A Walk In The Park
May 14, 1979, outside Hogwarts gates.
believe we get to do this!" Exclaimed
"Me either, I mean I've never been
anywhere like it." Erin said. The two
were waiting for the bus, watched their four friends chase each other and throw
things at Snape. The Muggle Studies
class at Hogwarts was taking a trip to an amusement park for the
afternoon. None of the Marauders,
except Sirius and he had never been to one, were very certain of what an
amusement park was. Lily, who was a
muggle, however, insisted that they were fun.
She snapped a picture of the boys just as Peter tumbled to the ground
and the others pounced on him.
The old rickety school bus pulled
up in front of the gates and the muggle driver looked suspiciously at the small
group of kids. Their teacher had insisted they dress like muggles, for this
trip. And so Sirius and Lily had done
some serious lending of clothes to their friends.
exactly is an amusement park?" asked Remus, as they piled on the bus.
Moony! It's only the best thing
ever. They have roller coasters and
water rides…" said Sirius. He flopped down in the back of the bus. Erin sat
down next to him. James sat a seat ahead with Lily and Remus made a face as he
got stuck with Peter, who insisted on having the window seat.
roller coaster?" asked Peter. Sirius
looked at him in disbelief and continued describing the amusement park.
know, Padfoot, we're not all muggles," said James.
'So why are we sitting back here?"
"Because, Moony, the back is the
best. Only losers sit in the front. See?" Sirius informed him, pointing to
Snape who had taken a seat behind the driver. Suddenly the bus jerked and
everyone was thrown out of their seats.
"Stupid bus." Remus muttered.
"You should have seen my school
bus." Sirius told him.
"You rode this to school?" James
asked in shock. Lily nodded. He sat back, his eyes wide. They watched the countryside pass in silence
for a while. Then Snape's voice filtered from the front of the bus.
"Why can muggles figure out ways to
find safer modes of transportation? No wonder mudbloods are so dumb." Snape
said, rather loudly, glaring back at Sirius.
Sirius ignored him with extreme difficulty.
"Now, Mr. Snape. We do not use that
word." Professor O'Flaherty scolded.
Just then the bus stopped.
'Are we there yet?" Sirius
called. The Professor glanced.
"No, Mr. Black. We are here to pick
up a few more students. "
"More students? Who?" the kids
"There will be a few muggle
students joining us. There was a
shortage of buses." She said, stiffly.
"Muggles? This out to be
good." Sirius rubbed his hands together
evilly. Lily got him in another picture.
"Padfoot. Stop plotting." Remus
told him. Sirius faked pouting to make
Remus feel guilty. When that didn't work, he recovered, hit Remus, and was
shoved into the isle. After getting up, he glared, turned Remus's hair blue and
watched the muggles get on with a gleam in his eyes.
James sighed and changed it back,
just as several muggles sat in the seat in front of Remus and Peter. The two
groups eyed each other. Then one boy leaned over the seat.
"So where are you from?" he asked.
"Texas." Sirius told him. The boy's
"Are you serious?" Not knowing just what he had said, he was
very confused when all four boys and two girls burst into laughter. He decided not to talk to them anymore.
An hour later Peter announced, "I don't feel so good." He
clutching his stomach and looked slightly green.
"Uh oh. Wormtail, sit over there.
Closer to Snape. And away from me."
Remus said. Then he got out, pulled Peter out and helped him stick his
head out the window. .
"Oh that is gross! Peter!" James howled.
"Sirius, that's not nice." Erin
scolded. Sirius grinned.
"What? What'd I miss?" Remus asked,
"Sirius just threw popcorn at the
muggles." James told him.
"Oh." Then he frowned.
"Where'd you get popcorn, Padfoot?"
"What!?" James tried to strangle
him for taking his precious popcorn, but Remus restrained him. Just then Peter reemerged from out the
window, then sat down. Then he jumped up and stuck his head out the
window again. They all winced as he proceeded to spill his guts, literally.
"So who's up for a game of spoons?"
James said, pulling out cards.
After several hours, in which James
lost a good amount of money, Remus lost a good amount of candy he had brought,
Wormtail got sick several more times, Lily and Erin discussed beauty tips,
Snape got hit a lot from bombarding cards that happened to hit him on the head,
several muggle kids were terrified, and Sirius won a lot and ate the candy he
won from Remus against the wishes of the rest of the bus, the bus pulled up.
It jerked to a stop and threw
everyone out of their seats again.
Grumbling and stumbling, they made their way off the bus. There they were greeted with an amazing
A large wall was looming before
them. Tall layers of tracks stuck up above the wall, hinting at the fun and
excitement to be had.
The Professor herded her charges
towards the gates. They watched amazed,
as the workers took their tickets. James stared in amazement at the punching
tool they used, until Lily shoved him through the turnstile. Remus and Sirius
followed, but Peter had less luck. He got stuck and security had to be called.
"I hope this won't be a reoccurring
theme today, Mr. Pettigrew." Professor
"No, Professor." Peter
mumbled. He glared at his friends,
trying to hide their laughter but failing miserably.
"Now stay in your groups,
everyone," said Professor O'Flaherty.
"Mr. Black, Mr. Potter, Mr. Lupin, please refrain from blowing anything
up as I would like to return next year."
The three of them gave their most convincing innocent looks. Then they scattered, pulling Lily and Peter
along with them. Once out of sight of
the Professor, they had to decide where to go.
"Well, what should we do first?"
"Roller coaster!" shouted Lily.
"Water ride!" shouted James.
"Food stand!" shouted Peter.
"Carrousel!" Everyone looked at Sirius who didn't appear
to be joking.
"What?" he looked at them,
shrugging his shoulders. They only
shook their heads.
"Why the carousel?" asked Lily.
"Because it looks fun!" Sirius clapped and jumped up and down with
excitement. Peter shook his head in disbelief.
"Are you serious?"
"YES!" Everyone shouted at him, and
"In more ways than one." Sirius
added as he pulled James towards the carrousel. Remus threw his hands up in defeat and followed his friends. Lily
and Erin, not wanting to be left out, ran after them. Peter sighed and followed
They piled on the carrousel, and
each picked out a horse. Peter frowned
as he was left with the little pink pony.
They laughed and acted like five year olds as they rode up and down,
with Lily taking pictures. When it was over, Peter felt ill again and hurried to find a bathroom.
When he returned they looked
around, trying to decided what to do next.
As they wandered around they spotted something amusing.
"look, up there on that roller
coaster. That's Snape." Remus nodded.
"So that's a roller coaster." He
said, in reference to the giant track of twisting steel and gears.
Sirius grinned evilly. "And it goes
upside down too. Are you guys plotting what I'm plotting?" they all grinned and
with wands behind their backs, they
whispered the curse.
"Hey Snape!" James called. The greasy victim of their newest prank glared down at his
archenemy. James waved. Then they ran off. But not before Lily took a picture.
Snape had little time to wonder
about it as the ride he was on began to assent the loop. It streaked up the side, then just as it
reached the top, and everyone was completely upside down, it stopped. Hanging suspended in midair, Snape shouted
the only thing that came to his mind.
As he was hanging, the two namesakes were waiting in line for the
nearest water ride, a water ride,
complete with inner tubes in which you sat and floated around in a plastic
river. Adding to the fun were several waterfalls and at least eight rapids.
Sirius, James, Remus, Lily and Erin had already stripped
down to their bathing suits, but Peter was more reluctant. He insisted that he was cold, and they let
it go at that.
After waiting for the total of five minutes, the Marauders
began to get impatient.
"How long is this stupid line going
"Relax guys. Sometimes you have to
wait for hours to get on these rides."
They stared in shock at Lily and frowned.
"Well, we can't do that. Why waste
time waiting when we could be having fun?"
James said. Remus and Sirius nodded. Lily and Erin groaned.
"I have an idea." Sirius said,
"Oh Jesus, Mary and Joseph." Erin
"Stop with the praying, Eri. It's
not that bad." Erin glared at her explosive happy friend. Her green Irish eyes stood out against her
red blond hair.
"Quit looking at me like that. You
look like a fairy." Sirius said.
She only shook her head.
"Now, as I was saying before I was
so rudely interrupted by the Religious fairy over there,"
"Sorry, Erin. Why don't we cause a distraction?"
"A distraction?" Remus asked.
"A distraction." James said,
getting the idea.
"A very big distraction that
results in many peoples no longer wishing to wait in line." He laughed. And
"On three. Ready? One, two,
three!" Each pulled out their wands
from their bags and whispered the incantations.
Suddenly there was an explosion at
the front of the line. People screamed and ran. The four Marauders waited nonchalantly as the crowd diminished,
then wandered to the front of the line as if nothing had happened.
Once on the ride, things became
worse. James, Sirius, Remus and Peter
delighted in charming the water so it rose in large waterfalls and collapsed on
various people. The girls were their favorites. Unfortunately, they soon
learned that the girls were very good at the same trick and got very wet
themselves. Then they turned to simply knocking each other off the rafts,
dunking each other and just having a
good time, until they were yelled at by a park worker. Sirius was tempted to turn him into a fish,
but was restrained by James and Remus.
were done with that ride, they noticed
Snape. He was sneering at several large cartoon characters running around
giving out autographs and hugs to small children.
"I have an idea." Remus spoke up.
James and Sirius looked at him, shocked.
"You have an idea? Praise the
lord!" Sirius shouted.
"Shut up, Padfoot. Now does Snape
look very happy to see those cartoon thingies?"
"Well then, I think Mr. Grouchy
Pants over there needs a hug."
"Or Two." Peter said.
"Or ten." Sirius added.
"Oh Moony, you are devious! I
knew it was in there somewhere!" James
said, grinning. He pulled out his wand again and cursed the
Suddenly they all dropped whatever
they were doing and turned to face Snape. Snape looked confused, then he backed
away, scared. But they kept advancing.
"No! Leave me alone! No! For God's
sake, anything but that! Noooooooooo!!!"
he shouted as they proceeded to hug him all at the same time. Lily stole time to take a picture, with the Marauders in the background.
The Marauders laughed and turned to find their next adventure.
Unfortunately, it was the nearest
roller coaster. It was a twisting and turning track of death, with
three loops, and two corkscrews. Sirius couldn't wait and preformed his blow
up the place where you get your picture stand, and the crowd was suddenly
The six friends strapped themselves
in, Sirius in front with Remus, James and Peter behind, then Lily and
"Um, Wormtail? How many seatbelts
do you have?" James asked.
"Not enough." Peter replied.
"Well, I can't find mine." James
"Uh oh." Remus muttered as the car
began its ascent up the steep
hill. Slowly, it climbed it was to the
top of the hundred foot drop, then tittered at the top for a few seconds,
teasing the occupants, then it dropped.
"Wahoo!" Sirius yelled.
"I want my mummy!" Peter's voice joined Sirius. Remus just screamed, along with the girls.
But as it began its run, the other riders failed to notice they
were short one person. James hovered for a second in cartoon fashion, then
dropped faster than the car. He yelled
as he fell, then swore as he hit the
ground and bounced. He got some very
strange and awed looks from passersby, who stared at him as if he were some sort of angel, falling from
heaven. Then as they listened to his
string of VERY descriptive phrases, they decided against it.
He climbed back up the ladder to wait for his friends. Finally
the car pulled up. Sirius, Remus, Lily and Erin looked as if they'd had
the time of their lives, still whooping and hollering as the car pulled to a
stop. Wormtail looked as if he was permanently glued to the seat.
"Prongs! How'd you get there?"
Sirius asked, the grin still plastered on his face as he climbed out.
"Wormtail stole my seatbelt." Peter's eyes moved towards James but that
"Wormtail!" Remus and Sirius both
said at the same time. Then they turned to each other and pointed at each
Lily shook her head. They were always saying the same thing at
the same time and it drove them insane.
"Are you alright, James?" he nodded and grinned.
"Well, that's good." Remus agreed. Sirius had his hand clasped
over his mouth in case he and Remus did it again. But everyone knew the silence couldn't last and it didn't.
"I'm hungry." He announced.
"Well, then. Let's go get something
"How can you think of food after
that?" Erin asked.
"Honey, I can think of food
anytime." Sirius replied, already on
alert for food.
"Um guys?" Peter called. They
turned back. He had come out of being paralyzed, but was still in his seat,
fiddling with his seatbelt clasp.
"I think I'm stuck."
"Oh Wormtail!" Sirius moaned. Remus went over to him and pulled.
"OW!" Peter shouted as the restraint tightened. Lily took the
opportunely to snap a picture.
"Yep, he's stuck."
"Great, now I'm blind and stuck."
"What's the problem?" The man
running the ride had come over. "Come on kids, there are other people waiting."
"He's stuck." James told him. The man glared at Peter, who gave a small whimper.
"How on earth did you get
stuck?" the man asked.
"Maybe cause he has two seatbelts
on?" Sirius supplied. The man stared in amazement at Peter.
"How on earth?" he began,
"Don't ask. Just get him out."
Remus advised. The man decided to listen and
after several minutes of trying to figure it out, he managed to undo the
straps that held Peter captive.
As they descended the stairs, they
heard a laugh. It was the muggle kid from the bus.
"Ha! You idiot! How on earth could
you get stuck on roller coaster? You must the dumbest person on the planet!" he
said, causing his friends to laugh, as he pointed at Peter.
He wasn't laughing for long,
though. Sirius crossed the few feet that separating them, grabbed the boy by
his collar, and lifted him off the ground.
"What did you say to my friend?" he
growled. Sirius was tall for his
age, the tallest of the Marauders, and
so to lift this boy to his face level
put the boy at least a foot off the ground. He was not very fond of heights,
and Sirius growling in his face didn't help much. But suddenly Remus was at his friends shoulder.
"No! Padfoot, down! Put him down
"Down!" Remus ordered, sounding
like someone ordering a dog to put down
a chew toy. Sirius growled again, but set the boy on his feet. Then Remus pulled him away.
"Thanks." Peter said.
"Hey, no problem." Sirius said,
the ever-present grin now returning to
his face, "You'd have done the same for any of us." Then he threw his arm around James and the two began to wrestle.
"Yeah, sure." Peter said softly, as
he watched Remus join in the fun.
"Swings!" Sirius shouted.
"Why do you get to decide what we
do next?" Remus asked.
"Because I say so." Sirius
responded as if this was a perfectly acceptable answer.
Remus sighed, but did not question
his friend's strange and twisted logic.
They raced towards the swings.
Luckily, the line was not long and so
Sirius was not required to empty it.
they managed to get on and the giant
machine lifted into the air.
"Whee!" Sirius shouted, "I can
"He can fly!" Remus shouted.
"He can fly!" James
"He can fly!" Peter finished it.
"Think of the happiest things, it's
the same as having wings." Sirius sang
as he flew through the air.
"Sirius, I didn't know you saw
Peter Pan." Lily shouted.
"Are you kidding? My dad has every
Disney movie ever made!" Sirius called back.
"What's a Disney?" Remus shouted.
"Never mind. I'll tell you later"
Sirius told him.
'Does anyone else think this things
going too slow?" James shouted. He got nodded from the boys and furious shaking of the head from the girls.
"Four against two. We speed it up."
He muttered something and the swings began to go faster and faster until
everything was blur.
Sirius was having a load of fun until Remus went crashing into
him, spending him back into Peter and so on.
Once the ride slowed down and stopped, it was a very sore and bruised
bunch of kids that got off.
"Food time now! I'm hungry!" Sirius
shouted. The others hook their heads.
Only Sirius could think of food after something like that.
"No, games!" James shouted back.
"Guys!" Remus dove in before
physical violence occurred. "Why don't we get Sirius an ice cream cone, play
some games, then go have lunch?" They looked at each other, then Remus, then
back at each other, then shrugged and agreed.
Remus shook his head.
"Let's try this one." James said,
pointing to an old fashioned booth
with five milk bottles set up.
"How do you play?" the man running the thing, smiled.
"You simply hit the bottles with a
ball and try to knock them over. It's easy and it's only a pound."
"Lily." He moaned. "Help me." He
pulled out a small amount of muggle money and
looked through it. "Which ones a pound?" Sirius and Lily both rolled
"This one, James. The one with the
little number one on it." she
said. "The coin." She added after he looked even more
"Oh, okay." And he handed the pound
to the man.
"Here are your five balls. Give it
your best shot." James aimed and hit
the bottles straight on, but they didn't move. He frowned and aimed again. Again the bottles didn't
move. James narrowed his eyes and
glanced at Sirius and Remus who nodded.
Then he aimed again. This time, when he hit them, the bottled
tumbled down, shattering to the shock
of the owner of the rigged game.
Sirius took the next shot and sent the bottled tumbling. Remus sent them shattering.
"James! Sirius, Remus! That's
cheating!" Lily scolded.
"If I give you a bear, will you
"Yes." She took it.
"What about me?" Sirius handed Erin
his bear and she gave him a smile.
Remus did not fail to see his friend blush slightly.
Remus held on to his to send to
Addi when they got back to school.
"Really? How the heck are you going
to send that to my sister?" Sirius asked.
"I was thinking of borrowing a few
"If we can get food now, you can
borrow Ernie." Sirius told him. Remus
grabbed James and pulled him to the nearest food stand.
Once there they had to decide what
food to get. Lily went first.
"I'll have a small hot dog and an order of French
fries. Oh and a small coke."
"Um. I'll have the same." Erin
said, not entirely sure what she was getting.
"Yeah, same for us." The boys said, eyeing the muggle food
"And the biggest bag of cotton candy you have!" Sirius added.
"Oh Lord." Lily groaned.
"What's cotton candy?" Erin asked.
"Pure sugar." Lily told her. Erin's eyes widened in fear
at the thought of Sirius and pure sugar.
They picked up their food and settled
at a nearby picnic table.
"Isn't picnic the strangest
word?" Sirius asked, as they dug in.
"What brought this random thought
on?" James asked. Random thoughts were common around the Marauders. Sirius shrugged.
"Smile!" Lily said. James and Sirius grinned as she snapped the
"It's picture time." She announced.
"Lil, you've been snapping away all
day." James told her.
"Well, I want to remember this day.
Now you three get together.' James,
Remus and Sirius grinned.
"Good, now Sirius, you put your arm
around Erin. Just like that. Good." She
took a picture of Sirius and Erin, grinning and looking extremely cute.
"Now get one of me and James." Remus took the
picture. And they sat back down.
"You know what's strange? Why are they called French fires? I mean,
they don't look French, they don't speak French, why are they French?" Remus
"Maybe German fries didn't have the same ring." James offered.
"Here's one. Why are they called hot
dogs? They don't look like dogs, they
don't sound like dogs, are they made of dogs?" Peter asked. Everyone how was eating this food stopped. James
looked like he really didn't want to swallow the bit that was in his
mouth. Lily pushed hers away, Erin replaced hers in the holder and
Sirius's stopped on it's journey to his
"That is just wrong, Wormtail.
Really really wrong." Sirius looked as
if he were about to be sick. Only the Marauders knew why.
In the anamgi potion they were
brewing, or had been for the past two
years, Sirius's form would be a dog.
The thought of eating one of his own kind was just too gross for him and he replaced his hot dog, then turned on the
coke and cotton candy.
"What's that?" Remus asked in
response to the bright pink fluffy ball
"It's cotton candy. Want a bite?"
"Sure." Remus took a piece, and his
eyes lit up. "That's great! Give me
another piece." He then preceded to eat the whole bag and Sirius was forced to
buy three more bags, just to satisfy him and his friends. When Remus got too thirsty, Sirius made the
biggest mistake of his life and introduced Remus to the wonderful world of
With the help of that, it did not take the boys more than five seconds
to decide where to go next, another roller coaster.
This one was much less crowded and
so they were on very soon. Luckily, it was a six-person car and so they were
all able to get on at the same time.
"Hey Padfoot, " James said, as the
climbed the first hill, still laughing
at the picnic table incident, "I dare you do get off and take over the ride."
Sirius grinned. The maniac look was in his eyes, the one he
always had after consuming large amounts of sugar.
"No, Sirius!" Erin shouted. But it
was too late. Sirius had undone his seat belt, climbed out of the car, down
the track, and had now blown up a nearby concession
stand. People ran, including the guy
working the controls. Sirius pounced on them, and stared.
"Now what. Hm hm hm, well, let's just
see what this button does." He pressed
the first button he saw, a large red one. The car began to pick up speed and
shot down the track. "Oh it does that.
Now this one." The car slowed
down. Unfortunately, it was on it's way
up a loop. "Oops, can't have that, now can we?" he said, laughing like a
maniac. He fiddled with a few more
buttons then brought the car back. His
friends were gasping with delight and
"That was the best!" James shouted
as he got out. Remus and the girls were a little less steady and Peter made a
brake for the bathroom. But all in all
they loved it.
Then they heard a sharp whistle.
Professor O'Flaherty was signaling them to return to the busses. Grudgingly,
they boarded the buss and watched as the
amusement park faded into the
Still on their giant sugar high, the Marauders entertained themselves by throwing things at
Snape who tried to curse them, but got his wand taken away by the professor.
Sirius succeeded in scaring the crap out of the muggle boy in front of him, and
Erin, Lily, and Remus turned blue from
laughing so hard.
After about an hour, the aftereffects
of the sugar began to wear off. On that
low that always hits after a gigantic sugar high, the Marauders nodded off.
Lily fell asleep on James's shoulder, the bear he had won still held
tight in her arms, while Erin was laying on a snoozing Sirius. Peter
was dozing and snoring on the windowsill. Only Remus was awake.
watched his friends sleep, and wondered at the amazement of it all. Three years ago, he had had very little hope
for the future, having no friends and
being stuck with his… "condition." Even
when he got his letter, things were still looking bad.
It wasn't until he met his three
great friends that everything had changed. His life was no longer dark, but
shining. True, no one knew his secret
aside from his three best friends, and he planned to keep it that way. But of all things, he never expected them to
do what they were doing for him. To
risk it all for him. But they were and
It was days like that that made him
glad to be alive. He settled back in his seat and closed his eyes, a contented
smile on his face.