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"Alright," Marlene groaned as she and Dorcas climbed the fourth flight of stairs from the dungeon to Gryffindor Tower. "There has got to be a short cut. I'm so tired of these bloody stairs all the time. We're wizards for Merlin's sake! Why don't we have...I don't know, flying carpets or something to bring us to classes?" She slumped against the railing and sighed dramatically. "I can't go on any further. You'll have to carry me."

The darker girl laughed, shaking her head. "I'm not carrying you, you lazy twit. Besides, you're nearly a foot taller than I am! Why should I carry you?"

Marlene giggled and prodded her girlfriend's leg with the tip of her sneaker. "Because it was your bloody idea to take Slughorn's OWL study course all the way in the dungeon. So it's your fault my legs have turned to jelly and I'll be forced to kip out all night here on the stairs." She smirked.

Rolling her brown eyes, Dorcas smiled and stepped close, standing on top toe to kiss Marlene's lips. "I suppose I'd just have to stay with you then. Can't have you sleeping alone on the stairs all night." Her hands rested on the taller girl's thighs. "Sorry about your jelly legs, love."

The blonde pouted prettily and hummed. "Whatever will you do to make it up to- oh bloody....ugh! I hate this castle!" She whined as the staircase began to shift and move, bringing them completely off course to the abandoned third floor. Marlene scoffed. "Lovely."

Dorcas sighed and shrugged, never one to complain and always a half-glass-full sort of person. "It is what it is. If you hadn't stopped to throw your theatrics about we'd be half way to the dorm by now you know." She took her girlfriend's hand. "Come on then."

Marlene made more frustrated noises as she allowed herself to be pulled along "Where are we going?"

Dorcas lead her down a darkened corridor. "We're going somewhere to make you stop your bitching, Marley." She teased lightly, finding an empty closet and pulling the other girl in with her. Marlene raised one perfectly shaped blonde eyebrow and smirked. "This is a closet, Dorcas."

"Very clever. Shall I give you a gold star?" Said Dorcas flatly, lighting her wand and setting it down on an empty shelf.

Marlene leaned against the wall with a smug smirk and shook her head. "Had myself a star once. Turned out we were both flaming queers." She let her eyes give the shorter girl a once over. Dorcas snorted, stepping closer and wrapped her arms around Marlene's neck. Marlene's tongue darted out to wet her lips and she smiled. "Trying to seduce me, Meadows?"

Dorcas giggled and kissed the corner of her mouth. "Perhaps a little, yeah."

Marlene sighed. "You know it took us long enough to get out of the closet, I can't imagine why you'd want to be back in-"

"Shut up and kiss me, Marley." Dorcas laughed, cupping the other girl's face and bringing her down so their lips met.

After a few minutes of what had turned into heavy snogging, Marlene pulled away abruptly, looking concerned.

Dorcas frowned. "Wha-"

"Shh...I hear someone out there." Whispered Marlene. Their eyes met and they both stifled a giggle at the idea of being caught by a prefect or a professor, snogging in a closet. "Shh!" Marlene hissed again as Dorcas let out a tiny squeal.

"But what if it's just Lily or Remus?" She grinned, thinking of the looks on their Prefect friends' faces, finding them like this. Marlene shook her head. The muffled sounds of someone talking outside the door were more than just two people. Something in her gut felt wrong. She held her breath.

The door flew open with a loud bang and there stood four Slytherin boys, all wearing equally sickening grins.

Mulciber chuckled darkly. "Well look what we've got here! A couple of Gryffinwhores getting busy in a closet..."

The other boys laughed and Marlene quickly grabbed her wand from her belt.

"Expelliarmus!" Another boy, Avery, shouted and Marlene's wand flew from her hand. Avery caught it in mid air with a smirk.

Nott came around and grabbed Marlene, holding her arms behind her back while Avery did the same to Dorcas. "And where's your wand, Meadows?" He hissed in her ear.

"Here it is," said the fourth boy, he had his hood up as he stepped past them into the closet and took Dorcas' wand from the shelf, stuffing it into his back pocket.

"Well," said Mulciber briskly, his grinning face giving both girls the chills. "Not quite the Gryffindor queers we were out looking for...lucky for me, I'm not particular..." He looked to the hooded boy. "Sorry to disappoint you, Severus. I know you were hoping to give Black and Lupin the lesson they deserve. Will these do for now?" He gestured to Marlene and Dorcas who were both struggling to get away from Avery and Nott who had stopped both girls' cries for help with silencing charms.

Severus lowered his hood and gave a dismissive shrug. "Makes no difference to me. Let it be a warning to them. Or practice for us..."

Mulciber let out a sinister laugh, shaking his head. "I've got to admit Severus, you're really starting to impress me." He turned his gaze back to the struggling Gryffindor girls before him. He tutted and shook his head. "Oh this won't do. They are far too feisty. Typical Gryffindors, we'll have to put a stop to all that squirming about. Severus, a little assistance? Since this is your magic after all."

Both Severus and Mulciber raised their wands to Marlene and Dorcas, who both watched in horror, letting out silent screams.

"Levicorpus!" With a flash of light from both of their wands, Marlene and Dorcas were lifted into the air upside down.

The four Slytherins surrounded them, watching with amused and taunting sneers. Mulciber looked to Snape. "So? What would you do to them next, Severus?" 

 Severus smirked, gazing up thoughtfully as he twirled his wand in his hand. 

-

James leaned against the wall just outside the Transfiguration classroom. He wondered what time it was. How much longer could Minnie possibly keep Sirius in detention when he himself had been let go from filing Filch's records a solid fifteen minutes ago. All they had done was blown up a few suits of armor...and the first years had enjoyed the fireworks once the initial scare wore off...

 Finally the door to the office opened and Sirius sauntered out. "A pleasure as always, my sweet!" He called over his shoulder and James could picture the disapproving look on the Professor's face. Sirius was still snickering as the door closed behind him.

James grinned. "Nice date with the Missus, Padfoot?" 

 "Oh lovely," Sirius sighed blissfully. "Nothing quite as romantic as sorting sewing needles from porcupine needles for an hour and a half." He held up his hands to show several bandaged fingers. "What about you?"

"Filing Filch's school records. You win." He chuckled, reaching into his pocket and passing Sirius a small plastic bag of pot. "Nicked this for us. Found it in one of Filch's drawers."

 Sirius clapped him on the shoulder. "Excellent. Moony'll be thrilled that we're finally contributing instead of smoking all of his." He opened the bag and took a whiff. He shrugged. "Moony's is better. But it'll do. Nice work, Prongs."

"As always, of course." James replied cockily. They were headed in the direction of Gryfindor tower when Sirius made an odd turn towards a different staircase. James frowned. "Where are you going?" 

Sirius took the map out of his pocket and unfolded it. "Lets find Moony and have a smoke, yeah? His rounds are nearly over." He pointed his wand at the blank parchment. "I solemnly swear that I'm up to no good." And the dark inky lines began to appear. Both James and Sirius grinned down at their masterpiece. "Such a brilliant idea to use that security on it." James muttered, still bewildered at their own genius. 

Sirius smirked. "I'm not just in love with Moony for his arse, mate. That boy's brain is sexy as fuck." He bit his lip. 

 James rolled his eyes and went back to scanning the map. He snorted. "Oy! Look, Wormy's in the bloody astronomy tower with Emmeline!" 

"Go Pete!" Sirius laughed, watching the dot labeled Peter Pettigrew inch closer to the one labeled Emmeline Vance. "Reckon he's got up her skirt yet?" 

 "Not on his life." James chuckled. "Where's Moony suppose to be stationed tonight?" 

"Err...fourth floor, I think. Right around-" Sirius paused, eyes going slightly wide. "Hey, Prongs take a look over here." He took his forefinger and dragged it along by the deserted third floor classrooms and rested it on two dots labeled Marlene McKinnon and Dorcas Meadows. 

 James whistled and made a crude hand gesture with two fingers and his tongue but Sirius smacked his arm. "No...Look." his finger moved from Marlene and Dorcas to a tight huddle of dots heading down the corridor in their direction labeled Rowan Mulciber, Killian Avery, Jason Nott and Severus Snape. The group of slytherins continued closer to the two girls.

 "Let's go," James insisted hurriedly, pulling Sirius by the arm. Sirius hesitated.

"We're not suppose to get involved with Snape's shit, Prongs..." 

 James groaned. "Now you suddenly want to play by the rules? Let's go, Padfoot! Marlene and Dorcas could be in danger! Moony won't fault you for that!" He pulled on Sirius' arm again and this time the boy followed, folding the map and stuffing it into his pocket. 

 They quickly made their way up the stairs to the abandoned third floor corridor. Sirius paused for a moment and James skidded to a stop. "Wha-?" 

"Shh!" Sirius hushed him, listening carefully and grateful once again for his animagus form's heightened sense of hearing. He moved up against the stone wall and peeked around the corner. 

There they were. 

Two boys were holding the struggling girls while the other two spoke among themselves. Sirius strained to hear but couldn't. He motioned for James to follow and they carefully moved closer, both silently cursing the fact that they hadn't brought the cloak to detention. They ducked behind a suit of armor. 

Mulciber was speaking to a boy who still had his hood up. "Not quite the Gryffindor queers we were out looking for...lucky for me, I'm not particular..." He looked to the hooded boy. "Sorry to disappoint you, Severus. I know you were hoping to give Black and Lupin the lesson they deserve. Will these do for now?"

Sirius' jaw dropped and the color drained from his face. James stared on in disbelief. 

 "Makes no difference to me. Let it be a warning to them. Or practice for us..." Came Snape's drawling voice as he lowered his hood. Both James and Sirius' hands clenched their wands tightly, ready to attack.

 "I've got to admit Severus, you're really starting to impress me." 

"Levicorpus!"

The Slytherins laughed as the girls were lifted into the air with a flash of light. 

"So? What would you do to them next, Severus?"

 Snape took a step closer, twirling his wand between his finger. James and Sirius exchanged a definitive look and nodded. They jumped out from behind the armor. 

"Expelliarmus!" Both Snape's and Mulciber's wands flew from their hands and landed somewhere down the corridor. Avery and Nott looked to James and Sirius, then each other and ran off down the hall. 

Sirius and James stood firmly with their wands raised and pointed at Snape and Mulciber. 

 "I suggest you take a hint from your mates and get out of our site." James snarled, eyes narrowed on Severus specifically. Mulciber smirked and raised both hands in surrender. 

"Alright, Potter." He took a step back, still grinning eerily. "We're done here. For now." He nodded to Severus. "Come along, Severus." 

 Snape was glaring daggers at Sirius who was doing his best to avoid eye contact, focusing instead on the look of relief on Marlene's face. 

"Go." James growled dangerously to Snape. "Or fuck what I said to Dumbledore about laying off you. Try me, Severus. I have no qualms getting expelled for your sake." 

 Mulciber took Severus by the sleeve of his robe. "We're leaving, Potter." He said curtly, and he dragged Snape away. 

James watched them until they disappeared from view before turning to help Sirius let the girls down. He set a cushioning charm on the ground while Sirius muttered a quick "Finite Incantartum" and Marlene and Dorcas fell with a soft bounce. James and Sirius held out a hand to the girls and helped them up. 

 Marlene immediately wrapped her arms tightly around Sirius and he reciprocated, squeezing the girl perhaps a little harder than necessary but it was helping to calm his nerves. "You alright, Marls?" He muttered against her hair.

She nodded. "Fine." She shuddered and buried her face in his neck. "Fuck. How did you even find us?"  

 "Dumb luck," Sirius lied. "We were just coming out here to smoke in one of the old classrooms, right Jamie?" 

James nodded, releasing Dorcas from their own embrace. "Lucky we were. You two aren't hurt at all?" 

The girls shook their heads. 

 

"However," Marlene added, just above a mumble as they walked together back to Gryffindor tower. "If anyone wanted to give that little shit a taste of his own slime...I can't say I could argue with that." 

James quickly scratched out the ornate L.E. he had doodled on his exam paper as Professor Flitwick called for the end of the allotted testing time. He stood and slung his bag over his shoulder and waited for Sirius, Remus and Peter to join him before leaving the classroom and heading straight outside. 

Sirius grinned, sliding his arm around Remus' shoulders as they walked. "Did you like question ten, Moony?" 

 "Loved it," Remus said briskly. "'Give five signs that identify a werewolf', excellent question." 

 "D'you think you managed to get all the signs?" Asked James with mock concern. 

"Think I did," Remus played along seriously. "One: He's sitting in my chair, Two: He's wearing my clothes, Three: His name is Remus Lupin-" He was cut off as Sirius leaned in and kissed him, laughing along with James. 

Peter shuffled his feet anxiously. "Er...I got the snout shape, the pupils of the eyes and the tuft tail...but I couldn't think of anything else." 

 James stared at him. "How thick are you, Wormtail? You run around with a werewolf once a month-" 

"Keep your voice down, will you?" Remus muttered, eyeing a group of nearby Slytherins as he and the others took a seat under a large beech tree. Remus pulled out a book, extending his legs out in front of him which Sirius immediately saw as an invitation. He stretched on on the grass, using his boyfriend's legs as a pillow. 

 "Well I thought that paper was a piece of cake." Sirius said proudly. "I'll be surprised if I don't get an outstanding on it." 

James grinned. "Me too." He reached into his pocket and pulled out a golden snitch, tossing it up in the air and catching it. 

 Remus frowned. "Where'd you get that?" 

"Nicked it." James shrugged, letting the snitch fly off a little before snatching it back again much to Peter's amusement. This went on for several minutes before Sirius groaned.

 "Put that away, will you? Before Wormtail wets himself." 

Remus discreetly flicked Sirius on the nose. "Bad dog." He muttered. Peter blushed and James shrugged.

"If if bothers you." He stuffed the snitch back in his pocket. 

Sirius huffed and sat up, looking over the grounds and watching the other students pass by. "I'm bored. I wish it were a full moon." 

 Remus rolled his eyes. "You might," He said darkly from behind his book. He sighed, watching Sirius as if he could see the the restlessness starting to grow in the other boys head. "We still have Transfiguration. If you're so bored, you can test me...Here." He held his book out. 

Sirius scoffed. "Oh please, Moony. I don't need that rubbish. I know it all!" 

 James laughed and shook his head at both of them before scanning over the crowds of students congregating around the yard. Then he spotted him. "I know something that'll liven you up, Padfoot...Look." He nodded his head in the direction of Severus Snape.

Sirius went still, like a dog who had spotted a rabbit, and grinned. "Excellent. Snivellus."

Remus gave Sirius a warning look which Sirius shot down with a significant look of his own as James slowly headed toward the Slytherin. "We won't hurt him, Moons." Sirius promised. "Just threaten him a little. C'mon, love. After what he did to Marlene and Dorcas?" 

Remus shook his head disapprovingly and picked his book back up. Sirius leaped to his feet and hurried after James. 

 "All right, Snivellus?" James called loudly. The look of panic that overtook the greasy haired boy was almost satisfying enough. None of his big scary friends were around now. Snape reached for his wand but James was much quicker. "Expelliarmus!" Snape's wand flew several feet and Sirius barked with laughter. 

Snape went to make a grab for his wand. James smirked and shook his head. "Impedimenta!" Severus' feet were swept from under him and he landed in a face plant on the ground. Other people were watching now, forming a small crowd around them. James glanced over by the lake where Marlene, Dorcas, Mary and Lily had been relaxing by the water's edge. Dorcas and Marlene had turned their attention to the scene, but kept their distance. Snape struggled, panting on the ground and struggling against invisible ties. 

"You...wait!" He growled. "You just wait!" 

"Wait for what?" Sirius asked coolly, wand still raised. "What are you going to do, Snivelly? Wipe your nose on us?" 

Severus let out a string of curses and James frowned. "Wash your mouth out." He said coldly. "Scourgify!" 

The other students, along with Sirius and James, laughed as pink bubbles foamed and poured out from Snape's mouth. 

"LEAVE HIM ALONE!" 

James and Sirius both jumped and turned around. James' hand shot up to his hair as Lily angrily approached them. "All right, Evans?" 

"Leave him alone." Lily repeated, glaring at James with disgust. "What's he done to you?" 

James' eyes darted to the circle of students that surrounded them, landing on Dorcas and Marlene. "Well," He said. "It's more the fact that he exists, if you know what I mean." 

Lily shook her head. "You think you're so funny, but you're nothing but an arrogant, bullying toerag! Leave him alone!"

"I will if you'll go out with me!" James said quickly, without thinking. He'd curse himself for it later, he knew. Too late now. "Come on, Evans. Go out with me and I'll never lay wand on old Snivelly again." 

Lily fumed. "I wouldn't go out with you if it were a choice between you and the giant squid." 

Sirius grimaced. "Bad luck, Prongs..." He turned back to Snape who was finally coming free of the jinx and making his way towards his wand. "OY!" He made to grab for his own wand but he was too late and with a flash of light, a gash appeared across James' face, splattering his robe with blood.

James hissed with pain, his hand coming up to his face and wiping off some of the blood there. He smiled darkly as the memory of the what Severus and the other Slytherins had done to Marlene and Dorcas flooded his mind. What was that spell....

 "Levicorpus!" James shouted, spinning around and aiming his wand at Severus who was immediately hoisted into the air, dangling upside down with his robes flailing and exposing his greying underpants.

Sirius snickered. "Not so funny now, is it?" He whispered so only Severus and James could hear. 

 For a moment, Lily's eyes flickered to Marlene, Dorcas and Mary and she looked almost as if she were going to smile. She shook herself from it. "Let him down." She requested calmly.

"Certainly." Said James, flicking his wand and letting Snape fall to the ground. "You're lucky Evans was here to protect you." 

 "I don't need help from some filthy little mudblood like her!" As soon as the words left Snape's mouth, regret washed over his face. The crowd went silent and James and Sirius' jaws both dropped.

Lily blinked. "Fine." She said coolly. "I won't bother in the future. But you may want to change your underpants, Snivellus." 

James rounded on Severus again. "Apologize to Evans!" He demanded. 

 "I don't want YOU to make him apologize!" Lily shouted. "You're just as bad as he is! Messing up your hair so it looks like you've just flown a broomstick, hexing everyone that annoys you just because you can! You make me sick, Potter!" She turned and hurried away.

"Fuck." James muttered. "Evans! Hey, Evans come on!" 

She didn't look back. James shook his head. "What is it with her?" 

"Reading between the lines, I'd say she thinks you're a little conceited, mate." Said Sirius.

"Lily, wait!" Severus called, walking faster down the corridor to catch up with the redhead. He hadn't meant to say what he said to her. It was all bloody Potter and Black's fault anyway. If she had just stayed out of it and let him fight his own battles, this wouldn't be happening. "Lily!"

  With a frustrated yell, Lily spun around to face him. Her emerald eyes piercing and her face nearly the same shade as her hair. "What do you want, Severus?" She snapped, fists clenched at her sides.

 

 

 

 Severus stalled momentarily, stunned by just how angry his best friend was. "I..." He licked his lips. "Listen, I didn't mean what I said-"

 Lily laughed coldly. "You didn't mean what you said? You called me a racial slur, Severus! In front of everyone!"

 "But I didn't mean-!"

 "But that's what I am, isn't it, Severus?" Lily stepped closer to him. The anger in her eyes had disappeared and now she looked hurt. "Go ahead! Tell the truth! You've said it about Mary, and about countless other people who are from the same sorts of families that I am! Didn't mean it." She spat, shaking her head at him. "I can't believe I've defended you for five years, Severus! When everyone else told me you were just a vile, dark arts obsessed snake!"

  "It's Black and Potter's fault!" Severus argued, and Lily's eyes went wide.

 "Don't try to blame those two idiots for your behavior, Severus! Just because they act like immature little prats doesn't mean you have an excuse to do the same! This school yard bullying between all of you has to stop! Not to mention, they did the exact thing to you that you and Mulciber did to Mary! And To Marlene and Dorcas-!" 

 "YOU DON'T KNOW THE HALF OF WHAT BLACK AND POTTER HAVE DONE TO ME!" Severus shouted, anger now overflowing inside of him as he thought of just how much the other two boys had gotten away with against him. The fact that Dumbledore didn't even know that Black had tried to kill him with his little pet werewolf...

 Lily's body shook with anger and she glared at him. "Maybe because you deserve it, Severus." She said quietly. "Potter and Black are bullies, I can't deny that. But deep down under that, they may just be decent people. I've seen them be decent people. They'll grow out of their constant need to show off and be the center of attention. But you?" She sighed. "You'll always be a liar and a coward, following more powerful people for your own bloody protection instead of standing for what you actually believe in."

 She turned and left him standing speechless and alone.

 Lily was fuming. Never in her life had she felt so angry. And the sad part was, it wasn't Severus she was angry with. Nor was it James Potter. She was angry with herself.

Five years, she had let herself believe that Severus was a good person, her best friend, who maybe just needed some guidance. 

Five years, she ignored the warnings from her friends and brushed off the signs that she herself had seen of Severus' dark obsession and the effect it had on his behavior. 

 How could she have been so stupid as to believe that she could change that? 

 "Evans...!"

 She stopped walking and quickly wiped her eyes with her sleeve. She took a deep breath and spun around. "What do you want Potter?"

 James Potter was standing a few feet away, leaning casually against a suit of armor, but he didn't have the same cocky, arrogant expression he had only half an hour ago as he tormented Severus Snape in the court yard. He looked apprehensive. His hand shot up to his hair, no doubt by habit at this point, but he stopped in midair and lowered it. He cleared his throat. "Ev- er...Lily, sorry..." He rubbed the back of his neck. "Look, I wanted to apologize." 

 Lily didn't respond, she just stared blankly at him. 

 "Er..." He continued awkwardly. "I just...I'm sorry for what just happened out there. For what I did to Sniv- ah...Severus...what he said was out of order, but-"

 "It's alright, Potter." Lily interrupted quietly, looking down at the floor. "I...I've been ignoring the truth behind all those things you  lot have done to him. He's not who I thought he-" she sighed and shook her head. "He's not who I wanted him to be." 

 James took a step away from the suit of armor, this time he did ruffle his hair but he kept his eyes downcast as well. "Sorry you had to find out that way."

 Lily shrugged. "It's my own fault. I knew it, really...I should have listened to everyone else."

 James chuckled lightly. "I dunno, Evans. You seem more the type to follow her own heart no matter what people tell you. Stubborn bird, you are."

 She tried to hide it, but the corner of her lips twitch up. "Oh I am indeed the most stubborn." 

 The boy snorted. "Sirius could give you a run for your money I'm sure." He rolled his eyes. "Prat would probably teach himself to fly without a broomstick just because someone told him he couldn't." 

 Lily actually laughed. "He's going to get himself killed some day."

 Potter shook his head with a lopsided grin. "Nah. Sirius will live forever out of spite. Stubborn git." He sighed and looked up at her. "Anyway, I...I had another apology as well."

 Lily gave him a look as if to give him the go ahead and he let out a deep breath.

 "Lily, I'm sorry for acting like a conceited git. And for pestering you and...Er...just...acting like, as you so eloquently put it, an 'arrogant toerag'." He smirked as she tried and failed not to giggle at that. "I will try my best not to do that to you anymore." He held out his hand. "Truce?" 

 Lily cocked her head to the side, one eyebrow raised as she stared at his hand for a moment and considered him. She took it and they shook on it. Potter went to pull his hand away but Lily held on. "Wait," she smirked. "What about all of the obnoxious date invitations? That stops as well?" 

 James chuckled, a mischievous glint in his eye. "That, Miss Evans, I cannot promise you." She groaned but he squeezed her hand. "I can promise you something different though?" 

 "Oh really?" She said smugly. "What's that?"

 He smirked. "You're eventually going to say yes." He winked and let go of her hand, walking right past her in the direction of Gryffindor tower. "Night Evans!" 

 She stood frozen, watching him leave. "Good night...James..."

-

Remus returned from his potions study group with every intention of taking a much needed, and deserved, nap. Everyone knew that OWLs were going to be stressful, and he was thankful that they had by some miracle not landed within the week of the full moon, but he felt utterly drained. Not to mention the whole scene in the court yard that afternoon. He groaned to himself. He had hoped that after what had happened between them all and Severus in March, maybe this whole rivalry would finally come to and end and there would be peace. 

 Alas, there was no peace when it came to Sirius Black and James Potter. 

 Even if Snape had deserved some sort of repercussion for what he and his friends had done to Marlene and Dorcas, and what they were rumored to be planning to do to others, Remus didn't see why James and Sirius repeatedly took it upon themselves to dole out the punishment.

 When he entered the dorm room he was surprised to find Sirius sitting on his own bed, crossed legged between Marlene and Dorcas. All three of them looked up when he closed the door.

 "Hi Remus." The girls both gave a small wave and a smile.

 Remus smiled tiredly back at them. "Hey Dorcas, Marley...er...am I interrupting?" 

 Dorcas shook her head. "No, not at all. We all just finished up studying and came up to have a chat while Sirius waited for you." 

 Remus' eyes landed on Sirius who was chewing his bottom lip anxiously. Remus smirked. "And decided to try out new eyeliner styles as well, I see?" He noted the perfectly sharpened wing tips in the corner of his boyfriends eyes. The girls both laughed. 

 "Guilty." Marlene shrugged. Remus raised an eyebrow at her and she giggled. "What? It's easier to test out on someone else first and he was a willing participant." 

 Sirius smirked. "I'm always available to be your test dummy, Marls." 

 Remus snorted. "Dummy, for sure." His eyes roamed over Sirius for a moment. Something seemed off. 

 Dorcas cleared her throat and hopped off the bed. "Well, we best be off, right Marley?" 

 Marlene blinked. "Hmm? Oh! Yes." She smiled and kissed Sirius' cheek, giving him a quick hug. "Thanks again, Sirius." She said quietly. Dorcas did the same.

  "Yeah. Really, Sirius..." 

 Sirius gave what Remus knew was a forced smile and bid both girls goodnight as they slipped out the door, closing it behind them. Once their footsteps were out of hearing range Sirius swallowed and looked up at Remus. 

 "Moony, I'm sorry." 

 Frowning, Remus placed his books down on his bedside table and looked back at the other boy. "For what?" 

 "For what happened today with Snape. I know you didn't approve-"

 "If I really didn't approve, I would have stopped you." Remus said matter-of-factly, sitting on the edge of his own bed and watching him."I'm a prefect, Sirius. If I had wanted to stop you, I would have." 

 Sirius looked unsure. "But you still haven't forgiven me for what I did and I promised I wouldn't-" 

 "Sirius, come here." Remus patted the spot next to him on his own mattress and Sirius came without hesitation, but kept his eyes downcast. Remus cupped his chin and tilted his face up. He couldn't help but smile. Sirius' eyes looked so bloody gorgeous like this...Damn it, McKinnon...He sighed. "I'm not angry with you for what happened today. I mean...sure, I'd have preferred if you and James would have just let it alone, but...What Snape and those other blokes did to Marley and Dorcas, and what they've done to other students was really...evil." He shuddered a little. "You didn't go out looking for revenge out of anger or do something terribly dangerous. You and James just...acted like you and James, that's all." He snorted. "Not that that's great either...But you've been trying so hard, love. I see that, and I'm proud of you." 

 Sirius' lip twitched up. "Thanks Moony." 

 Remus kissed him and felt Sirius' whole body melt as he wrapped his arms around him. Smiling against his lips, Remus gently coaxed the smaller boy into his lap and laid back against the pillows, bringing Sirius down on top of him. Sirius shifted his body so that he was straddling Remus' hips.

 Remus teasingly ground up against him and Sirius moaned with a need that hadn't been met in nearly two full months. Breaking from his lips, Remus kissed down the line of Sirius' jaw to his ear. "I forgive you, Sirius." 

 Sirius groaned. "Why is that the sexiest thing I have ever heard?" His hips snapped down to meet Remus' and suddenly they were both very aware of how much clothing was between them. Remus quickly pulled the curtain shut around them and they both began to fumble with buttons and zippers, desperate to feel each other's skin again and tossing everything carelessly aside. 

 Once those pesky clothes were out of the way, they sat for a moment, allowing their eyes to hungrily eat up every inch of each other. Sirius’ hands traveled from Remus’ hips, up his sides and back down his chest. He took note of every new scar, painfully thinking to himself: these are my fault. I did this to him.

 Noticing that the lust in Sirius' eyes had begun to fade into guilt, Remus grabbed him firmly by the chin once more and pulled him into another kiss. Then, in a swift movement that pulled a gasp of shock from the dark haired boy, Remus flipped them. His hands found Sirius' and he pinned the boys arms up over his head. He felt Sirius grin against his lips. 

  "Love it when you get all dominant, Moony..." Sirius sighed, arching beneath him. He knew Sirius enjoyed it on the rare occasions that it had ever happened, usually around the full moon. But it had always made him a little nervous to give into the the primal instinct that the wolf part of his brain always fought for. However...He has had an idea playing around in his head for quite a few weeks...

 “Do you?” he ground his hips down again and heard Sirius inhale sharply. “Well that’s very good Sirius, because although I may have forgiven you, I think I may have thought of a solution to your little self control problem…and I think you’re going to like it.”

Sirius quirked an eyebrow and smirked. “Oh? And what might that be?” his voice was playful as he wiggled his hips teasingly under Remus’. However, Remus didn't laugh and tease him back like he usually did. He tightened his grip on Sirius' wrists.

“You know Sirius,” he said, keeping his tone a little too casual as he removed one hand from Sirius’ wrists and trailed it down his body so tortuously slow, stopping right above where Sirius craved contact the most and making the boy shiver. "You really have been behaving so well lately...you've been very...obedient." He wrapped his long fingers around Sirius’ length, causing him to whimper softly and arch up. “It’s actually been kind of nice…” 

Sirius swallowed hard. “O-oh?” the playfulness was gone from his voice. Now there was only desperation, mild curiosity and just a touch of nervousness.

“I’m curious,” The silkiness of Remus’ voice shocked both of them. “Just how obedient can you be?” His fingers slipped teasingly lower, lower...

Fuck, Moons that’s hot…” Sirius panted, squirming slightly

“Hush. Stay.” Remus was suddenly gone from on top of him and Sirius let out a frustrated groan.

 “Mooooonyyyyyyy…”

“Just wait, Padfoot. Have patience.” Remus’ voice had returned to normal as he rummaged through his trunk.

Sirius propped himself up on his elbows with a pout. “What are you doing, Re?”

Remus shrugged. “...Improvising.” He came back holding a Gryffindor tie and his wand. His head tilted to the side and he frowned “I believe I told you to stay.” Sirius scrambled back into position and Remus resumed his place on top. 

He took the tie and used it to secure Sirius’ wrists above his head, smirking at his own handiwork. “Now then…” his voice had gone husky and deep again, but he still somehow managed to sound as if he were casually teaching a lecture instead of driving his boyfriend mad with sex games. Sirius shivered. “It’s quite clear that you need to learn some self-control, Sirius.” He took his wand and cast a lubricating spell, making Sirius whimper from the cold, slick feeling and the horribly wonderful anticipation. 

“Don’t you agree?” He slipped one finger easily into him and reveled at the sight of Sirius arching up and moaning. He frowned and sat up slightly. “I asked you a question Sirius.”

“I…Ahhh….fuck…Y-yes…I agree…”

Remus hummed thoughtfully. “Y’know what…Since I think you need to learn a little bit about respect, I think I’d like you to respond with ‘Yes, Sir’…” his eyes flicker up to meet Sirius’ for a moment, his voice still tortuously casual.  “And let’s be honest, what you did to me was a massive disrespect, yes?”

Sirius only whined in response. His cheeks flushed, his eyes glassy and his lips dark and bruised from kissing and biting.

Remus wanted to just forget all of this and ravish him…But the idea in his head was just too good and the wolf part of his brain wouldn't relent until Sirius was put in his place...and if Remus was completely honest, Sirius did need to learn, and this may have been the only way to teach him. 

“Answer me, love. Did you disrespect me?”

 “Y-yes…”

“Yes?”

Yes Sir.”

“Good boy.” Both of them felt a flutter in the pits of their stomachs. This was hotter than either of them had imagined. It took a moment for Remus to be able to speak again, distracted and turned on by Sirius writhing beneath him, helpless and submissive. “A-and you agree," His voice fails him for a second and he clears his throat, trying to sound authoritative again. "You agree that you need to learn to control yourself?”

 “Yes Sir.” Remus twists his wrist and hits that spot inside Sirius that makes him sob with need. 

 “Do you want to submit to me, Sirius? Do you want me to teach you to control yourself? To respect me and everyone else?”

“Yes Sir….oh fuck, please Remus…please just…fucking-" 

"Shh." Remus snapped, only because the sound of the other boy begging was becoming so very distracting. He nudged Sirius' knees apart, positioning his hips for what they have both been dying for. He wanted to drag this out longer. He wanted to drive Sirius crazy first. He wanted to deprive him of touching and kissing and show him what it meant to not get what he wants when he wants it...But he's also a teenage boy himself. And He has needs. And right now he needed nothing more than to feel his boyfriend around him, to feel complete with Sirius again. 

The teaching can wait. The punishment can wait. He just wanted Sirius to be his once more. Pressing up against Sirius he tried to maintain the Dominant air he had adapted. “I’m going to give you what you want, but I mean it…not just in bed.” His eyes flashed dangerously and his grabbed a fistful of his boyfriend's thick black hair, making him gasp. “You will do as I say. You will behave the way I tell you to…do you agree, Sirius?”

“Yes Sir...Remus, please...I love you." Sirius gazed up at him, desperate for him 

 Remus broke for a moment and smiled. "I love you, Sirius." He plunged into him and they both moaned loudly. Keeping Sirius’ bound hands above his head, Remus thrust into him fast and hard and they both know they won’t last long. After a very short while, they both finished with each other's names on their lips, which Sirius followed with a string of impressive swear words, and they collapsed in a tangled, sticky pile of limbs, panting heavily. 

Remus reached up to untie Sirius’ wrists. Once freed, Sirius pulled Remus to him and kissed him lovingly. When they broke away Remus blushed nervously. “Was that weird?”

Sirius shook his head, nuzzling Remus' neck. “No.”

“And you’re okay with it?”

Sirius was silent for a moment, taking it all in now that his mind had settled. “Yes,” he kisses Remus’ sweaty forehead. "You're so bloody hot like that, Remus. I know you don't like to let that part of you out when we do things but-" 

Remus shook his head, smiling a little. "No...I liked it, actually...I...I like that you trusted me so easily." He bit his lip. 

Sirius pulled him close and kissed his lips briefly. "I trust you with everything, Remus. I promise. I know you won't hurt me, even if you don't know it. And maybe you're right about this whole control thing..." He snickered teasingly. "You're a pretty good teacher, Professor Lupin." 

Remus laughed and rolled his eyes as he snuggled up against the other boy, draping an arm over him. "Get some sleep, Sirius." 

Sirius smirked. "Yes Sir." 

“FOR THE LOVE OF MERLIN’S SAGGING BALLS! FOR THE LAST SODDING TIME! SILENCING CHARMS! IT’S NOT A FUCKING DIFFICULT REQUEST, MATES!”

Remus’ eyes snapped open and he blushed furiously.

Sirius erupted into laughter. “Sorry, Mate…Thought you were still off studying!" 

“Gahhhhhhhhh I’ll never unhear the things I just heard! You’ve gone and sent poor Pete ‘round the bend. He’s unresponsive. Pete! Peter can you hear me?! Are you still with us, mate? He’s bloody lost it because of you two and your kinky sexploitations! IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY PETE!”