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After the War by HollyStone73
Chapter 1 : Remus Lupin
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He had known that he was dead from the moment that he had seen the blinding green light advancing towards him, but he had been surprised that he hadn’t been the slightest bit scared. Not for himself anyway. He had seen his beautiful wife Dora battling her aunt Bellatrix, and he had been overcome with fright. Why had she been there? She was supposed to have been waiting at her mother’s house with their son Teddy. He supposed that he should have known better, though, in thinking that she would have been content to sit at home not knowing what was happening to everyone.

Remus Lupin opened his eyes and was stunned to see that he was looking up at the sky. He heard around him the muffled sounds of battle and just for a moment thought that he had defeated the killing curse. As he brought himself up to his feet and looked down upon his own body, however, he saw that he had not. His body laid there discarded and he wondered how long it would take for anyone to notice that he was gone.

Everyone around him was fighting for their lives. Students were shoulder to shoulder with their teachers battling death eaters, spiders and giants. Spells were being thrown around so fast all over the yard so that it looked as though it was a firework celebration rather than a chaotic war.

As he observed the battle raging around him he began searching for Dora. There was no sign of Bellatrix anymore which he hoped meant that Dora had defeated her. He slowly began making his way over to where he had last seen her when he heard a crisp clear voice that he had never thought he would hear again calling his name. He turned and saw his long since deceased friend, James Potter.

“My dear Remus,” James said as he hugged his friend. “It has been far too long.”

“James, I am so sorry. I should have known about Pettigrew,” he mumbled as they embraced.

James laughed. “What reason would you have to be sorry? None of us could have known what kind of evil he was. Honestly, it is nothing to worry about now. Both Lily and I have come to terms with what he did long ago. I think I had a harder time of it than she did, of course. She said that she had just felt sorry for him, while I wanted just wanted to destroy him, especially after what he did to Sirius. That was the worst. I can’t tell you how long I sat with Sirius throughout those years that he was locked away just wishing I could let him know that I was there for him and that I didn’t blame him for what had happened. There were times that I think he knew that I was there and that made things a little better for me. Funny enough though it was because of Harry that I was finally able to let go of my anger. If it had been me there in the shrieking shack when you and Sirius confronted Peter I would not have been able to keep from killing him, but when I saw how Harry was able to keep his head to save you both, I knew it was time for me to let go of my anger. Harry, more so than anyone had the most right to be angry and want revenge and yet he was able to resist allowing it all to consume him. Ironic that I had to learn forgiveness from my son, huh?” he finished with a sad smile.

“You were there with us? In the shack?” Remus stuttered.

“Of course. I have always been there for you, Sirius and Harry. You didn’t think I would have been able to stay away did you?” he smirked.

“So…are we ghosts?” Remus asked fearfully.

“Ah…Not exactly. We cannot interact with the physical world. We just exist on this plane just above their world. We move amongst them, can see and hear the things they do but we can’t interact with them in anyway. Well…most of us can’t.  Apparently there are some wizards that can enter into the dreams of the living, but that may just be Albus showing off,” he said with a scowl.

“You’ve seen Albus?” Remus shook his head. “This is all too weird.”

“You’ll get used to it,” James said with a chuckle.

“So this is what it is like for everyone who dies?”

“Mostly yea.  Definitely not what anyone imagined, huh?” replied James distractedly. “Geez! Professor McGonagall looks positively frightening! I’d hate to be on the receiving end of one of those jinxes that she is throwing out.”

“If this happens to everyone who dies, I would expect to see hundreds or thousands of people like us everywhere. But I only see you.”

“Oh, well the only people that you see are the ones that you had some kind of connection to when alive. The stronger the bond, the easier they are to see. Every once in a while you’ll catch a faint shimmer of another person that you may have known for a short time or had an acquaintance with but those have been pretty rare for me,” explained James.  

“Speaking of bonds, I need to see if I can find my wife. I have to see that she is ok. She was dueling with Bellatrix when I was killed,” Remus said as he began to look around.

James gently grabbed his old friend’s arm. “She’s gone. Bellatrix got her right after Dolohov killed you. I’m so sorry.”

Remus was stunned. Dora didn’t make it either?? What was going to happen to Teddy now? He was going to grow up without parents. His greatest fear had come true. His son was now an orphan. He looked up at his friend with a pained expression.

“You are worried about Teddy,” James remarked. Remus nodded forlornly. “I know how much it hurts, but Andromeda and Harry will take care of him.  Harry knows more so than anyone else what it is that Teddy will need to be able to understand why neither of you could be there for him. It won’t be easy watching him grow without you, but he will be in great hands.”

“I know,” Remus mumbled. “Both Dora and I knew that Harry would be the perfect role model for Teddy not only for the things that he had been through but also because he is the only person that either of us have ever known that was truly just good inside and out. I know that Harry would never let Teddy forget Dora or I. It’ll be hard not being there, but at least I will be able to see him grow.” He stared off into the distance for several moments before a thought struck him. “Hey! If Dora died why can’t I see her?”

“Don’t worry she’s here.  Her dad met her, but she’ll be around soon enough. We have someplace to be right now, though,” James reassured.

“What do you mean we have some place do be? Where in the world would we have to be?” Remus quipped.

“Harry needs us. He’s going to confront Voldemort.”

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