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Like a House on Fire by 800 words of heaven
Chapter 4 : No Love Lost
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“I said, get your filthy hands off of me!”

“Aww! Come on baby!”

“I. Am. Not. Your. Baby,” I managed to get out through my gritted teeth. I had the misfortune of finding myself in an abandoned classroom with my ex-boyfriend. As you could probably tell, I wasn’t happy about it.

“Why can’t you take no for an answer?” I asked. Why did I always have to date the dumbest guys I could possibly find?

“Because everyone knows that when a girl says no, she really means yes!” said my delusional ex-boyfriend.

“Listen up, buddy. I broke up with you. That does not translate to I want to be with you.” Sometimes, you really had to break it down for them.

“But we really had something going there!”

“We went out on one date! And I told you then it wasn’t going to work out between us! So why can’t you just leave me alone?” And that was when the bastard had the nerve to kiss me. I can assure you that his attentions were not only uninvited, they were unwanted. I fumbled around for my wand. Why hadn’t I thought of this earlier? I managed to find it and got it pointing in the right direction. Now… what spell to use? Maybe I should cut his balls off, or maybe that was a little too harsh. Or maybe… BANG! Rex (that’s his name) went flying, his head hitting the opposite wall with a resounding crack! With a smile of satisfaction, I decided to fly out of there. I didn’t stop flying until I reached the safety of the Common Room.


“Been making out with some random again?” asked Lily, as I flopped into a seat next to her.

“No. I was trying to get away from Rex,” I said defensively.

“Which one was that one?”

“The last one.”

“I thought your last one was a muggle.”

I groaned. Damn Lily and her perfect memory. “No, no, the Muggle was just a summer fling. He doesn’t really count.”

“Millie, you met his parents.”

“That was because we just happened to be at the same place at the same time, that’s all. It didn’t mean anything.” Lily rolled her eyes and went back to whatever she was doing before I came; probably homework. Which reminded me that I should probably do the same, before Quidditch started. Merlin only knew when I would get the chance to have a normal life, let alone do homework, once Quidditch started. “Where’s Sarah?” I asked, realising that Lily had been sitting alone.

“Upstairs, I think,” replied Lily, almost completely engrossed in her Charms essay. I never could comprehend how she found writing about a stupid spell fascinating. I’d much rather show that I could actually use the spell in a practical situation, rather than regurgitate something from a dusty textbook.

“What’s she doing up there?”

“I don’t know.”

“I’ll just go and check on her then.” And get my stupid homework. And then go hole myself up in the library forever more.


“Hey Sare, what’s up?” I asked. Sarah was lying on her bed looking up at the canopy. I can’t imagine it was very interesting, but hey, each to their own.

“Mmm,” was the only reply I received.

I picked up my bag and sat down on her bed. “Remus again?”


“Still ignoring you, huh?”


“Don’t worry, darling. He’ll come around soon enough.” As soon as he notices that there’s a whole other gender out there.

“Right. Well, um, I’ll leave you to it.” Lily was much better at dealing with situations like these. I just never knew what to say. I didn’t really have a way with words, just pictures. It was a really unlucky form of expression to be good at. It wasn’t like I could just draw a picture every time I needed to interact with other people. I headed back down the stairs and sat back down next to Lily. She was so engrossed into her work that she didn’t even look up. I sighed and pulled out a half-finished essay on whatever stupid potion I (I mean Black and I) had been working on Monday. It seemed to me that the matters of the heart were reigning supreme tonight. A delusional ex-boyfriend and two best friends in love: one with a boy, and the other with her homework. And what did I have to love? My stupid sketchbook. A sketchbook so useless that I couldn’t even use it as a means of communication with anyone. I sighed again. Things would be better in the morning.




“She broke up with me!” I yelled as I stepped into the dormitory. “How dare she!”

Both Moony and Prongs looked up in surprise at me. Wormtail was busy sleeping – I could hear him snoring away. “Who broke up with you?” asked Moony. Wait… my friends hadn’t known I was in a relationship?

“That… that bitch!” I couldn’t even say her name.

“And which one would that be exactly?”


“What…” asked Prongs with a frown on his face, “the Hufflepuff girl I caught you snogging in that broom cupboard the other night?”

“Yes,” I said through gritted teeth. “That one.”

Moony smiled that knowing little smile of his. “It’s barely even been a month since school started, and the notorious Sirius Black has not only managed to find a girlfriend, but also lose one?”

I glared at him. “So?”

“Nothing. I was wondering what was happening on the Millie front.”

“Why don’t you ask her seeing as you’re so chummy with her?” Things were not going well on that front. And no, I was not snogging Marissa to make White jealous, before you ask.

“So I take it not well,” remarked Moony, completely ignoring my jibe at him. How the hell can he stay so calm all the time? I guess he tries to make up for his, well, animalistic behaviour all the times he’s a werewolf. Then again, you can’t help behaving like an animal when you are one, right?

“I still don’t get why you’re so mad, mate,” said Prongs.

“Because that bitch had the nerve to break up with me!”

“I really don’t think you guys were going out.”

“That doesn’t matter. It’s the fact that she broke up with me! Who the hell does she think she is?”

“Sirius, I know your pride and everything’s been hurt, but you really need to get over yourself,” said Moony matter-of-factly. If he hadn’t been one of my best friends and I knew that he was just saying that to help me out, I might have just hexed him. “And anyways, I have the perfect thing to take your mind off your, um, current situation…”

Both Prongs and I looked over at him in surprise. “What?” I asked.

“It’s been a while since we pulled off a prank, hasn’t it? I think it’s time to remind the school who the Marauders really are.”

“Any good ideas?” asked Prongs.

Moony gave a wicked grin. “Several.”



A/N: Hi guys! Another sort-of filler I know, but at least it's long, right? Well, okay. Longish. But the next chapter's supposed to be longer and things really start happening! Thankyou to everyone who has read this sorry excuse for a story and reviewed! You guys are inspirational stuff! Let me know what you think of this chapter, yeah? The good, the bad and the ugly, I can take it all!

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