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Chapter 15 : Wisdom of Dumbledore
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Lily and James landed outside of the Great Hall and began running frantically towards Dumbledore’s office. They were at the stone gargoyle when Dumbledore himself was ready to exit his office. He looked surprised to see them, but relieved.
“Miss Evans, Mr. Potter, we’ve been looking everywhere for you. Where on Earth were you?” Dumbledore asked. He saw the state of their clothing. James had a burn on his left arm and a cut on his face. He was sweating profusely and gasping for air. Lily’s shirt was torn and she too was panting for air.
“We need to tell you so much Professor,” James said.
“Ok, in we go then,” Dumbledore said.
They entered his office and sat down upon his desk. James looked at Lily and saw the paleness of her face. She looked terrified.
“I understand that you both were left in Hogsmeade. What happened?” Dumbledore asked.
“Well, Voldemort and his Death Eaters arrived. They talked about killing my parents and said that I was their new target. Then Voldemort found me and Lily. He said that once I was dead he would keep Lily. Then we sent spells at him and we made a Portkey and left,” James said.
“Curious..” Dumbledore said.
“Professor?” Lily croaked quietly, as though she forgot how to use her voice.
“Yes Miss Evans?” he asked.
“Voldemort talked about a Prophecy. That the last remaining Potter would be his downfall. So does this mean that James is meant to kill Voldemort? Because I am already assuming that his family is dead,” Lily asked.
“Well, I am afraid so Miss Evans,” Dumbledore said. James stared at his feet. He knew that this was not a good thing.
“So there is a prophecy?” Lily asked.
“Yes. I am afraid that one of our students here made a prophecy and Voldemort found out somehow. I wasn’t aware that he knew of such a prophecy,” Dumbledore said. “I am very pleased that you came to find me first however, it shows that I have made the right choice. I have a feeling that your authority stature will still remain as strong outside of Hogwarts.”
“Sir, did anyone find Voldemort?” Lily asked.
“I’m afraid not Miss Evans. He left right before Ministry officials showed up,” Dumbledore said.
“This leads me to the part of our discussion that I ask you not to repeat out of this room. There is an organization that I have formed to try and stop Voldemort. It is called the Order of the Phoenix. James, you may have heard of it, as your parents were a part of it. Alastor Moody has helped me recruit members,” Dumbledore said.
“Mad-Eye’s a member?” James asked.
“Of course. I have found it useful to have Aurors on our side. James, your parents were on duty for the order last night, the night they were killed. Voldemort himself killed them. I had just left your home when Voldemort broke in. They were going to leave the next morning, to go into protection. But it was too late. I was over to warn them of the Prophecy and to advise them to go into hiding,” Dumbledore said.
James knew Dumbledore was close with his parents. He didn’t quite know how to feel. His parents had died to protect him. He mustn’t let them die in vain.
“I want to join,” James said suddenly. Lily and Dumbledore looked at him.
“Join, Mr. Potter?” Dumbledore asked.
“Yes. I know that I’m young professor, but I feel that I won’t feel complete unless I finish my parents work,” James said. Dumbledore contemplated this.
“Well, I do suppose you’ve been through a lot. I think that once you leave school you will be an official member, but for now, I can update you and Miss Evans on any activity concerning Voldemort,” Dumbledore said. Lily smiled.
“Now, I suppose you two will want to get back to your friends. They are very worried about you. Think carefully,” Dumbledore said. Think carefully??
James and Lily exited Dumbledore’s office and turned towards the Gryffindor Common Room. James turned to see Lily crying.
“Lils, what’s wrong?” he asked her.
“What if they find you James? I don’t think I could live without you James Potter. I love you,” Lily said, looking up into his eyes. He wrapped her into a hug.
“Lily, I am not afraid to die. If I died at this very moment, I would die happy. Because I’d know I had you. I will never let anything happen to you Lily Evans, never," he said, kissing her fingers. He smiled.
“Oh James. I love you,” she said.
“I love you too., he said quietly. He wrapped her in his arms and they kissed passionately, James wiping the tears from her eyes.
A/N: Oh god, such fluff.
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