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The long, scarlet steam train left the crowded King’s Cross Station. People were leaning out the windows of the Hogwart’s Express, waving their families ‘goodbye’ and being told to write every day, and all that crap. Three girls weren’t bothering about that, though. It was the same old story every year. It’s not that they didn’t love their parents, it’s just that they thought sticking your head out of a train window wasn’t a very good idea. One of the girls was reading in the corner, while the other two were playing Exploding Snap. Suddenly, a girl with shoulder length, red hair came running into the compartment. “Bella – damn Bellatrix,” she said completely out of breath “just pushed me out of the train! Had to run for ages to catch it in time!” she collapsed onto the seat beside the girl that was reading.
“And why did she do that?,” the girl who was reading asked, without looking up from her book.
“She doesn’t need a reason – she’s scary!” said one of the girls playing Exploding Snap.
“Too right, Char,” said the other.
Sarah was still breathing heavily after being attacked by her cousin. She stood up to check if the compartment door was shut properly. Sarah Black was quite tall. She stood at 5”6, with shoulder length, bright red hair and dark-blue, sparkly eyes. She had light skin and was wearing a white tutu with black polka-dots, purple tights, purple t-shirt and black runners. She went over and plonked herself back down on to the seat, beside the girl who was still reading.
Rebecca Elizabeth Valentine looked rather comfortable reading Twilight – whatever that was. She stood at 5”4 and ¾ and was quite proud of it. She had shoulder length, brown hair and big grey eyes, around then she wore black glasses. She had sallow skin and was wearing denim skinny-jeans, a red Snoopy t-shirt, a black waist-coat with a bow in her hair and very proud of being Irish.
Across from Rebecca, a girl with long, brown hair, at the height of 5”8 was incredibly focused on a game of Exploding Snap. Charlotte Prewitt’s greeny-blue eyes were darting from one card to the other. She was wearing a long-sleeved, denim dress, with navy leggings with different coloured writing all over them, and black Converse with different coloured flowers all over them. She fell back onto the seat after realizing she’d lost the game.
The girl beside her, Desirae Spindle, rejoiced in her victory. She was 5”9, the tallest of the group. She had silky brown hair, almost at her waist. Her skin was quite pale and she wore a pair of denim shorts, a green top with a black and white cardigan. She also wore flip-flops. She had grey-blue eyes filled with excitement and joy.
The girls exchanged knowing looks with each other. They were all struggling to stifle their laughter. All of a sudden Desirae and Sarah jumped up in the air to hug each other, but at the same time Rebecca jumped up and ended up accidently head-butting the two girls. They all sort of fell on the floor in pain and were rolling over because they were laughing too much. Soon Charlotte dived on top of them, and they were lying in a giggling mass on the floor. All shouting out stuff like “I missed you” “ – long time no see” and “ – I saw you two days ago!”. Then of course, the Marauders just had to walk in.
“Hey there’s a party, and we aren’t invited!” Sirius said, as though it was an abomination. And all the Marauders jumped on to the floor of the compartment to “join the party” as they called it, but after a while Sarah claimed that Peter farted, and said that Sirius “ruined their moment” so she kicked both of them.
Sirius Black was cheeky and was brazen enough to sit beside Desirae and put his arm around her shoulders, she slid away uncomfortably. Sirius was a handsome young fellow with bright blue eyes and curly black hair. He wore a pair of jeans with a plain white t-shirt.
Across the compartment Rebecca was showing her new book to Remus Lupin, a smart boy with light brown hair and brown puppy dog eyes. He wore a pair of brown trousers, a white shirt and a brown knitted waistcoat. He laughed as she explained the book to him.
Charlie was sitting uncomfortably because Peter Pettigrew stared at her from across the compartment, he was a chubby child with blonde hair and watery blue eyes and wearing a pink shirt, presumably his Mum did the washing wrong, and a pair of jeans.
James Potter though was staring in awe at Sarah as she joined a conversation with Charlie. James was looking at Sarah, with a googly eyed look with his hazel eyes. He also wore a t-shirt and jeans.
“Sarah?” Charlie whispered “James is looking in your direction”
Sarah looked over at James rapidly. Her face went red with embarrassment and looked back to Charlie without hesitation. Suddenly Hufflepuff fifth years looked into the compartment.
“Eh.. Sirius but there’s some girls staring at you” Dee said pointing to the girls.
“Of course they are I’m stunningly attractive” he said with his Marauder grin. Dee annoyed grabbed Rebecca’s book and wacked him across the head with it. He rubbed his head sorely.
“What was that for?” he asked, annoyed.
“The spine of my book, you – you damaged it!” Rebecca said, rather upset.
“Becca, I’m sorry that his head damaged your book – even though it’s rubbish,” Dee said rather annoyed “And Sirius, I’m sorry - NOT! You- deserved- it!!” she shouted, hitting him with the book in between words, before throwing Becca’s book back to her.
“We have to go girls, try not to miss us too hard” James said giving Sarah a little wink. They got up to leave. Sirius went to kiss Dee’s cheek but Dee pushed him away embarrassed. And he just pretended to cry.
Remus and Becca sort of looked at each other longingly, and then he winked at her and gave her that cheeky Marauder’s grin, and she went as red as a tomato.
When the Marauders left, Dee shouted; “James and Sarah sitting in a tree!! K-I-S-S-I-N-G! First comes LOVE, then comes MARRIAGE! Then comes a b – Oww!! What was that for?” she whined to Sarah, rubbing her head.
“You know why!!” Sarah scowled.
“Did anyone else notice how cozy Remus and Becca were getting?” Charlie said, giggling slightly.
“No! Of course we noticed. They’re soooo cute! Anyways, he really likes you,” Dee said giddily.
“He does not!” Rebecca said, even more embarrassed than before. “We’re just friends,”
“Yeah, yeah,whatever.You just keep thinking that,” Dee said thinking of how much she was annoying her friend. Rebecca glared at Dee and went back to her book. Dee had her feet up against the window staring out at the rushing trees go by.
“Did you hear the Christmas Ball is happening this year?” Charlie asked. She sighed when she realised no one was listening. The sweet trolley came. “Anything from the trolley dears?” Dee got up to buy a cauldron cake.
“We’re mad at you you’re buying” Sarah and Rebecca shouted. Dee laughed and bought four cauldron cakes for them all and off went the trolley. Left behind her were jealous Hufflepuffs from before. They had cauldron cakes and they started to pelt the cakes at her. She screamed but was fired behind a straight strong body.
“Leave her the hell alone!” He shouted. She heard the girls gasp and run away. The body turned around, Sirius, had saved her from cauldron cakes, how romantic.
“Thanks” she said going back into her compartment but Sirius grabbed her arm and pulled her closer to him. She dropped her cauldron cakes as she realised he was leaning in. He kissed her lightly on the lips. It wasn’t what she expected, it was nothing like she imagined, he was gentle and sweet. He released her and kissed her lightly on the forehead before he bid her goodbye.
It was quiet. Too quiet. Everyone was getting off the train at Hogsmeade Station. The girls were walking in a group, and behind them, the Marauders were whispering about something. And though they would never admit it, each of the girls were eavesdropping on the Marauders’ conversation.
“So what do you think?” James asked quietly.
“I think it’s mad,” Remus was speaking now.
“But brilliant, right?” Sirius asked hopefully.
“That’s undecided,” Remus said
“And?” Peter asked, as though there was clearly more to be said.
“It’s absolutely mental, I’ll give you that,” Remus continued,“Can I think about it?”
“What’s there to think about? We worked really hard on it,” Sirius whined.
“Yeah, I know. But it’s not that simple. Can we talk about it later?” Remus had most likely noticed that the girls were unusually silent, and that it was quite suspicious. The others had obviously picked up on this, as they had changed the subject to Quidditch.
They had reached the carriages. Sirius had ran up to Sarah, and whispered in her ear; “Creepy, huh?,” looking at the thestrels.
“Yup, absolutely terrifying,” Sarah shuddered, and Sirius draped his arm around her in that overly-protective-brother way, and she smiled at him reassuringly. Charlie, Dee, Sarah, Sirius, James and Peter weren’t in their robes. Remus and Rebecca were disgusted. They got into the carriages. Sirius was playing with a strand of Dee’s hair. She lay her head on his shoulder and sighed in his deep scent. Their hands were tangled in each other’s. Remus was explaining Twilight to Rebecca.
“Werewolves in this book can change when they get angry or run fast but real werewolves can only change at a full moon and the can’t control themselves so it’s important to stay away from dangerous places where the might look at this,” he explained to her.
“And tell me how do you know so much about this?” She asked smugly.
He leaned in and whispered in her ear “That’s a secret” She giggled lightly and turned to Dee. She was looking at them with a Come-On-Already look on her face.
The carriage stopped and she turned to Remus “I’m going to find out.” she jumped down from the carriage and fixed her robes. They walked to the castle.
The other girls got a warning off Professor Dumbledore about their robes. They went to their dorms and got changed into their pyjamas and went to sleep. Dee thought about Sirius, Sarah about James, Charlotte about how lonely she was and Rebecca about Charms class.
They woke up at eight o’clock to find Lily Evans getting ready for classes, Rebecca was already gone and the others unwillingly got out of bed and got ready. They went down to breakfast. The hall was practically empty apart from Rebecca reading. They sat beside her and ate in silence. She handed out the time tables.
“Sarah you’re in Muggle Studies with me!” Rebecca said, excited.
“Oh joy,” she yawned. Rebecca grabbed her arm and dragged her down the hall with her. “My digestives,” she called. Rebecca caught a glimpse of James and Sirius walking in their direction.
“Sarah you go ahead” Rebecca said. Sarah smiled and skipped ahead, her red hair flowing behind her. She stood in the way of Sirius and James.
“Sirius shoo,” she told him. He was about to say something but James stopped him.
“Padfoot, it’s alright” He said and Sirius went down the hall confused. Rebecca and James stared at each until Rebecca lifted her hand and slapped him. He cursed under his breath.
“What in Merlin’s name was that for?” He shouted.
“Ask the girl out for goodness sake!” Rebecca shouted.
“What are you on a—?”
She slapped him again.
“Oh I don’t know. Maybe. I’ll see” he said. She slapped him again.
“What was that for then?” He rubbed his cheek.
“Three times a charm” She laughed and skipped to class.
Pr. Charity Burbage was the Muggle Studies teacher. Becca sat beside Sarah, she looked tired and depressed. “Today we’re going to talk about a Telephone. Does anyone know what this device does?” Becca put her hand up and so did Lily Evans.
“A Telephone is a device that Muggles use to communicate with each other.” she explained. The door suddenly burst open and in came Charlie.
“Professor, the headmaster sent me, he said that all classes are cancelled for the rest of the week.”
“Mr Black and Mr Potter played a prank that sent a few classes up in flames, Professor.” She said.
“Ok everyone one essay on telephones to be in by Thursday” She said “But now you can go out onto the grounds.”
Sarah and Rebecca gathered their stuff and headed for the grounds with Charlie. They walked down to the black lake and rested under a tree. Sarah took two Pokémon teddies out of her bag and pretended to have a duel. Charlie laughed as she looked up at the sky and drew the clouds.
“Did you ever notice the way clouds never stay the same” Charlie said. Dee and Sirius came running down beside us. Sirius snogged her before going to the Marauders at another tree. Dee sat down beside the girls.
“So you and Sirius?” Sarah asked putting down her Pokémon.
“No, we’re just friends” She said lying down to sunbathe.
“Yeah what you and him we’re doing was very “Friendly”” Charlie glared.
“What’s wrong with you?” Dee asked harshly. Charlie got up and gathered her stuff.
“I just think you should cherish what you have!” She shouted and stormed off to the castle. Rebecca ran after her. Dee took no notice and went back to sunbathing.
Remus held her hand as he led her to his surprise. “Keep your eyes closed,” he said stopping every time she peeked.
“Fine.” she said as he led her further. Rebecca hated surprises and not knowing things. They came to a sudden halt.
“Ok, open your eyes.” He ordered as he stood behind her. She opened her eyes to reveal a beautiful picnic on the Astronomy Towerright before her eyes. A red tweed blanket lay on the floor and a candle or two by its side. She looked up to see the night sky full of beautiful twinkling stars. Remus sat down on the blanket, Rebecca joined him. Remus was really tall about six foot or so. She felt like a mouse beside him.
“I wasn’t sure what you liked.” He admitted.
“It’s perfect,” Rebecca told him looking up at the stars. Remus started to search through the basket for food. He ran his hand through his hair. This was a sign of stress. “What’s wrong?”
“After planning all this would you believe I forgot to pack the food?” Remus said disappointedly. Rebecca laid her hand on his.
“It’s alright, honestly, it’s beautiful just being here with you and the stars. Aren’t they just gorgeous?” She asked.
“They are but not compared to you.” He said shyly. Rebecca made an “aw” sound. She got up onto her feet and went to the railing to look at the stars. She loved them and their beauty. Remus came to her and wrapped his arms around her waist, she turned and leaned up against the railing. She looked into his big brown eyes. He leaned in to kiss her but just as their lips barely touched, they heard a scream.
Chapter 3: The Other Knight in Shining Armour
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The Other Knight in Shining Armour
BANG! That’s what the girls woke up to early on Tuesday morning. Sarah and Charlie bolted upright in their beds, while Dee fell out of the bed with fright and Becca wasn’t anywhere to be seen. Dee had gotten up off the ground, and soon they were all running down the stairs to the Gryffindor common room.
They were stopped at the end of the stairs by Lily Evans’ outstretched hand. And lucky she stopped them, otherwise they would have fallen into this gigantic hole in the middle of the common room floor.
And you’ll never guess who was standing there. Four boys – completely covered in dust – were standing at the other end of the common room, on the other side of the hole. But the girls also noticed Rebecca there too, and she was wearing – what she liked to call – her date clothes. Rebecca and Remus looked as confused as the girls were feeling. James and Peter looked shocked, but Sirius just looked plain angry.
After no one said anything, Lily made an exasperated sound, and marched up the stairs to the girls’ dorms. Charlie looked around and noticed that they were the only ones in the common room (besides the Marauders) and though they could hear some footsteps behind them, they all quickly retreated as soon as they saw who was in the common room.
“What the fudge happened here?” Dee wondered aloud.
“I’m not sure I want to know,” Charlie said in a slightly scared voice.
“How the hell are we supposed to get out of the common room?” Sarah asked.
“Jump,” James said as though it was the most simple thing in the world.
“Jump?!” Sarah asked incredously “I am under no circumstances jumping over a ginormous hole in the floor! In case you haven’t noticed; IT’S DANGEROUS!!”
“Yeah but we’ll catch you,” James grinned “- and what’s life without a little danger? Eh?”
Sarah turned on her heel, and marched back up to the dorm to Lily. Then Rebecca said; “You do know that you could get expelled for this, right?” Sirius nodded “And that it’s a pretty stupid thing to do?” he just put his head in his hands and turned away.
“Well I’m not waiting around for someone to fix this,” Dee said “I’m hungry now!” she moved back a couple of feet, so she could jump over the hole at a run. She just about made it over, and almost stumbled to her knees, but Sirius caught her before she could fall. She smiled at him appreciatively and he went to give her a hug, but she didn’t see, so he was just left there looking a bit silly while she went to sit on the couch and said “Well?” gesturing for Charlie to jump over.
When Charlie had jumped over the hole, the seven of them went down to breakfast. When they reached the Great Hall they found it almost empty and that breakfast hadn’t even started yet. They went to sit at the end of the Gryffindor table where there was one plate of toast and a jug of pumpkin juice (it was like someone knew they were going to be there). Sirius threw a slice of toast to everyone and Charlie began to pour some juice.
“So,” Remus began “what’re we going to do today?”
“You mean to say ‘what aren’t we going to do today?’” Sirius said suggestively. He seemed to have recovered from his previous state.
“Well we can’t do much while you three are in your pyjamas,” James said.
“That’s not true,” Charlie began “we can sleep in our pyjamas.”
“You can’t sleep all day!” James shouted, completely outraged.
“Wy nod?,” Dee asked through a mouthful of toast.
“Because were in Hogwarts – that’s why!” Sirius declared with his fist raised and one foot on the bench “Where our adventures are limitless, our pranks are genius and no adults can get in our way! Except maybe McGonagall, but we can charm our way around her.”
“Those are inspiring words Sirius,” Dee said softly “But you’re standing on my hand!” she shouted.
Sirius looked down to his foot and lifted it swiftly. Then a look of shock came over his features and he turned to face Dee; “Dezzy darling, I’m so sorry! Please forgive me! I would never hurt you.” He was now on his knees begging to be forgiven, and reached out to kiss her hand better. Dee just laughed and said that him and his big feet should be more careful.
Becca and Remus were sitting across from each other talking about books (as usual). James was sitting on Remus’ right, Dee on his left and Sirius was beside her. Charlotte was sitting on Becca’s right and Peter was on Charlotte’s right – but sitting a good bit away from her (though that didn’t bother Charlie in the slightest).
Remus and Rebecca were talking about the next Hogsmeade visit, and how there was a really interesting, new book coming out about Magical Creatures. Dee and Charlie were grinning at each other, they knew how much Becca secretly fancied Remus, and anyone could tell that he really liked her too. They were both oblivious, though to the other liking them. (Or at least that’s what Charlie and Dee thought.) They insisted upon several occasions that they were ‘just friends’, but no one in their group believed them.
They finished up what was left of breakfast, and decided to head outside. But the boys stopped them at the doorway, saying that they didn’t want every boy in the school to see the girls in their pyjamas. The girls said that they were being stupid and that they were going outside anyway, so the Marauders insisted that Charlie, Dee and Becca wear their jackets.
The jackets smelled like boys. Not like aftershave. Like boys. Boys that wore these jackets way too much. They walked through the huge, wooden doors in the Entrance Hall and found themselves on the Hogwarts grounds. The glimmering sunrise was visible through the numerous archways of the courtyard, and it was a beautiful sight. They all made their way down to the Old Beech Tree that the Marauders usually sat under.
You could tell that James was missing Sarah’s presence, as he didn’t say much. He was just sitting there pulling at some grass and chipped in on the conversation occasionally. They had talked about all sorts. Stuff like; what they were going to spend their few days of a break doing, the next Hogsmeade visit, dreading and looking forward to – in some cases – starting classes again, O.W.L’S and then they happened upon the subject of Quidditch.
Quidditch was a big deal to the Marauders. It wasn’t just a game, it was a way of life. Though not all of them were on the team, they all were exceptionally good. Charlie, Becca and Dee were on the Gryffindor Quidditch team last year and were talking about whether or not to try out this year, but then Charlie remembered she was annoyed at Dee and started up a conversation with Remus.
By now you could see the the sunlight shining through The Forbidden Forest, lighting inbetween the trees and casting long shadows along the castle walls.
“So how exactly did you set the classrooms on fire yesterday?” Becca asked James and Sirius. And they exchanged mischievious, but guilty looks.
“Well it sorta went like this,” James began “ – we were on our way to Muggle Studies, when we noticed a little opportunity we just couldn’t let pass –,”
“ – there were a couple of Slytherins in a classroom and they were asleep,” Sirius interrupted James “It was probably some study class or something, but anyways; we decided that this was the perfect opportunity for some mischief making, and we couldn’t resist –, ”
Then James continued “ – so we cast a Levicorpus on them so they were hanging upside-down. But then, one of the Slytherins woke up and cast Fiendfyre at us – for some reason or another – and soon it was spreading all around the room! It –,”
“ – was absolutely crazy in there! Fire was shooting everywhere, but – being the genorous and kind people that we are - ,” Remus scoffed as Sirius said this “ – we took the Slytherins down before they were burned alive!”
“So we all ran out of the room, but fire kept on shooting from the Slytherin boy’s wand, and it was going into all the rooms that we ran past!” James said in a slightly panicky, rushed voice.
“But lucky Minnie was there, huh?” Sirius mused “Otherwise we would’ve been burned alive - ,”
“ – and everyone in the school too, at that!” James finished.
Everyone just looked at James and Sirius, slightly confused. “So you two finish eachother’s sentences now?” Dee asked them.
“I – I suppose so.” Sirius said slowly. Then both him and James looked at eachother with scared expressions on their faces, but turned away quickly.
No one had really figured out what had happened this morning. But none of them really wanted to ask, out of fear that it would set Sirius off again. When they did get back to the common room – in the late afternoon – they had found that Sarah and Lily had fixed the hole, because they thought that Sirius and James were in enough trouble already.
Everyone had pretty much just spent the whole day lying about. And Charlie and Dee still refused to get dressed. Now though the Marauders and the girls were all sitting around the fireplace in the Gryffindor common room. Charlie was sitting on the couch drawing random things, Peter was sitting uncomfortably beside her, Sarah was playing with her Pokémon teddies again, James and his limbs were sprawled across an armchair and he was staring at Sarah, Dee and Sirius were sitting on the floor, talking while playing Exploding Snap and Rebecca and Remus were talking about that book again, and thinking about buying it together in Hogsmeade.
Everyone was comfortable. Then when the clock chimed eight o’clock, the Marauders just upped and left, saying that they were getting tired and ought to go to sleep. The girls thought that this was strange. The Marauders were never the type of people to go by bedtimes, they would stay up all night if you let them. But then again, if you’re friends with the Marauders you should learn to expect the unexpected.
The girls stayed in the common room and chatted for a while, but soon Rebecca, Dee and Sarah decided to head up to bed too, because they had been woken up extra-early that morning. While they were making their way over to the staircase, Sarah could’ve sworn that she’d felt something brush past her shoulder, but when she turned around she saw that there was no one there. She thought nothing of it and continued up to the dorm.
Charlotte remained in the common room. She didn’t feel sleepy, but she didn’t feel like talking (to Dee especially). The portrait had swung open, but no one came through, and she hadn’t seen anyone leave the common room. But it was probably someone joking around, so she continued doodling.
Then – after about half an hour – she got bored drawing stuff in the common room and decided to go on a walk, maybe she could draw the stars, or do a sketch of the castle at night. She collected her sketchpad and pencils and headed for the portrait hole. She made her way down to the Entrance Hall, hoping she wouldn’t be spotted by a professer – or worse, Filch.
She slid through the huge doors and made her way down the hill. It was a bit chillie, she probably should’ve brought a jacket. She reached the edge of the lake and sat down. She could see the ripples of water that highlighted where the giant squid had surfaced. She looked up. There were no clouds for her to paint tonight, no not a cloud in the sky. Though the stars were shining brightly enough to give that spectacular effect that she was looking for. She had only started sketching the first constellation when she noticed something; the moon was shining very brightly indeed, and it was shining brightly because it was full. A lot of weird people came out on full moons, not just weird people, weird things, creepy things, dangerous things. But she shouldn’t worry about that, it’s Hogwarts. Surely there were enchantments cast to prevent dark creatures from entering the grounds at night?
Just then she heard something. A scream – wait, no a howl? Like a dog or a wolf. She turned to face the direction it was coming from. There were wolves in Scotland, right?
She could see something approaching in the distance, it’s sihlouette quite big in the light of the moon. She stood up and backed away. She heard another howl, and knew – on instinct – to run. She ran as fast as her legs could carry her. She ran through the trees, up towards the castle. She could hear the footsteps of that .... thing coming behind her, it’s feet thumping on the ground, it was much faster than her, and she felt that she didn’t stand a chance. Whatever it was didn’t want a friendly chat and a cup of tea, they wanted to kill her, or maybe eat her with the tea! But she didn’t want to think about that, she had to keep running.
Suddenly it stopped. She could hear other footsteps behind her, but a bit further back. The footsteps began to get lighter, and lighter and soon there was no more footsteps to be heard. But that didn’t stop her from running. There was a huge chance that these ..... creatures?.... would change their minds and decide to chase after her again, and she most certainly didn’t want that!
She didn’t even know where she was running anymore. She looked around for some familiar surroundings and saw some lights. It was the gamekeepers cabin – what was his name? Hagrid, Hagrin? She couldn’t remember. She decided it best not to go in, as questions would be asked. She jogged past – she couldn’t run anymore, her legs felt like they were going to fall apart – but then she bumped into something; “Oh Merlin,” she thought “please don’t be that thing.” But it wasn’t, it was a boy, someone her age by the looks of it. She couldn’t see his face in the darkness, but his voice to describe every aspect of him.
“Who’s there?” his thick Scottish accent rang through “Hagrid?” he asked.
“No,” her voice sounded weak “no – it’s not Hagrid.”
“Lumos,” he said, and he shone the wand on her face, it also lit up his “You’re a Gryffindor, aren’t you?” he asked, Charlie nodded “Prewitt, is it?”
“Yes,” she said “Charlotte Prewitt. You?”
“Damian Wood,” he began “ Ravenclaw.”
Just then Charlie heard that howl again. “Come on!” she shouted, as she grabbed Damian’s hand and dragged him up the hill.
“What are you doing?!” he shouted from behind her.
“Just trust me!,” she shouted back. They were almost at the castle, just a few more feet and they would be safe and sound inside the castle.
But then Charlotte yelped in pain. She must have stood on her ankle funny or something, but she had to stop.
“What’s wrong?” Damian asked as Charlotte sat on the ground, holding her foot.
“ My ankle – I must’ve stood on it funny .... ouch!” she said, in severe pain.
“Here, let me help you.” he bent down to examine her foot.
“No, there’s no time!!” she shouted, and attempted to stand up “There’s something out there and it was chasing us, we need to get into the castle now!”
And before she knew it, he had picked her up off of the ground, and was carrying her towards the castle without any hesitation. He picked up speed a bit when they heard noises, and his strong arms carried her safely through the doors of Hogwarts.
He insisted on carrying her up to the Hospital Wing, even though she said that there was no need.
“So what were you doing out so late at night?” he asked.
Charlotte wasn’t sure what to say, so she said; “I might ask you the same question.”
“I was visiting Hagrid. He’s a friend of mine.” he explained.
“Who, the Gamekeeper?” she asked.
“Yes,” he replied simply “So you still haven’t answered my question.”
“I – I was drawing.” she said nervously.
“Drawing? What the grounds at night?” he asked, though not in a mocking tone.
“Yes.” she stated as they reached the Hospital Wing. Madame Pomphrey came bustling out of her office as she saw them approach.
“What on earth happened here?” she asked, a slightly annoyed tone in her voice.
“I – uh .... fell down the stairs.” Charlie said, unsurely.
“Out of bed after hours too. Tut, tut. Come on, bring her over here.” Damian placed her gently down on one of the many beds in the Hospital Wing.
“Now, um let me see,” Madame Pomphrey examined her leg carefully, “Looks to me like a broken ankle. Some potions and rest,” she said, hinting to Damian “should do the trick.”
After Madame Pomphrey had gotten Charlie all bandaged up and given her some potions, she told Damian to leave and that Charlotte would be fine and he could come back and visit tomorrow. Then she went off into her office.
“Thank-you.” Charlie muttered, a bit drousy.
“You’re welcome.” he laughed, and within seconds, she was asleep. He bent down to kiss her forehead “Goodnight.” he whispered softly. And he left the Hospital Wing with many intentions of coming to visit her.
It seemed Charlotte Prewitt’s thoughts weren’t so lonely after all.
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You’re My Sunshine
The next morning Charlie woke up to find Rebecca asleep at the side of her bed, Dee humming a lullaby in her ear and Sarah fixing her sheets. She wiggled her ankle, there was the slightest bit of pain but other than that she felt as good as new. She sat up. Dee squealed in delight and so did Sarah.
“Rebecca wake up.” Sarah said throwing a pillow at her. Rebecca awoke in surprise.
“I DIDN’T DO IT!” Rebecca roared.
“Charlie’s awake.” Dee informed her, handing Charlie pumpkin juice.
“Oh great.” she said and went back to sleep.
“Madam Pomfrey says you fell down a stairs.” Sarah said.
“Yeah, Damian Wood helped me here.” She said taking a sip of her juice.
“That was nice, we’re going to go back to the dorm and get ready for Hogsmeade,” Dee informed “Madam Pomfrey said you could come and your clothes are in the bag on the locker. Also very sorry about Bex she couldn’t sleep last night.”
Sarah woke Rebecca again but she didn’t shout this time. Sarah held her waist and led her out of the hospital wing. Dee at her other side. James, Sirius and Peter walked in the door.
“Ah look is the little leprechaun tired.” Sirius said with sarcasm in his voice.
“JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!” Rebecca screamed running out the door, Sarah following her. They laughed and walked on. Dee grabbed Sirius’s arm.
“Sorry, she couldn’t sleep and trust me when she doesn’t sleep she’s a drama queen.” Dee said and kissed his cheek. Dee flittered out the door after the others. Charlie stared at the Marauders and went behind the curtain which refrained Charlie from who was there.
“You should have been careful and taken your potion.” James muttered harshly.
“I know I just forgot with talking to Rebecca.” A voice she recognized said. Remus. Remus had tried to attack her. She got out of her bed and started to walk on her ankle gingerly to close her curtains. She took her clothes out of the bag and started to get changed into a pink jumper and jeans. She opened the curtain and started to walk out the door. Her ankle was as good as new but what was Remus talking about? What did speaking to Rebecca prevent him from doing?
Dee and Sirius looked very cosy going to Honeydukes with Peter and Charlie. Rebecca had lightened up when she saw Remus. James was tagging along with him since Sarah was going with them. Sarah wore a pair of jeans with a Pokémon t-shirt. She looked cute, Rebecca wore a black dress with a red cardigan. Her and Sarah skipped singing loudly as people stared as they passed. Remus and James tried to keep up. Rebecca stopped abruptly.
“What’s up?” Sarah asked.
“Books!” She squealed like a child looking up at the new bookshop. “Can we go in please?” She begged.
“Fine!” Sarah and James said together. Rebecca jumped up and down and ran into the shop. Remus was two steps after her. Sarah and James walked in.
“I hate books,” He complained “And with someone like Remus as your friend it’s like being…”
“Friends with a book?” Sarah finished “I know how it feels.”
While they got along, Rebecca had picked out two books to buy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them” and “Tales of the Beedle the Bard” Rebecca felt like she was in heaven. Someone wrapped their cold hand around her waist and whispered “What you buying?” She turned to find Remus staring at her. He let go of her waist. She handed him the books. “Haven’t you read these?” he asked.
“Yes but I thought I’d go over them for you know light reading.” she told him. He smiled his Marauder grin.
“Shall we finish what we started?” He asked. Rebecca looked confused.
“Wha-“ but she was silenced by a kiss. A soft gentle kiss as if he didn’t want to hurt her. “Remus Lupin was kissing her” was all she could think and of course “Ravenclaws will be so jealous”
Meanwhile over at Honeydukes, Sirius had bought Dee a cauldron cake but Charlie and Peter were getting bored of them being all lovey dovey.
“Guys can we go now” Peter complained.
“Yeah, I’m dying for a butterbeer” Charlie agreed.
“Fine.” Sirius said walking out the door with Dee and Peter and Charlie following. The started to make their way towards The Three Broomsticks. Dee asked Sirius for his coat as she had forgot hers. He wrapped his coat around her shoulders as she slid her arms in.
“CHARLOTTE!” Someone called from behind. The four of them turned to find Damian, he wore a grey jumper and jeans, his hair was messy and in the way of his crystal blue eyes.
“Damian.” Charlie sighed.
Dee coughed “Are you going to introduce us?” She asked.
“Yeah - eh, Guys this is Damian Wood. Damian this is Desirae, Sirius and Peter,” she introduced. They suddenly heard singing coming in their direction.
“I wanna be drunk when I wake up - ” it sang. Charlie looked behind Damian to see Rebecca and Sarah singing and Remus and James laughing at them. Charlie felt embarrassed. The walked right up to the five others. “And this is James, Remus, Sarah and Rebecca, guys this is Damian.” she said, Damian turned around and waved to the others. James and Sarah headed into The Three Broomsticks with the others to give Damian and Charlie some space but Rebecca stayed behind with Remus.
“He he,” Rebecca giggled “He’s pretty.”
Charlie felt like hiding under a rock. Why did her friends always do this to her.
“Sorry - ” Remus apologized “She had a lot of ice-cream.”
Remus grabbed her hand and dragged her into The Three Broomsticks. “I wanna know if he likes squirrels!” She protested but Remus managed to bring her out of their sight. Damian was shocked. Charlie had a feeling that he might not talk to her if she was hanging around with a group like this.
“Eh? I don’t know where to go from that?” his Scottish accent rang.
“Could I buy you a butterbeer for helping me?” She asked shyly.
“Maybe another time I have to get back to Xenophilius,” He said “But I was wondering if you’re ok after last night?”
“Yes I’m fine but I’m trying to figure out what attacked me.” She told him.
“Well will you let me know when you find out, because it could easily have been me.” He said.
“Yeah of course.” she said and before she knew it he was gone.
“---and soon the Werewolf learned that he could love even at a full moon.” Remus finished the story. Rebecca and Remus were lying on the couch and Dee and Sirius were sitting together on the floor listening to the story. Charlie was writing in a note book while listening and Peter, James and Sarah were talking in the corner.
“That’s lovely.” Rebecca yawned.
“Bex?” Charlie asked
“Can I use that book about magical creatures you got today?” She asked.
“Course I’ll get it now.” Rebecca said getting up to get the book in her dormitory. The Marauders were going to bed as Rebecca came back down in her pyjamas and slippers. Remus kissed her cheek as he went to his dorm, just as Sirius had done to Dee. She threw the book to Charlie and she flicked through it and stopped at a certain page.
“What you looking for?” Sarah asked. Charlie looked around the common room, it was empty.
“Remus is a Werewolf.” She said looking up from the book.
“Don’t be silly!” She said.
“I’m serious!” She protested “I didn’t fall down the stairs last night, I was attacked and tripped!”
“But that has nothing to do with Remus.” Rebecca injected.
“Becca the proof is there, last night was a full moon and the Marauders went to bed early, and something attacked me,” Charlie continued “And he was in the hospital wing this morning when you left saying he couldn’t take his Potion because he got too busy talking to you.”
Rebecca got into a huff and stalked off up to her dorm.
“I put my foot into it didn’t I?”
“Yes, Charlie, you did.” Sarah said sitting on front of the fire.
“But I was only..”
“Trying to help.” Sarah finished.
“Charlie we know you were, but you know Becca loves dogs, but I don’t think she wants to date one.” Dee put in. “I think he would’ve told her eventually.”
“But what if he never did?”
n the dorm, Rebecca was sitting on her bed looking at her Mum’s charm bracelet. Her Mum was killed by a Dragon when Rebecca was three. She was training to be a dragon keeper. At times like this she wished she had her Mum, but she had been friends with Sarah since Merlin knows how long and met Charlie and Dee in first year and they had been friends ever since. She started to think, what if Charlie was right? What would happen to Remus and her? The only thing she could do was ask and that’s what she planned to do.
Rebecca woke that morning as courageous as ever. She got dress into a simple tracksuit and headed down to the great hall, where only Peter sat eating.
“Where’s the others?” She asked sweetness in her voice.
“Tree,” He spat “Grounds.”
“Thanks.” She said and darted out onto the school grounds. She saw the Marauders under the tree and walked over to them. Remus stood up when he saw Rebecca.
“Ah look it’s the little leprechaun!” Sirius mocked her Irish accent.
“Shut Up!” She shouted.
He went quiet. No one had ever seen this side of Rebecca before.
“Remus, I want you to answer honestly.” She began “Are you a Werewolf?”
Three girls’ faces were glued to the window of the Gryffindor common room. They were focusing on a certain place, though; The Old Beech Tree. They had just seen Rebecca storm off in the direction of the castle after talking to the Marauders, though particularly Remus. So they guessed she must’ve asked him about being a werewolf.
The portrait-hole door swung open. Sarah turned around, Charlie stood up and Dee dived onto the couch as Rebecca walked in; all trying to look like they weren’t just staring out the window at the previous goings on. But Rebecca didn’t even look at them, she just marched herself up to the dorm.
As soon as the girls heard the dormitory door slam, they gathered themselves around the couch.
“Wow, you must’ve been right then Char.” Dee said, though rather quietly.
“Of course I was right,” Charlotte said, as though it was completely obvious “and she deserved to know!”
“Yeah, but maybe Remus was going to tell her.” Sarah said “And it would’ve sounded better coming from him.” A look of guilt crossed Charlie’s face.
“Hey!” Sarah suddenly exclaimed “Maybe that has something to do with the reason Sirius was all mad that morning.”
“Yeah.” Charlie tuned in “Maybe Remus had told him and then there was a fight or something!” Charlie did love drama.
“No, that’s not why.” Dee interrupted.
“Wait, you know why?” Sarah leaned in closer.
“No, not exactly.” At this the girls sat back again “It’s just he didn’t seem angry at Remus, he seemed more angry at himself, plus he cares too much about Remus to get angry about something like that. I mean – all four of them – their relationship is basically a brotherhood. And anyways, Remus was with Rebecca.” Dee answered simply.
“But he has been acting strange lately, right?” Sarah inquired, with a slightly concerned tone for her brother.
“Well if you count smelling like wet-dog weird – well then yeah.” They both looked at Dee with bewildered expressions on their faces.
“Your boyfriend smells like wet-dog?” Charlie asked, with a bit of a disgusted look on her face.
“For the last time – HE’S NOT MY BOYFRIEND!!” Dee shouted. Both Sarah and Charlie jumped. “Now,” she began, much more calmly this time around “I say we go and see if Remus is alright.” And with that, she stood up from the couch and skipped over to the portrait-hole, without waiting for an answer from the others.
When Dee reached the Old Beech Tree, with Sarah and Charlie at her heels they noticed that the Marauders did not look happy; Peter had his head down on the ground, James was whispering to himself, Sirius was angrily pulling tufts of grass from the ground and – worst of all – Remus was banging his head against the tree. They looked up when they saw the girls coming.
“So …,” Sarah said as she pushed Sirius over so she could sit down.
“So what?” he moaned as he sat back up.
“So … why are you all so sad?” Sarah asked with a pouty expression on her face.
“Why are we sad?” Sirius asked incredulously “Why – why did you tell her?!”
“Who says we told her?” Sarah raised her eyebrows and nodded towards Charlotte.
Everyone turned to face Charlotte. “Look, I only told her because if I didn’t it would wreck our relationship further down the line!” she said desperately. Everyone went quiet, but you could still hear the loud banging of Remus’ head colliding with the tree. But he soon stopped, because Dee gave him a hug and when she was done,wrapped one of her arms around his shoulder.
“How did you find out?” Peter asked, his voice quivering.
Charlotte told them about how she found out and she told them about all the clues that really gave it away for her. She also told them about Rebecca’s response to all of it, but then Remus asked for a change of subject.
So – again – they changed the subject to Quidditch. They weren’t going to have tryouts this year, because the Captain – Magnus Johnson – was happy with the way the team played last year, even though they came second in The Quidditch Cup. He decided to make a reserve team instead, and had the tryouts yesterday. James, Rebecca, Charlotte, Sirius and Desirae were on the team, and all were very good players. Next weekend they had their first match of the season, against Ravenclaw.
That night at dinner, it was very quiet and awkward. And afterwards everyone went straight up to bed, but in all fairness they did have classes in the morning. No one tried speaking to Rebecca, they all decided that she probably just needed time to think.
So they all went to bed. None of them were looking forward to the next day – not even Remus and Rebecca. And though some were more prepared than others, they all fell asleep with that unsettling feeling in their stomachs’.
The next morning there was a severe struggle to wake everyone in the Gryffindor 5th years’ dorms. Lily Evans had left the dorm and gone down to breakfast with her friends, while Rebecca and Charlie had to keep on throwing teddies at Sarah and Dee to keep their eyes open.
Eventually when they were all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, the girls made their way down to the Great Hall to eat breakfast. They sat a good bit away from the Marauders because they didn’t want to make it awkward for Becca.
When they had all finished their breakfast, they headed their separate ways to their classes; Muggle Studies and Divination.
When Peter, Remus, Dee and Charlie got settled in the stuffy, smelly classroom they had to predict their partner’s future using the crystal ball.
Dee was partnered with Peter and Remus was with Charlie. When Professer Trinket made his way over to Dee and Peter’s table, he asked one of them to predict something.
“Well Professer,” Dee began “let me see ……. Hmmm ….. wait! I see – Purple Rain!” at this Charlie burst into hysterics and even Remus gave a bit of a smile, though Peter just looked genuinely scared.
“And what else do you see?” Professer Trinket asked, very interested.
“I see – ” and she put her head dramatically to her forhead for effect “ – I see Peter,” she pointed to Peter, again dramatically “writhing in this Purple Rain! And he’s singing ‘Purple Rain! Purple Rain!’ Oh Godric Professer, he doesn’t look like he’s enjoying himself!” her voice so dramatic that Trinket’s eyes were widening – he actually believed her! Peter though, he just looked terrified. But when Dee winked at him, he looked a bit more at ease, though it didn’t help that she had fallen off her chair laughing.
The day had been very long and everyone was very tired. But not everyone could rest. The Quidditch Team had a two hour long training session that evening, and they had a game on Saturday, so the training would be a full-on, hard-core, Johnson training session.
Sirius, James, Charlie, Dee and Becca came back that night so tired that they were unable to speak. Though no one forced them to, because they looked like zombies.
The week flew by - though the Quidditch training didn’t – and the teachers thought it necessary to give even more homework because ‘they needed to start practice for their O.W.L’S’.
It was the day of the match and Peter, Remus and Sarah were making their way down to the Quidditch pitch with the rest of the school, to watch the Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw game. The other five were on the team, so they left a while back to get ready for the match.
When they eventually found good seats, they heard voice, a loud one, filling the whole stadium; “Well welcome everyone to this spectacular occasion; the first Quidditch match of the season!!” the crowd erupted as Lionel Jordan made his introductions “Ravenclaw vs. Gryffindor!! Let me introduce the Ravenclaw’s: Chasers; Una Fletcher, Henry Perkins and his sister Heather, Beaters; Thalia Bailis and Nicholas Davies, Seeker; Bernice Spindle and Keeper and Captain; Damian Wood!” all the Ravenclaw team flew into the stadium, and the Ravenclaw students in the stands cheered with all their might. “Next, to the best team of all time – ” but he was interrupted.
“Jordan!” McGonagall’s voice echoed through the microphone.
“ – sorry Professor! Now where was I … aah yes, the Gryffindors!! And here we have, Chasers; James Potter, Rebecca Valentine and Gerasim Spinnet, Beaters; Charlotte Prewitt and Sirius Black, Seeker; Desirae Spindle – ooh some sibling rivalry there, folks – and finally our Keeper and Captain; Magnus Johnson!!!” the Gryffindor side – and Lionel – exploded with cheers.
“Madame Hooch releases the Quaffle and the game begins! Wood passes to Heather Perkins, who makes her way up the pitch and – ooh! – just misses a Bludger shot by Prewitt folks! She passes to brother Henry Perkins, oh, - but he has some trouble with Spinnet, but manages to pass to Fletcher, who takes a shot and ….. OH! But Johnson just about saves it, PHEW! Okay, Johnson passes to Spinnet who, oh is getting into a bit of a tussle with Henry, but manages to pass to Valentine who swerves past Heather, in just enough time to pass it to Potter who ….SCORES! 10-0 to Gryffindor!!” the crowd cheered, while the Ravenclaws just stood there looking sad.
“Perkins heads up the field – woah, Bludgers swooping everywhere! WAIT! The Snitch has been sighted, it’s darting around Spindle – Desirae – but wait! Bailis and Davies have done a Dopple Beater Defence going for the back of Spindle’s head ….. OH! But Black swoops in and whollops the Bludger up towards Ravenclaw’s Spindle, who bumps into Henry, ooh and Spinnet has the Quaffle!! He shoots back down the field, Valentine in possession now, oh but those damned Bludgers, Prewitt darting around, struggling to hit ‘em, where’s Black? Black this is no time to be chatting up Desirae – ” James doubled over laughing and Dee went red “ – she’s got a Snitch to find and you’ve gotta stop Bludgers from hitting her!! Oh wait, Spinnet in possession again, then to Valentine – Potter, pull yourself together man!” he shouted to James, who was still laughing “Okay, Potter in possession, back to Spinnet, Spinnet takes a shot, oh it’s not going to make it! Wait Prewitt’s hit a Bludger in the same direction, oh this is risky! Bludger hits Wood and 20-0 to Gryffindor!!”
Johnson called for a Time-out, so Wood could get a bit of rest after being hit in the stomach with Charlie’s Bludger, because Johnson was a very fair person.
After about an hour the scores were tied 80-80, and no one really knew who was going to win. “ – hard luck Potter, hard luck! Wood passes to Henry – WAIT – the Snitch has been sighted, Dee is heading towards it – you don’t mind if I call you ‘Dee’ right?” he asked her, she gave him a thumbs-up, but didn’t take her eyes off the Snitch “Okay, Bernice Spindle heads towards Dee, oh Godric their gonna crash! But Bernice swerves out if the way, and Dee didn’t even blink! She heads even lower, almost at the ground now, Bernice turns and follows her picking up speed …. Ooh she’s ramming into Dee’s side, surely that’s not allowed! Dee reaches out to grab the Snitch – all eyes on her – oh no! Bernice has pushed her own sister off her broom, now that was low!! But wait, why is Bernice turning around? What’s that in Dee’s hand? Has she caught the Snitch? Did she catch it?” he was directing these questions at the Professors “We won, we won!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!” he shouted, punching both of his fists in the air.
The Gryffindor team landed on the pitch and gathered around Dee. Sirius pushed his way through all of them to check if she was okay, but she just gave him a huge hug and began to celebrate with the rest of the team.
They had a huge party in Gryffindor Tower that night, though the Marauders and the girls spent it talking in the 5th year boys’ dormitory.
“What a game,” James announced “What a game!”
“I think you mean to say ‘What a smell!’” Sarah corrected him.
“Hey it isn’t our fault that the people in the year before us were smelly!” James said, clearly offended.
“It sort of is, Prongs.” James was corrected again, but this time by Sirius.
“Padfoot,” James began “just because we put a Stink-Bomb in this room last year does not mean that we are the source of the smell. Anyway, you get used to it after a while, right Wormtail?” Peter just scoffed at this.
“HAZAA!” Dee exclaimed, out of nowhere.
“HAZAA, what?” Charlie asked, as confused as everyone else in the room.
“I get it now!” she said, excitedly.
“Get what?” Rebecca asked, now even more confused.
“The whole nickname thing – Remus, you’re ‘Moony’ right?” she was now looking at Remus. He slowly nodded. Dee’s eyes widened at this; “Merlin, I get it now,” her Welsh accent really rang through when she was shouting “Prongs, Wormtail, Padfoot and Moony, it’s because you’re – ” but before she could finish, Sirius covered her mouth and she began waving her arms about the place.
“Shut-up!” Sirius told her “OUCH! You bit me!!” he whined.
“And you didn’t taste nice! What the fudge was that about?” Dee asked, she also whined, but had a scary look in her eyes too. The girls looked at them, so confused that they just stared. The Marauders looked more baffled than confused.
“Shh,” Sirius said rather quietly, though everyone could still hear “How did you…..”
But Dee interrupted him: “Sirius, darling, sometimes when you know a secret, everything seems to give it away.”
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“Rebecca, the headmaster wants you” Lily Evans told her. Rebecca looked shocked as she made her way to the Headmaster’s office, the gargoyle so she just walked in. In the middle of the room stood her older brother, Nathan.
“What’s going on?” Rebecca asked concerned.
“Everything will be alright” Nathan said, giving Rebecca a hug.
Charlie was sitting on the floor asking Remus about Werewolves and Peter was listening intently. Sirius and Dee were playing exploding snap. Dee giggled every time Sirius got frustrated. Sarah and James were talking about Pokémon and who would win in a battle; Licky Licky or Pikachu.
“Licky Licky would win” James debated “Did you see his tongue?”
“No, Licky Licky would never beat Pikachu in a battle, he has way better powers” Sarah protested “And he’s cute”
James went silent.
“Fine, Pikachu would win but Licky Licky is cool”
The portrait door flung open and Rebecca marched in and straight up to the dorms. Everyone thought she was off on one her rants but they could hear sniffling noises coming from her. They heard the door slam. Then Nathan came in his eyes full of tears but too proud to cry.
“Nathan?” She asked. Nathan turned to face her.
“We have to leave” He gulped. He went up to the boys dorm presumably to cry. Charlie looked to the others and then
Rebecca came back down with her trunk.
“Becca, what happened?” Sarah asked.
“Dad and Lucy were attacked by Death Eaters” She sobbed “We have to go and check on them, I’ll be back in a week or two”
Nobody spoke. Nathan came back down with his trunk. They said their farewells and they were gone.
“Well there’s our chaser gone” James complained.
“Ooh!” Sarah squealed “I’ll be your new chaser!”
“Sarah, James isn’t the captain, Magnus is.” Charlie said.
“Yeah! I might be on the Quidditch team!” Sarah sang.
They changed the subject rapidly to the Christmas ball. Charlie and Sarah said the needed dance lessons and a date.
“James is a good dancer.” Remus said. James got up and offered his hand to Sarah.
“May I have this dance?” His voice sang.
“It would be an honour.” She said in a posh voice. She took his hand and rested hers on his shoulder and he placed his on her waist. The twirled and twisted as everyone clapped, but Lily Evans had to burst their bubble.
“Excuse me if you don’t stop this racket I’ll have to put all seven of you in detention!” She threatened.
“Evans don’t be such a party pooper.” Charlie complained.
“That’s it Dorms NOW!” She screamed. They all went to their bed. Dee and Sarah sat on Charlie’s bed talking.
“Guys I have something to say.” Sarah declared.
“Your pregnant…just kidding.” Dee said.
“I’m going to find my real Mom.” Sarah said. Sarah never told anyone but she and Sirius were half siblings because their father slept with another woman and they had Sarah. No one was ever allowed to speak of this. The only people who know were the Marauders and her three friends.
“Sarah that’s brilliant.” Charlie cheered and shoved the two of them off her bed.
“What the fudge?!” Dee screamed.
“I wanna go asleep.” She laughed and snuggled into her covers, the others did the same but meanwhile in the Marauders were talking about the girls when an Owl tapped on the window. Remus let it in, on its leg was a letter tied with a red ribbon and on the envelope was writing with his name on it;
He opened it to find a letter not a note a LETTER!
Just thought I’d say Hi so….HI. Be careful with Loony…
He turned to the Owl and went to stroke her but she bit him.
…..She bites. Dad’s well but we can’t say the same for Lucy she’s in shock and won’t eat or drink. I’ll be back around Halloween. There’s three letters in the same envelope for the girls please be a dear and give it to them. I’m sorry I haven’t spoken to you over the past week or two I just need time, it’s not every day you find out the lad you like is a Werewolf. Tell the Marauders I said Hi. Slán,
Remus had no idea what the Irish meant but he was happy it meant something. He slid past the boys and went to the door of the girls’ dorm and slid the letters under it. He smiled and went back to his dorm slid the letter under his pillow and went asleep.
Sarah woke up the next morning, earlier than everyone else. She heard someone whistle. Sarah woke Charlie up and they got dressed and tip-toed down stairs to find James and three letters under the door, she picked them up.
“What the merlin are you doing?” Sarah yawned.
“James said you needed dance lessons, so we’re going to teach you.” A boy behind him said.
“Damian?” Charlie said loudly. Dee crept up behind them in her nightgown and slippers and her hair in a mess.
“Seemingly, Damian and James are going to teach us how to dance.” Sarah informed.
“FUN!” Dee said “I’ll meet you there?”
James nodded and told her to meet us in the Transfiguration classroom and Sarah gave her the letters. The started to go out the door. Sarah and James were talking about Quidditch and if she’d make the team. The next match was next week and Rebecca wasn’t going to be back with the state her family was in. Damian and Charlie were a few feet behind.
“Lottie…you don’t mind if I call you Lottie?” He asked warily.
“No, no it’s ok.” Charlie said.
They reached the transfiguration classroom and Sarah and James went inside, Charlie went to go in but Damian grabbed her arm.
“There’s been something I’ve been meaning to do” Damian said and his lips hit hers. He was fierce and strong but of course this moment was ruined.
“Oh my god, I’m so sorry” Dee said. Damian and Charlie turned to look at her and then the three of them went into the class and found James and Sarah dancing like professionals. They looked down to see Sarah standing on James’ feet. Damian howled with laughter which set the girls off. James started teaching Sarah to dance. Damian was teaching Charlie and Dee sat in the corner reading the letter that Sarah handed her. James twirled Sarah out and back in but suddenly she pecked his lips accidentally.
“I think that’s enough.” Charlie said out of breath. Everyone agreed and went back to the common room. Sarah, Charlie and Dee decided to go to the library. They sat at a table while Sarah flicked a book of wizard families she found.
“Okay we know that she has to be ginger because well you know....” Dee said pointing to Sarah’s hair. Sarah scowled at her and went back to her book.
“And your Dad would most likely pick someone Pure-Blooded.” Charlie said.
“So we’re looking for a Pure-Blooded Ginger.” Sarah said smiling. She flicked through the book. Charlie got a pen and paper off Miss. Pince. The girls had three Pure-Blooded families with a red head for a wife; The Stoolbends, The Falahees and The Bowlands but the question was who’s family contained Sarah’s real Mother.
Bernice came up to the girls at breakfast with invitations. She handed one to Charlie, Sarah and the Marauders and two left.
“Where’s Rebecca?” She asked flicking her hair back.
“She’s gone to St.Mungo’s” Dee informed her bitterly.
“Well be a dear and give her this invite” She said handing her one of the two invites. “And I’m only giving you one because Mum and Annaleese want you there” She said and gave Dee an invite. Dee opened her invite. It read;
You have been invited to Bernice Spindles’ and Xenophilius Lovegood’s engagement party in Ravenclaw Tower at 6:00 on Saturday Night.
“You’re getting married?!” Dee shouted in shock.
“Yeah, that’s what it says.” She said as if Dee was stupid.
“Two weeks ago.” She said and turned back to her own house table. Bernice was put in Ravenclaw she was the first Spindle to be sorted in another house and was quite proud.
“You could cut the tension with a knife!” Sirius joked.
“Yeah they’ve been like that since they were sorted because Dee gets more attention because she was put in Gryffindor and so were all the generations and Bernice hates her because she always get approval and Bernice doesn’t.” Sarah explained. Everyone looked at her astonished. “What I’m her friend?” She said embarrassed.
“Ok who would win if you locked them in a room, Bernice or Dee?” Peter said.
Remus picked up his book and wacked him with it “Shut up!” Dee looked at Peter like she was going to bite his head off.
“Dee,” Charlie started “Bernice and you have been like this since Merlin knows when why are you stressing over her not telling you if you hate each other?”
“Because I thought we were close enough that she would tell me when she was getting married.” Dee said.
“Dezzy, look at it this way at least you got an invite.” Sirius comforted.
“Yeah I’m going to get this invite and reply letter to Rebecca.” Dee said and started to make her way to the owlery.
Lucy was sitting on Rebecca’s knee as her Father slept with a sling around his arm.
“Lucy will you please eat something?” Rebecca asked handing her a half a sandwich. Lucy shook her head stubbornly.
“I’ll make a deal with you” Nathan said at the other side of the bed. “I’ll play fairies with you if you eat a sandwich and drink a goblet of pumpkin juice.” Lucy nodded, her brown curls bouncing up and down. Rebecca gave her the sandwich, she took it and took little bites out of it.
“You couldn’t of done that yesterday.” Rebecca said harshly to Nathan.
“I didn’t think of it yesterday, did I?” He said cheekily moving the brown hair out of his eyes.
She looked to her Father.
“Wings,” Lucy squealed “Nathan has to wear wings!”
“He will Luce.” Rebecca reassured her “Nathan I’m going to go home and mind Lucy ‘till Dad’s ok.”
“No.” Nathan said.
“Nath?” Rebecca protested.
“This year is your O.W.L year, you’re going back to school, I’ll stay back awhile.” He said.
“I can look after Lucy. I looked after you while Dad was in mourning, you’re going back on Monday, and that’s final.”
There was a peck at the window. Rebecca took Lucy off her knee and went to open the window and Loony flew in.
“Loony!” Lucy squealed. Lucy named Loony for her. Loony landed on the arm of the chair Lucy was sitting on. Rebecca went and took the two letters that were attached to Loony’s leg. Rebecca opened one letter with fancy writing on the front. She smiled.
“Can I go to Lovegood Tower on Saturday?”
“Sure, I don’t see why not.”
Rebecca would see everyone again in no time.
A/N: Slán = Goodbye, Le Grá = With Love
Salt and Sugar
It was Friday morning and the girls were finding it hard adjusting to life without Rebecca in the mornings. They didn’t know when she was coming back, so their morning routine was really messed up. It took them so long to get ready, that the Marauders had to send Lily up to tell them to pick up the pace.
“Hey, at least it’s Friday!” James said, overly happy.
“Yeah, I suppose.” Charlie said, sounding a little happier herself “What are you all wearing to the party?”
Dee scoffed; “You’re actually going?”
“Well we got invited.” Sarah told her “Aren’t you going?”
Dee didn’t say anything. “Dee, are you telling us that you’re not going to your own sister’s engagement party?” Charlie looked her in the eye.
“Look, I – I don’t know,” she began unsurely “It’s not like she wants me there anyway.”
“I’m sure that’s not true, I mean she’s you’re sist – ” but Remus was interrupted, by none other than Professor McGonagall.
“Why aren’t you all in class?” she asked, sternly.
“Why, whatever do you mean Minnie?” Sirius asked innocently.
“Black! Honestly…” she scolded him “Now what is it? Herbology?”
“Yes Professor.” They all moaned in unison.
“Off to class now, or you’ll all have detention.” And with that she marched back up the staircase.
“Now I want you to scrape the maggots off the surface of the fungus.” Professor Sprout instructed them. It was the most disgusting thing ever. Sure Herbology theory wasn’t too bad, but practical was awful. Of course it depends on what they’re doing in it; like if their just re-potting a plant it’s not that messy.
“Icky, icky, icky!” Dee said as she was performing this tedious task.
“Oh it’s not that bad Love,” Sirius said, coolly “It’s just a couple of – eeww, get it off, get it off!”
“Maggots?” Sarah laughed, as she flicked some in his direction.
“Sarah! That’s not fair!” Sirius whined “You know I don’t like creepy-crawlies.”
“Aww, I’m sorry,” she joked in a baby voice “does baby want me to get rid of the slimy maggots?”
“I think I’ll help him.” James said, rather mischievously. And before Sarah knew it, James and Sirius were throwing maggots at her and the girls. Remus and Peter joined in too and soon Sarah and James were sprinkling maggots on each others heads, Charlie was trying to pick dirt out of her hair, Peter was hiding under the table, whimpering and Dee was rolling around on the floor giggling, while Sirius tickled her.
“Honestly, I am very disappointed in all of you!” Professor Sprout shouted, “Though I have to say that you have done an astonishing job of cleaning off the fungi. Still, detention for messing up the greenhouses.” The seven groaned and began to clean themselves off.
They all had to spend most of lunch cleaning up the mess in the greenhouse and when Professor Sprout let them out they rushed up to their dorms to get changed before the next lesson – Transfiguration.
Their footsteps were patting along the floor of the Hogwarts corridors, as they made their way to the Transfiguration classroom. James opened the door as quietly as he possibly could, but – of course – McGonagall heard.
“Really? I do think that you all are making a habit of being late for your classes.” McGonagall said sharply. “And I can’t help but think that a detention another or two might solve this problem.”
“No!” James insisted “I think we’ve learned our lesson Professor. It won’t happen again.” James saluted her.
“Yes, well sit down. And I’m warning you; this is your last chance!” And with that, they all sat down in their places.
“So how did you find out about the whole animagus thing?” Sirius asked Dee in a whisper.
“Well the nicknames.” She whispered back, without looking up from her essay.
“C’mon Dez, you’re smart, but you’re not that smart.” Sirius said, rather cheekily.
“Oh Black, you do know how to flatter a girl, don’t you.” She commented sarcastically.
“I’m sorry, it’s just if someone found out we – we’d get arrested.” He sounded quite weak at the end.
“Don’t worry,” she patted his arm “I’m not going to tell anyone.” She smiled at him and he smiled back, much more relieved than before.
At the end of the day they had Potions, and then they were free for the rest of the afternoon. Though James and Sirius had a detention to serve at seven, for all the havoc they’d caused in the previous week.
The evening couldn’t be spent lounging out beside the Lake because the nights were getting colder and darker, and they had been given quite a lot of homework that day.
That evening, in the common room the Gryffindor 5th years were studying by the fire. Sarah and James were having a very animated conversation about Merlin knows what, Dee and Sirius were playing another game of Exploding Snap and Peter, Charlie and Remus were working together on the Potions essay they had been assigned that day.
Everyone headed to bed at around ten and they all said their goodnights. The girls stayed up talking in their dorm for a while.
“So, I like Damian, don’t you Sarah?” Dee asked, grinning at Sarah.
“Oh yeah,” she grinned back “He’s well fit.” And they both began laughing hysterically, so of course Dee fell on the floor.
Charlotte just rolled her eyes at this. “What do you hope to achieve from this?”
“What do you think of him, Charlotte?” Sarah asked, still giggling.
“Yeah, you and him were really cute together at those dance lessons he was so keen on giving you!” Dee laughed, still lying on the floor.
“He’s nice,” Charlotte went a bit red in the cheeks “and he’s not bad in the looks department, I suppose.” She shrugged and pushed Sarah off her bed. “Now I say we get some sleep.” Charlie closed her curtains, Sarah pulled the covers over her shoulders and Dee got up off the ground and climbed into bed. And there went another night without Rebecca Valentine.
The next morning the girls – Sarah, Dee and Charlie – were sitting at the Gryffindor table, in the Great Hall eating breakfast.
“Hey!” Sarah whined.
“What’s wrong now Sarah?” Charlie asked, exasperatedly.
“You took the last of the jam!” she said, pounding her fists on the table.
“Sarah, I don’t like jam.” Charlie explained.
“Well then where is it?” Sarah’s voice had gone up an octave.
“Right there,” Dee had fallen off her chair laughing.
“What do you me – ” Sarah asked, genuinely confused.
“Sarah, the jam is on your plate!” Charlie laughed.
“No it’s not. That’s marmalade!” her voice sounded panicky.
“No,” Charlie explained, as though she was talking to a child “Marmalade is the orange stuff.”
“Well – well then somebody took all the marmalade!” her voice incredibly high-pitched now.
“I can’t believe you can’t tell the difference between jam and marmalade!” Dee was still laughing, though she’d picked herself up off the ground to salvage what was left of her dignity.
“Well we don’t eat it in my house,” Sarah’s voice had gone back to its normal tone “and it’s quite early.” They all began to laugh and Charlie almost choked on her pumpkin juice when she saw Rebecca walk into the Great Hall.
The three girls rose from their seats and fired themselves towards the greatly missed, Rebecca Valentine. Rebecca looked more than happy to see them, though she was being suffocated by her over-emotional friends.
“I missed you so much!” Sarah exclaimed, squeezing Rebecca’s arm.
“They just wouldn’t wake up in the mornings!” Charlie cried into Rebecca’s other shoulder.
Dee didn’t say anything, she just kissed Rebecca on the forehead and gave her a big hug. To anyone who didn’t understand what was going on, they looked absolutely crazy.
They spent the day relaxing by the Lake, talking about their week and about Rebecca’s family. Rebecca said that she’d probably go and visit her dad and Lucy whenever she got the chance and that Dumbledore said that she could use his floo to get to St.Mungos.
When the Marauders finally woke up and came down to the Lake, it got a bit awkward. Everyone else was chatting away, but you could see that Remus and Rebecca were uncomfortable.
At five they headed up to the castle for dinner. While they were eating they had a discussion about the maggot fight they had the previous day and Sarah said that she would have to get James back, because it took ages wash them all out of her hair.
They had a small dinner, because none of them were that hungry, what with munching on chocolate from Remus’ secret stash all day long.
At quarter to six they headed up to Gryffindor Tower and half an hour later the girls emerged from their dormitory ready to go to Ravenclaw Tower. The Marauders sat in the common room waiting for the girls and their jaws dropped when they saw the beauties before them. Charlie looked very elegant in her yellow knee-length dress and her hair up in a messy bun with sparkly flats, Rebecca was wearing a green and black knee-length dress with black high-heels (to look taller), subtle black eye-liner and a bow in her hair and looked gorgeous, Sarah looked stunning in her short, purple dress and her black Converse dragging a stroppy Dee behind her.
She refused to even consider going to her older sister’s engagement party. So they had taken to forcing her to go, by dragging her down the stairs, to which she responded by screaming her lungs out.
“Come on Dee, she’s your sister, you have to go!” Sarah said while dragging Dee into the common room.
“NEVER!” she shouted and now everyone was looking at them. The Marauders rushed over to assist in any way they could, but Dee had taken to wrapping her arms around the leg of Fabian Prewitt – Charlie’s older brother, who was in seventh year. So he swatted Dee over the head with a book.
“Ouch!” she let go of his leg to rub her head.
“Go, go, go!” Fabian shouted, and Sirius saw his opportunity and threw Dee over his shoulder, so she began kicking and hitting him, her small fists pounding on his back. But he just walked through the portrait-hole and the group made their way to the party.
“There’s no point in struggling,” Sirius teased “I’m just too strong Dezzy.” At this Dee stopped fighting and just began to laugh.
“OK, I’m kinda getting dizzy.” She said still laughing “Will you put me down, before I throw up on you?”
“But you might escape.” Peter said slyly.
“She has to get changed Sirius.” Sarah told her brother “She can’t go to the party in her pyjamas.” And Sarah began pulling clothes out of her jacket pocket (yes, she used an Undetectable-extension Charm) and handing them to Sirius.
“Please, just put me down,” Dee begged “I feel like I’m gonna throw-up and I can’t feel my nose!” Sirius placed her down on the ground gently and she toppled over slightly but soon found her balance in time to take her clothes from Sirius and head into the nearest broom cupboard to get changed.
They stood there waiting – Sarah and Sirius hoping she wouldn’t make a run for it. Five minutes later she emerged wearing a dark-orange dress, a denim jacket, her brown ankle-boots and a various amount of coloured beads. Though she looked quite pale.
“Damn you Remus Lupin and your love for chocolate.” She shuddered and began to walk in the direction of the party.
The Ravenclaw common room was quite extraordinary. It was much tidier than the Gryffindor common room – as expected – and the silver curtains shimmered in the candlelight of the bustling room. The ceiling was like a dome, with a map of the constellations scattered across it, each star shimmering individually. The eight of them gazed up at the ceiling until they were greeted by none other than Damian.
Sarah and Dee were smirking and winking at Charlie – very obviously – and giving her thumbs-up and all sorts, because they just loved annoying her. Soon Rebecca caught on and began to do the same. So Charlie was going incredibly red in front if the charming Scotsman.
He – as a close friend of Xenophilius – welcomed them to the party, so Sarah and James went off to practice their dancing. They looked to be enjoying themselves and Sirius was watching them contentedly, laughing as James spun his sister around and she smiled radiantly.
Rebecca had taken up a conversation with Bernice about Nargles. She seemed genuinely interested and soon had Xenophilius roped in on the conversation too.
“That explains so much,” Bernice said staring off into space “doesn’t it Xeno?”
“Yes, yes it does Bernie. It must have been them who took my shoes the other day.” He said airily.
“Oh yes, erm – Rebecca, do you know where my sister is?” she drifted back to reality. Rebecca pointed towards the area that had been cleared as the dance floor, where Sarah, James, Dee and Sirius were dancing. The four of them were dancing with their partner, but all talking to each other, and Sarah and Dee were laughing about something. Bernice and Xenophilius made their way over to the four.
Rebecca stole a glance at Remus, but as soon as she caught his gaze she looked away out of embarrassment, she didn’t know how she felt about the whole werewolf thing yet, so she didn’t want to rush into things because she may regret it in the long-run.
She didn’t know where Charlie was, though she assumed somewhere with Damian, as it was obvious that he liked her too. So Rebecca settled for talking to a 6th year Ravenclaw girl called Clarice Baker, and they talked about all the different books that they liked. But Rebecca just couldn’t stop thinking about the whole Remus thing.
Over the other side of the room – in the area that Rebecca’s gaze was focused on – Remus and Peter were talking about how funny it was watching James and Sirius trying to impress girls, specifically Sarah and Dee. And how annoying it was when that was all they talked about.
“We have to do more pranks this week.” Peter told Remus, looking genuinely concerned. “They’re losing their touch.”
“I know,” Remus agreed “yesterday I asked James about what prank he was going to pull on the Slytherins, and he said we could put salt in their sugar bowls.” He said incredulously. They continued to talk about what boys talk about, and Remus would daydream at Rebecca, resulting in Peter poking him in the arm.
“So James,” Sarah began “were you always so good at dancing?”
“Oh, I guess it just comes naturally to a handsome young fellow like me.” He began to laugh when he processed what he’d just said and Sarah started to giggle. James just stopped and gazed at her.
“What?” she asked, a grin still spread across her face.
“Nothing, you – you just look beautiful.” James said honestly, still gazing at her.
“I – I, thank-you.” Sarah said breathlessly, staring into James’ warm brown eyes. He leaned down and kissed her on the cheek, not wanting to make her feel awkward. So she returned the sentiment and they began to dance once more.
Over by the window Dee and Bernice were talking, while Sirius and Xenophilius stood beside and accompanied them in the conversation.
“Desirae, I know I should’ve told you about the engagement sooner, but there’s just so much to do and I completely forgot.” Bernice explained to her sister.
“So you forgot, because I’m not important enough?” Dee asked, rather annoyed.
“No, it’s not th – ” but she was interrupted.
“When did you tell Annaleese then, huh?” Dee placed her hands on her hips and Sirius whispered to her to calm down.
“I told her in the letter to Mum.” Her strong Welsh accent rivalled that of her sisters.
Dee scowled at her sister; “Fine Bee! Have a happy engagement.” And she marched off, dragging Sirius behind her. And they went back onto the dance floor and forgot about the previous argument for the rest of the night.
Outside, around the dome of Ravenclaw Tower, there was a balcony. Charlie and Damian had gone out on it to get some air.
Charlotte felt so comfortable, like she could tell him anything and that he would understand completely. There was silence. Though not an awkward silence, the type of silence that two friends can share comfortably.
“You look gorgeous Lottie.” He said, his voice sending shivers up her spine.
“Thanks.” She looked into his lovely blue eyes. They shimmered in the starlight.
But before she could say anything else; he swooped down and kissed her. His arms were wrapped around her waist and hers rested on his shoulders. She felt safe in his arms, like she couldn’t imagine being with anyone else. Was Charlotte Prewitt in love? It certainly felt like it.
Light in the Dark
Damian, Charlie, Dee, Sarah and The Marauders were sitting under the famous beech tree.
“So are you two going out?” Dee asked nosily.
“I suppose we are.” Damian said his Scottish accent ringing with joy. Suddenly a little girl with bouncing curls and sallow skin came running into the group. She wore a lavender dress.
“Charlie!” She giggled and sat on Charlie’s lap.
“Lucy, why are you here?” Dee asked.
“I was playing fairies with Becca.” She said twirling Charlie’s hair in her fingers.
“Are you sure Rebecca wasn’t shrunk?” James asked.
Rebecca came running out of breath. She stopped to catch her breath.
“I think you lost something.” Peter laughed.
“You can keep her if you want.” Rebecca said lifting Lucy and sat beside James. Lucy started to play with his hair tugging and pulling it. Then she moved to his glasses. She went to grab them but Damian stopped her.
“Lucy.” Damian said to her driving the attention away from James “Say sorry to James.”
“Sorry, Jay.” She giggled as Damian handed James his glasses back.
“Guys we’re going to back to the castle,” Charlie said “We’re cold.”
They all got up and headed towards the castle. James, Lucy and Rebecca were left under the tree.
“Jay is going to marry you Becca.” Lucy whispered in Rebecca’s ear. Rebecca smiled down at her and up at James. James leaned in and pecked her lips, she didn’t object and kissed him back. They stopped when Lucy started to make gagging noises.
Dee and Sirius were sitting in the common room. Sirius was sitting with Dee lying down her legs on his lap. Sirius was reading the Daily Prophet.
“Dezzy, what is this?” Sirius asked. She looked at him.
“That’s the paper, love.” She laughed. Sirius sighed and turned to face her.
“Us, Dee.” Sirius said. It wasn’t good, he was serious, he never called her “Dee” only “Dezzy”.
“Well, I like you,” She explained “You like me don’t you?”
“Of course!” He said surprised she’d even think he didn’t “But I need to know if this is us, or is there more to come?”
“To be honest, I don’t know.” She admitted.
The portrait door opened and James walked in shaking his head. He was almost about to walk past Dee and Sirius, but Sirius stopped him.
“Prongs, what’s wrong?” Sirius asked. James looked a Dee concious of her watching him.
“I kind of kissed Rebecca.” He said. Dee stared at him his eyes bulging with fury. James didn’t take a second glance at Dee and went up to his dorm. Sirius ran after him.
“What the hell?!” Sirius shouted “You know Remus likes Rebecca why in Merlin’s name did you kiss her for.”
“I don’t know, I wasn’t thinking and Lucy was saying stuff to me and - ”
“You kissed her!” A shocked voice said from behind James. James turned to find Remus, red with fury.
“Do you have Quidditch later?” Damian asked Charlie as they walked hand in hand around the grounds.
“Yeah.” She said as they stopped at the beech tree. Charlie was wearing Damian’s jacket because he was wearing a jumper as well and Charlie was cold, he was a gentleman asking her if she wanted his coat. His coat, to Charlie, smelt like ‘Lynx’. They sat under the beech tree and sighed because they were finally alone, though they could her Rebecca and Lucy playing ring-a-ring-a-rosy nearby. Charlie rested her head on Damian’s shoulder.
“I’m best man for Xeno’s wedding.” Damian announced curling his fingers in her.
“So, do I have to get you a suit or do you have one?” Charlie laughed.
“I’m not that bad!” He defended.
“I’m so glad you saved me that night.” Charlie confessed. She snuggled deeper into his warm jacket. He untwined his hand from hers and put his arm around her, as if a shield from the cold.
“So am I because if I didn’t I wouldn’t be here with this beautiful girl I’m able to call mine.” He said. Charlie smiled. She was going to cherish this moment forever, for this was a perfect day to share with one she called her own.
“I don’t want to play Quidditch tonight!” Charlie moaned as they entered the changing rooms. The girls were late for Quidditch, Rebecca had to say goodbye to Lucy and Nathan, Dee couldn’t seem to pry Charlie away from Damian but eventually did and Sarah, who was training because Rebecca wouldn’t be there for the match tomorrow, was too busy chatting up a Hufflepuff boy called Robert MacMillan. They changed into their Quidditch robes, grabbed their brooms and walked out onto the pitch.
“You’re late!” Magnus shouted down at them.
“Sorry!” Dee shouted back up. They mounted their brooms and flew up to the others who were in a group circle. Magnus was giving a speech.
“Ok guys,” He started “We won the match against Ravenclaw but the passing wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be so I want you to pass to each other and show Sarah how, because she’s going to be filling in for Rebecca because she’s going back to St.Mungo’s. Beaters, I want you to protect the Chasers more and not hitting the other teams keeper,” He shot a look at Charlie who laughed and hid her face in her hair “And the keeper is as always going to save the goals. Okay. Positions!”
They went into their positions. Magnus released the Bludgers, they shot into the sky with immense speed. He released the Snitch then, it whizzed into the air so fast that no one say it but Dee seemed to be concentrated on finding it. Then he released the Quaffle, he zoomed back to the goals and it began. Gerasim Spindle grabbed it and headed down the pitch. He passes it to James who continued down as Charlie diverted the Bludger that was heading staright for him. Half way from the goals he passed it to Dee who passed it to Rebecca and Rebecca passed it to Sarah and Sarah screamed and dodged the Quaffle fall.
“Sarah!” Dee screamed “You have to catch it!”
“I’m sorry.” She apologized. She screamed again when a Bludger came her way, Sirius hit it out of the way. Magnus roared in frustration.
“We’re going to lose!” He roared.
“No I can improve.” Sarah protested.
“In two days?” Sirius asked unconvinced.
“Well, if I don’t you have to drop out so, your choice?” Sarah said with her hands on her hips as she balanced on the broom.
“We don’t have a choice Magnus.” Gerasim said. Magnus sighed heavily.
“Fine but you better be good!” He warned. They continued to train but Charlie was easily distracted by Damian cheering her on it the stands. Sirius kept shouting at her to focus but she couldn’t help it. At the end of training Sarah managed to catch the Quaffle. They dismounted their brooms and went into the changing rooms and started to get changed. James approached Rebecca while talking to Sarah.
“But I’m terrible.” Sarah complained.
“Sorry, could I speak with you?” He asked looking at Rebecca.
“Yeah, of course.” Rebecca said smiling brightly. Sarah was also looking up at James smiling.
“About this morning…” He started.
“Forget about it, it was a stupid mistake.” Rebecca interrupted. Rebecca got up and joined Charlie and Dee’s conversation. James sat beside Sarah.
“What happened this morning?” Sarah asked.
“I kissed Rebecca.” He said looking at Sarah. Sarah’s happy bubbly expression left her face. James noticed this in an instant “I don’t like her, well I do but not in that way.”
Sarah believed him, Sarah had known him awhile and in that while she knew he didn’t fancy Rebecca or Charlie or Dee for that matter and she convinced herself he didn’t like her.
“I know.” She said smiling up at him. His eyes sparkled. He wiped a strand of her silky ginger hair out of her eyes. This perfect moment was ruined.
“Sarah!” Someone exclaimed. She turned away from James’ eye to find Robert MacMillan. She got up and gave him a hug. Sadness flooded James’ face. “You played brilliantly!” Robert praised.
“Thanks.” She acknowledged. Her eyes never left a saddened James. Sarah picked up her jacket and walked out of the changing rooms with Robert. Sirius soon joined him.
“Why the long face?” Sirius asked jokingly.
“Oh, nothing.” He lied.
“Come on then.” He said pulling him off the seat, he gave the girls a wave and they left the room leaving Charlie, Dee and Rebecca. Rebecca was humming to herself as she packed up her stuff. Dee and Charlie we’re talking about her and Damian.
“Darlie, That sounds so cute.” Dee said in a cute voice. Charlie smiled at her bag as she packed up. “You’re lucky he’s fit!”
“Who’s fit?” Damian said coming in the door.
“Speak of the devil!” Dee said. Damian smiled and kissed Charlie on the cheek. Rebecca put her bag on and walked over to the group. Charlie finished packing, turned around and kissed Damian on the lips.
“Excuse me while I puke!” Rebecca complained. Charlie shot her a look when they finished. Rebecca grabbed Dee’s arm and dragged her out of the room.
“I was wondering, would you like to star gaze with me?” Damian asked taking her bag for her.
“I would love to.” She said and they walked hand in hand out of the room and ready to star gaze.
Rebecca entered her dormitory alone; Dee went to join Sarah and Robert. She placed her bag on her four-poster bed and found a bunch of pink lupines and white roses. She picked them up and smelled them. Her favourite flowers, gorgeous.
She found a note in the middle, it read;
Rebecca smiled. She knew who they were from, Remus. She knew she had to find him. She started to head to the grounds. She bumped into Dee and Sarah.
“Have you seen Remus?” She asked.
“Yeah, over at the lake.” Dee said. They watched as Rebecca ran towards the lake. Dee and Sarah high-fived each other.
“Told you it would work, she just needed a little push.” Sarah said.
“Yeah putting the flowers was a brilliant idea. who knew you were so clever, and luckily Remus agreed to it.”
Over at the lake, Rebecca reached Remus out of breath.
“Thank…you…for…the…flowers.” She croaked catching her breath.
“You like them?” He asked. She nodded.
Rebecca finally caught her breath and found the words to say “I said I needed time,” Remus nodded. “I think I had enough time to think.”
Rain. The one word to describe that day. Rain. Well of course you could add ‘miserable rain’ or ‘pouring rain’ but there was no need. The word spoke for itself.
The History of Magic classroom was quiet – to say the least. Professor Binns’ voice was echoing through the classroom, along with his footsteps, emphasizing every single word with a ‘stomp’ of his foot.
The scratching of Charlotte’s quill could be heard through the rows of desks, as she listened attentively and took notes on this – seemingly interesting – lecture. For some reason or another, she loved this subject. Which was strange, because you could only learn so-much about the Goblin Rebellions hundreds of years ago.
And Binns himself didn’t help the matter at all. He tried to make his classes interesting, but within the first two minutes someone usually fell asleep. Though that’s only because they try to sleep. It’s a napping class, or a class to do unfinished homework in, because Binns is so caught-up in the story, that he fails to notice his surroundings.
As was afformentioned; Charlie was taking notes, while beside her Rebecca was half-paying attention, while struggling to keep her eyes open. In the pair of seats in front of them; Sarah was doing a Transfiguration essay and Dee was singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, while chewing on her quill.
No one really wanted to take this tedious subject – besides Charlie – it was just sort of a left-over one. Most of them were planning to drop the class after the O.W.L’s, though Charlie told them that it would be ‘fun’. Of course Charlie would keep it because she enjoyed it, which was fine – but weird.
Suddenly Prof. Binns said that class was over, and everyone jumped out of their daydreams, and - in some cases – musical numbers. The Gryffindor and Ravenclaw 5th years pushed and shoved their way out the small door and into the corridor, all rushing for lunch.
As the girls left, they were greeted at the doorway by a charming Scotsman.
“Is this the real life?” he sang.
“Is this just fantasy?” Dee chimed in, glad someone got what she was singing.
“I can’t believe you know all the words to that song!” Damian said, his brow furrowed.
“Oh, well it just comes naturally.” Dee said sarcastically. Behind her Charlie was going red. Everyone began to laugh.
“What?” she asked, not liking the fact that everyone was staring at her.
“Are we really that embarrassing?” Sarah laughed.
“Let’s just go to lunch.” Charlie grabbed Damian’s hand and the five made their way to the Great Hall.
As the five entered the Great Hall, they spotted the Marauders sitting half-way down the Gryffindor table. They were whispering about something, but soon changed the subject as they saw the group approach.
“So where were you lot?” Dee asked, sitting herself down next to Peter.
“Why, whatever do you mean Dezzy-kins?” Sirius asked innocently.
“She means ‘why weren’t you in class?’” Rebecca explained, pouring herself some water.
“That’s a matter for another day dearies.” He clapped his hands together and spoke like an old woman.
“What-evs.” Dee laughed through a mouthful of her sandwich.
“Hey, it’s rude to talk with your mouth full!” Charlie smacked Dee on the shoulder.
“Yeah, I thought you were in a family full of girls?” Sirius said in disbelief.
“That doesn’t mean we’re all ladies.” Dee laughed as she took another bite of her sandwich.
That evening, Rebecca was sitting at a table in the corner of the library studying for her O.W.L’s (already). She spotted Remus over at a bookshelf on the other side of the library. She really wanted for everything to be OK with them, but she just couldn’t see it happening that fast – it would take time.
She collected the books from the table and made her way over to the shelves to put them back – in fact the other side of the shelf that Remus was at. She placed her books in front of her and as they floated up to their different shelves, she couldn’t help but peek through at Remus. He took out another book from the shelf and then their eyes met. Rebecca ducked down quickly, embarrassed that he had caught her spying on him. He laughed and made his way over to Rebecca’s side of the shelf.
“So, what were you looking at that was so interesting?” Remus asked cheekily, his Marauder side showing.
“Just thought I saw a, erm.... gnome!” Rebecca lied.
“Gnomes in the library; nice excuse.” They both laughed at this. “So, how have you been?” he asked, still laughing.
“Fine.” She started nervously “Remus, we need to talk...”
“What?” he snapped back to reality “Do you mean: ‘We need to talk’ or ‘We need to talk’?”
“Just listen, OK?” he nodded “How do you feel about ..... us?” she felt uncomfortable asking this question, but she had to know.
“Rebecca,” he said plainly “I really like you and by ‘like’ I mean ‘fancy’ and I would really like to be your boyfriend – if you’ll have me?” he looked at her expectantly.
She got up on her tiptoes and gave him a kiss on the cheek. “Is that a yes?” and she gave him a huge hug, only to be interrupted by Ms. Pince, telling them that a library was only a place for affection of books. And they laughed for the third time that night.
The week had ended. Quite a lot of it was spent in Quidditch training. James, Sarah, Sirius, Charlie and Dee spent every night of that week training. Of course it was hardly worth it, as all they could fit in was a half-hour session, because the Slytherins demanded time on the Quidditch pitch too. By the end of the week, you could say that Sarah was much improved and quite skilled, but still terrified of the Bludgers. Though Sirius and Charlie promised to protect her. Rebecca’s dad was getting discharged from St.Mungos that weekend, so she went to the hospital with Nathan to collect him.
Saturday was spent doing the excessive amount of homework they were given during the week. Sunday was the match, though – of course – it was still raining.
“Well, what a horrible day to have a match folks,” Lionel Jordan’s voice boomed through the microphone “First let me introduce – winners of the first match of the season – the Gryffindors!” The crowd roared as each player was introduced and flew onto the pitch, though quite a lot a ‘boo’s’ were received from the opposing house.
“And let’s not forget to wish Sarah good luck in her first game ever!” the crowd clapped and some did shout ‘good luck!’. “And now – Merlin help us – ”
“JORDAN!” he was interrupted – as usual – by McGonagall.
“The Slytherins!” this was said with a lot less enthusiasum on Lionel’s part. Quite a lot of cheers were received from the crowd, though now the Gryffindors were ‘booing’.
“Chasers: Cassius Avery, Rabastian LeStrange, Arnaud Wilkes, Beaters: Brutus Mulciber and Bellatrix Black, Seeker: Regulus Black, Keeper: Evan Rosier, oh yes and Beater Bellatrix is the Captain. OK, teams in position, Madame Hooch release the Quaffle, Bludgers and Snitch. Oh, OK.... erm Avery has the Quaffle, but wait; he’s getting into some trouble with Spinnet and..... Gryffindor in possesion! Spinnet up the pitch to Sarah, then to Potter, back to Sarah and... SCORE! Wow her first game and she’s first to score, 10 points to Gryffindor!” the crowd was blazing now and the Slytherins looked angry. Then rain began to clear off a bit, so it was easier to see.
“Wilkes in possesion, passes to Avery and back to Wilkes, but Sarah gets in there and passes the Quaffle to Spinnet, who passes to Potter and, ooh! Just misses a Bludger shot by Bella! Passes to Spinnet, whoa! She’s not holding back on those Bludgers, but Spinnet swerves past and SCORES! 20-0 to Gryffindor!” the Slytherins were getting really annoyed now.
“Okay, LeStrange passes to Wilkes, then back to LeStrange who passes to Avery, who goes up the pitch and - HAA! His broom gets hit by a Bludger shot by Prewitt! But still he passes to LeStrange who passes to Wilkes and.... Oh CRAP! They score, 10-20 to Slytherin.” The sadness in his voice was hillarious, but they really had nothing to worry about; Gryffindor had an amazing set of Chasers.
The game continued for a few more hours and the Snitch still hadn’t been sighted. The score was 130-10 to Gryffindor and everyone was thinking the same thing ‘It looks like Gryffindor will have this one.’
“Spinnet in possesion, passes to Potter who flies up the pitch and passes to Sarah. She is taking a shot an – HEY, that’s not fair!” Bellatrix had wholloped a Bludger at Sarah and she was now falling about seventy-five feet from her broom. Everyone froze. “Wait, Potter’s swooping down to catch her .... that’s it. A time-out has been called.”
James flew Sarah down to Madame Pomfrey and he and Sirius stood by her, waiting to see if she was OK. She was unconscious and wouldn’t be able to play the rest of the match. They weren’t allowed to bring in a substitute this late in the game, so they had to play on without her.
“OK, so we’re a Chaser short, but we can manage because we’re 120 points up.” Magnus was giving them ‘pep-talk’ “But we need to catch that Snitch!” everyone was now looking at Dee “Dee, I could’ve sworn I saw it myself a couple of times – ”
Dee interrupted him “I know, but he just keeps on bugging me, or saying stuff that annoys me, so I think of different ways to punch him and then I lose focus a – ”she was just rambling now.
“Stuff like what?” Sirius interjected, curious of what his brother was saying.
“Look, now’s not the time,” Magnus continued “Dee you have to focus! Chasers: Keep up the good work. And Beaters: the Slytherins are getting rough, so I want you to keep your guard and to stick with the Seeker; they’re gonna go for her next.” He gestured towards Dee “And – actually just keep an eye on everyone, they might be trying to pick us off, one by one.” He pointed to each of them, looking slightly paranoid.
And with that and a few hugs and kisses for Sarah, they went back to the battlefield.
The game had carried on. The Chasers were playing brilliantly and still scoring, with only the two of them. Bludgers were blasting everywhere and Sirius and Charlie were hitting all of them. Sirius and his nasty cousin – Bellatrix – were now having a sort of ‘bludger war’, just constantly firing them at each other while Charlie fended off all the ones headed towards the other players. Sirius was most likely using the Bludgers as an anger outlet towards Bellatrix for hitting his sister, but Bellatrix was only hitting them at Sirius because she was evil and crazy.
The score was now 150-10 to Gryffindor and all they needed was to catch that Snitch and they would win.
Dee was hovering above everyone else, but unfortunately, Regulus was too. She could’ve sworn she saw a glint of gold somewhere on the pitch, but it would just disappear straight away – without a trace. Magnus kept signaling her to some part of the pitch, but she wouldn’t be able to see with all the rain and anyway; Regulus would be hot on her tail.
“Dee Spindle is making her way towards the very far edge of the pitch. She must’ve spotted the Snitch! But of course, it is impossible to see anything in this weather!” But she had seen it. And now she was stuck at the end of the pitch with – wait for it ...... Regulus, and he was being completely annoying. And the thing that really got under her skin was that he didn’t even care that his own sister got hit by a bludger and was now unconscious. In fact; he was making jokes about it. She knew that Regulus and Sarah didn’t get along, but it was still mean. And the other stuff he was coming out with was just horrible and really hurt her feelings.
Her blood was boiling. She couldn’t stand it any longer. So she lunged herself at him – to punch him – but he grabbed her fist and twisted her arm behind her back.
“Ooh, looks like the Seekers are having a little disagreement – GO DEE!”
“JORDAN!” McGonagall shouted once-more.
“He can’t do that! Oh but wait, I think that git has spotted the Snitch! Oh no, he’s going for it. Dee, come-on; un-twist your arm! OK, she picks up speed, but Regulus is just too close! Oh come-on, ram into him! Grab the tail of his broom, come on – OH CRAP ...... Regulus catches the Snitch! DAMN FU – ”
“Jordan, do I have to say it again?!” McGonagall shouted exasperatedly, while sounding slightly disappointed at their lose.
“Oh, come on Professor. You feel the same way, right? 160-150 to Slytherin, they win – yipee ...” his tone was both sarcastic and far from excited.
The Slytherin crowd roared while pounding their fists in the air, some making their way to the pitch to congratulate the team – or just Regulus. The Gryffindors all looked really sad and disappointed – because they all really thought that they were going to win. The team landed on the pitch and made their way over to where Madame Pomfrey was keeping Sarah (in a mini-infirmary just off the side of the changing rooms).
No one said a thing until they heard Sarah’s voice; “Hey ....... James?” she whimpered slightly. The team crowded around the bed, while Madame Pomfrey ushered them to give her some space. “Did we win?” she asked hopefully.
“Erm ..... let’s just forget about that for now,” James stroked her curly, red hair “You just get some rest, yeah?”
“M’kay ....” and quickly enough, she had drifted back to sleep. Sirius watched James with Sarah and couldn’t help but smile to himself.
The team was rather quiet, as was expected. Damian, Remus and Peter had come down from the stands to see how Sarah was after being hit. Magnus and Gerasim had gone to the changing rooms and would be back later to check on everyone. There were cheers to be heard from the grounds, with the Slytherins still celebrating their outrageous win.
James was sitting by Sarah’s bed, stroking her hand and singing the Pokémon theme tune. Occasionally she would hum along and James would get all excited, thinking that she had woken up, but then Sirius would say; “She sings that song in her sleep all the time.” Then James would sigh and continue to sing it, just in case it made a difference.
Remus was thinking of Rebecca. He was thinking about their time on the Astronomy Tower and their talk in the library. He wished she was here, because her laughter would cheer everyone up – it was contageous. She made everything better and he didn’t feel as bad about himself – his affliction. Sure, she had to think about it for a while, but she deserved that because it was a lot to take in. He remembered her eyes and the way they sparkled that night under the stars and that would be enough for now.
Damian and Charlie were sitting down on a bench, near the door. Damian held Charlie’s small hands in his, and she stared into his deep eyes. You could say that they were going out, because it certainly looked like it. They were perfect for each other and no one could deny it. They talked a lot, mostly about the match. Charlie wanted to wait until Sarah woke up, because she got hit on the head and wanted to make sure she was OK.
“So what’s your oldest brother’s name?” Damian asked, taking in Charlotte’s beauty.
“Oh, that’s Gideon. Don’t worry – he’s nice.” She laughed, just in case he felt intimidated. “And then there’s my sister; Molly. She and her husband have the cutest boys!” The thought of them seemed to cheer her up after losing the match.
“Don’t worry, it’s not your fault.” Sirius comforted Dee.
“Let’s not talk about it,” she said from her place on his lap “It was stupid.”
“Why did you try and hit him?” he asked, still pressing the matter.
“Why not?” she said simply.
“Well, I dunno. You just don’t normally do stuff like that.” He sounded a bit concerned.
“Look, it doesn’t matter. Now let’s just shut-up for a while.” She sighed and lay her head on his chest. While they both rested after the tiresome match.
Peter was standing at the door of the small infirmary, staring out at the empty Quidditch pitch. The Slytherin team was probably off celebrating and gloating to the Gryffindors about their win – which was very unexpected, by the way.
He turned around and looked in at his friends. Remus and James were sitting at Sarah’s side, not talking though. Remus was no doubt thinking about Rebecca, though no one really knew where he stood with her – because of him being a werewolf. The same thing went for James and Sarah, were they together or was Sarah with that Robert bloke, but everyone knows that James loves Sarah so it’s just a matter of time. He looked over to Sirius and Dee, they were sitting in silence, Dee was asleep on Sirius’ lap and he looked to be resting too, though occasionally looking over at Sarah to check on her. No one knew what was going on with the two of them and they were afraid to ask, but Peter came to the conclusion that they were definitely more than just friends, but that they just couldn’t comprehend that.
Then he saw Charlie, sitting over with Damian. Peter liked Damian – he was hard not to like – but he couldn’t help but be a little bit jealous. Though he sort of began to think that it was just a small crush he had on Charlie, because he did like her as a friend and wanted her to be happy. It was completely obvious that Damian was the one who made her happy, because they just fit together perfectly and Peter couldn’t see himself standing a chance against someone like Damian. But a boy can dream.
When Sarah was discharged from the Hospital Wing, they all got back to their normal routine at Hogwarts. Sarah had to go for a small check-up every day for the next couple of weeks, because Madame Pomfrey said that she might suffer some slight dizziness or headaches and wanted to give her a potion to stop that.
They had another Hogsmeade trip coming up that weekend and everyone was excited; as it was an unusual occurance to have them so often. Everyone had come to the conclusion that the teachers were having some sort of meeting and wanted most of the students out of the school, which they were all perfectly fine with.
Rebecca had gotten back from visiting her dad on Monday and said that he was getting much better and was on the road to recovery. She also said that Lucy was now perfectly healthy and that Nathan was forced to return to Hogwarts by their father, because he had his N.E.W.T’s this year and he needed to study.
She would be allowed to visit her father and Lucy before Christmas though, because Dumbledore thought that it might make Rebecca and Nathan less anxious about their family when it came to studying and their different classes.
They had gotten a lot of homework that week and James and Sirius were still serving detentions for setting fire to the school. Remus and Rebecca’s relationship was progressing and they both seemed happy about it, so no one questioned them too much about what was actually going on.
It was Saturday and the group of them were headed to Hogsmeade. They didn’t go together, they went in pairs. Remus went with Rebecca and they had a talk about books and their relationship. Charlie went with Damian on their first proper date, which Charlie was squeeling about the night before. Dee and Sirius went on their first proper date with just the two of them. Sarah was asked to go with Robert Macmillan, which made things very awkward between her and James. While James and Peter just went as friends because they were dateless.
On the path to Hogsmeade Remus and Rebecca were walking, while feeling a bit more comfortable around each other than last week. Rebecca was wearing a black and floral dress with black laced up court-shoes – with a high-heel – and with the outfit she wore light pink, sparkly earrings. Beside her Remus wore a scarlett red, woolly-jumper and a pair of black jeans with his hands in his pockets.
When they reached Hogsmeade village they went to the book shop; Tomes and Scrolls and the Post Office, they wanted to send letters to their families, but give their owls Loony and Cocoa a rest. Then they went to Honeydukes – of course – and ran into Sarah and Robert who seemed to be having a good time, though they couldn’t help but feel sorry for James. But while they were there they bought tons of chocolate and Rebecca stocked up on Sugar Quills. And of course the chocolate had to be Honeydukes Finest.
While they were walking through the streets Rebecca began to talk:
“So, what’s the story with us?” she asked.
“What do you mean?” asked Remus, furrowing his brow.
“Well ..... are we going out or what?” they were now answering their questions with questions.
“Well I don’t know – ” but Remus was interrupted.
“You said the other day!” She exclaimed.
“Yeah but then I remembered that you kissed James and that sort of changes things.” He explained.
“Look,” she turned to face him “I didn’t mean to kiss James, it was a mistake and I don’t even know how it happened.”
“OK, I just want to know that you and James don’t have a thing.” He told her, waving his hands to emphasize.
“I assure you we don’t.” She patted him on the shoulder.
Then he put his arm out for her to take; “Shall we?” he asked cheekily.
“We shall.” She replied in a posh voice. And so they were on their way to The Three Broomsticks.
Damian and Charlie were sitting in Madame Puddifoots drinking tea and eating biscuits. Charlie wasn’t exactly sure what she made of this incredibly strange café because the décor was quite eccentric. She didn’t like tea either, so she took tiny sips at a time and stuffed her face with biscuits, because she liked biscuits. By the looks of it; Damian didn’t like tea either. So they both began to laugh, quietly though, so as to not upset the staff. They paid for the tea and left, glad to breathe the fresh air of the busy village.
“That was..... unusual.” Damian said.
“Yes, it was, erm – unique.” Charlie giggled.
“So you don’t drink tea?” he asked her.
“No, it’s not my cup of tea.” She tried not to laugh, but then Damian began to and they laughed their way up the street.
Charlie was wearing a pink, puffy skirt with her Owl t-shirt and black cardigan. She also had a gold Owl pendant around her neck. Damian wore a royal-blue top and a pair of grey jeans (seemed like he was trying to sport the Ravenclaw colours).
They visited Scrivenshafts Quill Shop because they both needed more parchment and quills. Then they visited Zonkos Joke Shop and bumped into Peter and James attempting to prank some Slytherins. They snogged a couple of times but left the shop after Charlie heard a loud ‘bang’ and got scared. So they made their way to The Three Broomsticks.
As Sirius and Dee were skipping down the path to Hogsmeade Village, they were singing a song called ‘Where’s Your Mama Gone?’ but then Sirius couldn’t remember the words, so they were going to start singing another song when he grabbed Dee’s hand and pulled her off the path.
“Where are we going?” Dee asked, laughing, but a tone of confusion in her voice.
“Here.” They stopped at the Shrieking Shack.
“Why are we here?” she asked, still confused.
“Because .......” he dragged her right up to the fence “this is where the magic happens!”
“’Magic’?” she laughed and did air-quotes for the word ‘magic’ “In case you haven’t noticed; we go to a school that teaches us ‘magic’.” She was talking to him as if he was a baby.
“OK, OK, I get it!” he waved his hands in front of her. “But Dezzy, this is where we have our moonlight adventures!” now he was doing ‘jazz hands’.
“Wait, this is where Remus – ” she lowered her voice “ – where he transforms?”
“Indeed it is.” He looked quite proud.
“Wow, it’s – I can’t believe we didn’t figure this out before!” Dee said incredulously.
“Don’t worry, we’re very good at keeping secrets.” He tapped the side of his nose in a knowing way.
“So there’s more secrets then?” she asked cheekily, seeing her opportunity. But he didn’t answer and grabbed her hand again as they skipped down to the village.
Dee was wearing a long, black tank-top, with the ‘Batman’ logo on it, a pair of faded jeans and Sirius’ red Gryffindor hoodie. Sirius wore a pair of jeans and a bright-yellow t-shirt, minus his red hoodie.
They paid visits to many shops and spent quite a lot of time in Zonkos, where they saw James and Peter – though James didn’t look too happy. They also went to Dominic Maestro’s Music Shop, where they listened to various wizarding tunes and expressed their like and dislikes for different musics, for example: neither of them liked Celestina Warbeck. They were also talking about what Muggle music they liked, The Beatles, Wings and Tom Jones (Though that was mostly Dee). They bought Bertie Botts’ Every Flavour Beans in Honeydukes and went to Gladrags Wizardwear where Dee bought Sirius a pair of Screaming Socks that should’ve sent some sort of message about the hygiene of his feet.
Sirius wanted to go to Spintwitches and Dee wanted to go to Dervish & Banges, but Sirius said that they could go after a drink in The Three Broomsticks. Though Deewasn’t too sure, so they had to bargain. They made their way to The Three Broomsticks, Sirius giving Dee a piggyback and her shouting “Onwards, mighty steed!” every few minutes. They were quite a sight.
Sarah and Robert were having a great time. He was witty, handsome and manly and he was also a very kind person. But something was nagging her. She wasn’t sure what, but then she remembered; James. He had been so lovely this past week, helping her and refusing to leave the Hospital Wing until he was sure she was OK. She liked James, she really did, but she just didn’t know how she felt about him – romantically – yet. It was quite a pickle, but Robert was nice and she was having a good time, so there was nothing to worry about.
Robert was a Hufflepuff. Sarah like Hufflepuffs – well most of them. She liked the sound of the word too – Huff-le-puff. But that wasn’t the point, that was not why she liked Robert.
They went to a lot of shops and bought a lot of things. They saw Remus and Rebecca in Honeydukes and chatted for a while. Robert bought her about five Chocolate Frogs and anything else she said looked pretty. He was spoiling her, which she didn’t mind and she did share absolutely everything he bought, so when they entered The Three Broomsticks they were completely stuffed.
“Hey!” Rebecca shouted across the Inn as the two made their way through the crowds of students and various people.
“Hi.” Sarah took a seat beside Sirius who was singing ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon with Dee.
“Erm, Sarah I’m just gonna go talk to my friends for a while, okay?” Robert pointed towards his friends, sitting at a table at the other side of the Inn.
“Yeah, that’s fine. I’ll talk to you later.” And he swooped down and gave her a hug, but didn’t dare give her a kiss on the cheek because her brother was sitting right there.
“So Sasa, he seems nice!” Dee giggled, Rebecca began to giggle too. Remus and Sirius began to get slightly suspicious.
“Do you think he’s better looking than us?” Remus asked the two.
“No, of course not.” Rebecca patted him on the cheek, still giggling. Both boys still looked suspicious and now Sarah was giggling.
“It’s just a thing they do.”
“What – giggle about other boys?” Sirius asked incredulously. Dee exploded with laughter and fell off her chair.
Charlie and Damian took a seat each, beside each other. “So who said what now?” Charlie grinned at her friends.
“Well Dee’s on the floor and these two are laughing so much that they can’t talk.” Remus explained to them.
“Why are you laughing?” Damian was curious about the groups’ reason for thinking this was so normal. “And why is Desirae on the floor?”
“Yeah, mate she just does that when she laughs. For some reason or another?” he looked down at Dee, still laughing and starting to draw attention.
“And these two are laughing because they’re weirdos!” Charlie hit Rebecca on the shoulder and told her to “shut-up” because they were getting embarrassing, though Damian didn’t mind. Sarah finally caught her breath and told everyone why they were laughing.
“They were just doing that thing where they talk about a boy and try to embarrass you.” She had stopped laughing now “You know Charlie, remember we did it do you with the Damian-being-well-fit thing.” She knew she had embarrassed Charlie and was now trying to stifle her laughter. Damian just grinned though. And Remus and Sirius didn’t get it at all but fake-laughed with bewildered expressions on their faces.
James and Peter came in with their arms full of Zonko products, laughing about something that Peter had said. They plonked themseles down on seats beside Sarah and Dee and began showing the Marauders and Damian what they bought. The girls talked about clothes and Quidditch.
Then who had to enter the Inn, only the Slytherins. They were almost sniggering at the Gryffindors and they scowled back. Regulus looked very smug and Dee had to clench the side of the table to stop herself from attacking him. Bellatrix let out a maniacle laugh and Sarah started making faces at her and had to keep drinking her Butterbeer to stop herself from shouting abuse at her evil cousin, who could’ve killed her.
They tryed to ignore the Slytherins laughs and stood their ground. And when they finished their drinks they picked up their purchases and went out to the High Street to shop some more.
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