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21 December 2008 @ 05:21 pm
One Drop Too Few  

Challenge Twenty-One: Winter Holidays Past
Title: One Drop Too Few
Author: irespressogirl
Wizard/Witch: Sirius Black/Marlene McKinnon
Rating/Warnings: PG-13/R
Genre: Romance/Humour
Word count: Exactly 500
Prompt: 24. molten gold Felix Felicis
Summary: Sirius needs a bit of luck, but he doesn't get the kind he expects.

Sirius plopped onto the bench in the Great Hall with a sigh of exasperation. "I feel like I've been bitten by a mackled malaclaw."

James narrowed his eyes at his friend. "Do you know what a mackled malaclaw is, Padfoot?"

"No, but that doesn't mean I can't feel like I've been bitten by one, eh, mate?"

James snorted as Remus explained mildly that the crustacean's bite would give its victim bad luck for a week.

James nodded knowingly. "Who is she, then, mate?"

Sirius groaned and lightly pounded his head on the table. "Marlene McKinnon," came the barely-audible reply.

"Again? What happened this time?"

Following much lamenting on Sirius's part and laughter from his friends, Sirius finally gave in to their prodding. "Last night I was sneaking back from the kitchens...."

Sirius stepped from behind the fruit-bowl painting, arms laden with goods lavished upon him by the obliging Hogwarts house-elves. Pulling a map from his robes and tapping it lightly with his wand, Sirius whispered, "I solemnly swear I am up to no good." Since most were home for the holidays, Sirius was reasonably sure no one would be about, but he checked out of habit.

Glancing down at the Map, he gave a light start and narrowly missed spilling his treats on the ground. "Marlene McKinnon" floated along the fifth-floor corridor, apparently moving toward the Prefect's Bathroom.

"I knew I'd need a bit of help this time, so I stowed the goods and went down to the dungeons, intending to nick Slughorn's stash of luck potion."

The molten gold Felix Felicis bubbled entrancingly; tiny droplets leapt to and fro over the cauldron, but none spilt. Sirius captured a few dancing droplets in a small crystal vial. Slughorn had warned them what too much would do, and Sirius only needed enough to last the night.

"Happy Christmas," he whispered to himself before upending the small vial.

Immediately, a golden warmth spread throughout his limbs, giving the illusion of invincibility—and like he could have anything he wanted.

"Hold up!" James interrupted. "Where was I when all this was going on?"

Sirius shrugged, glancing pointedly toward the red-haired Head Girl.

"I didn't check the Map again. With Felix helping, there wasn't need."

Marlene's dark hair shimmered over bare shoulders as she moved gracefully from the bubble-filled pool.

Sirius, mesmerized by the glimmering light reflected from the droplets that clung to her exposed skin, moved silently toward the witch.

Encouraged by Marlene's alluring smile, Sirius pressed his lips tightly to hers. After a few minutes, Sirius, emboldened by the knowledge of the potion's aid, allowed his hands to drift lower on her backside.

The movement seemed to awaken Marlene from a trance, for she jumped away and turned steely grey eyes on her erstwhile lover.

Sirius choked on his words and stuttered to an abrupt halt.

"What happened then, mate?" James asked conspiratorially.

Sirius shook his head, staring slack-jawed at the witch behind James.

"Nothing." Marlene's cold word effectively froze the conversation.

Author's Notes: Many thanks to romancingwizard for all of their fantastic challenges! For more information about the mackled malaclaw, click here. Likewise for more information on Felix Felicis.

Proof Reader: seaislewitch

Sea Isle Witch: Black - Sirius by Odellaseaislewitch on December 21st, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
You have Sirius and James down pat. It's really amusing and fun.

IrishEspressoGirlirespressogirl on December 22nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Thank you! They are very fun to write. I love their interactions, and it's good they can give it as well as receive it.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!
Sea Isle Witch: Black - Sirius - Black is backseaislewitch on December 22nd, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Honestly, the characterizations were so on the mark with my personal canon. Excellent!
LewlinX: Padfootlewlinx on December 22nd, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
True to form! Padfoot and Prongs are just down pat perfect!
I just so feel for Sirius, sometimes his cockiness gets the better of him! LOL
Nicely done!
IrishEspressoGirlirespressogirl on December 22nd, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love to write the pair of them. He is pretty over-confident. Thought he knew what he was doing with Felix, but it turned out he was over-cautious. That rarely happens, lol.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!
closetravenclaw: HP-Marauders Mapclosetravenclaw on December 22nd, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
LOL. Busted--twice, it would seem. Sirius may actually prefer to be bitten by a mackled malaclaw now than face Marlene's wrath.
IrishEspressoGirlirespressogirl on December 22nd, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Ha! Well, I doubt Sirius would be attracted to her were she not feisty and likely to bite his head off if he stepped out of line.

Thanks for reading!
beffeysuebeffeysue on December 22nd, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Poor Sirius. He might just as well have been bitten by a mackled malaclaw.
IrishEspressoGirlirespressogirl on December 22nd, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Ah, he got the short end of the stick, I reckon, but it was definitely his own fault!

Thanks for reading!
redvelvetcanopy: Sirius for Christmas by witch-fairyredvelvetcanopy on December 22nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Brilliant! Sirius and James are just perfect. I'm glad Marlene was there to set them straight!
IrishEspressoGirlirespressogirl on December 22nd, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Sirius & James are fun to write together. They play off of one another so well. And Marlene has a great strong personality.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!
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IrishEspressoGirlirespressogirl on December 22nd, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Ah, well. Just think how bad it would have been had he taken enough to get laid and then it wore off...somehow I think Marlene would have liked that even less. I had fun writing Sirius and James -- I think they're great characters.

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!
Gelseygelsey on December 22nd, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
*shakes head* Boys will be boys. Good on Marlene for putting a stop to it! I love your characterizations here.
IrishEspressoGirlirespressogirl on December 22nd, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *laughs* Of course they will. It helps when you have great characters to work with. :)

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!
harmony_bitesharmony_bites on December 23rd, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Ha! Interesting to see James and Sirius here. You wrote them so they really come across as friends of that age and like their canon selves.
MissBrookeirishcyn on December 24th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Hehehehe!!!! Poor Sirius! *sighs* I love him to death. I loved the interaction between James and Sirius! I can totally see Sirius's face when he sees Marlene. And her response to the conversation!!! *dances* Toast!