Return of Padfoot
So this is the fourth book! You're going to be learning a lot of things about Kassandra through out the book, especially towards the end. Hope you like it!
discalimer: I don't own Harry Potter, just Arabella and her story.
Return of Padfoot
'I have my reasons for using the boy, as I have already explained to you, and I will use no other. I have waited thirteen years. A few more months will make no difference. As for the protection surrounding the boy, I believe my plan will be effective. All that is needed is a little courage from you, Wormtail — courage you will find, unless you wish to feel the full extent of Lord Voldermort's wrath —'
'But the girl, My Lord!' said Wormtail. 'Why must you use –'
'You said she looks like her mother? She will be useful. My faithful servant will get close enough to her. Harry Potter is as good as mine, and the girl will soon follow. It is decided. There will be no more argument. Bur quiet… I think I hear Nagini…'
'Arabella, wake up,' came a voice, interrupting her sleep.
'Five more minutes,' moaned Arabella, turning over.
'Come on Sunshine! The Earth says hello!' said the voice, opening the curtains so that the sunlight would shine directly into her room.
'Get lost,' said Arabella, throwing something from her tableside towards the person.
The person was now raiding her closet and came across something they recognized.
'Hey! My jacket! I thought I lost this. Where did you find it?'
Arabella finally opened her eyes. This person was obviously not going to go away.
'That is not your jacket Moo –'
Arabella turned around and saw, to her surprise, it was not Remus. It was Sirius Black, her father.
'Hey,' she said softly. 'What are you doing here?'
'Well good morning to you too,' said Sirius with a smile. He was trying on the jacket. 'Still fits.'
'You're not supposed to be here! What if the Aurors find you? Where's Buckbeak? How did you get here? You should be going somewhere south!'
'Calm down,' said Sirius, putting his hands on Arabella's shoulders. 'They won't find me. Buckbeak's safe. I put on charm on him and he's fine. I ran here in my animagus form.'
'I'm fine,' insisted Sirius. 'I just wanted to come see you once more before I head down south.'
'I was going to say that I'm going to the Weasley's tomorrow.'
'Then I'll leave tomorrow,' said Sirius. He stood up, took off the jacket and hung it back in Arabella's closet. 'Let's go downstairs. Moony has breakfast ready.'
Together, Arabella and Sirius walked downstairs to the smell of bacon and eggs. Remus already set up their plates on the table. Sirius's plate had more food than Remus and Arabella. Arabella had more bacon on hers. Sirius was stuffing as much as he could down his mouth.
'So what are we going to do today?' said Sirius, food splattering out of his mouth.
Remus and Arabella looked at each other. They were trying to communicate with each other who should tell him.
'Well, Sirius,' said Remus, clearing his throat, 'we were going to go visit Kassandra's grave.'
Sirius's face dropped and he ate his food slower. He seemed to be deliberating whether or not to leave the house at that moment. After what seemed like an eternity, he nodded his head and resumed eating like a pig.
After breakfast, they all cleaned up and got dressed to go to Godric's Hollow. They apparated there with Sirius in his dog form. On the way they picked up some flowers from somebody's garden. Well, Sirius really picked them up.
Godric's Hollow was a really nice area to live. It was a nice place to raise a family. Arabella has asked Remus many times to come visit here, but he always found an excuse not to visit. This time it was different. Remus promised that he wouldn't keep any more secrets.
They finally reached the graveyard and Remus seemed to know where it was. He led them right to Kassandra's tombstone.
Kassandra Aminta Anastas
BORN September 25, 1959
DIED August 11, 1983
Our greatest adventure has just started
They stood there for a while, each thinking of what to do next. In the end, Remus left Arabella and Sirius there and stood at the entrance of the graveyard. This is their moment Remus thought They should be left alone.
Sirius moved closer to the tombstone and laid his head on the ground in front of it. He gave a small whimper, as if he was crying. Arabella got on her knees and put the flowers on the ground next to the tombstone. She didn't say anything. Nothing could help with the pain they're both feeling.
Sirius turned his head towards Arabella and laid his head on her lap. Tears were flowing down her face silently. They didn't need word to understand what they're both feeling. It was better left unsaid. They stayed like that for a while.
Arabella still remembers the day she lost her mother. But she didn't lose her all at once. She lost her mother in pieces over time. What she remembered most to this day was her mother's scent and how it started to disappeared. First from her closets, then from her bed sheets and pillowcases. Soon, nothing smelled like her. Nothing smelled like peaches anymore. Everything disappeared, everything was gone. The only thing that was left were the memories.
'Arabella,' said Sirius beside her. He changed into a human when she was lost in her thoughts. 'We have to go now. Remus is calling us.' He voice was different. It was as if he was broken. There were still some tear streaks on his face.
'Okay,' said Arabella, her voice also breaking. 'Change back.'
Sirius turned back into Padfoot and, together, they walked towards the graveyard gates. None of them said anything, nobody made a sound. Arabella grabbed on to Remus's arm as Sirius put his paw on Arabella's leg, and they apparated back to their house.
Without a word, they all went their separate ways. Arabella went upstairs to her room, while Sirius and Remus went to the kitchen, and sat down on the table with a bottle of Firewhisky in between them.
'I should have been there,' said Sirius, his head in his hands. 'I should have been there for Kas. She would still be alive if it wasn't for me. I should have been there.'
'You could still be there,' said Remus, taking a shot. 'Arabella is upstairs, all alone, probably thinking the same think.'
'Yeah, but she was just a baby when it happened,' said Sirius, looking up.
'And you were in Azkaban. There was nothing you could have done,' said Remus. 'Go upstairs and talk to her. You both need each other.'
Sirius took a shot and went upstairs to Arabella's room. It was a really messy room. There were some Gryffindor scarves hanging on the wall and some posters too.
'Why do you have a poster of a Triumph Bonneville T120?' asked Sirius.
'Because I'm going to get one when I'm older,' said Arabella. She was lying on her back facing the ceiling.
'I have one,' said Sirius.
Arabella looked at him.
'You do?' said Arabella, impressed. 'Where is it?'
'Last time I saw it, it was with Hagrid. You play baseball?' said Sirius, indicating to the baseball bat next to her closet.
'Me and Nymph tried to play it a couple time. We were really horrible at it.'
'Still listen to him.'
Sirius gave another look around the room, then sat down on the bed.
'Did you love her?' choked out Arabella.
'I still love her. I will always love her. There's not a day that goes by that I don't miss her.'
'I miss her too. I wish she was here.'
'You and me both.'
'What was she like?'
Sirius smiled at the memories. 'She was… she was amazing. She was kind and had a gentle heart with a sharp wit. She always fought back and loved to prank people. She cared about other people and always put them first.'
'Who was her best friend?'
'She always spent time with Lily. They both had something in common.'
'They both couldn't stand me and James.'
'She didn't like you, yet she still married you?'
'Well, we started to become civil to each other in our fifth year. The year, as James used to say, 'Sirius got his head out of his ass and asked Kassandra out.'.'
Sirius and Arabella laughed at this.
'Anyway, she was also really good friends with Fabian and Gideon Prewett. They also spent a lot of time pranking people. Sometime we would have pranking wars. Marauders vs. their Trio. She was also friends with Alice Smith and Frank Longbottom.'
'Frank Longbottom? Neville's father?'
'And mother, Alice. They would always help Kas in a prank war. It was quite unfair, you know.'
Arabella snorted. 'Doubt that.'
'Anyway,' said Sirius, stressing out that word, 'tell me about yourself.'
And they spent the rest of the day telling each other stories. Sirius talked about his days in Hogwarts and some about his family, but not much. Arabella also talked about Hogwarts. They learned each other's favorite colours, brown for Sirius, blue for Arabella. In the end, they tired themselves out and soon fell asleep. Sirius turned back into a dog and snuggled beside Arabella.
'Wake up Sirius,' said a voice softly. Sirius gave a growl.
'Arabella, come on. The Weasley's will be here soon,' said the voice again. Arabella snuggled closer to Sirius, trying to get more time to sleep.
Remus shook his head and left the room. He went to the kitchen, got a bucket of water and went back upstairs.
There's going to be hell to pay for this he thought as he took the bucket just above them and turned it over.
Arabella shot right up as Sirius gave a yelp and got off the bed. He changed back into his human form.
'What the hell!' they both screamed.
'Language the both of you,' he said with an amused smile. 'You both weren't getting up, so this was the only resort left.'
'The only resort? There are many other ways to wake us up!' exclaimed Arabella, throwing her hands in the air.
'I'm going to kill you,' said Sirius. 'I was having a nice, peaceful sleep and you had to ruin it. You, sir, must die.'
'You can kill me later. The Weasleys are coming to get you today. Get dressed,' said Remus, not taking either one of the seriously.
Sirius went to the bathroom, all the while muttering 'Revenge' under his breath. Arabella went to the other bathroom and took a quick shower. Once she was done, she went back to her room to make sure she packed everything. They were going to go see the Quidditch World Cup and she was so excited. Once she made sure everything was pack, she brought her trunk, Shay and her Firebolt downstairs where Remus and Sirius were already there. Remus was sitting on the armchair as Sirius, in his dog form, sat on the sofa. Arabella sat down next to him and waited for the Weasleys to come get her.
At eleven o'clock sharp, green flames came from the fireplace as Mrs Weasley came through. Next came Ron, Fred, and George.
'Hello Mrs Weasley,' said Arabella, getting up and hugging her.
'Hello dear. How are you?' asked Mrs Weasley.
'Fine, fine,' said Arabella and went on to hug Ron, Fred and George. Sirius gave a growl as she did that.
'When did you get a dog?' asked Fred, eying Sirius.
'Um… it's not our dog,' said Arabella, looking at Remus for some help.
'We're just watching it for a friend,' said Remus, smoothly.
'What's his name?' said George, walking closer to Sirius to pet him.
'His name is… it's…' said Remus, trying to find a name that wouldn't give anything away.
'It's Snuffles,' said Arabella, quickly. Ron gave a snort beside her and Arabella elbowed him.
'Are you ready?' asked Mrs Weasley. 'All packed?'
Arabella nodded her head and brought her things forward.
'Fred, George, get that,' said Mrs Weasley. Fred and George grabbed on to both sides of the suitcase.
'Geez, Arabella,' said Fred, trying to hold it up.
'What's in this?' said George.
'Clothes, books, colour bombs,' smirked Arabella.
Fred and George immediately let go of the suitcase and their eyes widened.
'Really?' said Fred.
'Fred, George, pick that up and let's go,' said Mrs Weasley impatiently.
Fred and George picked the trunk up and walked to the fireplace. Fred managed to get a handful of Floo Powder and say: 'THE BURROW!' And with a flash of green light, they were gone. Next was Mrs Weasley, and Ron's turn.
'See you Professor Lupin,' said Ron, nodding towards Remus. 'You too, Sirius.'
'Is Hermione or Harry there?' asked Arabella.
'Hermione's there. We're going to go pick Harry up after this.'
As soon as Ron was gone, Sirius turned back into his human form.
'Well,' said Arabella, looking at both of them, 'see ya.'
She hugged Remus first.
'Promise me you'll write?' said Arabella, as her head was buried in his chest.
'Promise,' said Remus, kissed the top of her head. 'Take care and enjoy yourself.'
'I will,' mumbled Arabella.
After a moment, they let go of each other and Remus left the room to the kitchen. Sirius came forward and also hugged her. Arabella felt more comfortable in his arms than before. It just felt right. She was in the arms of her father and she could stay like this forever.
'Take care of yourself,' said Sirius, holding her at arm's length. 'Look out for anything unusual. Watch out for Harry.'
'I will,' said Arabella.
Sirius smiled, kissed her forehead and hugged her again.
'I love you,' said Sirius, hugging her fiercely close to him.
'I love you too, dad,' said Arabella, knowing that she truly meant it. Sirius went still for a moment. 'What's wrong?'
'That's the first time you called me that,' he said happily.
'That is your name you know,' said Arabella knowingly.
'I know,' said Sirius. 'You better go. They're waiting for you.'
'Take care. Try not to be careless. Don't get caught. Go down South somewhere. Try to eat regularly. Take care of Buckbeak. Make sure –'
'I will,' said Sirius, stopping her. 'Don't worry about me. I'll be fine.'
Arabella smiled. 'Bye, Moony!' she shouted out.
Remus came back to the room. 'Bye Arabella.'
With one last look at both of them, Arabella grabbed onto Shay and her Firebolt, and stepped into the fireplace and said 'THE BURROW!'
Thank you for reading!