I'll Stand By Your Side (Book 3)

Athena Black's seventh and final year at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry brings more than she could ask for. Dolores Umbridge, The latest Defence Against the Dark arts teacher is beginning to take over the school in the Ministry of Magic's attempt to keep the news of Voldemort returning to power on the down low, and that doesn't settle well. Athena is the youngest member of The Order of The Phoenix and is determined to do the best she can to help, as long as she can stand by the sides of the ones she loves. (Book three to the Proud To Be series)

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15. epilogue

Athena's POV

"Come on," Eli whispered, leading me off the Hogwarts express. I was still extremely disoriented from what had happened earlier that week.

"I'm fine," I tried to convince her, but she didn't believe me. I caught sight of Remus and when he saw me, his already worried face worsened. "He's there," I told her, pointing to my godfather.

"Okay," she said and helped me over to him. Once we stopped in front of him I stood there for a moment. We both stared at each other, not saying anything, until I finally collapsed into his arms, completely breaking down again. He held me and I didn't want to let go of him. If I did, I might just lose him too.

"Are you two ready to go?" He asked us shakily. It was clear he was trying his best to keep it together. I tried my best to compose myself, and I nodded.

"Let's go," I whispered, but didn't move. "We aren't going back to Number Twelve Grimmauld Place, are we?" He looked at me for a moment before finally answering.

"I'm afraid so, Athena. But we don't have to stay. You can go home with Eliana if you want." Remus said. As much as I didn't want to go back, I had to.

"No. If you're staying, I am. And that's that." I said, and I let him lead me and Eli away from Platform 9 3/4.

***

"You can go in there and put your things away. I have to do some things..." I said, barely looking at Eli.

"You okay?"

"Fine. Just... I'll be out in a while." I whispered and walked in the other direction, right into dad's bedroom. I stood in the doorway and didn't move. I felt glued to the spot, and I didn't really want to. Now that he's dead, it felt wrong going into his room. But I don't even care anymore. Not at all.

I sat down on the edge of his bed and grabbed a fist full of the sheets, and without warning, I let out a loud, body racking sob. I clinger to his bed as if he'd come back if I did so. It was one of the only things I had left of him.

"Why did you have to go?!" I cried. "Why couldn't you at least let me say goodbye?" I curled up into a ball and clutched one of his pillows to my chest. "I just got you back," I whispered.

"You know, I don't think he did it intentionally," a soft voice spoke from the door. "I thought you'd be in here." Remus said and walked over to me.

"Why'd he have to go?" I asked as he sat down next to me.

"Nobody really knows, Athena. But I'm sure he would've loved to be there when" he paused and closed his eyes "when you get married. It would've been one of his most memorable events." He said and I laid my head on his lap.

"I just wanted him to be there for once, but now..." I held a hand over my mouth to muffle my loud sobs.

"I know, and it's truly terrible. But it isn't like he didn't want to be there for you," he pointed out and brushed the hair from my face. I sat up and he hugged me tightly.

"I have a question for you," I said softly and laid my head on his chest.

"Anything,"

"Well, since dad... Since dad can't, I was wondering if you would walk me down the isle at my wedding?"

He looked at me for a moment, before giving a sad smile. "I would be honoured to, Athena."

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