Author's Note- I am soo sorry for the very much delayed update! School has been so demanding lately, and I have final exams coming up and they are 50 percent of my grade. So I guess the teachers feel that we'll do better on the exams if they pile on the work a week before exams. I've also been a bit short on inspiration and ideas. Does anyone have any? I would love to hear your input! Anyways, on to chapter 11...

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Chapter 11, You never know

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I awoke with a cold sweat covering my body. I quickly sat up, throwing the photo album to the floor. It took me a second to realize that I was safe in my bed, and not in the middle of the Forbidden Forest being chased by Death Eaters. My hands were shaking and I tried to slow my breathing. My heart was pounding in my ears and I cursed under my breath at my lack of control.

If I was getting so scared and worked up from a dream, how was I supposed to face Bellatrix in person? "Maybe you won't even have to face Bellatrix..." I thought to myself.

The shadow of a smile whisked across my face at my wishful thinking. I almost laughed out loud, but stopped myself when I realized that it was still dark out.

"It must be late." I thought, trying to remember when I had actually fallen asleep. I turned to look at the clock on my night stand. I was surprised to see that it was five in the morning.

Seeing as there was no point in trying to fall back asleep, I quickly got up and changed. I carefully tiptoed to the door, making sure I didn't wake anyone. When I was sure that everyone was still sleeping, I quietly closed the door behind me, the photo album lay forgotten on the floor.

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I wandered the empty corridors, not sure where my feet were taking me. As I passed an open window, I shivered and cursed myself for not wearing a cloak. I wrapped my robes tighter around me as I began to walk faster.

My eyes were focused on the ground, and my thoughts were elsewhere. Suddenly, I collided with something solid.

"Sorry, I wasn't paying attention." I said not even bothering to look up. I was about to walk past and continue on my way-however pointless it may be- when a steady hand grasped my shoulder.

"Lasarus, are you ok?"

At the sound of his voice I looked up.

"Remus!" I exclaimed, feeling slightly embarrassed at being caught off guard.

"Are you ok?" he repeated, not once taking his eyes off me. "You seem kind of...preoccupied."

"No, no I'm fine. I was just thinking." I answered feeling the heat rise in my face.

He looked at me for a moment longer almost as if he was studying me, but then he looked around him before continuing.

"It's a bit early for you to be up. Don't you think?" he asked. His eyebrows arched quizzically.

"I couldn't sleep." I mumbled

He sighed. "Do you want to go for a walk?"

"Sure." I replied, knowing what this probably meant. A walk with Remus usually meant a long talk or lecture. But I complied none the less. After all, I needed someone to talk to.

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We walked side by side in silence for a while. I, waiting for the lecturing to start, and him, lost in his own thoughts.

"So...what are you doing up so early?" I asked, my voice echoing in the empty corridor.

He was silent for a moment before answering.

"Couldn't sleep." he said, and I noticed him smile slightly from the corner of my eye.

"I heard that you offered Harry a place to live this summer." he said, his gaze fixed on an invisible point in front of him.

I nodded slightly, although he couldn't see me anyways. What I really wanted to do was smack myself on the forehead for not talking it through with Remus first. I just automatically assumed that it would be ok.

To my relief he wasn't trying to reprimand me.

"That was nice of you, but it is not our choice to make."

"I'm sorry. I should have talked it over with you first. He just sounded so unhappy, and I remembered the stories of how awful they were to him. I wasn't thinking." I said, feeling slightly embarrassed.

"There's nothing wrong with what you did, and I'm sure he greatly appreciates it. But it is not your place, or even mine, to decide where he is to live. However unhappy he may be, there are reasons for why he has to stay with his aunt and uncle."

I nodded to show that I understood.

"So who's going to break the news to him that he's stuck with those insufferable muggles for another year?" I asked, failing miserably at finding something to say to lighten the mood and change the subject.

Remus was silent for a short moment, his gaze remained fixed ahead.

"Well I suppose we don't have to tell him right away. After all, you never know what might come up." He smiled slightly as he said this, and I saw the familiar twinkle in his eyes.

"Well, I must be going. I have another meeting tonight, and then I will be heading home. I'll try to come by before I leave." he said, returning to all seriousness.

I nodded and gave him a quick hug good-bye, before we went our separate ways.

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I wandered the corridors for a bit more, trying to figure out what Remus meant when he said that "you never know what might come up".

It was really getting to me when I found myself in front of the main entrance doors. I took a deep breath, and looked around me before swinging the massive doors open.

The sun was just beginning to rise above the trees, and I welcomed the chilly autumn air.

The cold collided with my skin and I felt the sleep instantly begin slipping away. I smiled and continued my walk across the grounds.

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Sorry for another short, boring chapter. Something big will be happening soon but I don't want to rush it. In the meantime does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Please review!!! Even if it's just a word or two. I greatly appreciate it! It makes me very happy!

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