Summary: As one family struggles to come together, another is torn further apart.
Main Pairing: RL/OC
Story Rating: Hard R or NC-17 (depending on your own views)
Chapter title: Chatper 24
Chapter Rating: R for language and violence
As soon as dinner was over Dannie followed Madame’ Pomphrey across the grounds to the old tree then stood back as she watched her as she hit part of the roots with a stick and the base opened up. “Well down you go.”
“He never brought you here?” Poppy asked and Dannie shook her head. “Well no there’s no time to give you the grand tour. At the other end there will be a passage to the old shrieking shack.”
“But what about the cave? We usually go….”
“That was fine before but since you haven’t taken the potion then we have to take every precaution there is. So down you go.” she stated as she roughly directed the younger woman into the tunnel. Dannie glanced down the tunnel as the only light was small beams that were able to break through the ground. She then turned and noticed the entrance close up as the sky disappeared.
As she started through the tunnel she saw the little bit of light slowly fade away and as it grew darker she started stumbling over roots that were sticking up from the floor until she finally fell to her hands and knees. She held out her arms and moved them around as she tried feeling for the wall but when she finally felt one she noticed the light slowly making its way back in. She moved slowly trying her best to stay out of reach but the further she went the more they seemed to be searching her out until one finally reached her. As Dannie’s legs were the first to give out as she clawed her fingers into the dirt wall trying to prepare herself for the pain she knew was soon to come. The soft wall easily gave way as she slid down feeling her bones twist and turn causing her cries of agony to turn into a mournful howl.
Angel then laid on the ground refusing to move as she tried to gather her senses and figure out where she was. Where are we? she asked but nobody answered. WHERE ARE YOU? she started panicking as no response came and she quickly realized for the first time in her life she was actually alone. Not only was she alone but as she roamed back and forth through the tunnel finding no exits it seemed as she had been buried alive so she laid back down and started letting out a loud mournful howl.
Remus walked around to the back entrance of the small shop when he found his guardian on the patio doodling. He started to head inside to his room when Grandfather pointed at the chair across from him to sit down in. “Your mate came by looking for you earlier.”
“I know I saw her.” Remus quietly replied.
The old man kept his eyes on the paper as he continued. “Do you mind telling me what’s wrong or are you gonna just sit there lookin as if you just ate your best friend?”
“Just thinking of something she said.”
“About you not trustin her?”
“Do you?” Grandfather asked.
“Of coarse I do. It’s just…”
“She knows things you don’t remember.” he stated then out of the corner of his eye he saw Remus nod. “Have you tried askin him?”
“Your other half boy. You two have lived the majority of your lives together but have you ever tried to talk to each other without trying to torment yourselves?”
“No. Besides this is something that happened during the day so he wouldn’t know anything about it.”
Grandfather shook his head “Still so much to learn.”
“You keep saying that. Are you the one who’s suppose to teach me?”
“Then what are you doing here?”
Starting to grow frustrated with the old man’s answers Remus stood up and started to go inside when Grandfather tossed the sketch pad onto the table between them. “Sit down. I’m not done with you.” he commanded.
Remus then looked at the old man as he nodded towards the pad so he picked it up as he sat down. He recognized his childhood friends in their animagus forms in the top corner as he ran his finger over the white tiger “Lily” he whispered. He then continued to look at the other side where he recognized the brown wolf at the bottom of a tree with a raven above her and surrounded by two coyotes, a red fox, otter, and spider monkey throwing things at something he couldn’t recognize. “What is that?”
“That’s a gila monster. I never said I was an artist.” the old man replied. Remus continued to look at the page and when he reached the centre he ran his thumb over the black and silver female lying at the base of a dead tree and he was about to ask what the thing was that was next to her when her words he wasn’t suppose to hear ran through his head deformed stub-tailed golem with fangs. “I take it by that look on your face that you’ve never seen him before.”
Remus shook his head “the pictures in the DADA books are so different. I thought he was…”
“Every culture has their own version or species just like there are many different kinds of house pets.”
“But how could she….with that?”
Grandfather reached over and took the pad away as he stated “I’m sure she looks in the mirror every day and wonders the same thing about you. “I’ve watched you and your friends throughout the years and she’s not exactly the type you would have gone after.”
“No she’s not.” he replied with a smirk “I don’t recall ever seeing you here back then.”
“I’m not surprised. There wasn’t much that took your nose outta a book except for a pair of long shapely legs and a small childless figure.” Grandfather then lifted his head as the summer breeze blew past before he turned back to Remus. “You don’t feel it do you?” he asked noticing the look of confusion on his face. “The time’s come, go inside and put on something cool and comfortable the come right back.”
“Time for what?”
“For you to learn boy. I knew it wouldn’t be long but I didn’t expect it to be this soon. Can’t you feel it?”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Grandfather stood up and pulled Remus out of the chair and towards the door. “Just move it.” As soon as the screen door closed behind him Remus watched the crazy old man walk out to the woods and he shook his head nutters then turned and headed for the small guest room.
As he lay on the bed lost in thought he was interrupted by a small knock at the door before a short girl around 19 yrs old with a baby in her arm opened it. “Grandfather’s waiting for you.” she stated before turning and leaving. Remus rose off the bed and looked out the door again when this time he saw a small structure next to the old man.
“If I were you I’d get it over and done with otherwise he’ll pester you forever.” Oliver stated. “I had to do it before he’d let Sarah and I join even though she was already pregnant.”
“What is it?” Remus asked.
“It’s a sweat.”
“But what’s it used for?”
“Whatever you need it for. Healing, regaining your balance, sometimes both. It mainly depends on the person.” Sarah replied.
“Don’t worry it’s not that bad at all as long as you relax. It’s truly something that you’ll never be able to forget even though you don’t share the experience.” Oliver stated as he and Sarah pushed Remus out the door and toward his guardian.
He walked around as he looked the small structure “How long do I have to stay in there?” he asked as he noticed the steam coming from the opening.
“Dunno. Everyone is different but you’ll know when you’re done.” Grandfather replied. “Now I thought I told you to put something cool on. You wear those robes in there and it’s off the hospital for you and then you’ll have to do it all over again.”
Remus shook his head “All I have are these.”
“Your at least wearing skivies right?” he asked as he glanced over at Oliver who was taking the baby from Sara’s arms.
“Good, strip down to them and hold out your arms.” Grandfather stated. Remus hesitated at first but still did as he was instructed and as soon as his arms were stretched out to his sides he noticed smoke was coming from behind him. Remus started to turn around but grandfather stopped him as Sarah walked around him fanning the smoke from the conk shell. “I need you to do your head.” she said and Remus watched as his guardian demonstrated by pulling the smoke toward his face then gathered some in his hands and swooped it over his head before he did the same. Grandfather then directed him into the small domelike structure before he entered.
Upon entering Remus looked around noticing it was made of tree branches tied together with tarps covering them to hold in the heat while in the centre was a hole in the ground filled with smoking rocks. When the old man entered he put the conk-shell in the corner and filled it with more sage. “You’re not going to be in here too are you?” Remus asked.
“No but I will be outside.” replied as he crawled toward the door. “If this is going to work you need to clear your head and relax.” he then closed the entrance and covered it with something to block out the light then a few moments Remus heard a steady drum beat from outside as he sat in the dark staring at the orange glow until he finally unknowingly drifted off.
He instantly woke to the sounds of someone crying and as he looked around he noticed he was no longer in the tent but in a forest he vaguely recognized from a very recent trip only it looked much different and the voice made his heart jump. “Mama they got two more of the cubs last night.”
“I know little one, I know.”
“I tried speakin to the elders to see if they’d allow us to put up a fence to keep the pack safe but they refused to listen. They said that someone like me has no right approaching the council and if I don’t watch myself and learn my proper place I would wind up like…” the voice stopped as soon as a twig snapped causing her to change instantly before running off into the shrubs. Remus felt himself continue to move toward the centre circle but stopped as something grabbed his leg with a snap and he howled out in pain before everything went hazy again.
“Hey sweetie, sorry I took so long but we’re short handed today. Have you decided what you want yet?” the short plump waitress asked.
“Just a cuppa tea please.”
“Sweet or unsweet?”
“Huh? Oh no, I’m sorry do you have any hot tea?”
“Well we don’t usually sell it but with the way you look I can tell you’ve had a rough night. I’m sure my cousin won’t mind me givin you some of that herbal stuff she keeps for hangovers. I’ll be right back.” she stated as she turned and walked away only to return a few moments later and set a plate of food in front of him. “I don’t know how good it is, I’ve never made the stuff before but if you don’t like it I can bring you some coffee instead. I also brought this for you since you look like you could use some meat on your bones.”
Remus reached in his pocket and pulled out some knuts and galleons “I’m sorry but I can’t afford that.” he stated as he looked up at her only now noticing the name ‘Jenny’ on her badge.
She just smiled “Don’t worry about it. I happen t know the owners quite well.” then she winked at him and walked away with more of a wiggle in her hips. Remus tried the food and quickly pushed the plate aside as he tried to wash it down with the tea but after a sip he pulled out what few muggle coins he had and placed them on the table before leaving.
Come sunrise Dannie woke up screaming in pain only to look around and find herself still in the tunnel, She then struggled to her feet and continued toward the end finding a trap door in the ceiling. As she started to climb upward when she heard a small voice. “There you is misses. Madame Pomphrey said to bring you breakfast and make sure you is ok. Winky is not finding you so Winky start getting scared.”
Dannie continued into the shack and tried to speak but her throat was too raw and sore so she just smiled and took the tray before finding a place against the wall to sit and eat.
“Young Miss asked Winky to ask you if ok she goes with Mister Harry today for celebration.” Dannie nodded again as she continued to eat. “Wonderful Miss be so happy. Winky let young miss know now.” The elf said before it disappeared with a pop. Once done eating Dannie slowly and painfully roamed around the shack the best she could as she looked for somewhere to lay down and rest.
As he once again made his way through the forest he heard a whisper through the trees. ‘I see you’ve returned’ he lifted his head and looked around for the voice. ‘We were both worried abut you. That was quite a nasty wound you got last night.’
“Who are you” he thought as he continued to sniff the ground.
‘Calm down. I mean you no harm. These are my woods and you’re welcome here as long as you wish.’
“I’m not like the others that live here”
‘Oh that we know very well, but neither is she. Continue down the path and you’ll find what your looking for.’
“How do you know what I’m looking for?”
‘I warn you though. You break her heart and you will truly miss out on the rest of your life.’
He turned and went the opposite way of the circle “Foolish spirit has no idea what I’m looking for.” Just as he finished his thought a strong wind came rushing through the trees and before he knew it a scent lured him back to the centre of the forest again where he found a jet black wolf sleeping at the base of a dead tree. As he moved closer she lifted her head and looked at him before looking at the tree.
‘Remember what I told you little one. Trust her and she won’t let you down. Let her free just this once tonight.’ The wolf rested her head on her paws as he slowly approached her then sniffed her before licking her snout causing her to leap forward and ran into the trees as he quickly chased after her.
The next morning he slowly woke from the pain of his transformation but this time it wasn’t as bad as it had always been before. He then felt something move next to him and as he looked at the entrance of the cave he saw a blurry figure of a woman standing outside the entrance as she stared at the sky. “Oh shit no” she said before she turned and glanced at him once again before running out of site.
Suddenly it was night again a he found himself drinking from a stream when he suddenly heard something. He lifted his head again this time looking down the bank toward a small tunnel when he noticed something move. He went back to lapping up the water as he kept a watchful eye on the bridge. Soon he sensed the female slowly step out from under the darkness when he immediately started running toward her. She quickly turned and ran as fast as she could as he gained on her until a door slammed in his face and he faintly heard her crying inside so he leaned back on his hind legs and started howling.
Once again everything changed but this time it was almost as if he was watching through a pensive as he stood back and watched himself at one of the tables.
“Dammit Angel, that’s the third time you’ve run to the bathroom this morning. If I didn’t know any better I’d think you were pregnant.” A voice said from the other side of the room.
“Don’t worry it’ll pass.”
“That’s what you said yesterday.”
“And it did pass after the third time.” Dannie spat as she made her way across the dinning room with Jenny close behind her.
“You’ve never been sick a day in your life and I know damn well you weren’t out drinking last night…” she replied as she grabbed Dannie’s arm causing her to drop the tray of dishes in her hands.
“What is it your sayin?” Dannie asked as she knelt down to pickup the broken pieces as someone came over and helped her with the mess and she looked at the man trying to remain as calm as possible as she took the large piece from him. “Thanks.” she stated then stood up and headed for the kitchen as fast as possible leaving him there staring at her in confusion.
“Have a seat sweetheart; I’ll have you something to eat in just a few minutes.” Jenny told him.
“Something about her seems familiar.”
“I’m sure she does. You probably saw the last time you were around.” Jennie replied as she walked after her cousin. As his younger self sat watching the kitchen Remus moved to stand outside the kitchen door listening “Tell me now. Are you pregnant?”
Dannie faked a laugh “Don’t be ridiculous. Who in their right mind on this res would want me for even one night?”
“Angel, it’s me, we tell each other everything. What’s wrong with you?” Jenny asked as Dannie sighed, “Oh my God it’s true. You are….How far?”
“Who is it? You weren’t raped by one of the hunters were you?”
“Trust me, I wasn’t raped. It’s no one you’d know.”
There was a few moments of silence when Jenny asked “How do you know I wouldn’t know him? I know a lot more people than you think I do.”
“He’s not from around here.”
“Well I know you haven’t’ gone on any trips and three months ago….wasn’t that around the time that the cubs were killed and you spent the night in the….Holy shit, You didn’t. Not with one of…”
“NO!” Dannie shouted “Not exactly.”
“What do you mean not exactly? You either did or didn’t.”
“He’s…how do I put this?” Dannie asked herself before continuing. “Yes we were both in wolf form but he’s really a man.”
“Angel, you know that’s not possible.”
Dannie started backing through the door with a tray of food as she replied “Yes it is. I saw him in the morning and he was a regular man.”
Jenny shook her head “It’s not that I don’t believe you it just the impossibility. You know there aren’t any male Shapeshifters.”
She paused and went back into the kitchen. “I’m not making this up.” she stated as he voice started to crack.
“Then where is he now. If he’s what you say he is then he has the same instincts as you. Why isn’t he here right now by your side?”
“I…I left before he woke up. I didn’t want to know how he would…”
Just then Remus saw Jack storm past him and into the kitchen as the sound of more crashing dishes fell to the floor. “You stay right there. Jenny out now.”
People started leaving the restaurant as quickly as possible as Jenny rushed out of the kitchen with a container of food and took it to Remus’ table. “You need to leave with everyone else. It’s going to get abit ugly around here.”
“Your friend is she going to be…”
“She’ll be fine.” Jenny said as she pulled him out of the booth and directed him to the door locking it behind him. Remus then found himself seated at the back of the building as he sat and listened watching what he could through the screen door.
“I have just one question. Who is the little sawed off bastard that made you buy this?” Jack shouted as he slammed the box to a pregnancy test on the counter.
“Who was it?”
“I don’t know!” she shouted back
“How in the hell don’t you know? You’re the one who fucked him.” he shouted but Dannie remained quiet. “I want a name!”
“I don’t know his name.” she replied quietly.
“Then what the hell does he look like?” Jack asked still not caring that his voice was echoing through the restaurant as Dannie wrapped her arms around her stomach and backed to the wall. “Dammit Angel you had to go into that forest and get yourself raped by one of them hunters. I told you I didn’t like you going out there. I don’t give a shit if the elders like it or not. I’m putting up an electric fence and maybe if those animals you care so much about fry then people will stay away.”
“NO!” Dannie shouted.
Jack then walked over to her and leaned down so their noses were almost toughing, “I thought you understood your mating laws. I was obviously mistaken. I just hope one day some man will want to marry someone as soiled as you and take you and that bastard off my hands once and for all.” Jack spat then he punched the wall next to her before storming from the building and drive off in his truck.
Once she heard the truck drive off she threw open the back door and started pacing back and forth a few times before leaning backwards against the building and sliding to the ground stretching her legs out in front of her. “It’s ok little one, it’s ok….calm down.” she said rubbing her stomach.
Remus watched as his younger self walked over to her and knelt down beside her then gently brushed the hair from her face “Are you alright? He didn’t harm you did he?” Dannie shook her head slowly keeping her eyes closed. She then felt something warm flow through her as he placed his hand over hers, “How far along?”
“Three months.” she replied as the pain started to subside.
”She’s going to be quite a feisty one but look just as lovely as her mum.’ he stated and Dannie seemed to be lost in thought “Although look a little like her father, maybe the eyes perhaps?”
“I hope so.” Dannie mumbled as she started to tremble.
Remus then removed his hand “I’m sorry I normally wouldn’t do something like that but you seem so familiar. We haven’t met before have we?”
“You might say we have in a way.” she replied as she put her hand on the wall as she tried to rise to her feet.
He offered her his hand in assistance “This may sound strange but your scent is there any way that it could be…”
Dannie tried walking as she listened then suddenly she felt a strong pull from inside and she keeled over, “JENNY!” she screamed at the top of her lungs.
Jenny came rushing out the backdoor only to see him carefully picking up her cousin, “Quick, take her into the cabin over there.” she ordered “Bobby, Call Angel’s doctor now!” she hollered toward the other building as Remus carried Dannie into the cabin and took her into the bedroom placing her gently on the bed then sat down next to her while Jenny ran in after them “What’d you do to her?”
“Nothing, we were talking when she collapsed.” he explained as Dannie clutched onto his arm when the next wave of pain shot through her.
Bobby was the next to arrive in the small room “Thank you for your help. We’ll take care of her from here.” Jenny said.
“No, he stays.” Dannie ordered while her cousins stared at her blankly.
“Jenny” Dannie said with wide eyes before she buckled up again
“I believe the decision is hers.” Remus replied while Bobby drug his sister out of the room by her arm. When they were gone he sensed her pain subside again and he moved down to the floor kneeling next to the bed before reaching out and taking her hand in his. “I need to tell you something that may sound like I’m crazy but please hear me out.” he said as she nodded then took a deep breath and closed his eyes and continued “I have this condition that happens to me every month and unfortunately it causes thing to happen that I don’t remember. I meant what I said earlier that you seem familiar to me. There was a night a few months ago where something happened and the only thing I can remember is the next morning when this woman was leaving.”
“I‘m sorry.” she said as she looked away from him.
“So you are her aren’t you? You’re the one I saw leave that morning.” Dannie nodded. “I was always told that it would be impossible but I have to ask. The baby….it wouldn’t by chance be mine?”
“Yes.” she replied as she tried to pull her hand away but he refused to let go.
“Why did you leave? Do you realize we’ve…I’ve been looking for you?”
“Listen, just because we mated I don’t expect you to feel…I know you’re not completely like me. You don’t know me and I don’t expect…”
“Let me make that decision. I want to get to know you….” he paused as he placed his other hand on her stomach “even if you weren’t carrying my…”
“Ok Angel, what seems to be the problem?” an older man said as he walked into the room “Jenny said something about stomach problems.” he said but Dannie was lost in Remus’ eyes and voice as he continued. “Sir I’m going to have to ask you to leave while I examine her.”
Remus rose and started for the door when Dannie let out a loud blood curdling scream and curled up in pain so he started back toward her again but the doctor stepped in his way. “You need to leave. I’ve been caring for her since she was born.” and he shoved Remus out the door before closing it and the bedroom curtains. “Ok lets see if I can get you better girl.”
Remus sat on the couch staring at the door growing more and more impatient as time went on. After an hour he started pacing back and forth when he heard a pop causing him to turn around seeing Fawkes sitting on the table dropping a note and immediately leaving. ‘no not now’ he thought before he heard the door finally opened again.
The doctor walked out of the cabin and straight to Jenny and Bobby who were outside talking and asked “Why didn’t you tell me she was pregnant?”
“I just found out today and with everything that’s gone on it slipped my mind.” Jenny replied “How is she?”
The doctor shook his head. “Unfortunately there are complications. She’s showing signs of extreme stress and it’s causing so much strain on her heart the baby is suffering as well.”
“She’s not going to loose it is she?” Bobby asked.
“She almost did. I had to stop the contractions before I was able to examine her, although I wish I didn’t. Right now the only decision is to terminate the pregnancy.”
“You know she won’t let you do that.” Jenny stated.
“She’s going to have to. Right now it’s the only option if she’s to survive. If she’s lucky, she’ll be able to try again later but right now….I’m sorry there’s nothing else I can do.”
Remus stood in the door and listened to what was said then walked back over to the bed and sat down next to her as she laid there resting with her arm on her stomach. Tears started forming in his eyes as he moved the hair from her face. “You do whatever you need to do, even if you have to let her go. Just stay here for me.” he whispered. “I know we don’t really know each other but I need to know you’ll be here when I come back.”
“Of coarse I’ll be here.” she said. “Where else would I go?”
“I…I don’t know but I promise I’ll be back as soon as this problem back home is resolved.”
“You don’t even know me so don’t make any empty promises. I don’t need them.”
“If I didn’t mean it then I wouldn’t say it. I want to get to know you, even if it wasn’t for her.” he replied as he placed his hand on hers then lifted it and brought it to his lips kissing the back of it before he walked out the door as Bobby walked in.
“Angel we need to talk.”
“I know what your gonna say and I’m not going to loose her.”
“You know what your doctor said if you don’t get rid of it. God Angel, Jenny told me what you said and we don’t even know if it’s gonna be human. What if it turns out to be some freakish looking creature that dies anyway?”
“She’ll be human and nothing is going to happen to her.”
“But you fucked a wolf. You have no idea what this thing inside you is going to turn out like.” he stated.
“No I didn’t!”
“Bobby. You saw him, he was just in here. Did he look like a wolf to you?” she cried.
Her cousin sat down on the bed and tried to comfort her but she quickly pulled away. “Angel, you need to keep calm. The stress isn’t good on your heart.” he said, “That was just some nice man who was there to help you when the others wouldn’t.”
“You don’t believe me.”
“I believe you truly think that’s him. He’s different from everyone here but he comes around ever few weeks for a few days then leaves again. Nothing more.”
Dannie just sat there on the bed and stared out the window trying to ignore him until he gave up talking and started to walk out of the room. “I’m not going to get rid of her. He’s going to be back and you’ll see, it’s him when she’s born. Not only will she be fine but she’ll have his eyes.” Bobby just shook his head as he closed the door behind him while Dannie watched Remus disappear before crying herself to sleep.
“Lily please. You know me and if I didn’t believe I really need this done then I wouldn’t ask.”
“Remus you don’t know what your asking. It’s a difficult spell even if my magic wasn’t going wonky on me. If it goes wrong…” she replied as she put the baby in the bassinet.
“But if anyone can do it you can, even now.”
“What about her? How do you expect to keep your promise if you can’t even remember it?”
Remus gave her a small bowl filled with a silvery substance “You can hang onto this for me and when this war is over you’ll have it for me to go into.”
“I’ll have to think about this.” she stated
“Please Lily, I swear. If I’m to go back and find her then I need to be able to concentrate on this war and I can’t do that if I’m worried about her.”
Lily looked at her friend “You’re absolutely sure. You’re going to go back for her after all this is over even though she lost the baby.”
Remus put his hands on her shoulders and bent down to look into her eyes “Lily, she’s my mate. I don’t know how it happened but she was able to get pregnant by me. I have no choice but to go back and give this a try.”
“I don’t like this, if something happens…”
“Come on now, nothing will happen.” he reassured her.
Lily shook her head but knew he was right about needing to be able to concentrate on what was to come and not what was thousands of miles away, and if he was to be able to return to this person he seemed to care a great deal for…”Concentrate on that day only.” she said as she pulled out her wand and pointed it at his head. “Oblivate.”
“Whoa Lils, put the wand down….whatever I did…”
Lily lowered her wand then looked at the bowl in her hand then back up at him “Who’s Angel?”
“Angel? The only person I’ve heard of with that name is the daughter of that crazy truck driver who kept trying to get me to go home with him to meet her. Why’d you ask?”
“Just curious.” she said as she put the bowl on the table. “I hate to do this but I really have to get some rest, Harry was up most of the night last night and…”
“No worries, I understand. I’ll see you later okay?” Lily nodded then escorted him to the door. He then turned and gave her a goodbye kiss on the cheek, “You’ll always be my guardian angel.”
“Some guardian angel I’ve been so far.” she mumbled quietly to herself as she closed the door behind him.
Remus recognized the vineyard immediately and cringed when the little boy hugging his stuffed hippogriff tight to his chest as he walked toward the moon that still hung in the horizon. In the distance behind him came the sound of a blaring horn quickly followed by breaks squealing. When he turned he noticed the sky was dark again while a large group of people were chanting “Burn witch burn” over and over as a small voice somewhere to the side of him was crying hysterically for their mother. As he scanned the crowd for where the crying was coming from he caught an orange glow from the centre of the group where a woman that looked in her early twenties was bound to a burning tree staring up at the moon mouthing a silent prayer. She then looked over in his direction said something he couldn’t make out over the noise from the crowd when the crying sound grew louder. He then looked to his side and saw the young girl being comforted in the arms of…his guardian?
He then turned and tried to shake of any thoughts of the possibilities of this being true but then he saw the boy running franticly toward a woman walking toward him. After a few yards something jumped out of the vines knocking the boy to the ground then dug it’s teeth into his side as he dragged him into the shrubs. “Remus!” the woman screamed as she started running toward where he disappeared. When she got to the spot she picked up handfuls of rocks and twigs before throwing them into the vines as she continued to scream at the top of her lungs for someone to help them until….the creature lunged again this time coming in direct contact with her throat causing her to fall next to the stuffed toy which was soon soaked with her splattered blood.
Remus then sat up and started at his guardian who was sitting on the other side of the smoking rocks “You were there. You were there with them. You were the one holding her trying to calm her down that night.”
“As much as I wish I was, I wasn‘t. In fact nobody was able to be there for her that night.”
“I saw you. Not only there but also in the restaurant the day her father found out.”
“Are you sure that all you saw was real?”
Remus then lowered his eyes to the coals “It seemed as real as everything else.”
“I’m sure it did. Although they show you the truth they also show you some aspects that aren’t. It’s up to you to determine the difference.”
“Who are you really?”
“Merely a guide my son. Merely a guide.”
“So with what you’re saying, you may not even be here now.” Remus stated then looked back in the direction where William was sitting only to find it vacant. He then crawled out of the dome and looked around outside only to notice how quiet everything was. Next to a small tree was a bucket of water sitting next to William’s drum. He walked over and splashed his face with the cool liquid before standing up and noticing a note attached to the tree.
Your little one has invited me to a celebration for her friend. If I’m not back before nightfall you know what to do.
Remus started feeling restless so he looked up at the sun’s positing only to realize he had been in there almost a full 24 hours. He wanted to sit and think about what he just experienced but there wasn’t time so he picked up his robe and threw it over his shoulders as he ran to the one place he knew he’d be safe even though he hadn’t spent a night there in years.
As soon as he arrived inside the shack he shut and warded the door just as his change started and a loud agonizing came from the top of the stairs. Dannie he though and wanted to reconsider his location but it was far too late.
As soon as his transformation was over the scent in the air drew him up the stairs when he easily found what he was looking for lying on top the old piano panting heavily. She then lifted her head and stared at him. I remember you, but it’s not you is it? she paused and sniffed the air No it’s not you. You smell different. Where is he? she growled.
Dannie? he asked but she just snarled in response Angel.
Yeah I know it jumps a bit but don't all dreams or visions?
Going to be starting on next chapter, 'Skinwalker's Moon' can you guess what that one's about?