It's happened. He's come back. Dumbledore is gathering the Order. Figg and Fletcher have already been contacted. Look for Padfoot around the twenty-first of June. You'll receive instructions at that time.
The note had come via owl only moments ago. Remus reread the letter trying to read between the lines for any extra information. His eyes lingered on the words "He's come back."
It had to be. But there was no mention of how.
Remus thought back over the last few weeks. The Daily Profit had been covering the tri-wizard tournament quite closely. There had been several poorly written articles about Harry. And after every task there was a detailed report on the efforts of each champion and the outcome of the event. But after the third task, there had only been a short paragraph stating that Harry had won the competition. Remus remembered finding it odd that there hadn't been any real details given, but didn't think too much about it at the time.
Did Voldemort return for the last task? Did Harry have to face him? Is everyone all right?
He folded the parchment up and tucked it into his pocket. The twenty-first of June was only a few days away. Sirius would be arriving then, and all his questions would be answered. For there were many questions Remus needed to have answered, not just about Voldemort, but about … everything.
Where did you go after Peter escaped? Have you been in contact with Harry?
Can you ever forgive me for what happened that last night at Hogwarts?
"Remus?" Katie's voice came from the hall way.
"I'm in here," he called back.
Katie appeared in the doorway. "I'm sorry I came over without an invitation, but we ran out of Fenugreek again. Do you mind if I steal some?"
"Not at all," he said, forcing a smile.
Katie pursed her lips. "What the matter?"
How intuitive she is! Remus let out a sigh. He had tried to keep almost everything about Sirius a secret. When he returned form Hogwarts, he had told her that Snape had let it slip to his students that he was a werewolf and that he couldn't stay on without parents growing angry. It was the mostly the truth, but it wasn't the full story.
It wasn't that he didn't trust Katie. No. It was the fact that he knew giving out any information about Sirius might be dangerous. And he didn't want to put Katie in that kind of danger.
But Sirius would be here in a few short days and Katie would most certainly see him. The time had come for Katie to know the whole story.
"Katie, I have to tell you something."
He signaled for her to have a seat next to him on the sofa. He told her everything he could remember. And through it all, she sat quietly, listening. Amazed at the secrets being revealed. Anxious as the truth unfolded. Dumbfounded at the fact she hadn't pieced it all together herself. And when he finished, she wanted to know more.
But there wasn't any more to tell. At least, not yet. Remus didn't know the rest of the story. And so they waited in anticipation, both of them, for the twenty-first of June to arrive.
AN: Now go and enjoy Order of the Phoenix!