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Old Padfoot by rainbowsocks
Chapter 1 : Chapter One
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 Lily Potter sat comfortably on the red couch, a fire burning in the fireplace and a mug of hot cocoa covered in whipped cream in her hand, staring out of the frosted window. James and Sirius had left the house with the intention of building a snowman, but had ended up chasing Remus around, throwing snowball after snowball at him. Needless to say, Fred Weasley ran out and joined them, and the four were having a jolly old time. Lily smiled at their antics. James turned around and his hazel eyes, glistening with excitement, bored into Lily's emerald green ones. During that very second, Remus had thrown a snowball at James, winking at Lily in the process. Lily began to laugh and shake her head in disapproval, knowing all too well that no matter what she said, they wouldn't listen to her.

While most people assumed being dead was a terrifying thing, Lily was quite content with her life. The world she now lived in was no different from the world she was born into. She only resented the fact that Harry could not be with her. Sirius, Remus, James, Fred, Severus, Tonks, Dumbledore, her parents, everybody that had died was here. She had even met Merlin himself a couple of times, along with Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin.

At first, she was confused as to how this world worked, but now, she could not imagine living any other way. If one was a muggle, their afterlife would be just as they imagined it to be: A heaven and a hell. But if one was a wizard, it was a bit different; upon dying, one would be judged by a council of ten wizards (Dumbledore being their newest member) on whether or not he/she deserved to live a happy afterlife. If one was deemed worthy of a happy life, then the council would choose which realm he/she should live in. The realm was secluded from the rest of the realms, and one could only contact another realm upon request. Luckily, Lily was in the same realm as her loved ones.

"Lily, it's time," James called as he entered the warm house and took a seat next Lily.

"Finally!" Sirius exclaimed as he sat down, a big bowl of popcorn on his lap, "It's time to see if the Holyhead Harpies beat the Chudley Cannons!" 

"Sirius, you watched the game last night," Remus said with a sigh as he grabbed a handful of popcorn and sat down.

"Yeah but he got...distracted," Fred replied as he took a seat next to Remus. He grabbed the bowl of popcorn from Sirius and ate quickly; knowing Sirius would take it back in seconds. Which he did.

The most exciting time of the day for Lily was when she got to see her son. For two hours every night, the dead were allowed to watch the living. It was displayed on a large screen with a remote control, similar to how the muggle television worked. Everybody saw who they wanted to see, which prevented arguments. Lily and James watched Harry, Remus and Tonks watched Teddy, Fred watched George, and Sirius watched just about everything and everyone.

But tonight, tonight was special. Everybody was watching the same thing, since all their loved ones had gathered together. It was Ron's wedding. He was getting married to a Hufflepuff who he had gone to Hogwarts with: Susan Bones. Fred had been surprised at Ron's choice, knowing Ron had had a crush on Hermione since, well, forever. But times had changed, apparently.

"Look! Look! Look there! At Hermione!" Sirius yelled as he jumped up and down on the sofa.

"Shhhhh," Remus whispered sharply as he grabbed Sirius by the shoulders and pushed him back down, "they're trying to watch."

"But look Moony! Hermione is dancing with that Malfoy bloke!" James cried.

Draco Malfoy had gained Harry's respect after switching sides during the war, whether out of cowardice or not. After trying to see the situation from Draco's view, it was agreed that it wasn't his fault. He was only protecting his family, the ones he loved. Wasn't that what they were all trying to do?  It took a long time for him to gain the trust of everyone, but after months of Auror training and working together, Draco established a friendship with everyone.

So there Hermione was, hair twisted up into a french braid, wearing a beautiful pink sequined dress, dancing with none other than Draco Malfoy, with his messy blonde hair and black muggle suit. They were smiling as they elegantly danced together.

"Aww, they're so cute!" Tonks murmured as she walked into the room with butterbeer for everyone.

Lily, however, was busy watching Harry, who was dancing with his gorgeous wife Ginny. She smiled as she wiped a tear that was threatening to fall as she squeezed James' hand gently. James wrapped an arm around her comfortingly, placing a kiss on the top of her head as he whispered, "Don't they look beautiful together? Almost like-"

"Like us," Lily finished with a soft smile.

"He just asked her out on a date!" Sirius yelled, a grin forming on his face. "Old Padfoot knew that was bound to happen!"

"I give them a month," James said confidently, taking his eyes off Harry for a moment so he could put some money on the table.

"I give them three months," Fred challenged, chancing one last glance at the two before adding his own money to the table.

"No, no, I give them six months," Remus observed as he put a hand in his pocket to take out some money.

"I give them a year," Tonks exclaimed, tossing money on the table, and then taking a sip from her butterbeer.

"Padfoot?" James inquired.

Sirius Black had never lost a bet, and he was quite determined to keep it that way. From Quidditch to chocolate, Sirius was always right. He examined the couple quietly, taking his sweet time.

"I give them forever," he finally announced, slamming a handful of galleons on the table. James raised a brow skeptically and Lily turned to look at him, shock clear on her face. "You'll see," Sirius murmured confidently.

And so, every night, Sirius would check to make sure that they were still together, still going strong. Although they constantly argued and fought, Draco and Hermione remained together. As soon as tensions would rise, everyone would look at Sirius, as if warning him that his perfect record was in danger of becoming ruined. But Sirius would stare back knowingly, a smirk plastered on his face that could rival Malfoy's.

As time went by, many people joined them including Molly and Arthur Weasley, Minerva McGonagall, and Hagrid. Everyone was informed of the bet, and they all impatiently waited to see what the outcome would be. A month went by and James lost, causing James to not speak to Sirius for three days. Three months went by and Fred lost (who claimed Sirius had somehow cheated). Six months went by and Remus lost. And finally, Tonks lost, surprised to see that they were still together after a year. Sirius would only smile.

Two years later, when their gathering had included many more people, Draco proposed. Everyone said it wouldn't last; It was as if they wanted Sirius to lose. Sirius would only look back at them and smirk.

Lily and James were reunited with Harry when he passed away. Fred with George. Ron joined them shortly after, and soon Susan. Frank and Alice Longbottom finally saw Neville when he arrived. Ginny came later, living a long and happy life with her children.

And then, years later, as everybody was gathered in Sirius' home during a snowstorm, the doorbell rang.

"Everybody is here though...unless Merlin decided to pay another visit," muttered Sirius to himself as he walked to the door. Waiting behind the door was a couple, hand in hand, rejuvenated to their younger years with big smiles on their faces.

"Sirius! How nice to see you!" Hermione exclaimed as she gave him a hug, followed by Draco shaking hands with him.

"Oh, Hermione! Come on in, it's cold outside," Sirius said, trying to hide his grin as he stepped back from the door so they could walk in. Draco looked at him questioningly but said nothing.

"Prongs! Ooooh Prooongs!" Sirius sang as he ran into the living room.

"Yes, Padfoot?" James replied, sounding slightly terrified.

"Guess who's heeeere?" he asked as he opened the door for the couple.

"Wha-" James' mouth fell open in shock at the sight.

"I win!" 

With that said, Sirius ran to the jar filled with galleons and gave Hermione a quick kiss on the cheek.

"Old Padfoot always knows!"

<b>A/N: I wrote this YEARS ago and reread it the other day, and sort of liked it :)

Special thanks to Sara_Sj for editing and being awesome&hearts;

It would be amazing if someone could make me a banner for this!

Please review :) </b>

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