AN: This is the last chapter not because I want it to be but because I don't have the will to write any more Harry Potter fanfiction. I know I'll eventually pick it up again but right now my Harry Potter muse is dead, I need to find a new one. This is being written and put up without much more than a read through done by me, and we all know how bad my grammar is so I apologize for that right off the bat. I'd like to also apologize to my beta, you got like two chapters then I sorta vanished, for that I'm sorry. But this is ending and it's ending now so I don't leave you guys without, well, an ending.
All Over Now
The four boys had been sitting in their dorm room playing cards when they got word of where they would be going next. They were asked if they would like to say one last goodbye to Harry which, of course, they jumped at the opportunity. Harry had left on the train earlier that day but since then things had changed ever so slightly and they were hoping they'd get the chance to tell him in person.
Now they had gotten that chance, it had been Lupin who approached them and asked if they would like to come, since he had already been in the school. He held out a portkey and off they were, they landed in a small alleyway outside King's Cross Station, they had to since they were on the Muggle's side now.
Lupin led them around the station until they reached platforms 9 and 10, standing there already waiting was Mr. and Mrs. Weasley with Fred and George and beside them was Tonks who grinned widely at their approach.
"Glad you made it," Tonks said, her eyes lingering on Lupin a second too long, she tried to divert them but then only found herself looking at Remus. Quickly she tore her eyes away from him and looked around. "So, um, where's Mad-Eye? Harry should be coming in soon."
"I'm right here," Mad-Eye grumbled as he walked up to them hobbling on his cane.
"Well, don't you look cheery," Sirius commented observing his bowler hat tucked down over his eye and the dark cloak he wore. "Just don't tell children you've got candy, okay? Might be taken the wrong way." He said as Mrs. Weasley made her rounds to hug them all where they stood, including Lupin.
Moody didn't get the chance to respond, the wall behind them rippled and Harry came strolling out looking none too happy. But when he saw the Marauders before him his face seemed to perk up ever so slightly.
"Ron, Ginny!" Mrs. Weasley cried hugging them all. "Oh, and Harry dear," she hugged him as well. "How are you?"
"Fine," Harry replied, though it was obvious he was lying.
As Ron questioned the coats his elder brothers wore Lupin stepped forward. "Hello, Harry," he said with a small smile.
"Hi," he said looking around in confusion. "I didn't expect… what are you all doing here?"
Lupin grinned and Remus mimicked it perfectly at his side. "Well," he said. "We thought we might have a little chat with your aunt and uncle before letting them take you home."
"I don't know if that's a good idea." Harry stammered.
"Oh, I think it is," Moody said.
"Besides," James said smacking him on the shoulder. "The four of us have a little bit of news we need to tell you and we would prefer it be done in person."
"What is it?" Harry asked furrowing his brow.
"Well," James began. "You see we –"
"Is that them, Potter?" Moody said jutting his thumb over his shoulder.
James and Harry peered around him to see and there standing a little ways away were the three Dursley's looking at Harry and his friends horrified. The others peeked over as well and James snorted loudly.
"Ick, never change. Still fat as ever."
"You've met them?" Harry asked, he thought he and his mother only began dating in their seventh year.
"Not really," he shrugged. "I've seen them, Lily's sister and her boyfriend came to pick her up once for winter break. We were all going home with Remus at the time so we thought we could wait on the Muggle side for his mum to pick us up."
"Ah, Harry!" Mr. Weasley exclaimed turning away from Hermione parents who she was greeting. "Well, shall we do it then?"
"Yeah, I reckon so, Arthur." Moody said as Hermione pulled herself away from her parents to go meet Harry's aunt and uncle.
"Wonder if they'll recognize any of us," Sirius mused. "They'll both have met us in a couple years. I don't think we'll look that different."
"Good afternoon." Arthur said stopping right in front of Uncle Vernon. "You might remember me, my names Arthur Weasley."
Uncle Vernon began to turn red, seeing as Mr. Weasley demolished his living room not too long ago he was fairly angry with him. Aunt Petunia looked terrified as she looked around the group, her eyes seemed to settle on James and after a second they went wide. She had recognized him but it appeared as though she didn't believe what she was seeing at the moment.
Dudley was trying to look as small as possible, which was a difficult task for a boy so large. The Marauders were staring him down menacingly since they were all roughly the same age they deemed him to be their territory.
"We thought we'd have a few words with you about Harry," Mr. Weasley said still smiling.
"Yeah," Moody snarled. "About how he's treated when he's at your place."
The adults continued to exchange falsely pleasant words, the way they spoke was somewhat frightening, so threatening and yet so friendly. Harry was trying to half listen to them speak while half listening to the Marauders as they bombarded his cousin. He was almost giddy with the treatment he was receiving; Dudley needed to get what was coming to him.
"You make fun of Harry?" Sirius questioned, his arm resting on James' shoulder. "We've heard you do."
"Do you know what he could do to you?" James almost laughed. "Are you aware of his power? He doesn't do anything simply because he's a nice boy and doesn't want to get in trouble. We on the other hand don't really care."
Dudley squeaked as he spotted Remus who had flushed his eyes out yellow and black and let out a low wolfish growl.
"Do you want us around?" James asked causing Dudley to look back at him. "It's not very hard for us to do so. We're out of school you know, it's completely legal for us to pop in on you and use those little sticks of ours to our advantage. Remus on the other hand doesn't even really need his. I'm sure you've noticed, he's a little different."
Normally Remus would have been hurt by the comment of him being different, but he knew James didn't really mean it and they were just trying to scare the pants off Dudley. Besides, he was releasing the wolf inside him which wasn't exactly helping his normality.
Vernon growled causing everybody, even the Marauders and Dudley to glance up at him. "Are you threatening me, Sir?"
"Yes, I am." Moody said proudly and just as loudly.
"And do I look like the kind of man who can be intimidated?" Uncle Vernon snapped.
Moody grinned. "Well…" He lifted his cane to tip up his bowler hat and reveal his swirling magical eye. Uncle Vernon gasped and stumbled back a few feet colliding with a luggage cart.
The Marauders laughed.
"Shut up you little vermin!" Uncle Vernon shouted at them.
"Make us," Remus said, his eyes still glowing brightly.
"Little freak," Vernon sneered at Remus who was hovering half behind Lupin.
"Hey," Lupin snapped to get Vernon to look at him. "Don't talk to my nephew like that," his own eyes flashed a bright yellow for a second and Vernon cried out again.
"So, Potter," Moody growled turning to Harry. "Give us a shout if you need us. If we don't hear from you for three days in a row, we'll send someone along."
Aunt Petunia whimpered at the thought of them coming to their house.
"Bye, then, Potter," Moody said clapping Harry on the shoulder.
"Take care Harry," Lupin said with a slight smile. "Keep in touch."
Mrs. Weasley smiled warmly. "We'll have you away from there as soon as we can." She said and gave Harry a hug.
"See you soon, mate," Ron said shaking his hand.
"Really soon, Harry, we promise." Hermione said.
"Yeah, I still need to tell you something," James said wrapping his arm around Harry's shoulders and led him away.
They all exchanged a look and took a deep breath before telling him the news.
"Dumbledore knows how to get us home." Remus said quietly when they were far enough away. "He found out while he was away during the year, he only told us an hour or so ago. We're leaving when we get back to Hogwarts."
"What?" Harry asked, he felt like he wanted to cry. This would be the last goodbye for good, he imagined they could hang out during the summer a little bit before they were sent back. "But… but can't you stay a little while longer?"
"No," Sirius shook his head. "We asked, we need to leave, he says he shouldn't have waited this long to send us back, but with everything that's been happening he waited. Apparently time travel is a bit complicated."
"Well…" Harry said looking down. "What – what about all those things you said you'd do to Dudley if he messed with me."
"I don't think he'll be doing much to you," Peter assured.
"Besides," Remus shrugged. "I'll still be here, not exactly at this age but I will still be around. Don't be afraid to call Lupin, he's a neat guy. I would know."
"Yeah… yeah, maybe I'll do that." Harry nodded.
"Who better to take my place?" Sirius asked. "Moony's cool is that nerdy professor sort of way."
Harry nodded again.
"So, bye," Sirius said. "I don't think I got the chance to tell you that… Bye." Instead of shaking his hand Sirius reached forward and gripped him in a hug.
They broke apart after only a couple seconds so the others could have the chance to say their goodbyes. The other Marauders gave him slightly awkward one armed hugs along with a handshake. Remus reminded him again, he'd be seeing him soon, very soon. After a minute of farewells Harry walked back to his aunt and uncle and with a small smile and a wave he turned around to leave with Vernon, Petunia and Dudley following him out.
Remus felt a smack on the back of his head as they turned away from Harry. He looked up to see Lupin standing beside him. "Fix your eyes," he scolded. "No need to be walking around like that."
"Oh," Remus said and rubbed his eyes as they reverted back to their normal blue.
As the group arrived back to Hermione's parents she turned to the Marauders to say her goodbyes. But, before she could get anything out Remus reached forward and hugged her. "Bye, Hermione." He said and quickly stepped back from her.
"O… kay, goodbye." She said. "What was that for?"
"We're going back to our own time… tonight." Remus explained. "Dumbledore found out how to do it and we're leaving."
Her face fell and she propelled herself forward to wrap him in a hug. "Oh, goodbye, Remus, I'll miss you. It was nice to have another intellectual around." She smirked.
"Like I told Harry," Remus shrugged. "I'm still sort of hanging around," he glanced up at Lupin.
"Yes, well," Lupin cleared his throat. "I daresay I was much more easygoing when I was a teenager."
"And hopefully we fixed that a little bit." Sirius said punching Lupin in the arm.
"You're all going," Hermione said taking her turn hugging each of them, including Peter. Him being here gave her a whole new view of him, he wasn't always a back stabbing jerk.
"I'm going to miss all of you, but please, don't keep fussing around with time travel." She grinned. "It's not exactly healthy."
"I think we've had our fill," James said. "Bye, Hermione."
"Goodbye," she smiled.
"Bye, 'Mione," Sirius said giving her a quick kiss on the cheek. "Don't ever change." He winked at her in typical Sirius fashion. Hermione felt her cheeks flush slightly.
"Goodbye," Peter said. "Thanks for helping me with my homework and giving Remus a break every now and then."
"Yes, thank you." Remus said.
"No problem," she said and turned back to her parents. "Well… goodbye."
"Bye," the Marauders said.
"Bye Ron," she said to him. "I'll be seeing you soon."
"Yeah," he said. "Bye, Hermione."
"You lot too," she said to the adults. "Bye."
The adults gave her a chorus of various farewells and she began walking away with her mother and father. Just before they were out of earshot they heard Hermione's mother say:
"They were cute, what was that about?"
"Long story, I'll explain later." Hermione replied.
Ron was standing off to the side with his mouth gaped open. "This is it then?" he asked. "You're all really leaving, for good?"
"Afraid so," Sirius nodded. "We'll be gone in a few hours back to the good ol' nineteen seventies. As much as I love the nineties, I need the seventies back and I feel we missed out on some key information in the eighties."
"See you then," Ron said gruffly and shook each of their hands. "It's been fun."
"I think that's of bit of an understatement." James snorted. "Harry's lucky to have a guy like you around," he smiled. "I'm glad."
"Thanks." Ron breathed looking down in embarrassment.
"Jimmy's right," Sirius said. "You're a good guy, look after him for us, will you? That kid gets himself in trouble."
"You don't know the half of it." Ron laughed.
"Bye, Ron," Remus grinned. "Keep up with your homework."
"You will, I'll have Lupin come check on you."
"See you," Peter said shaking his hand. "And good luck with all this Voldemort stuff."
The two groups continued their goodbyes, Fred and George were rather emotional and grateful to have met their idols so their goodbyes were rather lengthy and eccentric. They said goodbye to Ginny and told Molly and Arthur they would be seeing them soon. When it was all over Lupin and the Marauders returned back to Hogwarts while Tonks and Moody went their own way after saying their heartfelt goodbyes. Dumbledore was waiting for them in his office where they would be saying their goodbyes.
As they stood before their professor the boys racked their brains trying to think of anything they forgot and or anyone they failed to say goodbye too. Before the students left for the year they made their rounds to everyone. They made sure to be wearing the same clothes they were when they came in and double checked to make sure they weren't taking anything back with them they didn't have when they arrived. Though, all four of them had snuck some money into their pockets to take back with them, you could never have too much cash on hand when going into Hogsmead.
"Are you ready?" Dumbledore asked.
They nodded. "Ready as we'll ever be, professor." James answered.
"Then I'll be seeing you soon," he smiled.
"Yeah," James said. "I don't suppose we can keep our memories though." The wands he and Lupin were holding were slightly intimidating.
"You know you can't," Lupin said looking down to his wand which he was twirling in his hands.
"I know," he said sad that he would forget the man his son turned out to be.
"I'll be sending you back," Dumbledore spoke. "While Remus casts obliviate on all for of you. He knows how to cast it properly so all you will forget is your time here."
"Alright then, goodbye boys, for now," Dumbledore said with a kind smile as he and Lupin lifted their wands and a white light engulfed them.
"Ow!" James cried as he landed hard on the floor of the boy's bathroom. "This doesn't feel like the Quidditch Pitch, Padfoot!"
Sirius moaned and shuffled around on the floor. "Shut up…" he grumbled. "You must have done something wrong my potion was perfect."
"Well," Remus said as he pushed himself off the ground to sit on his knees. "I think we moved a few feet. Weren't we over there when we started?" He pointed about four feet to their left.
"Oh fabulous," James rolled his eyes. "We can teleport four feet when trying to run from our enemies, excellent news."
"Mm, shut up," Sirius snapped again as he looked over the ingredients of the potion. "This should have worked I don't get it. I did everything right."
"Creating a potion isn't an easy task," Peter reminded. "You were bound to screw up a couple times."
"I don't screw up." Sirius said.
"There's a joke in there somewhere," James said smirking. "I know there is." He reached out his hand to pull Remus up when he noticed something. "What's that?"
"What's what?" Remus asked as he was hauled to his feet.
"Bring it here, to the light." James said as he gained the attention of Sirius and Peter. "Look, here, you have scars, when did you get those?"
Remus examined his wrists and sure enough they were scarred all the way around. "I don't know, Sirius what did your potion do?"
"What? Me? I didn't do a thing." Sirius said looking at the scars as well. "You did something before you came here."
"I did not."
"Almost looks like you burned yourself." James pointed out.
"Huh," Remus said as the four of them stared at his wrists.