Baby Miracle

Meadow grows up as Severus Snape's daughter, and she never realized how difficult it would be for her to fit in. She looks nothing like him, except for his dark eyes, and maybe has some of his personality traits. As she hops household to household before she finds a stable one: Hogwarts, where she meets some people of her past.

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9. Good Things Happen

Baby Miracle

 

Severus turned his attention back on his daughter, she had continued to grow, both physically and emotionally on him. Even if he was unsure what the blood tree would have said, he was happy he didn't find out. He was able to love her without knowing the rejection he might have felt if she wasn't his after all.

 

Chapter Nine: Good Things Happen

 

In November that following year, Shane found Meadow writing in her journal. It was a cold, rainy day; a perfect day to do nothing but day dream and write in her journal. Hogwarts, A History lay open, abandoned on Meadow's bed. In the bedroom there is one older bed, the mattress small and worn-out, the blankets green and silver, and another bed, newer and welcoming in red and gold. Within that year of Meadow living with the Lupins, she and Shane had become extremely close, they were almost always together, and both Shane and Meadow had a difficult time thinking about how they lived on their own before. The two relied on each other for everything. Meadow had also figured out why she would leave every month, the two Lupins were werewolves, she never told them she knew, just simply let them have their privacy and allowed herself to be thought of as gullible.

 

"Meadow," Shane sighed, "Are you going to lay around all day and just write?" Meadow kept writing, she stopped only to brush her pale blonde hair out of her black-speckled yellow eyes. "Doe!"

 

The girl looked up, "What?"

 

"I asked you a question."

 

Meadow looked at her friend in confusion, "You did?"

 

Shane slapped is face with the palm of his hand, "Are you just going to write all day?" His voice muffled.

 

"Oh," she paused in thought, "No, I suppose not." Meadow went back to writing in her journal.

 

"Doeee," Shane sighed.

 

"Hmm?"

 

Shane rolled his milky brown eyes before snatching up Meadow's journal. "What are you writing anyways?"

 

"Hey!" Meadow yelled, "Give it back!" Her small, pale arms pushed herself off the bed quickly and grabbed for the journal. "Shane Blake Lupin! You give me my journal back right now!"

 

"Oh, now she talks," He said to himself. The brunette raised the journal above his head and opened it to a page filled with small, neat writing. "What are you writing?" Shane asked again. "What is this?" He asked, squinting to read the handwriting.

 

Meadow jumped up and reached for the journal, "Shane!"

 

"Meadow!" He said as he avoided her hands, "Potions? You're making up potions?"

 

"I'm… remolding them?" The blonde replied hesitating, before she mumbled, "And stuff I've been dreaming about."

 

Shane looked at her with one eyebrow raised but said nothing.

 

"Can I have that back now?" She reached her hand out, stretching out her fingers.

 

"I don't know," Shane paused, "Play a game of Wizard's Chess with me!"

 

Meadow sighed, "I suppose so."

 

After Meadow had become way too distracting for the Hogwarts Students, Albus and Severus had a talk of where to place her, although she would always be welcome at Miss Figg's, but Meadow's accidental magic was still getting the best of her when her temper spiked. Leaving Severus feeling bad about all of the vases he would have to either replace or fix for Miss Figg, due to how she didn't have her own magic core. Severus thought about the Malfoys, but had turned them down before to focus on getting Draco ready for school and if the Dark Lord ever did come back… he did not want his daughter to get mixed up with that crowd, little did he know… Which left the option of either a random witch or wizard, or Remus Lupin. Both professors felt it would be best for Meadow to be placed with someone she slightly knew rather than a stranger. Especially since this would be her fifth placement of home (although two out of the five didn't really count because she was too young to remember).

 

Shane tossed Meadow's journal back on her silver and green bed and ran out. Meadow jumped on her bed, sitting up she took off the black ring she was wearing on her thumb and opened the journal to a page that shimmered, she dropped it on the page. The page sprang out four small, gold, transparent chains; those chains wrapped around the edges of the ring and disappeared into the page, showing a drawing of the chains and the ring. A note appeared in a man's short, messy writing: 'Meadow, when you to the age of eleven, you will receive your Hogwart's letter. When you get on the Hogwarts Express please find the little boy, Harry Potter, you remember from your dreams. He is my godson. I'm leaving you up to this very important job, Meadow, because I will not be able to. Love, Uncle Sirius'. The nine-year-old shut her journal and trudged out of the dim bedroom, still unsure of what the message meant, but willing to take part in it all the same. She still wondered who Uncle Sirius was, her dad never talked about him and whenever she would bug Uncle Remmy about the other man, he would just shrug and smile. Clearly, they had wanted to spark Meadow's curiosity to have her figure it out all on her own.

 

The game was already set up, and Shane was waiting for his best friend patiently on the ground, sitting crisscrossed. Meadow rolled her black-speckled eyes and sat down at the opposite side of the table. Shane had picked the white marble, and Meadow was stuck with the maroon marble figures.

 

And the game began.

 

Remus walked in and smiled at the two kids when Mino, Meadow's brown and gold owl, came in through a broken door. He held out its talon, waiting for Remus to untie the letter. Mino took off towards the two playing wizards chess and perched on a chair near man looked down before tearing open the letter. His eyes raced back and forth across the page, the further Lupin read the more pale his face became, his hands started to shake. Remus clenched the letter and walked out of the room quickly. Meadow glanced up, just in time to see the grim look on Remus face and the silent tears running down his pale cheeks.

 

Meadow gives Shane a look and they both quickly get up and follow the young man. However, Remus went to the fire and threw some green powder on it. "Severus Snape, the Dungeons," he said before sticking only his head in the green flames.

 

"Severus!" Remus shouted into the empty room. "Bloody hell, where is that man when you need him," he grumbled to himself. "Severus Snape!"

 

Just when Remus was about to give up yelling for the potions master, he speed walked around the corner. Snape's black robes trailing behind the man. "Remus," worry entwined his harsh voice, "What's happened."

 

Remus' face turned sad, his small mouth frowning, his eyebrows crinkled; he stammered, "There has been a sighting of Voldemort near Romania."

 

"Oh?" Severus raised an eyebrow, "Says who?"

 

"Adriana Gilspur," He responded, "Says so right here in the Daley Prophet."

 

"Remus, seriously," Severus said his voice cold, "Why believe anything the Daley Prophet has to say, He is not back, and if he is, obviously he needs someone's soul to use because He is not human anymore. Besides that Adriana Gilspur will say anything to continue her five seconds of fame, as long as her name appears in the Daily Prophet…"

 

Remus's face turned bright red, the man, even with everything he's been through, still needed to think about things logically before he had a panic attack, "Right, er… sorry, I better be going then. The kids… Alone…" The werewolf stepped into the fireplace after taking some floo powder, "The Shack!"

 

When Remus finally got around to making the fireplace useful, everyone agreed not to use The Shrieking Shack as the name, and Remus simply took out the Shrieking part of it out. (If that wasn't obvious enough.) The two nine-year-olds looked up at Remus as he stepped out of the fireplace.

 

"What was that about?" Shane asked his dad.

 

"Nothing important, just a question for Uncle Sev," the older Lupin replied and took a deep breath.

 

"Uh huh, sure it was," Meadow responded, locking eyes with her new caregiver. "Uncle Remmy, I think we should look for a Muggle home," she said suddenly.

 

The man looked at her, startled, "Why is that?"

 

"Well… I'd be 'safer' by myself during the night as you two could come down here and roam by yourselves. We'd be able to go outside, and it's actually not a bad idea to learn about the Muggle culture. What you can and can't do…" She trailed off and looked at Shane with her eyes before she matched her black orbs with Remus's brown ones. It was a pointed look when Meadow did that, she was secretly saying how Shane could do with some learning about the non-magic life. "I'm not saying we go to Muggle school or anything," Meadow made a face at that, "But it would be a lot of us being able to go outside."

 

Remus looked at her surprised, he hadn't thought about how Meadow missed the outside; Shane hasn't really been out of the Shrieking Shack at all due to the two's condition. "Oh. I suppose. I'll talk to your dad and Albus about it soon."

 

"Promise?" Meadow's eyes grew hard as she waited for an answer.

 

"I promise," Remus replied and the two children returned to the game of Wizard's Chess.

 

Within the month, Remus had finalized all the paperwork for buying a house in the country. There was a forest behind the small, two-story house, and meadows and other grass plants covered the land in the front yard. The house had gray siding on it, a small front porch, and a layout where Remus's room, the master bedroom was on the right side of the house, behind the garage, next to it was an open concept kitchen, living room, and dinning room. A small bathroom could be found off of the living room with a mudroom connected to it, and stairs leading to the second level next to the room. The upstairs had four small bedrooms, one was a guest bedroom (mostly for Severus Snape in the summers), one for Shane, another for Meadow, and the last one, as of right now, was the play room/Meadow's library because she owned so many books. However, she would tend to reread them if she felt she ever forgot certain information about a topic. Remus was reminded of her mother every time Meadow would open a book, he supposed it depended on the book, if it was potions or was a Dark Arts book, he would be reminded of Severus.

 

The older man sighed, it was getting towards the end of the month, although Severus had perfected the Wolfsbane potion years ago, Remus's condition still made him nervous as well as horrible for passing the werewolf genes onto his son. Severus had stopped in earlier that month to help them move, only to wave his wand and shrink everything before using his wand again to make everything fly into a bag he was carrying. After that the four 'packed up' and 'moved' to their new house, where Severus just used magic again to place everything where it needed to go. He had also dropped off the vials of wolfsbane potion for the two Lupins, promising to come back for Meadow when it was the day before the full moon, he'd bring her to Hogwarts for Halloween candy to distract her from the procedure her Uncle and best friend would go through.

 

Meadow and Shane had enjoyed the upgrade of the house, it was bigger, more room to run about during the winter, and it also had a tree house with a slide attached to it. Currently the two were running around outside, it was still on the warmer side for October. The house was also far enough in the country for the two to play on toy brooms. Which Shane raced over to grab the two newer ones and road away on it towards Meadow, where he then tossed the other broom to her. The difference between toy brooms and the actual racing brooms was the toy brooms could only fly up to five feet off the ground before it would make a beeping noise to prevent anyone to go higher than the restricted height. Remus smiled as he watched the two, he was glad for Meadow's presence in the family for the second time. She was a miracle for the Lupins, Meadow was able to turn Remus's world upside-down as Severus had trusted him enough to take care of his daughter.

 

Meanwhile, Meadow was smiling at Shane, who was teasing her, but she was dishing the sass right back. Shane was someone who Meadow was cautious about at first, he's just a quiet kind of guy, where he'll only say something worth saying, despite some of the times the two nine-year-olds spend together. Shane has opened up a lot more within the past one and a half/two years and talked to Meadow a lot more. Shane, however quiet he might be around the adults, knew how to be sassy in every comment to Meadow he would say. Meadow was starting to believe he didn't have an "off switch" to become serious at times.

 

At night, Meadow would find herself wandering into Shane's room at night and curling up next to him for comfort when she would have nightmares. He was accepting, having nightmares of his own, mostly about hurting her when he was a werewolf, or not being able to return to his human form once the full moon was over. Meadow's nightmares on the other hand, ranged from her mother staying in a coma, as the doctors say, as she grew up, a man with red eyes showing up in her dreams to kill her (she'd always wake up just as a green light would touch her), among random fears such as Shane or Remus biting her, or a potion blowing up in her face.

 

Shane was a comfort to Meadow (both Lupins were due to the long period of time she spent living with them), and with his breathing habits at night, she would get lulled to sleep. She was also able to talk to Shane about anything, his round face, chubby cheeks, brown hair and eyes, it made things easier to talk to him about her nightmares. Meadow knew if she went to her uncle, he would report it to her father and Albus Dumbledore, and Meadow would be given a dreamless draught that her father and Madame Promfrey would keep in stock.

 

Meadow shook her head, clearing her thoughts as she focused on the task at hand, it would be capture the 'snitch' which was just Shane on a faster broom then she had. She was laughing, something Shane always saw as a good sign as she chased him around. Meadow was able to spot the shorter route to Shane rather than just tailing him, hoping to catch up. After a good game of ten minutes, Meadow finally caught the boy, and the two just fell of their brooms in a laughing fit. Meadow Snape, was able to see the sunset for the first time in two years, and Shane was able to find the changing of the sky a miracle.

 

-.-.-.

 

So, if you can't already tell, most of these chapters are pretty much just fillers. But they do have some potential behind them, such as seeing how Meadow is developing and what not for Hogwarts. I did end up deciding to put Meadow with the Lupins after all, just not for as long, because then Meadow and Shane still have the background of knowing each other and having issues during their Hogwarts years…

 

Summary here!

 

"Meadow," Shane sighed, "Are you going to lay around all day and just write?" Meadow kept writing, she stopped only to brush her pale blonde hair out of her black-speckled yellow eyes. "Doe!"

 

The girl looked up, "What?"

 

"I asked you a question." Meadow looked at her friend in confusion and Shane slapped is face with the palm of his hand, "Are you just going to write all day?" His voice muffled.

 

"Oh," she paused in thought, "No, I suppose not." Meadow went back to writing in her journal.

 

Shane rolled his milky brown eyes before snatching up Meadow's journal. "What are you writing anyways?"

 

"Hey!" Meadow yelled

 

He squinted to read the handwriting. "Potions? You're making up potions?"

 

"I'm… remolding them?" The blonde replied hesitating, before she mumbled, "And stuff I've been dreaming about." Shane looked at her with one eyebrow raised but said nothing. "Can I have that back now?" She reached her hand out, stretching out her fingers.

 

"I don't know," Shane paused, "Play a game of Wizard's Chess with me!"

 

Meadow sighed, "I suppose so."

 

After Meadow had become way too distracting for the Hogwarts Students, Albus and Severus had a talk of where to place her, although she would always be welcome at Miss Figg's, but Meadow's accidental magic was still getting the best of her when her temper spiked. Leaving Severus feeling bad about all of the vases he would have to either replace or fix for Miss Figg, due to how she didn't have her own magic core. Which left the option of either a random witch or wizard, or Remus Lupin. Both professors felt it would be best for Meadow to be placed with someone she slightly knew rather than a stranger. Especially since this would be her fifth placement of home (although two out of the five didn't really count because she was too young to remember).

 

. Meadow jumped on her bed, sitting up she took off the black ring she was wearing on her thumb and opened the journal to a page that shimmered, she dropped it on the page. The page sprang out four small, gold, transparent chains; those chains wrapped around the edges of the ring and disappeared into the page, showing a drawing of the chains and the ring. A note appeared in a man's short, messy writing: 'Meadow, when you to the age of eleven, you will receive your Hogwart's letter. When you get on the Hogwarts Express please find the little boy, Harry Potter, you remember from your dreams. He is my godson. I'm leaving you up to this very important job, Meadow, because I will not be able to. Love, Uncle Sirius'. The nine-year-old shut her journal and trudged out of the dim bedroom, still unsure of what the message meant, but willing to take part in it all the same. She still wondered who Uncle Sirius was, her dad never talked about him and whenever she would bug Uncle Remmy about the other man, he would just shrug and smile. Clearly, they had wanted to spark Meadow's curiosity to have her figure it out all on her own.

 

And the chess game began.

 

During that time, Remus got an issue of the Daley Prophet, it had a sighting of Voldemort, and Remus had a little freak out, immediately going to Severus for his opinion. Severus however basically said he wasn't feeling any pain from the Dark Mark and told the werewolf not to worry so much.

 

When Remus got back, Meadow mentioned moving to another house so the two could be outside and learn about the Muggle culture. And then there was a bit of Meadow and Shane racing around on toy brooms until sunset and it was the first time Shane's ever remembered watching the sky turn colors.

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