Chapter 4 : Peter Pan Syndrome
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Lily looked around at Sami with raised eyebrows, waiting for Sami to explain why she had called out that same phrase for the fourth time within five minutes. "What?" she said.
"Sirius just smiled," Sami hissed, and pressed herself closer to the wall as she stared at Sirius in front of the bookstore.
"Oh my God!" Lily groaned, and rubbed her temples. "Give me a break! A minute ago he helped a third year student up when a Slytherin pushed her down - what next!?"
"I hope he proposes," Sami said with a serious face, and it took a moment before Lily realized she was actually being serious. "To me, of course..."
"Slight bump in the road," Lily reminded her, and turned Sami around. "HE'S DATING YOUR TWIN SISTER!!!!!!" she yelled, and Sami thanked God for letting them be in a dark alley, and not in the busy street of Hogsmeade.
"So?" Sami said, and raised her eyebrows.
"I give up," Lily grumbled, and slumped against the wall. Her eyes searched the crowd, before letting her pained expression grow tense. "Oh you must be joking..."
"What?" Sami said, and followed her eyes. "Oh snap!" she cursed, as Remus Lupin walked towards them with a curious look on his face.
"Hello, ladies," he said warmly, and Lily tried to smile back. Her opinion of Remus had faltered since she had found out about his involvement in Sami's little game, but she never expressed it verbally. "Where's Prongs, Lils?"
"God only knows," Lily muttered, and shrugged. "The real question is; why don't you know where he is?"
"I thought he was with you," Remus said with a frown. "Anyway... ready, Sami?"
Lily's expression was priceless. She looked both worried and confused at the same time, as if she had a bad feeling about the two of them leaving together, but on the other hand, she had no idea what was going on.
"Huh?" Lily said dully, and looked at Sami.
"Lovely Sami here promised to buy me a Firewhiskey," Remus said promptly, and Sami rolled her eyes.
"That I did," she grumbled, and pushed herself from the wall. "Well, come on, let's make it quick... I have stuff to do, Lupin..."
"Bye, Lils!" Remus said, and waved over his shoulder as Sami pulled Remus with her by his sleeve.
They passed several students on their way down the street, Sami jumping up and down to see Sirius better. Why had she even left her perfect spot in the first place? When Remus cleared his throat, Sami remembered why; she owed him that Firewhiskey.
"Are you really that desperate?" Remus laughed, as Sami clutched his arm tightly.
Sirius had just glanced at them, and waved rather wildly, almost hitting a younger Hogwarts student as he did so. Now he was elbowing his way towards them, and Sami was; 1) speechless, 2) breathless, and all thanks to Sirius Black.
"N-no," she gasped, and almost hid behind Remus.
"And do you honestly believe the crap that comes out from your mouth?" Remus continued to press.
"Well, I'm not sure until I've finished talking," Sami shot, and narrowed her eyes at Remus. "Now, could you please behave?"
"You're telling me--"
"Hey Sirius!" Sami said loudly, as Sirius arrived to them.
"Um... hi," he said, and gave her a weird look. "So, who's this lovely lady you're with, Moony?" Sirius asked, and gave Remus a curious look.
"She just happend to be Meredith's younger sister," Remus said, and arched one brow at Sami who elbowed him.
"By three minutes, damn it!" Sami hissed, and blushed under Sirius' piercing gaze. "What, is there something in my face, or...?" she said quickly, and rubbed her face with her hand.
"No, no," Sirius laughed, and Sami let her mouth drop at the gorgeus sound. "Your face is perfect, really."
Sami was in heaven, and Remus knew it by the empty look in her eyes.
"Excuse me," Remus apologized politely, and pulled the dazed Sami away from Sirius. Sami stared blankly at Remus, smiling goofily at him. Remus sighed, and rolled his eyes. She really didn't leave him any other choice. Remus grabbed Sami's shoulders firmly, and shook her wildly. "EARTH TO SAMI!!!!!" he called, as he shook her.
He carefully let go of her, and took a look at her face, which was as red as the setting sun. She blinked her eyes to get the stars to disappear, before glaring up at him. Before Remus could defend himself, she shoved him away, and stomped back to Sirius, her face one big smile.
"I'm sorry," she beamed, and folded her hands neatly behind her back; she fought the urge to flung her arms around his neck and confess her undying love for him. "Your friend is rather simple-minded."
"He's not your friend?" Sirius asked, looking mildly amused.
"Nope," Sami announced, and glared at Remus who had returned on his spot beside her, the corners of his mouth twitching. "I just owe him... a Firewhiskey."
"Really?" Sirius said, glancing at Remus suspiciously. "That's strange, Moony... didn't you say--"
"I lost a bet," Remus rushed to say, before both he and Sami would witness something terrible that would only be described as an emotional car accident.
"But you've never lost a bet!" Sirius insisted, and Sami heard Remus groan quietly.
"It was about the weather," Remus said stiffly, and Sami mentally ran into a wall. How could he be so lame at such a critical time!?
There was an awkward silence between them, before Sirius suddenly burst into a bark-like laugh. Sami stared at him, trying not to fall into her trance again, as Remus joined Sirius, laughing rather nervously. Sami glanced at Remus, and wondered if she had missed some kind of inside joke between them. She didn't want to seem stupid, so she smiled to Sirius, hoping her dimples would catch his attention.
"So," she asked brightly, and tilted her head to the side. "Where's my dear twinny?"
"Meredith?" Sirius managed to get out, as he slowly started to calm down. "She's somewhere with her friends, shopping, I suppose..." he said with a shrug, and grimaced.
"You don't like shopping?" Sami asked eagerly, and grinned even wider - if possible. "Me neither!"
Remus gave her a ridiculous glance, before rolling his eyes and crossing his arms, moving so that he could watch Sami's facial expression better. He seemed to enjoy this more than he should.
"Really?" Sirius said, and looked positively surprised. "You must be the first girl - no, the only girl who doesn't like shopping!"
"That's weird," Sami agreed with stars in her eyes.
"Merlin's beard, where did you find her!?" Sirius demanded, and grinned widely to Remus. "She's a keeper, mate!" he said, and shoved Remus playfully, who looked very awkward.
"Well..." he said, and scratched his neck. "Yeah..."
"Oh, I'm not dating anyone!" Sami announced, waving Remus off. "I'm free as a bird, just me, all by myself, alone--"
"Point made," Remus said quickly, as Sirius raised his eyebrows.
"Siri!" came Meredith's eager voice suddenly, as she bounded towards them.
"Oh shit," Sami muttered darkly, as Sirius turned around to meet his girlfriend. "Must she call him Siri!?" she demanded with a hiss. "I would never do that!"
Remus chuckled, as they watched Sirius and Meredith argue about something. "Jealous?"
"Very much so," Sami said darkly, and sighed.
They continued to watch the quiet conversation the couple was having, before Meredith stood up on her toes, and placed a sloppy kiss on Sirius' cheek. Sami inwardly cringed at the sight, but pulled on a bright smile as Sirius slowly walked back.
"Well?" she said, trying to sound interested. "What was that about?"
"I think I just got ditched for some new clothing shop," he said, and pocketed his hands.
"Really!?" Sami said, clasping her hands together. "That's awful!" she went on. "Hey, I have an idea!"
"Oh no..." Remus groaned, and rubbed his forehead.
Sami gave him a cross look, before looking back at Sirius. "Why don't you join us for a drink or two? That would be so great!"
Sirius gave her a skeptic look, and then turned to Remus with raised eyebrows. "Well, if I'm not intruding--"
"You're not!" Sami said before Remus could open his mouth. "Remus would like it too, right?" she said, and felt nervous for the first time as she looked at Remus.
Remus gazed down at her for a moment, before looking back up at Sirius. "Excuse us," he said and pulled Sami aside once again.
"What are you doing!?" Sami hissed, as Sirius watched the crowd, oblivious of the ongoing conversation between Sami and Remus. "This is fantastic! Me, Sirius--"
"Are you insane?" Remus said calmly, and gave her a worried look. "This can only end badly."
"Don't be such a pessimist!" Sami huffed. "For once I'm not totally tongue-tied around that gorgeus piece of pure perfection, and you have to play the worry-card, huh!?"
"Are you sure about this? I mean, have you thought everything out, Sami?"
"So you haven't?" Remus cut off, as the familiar looking smile appeared on her face; she had made up her mind, and there was no turning back.
"Stop worrying," Sami said half angrily, half amused. "It's not like we are dating!"
She stomped back to Sirius, as Remus followed her with his eyes. He watched as they walked off towards the Three Broomsticks, Sami babbling on like there was no tomorrow. He sighed one last time, before giving the cloudy sky a tired look.
Did he have any other choice?
With that, Remus jogged after them, trying to catch up on the ongoing conversation Sami was having with Sirius about Quidditch.
"You're hilarious!" Sami giggled, and Sirius smiled nervously, his eyes moving from the laughing Sami to the bored looking Remus, who was staring in pure disbelief at Sami. He looked utterly fascinated by her attempts of getting Sirius' attention.
"I'm getting another Butterbeer," Sirius anounced, and stood up swiftly. "You guys need anything?" he asked, and raised his eyebrows.
"No," Remus said.
"Yeah!" Sami said eagerly. "A Butterbeer, thanks."
"Okay," Sirius said, and walked off, leaving a dazzled Sami behind with Remus.
"You're hopeless," Remus hissed, and narrowed his eyes at Sami, who stared longingly after Sirius.
"What, why?" she asked baffled, and turned around to look at the boy. "What did I do?"
"Well, I don't know," Remus said sarcastically, and fluttered his eyelashes furiously, as he leaned closer with a dashing smile, obviously trying to mimic Sami from earlier. "'Ooh, you're so fantastic on the Quidditch field! You can totally see all the moves when the sun is in the clouds, and it's not shining in your eyes, and the air just swishes past you, and it just makes it so much easier to see the game, too!'" he gushed with a high pitched voice, which sounded awfully much like Sami's.
Sami glared daggers at him.
"You're being absurd," she growled through clenched teeth.
"Oh, I'm being absurd, Miss Obsessive?"
"Well, excuse me for wanting to be friends with him, and try to be supportive when my obnoxious sister is being a total arse and neglecting poor, poor--"
"Please don't finish that sentence, Samantha Fawcett!" Remus warned, and leaned back in his seat. "I'm begging you!"
"We have so much in common, Sirius and I," Sami said crossly.
"What, Quidditch, Butterbeer, and dislike for essays? Please, anyone could have that in common, in fact, I think over 90% does!"
Sami lift her chin a bit, and huffed loudly. "Idiot," she snapped shortly, and looked the other way.
"Mature," he chuckled.
"Jackass," Sami retorted.
"Cute," Remus said and rolled his eyes.
"Sirius!" Sami suddenly exclaimed, as she saw Sirius make his way back to them with the Butterbeers. "Nice of you to join us!"
"Did Remus cause you a major headache, or something?" Sirius chuckled, and glanced from Sami's grinning face to Remus' blank face.
"No, he's just being... generally annoying," Sami said, and waved it off with her hand. "So, about that Quidditch..."
A/N: Dedicated to Fireball Nymph ^_^
- Lily xxx