Okay, this chapter is probably my favorite one so far. I didn't feel the need to add or subtract anything from it, so for the first time, you are seeing the original version of my story. :-) I hope you enjoy this chapter as much as I do. (A freaking ton.)

Chapter 7: A Sick Friend

"Where's Remus?" Riona asked Sirius and James in Defense Against the Dark Arts.

"I dunno. He's not here, though," Sirius replied.

"No, I thought 'e was invisible!" Riona said sarcastically.

Sirius grinned. "Calm down, Leprechaun."

Riona raised her eyebrow. He smirked at her, cocking his head to one side. She sighed, shaking her head as she plopped into the chair behind the two boys. Sirius smirked at her and turned back towards the front of the room. Riona made faces at the back of his head, and she thought that he knew, because his shoulders were shaking in silent laughter. She abruptly stopped as Professor Assertia walked into the room.

"Would you like to tell me what is so funny, Mr. Black?" she asked Sirius, who'd started laughing audibly.

"It's nothing," he said. "Just a couple jokes."

"Detention with me tonight," Professor Assertia answered.

Riona felt bad, because she knew she was the reason that he had detention. She went to say something when Sirius shook his head. She looked at him and mouthed "Why not?"

"You don't need a detention, too. I'll be fine," he whispered to her.

Riona nodded. She sat up straight and took notes all through class. Once the bell rang, Sirius had an arm around her shoulders.

"I plan on getting many of those little things called detention, Leprechaun. You, I know, do not. This is not a big deal."

James laughed. "Besides, it was really funny."

"Don' lose points, though, Sirius," Riona said.

"Of course not! Wouldn't dream of it!" Sirius grinned at her.

She tried to look stern, but she knew she failed miserably. "Do ye wan' te go te the hospital wing with me? We can see if Remus is there."

"Sounds like a good plan," James agreed.

The three friends ran to the hospital wing in order to see if their fourth friend was okay. He was nowhere to be found. Riona was worried, and she couldn't focus on her studies the rest of the day. She kept checking for him everywhere, but he was never found.

"Did you find him?" Sirius asked at dinner.

"No, I didn't," she replied, anxious.

"Hey, he'll be okay. The teachers haven't been worried, so why should we?" James reassured Riona.

"Yer right. I need ter stop worrying."

James patted her shoulder. "Just get some food and do your homework like a good little Hufflepuff."

She shoved him playfully. "Oh, shove off, James." Then, she skipped towards her table, still wondering how Remus was doing.


"Are you alright, Miss Gallagher?" a soft voice asked from behind Riona asked kindly.

"Professor Dumbledore! I'm jus' worried abou' Remus. 'E wasn' in class, but 'e's no' in the hospi'al wing."

Dumbledore patted her shoulder. "I'm positive that you'll see him again soon. His mother got sick, and he needed to go home to see her."

"Thank ye, Professor." Riona smiled at the Hogwarts Headmaster.

"Of course, Miss Gallagher. Now, do run back to your Common Room. We wouldn't want a Prefect to catch you wandering around at night, would we?"

"No, Sir. Have a good nigh'!" Riona waved goodbye as she ran back to her Common Room.

And, there we have it. *Why* is Remus missing? Who knows? xD Hope you enjoyed, but don't leave me guessing. Write up a review, please! :-)