Remus woke the next morning nervous as hell, but when he looked in the mirror to brush through his graying hair and saw a huge grin on his face. Funny, he didn't realize he'd been smiling.

The day went by so slowly, and by the time seventh period came Remus's heart felt like a hundred pounds in his chest. He saw Harry walk in with his friends and said, "Harry? See me after class." Harry nodded, looking like he hadn't thought too much of Remus's words, and sat down between Ron Weasley and Seamus Finnigan. Remus handed his essay back and when Harry asked where his was Remus said he lost it.

Remus was practically bouncing in his seat the last few minutes of class as he tried to concentrate on grading more papers, when the bell rang. "The only homework is to write a paper about any famous witch or wizard with exceeding capabilities of Defense Against the Dark Arts. You may be dismissed." It was a Friday and the students were especially jittery and hyper, and they jumped out of their seats and ran out almost immediately, all except Harry, who remained in his seat.

"Is something wrong, Professor?" Harry asked uncertainly, worry in his eyes.

"Harry, remember earlier when I said I lost your essay?" Harry nodded and with shaking hands, Remus handed Harry his paper. Guilt came over Remus at seeing the crushed look in Harry's eyes, and Harry dropped the paper and got up, reaching for his books.

"Professor, I…I don't know what to say." Harry's voice broke and the poor boy turned to grab his bag, and he got up and made his way towards the door.

"Harry," Remus called, and when Harry turned Remus strode across the room and pulled Harry into a passionate kiss. Harry made a sound in the back of his throat that sounded like both a whimper and a moan, and Remus allowed himself to get lost in the kiss.

The kiss seemed to last forever before Remus pulled back, both of them gasping for air. "Professor, I…what was that for?"

"I love you," Remus announced, his hands on Harry's waist, and he smiled lovingly at Harry. "And call me Remus." With that, he touched his lips to Harry's in another passionate kiss that would be remembered for a long time.