WHERE DWELL THE BRAVE AT HEART

~ kittykittyhunter ~

Chapter One

Sickness


"My parents tried everything, but in those days there was no cure..."

...

A small boy with a head of light brown hair hoisted himself onto his windowsill, quietly prising open the bedroom window. He leaned out into the spring evening. It was drenched with the scent of fresh rain, singing with crickets. He could hear the discussion floating up from the kitchen. His parents were in the middle of a rare argument – no, he realised with a start, they were panicking.

"He's shown signs of magical potential." That was his father, John – Remus imagined the wizard pacing across the clean floor, hands folded behind his back. "This is my fault – we'll take him to St Mungo's tomorrow –"

"For the fifth time?" The boy heard the weariness in his mother's tone; she was probably propped at the table, wringing her hands as she watched her anxious husband. "He's sick of having his hopes raised – not again, dear, please..."

"I wanted," said his father heavily, "for him to go to Hogwarts..."

The boy closed the window as quietly as possible and slid back to the ground. He wondered whether this was what his life would be like from now on: secluded, locked away from everyone else…

He walked towards his bed, feet barely sounding on the carpet. He lay flat on top of the plain duvet and stared at the ceiling. Occasionally, the voices downstairs grew louder – but then they fell.

Remus Lupin raised his right hand, studying his thumb and fingers.

He wasn't going to Hogwarts.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts, the castle his father had always told him stories about – the school the boy had dreamed of attending, because he was a wizard.

Nothing mattered anymore.

Flattening his hand by his side, he tangled the cloth in his small grip, seizing it, as though he could squeeze out all of his disappointment, all of his lowliness.

He was a werewolf.

He was a monster.

He did not have the energy to cry.


It's about time I started posting this fic. As you know from the summary, this is a story about the four Marauders. The chapter lengths will be extremely random, short or long depending on the content, and I'm not entirely sure how frequently I'll be able to update. I'll do my best.

Each chapter will begin with a quote from one of the Marauders.