"Oh my God, how could Dumbledore let a werewolf into Hogwarts?!" Penny gasped, when I told her what had happened last night.
"Penny!" I said, shocked.
"What? Werewolves are dangerous, someone could get hurt. Or worse, killed!"
"I'm a werewolf, Penny!" I hissed. "Do you think I should leave Hogwarts?"
"Oh, you know what I mean, Domino. You're not a proper werewolf."
"No, I don't know what you mean. I may not transform every full moon like a werewolf, but I am half werewolf. I'm shocked you would say something like that, knowing full well that werewolves aren't all bad. They can't help it if they attack someone. It's not their fault." I stood up and went to walk away.
"Dom, wait," Penny grabbed my arm. "I'm sorry, I just don't think of you as a werewolf; you're different. I didn't mean to sound so...so horrible."
I sighed, "I know Pen, I know." I gave her a hug. Penny wasn't prejudice against werewolves; I should know she'd known me since my accident, she was just shocked that there was a werewolf here. To be honest, I felt the same when I found out last night.
"So," Penny sniffed. "There are 3 Animagus' running around and they're probably unregistered. I wonder who they are."
Over the next couple of weeks, I tried to find out more about the werewolf and its friends but I kept coming up empty.
As Easter got ever closer I got bombarded with letters from Dylan and Sophie asking how many friends I'll be taking to the wedding, not to mention the amount of homework the teachers were giving us.
The eight of us were sitting outside, by the lake as usual during our free period; we'd already suffered an hour of Potions and an hour of History of Magic. Saying that, I actually really enjoyed Potions; along with DADA it was my favourite class.
"So," I said, addressing my friends. "I expect you all at my house before 9 o'clock on the second Monday of the holidays."
"You're house? Before 9? Why?" James asked.
"Because, James, you are all coming to my brothers wedding of course."
"Cool and we're invited?" Sirius asked, pointing to himself, James, Remus and Peter.
"Well, you are my friends, and my friends are invited...so, yes."
"We're your friends?" Sirius asked, eyebrow raised.
"Look if you don't want to go, say so!" I said, getting annoyed.
"Oh no, we want to go. I just wanted to clarify that we're your friends."
I looked at him sceptically before nodding.
"He's up to something, Cassie."
Ignoring Faolan, I continued. "Right, well I'll let Dylan know how many they can expect then." I said, picking up my bag and walking off to the Owlery. "Penny, can you give me a hand?"
Penny looked confused but came anyway. Neither of us said anything until we had reached the Owlery.
"Why did you want me to come, you don't need help sending a letter?" Penny asked me as I scribbled out a quick note to my brother.
"I wanted to talk to you." I said, tying my note to Thorn's leg.
"You and Remus." I turned my head and saw Penny's face blush. "I've been meaning to ask you for a while but I kept forgetting."
"What about me and Remus?"
"You like him." I said simply.
"Of course I like him, we're friends." She said, regaining her composure.
"No, I mean you like him." I watched Thorn fly off into the distance and turned back to face Penny properly.
"Ha, so it is true." I punched the air joyfully. " I knew I was right, you keep blushing when he speaks to you and you sit next to him at every chance you get."
"Okay, okay, I'll admit that I like him, but you can't tell anyone!"
"Does he feel the same?" I asked as we left the Owlery and back over to the guys.
"I don't know," sje said, sounding lost in her thoughts.
After about 10 minuets the eight of us headed back the school for our next lesson. This was the one time that I wasn't in the same class as them.
Leaving my friends on the 3rd floor, I was headed to Divination when I heard someone call me.
"Hey, Domino! Wait up!"
I turned on the spot and was greeted by Sirius who, by the looks of it, had just run a marathon.
"Are you alright?" I asked interrupting his panting. He leant against the wall and took a deep breath, shaking his head at my question.
"You...move...really quickly..." he huffed between breaths. "I turned...to talk to... you but...you were already,,,gone. I had to...run." He took a couple more deep gasps of air and closed his eyes, trying to regain his normal composure.
"For someone who plays Quidditch, you're awfully out of breath."
"I ran up four flights of stairs." He said opening his eyes.
"Four? But we're on 3rd?" I said, trying to work out his logic.
"Detour." He said simply.
"Oh. Well, I'm sorry. I didn't realise I walked so fast." I smiled.
"I wanted to catch you before class. I wanted to know if you wanted to go to Hogsmeade with all of us tomorrow." Sirius said, his breathing finally back to normal.
"Oh, um, sure that'll be fine." The smile disappearing from my face; I don't know why I felt so disappointed.
"Cool. Lily's going with James, as promised, I think Peter asked Emily, Remus has finally plucked up the courage to ask Penny and I thought you could come with me."
"Oh," I said, my smile returning. "Wait, did you say Remus had finally asked Penny?" My simle turning into a grim.
"Yeah why? You didn't want to go with him, did you?" Sirius asked, looking a little depressed.
I burst out laughing at his question and he raised his eyebrows at me. "What?"
"Why would I want to go to Hogsmeade with Remus?!" I watched as the penny finally dropped for Sirius.
"Penny likes Remus!" He all but shouted.
"Finally, caught on have you?"
"You know what this means?" He asked mischievously.
"That we need to stage an intervention and push them closer?"
"My thoughts exactly!" He grinned, "Now, off to Divination!"
Sirius linked his arm through mine and pulled me through the corridors towards class, whispering plans about Rmeus and Penny.
"But you don't have Divination!" I said, looking confused.
"No, I don't, but I could do with a change of scenery," Sirius shrugged, still content on going to Divination with me.
Sirius and I had discussed many ways of getting Penny and Remus closer during Divination, but most of them were just silly. Professor Trelawney never noticed she had an extra student, which made everyone in the room chuckle. Sirius even asked her loads of questions and she still didn't notice that he shouldn't have been there; to be fair, she probably did notice but the fact that he was taking an interest - albeit jokiningly - meant that she didn't care.
Trelawney got us to sit in pairs and gave us all a crystal ball; we'd done this before but I suppose as OWLs were getting closer, she wanted to recap the previous years. Sirius grabbed the crystal ball and stared at it intently.
"I see.......smoke abd not much else."
"You've got the focus, apparently." I laughed.
"Hmm, well then, if I focus I see......dark."
"How can you see 'dark'? You're clearly doing it wrong."
"No, I see dark. I can also see you, there's a lot of dark around you -"
Before he continued Professor Trelawney came over. "Step aside Mr Black," she gasped. "He is right my dear, there is dark around you. I see pain and suffering. You are in grave danger!"
A lot of the students scoffed; Trelawney was known for always predicting death, so this wasn't anything special. I wasn't bothered by her 'prediction'.
"There are two of you. You share the same body, but your minds are separate. She is the one who is surrounded in darkness, but it is you that takes the pain she creates."
I looked at her, my eyes wide; that had caught my attention.
"Don't listen to her, Cassie. I'll never hurt you."
"I know that, Faolan." I whispered.
"How was Divination?" James asked Sirius, laughing.
"Intriguing," Sirius replied, "Trelawney predicted her usuall, didn't she Dom?"
"Huh, waht?" I shook my head and glanced up at Sirius. You know, I had never noticed how amazing his eyes were; so captivating. I tore myself away from my thoughts and looked around the room; the Great Hall. I was so dazed from what Trelawney had said, I hadn't noticed the entire walk from Divination to the Great Hall.
"Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine."
"So, what did Trelawney say?" Lily asked.
"A load of gumph about darkness and sorrow," Sirius replied, taking a bite of the apple he had just picked up.
I gave Penny a quick 'I need to speak to you later' glance, hoping that she would understand my non-verbal message. She must have understood because she gave me a small nod.
"So," said Penny, changing the subject. "what time are we all meeting tomorrow for Hogsmeade?"
AN: For those who might be confused by my use of the word "gumph" (pronounced: gump-ff), it means rubbish / nonsense ie: She came out with a load of gumph.
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