Chapter 6

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I fell through the fireplace of our old, creaky home. I jumped up and brushed myself off. Remus had already begun making sandwiches for lunch, even though it was only ten o'clock.

I ran upstairs and to my room. I threw my bag down on my bed and started unpacking. I put everything away and I was too impatient to wait to start packing for Hogwarts. I looked around my room for my school supplies, but could only find my books. I remembered that Remus had gotten my things.

"Remus!" I shouted down the stairs. "Where's my school things?"

"In my bag!" Remus shouted up.

"Where's your bag?!"

"Downstairs on the table!"

I sighed and rolled my eyes. I left my room and went down the stairs. I found Remus's bag downstairs on the table and grabbed my school things. It was a large stack and I struggled to pick it up. Remus turned around and asked. "Do you need help?"

"No, I think I've got it." I said, trying to keep the stack up.

"Are you sure? You look like you're struggling."

"I'm fine. I've got it." I said, then tripping on the rug and dropping my things.

I looked up at Remus and he laughed. "Do you want my help now?" He asked.

"Yes, I'd like your help." I said angrily. Remus helped me up and we carried my supplies up to my room and set them on my bed.

"You seem eager to pack. What's the rush?" Remus asked me.

"Well, I'm excited for Hogwarts." I said. "This year's going to be different. I finally have friends. Dad's out of Azkaban and we can find him."

Remus was quiet for a minute. I looked at him funny and asked. "What's wrong?"

"Iris, I know this is going to anger you, but I'm like the others. I think that your father has killed Peter Pettigrew and the twelve muggles."

"What?" I said, not believing my ears. "You really do?"

"Yes. I didn't want to tell you because I knew you would be mad. He looks mentally ill..."

"That's because he was falsely accused and was put in Azkaban for twelve years!" I said, becoming really angry.

"He's been like that years before I left them. I came to take you away from him to keep you safe."

"That's a lie! Dad would have never hurt me!"

"You have no idea if he would or not! For all you know he would have killed you if I wouldn't have come to take you away."

"My father loved me! He probably doesn't even know who I am anymore." I said, plopping on my bed. Tears fell down my face as Remus tried to sit next to me. I shot up and said. "Get out."

"Iris, please listen." Remus said.

"No. I said get out." I said, loosing my patience.

"Just let me explain."

"I said get out!" I shouted, pointing at the door. Remus nodded and left the room. My eyes felt glassy and I again plopped down on my bed. I couldn't believe that the man who had raised me since I was one didn't even believe my father.

I buried my face in my pillow and cried. I got so mad and sat up. I wiped my tears off my face and heard the door open. I grabbed my pillow and threw it at my door, just missing Remus.

"What do you want." I said. Remus had two plates with a sandwich on it.

"I brought you lunch." Remus said. He walked over to my bed and sat down. He handed me a plate and I took it.

"I'm really sorry." He said. I looked at my sandwich and picked it up. I took a bite and looked at Remus. It was a grilled cheese, my favorite. I grinned with a full mouth and he laughed.

"It's alright." I said, once I had swallowed. "I guess I just need to respect your opinion."

"Now, let's just eat and not talk about this." Remus said, shoving half the sandwich in his mouth. I laughed as he filled his cheeks with sandwich.

"You're disgusting." I said through laughter. We ate and talked, not even remembering what had just happened.

...

It was late at night and I hadn't packed, nor was I close to falling asleep. Remus and I spent the whole rest of the day together messing around. I was lying on my bed, reading an old muggle book called Peter Pan when Remus walked in.

"You should go to sleep. School is starting soon and you need to be well rested and getting used to going to bed early."He said.

"With as much homework Professor Snape gives, I probably won't get sleep. I should keep reading and get used to being up until midnight."

"Fine, I'll give you fifteen more minutes, but then it's lights out." Remus said, walking out.

I read for what felt like ten seconds and Remus came back.

"It's been fifteen minutes. Time to go to sleep." He said.

"Fine." I said, putting my book down. I pulled the covers up to my shoulders and Remus sat down near the top of my bed. He kissed my forehead like he was my real father. I remembered when I told Fred the truth, and I panicked. I quickly calmed down, not wanting to give my secret away.

"Goodnight." Remus said, standing up. "Goodnight." I said, shifting around to get comfortable. I turned to look out my window. The stars shown bright and I was surprisingly happy. I fell asleep quickly and without a second thought.

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