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The Unexpected: A Lily and James Story! by Emms16

Format: Novel
Chapters: 36
Word Count: 168,086
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language

Genres: Romance
Characters: James
Pairings: James/Lily

First Published: 12/13/2002
Last Chapter: 06/19/2003
Last Updated: 08/24/2005

Summary:
Prologue!


Chapter 3: The Horrible Summer

Disclaimer: I don’t own anything! I own May and that’s about it.

Remember to READ AND REVIEW!

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Lily stared down at the book propped open in front of her. She’d read the same sentence over 13 times, and it wasn’t making any more sense as it had when she’d first read it. She rubbed her eyes sleepily, and glanced at her clock. It was 8:00, and they still hadn’t eaten dinner yet. As she thought this, her stomach gave a loud growl, as if saying that she better eat soon.

She had been home for a grand total of three four weeks, and her summer was the usual. Petunia was fowl, as always. But, after the first couple weeks she was immune to insults, having received them daily. She learned to expect them, even come up with a few comebacks.

However, Lily was quick to admit that this summer was somewhat better, because Petunia had a new boyfriend. Personally, her new boyfriend was an arse hole, whenever he came around he made sure to kiss her parent’s butt to get them to like him, and when they were gone, he was just as horrible as Petunia was. However, he kept Petunia away from the house, so, Lily endured him. If it kept Petunia off her back, it was worth it.

She thought Petunia and Vernon were perfect for each other. Both decidedly unattractive, so they probably would have trouble finding anyone if they hadn’t found each other. They were both angry and mean; the perfect fit.

Suddenly her bedroom door swung open, banging loudly against the wall.

“I’m taking your red skirt loser.” Petunia stood in her doorway. She took one look at the book propped on her bed, and her eyes narrowed into dangerous slits.

Lily’s face reddened with anger. Petunia knew that was her favorite skirt, she’d begged her mother to get if for her for Christmas that year. “You are not taking my shirt!

“It looks better on me anyway, and I have a date with Vernon tonight,” she spat coldly.

“Why would you want anything that I had touched anyway?” Lily asked bitingly.

Petunia looked thoughtful for a moment. “You know your right. I wouldn’t want to touch anything that you touched. I guess I’ll just have to wash my hands later.” She walked over to her wardrobe, and picked up the red material.

“Don’t touch it Petunia,” Lily growled.

“Why not?” She fingered the material, and grinned maliciously at Lily.

“Put it down.” Lily got up from her position on the bed, and crossed the room.

“I don’t think I will.”

Lily grabbed a handful of the material, and tried to tug it away from her.

“Give it to me you horrible muggle!”

“What does that mean?” Petunia shouted.

“Wouldn’t you like to know!” Lily shouted back.

There was a loud, long, slow tare. Lily closed her eyes afraid to open them. She heard Petunia let out a loud cold laugh.

Lily opened her eyes, and her favorite skirt was ripped in two. Her eyes filled with angry tears.

“YOU BITCH!” Lily shrieked.

“LILY MARIE EVANS!” Her father’s angry voice rang from the living room. Up the stairs into her small room.

Lily stared at her ruined skirt, clenching her fists tightly. She looked up at Petunia’s smirking face.

Lily fumed, ‘how dare she!’ Then, something happened, that Lily had never expected to happen. Petunia spit in her face.

“You deserve it you dirty rotten scum. I hate to say that you’re my sister. All you are is a huge embarrassment,” she spat, turning on her heel, and storming out of the room.

Lily reached over to get a tissue from off her desk to wipe the offending slim off of her cheek. She had never been so insulted. She was so angry; she flung the ruined material of her favorite skirt on the end of her bed, and sat down on the edge. She pounded her pillow until she burst into an angry torrent of tears. Curling into a ball on her bed, she sobbed into her pillow. ‘How could she? She was used to insults, but to ruin her favorite property, and spit on her; was a most unpleasant change.

Lily was like that for a long time, she didn’t know how long, all she knew was that she was like that until her mother called her down for dinner. By that time, the tears had dried, only leaving the tear streaks running down her pale cheeks. She ran to the bathroom, and whipped her tear stained cheeks with a wash cloth until she looked as good as new.

She walked unhappily down the long staircase into the dinning room. She could smell her favorite dinner pasta and fresh bread. She loved the smell of fresh bread, it always made her feel better.

When she entered the dinning room her mother and father looked up at her, frowning.

“Lily dear, why did you and Petunia fight earlier?” her mother asked.

“Or better yet, why did you find the need to shout the B word so the whole neighborhood could hear your harsh words to your only sister?” her father asked. “ I thought we raised you better than that.” The disappointment in Mr.Evans’s voice was evident.

‘Oh so the whole fight was her fault? If only they knew that their oldest daughter was a heartless bitch, oh well.’

“No reason dad, just she did something…look can we forget it?” Lily asked, hoping she looked innocent enough.

Her father opened his mouth to say something, but Mrs. Evans waved her hand at her daughter. “It’s over and done with. Besides, Petunia is out with Vernon tonight, so I believe she’s over it. Let’s eat.”

Lily sat down in her seat, and scooped some pasta onto her dish. She began to eat her pasta quietly. She wanted to get back upstairs to finish her homework. She wanted to get it over with, and not have to worry about it later. It also gave her something to do.

When she was finished, she excused herself, and took her plate into her kitchen for her mother to clean, leaving it on the counter.

Turning out of the kitchen, she trudged up the stairs to her room on the second floor. Her cat Floyd was lying, spread out on her potions book. She had to smile. He looked up and gave her a weak smile.

“Hey Flo,” she said, walking over to sit on the edge of her bed, to stroke his soft black and white fur. She loved her cat very much, he was always there when things didn’t go right, and an added bonus was that he didn’t talk, so she would spill her problems to him, and he would just stare at her with his big yellow eyes. The reason why she didn’t take him to school was her mother said that once you put a cat in an environment, you can’t take them out, or they’ll get depressed. She didn’t really understand that, but she wasn’t about to argue with her mother. Even though she missed Floyd dearly while she was away at school. (My mother actually told me that, she’s a cat fanatic, don’t ask).

Just then there was a pecking on her window. It rang loudly against the storm glass of the windows. She looked up to see a familiar brown owl pecking repeatedly at the window, to get her attention. She stood up, and opened the window quickly, letting the familiar owl fly into her small room.

Floyd stood up abruptly, his back arched at the intruder. He gave a low hiss staring intently at the bird.

“Oh stop it Flo.” She picked up her stubborn cat, and placed him on the other side of her door, shutting it tightly after her cat.

She went back to the owl.

“Hey magi!” Lily said stroking his feathers. Magi was May’s owl, and Lily was overjoyed to hear from her friend.

She untied the burden from his foot. She ripped the letter open eagerly.

Dear Lily,

I’m so sorry that I have to write you this. I know that you were looking forward to spending the next month at my house, but my grandparents decided to go to the states for Vacation. We’re going to Florida. I’ll be back a week before we go back to school. I’m sorry that you have to spend your summer with your dratted sister. I promise that when I come back, you are coming here, and we’ll go to Diagon Alley together. Please don’t be too depressed! And remember to eat! I know you too well.

So sorry, remember: SMILE!  It’ll make you feel better,
May

Lily frowned, but folded the letter back up and placed it in her desk. She walked back to the owl, to give him a treat before letting him back outside to fly back to May. Then shut the window, and tured toward her bed.

She was a little disappointed, but she was otherwise fine. She walked over to her bed, and pulled back the warm comforter. She crawled in, and was asleep the minute her head hit the pillow, forgetting about her homework, she had enough time to finish it, and forgetting that it was only 9:30.

The next morning Lily woke up with a her head face down in her pillow, her hair tangled around her face, and a raging headache.

She sleepily rubbed her red eyes, and sat up. She stretched and put her hand to her aching head. She pushed her covers off of her, and sniffed the air. She could smell cooking bacon. Standing up, she slipped her cold feet into her warm fuzzy pink slippers, that her father had given her for her fifteenth birthday two years prior.

She opened her door wider, letting the delicious scent into her room. She began to pad down the hallway to the stairs. She heard a shriek of excitement and a delighted laugh. It sounded like her mother and Petunia. She heard their voiced from the kitchen.

“He asked me mother! I’m so excited, I get to go to his college homecoming! Oh my god, what am I going to wear?” She heard Petunia ask.

Her mother just chuckled. Lily then heard running foot steps turn the corner. Lily was making her decent of the staircase, when Petunia came boaling up them at top speed, a wide grin on her face. She spotted Lily, and shoved her hard with her shoulder as she passed. Lily fell hard against the railing. The railing dug into her side, causing Lily to cry out in pain.

“Oh did I do that? So sorry sister dear. Let me make it better,” Petunia said sarcastically. She then shoved her hard, making her fall against it again, but this time Lily caught herself before letting her side sink into the railing.

“Get lost Pet,” Lily said coldly, and began walking calmly down the stairs, leaving a smirking Petunia on the stairs.

When Lily made it into the kitchen her mother looked up and smiled at her youngest daughter.

“Oh Lily, this letter came for you today, by owl.” Her mother said sweetly. Lily gave a huge yawn as she took the parchment from her mothers finely manicured hands.

It had the Hogwarts crest on it. She ripped it open, and read it quickly.

Miss Lilian Evans,

It is a pleasure to announce to you that you have been chosen to be this years head girl. You will take this postion along side James Potter also of Gryffindor House. You have my utmost faith in you that you will do an excellent job.

There is also enclosed the nessessary materials that you will need this year, The year begins September the first, at Platform 9 and three quarters.

Sincerely yours,
Albus Dumbledore.

Lily stared at the parchment in horror. She didn’t want to be head girl, she didn’t even like to be a prefect, but she was roped into that as well, but that wasn’t as bad as this. When she was a prefect she still managed to be conspicuous! Now she was in charge of the prefects, what did she do to deserve this? All she wanted was to be unnoticed. This was one of those rare moments that Lily wished that her grades weren’t as good as they were, or that she was such a nice person.

But then another thing just occurred to her, she’d be working along side James Potter! She couldn’t do it!

Her mother looked at the panic etched on her daughters face.

“Lily dear, what is it?” her mother asked in concern.

Lily looked down at her feet for a moment, before looking at her mother in the eyes.

“I was made Head girl,” she said quietly.

“WHAT! WELL, THAT’S GREAT!” She looked at her daughters face. “Isn’t it?”

Lily shrugged. “ I guess.” She turned,and trudged up the stairs to her room. When she got there she was surprised to see an owl taping on her window. The owl wasn’t familiar, it was snowy white, and very beautiful. She walked over, and opened the window. The beautiful owl flew in, and perched on her desk chair. It held a piece of parchment on it’s leg. Lily took it and tore it open.

Dear Lily,

Hey how’s your summer. I know your wondering who’s sent this to you, so look down to the signature.

She did, and visibly stiffened, even though there was nobody there to see her. It was signed ‘James Potter.’ Why was he writing her? She shiffed her eyes to the top again.

Congradulations on making head girl! I can’t wait to work with you, and get to know you better. I think we’d make a good team. Ok, well, I’m running out of things to say, so if your ever bored, and wanna talk, feel free to owl me, I’ll always be here! I would enjoy writing too you. I’ll be at Sirius’s house for the last two weeks of vacation, feel free to owl, or, we’ll be in Diagon Alley, probably sometime the last week of summer vaca, maybe I’ll see ya there? Well, I’ll let you go.

Sincerely,
James Potter

She felt awkward, she never expected James Potter to actually want to befriend her, and to be honest she was terrified. What if this is all some kind of cruel joke? He wouldn’t do that, would he? No, it didn’t sound like him. She knew that she should write something back, but what would she say? She’s never been in a situation like the one she was currently in.

She took a quill from the cup on her desk and dipped the tip in ink. She placed the tip on a clean piece of parchment, thinking of what she was going to say to him. She started out with,

Dear James,

Hello

She needed more.

Dear James,

Hello, My summer is the usual, how’s yours? Also, Congradulations on making Head boy! I’m also looking forward to working with you. I am very sorry about the whole train thing, I’m just really embarrassed. I hope Malfoy’s nose is better, I didn’t mean to break it, it just sorta happened.

Sincerely,
Lily Evans

That was good enough she thought, she tied it back onto the owl’s leg, and sent it out the window, watching it disappear.

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A week past, and there was still no reply from James. She guessed that it was some kind of…she didn’t know what, but she didn’t let it get to her.

Finally at the end of the week, when she was being harrassed by Petunia, again, and owl showed, up and saved her from anymore insults, because Petunia tore out of her room like the devil was hot on her heels. Her sister was deathly afraid of anykind of bird, and this was an added bonus that she was a witch, because whenever Lily was near an owl, Petunia would conveinlenly leave her alone.

She noticed that it was Jame’s owl, and let it in, taking the note it carried.

She opened it, and read.

Dear Lily,

It was great to hear from you! Sorry I took so long to answer your letter, I was at Remus’s house w/ the group, you know how it is . Sorry I didn’t tell you I was going there, because I didn’t know myself until the day I left. Oh, and you have NOTHING! To be sorry about! And as for Malfoy’s nose, let it be broken, the git. See ya soon!

James.

Lily sighed. His letter seemed more friendly, and less formal, she was a little uncomfortable about that, but let the thougtht go as quickly as it came. She knew he was going to be her friend during the summer, but would he be her friend in school? She wasn’t so sure. She knew that he was the nicest guy she’d ever met, but he also had a reputation to uphold. So she didn’t let thoughts of friendship invade her thoughts. She didn’t want to be hurt when they were back at school, and he was back to ignoring her. She folded the letter, and put it by her other one.

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Two months later, Lily had had enough of Petunia, and made it known to her. She’d lashed out at her, and ran up to her room. She’d said everying that she’d wanted to say for years. About how she’d hurt her, how she had valued their friendship, before she’d ruined it, about how miserable she was until she met May. She told her that she was wrong, that she was still the same person that she always was, only now she could do more damage to her, if she pissed her off any more. Now that she had a wand.

Petunia had hide her fear by laughing uncertainly. “You wouldn’t touch a hair on my head.”She said vemomously.

“Are you so sure?” Lily asked before storming up the stairs. That was it, this was her final year at Hogwarts, and after this summer, she would never see Petunia again, never ever!

She was overjoyed when May had sent her a letter inviting her to her house for the last week of vacation. She ran downstairs to her parents, and hugged them.

“I’m going to May’s house for the remainder of the summer, k mum?” Her mother smiled, and hugged her daughter.

When she released her daughter, Lily ran to her father and hugged him.

“Bye daddy,” she said hugging her father.

“Bye sweetie, have a good year.” He kissed the top of her head.

“I will, bye.”

“Are you going to say bye to Petunia?” her mother asked.

Lily paused, contemplating what to say. “Um…I already did.,” she lied.

“Ok, well, we’ll see you soon, ok?” her mother said, giving her one last kiss on her cheek. Lily grinned and hugged each of her parents in turn.

“Bye.”

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For the next two days Lily was exceptionally happy, something very rare. She was free of Petunia, FOR GOOD! Could it get any better? She hadn’t written to James since the last one James had written, and she was somewhat relieved that he hadn’t written again. Maybe he had forgotten about being her friend. She could only hope. She hadn’t told May either, what would she say?

So for the week, Lily didn’t think about the letters at all, totally forgetting about him, or at least trying to, until the one day that they went to Diagon Alley, it was of course the day that the Marauders decided to go as well.

May and herself walked into Quality Quidditch supplies, to look at the new brooms, she liked to fly, and brooms facinated her, they were cool, and the newest broom the Comet 360 was the fastest one yet, it intriged ( is this spelled right? I don’t think my spell check is working right.) her.

Out of the corner of her eye she saw someone with dirty blonde hair that was walking in there direction. When his face came into view, Lily gasped, it was Remus Lupin, she pulled May behind a display of quaffles.

“What are you doing?” May asked puzzled. Lily pionted her head in the direction of the blonde.

“Oh…”

He didn’t seem to notice them, and continued on walking toward the broom.

“Hey Si! Come ere! Look at this is the new one.”

Suddenly, Sirius Black was at his side smiling happily at the sight of the polished handle, and the finely cut twigs. “Wow…That…I’m speechless.”

Remus chuckled.

“How much is it?” he asked in an awed voice.

“ Probably a fortune,” Remus answered.

At this moment, a brown haired woman stumbled into May accidentally, causing her to fall into Lily. Tripping over her own two feet, Lily fell into the mass of falling boxed quaffles. The bright blue packages carrying the quaffle tumbled over her, successfully burying her in a sea of boxes.

The woman apologized profusely, while trying to help Lily up, but Lily was in too deep. May was doubled over in laughter, she couldn’t remember May ever laughing that hard.

“ What the…” Remus and Sirius came into view.

“ May?” Sirius asked. “ What...?”

All she do was point, without trowing herself in a fit of giggles. When the two boys looked down at her, they burst into laughter. Lily flushed crimson in embarrassment, and tried to push the boxes off of her. Just then, someone else came into view, and she wanted to take all the boxes, and bury herself in farther.

“ Padfoot! Moony! There you are, I was looking everywhe…” He spotted May laughing, and looked confused.

“ Hey May.”

May managed a weak wave, a giggle escaping every now and then. Lily’s face was a tomato, but she was turning angry really fast. They were laughing at her, when she needed help!

“ EXCUSE ME HERE! YES ME THE ONE IN THE PILE THAT YOU ALL ARE IGNORING, NOT THAT I’M IN THE LEAST BIT SURPRISED! YOU R PROBABLY TAKING PLEASURE IN MY PAIN! CAN I HAVE A LITTLE HELP HERE PLEASE!” Lily shouted angrily.

James whipped his head in her direction, and his lips curved upwards to form a grin. She wanted to scream.

“ Lily! Funny seeing you here, how are you?” he asked politely.

“ NOW! PLEASE!” she burst.

“ No need to get angry,” James teased.

“ FINE!” She began to shove some of the boxes off her.

The four, finally taking pity in the poor girl, managed to help Lily extract herself from the heaping pile..

When Lily finally regained her composure, she turned to the four angrily. “ It took you a minute or two to react!” she snapped.

They all smiled.

“ Where’s the woman that knocked into you May?” Lily asked, brushing the seat of her trousers off.

“ I don’t, know, I think she left.” She giggled then, but stopped herself, and turned it into a cough when Lily shot her a glare that could have cut through glass.

The manager ran up at that moment, a look of abject horror on his face.

“ What happened here!” He gestured to the boxes.

“ I…We…She…” May stammered pointing everywhere, looking terrified at the short angry balding man in front of her.

“ Some woman knocked into her, who knocked into me, who fell into the display,” Lily said.

“ Well, you're cleaning it up! I will not have teenagers mess up what took my emplyees hours to do!”

Lily nodded. The short balding man turned and stormed away, huffing angrily, muttering something about irrisponsible teenagers.

Lily sighed and got no her hands and knees beginning to pick up the fallen boxes. May followed her example. The boys stood behind them smiling. ‘Who would have thought that Lily Evans and May Delfin would cause so much trouble, It made them seem more human.’

Lily and May felt them staring, and turned to look at them.

“ You can go, you don’t have to stay,” May said.

“ We know, hey do you wanna meet us in an hour for icecream?” Sirius asked.

Lily and May looked at each other. Lily shrugged, and turned back to lifting the boxes, and arranging them in the pretty display it had once been. May turned back to the boys.

“ Sure.” Then she turned back to help stack the quaffles.

The boys stood there for a moment. Just looking at them. They were truly amazing. They didn’t worship the ground they walked on. If they had asked any other girls to join them for icecream, they would have jumped at the chance.

“ Good, see ya then.” James smiled, and turned with Remus and Sirius.

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An hour later, after the girls had finsihed stacking the quaffles, they made their way to meet the Marauders. Lily was a little worried. Why were they, the most popular boys suddenly interested in her and May? It didn’t fell right.

When they got there, they found the boys easily, they were laughing at one of the tall tables, there were two empty seats, that they assumed were saved for them. Lily was immediately on her guard. They walked up to them causiously. When they spotted them, Remus waved them over.

Lily sat down between Sirius and Remus, fearing James's advances slightly. James frowned when she sat down next the them instead of him. May sat down on Sirius’s other side, next to James.

“ So how was it?” Remus asked smiling at Lily.

Lily smiled back. “ It was horrible.”

They chuckled.

When they finished their icecreams, Lily had gotten mint chocolate chip, May got strawberry, James got chocolate moose, Sirius had gotten coffee,and Remus had ordered vanilla, they talked, well more like Sirius, Remus, and James talked, and May and Lily listened. But they were ok with that, it was interesting to listen to the Marauders talk, they always had a funny story to tell. Right now they were tell how they had gotten Malfoy to admit to having his period one day in potions, and complaining to all the girls about how horrible menstrale cramps were.

May had laughed hard at that, while Lily smiled, with a guilty underlining looking in her green eyes. James noticed this, and caught her eye. He smiled, and winked at her. She smiled back, and began to laugh with May.

Later that night, when Lily was getting ready for bed, May and her had talked about the odd behavior of the boys. She was as unsure as Lily was, but she wasn’t that worried. Lily still didn’t mention the letters that her and James had sent to each other, but she did confess to May that she had had fun that day. When Lily said this, May blushed.

“ I agree,” she whispered, a small smile gracing her lips.

That night Lily went to sleep wondering what that blush and smile were about.




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