A/N: Yeah…I am totally rushing this but that's because I'm inspired. Ha! Anyway, this is the third chapter I started today…let's see if I can finish it. Oooh, that would be so cool. Oh, and just know I won't be updating at all within the next week. I'm going out of town for the weekend and I never update during the school week unless, by some stretch of the imagination, I happen to have a total lack of homework.
Boys speak in rhythm and girls just lie
Tell me how you feel, come out of the dark
Then we can head back home and I'll know where to start
Speaking foreign language, nothing I can translate
You're speaking foreign language, nothing I can dictate
Where did we go wrong?
We need medication for this miscommunication
Our conversation's weakened
Anberlin - Foreign Language
As the Marauders made their way down to breakfast with the few students who were awake in time for breakfast, Charlie and Lily sat in the Heads' Common room, simply talking.
"I don't get it. How can you have a 'thing'," she began, using the air-quotes. "For Sirius Black?"
"I don't know. I mean, we were just sitting there and talking and having a civil conversation for the first time since we got here and we talked and it was nice and now I have this weird feeling in my stomach that feels like an owl's in there, flapping around," Charlie explained, sounding confused.
"Aww, my little Char has her first crush," Lily laughed. "And the expression is butterflies in your stomach."
"Eww, there's butterflies in my stomach, that's disgusting," Charlie grimaced.
"it's just a muggle expression, calm down, Char," Lily said with a roll of her eyes. "Now…I guess it's okay for you to like Sirius, just be careful, he's not the best of guys to be hanging out with, you know that. You'll get hurt really easy when it comes to him." Charlie hugged her little rabbit stuffed animal, pursing her lips thoughtfully.
"I don't know…it's weird. Like I never would have thought that it was possible. Like…I know there's no chance, Sirius is too much of a womanizing git to ever have a relationship, least of all with me. He won't calm down the snogging just because he wants to be with me long enough to get in my pants," Charlie said, shaking her head.
"I guess you'll never really know unless it happens, huh?" Lily asked thoughtfully.
"Hmm…I could say the same to you about Potter," Charlie said softly.
"Oh, you're hilarious," Lily retorted sarcastically.
"I'm being serious, you can at least give the poor boy a chance, can't you, Lily?" Charlie asked, giving the pouty face she was so incredibly talented at. Lily groaned.
"Why are you against me on this?" Lily asked desperately.
"Oh…I'm not. Not really at least. I just wanna see James's reaction if you say yes to him," Charlie laughed.
"You're sick," Lily said softly.
"I prefer the term special," Charlie said with a cute shrug of her shoulders. "Anyway, I have an idea that could get James off your back and keep Sirius from womanizing."
"I'm all ears," Lily said with a grin as she listened to Charlie's proposal.
And in the Great Hall, James Potter was feasting with Remus. Sirius had already found some sixth year Ravenclaw to be his little friend for the day. James rolled his eyes as he started walking off in the direction of the broom cupboard on the third floor. He leisurely tapped on the door only to hear some fumbling inside and then watch as Sirius emerged, holding the hand of a rather attractive Ravenclaw girl.
"Oh…Bekah, this is James, James this is Bekah," Sirius said, catching a strand of the girl's long dirty blonde hair and tucking it behind her ear. She smiled at him before he gave her a small kiss on the cheek and she walked off, giving him a wink before going down the staircase.
"You're totally going to hell, you know that, right?" James asked his best mate with a wicked smile.
"Eh. Might as well enjoy my time here before the party downstairs then," Sirius said with a shrug. "What d'you wanna go do?"
"I figure we can go lounge out in the Heads' Common Room," James offered.
"Sounds good to me. It's a lot nicer than the Gryffindor Common Room," Sirius said with a smirk.
"Why?" James asked.
"No first years," Sirius said, getting a laugh out of both of them. James smirked as they made it there and got inside only to see Lily and Charlie. Charlie had to crane her neck to see over the back of the couch at the entrance.
"What's wrong, shorty?" Sirius sneered. Charlie rolled her eyes before grabbing the pillow she sat on and threw it at him. He caught it with ease and she rolled her eyes. Sirius smiled and sat down next to her, gently nudging her in a playful manner.
"You're so annoying," Lily noted, shaking her head before turning to James. "Charlie and I have made an executive decision."
"Such as?" James asked, sounding slightly fearful.
"If Sirius can go one day without snogging anyone, I'll go on a date with you, James," Lily said with a smile.
"And, if Sirius can't go one day without snogging, you have to agree to stop asking Lily out," Charlie finished with a smile.
"How unfair. I can't control Sirius's actions. Though I am begging him right now, on the figurative version of a bended knee to let me have this one little thing since it's my one chance with the girl of my dreams," James said with a pouty face.
"I…I don't think I can, James," Sirius said slowly.
"Please, Padfoot, this is your best mate asking you a tremendous favor. It's the only thing I've ever asked you for…except that one thing," James said after a second.
"That's true…even though that one thing was pretty big…but…I'll give it my best shot," Sirius said with a nod.
"We have a deal?" Lily asked, a wide grin spread across her face.
"Yeah, deal," Sirius and James said in unison.
"Alright, he has to go from this second until this exact time tomorrow without kissing a single person. If he does, the deal is over and James goes to his life of silence in Lily's presence. But, Lily, if James wins, you have to go out with him, no questions asked," Charlie said with a smile.
"Got it," Lily said with a grin. Their plan would totally work. It would get James off of Lily's back and it would show Sirius just how worthwhile girls could be for things other than snogging, especially in Charlie's case.
And so the day began. It was a Saturday, which meant it would be even harder for Sirius to avoid the temptation of snogging. There were no classes to keep him occupied. It was obvious how mad he was going when he was beginning to throw fleeting glances at fourth years. Charlie smirked as she watched during lunchtime.
"Oh, this is by far one of the most amusing sights I've gotten to behold in a while, Black," Charlie said with a grin. Sirius gave her a pleading look going back to staring across the Great Hall at a cute Ravenclaw who kept waving at him seductively.
"You have to help me. This is driving me insane!" Sirius groaned, dropping his head on the table. Charlie shook her head and took a bite of the turkey sandwich she held in her hand.
"Why should I?" she asked. And she really meant it, too. She did like Sirius, why should she make it easier for him to get with some girl.
"I don't know. But there's some way a girl could snog me and Lily wouldn't find out. I mean your job is to monitor my activities," Sirius said, thinking for a moment.
"And what plan of action is that?" Charlie asked, sounding skeptical.
"You could snog me," he said with a grin. Charlie practically spit the mouthful of food she had back on the plate. "Attractive," Sirius said sarcastically. Charlie turned on him.
"Why the hell would I do that?" she asked him angrily.
"Because I've wanted to snog you for a while now," Sirius said, smiling innocently.
"Why do girls date you? You never say what they want to hear," Charlie said with a sigh, standing up and going to sit by a different person. Sirius sighed, shaking his head. She was so infuriating, her attitude and her snarkiness and her sarcasm. She was too much like him. God, why was she so perfect too? He hated it. One day, he'd find her flaw. He knew he would. He'd been obsessed with finding a weakness in Charlie for the longest time. And he was running out of time.
Wait, did I just admit to myself I'm obsessed with her? Sirius thought.
"I'm so stupid. Maybe James was right. I do like her," he said to himself.
"What was I right about this time?" James asked appearing out of nowhere and sitting down.
"I like Charlie. I don't know…she's cool. But you know me, I can't handle the relationship deal, I can't go snogging the same girl and only that girl for my entire life. God, how does anyone do that?" Sirius asked in shock.
"Um…it's called marriage. My parents seem to enjoy it a tiny bit," James said sarcastically as he took a bite of the turkey leg sitting in front of him.
"But how the hell can I do that for her?" Sirius asked, massaging his temples.
"Well…you can start by at least making an attempt at it," James said thoughtfully. "Why do you think I never date anymore? Before I realized exactly how Lily's mind worked, I was like you, remember?"
"Yeah…the good old days. You were my wing man," Sirius said nostalgically.
"No…not the good old days. I'm finally getting some notice out of Lily, the girl I love, and this whole deal can work to our advantage. If you stay true to your side, you'll prove to Charlie that you're a somewhat decent guy and then Lily will have to go out with me and I can prove to her that I'm amazing," James said with a smile.
"What do you mean somewhat decent?" Sirius asked after he'd processed what was said a second time.
"What? Did I say that?" James asked in confusion before they both stood and left the Great Hall, thinking about their plans to win over the girls.
"You know," Sirius said as they got into the empty common room. "We should really do something about Remus and Annette, their coy little shy shit is getting on my nerves."
"You just say that because it's cute and you don't like cute things because you're evil and totally going to hell," James reminded his friend.
"Maybe. But at this rate, they'll never get together and we can't really risk that, can we?" Sirius asked, shaking his head as he slumped down on the couch and glared at the lit fire in the fireplace.
"Guess not," James said, shrugging.
"So…two nights. Come up with anything to tell Lily yet?" Sirius asked, glancing out the window at the moon.
"Not yet…it'll be hard to convince her I'm actually sick," James said, shaking his head.
"Are you kidding me? She'd kill not to have to be stuck on patrol with you. Just tell her you have a migraine or something," Sirius suggested, waving it off nonchalantly.
"You really think she hates me that much?" James asked with a sigh.
"Yeah, I do, actually, why?" Sirius asked, looking up at his friend.
"Well…I can't help but think there has to be something there or she never would have come up with this whole deal-bet thing," James said thoughtfully.
"Good point. I don't know, Prongsie, maybe Lily Evans will grow to love the loveable James Potter," Sirius said with a shrug. "You never really know, huh? Not until you give it a shot."
"Funny," James said with a sigh. "I could say the same for you about Charlie."
"I'm gonna give Charlie a chance, as soon as I'm sure she won't get hurt by anything I do," Sirius reassured his friend.
"Yeah, uh huh," James said sarcastically before grabbing his class schedule and reading over it quickly.
"What?" Sirius asked, sounding perfectly innocent.
"Sirius, you are totally going to lose this bet…keep your head in the game. Think of it as like…training for having a real functional relationship.
"My relationships aren't dysfunctional," Sirius argued, sounding hurt.
"Yeah, because you don't have any," James said, rolling his eyes. "But anyway, if Lily's gonna be patrolling the halls, we can't just be seen wandering the corridors to get outside. We'll have to use the cloak."
"Are you kidding? It's too small. She'd see pairs of shoes walking about the corridors instead," Sirius argued.
"Well, dog-boy, you got any better ideas?" James asked expectantly.
"We could slip her a sleeping potion," Sirius suggested. "And then you can have your bloody way with her while she's out and we'll scamper off to the Shrieking Shack after that."
"You're really messed up in the bloody head," James said, shaking his own noggin with a disgusted look.
"You know you love me," Sirius said lightheartedly before he stood up. "Yeah…I'm gonna go take a nap, alright? Holler if you need me," he said, yawning.
"Sirius!" came a shout of a feminine voice. He turned around, only on the second step.
"What?" he asked Charlie, eyes narrowed.
"What do you think you're doing? You can't be going to sleep at a time like this. How do I know you won't be doing horrible things with that enchanted mirror of yours? You know…anything womanizing counts," she said, planting her hands on her hips.
"Alright, how about I make a side-deal with you," Sirius offered, completely ignoring the fact that James was still in the room as he walked over to Charlie, placing a hand on her shoulder. She glared at it, eyes narrowed.
"I don't trust you at all, and yet I find myself compelled to listen to you," she said thoughtfully when she'd stop her acidic staring. Sirius licked his lips.
"How about this, if you start wearing flattering clothing that's tight on your pretty chest and jeans that actually show you have a body instead of those ones that are like forty sizes too big on you, and you start actually being nice and have a boyfriend or at least casually snog people, I'll stop being like that," Sirius said, smiling.
"Why in bloody hell would I do that?" she asked, eyebrows raised.
"Because, that'll mean Lily will definitely have to start dating James, which everyone wants, and then we can go our merry way," Sirius said, shrugging in nonchalance.
"Why are we making so many deals today?" Charlie asked, shaking her shoulder to rid it of Sirius's hand.
"Because, we're like little devils," Sirius said with a devious grin.
"You, I'd believe that," Charlie said confidently. "But no. I'm not going to become some little whore, come at a beckon call type girl. Sorry, Sirius, I'm too good for that. And I'm not letting you out of my sight."
"Ugh. You're so infuriating," Sirius groaned, flopping on the couch next to James.
"Why, thank you," she said with a smirk. Sirius glared up at her before shaking his head and laying down on the couch, flopping his legs onto James. James squirmed out of the chair before giving a wave and leaving the common room, not even taking a second glance back. He knew an argument was probably going to follow.
"What is your weakness?" Sirius asked angrily.
"Why would I tell you?" she retorted, dropping onto the armchair with a roll of her eyes.
"Because you love me," Sirius assured her with a cute grin.
"You're so charming," Charlie said sarcastically.
"I know," Sirius replied.
"So…why do you want to know my weakness?" she asked, looking up at him.
"Just to know you have one, to be honest," Sirius laughed.
"You really think I'm that perfect, huh?" she asked, giving a small laugh.
"You really make it seem like that," Sirius assessed, looking her over quickly.
"You wanna know something I suck at, Black? Is that what you want me to say?" Charlie asked, raising her eyebrows at him.
"Yeah, pretty much," Sirius said, nodding.
"I'm not smart. In fact, I'm pretty much an idiot. Why do you think I have no hopes for a future career. I flunked my O.W.Ls two years ago…I'm going to flunk my N.E.W.Ts this year. I'm just awful at Charms and Transfiguation and all of it. I mean I can pull off some spells, but not really. Only the basics of Charms work with me, I'm hopeless at Transfiguration. I'm gonna be a Quidditch player, that's the only thing I can hope for. Maybe I'll play for the Hollyhead Harpies or something, but I have no career as a famous and wise witch in my future, Sirius. So, there, that's what my flaw is. I'm not smart. I mean I can think of an insult so fast it's ridiculous, but I am not good at school."
"Whoa, Charlie, slow down," Sirius said, shaking his head. "Why does it matter how smart you are? You're gonna be more famous than any auror with the career you're going to get into easily."
"Because my dad – " she began before stopping and biting her bottom lip.
"Your dad?" Sirius asked, waiting for her to finish.
"My dad's just really strict on grades, okay? When he found out about my O.W.Ls he got really, really mad," Charlie said, making the understatement of the year. "And he told me if I didn't get good scores on my N.E.W.T.s then it would be even worse."
"Oh, I'm sorry. But I mean, the worst he can do is yell at you, right? And you can just tune it out. No worries, no problems," Sirius said, not really sure how to comfort her.
"Yeah, sure," Charlie said, standing up.
"Where are you going? You have to watch me and make sure I don't compromise some girl's honor," he said, watching as she walked to the stairs.
"I'm gonna go take a nap. I don't care anymore, go snog some girl senseless," she sighed, shaking her head. Sirius had no idea what he'd said to make her so…standoffish, but he stood and left the common room. Even though he had no clue what had happened, he was kind of taken aback and felt a little guilty. Which was something that never happened when girls got mad at him. Maybe it was because they used to be friends. He would convince himself of that point, obviously.
That night at dinner, there was a huge clatter of a plate as Charlie smiled at Lily.
"You wanna do what to your hair?" Lily asked harshly.
"I wanna dye it dark brown," Charlie said calmly.
"Why? I mean when I met you it was pretty naturally and then you went and put uneven highlights in it and now you wanna totally dye it…with permanent muggle dye!" Lily almost shrieked. There were eyes on them from all over the Gryffindor and Slytherin tables. Neither seemed to care though. James was chuckling at Lily's little outburst and Sirius was staring in shock. Lily never freaked out.
"You're crazy. Have you been drinking firewhiskey?" Lily asked, eyes wide.
"No. Lily, I'm fine. I'm great, actually. I just wanna do something crazy," Charlie said with a laugh.
"Exactly, crazy. No, I won't let you," Lily objected.
"Why are you making such a big deal about this?" Charlie said, still laughing.
"Because I'm stressed out," Lily said, obviously quite a frazzled individual.
"Lils, just relax. Why are you freaking out?" Charlie asked.
"We can talk about this later," she hissed. Charlie rolled her eyes.
"Whatever. But I'm going to do it. You know I will. I bought the dye over summer with my brother. Plus, I'm the only one in my family with light hair anyway," she said with a smile.
"Ugh. You're so immature. Grow up, Charlie. The world isn't made for everyone being ten years old. One day you'll realize that and completely hate yourself for acting like this," Lily said as Charlie stood up, ignoring the rant and walking away. "And ignoring me is so mature too."
A/N: Alright. So I didn't finish by the time intended. But I got a chapter in. Everyone thought Charlie was little miss perfect, but she's not. There's her flaws written all over this chapter. The next few I'm going to try and focus more on Lily/James and Annette/Remus. So, read and review please!