| ||Rating: Mature||Story Reviews: 10|
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Andromeda, Tonks, Bellatrix, Voldemort, Draco, Luna, OC
Genre(s): General, Action/Adventure, AU
Pairings: Other Pairing, Harry/Ginny, Remus/Tonks, Ron/Hermione
Status: Work In Progress|
First Published: 2014.07.15
Last Published Chapter: 2017.10.30
Last Updated: 2017.10.30
Favorite Story Of: 4 users
| ||Advisory: Contains profanity, Strong violence, Scenes of a sexual nature, Sensitive topic/issue/theme|
While Luna simply smiled and nodded, Harry couldn't seem to wipe the expression of shock and disbelief from his face. Finally, he spoke.
"And...if this plan goes wrong, and we all end up dead?"
Michael rubbed the back of his neck. "Well, there's worse things you can be in life than a cautionary tale."
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|1||Chapter 1: Midnight Exercise
This reputation had begun early in his career with STRIKE and he had enjoyed it at the beginning; the prestige had helped revive him from a deep depression. Yet as time passed, no amount of praise or promotions could obscure the truth from Michael. He was no great Wizard, a better fighter than a leader, and past those imperfections, questions more personal than professional plagued him.
|2||Chapter 2: The Believer
"Goodbye, Luna," Elysina said softly, kissing her daughter on the forehead again. "And remember, you are a gift. Never, ever, ever, forget that."
|3||Chapter 3: Drinks and Debates
Jeff said nothing; Michael had only trusted himself and Sarah with his secret. Kevin was a good friend, but if word got around STRIKE of what Michael had done…being demoted would be getting off easy.
|4||Chapter 4: Escape!
Mr. Weasley stood up and brushed himself off. "Really, throwing knives at my back, how rude!" he said. "Don't they know I work with Muggles?"
|5||Chapter 5: Bellatrix and the Burrow
"Yeah…but none of them are the most evil Witch to wave a wand," Michael said irritably. He sighed, shook his head, and rubbed the back of his neck. "Right…well anyway…professionalism…."
|6||Chaptet 6: The Other Trio
It took a lot to make him this angry, and when he finally did reach that point, people stopped wondering how he ever held his own against Voldemort.
|7||Chapter 7: The Slytherin Seven
Michael paused. He knew if he said the name, there was no going back. He was starting something he couldn’t stop, and he was turning his back on the organization that employed him. They would find out at some point, it was what STRIKE did. They also killed people for a living. But at that moment, Michael only cared about finding out one thing.
|8||Chapter 8: Auditions
“Fun stuff…it’s been a while,” he said, slowly regaining his breath. “No hard feelings?” he asked her.
|9||Chapter 9: A Black Reunion
“Harry.” Sirius’ voice was stronger than Harry remembered. Harry looked him up and down – by and large he looked almost exactly like he had the last time Harry had seen him. Yet now he seemed happier, stronger. The only time Harry had seen him like this was during the short time between the suggestion Harry come live with him and its demise when Wormtail escaped.
|10||Chapter 10: The Veil and the Girl
Hermione seemed to have figured something out. “Michael?”
|11||Chapter 11: An Angry Demonstration of Magical Skill
Michael changed into his nightclothes, lay down on his bed with his hands behind his head, and shut his eyes. It was painful, being here. In many ways this was one of the best jobs he had ever had with STRIKE: He had a safe home, good food, mostly friendly company, and a passive primary mission. Michael's stomach churned unhappily. This wasn’t going to work.
|12||Chapter 12: Smile in Your Sleep
“You seem like someone who likes privacy,” Luna said simply. “I thought you might not want to talk to me if there were other people around.”
|13||Chapter 13: The Wolf Pack
“Michael,” Dumbledore said very seriously, once again fixing that look on him.
|14||Chapter 14: The Hunt Begins
Don't say crazy, don't say crazy, don't say crazy.
|15||Chapter 15: Fire and Water
The man laughed loudly, slightly hysterically. “Good people? Good people? Well yes, I have killed – and do enjoy killing – good people. Most of them are weak. But Michael's not one of them. You think he’s a saint? Wait till he turns on you. Wait till he sacrifices you to Voldemort. Wait till he makes fun of your new, expensive shoes…but especially wait till he sacrifices you to Voldemort. That's the worst part.”
|16||Chapter 16: Cold (But I'm Still Here)
Her attention had never left the children, even while she socialized with the other adults. For a moment, she allowed her eyes to close, blocking out everything else in the world. Of course he would want to go to England, face the most dangerous fights and enemies. The little boy was like her. That was why Luna liked him so much. It surprised her slightly no one else saw it.
|17||Chapter 17: The Legend of the Yongheng Tree
“I’m not a doormat,” Luna said easily, smiling at Sarah. “I don’t accommodate him because I’m afraid he’ll leave otherwise. I do it because I love him too. And…because I think he deserves a little silly fun. He’ll have to grow up eventually, we all will…but I’m happy to let him be a boy for a bit longer.”
|18||Chapter 18: Michael's Stories
“A family?” Michael asked, unable to hide his shock.
|19||Chapter 19: Mending the Broken
After hesitating as long as he could bear, Michael opened his eyes and looked at Luna. She seemed to sense this and raised her face to his. Her breath was quick and shallow, but when she opened her eyes and looked into Michael’s, he saw, for the first time in seven years, all of Luna Lovegood looking back at him.
|20||Chapter 20: Lost and Found
The protection of innocence was gone. Now they had only each other.
|21||Chapter 21:Life Starts Now
It was curious: Michael had fought countless duels in his life, against Lord Voldemort, against Owen Stetnas, against Severus Snape. And yet it was this battle, a battle in which no one was even in any danger, that made Michael more nervous than any other ever had.
|22||Chapter 22: Home for the Holidays
“Actually…” She seemed to be debating something, grappling with a difficult decision. “There was one more thing I wanted to do, before we left.”
|23||Chapter 23: Five Quite Bitter Beings
“I know what you’ve done,” Owen said quietly but clearly. He continued his unbroken eye contact and knew Voldemort had begun to search his thoughts. “I want to know how.”
|24||Chapter 24: Burning Bridges
“Isn't this cozy?” Owen asked, looking around at the area. “Nice place for a date? I mean, I wouldn’t take a girl here, since anyone looking to attack us could just torch the bridge and we’d be done for…don't worry,” he added with a laugh as Michael tensed noticeably, “if I wanted to send you both to a watery grave, I’d have already done it.”
|25||Chapter 25: The Unbreakable Vow
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” He paused for a very serious moment as Michael and Luna stared into each other’s eyes. “Love never ends. I now declare you husband and wife.
|26||Chapter 26: Can You Imagine?
“No, I mean…couldn’t you tell that you were meant for…more?”
|27||Chapter 27: The Calm Before the Storm
“I don't think so,” Luna said, hiccupping a little. She appealed to Ron and Harry, who crossed their arms, smirking and swaying in their support of her.
|28||Chapter 28: Paradise Lost
“What are you talking about?” Ron asked, his voice still thick with mucus. “We save Luna, and then we finish the Slytherin Seven. We follow the plan.”
|29||Chapter 29: The Darkest
“I have one more question for you,” Narcissa said, moving closer to Luna, who couldn’t help but flinch, sure she was about to be cursed for killing the woman’s sister. “You and your…group are friendly with an Auror named Nymphadora Tonks, are you not?”
|30||Chapter 30: The Dawn
He was dead. Harry was sure of it. As he struggled to force his way back to awareness, he had never felt so certain of his own demise. In fact, he had never felt sure of his own death until now. His glasses were gone, surely destroyed, and his vision was incredibly blurred, twofold by his lack of glasses and the curse he had taken.
|31||Chapter 31: Becoming Routine
"Tonight, we’re going to decide our fate," Luna said. " I have a funny feeling, that after tonight, nothing will ever be the same.”
|32||Chapter 32: Tales of Another Broken Home
As Michael relaxed a tiny bit, he could feel his mind catching up with Luna’s, meeting it, melding with it, so that Michael could – through this small, tertiary connection – have the slightest understanding of how grateful Luna was feeling towards her mother and her love for her, as well as for the protection she had provided her only daughter.
|33||Chapter 33: A Mother's Gift
“Elysina knew this,” Xeno nodded. “She knew if she were to have the wand she wanted, she would have to use a material no one had ever used before. But why stop at a new material, she asked. Why not a new medium?”
|34||Chapter 34: Lives Once Lived
"Who's this?" Michael asked, frowning. He was pointing up at something neither of them had noticed on the highest level of the bookshelf. Pushed into a corner was a small framed photograph. It looked to be of Elysina and a man Michael did not know. Luna tilted her head as she looked up at it.
|35||Chapter 35: Hardly a Fair Fight
“The Chimeras are good, but the Dragons didn’t just win the lottery to get in the championship!”
|36||Chapter 36: Career Prospects
“Well, we could always just turn to outright evil then,” Sarah suggested lightly. “There's a lot of money to be made in spreading chaos and despair.”
|37||Chapter 37: True Colors
“You're talking about an alliance?” Michael said quickly. “Between STRIKE, the Aurors, and the Order?”
|38||Chapter 38: Dark Against Dark
“This is who you are now?” she asked very quietly, a mixture of judgment and disgust weighing down her voice. “This is what the Dark Lord uses you for? Hunting down new mothers and their baby girls?”
|39||Chapter 39: The End of Princes and Kings
“Harry,” Luna said very softly. She stepped forward, next to Harry and crouched down next to him, pulling his head into her shoulder, “he’s gone on to his next great adventure. He did it to protect you. Harry…he really loved you.”
|40||Chapter 40: Fear Itself
“I have no words to tell you how much you mean to me,” he muttered to the top of her head.
Had it really been three years?
|42||Chapter 42: The Blind Leading the Blind
“Professor Lupin has been given a new mission for the Order, and will need to devote much more time to that,” McGonagall replied. “He has agreed to continue to teach a few classes, but…we will need a replacement.”
|43||Chapter 43: Rebecca's Offer
Michael rubbed the back of his neck, feeling slightly embarrassed now. He often spited STRIKE for so ruthlessly turning against him, yet here he was forsaking the chance to finish this great evil because he didn’t like them. To be fair, though, they had nearly killed his wife.
|44||Chapter 44: Heroes
“I'm not asking you to bring them in by force,” Staffon said loudly. “I'm asking you to find them and give them a message. I want you…to tell them I accept what they have done and I have no desire to chase them any further. I want them to come home.”
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