Title: The Animagi
Authors: The Wheezy’s
Summary: There’s always more than
meets the eye, or in the case of the Marauders, its meets the ear. It started
off as any other full moon, a wild werewolf chase. But soon ones’ world will be
turned upside down, taking the others’ with him. Join Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot,
and Prongs as they discover what a difference one night can make.
Author’s Note: For all intensive
purposes, we are unable to cut out any more content from this story. We do
wish, however, that this will not stop you from considering our story. Thank
you for giving us the chance!
“Ha!” A seventeen-year-old James Potter slapped his
card down onto the table, a cheeky grin spreading across his face. Sirius
Black, who was currently sitting across from him, grumbled in annoyance.
“Get a haircut, you git,” was his retort as he shoved
another one of his own cards onto their pile. James ran a hand through his
tousled black hair, biting down on his lip during their game of Exploding Snap.
“Now, this takes great concentration,” he said, raising one finger
into the air as if to teach Peter Pettigrew, who blinked, watching in awe.
Sirius only rolled his eyes and leaned back against his chair.
“So what if I’m no ruddy good at this game? We could
find something better to do.” Ruffling his hair out of his eyes, Sirius
flicked his card onto the pile.
“I can’t take
this anymore!” Remus growled. Peter’s eyes widened, and James recoiled a
moment in shock. Sirius didn’t seem to be fazed.
“That time of the month again, is it?” He grinned
suavely, and Peter gaped at him. James rolled his eyes, and began to collect the cards.
“Very funny, Padfoot,” Remus grumbled as he paced. He
tried to control the deep, shudder that raced up his spine every few minutes.
“Maybe we should go fetch Madam Pomfrey-“ Peter began,
but was cut off as Sirius stood from his chair, followed by James.
“What is it?” his friend asked, and Remus paused.
Sirius held up a hand, with a look of seriousness.
Then, he announced, “I’m really
hungry.” Everyone groaned except for Peter, who looked relieved.
“Then we’ll go down to the kitchens and I’ll shove a—“
but James was cut off by a groan. Remus had arched his back in pain, biting
his bottom lip. Peter squeaked in fear, and Sirius cut him off, looking peaky.
“Come on, Moony. We’re going to have a nice walk with
the old bat in the Hospital Wing, alright?” Remus mumbled, stumbling out of
the portrait hole. Sirius followed, along with James and Peter.
“Here we are,” Sirius sang.
“What do we have here?”
Sirius snarled toward the sound. Severus Snape had rounded the corner, and was
currently shouldered of potions supplies, a letter crunched in his hand.
“Get lost Snivellus.”
“Oh, I plan to. I don’t wish to be around once Lupin
here decides to crave blood,” Snape sneered toward Remus, but he didn’t respond. James scowled and
helped his friend into the Hospital Wing, followed reluctantly by Sirius.
Peter, found himself watching Snape stalk off down the corridor with curious
eyes. What had he been up too…?
“I’m sorry boys, but as you can see, I’m very, very
busy at the moment.” Madam Pomfrey shuffled past them. To their horror, every
bed was already filled with students.
The nurse explained; “there’s a flu epidemic spreading, and I
just haven’t the time to see you safely to the Shack, Mr. Lupin.”
“Let me go alone,” Remus wheezed, the itching becoming
his undoing. James had known for a while now about his friend’s whereabouts
when he transformed into a werewolf.
They stumbled out of the Wing, and James sighed-
what’re we supposed to do?”
“Help Moony here outside before he sees Wormtail in a
new light,” Sirius said gruffily.
A rush of cool air met them as they pulled the large,
wooden doors open a bit. The group began to scramble onto the grounds, and
after Peter had shut the door safely, James smiled.
“Padfoot! What do you say about another adventure?”
Sirius looked wary.
“You mean like last time, when we tried to sabotage
meant, that last week, Hagrid let it slip about his pet spider in the Forbidden
Forest,” James glanced over his shoulder. Sirius paused for a moment, mulling
over the idea.
“Alright. Sounds like a plan. Moony, do you want-“
Sirius gasped. “Time to go,” he finished abruptly, and he closed his eyes as
his spine arched, and black hair grew rapidly to replace his school robes.
Pawing at the ground, he nudged Peter.
“I’m going, I’m going,” he mumbled before seemingly
disappearing, but really climbing up Sirius’ fluffy tail and onto his back.
James, already a stag, cocked his head to the side, and surveyed the unlikely
A deep, howl rose toward the sky, and the clouds,
broke to free the full moon. Remus, who now stood on four legs, perked his
ears. James rushed forward, bowing his head. The troupe of animals followed
behind, threading through the masses of trees in the Forest.
James’ mind worked quickly, making sure he was still
on the trail of spiders.
“Prongs!” Sirius’ voice caught him by surprise, but
James instantly shifted back into a human, absently running a hand through his
messy hair. Peter had hopped off of his friend’s back, looking shaken.
“I apologize, James Potter and company. But I cannot
allow you to pass this way,” Firenze, a centaur gestured in the direction they
were headed. Sirius groaned loudly, and Peter quivered.
“Why not? Is there something—“
“You will follow me. The stars do not lie. For
tonight, you shall be enlightened.” He led them deeper into the forest, the
soft pounding of their footsteps muffled by the sodden dirt.
“Why didn’t you walk us out of the forest?” James
“Destiny must occur as written. You must understand,
that tonight by the light of the full moon, you will be marked by your heart’s
“OH!” Sirius’ eyes lit up, “Jamsie-boy falls in love
tonight, huh? Who’ll it be, Wormtail?”
James blushed scarlet and opened his mouth to retort.
“Where’s Moony?” Peter asked, and Sirius’ smile
faded. Firenze had disappeared, and a growl could be heard.
Snape was on all fours, fists grasping tightly onto
Moony’s back. With another bark, the werewolf twisted away from his attacker,
“WHAT’RE YOU DOING?!” growled Sirius, and he lunged
into his Animagus form.
“Leave him alone!”
Lily Evans had come out of the trees, and jumped into the air, shifting into a
snow leopard with red spots. She threw herself against Padfoot, who flew
backwards with a growl.
“Wait, stop!” Prongs became a stag, and seeing the
leopard’s intentions, knocked her down. Padfoot was crushed against Moony, and
Snape, seeing his chance, scrambled away.
“Hurry!” Peter squeaked as Padfoot and Moony chased
As Wormtail scurried to help, Moony slipped over him,
and his leg landed on a jagged rock. He growled throatily, and Sirius
transformed back into himself.
Lily had slashed Prongs in the chest in an attempt to
free herself. He shifted back into human form, and howled blindly, withering in
Lily gasped, leaning over him. “Are you alright?!”
“You must all follow me.” Firenze said, his gaze
lingering on James.
“Up we go,” said Sirius gruffly, picking up a
shuddering Moony. He growled, but was too put out to attack.
Firenze led the group to the edge of the forest, just
as the cowardly sun made its appearance. James leaned against Lily, clutching
the mark on his chest. He stopped, confused for a moment. A mark…?
Remus eased back into his human form at the touch of
light, and was being helped out of his friend’s arms.
“James Potter. You will escort Lily Evans to the
Headmaster. Good luck.”
They all wandered back into the castle, blackened with
dirt. Wormtail scrambled into the Hospital Wing with Remus, but Sirius paused,
raising an eyebrow.
“Hubba hubba!” James scowled poisonously as he and
Lily headed for Dumbledore’s office. He explained Firenze’s prophecy warily,
and she frowned.
“I don’t understand it…”
“Neither do I…”
The two stopped outside the bronze statue, realizing
there was a note posted on it.
Under a matter of
I have been called
to ensure that
I stay on the
chocolate frog cards.