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True Gryffindor by Review TeamPaid AccountWiki StaffThe Owl Post StaffMerle

Rating: PG. Created: February 27th, 2007. Updated: October 1st, 2007. Read Reviews (15)
Disclaimer: Characters, the magical world, etc, is property of J. K. Rowling and Warner Bros, not the owner of this fic.

Author's Note: I'm not very sure how I feel about this. I intended it to go somwhere else, but this is what I ended up with. Hope you like it.

It was the first time he’d come here after it happened. The old, dusty, destroyed building made him shiver, or that was probably the cold of the night. It was a full moon; Moony was somewhere screaming and screeching in pain, aching everywhere. He remembered how much his monthly transformations tortured him.

He lifted his head and stared at the house that lay before him. No, not a house, he thought, not anymore. This isn’t a house anymore. After the Potters’ death, no one had ever tried to buy it – the memory was still too fresh in everyone’s mind. Sometimes people came to witness the place where the Dark Lord had once been beaten by the miraculous baby. This place was a legend, but legend or not, no one dared to buy the property.

Peter didn’t blame himself for this. He wasn’t one of those people who were brave, or strong enough to blame themselves for their own actions, however terrible they were. It was Lily and James’s fault, of course, for having trusted him with something so enormous. All of them, --James, Sirius, Peter, Lily, Dumbledore, -- knew that he wasn’t as strong as they were, and yet, they wanted him to be their Secret Keeper? He remembered how he went home after he’d agreed to do so, and how he had laughed in disbelief. He still recalled that episode perfectly; how he felt so used for having friends who trusted their lives with him, knowing that he was an easy target in He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s hands, and that he’d surely die protecting them (as if), and yet, a small fragment of him feeling something he’d never felt before: respected. He had not one, not two, but three lives on his hands, and even though James and Lily could’ve chosen any other person, they had trusted him, and that was a feeling he didn’t want to forget.

Second of all, it was Sirius’ fault, for having convinced the fugitives to switch Secret Keepers. Bad, bad idea Sirius. You have no idea how much.

And then there was Remus, thick Remus. He shouldn’t have acted suspicious, or they would have trusted him too. Peter knew that they had suspected him, but Remus? Truth be told, this made him feel slightly insulted. Remus was too sweet, too smart, too damn benevolent to even think of joining the Dark Side!

He shook his head. They were supposed to be Gryffindors, and one ended up hiding, running away; the other one was left alone, and believed that his other old friend was a murderer, while the latter made his best friends change Secret Keepers to save his own skin. How bold, how brave, how heroic they’d all been.

Peter instead liked to believe he was up to those standards. He was loyal… just not the kind of loyal anyone would’ve thought of, He was brave, had he or had he not accepted to be Secret Keeper and be fearless enough to defy them and sell them off to another higher power, with lots of probabilities he could’ve died in the attempt? Was he brave, having gone into hiding for thirteen years disguised as a rat, into the dark and unknown, after having confronted a close friend in public? Oh yes.

He turned his back to the black ruins, took a deep breath and step forward, feeling relieved and complete for the first time in a long time.

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