“Gather round everyone, gather round!” Professor Verona called from his fireplace. Most of the students begrudgingly crowded around Verona who was already off singing. Our group looked at each other before shaking our heads. At least we are in agreement.
“There is no way I am singing some crap song about a dog named Bingo!” I said flatly. The others laughed like I was joking.
I am not.
“Why don’t we tell ghost stories instead?” Alice suggested.
“Oh I have heaps of ghost stories! Sir Nicholas can talk for ages about himself. That’s counted as a ghost story right?” I asked. Judging by their laughter, it is not.
“Not that type of ghost story,” Lily said rolling her eyes. “Scary ghost stories!”
I had a feeling she was going to say that. My fear of the crazed one hook-handed killer came back. Maybe I will go sing about Bingo after all. He doesn’t have a hook for a paw…
“Don’t worry,” Remus said noticing my hesitant look. “I’ll look after you.”
Right. Well forget about Bingo!
I smiled back at him before sighing and saying, “If we must! Who knows one?”
Surprisingly James knew one. Before he started, Frank who had snuck away from the group of singing lunatics came and joined our group. He and Alice looked pretty cozy over on their log. I waggled my eyebrows at her and she grinned at me.
“There was a group of teenagers out camping in the woods,” James began in low voice. “They were all sitting around their campfire late at night. One of the guys, let’s call him Sirius,” he grinned at Sirius who rolled his eyes. “Sirius thought he heard a noise in the darkness. He ignored it at first but he kept hearing it, though no one else could. Now Sirius was not too bright, otherwise he would have never gone out into the pitch black woods on his own. But he did. He snuck off from the group without anyone noticing.”
James had his torch now and was shining it on face, giving it a creepy glow. Why? Why did he have to do that?
“He walked through the dense woods, following the sound. It was like something was scraping on wood. He couldn’t figure out what it would be so he kept following it, like the fool he was,” At this point Sirius tried to protest but the rest of us just shushed him. “He realised he had wandered so far away from his friends that he could no longer see any light from their fire. Just as he was about to turn back he heard someone call his name,”
James lowered his voice even more and did the creepiest whisper ever. “Siiiiiriusssss… Sirius whipped around at the sound but couldn’t see a thing. Suddenly there was a BANG!” James had said ‘bang’ so loudly and suddenly that I nearly fell backwards off the log. Remus had to grab my arm to stop me. I blushed furiously and glared at James. Remus didn’t let go of my arm though. Instead he linked my arm through his so I was sort of snuggled up to him.
I could get used to this.
Unfortunately, James was continuing with his story. “Sirius turned around again but there was nothing there! He started running through the woods, feeling like something was chasing him but he couldn’t see what. All of a sudden he ran into something hanging from a tree. Sirius realised with sickening horror that the scraping sound he had been hearing was that of a lifeless body hitting the tree. He stared in horror at it, not able to tear his eyes away, no matter how much he wanted to. Without warning, the seemingly lifeless body opened its eyes and stared straight back at Sirius! Sirius stumbled over backwards and tried to run but it was too late... His friends went looking for him that same night but never found him. They say that if you listen closely at the stroke of midnight, you can hear Sirius’ last scream on the wind.”
I officially hate ghost stories. What a horrible story! Why did James have to pick Sirius to go off and get murdered? Why couldn’t he have picked Demelza or better yet, Emily! All I can say is that I’m happy that Sirius is safe and sound with us and James’ stupid story isn’t true.
Wait a minute…
“Where’s Sirius?!” I asked frantically, looking around wildly for him. He was just there! I saw him! Alice was looking around in alarm as well. She had been cuddled up to Frank for the entire story. I think she regrets suggesting ghost stories.
I was just about to get up so I could rush off into the forest to rescue Sirius, when suddenly someone grabbed me from behind and shouted loudly in my ear.
This time I did fall off the log.
I officially hate Sirius Black. I also hate James Potter for scaring me with his stupid story and for giving Sirius the idea to suddenly disappear, only to pop back up behind me and scare the living daylights out of me.
I lay on the ground staring up at Sirius and Remus’ laughing faces, my knees still hooked over the log. I was trying to get my breathing back to normal and my brain was still trying to catch up with what had just happened.
“That was the funniest thing I have ever seen!” James said through his laughter. I could hear everyone else laughing. Why, Merlin, is it always me they are laughing at?
* * *
Much later that night our group still sat around the fire, enjoying its warmth. Most of the class had gone to bed, having given up on their awful sing-a-long. After my horribly embarrassing falling off the log moment, I had sat back on the log Remus and I shared and tried not to blush too much. Sirius went laughing back to his log and I glared at him as he started telling another ghost story.
“Are you alright?” Remus whispered in my ear, a faint chuckle still in his voice. I pretended to frown at him and he looked innocently back at me.
“You said you would look after me!” I whispered back to him but couldn’t manage to sound angry. “I don’t know what your definition of ‘look after’ is but it usually doesn’t involve letting people fall of logs!”
Remus laughed before saying, “I’m sorry! I promise I will do a better job from now on!” and he wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me close to him. I nearly fell off the log again.
Lily, who was in much the same position with James, gave me a big grin. I grinned back at her and mouthed ‘Oh My God!’
I think I’m starting to quite like camping.
Once we ran out of ghost stories to tell, we ended up just talking and joking with each other. It was a great night and definitely one I would remember.
When Peter started yawning, which made Sirius yawn and then me yawn and so on, we decided to call it a night. I reluctantly let go of Remus and stood up. That’s when I realised that I really needed to pee.
Oh God! I hadn’t thought about going to the toilet while camping! What am I supposed to do?!
I said a swift goodnight to Remus and he smiled back at me. My heart gave a jolt and I wanted to jump on him and never let him go. I didn’t though. Instead, I quickly went to Lily and yanked her out of James grip. He looked like he wanted to protest but didn’t at the sight of my face.
“Lily! What are we supposed to do about going to the loo?!” I asked her in a low, frantic voice.
She laughed and pointed to the forest. “You take the toilet paper, dig a hole and go!” she said, shrugging.
I stared at her in horror. Surely she is kidding.
Muggles, I tell you.
“I’m not going in there on my own!” I said and shook my head so she got my point. Alice made her way over to us and to Lily’s amusement, asked the same question I just had.
“Fine! We will all go!” Lily said giving in to mine and Alice’s constant complaints. “Just let me go get my toiletry bag and we will go.”
Once Lily had returned with her bag and a torch, we started towards the dark forest. We are going to die in here, I just know it.
“Where are you lot going?” James asked just as we were about to go into the forest.
“You don’t want to know,” I said and then frowned at him. “You are so lucky to be a guy.” Realisation dawned on his face and he went off laughing. Stupid James.
Alice clung to my arm as we walked further into the thick trees, our only light coming from Lily’s torch.
“I swear if there is a hooked man hanging from a tree ready to kill us, you two are on your own!”
* * *
I hate camping.
Honestly, who thought it would be a good idea to sleep on the hard ground outside in nature where anything can get you. Not to mention having no toilets or showers! That is just criminal. Surely that can’t be legal.
Peeing in the woods was not an experience I wanted to have. It was awful. I thought for sure something was going to bite my bum. And it didn’t help that Lily and Alice were a few meters away with their backs turned, giggling.
After that horrible experience, we all trudged back to our camp. Everyone else had gone to bed and our fire was now only smoldering. I unzipped our tent and we all piled in. We all struggled to change into our pajamas in the cramped space. It resulted in a lot of giggling at the sight of Alice rolling around on her sleeping bag, trying to pull her pajama pants on. There was also a moment when I thought it would be a good idea to stand up and try and take my socks off. It wasn’t a good idea. I lost my balance and nearly knocked our whole tent over.
Once we all managed to dress ourselves and our tent was in one piece, we snuggled into our sleeping bags. I was in the middle of Lily and Alice, a tactic of mine to make sure that if a monster was to come ripping through the sides of the tents, I would not be the first to get killed.
“So,” I said in a quiet voice and smiled slyly at Lily. “You and James looked mighty comfortable tonight!”
Even in the darkness I knew Lily was blushing. “I don’t know what you mean,” Lily tried to say casually but it was obvious that she was grinning.
“Oh come on Lils! I saw you and James the other night in the corridor! You were practically attached at the mouth!” I said and had to roll away from her protesting hits.
“I didn’t know you and James had kissed!” Alice said and sat up so she was looking at Lily. “Why didn’t you tell me?!”
“Alright, alright! It’s true! James and I snogged and it was amazing!” she finished on a dreamy sigh and Alice and I mocked her. “Shut up you two!” Lily said and chucked something at Alice.
“That is amazing! I never thought I would see the day!” Alice said and I knew she was grinning. “So are you together now or what?”
“Well…” Lily said, sounding hesitant. “I don’t know. I mean it has only just happened and we haven’t told anyone, well until now, and so I just don’t know. James hasn’t mentioned it but then again we haven’t had much time to be alone.”
“Lily, you know James would say yes to going out with you in a heartbeat! He is probably worried that you don’t want to go out with him! I think you should just tell him you two are going out and be done with it!” I said simply.
Lily was quiet for a moment before she said in a much more certain voice. “You’re right Shaylee. That’s exactly what I’m going to do tomorrow.”
After that, talk turned to Alice and Lily and I found out that just tonight Frank had officially asked Alice out! We all cheered, but quietly so as not to wake the Marauders, and chatted about how many times they had snogged.
“What about you and Remus eh?” Alice said in a cheeky voice. “You two looked positively adorable tonight around the fire!”
It was my turn to blush bright red and I was thankful for the darkness. “I think…” I started but hesitated. “I think that he may have wanted to kiss me earlier tonight…”
Alice and Lily both sat up suddenly and stared at me. They were silent for a second before they squealed with delight. “Oh you have to tell us exactly what happened!”
By the time I finished telling them the whole story of when Remus and I were left alone by the fire, it was extremely late but we were all too caught up in our chat to care much.
* * *
We cared in the morning.
“Rise and shine ladies!” someone said loudly from the mouth of our unzipped tent. I sat up quickly and stared around in confusion. What is going on? It can’t be morning already! And why am I on the ground in this ugly green sleeping bag?!
Oh right. Camping.
I stared, or more so squinted, through tired puffy eyes at the person who had woken me.
It was Sirius.
“What are you doing?” I asked grumpily before flopping back onto the hard ground and pulling my sleeping bag over my head.
“Waking you lazy lot up! Verona says it’s time for breakfast!” Sirius said in a much too cheery voice for this ungodly hour.
“Go away!” Alice grumbled from her curled up position. I fully supported her by grumbling at Sirius as well, who just laughed.
“Don’t say I didn’t warn you!” he said but I just grunted. I will never be a morning person. My mum used to say that I would grow into it, learn to enjoy the morning air. But I haven’t and never will. Mornings suck.
I had started to drift back off to sleep, nearly completely forgetting Sirius’ threat. That was a mistake. Before I knew or could stop what was happening, someone had grabbed hold of the bottom of my sleeping bag and was dragging me out of the tent.
I screamed in surprise and started flailing around; trying to stop this crazy person or to at least get out of the bloody sleeping bag but it didn’t work. In a matter of seconds I was staring up at the blue sky.
I hate Sirius.
All of the Marauders and Lily were standing around me, laughing their asses off. I glared up at them all. I struggled to get out of the sleeping bag. It wasn’t very graceful but I eventually managed to free myself.
I stood glaring at them all with my hands on my hips. They tried to plaster innocent expressions on their faces but didn’t manage it very well.
“It’s not funny!” I said grumpily. “I was totally getting up, Sirius! You didn’t need to drag me out of my tent!” I crossed my arms over my chest in a huff. That’s when I realised that I was in my pajamas. My pajamas that were a pair of shorts with ducks on them and a singlet. I was in my ridiculous pajamas in front of Remus.
Oh dear Merlin.
I hurriedly picked my sleeping bag up and stormed back into our tent, zipping it back up while blushing furiously. Alice was now sitting up, still in her sleeping bag, and looking at me through tired eyes.
“What just happened?” she asked and ran her fingers through her hair.
“Just Sirius being a horrible friend!” I shouted in the direction of Sirius and the others. I could see their outline through the tent material. They were still laughing. I hate them all. Well, maybe just Sirius.
“Oh is that all?” Alice said and grinned at me. “Nice pajamas,” she laughed and I threw my sleeping bag at her. It didn’t do any damage. It was a sleeping bag after all.
“Oh shut up,” I said tiredly and started digging through my camping bag for clothes. Alice stretched and started doing the same.
“Where’s Lily?” Alice asked as she tied her shoe laces.
“She’s dressed and outside already with the Marauders,” I said bitterly and cursed Lily for being a morning person.
Alice nodded and then started messing with her hair again. I smirked as I watched her struggle. I bet she wishes she packed a mirror now! And she dared to question my packing skills! Eventually I felt bad for her though so I got out my mirror and gave it to her.
“Oh you are a life saver!” Alice said and gave me a sudden hug.
Once Alice and I managed to make ourselves look normal, well as normal as you could in the wilderness, we both emerged from our tent yawning and stretching. Our Muggle Studies camping ground was full of bleary eyed teenagers staggering around trying to organize breakfast. Professor Verona was joyfully sipping tea at his camp fire, beaming around at everyone. No one beamed back. How can he be that bloody cheerful at this time of the morning? How can he be that bloody cheerful at any time?!
As Alice went off to say good morning to Frank, I looked over at our camp fire and saw Lily sitting with James. They were holding hands. In front of everyone. In the daylight! Did I somehow manage to stumble into James’ perverted fantasies? Lord I hope not.
As it turned out, I was not in a James fantasy. They were actually going public with their relationship. I grinned at them both and James positively beamed back. Lily grinned back just as happily, though there was a slight tint of a blush on her face.
Peter was busy cooking eggs on the cooking plate and he seemed to be enjoying himself. On the next log over was Sirius and he was not alone. Jessica Russell, the girl who stole my yellow sleeping bag, was sitting as close as she could next to him. If she got any closer she would be sitting on his lap. She probably wanted to sit on his lap! She was smiling and flirting with him so obviously that I wanted to puke. I frowned at them but they were both too busy flirting with each other to notice my arrival.
Stupid sleeping bag stealer.
Turning away from them, I saw Remus and he was smiling widely at me. The sight of him put an instant dopey smile on my face. I tried to control it but it had a mind of its own. Oh well, who cares? He’s already seen me in my pajamas, surely that is more embarrassing than my stupid smile.
I sat down next to him and couldn’t control a large yawn. Did I mention I hate mornings?
“Tired?” Remus asked sarcastically and smirked at me. I rolled my eyes and pushed him playfully. Then my brain stop working all together but my body went on without it. I sort of cuddled up next to him and laid my head on his shoulder.
Oh Merlin this is comfortable. Why didn’t I sleep here last night?
“Do you mind?” I asked him softly. “Even if you do, I’m not moving!”
Remus laughed and said, “No, I don’t mind.” And he laid his cheek on the top of my head. I’m sure if I wasn’t so tired and comfortable, I would have been freaking out about our closeness. But at the moment it just felt so right that I didn’t want to ruin it by doing something stupid, like moving.
* * *
“Thanks for cooking breakfast Peter,” I said and smiled kindly at him. Peter blushed bright red but seemed rather pleased.
Everyone had just finished eating and Remus and I just finished cleaning everything up. Verona was trying to gather everyone’s attention by waving his arms about and shouting, “Settle down everyone, settle down!” Eventually, everyone did settle down, but mostly because we were all so tired.
“What a lovely morning it is! Now it is a little chilly so I thought we could all warm up with a game of Team Hug Tag!” Verona said and looked around at us all.
“For those of you who haven’t played it before it is a very fun Muggle game. Two people will start off being ‘it’. They have to hold hands and are not allowed to let go at any time. They must then try and tag other people using their free hand. If you are tagged you must hold the hand of the person who tagged you! As more and more people are tagged, the ‘team’ becomes bigger but slower. If the chain of people holding hands breaks, they cannot tag anyone until they are linked back together.” Verona explained excitedly. I looked around to see if anyone else was having trouble following this. I wasn’t the only one.
“But Sir, where does the ‘hug’ part come into it?” a Hufflepuff boy asked, looking confused.
“Oh yes, I nearly forgot! If you are about to be tagged, you can grab another player and hug them! The hug can only last for ten seconds but for that time you are safe from being caught!” Verona said. “Right, does everyone understand?” he didn’t pause to let anyone answer before he was walking off out of our camp site and towards the lake. “Good! Now follow me everyone!”
How old does he think we are? About ten I suspect. This is going to be awful.
We all begrudgingly followed him and came to a stop at the lakes edge. The sun seemed like it was barely in the sky but really it was about 8 or 9 o’clock. If I wasn’t on this stupid camping trip I would still be snoring in my comfortable bed for a couple of more hours. Oh God, other students will be coming out onto the grounds soon! They are going to see me running around like a fool. Great.
“We have this wonderfully big area to use so make good use of it!” Verona called to us all. “Now who wants to be it?”
No one wanted to, was the answer.
“Right well I guess I will just have to pick someone!” Verona said looking around. I sort of hid behind Remus. I don’t want to be it! I don’t even know what ‘it’ is!
In the end Professor Verona picked Frank and gave Frank the option of picking his partner. He chose Alice, much to her complaints. I poked my tongue out at her and laughed. That probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do.
“I’m going to get you!” Alice said to me and laughed as Frank pulled her towards the Professor.
“You have 30 seconds everyone!” Frank called out and grabbed Alice’s hand. She didn’t seem to mind being ‘it’ so much now.
“30 seconds to what?!” I turned to ask Lily in a panic but she had already sprinted away. It took me a second to realise that most of the class had scattered and were running off in different directions, the girls giggling and laughing while the guys tried to trip each other.
I spotted Sirius and Remus running to the left and decided to follow them. The Tomato Girl is sure to make an appearance soon. I hope they are ready for her because it is not a pretty sight.
They were hiding behind a large tree when I caught up to them. I was panting but not in the ‘I’m dying!’ way, which was good. I squeezed in between them both and then peered around the tree trunk.
Alice and Frank had already tagged two girls who were now linked up to them. It was funny to watch four people trying to run while holding hands. Alice looked like she was having a great time, if the crazed grin on her face was anything to go by.
“What do we do now?!” I asked the two boys who were also laughing at the sight of everyone running around like crazy people.
“We try not to get caught!” Sirius said and leapt out from behind the tree and ran towards James who was running in mad zig zags to avoid the growing chain of pursuers.
“Don’t worry, I’ll protect you!” Remus said and grinned at me. My heart fluttered at the thought.
“Oh yes and look how well that turned out last night!” I said sarcastically but grinned back at him.
“Yes, well that doesn’t count,” Remus said and I rolled my eyes. That’s when I suddenly saw Lily directly opposite us. She was waving madly at me and I saw why. The chain of people, which had now grown to include ten people, was curving in her direction and she would soon be caught.
“I have to go save Lily!” I said to Remus and didn’t wait for his reply. I jumped out from behind the tree and sprinted towards Lily. I may or may not have shouted at the top of my lungs, “I’M COMING TO RESCUE YOU LILY!”
I reached Lily just as Frank, who was still leading the tag team, was about to touch her. I flung my arms around her in a triumphant hug and grinned at Frank who poked his tongue out at me. He veered off to the left to try and catch Melanie Johnson, dragging his team with him.
“Thanks Shaylee!” Lily said before she ran off again. I shouted ‘hey!’ after her but she just laughed crazily. I just shook my head and jogged after her.
I was taken by surprise when the ever growing group of people who were ‘it’ suddenly swerved to right. They were just about to catch me when arms came around my waist from behind me and I was enveloped in strong arms. The group veered off in the opposite direction as I turned around to find Remus.
“My hero!” I said and pretended to swoon.
Remus laughed and said, “I told you I would protect you!” I nearly did swoon for real.
The game went on for quite a while. The whole class enjoyed it so much that everyone really got into it. Sirius and James were hilarious, doing combat rolls on the ground, sneaking from tree to tree, and hugging each other tightly when they came close to getting caught. I eventually got caught by Lily who had gotten tagged about three seconds before she got me.
In the end James ended up winning and he celebrated by cheering loudly and then kissing Lily right on the lips, in front of everyone. The whole class stared in shock at them. When James broke the kiss, we could all see Lily’s bright red face but she was grinning sheepishly. The girls in the class instantly went into hushed whispers and one girl looked like she wanted to murder Lily. I just rolled my eyes at them and went to link arms with Lily and Alice.
“What a fantastic game! Well done James!” Professor Verona said loudly over the talking teenagers. “It’s time for lunch! Everyone please make your way back to camp!”
I wonder how red faced I am right now? Extremely probably. And sweaty. Oh gross.
As we all made our way back to camp I tried to subtly fix my hair and fanned myself with my hand. It worked. Sort of.
* * *
The rest of the day passed a lot quicker than I thought it would. Verona was absolutely beside himself with pride because the whole class seemed to be enjoying themselves. I still think Muggles are crazy for wanting to go camping, but it wasn’t so bad.
The sun was just setting when we all started to cook dinner. Well when I say we, I really mean Peter. He seemed to enjoy cooking and who was I to deny him that? Okay, okay I admit I didn’t want to cook at all and sort of went and hid in my tent when the topic of cooking came up.
That’s where I am now. Sitting cross legged and praying that Lily doesn’t come and drag me out of the tent. I wouldn’t put it past her. She will probably try and make me touch a raw sausage. It is like she is obsessed with them. When she was cooking them last night I swear I heard her call them ‘her sausages’. Mental, I tell you.
Suddenly, a shadow appeared at the front of the tent. Oh God! Here she comes!
As the zip was opened, I shouted, “I am not touching your stupid sausages!”
“Whoa I just wanted to talk but if that’s what’s on your mind…” Sirius said with a wicked grin and waggled his eyebrows suggestively as he climbed into the tent.
“Ew! You are so dirty minded!” I said and whacked him with my pillow. He easily grabbed the pillow from me before hitting me over the head with it.
“You’re the one in here thinking of ‘sausages!’” Sirius said while I tried to wrestle the pillow back from him.
Sirius was stronger than me but I was smaller and quicker. I got both of Lily and Alice’s pillows and started hitting him with them. We were both laughing loudly and making a mess in the cramped tent.
“Ha!” I said triumphantly as I repeatedly hit Sirius with the two pillows. I may or may not currently be straddling Sirius. “I win! I am the master of pillow fights!”
“I let you win!” Sirius protested, slightly muffled from me hitting him with the pillow again. “I didn’t want to hurt you!”
Before I could scoff at that, the tent was unzipped again. Sirius and I both froze and looked over to see Remus staring in at us. I started to smile my stupid dopey smile when I realised.
I am still sitting on Sirius!
Oh Merlin, how bad must this look?!
“Oh uh, sorry I didn’t-” Remus quickly and very awkwardly. He didn’t even finish before he hurriedly zipped the tent closed again. My stomach felt like it had dropped out of my body. Remus is going to think that Sirius and I were up to something!
Well, to be fair, we were up to something. But it was just me kicking Sirius’ ass in a friendly pillow fight about sausages!
I looked down at Sirius who was looking up at me. I very ungracefully got off of him. He sat up and looked like he was trying not to laugh.
“Don’t you dare laugh!” I warned him darkly but he laughed anyway. “This is all your fault! Coming in here and talking about sausages!” I said grumpily to him, completely disregarding the fact that I had actually started to talk of sausages.
“That was you!” Sirius said indignantly as he pushed his hair out of his eyes.
“I have bigger things to worry about than whose fault it was, even if it was yours!” I muttered the last bit but Sirius heard me and just rolled his eyes.
“It’s not a big deal Shaylee!” Sirius tried to say comfortingly.
I narrowed my eyes at him. “Not a big deal?!” I said in a low hiss hoping that no one was lurking around outside the tent. “I was sitting on top of you! What would you make of that if you saw two people like that alone in a tent?”
Sirius was silent for a second before he sighed. “I can see your point. Not to worry though!” he said and got up to leave. “I’ll just casually explain to Remus what was going on and everything will be fine.”
I looked at him doubtfully but he just smiled his confident smile.
Merlin, why do you let me get into these awkward situations?
* * *
“Dinner is ready!” I heard Peter call from our fireplace. I sighed and climbed out of the tent. I hope Sirius has talked to Remus by now. I mean it has been at least half an hour. That should be enough time to explain that nothing was going on. Right?
I felt nervous as I took my seat next to Remus. What if he pushes me off the log and tells me to go sit with Sirius? No, he wouldn’t do that. He’s too nice. Maybe he will just think it instead.
“Hey there ‘Sausage’, I heard you kicked Sirius’ ass in a pillow fight!” Remus said to me in his normal lovely tone. I sat there gaping at him. I didn’t expect him to say that.
“Did you- did you just call me Sausage?” was the first thing that stumbled out of my confused brain/mouth.
Remus laughed and handed me a plate of food. Luckily there were no sausages on it otherwise I may have thrown it at someone. Possibly Jessica Russell who was all cozied up next to Sirius again on the next log over.
“Sirius told me what was going on when I walked in on you guys,” Remus said and there was a slight hint of blush on his cheeks. “For a second there I thought you two…” he trailed off awkwardly.
“Oh Merlin no!” I said quickly and loudly, causing everyone to look over at us for a moment. “Uh, I mean, we are just friends,” I started to ramble but couldn’t manage to make myself shut up. “Just really good friends who do friendly things… like be friends!” You can stop any time now mouth!
Luckily, Remus was laughing, and not in the ‘I think you’re crazy’ way, but in a nice way.
Remus and I talked all through dinner. He laughed at the rubbish that my mouth produced. I had to restrain myself so that I didn’t leap on him like a crazy person and try and snog him.
“Now that we are all full, how about we walk off our tea by going on a night time adventure!” Verona said and clapped his hands excitedly. He seemed to do that a lot. I wish he wouldn’t.
I wanted to call out, ‘Erm actually, I would hate to go on a night time adventure with you Sir,’ but I didn’t. Some of the other students were actually looking keen and even the Marauders seemed interested in going. So in the end I gave in to Verona’s relentless enthusiasm and followed the others as they started getting up.
We all had to stop by our tents to get out our torches that had come with the camping gear. I still much preferred using my wand as a light but torches were just as effective. When we found them, Lily showed Alice and I how to use them. I flicked mine on and off multiple times before Lily threatened to hit me with it if I didn’t stop. I had the cheek to flick it one more time, just to annoy her. She glared at me but I just smiled innocently back.
By the time us girls had all struggled out of our tent armed with our torches, most of the class had already started off in the direction of the lake. The Marauders, Maisy, Frank and, unfortunately, Jessica were standing waiting for us and I noticed that all of the guys were wearing jumpers. How silly of them! We are going on a walk! They are bound to get hot. Honestly, boys are so dumb sometimes.
Alice immediately brightened at the sight of Frank. Lily and I nudged her in the ribs, not very subtly. She turned a bright red and threatened to curse us if we didn’t stop it. She managed to do it while smiling brilliantly at Frank who smiled shyly back at her.
In our own group, we trudged off after the rest of the class. I could see Professor Verona leading the way. He was pointing up at the stars and then he would point off in the direction of the trees. He was really enjoying himself. What is wrong with him?
The class ahead of us got further and further away as they rounded the far side of the lake. Our group was walking slowly, talking and kicking rocks away. I was actually having a nice time. The Hogwarts grounds were lit by the large moon and I had managed to find myself walking closely next to Remus. Sirius and Peter were busy shining their torches into each other’s eyes while Jessica and Maisy cheered them on. James and Lily were walking close together and holding hands. They were talking softly to each other and I had the insane urge to go ‘AWW’ loudly.
I restrained myself though. Lily would have killed me.
As we rounded the lake I started to get a bit cold. I know I called the boys dumb for wearing jumpers but I take it back. Well sort of. They are still dumb sometimes, they just so happened to be right about wearing a jumper.
We kept walking and I got colder. The wind that was coming in off the lake felt like it was about minus a hundred million degrees. Well maybe not that extreme but close to it. I quickly rubbed my hands together so that they didn’t fall off. I’m sure it could happen!
“Are you cold?” Remus asked from beside me and I jumped. I had been so lost in thought about becoming a human popsicle that I had almost forgotten what I was doing.
“Oh no I’m fine!” I tried to say dismissively but Remus raised his eyebrows, obviously not believing me.
“You are a terrible liar,” he said and grinned at me before he took his jumper off. “Here, wear this. I don’t really need it.” And he handed it to me.
Like the ridiculous fool that I am, I just held it in my hands, staring at it. I had the intense urge to smell it. I didn’t thank God, but it was close. Then a gust of wind hit me and I was shaken out of my thoughts of smelling things that belonged to Remus.
“Are you sure? I mean I don’t want to make you cold!” I said but I was already pulling it over my head. It was too big for me but that’s what made it so comfortable. It was still warm from his body heat and smelt just as good as I thought it would. Remus laughed and shook his head.
“I’m sure! You look very cute in it,” he said and I swear I saw the hint of blush on his cheeks.
I blushed a bright tomato red at his words and tried to control the dopey smile that was working its way onto my face. “Thank you,” I sort of mumbled. “You do know you’re never getting this back right?” I said with a grin. I am not kidding. I am keeping this forever.
“Oh aren’t I?” Remus asked with a teasing tone. I shook my head and poked my tongue out at him. We had fallen behind the others but didn’t hurry to catch up with them.
“Well then I guess I will just have to take it from you!” Remus said playfully and before I knew it, his hands were at my waist and he was pretending to lift the bottom of his jumper. I giggled and tried to wriggle away but he closed the distance between us and held me in a big hug, his arms wrapped around my lower back.
“What are you going to do now?” he asked, looking down at me with a mischievous smile. “I have you trapped.”
My whole body, which was just a moment ago freezing, now felt like it was on fire. I had never felt so close to Remus before. I could feel his warm breath on my neck which made my breathing speed up. My heart was pounding a thousand miles an hour and I was sure Remus would be able to hear it.
My hands, as if on their own accord, slowly slid up to Remus’ shoulders. My fingers were touching the exposed flesh of his neck and I slowly rubbed my thumbs over it. I felt Remus’ skin react and I tried to hid my smile. It felt so right and comfortable, that I didn’t even have to time to freak out about what I was doing.
“Oh I don’t know,” I pretended to sigh sadly. “I guess I am at your mercy,” I finished and tried not to laugh.
We were completely alone now. I could see that our friends and Verona’s group were on the other side of the lake by their flashlights. The only noise was the gentle lapping of the water hitting the rocks and the pounding of my heart in my ears.
“Well in that case…” Remus trailed off and he leaned towards me. My heart rate speed up so fast that I thought it would explode out of my chest. My stomach erupted in butterflies as I stared at his face coming closer and closer. His eyes dropped from mine, to my lips and back again. I lightly bit my lip and I saw Remus give a tiny smile.
Both of our eyes fluttered closed and I tilted my chin up just in time, allowing my lips to meet Remus’ in our first kiss.
A/N: Hey guys! So what did you think of that ending? I can nearly hear all of you cheering wildly and shouting, “Finally!”
I thought it was about time that Shaylee and Remus got their act together. I really hoped you liked it! Leave me a review letting me know what you thought. Liked it? Hated it? Just glad that James and Lily didn’t come barging in on them this time?
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