meadow of dreams

Happy Thoughts for a Bad Night
  • McGonagall comforting all of the little first years when they have had a nightmare, assuring them that even brave lions depend on the pride for strength. 
  • Sirius Black was one of these scared little lions after he was sorted into Gryffindor 

  • He had a nightmare about returning home and McGonagall would not hear of one of her lion cubs calling himself a disappointment, assuring him that he was too “what do the muggles call it these days? I believe I have heard one of my students refer to it as Punk Rock” to be anything other than spectacular. 

  • Sirius Black making it his mission from then on to aid every young student who had a nightmare.

  • He would stay up for hours telling them stories of Dumbledore and McGonagall and all of the amazing things they had accomplished and adventures they had been on while they snuggled into the little nest Sirius had built for them on the floor out of pillows and blankets. 

  • He would act out grand tales of Godric Gryffindor slaying magnificent beasts, fantastically illustrating his death defying maneuvers with over exaggerated movements and faces.

  • Any child who was frightened, no matter how old they were, always knew that they could quietly rap on his door and hop on his bed for a good story and a feeling of warmth and security. 

  • Eventually, after the first month of rapping on their bedroom door, the other marauders started to pitch in.

  • Peter would gather the blankets, because he was the best at fort building, and would settle all of the kids in to get ready for the story.

  • Remus would pass out sweet treats and hot chocolate before tucking in closer to the younger ones, because Moony’s hot chocolate is the best and no one would dare drink the stuff if anyone else made it. 

  • James would help Sirius with his epic skits and would cast dancing shadows on the walls in the shapes of hippogriffs and lions so that the younger ones felt protected and safe inside of the haven these four boys built for them.

  • Eventually, because it’s Hogwarts, word spread and Lily, Marlene, and Dorcas decided that the girls needed the same type of system.

  • In the event of a thunderstorm, Lily and Sirius made a plan to bring all the kids downstairs to the common room where they would all sit together in a giant nest of love and comfort, until they either fell asleep again, or the bad feelings passed enough for them to climb back into their own beds.   

  • Lily would braid hair so the little lions could have a mane when they woke up in the morning.

  • Dorcas would bring her guitar and sing softly when the mood required a more relaxed form of soothing 

  • Marlene would charm night-light stars on the ceiling so that the room would never get too dark and scary. 

  • One evening, after a very very violent storm, McGonagall decided to go up and check to see if her little lions were okay. 

  • She found everyone curled up in the common room, in front of the fireplace with thousands of charmed stars and shadow protectors on the walls. and 7 very gangly 7th years sleeping in a circle on the outside of the little ones. 

  • Instead of interrupting the peace, she walked to a sleeping Sirius Black, smoothed back his hair from his face and whispered “10 points to Gryffindor for finding courage and love in the heart of a storm” 
Understand, I’ll slip quietly
away from the noisy crowd
when I see the pale
stars rising, blooming, over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways
through the pale twilit meadows,
with only this one dream:
You come too.
—  Rainer Maria Rilke ‘Pathways’