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Uh-Oh by coupling

Format: Novella
Chapters: 3
Word Count: 2,469
Status: WIP

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Strong Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse

Genres: Humor, Romance, AU
Characters: Dumbledore, Lupin, Sirius, Lily, OC
Pairings: Sirius/Lily

First Published: 08/01/2006
Last Chapter: 10/05/2006
Last Updated: 10/05/2006

Lily, Sirius, and Remus get sent back into time to Lily's ninth birthday.

Chapter 1: Remus, You Idiot!
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“In here!” Lily Evans whispered. Remus Lupin and Sirius Black were stuffed into her closet. She followed them in. In horror, she watched as her nine year old self pulled the covers off and climbed out of bed. Sirius smiled at the look on the seventeen-year-old Lily. She clenched her fists to stop herself from hitting him.

Little Lily bounced into the bathroom with some clothes and came out ten minutes later fully dressed. She combed her hair in front of the vanity mirror. Blood-red waves smoothed out and curled again. A younger Remus and James Potter knocked on the window of her room. She opened the window and they climbed in with obvious practice. “Happy birthday!” James shouted while Remus shouted and said calmly, “Good morning and happy birthday.

“Thanks.” She glowed. “Petunia just shrieked at me this morning.”

“She never does anything but shriek. Anyway, your surprise party starts in about five minutes.” The older Remus smiled at what a nosey kid he had been. “I found out yesterday.”

“‘Surprise’ normally means you don’t know until it happens.”

“You hate surprises so I figured you should know.”

Lily rolled her eyes and stood up, beckoning Remus and James to follow her. They left and heard the sounds of a party going in full swing. Music flooded the entire house. Screams of ‘happy birthday’ echoed. After a minute, Lily pulled them from the closet. “Let’s go. We can go to Remus’s and Apparate to Hogwarts.”

They turned to go when a voice said, “Who are you?” None of them had to turn around to tell it was little Lily’s.

Sirius turned around, pointed to the younger Remus standing behind her and said, “He can explain.”

They ran as quickly as they could and Apparated to Hogwarts. Lily sighed and slumped down the side of the Three Broomsticks. “I came back for my earrings. Why did I want them? I hate them now.”

“Maybe you had tacky taste at nine.” Sirius’s attempt to lighten the mood had no effect.

Remus paced the ground. Lily stared at the side of the building before saying, “I feel sick.”

The boys looked at her and realised she looked faint. Neither knew why; she was used to much more excitement than this, so the possibility that that was the problem was unlikely. Before long, Sirius exclaimed, “You haven’t eaten!” Remus gave Lily a severe look.

Lily shrugged carelessly. “Well, if you didn’t touch that thing, Remus, then I would have been a breakfast rather than getting sent back into time.”

Sirius stepped in between them. “Let’s go down to the kitchens. We’ll tell Hagrid that we’re students who need desperately to talk to Dumbledore. He’ll let us in the school.”

After finding Hagrid and practically begging to be let in, the three managed to be let into the school. Hagrid left to their own devices, telling them Dumbledore’s password. Lily literally ran to the kitchens. She found a house-elf she knew from the future and after a introducing themselves as students said, “Penny, could we have some pancakes, two coffees, one chamomile tea, and treacle tart?” Penny nodded and rushed off while other elves prepared a table for them.

Lily sunk into the nearest chair. Remus settled down next to her, and Sirius sat on the other side. He leaned over to Lily and tugged her lower eyelid down. She was pale underneath. He called to the nearest elf and asked if the school matron was there. The elf nodded and said that if they needed anything from her, she would go and get it. Sirius asked for Iron Draught and the elf disappeared.

“Iron pills work better,” Remus commented casually.

“Yeah,” Sirius placed a pile of the newly brought pancakes in front of Lily. They ate in silence. Nearly an hour later, they stood in front of Dumbledore’s office. Lily charmed her red halter top shirt and jean skirt so they didn’t reveal so much. Remus and Sirius brushed the last crumbs off their jeans. “Ready?” Sirius asked. Without waiting for a response, he said the password and knocked on the door to Dumbledore’s office.

But there was no response. Lily knocked again then pushed the door open. “No one’s here. Hagrid said he was here.”

“I got wind of a muggle family heard of the wizarding world through an accident, I presume, and was helping to sort things out without resorting to magic.”

Lily smiled sweetly and turned. “Hello, Professor Dumbledore.”

AN: Please review. Kitty got this idea, and neither of us were sure it was a good it was a good idea. Everything will be explained in the next chapter.

Chapter 2: Family
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Dumbledore smiled serenely, “And you would be?”

“Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, and Lily Evans,” Lily stated. “We got sent back to my room. Hopefully, there’s not much of a problem?”

“I assume then you are muggleborn. Well, certainly your parents understand. But I advise you go talk to them. Tell them everything. I’ll put a spell to make them forget when you leave. Go with her, Remus, Sirius.”

The boys nodded and bade Dumbledore goodbye. Lily walked briskly out the door without a second glance. As soon as they were in the corridor again, Lily exclaimed, “What am I supposed to tell them!”

“The truth is always a good start.”

“Sod off, Black.”

He stuck his tongue out. Lily smiled. “How mature.”

They walked to Hogsmeade quietly. They came to the silent agreement to Apparate to Lily’s house, explain everything and hope that Dumbledore knew what he was doing. He knew most of the time… but he was too trusting.

“Hello!” Lily called brightly to her younger self. James, Sirius, Peter, and Remus were standing around her, staring avidly.

“Who are you?” Little Lily commanded.

“I’m you… in eight years.”

Little Lily raised her eyebrow. “Then what do they call me?” She jerked her head to the boys.


Little Lily stared for a minute then asked who the boys were with the elder Lily.

Lily waved her hand casually. “Remus and Sirius. I hope you can tell the difference.”

“No, she… you…can’t. We’re twins!” The older Sirius yelled out dramatically, pulling close Remus to him, who was saying, “Actually, I have no clue who you are.”


“Yes, you are.”


They quieted.

“Now, little me, we’ll call you Lilyette until we leave. It’ll be better. We can distinguish. Although we shouldn’t talk too much. The Sirius and Remus with me we’ll call—”

“Moony and Padfoot!”

“Huh?” James asked.

“You’ll figure it out when you’re thirteen,” Moony said, bored.


Lily beckoned them. They walked out to the sitting room where the Evanses, the Blacks, the Potters, the Lupins, and the Pettigrews were sitting, with their other children. The Evans family looked completely confused, while Hallie Potter was trying to explain.

Everyone’s attention was on the three teenagers as they entered. No one said anything for what seemed like hours. Finally, Padfoot, not used to uncomfortable silences, said in a cheery attempt, “Hi, everyone! We came for a visit.”

Madeleine Black gazed at the older version of her son. More discomfort followed the comment, and Lily said, “We’re here by mistake. Something happened. No one’s sure what. We’re sorry for frightening, um, Lily. Now, I believe I have to explain something to my family.

“Dumbledore has assured me that as soon as we find a successful way to get back to our own time, you will forget what we’ve told you. In two years, all of this will be important, but again, you will forget everything.

“The Blacks, the Potters, the Lupins, and the Pettigrews are wizards, as am I. Time travel is possible. Unfortunately, we don’t know how we got here; therefore it might be a while before we leave. We just want you to know that magic exists.”

“So the chair she blew up when she was four was magic,” Padfoot interjected.

Lily blushed slightly and continued. “We’ll leave with that information. They,” she waved her hand casually at the families, “can explain more. But if you need to contact us, we’ll be at Hogwarts or in Hogsmeade. Good-bye.”

She Apparated and Padfoot and Moony waved and followed.

Lily walked straight up to Hogwarts without pausing to see if the boys were with her. They ran, meeting her up at the doors. She knocked loudly, knowing that the spells around the school would announce their presence. A few minutes later, Dumbledore, wearing that serene expression of his, opened the door. “Ah, back so soon?”

“They’ve been told everything they need to know. Additional information can be provided by the others.”

Sirius whispered almost inaudibly to Remus, “She sounds like an advertisement or something.”

Remus nodded absently and listened to Lily request a stay in Hogwarts. Dumbledore smiled. “But of course. Although the dorms are closed till the beginning of the year, I’m sure you can find something.”

Lily nodded and entered the school. Dumbledore departed, telling them that he would inform the house-elves that they were here. And if they wanted to do any research on time travel, the house-elves would have instructions to let them in the library.

Sirius led the way to the Room of Requirement. He paced as they waited for the handle. Three times later, Remus pulled open the door. Lily raised her eyebrows at the scene. It was a bedroom, with three separate bathrooms to opposite sides, but only one huge bed. “Exactly what were you thinking of, Sirius?”

“I swear I asked for three beds!”

“It probably just put them as one,” Remus said, the lone voice of reason. “Besides, we’re not going to do anything anyway. Lily’s shared beds with both of us before, when her house was being painted and when that thunderstorm scared her. We’re not going to do anything. We’re mature enough to be reasonable.”

“We’re also teenagers with raging hormones,” Sirius said.

“We’ve all dated before and managed to control ourselves. So why can’t this be any different.”

“How about,” Lily started, “we think of each other as siblings who can’t afford a second or third bed. That way, when our hormones start to go, we can think, ‘Incest,’ and be disgusted.”

Sirius shrugged and joined Remus in sitting down on the bed. A comfortable silence followed before Lily gasped.

“What?” Sirius looked around at her.

“I just asked for a moon chart. Tonight’s the full moon!”

Chapter 3: Locke's Spell
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Remus stared at her. “But it can’t be… I didn’t feel anything…”

”Mate, there’s no Whomping Willow, no Shrieking Shack,” Sirius pointed out.

“Really?” Remus retorted dryly. “I wonder why? Maybe it’s because I haven’t started Hogwarts yet—”

“We have a bigger problem than arguing over this.”

“What?” Sirius asked.

“The fact that there’s nothing for Remus.”

“That’s a bigger problem? Can’t we just ask Remus’s parents if little him and Moony can share a transformation room?”

“No, it’s too dangerous. He’s older and bigger and can kill him. We’ll have to make do with what we have. Maybe there’s a special spell? We can lock these doors, the ones to the Room of Requirement, and Sirius, you can stay with him, under your Animagus form, obviously. I can spend the night in the library or the kitchens…”

“But we need a spell that will hold for the night…”

“Library. Now.”

“The what?”

“Library, Black, now come on, it doesn’t bite.”

“Yes, it does! I have some horrible memories there…”

“Then you shouldn’t have picked up a biting book,” Remus injected. “Biting things usually bite.”

“Bites hurt!”

Lily raised her eyebrows. “Sirius… I hate to break it to you… but the book barely made a mark. It was gone within an hour.”

“It still hurt! Ask James! He saw the bite mark! It was red and my skin was dented…!”

“And nothing happened. Now let’s go to the library. We need to see if there’s a charm to lock doors for a long period of time. Colloportus probably wouldn’t work…”

“If we don’t…” Remus started cautiously.

“We’ll have no choice but to ask your parents…”

“No. You’re right. I can kill little me. Then I won’t be here…. Come on Sirius, let’s go to the library.”

Sirius regretfully got up and followed the other two out. He didn’t want Remus to kill himself… but who stored a biting book in the library? That’s enough to give a person a heart attack. And make them want to leave and never, ever come back.

Lily had found a house elf and asked him to unlock the library. The house elf beamed and said, “Yes, miss!”

Remus was completely silent. Contemplating the situation, no doubt. Sirius sidled up to him and whispered, “If neither works…”

“Don’t say that,” Remus snapped briskly.

“You have to face it,” Sirius said quietly.

Remus turned to him and sighed. “I know, I know, believe me. But I don’t know what I’ll do. I’m not safe to Lily or any other person for that matter. Let’s pray that won’t be true.” He sighed again. “Well, we have several hours until nightfall. We should find something in that time. I hope,” he added, almost inaudibly.

Lily was already in the library, pulling down books. Sirius eyed the shelves wearily. Remus smiled. “I promise I won’t let Lily give you a biting book. And I won’t give you one either,” he continued when Sirius began to speak. They followed Lily to a table and she smacked the books down.

They worked quietly and efficiently, sorting through the pages, reading paragraphs every now and then. The library was completely still and silent, save the sound of flipping pages and thrown books.

An hour later, the boys pushed away their last books. Lily continued to flip through hers. “Yes!” She pushed the book at them. “Locke’s Spell,” they read.

“‘Locke’s Spell is simply a complex spell that locks a door for up to a whole day. It is different from Colloportus. Locke’s Spell is specifically designed to keep things in or out. Dangerous monsters or criminals can be kept under this spell. It will work on any door. Only the caster can break the spell again. The spell cannot be fooled by the Imperius Curse or Polyjuice Potion.’”

Remus shrugged. “I suppose I fit under the category of ‘dangerous monsters’.”

Lily smiled sympathetically. “It’s a much stronger spell than Colloportus. Colloportus can be fooled and can be broken easily. The door that has the spell on it can also be broken down almost effortlessly. It is your only chance.”

“Locke’s Spell it is,” Sirius announced.

AN: Yes, who does store a biting book in the library? Another mystery for them to solve...

Sorry about the length (or lack thereof...) Not fond of this chapter... you?