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Chapter 6

The Marauders had told me all about what had happened when I wasn’t friends with them and I told them what I did. At first it was really hard to get around using the crutches but I got somewhat used to it. By the third day I was using the crutches, we were returning from our DADA class and we had a break before lunch. I was getting so tired of using the crutches so I just stopped and dropped to the ground.

“MUTT! What’s wrong? Does it hurt?” Sirius tried helping me back up while blubbering random questions but I pulled away.

“Sirius, shut up. This is so incredibly redundant. My arms hurt from using the crutches and my other leg hurts from balancing on it all day.” Remus chuckled as he set my stuff and his stuff on the ground and sat next to me.

“So, what do you suggest we do then?” James winked at Sirius.

“Guys, I really don’t think you should do that.” Remus said. I caught on to what they were going to do so I picked up one of my crutches and whacked James and Sirius in the shins so they would sit down.

“I’m hungry.” I told them. Remus and Peter were the only ones capable of walking so they went to get food from the kitchens.

“Why did you hit us Mutt?” Sirius whined.

“Get over it Sirius. That’s not even half the pain I’m in right now.” I told them. James ‘secretly’ winked at Sirius.

“So Mutt, is there… anybody you’ve taken a fancy to?” James asked. I rolled my eyes.

“Oh yes James. I was wondering when you were going to figure it out.” I said sarcastically. He obviously didn’t figure it out so he continued to badger me.

“Who is it?” I chuckled inwardly before answering.

“You James.” His eyes went wide and he looked like a beet with his face so red. I started laughing so hard that I fell backwards and was now lying on my back. James looked at me weird.

“You do know that I fancy Lily, right?” I stopped laughing gradually and rolled my eyes.

“James, you’re extremely thick. You know that right?” James shook his head. “I was joking. I don’t ‘fancy anyone.”

Sirius snorted and patted my shoulder.

“Sure, Mutt. You can never not fancy someone.” I rolled my eyes.

“Maybe not you, but I’ve done it my whole life. Well, okay, I do fancy someone. I’m never going to tell you though so don’t bother me.” I told them. If that was how James acted when I told him I fancied him, then that was a slight indicator of how Sirius would act if I told him and I would never tell them.

“Who do you like Mutt?” Sirius asked.

“I’m not telling you who I like.” I told them. James started tickling me.

“Tell us!” He said over my laughing.

“NEVER!” I laughed back.

“Food’s here guys. You don’t have to resort to your cannibalistic ways anymore.” Remus said, putting down all the food.

“Yes! I love you Remmy. You got macaroni and cheese!” I exclaimed digging into the noodles and melted cheese.

“I figured someone as weird as you would like macaroni and cheese.” He laughed.

“Are you kidding me? I LOVE Mac and Cheese.” I took a sip of pumpkin juice and continued eating.

“So we have the rest of the day to ourselves. What are we going to do with the cripple?” I snorted.

“I think the correct term is gimp, Sir James.” I told him.

“Okay, what are we going to do with the gimp for the rest of the day?” I rolled my eyes.

“Well, we could always prank some Slytherins.” Sirius suggested.

“With a gimp? I don’t think so.” Remus said.

“We could hang out by the lake.” James said.

“But we’re on the 7th floor. I don’t want to crutch my way all the way down to the lake.” I whined.

“I’ll carry you.” Sirius said. I opened my eyes wide.

“Don’t you dare Sirius.” I said, but it was too late. He already picked me up. Remus cleared the mess up and picked up my bag and James got my crutches. We made our way down to the lake and I was so ready to jump out of Sirius’ arms. He was about to put me down when he swerved quickly and dropped me in Remus’ arms unreadily.

“Wait, we have to make the ground cleaner for the gimp.” Sirius said and took off his robe and dramatically placed it on the ground. Then he took me from Remus and set me gently on the ground.

“That was a bit awkward.” I mused and Remus nodded before sitting down. Sirius sat next to me and James and Peter sat in front of us. James took out his snitch and started playing with it.

“Do any of you know how to play Patty cake?” I asked them. They all shook their heads. “Pity.”

“Teach me! Unless it’s a study habit then I’m okay.” Sirius quickly cowered beneath his arms like an adult was beating a poor defenseless child.

“No, it’s a hand game. Look,” I took his hands and started clapping them together.

“What’s the point of this?” James asked.

“Well, as you get better and better at it you can do more complicated things.” I explained.

“But is this it? It’s just clapping hands together?” Remus asked as he sat forward as if he was truly interested. I stopped and looked at them all. They really were interested.

“Well, no. You also say some stuff too. Like for Patty cake you go like this. Patty cake, Patty cake, bakers man, bake me a cake as fast as you can, roll it and pat is and mark it with a ‘B’, then put it in the oven for baby and me.” I recited the words as I used Sirius’ hands as the example and did all the extra hand motions, thoroughly confusing Sirius in the process.

“Let me try.” So we did, I tried with all of them and the only one that completely got it was Remus.

“This is fun!” Remus said as he started again.

“Says you. It’s only fun for you because you can do it.” Sirius pouted. I frowned and then used my hands to make his frown a smile.

“Turn that frown upside down silly. Keep practicing and you’ll get it soon enough.” I encouraged him and he and James started practicing.

“Oh this is cute. A little muggle girl playing session. What’s next, a tea party?” Malfoy came to bother us. Remus, James and Sirius stood up in front of me and pulled out their wands.

“Get out of here Malfoy.” Sirius growled.

“Why? I had hoped that your mutt would teach me how to play.” He smirked.

“Well, bozo brain, I don’t teach my special game to losers. Do I have to shove my wand up your nose again to make you understand?” I asked innocently and he paled considerably. He bowed his head a bit and then backed away slowly.

“He’s scared of you. I think that’s really funny.” Remus laughed.

“How come all you have to do is shove your wand up his nose but we’ve been pranking that bastard for years and all he does is bug us more?” James asked. I shrugged.

“Call it a woman’s touch.” I said and went back to helping James and Sirius learn how to play.




A/N: I'm SO sorry it's taken me this long to update and that it's a crappy chapter as well. I was having a lot of trouble starting the sequel to 'Till There Was You' and then when I got into it I couldn't stop. Then after writing 8 chapters, I got an idea for another story and I just had to write it down before I forgot it and well...
I'm just sorry.
I hope people are still reading this even. If you are, please review it would make me so ridiculously happy.
-Erin

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