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Chapter 12

After Sirius Black had contacted Lily and James Potter, James Potter had contacted the rest of the gang to go over to Sirius’s home. It took Lily and James about ten minutes to get over there as James had contacted all of their friends and both Lily and James had to get some clothes on.

First person to see Sirius Black and console him was his good friend, Peter Pettigrew.

“Padfoot, Prongs just contacted me at home. I am so sorry,” Peter said hugging his good friend as they hugged a brotherly hug in the living room. “Where is her body?”

“Upstairs,” Sirius sobbed. “She looks so peaceful Pete. Merlin she was so young! Why!” Sirius began to cry again, “Why!”

“Is there anyone coming here to you know…take the body?”

“Oh yeah,” Sirius said nodding between sobs. “They should be here any m-moment to take C-Cassidy’s b-b-body.”

“Padfoot?”

“In here Moony,” Peter yelled.

“Oh Sirius,” Gabriella said pulling Sirius as close as she could with the wheelchair between them. “I…is it true?” Gabriella asked her close friend with tears filling up in her eyes. All Sirius could do was nod his head and Gabriella and Sirius cried together. Not to long afterwards Alice and Lily had joined Sirius and Gabriella in their crying circle.

“She was so young,” Alice said with an arm around Sirius’s back.

“We planned to have another baby,” Sirius said wiping his tears away.

“I can’t believe she’s really gone,” Lily cried with her head tucked into Sirius’s neck and Sirius rested his head on top of Lily’s.

There was a knock at the door and James ran to answer it, there were Wizarding medics.

“Mr. Black?” The first one asked.

“No I am best friend to Mr. Black, Mr. Black is a bit distraught at the moment.”

“Oh yeah,” the second one spoke up. “You are the lucky bloke that married Lily Evans.”

“Sorry if I don’t feel like talking about my wife at the moment,” James snapped. “My best friend just lost his wife and his wife was my wife’s best friend. Now what the hell are you doing here.”

“To take Mrs. Black’s body to the morgue.”

“Oh yes, come on in.”

The medics walked in and James could hear Sirius yell, “No not yet.”

“She’s in the bedroom,” Alice spoke up with tears streaming down her face.

“Allie shut up!” Sirius hissed.

“Sirius,” James spoke up. Only Cassidy and James could ever put Sirius in his place, “They are going to take her to the morgue.”

“No!” Sirius and Lily cried even harder.

“Sirius you might want to go say goodbye to her.”

Sirius nodded and the medics followed him.

“S-she can’t be dead!” Lily screamed into James’s chest and Gabriella and Alice began to cry at this. Of course they were upset about Cassidy’s death but they were as close to Cassidy as Lily had been.

“I’m sorry love, but she is.”

“No James!” Lily began to scream hysterically, “she’s my sister! She can’t be dead, oh Merlin James don’t let her be dead!” James held Lily as tight as he could as he felt his beautiful wife’s shaking bodice against his body.

***

A while later Sirius came down looking so distraught that he looked as if he would pass out right then and there. The medics soon followed Sirius carrying what looked like a muggle gurney with a small body underneath a black sheet.

“Cassie!” Lily screamed pulling away from James’s embrace and pulling the sheet off of Cassidy’s face which just got Lily’s sobs to intensify. Lily held herself together just enough to kiss her friend’s forehead and then she sank to her knees with such grief.

Sirius was being held by Alice and Gabriella hugging him the best she could in her wheelchair. James picked Lily off of the floor as he held her tightly.

Lily was the first to speak up which surprised everyone in the room, “Sirius you can stay with us tonight. You shouldn’t have to stay here on your own.”

“I just don’t understand,” Sirius said still crying. “We haven’t even been married a year, we lost our baby, we were trying for another baby, and we just bought our house. Who wanted me to be so miserable and her gone so much.”

Peter flinched but no one really noticed as everyone was worried about Sirius.

“You can stay with us,” Lily repeated.

“No, no I can’t.” Sirius said shaking his head, “I have too many memories of Cassidy at your house as mine.”

“You can stay with us,” Alice offered.

“No,” Remus said speaking up firmly which was odd for Remus to be so forceful. “Sirius is staying with Gabby and me in our spare bedroom. Alice can you please help Sirius gather his things?”

“Of course,” Alice said with a tear streaked face. “Come on Sirius,” Alice said offering her hand to Sirius.

When Sirius had arrived back downstairs with Alice and his bags Lily spoke up again, “Tomorrow James and I will go with you to make the funeral preparations.”

“Lily you don’t…”

“We know we don’t have to,” James spoke up holding on to Lily as tightly as he could. “But the fact is that we want to, got it.”

“I love you guys, all of you really.” Sirius said looking at all of his friends with nothing but love.

***

James held Lily close in their bed and it tore James apart to know that his best mate’s wife was dead. The fact that Cassidy had been Lily’s best friend too was even worse.

James had Lily curled up to him and felt her hot tears running down his bare chest, to hold on to Lily and feel her body shake until she had finally cried herself to sleep was just torture.

James wasn’t being inconsiderable, of course losing Cassidy to some horrible, twisted Death Eater tore at his heart too. Saying goodbye to Cassidy Black would be hard for everyone, but especially hard for Sirius and Lily.

***

The day of Cassidy Black’s funeral was a tough day for not only Lily and Sirius, but for all of the friends. There were tons of people present at the funeral, although this didn’t sooth neither Lily nor Sirius.

Sirius was wearing a black suit with a black shirt, tie, and shoes. Sirius’s hair was fixed nicely with gel, Sirius had told Remus and James that he wanted to look his best for Cassidy.

Lily had a simple black dress with a bow under the breast and the length of the dress came down right under her knees. Lily had a black veil over her face too. In fact all three girls dresses didn’t really differ all that much and all supported the black veil.

All the men wore a black suit with black shirt, tie, and shoes. All of Cassidy’s family had been murdered by Voldemort’s henchmen. So the pallbearers would be Sirius, James, Remus, Peter, Frank, Gideon Prewett, and Fabian Prewett.

“Cassidy was such a wonderful person,” Molly Weasley came up to Lily holding Lily close. “I know the two of you were such good friends, when Tyler was still alive he use to tell Arthur and I how close the two of you were.”

“Cassidy was my best friend,” Lily said with tears in her eyes looking at her friend that had just had her twins a few months ago.

“I am so sorry.”

“We are all worried about Sirius.”

“I don’t blame you guys, he looks so torn up. But then again I would be too if I had lost Arthur.”

“As would I if I lost James,” Lily said as she felt her stomach drop at this. There was no way in the world that Lily could live without James.

“You guys have got to keep him busy,” Molly said looking at her husband talking to the widower that was Sirius Black.

“We offered for him to stay at our home until he got on his feet.”

“And?”

“Well Cassidy and Sirius stayed at our home for a while after they lost Aurora, and before they had bought their home.”

“So there are too many memories at their home as there are at yours?”

“Exactly,” Lily sighed. “Right now Sirius is staying with Gabriella and Remus.”

“They don’t mind do they?”

“Of course not.”

“Then what’s the problem Lily, my dear?”

“I am just worried about him. Cassidy and I always promised one another that if one of us died, we would still take care of the other’s husband.”

“That’s a wonderful thing.”

“Sirius is like the brother I never had, and I am just so worried about him. Sirius never really fit in with any of the Blacks and he was disowned by them but then of course he disowned them too. Cassidy and Aurora were the only family that meant anything to him.”

“But what about the Potters?”

“What about us?”

“Grace, Harold, Sarah, James, and you?”

“Oh,” Lily felt her stomach drop. “Well of course we all claimed Sirius as our family.”

“Sirius has lost not only all of the Blacks, including his wife and daughter, but also Grace, Harold, and Sarah Potter. Sirius was the child the Potter’s adopted, so you are Sirius’s sister. Take care of him Lily, he needs all of you guys.”

“I need him too. I know he has to be dying without Cassidy, but so am I. Cassidy was the sister to me that Petunia never was.”

“And Cassidy was the love of his life.”

“What am I suppose to do?”

“Just be there for him Lily, just let Sirius know that as long as it takes him to move on that you guys are there for him.”

“Of course we are,” Lily said nodding her head.

“Just let him know.”

“Are you ready love?” Arthur Weasley asked tapping his wife on the shoulder, “I can only imagine how crazy Bill, Charlie, and Percy are making the babysitter. Thank Merlin that Fred and George are only infants.”

“You are too right Arthur,” Molly nodded and gave Lily a hug. “Give James our love.”

“James?”

“Yes Arthur,” Molly chuckled turning back to her husband. “James is Lily’s husband.”

“Oh Merlin, I didn’t recognize you.” Arthur said pulling his friend into a hug, “I am so sorry about your loss.”

“Thank you.”

“We hope to hear from you soon Lily and don’t lose touch with us.”

“Of course not,” Lily spoke smiling at the Weasleys. “I care for the two of you too much.”

***

“Sirius are you sure you don’t want to stay with us?” Lily asked, “We have plenty of other rooms you can stay in.”

“I’m sure Lily, I’ll probably ask to stay with you guys later on but right now the wounds are too deep.”

“Don’t be a stranger brother,” James said clasping his hand upon Sirius’s shoulder.

“Of course not mate.”

“Alright.”

***

Mid September had crawled upon Lily and James Potter much more quickly then they had expected. James was in Auror training with Sirius, Frank, and Alice. Auror training was gruesome but it was all worth it when he got home to Lily’s wonderful homemade cooking. Lily had began her school for being a Healer and Gabriella was doing office work for Gringotts. Peter had only found a job at the local joke shop, Zonko’s. Unfortunately no one would hire Remus at all, and so Remus stayed at home and did all the cleaning and cooking.

Cassidy had been dead for a little over a month now and of course Sirius was still upset, but he wasn’t crying himself to sleep anymore.

On September 21st, 1978, James and Lily had invited Sirius over for dinner. The day of the twenty-first is where we pick back up.

“Are you sure it’s not a hassle for me to eat with you guys tonight?”

“Of course not Padfoot,” James said rolling his eyes at his best friend again. They were changing in the Auror locker rooms. “Lily and I have been wanting you to come over to dinner since…”

“You can say it,” Sirius said turning to his friend as his gray eyes turned to complete darkness. “Since Cassidy was murdered. I still think about her, you know?”

“I imagine you will think about her until your dying day.”

“I have kind of been avoiding you guys since then…”

“We’ve noticed.”

“You know I moved out of Remus and Gabriella’s a few days after the funeral.”

“No I didn’t know that,” James said pulling on a clean shirt.

“I couldn’t stay there.”

“Why not?”

“Didn’t feel like home.”

“Why don’t you go back home.”

“I sold our home.”

“You did?” James asked.

“You don’t sound surprised.”

“I’m really not. I know that if it had been me losing Lily, I would have sold the house immediately.”

“I couldn’t stay there.”

“I know,” James said nodding. “But where have you been staying?”

“A room at the Leaky Cauldron.”

“What?!”

Sirius chuckled, “I knew you would react like that.”

“Oh, sorry.”

“Don’t be.”

“So you are still coming over tonight correct, Lily is making spaghetti.”

Sirius smiled, “My favorite.”

“Precisely, so that means you can’t bail on us this time.”

“I wouldn’t dream of it.”

“Really?”

“Yes, actually James I have a question to ask of you and Lily.”

“Okay you can ask us tonight.”

“Actually,” Sirius said lacing up his shoes. “Do you mind if I ask you here and then ask Lily later on tonight.”

“Sure.”

“Is it okay if I take up on you guys offer.”

“The offer that you can stay in one of our many guest rooms until you get a flat of your own?”

“Yeah,” Sirius said blushing.

“Of course Padfoot, you are the brother that Lily and I never had and we would do anything for you.”

“And I would do anything for you guys, hell I’d die for the two of you.”

“And we would die for you.”

“I won’t stay for long.”

“Stay as long as you need.”

***

“Are you sure?” Sirius asked Lily as he had just asked if he could stay in one of their guest rooms, specifically not the one that Sirius and Cassidy had stayed in when they lived here.

“Of course I am sure,” Lily said rolling her eyes at Sirius. “You are like the brother James and I never had.”

“You sound just like James.”

“Well we all figured I would eventually, after all I live with him and I am married to him.”

“Just don’t start ruffling your hair or playing with that damned snitch.”

“I’ll try not to,” Lily said rolling her eyes playfully at Sirius.”

“You two can quit making fun of me and get your arses in here so we can eat bloody dinner!” James yelled.

“Good hearing he has, doesn’t he?”

“No, really his hearing is as horrible as his eye sight.”

“Lily!” James growled.

Lily rolled her eyes as Sirius and she made their way into the dining room, “James just figured out the eavesdropping spell.”

“Well at least I know when the two of you will be plotting my death because the two of you are really lovers.”

“Damn Lils, he’s found out our secret.” Sirius said winking at her.

“Yup, I wonder if he knows we are Death Eaters too and we are about to eat his insides and his soul.”

“And take all his inheritance too,” Sirius spoke up. “Don’t forget the best part.”

“Oh how could I forget?”

James groaned, “Sirius quit corrupting my wife to be as horribly sarcastic as you.”

“Prongs, I hate to tell you this but I actually think your wife is corrupting me.”

“Great we have the fifth Marauder on our hands,” James said beginning to bang his head on the kitchen table.

Sirius gave a bark like laugh, “Since when has James become the King of rudeness?”

“Since you guys Auror training and he’s driving me insane, thank Merlin you were sent to me to keep me sane.”

“And the two of you to drive me insane.”

“Oh stuff it Potter and learn how to smile,” Lily said sticking her tongue out at her husband.”

“Potter? Since when are we back on a last name basis, and the last time I checked you were a Potter too.”

“Nope,” Lily said shaking her head. “I am an Evans, through and through.”

“Sorry my dear you have become an unlucky Potter since our Wedding day.”

“But I am an Evans by heart.”

“The two of you stuff it!” Sirius yelled and then began to laugh like a maniac because of the looks of surprise he was getting from his two best friends. “What?! I can’t eat with the two of you bickering as if you guys have been married some fifty odd years.”

“We do not bicker,” Lily said snobbishly.

“Sorry Lily dear, but the two of you do.”

“James do you have the same idea that I have?”

“Yes I think I do Lily Flower.”

“W-what are you guys going to do to me?”

“Tickle war!” Lily and James both laughed and with a flick of their wand Sirius was screaming because of the double tickle charm.

Above them was the angel of Cassidy Black smiling down and she said where only she could hear, “Lily kept her promise to me. Lily and James will take care of my Sirius. I love you guys, and goodbye.”

Lily took both tickle charms off and turned to look at the guys, “Did it just become really cold in here or was it just me.”

“No I felt it,” Sirius nodded looking around.

“Me too.”

“What temperature do you guys keep it in here?”

“No idea,” Lily said shrugging her shoulders. “Hey Siri, do you want to watch The Wizard Of OZ?”

“Oooh, yes I do! You’ve got it here?”

“Yes.”

“And a telly?”

“Yes we’ve got one of those too,” Lily said laughing at how happy this was making their friend.

“Great,” James grumbled. “I got probably the only two freaks that have watched that movie a bazillion times!”

“Stuff it Potter,” Lily and Sirius said at the same time.

“Fine,” James said as he sat on the couch and pulled Lily into his lap.

Normally seeing any other couple the way Lily and James were would have broken Sirius’s heart since he didn’t have his Cassidy anymore. But for some reason the way Lily and James were gave Sirius some hope that he would be able to move on.

No Sirius would ever get over the death of Cassidy, after all Cassidy was the love of his life and you never got over the love of your life. But hopefully with friends like Lily and James, Sirius would be able to move on to be a happy person.

This is all that Cassidy wished for, that Sirius would be able to move on and be the person she fell in love with. Be the Sirius that everyone loved. Be the loving, funny Sirius that took Cassidy’s breath away. Be the Sirius that Cassidy had fell in love with.

***

That night Cassidy came to Sirius in his dreams…

“Sirius?”

Sirius turned around and the woman he saw before him brought tears to his eyes, “Cassidy!” Sirius ran to her and engulfed her in his arms, “I have missed you so much.”

“As I have missed you.”

“Why did you leave me?”

“I didn’t do it intentionally. I have come to tell you that I am fine and I am with our baby Aurora in heaven.”

“You are?!” Sirius said happily and kissed Cassidy passionately on her lips.

“Yes I am.”

“Tell her I love her.”

“She knows love.”

“Please come back to me.”

“I can’t,” Cassidy said sadly. “If I could, you know I would. I miss you terribly.”

“And I miss you.”

“I want you to move on.”

“Excuse me?”

“Sirius we fell in love young and we married young. I don’t want you to grieve my death until you are an old man and die.”

“I will never find a woman as special as you, I’ll never love anyone the way I loved you.”

“Just please don’t grieve me to death.”

Sirius nodded, “I promise.”

“I’m sorry we didn’t get a proper goodbye.”

“Me too.”

“You can kiss me goodbye now.”

“I’m not ready to say goodbye.”

“Sirius, we need to say goodbye.”

“Why?”

“This is the only time I am coming back to you.”

“Why?”

“You need to move on and your alarm is about to go off.”

Sirius nodded, “I love you Cassidy.”

“I love you too Sirius.”

“I miss you.”

“I miss you too.”

“Can I have a goodbye kiss?”

“Of course you can.”

Sirius leaned in and felt Cassidy’s soft lips upon his. Merlin, did it feel good to have her in his arms again, kissing those soft lips upon his again.

***

An alarm went off and Sirius was pulled from his dream, he was alone again. Cassidy was still dead and he would never see her beautiful soul again among him. This thought broke Sirius down all over again.

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