James and Sirius drew so much attention to themselves to keep the focus on them and not Remus’ condition. Moony is coming back up to the dormitory after a full moon? Pads, go light McKinnon’s Potions book on fire while I’m help him up the stairs.
It was the last week of Christmas break and, as expected, Remus had already finished all of his homework. Both James and Peter were on dates with Lily and Mary respectively, and the only Marauder bar Remus that was in the common room was Sirius.
Usually it was Sirius who was pestering Remus while he was busy because he was bored. But now the tables have turned, and Remus had no idea what to do.
Sirius, as usual, had left all of his homework until the last minute. The grey eyed boy had claimed a table near the fire and had all of his work piled in front of him. Standing on the stairs, Remus watched the other boy for a bit before deciding to join him.
“How’s the work coming?” Remus asked.
“I think Minnie’s still peeved about that last prank. Bloody woman’s trying to kill me!” Sirius moaned, gesturing onto the large scroll of parchment that Remus realized was the Transfiguration homework.
“Do y’know how much you have left?”
“Just this bloody essay, thank Merlin, but I’ve been working on it for hours and it’s barely half way done! Remus, if I die writing this essay, please staged it like I drank to death or something. Dying like this is unbecoming of me.”
Chuckling at his friend’s antics, Remus suddenly got an idea.
“Well, why don’t you take a break? You could use one, mate.”
Sighing, Sirius nodded and stood up, stretching for a bit before smiling at the werewolf.
“Brilliant. Give me a minute to drop this off, yeah?”
Nodding, Remus leaned against the table as he waited for Sirius to come back down. Doing a quick sweep of the common room, Remus took the map out of his pocket and drew his wand from the other one. Smirking softly, he pressed his wand against the folded parchment and murmured “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
By the time Sirius returned, Remus had spread the map across the table, his eyes darting about as he looked for the best route.
“Where are we going, Rem?” Sirius asked, trying to look over the taller boy’s shoulder.
Grinning, Remus held the map out of Sirius’s reach, closed it, and stuffed it back in his pocket.
“Come on, Pads, where’s the fun in that?”
With a wink, Remus started heading out the portrait hole, Sirius quickly following him once he realized the other boy was out of view.
Sirius followed Remus’s lead, and the two boys were jostling and bantering the entire way to Remus’s surprise destination. Once a portrait of a fruit bowl came into view, Sirius looked at the other boy, eyebrow arched as he said “The kitchens?”
Laughing, Remus shoved playfully him once more before reaching out to tickle the pear.
“Come on, then.”
The werewolf reached down and grabbed his hand, dragging him into the kitchens. Immediately the pair was swarmed by eager house elves, all asking the boys if they could get them anything. One of the house elves, Hooky, stepped forward, and as if on cue, the other house elves returned to their work.
“Master Moony, Master Padfoot! What is bringing you to the kitchens today?”
“Hullo, Hooky. I was wondering if we’d be able to get some hot chocolate?”
With a smile and a nod, Hooky disappeared into the crowd. Remus and Sirius headed towards the Gryffindor table and sat down across each other.
Two mugs of hot chocolate appeared suddenly in front of the new boys.
“Cheers,” Remus said, smiling as he brought the mug to his lips. Sirius copied him, taking a sip before immediately spitting it back into the mug.
“What the hell?”
“Pads, what’s wrong?”
“Moony, what the fuck is in this drink?”
“It’s just marshmallows-”
Remus started at Sirius.
“Wait, have you never had marshmallows with your hot chocolate before?”
“No, because it’s a bloody abomination!”
“Are- Are you serious right now?”
“I’m always Siri-”
“Sirius, how can you not like marshmallows?”
And thus began the Great Marshmallow Argument of 1978.
Sirius being super confused about his thing with Remus when he realizes he fancies the boy.
One day he comes to James like:
Dude, i’m in love with werewolf McWerewolf
And James being all: No??? Really? I couldn’t have imagined!!
You don’t sound impressed at all
Because I’m not, you twat, you are dating each other!
No we are not Jamie, well.. at least I don’t think so.. I think I would know if I was dating the most amazing person on this world aside from me.
First, you are super cheesy pads; second, I’m the most amazing person on this world even over you, and third, yes you are, you call each other cheesy nicknames and cuddle and are always touching… It’s kinda uncomfortable sometimes, specially since Lily wouldn’t be lovey with me on public. It would be ridiculous for you not to be together when you are cheesier than Lils and I.
I tell you we are not. Or at least I don’t think so. I mean… We have never talked about it.. Maybe that’s just the way he acts with me.
You are an idiot Pads. If you need an invitation then just go and ask him.
I can’t ask him that!!
Oh, yes you can, because if not i will and because I dare you!
So Sirius had basically no option.
Sirius Black never backed up from a dare.
So asked Moony while he was trying to read
Do you mean it?
Without lowering his book: do I mean what pads?
That you love me Ended up blurted out
Remus lowered his book realizing the thing was getting Sirius and hesitated a little.
What do you mean?
I mean i think i love you Remus, I think I really love you and I’m not forcing you into feeling the same for me but we cuddle and say i love you and hold hands and you caress my hair and we wear each others clothes and you make me so much good. So I don’t know if you want anything Sirius with me and I would totally understand if you don’t because i’m a fucking mess and you shouldn’t be with me just because I love you. And I would totally get also if you haven’t figured it out yet and I wouldn’t mind waiting for you even if the answer is that you don’t want to be with me. But Jamie thinks we are dating and I don’t actually know if we are but i think we are not because we have never established anything and sometimes i feel like you love me the same as i do and others i feel like i’m just your friend, even sometimes i think i bother you or that i’m too intrusive and suffocating and i hate myself because i think i’m going to lose y—
He had to stop there because the words were muffled first by Remus’ lips and then by his tongue.
After several minutes of making out at the middle of Gryffindor’s common room they stopped for air.
What is that supposed to mean?
That you are an oblivious idiot Padfoot.
No, but, exactly. I just don’t understand the hole dating thing, why does it have to be so secretive and confusing? Why can’t people just talk about how they feel? why do i have to figure out if you are actually into me so that i can dare to kiss you risking our friendship if you are not.
You weren’t even going to ask me anything, you just did because Prongs dared you, and it was me the one who kissed you.
The bastard told you didn’t he?
Of course he did! He was as surprised as me that you had no idea we were dating.
Why didn’t you tell me anything, or at least kissed me? I would have figured out we were dating or at least that i had the most gigantic crush on you if you had done any of those things.
I just assumed we just haven’t gotten into kissing territory yet.
Oh darling, if we are dating we are always into kissing territory.
Peter accidentally becomes the middle man in the marauders relationships and affairs.
When Sirius is being bratty, the other marauders send Peter to tell him to shut up because there’s no way Sirius will punch Peter like he’d punch James or Remus.
When Remus refuses to let anyone else in his room after a full moon, pads and prongs send Peter up with food and care packages because Peter is the only one he’ll let in.
When James is pissed at the world because he just gets like that sometimes, moony and padfoot have Peter go and sit by him because he’ll let James rant and get all of his anger said out loud without interrupting him or challenging his anger.
And when the marauders get into relationships?
It immediately becomes peter’s busiest time of year.
James and Lily passing notes through him because lily has potions with him right before James had herbology with him.
Remus and Sirius doing the same thing and asking Peter to use his animagus to slip the notes into small and funny places.
When Remus gets pissed at Sirius and Sirius spends his evening listening to the voice message conveyed by Peter and running after him begging him to get more information from about Remus.
James and Lily sitting on either side of Peter in the common room and yelling in loud voices things along the lines of “and you can tell James that his jokes are as dumb as his hair! And that not everything he says is funny enough to deserve a laugh!” And “make sure you let Lily know that just because a guy doesn’t do his homework consistently or correctly doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of planning a romantic date and to assume such a thing is very ignorant of her!”
And then the makeups when Sirius loads Peter up with enough chocolate to start a business and outrank honeydukes and has him deliver it all to Remus’s bed where he is sitting with his book. And when Peter returns to his sender with Sirius’ favorite jumper of Remus’ and a private note that Peter knows has something to do with that jumper and other stuff Peter really doesn’t want to know about. He can tell from the blush blossoming on Sirius’ face.
And those really fun nights when James buys lily the new book she’s been wanting and writes a little love letter in it and send it to her through Peter. In return, Lily places a kiss on peters cheek and tells him to pass it on to James. And then the rest of gryffindor house cracking up as they watch Peter chase James around yelling “but LILY SAID!”
And after every errand they put him on, he always finds a little something from them. A cool new cd from Sirius or chocolate from Remus or a good book from Lily or this really good puddings that James nicks from the kitchen for him. And sometimes peter gets exhausted and he wants to stop. But his friends rely on him, even if they don’t always realize how much. He knows he could never let them down. Because it’s worth it when he sees his friends happy and together. He wonders how he could have possibly gotten so lucky.
The lily was the Minoan sacred flower, a special attribute of the Great Minoan Goddess Britomartis (Dictynna), goddess of mountains and hunting. She passed through the Mycenaeans’ culture into classical Greek mythology. For the Greeks, Britomartis was a mountain nymph (an oread) whom they recognized also in Artemis and in Aphaea, the “invisible” patroness of Aegina.
The lily was also dedicated to Hera, the goddess of women. Legend has it that when Zeus fathered Hercules with the mortal woman Alceme, he wished his son to partake more fully of divinity. To this end he had the baby brought to Hera after he drugged her to sleep. He had the baby placed at her breast and Hercules nursed. Hera awoke in horrified surprise and flung the baby from her. Some of her milk gushed across the heavens and formed the milky way. A few drops fell to earth and from those drops sprang the first lilies.
Roman legend has it that when Venus rose from the sea-foam she saw a lily and she became jealous of its beauty. Seeing it as a competitor she caused a huge and monstrous pistil to spring from the lily’s snow-white center. This myth accounts for the the lily being associated with Venus and the Satyrs who are the personification of lustful ardor.
The magical property of this herb is protection, it is used to remove love spells.