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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

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 7: Her Idiots

A/N: So not much to report, except sorry for the long wait, but I did warn you. ;) The good news is I've yet to have to have shorter chapters again. In fact, I believe they're increasing in length. But there is still a lot of writes and rewrites I'm doing on chapter 8, so expect another wait for it too. Anyways, enjoy!

Lily Evans was bored. Her green eyes had a bit of a haze in them as she tried to picture herself anywhere other than where she was. She sat on the top of a desk with one leg crossed over another, tapping her wand on the side of the desk as a Slytherin paced before her, scowling at the lack of fear he was instilling in Lily. He spat out a few pointless threats to her that she didn't quite catch over her thoughts of 'Why am I here again?' She looked over at Evan Rosier and let out a very loud, very bored sigh.

"Can I go now?"

"No," he shot instantly. "Why aren't you taking me seriously?"

"Am I not? Whoops. Must have something to do with that lack of a Dark Mark...or any mark for that're just...not very intimidating..."

"I hate you."

"Oh that's such a relief! Here I thought that you threatened a girl because you liked her!" Lily said, rolling her eyes. "Saves me from having to turn you down."

"I hate your sarcasm too."

"You kill me with your insults Rosier."

Something seemed to snap in Rosier, and he pointed his wand right at Lily's face. Lily jumped only for the sudden movement. She looked at the wand for a moment and then back up at Rosier's face. She gave him a slightly superior smirk. Before holding out her own wand and aiming it, almost lazily, at him.

"Going to hex me then Rosier? I'd like to see you try."

Rosier's face registered nothing short of fury, his mouth opened to release a curse of some kind. He was stopped before the sound could leave his mouth. The door to the small classroom flew open, and Rosier quickly found himself lacking a wand.

"Expelliarmus!" came two strong voices from the open doorway. Rosier's wand flew out of his hand and he was thrown forcefully against the wall. Lily looked up to see Sirius and James standing with their wands aimed at Rosier. Both were looking livid. Lily's own anger flared up for the first time since Rosier had dragged her into the classroom and she stood up forcefully, glaring at the two boys. Sirius had already recognized the danger in Lily's eyes, and he instantly pocketed his wand in a pitiful attempt to hide what he'd done. James, however, did not pick up on Lily's sudden temper as he was still focusing on Rosier. He made to step forward, most likely to fight Muggle-style, but was stopped very quickly.

"What do you think you're doing?" she shouted. James jumped, and Sirius shuttered. Both looked at her with surprise, and (on Sirius' part) fear.

"We're stopping him from hexing you, Lily," James stated as though it were the most obvious thing in the world.

"I had the situation under control James," she glowered. Sirius had situated himself behind James, the movement caught Lily's eye. "Oh I saw you there too Sirius, you're in for it as well."

Sirius' face fell, and he moved back to stand at James' side.

"I'll ask you boys again, what were you doing?"

"Saving you."

Lily saw Sirius close his eyes and shake his head at James' words. Her face flushed with outrage, her eyes were blazing.

"Saving me?" she scoffed. "From that?" she motioned back at Rosier. The Slytherin seemed to realize that Lily had reached her boiling point, and made no comment about Lily's insult. "Do you think that low of me Potter?" Her eyes ventured to Sirius, "Black?"

"Lily," Sirius' voice was hurt. "You know we don't think that. It just...he had his wand aimed at you..." he trailed off lamely.

"And?" she snapped. "Do you forget how many wands I had aimed at me in Hogsmeade? I can handle it. If I'd needed help do you think I would have looked as bored as I did?"

"I—ah..." Sirius and James looked at each other as if trying to come up with a good reason for why they did the stupid things that they did. Lily's frustration mounted.

"Detention. Both of you for magic in the corridors, and Rosier!" the Slytherin boy had been trying to sneak away as Lily ranted at her friends. "Belby will hear of this and I have no doubts that you'll be placed in detention as well."

If Rosier heard Lily, he made no motion that he had. He left the two Marauders alone with the infuriated Lily. Sirius sat down on top of a desk and looked over at Lily guiltily. James followed the suit, but added a bit of a pout to his glance.

"Don't give me that look," she hissed, not really sure which boy she was talking to. "You deserved it."

"At least we care, Lily."

Shooting James a dark look, Lily began pacing. It was a habit of hers when she was angry or nervous. From the corner of her eye she saw the boys look at each other, bracing each for shouts they were certain would come. But Lily never yelled, she just paced for a long time. The room grew unnervingly quiet before she spoke again.

"Caring about me would mean that you let me handle the situation on my own," she said calmly as she took a seat across from them. "Caring about me means that you two would have trusted me to be able to outsmart that halfwit."

"We just didn't want—"

"I don't care what you wanted," Lily cut Sirius off. "I wanted to know that I could take care of an idiot on my own, which I can. Actually," she smirked slightly, "I can handle two. I understand that the two of you care about my wellbeing, and I'm very glad that you understand how to be chivalrous, but I don't need a knight in shining armor, guys."

"Lily, we know you don't need a protector," James said softly. "But we wanted to be here for you. It's nice for us to pretend that you need us every now and then. And the good news is we're your idiots."

"Like that's such a comforting thought."

A shadow of a smile appeared on Lily's face. She was mildly touched by James' words. She looked over at him for a minute, taking in his eyes and his face. He twitched his nose slightly at her, making her smile more prominent. She sighed when she realized that she was no longer angry with the two. She shook away the tiny thought that she could never stay angry with her idiot boys. James and Sirius released relieved sighs when they deemed the danger had passed, causing Lily to laugh slightly.

"So we're forgiven?" Sirius inquired, looking at her hopefully. Lily looked into his grey eyes for a moment as though she were thinking very hard on the question.

"I suppose..."

Sirius and James gave identical whoops of excitement. Lily gave a cheerful sigh at their boyish grins. She lightly entertained the thought of what a cute pair they made. For a moment she thought she might tease them with her musings, but was stopped by Sirius' continued inquiry of her forgiveness.

"And detention...?"

"You still have that."


"Nice try though."


"This is a cause for a celebration!" James grinned taking hold of Lily's arm. She gave him a slightly bewildered look before Sirius took her other arm. They started leading her out of the corridor. The late afternoon, October sun was shining through one of the windows and Lily squinted a bit as she looked back and forth between, as James had put it, her idiots.

"I second that motion!" he cheered.

"That you have detention? Why?"

"Well, Lily, this is the fastest you've ever forgiven us...and only eight weeks into school and this is our fiftieth detention! A new record!"

"Therefore, we celebrate..."

"With loads of Butterbeer..."


"And pranks! Just kidding," Sirius added when Lily frowned at him. "But seriously, party! Marauder style," he winked over at James, but Lily stopped dead in her tracks. The two boys stopped with her and gave her slightly worried looks. It did little to faze her. Her heart pumped faster, and her mind had reeled to the last time she'd heard that phrase. Her emerald eyes were aimed right at Sirius; she didn't see James glancing back and forth between them with a mildly suspicious look on his face.

"I've had a Marauder style party before, and I'd rather not repeat it thank you," she said, her eyes never leaving Sirius'. His grin fell at her words, and his eyes grew stormy as he looked at her. He made a face that Lily took to be regretful for his earlier wording.

"What? When?" James asked, breaking Lily's concentration on his best mate. "Why wasn't I there?"

"A long time ago," she said softly, no longer meeting either of their eyes. She unhooked her arms from theirs. "I've got some studying to do. I'll catch up with you guys later. Have fun celebrating my forgiving you...and your detention record..."

"Evans!" she heard James called uselessly after her. "Lily!?"

The splashing was no longer comforting. Lily tossed another rock into the lake, and as her mind registered a sore arm, she knew that picturing Petunia's face on the rocks did little to comfort her anymore either. Throwing the last rock into the water, Lily turned away from the lake to find a tree to sit under. To her surprise, however, her green eyes locked on a set of grey ones. She started at Sirius' silent appearance.

"How long have you been standing there?" she asked as her heart rate slowed back to its normal pace from its sudden scare. She noticed that her hand had shot up to cover her heart, and she quickly dropped it.

"About fifteen minutes. How long have you been out here?"

"Since I left you and James an hour ago."

"I figured as much," he smiled at her gently. He kept his stormy eyes trained on her green ones, as he walked towards her. He took her hand in his and offered her an apologetic smile. "I'm sorry."

Lily turned away from Sirius and looked back out over the lake. The sun was falling quickly now, and the air was growing cool. She felt a slight desire for her warm sweater, which was sitting on her bed...or one of her friends was wearing it...



"I didn't mean anything by it," he said, putting a warm arm around her. Lily felt herself wrap her arms around his torso. She cuddled into his chest. "Really. It's a habit of ours...of mine. I get a bit of an ego when it comes to Marauder stuff, you know?"

"Just a bit?" she murmured, her voice muffled slightly from their embrace. He chuckled and kissed the top of her head. She smiled into his chest before looking up at him. "It's just...odd...I didn't think I'd ever do least, not for a long time...and then we did and...just when I hear you say that I remember it more than usual..."

"Yeah," he smiled at her. "I know you do, but you have to know...I loved every minute of it."

"I just kind of wish that we had waited for a while longer," she reasoned. "And you only tell me that you loved it...on a weekly basis, but it wasn't so bad on my end either. I feel like the worlds biggest walking contradiction sometimes, I know I'm supposed to feel bad and guilty about it, but I don't...I mean I do, but then I remember how great it felt and it's very...odd..."

Sirius laughed again, making her grin with him. They fell into a peaceful silence, just holding one another. Eventually he sat down and pulled her down with him, creating a few moments of laughter from the pair before they fell back into their quiet enjoyment of one another's company. He leaned back on his elbows and Lily remained against his chest. She listened to his steady heartbeat and it lulled her into an eased sense of security. Her mind flittered on various subjects, from how much she enjoyed Sirius to their lusty night many months ago to James and his strange obsession with all things...her. The sun set long before they spoke again.

"How did you and James find me?" she asked, her gaze on the reflection the waning moon was making on the surface of the dark waters of the lake.

"Marauders' secret," he smirked. "If I told you I'd have to kill you."


"Alright, so I wouldn't kill you, but I'd have to wipe your memory."

Lily looked up at Sirius, the corners of her lips were tugging into a smile; his were doing the same. He leaned down and placed his lips very gently on her forehead for a few moments before pulling away. It eased what little tension Lily still had from their earlier confrontation. He really did know how to comfort her.

"How did you get away from James?"

"Told him Moony had a girlfriend, and he decided to stalk him to find out who it was. I think he commissioned Peter to his cause. Remus is going to kill me when I get back," he grinned. She got the feeling that he was lying, but she decided that pressing him about it would only ruin their calmed mood.

"You mean butt."

"That hurts, Lily," Sirius mocked, putting a hand on his chest, pretending that his heart was broken. "You kill me with your insults."

"Shut up," she laughed, hitting him softly. Her face contorted slightly as she realized where she'd picked up the phrase she'd thrown at Rosier. "Oh God, I'm spending too much time with you. I've started using your insults."

"No, wait, that did. Oh the pain! I shall never recover!"

Lily stuck her tongue out at him as she pulled away from his warm arms. She stood up and walked back to the lake. He stayed seated, and she cast him a curious glance. His posture was relaxed, and she felt his eyes wandering up her body. She felt the familiar chills his hands normally gave her, loving every minute of it. Suddenly feeling playful, Lily gave Sirius a come-and-get-me grin.

"Is that a challenge, Miss Evans?"

"Nope, it's a declaration of war."

She shrieked as Sirius jumped up from his calm state and charged at her, before she tore away from him. She was no match for him, however, and he soon (playfully) tackled her to the ground. He tickled her mercilessly, causing her to gasp for breath between her giggles. She momentarily was reminded of an over large puppy getting to play with his favorite toy before his tickles rendered her unable to think much more than:

"Sirius stop!" she laughed, breathing raggedly from his tickles. "Mercy!"

"No way."



Lily struggled under him and finally did the best thing that came to mind. She put her hands behind his neck and pulled him down to her. Startled, by her kiss, Sirius stopped his tickling to snog her properly. Determined not to let him win this round, Lily moved her hips lightly against him, and she smirked lightly as she felt Sirius' kisses deepen with anticipation. His hands started to move down her sides. She pushed harder against him, showing she wanted control. He rolled over very willingly to let her be on top. Lily kept her lips on his just long enough to straddle him, pin his arms down, and...

"Cheater!" Sirius shouted, laughing as Lily stopped kissing him to tickle him. He now squirmed under her fingers. "Not—fair!"

"Life's not fair," she grinned as he struggled and laughed, trying to escape her fingers. "Suck it up."

"Wait! I have—a proposition!"

"Of what kind?"

"Any kind! Just stop!"

Relenting her tickles, Lily kept Sirius pinned to the ground. He panted a bit before looking up at her, his eyes twinkling slightly.

"Seen Kettleburn's new shipment?"

Lily tilted her head to the side and looked at Sirius curiously. The Care of Magical Creatures teacher? What could he have, other than creatures, that would interest her? Lily didn't get the chance to voice these questions as Sirius beat her to them.

"Come on," he said, pushing her off of him and standing up. She gave him a playful glare from where she now sat next to him on the ground. "It'll be fun."

The playful look in Sirius' eye was not something Lily could turn down. She sighed and let Sirius take her hand and lead her into whatever trouble he had up his sleeve. He grinned enthusiastically and took off with her at a fast pace. She had to jog to keep up with his long strides, but laughed when he gave up on her and picked her up, slinging her across his shoulder, and lugged her to just past Hagrid's house. Lily quickly deserted any attempts to get him to put her down as it was something he did not seem to plan on doing any time soon. Though she did smack him very hard when he took advantage of her position by managing a well placed hand on her rear.

"I'll hex that hand off, boy," she warned, when she felt he might do it again.

"You will not," he laughed. "You get too much pleasure from this hand of mine to hex it off."

"No dear, you get too much pleasure from that hand of yours."

"Oh, a sassy one you are!"

"You like it."

"That I do. I take it you like Hippogriffs?"

The odd question threw Lily off for a moment. She wiggled in his arms, attempting to get a good look at his face to see if he were joking, but he only tightened his grip on her. She could practically hear his smirk.

"Where did that come from?"

Sirius didn't answer, and finally put her down at the edge of the forest. He pointed behind her. Lily followed his fingers and released a light gasp. Before her stood a tall, tawny colored hippogriff that looked graceful and dangerous all at once. Half of its body was that of a giant eagle, while the other half was a horse. It had golden eyes that took in the two humans before it sharply as though taking in every detail of them.

"He's beautiful Sirius!" she breathed.

"I wouldn't say that," he smirked. "Ficklefeathers is a she."

"Oh, well excuse me. She is beautiful," Lily corrected. Sirius squeezed her arm lightly before he stepped forward and gave the hippogriff a deep bow. It took a few seconds, but the creature finally bowed its head, making Sirius grin. He stepped forward to it and jumped on its back.

"Come on Lily," he smiled at her. "It'll be fun!"

Stepping forward, Lily bowed to the creature as well. She smiled when the hippogriff returned the favor, almost sending Sirius off her back. Lily gave him an amused grin.

"You think that's funny, do you?"

"I think you are funny," she grinned as he helped her onto the hippogriff. He placed her in front of him so that he could hold onto both her and the hippogriff. He put his mouth right up to her ear and breathed so softly that it both tickled Lily and gave her chills. She squirmed, backing into his chest.

"And I think doing that is funny," he whispered, again giving Lily the chilled tickling sensation that brought her closer into him. He wrapped an arm around her waist, his hand positioned tauntingly high on her leg. His free hand grabbed onto the hippogriff's neck. Lily grabbed onto the beast as well, attempting to ignore Sirius' fingers that were very lightly twitching on her thigh. Sirius tightened his knees into the creature, and they took off into the night air.

The hippogriff flew over the Forbidden Forest before turning sharply and heading for the castle. It swooped and soared, causing its riders to occasionally cry out with glee or surprise. The dark landscape unfurled itself below them, and the waxing moon glittered fantastically over the dark waters of the lake. Lily, however, took no notice of any of the beauty surrounding her. She was much too involved in kissing her favorite idiot to take notice of anything else.