Sweatpants, Ice Cream, and Runaways
This story takes place 4 years after MWPP and Lily attended Hogwarts. Hope you like it!
Disclaimer: Anything you recognize doesn't belong to me. It belongs to that woman we all idolize, J.K Rowling.
"No, listen to me one more time Sirius," James said, pushing the door open to the bar. "Tammi, Terri, and Toni may be triplets but they will never, ever have a foursome with you."
"Oh c'mon, are you sure about that?" Sirius asked.
"Yes," James said. "Now, let's get a few beers in you before you start asking me where babies come from."
Sirius laughed and sat down on a bar stool.
"So, how did your date with Patrice go?" James asked, taking a sip of his beer.
Sirius shrugged. "The usual."
"Party, drinking, back to our flat, sex?" James asked.
"Is that all you think of me?" Sirius asked. "A womanizer who isn't happy until he has sex? Because let me tell you, that's not all I am."
"Oh…so you didn't have sex with her?" James asked.
"Oh no, I did," Sirius said, making James laugh.
"Ugh," James groaned out. "You're twenty-two and have already been with half of London."
"That's not true," Sirius said. "I haven't even been to the East side." James rolled his eyes at Sirius. But Sirius didn't notice because he was too busy looking at the entrance. "Oooh, don't look now, but a gorgeous lady just walked in."
James turned his head to see who Sirius was talking about. "Look at those legs."
"Forget the legs," Sirius said. "Look at those boo-"
"Do not finish that sentence," James pleaded. Sirius and James laughed as they watched the women take off her coat and walk to the other side of the bar.
"Hey guys, sorry I'm late," Remus said, walking into the bar. "I decided to get us doughnuts."
"So…where are they?" James asked, looking at Remus's empty hands.
"I ate them," Remus said with a shrug and sitting down beside James. "Your doughnut had coconut and I know how much you hate coconut. I was doing you a favor."
"Sh, sh, sh," Sirius said quickly, "The woman is coming over."
"What woman?" Remus whispered to James.
James just rolled his eyes and watched Sirius get up and walk a few feet over to the woman.
"Oh, lemme guess," Remus said. "Sirius has already found a girl he wants to take home."
"Wouldn't expect anything less from Si," James said with a laugh.
"Jeez, he's been talking to that woman for more than an hour," Remus muttered, glancing over at Sirius flirting with the girl.
"I'm surprised he hasn't convinced her to come back to the flat yet," James said, rolling his eyes. He turned away from looking at Sirius and looked up at Remus. "So how's the love life of Remus?"
"You live down the hall…how do you think it's going?" Remus asked.
"Don't worry, you'll find that special someone," James said with a shrug.
"I doubt that," Remus said. "Unless she's hairy, has fangs, and howls at the moon."
James laughed. "Even if she was like that, she'd be better than all the girls Sirius brings home."
Remus snorted and asked, "So what about you? I can't even remember the last time you brought a girl home."
James shrugged and stared intently at his empty glass. "I just haven't found that special person."
Remus sighed. "It's been four years James. You have to move on."
James didn't look up and just mumbled, "I know."
"I noticed the box of pictures in the garbage," Remus said.
"It took me four years, but I'm ready to throw them out," James said.
"I don't think that's the best idea," Remus advised. "Those are all of your Hogwarts memories. All of our Hogwarts memories."
"Yeah, and she's in most of them," James said. "I don't want to talk about her."
"Okay," Remus said. "What about we-"
"I just don't understand her. I can't believe she did that to me," James exclaimed.
"So…I guess we're not done not talking about it?" Remus asked.
"She just gave up on us," James said. "She never gave us a shot."
"James, she had a really hard choice to make," Remus explained.
"It's not hard. Don't you watch movies? In every movie, the girl picks love over their job," James pointed out.
"Yes, but we live in a world I like to call reality."
"Well I hate this world. Can't we go to any world other than reality?" James pouted.
"We could but-" Remus started.
"Hey guys, I'm leaving now," Sirius said.
"Back to our flat?" Remus asked with a groan.
"Actually no, we're going back to her place," Sirius said with a shrug.
"Have fun," Remus said, rolling his eyes because he was used to this by now.
"I am soo sorry I'm late," Peter said, rushing in.
"You didn't miss anything," Remus said. "James complaining about Lily and Sirius picking up women."
"Woman," Sirius corrected. "Only one tonight…and James?"
"Hmm?" James asked, looking up.
"You really need to get lai-" Sirius started.
"Good-bye!" James exclaimed quickly, pushing Sirius out of the way.
"Sorry about the boxes. My friend is moving in."
"That's okay Kyra," Sirius said with a shrug. "Your house still looks neater than our place."
"Oh, you have someone moving in also?" Kyra asked.
"No." Kyra looked at Sirius and laughed. Sirius shrugged. "Three guys living together is just a bad combination."
"So, do you want some cake?" Kyra asked, walking into the kitchen.
"You have cake?" Sirius asked, sitting down at a table.
"Of course," Kyra said with a shrug. She opened the fridge and Sirius gawked.
"Oh my gosh…there's actually stuff in your fridge!"
Kyra laughed and got out the cake and two beers. She handed Sirius a beer who opened it and took a swig. "So, what do you do Kyra?"
"I write for the Daily Prophet," she said, handing Sirius a plate with chocolate cake on it and sitting up on the countertop. 'What about you?"
"I'm a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at the local community college," Sirius said.
"What are you best at?" Kyra asked.
"What do you mean?" Sirius asked.
"Well if you had to describe what you are strongest at, what would it be?"
"I'm really good at making up excuses," Sirius teased.
"Oh yeah?" Kyra said with a laugh.
"Yup, especially at Hogwarts. I was always able to get out of classes…although the Headmaster told me that if my grandfather died one more time, he wanted to see the body," Sirius said with a laugh.
Kyra laughed. "Not exactly the answer I was looking for." Sirius shrugged and Kyra looked over at Sirius and smiled. "So Sirius, should we skip the small talk and go straight to the sex?" Kyra asked, causing Sirius to spit out his beer.
"Excuse me?" he asked.
"What? You thought I didn't see right through your nice guy act at the bar?" Kyra asked with a smirk.
"And yet you still brought me home," Sirius said.
Kyra shrugged. "Nothing wrong with wanting sex," Kyra said with a laugh.
Sirius gaped at her. "You're like a god." Sirius and Kyra laughed. "Oh, and I am a nice guy."
"And I'm a nice girl," Kyra said, leaping off the counter. "But somehow, I have the feeling that neither one of us will get to know the other."
Sirius watched her as she ate the last of her cake. He got up and walked over to her to place his things in the sink. "I don't know…you seem different from all of my other dates."
"You mean all your other one night stands?" Kyra asked.
"Technicalities," Sirius said with a shrug, kissing Kyra on the lips, not even caring if they just hung out and talked.
Sirius skipped into the apartment the next morning. When he walked in two pairs of eyes stared back at him. "I found the women of my dreams." And then he went into his bedroom and shut the door.
Remus glanced at James. "Was that conversation over?"
James just shrugged his shoulders confusingly. "Uh…Padfoot!"
Sirius opened the door. "Oh thank god. I thought you were going to make me leave it at that."
"Okay so what sets this woman apart from the hundreds of others?" James asked as Sirius sat on the couch beside them.
"She actually made me breakfast," Sirius explained.
"That doesn't make her different," James said. "And knowing the girls you date it was bad coffee and a pop tart."
"Nooo this one can actually cook."
"So it was gourmet coffee, bacon, eggs, and waffles?" James asked.
"No no no, you have it all wrong," Sirius said. "There was no bacon."
Remus hit Sirius with a pillow. "That's all? Now Sirius, I know you like food, but you can't base a relationship solely on food."
"Yeah, but you didn't taste her waffles!" Sirius exclaimed, getting hit once again with a pillow. "No, she understood me. We actually talked and we didn't have sex-"
"You spent all night at her place and didn't have sex?" James asked, raising her eyebrows.
"Yes, we just spent all night talking and just hanging out. The strange thing was, there was nothing else I would have rather been doing," Sirius said.
"Talking?" James asked.
"Okay, it sounds crazy but-"
"Talking?" James asked again.
"Okay you really need a new word in your vocabulary," Sirius said. "It was as if Kyra knew me. We got back to her place and she offered me cake. Cake!"
Okay, once again you are basing this realtionship solely on food," Remus said, rolling his eyes.
"She made me laugh. She made me feel good about myself. It was just…different. And-"
"So…does that mean Tammi, Terri, and Toni are out of the picture?" James joked.
Sirius laughed and threw a pillow at James. "This girl is perfect. Haven't you ever found that one person and just know she was the one?"
James looked down at his hands and Sirius mentally kicked himself. "Oh look, let's talk about someth—hey, where'd the Hogwarts picture go?" Sirius asked.
Remus and James turned to see Sirius staring at an empty frame hanging up on the wall. "James decided to get rid of it."
"It's just junk," James said.
"My precious Hogwarts memories to you is junk?" Sirius asked.
"No, Lily is junk," James said.
Remus and Sirius exchanged glances and sighed. "Prongs, you're going to have to get over her sometime."
"I am over her," James said. "In fact, I am so over her that I threw away any pictures of her and anything that reminds me of her."
"That's not getting over her…that's trying to kill her through voodoo," Sirius said.
"Where the hell is my toothbrush?" Sirius shouted from the bathroom.
"It was red!" James exclaimed from the kitchen.
Remus, who was just coming out of his room, exchanged glances with Sirius. "And red toothbrushes are bad for the economy?" Sirius guessed.
"Lily had red hair," James said, coming around the corner.
"Still not understanding…" Sirius said.
"It reminded me of her."
"You threw out anything red?" Sirius exclaimed.
"And green," James said, walking away.
"Oh right because green is so out of fashion," Sirius said sarcastically.
"I'm guessing it's 'cause Lily had green eyes," Remus said.
"That too," Sirius said.
"Wait…my toothbrush was green," Remus said, rushing to the bathroom.
"Not anymore," Sirius mumbled.
"You got me a pink toothbrush?" Remus cried out to James, knowing perfectly well he wasn't going to respond.
Sirius burst out laughing and walked into the bathroom. Sirius stopped laughing. "You got me a purple toothbrush?" Sirius shouted and it was Remus's turn to laugh at Sirius.
Sirius placed his toothbrush on the counter and sighed. "This is getting out of hand. Why is he all of a sudden doing all of this?"
Remus thought about that for awhile. "What day is it?"
Remus sighed. "Yesterday was the four year anniversary of the day Prongs asked Lily to marry him."
"And she said no and picked working in Australia over him," Sirius finished. Remus nodded. Sirius sat down on the side of the bathtub. "I really miss her."
Remus nodded in agreement and sighed. "So does Prongs."
Sirius and Remus didn't speak for a few minutes. "So Rem…" Sirius started. "When's the appropriate time to call a woman if you were just with her three nights ago?"
"Yesterday," Remus teased. Sirius threw a towel at him.
"I'm serious," Sirius said. Remus opened his mouth but Sirius quickly continued, "And no I'm not talking about my name."
Remus rolled his eyes. "You really like this one, huh?"
"All I know is that I love her waffles," Sirius said.
"Sirius not even you would keep going back just for the food," Remus said. Sirius opened his mouth but Remus didn't let him speak, "Unless it was gourmet chocolate."
Sirius shrugged. "This one's different."
"I can see that," Remus said.
"The only thing is, I think she thinks that she wasn't different," Sirius said.
"So…call her and tell her that she is different," Remus said like it was the most obvious thing in the world.
Sirius gasped. "You can actually say that to a woman?"
Remus rolled his eyes. "Yes."
"But doesn't that screw things up?" Sirius asked.
"Screw whatup? You don't have anything yet," Remus pointed out.
"Okay, but James put his heart out on the line and look where that got him…" Sirius started and both Sirius and Remus said together, "Nowhere."
"What are you guys doing in the bathroom?" James asked, coming in with his cup of coffee.
"Nothing," they said really fast.
"Please tell me you aren't showering together," James pleaded.
"Ew! Of course not," Sirius exclaimed. "...we haven't done that since kindergarten."
Remus and James laughed at Sirius's joke.
"So really, what are you doing in the bathroom?" James asked.
"It's a nice, cozy place to talk," Sirius said with a shrug.
"So's a couch," James pointed out.
"Well then I have an idea," Sirius said.
"Go into the living room and continue our conversation there?" Remus asked.
"I was going to say that we should put a couch in here," Sirius said. "But your idea is probably better."
"Sirius," Remus said while rolling his eyes. "My ideas are always better."
Sirius, Remus, and James laughed as they exited the bathroom.
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