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"There you are!" Lily's voice rang out through the dormitory causing me to wake up. Darn it. I had been asleep, I had been having a dream about -- oh, it doesn't matter! "Where have you been?" My bed sagged as she sat beside me. Obviously she wasn't going to leave without an explanation. "You know, I could give you detention for skipping." she said matter-of-factly. I turned and sat up brushing my hair out of my face. Gosh, it was tangly.

"I, um, I didn't feel good." I muttered crossing my legs so I was sitting indian style.

"No, you told Sirius something." My eyes widened, how did she know? Who ELSE knew? Oh gosh, what if he told all the Marauders, he was bound to have!

"What do you know? How do you know?" She smiled.

"He came into charms looking quite... I don't know... flustered? And he practically yelled across the room to the Marauders something about you. It was hard to understand though. All I heard was 'Gabrielle said.' That's it. Then he got all muffled." I groaned. Great. "You okay?"

I sighed. "I guess I have to be."

"What did you tell him? You don't have to tell me." She added quickly.

"I told him..." Should I tell her? "I told him I liked him..."

"Oh." There we go again with the 'oh's. Way to go, Gabby, make those people speechless! She smiled sympatheticly at me. "You want to come eat dinner?"

"It's that late?!" Wow. Lily nodded. "Sure, might as well. Can't put the toothpaste back in the tube now." She gave me a funny look, then brushed it away. As I walked by the mirror in the bathroom I noticed how bad I looked. "I'll see you there, okay? I need to clean up at bit."

"Okay, but you better come." she said giving me a fake stern look.

"I will." I went into the bathroom and grabbed my hairbrush pulling it through my hair. I let it fall naturally, and then washed my face, and reapplied my make-up.

In the Great Hall I sat alone. I saw Lily, she had smiled, but I still didn't feel close enough to her to sit with her, she had Carrie. I played with my food unable to eat. I had no appetite. Butterflies were having a stinkin' party in my stomach. Darn them.

The Marauders weren't here yet (thankfully), and that just made me more nervous. Just have them come in, get it over with!

I take that back, I take that back! In the came, and, oh help me, they were walking towards me. Sirius stayed near the back not looking up from his shoes, he was looking at them like if he didn't they might run away.

Ack! James just sat next to me. I focused hard on my food. Maybe if I didn't look at them...

"Hey, Gabby." Darn it! I didn't say anything. He cleared his throat, "HEY, GABBY!" he said so loud in my ear it hurt. I shot him a glare.

"HELLO, JAMES!" I said matching his volume and earning some looks.

He smiled, Remus sat on my other side Peter diagonal from me, and Sirius across from me. Just peachy!

"So, what's up?" Remus said. Why were they sitting with me anyway? They never have before, so what's with this? Now, suddenly they wanted to hand with me. I get it, they probably feel sorry for me, I can just hear them saying: 'Oh, poor Gabby, she was so embarrassed let's take pity on her and be her friend.' "Earth to, Gabby!" I hand flew up at down in front of my face.

"Nothing," I mumbled.

"She speaks!" James cried.

"It's a miracle." Remus.

"So... You going to eat that or play with it all day?" Sirius said causing more butterflies to join the party they were having.

"I intend to play with it, thank you very much." I said not looking up.

"Okay, okay."

"So, you trying out for Quidditch?" Remus asked.

"When are the try-outs?" I flicked some of my mashed potatoes onto my chicken.

"Saturday." James piped in. "We need a new Keeper, and you're looking at the team captain!"

"I'm not looking at you..."

"Well, you know what I meant."


"So are you?"

"Am I?"

"Trying out?" Remus clarified.

I shrugged. "I guess so."

"Good!" Said James punching me in the shoulder.

"Well, I got to go." I said getting up.

"Where?" Sirius asked and for the first time I dared to look at him.

"I have homework." I started walking away.

"You don't even know what the homework is!" Sirius called after me.

* * *

Lily gave me the homework, and being a procrastinator I hadn't started until late. And let me tell you, not a good mix when you don't even know what the homework is about. So here I am, staring at a blank sheet of parchment, dozing off in the middle of the night. No one else is even up to ask for help.

"Gabrielle?" I turned quickly startled to see a half asleep Sirius with only pajama pant on. Can you say muscles?

"Sorry, did I wake you?" The butterflies were back and partying.

"No, I... I just couldn't sleep." Looked pretty sleepy to me. He came over and sat down next to me. "Look, are we... are we okay?"

"What do you mean?" I said looking back at me parchment.

"I just... weird thing you told me... earlier." I felt myself blushing.

"Um, yeah, right, that."

"It's just... geez, Gabby, I've known you for like ever-"

"7 years. Not forever."

"-and it was just a surprise, and I have a girlfriend and-"

"You don't need to explain yourself. Look I understand, and I'm sorry I sprang it on you..."

He smiled. "I just wanted you to know that, maybe if I didn't have a girlfriend..." what is he saying? "Just... um..." he cleared his throat. Spit it out! "There's nothing wrong with you... you're pretty, and nice, and smart, and it's just... well... I have a girlfriend, and you have bad timing." I smiled sweetly at him. I'm pretty? He thinks I'm pretty!

"It's okay Sirius. Friends?" I held out my hand for him to shake. And he smiled and took it. My heart sank slightly... the thing was I didn't want to be just friends.

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