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Severus looked at the letter in his hands and smiled. His Lily wanted to meet him tonight and talk to him and apologize for how she had acted. He opened the letter again and scanned the contents.
Please meet me tonight by the Whomping Willow. I want-no-I need to talk to you old friend.
He folded the letter and put it in his pocket before slipping out of Hogwarts and across the ground to the Whomping Willow. Briefly he wondered why Lily had chosen to meet at night and by the dangerous tree but his thoughts of doubt disappeared as he spotted Lily's scarlet red hair up ahead. He quickened his pace, glad for the chance to be alone with her. He missed his old friend and knew he was a fool for saying that word to her. However, this night would not be like he imagined. This night would change his life forever.
"Lily!" Severus shouted as he ran up to her.
"Sev," Lily said hugging him. "Thank goodness that you came! I was worried you would ignore my letter after I stormed off the other day."
"Lily, I wanted to apologize for you calling you a…that word. It was wrong of me but I can't apologize for liking the Dark Arts. It's just a different branch of magic after all. Some wizards have a light core and others a dark core. Does it make a person evil if their core is dark and they practice the branch of magic that is easiest to them?"
"It's still evil Sev," Lily said. "I can't accept you studying the Dark Arts. It goes against everything I believe in."
"So why did you want to meet me out here if you were only going to patronize me?"
Lily frowned and Severus realized he had made another error. "I figured Potter and Black wouldn't be here to bother us. But if you can't accept me then I have no choice," Lily said.
"Lily?" Severus asked as he saw her raise her wand and point it at him.
Severus didn't have time to move as the red light hit him in his chest. He fell back and tumbled down a hole that had opened up between the roots of the Whomping Willow. The tree sprang back to life as the hole closed and left Severus in the dark. Lily why did you trick me?
Above ground Lily suddenly began changing and Sirius Black threw off the silver invisibility cloak. It fell to the ground as he doubled over in laughter. Beside Sirius, a boy began to appear from Lily's body and soon James Potter stood there in the moonlight. A rat scurried away from the knot near the roots of the tree and transformed into a fat boy with a pointed nose and watery eyes. These three boys were part of the infamous group known as the Marauders. They lived to prank and bully people and their favorite target was Severus Snape.
"Polyjuice is amazing," James said with a laugh. "Now we can get rid of the wolf and Snivellus."
"Did you see his face when you stunned him?" Sirius asked.
"Not me Padfoot. Lily stunned him."
Peter laughed with his two friends. "We'd better get back."
"Good idea Wormtail," James said. "Padfoot get my invisibility cloak." Sirius picked up the cloak and handed it to James who pocketed it. "Let's go."
The three friends walked back to the castle and made their way up to Gryffindor Tower where they went to bed. In the tunnel leading to the Shrieking Shack, Severus groaned and opened his eyes. He hadn't heard the conversation above after he had fallen into this tunnel. :Lumos,: Severus whispered as he sat up and tried to get his bearings. Before him was nothing but darkness. Above was a dangerous tree he had no idea how to get past. "Guess there's no way to go but forward."
Severus walked down the tunnel and hoped he could find a way out. He couldn't see anything with the dim light of his wand but thought he heard movement up ahead. Maybe Potter and Black are down here and I can get them expelled! Those two were the bane of his existence.
He suddenly stopped as he heard something up ahead. He was halfway through the tunnel when he heard heavy footfalls coming down the tunnel towards him and what sounded like sniffing. Severus licked his lips and stood still, hoping that whatever it was didn't find him. No such luck.
Remus had transformed into Moony and had left the trapdoor open for his pack to come in and keep him company but it had been an hour now and there was no sign or scent of them. Without his pack to calm the wolf, Moony had taken control and slipped back into the tunnel in an attempt to head to the Forbidden Forest where he could run underneath the moon. Moony hadn't run in a long time and hated being cooped up in the shack.
Moony made his way down the tunnel and stopped as he caught the scent of a human. He breathed deeply and trotted down the tunnel, saliva dripping from his fangs. Both the wolf and the human boy had no idea this was a trap. Moony's friends were not loyal to him at all.
Severus was horrified to hear the shuffling coming closer. He was frozen to the ground in terror as the thing in the darkness came closer. Then the animal appeared in the dim light of Severus's wand and he saw it was a werewolf. Severus had read about them in Care of Magical Creatures during his third year at Hogwarts. Moony stared at Severus and let out an eerie howl.
The monster's howl brought the Slytherin back to his senses and he turned and began running. Moony felt a tingle of excitement at the fear emanating out of his weak prey and took off after Severus. "Help!" Severus ran as fast as he could but tripped on a rock and fell to the ground. His wand slipped out of his hand and rolled away from him. He had no chance of finding it in the dark. Moony was on him in a flash and bit into his arm, making Severus scream in terror. Lily, he thought as tears pricked his eyes.
Moony let go in order to bite the boy's neck and Severus took the chance to scramble to his feet and run blindly in the darkness. He could feel his blood dripping onto the ground as he ran. Severus could hear the monster behind him and then heard the snap of his wand breaking as the monster stepped on it. He felt the ground change and a slight breeze in the distance and guessed he was approaching the slope he had tumbled down. But as he began scrambling up Moony grabbed his leg and dragged him back down before he sank his fangs into Severus's shoulder. He let out a howl of triumph at catching his prey. Then Severus knew only pain as he screamed in terror before blacking out.