you know, I probably wouldn’t mind having to listen to ads on pandora if they played a greater variety of them instead of playing the same ones every 5 minutes. if I have to hear the phrase ‘fresh foam zante’ or have some guy named mike read me a haiku about the wish app one more time I’m going to throw my phone out the window
So I have a story: when I got SoundCloud you were the first person I subscribed to because of all of your Undertale stuff. I saw you had a song with an anime character I didn't know of so I shrugged it off. Jump cut to the future and my friend got me into Danganronpa (Mondo and Ishimaru being my favorite characters). I just learned today that you have a Twitter and a Tumblr. I saw something linked to SoundCloud and realized that it's the first profile I ever subscribed to. Now I'm freaking out.
My old roommate still flips his lid every so often because - despite being miles and miles away when on Army deployment - he will manage to hear my voice via a Pandora or radio ad and proceed to loudly curse me out among his squadmates for not being able to truly escape me.
So, this isn’t going to be a well written want ad, one of those will come if she still hasn’t been taken by the time the site opens, but I thought I’d do a little check to see if anyone might be interested in making Pandora. I don’t have many specifics for her and Xenophilius’ relationship yet, just know it’s complicated. In my head she’s older than him and slightly more wary of the war at hand than Xeno could ever be. Unlike Xenophilius who’s a pureblood she’s got a lot more on the line as a halfblood with a muggle parent. Although she’s definitely part of the counter culture and uses creative outlets, she isn’t about starting a fight with her work like Xeno is with his zine.
More so than any of this however, she wants to protect the now two year old Luna, even if it means keeping her away from Xeno for extended periods of time. But yeah, most of this is up for discussion as is the playby but if you’re interested in the one above it’s Xiao Wen Ju. If you’re interested please please please hit me up via message because I’d love to plot stuff out before the site opens <3
(Baby Harry is now 1 year old; Marlene is due to have Remus and Sirius’s baby at the end of the month; Remus and Sirius are finalising the plans for their wedding which they plan to celebrate on November 2nd)
Sirius and Remus helped Marlene up the few steps that lead up to James and Lily’s front door in the cute little village of Godric’s Hollow. Remus looked around at the dark garden, a smile growing on his pink lips.
“It really is lovely here,” he said, running his finger over the leaf of a particularly pretty plant. “Babe, could we have a house like this after BabyPads is born? I’d love for it to grow up in the country, with all of the fresh, open air. It’d be good for my monthly burden too. What do you think?”
“I think that sounds like a purely splendid idea, honey,” Sirius replied, smiling, just as the door swung open, and James appeared with Harry on his shoulders.
“Hey, guys! Come in!” he said, jumping out of the way.
“Come in!” Harry repeated excitedly, wobbling on James’s shoulders. Lily appeared in the kitchen doorway and rushed towards James, an anxious look on her pretty face.
“James! How many times have I asked you not to put Harry on your shoulders? I’m worried he’s going to fall off! Pass him here…” she cried exasperatedly, moving out of Marlene’s way as Sirius helped her into the living room. Remus hung around, making silly faces at Harry while his parents argued harmlessly.
“Oh, come on, Lil! We’re only playing! He’s perfectly safe up here anyway!”
A ginger cat streaked through Lily’s legs and bolted for the door.
“No, Crookshanks!” Lily gasped, lurching forward and swinging the door shut before the cat could escape. She sighed and returned to the kitchen, shaking her head at James and Harry as she went.
“Mama cross.” Harry said, covering his dad’s eyes with his chubby hands. James laughed and lifted Harry off of his shoulders. He passed him to Remus and swept away into the kitchen after his wife. Remus set Harry down on the floor and let Harry wrap his fat fingers around his own index finger.
“Come on, Harry, can you walk for Moony?” he asked, taking a step forward.
“I walk.” Harry mumbled, trying to put his left foot down on the floor. Lily glided into the room from the kitchen, with four glasses of champagne and one glass of ginger beer levitating in front of her. She was carrying a large bowl containing salty nachos with side-bowls of guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
Remus passed Harry to Sirius, who bounced him on his lap as he talked to Marlene. Lily beckoned for Sirius to pass Harry to her, and he did as he was told. Lily sat Harry down in front of her and fed him leftover cheesy pasta from the night before.
“I’m so excited.” Sirius breathed, watching Harry and Lily. “I can’t wait to have my own.”
“Not long now…” Marlene smiled, rubbing her belly. “I’m really glad I chose to do this for you two.”
“So are we.” said Remus, beaming at Marlene. “I don’t know where we’d be now if you had declined.”
“We certainly wouldn’t be this happy,” Sirius nodded, leaning forward and kissing Marlene on the cheek. “Thank you so much.”
“Of course,” she reached for a nacho, and felt a great surge in her stomach. She frowned and pushed herself up off the sofa.
“Nothing,” Marlene replied delicately. “I think I just need to go to the toilet. Excuse me…”
Everybody else waited patiently for a few minutes. The only sound was Harry chewing on his pasta or Sirius crunching down on nachos. When a loud shriek came from the bathroom, everybody leaped up and rushed to help Marlene. Lily grabbed Harry, who clung to his bowl of pasta.
“Marlene?” Sirius yelled to the door. “What’s wrong? Why did you shriek?”
There was a click as the door unlocked, and then it opened slowly, revealing Marlene. She stared at them, afraid.
“My waters just broke.” she said. “The baby’s coming early.”
“WHAT?” Remus screamed in a panic. Sirius, Remus and James all began freaking out, which lead to Harry crying. Lily passed Harry to James to calm him down while she took Marlene’s hand calmly and lead her outside.
“Okay, we’re going to take you to the hospital, and you’re going to have this baby. Okay?”
Marlene nodded. “Okay.”
They all got into the car that Lily’s parents had gotten her for her twentieth birthday and drove to the nearest hospital. The doctors refused to allow anyone into the ward whilst Marlene was in labour, since none of them were here family, but they eventually gave in after Marlene screamed at them to let “the people that are actually raising this child” into the room. Remus and Sirius stood on either side of Marlene while she was giving birth, holding each other her hands and letting her squeeze as hard as she needed to.
When the baby was finally born, the doctor lifted it up and showed it to the exhausted trio. “It’s a girl!”
Marlene sighed with relief and continued to pant breathlessly. Remus and Sirius launched themselves into the air with exhilaration, causing the doctor holding their new baby girl to step back cautiously. He passed it to Remus, who gave it to Marlene whole-heartedly.
“You made that,” he said, looking at her and Sirius benevolently. “She’s beautiful.”
Marlene held the newborn baby girl close to her chest. The baby screeched and wailed, but it was bearable because it was beautiful.
“What should we call her?” Sirius asked a few minutes later after the baby had fed. The baby gasped and Sirius cooed at her. Marlene passed her to him as she thought about all of the names they had come up with. Remus moved to Sirius’s side and put his arm around him, his hand snaking around Sirius’s body and touching their baby girl’s tiny foot.
“She’s so beautiful. Our daughter.” he said, a tear leaking from his eye. “She’s going to be wonderfully weird and weirdly wonderful. She’s going to be curious about everything and will never hesitate to ask questions. She’ll be the brightest witch of her age and the damn prettiest. She’ll be the most spoilt girl in Hogwarts but she’ll still be grateful for everything she ever receives. I’m going to love her so much. I’m going to love her with my whole heart.”
He kissed Sirius proudly and then looked back at his new daughter. “I can’t look away, babe, she’s just the most amazing thing.”
“Pandora.” Sirius said. “That’s what we’ll call her. Because she’s wonderful, and beautiful, and we can’t look away.”
“I love it!” Marlene exclaimed.
Remus looked at his fiancé and grinned. “I love it, too.”
“Excuse me, would you like to allow your friends in now?” A doctor bustled over and asked Marlene, who nodded hurriedly.
Sirius looked at his daughter again, immensely proud of himself. “Pandora,” he and Remus said at the same time.
“Pandora Lupin-Black.” Marlene added as Lily, James and Harry flew into the room. Remus and Sirius looked up and beamed at Marlene, their hearts melting and cheeks turning red as roses.
It was perfect.
OKAY SO THAT’S MY SHORT STORY. I REALLY HOPE YOU LOVED IT SO MUCH AND REBLOGGED IT TO YOUR OWN BLOGS SO THAT THE WHOLE WORLD CAN READ IT :)
I think I might add two more parts to it that will be set in the same year as PoA:
- one will be positive ~ none of the stuff such as Jily or Marlene getting killed and Sirius being thrown in Azkaban etc; I’m going to describe how Pandora grew up with her dads and so on.
- one will be negative (and sad) ~ all of the stuff mentioned above does indeed happen and I describe how Pandora finally meets her parents in PoA.