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Alright, here it is, the epliouge to this story. I am extremely sad that this story is now ending and and I am sorry for another sad ending.
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When the air is cold and the wind is blowing with no sound and a lonely man is standing atop a grass covered hill, something is wrong with the world. Although, that day, the world was the happiest it could have ever been, as the threat that had killed and frightened so many people was now gone, forever.

So it was a shock to the wizards that happened to pass by that hill that night to see one of their own so depressed. But then they remembered the same thing: Those where his friends. The ones that had died, the one that had betrayed everyone. The ones that had sacrificed themselves for the saving of mankind and the one that had as good as killed all three of them.

Remus Lupin was the lonely man standing on that hill, waiting patiently for the last surviving member to arrive and speak with him. He gazed out at the horizon and watched the rest of the sun set behind the clouds making it the first night with them gone; making it the night of November 1st.

He heard a shuffling behind him and saw Li Murphy hobbling on her gnarled and worn out cane towards him. The smile that would have usually grazed his features at the sight of her was absent and the same went for her.

"Remus." She breathed, tears already forming in her eyes.

"Li." He nodded in return. "When did you find out?"

"I was on my way over. I had bought a gift for Harry and when I got there...." She trailed off and looked at the ground intently. "They didn't deserve it." She whispered at the ground.

"They knew it might have been coming. But no one deserves a death like that. What will happen to Harry?"

"Dumbledore's sending him off to live with....with.....with her sister." Li couldn't even bring herself to say her dearest friend's name.

"Why?"

"I told him that you and me and..." She stopped and looked around, "Where is Sirius?"

Remus was now the one to advert his gaze to the ground and when he looked up he asked, "You haven't heard?"

"Heard what?"

"Sirius killed Peter."

"What?" Li gasped shocked.

"Yes, and it is said that he betrayed them to Voldemort."

"Sirius? Our Sirius? Sirius Black?" Li repeated shocked and confused. "But where is he?"

"In Azkaban. The Ministry brought him in right after he killed Peter and 12 Muggles." He explained gravely.

"That's a lie. He would never do that."

"Then how did Voldemort find them, Li?"

Li opened and then closed her mouth, lost for words. "I don't know," She finally gasped out. "Maybe someone else knew, but he wouldn't do it! He just wouldn't."

"I know, but what other explaination is there? No one else knew where they where except for Sirius and Dumbledore. That's it. Sirius was their Secret Keeper." Remus snapped angrily, sitting forcefully down on a rock, rested his elbows on his knees and placed his face in his hands.

The howling wind and darkening sky blocked everything out from the small hill, leaving the two depressed and shocked friends in utter silence. Li snuck a glimpse at Remus, who was staring impassively at the little town that was nestled just below the ridge of the mountain there.

"And Voldemort?" She started tentively, not wanting him to blow some unwanted anger her way. "Are the rumors true? Is he gone for good?"

"Yes." He nodded in return, "But Dumbledore reckons that there are ways that he can still come back."

"Leave it to Dumbledore to always expect the worst." Li said, trying to lighten the mood. "And is it true about Frank and Alice?"

"What about Frank and Alice?"

"I heard they where tortured, badly. The paper said that they would have to remain in St. Mungo's forever." Li said gravely.

"Does the Ministry have any idea who did it?"

"There was a hearing with the people accused, Bellatrix Lestrange was one of them."

"I hate that woman." Remus muttered darkly under his breath.

"And Mr. Crouch's son."

"You mean Crouch sent his own son to Azkaban?"

"Yes, he's going to even more drastic measures to round up all of Voldemort's followers and have them rot in Azkaban for the rest of their lives." She pasued. "Everything's going to change now, isn't it?" She whispered suddenly, walking slightly apart from Remus.

He looked at her retreating back before getting up slowly and walking up next to her. "Everything's going to be alright again." He responded, "So yes, everything is going to change." He turned around to face her fully and saw that tears had slowly been making their way down the folds in her skin.

"Li?" He asked gently, turning her towards him and wiping away some of the stray tears.

"I never got to say goodbye, to any of them." She choked, leaning into Remus' patched and frayed cloak and started sobbing into it. "I'll never be nagged by her again to stop acting like I'm still 30. I'll never be able to laugh at those two guys for playing pranks or for letting Harry play with their wands again. I'll never be myself again, everything in the world is going to change, but I won't be able to change with it. I want everything to stay the same, I don't want to forget them.... but then I do, I want to forget everything so that all the pain of not being able to see them again will go away," She paused and looked up at Remus in the eye. "I don't think we should see each other anymore." Li finished, breaking away from him.

"What do you mean?" He asked confused. "You mean, not even write to each other? Just pretend as if we died along with James and Lily?"

"I think this is the end," She responded. "I don't want to remember the past, and just seeing you..... I remember what life used to be like, what I used to be like; beautiful and young. And... and......"

"Li, just forgetting everything? Leaving the past behind? That.... that's silly. Running away from everything won't make this go away. Besides, you're not acting like yourself-"

"I don't feel like myself!" She shouted deliriously, her voice coming out wheezy and rasped. "I don't want to be myself, I miss them, Remus, and-"

"And you think I don't?" He asked, walking forwards and grabbing her shoulders. "If you think that you are the only one who's affected by their deaths, you're wrong. McGonagall is affected, Hagrid's extremely upset, even Dumbledore. He's a wreck, I went to see him today, he just keeps saying that if only they had been more careful with the charms and spells that they still might be alive and worrying about what he had to do about Harry."

"Like I said, he said she had to go live with those Muggles, couldn't be raised be us. He said something about 'better protection' but he was mumbling pretty profusely so I couldn't hear him very well." She walked back towards the rock and sat down upon it; breathing heavily and wiping dried tears from her face with the back of her hand.

"I should be going." She said quietly, getting up slowly and hobbling away.

"Li, wait!" Remus called after her, running to catch up. "Please don't go yet."

"Why not? Like I said, I don't want anythig to do with the past, and you're part of the past." She remarked.

"Please don't cut me off completely, we're the only ones left. All we have is each other, we need each other."

"No we don't."

"And why not?"

"Because, the world isn't dangerous anymore. We don't need to be frightened of walking out of our homes or going out with friends or fighting for what be believe in." Li said with authority in her voice, turning her back on her former boyfriend and friend, but was turned swiftly back around towards him.

"Let go of me." She demanded quietly, trying to pull her arm out of his grasp.

"We still need each other. Horrible things will change us and we won't be able to move on without them if we don't stick together." Remus pointed out. "If you want to never see me again, fine, let that be. But don't break contact with me completely. At least keep on writing letters."

Li seemed to ponder this over in her head before finally prying his hand off her. "I'll think about it." She said, walking off.

"Where are you going?" Remus yelled to her as he saw her pulling out her wand.

"To see the house." She said, apparating away with Remus soon following after her. The squeezing through a rubber tube sensation that he felt whenever he apparated seemed to hurt twice as much as it normally did as he followed Li to Godric's Hollow.

When he arrived at the ruin he could still see a faint outline of where the Dark Mark had been only hours before. He spoted Li immediately walking slowly and cautiously through the shattered pieces of glass from the windows sticking up at odd angles and the splintered pieces of wood from the walls jutting out at every corner. Remus quickly caught up with her and watched her carefully as she ascented the stairs and walked towards what had once been Harry's nursery.

The yellow wallpaper with moving animals was practically all burned off, his wooden crib with charms of protection carved on the outside was on its side, several bars broken. The toy broom that Sirius had given Harry for a first birthday present only months ago was broken in half and the twigs where still smoking slightly. The blankets and sheets from the various pieces of furniture around the room lay either ripped or thrown over the dressers or the changing table.

Li looked around the room sadly, tears welling up in her eyes, and she put all her weight onto her cane as she slowly fell toward the ground. Remus rushed over to help her get up, but she waved him away like an annoying fly. The tears that she hadn't shed on the hill came forward in a rush, staining the blue carpet with something other than wood and paint. She moved her hands up to her neck and pulled off a necklace that Remus reckonized to be a locket that Lily had given Li as a thirteenth birthday present. She opened the necklace and gazed longily at the moving picture of the happy, smiling three thirteen year old girls in that picture that where completely oblivious about what was going to happen to them in the future.

Just as she was about to place the necklace on the floor, Remus took her hand gently and whispered, "I know a better place for that." Before apparating them away to a place where he hoped they would both be able to say goodbye.

When they arrived at the graveyard that Remus and Li had visited too many times to count this year she stopped and refused to move another inch. "Come on, don't worry, it'll be alright." He reassured her, taking her hand just like they used to, and lead her over towards the graves.

The gray headstones that marked Lily and James' grave didn't fit the personality of most of the occupants of that peticular graveyard; and it didn't fit in with theirs either.

Lily Marie Evans Potter Born April 4, 1952 Died October 31, 1981 James Edward Potter Born January 17, 1952 Died October 31, 1981 The Greatest Thing that Could have Ever Happened to Each Other

The last part was one that Remus had heard Sirius say about the two of them constantly, so he had decided to add it on. He brought Li up to the headstone and nudged her with his hand to place the locket there.

"It'll serve better use here then it that house."

"It could get stolen."

"Then put a charm on it. That's what I'm doing." He said, pulling a gold ring from his pocket and placed it on top of the stone and setting a protective charm on it.

"What is that?" Li asked.

"James' wedding ring. I found it on the ground in the entrance way by the stairs." Remus answered, stepping back from the stone and gazing at it from afar.

Li stared at him a little longer before too placing the locket on the top of the stone and putting a charm on it. She then leaned in closer towards the side of the stone that belonged to Lily and placed her hand on her friend's name.

"I'll miss you very much, I do already. But then, how could somebody not miss you? You where perfect. There was nothing about you that none of us didn't like. You where just occasionaly oblivious about your feelings, though. But it all worked out in the end, for however short a time. I'll probably come to see you everyday, until I can learn to let things go and except the fact that you won't be talking me to anymore; I hope that you don't mind. And I probably look stupid now, talking to a gravestone. But I need to, and I need to tell you that I will never forget you, Lily Evans, and I don't want you to forget about me while you're up there. And I hope that you and Bri are taking good care of each other." Li whispered, more tears falling, landing on the stone and ground quietly. She took a deep breath and hobbled slowly over to where Remus was waiting for her.

"You alright?" He asked.

"Yes."

"You still want to go seperate ways, then?" He asked uncertainly.

"Only if you want to." She said, looking up at him.

"Not yet.... did you say goodbye?" Remus asked her, facing her completely.

"Yes, but you know Remus, goodbye doesn't mean forever." Li pointed out as they apparated away to start their new lives and live once more without dying themselves as they both realized that they both had an important part to play in the outcome of the world and they didn't want to miss out on it.

As for Lily and James, they didn't really die, as they can always be found in the one place that holds the greatest thing: love.



Well, it's done. That's it. I would like to thank all the loyal readers and reviewers who have stuck with me from the first chapter of 'A Different Answer'. I hope that you all enjoyed these two stories and check out my new L/J stories that should be coming up sometime this month.

And Lily and James' birthdays, I made those up as I am not sure of their real ones and if my math is wrong, sorry, cause math isn't my strong point.

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