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Move Along by Jaggy

Format: Novel
Chapters: 21
Word Count: 67,581
Status: WIP

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Strong Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme

Genres: Drama, General, Romance
Characters: Dumbledore, Lupin, Snape, Sirius, Lily, James, Pettigrew, Skeeter, OtherCanon
Pairings: James/Lily, Sirius/Lily

First Published: 07/24/2006
Last Chapter: 01/12/2008
Last Updated: 01/12/2008

Summary:
A companionship and somewhat awkward relationship one year in the making, finally becomes official. But the secretive love of Lily and Sirius is turned upside down as Lily finds a new bond in none other than James. In their sixth year, how is the number one guy in Lily's life changed from Sirius Black to James Potter?



Chapter 21: The Running Rat || Posted January 12, 2008
-on hitus-


Chapter 5: Bug Bites



Horror in Hogsmeade
A Rita Skeeter Exclusive

Last Saturday, September seventeenth, five Hogwarts students off for a day of fun in Hogsmeade were sorely disappointed when confronted by no less than seven Death Eaters. Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, Bartimus Crouch, reports that no one was killed, though the five teens were severely injured. Three were even subjected to the Cruciatus Curse. Witnesses, however, say that when the Dark Mark went up, there were most defiantly dead bodies spattering the ground.

"A right mess it was," reports Creggy Stuart, a resident of Hogsmeade. "And the big Ministry cover up too! Even Dumbledore's gotta be in on it. He came and levitated away five bodies! I saw him! A girl with this dark red hair and there were four boys as well."

Evidence suggests that said girl was Muggleborn Lily Evans (fourteen), and the four boys were James Potter, fifteen; Sirius Black, fourteen; Remus Lupin, fourteen; and Peter Pettigrew, fourteen. Yours truly managed to get an interview with Lily Evans and James Potter.

"Lily helped a lot," Potter said in response to my question of how he managed to survive a Death Eater attack. He speaks fondly of Evans, as many people do. But Potter has been fighting for Evans's attention since his second year, and has yet to capture it, though many people think they make a smashing couple.

"Fought off three Death Eaters while under the Cruciatus Curse!" says Madam Rosmerta, owner of the famous pub, Three Broomsticks. "It's like they were working to save one another! Absolutely perfect together!"

Other sources, however, do not believe it would be possible for Evans and Potter to have survived the Unforgivable Curse as Madam Rosmerta reported.

"A fourteen year old would not be able to fight off a Cruciatus Curse, much less three," an undisclosed Healer at St. Mungo's comments. "It's an attention seeking lie by people who are...'less qualified' to give such reports. These 'eye-witnesses' must have been mistaken."

Professor Dumbledore (Order of Merlin, First Class, and Grand Sorcerer; Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards; Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot; Current Headmaster of Hogwarts) refused to comment, leading others to assume that this may indeed be simply inflating the heads of undeserving students, and that this was indeed simply a cover up for a greater tragedy.

Why cover it up? Chaos, my dear readers. With our recently departed Minister no longer in service, chaos would surely follow deaths at Hogsmeade. But dear readers, I am here to inform you of everything that Dumbledore, the Ministry, and these students are hiding from you. Lily Evans, herself, even reported to me: "I know how to wheel and deal gossip as much as anyone."

Obviously this is a masked confession out of the fourteen year old...


"Sixteen, seventeen, sixteen, sixteen, and sixteen. And sixteen there and there too..." James grumbled, correcting the ages as he read over them. He huffed, throwing down the newspaper, disgusted. "Who does that woman think she is? I'd like to see her face seven Death Eaters and come out of it alive!"

Lily barely looked up from where she was immersed in the same article. Sirius took up James's discarded paper and skimmed it over.

"It would be nice if she could have gotten our ages right," Sirius noted mildly, giving James a look of mock seriousness. "Dreadful stuff this is."

"Oh it gets better," Lily piped in taking a bite of her toast and swallowing it as she continued reading the article aloud. "'Lily Evans, who had been on a date with James Potter (or Sirius Black, or Remus Lupin, for it is uncertain which boy this provocative girl would date) at the time...' It goes on and on about how we are unreliable sources and she drops hints at what a little tramp I am, and the poor boys I lead on. Look she's even gotten a quote from Amos Diggory, I dated him in fourth year, remember? He was Head Boy then. Poor guy, never did get over that nasty break up. Still thinks that I dumped him for Lockheart. Like I would date that idiot, he's cute and everything, but he's stupid, and way too vain for my taste."

"Well, we know how you love those intellectually inclined men, Lovegood for example..." Sirius grinned at her as she threw a muffin at him and hit him squarely in the head. He merely laughed and continued his taunting of her. "How many boyfriends have you had?"

"I lost count after sixty," Lily said in a sarcastic voice. James's mouth opened in surprise and jealousy for a moment before he caught on that Lily was kidding, to which he laughed and joined in Sirius's teasing of her.

"And yet none of them have been me. Come on Evans, you know you want me!"

"Haven't we had this conversation before?"

"Well, see there's always the chance that you might change your mind..."

"Ah, I do see. Well..." Lily seemed to take this thought into consideration for a moment before she made a mockingly disappointed sound. "Nope, damn, and I was so sure I would change my mind this time."

"You love me Evans!"

"You're in denial Potter."

"So how many boyfriends have you had?" he inquired, repeating Sirius's earlier question.

A playful smirk crossed Lily's lips and she looked over at James, making his stomach knot curiously. She tended to have that affect on him.

"Twelve."

"Can you name them all?" James challenged and was quite surprised when she did. In the order she had dated them too, only James didn't really register that detail.

"Davis, MacFarlan, Wood, Nettles, Lovegood, Diggory, Sloper, King, Quirke, Cresswell, Belby—"

"That's quite scary that you can actually name them all without having to think on it," Sirius interrupted Lily, giving her an odd look. He'd abandoned his skimming of Skeeter's article to watch Lily and James's debate. An almost hopeful look had been on his face in the possibility of Lily and James getting into an argument, until Lily had begun to tick off her list of boyfriends, that is. Had James been paying attention, he would have noticed that Sirius had stopped Lily one short of completing her list. But as it was, Lily gave Sirius a quirky grin, which managed to knock James rather silly, and he didn't care to count the number of lucky boys Lily had named off, he just wished he was one of them.

"And most of them at least a year older than you too. Four years MacFarlan was, wasn't he?" Remus noted laughing a bit as Lily scrunched her nose up at him.

It was a week and a half after the attack, and Lily and the Marauders were currently eating breakfast in the Great Hall. Remus had just been dismissed from the Hospital Wing earlier that morning and was still looking rather pale and sickly. He was reading the article over Sirius's shoulder, a disgruntled expression on his face. Other students, who also appeared to be reading Rita's article were now looking over at Lily curiously. There were whispers and James felt the familiar rustle of protectiveness for Lily surface. He didn't like that Rita had gone and made Lily look like some horrible girl, and not only that, she was discrediting Lily's strength against the Death Eaters. James had opened his mouth to make a smart comment about it, however was interrupted by a shill voice.

"You wretched little girl!" a fourth year Hufflepuff was now standing over Lily and the Marauders, looking at Lily with the utmost sense of loathing. "Do you honestly think you can toy with these boys' affections?"

James and Sirius both stood up defensively glaring at the Hufflepuff, but Lily put her hands up and pulled them both back down before she stood up to face the girl on her own. In a very Marauder-in-power sort of style James noted, vaguely proud that the Marauders were finally rubbing off on her. Lily's emerald eyes were flashing dangerously.

"Detention," she said darkly and loudly to the younger girl, "for disrespecting a Prefect." The Hall had grown quiet at the confrontation. "Another detention, for encouraging silly rumors printed by a silly woman. A woman whose ambition in life is obviously to spread gossip about a sixteen year old girl since she's outgrown her own days at Hogwarts. And one more detention, because quite frankly, I don't like you. And if I were Head Girl I would take points from Hufflepuff, but unfortunately I won't get that honor until next year, but I assure you Hufflepuff, I will get it and then I will take points from you if you listen to trash like Rita Skeeter again, do I make myself clear?"

The girl trembled before Lily who was looking furious that anyone actually believed the garbage that Rita Skeeter had written and this poor girl had come at the receiving end of Lily's temper. James wanted to laugh out loud as the girl nodded her head rigorously, and Lily dismissed the girl with a wave of her hand. Once again he felt the familiar sensation of awe that Lily often sparked in him. He was beaming at her, and he wasn't the only one. Sirius looked about ready to shout to the entire Hall that Lily Evans was corruptible.

"Why do I get the feeling that's not the last of your fangirls that I'll be seeing today?" she sighed as she sat back down between Sirius and James. James heard Remus laughing now and Sirius wasn't far behind him.

"That was brilliant Lily!" Sirius barked as the Hall once again filled with chatter. James could just picture Sirius's Padfoot form wagging his tail in amusement. "Do it again! I've seen younger students scared of me and James, but that was nothing to how that girl was looking at you!"

Lily shot him an annoyed look and it was James' turn to laugh.

"He's got a point Lily, that was brilliant."

"Oh shut it Potter," she said in false irritation, though James got the impression that she was rather proud of herself as well. "I've got to get to class, I'll see you boys later. Don't forget that study date Remus!"

"Yes ma'am!" Remus called back to her, ignoring James' irritated look at her wording of a 'date'. "It's not a real date Prongs."

"I know," he grumbled. "But..."

"You want her for yourself," Sirius said patting him on the back sympathetically. "But there's so much of that girl to go around. She's got to affect everyone. It's what she does. You know it, it's why you like her so much."

"You almost sound as if you speak from experience Padfoot," James said shooting Sirius a glaring look. Sirius, in turn, held up his hands defensively and shook his head against James' accusation.

"I'm getting paranoid, aren't I?" James inquired sadly.

"I'd say so," Remus said chuckling, though James missed the glare Remus shot at Sirius. He also missed Sirius's look of guilt under that glare. "But Lily's right, we've got class mate."




By the end of the day James truly felt sorry for Lily. She had been right and many girls had ended up angry with her for 'toying with the affections of the Marauders'. Potions had been awful, what with Snape and Lily being partnered. James could hear him snickering at Lily all through the class. She kept giving Snape dark looks for his laughter, and of course when she wasn't looking James managed to send a Conjunctivitis Curse at Snape. Unfortunately, Lily knew the symptoms of the curse and managed to counter it. The only pleasure James found that he momentarily got to hear Snape shout in pain as his eyes crusted over in result of the curse. However, Snape's laughter had been the least of Lily's worries, and he was later confronted by Lily and yelled at for the mean trick, which could have cost her a grade in Potions.

And despite her yelling, James still found her extremely attractive, probably because she was smart enough to figure out that he'd been the one to jinx Snape. Although Sirius might have helped in that department, but he had a strong hunch he'd find her attractive even if she did have Sirius's help. Sirius had laughed rather loudly after Lily had yelled at James, and then he refused to meet James' glare, giving James all he needed to know as to who had ratted him out.

At lunch, Lily had found her food jinxed to spit at her. Her goblet ended up yelling obscenities at her, and her fork refused to touch any of her food, instead focusing its attention on trying to stab at her fingers. Sirius had ended up giving Lily his silverware and took her rude goblet for later use. (James had a hunch Snape would be finding a goblet with a rather colorful vocabulary in the near future, but thought it best not to mention this to Lily for fear she might hex Sirius, who might hex him. That, and James wasn't a tattle-tale like Sirius was.)

And while on the subject of hexes, Lily ended up being hexed by one particularly furious 'fangirl', as Lily had so sweetly dubbed them, after their Charms lesson. In response, all four Marauders had whipped out their wands and hexed the attacking girl straight into the Hospital Wing. Unfortunately, Lily also had to go to the Hospital Wing as the boys were unable to determine what hex had hit her, and she was unwilling to let them guess.

"Come on Evans, don't you trust me?"

"Not really, no," Lily answered, grimacing. She was holding her stomach and her eyes were scrunched up in pain. Her head was starting to perspire lightly, and James felt somewhat worried as he and Sirius helped support her.

"Give it up Prongs, she doesn't trust Moony, she's not going to trust you. What makes you think you're so special?"

"I'm dead sexy is what."

"And I'm not?" Remus asked, sounding mildly offended, though James knew he found it entertaining. Remus was standing to the side waiting to offer his help should it be needed.

"Not really, no," James answered, mimicking Lily's earlier words. "Although I might be a poor judge on that. Don't exactly swing that way, sorry Moony."

"Well dead sexy or not, Lily's got to get to the Hospital Wing. I didn't know there was a jinx that made one's face turn that shade of green..."

Lily had gotten sick after Sirius's comment on her coloring, which made the Marauders realize they needed to stop joking around and get her to the Hospital Wing. After that incident, they decided it might be best to have one of them with her at all times, just to be safe. James had volunteered to go first, much to the displeasure of Madam Pomfrey, who was planning on keeping Lily in the Wing throughout Transfiguration and dinner, and wasn't the biggest fan of James in the first place. Lily and James spent the time (after Lily could talk again, of course, the hex had her puking slugs. Quite a disgusting display, even by Marauder standards.) playing Exploding Snap, where Lily dominated James. James was starting to think that anything that had the word 'snap' in it was destined to be something Lily could beat him at. However, as good things have a tendency to do, James's time was up, and he did have to leave Lily. He had his duties as a Marauder to perform, after all.

Sirius was currently watching guard over Lily, having relieved James of that task. James had thought Lily looked happier than normal to have Sirius take watch, but he brushed it off to the fact that he and Lily had ended up arguing over their opposing views of the Goblin Rebellion of 1932. (How they gotten to that topic was beyond James's range of thinking, though he had to admit, it was a fun argument.) Lily would be dismissed from the Wing in an hour or so and he would be able to annoy her again without fear of putting her in the Wing for longer than he wanted her to be in there.

In the meantime, however, James was heading to the Room of Requirement to meet Remus and Peter to work on a map that they had been working on since the beginning of last year. It was almost complete and James was thrilled. It was the only reason he'd been willing to leave Lily's side. Well, maybe Quiddich might have prompted him too, but that wasn't until tomorrow night. And he had high hopes that she would be there. (He more fantasized that she might come running into his arms and snogging him senseless after the game because he'd made many spectacular saves and what not, but he was well aware that these were, in fact, fantasies.) At least she'd be cheering him on, and that was good enough for now. Or he hoped she would be cheering him on. They were going against Ravenclaw, and she did have a lot of friends in Ravenclaw...

"Peter, no like this," Remus was saying as James stepped into the Room of Requirement. James saw Remus wave his wand and mutter a spell at a grungy looking piece of parchment that he knew to be the map. Remus's face lit up in a mischievous grin, his amber eyes sparkling happily. He looked up at James and smirked. "Prongs...it's done."

James's mouth dropped open first in shock, but then he let a whoop of excitement escape from it and his hazel eyes lit up in pure exhilaration.

"Really?!" he and Peter said with identical enthusiasm.

"Really," Remus answered calmly, though his voice sounded proud. He smirked up at his two friends before putting his wand to the blank page and his hand to his heart. His voice was dramatic as he said, "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

Ink seemed to spread across the parchment from where Remus' wand had touched the parchment. James saw Sirius's well trained, fanciful script flow across the page in the introduction that the boys had worked so hard on.

'Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs,' it read. 'Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers are proud to present: The Marauder's Map.'

With that Sirius' writing vanished and the ink now created the basic floor plans to the entire castle of Hogwarts, including tiny dots that roamed around. These dots held tiny flags with names beside them and it was with a rush that James recognized his own handwriting for the names.

"It's brilliant!" he breathed. "Perfect! And it shows everything?"

"Everything but this room," Remus said smiling. "And it's not perfect just yet. It still doesn't work very well on Dumbledore's whereabouts, and it doesn't focus very well on Lily Evans either. But it's got everyone else that I can see just right. I think it might get confused by some of the staircases sometimes, so we'll have to fix that too, but basically we can use it now."

"Wicked," James said, his hazel eyes never leaving the parchment. "Why not this room?"

Remus grinned.

"Part of the magic of the room. It's unplottable."

James nodded, beaming proudly at his and his fellow Marauder's genius. It was a good thing Remus was so smart, he was probably the only reason Sirius, James, and Peter were still alive. The three of them could be rather stupid. Then again, when Remus messed up, his stupidity was significantly...greater.

"Padfoot's going to flip that he's not here for this!" Peter squeaked excitedly.

James was about to respond when a pair of tiny dots caught his eyes. 'Sirius Black' and 'L-l- Ev--s' were walking away from the Hospital Wing and...towards the Lake?

"I thought Padfoot was going to take her straight back to the Common Room?" James said, looking at the dots confused. Remus' eyesight followed James' and he distinctly heard Remus sigh.

"He probably thought she could use some fresh air," Remus said. "And that's what I meant about the map not focusing on Lily. Here, take this."

Remus handed James the charmed quill they had been using to write the map.

"As soon as she stops moving write in the missing letters of her name. That might be all that we have to do to fix it."

James nodded, but he wasn't really taking in the information. He was trying to figure out why Sirius was taking Lily out to the Lake, when he had promised to make sure she got to the Common Room safely. James suddenly wanted to know if the map showed how close in proximity people walked, because if it did, then Lily and Sirius were standing much too close for comfort...

"Prongs! Lily's name."

"Oh, right," James said, noticing that Lily and Sirius' dots had stopped moving, and were now standing in front of a dot labeled 'Albus Dumbledore'. He wrote in Lily's missing 'i' and 'y' in addition to the missing letters of her surname. He felt slightly better, maybe Dumbledore had asked to talk to them? But at the lake? He didn't like the situation at all, but he watched as Lily and Sirius' dots were now coming back towards the castle. He supposed that was a good thing, but something about the whole situation still weighed heavily on James's mind.

"Why do you suppose they went to the Lake?" James asked, trying not to sound too worried. He missed the sympathetic look that Remus gave him as his eyesight was still following the two dots. When James finally did look up at Remus, Remus' focus had returned to the dot that was labeled as Dumbledore.

"To talk to Dumbledore apparently," Remus said dismissively, though he didn't look up at James to reassure him that that had to be the case. This made James feel uneasy. Why wouldn't Remus look up to comfort him? That was what Remus did, unless Remus knew something he didn't...

"Don't think on it Prongs," Remus said, "and look! Dumbledore's dot vanished again! We've got to figure out how to get him to stop vanishing so much. We know he's not apperating. There's got to be something..."

Remus was now bent over the Map, and as much as James wanted to keep thinking on Lily and Sirius, Remus was right. He didn't need to think on it. The Map was the important thing right now. Besides, Sirius wouldn't break James's trust like that. Sirius might be a rule breaker but surely he wouldn't break that unspoken rule. Would he?

James shook his head, he was being foolish. Sirius was his best mate and he knew how much James liked Lily. Instead, James focused back on Remus, the Map, and Dumbledore's mysterious vanishing dot.




A/N: I advise that you enjoy the length of this chapter while you can, the next few chapters are much less lengthy, I assure you. *sigh* But it cannot be helped. Anyways I hope you enjoyed my torturing of Lily.

And just for some pointless info that you lot don't need do know: The undisclosed young lady that gave Lily the cursing goblet: that was me. Hehehe. Why? Because I love Remus and it's something I would do if I was magical and Lily was supposedly toying with his affections. The particularly 'furious' fan girl, I'm going to dub Jess (my beta, if you recall from my first chapter), the evil silver ware is from Kris (my other beta) and the Hufflepuff is my newest beta, Monica! :-D None of what I've just told you is actually important, nor will you ever see it come up in this story, but I just thought I'd let you know anyways, as a shout out to my betas and my love of Remus. I love you guys! And if you're not reading my posted story then...:-P

~Jaggy~


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