Dancing with a Werewolf

Summary: Remus likes Rozlyn. Rozlyn likes Lupin, but she's suspicious of him, and confused because he disappears every month. So one night she follows him down to the shrieking shack. . .

A/N: this takes place during the Marauders' fifth year, BEFORE the animagus potion was finished

Chapter 1 - Bedazzled

-Remus P.O.V.-

Remus chewed on the end of his quill. It was a thing he did when he was nervous. And sitting next to Rozlyn Jenkins definitely made him nervous. She was a petite, beautiful brunette. And Remus liked her a lot.

Never mind that she hadn't even arrived to class, yet. These were the assigned seats. Remus could have murdered Professor Yunau. How could he do something like this? How?

"Hey, Remus, you okay bud?" Sirius Black said from behind him.

"Fine. I'm fine," Remus replied. "Just fine."

"You're sure?" James asked. "You look ready to hurl. It's not time yet, is it?"

"No!" Remus said, looking around frantically. What if she was here? What if she had heard him?

"Okay, okay, calm down," Sirius said, holding up his hands.

"Evans! Howsit goin' babe?" James said, his voice suddenly deepening. Remus didn't even have to look at him to know that he was probably running one hand through his hair.

He looked up at Lily Evans, another fifth year Gryffindor like himself. He nodded to her, and she nodded back, pointedly ignoring James. Remus stifled a chuckle. He had no right to laugh at James's love life anyway. His own wasn't much better.

"Excuse me," a soft voice said from behind Lily. Remus got the chills. He knew that voice very, very well.

"Oh, excuse me!" Lily said, moving aside to reveal Rozlyn Jenkins.

Remus suddenly stopped breathing. Remus hadn't seen her during the sorting and the feast. In fact, this was the first time he'd seen her since last year. And she looked ten times better.

She sat down hesitantly next to him, giving him a shy smile. Remus struggled to smile back, but it didn't quite work. He knew it probably looked forced. 'What was the matter with his face all of a sudden?' His heart sank when he saw her smile fade a little.

"Hey, Rozlyn, wazzup?" James interjected. "How was your summer?"

"It was fun," Rozlyn said, blushing a little. Remus felt a little jealous, even though everyone knew it didn't take much for Rozlyn to blush. She wasn't exactly talkative.

"Cool haircut," Sirius said.

"You think so? I did it myself," Rozlyn said. Her eyes shone with happiness.

Remus could've kicked himself. He hadn't even noticed her new haircut. Her hair was much, much shorter now, and it was curly. She still wore glasses, but they were way more trendy this year.

"I like it," Sirius replied. "You like it, Remus?"

Remus nodded, staring down at his quill. He was gripping it so hard his knuckles were turning white. "It's nice," he muttered, hoarsely.

"We keep telling Remus he needs to get a haircut, too," James joked. "But he refuses. He's stubborn as anything. Maybe you could cut his, too."

Remus's eyes widened at that. He spun around and stared at James, who winked at him.

"I d-don't know," Rozlyn stammered. "I-I've never done anyone else's before."

"It's okay," Sirius interrupted. "I mean, really, you can't mess it up any worse than it is already, can you?" He and James laughed. Remus felt like strangling them.

"I guess I could," she said softly. "If you want me to, Remus?" She turned toward him.

Remus couldn't breathe. Her eyes were a stunning lavender color. She was really, really pretty. And her lips . . . they were right in front of him, and so very kissable . . .

"I like my hair," he blurted out. "I like it like this, the way it is."

He heard his friends sigh behind him. Internally, he sighed with them. He was truly a lost cause.

-Rozlyn P.O.V.-

Rozlyn was shaking inside with terror. She couldn't believe her luck this year! She was actually sitting next to Remus Lupin. Remus Lupin - the boy of her dreams, and the main character in her diary.

It didn't help that his friends were sitting around him. His friends terrified her, also. They were the most wanted guys by all the girls in Hogwarts - James Potter and Sirius Black. There were so many rumors flying around about them. Rozlyn wasn't sure if she'd be able to handle it. She was anything, but brave. It made her wonder why she was in Gryffindor.

"Jenkins . . .? Rozlyn Jenkins?" the professor said in an aggravated tone. "ROZLYN JENKINS!"

Rozlyn jumped up and fell out of her chair. "S-s-sorry, Professor!" she stammered, her face flaming. 'No! Why did this sort of thing always have to happen to her?' She wished she were more like Lily Evans . . .

She climbed back up into her seat. Much to her embarrassment, James, Sirius, and Peter were snickering. Remus was trying hard to look everywhere, but at her. She felt her heart splitting in two.

Rozlyn sank down in her chair for the rest of the class, and tried extra hard to pay attention.

*_*

Rozlyn walked into her Arithmancy class. It was hard, yes, but Dumbledore had allowed the smartest students of the year to take it. It was something to gloat about. Rozlyn refrained from gloating, though. It wasn't something Lily Evans would do.

Immediately, she spotted Remus Lupin. Her face burned again. There was a free seat next to him. Should she do it? Was she brave enough? 'Lily Evans would,' she told herself. She took a deep breath and marched over to him.

"Hi, R-Remus!" her voice came out in a squeak.

He looked up at her slowly. "Hi," he said in monotoned voice.

"Is, um, anyone sitting here?" she asked, fighting to keep control of her voice.

He shook his head.

"Mind if I sit down?" she asked quickly. She mentally cursed herself. Now, she sounded desperate. She wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he said -

"Please, go ahead," he said, softly.

She stared at him. "Really?" she couldn't help asking. 'Don't be stupid, Rozlyn! Just sit down!'

He nodded, and something like joy erupted in her stomach.

^.~

Okay, I know this chapter was kind of boring, but I needed to get the story going. Now you see the relationship between Roz and Rem, that there really isn't a relationship at all. But never fear! There will be! There's a reason this story is rated R.

Ariana S.