The moon was but a thin line in the sky, his favourite stage. Madam Pomfrey’s healing potions had already worked wonders, and the next full moon seemed a lifetime away. As the wind blew lightly through his hair, he looked down on the grounds, towards Hagrid’s hut, but the everything was shrouded in blissful darkness.
When the door behind him opened, Remus turned around, a smile already on his face.
“Sorry I’m late,” the girl said, closing the door behind her. “I forgot my telescope.”
“You forgot to bring your telescope to Astronomy tutoring?” Remus asked, unable to keep himself from grinning.
For a moment, she busied herself with setting up the telescope, then turned back to him. “I sometimes forget that’s what we come up here for.” She put her arms around his shoulders and pulled him in for a kiss. “I almost visited you in the hospital wing last week,” she whispered as they pulled apart. “But I could never get you on your own. Honestly, what is it with those friends of yours?”
“I never thought I’d regret having them around all the time,” Remus said and kissed her again. “You have no idea how much I missed you, Aurora. I wish I could just tell them, but...”
“It wouldn’t work,” she replied, and squeezed his shoulders. “I get it. The Gryffindor and the Slytherin – we’d make life very difficult for ourselves.”
“They don’t know you.” He pushed a strand of hair behind her ear. “If they did, if they took the time to get to know you, it’d all be different.”
She laughed, and another gust of wind blew her hair around her face. “Yes, if. And I’m sure my friends would be thrilled – if you were a Ravenclaw.”
“I suppose so. They can accept that I’m a werewolf, but they’d never forgive me for seeing a Slytherin. It’s not that I mind these nightly meetings,” he said, and leaned in to kiss her neck, “I just wish I could see you more often, take you out for Valentine’s day next week... You don’t know how hard it is to just walk past you at school.”
“I think I do, really.” A small gasp escaped her as his lips reached her collarbone.
He paused for a moment to look at her, unsure whether she was truly real. “I still can’t believe that you’re doing this with me, even though you know what I am.”
“If I hadn’t known you before I found out, that might have been different. But I do know you, and I know what my father used to be like. You’re not a monster.”
“I just wish you didn’t have to put up with this. You know, if only we had a way to block out the moon once a month, then I wouldn’t have to go to the hospital wing, and–”
"Oh, Remus, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars. Tonight and every night." she said, and kissed him.