Chapter 3: Friendship
Pain. That was what I woke up to. Pain and the sound of whispering voices.
Groggily, I opened my eyes to find Peter, James, and Sirius huddling around my bed. The night's events flashed through my head and I sat upright, wincing as it stretched some new cuts.
"Easy, Remus, you're going to hurt yourself," James said, looking worried.
"Are you ok?" Peter added.
"I'm f-fine, a-are y-you?" I stuttered, hating the fact I was forced to stutter the day after the full moon while my throat got back used to talking.
"We're fine, we're not the ones in the hospital wing," Sirius said.
"I-I d-didn't h-hurt y-you, d-did I?" I asked.
"Nope, we got away in time," James said happily.
"D-do y-you h-hate m-me n-now?" I asked, the moon was not to be blamed for the reason my voice stuttered on this question.
It was my worst fear come true. My best friends knew the truth, I'd nearly killed them, or worse; I'd nearly made them like me, I shuddered at the thought.
"Hate you? Why would we hate you?" Sirius asked.
"B-because I-I'm a w-werewolf," I felt tears begin to roll down my cheeks.
"So you've got a 'furry little problem', what's the big deal? Sirius has serious family issues, no pun intended, Pete has problems in every class," James said.
"And James has STTLE," Sirius interrupted.
"STTLE?" James asked.
"Stalker Tendencies Towards Lily Evans," Sirius grinned.
I laughed as James tackled Sirius to the ground in a play fight. This was how it was supposed to be, no secrets, just teasing each other. Peter handed me a chocolate frog and I thought my heart was going to burst with happiness as we watched James and Sirius roll around the hospital floor.
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