For Slytherin Buttercat, I hope you like it! It ended up being less about Remus than I intended.
This chapter is in part about Thunderbirds, but I haven't seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet, so there might be a couple of inaccuracies, but I am trying my best.
Word Count: 666 (should I start worrying?)
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The morning after the debacle with Slughorn, Regulus finally got his first real chance to talk with Remus Lupin.
Somehow, the older boy had been too busy with the map he had been planning with the other boys whenever Regulus had tried to talk to him before. The same was sure with Peter, now that he thought about that.
Of course Regulus himself was also partly to blame. He was often busy with his friends, Stewart, Ana, Tiana, and Sebastian or studying somewhere.
If he wanted to be the best wizard possible, he needed to do something for it.
This was also the reason why he needed to talk with Remus. His Professor in Defense Against the Dark Arts—most students seemed to shorten it to either Defense or DADA, which did make sense, Regulus supposed. The name of the subject was quite long.
Anyways, their Professor, Stefan Denk, had assigned each student a magical beast and they were supposed to research it in the span of a week.
Regulus had gotten the Thunderbird. The name alone just sounded so exciting, but there was no information to be found in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
He had read that book three times to make sure. That had taken two days and a third day had already passed on which he had tried to find something in the library, but to no avail.
So he had asked around his friends and then—when they, too, had no real idea—to his brother and James. Of course James was also his friend, but he was slightly different, somehow.
Maybe it was because he was older.
Both of them had directed Regulus in the direction of the most silent member of their group—which of course did not mean much, but it was something.
So Regulus hesitantly approached the older boy. He didn't know why he was so shy around new people, because he really shouldn't be!
But he was and now he had to work around it, somehow.
He took a deep breath before he said, "Hello Remus." Maybe the Gryffindor bravery transferred through direct contact; Regulus's voice didn't sound half as nervous as he actually was.
Remus looked up from the homework he was reading over. "Oh, hey. Regulus. Can I help you with anything?"
"Yes, actually," Regulus replied, forcing himself not to tremble. He had nothing to fear from Remus, so why was he afraid?
The Gryffindor raised his eyebrow expectantly. "Well...are you going to tell me what that is? Because that might help."
"Oh, yes, of course. You're right it would."
Regulus briefly summarised his problem.
Once he was done, Remus began to chuckle.
What had the Slytherin done now? Why did he keep doing the wrong things? Right in the middle of the Gryffindor common room, too.
The older boy seemed to guess the younger one's thoughts as he explained. "A Thunderbird wouldn't be in Fantastic Beasts or any other common book for one specific reason: they produce a serum that can erase bad memories."
Regulus's mind boggled and he was pretty sure his eyes were about to pop out of his skull. "Permanently?"
"Yes. Newt Scarmander and the MACUSA—I assume you know what that is?" Remus paused and waited for the first year to confirm it before he continued. "They were afraid that-"
"Wait a second, let me get out my quill and some parchment!" Regulus interrupted, already sprinting to his backpack,
Once he returned, Remus swiftly continued right where he had left off. He explained that people had been afraid that they would be hunted to extinction for their usefulness. Regulus also learned that the creature had six wings, was closely related to phoenixes, could produce storms by flying, and could sense danger.
They were his new favourite creature by far! Honestly, how cool was it that they created storms?
"Thank you so much for this!"
Remus dismissed it. "Anytime."
And in that moment Regulus decided that Remus was now his friend, too.
Guest: I'm sorry I forgot to reply last time! Thank you for your kind words. Regulus is intended to be very cute, because he was an adorable eleven year old and I will fight anyone who disagrees!
Please tell me what you think!