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I just stood there and looked at Sirius.

Lily, looking shocked, looked from me to Sirius splashing around in the water.

Remus, James and Peter looked from Lily, to me to Sirius before collapsing on the ground in fits of laughter.

Oh dear sweet Merlin, what have I done.

I have very obviously gone mental. Sirius is going to murder me!

I have ruined his hair!

The girls of Hogwarts are going to murder me!

And yet I am still standing here like an idiot.

Run away you fool!

I didn’t.

Lily being the first to recover from staring in shock laughed loudly and grabbed my arm. She started to drag me away saying, “Come on! You better run before he kills you!”

Finally coming to my senses, Lily and I took off running back towards the castle. The Marauders didn’t even notice we had left. Sirius was still splashing around in the water like some demented goldfish while his ‘friends’ were beside themselves with laughter.

Lily and I skidded into the entrance hall and slowed to a brisk walk as Filch was sure to be lurking around somewhere just waiting to give us detention for ‘running in the halls like ninny’s’ . We kept looking over our shoulders expecting to see the Marauders chasing us.

As we passed the stairs leading down to the dungeons Aiden jumped out at us and said ‘SURPRISE!’ while waving his arms around wildly. Lily and I screamed in surprise and just about had heart attacks.

Okay so he didn’t exactly do that.

He actually just walked up the stairs and said “Shaylee?” I’m sad to say that Lily and I really did scream in surprise. We are jumpy about the Marauders catching up to us alright!

“Calm down! It’s just me!” Aiden said in an alarmed voice, holding up his hands as if in a calming way.

“Aiden!” I said and smiled at him. He’s still talking to me! Hurray!

“I just wanted to say-” he started but was cut off by the distant shout of “GET THEM!”

Oh my good God.

“I would really love to stay and chat but we must dash!” I said as Lily began dragging me away again.

“Yeah, sure,” Aiden said as he glared at the ground.

Ohhhh no. Now he is grumpy with me again. Fighting off Lily I walked over to him and forced him to look at me.

“Will you meet me tonight? We can hang out, no interruptions, I promise!” I said and gave him my puppy dog face.

No one can resist the puppy dog face!

Aiden looked at me for a moment. Oh no he is resisting the face! This has never happened before. I don’t know what to do now. It always works on my brothers!

“Alright. The Library say 7 o’clock?” Aiden asked with a small smile.

AHA! The face has won!

“Come on! We have to go rescue Alice!” Lily said frantically, halfway up the stairs. Oh great now this is a rescue mission.

“Okay, see you after dinner!” I said over my shoulder to a half amused Aiden as he shook his head in a ‘why-am-I-friends-with-a-crazy-person’ sort of way before he walked off back towards his common room.

As I reached Lily at the top of the stairs we started our brisk walk towards our common room, still wary of Filch. Also because I do not enjoy running nor turning into the Tomato Girl.

“So why do we have to rescue Alice?” I panted slightly. Oh great the transformation is starting! I can feel my face getting all red.

I have said it once and I will say it again. Exercise is crap.

“Because she is still is their dorm and Sirius is bound to go straight there. You did push him into the lake after all,” Lily explained and I could tell she was smiling at the thought of Sirius the Goldfish.

Lily and I hustled through the portrait hole and into the common room. Thankfully there was no one in there to see us run up the boy’s staircase as I’m sure there would be some awkward questions.

We burst through the slightly ajar door of the Marauders room and very nearly gave Alice a heart attack. She was standing next to one of the four beds, holding what appeared to be a photograph. If I had to guess whose bed it was I would say it was James’ seeing as it had all sorts of Quidditch type stuff surrounding it and was very messy.

That would mean the one next to it would be Sirius’. The hair product on the nightstand gave it away. On the other side of the room were two beds that were obviously Remus and Peters. The one that was closest to the bathroom had to be Remus’. It was neat and tidy but had a cozy look to it. I had to restrain myself from stealing his pillow or something.

That wasn’t weird right?

Peter’s bed was surrounded by sweet wrappers and was nearly as messy as James’ area. I had the urge to clean up their whole dorm.

Dear Merlin. I have turned into my mother.

Once Alice saw that it was only us she said, “Merlin! You two nearly killed me! I thought you were the Marauders!”

“Never mind that Alice, we need to get out of here!” Lily said in a crazed sort of way with a grin. She was enjoying this whole undercover mission thing way too much.

We had all turned to flee the scene when we heard footsteps on the stairs. We stopped and looked at each other with wide eyes.

That is it. They have found us. They are going to be so angry that we have been in their room. Why did I let Lily talk me into this!?

Because I am an idiot.

“Quick! Under the beds!” Alice said in a whisper and we all stumbled towards a bed. I found myself crawling under what I guessed was Remus’ bed. Alice was under Sirius’ bed and Lily was fighting her way under James’ mess of a bed.

We had just enough time to quietly shove ourselves into our hiding spots before someone threw open the door leading into the dorm. I watched as four sets of feet walked into the room. I had to stifle a giggle as I heard Sirius ranting about his hair and how his pants were now wet.

“Calm down mate, it is just a bit of water!” James’ voice said teasingly. Remus and Peter were openly laughing. From this side of the room I could see Lily lying on her stomach with her fist in her mouth trying not to laugh and Alice looking confused as to what had happened. I just grinned at her and mouthed ‘tell you later.’

It seemed like ten years before Sirius finally had a shower and deemed his hair fixed, all the while the other three boys joked around and lounged on their beds. I had been right when I guessed this was Remus’ bed. I could hear his voice coming from directly above me. I had a bit of a dither spaz when I realised that I was under Remus Lupin’s bed and he was currently lying on it. I managed to control myself though. I’m just as amazed as you are.

I thanked Merlin that Remus was not that heavy and therefore did not squash me when he sat on his bed. I wish I could say the same for Lily. James is on the muscular side after his years of Quidditch.

Speaking of Quidditch, that is all the boys bloody talked about! Is our team strong enough this year? How many practices should we have? How do we stop Sirius from hitting people with his beaters bat? On and on they went. And when I say ‘they’ I really mean James.

Aren’t boys supposed to talk about what girls they liked or whatever?

Though if Remus said he liked someone who was not me I may have done something stupid. Like leap out from under his bed and beg him to like me instead.

I wouldn’t be surprised at myself, which is the scary part.

Eventually Remus said, “Come on Padfoot we are going to be late to Charms!” and he got off his bed. I heard Sirius grumbling but joined the other three pairs of feet going out the door and down the stairs.

Lily, Alice and I all rolled out from under the beds and just stared at each other before saying, “Oh my god!” We had actually pulled that off! We haven’t been caught! We are the masters at hiding!

Just when we were about to break out into a celebratory dance we heard, “I’ll be back in a minute! I left something in our room!”

Oh Merlin. It was Remus. And he was heading back up here!

Looking at each other in panic, knowing we didn’t have time to dive back under the bed, we turned and made a mad dash for the bathroom.

That is how we found ourselves hiding in the Marauders bathroom.

We heard the door open and there was a bit of shuffling of stuff. Remus was obviously looking for whatever he had forgotten. We all held our breath, praying to whoever was up there that whatever he was after was not in the bathroom. After a painful minute we heard his retreating footsteps and the door slam shut.

We let out a collective sigh of relief. We waited a few minutes to make sure that none of them were going to make a surprise attack before we snuck out of the bathroom and over to the door. I pressed my ear against the door and declared it safe to leave.

We all ran down the stairs and past the still empty common room and up to our own room. Safely in our dorm Lily and I turned to Alice with excited grins.

“Well? What did you find?!” Lily asked looking at Alice expectantly.

“Oh right!” Alice said as if only remembering why she had been in the Marauders room in the first place. “Look at this!” she said and held out the photograph I had seen her clutching earlier.

Lily and I looked closely at the photo.

I have no words.

Lily has no words.

Alice is laughing like a crazy person.

I rapidly blinked my eyes to make sure what I was seeing was actually there.

It was.

Why in the WORLD would James, Sirius, Remus and Peter dress up as girls, (skirts, dresses, makeup, the works) and then take a photo?! Why would they keep evidence of it?! Why would James keep it near his bed?!


It is bloody funny though.

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It roughly took us all a million and ten years to stop crying with laughter. By that time we had all decided that Peter looked the best in his frilly pink dress with so much makeup on that he even gave Demelza a run for her money, we were nearly late for charms.

We all slipped into the full classroom just as Professor Flitwick was about to start today’s lesson. He gave us a bit of a disapproving look but didn’t say anything. I think that’s largely got to do with the fact that we were with Lily. Lily could come to class two years late and she wouldn’t get in trouble.

As Flitwick turned around and started writing on the board about confundus charms, Lily, Alice and I quickly scanned the room for free seats.

With a wink Alice went off to sit next to Frank Longbottom who looked as equally thrilled as she did. Lily quickly sat down in the closest vacant seat which happened to be next to a disgusted looking Slytherin girl. Lily ignored her and began taking notes immediately.

So that left me.

Oh the choices.

Choice number one: Germy Jamie.


Choice number two: A seemingly sweet Hufflepuff girl named Amanda. She growled at me.


Choice number three: The free seat next to Remus.


Trying to contain my excitement, I tried to casually walk over to where he was sitting and sat down next to him. Excellent work today brain! We are on a roll!

Remus smiled at me as I sat down. If that wasn't enough to make me swoon he leaned in close to my ear and whispered so Professor Flitwick wouldn't hear, "That was brilliant what you did! It's not very often someone gets the better of Sirius!"

Oh dear. I may topple out of my seat. I could feel his warm breath on my neck and all brain function I had screeched to a halt.

I managed to make some sort of laugh/troll grunt in response. Great. Excellent.

Maybe he likes girls with troll brains?

What am I talking about, of course he doesn't!

He chuckled quietly anyway and leaned away having not commented on my lack of response.

As I was trying to concentrate on what Flitwick was writing on the board, in hopes of clearing my head, Sirius caught my eye. He was sitting in front of Remus and I with James who was watching Lily and the Slytherin girl with squinted eyes. I'm sure if the Slytherin girl so much as breathed on Lily, James would hurl himself across the room to rescue her.

Sirius however was glaring at me.

I didn't know if I wanted to giggle like a mad woman or cringe away. I sort of did both by accident.

I'm sure it was very attractive and now all the boys want me.



Sirius quirked his eyebrow at my expression before rolling his eyes and turning back to Flitwick who had just started to say,

"Alright class! I want you all to get into pairs, who you are sitting with should be fine. Find a nice clear space and practice your confundus charms, non-verbally of course!"he squeaked and smiled at us pleasantly.

A lot of the class groaned as non-verbal spells were difficult and no one really wanted to get hit with a confundus charm.

I on the other hand was happy. Not only because I am quite good at non-verbal spells, but also because I got to be partnered with Remus again.

No big deal.




"Shall we get started?" Remus asked, getting up and moving to an empty corner of the room.

I followed him and said with the most innocent look that I could manage, "Only if you go easy on me."

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"You are a sneaky one!" Remus said with a mock frown on his face as we walked out of the Charms classroom with the rest of the still slightly confused class.

I faked shock while asking, "What are you talking about?"

"You asked me to go easy on you when it should have been you going easy on me!" he said with grin. "I didn't know you were so good with non-verbal spells."

I just shrugged and said, "I had a lot of time to practice I guess."

Remus looked thoughtful before Sirius came out of no where, his glare back on his face.

"Uhh... hey Sirius," I said a bit tentatively.

He did not look pleased.

"You're looking, erm, dry," I tried to say pleasantly. It came out more taunting than pleasant and Sirius, mishearing, huffed and stalked off towards the end of the corridor.

Well then. That went well.


I am still alive though so that is a plus. On the other hand Sirius is angry with me. Great.

Remus, having noticed my worried expression, said comfortingly "Don't worry about him Shaylee. He will come around in no time," He gently squeezed my shoulder and I just about fell into a suit of Armour.

I smiled at him in thanks and before I could think of something to say, Aiden had appeared at my shoulder. The tension in the corridor increased but only Remus, Aiden and I seemed to notice. Remus was looking at Aiden over my head with a stoney face but didn't say anything. Aiden didn't try very hard to hide his glare.

Trying to diffuse the situation, I said in my most cheerful voice, "Hi Aiden! How did you go with the charm? I bet you had fun being partnered with Severus!" I was rambling and I had some sort of deranged happy grin on my face. Knowing that I was trying to hard, Aiden rolled his eyes but smirked slightly.

"Yeah it was alright I guess," he said, now ignoring Remus. "Can I talk to you for a minute?" He asked, lightly grabbing my arm so as to pull me away.

I glanced quickly at Remus, in time to see him frown. Seeing me looking, he strained a smile and said, "I'll save you a seat in Defense, yeah?"

"Yeah!" I said a little too enthusiastically. "I mean, sounds good." Nice. Real smooth recovery. NOT!

Choosing to ignore our little exchange and turning his back on Remus' retreating figure, Aiden turned so he was standing in front of me.

He smiled at me. Ahhh there's my Aiden. He is very good looking. I wish he would stop that, it is very distracting.

"So, what did you want?" I asked as I returned his smile.

"Just wanted to make sure we are still meeting tonight. Thought maybe you had gotten a better offer," he joked but I could tell he meant it.

I rolled my eyes and linked my arm with his and began walking towards the Defense classroom. I tried to ignore the reproachful looks of many girls as we passed them.

Merlin, I'm sure one of these days I will be killed by a crazed jealous girl. Probably Demelza or one of the Em and Em's. Probably both.

"Well the Mister of Magic did owl me and wanted to know if I would like to take a spin on his broomstick," I started, trying to keep a straight face, "But for you, I think I will say no. But only for you!" I said jokingly.

Aiden smiled down at me before saying sarcastically, "Ha ha, very funny!"

"I know, I am hilarious. About time someone realised!" I said and poked my tongue out at him. We carried on our light hearted banter until we reached the Defense classroom. I told Aiden I would definitely be meeting him tonight before giving him a small wave as he went off to sit next to a pretty Slytherin girl.

Looking around the room expectantly I saw Remus smiling at me from one of the desks near the window. Like always, Sirius and James were sitting at the desk in front. James grinned at me. He jerked his head towards Sirius, who was sulking and wouldn't look at me, and gave me a thumbs up. I grinned back at him as I sat down next to Remus.

I couldn't help but feel as if Remus was scanning me for something. Was he making sure I was alright after my conversation with Aiden? Merlin if he was I am going to insist he marry me this instant for being ridiculously sweet.

But he couldn't be.

So instead I asked him, "Where's Peter?"

Remus gave a snort of laughter and pointed towards the front of room. There was Peter sitting with Crazy Maisy. Aww they totally love each other! I am the master at match making, even it was by accident.

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As the last class of the day finished, Lily, Alice and I made our way to the great hall for dinner. We got there early and sat away from the rest of the other students eager for dinner.

“You didn't say anything about the photo to the Marauders did you?” Lily asked me in a low voice from across the table.

“No,” I said trying hard not to giggle at the thought of the picture which was now tucked safely inside Remus' charms book that was still under my pillow. Yeah, yeah, shutup. “It was hard not to though. Every time I looked at Peter I wanted to cry with laughter!”

The girls giggled and nodded in agreement before Lily went on to say, “We have to wait for the right time to reveal that we have it. Hopefully they don't notice it is gone.”

Before long the hall had filled up with hungry teenagers, the Marauder’s included. As they sauntered into the great hall, pretty much everyone stared at them. The boy's, seemingly used to this sort of thing, ignored everyone and continued to talk amongst themselves.

As they neared the Gryffindor table, James scanned the length of the table for someone. Well of course he was looking for Lily, I mean even she knew that because she ducked her head and busied herself with looking through her bag.

Smiling a little mischievously at Alice who grinned, I waved to the boy's and they all smiled and made their way towards us. Well all of them smiled except Sirius. But he followed anyway.

Lily looked up at me in alarm when she saw me waving to them and gave me her 'I'm-going-to-kill-you' look.

God, I am enjoying this way too much. Maybe I should be in Slytherin?


James plopped down next to a red faced Lily who was trying to act normal. Peter sat next to James and started to pile his plate with food.

As Alice was sitting on my right, Remus sat down on my left with Sirius next to him.

God Remus smells nice. How does he do this to me? The mere smell of him makes me into the idiot melting girl from Meltington.

Dinner, thankfully, passed without too much embarrassment on my part which was a nice change. We all joked and laughed and James and Lily were getting on so well that other students were sending them weird looks. Which is understandable because usually by now Lily would be hurling hexes at James.

Guess there really are such things as miracles. Now if only Merlin would grant mine and have Remus confess his undying love for me...


Nope, didn't happen.

Though, Remus had been in a very cheerful mood all day which was good enough for me for now.

By the time we had all wandered back up to our common room we were all in high spirits and I thought it a good time to make Sirius talk to me again.

All through dinner he had been fine with everyone else, laughing and talking to everyone.

Except me.

Every time I tried to ask him a question or would try and catch his eyes he would ignore me! I hated it. I have had enough of being ignored by people for a life time.

So as the rest of the gang all climbed through the portrait hole, I seized my moment and grabbed his hand and tugged him back out through the portrait hole and into the corridor.

“Oi!” He exclaimed as I tugged on his hand a little too hard and he nearly tripped. The others all turned around at the sound of his voice and looked at us with raised eyebrows.

I swung shut the portrait of the fat lady while saying, “Nothing to see here!”

Sirius let out a huff of irritation and took a few steps away so his back was facing me.

Sighing, I gently placed my hand on his shoulder. He didn't turn around. Merlin this is worse than I thought! What if he really hates me! I mean I did push him into the lake after all. But he didn't drown or anything. Just got a bit... wet.

“Sirius...” I said in my most soothing voice. “I'm sorry I pushed you into the lake!”

He grunted in response. Great, now he is trying to communicate in troll. I don't know troll! I mean I sometimes sound like I have troll ancestry but I don't really. Well I hope not.

God, what do I do now? I've said sorry and he grunted. He won't turn around and look at me so I can't even use my pouty face. I could be doing some sort of amazing jig right behind his back and he wouldn't know!

Do you think doing a jig would work?

Just as I was about to break out into dance, he turned around. I was so surprised by his sudden movement that I nearly fell over backwards. He just smirked at me.

Stupid Sirius, always smirking and being... a smirker! I hate him!

But then his smirk turned into a soft smile and he said, “Alright, I think you have suffered enough. I forgive you.”

Oh how could I ever hate him. I hate him for not being able to hate him. Drats.

Grinning happily I gave him a somewhat awkward hug. He was momentarily surprised before he wrapped his arms around my waist in return.

At that moment the portrait swung open and Sirius and I both turned our heads in its direction, still in our friendly embrace.

Standing in the doorway was James and, good Merlin, Remus. They both had shared looks of surprise on their faces.

“Er, we came because there was a lack of shouting and had thought Shaylee had done you in quietly Padfoot... But I guess we were wrong.” James said with a sly grin on his face.

I jumped away from Sirius like he had dragon pox at the sight of Remus' face. He looked... confused? A little hurt even?

Oh I don't know.

But Merlin, why, oh why, oh why do you always have Remus see me in some flirty position with Sirius?! I want him to think I am available in case one day he loses his head and thinks he likes me!

It could happen okay!

Sirius, looking a little hurt at my sudden move away, recovered quickly and leaned back casually against the banister. “Shaylee was just saying sorry,” he said and smiled at me.

Remus and James seemed unconvinced and Remus said, “We didn't mean to interrupt. Come on Prongs, let's leave them to it.” He said it in a normal sort of way and my heart sank.
Okay so maybe I had gotten my hopes up that Remus would be wildly jealous or something, especially after I saw what I thought was a look of hurt when he saw us. But obviously not. He doesn't care.

Bloody fantastic.

Needing to get out of there so that I didn't show my disappointment, I said hurriedly, “No! You guys stay, I have to go meet someone anyway!” with a fake smile.

“Who?” All three boys asked at the same time.

“None of your business!” I snapped before I could stop myself. I was mad at myself for getting my hopes up over something stupid. Still, I guess I shouldn't take it out on the boys.

“Sorry, I didn't mean to sound so rude. I've got to go,” I said with a small apologetic smile before I hurried away towards the library, leaving three very confused boys behind.

A/N: Thank you everyone so much for reading! All of your reviews are so sweet and I really appreciate every single one. So thank you! Let me know what you thought of Part 2 of Lily's idea. :D

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