Beware the Ides of March
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"Peter, Sirius, it is time for the Marauders prank!" James declared that day when he woke Sirius and Peter up. He looked at Remus to make sure he was still asleep. "Against Mr. Lupin."
"Finally!" Sirius said happily. "Do you have the hairs?"
"Yep. I already put a hair in each of the vials. We each get two vials. I figured that each vial will last about half an hour. So we get that long to freak Mr. Lupin out. You both know the plan." James said.
Peter and Sirius smirked.
James pulled six vials out of his nightstand. He gave two to each of his friends. He pocketed his two and turned to Remus. "Wake up." He kicked the bed.
"Go away." Remus mumbled sleepily.
"We have class. Get up." James kicked the bed again.
Remus grabbed his blanket and pillow with his eyes shut. He rolled off the bed with them. He put his pillow under his head and wrapped his blanket around him.
James stared at his friend. "Remus, if you don't get up, I'm dragging you down to the Great Hall."
"No, you won't. You like me too much to do that to me." Remus mumbled sleepily, wrapping the blanket around him more tightly.
James sighed. "I'm serious, Remy."
Remus didn't reply.
James clapped his hands. "Well, alright then." He grabbed the blanket and started dragging it out of the room with Remus still wrapped in it.
Sirius laughed and followed James down the stairs. Peter grabbed Remus's bag and a change of clothes for Remus and followed them. They could hear Remus mumbling in annoyance about the stairs, which made they laugh more.
"There is still time for you to get up and get dressed. This is your final chance to get up before I decide you don't deserve any more chances." James said as he stopped next to the portrait.
"I'm tired." Remus whined.
James smirked. "I'll take that as a no. Mind helping, Sirius?"
Sirius grinned. "Sure." He grabbed the opposite end of the bundle and helped James pick him up. "To the Great Hall!"
The boys left the tower, laughing all the way. Sirius and James grunted a few times as they carried Remus down the stairs. It was hard work carrying someone down the stairs without falling or dropping the person.
By the time they reached the second floor, Remus was finally awake enough to realize that his friends were taking him to the Great Hall. "James, Sirius, let me out of this blanket." Remus ordered.
"Nope, I gave you a chance, but you chose to ignore it." James replied.
"James." Remus growled.
"Sorry, James is not here right now." James said.
Remus hissed. "Potter, let me out now!"
James grinned at Sirius and Peter. He ignored all the strange looks from the students in the Great Hall and continued to his seat.
"James." Remus whined as he tried to push his way out of the blankets.
"One sec, Rems," James replied.
A second later, Remus groaned as he body hit the ground. James and Sirius, being them, decided to just drop him, not put him down gently. Remus pushed his blankets away and stood up, looking disheveled. Not being a Marauder for nothing, Remus didn't look the least bit embarrassed about what happened or with all the eyes on him. Being embarrassed was not allowed when you are friends with James and Sirius. James and Sirius worked hard on him and Peter to keep them from getting embarrassed.
"Prats," Remus muttered.
James and Sirius just grinned at him.
Peter tossed the uniform to Remus.
"Thanks Pete." Remus said.
James grinned evilly. "Hey Rems, you're not allowed to leave the Great Hall to get dressed."
Remus scowled at him. "You aren't my boss."
"No, but are you a Marauder or not?" James asked with a smirk.
"What does that have to do with getting dressed?" Remus asked.
Sirius smirked. "If you get dressed in here, then you just prove that you aren't afraid and you are a true Marauder, especially with the teachers in here."
"I'll get detention." Remus hissed.
"Firstly, we are still in detention, so what will it matter? And secondly, when have Marauders ever cared about detention?" James asked.
Peter sighed. "Just do it, Remus. They won't shut up until you do or until you leave to get changed, but when you come back they were mock you about it until they get something else to mock you about."
Remus growled. He shoved his white buttoned shirt, grey v-neck jumper, grey blazer, tie, robe, shoes, and socks into Peter's hand. He sat on the ground and pulled his blanket over him. After a few aggravating minutes, he emerged with his pants on. Remus brushed his hair out of his face with a smirk at James and Sirius.
"Prat," Sirius muttered.
"Fine, but this time, no blanket. You have to get dressed the rest of the way without covering yourself." James said with a frown.
Remus sighed. "You are so annoying. Why do I hang out with you?"
"Because if you didn't, then we would make your life a living hell?" Sirius suggested.
"Maybe. I see what you do to everyone who isn't friends or fans of you two idiots." Remus replied.
"You might want to hurry up. Breakfast is almost over and you aren't allowed to go to class in your pajamas." James said.
Remus rolled his eyes and took his shirt off. A few girls around his age let out wolf-whistles or laughs. "I hope you two are happy." He hissed. "I don't like people seeing my scars."
Sirius shrugged. "Actually, I forgot you had those, but if people ask about them, just say 'battle scars.'"
Remus stared at him. "No."
"The girls don't seem to care about them." James laughed. "Just listen to their whistles."
Remus buttoned up his shirt and gave James an annoyed look. "You're funny, real funny, Potter."
James grinned. "Behind you."
Remus sighed and looked around. He grinned sheepishly at Professor McGonagall. "Uh…..they made me." He pointed at his friends.
McGonagall shook her head. "When will you boys learn?"
"Probably never," James, Sirius, and Peter said.
"When I get away from these three idiots," Remus said.
"Then get away from them. You could be a very great and respectable student and person if you didn't hang with those three all the time." Lily said as she walked passed with her friends, who laughed and smiled at Remus.
"Nice show, Rems. If you ever want to get away from your friends, we'll be glad to hang with you." Alice said with a teasing wink.
"I'll keep that in mind." Remus replied, smirking at the girls. Damn, he's been spending way too much time with James and Sirius.
McGonagall sighed. Why did these four have to be in her house? What almighty and powerful person did she insult to deserve this? "Mr. Lupin, I like you so I'll just take ten points from you for this. Just don't do it again."
"Yes ma'am." Remus replied, grinning at her. He finished getting dressed and sat down to enjoy what was left of breakfast.
James pouted. "Minnie never lets us get away with anything."
"That's because you cause so much mischief." Remus pointed out.
"So do you." James argued.
"That I do, but I know how to charm my away out of trouble, lie, and not get caught. Can you do any of that?" Remus asked.
James pouted. "I can, but they never believe me when I lie."
"That's because they always know it is you and Sirius." Peter said.
"But why?" Sirius asked. "I mean you two hang with us to, but they always come to us first."
Remus rolled his eyes. "I'm just guessing here, but I think it has to do with that fact that you two got detention in our first year during the sorting ceremony." He paused and smirked. "And maybe the hat warned the teachers about your mischievous ways because of everything it saw in your heads."
"THAT'S IT!" James and Sirius yelled, earning a few weird looks from everyone around them. The two boys didn't even notice them as they began to plot revenge against the Sorting Hat for betraying them.
Remus slammed his head on the table. He wasn't being serious when he said that. His friends were insane.
"Isn't it time for class?" Peter asked.
Remus looked at James and Sirius. They were both still in deep conversation about revenge against the hat. "Let's just leave them here."
Peter shrugged and followed Remus out of the Great Hall.
When they were gone, James and Sirius looked up and smirked. "Do you want to go first?" James asked.
"Love to." Sirius replied. He left the Great Hall with James and went to a broom cupboard while James stood outside as a guard. After drinking the polyjuice potion, Sirius changed the color of his tie and the trim of his vest, then he changed the house emblem on his robe and blazer to that of the Slytherin house.
"You done yet, Sirius?" James whispered through the door.
Sirius looked himself over. "Yeah."
James looked up and down the hallway. "It's clear. You can come out."
Sirius stepped out of the closet and James shuddered. "It's creepy seeing you look like Snivellus."
Sirius grimaced. "Try being him. The potion was disgusting."
"Rems is with Peter. They are on their way to Defense, but are taking the long way. If you take the secret passage you can catch up to them and scare Rems before class." James said.
"Righty-o." Sirius replied and headed down the hallway to the secret passage.
James went left instead of following Sirius.
Remus stopped walking to look behind him to see Snape standing there. He looked at Peter, but saw that he had left him. "What?"
Snape smirked evilly. He moved closer to Remus. "Beware of the Ides, Lupin." He hissed in Remus's ear.
Remus jumped and moved away from Snape. "What?"
"The Ides are getting closer. Very, very soon the ides will be here for you." Snape hissed before turning around and leaving.
"What the hell is going on?" Remus muttered.
Remus jumped and whipped around to see James standing there.
"Are you okay?"
"Snape….Ides….." Remus muttered.
"What are you talking about?" James asked. "We have to get to Defense before we are late."
James sighed. "Remus, this is ridiculous. The Ides are not haunting you and Snape is not here or trying to scare you."
Remus shook his head.
James rolled his eyes and dragged Remus to class by the arm.
"Hi Remus. Where did you go?" Peter asked when Remus and James came into class.
James pushed Remus into his seat and rolled his eyes at Peter. "Don't mind him. He's gone a bit loony."
Peter shrugged. "Where's Sirius?"
James shrugged. "You know what he is like. He always disappears."
"How?" Remus whispered, staring at James and Peter with wide eyes. "How did you get Snape in on it?"
James raised a brow. "In on what?"
Remus's eye twitched violently. "DON'T TRY TO ACT ALL INNOCENT, POTTER! I KNOW YOU DID SOMETHING!"
A cough caught the boys' attention and turned to see Professor Kirk standing in front of their table, raising a brow at the boys with the rest of the students turned around in their seats to stare at the friends. "Is there a problem, boys?" He asked calmly.
"Not a thing, sir." Sirius's voice drawled.
Remus screamed when he heard Sirius's voice and fell off his chair. He twisted around on the ground to glare at Sirius. "It was you!" He snarled.
"What was me?" Sirius asked amused, staring down at Remus.
"I don't know how, but it was you!" Remus shouted, climbing to his feet and pointing a finger in Sirius's face. "It's always you. I'm keeping my eyes on you, Black!"
"Mr. Lupin?" Kirk asked a bit worriedly since he never saw this side to his student. "Are you alright?"
Peter and James shared a look, both fighting with huge difficult to keep from bursting out laughing.
"I'm sorry, Professor, but Remus is a bit paranoid right now." Sirius said, giving his teacher an innocent smile. "We don't know why. Perhaps he is having nightmares?"
"I am not!" Remus shouted. "It's you three! You're trying to mess with my head!"
"Remus, would we ever do that?" James asked, having to bite his lips to keep from smirking.
"YES!" Remus yelled angrily. "Yes, you bloody well would!"
Sirius sighed tiredly and turned to his professor. "I really don't think he's been sleeping well. He is mixing reality with his dreams."
Kirk looked from Remus to Sirius then back at the twitching boy. "Perhaps one of you should take Mr. Lupin to the Hospital Wing to get a Calming Draught." He suggested.
Remus shot his professor a betrayed look. "I don't need a Calming Draught! I need to punch Sirius's lights out!"
"Calming Draught it is." Sirius said, edging away from Remus before he could destroy his looks with a black eye. "But I don't think it is a good idea for me to go."
"I'll take him, sir." James said, standing up and moving around Sirius as they traded places. "Come along, Remus." He grabbed his friend's arm and started dragging the protesting boy away, unaware of the suspicious look that a certain redhead shot him.
"I don't need a Calming Draught." Remus growled when they were in the hallway.
James coughed. "Rems, you were going a bit insane in there."
Scoffing, Remus crossed his arms stubbornly and looked at the paintings on the wall. "Or maybe it is that you guys are not insane enough."
When he didn't get a reply, Remus looked at his friend in annoyance, only to see that James had completely disappeared. Turning around sharply, Remus whipped his head side from side, trying to find the black haired. "James? Where'd you go? This isn't funny!"
"What isn't funny?" A gentle voice asked.
Remus whipped around to see Lily standing there. "Shouldn't you be in class?"
Lily smiled at him. "I will go back in a minute, but I have message for you."
"A message?" Remus repeated in confusion.
Nodding, Lily moved closer to Remus, invading his personal space as she leaned in and whispered in his ear. "Only eight more days until the ides are here. I hope you are ready for them, Remus."
At her words, Remus froze in place, staring in blank shock at the redhead.
Smiling brightly as if nothing was wrong, Lily patted his cheek before moving passed, heading back to class.
Barely a few seconds later, James was clapping Remus on the shoulder. "What did Evans want?"
"Wh-how…wh….y–" Remus turned his head to look at James. "YOU! It was you!"
James raised a brow. "What was me?"
When Remus didn't reply and just stared at him, James sighed and grabbed his friend by the elbow to start dragging him to the Hospital Wing. Luckily for Remus's sanity, they didn't meet anyone else on the way to the Hospital Wing. Madam Pomfrey was surprised by their sudden entrance, even more so when neither of them were bleeding.
After a quick, quiet conversation with Madam Pomfrey while Remus sat on a bed, glaring at James's back, James moved back over to Remus while the nurse went to get a Calming Draught.
"I don't need a potion." Remus grumbled.
"Mate, you thought Snape and Lily were telling you about the Ides." James pointed out, smirking. "You need a Calming Draught and probably some sleep."
"I sleep just fine!" Remus snapped.
James raised a brow. "That sure explains the snappish attitude." He said sarcastically.
"No one asked you." Remus retorted when Madam Pomfrey returned with a goblet for the boy.
"Here you go, Mr. Lupin. Drink it all." Madam Pomfrey said as she handed him the goblet.
"Madam Pomfrey, I assure you, I am fine. I don't need that." Remus pleaded.
Madam Pomfrey sighed. Remus was always difficult to get to drink potions. Usually he was so wounded and in pain that he just obeyed without thought. When he was like this, he was difficult. "I heard about what happened in class and on the way here, Mr. Lupin. I assure you, you need it." She pushed the goblet into his hands. "Honestly, I am terrified to see what you will be like in your OWLs and NEWTs year."
Remus scowled down at the goblet because of the potion and at the nurse's words. Figuring it was best to just get it over with, he tilted his head back a bit and chugged the potion down. When it was gone, he grimaced at the taste left in his mouth as Madam Pomfrey took the goblet.
"Wait a few minutes then you can leave, Mr. Lupin." Madam Pomfrey told him before walking away.
James watched her go before turning to Remus with a smirk. Remus, who was distracted by the horrible taste in his mouth, didn't notice the look.
James ducked down and crawled under the bed. As he was doing this, the door to the Hospital Wing open quietly and closed so as not to alert Madam Pomfrey.
"Ides." A voice whispered into Remus's ear.
Remus went to scream in shock when a hand slammed over his mouth to keep him from screaming. He turned his head to see James kneeling on the bed beside him, grinning like a Cheshire cat.
"So close, so very close." James continued in a whisper, smirking when he saw Remus's eyes widen. "The game will begin very soon when the ghosts come out to play."
Remus's jaw went slack as James jumped off the bed and ever so calmly walked out of the Hospital Wing like he didn't have a care in the world.
The moment the door closed behind him, the James under the bed rolled out from under it and leaned on the bed behind Remus. "What's up?"
Very slowly, Remus turned his head to Sirius like he was a robot. He stared at his friend for a moment before a look of horror appeared on his face. "You're not real! It's just a figment of my imagination!" He cried before running out of the Hospital Wing.
A very amused James stood alone in the Hospital Wing. "I thought the Calming Draught was meant to calm him." Laughing, James left the Hospital Wing.
Remus stood in the middle of the hallway, looking around, wondering where he should go. He should probably go back to class, but he really didn't want to see any of his friends again.
Deciding that skipping was best for his fried nerves, Remus turned around and headed to Gryffindor Tower to hide out in his bed for a few hours.
Those few hours were spent in chocolate bliss. With no one around to tell him otherwise, Remus was able to enjoy all of his chocolate from his chocolate stash in peace with no one to stop him!
"Hey Remus, are y–" The door opened as James's voice was heard after their lunch class before lunch. A frozen James stood in the doorway when he saw the room. Candy wrappers laid all over the place, the curtains were ripped off the beds, pillows were thrown around, clothes were lying on the ground, half out the window, and on the bed posts. In the middle of it was Remus Lupin, jumping up and down on his bed like a five year old. "REMUS, WHAT THE HELL?"
"What's wrong?" Sirius shouted as he looked around James. His and Remus's bags dropped to the ground with a THUMP! "W-we left him alone in our dorm with chocolate."
"Are we idiots?" Peter asked, staring wide eyed at the mess. "We left him alone when we knew he wasn't in the right state of mind today."
Sirius and James turned to stare at Peter blankly. "We're idiots." They said together before looking back at Remus.
"What should we do about this?" James asked.
"We could walk away and pretend we didn't see anything." Sirius suggested.
James gave him a dry look.
"Or, we could give him broccoli like Lily uses when he's like this." Sirius said.
"I'm not taking him to the Great Hall like this." James retorted.
Sirius rolled his eyes. "Fine." He looked at their last friend. "Peter, go get some broccoli quickly. James and I will restrain him."
Peter nodded, quite glad he didn't have to be the one to restrain the insane Remus, and ran back down the stairs.
It seemed that Remus noticed them at last because he stopped jumping on the bed, which Sirius recognized as his, and grinned at them. "Jimmy! Siri!" He shouted and launched off the bed at them.
While James quickly moved to the side, Sirius wasn't quite fast enough and was tackled by a hyperactive werewolf to the hard ground. He groaned as the ground made contact with his back. Remus wrapped his arms around his waist and buried his face in his stomach.
"Siri! I've missed you! Where have you been? It's been soooo lonely up here! I was about to jump on my broom and fly out the window in my search for you." Remus whined.
"Oh my god!" Sirius muttered, struggling to pull Remus's arms off of him. "This is worst then usual."
A snickering James stood farther in the room, watching Sirius struggle with their friend.
Sirius lifted his head off the ground and shot a glare at him. "A little help would be nice, Potter."
James just grinned at him in reply.
Scowling, Sirius roughly pushed Remus off of him and stood up. Instead of being upset, Remus just looked back at James. This time James didn't move quickly enough as Remus hugged his legs. "Jimmy!" He cried.
"Oh, god! He's lost it!" James cried, stumbling back as he tried to dislodge his friend.
"Jimmy, you have a twin!" Remus said. "I met your twin today!"
"A twin?" James replied. "Remus, I don't have a twin."
"Do too! I saw him!" Remus shouted.
James glanced up at Sirius, who shrugged and grinned in return. Scowling, James peeled his friend's arms off his legs.
By the time Peter returned Sirius and James were a mess. James was missing a shoe and his glasses were crooked while Sirius's robes had tears in them and his hair was so messed up that it looked like James's. And Remus was still bouncing around the room talking excitedly about something random and stupid.
"So while I was hiding in the bathroom from the people gnomes, you won't believe what I saw in the corner of the bathroom." Remus was saying excitedly. He noticed Peter and grinned. "He Pete! I saw a pink penguin with blue and orange polka dots in the bathroom! It was such a mean little bas–"
Peter shoved a fork with broccoli on it in Remus's mouth to shut him up.
"Argh! Ugh!" Remus cried, scratching at his neck. "The broccoli! It burns us!" He stumbled back and fell onto James's bed.
Peter glanced at the bowl of broccoli he was holding then at Remus. "I'm not sure if he hates broccoli that much or it was just the insanity from the chocolate."
"We'll go with both!" James and Sirius shouted, eyes twitching on both of them.
"We missed lunch with this new batch of insanity." Sirius grumbled as Remus groaned on James's bed. "Oi!" He kicked James's bed. "Wake up, Remus!"
A pale hand lifted and rubbed Remus's aching head. "What happened?" He asked as he sat up.
His question received three blank stares in return. Confused, Remus looked around the room with a frown. "And what happened here?"
Sirius threw his hands up in the air. "I am not dealing with this. We already missed lunch!" He stomped over to the door and snatched his bag off the ground. Before he exited though, he looked back at Remus and pointed at him. "Ides!" He hissed before disappearing through the doorway.
Remus stared at him. "W-what?"
"Ah, right!" James grabbed his bag and followed Sirius. "Beware, Remus! Beware of those dreaded Ides!"
"It's not a joke!" Remus screamed after them as he jumped off the bed and grabbed his bag off the ground and chased after them.
Peter stared after his friends. "I wonder if any of them remember that they are a mess."
Halfway to their next class, Remus looked at his two friends. "By the way, what happened to you guys? You both look like a mess."
Both boys stopped and shot him an annoyed look. "Like you're one to talk."
"Huh?" Remus looked down at himself in confusion, only to find himself missing his robe, not wearing shoes, and that his shirt wasn't tucked in and his tie was hanging around his neck untied. "Seriously, what happened?"
"I would hate to see what happens if you ever get drunk if that's what happens when you eat too much chocolate." James shot at him.
"Chocolate? That would explain the headache." Remus said, rubbing his head.
Sirius shot him a look. "Seriously, you have a chocolate hang over?"
Remus scowled. "It's a sugar overload headache."
Sirius snorted. "What's the difference?"
After shooting his friends one last glare, with as much as grace as he could when looking like a mess, Remus stalked away. Sirius and James stood watching him leave.
"So," James drawled, looking at his friend. "Is this prank really worth all this?"
Sirius stared at their retreating friend with a frown for a moment, wondering the same question. "Yes." He said after a moment.
James started walking down the hall again. "I thought the same thing." He looked down at his feet. "You know, it feels weird walking around with one shoe on." He lifted his foot and took the shoe off and put it in his bag. "That feels better."
To the boys' extreme luck, Peter caught up with his friends before they made it to class using the secret passages. And with him he brought James's shoe, a new robe for Sirius, and a robe and shoes for Remus.
"Thank you, Peter." Remus said as he pulled the robe on.
When Remus entered the classroom, Peter turned to James and Sirius. "I don't think I can take much more of this craziness." He informed them before entering the class behind Remus.
That night, after a dinner where a certain group of boys twitched all through, Remus just crawled under his blankets in his uniform and went to sleep, desperately hoping that this day had just all been a nightmare.
A/N: To be honest, this chapter also took me a long time because I wasn't sure how to do the Polyjuice Potion prank. In the end, I just wrote it without thinking and let it all flow together. I hope the humor lived up to my previous chapters.
Also, if any of you read my The Marauders Year 3 story, please know that the story will be update soon. I hope it will be this week.