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Jan. 17th, 2017 | 07:43 pm
posted by: arctic_comet in rt_morelove

Author/Artist:arctic_comet
Title: Subjective
Rating & Warnings: PG/None
Word Count/Art Medium: 638
Prompt(s): #35
Summary: Meeting a man recently bitten by a werewolf gives Remus food for thought.
Notes: I made it!!!



It was empathy that made Remus decide to approach the other man, now probably one of his kind. He walked over to him, knowing whatever he could offer him would never be enough. What did you say to someone whose life had essentially been destroyed? Remus himself had been bitten so young that he barely remembered what it had been like before that, but this man knew, and now all that had been taken from him.

"Hello," started Remus, offering the other man a sympathetic smile.

The man glared at him as if he’d suddenly grown a second head.

"Who are you?" he asked in return.

"My name is Remus Lupin... I'm here to see my friend, but I heard about your... Your condition, and thought I should-"

"I don't want your pity," said the man quietly.

"That's not what I'm here for. I'm... I'm like you. A werewolf."

It was only now than the man truly looked at him, obviously taking in Remus's threadbare clothes and pale complexion.

"I'm Mark. Mark West," he finally said.

Remus sat with Mark for an hour. The younger man had plenty of questions, but Remus couldn't help feelings that the answers he was able to provide were inadequate.

Would he ever have a job again?

Possibly, especially if he didn't mind working amongst Muggles. He might have to change jobs often though.

Would his old friends accept him?

Wizards tended to be prejudiced against werewolves, but he shouldn't lose hope.

Would his parents ever talk to him again?

Parents never stopped loving their children.

The more Remus talked to Mark, the luckier he felt. He had valuable work to do, as well as a roof over his head, food, and friends. His parents had sacrificed everything to keep their family together because they'd loved him regardless of what he was. How could he ask for more in his position, especially knowing how badly other werewolves were faring?

Would he ever be able to marry and have a family of his own?

This was the question Remus had been dreading the most. How could he tell Mark what the most likely option was when he didn't truly want to accept it himself, at least not anymore?

Tonks's lovely smile flashed before him, reminding him of the silly thoughts he'd been entertaining for the last few months. A chance. How was he supposed to tell Mark that there was no chance for either one of them?
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“You’re quieter than usual. Did you talk to that man at St. Mungo’s?” asked Tonks, sipping her butterbeer. Remus had joined her at the Leaky Cauldron for an after-work drink.

“Yes, I spoke with him.”

“Good. He was pretty nasty to Arthur earlier.”

“So I gathered. I had to tell him what I was, but he started asking questions once I’d done that.”

“What did he want to know?”

“Mostly about his prospects in life, if he could still realise his dreams.”

“What did you tell him?”

“I tried to be as honest as possible, but it was hard at times. I’m lucky to be doing as well as I am.”

He nearly jumped out of his skin as Tonks’s hand landed on his arm. The warmth of her skin seemed to seep through his jumper, but he must’ve been imagining things.

“Dumbledore’s lucky to have you on his side, we’re all lucky to have you,” she said softly.

When Mark had asked him about marrying and having a family, Remus hadn’t had the heart to tell him the truth. So, he’d told the man what he knew to be a lie but what he desperately wanted to be true: Never lose hope.


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author_by_night

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from: author_by_night
date: Jan. 17th, 2017 06:40 pm (UTC)
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I liked this! Especially the ending - I had thought you were writing where the "too old, too poor too dangerous" stuff started, but instead you gave us a little optimism. :)

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starfishstar

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from: starfishstar
date: Jan. 18th, 2017 02:13 am (UTC)
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Nice! I think that indeed seems utterly Remus – extending hope to others even when he won't dare to grasp for that very same hope himself.

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huldrejenta

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from: huldrejenta
date: Jan. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Never lose hope.
What a wonderful way to end this piece, and it's great to see how that's what Remus can take with him from this encounter. (And so, I like to think, does the man he talked to as well.)
Lovely job!

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gilpin25

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from: gilpin25
date: Jan. 25th, 2017 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I'm glad you tackled this prompt as I think it's an interesting one, especially given Remus' reactions later on to all things werewolf-related. But it feels entirely right that at this point in time he'd be passing on the optimism he doesn't dare feel for himself.

I like the quiet realism in his answers, and particularly Parents never stopped loving their children. Again, it all feels very Remus-like, and you did this really well. It's such a nice read. :)

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