Chapter 38 : Chapter Thirty-Eight: Fine, Just Fine
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“Here, practice by filling up my water,” Christine grinned lazily as she, Adara, Jayden, and David lounged outside under the shade of the castle.
David smirked and waved his wand. A stream of water shot out the end and doused Christine, who shrieked. “I meant with repleo!” she growled as she stood up and nonverbally dried her white uniform shirt.
“I decided that would work better,” David laughed. “Seeing your pink bra was just a fortunate side effect.”
Christine flipped him off and sat back down muttering something about perverted minds while Jayden and Adara laughed. It was unseasonably hot, even for the end of June, and the four of them were trying to squeeze in a bit more revision before their charms exam, the last hurdle before they were free, in a half hour.
Adara looked back down at her textbook, trying to concentrate on her work while her friends had all but given up. Yes, even Ravenclaws reach that point. She stared at the page but her mind wouldn’t concentrate on the words. It kept thinking back to the end of her fifth year and how it had been much the same, yet so different.
Like last year she now sat outside in the quad before he last exam with Jayden, David, and Christine; but unlike last year, Laila and Xeno were missing. A year ago, Adara might have been laughing with them, but was altogether much more stressed out than she was now. While this could have been because it was her O.W.L. year, she also had a inkling that Sirius and the other Gryffindors had loosened her up a bit.
Speaking of, Adara grinned as she thought of her boyfriend, who was no doubt up in his dorm room passed out after Adara kept him up late making him study runes with her. Stupid, lazy, felt-no-need-to-study Gryffindors; they were the main, highlighted difference between now and then.
She looked back up from her textbook and at Jayden, who was teaming up with David to spray Christine again with a jet of water. He was still handsome with his light brown hair, now kept a little longer than before, and bright blue eyes that shined with laughter; however, Adara couldn’t help but realize that he wasn’t Sirius. Her stomach didn’t flip when Jayden smiled at her and his eyes were never as mesmerizing as Sirius’ were.
“Adara, aren’t you going to help me?!” her friend yelled, laughing, as Jayden pinned her arms behind her back and David grinned evilly, holding up his wand to douse her.
Adara smirked (another Sirius thing), “You know, I would, but I really need to study.”
“Well actually…” Adara grinned, setting her book aside. David turned his wand on her as if she were about to attack him, but Adara thought the spell, waved her wand, and laughed with her friends as Christine’s strawberry-blonde hair stuck to her face.
“We – are – no – longer – friends!” Christine laughed through bursts of water.
“You looked hot!” Adara yelled back, high-fiving David as Jayden released Christine and the water stopped.
“Aw, that’s so kind of you!” Christine said, bringing her hand to her chest. “Let me give you a hug, I just love you so much!” she swiftly stepped forward and wrapped Adara in a soaking, bone crushing hug.
“I hate you.”
“Love you, too Addie.”
At dinner that night, the Great Hall was buzzing with the most recent news; there had been an apparent wizarding rampage in a small muggle town outside of London resulting in the death of fifteen muggles, the injury of seven more, and desolation of twenty homes. The news came in an Urgent Prophet Update to those who had subscriptions to the Daily Prophet in order to warn the magical community to take extra safety precautions ‘until the culprits were arrested.’ It spread through the school like fiendfyre. Among the shocking news it brought, there was only one illustration. It was an image the Adara, and most of Hogwarts, couldn’t get out of her head. A green skull with a snake protruding from the mouth, it was cast high above the muggle town, as if someone was marking their territory.
The only people who didn’t seem the least bit fazed were the Slytherins; if anything, they used the incident as a sort of fuel for taunting the muggleboorns (“Your lot will be next, won’t they?” “I wonder if they got your family?”)
Adara had written her mother, whom she was assured was under great protection, and was currently sitting very close to Sirius and picking at her food. The way the Slytherins were acting, especially the older ones, gave off the impression that they knew exactly who was behind this and, frankly, that’s what scared Adara the most.
Sirius nudged her, “What’s wrong,” he asked, ducking his head out of conversation with Remus and James.
Adara shrugged, “Just… this.”
Sirius sighed and put his arm around her waist, “Don’t be scared, love. All of this… it’ll be alright. Maybe not anytime soon, but eventually. I won’t let anything happen to you, okay? Or your mum. So perk up a bit, let’s enjoy the end of the year, eh?”
“And how can you promise that?” Adara whispered.
“I’ll never leave your side, if that’s what it takes!” Sirius declared, sounding much like the knight in the portrait in the Divination tower.
“Is that right?”
He nodded enthusiastically and then became serious, “I love you.” He kissed her forehead.
“I love you, too,” Adara sighed and rested her head on his shoulder.
“No, Mary, you’re wrong,” Lily said frantically from across the table, “‘Dara, you did say that for number two hundred and twelve, you put that the side effects may include –”
“Lily I swear to Merlin if you finish that sentence I will kill you,” James cut across, banging his fist on the table. Mary, who had before looked very worn thin with Lily’s questioning, now looked slightly interested.
Lily cut off midsentence, looked at James, and for the first time in a long time, looked back at her plate and didn’t start an argument.
Adara looked from Lily to Mary, then back at James who looked slightly shocked. “James,” Elizabeth chastised. “That really wasn’t necc –”
“No, Elizabeth, it’s fine,” Lily looked up and Adara felt a pang in her chest when she saw that her eyes were shining. “If he doesn’t want to talk about our exams, that’s fine. Why don’t we talk about… oh… I don’t know, the fact that someone just tried to take out a muggle village that is thirty miles from my family’s house? Is that good, James? Would you rather I talk about that at the dinner table?”
Adara’s jaw dropped at Lily’s outburst; she’d forgotten that Lily was from a muggle family and therefore probably even more sensitive to the news than most. And, from the look on everyone else’s faces, they’d overlooked that too.
“Lily,” Remus said softly, putting a hand on her shoulder.
“No, Remus, it’s fine,” she shook it off and stood up, wiping furiously at her eyes as she exited the Great Hall. Mary ran after her.
Adara looked at James and watched him watch her walk out. He looked like he wanted to follow her, and made to do so, but Elizabeth but a hand on his arm and he stopped, turning to look at her. She looked up at him with questioning eyes. James looked to Adara, who nodded.
“Password’s the same,” Sirius told her as she stood up.
“Lily?” Adara opened the door to the Gryffindor’s sixth year girl’s dorm after knocking twice. She entered and saw Mary leaning up against what she figured was the bathroom door with an exasperated look on her face.
“She’s not talking and she’s not coming out,” Mary told her wearily. It seems that when it came to helping Lily, they’d reached some type of truce.
“Can I try?”
Mary nodded and stepped away from the door, sitting on the nearest bed. Adara took a deep breath, walked slowly up to the door, and banged on it twice as hard as she could. She heard Mary fall off the bed in surprise, cursing. “Lily Evans, if you don’t open this door by the count of three I am blasting it open and don’t you think I won’t.” she yelled.
“ONE.” Adara counted, pulling her wand out of her robes.
“TWO.” She aimed it at the door. Mary looked slightly afraid… as it should be. “Lily, I swear to all that’s magic I’ll do it.”
“THR-” just as she was about to blast the door in, it swung open. A hand reached out, grabbed Adara, pulled her in, and then shut smartly behind her.
“Only you would resort to violence in a time like this,” Lily sniffed as she slid down the wall into a sitting position.
“Mary’s really not going to be happy with me now,” Adara moaned as she sat down beside her friend.
Lily let out a short, shaky laugh, “I love Mary, but sometimes she’s too much.”
They sat in silence for a while until Adara rolled her head on the wall to look at Lily, “Do you need me to say anything?” she asked.
Lily continued to look straight ahead, shaking her head, “Sometimes just having someone to sit with you is enough.”
“I agree,” Adara said and rested her head on Lily’s shoulder.
Adara smiled sweetly at her boyfriend as she entered the compartment he, James, Elizabeth, Lily, Remus, and Peter occupied, “My trunk is awfully heavy,” she sighed.
Sirius rolled his eyes, but nevertheless picked up her trunk and owl cage and lifted it onto the luggage rack.
“Thank you, m’dear!” Adara said brightly as she made to sit down on the floor beside Remus. Sirius grabbed her around the waist and pulled her into his lap, ignoring her squeak of protest.
Everyone else in the compartment rolled their eyes.
“Shut it,” Sirius grinned as he kissed the top of Adara’s head.
“One day, I’m not going to be able to put up with you two anymore,” James said hypocritically as his arm was rested over Elizabeth’s shoulders.
“One day, Lily and I aren’t going to be able to put up with any of you anymore and we’re going to run off and get married,” Remus said airly, throwing his arm around Lily, who was sitting next to him on the floor.
She laughed and leaned into him, “Oh, Remus, finally you return my undying love!” she cried and then leaned up and kissed him on the cheek.
“Ow!” the rest of the compartment, still laughing, turned to look at Elizabeth. “James, you pinched me,” she laughed rubbing her arm under where James’ hand was resting.
If Adara had blinked, she would have missed the split second it took him to recover, “Sorry, ‘Beth,” he grinned and kissed her full on the mouth.
“Oi, get a room!” Peter growled. “All of you.”
“Aw, Wormtail’s upset because his Hufflepuff bird dumped him,” Sirius teased, reaching around Adara to nudge him.
Peter scowled before standing up and marching out of the compartment, “Oi, Pete I was just kidding!” Sirius called as the compartment door slammed shut leaving the rest in silence.
“Ah, well,” James shrugged.
“A bit sore, if you ask me,” Sirius sighed.
Remus rolled his eyes, “Anyone up for exploding snap?” he asked, pulling a deck out of his back pocket.
Lily agreed and everyone went about laughing, talking about the upcoming holidays, and reminiscing on the past year.
“A lot sure did change, eh?” Remus said, but his momentary distraction caused the cards to explode in his face.
“I guess it did,” Sirius laughed and pulled Adara closer to him.
She smiled up at him, at peace with the world if only for that second. She looked out the window at the passing scenery, all the while leaving her sixth year at Hogwarts behind her. And really, despite how much had changed, she couldn’t help but notice the similarities.
Here she was, riding home on the Hogwarts express after another year, sitting with her best friends, excited about what awaited her at the end of the ride, and snuggling up to the man she loved with all of her heart.
A/N: Okay, guys. I know, I know. It's short and pretty cheesy, but there's a reason for that. I wanted this story to end (YES, THIS IS THE LAST CHAPTER EXCEPT THE EPILOGUE! *tear*) with a show of how united Adara and her friends have become. I wanted to show friendships in a dark time that was getting darker and how Adara has learned to adapt with those friendships and the times. I hope you guys still like it, even if it was a bit cheesy.
Now, like I said, this is the last chapter with the exception of the epilogue which is already written. It's been written for a while, actually. BUT I HAVE TO WARN YOU RIGHT NOW some of you probably will be ... upset with the epilogue. I, personally, am quite pleased with it. The epilogue shows the end of Sirius and Adara's story. It takes place about four years after this story, I think. Maybe five. Anyway, it's how their story ends and some of you will probably hate me for it. So i'm warning you now, if you want a happy ending just skip the epilogue and wait for me to start my Lily/James fic which will pick up during the summer that the gang is entering now.
Okay, so that's enough for now. I'll leave all my soppy, crying I-can't-believe-it's-really-over author stuff for the end of the epilogue, haha. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE REVIEW. I'd love to know that some of you still follow this story!
I love all of you who have stuck with me this long.
over an outt.
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