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Friends or Foe? by Sunny_Hogwarts

Format: Novella
Chapters: 11
Word Count: 19,863
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language

Genres: Humor, Romance
Characters: Lupin, Sirius, Lily, James, Lucius, Pettigrew, OC
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC, Sirius/OC

First Published: 02/11/2006
Last Chapter: 07/13/2007
Last Updated: 07/13/2007

Summary:






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James didn't look too jokey at the moment. He said gently, "Why dont you like me Lily?" This was the first time he hadn't called me 'sweet' or 'angel'. I thought about it and said truthfully, "Its weird, you know? No one has ever really liked me this much before. Its surprising, I guess. I'm a little afraid really." I shocked myself and James by this confession. Over 8,000 reads! OMG I love you all!


Chapter 10: The Kitten and The Ball

Disclaimer: Yeaaahh… I own this plot. Need I say more?
 





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On the first day of the holidays, Jas and I waved Remus, Sirius, James, Peter and Sally off, before retreating back into the toasty warm common room. “It’s weird when it’s just us, isn’t it?” Jas said as she dried her socks by the fire. 

“You mean it’s like it used to be?” 

“Yeah.” 

“What’s wrong with how it used to be? We were happy!” 

“Yeah, but I… aren’t you happi-ER now? I mean… I’m going out with Remus… You’re going out with James… Sally’s going out with Sirius… and Peter is – well, just Peter. But still.”

I pondered for a moment before I replied, “Well… in some ways I’m happier. Like, I’m happy that I’m with James. But I’m unhappy that I don’t get to spend as much time with you. When it was just us, we basically LIVED together. Breathed and ate together. Walked and talked together. Slept and woke together. I don’t mean we slept WITH each other…” I laughed, “I just mean it was always about US. Just me and you. Sometimes I miss that…” 

Jas gave me a cuddle and mumbled, “Sometimes I do too.” Then she perked up, “Okay, let’s make a pact. While we’re here together – it’s gonna be all about US. And us only! We’ll be like we used to be… pedicure’s, gossiping, chocolate feasts… You know, real girl stuff. We’ll celebrate it!” 

So we spat on our hands and shook on it. Gross, I know, but we we’re going to have to do it sooner or later. 

Jas and I were the only girls in our dorm, so we could do whatever we wanted. The first night by ourselves, we gave each other pedicures and conjured up a Muggle record player. After a few rounds of The Beatles, (my favorite Muggle band), we snuck down into the kitchens.



After two weeks of eating chocolate, playing music, staying up late, having mini snow fights and so on, it was nearly time for Sally to come back to school. 

When Sally burst through the Portrait Hole, we all screamed and hugged for a long time. “Remus is coming back before Sirius and James,” Sally told us, laughing as she noticed Jas’s face brightening, “And he brings gifts!” She added.



After only half a week of just us girls, Remus returned. He stumbled into the Portrait Hole, sopping wet from the rain, but smiling. “Jas!” he cried, throwing his bags down. Jas ran into his arms and they had a little moment to themselves in Remus’s dorm. I don’t want to know what they were doing…  




 




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Waking up one morning, I shouted, “Two days ‘til Christmas!” Sally groaned and rolled over, but Jas bounded out of bed and said to me, “The days have sped by, hey?” I nodded before getting out of bed myself.



Jas and I entered the practically empty Great Hall and started on breakfast. There were two first years in Ravenclaw, a fourth year Hufflepuff, and a seventh year Slytherin.  



Dumbledore smiled at us when we entered and called out, “We may be a small group, but at least there are some from each house!” We waved up at him merrily and I called back, “Two days ‘til Christmas!” Dumbledore raised his glass of pumpkin juice at me.



Sally and Remus joined us a little while later, and after breakfast we took a walk around the frozen lake. Jas and Remus held hands as they walked together, which was sweet. Jas didn’t seem so timid now, so whatever it was – it was over now. But I still wonder about what it is…
 




Grabbing Sally’s arm, I cried out happily, “Oh my God! James and Sirius come back the day after Christmas!” Sally and I did a little happy dance to celebrate.



Finally, it was Christmas Eve. We had just returned from dinner and collapsed on the couches. At ten o’clock, Remus retired to his dorm. “Goodnight guys,” he said, before swiftly kissing Jas’s cheek, whispering something in her ear and going up the stairs.



Sally admitted defeat to her tiredness an hour later, and then Jas.



I sat on an armchair, gazing into the fire, thinking about James. As I remembered the secret about his friend that he couldn’t tell me, I began to piece together all I remember. He couldn’t tell me this ‘secret’, and he also wouldn’t tell me what Remus had that was so tough. Then Remus was looking so pale, and he wouldn’t eat unless I was watching him. He must have told Jas something… something that shook her up.



What day was it when Remus looked ill? Actually… he seemed to be ‘sick’ at least once a month…



Wait a minute… he couldn’t be… could he?



Suddenly I shot up in my chair, gripped the arms of it and shouted, “Oh my God!”
 





 




He COULDN’T be…



Running up the stairs to the boys’ dorm, I burst through the door and shook Remus awake frantically. Remus’s eyes opened instantly, alert and wary.



“Lily! What’s wrong?” he cried. I panted heavily, trying to think of what to say. “Are… are you… did you tell Jas… that you...” I was starting to sound like Jas, “Are you… a… a w-werewolf?” I said the last word in a whisper.



Remus’s eyes darkened and he said bleakly, “What? Did Jas say something?” 

I stepped back, “No. She didn’t say anything. Are you saying I’m RIGHT?”



Remus looked down at his hands, “I didn’t want you to find out this way. I wanted to tell you myself,” he looked up at me mournfully, “Are you scared of me now? Now that you know I’m this… monster?”



Moving towards him quickly, I put my arms around his shoulders. “Remus,” I said softly, “I could NEVER be afraid of you. And before you get any ideas, I’m not disgusted or disturbed either. You’re my friend. Why didn’t you tell me before?”



Remus buried his head into my shoulder like a little boy and mumbled, “I was too afraid you would hate me.”



Sighing, I took his head in my hands, “I would never react like that. I’m glad I know now… No more secrets, okay?”



He nodded before lying back down, “Well… Christmas joy, hey?” he said, laughing softly. I smiled and whispered, “Goodnight Remus, my furry friend.” Remus gave me a sharp look and I smiled again, but apologetically.



Closing the door quietly, I slipped up into my own dorm, into my own bed.



I can’t believe he never told me. But I can see why Jas was so weird when she found out. He must have told her. Is this the secret James was hiding for his friend? Is this Remus’s flaw? As I rolled over to go to sleep, I thought that Jas should tell Remus about her toes. Maybe that will make Remus feel better.




 





 




Waking up with a start, I glanced at my clock. 7.00AM. Good enough.



Shaking Jas and Sally awake, I started tearing open my own presents. I got mince pies and the new Beatles record from Mum and Dad, three new lip glosses in cherry flavor from Sally, a hand knitted rainbow scarf, and black mascara from Jas, a book on Transfiguration from Remus, a subscription to a broomstick magazine (that’ll I’ll never send off) from Sirius and a silver necklace with a small, silver heart on it from James. It had an emerald in the center, and on the back was engraved, ‘Love you forever’.



Tears filled my eyes as I put on the necklace. God, I love that boy.



Throwing my new chunky scarf on, I dashed into Remus’s dorm. He was surrounded by wrapping paper and when he saw me come in, he held up a book on Defense against the Dark Arts and said, “Thanks heaps Lily! It’s just what I needed!” 

I grinned and said, “Yeah, same here! I really needed that book. Merry Christmas!”



As I sifted through his presents, looking at what he had received, Sally and Jas came in. They both hugged me, thanking me for the presents I had given them, and then they hugged Remus too.



Jas kissed Remus on the lips and said softly, “Thank you so much for the ring, Remmy. I love it.”



By lunch time, we were sitting around the lake, when suddenly we saw James and Sirius coming down! We all raced up to them and they cried out, “We decided to come back early!” 

Kissing James on the cheek, I thanked him for the necklace. James grinned, “And I got you an extra present as well!” He held up a basket he had hidden behind his back and handed it to me. Opening the little gate, two golden eyes blinked up at me.



A kitten!



It was all black with little white ears, a white tip on the end of its tail, a little white nose and white rings around its eyes. It was the CUTEST thing I had ever seen in my life! I kissed James again, while cuddling the kitten close. I named it Muffins before putting it back into its cage.
 




Sally was cooing over the little thing, sticking her finger through the cage and stroking its little white nose. It licked the end of her finger and gnawed on it gently. When it chipped off a bit of her pink nail polish and tasted it on its little tongue, it sneezed and shook its tiny head. We all laughed before trooping back up to the common room together. 

As everyone sat on various couches and armchairs, I sat down on the floor and let Muffins out. Muffins rolled onto his back and I tickled his little tummy, giggling. Muffins meowed at me, before attacking one of the couches.



“Oh yeah,” James remembered, “The shop assistant said that Muffins might be part wild cat, even though it’s small. She said it’ll get bigger in time. So it might attack things… a lot.”
 





 




I looked at little Muffins face, and saw how innocent he looked. I couldn’t imagine him much bigger. He was only a little bit larger than my hand!



When Christmas was finally over, James and I sat next to each other on one of the couches, with Muffins chewing his sleeve. James put his free arm around me and brought me close. Looking into the fire, James said softly, “Remus told me that you found out about his furry problem.”
 




“Yeah… You could have told me, you know.”



“Moony wanted to tell you himself.”



“Is that why you call him Moony?”



“Yeperooni.”



“Are you Marauders all animagus? To help Remus?”



“You’re a smart girl.”



I scratched behind Muffin’s ear but he ignored me and continued to eat James’s sleeve. “Hey… I haven’t asked you yet,” James began. “Hmm?” I said. “Will you go to the New Years Ball with me?” he asked graciously. I smiled at him, “Of course.”



“Good, because if you said no, I would have wasted my money on your gorgeous dress if I wasn’t allowed to dance with you while you wore it.”



I laughed before yawning, “Well, I’m off to bed. See you in the morning.” I tried to tug Muffins off James’s sleeve, but he wouldn’t let go. James lifted his arm up, but Muffins was still attached. I giggled and said softly, “Muffins, bad boy, we have to go to bed.”



I held Muffins in my hands and tugged a little harder, but he clung on. Apparently he wasn’t finished eating the cotton. Shaking his arm around, James tried desperately to break free of Muffins hold. In the end, James pulled off his shirt and gave it to Muffins.



Seeing James without a shirt on, I couldn’t help but gasp. He’s just so hot!



Bundling Muffins up, I used James’s shirt as a blanket to wrap him in. Giving James a passionate kiss, I bid him good night and went up to my dorm.



As I slipped into bed, I whispered to Muffins, “God, that boy is incredibly hot.” Muffins patted my nose gently with his paw, before snuggling up next to me and going to sleep.



A few days later, and it was already the night before the Ball.



All the girls had already returned from their holidays, and we were all dithering in front of the mirror. Any pimples? Face clean? Nails done? Toes done? Gorgeous outfit laid out and ready for the next night? Tension, tension.



Ripping open a cucumber face pack my mum had sent me from home, I put it on and placed two cucumber slices over my eyes that I had nicked from the kitchens. Well… obviously not nicked, the house elves just hand it over happily. So I lay down on my bed and tried to relax. 

While all the girls dithered about in the room, Muffins just ran around merrily in circles. Everyone loved Muffins now. They gave him little treats and belly tickles all the time. Spoilt kitty.



The room smelt badly of nail polish for the next hour, but we all dealt with it. The girls had their hair up while they treated their faces with various promising creams, walked on their heels so they didn’t wreck their toenail polish, waved their hands around to dry the polish on their fingers, and conjured up various wizarding things to dry the hair and treat it.



It was pure havoc in the girl’s dorm.



I went through my checklist in my head as I relaxed;



1. Glittery, silver nail polish.
 




2. Glittery, silver toe polish.
 




3. Ocean scented body wash.
 




4. Ocean scented body lotion.
 




5. Cucumber face pack.
 




6. Cucumber slices.
 





 




Okay, I was good.



I ended up falling asleep with my face pack on, so when I woke up, my face was stiff. I staggered blindly to the bathroom to wash it off. Ahhh, silky smooth face. No spots. All good.
 





 




Muffins strolled into the bathroom and attached himself with his tiny claws and teeth to my pajama pants.



Since it was only 6.00AM or so, I decided to go down to the Great Hall for an early breakfast. No one was in there, but there was food on the long tables. This was good because I was still in my pajamas with Muffins attached. I grabbed a piece of toast and went back to my dorm.

Brushing my hair, I pulled on my shorts, (I knew I wasn’t going to go outside, so it was safe), and a white boob tube. It was so toasty in our dorm that I could wear my summer clothes.

 





 




Since it was still early, I decided to write a quick letter to mum and dad.



Skimming over everything that was going on at school and about the Ball, I finished the letter, pulled on my cloak and shoes and headed up to the chilly Owlery. Sending off my letter with one of the school owls, I raced back to the common room.



The rest of the day just consulted of sitting around in the warm common room with the others, and playing with Muffins. Even in the few days I had had Muffins, he had grown a bit. He was still small, but obviously growing.



As night fell, excitement rose. The girls were giggly and the boys were playing cool. At last it was time to get dressed, and all the girls walked very quickly to our dorm.



I gripped Jas’s and Sally’s hands excitedly and they grinned. 

Shedding my clothes, I slipped on my dress and did up the high-waist belt. I put on my silver earrings and pulled on my silver heels. Conjuring up various trinkets with a wave of my wand, they began styling my hair, pulling it up high and curling it, then pulling some hair out at the sides and curling that. While they worked away, I brushed my teeth and then I started on my make up. Foundation, powder, blush, curling my eye lashes, applying mascara, sweeping silver eye shadow over my eyelids, smearing on my new cherry lip gloss, and for a finishing touch, dusted silver glitter on my shoulders and cheeks. Then I clipped on my new necklace from James.

I conjured up a tall mirror and looked myself up and down. I looked fabulous! YES!



As the rest of the girls finished, Sally, Jas and I linked arms and went down to the common room. Both of the girls looked SO gorgeous in their dresses.



Meeting up with our boyfriends, James held out his arm, resisting the urge to start kissing me passionately right in front of everyone. I took it (obviously I didn’t take his arm OFF) and together, we went down to the Great Hall.



The tables were gone, and instead there were smaller tables huddled around the edge of the gigantic room. Where the teachers usually sit, it had been replaced by a regular sized stage, and the Weird Sisters were getting ready. The Skeleton Brothers were there as well, which was a band that played slower music.



At 7.00PM, everyone had arrived and Dumbledore stood in front of the magical microphone and said, “Welcome to the New Year Ball! Together, we shall dance, have fun and count down to the New Year!” Everyone started cheering like mad.



As the Weird Sisters started, everyone started shouting and laughing. James got us drinks and said, “Fire whisky all right?” with a cheeky glint in his eye. I nodded, deciding to take a chance. Its not like I’ll get drunk, I told myself.



Everyone started dancing around to the music and as I was showing Jas, Sirius, Sally, Remus and James a dance I had made up, it was like a movie, and everyone was copying and we all did it together. Like the WHOLE school. They were doing my dance! Yay!



By 10.00PM I had had four Fire whisky’s and was starting to feel a little dizzy. God, it was so hot in the Hall.



As I walked past Sirius, I toppled over and he had to catch me. “You all right?” he asked, laughing. I nodded, “Just finding James.” Sirius laughed again and I asked him, “How much Fire whisky have you had, Sirius?” Sirius looked down at his fingers before putting up nine fingers.
 




“You drunk?” I couldn’t seem to say many words. Sirius shrugged before laughing again and running off.



Suddenly I spotted James and shouted, “James! Hi!” and staggering over to him. Damn heels. Always such a pain. James grinned at me, “You look so hot tonight. You’re like… an angel in a green dress.” I smiled softly and kissed him on the lips.



Jas came skipping up to me and giggled, “Aren’t you just having the BEST time, Lils? Isn’t this awesome?” I grinned and nodded happily.



Sally, Jas and I had a dance together, but after Sally knocked over three chairs, we decided to sit down for a bit. I was pretty sure Sally was drunk. She kept slurring her words and hugging anything that moved.



And I was POSITIVE Sirius was drunk. He just kept laughing and laughing. Then he spotted Sally and snogged her. But it looked really gross because he was still laughing, but I don’t think Sally minded. When they broke apart, I noticed that Sirius had laughed so much while kissing her that snot had flown out of his nose. Disgusting! I quickly zapped it away with my wand.



Remus seemed okay, and so did Jas. I think Jas just had a bit too much sugar, because she was skipping everywhere. As for James… well, I could tell he was drunk, too. Mostly because he was snogging a chair. But hey, maybe he did that all the time.

... Yeah, I was being sarcastic.



At 11.58PM, I was feeling extremely light headed and fuzzy. At this point, both Remus and Jas were drunk too. We all were.



As the count down began, I couldn’t find James. The only person that was with me was Sirius. Sally, Jas and Remus were nowhere to be seen either.



Giddily, I approached Sirius and slurred, “I… I can’t find Jamesssth.” And Sirius laughed again.
 




’Five, four, three, two…’



As everyone screamed, “One!” Sirius and I grabbed each other and snogged. I don’t know what made me do it… But I did. 

When we broke apart after a minute, we looked at each other awkwardly. Sirius had even stopped laughing.

“I… uh…” I mumbled.



“Yeah… I … erm…” Sirius muttered.



We both ran off in different directions.



When I found James, he was standing next to Jas, not saying anything. “I… hi James,” I said. Jas walked off quickly. I spotted Remus standing with Sally, also looking awkward. What was going on?!



Had we all kissed the wrong person?



A/N: And… finish! This is the longest chapter EVER, and I thought it should be because it was the big One O chapter. To celebrate the first two digit chapter! And also, this was a bit of a girly chapter - I just like describing what people wear. I dont really like this chapter, though. And we also got a new character! Muffins! Hope you liked it – Please review!

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