The Head Dormitory
James and Lily walked into their new home. Their common room was amazing. The walls were a deep Gryffindor red. One wall was completely covered in bookshelves, full of books on every subject. Lily ran her hand across their spines. James was stood by the portrait hole watching her, “do you think you’ll have read every book in here by the end of the year?”
Lily turned quick enough to catch him winking at her, “probably,” she replied completely seriously. There were two writing desks by the window, where their owls were already waiting for them. There was a beautiful, large fireplace surrounded by arm chairs and sofas, not unlike the ones in the Gryffindor common room. There were portraits of all the previous head boys and girls on the walls around the room. There were three doors on the far wall. The first had Lily’s name on it and the third door had James’ name on it, “the other one must be a bathroom,” Lily guessed before opening the middle door to find a bathroom almost as big as the prefects’ bathroom.
“Well,” James began, “what do you want to...?” Just as James was finishing his question someone cleared their throat. James and Lily both turned around to face the portrait hole as Edward, the first Head Boy told them that there were several Gryffindors waiting outside to see them. “Let them in Eddie,” James told the portrait. Edward’s eyebrow rose at the nickname but he did as he was asked all the same and in bounded the Gryffindor seventh years.
“Looks like you guys are going to be living it up,” Sirius chuckled before throwing himself down on one of the sofas.
“Yeah, looks like we’ve got a new hang out,” Marlene smirked before sitting down next to her boyfriend.
Remus sat in one of the chairs closest to the fireplace, “so how are you finding it Prongs?”
“Finding the room?” James asked.
“No,” Remus laughed, “being Head Boy.”
“Oh, I’ve not really had to do anything yet.”
“This better not mess up our pranks,” Sirius moaned.
“As if,” James laughed, “I’m a marauder first.” James grabbed Lily’s hand and pulled her down into his lap as he took a seat in one of the arm chairs.
Alice and Frank both laughed, “you’ve been a marauder since birth,” Alice added.
“Some things will never change,” Lily said as she snuggled into James neck, “How are you finding being a Prefect Katie?”
Kate grinned from where she had perched herself on the floor in front of Remus’ chair, “so far so good. Besides I get to patrol with Remus...”
James grinned, “just no hiding in broom closets instead of patrolling the corridors.”
Kate’s cheeks turned a bright red as Lily punched James in the arm. “Oww! What was that for?” James complained.
“You know what for,” Lily told him off.
“You’re not even my girlfriend yet and you’re already hitting me,” James said as he rubbed his arm, “domestic abuse much.”
The other Gryffindors laughed amongst themselves. “Where’s Peter?” James asked his friends.
“Not sure,” Remus answered, “he just disappeared after the feast.”
James sighed, “do you think he’s okay?”
“Not sure,” Remus replied.
“He didn’t write to me all summer,” Sirius piped up, “did he write to either of you?”
“No,” James replied, “he didn’t respond to my invitation to stay either.”
“Me neither,” Remus frowned.
“Do you think it’s to do with Mary?” Kate asked, “or what happened last year?”
“Not sure,” Remus thought out loud, “he’s been off for a while. It’s probably a lot of things put together.”
“There must be something we can do,” Frank told them.
“He wasn’t doing very well in his classes last year,” Alice added.
“Do you think he might need some help? I could help him,” Lily offered.
“That’s kind of you,” James grinned at her.
The friends carried on talking until a few minutes before curfew when the other Gryffindors made their way back to the Gryffindor tower leaving Lily and James alone to unpack and prepare for the next day’s lessons.
Whilst the other Gryffindors were sat talking in the Head dorm, Peter was sat in a deserted classroom with Regulus Black. “So what did you want?” Peter asked the younger boy.
“I want you to keep an eye on Potter,” Regulus told him, “I want to know everything he gets up to.”
“Why?” Peter asked.
“Because I want to know,” Regulus replied. “The Dark Lord wants to know.”
Peter frowned but nodded his head any way, “okay.”
Peter exited the room leaving Regulus on his own in the empty classroom. Regulus put his head in his hands before shaking his head and making his way over to the door. He opened it to find Rebecca stood there with her hand outstretched. Regulus could barely hide his surprise at seeing her, “You’re not supposed to be here.”
“I needed to see you,” Rebecca replied.
Regulus pulled her into the empty classroom, “you can’t see me. It’s not safe for you.”
“I don’t care,” Rebecca told him angrily.
“I care,” Regulus told her as he put a strand of her hair behind her ear. “I need you to be safe.”
“I can look after myself.”
“I know you can,” Regulus laughed bitterly, “but this isn’t about being able to protect yourself against a couple of Hogwarts students, we’re talking about the Dark Lord.”
“This is the difference between keeping you alive and letting you die.”
“I miss you.”
“I miss you too,” Regulus told her before pulling her towards him and kissing her hungrily. After several minutes though he pulled away from her and pushed her towards the door, “but I refuse to be selfish with you. I won’t be the death of you.”
“I want to be with you,” Rebecca replied.
“Says the Dark Lord,” Regulus told her, “if I don’t succeed at my mission, if I don’t win over the students for his cause, he’ll kill you. I need to save you, please let me save you.”
“I love you Reg.”
“I love you too, Rebecca.”