Chapter 13 : Lily's idea
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"You alright Moony?" James' voice jolted me out of my day dreaming. We were in our favourite comfy chairs by the common room fire. The plan had been to do some homework but that idea had been abandoned rather quickly.
For instance Peter was busy reading the latest Quidditch weekly, no doubt trying to pick up some tips to at least try and keep up with James and Sirius when they talked Quidditch. James and Sirius were busy playing a game of chess, not trying to keep their voices or their whoops of victory down in the slightest. I had tried to focus on my Potions homework but found it difficult. That may have something to do with the fact that directly in my line of sight by the big tower window sat a very different Shaylee.
Ever since she walked into the Great Hall this morning, seeming to have transformed over night, I couldn't help but steal glances at her.
It shouldn't have come as such a surprise. I mean I had known her all our schooling life; she was in our house after all, though admittedly having never spoken to her. It was just she was so quiet and I more than had my hands full what with the other Marauders and not to mention my... er, problem.
Of course I had noticed she was rather pretty in a sort of reserved way, especially in fifth year when she had somewhat come out her awkward pre-teen phase. It wasn't until this morning that I realised that she was, dare say, beautiful and more than a little sexy. Though I highly doubt she knew that she was either.
It was a surprise though when she walked into the Great Hall looking... considerably different. She was still herself... only better? It wasn't just the obvious change of clothing, though no boy was complaining about her shortened skirt, including me. I mean I had known she had nice legs from that time we saw her out exercising but I hadn't really realised just exactly how nice they were.
Merlin, I'm turning into Sirius!
What really struck me was the increase in her confidence. It was like she was a completely different person in the way she walked into the hall, head held high and with an obvious grace.
Shaking my head to clear further thoughts I realised I hadn't answered James which had gotten the attention of both Peter and Sirius. They were all looking at me with raised eyebrows.
"Yeah mate, I'm fine. Just... distracted," I finished rather lamely ensuring that I didn't even think about looking over at Shaylee, who at last glance was in deep conversation with Lily and Alice.
“You sure?" Sirius said with a concerned look. He lowered his voice before continuing, "because I know the full moon is less than a week away..."
Right. The full moon. I had been so distracted today by the way Shaylee looked that I had almost forgotten how close the full moon was.
James, who had brightened at the mention of the full moon, saved me from answering by launching into a full scale planning session for our next adventure.
I tried my hardest to pay attention and put in as much input as I normally would but found it just a little difficult.
What with Shaylee across the room having just gotten up from her seat to retrieve an errant piece of parchment. I realised with a jolt that I wasn't the only male in the room watching her as she bent to get the parchment and returned to her seat and crossed her ridiculously long legs. And she was completely oblivious to it!
My stomach dropped somewhat when I realised also that I wasn't the only one who wasn't fully listening to James. I realised that Sirius had also been watching Shaylee. I felt... weird, and a little worried. Sirius had no trouble getting girls and if he had his sights set on Shaylee then what chance did I have?
Did I even want a chance? Shaylee was fast becoming a good friend and I didn't want to ruin that before it even started. There was also the obvious and probably the biggest reason being my 'fury little problem' as James so kindly called it. Also, did I like her? Or did I simply find her attractive? Oh I don't know! I frowned at these thoughts and looked away from the laughing girls.
As I continued to muse over these thoughts Sirius let out a low whistle and said to us with a grin, "Shaylee is rather fit isn't she? Why did we not notice that before?"
There was that weird feeling again. What was it? Pushing it aside I tried to join the conversation in what I hoped was a normal manner.
We all looked over at the girls table, James not doubt only looking at Lily. Sirius and Peter were more obviously looking at Shaylee. It made me a bit uncomfortable and I could almost feel an animalistic growl forming if every bloody male in the room didn't get their eyes back on their own work.
Wait a minute... animalistic growl? The full moon! Of course I was feeling so strange. The full moon being so close meant that my hormones were running wild, more than just your normal teenage boy hormones that is. Though grouped with my wolfish feelings it would certainly explain the increased feelings I had towards Shaylee, regardless of her recent changes.
Well there you have it, though I admit Shaylee is very good looking and very funny, all the strange feelings I have been having is all because of my little problem. Which once it passes should mean that everything will be back to normal and I have no worries of ruining our new friendship. And if Sirius, or any guy for that matter, was to decide to make a move on Shaylee then it shouldn't worry me.
Amy Worth. I hate her! I do. Really.
Okay, so maybe that is a little over the top. But then I saw Remus glance at her again.
I hate her.
Sitting with Alice and Lily in the crowded common room was somehow meant to be productive. That's what we told ourselves anyway.
We were supposed to be doing potions homework but that lay forgotten. Who needs homework when there are more important things to discuss like boys and... er, boys.
I may or may not have also been using my time to look at Remus and make up ridiculous day dreams.
That is until I realised that he kept looking in our direction. For a crazy second I thought he was looking at me. Then I heard laughter from the table behind us and saw Amy-bloody-Worth sitting with a group of her friends.
Of course he was looking at her. She was a very pretty sixth year after all.
That's it! I will never look at him again!
Yep. That lasted all of 30 seconds. Bugger.
Frowning and trying to not think of hexes that I could subtly do to Amy, I noticed Lily's eyes drifting back to her half-finished essay. Quick! Think of something to distract her before she does something stupid like want to study!
"James is staring at you again!" I said the first thing coming to my head. Alice caught my eye and winked. She knew exactly what I was doing.
"What? No he isn't," Lily said, successfully distracted. Alice and I smirked as Lily quickly looked at the group of boys by the fire.
I knew James was looking at her. He was doing it quite subtly. That is more than I can say for myself.
"Lily when are you and James just going to stop pretending and just live happily ever after?" Alice said with a grin at Lily.
"I..." Lily couldn't finish her sentence.
Alice and I just grinned and laughed.
The rest of the evening passed pleasantly enough. That is if you disregard the fact that every time I caught Remus glancing at Amy I wanted to curse her. But you know, other than that, it was rather fun. Between Alice and I we managed to successfully distract Lily from making us do homework, which I'm sure we will regret later, but who cares!
As us girls got up to go up to bed Remus surprised me by calling out, "Hey girls, you haven't seen my Charms book have you?"
I had been wondering what he had been looking for for the past 15 minutes, having even taken a trip up to his dormitory and back, empty handed.
That’s it! The jig is up! He has found me out!
I may or may not have stolen Remus' Charms book in a moment of evil mastermind inspiration. Also because at the time he had turned me into the Chicken Girl.
But... But... But you can't prove anything!
Well other than the fact that if anyone was to look under my pillow they would find notes from Remus and/or his Charms textbook.
Okay, and so what if I moved it from its hiding spot, (previously under my bed), to under my pillow. That's not weird or anything.
Oh poop. Remus is looking expectantly at me, Lily and Alice having replied 'No, sorry'. Quick! Think of something! And make sure it's not stupid!
Ha, fat chance.
"Maybe the house elves stole it!"
Why, oh why did I have to say that? Now everyone is looking at me weirdly and I am required to go into a big rambling tangent that will make no sense whatsoever and will make Remus think I am a nutter.
Well not this time!
"Er, yes well. Goodnight!" I said with a smile before hurrying off up the stairs.
Yes, because that was muuuuch smoother.
Lily and Alice came bursting into the room laughing like a bunch of laughing people, clinging to each other for support.
"That... that was classic!" Lily managed to choke out through her giggles.
I just looked at her.
"Did you see... see their faces?! They were so shocked!" Alice said, struggling as well to get the words out.
I just looked at her.
"House elves!" Lily and Alice hooted with laughter before falling onto Lily's bed, dissolved in their giggle fit.
I just looked at them.
Once they had calmed down enough to make full words again, Lily looked at me and said with a grin, "That was so not what they were expecting you to say. And you said it with such a straight face! Brilliant!"
They actually think my nonsense brain and lack of control over my mouth is funny?
Well call me Merlin.
Actually don't. I'm not a bearded old bloke.
Or am I?!
Er, I'm not. Shut up.
"I didn't know what to say! I panicked!" I said with a pout.
"Why would you panic?" Alice asked with an amused look.
I pulled Remus' Charms book out from under my pillow, fully ready for the onslaught of laughter.
They did not disappoint.
I wish they had.
"You mean you actually took it!" Alice howled with laughter.
"But why?" Lily asked, laughing as well.
"It was after they made me the Chicken Girl! It was just sitting there on the table so I took it out of revenge! It being Remus' book was just a bonus..." I finished lamely with a girly smile.
"Wait a minute... this gives me an idea!" Lily said, her mischievous grin back on her face.
Lily and her bloody ideas.
Why, you might ask, are Lily, Alice and I hiding in the Marauders bathroom, praying to Merlin that one of them don't happen to want to use the loo or have a random cold shower.
Two words: Lily's idea.
Let me explain.
After we had all stopped laughing last night and gone to bed I had expected to wake up and Lily would have forgotten all about her idea.
I woke up to her eerily close to my face, her having tried many other ways to wake me up. I nearly fell out of bed when Alice popped up on my other side.
"What are you two doing?!" I mumbled groggily, turning over and putting my pillow over my head.
"Waking you up so we can start step one of our plan!" Lily said happily, pulling the pillow off my head and hitting me with it.
How can they have so much energy this early in the morning?!
Obviously they are not normal.
"Shut up!" Came Demelza's angry, sleepy voice from her bed.
Alice rolled her eyes and said, "I heard that Sirius was downstairs looking for you..." before winking at us.
Demelza shot up in bed so quickly I thought she would fall out of it. "What?!" She shouted before leaping out of her bed and dashing to the bathroom.
We all giggled and I finally sat up in my bed, the sight of Demelza running around like a crazy person enough to fully wake me up. Lily and Alice plopped down in front of me.
"So. Step one: Lull them into a false sense of security." Lily said, ticking one off her fingers.
"Hang on," I started, "I didn't think you were serious about this!"
Lily's plan was simple. Steal, or borrow as Lily had called it, the Marauder’s most embarrassing items and then either show them to the whole school or use them to make them do stuff for us.
"Of course I was serious! This is their payback for making you the Chicken Girl! And you know they would prank you again if they could."
"Yes... well..." I said hesitantly. It was true; they did say they would prank me again. And this sounded like a much better revenge plan than just stealing Remus' Charms book.
"It's settled then!" Alice said happily. Lily grinned her queen of mischief smile. And everyone thought Lily was the innocent one!
"Right, so we are going to have to spend lots of time with them today so that when things go missing they won't think it was us! Brilliant, I know." Lily said quite proudly.
"And how do you suggest we gather their things if we are with them all the time?" I said with a raised eyebrow.
"We take it in turns to hang out with them! So while one or two of us is talking to them or whatnot, the other one can sneak up to the dorm and have a little peek for anything incriminating..." Lily finished with a simple smile.
Whoa. Wait up.
"You mean to say that we are actually going to go into their room, their inner sanctum and 'have a peek'?!" I said frantically.
"Yep!" Lily and Alice said together.
"And you two aren't worried about you know, them catching us or anything? Or the fact that you are Head Girl Lily?"
Lily shrugged. "Not really, I mean at least one of us will be with them at all times so that should give the others enough time to find something and stash it back here. It's not like they can come and get it from our room!"
Ha. Knowing the Marauders it would not surprise me if they could.
“Plus me being the Head Girl only means we have less chance of getting in trouble!” Lily said brightly.
Is this the same Lily everyone thought they knew? Has she always been like this secret trouble maker and I had just never known her well enough? Blimey.
“Lily does this whole plan happen to have anything to do with that fact that you just want to hang around James all day and you just want an excuse?” I asked Lily with an innocent smile.
Alice tried to hide her snort of laughter and Lily looked at me in ‘outrage’.
“What?! No! Of course not!” Lily said, her face bright red.
Alice and I laughed while Lily pouted. We laughed even harder when Demelza hurried out of the room to go find Sirius who would be shocked to see her.
“So are you in or what?” Alice asked me with her own mischievous smile.
I looked from Alice who was smiling like a crazy person to Lily who was nodding her head at me like some weird nodding person.
"Alright! I'm in! Now get out of my bed!" I said, before shoving both of them off my bed and onto the floor.
Why, oh why did I agree?
Because I am Shaylee.
"Hey guys!" I said, surprising myself at how confident and relaxed I sounded. Good going brain!
"Hey girls," said Sirius smiling as the four Marauder’s turned at the sound of my voice. They slowed so Lily and I could catch up. "You two headed to a class?"
"Nope, we both have a free period this morning!" I said grinning. When did it become so easy to talk to the most popular boys in the school?
"What about you lot?" Lily asked, smiling slightly at James' dazed look that Lily was actually seeking his company.
"We are all free as well," James said hurriedly, to make sure he was the one to answer Lily. "We were actually going to go out by the lake... you two are welcome to come if you have nothing else to do... or something?" James finished in a rather shy voice.
Oh Lily, go out with him you fool! He is just too cute!
Lily turned bright red and smiled at him rather shyly. So to save her from dying of embarrassment I said, "Yeah sounds good".
I may have also smiled at Remus.
I just can't help myself okay!
He did smile back though. Oh swoon!
So Lily and I trailed out of the castle and out to the Black Lake where all the boys flopped down on the ground. Lily and I grinned at each other. Plan is officially in motion!
As Lily and I sat down on the grass, I next to Remus and Sirius and Lily next to James and Peter, Alice should now be entering the enemy's lair.
We spent the next half an hour lazing on the grass, joking and making fun of each other. I realised a little too late that I had moved closer to Remus without really noticing it. Which was amazing because I was always aware of where he was and what he was doing.
That sounded really stalkerish didn't it?
I realised I was too close to him when our hands and shoulders bumped against each other, making my stomach do a stupid flip-flop thing. He didn't seem to notice or mind so I controlled my freak out and moved subtly away from him, which put me closer to Sirius.
After a (surprisingly) funny joke from Peter, we were nearly all rolling around laughing. I clung to Sirius' shoulder for support and he put his arm casually around my waist.
Hmm. That isn't weird right? I mean he has put his arm around me plenty of times now. So deciding not to feel or act uncomfortable when he didn't move his arm after we had stop laughing, I just enjoyed the comfort of it.
It took me a moment to realise that Sirius had his arm around Shaylee's waist. I suddenly wanted to forcibly remove it from there. Frowning I looked away from them, both looking comfortable and cozy. I knew why I was feeling like this but it didn't stop the hint of jealousy. I mean she was gorgeous after all. And funny. And smart. And completely crazy. And... And... And... oh I don't know!
I'm going to just have to wait and see until after the full moon to even begin to try and figure out what was going on with me and my feelings.
I was distracted from my inner musing by Shaylee's squeals of laughter and the sight of her trying to wiggle away from Sirius who was tickling her stomach. Trying not to watch as her school shirt lifted to reveal her stomach I looked anywhere but them.
I noticed James staring at Lily in a way I'm sure he thought was subtle. Peter was watching Shaylee and Sirius with a look of interest. Lily was looking at me with a small smile playing on her lips. Then noticing Shaylee and Sirius she looked at them and frowned.
What does that mean? Girls are so weird.
We were sitting very near to the water’s edge and I picked up a rock and threw it into the dark water. I was just about to throw another one when I was suddenly splashed with water.
Everyone was silent while we all looked at the water in shock.
Well everyone except Shaylee who jumped up (Sirius finally dropping his arm) and said with a happy grin on her face, "Barry!"
We all just looked at her.
She rolled her eyes and gestured to the lake, "Barry, you know, the giant squid!"
"You know the Giant Squid?" Peter asked with a confused look.
"You named him Barry?" James asked laughing. It was James' turn to get a face full of water. This time I saw that the splash was made by a giant tentacle some ways away from the shore.
Shaylee giggled and shouted out to the lake, "Now Barry that wasn't very nice! Great aim though!"
Is this really happening? Is she having a conversation with the giant squid?
Shaylee continued to talk to Barry who in response splashed the water about. Just as she was finishing telling 'Barry' about her summer holiday someone called out, "Shaylee!" from across the lawn.
We all looked over and saw McKinnen waving our way.
I dislike him.
I heard McKinnen, or now known as Aiden, call out and saw him waving at me. I quickly said goodbye to Barry and said a quick 'I'll be back in a minute' to the group and went over to Aiden who was grinning at me.
"Why hello Mr. Not-So-Mysterious! Or shall I call you Aiden?" I asked grinning.
He pretended to act shocked before gasping, "You mean you have figured me out? But how?!"
I tried to look mysterious and said in a deep mystical voice, "I have my ways... you also left a note in my bag, so you know, there's that."
"Ahh yes well I thought I had better tell you before you hurt your pretty little head with all that thinking going on," Aiden said smirking.
I pretended to be offended and said, "Hey! That was mean!" I hit his arm and he rolled his eyes at me. We carried on this way for a bit. Mostly us insulting each other but in a friendly way.
How did I suddenly become friends with such good looking guys?!
Obviously this is a dream.
I pinched myself.
We continued laughing and before I knew it our chat had become rather flirty.
I couldn't help it alright?! I am a teenage girl after all! And he is very good looking.
Not as good looking as Remus, but you know, who is?
Remus is! Haha geddit?! Shut up brain!
Aiden playfully pushed me and was rather close to me.
Oh my, could this boy pull off a sexy smirk!
That is before his face darkened. Noticing, I asked what was wrong and he responded with, "Just some people not worth our time..."
Before I could answer I felt someone behind me. Or someone’s I should say.
Remus and Sirius.
Oh this is going to end just spiffing.
"What do you think you're doing McKinnen?" Sirius asked in a dark voice, stepping out in front of me slightly so he was face to face with Aiden. Sirius was only slightly taller but his strength was radiating everywhere.
What is going on? I am so confused. Though I guess it's not the first time. And Sirius shouldn't be talking to Aiden like that!
"Though it is none of your business Black," Aiden almost spat, "But I am talking to Shaylee, so if you don't mind why don't you and Lupin clear off and leave us alone?"
Hmm. Is this his Slytherin side? I don't like it! Where is my nice Aiden? And it's rather scary. He is all glare-y and everything. And he shouldn't talk to Sirius like that!
I took an involuntary step back when Aiden took a step closer to Sirius in an attempt to intimidate him I suppose. I am not getting in the middle of some stupid boy fight! I could end up dead! Or worse, looking as bad as Demelza in the mornings! I shuddered.
Why haven't I said anything yet?
Just as I was about to say something in protest, having noticed that both boys had taken out their wands, Remus grabbed my hand and pulled me close to him.
I will never be able to speak again.
I am speechless.
Realising that Sirius and McKinnen both had their wands out and that Shaylee had taken a step away from them, a look of confusion and uneasiness on her face I couldn't help be pull her close to me. I felt like I had to protect her. I barely heard what Sirius and McKinnen were saying to each other. I was all too aware of Shaylee's body pressed to my side.
I never realised just how tiny she is! I mean I knew she was skinny, that is obvious. But I never realised just how petite she is until I could feel her body against mine. The top of her head came to my shoulders and her hand felt so small and soft in my large rough one.
Forcing myself to stop thinking about Shaylee I focused back in on what was going on in front of me.
"You lot just prance around the castle acting like you're some sort of celebrities or something! But the only reason people fall all over you is because they are too stupid to realise who you all really are. A bunch of arrogant bastards!" McKinnen said a thunderous look on his face.
"Aiden!" Shaylee exclaimed, obviously shocked.
McKinnen's face softened at the sound of Shaylee's voice which made me prickle with anger. He likes her! Merlin at this rate I will have no chance! I pulled Shaylee closer, if possible, and instead wrapped my arm around her waist protectively, much like Sirius had done before.
McKinnen's face changed rapidly from soft to furious to hurt, having not missed this obvious gesture. He gave a humourless laugh and looking squarely at Shaylee said in a dark voice, "I should have known. You're just like everyone else." Shaking his head, almost sadly, he said softly, "See you around." before ignoring Sirius and I completely and stalking off in the direction of the castle.
I looked down at Shaylee and she was just staring open mouthed after McKinnen who had disappeared into the castle.
“Uh… let’s go back to the others yeah?” I said softly, noticing that Shaylee looked upset. Sirius Looked at my arm around Shaylee and raised his eyebrows. Oh bugger now he is going to think something is going on.
Before I could do anything Sirius noticed Shaylee’s face. He came up to her and placed his hands on her shoulders so I decided to move away from Shaylee, dropping my arm.
“Hey, are you alright? I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to upset you or anything. Please don’t be angry with me, I was only trying to protect you…” Sirius trailed off looking at Shaylee with one of his most sincere ‘sorry’ faces.
Blimey, he must really like her if he is giving her that look!
I can’t decide if I am angry at Sirius or not. He is making it very difficult to hate him for starting all this conflict with Aiden when he is looking at me like this. Plus he made Remus move away!
That’s it! I hate him!
Oh Merlin! Now he is pouting! Stop it! I want to be grumpy with you!
Sighing, knowing there is no hope, I said is grumbly sort of voice, “I’m not angry with you.”
Sirius grinned like he knew all along that I wouldn’t be that mad at him.
“But that doesn’t mean what you did was okay!” I said hitting him on the chest. “And you!” I said to Remus who looked startled. “You are meant to be the sensible one!” I hit him on the shoulder. I don’t think I even remotely hurt either of them. My fists aren’t very big nor do I have much upper body strength. Bugger.
“Hey!” Remus and Sirius said together, both now frowning.
“Oh you two deserved that. I was just talking to him for Merlin’s sake. He is my friend and I know that you guys don’t like him but that is no excuse for starting that whole little thing.”
Remus and Sirius had the good grace to look at least a little ashamed. Satisfied that I had told them off enough I turned to head back over to the others who had obviously been watching.
“What happened? Is everything alright? We didn’t notice anything was wrong until we saw McKinnen walking off.” Lily said immediately as soon as I was within earshot, Remus and Sirius just behind me.
I rolled my eyes and said “Just boys being stupid, nothing new.” Lily and I smirked at each other when the four boys protested loudly.
“Just telling the truth boys,” I said with a shrug.
“You will pay for that one!” Sirius said with a mischievous smile, much like Lily’s. They have probably been practicing together in the mirror.
Before I knew what was happening Sirius grabbed me by the waist and threw me over his shoulder. I shrieked in surprised and frantically tried to make sure my skirt wasn’t somewhere over my head.
Good gravy! The whole world is going to see my knickers! Remus is going to see my knickers! They aren’t even my nicest pair!
“Sirius! Put me down!” I shouted, trying to wiggle out of his grip. “And don’t you dare even think about what throwing me in the lake!” He had started slowly moving towards the lake. As he did I could see that James and Peter were on the ground laughing, Lily was somewhere between angry and bursting with laughter and Remus was laughing but not in his usual whole-hearted kind of way.
“If you keep moving about like that everyone will see your undies.” Sirius said through his laughter.
“I hate you!” I shouted at, well, Sirius’ bum really as I couldn’t see his face.
Hmm… it is a nice bum… Wait what?
“No you don’t,” Sirius said confidently and I could tell he was smiling.
“I do. I really do,” I said in my most deadpan voice I could manage. My stomach is really starting to hurt now. Dear god I hope he doesn’t drop me.
“N-No you don’t,” Sirius said again, though this time was noticeably less confident with a hint of worry.
I remained silent and stopped struggling.
“Shaylee?” Sirius asked, stopped at the water’s edge.
The others were all silent as they watched. I caught Remus’ eye and I winked to let him know what I was up to. I actually managed a wink! And not just some demented rapid blink. Hurray!
Remus grinned at me. I very nearly died.
While all this was going on, Sirius was getting increasingly less confident that I didn’t hate him. I must say, I didn’t really think this plan would work. I mean who knew that Sirius Black cared if I hated him or not. I felt quite pleased.
“I’m going to put you down okay?” Sirius said to me softly so that only I could hear him. I was grateful for the warning because suddenly I was back on the ground and staring up at Sirius’ worried face. He had his back to the water so thankfully he hadn’t set me down in the muddy shallows.
I frowned at him for a moment before I grinned at him. He looked surprised at first before realisation dawned.
“Why you lit-” he started, but before he could say anything else I shoved him as hard as I could manage. He stumbled backwards, his arms trying to regain his balance but failed and he went splashing backwards into the murky water.
To be continued...
A/N: So that was part one of the girl’s payback on the Marauders. I had to split it into two parts because it was a bit long to have as just one chapter. So you will just have to wait and see how the girls all ended up in the boy’s dormitory!
I tried to put lots of Remus goodness in this chapter. There is also quite a bit of Sirius in there (I think I like him as much as Remus :D) with a bit of Aiden as well. Love rectangle anyone?
Leave a review if you’re feeling lovely? Thanks for reading! xx
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