Title: Summer of Redemption
Email: vampmistress76 at yahoodotcom
Rating: R for later chapters
Pairing: W/Remus Lupin
Disclaimer: I do not own the characters from either BtVS or HP. They belong to their respective creators, Joss Wedon and J.K. Rowling.
Distribution: If you want it, just tell me where it's going.
Spoilers: Harry Potter, after Goblet of Fire. BtVS, post season 6.
Dedicated: To Witchy-grrl. Sorry, but "Willow's Salvation" has just GOT to be W/Snape. Hope this will make you happy though.
Remus Lupin's day had started out normal enough. He'd risen from bed at around 6 a.m., taken a bath, then proceeded to go about preparing breakfast. He had just sat down at the table to eat, when a large brown owl came flying through his open window, and landed beside him on the table.
"Well my feathered friend, what have you got for me this morning?" Remus cheerfully asked the owl, whose only reply was to hoot at him quietly before beginning to peck at the piece of toast that Lupin laid in front of it.
Remus carefully untied the piece of parchment tied to the owl's left leg. Unrolling it, Remus found it was from his old friend, Rupert Giles. Silently, he read the note to himself.
I know it has been quite awhile since we've spoken, and that we parted on less than amiable terms, but I find myself at a loss of what to do in the situation I find myself in.
I am sure you have read the article in the Daily Prophet, about the young American girl who attempted to bring about the apocalypse?
Well, said American girl just happens to be my young charge Willow Rosenberg from Sunnydale, California.
Ah yes, the Hellmouth. Remus thought for a second before continuing to read.
I heard from Headmaster Dumbledore that you were no longer teaching at Hogwarts, and that I could get in touch with you here. I am asking that you help me in my attempts to aide this young girl. She does not deserve to go to Azkaban. The Ministry has given me three months to 'rehabilitate' her, as they put it, and I am in desperate need of your assistance.
I implore you to put aside our differences for the sake of this girl. Please, Remus, I've failed her once already. Don't allow me to fail her again.
Remus re-read the note once more, then sighed heavily.
It had been a long time since he had heard from Rupert. They had parted ways after a particularly nasty row over, of all things, a woman. Since then, Remus had found Olivia to be a player. If only he had learned that earlier, maybe his and Rupert's friendship would not have suffered.
But now here was a chance to make back up with his one time good friend. He could help Rupert help this girl, and possibly build back a friendship that should have never been dissolved in the first place. Yes, he would do it.
So, with his decision made, Remus Lupin walked into his study, took a quill and piece of parchment from the small desk in the corner, and scribbled his response.
It has definitely been a long time since we last spoke, written or conversed in any way whatsoever. I apologize for not trying to make contact with you before this, it was terribly rude of me. I just wanted to let you know that I accept your request for help. I will assist you with Miss Rosenberg as best I can. I also wish to extend my hand to you in friendship, to put old grudges behind us and attempt to capture maybe a fraction of the friendship we once had. As this is Thursday, expect me no later than the beginning of next week.
Until then, I suggest you make arrangements somewhere where we might be able to conduct this business in privacy. It would not be good if You-Know-Who was to learn that this so called 'Dark Witch' was so close. I will see you soon.
Remus then walked back to the kitchen where the owl had finished it's toast and had helped itself to Lupin's glass of water. Chuckling, he tied his reply to the owl's leg and whispered the destination. At once the owl took off, and Remus returned to his bedroom to pack and then to prepare for his departure.
It was going to be a long summer.