Chapter 8 : Under Lock And Key
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The next morning, the Gryffindor table was exceedingly awkward. The marauders were sitting opposite Lily, Alice and Mary and none of them would dare talk to the other. Lily scowled at the four boys over her food, not taking one bite for minutes at a time. Sirius repeatedly rolled his eyes, not seeing how she could blame him for everything. Marion started it, she always did. It wasn’t his fault that she just so happened to smell nice on that day. How was he supposed to know she wouldn’t tell anyone? She would have, at least that’s what her reputation told him to expect of her. And that was her fault, not his. It was all her fault.
“Evans, will you stop staring at me, I’m trying to eat.” He muttered as he shovelled more cereal into his mouth. Lily sighed in annoyance as her attention was called by a familiar and beautiful figure that was walking down the aisle between the tables towards them. Marion sat silently between Lily and Alice. She scowled at James and Sirius before grabbing a single slice of toast and buttering it. She then cut off the crusts, and folded it in half before putting it anywhere near her lips. This agitated Sirius.
“Lillian, will you please tell your friend that she is probably the fussiest eater ever to grace the face of the Earth?” he asked, looking at Marion the whole time. She scowled again, and then smirked as she directed her attention to Lily.
“Lily, please tell Black that if he calls you another goofy name I will have to punch his teeth out?” she cooed. Lily smiled at Sirius.
“You heard her, Black.” She chuckled.
“Well you tell her that I’m not scared of her.” He replied.
“Well you tell him he should be!” Marion shot back.
“Well you tell her that she’s nothing more than a selfish little bitch.”
“Well you ask him that if he thought that was true why did he defend me from Kyle?”
“Well you tell her that it was because he was a dick and I needed to hit something.”
By this point, they were both on their feet and in each other’s faces over the table, drawing the attention of the teachers and other students. Neither one of them was really paying any attention to Lily anymore. Professor McGonagall was now on her way over to them from the teachers head table.
“Well you tell him if that’s how he talks about women, it’s no wonder he hasn’t got a girlfriend!”
“Well you tell her that the way that she acts, its amazing guys are still interested-“
“Stop!” came a stern voice, causing both of the angry teen’s heads to turn towards the professor, who was now standing only a few feet away from Sirius. They both sighed and exhaled fiercely as they sat down.
“What is the meaning of this?” McGonagall asked with her usual harsh tone. “You both should know by now that this sort of language and volume is not tolerated here, now or anytime at this institution. If I see you causing any sort of trouble again, you shall both receive detention.”
“That’s ok, Professor, I was just leaving anyway.” Snapped Marion. And with that she left with Lily, Alice and Mary trailing along behind her.
After DADA, James, Remus and Peter waited for Lily outside. When she saw them, she was less than pleased.
“Evans!” James called. She turned and walked over to him, to initially tell him to piss off but the solemn look he was wearing told her not to.
“What’s wrong, Remus?” she asked to the only person there she actually liked. He stifled a chuckle at the fact that she had ignored James before explaining.
“We want to stop this Sirius/ Marion war before one of them ends up in the hospital wing.” He explained, Lily nodded and raised her eyebrows in agreement.
“In order to do that we need your help.” James put in, hoping she wouldn’t blank him this time. She gave him a thoughtful look.
“Why do you need me to help you?” she quizzed.
“Because Marion won’t talk to us and we need her and Sirius to be in the same place. So will you do it?” James explained. Lily nodded, causing all of them to break into smiles.
When class was over, Marion had been owled by Lily to meet her outside the broom cupboard to plan a revenge prank on Sirius. She had thought it was a bit of an odd place to meet but she was all for getting back at him. When she turned the corner to the broom cupboard, she ran into something. No, someone. She looked at it and saw it was none other than Sirius Black.
“You!” she cried.
“You?” he exclaimed, making it obvious to her that he wasn’t expecting to see her.
“Wha- you mean this isn’t a trap.” She question, just as confused as he was.
“No er- I think we’ve been had.” He said as a wave of realisation hit him. As they scowled at each other and prepared to walk away, the broom cupboard door was swung open and they were pushed in. the three remaining marauders pinned the door shut while Lily charmed it so it would only open when they were friends again. She was also careful to leave a spell lock so neither one of them could counter-charm it. Seemingly proud of her work, she and the others left them as they heard the sounds of their protests fading further and further into the distance.
Sirius was still banging on the door furiously 15 minutes later meanwhile Marion sat on a shelf with her hands over her ears.
“Oh, Black will you SHUT IT ALREADY!” she bellowed over him, “You don’t honestly think that they’re still there, do you? They know they don’t have to bother with waiting. We’re stuck in here until we make up which they know won’t be happening anytime soon.” She explained coldly.
“And they’re right.” Sirius growled as he went to sit on the other side of the closet. A few moments of silence consumed them as they sat, not knowing what to say. Suddenly, Marion’s head lifted.
“Why did you do it?” she asked simply.
“Do what?” Sirius replied, leaning his head back and resting it on the wall behind him. Marion huffed.
“Why did you try to dye my hair my least favourite colour?” she clarified. Sirius considered his answer choices. He could tell her the truth and risk embarrassment, or he could think up a new lie and be stuck in here forever. He decided he had nothing to lose by telling her the truth.
“The guys saw my little sniffing stunt and I had to pull a prank on you to prove I didn’t fancy you.” He said quietly. That wasn’t what Marion had expected to hear. She ran over his answer a few times in her head before retaliating.
“Seems we’re both still as stubborn as ever. I mean you went through all that just to prove a point?” she sneered.
“So what if I did, Preston? You didn’t have to cut me out of that game to prove yours.” Sirius snarled. The silence fell upon them again. Marion looked at the floor, which was barely visible in the darkness of the small room. The window didn’t give a lot of light as the nights were drawing in and it was already dark. About half an hour had gone by before either one of them bothered to speak again.
“Do you really think I smell nice?” Marion spoke into the silence. Sirius opened his eyes and removed his head from the wall, looking a Marion’s dark silhouette on the other side of the room.
“Why?” was all he could say.
“Just wondered.” Marion shrugged. Sirius sighed in annoyance.
“Yes, is that what you wanted to hear?” he murmured nastily.
“There’s no need to say it like that, Black it was just a question. And for the record, I didn’t ‘want to hear’ anything.” She spat at him angrily.
“Well there you go, you smell nice. About the only thing nice about you.” Sirius replied hotly. Marion’s breath caught in her throat. She hadn’t expected that. It was quite hurtful. As Sirius ran over the sentence, he realised this also and sighed.
“Look, Preston, I’m sorry.” He whispered.
“You are?” she asked just to be sure she hadn’t misheard him.
“Yes, I’m sorry for sniffing you, for trying to dye your hair pink, for being mean to you at quidditch and for getting us stuck in here.” He repeated. She looked at his dark frame; she smiled and nodded her approval.
“And I’m sorry for being such a sap back in California, for slapping you, for being a hogger at practice and for getting us stuck in here.” She reached out her hand for him to shake, he took it, and then used it to pull himself up. After helping her up, they yanked at the door handle, which opened at will. He turned back to Marion and smiled. But before opening the door, he said one more thing.
“By the way, if there’s any part of you that still thinks you deserved what Kyle did to you, don’t, because you didn’t.”
Marion smiled a little, and nodded as they both exited the tiny, dark room. They squinted a little as the light hit their eyes, but were both glad to be out of there. Together, they walked to the common room again in that reliable silence. As they reached the portrait of the Fat Lady, Marion turned to Sirius.
“Black, this is the last bit of time alone we get before we see the others, so if there is anything else you need to say…” she trailed off. There was a silence as Sirius thought, but he couldn’t think of anything to say, so he shook his head.
“Friends?” he asked. Marion nodded and the two hugged, rather tentatively, but still friendly. They entered the common room and were lucky enough not to catch any of the marauders or Lily or they may have been horded with questions. The two of them simply said goodnight, and left for their common rooms without a word, knowing that although their friends’ idea was annoying, it had worked.
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