A-Winters-Tale

Wolfstar AU: Teacher!Remus

So I found the notes for this story on my external hard-drive, alongside four pages of James and Sirius basically fawning over Remus because he was just so very cool and so, I mean, this:

  • It’s only a few weeks into the new school year when there’s a really, really loud and large explosion that comes from the dungeons
  • Turns out that some eager first years had been working on brewing a Curse for Boils but something had gone dreadfully wrong with one of their potions
  • And while the first years had ducked out of the way, Slughorn had been too slow and had to go to St Mungo’s 
  • Which meant, Dumbldore announced that evening at dinner, that they would be looking for a substitute teacher and until then, all Potions classes were suspended
  • (Peter insists he saw Snivellus cry into his roast lamb)

  • And for three weeks it’s pure heaven with an extra free period between Care of Magical Creatures and Transfiguration 
  • But then one day Sirius comes down for dinner and stops in his tracks when he notices who’s sitting at the staff table, casually chatting to Professor Kettleburn
  • And James bumps into him with a loud oomph and an accusing ‘Oi, Padfoot, have you forgotten what your legs do?’ but then he follows Sirius’s gaze and makes a kind of choked sound in the back of his throat
  • Because Remus Lupin is sitting at the Staff Table
  • Former Head Boy Remus Lupin
  • The Remus Lupin who kissed McGonagall full on the lips during the graduation ceremony because Fabian Prewett said it might be a laugh
  • The Remus Lupin who, alongside Fabian and Gideon, showed up for class wearing nothing but their ties, because Gideon had been reprimanded about his lack of a tie during a lesson
  • The Remus Lupin who planned and perfectly executed the Great Valentine’s Prank of 1975 and gotten six months of detention for it and nearly had his badge stripped in front of the whole school
  • So when Dumbledore says, ‘Professor Lupin will be substituting for Professor Slughorn’ - bloody gorgeous, curly-haired, brown-eyed Professor Remus Lupin with dimples in his cheeks - Sirius dies, right there, in the Great Hall

  • Potions with Professor Lupin (!!!) is held on the third floor corridor, in an old Charms classroom, and James and Sirius and Peter show up earlier than they have ever done to get good seats
  • (’Merlin, we’re turning into Sniv,’ says Sirius.
  • ‘Are not,’ James points out, ‘because we don’t have any interest in being academic.’
  • ‘Blasphemy,’ says Sirius, covering his ears. ‘Do not use such foul words around me, Potter.’)
  • And their first lesson is completely amazing because Lupin walks in with dragon-hide boots and sits on his desk facing all the students with a wicked grin before shooting a spell, completely unannounced, at Marlene McKinnon. It covers her skin with pink feathers
  • And then Lupin offers to award 25 house points and a box of Honeydukes Finest Chocolate to whichever person can brew the antidote first
  • Evans wins, and James beams when she steps forward to collect her prize, so Sirius accidentally knocks his cauldron into Prongs’ head
  • And Marlene McKinnon got awarded 25 house points for being ‘a good sport’ and didn’t even mind that she was still coughing up pink feathers for most of the day because Lupin had given her a resounding smack on the cheek

  • And almost every lesson is a fun, friendly competition between the students
  • Because they don’t ever know if they’re the ones who are going to get hexed or which Potion they’re supposed to make
  • And sometimes Lupin turns it into a game, and just shows up with a random first year who’s completely knocked out, and then they’re given a set of instructions and only a limited amount of ingredients and they have to find the correct Potion to brew
  • And Sirius, who’s always hated Potions, is excelling because he loves puzzles and he loves the way, when a student figures it out, Lupin laughs 
  • Because it’s really the best thing ever when he does, it’s all breathless and beautiful and his head is dipped back exposing his throat
  • And yes, Sirius is fully aware that he is gone, has lost it, has gone around the bend, because all he can think about is Remus Lupin

  • And at first he tries obnoxiously flirting with him in class, just to see how he’d respond, only Professor Lupin is wicked fast
  • When Sirius winks at him, it’s ‘Mr Black, do you need to go to the Hospital Wing? Your face appears to have been hit by a Convulsion Charm.’
  • And when Sirius shoots off his mouth and says something completely inappropriate, Lupin just says ‘Mr Black, I fully sympathise with the fact that your brain doesn’t register its own stupidity anymore, so I won’t dock points today’
  • And Sirius usually just sits there feeling like an absolute idiot, but Lupin is just grinning this dazzling, smug grin so Sirius laughs alongside his classmates and tries not to focus too much on Lupin’s dimples Merlin Circe and Morgana those dimples
  • Although sometimes Sirius can’t help but notice that he’s never been on the receiving end of a hex or a Potion, even though most of his classmates have, at this point
  • And being the “victim” is always really a lot of fun, because after class, Lupin takes you back into his office and gives you biscuits (Peter), tells you secrets, like how to sneak out to Honeydukes (James), gives career advice (Evans wants to become a Healer, apparently)
  • So Sirius is kind of anxious, because he doesn’t know what or when to expect anything, so he just takes to watching Lupin’s every move
  • Just so he can be prepared for when the moment comes
  • For science
  • You understand

  • And when it does come, it’s really surprising
  • Because Lupin calls him out in front of the class and makes him drink a potion and then asks him, very pointedly, what his full name is. Sirius frowns and feels kind of hazy and deflated when he says ‘Sirius Black the Third’ which comes out without him really wanting to
  • And Lupin is just beaming at him and then beams at the class and only Snivellus manages to give a glare and mutters ‘Veritaserum’
  • So Sirius feels oddly vulnerable but Lupin doesn’t ask him anything else, just makes him sit on a chair next to his desk
  • And luckily Evans is the first to brew the antidote and she wins, again, 20 points to Gryffindor. After Sirius has taken the antidote Lupin dismisses the class with a wave of his hand, saying they’ve done really well
  • Then Lupin then invites Sirius back to his office and it’s the first time Sirius has actually felt comfortable in a teacher’s office
  • Because there’s a warm fire burning in the heath and Lupin offers him freshly baked scones and tea - which Sirius declines, because he really doesn’t like tea very much - and then Lupin asks him what he wants to do after school and they just fall into such an easy conversation that Sirius completely forgets that he’s actually talking to a teacher
  • And then at some point Lupin casually slides into the conversation, ‘So, how long would you say you’ve fancied me, Sirius?’
  • And Sirius responds ‘Oh, ages,’ before his brain catches up to his mouth and he’s both mortified and spectacularly pissed because Lupin is just sitting there with an enormously smug look on his face
  • So Sirius jumps up and is all, ‘You tricked me! That’s low, I’d tell you anything under Veritaserum.’
  • ‘Actually, I never gave you Veritaserum to begin with, as that’s highly illegal,’ Lupin says, still looking infinitely smug, ‘so you did that off your own accord, Sirius’
  • And Sirius splutters half-finished sentences at him for a while and then, to get the upper hand, he storms over to where Lupin is sitting and kisses that smug look right off his face
  • And Lupin lets him
romantic shakespeare quotes to seduce your lover
  • “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest”
  • “Of the very instant that I saw you, did my heart fly at your service”
  • “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite”
  • “I wish you all joy of the worm”
  • “Come, let’s away to prison”
  • “What, you egg?”
  • [exit, pursued by a bear]
  • Sonnet 130