I've held onto this for a while, but since I'm having some sort of fun with it I decided to post it and see if it was worth continuing in anyone else's eyes. And I'm weird. Very weird. And I love it. But I blame this, my first non-anime related fic, on Allison, whose screen name I do not know. Because it is your fault, sempai. You're the one who got me into this stuff. I'm not yet corrupted enough to write HP slash fics, though I'm sure you're working steadily on corrupting my mind to that level as well.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything to do with the original Harry Potter. However, Rena, Lori, Ted, Kert, Sirius (James), and all other new characters belong to me. So there.
Marauders - Take Two
Chapter 1: The Meetings
Loriana Narcissa Malfoy flopped back on the big, soft bed, not evening bothering to waste energy on closing the curtains. She picked up one of the spare pillows and covered her face, sighing into the fabric. It didn't matter. Nothing mattered. Her life was over.
No, she wasn't overreacting. It was definitely over.
Of all the four houses she could have been sorted into, she'd been placed in Gryffindor. Gryffindor.
She wasn't supposed to be in Gryffindor. She was supposed to be a Slytherin, like her mother and…and her father.
Loriana had never known her father. Draco Malfoy was an infamous name, a strong pure-blood leader, a talented Legilimens, and an up-and-coming Death Eater, but just before the end of the battle there were rumors of a change of heart. According to some, he had turned against the Death Eaters, fighting to bring about the peace they lived now. Some said he suffered his early death at hands of those he had turned against, passing away soon after the birth of his only child.
One of the last things he did was name her, for his grandmother and mother, respectively. Loriana Narcissa.
Her mother, of course, she denied every word. She holds up that he was a talented Dark Wizard to his death, when he fell in the noble defense of his soon-after-fallen Master. As though it was something to be proud was. Maybe it was. After all, Loriana was his heir. She was the one meant to bring honor back to the Noble and Ancient house of Malfoy.
Of course, the chances of that were shot. She'd been put in Gryffindor.
Mother was going to be furious. Loriana could hear her even now, shrill and savage with rage and fury. "GRYFFINDOR? The blasted hat put YOU in Gryffindor? No daughter of mine will be in Gryffindor! You belong in SLYTHERIN, like me and your father! The heir of the Malfoy line deserves more than this!"
It would be hopeless, she knew. She'd already spoken to the Headmistress, and Professor McGonagall had been very firm: changing houses after the sorting was not permitted, no matter the situation. If Miss Loriana Malfoy was placed in Gryffindor, then Miss Loriana Malfoy would stay in Gryffindor, no buts about it.
Another, unfamiliar voice suddenly interrupted her stupor. "I don't care, Sirius! I don't need your help, so stop following me!"
Loriana opened her eyes. The voice was female, definitely female, and just outside her door. One of her new roommates, perhaps? Whoever it was, they hadn't entered yet, and, rather, were standing on the landing outside the closed door and shouting down the curved stairs that lead to the red-decked common room.
Another voice answered her now, a male one, echoing from below. "Rena, it's your first time around here! Hogwarts can be dangerous!"
"You don't think I know that? Mum and Dad gave me a dozen lectures before I left home, I don't need another one from you! I don't care if you are my older brother, stay out of this!"
"Now Rena, hold on…WOAH!"
"Ha! Serves you right!" A light 'nyah' followed the last line, as though she was sticking her tongue out at him. "Later, 'Serious James'."
The door opened suddenly, then closed again, followed by the sound of an annoyed sigh. Loriana lifted her head slowly, pulling the spare pillow down to get a good look at the first of her four new roomies.
The girl leaning against the door was small and slight, a bit shorter than herself, if Loriana had to guess lying down. Her hair was cropped much shorter than Loriana's own white-blonde, shaggily trimmed to the length of her shoulders rather than all the way down her waist. It was much messier than Lori's, too, whose own hair was perfectly straight more often than not, and seamed a dark red. Or rather, a sort of black with heavy red undertones, the result of which was actually rather pretty. Her eyes were bright green, slightly hidden by thin-framed red glasses, which actually nicely accented the light dusting of freckles on her cheeks.
"Jerk. Of all the brothers in the world, why'd I have to get stuck with him?" She muttered harshly, folding her arms over her chest and walking further into the dorm room. She looked up and noticed Loriana, still spread out on the bed. "Oh…Hi. Sorry, didn't mean to wake you."
"I wasn't sleeping." Loriana muttered sourly.
"Well, I guess that's good." The girl rubbed her head awkwardly, wandering to a bed right next to Loriana's. "I guess this one's mine, huh? My stuff's all here…"
"That's generally how it works." Loriana muttered, rolling over.
"So that makes us roommates, right?" The other girl's voice was suddenly very close. Loriana rolled over and nearly jumped a foot when she realized the other was now leaning over her bed, smiling down at her broadly. "It's nice to meet you. The name's Serena, but most people call me Rena. What's your name?"
The blonde gaped at her a moment, then stuttered. "U-Uh…Lori…ana…"
Serena…Rena…smiled broadly, green eyes squinting up cutely behind her glasses as she did. "Well, it's nice to meet you, Lori!" She laughed brightly, bouncing over to stretch out on her own bed. "What'd ya think of dinner? Wasn't that grand?"
"Uh…Yeah." Loriana blinked. Nobody had called her 'Lori' before. "I guess it was…pretty good."
"Pretty good? Try awesome!" Rena stretched up, yawning widely. "And all those gorgeous stars, charmed right over the ceiling…like eating outside or something. I'll bet the sunset's even better. Imagine, eating under the sky and stars every night!"
She sighed, spreading her arms and legs and staring lazily up into the red velvet curtains around and above her. A huge smile was plastered on her face, one that Loriana could see easily as she supported herself with one arm. For a moment, Rena just smiled, then her pretty green eyes closed slowly in content.
"Dad was right. One night and I already love this place."
Loriana blinked at her a moment. There was something…different about this girl. Something interesting and strange, yet familiar. It made Loriana feel good, somehow. It was something she'd rarely felt, and never expected to now that she'd been so disgraced. And it was…nice.
"…What's your name?"
Rena opened one eye, turning her head. "Pardon?"
"Your last name. You never told me." Loriana sat up, swinging her legs over the edge of the bed and crossing them silently at the ankles. "Mine's Malfoy. Loriana Malfoy."
The other girl blinked at her a moment, then smiled at sat up as well. She turned and smiled at Loriana kindly.
( - ) ( - ) ( - )
Chalk up another thing Papa was right about: History of Magic was definitely boring.
Professor Binns was dead boring, in more than one way. The ghost-teacher was easily the most dull person ever, even if most of the class was ignoring him. Each of the first-year Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs in the room were cursing their luck at having to get him for their very first class at Hogwarts.
Rena sighed, leaning her head in one hand and flipping idly through her copy of A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot. It was kinda old, which wasn't surprising, as it had belonged to her father. The shop had been completely sold out when she'd gone to get her copy, so for the first year at least she had to make due with her father's old one. Not that it really mattered, seeing as she was so bored she could hardly understand a word Binns was saying anyway. It was a bit more fun looking at her father's various doodles and notes to his friends written in the margins of the huge tome.
She glanced out of the corner of her eyes at Lori. The other girl had her head in her hands, elbow resting on the table, though her arms were nearly hidden by the volumes of long, silky white blonde hair that fell over them. Her crystal blue eyes were only half-open and struggling to remain so, fluttering every few seconds.
Most of the class were in similar varying states of lethargy and dazed dreaming. A few had fallen asleep. A Hufflepuff boy in the corner had a sketchbook and was working diligently on a gorgeous picture of an owl in flight. Heather and Jennifer Lovett, twin girls who also slept in Lori and Rena's dorm, were playing cards under the table at the very back. Rena could see them switching hands and exchanging the Bernie Bott's Every Flavor Beans they were using as chips.
An unexpected motion suddenly caught her eye. She lifted her head slightly, noticing a hand at the next table reach slowly into a pocket of a red-lined robe and pull out a wand. Adjusting her glasses and moving her eyes a bit further up revealed the owner to be a tall, thin boy with semi-long, mousy brown hair, a powder-blue streak running through its center and falling loosely over amber-brown eyes. He had a sort of strange, though attractive, face, one that was both vaguely heart-shaped and vaguely stretched at the same time.
As Rena watched, the boy slowly aimed his wand at the droning ghost pacing the room in front of them, blabbering on about something to the extent of Maleficent the Malicious. The Gryffindor smiled wirily to himself and whispered something under his breath.
A slight tremor of greenish light shot out from the wand tip, snaking along the curved stone floor and up the teacher's ghostly hem. The light snaked unnoticed up the only vaguely corporal form before it sparked into what would have been his hair, had he still been alive. What had been white was suddenly glowing sea foam green, like a badly-lit florescent light.
Several people took notice, sitting up suddenly, and a few (including Rena) giggled. Professor Binns raised a curious eyebrow, but went on talking as if nothing had happened. And indeed, he couldn't have realized that something had happened, as what little hair he had left was positioned firmly in the back of his head.
Lori cast Rena a curious glance, and the red-haired girl let a grin spread over her face. She glanced at the boy out of the corner of her eye. There was a smaller, round-faced boy with goldish-brown hair next to him seamed torn between laughing and going back to whatever day dream he'd been having, shaking his head at the other Gryffindor thoughtfully.
Rena caught the first boy's eye and grinned slightly wider, nodding in congratulations at a wonderful trick. The boy winked at her, tossing his blue-streaked hair back coolly.
Most interesting indeed…
( - ) ( - ) ( - )
"Nice trick you pulled back there."
The duo-haired boy and his companion turned around, blinking at the two girls who approached them. Actually, it was a bit more like Rena approached them, a wide grin on her face, as Lori tagged along behind her more humbly.
"Oh…Well, thank you." The boy with the blue streak grinned broadly. "I'm pretty good at charms like that, you know. Doesn't work as good on a ghost, of course, but we had to liven it up somehow."
"Yes, indeed." Rena smiled, reaching in to pull out her own wand. "I believe this was the effect you were going for, right? Vexillum variare."
She tapped the boy's head once with her wand, and instantly his entire scalp had become a bright neon green. Lori giggle behind her hand, and the rounded boy beside him couldn't help but laughing either, his blue eyes scrunching up as he did.
"See? Much better." Rena laughed, putting her wand away. "It's a good color for you."
The boy turned his eyes up slightly, pulling at one of his bangs as though making sure it was really his own hair that had become green. Then he laughed, a wide grin spreading over his face. "Yeah, not bad." He chuckled, putting his hands on his hips. "But something tells me that Professor Anias won't be too pleased with the look in Transfiguration, huh?"
He closed his eyes and scrunched his face up as though trying to remember something important. Seconds later, his brown hair was suddenly back, though now the streak was a softer shade of forest green.
Lori, Rena and the rounded boy jumped a foot. "You…You're a Morphmagus!" Lori exclaimed.
"You didn't tell me that!" The rounded boy's slightly airy voice sounded a bit accusing, but more surprised than anything else.
The other boy just laughed heartily. "It's so much more fun for people to find out this way." He chuckled, pulling out a from his pocket as though checking to see how it looked. "It's always a hoot to see how people react when they see it."
"Tricky." Rena smiled, turning her head to one side. "Not bad. My kinda guy."
She held out her hand pointedly. "Name's Serena. Serena Potter. And this is Lori."
"Ted Lupin." The boy grinned, shaking her hand. "And this guy's Kert Longbottom. We met on the train."
"Charmed." Rena piped, and giggled a little at her own lame joke.
Kert grinned at Lori and waved almost cheekily. Lori gave him a shy smile, though her mind was working on something else. "I remember Lupin from the sorting." She said slowly. "But the name wasn't Ted. It was…"
"Nothing to worry about!" Ted insisted, coughing and turning on his heels. "We better get to class, I hear there's a trick step that might make it a problem…"
"What'sa matter?" Rena grinned, hurrying up to lean over the retreating boy's shoulder as the other two caught up. "Did they screw up on the registers or something?"
"No…" Ted muttered under his breath. "I just…don't like my first name."
"Is it really that bad?" Lori asked, blinking.
The round-faced boy just grinned at him brightly, his oddly-clear blue eyes glistening. "Well, somebody had to say it."
Ted pouted slightly. "Thanks a lot, buddy."
"Any time." Kert sighed, and went back to staring somewhat dreamily into space.
Rena grinned brightly, and Lori allowed herself a slight smile. "Well then, what were saying about us being late?" Rena's sudden push of energy changed into a sort of hop-skip-and-jump as she pulled ahead of the boys. "Come on, Lori, let's go!"
"Rena, wait up!" Lori called, and hurried after her.
Rena stopped, partially so her friend could catch up, and partially so she could grin back at the two lagging behind. "Coming, boys? 'Cause if not, we're gonna leave you!"
"As if!" Ted shouted, and he and Kert hurried after the girls, all four of them grinning broadly.
Just because I like showing what I've worked on, I've given all the characters full names, including their middle ones. Lori's is, of course, Loriana Narcissa Malfoy. Rena's is Serena Lily Potter. Ted is Romulus Ted Lupin, while Kert's full name is Kert Frank Longbottom.
I do hope you enjoyed this first chapter. Please leave a review so I can know how I'm doing, please and thank you.