The second week of January. Still no communication with Sirius. You were sitting in the library with Lily before dinner when Landon Bridges, a Ravenclaw, approached you. Hey, Landon! You’d been friends since third year when you’d accidentally spilled some very acidic sap all over him. Herbology wasn’t your strong point.
“Hey, Kara.” Landon was the Keeper on the Ravenclaw team. He was about 6 feet tall, with dark brown hair and eyes that matched. He was muscular, and had a fair amount of girls trying to strike his fancy.
“Listen, I was wondering if you’d like to have dinner with me some time.”
“Like a date?” you both smiled.
“Yeah, like a date”.
“Does Friday work for you?”
“Yes it does.” “Ok. Meet me in the Room of Requirement at 6?”
“I’ll see you there!”
“Great”. Landon walked away. Lily smiled at you.
“So, a date with Landon, eh?”
“I didn’t know you liked him.”
“I never said I didn’t.”
“This is true.” You packed up your books and exited the library. Sirius was outside, surrounded by Barbies. You just walked by.
It was Wednesday. You had two days before your date. Lily insisted that you (meaning her) pick out your outfit now. She decided on dark blue jeans and a plain black t shirt.
You went down to dinner together, arriving outside the Great Hall just in time to see Sirius making out with a girl you didn’t know. He probably didn’t know her either. You tried to tell yourself that it didn’t matter; you weren’t even speaking to him anymore. But it still hurt, and you were now even happier you’d agreed to Landon’s offer.
Sirius came into the Great Hall a few minutes later, hand in hand with that girl. She sits down next to you, Sirius on the other side of her.
“Hey guys.” Sirius greeted. “This is Mia Rosenberg.”
“Hi everyone!” She was happy. You coughed. He perfume was overpowering. Lily seemed to think this was funny, as she was safe from the smell on the other side of you. She laughed. You glared and she stopped.
“So Mia, what House are you in?” Lily just had to be so nice to everybody.
“I’m in Ravenclaw.”
“Oh. So’s Kara’s boyfriend.” Sirius choked on his water. You loved Lily Evans.
“Kara’s boyfriend?” James repeated.
“Yeah. Landon Bridges. The Ravenclaw Keeper.”
“Yeah.” You confirmed.
“Oh.” James glanced at Sirius, who was just looking at his plate.
“Siri, baby, why don’t you eat something? You’ve got to keep up your strength. For later.” She winked at him but he still wasn’t looking.
“What are we doing later?” he asked. You knew he’d understood.
“Nope”. Mia looked a little flustered. James piped up.
“Oh yeah! I get it!” she was relieved. “She wants you to have enough energy for our little prank on Snivelly later.” You snorted into your milk, earning a glare from Mia and a secretive smile from James. So he understood. You were willing to give Sirius another chance, you just needed some time to cool down. He winked and turned back to bothering Mia for you.
“So, you’re in 6th year, Mia?”
“Oh. A younger lady, Padfoot! Very nice.” He winked overdramatically. You were going to get him a really good birthday present.
“Do you know what you want to do when you get out of school, Mia?” Nat asked.
“No. Not yet.” You could tell she was happy Nat had cut in.
“You don’t want children?” You loved James Potter so much.
“Well, I don’t think so. I don’t like kids.”
“Sirius loves kids! Don’t you, Padfoot?” Sirius was glaring daggers at James.
“Yeah. Yeah I like kids.” He said through gritted teeth.
“What? I’m only trying to be nice to your gorgeous lady friend!” James defended himself.
“Lets get out of here, Mia.”
“You think she’s too stupid to remember his full name?” Remus asked when they were gone. You smiled. When the two of them got up from the table, you went too.
“Hey, it’s for both of you”. James said.
“But mostly for you.” Remus interjected. “He shouldn’t have done that to you, Kara, even though it was unintentional.” As he said this Lily, Nat, and Peter exited the Hall and joined you.
You all walked back to the common room together. You were almost finished with your homework when Sirius finally came in. You acted like he wasn’t there and continued with your Transfiguration homework
“James, can I talk to you?” Sirius looked angry.
“Sure, Padfoot, what is it?”
“Oh, you’ll see.” With a worried glance at Remus, James followed Sirius back out of the portrait hole. Five minutes later Sirius reentered the common room alone.
“He’ll be back shortly. Maybe.” Sirius went up to the boy’s dorm.
“Help!” James muffled cry came from a short distance away. You and Remus got up and went to find him. He was two hallways away, with about thirty girls surrounding him.
“Excuse me!” you shouted, parting the crowd. You linked your fingers with James and kissed him on the cheek. “Hey, baby. I missed you.” The girls began to disperse. Works every time.
“What did he do?”
“He told them all that I was looking for a date to the next Hogsmeade weekend, and that Id be here at 7 o’clock to make my choice.” You and Remus laughed.
“Poor Jamsie.” You ruffled his hair.
“It’s not funny. They’re psycho! One girl gave me her bra and said I’d get to see more of her undergarments if I chose her.” He shuddered.
“What color was the bra?” you asked.
“Oh.” You headed back to the common room, and James charged up the boys staircase. There was banging and shouting and other sound effects. The two emerged twenty minutes later, with black eyes and arms.
“Well, that’s settled, then.”
“Yeah.” James and Sirius shook hands on the way to the Hospital Wing. Boys were so weird. You took your stuff up to the dorm. Lily was filling Nat in on your date with Landon.
“Hey, Kar. So, Landon Bridges? Quite the catch. Although not as fine as our darling Sirius.”
“He’s not ours. And I don’t want him to be. I don’t want anything to do with him.”
“Ok.” Lily said skeptically.
“What do you mean?”
“I agreed with you.”
“No. You were sarcastic. I don’t want to talk to or even about Sirius Black.”
“Good.” Now that that was settled. “I’m going to shower.”
“You do that.” Lily said.
“I will.” You went into the bathroom, took a quick shower, and got into your pajamas. They were your flannel pants and a cami. You loved to be comfy. Nat and lily weren’t in the dorm so you went down to the common room to find them.
Sure enough they were sitting by the fire with Peter and Remus. James and Sirius were nowhere in sight. Nat was on Remus lap; they looked so perfect together. Even more so since Remus had told Natalie that he was a werewolf. They continued to sneak off together often. You were glad they were happy.
“Hey Kara!” Nat greeted.
“So, how’s it goin’”
“Just peachy, thanks.”
“Still in a bad mood?”
“I’m not in a bad mood. And I wasn’t before either. Maybe if you didn’t-“ you stopped yourself. “Ok, maybe I’m in a bad mood. It happens to everyone.”
“Yeah. I noticed that too.” Peter joked.
“Haha.” You made a face at him. He smiled and stuck his tongue out at you. You did the same. This continued, the others watching in amusement, for a couple of minutes. The faces got stranger. Then Sirius and James walked in and sat down. The laughter and face making stopped.
“So all patched up, boys?” Lily asked with amusement in her voice.
“I wish girls could just beat the crap out of each other and move on. But no, they’ve got to make it difficult and hold a grudge and gossip and get into catfights and date each others exes and-“
“Lily, that’s enough.”
“Since when is she Lily?”
“Since I decided to call her Lily.”
“Ok. You’re still Potter though, right?”
“Yeah.” Nat and James fell silent.
“Girls are mean.” Remus said a moment later, quite randomly.
“No, just thinking. Lily was right. They’re so-girly.”
“Ya think?” you asked sarcastically.
“Yeah, I do.” He ignored your sarcasm.
“Girls tend to overreact.” Sirius added.
“They do not.” You directed this at Remus.
“Ok.” He said.
“Well, Remus, I think girls do overreact, and they don’t understand when people make mistakes.”
“They do to. Guys are just incredibly stupid and do things to make them mad without even thinking. Not like it’s their fault they have little brains.”
“I am a guy you know, Kara.” Remus said.
“Yes but you’re a nice guy. That’s very rare. Congratulations.”
“Thank you. Do I get a trophy?”
“Not sure, but I can ask the Girls Who Like Nice Guys and Want To Give Them Trophies Foundation. They can bring it to the president.”
“You get back to me on that one.”
“I will!” You got up from the couch and headed upstairs for bed.