Furry Little Problem

Holly Lune is a shy girl from Gryffindor, only friends with Lily Evans. The only social interaction she has with people is during classes. One day in her fifth year, something happens that will change her life, for better or worse, forever.

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4. Chapter 3

~2~Months~Later~

Sirius's P.O.V.

 I nervously looked at the envelope that Marlene McKinnon had just passed me. She'd given me a letter before, and that did not end well. A.K.A. she set me up on a blind date wth herself. I took a deep breath and pulled the triangle up and the parchment out.

Dear Sirius Black,,

 You have been invited by the Gryffindor Council to the annual Gryffindor Grand Ball. This event will take place in two days, December 24th, starting at eight o'clock sharp. Please note that to enter the Great Hall, you must bring a date.

                                                                Yours truly,

                                                                     Marlene McKinnon

                                                               Marlene McKinnon: Pres. Rep. of GC

P.S.

I'm single

I groaned. Marlene is one of the most naive girls I've ever known. She's one of the only girls in the 5th year that hasn't noticed that I've had a crush on Holly for the past few months. I should also mention she's part idiot. Wait....if a date is required, then maybe I could take Holly! I looked over to my friends to see if they'd gotten the letter too. Prongs and Moony had both gotten one, but Wormtail hadn't. 

  I looked over to Holly; we are in Potions. She is stirring her cauldron, and it turned the expected lilac color. She smiled and looked to Lily, whose potion was an even better lilac. I looked at my potion. It was a dark purple, bubbles of black bubbling up.

 Back to Holly. When I looked over to her, she was looking at me, and when she saw me looking at her, she colored maroon and turned away. I smiled. She blushes easily. I grabbed a piece of parchment and a quill with ink and started writing.

Holly,

 Can you meet me at Hogsmede tomorrow at nine? I'll be at the Three Broomsticks in the back right corner. I'd like to talk.....

               Sirius

 I folded it into a small paper airplane, and when Slughorn wasn't looking, I levitated it over to Holly. It floated onto the pile of armadillo she was grounding. She picked it up and read it, her face turning a deeper red every word. I grinned. But then Moony tapped my shoulder. He whispered, "Padfoot, I know that you're planning on going to the Ball, but I forgot to tell you that there's a full moon Christmas Eve." 

   I cussed under my breath. The full moon had skipped, as when Moony attacked Holly it was the beginning of November, so now it was the end of December. I scribbled on another piece of parchment telling her that the full moon was in two days. After she read it, her face drained of color, making her look paler than normal. Well, she normally looked pale, but after reading it especially. 

 She leaned over to Lily and whispered. Lily looked at her like she was crazy. Lily pulled a piece of parchment and a quill from her bag and scribbled frantically. She folded it into a paper airplane and tapped it with her wand, and when Slughorn was peering into Moony's cauldron, the paper airplane sped over so fast it smashed into Prongs's forehead.  He winced and snatched it before it up before it landed in his cauldron. I looked over his shoulder at the note.

 Hey, uh, James, WHY IN THE NAME OF MERLIN DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THAT THE FULL MOON WAS ON CHRISTMAS EVE? Okay, let me rephrase that. YOU SHOULD'VE TOLD ME THAT THE FULL MOON WAS IN TWO DAYS! And I will not, repeat, will not go to the Gryffindor Ball with you. I'm going with Matthew Simmons. He asked me yesterday. Be careful with Holly during her transformation, though. I think you can handle Remus, so have Sirius take care of Holly. This'll be her first time, so she'll be scared. Make sure Madame Pomfrey remembers clothes for her.

  Yours truly, but not really,

                Lily

I stifled a laugh. She totally owned putting Prongs down. Prongs punched my arm and said, "Shut it, mate. Not funny. So, for the full moon, I got Moony. You got Holly."

 I took in a deep breath. It would be the first time I'd be alone with Holly. You know what they say, you haven't seen someone until you've seen them at their worst. Or in this case, at their werewolf. Anyways, Prongs looked over at me when I took in the shaky breath.

   He stared at me for a second then whispered, "Holy crap, Padfoot! You like her, don't you!"

 I rolled my eyes and gave my best fake disgusted face. "Jesus Prongs. No. You're kidding me, right?"

   "Padfoot, you've never had a crush on anyone in your entire life. And you pick the best time, of course. You have a way with timing. She'll be at her most vulnerable and then you could-"

 "Prongs! We're in class; let's keep this PG. Besides, here comes Slughorn."

    "Since when do we keep class PG? Jesus, you having a crush messes with your brain." 

Prongs and I were silenced while Slughorn walked over, peering into our cauldrons. Mine was a dark purple and Prongs's was an acid green. Slughorn gave a look of disappointment and said, "Boys, what did you do wrong? And why aren't you two fixing your mistakes?"

  I said, "Professor, we were letting them simmer for the required ten minutes before adding in the beetle eyes."

 Prongs said, "And now that those ten minutes have ended, we'll add them now!"

   Slughorn put his head in his hands and said, "There are two things wrong with what you're saying, boys. Did you even read the directions? Number one, they simmer for forty-five minutes; that's why we're doing this potion during the double period. Number two, there aren't any directions to add beetle eyes, let alone anything, after letting it simmer. See me after class."

-Two-Days-Later-(Christmas-Eve)-

Holly's P.O.V.

 I was starting to get very nervous. I was standing in front of the gargoyle that would open to reveal Professor Dumbledore's office. He had told me to come meet him at exactly three o'clock so he could explain what would happen during the full moon. But he had also told me that I would have to wait for the exact time, as he would be in a meeting with a few teachers.

  The gargoyle started to move so I accordingly moved out of the way, over to the side. I quickly ran my hand through my hair and straightened my sweater. Professor McGonagall, Professor Sprout, Professor Flitwick, and Professor Snape passed me. Professor McGonagall gave a sharp nod, Professor Sprout gave a little wave, Professor Flitwick smiled, and Professor Snape gave a strict glare. 

 I walked up the stairs, so quiet even I couldn't hear my own steps. Professor Dumbledore's office was magnificent. He was looking out the window, his hands clasped behind his back. He said, "Sollicite vigilare luna lupus."

   I whispered, "Excuse me, sir, but what does that mean?"

 "Oh, Miss Lune, just a few words only the great minds whom shall speak Latin would understand." He turned around and walked over to his desk, carefully sitting into his chair. "Please take a seat, Miss Lune." I walked over to the desk and slid into one of the chairs. "Miss Lune, as you know, your first full moon is tonight, and I would like to give you a few cautions. You will go to the Hospital Wing with Mr. Lupin at seven o'clock and Madam Pomfrey will take you two to the Whomping Willow. You will stay in the Shrieking Shack until morning, after you transform back. Madam Pomfrey will come with some extra clothes, and then you will go to the Hospital Wing to be cleaned up. Are we clear, Miss Lune?"

 I slowly nodded, still trying to take all of it in. My first night of nerve-racking pain, the first of many more to come. I almost cried, but I held the tears back. It was so scary, you wouldn't think a teenager would have such pain in their life. 

"You may go, Miss Lune. I daresay Miss Evans is searching for you."

    I got up and whispered, "Thank you, Professor Dumbledore."

I started to walk away when Professor Dumbledore said, "And Holly? Good luck."

    I smiled and walked down the stairs and saw Lily standing outside the gargoyle. "Holly, where have you been?! It's almost Christmas, and you said you were gonna go to Hogsmede for Christmas shopping!"

  "I'm sorry, Lils. I forgot all about that. And I forgot to tell you that I had a meeting with Professor Dumbledore. We can go now, if you want to."

 "Of course I want to. We're can go shopping for a bit then to the Three Broomsticks for a drink."

I suck in a terrified breath. A lot of people, in a confined space, with wizard alcohol. That ought to be dangerous. I nodded, unsure what to think. Lily started to drag me towards Gladrags Wizardwear. As we got into the store, I turned to her and said, "Lils, why is it that we have to come to Hogsmede when we could've just owl ordered? It minimizes human interaction!"

   Lily rolled here eyes as she grabbed a maroon sweater to look at (it clashed with her hair terribly). "Of course out of all the people I'd think that would rather owl order, you would be at the top of the list. Though owl order gets rid of the interaction, the point of this is that shopping is fun!"

  I picked out a couple pairs of colourful woolen socks for myself (coloured in red, blue, and pink) and grabbed a basket. "Honestly, Lils, this is like, the first time I've ever gone shopping. With someone else. To a store that wasn't, like, a grocery store or an organic market."

 Lily's jaw dropped. "You've never been to a store before?! You've never been a store before. Wow! If you have any questions, like about how to shop or something, just ask me." She walked over to the cloak rack, pushing through the reds and oranges, going to the yellows and greens.

   As she did that, I walked over to the patterned section of socks, deciding to get socks and chocolates (I assumed that Lily would take me, scratch that, drag me, to Honeydukes) for everyone for Christmas.

 I got bright pink and purple dotted socks for Lily (I loved it when coloured things clashed with her hair), A soft red and gold striped socks for Molly, lime greens and light yellows for Marlene, light blues for Mary, rainbows for my parents, and at that moment I had the idea to get some socks for the three other boys, seeing that we would have to get closer due to my....lycanthropy. 

  I grabbed two pairs of red socks with little broomsticks (for James), two pairs of white socks with little black puppies (for Sirius), and two pairs of brown socks with little candles (for Remus). I grabbed a few more pairs for myself and went over to the scarves to pick out some for myself.

 About an hour later, Lily dragged me to the student-infested chocolate store called Honeydukes. I quickly found all of the stuff I wanted to get (though Lily wanted to stay longer, that time I dragged her out), so with bags in tow, she took me to The Three Broomsticks.

   Ok, I'm going to be completely honest with you. Most people have had an alcoholic wizard drink by, like, age 13/14 because in 3rd year you can go to Hogsmede, but me, only being in Hogsmede a few times in the past few years, have never had a drink, so this will be interesting.

 Lily opened the door, and the warmth of a wizard pub enveloped me. It was toasty warm, a few tables full of Hogwarts students and teachers, and random Hogsmede residents. Lily led me to an empty table in a back corner. A tall waitress came over to take our orders. Lily said, "Two butterbeers, please." The waitress nodded, leaving to go grab the drinks. She said, "So Holly, how do you like your first Three Broomstick's experience so far?"

   I looked around at all of the people, not exactly sure how to respond. I slowly nodded, unable to speak. The waitress came back over with two butterbeers and said, "Four sickles, dears." We passed her the money, and Lily cracked open the bottles. 

I raised the bottle to my lips, drinking in a sip of the foamy drink. It was bliss. The caramel mixed into the drink perfectly and you could barely taste the alcohol. Lily smirked at my facial expression. I kept drinking it, the warm bubbles rising to the top of my mouth before exploding with caramel. 

  Lily set down her half finished drink. "How's your first butterbeer?" I just smiled and nodded. She laughed before picking her bottle back up. After we had finished our drinks (unfortunately; they were so good!), we started to walk back to Hogwarts, just as the sky started to darken.

  I turned to Lily and said, "I've got to go and get ready. I'll talk to you tomorrow afternoon, Lils! Bye!" 

   I was about to run off when Lily said, "Wait, Holly!" I turned to her again, and she enveloped me in a big hug. "Good luck. Do you want me to wrap the presents you got?"

   I smiled and said, "They're already wrapped. Bye!" And with that I ran towards the castle. Here we go.

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