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Chap3: Talks.

“How old is she?”

“Almost four,” Harry answered as they sat down at a picnic table far enough away that she wouldn’t be able to see or hear them but close enough where Harry would be able to keep an eye on his little angel. Sirius still looked shocked.

“What’s her name?” Remus asked finally speaking.

“Take a wild guess. Whom does she look like?”

“She’s your mother made over,” Sirius breathed.

“Lily.”

“Yep,” Harry said. “Lily Haylei Potter. It was what her mum wanted her to be called. You can guess that I didn’t put up to much of an argument.”

“Which is whom?” Sirius asked rather sharply. Harry looked at him. He knew that Sirius was angry. He had never been naïve enough to think that eh wouldn’t be. He’d just hoped that they would be just as kind and sweet to Lily as they would be if they weren’t mad at him. Harry knew discussing her mother would be necessary, but he would try to keep it brief and hoped that they would let him.

“Ginny,” he finally answered, knowing full well that they could guess who it was but knowing the reaction he would still get.

“”What?! But Ginny she…” He abruptly stopped when he noticed the look of pain on Harry’s face. “We heard that she…”

“Disappeared,” Harry finished, feeling about a hundred hands pulling at the knot in his chest. He missed her so much. But the moment had come. He had to explain what had happened, so he continued. “We got married at the beginning of her sixth year and she got pregnant shortly after. We weren’t trying I can assure you, but she did get pregnant. Voldemort was killed about a month after Lily was born and Ginny was taken two months after that.”

Remus and Sirius sat across from him, wide-eyed and silent, expecting more. More detail, more insight, and more knowledge of what had happened. When they realized Harry didn’t want to go into anymore detail they asked the only question they had left.

“Can we meet her?”

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“Daddy!!” Lily screamed as she ran towards her father. He scooped her up in his arms and kissed her cheek. “Hi, baby,” he said as he picked her up. “Did you have fun?”

“Yeah, expect when Christopher started crying and did that for about an hour,” she said, rolling her eyes. Harry laughed.

“No, he didn’t. He cried for about ten minutes, lil’ bit,” Hermione said, kissing Harry on the cheek and hugging them bothe goodbye. “We’ll see you two later. Bye, Sirius. Bye, Remus.”

“You ready to go home?” Harry asked her. The sun was setting and he knew she must be tired, even though she’d never admit it. She nodded and waved goodbye to everyone. When she turned back around she noticed the two men standing off to the side of her father. “Who’s that? They look familiar.”

“Do you remember that photo album I showed you? The one with my parents and their wedding.” She nodded. “Well, then you remember the pictures of them and their friends.” She nodded again. “This is them. Sirius and Remus.”

Her little jaw dropped as she looked at them. “I remember! Sirius is your godfather and Remus was your teacher.” She looked back at him to make sure she was right. He nodded and she looked back at the guys, stuck out her hand and said, “I’m Lily. Nice to meet you.”

On the ride home, Lily talked continuously, never stopping unless she had to breathe. (She always did that when she was tired.) Sirius and Remus seemed to pick up on this and jumped right in, entertaining her until she fell asleep.

“That is one energetic kid you have there, Harry,” Remus said. “I can definitely see the family resemblance.”

Harry laughed. “That what everyone says, once they’ve spent some time with her.” He toke his eyes off the road long enough to glance at his daughter as he pulled into the driveway. “Home sweet home.”

Harry got out of the car, went around and unbuckled his sleeping daughter from her car seat. He pulled her out gently, careful not to wake her up even though she could sleep through the apocalypse, and carried her into to house.

“You need some help, dad?” Sirius whispered with a smirk on his face.

“Very funny. No, I got her,” Harry whispered back as a husky dog walked up to them. “Hey, Shadow.” Then turning back to the guys he said, “I’m gonna put her to her bed. Make yourselves at home. I’ll be right back.” He turned and went upstairs, Shadow at his heels.

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Once he was out of earshot, as far as Sirius could tell anyway, he spoke to his best friend. “We need to have a major talk with him. Find out why he keep this a secret.”

“And why he’s still so nervous. We already know about her, but I think he may think that we’ll turn our back or something.” Sirius nodded at his friend’s statement. He knew that there was something else going on in Harry’s mind. And he was glad he was here this time.

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When Harry got back downstairs he found Sirius and Remus in the kitchen, right where he had left them, only they were now sitting down, drinking butterbeer. Harry made his way into the room. But before he could say anything Sirius started the talk that Harry had anticipated ever since he had found out that were returning.

“Voldemort’s gone. You have a completely different life. You have a career as a professional quidditch player, a four-year-old daughter who adores you, a dog, a great house, a great car, and you have all of this alone,” he said, toke a breathe and continued. “When we left we were assured that you would be okay. You would make a good life for yourself even if we weren’t there. But you were told to send word if anything happened and you needed us. You gave us your word on all of that. And you have made a great life for yourself, in spite of the circumstances.” He stopped as if letting it sink in as Harry reflected on the night he made those promises.

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“I don’t want you guys to go. I don’t want you to leave me. I can’t do this alone,” Harry sobbed. He had just got his godfather back he didn’t want to lose him again.

“We will be fine and so will you. We won’t be gone forever,” Sirius said trying to comfort his godson. “But you remember what I told you yesterday?” Harry nodded. “You be good. You go and you make us all proud. Now promise. Promise me that if something goes amiss and you need us you will send for us. You don’t have to go through this alone. We’ll always be there when you need us. Now promise.”

“I promise.”

“Be good and take care of yourself,” He said as he walked out of the door, leaving Harry alone once again.”

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“This had to be so hard for you,” Sirius breathed finally.

“It was, Sirius,” Harry said. “But everything is okay now.” He waited a few more minutes before continuing. “I’m sorry I didn’t say anything.”

“Why didn’t you?”

“I don’t know. I guess I just couldn’t face you. No matter how much I needed you.”

Then without any warning Harry's heart leapt into his throat as they all heard a piercing scream come from an upstairs bedroom, his daughter's room.

"Mummmy!!" The little child screamed.

Harry ran, Sirius and Remus on his heels, to his little girl, his life, the only one he had left.

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