This was written for QueenDementor for the February Monthly One-Shot Exchange.

Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Remus Lupin/Narcissa Black
Warnings: alternate universe; het; Remus Lupin is a Slytherin; and mentions of bullying
Prompt: (Word) Beyond

Pure Ambition
001. Truth Between Her Words

Turning the page, Remus Lupin scanned over the words. He glanced between the book and his parchment, scribbling notes as he read. This Potions essay was due tomorrow. It was unusual for Remus to slack on his homework, leaving an essay unwritten until the day before it was due. This time, the situation was beyond his control.

The last full moon had been brutal, leaving him in the Hospital Wing for an extra two days. Most of those days were spent sleeping thanks to numerous potions. In fact, if Madam Pomfrey had her way, Remus would still be in the Hospital Wing. Remus fled the moment she allowed. No one would make him spend another moment in there.

Remus hated the Hospital Wing. He made monthly visits around the full moon, usually a day or two for recovery. In his first and second years, Remus made weekly visits. His new Housemates didn't like half-bloods with a Muggle parent, and there was a group of Gryffindor boys that sought joy in bullying and targetting their year-mates in Slytherin.

Sighing, Remus was forced to drop his quill for a moment in order to massage his cramping hand. His amber eyes drifted to his parchment, reading over his notes. It was a simple two foot essay about the effects of the Wiggenweld Potion.

After rubbing his hand for a few minutes, Remus gave it a few shakes before he picked up his quill and resumed writing. As he wrote, he turned another page in the book. With a frown, Remus noted it was last page in this book. Quickly, he finished his notes with this book before moving onto the next. There were only three books left. Hopefully, there would be enough information for him to write an essay. Professor Slughorn had high expectation, especially in the students of his own House.

With a new book opened, Remus sat his quill aside as he skimmed over the table of contents before flipping to the correct section. As he started reading, someone dropped into the seat across from him. The action startled him. Looking up, he found himself staring into the gray eyes of Narcissa Black. She raised a pale blonde eyebrow.

"Are you feeling well?" she asked, a note of concern in her voice. Unlike most of their Housemates, Narcissa didn't look down upon Remus for his parentage.

Uncertain of what to say, Remus nodded.

"What are you working on?" Narcissa asked, pulling the book towards her. She glanced at the page before pushing it back to its original position.

Turning, she dug around in her bag. "Here," she said, presenting a roll of parchment, "are my notes." She held the parchment out to him.

Frowning, Remus stared at her with narrowed eyes. He wasn't sure how to react. It was an amazing offer, and it seemed too good to be true.

Sighing, Narcissa placed the parchment on the table. "I'm only offering to help," she muttered, "because I know you had a hard recovery – this month."

Remus' amber eyes widened at her words. She wasn't saying it, but it sounded like she knew. Did Narcissa Black know he was a werewolf?

"Are you feeling better? You look healthy," she asked. "I understand fevers are brutal under the combination of Mars, Lupus, and the full moon."

Her words had Remus confused for a moment as he thought them out. It took a minute or two for him to realize that she knew – she knew he was a werewolf.

His eyes widened as he heartbeat sped up.

Rolling her gray eyes, Narcissa said, "Relax. I'm not telling anyone." She stood up, shouldering her bag. "Feel keep my notes. I finished my essay yesterday."

Words: ~600

This was written for

The Alphabet Challenge
Y: Yesterday

Are You Crazy Enough to Do It Challenge
118. (Character) Narcissa Black

Climb to the Top of Mount Potter
Prompt: (Word) Healthy

Colors of the Rainbow Challenge
Black: Write about a Death Eatr or any member of the Dark faction.

The FRIENDS Competition: The One With 472 Prompts
Season Seven, TOW Ross' Library Book: Write a fic set in the Hogwarts library.

If You Dare Challenge
910. Old Lies

Monthly One-Shot Exchange – February
Pairing: Remus/Narcissa
Genre: None
Prompt: (Word) Beyond

Once Upon a Time Character Category Challenge-itition
August Booth: Write about a character lying.