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Reality Check by team_xtreme

Format: Novella
Chapters: 8
Word Count: 21,162
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language

Genres: Drama, Romance, AU
Characters: Lupin, Sirius, Lily, James, OC
Pairings: Remus/OC, James/Lily

First Published: 04/07/2008
Last Chapter: 07/04/2008
Last Updated: 07/04/2008


Taylor Rhines was never supposed to be there. She had gotten there by mistake. But now she was a witch. Now she was a Marauder. Follow as this confused young woman enters a world completely different from her own. She won't know what she'll discover. Or who she'll fall for.

Chapter 1: Chapter One: Kings Cross
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story Dedicated to Emily, whose really been there for me, especially through some hard times recently. you rock! muah!

Chapter One: Kings Cross

“Gay, gayer gayest.” I muttered under my breath.

“Huh?” soft blue eyes glanced over to my brown ones.

“What? Nothing.” I shook my head, my brown hair whipping from one side to the other.

She chuckled. “Just ignore them.”

“How am I supposed to ignore the conniving two timing bitch who I once considered my best friend?” I raised an eyebrow, a touch of sourness in my tone.

“Good point.” She nodded. “But we still have like a week with them you know.”

I shrugged. “Doesn’t mean I have to enjoy her or his company. Ever.”

“We still have a whole year with them.”

“I keep my previous answer the same.”

“Alrightie then.” She patted my shoulder. “Well, you know I’m behind you one hundred percent.”

“I know. Thanks Slice.” I grinned at the blonde girl standing beside me.

“No prob Dice.” She grinned back. “Now, any idea of where we are?”

“Did you listen to what the teachers told us?” I laughed as she shook her head no. “Kings Cross.” I pointed to a sign. “We’re taking the train to…. somewhere or other.”

“Oh right!” she nodded. “I knew that.”

“And you say I’m slow.” I muttered under my breath.

“What was that?” she sent me a glare.

“Nothing at all my dear Slice.” I gave her an innocent look. “What do you say we figure out where the rest of the class went?”

“I think they went to platform 7.” She looked around nervously.

“I thought they said 9.”

“I’m sure it was 7.”

“Has to be 9.”





“Oh! This is going nowhere.” She rolled her eyes and exclaimed. “I’ll go to seven, you go to nine, and then we’ll meet back up alright?”

“Gotcha.” I nodded. “Five bucks says I’m right.”

“Your on.” She snickered. “Be back in a few?”

“Sure thing.” I nodded before we split off.

I laughed to myself as I travelled over to where the sign read Platform 9. I frowned, as I recognized no one who was on our school trip. Feeling defeated, and trying to figure out if I even held five dollars on me, I silently kicked at the wall between the 9 and 10 platforms. I received a few odd looks from travellers, but I didn’t really care. To be honest, I didn’t care about losing the bet with my friend. That was insignificant compared to my other problem. I had just found out the previous night that one of my best friends was secretly seeing the guy I had liked since ninth grade. It was heart breaking in all honesty. She had been the one who encouraged me to take the plunge and finally ask him out. She was behind me 100%. I can see now that it was all an act. She dint really care at all. She was secretly with him all along. You can imagine how a girl would feel. You can even imagine why I was now repeatedly kicking at the wall in frustration. Actually, my anger took the better of me, and I found myself wanting to shove my fist into the wall (I never was good with the whole anger management thing).

It was then that the oddest thing happened. Actually, it was beyond odd. I really think I’m on crack and am just dreaming the whole thing. But I am actually going through a brick wall. Crazy? Yes. But it was in fact happening. I felt like I should have screamed due to falling through a solid wall. Why didn’t I? I was too curious. It wasn’t everyday that you fall through a wall. I was slightly wondering why. Oh, and then there’s the fact that I never really realized that a wall could be this big. However, that thought vanished as I soon found myself falling flat on my face. Not so graceful. But like I always said; I was like a spy, jus not as graceful. I was still working out the kinks of that saying, so shove off.

“Are you alright?” a kind voice came from above me.

I groaned as I rubbed my nose and pushed myself into a sitting position. I took a long around at my setting and realized I was anywhere but where I just was. This platform looked nothing like where I was previously. This one was lively and bursting with people. A big red steam engine was the only train in sight, everyone piling on with…trunks? And why were there owl cages…what were they wearing?”

“Did you kill the girl Padfoot?” A new voice came beside the previous.

“I did no such thing Prongs. I blame Moony, he was the one who was standing in the way and then just moved. Way to go Moony my man, kill the girl!”

“Bugger off Padfoot.” Another new voice stated.

I looked up at the three as I sat there on my ass. There stood three boys roughly around my age. The one in the middle was tall, around 6 foot I would have guessed. He had soft black hair that fell into his greyish blue eyes. You could just tell from the smirk on his face that he had to have been the playboy at school. I knew his type way too well. His body looked lean, as if he was athletic. The boy to his right looked much the same, except his raven black hair was short and completely messy. His hazel eyes were round were hidden behind a pair of glasses. They however hardly tainted the handsome features he held, especially his tall lean stature. The last boy was slightly short than the first two, but not by much. He had sandy brown hair and striking brown eyes with a hint of yellow. His features seemed to be a little more defined, though I noticed a light scar along the side of his face.

“Well she’s not dead.” The messy haired boy said to his friends.

I blinked a few times before realizing I looked like a complete idiot. I grew red as I pushed myself off the ground as gracefully as I could. Thankfully I was able to stand without any problems. However I still found the boys were looking at me curiously.

“Are you new?” the sandy brown haired boy asked curiously.

“Huh?” I gave him a confused look right before a whistle from the train went off.

“Oi! We better get on.” The middle exclaimed as he looked around wildly. “Come on boys.”

The three nodded before grabbing their own trunks and began to walk towards the train. The sandy brown hair one looked back at me after a moment.

“Aren’t you coming?”

I didn’t know what to say. I was completely lost. First I fell through a wall, then I fell flat on my face, then I looked like an idiot in front of three rather handsome boys. And now, there was a train in the middle of god knows where, and a boy looking at me like I was crazy if I didn’t get on. The normal thing to do would be to turn around and try and redo this whole problem. But, I was never one of those people. So instead, I began walking and soon found myself on a train that was speeding at full force towards a destination I wasn’t even sure of.

So there I was, just standing in the middle of the hallway on the moving train. I had no idea of where the three boys had gone, or where I should go. I was silently cursing this whole decision when the previous boy stuck his head out of one of the compartments and smiled at me.

“You are new aren’t you?”

I gave him a weak smile, not knowing what else to do. He nodded and urged me into the compartment. I glanced around before shrugging and entering the room. The other two boys looked up and smiled with nods as I found a seat across from them. I fidgeted nervously as they just starred.

“What’s your name?” the greyish blue-eyed boy asked, eyeing me up and down.

“Taylor Rhines.” I answered almost automatically. Hey, just because I was completely confused, didn’t mean I was going to lie.

“So your too old to be a first year. Exchange student?” the sandy brown haired boy wondered.

I opened my mouth to answer, but realized I had no idea what to say. An exchange student? First year? What in blazing hell is going on! Thankfully, before the three boys could look at me too crazily, the compartment door slid open to reveal a rather old man.

“Professor Dumbledore?” the three said in surprise, their eyes wide.

Dumbledore? What sort of name was that?

“Mr. Black, Mr. Potter, Mr. Lupin. I hope your summers were enjoyable.” His blue eyes twinkled at the three boys.

They all nodded, their eyes still displaying their surprise.

“Sir, if you don’t mind me asking, why are you on the train?” Sirius asked bluntly.

The Dumbledore guy hardly seemed fazed by it. In fact, I swear I heard a little chuckle. His eyes soon swivelled to me though, and I felt like a deer in the headlights.

“If you boys don’t mind, I have some business to attend to with Ms. Rhines.”

The boys nodded before going into conversation with themselves. I meanwhile seemed unsure of what to do.

“Ms. Rhines, if you would care to follow me.”

Thinking that it wouldn’t be smart to not go with him, I shot up and followed the older man out of the room. I remained silent as I followed him to a larger compartment that I swear hadn’t been in the train when I first got on it. As we entered, I noticed a small wooden desk with many trinkets on it. A plush chair sat across from the desk, and I assumed that I as to take the seat. As we both sat, I starred at him, hoping he would be able to answer some of my questions.

“Lemon drop?” He offered me a can of small candies.

I shook my head.

“Ms. Rhines, I’m sure your wondering where you are at the moment. Am I correct.”

I nodded. “How do you know my name?”

“I’ve known for quite a while now that you would be arriving on this train. I’ve been waiting for the day. I was sitting in my office this morning when fawks announced your arrival. I made it here as soon as I could to help explain some things.”

I nodded slowly, trying to keep up.

“My dear, your on the Hogwarts Express on your way to Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”

I continued to nod, not really letting his words set in. after awhile, I frowned, my eyes widening. Did he just say what I thought he said? School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Am I secretly on Punk`d? Is this where Ashton Kutcher came out with camera crews? I waited; I honestly was looking around the room like a crazy person, expecting this to happen. But nothing did. No one jumped out, no one laughed and came clean. I turned my attention back to the man who held an amused smile, and paled considerably. I don’t know what it was about him, but he made me believe him.

“It’s a lot to take in my dear, but you are in fact, a witch.”

“I’m a-a what?”

“A witch.”

My face, if possible, paled even further. He must have noticed as he stood up and moved around his desk and leaned against it beside me.

“Have you ever done anything that you just couldn’t explain? Anything that seemed impossible?”

I thought back to last night. After I had found about my so-called friend and my crush, I remember being so angry. It was at a dinner that the hotel had put on for us, in a nice elegant hall. I had seen them get close, and I just grew angry. Suddenly her chair had given out, and she fell on her ass, looking like a complete idiot. Those chairs aren’t easy to break, they were quite sturdy. I had wondered about that, but never went into deep thought about it. Then there was a time at school when I felt upset, felt alone during one of my spares. I remember walking outside, wishing the snow would melt. A flower had bloomed in front of me. I figured it had been there the entire time. Once, when I was a small child, my neighbour’s dog had chased me into my yard. I didn’t know where to go or what to do. Suddenly the dog’s barks had grown mute even though his still did the actions. It eventually seemed to bow its head and walk off. I never really thought of those incidents until right now. Did magic really have a part in them? It seemed so unlikely, and yet, made perfect sense.

“This may be quite a lot to take in, I understand that. I wouldn’t want to push to much information on you right away. I’ll give you the necessary details now, and then we can have a chat the first weekend of class.”

I nodded numbly, still trying to figure everything out.

“You already know you’re a witch, however, I’m not sure you know what this means. You’ll be taking classes at my school. You are a few years late, first years being 11. As I assume your 17, you will be going into your seventh year. Your studies will be exceptionally abstract consider you haven’t had any previous training. I will give you a tutor. One of the boys you were sitting with, Mr. Lupin, I’m sure wont see a problem with helping you out. Nor will the head girl Ms. Evans. I however, would ask you not to mention how you got here. If it got around that a girl fell through the barrier at kings cross while on a school trip, students will get intrigued and want to know more. For now, I will ask you to keep them in your dark. We’ll explain that you’re an exchange student from…. Canada is it?”


“Use any story which you would like, I have faith in you my dear. If throughout the year you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.” He stood up. “Oh! That reminds me, you’ll need to be sorted and given books, and all your other materials.” He taped a finger to his chin. “I’ll have you sorted with the first years. After that, I’ll have house elves come to your common room later in the evening to get you your essentials.”

I nodded, still trying to process it all.

“I believe this is yours.” He brought out a wooden stick and handed it to me.

I held it in my hand, looking at it weirdly.

“Go ahead my dear, whisk it about.” He encouraged.

I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just twirled the tip. Suddenly, purple sparks and red fireworks came spurting from the end. My eyes widened as I nearly jumped.

“Well done.” He clapped his hands together. “Now, go run along. I’ll see you shortly I’m sure.”

I stood up, my eyes still wide.

“Oh and Ms. Rhines.” His eyes twinkled. “Have a nice stay,”

A/N: so i wrote this on a whim, and already have ideas for a sequel (yes, i'm that weird and pathetic. i have a few more chapters already written, so some more updates are on their way. all artwork is done by me :). hope you enjoy!

Chapter 2: Chapter Two: The Marauders
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Chapter Two: The Marauders

I fidgeted nervously as I stood close to the compartment I had been in with the three boys. I wasn’t sure if I should go back. After being told I was in fact a witch, and was ‘supposed’ to fall through a wall into this place, I wasn’t sure what to do. On one hand, I wasn’t near the person I absolutely hated anymore (huge plus for me), but the fact that I was in a place where I didn’t know anyone or anything, it was slightly nerving. But then again, those three boys did seem friendly. They went out of their way to try and make conversation with me, even though I was in fact new. Knowing this, I sighed deeply and slid the compartment door open slowly. The three boys instantly stopped their conversation as they looked up at me.

“Hey, your back!” the messy haired boy grinned.

“What did professor Dumbledore want?” the black haired boy beside him questioned, a grin on his face as well.

“Let the girl come in and sit down before you question her Sirius.” The sandy brown haired boy rolled his eyes.

He offered me a seat beside him, which I took graciously. As soon as I sat down though, the two black haired boys starred at me, waiting for my answer.

“He just wanted to talk about my…. ah…. exchange.”

The two nodded.

“Where are your things?” one asked.

My eyes connected with their trunks that were sitting up in the luggage compartment.

“Its ah, already at the school.” I thought quickly, surprising myself really.

“Cool. So where are you from?”


“Oh so that explains the funny accent.” The one who asked nodded knowingly.

“Thanks.” I replied sarcastically. “I could say the same for you really.”

“My voice is lovely.” He smirked cockily.

I chuckled; he really was the typical arrogant good-looking guy. Figures.

“Don’t mind Sirius.” The boy beside me said. “I’m Remus Lupin by the way. That one laughing like an arse is Sirius Black, and the other one is James Potter.”

I smiled at them all before resting my eyes back on Remus, remembering something that the old man had said.

“Oh so your the one whose tutoring me.”

Remus raised an eyebrow before realization hit him and he nodded. “Professor McGonagall informed me that I would be tutoring someone.”

“How come Moony gets all the good stuff. Tutoring the new hottie! Outrageous!” Sirius Black exclaimed, holding a hand to his heart in a mocking fashion.

Remus rolled his eyes. I meanwhile was trying to figure out what kind of nickname ‘Moony’ was. But then again, Emily and I did technically call each other Slice and Dice. I couldn’t really say anything.

“Calm yourself down Padfoot.” Remus chuckled. “No need to have a heart attack.”

“But Moony!” he exclaimed. “How come you get all the good stuff?”

“Well I’m sure if you actually worked harder in class…” Remus trailed off.

“But I have you for that, why would I need to do it?” Sirius smirked.

“I’m not even going to answer that.”

“So…” James Potter interrupted the two and looked at me. “Have you been sorted yet?”

I tried to wrack my brain and try and figure out if the old man had mentioned that at all. Right, he said I’d be sorted with the…first years I believe.

“I think I’m being sorted with the first years.”

The three nodded, apparently this sounded good enough for them.

“Hopefully your in Gryffindor, it’s the only good house.” James stated confidently.

“Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff are just as good.” Remus pointed out.

“But Moony, Gryffindor are the top of the pack, even you should know that.”

“All the houses are fine.” Remus assured me.

“Minus slytherin anyways.” Sirius’ face seemed to turn dark. “Only slimy gits get into that house.”

“Like Snivellus.” James smirked.

“Speaking of which….” Sirius and James began to engage in a whispered conversation between the two.

I gave Remus a confused look, which just replied with a shrug.

“There’s time I question how I’m friends with those two.” He laughed, joking of course.

“I know the type.” I nodded with a small smile. “So how does the sorting happen?”

“A hat.” He replied simply.

“A hat?” I raised an eyebrow. “A hat does the sorting?”

“Essentially. You put it on your head and it sorts out which characteristics you have that match the house. Pretty simple.”

These people were strange, that’s all I could say. I mean a hat? But then again, this hat story didn’t even compare to the rest of my day. I did however, find myself extremely curious as to what these ‘houses’ were.

“So what are the houses?” I asked curiously.

“There are four houses, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Gryffindor. The three of us are in Gryffindor. Every house sort of has their own characteristics in a way. Gryffindor is for the loyal and the brave, Ravenclaw is known for their brilliance and wit, Hufflepuff for their honesty and trust, and Slytherin for their cunningness and determination.”

“So then what was his problem with the Slytherin house?” I nodded at Sirius.

“Slytherin’s aren’t known to be very nice people.” Remus explained. “Most of them are pureblood that have problems with anyone lower than them. Their racist and prejudice, and plainly just gits like Sirius said. His whole family was part of the house and have blood problems. Sirius is the only good one out of the bunch.”

“Thank god for that!” Sirius broke into the conversation with an eye roll. “What would I do if I were in Slytherin? Probably commit murder.”

“Its suicide if you kill yourself Sirius.”

“Oh no, I wouldn’t kill myself, I’d kill them.” Sirius snorted. “I love myself too much.”

Remus rolled his eyes as Sirius sent me a grin before going back to his previous conversation.

“Anyways…the other three houses are good though. So whichever one you get into you shouldn’t have a problem. From your personality, any clue on which house though?”

“Hm…” I tapped my chin thoughtfully. “On any normal terms I could definitely see myself as a Slytherin…but considering that they sound like a bunch of assholes, definitely not that house. Ravenclaw definitely not, considering I’m not all that bright. Hm…. Hufflepuff maybe. But then again I’m slightly dishonest. Hm…loyal, I guess you could call me that. Not sure about being brave though. Hm…. well that takes out all of the choices. Any chance I could just make up a new, really cool house?”

Remus laughed. “Probably not.”

“Well snap.” I thought harder. “Well I guess I’ll see what this hat says.”

Remus nodded. “So what was your other school like?”

“It was pretty unbearable.” Well he didn’t say specifically ‘what was your other magic school like’.

“Why’d you make the move to Hogwarts?”

“Well…” what was I supposed to say? That I fell through a wall and just happened to fall upon all of this. Definitely not. The old man already told me not to. So… back-story. What can I say…hm… “My father found a better job all the way in London, so we had to move.”

Remus seemed to believe this. “Do you miss your other school?”

“Not really. I was ready to leave. There were some people that I never want to see again, so this works well.” I answered truthfully.

“Well I suppose the move was a good thing then.”

“Yeah.” It was then that I remembered Emily. Her face just seemed to pop in my head, reminding me of the best friend I was leaving behind. My face fell at the thought. I had known the girl since I was 10 or so. We hardly had really spent much time apart. This was going to be our last year before we went off to university. It was like a whole year was just taken away from me before it was supposed to.

“Are you alright?” he seemed concerned.

“Yeah, I’m fine. Suddenly feeling a little homesick after all.” I admitted sadly.

“Understandable.” He laid a hand on my shoulder.

I sighed. This whole situation was becoming harder and harder to deal with. It didn’t help that all of a sudden the door flew open, making me jump. I looked over and saw a red haired girl standing in the girl way, glaring at James. Her bright emerald eyes shined brightly as she glanced over the rest of the occupants before resting on me. Her face changed into a kind manner as she stepped into the room, a smile on her face.

“You must be Taylor Rhines. Professor Dumbledore told me you were doing an exchange from Canada. I’ll be one of your tutors to help you catch up.” She held out a hand. “Lily Evans,”

“Nice to meet you.” I told her weakly.

“Your one of her tutors?” James looked at Lily with wide eyes.

“Yes Potter.” She snapped at him.

Apparently she didn’t like James. I don’t know why, he seemed perfectly fine to me.

“Those two have a long history.” Remus whispered into my ear, clearly taking notice to my confused look.

I nodded in understanding before looking between the two.

“Close your mouth Potter.” She glared at him before flashing me a small smile and leaving the room, the door closing behind her with a bang.

“This is great!”

“What’s great Prongs?” Sirius looked at him.

“Taylor here gets to spend time with Lily.” His eyes sparkled.

“And how is that a good thing exactly.” Sirius scratched the back of his head.

“Well…” James stood up and sat himself directly in between Remus and I. “Taylor here is my new best buddy you see…”

“When did that happen?” I asked.

“Just now.” James grinned. “Your willing to help a buddy out right?”

“Ah…. no not really.”


“I’m just kidding. But lets not call me a buddy.” I made a face. “We Canadians have a very interesting saying that goes with that.”

The three gave me weird looks. I just merely shrugged. No one said their world was perfect either. Come on, they have a HAT to SORT them. Flawed? I think so.

“Alright then…. my dearest Taylor, please help me.” James began to beg.

I almost felt sorry for the guy.

“James here has been fancying Lily since first year. She wont give him the time of day.” Remus explained.

“Exactly. This year she’s got to notice me. And since she’s tutoring you…”

“You want me to give you a good name right?” I guessed.

“Exactly!” he wrapped an arm around my shoulder.

“What do I get in return if I do this for you.” Like I was really going to do this for free. Ha!

“I like her.” Sirius smirked. “She’s a smart one.”

“Ah…” James thought. “Hm…. one second.”

He then grabbed Sirius and Remus; the three now standing in the middle of the compartment, whispering with a few looks shot my way. After a moment of taping my foot impatiently, the three turned towards me, large grins on their faces.

“You my dear…”

“Should be very interested to know…”

“That you will now officially be….”

“A…drum roll my boys!”

I raised an eyebrow at the three finishing each other’s thoughts.

“Marauder.” They all exclaimed at once.

A what? What sort if prize is this?

“Huh?” I gave them an odd look.

“My dear, this is a big honor.” Sirius placed himself beside me. “The Marauders are an elite group made up of the three of us. We’re the brightest.” he nodded at Remus. “The most talented.” He pointed at a grinning James. “And the hottest.” He held out his arms, clearly talking about himself. “Now that we realize it, something has always been missing the last 6 years. Do you know what that is my dear?”

“A reality check?” I guessed, earning a chuckle from Remus.

“No…” Sirius rolled his eyes. “A GIRL!”

“Uh huh.”

“You, get to become an exclusive Marauder, under the wings of myself, Moony, and Prongs.”

“What’s with the weird names?” I asked, interrupting him.

“Long story.” Remus shrugged.

I nodded, though still curious.

“So what do you say?” Sirius ignored all of this.

“What, so you guys just walk around being all that?”

“No, you see…”

“We prank.” James stated simply.

“Oh wow. Exciting.” I rolled my eyes.

“It really is.”

“Come on, you cant refuse. There’s no way anyone would refuse.”

I was about to open my mouth, but then closed it. If I refused this little odd offer, where would I be then? These three would surely think I’m on crack and never speak to me again. At least if I accept, then I would have friends. I would know people. I admit, it wouldn’t be too bad. Its not like I’ve never been friends with guys before. And considering what had happened just a day ago, guy friends seem much more appealing then two timing girl friends. All in all, it sounded like a good idea.

“I’m in.”

A/N: so i have like 5 more chapters after this already typed up. i've just been lazy and havent posted any. i've had some people comment on wanting to know more about the main character, as well as the friend, etc. alot of explanation is about to come up in the coming chapters, so don't worry. thanks to the reviews :) i do appreciate them.

Chapter 3: Chapter Three: The Sorting
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Chapter Three: The Sorting

If you would have told me last night that in 24 hours, I would be walking up the steps to a castle with three boys talking animatedly beside me about some weird sport called Quiddtich, then I would have called you crazy. Actually, I wouldn’t have called you crazy, I would have called you mental. I would have immediately called up 911, ask for the number of the insane asylum, then proceed to ask Emily after 911 would have lectured me for it not being a serious emergency, then call and ask for them to hurry their asses over here to take whoever it was away. True story, it would have happened.

But no one told me, so you could expect the surprise on my face as I looked at the castle in awe, gaining a few odd looks from other students hurrying into the castle, the cool September air too much for their fragile bodies.

“Never seen a castle before?” Sirius grinned as he wrapped an arm around my shoulders and led me up the stairs.

I shook my head, not risking myself to talk in fear of something crazy coming out of my mouth.

“We were the same way in first year too.” Remus chuckled. “The amazement wears off after awhile.”

“I doubt it.”

“Don’t see castles in Canada?” James asked.

“Definitely not. More like huge skylines that are killing the atmosphere.” I rolled my eyes. “City living versus castle life…. I very much pick this.”

“I’m not exactly sure what you said, but definitely.” Sirius nodded along with me.

I couldn’t help but laugh at how clueless he was. It was sort of cute. However, my laughter was cut short as a shadow fell over us. The four of us looked to find an older woman who looked rather strict. Her hair was wound tightly up in a bun, her lips straight and narrow. I could just tell by her look that she wasn’t going to be the most pleasant woman in the world.

“Prof Mc-G!” Sirius grinned from ear to ear.

“Mr. Black. Refrain from calling me that.” The woman scowled at Sirius.

“Whatever you say Prof Mc-G.”

The woman scowled even further as her eyes rested on me. I fidgeted under her stare, not sure what she wanted.

“You must be Ms. Rhines. Professor Dumbledore has informed me that you will be sorted along with the first year. Come with me.”

And with that, she turned and began walking hurriedly into the castle. My eyes widened as I looked at the three. They all gave me encouraging smiles as I quickly shot off after the woman, not wanting to get off on the wrong foot. I finally was able to catch up to her quick pace and found myself at the back of the pack of very short kids. Or well, they looked like kids in my eyes. I wasn’t used to seeing such young people. Even the grade nines at my high school looked older than this. Wait no, that’s a lie, these kids all look above the age of seven, unlike the ones at my previous school. Nonetheless, I must have looked like a giant to these kids, as they all starred at me in wonder. I felt sort of out of place as the woman began rounding them all up and shooing them through a set of doors. I stayed settled on the spot, not sure of what to do.

“Wait here.” The woman told me before entering through the doors.

I felt silly just standing there all alone. Sure, no one was around, as I suspected them all to be in the very loud hall. But nonetheless, I felt odd. It didn’t seem like long though before the doors just randomly opened, showing a very full and starring great hall. I realized that since I was just outside the door, they were all starring straight at me. I felt slightly nervous as the woman held a strong stare with me from the front of the hall. I found that this was my cue to enter the hall, and I did so much to my displeasure.

“I would like you all to welcome to Hogwarts Ms. Taylor Rhines. She hails from a prestigious school in Canada, and I can only hope that you all will make her feel welcome in our lovely establishment. Now!” the old man from the train clapped his hands. “Let us allow for the sorting to commence.”

I looked around the hall in amazement before catching Remus’ attention. He gave me an encouraging smile, while the two boys beside him sent me thumbs up. I felt slightly less nervous thanks to their actions and soon found myself walking to the front. Heads turned as I past them. I wasn’t used to the attention to be honest. Back in Canada, I was just the plain old girl that no one seemed to notice. But now, being the new girl, I was definitely noticed. It probably also didn’t help that I had just declared friendship with the supposed ‘popular’ group. It wasn’t like I could go back now though. And to be honest, being something other than the regular old girl seems nice. I’m always up for a change.

“Take a seat Ms. Rhines.” The woman pointed to a three-legged stool.

I bit my lip nervously as I took a seat up on the stood, facing the entire school. I peered to my left as the woman held an old scraggly hat that looked oddly like one from a Halloween witch costume. I watched as she placed it on my head, and I waited to see whatever would come. Suddenly, it felt like a voice was speaking in my head, and for once, it wasn’t my own.

‘Ah yes, you’re a very interesting one. Stumbled across our world. Very interesting.'

I snickered.

‘You have smarts, a good amount of brilliance. But not enough for Ravenclaw. You have a loyalty to your friends that masters Hufflepuff, but that’s not the house for you. Hm…you are an interesting one. I haven’t sorted anyone like you in a very long time.’

I felt myself fiddling my thumbs, becoming quite bored with this now.

‘You would make an excellent Slytherin. You have the mind set. Your wit and determination to get what you desire are perfect attributes to the house. I can see the hidden want of revenge sitting on your mind. You would make an excellent contribution to the house.’

I felt my eyes widen at this. From what the boys had said, Slytherin was anything but a beloved house. Sure, in all reality, everything that this hat was saying is in fact true. I did want revenge on that one friend. But I couldn’t let what had happened to me in that situation dictate my future here. My eyes fell onto the Gryffindor house, where James, Sirius and Remus were starring at me with hope in their eyes. I was never really good at making friends, or trusting them for that matter. Emily was one of the few that I trusted with my life. Well, her and the one that betrayed me. So you could see just how much I may be unable to trust at the moment. But for some reason, I felt no worry here. They immediately befriended me, no matter who I was. I couldn’t let myself be put into Slytherin. I knew for sure that if I were, I wouldn’t still have those three boys.

‘Ah, I see a clear want for Gryffindor. Ah yes, I see that loyalty is stronger for this particular house. And the bravery. You doubt what you have inside. I believe this will be good for you, a chance for you to fully understand your potential…yes…. it must be…’


My mouth grew into a large grin as the woman whipped the hat off my head and shooed my off to the table that was now standing and clapping. I couldn’t help but feel happy. Sure, I was leaving behind everything. But as I walked over to the table, getting friendly grins along the way, I couldn’t help but feel like I belonged here, like this was the place I was supposed to be.

“Way to go.” Sirius pushed over a first year to make room for me beside him.

I grinned at him as I accepted the seat, settling in across from James and Remus.

“Well now that you’re an official Gryffindor…we really can say welcome.” Sirius wrapped an arm around my shoulders. “So boys, shall we get on with our start of the year prank.”

I raised an eyebrow as I looked between the three of them. James and Sirius had matching smirks on their face as Remus just smiled. It was clear who were the more outgoing rebels in this bunch.

“That was still fantastic.” I repeated for what seemed like the millionth time.

“I know.” Sirius grinned as we walked through a corridor.

My eyes were roaming everywhere. From the moving paintings, to the moving staircases, to the random ghosts that would pop out of nowhere, it was all amazing. But then the previous happenings in the great hall kept flashing before my eyes. The three boys had used whatever magic to create the food on the Slytherin table to hover over their heads before they got an interesting treat of food all over them. I was laughing so hard; I don’t believe I had ever seen anything like it. The best part was when they tried to clean themselves off; more food would just be thrown on them from the never emptying plates. It was fantastic. And I had said so repeatedly ever since the boys had left the great hall before anyone noticed that it was them.

“That’s was purely amazing.” I said again as a grin was on my face.

“I’d cool off with the comments, or else those two will grow a larger head.” Remus chuckled.

I nodded but couldn’t stop the grin from growing. I hadn’t been this happy in a very long time. It felt nice.

“So, what’s the password Prongs?” Sirius glanced over at the messy haired boy.

James thought for a moment before shrugging.

“But you’re the head boy! You’re supposed to know these things!” Sirius stated, mocking a hurt look.

“Its ‘flobberworm’.” Remus rolled his eyes as we stopped before a portrait of a rather large woman.

“Correct.” The woman in the portrait nodded before it swung open.

I had to try and hide the shock on my face. It was hard to believe that I just witnessed a portrait speaking. Was this really happening?

“You okay Taylor?” James waved a hand in front of my face.

“What? Oh yeah, fine.” I nodded, blush creeping on my cheeks.

The three nodded slowly before they entered the small narrow corridor that seemed to hit a bright maroon and gold room. I warily followed them, still new to the whole experience. As we walked through the corridor and entered the room, my eyes flew everywhere. It was so elaborate, and yet, so comforting. It felt homey, but in a tasteful way. It was a room I had never seen before. My eyes wanted to see it all. From the comfortable furnishings, to the portraits on the wall, to the fireplace, to everything.

“Welcome to the Gryffindor Common room.” Sirius grinned as he noticed my eager actions. “Shall I give you the full minute tour?”

I jumped at the chance and nodded. He held out an arm like a pure gentleman, and I took it as he led me towards one corner.

“This here is where all those smart people study. We use it if people take our couch. If you look right here…” he pointed to the edge of a pretty good sized table. “You can see we made our legacy for everyone to remember.”

I peered closely and saw engraved into the wood were their little nicknames. I chuckled as I stood back up.

“Now over here, is our little nook and cranny.” Sirius nodded to a secluded nook in the room. “People like to snog here, so I’d avoid it unless you’re the one snogging.”

I made a disgusted face as he moved over to stairs.

“The one to the…right is the girls, and the one to the left is the boys dormitory. Keep going all the way up and you’ll find the seventh year room.” A smirk was now playing on his lips.

“Nice try Sirius.” Remus chuckled. “The girls is to the left, and the boys is to the right.”

“Are you calling me a liar Moony?” Sirius held a hand to his heart.

“Of course.” Remus shot him a smirk before turning back around on the couch he and James were sitting on in front of the fire.

Sirius rolled his eyes. “Anyways, whatever. You can come up to the boys room anytime if you know what I mean.”

“Sirius, don’t hit on a Marauder.” James threw something in our direction. Sirius moved out of the way in lightning fast speed and just glared at him. “What? It’s the code mate.”

I couldn’t help but smile at their antics as Sirius dragged me over to the fireplace. Remus and James parted, allowing for me to sit in between them on the couch. I gladly took the gesture and sat, as Sirius stood in front of us.

“And here, is where all the brilliance occurs.” He gestured to where we sat. “Day in and day out, this is where we the marauders pick our pranks…. and our victims.”

“Interesting.” I nodded slowly.

Sirius opened his mouth to say something but the swing of the portrait door interrupted him. We all waited as we looked to see who was entering the room. James was delighted to see the same red head we saw on the train.

“LILY!” he quickly shot up and bounded over to the agitated girl.

“POTTER! GET AWAY FROM ME!” she screeched.

The three of us laughed as James walked back over, dejected. In a turn of events though, Lily followed close behind, her eyes rolling as James continuously looked over his shoulder at her. As James plopped back down in his seat, Lily glanced over at me.

“I was just wondering if you’d like me to show you up to your dorm.” She asked sweetly.

I shrugged and nodded. I figured I had to go sometimes.

“I’ll see you guys later I guess.” I stated as I stood up.

“WAIT!” Sirius suddenly shouted, as we were about to step up the stairs.

I turned around with a raised eyebrow before I felt myself before attacked by a rather large body.

“Night.” He grinned down at me as he finished what I assumed was a hug.

“Ah, night.” I gave him a crazy expression before Lily took my arm and brought me up the stairs.

As we reached the top, she turned and entered an empty room.

“So this is the seventh year dorm room. I won’t be staying here usually, as I’m Head girl and have my own dormitory. But I’m going to stay around tonight to help you get settled. After that, if you need anything, don’t hesitate to come ask.” She smiled brightly at me.

I gave her a grateful smile before noticing something on one of the beds. My eyes widened as shock took over me. Lily gave me a questioning look as I walked over to the bed and just starred down at the object that was lying on the neat and tidy sheets. Just laying there among the red covers was a black and silver necklace. It was the necklace that Emily and I had given one another. It was sappy I admit it. But it meant a lot between us. It was at the start of high school, a symbol of what we’ve been through and what we have in the future. We promised that at the end of high school, we would engrave a secret message to one another on the back of the small pendent on each (hers was a star, mine a moon). Again, it was sappy. But I didn’t care. I just couldn’t believe I was looking at it. I had accidentally left it on the nightstand at the hotel this morning, leaving in a rush. I thought I would never see it again. But here it was. How it got here, I didn’t know. But I didn’t care.

“What is it?” Lily asked softly.

I smiled to myself. “Just something I thought I had lost.”

She gave me a smile before sitting down on the bed. “This will be your bed by the way. I see your trunk is already here. Do you have any questions at all?”

“A million to be honest.” I sighed as I put the necklace on. “But do you mind if I ask them tomorrow? I’m king of pooped if you know what I mean.”

She nodded, standing up. “I can understand. It’s a new school, new people. It can get overwhelming. I’ll tell all the girls not to bother you when they come in. I’ll introduce them tomorrow to you if you’d like.”

“That’d be great.” I sent her a thankful grin.

“Alright, well I’ll just let you rest then.”

“Thanks Lily.”

She smiled at me before leaving me alone in the room. I sighed again as I sat down on the bed, feeling how soft it was. A much better bed than that of the hotel room. Wait, am I just sitting here comparing beds? Ridiculous. I had much more important matter. Like how I was going to…

“What’s so crinkly?” I scrunched up my nose as I searched for what made a crinkling sound. I soon stood up, and realized I was sitting on a letter.

I raised an eyebrow as I broke the seal, taking out the weird looking paper that reminded me a lot of the parchment we used to use in History class. I shrugged before beginning to read.

Ms. Rhines

I’m sure your very curious as to how you are going to be receiving your books and robes. If you look into your trunk, you’ll find yourself very much endowed with a collection of texts that will be useful to your studies here, as well as a few other books that I think you will find quite interesting. I would ask that you would accompany me in my office tomorrow morning so that you’ll be able to get your robes. Your school attire should also be in your trunk.

Congratulations on becoming a Gryffindor. If you have any questions regarding anything, Professor McGonagall always finds time to help her house get settled in.

I expect I’ll be seeing you tomorrow morning. I’m sure one of your friends will gladly escort you to my office. The password is Lemon Drop.

I hope you find everything to your liking.

Professor A. Dumbledore.

A/N: so i'm up to chapter eleven now, im just apparently lazy and don't want to update lol. i'll try and work on that. thanks for the reviews. i appreciate them.

Chapter 4: Chapter Four: New Experiences
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Chapter Four: New Experiences

I tugged at the pencil grey skirt self consciously as I peered at myself in the mirror. It was the first day of class and to say that I wasn’t completely petrified would be a total lie. I was beyond frightened. After all, I had no knowledge of this world. Even after staying up half the night reading some of the books that Dumbledore gave me, I was utterly confused. I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to get through this next year when I didn’t even know a simple spell.

This school uniform wasn’t helping at all. The button up white shirt clung to me like a second skin. The maroon and gold tie lay loosely around my neck. The skirt came an inch or so above the knee, showing off my black nylon stockings. For the most part, it could have gone over easily as a regular school uniform. However, when you add in the robe cloak thinger that hung around me loosely, it was anything but. The top button just at the top of my breast line was done up, allowing for the open black robe with maroon lining to flow openly to my feet. While I had never been to a school with a dress code, I was pretty certain that none of them had the same type of attire.

“How are you making out?” Lily stuck her flaming red head into the room.

I gave her a small smile through the mirror as I ran a hand through my long brown hair. My hair was something I hated. Half the time it just didn’t cooperate. One day its wavy, the next its straight. Today was a mix of the two, and hung plainly past my shoulders. I felt a part of myself wonder what kind of spells and whatnot could help change my hair predicament.

“Did you wear robes at your other school?” she asked, noticing my discomfort.

I shook my head, trying to think of an appropriate excuse. “Our school was kind of settled within a downtown of a city. So we kind of just wore regular clothes to blend in and all.”

Lily nodded. “Well, you’ll get used to it after awhile. I was the same way when I first came here in first year. I’m muggleborn, I’m not sure I ever told you that. First one of my family to become a witch. Everything was completely new to me when I came to Hogwarts. It must be the same way for you in some sorts.”

I gave her a smile. “Yeah, something like that. I’m ah…muggleborn as well, so it definitely doesn’t help either.”

Lily seemed to grin at this. “Muggleborn too? Fantastic! I’m the only seventh year Gryffindor who’s a muggleborn. Well now that you’re here, I’m not alone!”

I chuckled at her.

“Well, come on, time to meet your housemates.” She grabbed onto my arm and pulled me from the bathroom.

I barely had enough time to grab my backpack that held everything that Dumbledore suggested that I would need, before she was dragging me out of the dorm and down the stairs leading into the common room. As we entered the common room, we found it almost empty except for the marauders, who seemed to instantly notice as we walked in.

“Lily pad!” James’ eyes lit up as he jumped from the couch.

Lily’s expression immediately fell as he bounded over. I couldn’t help but chuckle at how love struck James looked. In a way, it was cute.

“What do you want Potter.” She snapped.

“How are you this wonderful morning Lily pad?” he gave her a side grin.

“It was fine until you interrupted it.” She pushed him aside as she began dragging me towards the exit.

“Oi! That’s our girl you’re dragging!” Sirius shouted at her as she was successful in pulling me out of the portrait.

“I’m sorry about them.” She apologized as the portrait closed. “You really don’t have to be friends with them. Believe me, they wont notice after awhile.”

“I find them amusing.” I shrugged. “A lot different from people back home. Which is a good thing.”

She raised an eyebrow. “Alright then. Well at least let me introduce you to the girls, so you have an alternative.”

I smiled. “Sounds good.”

She returned a pure white smile before leading me down an unfamiliar hall. I couldn’t help but let my mind wander to this morning as she pulled me along.




I groaned as I opened my eyes and peered at the watch on my wrist. 6 in the morning. The last time I woke up this early was on the plane over to Europe. Lets just say it wasn’t a pleasant morning. Emily and Allison were very unfortunate to be sitting on either side of one grumpy girl. This morning didn’t seem any different. Well, maybe minus the fact that I had a mission to get on. Well not as much as a mission as I was told to see Dumbledore early in the morning. I figured if I woke up around now, it would give me enough time to throw on half decent clothes and find someone to take me to his office. Though as I began to get out of the rather comfortable bed, I realized something. Who in their right mind, other than me (which really, I wasn’t at all in the right mind anyways) would be up at this god-forsaken time? I never really let that process through my thoughts last night. But in my defence, I was tired after spending half the night reading. And if you knew me, it would be rather treacherous.

But nonetheless, I thought it important to try and catch up on everything I missed the past 6 years. It wasn’t easy let me just say that. I tried reading Hogwarts: A History but that became boring after the first ten chapters. It still had like 20 to go. At least I got through a third of it. Props for me. I began indulging in first year charms I believe it was. That just became confusing. I leafed through the potions text for seventh year, but came to the conclusion that this was the reason I never took chemistry in high school. Defence against the Dark Arts was interesting I had to admit; I was excited to actually learn it. A book on astronomy was intriguing, as I was one to always like stargazing. Divination just seemed like a hoax, and history of magic just clarified why I never liked history in my life. There were some other books and all, but really, by the time I had looked at the previous ones, it was 3 in the morning as I was about to die of sleepiness.

I was sort of regretting staying up so late now. Especially since I just realized that while I was going through my book list in my head, I had put on my t-shirt backwards. I growled to myself as I proceeded to put it on the right way before grabbing a zip up sweater and throwing it on. All right, the whole clothes issue went well, for the most part anyways. Now the whole finding my way around this huge castle. That one seemed a bit harder. So I sighed and left the room, careful not to wake up any of the other sleeping girls. Actually, to be honest, they seemed nothing like the girls back home. They were all really welcoming as they came in last night before going off to sleep. Maybe I wouldn’t hate them after all. But right, back to the task at hand.

After almost falling down the stairs, I found myself in the common room, and surprised to find Remus lazily picking up a book from a bookcase off to the side. I raised an eyebrow as to why he was up so early, but then quickly scratched that as I realized I just found someone to show me where I was supposed to go. So I gently coughed, just loud enough to gain his attention, but not too much to startle the poor guy. It seemed to work quite well as he turned and smiled as he saw me.

“Your up early.” He mused as he put the book back of the shelf and wandered over to where I stood behind the couch.

He leaned casually on it as he stuffed his hands into dark grey slacks. I noticed he was wearing a white t-shirt with a button up shirt opened loosely over it. I had to admit, he looked rather handsome. Not that I really cared at all. Right? Though, I was a 17 year old girl, it wasn’t like it was against the law to find someone attractive. Especially a friend. I mean hell…there was David, Mike, Matt…. okay, way to many crushes on friends. Oh dear, he’s looking at me weirdly. Definitely not a good start.

“Alright?” he raised an eyebrow.

I nodded with a small smile. “Sorry, I sometimes just let my thoughts get the better of me. I’m one of those daydreamer people.”

He nodded with a toothy smile. “Completely acceptable.”

I chuckled.

“So, so excited for class that you couldn’t sleep?” he assumed.

“Oh god no.” I let slip. “Well, yeah I’m excited, but I would have rathered more sleep. Actually, I could sleep about five to ten more hours right about now. Screw it; a whole day of sleep would be great. I’m rambling aren’t I? I tend to do that. Not my happiest habit to be honest. I really need to get a hold on that. I’m still doing it aren’t I?”

Remus starred at me incredulously as I stopped to gain a few breaths of air. I scratched the back of my neck as I laughed weakly. After a moment of us just starring at one another, Remus burst out laughing. I frowned. I mean really, rambling is more like an incurable disease, and here he was laughing about it. Hmph!

“S-sorry.” he apologized with a goofy grin as he composed him self, using the couch to keep him upright.

I couldn’t help but laugh. Hey, I was always one to believe in laughing in yourself sometimes.

“No worries. I know how ridiculous I sound half the time.”

He grinned at me.

“Anyways, to actually answer your question, I’m supposed to go to Dumbledore’s office this morning. But I actually don’t know where it is, so I figured if I woke up early I’d have enough time to get lost.”

He nodded. “I could take you there if you’d like.”

My face brightened at the offer.

“That would be great actually. If you don’t mind or anything.”

“Its no trouble. I’m rather bored anyways.” He shook his head with a smile. “Come on.”

“Thanks a lot Remus. I appreciate it.” I returned the smile as he led me from the room.

“Its no big deal really.” He assured me. “Its actually quite easy once you get the hang of it.”

“I don’t think I ever will.” I glanced around at the portraits and stairways, utterly confused at everything.

“It just takes time.” He glanced over at me. “If it helps, I got lost multiple times in the first week of first year.”

“That makes me feel oh so much better.” I replied sarcastically while rolling my eye.

“Sorry.” he chuckled.

“So guess what I’ve just decided!”

Remus raised an eyebrow.

“Your totally going to be my official tour guide!”

He chuckled. “Do I get paid for this?”

“No. I suggested a money payment, but you insisted on just being a good friend.” I grinned.

“I sound like a very noble guy.”

“You really are.”

“You’re an odd one you know that?”

“I’m Canadian, course I’m odd.” I laughed. “Too be honest, your not all that normal either.”

“True.” He agreed. “So what do you need to see Professor Dumbledore for?”

“Oh, for this and that.” I shrugged.

“Very informative.”

“I know eh.” I sent him a grin before I found us stopping in front of a statue of a gargoyle.

“Here we are.” He nodded at the statue. “Do you know the password?”

I nodded.

“Do you want me to wait for you?” he offered.

“No, that’s alright. I’m sure to find my way back.”

“You sure?”


“Well, if you get lost, just ask someone. Or a portrait. Or a ghost. They’re actually rather helpful.”

I laughed. “I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks again Remus.”

He flashed me a charming smile. “No problem. See you at breakfast.”

I waved as he turned and headed back up the staircase we just descended from. A smile landed on my lips as I watched him walk away. I admit, I allowed my gaze to stay on him for a few moments. I’m of the female gender, what do you really expect? Sheesh.

“Password” a deep voice behind me spoke.

I jumped and turned around, only to spot no one but an angry looking statue. Wait a minute; the statue was glaring at me before. Wait a minute…a statue cant glare! This place was definitely getting to me.

“Password.” It spoke again, a bit irritated this time.

“Lemon drop.” I stated hesitantly.

I could feel its glare on me for a moment before it finally moved, showing off a winding staircase. I raised my eyebrow at it before shrugging and beginning to walk up it. After a nice short journey, in which I had a few portraits insult me rather rudely for waking them up with my loud walking (it wasn’t that loud really), I reached the top, in which stood a large stone door. I crinkled my nose in thought before raising my hand to knock. However, before I could even touch the door, a voice sounded from the other side.

“Come right in Ms. Rhines.”

I wasn’t even going to question how that old man knew I was standing outside his office. I just shrugged the oddity off before opening the door, and becoming awed at the spectacle of the office. To be honest, I’ve never been to the office of the principle at school. Yes, I was always that good student that never did wrong. But I do believe, that even if I did make a regular visit there, their office would look nothing like this. It was absolutely huge! Every inch of the walls were adorned with portraits peering down at me with curious glances. There was bookshelf after bookshelf beneath them, little trinkets lying upon them. And his desk! I didn’t know how anyone could work under all that clutter. Well, I’m sure it wasn’t clutter, but as I recognized nothing on the surface of the wooden desk, I assumed it was.

“Ah, Ms. Rhines.” Dumbledore peered over his spectacles at me, his blue eyes sparkling. “I hope you had a wonderful night.”

I nodded, too much in awe to make a fully functioning sentence.

“Do have a seat.” He motioned to a plush purple chair in front of his desk.

I slowly walked over, watching the portraits watch me as I did so. I softly sat in one of the comfortable chairs, and had to admit that it was indeed rather pleasant. Yes, my bottom was definitely feeling like royalty in this seat. And I can’t believe I just thought that.

“Were you able to find your way around alright?” he asked as he clasped his hands on top of his desk, his eyes peering at me in a friendly matter.

I nodded again, finally finding my voice this time. “Remus was nice enough to help me out.”

“Ah yes, Mr. Lupin does have a kind heart.” He nodded. “Did you find any of your readings helpful?”

“Confusing is more like it.” I sighed.

“I believe the muggle saying is ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. A witch’s knowledge isn’t completed in a single night my dear. It will take time. That is why you have tutors. And why I would like to see you a few times a month to help you along.”

I nodded. “You said something about robes in the letter you sent me sir.”

“Ah yes, thank you for reminding me. This old mind of mine cant keep a single thought straight anymore.” A smile appeared on his lips. “Yes, I believe Madam Malkin shall be here any moment to take your measurements.”

I raised an eyebrow but didn’t question the man. I found it easier just to smile and nod. Or else, that’s what had worked for me in previous situations. Not that I’ve ever sat in an office of a school of magic before or anything. But you can catch the drift.

“Lemon drop while we wait?” he offered kindly.

“No thank you.” I couldn’t help but hear my mothers voice lecture me about not taking candy from strangers. I believe I let out a small chuckle, only earning me an amused look from Dumbledore.

It was then during the silence when I drew my attention to a certain matter.


“Yes Ms. Rhines.”

“If I’m here, won’t people back in my world be looking for me?”

“Ah yes, I believe they would.” He nodded.


“No need to worry about that now Ms. Rhines.” He held up a hand to stop me. “That will be discussed at a latter date.”

I wanted to continue questioning, but by the look I was being given, I had a feeling I should just let it drop. For now that is.

A/N: Chapter Four finally up.  the chapters should be coming more frequent as I've already edited each one. all i have to do is get a nice chapter image made for them and then bang bang, they should go up quite easily. thanks for the reviews. hope you all enjoying. i'm totally into this story :)

Chapter 5: Chapter Five: First Day Jitters
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Chapter Five: First Day Jitters

“Morning Lily.” A sweet voice welcomed the red haired girl that had finally detached herself from my arm.

“Hi Janet.” She sent the girl a grin. “Have good summers, Carrie, Kelsey?”

As I sat across from lily, I glanced at the other two girls beside me and the girl beside lily. The one to lily’s right, who had spoken first had a short bob of midnight black hair. Her face was sleek, and a sense of elegance could be portrayed by her dark blue eyes. The two beside me looked almost similar, both with blonde hair. However, the one furthest away looked a little bleached to me, and she held blue eyes while the one beside me had brown.

“You’re the new girl right?” the girl to my left asked.

I nodded slowly.

“Carrie.” She smiled warmly as she held out a hand.

I shook it lightly. “Taylor.”

“Nice to meet you.” She grinned. “This here beside me is Kelsey, while that one is Janet. We’re your dorm mates for the year.”

I smiled politely at all of them. Have I mentioned that I was never good at meeting people for the first time? I was always rather shy.

“So by your accent, you sound American.” Janet assumed.

“Canadian actually.”

“Close enough.” She smiled. “My sister went there for a holiday. Said it was rather snowy.”

“Unfortunately.” I nodded, starting to warm up to the girls.

“I’d much rather sun than snow.” The girl now known at Kelsey stated dreamily. “Some place exotic. Like Spain.”

“Spain lost its exotic touch after you go there every year.” Carrie rolled her eyes. “My parents just keep insisting every summer.”

“Spain route again then?” Lily nodded.

“Unfortunately.” She sighed. “what about you Lily?”

“Went to Paris to visit my grandfather.”

“Ooo! Paris! I’ve always wanted to go there!” Kelsey exclaimed. “I never go anywhere cool. I was stuck babysitting my siblings all summer.”

“What a drag.” Janet sympathized with her.

“Well not all of us are wealthy enough to go to Australia.” Carrie frowned. “Meet any hot boys?”

“No, not really.” Janet shook her head.

“Too bad. What did you do for your summer Taylor?”

I blinked a few times just to realize that they were all looking at me, waiting for me to answer.

“Ah, toured Europe.” Well at least that was technically true.

“Everyone has more fun than me.” Kelsey shoved her head into her arms on the table.

“How’s the drama queen this morning?” a familiar male plopped down beside me and shot me a grin.

“Shut up Black.” Janet threw at him.

Sirius just barked out in laughter as James proceeded to sit down beside Lily. Lily immediately shot him a dirty look, daring him to continue sitting there. James pouted before standing up, allowing for he and Remus to switch places.

“Find your way back to the common room alright then?” he nodded at me in greeting.

“Well after a few wrong turns, and a few rather rude comments from those in green, I found it pretty well.”

“You think they would learn not to mess with a Gryffindor after last night.” Sirius leaned back with a smirk.

“They never learn.” James shot him an identical look.

“Lets not cause any trouble till at least class alright?” Remus looked between the two.

“Party pooper.” I found myself saying.

I watched as all their heads turned towards me.

“What? I find it rather amusing.”

“Ha, I knew I liked her.” Sirius grinned from ear to ear. “Please Moony, pretty please!”

He rolled his eyes before grabbing a piece of toast and standing up. “I’ll just allow myself to sit this prank out.”

“Your loss.” James grinned.

I chuckled as I watched him walk up to where McGonagall was handing out papers. I drummed my fingers across the table as I turned my attention to the scheming boys to my right.

“Taylor dear…” Sirius glanced over at me.


“Be a dear and help us out.” He gave me a sweet look.

“With what?” I peered at him cautiously.

“We need you to cause a distraction.”

“What do I have to do?”

“Well, after we leave the hall, you look like your leaving as well, but then you drop a few books. You have to be by the slytherin table though. Right between Ravenclaw and slytherin. There’s bound to be some hormonal Ravenclaw who would just jump at the chance to help the new girl, and while he’s doing that, and all the Slytherin’s are more than likely making fun of you, we pounce!” Sirius snapped his fingers.

“So, let me get this straight. You want me to essentially embarrass myself in front of everyone on my first day.”

“Pretty much.” The two said in unison.

I eyed them before shrugging. “Sounds like fun.”


“Well course she cant be Sirius, I am.” Sirius smirked.

“Shut up pad.” James shot him a glare.

“Just stating a fact.”

“Your friends are mentally insane.” I found myself sitting beside Remus in the first class of the day, thanks to the fact that James and Sirius were already sitting beside one another behind us.

“That they are.” Remus nodded with a knowing smile.

“So what class is this again?” I grabbed my already crumpled schedule from my bag and peered at it.

“Potions.” Remus answered.

“Right. Like Chem.” I muttered to myself.

“What was that?”

“Oh uh…” I thought quickly. “I just said it reminds me of Chemistry. Its ah, a class my muggle parents took when they were in high school.”

“Oh so your parents are muggles then?”

I nodded.

“You and Lily will probably have lots to talk about then.” He mused. “I’m half-blood myself. My father is was a muggleborn, and my mum is pureblood. I remember visiting my muggle uncle one time and my cousins talking about High school is it?”

“Yeah.” I felt awkward for some reason. Maybe it was the fact that I felt bad for lying. Which was unusual, as I was usually a fantastic liar and hardly have any moral boundaries.

“Are you alright Taylor?” Remus looked at me in a concerned fashion.

“What? Oh yeah. Just ah, nervous for my first lesson I guess.” I shrugged.

He shot me a kind smile. “Don’t worry about it. The guys and I are here if you ever need anything.”


He grinned and looked like he was going to say something, but before he could, the door opened and entered a rather large looking man. I raised my eyebrow at Remus and he mouthed something about a slug and a horn. I shrugged and turned my attention to the man who appeared to be the professor.

“Welcome back Welcome back.” He clapped his hands together. “This is a N.E.W.T. Seventh year potions class, and due to such a fact, we will be doing complex potions this year.” A round of groans could be heard from around the room. “Like every year, I’ll be pairing you all off for the remainder of the year. No complaining is necessary.” He eyes James and Sirius who had complained loudly behind us.

I tapped my fingernails nervously as the professor had grabbed a scroll and began reading off names. I desperately wished that I would get someone I knew. James, Sirius, or Remus would be fantastic. But even Lily or that Janet girl wouldn’t be horrible. Just someone I knew. Definitely not one of those slytherin folks. They really do look nice and evil, just as the guys explained on the train yesterday. Their looks just made my stomach churn as I heard James and Sirius being paired off with different people. Lily and Janet were sent to work with some Slytherins. Remus was my only hope now. I crossed my fingers as I prayed to god to allow my wish to come true. I was never much of a religious girl, but hey, at the moment, I was desperate.

“Ms. Rhines…” the professor paused as looked over at me. “Ah yes, the exchange student. You can be paired off with…Mr. Malfoy.”

“You’ve got to be bloody joking professor!” an arrogant voice objected.

My head flew to a blonde haired boy. I scrunched up my face as I scrutinized him. His pale blonde hair was long. His face was pale as well, matching perfectly with his pale striking blue eyes. His nose pointed upwards, which seemed to fit with the snotty attitude he was portraying. He must have noticed my starring as he turned towards me and sent me the darkest look I have ever seen.

“I don’t associate myself with dirty blooded Gryffindors.” He spat.

“Shut it Malfoy.” Sirius stood up suddenly, anger flashing across his face.

“What are you going to do black? Curse me?” Malfoy snorted with a smug look.

“Mr. Malfoy, kindly hold your tongue. Mr. Black ten points from Gryffindor, and please retake your seat. Ms. Rhines, if you would kindly take a seat next to Mr. Malfoy.”

I sent Remus a look, as if asking him for help. He gave my shoulder a small squeeze before I grabbed my bag and began across the room. I felt all the Slytherins sneer at me as I crossed past them. You could say it was uncomfortable. I would say it was unbearable. I tenderly sat in a seat beside Malfoy before scooting it to the left a bit, trying to get as far away from him as I could. Malfoy just stuck up his head, refusing to look at me. Just great. My first ever Potions class where I knew how to do absolutely nothing, and he wasn’t going to be any help! God literally hates me doesn’t he?

“Now, your instructions are on the board. I expect your vile to be handed in at the end of class. Those who get it correct will receive no homework. Those who do not, will have to write an essay as to why it was not correct. Get to it.” The professor simply sat down, burrowing his rather large head into a book.

I looked around as I tried to figure out what to do. Everyone seemed to be talking with their partners, and figuring the potion out. But all I was doing was…well…nothing. This whole Hogwarts experience was going absolutely horrible so far.

“Are you daft?” Malfoy suddenly turned to me. “Get to work you mudblood.”

“Malfoy!” Lily turned around in her seat in front of us, her face almost as red as her hair. “Watch your language.”

“Oh look, this mudblood in a miniature McGonagall. Just what Hogwarts needs.” Malfoy rolled his eyes.

Lily began to grow angry. I could just imagine the steam coming from her ears. However, she hardly got a chance to speak before James was making his way over, a pissed off look on his face.

“Don’t you dare call Lily Pad that!” James growled angrily as he pulled out his wand and pointed it at Malfoy.

“Standing up for mudbloods.” Malfoy shook his head. “The Potter family should be ashamed to know that their son always stands up for dirty blood.”

I could tell James was growing angrier by the minute. Lily looked between everyone, her face now worried.

“Shut your mouth Malfoy.” James’ wand was pushed into Malfoy’s neck.

“I’d like to see you try.” Malfoy sneered.


Malfoy moved with lightning speed. I wasn’t sure how he was able to move so fast, but he did. In fact, due to this, the red string of light went right passed his moved body and struck me straight in the chest. The impact of the spell knocked me off my seat, sending me to the ground. My head hit the ground as my body fell stiff, darkness beginning to take over. I heard a few shouts and running before my eyes fluttered shut.

“Well why did you try and jinx him in the first place Prongs!”

“He was egging me on! And he was calling lily and Taylor names!”

“You’ll be lucky if your not suspended James.”

“Sorry for defending my friends.”

“I’m just saying.”

“I know. I feel bad enough alright?”


“Its okay.”

“Alright, enough bickering.”

“Why do you sound so chipper Padfoot.”

“I see her eyes opening, duh!”

“Taylor? Can you hear me?”

“Tay? You okay?

“Your all way too loud.” I grumbled as I began to grow conscious.

A pounding in my head began to grow as my eyes fluttered open and took in the white light above my bed.

“Where am I?” I asked.

“Hospital Wing.” Remus answered. “Slughorn brought you here after you lost conscious. How’s your head? You hit it after getting hit by the spell.”

“Your loud.”

“I get the point.” He smiled sheepishly.

“I’m so sorry Taylor.” James stood at the end of the bed, his hands stuck in his trouser pockets looking rather guilty.

I knew I probably should have been mad at him, considering he did technically jinx me on the first day of class. But how could I be angry at that face? And hey, at least I could say I started Hogwarts with a bang. Literally.

“Its okay.” I slowly moved myself up to a sitting position and looked around the large room, empty beds lining the wall. I noticed Sirius was on the edge of the bed beside me, Remus sitting on a chair beside the bed. “What time is it?”

“Its five in the afternoon.” Remus answered.

“I missed the entire day?” my eyes widened.

“Yeah.” James continued to look guilty. “Its all my fault. I’m sorry Taylor. I didn’t mean for the spell to hit you. Or for you to fall off your chair and hit your head.”

“Its okay James, really.” I sent him a reassuring smile.

He opened his mouth to say something but I shot him a look.

“Sorry.” he mumbled.

“Professor Dumbledore said that when you woke up he wanted to speak with you. One of us should probably go get him.” Remus stood up.

“There is no need Mr. Lupin.” The voice of Dumbledore came floating into the room. “I’m here. Ah, I see Ms. Rhines has rested up. How are you my dear?”

“I’m fine. Head a little sore.” I admitted, subconsciously touching the back of my head.

“I’m sure Poppy will be able to get you something for that.” His eyes twinkled. “I deeply feel sorry for your loss on the first day of classes. However, I’m sure your friends will gladly inform you about all the happenings. Your teachers have all been informed of your incident. Professor Slughorn has also informed me that you will be taking potions with Mr. Lupin as your partner instead.”

I sighed out of relief.

“Oh, and Mr. Potter, Professor Slughorn also was kind enough to ask me to remind you about your weeks detention.

James bowed his head. “Yes sir.”

“Do try and contain your anger next time Mr. Potter.” He turned to the rest of us. “Now, I believe there is a tasty dinner that the house elves have prepared. I’m sure Poppy wont disagree in getting your energy back up with a nice long dinner.”

Now that he mentioned it, my stomach did sort of growl in hunger.

A/N: aha! see, another chapter. i rock lol. oh, and for the story's purpose, Malfoy is in their year.....just cuz i want him to be. i'm not sure what year he's supposed to be in (whether it was their year or older).

Chapter 6: Chapter Six: A Little Chit Chat
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Chapter Six: A Little Chit Chat

“So where are they going?” I raised an eyebrow at Remus as Sirius and James walked out of the great hall.

“As much as I would like to be able to say I know exactly what they do every moment of the day, I frankly don’t have a clue.” Remus grinned. “Though I do have a feeling we won’t want to be anywhere near the dungeons tonight.”

“Why?” I never said I was the smartest cookie in the tool shed. Wait. That didn’t work. Sharpest cookie? No. How could you have a sharp cookie? Though, in all honesty, there was that one cookie that cut my gums. I suppose your not meant to throw like 5 of them in your mouth at a time. Okay, not that smart on my book. Wait, I got it! Brightest candle in the tool shed! No, that’s not it. Oh close enough, you need light for everything.



“Smartest cookie in the tool shed?” Remus raised an eyebrow with a smirk.

“I said that out loud didn’t I?”

“Oh yes.” he snickered. “Very interesting mind you have.”

“I know eh, its rather intriguing.” I grinned. “So, why exactly shouldn’t we…oh never mind. So, what are you up to this evening?”

“Well, I was thinking since I so graciously agreed to be your tour guide.” He rolled his eyes in my direction. “That I would show you the grounds outside.”

“Sounds wonderful. You were rather nice when you accepted the position. I remember bowing, the occasional hand kissing, maybe even some gravelling.”

“Funny how you remember this and I don’t.”

“I have a good memory.” I tapped the side of my head.

Remus chuckled before placing his fork to the side of his plate. “Shall we?”

“One sec.” I grabbed a roll and stood up, all the while beginning to rip the roll up and stuffing it in my mouth. I shrugged at Remus’ odd look and just followed the confused boy from the loud hall.

“Your eating habits remind me of Sirius.” He mused as he opened the entrance hall doors, leading to the outside proximity.

“I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult.” I swallowed the last of the roll.

“I’m sure you’ll figure that out soon enough.” He laid a hand on the small of my back, leading me down a small path.

“I wish my school looked like this.” I thought out loud. “Then I wouldn’t have hated being there every single day.”

“That extreme?” he questioned.

“Nothing was spectacular.” I shrugged. “Not like here. Huge castle, amazing lake, interesting people. Dumbledore alone makes my old school look petty.”

“Well, then I suppose it’s a good thing you came here then.”

I nodded, falling silent. In all honesty, I was rather glad about being here. Sure, my first day at the school didn’t exactly go as planned, but this beats my high school easily. It’s decided; Hogwarts and being a witch trumps normal plan life any day. And the fact that I didn’t have to see my least favourite person in the world anymore, worked oh so well for me.

“Are you alright?”

I nodded.


“I do that quite a bit.” I gave him an apologetic smile. “Sorry.”

“Don’t be sorry.” he shook his head with a warm smile adorning his perfectly defined lips…I so did not just think that. Oh crap, I did. Hm, erase now mind. “Thinking never hurt anyone.”

“Well maybe Sirius.”

“Touché.” His smiled turned into a grin. Oh dear, my thoughts about his lips are coming back. What in the world is wrong with my sick twisted mind? Well, at least I wasn’t picturing him naked. Oh no, now that I brought it up, I’m thinking about it. Dear god, I swear my face is turning several shades of pink and red. “Are you seriously alright?”

“Fine.” I managed out before turning my head to the side, pretending to be looking at the castle in awe, when in reality, I was hoping he didn’t see my burning face.

“Alright then.” I heard him chuckle. “So this is the lake.”

I turned my eyes towards the large mass of water and couldn’t help but admire it. I was always one to like lakes and such. Even though I had no idea how to swim, they always fascinated me. But then again, apparently picturing people naked fascinated me as well. I wasn’t too normal was I?

“Its beautiful.” I was sure my smile was large and goofy looking.

“Its fine until the squid tries to attack you.”

I raised an eyebrow at him.

“Sirius. Third year. He thought it would be entertaining to throw rocks into the lake. Unfortunately, they landed where the Giant squid likes to roam about. That was a bit messy.”

“Oh dang, and Sirius wasn’t ripped into tiny little pieces and served for lunch. Snap.” I joked.

Remus rolled his eyes but let out a laugh as he led me over to tree. He motioned for me to take a seat, doing so himself so his back was leaning against part of the large trunk. I starred into the lake for a moment before falling into a sitting position beside him.

“The guys and myself seem to always venture out here. Day, night, winter, spring. Everyone in the school knows this is our tree.” He tapped the tree behind us.

“Hm…a tree huh?” I raised an eyebrow. “Haha, you own a tree, I own a picnic table made out of wood. What are the odds?”

Remus gave me a questioning look. I realized he had no idea what I was on about. And I mean really, who could blame him. I was after all speaking about crazy unknown things that only I would know. I really needed to work on that.

“At my old school, there were these picnic tables in the back courtyard that my rather large group of friends would hang out. Play football, chat, make fun of the re-enactment people. Oh dear, purple toenails. Ha! That was a laughter!” I laughed at the memories.

“Okay then.” He seemed even more confused.

“A long and probably boring story. Well, not really.” I laughed again. “I’m weird I know. I tend to be even weirder when I’m in situations I’m not used to.”

“Like this?”

“Yeah I guess.” I nodded. “Not used to being here I guess. I’ve been in the same place, with the same people, for so long, that it’s hard to be somewhere else, you know.” I moved my knees up so I could lean my elbows on them. “Its weird I guess.”

“I can understand that.” Remus nodded. “I mean you did leave everything you knew back home to come to a new school with people you don’t know. It would be hard for anyone.”

“You don’t know the half of it” I muttered to myself before smiling slightly “is it weird that even though I hated my old school and a lot of my old friends, I do still sort of miss it?”

“Not at all.” He shook his head.

“I mean, sure, I hate what Alex did with Matt, and the fact that Meghan didn’t even care, or that David owes me diamonds, or the knowledge that Allison was going to snap one day from being so damn happy. But, in my own weird way, its weird not seeing them every day, or hearing them in my case.” I found the odd activity of sadness sweep over me. As much as I loved being away from there, in some crazy sense, I was missing home. Oh god, I am mental. “I’m completely mental I know.”

“Your not mental at all. Alright, well slightly.” He smiled before laying a comforting hand on my shoulder. “But in all honesty, it’s hard, moving. I’ve never had to do it, but I’m sure it would be hard. You have set friends, a set life, and then all of a sudden, it all changes.”

I nodded as a sigh escaped my lips.

“What was your old school like?” he asked carefully.

I grunted. “That part I don’t miss for sure. The teachers were annoying and hardly knew anything they were teaching. Oh and then there’s the whole annoying preps. Can they get anymore annoying? Wait, yes, they really could.” I scrunched up my nose in annoyance. “Well, I guess our lunch area was fun. It was just us, no one else. So that was nice. And I liked where it was situated. Being a…muggleborn and all, being in the middle of a muggle downtown kind of comforts you. Especially Codemans. Oh how I miss their delicious food! Right across the street, rather convenient. Oh, and I cant forget our table in the caf. It’s strictly ours. We moved up actually. We used to sit at ones on the other side, but everyone knows that once you move up in the world of different and crazy status, you get the cool table.” My eyes glazed over as I imagined myself and everyone laughing and playing a good old card game of president or ‘ass’ as it was always called.

“Sometimes the things we hate are the ones we miss the most.” Remus commented softly, his eyes gazing at the sunset in the distance.

“Yeah I guess.” I bit my lip. “Em always made things memorable.”


“Emily. She was my best friend. The only one who I could really count on. We’ve known each other since we were ten. We were practically inseparable since then. Its weird not having her around. She was the life of the party. Carefree, always there with excellent advice. Never one to back down from a challenge. Everything I wish I was.” I sighed. “I guess in a way we were a perfect duo. She was the thinker, I was the doer. She was the smart one; I was the mentally insane one. She was the drawer, I was the writer. She was the one who liked techno, I liked rock.”

“Reminds me of me and the guys.” Remus nodded as he glanced back over at me. “Why don’t you owl her.”

I snorted. “I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t go over too well.”

“Why’s that?”

Oh shit. “Well ah…she’s muggleborn, and her parents aren’t too happy about owls and such flying in during the middle of dinner or whatever. I can see a freak out happening.”

“That’s true.” Remus chuckled. “Well, if you ever do want to, you can use my owl anytime.”

“Thanks.” I sent him a small smile. “Really Remus, thanks. You and the guys have been really great. You don’t even know me.”

Remus shrugged. “The guys are taken with you. So am I. It doesn’t feel like we just met you yesterday. Actually, you fit in the group rather perfectly.”

“I’ve never really fit in anywhere.” I admitted.

“Well, you’re a marauder now.” He gave me a lopsided grin. “You fit in no matter what. I mean have you see Sirius and James?”

“True.” I let out a chuckle. “But thanks for listening. I know I’m a mental case most of the time, but I have my sappy moments.”

“Its no problem.” He rested a hand on my arm. “If you ever want to talk, I’m here. Its nice to have an actual conversation that doesn’t involve the female gender or pranks.”

I gave him a genuine smile. “I appreciate that.”

He returned the smile. “Now what do you say we head on back inside, see what kind of trouble those two have gotten themselves in.”

“Sounds good.” I nodded.

Remus swiftly stood up in one quick moment, making my attempt look pathetic. He chuckled before holding out a hand, which I took thankfully and was able to stand up without making too much of a fool of myself. Well, that was until I tripped over my own two feet and went flying into Remus. He had quick reflexes thankfully and was able to grab me around the waist, steadying me before I could topple both of us over. An amused grin was playing on his lips as I blushed profusely. I never was a graceful one. Falling on my ass, walking into walls and furniture, tripping over air, it was all in my usual daily routine. Hopefully being here would be able to fix that. Though I highly doubt it.

“Sorry.” I mumbled.

“Not a problem.” His tone showed the amusement he felt. Glad my lack of gracefulness was funny to him. Oh, we’re sort of close aren’t we? Yep, my hands are on his chest, my attempt to stop myself from falling. Hm…from the feel of it through his white button up shirt, he was clearly defined in that department. Oh why am I thinking like this again? Why must I always do this to myself? God hates me doesn’t he? “You alright?”

“Fine. Just fine.” My face must look like a cherry.

He chuckled. “Do you always try and fall flat on your face?”

“I try.” I laughed weakly.

“If my memory serves me well, this was how we met, you falling on your face.”

“Ah yes, not my most pleasant moment.” I remembered the incident fairly easily.

“I find clumsiness cute.” He winked before his arm fell to his side.

Did he just wink at me? No, of course not. He was just getting something out of his eye. Or blinking. It’s not against the law to blink. No, it’s quite acceptable. I must be going crazy. But I mean, he didn’t blink both eyes. But, no, he couldn’t have just winked at me. Could he of? Oh why must the male gender be so damn confusing!

“You like blushing don’t you?”

Oh great, now he’s noticed.

“You look good in red, don’t worry.” He chuckled. “It’s a good thing you’re a Gryffindor. You’ll always match.”

I scrunched up my nose at him, my tongue sticking out. He laughed as he put an arm around my shoulders and began leading me up to the castle. I couldn’t help but feel flustered at his touch. Oh, this is going to be one unforgettable year all right.

A/N: I'm overly lazy i know. the next chapter should be up fairly shortly. i already have it ready to go...i'm just lazy. and busy....never take Calculus in Highschool. it's just plain evil lol. anyways...thanks for the reviews, i enjoy reading them.

Chapter 7: Chapter Seven: Early Morning….Flirting?
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Chapter Seven: Early Morning….Flirting?

The first week had just come to a close. It was wild ride I had to admit. Between somehow finding myself in the middle of helping the marauders with pranks, trying to figure out this whole magic thing, and trying to not blush every time Remus was around, it was a wonder I found myself I one piece this Saturday morning. Why I was even up this early was beyond my knowledge. The sun wasn’t even up yet, and here I was, sitting in the common room with an open book in my lap. I wasn’t reading. Far from it. I had just brought it down with me for comfort. Comfort for what, I had no idea, but it seemed like the right thing to do. So here I was, five in the morning, sitting in the common room in loose pyjama pants and a small tank top, a book in my lap, and completely bored.

“You enjoy early mornings don’t you?”

I jumped at the unexpected voice. The book in my lap went flying out of my reach as I literally jumped off the couch.

“Sorry.” Remus chuckled as he moved around the couch, grabbing the book as he did so. “Potions. Trying to improve.”

“I hate that class.” I mumbled as I lifted a hand to my chest, my heart beating rapidly. “Lets not try and scare me to death next time Remus.”

“Sorry.” he gave me a lopsided smirk.

“I have a feeling that your not.” I went to grab the book from his hands.

Damn him being taller. Remus decided that he would be rather rude, and not give me my book back. Due to my shortness, and his tallness, I was of course, unable to get it from his reach.

“Ugh, Remus!”

“Ugh? Interesting word.” He mused, his smirk still playing on his lips.

“Shut up. Book please Remus.” I tapped my foot impatiently.

“I’m liking the attire as well.” his eyes fell over my body.

Oh, there goes that blushing.

“If you keep blushing, your face is going to stay that red.” He said cheekily.

“Your turning into Sirius.” I grumbled.

“I take that as an insult” he mocked a pout.

“Well then give me back my book.”

He raised an eyebrow. “For a girl who has proclaimed her dislike for potions, you sure seem taken with this book.”

“Well…I…. ah…”

“Are you just looking at the pictures?” he teased.

“Oh shush.” I went to grab the book, but only resulted in falling.

Remus wasn’t quick enough to catch me, or maybe he just moved out of the way. But I fell flat on my face. With a nice and graceful slur of curses as my nose began to throb with pain, I glanced up and saw Remus cracking up in laughter. I glared at him as I moved back so I was sitting on my arse, glaring up at him.

“That’s mean Remus.” I pouted.

“No, that’s funny.” He smirked before a frowned took its spot. “And you’re also bleeding.”

“What?” my eyes widened as my hand flashed to my nose.

He was indeed correct as there was now blood lying on my hand from my nose.

“Are you okay.” The book dropped from his hand as he knelt down to my level, his hand flying to cup my chin, lifting my face up slightly so he can see the damage. “Doesn’t look broken. Should probably go to the hospital wing to get that fixed though.”

“Pfft! Like anyone will be awake there.” I rolled my eyes. “Nothing a little Kleenex can’t fix.”

“Are you sure? You’re bleeding quite a bit.”

“I’m sure your just exaggerating.”

Remus lifted up the hand that had been caressing the side of my nose. My stomach flipped as I saw the blood on his hand. Have I mentioned I did not like blood? At all. There’s been some nice situations where I’ve grown quite queasy from the sight of blood. Even talking about it. Fainted once or twice before. I was not a blood girl. Especially when seeing my own. You could just imagine how much I loved when my time of the month came. So you could probably guess my reaction at the rate the blood was flowing from my nose.

“Taylor? You’re going pale. Your not losing that much blood are you?” he looked rather concerned. Actually, his face was rather closer. He looks kind of cute when he’s concerned. Actually, he looks mighty fine, but I wasn’t supposed to be thinking those thoughts.

“I-I just don’t do well with blood.”

“Well then lets take you to the hospital wing alright?”

“Do I have to go?” I groaned.

“Yes.” he helped me to a standing position.

“This is my first week of Hogwarts, and this is going to be my second trip. To be honest, I don’t see good things in the future.”

“Look at the bright side.”

“And what’s the bright side?” I raised an eyebrow at him as he helped me from the common room.

“Sirius isn’t the one who’s helping you right now.”

“That’s true.” I chuckled.

He sent me a grin. “I am sorry about back there. Really. I don’t think making you fall constitutes as being a good friend.”

“Nah, its alright Remy, my own fault. I’m clumsy.” I shrugged.


“Hey, you made me fall on my face and now I’m stuck bleeding to death, deal with the nickname.” I stuck my tongue out at him.

“I thought that wasn’t my fault.” He smirked.

“Shut up Mr. Lupin.” I growled.

“How are you feeling now?” Remus glanced over at me as we entered the common room.

“Oh just fantastic.” I replied sarcastically.

“Snippy.” Remus snickered.

“I believe that you, Mr. Lupin should be a little nicer to the girl who you made bleed.”

“I…that’s true. Sorry.” he frowned.

“Oh I’m just kidding.” I pushed his arm playfully. “Please don’t look sad. Your making me feel bad.”

He sent me a smile. “Wouldn’t want to do that now would I?”

“Nopes.” I grinned and patted my nose. “Ow.”

“Well not touching it seems like a reasonable idea.”

“But I’m not one to follow through with ideas.” I shrugged.

Remus chuckled before grabbing my arm and stopping me before I could move towards the stairs.

“I really am sorry Tay.”

“Tay? I thought only Sirius and James called me that.”

“Its catchy.” He shrugged with a wide grin.

“Bleh.” I scrunched up my nose. “Just don’t call me Tay-Tay. Now that’s annoying.”

“Hm….Tay-Tay eh? Don’t tell Sirius that. He’s not as nice as I am.”

“Clearly.” I snorted. “And don’t worry about it Remy, I’m clumsy, that didn’t help the situation.”

He smiled and nodded. “Alright.”

“I think I’m gonna try and catch some shut eye for the next few hours.” I tapped my chin while I thought.

“But now that I’m awake I’m bored.” Remus pouted.

“Your own fault.” I rolled my eyes. “Night…morning…oh whatever.”

I moved to walk up the stairs, but Remus refused to let go of my arm. Instead, he just pulled me back so I was barely inches away from him.

“Remy, you have to let go in order for me to leave.”

“But I already told you, I’m bored and awake. Amuse me Tay-Tay.”

“You really have hanged around with Sirius for way too long. You need a break.” I rolled my eyes. “Remy, let go ok?”

“Oh fine.” He dropped his arm to his side.

“Thank ya.” I gave him a wink before bounding up the stairs, taking two at a time.

I was home safe, nearly there. That was, until I suddenly found my feet being pulled from beneath me. I was about to curse myself for being so clumsy again. But before I could, I realized the stairs had turned into a slide, sliding me straight to the floor. With a simple and inelegant oomph, I fell onto my ass, looking up at a smirking Remus Lupin. He burst out laughing at the look on my face and I couldn’t help but notice the cute dimples he had. Crap, stop it head, stop it now.

“Remus!” I exclaimed, trying to get up on my feet.

“Oops, did I do that?” he raised an eyebrow, his smirk widening. “Well, now that I think about it, I think I’m going to go back to bed as well.”

Before I could open my mouth to speak, he simply moved around my body and went in the opposite direction. Allowing my head to do some rare quick thinking, I pulled myself off my feet and jumped at Remus, tackling him to the ground. Remus looked up at me in surprise as I sat there, straddling him on the ground.

“I don’t appreciate that Remus.” I smirked.

“I don’t appreciate this.” He returned the look.

“Well I guess we find ourselves in a pickle.”

“Huh?” he looked at me confused.

“Muggle Canadian thing.” I waved it off.

“Mental.” I heard him mutter.

“Not nice.”

He opened his mouth to respond when a voice beat him to it.

“So this is why I never wake up this early in the morning.” Sirius’ cocky voice came from the bottom of the stairs leading to the boy dormitories. “Am I interrupting anything?”

“No.” I glared over at him.

“Hm…wow Moony, you work fast.” Sirius winked at the boy lying on the ground. “And we all thought I would be the one to flirt with her first. Beat me to it.”

“Shut up Padfoot.” Remus mumbled.

“Kind of works well considering you li…”

“Shove off Sirius.” Remus’ voice turned threatening.

“Ouch. Touchy subject.” Sirius barked in laughter.

“Your annoying Sirius.” I rolled my eyes before standing up from Remus.

“Thank you.” He grinned. “So, other than the lovely flirting, what are you two doing up this early?”

“Long story.” I went to go back up the stairs. “Well I’m going back up. Bye boys.”

I could feel my face was burning up from what had just occurred. My entire being was focused on walking up the stairs, and shoving my head under the covers for an eternity. Unfortunately, it seemed like no one was going to allow me the pleasure, as I felt an arm link with mine, and began dragging me in the opposite direction.

“Ugh! Sirius!” I growled as I noticed Sirius wearing a smirk as he waved at Remus.

“Catch ya later Moony.” He pulled me from the common room and into the deserted corridor.

“Sirius, dude, what the heck.” I glared at him as I shoved his arm away.

“Dude?” he raised an eyebrow, looking amused.

I just glared at him in response.

“So, what’s going on with you and Moony?”

“Nothing.” I shrugged.

“Nothing huh?” he leaned against the wall, his arms crossing. “Because ever since the first day of class, you’ve blushed every time you’ve seen him. That doesn’t seem like nothing.”

I have no self-control. I was blushing again.

“Ah, I see. So you do like Moony.”

“I have no idea what your talking about.” I mumbled, looking down at my sneakers.

“Uh huh.” I could just hear the smugness in his tone.

“Well I’m going to go now.” I turned back around.

“He likes you too you know.”

That stopped me. I turned and gave him a confused look.

“He does.” Sirius shrugged. “I’ve known Moony for awhile now. He’s never looked at anyone the same way he does you.”

My face had to have been at least ten shades of deep red.

“But I didn’t tell you that.” He winked at me. “Shall we head down for breakfast?”

“Its early.” I was able to get out in a mix of mumbles. I was just lucky it was coherent.

“I have my ways.” He held out a hand, a smirk still prominent on his lips. “Shall we?”

A/N: I couldn't help but put a little flirting between the two. I adore Remus too much to not lol. Hope you like it. it was fun writing. oh, and thanks for the reviews. i overly appreciate them and i enjoy reading each and every one. thanks for the support!

Chapter 8: Chapter Eight: Weekend Fiasco
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Chapter Eight: Weekend Fiasco

“Hey Tay-Tay.”

“Remus told you that name didn’t he.” I scrunched up my face in disgust as James slid into a seat beside me in the library

“No, of course not.” He grinned; earning a few points in the charm department by the seventh year Hufflepuffs we shared the tables around us

“Uh huh.” I rolled my eyes. “Where’s Remus?”

“Not sure.” James shrugged, his attention now on the red haired beauty that had walked into the room.

“You like her don’t you?”

“Like who?” he asked dreamily.

“Lily.” I nodded as the red head scanned the space before her eyes resting on mine.

“Since second year.” He admitted as his eyes danced in excitement as Lily began walking towards us.

I chuckled as he shot up, ruffling his already messy hair.

“Hi Lily.” He shot her a charming smile.

“Potter.” Her emerald green eyes narrowed. “What are you doing here?”

“Well this is a library dear lily.” James didn’t seem fazed at all by her tone.

“You know what a library is? Shocking.” She rolled her eyes before placing her books on the table. “Is Remus coming today?” she asked me.

“Should be.” I nodded, rather interested in James’ puppy dog love.

“Well then we can start without him.” She sat down across from me. “And you can leave Potter.”

“Oh but…”




I cringed at the loudness of her voice. She definitely could carry herself well. And if this was any sign of the anger the girl could give off, well, I don’t think I’d like to be on her bad side at all.

“I’ll see you later James.” I pushed at him slightly, hoping he would take the hint.

He frowned and bowed his head, almost like a dog with its tail between its hind legs as he walked away. I sort of felt sorry for the guy as he left the library, walking straight past Remus without even a second glance. Remus raised an eyebrow as he glanced over at him before wandering over to our table.

“What happened?” he questioned.

“Potter doesn’t know how to understand the word no.” Lily didn’t meet his eyes. “So, down to work?”

“Ah, sure.” I nodded, feeling slightly uncomfortable.

“How did you find your classes this week?” Lily asked, clasping her hands on top of her books and peering at me with those intense green eyes.

“Ah…” to say I felt awkward would be an understatement. “Okay I suppose.”

“Any trouble areas?” she questioned.

I looked over at Remus, as if asking for his help in the questioning. However, he didn’t meet my eyes, as he was starring down at the parchment he was writing something or other on. I sighed and shrugged as I drummed my fingers lightly on the edge of the table.

“Potions I guess.” I answered after receiving a hard look from Lily. “I like Defence against the dark arts and charms. Astronomy isn’t bad. Transfiguration seems all right I guess. James was a big help this past week. Potions is the only real class I hate.”

Lily nodded. “That’s understandable, it’s a hard subject to grasp. Well, we have that potions essay due on Monday, should we work on that?”

“Maybe we should work on some simple spells.” Remus suggested without looking up. “You seemed to struggle with the simple ones for some reason.”

I raised an eyebrow at the weird tone he had. Did I do something and not know it? I mean this morning…well sure this morning was kind of weird in a way, but, that couldn’t have made him angry with me, could it of?

“Up to you.” Lily looked over at me, a questioning look in her eyes. She must have caught the tone as well.

“That’s fine.” I spoke softly.

“Ugh!” I threw a book away from me.

“Patience.” Lily laid a hand on my shoulder. “Lets try it again.”

I growled a few incoherent curses before nodding.

“Accio book.” I mumbled.

You know, considering the day I’ve had, you would think that there couldn’t possibly be anything that could make it worse. However, do you think god would be nice enough and allow me to have some kind of good luck? Course not. The book that was supposed to fly smoothly into my outstretched hand, decided it would rather fly right into my face, smashing my nose. My hands flew up as I heard a sickening crack. Pain erupted as I could feel a warm liquid begin to flow onto my hands. I stumbled back as I tried to get a grasp on what had just happened.

“Oh my gosh! Are you alright Taylor?” Lily paled as she noticed the blood.

“You’re bleeding more than this morning.” Remus mused as he took my wrists and brought my hands down from my nose. “And it appears to be broken.”

I shuddered as Remus lightly touched the bridge of my nose. I yelped in pain and brushed his hand away, covering my bleeding nose up with my hands.

“You need to go to the hospital wing.” Remus stated.

“I was just there.” I shook my head.

“Your nose is broken Taylor. And your bleeding.” He pointed out. “You need to get that fixed.

“I’m fine.”

“Clearly your not.”

“I’m not going back.”

“Its just the hospital wing, its no big deal.”

“I don’t like hospitals.”

Remus ran a hand through his hair as he sighed out of frustration. “It’s a wing, not a hospital. Your losing a lot of blood Taylor.”

“I-I’m fine.”

“You’re being impossible, just go to the hospital.”


“Taylor you have to go.” Lily pleaded with me.


“So you’re just going to go around with a bloody broken nose all day?” Remus rolled his eyes. “Stop being stubborn and just let me take you up there.”

“I said no.”



I believe my stubbornness was the last straw, because the next thing I knew, Remus’ wand was in my face, him muttering a few words. I felt my body become frozen together, forcing me to rock backwards. Remus caught me and all I could do was shoot daggers at him as I couldn’t speak.

“I’m sorry Taylor, but your bleeding up a storm.”

“Remus I cant believe you just jinxed her.” Lily’s face began to grow red as Remus wrapped an arm under my legs and my back before lifting me up into his arms.

“She’s being stubborn.” Remus sent her a glance. “What else was I supposed to do? Just let her bleed uncontrollably.”

Lily mumbled a few things that I didn’t catch. But at that time, I wasn’t really listening. All I could do was become even more furious at Remus for jinxing me.

“I can’t believe you actually did that Moony.” Sirius laughed, bits of egg spewing across the table.

“Its not funny Sirius.” Remus wiped the food off his cheek.

“Oh no Moony, it quite is.”

“Shut up Pad.” James slapped Sirius over the head. “Is she alright?”

“I don’t know.” Remus’ lips contorted into a frown.

“You just left her there?” James raised an eyebrow.

Remus shot him a glare. “Pomphry kicked me out.”

James nodded. “Maybe we should go visit her.”

“No need mate, she’s just come in.” Sirius somehow found a way to cease his laughing and was now wolfing down his breakfast.

Remus’ head shot up as he caught sight of me walking through the door, a sour look on my face.

“Tay!” James waved me over.

My eyes fell on the three boys, and I felt a sudden roar of anger as I remember what had happened the previous day. I sent an apologetic look to James before shooting a glare at Remus. I stuck my head up before waltzing over to where Lily was sitting with our dorm mates.

“Hi.” I muttered.

“Hey!” Lily looked up with concerned eyes. “Are you feeling alright?”

“Better I guess.” I shrugged.

“Remus has been worried about you.” Carrie mentioned.

“That’s nice.” I grabbed a piece of toast.

“Is your nose…”

“Its fine.” I shrugged.

“TAY-TAY!” a voice bounded over to us.

“Ugh, Black.” Janet groaned as she hit her head on the table.

“What do you want Sirius?” I sighed.

“How come you didn’t come sit with us?” Sirius slid onto the bench beside me, pushing Kelsey out of the way.

“Because.” I replied coldly.

“Are you mad at Moony?” Sirius raised an eyebrow. He really was clueless wasn’t he?

“Yes.” might as well spell it out for him.


I sent him a glare. “Take a wild guess Sirius.”

His eyebrows knitted together as he appeared to be thinking quite hard. Janet held in a laugh, while Carrie burst out. Lily just rolled her eyes as I crossed my arms and waited patiently for him to come to a conclusion.

“The nose thing?” he asked.

“No duh.” I rolled my eyes.

“Oh.” He nodded. “Why?”

“Oh my god!” seriously, I can’t have self control all the time. I threw my hands up in frustration as I glared at him incredulously.

“What?” I pray for his soul.

“You’re an idiot.” I grumbled before standing up. “I’m going up to the common room.”

“We’ll see you later.” Lily gave me a kind smile.

“You’re leaving?” Sirius pouted.

“Yeah.” I glared at him.

“Ok.” Sirius stood up as well. “MOONY! SHE’S LEAVING!!”

My eyes locked onto Sirius’ grey blue ones, and he just smirked. He winked before turning and walking back to the guys. I caught sight of Remus starting to stand up and I immediately shot out of the great hall. I could hear him following so I quickly ran up a set of stairs, not even paying attention to where I was going. Although it’s been a week since coming, I’ve been absolutely clueless as to where anything was. It was just a miracle I had either one of the guys or Lily in all my classes, allowing me to grab a tour guide from one of them. This time, I was all on my own however.

“Taylor!” Remus shouted from behind me.

I wasn’t a fit person. I had never participated in any extra curricular sports, or any physical activity minus throwing a football around with my friends. It was a miracle I was as thin as I was due to my lack of activity. It wasn’t because I was lazy. Okay, so I was lazy. But really, I was just unable to be athletic. I had no genes in the sports area. My parents were awful (though my father did play football at one point…but other than that). My brother was never a sports person; he was the geeky computer guy. So, you could understand my lack of skills. Hence why running this much was causing aches and pain in my sides. My breathing was becoming rigid as I managed to successfully run up a few more staircases before turning down a hall. I slid to a stop as a cat was perched on the ground in front of me. Sirius and James had told me about this cat. Mrs. Norris. Wherever she was, the caretaker, Filch, was. I had a feeling a running girl on the…what floor was this again? Anyways, I’m sure he would just love to put me into detention. To be honest, getting my first detention here in Hogwarts in only the first week didn’t seem appealing.

“Taylor!” Remus rounded the corner, stopping a few feet behind me. His was breathing hard, but it hardly sounded like he had run up multiple floors in a matter of minutes. Damn men and their stamina! “Look I’m sor…what is it?”

“Mrs. Norris.”

Remus glanced around my form before I felt his hand on my arm, starting to pull me out of the hall.

“Come on, we don’t want to be caught.” He told me softly as he pulled me into another hall.

After we had rounded a corner, I so desperately wanted to tear my arm away from his grasp. In fact, I did try. But he had a much stronger grasp than I did, and refused to let me go. Eventually as we were walked down the hall, I found him turning around suddenly, going back the way we came. I was about to question him when he did it again. I was thoroughly confused as I found him doing it for a third time.

“What are you doing?” I finally voiced.

He didn’t answer me s he stopped and turned towards the wall. I raised an eyebrow, thinking he looked like a complete idiot. But then, this whole magic thing amazed me yet again. A door appeared. And when I mean appeared I literally mean the wall formed into a door. Yeah, really not kidding either. My mouth was hanging open like mad. I believe I even found myself eating flies as Remus pulled open the door and pushed me inside. I was still gaping as I looked around the room. It was done up in a dark maroon color, illuminated by the few candles lining the wall. The only piece of furniture in the room was a maroon and gold couch sitting with its back to us. I raised an eyebrow as I turned to Remus.

“Room of Requirements.” He shrugged as he stood directly in front of the door, his arms crossed. He must have read my mind. I really was going to try that.

“What do you want?” I asked him coldly.

“We need to talk.” He took a step forwards.

“No, we really don’t.”

“I’m sorry Taylor. You were bleeding. If I didn’t do something you would have lost too much blood. I know I shouldn’t have jinxed you…”

“You really shouldn’t have.” My eyes narrowed.

Remus sighed and ran a hand through his sandy brown hair. “I know. I deeply regret it Taylor. But I didn’t know what else to do. You were refusing to go to the hospital wing. Your nose was broken. Neither Lily nor I know healing spells as well as Madam Pomphry. It was the only thing I could think of doing.”

“I told you I didn’t want to go.”

“I know but…”

“I hate anything related to hospitals.” I turned and walked over to the couch without another word.


I ignored him as I sat down on the couch, my head resting in my hands. I heard him walk over and sit beside me, a hand on my back. I shifted to the side so that he hand fell to the side. He sighed heavily as he looked down at his lap.

“My grandfather was diagnosed with cancer when I was five.” I wasn’t sure how any of that spilled from my lips. It just seemed to come out willingly. “It had gotten worse over the years and he had to stay in the hospital one weekend before a surgery that was supposed to help him. My family went up to see him. We were there the entire weekend.” I sighed as I ran a hand through my dark hair. “I’ve always been the closest to my grandfather in my family. I seemed to take after him in everything. My personality, my looks, everything. He was the only one I was really able to talk to.”

Remus starred at me with caring eyes as I looked down at my hands, tears pricking my eyes.

“The nurses had let me go into his room one night after hours. I was talking to him about something or other. I can’t remember anymore. I remember he looked tired, so he closed his eyes. I assumed he was resting his eyes. I didn’t think anything of it. I waited a bit, before I got impatient. I tried waking him up…but…” my voice got caught in my throat as a tear fell down my cheek.

“Merlin.” Remus whispered.

“The nurses came in then, and ushered me out of the room. He was officially pronounced dead a little bit after that.” I choked up.

“Tay…” he lifted a hand to rub my back soothingly.

I surprised myself by not pulling away.

“Ever since then, I’ve been terrified of hospitals. Every time I go near one, I think of…I think of that night when I watched him…watched him die.” I tried sniffing back the tears that were now falling freely. It was no use though.

“Oh Tay…” he wrapped an arm around me.

I moved into his embrace, finding myself crying into his chest. He didn’t object as he only pulled me tighter to his body, trying to whisper soothing words in my ear. The memories I had tried so desperately to keep from the surface were finally breeched. I had never told anyone about that time. Not even Emily. I had tried to shove it from my memory, but it was so hard.

“Its okay Tay.” he whispered into my ear while he brushed a few of his fingers through my brown hair. “It’s okay.”

A/N: i'm back!!! i feel horrible. to be honest, i completely forgot about this story until i went through my manage stories page and saw that i had only posted up to chapter seven. well that wouldnt do, so i immediately searched out my many other chapters and have decided to update!!!

So i couldnt help but do a nice long chapter of absolute crazy chaos. i know how Taylor reacted might be a bit out there....but come on...i mean if my friend had jinxed me while i was refusing to do something, i'd probably react the same way. but then again, i just lose my temper easily lol. but yeah, it does explain things at the end.

anyone else think that Remus is just too cute for worrying about her so much? *raises hand* i know i do. lol. anyways, thank you for the reviews, and hopefully you all continue to shower me with them.