Valuing Your Virtues (Book 4)

One thing you'll learn in life is to value your virtues. Even though it may be hard to do. After losing something so great, it might not be easy to get back on track, but it starts to become easier after you accept yourself for what you have, instead of what you've lost. After losing my father, it wasn't a happy time, but I'm here. I'm still alive, and I'm still fighting. Me, Athena Black, has realized something grand. That is to not give up until you've realized what you've got.

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Athena's POV

We fell asleep in each other's arms on the floor. It sounds weird, but it was nice. The next day, I knew I had to do something other than sit in the house all day, so I left Fred there to move things into the flat while I went to the nearest park.

I sighed and walked down the path slowly, looking around at my surroundings. I always loved the outdoors. It was nice to be outside and get some sunlight after being barricaded in the house for so long. I looked up at the sky to notice very few clouds and the most brilliant shade of blue. I smiled and continued to walk.

When I reached the opening that lead to a swing set and a few benches, I saw three people sitting on the ground, laughing. One girl and two guys. It struck me odd that the girl looked scarily like myself and I couldn't help but stare. When I walked by, I made my best attempt to avert my eyes, but she caught me looking at her.

"Hey!" She called and I silently cursed myself. I swallowed hard and walked over to the three.

"Y-yes?"

"You look familiar. Do I know you?" She said, narrowing her eyes which seemed to be the only thing different. They were a deep green. Very pretty, and very different from my own. She was a little but taller I noticed when she stood up, and I shook my head.

"I don't think so, but you do look quite familiar as well," I spoke quietly.

"What's your name?" She asked in a very clear American accent. I silently laughed at her forwardness. It was something I admired in people. I was quite shy, so it intrigued me at how blunt people could be.

"Athena. Athena Black." I said and she looked surprised. "And yours?"

"Artemis Black." She said proudly and I furrowed my eyebrows. Why did that sound like I knew it from somewhere. She was obviously related to me, hence the name and the looks, but how?

"Who's your parents? If you don't mind me asking," I added hastily. She laughed at me before speaking again.

"I never knew who my mom was, but my biological dad's name is Regulus Black. Perhaps you've hear of him?" She asked and I gasped.

"I never knew Uncle Regulus had a daughter," I smirked.

"You're Sirius' kid?" She asked, amused. At the mention of my fathers name, my heart dropped. I composed myself quickly and nodded.

"That's right,"

"So how is Uncle Sirius?" She asked with a grin.

"Dead," I said bluntly. "Never the matter, how come I'm only meeting you now?"

She looked a slight bit upset, but she must've ignored it. "Dad left me in America where I would be safe when The Dark Lord was strong. I got adopted into a family with six overprotective, and slightly insane brothers. Four older, and two younger. I came back to find some of my family. Well, whatever was left, about a year ago, and now I'm here. Oh, these are my two best friends Alan and Joe, don't mind them." I nodded at the two and they returned the favour.

"How old are you?"

"Nineteen," she said and I nodded. A year older than I was.

"Right," I muttered.

"So, when are you free? I'd love to learn about some of my family sometime." She grinned.

"Sure... Why not. I'll owl you sometime," I smiled.

"Can't wait." She said and hopped off with the other two in tow. I stared blankly at the spot where she stood moments ago. Uncle Regulus had a kid? Why is that so hard to comprehend?

I shook my head and turned to walk away with this new information stuck in my head. I have a cousin that isn't a Death Eater (other than Andromeda and Tonks). How in the hell?

I stumbled back into the flat that I was now a half owner of. "Fred?"

"Yes?" He smiled, walking around a corner.

"Regulus had a kid. I just met her." I said softly.

"Really?"

"Yeah... Apparently he left her in America when Voldemort was at his strongest. He wanted her to be safe or something.

"That's weird. She's not... Is she?"

"No, at least I don't think she's a dark wizard. She told me she came back to find some of her family. I can't wait until she finds out that most of them are dead or Death Eaters." I muttered.

"That'll be a right shock," he grinned and hugged me tightly.

"Yeah, it will." I smiled. "What's left to do?" I asked, looking around.

"Not much now, but mum wants to see us, so I say we should probably go back to The Burrow." He grinned.

"That sounds nice," I smiled.

"Now, or later?"

"I wouldn't mind now, I mean if we get whatever's left we can stay here for good." I said.

"I can't believe we finally have our own house." He sighed.

"I know, and guess what we get to do in our own house?" I asked and wiggled my eyebrows.

"W-what?" He asked, swallowing hard.

"Clean the bathroom!" I exclaimed and he glared at me for a moment.

"Oh whatever. Let's get this over with so we can go," he rolled his eyes.

***

"Oh I'm so proud of you two!" Molly said happily once we told her how everything was going.

"Come on mum," Fred muttered. I laughed and hugged his mother, so happy that she was being so supportive of us.

"When did Harry get here?" I heard Ginny ask.

"What? Harry isn't here," Molly waved her off.

"But his trunk is here, and so is Hedwig!" Ginny stressed.

"Did I hear someone say Harry?" Ron popped out and asked.

"Yeah, when did he get here?"

"He isn't here, I think I would know if my best friend was here." He rolled his eyes.

"Oh come on! His stuff is downstairs if you don't believe me!"

I glanced at Fred and he shrugged. "Let's go check it out." We walked down and just as Ginny said, Harry's stuff was sitting there, and just when I was starting to get confused, he stepped out of nowhere.

"Harry!" I exclaimed and hugged him so tightly.

"Athena! How've you been?" He asked.

"You have absolutely no idea, and I don't think you want to, honestly." I laughed.

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