The marauders, Lily, Charlotte and Jessica headed down to their first detention, and to their astonishment were greeted by not McGonagall, but Slughorn.
“Your detention will be served with me tonight,” Slughorn said, then added “evening Lily, m’dear.
“Uh..good evening Professor Slughorn.”
Reaching the dungeons, Slughorn faced them. “Well, writing lines sounds a tad tedious, so let’s make a potion instead!”
The marauders caught each other’s eyes and shrugged. Slughorn clapped cheerfully and the instructions appeared on the board.
After about twenty minutes Slughorn announced breezily,
“You all seem quite capable, so I’m going to leave you here for a few minutes, all right?”
They continued until there was a sudden loud crash.
They looked round and to their horror noticed that Sirius’s cauldron had ‘accidentally’ fallen from its stand.
The girls glared at him as the potion swept towards them, burning everything in its path. They were soon running crazily around the dungeon, trying to find a safe spot. This went on for a little while until Sirius told Jessica, who was cornered by the potion.
“Never fear, Padfoot is here!”
He made his way over to her, siphoning the potion away with his wand as he went.
“Don’t you DARE, Sirius Bl – aaaaaaaaaaagggggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
A scream was torn from her as he picked her up and flung her over his shoulder. She struggled desperately, pounding his back with her fists.
“GET YOUR FILTHY HANDS OFF ME AND PUT ME DOWN, YOU PRAT!”
“I don’t think I should. Last time you told me to put me down, you almost drowned! Anyway, aren’t you supposed to be thanking me? I’m saving your life here, being your knight in shining armour,” he explained.
The others were frozen, staring at the bizarre sight.
“YOU CAN GET YOUR SHINING ARMOUR AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR-“
An enraged McGonagall had burst into the dungeon.
Sirius promptly dropped Jessica, who landed on the floor with a crash.
“Never,” announced McGonagall, “have I ever seen such childish behaviour! For heaven’s sake, Alderez, get off the floor!” She strode over to them, grabbed them and dragged them out the door. She stopped outside a broom cupboard and thrust them inside.
“You can stay here until someone lets you out!” she snapped, and then slammed the door shut, locked it and walked away.
Back in the dungeon, everyone was still frozen, staring at the door through which Black and Jessica had just disappeared.
Suddenly it opened and Slughorn entered. “Where are the other two?” he asked in astonishment.
“Er…they ran into Professor McGonagall,” answered James.
“Dear me, what a shame.” He said, shaking his head. “Ah well, back to work!”
“I WAS JUST SERVING A NORMAL DETENTION, DOING WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO, AND YOU JUST HAVE TO INTERVENE, DON’T YOU! AND NOW LOOK WHERE YOU’VE LANDED US, YOU STUPID IDIOT!” Jessica yelled at Sirius, mingled with a series of swear words.
“Aw, I’m sorry, your Highness.” Sirius replied in a mock sorry voice. He reached out and wrapped his arms round her. As he did this Jessica reached for the bucket he was sitting on and pulled it out from under him so he landed with a thud on the floor just as Filch, the caretaker, pulled open the door. At the sight of Black lying on the floor while Jessica looked pleased with herself he grunted in disapproval. Jess looked around and smiled innocently. At that point McGonagall appeared and dismissed Filch.
“Come with me, and for heaven’s sake, Black, get off the floor and ¬¬do lower your eyebrows before you get a headache – it’ll get that surprised look off your face.” She instructed briskly. “As for you, Miss Alderez, don’t give me that look, it only works when the person is actually innocent. I shall escort the two of you to your common room, just to make sure you don’t make any…detours.”
They soon arrived at the Fat Lady’s portrait, which promptly demanded, “password?”
They were granted access to the common room, where McGonagall watched them make their way up to bed. At the top of the staircase, Sirius paused and looked across at Jessica.
Charlotte and Lily were sitting up in bed, waiting for Jess’s return.
“Hey, Jess,” Lily greeted her tentatively.
“So, um, what happened to you guys?” Charlotte inquired.
“We got locked in a broom cupboard.”
“What were you doing in there?” asked Charlotte cheekily.
Lily laughed. Jess rolled her eyes and playfully chucked a pillow at both of them. Then her mood turned sour again at the thought of the marauders.
“I hate them!” she screeched, shaking in anger. “I absolutely hate them all and it’s way past time we put them back in their low-down place! We’re going to kick their asses one at a time, and we’ll start with…let’s see…ummm…well, BLACK, of course!”
“I think we should start with Potter.” Said Lily.
“Mmmm…well, much as I would love to murder Black, when it comes to Potter I have the perfect plan.” Jess replied, grinning evilly.