Of Secrets and Stags

"Tomorrow night is the full moon," Sirius casually pointed out as they all piled onto Remus' bed. Remus was half-laying down, leaning reclined against the pillow Peter was sitting at the foot of the bed, his legs stretched over the bed to where his feet dangled. Sirius and James were beside Remus, both sitting sideways in the same manner, turned to where they could speak to Remus, Peter or each other.

"I have patrol duties…" James muttered as he slapped himself in the forehead.

"James! Where do you get off, acting all responsible?" Sirius exclaimed as he put his hands on his hips, acting like a mother scolding a four-year-old for eating dirt.

"I act responsible because Lily is the one who gives me my punishment, my dear, dear Padfoot. I'm, of course, going to show, but I just have to deal with the reprecussions later…" James said with a shrug.

"I'm glad you guys take the full moon as a field trip…" Remus muttered sarcastically with a sigh.

"I don't!" Peter exclaimed.

"Well, yeah. Your Animangus form isn't as cool as ours!" Sirius exclaimed jokingly. Everyone laughed, except Peter, whose glare was pointed downwards.

"Hey, hey. No need to take your anger out by glaring at the bed!" James said in a mock comforting tone.

"I'm… I'm going to bed," Peter said suddenly as he walked off to the other side of the room before going to sleep. James started to get up, but Remus stopped him.

"Leave him. He's been pouting a lot lately. I guess he's just not looking forward to the end of the year… He's taking it different then we are. James, you're at least pretending to straighten up. Sirius, you're living you last year as a student to the full extent. Me, I'm working as hard on my studies as I can. But Peter… Peter has no goals, nor no idea of what to do. All we can do is let Peter mope when he needs to, but help him when he needs it," Remus explained.

"Pure poetry," Sirius said, wiping away an imaginary tear. At this, James began snapping.

"James, why in bloody hell are you snapping?" Sirius asked, completely confused.

"It's what Muggles do after a poet recites his or her own original poems…" Remus explained before yawning.

"Remus, it's only 10 o' clock and you're tired!" Sirius exclaimed.

"… Of course…" Remus said slowly, hoping Sirius would realize why.

"Oh, that. Yeah…" Sirius said in an embarressed tone as he rubbed the back of his neck. James snickered.

"We really all ought to go to sleep early… Tomorrow's a big day, for all of us," Remus said, adding on the "for all of us" as an after thought.

"Yeah, you're right. However! Sirius and I completely rejected our Charms homework!" James said enthusiastically.

"Well, hurry up…" Remus muttered before yawning yet again and blinking his eyes a few times.

"You, get some sleep," Sirius said before ruffling Remus' hair and standing up. "C'mon, Prongs," Sirius said as he and James walked down to the Common Room.

'That was a little more affectionate than usual…' James thought as he glanced back over at Sirius and back at Remus. 'Don't tell me those two… Have… Something going on…' James thought slowly, not sure if he could believe it or not. 'Well, I guess anything's possible. Those two would make a cute couple, I guess…' James thought absent-mindedly.

His eyes 'casually' caught the sight of Lily Evans. Since about 5th year, he had been infatuated with her. And for some reason, no matter what he did, it never subsided. Even if she near-killed him, he still loved—LIKED her.

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"Potter is staring at you again," Alice whispered to her best friend, Lily.

"Oh, god. Not again. Please tell me he's not going to ask me out…"

"He hasn't asked you out all year. I find that strange…" Alice said, trying to remember if he did or not.

"No, he has. He did right after he found out I'm Head Girl. You weren't around… I kind of yelled at him a bit and told him to shove off forever."

"Maybe he actually listened…?"

"I doubt it. I mean, seriously! Potter? Listen! Ha! He's probably plotting. It's only been a month… He's planning some magnificent ball or something weird like that where he'll sweep—TRY to sweep me off my feet!"

"Yeah, that MUST be it… Aren't you even going to give him a chance?"

"Why would I?"

"He… He might actually be really sweet. Look at Frank. He's really sweet, kind and is an amazing listener… But he has average grades (in everything except Defense), isn't a Quidditch star, and even seems to be a bit conceited and over-anxious all the time. I couldn't stand him until I got to know him, now I can't imagine any reason TO hate him…" Alice said dreamily.

"I'm glad you're happy, but James isn't my "type", you know?"

"What kind of person has types? Love doesn't have anything to do with "types"," Alice said with a scarily serious look on her face.

"Fine. Potter isn't the type of person I generally could stand even giving a chance," Lily said, mocking Alice by holding up her hand and using it like a puppet.

"Haha," Alice said as she rolled her eyes.

"There he goes again!" Alice whispered excitedly.

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"So, what assignment was this? Prongs? PRONGS?" Sirius asked, yelling out James' nickname.

"Um… we have to write a 6 foot easy on defensive charms and which offensive charms they can be used for…" James muttered after thinking for a moment. He glanced over at Lily quickly before grabbing his parchment and his quill.

"So… like the Pyro-Defensive Spell?" Sirius asked before writing it down.

"Uh-huh… That one's just like the Hydro-Defensive Spell, only it's with fire, not water…" James muttered automatically.

"Ah, nearly forgot there were Pyro and Hydro… Umm… That weird combat one…?"

"That's the Physical Sheild, I think…" James muttered.

"No, Physical Attack Sheild!" Sirius said enthusiasitically, James' comment having jotted his mind.

"OH, yeah! That's it…" James muttered as Sirius continued to list the different defenses.

"How many spells do you reckon we'll need to take up 6 feet?" Sirius asked.

"Depends on how much description we give it. I could talk about the similiarities and differences between the Pyro and the Hydro defensive spells for about 4 feet," James said with a smirk.

"Is that a bet?" Sirius asked while wiggling his eyebrows.

"Sure. Why not? Um… about a Galleon?"

"You're about to lose a Galleon, mate," Sirius said with a smirk.

"Haha, it's just going too look like that. When, in reality, you'll only be IMAGINING that due to the loss of oart of your pocket money," James said with a smirk.

"Okay, after homework, then," Sirius said with a smirk. Both were equally serious about the debt, yet both knew that the other wouldn't accept it. Flaunting the money was just a weird part of it to make it seem like traditional gambling.

"Let's see… The Furry Animal Sheild?" Sirius, who had somewhat of a writer's block, asked.

"Who's going to need defense from a furry animal?"

"Um… Well, if someone was covered in catnip in the middle of a cat pound full of rabid cats, someone could…"

"Um, let's put THAT idea aside," James said, making hand gestures to refer to moving something to the side.

"Um… I'm completely at a loss, James. Check out the other Gryffindors in our year that are in here and see if we can tell anything by what they're saying," Sirius said with a shrug.

"That only worked once, Padfoot, and that was because Remus was discussing it with Lily," James said as he glanced around the room. His eyes, however, locked on Lily as she used her hand like a puppet.

"See anything?" Sirius asked.

"Nothing new…" James muttered as he watched Lily mock Alice.

"I see. So, how about we… Prongs? Prongs? Prooooooooongs? PRONGS!" Sirius yelled, finally having succeeded in getting his attention.

"Yes, Padfoot?"

"Stop staring at your dream girl and help me out with this!" Sirius said.

"Fine…"

"Good god, it's already 11!"Alice cried out from across the room.

"Sissies. 11 at night isn't that late. Now, 2 in the morning however…" Sirius said as he flipped through the textbook.

"Let's hurry and get this done. We need to be in bed as early as possible…" James said.

"I guess you're right. The challenge shall have to hold on until tomorrow afternoon…" Sirius said sadly.

"It's alright, Padfoot. That Galleon will be mine by tomorrow night," James fake-comforted his friend.

"I'll keep that in mind when I take the Galleon back to the Dormitory in MY pocket," Sirius said with a smirk.

"You guys need new material. You said that the last time you made a bet," Alice said from behind Sirius as she walked towards the Girl's Dormitories.

"That… chick… is… creepy…" Sirius said, surprised that Alice snuck up on him.

"Maybe she fancies you…" James muttered as he jotted down a note.

"No, she's perfectly happy with her boyfriend. Besides, I have someone I like already…"

"Is this the same person from the beginning of the year?" James asked as he looked up.

"Well, yeah…"

"Go for it! Who's going to be stupid enough to turn you down? Half the girls like you!"

"Padfoot… what if… Just what if… The person I like… Wasn't… Nevermind," Sirius said.

"You can tell me, Padfoot," James said.

"Maybe later. Now, let's finish up and I might tell you later…" Sirius said as he turned back to the book.

James nodded in confirmation, knowing he shouldn't push it. He sighed as he continued the work.

A/N: Okay, this chapter was mainly to give the setting and explain everyone's relationships with one another… This chapter doesn't have much to do with the plot, except introducing feelings and such. And obviously it lets you know what year they are in and all that jazz. Okay, please review! Continue to read, because it gets much, much more interesting :)