Preventing the Future

Chapter Twenty Four – Halloween Adventures

Author's note: So, I know it's been ages since I updated, and will probably be ages more before I do again but I had inspiration and motivation to write this so I did. Enjoy!

WARNING: This chapter contains a small amount of violence, a fair number of kisses and a whole lot of alcohol.

Hermione woke up early on October 26th, the prank the day before had been a smashing success and everyone had loved it, but a voice in the back of her mind was telling her that the time for fun was over.

She thought about it and Hermione realized that it was time to take on another set of Death Eaters. She also decided that the next step in the Marauders and Lily's training was an actual fight. Hermione knew that the Death Eaters liked to celebrate Halloween with multiple revels and that they didn't all go to the same one.

Hermione decided that in five days she would take the Marauders and Lily on their first hunting trip.

When Lily woke it was to find that Hermione had already left, which wasn't surprising as it was already seven. Not bothering to change out of her pajamas (this was becoming a bad habit of hers), Lily took the Founders Door to the kitchen where she commandeered a cup of tea and some scones.

Thinking for a moment, Lily headed to the study room under the lake where she found Hermione nursing a cold cup of coffee staring blankly at the water around them.

"Morning, Hermione." Lily said, sitting in a nearby chair.

"Hi, Lily. Yesterday was great, eh?" Hermione said with a smile.

"Yeah, it was amazing. I still can't believe it worked out so well, both parts of the pranks. I'm seriously considering owning up to that one...after we graduate." Then Lily noticed the thoughtful expression on Hermione's face. "What's on your mind?"

Hermione sighed. "It's Halloween in a few days."


"Halloween has always been rather...eventful for me. Things just happen on Halloween." Hermione explained.

"Oh. You want to talk about it?"

"Not really. But I was thinking, this year I want to be the initiator of whatever goes down as opposed to the victim." Hermione said.

"What did you have in mind?"

"I was thinking that you guys were ready to put those new skills of yours to use."

Lily's eyes widened, "Really? Are you sure we're ready?"

"There's only one way to find out. I was thinking of crashing a Death Eater party." Hermione said with a rather evil smirk. "One of the smaller ones, of course. But I think it would be a good way to celebrate the holiday, for me at least."

Lily grinned, "You wanna get the boys or shall I?"

"No need, they just walked in the door." Hermione turned around, "Hello boys."

"How did you know we were here?" Sirius asked.

"I have a very well developed sense of spatial awareness, it's necessary in my line of work." Hermione said with a grin.

"Understandable." Remus said.

"Anyway, what were you going to get us for?" James asked.

"Hermione here is going to crash a Death Eater Halloween party and is inviting us." Lily said with a smile.

Sirius' eyes bugged out. "Really? You'll let us come?"

"Yes, if we all stick together and find a small party I think you will all do just fine."

Hermione was a bit surprised when James jumped and shouted "Yes!"

"James!" Hermione said sharply with a scowl. "If that is your attitude about this whole thing, then you're not ready. This is not a game."

"Sorry, I just had a bet with Sirius that you'd be going out again on Halloween. It didn't have anything to do with whether we were coming or not."

Hermione squinted at James before deciding he was telling the truth. "Okay. But remember, this is serious and you need to treat it as such, the only reason I even taught you all that stuff was because I knew you could all do it before."

Everyone nodded solemnly, no one even mentioned the Sirius/serious joke, that, in and of itself, was enough to convince Hermione that they understood.

"Now that that's out of the way, what say we fit in a bit of practice and then get you all some outfits like mine?"

The days proceeding Halloween were filled with planning, training and preparation. Hermione snuck them all out on the 30th to get form fitting dragon hide vests and extra dragon hide for her to weave into it.

All six of them spent the day of Halloween in the Founders Hall relaxing and mentally preparing themselves for what they were about to do. Well, the Marauders and Lily were mentally preparing themselves, Hermione was quietly reading a book, this was just a regular day in the life of Hermione Granger before she was sent back in time.

At sunset, Hermione called them all over to the couches near the fireplace to go over last-minute details.

"Remember, this time, we will all be working together so stick to your original roles. Peter, shields; James, defensive transfiguration; Remus, defensive spells and healing if necessary; Sirius, offensive transfiguration; Lily, offensive charms/hexes; and I will be offensive anything and everything.

"Peter and Remus, I also want you in charge of hostage rescue, this is a Death Eater revel and that means people to torture, but I want you to summon them to you, don't go to them yourselves. I'll give you each a handful of portkeys, Remus, heal them quickly if they need it and then Peter, I want you to take the portkey with them back to the hall and keep an eye on them.

"You remember the stasis spell?" Peter nodded. "Good, if they are in danger of dying, put them in stasis and if they are being troublesome or dangerous, petrify them. Remus will send you others if and when he finds them."

"If we have to split up, I want James and Lily to help Remus and Peter, and Sirius, you're with me. Guys, whatever you do, don't get yourselves killed. Portkey out before you die, this is no time for stupid heroics. And for Merlin's sake, don't stop what you're doing to watch me. You know what I can do, don't let it distract you.

"Remember, this won't be a duel, we are shooting to kill, so to speak. If you don't fell like you can do this, say so now, I can't have you freezing up when we get there."

No one said anything, but Hermione could see Peter consciously hardening his face.

Lily frowned, "What if one of the Death Eaters is a spy or someone who was forced into it?"

"For one thing, you have to take the mark of your own free will, and second, I will do a quick mental sweep when we arrive, if someone is feeling disgusted or guilty, I will stun them. That will be the cue to attack."

Hermione had decided to attack the Goyle mansion and if there wasn't anyone there, they'd go to the Crabbe one, those two weren't very high in Voldemort's favor at the moment, but they were enthusiastic and sadistic Death Eaters so they would be doing something with other junior members.

At 10:00pm, Hermione made a portkey and all six grabbed on and were whisked away to their first joint attack.

It took Hermione less than thirty seconds to fell the pitiful wards around the Goyle mansion.

"Okay, that was probably the most useless ward scheme I have ever had the pleasure of breaking." Hermione muttered to Sirius who was right next to her.

"What?" Sirius asked, confused.

"The wards, they were old, weak, simple and probably haven't been charged since they were first laid. I'm not sure they would have even done anything to us if we just crossed them."

Sirius stifled a laugh, Hermione had told them that smarts was not something that ran in the Goyle family, apparently it was true.

The six of them climbed in an open window and, just like when Hermione had gone after the Lestranges, followed the screams and cruel laughter.

Before they entered the room, Hermione quickly checked the Death Eaters' minds and swallowed the bile threatening to rise, "They are all guilty." She told the others. "And there is a family, two muggles and two muggleborns."

As soon as they entered, Remus and Peter summoned the bodies of the victims; it looked like a family; mum, dad and two brothers. The boys were very young, the eldest no older than eight or nine, both were magical. Unfortunately, the father was already dead, signs of uninventive torture clear on his body, the mother looked like she had been in the middle of being raped and was covered in hundreds of cuts and rapidly forming bruises, both boys were in horrified shock but physically unharmed.

Remus quickly covered the mother's body in a gel that would hold all the cuts closed for a few hours and stunned her. Peter carefully stunned both boys and then portkeyed out with all three and the father's dead body.

James and Lily had immediately snapped into action, giving Remus and Peter the cover they needed to work. The two of them were amazing together, Lily was like a firestorm, it only took two hits from her to break a shield and one more to permanently incapacitate the Death Eater(s) behind it. And James was just spectacular, he had a small cloud of metal disks flying around the whole group directing them into the path of nearly every incoming spells path.

After Peter left, Remus joined Lily and James in their attack and the three of them were brilliant.

When Sirius first started fighting, he was amazed with how well the group was working together and then he saw Remus and Peter head to the hostages, followed quickly by James and Lily. In less than a split second, he found himself back-to-back with Hermione in the middle of the room, somehow she had surrounded both of them with a glowing green shield that was absorbing every spell thrown at it.

Both Hermione and Sirius dodged anything that resembled an unforgivable but with Hermione's shield in place, Sirius was able to concentrate on his offensive. The two of them slowly spun around and no Death Eater was able to survive once their attention was on them.

It only took the five students ten minutes to dispose of the sixteen Death Eaters, Hermione couldn't have been more proud.

After James, Lily and Remus had already left and just before Sirius was going to activate his portkey, he saw Hermione walking around the room. Wondering what she was doing, he stopped and watched; Hermione looked at each body she walked passed and took each and every mask off. Every now and then a small jet of green light left her wand and disappeared into the body.

Hermione checked each of the Death Eaters to both check their names off her mental list as well as make sure they were actually dead, and if they weren't, rectify the situation. She was pleased to see that Crabbe, Goyle and Barty Crouch Jr. were all there. Then she came to the last one.

Laying twisted and dying, but not quite dead yet, on the ground in front of Hermione was Alecto Carrow, next to her was her dead brother.

"Alecto Carrow, you despicable excuse for a living creature." Hermione growled, letting anger wash over her and mar her face.

"Who-?" Alecto asked, blood dribbling out of her mouth as life slowly left her.

"You have no idea how long I've wanted to do this." Hermione said with a nasty grin.

"Wha-?" Alecto's voice was cut off as Hermione slowly and deliberately covered the woman's skin with liquid lead, it burned and hissed as it fused with her flesh.

Hermione's lip curled, "That's for Luna you bitch!" She hissed vehemently before shooting a killing curse at her exposed face.

Sirius watched Hermione brutally kill one of the Death Eaters and felt the need to be sick, instead he activated his portkey and hoped Hermione hadn't noticed that he was there.

Lucky for Sirius, Hermione was too busy setting the mansion on fire to hear his portkey leave.

When Hermione got back to the Founders Hall she was overjoyed to find that besides a few scrapes and small cuts, none of the attack/rescue team were hurt. The same could not be said for the family which had been captured by the Death Eaters.

"What do we do with them?" Sirius asked.

"I'm going to take them to St. Mungos, why don't you all go get cleaned up, I'll be back in ten." Hermione said before taking a portkey to the hospital. A quick story and a few memory charms later, the family was being taken care of and Hermione was back in the common room.

"Boys, get on your pajamas, I've got a party planned." Hermione quietly called into the boys dorm before entering her and Lily's dorm.

"Lily, put some pj's on, I've got a party planned."

Lily raised an eyebrow, "You do realize we've just been in a big fight with Death Eaters, right?"

"Yeah, and none of us got hurt. Anyway, the actual fight was only ten minutes long. I have thousand year old booze..." Hermione tempted.

"Okay, fine. But you're responsible for the boys."

"Hell no! They're responsible for themselves."

By midnight everyone was in the RoR which Hermione had already prepared; it was almost exactly like the Gryffindor common room, just minus the furniture and plus tons of big pillows on the floor.

"Okay guys, make yourselves comfortable, I'm off to get the booze."

Hermione took the Door to the cellar where she had found the ancient alcohol and came back with twelve bottles of butterbeer, one bottle of Firewhiskey and one of Sky Liquor, all were over a thousand years old.

"Here we go." Hermione said with a grin, passing a butterbeer to each person. "Drink up!"

"Hermione?" Sirius asked.


"What is this?"

"Thousand year old butterbeer."

"Nice! Where did you get it?" James asked.

"Not telling, you'll just drink it all. Anyway, I think you'll find that this is a bit stronger than what you're used to." Hermione answered with a grin.

Lily smirked, "After what we did tonight, I think we all deserve to get drunk."

Sirius grimaced, remembering what he had seen Hermione do. "I agree."

"No surprise there, you're always ready to get drunk." James said with a grin. "First things first, sculling contest! First one to finish their beer gets to pick the next game." James didn't even wait for everyone to finish processing what he'd said before he started drinking his butterbeer as fast as possible.

Unfortunately for James, Hermione was a much more seasoned drinker than he and was finished a few seconds faster.

"How the hell did you do that?" James asked, stifling a belch.

"Practice makes perfect." Hermione said with a smug smile. When everyone had finished drinking, Hermione grabbed the bottle of Sky Liquor. "Okay, I have no idea what this tastes like, but if the Founders kept hundreds of bottles of it, it must be good. We will now be playing Honey if You Love Me."

"What's that?" Sirius asked, intrigued.

"We all sit in a circle except for you, because you kindly volunteered to go first, you will sit in the middle. You then have to go around in a circle and try to make one of us laugh. You say "Honey if you love me, please just smile." You can say it however you want but you can't touch us. We then have to respond with "Honey, I love you, but I just can't smile" without laughing.

"If we don't laugh, you move onto the next person in the circle. If we do, then we have to take a drink from the bottle and then we're the one in the middle. Get it?"

Sirius nodded, "Got it. Let's do this thing!"

Twenty minutes later Hermione was sober, Peter was sloshed and everyone else was nicely buzzed.

"I got a game!" James yelled. "I Have Never!"

Sirius groaned, "That's boring, change it to Truth or Dare! Every turn you drink!"

Lily, who became a completely different person when she was inebriated, yelled; "YEAH! I'm going first...James, truth or dare?"


"Okay...who was the first girl you saw naked?"

James flushed. "Hermione." He answered.

Lily sat back and blinked. "Seriously? You mean all those rumors of James Potter the player aren't true?"

James grinned cheekily and winked at Lily, "What can I say, I'm saving the experience for the right girl. Now, my turn! Hermione, truth or dare?"


"I dare you to make out with Sirius for a full minute, no pauses."

Hermione smirked and started crawling across the circle to where Sirius was sitting, amazed that he got to kiss Hermione. "Come on, handsome, we've got work to do!" Hermione said before sitting in his lap and straddling him.

Sirius nearly forgot to breathe when Hermione approached him, she looked like lion stalking it's prey, and when they kissed...for someone who claimed to have no romantic history, she was extremely talented.

When their minute was up (and maybe it lasted a bit longer), Hermione pulled back, patted Sirius on the cheek and said "Thanks!" Before heading back to her seat. Sirius just sat in a daze, swaying back and forth a bit.

"Damn, you must be one hell of a good kisser to reduce the infamous Sirius Black to that state." Lily said in awe. "I want a kiss like that." She muttered later, but James was the only one to hear it.

Remus, who was sitting next to Sirius smacked him on the head, "Snap out of it mate, it was just a kiss!"

"Just a kiss, Remus, that was a piece of heaven!" Sirius said distractedly.

Hermione smirked, she wasn't going to admit it, but she completely and totally agreed with Sirius on that one. "Yeah, yeah, yeah, get over it. We have a game to play! Remus, truth or dare?"


The game went on like this for a while until James remembered what Lily had said in response to Sirius' reaction to Hermione's kiss. "Hermione, truth or dare?"

"Dare!" Hermione grinned, she was well passed the point of being tipsy.

"I dare you to make out with Lily just like you did with Sirius." James said with a smirk.

Peter toppled over in shock and Remus choked on a chip.

Lily gaped, "WHAT?" She squeaked.

James turned to Lily, "You said earlier that you wanted a kiss like that, now you can have one!" He said triumphantly.

Sirius looked between Hermione and Lily, would they actually do it? Like any red blooded male, the thought of two girls making out was extremely attractive, but this was LILY EVANS, James' long-time crush and conservative bookworm, and HERMIONE GRANGER, Sirius' crush and all around dangerous girl. Damn, that would be HOT...if they actually went through with it.

It took Hermione a minute to get over the shock of the dare (she couldn't believe that James had suggested that she kiss his love) but when she did she turned to Lily with a grin. "So, shall we give them a show?"

Lily stared at Hermione, it was pretty obvious that the boys didn't think they'd do it, so when Hermione grinned she decided that yes, they would give the boys a show.

The boys were shocked, Lily was thoroughly embarrassed and Hermione thought the whole thing was hilarious.

"Okay, wow!" Sirius said, trying to control his raging hormones. "I think its time for a new game, nothing can top that!"

"I agree. Charades!" Remus said, still having trouble reconciling this Lily with the one he met six years ago.

So they played charades, and got even more drunk. Really drunk. All of them. Including Hermione. But they somehow managed to not hit the pass-out point. Except Peter, he was asleep five minutes into the game.

An hour later it somehow turned into a competition to see who was the worst drunk dancer. Which morphed into hopscotch, and that was fine until Lily suggested playing twister.

"Hey! That's my hand you're standing on."

"Move your face, it's in the way of my butt!"

"Dude, you're feet smell."

"Hahahahahaha! Stop tickling me!"

"Whoa, no, not there-"

"Watch it!"

"Well hello ladies!"



"Whose chest is this?"



"Lets do it again!"

"Pig pile!"


"Oomph, get the fuck off me- aaaaaaaaaaa!"

"Tickle monster!"

"I'm thirsty."

"Me too."


And so the night went, random games, lots of swearing and shit tons of alcohol.

Around seven in the morning, the six of them (Peter had woken up and re-joined them a few hours before) linked arms and stumbled back to the common room singing loudly. It was a testament to how much Hogwarts liked Hermione that she made sure none of the professors or prefects noticed them.

"Thirty-two bottles of booze on the wall, thirty-two bottles of booze! Take one down, pass it around, thirty-one bottles of booze on the wall!"

By some sort of unspoken agreement, which no one really understood the reasoning behind, the six of them migrated to the boys dorm.

Peter and Remus fell onto their beds without a sound, but Hermione and Lily looked around and wondered what they were doing in the boys dorm and whether or not they had the energy to get back their theirs.

James yawned, "Mmm tired. Lily dear, wanna sleep with me?"

"Thought you'd never ask." Lily grumbled drunkenly.

Hermione grinned at Sirius through her alcohol-induced haze, "Well, what about me?"

Sirius smiled stupidly, "I'd love to." He grabbed Hermione's hand (it took him two tries cause his world was a bit unsteady) and they both crashed on his bed. They were asleep before their heads whacked each other as they both missed the pillow.

Hermione woke up slowly, the first thing she noticed was the marching band that had taken up residence in her head. The second was the fact that her cheek was pressed up against something warm and soft that had a quiet rhythm all of it's own, apparently her pillow was someone's chest. Judging by the lack of certain anatomical features, it was a male chest, a nicely toned, bare male chest.

What the hell did we do last night? Hermione wondered. Slowly, the specifics trickled back to her, she opened one eye and looked at the person with whom she was sharing a bed; Sirius. Hermione had to bite back a laugh, this was probably one of the first times Sirius had woken up, fully clothed, in bed with a girl who he hadn't had sex with.

Wait a minute, scratch that, not fully clothed, they were both missing their shirts...though Hermione had retained her sports bra. Huh, interesting, I don't remember that.

As she stared at Sirius, Hermione realized something that was both surprising and frightening; she liked Sirius Black. I like Sirius, I like Sirius! Woah... When did that happen? She analyzed her feelings, yes, she was pretty sure this was what it felt like to be falling for someone. Weird.

What do I do about it? Hermione didn't have an answer for that, she might be knowledgeable in the ways of the world, but anything to do with being social, including romance, was completely beyond her.

Hermione's head pounded, this was not something you should think about with a hangover, so she went back to sleep.

When Sirius finally returned to the land of the undead (cause it sure as hell wasn't the land of the living), he purred and snuggled closer to the warm body in his arms, it had been ages since he last woke up with someone in his bed and he had forgotten how nice it was. The details of the night before were still a bit hazy but he did remember alcohol, lots of alcohol, and games, and kissing, and singing, and a small amount of stripping.

Just as he asked himself; Who's in my bed? The horrible truth came crashing into his mind, he opened his eyes and found himself staring at the calmly sleeping face of Hermione Granger, who was currently shirtless.

"Ahhhhh! Oh my god!" Sirius yelled, too frightened to even get out of bed.

Hermione scowled and slapped a hand over Sirius' mouth, her pillow was not supposed to be making noise. "Shut the fuck up before I kill you." She growled.

Sirius froze, he knew what happened to guys to hit on Hermione, who knows what she'd do to him? She had woken up in his bed! He whimpered and started pulling his arms away from her small, deadly body, "Please don't kill me."

Hermione sighed, she had just come to the realisation that she liked, in a romantic sense, Sirius, and he thought she was going to kill him. Lovely.

To no ones surprise, the others in the room had woken up when Sirius freaked out. Peter and Remus just cradled their heads and wished someone had thought to bring hangover potions.

Lily and James took one look at each other and blushed so hard that they both resembled over-ripe tomatoes, then they too held their heads and groaned.

Sirius still looked terrified.

Hermione rolled her eyes and quickly regretted the action as it sent spikes of pain into her brain. "Do you boys have any hangover potion?"

There was a round of shaking heads quickly followed by another one of moans.

"Well, fuck." Hermione looked at her watch and saw that it was past one in the afternoon, seeing as it was a Sunday, there should be plenty of people in the common room. "I'm going to get some." She announced, rolling out of Sirius' bed. As an afterthought she commandeered one of Sirius' shirts, no need to announce to all of Gryffindor that Hermione Granger favoured dark purple sports bras...or that she had a massive scar across her back.

Not wanting to miss the show, everyone followed her out of the dorm, slowly, carefully, and most of all, quietly.

Hermione carefully walked to the middle of the common room, her obvious state of tiredness coupled with her attire (Sirius' clothing) made a hush fall over the room. The five other hungover students stumbled down the stairs and they all ended up in a heap of moaning arms and legs at the bottom.

"If anyone has even a single drop of hangover potion, now would be a really good time to get it. I will get you some more by the end of the day if you can get it to me in the next thirty seconds." Hermione said clearly and quietly as she disentangled herself.

There was a flurry of summoning spells and she soon had twenty doses being offered to her, Hermione downed the nearest one and sighed in relief. "Thank you." Then she grabbed five more and banished them at the other hungover seventh years who didn't waste any time in taking them.

Then Lily and Hermione went back to their dorm and the boys did the same, each occupied with their own thoughts.

Now that a potential crisis had been averted, the common room burst out in whispers, each person wondering what Lily and the scary new girl had been doing the the boys dorms all night and why all six of them had hangovers. Not to mention why Hermione was wearing one of the boys' shirts...

When Hermione and Lily returned to their dorm, they were pleased to find that their roommates weren't there and, judging by the state of their beds, they had done what Hermione and Lily had.

Lily sat down on her bed. "I slept with James Potter." She murmured.

Hermione copied her, "I slept with Sirius Black. Shirtless."

Both started laughing. "How long do you suppose it will take for them to apologize?" Lily asked when they got their breath back.

"Probably about a minute after we see them next." Hermione said with a grin.

Lily calmed down. "I kinda liked it." She said quietly. "I mean, waking up with James behind me, with his arms around me, it felt nice... Is that weird?"

Hermione shook her head. "No. And as shocked as I am to admit it, waking up with my head snuggled into Sirius' chest was one of the best feelings in the world."

"What?!" Lily gasped, she knew that half the school had some sort of crush on Hermione, Sirius included, but she'd never in a million years think that Hermione would like anyone back, it just didn't seem right.

"What's more, I think I like him." Hermione whispered.

Lily was speechless.

"I know, scary Hermione Granger, cold genius who turns guys into statues, actually liking a boy. It's just strange."

"What are you going to do?" Lily asked.

"I don't know. I mean, he's asked me out before, but this morning he looked so scared of me, he asked me not to kill him!"

"Well, you have to admit, you don't usually respond well to guys hitting on you." Lily said.

"Good point. I think I'll just leave it for now though. What about you? You finally going to get together with James?"

Lily blushed. "Yeah, I think so. It just felt so right, being there with him. Anyway, we should probably get dressed and go find the boys, they probably think we're up here plotting their demise."

Hermione laughed, "I wouldn't put it past them."

Sirius stumbled back into their dorm and collapsed onto the floor. "Oh my god!" He groaned, dropping his head into his hands.

"What?" Asked Remus tiredly.

"I slept with Hermione. The two of us. In my bed. Without shirts."

"So? You didn't seem to have a problem with it last night. And as I recall, you made out more than once." James said as he headed for the shower.

Sirius' head flew up so fast he whacked it on the bed post. "We did? I only remember one!" He turned to Peter for confirmation.

"Don't ask me, I passed out sometime during Charades."

"She's going to kill me..."

Remus patted Sirius on the shoulder sympathetically, "I'll make sure you have a nice funeral."

By some weird quirk of the universe, Lily and Hermione made it down to the common room before the boys.

"So, who do you think will apologise first?" Lily asked.

"I'm going to go with James, Sirius will probably be freaking out for at least ten minutes."

Lily smirked, "I have an idea."

"Oh dear, I don't think I like that face."

"Well, I've decided to finally admit I like James, and you told me you liked Sirius..."

Hermione frowned, "Where are you going with this?"

"I say we attack them when they come down the stairs and give them the kiss of their lives!" Lily said with a grin.

"You're not kidding, are you?"

"Nope. It will shock them into silence and allows us to skip the awkward conversations, as much as I like seeing the boys squirm, I think this will be more fun."

Hermione smiled, "You know, I actually like that idea."

Their conversation was cut off by the appearance of Sirius and James entering the common room looking extremely nervous. Hermione, who had faster reflexes than Lily (surprise surprise), was moving before the boys had fully stepped off the stairs. She took a running jump and literally wrapped herself around Sirius before snogging the living daylights out of him.

Sirius panicked when he saw Hermione headed for him, he knew it, his life was over, this was the end. At least he got to sleep with her before she murdered him. The next thing he knew Hermione's legs were wrapped around his waist, her arms around his neck and her lips were firmly attached to his own. It took him a second to react but when he did, he kissed back with equal passion, thanking his lucky stars that he had a strong build, otherwise he would have ended up on the ground.

Lily approached the situation in a much less dramatic way, she just ran over and pulled James' face down to meet hers before dragging him to the closest chair and planting herself on his lap. James' reaction was no less surprised than Sirius' but he was glad Lily had not tackled him, because as much as he hated to admit it, he was neither as tall nor as strong as Sirius and probably would have fallen over.

Sirius leaned back against the wall as he tried to catch his breath, still with an armful of Hermione. "Woah." He said, almost, if not more, as dazed as the first time she kissed him.

"Surprised?" Hermione asked with a smug grin.

"You could say that. I take it this means I'm not on your kill list?"

Hermione laughed, "You were never on my kill list, past, present or future." She unhooked her legs from around Sirius waist and dropped to the ground.

Sirius leaned down and gave Hermione a quick kiss. "That's good to hear, I've seen what happens to people on your list."

"You ready for some food?" She looked over at where James and Lily were still making out on the chair, "I think they'll be here for a while."

"Sure." Sirius scanned the common room, "Looks like Remus and Peter went on ahead."

Hermione linked arms with Sirius and they headed down to breakfast (ahem, lunch). "We should find them girlfriends..."

Author's note: There you go, another chapter...finally. I can promise you, with the utmost of certainty that the next will be a long time coming. Sorry.

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