Hey everyone I'm so sorry this has been so long in the making. What happened? I hear you ask, well first this chapter was completely different to what it is now and ur all very lucky that I lost it somehow cus I really like this chapter it's dark and twisted sort of just how I like it lol I hope this is up to everyone's standards even though it is over 2 years due. But what ya goona do? Life Happens lol Read and enjoy, and review if u feel like it thanks. Oh and I must warn u I am sure this is full of grammar and spelling errors but I haven't even read over it I literally just finished it and wanted to get it up for those that are still hopfully waiting for it. So please try and ignore the wee errors.

Disclaimer: I own nothing that you find familiar from the Harry Potter books as that is all JK Rowlings creation not mine. The only thing that is mine is the story idea.

Chapter 8

A medical station was set up in the Atrium for those that weren't that badly injured. When Lily and James had got to the atrium they saw many people in small groups talking about what had happened. From one of the groups Hestia walked over to Lily and James.

"Lily are you ok?" Hestia asked as she saw the gash on Lily's face.

"Yeah I'm fine. It's just a cut." Lily said with a shrug. "I'm going to get it checked out." Lily said as she looked at James. He nodded his head and watched her walk towards the medical station.

"Are you ok?" Hestia asked James as she looked at him. He had blood over his robes and some black marks on his face.

"Yeah I'm fine." James said with a shrug.

"Is it true she threw a shoe at him?" Hestia said with a smirk. James smiled and nodded as he continued to watch Lily being treated by a healer. "Have the pair of you made up yet?" Hestia asked quizzically. James looked at her unexpectedly. "She came round last night in floods of tears. She was quite distressed about your argument." Hestia said as she looked at Lily.

"I don't really want to talk about this now." James said cautiously.

"Sorry." Hestia said realising she had been a bit to forward. "Its just I know." Hestia said looking at him knowingly.

"Know what?" James said looking at her curiously.

"What you've got hidden in your sock drawer." Hestia said as she raised her eyebrows. A shocked look washed over James's face

"Umm uh uh … those aren't mine. They are umm Sirius's." James stammered.

"Not that you idiot." Hestia said with a role of her eyes. "I'm talking about the ring." Hestia said causing James to nod in acknowledgement.

"The ring." James said repeating Hestia's words. "How do you know about that?" James asked curiously.

"I just do." Hestia said with a mischievous smile.

"Who told you? Was it Sirius? He always did have a soft spot for you." James said with a shake of his head. "Lily doesn't know does she?" James asked worriedly.

"No don't worry she doesn't. And what do you mean Sirius has a soft spot for me?" Hestia asked intriguingly. James ignored her question and looked towards Lily who was talking to Caradoc.

"Look don't mention anything to her ok?" James pleaded.

"Of course not, James. But do it soon, put the girl out of her misery." Hestia said with a laugh. "There are only so many times a girl can put herself in danger for the man she loves." Hestia added before leaving James to his thoughts.

James did love Lily. And he knew she loved him just as much. The pair of them had been through so much already. Lily had faced Voldemort three times already. James could not think of anyone else who had done that and survived to tell the tale. James had only faced him twice and he hoped there would not be a third time. Lily was such a strong person; it killed him inside to see the walls Lily had to put up to portray her strength. He knew that deep inside Lily was a scared little girl. He didn't think any less of her for this, if anything he loved her more. Deep inside James was just a scared little boy who wished he was back at Hogwarts were life was so much easier. But for Lily he was strong. All he wanted to do was to hide her away until this war was over.

"What are you so deep in thought about?" Lily asked interrupting his pensiveness. James looked up at her and shook his head.

"Nothing. It's just been a long day." James said with a grim smile. "You all cleared up?" James asked.

"Yeah I'm all free to go. Caradoc said he would sort things out. I'm not feeling so great from the potion they give me." Lily said as she rubbed her face.

"You must be tired. I'll take you home. Just let me square some things up with Frank first." James said.

"No look, James I –" Lily began.

"I don't want you at home alone." James said as he interrupted Lily. "Wait here I'll be back in a moment." James said before walking towards a group of men.

Lily sighed as he walked away. She loved James so much. She would do anything for him like throw a shoe at the evilest wizard in the world. That shows dedication to a man. Lily just hoped that James knew her feelings for him. He meant so much to her. She had the option of having a safe life away from this war. But she could never bring herself to choose that option. Not for the reason that she could help save innocent lives or that she could help put an end to the war. Lily's reason for staying was quite simple. Lily Evans was madly in love with James Potter. That was her reason. There was no better reason to put oneself in near death situations than for love. Lily broke out of her reverie as James walked towards her.

"Let's go home." James wearily as he reached Lily's side. Anti-disapparation jinxes were set up for the time being to ensure no more attacks happened during the ministry's weakened state. Lily and James queued by the fire places so they could floo home. After ten minutes of waiting the pair finally got home. The house was warm with the sun shining through the living room window. Lily sighed and walked towards the window wishing that the sunshine would flood her with warmth.

"I'm going to go for a shower." James said as he left the room. Lily watched him go then sighed again. It had been such a long day and all she wanted to do was crawl into bed with a good book. She walked into the kitchen and put the kettle on with a flick of her wand. Once the kettle had boiled she pored two cups of tea and brought them upstairs to the room she shared with James. She sat the cups down on the bedside cabinet and walked towards her wardrobe. She moved aside some clothes in search for her favourite jogging bottoms and a t-shirt. As she was pulling of her robes James walked out of their adjoined bathroom, he stopped in his tracks as he caught sight of Lily in just her underwear. Lily peered over her shoulder and caught sight of James watching her.

"What's wrong?" Lily asked as she turned to him fully.

"Nothing." James said with a shake of his head causing few droplet of water to fall from his wet hair. "You know you're beautiful don't you?" James asked as he walked towards Lily. Lily just shrugged and looked at the ground. James put his hands on her hips and looked deep into her eyes before leaning in to kiss her. His kiss got more passionate before Lily pulled away from him.

"James I need to get a shower I feel disgusting." Lily said with a small smile. James grinned and shook his head.

"No." James simply said before kissing her again causing Lily to giggle against his kiss.

Later that evening Lily was cooking her and James some dinner as a ministry owl appeared at the kitchen window. She opened the window and allowed it to fly in and perch on top of the kitchen table making James to look away from the newspaper. He took the letter and read it before scribbling something on a separate piece of parchment and attaching it to the ministry owl. It flew back out the opened window and into the night sky.

"Work as normal in the morning." James said as he went back to reading the newspaper.

"I think we need a holiday." Lily said with a smile as she stirred a pot. "Do you think China would be nice this time of year?" Lily said with a giggle causing James to look up and smile. James closed the newspaper and sat up straight. He had wanted to talk to Lily about this all day but he didn't know how he could bring up the subject. Luckily Lily had.

"I was thinking umm maybe you should go on holiday." James said carefully. Lily turned to James with an odd smile.

"Don't you mean we should go on holiday?" Lily asked as she moved towards a cupboard and took out some plates.

"No I meant you." James said plainly as he folded his arms.

"I don't understand what you are getting at?" Lily said as she set the plates on the tabletop.

"It's been a tough year for you, Lily. Maybe you should go away for awhile." James said slowly. Lily stood and stared at James for a while contemplating what exactly he was talking about. Finally she spoke.

"If you want me to leave don't say it in a half assed way, James." Lily said through gritted teeth before leaving the kitchen. James eyes widened as he realised how Lily had taken it. He ran after Lily up the stairs, when he walked into their room she was taking her clothes out of her wardrobe.

"Lily I didn't mean it like that." James said as he rubbed his face.

"Then how did you mean it?" Lily said as she spun round and looked at James. "I am sorry for what happened the other night, James. But you can't hold my insecurities against me." Lily said before turning back to her wardrobe.

"No, Lily please stop this." James said as he tried to pull Lily away from the wardrobe. Lily pushed away from him and turned to him once again.

"Look Todd manipulated me that night. It's what he does best he makes you believe things that aren't true. He made me doubt myself and you. That's the only reason why I said those things. But if you can't get over that…" Lily trailed off and walked towards the window. "I can't believe you slept with me and the whole time you wanted me out of your life." Lily said quietly with her head bowed.

"Lily, no it's not like that." James said as he walked towards Lily. "I don't want to break up with you. I want you to be safe." James explained as he stood behind her. "I want you to leave here so you can be safer. You've already faced him three times, Lily. I'm scared you won't see a fourth." James said as he sat down on the bed. Lily turned to him.

"You want me to leave so I can be safer?" Lily asked. James looked up at her. "The only place I can be safe is here with you." Lily said as she touched his face. "If that's your excuse for wanting me to leave then I'm not going anywhere." Lily said softly.

"I didn't think you would." James said with a sigh. "I only want the best for you." James said. "I love you, Lily." James said softly.

"I love you too." Lily said before leaning down and kissing James on the forehead. "Is this it settled now?" Lily asked. "It's been a really long day and I just want to sit down and relax and have some dinner." Lily said taking James's hand and leading him down stairs. When they got the bottom of the stairs they could hear animated voices from the kitchen. When they walked in there were four familiar faces sitting round the kitchen table eating dinner.

"We really have to put a magical lock on the door." Lily said with a sigh as she walked over to the cooker. She looked from the pots to the kitchen table were the plates now sat empty. "Sure, help yourself." Lily said a bit annoyed.

"Oh were use going to eat this." Sirius said with his mouth full of the last bits of food.

"No Sirius we were going to stare at it." Lily said as she turned away from him. "I'll go into town and get us some fish and chips." Lily said to James before she walked out of the kitchen and then out of the house. James sighed and then rubbed his face.

"What are you guys doing here?" James asked as he sat down at the table.

"Uh we just wanted to see how you were." Remus said awkwardly.

"So umm how are you?" Peter said just as awkwardly.

"Could be better. You caught us at a bad time." James said as he rubbed his face.

"Yeah we heard." Remus said gently. "Everything ok?"

"Of course it's not ok." Hestia said with a roll of her eyes. "The two of them are being idiots and dancing around the fact that they want to be with each other forever." Hestia said bluntly. "Just propose already and put us all out of our misery." She added before getting up and getting herself a glass of water.

"That was a bit straight forward, Hestia. But I do agree with you." Sirius said. "James put a smile on Lily's face already." He added with a laugh. James grinned and shook his head.

"I will ask her. I just need to wait for the right time." James said determinedly.

"With the way you're going she won't be asked until she's on her death bed." Remus said with a groan.

"Wait a minute you guys were the ones that said I was ruining my life by asking her." James said defensively.

"You lot said what?" Hestia butted in. "No wonder he hasn't asked her yet with you pea brains for friends." Hestia said with a shake of her head.

"Hold on a minute, that's a bit uncalled for." Sirius said angrily.

"No it's not." Hestia said bluntly. "It's the truth. It's your entire fault that he hasn't asked Lily yet. So it's your entire fault that they are miserable and that we are miserable watching them be miserable." Hestia said looking at Sirius.

"It's not just my fault. James is the one that hasn't asked her yet." Sirius said pointing to James.

"Yes, you." Hestia said turning to James. "Pull your finger out of your ass and ask her. Lily doesn't want some big proposal she's already had one of those and look how that ended up." Hestia realised what she had said once it came out of her mouth. "Oh right." Hestia said with a nod of her head.

"What?" Sirius said as he looked between James and Hestia.

"You need to get over those insecurities, James." Hestia said knowingly. "Why do you think he cheated on her? He had the exact same insecurities."

"Right, I'm confused. What's going on?" Sirius said bewildered.

"Would you shut up and let the woman talk some sense into this idiot." Remus snapped at Sirius. Sirius made a face at him then turned to Hestia.

"Todd is a twat, you are not. Lily does not love Todd, she loves you. It's that simple. Now just bloody ask her and stop giving me a headache." Hestia said angrily.

"Aggressive, Hestia, just how I like you." Sirius said with a grin. Remus cleared his throat and shifted a bit on his chair.

"Pig." Hestia said with a roll of her eyes. "Right guys let's go. Leave this idiot to his thoughts." The men all stood up and followed Hestia towards the hallway as did James. Remus, Peter and Hestia said their goodbyes. Sirius stayed behind however.

"You know if neither of you were together you probably wouldn't have survived this long in this war." Sirius said honestly. "The only thing that gets you through all of this is Lily. And the only reason why Lily is here is because of you." Sirius looked James straight in the eye. "Keep Lily here because none of us can afford to lose you." Sirius said before walking away. "Oh and if you don't put the ring on her finger I will." Sirius said with a mischievous grin before disapparating. Just as Sirius disappeared Lily opened the front door and walked through.

"I'll take that." James said as he took the bag out of Lily's hands. The pair walked into the kitchen and James began to put the food out on plates.

"Everyone gone then?" Lily said as she sat down at the kitchen table. None of the plates had been cleared away so she flicked her wand and made them fly towards the kitchen sink. James ducked out of the way of a fork as he grabbed some cutlery from the drawer.

"They just left." James replied. "Let's take this into the living room and put the fire on." James suggested as he lifted the two plates. Lily nodded and followed him in. She swished her wand a lovely roaring fire emitted from the fireplace. James handed Lily her plate and they sat on the couch and ate in silence. After ten minutes or so the pair had finished their food and was staring into the fire. Lily swished her wand once more and caused the plates to fly directly into the kitchen sink. Lily pulled her feet up underneath her and lay her head down on the armrest of the couch.

"It's been a long couple of weeks." James said as he continued to gaze into the fire. "And this is just the beginning." He added with a sigh.

"Do you think it will ever end?" Lily asked as she turned to look at James. She stretched out her legs so that her feet sat on James's lap.

"All wars have to end one day." James said solemnly as he began to massage Lily's feet. "That day just looks very far away right now."

"Don't say that, James. We have to have hope or we have nothing." Lily said sadly.

"We have each other." James said with a small smile which caused Lily to smile.

"Yeah, we have each other." Lily said.

"Lily, I'm sorry about how I've been acting these past few weeks." James said suddenly.

"James please don't apologise. I've been just as strange. Near death situations would do that to you." Lily said sadly.

"Lily, I've made you doubt my love for you-" James began.

"No Todd made me doubt your love for me. I know you love me James and I love you. That's what is going to keep me alive." Lily said seriously.

"I don't want you to just stay alive. I want you to be safe" James said softly.

"And like I said before I'm staying right here with you." Lily said as she sat up and moved towards James. "You go, I go." Lily said simply with a smile before kissing James. She leaned her head down on James's chest and he wrapped his arms around her protectively.

"This is only going to get harder." James said as he ran his fingers through Lily's hair.

"James stop depressing me even more." Lily said with a chuckle. "Let's talk about happier things like rainbows and puppies." Lily added with a smile.

"Puppies huh? Well they're evil little creatures who yap and bite at your ankles." James said as he began to tickle to Lily. Lily screamed and giggled as the pair fell on to the floor. James breathed heavily as Lily finally gave up. The pair lay on the floor in front of the fire. Lily sighed and turned to John.

"You make me happy." Lily said with a smile. James smiled as Lily said this. And right at that moment he knew it was time to ask that important question. He knew that she was the one and only one for him. "James this may sound strange but lets run away." Lily said suddenly as she sat up and looked down at him. James looked at her strangely; he didn't understand what she was getting at.

"Lily-" James began but Lily cut him off.

"Let's go to Gretna Green. Let's elope and get married." Lily said seriously. James sat up and stared at her. He couldn't believe that she had just asked him. After going through it all in his head for weeks she had been the one to ask him to marry her. No, this wasn't right; this wasn't how it was supposed to go. James stood up suddenly causing Lily to move back. "James?" Lily said as James walked out of the room. She heard him walk up the stairs and into their room. It was just a random idea why did he just walk out like that? If he wasn't ready for that type of commitment he didn't have to walk away from her. Suddenly he appeared back in the room.

"Take that back." James said as he kneeled down in front of her. Lily was also kneeling so she could see straight into his eyes.

"Umm it was only a thought just a flicker of a thing. James, I-" Lily tried to explain herself but James put a finger to lips and smiled.

"I have wanted to ask you this for a long time." James began as he pulled a green velvet box out of his pocket. Lily gasped as she realised what was happening. "Lily Evans will you marry me?" Lily stared at James in amazement. She did not think that question was coming at least not for along time yet. But she had known the answer from day one.

"Yes." Lily breathed.

Sirius stared into his whiskey and sighed. It had been a long day and he had a feeling it would be a long night. He was sitting alone in the Leaky Cauldron, there were not many other patrons in the bar that evening due to the days events. Many were scared to leave their home in the fear that if they could easily attack the ministry then they could attack anywhere. Sirius did not care however, he had a wand and he knew how to use it, and if this didn't work then it wouldn't matter where he was. Sirius drank his whiskey and motioned for Tom to give him another one.

"Thank you." Sirius said as Tom filled up his glass.

"At least you got manners from your parents." A voice said from beside Sirius. Sirius finished of his shot of whiskey and motioned for Tom to give him another.

"No actually I learnt that from the house-elf's." Sirius said through gritted teeth. He turned to the figure beside him. He was tall but not as tall as Sirius. He had dark grey eyes and short black hair. Even if the pair were in different rooms you would still know that they were brothers. "What do you want Regulus?" Sirius said as he turned back to his whiskey.

"Can't a person just come to a public tavern and have a drink?" Regulus said with a smirk before turning to Tom. "Butterbeer." Regulus simply said.

"Thought mother would have had you tucked up in bed by now." Sirius said as Tom sat down Regulus's butterbeer.

"She's too busy burning you out of her life." Regulus sneered.

"That would probably hurt if I give a damn." Sirius said as he continued to look at his whiskey.

"Well maybe you should start caring." Regulus said as he took a gulp of his butterbeer. Sirius rolled his eyes and then drank his whiskey. He stood up and put a couple of coins down on the bar.

"Go back to Father and tell him I said piss off." Sirius said before he turned away.

"He's not well. The medi-wizards haven't given him long left." Regulus said solemnly. Sirius sighed and turned to Regulus.

"Why would I care?" Sirius said.

"He's still your father." Regulus said as he turned to Sirius. Sirius sighed and rubbed his face.

"He stopped being my father the day I turned sixteen. The day he tried to turn me into a deatheater." Sirius sat back in the seat he had just sat on. "You remember what happens on your sixteenth birthday don't you Regulus?" Sirius sneered. He grabbed hold of Regulus's arm and pulled up his sleeve. The scar was there but the image was invisible until they had been called. "It's the day you get initiated." Sirius snarled. Regulus moved his arm out of Sirius's grasp and pushed down his sleeve.

"You got out of it didn't you." Regulus snarled as he stood up. "Look I just wanted to tell you before you read about his death in the daily prophet." Sirius grabbed hold of his arm once more and turned him round.

"Look, I can't hold them off forever." Sirius said in hushed tones. "Promise me you haven't done anything yet." Sirius said cautiously.

"I haven't killed anyone if that's what you mean." Regulus said as he turned to Sirius fully. "But I'm getting a lot of hassle about it. If I don't soon they're going to get suspicious." Regulus said.

"We had an agreement Regulus. You don't kill anyone and I get you out of this alive." Sirius snarled. "I'm putting my job and my reputation on the line here. My reputation Regulus, not are parents' reputation. I'm putting everything on the line for you. If you kill anyone I can't do anything for you."

"They hold my life in their hands Sirius." Regulus said quietly.

"Don't play the pity card with me. You choose this life; you could have done what I did and walked away. But no you wanted to be the little sparkle in Mother's eyes. Keep your nose clean Regulus and you'll get out of this alive." Sirius said before he disapparated. When Sirius arrived home he went straight to his whiskey stash, he took the bottle and a glass and sat in his living room. He poured the whiskey into the glass and stared at it. He didn't know how long he sat there but he didn't take his eyes of the glass until there was a knock at the door. When he opened the door Amelia stood on the other side, Sirius stepped aside and motioned for her to come in. She smiled as she held up a bottle of Rosemerta's finest mead.

"Hope you don't mind but thought we could relax together." Amelia said as she sat on the couch, she saw the bottle of whiskey and laughed. "I see your doing that already." Amelia added.

"Uh yeah just having a few quiet ones." Sirius said as he scratched his head. Amelia sensed a bit of unease from Sirius.

"Um have I come at a bad time? I can leave." Amelia said as she stood up and motioned to leave.

"No Amelia I'm sorry it's just I don't know if I'm going to be much company. It's been a long day." Sirius said as he rubbed his face.

"I'm sorry I should have owled first." Amelia said as she moved towards the door.

"Amelia I'm sorry, maybe we could do something tomorrow night?" Sirius suggested.

"Yeah that would be nice." Amelia said with a smile.

"Yeah I'll be much more myself tomorrow night." Sirius said with a smile. Amelia nodded before giving him a kiss on the cheek.

"Owl me tomorrow." Amelia said before leaving.

Sirius watched her disapparate before closing the door. Sirius looked around his empty apartment and sighed. He didn't mean to run Amelia off like that but he really wasn't in the mood for her company or anyone's for that matter. Amelia was a great girl Sirius was just a bit unsure if she was that girl for him. In his mind he was still young, he didn't think he should be thinking about settling down, that was James's thing. With everything that was going on in their world he didn't know if he should be getting involved with someone. He did get lonely at times, he missed female companionship but he could never take the chance of loving someone not during this war. He saw how James and Lily's love hindered the work that they did. There was already a doubt about how true he was to this crusade because of his background. His parents had obviously never officially taken sides but everyone knew whom their alliance lay with. Sirius having been their runaway heir everyone was still unsure where his alliance lay, even though he had shown it over and over again. His alliance lay with his friends and those that had always been kind to him. In his view Voldemort was trying to destroy the world that had kindly offered him warmth and shelter. He had left his parents house because of the future they wished for him to have. If they had their way Sirius would be Voldemort's right hand man. Having been against this rebellion he had been a huge disappointment to his parents, He knew that they still thought he would return after his own spell of rebellion, however, the fact that he had never taken the deatheater oath had deeply angered his parents causing him to be burnt out of the Black family tree. They had informed everyone that Sirius had been banished from the family due to his 'relationship' with a muggleborn. Never would they admit that Sirius had forsaken his family and their views and walked out.

Sirius sighed as he touched his chest. He had been hurt earlier in the day and hadn't allowed a medi-wizard to treat it. He walked into his bathroom and took of his top as he looked at the injury in the mirror. There was a long gash running straight from the middle of his chest down to his belly button, almost as if someone had tried to split him down the middle. Sirius looked at the rest of his chest, there were three small tattooed symbols on the left side of his chest just were his heart was. They seemed to have meant something but Sirius was unsure exactly what it was. He should have worried more about it but he didn't. He had heard stories of many a wizard finding strange blemishes over their body and never coming to any harm. He was never one to worry about ailments and it was just some silly markings. He whispered a few words which caused the injury to heal. The gash was still there but the pain had disappeared. He picked a tub of ointment cream and rubbed it onto the gash. He could hear a tapping sound coming from the living room. He put the lid on the ointment and pulled on his top has he walked into the living room. There was an owl, which looked like Lily's, tapping at the window. He opened the window, and the own flew in and landed on the table beside the whiskey bottle. The owl stuck out his leg and sniffed at the bottle. Sirius took the letter from the bird and opened it.


Lily and I have decided to go away for a few days. Don't be alarmed nothing is wrong; in fact it is very good. We've just decided to take a bit if a break just the two of us. We're not telling you where we are going because it is a private holiday and we don't need you turning up in the middle of it. I do ask one favour of you though. We would like you to meet us on the 28th of this month in Carlisle a town just south of the border to Scotland at 11 o'clock in the morning. And be well dressed. We'll send you co-ordinates closer to the time. If you need to get in touch with us just owl. Don't miss us too much.

Love James and Lily

Sirius looked at the owl oddly as if it held all the answers, but the owl just continued to sniff the whiskey bottle. It couldn't have been as set up. It was definitely James's handwriting he could tell the scrawl anywhere. Sirius went to the desk in his room and pulled out a piece of parchment he went back to the living room and sat on the couch. He stared at the parchment unsure of what he was going to write to his friends. They had explained everything in the letter except where they were going. If they had wanted him to know where going they would have told him in the letter. Maybe James was whisking Lily away so he could finally propose to her in private without the pressure of everyone around. He put the parchment down on the table and walked towards the kitchen to get some treats for the owl. When he set the treats out he decided to visit Remus to see if he knew anything about this. He closed the window so that the Owl didn't get out. He was sure Lily and James were far away and the owl would need a good rest before going back to them. He left his apartment and apparated to Remus's apartment. He knocked on the door and waited. He could hear someone stumble around before opening the door a bit. Remus's eyes widened and then opened the door wider.

"What's wrong?" Remus asked at Sirius's perplexed look. He opened the door wider to allow Sirius to walk through. Remus was only wearing a dressing gown. Sirius saw two empty bottles of mead on the table and turned to Remus with a grin.

"Am I interrupting something?" Sirius said with a grin. Remus laughed and shook his head.

"It's ok as long as it's only a passing visit." Remus grinned. "What's wrong?" Remus asked.

"Did you get a letter from James?" Sirius asked. Remus nodded and picked the parchment up from the windowsill where he had left it and handed it to Sirius.

"Where do you think they went to?" Remus asked with a grin.

"Don't know." Sirius said as he scanned the letter. "Can't believe they just pissed off." Sirius said with a grin as he turned back to Remus. "You don't think … this is a fake, do you?" Sirius said cautiously as his grin disappeared.

"Sirius do not start thinking that. They've gone away to sort things out. James is probably whisking her away to propose. If it was fake do you really think they would send a letter?" Remus asked.

"Remus he's a twisted man we both know that. This day we're supposed to meet them it could be a trap for all of us." Sirius said as he ran a hand through his hair.

"Why would they send it me then? What possibly would Voldemort want with me?" Remus asked dubiously.

"You're a were-" Sirius was cut off before he could say anymore by Remus putting his hand over his mouth.

"Shut up. I don't she know." Remus whispered nodding towards the bedroom door.

"I'm sorry. I'm just freaked out it's been a long day." Sirius said wearily.

"Look why don't you go home, owl a girl and get your mind of things." Remus said with a grin as he patted his friend on the back. Sirius sighed, maybe his friend was right. He could owl somebody that had been creeping into his mind a few times over the past couple of weeks.

"Remus have you got an extra towel." A voice said as they walked out of the bedroom. The figure immediately stopped and stared at Sirius. Sirius could not believe his eyes, of all people that could have been coming out of Remus's room; he never thought Hestia would be one of them,

"Uh…" Remus began.

"Hello, Hestia." Sirius said as he composed himself. He didn't mean to look her up and down but he had seen her beautiful legs and couldn't help looking. She was wearing Remus's shirt that barely covered her. He realised he was staring and looked at Remus forcing a tight smile. "I'm sorry I interrupted. I'll leave yow two to your evening." Sirius said as he walked out the door. Before he could apparate Remus walked into the hallway.

"Look mate about that, I meant to tell you but I didn't know how to …" Remus trailed off.

"No mate, look its ok." Sirius said with a forced smile. "I think I just need someone to put a mile on my face. Think I'll give Amelia an owl. Have a good night mate." Sirius said before apparating. Remus walked back into the apartment and smiled at Hestia.

"He seemed ok, didn't he?" Remus said as he wrapped his arms around her. Hestia tried to smile but she couldn't. She had seen the hurt in his eye as she stood in the doorway. She didn't understand why he would be hurt. He had moved on and was dating Amelia. What did he expect Hestia to do? Wait around for another one night stand with him. No he couldn't wield that guilt over her. Surely he did not expect her to have no one. Hestia looked at Remus and smiled then kissed him on the lips. "Now get me a towel I need a shower." Hestia said with a smile.

When Sirius arrived back at his apartment he sat down in his couch with a grown. He looked at the whiskey bottle then saw that the whiskey glass had been tipped over and the contents over the table. He then saw the bird perched on the windowsill with its head under its wing sleeping. Sirius grinned then shook his head. He sat in silence for a while thinking about things. He really hadn't expected Hestia to be with Remus. He didn't think Remus was her type of guy. Not that their was anything wrong with Remus, but Hestia had always seemed to go for the guys who would love and leave her. Just like he had. He had no hold over Hestia, he couldn't stop her from being with anyone else, and he had never made a commitment or anything to her. But Remus was one of his best friends that he had to admit hurt. He had really regretted sending Amelia away earlier in the evening. If anything he regretted going to Remus. He looked around his apartment and instantly felt lonely. Maybe a bit of female companionship was needed. He stood up and decided to pay Amelia a visit. When he arrived at Amelia's, he smiled as she opened the door in pink pyjama's, Amelia looked down at she was wearing and instantly went red with embarrassment.

"You still up for a drink?" Sirius grinned. Amelia smiled and opened the door wider. He didn't mean to use Amelia but he was sure that she was just using him as well. Their was nothing between them except sexual attraction. He just hoped that Amelia could take his mind of things.

The last book is out very soon well for me its out in 50 min I can't wait but it will be 14 hours before I get to read it bloody work!!! And fingers crossed the book tells us loads about Lily and James.