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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15. Will To Do

To further the children’s already bright demeanors, Euphemia had owled Hermione exciting news, a Holiday Ball would be held at the Potter Manor in order to spread a bit of Yuletide cheer.  To improve the festivities, even more, Remus, Sirius, Peter, and Lily would all be invited to spend Christmas with the Potters, and their families as well, just to improve the odds that the invitations would be accepted.  Hermione was unsure of exactly how they were to let everyone know of the ball, but James reassured her that the Potters knew practically every family in the Wizarding World, so all of their schoolmates would surely be invited.  It failed to grab Hermione’s notice that this also would mean the families of their Slytherin enemies would be in attendance as well.  But the only thing on the mind of the group at this time was making it through the end of this term in order to enjoy their well-deserved holiday.

“Actually, if you were to read up on notable Arithmancers, you might find that their work was much more interesting than it is when laid out in your textbook,” Lily soothed James, who was struggling to make it through his final term paper.

“I don’t think that’s going to help us here, Lily,” Sirius moaned.

“You’re hardly giving it a chance,” Hermione said, “Bridget Wenlock, Septima Vector, just to name a few, their works are nothing but interesting.”

“I have to agree with Hermione, here, Wenlock’s works are certainly page-turners,” Remus added.  The pair then engaged in conversation about the history of the number 7, causing Sirius to roll his eyes and return to his work with a huff.  Hermione simply patted his head and ran her fingers through the jealous boy’s shaggy locks, attempting to put his worries at ease.

“Have either of you done your Christmas shopping yet?” Lily asked the pair.  Remus looked at the floor and gave a modest “no”, and Hermione shook her head.

“Ah, Rems, haven’t gotten your lady a grand gift yet?” James said innocently.  Remus eyed him nervously and then returned his gaze to the floor beneath him.

“Remus’ … lady?” Sirius pressed.  “I didn’t know you and Aislin were a thing.”

“We’re -” Remus began.

“Oh, come on, you’ve got to tell them sometime!” James exclaimed.  “Much simpler than explaining when she shows up on your arm at the manor.”  Remus opened his mouth, but simply faltered when no words came from it.

“Oh, James, leave him alone!  Carressa is a lovely girl,” Hermione hit his arm.

“Truly.  And you two pair together quite well,” Lily added, smiling softly.

“We -” Remus started again, faltering once more.

“Are going to Hogsmeade right away!” Hermione beamed.  “Will she be spending Christmas at the manor, as well?” she continued, mentally planning ahead.  “Oh, no matter, we’ll get her something anyway.”

“Hermione, I haven’t any -”

“Remus, come on.  Mummy Eu is going to be thrilled to hear this.  We’ll cover it all,” Hermione smiled.  “Do either of you need anything while we’re gone?”

“A will to continue this assignment?” Sirius joked.

“Have, fun, loves,” Hermione laughed, patting the pair of them on the head before the Lily and herself dragged Remus out of the portrait hole and towards the small shopping hub of an area.

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