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Collision by CallingMidnight

Format: Novel
Chapters: 39
Word Count: 112,524
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature

Genres: Drama, Romance
Characters: Harry, Lupin, Sirius, James, Lily, OC
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC, Sirius/OC

First Published: 12/21/2004
Last Chapter: 07/11/2005
Last Updated: 09/09/2005

Summary:
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting BEAUTIFUL new banner by RecklessAbandon!!!! For years, Heather's only remaining relatives ignored her, leaving her in an orphanage...until, when she turned 17, for some unknown reason they saw fit to send her to Hogwarts for a final year of schooling. At fist, Heather was nervous about meeting her only family. But she quickly realized that she needn't be afriad...she should be terrified. Her relatives were worse than she had remembered. Especially her cousin, Lucius Malfoy.


Chapter 24: Soul, Body, and Heart

Chapter Twenty-Four~*~Soul, Body, and Heart


The next week flew by, and things were pretty much back to normal. Lily, James, Alice, and Frank were their old selves, which meant that Lily was stressing about how well she had done on her N.E.W.T.’s, James was trying to cheer her up with his absurd behavior, and Frank and Alice were inseparable. They soon decided that, instead of keeping to themselves, like before, they would rather hang out with the Marauders. Alex and Peter were...well...Alex and Peter. The gang hardly saw the couple, except during classes. What they did see of them, however, the more they disliked Alex. Peter seemed to want to be with the Marauders, but as Alex didn’t, he followed along. Heather and Sirius were much relieved that their friends were feeling better, but they still had one weight that was nagging at their shoulders. Remus. He didn’t know about the Prophesy. Should they tell him?

“It would seem kind of awkward, don’t you think?” Heather asked Sirius, walking to a well deserved dinner after the last exam.

“Well, yeah, but doesn’t he still have the right to know? I mean, even Peter knows,” Sirius said, frowning guiltily.

“Only because he over heard us talking about it the other day,” Lily pointed out.

“Yeah, but Remus is one of our closest friends,” James said. “I think we should tell him.”

“But it’s like Heather said. It would be kind of odd,” Frank admitted. “I mean, how would we say it? ‘Hey, Remus. Would you pass the butter? And by the way, Voldemort might be after us!’” There was an odd silence, as the group thought about what they should do.

“How about, if the occasion calls for it, we tell him,” Alice said nervously. Everybody nodded.

“Tell who what?” a jovial voice said behind them, making them all leap a foot in the air. They all turned to see Remus standing, smiling and holding a girl’s hand. They all did a double-take. Remus...holding a girl’s hand??!!

“Nothing!” they all said at once. Remus stopped smiling.

“What’s up?” he asked, suspiciously.

“We’re just talking about the ball...you know,” Lily said, putting on an airy laugh. “It’s so soon! And I really don’t know what to wear.”

“Oh...right,” Remus said uncertainly. Nobody spoke for a few seconds, and looked anywhere but at Remus, who was frowning and looking very hurt. What were they hiding from him? He thought. He cleared his throat. “This is Candy,” he announced. Candy shoved out her hand, and shook everybody’s with gusto.

“Pleased to meet you all! I’ve heard so much about everybody, it’s amazing to finally see you in person,” she greeted. Everybody laughed, giving her hair odd looks.

“Well, I’m glad to meet you too,” Heather said, the first to recover. Candy smiled at her.

“Are you two back together then?” Candy inquired, noting how Sirius and Heather had their arms around each other. It took the two a second to realize what she was talking about.

“Oh...our fight,” Sirius said, looking pointedly at Heather.

“Oh, yes. Well, you know, just a minor little thing. Everybody has their little disagreements,” she said, looking very uncomfortable.

“It looked more like a catastrophe to me,” Candy said, smiling. She didn’t understand why they were acting so odd about their fight, but decided not to push it. “So...shall we go to dinner? You guys must be starved after all the thinking you must have had to do!” They all laughed and went to sit down.

~~

Several days later, it was the eve of the ball, and everybody was quite nervous. The now close-knit group of friends were practically related as they spent all of their time together. Even Peter found times when he would stay and talk with Sirius or James. Now, however, all the girls were in the girls dorm getting ready, and the boys were downstairs groaning.

“How long does it take to put on a dress?” James complained loudly.

“Seriously, you would think two hours would be enough!” Sirius said, looking very handsome in a crisp black robe. It looked much like the school robes. He had his hair slicked back rather nicely, and had a rose held tightly in one fist. On the outside, he would look calm and collected, but it was obvious he was quite nervous. James, who had on dark blue dress robes, didn’t try to hide his anxiety as he was pacing back and forth, running his hand through his flyaway black hair. He had honestly tried to keep it tame, but even the hundred spells he put on it did nothing. Remus said nothing, and looked almost giddy.

“It’s not like they’re going to be late or anything, we’ve still got plenty of time,” Remus admonished. Sirius snorted.

“Yeah, well, I’d like to get their a little early,” James said. He saw Remus’s happy face and smile then, stopping his pacing.

“What?” Remus asked, noticing that Sirius was also staring at him.

“It’s good to see you happy, mate,” James said. Sirius nodded.

“It’s not often we get to see you smile,” he said, walking over to clap him on the back. Remus grinned.

“Well, it’s not often that I get a girlfriend that understands me,” he admitted. “I just wish I could understand her!”

“Here Here!” James said. “Girls are so confusing!” The boys burst out laughing; Seconds later the sound of high-heels on the steps reached their ears. They froze and looked up.

“What was that last bit?” Lily said, smirking at James. But, for the life of them, the boys couldn’t remember anything now. At seeing their dates coming down the steps, they would be lucky to remember their own names. There was no doubt in each of their minds that they had the best looking girl in the school. Lily had on a dark green dress, that hugged her curves and flattered her eyes. Embroidered up the skirt were dainty pink flowers, and at the waist was pinned a small, beaded rose. The spaghetti-straps were nothing but a beaded length of lace. James knew then and their that he would grow old with this girl. He went over to her, and grabbed her gloved hand.

“Ready to go?” Lily asked, also looking him up and down. She obviously like what she saw, as she pecked him softly on the cheek.

“Ummm...” James garbled. Lily laughed.

“Ok, I’m going to take lover boy outside for a walk. We’ll be waiting for you all,” she said, and led James out of the Common Room.

Sirius nodded dumbly, but Remus was too entranced even to move. Candy was looking splendid in a bright pink, gauzy dress. It fell to about mid-calf, and was very vivid. Oddly enough, it’s bright colors looked good on her. He noticed also that the once blue streaks in her hair had turned a light pink, looking absolutely adorable with her blonde hair.

Sirius felt as though he would need sun-glasses if she ever turned the dress on full power, but decided not to comment, as Remus looked as if he might fall over in awe. He instead looked at Heather, and his heart clenched. She was beautiful. She had on a soft, creamy, light blue colored dress, that went all the way to her feet. It brought out the magnificent color of her eyes, and contrasted wonderfully with her long, dark hair. The skirt swayed about her feet like an adoring ocean. Showing off her curves was a darker blue, strapless, medieval-fashioned corset, which was laced up the front with soft colored lace. She had a single, silver band around her neck, and glitter sprinkled across her bare shoulders. Her make-up was light, with only some mascara and lip-gloss. Her hair, however, was the masterpiece. She had pulled it all up, and clipped it to her head with a sparkling silver butterfly, allowing the rest to trickle down her back in luscious curls. A few strands were let down to frame her face as well.

“You look...” Sirius searched for a word that could describe her beauty, but found that none were grand enough. He instead held out the rose.

“Thanks,” Heather said. “You too.” She grinned, looking him over and noting how extremely handsome he looked in his dress robes. She blushed, knowing that he had been staring at her for a very long time. Sirius saw her blush. He walked to her, and was about to kiss her, when somebody cleared their throat loudly.

“We do need to be heading off,” Remus said, smiling with his arm around Candy. Both Heather and Sirius rolled their eyes. Sirius began to walk away, but Heather grabbed his shoulder and held him back to whisper in his ear.

“Tonight,” she said, before walking ahead of him. All Sirius could do was look on in curiosity.

They met Lily and James downstairs, and moved towards the Great Hall. Music met their ears, and they all grinned at each other delightedly. They saw that other couples were already milling around, and sitting at the new, smaller tables that had been set out. A large area had been set out for dancing. Most people looked either absolutely gitty, waiting for Dumbledore to begin. First they were to eat dinner, and then, the dancing. Heather saw the band and her eyes went wide with excitement. They were the Blood Bats, a group of rather talented Vampires. They were now playing a hasty tune, and the lead singer, Natahla, was obviously having a blast. Heather grinned.

“They’re a great band,” Sirius said, seeing Heather’s own enthusiasm. She nodded.

“They’re my favorite!” she said, smiling and putting her arm around his.

“Yeah...” Sirius said, blushing. He decided not to tell her that it was at his own suggestion that Dumbledore get them for the ball. He remembered that one day, before giving her Quidditch lessons. She had said it was her favorite band. The group found pulled three tables together and sat down.

After about fifteen minutes, the Hall was getting loud. Dumbledore stood up, looking around at everyone. He cleared his throat, and the students silenced. The music stopped, and all attention turned to him

“Welcome, to the End Of Year Ball,” Dumbledore said. He paused for the effect. “For some, this will be the end of a final year at Hogwarts,” he eyed Sirius, Heather, and the rest of the gang as he said this. Heather noted that he showed a certain sadness. “For others, it is the end of the first of many, and hopefully, it was a good year. This is a rare occurrence,” he continued. “A ball is an odd happening in the school of Hogwarts, especially on such short notice. This year, however, is somewhat different.” There was a long silence, and for a dreaded moment, the Marauders thought he was going to tell them about The Prophesy. “Now...I invite you to eat to your heart’s content, and then dance until your feet are sore. This brings me to my introduction of...The Blood Bats!”

Loud cheers followed his words and the Blood Bats began playing a new, slower song. The Marauders sighed in relief as food appeared at the hundreds of tables.

“What do you think?” Sirius whispered to Heather.

“I’m not sure.... It couldn’t be something about The Prophesy could it?” Heather muttered.

“Well, lets not let it ruin our night!” James said, trying to get Lily to smile. Lily only nodded. James sighed, then he spotted something. “Hey...check it out!” They all turned to see Alex and Peter sitting together...making-out over their dinner plate! Heather grimaced. Sirius pretended to vomit.

“Wow...there’s something you don’t see everyday...”Remus said. Everybody nodded. They moved to their plates, and dug in. It was delicious.

Soon, the plates were cleared off, and couples began moving towards the dance floor. The Blood Bats began to play a soft, more romantic melody. Heather grinned, watching as Lily and James took off. She was surprised to see that James, and not Lily, was the better dancer. Sirius came to stand before her.

“Good evening miss,” Sirius said, bowing. He put on a snobbish face, and straightened his posture. He looked like a butler, to be honest.

“Hello, sir,” Heather said, playing along. “Lovely evening,” she added with a haughty sniff.

“Indeed,” he said, looking around. Heather very obviously knocked her napkin onto the floor. She gave a very petite gasp of horror.

“Oh, my dear! Allow me to assist you!” Sirius said at once. He dropped down on one knee, and handed her the napkin. She took it, but he captured her hand, and placed a kiss on it. “May I have this dance?”

Heather pretended to think. “I suppose, if my dance card isn’t too full,” she joked. Sirius pulled her up, and looked down at her.

“I didn’t get to tell you how beautiful you look tonight,” he said, giuding her to the dance floor.

“Yeah, I’ll admit to being unable to find the right words,” Heather said, smirking. Sirius put one hand at the small of her back, and the other one holding her own hand. She leaned her head against his shoulder. Sirius couldn’t remember being happier. Heather closed her eyes, feeling as though this was a dream come true.

The rest of the night seemed to move quickly, and before they knew it, midnight had come and gone. It was almost one in the morning when Dumbledore called an end to the ball. They all filed out, and Sirius was prepared to go back to the Common Room when Heather held him back.

“Wait...” she muttered. He looked curiously at her.

“Are you alright?” he asked, frowning.

“Of course, nothing’s wrong,” she said, laughing. It was a nervous laugh, but she was excited all the same. “Come with me,” she whispered, and took him the opposite direction of the other students. She seemed to be counting hallways, and doors. Sirius didn’t say anything, in case he broke her concentration. “Alright, here we are,” she said. Sirius looked around. It looked like a dead end to him. The only thing visible was a little rug in the corner. On the rug was embroidered a lion, and as he looked closer he saw that the lion was wearing a crown. Heather went to stand on the rug.

“What are you doing?” Sirius asked incredulously, thinking she might have eaten something funny at the ball.

“Come and stand with me,” she said, holding out her hand. He took it, and tried to fit himself on the small rug without trampling Heather’s tiny feet. He felt her breathing deeply.

“What are we doing? Are you alright?” he said anxiously. Heather looked up at him.

“Alright, at the same time we need to say the password,” she explained.

“The password?” he asked.

“Yes, the password is Botany,” she said. “Don’t ask me why.”

“Okay,” he said slowly.

“On the count of three. One...Two...Three!” and they both yelled ‘Botany.’ They both blinked, and then nearly fell over in shock. Heather laughed. “It worked!” she exclaimed.

“What the Hell?!” Sirius gasped, looking around. They were not in the hall anymore. But in a large room. In the room was a big, squishy bed. At first, he thought that he had entered a garden. But he realized that he wasn’t outside when he saw that there were walls. The walls were so hard to see, however, because of the large flowers that surrounded the place. Little blue flowers covered the floor, and replaced carpet. The room was beautiful as sunlight poured through the most-likely magical windows. Vines climbed the posts of the bed. Heather grinned.

“Isn’t it amazing?” she asked. Sirius just stared.

“Yeah, it is, actually,” he muttered. “What is this place?”

“It’s the Head Girl’s room. Lily was allowed to use it to sleep in if she wanted to, but didn’t want to be so isolated. She said we could use it tonight...” Heather said, blushing. Sirius looked incredulously at her. He saw that she was looking very nervous and flustered, but at the same time, excited.

“What are you saying?” Sirius asked, unable to believe it.

“What do you think I’m saying?” she asked. Sirius shook his head.

“Heather...if you don’t want to...”

“You’ve been so patient with me,” she murmured. “I want to thank you.”

“Heather, you thank me everyday just by smiling, or talking to me, or looking at me!” he said with an almost nervous laugh. What was wrong with him?! The most beautiful girl in the world was asking him to sleep with her, and he was trying to talk sense into her?! This was so...not Sirius! He did stuff like this all the time! He was known for it. He wanted so bad to take what she was offering, but he didn’t want to ruin what they had together. His body ached with want, but his heart ached with fear. Heather watched as these emotions played across his unguarded face. She walked to him, and stood barely an inch from him.

“I want to share this with you tonight. I want to show you my love in a way I’ve never shown anybody,” she said, looking up at him. Sirius’ heart swelled with joy.

“But if you’re not ready...” he said, breathlessly. He didn’t want her to be rash, and then wake up upset that she had done it.

“Sirius, I’ve been thinking about this for weeks now. This isn’t just a sudden urge. You’re the only thing I live and breath for. I want to make love to you tonight,” she whispered. Sirius gulped.

“I’ve dreamt of this,” he muttered, picking her up in his arms, and trying not to rush her. He slowly laid her on the light, feather-soft bed. He took her hair out of it’s clip, and allowed it to rippled across the beautiful flowers. Leaning over her, he laid a gentle kiss to her lips.

“Sirius?” she asked tentatively.

“Mmmm?” he said, kissing the side of her neck.

“After this, you’ll still want to be with me forever, right?” she said, saying the thing that had been nagging at her for months now. Sirius stopped and looked at her.

“Heather, do you honestly not know the answer to that?” he asked, looking a little hurt.

“Sorry,” she said hastily. “It’s just...never mind,” she said. Sirius took both of her hands in his.

“Nothing will ever make me stop loving you,” he said softly.

“Good,” she said, looking up at him. Sirius continued their kiss, and soon, nothing could break their bonding passion. They now shared everything with each other. Their soul, body, and heart.


A/N: Oh, well this was a wonderfully awesome chapter to write! There wasn't anything depressing in it! It was all very cheerful, and roantic in my opinion! I had sooooooo much fun describing the dresses! I tried to make sure that each dress fit the girl's personalities. And of course, at the end, we had to end the ball with a litte...heat. Well, let me know what you think! Did you like the dresses? Which one was your favorite? Whatever, just drop me a review! Any critiques are welcome, as always! Thanks!!!!

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