Chapter 3

I wouldn't go out with you if it was a choice between you and the giant squid...let's test that. ;D ~Sirius Black

I pulled my mask down over my eyes and then stepped out of Dad's car. "Bye, Mum, by Dad! See you!" I called over my shoulder, waving as my parents smiled and drove off down the road, passing a street lamp in the dark.

This was the Masquerade party Sirius Black was having at his house, in celebration of all of us finishing our last year at Hogwarts about a week ago.

I straightened my necklace and walked up to Number 11 Grimmauld Place, smirking to myself as I knocked on the door.

The door was swept open by a boy in dark suit with a silvery-black mask covering half of his face.

The mask couldn't hide the smirk the guy had as he looked me up and down.

I rolled my eyes and pushed past him. "In your dreams, Black."

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, Landers, come on!" Sirius protested, coming after me down the hallway already crowded with most of the kids from school, excluding the Slytherins. "How did you even recognize me?"

I walked downstairs into the kitchen and grabbed a sealed butterbeer from the table, knowing that Black probably spiked everything else with firewhiskey. "I could ask you the same question."

"We're asking questions now? I love questions!" James Potter grinned as he caught up with us, not even wearing a mask.

"You do know it's a masquerade party, right Prongs?" I asked slowly, raising my eyebrows at him. "Are you really that dense or did you just choose to ignore it?"

James waved it off as Sirius laughed, Lily catching up to us then. "He chose to ignore it. Even though I told him not to." She said, rolling her eyes as she held her pale green mask up to her face.

"Of course I did. But you still love me." James grinned, nuzzling Lily in the neck, making her laugh and blush.

I groaned and took a drink of my butterbeer. "Please, we've been over this you two. Save the lovedovey stuff for when you're alone."

"You're telling me." Remus said, shaking his head at Lily and James as he walked up to us with Peter trailing behind looking socially awkward as he usually does. Neither of them were wearing masks.

I threw my hands up in exasperation. "Am I the only one who actually listened to the bloody invitation that was sent to me?"

"OF COURSE YOU WERE, SCARLETTE. AREN'T YOU ALWAYS?" James, Lily, and Remus chorused loudly, making me roll my eyes.

"You know if you would just go out with me, Scarlette, then you wouldn't feel left out when the lovebirds got all lovey-dovey." Sirius said thoughtfully, winking at me.

I made a face at Lily, who laughed. "As Lily once said to James, I wouldn't go out with you if it was a choice between you and the giant squid."

"Ah-ha, but as you can see, she didn't stick to her word!" Sirius crowed elatedly as Lily and James started laughing. "And I don't think you will either. Let's test that theory, shall we? So, come on then, love, kiss me."

I wrinkled my nose. "I'd rather not, Padfoot. There are much more...appealing guys around here at the moment."

"Oh, sure, easy excuse, Landers." James rolled his eyes at me.

"I dare you to kiss Sirius and if you don't feel anything, then fine, we'll leave you be." Lily raised an eyebrow at me as I glared at her.

"You're supposed to be on my side, Evans." I growled, shaking my head at her in mock-disgust.

"You've been dared, Landers. What are you going to do?" Sirius wiggled his eyebrows at me, making me pretend to puke.

James, Remus, and Lily began counting. "ONE...TWO-"

"Fine! I'll do it!" I cried exasperatedly, shoving my butterbeer into Remus's hands as he grinned broadly.

"Prepare to be kissed, Landers." Sirius made kissy lips and I nearly gagged.

"Shut up, Padfoot." I shook my head at him, put my arms on either side of his face, and kissed him full on the mouth.


Bloody hell!

Sirius was kissing me back fiercely, his palms flat against my back, pressing me close up against him as my arms wound their way around his neck, my fingers tangling in his messy brown hair.

You've got to be kidding me.

Sirius groaned against my lips, his arms tightening around me even more.

My heart was crashing in my chest, my blood racing through my veins as our lips played a fierce game of tug-of-war, each of us fighting for dominance.

He's already right, I won't give him the satisfaction of being in charge of this.

I tore myself away, a smirk already on my lips as I snatched my butterbeer from Remus.

"So, did you feel anything?" Remus asked mildly as we watched Sirius try to catch his breath, his eyes dark with desire as he watched me take steps away from him, towards the stairs.

I grinned and winked at Sirius. "Coming, Padfoot?" I asked, beckoning for him to follow me with one finger, cocking an eyebrow at him.

James, Lily, and Remus erupted into "I told you's" and "Ha! I was right's!", but Sirius just grinned broadly, leaving them and following me through his crowded house up to his room, which we didn't leave for a long time.


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