Confrontations and One Broken Watch
They had gotten up early to get down to the train by eight, Sirius had of course, like everyone had expected, not packed until that morning. Everyone had left without him, saying that if he didn’t make it then it wasn’t their fault and they weren’t going to end up at staying at school if they didn’t have to. He had made it just in time, quickly jumping onto the train and locating their compartment.
Remus had sat next to the window, looking at the scenery, the bear trees and frozen ground. Snow still had to yet make an appearance, it was technically not winter yet, but snow always fell before it was officially winter. Hermione sat next to him and Sirius next to her, Lily, James and Peter occupied the seat across from them.
For first hour or so they talked about when they would meet, but couldn’t decide since none of them knew what their parents would agree to. They eventually gave up, deciding to owl each other. Now all of them were sound asleep. They had been for nearly four hours, if they woke up, they shifted and fell back asleep, there was, after all nothing better to do.
Sirius was leaning against the side of the compartment, with Hermione fast asleep on his shoulder, Remus was spread out on the rest of the seat, his legs brought up to his chest and his head on Hermione’s lap, her left hand was draped loosely over his upper arm. Lily and James were laying together on the opposite seat, James had his arm around Lily’s waist, and Peter was on the floor. He had found more luck on the floor, finding he could spread out, and when Hermione had noticed he was asleep she conjured up a pillow for him.
Remus shifted and rolled his shoulders. He buried his face further into Hermione’s lap, not wanting to wake up. He tried to stretch his legs, and pain shot through both of them, just as he was about to sit up the compartment door slid open and there stood the witch with the snack car. “Anyth- oh. Terribly sorry.” She said as Remus lifted his head up, looking at her groggily. “I’ll come back later, once you’re all awake.” She said and he nodded and sat up, he needed to straighten out his legs.
When he sat up, Hermione shifted a little, lifting her head, her eyes blinked open and she looked at him, bringing her hand up to rub her neck, wincing. She shivered a little, “Cold?” He asked and she nodded, rubbing her arms. “C’mere.” He said, lifting his arm and she moved into his embrace, and rubbed her arm. “Here lay down, your neck probably hurts from sleeping like that.” He whispered and she yawned and nodded, laying down and placing her head in his lap. He lifted her hair and gently rubbed her neck, he was about to talk to her again but she had fallen back asleep.
Remus gently shook Hermione awake and she looked up at him. “We’re almost to the station.” He said quietly and she nodded, sitting up and rubbing her eyes.
”Did we really all sleep for that long?” She asked, looking around and realized that everyone was fast asleep still.
”Yeah, we all must have been pretty tired.” He said stretching his arms out and standing up. “I’ll get these guys, you wake up Padfoot.” Remus said, moving to crouch next to Peter.
”Oh sure, leave me with the hardest one to wake up.” She said, grinning at him as he looked at her over his shoulder. She turned, and scooted closer to Sirius. She reached over and nudged his shoulder. He didn’t move. She sighed, and moved closer. “Sirius, wake up.” She said flatly, nudging his arm harder. “Sirius…We’re almost at the station.” She said, and he moved a little but didn’t wake up. “Sirius!” She said becoming frustrated, then she found his arms around her and her face pressed against his chest, he was holding her tightly. “Sirius…” She said, her words muffled by his sweater. She squirmed but he only held on tighter.
”Just five more minutes.” He murmured nuzzling her hair, and then he suddenly let go of her and let out a yelp. “Ouch! What was that for?” He cried and rubbed his head, Hermione looked up to see Remus standing there, his arms crossed, a book in his hand. “Ok sorry, I was just teasing.” Sirius mumbled, and glared at James who was snickering from behind Remus.
Hermione stood in the doorway of the compartment, her bag at her side, Remus had gone off to get their trunks with James, Sirius and Peter. Lily had gone off to talk quickly with the girls. So she was left alone to grab her and Remus’ things that they brought with them. Hermione looked back and something caught her eye, she frowned and moved towards it. She bent down and quickly picked it up, it was Remus’ pocket watch. She quickly tucked it into her bag. She walked down the steps and stopped on the last one, looking around the platform. Parents were greeting their children with hugs and kisses, her gut lurched at the thought. She shook her head, trying to get thoughts from her head.
She looked down the platform and spotted Remus, lifting her trunk onto a trolley next to his. She smiled and called to him. “Remus!” He looked up and grinned at her, and opened his arms, and she ran to him, he picked her up and spun her around, bringing her close to him.
”Hello there love.” He whispered, causing her to blush.
”Hi,” She said shyly. He chuckled and kissed her nose, causing her to blush more. “Oh, before I forget. Here.” She said reaching into her bag to grab his watch. She held it out to him and he moved away to glance at it.
”Oh,” he said, quickly lifting his shirt to check the loop on his jeans. “I must not have hooked it on correctly. Thank you, I don’t know what I would do if I los-“ He said, and took it into his hand, when someone from behind Hermione spoke hoarsely.
”Remus?” a woman whispered. Hermione looked up to watch Remus’ face go from relief to complete shock. Then a crack was heard, and she looked down to see that he had dropped the watch, the one thing that kept him linked to his brother, and now it was broken. Hermione turned around to see who had caused Remus to become so rigid, surely it wasn’t his mother.
She turned and she went completely still as well. It was his sister. That first year Freya’s mother. “Cameron what are you doing?” A young man from behind her said. He looked roughly around the same age as the woman. Hermione guessed it was her husband, the one she had left with. Hermione realized that Freya was standing behind him, her fingers clutching his coat as she peaked out from behind him. In his arms was a small curly blonde haired boy, just a toddler and clutching to his right leg was another small child, a young girl, with dark brown locks. The man’s gaze moved to hers and his eyes widened, and now she knew why he was so familiar, he had been at the meeting, he was in the Order.
Cameron moved forward and Remus put his arm around Hermione and moved her to the side, still staring at his older sister. His gaze was not that of shock anymore, but anger. Cameron reached a hand out to touch his cheek and he stepped back, “Don’t touch me.” He whispered harshly. Cameron’s hand hung in the air, and Hermione watched as her lips quivered.
”I’m sorry.” She whispered, dropping her hand to her side and lowering her hand. Hermione looked to see Lily, James, Sirius and Peter watching from across the way. James seemed to be holding Sirius back, she didn’t need to wonder why.
”I have nothing to say to you.” Remus said quietly, she felt his grip tighten on her sweater.
”Remus stop it!” Hermione whispered, and he shot her a glare and she immediately moved away from him. “Why are you acting like this, she’s your sister for Merlin’s sake!” Remus’ gaze was on her, staring at her coldly. “Just accept her apology already, can’t you see she’s hurting.” Hermione whispered and he looked back at Cameron, who was staring at Hermione, her eyes tearing up. “It’s been nearly fourteen years Remus, you can’t hold a grudge forever.” She whispered, grabbing desperately at his sweater.
The look in Remus’ eyes changed and he licked his lips nervously. “I’m sorry big sister.” He said, using the name he used to call her when he was a child, Cameron then burst into tears and hugged him tightly, he moved his hands around her in an awkward sort of hug. Hermione looked to Freya who was still behind her father a grin plastered to her face. She looked at Hermione and winked, and Hermione bowed her head and gave a small grin back. The two of them pulled away, and Cameron rubbed away her tears.
”I know it’s hard, but I’d like to owl you from time to time and catch up.” She whispered, and Remus nodded.
”I’d like that. But what about mum-“ He said and she shook her head.
”Not yet, I’m not ready to face them yet, they probably hate me anyway.” She said and Remus frowned.
”No they don’t, they actually fight sometimes, and mum always brings up you leaving to win, and it works, after she mentions you he leaves with this look in his eyes…” Remus said trailing off quietly.
Cameron smiled and shook her head, “Well, I’m not ready yet. But we should get going, I see your friends are waiting. Oh, before we leave, I’d like to your name.” She said turning to Hermione.
”Hermione, my name is Hermione.” She said smiling at Cameron.
”It’s very nice to meet you Hermione, thank you very much. “She said smiling and turned away to her husband and picked up her son on the ground.
”Wait.” Remus called, going after her, Cameron turned around, “Can I at least know their names.” He whispered, looking at the two small children.
”Of course. This is here is Morgan, she’s the middle, and that little boy in Chase’s arms is Logan, and you obviously know Freya.” She said and he nodded, lips curving into a general smile. “Well, have a Happy Christmas you two. Oh and Hermione watch over my baby brother.” She said they disappeared through the barrier moments later.
Hermione leaned down to pick up the broken pieces of the watch, but squatted down and swatted her hand away. She frowned. “Your mad.” She whispered and he glanced up at her.
”What? No, I don’t want you to get cut.” He said and carefully picked up the pieces, and Hermione was silent as she stood up, not believing him. “Look,” He said as he straightened up, being very careful with the pieces. “I’m not mad, really. What you said, it’s true. But I bet you I’m the one person that can hold a grudge for my entire life.” He said smiling at her.
”Don’t count on it.” She murmured and Remus then grabbed her chin with his free hand and lifted her head crushing his lips against hers.
”C’mon,” He murmured, pulling away, “They are staring at us.” He said, and turned towards the rest of the group. When they stepped up to them, Sirius seemed about to open his mouth and make a rude comment but Remus held up his free hand to silence him. “I really don’t want to talk about it Pads.” He said and Sirius closed his mouth, shooting Hermione a quick glance but nodded.
Hermione looked behind the four and saw that a short pudgy woman, who Peter resembled. “Sorry,” Remus murmured. “Didn’t mean to make your mum wait Peter,” Remus said with a guilty tone.
”It’s alright,” Peter said. “Well I should get going, or she’ll have a fit. So you guys will owl me then?” He said and all of them nodded.
”Bye Peter, have a Happy Christmas.” Hermione said and waved to him as he turned and walked away, raising his hand to wave as he turned.
”See ya Pete!” James called and Sirius turned to wave to him.
”Have a Happy Christmas mate!” Sirius yelled after him and he turned back around. Then all of a sudden a woman came up behind him and grabbed his ear. “OW! Ow! Bloody Hell!” He said, and Hermione was shocked, but then James started laughing and the woman spoke.
”Sirius Black!” The woman said as Sirius squirmed trying to get out of her grip.
”May, let go of him before you rip the boy’s ear off.” A tall man said, coming up behind the woman.
She let go of Sirius and he rubbed his ear. “What’d I do!” He said, and the woman crossed her arms.
”Your hair. Look at it!” She said crossly, Hermione realized these were James’ parents, he looked exactly like the older man. They were old, both of them. Well older, Remus had mentioned that to her. James’ father was tall, still in good health, his dark hair graying slightly at the sides, and he had brown eyes. James’ mother on the other hand was shorter, a bit plump, with graying brown hair and blue eyes. She reminded Hermione of Mrs. Weasley, with the way she was making a fuss over Sirius.
”Wha-? I fell asleep, so it’s messy.” He said flushing and running his hands through it.
”She means the length Padfoot.” Remus muttered from where he was grabbing something out of his trunk, Hermione side glanced and realized he was placing his broken watch in a safe place.
”Oh.” Sirius muttered, dropping his hand to his side.
”I’m going to cut it as soon as we get home.” She said, and gently brushed a gawking Sirius aside to look at her son. “James!” She said, wrapping her arms around him, he made a noise as she hugged him and glared in Lily’s direction, who was quietly laughing.
Mrs. Potter pulled away and turned towards Lily smiling. “Lily, it’s very nice to see you, I’m glad you’ll be coming with us.” She said hugging Lily, and she looked over at Remus, who was still at his trunk. “Remus? Is everything alright?” She asked softly.
”Hmm, oh yes. I just broke my watch, putting all the pieces safely away.” He said and stood up to smile at Mrs. Potter, and closed his trunk. “It’s good to see you Mrs. Potter.” He said, moving to hug her, and Hermione realized that she was so much like Mrs. Weasley, a mother to all.
”You too dear. You’ll of course be coming over during the holiday wont you?” She said and he glanced at Hermione, who looked away taking interest the other families greeting their children. She didn’t hear his answer but then arms were around her and her eyes widened at first. “You must be Hermione.” Mrs. Potter said, pulling away. “What a lovely name. I’m May Potter, and this is my husband Jacob.” She said motioning to Jacob who smiled and raised his right hand in greeting.
”Thank you.” She managed to get out with a smile. “It’s very nice to meet you both.” She whispered.
”Well, we look forward to seeing you both during holiday. I understand your staying with Remus’ family?” She said and Hermione nodded.
”Yes, that’s correct,” She said, and bit her lip nervously.
”Well, May, C’mon. We’d best be off, or we’ll miss our portkey.” Mr. Potter said from behind them and Mrs. Potter nodded and moved away.
”Yes, of course. James, grab the trolley lets go.” She said, “See you both soon.” She said to Hermione and Remus who nodded and they both smiled back as she turned away and walked off slowly with her husband.
Lily gave each of them a quick hug and James and Sirius each patted Remus on the back and hugged Hermione. Sirius planted a kiss on her cheek, and looked back to Remus, “How long until your parents get here?” he asked, and Hermione realized that they were in fact not there, well, she assumed since no one came up to them yet, she didn’t exactly know what they looked like.
”Don’t know, probably got a late start, it’s a fairly long drive, mum insists on doing it the muggle way.” Remus said sighing and James called to Sirius who waved over his shoulder to say he was coming.
”Alright, owl us when you get home so we know you got home alright.” Sirius said and turned and started walking and called over his shoulder, “Have fun!” and he gave them a wink and ran off in the direction of Lily and James’ family.
”Bye!” Hermione called and Remus reached for their trolley, and led her to a bench where they both sat down.
”I’m sorry they are late.” He said quietly and Hermione shrugged and took his hand. “Mum was probably making sure everything was clean and neat for when you get there, she most likely forgot to do something, or didn’t think it was clean enough and they left late.”
”Don’t be sorry,” She said, laughing softly as she rested her hand on his shoulder and he sighed and places his head on top of hers.
”She’s a neat freak when it comes to company, plus I think she’s nervous.” Hermione was about to ask why when he spoke up again and she remained quiet. “You’re my first girlfriend,” and in a quieter tone he added softly, “And therefore the last one.” She squeezed his hand tightly and he smiled into her hair.
They sat in silence for a few moments when something brushed against Hermione’s leg. She opened her eyes and looked down to see a multi-colored cat rubbing against her legs. She smiled and pulled way from Remus to pick up the cat. “Hello there.” She said quietly, bringing the cat up into her lap, she gently scratched behind the cat’s ears. The cat stood up, placing her paws on Hermione’s chest and rubbed against her face, purring. Hermione laughed softly and Remus watched the cat out of the corner of it’s eye. It wasn’t scared of him, which was unusual, most cats saw him and either hissed or ran away.
He watched as it stopped rubbing against Hermione and looked at him, she leaned over and mewed at him, and head butted his chin. He was surprised at first, but smiled when Hermione laughed. He carefully rubbed the cat’s head and moved to behind it’s ears, she was purring loudly now, and then suddenly she fell into their laps and laid there on her looking up at both of them. Hermione’s fingers moved to rub her stomach and the cat’s tail swished as she lifted her head and began to lick Hermione’s hand. “She’s adorable, I wonder if she belongs to anyone.” She said quietly as the cat still licked at her hand.
Then the train’s whistle blew, scaring the cat who jumped up and off their laps, and dashed away. Hermione watched the cat go sadly. “What’s wrong?” Remus asked quietly and Hermione looked up at him sadly.
”I miss Crookshanks.” She whispered and looked down.
”Who?” He asked, curious.
”You have a cat?” he sounded surprised and she nodded, “oh, right.” Remus said lamely, almost forgetting she was from the future.
”You don’t really like cats do you?” She said quietly, leaning back against the bench.
”Well, I wouldn’t say I don’t like them, I would say that they don’t like me very much.” He said, putting his arm around her shoulders.
”That cat didn’t seem to have a problem with you.” She said and he nodded.
”No, she didn’t, she wasn’t scared at all.” Remus said quietly. “So what was your cat like?”
”To tell you the truth I really have no clue what kind of cat he is, he’s a mixed breed, half Kneazle, that’s what the witch in the store told me anyway. He’s smart like one too, and he’s a long-haired-ginger cat, with stripped legs. He’s a great pet I miss him a lot. He’d come in my bed and either sleep next to me, or at the foot of my bed.”
”Well you have me now to keep you company in bed.” Remus teased and Hermione elbowed him in the ribs.
”If you’re sleeping anywhere in my room, it’s on the floor in a body bind.” She said with a grin. Remus pretended to look horrified.
”Right,” He said quickly, “I’ll remember that.” Then he straightened up quickly, removing his arm from around Hermione and she looked up to see two people walking towards them. Both were fairly tall, and young looking. They walked to them and Remus stood up, and the woman hugged him.
She had dark brown hair, and blue eyes, taller than Hermione was, but shorter than Remus, Hermione realized, standing quickly that these people were his parents. She thought back to Cameron and realized that they must have been very young when they had Cameron, because she was so much older than Remus, and his parents seemed only to be in their late forties, early fifties at that, but for a wizard and witch, they were still very young. James’ parents had seemed to be in their sixties at the very least.
The man was tall, taller than Remus was and she wondered if he would still grow, he had light blonde curly hair, and bright green eyes, and he and Remus looked so much alike. He looked in her direction and smiled and she blushed, surprised by his glance. He shook hands with Remus after he pulled away from hugging his mother.
”Mum, Dad, this is Hermione.” Remus said, turning to take her hand, she moved up next to him and smiled shyly at the Lupins.
”Hello, Hermione.” Mrs. Lupin said, and reached to hug her, she noted that she was getting a lot of hugs today. “We’ve heard so much about you, haven’t we Jonathan.” Mrs. Lupin said pulling away form Hermione and smiling.
”Yes we have.” Jonathan said and extended his hand, which Hermione shook with a smile. “It’s very nice to meet you Hermione.”
”You to Mr. Lupin.” Hermione said quietly.
”Well, how about we get lunch and then head home. It’s a long drive and I’m afraid Sarah and I did no eat breakfast this morning.” He said and Hermione received a look from Remus saying ‘I told you so’. She nodded.
”Sure, that would be fine.” Remus said, “But let’s get our trunks into the car first.” He said moving over to their trolley. His father nodded and they all stepped through the barrier, Remus taking her hand before he stepped through.
Next chapter will be rated R. The rating will be changed when I submit it. So you're getting the warning now. It will be rated for sexual contant.
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