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The Domino Effect by Dallandra LeFay
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Chapter 2

The feast was lovely, as usual, and after many helpings of roast chicken, yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, carrots and treacle tart, I found myself sat in the comfy chairs in front of the fire in the Gryffindor common room with Penny, Lily and Emily.

The Marauders were huddled around one of the tables in the far corner of the room, probably plotting their next prank, when Potter called out.  "LILY!"

"NO!" Lily called back, cutting him off from asking his usual question.

Thankfully the 1st of September fell on a Friday this year, which means tomorrow is a Saturday.  I think I might go to Hogsmeade and get some sweets; I'm low on sugar.

Before Potter could ask Lily to go out with him again, the four of us got up and headed to our dorm.  The other girls in the common room glared at Lily when she got up; honestly, I really don't see the appeal in the Marauders.  They're womanisers, well Potter and Black are.  I for one am not a fan girl.

I crawled into my bed and sunk into a blissful sleep.

 




"WAKE UP!"

I jumped about ten feet in the air and landed with a thud on the cold wooden floor; my heart hammering loudly in my chest.

"What. The. Hell." I said, my face buried in the floorboards.

"It's Saturday, Domino.  You can't sleep the day away on a Saturday."

"I usually do." I grumbled as I pushed myself up.  "What's with the rude awakening, Penny?"

"It's Saturday." She said as she walked out of the room, "Get up."

I trudged to the bathroom to get a shower and got changed into my favourite pair of black jeans, white t-shirt and my well worn, knee-high boots.  I brushed my fingers through my shoulder length black hair, spiking it up into its normal disarray. "Ah, it'll do," I said to my reflection and I headed down to the common room.

I found Penny sat with Lily and Emily.

"So, what was it that was so important that you just had to give me a heart attack this morning?"

"Oh, nothing. I just thought it would be funny." Penny chuckled.

"....WHAT!" I felt my eyes quiver as anger rushed through me.

Penny launched herself from the chair she was sitting in, as I went to pounce at her.  It's a good thing she's quick or I'll strangled her by now.  Penny's cackling laughter resonated around the common room as I chased her around people, under furniture and over furniture until Lily had had enough and stuck her foot out as I came by.  I tripped up and fell flat on my face for the second time that morning.  Penny's laughter could still be heard in the distance as she ran through the portrait hole and presumably down to the Great Hall.

"How long have you known Penny, Dom?" Lily asked pulling me up.

"Too long," I huffed as I got to my feet.  I looked around the room to see up-ended tables, scattered books and terrified looking first years. Damn. "13 years. I've known Penny for 13 years." I sighed.

"And how many times has she done something like this?" Lily said, looking at me with scrutiny.

"So many times I should expect it."

"Go upstairs," Lily said quietly. "We'll meet you in the Great Hall."

"Why do I need to go upstairs?" I asked, finally having the courage to look her in the eyes.

"Because," she whispered. "You're eyes are yellow."

I gasped and ran for the dorms.  I felt them quiver a minute ago but I thought they'd have changed back by now; clearly I wasn't calm enough.

I stood in front of the bathroom mirror in our dorm and stared at my reflection.  My typically blue eyes were indeed yellow; something that happens when I get angry, a side effect from the accident years ago.  I closed my eyes and took a couple of deep breaths, when I opened my eyes they were back to normal.  "I'm gonna murder that girl, one of these days," I said as I made my way to the Great Hall.

I was welcomed with the smell of bacon as I neared the Great Hall.  I made may way through the groups of students that were gathered in the enterance hall and went over to the Gryffindor table.

"Dominooooo!"

Penny jumped up and threw her arms around my neck.

"What?"

"You feeling better?" she asked letting me go.

"Yes, no thanks to you."

Penny sniggered as we sat down and I piled my plate with bacon, sausages and beans.  I was happily munching on a piece of particularly crispy bacon when I watched as an arm reached over and stole one of my sausages.

"Mmm, thanks for the sausage, O'Connor." Black said through a mouthful of my food.

I turned to glare at him and his friends, who had now decided that my plate was a free buffet and were helping themselves.  No one steals my food!

As Black went to take another bite of the sausage, I reached up and squidged his face; making him look like he was wearing a helmet that was too tight.  Emily spat her drink out, laughing and drenched a helpless first year.

"He looks like a fat fish!" she bellowed.

I let go of Black's face and left the Great Hall.

"Great, where am I going to go now?" I muttered to myself as I headed out into the school grounds.  I wandered over towards the lake and pulled myself up into my favourtie tree.  Ever since first year I've always sat in this tree; it's my haven, my safe place.  I made myself comfortable and pulled a book out of my bag; might as well get some studying in whilst I'm here, it is OWL year after all.

I glanced up from my book and saw Lily, Emily and Penny waling towards Hogsmeade.  Penny looked up at my tree and gave a small wave; although she couldn't see me, she knew I was here.  She knows this is where I go to be alone.  I went back to my reading, thinking that I may go into Hogsmeade later and meet them for a Butterbeer.

I had been sat in my tree for a while and I'd lost track of the time.  I didn't know there were people sitting under my tree until I heard someone bellow, "LILY!"

The shout startled me, I jumped about 5 feet in the air, fell out of the tree and landed in the lap of none other than Sirius Black.

"If you wnated to get closer, all you had to do was ask?" he said winking at me.

I untangled myself from Black and got to my feet.

"Were you...in the tree?" Lupin asked me, glancing up into the branches aboce us.

Ignoring him, I turned to Potter and whacked him on the arm with the book in my hand, "What the hell do you think you're doing, shouting like that? You're going to give someone a heart attack!"

"Ow! I didn't even know you were there!"

"You should always chack a tree before you sit beneath it." I said, matter-of-factly.  I made the mistake once of not checking a tree before sitting under it...let's just say my brothers were grounded for a month.

As I stormed off, trying to keep my dignity despite the many twigs in my hair, I heard Black tell Potter to, "Do that again, I might get lucky next time."

While the rest of the Marauders were laughing themselves silly, Potter drew in a large breath just as my book colided with his face.  I left them laughing hysterically, my book forgotten on the ground with them and my head held high.

As I walked into the common room I let out a cry of anguish, as I tried to de-twig my hair.

"What's got your knickers in a twist?" Emily said, looking up from her conversation with Lily and Penny.

"The Marauders!" I snarled.

"What did they do this time?" Lily asked, "Wait, does it have anything to do with Potter shouting me a minute ago?"

"Yes," I sighed, giving up on my hair.

Before I could go into detail about what had happened, the four guys in question entered the room.

"I thing dis belons to you," Potter said, holding out my book.

"What happened to your face?" Penny gasped.

Potter's face was indeed shocking; his eyes were turning black, his nose was bruised and there was an awful lot of blood.

"She," Potter said, pointing at me. "broked by dose!"

My friends started laughing and Potter looked upset, especially at Lily's outburst of giggles.

"I didn't mean too.  I missed." I said simply.

"Missed! Missed! You didn'd blood miss!" he said annoyed.

"Yes I did, I was aiming for Black."
 


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