There are certain people you just keep coming back to
She is right in front of you.
-The Fray: All At Once
It was the beginning of the seventh year for Hogwarts’ class of 1976. The Great Hall was bustling with activity as everyone filed in for their return to Hogwarts. The Marauders were already beginning to plan their first prank of the year.
“I was thinking,” James Potter said as he shook some of his brown mop of hair out of his eyes. “That we could perhaps place some dung bombs in the Slytherin dungeons. What do you lot think?”
“We could do it before Potions one afternoon,” Remus Lupin suggested. “What do you think, Wormtail?” Remus looked to the stout blonde to his left.
“We could, perhaps, flood the halls as well,” Peter said.
“Wicked!” James exclaimed. “Padfoot?”
“Yes,” Sirius Black said, looking about the Great Hall in vain.
“Are you with us, Sirius?” Remus said, waving his hand in front of Sirius’s face.
“I’m here. Has anyone seen Alina?” Sirius asked, looking behind him at the Hufflepuff table.
“I saw her on the train,” Peter said, attempting to help.
“Alina?” James said, curious as to the girl was.
“She’s a Hufflepuff,” Remus said as he picked up his pumpkin juice. “She was in our Transfiguration class last year, Prongs.”
“Oh, yes. I remember her. Was she the one with blonde hair who was really good at the class?”
Remus nodded and pointed to the girl who had just walked into the Great Hall. Sirius quickly turned around.
“Hello, Alina,” Sirius said to the girl who just walked past him. He ran his hand through his mess of black hair and allowing some of it to fall over his silvery gray eyes. The girl turned around, surprised at who was talking to her.
“Hullo, Sirius,” she said softly as she pushed a stray strand of her honey blonde hair out of her face. “How are you this evening?”
“I’m doing well.”
“That’s good. I’ll see you tomorrow in classes, then?” she said, smiling, as she ran off with her fellow Hufflepuffs. Sirius nodded and watched as she disappeared into the mix of people in the large room.
“It seems as though Padfoot has himself a little crush,” James joked as soon as Sirius had turned back around.
“Do not,” Sirius grumbled. He looked at Remus for help, but Remus was smirking with James and Peter.
“Look; Lily’s coming,” he said.
“Where?” James said as he turned his back toward the large doors of the Great Hall. Unfortunately for Sirius, his quickly devised plan didn’t work when the auburn-haired beauty walked through the same doors.
“Lily!” James shouted over the din of the room. Sirius could see Lily’s face turning red enough to match her hair. Lily made her way quickly to James.
“What do you want, Potter?” she said.
“Aw, c’mon and sit down, Lily,” James said, patting the spot on the bench next to him. She sat down with a disgusted look on her face. Sirius felt a grin playing upon his face. This must have pulled the final straw from Lily, for she got up and left, shouting something incoherent.
“Thanks, Padfoot,” James groaned. Sirius shrugged his shoulders and watched as the first years joined their houses. His eyes darted over to the Hufflepuff table as a small first year boy skipped over to the table. He found Alina and caught her eye. She mouthed something to him that he couldn’t figure out, so he chose to wave. She laughed and waved back before turning her attention to one of the first years that must have asked her a question.
“When should we pull this prank, Padfoot?” James asked, looking to Sirius for advice. Sirius smiled.
“We should give it a few days. That way, the professors will think that we have changed,” Sirius said.
“Nice, Padfoot,” James said, shaking Sirius’s hand as though it were a business deal.
“First years, please follow James and I. We’ll show you to your dorms and to the common room. If you have any questions, ask the Prefects, James, or myself,” Lily said, motioning for the first years to follow her. The other students followed behind the first years to the common room. James kept turning around and making ridiculous faces at the first years to make them laugh. Sirius smiled and looked around the hall.
“And this way is the library,” Alina’s soft spoken voice said from across the corridor. Sirius had forgotten that she was Hufflepuff’s female prefect. Sirius inwardly sighed before entering the portrait hole with his fellow Gryffindors.
Sirius walked up to the dorm he shared with James, Remus, and Peter as soon as he had reached the stairwell through the pack of first years. He heard Remus’s footsteps coming behind him. Sirius guessed that Peter had stayed behind with James in the common room.
“Hey, Padfoot,” Remus said, clapping his hand against Sirius’s shoulder.
“Hey,” Sirius said, not turning around to look at his friend. The rest of the journey to their dorm was silent. Even when they had gotten to the safety of their own room, neither boys said anything. They instead went to unpacking their trunks.
“What do you think about Alina?” Sirius said after a long bout of quiet.
“She’s quite smart,” Remus said, shrugging his shoulders. Sirius didn’t say anything, for he wanted his friend to elaborate.
“She’s very kind and has quite a personality,” he added. “She was my partner in Potions once last year. She was always able to make a joke if one of us messed up. She’s very soft spoken, though.”
“Yeah?” Sirius said, wanting to hear more.
“That’s really all. I didn’t get to know her very well.”
“Padfoot, Moony!” James shouted as he and Peter had arrived into the dorm. He slammed his fist into each Sirius’s and Remus’s. Peter shook their hands awkwardly.
“Hey, Prongs, Wormtail,” Sirius said as he unpacked his last article of clothing.
“Who are you guys going to take to the ball?” Peter said sheepishly.
“A ball?” James questioned.
“I think that what Peter is referring to is the traditional seventh year ball,” Remus chimed. Sirius’s jaw dropped.
“Are you sure it’s not just a joke?” he said.
“Positive, Padfoot,” Remus replied.
“I’ll take Lily, of course,” James said.
“How do you plan on doing that, mate?” Sirius questioned.
“I will go with her,” he said confidently. “Who are you going to go with Remus? You too, Peter?”
“I was thinking of asking that Ravenclaw girl that was in our Defense class last term,” Remus said.
“Oh, I was just, erm, not going to go,” Peter said.
“How about you, Sirius? Are you going to ask Alina?” James questioned. Sirius shrugged and plopped down on his plush bed.
“When is the ball?” Sirius mused a few moments later, still lying down on the velvet comforter.
“I believe it’s at the end of the week,” Remus answered.
“Brilliant,” James said sarcastically. Even he knew that he couldn’t get Lily to go to a ball with him that quickly.
“Good morning, Sirius,” Alina said as Sirius walked alone to the first class of the morning: Transfiguration. He quickly turned around and looked at her. Her hazel eyes glistened with excitement for the day.
“’Morning, Alina,” he said as she caught up to him.
“Why are you alone?”
“James is trying to convince Lily to go to the ball with him.”
Alina laughed. He felt a smile creep onto his face.
“And what about Remus and Peter?”
“Remus is looking for some Ravenclaw girl, and I honestly haven’t a clue where Peter went. He’s probably with James.”
“I see. Who are you going to the ball with, Sirius? You must have an idea of some sort. There are plenty of girls who would simply faint if you asked them.”
Sirius chuckled before answering her question.
“Oh, I was honestly thinking of not going.”
“How can you not go? It would be fun.”
“I’m not much of a dancer…”
“You can at least go to have some fun or meet new people. That’s the only reason I’m going.”
“Has someone asked you?”
“Oh, no. Who would ask me?”
Sirius wasn’t sure how to answer that. They continued walking to class through the stone corridors.
“What do you have after Transfiguration?” Alina asked as she pulled her books tighter to her bosom. He pulled out a crumpled piece of parchment and showed it to her.
“Oh! I have Potions after Transfiguration too,” she said animatedly.
“Really?” he said, trying not to seem desperate. She nodded as they arrived to Professor McGonagall’s classroom.
A/N: Well, what did you think? This was just a little idea that I got while writing another story of mine. I'd really enjoy some feedback. For example, I want to know if you think Alina is too Mary-Sue-ish. Well, I hope you enjoyed. The next chapter should be out soon. :)
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