Peter and Remus were about to run out the door of the hospital wing to find Darla, but there was no need. They had barely taken a step when she burst into the room, looking rather angry.
"I came out of the ladies' to find Dumbledore leading you two out. I just ran all the way back here and found that you lot were dragged here. Why would Dumbledore..." her voice trailed off from her rant when she saw Sirius in the bed the other Marauders and Lily were surrounding. "What happened to you?" she asked, stunned.
"Well, Darla, ol' Snivelly followed us into the Shrieking Shack and cast some sort of Dark magic on me and I would've died if James and Lily hadn't gotten me here as fast as they did," Sirius explained calmly.
"That rotten little sneak!" Darla shouted. "Wait'll I get my hands on him, I'll throttle that little-"
"It's alright, Darla," James assured her. "Lily already gave him a piece of her mind."
"Everyone out," Madam Pomfrey called, bustling into the ward from her office. "Mr. Black has just suffered a terrible ordeal and now he must have his rest."
"But, Madame Pomfrey, me and Lily were witnesses, don't you think we were traumatised too?" James protested.
"I don't see you two showing any signs of trauma," she said, now shooing the other three students out the door.
Just then, Lily collapsed on one side of Sirius' bed and buried her face within her arms.
"It's all my fault he's like this," she cried in a muffled voice. "He wouldn't have been hurt if I had gone out with James."
James stared at her. It was looking a little fishy that she was crying over Sirius. Then he saw her lift her head an inch and she winked at him before letting her head fall again.
"Now dear, you didn't cast that dreadful curse," Madam Pomfrey told her, now coming her side. "Maybe you should stay here."
James, taking the hint, fell to his knees.
"Madam Pomfrey, my best friend was almost killed!" he exclaimed. "I saw the whole thing right before my eyes, I wasn't sure if I would ever see him again!"
"Oh dear!" she sighed in exasperation. "You can stay, of course. Almost having your friend die before your eyes, what was I thinking. Of course you and Miss Evans are traumatised. Now pick out a bed and I'll get you both a Calming Draught while I fetch Mr. Black's Blood-Replenishing Potion."
With that said, she went back into her office.
"Nice acting you guys," Sirius congratulated them. "I don't think I could've done it better."
"I had to do it, James would never have thought of doing that on his own," Lily replied grinning.
"And what's that supposed to mean?" James asked in a mock offended tone.