This is the sequel to The Dark Side Of The Moon! If you've never read that story, then DO NOT READ THIS or else you won't get anything. =)) But for those who've read TDSOTM, enjoy the sequel. I promise it'll be a happier one. :)
Just so you guys know, our story begins on the night of the Valentines' Ball. In TDSOTM, remember when Severus was watching Jo and Remus kissing out on the grounds? Well, Jo's life rested on what decision Severus would make. In TDSOTM, he chose to follow Voldemort's orders and well, he killed Jo. But in this story, what if Severus made a different choice? Read on to find out. ;)
"None of us thought it was gonna end that way; People are people and sometimes we change our minds, but it's killing me to see you go after all this time."
- Breathe by Taylor Swift
Severus looked out of the window. There they were—Jolie and Remus. Kissing. Severus sighed.
He was supposed to meet Lucius and Bellatrix here. They were going to fix out their plan on how Severus was to kill her. Jolie Potter.
…kill her? Severus thought. How can I do something like that? I promised her. Friends forever.
He looked around as the silence enveloped him. He found his situation eerie. Suddenly, he heard faint footsteps; Bellatrix and Lucius coming, most probably.
What am I going to do?
Severus looked back out of the window. Jolie and Remus were still kissing. What now?
For the first time, Severus let his emotions get the best of him. He would usually set them aside and follow his head instead of his heart. Usually never concerned about others, this was the first time he actually felt undecided.
But Severus had to make a choice soon, before Bellatrix and Lucius found him waiting. And as he looked back to Remus and Jolie, who weren't kissing anymore and now looked like they were talking, he whirled around and hurried out of the room.
He panted slightly, looking only straight ahead and there was no sound at all except his footsteps echoing through the hallways. He was going to Jolie, but he didn't know why. He just… well, he just wanted to.
As he turned around a corner, he almost bumped into Jolie and Remus.
"Severus?" Jolie asked, a little taken aback. Remus looked questioningly.
"Are you okay?" she asked, "You look shaken—"
"I just—" Severus stuttered and blinked rapidly. This was the first time he saw Jolie up close ever since the Ball. In her black and blue dress, she looked beautiful. Her hair, as usual, was as shiny as silk. And her eyes… well, her eyes were just like James'.
"I—I wanted to see you," Severus answered lamely.
"Well, I'm here now," Jolie smiled warmly. "Why did you want to see me?"
"Nothing," Severus answered automatically.
And then, without warning, he hugged Jolie as tight as he could, clenched his eyes shut and whispered to her, "I promised."
When he let go, he felt as if a large lump in his throat melted away. He felt relieved. Then he turned around and left, with no recognition of a goodbye.
Once Severus was gone, Jolie turned her head to Remus, frowning. "Do you have any idea what that was about?"
Remus was utterly confused as well. "None. I've never seen Snape act like that. He's always so… I dunno, cold. Stiff. Shallow."
"Well, if you get to know him real well, he's more than that… deep down," said Jolie.
Remus shrugged, "Way, way deep down."
He took her hand and they went back up to the Gryffindor common room.
"Where is he?!" Bellatrix hissed at Lucius.
He rolled his eyes, "I don't know, Bella! Snape should have been here. I have the dagger he's supposed to use to kill the Potter girl."
"What is it that's so special with that dagger? It's too blunt."
"It's sharp enough," Lucius answered sharply. "This dagger has been charmed by the Dark Lord himself.
"You know shape shifters aren't easy to get rid of, Bella," Lucius said as he paced. "The Dark Lord placed a powerful charm on the dagger so that the first person's heart it will pierce through—no matter who that person is, no matter how powerful, no matter what kind of abnormal magical features he or she has—that person will die. There are no exceptions," he smiled slyly.
Bellatrix stared at the dagger and slowly, smiled back. "Lucius… what if… well, we have no proof that Severus will kill Jolie, considering how close they've grown. What if I, or you—?"
"No!" Lucius turned to Bellatrix. "We can't. The Dark Lord specifically said that Snape has to kill her!"
"Fine," Bellatrix sighed. "The battle will continue tonight. If it doesn't succeed… blame it on Snape," she said bitterly.
"The Dark Lord's life rests on Snape's shoulders. I don't know why he chose such a foolish boy such as Severus Snape…" Lucius mocked Severus' name.
"We shouldn't question him! He knows what he's doing. The Dark Lord has never failed!" Bellatrix exclaimed to Lucius, as if talking about a loved one.
"Out of all the new recruits of Death Eaters, he had to choose Snape for this task. There as so many others who are much stronger than him—who are more than willing to kill Jolie."
"But we have to trust him, Lucius. He's our only chance."
"But what if she doesn't die?"
"Then it's either she tells us what was in her vision about the boy who will defeat the Dark Lord, or we kill her. Same goes for her friends."
"What do you mean?"
"I mean, Lucius, that I know Jolie Potter better than you do. She will do anything to save her friends—especially Remus Lupin."
There was a short pause and it was as if something clicked in Bellatrix and Lucius' brains. They slowly looked at each other and they knew they were thinking about the same thing.
Lucius looked thoughtful, "Remus Lupin, you say?"
Jolie and Remus were back in the common room early. In fact, they were the only ones there. They were snuggled up in one armchair in the corner of the room.
"Jolie," Remus called out silently.
"Hmm?" she snuggled closer to him.
"I love you."
Jolie laughed, "Of course you do—I love you, too."
"We'll always be forever, Jo."
"Forever is a long time."
Remus looked at Jolie thoughtfully.
"Do you remember," Jolie asked, "when we first met?"
And then they both laughed.
"That's impossible to forget," Remus replied.
"It seems like so long ago."
"Well, it's not."
"Time seems so fast—but when you look at it closely, you're not yet even halfway."
"Looking back, I find it hard to believe that we would end up like this."
And he kissed her quickly.
Jolie looked smug, "Well, I find it hard to believe that you find it hard to believe."
"You mean to say, you knew we would end up together?" Remus laughed.
Jolie rolled her eyes, "Why do you think I never gave up on you, Rem?"
"Because you fell madly in love with me," he joked and Jolie slapped his arm.
And then there was a pregnant pause.
"What's wrong?" Jolie asked.
"I have a gut feeling… I dunno. I feel like something bad's gonna happen. It's weird," he frowned.
"What do you mean, something bad?"
"I'm not sure. It's just that the feeling's bugging me."
"You mean earlier?"
"What would Snape have to do with anything?"
Remus shrugged and there was another moment of silence.
"If something bad does happen… well, let's say—if worse comes to worst. Like, uhm, when the time comes that I'm gone—" Jolie said, remembering what Professor Dumbledore last told her about being ready to face hardships, even death.
But Remus cut her off right away, "Jo, don't talk to me like that. That's not going to happen."
"I wish you're right, Rem. But just say that it does—"
"It's not! I'm not going to let anything—anything bad—happen to you."
Jolie just stared at Remus.
"I promise," Remus insisted.
"Remus, not all promises are meant to be kept."
"I'm determined to keep this one."
"But death won't be unstoppable!"
"Who says anything about death? Jo, why are you thinking that you're gonna die so soon?"
Jolie hung her head. She didn't know how to explain. It was all too complicated.
"It's not that I'm expecting myself to die soon," Jolie said slowly. "I'm just thinking that we… we have to be ready for everything. Especially hardships."
There was a short pause before Remus said quietly, "I understand what you mean."
"In case worse comes to worst, Rem. I'll never be gone. I believe in life after death," she said in an as-a-matter-of-fact tone.
"So do I," said Remus, "But you shouldn't worry so soon. We still have a long, full life, Jo."
Jolie placed her head on Remus' shoulder and took in a deep breath, "You never know, love."
Okay, so I know it's still just ONE chapter. But I've only just started, be patient. ;) R&R and please bear with me. My sched's so hectic because of school. But I'll be doing my best to post future chapters as fast as I can. :)