Don't Let Your Guard Down
chapter 1

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaack! haha, I KNOW it's been a really long time, but I've been so busy with working at a summer camp and my first semester of my sophomore year at college. But don't worry, I'll keep up with posting even with school!

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"Yeah, you definitely shouldn't have been chosen for Head Boy," Peter said to James.

"I know!" Sirius exclaimed. "It should've been me."

The other three exchanged glances. "Well…at least we know Dumbledore has somesanity," Remus said and laughed as he watched Sirius pout.

"I wonder who Head Girl is," James said.

"Well…we know who you hopeit is," Sirius teased.

"Nancie Borden?" James exclaimed, obviously joking.

"Okay that bimbo couldn't even tell you what a pencil looks like," Remus said.

"But she's hot…and that's all that matters," James joked.

Sirius groaned. "Giliba alert." The three guys turned to see Gillian Giliba (Gigi...pronounced GG) walk through the platform. Gigi, Lily Evans's best friend, had long straight dark brown hair. Her eyes were crystal blue and her skin was as tan as you could get which looked great on her 5'4 height. She was outgoing and was one of the most popular girls in the school. She had a reputation as a date 'em and drop 'em girl but everyone still loved her. Everyone that is, except for Sirius Black.

"Could that girl possibly get any hotter?" James murmured. Sirius gave James a disgusted look.

Remus saw this and said, "I'm guessing the answer is no."

"Good answer," Sirius said. The four boys turned to see Gigi run up to another girl and give her a huge hug. That girl happened to be the blond hair, blue eyed friend of Lily, Kacie Hunter. Kacie was 5'8 and had shoulder length layered hair. She was the complete opposite of Gigi in her looks and attitude, meaning she was not as outgoing and was the shy timid sweet one that everyone loved because she could usually calm Gigi down when she was raging mad (along with Lily).

"It'll only be seconds before Lil-" Sirius started before Lily Evans ran up to the girls and gave them a huge hug. "Told ya."

"Shall we go torture them?" James asked.

"I've got a better idea," Sirius said. "You go kiss Lily, and I'llgo torture Gigi."

James rolled his eyes. "Are you evergoing to tell us what the hell happened between you and Gigi?"

"If I had any clue, I would tell you," Sirius said, as the four walked over to the girls.

"Head Girl! That's so amazing!" Kacie exclaimed, giving Lily another hug.

"I wonder who Head Boy is," Gigi said. "I bet it's-" Gigi cut herself off when she saw the marauder's walking towards them. "Black," she muttered angrily.

"Black?" Lily asked and then burst out laughing. "You think the Head Boy is Sirius?"

"No, I'm just-"

"She's close you know," Sirius said, leaning against the wall with a smirk. "Lily, how dare you grow up and become gorgeous."

"It's just too bad you'll never have a chance with me," Lily said, rolling her eyes.

"Okay, this flirting has got to stop," Gigi mumbled.

"I agree," James muttered.

Lily turned to James and gasped. "Who did you steal that from?" she asked, pointing to the Head Boy badge.

James smirked. "Apparently Dumbledore thinks you and I would work well together."

Lily stared at him in awe and then narrowed her eyes. "I cannot believe this is happening," Lily exclaimed angrily. "Doesn't that man have any common sense at all?"

"He didn't make Sirius Head Boy," Remus pointed out.

Lily paused. "Okay, so maybe Dumbledore has a tiny bit of common sense."

Sirius pouted. "That seems to be the consensus around here," he muttered.

James looped his arm loosely around Lily's shoulders. "Oh come on Lils, aren't you excited about working with me?"

"So excited that I'm very close to resigning," Lily muttered, and then removed James's arm from her shoulders. "And don'tcall me Lils."

"Okay sweet cheeks," James teased.

"How about you don't call me anything at all?" Lily suggested.

"Okay honey bun," James said with a wink. Lily glared at him. "Uh, I mean Evans."

"You know what you being Head Boy means," Sirius said to James with a smile.

"Don't you dare say more parties, more pranks, or less work," Lily said before Sirius could continue.

"I was goingto say a room to himself," Sirius said. "But more parties is a much better perk!"

"How 'bout we get a compartment before they're all filled up," Remus suggested. "Do you guys want to share a-"

"No," Lily, Gigi, James, and Sirius all exclaimed.

Kacie turned to Remus. "I'm taking that as a no."

"You're a genius," Remus said, rolling his eyes. "Maybe you should be Head Girl."

"So Lily, you're gonna be quite lonely in that huge room all to yourself. How about I-" Sirius started.

"Sirius, stop flirting and get on the train," Lily said, pushing him forward.

Sirius shrugged. "I'll be in the room all the time anyway."

"Oh really? Who says?" Lily asked.

"My best friend is James," Sirius said.

"Who says I'll give you the password?" James asked.

"Because I've got secrets about you piled up since we were two," Sirius said. "Make me mad and I may just let one slip." James laughed and followed Sirius onto the train.

Lily could feel someone breathing down her neck and she turned to see James staring at her. "May I help you?"

James just shook his head but didn't move. Lily went back to reading but got aggravated when James didn't stop staring at her. "Potter!" Lily exclaimed, throwing her book down. "If we are both going to be stuck in this room together, we need to set a few ground rules."

"Like what?" James asked, sitting down on a couch across from Lily.

"Stay away from me at all times," Lily said.

James looked sheepishly up at her. "So I guess sitting across from you constitutes as not saying away huh?"

Lily rolled her eyes. "Exactly."

James waited for her to continue but she didn't say anything. "I thought you said ground rules."

"Stay away from me pretty much sums them all up," Lily said.

"Well if you get to set ground rules, then I have one to add," James said.

"In no way am I dating you, kissing you, touching you, or being anywhere near you," Lily said.

James opened his mouth but Lily cut him off. "And no piece of my clothing is coming off."

James shut his mouth quickly. After a few seconds he spoke, "What about parties?"

"Damn, I knew I forgot something," Lily joked. "Oh and I have one last rule. If you tell your friends the password and they never leave, I will have to kill you," Lily said.

James slowly got up and started leaving. "Where are you going?" Lily questioned.

"I may have broken one of your rules already," James said sheepishly.

"Potter," Lily whined.

"Don't worry, they won't bother yo-"

"Prongsie my man!" Sirius called out, entering the room.

James turned to Lily. "And I may have spoken too soon."

Sirius looked around. "Where are all the snacks?"

"You just ate twenty minutes ago," Lily pointed out.

"And I repeat, where are all the snacks?"

"And I repeat, you just ate twenty minutes ago," Lily insisted.

"Actually, it's now been twenty-one minutes," James noted. Lily and Sirius gave James a look. "But what do I know?"

"Just go down to the kitchens if you're hungry," Remus said to Sirius.

"Trying to get rid of me?" Sirius asked.

"Yes," Remus, James, Lily, and Peter all said at once.

"Hmph," Sirius exhaled, leaving the room and bumping right into none other than Gigi.


"Giliba," Sirius said with a nod.

Gigi rolled her eyes and started walking ahead but stopped when she heard Sirius speak up. "Hm, Gillian Giliba. That's a really strange name."

"Not as strange as the name Sirius for a guy that can be described as anything but serious," Gigi muttered.

"Your parents must have hated you, giving you a name like Gillian Giliba," Sirius said. "What's your middle name? Gilligan?"

"What the hell is your problem Black?" Gigi demanded to know. "You always have to make snide comments. I was perfectly happy walking past you saying nothing."

"I'm sorry but I'm allowed to make snide comments at the girl who started hating me for no reason," Sirius snapped.

"For no reason?" Gigi exclaimed. "You practically-" Gigi cut herself off and just sighed. "Forget it." Gigi started walking away.

"Bye Gilligan!" Sirius cried out.

"Go to hell!" Gigi exclaimed over her shoulder.

"That girl is really screwed up," Sirius muttered.

"Shut up Black!" Gigi burst out.

Sirius cringed. "And has really good hearing."

"Just a back to school party!" James exclaimed.

"NO!" Lily cried out.

"You're not the boss of me!" James burst out.

"But I'm the boss of what goes around in our Head quarters," Lily insisted.

"This belongs to two of us," James pointed out.

"But only one of us respects this space," Lily said.

"It's okay James, I've got a plan," Sirius called out from James's bedroom.

"Sirius has a plan?" Lily muttered. "Those are the four scariest words in the English language."

James glared at Lily and went into his room, shutting the door behind him. "Does the plan include killing Evans in her sleep?"

"No…but the plan can always be revised," Sirius joked.

"She just aggravates me so much," James seethed. "She has to be such a goody-two shoes. When is she ever going to let loose and have fun?"

"Forget about her," Sirius said. "You do realize that this space here is not the only place to have a party correct?"

"What are you suggesting?" James asked. "Throwing a party on the Quidditch pitch?"

Sirius paused. "Can we do tha-"

"No," James cut him off quickly.

Sirius paused again to think. "What about-"


"Okay, well how about I just tell you my original plan?"

"What's the point? I'm not gonna like it," James asked.

Sirius scowled. "Why do you assume you won't like it?"

"Because your ideas always suck."

"Oh, right." The two boys laughed and Sirius continued with his plan. "We can sound proof the Gryffindor common room and have the party there."

"That sounds too good to be a Sirius plan," James said apprehensively.

"I am appalled that you would say that!"

"So Remus suggested it?"

"Oh yeah."

"Sound-proofing?" James said. "Does that really work?"

"Yeah, I've used it around my bed when…" Sirius trailed off. "Never mind, I'm not going to finish that sentence."

"Oh thank god," James said, breathing out. "Won't Evans kind of notice if she walks into the common room and she sees a party going on?"

Sirius paused. "How smart would you say she is?"

"Smart enough to see music blasting, people dancing, and people stumbling because they're too drunk."

"Who says people will be stumbling?"

"I've seen you drunk Sirius, it's not a pretty sight."

"We just need to distract her for awhile," Sirius said with a shrug.

"All night?" James asked, raising his eyebrows.

"Okay, so maybe I didn't think this all the way through," Sirius exclaimed.

"You mean Remus didn't think it all the way through," James said.

"Oh, right."

"Studying?" Sirius asked, sitting down by Lily.

"What are you doing?" Lily asked.


"Next to me?"

"Sure looks like it," Sirius said.

"And are you planning on studying?" Lily asked.

Sirius burst out laughing and then saw the annoyed look on Lily's face. "Oh…you were being serious?"

"This is a library, Sirius. People study in here," Lily said and then looked up at him. "Wait a minute...what are you doing in a library?"

"I'm going to read," Sirius said. Lily gave him a look. "…I got lost on my way to the kitchen."

"Well how about I direct you to the kitchens," Lily said. "It's anywhere but here."

"Why do you despise us so much?"

"Who's us?"

"James, Remus, Peter, and I. The Marauder's. The hotties of Gryffindor."

"Sirius, I don't despise you," Lily said tiredly. "And I certainly don't think you're the hotties of Gryffindor."

"Lily, if you don't despise us then w—how can you say we're not the hotties of Gryffindor!"

"Oh yeah, that's the problem at hand," Lily said, rolling her eyes. "And I don't despise all of you. Only Potter."

"Oh, well as long as we've got that cleared up," Sirius said.

"And Remus can be too quiet at times. That gets on my nerves," Lily said.

"I get it," Sirius said.

"And Peter doesn't stick up for himself. That's really annoying."


"And you're cocky, and think you're the greatest thing alive, and-"

"Do you not hear me speaking?" Sirius asked.

"Oh yeah! That's another thing, you speak too much," Lily said. "Thanks for reminding me."

"You do realize that all these years I've tried being nice to you."

"Oh puh-leaze," Lily exclaimed. "Flirting with me and treating me like I'm a piece of meat is being nice?"

"Lily, when's the last time you were friends with a guy?"

"Probably the last time you were friends with a girl," Lily said.

"Touché." Lily went back to reading but Sirius wasn't ready to give up and leave. "How 'bout you walk down to the kitchens with me?"

"How 'bout you go walk down to the kitchens and I'll sit here quietly and study," Lily suggested.

"We could, but I like my idea better," Sirius said.

"And I like my idea better," Lily said.

Sirius sighed. "You're not coming with me are you?"

"Not a chance." Sirius sighed but kept staring at Lily.

Lily closed her book. "You know what Sirius? You show me that you're not all about girls and sex, and perhaps I'll be nice to you."

Sirius paused. "I never said anything about not being about girls and sex."

Lily reopened her book. "I knew being nice to you wouldn't last long."

"Why do you read so much?"

"It teaches me how to get rid of annoying, arrogant Gryffindors," Lily said, not even looking up from her book.

"Hmmm, I don't know any annoying, arrogant Gryffindors," Sirius said.

"That's funny, because I'm staring right at one," Lily said.

Sirius gasped. "I am not annoying and arrogant."

"You're right," Lily said. "I forget to say pompous."

"That's better," Sirius said and then sighed again. "I hate people," he muttered.

"What a coincidence, people hate you," Lily said smugly.

"People don't hate me," Sirius insisted.

"Oh really?" Lily asked, closing her book once again. "Those girls out in the hallways exclaiming that you're a player who would do anything for sex aren't people?"

Sirius paused. "Okay, so some people hate me."

"Oh and don't forget all the professors. When they hear that you're in their classes, they cringe."

"I get it," Sirius said, getting aggravated.

"And remember Gigi?" Lily asked.

"Shut up!" Sirius exclaimed. Lily was taken aback by that response. She didn't realize Sirius got so offended when talking about the people who hate him. "Look, you think I like the fact that I'm not able to make a relationship work? Do you think I like that professors detest me? And don't even get me started on the fact that the screaming fests Giliba and I have aren't fun for me."

Lily closed her book and got up. "So…you wanted to go to the kitchens right?"

Sirius's face broke out into a grin. "Lead the way m'friend." Lily glared at him. "Uh, I mean my acquaintance." Lily glared at him again. "Lils?" Lily glared at him harder. Sirius shrugged. "I'll work on it."

"Good idea."

"You call turning his hair pink for a week nice?" Lily claimed, sticking another spoonful of ice cream into her mouth.

"We nearly killed him last year," Sirius pointed out.

Lily paused. "Well then I can see why turning his hair pink is classified as being nice." Lily was sitting on the countertop eating ice cream, facing Sirius who was leaning against the wall eating cake.

"So what was the stupidest thing you've ever done?" Sirius asked.

"I don't do stupid things," Lily said. "I'm a smart person."

"No really, name something stupid you've done."

Lily stopped to think. "Not becoming friends with you sooner."

Sirius smiled. "Now all you have to do is be nice to Ja-"

"Don't finish that sentence," Lily urged.

"Why not?" Sirius asked, watching Lily jump off the counter. "Being nice to James shouldn't be a big deal."

Lily took Sirius's plate of cake and hit Sirius in the face with it. She grinned. "I warned you not to finish that sentence."

"We were having a nice bonding moment and you just hadto ruin it huh?" Sirius asked, wiping the cake away from his eyes.

Lily shrugged. "It's what I do best."

"Screw up friendships?" Sirius asked.

"Annoy you."

"Ahh, my second guess."

Just then Kacie came into the kitchens. She stood there horrified. "What are you two doingtogether?"

"Making out," Sirius said, not missing a beat. Lily glared at him.

"We were eating," Lily said.

"While making out," Sirius added.

"In no way were we making out Sirius!" Lily exclaimed.

"We could change that ya'know," Sirius said with a grin. Lily gave him a death stare and narrowed her eyebrows at him. Sirius turned back to Kacie. "We were eating."

At that moment, the house elves came out with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Lily turned to Sirius in horror. "You had them make cookies?"

"Yup," Sirius said with a grin, biting into one.

"But…but I'll eat them," Lily complained.

Sirius stopped eating his cookie and looked around. "Um…I don't see the problem here."

"I'll eat them," Lily repeated.

Sirius looked over at Kacie. Kacie looked up and shrugged, finishing her cookie. "Don't look at me, this cookie is amazing."

"How did he get a perfect score?" Lily whined, watching as James beamed at his wonderful grade.

Sirius smiled proud. "He takes after me."

Lily looked over at Sirius's paper. "Well he certainly doesn't copy off of you."

Sirius pouted and crumpled up his parchment. "Well this is stupid," Sirius said with a shrug. "In twenty years, I'm not going to need to know Arithmacy."

"You will if you're still at Hogwarts," Lily muttered.

Sirius pouted. "Remind me why we're friends."

"I'm not sure…but we can go back to hating each other if you want," Lily said.

"Every time I bring up us being friends, you're going to use that line aren't you," Sirius groaned out.

"Yep," Lily claimed, walking out of the classroom. Sirius followed, but tripped over his bag and ended up spilling out all its contents.

Lily burst out laughing and said, "You're right, James does take after you," as she walked past him.

"Okay, can we please move out of the middle of the doorway?" Gigi asked from inside the room.

"That depends," Sirius snapped.

"On what?" Gigi asked.

"On whether or not you're planning on jumping off a cliff anytime soon," Sirius sneered.

"Well, you're out of luck," Gigi said.

"Then so are you," Sirius claimed. Gigi groaned and stepped over Sirius, not worrying about stepping on him a little. "Hey! You're getting my robes dirty!"

"They're alreadydirty," Gigi grumbled. "You're wearing them."

Sirius got up from the ground. "You're so inconsiderate Giliba. I didn't say anything to you, I didn't do anything to you but you immediately start insulting me!"

"It's not my fault you happen to be in my way! I wasn't the one who asked for you to be born!" Gigi cried out.

"Why don't you just-" Sirius started.

"GUYS!" Lily cried out, running over and stepping between them. Gigi and Sirius glared at each other but didn't say anything. "What the hell is wrong with you two? Yelling at each other in the middle of the hallway?"

"What's going on?" James asked, coming over with Kacie, Remus, and Peter.

"Just the usual. World War 3 over here," Lily said, pointing to Sirius and Gigi.

"Why do you care so much Lily?" Gigi asked. "You never cared if I yelled at Sirius before."

"Yes I did," Lily said. "It's immature to stand in the middle of the hallway screaming at the top of your lungs, and it's annoying to listen to, and my eardrums can only take so much, an-"

"And it's hard to see two of your friends fight," Kacie said.

"Oh...and that," Lilywhispered guiltily.

"Friends?" James asked.

"Well yeah, Lily and Sirius are friends now," Kacie said.

"What?" Remus questioned.

"What?" James asked.

"WHAT?" Gigi cried out.

Everyone looked at Kacie. "What?" she asked sheepishly.

"You're friends with this jerk?" Gigi asked Lily.

"You're friends with Evans?" James hissed into Sirius's ear.

"So…who's ready for some dinner?" Lily asked, walking away.

"Ooooh, me, me! I am!" Sirius exclaimed, running after her.

"How can you like that guy?" Gigi grumbled, as she watched Sirius stuff his face with food. "James is exactly the same as Black. How can you get along with Black but not James?"

"Because Sirius doesn't ask me out every five seconds just to prove something to his friends," Lily said. "And he doesn't brag about how great he is in academics and Quidditch, and he's not a spoiled brat who gets everything handed to him on a silver platter, and he doesn't think girls are toys and he-"

"You're kidding me right?" Gigi asked. "The day Black commits and thinks girls are people and not objects will be…well, it will be never! There will never be a day where Black respects girls!"

"I'm not deaf ya know!" Sirius cried out from a few seats down. "If you have something to say to me, say it to my face Giliba!"

"You're an egotistical womanizer!" Gigi yelled at him and then stomped off.

"I said my face," Sirius muttered, throwing his piece of bacon down. "Not everyone else's face."

James couldn't help but laugh a little. Sirius glared at him, "What the hell is so funny?"

"That girl despises you," James said between laughter.

"At least I'm not in love with the girl who despises me," Sirius said with a smirk.

James stopped laughing immediately and turned to Sirius. He looked angry at first but then he just nodded with a thin smile. "Touché."


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