Lean On Me - Sequel to Proud To Be

In Athena Black's sixth year, she faces so much more things since previous years. With her father an escaped convict of Azkaban, and her godfather a werewolf, it brings much more trouble than you'd think. So when things start to get rough, her long time best friend and boyfriend, Fred Weasley, is more than willing to be there, so she can lean on him if in need.

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Athena's POV

"Athena!" Mrs Weasley called from downstairs hours later. Yes, I stayed up there for hours wallowing in self pity over my DADA mark. So what?

I trudged down the stairs and didn't bother to wipe the tears from my face. Molly looked at me with a sympathetic look and motioned towards the door, causing me to look over.

"Come here," Remus said, holding his arms open. I walked over and collapsed into them.

"How did I get a T?" I croaked.

"Let me see your results." He said. I went and got them. They were exactly where I had left them earlier. I brought it back and placed it in Remus' outstretched hand.

"I see you did amazing in every class," he said.

"Except-"

"Here's the thing," he started. I eyes him suspiciously and waited for him to continue. He took a breath. "So, Oli brought your results back home, thinking you were there. Your father and I looked at them, thought you did amazing. No lie. But you ready for the funny part?" He asked. I stared at him. "Alright! So, your father, naturally, being a Marauder, thought it would be fun to pull a little prank.

By now I was beginning to catch on. "So you mean to tell me-" I started, angrily.

"That we changed your Defence Against the Dark Arts mark from an O to a T? Yes," he said "but it was in good fun," he added with a nervous laugh. And in that moment of time, I didn't think I could be any more mad than I was them.

"Moony," I said. He smiled a smile filled with fear. I stared at him, unblinking for a moment. I turned to Mrs. Weasley. "Just give us a moment," I smiled a forced smile. She nodded and left the room without a word. My gaze fixated on the cowering man in front of me.

"REMUS JOHN LUPIN YOU COMPLETE UTTER ASSHOLE! WHY IN THE BLOODY HELL WOULD YOU DO THAT!? WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?! IT WASNT FUNNY, NOR CLEVER TO DO THAT! JUST WAIT UNTIL SCHOOL IS OVER BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH ME ALLLL SUMMER YOU PRAT!" I practically screamed at him. He looked so scared. Good. Serves him right. "Now you get out. And you and dad will be lucky if you get a single god damn letter from me all year," I spat.

"Athena-"

"Go."

He turned and left, looking defeated. I huffed out a sigh of annoyance and walked back to where Molly was standing. "So, you passed all of your OWLs. I'm so proud of you!" She exclaimed, pulling me into a hug. I laughed, hugging her back. "Are you ready to go to Diagon Alley?" She asked me. I nodded.

"Yeah... Let's go." I smiled. "Floo powder?" I asked. She only nodded.

***

Flourish and Blotts was typically busy, so it was no surprise when I walked in to see quite a few children along with whomever they were with, buying their schoolbooks. We'd already visited Madame Malkin's and everywhere else Molly and I had needed to go. I bought all the books I needed for sixth year and exited as quickly as possible, whereas big crowds are simply not my thing.

"Ready, dear?" She asked as we left the store. I was about to answer when a pale, platinum blonde boy laughing with two other boys who looked as though they were too stupid to even pass their first year at Hogwarts.

"Malfoy," I breathed. "I'll be right back," I smiled at her and she nodded. I stormed over to the boy who was now staring at me and glared.

"Listen here you prat," I said once I was close enough that he could hear me. "The next time I hear you bothering Harry or Ron, or anyone else for that matter, you better watch yourself. Don't think you'll be getting away with it this year," I spat, glaring at him. He nodded, wide eyed. "Glad we understand each other. Goodbye then. Oh, your father better not hear about this either." I said, turning away and walking back to Mrs. Weasley.

"Ready!" I smiled.

***

Once we got back to The Burrow, I put all of my school things in my trunk so I wouldn't forget to later on, and I made my way to the kitchen to help Mrs. Weasley with dinner.

"Oh, don't worry about it dear." She told me as I attempted to do something to help.

"Oh seriously, it's no trouble. I'd be more than happy to help." I smiled.

"Well... If you're sure," she sighed.

"I am." I told her.

There was no nicer woman you'd meet than Molly Weasley. She was so worried about everyone and everything, thinking that something would go wrong and she's be able to fix it. Really. And I was now cuddled up on Fred's bed, in my most recent Weasley jumper I'd received last Christmas, reading a book. Apparently, as soon as she had found out I was friends with the twins, she had added another jumper to make for everyone each Christmas. If that's not the nicest thing, I'll be damned.

Where Remus was a werewolf and all, he was quite poor. That never bothered me, really. It never changed who he was as a person, it was just a small set back when it came to buying new things. So every year when I got the new jumper, it was a great treat.

I sighed and sat my book on the table standing next to his bed. I pulled the blankets up to my chest and grip them tightly, smiling. I couldn't help it. Fred's bed was so comfortable and just the thought of Fred was enough to make me smile. As stupid as it sounds, I wanted him here to hold me more than anything. He'd only been gone not even a full day and I already missed him - it was quite pathetic, actually. I knew I was in love with him, and I'm in deep. I have absolutely no idea what I'd do without him.

I turned onto my side and yawned, about ready to fall asleep. But I had no idea what was really happening at the Quidditch World Cup at the moment, and I'm sure that if I did I would be doing anything but sleeping.

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