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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 11: Cornered

A/N: Well, this chapter and chapter ten, and the next chapter were some of the very first chapters ever written...most of them were anyways. I've added a good bit to them. This chapter's a bit shorter than what the past few chapters have been, but it gets the message across that I want, so that's the important thing. Anyways, enjoy!

Sirius felt both enraged and terrified. He'd been excited. He'd been exciting Lily. Everything had been going beautifully and it was promising to be a very (emphasis on the very) heated snogging session and then he had to appear. No. He hadn't just appeared. He had obviously followed Lily out of the castle!

His attention was distracted, however, by Lily who was squirming uncomfortably in his arms. Not to get away, but Sirius knew she was just as uneasy and afraid as he was now. She clutched his arm tighter and he held her close.

"It's alright, Lily," he muttered, the words sounding far from convinced. "It's alright. I just...I have to stop him...somehow..."

Unwilling to let her go just yet, Sirius ran a few possibilities through his mind of how the hell he could keep Snape's mouth shut...well obviously there was no way that James would ever, ever believe Snape over him, but there was still the fact that James had already begun to question Sirius. Silently, but he had. It did little to ease Sirius' nerves on the whole matter. Lily tried to speak several times while Sirius thought, but he shushed her each time until she had enough.

"Don't shush me Sirius!" she snapped. He looked down at her in surprise, whoops. She was giving him a look of irritation and guilt and he finally backed away from her so she could speak. She straightened her now wrinkled shirt and looked back up at him. "Before I came to you Snape, Rosier, and your brother tracked me down in the dungeons. Don't worry, I'm fine," she stopped him before he could interject his concern for her, "but a letter from your cousin, and when she was torturing me in Hogsmeade she...she raided my mind and managed to extract my memory from last year when we..."

She trailed off, and did not look back up at his pale face. Sirius stumbled back, slightly shocked. Why hadn't Lily told him this straightaway? Better yet, why had Regulus tracked her down instead of him? He was the one his family hated, not her...and then it hit him. The reason Bellatrix had tormented Lily hadn't been because of seeing them together at the train station; it was because he'd slept with Lily...deemed her worthy of the honor of a Black, even a rebel one.

His family did not like to have Mudbloods given a taste of the Black dignity...he remembered how hard Andromeda and Ted had worked to keep her family from harming him for being her Muggleborn husband. Lily was in great danger if his family knew, and now that Snape knew as well...well that was just going to be icing on the cake, wasn't it?

A few colorful words escaped Sirius' mouth and he ran a nervous hand through his dark hair. This was not good...not good at all. James finding out about the two of them was inevitable now, but Sirius still had to prolong it. He didn't know how he was going to explain all of this to James.

James had been infatuated with Lily since their third year...Sirius remembered after James had his first kiss with Kristen Clarke that he'd been so ecstatic over the fact that Lily could potentially do the same, only better. He hadn't shut his mouth about it until Sirius had taken him aside and explained what else boys and girls could do together.

How many angry rages had Sirius seen James go through each time Lily got a boyfriend that wasn't him? It happened every time, and how many times had he seen James distraught over the fact that none of the girls he dated could even compare to the jewel that was Lily Evans? Sirius couldn't begin to imagine explaining to James that Lily had chosen him, kissed him...given herself to him, though it was just once. James would be heartbroken and betrayed and the fact that Sirius had lied to him the entire time would only make it worse.

No, it would be best if James never least, not until Sirius could explain the situation properly...he doubted telling James that not even Sirius Black could resist Lily Evans would cut it.

"Sirius?" Lily's voice pulled him back to the matter at hand. "I'm sorry. I thought one more carefree kiss wouldn't do us any harm..."

He sighed. What could he do? Yell at Lily for wanting him to be happy? No, Lily did the same thing he would have done to her had the situation been reversed. She really was starting to hang around with him too much.

"No," he sighed, kissing her forehead in a somewhat distracted manner. "No, I should have known better than have let us snogging in public. I'll handle this; you go back to the Common Room. If anyone asks just...tell them I'm clearing my head from family troubles...that'll buy me a good few hours."

Ignoring the situation would have been another stupid thing to do, Sirius later decided as he sat in the dungeons with a very triumphant looking Snape before him. Good thing he hadn't...not for long anyways. As far as he knew, Lily was in the Common Room with the other Marauders, safe and sound. Sirius was less fortunate.

"Traitor in all regards aren't you Black?" Snape sounded positively jovial. "To your family, your friends. Tell me, when will you betray Evans?"

"You'll keep your mouth shut Snivellus, or I'll—"

"Or you'll what Black?" Snape snapped, though his face registered what Sirius could best describe as elation. "You can't do a thing to me now or I'll let the entire school know that Potter's best friend is bedding the girl he's fancied for so long."

"I'm NOT sleeping with Lily!"

"Not what it looked like to me," Snape hissed. "From where I stood it looked like you were quite ready to strip down Evans and do her there."

"Unlike pigs like you Snivellus," Sirius growled, "I don't bed my women in public places. That was a tease and nothing more. My respect for Lily is greater than up against a tree."

Instead of retaliating, Snape just chuckled and continued to eye Sirius with a wicked glint in his black eyes. His hooked nose pointed in the air and his disgusting hair falling in his face with an ungraceful appeal. Sirius didn't like this at all.

"I'm curious Black; if it's not Evans you're getting sex from, just who is giving it to you?"

"I'm not cheating on Lily!" Sirius shouted, enraged. How dare Snivellus attempt to accuse him of such a thing! He growled at the Slytherin. He would never do that to her; she was worth ten times any other girl at Hogwarts, a guy would be crazy to cheat on Lily Evans.

"You aren't? Well I must fix that. Evans shouldn't date an animal like you, should she? She deserves better."

"No one at this school is better for her than me," Sirius hissed challengingly. It was true, as far as he was concerned. No one else at Hogwarts would be able to keep up with Lily; she was stubborn and mean sometimes, but the most beautiful person he knew. "No one, James is the only person who might come close."

"Oh I'm sure there's someone else," Snape said darkly, his face contorting into an ugly smirk that made Sirius gut twist uneasily. "She just needs the push in the right direction to know who he is."

It suddenly struck Sirius that there was more to Snape's new stride of confidence than the fact that he held the knowledge to his least favorite person's darkest secret. The glint in his eye...the way he said Lily's surname as though it were he'd looked after Lily called him 'Snivellus' last year. At the time Sirius had regarded it as fear for what James was doing to him, he wasn't so sure.

"You?" Sirius spat, he rose from where he had been seated and a threatening aura swept through him as he glared down at Snape. Anger and loathing was pouring out of his silver eyes at the greasy git in front of him. "You think that she'd run to you? You can take your eyes off her right now Snivellus because no one is going to touch Lily, but me; especially not a slime ball like you."

"I'll do whatever I damn well please Black and you'll do whatever I damn well tell you to. It would be such a shame if your precious Potter were to discover every detail of how his best mate is dating the girl of his dreams. With a friend like you it's shocking that Potter even needs an enemy like me, isn't it?" Snape drawled viciously before a victorious smirk danced across his face. He was about to say something more when the door to the room squeaked open, and Sirius looked up to see a mirror image of his own silvery eyes. A taller, skinnier, and slightly younger version of the Slytherin he was supposed to have been. A cruel, almost forced, smile was on Regulus' face as he attested his older brother's nervous posture.

"Severus," he greeted in the solemn Black way. "Not tormenting my sweet brother without me, now are you? I believe there are a few details about this relationship between him and Evans you are unaware of."

Snape turned to look at Regulus a quaint surprise on his face momentarily before it was replaced with his usual grunting look of indifference.

"You knew?"

"Of course," Regulus said smoothly, finally tearing his eyes from Sirius to look at Snape. "A reliable source managed to torture the information from the Mudblood earlier this year. Actually..." his evil grin had returned as he smirked back at Sirius, who was looking angrier by the minute, "she managed to discover something else about you and your little trinket as well. Evans never managed to answer my question, Sirius, so I'll ask it of you instead, is the Mudblood going to be worth what we're about to put you through?"

Sirius didn't reply but growled in an almost defiant response.

"We are not dogs, Sirius," Regulus reprimanded, looking at his brother with distaste. "We are Purebloods who were raised to be a bit more articulate than grunts and growls. That's what Mudbloods are for."

His temper snapped and Sirius lunged at Regulus, who was taken only mildly by surprise and caught his older brother's fist just shy of his face. It took only a moment for Sirius to aim another fist towards Regulus' stomach, and each blow was stopped only just in time. Regulus always started their fights off blocking, Sirius knew, and his temper would catch up to him and it was when Regulus started to fight back that he lost. It was always that way; Regulus wasn't strong enough to retaliate without weakening first.

"Petrificus Totalus!" Snape muttered, forcing the brothers apart by causing their bodies to bind themselves. He unfroze Regulus before the boy hit the ground, but Sirius wasn't so lucky and his head hit the stone floor smartly. Had he been able to move his mouth he'd have released a powerful string of curses. As he did not, he had to handle his throbbing head with silent fury. "Now then, I believe that containing this information should come at a price, don't you think, Regulus?"

"Well I believe he should be able to speak his mind before we blackmail him, but yes, our silence shall come at a cost," he smirked just before he removed the spell from Sirius' head, and his head alone.

Sirius properly swore over his painful head, and swore a bit more at Regulus and Snape for being too cowardly to let him go and for their mild threats.

"Let me up NOW Snivellus, or I swear when I get unbound you'll wish you'd never been born," Sirius yelped, his eyes blazing.

"Yes, I'm terrified," Snape smirked. "Shaking in my robes, I am."

Damn curse. Sirius would have already pounded Snape's overlarge nose in if it weren't for the damn curse. Instead he resorted to fuming silently and glaring at his brother and his punching bag with malice, envisioning both of them in pain...Snape more so than Regulus.

"Our first order of business," Regulus grinned, kneeling down to look his older brother in the eye, "is that you are going to write to Mother and tell her of your latest treachery...I'm sure she'll love to hear all about the Mudblood. Father, I bet, will want to meet her, even."

"And I believe the second order of business," Snape drawled, "is that from now on you will address me as 'my liege' or 'master' or 'your highness' in private or public. I'll not hear 'Snivellus' out of your filthy mouth again."

"What?" Sirius cried out in disbelief. "I don't believe I said anything about saying I would actually do anything for you. You could tell James all of that and he'd never believe a word out of your mouth if I said it didn't happen."

Regulus, at least, seemed to consider Sirius' words as a valid point. At the less than impressed face that Snape was making, however, Regulus' thoughtful appearance vanished.

"Good point Black," Snape said nodding in mock concern. "But oh wait, perhaps this would help him believe."

Sirius blanched as Snape put a photograph into his eyesight, his light curiosity of what the clicking sound had been was gone. In the git's hand was a picture of him and Lily in their very passionate kissing. One of his hands was busy unbuttoning her shirt, while the other was busy exploring elsewhere. Snape snatched the picture away, once he was satisfied that Sirius knew what was going on.

"And I've plenty of copies," Snape smirked. Regulus' face had lit up as Snape handed the photograph to him.

"You're a sick bastard," Sirius scowled, his stormy eyes narrowing dangerously.

"Bastard was not one of the words I said you could address me as Black, neither was sick. I believe that 'your highness' was though. Now bow down that proud head of yours and prepare for some well deserved payback," Snape said smugly and Sirius felt his pride fighting against his loyalty to James. Snape had him cornered and all three of them knew it.