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"Oi! Black, get yourself of of bed and haul your butt down her, or so help me I will pull you out of bed myself!" My voice rang through the stairway so loudly I was sure that I had awoken the neighbors. But honestly, everyone else was down here, with the exception of James who I was informed was in the shower (why you have to shower before breakfast, I do not know).

When I heard no shuffling or any sounds noting that he was getting up, I hauled myself up the stairs and down the corridor until I stood in front of his and James' room. Without bothering to knock I threw open the doors and saw Sirius sprawled on the bed, a pillow over his head, snoring away. I rolled my eyes and went over.






I kneeled beside the bed and in my sweetest voice possible I cooed in his ear, "Oh Sir-rius. It's time to get uu-up." He muttered something and nestled the pillow farther on his head. I tried again, "Black, darling, your breakfast is getting co-old."






"5 more minutes." he murmured sleepily. Okay, I was going to have to do this the hard way. Getting up I took a step back, and then launched myself on top of him. "ACK!" he yelled as the weight of me landed on him. So I wasn't that heavy, but I guess you would still be startled. He twisted around and looked at me with startled eyes. "Get off me, Lupin!"




"Make me!" I said sticking my tongue out at him.






"Fine, but you asked for it." He grabbed me by the waist and began lifting me, but I wouldn't give up so easily I wriggled out of his grip and shoved him off me, sticking out my tongue again. He raised and eyebrow and then rolled over so I fell from my perch on his chest to lying on the floor with a yelp.

"Oh, now you're going to get it." I grabbed a pillow and swatted him over the head with it. Jumping off the bed he grabbed his own drooled-on pillow and hit me back. I laughed as we got into a full-fledged pillowfight.

"Geez, don't hurt each other." I spun around and saw James coming out of the bathroom in a towel. If he wasn't like a brother to me I would be impressed by his muscle, but no, I was disgusted that that was all he was wearing.

"Ew James, put some clothes on!" I said wrinkling my nose exaggerating my disgust.

"I intend to once you scurry along. Next time, tell me when you're coming in." he tried sounding annoyed, but his smile gave him away.

"Well how about next time, you wake Sirius up yourself so I don't have to come in here."




"I did wake him up."




"Didn't look like it."

"Oi! Padfoot, don't tell me you fell asleep."

"Fine, then I won't tell you." Sirius replied.

"Just get ready both of you. Breakfast is getting cold." I turned and left but I heard them chorusing after me:

"Yes, 'Mum'." They were such little kids.

Coming back down the stairs I found Remus and Peter talking amongst themselves and I sat down and drifted off into my thoughts...

My name is Gabrielle Lupin; Remus Lupin's cousin. I've known the Marauders the same amount of time as my cousin has. They're like brothers to me, and annoy me like all brothers annoy their sisters, but that's okay I guess. Maybe there's one Marauder I don't view as my brother... there's one who I like in a different way... one I like more then a friend, and his name is...

"See how quickly I can get ready?" His name is Sirius Black, but shh don't tell, please! We have this thing where we pretend to not like each other, and like we find the other annoying to no end. Well at least I pretend, I hope he does too... I think he does.

"Did you shower?" I asked as Sirius and James sat the the table. We were all staying at the Potter's over the summer. Remus and I are more like siblings then cousins, mainly because we live in the same house. My mum and dad aren't home very often because of their jobs so my aunt and uncle take care of me, but now they're away so I have to stay here... with the Marauders. I don't mind that much though, the Potter's are nice people.

Sirius wrinkled his nose at me. "I didn't just so you could smell my wonderful stench." He said fanning his armpits.

"Eww, gross!" I said throwing a part of my muffin at him... which he caught, stupid Quidditch training.

"Where's Mum and Dad?" James asked looking around.

"They already ate." Remus piped up. "So people wake up on time." he threw a pointed look at Sirius.

"What?" he said spraying bits of the bacon that filled his mouth across the table. No I am not insane for liking him, he's not always this barbaric! Seriously, he's not.

We ate our breakfast and the Marauders talked about the beginning of year prank they were going to pull when they got back to school. I couldn't help but feel discluded - ah! but wait, I could be included! For I, Gabrielle Lupin, am going to Hogwarts this year. My fifth year (the Marauder's sixth) was going to be at Hogwarts. I'm not sure why my parents had transferred me, but they had. I felt a something collide with my head.

I looked up and brushed my fingers through my light brown hair searching for the thing that hit me. I found a piece of bacon and saw Sirius snickering.

"Ha ha, very funny Mr. Black." I threw it back at him, but missed. Wonderful. Boy, do I look dumb now, I can't even hit his big old beautiful head. Sigh. No bad, at like your annoyed, Gabby, come on you can do it. I shot a glare at him as he chuckled at my throw. There we go, a good glare. Honestly, I don't know why I like him, he's actually really annoying sometimes and I don't even have to pretend I'm annoyed, but other times he's really sweet...

I was at the Potter's and I sat on the back porch. I was 13 years old and my first ever boyfriend just broke up with me. He didn't even have the guts to do it in person, he had sent and owl with a letter on it saying:

Gabby, it's over. By the way, could I have my jacket back.

Jerk. That's what he was. I kept telling myself that but it still hurt, and I was crying. It was dark out and I heard footsteps behind me, then they sat on the swing next to me.

A strong arm wrapped around my shoulder and pulled me against him, hugging me.

"What's wrong, Gabby?" Sirius' voice was so sweet and I could tell he really was concerned. I kept sobbing. I tried answering him but everytime I opened my mouth another sob erupted. "Shh, it's okay." he ran his hand up and down my arm soothingly, and finally I calmed down a bit.

"John... h-he..." I trailed off sniffling.

I felt his arm stiffen. "What did he do to you, Gabrielle?" His voice sounded harsh and I knew he was thinking too much into this.

"He broke up with me." I whispered softly feeling stupid as soon as it came out. Sirius relaxed and pulled me closer.

"He's not good enough for you, Gabs."

"You didn't even know him."

"Anyone who breaks your heart... isn't good enough." I sniffled again and laid my head against his chest my tears soaked his shirt and I felt bad, but he seemed not to mind.

"Everyone says he's not good enough, but it still hurts." His hand kept running up and down my arm comforting me. We sat in silence, and slowly I felt myself falling asleep in his arms.

That was the night I had realized I liked him. He was there for me, and he had known just what to say. Just remembering it brough a smile to my face...

"You're cleaning the dishes." James voice said, and I looked up.

"No I'm not." I said.

"Yes."

"Nope. I made breakfast, one of you can clean up."

"Rock, paper, scissors." James said holding out a fist.

"Fine. One, two, three, go!" I held out paper, he held out rock. Ah, so predictable.

"Arg! Fine! But you're drying."

"What about those three!" I said gesturing to the Marauders who were goofing off and throwing bits of food at eachother.

"They can help too."

"Help with what?" Sirius said looking up.

"The dishes." I replied.

"Oh, no! I do not do dishes."

"Too good for them, are we?" I said laughing.

"No, but why ruin these beautiful hands with half-eaten filthy food." He joked.

"You're helping!" I said pointing a finger at him.

"Well in that case..."


A/N: So what do you think? I'm not sure yet, but I might make this a short story... hmm... Please read and review! Thanks.

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