Chapter 1: Summer Holiday
I was nervously staring at the Leaky Cauldron.
It was week three of the summer holidays and I had every intention to go shopping for Harry's birthday present. Hermione had already gotten him a broom service kit. I was slightly jealous, and a little upset that I didn't think to get one. But that was okay, I figured I'd stumble upon something for him.
However, that's not the whole reason why I was at the Leaky Cauldron.
I am supposed to be meeting a man here. His name is Remus Lupin and I was surprised when he had sent me a letter saying that he would like to meet for tea. And so we set up a time and place and here I was. I was chewing my lip, watching wizards and witches enter and exit the Leaky Cauldron.
'Will he like me?' I thought as I crossed the street.
I opened the door and Tom greeted me with a smile. He had started to lose some of his teeth. I looked around and found a lot of men who were sitting by themselves. I gave the room a once over and had to do a double take. In one area of the inn, was Dumbledore.
'They… they come out of Hogwarts?' I asked myself as I noticed the shabby looking man next to him.
He was young looking, he had light brown hair speckled with small gray spots. His robes had patches sewn on them. And I noticed… he had some scars on his face.
Dumbledore and the man must have felt my eyes on them because they both looked over in my direction. The headmaster of Hogwarts stood up and gestured for me to go over.
'Am I going to like him?' I thought quietly as I made my way around the tables scattered around the room.
"Hello Cassie." Dumbledore's eyes twinkled.
"Hello Professor." I nodded to my headmaster.
"How is your summer holiday going?" He asked me, gesturing to an empty seat between him and the man I hoped was Lupin.
"It's going pretty good. I know I'm not allowed to use magic outside of school, but I've been real careful not to be seen when performing-" I gestured to my left arm where I had a huge scar hidden.
"Ah yes. As long as the Ministry of Magic doesn't find out." Dumbledore nodded as he took a sip of whatever he was drinking.
"You are Cassie Zwart?" The man asked.
I turned to him. Up close I can see little scars that have healed over the years. His eyes were hollow and he looked like he hadn't been sleeping well.
"I am. Are you Remus?" I nodded to him.
"I am. You are not what I expected." Remus held his hand out for me to shake.
He was eyeing my scar on my face and my hair. I normally kept it pink during the school year, but where I am during the summer I need to be a natural hair color. So I had it the muddy brown I had grown up knowing. I flashed him a grin and rapidly changed my hair to the sunrise pink I had liked last year.
His eyes grew wide and he smiled at me.
"I will leave you two to get to know each other. Remus, do consider it." Dumbledore stood up and patted my shoulder as he left out table.
I opened my mouth and paused. I clicked my mouth shut and flinched from the sudden feeling of my teeth clicking together.
"What is it?" Remus asked.
"I was going to ask what you were considering, but since I just met you I don't believe it's my business." I answered sheepishly.
Remus chuckled and shook his head, "you are definitely Karen's daughter."
My heart swelled and I looked at him.
"May I ask, how did you know my mum?" I asked shyly.
His smile turned sad and he sighed. I gave him a few minutes to gather his thoughts.
"I knew Karen at school. She became fast friends with a young girl named Lily." His smile grew slightly bigger as he got more comfortable in his chair.
"I'm named after her. Cassiopeia Lily Zwart." I said.
"Cassiopeia?" His eyebrows drew together and he tilted his head to the side.
"Yeah. I'm not sure why she chose Cassiopeia to be my name." I shrugged.
"She loved Astronomy." Remus said kindly.
"Astronomy?" I asked, my eyebrows drawing together this time.
"Yes," Remus nodded. "Cassiopeia is the name of one the constellations. I'm sure she picked it with the utmost care." He added sadly.
"Did you not know she was pregnant with me?" I asked, playing with the sleeves of my shirt.
"She told me. She didn't tell me who your father is though so I won't be able to answer that one." Remus nodded but then gave me a pointed look.
"That's fine. I'm not too concerned about who he is at the moment." I lied.
'Not true. I know exactly who my father is.' I thought bitterly to myself.
I found out last year that my father is Sirius Black. The Sirius Black who is currently locked up in Azkaban. The man who turned Lily and James Potter to Voldemort.
"What else would you like to know?" Remus asked, pulling me out of my thoughts.
"What do you like?" I asked.
"Pardon?" He blinked.
"What do you like? Do you like knitting, baking, gardening?" I elaborated.
Remus blinked at me again.
"I'm sorry?" He asked.
"I - I want to know about my mother." I started slowly. "You are the only link I have to her right now, but that doesn't mean I don't want to get to know you." I explained.
Remus sat back in his chair and stared at me thoughtfully. I was starting to squirm in my seat from the long silence between us.
"I like to read." He finally said.
"What do you like to read?" I sighed internally, grateful that we finally had a conversation going again.
"Anything. If I can learn from it I will keep my nose in it." He shrugged.
"I like flying." I offered.
It was only fair that he learn about me too.
"Are you on the Quidditch team?" Remus leaned forward.
"I am. Gryffindor. I'm only a reserve player though, Wood, my captain, already has a full team. But McGonagall -"
"Professor." Remus interrupted.
"Yeah sure." I grinned as I rolled my eyes. "She saw me and my best friend, Harry, flying during our first lesson and we are the youngest quidditch players of the century." I finished.
"Harry? Harry Potter?" Remus asked.
He tried asking that casually, but his voice had a slight hitch in it that I noticed.
"Yeah, that one." I nodded, staring at him suspiciously.
"You're friends with Harry?" He asked quietly.
"I am. He's doing very well." I answered.
I didn't understand what he wanted to know, but I hoped I could bring some comfort for whatever he was thinking.
"I'm glad to hear that." Remus breathed.
"How do you know Harry?" I asked quietly.
Remus didn't answer for awhile.
"You don't have to answer that." I said, reaching a hand out to pat his shoulder.
He flinched away from me, causing me to flinch in surprise.
"I'm sorry!" We both said.
I paused and giggled shyly.
'This is awkward.' I was cringing so hard on the inside.
Remus looked at his watch.
"Do you have an appointment to keep?" I asked.
"No," Remus shook his head. "Are you hungry?"
"Uh - yeah." I nodded.
"What would you like?' Remus waved Tom over from the bar.
"Um… Roast beef?" I asked, giving him a hopeful grin.
"May we have two plates of roast beef, chips on one and -" Remus gestured to me.
"Chips as well please." i answered.
"Coming right up." Tom nodded, avoiding Remus as best as he could.
'Odd.' I squinted my eyes at Tom as Remus turned back to me.
"Besides flying, what else do you like?" He asked.
"I like Transfiguration. I told - Professor - McGonagall that I wanted to be the Transfiguration teacher after she gets promoted to Headmistress." I answered.
"She would make an excellent Headmistress." Remus nodded with a smile.
"She would. But it's not my best subject." I shrugged.
"What is your best subject?" He asked.
"I don't really have one." I shrugged again.
"It's not that I'm rubbish!" I said quickly, noticing the look he gave me.
"I just don't have a subject I'm 'the best' at. I'm not failing any of my classes, I'm just not noticeably good at any of them." I explained, using my fingers to quote 'the best'.
"Have you started your elective courses?" He asked.
"That's this year." I answered.
"What class do you hope to excel at?" Remus prodded.
"Care of Magical Creatures." I said with a firm nod.
"Why that one?" Remus asked.
We had a lovely conversation. He was kind enough to pay for my meal and even walked me outside.
"Remus?" I said just as I pulled out my wand.
"Yes Cassie?" He turned to me.
"I think you should take the position." I told him.
I enjoyed the shock he showed.
"I don't know -" He started.
"Gilderoy Lockhart had an accident last year. He lost his memory. The year before, Quirrell died under mysterious circumstances." I interrupted him before he could lie to me. "That means there's a position open at Hogwarts."
"And what position do you think that is?" Remus asked me.
"Either Potions Master, or Defense Against the Dark Arts. Snape wants the Defense position. So that means you were offered a job if you had a meeting with Dumbledore before meeting with me." I answered with a matter-of-fact tone.
He blinked at me and his lips grew into a smile, "you are a very intelligent young woman Miss Zwart."
"Thank you." I did a little bow to him.
"I will consider it." Remus nodded to me.
"That's all anyone can ask." I said.
I was starting to hope he would take whatever position it was.
He nodded one last time to me and with a twist of his shoulder he was gone with a crack. I blinked at the sudden absence of him but then shrugged it off. Magic was a strange thing, that's for sure.
I held my wand out and with a bang a three story purple bus arrived next to me.
" 'Ello! Where ya headed toots?" A man with boils covering his face asked as he held a hand out for me to climb on the bus.
I gave him my address and away we went.
Here is Chapter 1! We got to meet Lupin right off the bat, and let me tell you. This was the easiest chapter to write. I have been struggling with the FIRST TEN CHAPTERS you guys! But now that this is actually up and I've got a schedule for updates, the juices are flowing easier.
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