Chapter 2 : Vivian's Plan, Sirius' Musings and Remus' Decision
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When people think of teenage girls staying up, their imaginations tend to cook up girls in lacy, tiny nightgowns gossiping and having pillow fights. This was only slightly true in the case of these three Gryffindor girls. Dollie, Vivian and Lily sat on the oriental carpeted floor of their dormitory room as the clock tower struck twelve, not feeling sleepy enough to sleep. While Vivian was clad in a somewhat lacy pink nightgown (a gift from one of her ex-boyfriends), Lily opted for more simplistic lily flower printed red pyjamas and Dollie chose her favourite nightwear (and sometimes daywear), black shorts and a white t-shirt that had 'Quidditch Queen' printed on the front and 'My balls are bigger than yours' at the back.
“Don’t play coy with me, Doll; I’ve known you too long. What happen when Sirius Black walked you to the Gryffindor tower and back?” Vivian asked, growing impatient with Dollie as she painted her nails hot pink with her wand to match her highlights.
“Oh, that,” Dollie rolled her eyes. “Nothing.”
“What do mean ‘Nothing’!?” She finished painting her nails and was now using her wand to blow-dry them, growing annoyed at her best friend.
“I mean nothing happened.”
Lily looked up from the Charms homework she was doing. “Oh leave her alone, Viv. If she doesn’t want to talk about it, she doesn’t have to.”
Dollie stuck out her tongue at Vivian. “Thank you Lily.”
“Although...,” Lily continued, a sly smile playing at her lips. “If she really doesn’t want to talk about what happened, that means something really BIG happened!” She and Vivian high-five each other as they broke into shrieks of giggles.
Dollie threw Vivian’s stuffed unicorn and Lily’s stuffed lion at their owners. “Hush up, you two, you’ll wake up the entire Tower.” She glanced worriedly at their two other dorm mates sleeping soundly.
“Including the Marauders!” They both shrieked at the same time again and continued their giggling.
“Gits,” she muttered grumpily.
Vivian and Lily stopped their giggling and grinned at each other. “Aww come on Doll, get your wand out of your bum. Lily and I were just having a bit of fun.” Vivian crawled over and plopped down beside Dollie.
“Yeah,” Lily crawled over as well and plopped on the other side of Dollie. “You shouldn’t take stuff so seriously.”
“It gives you wrinkles you know,” Vivian suddenly scrambled to her compact mirror and held it up to her face. “You’d tell me if I had wrinkles right?” she asked anxiously as she searched for non-existent folds on her face.
Dollie had to smile at her friends antics. “But I’m telling the truth, nothing really did happen. He kept asking me some stuff and I kept answering ‘uhhuh’, ‘yeah’ and ‘hmm’. That’s it,” she shrugged. She neglected to mention Black’s constant greeting to various girls, the said girls glaring at her behind his back, his attempts to walk closer to her as they walked, his invitation to hang out together more and her answer to it.
Vivian groaned. “Merlin’s beard, Doll, you can be such a cauldron head sometimes.”
“Are too! I mean, Sirius Black, THE SIRIUS BLACK, might fancy you,” Vivian explained, waiting for her to answer.
“Viv, not to be mean or anything, but I think the nail polish fumes have gone to your head. That’s absurd, not to mention impossible,” Dollie snorted.
"I wouldn’t say impossible. Odd yes but not impossible. I guess that explains quite a bit,” Lily pondered.
Dollie turned to Lily with a quizzical look on her face. “Explain what?” she asked suspiciously.
Lily shrugged. “Well, during some of Potter's rants, he’d sometimes asked about my friends and I always wondered what he’d mean by that. He’d also sneak glances at Black when he asked those kinds of questions.”
“See, I knew it.” Vivian gave Dollie a triumphant look.
"Okay, let’s just say this is true,” Dollie said carefully. “There’s just one little detail we’re forgetting. I ‘fancy’ in a completely different marauder.” She turned pink as she felt her stomach plummet and her heart flutter. Just the thought of Remus gave her those reactions.
“I don’t know, ‘Dollie Black’ has a better ring to it than ‘Dollie Lupin’.” Lily gave a burst of laughter as Dollie threw her another death look. “Kidding, kidding”
“Yeah, but not as well as ‘Lily Potter’,” Dollie shot back, a triumphant look on her face as Lily stuck out her tongue at her.
“Ew, that is never, ever, EVER happening,” Lily exclaimed, disgusted.
Vivian sat silent during this exchange, apparently deep in thought. Since this was extremely rare for her, Dollie and Lily glanced at each other and asked Vivian what’s the matter.
“Well,” Vivian began slowly, “Dollie has been nursing this ‘interest’,” she exchanged a smirk with Lily at the understatement. “in Lupin for years though he hasn’t responded. Black, one of his best friends, just might have a similar ‘interest’ in her so….,” She wandered off.
“So I think Dollie should date Black.” she ended, interested to see Dollie’s reaction. She wasn’t disappointed.
“What the-” Dollie exclaimed a string of not so good words. “-kind of plan is that?!”
“No, think about it. With Lupin’s head always buried in his school books and Dollie not having enough bottle to approach him, her dating one of his best friends might just make him notice her. Maybe even get jealous,” she smiled slyly.
“Viv might just be on to something, Doll,” Lily added. “After all, she is the ‘Bloke magnet.’”
Dollie had to agree there. Vivian Costa was the female equivalent of Black. Although possessing a slightly chubbier frame than most, her outgoing and infectious personality usually got her around two or three boyfriends at the same time. The standing record so far was six.
“Anyway,” Lily continued. “Black has broken a lot of hearts. This might actually teach him a lesson.”
“I don’t know.” Dollie bit her lip as she thought it over. “It seems rather cruel.”
“Yeah well, he doesn’t treat girls kindly does he?” Lily raised an eyebrow.
“But I don’t think it’s such a good idea to put myself so….out there.” Dollie continued, I don’t want to get hurt, she silently added to herself.
“Doll, you don’t put yourself out there enough. When I and Lily first met you during first year, we both thought you were so strange. Sitting in the train compartment by yourself, eating by yourself in the library, sneaking out after curfew to Merlin knows where and sneaking back in before dawn. When we try to talk to you, you’d mumble responses without looking at us and scurry away as soon as you could. It took us until the middle of second year to finally make you come out of your shell. When you did, blimey you were a lot of fun.” Vivian grinned. “Lils would think up some crazy idea for us to do, I would get the three of us into a jam and you would always smooth talk us out of it. We are the perfect trio.” She beamed at Dollie and put her arm around her shoulders and Lily did the same thing on the other side.
“What Miss Sentimental over there is trying to say is that you have to live a little. The only way to get Lupin to notice you is get his attention and nothing can get his attention better than you dating the most popular bloke in Hogwarts,” Lily said confidently.
Dollie hesitated before coming to a decision. “I’ll do it.”
Vivian and Lily exchanged a grin.
Unbeknownst to the girls in their dormitory, a few feet away, a similar discussion was taking place. The Marauders sat in their respective beds, two of them too bored to sleep, one already snoring the night away and another studying. Therefore, when in doubt, annoy someone. Extra points if he was a Marauder.
“Come on, Sirius, I’m your best mate. You can tell me anything.” James grinned at Sirius.
Sirius gave him a look, “I know you are and I would tell you if there’s anything to tell but there isn’t so…” He gave a casual shrug.
“Don’t give me that!” James said impatiently. “Sirius Black walking with a pretty girl, a pretty girl that has never given him the time of day, and nothing happens?” He snorted. “That’s practically unheard off, it’s impossible, it’s like-”
"Like Evans actually agreeing to go out with you and falling in love with you and marrying you and having your child?” Sirius gave a bark-like laugh as James turned red, either with embarrassment or anger, Sirius wasn’t sure. Most likely embarrassment, he decided.
“Eat dragon dung,” James muttered darkly.
Sirius shook his head at his best mate and instead started thinking of her.
What he said to James was only half true. He had considered making up some cock-and-bull story about her being all over him to impress his mates like he did with other girls but somehow he couldn’t bring himself to. She wasn’t like all the others. She was…different. He couldn’t really think of a better word for her. She wasn’t all that different look-wise. She was attractive, the type of girl that would get a second glance wherever she went. But it wasn’t just that. Ever since first-year... Well, it was mostly his fault for procrastinating making a move on her. But he promised himself this year would be different. Maybe she’s playing hard to get but she sure was playing it well. He thought back to her answer to his proposal to hang out together, “I’ll think about it..."
“Sirius,” James interrupted his thoughts. “What’s that you’re thinking about? Or maybe it’s Who…” He laughed as Sirius wiped the dazed look he suspected was on his face.
“Blimey James, can’t you ever just shut it?” Sirius was slowly getting pissed off.
“Uh Oh, someone is having a little tantrum. Is it that time of month again?” James couldn’t help but rib Sirius some more.
“For Merlin’s sake, if you don’t shut it, I’ll tell Evans you secretly sleep with a stuffed toy broom called 'Zoom-Zoom'.” Sirius smirked as James‘s face grew as white as his bed sheet.
“What are you playing at?” James said while trying and failing to keep his cool.
“Goodnight James, ‘Nite Remus.” Sirius lay down on his bed and turned to his other side as his thoughts wandered to a certain blonde Gryffindor.
“Bloody Hell, he’s finally lost it,” James mumbled out to Remus. He stared at the school book in Remus’s and rolled his eyes. “Don’t stay up too late. G’night.” He instantly fell asleep as he hugged Zoom-Zoom, wishing it was a certain red-headed Gryffindor.
Remus watched the three sleeping Marauders and gave a small sigh. Neither Sirius nor James had noticed that although he was seemingly completely immersed in his Potions book, his eyes hadn’t budged at all and he hadn’t turned a single page.
Finally giving up trying to study, he gave another small sigh as he closed and kept his book. The shine of his silver prefect badge lying on his bedside table caught his eye. He had been so happy and proud to be chosen as a prefect, partly because there was a chance Dollie Kent would be chosen as the other prefect.
No, no he mustn’t think about her. Sirius obviously liked her; he would never stand a chance. No girl in Hogwarts could resist Sirius Black; she’d have to be mental. But then again, he himself was also to blame. Countless times he had come across Dollie in the library in the past and he had never even acknowledged her. Then this morning, he had to smile at the memory, he had managed a normal conversation with her without embarrassing himself.
He climbed out of bed, walked to the windowsill and sat on it, gazing out at the night sky. The moon’s eerie light shone on his face as he breathed in the cold yet invigorating night air. The moon, the thing he loathed and feared most. It was because of it that he could never be with her. Excluding the friend factor, there was his ‘furry problem’, his abnormality. He gave a small, hollow chuckle as he thought all this. How could any girl, let alone her, ever care for him? There was nothing special about him (except his ‘problem’), he wasn’t an athlete like James, a handsome troublemaker like Sirius or a cute little-brother-type like Peter. He was intelligent, yes, but what girl wanted a nerdy bookworm? Not to mention that he always looked ill and disappeared for certain times of the month. What girl would put up with that kind of behaviour?
He shivered slightly as the coldness finally won out, forcing him to get up, walk back to his four-poster bed and warm himself with the thick bed covers. His thoughts wandered as he slowly drifted to sleep.
No, no, he wouldn’t do anything about Dollie. Sirius could, and shall, have her. She could never feel the same way about him. He had to stay away, to keep his feelings hidden and buried.
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