AN: I would never normally put an author's note at the beginning of a chapter, but I really wanted to apologise for the long delay in getting this chapter out. I had a car crash on the 25th, which wrote-off my car; everyone was fine, thankfully but things haven't been going well since. Because of the car crash, I have been car-less and getting to and from work has been a pain in the proverbial. I've been stressing about work, my lack of transport, trying to get a new car and my general lack of money. So needless to say I have ignored this story for a while and I am very sorry.
Thank you to all those who have been reading and hugs to all those who have reviewed, you really inspire me to keep writing. Right, on with the show!
I woke the next morning to the sounds of Penny reeking havoc to the dorm. I opened my eyes and saw her running around the room, flapping about how she didn't know what to wear.
"You might want to think about your hair first." I muttered, closing my eyes. "You know, work your way down."
Penny's hair was sticking up at odd angles; it looked like a birds nest. The words hedge and backwards sprang to mind. I started drifting off when something large collided with my head.
"Don't even go there, Domino! Don't you even dare!" Penny growled at me. "I am well aware of what my hair looks like but nothing I do seems to work. Now get out of that bed and help or so help me God, I will -"
"Okay, okay!" I cried, jumping out of bed so quickly my head started spinning. Pen never threatened unless she was really stressed, so I wasn't going to push her buttons right now. it wasn't until I started rummaging through Penny's stuff when I noticed that Lily and Emily were acting stressed as well.
"Am I the only one who isn't stressed today? What is so important?"
"Hogsmeade." Faolin said softly.
After an hour of running around after three stressed and incredibly bitchy girls, they were finally ready. I, on the other hand, was still in my pyjamas. I threw on the nearest outfit I could lay my hands on and raced down the stairs, tripping over a group of third years and nearly losing my balance.
"Be careful, Cassie!"
"I am being careful!" I hissed.
"Well obviously not. You nearly fell down the stairs!"
"Oh, hush your gums, Faolin. I'm in a hurry and I'm going to be late!" I was running at full pelt through the corridors, getting stange looks for everyone which I assumed was because I was talking to myself. I skidded to a halt inches from the guys and panted my apologies.
"We thought you'd forgotten." Remus said.
"No, but I had to run around after three very stressed, very hormonal women."
Sirius chuckled, "Well, that explains your dress code then."
I looked down at what I was wearing and could have died of embarrassment; my t-shirt was on backwards, my jacket was inside out and my shoes were odd. Bugger.
No wonder everyone was looking at me. I gave a flick of my wand, changing one of my shoes from green check to red and correcting my clothing. "There, much better."
We left Hogwarts and made our way down to Hogsmeade; it was a lovely day, despite the coldness in the wind. The walk down the Hogsmeade was fairly quiet, everyone seemed anxious about the day ahead of us.
"So," James said, breaking the silence as we neared the little village. "Where do you want to go first? Honeydukes? Zonko's?"
My stomach decided at that point to grumble loudly and everyone looked at me. "How about The Three Broomsticks, I'm starving."
They all laughed and Penny said, "Why not. Dom can stuff her face and we can warm up with a Butterbeer before having a wonder round."
"Oi, it's your fault I'm hungry. I missed breakfast because of you three!" I said pointing my finger at Penny, Lily and Emily.
"Perhaps, but you're still going to stuff your face." Penny giggled as I glared at her. I threw my arm out to hit hers but she jumped out of the way at the last minute, running off into the distance. "Too slow, Dom! You've been eating too much, it's slowing you down!"
"We'll see about that!" I yelled, taking off after her.
"Are they always like this?" Moony asked the girls.
"Yes," Lily and Emily said together.
James and I laughed watching Domino chasing Penny, while Remus just shook his head in amusement. The six of us left the girls to it and headed over to The Three Broomsticks, as we reached the door there was a loud shout from behind us.
Turning around, I saw Penny leap into the air and dog-pile Domino. "Get off me, you fat lump!"
"Hey, I'm not fat!" Penny said, pouting her lip.
"Oh, just bloody GET OFF ME!"
I chuckled and shouted over to them, "We're going to get a drink, we'll save you a seat for when you've finished!"
"Ooh, I'm on my way!" Penny said, standing up.
Domino reached out and grabbed Penny's legs, forcing her to fall flat on her face.
"Haha! Score one for me!" Dom shouted as she dashed past us and into the pub.
I couldn't help but smile when I saw Dom sat at a table in the corner, already working her way through a plate of scrambled eggs. She's cute.
"What?" I asked Sirius, who was staring at me.
"Um, nothing." He said, taking the seat next to me.
"He was marvelling at how fast you managed to get food. You haven't been in here long, where did you get that from?" Remus asked, taking the seat opposite me with Penny in tow.
"She stole it from the old guy over there on her way in." Madam Rosemerta was standing behind Penny, a small note pad in her hands. "What can I get you?"
"He's asleep! He isn't going to miss it!" I said through a mouthful of food when my friends looked at me in shock and disbelief. "I'm hungry!"
"We'll have 8 Butterbeers and two plates of scrambled eggs; one for the monster over there," Lily said, pointing at me, "and one for the gentleman whose food she stole, please."
"Sure thing." Madam Rosemerta said, pocketing the note pad.
We were sat in The Three Broomsticks for a couple of hours, talking and laughing over our drinks. The time went by pretty quickly and by the time we got up to leave, we had consumed 4 Butterbeers each and I had scoffed down 2 plates of scrambled eggs, 1 bacon sandwich and a full English; gorgeous.
We went into Zonko's Joke Shop next where Sirius and James disappeared into the shelves, gleefully discussing their next prank.
"Yeah and then we could..."
Before the could completely empty their pockets of money, we managed to drag them out of Zonko's and into Honeydukes. It never fails to amaze me when I go in Honeydukes; the smells that greet you before you even get to the door are incredible, and with my sensitive wolf nose I could pick up every single individual smell that drifted by. The shelves were stacked high with brightly coloured sweets and I lost myself in the awesomeness of it all.
"Hmm?" I said turning to Sirius.
"You're drooling and it's really not attractive."
Sirius' words didn't really register in my brain and I turned back to the smells and colours that awaited me.
"It's no good, Sirius, we've lost her." I heard Lily say as I took off towards the chocolate aisle.
I'm not sure how long I was in Honeydukes, but when I emerged with my arms full of chocolates, sugar quills and boxes of Bertie Botts, it had gone dark and I was alone. I stood in the doorway of Honeydukes, glancing around for any sign of my friends. My stomach churned and this time it wasn't in hunger.
"They haven't abandoned you, Cassie."
"Then where are they?" I said, as I sat down on the bench to my right.
"Exactly," I whispered trying to stop myself from crying.
I was sat on the bench for about 10 minutes, when I heard the door of Honeydukes open.
"Domino! There you are! I though I'd lost you."
Looking up, I saw Sirius standing in the doorway, smiling.
"Are you okay, Dom?" He said, his smile vanishing.
"I thought you'd all left me here." I sniffed.
"Oh, Dom," he said, sitting down next to me and bringing me into a hug. "We didn't leave you. The others wanted to have a walk round, so I said I'd stay here with you and we'd meet them in the Great Hall for dinner. Then when I went to find you, you'd gone."
"See, I told you they hadn't abandoned you."
"Oh," I said, feeling a little foolish for my over-reaction. I took in a deep breath, Sirius' scent invading my nostrils and pulled back. "Sorry."
"You've nothing to be sorry for, Dom."
Something shifted in me when I looked at him; his black hair hung gently at his shoulders, framing his face which drew your gaze up to his grey eyes that held so much emotion.
"I got your shirt wet."
He looked down at his shirt, saw the small wet patch on his chest where I had been crying and let out a bark like laugh. "It'll dry."
Sirius looked back at me and tenderly tucked my hair behind my ear; his soft touch caressed my skin. Nerves jumped in my stomach as he lent towards me, placing a tender kiss upon my lips. When he pulled away, I let out a small sigh.
Come on; let's go get something to eat." Sirius said, picking up my bags and lacing his hand through mine.
AN: Okay, so this chapte's a bit of a filler/fluff, but I hope you all liked it.
Let me know what you thing; if there's anything you think I should have done or something you'd like to see happen etc. Thank you.