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            James stared at Sirius quietly for several minutes. “I don’t know mate, it sounds really risky.”



            Sirius pulled a small book out of his robes and opened it. “It’s rather straight forward really,” he said, finding the appropriate page and handing it to James.



            James took the book and read over the pages Sirius had turned to. His eyes widened as he realized exactly what Sirius wanted to do. “Sirius, you’ve got to be joking.”



“No, it’s perfect… Don’t you see what this could do for him?”



“Yes, I see the prospects of what it could do, but this is some seriously powerful magic,” James pointed out. “Are you sure we can even perform such a spell?”



            Sirius scratched his head thoughtfully. “Well, it’ll take a bit of time to make sure we have the timing and all the ingredients we need,” he said, “but I’m sure we can manage it. I mean, we’ve already accomplished things that even most fully grown Wizards can’t do.”



“I know that, but you have to admit that this is bigger than anything we’ve ever attempted.”



“So what? I’m up for challenging myself, are you?” Sirius asked.



“Sirius, we’re not talking about a school prank here, we’re talking about messing with someone’s life and I’m not sure that’s something we should do.”



            Sirius leaned back in his chair and huffed. “What’s the matter with you? Ordinarily you’d be chomping at the bit to do something like this.”



            James ran his hand through his hair and sighed heavily as he read over the pages again. “You’re sure you thought this through?”



“I was up half the night thinking it through,” Sirius told him. “So what d’ ya say?”



“I don’t know.”



“Come on, James,” Sirius pleaded. “I can’t do this without you.”



            James thought for a few moments then said, “Alright, but you’ve got to swear we won’t perform the spell until we’re absolutely certain we’ve got everything worked out.”



“I swear,” he said. “I don’t want to make any mistakes with this.”



“Alright then,” James agreed. “Hey, where’d you get this book anyway?”



            Sirius grinned sheepishly. “It’s um… it’s the book I nicked from Lily.”



            James looked at him in shock. “What would Lily be doing with a book like this?”



“Beats me,” Sirius said. “I just thought it was interesting so I took it.”



“Well, she’s already thought I took it so we should probably make a copy of the pages we need and give the book back to her.”



            Sirius nodded in agreement. “Hey, can I ask you something?”



“Sure,” said James as he rifled through his bag for a quill and parchment.



“Do you think… do you think I use women?”



            James looked over at him curiously. “Why do you ask?”



“Oh, it’s just something Remus said to me a few weeks ago.”



“No, I don’t think you use women,” he said. “I just think maybe you haven’t found the right girl for you yet… Sheesh, what’s with all this love talk?”



            Sirius let out a bark of laughter. “I don’t know, mate, maybe you’re rubbing off on us. Merlin help us if that’s the case.”



“Hey, Potter!”



            James and Sirius looked up to find Lily climbing through the portrait hole. James quickly closed the book and shoved it into his robes. “Yes, Lily-flower?” he asked charmingly.



“We’ve got Heads duties to take care of, or have you forgotten that you’re Head Boy already?” Lily asked, clearly annoyed at being addressed as ‘Lily-flower’.



“OH! Right, sorry, Evans.”



“You should be sorry!” Lily stated as she walked over to them. “I’ve been waiting for you for over twenty minutes.”



            Sirius snickered. “Did you hear that Prongs? Lily was waiting for you.”



            James stood up and grabbed his bag, making sure to swing it so that it hit Sirius. “Sorry, Lily, um… why don’t we go to the um… the Great Hall and we can discuss the plans for Halloween.”



“Fine, but I’m not going to…”



            Sirius didn’t hear any more of their argument because the portrait hole closed behind them. I swear those two are going to be married one day, he thought.



 



            Remus yawned quietly as he closed his Potions book. He had just finished checking over his Potions essay for mistakes and he was quite glad to be finished with it. Potions was his least favorite subject, although Professor Slughorn was a very decent teacher and was fair to all students. In all honesty, he didn’t think that there was anyone who truly enjoyed taking Potions; except Severus Snape and Lily Evans perhaps.



            His stomach suddenly growled loudly causing Madame Pince to look at him harshly. “Sorry,” Remus mouthed as he packed his things into his bag and left the library. He swung his bag over his shoulder and moved through the corridors to the Great Hall. It was nearing lunch time and he felt like he could eat a horse. Of course, once a month I really could eat a horse, he thought.



“Oi, Remus!”



            Remus turned his head as he kept walking. “I’m not waiting Sirius,” he called. “If you want to talk to me you’ll have to run.”



            Sirius moved through a few people and easily caught up to him. “My, you’re grouchy today,” he said with a laugh.



“No, just hungry,” Remus replied. “I can’t remember the last time I actually sat down and had a full meal.”



“That’s because you’re always in the library or off doing Prefect things,” Sirius told him. “You’ve hardly spent any time with your pals, and when you do, we’re always getting into arguments.”



            Remus chuckled softly as he shifted his bag on his shoulder. “Well, to be honest, I’m trying to avoid thinking about something and it’s not easy to do that when you and James continue to prod me about love.”



“We only do that because we want you to believe in yourself.”



“I believe in myself just fine,” Remus said as they walked into the Great Hall and sat down at the Gryffindor table.



“Yeah, when it comes to your school work and knowledge of something, you’re quite confident,” Sirius retorted. “But when it comes to girls, you’re completely hopeless.”



            Remus pulled a plate of sandwiches toward him and put a few on his plate. “I’m not hopeless, Sirius,” he said flatly. “I just don’t think it’s logical that I’ll find someone who will accept my difference.”



            Sirius poured himself some pumpkin juice and took a long drink. “You know, I’m not even going to argue with you about that.”



            Remus looked at him, his hands halfway to his mouth. “You’re not?”



            Sirius shook his head. “Nope, I’ve said all that I can to get you to realize that you’re quite the loveable chap, and yet you choose to ignore my brilliant wisdom,” he said, “so I’ve decided to just keep my mouth shut about you and love.”



            Remus took a big bite of his sandwich and chewed while looking at his friend thoughtfully. “Alright, who are you and what have you done with Sirius Black?”



            Sirius laughed heartily. “I’m not an imposter of any kind, Remus,” he said.



“I know you’re not. I’m just shocked that you’re not putting up a fight about this.”



“Yeah well, I know when I’m fighting a losing battle.”



            The mischievous grin on Sirius’s face gave Remus the impression that Sirius didn’t think he was losing at all. He took another bite of his sandwich and was about to ask Sirius what he was up to when James appeared next to him and sat down. “I don’t know about you but I’m famished,” he said, pulling the plate of sandwiches and pitcher of pumpkin juice toward him.



“James, you’re looking rather… happy,” Sirius said with a large grin.



            James took a long gulp of his pumpkin juice and a huge bite of his sandwich before saying, “I just spent the last two hours talking with Lily Evans.”



            Remus raised an eyebrow. “You mean, you actually spoke with her… held a conversation?”



            James grinned madly. “Yep.”



            Sirius’s jaw dropped slightly, and then he grinned. “What did you two talk about?”



“Well, we’ve got everything sorted out for the Halloween Feast,” James said.



            Sirius and Remus burst into laughter. “You call discussing plans for a Halloween Feast ‘talking’?” Sirius asked.



“Well, you’ve got to admit, it’s a start,” Remus said.



“Yeah!” said James, tearing off a bit of his sandwich and tossing it at Sirius.



“Did you two argue at all?” Remus asked curiously.



“Well, a bit over decoration ideas, but nothing major,” James answered. “Although she still thinks I’m the one that took her book.”



            Sirius grinned and gave him a pointed look. “Well, if I remember correctly…”



            James kicked him underneath the table and gave him a harsh look, hoping that Remus wouldn’t catch it. No such luck however because Sirius let out a dog like whimper and glared at James. “You prat! What’d you do that for?”



            Remus looked at the two of them curiously. He then took a drink and said, “Alright, what are you two up to?”



“Up to?” the two asked in unison, looking at Remus with big smiles.



“Yes, you two are planning something.”



“What gives you that idea, Moony?” James asked.



“Hmm, how about the fact that I’ve known you two for the past seven years now?”



“And that automatically makes you think we’re up to something?” Sirius questioned.



“When you’re acting like this? Yes,” Remus replied.



            James sighed and raised his hands in defeat. “Alright, you caught us, mate,” he said. “We’re working on a prank for Halloween.”



“Yeah,” Sirius agreed. “It’s going to be bigger and better than any we’ve ever pulled.”



            Remus looked at them worriedly. “What are you going to do?”



“It’s probably better if you don’t know,” James said.



            Looking at the extremely mischievous looks on their faces, Remus decided that James was probably right. “Ok,” he said, “just answer me this; will it hurt anyone?”



“Not at all,” they answered in unison.



“Alright then, I’m going to head off to Charms, are you two coming?”



“We’ll be there in just a bit,” Sirius said. “We’ll catch you up, alright?”



            Remus nodded and stood up, throwing his bag over his shoulder as he left. “Whew, that was a close one!” Sirius said. “I can’t believe you kicked me!”



“You were about to open your big mouth about that book!” James stated in a harsh whisper.



“No I wasn’t!”



“Yes you were!” James argued. “Now look, we’ve got to copy down everything we need from those few pages and get this book back to Lily.”



“There’s no way we’re going to get the chance to do that with Remus around,” Sirius stated.



            James nodded in agreement. “That’s why you’re going to do it during your free period after Charms.”



            Sirius’s jaw dropped. “Me? Why me?”



            James smiled and shoved the last bite of his sandwich into his mouth before saying, “Because it was your idea.”



            Sirius gave James an indignant look as he handed the book to him and left the Great Hall. Sirius stuffed the book into his robes and gulped down the last of his pumpkin juice before leaving the Hall himself and catching up to James. “Hey, you know, considering we told Remus we’re going to be pulling a prank on Halloween, I think we should plan something,” he said.



            James grinned. “Padfoot my old friend, we are planning something,” he said. “I think that if we can get all supplies we need for this spell to work by Halloween, then we’ll cast it that night, just before the feast. But, just in case, we’ll have to plan something spectacular.”



            Sirius grinned widely and put his arm around James’s shoulders. “Prongs, I like the way you think.”



“I know, isn’t it grand? Ok so here’s what we’ll do…”



 



            Later that afternoon, James was in the common room laying on the floor by the fireplace working on some homework. He’d never been the best student but he always managed to make good marks in his classes. Honestly, he hadn’t been planning on doing his homework that night, but Sirius and Peter had somehow managed to get a detention and Remus was probably off in the library… As usual… so, with nothing better to do, he figured he’d get some work done on his Transfiguration essay.



“James?”



            James looked up from his Transfiguration book with his quill between his teeth and looked at Lily questioningly. “Es?”



“Sorry?” Lily asked with a light chuckle. “Would you mind speaking without your quill in your mouth?”



            James rolled his eyes at his stupidity and took the quill out of his mouth. “Sorry,” he said. “Yes?”



“Um, I was just wondering if you could help me with something.”



            James stared at her curiously. “Sure, what is it?”



“May I?” Lily asked, pointing to the floor next to him as he sat up.



“Of course.”



            Lily sat down and ran a hand through her hair nervously. “Ok, well um… I’ve been doing a lot of thinking,” she said. “I’d really like to find a way to get Remus to see that he deserves love just as much as the rest of us, regardless of his… ‘furry little problem’ as you like to call it.”



            James nodded and furrowed his brow. “Ok, so what do you need my help with?”



“Well, I haven’t been able to think of anything yet and I was hoping that, given your expertise in mischief, you’d be able to help me think of something.”



            James thought for a moment about whether or not he should let her in on Sirius’s plan. Then, realizing that she’d be a great asset, he smiled. “Well, as it just so happens, Sirius has already come up with something.”



“Really?”



            James nodded.



            Lily looked a bit worried. “Is it dangerous?”



“Only if it’s not done right,” James told her. “Now, if I tell you this plan and you decide not to help us with it, you have to swear you’ll keep it a secret.”



            Lily chewed on her bottom lip for a moment and then nodded. “Alright, what’s the plan?”



            James smiled and Lily listened intently as he told her about Sirius taking the book from her and finding the spell. She had read through the book and remembered the spell he was talking about. “You were right when you said it was only dangerous if done incorrectly,” she said when he had finished telling her the plan. “A spell like that is a very tricky one and that particular one has to be done with great care.”



“It’s risky, yes, but Sirius and I believe that we can do it,” James told her. “And considering how risky it is, we’re not going to do it until we’re sure nothing can go wrong.”



            Lily nodded. “That’s a smart decision,” she said. “Ok, now, if I remember correctly, there’s a potion involved; I can handle that, and keeping Remus from finding out about any of this.”



            James grinned. “So, you’re going to help us?”



“Yes.”



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