( Remus / Sirius / Lily / James )
10:00 am: So… I know we were originally planning on hanging out at the park in an hour, but it’s raining…
10:03 am: What I’m hearing is that you hate us and you don’t want to hang out.
10:04 am: That is not what I said at all! And James, why are you being more dramatic than Sirius?
10:05 am: Haha! Take that, James!
10:05 am: Lily! Take that back!!
10:06 am: No. ANYWAY!
10:06 am: Rem and I are at The Order, do you two want to join us and we can hang out here for the afternoon?
10:07 am: Sure! Sounds great!
10:07 am: See you soon, Lily! Is Remus with you?
10:08 am: His nose is buried in a book, but he’s here.
“Are Remus and I going to have to suffer through you flirting with Lily all afternoon again?” Sirius smirks, quickly sidestepping out of James’ range of violence.
“Shut it,” James mumbles as his face heats up.
“Oh, come on!” Sirius groans. “You’re head over heels for her! Why don’t you just ask her out now?”
“Because, Pads,” he glares half-heartedly, “she has always said no and I don’t want to ruin it.”
“That’s because you were asking her before you were even talking to her. We’ve been friends with them for what? Three months?”
“Ten and a half weeks,” James mumbled.
“Ah yes, how could I be so wrong?”
“Alright, alright,” Sirius laughed, holding his hands up in mock defence. “Seriously though, we’ve known them for long enough, you should ask her out again. You love her!”
“I don’t love her!”
“Uh huh, sure. So I’m assuming that this means you will just continue to flirt with her today?”
“I will kick you out of the room tonight.”
“Your parents love me more,” Sirius shrugs with a laugh as he opens the front door of The Order. “If anything, I should be able to kick you out of the room for all of the flirting I have to put up with-”
“Shut up and get inside,” James interrupts, shoving his brother through the door with a glare.
“Can I talk to you for a moment?”
“Okay,” Lily says with an eye roll, gently placing her hand on top of the page Remus was reading. “I'll rephrase that, can I have your full attention for a moment?”
“Just let me finish...” Remus trails off as he moves one of Lily’s fingers from the page. “Alright, I’m done the paragraph,” he finishes, glancing up to meet Lily’s amused look. “What?”
“You’re so into that book-”
“It’s a good book!”
“Alright,” Lily laughs. “Anyway, I was just saying that James and Sirius are coming to hang out with us here.”
“Oh? When was that decided and I thought we were meeting with them at the park?” Remus asked in confusion.
“If you had been paying attention,” Lily begins with a slightly annoyed sigh, “you would have noticed it was raining and you would have joined the group chat conversation.”
“Huh,” Remus almost laughs as he looks outside and checks his phone. “I guess I was lost in the book a little more than I thought...”
“You’re an idiot.” Lily mumbles.
“An educated idiot,” Remus retorts with a laugh. “Well, I guess I’ll just move over to one of the armchairs?”
“What are you talking about?” Lily awkwardly laughs, suddenly avoiding eye contact.
“Oh come on, Lil’s!” Remus groans.
“What?! I don’t know what you’re talking about-”
“My sister is an idiot,” Remus sighs. “Okay, I’ll spell it out for you. James? James likes you and you’re starting to like him-”
“Okay, hold on-”
“Don’t even try!”
“I never said-”
“You didn’t have to!” Remus laughs. “I know you inside and out! You’re texting him all the time and I see the way you look at him!”
“We had a group project!”
“That finished a month ago,” Remus added. “But seriously, even if you don’t realize yet, it’s true.”
“Well, it’s not true!” Lily glares. “But even if it was, what does that do with you moving to one of the chairs?”
“I don’t want to be in the middle of yours and James’ flirting,” Remus answers with a blank stare before standing up and moving to one of the chairs.
“Are you just going to dive back into the book?”
“Probably,” Remus shrugs.
“So you’re just going to leave Sirius alone to himself?”
“I’ll finish the chapter,” Remus mumbles.
As James and Sirius walked into The Order, Lily shot them a smile and made her way to greet them.
“Hey, boys,” she says kindly. “How are you both doing?”
“Better now,” James smiles. “How are you, Lily?”
“I’m good, really good,” she answers softly, staring at James.
“Gross,” Sirius whispers under his breath, shaking his head at his friends’ obliviousness. “I’m going to go see what Remus wants to drink while you two… stare at each other some more.”
“Shut up, Sirius!” Both teens exclaim as they quickly break out of their moment and make their way to the counter to order.
With a small sigh, Sirius walks to the far corner of the cafe and sits in the armchair next to his quiet, reading friend. He sat silently thinking that Remus just needed a moment to finish the paragraph, but when the page flipped, Sirius rolled his eyes in amusement.
“What do you want?”
“I want a fucking book that breaks me completely,” Remus begins, dropping his head against the back of the chair. “I want a book that stops giving false expectations about life, I want one that doesn’t have everything work out in the end!”
“Like this book for example,” Remus continues, shutting it and gently tossing it onto the coffee table between the two chairs. “I just finished the last chapter, all that’s left is the epilogue. Do you want to know what happens? Do you want to know what I just spent the past day reading about? This awful and unfortunate life that this kind person has and it all works out in the end! Everything is fan-fucking-tastic! I want something that will break me and make me feel something in the awful, torturous, depressing, horrid-”
“-anxiety-filled life!” Taking a deep breath, Remus turned to look and Sirius and raised an eyebrow in question to the silent man beside him.
“Uh… I mean what do you want to drink...”
“Oh… a vanilla latte if that’s alright?”
“Are you okay?”
“I’m always okay,” Remus shrugs.
“You probably want a normal latte?”
“I’ll go order them,” Remus smiles, standing up from his seat as James and Lily sit down on the couch.
“Sirius?” Lily asks awkwardly. “Are you okay?”
“Remus is very...” Sirius began, trying to find the right words.
“Remus is, what?” James teased.
“Very, very depressing at times,” Sirius finished.
“Ah,” Lily nodded in agreement. “Did you get your first ever book rant?”
“Book rant?” James and Sirius ask simultaneously.
“Book rant,” Lily repeated. “He usually rants about books in the middle or end of a book and judging by the fact that the book was tossed on the table, I would say that he ranted about it?”
“In a way,” Sirius started to explain. “He pretty much just told me that he wants a book to completely break him and make him feel something.”
“Why would he want that?” James asks.
“Because, James,” Remus answers as he sits down on the chair and passes Sirius his latte. “Life is awful and I want a book to represent that for once in life.”
“It’s true,” Remus shrugs.
“I don’t know how to continue this conversation,” Sirius whispers awkwardly.
“Oh, Lily!” James quickly exclaims, both teenagers quickly turning to each other. “I heard about this book I thought you might like,” he continued as he pulled out his phone.
“Really?” Lily responds quietly with a fond smile on her face. “What’s it about?”
“It’s about these two people who used to be best friends but something happens-”
“Oh my goodness, yes!” Lily exclaims with excitement. “What’s it called?”
“They are so oblivious,” Sirius mumbles to Remus.
“I couldn’t agree with you more,” Remus laughs. “Also, sorry about my, uh, rant-”
“Don’t be, it’s all good.”
“Remus,” Sirius interrupts with a gentle smile. “I mean, it caught me off guard, but it’s all good.”
“I’ll try to keep my book rants for Lily,” Remus embarrassingly mumbles.
“Please don’t,” comes the quiet but honest response.
“I feel like I get to know you better when you talk about books,” Sirius sheepishly admits, both boys’ faces beginning to turn red. “You aren’t as cautious when you’re talking about books. You’re carefree in a way.”
“Seriously, Remus,” Sirius says earnestly, staring at his friend. “I don’t mind and I, uh, I enjoy it… You can rant all you want about books to me.”
“I’ll keep that in mind,” Remus responds quietly.
“Speaking of books, I did hear of some that apparently destroy everyone who reads them-”
“You better tell me now,” Remus interrupts as he pulls out a pen and his notebook. “Please don’t be playing with my heart right now or I swear to every living thing that I will-”
“Everything I Never Told you,” Sirius begins, stifling a laugh when Remus begins to frantically write the title down. “We Were Liars, Five Feet Apart, The Song of Achilles, and History Is All You Left Me.”
“You are my favourite person,” Remus mumbles as he finishes writing.
“We can go to the library if the flirting gets too much between our friends this afternoon?” Sirius offers, praying that he doesn’t come off as desperate to leave the insufferable flirting friends or to hang out with just Remus.
“That sounds perfect,” Remus nods. “Thanks.”
“Anything for you.”