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I woke up this morning wondering how to post so that more than the Order of the Phoenix could see an announcement, but the Death Eaters still couldn't. I think this will work.

So anyone who can see this: Congratulations, you're a loyal citizen of Albion! Which is good because there's loads of work to do to make this country right.

And if Bellatrix Lestrange can see this, or Barty Crouch, then perhaps there's hope for them, after all.


Anyway, a year ago, Justin and Hydra risked rather a lot to get married. It was so dangerous that they had to keep it a complete secret, even from all of their best mates.

Everyone in the Order of the Phoenix knows what it's like to have to keep a dread secret. Probably loads of you Albionites do, too, when you've harboured feelings and beliefs that didn't properly match what the Protectorate was telling you, and you wanted to speak out against their injustice but you were too afraid. It's easy to keep a secret when it's something you fear, or feel ashamed about, or wish would go away. But sometimes, it's the happy secrets that are the hardest things to hold close and not share.

Like when someone like Terry, a muggleborn, had friends who were so determined to be able to talk to him, they figured out a way. And then he asked them to include me, too. So then, I had friends. I made friends with students like the Weasleys, Lee Jordan, Sally-Anne Perks, and later on, Pansy Parkinson, and Daphne Greengrass, and Hydra, and Justin. All because of a secret that we had to keep together. It was a happy secret, but it was still something we all knew we had to protect. Not protecting it would have meant prison, betraying even bigger secrets, like who was in the Order, and even death.

But it was ever so difficult, especially when there were people outside that circle who we weren't sure we could trust, however much we wanted to do. So I can understand, a little, how hard and how dangerous and how tempting it must have been for Justin and Hydra, so often, not to slip, not to tell the rest of us--no matter how much they trusted us--because happy secrets like that, they get around, once they start to be shared.

And in a normal society, that's good. There might be a few people who are hurt, personally, but that's a temporary pain. And far more people would be happy right along with everyone else, so it would help the sad ones find something to salvage and share in the happiness, too.

Today, here, in Albion, we can celebrate our happiness with each other, secure that no one will kill us just for loving someone we're 'not supposed to'--because there is no 'supposed to' about love. Sometimes it's hard to believe that, but taking the chance and sharing one's happiness is always better than having to keep it only to oneself.

Because happiness shared just gets better. And sadness shared, well, that's what starts it to heal.

Justin and Hydra risked a lot for each other, but they kept their marriage a happy secret for the good of all their friends, however much they must have wanted to tell us. Today, though, they don't have to hide, and they don't have to keep it secret, and they don't have to be afraid, and they don't have to care who knows it.

Here's to not having to keep happy secrets, ever again.
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