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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 10: Chapter Ten. Mute.

I pushed open the door, making it thud against the wall with a resounding slam. I walked through the claustrophobically small corridor, and breathed deeply. I couldn’t let my anger get the best of me, and I knew that, but honestly I was very, very pissed off. I was pretty sure from the way my hair was billowing from the sides of my face that I looked like some kind of psychopath on a rampage. Which, in all honesty, wasn’t far from the truth.

“Mute, slow down,” Camilla mumbled, irritated as I pushed the dormitory door open roughly. As per usual, she was lying on her side, flipping through Witch Weekly, popping Droobles.

“Where is she?” I said evenly. She looked up briefly, her bright eyes looking particularly smashing with the way she heavily lined them with thick black eyeliner. But as quickly as the look came, it went, and her attention was once more focused on the magazine.

“Who?” She asked innocently, but her voice low enough for me to know better.

“You know who, tell me.”

“Vol—oh. That ‘you know who’, gotcha,” She popped her gum and the sound echoed around the room momentarily. If I hadn’t been so astounded that she’d almost actually said his name aloud, I’d have hit her.

“Don’t get smart with me, Millie, tell me,” I spat. The magazine dropped closed, and within an instant she was in front of me, a finger pointed in my direction threateningly.

“Don’t ever call me that, Chickadee, you hear me?”

“Right, anyway,” I said. “Where is Lily?”

“Library with Potter last I heard,” her voice sounded strange, like she was…happy?

I rolled my eyes, muttered a quick ‘thanks’, and left in the same huff that I’d entered in. I raced down the corridors, muttering to myself and laughing at the looks I was receiving. I pushed open the door to the library, spotting a head full of bright red hair instantly.

“Lily,” I said.

She had the nerve to look surprised, like she didn’t expect this. “Mute? Er, hi? What’s going on?”

“I need to talk to you,” my eyes shifted to James for a moment, a lazy expression on his face, drunkenly pleased. I raised an eyebrow in his direction, to which he showed no emotion besides straightening up his posture.

Lily excused herself from the table, and James then slouched once more. Together, Lily and I walked to the corner, out of earshot. I grabbed her arm along the way, tightening my grip just a tad bit in order to demonstrate how angry I was at her. She looked to me out of the corner of her eye, a sad expression on her face.

We reached the far end of the library, and I turned around to glance at the table where she’d occupied. James was still sitting there, eyes shut, head to the table. I turned back to the redhead in question, pursing my lips shut and staring at her with a bemused expression.

She sighed, “Mute…”

“Why would you do this to me?” I snapped.

“I was in a hotspot. I had no idea what to say, and Remus’s name just popped into my head. Mute, I didn’t know that this would happen!” The intensity in her voice, along with the regret was almost overwhelming, but I managed to continue to glare at her.

“What am I supposed to do, Lil?” I sighed. “He is so awkward around me now. I’ve talked with him enough to know that he has this fear of people leaving him, and he thinks that now that I know you like him, I’m going to…”

“I’ll tell James. I’ll quit everything. I promise, I just think that…well this has been helping me with the dare. How about, you tell Remus that it’s not him that I like, I just didn’t want to give James the name?” Her mind was working, that was sure.

“He’ll tell James.”

“Make him promise he won’t!” She snapped quickly. Her head flipped to the side suddenly, and I noticed she was getting anxious being away from James. This was abnormal to me.

People were glancing our way every now and then when one of us would snap. I sighed, checking the large clock on the wall and noting the time.

“Fine, but what if he asks who the real person is?” I said, giving up. Remus was probably waiting for me, checking the time, and fidgeting.

“Er…I dunno. Make it up, and get back to me as soon as you can so our stories match.” She said, dismissing the conversation quickly, and walking briskly back to the table, plopping down on her chair and waking James by nudging his arm a bit. He looked up drowsily, his eyes resting on her hand touching his arm. Lily moved it away quickly, turning her head sharply and saying something that I was too far away to hear. I think I wasn’t the only one to notice the blush on her already rosy cheeks, because James smiled softly to himself before she turned back to him.

I caught her eye and nodded brusquely, turning and walking away. I dashed up to my dorm, grabbing a small translucent vial from my bedside table, which contained the Wolfsbane Potion needed to give Remus a night of ease, halting the painful transformation. I’d tricked potions master Lily into believing that I was going extra credit, needing her help in brewing said potion. I’d watched every move like a hawk, and it also helped that she explained everything thoroughly, sometimes a bit too extensively, and now I knew how to brew the potion myself for Remus.

I trotted to the hill, watching as Remus fidgeted and checked the clock, not noticing me approaching. His head turned and I saw the blank sky reflected oddly in his eyes. The moon hadn’t risen, but I knew it would any moment. I gave him a kiss on the cheek when I met him, and handed him the potion with a shaky hand. He smiled at me sadly, kissing me softly, then motioning that I should leave. I nodded, smiled softly back at him while I walked away backwards. When I fully turned around, I could see the moon creeping slowly over the hill.

Shutting the door behind me, I bumped into Peter Pettigrew. He stumbled and then smiled at me, a gesture which I returned.

“Sorry ‘bout that, Mute,” He said. Then he opened the door and walked outside.

“Peter, I’m not so sure that’s a good idea!” I shouted after him, looking to make sure no one was in the entrance hall.

“Relax, Mute. I’ll be back in a few…minutes,” He called. I sighed, shaking my head. Was it safe for him to be out there? Well, the potion would assist Remus in keeping his human brain while transformed, so either way, I suppose he wouldn’t be hurt.

I walked slowly up the staircase, bumping into a rushing James and a smirking Sirius, whose posture, I noticed, mellowed when I was away from him. I sighed and shook my head, he and Camilla were made for each other…

I walked to the common room and noticed how empty it was. People were probably at supper—that’s most likely why James was in a hurry. The windows gave no light from the moon, the room being lit only by the roaring fire. I sighed, sitting softly on the plush couch. Looking around, I laid my head on the side cushion, ready to begin a long night of waiting for him. 

Sorry for the short chapter. I just wanted to make sure everyone could see the repercussions of what Lily said, and also the relationship of Remus and Mute about five days after the last Mute chapter. Don't worry, more action and intrigue in next chapter! Please review!!
-Love Always-