Setting: Empty classroom
Summary: Remus meets her as asked and they discuss her 'secret'. He helps her come up with a good solution as to what to do about it and overall makes her feel a lot better, especially about her current situation with James.
Once dinnertime was over, Remus excused himself from the table, saying he needed some books from the Library. It was a safe excuse to go by; his three friends knew by now that the Library is his second favorite place to be in. He moved casually across the hall, but quickened his pace once he was out of view, not wanting to be late- he liked it when people were on time. When he reached the wanted classroom, he knocked softly on the door, just in case.
Lily, who had been sitting silently on one of the tables, jumped when she heard the knock. Surveying the shilouette from inside, she concluded that it was, in fact, Remus, and that it was safe. Hopping down, she quickly and quietly opened the door and ushered her fellow Gryffindor in.
"I hope I didn't keep you waiting for long." He said pleasently as he walked inside, managing to hide the curious, and somewhat suspicious, expression he had earlier. "Desert was wonderful and I lost track of time."
Lily shook her head. "No, you're right on time," she said, returning to her seat on the dusty table. They lapsed into silence for a moment, both expecting the same thing. She bit her lip for a moment, wondering how to start. "Remus..." she began slowly, still choosing her words, "If I asked you to help me keep a secret from your friends, are you certain if you could help me?" she asked, timidly. She knew he was loyal to his friends, and this was her biggest hurdle.
Remus was expecting this, there's no denying that. Only he thought that what she had to say was something to do with James, and for that he shook his head. "Lily, I can keep a secret..." he began with a serious expression, pushing his hands deep into his pockets. "But if your secret is something related to James, well, you know who has my loyalty. And if there's a problem between you two, I can listen, but I highly recommend you talk to him."
Lily shook her head vigirously. "No, no, you've got it wrong," she said quickly. "It doesn't have to do with James, per se; it's more of just something I can't tell him... well, using your friends was a bad example. I should have said, could you keep a secret from everyone? And...well, help me cover it up?" Lily sighed. "Don't get me wrong--it's nothing bad--it's just something I'm not allowed to tell anyone, which I don't think I can do by myself. The reason for the 20 questions I'm giving you is that I need to figure out if I can trust you enough to help me."
"Oh..." Was all he said for a few minutes. He watched her silently, as if considering her words, then he spoke again. "In that case, yes, you can trust me. If it's nothing related to James, if it's only about you, then you have my word that no one will know about it."
Lily smiled genuinely at that. "Thanks," she said, gratefully. Taking a deep breath, she prepared to tell him her story. "Well, I don't know if I told you, but I applied to Healer training at the beginning of last semester. Yesterday I got an owl from St. Mungo's with a letter of acceptance, but there was also another letter with it, addressed to me from the Ministry of Magic," she paused to let him consume this information.
Remus could guess that she wasn't waiting for his congratulating, and so he nodded with a small smile. "And?" His silently wondered about the Ministry thing, almost looking worried. But then again, she'd already said that it's not a bad thing.
"Well...naturally, I opened it, and inside was another acceptance letter, though I'd never applied to any Ministry job. I've never even heard of this job, to tell you the truth, and it didn't sound like they knew much about it either," she said, sounding as if she were thinking as she spoke. "The job title is 'Unspeakable' and the department is 'The Department of Mysteries'. It sent shivers down my spine when I read about it, and I didn't know what to think. The only thing I really know is that taking the job isn't a choice, it's a demand."
It was obvious that this was the last thing he had expected. Remus gaped at her, fully knowing what the meanning of an Unspeakable was. He knew that James' father was one, and knew the risks that faced him each day. "That's a really great honour, Lily." He said as soon as he recovered from his shock, though his voice was still a little odd. "It's highly dangerous, and top secret- but it's our only hope in this war. Do you know what that means?"
Lily was surprised--and delighted, all at once--that Remus knew what this job was. She gave him a lopsided grin. "No, I don't. Mind informing me?" she asked, raising her eyebrows. She was pleased to hear that it was a big honour, happy to know she would be helping out in the war, but maybe not so much so that it was dangerous.
"They only choose the best witches and wizards, very few get a letter like you did. It's... amazing, really." Remus grinned back at her, feeling happy and excited for her. "Nobody really knows what they do, Unspeakables, but that's probably because they carry out the most important operations for the ministry, against the Death Eaters and the Dark Lord. And that's why they don't want you to tell anyone, they're afraid of an Unspeakable getting kidnapped and forced to tell all the information he knows. It would bring our world to ruins, honestly."
Lily had to hide the anxious feeling that was building up in her stomach at the description he gave her. They had failed to include -that- in the letter. Kidnappings? Forcing information? Well, one thing was for sure...she had never imagined herself in this sort of job. "You definately have told me more than they told me," she said, trying to give him a smile. "Anyway, the reason I really need you help is to cover it up... I'm too scared to tell anyone really at the moment for fear it could leak out, James knows that I'm lieing to him and it's tearing me up, and... I don't know how to deal with any of this."
"Leave James to me. I'll have a talk with him, without letting him know about our talk, of course." He added the last part quickly, determind to keep his word. "I do think that the Ministry would appoint you a minor job as a covor up, something to tell people. Maybe you ought to talk to them, find out a bit more before you get into this." Remus cleared his throat before he continued. "I agree with you not telling James about it, for now. But if it got serious between you two, you have to let him know. He's not the person to let it leak or anything of that sort, trust me, he knows how to keep a secret."
Lily sighed in relief. "Remus, you're amazing," she said, thankfully. "And I did intend upon telling him eventually, as you said, if we ever get serious. It's not that I don't trust him to keep it, I'm just not sure I should be telling much of anyone right now, even those closest to me.... As for the cover-up job, I think that would be a good idea. I never thought of that, but I'll owl the Ministry tomorrow and see what they say about it."
Remus smiled at her, giving her a nod. "Do that. And let me know what they say, if you want." He wondered if he should ask her the question that was on his mind, but he didn't wonder for a long time. Curiousty got the best of him, and he simply had to know. "Why did you choose to tell me of all people, by the way?"
Lily raised her eyebrows. "Well, I thought that much would be obvious. First off, you're a close friend of James. Second, I've always felt like you were an exceptionally trustworthy person. And third, only you could come up with an idea to help me when I'm stuck like this," she told him and offered a small smile.
"Thank you for thinking so highly of me, I'm truely honoured." Even though he was grinning at her, his tone was serious. He honestly felt happy that she thought that of him, and for a fleeting second he saw why James wanted her. "Congratulations, Lily, I'm sure you'll make a wonderful Unspeakable."
"I hope so," she said, albeit unsurely, and hopped down from the table, straightening out her skirt. "And it's no problem... You know, I also want to thank you for agreeing to talk to me about this. I was about to go insane, keeping it all inside and not knowing what to do, and having James hounding me about what my secret was every second." She had been making her way towards the classroom door, but stopped beside him, giving him a friendly hug. "I think I might actually sleep well tonight," she said, letting him go.
Remus hugged her back with a a warm smile, "I'll talk to James as soon as possible, I promise. But for now, I better go to the Library before they come looking for me. I accidently heard Sirius saying something about unfinished plans and whatnot."
Lily laughed. "End of school prank plans?" she asked with a raised eyebrow, stepping outisde the door. "I assumed that when James told me that -he- had something he couldn't tell me that that was it. I suppose I just thought it better to humor him and not let him know I'm on to it," she told him with a wink.
"It would be the right thing to do. It's his last year, allow him to have his fun." Remus walked with her, running his hand in his hair for a second. He stopped when they reached the stairs, giving her a small shrug, "Library's that way." He pointed his thumb to the direction opposite that to the common room, "So I guess I'll see you later? Oh and Lily, if you ever feel like talking again, you know where to find me."
"Of course," she said with a nod. "I'll be sure to tell you once I get an owl back from the Ministry, too. And thanks again. I'll see you later tonight." With that, she gave him a wave and hurried up the steps towards the common room.