Characters/Pairing: James Potter, Severus Snape, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, Remus Lupin
Summary: James' Valentine's Day prank against Snape goes very wrong.
Word Count: 490
Notes: written for Writer's Block: Picture Prompt challenge
As far as James was concerned, this prank could go down in the books as a complete and utter failure. Really, he'd just been trying to have some fun, and wind Snape up in the process (which was his very DEFINITION of fun, let's be honest). What he hadn't counted on was for it to blow up in his face.
... Not literally, mind, but. Well. Almost. It had started with a speculation on Sirius' part, wondering how Snape would react to the prospect of having a secret admirer. James had, of course, jumped on it straight away, and Peter hadn't been far behind. Remus had vetoed the idea, but in the end, that hadn't stopped the three of them from actually deciding to go ahead and do it, and plotting.
Finally, three weeks and one Hogsmeade trip later to get all the elements of the plan in order, and they were on their way - and in all honesty, it had pained James not to get the new curried candies, it really had, but they were trying to make it seem like someone really fancied him before bursting his bubble rather spectacularly. The candies and the note were sent the morning of the Slytherin and Ravenclaw match, and, much to Remus' weary disapproval, they had their eyes glued to the Slytherin table as they waited for Snape's reaction.
Really, the complete lack of reaction at receiving a big, gaudy pink box of chocolates should have been a tip off, but James was looking for something more... excited. The three of them had their heads together, whispering suggestions of his reaction, but Snape didn't even read the note, just tucked the chocolates up under his arm, stood up, and left the Great Hall with no outward sign of what he was thinking. It stunned them into silence for a few minutes, and all James could do was go back to his food as he tried to think of something to say.
It was Sirius who finally broke their silence first. "Well, THAT was disappointing."
"Whatever, we can always just get those curried candies I wanted to go with," James said, smirking a bit.
"I'd rather not waste more money on that wanker," Sirius retorted, rolling his eyes and tossing a roll at James' head.
James ducked it and laughed, only to be distracted by a tug on his sleeve. He turned to look at Remus, who was staring up at the ceiling, and frowned. "Er, what is it?"
"It seems you have mail," Remus said dryly, just as the big, gaudy box of chocolates dropped onto the table in front of him. A note dropped on top of it a moment later, and James could only stare in mounting horror as the howler flew up from the box and boomed for all the Great Hall to hear, "JAMES POTTER FANCIES SEVERUS SNAPE. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST."
... Well, bollocks. He was never going to live this one down.