So this chapter is a bit different. I start in Sirius' POV and go into Lucy's POV. Enjoy!
I don't have a clue what the plan is. I don't even know what I'm doing. If I thought Lindsey was unapproachable, I don't know how to define Lucy. She freaks out over snow when I try to kiss her then she gets angry at me for trying. Now she refuses to look at me. Lucy really is something. I need to get to her. I've been really bored since Lindsey and James got together. Marauder Rule Number 3: Never, ever
hit on a fellow Marauder's girlfriend or ex-girlfriend. Crushes are acceptable (because he should have had the balls to ask her out in the first place) Though Lily is the exception.
It's been snowing continuously since the first snow, so that means there's a build-up of snow particles. Which means EXTREME SNOWBALL FIGHTS! Remus insisted we invite Lucy, though I assumed she would say no. But I guess it's worth a try. With her we can do teams instead of one-on-one-on-one. And I'll be on her team of course.
"Lucy!" Remus called up the staircase to the girls' dorm. Not many people chose to stay, but the few girls that did were no doubt having a rude awakening. Did I mention it was seven in the morning? I'm never one to miss a meal, and neither is Remus or Peter. "Come down Luce, we have a proposition for you!"
I leaned against the wall, waiting, bored, for her appearance. There was a loud grumbling, a big bang, then another grumble as Lucy walked down the stairs. Her hair was a mess, her moo moo was on, and her huge Puddlemore United slippers... wait up. Puddlemore United? "You're a fan?" I asked, arching an eyebrow.
Lucy glanced down at the slippers, somewhat confused. "Uh, no. They're not mine." Her searching blue eyes scanned over us, dressed and showered. "Do you boys have any clue what time it is?" She wasn't angry. No, she was amused.
"Yes, it's seven in the-"
"Shut it, Wormtail." I yawned out of boredom and continued to look at her. "Are you up for a challenge?"
Lucy didn't seem to phase, though I knew she was curious. "Depends. What's the challenge? And what can I get out of it?"
Fiesty. Sirius like-y.
I really need to stop hanging around girls so much....
"Snowball fight. Courtyard. Half an hour after you... er, dress." Remus smirked at her.
Lucy rolled her eyes at him. I continued for Remus, "We're doing teams, if you decide to play. Winners get..." I thought for a moment on this. Usually we'd bet full access to the mirrors, the map, or the invisibility cloak. This time we can't because she doesn't exactly know about any of those. "...served by the losers at dinner. What'd'ya say?"
"I'm in." Her reply was fast.
"You don't have to if you- Wait, what did you say?" Remus was surprised.
"I'm in." Lucy smiled at us. Then a small pout went on her face. "But my throwing arm is sore. I don't know how well I'll be able to play..."
"That's alright." I grinned at her. "You can be on my team. I'm the strongest."
Lucy seemed satisfied. "Alright. I'll be out in ten."
Ha. Like a girl could get ready in ten minutes. But, true to her word, Lucy strolled into the common room in nine minutes and fifty seconds with five layers of sweaters and her hair curly and not at all looking as if she'd just waken up. I don't even think she put any make up on. There were still faint dark circles under her eyes. My respect for her definitely shot up the roof just now.
"You look smashing." I looked her up and down before I stood up to make our way outside. Remus rolled his eyes at me, but I ignored him.
Remus informed her on our way out of the rules. "No magic. Don't stray from your partner. And, most importantly, no skin to skin contact with members of an opposing team. Got it?"
Lucy saluted him. "Yes sir."
Peter included the last part. "Winning means you've gotten the opposing team to surrender or you have them on the ground, unable to make or throw ammo. Both of them. One is not good enough."
We split up into our teams once we got outside. Lucy and I sat under the Marauder legendary tree to discuss tactics. "So what do you suggest we do?" I asked her. I had something of my own in mind, but I wanted to see what she thought first.
Lucy smirked at me. "Let's attack them now."
"Now?" My eyebrows raised. "What about building a fort?" I glanced over at the two of them, quietly discussing tactics while they built a fort out of snow on all four sides.
"A fort can fall easily with the right amount of snow pelted against it. Besides, what are we sitting against?" She patted the tree. "We can hide from all directions with good ol' oakey."
I really liked the way she thought. "But what about strategy?"
"Throw snow at them. Very hard. A snowball fight doesn't need much thinking. Now come on."
"But don't we need to make a supply of snowballs?" I arched an eyebrow at her.
Lucy seemed annoyed, making a big one with her hand. "Just make big ones. Look, you make 'em. I throw 'em. I can throw pretty long and I have good aim."
"Don't you have a sore arm?" Lucy smiled innocently at me at this. "No! You lied?" My eyes widened ever-so-slightly. "I can't believe you Lucille Duff."
Lucy pushed me slightly. "Start making them. Once you have a good enough supply you can throw too. But I'm leaving it up to you to keep track." Bossy. I like it. She's a lot more like Lindsey than I think she realizes. "Go!"
"Right." I made a few rather large snowballs while trying to keep my eyes on her. She walked a little farther up, remaining completely hidden from Remus and Peter. Lucy was hiding behind a bush when she let the first snowball hit the fort Remus and Peter were working on. Their backs were turned and they didn't notice, but it wasn't a total waste. It would be much easier to hit them now. She took a couple steps back to me and I placed a snowball in her open hand. Then, with excellent aim and strength, she hit the back of Peter's head. He frowned, then turned around. After realizing what was happening, he yelled, "Ambush!"
I laughed. I knew after this there would either be a strict rule placed that throwing didn't start until both teams were ready or, more Marauder-like, no snow forts would be built and we'd just start throwing right away. I preferred the ladder.
Lucy ducked behind the tree just as a snowball whizzed by her ear. She sent me an amused grin and I handed her another snowball. She peaked around the tree and quickly threw the snowball but it hit its target. Remus would be cold in a certain place that never saw the light. He winced and ducked over. What a wimp! But I guess if that had happened to me it would hurt just as much. She was relentless.
And the snowball fight ended twenty minutes later when we creeped up on them with dozens of snowballs I'd put lots of effort into (after Lucy told me to use it or lose it.) I think this will be a legendary snowball fight. Forever to live on in the pages of Hogwarts: A History. I planned on adding my own couple of pages to the library's copy.
Lucy gave me a high five and I stuck my tongue out at Remus and Peter. This was exactly what I had in mind. Tonight I'd be having a romantic dinner with her in the Room of Requirements, being served by two of my best mates. Can you say perfect opportunity?
"You two played us! Sore arm my ass!" Remus slapped me on the back and sent Lucy a playful scowl. "Well, we should have known better. You're too smart." He winked at Lucy then turned to Peter. "We better go dig out our waiter costumes. See you guys in the Room of Requirements."
"Good luck!" I laughed at them and looked quickly at Lucy as they begun walking away. Finally we're alone. "So that's quite an arm you've got."
Lucy shrugged and modestly said, "My brother was a chaser. He showed me a few techniques."
I started walking back to the castle and glanced back at her. "You should be on the team. We've been trying to find a decent chaser since try-outs. The one we have now has asthma. He's good and all, but sometimes he has to take leave and it's been hurting us."
She kept up with me and seemed to be thinking about it for a moment. "I don't know."
"Don't you know how to fly a broom?"
"Why didn't you try out?"
She bit her lip and didn't look straight into my eyes. "I didn't think it would be necessary. Besides, I don't like being in the sport, it's funner to watch."
I laughed lightly at this comment. She was so strange. "Believe me, it's a lot more fun to be on the field. The adrenaline, the cheering, knowing you can make anything happen."
"But I don't do sports. I'm not that athletic." Lucy walked through the big oak doors when I held them open for her. I persisted.
"You seemed pretty athletic back there. I say just try out for an understudy. If one of our chasers isn't able to play, you fill in for them. We're allowed one for every position. We don't even use them save for the rare occurrence."
Lucy turned to look at me. She seemed to be in deep thought. Finally she said, "Fine. Once break is over." I grinned.
Today was magical. That's the only word to describe it. Not only was I on Sirius' team in snowball fighting but I'd won us a dinner tonight in the Room of Requirements. Was I dreaming? I have to be dreaming. I'd definitely played my cards right.
I met Sirius outside the staircase leading up to the girls' dormitory. He was absolutely gorgeous as always. When exactly did I start liking him again? Maybe I never stopped.
Sirius held out his arm politely and smirked at me. My heart literally melted. I took his arm and smiled. I'd managed to play it cool earlier, but I don't know how well I'll hold up now.
He walked me down to the Room of Requirements, paced three times in front of an empty space. I wondered what he was doing until a door appeared and he opened it for me. I smiled and walked in. It was a room, but it seemed as though it was meant to be a restaurant though with only one table. A table for two with a single rose in a vase in the middle. When did this turn into a date?
Sirius pulled out one of the chairs for me, pushed me in, then went to sit down in his own. I laughed and glanced around. "So when are Remus and Peter getting here?" I asked just as the door opened and in came the two.
Raising his glass to them he said, "Speak of the devils! Pour me some wine you little wankers."
But I wasn't focused on the wine. Their outfits caught my attention more. "Guess you guys weren't kidding about the waiter costumes huh?" And they seriously hadn't. Have you ever been served by one of those waiters in a fancy restaurant that looked like penguins? That's what Remus and Peter looked like. Exactly
Peter seemed displeased as he attempted to open a bottle of wine nearby. Remus shrugged his shoulders at me. "Why would we kid about that?" He tried to be serious. For the most part he was aside from a small little smile at the corner of his mouth. "Oh Pete." Remus sighed in exasperation as he flicked his wand at the wine bottle. The cork came out easily. Peter wrinkled his nose and poured Sirius a glass (filled to the brim, might I add.)
Peter glanced at me, though his beady little eyes held only distaste. Distaste for what? I'd always been nice to the little boy. I felt sorry for him surrounded by Remus, James, and Sirius. He needed a girlfriend. "Any wine for ma'lady?" Correction: He really
needed a girlfriend.
"Sure." I was pretty amused by their appearances and the act they needed to keep up. Remus bowed before him and Peter had to leave to fetch our appetizers (I starved myself all day so I could eat just a little bit more.) I'd ordered cheese fries and Sirius had ordered lobster.
I arched my eyebrow at him. "Lobster? Boy, I wonder what you're having for an entree." I laughed then sipped a little bit of the wine. It tasted gross, but I took a couple more sips, then I glanced back as Peter shut the door behind him. I turned to Sirius and smiled casually. Stay calm. That's all you can really do. Stay calm. "I have a question for you." I stated, thinking about what I had rehearsed earlier in front of the mirror. I'm not a dork! I'm just a perfectionist.
Sirius looked up with his mysterious gray eyes and smiled that charming smile. "Shoot."
I bit my lip and we sat in silence a couple more moments before I turned my blue eyes up to him. "What's in that walnut you gave Lindsey?" I needed to know. Do you know how bad I needed to know? A lot.
Groaning, Sirius put a hand over his eyes. "You can't ask me that!"
"Why not?" I pouted a little bit at this. I'd so hoped he'd dish... like spill the beans... um I mean... Is there any way to say this without mentioning anything related to food?
"Because you'll tell Lindsey." It was a statement. And a true statement at that. He knows us too well.
"No I won't!" But I protested nonetheless.
"Liar!" Sirius waggled his finger in my face.
I attempted to shoo his finger from my face and when I succeeded I attempted to gain his trust. I needed to know. "Seriously, what is it?"
Sirius smirked slightly and leaned forward. He gestured for me to do the same. Now we were so close. I could feel his hot breath on my ear as he whispered, "My heart."
Let's just say he was shoved. "You're the liar, and now your pants are on fire! Look." I flicked my wand under the table.
Sirius wrinkled his nose at me. "You're such a muggle."
"Look! Your pants really are on fire!" I smirked at him as he glanced down at his paints and jumped. He poured his wine over the fire, but it didn't go out. I giggled.
"Put it out Duff! I'll chop off your head!"
"No!" I moved my wand from his grasp. "Not until you tell me what's in that walnut!"
"Why do you care so much?" Sirius' face was one of amusement mixed with confusion.
Shoot. I'm figured out. Almost. I still have a chance to redeem myself...
"I don't." My voice faltered ever-so-slightly. Do you think he noticed? By the confident smirk on his face, I'm pretty sure he did.
Remus and Peter walked in and I chose that moment to extinguish his pants.
Remus arched an eyebrow at me. "Is this some sort of new game I didn't know about..." A long, thin column of smoke rose from his pants.
Sirius kept his eyes trailed on me like he knew something. Knew what? I avoided looking at him and ate my cheese fries. This was awkward...
A/N: Alright guys, I finished this just for you! I had two books to read this weekend (thank goodness I'm a fast reader!) but I was nearly done so I decided to finish and edit. I know this chapter was uberly long! Just for you guys! Thanks for those who have been reviewing and to those who haven't SHAME! Just kidding, but it's a nice thought to leave me your opinion :D And also I would love to give honorable mention to trademark.operation@TDA for the wonderful chapter image :D