It was now Thursday night. James and I returned from our rounds and I went upstairs to get changed into my pajamas. Then I went back downstairs to fetch my charms book when I heard James and Remus talking. I hid behind the wall.
“So you and Lily are actually talking now huh?”
“Yeah,” James grinned. “We’re really good friends.”
“But you still want it to be more, don’t you?”
“I love Lily, Moony,” he said in an honest voice, and my body froze. “I love her so much, but she doesn’t believe me. If she doesn’t like me then that’s fine, but I will never stop loving her. I’ve been taking your advice and actually grew up, and that seems to be working. She’s talking to me at least.”
“I told you it would work. All she wanted was for you to grow up. Now that you have, she’s noticed you.” Remus looked at his watch and sighed. “I have to go, Prongs. Just remember my advice and everything will work. I promise you.”
James nodded as Remus got up and walked out the door. I waited for a moment to make James think that I wasn’t eavesdropping then entered the common room.
“Hi,” I answered the best way I could without the nervousness running through me.
“Have you decided who you’re going to Hogsmeade with?”
“No one. You?”
“So, what would you say if I asked you to go with me?”
He looked shocked for a moment before nodding slowly, apparently not believing that I would actually go to Hogsmeade with him.
“I would love to go with you,” he smiled.
I smiled happily.
“Good. Meet me down here at about eleven and then we’ll head out.”
“Ok. And Lily thanks.”
I nodded to him and stood up, grabbing my charms book off from the table. I went back to my dorm and climbed into my bed, falling asleep within minutes.
Friday seemed to pass by quickly. James and I did our rounds before retreating to bed. I couldn’t sleep though. Even though the trip to Hogsmeade wasn’t a date, it seemed like it and I felt a little nervous. I had no idea why, but I just did.
My muggle alarm clock beeping woke me up again. I got up and got ready for the day ahead. It was suppose to be cold today, so I put on my green sweatshirt, a pair of jeans, my Gryffindor scarf and some mittens.
When I was ready, I traveled downstairs to the common room to wait for James. Most likely, he was at breakfast with his marauder friends. So I went to the Gryffindor common room to find Alice and Frank on the couch.
“Morning, Lily. Are you going to Hogsmeade with us?” Frank asked. I shook my head.
“I asked James to go with me and he said yes.”
“Wait, YOU asked James to Hogsmeade?”
“Yes I did. And no, not as a date. Just as new friends.”
“It’s just shocking, Lily. I can’t believe you asked him.”
“So what do you two plan on doing?” I asked, hoping to change the subject.
“We’re not quite sure. Just going to wander around and see.”
“Maybe James and I will join up with you two later.”
“I better go. I told James I would meet him back in our common room.”
“Ok. Bye, Lily!”
I turned and walked out. I walked quickly back to the head’s common room and found James patiently waiting for me. I smiled at him.
“Hey. You ready to go?”
He helped me through the portrait hole and we walked slowly down to the entrance courtyard. Somehow, Sirius, Remus, and Peter were waiting for us. I wonder if James told them about this.
“I don’t believe it!” Sirius almost screamed, his eyes wide as he stared at us. “Evans actually did ask Prongsie here!”
“It seems so, Padfoot. It seems very so.”
I rolled my eyes and James just smiled.
“So, does this mean that you’re d-d-dating?” Peter asked
“No, we’re not dating.”
“C’mon, Evans! Prongs has done everything to date you!”
“Sirius, stay out of it!” James said angrily. “C’mon, Lily, let’s go.”
Sirius was trying to apologize, but James and I continued on. Remus, Sirius, and Peter were following behind. I wonder if Alice and Frank had left yet.
“I didn’t mean to make you mad,” I said, breaking the silence. “I only told him that we’re not dating.”
“I know,” he said, stopping and turning to face me. “Sirius just goes too far sometimes. I told him that we weren’t dating and he’s still trying to get us together.”
“Don’t be mad at him. He’s just joking.”
“So where do you want to go?” I asked, hoping to take his mind off of things.
“How about the Three Broomsticks? I can buy you a butterbeer.”
“I’d like that, thanks.”
We walked slowly to Hogsmeade. James seemed to remain silent, so I decided to break it.
“What do you want to do after school?”
“I want to be an auror. I want this war to be finished. Being an auror can help that. My father’s an auror, you see. He says it’s a really good job. What do you want to do?”
“I also want to be an auror.”
He looked surprised as he looked back at me. “Really now?”
“I picture you more as a teacher, but you’re a pretty good fighter. I can see you as an auror.”
“A teacher now?”
We walked silently for another moment.
“What about your family?” I asked.
“I have my mother and my father. I’m an only child. Sirius also lives with us.”
“And’s why that?”
“Can you promise not tell anyone?”
“Sirius never really got along with his family. Sirius favors the good side while his family favors Voldemort and the dark arts. They were always fighting, so at sixteen he finally had enough and ran away. He came to my house, and since he stayed quite often anyway, my parents had no issue taking him in. He’s been staying with us ever since.”
“So that’s why everyone was shocked when Sirius was chosen for Gryffindor?”
“Yup. Everyone in his family has been in Slytherin.”
“Thank you for telling me that. I know it must be kinda private.”
“Like I said, we’re friends. Friends trust each other, right?”
“So tell me about your family.”
“I have my mother and my father. I also have a sister who pretty much hates me.”
“And why is that?”
“She’s a muggle,” I said, almost in a hateful tone, “she got jealous when we found out I was a witch. She started calling me a freak and stopped talking to me.”
“Well that’s not right,” he said in a caring tone, looking down at me. “You’d think your sister would be happy that her sister is a witch.”
We finally made it to the Three Broomsticks. Once we entered, we found a table and sat down, immediately ordering two butterbeers from the Madam Rosmerta.
“Her boyfriend makes me mad as well,” I continued on, “She’s so in love with him and he’s like a whale. He’s huge, he only talks about himself and it seems like she invites him over every time I come home. It’s so annoying.”
“They they are!” I heard a familiar voice call.
“They found us,” James muttered. I giggled.
“Evans! Prongs! We’d thought we’d never find you!” Sirius said, sitting in the chair next to me. Remus, Peter, Alice and Frank sat down as well.
“Sirius, you talk WAY too much.”
“Nice try, Lily, but we’ve been trying to tell him that for years,” Remus smiled.
“I hope you guys don’t mind that we’re sitting here,” Alice said.
“Of course not. We’re all friends here.”
“Yup,” I added on.
“So are you guys enjoying Hogsmeade?” Peter asked.
“We’ve only been here.”
“You guys are slow,” Sirius said, and I noticed he was sitting rather close to his date.
“We were talking, Padfoot,” James said, and Sirius grinned.
“We were. We just walked slowly.”
“Who’s your date over there, Sirius? You never introduced us.”
The girl sitting next to him had short, dark hair and blue eyes. She seemed shy as she sat quietly the whole time.
“This is Victoria. She’s in ravenclaw.”
“Nice to meet you,” I greeted. She nodded in return.
“Moony, you ok?” James asked. I looked at Remus and noticed he looked extremely pale. He looked like he was sick.
“I’m fine, Prongs. If you don’t mind I’m going to head back to the school and rest.”
I noticed that James, Sirius, and Peter shared a look as Remus got up and left the table. I looked at Alice and Frank in worry and noticed that they didn’t know anything either.
“Don’t worry guys. He’s just not feeling well,” James announced, glancing at Sirius again.
“I’m going to follow him and make sure he’s ok,” Peter said, getting up.
“Thanks, Pete. See you later,” Sirius said. Peter left.
“So what do you guys want to do?” Alice said, hoping to break the silence.
“Well, I think Victoria and I are going to walk around Zonko’s for a little while. Does anyone else want to come?”
“Alice and I are going to Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop for a date. James, Lily, you two coming?”
“No, thank you. We haven’t decided where we’re going yet.”
“Ok. We’ll catch up later.”
Sirius paid for his and Victoria’s drinks while Frank and Alice paid for theirs before they got up and left. I didn’t even realize that Remus and Peter had paid for theirs either but money was at their spots of the table.
“This is nice, you know,” James commented, looking down at his butterbeer. I smiled.
“It is. I just hope Remus gets better.”
“I’m sure he will. I’ll check up on him when we get back.”
I took a sip from my butterbeer and smiled at him. He smiled back, and my stomach did a back flip.
“Have you ever thought about your future?” I asked. “Other than being an auror.”
“Quite a bit,” he grinned, “with a pretty red-head. But seriously, I want to settle down, get married, and have a couple kids. I just wish this war could be finished before then. What about you?”
“Same,” I smiled. “Like you said, I just wish this war could get better.”
He got up and held his hand out to me, and I looked at him in confusion. He left enough money to pay for both of our drinks then led me out of the shop.
“Where are we going?”
We walked down to Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop and I looked at James again. He was smiling to himself, and I could only think of what he was up to.
“We’re not going in here, don’t worry.”
“Then where are we going?”
He led me down a little longer to the Tomes and Scrolls bookshop. My head was pounding now. What was he up to?
“Since you told me you want to be an auror, I think I might have a good book in mind that will help you with it. I’ll be right back.”
I nodded as he disappeared behind the store. I looked around Hogsmeade for a moment before I felt someone tap me on the shoulder. I turned around.
“Oh, it’s you,” I said dryly, staring in disgust at Severus. “What do you want?”
“Lily, can we please talk?”
“Get away from me,” I hissed.
He grabbed a tight hold of my wrist before I could move. I groaned in pain as he pulled me closer to him.
“I never meant to call you a mudblood.”
“Then why did you?”
“I don’t know!”
“I’ve told you this before and I’ll tell you again, I’m done talking to you, I’m done standing up for you. Just leave me alone.”
“Not until you understand.”
His hands wrapped around my arms and his fingers dug deep into my skin. I tried breaking away but his grip became harder. My arms went numb.
“I’m not leaving until you understand, Lily.”
‘James. James, please help!’
“Why don’t you just go hang out with your death eater friends!” I hissed. He was furious now. If he wasn’t holding me we both could have pulled our wands out.
“You know me better than that.”
“I don’t know you at all anymore, nor do I want to.”
“SNAPE!” James screamed, his wand already out. Severus pushed me down to the ground and I fell on my back, my head hitting the pavement hard.
My vision began to swim. My head was hurting. I could hear James and Severus fighting, but couldn’t see what was going on.
“I swear if you ever touch her again---” James said angrily.
“You’ll do what, Potter?!”
It became silent. I heard footsteps running towards me and I could vaguely make out James’ face as he lightly held me in his arms.
“Lily, are you ok?”
“James?” I asked quietly, my head snuggling into his chest. I felt his hands move my hair out of my face. “I hit my head.”
“Can you walk?”
“I don’t think so,” I muttered quietly, almost asleep. I’m not quite sure what happened next, but I fell asleep.
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