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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
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Chapter 17: Trouble...Again

A/N: Whoot! Another update, and so soon! I know everyone's just super excited...right well, here it goes...um, beware anyone who's not really feeling the ship that I've set up between Lily and Sirius...because this chapter is rather filled with them...together...but if you trust me, and you trust that I've reasons for my evil plot, then you won't mind it one bit. :-D





Nursing a bruised hand, and still fuming over Snape, Sirius returned to the Common Room alone. Belby had had the wonderful idea of interfering with James and Sirius' decision to give Snape what was coming to him, and the pair had only managed to give Snape a few broken bones, a somewhat crushed nose, a bit of internal bleeding, and bruises. Minor injuries, in Sirius' mind, to what Snape really disserved. Belby was with Snape in the Hospital Wing now, and James and Remus had gone to the Library.

Sirius was feeling bitter for reasons beyond not being able to properly put Snape in his place. When they were receiving their punishments, Sirius had reverted to how they usually responded when they were in trouble, he joked. But James hadn't found it amusing, and simply glared at Sirius.

"Don't think this still isn't your fault," he had growled. "She made the potion to save you."

After that Sirius had lost all pretenses that this particular incident with Snape could bring him and James together again. He had hoped, before the interruption and as he and James were simultaneously pounding Snape, that he and James were mates again. They'd worked together, they had a common goal and a common enemy, what they lacked, apparently, was common interests. Sirius had Lily, and James still wanted her.

Cursing under his breath, Sirius muttered the password to the fat lady and stumbled into the Common Room, touching his hand lightly as though he weren't certain that it was alright.

His attention, however, was immediately drawn from his hand to the sofa in front of the fire place. There sat Lily, with her legs pulled up under her chin and her emerald eyes watching him with...well with what Sirius couldn't really place, but whatever it was it was powerful. He was instantly captivated by her, and walked slowly over to her, taking a seat next to the beautiful girl he could claim as his own.

"I am sorry," she whispered, now looking at the fire blazing in the fire. "I shouldn't have lied to you..."

"Why did you?" he asked in the same quiet tone she spoke with.

"I thought you'd be angry with me."

A shadow of a smirk crossed Sirius' face. Something told him that he should be angry that she had lied, and something told him that he had every right to be angry that she had lied to him, again. But he was so relieved that she was back to normal and she was his girlfriend again that he found that he couldn't be angry with her.

"Yes, I suppose I would have," he answered finally, reaching a hand under her chin and pulling her to look at him. Her vivid eyes finally locked with his and he gave her a comforting smile. "But you make a tragic mistake...I would have gotten over it."'

She was still for a moment before her lips parted in a small, somewhat saddened smile. Sirius felt his heart skip a few beats. He really hadn't been the greatest of boyfriends to her lately. She wasn't with him for him to brush her away because he was sulking that he'd gotten caught, she wasn't with the depressed Sirius that pulled away from her. She was with a Sirius that loved her, and treated her like the queen that she was.

"I am sorry," he breathed to her at last. He saw a confused look cross her features, but he continued before she could inquire more. "I have to be the worst boyfriend ever these past few days. I'm sorry I didn't pull through and 'study' with you this morning, and I'm sorry I'm such a bad sport...I really am. You mean the world to me, Lily, and...I don't know what I've been thinking lately to deny myself the pleasure of your company. I love you."

The transformation in Lily's face was spectacular. Her almond eyes held in them a glimmer that Sirius hadn't seen before, the look of confusion was traded for one of awe and admiration and peaceful happiness. Her cheeks tinted with the lightest shade of pink Sirius had ever seen grace her face and her lips parted into a silent 'oh'.

His time to observe her was, of course, short. He had denied himself her too long, and they met in the middle, both sets of lips aching hungrily for the other. How Sirius managed to catch on that continuing this snogging session in the middle of the Common Room would be unwise, he was never certain, but the two struggled their way up the staircases to the boys' dormitories as they attempted to climb the steps without parting from one another.

Sirius flicked his wand as he and Lily stumbled into his dorm. It was a charm rectifying the room as occupied, and occupied was certainly what Sirius was as he pressed Lily against the wall. His hands roamed her sides, and he felt hers on his waist, as though she couldn't decide if she wished to explore the back half or the front. He smirked through their kissing and pulled just a breath from her lips. Her jade eyes flickered up to him, challengingly. He neither moved from where he had her pinned to the wall, nor took anymore advantage of it, he was curious as to what she was going to do next.

She pressed herself as high as her small feet would grace her to reach, and when she could stretch her short body no taller, she reached up and pulled him down to her. Her fingers slipped into his hair and he reveled in her as she began to slow her movements. The lust he felt quelled, though, only to the point that it was tender. Lily pulled from him once she was no longer pinned to the wall, and Sirius watched, almost amazed, as she walked decidedly towards his bed. She looked over her shoulder at him, and though her back was facing him, he knew what her delicate fingers in the front were doing. He felt himself respond accordingly as her shirt slipped off her shoulders, and her skirt fell after. She locked her gaze with his for just a moment, and he needed no more encouragement. He resisted the urge to grin wildly, knowing this was not merely a need for her to fill her lust for him, but to inform him that her feelings were, in fact, the same. Sirius shrugged his clothing off quickly, and he was at her side instantly.

His lips trailed from her mouth down her neck, and his grip on her tightened as she pulled him onto the bed. He moved from her touches only to draw the curtains to his four poster bed. Her tender touches grew more intense as they continued to revisit territory long forgotten, and Sirius was determined to memorize every curve of her body. The pulling feeling in his gut turned all the more with his desire as Lily took her turn, her lips venturing from his neck down his chest, gently across the odd assortment of scars that littered it, and down abdomen to the excited skin she knew would make him long for her all the more.

He could stand it no longer, and pulled Lily back up to him, and their lips met heatedly. What was left of her clothing soon found its way to the foot of Sirius' bed, as Lily's voice met his ears. He remembered everything like they'd been together only the previous day, and he loved how well his body met hers, how eager they were to please one another. Unlike any other lover, her fingers never stilled or ignored the more prominent scars on Sirius' back. She gently caressed each one until he came for her, upon which time neither one were particularly paying attention to their hands rather than the point of their desires.

He'd lost all track of time, but it was pleasant aftermath as he felt her nuzzle into his bare chest. His hands gently stroked her equally bare back, making their way down past the depressions of her hips and back up to her shoulder blades. His eyes drooped with tired contentment, and he could feel her breathing calming significantly. He pulled his covers up over the pair of them as she shivered due to her cooling sweat from their love making. She was easing into sleep. He finally pushed aside some of her auburn hair that tickled his chest. She felt so good on top of him, tiny as she was, she was certainly an explosive little package. He gently kissed the top of her head.

"Sirius?" she whispered, her lips brushing his chest softly.

"Mmmm?"

"I love you too."



He waited until he was certain that she was sleeping before he slid from under her and quickly gathered her clothing, the darkened sky outside told him that if he was lucky, James and Remus hadn't been by, meaning there was no need for the lock off of their room...and if that was the case, he could keep Lily hidden behind the curtains, but if her uniform scattered their messy floor, it might be a dead give-a-way to what they'd been doing.

He just hoped that he was lucky.

As he climbed back into bed with his favorite red-head his thoughts turned back to her words that made him feel like nothing in the world. It was better than sex, it was better than kisses...better than anything. She loved him.

His thoughts turned dark, however, as he thought of what Snape had done to her. Mental images that sickened him made a vivid appearance in his mind. Had Snape touched her in anyway more than that? Had he hurt her? What had he forced her to tell him? Remus said he wasn't in earshot of the pair, and that Snape had, for the most part, kept Lily at arms length. 'For the most part' bothered Sirius a great deal, particularly since Remus wouldn't go into detail. And there was still the unaccounted time in which Remus had spent straightening out Sirius and James. It was enough to make Sirius' blood boil. His grip on the sheets surrounding him and Lily tightened, if only for a moment, for the next moment the door opened and he could hear Remus and James whispering.

"Why the hell do I have to whisper? I don't give a damn if he wakes up," James growled quietly. He heard a thump and knew Remus had cuffed James in the back of the head, partially from experience, partially from the curses that were now making their way from James' mouth. "Fine! Stop being a prat and I'll keep my mouth shut."

"Good," Remus retorted. There was an odd silence, and Sirius knew it better than anyone. While Sirius and James were the closest of the four Marauders, Sirius was the closest to Remus. Remus was a listener, but he sometimes needed an ear as well. It was from Sirius' loyalty to Remus and the friendship developed from there that Remus knew of the unspoken question that would never leave their furry friend's mouth. The only information Sirius lacked was what that question would be.

"What's that face for Moony?" James inquired. He was instantly shushed by Remus. While Sirius could picture James' indignant look, James' voice quieted all the same. "What's wrong?"

"It's nothing."

"Come on Remus, I've been lied to enough recently, I don't need you adding to it."

There was a quiet shuffle, and a soft sigh.

"Really, James, it's nothing important."

Sirius caught onto the question then, and instantly felt horrible for it. Of course Remus wouldn't ask that. He was too humble. He would never ask it because he wasn't a selfish person. Not that Sirius found the question selfish, of course. And neither, apparently, did James as he caught onto it moments after Sirius did.

"Remus," he whispered in an almost patronizing tone. "You didn't actually think we'd abandon you over a silly fight, did you?"

"Come off it," Remus retorted, sounding annoyed in his whispers. "Besides, you don't seem to think it's so silly."

James' face came to Sirius' mind, and he knew full well what it was doing, frowning, and giving Remus a disbelieving look.

"Prongs, it's not just that, even if the two of you do come it could be more dangerous. Werewolves aren't just drawn to human blood...they're drawn towards violence, and if you and Sirius start fighting...well I might not turn a stag and a dog into werewolves, but it won't stop me from trying to hurt you. Fights are what I live for then...and..." Remus trailed off.

"And what?"

"Well there's not much your stag form can do against Padfoot...dogs are made to hunt and...well Prongs is made to be the hunted...Sirius will beat you as a dog as he did as a human. He's got teeth and claws and the only thing you've got are antlers and strong legs. That would help you win if it were just you and Sirius, but if you're fighting around a werewolf—"

Remus let the thought hang. Sirius, for a moment, sat in shocked disbelief that Remus would even think that he would, even for a second, allow himself and James to fight during such a time, but in the next moment he was thinking something entirely different...Lily was awake.

"That's illegal!" she hissed, and none too quietly. Sirius shuttered, as he heard both Remus and James shut up quickly. Sirius pulled his hand up to his face and let it drag down slowly, expressing his sudden thoughts of oh shit. Sighing, he pulled on his boxers and tossed Lily his shirt. She looked at him questioningly, but pulled the shirt on all the same. Sirius climbed out of his bed, and pulled the curtains that hid them to the side.

The disbelieving, even angry, faces of Remus and James met him and he gave them a half hearted smile as Lily peaked at them from the other side of the curtains. He saw James' eyes flicker between himself and Lily behind him. Remus just stared, gobsmacked, at Sirius. He sighed, knowing little good was going to come of this.

"Hey guys," he said, his voice giving way that he knew he was in trouble...again.

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