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A/N: Well I’m sure you can guess, Ali is going to break up with Remus in this one.  But whatever….ENJOY!!

 

 

 

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Sirius’s POV:

 

“Uh, Remus? Can we talk?” Every one looked up to see Ali standing on the stairway, looking as awkward as someone like her could look. Uh-oh… I thought looking at Remus, That look on her face totally spells break up! From the look on his face, I’d say Remus agreed with me. Nodding glumly, Remus got up and followed Ali up the stairs. I saw Kathy watching them worriedly with a somewhat guilty look on her face. I briefly wondered what that was about, but was interrupted by raised voices coming from the stairwell. Obviously, it wasn’t going well.

 

“I don’t think its going too well,” Shauna said, voicing my thoughts. Kathy and Twyla nodded grimly while the rest of us looked at them, confused.

 

“You knew this was going to happen?” Will asked, looking slightly hurt that Shauna would keep something from her. Shauna, Twyla, Kathy and the new girl Madeline all nodded grimly.

 

“She announced it yesterday while she was cutting my hair,” Madeline said in her high pitched voice. It was Lily’s turn to look hurt.

 

“Why didn’t she tell me?” she asked. Twyla smiled kindly at her.

 

“You were in the library, Lils,” Kathy replied, gently. Lily blew air out of her nose angrily.

 

“Well, why didn’t she tell me before hand?” You know, through out this exchange, I expected Prongs to speak up with some retort like usual, but he remained in this uncharacteristically brooding silence, his eyes flicking back and forth between Twyla and Lily. I made a mental note to ask him about that later as Kathy patted Lily’s knee comfortingly.

 

“You know Ali, Lils. She probably decided to do it just then. I seriously doubt that she put much thought in to it at all,” Kathy replied, somewhat miffed as she spoke, “I doubt she felt that much for him to begin with.” I think she was a tad bit too protective of Remus.

 

“You all know the story of Rune, right?” Twyla asked suddenly. When most everyone gave her a blank look, she continued, “You know how he was her fiancé because of the special gene in her family? And how she hated him, but eventually loved him more than anything? Well one day they where together and she saw Rune get killed.” All the girls gasped while the guys gaped, except, of course Tyler. The prat.

 

“How was he killed? You mean murdered?” Kat gasped out. Twyla looked uncomfortable as she replied, like she was having trouble finding the words.

 

“We-ell, Ali never gave us the details, really-”

 

“-But after that she changed completely,” Tyler interrupted, finishing his twin’s thought, “She threw herself into her martial arts and weapons training. Even her magical training, which only Rune could get her to take, was suddenly of the upmost priority.”

 

“Yes, believe it or not,” Twyla interjected, “Ali was a really sweet tempered girl. She was loved by everybody, and loved them all in returned. She really valued human life, but after Rune died, her view on the world darkened and she started to pick fights in school. Almost everyday she would come home covered in someone else’s blood. She would also bring weapons, knives and the like. She threatened to kill anyone who crossed her, and almost did so once or twice-”

 

“Her parents got really worried, especially after they split up, so they sent her here,” said Tyler, “But it was just like at the other schools. It only got better when Shauna showed up. But it was two years of hell at this school. We where surprised when she didn’t get expel-”

 

“That’s quite enough.” Every one jumped at the dark voice coming from the stairwell. There was Ali, standing there, arms folded and a murderous look in her eyes, followed by a heart broken Remus. Twyla and Tyler looked at each other guiltily as Ali walked briskly towards the portrait hole.

 

“Now, if everyone’s done talking about my personal life,” she said crossly, “We need to go to Hogsmeade. It’s Hank’s birthday today.” With out another word, she slammed the portrait closed while everyone scrambled out of their seats to follow the temperamental brunette.

 

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“Ali! Yeh made it!!” Hank exclaimed joyfully, sloshing his rum about. Ali nodded tersely as she entered the Hogs Head with her friends.

 

“Wouldn’t miss it, Hank,” she replied easily. Hank set his rum down and gestured wildly towards the corner, where a huge grand piano sat.

 

“Well, th’ pianos all set up. Yeh just go an’ ‘ave yer way with it!” he said, booming with laughter. Ali looked alarmed as did Shauna and the twins.

 

“What?” the four said together. Hank burped loudly and grinned toothily.

 

“Well its obvious, ain’ it? I want yeh ter sing fer me birthday!” The four life long friend gaped at him.

 

“Say what now?” Ali asked, disbelievingly. Honestly I don’t think Hank could have made it any clearer than he already has.

 

“I want yeh ter sing!” he exclaimed with a great burp. His drunken friends giggled around him.

 

“Yes, yes, I heard you the first time,” Ali snapped suddenly, “But why?”

 

“Because it’s me birthday! An’ I wanna hear ye sing!!” he roared, toppling over his chair, causing his friends to let loose a round of boisterous laughter. By looking at our group, I could tell they were slightly alarmed by this party. Ali was about to say something, but Twyla placed a calming hand on her shoulder and whispered something in her ear. Nodding once, Ali turned back to Hank.

 

“Fine,” she said through gritted teeth, “You got a violin for Twyla?” Hank nodded joyfully and beckoned to one of the barmaids, who disappeared in the backroom then emerged with an old, but well kept violin. Ali stalked over to the piano and sat down on the chair while Twyla gathered the violin from the girl and glided over to Ali. Taking a deep breath Ali started to play a soft mournful tune.

 

And what playing it was! It was more beautiful than anything I have ever heard. It quieted everyone down, no body wanted to miss what sure to be a beautiful voice. No one was disappointed. Every one was instantly spellbound as Ali’s rich voice floated softly over everybody’s heads

 

Couldn’t save you from the start
Love you so it hurts my soul
Can you forgive me for trying again?


 

Your silence makes me hold my breath
All the time has passed you by

Oohoo For so long, I’ve tried to shield you from the world
Hoohoo You couldn’t face the freedom on your own
Here I am
Left in silence

 

You gave up the fight
You left me behind
All that stands forgiven
You’ll always be mine
I know deep inside
All that stands forgiven


 

Finally Twyla jumped in with her violin. The sweet melodies of the piano, violin and Ali’s voice twisted around each other as they slipped through their audience’s ears like the smoothest silk.

Watched the clouds drifting away
Still the sun can’t warm my face
I know it was destined to go wrong
You were looking for the great escape
To chase your demons away

Oohoo For so long, I’ve tried to shield you from the world
Hooooo You couldn’t face the freedom on your own
Here I am
Left in silence

 You gave up the fight
You left me behind
All that stands forgiven
You’ll always be mine
I know deep inside
All that stands forgiven

I’ve been so lost since you’ve gone
Why not me before you?
Why did fate deceive me?
Everything turned out so wrong
Why did you leave me in silence?


 

This time, Twyla jumped in with her vocals for the last verse, her sweet lyrics softening the hard dimensions of Ali’s voice.


You gave up the fight
You left me behind
All that stands forgiven
You’ll always be mine
I know deep inside
All that stands forgiven


 

Slowly and quietly the notes of the piano and the two beautiful girl’s vocals died away, leaving only stunned silence in their wake. Smiling to herself, Twyla carefully set down the violin and glided over to her brother and the rest of us. Ali remained at the piano, her head bowed so that her hair completely obscured her face. After a few more moments of stunned silence, the whole bar suddenly erupted into cheers, Hank wiping a happy tear from his eye as he did so. Ali’s head snapped up and she nodded tersely at the awestruck crowd, a pained look on her face. Suddenly she pushed her chair back and stood up. She walked stiffly over to Hank and gave him a quick hug, whispering in his ear, smiling tersely as he handed her a full bottle of fire whiskey and quickly made her way out the door, the twins and Shauna following closely behind.

 

Lily, Kathy, Kat, Will, Madeline, James, Remus, and I all exchange equal looks of bewilderment then hurried out after our very talented, yet irritable friend.

 

What the bloody hell was that all about?!

 

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A/N: Alright there ya go. The song Ali and Twyla sing is ‘Forgiven’ by Within Temptation. I highly recommend you listen to it =) Hope you enjoyed it. PLEASE REVIEW!!!

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