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A/N: Oh my goodness….it’s been such a long time and I truly apologize for the wait. I saw HP OOTP last night and I was inspired.

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                                             Who will Sirius believe? Sydney or Fancy?
                                              Chapter 22: Subtle Stake-Outs

“Remind me why we’re doing this…” Remus asked as Sirius and James snuck silently against the walls of the corridors.

“Because if it was either Sydney or Sandy, we’d still be doing this.”

The Marauders were at it again, well actually mostly just James who had to check up on Snape and Lily as they did their potion. Remus felt ridiculous in the black muggle clothes that James had given them to wear. Suddenly the statement “they wear them in the stake-out movies” didn’t sound so great.

“Why can’t you just trust Severus?” Remus asked, thinking that it was an appropriate question.

Surprisingly, both Sirius and James turned and looked at him with incredulous looks.

“Even I know you can’t trust Snivellus.” Sirius said with raised eyebrows, “He could possibly be the one who slipped the Amortentia in Lily’s chocolates.”

Finally realizing that there was no way out of this, Remus sighed and followed their lead.

“Wait a minute! How come I have to endure this and Wormtail doesn’t?”

“That’s only because we have no idea where the little git has gone. Honestly, I’ve gotten so use to the idea of him not being around to admire James that the day he does come back, I’m going to curse him into an oblivion.”

“Now why would you do that to my fans?”

“Why do you even need fans?”

“Guys! Shut up!”

Sirius and James stopped bickering and looked over at Remus who put his finger to his lips to quiet them. They had unknowingly walked right up to Slughorn’s dungeon and voices could be heard through the door.

“Yah…great stake out guys,” Remus whispered as he rolled his eyes.

They all gathered outside and tried to listen through the door. Lily’s voice could be heard as she talked to another person in the room.

“No, you’re supposed to stir clockwise twice before adding the root.”

“Sounds like everything is okay,” Sirius said as James clenched his eyes to listen more intently, but then there was silence.

“What do you think they’re doing?” James asked nervously.

“Oh I don’t know, watching the potion?” Remus suggested.

“Severus it’s huge!”

Sirius gasped for air as he let out a chuckle. Remus groaned at his immature liking to sexual innuendo and James just desperately clutched the door hoping to hear something that could vindicate that statement.

“I’m not going to touch it,” she giggled, “You can squeeze it yourself.”

Even Remus had to back away from the door to let his laughter go unheard. More giggles were heard and then Snape’s drawling cold voice could be picked up.

“It wont hurt I promise…just grab it and squeeze.”

James finally gave up and busted through the door. 

“Get away from my girlfriend!”

Once they were in the classroom they could now see what was truly going on. Lily was holding a large eggplant looking vegetable that seemed to have spikes coming from every angle and was squeezing it over their cauldron.

“James? What are you doing?”

His blood was pumping and he was sure his face was turning redder by the second. Snape looked absolutely smug with himself as he stood a couple feet from Lily and was holding the cutting knife.

“Leave it to Potter to jump to conclusions…”

Sirius and Remus held James back as he threateningly took a step toward Snape with his wand in hand.

“Shut up Snivellus.” Sirius practically growled.

Severus’ eyes squinted in his mean glower and he took a glance over at Lily who was staring at James with disdain.

“Goodness, were you eavesdropping?”

James let the guys drop their hold as he held his self-control. She gazed at James and shook her head as he didn’t answer her question. No one except James bothered to run after her as she stormed off angrily.

“Lily!” He cried after her as she rushed through the corridors. Finally she stopped to catch her breath.

“James, just answer me one thing. Do you trust me?”

“But of course I do, it’s just--“

“No…if you trust me then you trust me. No ifs, ands or buts.”

Realizing his mistake, James nodded and took Lily’s hand. Her green eyes were shining with concern, he kissed her forehead and pushed back a red strand of hair.

“I’m sorry Lily flower.”

Smiling, she kissed him back and held him tighter.

“You know, I never really like that name but it’s growing on me.”

Biting his lip as he grinned, he nodded and walked her back to Slughorn’s dungeon.

“So why did you want to create Veritaserum?”

Lily got a grave look on her face and pulled James aside near a suit of armor in a corner. She promised him not to tell anyone else especially Sirius until she was completely sure.

“I think Fancy is lying about her father dying.”

James eyes widened

“Lily that’s a pretty serious accusation.”

“I know but something seems off.”


Sandy and Sydney walked across the grounds talking quietly among themselves. They could hear two other girls talking as well but they were behind a tree gossiping.

“Maybe it’s time I come out with the fact that he isn’t dead.”

Sydney frowned; what kind of conversation was that? She didn’t mean to overhear but that was definitely not a typical girl conversation. Sandy turned to Sydney and seemed to hear the same thing as well.

“I guess I’ll just wait until Sirius dumps that do-gooder.”

Sandy’s jaw dropped and Sydney felt frozen on her spot. It had to be Fancy who was talking. How could she just make up her father dying, just to get a boy? Sydney had to tell Sirius; he had no idea what her plan was.

Rushing off, she hardly even listened to Sandy’s pleas to not do anything rash. It wasn’t until she made it to the Gryffindor common room that she stopped to think. Once inside beyond the portrait, she sat down on the pouf couch and didn’t know what she could possibly say to sound like she wasn’t jealous and trying to get Sirius to turn on Fancy.

She waited until people started coming through the portrait. Sirius and Remus didn’t come until an hour after she had calmed down. Sirius avoided seeing her and seemed torn by the fact that he couldn’t talk to her. Getting up, she reached out to his shoulder and said his name with a sadness in her voice.

“Yes?” he said turning around to face her.

“Sirius…I need to tell you something.”

He nodded and finally he melted his cold exterior. She supposed he thought she was going to apologize, which was far from what she was going to do.

“I overheard a conversation and I think it’s important you know.”

“Okay…go ahead.”

“Fancy is lying. Her father isn’t dead, she made it up to get to you.”

Sirius’ smile faltered and instantly turned into a frown. He took her hand from his shoulder and gawked at her in surprise.

“Sydney…how could you say that? Her father died and you want it to look like she’s trying to steal me?”

“Sirius! Why don’t you see what she’s doing?”

“I don’t believe this…”

Knitting her eyebrows in concern, Sydney backed away from Sirius and shook her head furiously. Why didn’t he believe her? Why couldn’t he understand that Fancy was capable of this horrible feat?

“I can’t talk to you right now…I told Fancy I’d help her with her charms work.”

Not wanting to cry, Sydney spun around and stalked off from the crowd that was gathering around the two of them hoping to see a quarrel. She leaped on her bed in the girl’s dormitory and closed the hangings hoping to muffle out her sobs. She loved Sirius so much, how could he not understand what was going on?

She didn’t want to break off their relationship but what was she supposed to do?

A/N: Okay guys sorry so short and uneventful but I promise it’ll get much better

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