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NOTE:This is sort
of a sequel to “Reflections of Truth.” I really do suggest reading that
first. I wrote this because so many people wanted to know what Sirius saw in
the Mirror of Erised. I see young Sirius as having a
lot more layers than he often gets credit for. This was my attempt at showing
that. (Looking back on this story, I find that I no longer imagine the
Astronomy tower in the MWPP day as quite so extraordinary, but I can’t
dismantle it without dismantling the whole story, so ah well. J
) This story takes place in late March of sixth year.
DOG STARS AND DESIRES
By Jedi Boadicea
“I have an
Remus looked up from his History of Magic essay to see
Sirius plop down into a seat across the little table, face alight with an
excited smile. Next to Remus, James snapped his book
abruptly closed and leaned eagerly forward.
it?” James asked.
put the quill down.” Sirius waved at him irritably.
listen while I write, Sirius.”
I’m going to need your help for this.”
Remus frowned, having no doubt whatsoever what kind of idea
Sirius had come up with, and equally certain that whatever help was required of
him would keep him from his homework for a long time. And probably land him in
detention besides. But Sirius gave him one of those innocent, pleading looks
that fooled absolutely no one, and which no one could ever withstand.
Remus sighed and set down his quill.
Sirius grinned, and leaned toward them over the table, lowering his voice so
that they wouldn’t be heard over the regular evening chatter filling the
Gryffindor common room. “Now here it is. Tonight, we’re going to sneak up to
the Astronomy tower, and magically re-align the telescopes.”
“To what purpose?”Remus asked
calmly, thinking cold practicality might deflate some of Sirius’s wicked
just grinned wider. “I got a peek at Professor Sinistra’s
lesson plans last week. Seems that tomorrow we’re going to be
studying Orion and its neighboring constellations.”
Remus thought about it for a moment, then
heaved a defeated sigh as understanding struck him. James caught on
immediately. He grinned, and shook his head in admiration. “You’re mad, you
know. They’ll know exactly who did it.”
they will!” Sirius exclaimed excitedly. “That’s the whole point, isn’t it?”
Remus tried hard not to smile. “They’d guess who it was
anyway. We don’t exactly have the cleanest of records.”
still respectable, Moony.” James clapped him on the shoulder. “You don’t get
caught nearly as often as me and Sirius.”
obviously, I’m going to need you both to help me,” Sirius said. “Go get your
brooms ready now, so we won’t make a racket when we’re leaving.”
“Brooms?”Remus and James both
echoed, eyebrows raised.
“Yes, brooms, you dolts!” Sirius gave them an exasperated
look. “We’ll have to rearrange the projection crystals at the top of the tower,
won’t we? We’re going to need brooms to get up there.”
suggestion made Remus blanch a bit, James’s eyes lit
up with fresh excitement. James was always excited about any chance to fly.
won’t be able to manage complicated flying like that, you know,” Remus pointed out.
Sirius waved it off easily. “That’s why we need him to be look-out. Where is Peter,
pointed across the room, to where Lily and Peter were tucked away at a corner
table with a book and rolls of parchment. Peter had his head in his hands, hair
sticking up in tufts between his fingers, and Lily was murmuring something
soothingly to him.
expression softened. “Is he having problems with Divination again?”
nodded. “And Lily’s got more patience than all of us put together. Not to
mention the skill.”
frowned. “It’s such a stupid class anyway. I wish Professor Trelawney would lay
off him for a while. All those nasty predictions are giving him nightmares.”
Then, as though he realized he was speaking more kindly than his usual wont,
Sirius grimaced and added, “I can’t get any sleep at night, with all his
tossing about! We should sneak stinkweed into Trelawney’s incense supply,
that’s what we should do.”
Remus, who had picked up his quill again while Sirius
wasn’t looking, spoke without looking up from his essay. “Let’s keep it to one
prank a night, shall we? We have to sleep sometime.”
chuckled. “Some things are worth losing sleep over.”
“Remus!” Sirius growled. “Put down
the quill, you bloody git! You work too much.”
Remus ignored the comment and continued writing, but he
shook his head as he did so. “I don’t see any reason to pick on Professor Sinistra like this. She’s a perfectly decent teacher, and
she’s still nervous because she’s new.”
like we’re doing anything to her.” Sirius waved his concerns off
yet again. “It’s just the telescopes. She’ll be able to fix them.” He smiled
slyly. “Eventually. Now come on, let’s go get Peter
and get ready.”
their way to the astronomy tower without being seen was a simple task for
anyone who knew all of Hogwarts’ hallways as well as they did. They didn’t even
need to use the Invisibility Cloak, though James brought it along just in case;
it wasn’t unusual that they would accidentally draw unwanted attention and be
forced to beat a hasty retreat under the Cloak’s folds. Though that might be
harder to manage this time, considering everyone except for Peter had their
broomsticks along. Peter, for his part, was grateful that he wasn’t going to be
asked to do any tricky flying. Watching Quidditch was about as close as he
liked to get to dangerous maneuvers on a broomstick, unlike James or Sirius,
who thrived on that kind of risk. Remus was a decent
enough flyer, but he’d never loved it as much as James and Sirius. He only
hoped that Sirius didn’t get it into his head to try anything crazy - well,
crazier - than they were already doing.
it to the tower, and Sirius opened the door easily with an Alohomora
charm. The inside of the astronomy projection room, used in the chilly winter
months, was sparsely furnished and immaculately clean, with only a few tables
against the walls for books, and a dozen magical telescopes in the center.
Moony, you’ve always been the best at astronomy.” Sirius waved cheerfully at the
telescopes. “Go ahead and get them going.”
the roof,” James said, and hurried over to a panel of levers on the wall.
Remus sighed, then shrugged and stepped over to the nearest
telescope. He took a focusing crystal from the compartment on the stand and
inserted it into the appropriate niche on the top of the telescope. The crystal
began to glow faintly.
flipped the largest lever on the panel, and with a soft hissing noise the
ceiling evaporated, revealing a clear glass dome above them. It was a cloudless
night, and the stars shone brightly in the dark sky. The shadowy shape of a
small structure at the top of the dome could be seen.
“All right.” Sirius grinned, all but rubbing his hands
together in anticipation. “Let’s see where the professor’s got these things
Remus turned the crystal in the telescope to the right, and
its glow took on a bluish tinge. The structure on top of the glass dome above
them began to glow a similar hue. Then a small beam of light shot out of the
telescope, and a globe filled with white mist popped into being in the air beside
it, at the perfect height to be closely examined. The mist faded away, and the
inside of the globe seemed now to be filled with stars. As they watched, some
of the stars in the globe grew fainter, and others brighter, and soon the
constellation of Orion shone very clearly in the center of the globe. Little
red lines connected all the stars to reveal the shape, and then the image began
to rotate, showing the stars’ positions in three dimensions.
are.” Sirius grinned. “Orion. So we just have to shift
the projection crystals a little bit to get them focused on Canis
all the telescopes started first,” James suggested, with an eager grin of his
The four of
them split up and started all the telescopes, and soon the room was full of
little globes, all of them showing the same image of stars.
know about this,” Peter said, biting his lower lip as he struggled to fit the
crystal into the last telescope. “Shouldn’t there be a way to change the
projection crystals from inside the tower? That’s how the professor does it.
Why do you have to go out there to do it?” He waved vaguely at the dome above
him a good-natured smack. “Because, you dolt, we don’t know how to work
the professor’s controls!”
James jumped in, “this way’s more fun.”
worry about it, Wormtail.” Sirius reached into his
robes and took out their Map. “Just stay in here and keep an eye on this. If
you see someone coming toward the tower, shoot up a few sparks and we’ll come
shout,” Remus reminded him. The last time they’d left
Peter as look-out, he’d got flustered at the approach of Professor McGonagall,
and shouted out a warning that she’d heard just as clearly as they had. They
hadn’t been caught that night, but she’d confronted them in class the next day
and assigned them all detention. Remus felt certain
that, somewhere in her gut, Professor McGonagall knew that the hundreds of
detentions she’d given them in the past six years hadn’t served as any sort of
deterrent, but she stubbornly continued to assign them anyway, never one to be
lenient. Remus couldn’t help but admire her
determination. She’d put Sirius firmly in his place the last time he’d acted up
in her lesson, and there weren’t very many people who could shut Sirius up when
he was on a roll.
shout,” Peter said, a bit sulkily. He took the Map and plopped himself down in
a chair facing the door. “Just hurry up, will you? I want to get some sleep
out of here with plenty of time to sleep,” Sirius assured him cheerfully, then
picked up his broom and grinned at James and Remus.
“Shall we, gentlemen?”
means, old chap.” James grinned in return, and flung open one of the shuttered
tossed James his broom from across the room. James caught it one handed and
leapt out of the window in the same motion. He plummeted out of sight, and Remus could just imagine him swinging the broom around,
catching it with his leg, and swooping up in an impressive loop. He’d seen
Prongs perform similar tricks so many times that it almost lost its shock
value. Almost. As it was, Remus
anxiously held his breath until James appeared again in the window, sitting
calmly astride his broom, his wind-mussed black hair sticking out in all
snorted. “Show off.” He gripped his broom, took a running start at the window,
and dove out head first. James just managed to avoid Sirius’ one handed swipe
at his head, then zoomed down, laughing, to follow Padfoot’s descent.
Remus shook his head and muttered, “Show off.” He and Peter
exchanged exasperated looks.
going to get themselves killed some day,” Peter said seriously. “I know it.”
Remus tried not to frown in concern at his friend’s tone.
Peter had been acting strangely for the last few weeks, more somber and
withdrawn than usual. He was never the most outgoing of the foursome, but he at
least appreciated a good joke. Lately, though, he’d seemed preoccupied. Remus was convinced it had something to do with the mirror
they’d found those months ago, but Peter refused to talk about it.
was nothing to be done about it at the moment. Remus
shrugged, and gave a wry smile. “They probably will. See you in a bit, Wormtail.”
onto the window ledge, trying not to look down the very long, very sheer drop
to the ground far below. He made sure he was safely astride his broom before
stepping off into the air.
black-haired streak with a flashing grin zoomed by him. “Come on, Moony, let’s
go to the moon!”
watched Sirius shoot straight past him, and up into the sky, as though he had
every intention of being true to his words.
around the tower and drifted in beside Remus, who
rolled his eyes. “He’s going to wake up the whole castle if he keeps shouting
him a minute,” James said with an indulgent smile. “He’ll calm down.”
enough, Sirius came zooming back down to them, still grinning madly, but a bit
more contained. “All right. Let’s get to it, then.
Come on, Head Boy, we’ll need your brilliant mind for this.”
you will,” James quipped, and they flew up to the top of the tower together.
James and Sirius easily kept their
brooms at a steady hover a few feet above the glass dome ceiling, but Remus had a harder time with it. The last thing he wanted
to do was dip down too far and shatter the glass.
Sirius noticed his hesitation, and gave another wide grin.
worry about being cautious. The glass is spelled - it won’t break. See?” He
leaned precariously far off his broom and knocked his fist hard against the
glass they heard Peter give a muffled shout of surprise, followed by the
clatter of a toppling chair. James burst into laughter, and Sirius looked
sheepish. “Sorry, Wormtail!” he called out, then shrugged at Remus’s amused
expression. “See, no problem.”
Remus said dryly.
maneuvered his broom to hover right over the cluster of crystals at the very
top of the dome. They were glowing faintly blue, just like the crystals in the
telescopes below. Remus knew that these projection
crystals were capturing the stars’ image, and sending it magically to those in
the telescopes, which projected the image globes for detailed observation. They
hadn’t ever studied crystals of this sort in a lesson, not even in the extra
Magical Minerals and Spell Components class he’d taken last term. But Remus knew that if anyone could figure out how to do
something like this, it would be James and Sirius.
pulled his wand, eager as always to tackle something new. “Let’s get started.”
Remus wasn’t sure exactly how long they spent out there,
hovering over the dome or making small laps of frustration, but it was long
enough to leave his muscles feeling cramped from keeping an awkward seat on his
broom. Finally, James put Sirius’ claim of unbreakable glass to the test, and
clambered off his broom to take a seat on the dome next to the crystals. It
held his weight, and eventually Sirius and Remus both
joined him. They huddled over the projection crystals, faces lit by the eerie
blue glow, and waved wands and theories about.
rearrange them -”
have to keep them in the pattern -”
“The patt -”
there be a magnification charm involved?”
are we going to readjust it if there is?”
think there’s a pattern.”
you just tried a Sorting Charm and ordered them to focus on Canis
“We know, Padfoot, but we should start basic, with the
you angle this one-”
move that it-”
that wasn’t the way to do it.”
calculating the alignment of-”
rotation of the zodiac-”
eventually, they managed a combination of spells and shuffling that satisfied
James, who gave a small smile and nodded.
that did it.”
sure?” Sirius asked.
“Only one way to find out.” James got carefully to his feet
on the curved glass and mounted his broom again. “I’ll go down and see if the
projection’s changed. You two stay up here in case we need to make some more
down, and Remus and Sirius found as comfortable a
seat as they could on the slippery glass, sitting with the crystals between
them, brooms tucked safely beneath their legs. Remus
rubbed at his arms, wishing he’d worn something warmer. It was chilly out here,
high up in the night breezes. Sirius however, as usual, seemed unaffected by
the cold. He gazed up at the stars with a half-smile on his face, the wind in
his dark hair.
believe I let you drag me into this,” Remus said,
trying to keep his voice stern.
“I know you
too well to indulge comments like that, Moony. You love this as much as we do.”
wouldn’t go so far.”
chuckled. “All right, maybe not as much.But pretty close.”
silence for a few moments, while they each stared up at the night sky full of
stars and moonlight. Remus knew, without even having
to look at it directly, that the moon was ten days shy of full. He knew it in
Sirius had picked up on his thoughts, he asked abruptly, “Can you still just
watch the moon, Remus? Or has it lost its beauty for
Remus gave him a sideways glance, a bit surprised to see a
solemn expression on his friend’s normally jovial face. He had been about to
make a pithy remark about Sirius’s being unusually poetic, but changed his mind
after seeing that expression. Instead he looked away, eyes locked on the dark
shadow of the ForbiddenForest
in the distance. Then he slowly lifted his gaze again, to the sky, to the moon.
“I watch the moon,” he said softly.
“Sometimes I’ll watch it for hours. There are days when I think I hate it, hate
the way it calls to me. It’s like I have tides in my blood, always pulling on
me. But the moon has never lost its beauty. It has a terrible beauty.” He
stopped, measured his breath, and let the silence sink deep before saying, “I’d
like to see a full moon again. The only time I fully succumb to it is the one
time I can’t appreciate it.”
Sirius hummed thoughtfully. “I don’t know, Moony. I think that’s a bit more
irony than I could handle in your place.” He glanced over and flashed a smile.
Remus smiled back. Somehow Sirius always knew the right
words to soothe him. “You’re bad enough as a dog, Padfoot.
I shudder to think of what you’d be like as a werewolf.”
still take you down in a fight.”
grinned. “You and me, Moony, we’re the dogs in our little pack.” He tilted his
head back and pointed up at the sky. “There’s Sirius, in Canis
Major. That’s me. There’s Canis Major, and there’s Canis Minor.”
guessing I’m Minor, then.”
“Canis Major, Canis Minor. The hunting dogs of Orion.”
scrunched up his face and struck an exaggeratedly thoughtful pose. “Well, I
guess that would have to be James. I’d hardly call Peter a hunter.”
usually the hunted, not the hunters.”
point. We’ll just call him a lady hunter, then, shall we?”
know. The only lady he’s ever really hunted is Lily.”
the only one that matters.”
Remus shot Sirius a quick glance, surprised once again to
see an unusually somber look on his face. Judging from the sudden tightness in Padfoot’s jaw, Remus wondered if
he’d intended to let that last comment slip. He looked away again, and had
every intention of letting it go by unremarked, when
Sirius spoke once more, in a low voice.
remember that mirror we found?”
Remus kept his gaze on the stars. “Yes.”
look into it. Do you think you really know what you would have seen?”
There was a
brief pause, and then Sirius said, “I lied. About what I
Remus said nothing. He remembered what Sirius had told them
- something about getting a spot on the national Quidditch team, and traveling
through wild lands hunting down dragons and dangerous creatures. Something that
sounded very much like Sirius and his wild dreams. But
he’d lied. Remus was wise enough not to ask why. He
kept his silence, and let Sirius speak at his own pace.
stupid of me to lie, really.” Sirius gave a dismissive little shrug, but he was
frowning deeply. “I could have told you. I was just... surprised, I think.
Because when I looked in the mirror, the first thing I saw was James and Lily.”
Remus frowned, puzzled. “James and Lily?”
“I know, it didn’t make any sense at first. And then I saw... this
scene. Christmas time. James and Lily in a home of
their own... and we all showed up, and it was like a family. And all I could
think about was this feeling... like I really envied James. Like I really
wanted what he had.”
Remus hesitated for a moment, then
finally asked softly, “Lily?”
over at Sirius again, and met his friend’s troubled dark eyes. “Do you love
didn’t even blink. “Maybe.” A moment passed, and he
looked away. “But I don’t really think so. I think... I think I love the idea
of Lily. Does that make any sense? I see James, and I see how much he loves
her, and I see how much she loves him. They love each other, and when they’re
together it just fills the air. It’s like they complete each other. I want to
feel complete like that.” He drew a deep breath. “It’s hard sometimes. Our
world is hard. Voldemort killed James’ father. My
mother died years ago because of Dark magic. People are being killed and dying
every day. You think about things like that, and everything starts to seem so
fragile. Really precious. You lot are my family,
Moony. But James and Lily... I want what they have,
too. Something precious.” He glanced at Remus, then his somber expression crumbled into
embarrassment and he looked away again, scrubbing a hand through his black
hair. “I know. Sounds rather odd coming from me, doesn’t it?”
Sirius,” Remus said quietly. “No it doesn’t. I
stretched between them again, a comfortable silence, as they both gazed up at
the brilliant stars. Then Sirius leaned forward and rested his chin on his
arms, crossed over his updrawn knees.
going to be at Hogwarts forever, Moony. Things are going to change.”
Remus sighed. He’d been thinking the same thing lately.
There would be no more trips to the Shrieking Shack, no more escapades. No more easy choices. “I
know what kind of life we can expect, with Voldemort
out there. But I know one thing. I want my life to have meaning. I don’t want
to end up locked away in some safe place, unable to do anything, unable to make
a difference. We have to go out there and make a difference, Remus.” He grinned suddenly. “We have to wreak some havoc
on the world.”
Remus couldn’t help but smile; Sirius’s grins were always
infectious. “Padfoot, it’s your nature to wreak
havoc. Never fear. I’m sure you’ll cause an uproar.”
you, my fine four-footed friend. I’ll expect you to be there at my side,
told you, I’m going to teach. There’s not much potential for wreaking havoc in
joking? Look at Professor Kettleburn! He almost lost
a leg in the last Care of Magical Creatures class! Now there’s a man who
knows how to wreak some havoc!”
There was a
whoosh of air, and suddenly James was hovering beside them on his broom,
smiling broadly. “It worked! All of the telescopes are projecting Canis Major. Now just pull the central crystal out with a
magnification charm, and we should have a focus on Sirius.”
grinned and drew his wand. “No problem.”
turned his broom and sped down again, back into the tower. Remus
watched as Sirius realigned the central focus crystal and cast the
magnification charm. Then his grin widened, he got a mischievous gleam in his
eye, and he cast a Locking Charm to freeze the crystal in place.
Remus raised his eyebrows. “That’s going to take quite some
work to break.”
Sirius replied cheerfully. “I’m going to lock all the telescope crystals in
place, too. They’re going to be stuck looking at my star for a very long time.”
Remus shook his head. “You do know how much detention
you’re going to get for this, don’t you?”
it. I’m signing my work, Moony! I’ll go to my detention content as long as I
get credit for my art!”
done, they mounted their brooms and flew back down to the window, but not
before Sirius did a few speedy laps around the tower just for the thrill of it.
When they clambered back through the window, they saw that every image globe
was focused on one, brightly glowing, blue star. The focus was wide enough to
make out the rest of Canis Major, but Sirius glowed
brighter than all the other stars in the design.
star,” Peter said, with a half-wry smile.
Sirius stated with a pleased nod. “And now we can get to bed and get some
sleep, as dear Wormtail suggested.”
grinned, and clapped a hand on Sirius’ shoulder. “Mischief managed,” he said
proudly. “This was a good one, Padfoot. I’ll be
seeing you in detention.”
flung his arm around James’ shoulders as they left the projection room. “What? Prefect Potter in detention? You haven’t had a detention all
year, Potter. They like you too much now. No, I’ll have Peter to keep me
company in detention.”
great fun, Wormtail! We might even get to clean out
the dungeons again. Won’t that be a treat!”
Peter groaned. James laughed. Sirius grinned. And Remus just shook his head, smiling in spite of himself, and
still thinking of everything Sirius had said at the top of the tower. He hoped,
somehow, that his friend would find his heart’s desires. He deserved it. They
until lunch the next day before they heard the first word about what had been
done in the astronomy tower; they were just leaving the Great Hall when Lily
all but stalked up to them. She ignored James’s bright smile and cocked her
hands on her hips, the light flashing dangerously off her Prefect badge.
you do this time?” she demanded.
to look surprised, but Sirius’ instant grin foiled the deception.
you heard?” Sirius asked eagerly.
an aggrieved sigh. “Not much. I just overheard Professor Sinistra
talking to Professor McGonagall, saying that the telescopes had been tampered
with. She also said something about Sirius.” She fixed the person in question with
a withering look.
know,” Sirius began in a pedantic tone of voice, “there is a star called
Sirius, and seeing as Professor Sinistrais the
Astronomy teacher -”
“Sirius.” Lily’s tone put an end to that line of excuses.
wrapped an arm around Lily’s waist and kissed her on the cheek, turning the
famous Potter charm on to the maximum. “You should have been there, Lily. It
again. She looked like she wanted to stay angry at them, but she seemed to melt
into James’ embrace against her will, and the smile they all loved flickered
across her pretty face. “You’re all incorrigible, you know that.”
nodded enthusiastically. “That’s why you love us.”
arched his eyebrows. “Us?”
“James, of course. Though honestly, Lily, I think you could
do better.” Sirius reached over and pulled Remus to
the fore. “Now good ol’ Remus
here is a much better choice than some dumb Quidditch player. Remus has got brains, and looks, and a
spectacular animal personality tha-oomph!”
Remus had long since learned that sometimes an elbow to the
gut was the only thing to shut Sirius up.
chuckled at the sight of Sirius trying to catch his breath, and Lily laughed
one of her musical laughs. And then Peter gave a little squeak of warning, and
they all turned to see Professor McGonagall stalking toward them, her lips set
in a grim line.
disentangled herself from James’ arms and gave him a bright smile. “Well, I’ll
leave you to clean up your own mess. See you later in the common room, if you
don’t all have detention!”
it always have to be McGonagall?” Peter groaned under his breath. “We’ll be in
the dungeons for a week!”
clapped him on the shoulder. “Courage, my friend!”
McGonagall huffed as she came to a halt in front of them, crossing her arms and
glaring at them through her square-lensed glasses.
“Must I even waste time with accusations?”
are you talking about, Professor?” Sirius asked in a high-pitched, innocent
eyes narrowed dangerously. “Fortunately, Professor Sinistra
thought to check the telescopes before the class convened tonight.
Your handiwork was for nothing, Mr. Black.”
grinned. “You’d be surprised how word gets around.”
Remus groaned under his breath. Trust Sirius to always make
things worse than they already were. And he privately suspected, besides, that
it would be quite some time before Professor Sinistra
would be able to undo all the locking spells Sirius had put on those
telescopes. No matter how much trouble he caused, none of the teachers could
deny that Sirius Black was one of the most talented students at Hogwarts. Remus thought James might have had a bit of competition for
his top of the class honors, if Sirius had been at all interested in such
McGonagall now swept her angry gaze over the rest of them, and finally rested
on James. “I would have expected better of you, Potter.”
anyone could reply, Sirius jumped in again, and now his tone had lost all of
its humor. “He had nothing to do with it, professor. No one else did. It was
all my own work.” The grin came back. “I don’t want anyone else getting credit.
My work, my star, my credit.”
is it?” McGonagall’s eyes were narrowing to mere slits.
Remus felt like warning Sirius to give it a rest, but knew
it would be foolish. If he was determined in taking the fall for all of them,
there would be nothing any of them could do to dissuade him. They might only
make the situation worse. Simply typical.
“Yes, professor. My star,” Sirius answered cheerfully.
you won’t be disappointed when I assign you your detention. You are to
report to the Gamekeeper this evening, and he will give you instructions on
collecting special herbs tonight. In the Forbidden Forest.”
It was very
clear that she meant this to be quite a frightening experience, as far as
detentions went. To anyone else, it very well might have been. The ForbiddenForest certainly had a terrible
reputation. But she couldn’t have assigned it to anyone who would fear it less.
Remus was honestly impressed by his friend’s acting ability
in that moment. Sirius put on a believably horrified expression, and stammered,
Remus was very glad that McGonagall didn’t seem to see
James shaking with silent laughter, or hear Peter’s muffled snort behind them.
interrupted Sirius’s protests firmly. “And thirty points from Gryffindor. Feel
fortunate that you’re getting off so easy, Mr. Black. Try another stunt like
this and I will not be so lenient.” Then she turned and stalked away, strands
of black hair wisping out of her tight bun with the
ferocity of her angry steps.
sounded like he was going to choke on his own suppressed laughter.
turned to them, calm as anything, and said, “So I guess this means we’re going
to have some fun tonight.”
Remus shook his head. “Without me, I’m afraid.”
James said. “Just because you won’t have fur doesn’t mean you’re not coming
along. You’re skinny as a twig, Lupin old boy, from
all that being sick. A stag will have no problem carrying you.”
know,” Peter said skeptically. “I don’t think we should risk getting caught so
clapped a hand firmly over Peter’s mouth. “Wormtail
thinks it’s a splendid idea.”
“So do I.” James nodded happily. “Besides, we’re not about to let
you keep all the fun to yourself. Not when we all helped get you into this
situation in the first place.”
Remus smiled, letting himself be
swept up by James’ enthusiasm, and he gave Sirius a daring look. “And I still
owe you for making me fall down that pit last time.”
“You certainly do. You should feel ashamed of yourself, Padfoot,
playing tricks on a poor defenseless werewolf like that.”
rolled his eyes. “You’re a bad influence on him, Remus.”
And he took a playful swipe at James’ head, which James easily ducked. Soon
they were heading off down the hallway, back to the Gryffindor common room
where the afternoon was bound to get progressively more interesting as the time
approached for Sirius’ ill-fated detention. Remus
trailed after Sirius and James, in step with Peter, and exchanged an amused
look with his smaller friend when the two black-haired boys started getting
particularly rowdy. As usual.
these days we’ll have to do something about them,” Remus
said with a smile and a shake of the head.
nodded. “One of these days.”
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