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Star Crossed by RiverFord

Format: Novel
Chapters: 28
Word Count: 79,871
Status: WIP

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Contains profanity, Strong violence, Scenes of a sexual nature, Substance abuse, Sensitive topic/issue/theme

Genres: Horror/Dark, Humor, Romance
Characters: Lupin, A. Longbottom, F. Longbottom, James, Lily, Sirius, Pettigrew, OC
Pairings: Sirius/OC, James/Lily, OC/OC, Remus/OC

First Published: 02/17/2018
Last Chapter: 04/11/2018
Last Updated: 04/11/2018

The darkness threatened to break her, but it turned out she was stronger than even she thought possible.

Chapter 6: Chapter 6


'Thinking about trying out for the quidditch team?' Addy jumped, turning away from the notice on the board in the common room, to see Alice Fortescue standing behind her. 


'Erm...yeah. I was thinking about it,' she shrugged, 'since Harrison graduated.' Would she think it was ridiculous?  


'That's brilliant! I'll let Frank know to expect you!' Alice beamed at Addy before she continued through the common room to leave through the portrait hole, as Addy stood, gaping at her retreating figure. Well, there was nothing but to try out. She spent the next few weeks before tryouts just getting up the courage to follow through. On the morning of the last Saturday in September, Addy made her way down to the pitch without having breakfast, as she felt likely to lose it all if she had tried. Though she was beyond anxious, as soon as she took to the air on her Silver Arrow, all nervousness was forgotten, blown away with the wind. She smiled to herself and began taking laps around the pitch.  


'Addy!' As she rounded the pitch she saw some people coming out of the change rooms, Alice among them, waving up at her, so she flew down to meet her. 


'Hey Alice,' she said quietly, her stomach already churning uncomfortably again. Alice threw an arm over Addy's shoulder and she suddenly felt small. 


'Good to see you're already a great flier! I'm really pulling for you. You're the only girl trying out, and it'd be nice to have some support around here.' Addy glanced around nervously, seeing there were mostly boys, though she did see a few other girls. Alice must have seen the look of confusion on Addy's face, since she continued to explain, 'those girls aren't here to try out. They're fan girls.' 


'Fan girls?' 


'You'll see,' Alice said darkly. 


'Alright you lot, listen up!' Frank bellowed. 'We only have one spot open for a seeker, so those of you trying out gather up here,' he gestured in front of him, 'everyone else, off my pitch! Your other right Carmichael.' Frank gestured toward the group forming in front of him. Addy chewed her lip and joined the three other boys trying out for seeker, while everyone else left the pitch for the stands.  


Alice squeezed Addy's shoulder. 'You'll do great!' She smiled and joined the rest of the team behind Frank. Steven Laurence and Allen Fry were the beaters, Henry Wood was the keeper, and Frank, Alice, and James were the chasers.  


Sirius, Remus, and Peter were among the spectators watching the tryouts from the stands, both to support James as well as trying to gage the ability of the team that year.  


'Nott's trying out for seeker?' Peter said in his squeaky voice. 'Is she any good?' He mused. 


'She's a brilliant flier,' Remus said fairly. Sirius nodded absent mindedly. 


It took a little over an hour for seeker tryouts. The second-year boy, Christian Forrester, was a wobbly flier, so he was out straight away. Fifth year, Marshall Worthington, was a decent flier, though he was somewhat slow and had more of a beater's build. Joshua Carmichael, a fourth year, was a solid flier, but didn't seem to have as good of an eye as Addy. In the first round they had each taken turns catching the snitch; Addy caught it in the least amount of time, catching it in twenty minutes, while Marshall took forty-five. Then Frank set everything up with the keeper, beaters, and chasers, then had Marshall and Addy give it another go. Addy caught the snitch in thirty minutes that time. 


'Right then,' Frank called at the end. 'Looks like we have our team! We'll be taking...Adhara Nott as our seeker.'  


Addy exhaled the breath she didn't know she was holding and couldn't suppress her grin. Alice rushed forward and pulled her into a quick hug.  


'I knew you could do it!' She squealed, grinning broadly. 


'Thank you,' Addy breathed. 


'Nice one Nott,' James held up a hand and she slapped it tentatively. James chortled. 'Did you just make that awkward? How do you make a high five weird?' She felt her face heat up in embarrassment and shrugged. It's what I do really. Make things weird. 


The people who had been in the stands came back to the pitch then, including the girls Alice called fan girls, who were giggling obnoxiously. 'See? I told you,' she muttered, 'fan girls.' Addy's face scrunched in disapproval and Alice nodded agreement. 'Exactly. Stick with me kid. I'll never steer you wrong.' She winked and threw her arm around Addy's shoulders again, making Addy grin. She was starting to like Alice already. 


'Congratulations Addy,' Remus said, as his group reached James. Her cheeks flushed again. 


'Thank you, Remus,' she nodded, giving him a shy smile. 




The Gryffindor Quidditch team began practices right away, practicing four nights a week. Alice had taken Addy under her wing, becoming a mentor of sorts to the girl, and under her tutelage, Addy had begun to come out of her shell a bit. She smiled and laughed more freely and made the occasional witty comeback. She was really quite sarcastic, a fact that was not lost on one James Potter, who rather enjoyed her humor. 'You know Nott, you're not half bad,' he said one day, as practice ended. 


'Gee thanks Potter. I can now rest easy, knowing I finally have your approval,' she said dryly, shooting him an amused grin. He laughed and pushed her playfully. 


'I know you were waiting with bated breath.' 


She chuckled, shaking her head. 'Sure, I was. That's just what I was doing these last few years.' As they entered the Great Hall for dinner, James went to sit with Sirius, Remus, and Peter, while Addy continued on to sit with Alice. It came in handy to finally have someone like a friend in Gryffindor. 


'What was that about?' Sirius asked, brow knitted, as James took his seat. 


James shrugged. 'What was what about?' 


'You and Nott. You're both all smiley.' 


'She's not so bad actually, once you get to know her. She's kind of funny.' 


'Kind of funny?' Remus said bemusedly. 


'I thought you said she didn't have much of a personality?' Peter piped up. 


James shrugged again. 'Like I said, once you get to know her.' 


'And you've gotten to know her?' Sirius said, quirking a brow in question. 


'Do you have a problem with her?' Remus asked Sirius. 


'Not a problem...' 


'What do you think of her then?' Marlene interjected from the table opposite.  


Sirius frowned. 'I mean, I guess since she's in Gryffindor she must not be that bad, but she just seems a bit stuck up to me is all...' He kept his expression blank as Marlene smirked triumphantly. It hadn't escaped his notice that Marlene was a bit stuck on him. He wasn't sure he wanted to encourage her. 


While Alice still spent a majority of her free time with her friend Hannah, and her boyfriend Frank, Addy still managed to spend a lot of time with her, further cementing their relationship. Darcy had taken to acting strangely. When Addy wasn't busy with quidditch, Darcy would make excuses about how she was too busy with this or that to hand round Addy. She was spending an increasing amount of time with Saoirse, her dorm mate, in their common room, and less time with Addy in the library, or anywhere else for that matter. Though when they would get together, she was mostly the same, so Addy pushed any doubts she had to the back of her mind and tried not to let it bother her. 


After a little over a month of practicing, Gryffindor had their first match against Slytherin, at the end of October. Gryffindor won, of course, though not by much. 


News of her making the Gryffindor Quidditch team must have finally traveled beyond the Hogwarts gossip mill, as a few days after the match, Addy received a note from her mother, dropped in front of her at breakfast by the family owl. It had the usual insults and qualms of disappointment and disgrace and left a distinct scowl on Addy's face and a bitter taste in her mouth. She had the strong urge to set the note on fire, though she managed to suppress that feeling and settled for crumpling it up and shoving it unceremoniously into her bad. She felt out of sorts for the rest of the week. 

On the Friday night before the first Hogsmeade trip for the third years, Addy was getting ready for bed as her room mates were chatting excitedly about what they would be doing the next day. Addy had been tuning their conversation out mostly, not really feeling she was a part of it, when Marlene addressed her. She stopped to peer at her confusedly, halfway between pulling her nightshirt over her head. 

'So, Addy?' 


'I asked Sirius what he thinks of you.' 

She frowned. 'I don't know why you would do that,' she grumbled as she finished pulling on her nightshirt and saw Marlene share a look with Mary. Marlene paused, watching Addy as she crawled into bed. 

Addy's brow knitted. Right. She's waiting for me to ask what he said. 'Alright...what did he say then?' She sighed. 

Marlene smirked. 'He said that he guessed since you're in Gryffindor too, you must not be that bad, but he thinks you're a bit stuck up.' She looked so pleased with herself Addy nearly laughed out loud but settled for rolling her eyes. 

'Right. He would say that.' 

Mary glanced at Lily, looking a bit confused. 'What d'you mean?' 

Addy sighed at her canopy, then turned to look at her. 'Just that he's a bit of a hypocrite, isn't he? We used to get on, and then he was just suddenly too good for me or something. But I'm stuck up?' Marlene frowned and shared another look with Mary. 'It's sort of funny,' Addy shrugged and turned onto her back. 'Night.' 

'Night,' the other girls chorused.