Remus Lupin didn't go to Muggle school. His parents figured it would be better for everyone. The students...and themselves.
"Remus, Breakfast!" Mrs. Lupin yelled. Remus sat up from his bed groggily and checked the calender.
"Just what I thought," he mumbled. "Full moon tonight. Yay." He stomped his way down the stairs to breakfast.
"You don't have to be so grumpy," she told him. "You'll be back at Hogwarts this time next week!"
"As prefect, not Head Boy," he replied.
"Who cares? You should be happy for James, you know how happy he was when he found out!"
"He doesn't care that he's Head Boy, he just cares that Lily's going to be Head Girl with him."
"So, I guess you decided you don't want to apparate to Diagon Alley to meet James, Lily, Peter, and Sirius?"
"Oh, I'm still going. Can I have money so I can buy supplies while I'm there?"
"I guess so. We don't have much, though so you'll need to just have Madam Malkin alter your robes and don't buy any extra stuff. Here, I expect change." Remus counted the coins his mother gave him.
"Only thirty galleons?" he asked.
"I told you, I don't have much Remus."
"Okay, thanks anyways. Bye, Mom.'"
"Have fun, and don't buy the most expensive things in the store."
"Whatever." Remus apparated to Diagon Alley.
"Remus!" a red-headed girl yelled. She ran over to him and gave him a hug.
"Hey, Lily! How are you?" he asked happily.
"Great. I was just lecturing James on how to ask for ice cream without acting like he was superior."
"Ah, and how did that turn out?"
"Well...he...no comment," she laughed. Remus heard bells and turned around.
"Moony, is that you, mate?" a boy with shoulder-length black hair called.
"Yeah, it's me, Padfoot."
"Brilliant. Why don't you get some ice cream and join us?"
"I-I'm not really in the mood for ice cream," Remus lied.
"Don't worry, we don't blame you," a raven-haired boy said, walking out of the shop, holding a large cup with three scoops of chocolate ice cream in it.
"You—you don't?" Remus felt a lump in his throat. Did his friends know about his family's money problems?
"Of course not," Sirius told him. "We all know that you feel horrible because of tonight." Remus sighed in relief.
"Oh. Of course. Yeah, not in the greatest mood."
"You didn't have to come," Lily told him, face suddenly worried.
"Really, Lily? It's fine. I promise. I need to buy my supplies for this year, anyways."
"Oh, yeah. I do too. How much money do I have?" She started to rummage through her purse.
"Do you need extra money?" James offered.
"No, I have about seventy dollars. I'm fine," Lily told him, smiling. Remus sighed. If only he could offer his extra money, too. But he didn't have extra money.
"Let's go the robes store," Sirius said, standing. The rest of the group stood too. Remus' head began to throb, and he stumbled forward slightly.
"Watch it, clutz!" a girl snapped, flipping her blonde hair angrily.
"Sorry, I tripped," Remus apologized.
"Yeah, no kidding. Do you need someone to teach you how to walk? Your friends are right there," she pointed to his entourage. "Or...maybe you don't have any? Who would want to be friends with you, anyways?"
"We would," Lily said, putting her arm around Remus' shoulder. The Marauders joined her. Remus stayed silent and looked down at the ground.
"Yeah...whatever." The girl turned and walked away. Remus had no idea what to say.
"Th-thanks, guys," he told them.
"No problem, Moony. C'mon, let's go." They walked away together, James and Lily hand-in-hand.