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lost in time: chapter eight

Title: Lost In Time: Chapter Eight
Author: gracekwithwings
Rating: PG13
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Sirius Black/OC, James/Lily
Short summary: Erica Costello’s life has been absolutely crazy ever since they closed Hogwarts down. But it gets even worse when she gets her hands on a wonky timeturner and she is sent to the 1970s with no way of getting back to her own time. Now she is forced to hide at Hogwarts with annoying girls, crazy pranksters and a certain boy named Sirius Black that seems to have it out for her. SBOC and eventual JPLE. This story is AU after the sixth book.

A/N: I also had three more chapters of this posted at than I did here, so I am remedying this now. Sorry I've been such a crappy person lately lol
Chapter 8

Erica’s mission had simply proved impossible. No matter how many times she mentioned that she had never seen a Hogwarts Quidditch match before, Lily still refused to go. She tried not to think about what Sirius had said as she pestered Lily, but maybe he was right. Maybe she was selling her friend out for another one. She couldn’t stop thinking about the cruel way he said it, or the icy look in his grey eyes. And that was why Friday night found her strangely quiet in the common room, lost in thought about what kind of friend she was turning into. She had always thought she had been a very loyal friend, but she was kind of tricking Lily so that James could get what he wanted. Although she was sure Lily would have actually had a fun time at the match, she shouldn’t have been pushing her to go just so James could show off even more, especially since Lily seemed to detest him so much.
“Erica, are you alright?” Lily asked, jarring her out of her thoughts.
“Yeah,” Erica muttered, blushing slightly as she realized she had spent the past hour staring at the Marauders. “Sorry. What were you saying?”
“You’re pretty pissed at him, aren’t you?” Jenn said, looking knowingly between her and Sirius. Erica raised an eyebrow at her and Jenn rolled her eyes. “Come on, Erica. I’m pretty sure that if looks could kill, he’d be dead five times over by now.”
Erica shrugged. “He’s just an annoying little berk, that’s all.”
“Uh huh,” Jenn said, looking at her skeptically. “Is that why you were trying to claw his eyes out outside the library a couple days ago?”
Lily looked at Erica in horror. “You did what?!”
Erica was too busy glaring at Jenn to answer, though. “Thanks, Jenn,” she said sarcastically. They had both agreed to not mention what had happening to Lily, she would have been horrified to hear what had almost happened right outside the place that Jenn claimed Lily considered sacred.
Jenn just shrugged, shooting Erica an innocent look. “Well, you never told me what you were fighting about.”
“He’s just an obnoxious twat,” Erica said. “Do I really need a reason for wanting to hurt him? I mean, you have sene the way he treats me, haven’t you?” Niether of them had anything to say to that. They had noticed how cold Sirius had been to her the last week, either ignoring her completely or making some cruel remark about her. “It’s a pity that James stopped me, really,” she added, her right hand clenched into a fist around the quil she was holding.
“Well, you probably would have been expelled if you murdered him,” Lily said in a mock thoughtful voice. “So it was actually the smartest thing Potter’s ever done.”
Erica scoffed. “Are you sure? Because I think I’d deserve some kind of Special Services to the School Award.”
Lily and Jenn giggled at this, before Lily pointed to the empty goblet on the table and said, “Okay, now you try and get water in it”
Erica sighed and looked at the cup that had been her downfall in that day’s Charms lesson. No matter how hard she tried, she simply couldn’t fill it with water. “You know,” Jenn said, trying to hold back a smile, “glaring at it isn’t going to help.”
Erica shot her a dirty look before turning back to the goblet. ‘Aquamenti!’ she thought, swishing her wand. A jet of water shot out of the end of her wand with the force of some kind of fire hosue and hit Jenn square in the chest. She stared in complete shock, not realizing that the water was still shooting out of her wand until Lily shouted, “Erica, stop it!”
She pulled her wand up and ran over to the other side of the table, where Jenn had been knocked off her chair from the sheer force of the water. “Oh, Merlin’s balls,” she said, helping Lily pull Jenn up into a sitting position. “I’m so sorry, Jenn. Are you alright?”
“Yes,” Jenn said, sounding dazed as she rubbed the spot in the center of her chest where the water had hit her. “But maybe you shouldn’t practice Charms when you’re so pissed off, yeah?”
“Oh, have you ladies decided to have an impromptu wet t-shirt contest without us?” Sirius asked as he and the rest of the Marauders came up behind them. Peter and James sniggered while Remus blushed wildly and politely looked away.
Jenn let out a loud squeak when she realized the white blouse that she had been wearing was not completely see-through. She quickly crossed her arms over her chest and glared at Sirius. “You didn’t sound so cheeky when you were begging to see that two years ago,” she snaped.
James laughed even harder at this. “She’s got you there, mate.”
“Ah, yes,” Sirius smiled, “and luckily for you, they seem to have grown since then.” He looked like he was going to say something else, but stopped when he had to dodge the hex that Lily shot at him. Jenn glared at him before hurrying up the stairs to the girls’ dormitory. “Right,” Sirius said, as if nothing had just happened and the two girls in front of him weren’t glaring murderously at him, “so who’s next?” Lily pointed her wand at him again but he was too quick, he already had his out and pointed directly at her chest. “What do you think, James? Will Evans look better in a wet shirt than Morrison?”
James looked absolutely dumbfounded at this question. His gaze went from Lily’s face, who was now staring daggers at him, down to her chest, and his face turned a bright scarlet. He opened his mouth, probably to make a comment that would in all likelihood get him slapped, but luckily he managed to notice Erica shaking her head at him. He muttered something about homework and practically sprinted to an armchair on the other side of the common room while Sirius stared after him, feeling more than a little betrayed.
When Sirius’s back was turned, Erica took the opportunity to flick her wand in the same way she had before. “Oy, Padfoot!” Peter yelled, trying to warn his friend, but it was too late. As soon as Sirius turned around, he got such a strong blast of water to the chest that it knocked him backwards
“Oh dear, Black,” Erica said in mock disappointed, trying hard not to laugh. She eyed his muscular chest, which was now completely visible through the soaked fabric of his white uniform short, and she started to blush. “Looks like you’ve lost the contest. But don’t worry, puberty will come soon enough.” She patted his head as she walked past him and then ran up the stairs to her dormitory, praying that Sirius would be too stunned to do anything before she was safely out of reach.
Lily came up right behind her, laughing so hard that she had to lean against the doorframe for support. “What happened?” Jenn asked, looking between the two. She was now wearing a red flannel top and had been in the middle of changing into her pajama bottoms when the two of them had burst into the room. Lily, who was laughing too hard to speak, waved her hand at Erica to indicate that she wanted her to tell the story.
“Well,” Erica said, her cheeks still burning. “After you left, I got Black with the same, you know,” she nodded at the soaking wet shirt that was now hanging from one of Jenn’s bed posts, “then I let him know that his chest was quite unimpressive and I raced up here before he could do anything.”
Lily calmed down enough to say, “He looked so mad! And the way Potter ran away at the mere mention…” It all became too much for her and she started to laugh hysterically again.
Erica laughed too, but stopped when Jenn said, “Unimpressive, huh? Then why are you blushing so much?”
She crossed her arms over her chest and said, “Well, it’s not my fault that Black is actually pretty fit. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a complete wanker.”
Lily, who had finally stopped laughing, sat down on her bed and said, “It gets easier once you get to know them. Their personalities will completely turn your hormones off after a while.”
“Did you just compliment James Potter?” Jenn asked in surprise.
“In a back-handed sort of way,” Lily shrugged. She laughed at the shocked look at her face. “What? It’s not like I can deny that he’s attractive. He’s just such an obnoxious twat that it makes it impossible to be around him.” Then she turned to Erica and said, “Speaking of Potter, I hope he realizes that he owes you his life.”
“What do you mean?” Erica asked curiously as she made her way over to her trunk. There was no way she’d be able to go back down to the common room now, Black would probably kill her, so she was resigned to going to bed early.
“Don’t think I didn’t notice you shaking your head at him,” Lily said, the corners of her lips twitching as she tried to hold in a smile. “And it’s a good thing you did, too, or else I would have killed him for saying whatever he was about to say.”
“Hopefully he’ll be able to stop Black from taking his revenge,” Jenn said.
“Oh shit,” Erica groaned, putting her head in her hands. “There’s no way I can go to the quidditch match now.” Who knows what Sirius would do if James wasn’t around to stop him?
“Oh, don’t worry,” Lily said, suddenly sounding very annoyed. “I’ll go to the bloody match with you.”
Erica smiled brightly at her, the plan finally working. “Cheers, Lily.”
Erica woke up to the sun streaming into the dormitory windows and smiled, certain that it was going to be a good day. Sure, she still had Sirius to deal with but she was certain that James would be able to stop him once he realized that she had convinced Lily to go to the match, although she wasn’t sure it would work out quite the way James imagined. And to make things even better, Cassidy Wilson come in right before she had gone to sleep last night and made it clear that she was giving Erica the silent treatment for putting Sirius in such a bad mood.  Now all Erica needed was a Gryffindor win to make the day perfect.
“Ugh, finally,” Lily said, looking very cross. Her arms were crossed over her chest and her leg was bouncing impatiently.
“What?” Erica asked, looking between her and Jenn in confusion.
Jenn rolled her eyes at Lily and answered, “I wouldn’t let her wake you up at the ass crack of dawn like she wanted.”
“Thanks for that,” Erica said, still feeling more than a little confused. “And why did you want to wake me so early?”
“So we could go to breakfast!” Lily said in annoyance, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.
“Why didn’t you just go without me?”
“Well,” Jenn said, looking at her in concern, “based on how pissed Cassidy claims Black was last night, we decided you shouldn’t be walking around the castle alone.”
“And what, you’re my armed guard?” Erica laughed. She was touched that they were so concerned about her but she wasn’t scared of Sirius.
“You don’t know Sirius,” Lily pointed out. “He can be really cruel.”
Erica shrugged her shoulders, not really concerned, and got dressed quickly. They headed down to the Great Hall soon after that and she was unable to hold her laughter in at the way they stationed themselves on either side of her. “Really, you guys,” she said. “It’s fine. Black doesn’t scare me.”
“You should be,” Lily said, looking around to make sure he wasn’t going to jump out from some dark corner and ambush them.
“Honestly,” Erica sighed, trying to make them relax. “It’s not like he’s going to kill me.”
“Except you’ll probably wish he had once he finished with you,” Jenn said, her hand stuck in her pocket so she’d be ready to pull her wand out at a moment’s notice. They both tensed when they entered the Great Hall and saw Sirius sitting with the rest of the Marauders at the Gryffindor table.
“See?” Erica asked, a little annoyed with herself for the fact that she noticed him first. “He’s too involved with his eggs to bother hurting me right now.”
“Whatever,” Lily said, pulling Erica to the opposite end of the table as discretely as possible so as not to draw any attention to themselves.
“Oh, hello Erica!” Cassidy said loudly, stealing a look down at Sirius. “How are you doing this morning?”
“Stupid bint,” Lily muttered as she shoved Erica, who had stopped to tell Cassidy off, down to an empty spot at the table.
Jenn laughed as she sat down next to Lily. “What’s gotten into you lately?”
“What do you mean?” Lily asked.
“You’re just… different this year,” Jenn said, privately thinking that she liked her friend a lot more when she wasn’t under the influence of Severus Snape.
Lily shrugged. “Maybe your bad influence has finally taken effect, then.”
While they were talking, Erica looked over and noticed James was starting at her intently. Once he realized that he caught her eye, he nodded towards Lily with his eyebrows raised, clearly asking if she was going to the match. Erica rolled her eyes and gave him a thumbs up the second Lily turned her back. ‘Nice,’ he mouthed, grinning widely at her before turning back to his friends.
“So Evans is going, then?” Sirius asked disinterestedly, his mind full of all the possible pranks he could play on the new girl for making him look like an idiot in front of the whole Gryffindor common room.
“Yes!” James said, unable to wipe the grin off his face. “This is great! We better win now! If Jenkins plays like shit again today, I swear I’ll –”
“Wait, what?” Remus asked, looking between his two friends in confusion. “Lily’s going to the match? How did that happen?”
James shrugged. “The new girl is a miracle worker, apparently.”
“Or just immersed in some extremely Dark Magic,” Sirius retorted.
James groaned and mimed hitting his head on the table. “When are you going to give that up, mate?”
“When you finally listen to me!” Sirius said, trying to keep his voice down. He was getting so frustrated with his friend, he didn’t understand why he was being so difficult about some girl he barely knew.
“Look,” James said harshly, getting a little sick of having this argument. Sirius had continued to bring it up countless times during the week, not seeming to notice how annoyed James got every time he did. “I believe her, and unless you can give me concrete evidence that she’s a Death Eater, I’m going to keep believing her. Alright?”
Sirius looked down at this empty plate, trying to hide the sour look on his face. “Bad luck, mate,” Peter said softly, clapping Sirius on the back. Sirius shook his head. It didn’t matter, he was still going to get her back for last night. And he would eventually find the proof he needed ot show James that she was untrustworthy. He just hoped that it wasn’t already too late when he did.
“And don’t do anything to her for the wet shirt thing, either!” James said suddenly, looking at his friend pleadingly.
“What?!” Sirius practically shouted. “What’s gotten into you, Prongs? I swear, if I didn’t know any better, I’d think you fancied her or something.”
“Don’t be ridiculous,” James replied, making a face at that. Sirius breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that at least he wouldn’t have to worry about that. “It’s just… you did kind of deserve it.” He noticed the rest of the team leaving the Great Hall. “See you guys later,” he said before following them outside.
“He’s gone mad!” Sirius said, turning to Remus and Peter. Peter looked just as shocked as he felt but Remus pursed his lips. “Oh, don’t tell me you agree with him, Moony!”
“You were out of line last night,” Remus said, looking down at his plate. It was a lot easier to voice his opinion on Sirius’s immature pranks when he knew that James agreed with him.
“I was not!” Sirius said angrily.
“You can’t just go around threatening to blast girls’ shirts with water. You’re lucky you didn’t get slapped with a sexual harassment suit,” he said.
Sirius made a face. “Most girls love showing me their –”
“And yet you picked the three who didn’t want to,” Remus said, interrupting Sirius before he gave out more information than Remus wanted to hear.
“Well, I was the one that ended up with a wet shirt, wasn’t I? Maybe I should hit the new girl with sexual suit,” Sirius said.
Peter sniggered at this and Remus tried not to smile. “A sexual harassment suit,” he corrected.
“Whatever,” Sirius muttered. He leaned back in his chair and turned away from his friends so he could glare a hole in the side of Erica’s head. He didn’t care what his friends said, he was completely justified in taking revenge on her. He would just have to do it when they weren’t around. Anyways, he was sure James would thank him for whatever prank he puled once he saw her true colors.
She got up shortly after that and walked down to the pitch with Lily and Jenn. Sirius quickly said goodbye to his friends and went after them. He still wasn’t sure what he was going to do but he was going to make sure he sat close enough to them just in case inspiration struck. After all, the quidditch game would be the prefect setting since the whole school would be there to witness her humiliation. He followed them into stands designated for the Gryffindors and sat two rows behind them, trying to stay out of sight. So far, the two girls that Erica had probably begged to keep her company hadn’t noticed his presence, and he hoped to keep it that way.
However, much to his disappointment, Cassidy Wilson sat down in front of him in a couple minutes after the game had started and said, very loudly, “Hey Sirius!”
Sirius tried not to make a face as he responded, “Hello, Cassidy.”
Erica’s head whipped around at the sound of his voice. She narrowed her eyes at him and said, “Are you stalking me, Black?”
Sirius opened his mouth to retort but Cassidy came to his defense first. “Don’t flatter yourself, Costello.”
Erica just rolled her eyes at her and turned back to the match just in time to see James score the first goal of the game. Sirius scowled at her but tried to turn his attention back to the pitch, although it was kind of hard with the way Evans kept asking questions about Quidditch. It was almost as if she had never been to a match before. He was surprised that Erica was able to be so patient as she explained the rules of the game to her over and over, he knew that he would have gotten too annoyed after the first few minutes. He even had to stifle a laugh at the way she pulled Lily back into her seat after she had tried giving a standing ovation to a bludger that hit James in the stomach. He had to admit that she wasn’t outwardly evil, although he was still a little suspicious about her ulterior motives, no matter what James said. He might have been exaggerating a little when he said she was a Death Eater but he was definitely sure that the story she had given everyone was bullocks.
Cassidy noticed the way Sirius had been staring at Erica for most of the match and felt like she had to do something, anything, to make sure he still hated her as much as he did when she first showed up. “So, Erica, did you come here to cheer on your boyfriend?”
Erica turned around and raised an eyebrow at Cassidy. “What?”
She ignored Erica’s question and turned to Lily. “I think it’s really great that you don’t mind her picking up your sloppy seconds.”
Lily ignored Cassidy, knowing the best course of action when she got like this was to just act like she wasn’t there, but Erica took the bait. “What the fuck are you talking about?”
“You and James,” Cassidy said, turning back to Erica. “You guys are dating, right? I mean, you have been practically attached at the hips lately.”
“No,” Erica said, looking more confused by the second.
“It must suck, though, knowing that he still pines after Lily,” Cassidy said.
Erica turned to Lily and asked, “What the hell is she talking about?”
Lily simply rolled her eyes. “Ignore her, she just wants to get a rise out of you.”
Erica nodded and turned back to the match, but she whipped back around to look at Cassidy in wide-eyed shock when she said, “I mean, we can all hear you crying every night.”
“What?” Erica whispered. She turned to her two friends, who were now staring resolutely at the match, which only confirmed it. Apparently, her silencing charms weren’t working as well as she had previously thought.
“Oh no, you didn’t realize we could all hear you?” Cassidy asked, a malicious glint in her eyes. She glanced over at Sirius, who was watching them curiously, and it only seemed to egg her on. “I just have one question. Why do you keep calling out for your mum? Is she that well versed in getting men to –”
Erica had her wand out and pointed at Cassidy’s jugular before she could finish her sentence. “Don’t you dare talk about my mum.”
“Erica!” Lily said, sounding completely scandalized. She grabbed Erica’s arm and tried to make her lower her wand but Erica wouldn’t budge.
“Come on,” Jenn chimed in. “She’s not worth it.”
Erica kept her wand pointed at Cassidy, who was starting to look a little frightened now, and breathed deeply. Jenn was right, it would be stupid to hurt Cassidy now with so many teachers around, no matter how badly she wanted to. She slowly lowered her wand, glaring at Cassidy as she did so, and then turned back to the match. But the second her back was turned, Cassidy jinxed her. And then Erica didn’t care so much about all the teachers currently attending the match, or the fact that there were warts popping up all over her face. She didn’t even really mind the fact that her wand was still stuck in her pocket as she launched herself at Cassidy.
Erica didn’t really notice anything after that. It was as if all the sounds around them were suddenly muted. She distinctly heard Sirius yell, “Fight!” causing everyone around them to turn around. She could feel Lily and Jenn’s hands as they tried to move her off of Cassidy. But all she could focus on was the satisfying stinging in her hands as she kept hitting every inch of Cassidy that she could reach.
Tags: fan fiction, fic: lost in time, harry potter, james potter, lily evans, oc, sirius black
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