Chapter 1 : It All Starts with a Crush
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Cast of Characters
Selena Gomez as Emmeline Vance
Teddy Geiger as Sirius Black
Demi Lovato as Marlene McKinnon
Tiffany Thornton as Hestia Jones
Mitchel Musso as Gordon Jensen
It All Starts with a Crush
Emmeline ran through the solid brick wall between platforms 9 and 10, pushing the trolley carrying her luggage in front of her as she glimpsed the Hogwarts Express billowing smoke as it waited for the students to board. She felt her lips turn upward in a smile as she was overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia of years past. This would be the last time Emmeline would take the train to Hogwarts, not including returning after winter break, with it being her final year.
Out of the corner of her eye, Emmeline saw her parents appear behind her and she turned around to face them. “I can’t believe this is going to be my last year at Hogwarts.” She voiced her thoughts of disbelief aloud about how time went by far too fast.
“You’ll have a great time,” her father, Walton Vance, told her. “Just have fun and don’t think about how you’ll be graduating in the spring.”
“But don’t have too much fun,” her mother, Hillary Vance, scolded. “Remember, this year is the most important of your academic history if you want to find work after Hogwarts. Not to mention N.E.W.T.s; they don’t call them Nasty for no reason.”
“I know, Mother,” Emmeline said, wishing her mother would lay off how important it was for her to do even better this year than any other year as she rolled her eyes.
“Emmeline Rose,” Hillary continued to scold her, but was cut off by her husband before she could continue,
“Hillary, Emmeline will do great no matter how much fun she has,” he said. “She’s got a good head on her shoulders and her priorities are in the right place. We need not worry about her getting caught up in other things than her schoolwork.”
“Thanks, Dad,” Emmeline said, smiling at her father.
It was a few minutes later that Emmeline found herself boarding the Hogwarts Express whilst looking for her best friends Hestia Jones and Marlene McKennon. She was not paying much attention to the sounds behind her, well that was until she was knocked off balance by someone running past her from behind.
“God, I’m sorry,” said a familiar voice she recognised. “Let me help you up.”
Emmeline looked up to find a one Sirius Black had been the one to knock her down, and he currently had his hand held out to help her up. She grasped it as he helped her to her feet. “Thanks,” she mumbled, brushing herself off before lifting her trunk in one hand and the wicker basket that held her now hissing cat, and her cheeks flushing as she lifted her gaze from the floor to Sirius.
“How was your summer, Vance?”
After six years of school together and they were still stuck on surnames, was she really that much of a social pharaoh? Yes, yes she was. But that was the way she liked it; observing from the outside looking in, never from the inside. She kept her nose either in her studies or on her sketch pad as she drew what she saw before her. An artist, if you could call her that, she most certainly did not see herself as an artist that much she was positive of.
Reality came crashing down around her as Emmeline was brought back to where she stood in the aisle of the now moving train with Sirius Black staring at her with a sort of perplexed expression upon his face that plainly said he thought she was bonkers. Lifting the corners of her mouth in a small smile, she replied to Sirius’s cliché question,
“It was alright,” Emmeline said. “Nothing special, you?”
“Great, spent the majority of summer goofing off with James, Remus, and Peter,” Sirius replied. “Well, I’ll see you later.” And with that, he turned on his heel and walked off in the opposite direction where Emmeline stood.
There was no doubt in her mind that Sirius would not make another effort to speak with her throughout the school year. The two of them circulated in different groups, never meeting at all. On the off chance they ran into each other, like now, they would be pleasant toward one another but they both knew they were from different sides of the tracks. He’s mister popularity, while she’s a bit of an outcast who only has two friends she sticks by.
Sighing, Emmeline continued her trek down the rattling train, peeking in compartments, until she finally found Hestia and Marlene toward in the end of the train.
“EMMY!” Hestia, the ever cheerful one of their trio, jumped up from where she had been sitting next to the window, dropping her book on the seat as she rushed over to hug Emmeline.
Emmeline braced herself as she hugged her overjoyed friend back. “It’s great to see you, too, Hestia.”
“How was your summer? Did you have fun in France?”
“Let her breathe, Hestia,” Marlene said, grinning at their friend’s behaviour from where she sat across from the now empty space that Hestia had occupied moments ago.
Emmeline breathed a sigh of relief as she was freed from the clutches of her friend. “France was alright, would have been more fun with you two there instead of just my parents for company.”
“But you still got to actually go somewhere over break,” Hestia said enviously. “Things were so dull at home, what with my brother moving out and all. It was very lonely with my parents constantly away at work.”
“Well, at least you had some alone time,” Marlene complained. “I had to deal with my parents always there when I turned around to lecture me on the importance of this final year. If I have to hear one more thing about N.E.W.T.s I think I’ll scream.”
“Here, here,” the two other girls agreed.
The majority of the journey north was spent gossiping about the stories they had heard about their fellow classmates over the summer. Apparently there was a bet going around about how long it would take for Lily to finally say yes to James, as usual. So far Lily had yet to accept James’s offer to accompany him on a date, but it never stopped people from betting on the two people that were so perfect for each other yet had never been in a relationship.
Another bit of gossip circulating around was whether Sirius would continue on when it came to charming as many young witches or if he would finally start to grow up. There also was talk on whether Sirius would stay in a relationship with a lucky girl for more than a month (by far his longest relationship running as far). Then there were other speculations being spoken about the other two Marauders, whom were definitely the better half of the group in Emmeline’s own opinion. Basically all rumours and gossip involved the quartet of Marauders in some way, and if not it usually had a way of circling around the group in some kind of way.
Personally, Emmeline could care less about who the Marauders dated, what they were up, and so on, but most of Hogwarts did not feel her sentiments. In fact, a lot of the girls fawned over the Marauders to the extent of making Emmeline feel like barfing. What was so special about these guys? They were just like any of the other young wizards at Hogwarts, except for the fact that the Marauders seemed to always have to be the centre of attention for some unknown reason; and in order to be the centre of attention, they would pull off the most outrageous pranks of all.
That was what else was what else was going around, what the Marauders planned to pull off this year with it being their final year as well. Whatever they did, there was one thing to be sure of, and that was that it would be epic. This whole year was going to be epic when it came to the Marauders. In fact, Emmeline was a bit resentful of how easy being popular came to the wizards. Nevertheless, she would still enjoy her year because she had Hestia and Marlene right there with her.
Emmeline climbed the front steps that led into the Entrance Hall of Hogwarts with the other students that had rode the carriages up from Hogsmeade Station. When she had entered the Great Hall, Emmeline walked over to the Hufflepuff table with Hestia as Marlene joined a few of her fellow Ravenclaw friends over at their table.
“Hestia! Emmy! Over here!”
Emmeline over at the sound of her name to discover Gordon Jensen was the one trying to get their attention. She nudged Hestia, whom was blushing, before she headed over toward where Gordon was sitting.
“Hey ladies,” Gordon said, once both girls were seated. “How was your summer?”
“Alright, a bit boring, but it was alright,” Hestia said, “yours?”
“Great,” Gordon exclaimed. “I traveled to Italy with my family. It really is a gorgeous place to vacation, have either of you been?”
Both shook their heads before Hestia responded. “But Emmy vacationed in France with her parents over summer.”
“I suppose it was,” Emmeline replied. “Though it was a bit dull with only my parents for company; my older brothers weren’t able to take any time off from the Ministry, what with all of the pressure the war against You-Know-Who and his Death Eaters are causing and all.”
“No kidding,” Gordon said, a sigh escaping between his front teeth as he ran a hand through his short dark hair. “We almost didn’t go to Italy because my mum thought we’d be safer to stay home, but my dad talked her into getting away for a while. It’ll be nice when all of this is over and done with.”
“Yeah, it will be,” Emmeline agreed. “But exactly how will it end?” She bit her lower lip in thought as her brow creased in thought. When will all of the fighting stop? Every day she worried about her brothers, what with them all being Aurors in the Ministry of Magic and thus in the thick of the dueling.
Gordon was about to answer but was cut short as Professor Dumbledore rose from his seat in the centre of the staff table at the front of the room and cleared his through. “Welcome back to Hogwarts,” he exclaimed, his arms outstretched in warm greeting. “I hope you all had a great summer, and let’s all show our manners to the first years as we welcome them.” A few seconds later the double doors opened as the small first years entered into the Great Hall, led by Professor McGonagall.
Emmeline watched as the first years were sorted before the feast started, then listened as Professor Dumbledore spoke to the room at whole about the danger they were all under as Lord Voldemort manipulated his way to the top by eliminating those whose blood was impure or anyone who fought against his rise to power. Afterward, she walked with Hestia and the other Hufflepuffs to the common room, located in the basements near the entrance into the kitchen. Both had no intentions on going to bed as they arrived in the dormitory they shared with three other girls, but pretended nonetheless as they crawled under the covers fully clothed shortly before the others entered the room.
It was around an hour later that Emmeline and Hestia were able to sneak away and up toward the empty chamber room near the Astronomy tower to meet with Marlene for their beginning of the school year ritual, whom was already inside waiting with candles resting on the floor already lit. The candles gave the room a soft glow mingled with the moonlight streaming in through the high window.
The girls gathered in a triangular circle before sitting down around the candles and a small pile of parchment and quills set in the centre. They immediately fell into their usual routine of chatter of what their plans for their final year at Hogwarts, a giggle here and there on occasion before sobering up to pull a sheet of parchment and quill each to write what they wanted to overcome this year.
Emmeline was having difficulty with what she wanted to change about herself as there was so much she wanted to improve; become more social with her fellow classmates other than her two best friends was top of the list. Eventually, however, she made up her mind and wrote what she wanted to accomplish before she graduated at the end of the year.
When the girls had dropped their folded squares of parchments into a box and shut the lid on top of it, they fell into discussion about what they wanted to see each other do. It naturally meant that the dares would be soon landing on the table to be accepted.
“Marlene, you need to get off your behind and finally tell Remus how you feel about him instead of gazing at him when he’s not looking,” Hestia said, ever the first to get the dares rolling in. “’Nuff of only being study partners; it’s time you two finally took it to the next step, you know, ask him out.”
Marlene blushed, the ever bashful of the group when it came to boys. “But I don’t want to ruin our friendship. What if he doesn’t feel the same way about me?”
“You’re nuts, you know that,” Emmeline chimed in. “The way he looks at you when you’re not looking at him is plain enough that everyone knows how he feels about you. Just because the pair of you had never caught each other looking at the same time, it doesn’t mean anything except that you guys are too shy to hold your gazes still long enough to catch each other’s eyes.”
“And don’t even try to back out of this one,” Hestia said, “It isn’t even an option. You have to tell him that you like him sometime before the year is out. Matter of fact, you have to tell him before winter break.”
“What?!” Marlene protested, her mouth dropping open in a gasp of horror at the prospect of baring her soul to the guy she likes most in the world, or rather just of Hogwarts. “I can’t.”
“Yes, you can and you will,” Hestia insisted. “You don’t have any other choice but to follow through and tell him; not to mention that you don’t have anything to lose.”
“What about my dignity, my pride? What about those?”
“Please,” Emmeline said, with a roll of her eyes. “He so likes you, plus I don’t think he’d be able to say anything about his feelings toward you because he’s too respectful and likes to keep distance. You two are impossible, yet so perfect for each other that neither of you can see it yourselves.”
“Fine,” Marlene sighed, giving in before tossing a dare in Emmeline’s direction. “But you have to flirt more with the guys and finally get yourself a boyfriend.”
“I fully intend to,” Emmeline replied. “In fact, that was one of my promises to myself, to be more social with others. I really want to break out of my shell this year; I’m tired of playing it safe. I want to live more than normally.”
“That’s the spirit,” Hestia said joyfully.
“And you, Hestia, need to pace yourself more than you do instead of taking on so much stuff at once,” Marlene dared her over-achiever friend. “It’s great that you can multi-task, but you’ve got to know where to draw the line as one of these days you’re going to run yourself into the ground by taking on more than you can chew.”
“Fine, I’ll pace myself more,” Hestia said, “but I wasn’t done with Emmy’s dare yet.”
“What more could there be?”
“Well, for one thing, you have to tell us who your latest crush is on so that we can make sure you’re living up to following through on the dare.”
“I’m not crushing on anyone at the moment,” Emmeline lied, knowing full well that her friends can tell when she’s not telling the truth; her voice tended to get a bit higher along with her flushed cheeks.
“Lies, all of it,” Marlene remarked. “We’re going to find out soon enough; you may as well get it over with by telling us now.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Marley, but I am not crushing on anyone at the moment.”
“You really are a terrible liar, you know that, right?” Hestia observed, mildly amused by Emmeline’s whole show of hiding the truth.
“Just tell us already,” Marlene said, the ever patient friend, which she normally was except when it came to getting the other pair to spill their guts. She was the mature of the trio, however she could be immature when she let go and had fun on occasion.
“Ugh,” Emmeline said, feeling her resolve crack as she let her wall down. “Fine, if you must know, I’m kind of crushing on Sirius Black a little at the moment, and it’s only because I ran into him on the train and he seemed different like he is finally growing up some now.”
“Seriously, you’ve got to be joking, right?” Marlene questioned before continuing on in lecture mode. “He’s a full on player, Emmy, you can’t be seriously crushing on him. It’ll only lead to heartbreak.”
“I know,” Emmeline said, rolling her eyes in frustration for the negativity in the air surrounding the three of them. “And it won’t last for long as it’s just one of those silly daydream fantasy crushes.”
“Oh no, we’ve lost you if you’ve actually started fantasizing about him,” Hestia replied. “Whatever will we do with you, girl?”
“It’s just a little crush,” Emmeline insisted. “It won’t last long.”
“Sure, that’s what you say now,” Marlene said, ever the voice of reason. “That is until you fall deeper into his charm, which will happen regardless of how much you deny the inevitable.”
“But—” she started to protest, but was cut off by Hestia.
“Oi, I just thought of a perfect dare for you,” Hestia said, the light bulb flashing above her head. “Forget the other dare as this one really is quite genius if I do say so myself.”
“And here she goes referring to herself as brilliant yet again,” Marlene said, amused nonetheless at her friend’s silly seriousness. “So, out with it, what’s the most perfect dare for Emmy?”
“Okay, here goes,” Hestia said, in full story telling mode, “she has to find a way to get Sirius to fall for her for real. It’ll be epic as he never stays with girls for longer than a couple months, but I seriously think Emmy can be the one to break him of his player ways.”
“And why do you think that?” Emmeline asked, truly curious as to where this was leading.
“Because you’re so pure of innocence, Emmy darling,” she replied in an all knowing voice. “He won’t be able to resist falling for you as it’ll be like a challenge at first for him until he starts to really get to know you. It’s brilliant, I tell you!”
“Okay,” Emmeline said, rather amused at where the conversation was going. “And how am I supposed to land a date with the Sirius Black, dare I ask?”
“Well, by playing hard-to-get, that’s how,” Hestia said as though it were the most obvious thing in the world.
“Okay, first of all, he has to actually be paying attention to me in order for me to play hard-to-get,” she started, “and lastly, how on earth am I going to capture the short attention span of Hogwarts resident player?”
“By just being you, darling,” Hestia said, smiling as she adopted a motherly tone with a wink. “He won’t be able to not notice you, especially since you’re one of the few girls that don’t fall over themselves when he walks into a room.”
“I don’t know if this is such a good idea,” Marlene supplied. “What if he breaks Emmy’s heart instead of falling for her? What then? Poor Emmy will be left to wallow as Sirius chooses his next victim.”
“Don’t be a worry wart, Marley,” Hestia replied. “Emmy’s not going to get hurt.”
“And you don’t know that she won’t.”
“Can you two quit talking as though I’m not in the room,” Emmeline said, interrupting her two friends from their bickering thus shutting them up. “I accept the dare, but if Sirius doesn’t see anything in me that interests him than it gets dropped and you have to create another dare for me.”
The other two nodded in unison. It was several minutes later that the girls decided it was time to call it a night and head back to their dorms; Marlene to the Ravenclaw tower, and Emmeline and Hestia to the Hufflepuff basement. They had a long day ahead of them tomorrow for the first day of classes.
Author's Notes: I hope enjoyed the first chapter as I had a lot of fun writing it. Also, I'd love some feedback as this is my first marauder era fanfic as I'm much more acquainted with writing in the next generation era; let me know what you think so far of how the story is playing out!