This chapter features the song "When Can I See You Again?" by Owl City from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.
AN: Quick note for the previous chapter: Aslan's lines at the coronation come directly from a mix of both the LWW book and the 2005 movie.
AN2: So we come to the final chapter. It's been a wonderful adventure writing this story and I've been so pleased and moved by the overwhelmingly positive responses I've gotten to it. I've never completed a multi-chapter story before, so I'm proud to say that this is my first.
Thanks to everyone who has left reviews, favorited, or followed this story. I'm so glad you've enjoyed it!
In regards to a sequel...I'm not saying no. I've got the beginnings of an idea for one, but it may be some time before I actually start writing it. I've got so many other stories and story ideas right now that I really can't promise anything at this time. If you're interested in a sequel, let me know. If/When it actually happens, I'll let you know. :)
Epilogue: When Can I See You Again?
Don't close your eyes 'cause your future's ready to shine
"Are you ready for this?" Susan asked her son as the small family of three stood on King's Cross platform, staring at the wall between platforms nine and ten.
"It's alright if you're not, son," said Jay, placing a large hand on the tall boy's shoulder. "You can still change your mind and wait a year or so to go to Hogwarts."
Remus smiled wryly. "You've certainly changed your tone overnight, Dad," he said.
"Julius, he'll be fine," said Susan, taking her husband's hand in her own. "He's ready."
"Mum's right," said Remus, flashing a grin at his dad. "I am ready." At that, he took off toward the barrier at a run.
It's just a matter of time, before we learn how to fly
Remus stared up in awe at the gleaming scarlet engine sitting on the tracks. "It's even more beautiful than I imagined," he said, eyes wide and excited.
"Just wait until you see the castle," said Jay, coming up with Susan behind their son and smiling down at him. "It's more wonderful than anything you could possibly imagine."
Remus smiled back widely over his shoulder at his parents. "I can hardly wait," he said.
"Go on," said Susan, a wistful smile on her fair face. "Your whole life is waiting for you, Remus; all you have to do is take that first step."
Welcome to the rhythm of the night
Remus was early to catch the Hogwarts Express, so he had is pick of empty compartments to sit in. He chose one, no different from all the others, at the very back of the train. He lugged his trunk through the door and hauled it up into the rack above the seat before sitting down by the window and opening it to wave at his parents out on the platform. Once they'd waved back at him, he pulled his head back in and closed the window, settling in for the long train ride to Hogwarts.
It was about a minute to ten when the doors to his compartment flew open dramatically. "Oy, James," said the tall, elegant raven haired boy, "this one's mostly empty. You mind if we join you?"
It took Remus a second to realize that the boy had addressed the question at him. "No, that's fine," he replied. "I'm Remus, by the way."
"Sirius," said the boy, reaching out into the corridor and pulling a second, black-haired boy, this one with oval-shaped glasses, into the compartment. "This is James."
"Hey, mate," said the boy, hazel eyes narrowing in on Remus. "Do I know you? You look familiar."
There's something in the air you can't deny
Remus cocked his head to the side thoughtfully. "You do look awfully familiar," he admitted, "but I've been living out in the country with my parents for years."
"What's your surname?" James asked, too curious to let the subject just drop.
"Lupin," he said. "Remus Lupin."
"Lupin…" James trailed off, eyes suddenly widening in recognition. "My Mum's a Lupin!"
"Oh?" said Remus. "Dad mention a couple times that he has a sister Joan—"
"That's my Mum!" exclaimed James excitedly. "Joan Lupin Potter—that means we're cousins!"
"I guess so," said Remus, smiling slightly.
The exuberant boy plopped himself down next to the taller boy and threw his arm around his shoulders. "This is gonna be great, Remus!" he said. "You, me, and Sirius together at Hogwarts; think of all the trouble we can cause!"
"We barely know each other," said Remus quizzically.
"Minor details," said Sirius, waving him off and lounging elegantly on the seat across from them.
So let me know before I wave goodbye
"You boys got room for one more?" The girl who stood in the open door of the compartment was even taller than Remus, with dark brown curls that fell down to the middle of her back and golden, honey-brown skin. The three boys stared at her in bemusement. "Well? Are you all mute or something?" she asked, some strange lilt (Italian, Remus thought) coloring her accent.
"O-of course," stuttered Remus while James just gaped at her.
Sirius rolled his stormy grey eyes and lowered his long legs to the floor. "You can sit with me," he said dryly. "These two apparently are incapable of forming complete sentences at the moment. You'd think they'd never talked to a girl before. I'm Sirius Black, by the way."
"Jessica Martini," said the girl, sitting regally beside him, "but everyone calls me Jessi."
As the boys and Jessi slowly fell into comfortable conversation Remus couldn't help but smile. Aslan and his mother had been right; there were friends to be made at Hogwarts. James reminded him of Lucy with his vibrant personality and friendly nature. Jessi was a bit like Peter, with a regal bearing and quiet strength. Sirius…Sirius was dark like Edmund, with a hidden kindness underneath the stormy façade. Yes, Remus was sure he'd found the friends that he was meant to have all along. Hogwarts was going to be a most excellent adventure indeed.
When can I see you again?
AN: The Remus and James being cousins thing is something that's been part of my head-cannon since I first started writing HP fanfics waaaay back in, like, the early 2000s. Sorry if it's weird to you, but it's something I just can't tear myself away from now, it's such a part of my character back-stories.
AN2: Jessi Martini is one of my favorite HP OCs, one of the Marauders' and Lily's best friends from Hogwarts and Remus' best friend (besides Sirius). In my head, they met on the train either before or right after he meets the other Marauders. I usually do before, so I thought I'd experiment with after. No, she is not a replacement for Peter. Yes, I hate Peter too, but he was good once and an important part of the Marauders. I don't see the point of denying that or pretending that he doesn't exist; that just really annoys me.
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