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Chapter 5 – Pranking for Beginners

Jasmine's point of view




 

This is more difficult then I thought it would be. Well then again I didn’t exactly think that this would happen.


“Jasmine.”


Remus pokes me gently for what must be the hundredth time today. I frown delicately and shake my head.


“No sir, I don’t know where Lupin is today.” I call, giving Professor Slughorn what I hope looks like a puzzled shrug.


“Very well, Miss Evans I don’t suppose you have any idea of where Mr Potter, Black or Pettigrew are either? No, well then we shall continue without them.” Professor Slughorn says dryly, clapping his hands together.

“Psst, Jasmine.”


Another poke.


I swear that if he doesn’t cut it out soon I may be forced to kill him. 


Picking up my wand I wave it lazily above my caldron. I can feel Remus’ eyes on me.
“Well I know you can’t here me and all but….” Remus starts leaning on the bench. His voice is soft.


He sighs and I can’t help but watch out of the corner of my eye as he scratches absently at his chin.


“I’m really sorry about before. I didn’t mean to call you Gemma.”


I have to bight my lip hard to keep my face expressionless but I can’t stop my mouth from opening in shock. Its lucky Remus chose to drop his head onto the bench with a solid thunk.


The bell sounds and startles me out of my thoughts. No time for second guessing at Remus’ apology, its time for phase two of ‘operation disregard’ to begin.

The rest of the class packs their belongings into their bags before leaving the room. Lily catches my eye as she passes and gives me a small nod.


I wait till most of the class has left for their next class before making my move. Remus is the only person left and with his head in his hands he does not see what I do next.


Standing up quickly I leave the room and head towards the astronomy tower.


“Hey Jaz!”


Turning to face a beaming Rachel I smile in relief. I was almost worried she had forgotten.


Almost.


“You coming to class?” She asks quickly.


“Nope, not feeling well, think I’ll head down to Madam Pomfrey.” I answer ignoring the glares of a passing Slytherine.


“Ok, well see you at lunch.” Rachel gives me a quick hug and darts off. I can feel the piece of paper Rachel had slipped me tucked firmly in my back pocket.


Oh she’s good.




 

My stomached is twisting in knots the size of a hippogriff. I guess this is how actors feel before walking on stage. Brushing of a cobweb I watch as the four Gryffindor boys collapse in a heap on the stairs.


I have to balance precariously on my toes, as even the slightest movement will give away my hiding spot. Here’s goes nothing.


Stepping out from behind a fading curtain I stand up quietly, making sure no one else is around.


“Psst Potter.”


James jumps a foot in the air and all four, spin around. Their shocked faces stare at me with disbelief as I give them a tiny smile.


It’s Sirius who reacts first with a triumphant hoot.


“I knew we weren’t invisible Moony. I told you but you three didn’t believe me!” He sings dancing around and around in circles.


The other boys are still staring in shock.


Sirius however seems to doubt this new turn of events and faces me with a frown.


“You can see us right?” He asks carefully.


“Yeah, but…” I begin before I am lifted of the ground and a sloppy mouth crashes onto mine.


Pushing Sirius away with all the force I can muster, I wipe my hand across my mouth.


“Uggh Black, don’t you dare touch me again!” I screech, repeatedly wiping my mouth again and again on my sleeve. I am not over reacting; just imagine how many girls he has snogged in broom closets and at the back of the library. With my luck I’ll probably catch mono.


“Yeah don’t touch her.” Remus calls from behind me.


Peter waddles over and pokes me.


“I’m real damn it!”


“Sorry, er...wasn’t…su..re…” Peter mumbles stepping away quickly.


“If you can see us, does that mean…?” James begins before sprinting down the corridor do fast he collides with a tiny Ravenclaw girl. We all watch as James goes flying across the room and lands with a crash at the bottom of a statue.


“Oh whoops. I must have tripped.” The girl says to her friend who helps her up and all five of us watch her walk away.


“No, no one else can see us. Except you.” Sirius says his face scrunched up as he thinks.


“Why did you pretend you couldn’t?” Remus whispers.


“I didn’t want anyone to think I was talking to myself. I wouldn’t be able to help you if I was classified as loony.” I said rolling my eyes.


I hide my crossed fingers behind my back.


“Oh, that makes sense.” Remus nods his head happily.


“How come she can see us then?” Sirius says pointing at me.


She has a name doffus.


“I don’t know.” James shrugs, running his hands through his hair.


Shit! I didn’t think of this… What do I say?


“Ummm…” I begin frantically thinking up a possible solution. Maybe I fell and hit my head? Nope that wouldn’t work; they would just think I had brain damage.


“Maybe it was to do with the prank this morning. Maybe it was you know something we did.” Peter squeaks, his beady eyes watering slightly.


“Don’t be stupid wormtail.” James scowled, picking himself of the floor.


Peter looks down at his hands turning bright red.


“No wait, you might be right!” Sirius exclaims swinging his arms into the air.


Wow, I didn’t know people really do that when they get excited!


“What…?”


“Our prank must have done it!” Sirius exclaims happily.


“Sirius there is no way a bunch of feathers could have done this.” James rolls his eyes.


“No not the one this morning, the one with the pumpkin juice at dinner last night.” Sirius practically shouts in James’ face.


“That would make sense then, Jasmine doesn’t drink pumpkin juice so she mustn’t have been affected.” Remus shouts.


I stare at him and blink slowly.


“How the hell do you know that I don’t like pumpkin juice?”


I watch as Remus blushes a deep scarlet and stares at his feet.


“Doesn’t matter.” Sirius sighs, shooting Remus a bemused look.


I shake my head.


“Well anyway, say this is all happening because of the prank…” James begins.

“We still don’t know how to reverse it.”


The four boys all stop what they are doing and think.


I give a little cough.


“Maybe you should do the same thing you did last night?” I ask carefully.


They all think this over.


“Brilliant, just bloody brilliant girl! Come on dinner will be starting soon.” James loops an arm through mine and drags me along with him.


The four boys begin to work out what to do and I nod whenever they ask me questions. I play with the piece of paper and bite my lip to hide my grin.


“Are you feeling alright? You look a bit demented.” Remus asks.


“Fine”


This is just going to be the best moment of my life…


Finally getting back at the marauders. I’m taking one for the team.


We stop just inside the great hall as students begin to pour inside, each taking seats and digging into the feast that has been provided.


“Maybe you should stand in the centre of the room. You know for a better effect.” I suggest.


Sirius nods and they walk over to the middle of the hall right where everybody can see them.


From over on the Gryffindor table Lily catches my eye and points to her watch.


It’s nearly time.


I grin and pull out the piece of paper and slip my wand out of my sleeve. Whispering softly under my breath I gasp as the marauders are swept up into the air.


“What the…”


They begin swinging upside down, around in a circle as pieces of confetti fall out of nowhere onto their heads.

Thankyou Lily and you're awesome spells.


Remus spots my grin and calls out…


Just before the entire school looks up and begins to laugh.


“Hope you’ve had a lovely day boys.” Lily calls waving sweetly at the furious marauders.


They yell even louder.


Standing on top of the Gryffindor table I take a deep bow. Lily, Charlie, Sophie, Rachel do the same to the clapping and cheering.


I didn’t realise pranking could ever be so fun.
 




Sorry for taking so long to post this chapter. I promise to try to put more up. So what did you think? Did you like it? Please Read and Review!!!

Thanks for reading.

Chesh ;)

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