Chapter 1 : Stargazing
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“Only because he fancies you, Lily. Remember when he flipped me on my back? He’s only jealous of our friendship.”
Lily sat up, a wide grin shone on her face, showing off her shiny teeth. “Imagine that- James Potter, jealous!” She giggled at the thought and ran a finger through her red hair, which had knotted from her lying down. The grass was slightly damp, but neither sixteen year old minded much. The stars were so bright, and the moon was so full it looked like it might burst. The night was cloudless, the air warm. “He’s not a bad person, just ignorant. Like his friends,” she added thoughtfully.
“An ignorant dunderhead,” Severus murmured under his breath, frowning. Lily appeared not to have heard him, and instead stared up at the sky.
Lily pointed out a rather bright star, and described how it reminded her of the tip of a wand, after someone had said “Lumos”. Like when the brightness of the spell increased for a millisecond before it went out.
“I think I’ll call it…….” Lily furrowed her brow, thinking.
“I’ll call it ‘Lily’,” Severus whispered, squeezing her hand. The corners of her mouth turned up slightly, and she pointed to another star.
Snape didn’t bother looking to reprimand the students hiding behind the trees, probably pranking each other. While he was cold-hearted snake, he didn’t have the energy or the will to get angry with anyone. Tonight was his- and Lily’s- night. As he sat down in the grass, his heart pounded. For a moment, he was sure he could smell Lily, but then it was gone and Snape realized how silly he’d been. Lily was here, he was sure, just not….here.
“Don’t be silly,” Severus sighed, looking up at the star Lily had named after him. It was quite late out, but neither seemed to mind. Not even Lily, who hardly ever got into much trouble. It wasn’t that Severus got into a ton of trouble, just more than Lily.
“Why am I silly?” the other sixteen year old asked defensively.
“It just seems like only you should have a star. You’re the brightest of us.”
Snape looked up, and pictured her face doing the same. There were Lily and Severus, the two stars they’d named after each other. They were positioned right next to each other, though Severus seemed to be a lot dimmer than Lily. Dimmer than the night they named it. Much dimmer.
“You know, Sev, I better getting going. It’s getting quite late.” Severus was confused. Why would she care if got late?
“But it’s Friday. You’ve got no classes tomorrow.”
“Well…” Lily hesitated, sitting up. “I, um, have plans tomorrow. Real early.”
“But the only thing that happens so early is……” Severus stopped, realizing what was going on. “Quidditch practice,” he finished. “Why?”
Lily took a deep breath and bit her lip. “Well…James asked me if I wanted to come see it before Mary and I go for the Hogsmeade trip.”
The memory still brought back uncomfortable feelings of loneliness and jealousy. Those feelings were the ones that would haunt him until he died, that would follow him like a pet dog. But Snape knew that that was his own fault.
A chill ran down his back, and Snape knew that if he stayed here, the worst memories of his time with Lily would haunt him. He needed to leave.
Standing up, he frowned, looked at the brighter star, and whispered, “Goodnight Lily.”
“Goodnight, Sev,” the wind whispered back, fading away as he walked towards the castle.