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Summary: Sequel to The Choices We Made.

With Voldemort dead and Harry's cancer settling life should be returning to normal for Harry and Snape but things aren't always as they seem. Instead they find themselves challenged in new ways. When dangerous events start after Harry's return to Hogwarts can Snape figure out what's going on before they're torn apart again? HPSS mentor Healing/Coping This story is part of the series, Choices We Made Universe. The previous story in the series is The Choices We Made.

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This fic takes place two months after Chapter 74 of Choices and will go into more of the aftermath from Choices, Harry's Maintenance Phase, and the status of his magic. Just a heads up, it may not be epilogue compliant for that universe. I really wanted to tie up Choices with the epilogue so if someone wanted to read it as a stand-alone it would have a complete ending, while others can continue on to the sequel if they wanted more. Therefore, I'm not going to alter the epilogue to Choice, but at the same time I'm not going to let the epilogue dictate what happens in this story. As a sequel, it does assume you read The Choices We Made, but I will try to add little reminders here and there (for my own memory too!) especially in the first few chapters.

As the summary and genre hints, this one is going to have a little more mystery built into it, on top of the angst while Harry and Snape are adjusting to their new life and recovering from the trauma at the Manor (and the previous year). 

Disclaimer for the whole story: I do not own any Harry Potter Characters or anything in its universe. If you recognize it from the series, it's not mine. My OC's (Healer Smithe, Healer Walker, Dr Swanson) are mine and any likeness to other people or characters in another story is purely coincidental. 

Table of Contents

1. Birthday Plans by JewelBurns [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarhalf-star (8208 words) Printer

2. Accidental Magic by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (8168 words) Printer

3. Quid Pro Quo by JewelBurns [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (6778 words) Printer

4. Malfoys' Interlude: The Beginning by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5510 words) Printer

This update will be a little unique in that it's almost a side story from the Snape and Harry POV. After the end of Choices, I asked for opinions on where to take the universe and was surprised when I received many people (across multiple platforms) asking for something about Draco and his side of this. My beta, French_Charlotte (her user name on ff.net and AO3 since she's not a member here), wrote a couple companion pieces over on AO3 during Choices that were unofficial; meaning they may not have fully fit in the universe, but were based on my story. To help accommodate the request for something from his POV, I asked her to write a couple chapters that are officially incorporated.

So what does this mean? There will be chapters collaborated between us, but fully written by her. Unlike her companion pieces, these are endorsed by me so that everything said or plotted fits into the universe and where I see this story going. The most important part to know is that you do not need to read these chapters to understand anything later in my story because (for example, this chapter explains a little more about Lucius's conversation with Snape from the last chapter) the storyline will be explained by Snape and/or Harry most likely before these chapters come out.

So why did I do it this way instead of adding a POV to my main story? First, I felt separating out the chapters would allow the reader to skip over the Malfoys' story if it wasn't of interest as I know his inclusion into Choices was a bit of a bold move, but needed because he ended up being such an important piece. I also feel his story is one that deserves telling. Second, I asked her to be the writer because I really wanted my focus to stay on Harry and Snape since that's ultimately what this fic is about. Third, I did not want to incorporate another POV as two is more than enough to try to keep track of, so separating it out gives a solid "this is different" message.

The summer months will see a lot of these chapters while the later months maybe more sporadic (offline I'm almost back to school!) because Draco really does have a lot going on over the summer. As I said, you don't need to read these chapters to understand the rest of the story and could choose to wait until the next update. I do foresee Draco having another important part in this fic as he and Harry come to terms with what they never expected to have to deal with.

I hope you like this addition to the story, and the extra context it gives our characters.

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by my beta French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterizations.

5. I'll Do Better by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4727 words) Printer

Quick note on this chapter just in case it's not clear, this takes place the same day (21/7/97) Snape went to see Lucius. The day ended up being split because I wanted to draw the importance to each chapter individually. It's also the reason why the chapter is a bit shorter than my usual chapter length.

Thank you to the readers who have left reviews! They are definitely appreciated!

6. Malfoys' Interlude: Narcissa's Story by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5362 words) Printer

Here's the next Malfoy Interlude chapter, this time set in Lucius's POV. Generally speaking, these chapters won't be every other and instead scattered throughout where it makes sense within the story, however for the beginning part of the summer (first 3 or 4 of these chapters) they do go every other because there's a lot happening offscreen and Harry and Draco apart it becomes necessary. As I said before, there is no relevant information to the plot of the main story that will only be in these chapters, but there will be information revealed before the main story since Harry and Snape won't find out a lot of it until they return to school. Similar to Choices, this story does have arcs and I should be finishing up the first arc (summertime) within the next week and then it will move into the school year where they will face a new and different set of challenges.

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by my beta French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterization.

7. Mill Drive by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6736 words) Printer

I've done some major plotting for this storyline over the weekend and it tipped this story to officially being non-compliant with Choice's epilogue. Like I said in chapter 1, I wasn't going to let the epilogue drive what happens in this fic, but now things will be happening that will definitely don't fit what was discussed/timeframe of the epilogue. I'm going to leave it in Choices as it is so that fic can stand on its own should someone want to stop there and have a nicely wrapped up ending.

8. Malfoys' Interlude: Draco's Secret by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (5883 words) Printer

This Malfoys' Interlude is from Draco's POV.

9. Stay Strong by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7462 words) Printer

10. Malfoys' Interlude: Meet the Grangers by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (8669 words) Printer

Just a heads up, this chapter goes back in time a little bit to the Saturday before Harry's birthday. It will also be the last chapter for the Malfoys for a bit as we start fleshing out the plots.

As always, thank you to everyone who is reading this story and especially those who are taking the time to leave a review!

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by my beta French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterizations

11. Uncovering the Pieces by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7494 words) Printer

12. Diagon Alley by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9499 words) Printer

13. The Witness by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6743 words) Printer

14. Malfoys' Interlude: The Transformation by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9101 words) Printer

Just a heads up on this chapter: it goes back in time from the regular story. It starts two days before the Diagon Alley attack and then finishes the day of the attack. Originally, the first section was going to be posted chronologically, but felt it made for a stronger storyline together instead.

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by my beta French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterization.

15. The Memory by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7656 words) Printer

16. We're Surviving by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10643 words) Printer

17. Malfoys' Interlude: Meet the Malfoys by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6805 words) Printer

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by my beta, French_Charlotte, and reviewed by me for content and characterization.

18. The Wedding by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10261 words) Printer

19. Return to Hogwarts by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (8255 words) Printer

20. DMLE by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7859 words) Printer

21. Malfoys' Interlude: Lunch with Lucius by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (4492 words) Printer

Disclaimer: This chapter is written by my beta, French_Charlotte, and reviewed by me for content and characterization.

22. The Teally-Frone by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7819 words) Printer

23. On The Hogwarts Express by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (8038 words) Printer

24. Malfoys' Interlude: To Be a Slytherin by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10773 words) Printer

If you're not one to read the Malfoy chapters, I highly recommend this one. I still stand by my statement that you won't necessarily miss anything critical to the plots by skipping them, but in this case you'll get introduced to a new OC who will be significant to the storyline. By getting introduced early on (and from Draco's POV) you'll have a better understanding of her than when she gets introduced later from Harry and/or Snape's POV. There's also some other tidbits that might help give the later chapters a little more context because they'll reference a conversation Draco and Hermione have, as well as some of Ron's development.

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterization. The OC introduced here belongs to her.

25. The Daily Prophet by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9239 words) Printer

26. The Aurors' Visit by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9975 words) Printer

27. Magical Core by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10208 words) Printer

28. Malfoys' Interlude: The Solicitor by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7044 words) Printer

Quick note: This chapter starts the morning of Harry's last chemotherapy from the end of the previous chapter and takes us on a bit of time jump in the overall storyline.

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by my beta French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterization.

29. The Ravenclaws by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10219 words) Printer

30. Hala Khatib by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10190 words) Printer

31. No. 7 Hillcrest Road by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (11299 words) Printer

32. The Alarm by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10426 words) Printer

33. Vantage Point by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10205 words) Printer

This chapter is very appropriately named because there is more back/forth in the perspective as we get into the first major incident in the school. Unlike the Battle of Malfoy Manor in Choices, I decided to give both Snape and Harry's POV of the event concurrently. Because of that, the first part of the chapter does go back in time a bit as we get Harry's POV from the beginning of their night.

34. Malfoys' Interlude: A Malfoy Perspective by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (6931 words) Printer

In case it wasn't obvious, this chapter will give Draco's perspective on the flood, so it will go back in time a bit to start.

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterization.

35. Aftermath Part I by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10227 words) Printer

36. Aftermath Part II by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10353 words) Printer

37. Respite by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (8816 words) Printer

38. DADA, Herbology, and Potions by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9047 words) Printer

39. The 11th of October by JewelBurns [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (10253 words) Printer

TRIGGER WARNING: This chapter contains a lot of heavy angst (as most of this universe has in the past) and discusses the seriousness of facing one's own mortality. There is also some heavy alcohol abuse in the later part. This chapter was intended to be a "pull the rug from under your feet" moment (as the last line of the previous chapter alluded to) and it definitely has that feel to it if you're not expecting it. Also, please don't hate me, I promise this is a necessary step for my final plot which, admittedly, you won't see for a while (but when you do, please remember this!)

40. The New Plan by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10289 words) Printer

ANGST WARNING: Although there's less of a "sucker punch" in this chapter, it still has a lot of angst and talks about facing one's mortality as Harry comes to a decision on if he should go through with treatment. I did a lot of research on cancer in the AYA (Adolescent/Young Adults) population and this reaction is unfortunately seen often in this age group. The combination of putting their life on hold during such an important life stage (friends, school, career choices), combined with the physical aspect of their body changing (hair and weight loss), and the feeling that their choices have been ripped away, typically hits them harder than the other groups. That being said, I am in no way claiming to be an expert on Harry's rollercoaster of reactions to it and this is only my interpretation of how my version of Harry would react.

41. Malfoys' Interlude: Check In with Cobb by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (3417 words) Printer

A small chapter today after the last two angsty ones to give a check-in (as the title states) with Draco because he still has some major implications to the main plotlines.

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by my beta French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterizations.

42. Apothecary by JewelBurns [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (8563 words) Printer

43. The Ritual by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9895 words) Printer

44. It's Time by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (10362 words) Printer

I feel the need to point out that this chapter deals with a lot of world building as it brings us into Harry and Snape's new environment for the next several chapters. I did a lot of research on adolescent oncology floors, so you should get a good visual, but as always there are times I need to make adjustments or changes to fit the storyline or timeline. I try to only take these creative liberties when I absolutely need to keep the plot progressing.

Disclaimer: The section at the end introduces some folklore and other magical theory. The details of the location and magical creature are not mine, but the object Snape studies, its effects, and creation is. Therefore, any overlap to other stories is purely coincidental.

45. The New Order by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7626 words) Printer

This one is intended to be a bit of recap of our plot points so far. I realized that back in Choices I always had the Order to fall to when I needed to summarize information or coordinate different character's ideas, and that's been missing here. This chapter was born because I figured if I needed a recap and I know the ending (plus the significance to all of these pieces), my readers probably do too. There's still more coming up, so hopefully this gives a nice view of where we're at so far in the non-medical plot.

You should also know that for the hospital chapters, in order to keep the word count manageable, the days don't always finish in the current chapter. Generally speaking, I try not to split days, but many of these scenes had so much information they did require it. This chapter, for example, is focused on the plot, and the next chapter will be back to the hospital with Harry finishing the same day.

46. Things to Consider by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9597 words) Printer

As a reminder, this still takes place Sunday the 19th after Harry's first day at the hospital picking up while Snape is at Hogwarts. Hopefully the transition worked out well enough to make sense without my reminder.

A bit of a disclaimer: There's a conversation in here about Harry's guardianship. I've really avoided referencing Harry's muggle guardians because I have no clue how that would have worked and in Choices most of my research was going into Leukemia and magical theory. I've done some basic research on it here, but didn't dive too much into it. For this, I'm using some creative liberties to allow for a good storyline.

47. Community by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (12105 words) Printer

48. Family by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (8990 words) Printer

49. The Bet by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9296 words) Printer

A couple of things before this chapter:

1. I know the last chapter said this one would be titled "The Mask", but I was chapter off. That's the next chapter's title

2. I've started to include a British Spell/Grammar check before it goes over to my beta for editing. You may notice some spelling changes in the next couple of chapters as I get used to it and start to trust its suggestions more and more

50. The Mask by JewelBurns [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (9431 words) Printer

51. Foundations by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9332 words) Printer

52. The Halloween Ball by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9924 words) Printer

53. What Now? by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9708 words) Printer

Disclaimer: There's mention of a landmark in this chapter - National Police Memorial in St. James's Park - which did not exist in 1997. Unfortunately, I didn't think to fact check it until after the NEXT chapter was written and by then changing it out would have caused too much delay for what it's worth, so I decided to stick with it.

54. The Unspeakable by JewelBurns [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (9467 words) Printer

Disclaimer: Again, the National Police Memorial in St James's Park wasn't built until 2005. Unfortunately I didn't think to fact check the date it until after this chapter was written and it's such a small detail I decided to leave it be.

55. Malfoys' Interlude: Azkaban Prison by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (3544 words) Printer

Disclaimer: This chapter was written by my beta French_Charlotte and reviewed by me for content and characterizations.

56. Breaking Point by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (13341 words) Printer

57. Dr Matthew Taylor by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (9221 words) Printer

58. Finding Forgiveness by JewelBurns [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (7868 words) Printer

59. The Werewolf and The Metamorphmagus by JewelBurns [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (7149 words) Printer

To be continued...
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