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Chapter Eleven: Fall to Pieces

Sirius greeted Amy with another one of his quick kisses before practically throwing his coat at Amy making her feel like a human coat rack. James shook Amy’s hand they hadn’t gotten close enough to hug yet. He winked at Lily who sighed in disgust.

“I have a boyfriend so don’t start, Potter.”

“Yeah I heard about that,” James said taking off his coat and handing it to Amy,” when were you planning on telling me you were off the market?”

“I really didn’t think it was any of your concern.” Lily replied coolly.

“Mom! The rest of my friends are here!” Amy called into the kitchen.

Her mom came running out apparently when Amy was upstairs her mom had changed as well. She was in a light blue dress it wasn’t really Christmas-y but she looked very beautiful.

“Hello, I’m Amy’s mom, Lisa. Don’t bother calling me Mrs. March because
I haven’t been Mrs. March for nearly thirteen years now.” Her mom said jokingly.

“Mom…” Amy said a little wounded. It was hurt her when her mom joked about her father’s abandonment that way. Remus shot her a sympathetic look even though he didn’t know why she was upset.

“Very nice to meet you, Lisa. I’m Sirius Black—Amy’s boyfriend.” Sirius said flashing one of his charming smiles and kissing her on the hand.

“Oh, thank you Sirius,” Amy’s mom blushed causing Amy to roll her eyes,” oh-Sirius—this is the one you—oh Amy I don’t know what you were thinking.”

“I’m James Potter.” James smiled his wasn’t as dazzling as Sirius’ but her mom was still flattered.

“And I’m the annoying little sister.” Katie called teasingly from the stairs.

Sirius’ jaw dropped. The girl on the stairs was certainly a knockout. She looked nothing like Amy he couldn’t even see how they were related. Her sister with sleek blonde hair, sharp features and glowing green eyes while Amy had brown hair and blue eyes.

“Is it just me or did her skirt--”

“Yeah it’s shorter.” Amy finished for Lily in a bitter tone.

“Hi,” Katie said waltzing down the stairs shaking her blonde hair,” I’m Katie.”

Hello Katie.” Sirius said seductively. Katie laughed her artificial laugh before tossing her hair once more. Something about that certain habit always drove boys crazy.

“Amy, how did you get such a hot boyfriend?” Katie asked eyes still locked on Sirius.

“Oh for the love of God.” Amy sighed rolling her eyes.

“Thank you, Katie you’re not bad looking yourself.” Sirius smiled.

A devilish grin played on Katie’s lips. Amy knew that one very well. Katie was relishing in the power she held over the male sex.

“You never told me your sister was so bloody gorgeous.” Sirius whispered in Amy’s ear as they walked into the dining room.

“She’s fourteen and a complete moron—what’s to tell?” Amy retorted sourly.

“You’re mum is quite the knockout as well.” Sirius continued as if Amy had never said anything.

The familiar tune of Mrs. Robinson began to play in Amy’s head after his statement.

“This isn’t The Graduate you know.” She spat.

“The what?” Sirius asked confused.

“It’s a movie where the girl’s boyfriend is seduced by her mother and they sleep together.” Amy explained.

The look on Sirius’ face told her that he didn’t think that was such a bad idea.

“You—are—disgusting!” Amy spat before sitting down in her chair.

Dinner was a rather quiet affair. The whole time Sirius’ eyes darted over to Katie who was grinning making Amy sick to her stomach but the apologetic looks from both Remus and Lily made her feel better.
Afterwards Amy put on one of the Christmas records before going through the kitchen door to check on the sugar cookies her mom had made. To her delight Remus slipped in quickly after her.

“I can’t believe Sirius. He’s such an ass.” Amy said taking the oven mitts and putting them on her hands.

“I don’t want to say I told you so.” Remus sighed unhappily.

“Thank you.” Amy smiled gratefully.

Amy bent down and pulled the cookie sheet out of the oven and set it on the counter.

“Wanna help me put the icing on?” She asked.

“Sure.” He shrugged.

After they had cooled off she handed him one of the tubes filled with green icing while she had the red one.
They had iced a full row when Amy picked one of them up and licked the icing.

“It tastes a little weird.” She stated.

“Oh really?” Remus asked interested.

But before he could grab the cookie Amy shoved it in his face making the icing smear all over.

“Thank you for that.” Remus said blinking still a little shocked from getting a cookie pushed into his face.

Amy giggled happily.

“Here I’ll fix it.” Amy kissed the parts of his face where the icing was. But before she could get it all he pushed his face against hers getting some on her. Amy roared with laughter as Remus pinned her against the counter and kissed her deeply on the lips. Little did they know that Katie had just witnessed the whole scene through the window in the kitchen door.

“Very nice, Mr. Lupin.” Amy said breaking the kiss.

“I’m a fast learner.” He grinned.

Amy felt her face making sure all the icing was gone and made her way for the door but Remus caught her hand.

“You’re not getting away that easily.”

Amy spun around with one arched eyebrow.

“And what exactly are you going to do?” She asked in a very sensual tone that made him a little nervous. Katie may have been able to control the rest of the male sex but Amy had power over this one and that was enough.

“I…uh…”

Her lips hovered over his making it impossible for Remus to form a full sentence.

“That’s what I thought.” Amy smiled feeling him let go of her hand.

The rest of the party seemed uneventful compared to what happened in the kitchen. Sirius and James left around nine… well James tried to leave and ended up dragging Sirius away from Katie. Amy convinced her mom into letting Lily sleepover after Lily called her mom and got it okayed. Lily helped Amy’s mom clean up letting Amy and Remus have a private goodbye on the doorstep.

“It’s cold.” Remus said rubbing his hands together.

“Yeah it is.” Amy sighed folding her arms across her chest.

“I wish it would snow.” She said looking up at the sky.

“Maybe we won’t have a white Christmas this year.” Remus added.
She smiled at him before becoming very interested in her feet. He let out a laugh as another awkward silence fell between them.

“I don’t want you to go.” Amy mumbled but it was loud enough that Remus heard her.

“I’ll come and see you on the twenty sixth. How does that sound?”

Her ocean blue eyes instantly lit up and a large smile grew on her lips.

“That’d be great! Oh God—I’m so clingy aren’t I?” She laughed.

“I thought I was gonna be the clingy one and totally blow it but since you’re the clingy one it’s fine.” Remus smiled.

“You know by saying that I’m the clingy one you basically just blew it.” Amy smirked with raised eyebrows.

“Crap! I was doing so well with the kissing and the letter. I was so in. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.” Remus grumbled hitting his head on the side of house.

Amy was laughing so hard she had to put her hands over her mouth.

“It’s okay. You’re definitely still in.” Amy told him placing her hand on his shoulder.

“Really?”

“Yeah.”

Amy leaned in and kissed him softly.

“You probably should go. Don’t want to worry your parents.” Amy sighed.

Remus simply nodded but didn’t pull away from her.

“I’ll see you soon.” He whispered kissing her lightly on the cheek.

“Bye.” Amy called blowing Remus a kiss as he began walking.

He “caught” it and winked at her before disappearing into the dark street. Amy leaned up against the front door and let out a dreamy sigh.
After everything was cleaned up Amy’s mom went to bed. Lily and Amy took out sleeping bags and spread them out on the living room floor. Before going to bed Katie gave Amy an interesting look and when she asked what it meant Katie simply said “Oh, nothing.”

Lily spent at least an hour bombarding Amy with more questions about Remus until Amy finally asked about her love life.

“Oh, well Austin’s with his family for Christmas. But I’ll see him when we get back. He’s so wonderful, Amy you have no idea.” Lily swooned.

“He better be. If he’s not… there will be hell to pay.” Amy replied.

“Thank you, Amy.” Lily smiled leaning on Amy.

“So when are you gonna see Remus again? Hmm?” Lily asked in a flirtatious tone. Her green eyes glittered mischievously.

“The twenty sixth—you never stop do you! Oh crap—the casserole dish is still here.” Amy sighed exasperated.

“Well where does he live?” Lily asked quickly. Amy could tell she was rapidly racking her brilliant brain for a solution.

All of the sudden realization came crashing down on her.

“Oh…my God.”

Lily moved closer to her concerned.

“It was him! Oh my God—it was Remus!”

“Remus was what?”

“The week I arrived here I went for a walk and I saw this boy on his bike. Well not really it was so dark. The whole time we talked I was trying to place him. It was Remus! I wonder if he knows that.” Amy explained in a very excited whisper.

“Oh! That is so romantic! And that’s perfect!” Lily was almost as excited as Amy was. But Amy continued to look at Lily like she was an insane person.

“What’s perfect?”

“You can give him back the dish tomorrow and maybe even meet his parents.” Lily stated very pleased with herself.

“I don’t know if I wanna meet his parents.” Amy admitted nervously.

“Why? He met your mum.”

“Yeah but I don’t know.”

Amy threw her head into the pillow.

“They’ll love you—trust me. You’re extremely lovable.” Lily told her
nudging her in the back.

“Thank you. You’re very lovable too, Lily.” Amy replied facing her best friend once more.

“Oh, I know.” Lily grinned.

Before Amy could swat Lily in the arm with the pillow her mom called down from the stairs telling them to go to bed. Lily left the next day around noon. Thankfully Amy’s mom noticed that Remus’ dish was still there so Amy didn’t have to bring it up. It took Amy forever to get to his house even though it was only a few blocks away. Every time she got a little farther she would stop and get nervous. Finally Amy reached her destination and rang the doorbell.

“Remus, get the door will you!” His mother called from the kitchen.

“Yes, Mum.” He said walking to the door. When he opened it Amy was standing on his doorstep smiling at him casserole dish in hand.

“You forgot this.” Amy said stating her reason for being there.

“Oh, right—thanks.” Remus said still trying to process the sight in front of him.

“Who is it, dear?” His mother asked appearing at his side. Mrs. Lupin was a thin woman of medium height with sharp but kind brown eyes—Remus’ eyes—and a warm smile. She stood next to her son waiting for answer hand on her hip.

“Uh…Mum this is Amy March—I forgot the dish at her house last night.” Remus explained nervous from the way his mother was looking at him.

“Well don’t let her stand out there in the cold. Let her in. Where did your manners go?” Mrs. Lupin chided her son.

Amy giggled and Remus glared at her making her smile grow wider.

“I’m Eloise Lupin—Remus’ mother. It’s very nice to meet you, Amy. It’s amazing what your mother is doing for the women in this country.” She said shaking Amy’s hand.
Amy blushed she loved it when her mother’s work was appreciated.

“Oh, she’s happy to do it.” Amy smiled.

“Aw, isn’t that lovely. I was about to put on a pot of tea, would you like some Amy?” Mrs. Lupin asked keeping a warm motherly tone something Amy’s mom never mastered.

“That’d be great. Thank you, it’s freezing out there.” Amy said conversationally.

“So Remus has told me a lot about you. Apparently you gave James and Sirius a bit of a fight at the beginning of the year.”

Amy grinned into her cup of tea almost reminiscently.

“Yeah, I did. Sirius isn’t exactly a feminist’s dream.”
Mrs. Lupin found that comment to be very funny because she laughed so hard Remus turned red.

“Well it was very nice meeting you, Amy. Now I have to get the laundry started and dinner on the stove. You’re welcome to stay for dinner if you’d like.” Mrs. Lupin smiled getting up from her seat at the kitchen
table. Amy was a little taken aback by her kindness. She was the perfect storybook mother.

“That would be wonderful. I just have to let my mom know.”

“Oh of course, dear. The phone is over there.”
She pointed to the yellow phone hanging on the wall. Amy got up from her chair and walked over to the phone. The conversation was very brief apparently her mother was planning this big protest in front of Hansen & Colbert and the party had set her back a day leaving her little time to talk.

“She says it’s fine.” Amy said in a monotone voice. Remus could tell she was very hurt by something.

“That’s wonderful. While I’m cooking-- Remus why don’t you show her the rest of the house?” Mrs. Lupin suggested.

“Okay.” Remus said getting up from the table.

The tour went from the kitchen to the living room since the rooms were connected. It wasn’t as large as Amy’s living room but it had a sense of family that Amy’s didn’t. Once they walked up the stairs Remus asked her a question that had been lingering in his mind since her mother’s comment about not being “Mrs. March”.

“Amy…,” He began slowly unsure of where it would lead,” where’s your father?”

Heaving a deep sigh Amy sat on the top stair pulling her knees into her chest. When he sat next to her she began to speak.

“I don’t know.” She stated half laughing bitterly. Amy had never really talked about this. Whenever she brought it up to her mother she would make a little joke about how much better off they were and left it at that.

His brow furrowed as he looked at her but he kept silent.

“H-He left when I was three and he and my mom got divorced when I was four.”

Amy’s features hardened in thought as if she was really trying to concentrate on what she would say next.

“It’s weird…it was right after Katie was born. I remember sitting in the waiting room with him. We played our favorite game—airplane. I-I would jump on his back and he’d stretch his arms out like they were wings. It was so much fun.”

A weak smile formed on her lips as she relived the memory in her head. Remus decided not to say anything hoping she would continue.

“But—then something happened. The night my mom came home from the hospital they started yelling at each other. They never really fought from what I can remember. It scared me so I hid in Katie’s room where she started to cry since it was so loud. All of the sudden I heard my dad run up the stairs and back down really fast I heard the front door slam and I ran after him. He was halfway down the street almost to his car by the time I got outside. I was kinda a slow three year old...”

She laughed a little at her last statement trying to hide the pain that rose up into her chest. Her throat tightened and her eyes glistened she swallowed hard before continuing. Even though it was almost thirteen years ago it hurt like it was yesterday.

“I remember calling after him but he didn’t turn around. I asked him where he was going…he didn’t even look at me. He just got in the car and drove off. My mom came outside and brought me back into the house. I asked her where he went and she said “He’s gone.” She wasn’t even crying it was like something in her died. She was so bitter. I had never heard her talk that sharply. We moved out of our house to my grandparents’ in South Carolina. His parents were so ashamed about what he had done they offered us a place to stay since my mom couldn’t pay for the mortgage on her waitress salary.”

Amy’s face felt hot as the tears streaked down her face. She couldn’t keep this in any longer her heart told her. She had to tell someone.

“I remember staying there until the divorce was finalized. It was pretty quick considering he didn’t want anything to do with us. He was supposed to pay child support but my mom said she didn’t want his money. Then we went back to Chicago and my mom started her feminist movement. I…never got to say goodbye…it was like he disappeared off the face of the earth. He was just…gone.”

Amy closed her eyes and the tears silently kept on to rolling down her cheeks. Her lips trembled as she continued to speak. She felt Remus’ hand grip her shoulder.

“When I got older began to wonder what I’d done wrong. Maybe I wasn’t a good child—maybe there was something I said---I prayed to God saying I’d be a better child—I’d do anything just as long as he came back. But it was too late. He was never coming back.”
Her head fell on her knees as her body shook with great sobs. Remus pulled her onto his lap letting her bury her face into his chest. Gently he kissed her hair and rubbed her back knowing there was nothing he could say. He could only let her know he was there and he wasn’t going to leave. Once again Amy felt comfort in his arms. Slowly Amy lifted her head and looked into his eyes. His hand rose up to her face and wiped the tears off her face.

“C’mon let’s get you cleaned up.” Remus offered taking her hand in his and pulling her to her feet.

He led her to the bathroom where she wiped off the black tracks her mascara had made and tried her best to make it look like she hadn’t been crying.

“Is that your room?” She asked pointing to the door at the end of the hall.

Remus simply nodded a bit of his light brown hair fell into his eyes as he did so. Amy reached up and pushed it back. Her hand rested on his cheek as she placed a simple kiss on his lips.

“So…can I see it? Your room, I mean.” Amy asked excitedly as she broke the kiss.

“Amy I don’t know if that’s a good idea.” He answered nervously.

“Why? C’mon. Show me.” She pleaded with a wicked grin.
“Amy…” Remus sighed heavily.

“Remus…” She repeated mocking him.

“It’s just--”

“I promise…I won’t take advantage of you. Just show me.” Amy smiled tugging on his hand.

She heard him mutter “I’m not so sure” letting her know she had won.
Reluctantly Remus opened his door letting her walk inside the room. It was a small room but had great character. There was a petite desk in front of two windows. On the wall there was a tall bookcase that looked as if it would topple over any minute with all the books weighing it down. As Amy made her way through the room she stepped on some of his clothes that were scattered on the floor covering the carpet.

“You’re not very neat.” She observed with a teasing tone.

Remus just shrugged at a loss for words.

All of the sudden the room was filled with deep aggressive squawking and Amy’s eyes wandered over to a cage on a small nightstand. Inside it was a very large owl with dark brown feathers with streaked pattern of snowy white. Its underside was the complete opposite white with bits of brown. It had two very round heavy lidded black eyes with a penetrating stare accompanied by a sharp yellow beak. It was a rather intimidating sight.

“Oh, sorry. This is Zeus—he is determined attention seeker.” Remus explained with a slightly apologetic look on his face.

Amy approached the cage cautiously. It was such a dramatic change from Calypso.

“He’s beautiful but kinda scary. Can-Can I touch him?” Amy asked nervously.

“Of course he’s trying to show off. He was rather impressed by your owl…uh…” Remus trailed off unsure of her owl’s name. Amy smiled gently slipping her forefinger through the cage’s bars letting Zeus rub up against it affectionately.

“Calypso. Yeah she’s quite the looker isn’t she?” Amy answered still playing with his owl.

“He definitely likes you.” Remus said softly.

“Does he now?” Amy laughed pulling her finger out of the bird’s cage.

She turned her head to find Remus right next to her. Slowly she leaned in to kiss him. His breathing became staggered as her lips approached his.

“Remus! Amy! Dinner’s ready!” His mother’s voice called up from the stairs.

“Bad timing, huh?” Amy asked cocking her head to one side.

“The worst.” He smiled weakly.

Both a little disappointed inside the teenagers made their way to the door and down the stairs into the kitchen.

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