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Fifteen years later
"To next week, I want you all to write an essay about the right way to use a Patronus. And of course don't forget to mention why it can be important. If they are good, I might even show you how to use a Patronus to deliver messages. It can be very helpful." I winked at the class and ignored all the heavy sighs and annoyed groans. I might be the coolest teacher at Hogwarts, but that didn't mean that my students didn't have to show me good results. I collected my things and walked towards the door.
"Professor Black?" A girl asked when I walked past her. It was Madeleine, Prefect of Gryffindor in her seventh year at Hogwarts. "I was wondering if we could throw a party in the Gryffindor common room after the tests at the end of this year?" She looked at me hopefully and all around us, other Gryffindor's stopped to listen to our conversation.
I smiled. "That depends." I said simply.
"On what?" She asked carefully. Normally, she wasn't a shy girl, but she had great respect for all the teachers.
I raised an eyebrow. "Will I be invited?"
At this, she relaxed again and a few people chuckled. Madeleine sounded rather breathless. "Of course, sir."
"And what about Professor Lupin?" I asked.
"We would never forget him." Madeleine assured me. All the Gryffindor's loved Remus. It was rumored that he was one of their favorite teachers. Next to myself, of course.
"That's good." I nodded slowly. "And...?" Now I raised both eyebrows slowly.
"Of course we will also invite Ma'am Black. Professor Black, I mean." Madeleine corrected herself quickly and blushed.
I nodded in satisfaction. "That's great! Let me know when you want to do it and what you need. I will help with the preparations if I'm not busy at that time." I declared with a grin.
All around, the students nodded in agreement and I even heard the first ones starting to plan everything. With a smile, I left the classroom.
Just to run into another person. "I'm so sorry, I didn't see you -" The boy stopped when he realized who was standing in front of him. Right now, he had brown hair, but I knew that it wasn't always like this. The last time I'd seen him, it had been blue. "Uncle Sirius!" Teddy Lupin cried out and grinned at me.
"Didn't we agree that it's Professor Black at school?" I chuckled and hugged Remus' son. "What are you up to? Running through the school like this? You could have run into someone else and I bet they wouldn't take it this lightly."
Teddy looked over his shoulder and he tensed. "I was just -"
"There he is!" Someone else shouted and I heard footsteps getting closer. The seventh years who'd just left my classroom jumped out of the way quickly when two children came running towards us. They were first years.
"Oh no." Teddy muttered next to me.
"I see that you've just lost a game because of me." I couldn't keep the amusement from my voice.
"Teddy!" The boy cried loudly, but the girl was a little more hesitant. When they recognized me, they both stopped.
The boy was very small, even for his age. He had black, messy hair and brown eyes. When he saw me, he smiled sheepishly. "Uncle Sirius! I mean Professor Black." He corrected himself quickly when he noticed his mistake. Next to him, the girl didn't say anything. She was a little taller than the boy, with black locks and grey eyes.
I crossed my arms. "You know that you shouldn't be running through the castle like this." I said loudly. "As your Head of House, I have to warn you that this might cause trouble if you're not careful enough."
They exchanged a look and didn't say anything.
"You can be lucky that you just ran into me." I smiled slightly. "I bet Professor McGonagall wouldn't be too happy if you'd met her. Or Professor Flitwick." They were both getting older and slowly, the young students full of energy were getting difficult to handle for them.
"However, you didn't meet them." I continued and the faces of the children lit up. "You're here with me now. Ted Lupin, they will give you fifteen seconds to continue running away. Take the way outside, it shouldn't be that crowded there." Then I turned to the two others. "James Potter, Lily Black, try not to cause too much trouble."
"Of course, uncle Sirius." James said with a wide smile.
"Thank you, dad." Lily agreed.
I grinned at my godson and daughter. "Don't be late for dinner." The next words were directed at Lily. "Otherwise, your mother will be mad at me again. And don't get all dirty. I've told you the right spell to clean up that mess thousands of times by now!"
She nodded eagerly. "This time, I'll get it right."
"Of course you will." After all, she was just as brilliant as her mother. However, Hermione used to emphasize that she had that from me. Just like the tendency to do stupid things. Lily hugged me tightly and then I gave Teddy the sign to continue running.
When the three of them were gone, I heard someone chuckling behind me. I didn't turn around. "What's so funny, Moony?"
"I can't believe that students think you're strict, Pads." Remus voice echoed through the now empty hallway.
I turned to him and shrugged. "I have high expectations in their lessons."
"Which is only good. They all learn very much from you." Remus noted.
"However, I never claimed to be a good teacher outside of the classroom!"
We both laughed and started to walk towards the Great Hall. "They are feeling very well here in the castle." I knew that he meant James and Lily.
I nodded. "Did you expect something else?"
He shook his head. "Of course not."
"We're invited to a party." I told him. "The seventh years want to celebrate after the exams."
Remus grinned. "You could make a tradition of that."
"Good idea." I muttered.
"What's a good idea?" Another voice asked. "And please don't tell me that you let Lily go outside to play again. She has to learn for the exams! Especially when we'll visit the Burrow this weekend."
"She doesn't have to learn. She's brilliant and she can already perform every spell that's necessary for the exams." I threw in lightly. "Let her have some fun, love."
Hermione was looking at me through narrowed eyes, but she didn't say anything. I walked towards her and took her hands. "She'll be fine."
After a few more moments, Hermione nodded with a sigh. "I know. It's just..."
"You can't always worry about her." I reminded her softly. "That's not how it works. Otherwise, I would have died of concern when you were still at school." Now I couldn't stop myself from grinning and Hermione rolled her eyes. She opened her mouth to say something, but I just silenced her with a kiss. "Stop worrying, Mrs. Black."
"I'm not worried." She argued.
"You are." I leaned closer to her. "Tonight, I'll make you forget about all of it."
Even after all those years, she blushed. I laughed. "Come on, let's go to the Great Hall. Let the children have fun. Tomorrow, we'll go to the Burrow and then you'll see Harry, Ron and all the others again. Isn't that great?"
She nodded. On my other side, Remus smiled. "We'll also come." He told Hermione. "Molly has invited us."
"That's great!" She exclaimed.
We'd nearly reached the Great Hall when a voice behind us called. "Professor Black!" At once, Hermione and I turned around to face the boy who was running towards us. At this reaction, he froze.
I exchanged a look with Hermione and chuckled. Behind us, Remus also laughed softly. It was still difficult that two Professor Black's were running through Hogwarts. That's why most of the students were calling Hermione Ma'am Black. When she'd started teaching here about ten years ago, a few students had started this and by now, it was kind of normal. First, she didn't like it, but she got used to it soon. I'd known that it might not be easy when I urged her to take my last name after the wedding, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
"I'm sorry." The boy muttered now. He looked at me. "I want to talk to you, Professor Black. Sorry Ma'am." He muttered with a side glance at Hermione.
Hermione smiled. "It's fine. You just caught me off guard, Trevor."
"So what do you want to talk about?" I asked the boy.
He had a question about the homework I gave the second years. While we talked, Remus already walked to the Great Hall, but Hermione waited for me.
"Thank you so much!" Trevor said with a smile and left.
I raised my eyebrows at Hermione. "You didn't have to wait for me."
"I did." She said. "Now come on, let's go for a walk. We still have some time until dinner." She held out her hand and I took it. Together, we left the castle. In the distance, I could see three kids running around, laughing happily.
"They're growing up so fast." Hermione whispered.
I nodded. "Soon, Albus will also come to Hogwarts." Albus Severus was Harry's and Ginny's younger son.
"In two years." Hermione reminded me. "That's still some time."
"Time has a way of passing too fast when you're happy." I noted and wrapped my arms around her waist.
"That's true." She agreed. "He reminds you of him, doesn't he? James."
I nodded. "Even more than Harry. I never thought that it would be possible. Remus also sees it every time he looks at him."
Hermione turned around in my arms and smiled at me. "I love you." She whispered.
"I love you too." I kissed her softly.
"Ginny wrote me a letter." Hermione said slowly. "It will be a girl. They wanted to name her Lily, but we were faster."
I chuckled. "Only about eleven years." Actually, Harry and Ginny didn't plan to have a third child. However, it just happened and now they were both happy about it.
"Lily looks like you." As always when she was speaking of our daughter, Hermione's voice was soft.
"She has your hair." I muttered. We'd had this discussion millions of times in the past years. "I don't have that many curls."
Hermione laughed. "That's true." She ran a hand through my hair. After the war, I'd let it grow again and ever since, I kept it like that. Hermione liked it, that was all that mattered. "I caught Lily and James talking about Animagi this morning."
I chuckled. "It was just a matter of time."
"They're too young for that." Hermione protested.
"They are. But in a few years, I could help them with it." Suddenly, I felt excited about that.
"They would just cause more trouble. It's bad enough now. And James doesn't even have Harry's Invisibility Cloak yet!" Harry still needed it at his job as Head of the Auror Office.
"You also caused enough trouble when you were younger." I reminded her.
"Those were all Harry's and Ron's ideas!" She protested immediately.
I laughed. "Right. Blame it on the others."
"I hope Harry doesn't give James the Marauder's Map for their next year." Hermione muttered. "That would end in disaster."
"He can't because he doesn't have it anymore." I was still laughing.
Her eyes widened. "You had it all this time?"
"He gave it to me when I accepted the job as a teacher. He said it belonged to me and Remus anyway."
She tried to look offended. "Fifteen years and you didn't tell me?"
I kissed her on the cheek. "Don't be offended, love. You never asked."
"What are you even doing with it?"
"Preventing little troublemakers from using it." I grinned.
She rolled her eyes. "You're impossible."
"You love me." I touched her cheek carefully.
"I do." She sighed, but there was a smile on her lips.
"Maybe we could also visit your parents this weekend?" I suggested. "I bet they would be happy."
"Do you think that Molly will let us go?" Hermione asked skeptically.
"I bet she'll be happy when we're gone again. She's invited so many people."
"I'd like to see my parents again." She said after a few seconds. "And I bet Lily would also be happy to see her grandparents."
Suddenly, a loud cry echoed through the grounds. It wasn't human.
Seconds later, Buckbeak was flying through the air towards Hagrid's house.
"Should we go visit him?" Hermione asked with a smile.
I nodded. "That would be great."
Hand in hand, we walked towards where my old friend was waiting for us.