Chapter 5 : Welcome Back... To Your Old Tricks
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The platform of 9 ¾ was exactly the same. The same smell inhabited each nose and the same sounds played about each ear. Marion took it all it, savouring every image that passed her beautiful, green-blue eyes. She stood with Lily alone on the platform for a while, before spotting James and Sirius approaching from the distance with two familiar figures. As they came clearer into sight with Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, Marion’s face broke into a broad grin and she threw her arms around Remus’s neck.
“It’s great to see you too.” He chuckled into her sweet smelling hair. Marion pulled back and grinned at him. She definitely missed him the most. She always referred to him as ‘the brother she doesn’t regret having, even when he ticks her off.’ She hugged Peter, a little tentatively, and Lily nudged her side because she wanted to get away from the Marauders at all costs. Marion reluctantly complied and she bid farewell to them and hopped into a compartment with Lily, Mary and Alice. Alice seemed incredibly happy to see Marion again but in all honesty, Mary never really had liked her. She didn’t understand that Marion was beautiful by nature because she hadn’t told anyone that she was a nymph. She had got jealous of her so many times but not just because she had all the guys Mary fancied following her around, but because she dismissed them and didn’t even give Mary a chance to get to know them. Marion had noticed it, but never mentioned it. She stuck it out for Lily and Alice’s sake. As they sat in the carriage, out of spite, Mary brought up the topic of boys.
“So, does anyone here know the Ravenclaw quidditch captain?” she asked excitedly.
“The one with the wonky eye?” Marion said, “David-something… yeah, why?”
“Well, he’s had his eyes fixed and now he’s really fit!” Mary continued, ignoring Marion’s negativity.
“Really?” Lily contributed half- heartedly from behind her book. Alice seemed just as intrigued.
“Anyway,” Mary continued, regardless of her friends’ apparent uninterest, “we can’t all be going out with gorgeous Californians.” She had meant it as a joke but both Lily and Marion’s heads snapped up. Lily’s eyes widened at her friend, but Marion shook hers, showing she appreciated her help, but she could handle it herself.
“Actually, none of us are going out with a gorgeous Californian.” Her voice was like a million knives in Mary’s throat. The other two were going to side with Marion now and she knew it.
“What happened, hun?” Alice asked, switching to Marion and Lily’s side of the compartment and wrapping an arm over her friend’s shoulders.
“I’m fine.” Marion assured, wriggling out of Alice’s grip.
“Come on.” Alice pressed. She was always a little too nosy. Marion sighed and obliged her need for knowledge.
“If you just want the basics, he cheated and I dumped him.” Already Alice’s mouth was hanging open.
“What about after-math?” she asked.
“Well, I beat him up, then Val did, then Black did.” She said calmly. Alice and Mary looked at each other in disbelief at the last thing she had said and continued to press the matter.
“Black. As in Sirius Black?” Mary questioned, finally finding something worth talking about in something Marion had said. The beautiful brunette nodded, not seeing the significance of that fact.
“Yeah, he’s living with the Potters’ now so he came on holiday with us and he got really pissed at Kyle when he came back to the house shouting all kinds of shit.” She told them, again quite casually. Alice and Mary giggled excitedly. They moved in a tight knit circle around her, causing Lily to drop her book and lose her place. She sighed in annoyance, now having no choice but to join the other two who were huddled around Marion, who, herself looked quite confused.
“So do you like Sirius now?” quizzed Alice, who was too much of a hopeless romantic. Lily stifled a giggle and Marion looked truly horrified.
“No! I’d never, never, NEVER go out with Black! Never.” She assured them. She then heard Lily’s giggles escape as her other two friends bombarded her with more questions.
When they got off of the train, Marion and Lily found themselves once again wandering into the presence of the marauders, now with Alice and Mary tagging along.
“Preston, I was wondering where you’d got to. I almost missed you.” Sirius joked, causing the other marauders to burst into laughter, except Remus who just smiled and rolled his eyes.
“Yeah, that’s hilarious, Black. No really, my sides are splitting.” Marion threw back, her words dripping with sarcasm. Sirius abruptly stopped laughing and scowled into Marion’s remarkable eyes. Alice looked between them and smirked as if she were seeing some sort of suppressed attraction.
"Good to know, Preston. You know, we’d make a good couple, you and me.” Sirius said, returning the sarcasm and indicating that it was game on!
“Oh yeah, I think so too. A good couple of enemies. God, sometimes it even surprised me how much of a dick you can be.” Marion replied. Lily seemed to find it funny, but Sirius looked less than impressed.
“Oh, come on, Preston.” Was all he got out before Marion interrupted.
“Please, tell me this isn’t the part where you tell me you like me because you’ve been reading my hatred and general distain for you as some sort of creepy show of affection.” She said.
“No, this is where I continue to insult you because I genuinely hate you also.” Sirius quipped, expelling a smirk onto his thin lips.
“Well it doesn’t seem that way after what Marion told us you did to her ex-boyfriend.” Mary said suddenly, causing the girls and the other three marauders to burst into fits of laughter, leaving Sirius standing there silently without a comeback or any words at all. Marion was close to tears of laughter when someone knocked her bag over. When she went to pick it up, however, the culprit had turned around and done it himself. When he saw who he was dealing with, he grinned. He knew who Marion Preston was. She was the prettiest girl in the school and the best quidditch player Hogwarts had seen in a long time. He had asked her out once when he had had his wonky eye, only to face rejection. It wasn’t as humiliating as he thought, as she was gentle with him, but now, he looked a lot better. Marion and Mary both recognised the boy as David Berkeley, the Ravenclaw quidditch captain. Marion nearly gawped at him. Mary had, for once, been right. He was a lot better looking with his eye fixed. Mary watched open mouthed at the transaction as what had happened so many times before was happening again; someone she had fancied was paying more attention to Marion than they were to her. The marauders swiftly left on Sirius’s command as David spoke.
“I’m sorry.” David said, handing Marion back the handle of her bag. She shook her head as she took it.
“No, it was my fault. I shouldn’t have left it lying around.” She said. Then they exchanged smiled before David left with his friends. Marion then turned around to face her friends.
“Mary, you were right. He is fit now.”
“Really? I hadn’t noticed.” Mary replied with dismissive sarcasm, but Marion was too busy nattering away to Lily now to pay attention. Mary had only chosen to hang around with Marion and Lily because they were popular (well more Marion than Lily but she had the affection of James Potter which couldn’t be dismissed). She was the one who had talked Alice into it and now it was like she was the tag along. As she followed the others she remembered how she had chosen her friends. She had been careful. She had chosen Alice originally at the train station before their first year began because she thought, due to Alice’s rather out of place teeth, she would make her look good by comparison, but also because she was friendly. After a few minutes on the train, Marion had walked into the compartment they were in with Lily and another boy called Severus Snape, after leaving the compartment across the aisle containing the marauders. She then realised an opportunity. Marion was pretty and all the boys in the compartment were giving her attention, so she picked them to help her little group. It was just bad luck that Alice’s teeth got sorted and now she was prettier then Mary, but it didn’t help how Mary felt. It was as if she had created this group and was now being kicked out of it. But she had only herself to blame for being so silly and selfish in the first place.
At the feast, Dumbledore warned them all as usual the importance of cautioning yourself before letting anyone eat anything. Marion sat next to Lily and Alice and it was just fate that the marauders happened to find seats opposite her. She scowled and Sirius over her pudding and he saw a new opportunity to start a fight.
“Got a fascination with me, Preston?” he asked in as loud of a voice he could.
“Not in the slightest.” Marion smirked, Sirius was about to reply when Dumbledore stood again.
“Attention students.” He called and the hall hushed immediately at the sound of his voice.
“Welcome back to Hogwarts and I hope you all have a brilliant year. For those of you that are knew here, I must stress the importance of trying your hardest. Our teachers here are amazing but they need your help for you to reach your full potential. We have never failed to offer help to any student who asked for it, so feel free to step up or come and see me at any time. Extra curricula’s are available for all subjects so find something you like, and stick to it. And my this year be a blessing to all. Now, I must announce before you all go, that the quidditch teams have been posted in your common rooms, and that practice starts next Tuesday, beginning with the Gryffindor team. Thank you.” He called, waving his hands as a cue of dismissal. Everyone practically shot out of their seats and darted towards their common rooms.
“Flobberworm.” Marion said to the Fat Lady as she and her three friends entered the common room. Marion made her way to the crowded post board where the quidditch team names were hanging. With Lily behind her, she pushed past James with a little more force than she had originally intended and sent him flying into Sirius. She looked at the board and read down slowly.
Gryffindor Quidditch team:
Seeker/ Captain: James Potter
Beaters: Felicia Hardy & Dominic Klaus
Keeper: Michael Paulson
Chasers: First- Marion Preston
Second- Sirius Black
Third- Daniel Craig
“YES!!!” Marion cried as she hugged Lily. Then she turned to Sirius with a gloating grin on her smug and rather content face.
“Aww second to me 3 years running, Black.” She giggled, James, Remus and Peter openly laughing along. Sirius looked back at her, with a reply ready and waiting.
“You don’t mean that.” He smirked.
“Oh, don’t I?” Marion asked.
“No, because if you did, you wouldn’t have put your lips anywhere near my face back in California.” He said. At this, every head that had heard turned. The marauders all laughed and Lily gave Marion an ‘I told you so’ look. Marion wasn’t finished yet, though.
“It was a kiss on the cheek, Black so you needn’t get so excited. Anyone would think you got a boner every time I look at you.” She grinned and then left as everyone laughed harder, now at Sirius. He scowled, but knew that he had lost fair and square.
'Seems like we’re all back to our old tricks' he thought.
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