Obviously, I don't own Harry Potter or any associated stuff.

Chapter One:

A What?

"Good morning, Poppy." Dumbledore greeted the nurse as she entered his office. "Lemon Drop?"

"Good morning, Albus. No thank you." She declined the offer. She was more interested in why Albus wanted to speak with her.

"Thank you for coming." Albus said. "I know you have work to do to prepare for the upcoming school year.

"I'm not to busy for the Headmaster." She replied with a laugh. He smiled, but seemed a bit preoccupied. At least, preoccupied for him.

"What is it, Albus?" She asked. "Is everything alright?"

"I wanted to ask you about a student." He said in that maddeningly round about way he had of addressing important things, and Poppy groaned inwardly. She would be here a while, and she did have work to do.

"A student? Is someone hurt? Did something happen? Was there some sort of attack-"

Dumbledore cut her off. "No, nobody's been attacked, Poppy."

She sighed in relief. "Then what?" She asked irritably. "What is it?"

"There is a child that I am considering accepting into Hogwarts this fall." Albus said slowly.

"A child that is not on the list?" She asked skeptically. Magical children were put on the list as soon as they showed any kind of ability to do magic.

"Exactly. He was born in Romania, where he lived for nine years."

"Still…" Poppy trailed off, uncertain of where this was leading.

"He is a rather unusual child." Albus said. "The school board and the Minister both have advised against accepting him. I wanted to ask for your opinion because you will be heavily involved with him if he is accepted."

Poppy searched her mind for a reason she would be more involved with a child than the professors. "Is he disabled?" She asked.

"Some would call it that." Albus replied slowly. "Others would call it an illness, disease, affliction: some would call it a curse."

"I don't understand."

"The child is a werewolf." Albus said, and Poppy was sure she was hearing things. After all, Albus was considered mad by many, but he wouldn't actually go so far as to let a werewolf in a school full of children! Would he?

"A what?" She asked incredulously. "The child is a what?"

"A werewolf." He said calmly.

"You want to let a werewolf in here, in Hogwarts? Among people, and, and, and children?" Poppy couldn't believe this.

"We could take precautions to keep him and the other students safe." Albus explained.

"Keep him safe? He's a werewolf! You know, werewolf! Not a kitten or a puppy, a werewolf! Do you know what those things are capable of?" This was ridiculous.

Albus continued as if he hadn't heard her. "He could go to the abandoned shack in Hogsmeade, it's close to the school. We have a tunnel dug from the grounds to the shack, hide it, and he'll be safe on the night of the full moon."

"Hide it?" Poppy spluttered.

"Yes, I thought a whomping willow would do the trick-"

Poppy Pomfrey was one of the very few people who would ever even dream of interrupting Albus Dumbledore. "A whomping willow? This is ridiculous! I can't believe you're even considering this!"

Albus seemed undisturbed. "Right, well, the problem is, there is a theory that if a werewolf cannot get out to attack people, it turns on itself, which is where you would come in, Poppy. He would need care after the full moon."

"Albus!" Poppy snapped. "Are you insane?" She couldn't believe what she was hearing.

He looked at her, and there was a hint of sadness in his eyes. "No, I'm not. I am serious about this, which is why I wanted your opinion. This decision affects you. A lot. And if you don't want to be involved, it can't be done."

Poppy sighed. "Albus, I-"

Albus stopped her. "Before you decide, would you come with me and meet the child?"

"You haven't met him yet?" Poppy was confused. Was he really wanting her to make the decision here? Usually Albus did what he thought best no matter what anybody else said or thought.

"I am going to see him now." Albus replied.