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That's What It's All About by a_shooting_star

Format: Short story
Chapters: 6
Word Count: 23,040
Status: COMPLETED

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

Genres: Fluff, Humor, Romance
Characters: Lupin, Sirius, A. Longbottom, F. Longbottom, Lily, James, Pettigrew, OtherCanon
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC, Sirius/OC, Other Pairing

First Published: 05/27/2006
Last Chapter: 07/26/2006
Last Updated: 04/21/2007

Summary:
That's What It's All About banner
Thanks to Midnight Cityscape for the amazing banner! Frank, Remus, Peter, Sirius and James. 5 Gryffindors, 5 different people, 5 best friends. The Girls have had their say and now it’s the Boys turn. Welcome to their life * * Part two of the 'Five Friends' trilogy! Sequel to 'Love Starts With A Kiss'  Sequel is posted! * *


Chapter 1: Frank

Disclaimer: I don’t own Harry Potter. That, of course, belongs to the wonderful JK Rowling. 

A/N - Hi and welcome to the sequel to Love Starts With A Kiss :) I hope you enjoy the next few chapters. I'm editing this one slightly at the moment so please bare with grammar etc or feel free to point stuff out in a review.

Enjoy :)
 

Frank [takes place between Alice and Dorcas]

I’m a nice guy, I know it. Everyone tells me ranging from my over-bearing mother to my best friends. So I accept it and try to live up to it by being nice and kind to everyone. Sometimes I feel the urge to be evil but I fight it, after all I have to remember that I’m Frank Longbottom and I am a nice guy.

Frank is quite a masculine name in my opinion but my mother will insist on calling me Francis. When I had the guys over for a week in the summer and Sirius said something to me like “Oi Frank, will you pass me the pepper please?” My mother nearly had a heart attack; poor Sirius didn’t know what had hit him. I’m praying my sort-off girlfriend Alice doesn’t find out because I know she is one of those girls who insist on calling people by their first names and I’m not sure I could handle that. Frank and Alice does sound much better than Francis and Alice. Anyway I’ll tell you more about Alice later.

I’m quite plain looking really with light brown hair and brown eyes. I’m quite tall I guess but I could be taller. I’m clever, I suppose, but not so clever that I don’t have to study. I like Care of Magical Creatures but I have to work hard in subjects like Defence against the Dark Arts and Charms as I want to be an Auror when I leave Hogwarts.

School’s a laugh at times. I spend most of my days with my fellow Gryffindors; Sirius, James, Remus and Peter. Lately, however, I have been spending more and more time with Alice Fields. It all happened when good ol’ Sluggie put us together in potions and she blew up a potion over me. That’s right because of her; I was humiliated in such a way that I was covered in Felix Felicis.

But Felix Felicis is a remarkable potion. It brings luck to the bearer who drinks it. Well I didn’t drink it but I certainly felt the luck. I couldn’t get Alice out of my head for the rest of the day as I breezed through the day getting an O in Transfiguration and having treacle tart for lunch. Then my luck really came in; that was the day I kissed Alice. It was also the day that Alice revealed herself to me in more ways than one and I knew she was the girl for me.

She’s very pretty but not in a conventional way. She’s certainly not skin and bones but her hair shines so bright and her eyes are forever twinkling. Sometimes I’ll sit in lessons and just watch her and her friends giggling away and passing notes. She sits with Lily most of the time or with Dorcas who she scares me, Hestia or Emmeline. Emmeline is another good friend of mine.

After I kissed her, I remember the morning when I woke up. I bounced out of bed and ran to breakfast expecting to see her again but she never turned up. Ever since then, eight days have gone by and we haven’t really had a conversation and I’m getting desperate. Every time I go to see her, every time I make to talk to her, one of her bloody friends interrupts me. It’s like they all have some kind of psychic powers.

“Thinking about Alice?” James enquired as he walked into the dormitory where I was sprawled on my bed. I looked up at him rolling my eyes.

“I’ll take that as a yes then.”

“Maybe.”

“You need to ask her out, mate!” Sirius interrupted. He likes to think just because he’s got experience so he has every right to give advice. Trouble is that nobody actually wants to hear it.

“Thanks for the advice Sirius,” I replied sarcastically.

“No problem,” Another problem with Sirius is that he doesn’t understand sarcasm. Remus and I frequently try to teach him when we’re being sarcastic but he still doesn’t get it.

“Have you guys kissed since that night?” James asked as he sat down on the floor in the middle of the dormitory. He does this frequently and just stares around. We were all in there; Sirius on his bed, me on mine. Remus was perched on the bottom of James’ bed and Peter was on the floor by his bed. We usually have these chats later at night so it seemed odd to have one on a weekend in the middle of the day.

“What about you then Sirius?” James replied with a cheeky grin and Sirius shook his head.

“There’s someone out there for me but she’s still got to come round.”

We all laughed at this, even Peter who usually doesn’t really get our jokes. It’s odd because Peter, Remus, Sirius and James all call themselves the Marauders and they used to be really close but I think I might feel more involved than Peter at times. I know Peter doesn’t like me because before I started hanging around with them. It always used to be James and Sirius, Remus and Peter. Now it is more likely to be James and Sirius, Remus and Frank. Peter is a bit out of the equation and I know for a fact he hates it, just like he hates me. Oh well, I’ll survive.

We needn’t bother asking James about his love life because he only has one girl in his mind and her name is Lily. She’s Alice’s best friend and when I sit next to James in Ancient Runes we sit there and admire the two girls who sit in front of us. Remus doesn’t really have a love-life though everyone seems to think he is perfect for Hestia Jones. I don’t think so BUT that could be because Sirius gets really annoyed when anybody mentions Remus and Hestia together. As I said before, Sirius’ mind works in mysterious ways.

“I’m going to the library,” I announced and Sirius and James groaned. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the library lately with just a hope in hells chance that maybe; just maybe I’ll see Alice. She doesn’t seem to go there that much anymore and James told me that she had been down by the Quidditch Pitch a lot. That’s weird, she doesn’t even play Quidditch. Emmeline, James and I do though as the Chasers on our House Team. We make a formidable trio.

When I got to the library it was very quiet and I sat down on a table by the back. I don’t like to be near the front of the library because Madame Pince, like Dorcas, scares the ‘you know what’ out of me. She’s so feisty; I watched one day as a first year broke down into tears just because she looked at him. That probably would have been me in our first year, if I had discovered the library. Luckily enough I didn’t and I spent my time playing Quidditch [though not on the team] and eating in the kitchens.

Can I join you Frank?” I looked up to see Hestia Jones beside me with a cloaked figure beside her. I raised my eyebrows at the cloaked figure but I nodded all the same. Lily came up behind them too with Emmeline so soon I was seated at a table with three girls and a cloaked figure but NO Alice.

“You okay Frank?” Lily asked with a smile.

“Yes thank you, you?” I responded politely.

“Very well.”

We sat in silence for a while and I got back to doing my homework. Every so often I felt that sensation that someone was watching me but when I looked up they were all working busily away.

“Oh darn it, let’s cut to the chase,” I jumped up out of my seat when I heard that voice and I realised that the cloaked figure was actually Dorcas Meadows. I really can be a bit thick sometimes don’t you think? On second thoughts, don’t answer that.

“Dor…” I burst out and all three girls ‘sssshed’ me.

Emmeline beckoned me forward and I leant into talk to her. “She’s not allowed in library.” she whispered to me.

“Why not?” I replied in a similar tone of voice.

“She hexed a Slytherin back a few years ago and Madame Pince banned her,” Emmeline explained and I grinned. It’s just like Dorcas to do something like that.

“What’s the chase then?” I asked the cloaked figure and she raised her eyebrows towards me. I looked back at her and she broke into a mischievous grin.

“You… Alice,” she said softly and I blushed horribly. Curse my stupid mother, I bet I got these blushing genes from her.

“Do you like her?” Lily said excitedly and I pulled a face, you know the kind of face that says ‘I’m not really comfortable talking about this but yes I like her.’

They all grinned at me and I shrunk down further in my seat. It’s not easy to sit there in front of three girls with obvious match-making plans.

“Why haven’t you asked her out?” Emmeline burst out and I pulled the book over my head. I looked up moments later to see them all still peering at me with big eyes.

“I don’t know.”

“She likes you” Dorcas also known as the cloaked figure commented, “She’s just a little worried as you seem to be avoiding her.”

I felt my heart constrict, she thought I was avoiding her. NO! “I’m not avoiding her,” I protested, “I thought she was avoiding me.”

“Alice is avoiding you? No way,” Lily replied in a shock tone.

“Never,” Hestia chipped in.

“Where do you think she is now?”

“I thought she might be here,” I said shyly and the girls exchanged a look before they all let out a giggle. I gave them a questioning look and the giggling stopped. “What?”

“Well you have come to the library to look for Alice while she has gone to the Quidditch Pitch to find you,” Emmeline laughed.

“WHAT?” I practically yelled and I watched in horror as Madame Pince walked by. She gave us all a hard glare but we all, even the cloaked figure, all smiled at her brightly. She looked taken back as if she wasn’t used to everyone smiling at her and her face contorted. I thought for a minute she might smile but no, her lips just twitched and she walked on by.

“Are you going to ask her out now?” Hestia asked eagerly and I stared in shock at her. She’s usually so quiet but I was seeing a really different side to her now. I waited another few seconds before answering with a short nod.

They all smiled more brightly at me and I felt myself responding. It was really weird to be talking to the girls like this and I knew if James knew where I was he would kill me, especially when he saw I was sat next to one Lily Evans.

“When?” Lily enquired and I shrugged.

“You better make it good Frankie boy” Dorcas warned me and I shivered for a minute. Really, I wasn’t joking when I said she scared me.

“Any ideas?” I joked.

“Plenty,” she replied, her eyes lighting up. “It has to be memorable.”

“Cute,”

“Funny”

“Romantic,”

“Memorable, cute, funny, romantic,” I made a mental note of these wondering how the hell I was to ask Alice out with all of these things. Then it hit me, I knew exactly what I could do. I just needed a book and my friends.

“You lot have been amazing,” I grinned at them all, “I’ll see you later, can you make sure Alice is in the common room at 8.00 tonight.”

I ran without waiting for an answer and went to fetch the book I wanted. It was almost like fate that it was there and I tore up to Gryffindor Tower hoping and praying the guys were there.

Only Remus, Sirius and James were and I yelled as I walked in, “REMUS, SIRIUS, and JAMES UPSTAIRS NOW!”

And I ran up the stairs with them following behind me. The next afternoon I would remember for the rest of my life and at 7.55 that evening I was worried that my plan would go astray. We walked down the stairs, the guys clutching what we needed.

I had written Alice a song in under an hour. It wasn’t good and I’m not sure if it’s romantic or sweet but it’s bound to be memorable and funny. Thanks to the book Impress your friends the Muggle way we had taught James how to play the guitar, Remus the drums and Sirius the tambourine. I had that horrible sinking feeling in my heart that I was about to make a big mistake but nevertheless my friends were hardly likely to let me back out now. It didn’t matter how much I wanted to run for the hills.

She was sat with her friends as I walked into the common room. She looked gorgeous and I winked at Dorcas, who sat there looking really innocent. Sirius screamed, “Can I have some attention please?” and the common room instantly quietened down. After all it is Sirius Black.

“LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. THERES A GUY HERE, WHO HAS A SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR A SPECIAL LADY. MAY I PRESENT MR FRANK LONGBOTTOM AND HIS BAND THE LOVE BUGS!”

I went bright red as the guys started up with the music in the background. James was amazing strumming along while Remus didn’t miss a beat

"Oh Alice, you know how to make me smile
Just for you, I would run a mile
Doo bee doo bee doo"


Sirius banged the Tambourine here

"Alice I think your pretty
And for you I’ve written this little ditty
Doo bee doo bee doo

Oh Alice,"
We all broke out singing in not so perfect harmony,
"You make Frank Smile," James cut in.
"Oh Alice
He’s liked you for a while,"
Remus chipped in.
"Oh Alice
I want you to know, Frankie boy is mad for you,"
Sirius joined in.

The music died down now as I had only one verse to go. I managed to sneak a quick peak at her and she was scarlet.

"Oh Alice, I think you’re so pret-eee
Oh Alice, will you go out with me?"


We finished with a flourish; Remus doing a drum-roll on the drums and Sirius banging on his tambourine. Alice walked towards me and leant in really close.

“That was a rubbish song,” she laughed, “You really can’t rhyme.”

“And?”

“It was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me,” she smiled and turned her face to meet mine. I kissed her softly before she broke away.

“Oh Frankie, I think your so pretty!
Oh Frankie, will you go out with me?” She sang in my ear and I grinned at her.

“You know Miss Fields, I did ask first.”

“I know,” she said kissing me softly again, “And after that how could I refuse.”

A/N – Yes, I have to own up to writing that rather rubbish song myself but it couldn’t be amazing as Frank did write in an hour and besides I’m no song writer!

Please read and review as I would really love to know what you think. Its only my second fan fic and my first from a guys point of view so please let me know.

13/03/07 - Chapter Edited :]

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