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~Sirius' POV~

"She'll be fine, Sirius," Lily said to me as we went to Herbology, "Stop worrying."

"I'm not worrying," I said and instantly knew I had lied. I was so worried about her. Like, she just collapsed in the middle of Charms and had a seizure-y thing. Who wouldn't be?

"Lies. You obviously care about her. A lot," Lily said. Was I really that obvious?

"Well, I do," I said. I really cared about her, why lie? Lily just smiled back.

"What?" I asked, just completely frustrated in the lack of answers about everything.

"Nothing. It's just completely adorable how you are so concerned about her. I wish I had a guy like that," she said. I stared at her in disbelief.

"What? Are you blind? You have Prongs!" I exclaimed, "All he does is worry about you! And you have Smith as well!"

"It's not the same."

"What do you mean?" I asked. Lily hesitated.

"It's just that...you like Alexis and she likes you back. James likes me, well at least he thinks he does, but I don't like him back," she said.

Oh shit. She still thinks Prongsie still likes her? Crapety crapety fuck.

I would have thought Rosie would have told her by now...

"And I do have Callum, but it is different," she said.

"How is it different? And James really does genuinely care about you," I said, which was true. He did care about her, just not bordering on obsession anymore, "And you don't like him back? Not even a teensie bit?"

"Well, maybe,'" she said. Oh Merlin, I had to act like the nosy best friend, didn't I? And then find out that the girl he had just gotten over now likes him back.

Oh Merlin, why do you hate me so?

"But that's not the point. The point is that it's adorable how you care about Al," she said.

"Whatever. She just collapsed randomly. Don't tell me you're not worried about her."

"But, I'm serious, stop worrying about her. She'll be fine," Lily opened the door.

"You lie, Evans. I'm Sirius." She just rolled her eyes in a way that said 'not funny'.

xxxxx

I was walking back to Gryffindor tower when I was attacked by Butt-chin and Elf-ears.

"Sirius!!? Elf-ears cooed.

"Um, hey?" I forgot what her name was.

"So anyway, Sirius," Butt-chin said, "You know how I was telling you about going on a double date with Dorcas and James and me" So Elf-ears was Dorcas. Meh, I liked Elf-ears better.

"Yeah, I remember," I said cautiously. My mind was quickly scrambling for a way to get out of this.

"So do you want to do it this weekend?" Butt-chin asked.

"Sorry, ladies, but uhhh..." my mind was still scrambling, "I've sort of already asked Rosie.?

"Who? Who's Rosie?" Elf-ears said in a voice that was way to high-pitched.

"Alexis," I said.

"What? Why would you want to go with her?" Elf-ears almost yelled.

"And you promised that you would go with us!" Butt-chin said angrily. She and Butt-chin actually looked pretty scary when they were all fired up.

"Sorry...uhhh...bye," I said almost sprinted out of there before they could hex me into the next dimension.

I walked into our dorm. The guys were sitting on Prongs' bed like they were having a girly gossip session. Actually, they probably were.

I didn't know whether I should join them or if I should just pretend that nothings happening.

"Sirius," Remus gestured for me to come over. Okaaay then.

"What's up guys?" I said casually. Remus shrugged and looked over at Prongs. James was just staring straight ahead.

"Hey, Prongsie, what's up?" I asked again.

No answer.

"Uhh...James?" I asked.

"Yeah,"? he said.

"What's up?"? I repeated for like the millionth time. He shrugged and popped a piece of chocolate in his mouth.

"Not much," he mumbled through a chocolatey mess.

"Dude, you have a bit here," Moony said while pointing to the edge of his mouth. James just shrugged and wiped it on his sleeve.

"Prongs, you are going to get so fat from all that chocolate," I said and slapped him on the stomach, "is that the beginnings of a belly, I see?"

James looked absolutely horrified.

"Quidditch pitch. Exercise. Now," he said and grabbed his broom.

We took a short cut that Peter had discovered in our first year. Things were a bit awkward while we were talking. I tried acting completely normal with Remus, but it was really awkward.

"Soooo," Remus said as we walked to the pitch.

"Yeah...last one to the pitch is a humungous hippogriff!" I yelled to break the awkward silence. We all sprinted to the pitch but, obviously, Wormtail came last.

"Wormtail's the humungo hippogriff!"? Prongs chanted over and over again as he chucked the quaffle to him. Peter fumbled with the ball, but he did manage to catch it, eventually.

For the next hour, things were almost like back to normal.

xxxxx

~James' POV~

We chucked the Quaffle around and had fun. Even if Remus didn't really know how to play and Peter didn't really have the...erm...physical capabilities...it was still really good.

"Dude, enough!" Remus flopped off his broom and onto the ground.

"I think you're the one who's been pigging out on chocolate!" Sirius said. Remus punched his in the arm. I just smiled and lobbed the Quaffle at Peter's head, which he fumbled and then dropped.

"Nice one, Petey!" I grinned.

"Shuddup, Prongs," he said and attempted to chuck the Quaffle at me. He failed. Badly.

"I'm hungry. Let's go to the kitchens," he grinned and got up. Remus and Peter also went to go fill their bellies.

"You coming, Prongs?" Sirius asked.

"You go ahead, mate. I got to get my Quidditch robes from my," I said and made my way over to the locker room.

I shoved open the door and that was when I heard the whispering.

"You said it would work," a voiced hissed.

"I-I-I'm sorry. It w-was supposed to," said a second.

"Supposed to is not good enough, Snape!" The first voice said. Who were they? Obviously the stuttering idiot was Snape...

"I'm sorry, Callum!" Oh. My. Merlin. Callum Smith? As in Lily's boyfriend Smith? Or just another Callum?

"It's Smith to you," ah fuck. It was Callum Smith. I followed the sounds of their voices. It was coming from the cupboard that held the broomsticks that the first years used.

"So-sorry," Snape said.

"You should be, Snivellus. You said it would work," Smith snarled.

"It should be working! I swear! Maybe you didn't give her a large enough dose!" Wait, he was drugging some poor girl?

"I give it to her every eight hours, Snivellus. Why the hell is it not working?" Smith growled.

"I-I don't know? Maybe L-Lily's immune to it?" They were drugging Lily?!?!

"She can't be. No, I want another stronger batch by next week," Smith demanded.

xxxxx

~Alexis POV~

I was sitting in the Great Hall eating my dinner. I'd just been released from the Hospital Wing and I was ravenous.

I was eating my third bowl of pasta when James walked in and sat down in front of me. I looked guiltily at him, wondering if I should tell him about his father or not.

He had the right to know and I wanted him to have some warning and maybe it was just best if told him?

"Alexis," he said, "We need to talk."

"About...?" I asked.

"Lily." Duuhhhh. Silly me, of course Jamesie wanted to talk about his Lily-kins. Doesn't mean that I shouldn't tell him about what I knew about his father.

Do we have to?" I whined.

"Yes," he stood up and dragged me out of the hall.

"But James, I haven't finished eating!" I said and tried to break free.

"You have now." He led me down an empty corridor and turned to me.

"Smith," he said, "is drugging Lily."

"You're joking," I said, "Right?"

"No."

"What is he drugging her with?" I decided to humour him.

"I don't know but it's some kind of love potion thing!"

"He's drugging her? You seriously believe that, James? Smith may be a dick head but he's not stupid," I said and tried to go back to my food.

"Wait, no. I heard them," he said as he grabbed my wrist.

"What? Now's there's two of them?" I asked.

"Yeah. Smith and Snivellus," he nodded.

"Stop being an idiot, James."

"I'm not! I heard them talking in the broom cupboard at the Quidditch pitch changing rooms! Smith was almost bashing Snivellus about how it's not working!"

"Why were you even in there?"

"I had to get my cloak."

"Right," I nodded, "Nice try James but next time, try and come up with something more believable. Like a hippogriff ate your underwear."

"A hippogriff ate Prongs' undies?" Sirius said as he came up to us.

"Yep," I said and twirled my finger next to my head to indicate James was crazy.

"Please, Al, you have to believe me," James said. He looked like he was on the verge of kneeling down on two knees and begging and pleading.

"No she doesn't," Sirius said and put his arm around my shoulders.

"Shut up, Padfoot. Just because have a big arse crush on her," James glared at Sirius.

"I sure do," he said with a smile and kissed me on the cheek. If I wasn't going red before, I definitely was now.

"James, if you want me to believe you, maybe you should tell me something more believable," I said.

"Wait, what did you tell her?" Sirius asked.

"I heard Smith and Snivellus talking and I think Smith is getting Snivellus to make some sort of love potion so he can drug Lily," James said really quickly.

"Dude...that's a bit far-fetched, even for you...are you sure?" Sirius asked. James simply nodded in reply.

"Well, then we need to get proof and then make sure Smith gets what he deserves and tell Lily," Sirius said.

"Wait. Stop. You actually believe him, Sirius?" I said, ducking out from underneath his arm so I could face him.

"Well, yeah," he said and shuffled awkwardly. I jaw nearly hit the floor, "I do believe him. Like, I don't think he's creative enough to come up with Smith slipping love potions to Lily."

"Hey! I'm right here!" James exclaimed.

"I know, mate. I can see you. I'm just convincing Rosie that you're not lying," Sirius said.

"Whatever, guys. I'm hungry. I'll see you later," I replied and went back to the Great Hall for more of that really good pasta.

I sat down next to Alice who was sitting by herself.

"Hey, where's Lily?" I asked.

"In the library studying with Snape or something," she shrugged. My mind instantly turned to what James had just told me. If James had just say Snape in the locker room, then how could he be studying with Lily?

"Guess what James just told me," I blurted before I could stop myself.

"What?"

"Apparently Snape has been giving Smith love potions so he can drug
Lily," I said.

"Are you serious?" Alice gapped at me.

"That's what he told me."

"No. Freaking. Way," she said slowly.

"It's not confirmed or anything..."

"But it does make sense!" Alice exclaimed.

"How?"

"Well, how she's always like 'I can't explain how I feel about Callum' one moment and the next she's all like 'I'm in love with James'."

"Yeah...maybe? We should just keep an eye out for her. She might get hurt."

"Who might get hurt?" Lily said as she sat down next to us. Alice and I looked guiltily at each other.

"Uh, doesn't matter. Where were you?" I said quickly eventhough both Alice and I knew the answer.

"I was supposed to meet Sev up in the Library so we could study, but he never showed," she said, looking quite upset.

"Oh, Lils, I'm sure he had a valid reason," Alice said and gave me a pointed look.

xxxxx

So we stuck to Lily like glue. Wherever she went, we went as well. Whether it was the dorms, classes or even the bathroom, we were right there with her.

"I haven't seen anything," Alice whispered in my ear.

"Neither," I shook my head, "I think James' got it wrong. We eyeball her drinks and nobody has slipped her anything."

"You think James would make this up?" Alice said.

"Do you really thing Smith would slip her love potions continuously? Or that Snape would agree to it? He's like her best friend, Alice, I don't think he would," I said and turned back to the board to copy the notes that Slughorn has written.

A piece of parchment landed in front of me. It was covered with James messy scrawl.

Instantly I was filled with guilt again. James seemed really close with his parents, even if they were almost never home. Who knew how it would affect him if his father died?

Rosie, Sirius and I have come up with a grand plan. Would you like to hear it?

Oh dear Merlin. That did not sound good.

Not really! But I guess you're going to tell me anyway, so go ahead

Do you remember ages ago when we said that you would have to pull a prank with us?

Ah shit. So that was what this was about. I remembered it too well when they told me that I had to pull a prank with them. It was just after I'd had a water fight with Sirius in the Great Hall and they called me a goody-goody.

Do I ever

Well, we have a plan

Do enlighten me

You'll find out soon enough

Arrghh!!! Damn those Marauders! The suspense was killing me.

Suddenly, the door to the dungeons flew open. Professor McGonagall strode in.

"Professor Slughorn, a word with Mr Potter, if you don't mind."

"Of course, Minerva!" he said.

Oh shit. It was like d?j?-vu. No, this can't be happening. Not now...

"Please take your book to, Mr Potter. We may not be coming back," Professor McGonagall said.

I tried looking at her to determine how she felt. Sad? Distressed? Pitying? But her face was a blank canvas.

James picked up his books. He was looking at Sirius who was gesturing back to him that he didn't know what this was about.

When James and Professor McGonagall left, I was silently beating myself for not telling James earlier.

xxxxx

a.n. dun-dun-duuuun (that's my dramatic music sound effects if you didn't get it).
xx,
marauders forever xx

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