A/N:Disclaimer: All Harry Potter-related characters, names, places, objects, spells, etc. belong to J.K. Rowling. I only own the original characters and the plot.
Accompanied by my parents, Lily and I walk over to the Potters’. I can tell there are a lot of people here already.
Aunt Laura opens the door, looking much calmer than earlier. Her hair is done properly and she’s dressed in clothing devoid of holes.
“Hello!” she greets us warmly. As she ushers us inside, she says to Lily and me, “Thank you girls so much for your help earlier.”
“Don’t mention it,” I reply with a smile.
“The kids are all in the basement,” she tells us. The Potters’ basement is big to begin with, and now with the Undetectable Extension Charms, there’s no doubt it will be huge.
Lily and I head downstairs. When we enter the basement, we see that the party is already in full swing. There’s bottles of Butterbeer and flagons of pumpkin juice on the table, but I have my suspicions that James has sneaked some Firewhisky from upstairs.
Before I can take another step into the basement, someone swoops down upon me and lifts me up.
“Maddie!” says Sirius, twirling me in the air. James isn’t far behind him, greeting Lily.
“Hi,” I say. “How’s the party going so far?”
“Great!” says James.
“Our cream puffs are a hit!” adds Sirius.
I laugh. “I’m sure.”
“Come dance!” James begs Lily, who obliges. She allows him to take her by the hand and lead her into another part of the basement.
“Talk now, dance later?” asks Sirius. I nod, wanting to get this over with.
He leads me into a small room off of the basement and closes the door.
“I’m just really confused,” I blurt out before he can say a word. “I mean, am I just another one of those random girls you snog or-”
“Random?” Sirius repeats, looking confused. “You’re not random, you’re Maddie.”
Slightly encouraged, I continue. “So…you didn’t just do it because I was another person to snog?”
He shakes his head. “Of course not.”
“So…what does this mean?” I ask.
“It means,” says Sirius, taking a step toward me, “that I, Sirius Black, actually fancy a girl. And not just any girl,” he adds. “But the funniest, smartest, most beautiful girl I’ve ever met.”
I’m pretty sure I feel my heart stop and then start up again.
“You know, Lily is pretty smart,” I whisper as he comes closer.
“Shut up,” he whispers back, and then leans in and presses his lips to mine.
This time the snogging is better than before because I know how he feels. My feelings aren’t hanging in the balance. I’m not worried as I kiss him back, not feeling uncertain as I feel his hands on either side of my face, tilting my head up toward his. All I feel is peace, and a rush of affection for him.
I allow our kiss to grow deeper, fueled by the reassurance I feel by knowing that he means it, all of it. I run my hands through his hair and he runs his down the sides of my body.
Just then a shatter of glass startles us. We both look toward the door, and then I realize that I have even said hello to Remus yet, let alone Alice.
“Maybe we should go,” I say apologetically.
“Do we have to?” he asks, beginning to trail kisses down the side of my neck.
“Er-well, we probably should,” I say. “I haven’t even said hello to Alice yet, and er-” It is really hard to talk when I’m being distracted like this.
“We can come back later,” I get out finally, which seems to get through to him.
“Alright,” he says. “But just one more thing.”
“I told you how I feel about you,” he says. “But you never told me how you feel about me.”
“Well, in that case,” I say, “it just so happens that I, Madison Lane, actually fancy a bloke. And not just any bloke, the bravest, funniest, and most devilishly handsome bloke I’ve ever met.”
“You're lucky you added the devilishly,” Sirius says, “or else I may have been annoyed with you for copying me.”
We both laugh. He opens the door to go back into the party, and holds out his hand to me. I take it.
When we I reenter the party, it’s to find James hastily sweeping up the remains of a vase that some Ravenclaw just broke. He looks happy to see us.
“So…?” he asks, looking from Maddie to me.
Sirius hold up our intertwined hands. James grins. “Well congratulations,” he says. “Alice and Lily are over there,” he tells us, nodding his head toward another room. “I’ll be there in a bit.”
We head off in the direction James indicated. We find Alice, Lily, Remus, and Peter standing together.
I’m immediately engulfed in a hug from Alice. While hugging me, she whispers in my ear, “What’s been going on with you and Sirius? Lily wouldn’t tell me anything! She said you have to explain. What were you guys talking about?”
“I’ll tell you later, Al,” I assure her with a smile. She pretends to pout but then smiles too.
I say hello to Remus and Peter, as does Sirius. James reappears behind me.
“Hey, guys!” he says excitedly. “Isn’t it great that Maddie and Padfoot are together now?”
Alice’s jaw drops. Peter’s eyes widen. Remus looks at us with a bemused expression on his face.
Thank you, James.
“I am guessing,” says James slowly, “that you didn’t tell them yet?”
I roll my eyes at him. “Well done.”
“Maddie,” says Alice, grabbing me by the wrist. “We need to talk!”
I look at Sirius apologetically. “I’ll be back,” I promise, as Alice drags me away, Lily following us. He smiles and nods.
“Thanks, Prongs,” I say to James.
“Sorry,” he says.
“So, what’s going on, Padfoot?” asks Moony. “Care to explain?”
I recount the events leading up to tonight for Moony and Wormtail. When I’m finished, Remus smiles and claps me on the back.
“Well, congratulations,” he says. “It’s about time you two got together.”
“What do you mean?” I ask him, confused.
“Well, it’s been coming on for years,” Moony replies in a logical voice.
“What do you mean, coming on for years?” I demand, looking at James for support.
“Don’t look at me, mate, I had no idea,” he says.
“It’s been obvious for a long time,” says Moony, “that you two were going to end up together.”
“Obvious to you, maybe,” I say. Moony laughs.
“I’m happy for you, Padfoot,” he says.
“Me too,” says Prongs.
“Me too,” says Wormtail. “Where did that cheese and cracker platter go?”
When I’ve finished explaining to Alice everything that’s happened, she looks at me with a big smile on her face.
“That’s so romantic!” she says. “See, I told you that your Frank was out there!”
“Whoa,” I say. “No one ever said Sirius was my Frank. I mean, you and Frank are really serious. Sirius and I just got together. Let’s not jump to conclusions.”
“Okay, okay,” says Alice. “But I’m really happy for you.”
“Thanks,” I say, giving her a smile. “Now, shall we get back to the boys?”
We rejoin the Marauders. Frank has just arrived and he and Alice disappear to go and dance. Peter sets off in search of a cheese and crackers platter.
“Care for a drink?” James asks us. “There’s Butterbeer, pumpkin juice, and,” he adds with a smirk, “I smuggled us some Firewhisky.”
“Well then you know what I want,” says Sirius with a grin, and James pours him some of the drink, and I hold out my cup for some as well. Lily opts for a Butterbeer.
I take a sip of Firewhisky and enjoy the familiar sensation.
“Care to dance?” asks Sirius.
“I’d love to,” I answer.
The hours pass and I’m having a great time with Mads. We’re dancing and drinking and laughing, and it’s just like before except for the fact that we keep snogging.
“This is going to be kind of hard to get used to,” says James, as we’re sitting around a table.
“I’m used to it,” I say, leaning over to kiss Maddie again.
“Hey, it’s almost midnight!” says James suddenly, seizing the excuse to distract his attention from Maddie and me.
I lean over and whisper to Mads. “You want to go somewhere?” She nods.
We leave Lily and James at the table and head over to a different part of the room with not as many people. The countdown starts.
Everyone shouts “Happy New Year!” and I lean in and kiss my new girlfriend; a perfect way to start the year.
Maddie smiles at me. “Happy New Year,” she says.
“Happy New Year,” I reply, smiling back at her.
“I’m going to get another drink,” she says. “I’ll be right back.” She walks over to the drinks table, not too far from where we’re standing.
“Hey, Sirius,” says a voice from behind me. I turn around. It’s Charlotte, the girl who Grey cheated on Mads with.
“Can I help you with something?” I ask her coldly.
“Why don’t you tell me?” she asks, and suddenly she’s way too close and before I can protest she’s planted her mouth on mine and she’s attempting to snog the living daylights out of me.
It takes a second to register what the hell is going on, and when I do, I push her off of me. In the next second, I’m soaking wet and reeking of Firewhisky.
I turn to see who drenched me, and there’s Maddie. If looks could kill, I’d be dead.
“Mads-” I start but she’s already turned on her heel and run out of sight.
Charlotte doesn’t look at all sorry. On the contrary, she’s smiling at me.
“Why don’t you go mess with someone else’s life?” I ask angrily, and run off after Mads.
She’s in the same room we were in earlier, sitting in a chair with her head in her hands. I enter and close the door behind me.
“Get out,” she orders forcefully.
“I mean it, Sirius, get out.”
“Stop calling me that!” she yells, standing up. “Stop calling me that and get out! We’re done! It’s over, leave me alone!”
I don’t know how I’m still living, because the combination of her tear streaked face and caustic words has just about broken my heart into a million little pieces.
“Mads,” I say for a third time, ignoring her request, “you need to listen to me. What happened back there was a total mistake-”
“No, the mistake was thinking that you could change!” she shouts at me, her eyes blazing. “We’ve been together for just a couple of hours, and already Hogwarts’ biggest player couldn’t handle it! Couldn’t stand the idea of having only one girl to snog, Sirius? Got bored already?”
“Don’t do that!” I shout back, suddenly angry. “Don’t make it seem like it’s just me! You’re just like me! You do it too!”
“Oh yeah, because I was the one snogging someone else two minutes after our New Year’s kiss!” Mads shouts angrily. “Oh, but I forgot, blokes don’t get as easily attached, do they, Sirius? Apparently that translates to snogging other girls when you have a girlfriend!”
“If you would’ve just listened to me, you would know that she came on to me! And that I pushed her away as soon as I realized what was going on! But you’d rather blame me for everything, wouldn’t you?”
“How would you have reacted if the roles were reversed?” she demands.
“I would believe you!” I shout. “And you need to believe me! You need to trust me!”
“How can I?” she asks hysterically. “How can I trust you now?”
“Stop making it sound like I cheated on you or something!” I yell furiously. “I would never do that! I’m not Grey!”
Maddie glares at me and pauses before saying, “I know perfectly well who you are, thanks.”
“What is this really about?” I press on, not caring how angry it’s going to make her. “Are you scared that I’m going to cheat on you like he did?”
“You just did!”
“No, I didn’t!” I bellow in frustration. “That is not what happened, and if you’d just listen to me-”
“I’m done listening,” says Maddie, cutting me off. “Sirius, look at us. Clearly, this isn’t going to work.”
“Stop calling me that,” she says again with a tone of finality, and then she strides past me and leaves the room.
This is worse than when Lucas cheated on me. Even though Lucas and I were together for over a month, and Sirius and I were only together for a couple of hours, it’s worse.
Making my way back through the crowd in search of Lily, I’m forced to realize that maybe I should’ve listened to Sirius. He’d said earlier that he’d fancied me. He’d said just now that it was a mistake, that Charlotte threw herself at him, that he would never cheat on me, and that I needed to trust him.
Why did I have to be so damn difficult?
By the time I reach Lily and James, standing together, I know that I handled that situation all wrong. I mean, Charlotte was the girl who Lucas cheated on me with. It would be completely in character for her to throw herself at him.
“Maddie!” says Lily in alarm. “What happened?”
I can’t bring myself to answer her, because I don’t even know how to explain the stupidity I just displayed that lost me my boyfriend.
Upon seeing my face, James looks extremely worried. “Where’s Padfoot?” he asks.
“I don’t know,” I answer miserably.
“What happened?” Lily asks again. I explain the situation, leaving out the exact words exchanged.
“Basically, I said a lot of things I shouldn’t have,” I finish, “and I didn’t even give him a chance to explain.”
“Well then you need to talk to him,” says Lily. I shake my head.
“I can’t right now. I just need to go home,” I tell her.
“Okay, well if you’re sure,” she obliges. “Thank you for the lovely party, James.”
“Thanks, James,” I echo. He gives me a hug, and then he hugs Lily, who doesn’t protest.
I leave without saying good-bye to Sirius.
I hear Prongs’ voice, sounding from miles away. Or maybe closer, because I can see him. But he sounds really far away.
“Padfoot?” Prongs repeats. “Mate, are you alright?”
“Mm fine,” I say clumsily, trying to focus on him to very little success. “Why wouldn’t I be?”
“You’re drunk,” James informs me.
“Good to know,” I slur.
“Mate, Maddie feels really awful about what happened,” he says. “She went home, but I’m sure if you two talk tomorrow, you can work things out.”
I shake my head. “No,” I say. “She doesn’t trust me.” I put my head in my hands. “She doesn’t trust me,” I repeat, the truth of my words sinking in. I look up at James sadly. “Why doesn’t she trust me? I can’t be with someone who doesn’t trust me.”
“I’m sure you’ll feel differently tomorrow,” says James, with an edge of desperation in his voice. “Let’s get you to bed.”
“But the party-”
“Party’s over, mate,” says James. “It has been for a while.”
I don’t say anything else, just allow him to sling one of my arms over his shoulder and lead me up the stairs, still picturing Mads’ tear streaked face in my mind.
A/N:For all of you that wanted some drama, hopefully this satisifed you. For all of you who want Maddie and Sirius together right this second, please don't hate me! And don't worry, there's lots more story to go! Please leave a review and let me know what you thought of this chapter, seeing as it's a pretty important one. Thank you for reading, and special thanks to Abbey, quidditchscribbler, MoonyistheBestMarauder, loony_lovegood101, and inlovewithscorp_siriusly for their constant reviews and positive feedback!