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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] shimotsuki! Thanks for inspiring us all with your Kaleidoscope stories, for bringing us together as a community in places like [livejournal.com profile] rt_morelove, and for being such a supportive friend and reader of others' stories. As soon as JKR announced that Sirius Black shared a birthday with you, I knew I had to write you something for the day…it was simply a question of what. Hope you enjoy!


Sirius Black and the Case of the Missing Dirigible Plums

Summary: There’s a mystery afoot in Gryffindor Tower, and Sirius is going to get to the bottom of it: Who stole the dirigible plums?

Characters: Sirius Black, James Potter, Lily Evans

Words: ca. 2,500

Notes: Happy birthday, shimotsuki! This fic is for you, who share a very special birthday with one Sirius Black. As I pondered “What Can I Write About That’s Sirius-Centric And Shimotsuki Will Enjoy?” I thought of your love of mystery stories, and our shared appreciation of Dorothy L. Sayers’ books. And I had a very silly idea.

Characters belong to J.K. Rowling; plot elements shamelessly and zanily lifted from “Talboys” by Dorothy L. Sayers. (Forgive me for leaving out the snake and the child-rearing debates...but you’ll find most of the rest intact!)

Sirius Black and the Case of the Missing Dirigible Plums )

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IN THE WRONG HOUSE

Summary:

Sirius Black, Remus thought, was just as arrogant and annoying as James Potter, and he wished the two of them would stop getting into fights. Because Remus kept finding himself stepping in to stop them, and calling that kind of attention to himself was really the last thing he needed during his first year at Hogwarts.

It didn't matter if they were unpredictable Blacks or show-off Potters, or even someone harmless like Peter Pettigrew. None of these boys could be his friends, and it was time Remus started remembering it.

He didn't mind, Remus told himself. He didn't need friends.

Characters: Remus, James, Sirius, Peter and supporting cast

Words: ~21,000

Story:

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven + Epilogue

Story also available on AO3.
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NEVER SAY NEVER NEVER

Summary: Remus makes Sirius watch his first Muggle film. The experience is less horrible than predicted.

Characters/Pairing: Remus/Sirius, James/Lily, Peter

Rating: PG

Words: ~2,700

Notes: Set during the Christmas holidays of seventh year, late 1977.

I wrote this as a just-in-case back-up story for the [livejournal.com profile] rs_games, to have on hand if Team Muggle needed more pinch-hits. Team Muggle ended up being fine, luckily, so now this story just is. The prompt I wrote it for was #28 here – a picture of a cosy room with a fireplace.

This story isn’t my headcanon of Remus/Sirius, even if I had a headcanon of Remus/Sirius, which I don’t think I do. It’s just an idea that seemed like fun. :-)

Never Say Never Never )
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BOYS IN SPACE

Summary: "Talent shows and having cute hair and tragic/hot boys in outer space" (the Remus/Sirius AU). A.k.a. it's 1974…in a rather alternate universe.

Characters: Sirius, James, Remus / Pairing: Remus/Sirius

Words: ~850

Rating: PG, I guess, for David Bowie lyrics

Notes: This is a silly little giftfic I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] stereolightning – friend, beta, and comrade-in-pondering-writing-questions – who's hard at work on her first original novel (go, stereolightning!) She mentioned to me that this current novel is the longest project she's ever worked on, though she did write a short "novel" in seventh grade, which she described as being "about middle school preoccupations like talent shows and having cute hair and tragic/hot boys in outer space."

I said, that sounds like it should be a Marauders-era Remus/Sirius AU! …and then I ended up writing it. So, this won't make all that much sense beyond that, but I giggled at the writing of it, so maybe you'll enjoy it, too. (This is in the grand tradition of cute, fluffy Remus/Sirius pining fics, of which I have read and enjoyed so many over the years, but until now never written!)

Story:

Boys in Space )

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OH THE RISING OF THE SUN AND THE RUNNING OF THE DEER

Summary:
The Marauders act out a cheery favourite carol. (Christmas 1980.)

Characters: Lily, James, Sirius, Remus, Peter, baby Harry

Words: 100

Notes: This drabble (yes, it’s precisely 100 words if you don’t count the interspersed lyrics!) was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] author_by_night’s prompt of “Christmas Carol: The Holly and the Ivy” at the [livejournal.com profile] rt_morelove Stocking Filler Exchange, but then I just couldn’t seem to get this to be about Remus and Tonks – it insisted on being the Marauders instead. So, it's here, not there.

I kind of think this ought to be a picture, but I can’t draw, so it’s a drabble instead. If it’s songfic for a medieval Christmas carol, is it still songfic?


Story:
Oh the rising of the sun and the running of the deer )

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THE GREAT GUEST LIST

Summary:


"So then I got to thinking, who else can I invite to my party who would make my mother have a fit? Moony's perfect already, because no one likes werewolves."

"Oh, thanks," Remus said with dripping sarcasm.

"I mean no one except us, and we're the only ones who matter," Sirius replied impatiently.


Characters: Sirius, James, Remus and Peter

Warnings: None

Words: 1,600


Story:


The Great Guest List )
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BUY ONE, GET ALL FOUR

Summary:


"Your mates have been after me for months to go out with you," Lily said. "Why, didn't you put them up to it?"

"Me?" James sounded affronted. "You know I'd never stoop to such underhanded methods."


Characters: Lily, Sirius, Peter, Remus and James

Warnings: None

Words: 2,700

Acknowledgements: JKR for the characters, of course, and Jewels5 for a conversation between Lily and Sirius (in "The Life and Times") that inspired this particular story.


Story:

Buy One, Get All Four )

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IN THE WRONG HOUSE (final chapter + epilogue)

Summary:

Sirius Black, Remus thought, was just as arrogant and annoying as James Potter, and he wished the two of them would stop getting into fights. Because Remus kept finding himself stepping in to stop them, and calling that kind of attention to himself was really the last thing he needed during his first year at Hogwarts.

It didn't matter if they were unpredictable Blacks or show-off Potters, or even someone harmless like Peter Pettigrew. None of these boys could be his friends, and it was time Remus started remembering it.

He didn't mind, Remus told himself. He didn't need friends.

Characters: Remus, James, Sirius, Peter and supporting cast

Warnings: None

Chapters: 7 + epilogue

Story:

chapter 7 )
 
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IN THE WRONG HOUSE (chapter 6)

Summary:

Sirius Black, Remus thought, was just as arrogant and annoying as James Potter, and he wished the two of them would stop getting into fights. Because Remus kept finding himself stepping in to stop them, and calling that kind of attention to himself was really the last thing he needed during his first year at Hogwarts.

It didn't matter if they were unpredictable Blacks or show-off Potters, or even someone harmless like Peter Pettigrew. None of these boys could be his friends, and it was time Remus started remembering it.

He didn't mind, Remus told himself. He didn't need friends.

Characters: Remus, James, Sirius, Peter and supporting cast

Warnings: None

Chapters: 7 + epilogue

Story:

chapter 6 )
 
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IN THE WRONG HOUSE (chapter 5)

Summary:

Sirius Black, Remus thought, was just as arrogant and annoying as James Potter, and he wished the two of them would stop getting into fights. Because Remus kept finding himself stepping in to stop them, and calling that kind of attention to himself was really the last thing he needed during his first year at Hogwarts.

It didn't matter if they were unpredictable Blacks or show-off Potters, or even someone harmless like Peter Pettigrew. None of these boys could be his friends, and it was time Remus started remembering it.

He didn't mind, Remus told himself. He didn't need friends.

Characters: Remus, James, Sirius, Peter and supporting cast

Warnings: None

Chapters: 7 + epilogue

Story:

chapter 5 )
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IN THE WRONG HOUSE (chapter 4)

Summary:

Sirius Black, Remus thought, was just as arrogant and annoying as James Potter, and he wished the two of them would stop getting into fights. Because Remus kept finding himself stepping in to stop them, and calling that kind of attention to himself was really the last thing he needed during his first year at Hogwarts.

It didn't matter if they were unpredictable Blacks or show-off Potters, or even someone harmless like Peter Pettigrew. None of these boys could be his friends, and it was time Remus started remembering it.

He didn't mind, Remus told himself. He didn't need friends.

Characters: Remus, James, Sirius, Peter and supporting cast

Warnings: None

Chapters: 7 + epilogue

Story:

chapter 4 )
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IN THE WRONG HOUSE (chapter 3)

Summary:

Sirius Black, Remus thought, was just as arrogant and annoying as James Potter, and he wished the two of them would stop getting into fights. Because Remus kept finding himself stepping in to stop them, and calling that kind of attention to himself was really the last thing he needed during his first year at Hogwarts.

It didn't matter if they were unpredictable Blacks or show-off Potters, or even someone harmless like Peter Pettigrew. None of these boys could be his friends, and it was time Remus started remembering it.

He didn't mind, Remus told himself. He didn't need friends.

Characters: Remus, James, Sirius, Peter and supporting cast

Warnings: None

Chapters: 7 + epilogue

Story:

chapter 3 )
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IN THE WRONG HOUSE (chapter 2)

Summary:

Sirius Black, Remus thought, was just as arrogant and annoying as James Potter, and he wished the two of them would stop getting into fights. Because Remus kept finding himself stepping in to stop them, and calling that kind of attention to himself was really the last thing he needed during his first year at Hogwarts.

It didn't matter if they were unpredictable Blacks or show-off Potters, or even someone harmless like Peter Pettigrew. None of these boys could be his friends, and it was time Remus started remembering it.

He didn't mind, Remus told himself. He didn't need friends.

Characters: Remus, James, Sirius, Peter and supporting cast

Warnings: None

Chapters: 7 + epilogue

Story:

chapter 2 )
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IN THE WRONG HOUSE (chapter 1)

Summary:

Sirius Black, Remus thought, was just as arrogant and annoying as James Potter, and he wished the two of them would stop getting into fights. Because Remus kept finding himself stepping in to stop them, and calling that kind of attention to himself was really the last thing he needed during his first year at Hogwarts.

It didn't matter if they were unpredictable Blacks or show-off Potters, or even someone harmless like Peter Pettigrew. None of these boys could be his friends, and it was time Remus started remembering it.

He didn't mind, Remus told himself. He didn't need friends.

Characters: Remus, James, Sirius, Peter and supporting cast

Warnings: None

Chapters: 7 + epilogue

Acknowledgements to:

...the one and only JKR for this spectacular sandbox. I don't own it!

...Kaydeefalls for first planting the idea that maybe James and Sirius weren't fast friends from the moment they met like we tend to assume, in "The Years of the Rat."

...Sam Starbuck for the idea that the Sorting Hat put Remus in Gryffindor because "he needed courageous people around him," in "The Sorting Hat" (part of his "Moon Meadow Anthology").

…Jules, I think, was the first I saw give James' dad the profession I've also found fitting for him, in her epic-length story "The Life and Times."

...plus whoever it was that suggested – though they phrased it far more elegantly – that Remus and Peter ended up in Gryffindor, when many would have pegged them as Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff respectively, because the Marauders were simply so very much meant to be.

Story:

In the Wrong House, chapter 1 )
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AMONG THESE FIELDS OF GOLD


Summary:

"And someday we'll be coming here with your grandchildren, Prongs," Remus said, "and they'll all run round the field and you'll try to tell them stories about the old days and they'll be properly horrified to think their doddering elders ever even did young people things."

"Like this, you mean?" James asked and leaned over to give Lily a smacking kiss on the lips.

"Ewww!" Sirius moaned. "My eyes, Prongs! My eyes!"

"Or it will just be Sirius you horrify," Remus murmured, suppressing a smirk as Sirius tackled James.

(Set after OotP, but also in the Marauders era.)


Characters Remus, with James, Lily and Sirius

Warnings: None

Words: 1,900

Disclaimer: I don't own the wizarding world or Number 12, Grimmauld Place.

Tangentially inspired by Eva Cassidy's version of "Fields of Gold."

Story:

Among these Fields of Gold )

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