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After James' apology the rest of the day passed rather pleasantly. I got to cross 'avoid James' off my to avoid list. Which I was quite happy about because James really isn't a bad bloke. Actually he was really lovely to both Lily and I all day. I think it was half to make it up to me and half to impress Lily.

It worked.

Don't tell him I said that. 

By the afternoon no one was really in the mood to do any work as it was Friday and the weekend was on everyone's mind. Our Muggle Studies professor gave a defeated sigh and let us spend the last half an hour of our last class for the day playing games.

“But it has to be a muggle game!” he called over the cheers of students, which quickly turned into groans. 

I was sitting with Remus at our usual table. Yes, I did say OUR usual table. In shock? Me too. 

James and Sirius turned around from their desk in front of ours and brought their chairs so they could join our table. 

“Alright Moony, what game are we going to play?” Sirius asked looking expectantly at Remus. James and I did the same. 

“Why are you all looking at me?” Remus asked looking a little uncomfortable. 

“Well we are supposed to play a muggle game and I don't know any. Do you Prongs?” Sirius looked at James, doubtful. 

“Err, does exploding snap count?” James asked. 

“As normal muggle playing cards don't usually explode randomly... I would have to say no,” Remus said smiling at his friend who rolled his eyes. 

In the end we were all saved by Lily who pulled up a chair next to James, much to his delight. She had a muggle board game with her called Cluedo which she had gotten from the store cupboard. If only we had thought to look there... 

“Where's Alice?” I asked Lily as she pulled the game out of its box and began setting up the pieces. 

She rolled her eyes and said with a smirk, “She ditched me for Frank,” She jerked her head in the direction of the back of the classroom. I smiled as I saw Alice giggling and obviously flirting with Frank. Cute! 

“Alice likes Frank Longbottom?” James asked and all the boys looked surprised. 

“Boys, don't notice a bloody thing,” Lily said to me and grinned. 

“Don't you dare say anything,” I said to James but made sure Sirius and Remus also got the message. They all promised not to. 

“So how do we play?” I asked Lily, picking up one of the motionless game pieces. 

Lily explained the rules of Cluedo. I won't go into detail but I will say this. You are supposed to find out who the murderer is, what weapon they used and what room the murder took place. Silly if you ask me. I mean the pieces don’t even move! They just sit there doing nothing. What fun! Not! 

The minute we started playing however everyone became very suspicious of everyone else. We were all shouting at each other about 'How could you murder Mrs. Peacock!' and such. 

Sirius, who had really gotten into the game, finally shouted, “I have it! It was Colonel Mustard in the dining room with a candle stick!” 

We all stared at him. 

“No way! It was obviously Miss Scarlet in the library with the dagger! Duh!” James argued. 

Lily picked up the envelope and said, “Let's see shall we? Shaylee would you like to do the honors?” 

I opened the envelope knowing that both of the boys were wrong. I mean it was Mrs. White for sure, she just looks shady. 

“Okay, so it was Professor Plum in the Study with the lead pipe!” I said over the loud disappointed groans of James and Sirius. 

“I knew it! I win!” Lily exclaimed and threw down her cards. She even did a little victory dance in her chair. James just about had to wipe his drool off his face. 

“Stupid game,” Sirius muttered grumpily and knocked over his little game piece. We all laughed and stood up to stretch. 

“Aww Sirius is a bad loser!” I said while laughing. He poked his tongue out at me. Very mature. 

Just as we finished packing up the game the bell rang. 

Peter came over to join us after having played a game of muggle Go Fish with Maisie. We were in high spirits and were nearly out the door when Professor Verona stopped the class and said, “If I could just have your attention please. I have an exciting announcement!” The class groaned. Verona's 'exciting announcements' usually were never exciting. 

“Next weekend our whole Muggle Studies class will be going on a very exciting camping trip!” Verona exclaimed and looked at his class excitedly. Most of us stared blankly at him. Some of the muggle born students looked interested while the others looked horrified. 

“A what trip?” A pure blood Hufflepuff boy asked. 

“A camping trip! Our whole class out in the wild grounds of Hogwarts fending for ourselves, sleeping in tents, singing camp fire songs! Exciting isn't it!” Professor Verona just about wet himself with excitement. 

“So class have a good weekend and next week we will be going over everything we need to know for our little adventure. Your homework for this weekend is to start writing a list of things you think will be essential for surviving in the wilderness,” He clapped his and said, “Off you go!”

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“So when you say camping, you mean actually sleeping on the ground?” I asked Lily incredulously as we sat eating dinner that night. “Outside?” 

Lily, Remus and Peter all laughed at me, having all come from either a muggle or half muggle household. James, Sirius, Alice and I on the other hand were having trouble with the concept of camping. 

“But... what is the point?” Sirius asked while shoveling a mouthful of potatoes into his mouth. 

Lily, giving him a disgusted look sighed and said, “Just wait and see. You will love it,” I saw her wink at Remus and he tried to hide his sly grin. 

I do not like my chances of 'loving it'. In fact I think I will be 'hating it'. Hmm, we will just have to wait and see.

Once we had all finished eating we got up as a group to head back up to our common room. As I walked past the Slytherin table I scanned it quickly for Aiden. I saw him sitting with a very pretty blonde haired girl who was talking to him, her mouth close to his ear.

Not sure of what I was feeling at the sight of them, I looked away quickly. That only lasted for about a second before I had to look at them again. This time though both Aiden and the girl caught me looking. I held my gaze with Aiden, the obvious question of 'Are you still mad at me?' on my face.

He looked away and began pushing his food around on his plate.

I'll take that as a yes then.

The girl continued to stare at me before a nasty smirk spread across her face, making her pretty features turn hard and taunting. She slipped her arm around Aiden's shoulders and went back to talking in his ear.

I tore my eye's away from them both and stomped out of the hall.

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The weekend began and, for the most part, it had the promises of being the best weekend I have ever had at Hogwarts. For one thing it was the first weekend where I actually had friends to spend it with. For another I didn't spend it cooped up in the library pouring over books that I didn't even need to read. I tried to push all thoughts of Aiden out of my head. I would deal with that drama later.

On Saturday Lily, Alice and I decided to take our homework out by the lake. Our excuse was that the fresh air would do us good. It did do us good. It's our homework that it didn't do any good for. It lay forgotten as we lazed around in the sun, tanning our legs.

It was still warm enough to wear shorts so we took advantage of that. But that meant showing my legs in direct sunlight. They were a shocking pale white. I'm sure if a person was to walk past without suitable eye wear protection they would have been blinded. 

Just as we were getting a bit hungry and thirsty the Marauder’s came to our rescue. 

“We noticed you girls were out here, mind if we join you?” Remus asked smiling down at me. Lucky I was sitting down or I may have fallen over. 

I pretended to think for a moment, just to make them squirm, before I asked, “What's in the bag?” and gestured towards the bulging bag that Peter was carrying. 

“We come bearing treats!” James said excitedly and pulled two pumpkin pasties out of the bag. 

I looked at the other girls for confirmation before saying, “You may sit,” and grinning at them. 

Well any chance of homework being done was now zero with the Marauder’s around. Not that I was complaining. I had Remus sitting stretched out next to me and cold pumpkin juice within reach. Can life get any better? 

It could. 

My bottom is really starting to get sore. I just can't get comfy. God I bet this is what camping is like. I was moving around trying to find the comfiest position without much luck. Eventually I just gave up with sitting and flopped down on my back so I was lying down. 

“Owwww!” I exclaimed and rubbed the back of my head. I may have been a little forceful when I laid down. 

Everyone looked over at me sprawled out on the ground, in pain mind you, and laughed at me. I sat up and crossed my arms and pouted. “I can't get comfortable!” 

“Here, you can rest your head in my lap if you want to lay down?” Remus asked, crossing his legs and facing me. Thank god everyone has returned to their conversations because I am sure I am about to die. I stared at him for a second to make sure he was serious/not a dream. 

He was serious. Also not a dream. 

“Okay,” I said shyly. I can't believe I’m doing this. I slowly turned around and laid back so my head was resting in his lap. 

Oh sweet Merlin, this is the comfiest thing in the entire world. It took me a minute to relax fully but once I did I decided I am never moving. 

I looked up at Remus. He was upside down and smiling at me. “Comfy now?” he asked and smiled sweetly. 

“Very comfy, thanks!” I said and smiled up at him. How I even managed to answer him is beyond me, but good job brain! We are getting much better at this. 

We spent the rest of the afternoon like that. The others didn't comment on it but I saw Lily and Alice both give me subtle smiles. I saw Sirius' eyes flicker towards us once or twice but he acted rather normally so I didn't think much about it. 

When it came time to get up I wanted to protest. Remus' legs were probably numb by now after having my fat head laying on them all afternoon but I was just so comfortable and relaxed. And while touching Remus Lupin of all people! Who would have guessed? 

If you say you guessed, you lie! 

“We'd better head back up to the castle for dinner, it's getting dark,” Alice said to Lily. James looked a little disappointed. I looked at Lily who looked just as equally disappointed. 

I hadn't missed her little two hour conversation with James without one mean word from either of them. I reminded myself to tease her later. 

“Need a hand up?” Sirius asked, standing in front of me, his feet on either side of my stretched out legs. He reached out his hands and I grabbed them. He pulled me up and I instantly wanted to lay back down. It was so warm! The sun had disappeared behind some low clouds and the warmth of the day was slowly turning cool. 

“Thanks,” I said to Sirius before turning around to help Remus up. At least I remembered this time. 

I held out my hands and helped pull him to his feet. He stretched his arms over his head, making his shirt lift just enough to show me a peek at his lower muscles which were a lot firmer than I thought. Oh Merlin, make him do it again. Please? 

He didn't. 

Curse you Merlin! 

We made our way back towards the castle as a group and I fell into step beside Remus and James. 

“Thanks for letting me use you as a giant pillow,” I said and smiled at Remus. 

“No problem, it was actually really comfortable,” he answered and smiled. 

“Remus never lets me use him as a pillow,” James grumbled from my left and pretended to pout. We laughed all the way into the Great Hall.

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Sunday was spent doing the homework we had neglected the day before. Well everyone else did their homework. I tried and failed. 

Us girls decided we had better stay in the common room until our work was done or else we may get distracted again. We claimed the comfy seats by the windows and settled in to do our Transfiguration essay. We had only been working for about fifteen minutes before the Marauder’s turned up. 

“Are you girls doing homework?” James asked as he looked sadly at our books. Remus was next to him and he had his book bag over his shoulder. He looked even paler today and the cheerful smile that he usually wore was more of a forced smile. 

I hope he is okay... I will have to ask him later. 

“Unfortunately, yes,” I answered and looked grumpily at my essay. I may or may not have only written three words. Two of which were my name. 

“Would it be okay if we joined you? None of us have done ours either. You girls distracted us with your fun and bare legs yesterday,” Sirius said and winked at us. 

“We distracted you? How about you distracted us with your promise of tasty treats? Most of which, you ate!” I said, laughing. 

The boys all sat down and Sirius and I carried on our banter for a bit before Lily, looking stressed said, “If you two don't shut up I am going to magic your mouths closed!” 

Sirius and I looked at her for a second, shocked into silence. Then I giggled. Then Sirius tried not to laugh. Then we both burst out laughing. We just couldn't help it. Nothing was particularly funny, especially since Lily was glaring at us and everyone else was looking at us weirdly. We were just in an odd mood. I blame the homework. 

“I'm sorry Lil's. Sirius is a bad influence on me. We'll shut up now,” I said, trying not to giggle. 

Sirius started to protest but I kicked him under the table and he glared at me but didn't say anything. Lily, looking satisfied, went back to her essay. 

Remus gave me a small smile before he began writing on his parchment. My stomach fluttered and, trying to hide my smile, looked down at my near blank parchment. 

I tried and tried but I just couldn't think. Who cares about conjuration spells and their day to day use?! No one is the answer. Well except Professor McGonagall I guess. 

Also, how was I expected to concentrate when all I could think of is how comfy Remus' lap was and how I wish he would suddenly declare his undying love for me? 

“I can see you have gotten a lot of work done,” Sirius whispered in my ear, leaning over and looking at my barely started essay. I jumped at the feel of his hot breath on my neck. 

“Shut up, you haven't even started yours!” I whispered back. 

“I actually did mine yesterday,” he whispered, casting a look at Lily but she was deep in thought, scribbling away. 

“I always knew you were a goody-two-shoes deep down,” I whispered and smirked at Sirius. He just rolled his eyes. 

“You're not going to do your essay today, I can just feel it,” Sirius taunted, still in a low whisper. 

I wanted to protest and do it just to prove him wrong but I knew it was a losing battle. 

You know when you just can't get in the mood to do any work and you just stare blankly into space for about ten years? And before you know it, it has been twenty minutes and you're accidentally drooling all over your work that you haven’t even started? 


Just me then. 

“How did you manage to get yours done?” I whispered to Sirius, pushing my parchment away. 

“James and Remus were on prefect patrols last night and Peter was off somewhere with Maisie. I got bored,” he explained. 

I nodded understandingly, though privately surprised he wasn't out with Emma or whoever his current girl was.

Why hadn't I taken advantage last night when Lily was on prefect duties and Alice was out stalking Frank?! That's right; I was skipping dreamily around our dorm room thinking of Remus. 

I still think that was better use of my free time. 

“Want to play a game of chess?” Sirius asked suddenly. 

“Okay!” I said a little too enthusiastically. What? I like chess alright? 

We both got up from the table and I put my unused parchment back into my bag. The others all looked up at our sudden movement. 

“We're just going to play a game of chess,” Sirius explained, answering their questioning looks. 

“But you haven't finished your essay yet!” Lily said, seemingly shocked that I could think of playing a game of chess when there was still work to be done. 

“I'll do it tonight!” I said dismissively. Well I hope I will be able to do it tonight. 

Sirius and I made our way over to the far side of the room so as not to annoy Lily. This side of the room seemed rather popular as there were no free chairs. Everyone was probably over here because they are scared of Lily when she is in study mode. 

I don't blame them. 

So we settled ourselves down on one of the thick rugs on the floor. Somehow between the time it took to cross the room, Sirius had managed to find a chess set. I think he may have stolen/borrowed it from some poor first year. 

We set up the pieces and started playing rather enthusiastically. We were both shouting at our pieces and after a rather spectacular checkmate from myself, I threw my hands up and cheered loudly. 

Quite a few people looked alarmed. What can I say? I have that effect on people. 

Sirius and I were just starting our second game when Remus came over to join us. He smiled down at me and said, “Looks like all the fun is happening over here. Who's winning?” 

Alright Shaylee, remember to breathe. 

I smiled brilliantly up at him and said, “Of course the fun is over here, look who you're talking to!” Remus laughed and Sirius scoffed. I continued, “And either Sirius is letting me win or he is terrible at chess,” 

Remus grinned and sat down next to me. “Pretty sure Sirius is just terrible at chess,” he said, laughing his amazing laugh. 

“Oi!” Sirius exclaimed. “I am just being a gentleman and letting Shaylee win!” 

“Sure, whatever you say,” I said, giggling. 

After that Sirius tried even harder to beat me but he still lost. 

Obviously I am the chess/potions master. Whatever. No big deal. 

After his second loss he huffed and got to his feet. “Stupid game, didn't want to win anyway,” he grumbled to himself. 

“Given up have you?” I asked with a smirk. He glared at me. I smiled back at him sweetly. 

“I'm late for a date with a broom closet,” Sirius said and waggled his eyebrows suggestively. 

“Ew, I didn't need to hear that!” I said laughing. 

Once Sirius had left, Remus asked me, “Up for another game?” 

“Of course, I never tire of beating people,” I said with a sly grin. I had a moment to think that my brain is doing quite good today. Now if only we can keep it up… 

We reset the pieces and began playing. I actually had to think about my moves carefully. Remus was a lot better at chess than Sirius was. The game was much slower and I was enjoying the challenge. 

As we waited for Remus' Queen to drag one of my Pawns off the board, I subtly looked at Remus. He was looking better than earlier but still not his normal self. I frowned worriedly. 

“Remus...” I started and he looked at me. I swallowed nervously and quickly said, “Are you okay?” 

He looked at me in surprise for a second before he said, “I'm fine!” in a bright voice. “Why do you ask?” 

“You just seem more quiet than usual lately... I thought maybe you were feeling a bit off colour...” I somewhat mumbled to the chessboard, not meeting his eyes. God, why am I so awkward at this?! 

I looked up in time to see Remus looking at me with an odd look on his face. Before I could even begin to think what it meant, it was gone and Remus was saying, “I'm really alright. Just school work, NEWT levels, you know that sort of stuff,” he smiled warmly at me and I nearly melted on the spot. “Thanks for asking though,” 

After that awkward little moment Remus and I went back to our chess game like nothing had happened. In the end Remus ended up winning the game which I was okay with. We both stretched out on the comfortable rug, not feeling like another game. 

Oh Merlin, what do I do now? Remus is just looking at me, his head propped up on his hand while lying on his side. I can't think of anything to say! All I can think of is how amazing he looks right now and how I would like to snog him senseless. 

I hope to God he can't read minds. 

Just as I was about to say the first thing that came to my head, other than the whole snogging him senseless thing, Remus spoke first. Thank Merlin for that otherwise we would be talking about flobberworms. Don't ask why they were the first thing I thought of.

“Tell me about your family?” he asked casually but looking intently at me. 

A little surprised, I rolled onto my stomach so I was facing him before saying, “Where to start!” I laughed and Remus smiled. “Well as you might have been able to tell by our Muggle Studies classes, I am a pure-blood,” 

Remus pretended to look shocked and said “Really? I would never have guessed!” He grinned at me while I poked my tongue out at him. 

“Both of my parents work for the Ministry. Mum is in the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Don't ever ask her to explain her job. I made that mistake once and I fell asleep,” I joked and Remus laughed, making my stomach do a flip. 

“My Dad works in the Department of Mysteries,” I said quietly so only Remus would hear. “I don't really know what he does, he isn't allowed to talk about his work and he isn't home a lot anyway...” I trailed off. Remus looked understandingly at me and waited for me to continue. 

“I have two older brothers. There is Brendan, he's the oldest at twenty-five and he lives in France with his wife, Aimee. She is a muggle which I personally think is great. I may be a pure-blood but I by no means think it matters what someone’s blood is. If you love someone... well that's all that should matter.” I said quietly and rather awkwardly. 

Remus had a weird look on his face again. He was deep in thought, his brow furrowed. Not wanting to comment on it, I continued. 

“Then there is Rhys. He is twenty-one and is the rebel of the family,” I said smiling at the thought of my brother. “Dad wanted him to work at the Ministry but of course, Rhys being Rhys said he would work for the Ministry when Salamander's learned to fly. He lives in London and works at the Apothecary in Diagon Alley. He was mad about Potions when he was at Durmstrang.” 

“So he didn't go to Hogwarts?” Remus asked, looking surprised. 

“No, both Brendan and Rhys went to Durmstrang,” I said before putting on a man's voice, mocking my father “It is a fantastic school to teach young men discipline!” I rolled my eyes. “It worked okay for Brendan but I can't say the same for Rhys. They tried to send me to Beauxbatons but I didn't want to be that far from home and in the end Mum let me come to Hogwarts.” 

“I'm glad you came to Hogwarts,” Remus said with a shy smile. I'm pretty sure my heart stopped and struggled to restart. I blushed bright red and mumbled 'thanks'. 

Ohhh Merlin, are you trying to give me a heart attack? Why is Remus so sweet? He must know I like him and is only trying to be nice so as not to hurt my feelings. God, why am I so red? Stop it face! 

Eventually my face started to de-red itself and I asked Remus about his family. He told me about his muggle mother and wizard father and how he was an only child. We talked for close to an hour about everything from our childhood to what our favourite colours were. Just so you know, his is red. Mine is yellow. 

He had just finished telling me a hilarious story about the time James and Sirius convinced Peter that flobberworms were out to get him, when Sirius re-appeared, his hair and robes very out of place. 

“Would you look who is back! Did you enjoy your broom closet rendezvous?” I asked, giggling. 

Sirius grinned and winked at me. “I did, well until McGonagall walked in on us. She just about exploded. Poor Minny, I think she was jealous. She gave me a detention,” he said and sighed. Remus and I cracked up laughing. 

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I knew it. I knew I should have done my essay earlier. I am going to be in so much trouble. McGonagall will already be in bad mood because of Sirius. Oh God! I've got McGonagall and Sirius snogging in my head! Get out! Get out! 

Trying to push aside disgusting snogging images, I tried to concentrate on my Transfiguration essay. I was sitting at the same table that we had been sitting at this morning but this time I was alone. 

It was after dinner and everyone else was over having fun where Sirius, Remus and I were earlier. Why didn't I do this stupid essay before! 

But, I guess if I had done it earlier I wouldn’t have spent all that amazing time getting to know Remus. Totally worth it. 

Sighing in defeat I started scribbling away at my essay. I was about half way when I got stuck. 

“Want some help?” asked a soft voice in my ear. I jumped and turned quickly to see Remus looking down at me, smiling mischievously. 

“You scared me!” I said, trying to sound angry but failing. Remus sat down in the chair next to me and grinned. 

“That was the point!” he said and poked me in the ribs playfully. 

What? What is going on? Is this happening? Is he flirting with me?! Or just being friendly? Boys are so confusing! 

“You're in a good mood!” I blurted out, squirming away from his continued pokes. 

“I've had a good day I guess,” he said and smiled warmly at me. Ohhh nooo here come the butterflies. 

“Me too, well I was until I realised I still hadn't done this stupid essay. I'm pretty sure the teachers enjoy torturing us with all this homework!” I said dramatically. 

“Well I could give you a hand if you want? The faster you get this done the faster you can come and beat Sirius at exploding snap. He is currently undefeated and has a larger head than normal from it,” Remus joked. 

“Thanks, I'd love your help,” I said shyly. 

Remus leaned in and put his arm across the back of my chair. He was so close that our shoulders were touching and my body automatically heated up. I could feel his breath on my cheek and feel his chest rising and falling softly next to me. 

I nearly fell out of my chair. 

Remus was saying something to me but I just couldn't concentrate. All I could feel, smell and think about was Remus Lupin. 

“Shaylee? Are you alright?” Remus asked me somewhat worriedly, jolting me out of my Remus fantasy. 

“Huh? Oh, yes I'm fine,” I said quickly. I turned my head so I was looking directly at Remus. When had he gotten this close? Where his lips always that amazing shape? 

I was just staring at Remus in a sort of transfixed state and he was staring back at me. I saw his eyes slowly moving over my face, as if trying to memorize it. My stomach gave a great jolt and I was overcome with the insane urge to move my face just those couple of inches closer to close the gap between us. 

Just as my brain decided to take things into its own hands and my body moved slightly forward, Remus cleared his throat and quickly turned away. 

“We'd better finish this essay!” he said in a forced cheerful voice. My stomach felt like it had dropped out of my body. An overwhelming feeling of rejection washed over me and I fought hard not to cry. 

Remus obviously saw what I was about to do and so he turned away quicker than you can say, 'I don't like you but I am too nice to tell you'. 

Oh Merlin, why didn't you stop me? Why do you always let me make a fool of myself in front of Remus? As if he would ever like me. Why did I listen to my stupid brain? God I can't even look at him now, I am so embarrassed! 

“Uh, you know what; I think I am okay to finish off this essay. You go have fun with the others!” I said, trying my hardest to sound normal. 

“But-” Remus started but I cut him off. 

“Seriously it's fine, go on,” I said, avoiding looking at him and picking up my quill, scribbling anything I could think of, knowing it wouldn't make sense but not caring. 

I could feel him looking at me for a moment before he sighed and got up and returned to the laughing group of our friends. 

I collected up my work as fast as I could and shoved it into my bag. I can't stay here, I need to... I don't know what I need. I just know that I can't sit here staring longingly at someone who very obviously doesn't want me. So I picked up my bag and quickly climbed out of the portrait hole. 

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I crept back through the portrait hole much later that night, well past curfew. I was trying to be as quiet as I could so as not to draw any attention to myself. I could hear voices talking quietly from the armchairs by the fire. Oh just bloody great. It is the Marauders. 

Of course. 

Everyone else had gone to bed except for them. Why couldn’t they have gone to bed at a decent hour like normal people?! What were they doing up so late anyway? 

Whatever, I have more important things to think about. Like the fact that I needed to get past the Marauders without any of them, particularly Remus, seeing my puffy red eyes. So I tip-toed silently the long way around the room towards the girls staircase so that I could avoid going anywhere near the boys. Not far now… Just a little bit further… 

“OWW!” I cried out in pain before instantly clapping my hand over my mouth and looking hurriedly over at the Marauders who were all now staring at me. Stupid table, getting in the way of my foot! 

“Hey Shaylee, are you alright?” Sirius asked standing up and starting to walk towards me. Remus stood up as well and he was looking at me with a worried frown. Noooo, stop looking at me! Look away! 

“Yeah I’m fine! I’m just off to bed, night!” I said quickly and limped as fast as my sore foot could take me up the girl’s staircase and to the safety of my dorm. 

I had to change into my pajamas in the dark so I didn’t wake Lily or Alice up. I don’t care if I wake Demelza up but it is quite unlikely because she is snoring so loudly that I am surprised she doesn’t wake herself up. 

Once I had pulled the hangings closed around me and climbed into my inviting bed, I lay staring at the ceiling. Nothing like a horribly awkward encounter with Remus to make my first great weekend go from amazing, to poo. 

Why had I been such an idiot? As if he would ever like me as more than a friend. I mean I am sure heaps of girls practically throw themselves at him on a daily basis. He is probably fighting them off with a stick that he keeps in his bag at all times. I bet girls plan surprise attacks just to get a piece of him. What chance do I have? 

None is the answer.


A/N: So the last chapter was a bit of a filler chapter so I tried to make sure this one had plenty of Remus goodness in it and also some new info about Shaylee. How about the almost kiss? Love it? Hate it? Want to curse me for not making them kiss and live happily ever after? Let me know with a review! :D

Also, for those who haven't played Cluedo before I recommend giving it a go! It is a very fun game and was quite happy when I found out it would have existed during the Marauder's era meaning I could use it in my story!

Lastly, thank you for reading! I have hit the 40,500 reads mark and I am amazed by how many read and review! It makes my day and encourages me to write. So a big thank you to everyone who has read my story! xx

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