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A/N - From this point forward the chapters have yet to be rewritten. These were originally written over 3 years ago, and honestly are not my best work. You can continue reading if you want, but after these are rewritten, a lot of this chapter and the subsequent chapters will be different.

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"You know, he's not going to leave you alone until you say yes to him, right?" Remus was saying to Lily on their way to class. "And you can't tell me you don't fancy him, Lily. You've softened towards him, I can tell," he added.

Lily didn't say anything; she just stuck her tongue out at him.

"Very mature Lils," he said while Hermione giggled, knowing Lupin was right.

"Oh, and what are you laughing at? It looks like you're going to have the same problem with our dear Sirius," Lily asked, causing Hermione to stop walking for a moment.

Her heart felt like it had dropped out of her. "He – he’s only joking, right? I mean, he's just met me. He's just doing it because I'm like - like the shiny new toy… right?" she stammered to Lily and Remus.

"I wouldn't be so sure..." Lupin said cryptically.

Hermione found herself feeling butterflies in her stomach at the thought. Well, if you're going to be here for a while. You might as well have some fun. She thought for a moment, at least until the rational side of her brain took over. No. That isn't going to help or solve anything. Just stick to the task at hand, Granger.

The three of them entered the classroom and all found seats together. Hermione – her head still buzzing with thoughts of Sirius -  settled in to have her first lesson, wondering how different it would be than it was twenty years in the future. She was surprised to see an exceptionally young Professor Vector.

"Professor Vector is new. Only her second year teaching. She's nice enough, but gives a ridiculous amount of homework," Lupin whispered to her.

Hermione, obviously knowing this from her own time, pretended to look disappointed.

"That's alright, my old Arithmancy professor gave a ton of homework as well," she said with a smile.

An hour and a half later, the lesson was over and Lupin and Lily were more than impressed with Hermione. They themselves were both a brilliant Witch and Wizard, but they have never seen anyone who even remotely compared to Hermione. They were awed, happy to have someone else in the group who appreciated the value of knowledge, and slightly jealous.

"Wow Hermione. You really are quite brilliant, aren't you?" Remus asked her after class.

Hermione, of course, was the first person to shoot her hand up in the air to correctly answer every question. She earned 20 points for Gryffindor in her first class alone and she still had the rest of the day to go. Though she may not be in her own time, she was not going to let her grades suffer. That part of her is just too deeply ingrained at this point of her life.

"Yeah, seriously Hermione. You're the only person who has ever out answered me," Lily said, sounding amazed.

Hermione found herself blushing deeply and mumbled, "Thanks guys."

As Remus and the two girls entered the Charms classroom, Remus busted out laughing. Hermione and Lily turned deep shades of red and looked as if they could kill the two boys sitting grinning at them. Sirius and James, each at a different desk, have charmed red and gold, flashing, sparkling signs at both empty seats. They each read almost identically, only the names were changed. "Reserved: This Seat is Property of Lily Evans" the one next to James read. "Reserved: This Seat is Property of Hermione Winters" read the one near Sirius. Hermione had never been so embarrassed in her life and was just now realizing how it had taken Lily so long to say yes to James. These two boys were completely unbelievable.

"They. Cannot. Be. For. Real." Lily said through her teeth.

Every one of the students in that class were rolling with laughter, which made Hermione want to run from the classroom, hide under a desk, or hex Sirius right in his smug face. How anyone could possibly think this was a fool proof way to get a girl to like you, was beyond her. Already feeling like an oddity as it is, the last thing Hermione wanted was more attention her way.

"Lily? Do you think I would be in too much trouble if I murdered a student on my first day?" Hermione nearly growled.

"As Head Girl, you have my permission and my blessing," she answered sharply.

They both stood there for another moment, each looking for different seats but, sadly the only two seats left were the ones next to the boys. They each took a deep breath and marched over to them.

"Take that down now before I jinx your ass so badly you won't be able to ride your broom for a month," Lily shouted at James.

"Black. Get rid of it. Now." Hermione snarled while she held her wand threateningly in his face.

Something about the girls' expressions had the boys taking them seriously. They each waved their wands and the signs were gone.

"Geez ladies, take it easy. We only wanted to make sure you both had prime seats," said James rather sadly.

"Yeah, I mean, who wouldn't want to sit with us? We wanted to make sure you had your chance," Sirius said as cocky as ever while winking at her and leaning his chair back on its two hind legs.

Hermione and Lily both sat eerily similarly to one another. They each had their arms crossed across their chests so tightly, it looked like they were trying to squeeze themselves to death, while they both had looks on their faces that would make Voldemort himself cringe in fear.

Not even looking in Sirius’ direction, Hermione took out her books and prepared for class. A few moments later, Professor Flitwick – who Hermione knew was teaching at this point, but was glad to see regardless – bounced across the room and took his usual place, standing on a chair in front of the classroom. He greeted the class and gave them all their instructions for today’s lesson. 

Professor Flitwick had them reviewing turning water into wine. Hermione was the only one to get it perfect on her first try, again, earning her 10 more points. Sirius tried to catch her attention and speak to her the entire class but Hermione completely ignored him. She was not going to give in and make him think that sort of behavior would be acceptable with her.

After class was over, Lily and Hermione got up and left so quickly, they looked like blurs. Hermione was still fuming mad and did not wish to speak with either of those boys at the moment.

"Winters!"

"Evans!"

"Girls, wait up!" They heard the boys yelling.

Taking Lily by the arm and beginning to walk faster, Hermione whispered, “Just keep walking, Lily. Maybe they’ll go away.”

“Fat chance,” Lily said, as she was being stopped by James.

Hermione squared her shoulders and continued her half-walk, half-run, to the Great Hall.

Seconds later, Hermione felt someone pull her around by her elbow and that familiar fluttery sensations formed in her stomach. "Let go of me Black, if you know what's good for you," Hermione threatened flatly.

She noticed the slight hurt in Sirius’ eyes while he ran his hand through his hair, looking as if he were searching for the right words to say.

"Look, I'm sorry. We didn't mean to embarrass you. We thought it would be funny... and kind of cute," he said looking at her with puppy dog eyes.

She felt her heart melt when he looked at her like that. As much as she tried, she couldn't stay mad, which annoyed her to no end. Reluctantly, she grinned at him.

"That a girl. Come on, let me walk you to lunch," he said offering her his arm.

As she looped her arm through his, her heart rate picked up and she noticed Remus giving her an ‘I told you so’ look. Hearing James cat-call, she looked back and saw James smiling widely while Lily raised her eyebrows in question. Hermione shrugged and turned back around, continuing her walk with Sirius; a few girls shooting her daggers along the way.

"So what was your old school like?" he asked her suddenly. 

"Different,” she found herself answering without hesitation. “It's more modern. Not a castle, like here. This place is huge in comparison," she finished, glad that she had done some research on some of the other Wizarding schools a few years prior.

"It must be so hard losing your parents and moving so far away from all of your friends during your final year. I'm so sorry that all happened to you," he said kindly, surprising her.

"Thank you. I miss them more than you could imagine," she answered truthfully.

Thinking of her parents, Harry, Ron, Ginny, Neville and even Luna made her eyes tear up. Sirius, seeing she was close to tears, stopped and faced her.

"Hey, don't cry,” Sirius whispered; both hands on her shoulders. Hermione gave a tight smile as a tear rolled down her cheek, which Sirius gently wiped away. “I know it must be tough, but I promise we really are a good group. Even Evans is alright, I guess,” he chuckled. “You're not alone, ok? We treat our friends like family, Hermione. We'll take care of you," he said before taking her in for a hug.

After the initial shock of being in his arms, Hermione realized that under all the cockiness and jokes, he was pretty much the same guy she knew in the future. He was alright after all.

"Thanks Sirius. I really appreciate that. It- It's hard losing and leaving everything you've known, you know?" she said in a thick voice.

"Trust me, I have a slight idea of what you mean," he mumbled darkly.

She thought he must be referring to him recently running away from home to live at the Potters.

"Everything happens for a reason, Hermione. You must be meant to be here for one reason or another," he stressed, looking her right in the eyes.

Hermione let a laugh escape her. He had no idea how correct he was in that assumption...

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As they sat down for lunch, James pulled out his Time Table.

"Looks like Double Potions after lunch, that's not so bad. Oh wait, scratch that, it's with the Slytherins," grumbled James.

"Look on the bright side, at least we'll have Snivellus to entertain us," Sirius said with a wicked gleam in his eyes.

"Yeah, I guess you're right," James laughed.

"Can't you just give it a rest with that?" Remus pleaded.

"Er... Let me think about it. Ok, thought about it. Nope," Sirius answered.

Remus sighed impatiently while Peter laughed with glee.

He really is a little rat. Hermione found herself thinking. No, I mustn't judge. He hasn't done anything yet. He might still be alright. I just need to find a way to keep him from turning to Voldemort.

How she would do that, she had no idea. Then a thought occurred to her; what if I tell Dumbledore about the Horcruxes? Hermione knew what and where they were, he could destroy them now, in the past, and maybe Voldemort wouldn't be around during her lifetime. She would have to send a letter to him requesting a meeting.

Then, it wouldn't matter if Peter turned or not because, there would not be a Voldemort to join. Lily, James, and ultimately, Sirius would live. Harry would have the life he deserves, filled with family and people who love him. She was becoming very excited at the prospect.

Suddenly, someone snapped their fingers in front of Hermione’s unfocussed eyes. "Hello? Hermione? I said, are you ready to go? We're going to be late," Lily said while looking concerned for Hermione.

"Oh! Sorry. I was just lost in thought, I guess," she said, shaken out of her revelation.

"Clearly," Lily laughed.

Hermione gave Lily an apologetic smile, stood up and gathered her belongings. They left the Great Hall and all together, the six of them, took to the familiar path down to the dungeons for Potions.

Once they were in the class room, Sirius looked down at Hermione, giving her a pathetic look.

"Would you like to sit with me?" Sirius asked her, once again giving her the puppy dog eyes.

"I have a choice this time?” Hermione tapped at her chin while she cast her eyes towards the ceiling, giving the impression she was in deep thought. “Hmm… Well in that case, no thank you," she teased.

Sirius pretended to wipe tears from his eyes, stuck his bottom lip out and made it quiver. "B-B-But pweeease will you sit with me?" he asked her in a sad, stuttering, baby voice.

She was only joking; she already knew she was going to be sitting with him. But she enjoyed making him sweat, figuratively.

"Well..." she said, drawing it out longer, "I suppose I could", she said with mock disappointment.

"Yay!" he said while jumping up and down clapping like a child.

People were staring, again, so she grabbed his arm to make him stop. "Oh, will you knock it off, you look ridiculous. Come on,” she began to tow him towards an empty desk, “let’s get a seat near Lily and James. Merlin knows he'll guilt her into sitting with him as well," she muttered.

Sure enough, they found Lily and James sitting at the table right in front of them. Hermione laughed and tapped Lily on the shoulder. Lily looked back and shrugged to Hermione, who just nodded and said, "I know..."

Since this was the first class Hermione had with the Slytherins, she couldn't help but look around at some of the future Death Eaters. As her eyes scanned the room - three desks to her left - she noticed a greasy haired boy with oversized robes and a hooked nose. Besides the dirty hair, he wasn't horrible looking when he was younger, she thought. Severus Snape then looked up from his desk and straight up at her. His eyes were full of contempt. 

"I see Black found himself a new whore. What's the matter? Have you run through all of the girls here so quickly you have to settle for that?" he sneered.

As Hermione opened her mouth to make a retort, she was distracted by the sound of four chairs, simultaneously, scraping against the ground. The response to that statement was instantaneous. James, Lupin, Sirius and – she was extremely shocked to see – Peter stood up and pulled their wands on him faster than she would have thought possible.

"Take that back, Snivellus!" Sirius roared.

"How DARE you call her that!" James yelled.

"Completely inappropriate, Snape!" Lupin said.

"You greasy git!" Peter yelled.

Snape stood and pulled his wand on the boys and before he could get a spell out of his mouth, he was hanging upside down, as if he were hooked by his ankle. He was red in the face and incoherently shouting obscenities.

"I SAID take it BACK! Apologize to her! NOW!" Sirius looked beyond mad.

Snape spat down and the glob hit James in the face. At that moment the four boys jumped over their desks to get to Snape and Professor Slughorn walked in. Seeing the fight that was brewing in his classroom, Slughorn became rooted to the spot, his hand gripping at his chest.

"BOYS! What is all this?! Detention, the four of you! 20 points from Gryffindor as well! Put him down now, and return to your seats!" Slughorn yelled.

"But sir! He called Hermione a whore!"

"Yeah, we were just defending her, sir. He SPAT on me!"

"Sir, it was disgusting what he called her."

"He's a slimeball," the four boys were shouting at once.

Professor Slughorn sighed and turned to Snape, "Is it true you called her that disgusting name and spat at Mr. Potter?"

"Yes, sir," he answered reluctantly.

"Detention and 10 points from Slytherin for you as well, I'm afraid.” Slughorn waddled his way up to the front of the room and began speaking to the class. “Now, let’s all settle down and open our books to page 187. We are going to be attempting the Elixir of Life. It's rather tricky, so make sure you read the directions carefully.” He aimed his wand at the chalkboard and covered it with instructions for today’s lesson. “I shall be coming around at the end of the lesson to see how your potions have come along. You have one hour, supplies are in the cupboard. Now, off you go," said the teacher who, even now, looked quite similar to a walrus.

While Hermione and Sirius went for ingredients together, she still could not believe what had just happened. She looked back at Snape and saw that he was looking murderous. The Marauders and Snape did not get along, to put it mildly, but she did not realize how quickly things could escalate between them. All of the little fights and tiffs she saw between Sirius and Snape in her own time seemed tame by comparison. After they collected what they needed and began on the potion Hermione felt a wave of guilt.

"I'm so sorry you've got detention because of me. You didn't have to do that, I'm terribly capable of taking care of myself, you know," Hermione said to Sirius.

She felt terrible that he had detention, a little irritated because he didn't even let her attempt to stick up for herself and rather flattered he came to her aid that quickly.

"It was only a matter of time before James and I landed ourselves in detention, so don't worry, love. This still doesn't beat our record. Third year, we had a detention under our belts before breakfast our first day," he said proudly.

"You really are something else," Hermione said laughing.

Hermione began to chop up ingredients while Sirius lit the fire under their shared cauldron. She was completely engulfed in her work when Lily turned around, a sympathetic smile on her face.

"You alright, Hermione?" Lily asked her.

"Yeah, I'm fine. It's honestly no big deal. I knew someone like that at my old school, so nothing new," she said thinking of how Snape reminded her of Draco.

“Well. That was completely out of line. I’m sorry about that,” Lily said softly then turned back around. 

Knowing Lily had not spoken to Snape in over a year, it struck Hermione as odd that she was apologizing for Snape. Which left her wondering how many times in Lily’s life had she apologized for something Snape had said or done.

By end of the lesson Hermione, unsurprisingly, made a perfect batch of the Elixir of Life. "Oh my! Looks like we have another little potions genius on our hands! Simply delightful, Miss Winters. Ten points to Gryffindor," Professor Slughorn exclaimed, now eyeing Hermione with interest. Looks like I'll be receiving another invitation to the Slug Club. She thought to herself.

"Blimey Hermione, is there anything you don't do well?" Remus called over.

"Fly," she simply answered.

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Herbology was the next, and last class of the day. As they were all trekking past the gardens to the greenhouses, Sirius turned to Hermione.

"So you don't fly?" Sirius asked her.

"No, I'm not particularly comfortable with heights. I prefer to stay safely on the ground if I can help it," she said thinking of how she had hated riding Buckbeak, the Thestral, the Dragon they escaped Gringotts on, or any time she has been forced to ride a broom.

"Well that's a shame. I'm going to see what I can do to change that. I'll have to take you flying sometime," he said with a sly smile.

"Not a chance, Black," she said sharply.

They entered into the greenhouse and Hermione was pleased to see a young Professor Sprout was already teaching. "Good afternoon, class! Today we're going to be working with Venomous Tentacula. We're going to be juicing them. Be very careful, we don’t want any trips to the Hospital Wing on your first day back. Please make sure you have on your goggles and protective gloves. You can start now".

Hermione was relieved and not at the same time. She had done this last year, but she also remembered how horrible these plants were. There wasn't much time for conversation during today's lesson, due to the fact they were all wrestling with these tricky plants and trying their hardest not to be stung by the tentacles. The hour seemed to be up before she knew it and they were on their way back to the castle for a quick wash before dinner.

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The walk back to the common room was lovely and Hermione felt herself beginning to feel extremely at ease with Lily and the boys. Everyone joked and talked about their first day back and asked Hermione how her first day ever was going. She didn't do too much talking, just smiled and laughed a lot.

It was quite a different, yet pleasant, experience for Hermione. School during her time was constantly planning and scheming and trying to stay alive with Harry and Ron. It felt nice to just feel like a typical student for once. Even if she was anything but. Finally they arrived at the Fat Lady and one at a time they climbed in.

"Need help in the shower, Winters?” Sirius asked while giving her a wolf-like grin. “You know I'm always around to lend a helping hand. Or any other part of me you'd like," Sirius added as they entered the common room.

He wants to play? Alright, Sirius. Let’s play. "Not today, thank you. But if I should change my mind, you'll be the first to know," she replied with a wink.

Sirius stared in disbelief, clearly stunned that she was flirting back. "You - you sure you don't want to change your mind now?"

"Don't push your luck, Black." And with a flip of her hair, something she has never done in her life, she made her way up to her dormitory and to the shower.

She arrived back in the common room a half hour later feeling refreshed, recharged and a little empowered from her exchange with Sirius before her shower. The boys were all there already, they were just waiting on Lily. As Hermione walked towards them all, Sirius had the most breathtaking smile break out on his face at the sight of her. Once again, the butterflies in her stomach went crazy. She really wasn't sure how long, or if, she would be able to continue resisting him. But she knew she would try like hell.

"Took you long enough. You didn't have to spend all of that time fantasizing about me in there with you. You could have had the real thing," Sirius said while draping his arm over her shoulders.

For a moment, Hermione stood with her mouth gaped open in utter astonishment. Sometimes she really could not believe how full of himself he was. 

She shook her head and huffed. "Do you even hear yourself sometimes? I have never met anyone more in love with themselves in my life, Black. How do you even get that gigantic head off your pillow in the morning?"

"Well, seems like she's got you pegged, Padfoot," Remus said laughing.

"Bite me, Moony," he retorted.

A few minutes later Lily was finally ready and the group headed down for dinner. While they sat and ate, she couldn't help but notice Snape glaring at her for most of the meal. The way he looked at her was quite frightening and a chill ran through her at the sight of him. Sirius apparently mistaking the shudder for her being cold, put his arm around her shoulders. Her initial instinct was to playfully shake it off, but she honestly felt a little better with it there.

After they finished eating, they were trying to figure out what to do what the rest of their evening. Hermione, Lupin and Lily had a fair amount of homework to do; James and Sirius decided on Wizard's Chess; Peter played the part of the James and Sirius fan club. Hermione found herself starting to feel more comfortable, with the new friends she had made, than she honestly felt with people from her own time. Thinking of her own time brought her reason for being here back to the forefront of her mind. If she were being honest with herself, she hadn’t really given much thought to why she was here, and making all of these wonderful new friends, all day.

Alright, Hermione. You need to get your head back in the game. Remember, you’re not here to make friends. She needed to contact Dumbledore and began to write him a letter requesting to meet with him this Saturday. By the time she was finished with her homework and her letter to Dumbledore, it was too late to walk to the Owlery, so she figured she would get up extra early and send it before breakfast. It was now 11 pm and she was beyond tired. She stood up, stretched and yawned.

"Alright, I'm off to bed. I can't stay awake another minute," she announced to the room.

Lily closed the book she was reading and yawned as well. "Me too, Hermione. I'll come with you.”

While Lily put her books back in her school bag, Hermione turned her attention to the boys, who looked like they had no intentions on going to bed anytime soon. "Goodnight, boys. We'll see you in the morning," said Hermione. She and Lily started up to the girl’s dormitory when Sirius stopped her. Oh for Merlin’s sake… she mentally groaned.

Sirius, who looked genuinely hurt asked, "What? No kiss goodnight?" while puckering his lips.

Hermione rolled her eyes and took a step away from Sirius. "You cannot be for real. No, Black. No kiss. Now, goodnight," she said dryly as Lily stood laughing.

Leaving without another word, Hermione walked up the stairs; Lily laughing in front of her. When she entered the room, she slammed the door, clearly frustrated. She stormed right in the bathroom to brush her teeth and change. 

What is his problem!? I have made it abundantly clear, all day, that I am not interested. Why won’t he give it a rest?

But Hermione… You are interested…

No! No, I’m not! I can’t be… She argued with herself the entire time she was in the bathroom. 

Taking a deep breath, Hermione came out of the bathroom and flopped down into her bed. She laid on her side and propped her head up in hear hand, noticing Lily was smiling like a fool at her. 

“What?” Hermione snapped.

"I think Black has really got it bad for you, Hermione" Lily laughed.

That was the last thing Hermione needed to hear right now. "I'm sure he's like that with all the girls,” she tried to justify.

She knew that he had quite the promiscuous reputation while he was at school. Maybe he was just looking at her as another conquest, which would never happen. She refused to be used like that by any man. No matter how handsome and charming he was.

"Yes and no. Normally he'll throw the charm on, they'll fall right into his arms and a week later he's finished with them. Now there have been a few, a very few, who completely turned down his advances. He normally just shrugs it off and moves right along. But with you, he's unrelenting. I've never seen him like that with a girl before," Lily explained, clearly as baffled as Hermione felt.

Unfortunately, Hermione couldn't deny the little bit of glee she just felt at Lily's words. "I don't know Lily. I've only just met them. I'm not going to do anything yet. I just want to get to really know everyone first, you know?" she said.

"No, that's understandable. I keep forgetting I've only known you for two days. We've clicked so quickly, I feel like I've been friends with you forever," Lily admitted.

That touched Hermione to her core and she tried her best to hold back the tears that were threatening to fall. She felt the same way as well, mostly because of Harry, but she couldn't tell Lily that. "Thanks Lily. That really means a lot. I feel the same way, honestly. I'm so glad I met you all," she said.

"Trust me, we're all glad too. I can tell Remus adores you already, he's glad there's another brain in the group. James thinks you're hilarious, the way you keep putting Sirius in his place. Peter thinks you're nice. And I think you've already got Sirius wrapped around your finger," she added with a grin.

We really need to get off this topic of Sirius. It is all just rather confusing right now. 

"Ok, ok. Enough about me. What about you and James then?" she said, desperate to change the subject.

"What about us?" she answered slyly.

"You love him and you know it," Hermione said in a sing song voice.

"And on that note, Goodnight Hermione Winters!" Lily pretended to be angry, while turning her back on Hermione.

Hermione was laughing and said, "Goodnight, Lily Potter". Oops!

Luckily, Lily took it as a joke. "Ugh! Don't make me take back all the nice things I just said!" she jokingly screeched at Hermione, before she threw a pillow at her. Hermione laughed and tossed it back.

"Night Lil," she said, flopping over onto her pillow.

"Night 'Mione," Lily answered.

You need to watch what you say more carefully, Granger! She scolded herself before rolling over and instantly falling asleep, exhausted from her first full day.

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