Chapter 5 : Started With A Kiss
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There was a knock at my door and I sighed. “Come in,” I called out, knowing it would be the Marauders. I turned when the door opened and scowled, my hands on my hips. “Remus. This dress looks-”
“Oh wow,” Sirius said on his first glimpse.
The dress was red and reached my knees. It had a lace part at the top which exempt it from being called strapless however a fair amount of my back was not covered. I scowled every time I reached back and touched my shoulder blades. I hated dresses.
I frowned. “No. It looks-”
“Ash! You look gorgeous,” said Lily Evans, walking in with James. “I thought that Hunter would pick that one. It's lovely. It really looks pretty on you.”
“Uh... Thanks,” I said and Lily let go of James' arm to approach. “Oh, come here. Let me sort your hair out.”
“My hair?” I asked, my hand rising to my iron straight and blonde hair.
Lily held her wand up and I felt my hair warm up a little then the heat faded. Lily turned me back to my mirror and my eyes widened. My hair was curled loosely. I had to admit, it looked good. Even if a freak had done it for me.
Sirius and the Marauders (minus Peter, I noticed, who wasn't going) came in with another girl who was introduced to me as Nymphadora.
“Wotcha,” she greeted with a big smile. She had bright bubblegum pink hair and her eyes were a lovely lavender which complimented the dress she was wearing really well. “I'm Nymphadora. Everyone calls me Tonks.”
“Nice to meet you,” I smiled as she hugged me.
“Tonks is a metamorph-” Sirius started.
“Remus said she's a metamorphmagus,” I said, looking at Sirius. “He was telling me you had cousins here.”
“Yes well... Dora is one of the good ones,” Sirius said, sighing. He linked his arm with mine. “Well, everyone. Shall we?”
The group of us set off with Sirius and I in the rear. Everyone was laughing and chatting and I found myself hardly able to listen to Sirius, never mind talk to him.
“Are you okay, Ash?” Sirius asked.
“Yeah... Yeah, I'm fine,” I sighed. “Just a little nervous, I guess. Lara's meant to be going.”
“Don't worry about it,” Sirius said and smiled. He sniffed the air and then stopped walking to lean into my neck and smell.
“Um... Sirius?” I asked.
He stood straight again and we continued walking. “Sorry. What's that perfume?”
“Um... It's called Rebel,” I said. “It's from a company called Delirium.”
“I like it. Sweet but tangy,” he said, nodding.
“Thanks. I'm glad you like it. I like it too or I wouldn't have bought it,” I said and laughed.
Sirius laughed and we continued chatting as we got to the party. It was filled with... interesting characters... I suppose. Witches and wizards were everywhere. I was introduced to a vampire. I got a little nervous so Sirius guided me away to dance. We met up with the others by the fire not long after eleven o'clock.
“She met the vampire?” Remus asked.
“Yes,” I nodded. I sat beside Tonks who was changing her hair colours to see which looked best with her new lavender eyes.
“Funny, huh?” James said, winking at his fellow Marauders.
“Shut up,” Lily scolded. “She's a muggle. Don't you know what muggles believe about vampires.”
“That they live in castles, dress in suits and capes, have pointy fangs and say 'I vant to suck your blood,'” I said, shivering a little and imitating Dracula.
“I've never heard a vampire say that,” Remus muttered.
“I'm bored,” said Tonks. “Let's do something.”
“Like what?” Sirius asked his cousin.
“We could... Oh! We could play truth or dare,” she said.
“What about Seven Minutes in Heaven?” I foolishly suggested without thinking.
“What's that?” asked practically everyone in the conversation.
“Well... Someone goes into a closet and someone either volunteers or is elected to go in,” I explained. Why did I suggest this horrible game? “A guy and a girl. And they have seven minutes to do anything.”
“Sounds cool,” James said, a smirk growing on his face as he pulled Lily closer to him.
“Sounds risky,” Remus frowned.
“Live a little, Moony,” Sirius said.
“Shut up, Padfoot,” Remus returned.
“Uh, boys? Are we playing or not?” Lily asked.
“Yeah, let's play,” I agreed.
“It's a bad idea,” Remus sighed.
We outvoted Remus. We all agreed to leave the party and head to my room to play because my room actually had a closet that no one could catch us in. Once inside my room, the fireplace was lit by Lily and everyone kicked off their shoes for no apparent reason other than comfortability.
“Okay, who first?” I asked. No one volunteered. “Hm... Remus, go in.”
Remus looked at me with wide eyes and sighed. He walked in and closed the door behind him.
“What now?” Sirius asked.
“The next player,” I said, rolling my eyes.
I pointed at Tonks. She gained a huge smile and entered the closet. I started to count. The others talked and as soon as the seven minutes were up, I knocked on the door. Tonks came out looking proud of herself and Remus stumbled out, his eyes like saucers. He looked shocked. Next went James and Lily. It took three knocks to get them to come out. Lily smirked as she walked out. James... Well James... I can't describe how James was.
And then I was pushed into the closet with Sirius.
“Hi,” I whispered.
“Hey,” he replied. “I think we'll play something else after this.”
“It's a bit more boring than I thought,” I giggled. “Come on. The game means we have to do something.”
“Alright,” Sirius said, lighting up his wand. I could see his face and I could see his smile. It was quite a nice smile, I'll admit.
I closed my eyes and Sirius' lips touched mine. They were softer than I'd have thought. I liked it. His kiss tasted like apples and pears. He brought me closer to him and it deepened before we knew it. Sirius Black was a great kisser. He was an amazing kisser.
It was too soon when the knock came, telling us our time was up. I wiped my mouth quickly and opened the door to step out. I smiled a little and sighed, “Tonks? That game of Truth or Dare?”
“Oh? But I liked this game,” Tonks said, grinning a little. “Anyway, shall we go for classic or modern?”
“Modern?” Lily asked.
“Truth, dare, double dare, love, kiss or promise,” Tonks listed.
“Let's do that one,” James grinned.
We all sat around my room and began the game. It was interesting with more choices. The only differences with the dare and double dare was the fact that
“Lily?” Tonks said on the fourth round. “Truth, dare, double dare, love, kiss or promise?”
“Uh... Double dare,” Lily said, grinning at the Marauders.
“I dare Lily to go and break into Professor Slughorn's private office...” started James, thinking.
“Oh! And steal his alcohol stash! Everything from his vodka to his brandy to his firewhiskey!” Sirius said.
Lily shrugged. “Easily done. I'll be back in ten minutes.”
So Lily left the room and the game went on. It was my turn.
“I pick... Kiss,” I smirked.
“Kiss... Oh, kiss Sirius!” Tonks said, laughing a little. She didn't expect me to shrug and take Sirius by the shoulders then kiss him.
“There,” I said when I was finished.
“Wow... And she didn't explode in the process,” laughed Remus.
“Shut up,” said a pink Sirius. “Girls have kissed me before you know.”
“Like who?” laughed James.
“Like... Mary Ann... Amelia Brook... Emma Smith... Marlene... Juliet... Katrina... Valerie... Sophia...” Sirius listed. Hearing that he had kissed others annoyed me a little. “Just some of the many.”
“Maybe I should have gone for dare,” I muttered under my breath.
When Lily came back, we started drinking. We danced, we sang, we drank, we danced some more. I remember the taste of lips on mine without an inkling of whether that happened or not. The games got more and more wild. Soon, the clock stroke three in the morning and everything ended. We were all exhausted and yawning.
When I woke up in the morning, I had to fight my urge to scream. Once again, I woke up with Sirius in my bed with me. This time, he was shirtless and had his arms wrapped around me. I wriggled free and sat up, looking around at the damage. Tonks had slept with her head against the grandfather clock and Remus was curled up beneath the window. I found James and Lily asleep inside the bathtub together (clothed if rumpled) when I went to investigate.
Sighing, I took the opportunity to get changed, washing as quietly as I could in the bathroom. I found some of my favourite bell bottoms and a random shirt with a lemon on it. I stood up straight to put my blonde hair up, concentrating on doing it without my reflection and looking beyond the window at the forest ahead. I dropped my hair from it's twisted bun before I could tie it up because I heard a whistle. First I looked down and found Remus was still asleep. I turned and found Sirius propped up, posing in what he thought was probably a sexy position.
“Sirius,” I whispered, rolling my eyes. “Be quiet. Everyone else is asleep.”
“I got a nice eyeful there, Ash,” Sirius whispered over to me.
“Push off,” I said and sighed, starting my hair again. This time, he didn't make me drop it by saying something. More like his hands crept around my waist and he kissed my neck. Scowling, I turned and raised my eyebrows at him.
“You didn't mind kissing me last night,” Sirius smirked.
“Don't be dim, Sirius,” I said and gave up on tying my hair into a bun, messily putting it into a loose ponytail instead. I stepped away from him and he sat on my bed again. I nudged Remus with my foot.”
He woke up all bleary eyed and looked up at me. “Mph?” he asked and sat up, rubbing his eyes and sniffing a little.
“Go wake up James and Lily in the bathroom, will you?” I asked him and went about the task of getting Tonks to wake up. I tried everything. When James and Lily were out of the bathroom, considerably and appropriately red in the face, I was still trying to get Tonks to move a little.
“Try this,” Sirius said and aimed his wand at Tonks. “Aquamenti!”
Water shot from his wand and hit Tonks. She shot awake, coughing and spluttering. “Sirius!” she howled, coughing. Lily and Remus had to hold her back to stop her from attacking her cousin. “Sirius!”
“Guys? Don't you have lessons?” I said, gesturing to the door.
They all looked from me to the grandfather clock. Then back to me. Lily, James and Tonks rushed for the door, Remus beating them by a long shot.
Sirius stayed where he was. I glared at him for a moment and he just went to close the door. He looked at me with curious eyes.
“What is it, Sirius?” I asked, my tone giving away that I wanted him out the room.
“Most girls would have want to bed me after a kiss like any of the ones from the past twenty-four hours,” he said. “Here you are getting rid of me. Or trying. Ash, you are a puzzle to me.”
“Why's that?” I asked, my own curiosity getting the better of me.
“Because for the first time, it's the other way around, Ash,” he said and slipped out the door before I could react.
My mouth hung open and my eyes stayed glued to the spot where the wizard had been. I'd never considered it. Me with a relationship like that with anyone, not even for one night. The man aimed high. I shook my head and had one of the worst ideas pop into my cranium.
I grabbed a jacket and went off in search of Lara. I found her having breakfast in the Great Hall, a leather bound book in her hand as she ate a piece of toast.
Silently, I slipped to sit next to her.
“Yes, Ash?” Lara asked, not looking up from her book. “Come to tell me what the Marauders have done to you?”
“They haven't done anything to me,” I told her. I cleared my throat. “Sirius wants to sleep with me though...”
Lara nearly choked on her toast. She looked at me curiously. “Tell me,” she said, putting the book down.
“Well...” I said and took a deep breath. “I was invited to Slughorn's party last night because of you and I went with Sirius. And we got bored so a bunch of us went back to my room to play some games. We played seven minutes in heaven- chew the toast, Lara. You might choke. And I kissed him and it was nice and stuff. Then I chose kiss for truth or dare and Tonks had me snog him so I did and then we dared someone to steal some drink and we all got drunk. I only remember two kisses but there could have been more... And this morning, he stayed behind to tell me that I was a wonder to him and that he wanted me to sleep with him and he left before I could react to it.”
I took another deep breath at the end and Lara stared at me for a minute before returning to her toast.
“He didn't try to do anything?” she asked. “I wonder why.”
“I told the Marauders about Mad Mike,” I blurted out and this time Lara choked. I tapped her back hard and she sorted herself out.
“What?” she demanded. “Why? Why?”
“Because I was drunk on Sunday night,” I shrugged.
“You like drinking a lot, huh,” Lara noted. She shut her book and stood up. “Ash, how did they react?”
“I was cuddling up to Sirius and his grip tightened. I think the boys gasped,” I shrugged. “James wants me to move in with him and Sirius. I'm trying to dissuade him.”
“No. Don't discourage that. I want you out of there myself,” Lara said. “I'm just too far away to come get you and the witch Hunter and I live with has no room.”
“Uhuh. Well, now James wants to end Mad Mike's reign of terror and set the other kids free too,” I sighed. “I guess one way or another, I'll end up staying somewhere for a while.”
“Uhuh. Marauders and Hunter coming through the doors,” Lara said, looking beyond me to the doors. “Hunter looks pissed off.”
“Someone probably told her I spilled some firewhiskey on her dress which was slightly transfigured so I could fit in it,” I shrugged.
“No. This looks like she's pissed over non-material things,” Lara said and grabbed her book then my collar to drag out from the Gryffindor table. She held her book under her elbow as she grabbed Hunter's ear. Hunter had been yelling at the Marauders. I smiled at the Marauders as I was dragged past them. Sirius winked at me and I rolled my eyes back.
Lara stopped and glared down at us. “Hunter. Calm down. Ash. Stop binge drinking. I've got enough to cope with at the moment with my last challenge coming up. I could die, girls! Don't make what could be the last few days of my life miserable.”
“Sorry,” Hunter and I mumbled at the same time.
“Good,” she said and marched off to the staircase.
I turned around and saw the Marauders. Walking over to them, I sighed and put my hands in my pockets. “What's shaking boys?”
“Sirius told us what he said to you,” Remus blurted out and Sirius elbowed him hard.
I shook my head. I started to walk away. “I'll be in the kitchens all day if you need me...”
“We know Sirius does,” Peter laughed wickedly.
“Wormtail!” Sirius said as I continued to walk away.
“What? Wormtail actually said something quick and witty,” James said, snickering.
“Boys,” I said loud enough for them to hear. “All the same. The bloody lot of them.”
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