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Fated Miracle
By millie

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Category: Alternate Universe
Characters:Albus Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy, Harry/Ginny, Hermione Granger, James Potter, Lily Potter, Luna Lovegood, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Ron Weasley, Sirius Black
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, General, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations
Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 14
Summary: The night of Halloween 1981, something happened that had never even been thought of before. A miracle occurred and the Potters survived an attack from Voldemort who was vanquished. But life is not completely easy after Voldemort is gone and James and Lily have a lot more hurdles to go through. Alternate Universe.
Hitcount: Story Total: 4151; Chapter Total: 318





Author's Notes:
Hi, yes, I'm still alive, though I don't know for long, considering school is starting back up soon :(




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Chapter Six
Seeds of Change


When the dust had settled and the Death Eaters had been captured, the living room of the Fauna Cottage, a Longbottom property, had been completely destroyed. Marlene looked around, just now noticing the wreckage.

“Everyone safe?” asked Frank tensely, lying on the floor. Marlene felt sympathy clench around her heart as she looked at him. In a rare moment of weakness, he had been caught unaware by Bellatrix Lestrange and had been put under the Cruciatus Curse until James had levitated a broken piece of wood to smash into her head, breaking the connection.

His screams were just another addition to the horrors that showed up every night in her nightmares.

The Death Eaters were all lying unconscious in the corner of the room, one over the other. Marlene felt vicious hate rise up in her chest as she looked at them. She had come very close to using Avada Kedavra on Bellatrix before deciding that Azkaban might actually be a worse punishment for her, considering how crazy Bellatrix already was. She would probably consider dying for the sake of Voldemort to be an honour.

James waved his wand, vanishing most of the dust before he moved towards the stairs, his expression hard and unreadable. Marlene and Sirius hurried over to help him while Remus pulled up Frank. Together, James, Marlene and Sirius pulled down the hastily erected wards and hurried upstairs.

Marlene was about to step onto the landing when James shot out an arm, almost pushing her backwards. “Wait!” he cocked his head and flicked his wand once. Whatever he saw made him smirk a little and he levitated a vase from a corner table and dropped it on the floor.

The floor was obscured by a bright flash of light. Marlene brought up a shield immediately and only when the light had faded did she bring it down. What she saw propelled a laugh from her. The pieces of the broken vase were hidden from view by a yellowish-greenish swamp that had started spreading.

“Lily, I presume?” asked Sirius, his lips pulled into a smirk.

James nodded and murmured softly, “That’s my girl.” The swamp was awake with the sound of animals. A creature resembling a crocodile but with sharper teeth snapped at Marlene and she backed away, flicking her wand at it. Instead of vanishing, the crocodile multiplied into two.

“What the hell, Lily?” called Marlene, backing away even further. No one replied.

James brought up a shield, nearly opaque because of the power he put into it and said loudly, “Lily, it's us! The battles over, the Death Eaters are captured downstairs.”

“Tell me something only you would know.” Lily finally spoke though they still couldn’t see her or Alice.

James smiled mischievously. “James, no,” said Sirius, shaking his head though he was grinning too. “She’s going to bury you.”

“When you were pregnant with Harry,” said James, ignoring Sirius. “You wanted to name him “Elvendork”!”

There was a crash from inside and then Lily appeared in the doorway of the master bedroom, Alice looking over her shoulder. Her cheeks were bright red as she directed her wand at the swamp. It was sucked into her wand like a whirlpool and soon, the floor was back to its pristine condition.

“Elvendork, Lily, really?” grinned Sirius. Marlene felt her lips twitch as well. Sirius had proposed naming Harry Elvendork when he first found out Lily was pregnant and it had become something of an inside joke between Sirius and Kames which they constantly used to tease Lily. She must have changed her mind then.

“I was drowsy and in pain, Potter,” said Lily primly. “I have an excuse.” The couple looked at each other, James' smile fading and Lily’s hard expression melting into something soft. James had a second warning before Lily strode across the room and crashed into his arms. Marlene, along with Sirius, both steadied him as he stumbled and moved across the room towards Alice, to give the two some privacy.

Marlene engulfed Alice in a hug, squeezing tightly, Alice squeezing back just as hard. They were soon by another pair of arms, hugging both of them close. Marlene turned her head, catching Lily’s emerald gaze and smiled softly at the witch. She smiled back, a little tremulously.

The girls finally broke apart and turned to face James and Sirius. Both of them hugged Alice as well. “You should go downstairs,” said James seriously as he removed his arm from her shoulders.

Fear flashed across Alice’s face. “Frank? Is he alright?” she asked desperately.

“He’s alright,” said Sirius gently, grabbing her shoulders. “Bellatrix put him under the Cruciatus Curse for a bit so he’s just a little doozy but no lasting damage. He just needs you, that’s all.” Alice immediately broke free from his arms and hurried downstairs without another word.

“The children, are they alright?” asked James hesitantly. His jaw was tight with tension and Marlene noticed how Sirius put a reassuring hand on his shoulder. Alice and Lily had not taken part in the fight, choosing instead to protect the children.

Lily smiled and placed a hand on his jaw. “They’re alright, don’t worry. They were all playing with blocks when I came outside.” She turned away from her husband and took down the wards on the master bedroom.

Marlene followed the others inside. While she and Sirius didn’t have children of their own, they both cared immensely about the Potters’ and Longbottoms’ children. Harry, Neville, Lizzie and Victoria were crowded near the corner on a soft rug and were playing with a set of wooden blocks. More like, Harry and Neville were playing with them while Lizzie and Victoria just smashed them into the floor and squealed excitedly at the loud noise.

James hurried over and crouched down next to the children, his arms immediately engulfing all of them in his arms. They wiggled and laughed, escaping his hold but there was no denying the relief on James’ face.

James swung Harry onto his hip while Lily scooped up Lizzie in her arms. Sirius and Marlene both took Neville and Victoria and the quartet made their way downstairs where they found Frank and Alice in a passionate embrace.

“Not quite what I meant when I said he needs you,” joked Sirius. The couple broke apart, flushing red.

Marlene grinned, handing Victoria off to her mother who immediately pulled her closer to her chest, tightening her arms. Victoria waved around her chubby arms and made a noise but when Alice showed no sign of loosening her hold, she settled down, turning her head into her mother’s shoulder.

Frank took Neville from Sirius and tossed him into the air gently, making the young boy giggle excitedly. Marlene glanced away from the wholesome scene, her eyes landing on the Death Eaters tied up in the corner of the destroyed living room.

“We should get them to the Ministry before they wake up,” she said quietly, hating that she was disturbing the peaceful moment, but knowing it had to be done.

Immediately, everyone’s face hardened. “We’ll take them to the Ministry,” said James, motioning to Sirius. He held up a hand when Frank, Alice, Marlene and Lily made to protest.

“Frank, you’re injured, don’t even think about going anywhere other than your mother’s Manor which is much, much safer than this. Alice, I don’t think you’re in a hurry to leave your husband for long and you know how long this is going to take.”

“The paperwork alone is going to take hours,” added Sirius. “Lily, while we would love to have you there, you’re not an Auror and they’re going to kick you out as soon as we hand over the Death Eaters anyways.” Lily and Alice both looked unhappy but they nodded slightly, understanding the decision.

“Excuse me, Sirius,” demanded Marlene, stepping forward. “I’m an Auror too, and fortunately for you both, I’m not injured in any way. You’re not keeping me away from the Ministry, no matter what.”

James didn’t say anything but he flicked his eyes towards Lily. He didn’t have to elaborate, Marlene understood. He wanted her to be there for Lily. Lily didn’t miss the movement either.

“I’m not a damsel in distress, Potter,” she said in a hard voice, her eyes flashing. “I don’t need someone to take care of me, I’m not going to burst out in hysterics any moment now.”

James pulled her close, his hand resting upon the curve of her neck. “I know, love,” he said quietly. Marlene tried to block her ears, feeling like she was invading their privacy. Both she and Sirius turned away from the scene.

A few moments later, James and Lily finished their whispered conversation. “Let’s go to Potter Manor, Marlene,” said Lily moving towards her. They waved goodbye to Frank and Alice who were Flooing to Longbottom Manor and kissed their respective boyfriend and husband. Then Lily grabbed Marlene’s arm and apparated them both along with Harry and Lizzie, safely secured in their arms, to Potter Manor.

~FM~


The trial of Barty Crouch Jr. and Bellatrix, Rabastian and Rodolphus Lestrange was held just a few days later. Thankfully, all of them were now locked up in Azkaban though James couldn’t deny that his heart had done a little twinge when Barty Crouch Jr. had begged and pleaded with his father. It seemed just a little cruel for his own father to be the one to give him a lifetime of imprisonment in what was basically hell.

It seemed that other people shared a similar sentiment to him. Whenever he went out with Remus and Sirius, he heard people talking about how Barty Crouch had been a nice boy and it was a cruel, unjust punishment for him. What a terrible father Crouch was to not even feel sympathy when his own wife was crying for their son.

He also heard hints of it going around the Auror office. It wasn’t loud or widespread in any way “ considering that Crouch was the Head of the DMLE, they were all working under him “ but every now and then, he would hear an Auror or a Hit Wizard talking about Crouch’s harshness and lack of mercy for anyone, be it his own son.

People were now also starting to question Crouch’s other practices, such as his orders that all Aurors were allowed to kill Death Eaters and use Unforgivables to do so. Such an allowance had never been made before and now that the war was over and the cloud of danger had dissipated, people were starting to grow uneasy.

Even the Daily Prophet printed a three-page spread on Barty Crouch and his life from his Hogwarts days to his sentencing of his son to prison. The article was in no way favourable to the man and just served to fuel the fervour against him. During all this time, Crouch never made a public statement which, James thought, just made things worse.

He came home one day from the Ministry to see Lily sitting at the kitchen table. The Prophet was spread out in front of her. “Did you hear anything at the Ministry?” she asked absently, leaning up to kiss him.

James rested his chin on her head, already knowing what she was talking about. “When the Head of your Department is demoted and pushed aside to Magical Cooperation, it’s hard not to notice.”

Lily snorted but then her expression grew pensive. “Do you think he was right in doing this?” she asked.

James sat down in a chair next to her and chose his words carefully. “Honestly, I don’t know what I would do in his position. On one hand, I’m an Auror and a member of the GB and very strongly against Death Eaters.”

“On the other hand, if I was in his place,” continued Lily, her gaze darting to the next room where James had already seen Harry and Lizzie playing with the house elves. “I'm not sure I would have abandoned Harry or Lizzie like that.” James shuddered, just thinking about his innocent and pure children ever getting involved with a group of Death Eaters. “No matter how wrong or evil they are or become, I could never hate them,” he said softly.

“Exactly,” she replied and scooted her chair closer to his. James grabbed her hand and pulled her into his lap, tucking her head into his chin. He felt her breath ghost across his neck as she exhaled. “Hopefully, we’ll never have to go through that.”

James just squeezed her tighter and dropped a kiss on her head. He and Lily would make sure to instil qualities in their children that would keep them far, far away from groups like the Death Eaters.

~FM~


Their son was born on 30 June 1982 in the maternity ward of St. Mungos Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Contrary to the sorry reception on Elisabeth’s birth, the waiting room this time was fit to bursting with people. James had been inside with Lily during the birth but Sirius, Remus, Marlene, the Longbottoms, Professor McGonagall, both sets of grandparents, the Tonks and Dorcas and Mary who had come back from Canada soon after the war were waiting when James came out.

Silence fell in the room as they saw him before suddenly erupting into a large clamour. Everyone started to gather around him, asking for news. James grinned and raised his voice. “The baby has been born,” he said. “Mum, Dad, both sets of you-” There was a smattering of laughter as Lily’s parents and his own stood up, their skin still tinged green. “Lily wants you four inside first.”

They followed him inside the room where Lily was lying on the bed, sweaty and tired but glowing with happiness, a baby blue bundle in her arms. They settled in chairs around her bed while James settled next to Lily on the bed, placing an arm around her shoulders. Lily leaned into him, glancing up, her emerald eyes brimming with love.

James leaned down and kissed her before breaking away to kiss their son on the forehead. “Meet your grandson,” he said, facing the others. “Damien Sirius Potter.”

His father smiled. “Sirius will be so delighted, you won’t hear the end of it.”

Lily laughed, filling James' chest with warmth. If it was possible, he would have bottled her laugh and gotten drunk on it. “His ego will be so inflated, it will be hard for him to walk under his big head.”

At their urging, Lily transferred her son carefully into the arms of his waiting grandmothers who did not fail to coo over him. “You should call the others in as well,” she said quietly as she watched her mother and mother-in-law. Her hands twitched and James knew she was resisting the urge to take Damien back into her own arms.

He smoothed her damp hair away from her forehead and pressed a kiss there. “It will be a madhouse with all of them in here.”

Lily smirked. “Good thing I like madness.”

James grinned back at her and left the room to go call the others. They were all impatiently waiting in the hall, Sirius especially who was pacing back and forth. Lizzie was asleep, curled in Alice’s arms, who had left her own children back home with Frank’s grandmother while Harry was being entertained by Frank and Remus.

His best friend slash brother stopped pacing at the sight of him and impatience was scrawled all over his face.

James let them stew in silence for a bit, grinning at the look on both Sirius and Remus’ faces and then finally said, “Lily wants you guys inside.”

There was a mad rush as everyone stood up and hurried towards the room and James stepped aside to let them pass. Closing the door behind him, he made his way back to Lily who had possession of Damien back in her arms.

“Guys,” said Lily, smiling down at their son. “Meet Damien Sirius Potter.” Sirius stopped in his tracks at her words and stared at Lily. His gaze shifted to James who grinned at him. “Don’t go getting a big head now, Padfoot, it’s big enough as it is.”

Sirius chuckled, his wonder and awe-filled stare now broken, and moved towards Lily. James took Harry in his arms while the others settled in chairs around the bed. There was practically no space in the room anymore.

Harry squirmed in his arms and James let go of him slightly, allowing him to lean over Lily’s arm and stare at Damien.

“That’s your brother, Harry,” he whispered softly.

~FM~


Lily’s business plan for her apothecary was completed around the time Damien turned three months old. She went a step ahead and got in contact with dealers and companies who would be willing to store their products with her. It was only after everything was ready, that she realised she hadn’t made arrangements for a building.

She allowed herself one meltdown while James rubbed her back and then got back to work. Thankfully, Remus knew of a wizard in Diagon Alley who would be willing to rent out his two-story building. She received his letter of confirmation along with the morning newspaper. Disregarding the paper, which detailed the birth of the Malfoy twins, she ripped the letter open, feeling her smile widen.

“What’s got you so happy, love?” asked James, wrapping his arms around her waist from behind and placing his chin on her shoulder. He leaned over and scanned the contents of the letter.

“Remus came through,” she whispered happily, with not a small amount of disbelief. She still couldn’t believe that she was actually doing this. She had dreamed of opening her own apothecary ever since she was rebuffed at one due to her status of being Muggleborn and it was slightly unbelievable that she had made it this far.

“Let’s visit the building today,” suggested James. Lily quickly agreed.





Lily and James apparated to the Diagon Alley Apparition Point, later in the evening. Despite the late hour, the street was still bustling with activity. The storefronts were lit and the doors were open as they left the Point, towards their destination.

It took them around ten minutes to reach the building. It was located near one of the biggest points of Diagon Alley, the Daily Prophet office and had two floors. The top floor had a balcony and Lily was already imagining what she would do with it.

The door was locked and the windows were boarded up when they reached it. Lily tapped the door with her wand and it clicked open. Stepping inside was like stepping inside an abandoned, haunted building. It was entirely dark “ the windows didn’t really allow any light from outside “ and there was dust practically everywhere.

Lily coughed, bringing her hand to cover her face as James flicked his wand, vanishing most of the dust. He also conjured three shining balls of light; they floated up to the corner of the room, illuminating it brightly.

Excluding the dust and the general dirtiness, Lily could tell the place would make a good apothecary. She was already imagining, it, replacing the dirty, broken countertop with a sleek marble one, the empty walls replaced with wooden shelves with glass doors.

There was a staircase in one corner, with metal railings, that curved upwards to the second floor. Moving across the floor, Lily went upwards, James following behind her. The stairs were creaky and trembled under her weight; Lily made a mental note to replace them with sturdier ones.
b The second floor was smaller than the first, with a balcony that extended towards the front side of the building.

“You can use this as your storage room,” murmured James, approaching one of the walls. He brushed his hand against it, his finger becoming grey with dust.

Lily tilted her head to the side, and examined the room, thinking about his suggestion. While it would certainly be helpful to have a storage room right above the apothecary, maybe she could turn half of the room into a potions laboratory as well. So that she would be able to brew potions as well in her own time.

While the lab at Potter Manor was well equipped and extensive, it was used by the house elves as well as Fee and Lily preferred having her own space.

As she observed the room, Lily felt a gush of excitement rise up inside her. She was actually doing this. She was going to have her own business and do one of the things she loved with a passion.

She couldn’t wait to get started.

~FM~

It had become a tradition since the end of the war for all the various Inner Circle members of the GB to gather in one place every few weeks and catch up with each other. This time, everyone from the Potters to Minerva McGonagall was gathered in Andromeda Tonks’ house.

It was a lively affair, with everyone telling about newer developments, and speaking over each other. The table was bursting with delicious food and spicy aromas. Lily had thought she had been the only one with news but it turned out Sirius had quite a big development about his life to share as well.

“You’re quitting the Aurors?” asked James incredulously, his hand paused halfway to the glass he had been about to pick up.

Sirius shrugged, an apologetic look on his face, “Sorry I didn’t tell you before. I was thinking about it since that trial of Karkaroff but I wasn’t sure until yesterday.”

“Why?” asked Frank, frowning. Frank had already been an Auror when James and Sirius had joined and had been the one to mentor him. As capable of an Auror, as Sirius was, it was hard to believe he wanted to quit.

Sirius sighed. “The only reason I joined the Aurors in the first place was because of the war. Now that it is over and done with, well…” He spread his hands in a “what can I do” gesture, “I don’t want to be an Auror anymore.”

James sat back, finally grabbing the glass he had been reaching for. “If you think it's best for you, then alright. But what are you going to do now? Roll around in your family’s riches?” His lips quirked up, his way of forgiving Sirius for not telling him before anyone else. It wasn’t that he didn’t think that Sirius deserved to do whatever he wanted to do, but he would have liked a forewarning.

Sirius grinned back. “Nah, that’s dirty money, and you know me, the symbol of morality that I am.” His tone turned serious then. “I’m thinking of joining the Hogwarts Board of Governors.”

“You mean I was the one who gave you the idea and you went along with it,” said Minnie dryly.

Sirius grinned. “How could I forget? The entire credit for this decision goes to Minnie, of course!”

Lily raised her eyebrows. “With you on there, Hogwarts might actually improve its standards.”

Sirius gasped theatrically, holding a hand to his chest. “Lily, do you mean to say I am capable of improving Hogwarts’ standards? I’m flattered, Lily-flower, truly.” Lily gave him a haughty look but couldn’t quite smother the smile on her face. “Well, I certainly trust you more than all the old Pureblood bigots on the Board.”

“You might even get to replace Binns, no?” said Marlene, a thoughtful smile on her face.

“Replace the Potions Master position while you’re at it,” said Minnie, her lips pursed.

“I shudder to think what you have to be able to do to put that expression on your face, Minnie,” said James, raising an eyebrow.

“Well, you would have to treat First-Years like N.E.W.T level students.”

Lily snorted. “You mean the current Potions Professor at Hogwarts teaches First-Years without giving them any basic safety protocol or brewing instructions.” When Minnie didn’t laugh, Lily sat up, her smile fading. “Don’t tell me, this is actually what’s happening.”

“Wasn’t Slughorn the Professor?” asked Alice, frowning.

“He quit during the war,” answered Remus. “He was an excellent teacher and Potions Master but it's safe to say he was a coward. He went into hiding and hasn’t been seen since.”

“Who is it?”

Minnie didn’t reply for a second and James had the strangest thought that she was reluctant to tell them. Which was funny considering he had never seen her hesitant before, especially for something as small as this.

“Severus Snape.” Sirius who had just taken a sip from his glass, choked, spraying firewhisky everywhere. Marlene thumped him on his back and cleaned up the mess with a wave of her wand.

“Snivellus?” gasped Sirius finally. James could relate to the sentence. Sirius jerked suddenly, a pained exclamation leaving his lips. James glanced to his left to see his wife’s firm expression and was suddenly glad he had not been the one to blurt the first thing on his mind as Sirius did.

“Just because I am not friends with him anymore or that he joined a murderous cult doesn’t give you the right to call him that disgusting, schoolyard nickname,” she said evenly before turning to face Minnie.

“I am not going to have my children be taught under that… man,” she spat, her expression furious.

Minnie raised an eyebrow and Lily immediately deflated; her anger was not directed at Minnie anyways. “Perhaps you should see Dumbledore then. He is the one who appointed him and refuses to hear any complaint despite the numerous students from almost every house who have complained since Severus’ appointment.”

“You know, I think I will,” murmured Lily, her eyes unfocusing. James already knew she had a brilliant plan in her mind and he couldn’t wait to hear it.

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