My predictions are somehow coming true these past few chapters... but this time, I don't like it.
How can Remus be in league with these people? No matter how he's justifying it to himself, how can he support this terrible group which is planning on taking down the Auror Department, attacking his old friends, and is probably planning something really really bad? This is so not like him - he better have a good reason for not sharing what he knows with Sirius and Dora. He's even giving the leader inside information! What the hell?
Is it Scrimgeour himself? Someone inside the department? Someone we know???
I'm pretty sure the 'cause' has nothing to do with werewolves, since who ever this guy is doesn't know when the full moon is and is scared of Remus. So what is this cause, which Remus is supporting? I can't think of anything he would want that bad and not tell Sirius.
Sirius had a long awaited meeting with Marlene - though certainly not the circumstances we would have ideally liked. What he found out there inspired the most touching scene - Sirius talking, just letting everything out to James. That literally touched my heart. He is so worried about not being able to trust anyone - like he said, the last time he suspected Remus it was a total disaster, and he doesn't want to make that mistake again. I think Remus is taking advantage of that fact, and it feels very wrong.
And then, Kreacher being so kind and sweet. It was a really strong scene.
Finally on to Horcrux-y stuff! Although this is COMPLETELY in reverse order!
They already know a little about Horcruxes, and Harry's already guessed that it's a piece of Voldemort inside him! Nothing else has happened yet! No Diary, no Ring, no Diadem, the Locket is still tucked away safely, no Nagini. I wonder how they'll figure it out, since it may have taken years for Dumbledore to realize that Harry was a Horcrux too.
And Sirius! He'so distraught! I like the fact that even with Remus acting weird, Sirius trust him implicitly, his first instinct is to get Remus. But what will they do. Harry is ten, alone, with a wand and little knowledge of how the wizarding world works. He's famous, so hopefully they can find him soon. It's going to be a weird conversation!
Enjoy your trip! (You chose the most awful of cliffhangers to leave us on - the entire chapter felt like one!) Hope you have a good two weeks! :)
Author's Response: You have been making some very astute guesses. :P
He has his reasons; they might not be clear just yet, but it will all make sense in a few chapters. :S
Someone we know, yes; you've met them, and they've had a few speaking lines. I won't say whether they're male or female, though, nor will I say how recently they last appeared. :P
He did, yes; I've been trying to have a few Marlene-scenes but she keeps evading me. :P This was a good way to include her. :) I loved writing that scene, and I was getting very emotional as I did so. Sirius talks to James quite a bit, but I don't often show it, and when I do, it's generally at a time that Sirius is scared, or confused. Aww, Kreacher was lovely in the end. :P
Haha, yes, it was a bit of a twist, and this has definitely been a divergence from canon. :)
I liked that - and felt a bit guilty for putting it in - Sirius still calls Remus for help before anyone else. It just shows how strong their friendship is... and makes what's coming up even crueler. :S
I did, I'm sorry! :P I had a lovely two weeks away. :)
Thank you so much for the review!