Author's Note: The song "Fire And Rain" was written and sung by James Taylor. All the lyrics are his.

For Neko, because she understands. A shot out Shinou- see, I can write angst! Also, Sherry, this may not be blatantly Remus/Sirius, but it's definitely not Remus/Anna! J

Fire And Rain

Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone

Suzanne and the plans they made put an end to you

I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song

I just can't remember who to send it to.

Remus walked out of the house and rubbed his eyes wearily. He was hoping against hope that he wouldn't remember what had happened only the night before. He had lost the only remaining true Marauder… where would he go now?

I've seen fire and I've seen rain

I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end

I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend

But I always thought that I'd see you again.

Just before Sirius had died, they'd made plans about what they would do when Sirius was finally pardoned. There was no doubt in Remus's mind that Sirius would have, eventually, been pardoned. Fudge would have to give up his post, eventually. Incompetence never kept the British people happy for very long.

He stopped himself in the middle of that thought. It seemed somehow disloyal to Sirius to think about anything else… but then, he didn't really want to think about it, because then he would be engulfed in a wave of pain that threatened to sweep him away.

At least Sirius had died protecting Harry. He wouldn't have been happy staying at home while Harry was in danger, so he had died happy. That was some consolation.

Won't you look down upon me Jesus

You've got to help me make a stand

You've just got to see me through another day

My body's aching and my time is at hand

I won't make it any other way.

The full moon was approaching fast. Remus had gotten used to the moral support of Padfoot being there… would Moony handle the full moon well without Padfoot?

Again, he stopped himself. That seemed selfish, somehow.

At least, this time, he hadn't wasted precious energy raving at the unfairness of the universe, the wishes that it had been himself, Remus, and not James, or Lily, or Peter… and now Padfoot.

Padfoot- Sirius. Just like Remus and Moony, they were nearly interchangeable, but wolf and dog, man and best friend had separate qualities. Only someone who had known Remus for a long time would be able to hazard a guess as to what made him choose which name in a situation.

I've seen fire and I've seen rain

I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end

I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend

But I always thought that I'd see you again.

So many things had been left unsaid, so many feelings never had been expressed, so many thoughts never voiced.

Time, it seemed, had not taught Remus anything about grief, he thought to himself. He really had been planning to tell Sirius everything…

He'd been waiting for the opportune moment. Apparently it had never come, but there'd been some near misses, some close calls, and Remus cursed himself not grasping on to them with all of his unnatural strength.

Been walking my mind to an easy time

My back turned towards the sun

Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around

A breeze swept through the tears and caressed Remus's tired face, sweeping sweaty hair from his face with a carelessness that he envied. Perhaps that was Sirius, somewhere, wherever he was, telling him that he deserved to be happy.

Sirius often said things like that.

Remus wanted to scream back at the nonexistent figure standing in his mind's eye that he didn't deserve anything… But he wanted Sirius back.

Well there's  hours of time on the telephone line

To talk about things to come

Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

His thoughts turned to Sirius's flying motorcycle. Where was it to end up now? It had been the symbol of Sirius's freedom from his parents, from the strict social system in which he'd been brought up.

Was it sitting in some dumpster now, like most of the Marauder's dreams seemed to be?

Except for Harry. That dream lived on.

I've seen fire and I've seen rain

I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end

I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend

But I always thought that I'd see you again.

One more time again

Remus really wasn't lonely anymore, but he just wished… The same playful wind returned, and coaxed a smile from the werewolf. Sirius was just as persistent from beyond the veil as he was when he was living, Remus decided.

Thought I'd see you one more time again

There's just a few things coming my way this time around now

Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you…

"I will," Remus announced as a strange elation filled him. "I will see you again!"

As the sun smiled down on him, and the clouds parted, Remus knew that Sirius was finally at peace.

"Rest well, my friend."