Sirius practically leapt off of Adara and Adara jumped to hide behind the bed. Peaking over the top of it as she slipped the first shirt her hand came in contact with over her shoulders, she saw Sirius running a hand through his hair in frustration.
“Fucking Merlin, Padfoot!” Remus exclaimed, covering his eyes with his hand. “Can’t you at least fornicate on your own fucking bed!”
Adara stood up after she finished buttoning up Sirius’ shirt, which was huge on her, “Sorry, Remus,” she said, sure her face was a bright, bright red.
“Are you decent now?” Remus asked tiredly.
“Don’t be peaking at my girlfriend,” Sirius tried to tease as Adara walked over to stand beside him.
“I wouldn’t have to if you didn’t dry hump on my fucking bed,” Remus practically growled.
“Sorry, Remus,” Adara repeated as she tried to focus on the situation at hand and not on her extremely sexy half-naked boyfriend. Jumping him again might not be the best idea…
“I don’t blame you, Adara,” Remus smiled at her.
She smirked up at Sirius, who frowned at his friend, “Hey, now! She’s the one –”
Remus held up a hand to stop him, “I don’t want to know!” he said as he walked into the dorm and around to where Adara’s shirt still lay. He picked it up and tossed it at Sirius, “Dropped something,” he said. He grabbed something from his trunk and then walked into the adjoined bathroom.
Adara and Sirius looked at each other, and then Sirius held up her shirt, “I think my shirt shrunk…” he grinned lopsidedly.
Adara sighed and slipped Sirius’ shirt over her head. She was aware of Sirius’ eyes on her as she very slowly buttoned her shirt, bottom to top.
“So unfair,” he moaned as he pulled on his own shirt.
“James told me t–” she started then stopped and looked at Sirius.
“James.” They both whispered angrily.
Rushing out of the dorm and down the stairs, they found James sitting on the couch they had recently vacated watching the stairs. As soon as they appeared, he burst out laughing, “What’d he walk in on?” he asked gleefully. It was times like these that Adara could kind of see why Lily wanted to castrate the bloke.
“You let Remus walk up into the dorm when you knew we were up there?” Sirius asks.
“Nah,” James stands up, shaking his head so his already messy hair looks even crazier. “I asked him to get something for me.”
“I’m going to kill you,” Sirius says calmly. Adara debated stopping him, but hadn’t really come to a conclusion before James took off out of the portrait hole with Sirius on his heels.
Half-laughing, Adara realized she probably wouldn’t see her boyfriend any time soon. She slung her rucksack over her shoulder, I guess I’ll go find Lily.
She wandered out of the common room and down to the library. Spotting her friend at a table in the back, she threw her stuff down at the table and grinned evilly, “You have something to tell me.”
Lily looked up from her work and sighed, “I didn’t mean anything by what I said at lunch, just forget it.”
Oh yeah. James never fulfilled his promise…
Deciding to make him speak up after Sirius is finished with him and that this story was better she shook her head, “No, not that. I just found out an interesting fact about you and I’d love to know the origin of it.”
This got Lily’s full attention; she looked up from her work curiously, “Oh yeah?” she asked.
Adara nodded and put her hands on the table, “So James and Sirius were playing wizard’s chess and Sirius made the oddest remark about you…” She paused to study Lily’s face; she didn’t look too worried… yet.
“What did he say?” she asked, pulling out her hair band and allowing her long firey hair to over her shoulders.
Adara took a second to be jealous of her friends gorgeous hair then continued, “He said something about how James couldn’t cancel the game… even if Lily Evans ran through the common room naked –” she smiled more as a blush crept up her friend’s cheeks “- and James said something to the effect of how that probably wouldn’t happen… again.”
Lily was now a nice shade of beet red. She hid her face in her hands, “Oh, Merlin.”
“Care to enlighten me?” Adara giggled, causing the librarian to glare at her.
“I am going to kill those Marauders,” Adara head Lily mutter. She finally looked back at Adara and sighed. “I was very, very drunk.”
“I would hope so,” Adara laughed. “If you’d done that sober, I’m sure James would be happier than he usually is.”
Lily sent a glare at her entertained friend, “Also, I was not going to lose the game of Truth or Dare… and it was in fourth year.”
“Oh,” Adara gasped. “So you were a fourteen year old slut! I see…”
“Shut up,” Lily snapped half-heartedly as she began to pull her hair back into a ponytail.
“Well, at least James enjoyed the experience,” Adara added as she took out her own homework.
“He’d better remember it, then. Because that’s the only time he’ll ever see me without a kit on – I can guarantee that,” she turned back to her essay as Adara rolled her eyes. “Stop rolling your eyes.” Lily commanded without even looking up. Adara laughed and set to work on her own essay.
Monday faded into Thursday before Adara knew what had happened. That morning she ran into the Great Hall after hastily dressing herself, “You said not to worry about it!” she gasped as she all but ran into her boyfriend.
Sirius looked up at Adara and grinned, “Good morning, ‘Dara!” he grinned pulling her easily into his lap and kissing her.
“Not at the table!” James groaned. “I’m going to lose my appetite.”
“Oh, please,” Adara turned to look at him. “That’d take a lot more than us snogging; the world could be ending and you’d still be hungry, so shut up.” She snapped.
Sirius raised his eyebrows and let out a low whistle making Adara turn back to face him, “You said not to worry about it!” she repeated frantically.
“I’m going to need more than that, baby,” Sirius laughed.
“SHHHHH!” Peter, Sirius, Remus, James, Alice, and Mary all shushed Adara from different spots at the table.
“For Merlin’s sake, it’s not like she’s going to pop up from out of no–”
“Good morning, everyone!” Lily gracefully and out of nowhere sat down next to Sirius. “Why are you yelling?” she gave Adara a quizzical and somewhat suspicious look.
“You have got to be kidding me,” Adara muttered under her breath. Sirius sent her a haughty look.
“I’m not having a good day,” she ground out before climbing off of Sirius’ lap, taking his hand, and dragging him away from the table despite protests that he hadn’t finished eating yet!!
She led him down to the dungeons where they would have potions first period, “You said you’d help me get her a gift!” she accused him. “Her birthday’s tomorrow and I have nothing!”
“That’s why I couldn’t finish eating?” Sirius groaned. Adara shot him a glare that made him promptly stop whining. “Look, we’ll get you a lover for Professor Vector right after potions, okay?”
Adara stopped walking and cocked an eyebrow; Sirius turned around and sighed, “Codenames, Adara, codenames! No wonder you weren’t put in Gryffindor.”
Adara now raised both of her eyebrows, “I wasn’t sorted into Gryffindor for my lack of willingness to use raunchy codenames.”
Sirius walked towards her, “Apparently. It’s a trademark house thing, you wouldn’t get it.”
Sirius studied Adara for a little while, “Okay, that’s it, in here,” he pulled her into a nearby empty corridor. “What’s wrong?” he asked.
“Nothing! Just because I won’t use your stupid little –”
“Adara, this isn’t about my codenames, you’ve snapped at me, Prongs, and Lily and you’ve only been up for about thirty minutes.”
“Forty-five,” Adara corrected, folding her arms.
“See!” Sirius said tucking a piece of hair behind her ear. “You’re in a foul mood; why?”
“Adara,” Sirius ran his finger along her jaw line then pulled her chin up to make her look at him.
She was surprised that she was tearing up; she’d promised herself this morning that she would try not to dwell on it. “It’s…” She stopped and Sirius wiped a tear from her cheek with his thumb.
“I just had a dream about Dad last night, that’s all,” Adara felt vulnerable. She felt that she should be able to keep her emotions to herself – it’s not like she was the only one that had lost family in this time.
“‘Dara,” Sirius whispered. “I’m so sorry.”
Adara looked up at Sirius and gave him a watery smile, “I know,” she said and wrapped her arms around him.
“You know what?” Sirius said suddenly. “I think that we don’t need to go to potions today.”
Adara pulled away, “What?” she asked. Skip a class? On purpose? If codenames were a Gryffindor thing, then not-skipping-classes was definitely a Ravenclaw one.
“Oh, come on,” he grinned conspiratorially at her. “You’re having a crap day already – I say we make it better.” He grabbed her hand and began leading her back up the stairs.
“But… Sirius… potions…” she stuttered as she tried to wipe her old tears away.
“I’m sure you already know what he was going to teach anyway,” he told her.
“I do not!”
“What was he going to teach today, then?” he quizzed her.
“See, you already read up on them.”
“Not much!” Adara stamped indignantly.
“My little geek,” Sirius said affectionately as they approached the portrait hole.
“I’m not a geek,” Adara pouted as he said the password and led her through. “I just like to be prepared.”
“Oookay,” Sirius grinned. “Wait here.” He dropped her hand and walked a few steps towards the boys’ dorm, then ran back, kissed her on the cheek, and ran up the stairs.
“You think you’re something special, don’t you?” she heard someone say from behind her as soon as he was out of sight. Adara turned around and saw Mary shutting a book she had been reading over at a table by the window and stand up.
“You think that just because you’ve snagged one of the most attractive guys in the school that you can keep him,” she said as she put the book in her bag and slung it over her shoulder.
“I… I don’t know…” Adara stuttered. What the hell was this girl on about? Adara didn’t think anything about herself being ‘special…’
“Oh, save it,” Mary snapped sending on more glare at her before she walked out of the portrait hole.
Well… that was new.
“Ready?” Sirius bounded back down the stairs and Adara shut her mouth that had opened in shock.
“Er –” she looked at Sirius and saw that he was carrying James’ invisibility cloak and the map of Hogwarts he was so fond of. “Uh-oh, where are we going?” she asked, forgetting about Mary and her random comments of bitchiness in the face of this likely illegal action they were about to commit.
“It’s a surprise,” Sirius’ eyes were dancing with happiness. “But I promise it’ll make today better for you.”
“Is it illegal?”
“Who cares?” Sirius smiled and tucked the map and clock into a bag he had also brought down with him. “After you, my lady,” he pointed towards the portrait hole and Adara sighed. She’d long since learned that when it came to the Marauders and their schemes, it was better to just go along the first time they ask you because usually, the second time, they didn’t ask.
“You want me to what?” Adara half-laughed at her insane boyfriend.
“Just climb in the damn statue,” Sirius sighed. “And hurry, Filch is coming and he already suspects something suspicious about this statue because Prongs and Wormtail are dumbasses.”
“What do you mean –”
“Up you get,” Sirius said suddenly as he picked up Adara and dropped her feet-first into the statue. Adara was briefly reminded of the second-time-they-don’t-ask reasoning she had just used as she screamed and slid down a fairly long and slippery slide.
“SIRIUS BLACK I’M GOING TO KILL – umph,” the end of her threat was muffled as Sirius slid into her as she was standing up, causing her to fall back down. “you.”
“Don’t do that,” Sirius said happily. “Then today would just be worse!”
“That’s what you think,” muttered Adara as Sirius helped her to her feet.
“What was that?”
“Nothing, dear,” Adara smiled, not that Sirius could see her. “Lumos!” she whispered as she slid her wand out of her robes.
“Good thinking,” Sirius said as he did the same.
“Where the bloody hell are we?”
“In a secret tunnel.”
“Think you could go a little more in-depth?” Adara asked dryly.
“Oh, come on, where’s the fun in that?” the wandlight shone on Sirius’ smile in a way that made it impossible for Adara not to smile.
“You don’t fight fair,” She accused him.
“Onward, my love!” Sirius said pointing his wand towards the beginning of what Adara could only guess was a long walk.
“Are we there yet?” Adara whined abut fifteen minutes later.
“How close are we?”
“How annoying am I being?” she grinned.
Sirius laughed, “I’m beginning to think I’ve had a positive influence on you, Adara Moore.”
“I’m sure normal wizards would beg to differ, love,” she replied sweetly as she begin to feel the ground rising. “Whoa.”
“It’s called a hill,” Sirius told her helpfully.
“Thanks, I was wondering,” Adara stuck her tongue out at him. Sirius stopped suddenly and pulled her into a kiss then kept walking.
“What was that for?”
“If you’re going to stick your tongue out at me, I’m going to take advantage of it,” he said simply. “Watch out, the stairs start here,” he informed her.
“Stairs? What is this, an intervals work out?” They climbed and climbed and climbed and climbed until Adara was just about ready to sit down and say to hell with the whole thing.
“A-ha!” Sirius exclaimed and reached up to remove something from the ceiling. He climbed through first, then leaned over to help Adara.
“Where are we?” she asked, looking around what seemed to be a storage room.
“What? How?” Adara asked as she followed Sirius up more stairs and into the main room.
“Did you just miss that whole tunnel?”
“How did you find that?” she continued.
Sirius shrugged and waved to the man behind the register as he took Adara’s hand and led her out into the street, “Now, to get Professor Vector a lover.”
“We’re out of Hogwarts, can’t we please use real names now?”
“Nope,” Sirius grinned and began to tug her down the road.
“I told her you were sick in our dorm but that it was a womanly problem and you’d probably be back tomorrow,” Christine told Adara at dinner that night.
“I don’t know what would have been worse: having McGonagall think I skived off class or having her think that I have awful periods. Cheers,” she took a bite of her potatoes.
“Hey, I was just trying to help out,” Christine smirked.
“I’m sure you got no enjoyment out of it, either.”
“Of course not!”
Adara laughed and glanced at the teacher’s table to see McGonagall look away. Perfect…
“Anyway, so, what did you get Professor Vector?” Christine asked.
“If you say it like that, you might as well not use that damn codename at all,” Adara told her.
“Oh, hush, it’s fun,” she grinned.
“Oh Merlin, they’ve gotten you, too!”
“Drama queen,” Sirius said as he sat down and pecked her on the cheek.
“I see that you’re all cleaned up,” Christine laughed as Adara chuckled into her food.
“Yeah, really weird how I randomly ended up falling into that huge pile of mud and slush, huh?” Sirius asked.
“Very odd,” Christine agreed.
Adara grinned at him, “I love you.”
“Well before you two get all cutesy with each other, I’m going to go find Cole,” Christine stood up. “See you later.”
“We’re not a cutesy couple, are we?” Sirius asked Adara as he stole a spoon and took a bite off her plate.
“Not at all,” Adara answered vehemently. Her elbow accidently knocked Sirius’ hand, resulting in his mash potatoes missing his mouth. Adara looked at him and laughed before reached up and using her finger to wipe them off of his cheek. As she popped her finger in her mouth Sirius laughed, “Well, maybe just a little bit cutesy.”
Lily was a bit anxious, to say the least, on Friday morning. She kept looking around as if someone was going to attack her, jerking her head to the side at random moments. “What are you so paranoid about?” Adara finally asked her in Charms.
“The Marauders haven’t said anything to me about my birthday yet,” she whispered so that Sirius (who was sitting on the other side of Adara) wouldn’t hear.
“I tried to say Hap –” Lily’s hand shot up to cover Adara’s mouth.
“SH!” She said. “They’ll hear you!”
Adara laughed, “What is up with you and your birthd –”
“SH!” she shushed her again. “If they hear you they’ll try to throw me a p-a-r-t-y!”
“I’m sure spelling it out will keep them from finding out…”
“P… A…T…” Sirius started saying slowly.
Lily smirked at Adara, who stared in disbelief. “Fine, but either way, why are you so against this… p-a-r-t-y.”
“Do your spellwork and stop trying to eavesdrop and it wont annoy you, then,” Adara told him. He huffed at her again and turned to talk to James.
“Because it’s always way out of hand and somehow, James always ends up making this long winded toast about how he loves me and then I’m the laughing stock of the school for days. Honestly, James and I are just starting to get along somewhat and I’d rather not have him mess it up.” Lily explained, actually sounding mature while talking about James Potter – which, Adara was sure, happened rarely.
“Well, maybe they forgot about it this year or something,” Adara tried not to blush as she went back to working on her spellwork. She noticed Lily looking around her to James, who was unknowingly sporting purple hair.
“Nice touch,” Lily grinned across the room at Remus, who nodded in thanks.
“PARTY!” Sirius suddenly yelled out triumphantly.
“Mr. Black, now is not the time,” Professor Flitwick scolded him.
“We’ll save that for later,” James whispered to Adara and winked.
She had a bad feeling about this…
“Do not drink the punch unless you want to be very inebriated, and make sure that James and the other Gryffindors don’t have anything completely stupid, okay?” Adara walked with Christine down from the Ravenclaw tower that night on the way to Lily’s party.
“You’re too uptight about all this,” Christine laughed. “How did you end up with Sirius Black?”
Adara rolled her eyes, “Shut up. I’ll be there with Lily in ten minutes, okay?”
“I know, I know. Have fun trying to convince her that you aren’t dragging her to a party…”
“Thanks,” Adara sighed as they reached the entrance to the Gryffindor common room. Christine continued on to the Room of Requirement but Adara muttered the password and made her way up the seventh year girls’ dorm.
“Lily?” she knocked twice before letting herself in.
“Oh, hey Adara,” Lily looked up from her book. “What’re you doing here?”
“I’m here to save you,” Adara said, appalled. “Were you seriously reading the night of your seventeenth birthday!? Us Ravenclaws don’t even do that!”
“My Mum just sent me this book!” Lily defended herself. “Are you here to take me to my party that James has almost certainly planned.”
“I’m not going,” Lily said and opened her book again.
“Lily,” Adara whined. “If you make this difficult they’ll just drag you there.” She walked over and sat on the side of her bed.
“I really am not in the mood for a party,” she said uninterested.
“It’s your seventeenth birthday,” Adara pointed out again.
“Why aren’t you happier? You’re an adult now!”
Lily shut her book and looked up at Adara, “Would you be happy to be an adult these days?” she asked.
Adara was taken back by the question; what does that even mean? Of course she would, right? She could use magic outside of school and all that.
“Why wouldn’t I be?”
“Do you know what is happening now, Adara? You of all people should realize; you’ve felt the worst of it.”
Adara’s heart sank, “What are you talking about?” she asked, even though she already knew.
“These next few years aren’t going to be good,” Lily told her. “The newspaper is trying to pretend that everything is fine and people are getting things together, but if you read carefully, you can tell that its not true. People are vanishing, people are getting killed, as you know, and I hate to bring this up, but I don’t want the responsibility that an adult in this time has!” Lily looked like she was about to have a major panic attack, but Adara couldn’t stop her. She was saying things that Adara had been ignoring; yes, she dealt with the death of her loved ones, but she hadn’t stopped to see the big picture.
“I know I’m supposed to be a Gryffindor and Gryffindor’s are brave, but I don’t think that people realize what’s happening. This thing is escalating faster than anything our world has seen in a while, the papers say so, the Ministry tries to deny it, but you can’t hide it completely. This Voldemort is gaining supporters, even those here, as you know. That Quidditch stunt took massive amounts of dark magic, and then Sirius’ brother and his gang, and my old mate Severus…” she trailed off. “I just don’t see why I would want to celebrating gaining the responsibility of an adult when all our world knows right now is war.”
Adara sat in silence. She had tried to ignore everything that Dumbledore was saying in prefect meetings about coming together against to combat the separation that was happening outside the walls of Hogwarts. She hadn’t been reading the newspaper, and her mum hadn’t been telling her the bad news she’s heard. Adara had been so wrapped up in her own world with Sirius and her friends that she, unlike Lily, had managed to forget that everything wasn’t as good in the real world.
Being an adult now meant that they would be the ones that would see the worst of this war, Adara realized. Lily was right to be scared.
“I didn’t mean to bring you down, Adara,” Lily said after a few minutes.
Adara smiled at her, “I just hadn’t thought about it.”
“I don’t blame you; I’m sure it’s more personal for you,” Lily looked apologetic. “I’m sorry, forget I said anything.”
Adara nodded, still thinking.
“Hey, let’s go to my party, then, okay?” Lily said, standing up. “Let me just get some other clothes on…”
Adara was still quiet as they walked up to the Room of Requirement fifteen minutes later. “Adara, please be happy,” Lily pleaded. “I shouldn’t have unleashed all my worries on you.”
“No, no,” Adara gave her a small smile. “I’m glad you did. I needed to hear it. They are all very true and relevant reasons. We should be a bit frightened.”
Lily shook her head, “But we’ll get through it, Adara. We have good friends… even if they do like planning extravagant parties…”
Adara laughed as they reached the door, “Are you sure you’re ready?”
Lily linked arms with Adara, “Ready for anything.”
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILY!” the room seemed to vibrate with the sound. It was red and gold (prideful Gryffindors) and fairly large with a banner reading HAPPY 17th, LILY! stretching the whole length. As soon as Lily said thank you, the music was turned on and food appeared on the tables in the back.
“What do you think?” Adara smiled at her friend.
“It could be worse,” she grins.
The party got on pretty well given the amount of people that had copious amounts of James’ punch. There were no drunken arguments and James didn’t even try to perform a love poem for Lily – a feat Sirius said was a first. Adara and Sirius currently sat towards the back of room on a chair. Adara, for the sake of decency, had attempted to sit next to Sirius, but he’d pulled her down on top of him and she really didn’t have much of a reason to protest.
“I think that Lily’s having a good time,” Adara smiled as she watched the redhead throw her head back and laugh in them middle of her dance with the seventh year Hufflepuff prefect.
“Yeah,” Sirius agreed as he used his grip around Adara’s waist to hug her closer to him and bury his head under her chin.
“Ahh, that tickles,” Adara giggled, the buzz of what little punch she had had making itself known as she wrapped her arms around his neck.
She felt a rumble in Sirius’ chest that meant laughter and smiled, “I know.” He told her as he pulled away and kissed her nose.
Adara was just about to engage her boyfriend in a very heated snogging session when someone landed in the chair next to them with a loud thump. She glanced over and saw that James looked to be in a foul mood. Sirius leaned up to kiss her just as she turned her head and Sirius grunted as he ending up with his lips pressed to her ear.
“What’s wro – UGH!” Adara started but turned to Sirius. “You licked my ear!”
“You weren’t supposed to turn your head,” he muttered darkly and pouted as Adara turned back to James who, despite cracking a smile at Sirius and Adara’s failed kiss, was back to sulking.
“What’s wrong?” Adara asked again.
James huffed but didn’t say anything nor remove his gaze from straight ahead. Adara followed it and saw that it was fixed on Lily, who was still dancing with the guy from Hufflepuff in a way that her father would not approve of. “Oh.”
“I’m not jealous,” James said.
“Okay…” Sirius rolled his eyes.
“Really, I’m –” he stopped dead as the seven year spun her around, pulled her flush to his body and kissed her passionately on the lips. Adara was fairly certain that her eyes were going to pop out of her head, and she was also sure that James and/or Sirius was/were about to get violent. Lily didn’t protest at all, in fact she seemed to be enjoying it, which made the best-mate part of a Adara smile.
“OI!” James leapt up and started towards Lily and Hufflepuff-man.
“Uh-oh,” Sirius made to stand up which Adara took as a hint to get out of his lap. She stood up and allowed Sirius to rush past her after James.
“Prongs,” Sirius said warningly, putting a hand on his mate’s shoulder. James, surprisingly, stopped and looked back at Sirius. The look on his face was so hurt and so pitiful that Adara felt her heart throb.
Lily, who had pulled away from the kiss when James yelled, looked a mixture of angry and embarrassed. Hufflepuff-man looked smug. “Do you have a problem, James,” she called him James, but it was pretty obvious that it was only a small step from the dreaded Potter or an explicative – Adara wasn’t quite sure.
Adara watched as James turned away from Sirius and back to Lily. Sirius dropped his hand and James ran one of his through his hair and took a deep breath, “No,” he said and Adara felt her jaw drop. “No, I don’t suppose I do.”
Lily allowed a little of her shock to show through her strong mask, but before she could hide it again or answer, James had walked away and out of the room. Sirius looked back to Adara, who nodded, then followed his friend. The small group of party-goers who had stopped to watch what they were sure was going to be the epic James v. Lily fight of the night sighed dejectedly and went back to dancing or talking. Adara looked at Lily. She was staring at the door, but within a second smiled and turned back to the man who had kissed her. He smiled at her and said something Adara couldn’t hear. Lily nodded and they started dancing again. The redhead looked normal enough, but Adara could tell she was more than a bit thrown off.
Deciding she would most likely hear about it later, and knowing that she wasn’t going to get to do any more naughty things with her boyfriend, Adara decided to turn in early. She crossed the school and, as she finally fell onto her four-poster, she couldn’t help but feel sorry for James.
A/N: Ta-da! Happy Christmas, guys! Sadly, I think that I will be wrapping this story up fairly soon. It might be a little rushed, but the sequel, which will focus around James and Lily is beginning to be set up. I'm excited to start it. And this story is just sooo long. I feel like it's beginning to drag a bit. So, yeah. But no worries, there are still some things that have to be worked out. Haha. PLEASE review. They make me smile. And feel like writing. Haha.
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