Physical appearances could be quite deceiving and the lesson was no stranger to (Y/n). She was considered a freak in her town because of her passion in reading and though she was quite lovely, everybody resented her strangeness. She felt quite alone until she met the rumored beast that terrorized the town.
She was expecting to find a large, sharp-fanged creature with red eyes and long claws but certainly not a tall boy with scars on his face while shivering in the snow.
She had known him for a long time as her friend in the forest but she never knew about his lycanthropy until she saw him shift back into his human form. She helped him get up after he defended her from the other wolves, receiving multiple bites. His arm hung around her neck as he tried to stand up weakly.
“(Y/n), you don’t have to do this.” He groaned in pain, trying to get back on his feet.
“Remus, you saved my life. The least I could do is take care of you.” (Y/n) replied, “Now, where do you live?”
“Up in the castle. I uh, work there to tend to my master’s horses while he’s away.” He lied but (Y/n) did not notice a thing. She placed him on her horse and rode off quietly, taking a safer route to the castle.
As soon as they reached the gate, she got down from the horse and assisted Remus to the door. A black dog came running up to them, sniffing his master’s wounds and whimpering.
“I’m alright, Padfoot. Don’t worry.” Remus said. The two entered the empty and dusty home while the dog led them to the bedroom. She put him down gently and started cutting through the cloth of his shirt where she found older scars.
(Y/n) did not say a word and began to wipe him down with a damp cloth.
“I suppose you don’t want to talk to me anymore after what you just saw,” he said, looking at the window that showed a beautiful view of the white snow.
“Don’t be ridiculous, Remus. Now, this will hurt a bit,” she pressed the cloth on one of the bite marks on his arm, making him hiss and close his eyes. His grip tightened on the sheets and his teeth grinded together.
The dog whined at the sight of his master in pain and tried to cheer him up by resting his chin on the mattress.
After she was finished, she bandaged his wounds and helped him put on a fresh, new shirt from the wardrobe. She sat by his side and brushed away his hair from his face.
“Will you please stay with me, (Y/n)? I’m scared to be alone,” he said as he rubbed circles on her hand with his thumb.
“Of course, Remus. I promise I’ll stay with you until you get better. I’m sure my father will understand.” She smiled. Her father was a kind man who liked to invent things and paint and though he would most likely worry, he would surely understand the circumstances. Of course, he cannot know about Remus’s lycanthropy.
(Y/n) hummed Remus a lullaby until he fell asleep. It was truly unfortunate that such a sweet person suffered from a condition that turned him into a raging monster every full moon. Nonetheless, she kept her promise and everyday, after her chores, she would return to his lonely castle and keep him company.
She enjoyed being around him and many months had passed, she would still visit him even after his scars had healed and they would read together in the castle’s enormous library. She would help clean up and tidy the place while Remus assisted her. Through this time, things began to change between them.
At first, it was the glances and the long stares before one of them notices and blushes instantly. Remus would let her read to him and when their fingers would touch together, it created a spark that neither could explain except that it would make them smile. (Y/n) was very compassionate towards him and despite the many instances he warned her that he could hurt her, she refused to leave his side.
After she left, Remus sat down in the dining hall with a dog, a cat, and a rat. The black dog slowly began to shift in his human form effortlessly and sat by Remus’ side.
“So, any plans, Moony?” He asked.
“Aren’t you going to pull off any moves? You like her, don’t you?”
“I do but I’m not sure if she likes me.”
The rat crawled from beneath the chair and shifted as well, sitting beside Sirius. He smirked at Remus, his large front teeth showing as he smiled.
“Of course she likes you. We’ve seen the way she looks at you. Plus, she wouldn’t have stayed if she didn’t like you.”
“Wormtail’s right. So what’s your move?”
“Look guys, I think she’s happy with just staying as friends.” Remus said, looking down at his empty plate.
“But are you happy with that?” Sirius asked which struck Remus. He wanted more than just being friends but how was he supposed to know if the feeling was mutual? He wanted to see for it himself and not just from his friends.
He began to fidget at the question when he felt a comforting hand on his shoulder.
“Master Lupin, if you’re not sure, might I suggest something? Like a romantic gesture?” McGonagall said. “Perhaps some flowers?”
“It’s gonna take more than just flowers, Minerva. We need something grander!”
“Wait, I haven’t agreed to this yet–”
“Yeah! Like a dinner! A fancy one!” Peter clapped excitedly, “Oh, I do love food!”
“Yeah, no shit, Wormtail!” Sirius beamed sarcastically, “We might need Prongs’s help for this. Poor buck’s freezing outside in the stables. Anyway, don’t worry about it, Moony! We’ll come up with something.”
“Sirius, as much as I’d love to, how can we know if this will work?”
“We just have to keep our hopes up.”
It was completely ridiculous but if it was the only way to find out, he hoped that this plan would work. He finally agreed and went up to his room and in his bed, he couldn’t help but feel the excitement rush through his veins. As he closed his eyes, he began to picture (Y/n) and her beautiful smile that had brought him the light he had been searching for for years. He felt his heart beat wildly than it ever did in his entire life. Tomorrow was going to be a big day.
(Y/n) arrived in the afternoon at the castle when Remus opened up the huge doors for her.
“Bonjour, (Y/n).” He chuckled, pulling her in an embrace.
“Bonjour, Remus.” She smiled, kissing his cheek. “Sorry I’m late. My father went to the other town to sell his paintings and I had to help him. So what are we doing today? Should we finish Romeo & Juliet?”
“Not today, (Y/n). Today is something special.”
Remus closed the door behind her and led her upstairs, the black dog trailing after them happily. “Well, I wanted to have some fun and it occurred to me, we have never used the ballroom before.”
“But will it be alright for your master?”
“What he doesn’t know, won’t kill him.” Remus smirked.
(Y/n) chuckled and followed him to a room at the end of the hall. It was a beautiful room with a painting of the night sky on the ceiling and a large wardrobe standing by the bed. Remus turned to her and brushed her hair over her ear. Her cheeks immediately turned red at the contact.
“Try on some clothes and I’ll meet you downstairs in an hour, alright?” He said before taking his leave. As soon as he disappeared, (Y/n) looked around the room and smiled to herself before opening the wardrobe.
Her eyes widened at the dress, and quite honestly, the only dress inside. It was a yellow gown and (Y/n) did not wait for another minute and decided to try it on. The two prepared themselves for each other, trying to look their best for this special time. The sun had gone down and the crescent moon had risen from its sleep by the time they were finished.
Sirius secretly shifted into his human form and prepared the ballroom, lighting the candles and making sure everything was perfect for the occasion.
(Y/n) descended from the stairs to meet Remus who waited for her in his blue suit with a red rose tucked in his breast pocket. She was breathtakingly beautiful. Remus felt his heart beat against his chest uncontrollably as he watched her, admiring every single detail about her that makes her the way she is. She smiled at him, her cheeks pink.
“What’s this all about?”
Remus only bowed low and held out his hand for her, “May I have this dance?”
(Y/n) felt the butterflies in her stomach flutter wildly. She breathed deep before she answered a “Yes” when Remus placed his hand on her waist while hers rested on his shoulder.
They began to dance around the ballroom beneath the glass ceiling, showing the evening sky decorated with stars. Remus twirled her around before pulling her back gently into his chest. It was a moment he would truly never forget and to have this time spent with her was a dream come true. They moved with matching rhythm and with perfect synchronization, their eyes never leaving each other’s. It scared Remus to not know about how she felt for him, fearing it was one-sided, but now that she was in front of him, he was quite sure that there was something in those eyes that wasn’t there before.
He leaned in to her left ear as they continued dancing slowly, swaying side by side.
“(Y/n), can I tell you something?”
“Anything, Remus.” She whispered.
“I’m a little scared of what will happen from now but I want to tell you how I truly feel. I think I’ve fallen for you, (Y/n). Ever since you began to visit me more often and we would read books to each other or just play around in the snow, I started developing feelings for you.” He pulled back to look at her face, brushing her hair over her ear once more and placing a gentle hand on her cheek, “I’m in love with you, (Y/n).”
(Y/n) blushed at his confession, her eyes staring back at his hazel ones.
“Please tell me you feel the same.” Remus said, pressing his forehead against hers.
She closed her eyes and wrapped her arms around his neck as she swallowed her fears and listened to the beat of her heart. He kept his hands on her waist while slowly inching closer to her until she finally felt him press his soft pair of lips against hers right after he heard the words he had been anticipating to hear throughout the evening.
“I love you too, Remus Lupin.”
They spent the rest of their night joyously dancing until it was time for (Y/n) to come home. Remus placed a kiss on the back of her hand and smiled before saying good night to his one and only true love.