As soon as they entered through the dining room door, Hope was there to take Remus up stairs to get cleaned up. Lyall listened to the sound of running water as he sat down at the dining room table and began to read the paper. There was nothing unusual. The same low key types of dark activity were littered over the pages, mixed with the dull stories that might as well have been about nothing. Lyall had been sitting here for about twenty minutes when suddenly there was a tapping noise. Lyall looked over to see a screech owl tapping on the kitchen window. Lyall retrieved the letter that was strapped to its ankle and dismissed the bird to leave. What Lyall was most interested in was that the seal upon the letter wasn't of Hogwarts. Opening it eagerly, Lyall wondered who it could be from. When he opened it, he found his name at the top.
Dear Mr Lyall Lupin.
I was on my way to pop by for a little visit this morning with your family until I realized how rude it would be of me to come unannounced. So here is my announcement.
See you soon.
Saturday August 7th 7:23am
Lyall's eyes widened. Dumbledore? Coming here? His eyes darted towards the clock sitting on the wall. It was currently 7:24am...
"Woah!" Lyall jumped at the sound of the front door being knocked. That couldn't be him already? Lyall began to edge out of the kitchen to the hallway that lead to the door and met Hope rushing down the stairs.
"Who is it?" She asked.
"I've got a hunch," Lyall said as the two of them walked down the hall. He carefully opened the door and him and his wife peered out. They were greeted by a pair of smiling blue eyes behind a pair of half-moon glasses. Albus Dumbledore stood before them in a set of beautiful purple robes, his long, silvery beard settling atop.
"Good morning, Lyall," Albus spoke happily with a smile.
"Hello, professor," Lyall said. He was too used to referring to him with this title from his days at Hogwarts. "Wh- what are you doing here?"
"Well, I thought I'd stop by for a visit. I couldn't help but notice that you have been ignoring my schools letters."
"Yes, well... about that,"
"May I come in?" Dumbledore suddenly asked.
"Well, umm. My son, hes-"
"Mum? Dad?" Remus feebley called from down the hall. They turned to see him limping down the last stair, tightly gripping on to the hand rail. "Whats going on- oh..." He noticed Dumbledore standing just outside the door. When he did, he stood up as straight as he could and hid his bandaged arms behind his back.
"Hello," Dumbledore said, stepping inside. "You must be Remus." Remus nodded. "Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Professor Dumbledore. The Headmaster of Hogwarts. Surely you've heard of Hogwarts?"
"Mhmm," Remus said shyly, looking away.
"Well that's what I am here to talk about, Remus. Wouldn't you like to come to Hogwarts?"
"Yes, but... but-"
"I know why you think that you can't come," Dumbledore spoke as he came closer to Remus.
"Yes, I've heard lots about you," Dumbledore told him.
"I've heard that you're the bravest little boy this side of the country! You are brave you know?"
"No, not really." Remus smiled at the ground.
"Oh, yes. You've done the unimaginable at such a young age. I must say, you would make a great Gryffindor," Dumbledore said. Remus looked up at him and smiled. This made Remus's heart leap. Out of all the four houses in Hogwarts, he would like to be a Gryffindor the most.
"I admire your name, Remus. It's rather unusual. Just like mine." The two of them sat on the rug in the living room before the fire place. "Did you know that I have three middle names?"
"Really?" Remus asked with a mouth full of crumpet.
"Oh, yes. My parents were merciless. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. What about you? Any middle names?"
"Ah, you lucky chap! And must I comment how amazing these crumpets are, Hope," Dumbledore raised his crumpet in the direction of Hope who sat rather awkwardly on the sofa with Lyall, watching the headmaster play Gobstones on the floor with their son. "And how well your son plays this game! I haven't lost a game in years!" This made Remus smile. "You know, its a popular game among the students at Hogwarts. Also wizards chess."
"Umm, -Albus. That is what we would like to talk to you about. You seem so fond of Remus coming to Hogwarts. How will we make this work? Won't it- ... Won't it be too dangerous?" Lyall asked.
"Nonsense, Lyall." Dumbledore waved his hand. "I have a plan laid out for Remus to be able to attend just like any other student."
"Please share," Lyall urged.
"Well, before I begin, let me tell you that our nurse, Madame Pomfrey is most superb in the arts of healing," Dumbledore paused to adjust his glasses balanced on his crooked nose. "It is all based around a rather angry tree and a house built just off of the magical village, Hogmeade. We have planted a womping willow tree on the grounds as a sort of guard, you may say. In its roots we have placed a tunnel that leads to the house that has been built in Hogsmeade. Spells have been placed upon it to make it the best place for Remus to on go his transformations at full moon. The nurse and also our deputy headmistress, professor McGonagall has volunteered to be there to assist Remus before and after the full moon. I wish there were a cure to this little nuisance of a condition, if there was I'd give you an unlimited supply, but this is the best we can do. This plan has been thought out carefully with the staff and I. We are certain it will work. I just need your permission, Lyall, Hope?"
Hope looked doubtful. But Lyall looked at her with a smile of hope. He knew Dumbledore more than she did, and he trusted him. If he was certain that it was safe, then it was.
"Remus, would you like to go to Hogwarts?" Lyall asked.
"Oh, yes! can I?"
"I think that with the help of your headmaster here, we can make it happen," Lyall said with a smile.
"Good, good. I will organize arrangement's with professor Sprout to have that tree fed with the best fertilizers." Dumbledore spoke
"Thank you so much!" Remus burst out in happiness.
"Thank you, Remus! I am most joyous to see your smile about coming to school. I am sure you will be a great asset to your classes... I wish I could stay and play another game of Gobstones with you, but I must get back to Hogwarts. There is a particular poltergeist named Peeves who has been causing some trouble over the summer days."
Lyall smiled as he let Dumbledore out. "Yes, I know."