Chapter Thirteen

They ran into the school, and then to the hospital wing. They ran up as Dumbledore closed the door. He looked at them.

"Well?"

"He's free. We did it." Harry said, out of breath."

"Did what? Good night." Dumbledore smiled, waved, and then left. They opened the door, waited until they saw themselves leave, and then walked in. Ron sat up.

"How did you get there?" he asked, pointing at them. "When I was talking you there?" he pointed to where the others were. "And now you're there."

"What's he talking about, guys?" Hermione asked. Molly shrugged.

"Search me." Arthur said.

"I don't know." Harry said. "Honestly, Ron. How can somebody be in two places at once?"

They chuckled.

```~~~THE NEXT DAY~~~```

Molly had followed Harry to Lupin's office.

"Why did you follow me again?" he asked.

"Because I wanted to." Molly answered. They walked up the steps to the office, and saw Lupin packing.

"Hello, you two." Lupin said, as he faced them. They looked confused. "I saw you coming. Plus, I heard you talking."

"Oh." Molly said. Lupin flicked his wand, and a box closed itself. The two kept staring at him.

"I've looked worse, believe me." Lupin said.

"You've been sacked." Harry said.

"No. No. I resigned, actually."

"Resigned? Why?"

"Well, it seems that somebody let slip the nature of my condition. This time tomorrow, the owls will start arriving, and parents will not want a, uh…..well, someone like me teaching their children."

"But Dumbledore—"

"Dumbledore has already risked enough on my behalf. Besides, people like me are….. Well, let's just say that I'm used to it by now." He flicked his wand, and his suitcase fixed itself up. It closed and locked itself as well. Harry and Molly just looked down. "Why do you look so miserable?"

"None of it made any difference." Harry said. "Pettigrew escaped."

"I just don't want you to go." Molly said. Lupin looked at Harry.

"Didn't make any difference? Harry, it made all the difference in the world. You helped uncover the truth. You saved an innocent man from a terrible fate. It made a great deal of difference."

"Besides, Harry." Molly said. "Pettigrew will get his in the end."

"She has a point, you know." Lupin agreed. "Even as immature she can be at times, Molly makes some really valid points."

"Yeah." Molly said. "Wait, hey! You just called me immature!"

Lupin walked over to a case, and set his wand down. He ruffled Molly's hair. Molly's hands flew to her head. "If I am proud of anything," Lupin said. "It is how much you have learned this year. Now, since I am no longer your teacher, I feel no guilt whatsoever about giving this back to you. So now, I'll say goodbye, you two. I feel sure we'll meet again sometime. Until then," He looked at the desk. "Mischief managed." And the map closed itself, all of the ink sinking off. Then, he walked out. Harry walked to the door, and watched him leave.

```~~~LATER~~~```

Molly and Harry walked into the Great Hall. Molly walked over to Arthur, hugged him around the waist, stood on her tip-toes, and kissed him.

"Stand back, I said! Or I'll-I'll take it upstairs if you don't settle." Ron warned.

"Harry." Neville said. He and Seamus ran up to him. "Wherever did you get it?"

Molly looked at the package. "Wow!" she said, doe-eyed.

"Can I have a go, Harry? After you, of course." Seamus said.

"What are you talking about?" Harry asked.

"Quiet." Ron said. "Let the man through. Oh, I-I didn't mean to open it, Harry. It was badly wrapped. They made me do it." Ron pointed to Fred and George.

"Did not." The twins said, in unison. Harry looked at his package.

"It's a Firebolt." said Fred.

"It's the fastest broom in the world." Added George.

"For me?" Harry asked. "But who sent it?"

"No one knows." Ron said. Hermione picked up a feather.

"This came with it." She said, smiling.

They all ran out, Harry holding his new broom. He mounted it, and took off like someone had lit a match under him. Everyone jumped back, as they heard Harry just yelling in the sky.

A/N: well, that's part 3. Part 4….. COMING UP!