A Secret is Meant to be Kept

When Ron lashes out at Hermione and gets them into a sticky situation, Hermione transports herself back in time. But the Marauders Era was a bit farther than she expected. She must figure out how to reverse the spell, deal with falling in love all over again and fight against some of the most notorious Death Eaters, who are inside the castle's walls. Not as intruders, but as classmates.

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13. Dream

The summer of their third year was that of a dream for Hermione.   Not only in the sense that she had come to the realization that this time wasn’t real for her but also due to its lovely qualities.  She made her best attempt to refrain from getting too attached to the people of this time, but Sirius persisted, making frequent attempts to earn her admiration.

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“The fact that you actually believe Remus would put down that bloody book is hilarious in its own right, mate,” Sirius laughed at James.

“There is a bigger chance of Lily actually falling for you,” Remus shot back at him.  Looking up, he stared directly at James for a moment, and then the group burst into laughter.

“Funny, Rems.  I’ll remember that ” James snapped, pretending to be hurt by the remark.  “Honestly, mate, even ‘Mione put her reading down to come join us.”

“A few of my books have actually disappeared, including my current read,” Hermione remarked.  

“That’s what you get for reading in every possible area of the manor.  Perhaps if you kept those books on the shelf, where they belong, you wouldn’t go losing them all the time,” James retorted.  Hermione pondered this thought, eventually deciding that James was most likely correct in the assumption that she misplaced the books on her own accord.  Before she could finish her thought, Remus had jumped up, abandoning his current literature completely, and insisted that if they were going to do something for entertainment, they best do it before the sun sets.

“Exploding Snap?” Remus pondered aloud.

“Quidditch, my friends!” James exclaimed, running to a storage shed to grab their brooms.

“If it’s alright, I think I’ll just watch,” Hermione smiled nervously, remembering her own attempts to play Quidditch at the Weasley household.  Ginny, of course, was out playing with the boys as well, leaving Hermione off to the sidelines, waiting patiently for the first Weasley to sustain an injury that required attention from Hermione.

“No way!” James said, “Come on, it’ll be loads of fun.”

“Oi, James, let her off.  I’m sure she has much more important things to be doing than playing schoolyard games with us,” Remus said softly, eyeing Hermione momentarily.  As Sirius caught sight of this, he raised an eyebrow at Remus and shook his head.  Huffing, he grabbed a broom from James and harshly asked when they were going to play.

“Fine, ‘Mione, you’ll keep score.  Remus, Sirius, you’ll be a team, and I guess I’ll play on my own,” James smirked, fully aware of his Quidditch abilities.  The group made their way over to the makeshift Quidditch pitch and took their positions as Hermione sat off to the side.  As the boys set off, it was clearly evident that James possessed great skills in the game.  Sirius was also quite skilled, and although he lacked James’ stealth, it was made up for in effort.  Every time he made an impressive play, he made a quick attempt to lock eyes with Hermione, continuing to make sure that she was focused on him.  Remus was easily able to be overlooked, but he had great skills of his own.  Strategy was a major key to Remus’ talents, something that was to generally be expected.  He helped make some clever passes to Sirius but was by no means the “MVP”.  Sirius began to increase the level of competition and even made an effort to outshine Remus, simply ignoring key scoring opportunities.  Remus, taking note of Sirius lack of cooperation, landed his broom and took a seat next to Hermione to watch the game.  It took more than a quick moment for either competing boy to notice that the player count had dropped to two, but when Sirius finally took notice, he landed his broom and threw his hands in the air as if to ask what Remus was doing.

“Oi, mate!  I’m getting bloody destroyed out here,” he said, trying to keep the conversation light, hoping Remus wasn’t upset with his need to show off.  Remus simply returned his comment with a weak smile and shook his head at Sirius.

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