I have always liked the train ride back to Hogwarts. One of the main reasons being that is when I first met James, Sirius and Peter.
As I stood on the platform, leaning on a wall waiting for Sirius, James and Peter too show up, I remembered how we came to be the Marauders.
It was back in our first year, our first trip on the Hogwarts Express.
I had arrived early and found myself seated in an empty compartment praying that no one would look at me and instantly know I was a werewolf.
As I was getting more and more anxious about the fact that I was going away for school, a boy with black hair and steely grey blue eyes entered my compartment.
“Ah hello. Mind if I join you?” The boy, who would later become one of my best friends, asked.
I really didn’t want to tell him no and even if I did, I don’t think he would have left anyway because he was already seated and was making himself comfortable.
Just as I was about to answer, another boy who also had black hair popped his head into our compartment and asked if we minded if he joined.
Once he too was seated he said, “I’m James Potter.”
“Are you serious?” asked James with a goofy grin.
“That’s my name, don’t wear it out!” Sirius shouted back with a grin on his face.
We all laughed and relaxed. We nodded to each other in that manly way that said ‘nice to meet you’.
The train began to move as we began talking to each other and by the time the train was half way too Hogwarts, it was as if we had been friends for years.
“So what house do you want to be in?” asked James, shoving a cauldron cake into his mouth, which he had just gotten from the food trolley. “I want to be in -”
“Gryffindor!” Sirius, James and I all said at the same time.
We all grinned until we heard a banging sound come from outside our compartment.
We all took out our wands, even though we had little to no knowledge of how to use them. I had only remembered a few basic spells that I had read about in my new text books.
When I, along with James and Sirius, stuck my head out of the compartment door, I saw a first year boy lying on the floor cowering as fourth year boy with blonde hair stood over him laughing.
“OI! What do you think you’re doing Malfoy?” Sirius asked glaring at the blonde boy who had stopped laughing at the sound of Sirius and was returning his glare back at us. I later found out that Sirius knew Malfoy from pureblood parties that his family made him attend.
“Knock off Black. Me and Pettigrew here are just chatting,” Malfoy drawled before kicking the whimpering boy. “Weren’t we Peter?”
Peter simply just tried to wriggle away from Malfoy’s foot.
“Why don’t you just bugger off you stupid git!” James said glaring at Malfoy with distaste.
Just as Malfoy was about to bite back some remark, a prefect stepped out of his compartment and frowned at our ‘gathering’.
“You! Come here this instant!” The Prefect said pointing to Malfoy who looked very unhappy. “As for you four boys, back to your compartments,” and with that Malfoy slouched off down the corridor while James and I helped the boy up off the floor and into our compartment.
“Bloody hell mate. First day of school and you’ve already taken a beating,” James said to Peter who was looking at the three of us with open awe.
“What’d you do to get on Malfoy’s bad side?” Sirius asked.
Peter went on to tell us his story. It somehow involved a sandwich and a wand. Don’t ask.
After reintroducing ourselves to Peter, we were just getting back onto the topic of which house we wanted to be in when two girls fell through our compartment door.
I would be lying if I said I was only a little bit surprised and I think I can say the same for the other three.
One of the girls, Lily, fell into James lap. I’m pretty sure that’s when he started to fancy her.
When I looked for the other girl all I saw was her big, bright green eyes and her bleeding nose before she had fled from the compartment so fast, I wondered if she was ever really there or had I imagined her?
“Moony!” I was brought out of my reminisce when I heard Sirius call out to me. He was still halfway across the station, causing people to look in both of our directions.
I must say, I’m used to the attention now so I merely grinned and waited for Sirius to reach me. When he had fought his way through the crowd, I gave him a brotherly hug.
“I turn my back for one summer and I find you cheating on me?! And with Remus of all people!”
I laughed as I turned around to find James standing there hands on hips and fake shock on his face.
“It’s not what it looks like!” Sirius practically shrieked in a high pitched voice.
“You lived with me all summer and you never once told me! How could you!” James shouted back, his voice equally as high.
I just rolled my eyes before saying, “Hello James.”
James grinned before saying, “Hey mate!” and we did the whole manly brotherly hug thing again.
“Well I never!” Sirius said with a fake appalled look on his face.
“Bugger off hussy! Remus is mine!” James declared causing several girls to sigh in despair at the thought of James being gay.
“Nuh uh!” Sirius said back.
I just laughed and rolled my eyes and set off towards the train.
“Oh no he didn’t!” I heard James say which just caused me to laugh even more.
“Are you two ladies coming or what?” I asked with a raised eyebrow before stepping onto the train, not waiting for a reply.
I distinctly heard Sirius say, “Oh yes he did!”
I just shook my head and waited for the two idiots that I called my best friends to catch up before we moved further down the train, trying to find and empty compartment.
Sirius, who was leading, called over his shoulder, “This one’s empty!” before pushing open the door and waltzing in.
Was Sirius completely blind or just daft? How could he not see someone sitting in the corner of the compartment? And it was girl! Sirius can sniff out a girl within 15 seconds.
I took a seat next to James but didn’t have a chance to say hello or apologise to the girl for invading her compartment. James had already started telling a joke that Sirius had told him during summer.
As James finished his joke, it was rather funny; I chanced a glance at the girl and caught her eyes.
I tried to place her face. I could have sworn I’ve seen her around somewhere… I suddenly spotted her trunk with her name printed on it and I realised, a little guilty, that I knew who she was. She is in our house! I felt bad for not realising.
James and Sirius followed my gaze when they realised I wasn’t paying attention to their conversation. They finally noticed our other occupant.
Not wanting to be rude, and also I could tell she was getting uncomfortable with us just looking at her, I mean who wouldn’t, I said, “Hello.”
I thought she might be having some sort of problem breathing or something because all she did was sit there with her mouth hanging open, staring at me.
Now I know how she felt when we were staring at her. It is rather unnerving.
When Sirius laughed it seemed to knock her out of whatever thing she was doing and she managed to say, “Uh… h-hi.”
I tried to think of something to say but before I could even begin to think, Sirius asked, “So… what's your name?”
She mumbled something that none of us quite heard which caused James and Sirius to go on and ask her if her name was Bailey.
Sometimes I wonder if my friends could read. Her trunk clearly stated that her name was Shaylee. Though I did feel a little better knowing that I wasn’t the only one who had realised she was from our year.
“Her name is Shaylee,” I said to save her from James and Sirius’ ramblings.
“Ohh,” James and Sirius said in unison, “Why didn’t you say so?” I just shook my head at my two friends and turned back to Shaylee.
“Hi Shaylee, I’m Remus Lupin,” I said while extending my hand for her to shake.
She took my hand before saying, “I know!” which just caused me to laugh.
She looked like she was doing that whole ‘trouble breathing’ thing again. Just as I was about to ask her if she was alright, she fainted.
Just like that, her eyes closed and she fell forwards and would have come crashing to the ground if Sirius hadn’t caught her and held her up.
“Err Moony? What did you do to the poor girl?!” Sirius asked, struggling to keep himself and Shaylee from tumbling to the ground. I moved over to help him so that she was lying across the far seat.
“That must have been one hell of a hand shake!” James exclaimed trying to lighten the mood. I glared at him.
“Err… I’ll go find Lily shall I? I need to meet her in the heads compartment soon anyway. I’ll get her to come and see if she can do anything yeah?” James asked before he was out the door, not bothering to wait for an answer.
“What should we do?” I asked Sirius who turned out to not be much help.
He just shrugged and suggested, “We could pour some water on her? That always wakes James up when he’s mumbling about Evans in his sleep,” Sirius said with a wicked grin.
I just looked at him like he was crazy.
“We are not pouring water on her!”
“Why not?!” Sirius asked, frowning like he had just missed out on a treat.
“Because!” I said as if that closed the matter.
Sirius was about to reply until we heard Lily’s voice just outside our compartment.
“I swear Potter, if this is just a trick for me to sit in your compartment…” Lily said in her warning tone.
“It’s not I swear. We were just sitting with her and Remus was shaking her hand and she went all funny and just passed out,” James said just as they entered the compartment. “See?”
“Oh it’s Shaylee! I’ve actually been looking for her,” Lily said and crouched down beside Shaylee.
“You know her?” Sirius asked, confused. I’m pretty sure he thought that Shaylee was a new student or something.
Lily raised her eyebrows at them and said in a ‘duh’ voice, “Oh course I know her. She’s in our year to start with. Not to mention a Gryffindor!”
“She is?” James and Sirius asked at the same time.
“No I’m lying,” Lily said sarcastically, “Of course she is! She’s the one that pushed me into your lap in our first year!” Lily said, directing the last bit towards James.
“That was her?!” Sirius, James and I exclaimed in unison.
Lily just rolled her eyes and was about to say something when everyone’s attention was directed to the now waking up Shaylee.
We all crowded around her as her eyes fluttered open.
“Remus? What are you doing in the kitchen? I thought I told you too wait in my bedroom?” Shaylee muttered looking blearily around her.
My cheeks burned red as James and Sirius looked at me and then at Shaylee before bursting out laughing.
I glared at the pair of them rolling around on the ground clutching their sides and was about to yell at them to knock it off when I heard Shaylee say,
A/N:Well then. That’s chapter 2 done! Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it.
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