A Secret is Meant to be Kept

When Ron lashes out at Hermione and gets them into a sticky situation, Hermione transports herself back in time. But the Marauders Era was a bit farther than she expected. She must figure out how to reverse the spell, deal with falling in love all over again and fight against some of the most notorious Death Eaters, who are inside the castle's walls. Not as intruders, but as classmates.

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49. Would It Make You Stay

As the battle raged on, Hermione had undoubtedly done her share.  Death Eaters fell, left and right, and Hermione was attempting to decide if it would be right to kill one of them.  They of course would keep coming back, but what gave her the right to kill any of them?  She didn't even belong here.  And, the more she thought about it, the more it made sense.  The spell she cast was not to just send her back in time, but to serve a purpose.  She had to change whatever had gotten her into that predicament, but she was unsure if it would be as large at Voldemort.  Was it to change one part of history, something small that would tear down his uprising, or go straight to the root of the problem, and kill Tom Riddle himself.  All of the things crammed in her head began to jumble together.  When she was able to clear her head, she only found one logical  way to solve her problem.  Peter Pettigrew.

"That's it!  Peter!" She screamed.  She ran as fast as she could, positive that the wretched coward would be here somewhere.  "Sirius, find Peter!" She screamed at him from afar.  He nodded, and immediately stunned the Death Eater he was currently battling, and ran to help her search.  She stopped dead in her tracks, and as she saw the image before her, she sank to her knees and put her face in her hands.  Remus, standing over a lifeless Carressa Aislin.  He was screaming something as Lily attempted to comfort him.  Everything stopped right there.  The world meant nothing to Hermione in that moment, and suddenly it all made sense.  Hermione had never heard of Carressa in her future life.  Remus had found it so hard to love someone, to latch onto something, to find someone he could trust, and put his faith into, and it was because the one person he truly loved, the only person he had ever loved, was dead.  She was gone, and there was no going back from there.  

"How could I not have seen it before?!"  Hermione whispered into her hands.  "How could I be so stupid?!  So naive?!" She sobbed softly.  As she looked up at Remus, weeping into Lily's arms, she let out a small cry, before kneeling next to Carressa.  She checked for a pulse, and went to work on her task.  She applied pressure to Carressa's chest, and let her wand dance across the air, as she cast enchantments over the body.  After about 5 minutes, Hermione bent down to check for a pulse once more.  And as she took a deep breath, she could feel a heart beating.  A slow, steady pace, very labored, very light.  Hermione stood, and backed away, "I... I can't.. I can't do anything else... She.  She's breathing on her own.  There's a pulse.  I don't know how long it will last."

Remus ran from Lily's arms, to Carressa's side, and bent down next to her.  He moved a locked of red hair from her face, and looked at her.  

"Please don't leave me." He whispered to her.  After getting no response, he looked around frantically, unsure of what to do, or how to react.  He began to cry once more, and put his face down into Carressa's hair.

"I don't want to." Said a muffled, scratchy voice.  Remus jerked his head away from Carressa's hair, and looked at her now open, watery eyes.  "But I have to Remus.  I have to go now."

"No you don't.  You can stay here, with me.  Please, we can stay here together, go home.  We were going to be together forever.  Grow old.  We can still have that?"  Said Remus softly.

"I love you, Remus."

"Please Carressa!  Please don't go, I love you."

"I have to go.  I can't stay here like this forever.  I want you to know, that you will find someone, someone who can love you like I do.  I just hope she doesn't have red hair.  Maybe it will be a pretty color.  Like pink, or blue." She chuckled, very softly.

"I think red is beautiful Carressa." Smiled Remus,

"Maybe it will change colors!  That way she will never have to put up with just one stupid old boring color like me." She mumbled on.

"I like your eyes too, beautiful Cerulean." He whispered, knowing that it didn't matter anymore, that she no longer had any power left to register what was being said to her.  Knowing that when she stopped talking, she would be gone.

"She will be brave, and pretty, and strong, and you can live your life with her.  And remember, when you are ready to see me again, you can always come home, and see me, and stay with me.  We can talk and laugh." She said thoughtfully.  "You are going to be so happy here." She said, softly, before her eyes became glossy, and her expression frozen.

"If I told you I loved you, would it make you stay?" He whispered softly, to Carressa's motionless body.

Time passed by, and around them, the fighting died out, and around them were scattered bodies.  A small group formed near Remus and Carressa, and as Sirius returned to them with Peter in his grip, he handed him to a nearby Order member before slowly walking to Hermione to take in the damage.

"What's happened?" He asked.

"If I told you I loved you, would it make you stay?" Hermione asked before leaning deep into Sirius' arms.

"Forever."

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