“Draco,” Ares called out as he came into the compartment the six claws sat in during their rides to and from Hogwarts.
“Ares,” Draco said nodding to his best friend and master.
“Indigo, Griffin, Orion, Hermione.”
The four others nodded to Ares. “Orion how’s your mate?”
“She’s doing well Ares. Thanks for asking. I did have some problems this summer with fighting off a few more strange wolves who wanted to claim her as their own.”
“Are you healed?”
“Yeah. We werewolves heal fast. Besides Phoenix and my older sister as well as my alpha female took care of me while I was laid up.”
“Romulus gave his permission for you to come back to our territory for the holidays if you want. Just to stay away from the pack on the full moons and know that he and his mate are the bosses while you’re in our territory.”
“Write to your alpha and tell him I accept. I could do with getting away for a while.”
Orion nodded and pulled out a piece of parchment and a quill to begin composing his letter. When it was done he gave it to his shadow owl, Nightshade, and opened the window. Nightshade flew off to the territory of the Sea Wolves Pack and Orion replaced his quill and bottle of ink in his trunk before settling back in his seat to take a nap.
“Ares have you read the Daily Prophet recently?” Indigo asked pulling out the newspaper from a pocket in her robes.
“No. Should I have?”
“There was a breakout from Azkaban. Apparently a werewolf got out.”
“Werewolf huh? Let me see the paper Indigo.”
Indigo handed Ares the paper and he saw the headline on the front page. Glancing at Orion who had jerked awake at the word ‘werewolf’ he began to read the article aloud for the compartment to hear.
Werewolf Escapes Azkaban
By April Signet
Sometime last night a werewolf by the name of Remus John Lupin escaped from Azkaban. Remus Lupin was turned by Fenrir Greyback as a child and was friends with the mass murderer Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, and James and Lily Potter. He was sentenced to Azkaban shortly after the attack on Godric’s Hollow where James and Lily Potter lost their lives and You-Know-Who was defeated by Harry Potter.
Remus Lupin was put into Azkaban for allegedly helping Sirius Black betray the Potters to Voldemort. Although he did not go with Sirius Black to kill young Peter Pettigrew, he was also a servant of the Dark Lord. Remus Lupin is considered dangerous due to being a werewolf and being under the effects of the Moon Collar, a collar that forces a werewolf to stay in their wolf form. Please notify Aurors immediately if he is spotted. It is believed he is after Harry Potter.
Ares rolled his eyes and threw the paper on the floor. “What nonsense is the Daily Prophet spewing now? Remus Lupin was never a death eater and he didn’t betray James and Lily to the Dark Lord. That was Peter Pettigrew. Sirius Black was also innocent of his crimes and was also never a death eater. Orion be careful at Hogwarts this year.”
“Of course Ares. The rest of us will need to help watch Orion’s back on the full moon. We don’t know if Remus will come to Hogwarts and how dangerous he is with being in Azkaban. Orion what is a ‘moon collar’?”
“Moon collars are collars designed to control werewolves. The creator harnesses the full moon’s power in the moon collar and puts the collar around the werewolves which force them to take on their wolf form even when it is not a full moon outside. A werewolf can literally transform at will with the collar on. It can drive a werewolf insane.”
“I wonder what Remus Lupin wants with me? Or rather what he wants with Harry Potter?”
The train continued onto Hogwarts and finally at nine it pulled into Hogsmeade Station. Ares swore as he felt the presence of Dementors around the castle. “Dementors are here. Probably because of Remus Lupin’s escape. Do any of you know the Patronus spell?”
His followers shook their heads. “That will be something you will be learning this year then. Foulest creatures on earth, dementors. They suck the happiness right out of a person and can only be harmed via the Patronus spell. To conjure the Patronus you need to focus on a happy memory and then say ‘Expecto Patronum’. Let’s get inside quickly. I can’t stand being around these disgusting creatures.”
They climbed into the carriage and headed to the doors of Hogwarts. Ares breathed a sigh of relief when he entered the Entrance Hall. Making their way to the Ravenclaw table the six friends sat down together. The rest of Spina Corvos made their way to their own tables after greeting their master and fellow members. The sorting commenced. Ravenclaw got six new members, Hufflepuff four, Gryffindor seven and Slytherin eight. Dinner was served and the hall was full of chatter as students began to talk about what they had done during the summer and speculating why dementors were at Hogwarts. Ares groaned as Dumbledore made his speech.
“To our returning students welcome back to Hogwarts. To our new students welcome! You may have all noticed the dementors outside the school. They are here to protect you all from the werewolf Remus Lupin. Dementors show no mercy and do not care if you are innocent or guilty. They cannot be fooled by invisibility cloaks or disguises. Please give them no reason to harm you. Due to the dangers of the rabid werewolf being loose, the Minister of Magic decided to place them here to search for the werewolf and guard the school from harm. As our new DADA professor, we have Professor Thakur. Now that everyone is fed off to your common rooms.”
Ares made his way to Ravenclaw Tower with the rest of the Claws and stopped before the eagle shaped knocker.
I can sizzle like bacon,
I am made with an egg,
I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg,
I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole,
I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole,
What am I?
“A snake,” a first year girl named Jasmine Shelburne said.
Very good young one. Enter the wisest house of Hogwarts.
The first years were directed to their respective dorms. Ares, Draco and Orion made their way up to the third year dorms. Griffin made his way to the fourth year dorms which were a floor above his. Falling onto his bed Ares let Iris, Shadow and Hades out and fell asleep after changing into his pajamas and casting spells and wards on his curtains so that he wouldn’t be disturbed. This might just be an interesting year.