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Times Like These by iheartyou

Format: Novel
Chapters: 9
Word Count: 21,145
Status: WIP

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

Genres: Humor, Romance, AU
Characters: Lupin, Snape, Sirius, Lily, James, Arthur, Molly, Lucius, Pettigrew, OC
Pairings: Remus/OC, Arthur/Molly, James/Lily, Sirius/OC, Other Pairing

First Published: 10/03/2012
Last Chapter: 08/26/2013
Last Updated: 08/26/2013


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Nova Prescott has a knack for breaking rules. Like her brothers' rules.

1. Don't go anywhere ten feet of any blokes
2. Stay out of any and all trouble
3. Most importantly, stay away from those ruddy Marauders

Rules are meant to broken, right? Specially as they include those incredible arms Remus has acquired, James quits asking Lily out and Sirius blocks out all but one girl.

Chapter 1: Can She Be My New Best Friend?

Chapter 1

“MUM! Have you seen my Potions book?” Nova Prescott shouted from her bedroom door, just opposite her older brother’s room.

“Dad! Have you any idea where I might’ve misplaced my wand?” her brother, Elliot Prescott shouted even louder than Nova herself.

Both their mum and dad smiled to themselves, a gleam in their eyes. This happened every year. Both siblings would wake early, pack, shout for help finding things they misplaced, and they leave in a hurry.

It was almost like a ritual now.

Only this year, only one sibling would board the train and the other would see her off in good hands. Elliot, who had graduated the year past, planned on accompanying Nova for the start of her last year at Hogwarts.

She popped her head out of her doorframe. “El, I think I found your wand.”

He stuck his head out as well. “Where?!” he asked, bewildered.

“Erm…in my boot, actually. I-” he didn’t give her time to finish, but simply snatched the wand and dragged himself back to his room.

Nova laughed to herself as she double checked her trunk. When she was sure she wasn’t missing a thing, she dragged it down the stairs to where the rest of her family waited. “Took you long enough, scamp,” Elliot grinned, grabbing a hold of her trunk and her hand, leaving her owl for their parents to bring with them.

After years of their parents side along apparating them, Elliot and Nova became quite used to it at an early age.

“Where is that blasted woman,” he muttered to himself once they’d gone through the barrier. He perked up when he saw who he was looking for, leaving Nova all alone until her parents reached her.

“Now then, your yearly speech is in order,” Nova’s mother seriously said. This was another yearly ritual. Both the parents would give strict speeches for every year.

Elliot came back, unnoticed, when she began. “Now then, it’s your final year, and though you have N.E.W.T.S among other things to worry over, do try and enjoy it dear. You’ll regret it if you don’t get that one detention for doing something fun for once. You’ll regret not going to that House party or that secret party or going behind your teachers’ backs or playing pranks. Oh and, since your brother won’t be there, do try and find a nice young boy,” her mother leaned in and whispered, winking, at the last sentence.

“MUM!” both siblings complained. “That’s embarrassing!” Nova hissed, her cheeks red. “But yes, I will do everything you told Elliot not to do.”

Elliot scowled. “I can’t believe this! My own mother! Betraying me! Her only son!”

“Stop being overdramatic,” Nova ordered.

He rolled his eyes. “Anyways, Nova, this is Lily Evans, I’m sure you’ve encountered each other at some point or anoth-”

“Ohmygosh, you!” Nova gushed.

My Merlin, that’s you?!” Lily gasped.

Elliot fell silent. “Or perhaps, you’re good friends…” he finished off, confused.

“At that stupid ball two years ago, her date spilled the drink on her and it splashed on mine and he basically told her that she looked like a tramp and the drink only enhanced it, and I was pissed because I was sticky, so we stomped out together and in the bathroom we sort of talked about boys being idiots, but left once clean and never saw each other again,” Nova shrugged, explaining it. “I didn’t know you were the Lily Evans my brother always talked about!”

She laughed. “Aw!” she gushed, pinching his cheek. “That’s cute, Elliot. No wonder you’re my best friend.”

He rolled his eyes once more, swatting away her hand. “So that’s it, Lily. I want you to watch over Nova this year. As my best friend, I know at least you’ll heed by my words and make sure she doesn’t go anywhere near ten feet of any bloke at all, stays out of any trouble, and especially stays away from those Marauders.”

“Yes, yes, don’t worry,” Lily promised hastily, dragging me with my trunk and owl. “Bye now!”

“You didn’t mean it, did you?” Nova smirked, knowing that she probably didn’t. Lily grinned and pulled out her hand from behind her back, revealing her first and middle fingers entwined together. “Nope.”

Nova laughed at her sad attempt to try and shove up her trunk, as well as Lily's own trunks, onto the train. “Oh Merlin, we’ll be here all day,” she sighed, shoving harder, with Nova’s help that time.

‘Too bad we were just that weak,’ thought Nova.

“Ah, need some help there Evans and friend?”

We looked up to see four faces staring down at us in amusement. “Pffft, no!”  Nova sarcastically said. “We were just acting to enhance our abilities to perform on stage.”

James Potter gave a blank look.

“Of course we need help!” Nova shrieked.

Remus chuckled, grabbing Nova’s trunk with ease, while James and Sirius took both of Lily’s. Peter shuffled around unsure of what to do, until he took the owl’s cage and ran after Remus, James, and Sirius, while Lily and Nova followed him.

“Well, we did say that we weren’t going to stay true to his rules,” Lily winked.

Nova laughed until Lily looked murderous. “What on god’s green earth do you think you’re doing, Potter?”

He looked up. “Er…putting up your trunk, Evans?”

She blinked and stared at him.

Nova stepped up. “I think she might mean, why in this compartment with all of you?”

As James nodded his head understandingly, Remus was the one to answer. “Oh, didn’t you hear, Lily? James got Head Boy.”

Nova thought Lily almost passed out due to this information. James had to drag her away for the meeting, leaving Nova to fend for herself with the three remaining boys.

An unbelievably awkward silence had dawned upon them. Nova tried to block out the three of them, but they were all intent on staring at her with curiosity that she couldn’t help but feel self conscious. Marauders or not, they were unbelievably attractive. Eventually, Nova tore her eyes from the window and said, “My name’s Nova Prescott. And yes, I’m a Gryffindor, and yes, I’m in your year, now please stop staring at me like I’m a freak.”

At least, thought Nova, they had the decency to look embarrassed. She was surprised when a hand was thrown in front of her face. “Remus Lupin. Formal introductory,” he smiled. Nova laughed, taking it and shaking it.

Nova wondered what her brother saw that was bad in them. She’d rather liked these guys.


Nova looked up. “Erm…yes. Are you a fan of shouting or something?”

Sirius rolled his eyes. “No, I mean, Prescott. I heard that name somewhere. Your brother’s Elliot Prescott, isn’t he?”

She nodded. “Yeah, why?”

He frowned. “Did he tell you to stay away from us?”

She grew suspicious. “How did you know?”

“He was an ex-marauder,” Peter said, finally speaking up. “He betrayed our secrets one night, granted drunk, but still did it.”

Nova hummed lightly to herself. “I can see him doing something stupid like that.” She tapped her fingers along her knees before finally pulling a book out of her bag, and opening it halfway in.

Remus, who had been sitting next to her, leaned over and read along over her shoulder. “What book is that?”

She looked up, not even noticing that he had been reading over her shoulder. “It’s a muggle book. I rather love muggle books.”

He took the book from her hands, folding down the page she was at, and flipped it over to read the cover. “‘One True Theory of Love,’” he read aloud. Chuckling, he handed it back. “Sounds more like a guidebook on theories of love.”

Nova shrugged her shoulders. “It’s a rather nice book though.”

As she continued reading, Remus put his chin on her shoulder, reading along anyways, while Nova struggled to keep the faint smile off her face.

Peter had eventually fallen asleep across of them and Sirius disregarded them, leaving the compartment, to where, Nova had not a single clue.

“Do you like reading romance novels?”

She looked to the side, at him. “Well…now that I think about it, it is the genre I have the most amount of books of,” she admitted to him.

“There’s nothing wrong with that,” Remus quickly said. “I was just wondering. I’m a fan of mystery, myself. But I happen to read quite a bit of romance too,” he admitted. “But, shh,” he whispered. “Don’t peep a word to James or Sirius! They’d torment me over it!”

She giggled. “You have my word, oh romance novel lover.”

He frowned at her, making her laugh harder. “Just flip the page,” he muttered.

She obeyed and did so, as they continued reading in silence, other than Peter’s snores.

“Merlin, that was-what in the hell is this?”

The two of them looked up at the sound of James’ voice, and next to him, where Lily raised her eyebrows. Nova gave a sheepish look. “Erm…well…he fell asleep not too long after you two left, and Sirius went Merlin knows where ten minutes after that, and he and I were reading my book,” she told them, pointing to Remus.

“A likely story,” James said, chuckling, and coming in, soon followed by Lily. Sirius was still missing. Neither James nor Remus seemed all too concerned of it, though, so Nova didn’t dwell on it.

“Oi, James, you remember Elliot, right? This is his sister!” Remus suddenly blurted out.

James’ jaw dropped as he stared Nova up and down. “He has a bloody sister? How in the name of Merlin did we never notice that?”

Lily slapped the back of his head. “You four never notice anything unless it benefits you!”

“Well we noticed her today, didn’t we?” Peter groggily said, stirring awake, and having heard bits of the current conversation.

“Yes, and said girl is sitting right here,” Nova waved her hand.

“Sorry,” the four of them chorused. “No, but really, how didn’t we notice you?” James asked her.

She shrugged. “Well…” she paused, thinking. “Do you remember your third year? Do you remember your potions partner? The one that you accidentally spilled that one potion over and it burned the one side of her face?”

That was you?!” he bellowed. Nova chuckled.

“No, silly. The girl who sat just in front of her. That was me.” Nova turned to face Peter. “I was your partner that year. And Remus, I sat next to you in Transfiguration in forth year. And I was Sirius’ partner in Charms years two to five. I’m pretty sure the four of you ended up knocking either me or my books down repeatedly. I was also quite the library book nerd.”

The three boys thought long and hard, trying to remember Nova. “Wait,” Remus said. “You…you didn’t happen to have glasses and outrageously curly hair did you? And big, baggy clothes?”

I nodded. “There you go, buddy! That was me. That’s why none of you ever noticed me. I was a book nerd, ugly and fat.”

By this point, Sirius strolled back in the compartment, hearing part of the end of the conversation. “You stayed that way up until today, though,” he commented. “Spare the ugly and fat part.” Nova rolled her eyes. She knew it was true, and he didn’t have to deny it. “But come on. By forth year, at least, you should have had raging hormones! ‘Specially for guys like the four of us! You didn’t even try to get us to notice you?”

At this, Nova chuckled. “Please, Black. At that point, he,” she jabbed a finger at James, “couldn’t have noticed a veela in front of him, much less me, because of his blinded pining after her,” she moved her finger to Lily, who turned beet red. “That one,” she pointed at Peter, “had absolutely no interest in girls, so much so, that even the three of you almost thought he was gay. You, Black, had been with half the school and the other half knew better than to become your next target. And this one,” she bumped her shoulder with Remus’, “I believe would spend all of his spare time in the library, leaving him to no time for a girlfriend at all.”

The four of them stared at her.

“Can she be my new best friend?” Remus asked.