Chapter 3

"HERMIONE JEAN GRANGER! I AM GOING TO KILL YOU!" was the sound that greeted the ears of Sirius, Remus, Lily and James who were waiting in the common room for the other two girls in their party to join them for breakfast.

A laughing Hermione walked down the stairs, dressed and ready for her first day of class. She had her bag slung over her shoulder and was holding the banister to keep her upright.

"HERMIONE!" Sophie screeched causing Hermione to laugh even harder. She managed to walk over to her friends before collapsing onto the couch next to Sirius and burying her head in his chest to muffle her laughter.

"Mind explaining?" Sirius said, looking down at the girl of his dreams as she desperately tried to stop laughing.

After taking some deep breaths, Hermione looked to her friends and said "Well, Sophie's alarm was going off but she wouldn't get up. So I decided to give her a hand." She had dissolved into another fit of giggles when a furious Sophie walked down the stairs. Her crystal blue eyes fixed onto the brown-eyed beauty and narrowed.

"Hermione," Sophie whispered dangerously. The girl in question looked up at her best friend. She stood up, pulling both James and Sirius up with her for protection.

"Yes Soph?" Hermione said with a grin.

"Run." Sophie replied before whipping out her wand and aiming it at Hermione. Hermione ran, leaving James and Sirius to get hit by a Jelly-legs jinx. Hermione ran out the portrait hole, Sophie on her tail. She looked over her shoulder and noticed the rest of the Marauders (Remus had taken pity on James and Sirius) and Lily following.

Hermione turned a corner and crashed into someone with such a force that both of them fell.

"You stupid Mudblood bitch." The person Hermione had knocked over said. Hermione sat up and looked into the steely blue eyes of Lucius Malfoy.

Next thing Hermione knew, she was lying flat on her back, her cheek beginning to swell. Malfoy had hit Hermione across the face. Hermione clutched her cheek and fought back tears.

Hermione heard a slam and felt two strong arms wrap around her and help her up.

"How dare you hit her? I oughta tear you limb from limb." Sirius said as he lifted Malfoy off the ground. Hermione realised that Remus had his arms wrapped around her and James was pointing his wand at Malfoy.

"Give me one good reason why I should put this wand down and tell Padfoot to let you go." James hissed.

"It is Mudblood bitches like her who are decimating our population. She is beneath us purebloods and all Mudbloods should be wiped out." Malfoy chocked out.

Before James could fire off a hex, Sirius had punched Malfoy square in the jaw. As he crumpled to the floor, he continued to hit him. Hermione walked out of Remus' arms and slowly over to Sirius. She carefully wrapped her arms around his neck as he pummeled Malfoy. He stopped and turned to look at Hermione.

"Enough." Hermione whispered. Sirius nodded and hit Malfoy once more before taking Hermione's outstretched hand and standing. He wrapped his arms around Hermione's waist and held her as she sobbed into his chest.

"Hey you guys, we'll see you in Defence." Sirius said, looking down at the sobbing girl.

The others nodded and headed off to breakfast. Sirius picked Hermione up bridal style and, using the secret passageways, walked to the 7th floor. He paced three times in front of one portrait and soon a door appeared. He opened the door and walked in. The scene in front of him was a beautiful beach, Hermione loved the beach.

"Hey, come on Mya. He isn't worth your tears. Please don't cry." Sirius said. Hermione buried her head into Sirius' neck and inhaled deeply. Sirius shuddered at the feel of Hermione's breath when she exhaled.

Sirius sat down on a towel he conjured up and placed Hermione between his legs. She leant back and put her head back into Sirius' neck. He rubbed her back until her sobs subsided.

"Are you ok?" Sirius asked.

Hermione lifted her head and Sirius flinched at the growing bruise on her cheek. He brushed it gently with his fingers and Hermione shied away from his touch. Sirius pulled out his wand and waved it. Hermione's face cleared up and she no longer felt pain.

"Thank you." Hermione whispered.

"That's ok. I hate seeing you cry. Are you hungry?" Sirius asked.

When Hermione nodded, Sirius thought up a plate of food for Hermione and one for himself. They ate in silence as they watched the ocean roll up the beach.

"Come on," Hermione said once they had finished breakfast. "We had better get to Defence."

Sirius stood up and lifted up Hermione's bag. He put it on his shoulder with his own. She tried to take it off him but he moved away. Hermione tried again but when she realised that Sirius wouldn't give it up, she just let him carry it to class.

They got there about 15 minutes before class started. Sirius placed his and Hermione's stuff on a desk and watched as Hermione got her book, wand and quill out ready for class to start. She looked over at Sirius and was about to say something when the Marauders, Lily and Sophie walked in.

"Mya." Lily and Sophie cried as they raced up to their friend. They wrapped their arms around her and Sophie said "Oh God. Mya honey I am so sorry. If I hadn't been chasing you, Malfoy never would have hit you. You wouldn't have crashed into him and he wouldn't have beaten you up."

"Sophie its fine." Hermione said as she hugged her friend. Both girls sat down at the table next to Hermione whilst James and Remus sat at the table next to Sirius.

The teacher walked in and the lesson started. About 10 minutes in, Malfoy walked in. He glared at the Marauders and when Sirius felt Hermione shake, he wrapped an arm around her shoulder and glared at Malfoy. Hermione stopped shaking and moved into Sirius' side more.

"Mr. Malfoy, where have you been?" Their teacher, Professor Senior said.

Lucius looked at the Marauders and said "Just walking around sir."

"Well Mr. Malfoy. 20 points from Slytherin and detention with me for a week starting at 8 o'clock tonight. Be on time." Professor Senior said.

Malfoy didn't say anything as he moved to his seat he kept glaring at Hermione throughout the whole lesson. When the lesson ended, Malfoy stood up out of his seat and swept out of the room, his robes following him in a flourish of black. Hermione shivered and said "That kid really creeps me out."

"Me too." Lily and Sophie said together.

The boys stuck close to Hermione for the rest of the day. Wherever she was, they could be found as well. If she needed to use the bathroom, the boys would walk with her and then wait for her outside the door. When she would exit, the boys would resume their positions around her, Remus and Sirius on either side with James next to Sirius on the outside.

Later on the Marauders were sitting in the common room near the fire, all leaning over a piece of parchment. When Lily and Sophie walked over, Remus quickly stuffed the parchment into his robes and the group of four smiled innocently at the two girls.

"Yes Lily, Sophie?" Hermione asked looking at her friends.

"What are you four planning?" Sophie asked suspiciously.

"Sophie! I'm shocked that you would ever think that we would be planning anything. Do you not trust us? Come Remus, let us leave these people and begin our patrol." Hermione said in a fake angry tone. She grabbed Remus' hand and pulled him to his feet. The prefects stuck their noses in the air, much like Malfoy, before they walked out of the Gryffindor common room and out to their post.

Lily and Sophie shook their heads before Lily said "Sometimes you would wonder if those two were brother and sister with the way they act. That reminds me, come on James we have patrol now too."

Lily walked out of the portrait and towards her post.

"Prongs mate, you gotta go with her. What's the matter with you?" Sirius asked as a dazed look passed over James' face.

"She called me James." He said before jumping off his seat and racing after Lily.

"Now Sirius my dear, it would seem that it's just us." Sophie said as she sat down next to Sirius.

Silence surrounded the pair for a while until Sophie said "so when are you gunna ask Hermione out?"

Sirius chocked on the breathe of air he had just taken. He turned to Sophie and said "What are you talking about?"

"Sirius, there are bad liars, there are good liars, there are great liars and then there is you. You are usually an exceptional liar except when it comes to your feelings for my best friend. It's just a good thing that Mya is oblivious to it. Whenever you two are together, you always have to be touching. When are you gunna ask her? The girl won't wait forever. Do you know how many guys ask her out each year? Dozens. She always turns them down because she says that she is waiting for someone in particular. If you don't hurry up, Mya's gunna say yes to someone else." Sophie said. She stood up, kissed Sirius on the cheek and walked up the stairs to her dorm.

Sirius sat staring into the fire long after Sophie left. He looked up when he heard the portrait open. Hermione walked into the room with Remus. Remus and Hermione looked at Sirius and vice versa.

"I'm gunna head up to bed. Night beautiful, night Pads." Remus said as he kissed Mya on the head and headed up to the dorm.

Hermione walked slowly over to the lounges and sat next to Sirius. She noticed that he wouldn't look at her and that his gaze was firmly focused on the fire.

"Is there something interesting in the fire that I should be looking at?" Hermione said as she looked at Sirius.

Sirius turned away from the fire and looked into Hermione's eyes. He almost got trapped by the brown orbs before he looked away sharply and back to the fire. He didn't notice the flicker of hurt that flashed through Hermione's eyes.

Sirius kept his eyes locked on the fire until he felt a hand rest on his chin and pull his head up. Hermione ran her knuckles over Sirius' cheek and looked into his eyes.

"Pads, Sirius, have I done something wrong?" Hermione asked as tears came to her eyes.

Sirius was shocked. He gathered Hermione up into his arms and hugged her close. He kissed her crown and said "No, you could never do anything wrong. I've just got a lot on my mind at the moment. That's all."

"Has that bitch of a mother been writing you again?" Hermione asked as she lifted her head from Sirius' chest. He wiped the tears from Hermione's cheeks and put her head back in the crook of his neck.

"No she didn't. I've just got a lot of things on my mind. That's all." Sirius replied.

"If you ever want to talk, come and find me." Hermione's voice was muffled by Sirius' shirt.

Sirius nodded and buried his face into Hermione's hair. He kissed her head and whispered nonsensical words into her ear.

"Sirius, do you want to talk about anything?" Hermione asked after they had sat in silence for a while.

"Not at the moment. I just wanna stay like this for a while if that's ok." Sirius said as he looked down at Hermione. She lifted her head from his neck and smiled.

"That's absolutely fine Pads. I will always bee here for you. Never forget that." Hermione finished what she was saying and put her head back into the crook of Sirius' neck. When he heard her breathing even out, he adjusted their position on the couch so that Hermione was lying curled up in his chest.

Sirius smiled down at the girl, kissed her head before closing his eyes and allowing sleep to overcome him.

Unbeknownst to them, a certain blonde haired girl and werewolf stood in the shadows, smiling at their friends.

I am so sorry that I haven't written anything in ages. I have been so busy studying for exams and doing assignments. I had ten assignments at one point once! At the moment, I am extremely sick. Whilst this is horrible for me, it is good for you guys because it means that I have time to write my stories. I have had a bad case of writers block for all of my stories as well. I am extremely sorry. To make up for this fact, I will hopefully be posting new chapters of Daddy's Little Girl, I Gotta Go My Own Way, My New Life, My name is Isabella Mason and The Climb etc very soon. Nearly all of them have chapters almost finished. If you are a fan of any of these stories or any of my others, thanks for standing by me. Please review and leave me comments on how I can improve any of my stories.

Sorry again.

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