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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

Summary:


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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 7: Mate, We're Goners

Chapter 7

 

“Hey, Remus?”

He shot his head up. “Yes, Nova?”

Nova stared at him for a few moments before finally asking the one question that had been on her mind for quite some time. “Are you still with that Ravenclaw girl?”

Remus fidgeted his hands together as he tried to stall time for a moment to gather his answer. “Er…well…not exactly. I mean, she didn’t exactly appreciate my blowing off our Hogsmead date so that I could go and spy on…” Remus’ eyes widened as he realized what he was about to say.

Nova gave him a suspicious look. “On…?”

“On…er…on…on Sirius! Yes! I was, er, following Sirius to make sure that he didn’t screw up his date, which was screwed in the first few minutes,” Remus lied.

Nova’s mouth was left open as she stood up and hovered over Remus. “Remus, you liar! You spied on me!” She began smacking him with the closest thing in sight-Remus’ potions book. “You,” smack, “bloody,” smack, “liar,” smack, “I,” smack, “can’t,” smack, “believe you!”

“I didn’t! I didn’t spy on you!”

“Don’t lie to me, Remus John Lupin, you twitch your nose when you lie!” Nova accused.

Remus turned four shades of red. “I’m sorry,” he finally said. “I didn’t mean to, I mean…I just wanted to know what was going on…I mean, we only wanted to find out what James was up to, like-”

“Hold on, we?”

“Er…right…uh, we-me, Peter, Sirius and Lily.”

Nova’s eyes narrowed down even more on Remus’ face. “That’s it, I’m done here,” she sighed, taking the stairs by two.

Remus felt deflated as he slumped down in his seat. Nova smiled just a bit as she reached the top, unable to stay mad at such a beautiful boy any longer. “Hey, Remus!”

In less than two seconds, Remus was at the foot of the stairs. Nova grinned. “Did you know that the word callipygous was made to define a perfectly shaped arse?”

Remus couldn’t help it. He burst out laughing. As Nova walked out of sight, he shouted quickly, “Hey, Nova!”

In less than two seconds, Nova was at the top of the stairs. Remus grinned. “Do you have a callipygous?”

Nova laughed. “I don’t know, you tell me,” she winked, and walked off, purposefully shaking her hips just a slight bit.

Remus grinned as he watched her stalk off, and licked his upper lip. “I’d say you do,” he said in a lower voice, to himself.

***

“Hey, uh, James,” Peter mumbled to James in detention. “We have a problem that you should probably know about.”

James lifted his eyebrows. “Oh? What sort of problem, Wormtail?”

In a low voice, Peter hesitantly said, “Sirius has got the biggest heartache for Nova, and he told this to Remus, and Remus didn’t say to Sirius, but Remus is beginning to fall wand over robes for Nova as well.”

James looked amazed. “How in the hell did you find all this out, Peter?!”

Peter grinned. “I’m not a Marauder for nothing, Prongs. I know how to pretend sleep too, you know.”

James shrugged. “I suppose. But wait, which one does Nova prefer? Actually, does she even like either of them?!”

Peter grinned. “That’s the best part. Nova’s completely fawning over Remus, and unknowingly making Sirius think that she’s into him, which only makes Sirius’ pining over her even greater.”

“Where did you-”

“Lily,” he answered before James could finish the question. The rest of the night was spent gossiping like old women as they cleaned the trophy room without wands.

By the end of the night, James asked his last round of questions.

“So…which one has it real bad for Nova?”

Peter chuckled. “From the looks of things, I’d say Sirius. You know how much of a womanizer he is. Every year past, he’s done nothing but banged and ditched. We’re already a month in, Prongs; by this time last year, he managed to bang and ditch twelve girls.”

James’ eyes widened as he came to an abrupt realization. “He hasn’t even looked at a girl yet!”

Peter nodded. “Now you understand. This isn’t something minor that we can overlook.” Peter leaned in closer to James and whispered, “I don’t think Sirius knows what he’s doing anymore.”

***

“Do you know what my theory is?” Nova began as she folded her legs up Indian style on the couch in the Common Room whilst she, Remus, Sirius, Lily, and Nita awaited the arrival of James and Peter from detention. “My theory is that Dumbledore stuck them together as Heads this year because he knew that they were meant to be. He knew this was going to be the year. That man knows a lot of things that people don’t know, even if it’s about them.”

Sirius beamed at her. “That’s actually a pretty plausible theory!”

Nova grinned. “See? I’m not completely hopeless.”

Remus sighed and leaned back, running a hand through his hair. His best mate was going to be mauled the next day, and he’s worrying over his other best mate falling for the most perfect girl on earth.

He really needed to set his priorities straight.

Nova eyed him. “Worrying over James for tomorrow?” she guessed. Remus gave her an iffy smile.

“Yeah,” he lied. “He’s going to take chances. What we’ve said won’t change a thing to him and he won’t care that he’ll near die from some stupid seventh year.”

Lily put a hand on his shoulder. “Come now, Remus. James will certainly go off easier tomorrow. I guarantee he will not take too many chances.”

Nita wiggled her eyebrows at Lily. “Oh? By what? Means of persuasion, methinks. What type of persuasion, sweet, ickle, innocent Lily?”

She flushed red, and Sirius and Remus burst out laughing. Nova threw her head back and laughed wholeheartedly at Lily’s reaction. Lily smacked her with her bag. “Stop laughing like that, Nova!”

Nova stopped at once. “Why do you pick me out of all of these people? They laughed too,” she joked.

Lily rolled her eyes. “Because you manage to actually look pretty when you laugh.”

“Excuse! I take offense to that!” Nita intervened. “I’d like to point out that I am god damn beautiful.”

Lily grabbed her head and gave her a noogie. “Yes, you beautiful child, you are perfection.”

Nita grinned up at her from her lap. “Why, thank you.”

“Lily!”

Lily let go of Nita at once and ran over to James. “Hi,” she breathlessly said. “How was detention?”

Nova snickered. “Ah, love at its early stages.” Sirius gave her a questioning glance. “Well, after the decision to actually date, there’s a period of awkwardness around each other. That time could be three weeks or three months, but it does eventually go away.”

Grinning, Sirius gave Nova a noogie the same way Lily had Nita. Nova yelped. “Gah! Sirius, no! Come on,  mate, let me off! Remus, help me!” Nova overdramatized.

Remus glanced up for a mere second, and looked off at James and Lily again, with the corners of his lips perked up slightly.

Peter beckoned for Sirius, so he told Nova, Nita and Remus that he would be back in a few minutes. “Wait,” Nova said, going after him. He brought her to the side of the stairs and waited for her question. “You said on the train coming here, that Elliot betrayed your secrets.”

He gave her a warm smile. “Actually, Peter said that.”

She huffed. “Whatever! What was it that he betrayed?”

Sirius glanced up, where Peter shook his head rapidly, at James, who watched him carefully, and at Remus, who was staring at the two of them with an intense gaze. “You’d have to ask Remus. It’s not mine to tell.” With that, he went up to the boys’ dormitory. James watched them go up and excused himself from Lily as he followed them up to talk to Sirius.

Nita took this chance to pull Lily aside to ask a million questions about her and James’ relationship.

Nova rushed to Remus, and stuck her face an inch from his, saying nothing, only staring deeply into his eyes.

Remus slowly looked back at her. “Yes?”

“On the train coming here, Peter said that Elliot betrayed a secret of you Marauders, and I asked Sirius about it, but he told me to ask you instead as it isn’t his secret to tell. May I know what the secret is?”

Remus hesitated, opening his mouth to answer, but saying nothing. He pressed his eyes shut together tightly. “Alright. But you mustn’t freak out.”

Nova nodded. “Of course not, Remus.”

“Okay,” he said, taking a deep breath in. “I…You see, I’m…I’m a we-”

“Nova! Come here! We have exciting news!” Lily shouted to her, with Nita next to her, bouncing up and down in excitement.

Remus gave her an iffy smile. “S’okay. Go. I’ve got to talk to the guys anyhow.”

Nova gave him an apologetic look. “I’m so sorry, Remus. Tell me later, okay?”

He nodded. “Of course,” he said, running up the stairs. He slammed the door open. “I almost just made a grave mistake. Thank your girlfriend for me,” he said to James.

James lifted a brow. “What happened?”

“I almost told her I’m a…you know…” he said in a low voice.

James sighed, running a hand through his hair. “Find out what she thinks of…you know. If she’s good about it, great, if not, then don’t tell her.”

“That’s the thing, Prongs,” Remus ushered. “She doesn’t mind them! She wants to be friends with one! She wants to help one feel accepted.”

Peter opened his mouth to ask just how he managed get that answer out of her, but Remus continued, “And the only reason I know this is because I’m a horrible person and I took advantage over her when she said that she can’t lie! Oh,” Remus moaned. “I’m a terrible person!”

“She won’t hate you,” Sirius said. “She’s too nice to hate anyone.”

At that moment, they heard Nova screaming her head off at Lance Abbott.

They opened the door to listen. “AND HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SAID-”

“Okay! I’m sorry, I-”

“ABSOLUTELY NOT. SHUT IT. SHUT IT RIGHT NOW, YOU, DON’T YOU DARE INTERRUPT ME! GET OUT! GO! I HATE YOU! LEAVE AND NEVER SHOW YOUR FACE TO ME AGAIN!”

Lance didn’t need to be told twice. He scrambled out of there as quickly as possible. Lily began laughing like crazy. Nita sighed. “Nova, just because he touched your arse does not mean you can give him nightmares for the rest of his life.”

Sirius’ face turned visibly red at this information and Remus shot an ‘I told you so’ look at Sirius, James, and Peter.

“Okay,” James slowly said. “So maybe she is capable of hating people…but look at the bright side!”

“What bright side?” Remus bitterly questioned.

“At least you can’t get chewed as bad as Lance.”

Remus snorted.

Sirius took a deep breath. “Can we please murder Lance?”

Oh, right. Remus forgot that Sirius had a dying crush on Nova.  “Get over it, mate,” James sighed. “Why don’t you try finding a different girl? That’ll help you forget about this petty crush on Nova.”

“One problem, mate,” Sirius said.

“What?” Peter asked.

“It’s not a petty crush anymore,” Sirius said. Oh no…Remus thought. Don’t say… “I think it’s lurve.”

“WHAT?!” the three other Marauders bellowed. Sirius backed away a bit. “Er…yeah,” he lightly said.

“But, I mean, you know her for how long? A month?” James questioned.

Remus nodded. “You can’t…it’s not…you’ve never actually been in lurve!” Lurve was a term the four Marauders created to call that thing that’s in between really, really, really liking someone and loving someone. It’s not as small as liking a person, but not as strong as loving a person (yet).

James always said he loved Lily, but Remus, Peter, and Sirius knew that it was in actuality only lurve. Now that he was actually a step closer, they believed he might be entering the stages of love.

“Nah, mate. I’m serious. I really think it’s lurve,” Sirius pressed on. “I’ve got this weird feeling in me. Merlin, I sound like a pansy!” Sirius gasped, horrified.

“Why don’t you,” Remus began, “tell us exactly what you think of her. Don’t hold back a thing.”

“Well, mate, that’ll take a while,” Sirius uttered.

“So we’ll take all the time we need for this,” James said, sitting down. “Come on now. Out with it.”

Sirius smiled as he thought of all the reasons why he liked Nova so much. “Okay. Well she’s god damn beautiful, in case that wasn’t obvious. She’s bloody smart and she’s got such a heavenly voice and she likes kids and she’s good with kids. She’s bloody adorable when she’s confused. I love it when she calls me Snuffles. I love her random comments, I love how delicate her fingers are. I love how she laughs. I love how she gives me that disapproving look whenever we skive off classes. She’s gorgeous when she’s mad. It’s so upsetting when she’s mad at me, too. She-”

“Okay, mate, I think we get the gist of it,” James said, cutting him off. “That’s a lot of things you like about her.”

“Yeah, but it doesn’t look like you’re the only once under her charm,” Peter muttered. “There’s Lance, obviously. I heard about some ickle firsties who have those premature crushes on ‘older women’ and all that. I’m not sure if any of you have noticed it, but Mack McLaggen is taking an interest in her as well, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to do something about that interest,” Peter continued. He then absentmindedly added, “Then there’s Martin Vaugn Graf and Remus and Joh-oh fuck, did I just…?”

Sirius’ head shot up to Remus. “What?!”

Remus glared at Peter. “You had to? You honestly had to say it?”

“Since when?” Sirius questioned.

“I don’t know,” Remus quietly said. “But you can have her. I swear; I won’t interfere at all.”

Sirius shook his head. “No way, mate. Bros before hoes.”

Remus frowned. “Are you insinuating that Nova’s a hoe? Because I’ll have you know-”

“No,” Sirius emphasized. “Well damn, Moony. This is bloody great, isn’t it? Just so you know mate, I say we should let nature takes its’ course. If, by some bloody miracle, she decides that she likes one of us, then we let things go the way they are. No competition, no arguing or bickering.”

“Deal, mate,” Remus agreed, taking the outstretched hand that Sirius held out.

A short knock was sounded at the door. Peter opened it, as he was the closest. His eyes widened. “Oh, uh, h-hi Nova.”

Sirius and Remus looked at one another, wide eyed, hoping that she didn’t happen to eavesdrop. She gave Peter a funny look. “Um, hi Peter…” she looked over at James. “Look here, you,” she began. “I know that you’re no saint and you won’t be as careful as you should tomorrow, but if you get yourself killed, I swear to Merlin that I will get Lily married to Snape one way or another, you hear me?” she growled, clutching his ear and twisting it.

“Ow, ow, ow, dear god, woman, ow! Let me go, bloody Merlin! Holy mother of god!” he lightly touched his ear after she let it go, wincing as he did so. “You batshit crazy woman.” It was then that it dawned on him what exactly Nova had said. “No! No, I swear I’ll be careful! I won’t get myself killed, I swear on Remus’ life (Thanks a lot, mate, Remus replied to this)! Just please don’t get Lily married to Snivellus!”

Nova smiled, satisfied. “Thank you,” she said, placing a short kiss on his forehead. “Good night,” she said, cheerfully to the rest of them.

“No fair,” Sirius whined.

“Why do you only kiss James goodnight?” Remus added.

She grinned, planting small kisses on the cheeks of Peter, Remus, and Sirius. “Happy now?” Both boys nodded. “See you in the morning, then.”

Remus and Sirius face planted into their respective beds.

“Oh Merlin,” Remus sighed into his pillow.

“Mate, we’re goners,” Sirius said, grinning at Remus. Remus nodded.

“Definitely goners.”

“Bloody bonkers, two of you are,” James said. “Who would’ve thought that of the four of us, it would be Remus and Sirius who get bound up by the same girl?”

“Not us,” the aforementioned two chorused.

Peter huffed. “Bloody hell, shut up, Marauders! Girls do crazy shit to men! Bloody whipped, you lot are.”

“Hey!” James, Remus, and Sirius hissed.

“Ah, what do you know,” James waved off. “We are men in love, mate, let us be.”

“Men in love, my arse,” Peter muttered as they tried to fall asleep.

 
 
 
 
 
 


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