Words Spoken in Anger

This story starts with an excerpt from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It's shortly after Easter break. Harry has seen Snape's worst memory and is brooding about it. With the distraction provided by the Weasley twins, he is using Umbridge's Floo to talk to his parents' friends in the hopes that they have an explanation for their behavior. The best they can say is they were 15 and stupid. The conversation turns to Snape's reaction.

"He told me he'd never teach me Occlumency again," said Harry indifferently, "like that's a big disappoint –"

"He WHAT?" shouted Sirius, causing Harry to jump and inhale a mouthful of ashes.

"Are you serious, Harry?" said Lupin quickly. "He's stopped giving you lessons?"

"Yeah," said Harry, surprised at what he considered a great overreaction. "But it's okay, I don't care. It's a bit of a relief to tell you the –"

"I'm coming up there to have a word with Snape!" said Sirius forcefully. He actually made to stand up, but Lupin wrenched him back down again.

"If anyone's going to tell Snape, it will be me!" he said firmly. "But Harry…"

Lupin stopped speaking to watch his friend as Sirius gave a despondent-sounding sigh and walked away. Harry was a bit hurt his godfather hadn't said goodbye, but he tried to swallow it back down. He was shocked, however, when Lupin turned to him with simmering anger in his gaze.

"You go back to school and you barely communicate, and when you do, it's to question him about kid stuff – teasing Snape?"

"I wrote him a few times." At Lupin's snort of disbelief, he continued, "It's not like I can put anything really important in an Owl. It's frustrating trying to figure out what I can say and what I can't."

Lupin just gave another growl.

Harry let his voice show some of his frustration. "Well, I'm sorry that I'm not used to writing in code."

"Don't play stupid with me, Harry."

Harry just looked at him in puzzlement.

Lupin' eyes started to look less angry, and his head tilted to the side as he studied Harry's face. "You really have no idea what I'm talking about, do you?

"Uh, no."

"But I saw him give it to you."

"Who give me what?"

"Siri, right before you left for school."

Harry looked puzzled for moment, and then his face cleared. "Oh, you mean that package Sirius gave me." When Lupin nodded, he continued, "But he told me it was a way of letting him know if Snape was giving me a hard time. I didn't want him to come rescue me for some stupid reason and then get himself caught. So, I just buried it at the bottom of my trunk without opening it."

Lupin closed his eyes, shook his head back and forth, and then chuckled ruefully. "Of course, you didn't." When his eyes opened, he continued, "I'm sorry, Harry."

Harry turned it back on him. "What for?"

Lupin chuckled again. "I should have had more faith in you." He shook his head back and forth again. "When you go back to your room, find it and open it. I promise, it is just a way for you to communicate with us securely."


"Yes, oh. Now, go before you get in trouble for using the Floo. I'll ask you later how you managed that. I have to find Sirius and explain a few things to him."