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Rating
Mature
Chapters
23
Words
96,737
Characters
Lupin, Sirius, Lily, James, Pettigrew, OC, OtherCanon
Primary Relationship
James/Lily
Secondary Relationship(s)
Remus/OC, Sirius/OC
Genre(s)
Fluff, Humor, Young Adult
Era
Marauders
Advisory
Strong Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse
Story Reviews
195
Status
Work In Progress (WIP)
First Published
2008-01-19 10:39pm
Last Chapter
2012-05-25 12:09pm
Last Updated
2012-05-25 12:09pm

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Ch. # Chapter Title Word Count Reviews
1 They Couldn't Change for the Worse

It’s fifth year, and the train hasn’t even pulled in to Hogwarts. How is Sirius the only one without a girl? A crazy spell could really turn things upside down…but they couldn’t change for the worse.

5,113 19
2 They Couldn't Stop the Voices


They couldn’t stop the voices. Enough said.

3,493 15
3 They Couldn't Get Out of Detention the Normal Way

Detention the first weekend back…It’s Slughorn, so they should be fine, even if they couldn’t get out of detention the normal way. But even the best crazy plan could never work twice.

5,083 15
4 They Couldn't Shut the Witches Up

She was Lily Evans, feared and revered by all. So why couldn’t she just shut the witches up?

4,995 15
5 They Couldn't Avoid the Consequences

Skipping class…even if the teachers don’t notice, there is such a thing as karma. Somehow, it never tends to go the way you want it to, and this time, they couldn’t avoid the consequences.

3,929 9
6 They Couldn't Eat Their Lies for Dinner

It had been a long day, and would be an even longer night. Dinner is served, and everyone is hungry, but the secrets just keep on coming up one by one…too bad they couldn’t eat their lies for dinner.

3,568 12
7 They Couldn't Deny the Attraction

A missing Marauder entangled in the Room of Requirement on the night of the full moon can cause problems…but they just couldn’t deny the attraction.

4,364 7
8 They Couldn't Shake the Feeling

The werewolf is guilty, the stag enraged, and Sirius still MIA. The things that had transpired the night before could change things for good. All of them deserve a swat on the behind, and they couldn’t shake the feeling that the tension was building.

2,501 11
9 They Couldn't Outrun the Quidditch Broom

She had never ridden before…it teetered and tottered dangerously in the course of the wind. But no matter how loud they were, they couldn’t outrun the Quidditch broom.

2,379 6
10 They Couldn't Believe Their Eyes

They couldn’t believe their eyes…the other Gryffindor fifths had a lot of explaining to do to those that had been holed up in the common room all day. How is it that they were too busy with their own endeavors to notice?

4,730 12
11 They Couldn't Kick the Hero While He was Down

Momentarily united against a common enemy, it looked as if the Gryffindor fifths were trapped between a wall and a hard place. As much as they wanted to, they couldn’t kick the hero while he was down…but she could.

4,699 8
12 They Couldn't Party with the Children

Fifteen…an age of great maturity and responsibility; having both qualities in great quantities, it was perfectly understandable that the Marauders couldn’t party with the children anymore.

2,273 8
13 They Couldn't Air the Room Out

It just wouldn’t be Halloween without the vodka, but it all smells almost as bad as it feels good. Unfortunately, they couldn’t air the room out.

3,708 9
14 They Couldn't Vocalize Their Feelings

Two awkward situations. Four hurt friends [and a Remus Lupin] who can't bring themselves to vocalize their feelings. Let the stammering, stuttering, yelling, screaming, and protesting begin.

4,118 6
15 They Couldn't Avoid Overhearing a Top Secret Conversation

Lily’s pelvis has finally recovered, if not her heart. She hasn’t spoken to James Potter in almost a month. But when she and Rosie hide out in the bathroom to relieve themselves (of their overflowing teenage angst), they just couldn’t avoid overhearing a top secret conversation.

4,723 8
16 They Couldn't Find the Opportune Moment

Our beloved drama king and queen (and favorite underdog relation-shippers) James and Lily have yet to find the opportune moment to work out their problems. After being foiled four times, can the fifth time be the charm?

5,169 11
17 They Couldn't Solve the Mystery

Grumbling, moody, and altogether unpleasant, two Marauders are dying for a healthy dose of gossip. They set out on a mission of espionage and intrigue, but they couldn’t solve the mystery…and end up stumbling across a more serious problem.

5,493 6
18 They Couldn't Resist the Overpowering Holiday Cheer

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but Christmas break gets off to a rocky start for poor Padfoot. Still, a couple owls of correspondence and a chocolate cake later, he just couldn’t resist the overpowering holiday cheer.

4,287 6
19 They Couldn't Resist the Overpowering Holiday Cheer, Part II

Lily and James have put last year’s Christmas disaster behind them, but what does he have in store for her this year? Even with a dog running loose in the Evans household, Lily finds that she just can’t resist the overpowering holiday cheer.

5,733 3
20 They Couldn't Execute the Ultimate Plan of Vengance (Properly)

Sirius crafts a playful scheme to get back at James for his stint at Halloween and enlists Lily's reluctant help. Unfortunately, they couldn't excute the ultimate plan of vengance...properly.

4,327 3
21 They Couldn't Help the Hopeless Case

The Gryffindor fifths are teetering on the edge of despair – it seems that no matter how many lessons in etiquette and dainty conversation that they deal out, they just can’t help the hopeless case by the name of Black. What happens when the hopeless case decides to help himself?

3,323 3
22 They Couldn't Do What They Were Supposed To

The OWLs are important, to say the least. But while most fifths are furiously studying, they couldn’t do what they were supposed to.
 

3,920 2
23 They Couldn't Put It Off For Much Longer

How did two fifth-years manage to pull off one of the greatest heists in history? Well, with time so short and the situation so dire, they couldn’t put it off for much longer.

4,809 1

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