Chapter 21 : The Secret
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The two girls and Mary were trying to find out just why Remus kept refusing Beatrice. Bea claimed she was fine and told them to stop, but Melora and Lily had decided to continue their investigation. Especially since it was obvious Remus did fancy Beatrice, whether or not he’d admit it.
Melora made a face, “No, Sirius won’t say a word. He keeps insisting he doesn’t know anything. What about James?”
“The same,” Lily sighed, “Do you think maybe they’re telling the truth?”
Melora shook her head. “Those two? No way,” she groaned, “I don’t understand it! He told her his life was too complicated, but what does that even mean?”
Lily opened her mouth as if to answer Melora, but quickly shut it and shook her head.
“What?” Melora looked at her curiously.
“It’s nothing,” Lily said quickly, “Just a ridiculous thought I had, forget it.”
“Come on,” Melora nudged the redhead in the side, “Spill.”
“It’s just something Sev-Snape used to say,” Lily flushed, “About Remus.”
Melora’s brow furrowed, she often forgot Lily had been friends with the Slytherin boy Sirius and James loved to torture. “Was it that he’s gay? Because I’m beginning to wonder…” Melora giggled.
Lily laughed as well and shook her head again, “No, never mind, it was ridiculous anyway.”
But as they entered the classroom and took their seats, Melora’s curiosity only grew. “Was it that he already has a girlfriend?”
Lily raised a brow, “Why would Snape say something like that?”
Melora shrugged and Lily sighed. “Alright,” she whispered, “I know it’s crazy, but he used to say Remus was…well, he thought he might be a…a werewolf.”
Melora’s eyes widened, but before she could respond, Slughorn barreled into the classroom, gleefully instructing the students to take out a quill and a piece of parchment for a pop quiz.
But Melora had trouble focusing on the properties of sleeping potions with the information Lily had just dropped on her swimming in her head.
Remus? A werewolf?
How could that be possible? Remus was one of the nicest, sweetest, gentlest people Melora had ever met.
She always imagined werewolves as terrifying creatures, even when they were humans, with sharp teeth and glinty eyes and a thirst for human blood…
But the more she thought about it, the more it made sense. Remus disappeared every month, but it was to visit his sick mother. Although it did always seem to fall on a full moon. He was obsessed with reading books about werewolves. She had overheard several long discussions between Remus and Bea on the issue of werewolf legislation.
He always ate his meat near raw, his patronus was a wolf and when they had gone over boggarts in defense class, his had turned into what Melora had thought to be a crystal ball, but she now began to wonder if it was a moon. He was covered in scars and it certainly would explain why he thought it was best for him and Bea to remain friends.
“How d’you think you did?” Lily asked when Slughorn released them after the quiz.
“Awful, couldn’t remember a thing,” Melora replied, “I was too busy thinking about,” she caught sight of James and Remus several steps ahead of them, “that thing you mentioned at the beginning of class.”
“Oh no Melora,” Lily bit her lip, “Don’t, it can’t be true.”
“But it make so much sense!” she exclaimed, “It’s the only logical answer.”
Lily shook her head, “It can’t be.”
“We have to find out,” Melora insisted, “He’s our friend Lily.”
The redhead contemplated this. “Do you think James, Sirius and Peter know?” she asked.
Melora shrugged, “I wouldn’t be surprised.” She thought back to last month when Remus had left to supposedly visit his mother. The next night, she had asked Sirius to study with her and he had made some excuse before running off with James and Peter. When Melora thought about it, this had happened several times before.
She repeated these thoughts to Lily, who nodded. “The same thing’s happened with James,” she admitted.
“How could we find out?” Lily said, “It’s not like we can just waltz up to Remus and say—”
Both girls spun around in surprise. James was standing behind them with fairly smug grin on his face.
“How long have you been standing there for?” Melora exclaimed, brushing away some hair that had fallen in her face.
“Long enough to know you two are up to something and it has to do with Remus,” James replied.
Melora and Lily exchanged a glance. “Remus and Bea,” Melora said slowly, “We want to know what’s going on with them.”
James rolled his eyes. “Oh come on, seriously? Leave him alone about it. If he doesn’t want to date her, he doesn’t want to date her.”
Melora scowled and gave James a hard whack on the arm. “Oi, that’s my best friend you’re talking about,” she said, hitting him again for good measure.
James backed away and grabbed his arm. “Ow,” he hissed, “Merlin Melora why do you always have to result to violence?”
The blonde grinned triumphantly. “Never you mind,” she told him, “Just leave Bea out of this."
James shrugged and ran a hand through his hair. “I’m just saying it’s probably best if you leave Remus alone,” he said, emphasizing his last word. “I’ll see you in the common room Lils. We still have to come up with the schedule for next week’s rounds.” He sauntered past the girls, stopping only to give Lily a brief kiss on the head before disappearing down the hallway.
“He so heard more of that conversation,” Melora said.
Lily nodded in agreement, “But what do we do?”
“Full moon is this weekend,” Melora said thoughtfully, “On Friday.”
“Severus told me he thought Remus went to the Shrieking Shack to transform. Said he got there though the Whomping Willow,” Lily admitted, “At the time it sounded ridiculous, but now…”
“You know the Willow was planted there the summer before our first year,” Melora pointed out.
“And everyone says the howling from the Shrieking Shack is always worse during the full moon,” Lily continued.
“Maybe we could follow Remus and see where he goes?” Melora suggested.
Lily looked nervous at this idea. “But if he is a,” she looked around suspiciously, “A you-know-what—”
Melora rolled her eyes, “Oh Lily, it’s not as if he’s You-Know-Who.”
“I know,” the redhead said indigently, “But it could still be dangerous. And you’re pregnant Melora.”
“Oh yeah,” Melora looked down at her round stomach, “I got so caught up in this Remus thing, I forgot.”
Lily chuckled. “Well maybe I could go with Bea or Mary.”
Melora shook her head. “No, you’re right, if Remus is a…you-know-what, it could be dangerous.”
“So what do we do?”
Both girls pondered this in silent.
“I’ve got it!” Lily exclaimed, snapping her fingers, “The Hospital Wing!”
“What about it?” Melora said.
“I saw Remus there once, when he was supposedly visiting his mum. Madame Moffat told me he’d just gotten ill and come back early, but he could’ve been there after his transformation,” she explained.
Melora nodded slowly, “So we wait outside the Hospital Wing Saturday morning and see if Remus is there. That could work.”
“So it’s settled,” Lily smiled nervously, “This weekend we see if Remus is a…” she trailed off and Melora nodded.
“This weekend, we see.”
A/N- Fun fact, the full moon in April of 1978 was in fact on Friday, April 7th. Review please!
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