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Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was this girl. She was super popular and pretty and all the boys wanted her. She had a teeny tiny crush on this amazing guy named Remus Lupin. Of course he liked her back because who wouldn’t like this girl?

Anyway, once she found out that Remus Lupin liked her, she eagerly went to her Muggle Studies class the next day with the hope of seeing him. As she sat there waiting for him to ride up on his majestic dragon and whisk her away so they could live happily ever after, she thought of all the things she wanted to say to him. It mostly consisted of how much she liked his laugh and his smile and his… well let’s just say she liked everything about him.

The only problem was, he didn’t show up! The girl waited all lesson, her hope slowly growing smaller and smaller. At the final bell she lost all hope and came to the conclusion that she would die alone known forever as the ‘Crazy Niffler Lady.’

The end.

“His majestic dragon?” a deep voice filled with laughter said from behind me. I spun around and saw Sirius holding a piece of parchment, doubled over with laughter.

Oh dear God.

“Give it back!” I shouted, not caring that most of the students in the crowded corridor were looking at us.

Muggle Studies had just finished and I was sulking my way to Transfiguration. I had spent most of the lesson drowning out Professor Verona, who was ridiculously excited for the camping trip, by writing a very depressing story on a spare piece of parchment. When the bell had rung I had quickly shoved it into my bag, planning to throw it into the common room fire. It totally wasn’t about me or anything…

Okay so it was! And I lied about most of it. Cut me some slack though. If a girl can’t be super popular and pretty in her own story, when can she be?

The one part I wish I had lied about was the part that Remus wasn’t in class. He skipped class! I knew he was sick! I had to stop myself from sprinting off to the Hospital Wing armed with chicken soup and chocolate.

“Get off me you ’Crazy Niffler Lady!’” Sirius shouted/laughed as he tried to shake me off. I may have lost my head completely and tried to wrestle the piece of parchment away from him. I was losing horribly.

“Give it back and I will… you big… idiot!” I puffed and panted with the effort.

I somehow managed to stomp on Sirius’ toe and while he was distracted, I snatched the piece of paper from his hands.

“You stomped on my toe!” Sirius said with a shocked expression on his face.

"You stole my… completely fictional story!” I snapped before I turned on my heel and stomped off to Transfiguration, ignoring the looks I was getting.

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Remus didn’t turn up in Transfiguration either which resulted in much pouting and sighing from me. So I decided to corner James after class and subtly ask him about Remus. Well at least I thought about being subtle. That went out the window pretty quickly.

“Hey James!” I said cheerfully as he was packing up his bag, his desk partner having already left.

James jumped slightly but smiled when he saw it was me. He gave a ‘go on’ wave to Sirius and Peter who were waiting by the door. Sirius raised his eyebrows questioningly at me but I ignored him. I am never speaking to him again.

Never ever.

Well, maybe.

“Hey Shaylee, what’s u-” James started but I cut him off. This is where my subtle plan fell apart. 

“Where’s Remus?” I asked a lot more forcibly than I planned. God Shaylee, get it together! 

James laughed and smirked at me. “I should have known. He’s just feeling a little ill. He should be back tomorrow or the next day,” 

James must of saw my worried look because he hurriedly said, “Don’t worry so much Shaylee!” and he patted my shoulder. 

I was going to say something but was startled by Lily and Alice suddenly appearing. If I didn’t know any better, I would think Lily was looking suspiciously at James and me. I smiled at her and casually said, “Oh that reminds me James, Lily was just saying to me this morning how much fun she had doing your homework together!” 

Lily looked like she was going to murder me but James looked over joyed. 

“What? Really?!” James asked a little too excitedly. 

I raised my eyebrows at Lily, willing her not to say something mean. She glared at me but eventually gave a sigh of defeat and said, “Yeah it wasn’t that bad.” 

My work here is done. 

Alice and I left James and Lily to it and we couldn’t help giggling the whole way to lunch. 

When Alice and I got to the Great Hall, I scanned the Gryffindor table quickly but knew I wouldn’t find who I was looking for. Alice, on the other hand, found Frank and practically skipped off to sit next to him. I considered joining them but Frank was sitting near Sirius and I wasn’t quite ready to listen to his teasing. 

Instead, I made my way over to the Slytherin table and found Aiden’s messy dark hair. He looked up from his plate as I neared and instant grins spread over both of our faces. He made room and I slid into the seat next to him. 

I got a few weird looks from not only the Slytherines, but also from some of the other students. Gryffindor’s didn’t usually voluntarily sit at the Slytherin table. I ignored them and started piling my plate with food. I’m getting pretty good at this ignoring people thing! 

“To what do I owe this pleasure?” Aiden asked me with one of his sly, sexy smiles. 

I shrugged and replied, “Just thought I would have lunch with you today. This is the first time I’ve eaten at the Slytherin table. The hall looks weird from over here!” I said and Aiden laughed. 

Aiden and I talked all through lunch and he even introduced me to two of his friends. There was Alex who was big, brawny and seemed to make every sentence into a sexual innuendo. Then there was Nathan who seemed a bit on the shy side and rather nice for a Slytherin. They didn’t hang around for long so it was mostly just me and Aiden. 

Halfway through lunch I did look over at the Gryffindor table to see Sirius staring at us. He raised his eyebrows at me questioningly and I poked my tongue out at him. He glared and moodily began shoving potatoes into his mouth. I couldn’t help but smirk a little. 

As we were getting up to head to our next classes I asked, “Are we still on to do our homework tonight?” 

Aiden groaned and said, “I’m so sorry but Reed has scheduled last minute Quidditch practices for the rest of the week!” 

I was surprised to realise that I was actually a little disappointed but I smiled and said, “Oh no worries! Another time then.” 

“What about this weekend? Are you doing anything?” he asked as we made our way out of the hall. 

I groaned and rolled my eyes. “Unfortunately, yes. I’m going camping!” I said with obvious fake enthusiasm. Aiden looked at me blankly. I laughed and explained it to him. 

“That sounds awful!” he said and looked appalled at the thought. At last someone agrees! 

Once we reached the Charms classroom for my next class, Aiden surprised me by giving me a hug. I had to sort of stand on my tip toes because he is so damn tall but it was a nice hug none the less. I smiled and waved to him as he headed off to Herbology. 

I walked into the crowded classroom and looked around for a seat. I usually sat with Alice or Lily but Lily was sitting with James(!) and Alice was sitting with Frank. Thanks girls. 

I groaned inwardly when I realised the only free seat was next to, you guessed it, Sirius. 


I grumpily sat in the seat next to him and tried to ignore him while Professor Flitwick explained the day’s lesson. We were supposed to be practicing our non-verbal cheering charms. I had already mastered the cheering charm last year. I had a lot of free time last year okay? I liked to sit in the library and use it on stressed out looking students. 

And people say I’m not nice. 

As the rest of the class paired off to practice on each other, I took out my text book and started reading the next chapter. I’m actually ignoring Sirius for once! This is amazing! What’s even more amazing is that I don’t feel annoyed at him anymore… 

Wait a minute… 

“Stop trying to cheer me up with your stupid cheering charm!” I snapped at Sirius who was staring intensely at me. He jumped at my reaction but almost immediately had a smirk on his face. 

“I was just following our instructions,” he said innocently. I grit my teeth and resisted the urge to say something back. 

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That night after dinner the girls and I decided to claim the good chairs by the fire before the Marauders could get them. I also wanted to destroy my little story without anyone else stealing it, but mostly we just wanted to annoy the guys. We expected them to put up a fight but they were nowhere to be seen. 

“Why is it so quiet?” Alice asked, halfway through her Defense essay. I had already finished it and so to amuse myself I thought it would be a good idea to hang my head upside down off my chair. It wasn’t a good idea. All the blood had rushed to my head and I was feeling a bit faint but I was stuck. 

Why, brain, did you think this would be a good idea?! 

“It’s because the Marauders aren’t here,” Lily said, scribbling away at her nearly finished essay. 

“Where do you suppose they are?” I asked from my upside down position. Lily and Alice looked over at me and gave me weird looks. Well at least I think they did, they are upside down after all. 

“I don’t know,” Alice said and then frowned at me. “Are you okay? Your face has gone all red.” 

“Oh yeah, I am fine,” I said unconvincingly. 

“Why are you upside down?” Lily asked with laughter in her voice. 

“Oh you know, just because,” I tried to say casually. 

Before Alice or Lily could say anything else, I caught sight of three of the four Marauders quietly coming down the boy’s staircase. 

Oh God! I am still upside down! Panicking at the sight of them, I wriggled around to try and right myself but I just ended up falling painfully off my chair. 


“Are you okay Shaylee?” Peter asked from above me. I looked up from my position on the ground to see Peter, James and Sirius looking down at me. Great. 

I tried to laugh casually but it came out rather crazy sounding. “I’m fine!” I said and quickly got to my feet. 

“If you say so,” Sirius said, smirking at me. Ohhh I hate him! 

I planned to say all sorts of mean things to Sirius and James also because he was laughing at me, but before I could the three of them had already started towards the portrait hole. 

“Hey!” I said to their retreating back. “Where are you lot going? It’s nearly curfew!” Merlin, I sound like a prefect. 

“Not that it is any of your business,” Sirius said in a teasing tone. “But we fancy a bit of… food. So if you don’t mind…” 

“I do mind actually!” I said and took a step towards them. “Can I come?” I asked and was surprised by Sirius’ reaction. 

“No!” he said rather forcibly and he must of saw the shock on my face because he hurriedly continued, “I mean, no we wouldn’t want to get you into trouble!” He smiled kindly at me and before I could say anything, he had followed James and Peter out of Common Room. 

“What just happened?” I turned and asked Lily and Alice who were looking at me with the same confused looks. They both shrugged so I continued, “Why didn’t you stop them Lil’s? You’re head girl after all!” 

Lily looked uncomfortable and went back to scribbling at her essay. “It’s their choice if they want to risk getting in trouble,” she said and then she changed the subject to the Defense essay. 

As Lily and Alice chattered on about the essay, I couldn’t help thinking about the Marauders and what they were up to. What was up with Sirius’ weird reaction to me wanting to go with them? What had they been doing up in their dormitory all night? And why was Lily acting so weird? 


I didn’t get a chance to question Lily because she wouldn’t shut up about the bloody essay. But as I was climbing into bed I decided that I would get some answers. 

Maybe tomorrow though… My bed is ridiculously comfortable. 

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I woke up in the morning to Lily throwing my uniform at me. Why can’t she be like a normal person and gently wake me up? Perhaps even sing me a nice song to get me into the morning spirit? But no, one morning it’s water in my face, the next it’s throwing clothes at me. Mental I tell you. 

“I’m up, I’m up!” I grumbled as I rolled over and started to go back to sleep. 

“If you don’t get up how are you going to know if Remus is feeling better enough to go to class?” Lily asked teasingly. I shot straight up before jumping out of bed and getting dressed quickly. I saw Lily’s smirk but ignored her. Don’t judge me. 

Alice was slowly climbing out of her tangle of blankets, while Demelza had obviously already left. My day is better already. 

Once we were all dressed and pretty, we walked together down to breakfast. We got to the Gryffindor table only to find three very tired looking Marauders. James had his elbow on the table with his chin resting in his palm, staring at him pumpkin juice. Peter was tiredly pushing his eggs around on his plate, while Sirius had his head on the table, his eyes closed. 

No Remus though. Lily got me out of bed for this?! 

Oh well, may as well have some fun. 

“Wow, you guys look awful!” I said a little too cheerfully as we sat down next to them. Okay so I was a teeny bit happy to know that the almighty Marauders were capable of looking like the rest of us. 

“Shut up,” Sirius said in an exhausted voice, not bothering to open his eyes. 

“It’s your own fault for staying out so late,” I said, picking at a piece of bacon. “What were you guys doing again?” I asked casually, hoping to catch them off guard. 

“Food,” was all Sirius said. 

Well this is a dead end. 

Lily, Alice and I all shared a look and decided to be nice and let them be. Lily did give James a slightly worried look but quickly covered it by helping herself to some toast. 

Breakfast was actually quiet for once. Sirius still hadn’t opened his eyes and I suspected he was quietly snoring. Peter had actually taken a few bites of his eggs. James had stopped staring at his pumpkin juice and had instead started staring at Lily who, surprisingly, didn’t seem to mind that much. I did see her blushing though. Only a matter of time… 

As the hall started emptying, Lily and Alice got up and started poking James and Peter into action. They grumbled but slowly got up. Sirius on the other hand was having none of it. 

I poked him in the ribs. I ruffled his hair. I even held his nose so he would definitely have to wake up but he just swatted my hand away grumpily and told me to go away. 

“You’re on your own,” Alice laughed as she left the hall with the others. Gee, thanks guys. 

Hmm, this will take some work. 

“Sirius…” I whispered into his ear and he shifted slightly. 

“What?” He asked in a moody voice. 

“If you get up…” I said, this time getting closer to his ear, trying not to laugh. 

“Mmm…?” was his reply. 

“I will give you something…” I said in a breathy sort of voice and I felt Sirius freeze. 

“Wh-what do you mean?” he asked, much more alert now. 

“Anything you want,” I said, barely controlling my laughter from my attempt at being sexy, but I managed to hold it in. 

“I’m up!” he said and sat up straight. I couldn’t help it; I burst out laughing while I grabbed my bag and stood up. Sirius stared at me for a second, his brain having to catch up before he said, “Oh you are mean! I will get you back for that!” 

He sulkily grabbed his bag and we began walking out of the hall. “I thought you didn’t like me like that,” I teased, enjoying teasing him for once. He glared at me and rolled his eyes. 

“You know I don’t. But I’m a guy, as if I wasn’t going to react to some girl whispering in my ear like that! You could have looked like a hag and I would have probably done the same thing!” Sirius said grumpily. 

I laughed and happily walked along next to him, thought it was a little hard because he was taking long strides in an effort to get away from me. Well too bad. He can get a taste of his own medicine for once. 

“You know, if you keep being mean to me I won’t tell you what Remus asked me…” Sirius said, his mood lightening considerably because he knew he had me. 

“What? What did he say?!” I asked, stopping so I could look at Sirius to see if he was being serious or not. He stopped walking and smiled innocently at me. 

Oh Merlin. 

“You said you would do anything,” he said in an overdramatic seductive voice, clearly mocking me. 

“What does that have to do with anything?!” I asked impatiently. 

“If you agree to make good on that promise I will tell you,” Sirius said simply and leant against the wall. 

I stared opened mouthed at him. Was he for real? I’m not doing anything he says! Never, ever, ever! 


“Okay,” I said before my brain could stop my mouth. Crap. “But nothing… sexual or embarrassing!” I quickly continued. 

“Well that was easy!” he said and laughed at the look on my face. 

“Just tell me!” I practically shouted. 

“Okay, okay calm down. Geez anyone would think you wanted me to tell you,” he said and laughed again. 

“I am going to curse you!” I said and actually considered getting my wand out but thought better of it. If I really did curse him I would never know what Remus may, or may not have said. You win this time Sirius Black. 

“Okay fine I’ll tell you. Well you know the other day when Remus went off to the library and then skipped dinner? Well he went up to the hospital wing that night because he was feeling ill,” he saw the worried look on my face and reassured me, “Don’t worry Shaylee, he’s fine. Madam Pomfrey just won’t let him leave yet. I think she may be in love with him,” he joked and I rolled my eyes. He smirked but continued, “So we were all up in our dorm and just before he left he pulled me aside and asked me straight out, ‘Are you and Shaylee dating?’” 

My stomach did a weird flip flop thing and I eagerly asked, “What did you say?!” 

“Well of course I said we were madly in love with each other and we were planning a January wedding!” he saw the horrified look on my face and laughed himself silly. “Of course I didn’t say that! What did you think I was going to say? I really said, ‘No we’re not, we’re just good friends who enjoy having a laugh!’ He did look a little suspicious at first but I explained to him that you’re not my type. I like them dumb and shallow,” he joked and I playfully punched him in the arm. 

“Did he say anything else?” I asked tentatively. I hope to Merlin he didn’t say something like ‘Oh well that is too bad because I don’t like Shaylee in the slightest and if she was dating you maybe she wouldn’t stalk me so much.’ 

Please don’t have said that. 

“He just seemed really pleased and said ‘good’ before he went off to the hospital wing,” Sirius smiled at me and we began walking towards Herbology. I couldn’t tell if I was happy, scared or amazed that Remus seemed to care if I was dating anyone. All of the above I think. 


Remus wasn’t in Herbology or Ancient Runes, nor was he at lunch or Muggle Studies. In fact he wasn’t in any classes and by the time dinner time rolled around I was in a down sort of mood. I had gotten used to seeing him every day. I didn’t realise how much I missed him when he was gone. 

I slid into my usual seat next to Sirius at the Gryffindor table and sighed quietly at the empty place on my other side that Remus usually occupied. 

“So have you guys got your stuff packed for camping tomorrow?” asked Lily cheerfully as she dropped into the seat next to James. I don’t think James will ever stop being surprised when Lily voluntarily sits next to him. 

“Camping is tomorrow?!” Peter asked, nearly choking on his pumpkin juice. Sirius, James, Alice and I all looked at each other with alarm. I had completely forgotten about camping! 

“Don’t you lot ever listen?” Lily asked irately. I was tempted to say, ‘No, that’s what you’re for!’ but Lily had already continued on. “We have our Friday classes and since Muggle Studies is last, Professor Verona said we are supposed to bring all of our clothes and stuff with us to our lesson because we are going straight from class to the grounds.” 

I stared at her. “But what about dinner?!” I asked, horrified at the thought of missing my favourite meal. 

“I guess we are cooking dinner ourselves,” Lily said shrugging. 

Oh God. 

“Eat as much as you can now!” Sirius whispered to me and I laughed. But then I seriously considered it. I can’t cook with magic let alone without it! If it were left up to me we would all starve! 

Just as I was about to start shoveling food into my mouth, someone sat down beside me. 

I had to stop myself from leaping on him and snogging and/or hugging him to death. I managed, but just. 

“Remus!” I said in a ridiculously happy voice. God if anyone didn’t know I liked him, they did now. 

He smiled at me and I felt like it was the first time talking to him again. My heart sped up and I got butterflies in my stomach. 

“Good to see you up and about mate!” James said grinning at Remus who grinned back. He certainly looked like he had been ill but he looked much better than the last time I saw him. 

“It’s good to be out! Madame Pomfrey was threatening to keep me another night but I charmed her into letting me go,” he joked and we all laughed. I hadn’t seen Remus in such a good mood before. It made me instantly happy. 

“Just in time to see Shaylee freak out about camping and potentially starving” Sirius joked and grinned at his friend. Remus laughed and grinned back at him and if I’m not mistaken, even gave him a small nod. 

I will never understand these boys. 

“Oh shut up!” I said but laughed along with everyone else. 

Dinner went by with everyone in a good mood, largely because Remus was back. Lily and Alice kept giving me ridiculous looks which made me giggle. At one point, Lily had waggled her eyebrows at me which caused me to burst out laughing. The boys all looked at us weirdly and James even muttered ‘Bloody mental’ under his breathe while shaking his head. 

After dinner we all began a slow walk back towards our common room. We were all full and everyone was talking to each other loudly. I was walking in between Remus and Sirius and they were taking turns to playfully push me around. 

“You two are so unfair! Just because you’re both freakishly tall does not mean you can push me around!” I tried to say sternly but ruined the effect by smiling. 

“Uhh, I think it does!” Remus said and grinned at me. I poked my tongue out at him and he smiled. 

“Shaylee!” I turned at the sound of my name and saw Aiden waving at me from the bottom of the stairs. 

Uh oh. 

Remus and Sirius stopped walking and stared down at Aiden, who looked uncomfortable. 

Oh god! What am I going to do?! I can’t just ignore Aiden. But talking to him will make the others annoyed. Ohhh Merlin, why do you do this to me just when I get Remus back?! 

Making up my mind, I smiled down at Aiden and said “Hey! I’ll be down in a minute.” 

I looked apologetically at Remus and Sirius who, just as I guessed, looked annoyed. “I’ll meet you guys in the common room,” I said to them. Sirius just rolled his eyes and walked off after the others. Remus on the other hand stared at me for a moment. It felt like he was searching for something. Oh boy. Don’t look at me like that! 

“See you in the common room,” Remus said quietly after a moment. He turned and followed Sirius. 

What was that all about?! Boys are so confusing! 

I frowned at Remus’ retreating back but quickly dismissed his weird look. I met Aiden at the bottom of the stairs where he was waiting with a smile. 

“I thought you had Quidditch practice?” I asked him. 

“Reed canceled at the last minute,” Aiden said rolling his eyes. “I need to talk to you…” he said quietly and trailed off. 

I looked at him worriedly at the sound of his tone. “Is everything okay?” I asked and put my hand on his arm comfortingly. 

“Do you think we could go somewhere and talk?” he asked and I nodded.


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 Remus’ POV: 

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” I muttered as I touched the Marauders Map with the tip of my wand. I slowly scanned the map full of moving dots for Shaylee’s name. It took a moment but I finally found hers and, unfortunately, McKinnen’s as well. 

I frowned at the map when I saw that they were in a rarely used classroom on the third floor. What are they doing there? 

Actually, I don’t want to know. 


Okay so I do want to know. 

The night of the full moon wasn’t too bad. The others had met me at the Shrieking Shack as usual and we had gone on another adventure. I always feel guilty about lying to Dumbledore before the full moon but my gratitude for my friends always wins out in the end. We all enjoyed ourselves and no one got hurt so I was as happy as a werewolf could be during the full moon. 

Now that the full moon has passed I can finally try and figure out how I feel about Shaylee. I have a feeling this isn’t going to be easy. I know one thing for sure though. I do not like the fact that this McKinnen bloke and Shaylee are in an empty classroom together. 

“What are you doing mate?” Sirius asked from the doorway to our dormitory. I jumped and quickly turned around. I had been so deep in thought that I hadn’t even heard the door open. 

“Uh, nothing,” I said, stuffing the map into my pocket. “Just looking for my Charms textbook. I still can’t find it!” I said and laughed nervously. I have never been good at lying to any of my best mates. 

Sirius gave me a look that clearly said he didn’t believe me. “Right…” he said. 

Before I could say anything, Peter had entered the room, throwing his school bag onto his bed. “What’s going on?” Peter asked as he looked from Sirius to me. 

“Moony is acting very strange,” Sirius said and smirked at me. 

“I am not!” I protested and to avoid looking at Sirius, I began looking for my Charms book. It was no use of course because it had been gone for days and I was sure it wasn’t up here, but Sirius didn’t know that. 

“You are,” Sirius said still looking at me, amused. “He is, isn’t he Wormtail?” 

“You definitely are mate,” Peter said from his bed. 

Bloody hell, can’t a bloke have one secret? 

“I’m not acting weird!” I said a little irritated. 

“Alright, what’s this then?” Sirius asked and before I could stop him, he grabbed the map that had been slightly sticking out of my pocket. 

“The Map?” Sirius asked in confusion. “What do you need this for?” 

“I- Uh- Was just looking-” I tried to think of an excuse but before I could, I saw the recognition register on Sirius’ face. 

“You were looking for Shaylee!” Sirius said loudly and I resisted the urge to clamp my hand down over his mouth to shut him up. 

“I was not!” I protested and tried to snatch the map back from him but he danced out of my reach. Damn him and his Quidditch reflexes! 

“Okay, okay so I was looking for her,” I said and tried to sound casual. “I just wanted to make sure she was alright. I don’t trust McKinnen, that’s all.” 

“Neither do I,” Sirius said but continued to smirk at me. 

“Look where they are,” I said a little bitterly, while trying to ignore Sirius’ knowing smirk. 

Peter stood next to Sirius and they both peered at the map. Peter didn’t seem very phased but Sirius’ face darkened and I knew he disapproved just as much as I did, which to be honest, made me a little worried. I tried to remind myself that Sirius had sworn he wasn’t interested in Shaylee, but I guess I still had my doubts. 

“What do you think they’re doing?” Peter asked as he sat back onto his bed. 

Sirius and I glanced at each other but neither of us wanted to say what we really thought. 

“Probably just having a casual duel or something,” Sirius said before he muttered, “Mischief managed.” 

I sat down heavily on my bed and ran my hand through my hair. How can one girl have such an effect on me? One minute I don’t know if I like her or not and then the next I feel sick because she might be snogging some bloke that is not me. As much as I wanted to believe Sirius’ theory, that Shaylee was kicking his butt at a duel, all I could picture was them snogging. Not a good mental image. 

“Don’t worry mate,” Sirius said and I looked up to see him giving me a reassuring smile. “I know for a fact that she doesn’t like McKinnen. She told him so after he kissed her,” I remember him and James talking about it while we did our homework the other day, which had made me happy. Though I still wish the whole thing had never happened. 

“It’s none of my business what they are doing,” I tried to say as if I really didn’t care as I got up from my bed and started towards the dormitory door. Sirius quickly got up and stood in front of me, blocking my way. 

“Oh come on Moony!” Sirius said with a look of exasperation on his face. “You like her! It’s okay to admit it!” 

Sighing in defeat, there really was no point in trying to deny it, I finally said aloud, “Fine! I like her!” And as I said it I knew it was true. There was no full moon hanging over my head and my thoughts were clear. I really liked Shaylee and I didn’t know what to do about it. 

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Shaylee’s POV: 

“You know you had me worried for a while there,” I said laughingly as I gave Aiden a goodbye hug. 

We had been sitting in one of the classrooms that barely got used on the third floor. Aiden had picked the spot after he told me he had to talk to me. I had been worried that something was seriously wrong but it turned out he was only joking. We had ended up sitting on opposite desks just talking and laughing and before we knew it a couple of hours had passed. I was beyond pleased that we could still be friends without any weirdness after the whole kiss incident. 

“I know and I’m sorry,” Aiden said, releasing me from the hug. “I just wanted to make sure you would come with me. You were with your other friends after all…” he trailed off and I frowned at him. 

“You don’t have to pretend for me to want to hang out with you!” I said and playfully hit him on the arm. “We’re friends and I’ll always have time for you.” 

Aiden smiled at me, but not his usual friendly smile. This was more a sexy, slow smile and it made my heart rate pick up. Oh dear God please don’t kiss me again! 

“We had better get back to our common rooms!” I said quickly and started for the door, trying to put some distance between us. I heard Aiden heavily sigh.

 “Yeah I guess. It is way after curfew so be careful getting back,” Aiden said and he opened the door and peered out into the silent corridor. 

“Yeah, you too. I’ll see you after my horror weekend of camping,” I said and groaned at the thought. 

We both crept out into the corridor, Aiden going one way, me the other. I was nearing Gryffindor tower and thought I was actually going to make it back without anyone catching me, when I heard muffled talking. I froze and listened. It was coming from up ahead and I almost sighed out loud when I realised that in order to get to Gryffindor tower I had to go this way. 

Just bloody great. 

I quietly peered around the corner and nearly fell over with shock at the sight of James and Lily. Now usually seeing either of them would hardly shock me. Them together was a little more shocking but not too out there. What I was looking at right now took the cake. 

They were standing very close together and Lily was not using her wand to beat him away. In fact, she seemed to be pulling him closer. Oh God! I don’t want to watch this! But before I pop back around the corner, James had grabbed hold of the back of Lily’s neck and pulled her face towards his. And Lily didn’t stop him! Lily kissed James back with just as much enthusiasm, if not more. 

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It was a good half an hour before I finally made it back to the common room. It wasn’t like I could just walk past James and Lily while saying, ‘Oh don’t mind me! Continue on!’


So I ended up waiting in a nearby classroom, every now and then checking to see if the coast was clear. And let me tell you, those two can bloody snog! I guess it had been building up for six years but come on! You have to come up for air sometime! As happy as I was for James and Lily that they finally seemed to be together, I wanted to leave that cold classroom sometime tonight. 

Finally, after what felt like a million and ten years, I heard two pairs of footsteps walk past my hiding place and I was free at last. 

I told the Fat Lady the password and ignored her disapproving look before climbing through the portrait hole. The common room was empty, except for the Marauders, minus James. They all looked up at the sound of the door opening and all smiled at me as I made my way over to them. 

“You guys are up late,” I said as I took the free seat next to Peter. I decided not to tell them about the whole James and Lily thing. If they wanted people to know, they would tell them when they were ready. 

“We wanted to make sure you got back okay,” Remus said before an instant blush spread over his face. 

It felt like my heart stopped before it fluttered back into life. Did he really just say that? Or am I just dreaming right now? I bloody hope not. 

“You guys didn’t have to do that!” I said, trying to control my own blush. “Sorry I’m back so late. I know I said I would meet you guys back here, we just lost track of time.” You are doing a great job brain! 

“Yes about that,” Sirius started and gave me a stern look. “What did McKinnen want?” 

I frowned at him but he just smiled pleasantly at me. “Oh you know, he wanted to try and convert me into being a Slytherin and to spill all of your quidditch secrets,” I said with a serious face. They all looked at me horrified. I laughed and they all glared back. “He just wanted to hang out and talk!” I said and I swear I saw Remus give a small sigh of relief. Or maybe I imagined it because that’s what I wanted. 

Just then the portrait hole opened and a very guilty looking Lily and James walked into the room. They froze when they saw us before quickly trying to act normal. 

“Er, yes, well goodnight Potter. Remember to tell McGonagall that we can’t do prefect rounds over the weekend,” Lily said and hurried off towards the girl’s staircase. 

“Oh, uh, yeah I’ll tell her tomorrow. Goodnight Evans,” James said in an attempt at his usual casual tone. He wasn’t fooling anyone.


A/N: Hello again! I know I said last chapter that this chapter would be dramatic... yeah, about that. This turned out to be more of a filler chapter than a dramatic, heart racing chapter with lots of explosions and a high speed car chase. But there was some James/Lily cuteness for all of you shippers! And a small look into what Remus was thinking after the full moon. Sorry about the filler chapter but I still hope you liked it!

I think you will be pleased and super shocked to know that the next chapter is already written! I know, it is amazing. It is the camping chapter so it's a long one. A whole bunch of stuff happens so make sure you keep an I eye out for it!

In other news, my story has reached over 50,500 views! Just... what?! I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has ever read and reviewed this story. When I started it I never thought that I would get such a great response to something that I wrote. So thank you!!!

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