A light rain coated
the leaves on the trees of the Forbidden Forest, but he was paying no attention
to the weather. He was lost in his memories, searching for a way to calm the
grief that was consuming him. He was the only one left, he now had to go on
alone again. He kept walking until he reached the clearing, where he and
Dumbledore had erected a monument to his fallen friend. “I hope that the three
of you are together, Padfoot,” he said to the clearing. “Harry is taking this
very badly. You were the only parental figure that he had left. Now he just has
me, and I’m not sure that I’m up to the job,” he spoke to the monument, like
his friend was sitting there. Remus Lupin put his head in his hands and cried.
He heard the
footsteps, wondering who would be roaming around the forest at night. He raised
his head, watching the trees for the person or persons making the noise. “Ah
Remus, I thought that I might find you here,” Professor Albus Dumbledore came
out of the trees, followed closely by Hagrid. The two men came over to the
monument, each pausing to mourn in their own way. “Harry will be going to the
Weasley’s tomorrow, and Molly and Arthur have invited you to come and stay
also. They think that Harry might feel better if you are there. To help him
with his grief,” Albus said, putting his hand on Remus’ shoulder. “And I
personally think that it might help you with yours.”
“I don’t know Albus,
I don’t think that I’m up to trying to help anyone. I’m having trouble dealing
with this myself,” he told him, standing by the small stone monument. “I think
that it may be worse for Harry with me there.” He raised his head and looked up
to the sky. “Albus, how am I supposed to help Harry, when I’m consumed with
grief?” he asked. He looked over at his old headmaster, hoping that the answers
were there, waiting for him.
“I can’t tell you
that. All I can say to you, is that you and Harry are all that are left. You
need each other,” he answered, patting the smaller man on the back. “Go and
stay with the Weasley’s, you and Harry will help each other to deal with this
tragedy. Hopefully, you will both emerge stronger,” when he had finished
speaking, he looked over at Hagrid, motioning with his head.
“I am sorry about
your friend, Professor Lupin. I’ll take care of the monument for you, you don’
have to worry ‘bout that,” Hagrid told him.
“I was hoping that
you would consider staying with the Weasley’s, so that when Harry is ready, you
could bring him here to visit the memorial. I’m sure that he, Ron, Hermione,
and Ginny would like to come and make their peace with him,” he told Remus,
patting his arm gently. “But Remus, you are truly the only friend of his
parents that he has left.”
“Albus, I’m not sure
that I can do anything for him,” he said quickly turning his head to look into
the woods. A Centaur stepped out into the clearing.
“Bane, is there
something that we can do for you?” Albus asked him.
“We do not want you
humans in our forest. We wish for you to leave,” Bane told him.
“I am very sorry that
you feel that way, but the fact remains that we will continue to come into the
forest,” Albus told him. “It is the place that Remus spent many full moons with
his fallen friend,” he stated, walking toward the Centaur. “We will be
returning to visit with Padfoot’s memorial as often as we wish.”
“The Stag, the Rat,
the Werewolf, and the large black dog,” he said, nodding his head. “It was
known to us that they roamed the forest during the full moon. It is one of them
that you memorialize here?” he asked.
“Yes Bane, the large
black dog lost his life in the fight against the dark lord. The Stag lost his
life almost 15 years ago, in the fight against him the first time. We do not
wish to anger the Centaurs, but this is the place that holds fond memories for
both the werewolf and the dog,” he said, slightly bowing to the wondrous
“We will allow humans
to visit the memorial, we will not bother anyone that has come to mourn,” he
lowered his head to Dumbledore. With that, he turned and went back into the
“Remus, It would be
best for you to go to the Weasley’s with Harry. He needs you now. He is all you
have left, and you are all he has. Just try and see if you can help each
other,” Albus walked back over to where Remus stood. “This is what they would
want, James, Lily, and Sirius would want you to be there for Harry. They would
want him to turn to you,” He raised his hand and motioned for Hagrid to follow
him. “Come up to the castle when you are finished here, I will give you a
portkey to take you to Arthur and Molly’s,” with that, he turned and walked
into the trees, Followed by the half-giant.
He looked at the
stone sitting in the center of the clearing, “I’m sure that he’s right,
Padfoot. I will go stay with Harry, and maybe we can both get through this.” He
placed his hand on the stone. “I’ll make sure that he knows how much all of you
cared for him,” he turned and walked into the trees, headed for the castle and
the portkey that would take him to the Burrow, and Harry.