"All right," said Remus, clearing his throat. He'd been joking, but apparently Robards was taking everything very seriously. That led him to his next question.
"I'd hoped I hadn't left this at the scene," he said. "I'm usually much more careful." He paused a moment, and then asked, "Do you mind if I ask why you haven't turned me in? If anyone else had found that, I don't think I'd be sitting at their dinner table."