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[A/N] - Heyy everybody! I checked yesterday, and realized that it had been practically a MONTH since I last updated!! I am sooo sorry for the wait!!! =| A lot of stuff has been going on though, and the release of The Half-Blood Prince and everything.. so I hope you all forgive me!! =)

I hope you all enjoyed HBP as much as I did.. it really was terrific!! =D JKR is such an amazing writor.. anyway..

For those of you who read my other story; Ginny's Story, you will have noticed that I am no longer writing it.. and for this.. I apologize as well.. I really did enjoy writing that story, but it didn't fit with HBP, and well.. I've decided to delete it, for now at least.. I may revamp it sometime, figure out a plot that will work for it, or maybe ignore it completely and write another story about Ginny.. I have been thinking lately about a plot for another Lily/James story (you can tell that those are my favorite kind.. =D) but I won't be writing it yet.. I'm going to finish the story I have on Quizilla before I think about writing something else...

Anyway.. enough of my ramblings... Actually.. I just wanna say RIP to my friend, Freddy, who didn't deserve it at ALL.. and I guess, to the person who died in HBP, that I won't say here because it would ruin the book for you if you haven't finished it..

And.. you all know that I don't claim to own Harry Potter or blah blah blah.. =D Hope you like it, and pleaase review!! =)


Chapter 10 - Girl's Night Out


Ew... Oh he is so disgusting.. the BASTARD! Snape's hand were now wandering in a very uncomfortable fashion for Lily, and she could do nothing to stop it. She was struggling, trying to get away, but Snape had a surprisingly strong grip, and he had her wrists tied.

Finally, he moved back slightly as if sizing her up, and Lily could move her legs slightly. Suddenly he lunged his face foreword, trying to kiss her, and he loosened his grip on her.

Utterly disgusted, Lily brought her knee up hard, and hit him hard in the groin. He groaned and doubled over, at last letting Lily out of his grasp. She turned and started to walk away.

"Someday.. you won't be able to escape..." Snape hissed. Lily turned and glared at him.

She opened her mouth to retort, but the silencing charm was still on her. She glared and turned to walk away once more.

Suddenly she felt something hot graze her shoulder, and a burst of pain erupted there. She wasn't sure what to do, so she started to run, hoping to get to the Gryffindor Common Room before Snape could catch up with her.

Unfortunately, Snivellus wasn't finished yet. Lily kept running, as she saw jets of light just nearly miss her. What a freaking lunatic. Holy shit!

"LILY!" A wonderfully familiar, un-evil voice yelled to her. She looked up, ignoring another searing pain in her shoulder, and saw James, Sirius and Remus running towards her.

Oh, Thank God!

Lily stopped running, feeling tired, and her shoulder was still paining. She heard footsteps running away somewhere down the hall and glared down there, where Snape had run off.

The three boys reached her and Remus pulled her into a hug while Sirius looked suspiciously down the hall, and James just looked at her.

"What happened?" James asked, sounding worried.

Lily opened her mouth to speak, but then realized that she still couldn't talk, and instantly was annoyed. "Silencing charm?" asked Remus, letting go of her. Lily nodded, and he muttered the counter curse.

"Thank You!" Were the first words out of her mouth. "Can you please untie these stupid ropes?" she asked, infuriated. While Sirius was untying them, James noticed blood on Lily's shoulder. White hot anger surged through his veins.

Once Lily was untied, she instantly gripped her shoulder, and smiled weakly. They were all looking at her pointedly, waiting for her to tell them what happened.

"Well..." said Lily, breaking the silence. She started to walk away. "Lets go back to the common room shall we?"

Remus rolled his eyes, and Sirius and James just sort of looked at her. James shook his head. "No. You're hurt. Hospital Wing it is!"

Lily glared at him. "I'm fine!" She insisted, and started to walk away again. The three boys exchanged glances before running foreword. Sirius got there first and he swung Lily over his shoulder and started carrying her off.

"SIRIUS BLACK! LET ME DOWN THIS INSTANT!" Lily screamed, pounding on his back. James walked behind Sirius and smirked up at Lily, who glared at him.

"Nope. You won't go to the Hospital Wing otherwise."

Lily sighed, exasperated, but didn't talk. Instead she just admitted defeat and hung from Sirius' shoulder, feeling completely stupid.

"LILY!"

Lily made a face, squeezing her eyes shut. What now?

"LILY EVANS!"

Lily noticed that Sirius hadn't stopped walking, even though somebody was calling out to her. She opened her eyes, and saw Seth at the end of the hall, running to try to catch up to the four, and he had an angry look on his face.

Lily pursed her lips, not wanted to deal with the boring psycho at the moment.

She watched him struggle to catch up with Sirius, James, and Remus and when he finally did, he was out of breath and huffing. "Lily!"

"What?" she asked in a tired voice.

"What do you think you are doing? Letting some guy who is NOT ME carry you around?"

Lily felt her temper bubble to the surface, and she struggled to keep it down. She glanced at Remus and James who were looking at Seth in disgust.

"You are not my boyfriend Seth! GO AWAY!"

He shrugged her off, and kept talking. Lily wasn't listening, she was getting so incredibly annoyed with this kid. Her fists were clenched, and she had her eyes closed, as if by not seeing him, he wouldn't be there.

"Sirius, walk faster." She said, trying to keep her voice even.

"Yes Ma'am!" he said, and quickened his pace. James and Remus hurried to keep up with Sirius, as did Seth.

"Geezus.. is there anyway that we can get rid of him?" James asked in an undertone.

Finally, they reached the Hospital Wing and rushed inside, slamming the door in Seth's face and locking it. Sirius let Lily down and she looked torn between running out of the hospital wing and getting annoyed by Seth, or staying with no Seth.

She decided to stay.

James went to get Madame Pomfrey, and Lily sat down on one of the Hospital beds. Sirius and Remus sat down next to her.

"So what happened?" asked Remus. It wasn't so much of a question as a command.

Lily narrowed her eyes. "Snape." She grumbled.

Remus got a stony look on his face. "I hate that bugger."

Sirius had a muscle twitching in his jaw. "God. He's such a fucking prat! I mean, First it was the train, then this whole fucking marriage thing, and now this. God damnit, he'll be after Aria next!" Sirius spat angrily.

Nobody had time to respond, because Madame Pomfrey rushed out of her office, followed by James. She walked briskly up to Lily and demanded to see the cut. Lily sighed and pointed to her right shoulder, letting Madame Pomfrey do her thing, while Seth was still outside of the door trying to be heard.

Lily shut her eyes and tried to block everything out. It had been a very trying day.

***

The next few weeks flew by. Soon it was near the end of October, and not much had happened that compared to the action packed September, although nobody was complaining.

The Slytherins had for the most part stayed away from Carina, and Lily hadn't had any more run-ins with Snape. This made everybody slightly suspicious, thinking that they were up to something, but as they waited, nothing happened, and the friends began to drop their guards.

Seth was still acting extremely strange. Once in a while he would come up to Lily and still think that she was his girlfriend. It was driving Lily crazy, and many times, somebody had to stop her from cursing the boy on the spot.

Carina had gotten another letter from her parents, saying that the wedding would be taking place the week after Graduation, and she had no way to get out of it.

All of her friends were always thinking of a way to help her.

Then one day, as Lily was writing an essay for Potions, she thought of it. She was lying on her stomach on the floor with her papers and books spread out around her. It was late at night, but she was alone in the common room with only the sound of the dying flames for company.

She was determined to write her essay on 'Moon Stones and their Use in Potion Making' so that she would have it out of the way, but she couldn't concentrate.

Staring into the dying embers of the former rich, crackling fire, it hit her.

Cari wouldn't be able to get married to Snape... if she already was married... to somebody else..

Lily sat up, realizing what had just wafted it's way into her mind. Surely she hadn't been the first to think of this. Marriage was a big, scary thing.. but it was probably the only thing that would save her friend from being forced into a lifetime of unhappiness with a greaseball.

"Lily?" came a voice. Lily jumped, still focused on her thoughts about Carina. She turned around and saw James Potter standing there wearing only bright red boxers and a white t-shirt. She felt her cheeks heating up, but kept looking at him.

"Yeah?" she asked, her thoughts jumbled.

James walked over and sat on the couch. "What are you doing?" he asked, cocking his head at her.

"Homework..." she said vaguely, collecting her papers and books. She wouldn't be able to focus on moon stones anymore that night.

James watched her put all of her books into her bag, and was suddenly struck with the thought of how beautiful her hair looked with the fading light of the fire. She sat down on the couch, seemingly thinking hard about something. Her pretty face was contorted into one of deep concentration and she had a far away look.

"Penny for your thoughts." he said softly, and Lily jumped once more, forgetting that James was sitting there. She looked at him for a long moment, until James thought she wasn't going to answer him, and he was getting slightly uncomfortable because of her intense gaze.

"I was just thinking about Cari's predicament." she said quietly.

James looked at her sharply and sighed. "That's what is on everybody's mind."

Lily nodded, staring off into space once more. Silence fell between the two head students, before Lily broke it once more. "What if she wasn't... technically.. able.. to get married..." She trailed off, biting her lip.

James' brow was knit with confusion. "What do you..." A look of dawning apprehension appeared on his face. He hesitated before speaking. "You mean, if she already was married?"

Lily nodded. "I've been thinking about it, and there really is no other way. If she hides, they can still find her and drag her off to marry Snape. The only way out of it is to already be married... at least, it's the only thing I see..."

She paused before a moment. "Her and Remus are in love, I know that.. but they've only been dating for a month. I can't think of anybody else she would marry though. Remus wouldn't let her marry anybody else, that is certain... but I don't know if they'd be ready.."

"They'd have to be, wouldn't they? They aren't really left with much of a choice.. We should talk to them about it, but I wouldn't be surprised if they've already thought of it."

Lily nodded. "Yeah.. We can't be the first to think of it."

They fell silent once more and all of a sudden Lily realized that she was having an real conversation with James Potter.. which was weird. Even though their friends were all getting closer, Lily and James pretty much stayed the same relationship-wise.. Lily just stopped hating him and screaming at him about every little thing..

This is too weird. Way too weird. Incredibly way too weird... but it's probably better if we're friends anyway. He hasn't asked me out in quite a long time, maybe he's finally maturing.. or something..

But then, of course, James had to ruin it.

"So Lily.. there's a Hogsmeade trip coming up. Wanna go with me?"

He watched her and waited hopefully. They had been having a civil conversation where they had actually spoken, and it was clear that she didn't hate him anymore. They were always together.. of course either one or all of their friends were there as well. The only times James and Lily were alone were when they were patrolling, and now...

Anyway, James was gaining hope.. Especially when Lily didn't answer right away.

Lily was staring at him, utterly annoyed that he had proved her wrong. He hadn't changed, nor was he going to. She couldn't believe that he actually had the nerve to ask her out again. He had been doing so well, and she had actually begun to like him as a friend.

She let out a sigh of disappointment and stood up, not restraining herself from rolling her eyes, but keeping her temper in check.

"No, Potter." She said stiffly before walking out of the room, and up into the dormitories.

James stared after her, feeling the blow of disappointment and heartbreak all over again. He let it wash over him before a new emotion engulfed him. Anger. At himself. Bringing his fists down hard onto the couch, he let out a roar of frustration. Why am I so stupid? I just screwed everything up! He realized with a pang of regret. He sat there sulking and staring at the fire for a long time, so absorbed in his own thoughts, he didn't notice the light footsteps which were Remus walking back up to his dormitory after hearing his friends' conversation.

James sat in the couch in front of the fireplace until the fire was totally gone, yet he still didn't move. He didn't know that another of his friends was lying awake as well.

Remus was lying in his bed, vaguely listening to Sirius' constant snoring, and Peter's occasional whimpers. He was thinking about what he had just overheard Lily and James talking about.

They thought that he should marry Carina, before Snape could. He had to admit, that this thought had penetrated his mind on more than one occasion, but it seemed so preposterous that he had always pushed the thought right back out..

But now that he had heard it spoken out loud, it did make sense that it would be the only way for Carina to get out of marrying the foul Slytherin.

Are werewolves even allowed to marry?

As this thought drifted into his mind, he scowled. Screw it, even if I'm not allowed, I wouldn't pay any attention.... but.. marriage?

It seemed so far away.. yet he realized that he was 17, and it was his last year of school... Many of his classmates probably would be getting married in a few years, they were of legal age in the Wizarding world.

Knots formed in Remus' stomach as he imagined it. Marrying Carina would be the best thing that could happen to him.. but he didn't think that it would be so soon.. maybe in about 5 or 10 years.. not in a few months...

Shaking his head to clear his thoughts, Remus closed his eyes, and pictured Carina's face in his mind. A ghost of a smile lingered on his lips as he imagined her wearing a wedding dress, walking up the aisle... and he could picture nobody but himself waiting for her, waiting to become married to the most beautiful woman in the world...

Severus Snape would not have that privilege, Remus decided. He would marry Carina. If there was no other way, he would... He loved her, and he would love to spend the rest of his life with her.

And with that thought, Remus fell into a surprisingly content sleep, unlike his best friend who was still sitting in the common room sullenly, waiting for morning.

* * *

James was in a foul mood the next morning. He was still angry at himself for ruining what little friendship he had acquired with Lily, and everything seemed to be going badly. He had fallen asleep on the couch in the common room, and only got a few hours of rest. He had woken up to some 4th year girls poking him, he had spilt his cereal all over his robes, causing Sirius to roar with laughter at him. Due to this, he was late to Potions with Slughorn because he couldn't remember the spell to clean it up, and nobody else seemed to want to help him.

.. and when Lily walked by with Aria and Carina, the latter of the two smiled at him, while Lily walked straight on past, her nose in the air, pointedly ignoring him.

So, when he finally arrived in Potions class, he was not in a good mood.

"Late Mr Potter? I'm sorry to have to deduct 5 points from Gryffindor. Try not to be late next time." James nodded at the fat old man and slumped into his chair next to Remus.

"As we were discussing before Mr Potter came into the classroom, today we will be making an antidote of one of these poisons. You spent last class studying ways to make antidotes, so this should be no problem. You have all class to come up with it. Use whichever ingredients you wish. You may work in partners. Begin."

James and Remus got up and made their way towards the store cupboard along with everybody else. James grabbed a poison from Slughorn's desk and returned to the table while Remus grabbed a bunch of different ingredients they could use.

He really wanted to go back to bed, not make a stupid antidote of a stupid poison. Damn Potions. Why was he taking it anyway? Slughorn didn't particularly like him.. he wasn't part of the SLUG club... oh.. right.. he needed Potions to become an Auror...

James looked at his sandy haired friend and gave him puppy dog eyes. "Moony.." he said in a sing-song voice. Remus looked at him with an amused smile.

"Go to sleep Prongs."

James grinned and slapped his friend on the back. "Thanks pal.." he murmured before putting his head in his arms.

"No problem.. you've gotta be up all night Saturday anyway.." James looked up at him.

"Huh?.. Oh!.. you mean because of your... furry little problem?"

Remus started to laugh hysterically, attracting strange looks from their neighbors. "Yeah.. that..." he managed between laughs. James grinned.

"Okay then. Good-night.. wake me up when Slughorn comes over."


Lily was bored, and really not wanting to do her work. She sat back and watched Aria load things into the cauldron. Normally, she would be working hard as well.. but she just wasn't in the mood.

Glancing around the class, she saw Severus Snape writing furiously into his Potions book, Carina and Sirius working together to try to get their antidote to work but not really paying attention as it was Sirius, and he never payed attention in Potions... How he ever got into the SLUG Club was beyond her. She also saw Bellatrix Black sitting in her chair, looking altogether non-caring as she stirred her potion.

Lily turned around, and saw James Potter asleep, his head buried in his arms, while Remus did all the work for the Potion. Pursing her lips, she turned back to her own cauldron to see enormous amounts of thick, green smoke wafting from it, while Aria added more and more things.. including a lock of her hair, and a bit of dirt from the floor.

Lily rolled her eyes. "Aria... what are you doing? Stop that.. Evanesco!" Instantly, the green smoke vanished, and the cauldron was empty. Aria turned on her.

"What did you do that for? Now we'll fail the class!" She said haughtily. Lily made a face.

"I've never failed a Potions class. Calm down." she said, before turning and heading towards the store cupboard.

Just then, Slughorn's voice boomed across the dungeon. "Okay, Stop what you're doing! I'm coming to see your antidotes now!" Aria looked frantically towards Lily, who was walking back to her seat, completely at ease.

"What are we going to do? We've failed! I can't afford another fail in this class!" hissed Aria.

"Relax!" Lily told her, smirking slightly. "I've got it covered."

In the corner of her eye, Lily saw Remus wake up James just in time for Slughorn to check on their Potion. She frowned, wondering why the hell Remus would allow his partner to sleep and to make him do all the work.

Soon, Slughorn had reached Aria and Lily, and looked at them, bewildered, no doubt wondering why his prize student had no antidote waiting to be checked in the cauldron.

Everybody was looking at Lily, including Aria. She suddenly snapped out of her trance and held out her hand, showing Slughorn what was in it. A bezoar.

Aria broke out into a relieved smile, linking her arms with Lily as Slughorn stared at the tiny pebble in Lily's hand. Suddenly he started to roar with laughter, and Lily smiled smugly.

They left the dungeon a few minutes later, grinning. Slughorn had awarded them full marks, and reminded Lily that his next little party was on Halloween, just after the feast.

James walked out of the classroom with Sirius, Remus and Carina, admiring Lily from where she walked with Aria a little ways down the corridor. He wasn't listening to his friends talk.

Suddenly he got a weird empty feeling that had nothing to do with Lily nor his friends. He stopped walking and looked around the corridor. Everything was normal.. but then why had he gotten that weird foreboding feeling like something was going to happen?

Shrugging it off as tiredness, James hurried to catch up with his friends as they headed for their next class, charms.

* * *

The rest of the day went on as per normal. Nothing out of the ordinary was occurring, as a matter of fact, it was a little bit of a relief to see that Lily was once again refusing, point-blank to speak to James Potter.

Finally, classes were over for the day. Lily was relieved as she walked quickly back to the common room, not bothering to wait for anybody. She had a horrible, throbbing headache and she wanted to go lie down for a bit.

Carina watched her red-headed friend zoom out of the classroom massaging her forehead before turning to look at Aria. "What do we do?" she asked her blonde friend.

Aria bit her lip, twirling her blonde hair with her fingers as they started to walk back to the common room, pretending not to notice the guys who were watching them from a distance.

"I don't know.. Lets just go talk to her, find out what's wrong." Aria said, picking up the pace.

"God, those guys are really annoying aren't they? I know that their worried about the Slytherins, but seriously! They are taking it a bit too far.. and you're with me! They haven't done anything in a month!" Carina exploded, uncharacteristically.

Aria smirked at her. "What say you that we give em the slip tonight and head out to Hogsmeade?" she asked excitedly, bouncing as she walked.

Carina laughed at her friend. "If Lily comes."

Aria nodded. "Of course she'll come! And if she doesn't consent, we'll drag her anyway.."

"I wouldn't doubt you."

The blonde glanced at her friend, a wide grin on her face. "You shouldn't."

* * *

"Lilyyy!!" came Aria's whiny voice. Lily groaned and covered her face with her pillow, groaning. "You have to get up! We're going to Hogsmeade tonight!"

Lily shook her head. "No!" she mumbled against the pillow. Aria rolled her eyes as she and Carina sat down on either side of their friend.

"We need to get out and have fun! We're 7th years! And, the guys aren't going to know.. it'll just be us girls.. James won't be there." Aria wheedled.

Lily poked her head up and shook her flaming red hair out of her face, causing her head to start throbbing again. "I've got a headache." she told them, pouting like a little girl.

Carina laughed lightly before waving her wand. "Better?" she asked, lying next to her friend.

Lily's headache was instantly gone, and she weighed her options. On one hand, she could stay at the castle, moping, and doing homework in the presence of Potter, who she was sorely disappointed in at the moment. On the other hand, she could get out of the castle with her two best friends and have fun in Hogsmeade without Potter.

Bit obvious what I should do... "I'll go." she told her friends, sitting up in her bed and smiling. Then she remembered something.

Aria grinned and hopped up. "Excellent!" she said, instantly running for her bureau. "Pick out what you're wearing now, and have a shower. We leave after supper." she commanded, but Carina shook her head.

"Why don't we go out for supper?" she suggested. Aria froze for a moment, before a grin became plastered on her face.

"Brilliant idea Cari! Now, get dressed and get showered! We don't have much time! You never know who you may see in Hogsmeade!"

Lily watched her pretty friend go through a dozen outfits before she actually stood up. "Fancy, or casual?" she asked, heading towards the bathroom in which Carina was already showering.

Aria paused for a second. "Both. Get a little dressed up, but not too much. We're not going to a party or anything.. just a night on the town!"

Lily laughed at how enthusiastic her friend was sometimes and headed for the shower, thinking that this night out with her friends could be just the thing she needed.

* * *

"Hey Remus, do you know where the girls went?" Sirius asked as he stretched out onto the sofa by the fireplace, rubbing his stomach after a particularly large meal. As there had been no women there to stop them, James and Sirius had decided to have an eating contest, with Remus and Peter as the judges, something Remus in particular didn't exactly like to do.

The aforementioned boy shrugged "No idea where they are. They weren't at supper." Suddenly a horrible thought struck him and he began to panic. "What if the Slytherins..?" He trailed off, as Sirius and James looked up in alarm as well.

"Shit!" Sirius swore, standing up and looking around the common room as if the girls were going to pop out from under the couch.

James stood up as well, putting up a calm face against his panicking interior. "Calm down.. maybe they ate in the kitchens, or maybe they got House-elves to bring up food to them in the dorms. Somebody should go check." he said rationally.

The other two boys looked at him and took deep breaths, calming themselves and trying to make the terrible thoughts that were crossing their minds to disappear.

"I'll get the brooms." said James, rushing to go up the stairs, taking them two at a time. He ran into the messy dorm before pausing and backtracking a little bit, looking at the door.

There was a note and a picture stuck onto the door. Ripping it off the door, he looked at the picture and smiled to himself. In it, Lily, Carina and Aria were dressed up extremely nicely, as if they were going out somewhere, and they were all waving and blowing kisses at the camera. It looked to be a fairly recent picture.

He stared at the picture of Lily for a few moments before realizing what he was doing. She looked incredible in that picture. She had her hair down and scrunched, and a little more make-up than usual. He noticed that they were all wearing more make-up than usual and had done weirdly awesome things to their hair. Aria's hair had a variety of different things done to it, that suited her personality perfectly. It was curled in some places, braided, teased, crimped.. whatever... and it looked really cool. Carina's hair was perfectly straight, straighter than normal, save for a few pieces in the front which were curving away from her face. It looked very nice.

Realizing that he had been staring at the girl's hair-do's, he shook his head to wake himself from his reverie, and looked at the note, recognizing the handwriting. It was Aria's.


Hey guys!
Well, that goes for Sirius, James, and Remus anyway...
but Lily, being the wonderful overachiever that she is, enchanted this parchment so only the three of you can read it. Anyway.. Whats up? Okay, I'll get down to business..
You're probably all worrying your handsome little heads off wondering where we are..But we are perfectly fine. Absolutely, positively fine! That picture is one we just took! And mind you, I'll be wanting it back..
Oh wait, nevermind.. One of you can keep it.. We took two pictures. =D
Oh yeah.. we aren't there, if you haven't noticed. And We aren't telling you where we're going, because you'll come after us and yadda-yadda-yadda... It's girls night out.. which means NO GUYS!..
...unless of course we meet some.. muaha.. ;-)
Don't worry Remie, Carina's safe with me and Lily.. Anyway.. don't come try to find us and ruin our night, because, as it is Friday, and we haven't gone out in a long time, we will kill you. And mark my words, Lily is already not speaking to James, so I wouldn't put it past her.
Got that? By the way, she says she's disappointed in you Jamesy boy.. whatever that means..
Okay.. this is getting quite lengthy, and frankly, I'm getting bored writing it. Soo.. We shall see you in the morning.. Or not.. we'll all probably have hangovers..
But mayybe tomorrow afternoon.. or the day after.. whatever..
Love you all! Don't worry about us! =D
XoXo
Aria, Lily, & Carina



James had an amused grin on his face when he returned back to the common room, no broom in sight. Sirius was looking at him impatiently.

He thrust the paper and picture towards them, smirking and plopping himself down onto the couch once more.

Sirius finished reading the paper and shook his head, his bark-like laugh ringing out over the common room. He took a good look at the picture, and grinned.

Remus finished reading it and sat down next to James, not sure whether he should worry or laugh.

"They'll be fine." James told him, seeing Remus' face. "Let them have their night. Their probably in Hogsmeade or somewhere with a lot of people."

Sirius took another look at the picture and frowned. "We should go get them! Just LOOK at what Rina's wearing? Look at what their all wearing!" He said, shifting into protective-brother mode.

Remus looked at the picture and smiled. "I think they look pretty good if I do say so myself.. happy too."

Sirius was quiet for a minute, pouting. "How come they get to go off and have fun, and we don't?" he whined.

James laughed. "It's their girls night out." He pointed out. Sirius shrugged.

"So?"

Remus rolled his eyes. "They don't want us there. They haven't had much time for just the three of them lately... and a lot's been on everybody's mind.."

The whiny look on Sirius' face disappeared. "Too true, Moony my friend.. Too true.."

* * *

Lily, Aria and Carina sat in the Three Broomsticks, sipping on butterbeer and deciding how they were going to spend their night.

"What about shopping?" suggested Cari, Aria made a face.

"Not crazy enough.."

Lily smirked. "Streaking?" she suggested sarcastically.

Aria wrinkled her nose. "Too crazy..."

Just then, Madame Rosmerta wandered her way over to the three girls, smiling at them. "Sneaking out for a night on the town?" she asked, her eyes twinkling. They grinned at her. Rosmerta had only graduated a few years ago.

"Do you know a place where we can go?" asked Aria, somewhat whiny. The other girls laughed.
Madame Rosmerta grinned.

"I know just the place! A club just opened a little while ago, and I'm pretty sure that their letting in anybody who's 16 and up. It's just down the street, you should check it out! I haven't had a chance to myself yet, you can tell me what it's like!"

The girls jumped up and thanked Madame Rosmerta, before rushing out into the October night and walking as quickly as they could, as they were wearing high-heeled sandals.

As they were walking down the street, they caught sight of a brightly lit-up building with music sounding from the open door. They smiled and walked straight on in. It was nice enough place, with a dance floor as well as a place to sit and mingle.

The girls found themselves a small table and sat down, drinking in the lively atmosphere. There weren't many people they recognized, which was understandable as most of the people they knew were still up at the school.

Aria hailed over a good looking waiter and asked what sort of drinks they sold. He grinned and responded, "Anything your heart desires!" The girls grinned, and Aria, feeling bold decided to get some Firewhiskey, while Lily and Carina ordered Strawberry-Kiwi Coolers.

Aria took a big gulp of her Firewhiskey and coughed. It burned going down, but then went away. She suddenly stood up, hearing a really great song and started to drag Lily with her. The redhead laughed, and sipping her drink, motioned for Carina to come dance as well. She agreed, and the 3 friends had a great time, dancing and laughing, drinking occasionally, flirting with cute guys..

Carina watched her two pretty friends flirt with some guys and laughed, picturing Sirius and James if they could see their crushes now. Suddenly, a slow song began to play, and Carina suddenly wished that Remus was there. She felt somebody tap her shoulder, and she whirled around to see a very good looking blonde standing there with a sheepish grin on his face.

"Would you like to dance?" he asked, looking at his shoelaces. He looked really cute, and he sort of reminded her of Remus. Feeling a little bad for turning the guy down, she shook her head.

"Sorry.. I'm going to go sit down.." she told him before doing what she said she was doing, and sitting down at an empty table. From her chair, Carina could see Aria sucking face with some random good-looking brown haired guy, and Lily was dancing and laughing with a guy that had messy blonde hair.

Biting back a laugh, she could see likenesses between the two guys her friends were occupied with at the moment, and Sirius and James. Rolling her eyes at the girls, Carina looked around the club once more. She suddenly felt really tiny, and she didn't know why. She felt lost, like she didn't belong there.

Shaking her head to clear her thoughts, she got another drink and downed it. Feeling slightly dizzy, she looked around the club once more, until something caught her eye. A man whose face she couldn't see, he had dark hair and wasn't facing her. She felt chills run up and down her spine, and tried to shake them off.

Keeping her eye on the man, her mind raced. It could be anybody.. a Slytherin maybe.. Or maybe she was just being paranoid. Finishing her drink, she called for another one. Just as she raised the bottle to her lips, the man turned around and she breathed a sigh of relief. It was just another unfamiliar face in the crowd.

I am too paranoid.. she told herself. I'm perfectly safe here.. just have fun like Aria and Lily.. But Carina didn't feel at home there. This wasn't a place for her, she just wanted to go back to Hogwarts and curl up next to Remus on the couch in front of the fire, where Slytherins couldn't find her. Here, she was out in the open for anybody to find her.

Urgh, You're being stupid. Lily and Aria would never have brought you here if it wasn't safe.. She reminded herself, implying a false sense of security.

All the thoughts she had been trying to ignore, all the thoughts she was afraid of were coming back to her.. The memories of her family beating her over the summer, every summer... The thought that she would never see her twin again, that Remus would hate her when he found out that she was supposed to be married when school was over.. She could see the Slytherins in her mind's eye, she could see her family.. she could foresee that horrible day when she would be forced to walk up the Aisle and marry Severus Snape..

She felt so alone, in the middle of a random club in Hogsmeade. She was surrounded by many nameless people, who were all getting drunk and having a good time. She looked around, trying to see Lily and Aria, to tell them that she wanted to leave, but she couldn't see them anymore. They had disappeared, just like Remus was going to someday when she would finally have to marry Snape..

Feeling tears burn at her eyes, she tried to fight it back by taking another large gulp of her drink, one after the other.. drink after drink.. She wanted to drown in the drink, so that she wouldn't have to remember everything.. She wanted it to disappear, dissolve into nothing, at least for the time being.. and eventually, it did.



[A/N] okay. for this entire chapter i had written 'slaghorn' instead of 'slughorn'. bahahahahaha. i can't believe how stupid i am sometimes. anyway, I've fixed it all now i think. And thanks to whoever informed me of my idiocy (i don't remember your username). =)

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