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

The next day, after I kissed Fred goodbye, I gathered a few things and apparated to my godfathers house. I walked in without knocking and looked around. Nothing has changed since I was here almost three months ago.

"OH GODFATHER!" I yelled and he walked out from the kitchen and stared at me for a moment.

"Really?"

"Yeah," he smiled and pulled me into a hug, which I didn't hesitate in returning.

"I was wondering when you'd be back."

"You know I couldn't stay away for too long. No matter what this will always be home." I smiled.

"And you're absolutely right."

"Now, how are you?" I asked. "And be honest."

"Fine, actually." He said and I stared at him for a moment.

"Sure you are." I sighed and hugged him again. "So I have something I need to talk to you about." I said.

"Oh yeah, what's that?"

"Come to the kitchen." I said and made him sit down while I made the both of us tea. I say his in front of him and sat across from him with mine.

"What did you want to talk about?"

"Dad and Regulus." I said. I didn't want to waste time, I needed to know. He stared at me for a moment and he looked pained when he hear me say dad.

"What about them?"

"Did you know uncle Regulus had a kid?" I asked. He looked at the table and didn't answer me. "Did you know, Remus?" I asked a little louder.

"What you need to understand, Athena, is that what I did know of your uncle, was he wasn't exactly the fatherly type. He-"

"Are you saying that just because he was a Death Eater? Because if you are, he tried to leave but they wouldn't let him! You know that!" I said. Even though I didn't know my uncle very well, and I never will, he was my family, and no matter what, he'll always be my family. My family means more to me than you could ever understand, and I will not stand for my own godfather to judge him on one choice he made a long time ago. Besides, it was made in haste.

"I do know that, Athena, there's no need to bite my head off, what I'm saying is he was in a bad place when he had her. There's not much more you need to know to guess what happened next."

"What do you think happened next, Remus?"

"One could imagine. She could've gotten harmed during the war, he could've taken her away..."

"I met her the other day. Do you know how much we look alike?"

"Well yes... I could see why."

"Why is that?" I asked.

"Well you know how your mother had a sister? Yeah... They looked quite alike, as well."

"You mean to tell me my mothers sister was her mum?"

"Yes."

"What the hell?! This family is so messed up! Did you not think to tell me this before? Did you think that maybe it would shape my life in some way?" I asked him.

"Of course we though about telling you! But when would there be a right time?"

"Tell me something, what house was my aunt in?"

"Slytherin."

"Was she as bad as you'd thought all of them to be?"

"No, not at all."

"Then take that information and do something for me."

"What?"

"Never use a clouded judgement on one for them all." I said.

"Athena, why are you sticking up for them? Both of them were Death Eaters, they weren't good people."

"They were my family, Remus. And now Artemis is all I have left of them. So maybe learn to do what I said, and you won't judge people so quickly."

"Athena, please-"

"No, I've heard so many times that people in Slytherin are so much worse than the others, but guess what Remus. The houses are just some stupid fucking thing to sort us from the differences in our heads. We change! Everyone changes! Do you think that in twenty years from now I'll still be a Gryffindor? Do you think you'd still be a Gryffindor? Really, the whole 'sorting into your houses' thing is shit. It was made to cause rivalries and if you're going to keep judging people for what house they're in, I'm leaving. Have you thought of Peter? Or any other witch or wizard that went bad that wasn't in Slytherin? Well of course you didn't. Why would you do that? Understand that the Hogwarts houses are a fucking label. Nothing more, and nothing less."

"Why are you on the same side as all of the wrong people?"

"I'm on they're side because nobody ever decided to get to know them and see that a lot of them are actually good people, instead of judging them because of the others. Apparently you don't understand what it's like to be judged for something you couldn't help based on others the same as you." I said and regretted it immediately.

"I don't understand? Right, of course I don't. I just turn into a bloody werewolf every month, it's no big deal. I get discriminated against on everything. I can't get a job, I could barely pay for the both of us when you were growing up. Do you realize how terrible that felt? It's hell when someone finds out and they suddenly become afraid of you for something you can't help. I'm still the same person, yet when someone find out I'm a werewolf, they see a totally different person. But I apparently don't understand." He finished and stared at me like he never thought I would say something like that. I moved closer to him and I hugged him, because I felt terrible for saying that. I didn't mean to because really, nobody knew what that felt like more than my godfather did.

"I'm so so sorry. I didn't mean to say that and I know that I was wrong, because nobody would understand more than you would."

"It's fine. I just want to know why you're sticking up for the house you've been against since you started school,"

"Because the hat considered putting me in Slytherin, and I would've liked to have at least a little reassurance that my family would've still loved me."

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