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Chapter Seventeen- So Slap-able.

News of Sirius and Holly spread around Hogwarts like wildfire. It was understandable. It wasn’t everyday that Sirius Black claimed to have a, well a serious girlfriend. And it wasn’t everyday that that girlfriend was someone they had never really noticed before…

This of course meant jealousy from the girls and complete disinterest from the guys.

Their friends of course were ecstatic. This had been a long time in the making and naturally they greeted the news with smug smiles and a few told-you-so’s and of course their hearty congratulations…

All except one.

Lily had woken up that morning feeling worse than she had the night before. She was still in her uniform and the photo she had fallen asleep over was nowhere to be seen. Wiping the sleep out of her eyes she had made her way to the bathroom. After stepping out of the warm shower she rested on the edge of the sink to carefully studied herself in the mirror.

What a pretty sight, she thought, closing her eyes in the hopes that it went away…Nope no chance. There was still the overly pale skin, red puffy eyes and the usual messy red hair.

A sudden banging on the door made her jump, making her hit her elbow on the sink, crying out in pain she hopped around the bathroom while on the other side of the door Holly stood worried about what was going on in there.

“Lily?” she called rapping on the door again. “Are you okay in there?”

“Yeah!” Lily called back, “Just hit my elbow. Be out in a moment” She called back, trying to detangle her hair.

Last night Holly had come back to the dorms practically bouncing with excitement, she and Sirius were finally ‘official’. Today was going to be couples heaven.

This thought made Lily groan. “On second thoughts,“ She called again. “I’ll meet you at breakfast!”

“Okay!” Came Holly’s cheery reply, followed by the sound of the closing door. It was definitely going to be a long day.

***

“Has anyone seen Lily all day?” Holly asked later that day while they all ate tea.

Sirius looked at her like she was crazy. “Ah, yes…” He said, of course they had, she had been in classes all day!

Holly briefly closed her eyes, “I didn’t mean like that!” She said backhanding him playfully in the stomach. “I mean, she has been avoiding us all. Like she has skipped all meals and I don’t know why.”

James raised his eyebrows. “Now I know why she’s avoiding me…but you guys...”

Sirius looked at him in wonder. “You mean you haven’t talked to her yet?”

James rested his head on his hand, shaking it slightly in answer to Sirius’ question. “I figure its best to let her come to me this time.”

Ruby leaned closer, “James?” She asked quietly waiting till he looked up before continuing, “what exactly did you say?”

“What to Lily?” James asked sitting up right suddenly. Nervously he scratched his forehead, to him it was no secret, he was not embarrassed about what he had said, he held no regrets but Lily on the other hand…obviously she hadn’t told her friends for a reason. “Ah, rage blackout…I can’t actually remember.” He said. “Look while it is nice being the…fifth wheel,” he said counting them up. “I’m gonna go… catch you all later.”

“Oh my God! That’s it!” Holly cried suddenly. “The fifth wheel…” She looked at everyone, barely registering their blank stares. “I’m Slap-able!” She wailed, covering her mouth. She and Lily had become allies against corny couples, such as Ruby and Remus and now she was part of one! “Oh I am a horrible friend!” She cried again, running out of the great hall. She just had to find Lily.

“Holly! Wait!” Ruby cried, chasing after her somehow understanding what Holly was saying.

“Did you understand any of that?” Sirius asked.

Remus shook his head. “What the hell does slap-able mean? Is it even a word?”

***

“And hello Lily!”

“Sirius. Remus.” Lily acknowledged them with a nod before returning to her book.

Sirius who was never known to take a hint sat down. “You are aware your friends are looking for you?”

Lily shook her head. “Nope. I wasn’t but I have been here most of the day.”

Remus glanced around. The library had been their first choice of places to look for Lily and no surprise it was where she was. Thankfully it was virtually empty so they could talk. “Lily?” He started waiting for Lily to answer.

“Remus.” She said still without looking up. Remus looked at Sirius. Who looked at Lily, smirked, then took her book. Finally getting her attention.

“Hey!” She exclaimed, trying to snatch her book back. Obviously that wasn’t going to happen so instead she gave in and turned to face Remus, while Sirius flipped through what he would class as a boring old muggle book. “Fine. I am listening to whatever you nosy interfering people want to say. My attention is finally yours so right to the point, please.” She said hotly.

Remus smirked. “Right to the point. Are you sure you don’t want me to skirt around the issue for a moment?”

“No really make it short and sharp please so I can get back to my story.”

“I don't see why.” Sirius told her, flipping it over in his hands. “Seems kinda dull.”

“Just because you struggle to read!” She retorted sharply. She would have said more but Remus interrupted with an extremely annoying hem hem.

“Lets focus on the real issue here.”

“Which is? Me avoiding you just because I want some time alone? Because if-“

“No. Not that!” Sirius interrupted impatiently. “You and James.”

“Me and James?” Lily repeated faintly.

“Because lets be honest here. We all know what was said after Quidditch or in your case what wasn’t said.” He intoned, making Lily cringe.

“He told you?”

Sirius nodded. “And you didn’t tell Holly or Ruby.”

“So?”

“Soo…” Remus echoed.

“Do you love him?” Sirius asked bluntly.

Lily stared at him.

Remus kicked him under the table.

And Sirius couldn’t help but laugh at the expression on her face. “She did say right to the point.”

Lily felt her cheeks redden as they always did when she was uncomfortable. She quickly averted her eyes.

“Lily?” Sirius asked softly. “Truthfully.”

Lily looked at him. Something about his voice made her weak. Over the last couple of weeks he had been something of a confidant. And now even though he probably knew what she would say he waited patiently for her answer what she had known all along too.

“Yes.” She said making them both smile. “But its not that simple.”

“Nothing has ever been simple when it comes to you two but you have to tell him!” Remus said emphatically.

“I just don’t want what happened last time to happen again. I mean that was after a week and I don't know…” She trailed off not knowing how to express the anxiety of her heart. Instead she stood up, taking her book from Sirius as she did.

“Lily.” He said grabbing her hand. “I know you’re scared but talk to him. Please. At least let him know.”

Lily didn’t reply but nodded. She had been trying to talk to him all week she just needed the right time and the right words. What to say was the biggest problem.

Remus and Sirius sat there for a long time after she had gone. It was so easy to forget about other peoples problems when you were happy.

Slap-able Sirius thought with a small smile.

“What?” Remus asked as he watched Sirius break into a grin.

“I just figured out what slap-able means. I get it.” He said explaining it to Remus who nodded slowly.

(A/N Desperado by the Eagles, imagine hearing Remus with Sirius as back up but it’s Lily you can see, walking through the halls or whatever.
We dedicate this song by the way to Bexi_Potter, For all your reviews and we knw how mad about Remus you are!!!)

Remus: Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been denying your feelings for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
We know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Could hurt you so bad.

Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, No,
She'll beat you if she's able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get

Desperado, oh, time ain't gettin' no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you wild
And freedom, oh freedom well, that's just some people talkin'
but prison is walking through this world all alone

Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're losin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate.
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you,
(let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you before it's too late…

***

Lily couldn’t move.

Well she probably could if she tried. After all there was nothing technically restraining her. Yet she couldn’t move.

Or was that she didn’t want to.

There she had been comfortable avoiding people, alone in the library, when Sirius and Remus had come to chat to her. A little weird that was.

But stranger things had happened…

Like Lily standing outside the seventh year boys dormitory trying to gather the courage to talk to James.

She was ready to face him.

No she wasn’t.

Eeek!

“Lily? What are you doing?” Lily spun around, almost relieved to see Sirius standing there. Well better him than James catching her in a way.

“I came to talk to…” she said pointing at the door.

Sirius smiled kindly. “He’s not up here. But what exactly were you going to say may I ask?”

Lily sighed. “Not what you wanted me to…” Lily said leading the way downstairs back to the common room.

At the foot of the stairs she turned suddenly, needing to explain herself to someone. “I just can't go there again. I wanted to tell him so he understood. It hasn’t been fair how I have treated him…” She finished weakly.

Sirius was struggling to understand what she was saying. “So you are willing to let fear rule your life?”

Lily scowled. “Its not fear its realism! This way neither of us end up hurt.”

“So really you are saying you are not willing to give him a chance as you truthfully believe that a relationship with him will lead no where?”

“Exactly!” Lily cried.

Sirius nodded. “Okay. I get what you are saying then… You are one hundred percent right. It is for the best I suppose.

“Thankyou,” Lily sighed, glad someone finally understood.

(A/N ‘Can't forget about love’ from Return of Jafar, A really hard song to put across…just imagine Sirius following Lily around the school… Its all singing but written normally, does that make sense? Hope so coz here we go!!!)

Sirius looked at his nails, before beginning to walk away. “Forget about that guy…” Lily looked up startled, but brushed passed him.
“Forget about the way you fell into his eyes,” He continued to her retreating back. She paused for a moment…
“Forget about his charms,
Forget about the way he held you in his arms,” He continued, catching up to walk backwards infront of her.
“Walking on air's obnoxious,
The thrill” He taunted as she tried to bat him away.
“The chill,
Don’t make me nauseous”
He smirked, stepping away so she couldn’t hit him anymore.
“And you'll never get enough,
So just forget about love.” He shrugged, Lily flicked her hair over her shoulder, turning away in a huff.

But he kept going. Making it hard to get away. Clearly she was getting annoyed and therefore it was working.
“Forget about romance,
Forget about the way your heart begins to dance,
So you start to blush?
When he's spouting out some sentimental mush.”
He sang, smiling as she did blush and her face began to soften into a dreamy
expression.

”It really is revolting.
It's even worse than when you're moulting,
Enough of this fluff!
Just forget about love!”

Lily smiled dreamily, beginning to dance down the hallway. “I had almost forgotten the way it felt…
When he held out his hand for mine,
My heart all a-flutter”

Sirius, followed her walking slowly, “Oh, how I shudder” he said sarcastically.

Lily: “The first time we kissed”

Sirius: “It won't be missed!
Forget about his touch”

Lily: “I can't forget about his touch”

Sirius: “In the scheme of things,
It doesn't matter much”

Lily: “It matters so mu-uch”

Sirius: “You're better on your own
A meal becomes a banquet
When you eat alone”

Lily: ”Hmm-mm-mm-mm”

Both: “Love's filled with compromises”

Sirius: “And don't you hate those big surprises?”

Lily: “A cozy rendezvous”

Sirius: “Oh, please!”

Lily: “Candlelight for two”

Sirius: “Oh, geez!”

“Look you're calling my bluff!” She sang, turning to face him.

“I can't forget about love” She said at the same moment he said;
“Just forget about love!”

Lily smirked. She had to find James. Cheerfully she bounded down the castle steps, spotting James at once.

Running to him she flung her arms around a very shocked James. “I can't forget about my heart”

Sirius rolled his eyes at the confused expression on his friends face. “She can't forget about her heart…” He whispered theatrically, leaning closer to James.

“And how it felt to fall for you right from the start” She continued.

Sirius smirked “Fall from the start?” he sang, nudging James in the side. All James could do was watch the both of them, not quite sure what was going on.

“Whatever we may do”

At this James raised both eyebrows. “Whatever we may do?”

“I promise I’ll be here for you if you are here for me”

James nodded sincerely, “I'll be there” He sand wrapping his arms around Lily.

Sirius looked at them both and began dancing circles around them. “To wish, to want, to wander, To find the sun through rain and thunder”

James: “A cozy rendezvous”

Lily: “Yes, please!”

James: “Candlelight for two”

Sirius: “Oh, geez!”

Lily and James both looked at him, “Enough is enough!” They sang together.

“I guess I was wrong about love!” Sirius finished, leaving James and Lily alone in the middle of the courtyard to sort out whatever they had to…Grinning like a mad man as he heard Lily apologise Sirius brushed his hands together as he walked away. His work here was done, he thought shaking his head. Some people were so predictable.

And so damn slap-able…

***

A/N:
Desperado by the Eagles.

Forget About Love from Disney’s Aladdin, Return of Jafar.

And okay chapter 17! yay! now. sorry next chapter may be a while as for the next glorious 3 weeks it is exam time! Yay for us. So while most of you are enjoying the sunshine??? of your holidays think of the poor mid-year exam takers and have patience!!! it will be out as soon as we fininsh and catch up on sleep and such...thanking you!!!!

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