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

Training wasn't as bad as usual, so instead of apparating, I decided to walk for some of the way. I was about halfway home and I didn't have any energy to do anything anymore, so I decided it was time.

When I got home, Fred was already there and I smiled to myself. He could be doing anything, anything at all, and he'd make my day so much better. He was asleep on the couch and he looked perfect. I walked over and took my sweater off and crawled on top of him and laid my head on his chest.

"Well hello," he smiled.

"Hi," I beamed.

"How was your day?"

"Not too bad, actually. But I missed you." I told him and he smiled.

"Well if it makes you feel any better, I missed you too." He said and kisses the top of my head.

"I'm tired," I whined.

"Well, let's go to bed then."

"No, we stay here because you're comfy and squishy. Don't move or we aren't getting married," I joked and he laughed.

"Or we can stay right where we are." He said, and that's what we did.

***

Soon enough, summer was over and it was time for all the students to return to Hogwarts. It was unbelievable how badly I wanted to go back and see everything at least once more, but I knew I was done school, and there's nothing else to it.

"Be safe, please. I'm not losing you too." I hugged Harry and kissed the top of his head.

"Don't worry, I'll be back in one piece, I promise." He smiles.

"I hope you're right," I sighed, placing a hand on his cheek. "Now go, you'll miss the train." I said and tried to fix his hair, but to no avail.

"You stay safe yourself, with your new job as an Auror and everything else that's going on." He told me.

"Well of course, I need to be here when you get off this bloody thing next summer," I said and pulled him into another hug. "Alright, go on now. And don't forget to write," I smiled.

"Wouldn't dream of it," he said, walking off to the train.

"Have a great term!" I yelled and waved once I saw him in the window of the compartment. He grinned and waved back at Fred and I who stood together. "God I hope he'll be okay." I sighed.

"He's sixteen, he'll be fine, Athena."

"I know he's sixteen," I snapped but felt back afterwards "it's just that nothing is okay anymore. With Voldemort back, he isn't safe. Nobody is safe, Fred, and I don't want to lose anyone else." I explained. He frowned and hugged me tightly.

"Don't worry, you'll be stuck with us for a long time,"

When we got home, I noticed that my owl had brought out mail. I smiled when I saw that Eli, Remus and Artemis had written.

The first letter I opened was from Remus, and it basically said he wanted to see me sometime, he was worried, and he wanted to know how everything was. You know, the usual. Remus is always worrying.

Eli wrote about how she missed me and wanted to get together. She asked me about by training and how Fred and George's joke shop was going. (She had become a lot friendlier towards Fred after she grasped the idea we were getting married.) She told me that she got the career she wanted and I smiled. I hadn't seen Eli in almost two months. She's still staying with Remus, and I think he likes the company now that I've gone. She said that she'll move out as soon as she gets the money, but I don't think he wants her to.

And lastly, I had a letter from my cousin I had just recently found out about. She asked me about when we could meet up and talk about some things. She wanted to learn about our family, and I wasn't going to stop her. I'd be happy to let her know. She didn't write much, but it's okay because after all, we did just meet a few weeks ago.

One thing I learned was that Artemis was a very up front person. She wasn't afraid to be blunt and I think it would be nice to be able to do that sometimes. Because I, unless very upset, can't do anything like that to someone I just met. It terrifies me, honestly.

So I wrote back to all of them. Fred watched me the whole time with this small, stupid grin on his face that made me want to kiss him so badly. And then I realized that I truly do love this boy more than anything. As I finished up the last reply, I noted that he was still staring at me.

"Can I help you?" I asked.

"Well, I couldn't help but notice how absolutely perfect you are, and I wanted to appreciate that because I have no idea in hell how I got you." He shrugged and I got up and placed my hands on his cheeks.

"Fred Weasley, you little shit, I'm the one that should be wondering how I got you. You're perfect. So perfect that I sometimes just wanna hit you in the face," I laughed.

"Oh why thank you, I love you too," he rolled his eyes and smiled.

"Well I never said I didn't love you, now did I?" I asked.

"No, but you didn't quite tell me you did, either." He said.

"Well, I love you." I smiled.

"Good, I love you too." He answered.

"Hey, do you wanna go to Remus' house tomorrow. We can see him and Eli. I haven't been over in a while..."

"Well, I have to be at the joke shop tomorrow... But you can go. I would go with you, but not showing up wouldn't be good... I'd have to face the wrath of George," he told me and I felt almost stupid for not realizing.

"Right, sorry. I'll be home when you get home, so don't worry." I smiled.

"Don't let that stop you, stay as long as you'd like." He told me and leaned down, kissing me softly.

"I know, I just wanna be here when you get home,"

"Well, whatever you'd like, Athena. Just know I'm not stopping you."

"I never said you were," I called out, walking towards the kitchen. He followed me and rolled his eyes.

"Merlin, I love you." He told me, before wrapping his arms around me and picking me up.

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