Chapter 20 : Revealing Confessions and Hidden Secrets
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I was so bored I thought I might die.
“I am so bored I think I might die.” I muttered out of the corner of my mouth to the Ravenclaw fifth year slumped over the desk next to me.
He turned his head and threw me a look of agreement and rolled his eyes towards the ancient runes professor nodding off at the front of the room. The teacher’s head rolled around on her scrawny neck as she tried to maintain consciousness to enforce punishment on the two miscreants in front of her.
I stuck my hand across the gap that separated the two desks we sat at.
“I’m Kitty,” I smiled as he took my hand.
“Gavin,” he replied with a Welsh lilt as he shook my hand.
“So what you in for?” I asked kicking my legs up onto the table as the Runes professor succumbed to sleep.
“Put a first year in a bin.” He replied simply, sneaking a sideways look at me.
“You rebel,” I giggled, “And he deserved it I’m sure?”
“Too right he did!” Gavin exclaimed putting on airs of shock, “Snotty little toe rag. To be honest they all our.”
“Kids nowadays,” I nodded sympathetically, “No respect for their betters.”
“Oi I’d heard you didn’t go in for all that Baines holier than thou philosophy?”
“You’ve heard of me then?” I said.
“Course, ripping Clearwater a new one in front of half the school isn’t exactly the ideal way to keep a low profile.” He lounged back in his chair and surveyed me mockingly.
“Oh shut up you I happened to be defending my boyfriends honour! Little slapper thought she could mess with me? Bitch please!”
“Ah I reckon you’re all talk and no trousers.”
In reply I motioned to my skirt.
“Touché” he laughed.
“But I could totally take you.” I warned.
“That sounds promising.” He winked and sidled his head.
I waved my hand at him and made a tsking noise.
“I am spoken for, remember.”
“We’ll see.” Gavin sat back in his chair a satisfied look on his face.
I threw him a look of shock, cocky little bastard.
“How was detention last night?” asked Sirius on the way down to breakfast the next morning.
“Pretty boring. The Prof nodded off so I just chatted to this guy.”
Sirius assumed a mock-jealous face, “Who am I beating up?”
I slapped him on the arm laughing. “No one silly, well the kid was a little big for his breaches but what can you expect when you date a super fittie like myself.”
“So the boy tried to chat you up?” Sirius asked looking sideways at me.
“Harmless banter dear.” I smiled.
“Wanker.” Sirius muttered.
I pushed him up against a wall, “Darling you know you’re the only one for me.”
“Prove it.” Sirius raised his eyebrows and pulled me towards him by the front of my shirt.
“Get a room.” James went past laughing.
Sirius held open the door to the nearest empty classroom.
“This’ll do perfectly.” I smirked.
“And where have you too been?” Lily surveyed me severely over the top of her goblet.
“Praying.” I shrugged.
“And why do I doubt that?” Lily replied.
“To be fair she was on her kne-” I swiftly elbowed Sirius in the stomach; Lily clearly wasn’t in the mood.
“What’s got your knickers in a twist Lils?” I asked. She merely glared in response.
“Speaking of knickers...” I felt Marls pull something out of my hair, “Kitty you tied your hair up with a pair of knickers?” Marlene exclaimed bursting into a fit of giggles. The rest of my friends joined in as Marlene waved around my pants.
“Oh piss off I wasn’t really all there this morning!” I grabbed the frilly knickers and shoved them in my pocket.
“So what’s everyone up to this fine Sunday?” Peter asked.
“No plans as far as I know?” James replied looking round at everyone for confirmation. I nudged Remus and gave him a (hopefully) meaningful look. He looked pained for a second before clearing his throat.
“Good because I’m calling a meeting, straight after breakfast, I have something we need to talk about.” And with that Remus clambered out from the bench and legged it from the room.
“What’s up with Reems?” asked Marlene staring confusedly after him.
“Nargles.” Said Rayne.
“Nargles to you too Ray-Ray.” I said.
“Um thanks for coming guys.” Remus stood awkwardly in front of the door as we arranged ourselves on the boy’s beds. I commandeered Sirius’ bed, relegating him the end where he could act as my foot rest. Marlene spread luxuriantly over Remus’ bed and began yawning whilst Rayne cuddled up to Pete and Lily and James shared James’ bed.
“I have something that I need to tell you,” he addressed Marlene and Rayne though he could barely meet their eyes, “I’ve known you guys for six years now but there’s something you don’t know about me.”
“You’re gay!” exclaimed Marlene sitting up, a gleeful look on her face. I could imagine the internal rainbow fireworks exploding in Marlene’s mind at the thought of having a sassy gay best friend. I rolled my eyes.
“No,” sighed Remus, throwing Marlene a withering look. She slumped back onto Remus’ bed gloomily.
“Well what is it then?” asked Marlene impatiently.
Remus screwed up his face like he was bracing himself and when he opened them again he seemed to have made his decision to tell them.
He opened his mouth to speak but before he could utter a syllable Marlene and Rayne both gasped. I looked around wildly for the source of their shock but they were staring straight at Remus.
“You’re a werewolf!” They said in sync and then looked at each other and laughed.
“Wh... how?” spluttered Remus.
“You made up your mind to tell us so I Saw it,” replied Rayne simply, “Shame on you for not telling us sooner!”
Remus just stared at her open mouthed.
“And how did you know Marls?” asked James scrutinising her.
“You’ve been hiding it from me, down there in the depths of your mind, but then finally you let it float up to a conscious level so I could easily lift the information from your mind.” Marlene was narrowing her eyes at Remus.
“Our friends have superpowers,” I whispered in Sirius’ ear, “No fair!”
“Well you’re super-sexy if it helps?” he replied under his breath.
“Pfft, goes without saying dear,” I giggled and refocused on the scene of hugging and tears as Marlene engulfed Remus in her arms and near strangled the Wolf Boy to death.
“And there’s something we need to tell you all.” Said James. I looked over at him sharply, I hadn’t known there were any more announcements today. I shared a confused look with Lily, Rayne and Marls as the other three boys joined Remus.
“When we found out about Remus’ monthlies we thought we should do the decent thing and help him out some,” began Sirius.
“So we put our heads together and thought ‘What can we do to help a man-eating terrifying as fuck wolf-beast?’” James continued earning a slap round the head from Remus.
“I prefer ‘Remus’ thanks,” Remus laughed.
“Anyway we decided that we couldn’t be much help as human’s...” Peter picked up the thread only to be interrupted by gasps from the other three girls.
“What? What is it? Tell me!” I looked around frantically, damn having super-powered friends!
“We became animagus’.” Sirius put it plainly for me.
“Holy shit guys that’s crazy!” I jumped up, “What do you turn into?” I asked Sirius. In response he transformed into a massive black dog, I crouched down and he licked my nose.
“Well that explains a lot,” Marlene commented dryly.
“James?” Lily asked. James backed up and turned into a majestic stag. He held his head high and his antlers scraped the ceiling.
Lily slowly walked towards him, mouth slightly open, she held her hand out and stroked James’ head.
“Antlers... hold on... PRONGS!” Lily laughed as she realised James’ nickname.
“Padfoot?” I asked Sirius and he held up a paw, I laughed and shook his paw feeling the pads beneath my fingers.
“Go on then Peter, Wormtail?” Rayne nudged Peter and he transformed into a rat.
“Yay! Now I’m not the smallest one out of us all!” Rayne giggled and picked Peter up and put him in her pocket, stroking his little furry head with the tip of her finger.
“Guys this is crazy!” Exclaimed Marlene dancing around the room, she took hold of Sirius’ front paws and danced with him. The poor dog looked terrified as he tried to keep balanced on his hind legs before he shook his head and transformed back into a human.
“Never do that again Marlene I nearly fell over in a most undignified way.” Sirius stuck his nose in the air and marched over to hide behind me.
“How did you manage it though?” Lily asked staring into James’ deer eyes. He transformed back and took her hand.
“It wasn’t easy I’ll grant you, took us a good while to figure out exactly how to do it but we had to help old Moony out.” James grinned.
“I think it’s marvel-” I was cut out by a ripping sound and a shriek from Rayne.
“Peter!” she exclaimed. I fell about laughing at the sight of Peter perched on Rayne’s lap surrounded by torn fabric.
“Well I wanted to transform back but you wouldn’t let me out of your pocket.” Peter replied sheepishly. Rayne huffed and rolled him onto the floor.
“Kitty!” I looked up from attempting to fasten my bag to see Gavin swanning towards me surrounded by a gang of his friends. I smiled at him and finished closing my bag.
“Alright Gavin?” I looked up to find him grinning at me.
“I’m good thanks, where are you headed?” he asked.
“Oh I was just on my way out actually, little stroll around the lake,” I smiled up at him, damn I was starting to feel like Rayne with all these tall people around me.
“Mind if I join you?” he smiled sweetly, his friends rolled about in the background play fighting and cat calling.
“Course you can,” I replied, Gavin and I had been hanging out quite regularly since our shared detention, a fact I had kept hidden from Sirius.
We walked in comfortable silence out the front doors and into the crisp winter air. January was fast turning to February and the wind still held a bite, it nipped at my face and fingers and I began to shiver.
Gavin glanced over at me and swiftly removed his jacket. I took it thankfully and snuggled down into its fleecy insides.
“How are you doing then Gavin? Staying out of trouble I hope,” I grinned at him and he chuckled.
“Ah y’know me Kit, never in trouble me,” Gavin replied.
“Ah so I didn’t hear of you levitating two Slytherin first years and putting on a puppet show for your mates?” I smirked.
“How did you hear about that!” Gavin laughed incredulously, “That was meant to be all shushed up.”
“I have my sources,” I tapped my nose conspiratorially; really Marlene had tapped into Gavin’s friend’s head whilst she was bored in Muggle Studies a couple of days ago.
“Do you know,” he smiled ruefully, “And what about you little Miss Baines, been being a naughty girl again?” Gavin winked cheekily at me and I found a pink blush creeping across my cheeks.
Stop it Kitty! I admonished myself.
“I’m always a good girl Gavin,” I breathed flirtily.
I said stop it!
We’d come to a stop by a big fallen tree on the far bank of the lake. I sat down hurriedly to distract myself from my traitorous mouth.
Gavin sat down next to me and I could feel the warmth of his leg against mine. I shivered again and pulled his coat tighter around me.
We chatted easily for the next quarter of an hour giggling together over stupid gossip. Gavin had slyly snaked his arm around my waist but I hadn’t protested. Not out loud any way. My mind on the other hand was a storm of conflicting arguments.
What on earth do you think you’re doing missy!
Go for it girl, he’s cute.
What about Sirius, Kitty?
What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.
And then worst of all a little voice in the back of my head whispered, here we go again.
Lost in my thoughts I hadn’t noticed how close Gavin was to me, his hand held my waist, fingers splayed over my side whilst his shoulder acted as my head rest. We were sitting so close, too close. My fingers trailed across my lap onto his leg and he looked down at me. His eyes stared into mine and slowly he moved his head closer and closer.
“Gavin, I...” I didn’t know what to say, my mind was going numb and I couldn’t move away.
“Tell me to stop.” He whispered running his spare hand through my hair.
Stop! Screamed my mind but my mouth could form no words.
My lips moved soundlessly.
A/N: Hey Guys! Sorry this has taken so long to appear :S I know I'm losing readers but this is as fast as I could get it to you, I hope that those of you who are still reading are enjoying it :D
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