A Magical Month (Magical trilogy book #1)

1975 ... Alex and her best friend Kyle's school decides to make their student exchange program with a a very strange school, a school that teaches REAL magic - it's called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
There, Alex and Kyle meet some awesome people.
When Alex meets Sirius Black and Kyle meets Clara Patel they discover another type of magic that happens in Hogwarts and another reason to get sparks without even using a wand - they start falling for each other.


12. The Marauder's Map

Katy's P.O.V


"What was wrong with you?" I suddenly found Ruby yelling at me.

"What's wrong with you?" I mean I know we're kinda friends and everything but I only met her yesterday! 

"What's wrong with me? You're the one who just got away, I wanted you to meet my friend."

"I already told you, they're Hufflepuffs. It's bad enough they're here I also have to chill with them?"

"But he's my friend , I just wanted you to meet him! He's not bad, really. He's pretty awesome actually, you just need to know him better, that's why I told you to sit with him ... forget his friends I'm not telling you to like them, even that they also are great too."

"I'm sorry Katy, it's just a Slytherin thing. I can't like Hufflepuffs, I just can't!" 

Katy tried to talk but only her mouth moved for a couple of seconds, when she finally spoke she said, 

"He doesn't even go to Hogwarts! I'm not even a Slytherin, he's not even a Hufflepuff and none of us belong to their houses! I mean it may all be true, that each of us has their house's traits, but this doesn't make any of us better than the others."

I just couldn't get what she was saying in my head, yes, maybe it was true, but I have to admit my pride said something else. We were better than them, they all were just ... just losers. I rolled my eyes and didn't show her I had all of this in my mind, she gave up and went to our dormitory. I felt a bit angry, she was just a guest in here and we shouldn't make her feel bad, she's here to enjoy her time after all, and besides, there was something true in what she said. I followed her to the dormitory and I found her crying. 

"What? Is this all because I didn't sit with them?" I sighed. "Fine, I'll sit with them tomorrow or tonight or something, just don't cry, please." 

"Why do you even want me to stop crying?" she said through sobs.

"Because ..." I hesitated. "Because you're my friend now, and I care about you." Ruby stopped crying and looked at me hopefully.

"I am?" she asked.

"Yes, you are!"

"Thank you - really." she said, I bent closer to her and hugged her tightly. 

"Now come on, let's sit with the others in the common room."

"I don't want to sit with the others." she said.

"Why?" Now she's the one who suddenly doesn't want to spend time with my friends?

"Because-" she sighed. "What if Regulus was there again?"

"Why, what's wrong with Regulus? I thought you two were doing good."

"No, not really .. he creeps me, you know? He's like the dirty type, so not my type."

"Oh. Then just avoid him, and I'll talk to him, alright?" 

"Thanks Katy, you really are the best." she smiled at me, I smiled back and we went to the common room, with my arm around her shoulder.


Clara's P.O.V


We've been chatting with Remus and Sirius and the others, Alex's friend Kyle is really adorable, he's quite funny too, his, Sirius's and Remus's humor made me laugh a lot, even that I still was kinda in a bad mood. 

"So how was the flying class?" I asked still laughing at something Sirius just said. Sirius rubbed his left shoulder with his right hand sheepishly and Alex blushed so much. What did I miss? 

"Great, it was really awesome to see all of you people fly." Kyle covered their strange reaction.

"You should try it sometime." I told him. "I'm a good flyer if you want." I offered.

"Yeah, I'd love to, thanks." 

"Alright, then I'll take you any day." I giggled. 

"Maybe we'll teach them how to play Quidditch and try playing with them." Lara said.

"Oh, wouldn't it be awesome?!" said Max enthusiastically. 

"indeed it would." I agreed. 

"What time is it?" Alex asked as she looked at the watch she was wearing in her wrist. "Holy shit! Oh sorry guys, but were late for our class!" 

"Oh no!" Max said. 

"SLUGHORN!" said both Sirius and Lupin in the same time, professor Slughorn taught us potions and he really hated people to be late for his class. We were late for Herbology, I hope professor Sprout doesn't give us dentition or something. We said goodbye to the boys and rushed to our dormitories to get our equipment then went to the greenhouse, where we had our Herbology classes. Professor Sprout hesitated at first but we gave her an excuse saying that we found Alex lost and we showed her the way, it was all of course just a lie, but it did save us. 


Alex's P.O.V


The Herbology class was so fun, professor Sprout showed us a kind of plant that loves chocolate so much that it would eat your hand if you hand some in it. We tried feeding it, it was a bit dangerous for the hungry ones so we weren't allowed to feed them, professor Sprout did. 

We still had two classes today, but it was lunch time now. We had this class with the Hufflepuffs, Ethan sat behind me with his friends, they seemed pretty good, I liked them. It seems like everyone at Hogwarts is friendly. 

We went to the Great Hall while we all were chatting and Ethan went to sit on his table with the other Hufflepuffs, we sat on the Ravenclaw's of course, but then I found Kyle, Sirius, Remus and Peter looking worried as they entered the hall.

"I'll be right back." I said to Max, Lara and Clara as I went to see Kyle and the others. "What's wrong?" 

"We still can't find James, he didn't come to the potions class." Sirius said. "I really thought he would, or at least that he'd come now, but he just disappeared somehow." 

"The strange thing is that Lily too didn't attend the class." Remus said. "Why don't we look for them in the...?" Remus didn't continue the sentence, but somehow Sirius seemed to get what he was talking about. 

"Where? Where should we look for him?" Peter asked, looking as puzzled as Kyle and I.

"Shush!" Sirius and Remus both said. They exchanged looks for a couple of second, as if they were talking and then they both nodded. 

"Look, guys, we want to show you something, but you have to promise that you won't tell anybody about it." Sirius said looking serious. 

"Alright?" I said. 

So the boys got us out of the great hall and went to somewhere else in the castle. Somewhere that I couldn't remember the way to even if I spent a million year at Hogwarts, they really knew their school very good! So after we were there, Sirius and Remus looked around, but no one of course was there, so when they finally made sure Sirius got some type of parchment from the inside of his robes and got his wand out too. 

"How could we be so stupid!" Sirius said. Now after Sirius got the parchment out Peter finally seemed to understand what they were talking about, Kyle and I however didn't. "Now, look here." Sirius paused for a moment then waved his want to the piece of parchment and said. "I solemnly swear that I'm up to no good." I stopped looking at Sirius's face and started examining the parchment that seemed to be changing, it wasn't really changing, but something was getting written on it. 

"Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs

Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers 

are proud to present


I read. Even that I understood nothing of that I started nodding. 

"We call ourselves the Marauders, I'm Moony, Sirius's Padfoot, Peter's Wormtail and James's Prongs. We created this map. It's a map of the castle, it shows every inch of the ground plus the secret passageways and it also identifies people, well and ghosts. See these dots over here? They're people's footprints, it means that they're walking in this place with these people. Now each one of those has the person's name and here are James and Lily. Here are James and Lily?!" Remus said. I was absolutely amazed by the great piece of art these boys have done! I couldn't just believe it, but then when  Remus found James it got me a bit surprised. He and Lily were fighting this very morning, how could they be spending time together? Remus said something to the map "Mischief managed." Then Sirius hid it again in his robes while the ink faded instantly and disappeared completely. Remus then led the way, we were going to find James and see what was going on. I don't know why, but it got me so nervous. 

We walked and walked, up the stairs and to some other very complicated place and then we found James looking happy but surprised by seeing all of us. His eyes widened when he saw us and he didn't instantly say anything. He was, however alone, Lily was not there as the map said. 

"Why? How? What are you guys doing here?!" He asked finally then he paused for a moment. "OH! Don't tell me that you used the-"

"They know about the map, it's ok." Remus said. 

"You used it on me?!"

"You were missing, and we were worried." Sirius said.

"Oh, come on guys. What would've happened to me?" James asked.

"I don't know, we were just worried." Kyle finally joined the conversation, I suddenly realized that he has been quiet for a long time! He must have been as amazed, surprised and nervous as I was. James started laughing suddenly, joined by the others. 

"Hey! Where's Lily?" Sirius suddenly asked. 

"Urrmmm..." James hesitated. "She went from the other way."

"And did you, like, talk or something?" I asked.


"Well?" We all said. 

"Let's just say we're good again." He said finally. 

I didn't question, neither did Kyle we just exchanged looks and then we all went to the great hall and started eating. I didn't spend all of the time at the Ravenclaw's table, I went to the Gryffindor's too. It was pretty awesome.

After the lunch time was over we had a History of Magic class. It turns out there is a more boring class than ours! Who knew that even Hogwarts had some boring classes. I have to admit I really was interested to learn about the magic’s history but ... well let's just say that the ghost professor wasn't a very encouraging idea. His name was professor Cuthbert Binns,

"He once fell asleep in front of the staff room fire and got up the next morning to teach, leaving his body behind him." Max whispered to me in the dead class. Not only he was extremely creepy, also he was very boring and couldn't continue a single sentence. He slept before completing it. We also had a Charms class that was pretty cool and then we went to our common rooms and sat there enjoying our time, until it was bedtime.


Sirius's P.O.V


"So now that we're alone, what happened between you and Lily, Prongs?" I asked.

"Nothing." James lied. What was wrong with him?! Why wasn't he telling us? I gave him a killing look. He can’t lie to me, I know him well.

"What?" He asked,

"Since when do keep secrets from each other?" Remus asked.

"It's not that I'm keeping it as a secret, it's just that - alright I'll tell you." James said. Alright, here we go now.




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