Harry leaned forward on his broom, eyeing the Golden Snitch as the other players on the Chudley Cannons watched hopefully. He had been a seeker for his favorite Quidditch team for almost a year, and he loved it and made enough money to live in a cottage with the Weasleys on the edge of Hogsmeade. The two teams were tied and if only, if only Harry could get that goddamned Snitch…It was right in front of him for Merlin's sake, almost as if it was teasing him-
No, that couldn't be right.
Harry had sworn, amongst the crowds of people, that he's just seen Remus Lupin in the stands, giving him that warm smile that he'd loved for years and missed so much when Remus died. The one that he'd saved only for Harry.
But Remus was dead. He had been since the last battle to defeat the Dark Lord. How…? "Harry! Watch out!" Ron screeched from feet away from him-they were both playing for the Cannons, but Ron was a Chaser. Harry swerved to avoid the stands and turned back to look for the Snitch. Remus was still there, smiling at him and Harry stared right at him, eyes filled with pure love. He'd been in love with the man as long as he could remember, from the moment he laid eyes on him on the train that fateful night. It had killed him when Remus left Hogwarts, when Remus married Tonks, when Remus was killed in the war.
Then Remus opened his mouth and Harry could have sworn the words forming on Remus's lips were I love you.
Harry blinked in surprise.
That was when the Snitch appeared right in front of him, scaring the life out of Harry and when it flew away Harry went after it. He managed to catch the Snitch, and during the party down on the field Harry looked up at the stands.