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Chapter Four: Failed Pranks and Business
That morning during breakfast the boys sat as far away from the girls as possible. The girls were still overjoyed by the success of their prank and by now the whole school had heard about the boys ‘looking pretty.’
“I can't believe we did that!” Lily exclaimed, taking another drink of pumpkin juice.
“The entire school is talking about it; this is great! I feel so much better now!” Sekhmet said, stretching her arms up into the air.
“You had better! I could have gotten in trouble,” Lily said, glaring at Sekhmet.
“We wouldn't let you get in trouble,” Isis assured Lily.
“Besides, friends protect friends even if it is only from a detention,” Sekhmet added.
“So, what do you think the boys are plotting over there?” Lily asked, nodding towards the end of the table.
“Duh, revenge,” Sekhmet expressed, chewing on a piece of bacon.
Meanwhile at the other end of the table, the boys sat just as Sekhmet had said, plotting how to make the twins pay.
“Now we need to come up with a plan to get them back.” Sirius threw a glance over at the girls who were laughing.
“Yeah, and it has to be good. I mean, they did make us look like total idiots,” James agreed.
“What do girls care about the most?” Sirius mused.
“Their hair?” suggested James.
“What’s perfect?” Peter asked, finally paying attention.
“What color?” James asked Sirius eagerly.
“Color what?” Peter asked again.
“Blue!” Sirius shouted.
“Lavender!” James added.
“Do you even know what color lavender is? Is it even a color? I thought it was like a smelly thing?”
“Lavender is a shade of purple as well as a flower, Sirius,” Remus said, looking up from his book.
“He's right; it’s my mom's favorite color,” James added.
“A color of purple, huh? Then it’s perfect for Sekhmet, and blue will be perfect for Isis!” Sirius exclaimed.
“Now when to put the plan into action,” James said, determined.
“Well, Hogsmeade is coming up,” Remus suggested.
“Perfect! They will have to go around the entire day with colored hair!” Sirius could barely contain his excitement.
“Week actually,” James corrected.
“Yes, a week with colored hair!”
“It’s brilliant!” James practically jumped out of his seat.
The boys looked over to make sure the girls had not heard a word they said, only to see Regulus talking to Sekhmet.
“Why is Sekhmet talking to your brother?” James asked Sirius, confused.
“What?!” Sirius shouted.
“She's laughing now, and he looks happy?” James looked puzzled.
Regulus looked up from talking with Sekhmet, saw the look on Sirius’s face, and smiled. Sirius growled as his younger brother strutted over to them.
“Well, don't you boys just make the prettiest of girls?” Regulus chuckled at the make-up that still remained on their faces. They had yet to figure out the spell the girls had used to keep the make-up from coming off.
“Why I ought to-” Sirius jumped up off the bench, but James pulled him back down before things got ugly.
Regulus walked off, laughing to himself.
Later that morning in potions class the girls and the boys, of course, were still not talking, nor were they willing to sit next to each other.
“Alright, class. I am going to pair you up, and no complaining,” Slughorn pulled a list out of his pocket. “Let see here. Ms. Evans with Mr. Potter.”
“Oh, man. I am dead,” Lily cringed.
“Remember, they don’t know you were involved,” Isis whispered to Lily.
“Isis Croft with Mr. Black,” Slughorn continued.
“This sucks! He must be in a really bad mood.”
“Well, duh. We put make-up on them,” Lily responded.
“Well, there’s that but his latest girlfriend broke up with him just before we got here,” Sekhmet added.
“What? When did he get a girlfriend?” Lily asked, surprised.
“More like new fling, but how do you know this?” Isis asked.
“I know everything!” Sekhmet smiled.
“Sekhmet Croft and Mr. Snape.”
“Fuckin' shittin' pissin'!” Sekhmet began to mutter under her breath.
“Oh, you poor girl. Now stop cussin,'” Isis said.
“No, trade partners with me please, please, please!” Sekhmet begged.
“No, I will not.”
“Now partner up! Follow the instructions on the board. Alright, now get to work!”
“Someone kill me now!” Sekhmet went off to where Snape was sitting.
There was a lot of shuffling of chairs and bags as people found their partners and pulled out their caldrons, got ingredients from the supply cupboard, lit fires, and begun cutting the required ingredients. About twenty minutes into class, Sekhmet started getting uncomfortable as Snape continued to scoot closer to her and used any chance he could to brush up against her.
“I just realized I left...my ummmm.... book in the um....common room.” Sekhmet ran out of the classroom.
“I bet that’s code for meet me in five for a little something,” A boy snickered at the table next to Isis.
“Yeah right! She’s sitting with Snape!” Isis retorted.
“Well, she does have a rep,” the boy answered back
“For being the bad girl,” the boy said like it was common knowledge.
“What did my sister do now?” Isis groaned.
“Or maybe it was you; I can never tell you two apart.”
“Thanks,” Isis went back to work.
Sekhmet never came back for any of her other classes. She also never appeared for lunch or dinner. The gang began to worry. Sekhmet was never one to skip a meal; let alone two.
“I hope Sek’s okay. She never misses a…” The gang entered the common to see Sekhmet surrounded by food and her cat curled up eating a bowl of ice cream.
“I think she made up for the missed meals.” Isis grabbed a piece of chocolate cake.
“Hey! That’s mine!” Sekhmet cried as Lily also grabbed a piece of cake.
“It’s nice to share,” Lily said.
Sirius tried to grab a piece of cake as well, but Sekhmet’s cat swiped at his hand. Sirius moved closer to Isis, and out of nowhere Isis’s ferret, Angel, attacked him.
“What is with your damn animals?!” Sirius yelled, storming off to the boy’s dorms.
“Ignore that nasty Sirius Black, Fid. He’s just a grumpy grump,” Sekhmet cooed, cuddling her cat.
Remus, Peter, and James took one look at each other and followed Sirius upstairs.
That Friday evening the boys made sure to be downstairs before the girls. They had spent the week preparing the hair coloring potion. The potion would change the color of the person’s hair for a whole week.
“Okay, so I will slip this vile into Isis's drink and her hair should turn blue,” Sirius smirked.
“And I will slip this one into Sekhmet’s drink and turn her hair lavender,” James chuckled evilly.
“I can't believe you guys are actually going to do this,” Remus said, helping himself to the mashed potatoes.
“Hey, you should be helping us,” James said.
“Yah, they pranked you too! I mean, we all looked like drag queens for an entire day!” Sirius reminded him.
“And we were stuck carrying gay stuffed animals around all day!” James added.
“I had a doll!” Peter added.
“Well, it’s show time guys! Here come our victims!” Sirius grinned evilly.
“Hello, ladies,” James said sweetly as the girls sat down.
“Um hello,” Isis said, unsure of why James was in such a good mood.
“So what’s up with you guys? You’re awfully happy,” Sekhmet asked, sitting next to Lily.
“Oh, it’s just been a good morning. Which means a good day,” Sirius answered.
“They got dates for Hogsmead,” Sekhmet said.
“Must have,” Isis rolled her eyes.
“Lily, will you go with me?” James asked, leaning across the table.
“Looks like James will be following us around like a lost puppy.”
“Oh, Merlin! No!” Lily exclaimed.
“Wait a sec. Who are you going with Sirius?”
“No way in hell!” Isis shouted.
“Hey, Remus. Could you fill my goblet with pumkin juice please,” Sekhmet asked, handing Remus her goblet.
“Sure,” James slipped Remus the vile. Remus filled the goblet with juice and quickly poured the potion in and handed the goblet back.
“My juice tastes funny. Lily, does the juice taste funny?” Sekhmet asked, still drinking more.
“No. It’s probably just the gum you’re chewing.”
“You’re probably right. Wait, you’re always right. You’re Lily Evans.”
“Ha ha ha. Very funny, Sekhmet.”
“I thought so,” Sekhmet shrugged.
“You might be right about the juice. It did taste a little off,” Isis commented, putting down her empty goblet. “Oh well. I think I am going up to the common room to finish my homework and then I am off to bed. Are you ladies coming?”
“Yah I am getting a little sleepy,” Sekhmet said, stretching.
“I’m not surprised; I swear you ate the whole cow!” Lily exclaimed, following them out of the Great Hall.
The next morning Isis was the first to wake up. As she walked into the bathroom she caught a glance at herself in the mirror. Her hair was bright blue.
“Nice,” Isis finished up and went back to the dorm to wake her sister and Lily up. “Hey, Sek. Wake up!
“Huh, what’d yah want?” Sekhmet mumbled.
“Your hair is purple.” Sekhmet jumped out of bed, grabbing her mirror off the nightstand.
“This is bloody awesome!” Sekhmet runs her finger through her hair.
“Wait, was this the big prank the guys decided to pull on us?”
“I guess so,” Isis shrugged.
“Lily was wrong. My juice tasted funny because the boys added a potion to it. So what do you say? Shall we boost the boys' egos first by acting like we’re upset then walking down all punk cool?”
“Sounds good to me. On one, two, three!”
“AAAHHHHHHHH!!!! BOYS, YOU ARE SOOOO DEAD!” Isis and Sekhmet screamed while trying not to laugh.
Back down in the common room, the boys had gotten up early to make sure they heard the reaction from the twins. James, Sirius, and Peter were practically asleep, not used to getting up so early while Remus sat reading. The screams from the girls startled the half sleeping boys who fell off the couch. Remus merely looked up from his book.
“You guys shouldn't have done that, you know.”
“Oh, lighten up, Remus. Besides, they made us look like freaks,” Sirius said, picking himself up off the floor.
The girls screamed again.
“Ha, we are good. Listen, they are so angry,” James smiled with triumph.
“Ahh, the sound of sweet revenge in the morning.” Sirius high fived James.
“So how long do you think it will take for us to see the girls attempting to hide their hair?” James asked.
“Not sure. Depends on how hard and long they try to get the hair color out of their hair,” Sirius commented.
James and Sirius did not have to wait very long for the answer. Thirty minutes later the girls came down stairs. The boys’ mouths dropped because, instead of the embarrassed look they had hoped for, the girls look, for lack of a better word, was hot.
Isis came down the stairs first looking like a sexy punk school girl. Her blue hair was done up in messy pigtails buns, she wore a white long sleeve blouse with the sleeves rolled up to her elbows, the first three buttons undone. Around her neck was a loosely tied blue and black tie. She wore a mini blue and black pelted skirt with fishnet stockings, and lace up knee high boots. For makeup she had blue eye liner and blue mascara, and a lipstick that was a combination of shades of pink, red, and blue.
Sekhmet came down next looking completely punk sexy. She wore black bondage pants with purple straps, a black t-shirt with purple skull and crossbones, and leather studded jacket. She had accessorized with lots of bracelets and a leather chocker. Her makeup was eye liner and mascara, and dark purple lipstick. As Sekhmet made her way down the stairs she was beating her drumsticks along the wall.
James leaned over and whispered to Sirius, “Are they supposed to look that good?” Before Sirius had a chance to answer, both boys were hit in the head by drumsticks.
“Come on, you guys. I’m starving!” Sekhmet said with her hands on her hips.
“Let’s go,” Remus then handed Sekhmet her sticks back.
“What amazes me,” Sirius whispered to James, “is how they pull those looks off without looking like complete sluts. Mainly Isis.
“I know. I guess this means we lose again.”
Upon arrive in Hogsmeade, Sekhmet decided to take her leave of the group for more important matters.
“Okay, I have got to go, you guys. So I shall see you all later?”
“Where are you going?” Sirius asked, confused.
“To meet some business associates of mine.”
“Business associate? For what? You don't work,” James asked, just as confused.
“Now I am just plain offended. I do to work. I am surprised you guys don't know about this.”
“Alright, I am leaving because if I hear any of this, I will have to report it,” Lily said before Sekhmet went any further.
“Yeah, yeah. We know you’re perfect, an angel, a.... you’re Mary.” Sekhmet commented.
“Whatever, Sek. I’ll see you later.” She walked into the pet shop.
“Now what are you up to?” Sirius asked, crossing his arms.
“Nothing legal,” Isis answered before Sekhmet could. “In fact, whatever she's doing would probably get her thrown into Azkaban.”
“Just because my goal in life is to get into trouble – to do things the illegal way- doesn't mean I will end up in Azkaban. Besides, my goal is to end up in a Muggle prison, cause then I can say I've been to prison, which would bump my status up even more.”
Before anyone had a chance to respond, Regulus showed up and draped his arm over both Sekhmet’s and Isis' shoulders.
“What do you want?” Sirius growled.
“To speak with a business associate of mine,” Regulus shrugged as Isis pushed his arm off and stood next to the boys.
“Say, where’s my money, Reg?” Sekhmet demanded.
“As soon as I get what I want, you'll get your money, dear.”
“Don't tell me you told him I'd go out with him.” Isis glared at her sister as Sirius stepped protectively in front of her.
“Of course not, not at all, I promised him a little something else.”
“Do I even want to know?”
“Well, we better get going; I'd hate to keep the others waiting.” Regulus offered Sekhmet his arm.
“You know the whole gentleman thing isn’t workin' for me,” Sekhmet brushed aside his arm.
“She isn’t going anywhere with you!”
“Oh, Sirius. Hush up, boy. Now, I got work to do, so why don't you all run along and play while the big kids talk money?” Regulus laughed at Sekhmet’s comment.
“He's bad news, Sek…” Sekhmet quickly interrupted him.
“Yeah, yeah. I know, I know. Badd news. Got it. Let’s go, Reg.”
“You know, you ladies look absolutely delicious today. Especially you, Isis.” Regulus blew a kiss at Isis.
Sirius lunged at his brother, but James grabbed him just in time. His face looked like he could murder Regulus. James, Remus, and Peter were having a hard time holding him back.
“Is she psychotic? He's bad news. He's trouble!” Sirius growled.
“Sirius, calm down. Sekhment somehow has this strange arrangement with him and a few other guys, with her so called business. From all that I can tell all of those guys respect her. Hell, most fear her to the point of pissing their pants. Like, I remember one time. Oh, Merlin, she made half of these guys she calls ‘business associates’ cry, including Regulus. I'm sure if anyone is in danger it’s your brother.”
“You’re probably right. It’s just…He's so…”
“We know,” James said, releasing Sirius.
“Well, as long as I don't know what’s going on, I have nothing to report,” Lily had arrived just in time to see the end of the confrontation, “and I think I wouldn't want to know anyways. So when do you think she'll be back, Isis?”
“As soon as they give into her demands.”
About thirty minutes to an hour later Sekhmet joined the group in the Three Broomsticks. Lily and Isis were in the restroom.
“Hey, guys what’s up,” Sekhmet asked, sitting next to Remus.
“What did you do? Where have you been?” James asked.
“Well, Mum,” Sekhemt answered sarcastically. “I just happened to make – oh - about 45 gallons in a thirty minute meeting. So drinks on me!”
“Do we even want to know how you got that money?” Remus asked, looking worried.
“Ask no questions and I'll tell you no lies.”
“Don't tell me you...” Sirius trailed off.
“No! Now, get your mind out of the gutter! You know I don't work that way!” Sekhmet smacked him upside the head. “Jerk! Merlin, why is it that all guys think about is sex? Seriously, it’s all about the dick!”
“Now I am just offended! We think about other things, like Quidditch,” Sirius responded.
“You know why sports were created? So the guys who couldn't get any could still have a ride... hahaha! I crack myself up.”
“Now who's the pervert?”
“It’s always been me, babe. Always.”
“Hey, Sek. You’re back!” Lily said as her and Isis came back from the bathroom.
“Lily, my...” Sekhmet tripped him as he tried to get up. Everyone laughed.
“You look happy, Sek. Business meeting go well?
“Hell, yeah. I'm rich and drinks are on me!”
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