TITLE: How to Find a Mate in Less than Thirty Days [epilogue/5]
AUTHOR: Samantha [kali_neba@hotmail.com]
RATING/CONTENT: PG-13, Sirius/Remus, some James/Lily, minor language, very minor mentions of sexual situations
DISCLAIMER: Not mine. JK Rowling owns the lot of them.

And sweet
sweet surrender
is all that I have to give
You take me in
no questions asked
you strip away the ugliness
that surrounds me
-- "Sweet Surrender," by Sarah McLachlan

Remus awoke the next morning to find himself curled up against Sirius's side, one hand wrapped around Sirius's waist and his head pillowed on Sirius's bare shoulder. He rose up slightly, staring down at his mate, and he couldn't help but grin at the word.

"Mine," he whispered, brushing a strand of black hair out of Sirius's face. As his fingertips touched Sirius's face, Sirius's hand reached up and captured his fingers, bringing them down to his lips and kissing them lightly.

"Hey," Sirius whispered, cracking his eyes open and smiling up at Remus.

"Hey," Remus replied, "Pain's gone." He blinked, doing a mental check of his body and blushing slightly. "Well, at least, the mating pain is gone."

"That's good," Sirius replied. "You know, you're beautiful," he murmured, lifting a hand and touching Remus's hair lightly. Remus smiled softly, kissing Sirius's forehead. Just then came sound of someone clearing there throat. Remus narrowed his eyes at Sirius who just shrugged. Remus poked his head out of the curtains to find James standing by the side of the bed with a raised eyebrow.

"You know, you two could have put a silencing charm on the bed, right?" James stated, crossing his arms and trying to look annoyed. The effect was ruined by the grin tugging at the corners of his mouth. "It's a miracle I got any sleep at all. I mean, really, *three* times." Remus ducked his head, blushing.

"Moony's an animal," Sirius commented from behind the curtain.

"Too much information, Padfoot," James replied, "We're going to breakfast. Will you two be joining us?"

"Yeah, give us a second," Remus stated, glancing back at Sirius.

James chuckled, "Don't do anything I wouldn't do."

"Already did that last night," Sirius stated. Remus merely rolled his eyes, and went back inside the curtain. Sirius studied him for a moment.

"Are you still okay with this?" Sirius asked, finally.

"Yes, Padfoot," he replied with a smile. "Are you?"

"Never been happier," Sirius stated, leaning up and capturing Remus's mouth with his own.

"Lily's going to kill us though," Remus stated when the kiss broke. "We ruined her plotting."

"Nah, Red'll be happy for us," Sirius replied, opening the curtain slightly and checking to make sure that no one was in the dorm. The coast was clear, and he and Remus stepped into the room, pulling clothes out of their trunks. As they dressed, Remus kept getting distracted by the way Sirius's muscles moved as pulled the shirt over his head. Sirius glanced over at Remus and grinned.

"You keep looking at me like that, Moony, and we'll never get to breakfast," Sirius stated, turning and watching his lover.

"And that would be a bad thing?" Remus replied with a laugh as he stepped towards Sirius. He wrapped his arms around Sirius's shoulders and looked up at him.

"Well, no," Sirius said, smiling, ducking down and meeting Remus's lips. The pair was deep into the kiss when the door to the boys' dorm slammed open. The two shot apart to stare at Lily, who was literally bouncing where she stood. James stood behind looking slightly embarrassed. Peter looked between Sirius and Remus and raised his eyebrows in confusion.

"I'm so happy for you two," Lily gushed rushing into the room, and wrapping her arms around them. They exchanged a look over her head.

"Well, at least you're both dressed," James commented.

"Let me get this straight," Peter started, "Sirius is in love with Remus?" James laughed, placing an arm around Peter's shoulders.

"Long story, Pete," James stated as Sirius and Remus exchanged a quick kiss before following the other three down to breakfast.