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Caught In The Fire by DeathCabForCutie

Format: Novel
Chapters: 24
Word Count: 82,143

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Strong Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature

Genres: Humor, Action/Adventure, Angst
Characters: Dumbledore, Lupin, Sirius, Lily, James, Narcissa, OC, OtherCanon
Pairings: Sirius/OC, James/Lily, Other Pairing

First Published: 03/25/2009
Last Chapter: 09/18/2010
Last Updated: 09/18/2010

Everyone in the world who has ever dared to love has had that person.


This is the one person who meant more than all the others and made more of an impact than any of the rest. Juliette Paxton, Auror, disowned Pureblood and former Slythern was thought to never have such a person. That was until Sirius Black strutted back into her life.

Chapter 1: Somebody Told Me

We ran, our hands intertwined, as fast as we could in the darkness. My heart raced like never before as we went to an empty corridor. He swung me around and pinned me against the wall. A giggle left my lips with pleasure as his lips pressed down on my own. With every fiber of my being I knew I loved him. When he pulled away from our embrace the look in his eyes made me feel invincible. Like we could survive anything as long as we had one another. “Jules,” was all he said before cupping my cheek and kissing me once more. I closed my eyes and kissed him back with just as much vigor as he had pounced on mine. The tension was the same as it always was but something was off. I began to get this irriatated feeling in my gut. It was almost as if I could feel someone watching us. Calling it paranoia I stupidly ignored it and went on kissing him blissfully. Never realizing that this simple mental decision would become one of the biggest mistakes of my life.


Renee once told me this theory she had about men and women. According to her, men can love many times in their lives. Suffer multiple heart breaks and still bounce back, one hundred percent new. “Women,” she said with a knowing expression, “However only truly love one person. They can love other men before and after the one but it’s always the man that broke them that manages to matter more than all the others put together.” I wanted to disagree with her the first time she said it but I didn’t because was true. The one guy I ever really and truly loved broke my heart into a thousand tiny pieces and then had the audacity to stomp on the remains. I can’t explain it. I never could. Even as cynical as I am I can never really deny what happened with me and Sirius. All I can do is hope that eventually I’ll be able to forget about it. Right now though I’ve got bigger problems than my past. I’ve got to go kill a bitch.



Leaning on the side of a broken down building Lorenzo winked at me arrogantly as I approached. His tan blemishless face gleamed even in the cloudy weather of spring London. Rolling my eyes I smacked the side of his arm. I swear…Lorenzo has known me for years and been my partner for a year now and still he hasn’t gotten that I’m the one girl that won’t fall for his charm. Sure he’s hot -i'll give him that- but I have a brain. It’s as simple as that. Lazily I strutted up to him haughtily as he waited patiently. His perfect lips curved into a wicked grin as I stood in front of him.


“Hello Paxton.”

“Lorenzo.” I nodded briskly.

He gave my casual outfit a look of disapproval before moving on. “We’ve received information that Bellatrix is going to be at an empty warehouse in downtown London in ten minutes.”

“What’s the transaction?”

“I dunno. All I know is that she’s going to be there and that the package is very …delicate apparently and it’s going to be on the third floor.”

I raised my eyebrows at him, “That’s all?”

Lorenzo shrugged boyishly. “My contact was pretty quiet today but I have a weird feeling about this….”

“Do you ever have a good feeling about an opp?”

“On the occasion I do.”

“Well in six months since we received field clearance you haven’t.” I pointed out pulling on my shades.

He snorted loudly, “Don’t miss anything do you?”

I smirked, “Not a thing.”



We walked a ways before apparating to the location. My eyes became alert the second we landed on the street. Several innocent Muggles wandered around the dismal rainy streets of London clueless. Lorenzo glanced at the building in question searching for entrance points while I scouted for the backup. A very obvious sign of high level suspects meeting nearby are any mysterious people generally. For example a man reading the same page of a newspaper for five minutes longer than he should, not associating with anyone else on the street and shifting his eyes towards the road in ten second intervals would be a look out. In most cases they aren’t that hard to get around. A simple distraction gets rid of them easily but Death Eater look outs are trained for this. They know what to look for and how to act. It is easy to read how high level the situation is inside by which Death Eater have undercover outside. Newbie’s give themselves away in seconds and are used for very simple reason: experience. It’s a good way to show young Death Eater’s how to avoid and detect us by giving them a simple assignment and having them fail it horribly. Standing by the corner I leaned against the bench and pretended to be waiting for the next bus. Through my exposure I was having a hard time differentiating between my target and the countless Muggles. Whoever they were, they were good. I started second guessing myself until one of them slipped. The guy just shifted his weight nothing major. It was split second action but it was enough time for him to unintentionally flash the tip of his wand from his coat pocket.



“Lorenzo. I got one.”

He nodded, “I got the other one.”

I frowned, “Who’s the other one?”

“You see the old guy hacking his lungs out?”

Yeah.” I grimaced disgustedly.

“The grandson looking boy next to him.”

“You just said he looks like his grandson.”

Lorenzo sighed. “Yeah but he isn’t.”

“How can you tell?”

“Paxton why do you have to question me on everything?” He groaned running a hand threw his perfect hair.

I sighed dryly, “Oh I don't know. Maybe because it annoys you so.”

He turned up his collar and ignored my response. “I’m taking the kid and going inside. Distract the other one for me?”

“Fine but if you put an innocent Muggle unconscious because you had a ‘hunch’. I’m never going to let you hear the end of it.”

“I’ll keep that in mind mum.” Lorenzo muttered before crossing the street and taking out his ‘suspect.’

Under my breath I scoffed, “Men,” before crossing the street myself.


As I approached my target I thought long and hard about what angle I would go from. It depended on the guy. See the whole point is to distract him so Lorenzo could get in without having a lovely greeting party. The best distraction tatitic is anger. When angered even the most level headed wizard will loose focus of their objective and give in to their instincts. Which is exactly what i want them to do. I ruffled my hair badly and smeared my miniscle eye make-up. I went over his profile stereotype and moved forawrd. As I stepped up to him i added a sudden limp and dragged my left elbow. I started figiting as I leaned on the wall right next to him and constantly shifting my weight. He gave me the dirtiest look and I knew I chose the right approach. Adjusting my throat I tried to make my voice sound raspy.



“I’m sorry I’m late.”

He crossed his arms and ignored me.

I tried again. “Do you got it?”

“Look girl I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Fine. Be difficult!”

He narrowed his eyes at me. “Beat it girl.”

“Look I know I’m no cop.” I internally chuckled at my own personal joke. “Just give me the stash. Joey on the corner said you have the best stuff. So just give it to me.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He turned to me coldly. “I’m not who you think I am and if you keep bothering me-“

I interrupted him quickly as I saw Lorenzo give me a thumbs up by the curb before moving towards the building. I needed to keep his attention for a good twenty seconds so Lorenzo could get in without any intersection. Boldly I took the aggressive addict stance. I made my hand shake and my breathing become irregular as I spoke. “Look buddy.” I poked him hard in the chest. “I want what I was promised. Don’t bullshit me!”

He grabbed my arm alertly as I raised my voice. His grip was like a chain. “Go or I will make you.” He whispered in a low growl.

“Who do you think you’re talking to?” I shot back insistently, “I paid good money for this information. Now quit bullshiting me!”

If you don’t lower your voice…” He threatened somewhat menacingly.

Lorenzo slipped into the second floor window safely. For precautions sake I decided to provoke him and give Lorenzo a few more seconds. “What? What will you do? Call the cops? I’d like to see them arrest a narcotics dealer!”

“Lady I swear-“

“What? What-?” My words stopped as he grabbed me and threw me into the alley way next to the building. He pinned me to the wall and pointed his wand to my throat. I wasn’t afraid. “What is that? A new kind of joint? How do you smoke that? Burn it slowly?” I forced my voice to sound amazed and taken aback.

He was infuriated. “If you don’t shut up....”

“You’ll what?”

“That’s it! Avada-“

I was too quick for him. I kneed him in the groin, threw him to the ground tied his hands behind his back, broke his wand and pulled out my wand. Tipping my shades I took out a tooth pick from my pocket and started chewing on it as I stared down at him condescendingly.

“Now stay here alright? Don’t talk to any strangers while I’m gone.”

Bitch.” He spat between his grinded teeth.

“You can call me names all you want but my ego won't swell nearly as bad as yours," I let a deep and overexaggerated sigh as I pushed my shades back in place. "I wasn't the one that got my ass handed to me by someone half my size."

"You'll never get through!" He threatened furiously, "They'll get you."

"Watch me."

I went in through the front door without a hint of worry. Nobody ever thinks to do that because they assume that it would be the most frequently used access point and therefore would be the most heavily guarded point. It’s usually true with most groups of people but not with Death Eaters. I’ve dealt with all types of criminals in my time but Death Eaters for some reason let their arrogance blind them more than all the rest. They don’t have anybody covering the entrance because they assume that nobody would be bold enough or stupid enough to straight up go through the front door. Only pureblooded morons would make such a stupid assumption. Unfortunately for them they never factored me in to this scenario.

Lorenzo would go up to the third floor from the second floor easily to get what Intel we could while I handled whatever Death Eaters were hanging around. Luckily for me the second floor was clear. I heard some commotion from the third floor on the stairs heading there. Up there they had Lorenzo tied up. I could tell by the way he was held back that there had been three guys here. I left him there momentarily and followed the sound of the voices. In the next room, two people were very loudly arguing. Vaguely I could make out what they were saying.




The second voice was apologetic. “I’m sorry! I didn’t know-“


Look! We still have the girl and now we have an Auror to boot. We’ll just spin it so it looks like we made out with it good-“



I quietly left them and untied Lorenzo. “How the hell did those two get you?”

Those little buggers snuck up on me!” He exclaimed infuriated.

“Well they’re in the next room…Wait... where’s your wand…Oh please don’t tell me that they have it.”

Lorenzo groaned. “The one disarmed me as soon as I came in through the window! I was kicking his ass until Nott came in!”

“Nott is the other guy? Shit…”




I gave him a dirty look. “Come on.”

“What are you going to do?”

“I don’t know.”

That’s reassuring.” He scoffed sarcastically.

“Don’t start with me Lorenzo.”


Honestly I didn’t have a plan. All I knew was that we had to get his wand back. As we exited the room I caught sight of Bellatrix at the end of the hallway. Adrenaline pushed the core of my brain down threw my veins at the sight of her. Bitch. I wanted to go at her right then and there but I couldn’t. She would kill Lorenzo and me if I went at her right then. So like a coward I ducked behind the door until she was gone. I hated myself for it. Lorenzo’s breaths on my neck compelled to me to keep moving forward. Bluntly I leaned in through the crack in the door way and pointed my wand at Lorenzo’s wand as Nott yelled at a man I did not recognize. They were too absorbed in their conversation to even notice me there. I silently thought, “Accio Lorenzo’s Wand,” and it flew towards us. Okay so the good side was he got his wand back. Bad side was on its way over to us his wand decided to bump into the door obnoxiously loud bringing the two men’s attention to us. Fuck.



I ran my ass off. The bitch of it is I can duel. I just really try and avoid it. It takes so much energy to full on duel someone like Nott especially when Bellatrix could just sneak up and kill us all. Lorenzo was right on my tail as we rushed down the hallway. “Where is this 'package'?”

“It should be….” He trailed off as we entered a new room.

Here?” I finished freezing for a second.



Lily Evans was unconscious on the floor. Her hands were tied behind her back and she had deep stomach wound –which I discovered with a little investigating. We heard them coming. They would be here within seconds. I looked at him quickly. 

“She's the package??” I cried in exasperation.

"I guess so...”

Nott ran through the door with his wand pointed at our hearts. He was faster than his friend as I heard his overly loud footsteps. He was still hurring to get here which meant we didn't have a lot of time. Lorenzo and I apparatedwith Evans just a split second before a bright green curse came in our direction. It was too close.

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