James lay back on the grass, smiling both inwardly and externally. Beside him, Laura was sprawled out lazily. They had finished their drinks and were now relaxing outside, near the Shrieking Shack. The whole building was boarded over and there was barbed wire preventing them getting near, so they were happy just to relax nearby and watch enthralled students get as close as they could before getting scared and running the other way. James scoffed at them as a group of third years got close and then legged it. Laura peeked up from where her head was embedded in the earth and snorted at them.
“Babies,” she joked before returning to her meditative state. James poked her and she sat up. “What’s up James?”
“Ten sickles says I can jump the fence,” James said, a broad grin appearing on his face.
“You’re an idiot.”
“Yeah, but I’m on such a high right now even if I fall and break every bone in my body then I’ll still laugh because of all the fun we’ve had.”
“Break your bone and that’s the end of fun forever,” Laura replied teasingly.
“Oh yeah, well I’m still making that bet. Care to challenge me?”
“No, because when I’m right and you fail to clear that fence, I’m the one who will have to carry you to the hospital wing and I’m tired.”
“I’ll drag myself to the wing if I fail, I promise,” James replied, pulling her to her feet raggedly.
“Fine, but on no account are you to blame me when this goes wrong and you’d better not skip payment,” Laura gave in.
James took a run up and leapt.
“I want my ten sickles by the end of the week. I’ll let Madam Pomfrey know you’ll be in when you’ve untangled yourself. Oh and before I forget, I told you so.”
Macey pushed Ali ahead of her as they slipped out of Zonko’s. They headed down a narrow path away from Hogsmeade village and towards the Shrieking Shack. Ali grabbed her arm and pulled her suddenly off the path and through a wall of bushes, protecting them with magic. On the other side he grinned as she shrugged him off. He pulled her tightly in towards him and kissed her gently.
“Why are we keeping this a secret Ali?” she whispered. “We should tell James and Amy.”
“They’ve got enough on their plate already,” Ali reasoned. “The last thing they need is to worry about us. Besides, once they find out, more and more people will know and I don’t want us to be the topic of school gossip.”
“Oh please,” Macey snorted. “You just don’t want James to say ‘I told you so’.”
Macey chuckled and pushed him over, clambering on top of him and pressing her lips against his.
“We should tell them, it’ll be so much easier not to have to keep this a secret,” Macey told him. “All this sneaking around is so underhanded.”
“We’ve managed alright so far,” Ali retorted. “Besides, this is so much more fun than your regular date. It gives us that mysterious edge that you love so much…”
“I love not lying to my best friend,” Macey smiled, kissing him lightly again.
“We’ll tell them soon, I promise…”
Amy was torn between going up and saying something or just moving along and ignoring the scene in front of her. If Macey and Ali hadn’t told her about this, then there must be a reason for it. Besides, maybe this was their first time and they would tell her about it. She should probably wait for them to tell her in their own time but on the other hand, she was angry. Angry that two of her best friends wouldn’t tell her they were getting together, that she had spent so much of her life telling them everything only for them to lie behind their back.
It’s none of your business. They have every right to privacy if they want it.
Oh great, that voice was back again. Once again telling her exactly the right thing. Why did it have to be so damned knowledgeable? Amy paused for a second and made up her mind. By now she’d gone to have a closer look, so she stepped back, away from the snogging couple. However, as she took a step back, her foot hit a branch and snapped loudly. Amy swore under her breath and Ali and Macey looked up, staring her right in the face. She tried to pull an apologetic face as Macey’s horror-struck face turned into a similar expression. For a few seconds, they stood there, both staring across the forest at each other awkwardly. Amy knew this wasn’t going to go away so she walked towards Macey and Ali who was blushing fiercely.
“Hey there guys…” Amy started. The tension was almost unbearable. “So…having a good time?”
“Is that all you can say?” Macey chuckled, equally uneasily.
“Well I was going to lead with: ‘So either someone’s been tinkering with love potion or Ali developed some balls’ but then I realised that that might be a little harsh,” Amy replied.
“Yeah well you were right, okay. We do make a good couple and we do like each other? Happy?” Macey growled.
“Uh yeah, kinda,” Amy replied giggling slightly. “Why didn’t you just tell us though?”
“To avoid this highly embarrassing and awkward scenario,” Ali retorted, still as red as the blood rushing through his veins.
“Ok guys well I know now so let’s go to the Three Broomsticks, have a drink and you guys can tell me the whole story,” Amy suggested. Ali and Macey could only nod meekly.
James smiled as he limped. Despite her promise to leave him behind, Laura had helped him untangle himself from the barbed wire and then supported him as he walked towards the hospital wing. It was still a beautiful day and the sun bathed them in light and warmth. On the flip side, blood was pouring out of a huge gash on James’ left leg and his right knee was badly twisted. It was nothing that Madam Pomfrey wouldn’t be able to fix in a heartbeat, but it stung like a bitch and every time James slipped and put weight on his right leg, he howled in pain. Laura was struggling under the strain of his body weight and kept moaning at him.
“I told you not to do it idiot!”
“You didn’t stop me!”
“Like I had much chance of doing that anyway!”
They bickered like an old married couple all the way back to the castle and when they got there, they realised their next problem was the stairs. James growled in pain as Laura practically dragged him up a few steps, gave up to take a break then tried again. By the time they’d made it to the fourth floor, neither of them had the energy to move so, using the walls as support, dragged themselves all the way to the wing, using what little energy they had left to bicker. They eventually made it inside and Madam Pomfrey fixed his legs in a matter of seconds.
“Just be more careful next time,” she instructed as she left James with his legs in a bowel of magically soothing water and Laura resting beside him.
“Well this first date ended awfully,” Laura said, as they calmed down and ceased bickering.
“Yeah well, at least we had fun. Today was really great Laura, thank you,” James replied. He leaned in and kissed her, attempting to replicate the magic of their kiss earlier that day. Despite his best efforts, they were both tired and couldn’t manage to reinvigorate their passion of in the pub. So they just lay back and cuddled up to each other, enjoying the others company and knowing that this was going to be one of the best days of their lives.
“So how the hell did this start?” Amy asked, sitting opposite Macey and Ali, who were cuddled up to each other. On the one hand it was adorable on the other it was slightly sickening.
“Well,” Macey began. “You’ve been telling me to tell Ali how I felt and obviously James’ been doing the same to him, so about two weeks ago when you two were in Ancient Runes we were alone in here and well I had just kicked two little kids out the common room for giggling like three year olds and Ali told me he loved it when I got all rough and tumble and one thing led to another.”
“One thing led to another? That’s not a proper explanation,” Amy laughed.
“Ok, well I kissed him and then he started running his hands through my hair and then I took off his shirt and his abs were…”
“Okay, I get the point,” Amy interrupted, as Macey smiled wickedly at her.
“Good, well at first we told each other it was a mistake, a one-off but then about two days it happened again and that time we both told each other how we really felt,” Ali took over. “So we kind of decided to take a shot at being a couple, like a proper couple. But the idea kind of repulsed her, so…”
“Macey!” Amy scolded.
“What? I don’t want to be one of those lovey dovey ‘oh he’s my whole world’ girls. You know how much they piss me off,” Macey replied sheepishly.
“So you decided to do what exactly?” Amy asked, bemused.
“We decided to be one of those couples that are friends in public and when no one else is around we screw like there’s no tomorrow,” Macey replied. Ali went red and Amy raised her eyebrow. She was used to Macey’s lack of sensitivity but this was something else.
“So basically friends with benefits?” she clarified.
“Yep, it’s the best thing ever,” Macey replied. Ali just looked incredibly awkward.
Darkness was settling around Hogwarts. The evening feast was quite a fun affair and James and Laura were back in time, James’ legs neatly patched up. Ali and Macey were yet ready to tell James about their newfound relationship despite the fact Amy shot them ugly looks throughout the meal. As they headed back up to the common room, they found there was a cue to get back into the common room. As they tried to get closer, they realised why. There was a massive slash across the portrait entrance. There were gasps from students around them.
“What’s happening?” Macey asked who was standing behind James.
“Someone tried to break into the common room,” Amy replied, standing on tip toes to get a better look.
“Oh my god!” Ali murmured. “I bet it was that Sirius Black, trying to get his hands on Potter.”
Both Amy and James winced at this and caught each other’s eye. Even as they recollected themselves, they were swept aside by the tall, powerful stride of Professor Dumbledore, who reached the portrait and after a brief conversation with Peeves, ordered the students to head down to the Great Hall. There was much chatter between the students as to what had actually happened but throughout, James and Amy stayed silent. Dumbledore transformed the tables into purple sleeping bags for everyone in the hall and they all peeled off to find their own areas. Amy grabbed James and dragged him away from everyone else. Macey and Ali didn’t follow and plonked themselves down next to each other, whilst Laura went off with her friends.
“Are you okay?” Amy asked quietly. The pair were lying down near the middle of the almost silent hall. Almost everyone else was asleep but the pair were wide awake.
“What do you think?” James hissed. “Every day that goes by it looks more and more likely that my dad is who everyone says he is. How am I supposed to keep faith in him?”
“Maybe he didn’t do this, maybe they’re mistaken,” Amy whispered.
“You are kidding right. Right now, the only thing my father wants is to kill Harry Potter.”
Amy paled at the name and James smiled apologetically.
“Don’t worry. I don’t know him and I don’t want to know him. My parents are right, it’s best for everyone is he doesn’t know about me.”
“Hey you two!” Percy Weasley’s obnoxious voice floated over. “Shut up and go to sleep or I’ll take points off Gryffindor.”
“What an absolute prick!” James growled, quieter than before so Percy didn’t hear him.
“Yeah well we should probably get some sleep,” Amy suggested, snuggling down.
Seconds later she heard a quite loud yelping and opened her eyes. James was looking at her a huge grin plastered on his face and his wand hidden behind his back, under the covers. Amy peered into the gloom and saw Percy being suspended in the air, upside down by his ankles. Amy grinned as she realised James was using the non-verbal spell Levicorpus. It looked as though Lupin had been useful for something after all. Percy struggled and shouted about how he was head-boy until eventually he fell to the floor, exhausted, as James released the spell, as he couldn‘t hold on anymore without laughing. A chuckle escaped him and Percy was onto it like a flash, charging towards the sound. James’ eyes snapped shut and Amy followed suit. She could barely breathe as Percy’s heavy footsteps stopped right next to her. She turned in her sleeping bag, sighing heavily to give the appearance of sleep. James’ breathing was heavy and Percy stopped for a few seconds before moving on, starting on a couple of sixth years who had been giggling. Amy breathed a sigh of relief and James winked at her. It was good to see that he was still her James…
A/N: Well I thought it was important for Amy to share a moment and know that they were still very best friends. Meanwhile, Sirius Black eh? Presumably you've all read PoA so know what he gets up to and this story fits around that, so expect more mayhem as the year pans out. Thanks for reading and please leave a review :) HP