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Chapter 13 : Little Liars
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“Morning Sleeping Beauty,” she said as she grinned.
Sydney pushed her hair from her face and rubbed her eyes,mascara transferred onto her hand as she did so “What?” she groaned unhappily.
“Sleeping Beauty?” Lily questioned “A muggle fairytale thing.”
“Lily,” Sydney whimpered “I think I’m dying.”
“That doesn’t surprise me,” Lily said sitting on the bottom of the bed. “You two are in a rather large amount of trouble.”
“You two?” Sydney questioned.
Lily raised her eyebrow and nodded towards the floor where Ashley was laying still, her face firmly planted into her pillow.
“Ashley?” Sydney muttered in bewilderment.
“Can you not remember?” Lily asked softly.
“I remember --” Sydney’s memory flashed to her kissing then hitting Sirius. She faltered “Uh – talking to Black.” She said, feeling her neck grow hot. “Then nothing.”
“Well,” Lily said eagerly, crossing her legs at the end of Sydney’s bed. “Here’s the summary,” she said, grinning evilly. “After yours and Sirius’ ‘talk’,” she said pointedly “Practically everyone saw Sirius walk back into the hall with a big red hand mark on his face.” Lily flipped her hair and carried on “Then Aarons began spouting off saying how she saw you kiss Sirius,” Lily gave Sydney a sharp look “To which I said, of course, couldn’t be true.” Sydney could tell that Lily didn’t quite believe the latter. “So she called you a few names, threw her drink over you, made you rather angry and, well --” Lily trailed off cringing. “You hit her.”
“Is that it?” Sydney asked disbelievingly.
“With a chair.” Lily added in afterthought.
Sydney’s face filled with horror. “Fuck.” She moaned, knowing how much trouble she was in. “So where does Ashley come into it?”
Lily bit her lip. “I think McGonagall will fill you in on that part,” she said sympathetically “She wants to see you both in half an hour.”
Sydney groaned and sat up in her bed, her stomach churned dangerously, however she chose to ignore it and breathed heavily through her mouth. As she delicately put her feet to the floor she put her head in her hands, feeling rather sorry for herself. She stood up and began to make her way over to her dressing table.
She heard a little yelp from Ashley as she stood on her arm and she could feel how little she cared at that moment. She tied her hair up that had obviously fell out of its elegant updo last night and once again put her head into her hands.
“Why are you here Lily?” she asked trying not to sound rude.
“Well you and Ashley were both outside the common room and couldn’t seem to remember the password—” Lily thought to herself “Actually, I think you need to apologise to the portrait as you started shouting out sentences that were just filled with profanity and nothing else.” Lily smiled fondly “I think you were still trying to guess the password.” Sydney cringed into herself. “Anyway, you were both so out of it that I thought I should stay with you. Luckily none of Amelia’s friends stayed here – they probably would have decapitated you – they’re in the hospital wing with Amelia.”
Sydney looked up at herself in the mirror, her mascara was smudged below her tired eyes and her foundation was all blotchy. She looked terrible however she didn’t feel she had the strength to fix it nor give one, single shit.
“James stuck up for you an awful lot though.” Lily mentioned in a casual attempt. “Are you two friends again?”
Sydney sighed. “I don’t know.” She said “He offered me a place on the team.”
“Sydney that’s fantastic!” Lily squealed, causing Sydney’s mind to split in half.
“As a reserve.” Sydney added grumpily.
“So?” Lily asked “That means if someone is sick or he needs to kick someone off, you’ll be first on his list!”
Sydney shrugged, her head still in her hands. “I guess so.”
“Well, I’ll leave you two beauties to get ready.” Lily said with a wink as she flounced out of the room.
Sydney spent at least 10 minutes at that dressing table with her head in her hands, merely breathing deeply, concentrating on not vomiting the contents of her stomach. “Ashley!” Sydney called from her death bed. There was no answer from Ashley. “Ashley!” she called again. “I think I’m dying!”
Sydney pulled her head from her hands and looked at her friend, sprawled out across the floor. She managed to pull herself to her feet and head towards the comatose girl. As she stood above her she called out her name once more and shook her with her foot. Ashley suddenly stirred and looked up at Sydney, also looking as though she felt sorry for herself.
“What?” she snapped.
“We’re in trouble.” Sydney said with a grave look on her features “McGonagall wants to see us in ten minutes.”
Sydney and Ashley managed to make it to McGonagall’s office in time, however due to their dishevelled appearances it was quite obvious they were already suffering quite a bit from the events of last night. On the way to the deputy headmistress’ office they did receive quite a few catcalls from last night’s witnesses, mainly the Marauders, to which both girls retorted with a nauseated yet dark look.
Sydney sat in her head of year’s office, her eyes firmly fixed on the ground with her hand on her chest in an attempt to cool it down.
“Last night you two made utter fools of yourselves, your houses and this school.” McGonagall said angrily. “You were drunk and made spectacles of yourselves. You fought with students! Ms Maura you sent a girl to the hospital wing!” Sydney merely stood there in silence chewing on her lip and feeling rather embarrassed. “And the more disturbing matter is that it is not the first time this has happened!” The professor bellowed “You’d be lucky if I didn’t expel you for this behaviour Ms Maura!” Sydney could feel her heart jump up into her throat at that. McGonagall then turned to the cowering Ashley “And then you, Ms Phillips, if I am not mistaken had to be carried to your common room after you lay in a puddle of your own vomit!”
Ashley looked up at professor McGonagall as if she was about to say something but then decided against it.
“Yes, Ms Phillips?” McGonagall asked sternly.
“Well—” Ashley hesitated.
“Yes?” asked McGonagall irately.
“It—it wasn’t my vomit, professor, it was someone else’s.” She seemed to falter as she forgot the point of her argument. “I was just—just laying in it.”
“Well I hope you two are happy with yourselves.” Professor McGonagall glowered “This is your last chance Ms Maura,” she said furiously. “If you do not control your temper, or find a proper outlet for it, you will be out of here before you can say ‘expulsio’.” Sydney gulped “ Ms Marua, you will serve detention with me every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for four months and Ms Phillips you will do Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for four months.” She said, glaring over her spectacles, daring either one of her to challenge her “The other nights I expect you to be doing your homework.” She said “Ms Maura, you are also banned from Hogsmeade visits from now until the end of your punishment.” Sydney could feel her heart sink.
Ashley, spoke up once more “I’m sorry professor but I’m meant to be going home for the Christmas holiday’s and this will overlap.”
McGonagall nodded. “Then you will finish your punishment at the beginning of March instead of February, Ms Phillips.”
Ashley nodded and then quickly returned her gaze to the floor.
“Ms Maura I will see you tomorrow evening.” McGonagall said glaring at the two girls “Now get out of my sight.”
Sydney sat curled up in the arm chair next to the fire in the common room, attempting to feel slightly better. She laid her head on the back of the chair and covered her face with her hand, allowing her eyes to get some form of shelter from the light.
“Well, hello Trouble.” Came a deep, husky voice.
Sydney opened one eye and blanched, however her already pale exterior shielded this emotional act. “Go away.” She mumbled, unable to put her whole-heart into it.
“Shame on you, Maura, that’s not how you treat a gentleman.” Sirius said, obviously grinning from ear to ear at her pain.
Sydney breathed deeply “Exactly, that’s why I said it.” Sydney opened her eyes to see Sirius put his hand to his heart and feign hurt. She rolled her eyes as he sat down on the sofa.
“I didn’t think you were the type of girl to go for anything less than a gentleman,” he winked at her “But I can’t say I’m complaining.”
Sydney glared daggers at the smug boy. “They’re called beer goggles, Black.” Sydney spat “I’m sure you’ve wined and dined with them before.”
“On the contrary,” Sirius said leaning back into the comfy looking sofa “I pick out my girls before I consume any alcohol.”
Sydney gave Sirius a look of pure disgust “You really are the vilest creature that ever crawled onto this planet, aren’t you?”
“Well, I think we both know you had no complaints last night.” Sirius said as Sydney gave him a repugnant look.
“Well I am now.” Sydney said unable to muster up the energy to argue any longer “Please go away?”
“No, I’m quite comfy here.” Sirius said annoyingly.
“Well I’m sure that your new flavour of the week nor her friends will be happy when they see you sitting here with me.” Sydney said closing her eyes again.
“That reminds me,” Sirius said. Before Sydney knew it she was up in the air and then back down again sitting on a much less comfy chair. She opened her eyes to see herself on Sirius’ lap in her armchair. He held his arms around her waist firmly, allowing her no escape as she tried to fight herself free. “You sent my girlfriend to the hospital wing,” his grip tightened “You owe me,” He smirked evilly “And I can think of a few ways you could repay me.”
Sydney looked around herself in a panic and was relieved to see that they were alone apart from two lonesome first years, scribbling down on pieces of parchment.
“Black,” she hissed dangerously “Get the hell off me, now!”
“Now, now,” Sirius said as she wiggled to get free “If you continue to do that, it will just make me happier.”
Sydney immediately ceased moving. “You’re so disgusting.” She growled. Sydney wasn’t used to being not in control and she didn’t like it. She found herself getting angry at herself for allowing this to happen.
“Ms Maura, I do believe you’re lying.” Sirius said gripping onto her.
Sydney was sick of being dominated in this way and had to retaliate the only way she knew how. She relaxed her body and swivelled herself in his lap, curling her legs up onto him. She could now crane her neck to see him. Their noses were almost touching.
“Well then,” she said, her eyes gleaming. “I do believe you need to punish me.”
She could see Sirius swallow hard, obviously a little taken aback. “What’s wrong Black?” she asked, toying with him “Cat got your tongue?” she rubbed her hand on his chest. “I thought you were so up for talking a minute ago?”
Sirius seemed to regain his composure and looked rather smug as his eyes flickered behind Sydney’s head.
“Jesus Maura, I know you can’t get enough of me but is this really necessary?” Sirius asked, his eyes glinting malevolently.
Sydney spun her head around to see Remus and Lily standing behind them, both looking rather shocked and confused. She threw Sirius the most dirty look she could possibly muster as she rose from his clutches.
“Believe me, Black, when you’re being a knob everything is necessary.” Sydney snapped, aggravated by Black’s audacious manner and even more by her own reaction. She bent down to grab her things and as she did she shot Sirius another evil look “There is something seriously wrong with you.” she hissed.
Sirius merely smiled amusedly at her “I hope so.” He said. Sydney faltered as she became rather baffled by his reply
She rolled her eyes. “Whatever.”
“Uh – Come on Remus, let’s go do that thing..” Lily said, awkwardly trying to leave the scene.
“What thing?” Remus stupidly replied furrowing his brow.
Sydney heard a pain filled grunt and turned around to see Lily’s elbow leave Remus’ side.
“Oh yeah, that thing.” He managed to get out before Lily dragged him out of the portrait hole again, hissing animatedly in his ear.
Sydney threw Sirius a sinister look before heading towards the girl’s dormitories to sleep off the pounding hangover that was coursing through her and testing her gag reflexes. As she swiftly moved a hand clasped around her arm.
“I don’t know where you think you’re going,” Sirius said as he towered over her “but my dorm is over there.”
Sydney managed to angrily wrench her arm out of his grip and smiled sarcastically “Well it’s a good thing that I was never intending to go there, isn’t it?”
Sirius scoffed and leaned against the wall behind him. “Please,” he laughed “You want me.”
Sydney looked at him with disgust clearly apparent on her face. “Excuse me?”
“You’re excused.” Sirius retorted.
Sydney rolled her eyes and once again tried to make her way, angrily, up the staircase. However, her efforts were again deterred. “Get out of my way, Sirius.” Sydney warned.
“I give you a week.” He said, smirking down at her.
Sydney stomped her foot and snapped her eyes up at him. “What?” she demanded, confused.
“I give you a week,” Sirius repeated himself “before you come crawling into my bed looking for me.”
Sydney laughed disbelievingly. “You can’t be serious!” She said shaking her head. “The only time you’d find me in your bed looking for you is if I had a meat cleaver in my hand.”
“Oh but I am Sirius.” Sirius said choosing to ignore her death threat whilst looking rather proud of his childish pun.
Sydney gave him a fierce look to which he promptly smirked at.
“Sirius, the ball was a mistake.” Sydney glowered at herself and the much too happy boy in front of her. “A horrible, drunken mistake.” She pushed him away and began to walk towards the stairs with him in toe “Besides,” she said flicking her hair and whipping him in the face “there’s no way I would ever do that with you.”
“Oh come on, Maura,” Sirius purred “You can’t tell me you haven’t at least thought about it.” He said as he blocked her strides by standing in front of her.
Sydney looked up at him and paused.
“I haven’t.” she lied.
“Liar.” He teased, knowingly.
“Think what you want Sirius but it will not be happening.” Sydney spat and managed to flee up the staircase and back to her bed.
Sirius smirked at her as she hurried to her dorm.
“Alright Padfoot?” James asked as he walked through the portrait hole.
“Yeah,” Sirius said unresponsively as he continued to stare up the stairs.
James came and stood next to Sirius and peered up the staircase. “What’re you looking at?”
Sirius then managed to snap out of it and look to his friend “Nothing, mate.” He said grinning. “Just in a good mood is all.”
“Why’s that?” his best mate asked, flopping onto the armchair that Sirius and Sydney shared moments ago.
“I’ve just found a new challenge.”
A/N: I'm so sorry this chapter has taken so long to get out and i know that it's not exactly enthralling but it is needed!! Let me know what you think!
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