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Disclaimer: I don't own any characters from Harry Potter. The only thing that is mine is the plot.

A mother's instinct is probably the most powerful element in this world. A mother can tell when her child is despondent, ecstatic, furious and such. That's exactly what Mrs. Potter could do. For the past couple of days, her mother's instinct had told her that something was up with James, and she was going to get to the bottom of it, whether it was the last thing she did.

A loud thud echoed through the house, as a boy fell through the fire place. He picked himself up, coughing and brushing the soot out of his hair. His grey eyes red from all the remains in the fireplace that encircled him.

"Hello Sirius!" Mrs. Potter greeted, used to all the coughing and noise that usually accompanied Sirius whenever he dropped in.

"Hello Mrs. Potter. I'm guessing James didn't clean out the fireplace again. I think you should take my advice and take his broomstick away. That's really the only way you can get him to do things." Sirius replied, walking into the kitchen and smiling.

Mrs. Potter laughed, being used to Sirius's remarks. She treated him like her own son. "Shall I tell him you came up with the idea when I go through with it?" she inquired. She had given up on ever getting James to clean out the fireplace and Sirius to apparate over. "Sit down dear, have a treacle tart."

Sirius sat down obediently, which was quite unusual behaviour for Sirius and usually Mrs. Potter was the only one who saw him like this. "Don't mind if I do." he said, reaching over for a tart. "You make the best tarts." Sirius stated, biting into the tart.

"I know Sirius. You tell me every time. Anyhow, I do actually have something to ask you, and I think it's a good time to do that now, since James is gone out."

"You can ask me anything."

"I've noticed James has been...well....lets just say not his usual self lately. Do you have any idea why?" she asked. She knew it wasn't right to ask Sirius about James, but she had tried to ask James and didn't get anything out of him.

"What do you mean by 'not his usual self'?" Sirius asked, raising an eyebrow.

"Well, he's definitely more merry and he's been singing songs, which I for one know is not something James usually does. Who's the girl?"

"I have no clue what you're talking about Mrs. Potter." Sirius replied, looking as innocent as he possibly could make himself be.

"Why do I get the feeling that you are lying?"

"Me? Lying? Why that's not possible." Sirius said, reaching for another tart, but failing, because Mrs. Potter was quick to grab the plate away.

"No more tarts until you spill the beans." Mrs. Potter said. A smirk was spread across her face. "I can play dirty too!"

"I really know nothing. If there is a girl I'm sure she's not nearly as pretty as you are." Sirius replied, trying to soften her up.

"Who's not nearly as pretty as mother?" James asked, apparating into the kitchen. "Is there something I don't know about?" James, asked, taking the plate of tarts from his mother's hand.

"Good! You're here. Your mother and I were just discussing a certain girl." Sirius stated, and evil grin spread across his face.

James raised an eyebrow, halfway done eating a tart. "What girl?" he said, though not sounding convincing. He gave Sirius a look that spelled death.

"Oh, you know the one. There's no need to hide it from your mother. I already to her everything." Sirius replied.

"YOU WHAT! You told her about Lily and I?" James asked, fuming.

"There you go Mrs. Potter. You didn't hear it from me, and I'm sure you know who Lily Evans is." Sirius said, getting up and grabbing the plate of tarts from James's hand. "Good day Mrs. Potter!" he said, before he suddenly disappeared. James vanished right after.

'Boys' Mrs. Potter thought. 'They never learn.' she contemplated, smiling. She was content with herself though. Once again, her mother's instinct hadn't failed her.

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