Marauders: Year the fourth

By Bianca Jenkins

All characters and places recognized from the Harry Potter series do not
belong to me.
They belong to J. K. Rowling.

Book four of the marauders chronicles.

Chapter one:

Meeting of friends

Hogawarts was a school. A school of magic, to be precise, to which young witches and wizards could go and learn magic. There are many students that attend Hogwarts, and one such was a boy who happened to be named Peter Pettigrew.

He was a Gryffindor, and in his fourth year, or going into it when school started, which was today.

He was standing in the middle of Platform 9¾, looking for his friends. He did not, however, need to search long, for one of his friends soon found him.

"PEEEEEEEEEEEEEETERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!" Called the unmistakable voice of James Potter. Peter turned, and sound to his dismay that James Potter was running straight towards him. He moved out of James's path, and discovered even more to his dismay that James was aiming for him. Seconds later, James hit Peter and wrapped him in a big hug. "I'm so glad to see you again."

"Thanks," Peter gasped, "but I can't breathe." James let him go.

"Sorry. I'm just happy to see you."

"Nice to see you too."

"Speaking of seeing, have you seen either of the other two yet?" James asked.

"Not yet." Replied Peter, looking around. "Wait, there's Sirius." James followed his gaze. "SSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIRIIIIIIIII!" He yelled, and took off. Peter followed. As he caught up, James had wrapped Siri, who didn't look pleased, in a bone-crushing hug. "I'm so glad to see you."

"Glup." Siri managed to say.

"You're choking him, James." Peter said.

"Sorry. How are you?" Asked James, letting go.

"Fine, now that I can breathe." Grumbled Sirius. "How are you two?"

"Great." James replied.

"Fine." Answered Peter. "Have you seen Moony yet?"

Sirius shook his head. "No, how could I? He's the shortest kid in our year."

"That's true." Agreed Peter. "But maybe he'll grow someday."

"Doubt it." James Laughed.

"Speaking of Moony, how goes the project?" Sirius asked.

Sirius was referring to their ongoining attempt at becoming illegal animagi. After discvering Moony's lycanthropy in their first year, the three had done some research. They had discovered that Werewolves are only a threat to people. They also knew that Moony often hurt himself during the full moon. So they had decided to help him by becoming animgi. Then they could distract Moony from hurting himself (not to mention they could have a lot of fun with him too).

"Qute well. Should have it by the end of the year." Answered James confidently.

"Good." Said Sirius. "Same here. You, Peter?"

"Not very well, I'm afraid. I need some help with it." Answered Peter gloomily.

Don't worry, Pete." James said encouragingly. "We're here. We'll help you."

"Good." Peter said, cheering up.

"Hey, there's Moony." Sirius pointed out the small boy. He was difficult to spot in the crowd because he was so small.

REEEEEMMUUUSSS!" James yelled, using the boy's real name in public, and took off. As he reached Moony he proceeded to hug him, who whimpered slightly and winced. Then he removed himself from his friend's grip. He was never one for personal contact. In fact, he hated being touched (and for good reason).

"Sorry, Remus." Said Sirius, he and Peter having caught up with the two by this time. "He can't help being a moron."

"'Tis quite alright." Responded Moony with mock politeness. "I must admit, it is good to be back."

"Definitely." Agreed Sirius. Noticing Mrs. Lupin standing nearby, he added, "Not that mothers aren't swell, of course."

Mrs. Lupin smiled at that. "Of course." She laughed. "He is glad to be seeing you three again. That is all he would speak of this summer."

"Awww, he missed us, Sirius." Teased James.

"Awww, we missed you too, Remus." Added Sirius.

"Actually," Moony corrected, straight-faced, "it was Peter I was looking forward to seeing. I was hoping you two had gone invisible."

As the other three boys laughed, Mrs. Lupin turned to her son. "Have a good year, Remus. Perhaps I will see you at Christmas."

"Yes ma'am." Moony replied innocently.

"I think we've corrupted him." Sirius whispered to Peter as Mrs. Lupin left.

"What do you mean, we?" Asked Peter in mock outrage. "It was you and James, if anyone."

"Yeah, Sirius," James got in on the act, "steal all the credit for yourself."

"I wasn't stealing all the credit!" Protested Sirius. "I was simply borowing it."

"Without asking."

"Yeah, so? I would have given it back."

"Borrowing without asking is still stealing. " Quoted James.

Moony rolled his eyes, then turned to Peter. "Shall we find compartment?"

"Certainly. They'll probably be at it for a while."

"Don't miss the train!" Moony called over his shoulder as the two went to find a compartment.

"We won't!" Came a chorused reply.