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All In the Thunder by Lanni Weasly

Format: Short story
Chapters: 2
Word Count: 8,760
Status: WIP

Rating: 12+
Warnings: Mild Language

Genres: Romance, Humor, General
Characters: Harry, James, Lily, OC, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Snape, Lucius, Peter Pettigrew
Pairings: James/Lily

First Published: 08/04/2005
Last Chapter: 08/18/2005
Last Updated: 08/21/2005

Summary:
GUYS!! Come on, 27 lousy reviews, when my other has 270? Please review!
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Thanks to Bowserbabe for the Banner! The sequel to If Love is a Game...! Fifteen years after the best three years in her life and then disaster after disaster, Lorena "Fawcett", Chief Prosecutor of the Wizarding Law, lands the case of her "cousin", Lucius Malfoy. Suddenly, she's catapolted back into the lives of people she once knew, especially the life of an old flame she never got over, Remus Lupin...!


Chapter 1: The Beginning of Trouble
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In All the Thunder


Lanni Weasley

DISCLAIMER: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended. No, I don't own Harry Potter.
Author notes: Ugh, the first chapter to long stories are so hard and difficult for me, especially the first few paragraphs. They annoy me!

Anyways, this is the sequel to If Love is a Game... but I suppose you already know that. Evil first chapter!



Chapter One: The Beginning of Trouble



It was July 4th, 1978. It was another beautiful sunny day outside - a few white, fluffy clouds in the sky, and the temperature was just right. Many people were outside, fixing their yards; and the children were playing outside, riding their bikes or playing with water.


One house in particular seemed to be enjoying the nice day very much. It wasn't anything abnormal to hear laughter in the neighborhood, though this house appeared to be very abundant in it. But the laughter and squeals from the house was normal and no one gave it a second look. The house belonged to someone named Sirius Black.


Of course, this meant that it had to be full of laughter. At the moment, the owner was not alone, but had his friends over. Still fresh out of Hogwarts, James Potter, eighteen, was in the kitchen with Lily Evans, also eighteen. Although this was harder than it sounded, Lily was trying to teach James how to cook the Muggle way. James, who was never good at cooking with or without a wand, was not doing as well as Lily would have hoped.


"Er...what do I do with this?" James asked, confused, holding up a mixer. He raised his eyebrows. "Give the chicken a scratch?"


Lily rolled her eyes at him and shook her head.


"No, it's called a mixer," she told him with a sigh. Since Sirius was a pureblood and had no idea how to cook like a Muggle either, she had taken it upon herself to bring some Muggle cooking utensils over so that he would be able to use them too. "You're supposed to mix things like mashed potatoes and cake mix together. It's easier than just using a spoon."


"Really, but don't you just have to flick your wand?" James questioned, still very bemused, scratching his head with the mixer. She sighed lightly with disappointment; he was not getting it that quickly.


"Yes, but we're Muggle cooking, remember?" Lily reminded him calmly. "Muggles don't have magic to use and wands to flick." He nodded his head slowly.


"Oh, yeah," James sighed, still nodding his head. And then he stopped and looked at her oddly. "Remind me again why we're trying to Muggle cook."


Lily slapped her forehead with the palm of her hand. He was slowly getting there - real slowly. Sirius walked into the kitchen. He saw James peering at the mixer very closer and Lily looking up at the ceiling.


"So, how's Muggle cooking going?" Sirius asked curiously.


"Ugh, really slowly; James is confused a lot," Lily replied. He smirked and then shook his head, fighting back the chuckles. James looked down and saw that the chocolate cake batter was not mixed very well. He turned the mixer on. Lily turned around. "No, James, don't-"


James put the mixer into the cake mix and batter flew everywhere across the room. Sirius got a face full; some got in Lily's hair; and a little landed on their clothes. Lily took the mixer away from James and turned it off. James was completely covered. His glasses looked like they had been dipped into batter. He took them off.


"Did I do it correctly?" James asked hopefully.


"No, but you almost got it right," Lily groaned, handing him a paper towel so he could clean up. He began to clean them, and Lily felt her hair.


Sirius took his wand and said, "Scourgify!" All of the fusion disappeared and all three of them were immediately cleaned of any remains of the mixture.


"Thanks, Sirius," Lily said. He inclined his head a little, and she turned back to James. "Now we have to fill it back up again, and then I'll show you how to mix it properly." James nodded his head obediently. "I am so glad that I didn't bring the grill over like I wanted to or you would've probably burnt the house down."


Sirius snorted. At this rate, they were never going to eat. Luckily, he had eaten something before they came over and had invited them early. They were trying to make dinner. He walked out of the kitchen and into the backyard.


The backyard was occupied with Sirius's other friends. Because it was a hot, sunny day, they were outside playing around. Sara Whitfield was sitting on a chair in her bathing suit with sunglasses on, trying to get a small tan and reading a magazine. Krystyna Melanie, his wonderful girlfriend, was sitting at the edge of the pool, swishing her legs in the cool water and watching his two other friends. Remus Lupin was in the middle of the pool trying to coax his girlfriend, Lorena Fawcett, to come into the pool. Sirius sat down beside Krystyna.


"How's dinner coming inside?" Krystyna asked him coolly, grinning at him. He rolled his eyes and gave a prolong sigh. "Not too good then?"


"Well, Lily's teaching of Muggle cooking is a little complicated for James," Sirius noted resignedly. She chortled a little and then shook her head, a grin still on her face. He looked over at Remus in the pool and then Lorena standing at the edge of it. "What's up with that?"


"Oh, Lorena's just a little nervous," Krystyna explained calmly. "The last time she went swimming, she didn't have that good of a time, which is an understatement. Remus was successful into getting her changed into her swimsuit, but he's not doing a very good job in getting her into the water."


Sirius shook his head. "He looks desperate," he chuckled, grinning.


"He looks amused," Krystyna pointed out, looking over at Sirius again and slapping him on the arm. He nodded his head slowly. "It's funny to just watch them at it."


The two continued to look on.


"C'mon, Lorena, the water's not cold, and it's really fun," Remus proclaimed, splashing a little water at her feet. She jumped back a little and crossed her arms across her chest. She looked at him suspiciously.


"What may be fun for you might not be for me. And I can only wonder why it's not cold," Lorena replied smoothly, still looking at him suspiciously. Sirius burst out laughing, and Remus turned a little pink. "I'm not getting in. I'll just sit over there." She pointed to the seat next to Sara.


"But I want you to get in!" Remus pleaded, now sounding desperate. "Maybe if you get in, it'll be fun. The last time you went swimming shouldn't count."


"I don't want to get in!" Lorena exclaimed quickly. "It won't be fun, and the last time I went swimming definitely counts." He frowned at her and gave her a pouting look. "No, don't give me that look. I'm not going to fall for it this time."


"Please," Remus whimpered, still giving her the pouting look. She turned her head away and closed her eyes, shaking her head. "Please, Lorena..."


"Argh, no, Remus, I don't care how much you plead with me; I'm not getting in that water," Lorena told him flatly. He stopped giving her the pouting look and just frowned at her.


"Why not?" Remus demanded grumpily.


"You'll dunk me under the water or pull me under and I don't like that!" Lorena said sharply.


"I will not!" Remus shouted.


Lorena rolled her eyes at him.


"Well, if you won't, then Sirius sure as heck will," she pointed out, looking pointedly at Sirius. Remus looked back at him quickly.


"Hey, I resent that!" Sirius declared huffily, crossing his arms. "You weren't supposed to know that."


Lorena stuck her tongue out at him, and Sirius copied her.


"The last time I went swimming, I got dunked so many times it was not funny," she told Remus. She shook her head. "I don't want to get in and I'm not going to. Nothing you can do or say can get me into the pool, Remus."


"Who dunked you?" Remus asked evenly.


"Malfoy!" Sirius snorted, bursting out laughing. He was rolling with laughter and Krystyna was trying her best to keep a straight face. Remus looked back at him again.


Lorena glared at him. "It wasn't him!" She was red in the face.


"Of course, I believe you, Lorena," Sirius sniggered, not believing her one bit.


"I'm telling you; it wasn't him!" Lorena snapped. "He was never brave enough to do something like that. I'd hurt him."


"Then who was it then?" Sirius asked, grinning back at her cockily.


Lorena grumbled something undistinguishable, causing Sirius to laugh even harder. Krystyna snorted from behind her hand and tried containing herself very hard, but it was difficult. Remus shook his head.


"Where's Peter?" Sara asked calmly from behind her magazine.


Lorena stopped throwing Sirius "death glares" to look over at Sara. "I think he's locked himself in the bathroom because he believes that he doesn't look good in swimming trunks - aaaah!"


Sirius stopped laughing, and Sara dropped her magazine down just in time to see Remus pulling Lorena into the water by grabbing her wrist. Needless to say, Sirius, Krystyna, and Sara were laughing all together now; and Remus was grinning broadly. Lorena came to the surface, her now soaked bright blond hair in her face, and spewed some water out.


"Remus, I told you that I didn't want to get in!" Lorena cried out, trying to keep her head above the surface of the water. Sirius's pool was not normal; it was deeper than the average pool. She dipped under the water a little when she tried to pull her hair out of her face. When she was unsuccessful, she dipped under the water again and came back up with her hair looking slicked back.


"Ah, it's Malfoy!" Sirius yelped jokingly, falling back and laughing again. Lorena splashed some water on him moodily, but he continued to laugh.


"Remus, this isn't funny," Lorena said unhappily. "I'm not a very good swimmer; I'll drown."


"I won't let you drown, Lorena," Remus told her, wrapping an arm around her and pulling her close. She looked at him doubtfully and then grinned wickedly. She splashed water in his face, and he let go of her quickly. He splashed some water back at her, and they began a water fight.


Suddenly Sirius stood up and stretched. Then, a very mischievous idea formed in his head and he smirked impishly. "Cannonball!" he announced gleefully, leaping into mid-air. He came to a loud crash in the water and sunk under, spraying water everywhere into the air and out of the pool.


Sara squealed and put her magazine over her head to keep her hair and face wet from getting wet. Krystyna put her hands in front of herself when she was sprayed with water. The waves in the pool went right over Lorena's head and Remus got a mouth full of water. He spit it out when Sirius came to the surface, his black hair sticking on his head.


"SIRIUS!" everyone else shouted loudly. His impish smirk grew broader, and he continued to laugh in the water as he began to float. Lorena coughed and glowered at him before Krystyna kicked water into his face, giggling madly. Sirius shook his head and again, water went everywhere. "SIRIUS!"


"What?" Sirius replied way too innocently, knowing full well that he wasn't innocent at all. Sara rolled her magazine up and wringed it out. She unfolded it and took her wand, placing the Drying Charm on it. She opened it back up and searched for the page she had been on before Sirius's interruption.


A beach ball floated past Lorena. She picked it up and chucked it at Sirius; it bounced off the top of his head. She stuck her tongue out at him. Remus guffawed. Sirius gave her a simpering look before he swam over to Krystyna. He put his arm on the edge of the pool.


"Will you get in or do I have to pull you in like Remus did Lorena?" Sirius asked her coolly, grinning at her. "I'd enjoy pulling you in if you don't want to get in."


"No, thanks, Sirius; I think I'll get in myself," Krystyna replied. "I don't need your help for everything, you know."


She slowly got in herself and shivered. No matter what Remus and Sirius may come to believe, the water was not warm. She gave Lorena, who looked to be thinking along the same lines, a fleeting glance. Krystyna wrapped her arms around herself.


"It's cold," she pointed out, her teeth beginning to chatter noisily.


"I'll warm you up then," Sirius said softly, moving over towards her. She tried to get away, but he must have been determined. He wrapped his arms around her snugly.


"No, I know what you'll do," Krystyna replied, trying to get out of his grip. He smirked and she knew that her time was limited. "Sirius, don't you dare-"


Sirius dared and dragged her under the water quickly. When she popped back up, he was laughing his head off, and she was soaked, feeling colder than before. She narrowed her eyes at him and then shook her head. She rolled her eyes.


"I'm colder now!" Krystyna complained loudly, her teeth chattering worse than before. He wrapped his arms around her again, but was not going to pull her under this time.


"You have to get colder first to get warmer, love," Sirius pointed out softly, kissing her on the cheek. She rolled her eyes at him again, but didn't do anything about it. There was a loud shriek from inside the house, telling them all that James had done something wrong again.


"James, no, you aren't supposed to-" There was a small explosion, which made them all jump. Sara pulled her sunglasses off and sat them on top of her head. Someone was coughing from inside. "You aren't supposed to put pots in an oven!"


"How was I supposed to know?" James replied, coughing a little louder than Lily was. Smoke began to leak out of a small crack in the back door and rise into the air. Sirius raised his eyebrows. He swam over to the edge and pulled himself out of the water. Water dripping everywhere, he walked over to the door cautiously.


"Hey, is everything alright in-" Sirius opened the door and dark gray smoke poured out of the door. He began hacking and coughing, backing away from the door and waving his hand in the air in front of him. He stepped on the edge and wobbled back and forth. Finally, he caught his balance. "Lily? James, are you guys alright?"


Lily shoved James out of the house, and Lorena started to laugh. "What the bloody hell happened to you two in there?" she choked out between laughs.


They all started to snigger. James's usual unruly black hair was looking wilder than usual; it was sticking straight up. His glasses were black, and his face looked to be charcoaled. His once white shirt was gray now. Lily's red hair was a mess and had black tuffs in it. Her face was black, and her shirt was also gray.


"Oh, Sirius, nothing caught on fire or anything, but James stuck a pot in the oven, and you're not supposed to so it exploded when James opened the oven door!" Lily exclaimed exasperatedly, throwing her arms in the air and then trying to flatten her hair. "This is what happens when a pureblood doesn't take Muggle studies!"


"Cooking disasters?" Lorena raised an eyebrow.


"What was in the pot, James?" Sara asked nicely, trying to stop herself from snickering.


"Popcorn," James answered, shrugging his shoulders and trying to clean his glasses with the edge of his dirty shirt. Lily looked back at him and raised an eyebrow.


"Popcorn? I don't recall telling you to make popcorn," Lily replied in a confused voice. James put his now slightly cleaner glasses back on and pocketed his hands into his jeans.


"That's because you didn't tell me to make popcorn, Lil," James explained coolly. "I was hungry; and I figured that this was going to take a while so I tried to make popcorn." He sighed and shook his head, missing Lily's shocked expression. "And now it's burnt so I can't eat it."


Lily shook her head. "That's it, we're finishing the rest of dinner the Wizarding way so get your buttocks over here this instant, James Potter," she said sternly. He trudged over to her. She pulled her wand out and cleaned his face and then her own face. "We're going in there and cleaning up the place first."


Lily put the Bubble-Head Charm on them both and towed James into the house, shutting the door behind them. They slowly began clearing the smoke away from the inside and then headed into the kitchen to clean the rest of the place up. Dinner would be ready soon now that they were going to use magic. If they hadn't used magic, they probably wouldn't have had dinner and Sirius wouldn't have had a house any longer because of James.


Sirius shrugged his shoulders and jumped back into the water, once again spraying everyone with water.


~*~


Dinner could have possibly been better, but, as far as they were concerned, it was good. Lily had somehow managed to save most of the food, but she told them again and again that it could have been better, if not for James's inability to cook without magic.


"Honestly, James, what happens if something were to happen and you didn't have your wand?" Lily said indignantly while she glowered at James, who was stuffing his mouth with mashed potatoes. He thought about it for a second and then shrugged his shoulders. She frowned at him. "You could be out in the middle of nowhere with a pot and a can of beans and you have dropped your wand. What would you do?"


James, again, thought about it for a second and then swallowed his mashed potatoes. He figured that he didn't want Lily strangling him. "Call for help?" he inquired unsurely. Lily obviously didn't like his answer so he shrunk in his seat a little further.


"Call for help?! How could you do such a thing when you're out in the middle of nowhere!?" Lily shouted, clearly annoyed. All had come to wonder how such a peaceful evening had turned into yet another way for Lily to release her anger. For some unknown reason, she had been a little snappish with them all.


"Call for help?" Sirius sniggered, grinning from ear-to-ear. "More like call for mummy." He and Remus started to laugh uproariously while James shot them a glare, still sunk low in his seat.


"'Oh, Mummy, I'm lost out in the middle of nowhere with a pot and a can of beans! Can you come by and cook them for me? You know I'm totally dependant on you! Mummy, oh, I think those beans gave me gas!' Tbth!" Sirius mocked in a very high, childish voice. James punched Sirius in the arm, but it didn't stop him from laughing.


"Really, wizards like you are so dependant on magic that it's impossible for them to do anything without a wand," Lily huffed, perturbed. "They'd die without one. It's quite ridiculous."


"I'm ridiculous?" James asked incredulously.


"No way!" Lorena shrieked sarcastically. "No bloody way are you ridiculous in any way!"


"Shut up, Lorena," James mumbled. She smirked at him in the sweetest way possible. "Listen, Lily; I'm just not used to Muggle ways of living. Bear with me here; I'm a pureblood so I've only been brought up the wizarding way. You, on the other hand, were brought up the Muggle way, no offense. Lorena, here, was brought up the smirking, 'must be evil' way-"


"This is your last warning, James," Lorena pointed out coolly, giving him a strange simpering look. He glanced at her quickly. She was twirling her wand in her fingers. "I may not have approved or liked the way my real parents brought me up, but I'm not going to let you insult them because, in a strange way, you somehow insult me along the way."


"I didn't insult you; I just-"


"Were you not just insinuating that I am evil and have to be?" There was a tad bit of an awkward silence in which James blinked several times at her. Truth be told, he really did just say that.


"Okay, look; I'm sorry, Lorena, that I have, in some way, insulted you, and I'm sorry, Lil, that I'm incapable of making food the Muggle way," James apologized, now giving Lily an imploring, pouting "puppy dog" look. She suddenly smiled at him and kissed him on the cheek.


"Ah, you're so cute; how can I not forgive you for being an insufferable don't know-it-all?" Lily replied teasingly, smiling at him sweetly. Either way, even though it was a sort of insult, it was one good compliment to James as he grinned. "I know that deep down, you're a genius."


"Of course you do now!" James exclaimed cheerfully. Peter gave him a quizzical look that told them all that he was confused, which they seemed to be getting lately. They, however, were also a little bit befuddled as to what James had meant. Seeing their bemused expressions made James's grin grow. "I just got my N.E.W.T. results yesterday; and boy, were they great! I have got to be the smartest man alive!"


He didn't wait for them to ask what he had gotten; he immediately pulled a paper out of his jeans pocket. He unfolded the crumpled piece of paper and handed it to Remus, who re-read it after the first time. After he was finished with it, he handed it over to Sirius and shrugged his shoulders carelessly.


Remus mumbled to Lorena, "I got a better score in Defense Against the Dark Arts by two points." She muffled a giggle.


When finished reading it, Sirius handed it over to Krystyna, who began reading it. "We tied, James, again," he sighed heavily. "We got the exact same points on everything."


"Looks like you're sharing the title of the smartest man alive with Sirius, James," Krystyna added as she read the results, her eyes still on the paper.


At the moment, she was a little miffed with the paper. How in the world did he get a better score than me in Care of Magical Creatures? I paid attention, and he didn't give a lick about it.


Sulking just a bit, she thrust the paper into Peter's hands forcibly, hiding a feeling of irritation. She had studied her brains in and out for that test and he still had managed to get better grades than her. But after her last school year, she had figured out that life was not always fair-to her. She suppressed a snort and continued to eat some of Lily's delicious pork chops-that she had managed to save. Peter, though for sure knew that he had lower grades, was smiling.


"You're a genius, James!" he squealed as he handed Sara the paper, his eyes glittering admiringly at James, who was grinning. "Pure genius, you are!"


"Well, well, it takes a lot of work being this brilliant," James sighed wearily, tugging on his shirt. Lily rolled her eyes, but was grinning, nonetheless. He raised his eyebrows at her, and she shook her head. The two shared a laugh that none of the others got. They figured that it must be some inside joke. Sirius was wondering what it was; James and he shared everything and being left out of something was too strange.


"Well done, James," Sara merely commented after handing Lorena the paper.


James inclined his head a bit before stuffing his mouth with the last bit of his mashed potatoes and gravy. He did his very best to keep his mouth shut while chomping on them. After all, he didn't want to be rude; otherwise, Lily might get mad at him again, and that was very bad. Lorena tossed the paper into the middle of the table and looked at James.


"Do we have to grovel at your feet, James, or must we declare you king for your superior grades?" Lorena asked sardonically, smirking at him. It somehow came to be that after they had graduated from Hogwarts, she had taken up on being the cool and smirking one. James had usually commented that she was turning into Marcus or Lucius, which was always followed by James being socked.


"Actually, I was thinking-"


"By the way, I got a better grade than you in Potions," Lorena interrupted, now smirking at him very happily. James gaped at her in disbelief, as if her getting a better grade than him in something was utterly impossible. "I got a perfect score in Potions."


"No way, really?" Lily asked excitedly. Lorena nodded her head. "But, that hasn't happened in-"


"Thirty years or so, wasn't it?" Remus continued exuberantly, looking at a now grinning Lorena. "That hasn't happened in around thirty-five years!"


"Really, can you tell me who the other person was?" Sirius asked sarcastically. He didn't think one person could read Hogwarts High Scores more times than Remus could, but he didn't really want to know who this person was.


"Of course, I can, Sirius!" Remus declared quickly. "You, of all people, should know how many times I've read Hogwarts High Scores."


"Yes, painfully enough as it is, I do know," Sirius muttered under his breath regretfully. Krystyna giggled.


"Oh, that was a wonderful book!" Lily exclaimed cheerfully. Remus nodded his head. "Only two people in the history of Hogwarts--maybe even the Wizarding community as a whole--have gotten a perfect score in Potions. The first was a guy named Tom-"


"Enough, I really don't care about a guy, who was a genius in bloody Potions, that is probably already dead," Sirius interrupted grumpily. He finished his macaroni and cheese and started on his pork chop. He lit up considerably. "What I care about is how great you are in cooking, Lily!"


Lily beamed at him.


"Why thank you, Sirius," Lily said happily.


They continued to talk about other things while James took his N.E.W.T. results and stuffed them back into his pocket, all while still eating his food. Soon though, with the sun set and the sky dark, the tiki torches lit around the table and pool, and the food gone, the rest of them had to leave.


Peter was still looking a bit grumpy as he watched Sirius shove the last bit of his cupcake into his mouth. After James had messed with the cake batter, there had only been enough to make cupcakes. Peter hadn't gotten one in time and Sirius, who had gotten the last one, wouldn't share his.


"Well, we ought to be going now," Lily noted, looking at Krystyna, who had been trying to get Sirius to share his cupcake with Peter. She was frowning at him a bit and then looked back at Lily. "It is getting quite late." Krystyna looked around and just noticed that it was night.


"Mm, why can't you stay here with me and we can watch a movie or something?" Sirius murmured in her ear and then kissed her on the cheek. She rolled her eyes, but smiled at him gently.


"Because I can't, Sirius," Krystyna sighed tiredly, still smiling at him. He gave her a small pouting look and she patted him on the head lightly. "You know I have to get the house all set up with Lily."


Lily and Krystyna had put their money together and were now roommates in a small house. Lily had refused to use any of James's money after she told him that she wouldn't stay with him just yet. He was still a little sour about that fact. The two girls were still taking everything out of boxes; they would be busy all day doing that.


While Krystyna and Lily were roommates, Sara had gotten an flat in London that was near she worked. She had gotten a job as a secretary for a small Healers clinic. While St. Mungos was the large hospital for most injured wizards and witches, the clinic Sara worked for took in the people that were terminally ill. It paid good enough money to let her get a nice flat.


Lorena was about to move out of her parents. Amazingly, she was still living there. No one had really asked her why because they knew that it might be a rather touchy subject to her.


Everyone got up from their seats and began bringing the dirty dishes and glasses inside the house.


"Lorena, how come you haven't moved out yet?" Sirius suddenly asked. She glanced at him while setting the dishes inside the sink, standing in an awkward position. Everyone turned their heads to gape at him. He was still looking at Lorena curiously. She stood up straight and wiped her hands on her pants.


"Well, first of all, I need to find a suitable house and second of all, I want to spend all the time I can with my little brothers, Nathan and Brandon," Lorena explained quite calmly. They all gawked at her now. She shrugged her shoulders and grabbed a kitchen towel to wipe her hands off after washing them. "After all, I want to make sure that they learn at an early age what life is really about. I still care about them so much. They're not evil."


"That's so sweet, Lorena," Lily told her with a pained expression. The blond shrugged her shoulders.


"I just don't want them to have the life like I did," Lorena sighed calmly. She turned around and looked at her reflection in the window. "They deserve better than that; they honestly do."


There was silence in which everyone stood up straight and looked at each other for a second. It was almost awkward. Lorena combed her fingers through her blond hair and gave a huge yawn.


"Listen; I'd love to stay and chat, but I really have to go now," Lorena told them tiredly, looking a little weary. Remus frowned a little. "I have work tomorrow, and it's going to be hell if I don't go to bed soon."


"Work? When did you start work?" Remus automatically questioned, taking a few steps towards her. She gave him an arduous smile. "Where do you work? What's your shift? Is it safe?"


"Dear Heavens, I didn't know I had to go through your screen test before I could start a job," Lorena exclaimed with a grin on her face. He blushed a bit, but kept a serious look on his face. "I just got this job, see. It's not going to be my life job, but I need the money so I can start up at London Wizarding Law Academy when the term comes around again."


"Oh, so you're really going to go for it?" Lily asked excitedly, smiling brightly at her. Lorena nodded her head; Lily beamed. "How wonderful! I know you'll do so well there!"


Remus was looking a little impatient so Lorena continued on with her explanation.


"Anyways, I started my new job as a waitress at The Three Broomsticks, but the only problem was is that I'm on third shift so I do late nights. Right now, that's okay, but later on, it's not going to happen. Safe? Well, I certainly hope so." Remus's eyes widened at that last part and she laughed at him. She walked over to him and hugged him, giving him a soft peck on the cheek. "You mustn't be so uptight about such things; but yes, I am telling the truth."


"Why couldn't you have taken a safer job?" Remus muttered under his breath grumpily. "Or how about a shift during the day? You know what kind of shady characters are there at that time of night."


"All the more for me to take that shift, hun," Lorena replied with a mischievous glint in her eyes and an impish grin on her face. He looked a little startled, but she gave another laugh. "Calm down; I was just kidding, so don't worry about it."


Remus didn't look too convinced, but he said nothing. Sirius was holding back a few snorts by now.


"Well, I ought to be going. Thanks for dinner, Lily, and inviting me over to your new house, Sirius. It is a nice house, honestly. Have a good night, Krystyna! Oh, and Peter, how about this for an idea? I'll make you ten cupcakes since Sirius duped you out of one. Have a good time moving, Lily, Krystyna; it sure sounds like fun. Sara, see you tomorrow and have a good night. Bye, James, don't destroy anything-I'm just kidding. Goodbye!"


They all said goodbye to her. Lorena started for the door; Remus ran to catch up with her when the others weren't looking. He leaped out of the front door after her and jumped over the stairs. He grabbed her from behind and turned her around to plant a kiss on her lips before she could do anything. He could feel her smile against his lips when he rubbed his thumbs on her cheeks. She wrapped her arms around his neck and they pulled apart slightly.


"Thought you could get away without saying goodbye to me, did you now?" Remus said quietly with a grin on his face. She was still smiling at him, even after they had parted from the kiss. She raised an eyebrow a little.


"Mm, guess I wasn't slippery enough to do that," Lorena murmured softly, smiling at him mischievously. He opened his mouth to say something, but she pressed her finger against his lips, and he was immediately hushed. They stared at each other in the silence. "Good night, Remus."


"Good night, Lorena," Remus sighed, slightly disappointed.


She stood on her tiptoes to give him another kiss on the lips before she took a step back. She waved, and he waved back. Suddenly, Lorena Disapparated; and Remus was left alone on the dark front lawn. Even after her doing that many times, he still didn't liked it how she would just vanish into thin air so rapidly. He sighed and walked back inside the house.


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Lanni: Please review! I have finally made a second story! hope you like!

Chapter 2: A Broken Fairy Tale Story
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Chapter Two: A Broken Fairy Tale Story


Lorena appeared in front of her house - her real house - the Fawcett residence. There were lights on in the house, telling her that she wasn't too late and that Brandon and Nathan were most likely still awake. She took a deep breath and unlocked the door.


She walked in silently and shut it, locking it back up. And, just like that, she was inside her house, not a wave of emotion flooding over her like water. She walked up the stairs and passed her room. She stopped at Brandon and Nathan's bedroom. She looked at the crack underneath the door and saw it was dark. The light wasn't on.


She took a small breath and twisted the handle. She opened the door and silently walked in. When she shut the door, she heard a little rustling. The dark outlines of her little brothers sitting up their beds appeared. From what little light she had, she could see their curious faces.


"Hey, it's your big sister, Lorena," she whispered quietly. They immediately beamed at her in the darkness. She smiled back at them and sat at the foot of Nathan's bed. Brandon hopped out of his bed and sat down next to her. Nathan crawled over to her out from underneath the covers and leaped upon her back, throwing his arms around her neck.


"You're home!" Nathan cried out cheerfully but quietly. She ruffled his hair from behind her, still smiling brightly. They always cheered her up; after all, they were the only lights in this dark place. She used to always wonder how they could be so happy all of the time.


"Mmhm, home," Lorena repeated. Brandon gave her a quizzical look that she didn't normally see very often.


"Why were you barely ever at home last year?" Brandon asked. Nathan also gave her a puzzled look and nodded his head feverishly. "Why were you always at Uncle Cassius's? We missed you lots."


Lorena wasn't quite sure how to answer this. They didn't get it yet; they hadn't really been told of anything yet. She wondered how they would take it if she told them the real truth. She thought about what she could say.


"Well," she began thoughtfully, "mummy and daddy thought that I was a little bad at school so, in order for me to become a good girl, they sent me to live with Auntie Selena and them all, but since I was still not obeying the rules, I was still there."


It was quite difficult to sugar coat such a horrible thing, but somehow, she had found a way to possibly do it. They nodded their heads, getting it, but not really getting it. That was fine with Lorena though; she wanted it that way.


"Why did you come in here?" Brandon asked curiously. Brandon was always the one to ask questions. Nathan, on the other hand, didn't; he was more of the quiet one--the thinker, but not so logical yet. Brandon got his answers when he wanted them also.


"Well, I wanted to tell you goodnight before you fell asleep, silly," Lorena said with a smile. He grinned cheekily at her. "And, if you two like, I'll read you a bed time story so you can fall asleep more easily. Would you like that? Did mummy read you one already?"


"Yes, story, please!" Nathan declared happily.


"Nope, mummy did read us one tonight," Brandon told her grumpily, frowning a little. "I think she forgot again."


Lorena nodded her head slowly and stood up, meandering over to the shelf to pick out a book. Her finger grazed along the spines of each book.


"Don't read us a story!" Nathan squealed at her. She spun around, looking confused.


"What, but I thought-?"


"Tell us a story from your imagination!" Nathan added quickly, smiling at her happily. She sighed and nodded her head. She sat back down and Brandon crawled back into his own bed. They both got under the covers and watched her intently, keenly listening for the beginning of her fairy-tale story. She sighed again. She was never good at making up stories - unless they were lies. She opened her mouth to begin when Brandon interrupted her.


"A scary story-"


"-filled with lots of adventure-"


"-and the heroes are twins, just like us, but not us-"


"-with very creepy things-"


"-but NO mushy stuff at all-"


"-because that's just plain gross!"


Lorena gave them both a bored look. "Is that all, your majesties?" she asked them dryly. They grinned at her and she rolled her eyes. "Alright, one scary, action-packed, creepy, story with twin heroes and no mushy stuff, at all, coming right up!"


They situated themselves and watched her closely.


"Once upon a time in a faraway land, lived two boys, but they there no ordinary boys, I tell you. They were twins, but more to the point, they were wizards. Not yet of age yet or even the age to go to a Wizarding school, people knew that they were more than just twin wizards; they were Mystics, magical people who were blessed with the gift to be able to do magic without the use of a wand. Now, there was this girl, see--"


"I thought we said no mushy stuff, Lorena?" Brandon complained loudly.


"Yeah, you cheated us out of a great story!" Nathan groaned unhappily. She grinned at them.


"Hold about, you two; there isn't any romance," Lorena said. They looked as if they didn't believe her. "Just because there is one girl, doesn't mean the hero's gonna kiss her. I have guy best friends."


The two of them frowned at her deeply.


"Yeah, and you also have a boyfriend," Nathan pointed out dryly. She gave him a certain look and he lay back down. "But, please do, continue on with the story."


"Right then, like I was saying, there was this girl, see. She was moderately pretty, you could say, but she was no princess. In fact, she was a mere pauper, but she was very smart indeed. The twin Mystics, however, were princes and very rich.


"After many years, the twins had gone to a special school where only few went to. In fact, there had been less than a hundred students there - less than fifty students - because this was a school for Mystics. But you see, the girl, the pauper, was also a Mystic - the only girl Mystic for a hundred years, in fact - but she had not the money to go to the school so she learned on her own.


"Well, now that the twins and the girl were seventeen, they were practically ready to move out and party! But, seeing as how the twins had to be respectable and the girl didn't have that kind of money...it didn't happen. Hm, sad, that was. Well, one day when an awful storm came over the town - ruining the twins' day of pure Quidditch madness - this drifter came into town-"


"What's a drifter?" Brandon asked curiously.


"Um, like a stranger, but you know, more mysterious," Lorena answered unsurely, not quite sure of the real answer. It had just popped into her mind randomly. "Okay, well, this drifter came into town. He was rather spooky, if you ask me. He had a haunting look about him. Well, no one really paid him much attention, but he certainly paid that girl much attention. He had his eyes on her and she didn't like it one bit because she knew that he knew that she was a Mystic. I mean, this drifter was evil and he was a bad bloke-"


"Like You-Know-Who?" Brandon queried anxiously. Nathan gasped and recoiled, pulling his blanket over his head. He was more sensitive about such things while Brandon was quite brash...like Sirius, for example. Nathan was much more like Peter...or Remus. Yeah, more like Remus probably than anyone.


Lorena paused and stared at Brandon. He was looking at her with his curious eyes. She nodded her head slowly. "Yes, like You-Know-Who, I suppose..."


"More like Marcus?" Nathan wondered out loud. At this accusation, a small smirk fleeted across Lorena's face. It was a proud thing for her to say that she had actually taught them that Marcus was "not the nicest of people in the world" and that he could "be evil when he feels like it". Lorena nodded her head.


"Yeah, a lot like Marcus, Nathan," Lorena replied calmly. Nathan stuck his tongue out at Brandon, who pouted a little. "Anyways, well, the two twins didn't know about this, but they knew the girl. In fact, they were friends with her even though she was a poor girl! They were very nice to her, unlike how they were to their parents because they were very mischievous.


"One day, the twins went outside to play some games with their magic with her, but they couldn't find her at all. 'Where are you?' they called out, but she never came. It came to be that they figured out that the evil drifter kidnapped her! So, they went on this grand adventure to save her.


"They followed the tosser's tracks with their magic only to come upon a fire breathing dragon in China; and they had to defeat it. It shot towering flames at them, and they dogged them, escaping death by just inches. One of them leapt onto the dragon's tail and climbed on it. With his magical powers, the Mystic calmed it down and made it fall asleep. They advanced forward.


"They were hot on the drifter's tail and were catching up rather quickly. So, the drifter caused a very violent storm to take place and flood the canyon they were in. Indeed, it flooded up and they were tossed around in the water. One got his foot caught between rocks, and the water rose above his head. He was stuck and sure to die. That's when his twin dove under the water and broke the rocks, freeing him and they barely escaped-"


"Who got onto the dragon? Who got stuck?" Brandon asked hastily, words speeding out of his mouth a hundred miles per hour. "Which one did that?"


"Does it really matter?" Lorena groaned, not really wanting to choose.


"YES!" Nathan and Brandon cried out in unison. She rolled her eyes and thought.


"The older one got onto the dragon, but the younger one saved the older one from drowning," Lorena told them calmly. They looked at each other and then back at her, eagerly awaiting the rest of her story. She wondered if she would ever get through with this. With them interrupting her, she might never get to the ending of it. However, she continued on with it.


"They crossed a scorching dessert, nearly dying of dehydration and heat stroke, but they made it to an oasis where they rested. They were brought back to health by many nice butterbeers. Mm... Oh, while they were resting in the lake, something happened. There was this hole in the bottom of the lake and the entire lake was drained, sucked in it, taking the twins along with the water! Around and around they went and then, they landed in mud.


"They walked for hours when they found themselves in a homey type place. They saw their friend tied up in a chair, being drained of her powers! The older twin saw the tosser and immediately jumped into action, fighting him. He dodged blow after blow and fought back. Meanwhile, the younger twin raced to save the girl before it was too late. He untied her and gave the girl her powers back.


"The three Mystics banded together to form a mighty sphere of bright light - magic - and threw it at the evil man, making him disappear forever. When they got back home, they were heroes and the girl was no longer a pauper. She became very rich, and the boys were both crowned king since obviously, two heads are better than one. They were still friends and lived happily ever after. The end."


Lorena looked around the room and saw that Brandon had fallen asleep already. Nathan was trying to keep his eyelids from drooping over his eyes. She smiled at him. She stood up and walked over to him, ruffling his hair a bit.


"'Night, Nathan," Lorena whispered with a smile on her face.


"Good night, Lo-Lorena," Nathan yawned. He closed his eyes and fell asleep. Lorena walked over to the door and opened it, light flooding in just a bit. She looked back and saw that they were now both peacefully asleep, dreaming of wonderful things. She smiled again and walked out, silently shutting the door behind herself.


Lorena started for her bedroom when something stopped her. It was a mirror. She had always taken to look at her reflection.


Allen, her twin brother looked nothing like her. Why? Well, because he was a Fawcett, naturally, and his father's son. He had the normal dark hair, dark eyes, and tan complexion. She had light hair, light eyes, and rather pale complexion. They were also very different. He was horrible in Potions; she excelled in it. He was an obedient idiot; she was a stubborn arse. He was afraid of almost everything and couldn't stand up for himself for anything; she was brave enough to defy her family every day of her life and had fun doing it, too.


She sighed and started to walk for her room again when Allen appeared at the top of the steps, giving her a bemused look. She raised her eyebrows at him.


"What?" Lorena asked calmly.


"Nothing," Allen replied quickly, looking away from her and walking, as if going to his bedroom.


"I'm sure it was," Lorena sighed dully, grabbing her handle. Allen suddenly stopped and put a hand on her arm. She jerked her arm a little, and his hand came off. She looked over her shoulder at him to see that he was looking a little guilty.


"Actually, it is something," Allen grumbled under his breath.


All in all, her family, including herself, was not very good at expressing their emotions to each other and communicating with each other. They found it rather difficult talking to each other - Lorena and Allen, did - because they had been brought up in a way that didn't teach them how to. She turned around and leaned against her door, crossing her arms across her chest.


"Okay, what is it then?" Lorena asked evenly, obviously uninterested in whatever he was about to say. He looked a little nervous as he fidgeted. He didn't look her in the eyes.


"Dad wants you out of the house," Allen muttered. She smiled at him, which he was not expecting. "But I don't want that. I mean - uh - you're my sister, and it doesn't matter if you sort of - er - got Marcus and Uncle Cassius sent to Azkaban and-and you're dating that-that guy. I just-"


Lorena put a gentle hand on his arm. "Listen, Allen; it's nice of you and all to try and defend me, but it's going to get you nowhere in life," she told him flatly. "Thank you, anyways, for at least trying. Tell father that I'm trying to find a house; and I'll be at work all day tomorrow."


"You work? When and where did you find a job at?" Allen asked immediately, looking and sounding a bit curious. He lit up a little; she crossed her arms across her chest. "Perhaps you'll get to stay a tad bit longer now that you've gotten yourself a job; Dad'll be real pleased about this."


"Oh, goodie, now that I have pleased daddy, I can go on living a happy life!" Lorena cheered sarcastically, grinning at her twin brother, who was suddenly frowning at her. Why must she always rain on his parade when something good happened? Better yet, why did she always make him sound so stupid?


"Listen, Lorena; I just don't want you to have to be separated from our lives all together," Allen mumbled under his breath. "I know that while you never really did obey the rules that were set for school, you did obey them here. I know you still care about Nathan and Brandon a lot."


"Yeah, I do, so I'd appreciate it if you mention nothing about what has happened over the past year or so, Allen," Lorena told him, glaring at him piercingly. "I don't want them to know what our parents have put me through and what our uncle and cousin really did for a living."


"Lorena, I didn't know about-"


"Goodnight, Allen," Lorena interrupted, somewhat coldly. "I probably won't be seeing you tomorrow."


She rounded sharply on her heels and opened her bedroom door to walk inside. When she turned back around, she saw his stunned expression and slammed the door in his face. He never got it. He never saw it coming ever. To put it simply, he saw what happened behind closed doors, but said nothing. As far as Lorena was concerned, Allen was another family member that had forgotten that she was just a girl still.


Lorena went to bed, sleeping in restless dreams that night, only to be awoken around three in the morning by a nightmare of a Slytherin boy with black hair. She pulled her legs to her chest and looked out of her window to the stars, only to find that she could see no stars. Out here, she could see nothing.


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