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That's What It's All About by a_shooting_star

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

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

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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 3: Peter

Disclaimer: I don’t own Harry Potter or anything from the Potterverse! That, of course, belongs to the wonderful JK Rowling =)

Peter [takes place between Dorcas and Emmeline]

Misfit is not exactly a nice word to call anyone and every time I hear it, it strikes me deeply. I hear them ask ‘Why’s he hanging around with James and Sirius’ and I think the same question. I ask myself frequently why they’re friends with me but I never come up with an answer. Peter Pettigrew is misfit and traitor and I’m ashamed to say I’m him.

I suppose I should tell you a little about myself. As I said before my name is Peter Pettigrew and I’ve always been a misfit. Wherever I go I don’t fit in but for the first six years at Hogwarts I thought I might fit in. I arrived at Hogwarts knowing nobody and to be honest with you, it was a relief. I hated my muggle primary school, I was forever in trouble, kept in at lunchtime and hated by fellow children. I don’t know why, I had a few friends, two guys; Bill Braxton and Bob Montgomery. They were my first ever friends and I still see them when I go home in the summer. I told them I go to a school for the mentally insane and that I have an anger problem. They stare at me in awe when I tell them about the punishments and how I rule the school with my three best friends. To Braxton and Montgomery, I live the high life.

What a shame it’s a lie. Well it’s not really a lie but a half truth. To me, Sirius and James do rule the school. We, the Marauders, have power over the minions and I laugh when I order people to do stuff for me. Of course I’m not as good-looking as any of my friends but I know I have my strengths. My mum tells me that I have beautiful pale blue eyes and that I’m her little boy. My father tells me I’m a traitor to him because I’m weak and will not stand up to him. As you can tell my mother means a lot to me and I would do anything for her. My hair is pale blonde and you can tell I’m older because I have a receding hairline. Sirius tells me I should be worried by that but I’m not that bothered; my mother says that it’s a sign that I’m mature.

There is another girl in my life I should tell you about. I have never told anyone about Ivy because when I told Sirius I had a girlfriend, he laughed uncontrollably at me all through dinner. When I mentioned it to James he looked at me as though I’m a liar and as for Remus he just nodded and smiled. I could tell he didn’t believe but he’s too nice to say. People think he’s the sweet one out of the Marauders but he’s the monster out of us, the one that changed our life. He could be a nice guy but he’s a crawler to teachers. Teachers love him but they hate me. Apparently I don’t apply myself properly. He’s just started to go out with Dorcas Meadows, the local tart and they won’t stop eating each others faces. James and Sirius are just in awe about it but I can’t believe Remus’ lack of taste. I hate Dorcas Meadows with a passion; in fact the only girl I like out of the ones in Gryffindor is Emmeline Vance. Hestia Jones is okay, I suppose, but as for Alice Fields and Lily Evans, they’re both as bad as each other. Well that’s what Ivy says.

She also thinks that I’m silly to hang around with the Marauders. I’ve tried explaining to her that they are my friends but she just laughs in my face when I tell her that. She says that I have better friends than the Marauders and that I’m a disgrace to her at times. She keeps me in line. She especially detests Sirius saying that he is a blood traitor but when I told her about Remus, she found it rather interesting and told me to tell him. I haven’t though, as I don’t want to be traitor. I really don’t want to be a traitor.

I’m sat here at the moment watching my friends. Well my friends and Frank, I don’t like Frank Longbottom one little iota. He stole my friends from me. Up until sixth year it used to be Remus, Peter, Sirius and James. Now its; Frank, Remus, Sirius, James and Peter. I usually get forgotten by other people but my friends try not to forget me, at least I think they don’t.

They have sometimes but that is usually Frank's fault. Luckily for me though, he started going out with Alice about a few weeks ago so he’s not spending as much time with my friends as he could do. When he does though they have their own ‘private’ jokes about girls which they don’t expect me to understand but I do. I just never get a chance to laugh as they’re off on another one. I hate it when they do that, or when I ask them to wait for me after detention and they never turn up or even when they don’t take the blame for me. They do it for each other but never for me. I hate them sometimes but they’re there as a smokescreen for anyone that tries to hurt me. People see me with Sirius and they leave me alone.

Ivy says I don’t need them though as I could be stronger if I was alone or even better if it were just me and her. She says that all the time I hang around with them I’ll forever be a shadow, half a person I could be. Sometimes I believe her but other times I think that maybe she is wrong. James and Sirius have stuck up for many times and I do remember it, I do but when I’m with Ivy it’s easy to forget all the good things James and Sirius have done for me.

I’ll tell you about Ivy now and how much she means to me. I only ever had one girlfriend before and she was wonderful, I followed her home, wrote her poetry but she broke my heart. She called me a stalker, told me that I had misunderstood her being nice to me. I couldn’t believe it. My mother consoled me, telling me that the girl was evil and that nobody would ever be good enough for me and I believe her. Or at least I did until I met Ivy.

Ivy’s my life and I’m proud to say I love her. She’s beautiful with her shiny black hair and bright blue eyes and she’s tall and curvy. She told me once that she thought she was fat but I told her she was the most amazing thing I have ever set eyes on. That’s the real truth of the matter. I met her two years ago when I got lost after detention and she introduced me to a world that I never knew existed. We talked and talked and I left that night thinking that my life was a lie and that the future began and ended with Ivy.

She introduced me to him; the other man in my life. I’m not gay, contrary to popular belief, but there is one very important man in my life. I look up to him, worship him and I would do anything for him. His name? They do not speak it and neither will I. He’s not my father but I wish he was, he’s powerful and merciful all in one and he’s promised me that if my father ever hits my mother again then he will be disposed of. The Dark Lord changed my life. He introduced me to people who know how I feel and I made new friends. Some haven’t accepted me but others like Ivy and another friend Rodolphus have taken me in. The Dark Lord tells me I have a special role in life and that I will take down mudbloods and blood traitors.

Ivy tells me the same thing. She says that if she ever sees me with the Mudblood Lily Evans then she’ll never talk to me again. She detests Lily, saying that she ruined James by giving him hope. They have an ongoing one side feud and Ivy plans her death repeatedly. I think that’s amazing the way she has such power and determination to destroy somebody. I think she is wonderful.

I can’t talk to anyone about Ivy except for Rodolphus and he’s far too infatuated with Ivy’s best friend Bellatrix to take any notice. I have only ever met Bellatrix once but she’s bewitching, so magical in fact that I think about her a lot. Not as much as I think about Ivy though. Ivy is my life. I can’t tell anyone what I think, I mean imagine Sirius’ face if I told him. James would never talk to me and I admire James very much. I like the way he handles himself and the fact that he’s a leader. I have always wanted to be a leader.

“Petey,” James jerked me back to attention and I turned to him smiling cheekily. At least I thought it was a cheeky smile, James looked at me rather weirdly.

“Prongs?” I replied.

“We’re going down to get some ice-cream do you want to come?” he asked beckoning to all his friends. I saw Frank, Alice and Dorcas and I shook my head.

“I’ll do some studying thanks.”

“Do you even know how to?” Dorcas snorted and I narrowed my eyes.

“Look who’s talking.”

“You got a problem with me Pettigrew?” she said in a growling tone. I looked at her for a minute, staring me down, but Remus put a reassuring hand on her shoulder and she backed down.

“Take a chill pill Wormy,” Sirius teased and I felt my anger rise. He used to hate Meadows too but lately he’s trying to accept her for Moony’s sake. He’s a fool.

“Wormy, I like it,” James laughed and I felt hurt and betrayed all of a sudden. I waited for them to leave before creeping out myself.

I went to the dungeons. It’s become my place of thinking lately and I know Ivy will be there. She spends a lot of time there with her friends and even though they think she’s mad to talk to me, she doesn’t care. I approached the dark room and listened as I heard her lilting tones.

“He’s really pleased with me, says I’m coming along well with my mission and that I’ve almost cracked the silly little idiot.”

I knocked on the door, completely ignoring what she said, and she opened it her eyes lighting up as she saw me. She pulled me into the room where all the girls of Slytherin were. Did I tell you she is a Slytherin? Well she’s a fine upstanding member of Slytherin and everyone adores her, I know I do. She could have had any guy in Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw she wanted but she chose me. She picked me over Severus, Richard, Michael and Gregory. That’s right, for the first time ever, somebody chose ME!

“I’ll see you guys later,” she winked at her friends and pulled me back out of the room. I leant into kiss her but she backed back with a shy look on her face.

“Not until you do it.” she laughed.

“I will,” I promised.

“I knew you would,” she said breathlessly “I think you’re amazing Peter, you’re the best. I know you get a hard time from your friends and the mudblood but you know I’m different.”

“They call me Wormy,” I whined.

“Aw Pete, you’re not a worm. You’re a man.”

“And that bloody Dorcas Meadows made fun of me,” I complained, my bottom lip protruding.

“Meadows is an evil blood traitor,” she sympathised stroking my arm, “That stupid mudblood isn't much better.”

“I hate Evans.”

“Me too.”

“I love you Ivy,” I whispered and looked into her eyes. I could have sworn I heard some laughing but she just smiled at me.

“And I love being with you.”

She loves being with me! Nobody except my mother had ever told me that before. My heart filled with love for the beautiful girl in front of me.

“You’ll have to meet Mummy,” I gushed. I knew they would get on. My mother is just as lovely as Ivy and they have something very important in common; they both love me and I love both of them.

She laughed at me but I ignored it, lost in her eyes. She smiled sweetly, “Are you ready to do it Petey?”

“I am,” I replied.

“I knew you would be,” she laughed, “He’s coming later via the come and go room. You can do it then.”

We spent the rest of the afternoon together; I was lost in her beauty as she reminded me of all the horrible things my friends had ever done to me. The names they called me, the way they leave me behind. How they bully me into doing what they don’t want to do and push me around. She told me how I was too good for them and that I could be powerful. She would be beside me every step of the way.

I knew what I had to do that evening when I stepped into the come and go room. I saw him immediately and bowed to the floor.

“Peter Pettigrew, I’m so glad you came.”

“Yes my lord,” I kissed the ends of his robes and Ivy smiled successfully.

“Are you ready Peter?”

“Yes my lord.”

“Will you do whatever I say Peter?”

“Yes my lord.”

“Say it Peter, Say those eight words that will forever bind you to me.”

“I pledge my allegiance to you My Lord.”

A/N – Good/Bad? It took me forever to write and I need feedback please? =) Thanks to all my reviewers! I really appreciate it!

22/03 - Chapter Edited :D