You see
you're no ordinary wizard. you're special. An evilwizard whose name I
never knew; because, my husband kept me housebound, and I asociated
with so few wizards, wanted to kill you, and your parents tried to protect
you by hiding their house with a magic spell. To do this, they needed a
person to keep their location a secret. Unfortunately, they chose my
husband Peter Pettigrew. One day, to your good fortune, I overheard him
talking to a strange man about having betrayed your parents, so I thought
to tell your parents to set a trap for Peter, but that wouldn't have worked,
so I changed into a sparrow and came to your house to abduct you so
that you'd be safe from the man. I also left them a note telling them what
had happened and to get themselves away. I left the country, and I
changed our names. At the time I'd been carrying Annabelle. So I decided
to raise you two together instead of sending you into foster care as I had
originally planned to do. I always sent notes to your parents to let them
know that I'd kept you safe, but I didn't count on your mother falling apart
like she did. Believe me, Lily I never meant to hurt you or James, but what
else could I do?" Celeste explained.
"I don't know, but you could have at least made a better effort of
trying to keep the communication line open with us,"Lily stated.
"How could I with you two being watched so closely?"
Lily thought Celeste's position over repeatedly in her mind. She knew that
Celeste had kept them alive. She knew that war was difficult. She also
knew that someone could have found Celeste out had she communicated
anymore closely with them than she did. Deep down inside, she knew that
she should be thanking Celeste instead of codemning her. Celeste was
the reason that she , James, and Harry were sitting here together, and no
matter how twisted her actions were, she only acted out of their best