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Remus [takes place between Dorcas and Emmeline]

When people hear the term ‘Bookworm’ they automatically think that the person is studious, clever and never likely to have a detention in their life. Well two out of three of those aren’t like me at all but yet I still get called a bookworm. My name is Remus Lupin and people like to think I’m a bookworm. I know what I am though and so do my friends. They seem to think its hilarious when I get called a bookworm because they, like me, know it is not exactly true.

There are a lot of misconceptions about me and I’m not sure I like it. One thing I’ll tell you straight away is my deepest and darkest secret. Only five people in the whole wide world know that I, Remus Lupin, am a werewolf. I’m ashamed of it naturally and I’m very loathing to tell anybody but my friends worked it out, curse them. And what did they do? They became Animagi for me. That was the most selfless thing anybody had ever done fore me.

Well I don’t really look like a werewolf, except on the full moon. I’ve got sandy blonde hair and amber eyes and I’m tall, or as my friends call me, freakishly tall. There’s a girl I know in our year and I’m a whole foot and a half taller than her so she barely reaches my shoulders. It’s so funny that that girl is my girlfriend. That’s right, I, Remus John Lupin, have a girlfriend. I haven’t told anybody that I’m dating her yet because I’m kind of dreading telling Sirius that she’s my girlfriend because he hates her with a passion. That’s why I have to sneak out tomorrow on my first date with her. Merlin, I’m a wimp.

I really like her, I do, but if Sirius and James cannot get on with her then it is likely to pose a problem. You see Sirius and James have stuck with me through thick and thin and I’m not likely to choose a girl over them. Dorcas is very special to me though, as I was the first of the guys to realise that she is a really good person. I went after her when Sirius and she had another blazing row and I’m so glad I did in the end. At that point I didn’t really know I liked her, I just knew something was wrong. So I ran after her and there she was curled in a ball by the lake. So we talked and talked and I kissed her, end of story. So at the moment, I’m caught between my best friends and the girl who I could possibly fall in love with and you know something, I’m one of those stupid people that would actually choose their friends.

Now she’s all I can think about and I’m going out of my mind. Everywhere I go, I see Dori, she smiles and waves at me but Sirius will just turn to me and say ‘Why’s the witch waving at you Moony?’, to which I’ll just smile and shrug and they’ll let it drop. It’s the Hogsmeade trip today and I’m going with her but I have to get out of here before the guys see us. I had arranged to meet her at 9.00 but I really hope she would be early. Checking my appearance, I grimaced realising that I was turning into Sirius. I ran down the stairs but she was nowhere to be seen.

Alice was down there with Lily but she was NOWHERE! How annoying is that? I took a seat nervously, flicking through a book but she didn’t come down. I watched as Emmeline bounced down, Hestia slunk down and then their dormitory should have been empty except for Dorcas but guess what? She didn’t appear. Why?

I knew the guys wouldn’t be thinking of leaving anytime soon but it still left me nervous, Sirius would still be at the mirror doing his hair and primping and prodding. James would be running late and still getting changed, Frank would be in the shower and Peter would be ready and waiting to get in the bathroom. So to my utmost glee, I was thrilled when Dorcas came out of their room but taken back when I looked more closely. Bloody hell.

She looked so soft all of a sudden. I see her on Sundays when they all wear muggle clothes and she’s the one in trainers, jeans and a hooded sweatshirt but today, what a transformation! She was wearing a long skirt which made me gasp because I never thought I would see the day, with this really tight sweater. She looked good. Her hair, usually up in a pony-tail, was down by her shoulders and I was drooling on the spot. Of course the thought that she isn’t usually like this did cross my mind but hey! I’m a guy, I’m allowed to look.

“Dori, you look great,” I walked over to her giving her an awkward hug. She smiled back at me and took my hand proudly as we walked out of the Common Room. It was pretty silent trip to Hogsmeade as she kept fidgeting and I just couldn’t take my eyes off of her.

“You’re really silent,” she said after a while with amusement in her voice.

“I was just thinking you look so different,” I replied honestly and a smile twisted onto her face.

“Lily’s top, Alice’s skirt and Hestia’s shoes,” she laughed doing a little twirl. “I was planning to come in my usual Hogsmeade clothes but they said no. if you are going on a date Dorcas, you’ll have to do it properly.” she said the last bit in a fake old woman accent and I curled up with laughter.

“When did you tell your friends,” I enquired casually.

“I went home and told them the night we kissed,” she confided leaning in closer to me. I took that opportunity to steal a kiss and she responded eagerly and it wasn’t long before we were stopping traffic as such.

We went all around the shops after that, picking out stuff we would buy with a million galleons. I was constantly on edge that Sirius and James would find us especially in Zonkos but they didn’t and it was with a sigh of relief we settled into a table at the back of the Three Broomsticks.

She leant in and kissed me again and I clasped her tightly. I never knew you could feel this way about someone you don’t really know. She’s smart and funny and I think only a small amount of people know that and I’m blessed to be one of them. Believe me when I say I’m captivated by her in every single way.

“Thanks for asking me to Hogsmeade,” she said shyly and I grinned at her.

“No problem, thanks for going with me to Hogsmeade,” I replied.

“You know I was worried that when you told James and Sirius that they would go off on one about how you are dating the enemy but you obviously stood up to them. I think that’s great.”

I squirmed uncomfortably under her touch as she said that. Let’s just say I’m a pretty bad liar. No, make that a rubbish liar.

“I know they haven’t accepted me yet,” she said with a sad smile, “They were yelling at me yesterday in the Great Hall but I just let it go at the moment. I don’t want them to yell at me but I’ll live with it.”

“Sirius doesn’t get over being humiliated very well,” I squeaked and she laughed.

“Well he shouldn’t have been such a git then should he? But then again, he wasn’t to know that I had problems.”

She was sat there in her seat twirling her hair around her finger. I could tell she wasn’t that comfortable in those clothes but she was seemed so sunny. It was different to what anyone was used to. You should have seen the looks we were getting walking around Hogsmeade, People couldn’t believe that Dorcas Meadows, the rebel of Gryffindor, was walking hand in hand with ME! I was on top of the world!

I took all my courage into my hands yet again, and kissed her on the lips again. She smiled against my lips kissing me back with surprising fervour.

“MOONY!” We broke apart to see James, Sirius and Peter stood there in front of us, their expression at first, quite happy, but then it turned to shock and in Sirius’ case disbelief.

“Remus, what are you doing with Meadows?” Sirius asked and I mentally killed him. He could have played along but no, no , no , NO. I hate him so much at this point in time.

“When did you two start dating?” Peter piped up and she broke away from me. I could see it happening in slow motion as she stood up pushing the table out of the way. She ran from the pub at top speed and I put my head into my hands. I hate my life sometimes.

“Remus, you and Dorcas are going out?” Sirius stuttered, sliding down into the seat next to me. James and Peter followed suit and they were soon all looking at me with concern.

“Well not anymore,” I replied with a bitter tone.

“Why didn’t you tell us?” James asked.

I laughed dryly, “You don’t like her?”

“So?”

“So, I was worried about telling you,” I replied. Merlin, I am a loser.

“We don’t care,” James laughed, “You had a girlfriend Remus.”

“We’ve been waiting two years for you to get a girlfriend and now you get the feistiest chick in Gryffindor apart from Lily.” Sirius nodded his approval, “I don’t like her but that doesn’t mean you can’t.”

“Really?”

“Moony, Moony,” James interrupted me, “WE DON’T CARE! Sirius doesn’t get on with Lily either but does that stop me following her to the ends of the earth? NO!”

We were interrupted at this point by four very angry girls and a very confused guy and my head returned to my hands. Standing there was Alice, Hestia, Emmeline and Lily with Frank stood behind them.

“We want a word with you Lupin,” Lily said sitting down next to James. James looked like he was about to enter heaven but Lily ignored him. The girls all sat down with us squashing us A LOT as the seat was only meant for six and they faced me with angry eyes.

“WHY, WHY, WHY? Did we just meet Dorcas running out of here screaming that REMUS LUPIN IS A GIT!” Merlin, I cowered, Hestia can be scary when she wants to be.

“I didn’t tell the guys about her,” I said and they all shook their head at me, “WHAT?”

“She really likes you,” Alice replied.

“I like her.”

“THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL YOUR FRIENDS,” Emmeline yelled and the whole place went quiet. She turned round and said, “HELLO HOGSMEADE, YES I KNOW I’M WONDERFUL! I’M HERE FOR THIS WEEK ONLY.”

We all laughed at that and I turned to Hestia and Lily, “Will she talk to me?”

“No.”

“How do I make her talk to me?”

“You won’t be able to,”

“So she’ll always hate me,”

“Most probably,”

I stood up then lifted Lily off the seat and set her down, striding towards the castle. James and Sirius had followed me and it was then I realised the whole time during that exchange the guys hadn’t said a word. Frank and Peter were following them and I was touched that he would leave his date for me. We didn’t use to be that close but we’re really good friends now.

I stopped short just before the castle and turned to my friends. “How can I get her back?”

“Charge down her dormitory door and ride in on a white horse,” Sirius suggested and we all laughed.

“Write her a note,” Peter squeaked.

“Talk to her normally perhaps?” Frank was always the rational one of the group when I was having an irrational moment. Even though that’s what I would normally suggest, I knew it caused for drastic measures.

“Fly up to her dormitory and tell her how you feel,” James grinned and I nodded at him. I don’t like flying, no scratch that, I HATE flying with a passion but I would do it for Dorcas.

“But how do we know she’s there?” I asked stupidly and James waved a piece of parchment under my nose. I grabbed it off him and whispered.

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good,” and the map appeared before my very eyes. I was very proud of this map and I scanned it to see where she was.

“She’s in the bedroom,” I said quickly and we sprinted around the broom cupboard. I was going for one of the old school brooms but James stopped me.

“Have this,” he said handing me his broom, his precious Nimbus 1050. “I know you don’t like flying so it’s smoother than the school brooms.”

“Are you sure?” I asked and he nodded.

“But don’t hurt it,” he said with worried eyes.

“I promise.”

I mounted the broom with trepidation the map closed on my fingers tightly. I was having a nightmare here as I rose into the air.

“TELL HER YOU’RE SORRY!” Frank yelled.

“TELL HER SHE’S SPECIAL!” Peter screamed.

“TELL HER SHE’S HOT WHEN SHE TRIES!” Sirius shouted and I flew away from them into the air. It was only a short distance from the Quidditch Pitch to the girls’ dormitory but it seemed like forever. I also had forgotten to take into account the fact that it was a lot higher than I had ever been before on a broom.

I made it though hovering by window, I knocked on it sheepishly and she appeared opening it slightly.

“Can I help you?”

“I’m sorry,” I stuttered, “I should have told Sirius and James from the very start but I didn’t and I’m an idiot.”

“So?”

“I’m sorry, I really like you because you are like nobody I have ever met before,” I burbled, “Just the thought of you makes me smile.”

“Really?” she looked at me shyly and I nodded furiously. That was a bit of a stupid mistake and I tipped the broom. She still hadn’t let me in and I was slipping and sliding on the broom. James always said that a broom can tell if you have no confidence and this broom could read me like an open book.

“I like you Dori; will you be my girlfriend properly?”

“I don’t know,” she answered sullenly and I took my hands off of the broom to kiss her. It was a short but sweet kiss and we broke apart because I felt like I was falling. However, that could have been because I was.

Dorcas was getting smaller and smaller and wait there was a broom hovering up there next to her window. I was falling; I shut my eyes and braced myself for the pain as I saw the ground get closer. I heard the crack as I fell but the grass was suddenly softer than it had been for a while and I touched it gingerly. It was like a mattress but a grass covered mattress and I turned to Sirius who winked at me.

“Thanks,” I muttered but that was all I got to say as a very pretty girl threw herself at me.

“Oh Remy, Remy, you’re okay.”

“GET OFF MY BOYFRIEND!” I heard Dorcas yell and the blonde that had thrown herself at me scrambled off me quickly. Dorcas said something very short and very sharp to the girl. I made to stand up shakily but Dorcas pushed me back down kissing me as she did.

“I’ll be your girlfriend,” she said softly and I pulled her down to kiss her again. When we pulled apart they were all watching us as we stood up [I was feeling very shaky] and walked hand in hand back to the Gryffindor Common Room. I could hear the whispers but the sweetest one of all was the truth.

A/N - Please review, I really loved writing that chapter :] Just to clear a few things up, that blonde girl is just a random OC designed to anger Dorcas!

18/03/07 - Chapter Edited!

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