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Collision Chapter 22

Title: Collision
Summary: As one family struggles to come together, another is torn further apart.
Main Pairing: RL/OC
Story Rating: Hard R or NC-17 (depending on your own views)
Chapter title: Open All Night
Chapter Rating: R for language and violence



Chapter 22 - Open all night

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"Mr. Lupin if you would remain standing." The magistrate stated as Dannie turned and noticed that everyone who had actually testified was back in the court room to show their support for their friend no matter what the outcome.

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Not even a whisper could be heard as the room grew eerily quiet so that all in attendance would be able to hear what was being said. "As you may realize, I am in fact concerned in the fact that you have not once but twice during the time the Wolfsbane potion was available to you, accidentally attacked people you care about. The first time you were merely lucky that nobody was seriously injured unlike the second. I have heard almost everyone in this room claim that you and Miss Lightpaws are in fact soul mates and that there was no crime against her committed. Due to the fact that although this form of Shapeshifters happen to be an old race the Ministry actually has no records or information of their existence so we can at this time only go by what has been told to us during these proceedings an understand that although they are not the same as a werewolf they are a very close but more tamed version of one. With that in mind I have no other option but to release Mr. Lupin of the charges brought before the court…." The magistrate had to pause while cheers echoed throughout the room and he quickly brought his gavel down upon the bench again. "Under the condition that you shall be placed with a court appointed guardian. Usually in such matters this guardian would be your closest family member by blood but since that member happens to be a minor child and unable to care for you on their own I have a list of three names of potential guardians for you to choose from. You will reside with your guardian up until your employment begins again, then on each night of the full moon, and each holiday afterwards until the time when you are joined with someone."

Bria stood and asked "Your honour, with this guardianship would he be able to receive visitors or even visit me at school before the term starts?"

"Although I'm sure he'll have to report for staff meetings before the term begins, anything outside that shall be to the digression of his guardian. The three people who are qualified for this and have volunteered for the positions are; Mr. Walden Mcnair, Mr. William Meyer, and Ms. Margaret Ant."

Bria looked up at her father and said "If you stay with Aunt Maggie I'd be able to visit with you all the time, she may even let me stay there."

To Remus, Mcnair was completely out of the question and as for his sister… "She lives too far from Hogwarts; I don't want you travelling all that way alone. Besides she's still you mum's counsellor and that wouldn't be right."

"You can't choose him." Bria stated as she pointed towards Mcnair, "And we don't know who this Mr. Meyer is, he could be just as bad."

Remus turned his attention back to the magistrate, "Your honour, I choose to stay with Mr. Meyer."

"Very well then. Bailiff, if you would please show Mr Lupin to the waiting room. Your guardian will meet you there shortly. Court dismissed." the magistrate stated then for the last time hit his gavel against the bench and left the room while Remus and Bria followed the bailiff out the side door.

Although everyone was pleased to see that the charges were dropped, they were also dumfounded by his decision to reside with a complete stranger over his own sister. Margaret watched as Dannie quickly gather her belongings and slowly attempt to leave through the same door only to be constantly stopped by different friends and their families to offer their congratulations as she just nodded and tried to continue on. As soon as she entered the small room Remus turned to face her and the two of them just stared at each other as they sensed the pain that the other felt from earlier that day. Finally Sirius made his appearance known by stepping in between the couple, "What are you doing here? Don't you think you've hurt him enough with all the problems you caused?"

"Sirius…"

"No. If it weren't for her you wouldn't even be in this mess." Sirius said interrupting his friend.

"You're wrong. Everything that happened there was my own fault." Remus replied

"I know you Remus and you wouldn't have ever bitten her if she didn't provoke you."

"I don't need this crap." Dannie mumbled to herself then she moved so she could see Remus behind his friend, "I was hoping we could at least talk but obviously not." she said as she glared at Sirius out the corner of her eye. "You know where to find me when your ready to."

"That's right, run away back to where you belong. You cant handle anything once it gets tough can you?" Sirius spat

"For your information what I choose to do and where I choose to go is none of your damn business." Dannie said as she started to turn and walk out the door but Sirius quickly grabbed her arm. "Let me go." she stated.

"It is my business when it affects my friends." he said as he tightened his grip to keep her from pulling away.

"You couldn't be talking about the same friends that you don't even have the common decency to show up for their hearing so that you can try to defend them?"

"I had personal business to attend to and Remus understands." He said as he unconsciously gripped her arm tighter pulling her toward him and twisting it as he turned to look at his friend who didn't seem to be paying attention.

Dannie cringed as she fought the pain shooting up her arm and finalizing in her elbow as she continued to try to struggle from his grip. "That's right I heard about that. How does it feel knowing that you're the reason Jamie snuck off to see his mom only to receive the mark in return."

"You need to learn when to keep your mouth shut when you don't know the full situation." he replied as he took his free hand and started to grab her jaw but Dannie instantly knocked the hand away and he grabbed the offending arm instead.

She continued to struggle to get away from him and out of his grip as she grew more frantic as she started to quietly chant 'Let me go, let mego, letmego." with her speech becoming louder and blended together.

"And what if I don't?" he softly growled causing her to stop struggling and her body to start trembling in fear as she glared at him blind to anything else in the room.

Remus could sense her fear increasing and he finally looked up to try to see what was going on "Let her go."

"After all she's done your going to defend this…'

"I told you she didn't do anything so let her GO."

Dannie never took her eyes off her assailant as her heart rate and breathing continued to increase when "What the…..shit!" Sirius said as his hands were burning and he shoved her away.

Bria and Ann saw Dannie tumble onto the floor as they entered the room followed by Severus and Margaret. "Mom!" Bria yelled as she stated to rush to her but she was instantly held back by Severus as he heard her snarling in Sirius's direction as if she was waiting to attack as her hands were moving across the ground as if looking for something.

Margaret tried to slowly approach her but she scooted backward across the floor until her back was against the corner growling at the group that was staring at her and whispering back and forth between one another. Although the blurred faces around her were somewhat familiar she wasn't sure if she could trust what she was seeing was true. "DANIELLE ANGEL" was bellowed from the doorway.

Dannie looked up and saw a tall man with long white hair braided, "Papa." she stated.

Grandfather walked over to her, bent down and reached out to lift her chin so she would look him in the eyes. "Tell me child, what happened to you?"

"S..sorry papa, I tried to get away but he…he wouldn't let go. I tried….sorry." she quietly cried.

The man embraced her as she continued to cry into his chest as he whispered "It's ok baby I know. I'm here." He continued to hold her as he rested his cheek on her head looking in Severus' direction and mouthed "Get him out of here." As soon as the two men left he felt her body calm down he pulled back and looked her in the eyes again "I want you to go with Nicca and get yourself cleaned up then your friend Maggie will take you back to that school of yours. Alright?"

Dannie nodded and he stood up before helping her to her feet and she slowly walked out of the room keeping as far away from the men as possible. Grandfather then leaned back against the wall and sighed "I'm getting far too old for this." He then looked over at Remus who lowered his head "You boy. How could you have allowed her to get into such a state?"

Severus and Sirius returned to the room in time to hear what was said "Wait a second. Remus didn't do anything and who in Merlin's name do you think you are to talk to him like that?"

Grandfather turned to face the intruder. "As for who I am, I'm the one who he chose as his guardian so that gives me every right. As for you, you need to stay out of this. I've watched you for years and your always so intent on protecting your friends even when they don't need it, you never put into account what you're doing to the other person." he then turned back to Remus "As for you. You asked for her to accept you as her protector and then you turned your back on her when she needed you most. There is so much you need to learn before you can even prove yourself ready to receive the feather for the Blanket Ceremony."

Sirius held out his blistered hands "She is perfectly capable of protecting herself, she doesn't need Remus or anyone else to be there for her."

"Are you so sure of that?" William asked "That wasn't her that did that to you that was from the medicine bag she's wearing. When Remus didn't come to her aid she turned to the only thing that she knew would help her."

"What medicine bag?" Severus asked

"The one under her shirt. If I'm not mistaken Jack most likely sent it to her."

"Aunt Maggie?" Bria said from the doorway while Dannie was standing behind her against the wall.

"I'll be right there." Margaret replied. "The same thing happened to Julian. But I don't understand, how can a small trinket like that from a non magical family be powerful enough to damage someone like that?"

"It's not the bag that's protecting her. It's what's inside. Usually they are filled with herbs of protection, a stone, a lock of hair from the maker of it, and finally some earth from a place that is sacred to the wearer."

Remus started to leave the room and looked at Sirius' hands, "Like where her mother died."

"By looking at the damage it did, I'd have to say that's exactly where it's from." the old man replied as Remus continued out the door.

As soon as he entered the corridor he shut the door behind him and leaned against the wall next to it. "How are you feeling?"

Dannie stared at her feet instead of looking at the man in front of her as she quietly replied "A little better."

"About what happened in there, I'm sorry I didn't stop Sirius earlier I….I wasn't paying attention to what was going on."

"It happened, it's over with." she replied as the tears started filling her eyes again.

"I know but I want you to know. I swear to you I will never let anyone ever harm you aga…."

"Please, don't make promises you don't mean."

"If I didn't mean it I wouldn't say it." Remus replied as he started to step closer to her.

Upon hearing this she looked up at him and heard the words from earlier repeat in her memory, 'Moony may have told you that I had many females over the years but lets get one thing clear. The only thing that up until this very moment has disgusted me is that because of you, fucking them was something that he would not allow me to do. The furthest I was ever allowed was the knowledge that in time I could hunt and eat any prey that came along only to discard the remains afterwards.' and she asked "Do you always mean what you say?" as she brought her hands together.

"When have you known me not to?" he replied as soon as he did he sensed extreme pain coming from her. "Dannie?" he said as he started approaching her again. This time he was stopped when he saw her arm stretched outward towards him palm up and a ring sitting in the middle of it. William and Margaret stepped into the corridor to see her brother just staring at the object in Dannie's hand "Love, I don't under….Merlin no...I didn't mean that, I was…"

"If you didn't mean it you wouldn't have said it. Take it." she stated as the tears streamed down her cheeks again.

Remus reached out and closed her hand around it not noticing her trembling again the moment he touched her "No this is yours. You said you would continue to wear it."

"Let go of me." she said as she stared at his hands and he immediately let go of her and backed away. "I agreed to wear it until this trial was over. Your free now so it's over."

"No, you agreed to wear it until I got to Azkaban. I'm not going so please put it back on." he pleaded.

"Why should I when you even stated that I'm discarded remains." she quietly said.

"I said I didn't mean that, you can't say you haven't said or done anything you don't regret." he said as he started to approach her again.

Dannie took a deep breath, moved away from the wall and started walking backwards down the hall to get away from him, "Your right. As of this afternoon there's quite a lot about my life that I regret."

Remus started after her and she turned and started running from him but as soon as she turned the corner she was greeted by camera flashes and she stopped instantly looking for a way to get past the crowd. Remus instantly caught up with her and he picked her up before any of the reporters could ask their questions and carried her back around the corner and away from the crowd. "You don't mean that." he said as he put her back down and trapped her between himself and the wall.

"Yes I do. More than you'll ever know." she replied as she shoved him backwards and started running back towards Margaret and William. As soon as she passed him William stepped into Remus' path to stop him. "Get me out of here now." Dannie said to the woman. Margaret put her arm around Dannie's shoulders and started to lead her in the opposite direction of the two men in order to leave through the back exit.

Remus kept trying to get past the older man who continuously stayed right instep with him. "Maggie please don't……Dannie!" As they turned the corner Margaret looked at her brother and shook her head. "Get out of my way."

"No, and you won't get past me, I had two sisters that were wolves and if I was able to keep them at bay then I can definitely keep you here as well."

"You don't know what your doing."

"That's where your wrong I know exactly what I'm doing. She's been hurt far too much lately and by you pursuing her like this will only make matters worse. She needs time to heal and you need to give that to her." he replied as he placed his hand on Remus' shoulder and started to lead him back into the waiting room. "Now if I heard correctly some friends of yours are having a celebration for you. Nothing like a party to help get your mind off a lost battle."

"Sorry but I'm not up for celebrating anything today." Remus replied as they entered the room.

"How's mom doing?" Bria asked as soon as she saw them.

"She'll be alright little one, she just needs some time to heal." William replied "Now for our healing after today, I think it's time to get to that party I heard about." by the look Remus gave the older man he stated "I don't care if you want to go or not. I agreed to open my home to you and since you accepted you have to do what I say or you can find yourself in that cell again tonight. Your choice son."

"Dad please can we go just for a few hours before I have to go home and deal with mom's depression?" Bria begged.

Remus sighed then walked over to the girl and lifted her chin so he could look her in the eyes, "On one condition. No matter what, you behave yourself until your mum is feeling better. Agreed?" Bria nodded and he embraced her more as a comfort to himself than a show of affection.

Meanwhile Dannie was following Margaret up the steps of the old castle when Margaret stopped and turned around to face her "Is what I heard you say to Remus true? Do you really regret everything that happened?"

"I don't want to talk about it." Dannie said as she started to step around her.

"I'm trying to be a friend here."

"I'm sorry but you can't be a friend. You're my counsellor and his sister. I'm surrounded by his world, his friends and his family and because of that this is something I need to deal with on my own." she replied as she reached the door and started to open it.

"Just like your dealing with what Julian and Deloris did to you?"

Dannie then took a deep breath and turned around to face the woman, "You know what counsellor. I accept what I am, I have received my serial number and I have survived my first transformation all without your help. I am out of the so called Safehouse and my daughter's father is free, for that I thank you but as of now your services are no longer required. Good evening." Then she pulled open the heavy door and entered the castle slamming the door against the wall.

As she headed towards her quarters Albus stepped out from around a corner. "I'm surprised to see you back so soon. I thought you would be at the celebration with the others." he said as he started walking with her.

"Margaret was kind enough and brought me back, I'm afraid I haven't been getting much sleep lately and I need to get some rest." she lied.

"Perfectly understandable. Were you and Remus able to work out your differences?"

"You could say that."

"Wonderful. I'm glad you know even Remus says things in he doesn't mean in anger. I'm sure in time he just may say some things that seem to come out the wrong way."

"I'll remember that when it happens."

"Even I have had a hard time with words in my youth. I remember once when I was with a lover I accidentally asked her how a professional like her could put up with an amateur like me. I believe I still have the lump from the kettle she threw at my head."

The two of them soon reached her quarters and Dannie looked at the old man "Sir um I'm not sure how to put this any other way but that was far too much information that I really didn't need to know and if I were in her shoes I would have definitely thrown something far worse than a kettle at you."

"My apologies, I was just trying to get you to understand, all men can say the wrong things at the wrong time and not to take it to heart when it happens."

"Sir I'm sure you didn't follow me down here so that you could tell me that bit of personal information."

"Now that you mention it, yes there is something I need to speak to you about. May I come in?"

Dannie opened the door and the two of them entered. "May I get you something to drink?"

"No that is not necessary, unfortunately this is not a social visit. If you would please have a seat." he said with a sorrowful look in his eyes. "After what I witnessed at the courthouse this afternoon I wasn't sure how to tell you this but seeing how the two of you were able to work things out I find it much easier to say."

"Sir?"

"Please let me finish. When it was announced that you had crossed over the Board of Governors panicked. No matter what there cannot be a position unfilled so with this in mind they had no choice but to contact your predecessor, Madame Sprout, and request that she return from retirement."

"But sir I didn't cross over couldn't they explain to her the situation?"

Albus leaned over and took her hand "If they had known the reality sooner I'm sure they could have and I'm quite sure that Madame Sprout would have understood but she is already contracted for the next 5 years which in fact will be starting next week." he then sat up reaching in the pocket of his robe and pulled out a small satchel and handed it to her, "The Governors have agreed that you have more than earned this with the duties you have taken on. I know it's more than what her tuition was for last term but I want you to consider it as a bonus for stepping in as you did when you were needed."

"Sir I can't take this."

"Yes you can and you will. It's been custom that the children of professors receive free tuition while they are here and if you remember right you sent the tuition for all four of her remaining years. I wish I could return all that you paid but unfortunately Remus' name was never placed on her birth certificate." he then noticed the look in her eyes "I know your one who prefers to keep busy but I'm sure that the little ones that the two of you will have will definitely do that and besides by the time they are old enough to attend classes you will have your position back."

Dannie closed her eyes and shook her head, "Well um, thank you I appreciate it. Could you do me a favour though?"

"Anything, just ask."

"Please, don't tell the guys. I don't want Bria to hear about it from her friends before I can break the news to her."

"You have my word." he then stood up "I had better let you get some rest, you do look exhausted."

Dannie nodded "Thank you, for everything."

"Anytime. Are you going to be alright?" he said as she escorted him to the door.

Dannie gave a fake smile "Always am."

Albus then opened the door and as he left he turned and looked at her again "Dannie I want you to know, I am truly sorry." then he continued out the door as she closed it behind him.

"You and everyone else." she said as she looked at the bag of coins she held in her hand. She then threw it as hard as she could across the room causing it to hit Bria's CD player that was sitting on the table turning it on as the bag shattered with galleons flying everywhere before she walked over to the loveseat and curled up into a ball as she listened to the song and cried herself to sleep.


I saw you coming from a mile away
Trying to hide behind that pretty face
Bet my last dollar baby you been bruised
Poor little heart all black 'n' blue

Last thing you need's another pickup line
You must have heard them all a thousand times
God only knows what you been through
Believe me I been broken too

It aches, it breaks, it takes your breath away
I've been around that block a time or two

Baby, I don't want to fall in love with you
I try, try, try but I can't get around the truth
Please don't say my name, give this heart a break
I don't want to make the same mistake but it's too late
I'll leave on the light
These arms are open all night

I got your taste in the back of my mouth
I want to reach in and pull it out
And I'd be lying if I didn't say
When you're this close I'm afraid
Of the way I'll feel if I touch your hair
The way I'll miss you when you're not there
And that I'll see you when I close my eyes
It's too late, I've crossed that line

It aches, it breaks, it takes your breath away
I'll still be around come closing time

Baby, I don't want to fall in love with you
I try, try, try but I can only tell the truth
Please don't say my name, give this heart a break
I don't want to make the same mistake but it's too late
I'll leave on the light
These arms are open all night

Guitar solo

It's 2 am, it's last call, baby. The barkeep's gone, I'll walk you home now
Save me, baby

Baby, I don't want to fall in love with you
I try, try, try but I can only tell the truth
Please don't make me beg, give this heart a break
I don't want to make the same mistake but it's too late
I'll leave on the light
These arms are open all night



TBC

Song: Open all Night by BonJovi

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