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Bragging Rights by EllaMennowPea

Format: Novel
Chapters: 29
Word Count: 51,395

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Strong Language, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Contains Spoilers

Genres: Drama, Romance, AU
Characters: Lily, James
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC, Sirius/OC, Other Pairing

First Published: 11/17/2008
Last Chapter: 04/03/2010
Last Updated: 11/14/2010

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It started from a breakup and will end with one. 
They must snag the four boys. 
And the girl who finishes first gets the bragging rights. 
Everything was accounted for. 
Except love.

Chapter 2: Chapter Two. Mute.

Camilla glanced at me and winked. Lily was staring at us with an innocent, and yet scandalized countenance. I almost wanted to shout at her to not care so much about this dare—it’s not like any of those guys would go for us, excluding her. She’ll win and then it will all be over. I wondered briefly if the thought ever occurred to her that it wouldn’t be hard at all for her. Camilla had already told Elsie and I that James was for Lily, not for anyone else.

I was assigned to Remus Lupin. He’s very cute, but I’ve never been up close enough to actually see if distance makes a difference. He usually appears to have three scratch marks upon his face, which worries me. I wonder if he accidentally tripped and landed on a schnid bush.

At this moment, he was raising his glass and smirking to his comrades, probably making some lame toast about some lame endeavor they’d just embarked upon. Lame…

Remus’s eyes glanced all around the room, as if he was embarrassed and didn’t want everyone to look at him. Too bad, buddy; you’re part of the elite. Leave it to one of the most popular boys to be totally handsome and sweet and smart. That’s just like them. His bright eyes flowed to Camilla, and then to Elsie, rather quickly. And then to me. I was looking right back at him, the weird and annoyed expression still resting upon my features. We stayed in the same place, frozen, as others around us continued to bustle and chatter amongst themselves. It was that moment that I thought that maybe this wouldn’t be so bad—or maybe it would be the most horrible event ever to take place in my life. 

Later, Camilla was making us all sign very formal contracts. I read mine over, unlike Lily and Elsie. The punishment for failure was disclosed only with the words, “or else”, which imply many nasty accounts. Lily signed quickly and rolled her eyes. I wondered if she was really thinking about this. I mean to sign off for a relationship with someone before having their consent is one thing, but actually seducing someone is an act worthy of sin. No, it is sin, isn’t it?

Elsie was talking to Mary Macdonald about something trivial, such as classes. I rolled my eyes and looked around the common room. Camilla seemed to notice Remus before I did, and as such she gave me a push in his direction. I whipped my head around, almost running into a third year.

“Are you insane? I look terrible!” I hissed. She laughed sardonically, as if my insecurities pleased her.

“Mute, you’re beautiful. Just go over and talk, you’re not sleeping with him tonight!” She told me. And then she seemed to rethink it, “But if you want to try, you know that’s your own thing…”

I took a deep breath, looking over at Remus. He was talking to Mimi Hans and laughing. She giggled and put a hand on his arm. A wave of jealousy swept over me as I fixed my eyes solely upon that horribly manicured hand. She probably bites her nails…

Remus looked at the hand too, but he didn’t want to be rude. It’s funny how I felt that I already knew him…

The scene seemed to be getting closer. Like my eyes had zoom in them. And then I realized that I was walking over to them. It’s weird how that happens sometimes. Your body moves before your brain can keep up.

I heard words finally as I moved closer, and tried to think of what to say when I finally reached them. It wasn’t as if I was some master flirter or that I was insanely gorgeous and could whip a guy away from some other girl with a snap of my fingers.

“I totally understand!” Mimi was giggling. I rolled my eyes and looked back, stopping right where I stood. I was about ten feet away from them, strategically placed to make an entrance. Camilla was using her hands as if she were shooing me, pushing me in the direction I’d just turned away from. Fine. I can do this!

I walked again, this time actually reaching my destination. Mimi looked up at me with a slightly odd expression—she understood exactly what I was intending. It was simple enough to see. But the thing I admired about her was that she smiled at me, nodded briefly enough so that he wouldn’t notice, and stepped away. I stared in shock as she said goodbye to Remus and then hi to me. What a sweetheart!

I smiled back radiantly and wondered if I’d been too quick to judge her. Remus looked up upon Mimi’s salutation and stared at me for a moment too long. His scratches that were on his face were more prominent up close, but he still looked handsome. Perhaps they were battle wounds from a fight, or the karma related punishment to one of his many pranks that the four of them pulled?

“Hi, I’m Mute,” I greeted. I expected him to scoff and suggest a pun or something that usually went along with my name. I get that a lot, actually.

“I’m Remus Lupin, pleasure to meet you?” He grinned. I immediately took a step closer, almost subconsciously. This boy had style, I’ll give him that.

“Well, I’ve wanted to come introduce myself for a while. You’re quite intriguing from afar,” Okay, Mute, slow down. This is insane.

Instead of reacting as I’d expected, Remus grinned and held out a hand, “well I’m glad that you did.”

I shook his hand, not feeling a spark, but definitely having an embarrassing vision of the future to come. I’d expected Remus to be shyer. This is interesting.
“So, would you like to play a game of wizard’s chess, Remus?” I asked, noticing that we were standing next to the only vacant board available. Remus looked over to a small cluster of people, I’m guessing they were surrounded around James, Sirius, and Peter, and then looked back at me.

“You know what?” I waited. He smiled, “I’d love to.”

Thanks for reading chapter two! I hope you review, and that you enjoyed it! Chapter image by me.