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Chapter 4 : The Bet
 
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Chapter Three:
The Bet






“So I’m going to be nice to you, and pretend that you didn’t tell me to sod off, and blame it on hormones,” James said to me as he sat next to me during breakfast. It was unusual, him sitting with me at breakfast. He normally only did it during lunch, when his precious group was doing other such things.

“Why do you care so much?” I asked him seriously. I wanted an answer. Why did he care so much about talking to me, and overlook things in order for it to happen? Why did he continue to talk to me after I made it clear I wanted to be alone?

“That your hormones are out of wack? I don’t I-”

“No, no,” I said interrupting him. “Why do you care so much about talking to me? And why do you always follow me?”

“Because we’re friends,” James responded simply.

“Friends,” I replied slowly cocking my head to the side. The word seemed foreign to me. I almost forgot it even existed.

“Yes, friends,” James said leaving no room for argument.

“Okay,” I said agreeing with him.

“Good. Because as your friend, I think I should tell you that everyone thinks you’re a bitch,” James said to me bluntly.

“I know,” I responded unaffected. I had noticed everyone in school had started to label me as the bitch. They would never look me directly in the eye, and a lot of the girls shot me dirty looks for not only captivating the boys’ attention in this school, but shooting them down with rude remarks.

“And you don’t care?” James asked.

“Nope.”

“Why?”

I weighed the though over in my mind. I opened my mouth and responded, “Because if I cared what they thought, I wouldn’t be a bitch to them to begin with.”

James started to smile, “So you care about me then?”

“No,” I said abruptly. I didn’t care about anyone. “You’ve just latched yourself onto me despite me being a bitch.” James laughed and ruffled his hair.

“Maybe it’s because I see the good in you,” James said. I highly doubt he saw any good in me. I was hardly nice to him, and I always told him how I wished he would just leave me alone. How could anyone think of that as good?

The doors of the Great Hall opened and Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew walked through them. Many girls swooned at the sight of them. I couldn’t say they had no reason though, they were all good-looking in extremely different ways.

“Well, guess I’ll see you later then,” I said to James nodding my head to his friends.

“What do you mean? They’ll come and sit with us,” James said waving to them. They saw his wild arm flailing and walked over to us. Sirius sat next to James and Remus sat on his other side, while Peter sat by me.

“Lucky us, we get to sit with Ms. Potty Mouth,” Remus said distastefully. I hadn’t actually talked to them since I’d been so rude and repeatedly cursed at them. But I didn’t really care.

“Fuck,” I said just to annoy him.

“Annabelle, don’t start fights,” James said scolding me.

“Oh stuff it,” I said to him rolling my eyes.

“Still as pleasant as I remember,” Sirius said to me.

“Still thinking I care,” I shot back. Who did he think he was?

“Hey, hey! You guys, let’s just cool down a little,” James said looking directly at me.

“They started it,” I said gesturing to both Remus and Sirius. I don’t get why James thinks it’s my fault for defending myself against his annoying friends.

“Did not!” Sirius argued.

“Did too!” I said with a scowl.

“Did not!”

“Did too!”

“As fascinating as this conversation is getting, I’d rather listen to James talk about Lily,” Peter said interrupting us.

“What’s that suppose to mean?” James said offended. He gave Peter a glare, and Peter just stuck his tongue out at him.

“It’s suppose to mean,” I cut in, “that just because you think Lily is this fabuleux creature, doesn’t mean everyone else does.”

“You’re friends with her though, aren’t you? You were sitting with her yesterday,” James asked. He, of course, would notice that I was sitting with her.

“So? I still don’t like her,” I sniffed.

“Do you like anyone?” Sirius responded.

“Of course I do, I just don’t like her or her mates,” I responded dryly.

“Why?” James asked. He seemed shocked at the fact that somone could not like Lily Evans.

“Because she’s really bloody annoying,” I responded.

“Well you’re really bloody annoying too,” Sirius responded.

“Then why don’t you leave?” I narrowed my eyes at him.

“Make me,” Sirius responded his eyes challenging me.

“Everyone, just shut the bloody hell up,” Remus said interrupting us. “I don’t want to hear you two say one more sodding word.”

The table fell silent except for me who muttered, “Who’s the potty mouth now.”

“I heard that,” Remus said giving me a look.

“Good,” I retorted.

No one talked for a while. I guess, it was easy to see that I caused conflict with the Marauders. No wonder James would always sit with me without his mates. I started to tap my nails absentmindedly against the table, resting my chin on my other hand.

“So, Annabelle, how many today?” James said trying to lighten the mood.

I narrowed my eyes at him. I didn’t want to answer in front of all his mates. He looked at me expectantly and I opened my mouth and said, “Only three. I think they’ve finally realized I know my way around this place.”

“Only three what?” Sirius asked arching his eyebrows.

“Three guys that have hit on her,” James said turning to look at him.

“These guys obviously haven’t spoken to her,” Sirius said with a huff. Someone’s jealous he’s not getting all the attention.

“They have, which is why they don’t ask again,” James said with a grin. I gave James a pointed look before flipping my hair over my shoulder and getting up.

“Well, I should be going and all. Transfiguration calls,” I said stepping over the bench.

“We’ll come with you. Won’t we guys? We do have the same classes,” James said looking at all of them daring them to say no.

“James, I’d rather not,” I said with a sigh.

“Oh come on! Why don’t you guys all just get along, instead of acting like babies?” James whined. We all exchanged looks at James’s question.

“Because she’s a bitch,” Sirius said matter-of-factly.

“And you’re a slut,” I responded coolly. I was not making up what I was saying. The first day of school I had seen Sirius with three different girls, saying the exact same things to them about how he’d wanted them for a long time. He obviously couldn’t keep it in his pants.

“Annabelle,” James said giving me a reproachful look.

“James,” I said in the same condescending tone, “I’ve gotta go, so see you in class,” I grabbed my books from the top of the table and headed to class, not looking back.

*

“What are you doing here?” I said pursing my lips as Sirius sat next to me. We were in the last class of the day, and I had had to sit next to a different Marauder every class. I wasn’t sure if this was a form of torture, but I didn’t like it.

“Following orders,” Sirius said sulkily. He flicked his hairs out of his eyes, and watched Professor Flitwick walk into the classroom.

“From who?” I asked already knowing the answer.

“James,” he responded confirming my thoughts. I looked at the table next to us, and saw James give me the thumbs up, with this big grin on his face. Git.

“And, why might I ask, has he been making me sit by you guys?” I asked snottily, making sure my annoyance was evident.

“Because he wants us to get along like the Brady Bunch, or some rubbish like that,” Sirius responded seemingly annoyed.

“The Brady Bunch?” I asked confused. I’d never heard of them before. Did they go to Hogwarts?

“It’s this muggle telly show about this perfect family that me and James watch during the summer,” he explained.

“Gay,” I coughed into my hand. Why would any guys watch some family show when their friends were over? Professor Flitwick stood atop his pile of books and opened his mouth getting ready to teach the class the next lesson, but we didn’t pay attention. Instead, we lowered our voices.

“What’s that suppose to mean?” he asked icily.

“It’s suppose to mean, that I’m surprised any girls even waste their time with you because you are, so obviously, in love with James,” I responded rolling my eyes. I said this just to upset Sirius, as I figured he had a soft spot for me ragging on his sexuality.

“Yeah, well, at least all the guys haven’t nicknamed me the frigid bitch,” he retorted.

“They’re just mad that I didn’t show any interest in them, if I did they’d be falling at my feet,” I said matter-of-factly. I flipped my silver hair over my shoulder and gave him a stony stare.

“Oh, I’m sure,” he responded sarcastically, “I bet I could get more girls to like me than you could get guys.”

“I bet I could snog more boys, then you could snog girls.”

“I’d like to take that bet,” Sirius said. “That is, if you actually meant it.”

“Of course I meant it. This class tomorrow, we’ll compare names. Loser has to streak naked across the school?” I said giving him a level stare. There was no way Sirius would ever beat me in a dare. I was way to competitive for my own good. I stuck out my hand to see if Sirius would take the bet.

“Alright, and no using your veela charms to woo the guys,” Sirius said shaking my hand.

“I’m not, bloody veela,” I said looking at him scathingly. I hated when people said that.

“Suuure. Like anyone could naturally look like that without having some veela in them,” Sirius said rolling his own eyes at me.

“While I’m flattered you find me insanely attractive, it’s all human.” I knew if I teased Sirius long enough, he would get annoyed. And oh how I loved annoying the people I couldn't stand.

“Whatever. How long does the snog have to last to count? I’m thinking twenty seconds would suffice a good snog,” Sirius said to me.

“Trying to change the subject, because I know you’re attracted to me? Oh and yes twenty seconds sounds good.”

“I’m not attracted to you,” Sirius said turning to me, his face twisted in annoyance, “I’m just not completely blind.”

I smirked at him, “You think I’m gorgeous. It’s okay to admit it.”

“Oh, shove it,” Sirius said slouching in his seat and crossing his arms. He looked straight ahead daring not to look at me. He blew his black locks out of his eyes as he sulked.

“You think I’m the hottest thing since sliced bread,” I continued in a sing-song voice.

“Honestly, Annabelle who uses that expression?” Sirius said turning to me, forgetting he was supposed to be ignoring me.

“Apparently it doesn’t matter because you think I’m gorgeous,” I teased.

“I do not.”

“You dream about me at night.”

“No I don’t! Don’t flatter yourself.”

“You want to give me a tour of Hogwarts.”

“Shut the bloody hell up, I just said I’d be blind not to notice you, not that I like you,” Sirius said getting an annoyed look on his face.

“I was just teasing you. I mean, I don’t like you, but I think your gorgeous,” I responded bluntly, unashamed.

Sirius looked at me his eyebrows raised a shocked look on his face. He placed his hand over his heart and looked at me, “I think that is the first nice thing I’ve ever heard you say since I met you.”

“Oh shove it,” I said crossing my arms and turning away from him.


*

“Would snogging you guys count?” I asked them during dinner. After class, Sirius had informed the group of our bet, and had promptly headed off to find girls to snog, having Peter be a lookout in case teachers walked by the broom closets Sirius was in. I, however, was letting the boys come to me. Well… not really, I was more like letting my eyes linger over them during dinner. They would then come up to me, and I would disappear with them for exactly twenty seconds, then push them off me and wipe my mouth. I had been in and out of the Great Hall so many times, my legs were starting to hurt.

Remus’s fork clattered to his plate, “Uh… what?”

“Yeah WHAT?” James said giving me a crazy look.

“Oh come on. It won’t mean anything. Don’t you guys want me to put Sirius in his place?” I said.

“Well, yeah, but I don’t want to snog you,” Remus said looking a little put out. “You have half the school’s saliva on you.”

“But I don’t want to streak across the school! Come on, guys,” I begged. I knew that it didn’t matter if they said they wouldn’t, I could just get other guys. The only thing was I knew it would piss Sirius off.

“Oh yeah, James, you’ll have to write whoever does it up and give them detention by the way,” Remus replied.

“Do you take me for a traitor, Remus?” James responded indignantly.

"I take you for a head boy," Remus replied, somewhat annoyed.

"The first Marauder's rule is thou shalt not turn against thy fellow-" James started to say.

“Please?” I said interrupting them and putting my bow shaped lips into a pout.

“I’d never thought I’d see the day when Annabelle said please, but it’s still a no,” James said laughing.

“What if I started to cry a little?” I asked them.

“It’d still be a no,” Remus replied.

“Come on, Remus! Don’t you want to be able to watch as Sirius gets written up?” I asked.

“Nope. I, however would love to watch you get written up,” Remus responded to me laughing.

“You’re such a git,” I said not caring that he was so against it. I reached my hands behind the crook of his neck and pressed my lips to his. I counted to twenty in my head and then pulled away from him. He had a look of utter shock on his face.

“See, that wasn’t so bad. No tongue involved or anything,” I said rolling my eyes. Remus looked miffed that I had snogged him, but there wasn’t anything he could do about it now. I looked at James next.

“Oh no! You’re not kissing me after your lips were just up against my best mate,” James said leaning away from me.

“Yeah, you basically assaulted me,” Remus complained wiping his mouth.

“Prudes. You know you liked it Remus.”

“I barely had a choice in the matter!”

“Which is why you struggled so hard to get away,” I fired back. I seemed to have gotten him there. No one I had ever snogged had actually pushed me off them, and Remus had barely struggled.

“I knew you’d follow me and pounce on me unsuspectingly if I didn’t,” Remus replied sourly.

“Suuure.”

“I don’t really feel comfortable about this,” James said cutting in. “I mean I know I wanted all of you guys to get along, but I think my plan has backfired.”

“Don’t worry James, I know you’re jealous. How about it?” I said jokingly.

“Nope, these lips have gone on a strike until Lily Evans realizes she loves me,” James said putting his hand over his mouth to prove his point.

“Desperate, much?” I said pursing my lips. I scanned the room to look for Lily and saw her sitting with Bella and Elizabeth. Lily was laughing about something and her head was thrown back, her cheeks flushed. She was pretty, I had to admit, but why was he so obsessed with a girl who hates him?

“I’m not the one that’s been snogging the whole school,” James told me.

“Please, they’re practically begging me,” I said catching the eye of a cute Hufflepuff. He looked at me, and I winked coyly.

“Caught someone else have you?” Remus asked with a laugh. He seemed to find it hilarious, every time a boy would come up to our table.

“Yup, see you guys later,” I said as the boy came over to us. I got up from the table and grabbed his arm pulling him out of the Great Hall before he could say anything.
James was watching as I left and I turned to him giving him the thumbs up. He laughed, shaking his head, before turning back to Remus.

*

“You snogged Remus?” Sirius said practically exploding. I was sitting in the common room, trying to catch up on the never-ending stack of homework, as he stood in front of me in a huff. Everyone in the common room, after hearing this, started gossiping madly.

“Says who?” I said pretending to look confused. Maybe he was just bluffing and didn’t actually know.

“Says James,” Sirius said complaining to me.

“Well, yes I did. Your point?” I asked raising my eyebrow.

“Mates are off limits in this bet,” Sirius said his voice getting louder. He looked about ready to explode.

“We never agreed to that. I think he should count, I mean I snogged him for twenty seconds, it counts,” I responded calmly. I had followed the rules fairly. We had never said mates were off limits. Sirius looked like he wanted to pummel me. The portrait hole opened, and, speak of the devil, Remus walked in with Peter, having come back from the library I suppose.

“Oi! Moony, how could you?” Sirius shouted across the common room, drawing attention to everyone that was in there. I watched Sirius, with an indifferent look on my face, although I found the nickname Sirius had called Remus quite ridiculous.

Remus looked at Sirius a little confused, “What are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about that,” Sirius said pointing at me as I smirked. Remus seemed to understand what he was talking about but didn’t say anything. “You’re helping her! Turning against your own mate! What is the first commandment Remus? Thou shalt not turn against thy fellow mates!”

“Sirius, don’t overreact,” I said rolling my eyes. What was up with that commandment. In fact, why the hell did they waste their time making commandments? I stretched my legs across the couch and faced the drama that was unfolding.

“You know, your eyes are going to get stuck like that one day,” Sirius snapped to me.

“Don’t turn this on me! You should be mad at Remus,” I said changing the subject throwing Remus under the bus. I didn’t want Sirius to bring all his rage from Remus on me.

“Thanks a lot,” Remus said to me.

“Fuck,” I said knowing how much he hated when I cursed, just to annoy him. I had taken to cursing at Remus at random moments just to see his reaction.

“So,” Sirius said pulling up to his full height, towering over Remus. “Explain why you’re fraternizing with the enemy?”

Instead of waiting for a response, I scanned the room, and noticed a Gryffindor guy in our grade, he glancing at me every once in a while. Someone else to add to my list for sure. I gave him a small smile and gestured for him to come over.

“-I didn’t even know what was happening,” Remus was saying, neither of them really paying attention to me.

“Hey,” whatever his name, said as he sat down next to me. Remus was such a doll to keep Sirius distracted so that I was able to get more snogs. Although, I don’t think Remus knew how helpful he was being.

“Hey,” I said looking down at him through my long eyelashes.

“Annabelle, right?” he said smirking at me.

“Yeah, I was just thinking…” I said trailing off knowing he’d play right into my conversation. I stared at whatever-his-name-is’s mouth and then looked back into his light brown eyes.

“Thinking what?” he asked. He didn’t know it, but he said exactly what I wanted him to say. I heard Sirius start to argue even more about the bonds of brotherhood and loyalty.

“Well…I heard some girl’s saying you were the best snogger,” I said flipping my hair over my shoulder as Remus started to argue back. “I was wondering if it was true.”

Even though I said the most scripted thing in the world, I knew that whatever-his-name-is wouldn’t care. “Want me to show you?” he asked me coyly, looking at my pouty lips.

I didn’t need to answer. He leaned closer to me, his dark brown hair brushing against my forehead. Our lips met, and I started to count to twenty in my mind. At around number ten, I heard Remus start to speak.

“Hey Pads, I think that you should worry more about the fact that she’s getting even more snogs as we’re speaking.”

At number twenty I broke the kiss and got up from the couch. Whatever his name is looked confused. “Sorry hun, twenty seconds is my limit,” I responded to him walking away from him and up to the seventh year dorm.

“Thanks, Remus,” I shouted from the stairs to Remus as him and Sirius watched me walk away from what’s-his-face. Sirius let out a loud groan of annoyance before storming out of the portrait hole.

“Bitch,” Remus shouted across the room at me. I rolled my eyes and stuck my tongue out at him before walking into my room.



A/N: Hey guys! So I know I said I'd get this out last week but you would not believe all the homework I had. And now I'm failing a couple of classes so I was trying to get caught up and get my grades back on track. SO, this chapter is a little shorter than the other one's, I promise next chapter will be longer, I just couldn't find a way to add more into the chapter without it seeming forced. Thanks to whoever reads this a review would be lovely.

Like it, love it, hate it?

-Rebecca


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