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“Lily” I whined, dragging out the last part of her name, “Do we really have to lead the first years all the way to the dormitories? I’m tired and I know much, much quicker ways…” I trailed off, looking hopefully to Lily.

Lily said quietly to me, “Shaylee! We can’t just let them wander off on their own!”

“I don’t see why not…” I muttered.

Lily heard me and slightly glared at me but decided to ignore me.

She then went on to say, “Now when we get to the entrance of Gryffindor tower, you are required to say a password. The password will be changed from time to time, so if you have any trouble with remembering it, don’t hesitate to ask me or any of the other prefects” Lily said smiling kindly at all the quite scared looking firsties.

“Oh yes, please do ask them LOTS of questions, they just love it, especially Lily. Even early in the morning. While she’s still in her pyjamas and everything” I said while smiling at them, trying my hardest not to laugh.

Lily was looking at me with a mixture of shock and irritation on her face. She is rather frightening. Maybe I should just wait here a bit, let her go ahead and cool off.

I started slowing down before mumbling something about my foot having a cramp.

Lily gave me one last glare as they continued walking down the corridor. As they got to the corner, I heard a little boy ask, “Is that true?”

I could barely contain my laughter. Once Lily was safely around the corner, I laughed myself silly.

During my laughing fit, I failed to realise that the Marauder boys had caught up with me and were now just standing there looking at me like I was a loon.

“Err, Shaylee? Are you alright? You’re not choking or anything right? Because I mean if you are, I really haven’t a clue what to do…” Sirius said, causing me to immediately try to stop laughing, which wasn’t such a great idea because I did actually end up choking on my own spit.

Death by spittle. That’d be a good conversation starter.

“Oh god, she is choking! James do something!” Sirius said sounding panicky.

“What?! What am I meant to do?! Remus do something!” James said, sounding just like Sirius.

Oh my god! No, no, no!

Before Remus could even begin to say anything, I threw my hands up and gasped in air.

“I’m alright!” I practically shouted.

“Are you sure?” Remus asked looking at me with concern or fear; I couldn’t really tell what it was as my eyes were watering.

“Nrrrrgh” was all that came out of my mouth.

I had actually planned to say, ‘Why yes Remus, I am perfectly fine. Thank you so much for asking. I am also in no way insane and that I think you are a gift to all women’. Yeaaaah. It didn’t quite come out the way I planned.

“So what were you laughing so hard at anyway?” Peter asked me.

“Oh just something Lily and I were talking about” I said, smiling at the memory.

James looked interested at the mention of Lily’s name but I didn’t say anything further.
Instead, we all just stood around awkwardly. What are we doing? Should I say something? Why aren’t they saying anything? Is Peter picking his nose?!

“Peter?” I asked.

He jumped slightly at the sound of his name and moved his hand away from his nose. HE WAS!

Ew.

“I was just scratching!” Peter said defensively once he realised that I had caught him.

I just nodded while really thinking ‘Suuuuure’.

Meanwhile, the other boys just looked from me to Peter.

“Okay… I’m going to bed” James said. We all nodded in agreement and started walking towards the tower.

Well this isn’t awkward at all. Not. We’re just walking in silence. It’s because I’m here. God, why did you not give me social skills? Is it punishment for that one time when I was 5 and I dressed up my mum’s statue of you? I mean, it was a really pretty dress and I tried my hardest to make the makeup nice… you should be grateful that my mum stopped me before I tried to set you up with one of my other boy dolls…

While I was pondering why God didn’t give me any social skills, we had reached the portrait of the Fat Lady.

“Password?” she asked in a bored tone.

“Dilligrout” Remus said and the painting swung forward and the boys all climbed through with me following them. 

“Dilligrout? Why can’t they make the bloody passwords something I can actually remember?!” I muttered to myself, not realising that the boys could hear me.

“I was just thinking the same thing!” James called back to me from the front of the group and the other boys chuckled.

I blushed but felt oddly pleased. James Potter thinks about the same things I do. Doo dah doo dah.

Wait. That would make him insane.

Hmm.

I had just gotten inside the common room when I heard, “Shaylee!”

Oh crap. I had completely forgotten about Lily.

She was on the other side of the common room, near the dormitory staircases. She started advancing, looking rather mad.

The Marauders were looking amusedly from Lily to I, wandering what was going on.

Great bloody help they're being.

“Uh hi Lily!” I said as cheerfully as I could while trying to subtly move around behind the boys. The big strong boys…

“Don’t you ‘hi Lily’ me!” she practically shrieked.

I had positioned myself perfectly behind James and Sirius. If she was to use her wand, she would at least hit them first…

“You two. Move” Lily said in a deathly low voice.

And they did move!

I stared at them with shock and horror on my face.

James saw the look on my face and he gave me a grimacing sorry look.

Lily had made her way across the room and there was now only a table between us. I hope that table is sturdy…

There were amused on lookers, looking on. Stupid looking lookers. Help me!

“I, uh… nrrrgh” was all I could manage before I took off running. I darted around Remus and Peter who had both started laughing. Oh crap, I was coming up to a couch and it would take to much time to run around it.

Here goes nothing…

I made it! YESSSS!

I take the stairs to the girls dormitory two at a time. By the time I reach the top I’m bloody buggered. If I live through tonight, I vow that I will exercise tomorrow.

If I wasn’t running in fear of Lily, I would have laughed myself silly at the look on my three startled looking room mates faces as I burst through the door of the seventh year girl’s dormitory.

I flung myself onto my bed and drew the curtains around, muttered a spell which only allowed my curtains to be opened by me, then flopped back onto my bed and tried to regain my breath.

Over my ragged breathing, I could hear the others whispering.

“Err, Shaylee? Are you alright?” Alice asked. She always was one of the nicer ones. I could almost see Demelza rolling her eyes at Alice for even talking to me.

I never really have liked her, the swotty cow.

“I’m fine” I managed to say. I wasn’t able to say anything else because at that exact moment, Lily, or I'm assuming it is Lily, flung the door open and stomped into the room.

“Lily, what’s goi-” Hestia had started to say but I can only guess that Lily silenced her with a look.

“Shaylee! I can’t believe you did that! I’ve already had four of them ask me if I would walk them to all of their classes tomorrow! Do you know how late that’s going to make me? What if I miss something important?!” Lily shrieked at me in a state close to hysteria.

“Lily calm down!” I shouted to her from the safety of behind my curtains. “You DID say for them to ask you questions…” I immediately regretted saying that last part as Lily had began ranting again.

Sighing, I just curled up under my blankets and waited for Lily to stop. I must have drifted off somewhere mid point of her worrying about failing her NEWTS because she was going to miss the first few minutes of seventh year classes, because the next thing I know, it’s morning.

How did I know it was morning without even having to open my eyes? Because the bloody birds were chirping away in a chirping way.

Why do they do that anyway? Not the chirping thing, but the so early in the morning business?

I looked at my watch and saw that it was only 5:45am. What sane person gets up that early? Oh that’s right; I'm not sane so I may as well get up.
Once up and out of bed, I realise I had slept in my clothes from last night so I grabbed my uniform and tiptoed off to the bathroom. I tried to be as quiet as possible but I may as well not have tried as Demelza’s snoring was loud enough to deafen any noise I was going to make.

Hmm I wonder if all the boys would still fall all over her if they knew she snored like a grizzly bear… Ha, who am I kidding, of course they would, they're boys.

After washing my hair and getting dressed I used all the spare time I had trying to make my hair look nice. This is the first time I have ever tried to really make an effort with how I look because it seems that I am kinda, maybe, sorta, semi-friends with the Marauders. And as Remus is a Marauder… yeah yeah, shut up.

After a hopeless 30 minutes, I sighed in frustration and ended up just glaring at my hair in the mirror.

Why can’t I have hair like the other girls? They just seem to throw their hair up and it’s perfect. If I ‘just threw my hair up’ I would like a racoon had taken residence in there and was planning on a long stay.

Being a girl sucks. I bet boys don’t go through this whole ordeal of how they look. Well maybe Sirius does… but that’s Sirius. Remus looks like he can just get up and instantly be drool worthy.

Stupid boys.

I was just giving my hair one last go when Demelza and Alice wandered into the bathroom, looking bedraggled and yawning. Even when they have just woken up their hair looks nice!

As she has done for the past 6 years, Demelza just walked straight past me and went to the showers. Alice however lingered near the basins where I was standing.

I didn’t really know what to do. She was just standing there looking at me. So, feeling awkward, I attempted my hair again. I honestly don’t know why I bother, it just looks worse then it did when I started!

“Need some help?” Alice asked me with a tentative smile.

“Uh sure” I said smiling shyly back at her. What’s brought this on? Alice was never mean to me, but she had barely ever talked to me.

She stood beside me and picked up her wand. She started running it down my hair, straightening it perfectly.

I watched in awe as she finished the rest of my hair, managing to transform my raccoon hair into soft, shiny and amazingly straight silk.

“There you go. You have really nice hair by the way” she said giving me a proper friendly smile. 

“Thank you so much!” I gushed while I turned my head in this and that direction to get a better look at my hair.

Alice laughed quietly before saying, “No problem. It’s the least I can do after… well you know”

I grinned at her and told her not to worry about it.

Hmm. She must have talked to Lily. I’ll have to remember to thank her. That is if she will ever talk to me again…

I thanked Alice again as she was going off to the showers and then went back out to our room where Lily was rummaging through her trunk looking for something.

“Erm, Lily?” I said carefully, worried she would turn around and maul me.

When she didn’t say anything I decided to keep going anyway.

“I’m really, really sorry about last night and I know how much your classes mean to you. So, if you want I don’t mind showing the first years to their classes. It would be my pleasure even!” I began to wonder if I was laying it on to think but then Lily turned around and gave me a big smile.

“You know, I'm not even that mad any more, but since you offered…” she trailed off grinning mischievously before laughing at the look on my face.

I couldn’t help laughing. She got me good.

“So everything is alright? I mean we’ve only been friends for like a day and I really like having you as a friend and I rea-” I had started to ramble but stopped when Lily laughed and held up her hand.

“We’re fine you crazy girl. I'm going for a shower. Are you going down to breakfast?” Lily asked while grabbing her clothes.

“Yeah I may as well, nothing better to do. I’ll see you down there?” I asked, grabbing my school bag.

“Sure” Lily said, walking with me towards the door. Just as I was about to go down the stairs into the common room, Lily said, “Your hair looks really nice” before disappearing off into the bathroom.

I couldn’t but help smile all the way down to the Great Hall. I wonder if anyone else will notice my hair?

I have GOT to get Alice to show me how she did that.

When I got to the Great Hall, there were only a handful of people there. There was only one lone Gryffindor sitting with his head resting on his arms.
 
Before I got onto the Hogwarts Express yesterday, I made myself a promise that I would be more social and what better chance than to practice now?

So I start to walk over to where the boy is sitting. Now that I’m closer, I realise that I know that sandy blond hair.

I stopped a little bit from the table and dithered around like a dithering twit.

What should I do? Why did it have to be him? Why couldn’t it have been some lonely third year or something?!

Get a hold of yourself! I told myself sternly. It’s only Remus… Oh God.

Before my brain can even begin to try and figure out what I should do, my mouth decides for me.

“Remus?” I hear myself asking softly.

Remus jumped like I had just shouted in his ear. Even when he’s startled he looks amazing.

I can’t help but laugh at his shocked expression. He looks like a startled goldfish. Can goldfish be startled? Hmm…

“Sorry” I say through my giggles.

Remus has his hand over his heart like he is trying to keep it trapped in his chest which only makes me laugh more.

“I’m alright… I think. You just about gave me a heart attack!” he said but he was grinning at me so that’s a good sign I guess.

Wait. Remus is grinning. At me. ME. Ohmygod. Don’t pass out, don’t pass out, I chanted to myself while I tried to calmly sit down opposite him.

Alright, this is good, excellent even! I haven’t passed out and I’m sitting across from Remus Lupin.

“Sorry about that, I didn’t realise you were having a little nap” I said while smiling. Good, smiling is good, well done brain!

“I wasn’t asleep, I was just… resting my ey-” Remus trailed off because he saw that I had raised one of my eyebrows.

“Okay, okay so I was asleep. But hey! If you knew what we got up to last night…” he said somewhat distantly, like he was remembering.

Okay, does that sentence sound wrong to anyone else? Yes? Right.

“Oh, God! I just realised how that would have sounded… and by the look of your face, you have to… greeeeat” Remus said suddenly once he had snapped out of his little reminisce.

“Hey,” I held up both my hands in a nonchalant way, “What you and the boys get up to in your spare time is noooone of my business” I said before laughing.

“I didn’t mean it like that! And you know it… right?” Remus said somewhat worriedly. Which, might I add, I found both adorable and hilarious.

I just nodded my head in that ‘riiiight’ kind of way before laughing. 

Ohmygod. I am actually having a proper, okay so it's semi-weird but still proper conversation, with REMUS LUPIN.

Am I dead? God, did I die and now you're just being nice to me? Oh who cares, thank you anyway!

As I was laughing, I saw James sneaking up behind Remus and once he saw me, he signalled for me to keep distracting Remus.

“So, Remus, have you heard the joke about the Wizard and the ha-” I just started rambling while trying not to laugh and James’ ridiculous ninja like actions that he was doing.

Just as James was about to scare Remus, someone suddenly shrieked, “Guess who!” while covering my eyes.

I screamed my bloody head off. If there was a competition to see who could sound the most like a dying banshee, I would win, hands down.

I took comfort in the fact that Remus had also shouted out in fright, not quite in the dying banshee way but all the same, which made me feel slightly better.

While I was screaming my head off like a crazy person, my defensive instincts kicked in and barely thinking, I thrust my elbow back into my ‘attacker’.

Hey! I can see again!

I spun around in my chair completely ready to do what damage I could with my little knowledge of self defence, while also completely forgetting that I had a wand, only to find Sirius curled up on the ground cupping… well you get the picture.

It took me a moment to realise what I had done. I think it took everyone a moment and a half.

When my brain finally caught up, I kneeled next to Sirius and went, “Oh my God!” repeatedly.

James and Remus had made their way over to our side of the table. James was absolutely beside himself with laughter. Remus didn’t look to far from it. I looked at them like they were mad.

Don’t they realise that I had just elbowed Sirius, THE Sirius in his manly parts?

Oh Merlin. 

A/N: WELL THEN. Chapter 7. Was it long enough? I know the last one was short so I tried to make this one at least a bit longer than that one. (: Oooh. Shaylee had her first 'proper, okay so it's semi-weird but still proper conversation, with REMUS LUPIN.'


So. If you are a kind, loving, gen- okay, okay I'll stop. But if you do feel like leaving a review, please do. It makes me smile and dance slightly in my chair. ((: xx

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