The time came to return to Hogwarts and everyone was thrilled to see their friends again. Jane was sitting in the Great Hall for dinner that night with Lily.
“Why are you looking at me like that?"
“You look suspicious. Shifty,” Lily muttered, observing Jane’s face. “I take it our matchmaking plans went well?” she added, with a smirk. Jane noticed some of the nosy girls in her year listening and just settled by giving Lily the thumbs up and whispering.
“I’ll tell you later.” Lily nodded and went back to her dinner. Jane looked around, she couldn’t see Sirius anywhere, and she hadn’t seen him since she’d left the Potter’s, almost a week ago. Now that she thought about it, the only Marauder sitting at the Gryffindor table was Peter. He kept nervously looking over at the Slytherin table. Jane wondered why he seemed so anxious. Suddenly, she heard a yelp and turned to see Severus Snape jumping up and down as if he had ants in his trousers. At this moment, Jane located Sirius. She noticed something in the doorway to the Hall. A single hand was floating in midair, aiming a wand towards the Slytherin table. Jane felt a sense of pity for Snape, which was quickly extinguished when she heard the noises coming for him. She burst into laughter, along with the rest of the Gryffindor table. All but one; Lily was looking intently at her soup, refusing to look up. As Jane noticed the floating hand disappear, she stood up, quickly saying goodbye to Lily and made her way towards the Entrance Hall. She found Sirius and James cackling to themselves on the second floor landing.
“You two should be ashamed of yourselves,” she smirked as she ran up the stairs towards them.
“Oh come on Glossin, you found it funny. I know you did.” Jane couldn’t hold back the smirk that was forcing itself on to her face.
“Okay, it was hilarious but was there any particular reason?”
“It’s pretty much the fact that he exists.”
“James, you used that explanation last year. You need some new material.” She laughed. James swung his arm around her shoulder.
“I’ve got plenty of material, don’t you worry about that.” And the three marched up to the Common Room, linking arms.
“Hey where’s Remus? I didn’t see him at dinner.”
“He needed to talk to Madam Pomfrey about…um something.” James and Sirius shared a serious look.
“Oh okay. Well I hope he’s alright,” Jane said concerned.
“He’s fine, don’t worry about him,” Sirius said putting his arms around Jane’s waist.
“Oh Merlin, you two make me sick,” James joked, standing up. “I’m going to bed. Goodnight guys.”
“’Night,” Sirius and Jane said in unison, as he rested his chin on her head. At this moment, a fourth year girl walked through the portrait hole. Jane tried to move away but Sirius wouldn’t allow it and she gave in. The girl turned to see the two bodies intertwined. She gave Jane a scowl and retired to her dormitory. After a few moments of silence, Sirius decided to talk.
“Why did you pull away from me like that?” Jane turned to look him in the eyes. She could see the hurt inside them. She wrapped her arms around his neck and moved her body against his.
“It’s just that I don’t like to be like this in public. I feel like everyone’s watching me and it freaks me out.” Sirius kissed the top of her head softly.
“I’ll tell you something, people are always watching you, blokes in particular. It’s just that I’ve always been really affectionate in public. I’ve never been with someone who wasn’t.”
“Believe me, I’ve noticed,” Jane smirked and Sirius gave a mock laugh.
“The point is it’s okay, we don’t have to be. We can be private people,” he said seriously. He smiled with an understanding look. Jane kissed him on the cheek.
“I’d better get to bed. I’ll see you tomorrow.” And she walked up to her room, turning to give him one last grin before disappearing up the stairs.
Jane and Lily were lying in their beds that night.
“So you two are actually a couple?”
“Yep, it’s great. He’s great! I know you don’t like him much, but-”
“No, I’m happy for you. If he make you happy he can’t be all that bad.” Lily paused. “Just be careful though, okay? Remember who you’re with.” Jane just nodded. “You know that you’re going to be hated by half the school now though.” Lily laughed. Jane looked questioningly at her. “The female half.”
“Well that’s part of why I don’t want everyone to know. You should have seen the fourth year that walked in on us earlier. She just glared at me.”
“Don’t worry. I bet all the boys will be doing the same to Sirius,” grinned Lily.
The next morning, Sirius was sitting at the Gryffindor Table when Grace Brown came strutting up towards him. Grace was the kind of girl who didn’t mind showing affection in public, and as Sirius’ first kiss, it was her belief that no girl would ever be good enough for him, with the exception of herself.
“Hey Sirius. How was your holiday? I missed you.” She grinned.
“Yeah, it was fine thanks Grace,” he said, turning back to his breakfast.
“Oh you funny boy.” She slapped his arm. Sirius, wondering what he had said that had brought her such amusement, continued with his porridge. “What did you get up to?”
“Just stayed at James’ house,” he answered, taking a spoonful to his mouth. At this, Grace began to get impatient and decided to get to the point.
“Do you want to come to Hogsmeade with me on the weekend?” Sirius put his spoon down and turned to her.
“Sorry Grace, I’ve already got plans,” he said politely. She threw her hands around his arm, with a pout.
“Oh come on Sirius. Whoever she is, you know I’m better. Just tell her something’s come up.”
“No, sorry Grace. I can’t.”
“Hey Snookums,” a third voice said and before Sirius knew it, Jane had kissed his cheek. “Hey Grace, did you hear? Sirius and I are dating,” she said sweetly, sitting herself down next to Sirius and playing with his hair. Grace stood up with a shocked face and walked away. Jane withdrew her hands and placed them at her sides.
“What happened to being private people?” Sirius inquired.
“Well, someone needed to rescue you,” she laughed. “But don’t expect me to do that every morning. I even irritated myself."
Later that day, as Sirius made his way to Quidditch practice, he was stopped in his tracks by a girl with dark red hair. They stared at each other for several moments, before she spoke.
“Black, if you hurt her, I'll kill you in your sleep," Lily said, pointing her finger at him.
“I wouldn't dream of it,” Sirius replied, amused.
“I mean it, Black. I’ll crush you,” she said, with one final menacing glare, before turning on her heels and disappearing down the corridor.
Jane woke one morning, several weeks later, it was Valentine’s Day. Jane loved Valentine’s Day, as it was the one day a year that most of female population of Hogwarts would simultaneously go barking mad. This meant that the likelihood of some form of outlandish incident occurring was greatly increased on this day. Jane and Lily’s only hope would be that they were there to witness it.
As she lifted herself from her bed, she spotted a box of chocolates beside her. She opened the box to find it filled with love heart shaped dark chocolates. She wondered why Sirius would have sent her dark chocolate when only yesterday; she had publicly declared her hatred for it. At this moment, Jane heard Paloma stir in the bed next to her. She got up and rummaged through her trunk for some clothes to wear on her date with Sirius. As she stood up holding her bundle of clothing, Paloma noticed the chocolates.
“Oooh are they from Sirius?” she squealed.
“Yeah, I guess. But I don’t like dark chocolate. You can have them.”
“Oh yay. I wish I had a boyfriend to buy me chocolates.” Paloma frowned, picking up the box. Ignoring her, Jane entered the bathroom and looked into her reflection. Her smooth hair sat perfectly on her shoulders. As she entered the shower she could have sworn she heard a shriek, but she shrugged it off as just her imagination. When she got out of the shower, Jane dried her hair with her wand and pulled on her long flowing peasant skirt and a ruffled singlet. She added a little make-up and exited to the bedroom. It took her hardly a second, to realize that something was wrong. “He is so amazing. I bet he doesn’t even know who I am. But I’ll change that.”
“No, you won’t because he already loves me! He told me so!”
“He’s so handsome. His masculine body-”
“Hey, you stay away from him, he’s mine!” And Paloma lunged at Belladonna Greer. Jane and Lily bound to the girls and teared them apart.
“What’s going on?” Jane yelled over the screaming.
“I don’t know. It all started when Belladonna took one of those chocolates.” Lily barely missed the fist that was thrown at her face by Belladonna.
“Those chocolates? Oh no!” Paloma tried to kick Jane in the leg.
“Merlin, I’m sorry girls. Petrificus Totalus!” Jane sent a Body-Binding Curse at Paloma, before advancing on Belladonna. “Petrificus Totalus!” She too, went rigid and fell to the floor.
“It’s for their own good. We couldn’t have let them wander around the castle declaring their love for him; they’d never speak to us again if we did. Why did he send you love potion filled chocolates? I mean-”
“Declaring their love for whom? Sirius?”
“No, Peter. Peter Pettigrew.”
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