Chapter 1 : Halloween
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Author's Note-This story starts at Halloween, so James and Lily are sorta friends. They're both head boy and girl, and actually do respect each other. Almost two months of school have now passed, so they're both on good terms.
Want to know a funny story? I never, ever, thought that I would like James Potter. Yet, halfway through the term, everything about him is different, different enough for me to notice.
He’s head boy! I couldn’t believe it at first. Why would Dumbledore make the most troublemaking kid at Hogwarts head boy? The very thought drove me mad.
But I noticed a huge change in him. He no longer pulled pranks. He even got mad at Sirius for playing a prank on him! That really surprised me. He and Sirius always played pranks on the students. Sirius of course wasn’t too happy about that, but I was. He even stopped his bullying as well.
James took his head boy duties very seriously. Told students to stop fighting, pranking, and even encouraged them to do their homework. And yet again, we’re talking about James Potter here!
Speaking of. . . . .
“Hey, Lily!” James called out, walking up to me. I smiled at him. “Ready for head duties?”
“Yep,” I said, taking the hand he offered out to me so I could get off the couch. We then walked slowly out of the common room and even more slowly down the hallways.
“Have a good day, Evans?”
“I thought I told you to call me Lily,” I said, looking at him.
“Sorry, force of habit,” he smiled.
“I had a great day, thanks. And yours?”
“Very good. I actually got an ‘E’ on my potions paper, thanks to you.”
“Well, I’m glad to help,” I smiled. It was silent for a few minutes as we roamed the hallways, looking around to make sure no one’s out of their common room.
“Evans-Lily-can I talk to you for a minute?” he asked, pulling me to the side. He had a serious look on his face and I knew that he needed to talk to me seriously.
“I want to apologize, Lily. For everything I’ve done the past six years. Asking you out, embarrassing you, acting like such a prat. . . .”
My mouth opened in surprise. James was apologizing! Apologizing for everything! Am I dreaming? I have to be dreaming.
“I promise that I’m not going to embarrass you ever again. Sirius either. If he does I’m hexing him into next week.”
“Marauder promise,” he said, holding his hand out. I shook it.
“Thank you and apology accepted.”
“I want to be your friend, Lily, if that’s ok with you,” he said, looking deep into my eyes. I stood there stunned. Just friends, nothing more than that?
“I would love to be friends.”
He smiled, and we walked on to continue our head boy and girl duties.
The sound of my muggle alarm clock beeping woke me up. I groaned, unbealived that it was Halloween today. It did seem like it.
I got cleaned up, dressed, and then met James down in our common room, sitting on the couch. He looked lost in his thoughts.
“A knut for your thoughts?” I asked. He jumped, but relaxed when he saw it was me.
“Happy Halloween, Lily.”
“Happy Halloween. Ready for classes?”
“Yep,” James said, getting up. We walked out of the head dorm’s room and met Sirius Black and Remus Lupin waiting for him.
“Morning, Prongs! Evans! Lovely holiday, isn’t it?”
James eyed him suspiciously.
“What do you have planned, Padfoot?”
“Why, James, I’m ashamed! How dare you accuse me of such antics!”
“Sirius I swear if you have anything planned. . . .”
“I don’t. Wouldn’t want to get the head boy in trouble, would I?”
“Anyway, James, Lily, ready to head off to breakfast? We could go over transfigurations notes.”
Sirius made a noise of disgust and said, “Am I the only sane one left?!”
“Sirius you were never sane,” I laughed. He glared at me.
“Watch it, Evans. Just because Prongs has a thing for you doesn’t me that I have to respect you.”
“Hey, Lily and I are just friends,” James answered. Remus and Sirius both looked happy.
“You guys are actually friends now?” Remus asked.
“Yep. Lily and I are just friends.”
I could tell by the sound of his voice that James wanted it to be more than friends. I felt bad for him.
“Well, off to breakfast then?” Sirius asked, rubbing his hands together.
“Let’s go,” Remus said, turning around to start walking. The three marauders started talking about what to do today but I remained silent. Could James still like me, even if I turned him down so much? Or was Sirius joking?
We reached the Great Hall and sat down for breakfast. Alice Blake, my best friend, was sitting at the Gryffindor table already eating breakfast. I sat down next to her.
“Morning, Lily. How were the rounds last night?”
“You’re not going to believe this, but James actually apologized for everything he’s done in the past six years.”
“I’m so not. He actually apologized, Alice! And he meant it too!”
“Wow. He really has changed, hasn’t he?”
“Indeed,” I said, filling my plate with food.
“So how do you think classes will go today?”
“Potions and transfiguration. Shouldn’t be too bad.”
We both watched as Sirius walked over to a sixth year Gryffindor and flirt with her, rolling our eyes in the process. James and Remus were laughing.
“He’s always with someone new,” Alice said.
“I know it. That boy will never learn.”
“Hey, Lily, Alice,” James said, walking up in front of us, Remus following, “mind if Remus and I sit here?”
“Sure,” we both answered. They sat down across from us.
“Wonder how Sirius is doing over there,” James laughed, shaking his head at his best friend.
“He’s going to get slapped in a minute.”
“Where’s Frank at, Alice?”
“I think he went to the library. He was in here earlier.”
“What about Peter?”
“He wasn’t feeling well so he went to the Hospital Wing.”
“So it’s just us.”
“And Sirius,” Remus said, looking back at his friend.
“Amazing, he hasn’t gotten slapped yet.”
“Best to go off to potions,” I said, grabbing my bag and getting up from the table. The other three followed suit. Sirius finally showed back up, no red mark across his cheek.
“I have a date to Hogsmeade on Saturday,” he grinned, stealing some food.
“Way to go, mate.”
“Why thank you, Prongs.”
“Wait, there’s a Hogsmeade trip this weekend?!” James asked frantically.
“Yes, James, I told you two nights ago,” I said.
“C’mon, James can decide who he wants to go to Hogsmeade with later.”
We all walked down to potions class, my mind racing at who James was going to take to Hogsmeade.
‘Wait, why am I thinking about that?’
Shaking my head, I sat down at my potions table and pulled my book out. Professor Slughorn walked into the class.
“Good morning, students. Now, as you know, this is your N.E.W.T.S. year and it’s a very important year. So, today I’m going to assign potions partners and we’re going to create the drought of peace. Sirius and Remus, Alice and Robby, James and Lily. . . . ”
My head shot up and I ignored the rest of the pairing. James was my partner today. This will be interesting.
Finally Slughorn stopped calling out the names and the partners moved to the tables. I looked up and saw James walking over to me. His handsome face was staring at me with a soft, gentle smile.
“You ok, Lils?” he asked, looking very concerned at me. I nodded.
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
“Shall we get started?”
Where was this nervousness coming from? I had never been nervous around James before and now I can’t say anything around him.
“So this is the drought of peace huh?”
So we spent the next hour creating the potion. I had to admit that James did a pretty good job. He and I worked really well together.
“Time’s up! Let’s see who did the best.” Professor Slughorn said, beginning to walk around the classroom.
“Thanks for the help,” he smiled. I smiled back.
“Anytime. You really have changed, haven’t you?”
“I told you I did. Like I said, I want to be your friend.”
“Well, well, well, what do we have here?” Professor Slughorn asked, looking into our cauldron. He smiled at the both of us. “Excellent! I say this is the best potion of the class! Ten points to Gryffindor! Clean up time everyone! Don’t forget to leave a vial for me to grade. ”
I grabbed the vial and poured a sample of the potion into it before James emptied the cauldron. He then walked over to the sink and cleaned it out. I washed off our desk.
“Hey Ev-Lily, I was wondering if-“he stopped and looked down.
“Nothing,” he said, shaking his head. He said goodbye and joined his marauder friends.
“What did Potter want?” Alice asked, walking up behind me. I shook my head.
“Nothing. Just nothing.”
Sighing, we walked off and headed back to the common room, my head swirling.
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