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Chapter 15: Kisses and Antlers
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Sirius didn't say anything to anyone after Friday's dance practice. Instead he had gone straight up to the dorm and then went right to bed. His brain couldn't handle the recent developments that had transpired throughout the day and night and on top of that, he had a bloody Quidditch match tomorrow.
So he buried himself under his covers, muttered an oath or two at the big man who ran the world and then screwed his eyes shut.
When Lea woke up on Friday morning, she faced Three Big problems. Usually as the day wears on, one expects that one or two problems might be solved. That wasn't the case this time. When she flopped onto her bed on Friday Night, she now faced Four Big Problems.
Problem Number One: She and Sirius were the House Representatives for the Solo competition.
Which lead to Problem Number Two: Now she had to spend MORE time around him by herself.
Problem Number Three: She still did not the faintest clue what she was supposed to wear now, now that she was dancing in the solo competition.
Problem Number Four: Sirius was acting strange, and it was mostly around her. Now it was her problem too.
She could have clobbered him.
Lea didn't blame the dance practice as her source of her problems. Formal Dances always posed a problem for her when it came to dresses. No, she actually had begun to enjoy herself in their practices and it was just a bonus that she became a little more toned.
No. She blamed Sirius. He was the source of all her problems.
Instead of being rational and trying to figure out solutions to her problems or whatever, she decided to throw herself into her load of weekend homework. She plowed through her Charms essay, read her DADA chapters that were assigned and tackled her Arithmancy assignment.
Crunching numbers and letters made her feel better about the current state of her life. There was something ironic in finding peace in studying divination through numbers.
Lea worked steadily throughout the night as the Common Room became emptier and emptier and the clock struck later and later. By three in the morning she was the only soul downstairs and was surrounded by books, quills, and discarded pieces of parchment. Her eyes felt bleary and itchy. She sat back in her chair.
Sirius fucking Black.
He was so…..ugh she couldn't even find a word to describe what he was her. Was he anything to her?
He was her mate, she'll give him that. And he had been the one to bring up the idea and took the initiative to ask her to accompany him to Hogsmeade.
Unconsciously a smile spread over her face at the memory of that Saturday. That had been a nice day. She had had a good time.
He seemed to be on her mind a lot lately. She wondered why.
Lea got up and stretched her back and then took a seat on the couch and stared broodingly into the dying embers of the fireplace. It was times like these where she fleetingly wished she had company. Not many of her friends in Hogwarts staid up late like she did.
But then again not many of them were insomniacs either. Lucky gits.
Almost against her will, she could feel her eyes begin to close. She shook her head and forced herself to stay awake. If she fell asleep now, she would never be able to get up to run. Sighing, she stood up and gathered up her books and parchment and whatnot. She decide that she'd simply go for a run now and then sleep for a good ten hours afterwards. She didn't care about Quidditch so much and sleeping through it didn't bother her.
It was 4:30 by the time Lea staggered back into her room dripping of sweat and exhausted. She stripped off her clothes and yanked an oversized t shirt over herself. She was so tired she could hardly think straight and crawled into bed. Sooner or later a solution would present itself to her problems.
At least, that's what she hoped.
Sirius had a grim expression as he marched out onto the Quidditch pitch shouldering his broom.
He had nothing on his mind at the moment except for hammering the Hufflepuffs into the ground.
That and his dance partner.
Who, by the looks of it, as he scanned the faces of the Gryffindor section, wasn't there. He felt a funny feeling in his stomach but waved it off. Now was not the time to be a pansy and feel offended that she wasn't there in the stands.
But then again, she had every right not to be in the stands, it wasn't she was his girlfriend or anything.
Though she should be.
Merlin's beard! Look at him, he was brooding about the thing he didn't want to brood about!
Pull yourself together Black, his brain told him sternly.
Sirius spotted Lily's fiery red locks in the stand sitting next to Marlene and Remus. She waved at him and he waved back with a small smile on his face. It made him happy to see her there for James. Of course she had attended matches before but this time he had a feeling that, she was there for his mate for a different reason.
"All right team," James said to his team mates. They drew in a close huddle and James gave them his usual spirited pep talk. After that they mounted their brooms and kicked off the ground, rising in the air to take their positions. Madam Hooch blew her whistle and signalled the match to begin. Hufflepuff would start with the Quaffle first.
Trey Gilbert threw the Quaffle through the air in attempt to reach on his team mates but James intercepted it and raced towards the opposite side of the pitch.
And they were off.
The match was fast paced and there was a bit of foul play from the Hufflepuff side which was a surprise. They played hard, but the Gryffindors played harder and that was evidenced by the roars of the Gryffindors as Jamie Bell grabbed the snitch.
They had won.
"We won! HELL YEAH WE WON!" James yelled as he circled down to the ground. His team mates followed him and they piled up on each other in good spirits. Students were flooding the grounds coming to congratulate or console the players and there was loads of chattering and laughing going on.
"Aaaahhhh good job you guys!" Marlene exclaimed grinning. She hugged James and Sirius. Marlene by far was the most affectionate of the three girls.
"Thanks Marlene," Sirius smiled and pushed a lock of hair away from his face.
"Well played Prongs, I won ten galleons from Caradoc over in Ravenclaw," Remus laughed as he clapped his mate on the back.
"Give me five of it, I've earned it!" James replied. Remus shook his head.
"Where's Lea?" Sirius asked in a would be nonchalant voice. He was curious, everybody else from their gang was there.
"Oh she's probably still asleep. She was up really late last night and didn't get to bed until four or five or so. She was dead asleep when we shook her for breakfast." Marlene answered.
Sirius mumbled something in response. No one paid attention to him because Lily had just come up to the group. She threw her arms around James shrieking "WE WON! CONGRATULATIONS!"
James laughed and picked her up and swung her around in a full circle. Remus grinned happily at the duo and Marlene nudged him. They both exchanged amused looks.
James set Lily down but she kept her arms around his neck. She smiled widely up at him. Their faces were so close, she could have counted every freckle that was dusted on his nose.
A decision had to be made. They had been circling around each other for weeks now and it was time to land.
So she pulled his face closer to his and pressed her lips to his.
Cheers and whistles erupted around them. Sirius' jaw dropped open and Marlene squealed and clutched Remus' arm who was having an minor heart attack of his own when she did that. Peter looked dumbstruck but then he clapped.
Lily saw fireworks erupt as she kissed him. He was warm and alive and vibrated under her touch. She had never felt like this.
James pulled back from her, breathless and looked at her deeply. "Lily?"
She didn't have an answer for him. Instead he just felt her pull him closer to her, kissing him hard, her hands tangling in his hair and he closed his eyes and savoured the moment.
"WOOOHOOOOOOOOO!" someone shouted.
"Finally," Sirius muttered to Peter who nodded in agreement. The couple broke apart and grinned dopily at each other.
"PARTY IN THE COMMON ROOM TONIGHT!" James shouted. Cheers erupted again from the Gryffindors.
"Oh great that means we're on food and drink duty," Remus grumbled to Peter. Marlene overheard him and looked at him. "What?"
"Don't worry about it, just be there," Peter assured her. She nodded.
"Wouldn't miss it for anything."
Sirius collapsed in his bed after the match. He was exhausted.
He slept for a good three hours and then got up and showered. He sat staring at the pile of books and homework that glared back at him. He sighed.
James and Lily were nowhere to be found (probably locked up in a broom supply closet or some place equally dark), Peter and Remus were busy working their magic and procuring supplies for the party and he had no idea where Marlene was.
He could go to the library and try to work through this gigantic pile of work by himself. Or he could go and study with some company.
He opted for the second option.
He swept his books and parchment into his bag and grabbed his broom again. Damn whoever ruined it for all guys trying to visit girls in their dorms. it wasn't easy climbing up a slide.
He knocked politely on the Seventh Year's dorm door. "ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. FREE THINKERS ONLY" said a sign that was tacked on the door. He bit back a smile. He had a feeling who might have put that up.
When no one opened it or replied, he shrugged and quietly entered the room. Looking around he saw it was empty. Then he spotted a dark haired head on a pillow through the bed hangings.
Sirius paused. On one hand, he should let her sleep. He knew she never slept well and to sleep for a solid six hours was an accomplishment. But for ten or more hours? It would be a Quidditch Word Cup feat.
On the other hand he wanted to talk to her and just spend time with her. He decided to take the risk and shook her gently.
"Lea," he said softly. She didn't answer. He shook her harder and said a little bit louder, "Lea!"
No answer. This time he gave her a good shove and nearly shouted, "LEA!"
She turned her head and cracked open a mind. When she saw who it was her eyes widened.
"Sirius!" He was in her room. This was surreal.
"Lea I want to study," he told her.
"I need a studying partner! I can't tackle Potions alone. It will eeeaaaaaattt me."
"Sirius, it's…" she glanced at the clock. Crap it was four in the afternoon.
"Four pm" he told her. She groaned and pulled her covers over her head. He tapped her head with his wand.
"Yes. A disgraceful time to be getting up, so get up and turn on that smart brain of yours,"
"My brain never turns off. That's why I never can sleep properly," she grumbled under the covers. He chuckled.
"Any case, get up, I need your help with this Herbology homework as well." He told her.
Lea reluctantly peeked her head from under the cover and looked at him. Her eyes were clear of sleep now. "I often forget that Aurors in training need to take Herbology."
"Yeah me too, I still don't even know why we have to take it, and I'm not an Auror in training yet, I'm hoping to become one. Still have six months to go."
"You'll be one," she replied confidently without thinking about what he said. Sirius felt a childish feeling of pleasure at this vote of confidence in his abilities.
"Thanks. So, lets get crackin at it. I want to finish this stupid essay before the party tonight."
"What party?" Lea asked with a confused look.
"Oh the impromptu party that James and the rest of the Quidditch team are throwing because of today's win." Sirius replied waving a hand.
"You guys won? Why didn't you tell me?" Lea exclaimed she sat straight up in bed. She glared at him accusingly. He smiled.
"You would have found out sooner or later," he shrugged.
"But not from you! C'mon you're one of the main players on the team!"
"Okay, so we won, 335 to 150."
"Well. Good job." She said finally. She wasn't sure if she should hug him or punch him. She settled for nudging his arm gently.
"Thanks. Anyway, let's get studying." He brusquely said. Lea was surprised at his tone of voice but thought nothing more about it. "Hold on there partner, let me shower first. I can't function properly without showering. It's like coffee for me."
"Okay fine I'll just wait here." He grinned widely at her and spread himself over her bed. She whacked him with her pillow. "Like hell you will! Get out of here Black, I'll meet you downstairs."
"Make me," he challenged. Lea tossed him a withering glare. She sighed and got out of bed and snatched her wand up. For a moment Sirius just stared at her. She was just wearing an oversized t-shirt and as far as he could tell, that was it besides her underwear.
Then he gasped in surprise as she shot a well-placed Jelly Leg's curse at him and he immediately tried to get up but instead just collapsed to the floor. He growled at her.
"What was that for?"
"For looking at me like that you idiot!" She stalked towards the bathroom.
Sirius grabbed the bedpost and his legs wobbled beneath him as he tried to gain a hold of himself. He could have hexed her to the moon for this.
"I'll meet you downstairs! And I'll be taking an exceptionally long shower since you were such an arse, and plus I think it'll give you ample time to make your way down the staircase with your jelly like legs." She called out through the door.
Studying with Lea was one of the stupidest decisions he had ever made. Sure, he had finished his Herbology Essay and he even got a head start on his DADA homework with her help, but throughout the entire time he was too busy thinking of her half the time.
And it didn't help that her hair was still wet from her shower and he could smell the scent of her shampoo wafting from her head.
Girl's sole purpose on this earth, Sirius decided, was to kill guys in as many ways as possible.
And this one, had extra skills when it came do doing it. She must have been God's special agent.
"Sirius! FOCUS!" Lea threw a balled up piece of parchment. It bonked off his forehead and he blinked.
"What did I do?" he asked bewildered.
"Nothing! That's the point! I asked you a question about the homework and you're just staring off into space!" she exclaimed.
"I can't concentrate on anything anymore. Studying is done for the day. It's Saturday!" Sirius slumped in his seat.
"We've only done two and half hours of homework!" she threw out her arms in exasperation.
"Exactly! That's more than enough on a weekend day!" Sirius said loudly.
"That's nothing! What are you going to do when the NEWTs come—" she suddenly lost her voice. Her eyes narrowed at him. He had put a Silencing Charm on her. The bastard.
Sirius smirked at her and Lea got up took out her wand and pointed it at him. He suddenly was blasted backwards out of his chair and landed on the floor a couple of feet away.
Thank Merlin for non-verbal spells, Lea thought.
Sirius shot daggers at her. Two could play at this game. He directed his wand at her and a jet of light blasted out of the end of it. She ducked and rolled under the table where she shot another spell at him.
Sirius was hit by a Tickling Curse and felt his sides shake from the tickling. It was painful actually. He gasped for breath. Lea came up to him and snatched his wand from him. His eyes bugged at her.
Lea towered over Sirius and folded her arms on her chest. She contemplated him for a moment. He looked ridiculous. Lea shook her head and motioned to her throat and then her mouth.
Sirius stubbornly shook his head. No way was he lifting the silencing charm off her now. God knows what she'd do to him then.
Lea sighed. He was going to make this difficult. Well he only brought this on himself. She put his wand on the table and then directed another hex at him.
Sirius' silky locks had turned into antlers. Holy mother of God, this girl was evil.
She was pure evil.
SHE HAD GONE AFTER HIS HAIR.
His mouth dropped open in surprise. He shrieked. He shrieked like a first year girl who had seen her first ghost.
"LEA!" he jumped to his feet. She grinned manically at him. "I'M GOING TO KILL YOU."
She laughed silently and snatched up his wand and waved it tauntingly at him. She motioned to her mouth again and gestured to him. He shook his head vigorously. With or without her voice, this girl could inflict some serious damage.
"I'm going to murder you in your sleep you little piece of—" he was cut off as he ducked another curse from her.
Lea decided to change tactics and pocketed his wand. Instead she turned around and charged him like a bull.
Caught off guard Sirius was knocked to the ground as she tackled him. She sat on top of his chest, her knees on either side of him and she pressed her thumb to his Adam apple. Sirius wheezed and gasped for air.
She wasn't just weird. She was half psychotic.
Lea pointed to her mouth again and cocked her head. Sirius stared at her. She pressed down harder on his throat and felt him squirm under her.
Okay, maybe more than half psychotic.
Her eyes were as unreadable as ever. Sirius glared at her. She shrugged.
Finally Sirius nodded in defeat. He motioned for his wand. Lea's eyes narrowed at this.
"You better lift this spell," she mouthed at him. He nodded and reached for his wand. She held it out of his reach.
"Promise me you'll life this spell, PROMISE." She mouthed again. Sirius rolled his eyes.
"I promise! I promise! Gimme my wand you crazy lady," he gasped. She finally acquiesced and passed it to him.
Sirius pointed the wand at her and lifted the Silencing Charm off her.
"YOU MORON!" was the first thing Lea bellowed. She punched him with her small fists.
"Get off me and give me back my hair!" he retorted.
"No, I think you'll be the life of party with antlers. After all it's the holiday season!" she said gleefully.
Sirius had had enough. With great dexterity and speed, he lifted his upper half and then grabbed Lea's waist and then flipped them over.
Now he sat on top of her and had her pinned to the ground. Triumphant he smirked at her.
"Now whose in charge?" he gloated. Lea just looked at him. She pointed her wand and Sirius was hit with a Disarming spell and flew to the opposite end of the room. He crashed on a couch and fell backwards over it.
Winded he just lay there. Lea strolled up to him and peered down at him.
For a moment Sirius just stared at her.
"Hell, you're a really good witch," he finally said.
She smiled at him.
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