Prologue Part 1: July 31, 1980

St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries saw more than its share of births since its founding in the 1600s. So when Lily and James Potter apparated into the main lobby of the hospital claiming that the woman's water had broken no one was surprised when several trainee healers swarmed around the couple to take them to the birth ward.

James, as expected, had been in a state of panic and had immediately sent an owl to his best friends and Dumbledore, letting them know that Lily had gone into labor. Her cries and screams could be heard from the hospital hallway, the couple's friends and family gathered. The other three Marauders had scrambled to make it to Saint Mungo's to be there to support their brother, and it was a good thing too, as James was panicking. Question after question was running through the man's mind, which was going so fast it was a wonder that he didn't have steam coming out of his ears. 'Would the child have antlers? Was there going to be more than one child?'

Of course, Sirius and the others reminded him that they had checked a dozen times and there was no way that there was going to be a problem with the child (or children) because of him being an animagus. That Lily was going to be just fine, and the only thing they could do right now was let the healers do their jobs and not get in their way. Thirty minutes later a healer ran out, collected James; saying his wife was demanding his presence, leaving the others to there own thoughts and worries until nearly 4 hours later.

By the time Remus, Sirius and Peter had entered the small hospital room the excitement was over, and two new souls had made their way into the world. The two babies were sleeping in the arms of their parents, a boy in James' arms and a girl in Lily's. For the next half, an hour there was silence as the five adults drunk in the sight of pure lights that had been born in a time were darkness had reigned for long that many had forgotten what light, what hoped looked like.

"I swear this one is going to be the prankster of the two," Sirius commented, pointing at the baby resting in James' arms and breaking the silence that had filled the room.

"I don't care if they both decide to be pranksters, or if they're both goody two shoes," James replied, shifting the baby in his arms, "Both are going to be amazing." Lily smiled at her husband before looking down at their daughter.

"Have you two decided on names yet?" Remus asked as he leaned against the wall on the right-hand side of the hospital bed.

"Is Elevendork still a possibility?" Sirius asked, looking back and forth between Lily and James.

"Not today Padfoot, I'm afraid Lily put her foot down on that one."

"Damn." Laughter gently filtered through the room from the five adults until a gurgling noise filled the air. The baby girl had been awakened from her sleep thanks to the sound, but she didn't seem to mind it as she was smiling at all of them, her bright hazel eyes glimmering with happiness as she waved her small fist through the air. This, of course, prompted more laughter from the adults who woke up her older brother, who began crying.

"Oh now we've done it," James said quickly trying to sooth the baby in his arms. To everyone's surprise, however, the baby girl let out a scream which shut up her brother.

"Looks like she's going to be the bossier of the two," said Peter as he leaned over his slightly protruding stomach to get a better look at the baby girl. She babbled again and reached up as if trying to touch Peter's face while her brother let out his noise as if to test if he was allowed to make any.
"You still haven't answered the question yet Prongs. Have you decided on names yet?"

James looked over at his wife who smiled and nodded," The boy is Harry James Potter after my father and this little light," She looked down and smiled at her daughter, who reached up to try to catch one of her mother's strands of dark-red hair," is Alexandria Lily Potter."