Chapter 10: Explanations
After Harry, Ron, and Hermione returned to the Gryffindor common room, they plopped down on the couch.
"That was too close." Ron sighed.
"Why didn't you check the map?" Hermione asked Harry.
"I forgot alright. Want me to check it now?"
"I guess. To see if McGonagall is coming." Ron said
"I solemnly swear I am up to no good." Harry said the password while pointing his wand at the blank piece of parchment in his hand.
MESSRS. MOONY, WORMTAIL, PADFOOT, AND PRONGS
PURVEYORS OF AIDS TO MAGICAL MISCHIEF-MAKERS
ARE PROUD TO PRESENT
THE MARAUDER'S MAP
Opening up the map, the trio peered inside. Most of the teachers were in their quarters. All except the three defense teachers. However, it being as late as it was, the fact did not register to them until too late.
"Hey look. Sirius is in the DADA classroom." Ron pointed out.
"At least they know the truth." Harry sighed.
"What is he doing here anyways?" Hermione said taking the map to search for Remus.
Hermione then fully woke up when she read the names of the other two.
"Harry? I thought your parents were dead."
"They are 'Mione."
Instead of saying anything, she pointed to the defense room so Harry could read the names.
SIRIUS BLACK, JAMES POTTER, AND LILY EVANS POTTER
James and Sirius groaned when they recognized the map.
"What's wrong?" Lily asked.
"When we were younger," James explained, "we made a map of Hogwarts that shows where everyone is at all times. It was made NEVER to lie."
"So Harry has it and knows how to work it. Right?" Sirius turned to Harry.
Harry could only nod.
"WHY DID YOU GUYS MAKE SUCH AN ITEM?" Lily screamed at them
"So we could sneak around Hogwarts. You have to remember Lily, we were the Marauders." Sirius answered.
"I guess I can't argue with that. And you guys did kind of mature since then."
"Hello? Son in the room. Would someone explain what is going on!"
Lily, James, and Sirius looked at each other and sighed. Lily went over to her bag and fished the letters the present Dumbledore had written to the past Dumbledore and gave them to her son.
After the three younger kids read it, Lily answered,
"We volunteered. This was the assignment Remus and Trixy were talking about."
"But, if you'd already been to the future, how come Harry is still an orphan?" Ron asked earning an elbow in the ribs courtesy of Hermione.
"I'm sure in the past, it was a different assignment. Time travel is very tricky and confusing." Lily explained.
"But I still came from the assignment?" Harry asked.
"Didn't you hear Sirius earlier?" James asked his son.
"Who didn't?" Lily asked
"Is it safe to time travel?" Hermione asked.
"According to Dumbledore it is. Don't worry."
"What's going to happen now?" Harry asked.
"After Christmas, we will resume classes as schedule. You will learn how to defend yourself when the time comes, and defeat Voldemort." James told Harry.
"Well, you kids better get back to bed. Day after tomorrow is Christmas." Lily told the kids.
"Alright. Mum." Harry said as he gave her, James, and Sirius hugs with tears in his eyes.
"We'll see you three later." The younger trio called back as they left the room.
"He took that well." Sirius said.