Chapter 35: Home
The cloudy sky lit the Hogwarts ground with a veil of gray. The wind blew strongly and Albus Dumbledore sighed as he rose from his chair and approached the closed window. He took off his glasses and rubbed his blue eyes, trying to free himself from the tiredness.
The night's events were harsh. They were very close to loosing everything. If it weren't for Hermione Granger quick thinking they would all be lost. Dumbledore frowned; then again, she wasn't really Hermione Granger anymore, wasn't she?
He felt an odd sensation of betrayal. He always knew all that happened around him, half of his information came simply because he was perspective and the other half came from the Hogwarts wards. And yet, he had no clue what so ever about the events that connected the Lupins to professor Snape and to the Grangers.
Minerva had told him some of the story after the 'Pensieve accident' as she called it but it was only today that the two wizards came to him and told him the full story.
He turned from the window and stared at his colleagues. Remus Lupin sat on the couch in front of the fire, looking tired and cold, still suffering the results of the previous night. Severus Snape sat far away from him as he could on one of the red chairs.
"It was you." Remus spoke quietly and Snape turned to look at him.
"What are you referring to?" He asked, his voice lacking his usual sarcasm.
"You were the one who gave Rose the medicine, the medicine for the 'Wizard's Flu'. I never saw you."
Snape shrugged his shoulders. "You were busy." He said a small frown on his face. "I didn't want to expose myself just yet."
"You never planned to expose yourself…"
"I had no intention for Rose to see the pensieve. I kept those memories in there because I couldn't stand to remember them all the time."
"The night you came to see me." Dumbledore spoke and Snape nodded his head. "That was the straw that broke the camel's back."
Snape smiled sardonically. "I suppose."
"I should go and see Rose." Remus rose from his seat. "Headmaster, I would like to take some personal time if it's possible."
"Of course, Remus. I believe Severus and I would be able to take over your classes."
Dumbledore looked at his former student when he walked through the door. Remus Lupin will not return to Hogwarts, at least not until the next year. He will need this time to build his life again, with his family.
5 months later
Remus looked around him, observing the defense wards he built, trying to find any holes or weak spots. When he was satisfied he sighed gently and took another look at the windows of the house, making sure they were locked. He then proceeded to the front door, locking it and placing a protection shield to prevent any apparition to the house.
He was proud with their work. They managed to rebuild their home, with a few changes and they finished it today, right on time. When they came back 5 months earlier there was nothing there but a bare ground. They stood there for a while, holding onto memories long gone and then started to rebuild their lives.
The ground floor remained the same. Remus smiled as he looked at the cozy, warm living room and the small kitchen. Next to the living room he added another bedroom and a small bathroom. Their bedroom was at the top floor and they build another room next to theirs…a room for their daughter.
Remus smiled, Harry and Hermione will always have place in their home and in their hearts if they wished to.
Giving one last look around him, he climbed up the stairs towards the bedroom. Soft candle light enveloped him as he entered and he took off his robe, smiling when he heard her singing softly in the bathroom. He lay on the bed, his hands folded beneath his head and waited for her to join him.
His eyes were closed when he felt the bed moving. He opened them and gazed at his wife. Reaching out for her he pulled her for a kiss. She responded passionately, opening her mouth, encouraging his explorations. His hands touched heated skin and cooled silk and he moaned softly.
"Yes, Remus?" She grinned at him and he smiled, his hands caressing her hair.
"That thing you're wearing…"
"Do you like it?" She sat on the bed, presenting him with a full view of her slender body, clad with soft silky garment.
"It looks wonderful. Blue is definitely your color." He smiled. "But you know that I will have to take it off anyway…"
Her smile widened and she took his hand, guiding it with her own. "Go ahead; I can't wait for you to take it off…" She smiled seductively and Remus laughed, pulling her on top of him, molding their bodies together.
They allowed themselves to get carried away with their love. Tomorrow Hermione and Harry will come and they could finally start getting to know each other. Fear and worry filled their days as the time drew near. The fear that Hermione will not want to stay, that Harry will decide to leave as well.
But when they joined together in the throws of passion there was no fear just their love and their hope for a better future…to all of them.
Hermione looked outside the window, the landscape seemed to ride along with the train and her heart beat grew faster as the hours drew by. She felt Harry sitting next to her. He was playing chess with Ron but he got tired with loosing so he decided to sit with Hermione for a while. Ron went outside, looking for Lavender; the two of them developed a nice relationship after she discovered professor Lupin had a wife.
She knew Harry was observing her but didn't feel like talking to him. In her hands she held the letter she received a week ago. Remus and Rose invited her to stay over for the summer. They told her they had a room all ready for her. They told her not to reply their letter, they will be at the train station and then she could decide.
She wanted to stay with them but was so afraid.
"Hermione?" Harry reached for her hand and she looked at him.
"Are you alright?"
"Just before Rose and Remus left we had a talk." She told him and Harry remembered how sad they all were when professor Lupin told them he's leaving. He always wondered what they told Hermione in the time she spent at Lupin's office. At that time Rose was still having problems with speaking and the conversation was short. "They told me that they knew I was still mourning for my parents and that, in a way, they were still mourning for their lost baby." Harry nodded his head. "They told me that they will never try to take my parents' place, that they knew that they never really were my parents and that if I don't want anything to do with them then they will accept my decision."
Harry stared at her. "What did you say?"
Hermione smiled. "I started crying." Harry snorted and she laughed. "Everything happened so fast. They hugged me and it felt so good, Harry. It felt natural."
"So you decided that you will write each other." Hermione stared at him and he shrugged. "I'm not blind you know and I recognize Remus' handwriting which, may I add, looks a little like yours in a freaky kind of way…"
"Harry!" She pushed his arm and he laughed, enveloping her in his arms. They sat comfortably for a few moments. Harry caressed her hair, marveling at how good it felt to have the right to do so.
Their relationship progressed slowly. They spent more time together, they kissed several times but they both took things slow, learning to know one another before moving fast ahead.
Harry kissed her forehead before looking into her eyes. "Did they invite you to stay with them?"
She nodded, showing him the parchment she folded neatly. "I haven't decided yet."
"I'll stay at the burrow for a few weeks and then stay with them till the end of the summer." He told her. "If you don't want to be there by yourself then we can go together in a few weeks."
She shrugged. "I don't know."
"You better decide, then." He smiled fondly. "We'll get there soon."
Remus and Rose sat on one of the benches and waited. He held her hand in his and every once in a while ordered her to stop jumping. She glared at him and he smiled innocently.
"I maybe jumpy but your palm is all sweaty, professor Lupin." She whispered in his ear and he chuckled.
"It's awfully hot in here, love." He shrugged and laughed when she pulled her hand away, taking another look at the large clock on the wall. "Don't worry, she'll be here soon."
"I know." He turned to kiss her lips softly and she sighed. "What if she decides to stay with the Weasleys?"
"We will be perfectly fine." He answered. "Remember what we told her five months ago?" His wife nodded her head. "It should be her decision."
They turned their heads when they heard Molly's cry of happiness as she practically crashed her son in her arms. Ron was fighting to break free, his face red when he noticed Lavender was looking at his direction. They rose from their seat and approached the happy family. Harry and Hermione joined them and everyone were hugging and laughing. Remus and Rose smiled at the sight but remained a few steps behind.
Harry smiled when he saw them and moved towards their direction. Remus grinned and hugged him, patting his back. Harry then turned to hug Rose and flushed scarlet when the petit woman kissed his cheek. "It's good to see you Harry."
Harry cleared his throat and nodded his head. "You too, thank you for your letters." He added and Remus narrowed his eyes.
"What letters?" he asked.
"That, my dear husband, is for me to know and for you to find out." Remus raised one eyebrow and grinned, reaching out to hug her.
Harry laughed. "Rose helped me with some personal advice. I needed…a woman's point of view."
Remus looked from Harry to Hermione who was trying to break free from Mrs. Weasley's firm hug and smiled knowingly. Harry blushed and then turned when Mrs. Weasley called him.
"Harry, dear, are you ready to go?"
"Actually, Mrs. Weasley." Hermione picked one of her bags and smiled. "I'm gonna spend some time at Remus and Rose's place."
Remus felt his wife moving closer to him and he smiled at her, both moving to help Hermione with her stuff. Hermione smiled at them and Remus was surprised to see tears in her eyes.
"Hermione, why are you crying?" He asked, pulling the young witch between his arms.
"I couldn't decide what to do." She confessed. "I suppose I feel relived."
Rose grinned at her. "They you must have made the right decision."
Hermione nodded and turned to hug her. The older witch seemed surprised but then smiled softly and caressed her hair for a moment.
"Now, enough with those tears." Remus called. "We should go home." The two women in his life wiped their tears and he rolled his eyes. "Harry, we will see you in a few weeks. You can always floo if you like."
Harry nodded his head and then pulled Hermione towards him as he moved away from the others. "You made a good decision." He grinned and she smiled, pulling him towards her for a soft kiss. Harry enveloped her in his arms, sighing to her lips.
When they parted a few moments afterwards she was glowing, her smile brightens her entire face. She breathed deeply and caressed his cheek. She looked backwards, smiling at the couple that waited patiently, ignoring the fact that they just saw her kissing Harry senseless. Remus whispered something that made his wife's face turn into a nice shade of red and she saw them laughing.
She gave him another kiss on his cheek and grinned. "You're right. I'm going home."
It was a long journey. Thank you for staying all the way
July 2003-July 2005.