Author: pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~4800
Warnings: Character death, brief mentions of transphobia, internalised misogyny, and domestic violence
Characters: The young Marauders and their families
Pairings: Marauders' parents
Summary: Before there were the Marauders, there were four little boys from very different families, and eight parents, many of whom only survive between the lines of canon. Eight one-shots, eight points of view, 500-700 words apiece.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters and the Wizarding world are the sole property of J. K. Rowling. I own nothing except my own ideas, and make no profit. No copyright infringement is intended.
Note: This can either be seen as a stand-alone piece, or as a prequel to A Conspiracy of Cartographers.
It was a good life, Ellie Potter often told herself. She had a husband she loved dearly. They had a beautiful home in the village where he had grown up, surrounded by a lively garden to which Ellie devoted much of her time. Her husband's job, working as an Auror for the Ministry of Magic, was more dangerous than she would have liked, but these days there were not nearly as many Dark witches and wizards to contend with as there had been fifteen years before, when Ellie and Joe had been newlyweds. It was a peaceful life, and she was content.
The only thing missing was a child.
The early years of their marriage had been filled with a monthly round of hope followed by disappointment, but now, almost eighteen years later, she had resigned herself to childlessness. She was past forty now, and her husband nearly fifty. They never even talked about it anymore.