June 28th, 2004
"Jesus Christ, Pete!" snapped Sirius. He threw the bacon onto Peter's plate. "I'll see you on the field, Jay."
Sirius stood and hurried out of the Great Hall. He went straight down to the Gryffindor locker rooms.
"Did ya bring it?" asked Charlie excitedly as Sirius entered the room.
Sirius put on a smile. "Bring what?"
"The potion, Sirius, the potion!" encouraged Mundungus.
"No, I left it in the dorms. I didn't want James to get suspicious I asked your brother to bring--"
Pinching his nose and holding a bottle of bright blue liquid as far away from him as his arm would allow, Bill Weasley suddenly burst through the door, his flaming hair whipping behind him. "What in the hell is this stuff, Sirius?"
"Wouldn't you like to know," said Sirius, taking the potion from Bill and bringing an opaque red water bottle down from the shelf in his locker.
He quickly poured the blue stuff into the water bottle and then vanished the potion bottle. He set the red water bottle on a bench between two rows of lockers.
Bill, Charlie, and Mundungus were watching Sirius expectantly.
"You'll see. I don't want to give it away."
"But I wanna see! James'll get suspicious if I'm in here while you guys are getting ready for the game!"
Sirius opened his locker all the way and motioned for Bill to get inside.
"Brilliant," said Bill. He climbed in just as the rest of the team started to file in and change for the match.
Mundungus began to laugh excitedly and Sirius gave him a reproachful look.
He spoke in an undertone, "Dung, you're going to give it away! Now am I gonna have to shut you up?" He rose his wand for full effect.
Mundungus shook his head, gave Sirius a smile, and then covered his mouth.
As James strode through the doors, Charlie, Sirius, and Dung chanced a meaningful glance before routinely changing into their Quidditch robes. James opened the locker next to Sirius' and also began to change.
Sirius picked up the water bottle on the bench and thrust it in front of James. "Here ya go, Jay, I filled your bottle already."
"Thanks, mate," said James as he took the bottle from him. "Everybody ready?" he called after he'd finished dressing. "Alright everyone, listen up."
James took a long swig from the bottle as everyone gathered around him. He made a disgusted face as he swallowed and threw the bottle aside. Charlie and Mundungus started to crack up and hid behind Sirius as James prepared to give his pre-game speech.
"Now...toes need our really be on to we."
Sirius's locker, Charlie, and Mundungus suddenly erupted into laughter. Sirius bit his tongue to keep himself from laughing.
"Hell what the?"
Sirius suddenly doubled over holding his stomach, Charlie was on the floor, and Dung sat on the bench and started to fan his red face. There was a loud bang from inside Sirius' locker.
"Do guys what you did? Right it fix now!"
The rest of the Gryffindor team now joined in on the laughter.
"I'm your ass gonna kick!"
A fresh wave of laughter spread throughout the team. This time James broke down and chuckled with them.
"I'm your ass?! Hahahahahaha!!!!!" choked Mundungus.
James finally realized that if he waited long enough between words, he could fool the potion into thinking he had finished speaking. He said each word one at a time with a sufficient gap inbetween. "Fix...it...now...Black!"
"Help you, I will!" replied Sirius in his best Yoda voice.
This spurred a new chorus of laughter.
"You just hafta let it wear off, Jay," said Sirius. "It's a word scrambler potion. Brilliant, huh? How'd it taste?"
James rolled his eyes. "It...tasted...like...shit."
"That would make sense. It smelled like shit, too," said Sirius' locker.
A few of them froze. James crossed to the locker and opened it.
Bill looked out at him from inside and waved. "Hiya, James."
A few minutes before the match, the potion had worn off and James had turned back into "Drill Sargeant Potter," as Sirius called him.
"Sorry, mate, just thought you needed a little lightening up, ya know?"
"Thanks for caring," replied James coldly.
Sirius winked as a smile slowly crept across James' lips.
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