The Wolf's Wake
By Jamie K.
"All right, explain."
Remus Lupin snapped to attention. His faded bluish-brown eyes alert.
Sirius sighed in frustration. But James remained calm.
Remus started fiddling with his robes, then his shoelaces, then his
"Look Remus, we know you're hiding something."
James stated, forcing Remus to make eye contact. "You've been caught. Now
"I don't know what-," Remus began to lie nervously.
He was bad at joking, and even worse at lying. Especially when it meant bluffing
to the smartest third years at Hogwarts.
"Come off it Remus!" Sirius groaned. "We're
your friends. We never keep secrets from you," at this his eyes flickered
for a moment. Was it guilt? Remus wondered. "You can tell us anything.
Who're we going to tell, Snivellus?"
Remus began to sweat. Cold sweat. He couldn't tell them. He
couldn't! But he had to, they would find out anyway, it was better just to get
it out. No! Cried a voice in his head. You've never had friends! Do you want to
lose the best friends in the school? I have to.
"Once a month, you disappear at night. The day of that
night," began James, still making eye contact. "You're always ill.
Always. In divination, Professor Trelawney always predicts you'll be ill every
full moon. She's never wrong. Trelawney is a fraud, Remus. She never makes
predictions that are true. Is it a coincidence, Remus?" James looked at
Sirius quickly, then looked back at Remus. "Or are you hiding
Sirius stepped up so that he was even with James. Even Peter
moved out of the shadows behind Sirius and James, so that he could see Remus.
Remus suddenly felt very bad for the little white mice they
transformed into lamps in transfiguration earlier that day. He closed his eyes
for a moment, knowing it had to be said. Had to be done. Just tell them. They'll
understand it's not your fault. No. Said yet another voice. Remus winced a
little bit. They won't understand. They'll think you a freak. A subhuman. They
won't want anything to do with you. But Remus shook his head. It was time.
"It's not a coincidence." He croaked.
"It's not?" James said softly.
"No," Remus began, taking a deep breath. "I'm
Utter, complete silence.
"Wow." Said James finally. He always broke
silences, Remus though miserably. "Remus, mate," he continued.
"It's not good to keep stuff like that inside."
"W-what?" Remus stuttered. No, it can't be. He
"Yeah." Said Sirius. "Not that we didn't know,
"It's just nice to hear you say it." Added James.
Remus blinked. "You knew?" They knew?
"Of course we knew." Said Sirius, plopping down
under a tree, and leaning against it.
"We've known for a while. Ever since you made that
excuse a month ago, what was it again, Sirius?" James followed suit,
messing up his already distressed black hair.
"Something about talking to Professor Curinus about
retaking that Charms quiz?" Sirius joked. "Remus, we know for a fact
you haven't gotten a bad grade on anything, anything."
Remus was so relieved, he didn't even think about being
embarrassed. "A Werewolf?" Peter suddenly squeaked. James frowned,
Sirius raised an eyebrow. Remus panicked.
"Is that a problem, Pete?" James asked sharply,
looking at Peter suspiciously.
"Because, you know, if it is, I know a pretty good hex
that could change your mind." Sirius added quietly, but still glaring at
"No! No, it's, it's not problem." Peter hastily
"Good. Now, Sirius, I'm starting to get an idea."
James nodded, satisfied.
"Really? Because, James, so am I." Sirius started
"Thank you!" Remus suddenly burst out. He had
friends. They were his friends. His friends! They didn't care that he wasn't
normal, they didn't care!
Sirius looked surprised. James raised an eyebrow. "No
problem." They said together.
"Come on," James rose suddenly. "We have some
work to do." He winked at Sirius, who nodded, and followed James.
Remus leapt up happily, forgetting he wasn't normal.
Forgetting the full moon was in three short weeks. He had friends. James Potter.
Sirius Black. Great friends. He grinned and followed them. Peter stayed behind
for a minute. Something stirring in his eyes. He wasn't smiling as he walked off
to join James, Sirius, and Remus.
As the library came into view, Remus gave a first thought to
James's 'plan'. He gave a little laugh at what could be in store for the future.
"What?" Sirius stopped to study him.
"Nothing." Remus shrugged, and waited until
Sirius's back was turned. "Nothing at all." He looked up at the sky.
It was going to rain. But it didn't matter.