A/N: I had no idea how to end so this is where I decided to end it. Don't insult the ending. You will upset me.
Series of one shots focused around the Marauders. These are in no specific order. They are in the order that they come from. I'll put the year the one shot takes place in at the beginning of each one shot.
One Shot #1: Friends
It was a dream come true for him. Being able to come to Hogwarts didn't feel like a possibility for him. He was not suppose to be able to come to Hogwarts. There wasn't supposed to be a chance for him to attend any type of school. But then Dumbledore became Headmaster to the school he really wanted to attend. Only Dumbledore would allow someone like Remus to go to Hogwarts.
Remus J. Lupin is a wizard. Being a wizard was not why Remus was worried about not being able to attend Hogwarts since Hogwarts is a school where young witches and wizards go to so they can train to be full witches and wizards.
What Remus was worried about was that he was a werewolf. At age nine, Remus was bitten by a werewolf and ever since then, one a month, he transforms into a werewolf. The transformation is so painful that most people don't survive their first transformation. Werewolves are really dangerous to humans. They can kill humans or bite humans to make them werewolves too.
No school would ever accept a werewolf as a student because of all the danger. A werewolf could bite one of the students during the full moon. The school and the werewolf could get into a lot of trouble for that. The Headmaster could get fired for allowing a werewolf into the school in the first place.
This is one of the very reasons that Remus thinks his Headmaster is insane. He let a werewolf into his school.
Remus wants to make his parents proud and the Headmaster too. He wants to prove that he can be a good student and get grades, despite the monster in him.
No one can find out Remus's secret. If they did, they would abandon him like everyone else. As soon as they knew he was a werewolf, they shunned him. Because of this, Remus was shy and scared. He avoided everyone at school. At school, he had more to lose than just being shunned. If anyone found out the truth about him, they would tell the whole school and Remus would be expelled. Remus didn't want that. He wanted to learn all types of spells and prove that he could be a great wizard.
This was why Remus felt so alone. He refused to make friends. They could find out his secret, shun him, and tell the whole school what he was, which would get Remus expelled. Remus didn't want to go through that pain again.
Besides that, no one would ever want to be his friend. He came from a very poor family, everything he owned, except his wand, was second-hand, and he was considered somewhat of a freak. No one like him and would want to be his friend anyway.
Everyone ignored Remus and Remus ignored them in return. That was the way he liked it.
Everything was going fine for Remus until he noticed two boys halfway through his first year. These two boys, he noted, were two of his roommates for the next seven years. The first boy had messy black hair, brown eyes and glasses. His name was James Potter. The other had long black hair and grey eyes. His name was Sirius Black. Remus never spoke to either of them. They were both troublemakers and were always in detention.
Remus was in the library the first time he noticed them watching him. Those two never came into the library, so it puzzled Remus to see them there. They sat a few tables away from him. Remus was trying to do his homework, but felt their eyes on him.
Every time Remus looked at them, he saw them looking at him. They didn't even bother looking away. They didn't care that they got caught staring at him.
Wherever Remus went after that, he saw those two boys watching him. In the library, they just sat a few tables away from him and watched him. In class, they sat at the empty desk in behind him and watched him. At meals, he found them watching him still.
Remus was starting to get annoyed. He scowled at them whenever he caught them looking now. He knew they were up to something. They were pranksters and he was a lonely boy with no friends. They wouldn't take an interest in him unless they were planning something.
After two months of watching him, James and Sirius approached Remus in the library. James sat next to Remus and Sirius sat across from Remus.
Remus knew they were there, but was trying to ignore them. He didn't want anything to do with these boys.
"Hey, it's Lupin, right?" The one called James asked.
Remus sighed in annoyance. "Yes."
James nodded his head. "I'm James Potter and this is my best mate, Sirius Black."
"And?" Remus asked with annoyance clear in his tone. He was trying to study for a potion test. Potions was his worst subjected so he needed all the study time he could get for the class.
"Look, we're trying to be friendly. You don't need to use that tone with us." Sirius replied agitated.
Remus put his quill down. He stared at Sirius through narrowed eyes. "And why are you being friendly to me?"
James and Sirius looked at him surprised.
"Well, we're going to be roommates for the next seven years, so can't we be friendly?" James asked, glancing at Sirius.
Remus rolled his eyes. "You've ignored me for the first six months, then started watching me for two months. I am perfectly fine with the system of being ignored by everyone for seven years. We can just ignore each other for the next seven years and everything will be fine."
Even as Remus said this, he knew it wasn't true. Nothing would be fine. Being ignored by everyone is really lonely. Eventually the loneliness would get to Remus and his grades would start to drop because he would start to stop caring because he was so lonely.
Sirius snorted. "If you really believe that, then you are an idiot. No one likes being alone."
Remus glared at him.
"Anyway, Remus, we're going to be roommates for seven years and you need some friends. We've seen that you are always by yourself. You must be really bored and lonely because we noticed that you spend all your free time in the library." James said.
"That's not true, James. What about those few times where we lost track of him for a few days at a time?" Sirius asked.
"Awww, look at that, I have my very own stalkers." Remus said very sarcastically.
James and Sirius laughed. "You're alright, Lupin."
Remus rolled his eyes. "What do you two really want?"
James smirked. "Well, you see, there is this Slytherin by the name of Snivellus Snape…."
"Severus," Remus corrected.
"So, you know him?" Sirius said.
James planted his hands on the table. "Well, Lupin, you see, we think he's a slimy git and we refuse to call him by his name so we call him Snivellus. But that is not the matter at hand. The matter at hand is that he is a slimy git who needs to be taught a lesson."
"And why are you coming to me with this? You both do perfectly fine in tormenting the students and teachers on your own." Remus replied nonchalantly. He put his elbows on the table and folded his hands over each other in the air and rested his chin on them as he stared at the two boys with bored, calm eyes.
James and Sirius saw this look and smirked.
"You know, Lupin, you are pretty cool, especially with your calm composure that you always seem to have, no matter what the situation." James said, looking at Sirius.
Remus smirked. "It's called emotionally control, something neither of you have."
James snorted. "We can to keep control of our emotions."
"In what world? From what I've seen of you two, neither of you have any type of emotionally control." Remus replied.
James raised a brow with a smirk on his lips. "So, you've been watching us just as much as we've been watching you?"
"In your dreams, Potter." Remus replied.
James frowned. "I would never dream of another guy watching me."
Remus rolled his eyes. "I know how you two act because we are roommates and you two always have to be the center of attention. It's not hard to figure you two out. It's probably why you are always caught doing pranks."
"Yes, our pranks are absolutely wonderful, but you see, we have a problem." Sirius said.
"Oh no! The two smartest, brightest, best wizards in the world have a problem! This is such a tragic event." Remus mockingly. "Well, get used to it. Everyone has problems."
"Yes, and I think I figured yours out." Sirius said.
Remus's eyes flashed nervously to Sirius. Relax Remus. Don't lose your composure. There is no where he is talking about your lycanthropy. They haven't paid you enough attention to know about it.
"You are very sarcastic." Sirius continued. "You should work on that. Only use your sarcasm to people who deserve it."
"Funny, I thought I was." Remus replied.
James snickered. "He's using it again."
"Lupin, this is a serious matter at hand." Sirius said.
Remus smirked. "How can a matter be 'Sirius'?"
Sirius glared at him. "Don't you dare use that pun!"
"Apparently, only Sirius is allowed to use the Sirius pun." James laughed.
Sirius slammed his hand on the table. "James, take this seriously. We have revenge we need to install."
"Right you are, Sirius." James nodded his head and turned back to Remus. "You see, Lupin, our problem is that we need a great idea to use against Snivellus."
"The world must be coming to an end! The prank master asking lonely, loopy, Lupin for a prank idea." Remus said.
James and Sirius stared at him. "You are very sarcastic, you know that?"
"Got do something for my entertainment." Remus replied.
"Right, well, we're asking for you help because we need another brain to help us come up with a great idea. We felt you could be the one to help us with that. We didn't choose our other roommate because he doesn't seem that smart and he might blab our plans out to someone. And we would never choose someone from another house or someone older than us. This plan has to be all Gryffindor and just us first years." James said.
Remus leaned back in his chair. "So, you want me to come up for a prank for you?"
"Yes." James and Sirius replied together.
Remus stared at them. "Creepy." He sat up straight. "I'm not a prankster so I can't help you."
Sirius snorted. "Like I'll every believe that. With all the sarcastic remarks you just shot at us, I find it very hard that you don't have any creative ideas you can give us to torture Snivellus with."
"Why do you want to prank Snape anyway?" Remus asked.
"He's a nosy git and he got us detention," James said.
"And he's a Slytherin." Sirius added.
"That too. He got us detention for something we didn't do, so we're going to give McGonagall a reason to give us detention." James said.
Remus raised a brow. "Then why have you been stalking me for two months?"
"We didn't just want to approach you right away with our question." Sirius said.
"So, you thought it was much better to stalk me?" Remus asked.
James and Sirius grinned evilly. "We saw that it was annoying you, so we just kept it up. We also did it to learn more about you. You read a lot so we thought you might know some good spells or potions to help us against Snivellus."
Remus shook his head. "Fine, I've been wanting my own revenge against him anyway, but I don't know how much help I can be. I've never pulled a prank before."
"Why do you want revenge?" Sirius asked.
"Let's just say we aren't on the best of terms. I sit near him in potions and he wasn't really happy when my potion exploded and covered in it and he had to go to the Hospital Wing. Potion isn't my best subject. I really suck at it. Anyway, since then, he's felt the need to insult me at any chance he gets." Remus said indifferently.
Sirius's and James's eyes lit up mischievously. "Oh, he will pay."
Sirius looked at the book Remus was reading. "Since you suck at potions, let us help you. We're really good at it. We'll be able to get your grade up in the class."
Remus raised a brow. "I said I suck at potions. I didn't say I was failing."
James chuckled nervously. "We kind of snuck into Slughorn's office and looked at your grade. Don't worry about it. We'll get your grade up."
"Ever heard of privacy?" Remus asked dryly.
"No, what is this privacy you speak of?" Sirius asked.
Remus just shook his head, exasperated.
"So, Lupin, what did you get on the potion's test?" Sirius asked as the three boys left potions.
"I got an E." Remus replied.
"Better than what you used to get." James grinned. He looked around before lowing his voice. "Everything for our prank is ready. You sure this will work, Lupin?"
Remus nodded his head. "Yeah, I checked everything. Nothing will go wrong, well, as long as you guys did everything right."
"Do you doubt us?" Sirius asked offended.
Remus snorted. "Well, seeing as I've only been speaking to you for two days, I don't see any reason why I shouldn't doubt you."
"You hurt us, Lupin." James said this dramatically as he put a hand over his heart.
Remus rolled his eyes. "As long as you two leave me alone after this." He walked away from the two boys as he said this.
James and Sirius sent a smirk at each other before running to catch up with Remus. "Are you kidding? If this works, we're friends for your life. It's an ingenious plan, Lupin. We need a mind like yours to help us with our pranks."
Remus groaned. "What did I get myself stuck in?"
"A friendship for life!" James said.
Remus rolled his eyes, but had a smile on his face. "Great."
Dinner that night was very eventful. Remus was sitting a few feet away from James and Sirius, watching them carefully for the signal. He didn't seat next to him because James and Sirius told him that they didn't want anyone to know they were friends just yet. They wanted to use the prank against Snape as the event that was going to show their friendship. Remus just looked at them like they were idiots and went and sat by himself again.
It was midway through dinner when James sent the signal to Remus. Discreetly, Remus pulled his wand out and shot a spell at Snape. It was the spell to activate the potion that James and Sirius made and put in Snape's food a few minutes ago. James disappeared somehow and managed to put the potion in Snape's food. Remus would have to ask him how he did that later.
Snape instantly froze as he was about to put his fork in his mouth. His hand just turned to the color pink, then to green, then to orange, then to blue. His skin kept changing to different colors. After his skin changed a few times, Snape yelled in pain as painful red boils started to appear on his skin one by one. He jumped to his feet and began to rub his arms and faces. The boils were really hurting.
Sirius smirked and pulled his own wand out. "Just one more thing to make this better." Sirius whispered 'Tarantallegra.'
Snape's legs started to dance uncontrollably. And with him changing colors every three seconds and rubbing frantically at his body because of the painful boils, he was a really funny sight to see.
Everyone, except a few like Lily Evans, was laughing at the sight. None more than James and Sirius who both had tears of mirth running down their faces. Remus just chuckled a little at the sight.
McGonagall and Slughorn were not so amused. They both marched down from the Head Table angrily. As Slughorn stop Snape's legs and said he couldn't do anything about the color or boils and that Snape would need a potion, McGonagall turned to Sirius and James.
"Potter! Black! I know you two planned this!" McGonagall snapped.
James and Sirius sighed. They looked down the table and smiled at Remus, who nodded his head to show it was okay to tell her.
"Minnie, Minnie, Minnie," Sirius shook his head, sadly. "As much as we would love to claim this idea as our own, we cannot. We were not the ones who planned this."
McGonagall glared at Sirius. "Ten points from Gryffindor. Do not call me Minnie! And whose idea was it if you were not the ones to plan it?"
Remus took that as his cue and stood up. He moved down to James and Sirius and sat on top of the table next to Sirius. "Dear McGonagall, this plan was all mine."
"Mr. Lupin!" McGonagall said shocked.
"Yes?" Remus asked innocently.
McGonagall stared between the calm, smiling Remus and the two smirking boys, who looked ready to burst out of laughing. She smiled a little. She was glad that Remus finally got friends. She always saw him off by himself and it saddened her. She just wished he didn't make friends with the two biggest troublemakers in first year. "Mr. Lupin, I will let you off with a warning and twenty points from Gryffindor since this is your first offense. Don't expect me to be so lenient next time."
Remus smiled and nodded his head at her.
McGonagall went back up the Head Table to continue her meal, a smile at her lips. She never cared that Remus was a werewolf. Sure she was a little nervous to allow him to attend Hogwarts at first, but everyone who knew was. Being a werewolf doesn't mean that Remus shouldn't get the chance to be a kid.
Remus smiled at his friends.
"We've never been able to get away with pranks. McGonagall must like you. Maybe you can get her to lessen our punishments." Sirius said, grinning.
"Yeah, nice going, Lupin," James replied.
"Call me Remus, Potter, Black. We are, after all, friends." Remus replied.
James and Sirius grinned. "That we are, Remus, so that means you must call me, James and him, Sirius."