| ||Rating: Mature||Story Reviews: 3923|
Characters: Lupin, Sirius, Lily, James, Pettigrew, OC, OtherCanon
Genre(s): Drama, Humor, Romance
Pairings: Sirius/OC, James/Lily, OC/OC
First Published: 2009.02.10
Last Published Chapter: 2013.01.12
Last Updated: 2013.01.12
Favorite Story Of: 2043 users
| ||Advisory: Strong Language, Strong Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme, Contains Spoilers|
|The HPFF Dobby Awards: Winner - Most Addicting Story (2009)|
As Sirius led me around the room, I took a deep breath. "So, was it a bet or a dare?"
"What do you mean?" he asked. When his eyes drifted to James I grinned.
"Don't play dumb. You'd never ask me to dance in a million years. Besides, Potter just gave you the thumbs up."
He groaned. "Are we really that obvious? OK yes, it was a dare."
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|1||Return to Hogwarts
The beginning of the school year. It's 1975 and OWL year so there's a lot on everyone's plates.
|2||Changes in Camelot
Lessons begin, teachers ramble on about how important OWLs are, and the war begins to rear its ugly head.
Avery receives some just desserts, and Laura and Mary start getting more and more distracted by what's going on around them.
|4||The Sirius Black fan club
Things start hotting up at school but then a spanner is thrown in the works.
|5||The end of term
Term finishes, but there's still the Yule Ball to look forward to.
|6||The girl least likely
The Yule Ball is memorable for all the wrong reasons, and has repercussions that Laura really should have been expecting.
|7||The fan club diminished
Hogwarts gossip, and more than one incidence of it. Some is interesting and some is frankly annoying and really a pain to deal with, but all of it has consequences. And Laura hears some rather unpleasant home truths from Elvira, of all people.
|8||Putting out fires
After Hagrid makes a rare appearance, Laura is called upon to deal with not only Bea’s latest outburst, but also the most recent offerings from Dione Turpin and a rather vindictive Severus Snape. But how is she supposed to concentrate on all that and on Potions as well?
|9||Good reasons to ditch Astronomy
Easter holidays, careers advice and a very annoying Astronomy lesson. And Hogwarts discovers Levicorpus.
|10||A task to perform
What Mulciber did to Mary. Thanks to SpottedZebra for the new chapter title!
Sirius sends Snape under the Whomping Willow, and Laura loses her cool and lands a detention for her troubles. But since when has Remus Lupin been so easy to talk to?
Exams begin and everyone gets stuck into revision. And then Laura and Sirius have a bit of a row just before the Defence exam.
|13||After the exam
Exams get finished and the school year ends, though not without some drama along the way. Includes Snape’s Worst Memory.
The girls all take a holiday shopping trip to Diagon Alley – though that doesn’t exactly go as planned. Then it’s back to school and the start of NEWT-level studies.
|15||And classes begin again
Everyone gets their timetables for NEWTs, classes start up again, and Mary reveals an embarrassing secret. Oh, and amortentia …
Patronus lessons, Elvira, and Sirius turns seventeen. Which of course all of Gryffindor House has to know about.
|17||The best form of defence
Duelling lessons, Slughorn’s Christmas party, and Laura gets in trouble while defending someone else. Which means yet another detention.
Laura finds out that detentions can actually be fun, even when Mary isn’t around and the only person she has to talk to is someone who wouldn’t normally acknowledge her at all.
|19||Lending a hand
Christmas holidays and then back to school in what seems like no time at all. Then James gets hit by a curse and it’s up to the girls to help find the counter-curse. But since when has Sirius been so chatty anyway?
|20||Werewolves are people, too
Lily has a shock and misses Viridian’s most important class of the year – or not, depending on what you think about werewolves. And we begin Apparition lessons.
|21||The effects of Hogsmeade
Life starts getting much more interesting – well, as far as Laura is concerned, at least.
|22||Coming of age
Turning seventeen is a big deal in Potterverse, and Laura has a most interesting time of it.
|23||Making new friends
Sharing spells with the boys helps lead to establishing new friendships, but Bertram is less than impressed. But then, sometimes Laura’s necessarily not that pleased with Bertram, either.
|24||Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff
Quidditch, Easter holidays, and a gift is returned. All of which serve to make life just that little bit more remarkable.
|25||Exposing the lies
More than one misconception is turned on its head, not all of which is good news.
The fallout from the last chapter’s revelation. Needless to say Laura’s not particularly impressed with her boyfriend’s behaviour.
|27||Intrusions and epiphanies
Once she finally gets rid of Bertram once and for all, Laura has a sudden realisation that is not necessarily to her benefit. Actually, she’s horrified. But these things do happen …
|28||Hogsmeade under attack
Laura’s trying to come to terms with her own stupidity (or what she sees as stupidity). Meanwhile, Hogsmeade is attacked and it’s up to a handful of sixth-year students to save the town and everyone in it. Luckily they know what they’re doing …
|29||Deciding the Quidditch Cup
After surviving the dramas of Hogsmeade, the school is in high spirits as the last Quidditch game before exams approaches, as it will probably decide not only the Quidditch Cup but also the House Cup. But can Gryffindor get it over Slytherin when it really counts?
Everyone takes their sixth-year end of year exams – with the occasional distraction.
Driving and Apparition licence tests, Laura acts as bridesmaid for her cousin’s wedding, and the girls all go to Diagon Alley to get their school things – fortunately without a Dementor in sight.
|32||Getting to their Heads
The beginning of seventh year brings new responsibilities for the new Head Girl and Head Boy, and the appointments to those positions just bring a lot of gossip and speculation for everyone else.
|33||It's all about James
A conversation with the boys at the breakfast table about why Laura won’t be playing Quidditch this year. Or doing much else, come to think of it. And then Lily starts getting increasingly frustrated by James’ impeccable behaviour.
Laura agrees to give the Quidditch team some pointers on broom handling and maintenance, and discovers that James has ordered she be chaperoned to and from the pitch. And another Hogsmeade visit is announced.
|35||Pubs, pranks and parties
The first Hogsmeade visit of the new school year only succeeds in making Laura more uncomfortable than ever, which can make life difficult when Sirius’ birthday is approaching. And then she walks in on something most unwelcome …
A heartbroken Laura picks a fight with a Death Eater wannabe, to try to get her mind off things.
|37||The worst news possible
Lots of preparations for the Yule ball, including working out who is going with whom, but it’s all tempered by a comment from Lily.
After a snowball fight, which - in theory at least - should be enough to get any excess tension out, Laura goes to the ball with Bernie Carmichael, determined to enjoy herself no matter what (or who) Sirius is doing.
The remainder of the Yule Ball, and the train ride home.
To no one's surprise, Sirius works out a way they can see each other over the holidays.
|41||At the Potters'
Laura and Sirius bring in the new year at James’ house, having a lovely time playing around with various types of machinery. And then there’s the morning after …
|42||Back to school
Broken hearted, Laura faces up to going back to Hogwarts and dealing with life without Sirius.
Laura and Sirius have a long talk in an attempt to iron out any misunderstandings, even if neither of them think it’ll do any good.
… with Elvira and the fan club, Regulus and … Sirius, who is unexpectedly being rather cagey. Whoever said you don’t need to work on relationships?
Laura’s not happy but Lily puts in a good word for the boys. And then James has some bad news.
Fluff, fan club sabotage, fluff, stories of past experiences, fluff, an unexpected excursion, fluff, Mary, and fluff. Did I mention this chapter may be a bit fluffy? Don’t say you weren’t warned. :D
|47||The war finds Hogwarts
Sirius discovers that not going to Slughorn’s parties is in fact a very good strategy, Lily gets some bad news, and the whole school finds a distraction from the war.
Another Hogsmeade visit, in which Laura discovers there is much more to these Marauders than she ever imagined.
Laura turns eighteen, and she and Remus share another party. Though not without a bit of drama first …
|50||An offer too good to refuse
Sirius has what he thinks is a brilliant idea, Mary laughs a lot, Bernie makes a confession and Laura lies to her parents. So, much the same as usual, really.
Laura heads to London, hopeful of a couple of days’ freedom without her parents finding out.
Laura has to decide whether to stay in London or return home. And then something happens which changes everything.
Laura - and everyone else - tries to come to terms with the fact that Mary's not around any more.
|54||Nothing to giggle about
As Mary's death starts to sink in across the school, things start getting back to how they used to be, to Laura's great annoyance.
|55||Laura Cauldwell, amateur counsellor
Laura finds herself in charge of cheering both Remus and Sirius up, as luck would have it, on the same day. Oh, and Filch has a rather major coup – if he only realises it.
Laura deals with the falling-out of the last chapter’s events.
|57||Settling the score
Laura decides to turn Elvira in, once and for all. And then, just as she’s finally caught up with all her homework, she gets in the way of a nasty curse.
The good news is that Laura is still alive. The bad news is that Sectumsempra is a rather nasty curse that no one wants to be hit with, so her recovery is a little extended.
Final exams have arrived, and getting through them all can be a struggle.
The final formalities for seventh year occur as Laura takes her spot in the graduating class of 1978. And then tries to work out how to tell her parents about Sirius ...
|61||The final journey
Laura is forced to confess all about Sirius (well, most, at least) before saying goodbye to Hogwarts for the last time.
Three months later.
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