Chapter 2 : Case 2
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Location: Sirius Black’s Flat
Current Status: Pissed Beyond Belief
“And she’s absolutely convinced that she’s going to get him back! She wants to go over there and ruin his wedding, Sirius!” I exclaimed, slamming my hands down on the table to prove just how serious this situation was.
Sirius made a noncommittal grunting sound through the cake he was currently stuffing his face with.
“Are you even listening to me?” I snapped out at him.
He looked up at me, his grey eyes wide. Cake was bulging out of his mouth, and I couldn’t help but think that if his fangirls were to see him right now, they’d completely retract the part about how ‘hot’ he is.
I continued to glare at him, and his eyes darted around in obvious fear for a second, before he brightened with an idea and nodded vigorously to indicate that, yes, he was listening to me.
You know, for someone who’s in a group that calls themselves ‘The Marauders’, he’s quite awful at this. Shouldn’t good lying be part of the job description?
“No, you weren’t,” I said angrily.
He shook his head frantically.
“Sirius! This is serious!” I exclaimed, ignoring his cake-filled smirk. That joke was never funny, damn it. “Lily wants to barge into James’ wedding and ruin it, for Merlin’s sake!”
With some difficulty, Sirius swallowed. “I don’t see what the big deal is, personally,” he said mildly.
My mouth formed silent words as I gaped at him, unable to speak due to my severe irritation. “Are you bloody kidding me?!” I finally sputtered out, “James is getting married, Sirius! And Lily’s decided that she wants to go and get him back during the wedding!”
He nodded slowly. “And…?”
“Wh – bu – guh – wh – he’s your best friend, you turd!”
A weird look from one Sirius Black. “And…?”
“She’s trying to ruin his wedding! Aren’t you going to do anything about it?”
I stared at him expectantly, but after a moment of pondering, he shrugged and shook his head. “Frankly, I couldn’t give a damn.”
Why did I even come here?
I started banging my head against his table. Maybe if I hit it hard enough, I’ll knock myself out until after the wedding and won’t have to deal with any of this.
You know, only my friends can drive me to this point of insanity.
I need to get new friends.
“I think we should try to help her,” Sirius added, not even flinching as I continued to slam my face into the wood. My head snapped up at that one, and I ignored the dazed feeling. Damn, I think I just lost my much-needed supply of brain cells.
Note to self: never bang head on hard surfaces again.
“What?” I asked in shock.
Am I the only sane human being left on this planet?!
Sirius shrugged and pushed another huge chunk of cake in his mouth. “Well,” he said, spraying me with crumbs, “I mean, I honestly think James is rushing into things with Lucy…he doesn’t actually love her.”
“He’s marrying her,” I pointed out, not even bothering to do anything about the crumbs that were encrusted in my hair and eyebrows. I look like I have pink dandruff. Just bloody fantastic.
“Unfortunately.” Sirius rolled his eyes.
I stared at him, my mouth agape. “I thought you liked her!”
Sirius looked at me, then burst out into laughter so raucous he literally fell of his chair. I stared at the wall in stony resignation as he continued to howl like an inebriated hyena who had just heard the funniest thing in his entire life.
And people tell me that I’m dramatic.
Why does my life suck so much?! Why is everyone I know a psychotic loon? WHY DOES MERLIN HATE ME?! WHY MERLIN? WHY?!
That doesn’t count. It was fully justified.
“Oh McKinnon, remind me to keep you around for a long time,” Sirius said jovially, pulling himself back up onto his chair and wiping away his tears of laughter. I glared at him.
“Glad I could be of service as the court jester,” I told him icily.
“Well, now that you mention it…” his smile suddenly turned lewd, “I’m sure I could use your…services for many other activities as well.” He waggled his eyebrows at me.
I took a deep breath and counted slowly to ten. I will not murder my best mate. I will not murder my best mate. I will not murder my best mate. I will not murder my best mate.
“Stop being such a bloody manwhore, Sirius,” I finally retorted calmly.
“Come on, Marly. It’s just a kiss. Nothing serious,” he said, winking.
I stood up. This is absolutely pointless. “Honestly Sirius, sometimes I truly wonder if you value our best friendship at all.”
His brow furrowed. “What does our best friendship have to do with a highly enjoyable snog?”
“I’m leaving,” I informed him, getting up and pushing my chair back in.
His face morphed into an apologetic pout and he scrambled off his chair as well. “I was just joking, Mar!”
“It was not particularly funny.”
“Aw, come on, you know I don’t mean it. Stay? Please.”
I looked at him and he widened his big silver eyes.
“I’m sorry,” he said sincerely.
I sighed, rolled my eyes, and sat down in a very resigned fashion. I guess this is what I deserve for befriending a player. I have really bad judgment when it comes to this whole ‘friends’ business. Merlin, I should have let my mother pick after all.
“Will you please, for once, take this seriously?” I asked him as he sat down as well, looking pleased with himself.
“I am, Mar. I really do think Lily should go through with it,” Sirius said right away, his tone perfectly somber.
“But Sirius – !”
“I’m being perfectly serious – and this time, no pun intended – Marlene. Look, James still loves Lily. A lot, in fact. And he’s probably making the biggest mistake of his life right now, and Lily’s got to stop it,” he said.
My mouth was hanging open as I stared at him in disbelief. That was probably the most intelligent, sensitive sentence this bloke has ever said.
Oh, but the surprises never cease!
“James just isn’t compatible with Lucy,” Sirius continued, his gray eyes thoughtful, “he’s brave and clever and sharp-witted, and well…Lucy’s nice, and she’s pretty, but she’s not…well…”
“Able to string two vaguely intelligent sentences together?” I ventured.
He grinned. “You’re brilliant, Mar.”
I shrugged, “I know.”
He shook his head and chuckled. “But you know what I’m trying to get at here, don’t you?”
I sighed and bit my lip. “I mean, I get it, but…hold on, how do you know James still loves Lily?” I asked suspiciously.
“He talks in his sleep,” Sirius said.
“And you know what he says in his sleep…how…?”
“I watch him, of course,” Sirius told me matter-of-factly, as though something like this was perfectly normal.
My mouth hung open again. “You watch your best mate sleep?” My voice was definitely an octave higher than normal.
“Of course I do. He’s rather interesting when he’s sleeping, you know.”
I continued to stare at him. “You’re kidding,” I said faintly. “Holy god, Sirius; that is so unbelievably creepy, I don’t even know where to begin!”
He let out a bark of laughter, throwing his head back in pure amusement. “Are you always this gullible?”
I stared blankly at him. “You…you were joking…” I said faintly.
“Of course I was bloody joking! Honestly, I’m not that creepy.” He rolled his eyes at me.
I don’t know whether to be relieved or irritated.
“Sirius, please stop kidding with me right now. How do you know he still loves her?” I finally said flatly.
Sirius stuck his tongue out at me, then stared at the wall behind my head in order to think. I vaguely wondered how many times he had done something like this, then hoped that the world wouldn’t implode or something.
I don’t think Sirius Black has ever thought before.
“I think it’s because he doesn’t love Lucy,” he finally said. “I know you’re convinced that he does, since he’s marrying her – but James doesn’t love her. I remember what he was like during school, with Lily. When he talked about her, or looked at her, or watched her smile, anyone could tell that he honestly, genuinely loved her. I know what James looks like when he’s in love. With Lucy, he’s missing that entirely. Sure, he may try to pretend that he does, but he can’t fool me. I know him better than he knows himself at times.”
I sighed and dropped my face into my hands. He’s being perfectly rational and serious right now. I can’t even pretend that what he’s saying isn’t the truth.
Damn it all.
“So you’re going to try to help Lily?” I asked finally, looking up at him. I was resigned, but not convinced.
“Yeah, I am,” he said, sticking his fork into the cake and stuffing more into his mouth. “You still don’t believe me, do you?”
This time I dodged the cake crumbs.
I glared petulantly at him. “As a matter of fact, no, I don’t.”
He shook his head and muttered something that sounded suspiciously like, ‘typical’ under his breath. “Maybe you should go and visit James and Lucy,” he suggested.
I stood up and stuck my wand back in my pocket. “You know what? Maybe I will,” I declared.
“And after you do, bring Lily over here so that we can plan, alright?” he said, smirking up at me.
“I can’t believe you’re being so disloyal to your best friend,” I huffed.
“No, I’m being loyal to my best friend by being loyal to Lily.” He looked immensely proud of himself as tipped his chair back on two legs.
erm yeah...these chapters are a bit short. heheh...sorry! review and tell me what you thought anyway? that would be greatly appreciated! <3
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