?I can?t believe Peter would betray us,? James said. Sirius, however, shook his head.
?I can believe it,? he growled. ?Peter only took to us because we could make sure he wouldn?t get beaten up by the Slytherins.?
?I still don?t want to believe it. What do you think, Remus?? James asked.
?Well, James,? Remus said looking at his friend, ?I?d hate to tell you this but when Madame Pomphrey took me down to the Whomping Willow, I saw Peter with Malfoy and Snape. At first I thought they were giving Pete a hard timw, but then I noticed he wasn?t struggling. As a matter of fact, it looked like the three of them were having a civilized conversation.?
?You never told us about that,? Sirius said. Remus shrugged.
?Am I Peter?s keeper?? he asked.
?So, you saw Peter talking with Malfoy and Snape as if they were friends?? James asked. Remus nodded.
?Stupid, Snivillus,? Sirius said. ?I?m glad he?s not here with us. He?d try to get in the way.?
Harry and Ron looked at one another and then at Sirius, who had seen the exchange of looks.
?Please, tell me Snape is not here,? Sirius said.
?Well?? Harry began, but just then a knock came upon the door.
?Harry, Ron,? a female voice called. ?Are you guys up yet.?
?Er? yeah, Hermione,? Ron called going to the door and opening it just a crack. ?We?re up. We?ll be down in a bit.?
?Yes, but,? the girl called Hermione continued. ?Breakfast is over and ? what are you up to??
?Nothing, nothing, Hermione,? Ron said, his voice unconvincing. ?We?re not up to??
But Hermione pushed the door open, causing Ron to move aside. She entered and looked at the scene in the room. Her brown eyes looked from Harry to James, and from James to Sirius. She stared, her brown eyes locked with Sirius?s dark black ones. Tears formed in them and she began to cry.
?S-s-sirius?? she said. Sirius blinked and looked at James and Remus. Both shrugged. He then looked back at Hermione.
?Er, yes,? he said, ?I?m Sirius. Do I know?? but Hermione went to him in long strides and grabbed him in a hug.
?I?m s?so s-s-sorry,? she said. ?I?m sorry we couldn?t s-s-stop you from dying.?
Sirius?s eyes went wide and he patted Hermione awkwardly on the back, looking to James and Remus for help. Harry got off his bed and with the James?s help he pulled Hermione off Sirius.
?How? how? how did they get here?? she asked Harry. She then saw James.
?You? you? James?? she asked, her voice a small sqeak. James grinned.
?Yes, I?m James,? he said. He looked from Hermione to Harry, who was still holding Hermione. Harry saw this and let go of her.
?No, it?s not? we?re not girlfriend and boyfriend or anything,? he told James. ?She?s Ron?s and my bestfriend.?
?We have not met, I suppose,? he said to Hermione and held out his hand. She took it and they shook hands. Hermione then looked and her eyes met with the hazel eyes of Remus. She blushed, knowing who this was, and thinking he was very cute. She slapped herself mentally. This was her Professor, or at least his adult form was, and she couldn?t like him, even if it was the younger version she liked.
?Er? Hermione,? Harry said, amusement in his voice. ?That?s Remus Lupin.?
Hermione blinked and looked down. When she looked up again she saw Lupin was smiling and held his hand out.
?I?m Hermione Granger,? she said, taking his hand, and shaking it. She held onto his hand longer than was needed for a handshake and hadn?t realized it until Ron had spoke.
?Hermione,? he said. ?You can let go of Lupin?s? I mean Remus?s hand now.?
?Oh,? Hermione said, and blinked. As if his hand had suddenly burned her, she let go.
?Now that we all know each other,? Sirius said, definete amusement in his voice. ?We need to go to Dumbledore. That is if he?s still the Headmaster.?
?Yes,? Hermione said, looking at Sirius. ?Yes, he?s still the Headmaster, Sirius. And you?re right. We all should go to see him. He?ll know what to do, because I don?t. I have just one question before we go, though.?
Sirius grinned, showing perfectly straight and white teeth.
?And what?s that, er? Hermione,? he asked.
?How in Merlin?s name did you get from the past to the future?? she asked and then an idea hit her. ?No, don?t tell me? you used a Time Turner backwards??
?Yes,? Sirius said. ?How?d you know?? He was beginning to like this girl? this Hermione. She was pretty, very intellegent, but also very witty.
?Well, er? I? er??
Ron and Harry looked at her exasperatedly.
?Hermione,? Harry began slowly. ?Have you used a Time Turner backwards??
Hermione hung her head, and nodded. Harry, Ron, and James broke out laughing. Sirius looked at Hermione appraisingly, while Remus looked at her with mixed feelings.
He liked her. She was smart and pretty but it looked as if Sirius liked her as well. And this was the future, she was part of the future. She was far younger than him.
?It doesn?t matter anymore,? Hermione said. ?I got rid of the Time Turner. Now, come on. We have to go to Dumbledore.?
She led the way to the door and Sirius ran to catch up. The two of them we?re followed by Harry and James and then followed Ron and Remus.
Sirius was busy asking Hermione many questions.
?Have you heard of a thing called ?The Marauder?s Map??? he asked her.
?Yes, Sirius,? Hermione said, not sure what he wads getting at. She really wanted to talk with Remus. ?And I already know that it was made by you, James, Remus, and Peter. And I know that Remus is a werewolf, and that you, James, and Peter are Animagi. And that Peter?s animal is a rat, James?s is a stag, and yours is a dog. Speaking of Peter, why isn?t he hear.?
?Because he?s an annoying, and betraying, git as it turns out,? Sirius growled. Hermione stopped in her tracks.
?How do you know??
?Oh,? Sirius said. ?Harry and Ron let it slip.?
Hermione turned and glared at them and turned back to Sirius, continuing to walk.
?How much do you know??
?Well, that he can?t be trusted.?
They reached the floor that Dumbledore?s office was located and went to the stone gargoyles.
Hermione, who was Head Girl, said the password and the gargoyles leaped to the side, admitting them to the swirling staircase. Hermione and Sirus went on first, next was Remus and Ron, and last was James and Harry. The staircase twirled up until it connected with the landing which had an oak door with a golden griffin knocker. Hermione stepped onto the landing and held the knocker. She knocked three times.
?Come in,? the voice of Dumbledore called. The door swung open of it?s own accord. Hermione entered followed by the rest, leaving the staircase to twirl back down to the ground.
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