Chapter 2 : The First Day
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Everybody was looking forward to the next day. As everyone entered the Great Hall, they looked up toward the Head Table, looking for the new teacher.
She was sitting in between Professor Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall. Sulton was talking quietly to the two.
"Hey, Prongs," Sirius Black called across the table to his best mate. "Are you excited for DADA?"
"Pads, when have I EVER not been excited about DADA?" replied James Potter.
"I know, but are you even more excited today?" Sirius said, getting exasperated. Honestly, shouldn't Prongs know what I mean?
"Yeah, Padfoot, why would you ever doubt Prongs would NOT like DADA?" Remus Lupin asked, sitting next to James.
"Yeah, Padfoot," came the quiet voice of Peter Petegrew, sitting next to Sirius. He was a quiet, mousey type of person.
Before anyone could respond, Professor Dumbledore stood.
"Again, welcome back students!" he called. "I just want to introduce our new teacher again, Professor Sulton. She will be your new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. Please show her how generous Hogwarts students can be. Thank you." As he finished his speech, food appeared on the plates.
"Hey, Evans!" James called.
Lily Evans groaned and turned, setting her face hard. "What do you want, Potter?" she growled.
"Just wanted to ask if you were excited about the new teacher," he said, pulling up next to her and her best friend, Alice Little.
"Yes, Potter. I think everyone is excited about the new professor," Lily said in a monotone, staring straight ahead, continuing to her next class, which, unfortunately for her, she had with Potter and the rest of the Marauders.
As the rest of the Marauders pulled James back to their group, Lily and Alice entered the classroom...and stopped dead.
The classroom was so much different than it had been the year pervious.
Instead of the usual rows of tables and chairs, the tables were pushed agains the wall and all the chairs were in the center of the room, in a large circle.
As everyone filled in and took seats in the large circle, they started mumbling to themselves.
"Where's the new teacher?"
"Should we even be here?"
"Yeah, were we supposed to go to another classroom?"
"Are you crazy? It says right in our schedule, 'Room 106'. We ARE in the right classroom." Just as Lily got the last words out, a voice spoke from the corner of the room.
"Don't worry. You are in the right classroom." Everyone turned toward the voice. Stepping into the light was the new professor.
Mari Sulton was dressed casually. AKA, not in robes. She was wearing dark washed skinny jeans, a simple white blouse, and her long dark hair pulled back in a French braid, typical Muggle teenage style.
She looked around the classroom. "Everyone up, please," she said. Everyone obeyed, standing straight, even the Slytherins. "Now, please move around so you are sitting with someone new," she said. "And yes," she said before the groaning could get to loud, "sit with someone in the other House. You have 30 seconds. If you are not in a seat by that, well, lets just say this: you don't want that." She looked around, not a glimmer of a smile on her face. "GO!"
There was a frantic scraping of chairs and pounding of feet.
"TIME!" Sulton said, loud enough to be heard over a stampede of elephants. But since everyone was in a chair, her voice echoed and ricocheted off the walls. "Very good," she said, mostly to herself.
James looked around at his friends. Sirius was sitting next to a tall Slytherin girl who was staring at him in utter disgust, and on the other side of him was none other than Snivellus. Sirius looked at James with a look of mischief, and James knew that he was plotting. Remus was sitting in the middle of two fat Slytherins who were doing their best to look intimidating, but were failing miserably. Peter looked at his neighbors in pure fear. Both of the Slytherins were at least a foot taller than him.
James however, was quite happy with the arrangement. On his left was Avery, a quite nasty Slytherin that the Marauders had dueled on more than one occasion. However, his annoyance soon evaporated as he spotted who was on the other side of him. Since there was one more Gryffindor than Slytherin, two of the Gryffindors had to sit next to each other. And James found himself in the presence of none of than Miss Lily Evans, who looked less than thrilled about the situation.
"Welcome to Defense Against the Dark Arts." Sulton said, eyes scanning over the students. "As you know, I am Professor Sulton, your new teacher. I know that many of you may have doubts about my teaching, most likely due to my age. But I can assure you up front, I am not to be messed with. Rule-breaking will not be tolerated in my classroom, no exceptions." As she said this, James could've sworn her eyes flitted to him and then Sirius. He met his best mate's eye and winked.
"Today you will not be needing your wands." She said, seeing that a few students already had theirs out. There was a collective muttering in the crowd that immediately ceased when Sulton continued speaking.
"Since it is my first day, I would like to get to know you all before I start teaching you."
James rolled his eyes and leaned back in his chair, and immediately straightened as he saw Sulton's gaze sweep over him. She raised an eyebrow at him. "I am sorry if that disappoints some of you, but we will start our Defense lessons tomorrow." She waved her wand and little desks appeared in front of each student. With another flick of her wand, quills and parchment appeared.
"I assume most of you know each other, seeing you've been living with each other for the past 6 years..." she trailed off, looking at Sirius with everyone following her gaze.
Sirius was leaning back, casually enough, though his wand was out and pointed at the back of Severus' head. Lily was about to say something, but was silenced with a look from Sulton. Lily's eyes widened at the thought of a professor letting Black play a prank on someone, even if it was a Slytherin, and even if it was a former-best-friend-who-used-the-"M"-word. With a little flick of Sirius' wand, Severus' head was suddenly red with gold highlights. The funny thing, both Severus and Sirius were completely oblivious: Sirius to the class and Severus to Sirius and the class now snickering under their breath.
Sulton cleared her throat. Sirius jumped about two feet in the air, his wand flying out of his hand. With a quick flick of her wand, Sulton had his wand in her other hand. Sirius gave a little sound of annoyance, though quickly shut up when he saw Sulton turn her steely gaze on him. He swallowed.
"Now, Mr. Black, if you would be so kind as to turn Mr. Snape's head back to normal," Sulton, returning the wand to Sirius (she was now standing behind him with him looking straight front and paling ever so slightly). Severus had just noticed the change of mood of the class. When he realized why everyone was staring and when someone pointed to his head, he looked up and yelled in outrage. Before he could do anything, ropes were pulling him back in his seat, wrapping around his waist like a seat belt. He plopped back in his seat, sending a death stare toward the Marauders. Sirius waved is wand and Severus' head was back to normal (that is, normal for him).
"Mr. Black, please see me after class," Sulton said. Then she turned back to the class. "As I was saying, I would like to get to know you all a bit better." She waved her wand and a parchment appeared in front of each student. "Please fill these out. You have until the rest of the class, which is about 20 minutes. And please, no more fooling around."
A/N: Okay, so I redid the ending. As much as I loved the idea of a duel, when I tried to add another chapter, it was rejected and I couldn't think of any other way to start the chapter, so I decided to go down a slightly safer route.
So, I hope everyone enjoyed the chapter, and hopefully I can update soon!
Until next time,
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