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EPIC by Solmussa

Format: Novel
Chapters: 33
Word Count: 180,109
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Contains profanity, Mild violence, Scenes of a sexual nature, Substance abuse, Spoilers

Genres: Romance, Action/Adventure, Young Adult
Characters: Lupin, James, Lily, Sirius, Pettigrew, Voldemort, OC
Pairings: James/Lily, James/OC, Lily/OC, Remus/OC

First Published: 08/12/2019
Last Chapter: 12/18/2019
Last Updated: 12/29/2019

Summary:

"I would rather poke my eyes out with a quill than spend time alone with you, actually” I said coolly. Black ran a hand through his dark long hair, visibly exasperated.

 

“Don’t be ridiculous! I'll have you know that any girl in the school would kill for a chance to spend an entire evening alone with me” he said. Arrogant bastard. Not that he wasn’t right, but you know.



Chapter 2: Nobody

By the time September came around, Jax had been my official boyfriend for almost four weeks, and I was crying quietly after saying goodbye to him. He’d come to my door early that morning. It was evident he hadn’t slept, and he was swaying slightly as he talked to me, indicating he was somewhere between still drunk and starting to get hungover. He’d told me he was going to miss me and that he wasn’t sure how well he was going to cope with the distance.

 

I had never been upset on the 1st of September before. I loved Hogwarts so much it hadn’t even entertained the thought that one day there would be a reason why going back wasn’t the absolute best. For the first time in my life, summer had been incredible. Jax introduced me to his friends and, despite them all being older than me, they just accepted that I was with Jax and treated me like they did everyone else. I became part of a group; I met boys and girls and went to barbeques and swimming in the Lido and even on a couple of nights out with them. I discovered a newfound love for whisky with coke and for tequila shots, and I developed a strong liking for muggle music. I even picked up make-up tricks from the girls, who taught me how to apply liquid black eyeliner. But, most important of all, I had discovered that I had never needed a plan.

 

I had just not been ready until this summer to do any of these things, and like Lily wrote to me on her last letter, that was okay. People matured and grew up and explored new experiences at their own pace, and for me, the breakthrough had come this summer. I just wished it hadn’t happened with people I had to lie to all the time, and with whom I wouldn’t be able to even speak on the phone for the next four months.

 

I wasn’t totally devastated, though. I mean, I was going back to Hogwarts, and I was seeing Lily and Alice again, so I was pretty excited about that. I just wasn’t sure where things were with Jax now. Our conversations the night before and earlier that morning hadn’t been easy, and whilst we hadn’t broken up, I knew it was bound to happen at some point. He, understandably, wasn’t too keen on the long-distance thing. He had freaked out when I told him I couldn’t even come visit for a weekend, and even more so when I said he couldn’t come visit me either. I hated that I had to lie to Jax, not just about where I was going, but also about why phones didn’t work – it wasn’t an easy one to explain, let me tell you.

 

“You’re a bit moody today, did you have a falling out with your friends before summer?” my mother asked me.

 

“What?”

 

“I’ve never seen you this quiet on the way to King’s Cross”

 

“Ah, well, no. I’m just missing Jax and his friends a bit”

 

“Oh, honey, you’ll forget about him in no time. You’ll see” she said. They weren’t angry about me dating a muggle, but they were convinced it was ‘a summer thing’ and that I would snap out of it sooner or later.

 

“Yeah, I guess so. I’ll be alright as soon as I see the Express, I love it” I said.

 

Truer words were never spoken. As soon as I ran into the wall-barrier that was the entrance to Platform 9 and ¾ my spirits lifted. The Hogwarts Express was a thing of beauty. I loved it.

 

I quickly scanned the crowd trying to find one of my friends. It was way too crowded, so I decided to claim an empty compartment instead. Luggage safely in the hold and compartment secured, I jumped off the train again to say bye to my parents.

 

“Jo! Jo!” a sweet voice yelled from a short distance away.

 

“Alice! Hello! I was looking for you… ouch!” she launched herself at me, almost toppling me over. She was skinny but was at least half a head taller than me.

 

“Oh my God. Jo, you look insane! I know you mentioned in your letters that you finally got boobs but whoa. Hello ladies! You’re sexy now! And, since when do you have better eyeliner skills than I do? Have you seen Lily? We need to get ourselves an empty carriage!” she fired all of these things at me in rapid succession and I just stared, waiting for her excitement to subdue a little.

 

Alice was one of my closest friends. She was a Gryffindor, like me, and one of my roommates. She was tall (a lot taller than me) and willowy and had beautiful blond hair and blue eyes. The colour of our eyes was about the only thing we had in common when it came to looks, and even then, my eyes were intense blue and hers more like blue-silver.

 

“Yeah, it looks like my biological clock decided I had had enough humiliation and gave in at last!” I joked. She shook her head.

 

“Hi Mr and Mrs Silverway. Nice to see you again” she greeted my parents. Always so polite, our Alice.

 

“Nice to you too Alice. Have fun this year, you deserve it after all the hard work you put in for the O.W.L.s!” my dad said.

 

“We will! I promise. Now, if you excuse us, we need to find Lily”

 

“Bye mom, dad. I’ll write in a couple of weeks”

 

Lily Evans was my other close friend. Alice and I had been friends since we shared a train carriage on our first ride to Hogwarts six years ago. We had met Lily right after she ignored Sirius Black’s attempts to get her to sit with him following her sorting sat with us instead. She was the shortest of the three (I was a whole inch taller than her!) but what she lacked in height she made up for in energy. She was a firecracker, and I loved to remind her of it. We’d both endured childish looks together for ages, until she came back from Christmas break last year with wonderful new curves. I had always thought we’d kind of have similar timing, but when it was clear my boobs weren’t going to show up any time soon, I just accepted that I was the invisible friend. I was never bitter about it, though. Lily and Alice were too nice and genuine to ever hold something like that against them. 

 

“There you are!” Alice said enthusiastically. I grabbed her arm and stopped her from tackling Lily, for her safety.

 

“Hi girls! Bye guys, I’ll see you at Christmas” Lily waved to her parents and joined us.

 

We made our way to the train together and sat in the compartment I had secured. I clapped my hands excitedly as we readied ourselves for yet another pleasant journey to Hogwarts.

 

“So, how was your summer” Alice put her hands together and looked at Lily inquisitively.

 

“It was okay, actually. Petunia has a new boyfriend, Vernon, so she wasn’t around much”

 

“Oh, gossip! Is he good looking?”

 

“He’s not really my type, to be honest” Lily shrugged. “Why are we talking about Petunia when the REAL gossip here is Jo’s summer of sex, drugs and rock and roll?”

 

“I was giving her ten minutes of courtesy.” Alice replied, clapping her hands “But I guess we can jump right in!” I groaned.

 

“I met a guy, we are dating, he’s awesome” I said.

 

“Nice try” said Alice

 

“Yeah, we want the details” Lily smirked. “SPILL”

 

“What does he look like?” Alice insisted.

 

This was one of the many reasons I loved these girls to bits. They were genuinely invested in me, in what happened to me, in my experiences, in my life just as much as I was in theirs. It was a nice feeling knowing they cared so much, but more importantly, knowing I could trust them with anything. I had written to them both and told them we’d met, and we’d kissed, and that I was happy. I had also mentioned I was hanging out with his friends, and that I had made up my mind to not miss a single party this year as a result of that. But I hadn’t sent them any pictures.

 

Lily had her first kiss before any of us, and she had told us in strict confidence. She had kissed Severus Snape sometime during fourth year, back when they were still close friends. I think she would have developed serious romantic feelings for him if we hadn’t found out he was really into the Dark Arts. Of course, that little incident last year when he called her a ‘you know what’ for being muggle-born put a firm end to whatever was still lingering between them and she made us promise we would never tell anyone they had kissed once.

 

Alice had her first kiss towards the end of fourth year, and it had been none other than the infamous Frank Longbottom. He was in sixth year when it happened, and they had dated for a while before he broke it off to date Alice Fawley instead. I heard they were still together and there were rumours they were going to get married soon.

 

I had never told them that I had kissed a boy on New Year’s Eve during fourth year because I felt too ashamed to admit it. It had been purely experimental, and I didn’t even know his name, nor had I ever seen him again. My main motivation hadn’t even been that I liked him, because I didn’t. It was just that I’d become a bit superstitious about kisses at midnight on New Year’s Eve. So, as far as they were concerned, Jax was my first kissing experience.

 

“Well… as you know, I met him towards the middle of the summer, a couple of weeks before my birthday. He asked me out, I said yes and well, one thing led to another…”

 

“Jocelyn Silverway, did you sleep with him?!” Alice was practically vibrating with excitement.

 

“Absolutely not. I don’t think a month is long enough to feel ready for that… but I did… mmm, well, second base” I couldn’t help the foolish grin that spread across my face. It was like I had finally made it to the ‘cool girls’ club.

 

“And?”

 

“Oh My Days! He is so good at it. It’s hard to think straight when I’m around him. I guess his experience helps” they both giggled.

 

“How old is he?”

 

“Nineteen, he’s starting his second year of university in a couple of weeks. I’ve got a picture of him, here” I took it out of my backpack and showed it to them.

 

It was a nice photograph. We had taken it the day he asked me to be his official girlfriend. I was looking straight at the camera, smiling, and he was kissing me on the cheek. Even thought it was a muggle photo and we were frozen in it, I loved it.

 

“That’s Jax?” Alice asked.

 

“Well, obviously!”

 

“He looks a bit like…” Alice started.

 

“He looks very handsome” Lily said, interrupting her. Alice glanced her way, then back at the photo.

 

“Is that a tattoo on his arm?”

 

“Yeah, he’s got a bit of a bad boy vibe but he’s also sweet”

 

“I am so happy for you!”

 

“I am going to miss him” I sighed.

 

“I bet! Are you still together? Like, you won’t date at school for him?” Alice was what you would call a serial dater. Ever since fourth grade, she had just dated a boy after another. And they were all her soul mate and future husband, until they weren’t. She was a hopeless romantic, and her bad luck so far hadn’t deterred her in her search for The One.

 

“I didn’t even think of discussing exclusivity, to be honest. I mean, we’re boyfriend and girlfriend so I assume that’s a given? But maybe not when you do long distance… anyway, he thinks I go to a girls-only boarding school… I don’t even know why; it was just the lie that came to me first. It is actually really damn hard to date a muggle, I’ll tell you that.”

 

“So, what are you going to do if someone asks you out? Like, Halloween for instance. There’s going to be a party for sure” Alice loved parties.

 

“Right, because I always have a long line of suitors just waiting to take me on a date or another” I scoffed.

 

“I think you’ll find this year to be different” Lily said, pretending to check me out like boys did her and Alice.

 

“And, wasn’t this your plan all along?” Alice added.

 

“Yeah, right, about that… plan’s no longer valid. I mean, I got all the way to second base with a Sex God in the space of a month, so not sure I really need the 38 steps that were supposed to come before that…” I rolled my eyes. They started laughing.

 

And so, the rest of our sixth journey to Hogwarts was devoted to catching up with each other. By the time we reached the castle I was so happy I thought I would burst. With my friends by my side and the newfound confidence that dating an older, extremely good-looking guy gave me, I was ready for Sixth Year to be epic.

 

Lily’s POV

 

I was so nervous I could not stop fidgeting. It was my first day as a sixth-year prefect and the first day of N.E.W.T. classes, and Alice and Jo were running late. Unbelievable.

 

“Will you guys hurry up!” I shrieked at them.

 

“Almost done!” Alice said, still applying mascara.

 

“I can’t find my planner” said Jo from the depths of her trunk.

 

“Leave it, I’ll write it all down for you. You can copy it this evening”

 

“Accio planner!” she said, triumphant as the notebook flew from under a pile of clothes straight towards her.

 

“Or, you can just do that” I shrugged. “Let’s go. Now”

 

“Yes, sir” Jo saluted me as she pretended to march out of our room, followed by a sleepy Alice.

 

Breakfast was my favourite meal of the day. I just love breakfast food; I could eat it for all meals and be perfectly content. I held my schedule out with one hand, whilst eating a toast with the other and went over the classes for the day again.

 

“Transfiguration first thing on a Monday morning is really not very nice” said Alice looking over my shoulder.

 

“You’ll be fine, here’s your coffee” Jo handed her a steaming mug.

 

“You know I won’t be fine. I barely got the required scores on the O.W.L.s and it was all because you helped me”

 

“You made it, that’s all that matters” I said. It was true that Alice wasn’t the brightest student, but she tried so hard. She would never be an Auror, but then again, she didn’t want to be. Her dream was to run a beauty boutique for witches.

 

“Who are we sharing Transfiguration with?” Jo asked.

 

“Just Gryffindors”

 

“Oh, come on!” she groaned.

 

“What’s the issue?”

 

“McGonagall is going to make me pair up with Black again” she dropped her head on the table with a loud ‘thump’. “I hate my life” Alice and I exchanged a quick look.

 

“Maybe this year she won’t?” I tried. I knew it was futile.

 

Jocelyn had a gift for Transfiguration. She was an incredibly talented witch in general, but Transfiguration and DADA were her forte. No one, and I mean no one, could outdo her. Sirius Black, a boy in our year, was almost as good as her. They were both so far ahead of the rest of the class that Professor McGonagall made them pair up every lesson, despite the fact that Jo hated him, and she seemed to be invisible to him.

 

We weren’t very close with any group of boys in particular, we were just equally friendly with everyone in general. But Sirius Black and his friends were a special lot. They were the most arrogant, annoying bastards in the entire school. They acted like they owned the place. It didn’t help that Sirius Black was the most handsome man to ever walk this Earth, followed closely by number one bullying toerag James Potter. Not that I would ever, in a million years, admit I thought he was hot. I’d rather wrestle a hippogriff.

 

We pretty much tried to avoid them at all times, mostly for my sake. James Potter was a cocky moron who had two main hobbies. One, go around hexing people for fun. Two, ask me out any opportunity he got which, despite my efforts to stay well away from his general proximity, happened way too often. He had asked me out every single day for two weeks straight at the start of fourth year, and despite my feverish refusal, he had still not given up. Last year his attempts had averaged a once-a-week score. Not even saying I wouldn’t date him even if it was a choice between him and the giant squid had done the trick.

 

“What if I pretend I forgot everything I knew over the summer?” Jo said, with a glint of hope in her eyes. “I could tell McGonagall all that partying, and drinking killed half my brain cells”

 

“What, like you got boobs and suddenly lost your brains?” Alice chuckled.

 

“I see the coffee is working fast” Jo shot her a murderous glance.

 

“McGonagall would never believe her star student just ‘forgot’ anything”

 

“I’m going to ask her to let me work alone”

 

“You know, maybe Black will actually talk to you this year” Alice said. Jo choked on her pumpkin juice.

 

“I’m not sure if that would make things better or worse, Alice”

 

“What if they’ve grown up? You have changed. I mean, I loved the old you too, but I think this has been good for you. Maybe they have changed too?” she suggested.

 

“Right, well if Potter stops stalking Lily, and Remus gets over his chronic shyness I might consider giving up my plot to murder Sirius Black” she said, rolling her eyes again.

 

“That’s the spirit!” I added. They all looked at me sympathetically.

 

“Speak of the devil” Alice nodded towards the Great Hall entrance as they walked in.

 

James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew were the school’s official and unofficial troublemakers. Collectively, they had been in detention more than every other student in Gryffindor put together. Possibly the entire school. But it didn’t stop there. They weren’t just Trouble-Makers-In Chief. They also threw the best parties, got together with the hottest girls [mostly Black, but the others got around as well or so I had heard] and absolutely dominated the social balance of the school. And, just because their massive egos weren’t big enough, Potter and Black were also Gryffindor’s Quidditch team star players.

 

“Good morning Evans! Had a good summer?” here we go, again. I rolled my eyes and waved a hand dismissively.

 

“It was brilliant. I didn’t encounter any arrogant toerags at all, so can’t complain really” I said. He chuckled and ran a hand through his hair.

 

“I had a great summer, too” he said, beaming.

 

“She didn’t ask” said Jo. Potter looked at her briefly, then at me again. Before he could reply, Black cut in.

 

“Who are you again?” oh no. He didn’t. What an asshole!

 

Jo had had a crush on Sirius Black all the way through first year and until fourth year, when McGonagall started pairing them up for Transfiguration work. Then, it had gone from crushing on him to hating his guts passionately. He thought she was so insignificant he loved to pretend he couldn’t even remember her name half the time. She got a bit upset about it at the beginning, but not anymore. Our Jo didn’t take shit from anybody, not even Sirius Black.

 

“Nobody” she said, standing up without even looking his way. She had some impressive self-control skills. “Transfiguration starts in ten, we should get going”

 

“Yes” I stood up, so did Alice. Black looked at her again.

 

“Seriously though, I’ve never seen you before. Are you new in the school?” I looked at him in complete outrage, but he didn’t seem fazed. 

 

“Sirius, mate, that’s Jocelyn Silverway. You have been paired up for every Transfiguration lesson we’ve had since fourth year” Lupin said, looking embarrassed.  

 

“Don’t worry about it, Lupin” Jo said coolly. “It’s not his fault his brain cells don’t work properly. Being permanently crushed under the weight of that gigantic ego must be positively exhausting” she said before walking away.

 

A/N: I'm not 100%% sure how much older the Longbottoms were, so I've left it a bit vague here. Don't kill me if it's inaccurate, please :)

Most of this story will be told from Jo's POV but I like getting into other characters head's a little bit. I wrote this fic because I'm in love with the marauders and intensely curious about what their school years were like, so I wanted to explore all of their characters a little.



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