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If Only

By Kaelyn Grey

Adventure

Prologue

Muscles and scars were what defined them now. An elite team of mercenaries and spies. 'Aurors' they were called, but that's not what they were at all. They were the team the Ministry sent when no one else would go, or when everyone else had been killed. Phantom, Phoenix, Rider, and Storm. Only ever a code name written in a report. They were deadly. Feared. Whispers in the shadows. Outside of work they were the most average lot you'd ever meet. The best of friends; family in some ways. They had wives, children, homes, and jobs. Dead boring jobs.

Ronald Weasley worked as his fathers' assistant. Being the son to the Minister of Magic had its perks. It guaranteed a job in the office, good pay, and no questions. To the outside world he was home every evening by 7 and had plenty of time with his wife Hermione and their 2 year old twins Magnus and Kellyn. He was the picture of laid back and easy going. Ron had grown into a handsome young man. If only they could see his scars…

Harry Potter should be his own explanation. The Boy Who Lived. Savior of the Wizarding World. Godson of the legendary Auror Sirius Black. Adopted son of the great war hero Severus Snape. Apprentice to the greatest wizard the world has ever know, Albus Dumbledore. Beloved child of James and Lily Potter. Recipient of the Order of Merlin, 1st Class. Husband. Father. Uncle. Friend. Rising star in the Auror division. All around great guy. Held together by the best wife a man could ever ask for, and one that Harry would often admit he didn't deserve. But Ginny had stuck by his side since first she came to Hogwarts and no matter how bad things had gotten, she never left. The thought had never even crossed her mind. Their new son, James Sirius Potter had joined the world just 2 days before, and Harry was already wrapped around his precious little fingers. Messy black hair and hazel eyes. The spitting image of his grandfather, and all the makings of a heartbreaker. If only he knew how much had been sacrificed so that he could exist…

Sirius Black. Need I say more? Even at 44 he could make the girls swoon. But it was the life of a bachelor for him. After years of solitary confinement he longed for the loneliness and peace that living alone afforded him. Sure he loved the family he had, but at the end of the day he preferred to be alone with his thoughts and a glass of fire whiskey. Life for Sirius had been hard. Disowned by his family. Betrayed by his friends. Abandoned by the very people he risked his life for every day. Fed to his worst nightmares for 12 long years. 'Padfoot' as his friends still affectionately called him had once been one of the happiest, most care free people around. He hadn't let the hatred of his blood family get to him. Instead he created one of his own. The Order became his family, and he loved and protected them fiercely. He and James went into Auror training the day after graduating Hogwarts. They were brilliant. No team had ever gotten such high marks on everything! Padfoot and Prongs were recruited for a new kind of Auror force. They were trained in all kinds of combat, muggle and magical alike. Authorized to use the darkest spells, and privy to the Ministries deepest secrets. So when James and Lily wound up dead, and poor Peter murdered, it was not so hard to convince the world that Sirius had succumbed to the call of the dark, and therefore betrayed his friends. Once knowledge of his Auror training was 'accidentally' leaked no one questioned the lack of a trial, or non use of veritaserum. Fear, not justice, sent an innocent man to hell for all those long years. But Peter Pettigrew was exposed, justice was served, and under new leadership (and in defense of his beloved godson) Sirius Black resumed his role as the most feared Auror evil had ever known. If only the world knew that he didn't fight for them…

Draco. Malfoy. Dragon of bad faith. The name alone was enough to send him to Azkaban where he was questioned and tortured. Murdered and revived. All because he refused to admit to something he hadn't done. The world was a dark place when Voldemort fell. The Ministry was left to deal with hundreds of the Dark Lords followers, many claiming they served under Imperius or duress, and many an innocent soul was lost to 'the kiss'. Harry Potter stood for Severus Snape, and to the Ministry, that was good enough. But Draco was a Malfoy, and evil was in his blood. That and EVERYONE knew that Lucius Malfoy had been Voldemorts' right hand man. There was no way he was leaving Azkaban alive. The sins of the father would be visited upon the son. No one ever thought to ask how Draco had been marked before 17, or why he hadn't put up a fight when brought in for questioning. It wasn't because he was guilty. With her dying breath, his mother had told him not to fight the Ministry when they came, that even in all the madness they would be able to see that Draco Malfoy was just a boy. A boy who was born to the wrong man. A boy who was scared to death of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Who stayed where he was, and kept his mouth shut, because he wouldn't leave his mother alone, and wouldn't let her suffer for what he had done, or for what he had failed to do. No one knew that it was his hastily scrawled letter, sent to Harry Potter in the dead of night, that had turned the tides of war and sealed the victory for the Light. And no one ever bothered to ask. He was on the verge of madness when she found him. A light at the end of a very long tunnel. Kaelen Snape was a drop of veritaserum all on her own. At 19 she had been brought on by the Department for Magical Law Enforcement for her unique methods in interrogation. She never let herself be accompanied and she never left without a confession. The captives she left behind often said it was like being caught red handed in the cookie jar by your grandmother; you had no choice but to admit the truth. In the 230 cases she had reviewed, 192 were guilty, 28 were insane, 4 were dead, and 1 was Draco Malfoy. She hadn't said 2 words to him before she was banging down the door. "He's innocent and I can prove it, but you must let him go!" It took her 2 weeks to secure his release, and 9 months to get him talking again. Within a year the Ministry of Magic knew everything it needed to know. Dozens of innocent followers had been unjustly murdered, or fed to the Dementors, and Draco Malfoy had been forced into servitude, but had found a way to defy his masters. He ripped thru the Ministry like a storm. Draco Malfoy. Victims Advocate, DMLE. Seated on the Wizengamot. Recipient of the Order of Merlin, 1st Class. Only the second person to EVER receive a FULL pardon from the Ministry. Close friend of Harry Potter. Dark Arts and Artifacts Expert for the Auror Division. Soon to be son in law of one Severus Snape. If only the world knew how truly dark it could have been…

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