When the Devil DrivesAuthor: tetsubinatuSummary:
Trapped together at the full moon, Severus holds Lupin's life in his hands.Warnings:
Trapped at the Full Moon / zero
"There are two ways of getting this wrong," Lupin said, handing the knife to Severus. "One will get you killed and the other will kill me."
"Your loss would make zero difference to the Order," Severus replied, running an appraising finger along the blade. "I wonder that you should even suggest that I take the chance."
"Our choices are limited," Lupin said colourlessly.
Lupin had removed most of his clothing already and was testing their salvaged rope in a manner that seemed almost idle until one noticed the slight trembling of his hands. When Severus reached for it Lupin handed the rope to him without demur, only taking one deep breath before folding himself into position beside the exposed beam.
Never had Lupin looked more vulnerable. Ironic, in some ways. Less so, in others.
Severus started with his arms.
"Not so tight," Lupin protested, "The wolf's bigger."
"It won't kill you!" Severus snapped.
"It might stress the ropes."
Severus scowled, but conceded the point by loosening the bindings. He hesitated when he reached Lupin's face, but they'd practiced this and he managed the loose loops around Lupin's jaw and nose which would effectively muzzle the wolf easily enough, finishing with a brutal tether to further restrict the movement of Lupin's head.
work?" he prodded again.
"Just keep killing the wolf until the moon sets," Lupin repeated wearily. "Slit its throat or, if that's too dangerous, stab it to the heart. As moonset approaches..."
"I know," Severus said, "You'll become weaker and if I kill you in the last minutes you may not recover..."
"If you need to, don't hesitate: cut its head off," Lupin interrupted, holding Severus' gaze until, abruptly, his eyes clouded and the first tremors shook his rigid frame.
Severus lifted the knife.