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Remus Lupin’s POV: 

“Do you think one of us should go and check that Lily hasn’t murdered Shaylee?” Sirius asked no one in particular. 

“I will! Though I’m sure we will find Shaylee in perfect health, in case you were worried Remus. We sure wouldn’t want you to worry that you don’t have someone to snog anymore!” James joked and before I could even begin to glare at him, he was out the door.

Sirius laughed but stopped when he saw my glaring, red face. 

“Ahh Moony. Don’t be mad. It’s only harmless teasing,” Sirius said as if that closed the matter and that I should no longer be mad. 

I just sighed and picked up the book I was currently reading.

After a short few minutes, James came stumbling into the compartment. No, he had not found a bottle of firewiskey and was now off his arse drunk. (It happened in fifth year, so I understand why you may have thought that). 

He came stumbling in because he was laughing so much. 

I had a bad feeling this had to do with the ‘The Accident’. 

“What’s so funny Prongs?” I asked, even though I’m not sure I want to know.
All James could gasp out was “Lily...Shaylee... AHAHAHA!” 

Sirius looked to me with raised eyebrows, almost like he expects me to have understood one word James has just said. 

“James, mate, shut up,” Sirius said after James continued to laugh. 

“Okay, okay. I’m good,” he finally managed to control his laughter. 

Our compartment has finally started to settle down. And by that I mean James is no longer laughing like a crazy person. 

Now they are just planning our start of year prank. No doubt it will be on the Slytherins. They never seem to tire of an angry mob of Slytherins, who last year all had bright green hair and missing eyebrows, chasing after us through the corridors. 

“Remus! You can do the Orchideous spell right?” James asks me suddenly. 

“Erm... sure, but why do you want to conjure a bunch of flowers?” I asked, confused as to how this is going to aid us in our first prank. I know Slytherins aren’t the biggest fans of flowers but I don’t see how that’s going to upset them. 

James opened his mouth to say something but Sirius beat him to it. 

“Wormtail has finally decided to announce his love for ‘Acne Amy’ from Slytherin! James and I are helping him. We all know from Herbology last year, how much Amy loves flowers!” Sirius said with such a straight face that I almost believed him. I would have believed him if it wasn’t for the horrified look on Peters face. 

“WHAT?!” Pete yelled in confusion. “What are you talking about?! I never said such thing! I thought we were planning on ---” but James cut him off, having caught onto Sirius’ joke. 

“Oh come on Pete! It’s okay. You’re amongst friends,” James said kindly while, what I assume is meant to be an encouraging smile but was more of I’m-trying-my-hardest-not-to-laugh-my-head-off kind of smile. 

“Remember, there are no secrets with the Marauders,” Sirius reminded Pete, who was now sitting there looking completely confused. 

I really do feel sorry for him sometimes. James and Sirius know he’s an easy target. It’s all in good fun of course. But sometimes they forget to tell him that they were only joking. 

Like that one time we were out on the grounds and sitting under one of the shady trees. Sirius and James managed to convince Peter that flesh eating flobberworms were known to fall from the trees at any time and that they went for short people in particular. 

Ever since Pete now glares up at every tree, almost like he is trying to intimidate the non-existent, flesh eating flobberworms. 

Sighing, but slightly smiling from the memory, I put Peter out of his misery. 

“They're only kidding Pete. They are just being idiots,” I said while shaking my head at them with mock disappointment. 

“Moony! Why do you always have to ruin our fun?” James pouted while Sirius looked at me with fake sad eyes. 

“You guys are id-” I had laughed and had begun to say but James stopped me when he gasped. 

“What’s up James? Have you just figured out that you fancy Amy to?” Sirius asked, looking slightly worried. 

“SHHHH!” James hushed Sirius. 

“Oi! Don’t you shu-” Sirius had begun to tell James but he merely did it again. He quickly got up and went to the compartment door. He slowly slid the door open and stuck his head out. The rest of us just looked on curiously. After a minute or so, James popped his head back into the compartment and shut the door, looking disappointed.

“I thought I saw Lily walk past but it wasn’t her,” James explained before anyone could ask. We all just rolled our eyes. Trust James to shut us all up just so he could perve on Lily.

We decided to play a game of exploding snap and before we knew it, the conductor’s voice was announcing, “The Hogwarts Express will be arriving at Hogsmeade station in five minutes.” 

We all made a move to change into our robes except for James. He had been distracted ever since he thought he saw Lily walk past. He had almost lost his eyebrows when he was too slow to react to the exploding pile of cards. Now he was just sitting, gazing out the window.

Sirius just sighed before throwing his wand at James’ head. It managed to hit him on the cheek causing a big red mark to instantly appear. 

The hit to the face made James jolt and look around wildly. 

“Hey! What’d you do that for?” he asked Sirius, who was grinning innocently. 

Sirius tried to look as innocent as possible before saying, “Whatever do you mean?” 

“You just threw your wand at me!” James said back to Sirius, brandishing Sirius’ wand around. 

“James! I am appalled that you would think that I would do such a thing. Me, throw something at you? Never! I thought you knew me better than that!” Sirius said sadly and shook his head in disappointment. 

“Oh so your wand just magically flew out of your hands, came directly towards me and hit me in the face, all by a complete accident?” James asked, his voice dripping with sarcasm. 

“Well, yeah,” Sirius said with a complete look of innocence on his face. I think James actually started to believe him before I said, 

“Nice shot!” with an impressed nod. 

“Why thank you. I’ve been practicing over the summer,” Sirius said, having not yet realised that he had just admitted to hitting James. 

James just glared at Sirius and promised to get him later. 

“What were you thinking about anyway? You had a stupid grin on your face and everything,” Wormtail asked James who was now engaged in a staring contest with Sirius.
While continuing with his staring at Sirius, he grinned and said, “Lily of course! I think this is the year she falls madly in love with me!” 

“You what?” Sirius asked, his eyes watering. 

“It is, trust me. I can just feel it,” James said with a dreamy sigh. 

“Are you sure you’re not delusional?” I asked. I mean this is Lily we are talking about. She once used such a powerful Jelly-Legs jinx on James that he couldn’t walk properly for days.

“I am not delusional! I just know okay!” James said defensively. 

“Okay, okay. Whatever you say,” Sirius said, still not giving up the staring contest. I'm sure he’s about to blink at any moment.

“I just have to figure out how to make it happen. I know I tried that love potion in third year but do you think one would work now?” James asked thoughtfully.

“What?!” Sirius, Peter and I all asked at the same time. James really is delusional. I hadn’t even known he used a love potion in third year.

“Oh, um, nothing!” James said quickly. He was still looking strong on the staring contest front. 

“Mate, you are mental,” Sirius said, while struggling with trying not to blink. 

“Oh shut up Sirius. I’m getting desperate okay!” James said while glaring at Sirius. “This is our last year at Hogwarts! The time is now of never!”

He has proven to be rather good at not blinking. Hmm, I wonder if he has been practicing not blinking while Sirius was practicing throwing things at his face? 

“If you say so,” I heard Sirius mutter. 

I decided to say something before James and Sirius could start arguing. 

“Okay then, why are you still here? If you really do want Lily to like you, and you think time is running out, I’d have thought you would have went running out of here to kidnap her or something as equally ridiculous. Which you would think was a good idea,” I said and smirked at him. I was enjoying teasing James, while watching Sirius with his eyes now scrunched up, but not closed, in a last attempt not to blink. 

“Because,” James said as if what he was about to say was meant to be completely obvious and he couldn’t believe I didn’t know, “I have a plan!”

And with that, Sirius, Peter and I all groaned and rolled our eyes, which caused Sirius to lose the staring contest.

Shaylee’s POV: 

“What about that one?” Lily asks, pointing towards a carriage with two people already getting into it. 

“Nuh uh,” I say, shaking my head and searching for another carriage. 

“And why not? That is the third one you have turned down. What’s wrong with them?” Lily asked, frowning now. 

“Okay. The first one had Alan Stapples in it. Now I have no problem with him, he’s a lovely boy and all, it’s just his gas problem that I have a dilemma with,” I say while craning my neck to see over the crowd. 

“The second one was filled with snooty Hufflepuffs. I’m sure those Hufflepuffs have hidden dark sides. They all can’t be rays of sunshine right? I’m positive that one once hissed at me after we beat them at quidditch. I was rather scared for my life,” I continued on before looking around at Lily when she said, 

“I don’t know what you are talking about. The Hufflepuffs have always been nice to me”  

“Mmm,” I say, not exactly paying attention. Is the platform always this crowded? 

“Okay, so what was wrong with that one then?” Lily asked while pointing over at the carriage she had just suggested. 

“Slytherines. Need I say more?” I asked with a raised eyebrow. 

Lily didn’t say anything but I saw her shake her head and roll her eyes. 

Hmm, I’d better find us a compartment quickly before she gets annoyed at me. But which one? 

No, no, no, no, maybe... oh wait, no. 

Are there no decent carriages these days?! Oh wait, there’s one. 

“Quick Lily, over here!” I grabbed onto Lily’s wrist and pulled her over to a waiting, empty, carriage. 

“Are you sure that there is nothing wrong with this one?” Lily asked me, obviously sarcastic. 

“Well... it could do with a better paint job...” I began to say but soon saw Lily’s face, “Kidding! Kidding...” 

“Just get in you big complainer!” Lily said while pushing me into the carriage. She hopped up in after me. 

Just as I was about to swing the door shut, I heard someone calling out to us. 

“Wait! Don’t close the door!” 

“Who is that?” I asked Lily, squinting into the darkness. 

“I’m not actually sure... but whoever it is, is extremely loud. They have to be at least 20 meters away,” Lily replied, also squinting. Geez, we both need to get our eyes checked. 

“Come on Wormtail! You can run faster than that! Pick up those legs boy!” another voice shouted, closer this time. 

Wait. Wormtail? 

Did I hear that correctly? Wait, what does Wormtail mean anyways? 

“Shut... up... Prongs...”, someone huffed, sounding extremely out of breath. 

Lily and I looked at each other at the same time, both having figured out who it was running towards our carriage. 

“The Marauders,” we both said at the same time before scrambling to shut the door. 

“Oh Merlin Lily! I can’t face them yet! Hell, I can’t face them ever!” I murmured to Lily who was looking at me with sympathy. 

“Oi! They closed the door on us!” I heard someone, who I now recognized as Sirius’ voice, say. They sounded like they were really close. 

“Hurry up and move you stupid carriage!” I shouted at the carriage. It didn’t seem to have heard me.

Stupid carriage. 

“Yelling isn’t going to help anything, we need to think about this...” Lily said in a calm voice. 

“Thinking is not going to help us Lily! We need to---” but I was cut off by, 

“Hello ladies!” 

Stupid James Potter. 

Lily and I both screamed in fright. We hadn’t even noticed that the door had been opened. 

Before either of us could say anything, James and Sirius had already climbed into the carriage, James squashing in between Lily and I and Sirius sitting on the seats opposite us. Next climbed in a breathless Peter. His face was red and he was gasping in air while mumbling darkly to himself. He slumped down in the seat next to Sirius. 

And lastly, the boy who I was praying I would never have to see again, which was ridiculous of course, climbed into the carriage before shutting the door behind him. 

Remus sat on the last remaining seat next to Sirius. He took a quick glance at me before looking away quickly. 

My face feels like it is going to melt off! It is burning in embarrassment. I still can’t believe I said that! 

The carriage gave a slight jolt as it started moving up towards the castle. I’m feeling incredibly awkward at the moment. Remus looks just about as awkward as I am. Sirius is trying to get Peter’s breathing back to normal by whacking him on the back. I for some reason don’t think that is working very well. And James is just looking at Lily, not saying anything. 

He is a rather odd boy isn’t he? 

Lily was too just looking at James with an odd look on her face. When Sirius gave Peter a rather loud whack on the back, Lily seemed to shake her head slightly, as if ridding herself of a daze and coughed to clear her throat. James continued to look at her. 

“What are you looking at Potter?” Lily asked in an annoyed voice that didn’t sound that annoyed. 

“Huh? What? Oh sorry,” James said before looking away. 

Lily speaking had caught the attention of the other three boys and we were all now looking at James and Lily who both seemed to be blushing. 

“What?” James and Lily both asked at the same time. 

This caused Sirius and Remus to smirk. 

James just rolled his eyes before looking at me. 

“Why hello Shaylee,” he said, a sly grin on his face. 

Oh God. What does he want? It’s going to be something bad. Something embarrassing I am willing to bet 10 galleons. 

“Err... hi?” I say timidly. Please don’t mention the accident. Please don’t mention the accident. Please don’t mention the accident. I prayed silently to myself. 

“I was just wondering, what you were dreaming about when you, er, fell asleep on the train?” 

I hate you James Potter. 

“I... er... um I was...” I stuttered, trying desperately to think. 

Sirius, Remus and Peter were all looking at me with curiosity. 


“A party,” Lily said matter of factly. 

“A party?” Sirius asked, confused. He wasn’t the only one confused. 

A what? Party? I don’t remember dreaming about a party. 

I looked at Lily confused, as did everyone else. 

“Yes, a party. When I was helping Shaylee with her nose bleed, she told me about her dream. It was an early graduation party wasn’t it Shaylee?” Lily asked me causing everyone else to look at me. 

What in the name of Dumbledore’s blooming knickers is she talking about? 

“Uhh... Yeah! Because you know how it is our last year and all. So when I passed out from the... uh... thought of this being our last year... I had a dream... about a party,” I said, hopping I sounded at least a little bit convincing. “I get over excited easily.”

“So you had a dream about having a party? And Remus was there?” Sirius asked, still sounding slightly confused and a bit disappointed. 

“Well, yes Remus was in it. And so were Lily and James and you and Peter and that really annoying Ravenclaw girl... oh wait. Isn’t she your girlfriend?” I asked Sirius before shaking my head dismissively, “Who cares. Basically every other seventh year was there. Like Lily said, it was a graduation party!” 

“Oh. Well then, that’s completely different from what I was thinking. That’s not nearly as good as I thought it would be,” Sirius said, sounding kind of disappointed. He looked like he was going to say something else when he paused. Suddenly, a sly grin spread across his face. 

“Hey Shaylee, didn’t you say, ‘I thought I told you to wait in my room’? What were you and Remus doing in your room?” Sirius asked with a new curiosity in his eyes. 

Oh crap. I hate you to Sirius Black. 

Everyone is looking at me now. What do they want from me?! 

Stupid Sirius and his stupid questions. 

Think think think! Brain, why do you never work when I want you to?! 

“I have a big room? Yeah! I have a big room so that’s where the party was. In my big, big room,” Does that make sense? 

“Oh,” Sirius said before sighing. 

They believed me! I can’t believe it! Huzzah! I would do a victory dance but I don’t think that this is the time. I shot Lily a thankful smile and she smiled back. It felt really good to have a friend right now.

When we get to our dormitory, I swear I will give Lily the biggest hug in the world! And let her borrow my clothes whenever she wants! And let her have the bathroom before me! Wait, well maybe I’ll let her go second... I’ve seen how long she takes in there! 

As the carriage bumped its way towards the castle we all made small talk. It mostly consisted of James and Sirius joking with each other. Watching them, I started to realise who I'm sharing a compartment with. I wonder how many girls would actually kill me to be sitting where I am right now. 

Oh Merlin, now I’m getting paranoid that there is going to be a crazed girl waiting for our carriage to arrive at the castle, wielding her wand at me. 

Just as I think this, our carriage does pull up to the castle. I was only kidding before but now I'm not so sure... now I know I’m a Gryffindor and I’m meant to be brave, and I like to think I am, it’s just... have you seen those fan girls when they are angry?! If it was between fighting a dementor and a fan girl... well I choose the dementor, hands down. 

“Erm... you can go first Peter,” I say, laughing nervously and practically pushing Peter out of the carriage. 

Well, Peter hasn’t been attacked. That’s a good sign. Maybe I’ll just let James and Remus get out first... 

Okay, they haven’t been attacked either. I should be safe... right? 

I step hesitantly out of the carriage and glance around. Hurray! No crazed gi--- 

“ARGH!” I scream out of shock and fear for my life. Just when I thought I was safe, a crazed looking girl leaps out at me and flings her arms around my neck. 

“Oh my God Sirius! I haven’t seen you in like forever!” squealed the girl who was still clinging around my neck, cutting off my air supply. 

She is trying to strangle me! Get her off me! Wait, did she say Sirius? 

“I am not Sirius!” I wheeze out, “I can’t breathe... help?!” I ask to anyone who can understand me. 

“Emma?” Sirius asks as he steps last out of the carriage. How odd it must look for him to see his annoying girlfriend clinging around my neck like she’s in love with me, and me standing there struggling to breathe. 

Oh I don’t care how it looks! I just want her to let go! 

Just when I think I'm about to pass out for the second time today, ‘Emma’ finally let’s go of me. 

I gasp for air. I am free! Oh the world has never looked so beautiful! I’m so happy to be alive!

Emma looks at me in confusion before her looks turns to disgust. 

“Oh my God! Ew! I cannot believe I just hugged you! Where’s Sirius?!” she demanded to know. 

“Oh it’s okay, you don’t need to apologise. You almost made me suffocate but it’s all good!” I muttered darkly to myself as I walked to stand next to Lily. 

She looked at me with concern as I continued to mutter to myself. 

“Erm... Shaylee? Are you okay?” she asked me. 

“Sure, sure. I’m fine. Stupid clinging psycho girl,” I muttered the last bit to myself. 

James, Remus and Peter were just getting over their laughing fit they were just having over Emma nearly killing me, and were now walking towards us with amused smirks on their faces. 

Stupid boys. 

When they got to us, James went to say something when we heard, 


Oh Merlin! She strikes again! 

Well, at least this time she has the right person... I think. It’s rather hard to see the poor person being suffocated. 

This starts James, Peter and Remus off again and Lily and I can’t help joining them. It does look rather funny. 

Oh God. It’s not funny anymore. It looks like Emma is trying to eat Sirius’ face. It’s rather nauseating now. Poor chap; imagine what it must be like for him. 

“Err, let’s leave them to it shall we?” James asked before walking up the stone steps and into the Entrance Hall that was crowded with students. 

It was amazing! As soon as we were in the Entrance Hall, people moved aside for Lily, Remus, James and Peter! 

The walk that should have been a struggle to even get near the Great Hall doors was as easy as walking in an empty street. 

It seems that Lily’s new Head Girl status and James, Remus and Peter being a part of the most exclusive and popular group at Hogwarts, caused people to step aside for them. 

I felt very out of place next to them. It was like they were celebrities and I was just normal person tagging along. 

The other students seemed to agree that I was not worthy. As soon as Remus, who was walking just in front of me, (I know, I can’t believe it either), passed them, they would all bunch back up together and block my path. 

I sighed and called out to Lily over the heads of several students who were now standing between us. 

“Lily!” I shouted to get her attention. She looked around behind her and it took her a moment to find me in the crowd. “I’ll catch you up inside okay? It may take me a while to fight my way through this!” I said while being jostled around by impatient students. 

Lily went to walk towards me but someone who I couldn’t see called out and beckoned for her. She mouthed ‘sorry’ before hurrying over to Professor Flitwick, who I managed to see was the one that was calling her. 

“Tough crowd?” someone asked from behind me, nearly giving me a heart attack. 

I spun around quickly and found Sirius standing, Emma free, smirking at me. 

I laughed and said, “Just a tad. Apparently, I’m not celebrity material,” just as I said that, a sixth year Hufflepuff barged her shoulder into me sharply. 

“OI!” Sirius and I yelled at her at the same time. The girl looked back at us and smiled kindly at Sirius. When she looked at me, she glared and I could have sworn she growled. 

I told Lily about those Hufflepuffs! Evil I tell you! 

I muttered darkly to myself as I rubbed my shoulder. 

“You okay?” Sirius asked me. Who knew Sirius could be caring. 

“Yeah I’m fine. I tell you, those Hufflepuffs...” I trailed off, shaking my head. 

Sirius laughed and nodded. “I know what you mean. I dated one last year and when I broke up with her...” he grimaced, remembering whatever had happened. 

How very odd it must look for me, ‘What’s-Her-Name’, to be talking to the most popular person at Hogwarts. What’s even odder is that I don’t feel awkward at all. Now that’s a first. 

“Well, I’m starving!” Sirius said before looking down at me. “What about you?” 

“I’m really hungry but it’s going to take an age for me to get through this. You go ahead and I shall battle my way into the Great Hall!” I said laughing. Sirius laughed and shook his head. 

“Now what kind of man would I be if I left a lady to fend for herself in a mob of ravenous teenagers?” Sirius asked. 

“A hungry man?” I guessed and grinned at him. I’m not quite sure this is happening. Surely I am not talking to Sirius Black like a normal person.

Sirius laughed again and rolled his eyes. 

“Well then, if you're prepared to wait this out with me, you're welcome to. Even though you could walk straight through there and people would move happily for you,” I said while rolling my eyes. It’s not fair! 

Sirius raised his eyebrows and looked at me like I was stupid. 

“I don’t plan on waiting, are you crazy?!” he asked me. 

Oh Merlin. Now I’ve made myself look like a fool. As if Sirius Black would ever want to wait with me. 

I didn’t say anything. I had to turn my burning face away from Sirius so he couldn’t see how embarrassed I was. 

I jumped slightly when I felt someone’s arm around my shoulder. I looked up and saw Sirius looking down at me with a big grin on his face. 

“You're not going to wait either. Now let’s go!” he said and before I knew what was happening, I was walking through the crowded Entrance Hall with Sirius Black’s arm around my shoulders. 

A/N: Thank you so much for reading! Please, if you feel like it, leave me a review? xx

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