Alex rolled her eyes and flicked the page of witch weekly. She could feel her friends eyes on her still. She looked up and she was right, they were still staring disapprovingly at her, she sighed and closed her magazine.
“It’s what he wants” she pointed out.
“Is it what you want?” Louise asked.
Alex shrugged, she had told them about everything that was going on with Sirius. They weren’t very approving about it, and as Lily had put it, it was bizarre and could only end in disaster.
“It’s not what you want, we can tell” Rosie said frowning.
Alex shrugged again, “stop shrugging” Louise snapped.
“Just talk to us” Lily said quietly, sitting on her bed.
Alex sighed quietly, “I don’t know how I feel, It’s different, that’s it. It’ll work out, it’s different, but what’s life if you don’t try new things”
“But you’re not trying new things, you’re repeating your past. Have you ever thought maybe it’s time to let him go and move on?” Rosie asked.
Alex nodded, “Daniel, I tried. It didn’t work”
“Friendship often ends in love Al” Louise said, “but love never in friendship, not true friendship at least. Never”
“It can do” Alex said quietly.
Lily shook her head, “Rarely, it barely works. You can agree to be friends, but it’s never true friendship, like after you and Sirius broke up did you honestly ever feel like he was a true friend?”
Alex shook her head, “not really”
“You need to be careful where this is going Alex, is it worth risking it all?” Rosie asked.
“Are you sure this is a good idea?” Remus mumbled, Rosie shrugged.
Sirius scoffed, “Of course it is Remmy, go with it”
Rosie sighed and followed the two boys down the corridors. She didn’t know why she had agreed to come with them. Valentines had been almost three weeks ago, she remembered when everything had been less stressful, she had been thinking about this when Sirius had come rushing into the common room urging James and Remus to come with him, James had politely declined, so Sirius had turned to Alex and Rosie grinning. Alex raised her eyebrows and declined happily, Rosie however out of her own stupidity had agreed to come.
“Why isn’t James here?” Remus asked.
“Mentioned something about staring at Lily whilst she studied” Sirius smirked.
“The usual excuse then” Remus grinned.
“Why am I here? And what are we doing?” Rosie asked impatiently after a few minutes of silence.
“Aw come on Ro, thought you liked sneaking around” Sirius grinned.
“I do, but not when I don’t know what it’s about, you’ve told Remus, come on Sirius” she begged.
Sirius raised his eyes at Remus who nodded, “I overheard Sniv talking to some boys in the Great Hall, Slytherin’s of course about some meeting down here, im curious and thought it’d be funny”
“You don’t think it could be dangerous?” Rosie said nervously.
“What’s dangerous about it?” Sirius said casually.
“I don’t know, budding death eaters, all agreeing to meet and we’re going to follow them” Rosie scowled.
“I still don’t get it?” Sirius said innocently.
Rosie sighed and followed him down the corridor. He was fumbling over something, which Rosie could only assume was the map. Remus was shining his light down the corridors. As it was quite late, and they did not have James’ invisibility cloak to hide them today, they just had to be careful.
“Found them” Sirius grinned cheekily.
Remus rolled his eyes, “I am not here to prank I am here to find things out and help, not for immature, childish reasons like you Padfoot”
“Yeah sure, whatever Moony, shh, shh, they’re in there” Sirius pointed to a classroom door.
“Well how are we going to hear them Padfoot” Remus said impatiently, Sirius shrugged.
The door handle opened and Rosie widened her eyes, she shoved Sirius and Remus along to the next corridor. They heard the door open and close and the patter of people’s feet.
“Severus?” Somebody said clearly, “you will be ready? In two weeks?”
“Of course I will” Snape said somewhat angrily.
“The dark lord wants the Mudblood captured, he said her and that Potter boy will be of useful information. But capturing Potter will be far too dangerous, to many people protecting him. Go for the Mudblood Evans” the other boy said sternly.
“Of course” Snape said quietly.
The swishing of cloaks down the corridor, indicated that the Slytherin’s had departed. Rosie turned to Sirius and Remus who were both gaping.
“Where is this attack happening, we need to keep Lily away” Remus said sternly.
“We know just as much as you do Moony” Sirius sighed.
“Should we tell them?” Rosie asked.
Sirius shook his head, “Dumbledore” he said quietly.
Rosie nodded in agreement, “He’ll talk to them”
“Me and Rem will go now, Rosie get yourself back, and take the map” Sirius told her, handing her the map, she nodded and waved, taking herself back to the common room.
“Chocolate frogs, Bertie botts, mint imperials, liquorice wands” Sirius panted as they reached Dumbledore’s office entrance, “um, um REMUS HELP ME” Sirius yelled, “ECLAIRS” he shouted remembering the weird muggle desert Lily had spoken about at new year.
The gargoyle to his surprise opened, he sighed in disbelief and ran up it, followed closely behind by Remus. He threw himself up the stairs and slammed hard on Dumbledore’s door knocker.
The door opened and he was greeted by a very calm looking Dumbledore, who was smiling slightly at the two boys. He was dressed in sea blue robes and his half-moon spectacles were as usual placed on the tip of his nose.
“Come in boys, Miss Evans, Mister Potter, Miss McCord and Mister Pettigrew have been waiting for your arrival for quite sometime” Dumbledore beamed at them cheerfully.
And sure enough walking further into the office, Sirius saw Alex and Lily sat on two chairs talking quietly between themselves and Peter staring around the room in awe, with James’ eyes firmly placed on Lily like usual.
They had been called out of the common room at this time of night to go and see Dumbledore. All sorts of thoughts were flying around her head. Her parents, her sister, an attack, her friends, to many things.
Dumbledore still hadn’t told them what was going on. But when Remus and Sirius showed up he welcomed them in happily and sat the six of them down in front of his chair. Alex and Lily had the two seats and the boys stood behind them.
“You are probably wondering why you’re all here” Dumbledore smiled.
Sirius stuck up his hand, “Actually we came to talk to you about something Sir”
“You were going to tell me the Slytherin’s are working with Voldemort to plan an attack at some point and Miss Evans and Mister Potter here are targets, am I wrong?” Dumbledore asked politely.
Lily gaped but Sirius merely shook his head, “Im sorry Sir, what?” she gasped. James put a reassuring hand on her shoulder, she felt sick.
“Miss Evans when you and James here were picked to become Hogwarts heads, it made you closer to me and the authority of Hogwarts school therefore slightly closer to the ministry, the death eaters need information and they figure their easiest way is to get it out of the two heads” He said simply.
Lily nodded slowly but still felt scared, “I still don’t understand why we are still here” Alex cut in.
“Ah yes” Dumbledore said, pausing for a second, “the order of the phoenix” he said simply.
“The order of the what?” James frowned.
“Sounds like a club” Sirius piped up.
“It is an order” Dumbledore said solemnly, “made up of wizards and witches, aurors and ministry officials wanting to fight against the dark forces, against Voldemort, resistance against death eaters. It is unlinked to the ministry, but many ministry officials chose to join up, I run it. Some of your family members may have heard of it” he suggested.
They all shook their heads, “Miss McCord and Mister Black im sure your parents would’ve” Dumbledore pointed out, Alex snorted, “but probably from the wrong sort of people” he added, they both nodded, “I have called you here as I think you young six witches and wizards are all capable of fighting the dark forces, I think you can do it. I believe in you, it’s whether of course you chose to participate, because it means commitment, not backing out, but it also means fighting for what you believe in” he finished.
Lily swallowed, thoughts spinning around her mind, it would be dangerous yes, but for the greater good. She would be protecting muggle-borns like herself, she would be fighting for lives. She didn’t need to think anymore, “Yes” she whispered, before anyone else could, “I want to fight” she added louder.
James squeezed her shoulder, “Me and Padfoot are in” he grinned.
“I can commit, I want to do it” Alex said clearly and boldly.
“I need to think” Peter squeaked, Dumbledore nodded understandably, “im worried about the safety of my family” Peter added quietly.
“Of course Mister Pettigrew, as you would be, take your time” he smiled.
“Im in, I can fight, sure can’t do much else after school ends” Remus said confidently, Lily squeezed his wrist.
“We’d be happy to have you Mister Lupin” Dumbledore beamed.
“Sir? What about Rosie Chaplin and Louise Edwards?” Lily asked curiously.
“I will be holding a meeting this summer, for others to join but for now we chose members, please do not mention it to anyone, not even them, not around other people, it is far too dangerous for others to find out about” Dumbledore said seriously.
They all nodded, “Great, when Mister Pettigrew decides I can let you know when the first meeting is, but for now I shall bid you goodnight and pip pip sleep well” Dumbledore said cheerfully as they exited his office.
Thoughts filled Lily’s mind about the order of the phoenix, where did they hold their meetings, how did they fight, who was part of it. James joined her side and started to talk to her happily about the order, but her mind was otherwise occupied.
“Pur sang” Peter whispered, and the door slid open.
He crept into the Slytherin dormitory, it was empty. Of course it was, it was two o clocks in the morning. He had snuck out of bed to come here; he had the map and everything. The Slytherin common room always made him feel cold, the stone floors and the leather sofa’s not as welcoming as the Gryffindor fireplace and the comfy cushions. But he was accepted here.
He walked up towards one of the seventh year boys dorms and tapped slightly on the door, waiting to be let in. The door swung open and stood in the doorway was a tired looking Lucius Malfoy.
“This better be good Pettigrew” he hissed, beckoning him inside.
Inside the dorm, Avery, Mulciber, Snape and Goyle were all tiredly pulling themselves into sitting positions. Severus Snape looked the most pissed off and was rubbing his eyes tiredly whilst sneering at Peter. Peter had never understood why Snape disliked him so much; he was much less welcoming than the others. It was probably because of how Sirius and James treated him.
“What is it then Pettigrew?” Lucius said wearily.
Peter stood forward nervously and cleared his throat, “Im sure you’ve heard of the order of the phoenix” he said timidly, all the boys nodded, “Dumbledore has asked myself, James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Alexandra McCord and Lily Evans, to join” he said nervously.
“And what did you say?” Lucius said coolly.
“I said I’d think about it” Peter said nervously, “I think I could be of great use, I have been spying for over a year, I could spy on the order easily, I could do it” he urged.
Lucius nodded, “The Dark Lord, would be pleased to have somebody fully on the inside, right in Dumbledore’s core, if you do it Pettigrew, I want updates the minute you hear something, no holding back or I will make sure you will be punished” Lucius threatened.
Peter swallowed and nodded, “Of course” he whispered.
“Why would Dumbledore want you for the order?” Snape sneered, Peter turned to face him.
He shrugged, “Why do you care? Im spying that’s all the matters” he said coldly and to his surprise firmly.
Lucius gave him a respectful look, one he had never used on Peter before and dismissed him. Peter scurried out of the dormitories, he remembered when he had been asked to fight for the opposing side.
He had been in Diagon Alley, buying his new school supplies before sixth year. His friends had wandered off to look at broomsticks, he had had no interest in joining them. He couldn’t fly, he did not enjoy flying, there was little point.
He had been cornered by Malfoy, Avery and Mulciber. They had all asked for information on Dumbledore, information Peter had little knowledge on. Eventually they talked to him about the Dark Lord, how he would be the next rising thing. Peter had been amazed at the power The Dark Lord had, the power he could have.
Peter knew which was going to be the winning side at the time, he didn’t want to be on the side which was going to lose. He had picked then and there, the side he would be fighting for. He was not going back now.
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