Fandom: Harry Potter
Character/Pairing: Remus, Sirius, James, Peter
Challenge/Prompt: A to Z Challenge: R
Word Count: 5460
Summary: Remus gets visitors while in the hospital wing.
Remus looked at the house elf. "Thanks, Tippy."
Tippy bowed. "Does Sir Remy need anything else?"
He swallowed. His body ached, and all he wanted to do was close his eyes and go to sleep. "Nah. Just want to be left alone, so I can rest."
Tippy bowed one last time and with a pop, he was gone.
Remus allowed his eyes to drift close, but before he could succumb to his dreams, he heard laughter getting louder.
He startled a bit, his eyes opening wide. He attempted a smile. "James, Remus, Peter, why are you guys here?"
James and Sirius placed their broomsticks against the wall.
Sirius smiled. "Well, we were on our way back from Quidditch practice and Marlene told us you were here. What happened?"
Remus looked down at his lap. Truthfully, he was there because the full moon was in a couple of days and his body was tired and aching. Sometimes, it was worse before the full moon than it was afterwards. He couldn't tell that that, though. He looked up with what he hoped was a normal expression on his face. "Just feeling sick."
Peter stepped back. "Sick? It's not contagious, is it?"
James and Sirius glared at Peter.
"Of course it's not contagious," Sirius growled.
James rolled his eyes. He walked over to the bed and sat down on it. "Are you sure that's all it is?" he asked, eyes boring into Remus, as if he was trying to get Remus to do or say something.
Remus swallowed. "Of course that's all it is. What else would it be?" He hoped they didn't notice the slight shake in his voice. If they asked about it, he would just explain he was tired. He was sure they would believe that because he was tired. He wanted this conversation over with so he could sleep.
Sirius stepped closer to Remus on the bed. Peter followed nervously. "Remus, you know you can tell us anything, right?"
"Right, but there's nothing to tell."
James, Sirius, and Peter shared looks before they nodded.
"Okay," James said, standing up and clapping a hand on Remus's shoulder. "We'll leave and let you rest."
"Just remember, we're here if you need to talk," Sirius reminded him.
Peter waved before he scurried out of the room.
When Remus was finally alone, he closed his eyes, but his mind wouldn't stop working, and his body wouldn't relax. 'They were acting weird. Like they know my secret. But that's not possible. They couldn't know.' He thought about it some more. And out loud, he asked, "Could they?"
He didn't receive his answer until two months later when his friends surprised him with their Animagi transformations. Remus really had the best friends in the world.