Chapter 5

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It was two days and Remus still wasn't back. I became really scared and worried. Mrs. Weasley made sure I was taken care of, but nothing she did to help me feel better worked. I was worried about Remus not coming back at all. I would have to hide my identity forever, and I couldn't do that.

It was becoming dark on the third day Remus was gone, and he still wasn't back. I sat at a table with Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I looked out the nearest window and saw it was almost pitch black.

"I can't believe my dad isn't back yet." I said, looking at Hermione.

"I haven't seen him all day." Hermione said. "It can't take this long to buy school supplies."

"I'm getting worried. Maybe I should wait for him outside." I said, trying to stand up, but Harry sat me back down.

"It's too dark outside, something could happen." He said.

"I'm just worried about R-" I said, stopping myself. "My dad."

"He'll show up, trust me." Hermione said. "Well, I'm going to bed since I'm leaving tomorrow morning, so goodnight." She stood up and went up the stairs.

"I'm going to bed too. Maybe when I wake up, dad'll be back." I said. Calling Remus dad was driving me mad. I went up to my room and slammed the door shut. I walked to the nearest wall and slammed my hands against it. I turned and slid down the wall. I looked out the window and saw the moon shining bright. I stood up and stared at it. I stood up and walked over to the window and sat in the windowsill. I realized why Remus wasn't back. It was a full moon, and Remus is a werewolf.

I leaned back and rested on the sill. I looked out the window and slowly closed my eyes. I tried to sleep, but I couldn't.

There was a howl from outside. I shot away and looked out the window. I saw a shadow of a man, a werewolf, was in the distance in Diagon Alley. I felt horrible since I could do nothing. I again leaned back and this time, I fell asleep.

                                   ...

It was dark, the moon was full. I was three years old. I was in the woods with Remus, and something strange was about to happen. Remus all of a sudden fell to the ground.

"Iris, run." He said. I hesitated, but then I took of running as fast as I could. I had no idea what was going on, or where I was running too. I looked back and saw a man stand up. He was much larger than Remus, and looked more wolf-like. The man howled and I tripped over a tree root.

I fell and a twig snapped under me. The wolf-man looked over at me, and slowly started walking towards me. I jumped up and ran. The wolf-man started running after me. I ran as fast as I could, but he was faster. I again tripped over a root and  fell. I tried to crawl away as fast as I could, but I was picked up by Remus as a wolf. I screamed as I was swept off my feet.

A witch ran into the woods and drew her wand. "Remus! Let go of Iris! Drop her immediately." She said. She kept walking towards us, and Remus dropped me. I screamed as I fell, and the witch walked towards Remus as I ran off.

It went to my father, he was hiding in a dark cave. He hid deep in the cave, hiding from the dementors. It was cold, Dad was shivering. A light was in the entrance of the cave. Dad ran back farther in the cave. Ministry workers entered the cave...

I shot awake, sweat dripping down my face. It was morning and the sun was shining bright in my room. There was a knock on my door. I stood up and fixed my hair in the mirror. I opened the door and saw Remus standing in the door, perfectly ok. I hugged him tightly. When I let go, I said. "I was worried sick!"

"I'm alright." Remus said. "Get your things, we need to leave, now."

"What? Why?" I asked.

"Your father has been spotted nearby. It's to dangerous to be here. If someone finds him, and you're here, they can find out about you. We need to leave."

I nodded, then went to packing. I was scared that Dad was going to get caught and put back in Azkaban. I threw everything in my bag and put it on.

"Wait, did you get my things?" I asked. Remus turned and looked at me. "Yeah, their in my room. Don't worry about that, just get downstairs. I'll meet you down in ten minutes." He said. I nodded and went downstairs.

Hermione was saying her goodbyes to Ron and Harry as I walked down the stairs. I dropped my bag on the table and they all looked at me.

"Why do you have your bag?" Ron asked. "Are you leaving?"

"Yeah, Dad wants to head home." I said.

"Well, at least I'm not the only one leaving." Hermione said.

"I've still got ten minutes. Dad needs to pack his things." I said.

"Oh, about that. What happened?" Harry asked. "I heard he came back this morning. He was gone all night."

"Oh, he hasn't told me." I said, lying straight through my teeth. There were a lot of stuff I couldn't tell them.

"Well, I have to leave. Bye." Hermione said. I hugged her, then let go. She hugged the others and waved goodbye to us as she left out the front door.

I looked over at Ron as he stared at the door. He looked at me and I grinned at him. He shot me a look of anger and I laughed.

Shortly after Remus came down the stairs. He looked around and saw me, Ron, and Harry in a corner.

"Rhea, it's time to go." Remus said, walking over. I nodded and grabbed my bag. I put it on my shoulder and hugged Ron. He hugged me tight and I smiled. We let go and I said. "It was nice getting to know you."

I looked at Harry and hugged him. "It was nice getting to know you too." I said.

"Rhea, let's go." Remus said. I rolled my eyes and smiled as I walked with Remus towards the fireplace.

"Bye! I'll see you at Hogwarts." I said, waving bye to them. Remus grabbed Floo Powder from a pot next to the dirty, empty fireplace. He stepped in to the fireplace and said. "Lupin Cottage!"

A green fire engulfed Remus and he disappeared. I looked at Harry and Ron. I smiled and grabbed some Floo Powder and stepped into the fireplace.

"Lupin Cottage!" I said, throwing the powder down. I was taken by green flames and I left the Leaky Cauldron.

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