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Strange and Beautiful by Proud Hufflepuff
Chapter 6 : Better Off
Rating: MatureChapter Reviews: 16

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This is the straw, final straw in the
Roof of my mouth as I lie to you.

-Snow Patrol: Chocolate

On Monday morning, the Marauders were up with the sun. The sun was barely peeking over the horizon while the Marauders were in the dungeons of Hogwarts. Remus and Peter were fumbling with dung bombs while James and Sirius worked on flooding the nearest set of bathrooms.

“Have it over there, Prongs?” Sirius shouted from the men’s restroom. He had just broken some of the plumbing pipes and water was spurting about.

“Got it, Padfoot!” James’s distant voice said. Sirius could hear the ‘swoosh’ of the water flowing and smell the putrid scent of the toilet water. He quickly ran out just as Remus and Peter had let the dung bombs explode. An even viler odor filled the air as the Marauders ran from the scene of the crime. They turned around once they had gotten some distance and admired their work.

“Beautiful, isn’t it?” James said, nodding approvingly. The water was gushing out of the bathrooms and flooding the dungeons. The dung bombs left a putrid smell in the air that would turn everyone from the dungeons immediately.

“Job well done,” Sirius said as they each congratulated each other. They quickly ran to the Great Hall so that they arrived for breakfast at the same time as their fellow Gryffindors. Something stopped Sirius as they approached their destination.

“I forgot something in the dorm,” he said as he made up a bizarre story. He was still figuring out why he didn’t want to go have breakfast with his friends.

“All right, then, Padfoot. We’ll see you in a few,” James said hesitantly. Sirius nodded, waved, and headed out through the quiet corridors of Hogwarts. As he passed portraits and walked up staircases, he found himself standing in front of a somewhat familiar wall. He stood still and looked at the seemingly typical wall. It suddenly swung open in as a door, revealing a rushed-looking Alina.

“Hello, Sirius,” she said as she put her shoe on. He furrowed his brow in confusion.

“It’s eight o’clock! We have to get to class,” she said, not caring that her hair was a mess and falling into her face.

“It’s only seven thirty,” he said, putting his hand in front of her to keep her from running. She looked at him curiously.

“Really?” she said. He nodded and smirked. She dropped her arms to her side and breathed a sigh of relief.

“Thank Merlin,” she said. “I must have my alarm set wrong.”

He took her hand and started wandering mindlessly through the cold corridors.

“Good morning,” she said after a while, leaning up to kiss him. She casually took his hand back and continued walking, leaving Sirius stunned.

“What was that for?” he said after finally mustering up the words to say. She shrugged her shoulders and said nothing. She looked as though she was thinking and he decided it best not to interrupt her.

Is she in love with me? I mean, am I in love with her?

We’ve been through this, mate! You’re in love with her!

I want to kiss her again, but I’m not sure why.

You’re in love with her so shut the hell up!

“When is your first Quidditch game?” she said as the din coming from the Great Hall grew louder.

“It’s in two weeks, I believe,” he said, squeezing her hand tighter. “Will I see you there?”

“Yes,” she said with a smirk on her pink lips.

“And who will you be rooting for? Gryffindor or Ravenclaw?” he said, looking at her.

“Neither,” she said as they parted to go to their proper tables. She waved delicately and sat down. Sirius felt a good natured pout pull onto his face. He sat down blindly, only to look up to find his friends looked at him.

“What?” he said, picking up his fork and shoving scrambled eggs into his mouth.

“You just walked in here holding Alina’s hand,” James said as though Sirius wasn’t aware of the fact. Sirius nodded with his mouth still full.

“And your point would be?” he said as a few eggs fell out of his mouth. Lily’s nose scrunched up in disgust from across the table. He felt his friends’ eyes staring at him.
“You said you didn’t like her, Prongs,” Remus said thoughtfully. Sirius shrugged and put more eggs in his mouth.

“I like her now,” he said simply. He watched with an odd delight as Lily’s nose scrunched up more in disgust.

“Obviously, you spent all of yesterday with her,” Peter grumbled. Sirius hastily swallowed his food and looked at Peter with a somewhat angry expression.

“Is there a problem with that? I quite enjoy her company,” Sirius spat. He watched as his friends’ eyes grew wide.

“No problem, I suppose,” Peter said meekly as he quietly went back to eating his own breakfast.

“Does anyone else have a problem with my spending time with my girlfriend?” Sirius said, looking at James and Remus. They slowly shook their heads.

“Wait. Your girlfriend?” James said after a few moments. Sirius nodded as he continued to eat his breakfast. He could see James look at Lily from the corner of his eye. He felt a smirk creep upon his face as he got up.

“Where are you going?” Remus said, raising his eyebrow.

“To class,” Sirius answered.

“You’re going to class on time?” Peter asked, astonished. Sirius nodded and skipped out of the Great Hall.

“Mr. Black, you’re here early,” Professor McGonagall said as Sirius walked into the Transfiguration classroom.

“Indeed I am, Professor,” he said as he put his books down on a desk.

“Usually Miss Hale is here first,” she mused aloud. “She should actually be here any moment.”

“Really, Professor?” he said as he lounged in the chair. Professor McGonagall stood in front of his desk and eyed him curiously.

“What has gotten into you, Mr. Black? You are behaving yourself and class hasn’t even started. Does this mean that you have something to do with the flooding of the dungeons and the cancellation of Potions class?”

Sirius felt his gray eyes grow wide and his jaw drop.

“I—I—I—yes,” he stuttered out, looking at his professor in astonishment.

“Good morning, Professor McGonagall,” Alina’s voice called from the back of the classroom. Neither Sirius nor McGonagall moved. Sirius could hear Alina’s soft footsteps coming closer to him.

“That’s what I thought, Mr. Black,” Professor McGonagall said sternly to her student. “I do have to give you and your hooligan friends a detention for this.”

“What did they do?” Alina said as she placed her books on the desk next to Sirius. He wanted to turn and look at her, but he couldn’t take his eyes off his professor.

“I know, Professor,” he said guiltily, yet he was proud of what he and his friends had done.

“Two hours of detention this evening at seven,” Professor McGonagall said forcefully and turned to go to her desk.

“What did you guys do?” Alina said quietly as she sat down next to Sirius. She put her hand on top of his and looked at him.

“We flooded the dungeons,” he said. Alina looked at him with wide eyes. She shocked him when she didn’t tell him off for that. She simply nodded and opened her text book. He remained silent as students poured into the classroom. It must have been eight o’clock.

Sirius found himself not paying much attention in class. He found the class ended much quicker when he did this. It worked this time, for he heard students collecting their things after what seemed like a few moments.

“Misters Potter, Black, Lupin, and Pettigrew, please stay for a moment,” Professor McGonagall said as the Marauders had nearly escaped the classroom. They sighed and turned around to walk back into the classroom.

“You all have detention for two hours this evening at seven. Is that understood?” she said sternly.

“Yes, Professor,” they said in unison as they turned to leave the classroom without being dismissed.

“We got Potions canceled,” James said excitedly once they were out of earshot of their professor. Each of the Marauders smiled in pride at what they had done before heading their own ways.


“Hello, Sirius,” a sultry voice said from behind him as he headed outdoors. He quickly turned around to see Lindy. He wasn’t sure what to say.

“Hello,” he said, part of his voice angry and the other part confused. Lindy laughed and walked closer to him. She put her hand seductively on his chest.

Don’t kiss her.

But I want to!

Don’t do it! 

He leaned in and kissed her. He felt her arms snake around his neck and she deepened the kiss.

You wish that Lindy was Alina.

I do not!

We’ll see who’s right…

Sirius and Lindy broke apart to get some air and Sirius looked down the corridor. His eyes went to the large doors that led outside. He found a shocked and upset Alina standing at the doors. She was unmoving, as though she hadn’t expected something like this to happen.

Lindy pulled on his tie and pulled him closer to her. He was still staring down the hall at Alina. She was walking closer to him and her hazel eyes were filled with disbelief. She stopped when she reached Sirius and Lindy.

“Maybe I was better off with Peter. He wouldn’t have done something like this,” she said bitterly before she turned down the hall.

A/N: So, what do you guys think of this lovely chapter? Please review. :)

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