Disclaimer: I don't own Harry Potter for the billionth time. Leave me be already.
A/N: Alright! I'm at least getting one chapter out a month! That's got to be good! And I've changed my name. I'm no longer Simply Lovely. That was getting simply boring. You may read now...
After their impromptu trip to the library, the day seemed to drag on for Remus and Sirius. Lily and James continued to hold hands everywhere they went, and neither of them left the other's sight for more than a few moments at a time. Ellie seemed to sense that something wasn't quite right, and she kept pulling Sirius aside throughout the day and demanding that he give her some answers. After filling Peter in on the little mistake they had made, Peter had made sure that he kept an eye on Lily and James. If they got a little too excited, then Peter was in charge of pulling them apart.
It wasn't until another rousing dinner that evening to really get things rolling.
Sirius, Remus, Ellie, and Peter were all sitting together at the far end of the table. They would occasionally send looks down the table towards Lily and James, who had now found the joy of feeding each other every meal of every day.
"I know something is wrong Sirius, and I don't appreciate this little silent treatment you seem to be giving me." Ellie said quietly as she stabbed at her baked potato.
Sirius just cleared his throat and looked away.
"You are such a git."
Sirius' head whipped around at the comment. "I am not!"
"Yes, you are! Something went wrong with the potion, and we can all obviously see that. The only problem is that you seem to be keeping it from me!"
Sirius opened and closed his mouth.
"Look Ellie, we would tell you what we found out, but Sirius is afraid you would get violent and tamper with his manhood." Remus explained as he took a drink of pumpkin juice.
"You mean kick Sirius in his balls?" Ellie said loudly as she stood from the table and exited the hall.
"Way to go Remus. Now she'll really be barking mad."
"I think we should tell her tonight." Peter said quietly. Remus and Sirius both turned to him.
"He's got a point." Remus said as he stood. "Are you coming Peter?"
"Nah. I'm going to hang around and keep an eye on the lovebirds for awhile."
"C'mon, Sirius." Remus and Sirius made their way out of the hall and up the stairs. They didn't talk most of the way to the Gryffindor common room. Remus finally broke the silence as they approached the Fat Lady.
"I think you should go in there and tell Ellie that we want to explain everything to her tonight. We'll meet in the old Charm's classroom on the fourth floor at midnight." Remus gave the password and shoved Sirius inside. "I've got to go to the library. I'll meet you there at midnight."
Sirius just nodded mutely and continued on into the common room. He spotted Ellie sitting by the fire, starring moodily into it. Sirius approached her quietly and went to stand in front of her chair. She glared and sighed loudly.
"Look, Ellie. Remus, Peter, and I have decided to let you in on what we know. Remus and I will be in the old Charm's classroom at midnight tonight. We'll fill you in then. It's not much, but it's something and seeing as you're Lily's best friend…." He trailed off.
"You should've come to me right away. Good or bad, I'm apart of this now."
"I know. And I'm sorry."
"So….want to have a snog?"
"Got to hell."
Ellie tried to hit Sirius, but because of the ropes strapping her to her chair and covering her mouth, she was only able to growl and glare. Sirius just smiled and kept glancing at the door over his shoulder. Remus was sitting at a desk, his face set, surrounded by ancient and worn books.
"Listen Ellie, I know you are really, really, mad at the moment and that's really, really, understandable." Sirius circled around the chair and came to a stop in front of Ellie.
"I'm going to release these binds," Sirius said slowly as he began to back away, "if you attack me, I will stun you."
Ellie continued to glare.
"Right." With a flick of his wand, Sirius had vanished the binds and a very disgruntled Ellie stood from her chair.
Sirius cleared his throat as Ellie started to approach him.
"Er…I know you're mad, but Remus and I are going to figure this all out and everything is going to be fine."
"What do you mean you made a mistake?" Ellie asked as she finally came level to Sirius. "These are two real, live human beings, and you've just messed up their whole freakin' chemical nature! How the hell do you expect me to just be calm about all of this?"
Sirius placed a hand on her shoulder and slowly backed to the door. He skillfully unlocked it and quietly turned the doorknob. He quickly placed a kiss on Ellie's forehead before charging through the door and out of sight. Ellie continued to glare out the door and into the dark corridor, before turning her attention to Remus. She closed the classroom door and went to stand in front of the desk he was working at.
Ellie cleared her throat and crossed her arms. After no response, she began to tap her foot impatiently.
"Remus?" she growled.
"Wassit?" Remus cleared his dry throat and looked up from a page full of ancient symbols.
"Have you found anything even remotely helpful yet?"
"Since Sirius has no balls, could you please explain this whole mistake to me? I think he was afraid I'd do wand less magic or something if he went into further detail." Ellie pulled up a chair and sat down in front of Remus' desk.
"Well, we noticed that Lily and James had been acting slightly funny."
Ellie snorted. "That's an understatement."
"Ah….yes. Anyway, we went to the library and looked up the potion again. Sirius grabbed the book and started acting kind of funny. He told me he had made a mistake. That we had forgotten a step."
"I grabbed the book back from him and began to reread it as well. I found that we had missed a very crucial point to the whole purpose of this potion."
"Did you forget an ingredient of something? Did you let it simmer for to long?"
"No, unfortunately not. It seems that Sirius didn't read the fine print underneath the title of the potion."
"Why not? That stupid foul…" Remus cut her off.
"He couldn't have read it anyway. It was in Latin."
Ellie closed her mouth. "Oh. Well, then."
"So, do you know what it says?"
"I've only been able to pick up a few of the words." Remus said as he began to shuffle through a stack of parchment. "Aha. Here it is."
Ellie peered down at Remus' scribbled handwriting and read the seven scrawled words aloud. "Will only, marriage, death, love, the, and end."
Remus looked at her with wide eyes and carefully took the paper back.
"Well, that sounds awfully sappy and romantic." Ellie said sarcastically.
"I know these words aren't the most encouraging, but they have something to do with Lily and James. That's why their feelings are so intense. Maybe they never needed any of this potion in the first place."
"Maybe." Ellie stood and made her way to the door. "Will you be able to get back alright?"
"Yeah. Just don't kill Sirius if you see him. He already feels bad enough."
"Good night, Remus."
A/N: Please review! You know you want to! I promise more Lily and James in the next chapter...