PLEASE READ: Second chapter up! No, third chapter yet, sorry. :) I'll update ASAP, promise!


2. FORCED AND FURIOUS

"Albus Dumbledore?" Jolie asked tentatively as she entered Dumbledore's study. A low whistle-like sound startled her, and she looked around and saw a phoenix perched on a desk. She approached the phoenix, unafraid, and it nibbled affectionately on her finger.

"What brings a Durmstrang student here in my study?"

For a moment, Jolie thought the phoenix had actually spoken. But it was Albus Dumbledore, with his long silvery beard, standing mid-way in his staircase. Jolie just simply stared at him.

Dumbledore smiled at her gently, and gestured to the phoenix. "Fawkes is a marvelous creature, my dear. A phoenix, you know." He nodded.

"Yes, sir," Jolie mumbled.

"Now," Albus Dumbledore said in a business-like way, "you wish to speak to me."

Jolie opened her mouth to speak but then closed it. Dumbledore said it as a statement, not a question. "Sir," Jolie said, "I need a place to stay… No, to study. I… I can't take it anymore in Durmstrang. Our headmaster now, ever since Professor Cosmoss died, is a Death Eater. He insists on teaching our school the ways of the Dark Arts. I'm not the first to run away. In fact, the parents aren't allowed to withdraw their children from Durmstrang anymore, we are all forced to study the Dark Arts. I ran away, and I found myself in the Forbidden Forest . If it weren't for those three boys, I wouldn't be here right now."

"Three boys?"

"Yes, sir. There were three of them, in the Forbidden Forest, and they had an invisibility cloak. They helped me and took me here."

"Ah. James and Sirius, obviously. And Peter, too, perhaps, considering Remus' state currently…" Dumbledore trailed off.

"Those who refused to study the Dark Arts were punished, sir. And cruelly, too." A dark expression creeped up on Jolie's beautiful face.

"You need a place to study, you say? Very well. You may study here, in Hogwarts. We will keep you safe, surely your headmaster wouldn't like your running away. You will stay in the hospital wing tonight to get cleaned up. Tomorrow, at breakfast, you are to sit next to me before being sorted into your new house. Then we will arrange for your dormitory and your new school supplies."

"Yes. Thank you, sir."

"You may go," Dumbledore smiled kindly at her, "The hospital wing is two floors below, at the end of the left corridor." He secretly wondered how she passed through all those protective enchantments around Hogwarts. He guessed a little but did not press the topic any further.

And he gestured her to the door.


"Pumpkin pasty," said James to the portrait of the Fat Lady.

"Oh, you boys give me a rough time," she complained. "All this sneaking about, it's going to do you no good, I tell you!" And she swung open for James, Sirius and Peter to enter the Gryffindor Common Room.

"We have to tell Moony about tonight!" Sirius said while they all ran straight to their dormitory.

They went to Remus, in bed, already asleep, and started to shake him up.

"Remus—"

"Moony, wake up—"

"We've got loads to tell you—"

Remus sat up, "What?! I was already sleeping!" He frowned at them.

Sirius started to talk. "Moony, we went to the Forbidden Forest and—"

"Don't tell me," he raised his hand up, "and you earned detention." He completed the sentence in a matter-of-fact tone.

"No! Well, we still have detention tomorrow night anyway for hexing Aubrey. Looks like we can't go with you for your transformation—but that's not the point, Moony, I found a girl! A Durmstrang girl!"

"WE found a girl, Padfoot," corrected James.

"Whatever," Sirius said. "anyway—"

"Wait, WHAT?!" Remus interjected. "Durmstrang? Padfoot, that was dangerous, how could you—"

"Well, that's what Prongs said, but he was wrong, as always, with girls—"

"Excuse me?!" said James.

"—but this girl was a totally different one. She RAN AWAY from that stupid school and she ended up here! In Hogwarts! Then she asked us to take her—"

"She RAN AWAY?!" asked Remus in a very surprised tone.

"—to Dumbledore's study! I dunno why, we didn't really talk much, it was weird with her. It's like when she's around, the walls have eyes and ears and all and they keep on spying on you, like that. She was covered in really bad wounds anyway, dunno how it got there."

There was silence as the Marauders were left in their own thoughts.

"Her name's Jolie Daniels," James told Remus.

"'Daniels'? Weird. Sounds familiar. Wait a minute… HOW was she able to get into the school? I mean there are protective enchantments all over—"

"I dunno, maybe she apparated—"

"You can't apparate in and out of Hogwarts, Prongs!" Remus snapped.

"Then, I dunno! Secret passages, maybe, but which—"

"YOU BOYS UP THERE, SLEEP AND SHUT UP OR ELSE IT'LL ALL BE DETENTION!" said Amos Diggory from another room.

James said, "Well, I suppose that's our cue. Can't afford anymore detentions," and then he put on a dreamy face, "and I still haven't asked my Lilykins for Hogsmeade tomorrow."

Sirius, Remus and Peter laughed and rolled their eyes. And they all went to sleep.


PLEASE READ: Okay so this chapter was short. :| But I hope you guys have a few ideas of what the "secret" is already. :) I gave away a bit of stuff. ANYWAY- Why does Jolie's last name sound familar to Remus?! Why was she covered in really bad wounds?! well, she had woulds actually, because she was punished in durmstrang for refusing to do dark magic. =)) but anyway, for the first question, again, the answer comes later on...