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The Domino Effect by Dallandra LeFay
Chapter 3 : Chapter 3
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Chapter 3

The next couple of months went by fairly quickly and Christmas had come and past, all without much hassle. The teachers were pilling us with homework and we spent most of our time studying for our OWLs.  The four of us got closer to the Marauders and we all became really good friends; even Lily and James. Odd, I know, but I'm beginning to think Lily's starting to fall for him.

"Argh! Why does this have to be so hard?"

Sirius threw his book across the room, face planted the table and let out a small groan.

"Well, if you actually paid attention in class instead of messing around, you wouldn't be finding it difficult." Lily said, her nose buried in her Charms book and her hand furiously writing notes.

The eight of us: Me, Lily, Emily, Penny and the Marauders, were currently sitting around a large table which was piled high with books of all subjects, quills, ink and parchment.  The common room was fairly empty, what with it being a Saturday, so Lily had got us all to have a study session.  The boys weren't particularly impressed with this idea, but seeing as Lily had said that she woould go to Hogsmeade with James next weekend if they studied for at least 2 hours, they didn't have a choice.

"I give up!" Sirius moaned, sitting up.  I giggled at the quill that was stuck to his forehead.  He looked up and blew upwards, causing the feather to flicker in the wind but it refused to move.  I let out a loud burst of laughter as Remus reached over and yanked it off his head.

"Ow! Moony, that hurt."

"Well at least it isn't still stuck on your forehead." Remus said as he casually flicked the quill onto the table.

Lily looked up from her book, a look of annoyance on her face.  Sirius let out a yelp when James elbowed him in the ribs and quickly picked up the nearest book, Lily didn't look impressed but she gave a small nod before returning to her notes.

The next 2 hours went bu pretty slowly; Sirius had another bout of impatience but shut up when James slapped him round the head with a Potions book.

"I think we all deserve a break now." Lily said, shuffling her notes into a neat pile.  Before she could change her mind, all of us scattered, sending pieces of parchment everywhere.

By the time we got outside, Sirius' usual joyous facade had returned and he was plotting a way of pranking the Slytherins.

"Using just a fork, some water, 20 frogs and a small jar of mayonnaise -"

"Any plan that begins with 'Using just a fork' is never going to work." Penny said as she paddled her feet in the lake.

"You'd be surprised," Said Remus from the shore.

I watched Penny blush slightly at Remus' comment and made a mental note to ask her about it later.  I turned around to see Sirius poking a tree with his wand.

"What are you doing?"

"Wasn't it you who said, 'Always check a tree before sitting under it'?" Sirius said, still poking the tree.

"Yes, but why-"

"Because I want to sit under the tree.  Come on Dom, keep up." Sirius put his wand in his pocket and put his hands on his hip. "Yup, I deem this tree safe to sit under!"

"Idiot," I muttered as I sat down.

"He's cute,"

"Shh!" I said to the voice in my head.

"What? I didn't say anything." Sirius said looking at me confused.

"Oh, um, nothing!" I muttered quickly, trying to change the subject before he noticed me talking to myself. "Look, a Slytherin!"

I worked; Sirius had taken the bait and was now trying to find the Slytherin in question.

"He's still cute, Cassie." The voice in my head said.

"Go away!"

"I can't go away, Cassie, I'm part of you."

"Well, then just...he's not cute."

"Yes he his and I know you think he is."

I sighed, "Okay, so maybe he is cute, but that doesn't mean anything."

"Haha! I knew it!" The voice said triumphantly.

"Domino? You okay?"

I looked up and saw Penny making her way over to me.

"Yeah, just having a 'deep and meaningful' with the other half."

Penny chuckled, "How is Faolan, anyway?"

"She's good, annoying and nosey, but good. I'm going for a run tonight."

"Ha, so nothing's changed then." She said, hitting my arm playfully. "Be careful tonight, don't get sidetracked."

"I won't." I said.

"I wasn't talking to you," She whispered as the others came over and joined us.

James looked a little dazed as he sat down and Sirius chuckled. "Lily agreed to go to Hogsmeade with him this weekend."

"We know that, that's why we did so much revision today." Emily said, picking up a daisy from the base of the tree.

"Yeah, but he wasn't expecting her to actually mean it." Remus laughed.





As night fell over the grounds and everyone was tucked up in their beds, i was quietly making my way down to the school grounds.  There were a couple of close calls with Filch, but I made it to the edge of the Forbidden Forest without being caught.

I sat down on the grass, hidden from view if anyone should walk by and waited for the moon to show itself.  As I waited in silence, I thought I heard someone behind me but when I looked I didn't see anyone. I must have been mistaken.

The moon came and I basked in its glow for a couple of minutes before I felt Faolan's eagerness to be free.


I launched myself forward and out of my hiding place.  In mid-dive I let go, letting my body transform. I landed gracefully on my paws and, without breaking stride, started running.  The wind caressed my face and the grass felt soft under my paws.  I run in the grounds frequently, but when the moon was full, it's different; the full moon allows me and Faolan to run as one.

I stopped alongside the lake and peered into the shallows; my reflection staring back at me.  I never thought of myself pretty or beautiful, even in my animagus form, but with the silvery moon shining down on me, it made my fur sparkle.  I was white, although not overly so; all four of my paws were a dark grey, fading up my legs.  I had the same patterning across my mussle; dark grey at the nose, fading upwards towards my eyes.  I supose it's my colouring that gave me my nickname: Domino.

I began loping through the tall grass, letting my paws splash in the cool waters when I heard it; a howl.  I froze, it wasn't a normal wolf.  I turned in the direction of the howl and sniffed the air.  Werewolf.  I ran towards it.

As I came over the crest of the hill, I saw the werewolf in question and with it I saw a large black dog, a stag and I smelt, rather than saw, a rat.

"Can you smell that, Cassie?"

I shook my head at Faolan's question.

"Animagus. They're Animagi."

I sniffed the air and caught the tell-tale scent of an Animagus.  I watched as the werewolf brought down its paws and took a swipe at the dog.  The dog tried to dodge the attack but wasn't quick enough and I heard the dog yelp loudly as the werewolf's paw came in contact with its side.  The stag tried to help but got side-swiped by the werewolf.  It was too strong for the stag to do anything.

"Cassie, we need to do something.  If we don't that dog is going to die!"

I didn't need Faolan to tell me twice and I broke into a sprint.  I threw myself at the werewolf, just as it was about to deliver a death blow to the dog and brought my claws down upon the werewolf's face. We circled each other, taking a couple of swipes and bites before the werewolf took off.  It ran towards the Whomping Willow and disappeared.  I went to go after it when the dog, stag and rat appeared in front of me, block my path.  I gave a small growl and stepped forward but the dog countered me by doing the same; whoever they are they don't want me following that werewolf.

"Let's just leave, Cassie.  They clearly don't want us interfering."

I gave a snort, turned and ran in the opposite direction.

Sirius' POV

Things weren't going well.  We all misjudged the moon tonight and Remus transformed before we could get to the Shrieking Shack.  It didn't help matters that Remus wasn't able to get an Wolfsbane potion.

Remus howled and tried to take a swipe at James.


I jumped forward and transformed, my paws making contact with Remus' shoulders.  I tried to distract him while James and Peter transformed.  Remus brought his claws down, I tried to dodge it but he caught me and I yelped in pain.  My vision went blurry and I saw Remus turn of James, I tried to get up but couldn't.  Remus turned back to me and went to attack again when something rammed into the side of him.  Whatever it was, it gave me a chance to gather myself.  When my vision came back I saw a white wolf circling Remus; both took swipes at each other before Remus took off for the Whomping Willow.  The white wolf went to go after him but me, James and Peter blocked its path.  It growled at us in warning and tried to push past but I stepped forward, giving a small growl myself.  The wolf snorted and ran away, leaving us bemused by what had just happened.

"What the hell?" James said, transforming back from his Stag appearance.

"That was an Animagus," Peter said.  Me and James looked at him and he shrugged, "If it was a normal wolf it would have attacked us, not Remus."

The guy had a point.

"I wonder who it is," I said to no-one in particular.

Cassie's POV

After I un-tensed my muscles from the fight, I headed back up to the castle.  I made my way back to the common room and up to the dormitory.  Collapsing on my bed, the last thoughts that drifted through my mind were that of the evening.

"I wonder who they are," I murmured to myself as I drifted off to sleep.

AN: I have just realised that this is my first author's note! Well, I just wanted to say that I know this is a awfully long chapter, but I combined chapter 3 and 4 because I felt that chapter 3 was a little fluffy.

Thank you to all those who have read this story and hugs to those who have reviewed.  Please let me know what you think, I'd love to know! xx

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