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Chapter 2 : One Minute it's Love
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One Minute it's Love
Remus was sitting on his favorite couch in the common room, reading one of his personal books, despite the fact he should have been reading the Potion's assignment. Alice and Delilah strolled over and dropped onto the space beside him. They had made a habit of filling those two places over the past few weeks, much to Peter's delight as he become transfixed on the best mate of his best mate's girlfriend. Everything about the girl made him go weak kneed, from her silky black hair to her expensive polished shoes.
Sirius and James went on about their conversation, unaware they had lost the attention of their fellow Marauder. They were discussing whether or not the House Elves would stop them if they attempted to slip potion into the drinks at the Staff table.
“They won't, but I will,” Remus said casually as he leaned over and pressed his lips to Alice's cheek.
“I love it when you get like that. Such power in the badge,” Alice said softly as she reached up and ran her fingers over the boy's Prefect badge. She lowered her hand to Remus' knee and gave it a squeeze, making him jump slightly.
Sirius barked out a laugh and clapped his hands mockingly. “Yeah, it's super sexy when Remus acts like there is anything he can do to stop us.”
Remus closed his book and tossed it down onto the table. “I can do something and I will. I'm not letting you guys prank the staff,” he retorted. He reached over and laid his hand atop Alice's, forcing her to stop tickling his knee.
James and Peter both groaned at the defiance and assumed defeated positions. Sirius, however, was full of new-found excitement. “Hey, he just said that we can't prank the staff. He didn't say anything about not pranking those slimy Slytherin jerks.”
Remus rubbed his hands over his face and muttered a profanity under his breath. “Sirius, can't you guys just cut it out with all the pranks?” he asked as he let his hands slap down into his lap. “You're all too -” He didn't bother finishing; the look on Sirius' face was enough to tell him he was wasting his breath. He turned his attention to James, hoping to get one of them to see reason. “You know, you're about to be seventeen, don't you think it's time you started acting like it?”
James smirked and slowly shook his head.
The exasperated Prefect scoffed loudly and batted Alice's hand from his knee, as she had resumed her unintentional tickling by running her fingertips over it.
“When's your birthday?” Delilah asked, leaning towards James and staring at him with her large brown eyes.
Peter sprang to answer. “It's in three weeks. We're having a party in a few days though.” He eyes were fixed hard on Delilah and his hands were twitching.
“We're having a private party!”Sirius growled, reaching forward and smacking the other boy on the back of the head. “Did you suddenly forget what private meant?”
Peter ran his fingers through his hair to fix what Sirius had mussed and shot the boy and angry glare. “I didn't think it was private from them. I mean if Alice is going then Delilah should be allowed too.” He smiled up at the girls and winked at the dark haired one, causing her eyes to widen further.
“I'm going?” Alice asked, clearly confused. “You didn't mention a party,” she directed at Remus.
“I didn't think about it, really. We planned it way back in January,” Remus answered, rubbing the back of his neck and batting Alice's hand away yet again.
“Of course you're going. Both of you can go,” James cut in. “It isn't just my party after all.”
The guys had decided to hold a joint party for James and Remus as their birthdays were so close. They would have chosen to separate them, like usual, but this year Remus' birthday fell directly on the full moon and he wouldn't feel like partying anytime after that.
“Oh, who else is the party for?” Alice asked innocently.
Sirius leaned forward and stared at the blonde girl in shock. “Are you serious?”
“No, you are,” Alice answered with a giggle.
The boy gave a loud and sarcastic laugh and narrowed his eyes at Alice. When Remus scowled at him, Sirius shot the young werewolf a wink and smirked. “Come on, she's your girlfriend and she doesn't know when your birthday is.”
Alice's eyes sparkled in delight as she let out a tiny squeal and clapped her hands together. “Oh, Remus, when is it? Why didn't you tell me?”
Remus winced at Alice's excitement and gave her a fake smile. “It's next week, but I don't like to make a big deal out of it. It isn't really...my thing.”
“Nonsense,” Alice argued, trailing her fingers back over the boy's knee. “I wanna do something really special for you.”
Remus shook his head and opened his mouth to speak, but before he could, Sirius beat him to it. The other boy jumped up from his seat and rolled his eyes. “I'm gonna be sick,” he growled as he moved away from the group and bounded up the stairs to the bedrooms.
Peter made to follow him, but James grabbed his arm. “Leave him,” James insisted and Peter obliged, sinking back in his chair.
“You know,” Remus said as he reached out and grabbed onto his book. “I'm not feeling so well myself. I'm gonna go for a walk.” He stood up, ignoring Alice's attempt for a kiss and headed out of the common room into the hallways.
What was supposed to be a quiet, small gathering of close friends, ended up becoming a huge party. Every Gryffindor who had so much as looked at a Marauder in the last six years turned up; as well as students from other houses and ones they didn't even know. The music was loud and someone had convinced a few House Elves to deliver enough food to serve a crowd twice that size. The common room was cramped and sticky and had a rather foul odor forming from the sweating bodies.
Sirius made his way through a tight group of people and tugged on Remus' shirt sleeve as he stepped up beside him. “You don't look very happy,” he said right into the boy's ear in an effort to be heard. “Don't you like the party? It's your girlfriend's doing.”
Remus caught the way Sirius sneered the word girlfriend and dropped his eyes to the floor. “I didn't know she was doing this until it was too late.” He felt a hand sweep through his hand and looked up, expecting that Alice had joined them. Instead, he saw Sirius smirking and tucking his hands down into his pockets. He gave the boy a quizzical look, causing Sirius to laugh loud enough to clear a small space around them.
“Don't look so down, Moony. This party is half yours. You should be having fun.” Sirius' huge smile faded the moment Alice came skipping up to them.
“I agree,” Alice chimed in, having heard Sirius. She threw her arms around Remus' neck and kissed him lightly on the cheek. Remus smiled and returned the affection with a kiss on the lips.
“I'm gonna go,” Sirius said, suddenly. “Eleanor has been making eyes at me all night and I may just go make her week,” he added, shooting Remus a playful wink.
After Sirius took his leave, Alice bounced over in front of Remus and pouted up at him. “You aren't happy?”
“I am.” Remus pulled the girl's arms from around his neck and held onto her hands. “It's just so loud and hot down here,” he answered with a frown.
Alice flashed the boy a sneaky smile and squeezed his hand. “Let's go upstairs then.” Without waiting for Remus' answer, she led the boy up the stairs and into his room.
Remus followed along behind his girlfriend in silence, glancing back down the stairs just in time to see Sirius disappearing out of the portrait hole with Eleanor. Alice stopped at the doorway and looked around at all of the beds. She started towards the one with the neatest nightstand, but Remus tugged her hand and led towards one of the messier areas. He sat down on the edge of his bed and pulled the girl down beside him.
Alice put her hand on the side of the boy's face and pulled him into a slow kiss. Though he was hesitant at first, Remus wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her closer, intensifying their kiss. She looped her arms around his neck and made a quiet whimpering sound against the boy's lips. Remus reacted by pushing against her and laying her out on the bed, then brushing his fingertips just under the girl's sweater.
Alice giggled and grabbed Remus' hand. “Remus, don't,” she whispered as she pushed him to sit back up right on the bed.
“Sorry,” Remus muttered, putting his hands in front of him and leaning forward. “I wasn't trying to do -”
“I know,” Alice cut in quickly. “You're a nice guy.” She wrapped her arms around one of his and laid her head over on the boy's shoulder. “I know you wouldn't try to push me into sex or anything.”
Remus raised his eyebrows and gave her a confused grin.
“Remus, are you a virgin?” Alice asked bluntly.
“Why do you ask?” He pulled his arm out of her grip and narrowed his eyes.
“I just wanna know. I won't think any differently of you, either way.” She tucked a piece of blonde hair behind her ear and smiled. “I'm a virgin. I don't mind telling you that.”
“No you aren't going to tell me or no you're not a virgin?”
“I'm not a virgin.”
The long silence which ensued made Remus wring his hands together and bounce his knees in annoyance. When it was finally too much for him to take, he turned to Alice and snapped. “You shouldn't have asked if you couldn't handle the answer.”
“I can handle it!” Alice argued, shocked at the boy's tone. “I'm just surprised is all.”
“You're surprised that someone would sleep with me?” Remus couldn't help but feel offended.
Alice rolled her eyes and hugged her arms around the boy's waist. “I'm surprised that you'd have sex with someone you don't love,” she answered. "Can...can I ask who it was?”
“You can ask, but I won't tell you,” Remus said coldly, pulling out of the girl's hold. He stood up and started off towards the door.
Alice dove off the bed and grabbed onto Remus' hand, pulling him to a stop. “Wait! Don't be mad. I'm sorry I brought it up. Just...I wanted to tell you something.”
Remus sighed and stared down into the girl's eyes. “What?”
“I love you.”
At that moment, the door came bursting open and a laughing James and Peter spilled into the room. “Oh,” James cried out. “I'm sorry, we're interrupting. Pete, we're interrupting, come on. Sorry!”
“No,” Remus answered. “Alice was just leaving.”
A Note From the Author: Okay, before anyone asks, he didn't sleep with Sirius. He was with a girl and I won't bother saying who because it is completely inconsequential to the story what-so-ever. She won't be showing up for any reason. With that said, I encourage you to review and let me know what you think so far!! :D --Jenna
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