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Times Like These by iheartyou

Format: Novel
Chapters: 9
Word Count: 21,145
Status: WIP

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Strong Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature

Genres: Humor, Romance, AU
Characters: Lupin, Snape, Sirius, Lily, James, Arthur, Molly, Lucius, Pettigrew, OC
Pairings: Remus/OC, Arthur/Molly, James/Lily, Sirius/OC, Other Pairing

First Published: 10/03/2012
Last Chapter: 08/26/2013
Last Updated: 08/26/2013

Summary:


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Nova Prescott has a knack for breaking rules. Like her brothers' rules.

1. Don't go anywhere ten feet of any blokes
2. Stay out of any and all trouble
3. Most importantly, stay away from those ruddy Marauders


Rules are meant to broken, right? Specially as they include those incredible arms Remus has acquired, James quits asking Lily out and Sirius blocks out all but one girl.


Chapter 1: Can She Be My New Best Friend?
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Chapter 1

“MUM! Have you seen my Potions book?” Nova Prescott shouted from her bedroom door, just opposite her older brother’s room.

“Dad! Have you any idea where I might’ve misplaced my wand?” her brother, Elliot Prescott shouted even louder than Nova herself.

Both their mum and dad smiled to themselves, a gleam in their eyes. This happened every year. Both siblings would wake early, pack, shout for help finding things they misplaced, and they leave in a hurry.

It was almost like a ritual now.

Only this year, only one sibling would board the train and the other would see her off in good hands. Elliot, who had graduated the year past, planned on accompanying Nova for the start of her last year at Hogwarts.

She popped her head out of her doorframe. “El, I think I found your wand.”

He stuck his head out as well. “Where?!” he asked, bewildered.

“Erm…in my boot, actually. I-” he didn’t give her time to finish, but simply snatched the wand and dragged himself back to his room.

Nova laughed to herself as she double checked her trunk. When she was sure she wasn’t missing a thing, she dragged it down the stairs to where the rest of her family waited. “Took you long enough, scamp,” Elliot grinned, grabbing a hold of her trunk and her hand, leaving her owl for their parents to bring with them.

After years of their parents side along apparating them, Elliot and Nova became quite used to it at an early age.

“Where is that blasted woman,” he muttered to himself once they’d gone through the barrier. He perked up when he saw who he was looking for, leaving Nova all alone until her parents reached her.

“Now then, your yearly speech is in order,” Nova’s mother seriously said. This was another yearly ritual. Both the parents would give strict speeches for every year.

Elliot came back, unnoticed, when she began. “Now then, it’s your final year, and though you have N.E.W.T.S among other things to worry over, do try and enjoy it dear. You’ll regret it if you don’t get that one detention for doing something fun for once. You’ll regret not going to that House party or that secret party or going behind your teachers’ backs or playing pranks. Oh and, since your brother won’t be there, do try and find a nice young boy,” her mother leaned in and whispered, winking, at the last sentence.

“MUM!” both siblings complained. “That’s embarrassing!” Nova hissed, her cheeks red. “But yes, I will do everything you told Elliot not to do.”

Elliot scowled. “I can’t believe this! My own mother! Betraying me! Her only son!”

“Stop being overdramatic,” Nova ordered.

He rolled his eyes. “Anyways, Nova, this is Lily Evans, I’m sure you’ve encountered each other at some point or anoth-”

“Ohmygosh, you!” Nova gushed.

My Merlin, that’s you?!” Lily gasped.

Elliot fell silent. “Or perhaps, you’re good friends…” he finished off, confused.

“At that stupid ball two years ago, her date spilled the drink on her and it splashed on mine and he basically told her that she looked like a tramp and the drink only enhanced it, and I was pissed because I was sticky, so we stomped out together and in the bathroom we sort of talked about boys being idiots, but left once clean and never saw each other again,” Nova shrugged, explaining it. “I didn’t know you were the Lily Evans my brother always talked about!”

She laughed. “Aw!” she gushed, pinching his cheek. “That’s cute, Elliot. No wonder you’re my best friend.”

He rolled his eyes once more, swatting away her hand. “So that’s it, Lily. I want you to watch over Nova this year. As my best friend, I know at least you’ll heed by my words and make sure she doesn’t go anywhere near ten feet of any bloke at all, stays out of any trouble, and especially stays away from those Marauders.”

“Yes, yes, don’t worry,” Lily promised hastily, dragging me with my trunk and owl. “Bye now!”

“You didn’t mean it, did you?” Nova smirked, knowing that she probably didn’t. Lily grinned and pulled out her hand from behind her back, revealing her first and middle fingers entwined together. “Nope.”

Nova laughed at her sad attempt to try and shove up her trunk, as well as Lily's own trunks, onto the train. “Oh Merlin, we’ll be here all day,” she sighed, shoving harder, with Nova’s help that time.

‘Too bad we were just that weak,’ thought Nova.

“Ah, need some help there Evans and friend?”

We looked up to see four faces staring down at us in amusement. “Pffft, no!”  Nova sarcastically said. “We were just acting to enhance our abilities to perform on stage.”

James Potter gave a blank look.

“Of course we need help!” Nova shrieked.

Remus chuckled, grabbing Nova’s trunk with ease, while James and Sirius took both of Lily’s. Peter shuffled around unsure of what to do, until he took the owl’s cage and ran after Remus, James, and Sirius, while Lily and Nova followed him.

“Well, we did say that we weren’t going to stay true to his rules,” Lily winked.

Nova laughed until Lily looked murderous. “What on god’s green earth do you think you’re doing, Potter?”

He looked up. “Er…putting up your trunk, Evans?”

She blinked and stared at him.

Nova stepped up. “I think she might mean, why in this compartment with all of you?”

As James nodded his head understandingly, Remus was the one to answer. “Oh, didn’t you hear, Lily? James got Head Boy.”

Nova thought Lily almost passed out due to this information. James had to drag her away for the meeting, leaving Nova to fend for herself with the three remaining boys.

An unbelievably awkward silence had dawned upon them. Nova tried to block out the three of them, but they were all intent on staring at her with curiosity that she couldn’t help but feel self conscious. Marauders or not, they were unbelievably attractive. Eventually, Nova tore her eyes from the window and said, “My name’s Nova Prescott. And yes, I’m a Gryffindor, and yes, I’m in your year, now please stop staring at me like I’m a freak.”

At least, thought Nova, they had the decency to look embarrassed. She was surprised when a hand was thrown in front of her face. “Remus Lupin. Formal introductory,” he smiled. Nova laughed, taking it and shaking it.

Nova wondered what her brother saw that was bad in them. She’d rather liked these guys.

“PRESCOTT!”

Nova looked up. “Erm…yes. Are you a fan of shouting or something?”

Sirius rolled his eyes. “No, I mean, Prescott. I heard that name somewhere. Your brother’s Elliot Prescott, isn’t he?”

She nodded. “Yeah, why?”

He frowned. “Did he tell you to stay away from us?”

She grew suspicious. “How did you know?”

“He was an ex-marauder,” Peter said, finally speaking up. “He betrayed our secrets one night, granted drunk, but still did it.”

Nova hummed lightly to herself. “I can see him doing something stupid like that.” She tapped her fingers along her knees before finally pulling a book out of her bag, and opening it halfway in.

Remus, who had been sitting next to her, leaned over and read along over her shoulder. “What book is that?”

She looked up, not even noticing that he had been reading over her shoulder. “It’s a muggle book. I rather love muggle books.”

He took the book from her hands, folding down the page she was at, and flipped it over to read the cover. “‘One True Theory of Love,’” he read aloud. Chuckling, he handed it back. “Sounds more like a guidebook on theories of love.”

Nova shrugged her shoulders. “It’s a rather nice book though.”

As she continued reading, Remus put his chin on her shoulder, reading along anyways, while Nova struggled to keep the faint smile off her face.

Peter had eventually fallen asleep across of them and Sirius disregarded them, leaving the compartment, to where, Nova had not a single clue.

“Do you like reading romance novels?”

She looked to the side, at him. “Well…now that I think about it, it is the genre I have the most amount of books of,” she admitted to him.

“There’s nothing wrong with that,” Remus quickly said. “I was just wondering. I’m a fan of mystery, myself. But I happen to read quite a bit of romance too,” he admitted. “But, shh,” he whispered. “Don’t peep a word to James or Sirius! They’d torment me over it!”

She giggled. “You have my word, oh romance novel lover.”

He frowned at her, making her laugh harder. “Just flip the page,” he muttered.

She obeyed and did so, as they continued reading in silence, other than Peter’s snores.

“Merlin, that was-what in the hell is this?”

The two of them looked up at the sound of James’ voice, and next to him, where Lily raised her eyebrows. Nova gave a sheepish look. “Erm…well…he fell asleep not too long after you two left, and Sirius went Merlin knows where ten minutes after that, and he and I were reading my book,” she told them, pointing to Remus.

“A likely story,” James said, chuckling, and coming in, soon followed by Lily. Sirius was still missing. Neither James nor Remus seemed all too concerned of it, though, so Nova didn’t dwell on it.

“Oi, James, you remember Elliot, right? This is his sister!” Remus suddenly blurted out.

James’ jaw dropped as he stared Nova up and down. “He has a bloody sister? How in the name of Merlin did we never notice that?”

Lily slapped the back of his head. “You four never notice anything unless it benefits you!”

“Well we noticed her today, didn’t we?” Peter groggily said, stirring awake, and having heard bits of the current conversation.

“Yes, and said girl is sitting right here,” Nova waved her hand.

“Sorry,” the four of them chorused. “No, but really, how didn’t we notice you?” James asked her.

She shrugged. “Well…” she paused, thinking. “Do you remember your third year? Do you remember your potions partner? The one that you accidentally spilled that one potion over and it burned the one side of her face?”

That was you?!” he bellowed. Nova chuckled.

“No, silly. The girl who sat just in front of her. That was me.” Nova turned to face Peter. “I was your partner that year. And Remus, I sat next to you in Transfiguration in forth year. And I was Sirius’ partner in Charms years two to five. I’m pretty sure the four of you ended up knocking either me or my books down repeatedly. I was also quite the library book nerd.”

The three boys thought long and hard, trying to remember Nova. “Wait,” Remus said. “You…you didn’t happen to have glasses and outrageously curly hair did you? And big, baggy clothes?”

I nodded. “There you go, buddy! That was me. That’s why none of you ever noticed me. I was a book nerd, ugly and fat.”

By this point, Sirius strolled back in the compartment, hearing part of the end of the conversation. “You stayed that way up until today, though,” he commented. “Spare the ugly and fat part.” Nova rolled her eyes. She knew it was true, and he didn’t have to deny it. “But come on. By forth year, at least, you should have had raging hormones! ‘Specially for guys like the four of us! You didn’t even try to get us to notice you?”

At this, Nova chuckled. “Please, Black. At that point, he,” she jabbed a finger at James, “couldn’t have noticed a veela in front of him, much less me, because of his blinded pining after her,” she moved her finger to Lily, who turned beet red. “That one,” she pointed at Peter, “had absolutely no interest in girls, so much so, that even the three of you almost thought he was gay. You, Black, had been with half the school and the other half knew better than to become your next target. And this one,” she bumped her shoulder with Remus’, “I believe would spend all of his spare time in the library, leaving him to no time for a girlfriend at all.”

The four of them stared at her.

“Can she be my new best friend?” Remus asked.
 
 


Chapter 2: I'm Going To Make A Pet Name For You
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Chapter 2

“I’m going to make a pet name for you,” Nova randomly said to Remus.

He looked up from his book, raising his eyebrows. They were almost at Hogwarts, though not too close.

“Oh? And er…what do you suppose it’ll be?”

She sat silently for a moment, pondering over it. “Chip.”

At this, Sirius looked up, giving her an incredulous look. “Why?”

She shrugged. “I like chocolate chips.”

“Well then,” Remus interrupted. “I’m Chip, and you’re Shrimp.”

She wrinkled her nose. “Why?”

“You’re short,” he bluntly stated. “Just look at you! Such a puny little thing you are!” he cooed, ruffling her hair. She glared at him as she patted her hair down to make it less frizzy.

All of a sudden, the train jolted. As a matter of fact, it jolted multiple times, before coming to a full stop. The first jolt, a rather unsuspecting one, caused Nova to fall off her seat, and slam into Sirius, and some of the trunks to fall down. One almost hit Lily, but James pulled her away, both to her annoyance and thankfulness. The second one caused everyone to get pushed in one way or another-Remus having hit the door. The third one caused Peter’s head to hit the window, to which he was not pleased by.

As he rubbed his head, Peter asked, “What in Merlin’s name is going on?” when the train finally stopped.

Lily sighed and looked over at James. “As Heads, we have to find out and fix it,” she informed him, leaving the compartment, not waiting for James to follow since she knew he would.

Nova noticed a few new first years who looked scared. She looked pained before she walked out as well, leaving a curious Remus and Sirius in the compartment. Peter could only think about his poor head at the moment. Both Remus and Sirius, however, followed her, without her knowing, of course.

She opened the compartment door, causing the four first years to look up at her in worry. She crouched down to be at their level. “Hello. My name’s Nova. What are your names?”

“Nymphadora Tonks. But call me Tonks,” one little girl with blazing pink hair told her. “That’s Matthias Davies, and Sarah and Nole Corner.”

They all gave a feeble ‘hi’ or ‘hello’. “You four seem worried,” she said, smiling to them. “There’s nothing to worry over. Let me guess-you’re worried over sorting, aren’t you?” she asked, a small twinkle in her eyes.

They nodded. “Is it true you have to fight a dragon?” Sarah asked.

Nova laughed. “Not at all. All you do is sit down and put on a hat. The hat will pick for you.”

“Why did the train stop Miss Nova?” Matthias politely asked her, as he slowly began trusting her.

She smiled sympathetically. “I don’t know that, Matt. But my friend went to check, and she’ll try to fix it, okay? Don’t worry about a thing. The train might have just broken down.”

He nodded happily. “Are you hungry?” she asked them, when she heard Tonks’ stomach rumble.

“Terribly,” she admitted. “We were too worried to eat something,” she frowned.

Nova smiled, and pulled out a chocolate frog, a few pumpkin pasties, and a couple of licorice wands she had bought earlier for herself, and gave them all to the four little kids. “If any of you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to come and find me, alright?” she told them. “By the way, I’m in Gryffindor, and I’m a seventh year. You’ll either find me in the Common Room or the library,” she laughed.

They smiled gleefully as she left to go back to her original compartment. “You’re very good with children, aren’t you?”

She nearly jumped. Putting a hand to her heart, she breathed out in relief. “Merlin, Sirius, you near gave me a heart attack!”

He gave her an apologetic look. “To answer your question, yes, I like to think I am.” She looked back out the compartment. “I just adore them.”

“You’d make a wonderful mother someday,” Remus commented, without thinking. With her cheeks red, Nova mumbled some incoherent words and went back to the compartment, where James and Lily were standing.

“Oh! There you are,” Lily said. “Train’s broken down. They say five hours at the least to be able to fix it up.”

Nova frowned at this, calculating in her mind. “But Lily…that would mean the train starts up at eleven. We wouldn’t get to the castle until about two in the morning!”

James sighed. “Unfortunately, as we discovered that bit as well, we learned that under any circumstance, we’d all have to get comfortable for the night in the train, as we won’t be able to leave until tomorrow. Arthur Weasley offered up his owl up to send to the professors, but seeing as Lily and I have the highest authority here as of right now, we decided it’d be of everyone’s best interests to leave in the morning. We wouldn’t want the conductor to be so tired of being up all night, that we’d go the wrong way.”

Lily nodded. “He’ll be announcing it shortly. So I suggest we all change and get just about as comfortable as we can.”

Nova sighed. This would be a long night.

***

As it turned out, the train was in fact very uncomfortable. Peter took up the one side of the seats, while James offered Lily the other, to which she gladly took. Lily, they could all tell, couldn’t sleep well with no pillow, so James sat down where her head was, and put it in his lap, as he leaned against the side of the compartment. Nova couldn’t imagine how uncomfortable he felt. But as long as Lily felt comfy, he probably did too.

That left Nova, to be smushed between Remus and Sirius, on the floor. Remus had happily put his arm forth to let her sleep on as a pillow, to which she gratefully took up. It was, of course, freezing, and Sirius helped quite a bit in the warmth department, what with his body practically pressed right up against hers, and his arm straight around her waist.

Nova struggled to fall asleep. And when she finally did, it hadn’t lasted long.

The compartment door slowly opened. Nova woke up with a jolt, and looked up. “Tonks?” she whispered.

“Miss Nova, we couldn’t sleep,” she quietly said. “Do you think…could we…could we please sleep with you?”

She smiled as she pried her way out of Sirius’ hold. “Come here, sweetie,” she said, beckoning for her. There was still quite some room on the floor in their compartment, enough for Tonks and the other three first years. Nova leaned up against the compartment door, on the floor, with Tonks cradled against her arm, Matt leaning on her right shoulder, Sarah to her left, and Nole cradled next to Tonks.

Because Nova was awake the latest, she was the last to wake up the following morning, spare the first years.

“What are they doing here?” Sirius asked, yawning.

“Must’ve come last night,” Remus groggily said. “She must’ve been the one to wake up and put them to sleep.”

“That’s sweet,” Lily commented, rubbing her eyes. “She must be so uncomfortable in that position, though,” she frowned. Then she looked up at James. “And so must he.”

With all the commotion, James woke up as well. “Huh? No, nah, I’m fine,” he said, cracking his neck a bit to loosen up his sore muscles. Then he stared down where the only five people still asleep sat. “When did that happen?”

“Last night,” Everyone chorused.

“We best move her from there,” Peter said, as Sirius was already making his way to try and move her to a more comfy position without waking her, to no avail. Her eyes flew open, bloodshot red.

“Oh Merlin,” she mumbled. “Sorry. They came in the middle of the night, and they couldn’t sleep, so I put them to bed.”

“Your eyes are red,” Lily bluntly stated.

“Yeah,” Nova said. “Must be. I’ve only had about five hours of sleep. S’okay. Are we leaving anytime soon?”

“Whenever the conductor wakes. We haven’t gotten any reply back, which basically means that the professors are alright with us doing what we deem right for this situation,” James informed her. “Which is to just leave when he wakes.”

She nodded and looked down to the four kids. Through the tossing and turning, Matt ended up with his head on her upper thigh, and Sarah by her knee. Nole was cradled in her arms and Tonks slept with her head on her neck. “I really don’t want to wake them up.”

“Has anyone told you you’d make a wonderful mother some day?” James asked her.

Nova cracked a grin. “Oh, some few people have been saying so.”

Both Remus and Sirius averted eyes from her as she stifled her giggles. Remus quickly transformed his sweater into a large blanket and covered up Nova and the four children. “Thanks,” she said, smiling gratefully.

Sirius glared at him. “It was freezing last night. And you decide to do that right now?”

“Sirius, you practically radiate heat,” Nova piped up. “I was squished between you two, and you were like an oven.”

“Yeah, but…he’s freezing. When you got up, it wasn’t warm anymore,” he pouted.

She rolled her eyes. Peter fell back asleep when no one acknowledged him. Lily ended up dozing off back into sleep as well. When Nova realized this, she asked, “Merlin, what time is it?”

Remus glanced down at his watch. “Almost five.”

“In the morning?!” she asked incredulously. He nodded. She slammed her head back. “Oh hell, this is going to take forever.”

***

“I’ve officially decided that I hate trains,” Nova announced. Lily snapped her head to her.

“Because of what happened, or because your muscles are sore?”

“Both,” she said after some thought. “Lily, you wouldn’t happen to have a comb on you, would you?”

Lily hummed slightly as she pulled out a comb from her trunk. “Here.”

Nova smiled gratefully, combing her long dark hair, as all four of the boys pigged out. They had all already changed into their school robes, for they were to be at the castle in just twenty minutes.

Nova noticed Lily’s eyes flash over at James every now and then. “Merlin, Nova, your hair is so tangled!” Lily tutted.

She made a face. “Yeah, well…long hair, and not being tied up while sleeping, that’s what happens,” Nova said, feeling a bit annoyed. “Do you think you could braid it quickly for me?” she asked her, as she finished combing.

Lily nodded, both girls sitting down on the floor as she twined Nova’s hair together. “So we’ve broken rules one and three,” Lily began.

“Hmm,” Nova hummed. “What was the second one? Stay out of all and any trouble?”

Lily nodded. Nova grinned. “I think I should just become part Marauder and pull pranks in all my spare time.”

At this, the boys, minus Peter, looked up. “What rules?” Remus asked.

“Part Marauder?” James asked, raising an eyebrow.

“What were rules one and three?” Sirius asked, curiously.

“The rules Elliot set for Nova,” Lily explained.

“Part Marauder, because you guys pull quite a bit of pranks,” Nova told James. “And rule one was don’t go ten feet of any blokes.”

“Rule three was the most important one,” Lily said, bursting out laughing at the thought of it. “Rule number three was to ‘stay away from those ruddy Marauders’,” she said, laughing, putting air quotes around ‘ruddy Marauders’.

James ‘hmph’-ed and Sirius frowned. “Killed two birds with one stone then,” he said.

They nodded, as they stood up, leaving the compartment to leave. They’d just reached Hogwarts. “Come on, then!” Nova beckoned. “We’re here!”

She saw Remus look out the window and say, “Oh, we are!”
 
 


Chapter 3: What The Hell's A Twix?
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Chapter 3

“Chip!” Nova shouted, laughing, squeezing him in a hug.

He chuckled. “Shrimp.”

“How are you this lovely morning, oh Chip?”

“Just dandy, little Shrimp,” he said, looking down at Nova with an amused expression. People around them gave weird looks. Nova and Remus simply just ignored them.

“Piggy back ride!” she gleefully said, jumping on Remus’ back, while he bent over slightly to hold her up, without even the slightest bit of a sign of struggle. “Gosh, Remus, you’re strong.”

He chuckled. “Thanks.”

Nova stared down at him. She mostly noticed his arms. They were slightly flexed to hold her up by her legs, while her arms were around his neck, though not tightly. You could see Remus’ muscles in his arms.

The only thing Nova could think was when did Remus get muscles like that?

Although, she did have to admit, he did get entirely sexier over the summer break. Just as she had discarded of her terrible hair, huge glasses, and disgusting baggy clothes. She was almost like a new person.

“Did you know that I’m a terrible liar?” Nova randomly asked, while he walked through the corridor. It was a Sunday, and the following morning would be the first day of classes.

“Really?” he asked, with a smirk plastered on his face. “So if I ask you anything in the world, you couldn’t lie to me about it?”

“That would be correct. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m also terribly random,” she informed him.

“Oh, believe me, I’ve quite noticed it,” Remus chuckled. “Now, how do you feel about…” he paused for a moment. “How do you feel about werewolves?” he asked.

Nova fell silent for a slight moment. “And you call me random?” she laughed. “No but seriously, I don’t think that all werewolves are bad. I mean, Fenrir Greyback, I think his name is, he’s definitely a bad one. I’d be scared shitless if I’d ever see him. But then I think about those innocent people he bit, and it’s really unfair to them. They probably aren’t even accepted in society for something that they didn’t have any control over. That’s so unfair. Do you think they’d have to keep it hidden from everyone if they went to school?” she asked, leaning her head down to see him.

Remus, who was taken aback by her answer, answered her back, saying, “Yes. I think they would have to. Not many people are all too inviting of a werewolf because of their fear.”

Nova sat silently, thinking. “You know what I think?” she asked. She continued without waiting for a response. “I think that it’d be bloody brilliant to meet a werewolf! I wonder if they remember anything that goes on during transformations. What I wouldn’t do to be friends with a werewolf. They should feel accepted, you know. Think about it, Remus! One friend, one person who’s accepting of them, could help them feel okay with being a werewolf!”

Remus chuckled. “My bet is you’ve already met one and you’ve been friendly enough to one. You just didn’t know it.”

“Hmm,” she hummed. “Still.”

“And no, Nova, they don’t remember anything during the transformation,” Remus told her.

“I should research about this,” Nova adamantly said.

Slightly panicked, Remus quickly changed the subject. “How do you feel about the four of us Marauders?”

“Well…you’re all weird this year,” she commented. “Spare Peter.”

“Oh Peter,” Remus chuckled.

“Anyways, James stopped asking out Lily every ten seconds, which is a HUGE shocker. Sirius stopped whoring around, which is crazy!”

“And me?”

“You. Well…you’re uh…you just…kind of…changed over the summer…”

He lifted a brow and stopped walking. “Oh?”

“Well…er…you know, physically and all,” she mumbled. Remus burst out laughing, while Nova smacked his shoulder. “Shut up.”

Sirius walked up to them by that point, with his eyebrows raised. “You know, half the school thinks you two are a thing right now, Remus.”

Both of them visibly turned beet red. Nova practically jumped off of him. “Right…well…er…bye then!” she awkwardly said, before running off, tripping over thin air. “Meant to do that!” she shouted behind her.

“Of course you did,” both Remus and Sirius chuckled.

***

“Oi, Sirius, what classes have you got?” Nova asked that same day at dinner where McGonagall gave them all their time tables. He opened his mouth to reply, but she just grabbed his collar forward, half choking Sirius, and pulled his timetable out from his pocket.

James smirked while he continued eating, and Sirius glared at her, though unnoticed by Nova, since she was too busy comparing time tables. “I’ve got everything but Astronomy with you. Merlin, is anyone taking that ruddy class?!”

“I am,” Remus told her.

“Thank the heavens. It’d be dreadful being there alone.”

“Why are you even taking the class?” Lily asked her. “I’ve got Arithmancy.”

Nova shrugged. “I didn’t want Divination, I didn’t want Care of Magical Creatures either, and I’m terrible in Arithmancy. I don’t like Astronomy, but I’m good at it, so…” she shrugged again. “Why not?”

Lily rolled her eyes. “Your funeral.”

“Do you know what a good baby name would be?” Nova randomly said. “Aurora. That’s what a good baby name would be. For a girl, that is.”

James just blinked and stared at her. “Merlin, Moony, when you said she was random, I didn’t think you meant this random!”

Remus shrugged. “She also can’t lie.”

Sirius got an evil grin on his face. “Oh, this we can put to good use.”

Nova looked worried. “And now I’m suddenly afraid of what you’ll do with my problem.”

“Wait, does that mean that if I ask you what size bra you wear, you’d answer truthfully?” Peter asked.

All eyes fell on Nova. She slapped a hand to her mouth to keep herself from saying anything, but her head shook yes. He barked a laugh. “Nova, what size bra do you wear?”

She shut her eyes and covered her ears, willing herself not to speak.

“She has control over whether or not she talks, you know, so don’t be expecting-” Remus said, before-

“30 B!”

He turned crimson red, before saying, “Never mind.”

Lily burst out laughing and all four boys had their eyebrows raised. Nova cursed herself as she sunk low. “So erm…I like pie.”

***

“I’m so lonely,” Nova whined to Marauders. “Lily has her own room to sleep in now and I have no social life outside of the four of you and Lily because of Elliot.”

Peter awkwardly patted her head. She slapped his hand away. “I don’t even know the girls I’m supposed to be sleeping with!”

“You complain quite a bit, don’t you?” Sirius asked her.

She glared at him. “Shut up.”

He tsked. “You’re just lucky I make an exception for you, little miss Nova, you’re the only person in Hogwarts who can tell me things like that.”

Remus blinked in realization. “Bloody hell, mate, that’s true! Even James can’t get away with telling him to stuff it!”

Nova peered at them curiously. “Yeah, why are you Marauders talking to me?” At the looks on their faces, she quickly amended, “No! I mean, quite normally, you’d never have noticed little ol’ me, and suddenly you’re all extra nice and everything.”

Sirius shrugged. “Can’t you just be grateful, minion?”

Minion?” both Remus and Nova asked.

“Yes,” he stated simply, with a smirk on his face. “If he can call you Shrimp, then I can call you Minion.”

Nova narrowed her eyes. “Fine.” Sirius had a victorious look on his face. “I’ll be a Minion, Snuffles!” she grinned, throwing her arms around his neck.

Bewildered, he stepped, back, “Snuffles?”

“Well yes!” she said, with a mock shocked look on her face. “You’re like a cute little puppy, sometimes.”

Remus, Peter, and Sirius exchanged a discreet glance, that didn’t go unnoticed by Nova. “What?”

“Nothing,” Sirius quickly said. “Well then, Minion, I bid you a good night!” he saluted and marched to the foot of the boys dormitory stairs.

“Hey, Moony, one of these days, we really ought to think of a way up their stairs,” Sirius told Remus.

At this, Remus grinned wickedly, and made sure Sirius was watching him as he began climbing up the girls’ dormitory stairs.

Sirius’ jaw dropped as Remus came back down, and he marched right over, as Nova was almost at the top of the stairs. Sirius began climbing up as well, and reached the fifth step, because of his quickness, before the stairs turned into a slide, an alarm went off, and Nova squeaked before sliding straight down and colliding with Sirius. “SIRIUS!” she smacked him.

The alarm had caused most of the girls, and all of the boys to come out and see what was happening. Some of the girls looked unimpressed. “But…but…” Sirius stuttered. Remus barked a laugh and headed up to his room. “But…”

Nova smacked him again. “You imbecile!”

He pouted like a puppy once more. “I’m sorry.”

She glared at him, until a girl from the top slipped and came tumbling down. They looked up, but didn’t move out of the way quickly enough. “You deserved that,” Nova told Sirius. He pouted at her again.

“I’m sorry!”

“How long until the stairs come back?” the girl asked. They looked at her again.

“This hasn’t happened at all for a long time,” Nova said, her eyes burning into Sirius’s face, “so nobody knows.”

“Aw,” she sighed. “Well, my name’s Nita Skeeter.”

They both stared at her. “Merlin, don’t tell me you’re Rita Skeeter’s sister,” Sirius groaned.

Nita looked sheepish. “I wish I weren’t.”

Nova sighed. “Merlin hates me.”

“But I’m not like her at all!” Nita piped up. “Anyways, I’m a seventh year.”

“Nova Prescott, seventh year. This idiot is Sirius Black, also seventh. And he’s going to stay down here and freeze to death with us for turning the stairs to a slide,” Nova said.

Sirius frowned. “No-vaaa,” he dragged out. “Do I have to?” he whined.

“Yes. Now be a good boy and run along now.” She paused before saying, “And can you quickly bring Remus down here?”

He groaned and got up and left. “Is he your boyfriend?” Nita randomly asked.

Nova’s head snapped back to hers. “Merlin, no!”

“What about Remus Lupin? That rumor’s been going around.”

“No, no! We’re all just friends,” Nova said, trying to clear up the rumors. “Merlin, no.”

“Sirius said you asked for me?” Remus questioned, with an eyebrow lifted. Merlin. Nova almost began drooling at the sight of him.

Muscular boys should not wear tight white shirts. It’s utterly unfair to the female population. “I…I…er…oh um, yes! Do you have any extra blankets? We’re not sure when the stairs will turn back, and it’s going to be cold down here,” Nova managed to utter out. She felt like slapping herself.

Nita looked quite amused. “O-oh and this is uh, Nita. Nita Skeeter.”

Remus’ eyes widened. “Do you mean-”

“Yes,” they both said. Nita sighed. “Pay no attention to my last name, I beg you.”

He shook his head. “Er…right. Blankets. Got it. Oh, Nova?”

She looked back at him. “Hmm?”

“Why is Sirius cursing your name right now?”

She cracked a grin. “I’m making him sleep down here as punishment.”

He laughed, throwing his head back. “Well I’ll just send down those blankets and pillows with him.”

“Thank you Chip, you’re a life saver!” Nova shouted to him.

She could hear him laugh still in the room, where his door was currently open. When Sirius came back with blankets and pillows, shorts and no shirt on, he sarcastically said, “Remus made me an owl and told me to tell you that, and I quote, if he’s a lifesavor, then you, Shrimp, are a twix.”

“Twix?” she asked, amused.

He shrugged. “His favorite muggle candy.”

“Aw, I’m touched,” she gave a happy little pout, holding her hand to her heart.

“What the hell’s a twix?” Nita asked.
 


Chapter 4: You Know, I Should Make Up A List...
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Chapter 4

“If I tell you to give me a piggy back ride, what would you say?” Nova asked the following morning at breakfast, as she put a spoon in her mouth upside down, full of oatmeal.

Sirius looked up. “Er…I’d probably tell you to jump on my back?”

She nodded. “Okay.”

Sirius looked confused. “The point of that was…?”

She waved it off. “Nothing. You just passed a test, is all.” He lifted his brows once more, but didn’t pry. Remus looked quite amused. And James, well…James was just odd, that one.

Lily kept staring at him, Nova noticed. It was almost as if she was expecting him, or even asking for him, to keep pestering her. Instead, he hasn’t spoken to her much for the past few days.

“What’s your favorite muggle candy, James?” Nova asked.

He blinked. “Erm…I don’t…know?”

“I like twix. Twix and lifesavers,” she laughed loudly, winking at Remus, who threw his head back and laughed. Sirius grunted at this, and James and Peter looked confused.

“You’re so weird,” James commented, but chuckled.

“Why, thank you, Sir James.”

“You’re ever so welcome Madame Nova.”

A small silence surpassed them before Nova piped up again. “You know who the perfect boyfriend would be?” she asked. All four of them turned to face her. “It’d be like, the four of you, only combined.”

They exchanged glances. “I mean,” she continued, obliviously, “you’re funny and sorta cute,” she pointed to James. “You’re kinda cute like a puppy sometimes,” she pointed to Sirius. “You’ve got beautiful arms and pretty eyes,” she shrugged to Remus. “And you’re quiet and not always so obnoxious,” she pointed at Peter.

Lily stared at her.

“What?” she asked, seeing the looks on their faces.

Remus slowly looked down at his arms. James began poking his face. Sirius began rubbing his forehead. And Peter just sat there, opening and closing his mouth

“You know, I think you’re right,” Lily slowly said. “It would be like the ultimate package!”

Nova turned in her seat, and excitedly bopped up and down. “Right?! And Sirius has that really soft hair!”

“And Remus is really strong, too,” Lily added.

“Yeah! And, I mean, come on! James has got the perfect smile!”

“And Peter’s got perfect teeth!”

“And have you seen the color of Remus’ eyes?”

“Sirius has those cute dimples too!”

“Peter’s got nice eyebrows too.”

“And Potter’s got a straight nose!”

The Marauders sat there awkwardly, watching Lily and Nova obsess over some few traits of theirs. “Er…this is really awkward,” Remus muttered.

Nova remembered they were still there. “Oh right. Sorry,” she laughed.

“Does that mean they’re both attracted to all four of us?” Sirius questioned out loud.

Both Lily and Nova turned to look at each other with wide eyes. “Never in my life-!”

“Me, attracted to Potter-!”

“Pshh, please,” they both said, waving their hands. “Not for another century,” Lily said.

Nova nodded. “Yeah. What she said.”

James smirked. “Right. We believe that. Because that’s obviously why you just got excited and began listing good traits of us that give us good quality as a boyfriend.”

Nova blinked.

“Did you know that hippogriff dung is used in some potions?” she randomly stated.

All five pairs of eyes fell on her.

“We must keep her around,” James stated after a short silence.

***

“I like lemons.”

Remus laughed. “What?”

“Don’t look at me like that!” Nova scolded. “I simply like lemons. They’re very sour. And sour is delicious.”

Remus looked very amused with this. “So if I handed you ten lemons right now, in the middle of class…”

“I’d start peeling them with my nails and suck up all the juice,” Nova finished for him. Remus chuckled and shook his head.

They were currently in Transfiguration, and McGonagall had allowed them to sit anywhere they pleased for only that day. As she said, the following day, they would have their permanent seats.

Remus, as Nova notated, had a beautiful laugh. She absolutely loved how he threw his head back and would laugh heavily, his eyes sparkling.

She couldn’t help but wonder why on earth she was only just seeing Remus Lupin as the perfection he is.

She should have seen it two years ago.

She felt someone tap her shoulder. Turning around, she realized it was only Lily. She grinned at Nova and leaned over, whispering, “Is it me, or have you got feelings for a certain someone with the initials of RL?”

Nova’s eyes widened and she snapped her head around quickly. She honestly had to be more discreet about her new obsession with Remus Lupin.

***

“You’re like a giant teddy bear,” Nova told Sirius that night in the Common Room. “You’re so cuddly.”

He chuckled. “Is that so?”

She nodded against his chest. “Gosh, you’re just like a pillow,” she mumbled. “You should become my new pillow.”

“I would,” he laughed again, “but you’d get angry with me for turning the stairs to a slide again.”

She’d forgotten about that. “About that,” Sirius said. “Why the bloody hell is Remus able to go up?”

“Lily, being Head Girl, has authorities, and she took off the spell for him only,” Nova truthfully told him. “But that’s only because he’s trustworthy and he wouldn’t go up there to shag someone or steal their knickers.”

Sirius inwardly laughed. Oh, if only she knew.

***

“Did you get it?!”

Remus shot Sirius a look. “I cannot believe you made me, but…”

“You got it!” he gleefully shrieked. “You are the best, Moony!”

“Shush! The girls are going to wake up if you don’t be quiet!” Remus whispered, worriedly looking around. Sirius grabbed his arm and dragged him up their room.

***

“This is really random,” Nova began at breakfast the next morning, “but have any of you possibly seen my knickers? They’re red.”

Remus turned crimson. “Come to think of it,” Lily said after blanking out in her thoughts, “I believe my polka dotted bra is missing as well,” she said, turning to face Nova.

Both girls’ eyes widened in realization. “Oi! Nita!” Nova called out to girl as she walked. Nita walked up to them. “Are your knickers or bras missing?”

Nita stood there for a good moment as she thought back. “Yeah,” she slowly drawled out. “This morning, I was looking for my favorite bra, and I couldn’t find it. Why? Yours are missing too?”

Lily nodded. “My bra, her knickers.”

Nita’s eyes turned to slits. “Who the hell is sick enough to steal underwear?!”

“They were my favorite knickers!” Nova whined, while poking her fork at her sausage. She blinked a few times. “Oh. It’s probably best not to have this conversation in front of you four,” she realized.

Lily looked horrorstruck as she, too, realized four boys were sitting just across them, and could hear every word they said. “Merlin!”

Nova could see Sirius had somewhat of a guilty look on his face, but she shrugged it off. It wasn’t as if he could have ever gotten their undergarments! Those stairs turned to a slide!

“I should become a lingerie model,” Nova blurted out, randomly.

Lily glanced at her as Nita sat to Nova’s other side. “Why?”

“Well, then I could get free knickers all the time. Probably better quality and nice-fitting too.” As an afterthought, she added, “And I suppose I’d get discount and all that jazz, so I could get you all you want.”

Lily smiled, satisfied. “That’s what I was looking for.”

Nova laughed loudly. “Are you using me, Miss Evans?”

“Psshh,” Lily waved her off.

“I feel discluded,” Sirius frowned.

“Sirius is really cuddly like a teddy bear,” Nova inputted.

Sirius grinned. “You know, I should make up a list of all the traits a good boyfriend should have,” Nova added on. “The teddy bear one should definitely be on it.”

“As well as dimples,” Nita added.

“I like her!” Lily grinned. Nita smiled.

“You wouldn’t think that she was anything but a real girl until this year, by looking at her right now,” James muttered to his friends, talking about Nova.

***

“I decided I will make that list,” Nova informed Lily, who decided to sleep there that night, in their dorm room late that night.

She looked up at her. “May I assist?”

“Of course!” Nova scoffed. “Why else would I voice this?”

She shrugged as she grabbed her quill. “So. Tell me all about you and Remus.”

Nova stared up at her. “I don’t know. He’s physically adorable.”

Lily smirked as she wrote down ‘Adorable’. “And he’s got these beautiful muscles in his arms…”

 

The list in question ended up looking a lot like this:

BOYFRIEND TRAITS AND QUALITIES

·         Must be adorable

·         Must be physically attractive

·         Must, must, must, make you feel nervous around said boy

·         Must own beautiful muscles in said boy’s arms

·         Must look devilishly sexy in a tight white shirt

·         Must look devilishly sexy in no shirt

·         Must be able to withstand randomness and weirdness

·         Must have pretty eyes

·         Must have ‘I want to tangle my fingers in’ hair

·         Must have a gorgeous smile

·         Must be at least three inches and at most six inches taller (to ensure said girl may wear heels with said boy)

·         Must laugh adorably

·         Maybe must be able to sing (because boys who can sing are plain sexy)

·         Must be smart enough to have an intelligent conversation with

·         Must like you for you

·         Must never think girlfriend looks hideous, no matter how dead she looks because of no sleep because of studying

·         Must be satisfied with what he has and never pressure girlfriend

·         Must never lie (this is iffy. It depends on the lie.)

·         Must ask out girlfriend in the most adorable way ever and when there’s a ball, must ask out in double the adorableness.

·         Must have dimples

·         Must be super cuddly like a teddy bear

·         Must be fun/funny

·         Must have a serious side

·         Must like pranks (though obviously not too extreme)

·         He must have at least half of these traits (because no living person, no matter how perfect they are, can ever withhold all of these traits)

“Well…” Lily said. “This is perfect! This is like the guideline for all girls!”

“We should post this up on the Common Room board,” Nova said. “It’s a great guidebook for all girls.”

“Let’s go!” Lily squealed, standing up.

“One second,” Nova said, quickly dipping her quill once more, adding to the top, the words, ‘Guide to the perfect boyfriend for all girls (or at least, fourth year and above). Credit to Lily Evans and Nova Prescott.’

“Genius,” Lily winked, before running down with Nova. They quickly tacked it up on the board, straight in the middle, so all the girls would notice it.

***

The next morning, Nova was surprised to see more boys than girls surrounding the list. Straight in the front, of course, were none other than the Marauders. Remus saw Nova and Lily emerge and ran straight to them. “Chaos, you two’ve cause. Absolute chaos!”

Lily gave him a confused look. “How do you mean?”

“All those blokes are now talking about your list, and going about trying to meet half of them at least, either to impress Nova or you, Lily. Or any other girl. Mostly the two of you,” he sighed, sounding frustrated.

“Why is this a bad thing?” Lily asked.

“It just…is,” Remus uttered. “Where on earth did you even get some of those? ‘Must look devilishly sexy in a tight white shirt’?”

Nova turned crimson as she remembered when Remus had come down the one night in his tight white shirt. Lily smirked. “Oh, just…from things we’ve seen.”

James and Sirius, as well as Peter, Nova could see, were all siting with a notebook, writing down notes fervently.

Nova nudged Lily to show her, but her eyes were already there. “Desperate, they are.”

Nova laughed.

***

“Oi,” Remus whispered as they stood at the front, waiting for McGonagall to assign them seats. “Do you suppose I look alright in a tight white shirt?”

Nova cracked a grin. “Why? Trying to impress someone?”

He looked away mumbling something. “Something like that.”

Her eyes gleamed. “If it helps, you totally look devilishly sexy in a tight white shirt.”

His eyes snapped to hers, but she was already turned away and talking to Nita and Lily.

“Oi, Minion!”

Nova turned her head slightly. “What?”

“How tall are you, Minion?” he grinned devilishly.

“Five foot six, why?”

“Nothing, Minion,” he chuckled. “Friend of mine was asking.”

She shrugged and let it go. Remus watched the short exchange.

“Enough!” McGonagall shouted. “Now, I’m pairing you up in threes, starting from the back corner. I want Hughes, Nickson, and Davies. Lawson, Pettigrew, and Snape. Thomas, Lovegood, and Nott. Next row, I want Potter, Evans, and Skeeter. Black, Prescott, and Lupin…”

After her name was called, and she’d already heard the four Marauders being called as well as Lily and Nita, Nova didn’t pay any mind. She didn’t need to, so why do it?

Nova looked from both sides of her. “Hey partners!”

They both gave an uneasy smile back.

While one looked conflicted, the other looked worried.

For once, Nova hadn’t noticed.
 
 


Chapter 5: I Simply MUST Learn to Just Shut Up and Listen to You
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Chapter 5

“Do you think that if I glare at someone forcefully enough, they’ll get a hole burned in their head?” Nova irritably asked Lily in the morning that weekend. She glanced at Nova through the mirror, where she was clasping pearly earrings on her tiny ears.

Lily did a quick 180 spin. Nova was in her Head’s Common Room, and, Nova had to admit, it was a really great advantage to being a Head. “Does this have anything to do with Remus going out with that Ravenclaw girl?”

“Pshh, whaaa-?” Nova bluffed. “No. Why on earth would you think…something…ridiculous…like that-oh Merlin, Lily shoot me right now.”

Lily giggled at her. “I don’t think it’ll work out. There’s…well…there’s some secrets that Remus has been hiding, which I don’t think the Ravenclaw girl is going to like.”

“What if she doesn’t even find them out?”

Lily shrugged. “Don’t worry about it, Nova. I’m sure he likes you. Maybe he’s just confused.”

“But…” Nova sighed. “Is it stupid to say that I honestly thought he would ask me out?”

Lily gazed at her friend. “No! Never! I would have too, in your position.”

Nova shrugged. “Oi, why are you dazzling yourself up anyways?”

Lily burst out laughing. “It’s the first Hogsmead today!”

Nova blinked and stared. “That’s today?” Then she looked down at what she was wearing. “Er…Lil? Could I maybe borrow some of your clothes?”

“Of course!” Lily told her, ruffling through her closet. “Wear this,” she said, giving Nova a ruffled black miniskirt with a lime green t-shirt and black leg warmers, only, directing her to put them on her arms. “It looks good on you.”

Nova grinned. “Thanks.”

As they emerged from Lily’s room, they came across James and the rest of the Marauders. Sirius was near passed out on the couch, Peter was engaging in a conversation with Remus, and James was walking around clad in nothing but a towel, having just come out from his shower.

“Ew! James! Put clothes on!” Nova shrieked, clasping a hand over her eyes.

“Oh thank the heavens you’re here!” Sirius gleefully said. “I was dying of boredom without you and-ho…ly…shit. You have legs.”

Nova lifted a brow. “So do you.”

“No, like…you have legs. You have sexy legs.”

“Er…thank…you?” Nova unsurely said, subconsciously hiding her legs from view. Even Remus looked up from Peter, to her legs, she noticed. “And shouldn’t you go now? To erm…be clothed?” Nova shifted awkwardly, when she spoke to James.

“Right,” he said. “But er…bit late, but would you suppose you’d like to go to Hogsmead with me today?” he calmly asked.

Nova blinked and stared at him. She slowly turned her head to face a surprised Lily. “Nova, I mean,” James added, as if that was what delayed her answer.

Lily shrugged, seeming to have not minded. So Nova grinned and said, “Sure!”

“Not fair,” Sirius groaned. “Now I have no one to look forward to being with during Hogsmead! I should’ve asked you first,” he rambled on.

“Aw, I’m flatted,” Nova sarcastically said. “Glad to see I’m so appreciated.”

“Be a good minion, Minion, and blow off your dumb date and have fun with me!” Sirius lightly demanded.

She narrowed her eyes. “No.”

He pouted.

***

“What happened to ‘I love Lily and I’m oblivious to all other females in the female species’?” Nova asked James as they walked around Hogsmead, after having already gone to Zonkos.

He had his arm casually around her as they walked. She could feel him shrug. “Six years of rejection in everything, and it kind of just hits you that it won’t happen. Besides,” he said, a smile tugging on his lips. “Then you came along, little innocent girl who we’ve never noticed, and I feel slightly attracted to you.”

Nova laughed. “That’s a compliment, yes?”

“Yes.”

“Good,” she nodded. “You’re not all that bad either, Potter.”

He lifted a brow. “Not all that bad? Psh, I’m the best, Prescott!”

“You tell yourself that,” she smirked. “Ooh, can we go Honeydukes?” she asked, as she noticed the store.

“Of course!” he told her, leading her in. Nova noticed that he held her hand, nice and tenderly, gently too.

She actually liked it.

“I’ve been craving the Caramel Chocolate Chips,” she admitted. “I must be infatuated with chocolate and chocolate chips.”

He gave her a lopsided grin.

The two of them hadn’t known it, but Peter, Remus, Sirius, and Lily were spending the entire Hogsmead trip following the two of them around secretly-Peter under the Invisibility Cloak, and Remus, Sirius, and Lily all with disillusionment charm, making them invisible. Remus had blown off his Ravenclaw date for this.

“Is he holding her hand?” Lily whispered.

“Why? You jealous?” Sirius asked, wiggling his eyebrows even though it was pointless and they wouldn’t see it.

“Of course not!”

“This is ridiculous!” Remus said. “What does he mean, he felt ‘attracted’ to her?”

“You sound like a clingy ex-boyfriend, Remus,” Lily muttered. Then she gasped. “Remus! You’re jealous, aren’t you? You like Nova! You like, like, NOVA!”

Nova’s head whipped around, as she thought she heard her name being called. “What’s wrong?” James asked her, looking down at her.

“Huh? Oh! Er, nothing. Nothing, I just thought that I heard someone call out my name,” she told him as they left the store. Her eyes fell on the shrieking shack. “Have you ever been in there?” she asked him.

He worriedly glanced away. “No, of course not.”

She tilted her head as she stared at it. “Are you up for an adventure?”

His head snapped back to hers. “You don’t mean that you want to go in there?”

She nodded. “Come on! I want to see what’s in there. It doesn’t even look spooky.”

“Er…” was all James was able to get out before she grabbed his hand and ran for the shrieking shack.

Lily, who knew about Remus already because she was smart enough to catch on, worriedly asked, “Do you think we should go up there as well?”

“Yes,” Remus firmly stated. “I don’t want those two out of my sight.”

“Now you’re acting like an over-overprotective father, Remus,” Sirius commented. “Oi, Peter, you even here?”

“Yes,” he squeaked out. “Come on. We better get there quickly or the door will close and we’ll have to open it super carefully and slowly so they don’t hear.”

Remus blinked. That was probably the first smart thing he’d said in three years.

They quickly reached the door before it shut, and heard Nova’s voice.

“This place has the potential to be a nice, cozy home,” she said, running her fingers along the wood. She turned around. “Don’t you think?”

He smiled at her. “Do you like to decorate?”

She nodded. “Especially big things like houses, or grand functions.”

James thought for a moment. “My family does a winter ball every year. You could decorate that if you want. My mum hates decorating it. And it usually looks like utter hippogriff dung anyways.”

She laughed. “I’d love to!” He had pulled her closer to him while she laughed with her head thrown back a bit. When she regained composure, all she could do was stare at his big brown orbs that stared right back into her little green ones.

And without warning, he leaned down and pressed his lips against hers.

Remus almost gave them away by choking on his own saliva. Lily’s mouth was hanging open and Sirius just blinked and stared. Peter almost had a panic attack.

James pushed Nova up against the wall of the shack, smiling against her lips, as her hands tangled themselves into his soft hair. His hands moved from the sides of her waist to the loops on the miniskirt for a belt, to just up against the wall to keep her right there, where he wanted her to be.

Peter eventually managed to make a pan fall, causing them to break apart. Nova was blushing a little and James laughed at this. “Come on, we best get out of here before we get in trouble.”

She rolled her eyes, but let him lead her out of the shack anyways.

All in all, she had a fantastic day.

And Remus Lupin hadn’t popped in her mind at all.

***

Dinner was awkwardly silent among the six of them. Nova’s eyes flitted from the four of them. “SO,” she loudly said, gaining all of their attention. “What did you guys do at Hogsmead today? How was it?” she asked, trying to be conversive, hardly knowing she was doing the entire opposite.

“Fine,” Remus curtly mumbled.

She sighed, holding a hand up to her head. “Do you know the bigger the grape is, the more sour than sweet it is?” she curiously asked.

Even her usual randomness wasn’t enough that day to break the tension. Growing terribly tired of it, she loudly slammed her plate of food away. “Something’s up, something’s bothering all of you, it’s really awkward and full of tension around us all right now, I don’t know why, you won’t say anything, and nothing is making it better. Maybe if I just go away, you’d be better, yeah?” she angrily said, speeding out of there before any of them could stop her.

James groaned and slammed his head against the table. “So,” Remus said, quietly. “Anything…interesting happen?”

He gave him a confused look. “When?”

“When you went to Hogsmead, of course,” Lily piped up.

He narrowed his eyes. “Er, well, I suppose so, yeah. How come you’re all pouncing on me now?”

Sirius shrugged. “What happened, then, mate? Give us the details!”

Lily gave him a disgusted look. James’ neck flared red a bit, as he awkwardly rubbed it. “Well…er…we uh, we kissed, if that’s what you mean.”

Lily snorted. Kissed, my arse, she thought. More like snogged the living daylights.

***

“Are you mad at me, Lily?” Nova meekly asked when Lily stormed in the girl’s dormitory after dinner.

She furiously shook her head, no, as she paced back and forth. “Heavens, no. Just…just a bit surprised, is all.”

Nova raised a brow. “Oh why is he going around asking you out? He spent six years pining after me! SIX. Have you any idea what that means? Bloody idiot’s infatuated with me and he’s hardly spoken a word to me this year unless it had to do with bloody Heads duties!”

Nova felt a smile creep up on her face. “Lily dear, do you like James Potter?”

She blushed like mad, stuttering out, “N-no, of-f course n-not!”

Nova’s smile widened. “You do!”

“No, I don’t!” Lily snapped. “Oh merlin, who am I kidding?” she moaned. “I like him! I like him, loads! Eurgh, Nova help me!” She paused for a second. “Actually, no. Don’t. You’re the one going out with the idiot.”

Nova frowned. “I could not, if you want.”

“No!” Lily quickly said. “Don’t go about screwing up things for yourself just for me.”

Nova bitterly laughed. “Lily dear, it can’t be any more screwy than it already is, thanks to one Remus Lupin.”

Lily gave her a sympathetic, half understanding look. “Who is the Ravenclaw witch anyways?” As an afterthought, she added, “I meant that in the mean way, not the literal.”

Nova laughed, but answered anyhow, “I believe her name is Kirsty Abbott.”

Lily groaned, curling her legs up as she sat against Nova’s bed, resting her chin against the tips of her knees. “And she’s not even a mean person!”

“Well what did you expect, with Remus? He’s not Sirius,” Nova retaliated.

Lily shrugged. “Well now I’d feel bad to go and prank her to ease on our problems.”

“Me too,” Nova told her. “Hey, shouldn’t you be heading back to your Head’s house now? Before it gets past curfew?”

Lily nodded. “Yeah, you’re right. I’ll see you in Potions tomorrow then,” she said, smiling at Nova. Nova beamed back, in return.

Nova had heard some shuffling around outside their door, but made nothing of it. Lily swung open the door, and both girls headed down the stairs. Lily hugged her good night, nodded goodbye to the Marauders who were down there as well, and out of breath for some reason, and left without waiting for James.

Nova watched Lily leave, and inwardly grinned. “Yes!” she hissed, hi-fiving James.

James winked and walked backwards out the door, as he reminded Nova, “You are the best. It’ll all pay off in the end!”

She smirked, shaking her head. Remus, Sirius, and Peter gave her odd looks. “What was that about?” Peter asked.

She cracked a smile. “Nothing, Peter boy-o. Nothing of your concern.”

“But-” Remus began.

“You’ll all find out soon enough. At this rate, I give it about two weeks,” Nova sternly told them. “Now shoo. Go on up to bed.”

Sirius pouted at her. “Minion,” he whined. “You’re acting like a mum.”

“I ought to as well!” Nova said, unmoving. “Heaven knows you four need one.”

Peter groaned throwing his head back, “It’s bad enough with Remus. You make Remus look like nothing!”

She tilted her head and grinned at the bloke. “That’s good, on my part. Now go! Go on up!”

“Miss Nova?”

She whipped around to see little Nole Corner tugging on her sweatpants. “Miss Nova, I can’t sleep and Mattie is having a bad dream. Will you tuck us in and sing to me like my mummy does?”

She smiled warmly at him, crouching down to his level. “Of course I will, sweetie! Come on, why don’t you take me up there?” she said, standing up straight again, taking his hand as he led her. She looked behind her shoulder. “You three come too,” she ordered. “I’m not going to ask you politely again.”

Sirius rolled his eyes but dragged himself up anyways.

“Aw, Mattie,” she pouted at the little boy who was sweating, sitting up clutching his blanket. “Come here, sweetie, do you want a hug?” he nodded throwing himself at her. Sirius stuck his head in the doorway, feeling relieve that she was turned away and didn’t know that he was there, as well as Peter and Remus, who he dragged along with him.

“Why are we doing this, again?” Remus hissed.

“Shut up, Moony,” Sirius told him. “Because it’s fun to watch the way she acts with children as opposed to us.”

Remus rolled his eyes but didn’t leave either. Sirius cast the disillusionment charms once more and stood by the doorway as they watched her going from bathroom to the two boys’ beds to everywhere. She came back with a wet cloth, and lightly pressed it to Matthias’ forehead and neck. “How do you feel, sweetie? Do you feel sick?”

He nodded dazedly. “I don’t feel too well Miss Nova.”

“Oh, honey,” she sighed. “Are you going to throw up?” he nodded and she scooped him up, rushing to the bathroom. “Let it all out, sweetie,” she told him, rubbing his back soothingly. “You’ll feel better when it’s all gone.”

After cleaning him all up, Nova led him back to his bed where Nole patiently waited for her. “Will you sing now, Miss Nova?” She pursed her lips.

“Nole, sweetie, I’m not much of a singer, honey-” His wide eyes and pouty expression made her debate it. “Oh alright. What do you want me to sing?”

“My mummy likes muggle music,” he told her. “Do you know muggle music?” She nodded. “Do you know a song called ‘Untouchable’ Miss Nova?”

She smiled. “Yes, actually. I quite love that song, don’t you Nole? Mattie, have you heard it before?” The tired looking boy shook his head, no.

She smiled, patting Nole on his chest lightly as she started to sing.

“...and when you’re close I feel like coming undone. In the middle of the night, when I’m in this dream, it’s like a million little stars, spelling out your name, you’ve gotta..."


She smiled, feeling successful. Not only did the two boys fall fast asleep by the end of the song, but all of the other eleven year olds who had been previously staring up at her curiously had also fallen asleep. Her heart felt warm as she looked around at the little kids who were asleep, and she went around, tucking each of them in and making sure their head weren’t hanging half off the bed-it would hurt in the morning.

She quietly shut the door and headed up for the seventh year boys’ dormitories. As soon as Remus and Sirius realized this, they quickly dashed ahead of her, as discreetly as they could have, tugging Peter along. Their chests were rising high and low when she quietly opened the door. Peter still had his glasses on. She stifled small laughter, and pulled them off, setting them down on his bedside table, properly fixing the blanket on him.

Her eyes scanned over Remus and Sirius. Half of Sirius’s body was hanging off the bed. So Nova hovered over his bed, lifting his upper half of his body and lightly pushing it in, and doing the same with his lower half. Remus was without any blanket, so she pulled it up from the foot of his bed and covered him up. She whispered a tiny, “Good night, boys” though she knew they wouldn’t have heard it.

***

“So,” Sirius amusedly stated at breakfast. Lily yawned tiredly and gave him a pointed look, for him to continue. “Nova, I’m wondering…Do you have any special talents? I don’t know, like perhaps…dancing…singing?”

Remus’ eyes shot warningly at Sirius, who was oblivious, as he devoured his eggs. Nova blinked. “Er…uhm…I don’t…think so. I mean, I-I sometimes sing and all but I don’t have a good voice.”

Sirius snorted, but it went unnoticed by Nova. “Why do you look so tired? How late did you get in last night? Not too late, it can’t have been. You must have just spent a few minutes putting Nole and Matt to sleep, yeah?”

Nova blinked once more. “Er…well no, not exactly…”

“I’m confused,” James stated. “Are you confused?” he asked Lily, who looked surprised that he’d even acknowledged her.

“Oh, um. Well, yes.”

He nodded. “Good. I don’t feel too left out.”

***

“Alright, today, I would like for you to pair up with one of the three others who are seated at your tables. We will be making a Draught of Living Death potion,” Slughorn told them. He looked up when no one moved. “Go on, now! Instructions on page 593.”

Everyone scrambled around. Nova glanced at her three options: Sirius, James, or Remus.

The three of them had allegedly claimed her when picking seats the second day of classes.

She honestly hadn’t minded. When neither one of the three of them had gotten up to get any supplies, nor had they decided who they’d work with, she stood up and left to get the supplies to leave them to choose. As she came back not five minutes later, the three of them were arguing amongst themselves. “I called Nova first!” Sirius said.

“Too bad, she likes me better, she’ll be my partner,” Remus curtly told him.

Excuse me. I believe Nova is my girlfriend, and as so, she will be my partner,” James demanded.

“Shut up!” Nova ordered. The three of them fell silent. “Dear heaven, what is wrong with the three of you? I’ll work with Sirius for this one, alright? No complaints.”

They nodded silently. Sirius stuck his tongue out at James and Remus. Lily, who sat a fair distance away from them, yet still in hearing distance, gave Nova an amused look, to which she rolled her eyes at. “You crush the beetle, and I’ll-”

“It says to cut it,” Sirius interrupted.

She shot him a look. “I’m a potions genius, Black. Just do as I say.”

He looked like he wanted to complain, but did as she said without complaint. “I’ll cut up the gurdy root. Could you possibly add in the caterpillar skins?”

He nodded and did so after adding the crushed beetle juices. They were almost done after a half hour.

“Stir clockwise four times,” she ordered, while wiping her hands clean. She looked up. “Let it sit for ten minutes and then stir counter clockwise twice. Then we’re done!” she gleefully said, sitting back.

As it turned out, Mack Finnegan’s potion exploded in his face, Lily and Nita’s potion was ace, and Sirius and Nova’s overcame Lily and Nita’s, which came as a surprise to both Slughorn and Sirius. “Did I, or did I not tell you to just shut up, do as I say, and trust me?” she asked, smirking when they were getting ready to leave class.

He lopsidedly grinned at her. “I simply must learn to just shut up and listen to you.”

“I wear the pants in this relation, Snuffles,” Nova told him. “Always remember that,” she said, winking, as she left the Marauders to catch up to Nita and Lily.
 
 
 
 
 


Chapter 6: Believe Me, I'm VERY Straight
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“Maybe…”

“No…”

“But what if…”

“No!”

“But…”

“I said no,” Remus sharply said to Sirius that night when everyone, including Peter, was dead asleep.

“It’s still a possibility. Nova might be just pretending to date Prongs to help him out with Lily,” Sirius pressed on.

“Impossible,” Remus countered. “She can’t lie. And what if Prongs isn’t even into Lily anymore? He stopped asking her on a date every ten minutes.”

Sirius gave him an ‘are-you-kidding’ look, so Remus sighed. “Okay, yes, fine. So there’s no way in hell Prongs could love a girl for six years and then suddenly stop loving her because another beautiful and smart and nice and-”

“You have a girlfriend, Moony,” Sirius said with a frown. Remus’ cheeks heated up.

“I know that! I’m just listing what other people might think.”

“Mhm. Sure. You carry on with that, Moony, I’m intrigued.”

“Go to bed, Padfoot,” Remus muttered.

“But we do agree that Prongs still pines after Lily?” Sirius asked.

“Yes, fine, whatever. But there’s no way Nova’s pretending. She couldn’t if her life depended on it, you know that. She can’t lie. And besides, maybe Prongs is only dating her to see if he can get over Lily with her.”

Sirius’ frown deepened. “But that’s not right…”

Moony stared at Sirius. “Sirius. Since when have you cared about whether or a girl is treated fair in a relationship? You’ve been just shagging them and tossing them away to get another one!”

“Have you seen me with one yet?” He irritably asked.

Remus opened his mouth to answer that, yes, of course, he had, when he halted. No, the only girls Sirius had been around were Lily, Nita, and Nova.

And he was positive that he hadn’t shagged any of them. Prongs would have killed him if he touched Lily. Nova would have beaten the hell out of him if he touched Nita.

And everyone would hex Sirius if he touched Nova, Remus was sure.

“No, right? That’s what I thought,” he said, turning over to go to sleep.

What was going on with him? Remus had no idea, but he sure as hell was going to find out.

***

“Good morning!”

Sirius opened his eyes to Nova’s bright smile. As he began comprehending that she was in their room, he shouted, “What are you doing here?!” as he pulled the blanket up.

She rolled her eyes. “What does it look like I’m doing? I’m waking you guys up. Remus, get up!”

“And a simple knock wouldn’t have worked?”

“You wouldn’t have gotten up, and you know it,” Nova told him, giving him a disapproving look. “Oh, bloody hell, Remus, would you get up?!”

“Mother of Merlin, Nova, have you any idea what time it is?!” Remus groaned, looking outside his window at the darkness.

She grinned. “Yes, of course, it’s three in the morning.”

Sirius groaned. “Go away, Nova, I’m going back to bed.”

Nova frowned as she watched the two of them climb back into their beds and go back to sleep. “You know, Arthur Weasley has been teaching me his great bat boogey hex, and I’ve been just dying to try it out on an actual person…” she trailed off, smiling amusedly as the two boys jumped out of their beds and ran towards their bathroom to wash their faces.

“Okay,” Remus sighed. “What’s up?”

Nova sat down on Sirius’ bed. “Alright, here’s the deal. I’ve been hearing word that somebody is out to get the four of you Marauders. Once I did, I went snooping and tried to catch what the whole deal is. I don’t know who and I don’t know when, but I know it’s going to be brutal, and I want you guys to be safe. I’m not telling this to Peter because I don’t want him to freak out and not get any sleep tonight. I’ll talk to him in the morning. As far as I know, it’s a seventh year.”

Remus’ eyes widened as he stared at Sirius. “Quidditch,” they both breathed out.

Nova gave both of them a confused glance. “What?”

“They’re going to get back at us through James. On the Quidditch match this Saturday! It makes sense! This Saturday is the Slytherin-Gryffindor match,” Sirius explained.

“And James is going to be the target,” Remus concluded.

“Well, shit,” Nova frowned. “Lily’s not going to be happy,” she said, folding her arms.

Remus stared at her. “You won’t be either.”

“Well, yeah, but…” Nova trailed off before looking up again. “I mean, yeah. Yeah, I won’t.”

Remus and Sirius exchanged glances. “Nova, are you alright?” Sirius asked, looking at her with an unusual look.

She gave a questioning glance. “Yes, of course. Why wouldn’t I be?”

Remus shook his head. “You just seem off, is all.”

Nova blanked for a moment before coming back to reality and blurting out, “Did you know that when you die, your hair still grows for a couple of months?”

“Where on earth do you get this stuff from, woman?!” Sirius shouted, throwing his hands up.

A pillow was tossed at him. “Shut up, arse, I’m trying to sleep!”

Nova suppressed soft giggles into the palm of her hand. “That,” she smiled, “was bloody hilarious.”

“Oh, bugger off,” Sirius muttered, with a grim expression.

***

The hours that passed were quite dreary. All Peter did was sleep. All Remus did was stay up and worry. All Sirius did was dream about Nova. And all Nova did was pace around the common room before eventually passing out on the couch.

Remus was the first to get up and head down. He was also the first to find Nova.

He watched her with an amused expression on his face. “Nova, get up,” he said, shoving her a little. “Hey, Nova, come on. Wake up,” he tried again, shoving her a bit more roughly.

Nova only moaned, and pushed his hands off of her. “Go away.”

“Come on, Nova, you’ve got to wake up. You’ll miss classes.”

Her eyes opened as she stared right at Remus. She was silent for a few moments as she took the time to enjoy Remus’ wet hair and ‘just out of the shower’ sexiness. “Hi.”

He chuckled. “Hurry up, Nova, go up and get ready for classes.”

She nodded and did as he said, leaving just moments before Sirius came down. “Mate,” he worriedly said, ushering for him to sit down, “I have a serious problem.”

Remus lifted his eyebrows and sat opposite Sirius as he waited to hear the problem.

Sirius opened and closed his mouth several times before jumbling out, “I think I’m falling for Nova!”

Remus blinked. He was certainly not expecting that. “Er…what?”

Sirius groaned, and held his face in his hands. “This is horrible. She doesn’t even like me! She’s going out with James, for Merlin’s sake! I’m a shit best friend! What do I do?!”

Remus blinked. He didn’t know what else to do. “Why don’t you try taking her out somewhere and seeing if it changes anything?”

Sirius perked up. “I can! I know exactly what to do! Remus, you bloody genius, I love you, brother!”

Remus shoved Sirius off of him. “Get off me, Padfoot,” he muttered, as he started up an internal battle between himself and…well…himself.

“Oh, morning, Sirius!” they heard at the top of the Girls’ Dormitory stairs.

Nova came rushing down with Nita close at her side. “I didn’t know you were awake, yet,” she said, smiling sweetly at him. Sirius gave Remus a pained look when neither girl was looking.

Remus only shook his head.

Down at breakfast, Peter cleared his throat. “Now, in light of all the damn confusion in life and between us all, I’d like to find out what the fucking hell is going on.”

Nova shot a worried glance to Remus and Sirius. “First thing’s first. I’ve looked into this rumor, and someone, another seventh year, is planning major revenge on you four, and Sirius and Remus reckon it’ll be taken out at the match this Saturday, on James.”

Lily freaked. Literally. “NO! They can’t do that! No, that can’t happen! They’re going to hurt him! It’s Severus, I know it is! He’s got to be behind it, he despises James! He’s going to nearly kill him!”

All six of them craned in their seats to stare at Lily. James lifted a brow. “Lily, you don’t give a rats’ ass about my health.”

She threw her hands up. “Oh! What do you know! You selfish, arrogant, pig headed, self-centered, annoying prick! Why won’t you speak to me properly? Why do you go and dally away with Nova? You don’t even look at me anymore! Just look at me!”

Even Nova was surprised that Lily cracked like this. James gave a sort of taken aback look. Lily stood up and marched to the other side of the table, standing directly in front of James. “Lily, I didn’t mean to come off like a-”

He never got to finish because Lily chose that moment to crash her lips on his. Even James looked taken aback at her quite sudden action. Nova leaned back, satisfied.

Remus, Peter, and Sirius gave her incredulous looks. “You should be angry! You’re dating him! What are you doing?!”

“Shit,” Lily muttered. “Nova, I-”

Nova grinned at her. “It was a matter of time, girly.”

James looked like he was in heaven. “James only asked me to help him learn how to be proper and we ended up fake dating, so that he acted up less often and you would see that he isn’t so bad,” Nova explained. “None of it was real. I may be a terrible liar, but I do quite like acting, and they’re two different things, lying and acting. James just persuaded me to pretend that we’re acting this for a film.”

Lily’s mouth fell open. “I’ll forgive you, only because I got to snog him out of it.”

“You can do that whenever you want, I will never object,” James uttered, coming out of his little dreamland.

Remus frowned. This meant that he ditched his Ravenclaw date at Hogsmead for nothing.

Sirius, on the other hand, looked as joyful as can be. He shouted a very loud “YES!” and jumped out of his seat, kissing James on the cheek and sitting back down.

“Sirius, are you quite alright?” Nova asked, concerned. “I do hope you haven’t just noticed your gay feelings toward James, as that would put him in a right situation, now that he’s finally gotten the girl of his dreams.”

Sirius rolled his eyes and stared at her. “Believe me, I’m very straight.”

Nova had a hint of a smile playing on her lips as she spread the jam on her toast. “I’ll bet you are, Snuffles.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Chapter 7: Mate, We're Goners
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Chapter 7

 

“Hey, Remus?”

He shot his head up. “Yes, Nova?”

Nova stared at him for a few moments before finally asking the one question that had been on her mind for quite some time. “Are you still with that Ravenclaw girl?”

Remus fidgeted his hands together as he tried to stall time for a moment to gather his answer. “Er…well…not exactly. I mean, she didn’t exactly appreciate my blowing off our Hogsmead date so that I could go and spy on…” Remus’ eyes widened as he realized what he was about to say.

Nova gave him a suspicious look. “On…?”

“On…er…on…on Sirius! Yes! I was, er, following Sirius to make sure that he didn’t screw up his date, which was screwed in the first few minutes,” Remus lied.

Nova’s mouth was left open as she stood up and hovered over Remus. “Remus, you liar! You spied on me!” She began smacking him with the closest thing in sight-Remus’ potions book. “You,” smack, “bloody,” smack, “liar,” smack, “I,” smack, “can’t,” smack, “believe you!”

“I didn’t! I didn’t spy on you!”

“Don’t lie to me, Remus John Lupin, you twitch your nose when you lie!” Nova accused.

Remus turned four shades of red. “I’m sorry,” he finally said. “I didn’t mean to, I mean…I just wanted to know what was going on…I mean, we only wanted to find out what James was up to, like-”

“Hold on, we?”

“Er…right…uh, we-me, Peter, Sirius and Lily.”

Nova’s eyes narrowed down even more on Remus’ face. “That’s it, I’m done here,” she sighed, taking the stairs by two.

Remus felt deflated as he slumped down in his seat. Nova smiled just a bit as she reached the top, unable to stay mad at such a beautiful boy any longer. “Hey, Remus!”

In less than two seconds, Remus was at the foot of the stairs. Nova grinned. “Did you know that the word callipygous was made to define a perfectly shaped arse?”

Remus couldn’t help it. He burst out laughing. As Nova walked out of sight, he shouted quickly, “Hey, Nova!”

In less than two seconds, Nova was at the top of the stairs. Remus grinned. “Do you have a callipygous?”

Nova laughed. “I don’t know, you tell me,” she winked, and walked off, purposefully shaking her hips just a slight bit.

Remus grinned as he watched her stalk off, and licked his upper lip. “I’d say you do,” he said in a lower voice, to himself.

***

“Hey, uh, James,” Peter mumbled to James in detention. “We have a problem that you should probably know about.”

James lifted his eyebrows. “Oh? What sort of problem, Wormtail?”

In a low voice, Peter hesitantly said, “Sirius has got the biggest heartache for Nova, and he told this to Remus, and Remus didn’t say to Sirius, but Remus is beginning to fall wand over robes for Nova as well.”

James looked amazed. “How in the hell did you find all this out, Peter?!”

Peter grinned. “I’m not a Marauder for nothing, Prongs. I know how to pretend sleep too, you know.”

James shrugged. “I suppose. But wait, which one does Nova prefer? Actually, does she even like either of them?!”

Peter grinned. “That’s the best part. Nova’s completely fawning over Remus, and unknowingly making Sirius think that she’s into him, which only makes Sirius’ pining over her even greater.”

“Where did you-”

“Lily,” he answered before James could finish the question. The rest of the night was spent gossiping like old women as they cleaned the trophy room without wands.

By the end of the night, James asked his last round of questions.

“So…which one has it real bad for Nova?”

Peter chuckled. “From the looks of things, I’d say Sirius. You know how much of a womanizer he is. Every year past, he’s done nothing but banged and ditched. We’re already a month in, Prongs; by this time last year, he managed to bang and ditch twelve girls.”

James’ eyes widened as he came to an abrupt realization. “He hasn’t even looked at a girl yet!”

Peter nodded. “Now you understand. This isn’t something minor that we can overlook.” Peter leaned in closer to James and whispered, “I don’t think Sirius knows what he’s doing anymore.”

***

“Do you know what my theory is?” Nova began as she folded her legs up Indian style on the couch in the Common Room whilst she, Remus, Sirius, Lily, and Nita awaited the arrival of James and Peter from detention. “My theory is that Dumbledore stuck them together as Heads this year because he knew that they were meant to be. He knew this was going to be the year. That man knows a lot of things that people don’t know, even if it’s about them.”

Sirius beamed at her. “That’s actually a pretty plausible theory!”

Nova grinned. “See? I’m not completely hopeless.”

Remus sighed and leaned back, running a hand through his hair. His best mate was going to be mauled the next day, and he’s worrying over his other best mate falling for the most perfect girl on earth.

He really needed to set his priorities straight.

Nova eyed him. “Worrying over James for tomorrow?” she guessed. Remus gave her an iffy smile.

“Yeah,” he lied. “He’s going to take chances. What we’ve said won’t change a thing to him and he won’t care that he’ll near die from some stupid seventh year.”

Lily put a hand on his shoulder. “Come now, Remus. James will certainly go off easier tomorrow. I guarantee he will not take too many chances.”

Nita wiggled her eyebrows at Lily. “Oh? By what? Means of persuasion, methinks. What type of persuasion, sweet, ickle, innocent Lily?”

She flushed red, and Sirius and Remus burst out laughing. Nova threw her head back and laughed wholeheartedly at Lily’s reaction. Lily smacked her with her bag. “Stop laughing like that, Nova!”

Nova stopped at once. “Why do you pick me out of all of these people? They laughed too,” she joked.

Lily rolled her eyes. “Because you manage to actually look pretty when you laugh.”

“Excuse! I take offense to that!” Nita intervened. “I’d like to point out that I am god damn beautiful.”

Lily grabbed her head and gave her a noogie. “Yes, you beautiful child, you are perfection.”

Nita grinned up at her from her lap. “Why, thank you.”

“Lily!”

Lily let go of Nita at once and ran over to James. “Hi,” she breathlessly said. “How was detention?”

Nova snickered. “Ah, love at its early stages.” Sirius gave her a questioning glance. “Well, after the decision to actually date, there’s a period of awkwardness around each other. That time could be three weeks or three months, but it does eventually go away.”

Grinning, Sirius gave Nova a noogie the same way Lily had Nita. Nova yelped. “Gah! Sirius, no! Come on,  mate, let me off! Remus, help me!” Nova overdramatized.

Remus glanced up for a mere second, and looked off at James and Lily again, with the corners of his lips perked up slightly.

Peter beckoned for Sirius, so he told Nova, Nita and Remus that he would be back in a few minutes. “Wait,” Nova said, going after him. He brought her to the side of the stairs and waited for her question. “You said on the train coming here, that Elliot betrayed your secrets.”

He gave her a warm smile. “Actually, Peter said that.”

She huffed. “Whatever! What was it that he betrayed?”

Sirius glanced up, where Peter shook his head rapidly, at James, who watched him carefully, and at Remus, who was staring at the two of them with an intense gaze. “You’d have to ask Remus. It’s not mine to tell.” With that, he went up to the boys’ dormitory. James watched them go up and excused himself from Lily as he followed them up to talk to Sirius.

Nita took this chance to pull Lily aside to ask a million questions about her and James’ relationship.

Nova rushed to Remus, and stuck her face an inch from his, saying nothing, only staring deeply into his eyes.

Remus slowly looked back at her. “Yes?”

“On the train coming here, Peter said that Elliot betrayed a secret of you Marauders, and I asked Sirius about it, but he told me to ask you instead as it isn’t his secret to tell. May I know what the secret is?”

Remus hesitated, opening his mouth to answer, but saying nothing. He pressed his eyes shut together tightly. “Alright. But you mustn’t freak out.”

Nova nodded. “Of course not, Remus.”

“Okay,” he said, taking a deep breath in. “I…You see, I’m…I’m a we-”

“Nova! Come here! We have exciting news!” Lily shouted to her, with Nita next to her, bouncing up and down in excitement.

Remus gave her an iffy smile. “S’okay. Go. I’ve got to talk to the guys anyhow.”

Nova gave him an apologetic look. “I’m so sorry, Remus. Tell me later, okay?”

He nodded. “Of course,” he said, running up the stairs. He slammed the door open. “I almost just made a grave mistake. Thank your girlfriend for me,” he said to James.

James lifted a brow. “What happened?”

“I almost told her I’m a…you know…” he said in a low voice.

James sighed, running a hand through his hair. “Find out what she thinks of…you know. If she’s good about it, great, if not, then don’t tell her.”

“That’s the thing, Prongs,” Remus ushered. “She doesn’t mind them! She wants to be friends with one! She wants to help one feel accepted.”

Peter opened his mouth to ask just how he managed get that answer out of her, but Remus continued, “And the only reason I know this is because I’m a horrible person and I took advantage over her when she said that she can’t lie! Oh,” Remus moaned. “I’m a terrible person!”

“She won’t hate you,” Sirius said. “She’s too nice to hate anyone.”

At that moment, they heard Nova screaming her head off at Lance Abbott.

They opened the door to listen. “AND HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SAID-”

“Okay! I’m sorry, I-”

“ABSOLUTELY NOT. SHUT IT. SHUT IT RIGHT NOW, YOU, DON’T YOU DARE INTERRUPT ME! GET OUT! GO! I HATE YOU! LEAVE AND NEVER SHOW YOUR FACE TO ME AGAIN!”

Lance didn’t need to be told twice. He scrambled out of there as quickly as possible. Lily began laughing like crazy. Nita sighed. “Nova, just because he touched your arse does not mean you can give him nightmares for the rest of his life.”

Sirius’ face turned visibly red at this information and Remus shot an ‘I told you so’ look at Sirius, James, and Peter.

“Okay,” James slowly said. “So maybe she is capable of hating people…but look at the bright side!”

“What bright side?” Remus bitterly questioned.

“At least you can’t get chewed as bad as Lance.”

Remus snorted.

Sirius took a deep breath. “Can we please murder Lance?”

Oh, right. Remus forgot that Sirius had a dying crush on Nova.  “Get over it, mate,” James sighed. “Why don’t you try finding a different girl? That’ll help you forget about this petty crush on Nova.”

“One problem, mate,” Sirius said.

“What?” Peter asked.

“It’s not a petty crush anymore,” Sirius said. Oh no…Remus thought. Don’t say… “I think it’s lurve.”

“WHAT?!” the three other Marauders bellowed. Sirius backed away a bit. “Er…yeah,” he lightly said.

“But, I mean, you know her for how long? A month?” James questioned.

Remus nodded. “You can’t…it’s not…you’ve never actually been in lurve!” Lurve was a term the four Marauders created to call that thing that’s in between really, really, really liking someone and loving someone. It’s not as small as liking a person, but not as strong as loving a person (yet).

James always said he loved Lily, but Remus, Peter, and Sirius knew that it was in actuality only lurve. Now that he was actually a step closer, they believed he might be entering the stages of love.

“Nah, mate. I’m serious. I really think it’s lurve,” Sirius pressed on. “I’ve got this weird feeling in me. Merlin, I sound like a pansy!” Sirius gasped, horrified.

“Why don’t you,” Remus began, “tell us exactly what you think of her. Don’t hold back a thing.”

“Well, mate, that’ll take a while,” Sirius uttered.

“So we’ll take all the time we need for this,” James said, sitting down. “Come on now. Out with it.”

Sirius smiled as he thought of all the reasons why he liked Nova so much. “Okay. Well she’s god damn beautiful, in case that wasn’t obvious. She’s bloody smart and she’s got such a heavenly voice and she likes kids and she’s good with kids. She’s bloody adorable when she’s confused. I love it when she calls me Snuffles. I love her random comments, I love how delicate her fingers are. I love how she laughs. I love how she gives me that disapproving look whenever we skive off classes. She’s gorgeous when she’s mad. It’s so upsetting when she’s mad at me, too. She-”

“Okay, mate, I think we get the gist of it,” James said, cutting him off. “That’s a lot of things you like about her.”

“Yeah, but it doesn’t look like you’re the only once under her charm,” Peter muttered. “There’s Lance, obviously. I heard about some ickle firsties who have those premature crushes on ‘older women’ and all that. I’m not sure if any of you have noticed it, but Mack McLaggen is taking an interest in her as well, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to do something about that interest,” Peter continued. He then absentmindedly added, “Then there’s Martin Vaugn Graf and Remus and Joh-oh fuck, did I just…?”

Sirius’ head shot up to Remus. “What?!”

Remus glared at Peter. “You had to? You honestly had to say it?”

“Since when?” Sirius questioned.

“I don’t know,” Remus quietly said. “But you can have her. I swear; I won’t interfere at all.”

Sirius shook his head. “No way, mate. Bros before hoes.”

Remus frowned. “Are you insinuating that Nova’s a hoe? Because I’ll have you know-”

“No,” Sirius emphasized. “Well damn, Moony. This is bloody great, isn’t it? Just so you know mate, I say we should let nature takes its’ course. If, by some bloody miracle, she decides that she likes one of us, then we let things go the way they are. No competition, no arguing or bickering.”

“Deal, mate,” Remus agreed, taking the outstretched hand that Sirius held out.

A short knock was sounded at the door. Peter opened it, as he was the closest. His eyes widened. “Oh, uh, h-hi Nova.”

Sirius and Remus looked at one another, wide eyed, hoping that she didn’t happen to eavesdrop. She gave Peter a funny look. “Um, hi Peter…” she looked over at James. “Look here, you,” she began. “I know that you’re no saint and you won’t be as careful as you should tomorrow, but if you get yourself killed, I swear to Merlin that I will get Lily married to Snape one way or another, you hear me?” she growled, clutching his ear and twisting it.

“Ow, ow, ow, dear god, woman, ow! Let me go, bloody Merlin! Holy mother of god!” he lightly touched his ear after she let it go, wincing as he did so. “You batshit crazy woman.” It was then that it dawned on him what exactly Nova had said. “No! No, I swear I’ll be careful! I won’t get myself killed, I swear on Remus’ life (Thanks a lot, mate, Remus replied to this)! Just please don’t get Lily married to Snivellus!”

Nova smiled, satisfied. “Thank you,” she said, placing a short kiss on his forehead. “Good night,” she said, cheerfully to the rest of them.

“No fair,” Sirius whined.

“Why do you only kiss James goodnight?” Remus added.

She grinned, planting small kisses on the cheeks of Peter, Remus, and Sirius. “Happy now?” Both boys nodded. “See you in the morning, then.”

Remus and Sirius face planted into their respective beds.

“Oh Merlin,” Remus sighed into his pillow.

“Mate, we’re goners,” Sirius said, grinning at Remus. Remus nodded.

“Definitely goners.”

“Bloody bonkers, two of you are,” James said. “Who would’ve thought that of the four of us, it would be Remus and Sirius who get bound up by the same girl?”

“Not us,” the aforementioned two chorused.

Peter huffed. “Bloody hell, shut up, Marauders! Girls do crazy shit to men! Bloody whipped, you lot are.”

“Hey!” James, Remus, and Sirius hissed.

“Ah, what do you know,” James waved off. “We are men in love, mate, let us be.”

“Men in love, my arse,” Peter muttered as they tried to fall asleep.

 
 
 
 
 
 


Chapter 8: You People Reek
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Chapter 8

 

“So you don’t think Sirius is fit?” Nita asked.

“Well…not in that kind of way,” Nova told her.

“You are bloody mental.”

Nova laughed. She had already put a silencing shield around the two of them so that Nora, Cecelia, Alice, Belle, and Guineverra wouldn’t overhear. “I mean, he’s got a fit body and all. He’s dashing as well, but I just don’t feel as…I don’t know, attracted to him? Do you know what I mean?”

Nita shrugged. “Who’ve you got a crush on, then, Nova? Does it perhaps rhyme with…oh I don’t know…Leemus Rupin?”

Nova snorted. “What, you just switched the initials? And hush up, I don’t need the whole school finding out.”

Nita rolled her eyes. “Whatever! Question is: what are you going to do about it?”

“About what?”

“Your bloody crush, of course! I’m thinking Three Broomsticks, eh? Eh? Ask him to Hogsmead for next month!” Nita nudged her.

“Absolutely not!” Nova gasped. “Are you mental? I will bloody well not ask him out to anything! Have you any idea how utterly humiliating the rejection would be?”

“Who says that there’s going to be rejection?”

Nova gave her a slight glare. “He hasn’t broken it off with the Ravenclaw girl yet. They’re just not on speaking terms right now. I’m not going to just jump right in.”

Nita rolled her eyes. “Your loss.” She then rolled over on her bed. “But really. You haven’t got one inkling of attraction towards Sirius? Not even just a little bit?”

Nova smirked a bit. “Nita, if I didn’t know any better, I would say that you’ve got an ickle little crush on Sirius!”

“I do not!” Nita gasped.

“I did say I knew better,” Nova reminded her. “But honestly, why are you hell bent on seeing to it that I’ve got some sort of attraction towards him?”

She shrugged. “You don’t though? You’re absolutely, positively sure?”

Nova nodded. “He’s too…blunt. But I mean, he isn’t so bad, you know?”

“What if, say, he were to ask you on a date? What would you do?” Nita pried.

“I suppose it’s all got to do with the circumstances, you know? I’d probably say yes, as long as I know it’s not all a big joke for him,” Nova explained.

Nita smiled, satisfied. This, she could work with.

***

“First game of the season, folks! Gryffindor versus Slytherin! Who’s rooting for Gryffindor? Let me hear you roar!”

Nova didn’t have it in her to show some spirit. She was losing her mind over the fact that someone was going to do something majorly destructive today and that someone could get hurt. Not just James, but other people could get injured in the process.

Lily was worse than Nova, but she didn’t show it as much as Nova did. The pair of them gave Nita quizzical glances when she groaned heavily.

“What’s wrong?”

“My sister,” Nita responded in a low voice, “is here.”

“Didn’t she graduate two years ago?” Lily asked. “What’s she doing here?”

Nita caught Nova’s eye, and Nova sighed, answering for her. “She’s here to find some dirty scoop for her articles.”

“That bitch!”

The three girls stayed in the stands, wands at the ready when the game began, to stop anything that looked suspicious that was going towards James. Sirius, Peter, and Remus were down by Professor Slughorn and Madam Hooch. They had made an excuse to be able to stay down there with them, and they were ready for anything that looked dangerously deathly.

They were an hour into the game, but still, nothing happened. Not one of the six people aforementioned had let their guard down, as they thought that this was just what the person behind it all had wanted. Even James had been playing it safely so far, but that didn’t mean he was letting the Slytherins take the ruddy quaffle.

Nova sighed in relief when she saw the Gryffindor seeker chasing around what seemed to be thin air, but in reality must have been the snitch. She wiped her scarf under her nose when she felt her nose running a bit.

Lily squeezed her arm when the seeker was stretching his arm out to grab the snitch, while the Slytherin seeker was close behind on his tail.

The Gryffindor Seeker curled his hands around the snitch and all the Gryffindors shot up onto their feet, cheering, including Nita, Lily, and Nova. Nita suddenly pulled Nova back. “Nova!” she shouted. “Your nose! You’re bleeding!”

“What?” Nova shouted, putting a finger under her nose, seeing the blood.

“Your head!” Lily shouted over the noise. Blood was pouring from everywhere. Her nose, her hairline, her ears, out of her mouth. It seemed like more blood was pouring the longer the time went. Lily screamed so loudly, causing all the Gryffindors to stop cheering and look at her, then Nova, in horror.

From the pitch, Sirius, Remus, Peter, and James turned around to see what the commotion was about, and watched in horror as Nova seemingly passed out from lack of blood, falling down from the stands.

When they were expecting a dangerous attack, this was not what they had in mind.

***

“It makes sense, now,” Remus muttered. “Whoever wanted revenge on us saw that we were all close to Nova, and they chose to go after her instead of us.”

“Because it affects us all,” Sirius finished. The pair of them had been pacing back and forth in front of Nova’s spot in the hospital wing.

Peter had been using Dumbledore’s pensieve to map out the people around Nova, the people closest to where she had been sitting, to narrow down the suspects. James had been listing down the people who would have even the slightest reason to hate any one of the four of them, while Lily and Nita stayed by Nova’s side.

The whole while, Nova hadn’t stopped bleeding. Madam Pomfrey was trying to collect every last bit of blood, but it wasn’t helping when Nova lost as much blood as she had.

They needed to do something to make it stop, and quickly.

“Petrificus Totalus!” Remus suddenly shouted, aiming his wand at Nova.

All eyes fell on him. “What the bloody hell did you do that for?” James cried.

“Hang on,” Remus said, watching Nova intently. “Look. The bleeding’s stopped. Temporarily, of course.”

Sirius looked from Remus to Nova’s still body, and back to Remus. “Remus, you bloody genius. This buys us more time to figure this thing out.”

Tonks stumbled in, struggling as she hauled in six fat books from the library. “Matthias, Nole and Sarah are bringing more, but they’re going to take some time. I’m stronger than they are.”

Remus amusedly watched her drag the books toward the cot, and then toss a book at Nita, Lily, Sirius and Remus. “Start reading,” she commanded. “I’m going to fix her if it’s the last thing I do,” she stubbornly added.

Sirius caught Remus’ eye and doubled over laughing, which caused Remus to laugh. It spread like a disease; soon enough, the room was filled with laughter.

“Why are you laughing?” Matthias asked with an annoyed tone. “We’ve got an unconscious and bleeding person here, people.”

 

With that said, they all cracked open the books and read up on anything that looked like it would help. Remus cast countless amounts of spells at Nova to help slow the bleeding.

The day passed and Nova still hadn’t been healed. Professors from every department tried to help, but nobody knew what spell could cause such damage. Even Professor Dumbledore was stumped.

Madam Promfrey was having a mild heart attack at the thought of not being able to help a student in dire need of her.

“It’s quite commendable,” Professor Dumbledore told Professors McGonagall and Slughorn. “What they are doing.”

None of the students in the hospital wing had left Nova’s side for even a second, spare to go to the bathroom. Remus and Sirius read at a faster pace than any of the others, as they continued pacing. Even Madam Pomfrey hadn’t the heart to kick them out.

Some first years brought food for everyone. The seventh years didn’t even know who they were, but they assumed that they knew Nova, since she was hell bent on helping every first year that there was in Hogwarts.

Peter and James eventually finished their tasks of narrowing down the list of suspects, and started up on reading the books as well. They continued on well into the night. Remus had managed to cast a spell that would slow down the blood loss to only a drop an hour, but it was the best that he could do.

At some point, a few professors had entered and helped going through the books, but they dozed off by twelve thirty in the morning. Everyone was sleepy, but nobody allowed themselves to sleep until they found the solution.

It wasn’t until four in the morning that Tonks suddenly gasped, causing all eyes to fall on her. “Bloody Hell!” she shouted, causing the professors to jump awake.

“What?” Remus cried. “Did you find something?”

She shook her head, no. “What if this isn’t a spell?” she exclaimed. “What if this is a potion? Or even a muggle thing?”

“What if it was muggle poison,” Lily breathed out, “mixed with a magical potion.”

“Exactly,” Tonks said, snapping her finger at Lily. “That would explain why we’ve never seen anything like this before. Maybe whoever did this had put it in her breakfast or something. Hurry up, any one of you-what did she drink for breakfast?”

The seventh years racked their brains as they tried to remember, but Peter ended up using the pensieve again. After a few minutes, he shouted, “Tea!”

Remus breathed in heavily before running out the door. Sirius ran out after him, but nobody questioned it. The professors were merely impressed that a first year had figured this out when even they couldn’t.

“Horace,” Dumbledore said after a brief moment of silence. “Would you be able to create an antidote to this?”

“I-I…Albus-”

“I can,” they heard from the entrance to the hospital wing.

Lily gasped as she saw that it was Severus. “You!” she shouted. “You did this! How dare you? How dare you?”

“Miss Evans,” Dumbledore interjected. Lily fell quiet. Dumbledore turned to face Severus. “Severus, I must know: Is the accusation that Lily Evans is speaking of true?”

Slowly, he shook his head. “I wouldn’t,” he said in a small whisper. “I couldn’t.”

“Then let me ask-how is it that you may make the antidote to something as such?”

“I know the potion she was fed,” he said in an even smaller voice. “I can make the bleeding stop.”

Dumbledore led Severus Snape out and down to the Potion’s room to start on the antidote. Lily began thinking out loud to Nita. “If he can make the antidote to the magical potion, then all we have to do is get the poison out of her.

Nita’s eyes met Lily’s as she asked, “And how do we do that?”

Taking a deep breath in, Lily said, “We pull it out of her blood. With magic.”

***

“You got the poison out of her blood?” James asked. Lily nodded in franticness. “Snape’s got the antidote; he’s almost done with it.”

By this time, it was ten at night, and Lily had finished separating the poison from Nova’s blood half an hour previous. Snape had been working on the antidote with Slughorn, Tonks, and Lance Abbott, who had come at six in the morning, when he found out from the gossip mill that it was a potion mixed with poison.

McGonagall hadn’t stopped biting her nail for the previous two hours and the first years looked beyond stressed out. It took ten minutes more until Lance ran in, holding a vial with clear liquid. Remus’ hands shook slightly as he held it. “You’re positive that this is the antidote?” he questioned. Lance nodded before holding his hands on his knees and panting from running so far and fast. “Hold her mouth open,” he said to anyone who would do it. Sirius held her cheeks and chin, so that her mouth would remain open, while Remus poured the contents of the vial.

After a short coughing fit from Nova, a little bit more blood coming out of her mouth, and a minute or two, her eyes finally cracked open.

She gave a weak smile as everyone in the room, including McGonagall, pounced on her to give her a tight hug. “You people reek.”

James snorted. “Because of you. We haven’t left this room except to go take a piss.”

McGonagall gave him a disapproving look, but he only beamed at her.

Everyone backed off but Remus and Sirius. She patted their heads awkwardly. “I missed you too, but I’m sure it wasn’t that bad.”

“OUT!” Madam Pomfrey shouted. “She needs rest! She needs blood! No visitors! LEAVE.”

“Ah, but Poppy,” McGonagall sighed. “Surely, I may stay-”

“OUUUUUT!” Pomfrey screeched.

James winced, covering his ears. “We’re going, we’re going!” he whined. “Merlin, you brutal woman.” McGonagall stumbled out, following James, trying to get as far from Madam Pomfrey’s loud and ear piercing voice. Sirius was the last one to come out, and had to be shoved out by Madam Pomfrey herself.

As they entered the portrait hole, James asked Remus and Sirius where they had gone earlier after Tonks asked what Nova drank for breakfast.

Remus exchanged a glance with Sirius. “The kitchens,” he explained. “To find out if the house elves knew anything about who put it in her cup.”

“Did you find anything?” Nita asked.

Sirius nodded. “Get this,” he said, “It wasn’t a Slytherin. It was a bloody Ravenclaw.

What?” Lily cried. “Who?!”

Remus sighed, shifting his weight from his left foot to his right. He stared up at the ceiling, twiddling his thumbs as he finally said, “Kirsty. Kirsty Abbott.”

 
 


Chapter 9: Mission WINCO: The Chase After Nova Prescott's Heart
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“WHAT?” James, Lily, Peter and Nita shrieked.

“You mean to tell me,” Lily darkly hissed, “that your girlfriend poisoned one of my best friends?”

“When you, uh…when you say it like that, I suppose it does seem a bit…bad,” Remus hesitantly said.

“It doesn’t make sense anymore, though,” Nita cut in. “There’s no reason for Kirsty to hate you four. She’s dating one of you, for goodness sake!”

Sirius locked eyes with Remus, urging him to speak up. When Remus didn’t, he huffed. “Fine, I’ll say it. She was a jealous bitch. She got majorly pissed off that Remus ditched her at Hogsmead to spy on Nova and James.”

“Wait, what?” James asked. “You spied on me?”

“It’s not as bad as it sounds,” Remus quickly said. “Besides, Sirius, Peter, and Lily were there with me!”

James frowned. “That doesn’t make it any better.”

“Nova found out,” Remus added.

James blinked a few times. “Bloody hell, how are you alive then? Surely she’d have castrated you for doing something like that?”

He merely shrugged in response, causing Sirius to frown slightly. “She’s got a soft spot for Moony, methinks. Look at you Remus! You’re in the lead!”

Remus shifted around awkwardly before saying, “That doesn’t matter, what matters is that Kirsty poisoned Nova because, well, because of me, really.”

“I thought she was a good person,” Lily whined. She instantly perked up. “Oh, that bitch is going to get it.”

Nita quirked an eyebrow. “How?”

“You’re forgetting that I’m a Head. I’ll give her hell,” Lily said, smirking in delight at this advantage.

 

“And bloody hell, you won’t believe it, but Snape of all people brew up your antidote! Imagine that!”

Nova weakly smiled at Sirius’ attempts to cheer her up after telling her that it was Remus’ girlfriend who poisoned her.

“And you’ll be so damn proud, woman, that little firstie? Tonks? Nymphadora Tonks, innit? She figured this whole thing out! Even the bloody professors were in a right state, but it was an ickle firstie who’d done it all!” Sirius went on.

Remus leaned against the door frame and watched as Sirius interacted with Nova, going unnoticed by either one of them. He wasn’t sure what to make of everything that happened, but he knew he had to break up with Kirsty before anything else.

As for Nova…that was a whole other thing. His best mate was in lurve with the girl that he too was slowly falling for, and neither had a single clue whether she returned any of those feelings to either of them.

It was just a big mess, is what Remus thought. He even debated letting Sirius have Nova and finding someone to fall for, but couldn’t seem to find it in him to give it a go for real.

He knew that this triangle was going to go nowhere if nobody spoke up. He didn’t want to be the one to speak up though.

“Sirius,” Nova whispered. “I get that you’re trying to help, I do, but honestly…this isn’t helping.”

Sirius sighed and leaned his head backward. “I know. I knew it was a failed attempt two sentences in, but I couldn’t find it in me to stop.” He gently held her hand and leaned in. “What can I say to help it?”

Remus decided that this was as good as any moment to walk into sight.

“Ah, Nova,” he brightly said, strolling towards her cot. “How have you and that callipygous of yours been?”

Nova burst out in laughter. Sirius locked eyes with Remus and in that short exchange, he knew that Sirius was telling him that he knew just what to say.

“So you do admit that it’s perfectly shaped, right?” Nova inquired.

“I’m sorry,” Sirius cut in, before pausing a second. “What exactly is a callipygous?”

Remus and Nova exchanged glances before bursting into laughter together. “It…it,” Nova sucked in a breath after her laughing fit, “It was a term made to define, er, well…”

“To define a perfectly shaped arse,” Remus bluntly stated.

Sirius blinked before standing up. “Bloody hell, mate, I think I’ve got a callipygous. What say you two?” he asked before promptly shaking his booty.

Nova crackled in laughter once again. It took a few minutes for her to regain her composure and when she did, she breathed in heavily again and scolded the two of them for making her laugh too much.

“Just doing our job,” both replied.

 

“Peter has been trying to take your place in our group,” James tsked. “Awful thing, really. He hasn’t exactly got the ridiculous commentary part down yet. He’s also not as random as you, so we’ve been seeing the defects in his plan.”

Nova visibly snorted at this given information. “He’s also not unbearably honest.”

James frowned at her words. “That’s true, too.” He then perked up slightly. “On the upside, Remus broke up with Kirsty and Kirsty has three months worth of detentions given by Lily and I for every little thing she does in the corridors.”

Nova gasped at this. “You can’t do that! You’ll be in trouble!”

“I’m fairly certain ol’ Dumby knows what we’re up to, Nova. He’d have stopped us if he wanted to by now.”

“She might have accidentally dropped it into my tea though,” Nova argued. “You can’t accuse like that. She might have even been cursed or something.”

James rolled his eyes. “Has anyone ever told you that you’re too nice?”

Nova simply sighed. “Add it to the list of things people tell me.”

 

“How tall is she?”

“Five seven.”

“Positive?”

“Yep.”

“How tall are you?”

“Five eleven.”

“I’m five ten.”

“Well, we’re good on those terms.”

“What in Merlin’s baggy pants are you two up to now?” Peter huffed late that night.

Remus and Sirius glanced at each other and then at Peter. “We decided that whoever has more traits from Nova’s Good Boyfriend Qualities List gets to ask her out to a date first,” Remus explained. “Seeing as I’m four inches taller than her and Padfoot’s five, we each gain a point.”

“You’re bloody mental, you are,” Peter whispered.

“Agreed,” James groggily said.

The three of them glanced at him, as he smirked. “I can pretend sleep, you know.”

“Shut up you two,” Sirius cut in. “We’re serious about this. We need to know who wins the first chance.”

Remus nodded, agreeing with Sirius, so Peter and James sighed, sitting up straight and muffliato-ed everyone around them. “Okay, we’ll help. I’ll track Sirius, Peter tracks Remus.”

“Let’s start from the top of the list,” Sirius offered. “Must be adorable.” He looked up at James and Peter. “No bias, now. Which of us is adorable?”

James and Peter stared at Sirius for a long while before switching their gaze onto Remus.

“Remus.”

“Definitely Remus.”

Sirius frowned. “Alright, I’ll give you that one.” He glanced down at the notebook, where he copied the list down on. “Must be physically attractive. Wormtail, Prongs?”

“Both,” James and Peter spoke at the same time.

Remus glanced down at the notebook and up at Sirius. “Which of us does she feel nervous around?”

Sirius blinked. “Well definitely not me. She teases me more than anyone else.”

Remus frowned and racked his brain to think if she’d ever acted nervous around him. He perked up when he remembered one time. “She was nervous around me once!”

“When?” Sirius incredulously asked.

“When you turned the girls’ stairs into a slide and I came down when she asked for me through you,” Remus reminded him. “She was stuttering and going bright red and everything.”

Sirius groaned. “Fine. Three for you, one for me.”

“Beautiful muscles,” James piped up. “She did say that Remus had beautiful muscles once.”

“But you’ve also got nice muscles,” Peter added to Sirius.

“Not ‘beautiful’ ones, though,” Sirius glumly said.

Remus blinked. “How about we both get this one? Four for me, two for you?”

Sirius shrugged in a disheartened fashion.

“Must look devilishly sexy in a tight white shirt,” Peter continued on. “Oi, Remus, didn’t you go down in a tight white shirt that day? When Sirius turned the girls’ stairs into a slide?”

“Merlin, you’re right!” Remus gasped. “And I asked her in Transfig when McGonagall was assigning us seats, if I looked alright in a tight white shirt. She said, and I quote, ‘If it helps, you totally look sexy in a tight white shirt.’”

“Fuck me,” Sirius whined. “I give up. You win.”

Remus frowned. “No, you have more qualities than I do, I’m sure of it. Just wait till we reach the end, mate.”

“And you do look good in a tight white shirt, Padfoot,” James added. “Five for Remus, three for Sirius.”

“Oi, pull off your shirts,” Peter demanded. With confused expressions on, both Sirius and Remus began tugging their shirts off. Peter eyed both of them before nodding. “Six for Remus, four for Sirius.”

“What?” Remus asked.

Peter pointed to the notebook. “Must look devilishly sexy in no shirt. You’ve both got good abs, you know? Six packs are always a turn on to females, right?”

“Oh, right,” Sirius absentmindedly nodded. “Well, we can both withstand her weirdness and randomness, right Moony?” Remus nodded. “So seven for Remus, five for me.”

“Oi, who’s got pretty eyes?” Remus asked.

James stuck his face in front of Remus’ and Sirius’ faces. “Sirius. Sorry, Moony.”

“Yeah, Sirius’ eyes kind of have this odd shiny sparkle kind of thing,” Peter added. “Seven for Remus, six for Sirius.”

“Then who’s got the ‘I want to tangle my finger in’ hair?” Sirius questioned.

“Moony,” James and Peter instantly said. “He’s got the thick, slight curls thing, you know?” James added. “Girls dig that.”

“Gorgeous smile?” Sirius asked.

“I think-”

“No stop, backtrack a minute,” Peter cut James off. “I think Sirius has good the thick locks too. I think we should give him the point as well.”

“So then what does that bring it to?”

“Eight, seven.”

James nodded. “Okay, but gorgeous smile has to go to Remus. He’s got them pearly whites.”

“He’s just got a downright nice smile.”

“Nine, seven.”

“Ten, eight,” Sirius said. “We both meet the height requirements.”

Remus looked up. “Now who the bloody hell has got the adorable laugh?”

James and Peter glanced at one another before shooting two Rictusempra spells at Sirius and Remus, causing them to double over, laughing at the sensation of tickles erupting over them.

“Sirius,” James and Peter finally said.

“Okay,” Sirius wheezed out. “Okay, so that makes the score ten to nine.”

“Oi, either of you sing?” Peter asked.

Remus blushed red instantly. Even Sirius was surprised. “Bloody hell mate, do you?! You realize you’ve gotten every single one of these traits, spare the laugh and the eyes?”

“Shut up,” Remus mumbled.

“Eleven, nine,” Sirius said. “What’s next?”

Remus glanced down. “Must be smart enough to have an intelligent conversation with. You’re pretty smart, Sirius.”

“So are you,” Sirius told him. “Twelve, ten. Must like you for you. Obviously we both get that one. Thirteen, eleven.”

“You ever think Nova looks hideous when she’s got a lack of sleep?” Remus asked.

Sirius shook his head. “Nope. You?”

“Never. Fourteen, twelve.”

“Must be satisfied with what he has and never pressure girlfriend,” James read aloud. He glanced at Sirius. “Now we know Moony would be good with this one. But given your track record, Padfoot, only Moony would be given this. However, seeing as you admitted you’re in lurve with Nova, I highly doubt that you would pressurize her into anything.”

“Fifteen, thirteen?” Sirius questioned for confirmation.

Remus nodded. “Fifteen, thirteen,” he confirmed. “Must never lie.” He frowned. “I haven’t told her I’m a werewolf. It’s technically a lie.”

“It says in parenthesis, though,” Sirius cut in, “that it’s iffy and it depends on what the lie is. Your argument is invalid. However, I’m the one who got you to steal her panties, and she did ask if anyone had seen red knickers, so I’m lying as well.”

“But then I am too,” Remus countered. “Because I’m the one who actually got them!”

“That was you two?” James asked in a surprised manner. He suddenly frowned. “Oi! Give me back Lily’s polka dotted bra. If you wanted the merch, at least take it from the girl you want, not mine.”

“Do neither of us get the point?” Sirius asked.

“I doubt we deserve the point for this one,” Remus told him.

He shrugged. “You’re probably right.”

“Must ask out girlfriend in the most adorable way and when there is a ball, must ask out in double the adorableness,” Peter continued on. “Let’s skip this since we haven’t gotten to this point yet.”

“Good idea,” James said. “Alright, well, Sirius has got dimples.”

“Moony’s got slight ones,” Peter added. “You can see them if you look closely.”

“Sixteen, fourteen,” James said. “Oi, Sirius, didn’t she tell you that you were super cuddly like a teddy bear once?” Sirius nodded. James snuggled up to Remus for a few minutes. “Nah, Sirius wins this one. Sixteen, fifteen.”

“We’re both fun and or funny,” Sirius added. “Seventeen, sixteen.”

“We’ve both got a serious side as well,” Remus piped up. “So it’s eighteen to seventeen.”

“Must like pranks, though obviously not too extreme,” Sirius said. “Nineteen to eighteen?”

“And must have at least half of those traits. So twenty to nineteen?” Remus finished. His eyes widened. “Bloody hell, I won.”

“One fucking point,” Sirius muttered.

Peter gasped audibly. “Merlin and Circe! You daft idiots! We went through this whole list, but we forgot that this is only our opinion on the matter! You’ve got to get the answer from Nova for each one!”

Sirius began smack his head against his bedpost.

“Like the way she said that Sirius was super cuddly and how I totally looked devilishly sexy in a tight white shirt?” Remus asked.

“Exactly like that.”

Remus and Sirius frowned.

“Alright, Marauders,” James smirked. “We’ve got a mission.”

“Mission Who Is Nova Crushing On,” Peter added. “WINCO for short.”

“We’re naming a mission?" James cried. "This is bloody awesome! I can see it now! Mission WINCO: The Chase After Nova Prescott’s Heart.”

“Winco,” Remus mumbled. “Sounds like a plan.”

Sirius cracked a grin. “So you’re telling me,” he excitedly said, “that we get to follow Nova around and keep track of how many qualities she says we’ve got?”

The three others nodded. “Oh, this’ll be good,” Sirius laughed.

Remus didn’t say it, but he was excited for this too.
 
 
 
 


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