Chapter 1: The Wolf Within

A young boy of about eleven was standing in a room by the kitchen, a letter with a maroon wax seal in his hand. He had light brown hair and grey eyes; he was wearing a pair of black pants and a white shirt. He looked very average, except for the scratches on his face and arms that aroused suspicion.

"Mom," the young boy said questioningly, "what's this?"

"What's what, Remus?" a woman's voice replied.

"This letter," the boy called Remus said.

"Let me see," the voice replied, followed soon by the entrance of a woman in her early-thirties into the room. She looked very much like her son, except for the fact that her eyes were a deep blue. She wore a long red dress covered in small stars. She looked at the letter. As soon as she saw the seal, she gasped and said, "This is your letter to Hogwarts!"

"Hogwarts?" Remus asked. "But what about my…condition? How can I go to a school like that when every month I turn into a monster?"

"Not a monster," she replied. "A wondrous creature of beauty and power."

"Oh, mother," he groaned. "Werewolves are not wondrous, and if I could redo that night, I wouldn't have gone anywhere near that forest."

"What's done is done," she said firmly. "You are who you are. Besides, at least you only transform into a pup."

"For now," he mumbled. Several minutes passed in silence until he finally asked his mother the question to which he secretly hoped the answer was yes.

"So I can go? To Hogwarts?"

"Well, we will have to talk to the Headmaster. But if he says it's alright, yes," she replied. "In fact, if you are feeling recovered from your recent transformation, I will send an owl to arrange a meeting for as soon as possible."

"Really?" he exclaimed.

"Yes, now find me a quill and some parchment," she said. She had barely finished her sentence when Remus had darted back up the stairs to the study to get a quill and parchment.

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The next day they got a letter back from Dumbledore. Remus read it aloud,
"Dear Licantropo Lupin,
I understand your concern, but I feel if we met face-to-face we could resolve this issue. How about you come over to the school sometime today for a private meeting, feel free to bring Remus. The password to my office is Cockroach Cluster.
Yours Truly,
Albus Dumbledore

"Well Remus, what are you waiting for? Go get your cloak and some Floo powder," his mother said.

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They arrived at Dumbledore's office around noon. Dumbledore was waiting in his office for them.

"Licantropo," Dumbledore said. "How are you?"

"Fine, Albus," she replied. "How have you been?"

"Fine," he replied. "So, you are worried about Remus' transformations during the school year."

"Yes," Remus said. "I don't want to hurt anyone here."

Dumbledore contemplated his words for a minute then said, "Well, I think that we could work something out. There are two students who will also be coming to the school who I think would be willing to help you."

"I think that that would work very nicely," Licantropo said.

"Thank you," said Remus. "You don't know how much this means to me."

"I think I do," said Dumbledore with a twinkle in his eye. All Remus could do was smile at the aged wizard. "School starts on Wednesday."

Remus and Licantropo Lupin left through the fire the same as they had arrived.

"This day just gets better and better," thought Remus.