“…Longest” by InFabula
Disclaimer: these wonderful
characters belong to JK: I just borrowed them for a bit.
Laughter. Not at James,
glossy-coated and fierce-antlered. Nor at the huge, shaggy-haired dog that is
Sirius. The laughter is just for him.
Vermin. He glimpses how he is viewed and it starts a chill in his heart.
When they show Remus, he has
the grace to sit in silent awe. Even so, he imagines laughter later.
“You bring me information
beyond price,” says the Dark Lord. “Your value to me is equally immeasurable.”
Secrets learned at doors; in
rooms; under tables. Thoughts exchanged in perceived privacy make tales to be
The others know someone is
talking. Suspicion haunts their faces. Sirius looks at Remus with new eyes.
Remus reciprocates. James no longer jokes.
On his own, he thinks of
this and smiles then breaks into protracted glee. Marauder to traitor: the
change is complete.