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Day 26 - Frozen Words

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Jan. 30th, 2006 | 06:30 pm
posted by: safebox in blanketforts

Hidden Beneath
By safebox
G, 250 words

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Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.

Remus settles into his chair, in this little room of peace he has created. One term under his belt, and he hasn’t been fired yet. He was enormously relieved to see Harry living as a credit to his parents, and it had been an honour to meet him. James and Lily lived on.

He shifts, and his bones creak. Coming back to school has made him feel old, just as he’d suspected. All of this youth and vibrancy around him has not yet appeared to rub off.

It’s been nice to tread the halls again, to relive the glory days. The past is essentially the present as it is, so at least he can dwell on the happier times whilst the bad ones consume him.

The staff have all been as pleasant as could be wished. Well, aside from Severus, and it pained Remus to see the grudges still poisoning the man’s insides. Nonetheless, he thinks he may understand the feeling more than Severus realises.

Some of them have made the connection and asked him how he’s coping with Black’s escape. He’s never sure what to say, so it’s usually just a mumbled nicety and that’s it.

’This must be difficult. I know you were fond of him.’

Now, finally, he lets the words out, just once.

‘I loved him.’

Upon their release, they freeze up and fall, hidden once again.

Hidden, that is, until the blinding summer bursts them open into a truth that is real and alive once again.

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