Callidora Black: A Witch's Tale

The night that Lily and James Potter died it was understandable for Remus Lupin to be in a state of shock and grief. What he didn't expect was a bundle on his doorstep with a note from the man who allegedly betrayed him and their friends. As the child grows, strange things other than usual wizard magic beings to happen and leaves Remus to wonder just what the child's heritage was. Will he ever find out? Will Sirius be able to tell him? Will Sirius ever get to be a father to his daughter? Read to find out

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1. October 31, 1981

Our story begins in a little flat in London England where a young man with shabby clothes and scars littering his body was reading quietly by the fire. Laughs and chattering could be heard from excited Halloweeners from young to old dressed in many a costume. The young man didn't pay them any mind as he turned the page in his book, however, it seems that his quiet night was not about to last. In mid-sentence, a frantic knock sounded at the door causing the young man to jump in alarm. He set his book down and picked up what looked to be a thin piece of wood to an outsider. But to the hidden world, it was, in fact, a magic wand, meaning that the young man apprehensively approaching his door...was indeed a wizard. He threw up the door taking up a defensive stance to face the intruder and was stunned to find that the hall was empty.

He poked his head out the door and searched the empty area and was stunned to find a little bundle wrapped in pink blankets on the floor by his door. The young man's compassion and empathy caused him to pick the little bundle up and step back into his apartment, closing and locking the door behind him. He frowned in confusion when he felt something rectangular shaped wrapped in a separate cloth and stuck in a secure fold of the one holding the little bundle. He pulled the attached bundle off and set it on the table next to his book and jumped slightly when it grew slightly in size, looking like an ordinary shoe box. The young tattered man ignored it while he checked over the bundle in his arms and was surprised to find a healthy 1-year-old baby girl with tufts of platinum blonde hair peeking from under her blanket.

Knowing he would never have the heart to turn such a young an innocent soul away, he brought her to his bedroom where he changed an extra chair into a crib for the baby girl. He laid her there to sleep before heading back to his chair to explore the shoebox that was left with her. He opened the shoebox and found a folded letter immediately at the top. He felt a sense of dread when he recognized the parchment that was lying there.

The letter said: 

Remy, 
I don't have much time to write this, so I will get to the point as fast as possible. If you are reading this, then you have obviously found and took in a little girl that was on your doorstep. Please lecture me later, I didn't have any other option.
They're gone Remus....James and Lily....they were betrayed. I was not their secret keeper like everyone thought I was. I told them to change it last minute to Peter because he was the last one that anyone would suspect. He betrayed us and I know that he has something planned for me and I cannot risk any harm coming to that fragile pink bundle of my heart. 

You see Remy, that little girl is my daughter...Callidora Grace Black; and also your godaughter.
I knew that if someone, anyone besides you found out about her, then she would be in grave danger. I think Peter is going to put our friends' death on me, and I don't know if I can fight this. So please take care of her and when we meet again, I will tell you everything about her, but for now, just take care of her the best you can.
She sleeps pretty soundly, and you should only have to feed her about 5 times a day as opposed to the average number that most babies eat. She also likes to be rocked or sung to sleep or both, she eats any kind of formula that you can find, she is not a picky eater just like her father.
I am closing in on time now, so that is all I can tell you at the moment. Take care of her Remy, and I sent a letter on to Gringotts for situations like this, you have access to my fault for any funds that you need or that will help you take care of her.
Stay safe Remus and take care of her and our little prongslet when he comes to you.
One last thing Remy.
Remember in 6th year in Potions when we had to make Amortentia and I asked you what you smelled and you answered some kind of perfume?
Yet James told me that you actually smelled freshly trimmed grass, the smell of a well-loved broomstick, and chocolate...I never told you that James told me that because you confided that you were worried about how the rest of our group would accept your sexuality.
Well to me it was like your furry little problem...it's just more of you to love.
When you asked me what I smelled and I told you I didn't know....I was lying.
I smelled chocolate, the old book smell (old as in adjective, not old as in boring by the way), a forest, and jasmine tea.
It smelled like home to me....then I realized that it smelled like you.
I realized at that moment that I, Sirius Orion Black, was in love with you.
I should have said something and I don't know if you return those feelings or not, but I had to tell you.
I love you Remus and trust you to take care of Callidora and Harry.
With love forevermore, Siri. 

Remus felt the tears slide down his cheeks at the letter left to him by Sirius Black. His best friend and even though he never admitted it, unrequited love....even though it turned out that Sirius did actually return his feelings. He felt his heart twinge at the tear stains that had dried on the parchment and smeared the ink in places letting him know that Sirius was breaking as he was writing this letter to him and he admired the strength it took to do that. He put the letter on the table and prepared himself to look through the rest of the box.

He pulled out a  stainless steel chain only to find a locket attached to it. The front was engraved with a wolf howling at the moon with the Sirius star in the top corner with the little girl's name inscribed on the back of it. He opened the locket and saw that it was empty. He set that on top of the letter and explored the contents of the box. In total, he found pictures of the Marauders at Hogwarts, Lily and James' Wedding, Harry's birth, Callidora in the arms of Sirius, and a picture of Harry and Callidora playing on the floor. He also found the key to Sirius' Gringotts vault, and a bracelet with charms on it. There were the charms of a wolf, a stag, a doe, a dog, and for some reason angel wings. He put everything back in the box and put the box under his bed and out of sight so that no one could find it unless they were specifically looking for it. It was at that moment, a knock sounded on the door.

Albus Dumbledore had come that night to deliver the news personally about James and Lily Potter which crushed Remus when he knew exactly how they died (something that Sirius would never have been able to tell the lycanthrope). The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Headmaster told Remus about the evidence that the Ministry had against Sirius and that he was arrested in a Muggle Neighborhood where 13 muggles were dead because of an explosion believed to be caused by Sirius. Remus had to hold back his anger when he found out that Harry James Potter was dropped off at the house of Lily's sister instead of with one of the people that his parents would have rather him be placed with. 

In a tall castle like structure out in the middle of the sea where hooded cloaked figures floated around and screams could be heard for miles, a cell door was slammed behind a young man with long black hair and silver grey eyes were one of the wizard guards sneered "Enjoy the rest of your life Black." 

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