Remus’ Side of the Story
Chapter 34: Remus' Side of the Story
"Professor Lupin?" Harry said going up to the front desk after DADA.
"Yes Harry?" Remus asked.
"I was wondering if you can tell me what happened when my parents announced their engagement." Harry requested.
"When is your next class?"
"Astronomy at midnight."
Flashback (Remus' POV) (Bold: Remus' thoughts)
About half an hour ago, I had gotten a fire call from James asking if we can meet at the Three Broomsticks. I ran into Sirius and Peter there. Apparently, they had a call similar to mine. When we got there, we found a table and waited for Prongs.
"Can you believe it? John moved away." Sirius complained when the subject got there.
"It's not like we are going to do anything that needs covering from him anyways." Itold him.
"Do you know why he wouldn't join the Marauders?" Peter asked.
"Who knows Wormtail." Sirius answered.
"What is it with those nicknames?" Melissa asked as she, Spica, and I came into the Three Broomsticks from behind us.
"Well, Peter has a pet rat that has a tail like a worm, Moony likes Astronomy, and I can be quiet." Sirius said trying not to give away the secret.
I hope they don't figure out he's lieing. I don't know what I'll do if Melissa figures it out.
"Could have fooled me." Spica said taking a seat next to her boyfriend.
"I meant sneaking around quiet." Sirius corrected
"So what are your plans?" I asked Melissa.
"My parents are sending me to America." Melissa answered.
"No way!" Sirius said.
"And I'm going with her to make sure she doesn't forget what she learned." Spica added.
"You're leaving us." Sirius complained.
"Just for another 4 years. Hopefully." Melissa told them. "I have an aunt who lives in Boston. She has ties to Harvard and they are sending me there. They are determined I get a hire education in America."
"Oh." I sighed.
I guess she knows and she's using her parents as an excuse never to see me again.
"There you six are." A voice came from the door.
We turned and saw James and Lily walking towards them.
"There you are Prongs. Why did you call us to meet here?" Sirius asked.
"Prongs?" Sara asked.
"He, uh, had a bad experience with, uh, a thorn bush." Peter hesitated.
Where's the nearest brick wall?
"Ok." James said uncertain. "Do you want me to tell them?"
"I'll tell my friends and you can tell your friends." Lily said to her boyfriend.
When we gathered together, James had that grin of his whenever he was up to something.
"What did you do this time Prongs?" I had to ask.
"Is everything alright with you and Lily?" Peter asked.
"Everything's fine Wormtail." James consoled our friend.
"So what's up between you and Lils?" Sirius asked.
"Well, to answer Moony's question, I proposed to Lily." James finally told us.
"You what?" Sirius asked in shock.
"And…" I urged him to continue.
"She accepted. I'm the first Marauder to get engaged."
Sirius had fainted. I guess it was a bit of a shock for Mr. Love (as he liked to call himself back in school) to not be the first one engaged.
I noticed the girls looking over and seeing Sirius on the floor in a dead faint.
"It's amazing what love does to people." Melissa said.
"That. And growing up." Lily added.
"So that's what happened." Harry said.
"I take it you've heard the girls' story." Remus said.
"Yes. Sara told me her version." Harry admitted.
"I'm sure that was interesting. I have to ask. Did the girls fall for Sirius' name excuses?"
"No. They had known of your condition since school. They didn't know the real reason for the others, but they knew it wasn't Sirius' ability to be quiet in human form, Peter didn't have a pet rat, and Dad didn'ta fear of thorns."
"I guess I was paranoid." Remus said as he started grading 2nd year Hufflepuff tests.
"How are things going between you and Melissa?" Harry had to ask.
"Fine. We are just taking our time." Remus answered
Harry was confused. I was expecting a none-of-your-business answer.
"How about between you and Ginny?" Remus asked with a grin.
"Nothings going on between me and Ginny." Harry said hurridly.
Remus raised his eyebrows at the boy.
"Yet." Harry added quietly.
"I see now." Remus said finally understanding what was going on. "You don't want to be with anyone until Voldemort is gone."
"Why don't you talk to your father about that. He might be able to help you."
"Just ask him. You'll see." Remus said smiling.
After Harry left, Remus decided to let James know that it was time to tell Harry something about his heritage.