Chapter 22 : Chapter 22 - The After-Effects of a Night with Firewhiskey
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My head was rather groggy and pounding when I finally awoke. Last night was the best night’s sleep I had had in ages, mainly due to that very realistic kissing Sirius dream but now it was time to come face-to-face with reality.
That was probably never going to happen in my time here and when I leave; I definitely will not see him. After this realisation, my mood instantly dropped south and I wanted to stay in bed all day to just drown my sorrows eating ice cream and crying. Maybe not the crying, that seemed a little bit melodramatic.
“Ry, you have to get out of bed at some point today. You can’t stay in bed all day!” Lily reprimanded when she came back in at lunch time to see me still in bed.
“Yes I can and I will!” I mumbled back turning away from her; she pulled back the hangings and sat at the end of my bed.
“What happened last night between you and Sirius by the way? You didn’t come back for ages so we left.” Lily asked, arching her eyebrow at me.
“Nothing happened, we snuck back out the Slytherin common room and then I fell asleep. Sirius must have woken me up when we got back here. I remember walking up the stairs and falling into bed fully clothed.” I replied, motioning down at the dress I was still wearing. My eyes must have looked absolutely horrendous and don’t even get me started on my hair.
“Oh right.” Was all she said. She went to get up but I grabbed her arm, “What is it Ry?”
“Can you keep a secret?” I whispered, peering round the curtains to check to see whether anyone else was up here but to my relief it was empty.
“Why? What’s wrong?” she leaned in, whispering too. Still feeling rather paranoid, I dragged her into the bathroom and put some protective spells on it.
“Ry, you’re worrying me now.” She said shakily.
“It’s nothing bad, I promise. But when I was asleep, I had a dream that I kissed Sirius… I don’t want to face him in case I murmured something in my sleep…” I whispered embarrassingly, going a bright shade of magenta.
“It’s fine, he’s not said anything to me or acted any differently. Just asked where you were and that was it.” Lily said nonchalantly. My whole posture relaxed as relief swept through me, he didn’t hear anything so that was alright. It meant he didn’t have to know. I could be one of those girls that has a secret crush on him but disappear into the side-lines when we leave here.
The words he said before we kissed, from my dream, suddenly reappeared in my head and I had to laugh slightly at how stupid that was. There was no way in God’s earth Sirius would ever say something like that. It was too much like something James would say to Lily and we all know he’s in love with her. Plus, Sirius doesn’t fall in love.
“Let’s go down to lunch.” I said cheerily, my mood was much better than before I attributed my mood swings to the full moon.
“Okay then.” Lily said suspiciously then cheered up, followed me out of the door and towards the portrait hole. We walked down to the Great Hall talking animatedly about the last few weeks remaining of our time at Hogwarts.
“It’s weird but I feel like I’ve known you for ages, yet it’s only been a few months.” I admitted, hitching my falling books back up.
“I wish I’d gotten to know you sooner, we could have spent Christmas’, Easter and the summer holidays at each other’s houses.” She said sadly.
“Well, at least you got to spend Christmas at mine last year. Plus we could always stay at each other’s houses when we leave.” I said, trying to remain positive, “Well, after I’ve come back from year-long trip around the world.” I added excitedly, imagining all the amazing places I would visit; Egypt, Thailand, Australia, America, Singapore, South Africa, Europe and Turkey. Those were all the major ones I wanted to go to, any other places would just be an excellent addition.
“How exciting! Are you going by yourself?” she asked, now more excited about my idea.
“Yes, it’s basically a research trip merged into a holiday. I want to find out as much about my condition as possible.” I whispered with a huge grin plastered on my face, the effects of the hangover faded from my mind.
“That sounds amazing!” she said, awed, her smile grew even wider when she revealed the next piece of news to me, “James wants me to move in with him, not his house but he’s thinking about buying his own.” She divulged giddily. She was so in love, it made me incredibly jealous.
“Wow, Lily! I’m so happy for you! I’m really glad you two got together in the end.” I admitted, both of us were grinning like loons.
“So am I.” she sighed happily, then she nearly ran into James’ arms when she saw him in the Great Hall. I slid in across from her, which meant I was sat in between Remus and Sirius.
“Good morning boys!” I announced chirpily.
“You’re in a good mood.” Sirius commented, it seems we were back to normal and I was so incredibly caught up in the euphoria with everything that was happening in my life right now.
“Yeah, me and Lily have just been discussing what we’re doing after Hogwarts.” I smiled gleefully between her and James, who blushed crimson but whose grin matched mine.
“What are you doing?” Remus questioned, shovelling food into his mouth, a bit more neatly than Sirius and James but still ferociously nonetheless.
“Year-long trip around the world, I think it would be awesome to explore different places. Plus, I can try and get a tan, but I doubt that’ll work.” I joked, placing some sandwiches and a few tid-bits on my plate.
“You don’t need a tan, you suit pale skin.” Sirius complimented making me blush as my mind drifted to last night’s dream.
“Just like Lily.” James also complimented, diffusing the awkward silence that followed Sirius’ comment. Lily hit him fondly over the arm before snuggling in a little closer and giving him a quick peck on the lips.
“What are all you lot doing after we leave then?” I asked, continuing the conversation. The boys shared awkward glances, which made me a bit suspicious but James answered,
“Probably become an Auror like my Mum and Dad.” He puffed out his chest proudly.
“Same.” Sirius inputted, “And I need to move everything out of Prongs’ house into my new apartment.” He added, my mouth dropped open in shock. I didn’t know he had his own apartment?!
“I don’t know actually. Probably work on the Daily Prophet or try and find a job.” Remus shrugged, bringing me back to the conversation, he’d find it hard because of his lycanthropy obviously.
“I don’t know either. Work with my Mother in the shop, I guess.” Peter added quietly. I’d completely forgotten he was there and so had everyone else apparently because they all turned to face him.
“WORMTAIL?!” the boys shouted in unison before making a mad dash (and in James’ case, throwing himself over the table) to envelop him in a manly hug.
“Awww, we thought you’d gone AWOL on us Wormy.” Sirius said affectionately, suffocating Peter slightly.
“Okay Padfoot, you need to stop watching military films.” James teased, receiving a smack on the head.
“Boys.” Lily rolled her eyes motherly whilst I laughed at the pile of seventh year Gryffindor boys on the floor. Both me and Lily got up at the same time to head back to the common room when James looked up,
“Where are you going?” he asked alertly.
“To leave you lover boys to it.” I replied, laughing along with Lily then walking out of the Great Hall. We were soon joined by all of the boys, James had wound his arm around Lily’s waist and Sirius’ arm was now draped over my shoulder.
Just like last time. But it still didn’t feel right, in my mind, we were meant to be a couple to do things like this and it just felt like Sirius was too comfortable in our friendship to do anything about it. Plus, I was too chicken to say anything so we walked back in awkward silence.
A/N: *Hides behind a table* So... that was interesting... Don't hate me! Oh, I might not be posting as much... I have stupid French A Level mock exams all this and next week -.- Not looking forward to those... Plus, I'm in the middle of a Photography and Textiles mock exam, it's a LOT of work!
Lots of love, Aimee
“Yeah, he’s also given me permission to move all my stuff from James’ house to my new place.” Sirius added on, he seemed to be directing this at me but I didn’t understand why, “You wanna help me?” he asked suddenly.
“Me?” I replied dumbly, pointing at myself.
“Yes, you.” He chuckled, moving his hand from my back to my shoulder.
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