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(A/N- wrote this fab story with the help of Padfoodismygod15, bit different hope you like it and remember we obviously do not own Harry Potter or in this case, James Potter nor did we write any of the songs used. While talented, we are not that talented! ,they have simply been adapted from our fav tunes to suit the story. They do not belong to us. most you will recognise... hopefully!)


Chapter one: – Back to school.

Lily Evans was glad to be back. She loved everything about the magical world and sadly this included the train station. She loved the fresh excitement of new students and the joy of the older upon seeing their friends again, speaking of…

“Ruby baby!” She cried running towards her friend. Ruby greeted her with equal enthusiasm. Ruby was slightly taller than Lily with short dark curls and dark green eyes. Lily loved her kind nature and found her ability to laugh at herself an admirable quality. She was a born optimist and could convince anyone to look at the bright side, in contrast she was so different to both Lily and Holly, their other friend but they had been almost inseparable since first year.

“Lils! I missed you so much; you have to tell me all about your summer! Have you seen Holly yet?”

Lily shook her head then she suddenly smiled, thinking of being with her friends again. This year was going to be the best yet. It was their last and she was determined to make the most of it.

“Lily Evans you look way too happy.” Came a voice from behind her. She turned to see Remus strolling towards her with James and Sirius in tow. “Don’t you think it’s kinda depressing?

“What is?” Lily asked. She loved school how could anyone be miserable?

“The whole idea of another year at school?” Sirius supplied in a straight monotone confusing Lily. How could someone who spent all his time doing nothing but still effortlessly get good grades hate school?

“With the addition of homework, rules and feisty teachers?” James told them in almost the same tone. Lily raised her eyebrows.

“It’s our last one like it. It’s sad and depressing.” Sirius added again, clearing a few things up.

“Yep. I'm gonna miss it.” Replied Remus.

(A/N: Adapted from ‘Back to school’ From the movie Grease II.)
(A/N: when we say all we mean ALL, like everyone at the train station!)
Remus: Spending my vacation in the summer sun,
James: Makin' lots of trouble, havin’ lots of fun.
Sirius: Scorin' like a bandit 'til the bubble burst -
All: Suddenly it got to be September First.

Holly: Woe is me, all summer long I was happy and free.
Ruby: Save me please, seeing summer end is such a tease
All: We gotta go back, back, back to school again.
Lily: Hey come on, let’s think positively;
All: We’re gonna be together til June…
We gotta go back, back, back to school again.
Whoa, whoa, We gotta go... back to school again!

Ruby: Arithmancy and history are all the same,
Holly: Astronomy, Herbology destroy my brain.
Remus: Well don't they know that we deserve a better fate?
Boys: As wizards, we’re already great!

James: Well mama please, I’ll behave, put your mind at ease
Annabelle: Come on, pull the other one, now get your butt on the train!
Coz You gotta go back, back, back to school again!"
It's bye-bye fun, get your homework done,
You better be good or else,

James: I gotta go back, back, back to school again.
Whoa, whoa, I gotta go... back to school again!

James: Forget your books ‘n’ whining, look right over there
Sirius: I see a different Holly strollin’ without a care
I asked, "Hey, pretty Holly, hows about a date?
She laughs at me says “I can't be late!”

Well, I can see, that look in her eyes was sayin' "Follow me,"
And I was caught - I never thought Holly could do this to me, but on second thoughts…

All: We gotta go back, back, back to school again.
Whoa, whoa, we gotta go... back to school ... again!!!

As the train whistle sounded, the students climbed aboard the train, slamming the doors behind them.

***

James pulled his heavy trunk down the thin hallway peering into each compartment in the hopes of finding an empty one. Behind him were his friends, Remus, Peter and pulling up the rear in a daze, Sirius.

James was starting to grow impatient as he reached the last compartment but to his relief, it was empty. He, Remus and Peter entered but Sirius kept walking, which was funny since the only door left was the bathroom.

“Sirius! Dude in here!” James yelled from the compartment. Sirius whirled around and crashed right into the doorframe. James stifled a snort of laughter just long enough to ensure Sirius was ok.

Sirius made no comment to cover up his accident but instead quietly took a seat while rubbing his forehead. That was when his friends burst out laughing. Screw them. Now what had he been thinking about? Ah yes, that was right. “Holly.”

Remus had stopped to catch his breath and had heard Sirius speak. He silenced the other two with a wave of his hand. “What did you just say?”

“Holly.” He repeated faintly.

This got James attention. “Holly? As in Holly Marlingson?”

Sirius nodded. “Did you see her? I mean wow, has she changed!”

“Are you on crack?” James demanded. Sirius had never been what you would call friends with Holly. This was so sudden. “She looks exactly the same as she did last year.”

“Are you?” Sirius retorted sharply. “Talked to Evans lately?” He asked in a fake sweet voice.

“Ooh harsh Padfoot, harsh. But this will be the year things will change. And you know it. I’m gonna get the girl.”

Sirius snorted in response. “I personally think you are delusional. She hates you. She always has and always will. I think you should give up mate, find someone else. Maybe she isn’t worth it.”

“You’re wrong again Padfoot. She is worth it, and so much more,

“Are you willing to bet on that one Prongs?”

“Maybe I am. How much?”

Remus gasped. Betting on Lily Evans was low, even for these two. He focused back on Sirius. It was like watching an organised duel, back and forth. It was his turn to speak.

“Maybe it’s not a question of how much but what.”

“What?” Interjected Remus.

“That’s right. ‘What’ is the question.” Sirius continued not looking at him but keeping his eyes on James.

“No I mean like ‘what?’ How can you be betting your possessions on the love of James’ life, as he so colourfully puts it! It’s utterly immoral!”

“He's right.” Sirius agreed while James nodded his head enthusiastically. Remus flopped back into his seat in relief. “No prized processions, we will go back to money.”

“How much you thinking Padfoot, my friend?” Remus groaned, for a moment there it seemed they had listened to what he was saying. Who was he kidding? Everyone knew he had no control over them.

Remus closed his eyes in denial as Sirius and James organised the stipulations of their bet. They were unbelievable. He hoped James realised he was going to lose their newly founded bet unless he changed his attitude very soon. Speaking of Lily… “Uh James sorry to interrupt but aren’t you head boy? And aren’t you supposed to meet Lily in the heads compartment for a little meeting?”

James jumped up and ran his hand through his hair in alarm. Oh god. Panic!

“Heads compartment is that way mate. First carriage after the engine.” Remus supplied helpfully.

“Right, thanks Moony.” James said as he dashed out the door almost crashing into Holly and Ruby, who James only knew as Lily’s friends as he rarely spoke to them in classes. He turned to look at Sirius, whose eyes had bulged at the sight of Holly. He took a moment to consider her too, aside from the change in hair length nothing much had changed. Or maybe it was the fact that you could now see her eyes. And what lovely clear blue eyes they were, thought Sirius, as she stared back at him.

Remus and Peter were almost on the floor in laughter. The look on Sirius’ face was priceless James gave his friend a thumbs up through the window as pushed past where the girls stood in the doorway. He felt a sense of disappointment. Leaving at a time like this, Remus would have to fill him in later, He thought as he bolted down the narrow hallway pushing the smaller students out of the way.

“Where’s he off to?” Ruby asked, pointing in James direction.

Remus smirked, “Our dear James is head boy this year.” He almost laughed at the look on their faces.

“Oh my god, Lily is going to flip! Oh to be a fly on the wall when she finds out.” Ruby giggled. “Anyway can we sit in here? Lily kicked us out of heads compartment so she could meet the head boy and everywhere else is full.” Remus nodded and they moved from the doorway to sit down.

Holly was still watching Sirius warily, who was still staring at her. “What?!” She finally asked him. He blinked at her, and shifted his eyes away. Had he been staring? He looked up again and gave her what he hoped was his most charming smile. Apparently, judging by her frown, it was not.

Lily had told her how she had seen Sirius watching her at the platform but Holly didn’t believe her. She was now beginning to. Today was shaping up to be a day full of surprises. She turned away from Sirius’ probing eyes to look out the window into the hallway. She saw a familiar someone and waved. He smiled and waved back.

“Who’s that?” Sirius demanded.

“Wouldn’t you like to know.” She replied but then thought better of arguing with Sirius Black. ”Lily’s Boyfriend.”

“Evans has a boyfriend? Since when?” Sirius demanded again, he turned to Remus for confirmation but saw Remus looked incapable of speech.

Sirius was right. Remus was in shock. James was not going to be happy. He was also going to lose this bet.

***

“So Lily Evans.” James drawled from the open doorway.

Lily didn’t even need to turn around. “Leave now Potter. This is the heads compartment. And you obviously can't be Head Boy. Dumbledore would have to be under some curse to choose you.”

“Who would put Dumbledore under a curse? Do you think he's still under it?” James asked in a mocking tone.

Lily spun around. “No!” She muttered, cringing at the sight of James Potter with the Head boy badge pinned arrogantly to his chest. “Why?”

“Why what Evans? I am Head Boy. We will be working together all year. Embrace it, you will learn to love me, and when that time comes, I will be waiting for you my precious.”

“Just how long can you wait Potter?” She asked harshly, sweeping passed him. “Forever for you Lily my love, forever.” He called making sure she heard him, all he could do was laugh as the look of sheer disgust as she turned away from him. This year was so his year.
***

“Welcome all, to yet another year at Hogwarts. First I would like to remind you all that the Forbidden Forest is still out of bounds and I would like to introduce you all to our new Head Boy and Girl; Mr. James Potter and Miss Lily Evans.” Dumbledore paused while the school applauded the newly appointed Heads. “Yes, yes, congratulations to James and Lily. Now I know you are all starving, so tuck in!”

“’Ames, ot ah oo ooing?” Sirius asked his friend after he had bitten into the closest edible item.

“Padfoot, dude! Chew, swallow, then speak,” Remus suggested. Sirius followed Remus’ advice, and then repeated himself.

“James, what are you doing?”

“What do you mean what am I doing?”

“You’re not eating!”

“Oh, what? I guess I'm not,” James replied looking down at his plate which was void of any food.

“So, Prongs, instead of enjoying this fantastic feast, what have you decided to do?”

“I was just wondering,” James began in a dazed voice, “What Lily is doing with Elliot Barker.” Remus and Sirius both looked at James guiltily. James noticed this. “What? What’s going on?”

Sirius gave a suspicious cough.

“What was that Padfoot? Didn’t quite catch that one.”

“Err, James, that’s umm, Lily’s boyfriend,” Remus explained. James’ face fell, you could tell his heart had just broken in two. He just sat there, in silence, for the rest of the feast.

As the marauders were finishing their meals, James finally found the right words to say, “Lily has a boyfriend. And it’s not me.”

“Well done, Prongs, It only took you 2 hours to grasp that one.”

“Shut up Padfoot! I see sensitivity is still not your strong point.” Remus stated.

“Could the Head Boy and Girl, please meet me in my office in ten minutes.”

“Well, Prongs you better go to Dumbledore’s office before you’re late,” Remus told him.

“Yeah, umm late, right, can't be late,” James was still lost in a world of confused thoughts. However, he still managed to get to Dumbledore’s office with five minutes to spare, and to no amazement at all, Lily was already there.

“Well, seen as you’re both here I guess you may as well come in,” Dumbledore announced. They talked for ten minutes about their duties, school rules for heads and last but not least, “Congratulations to you both, I trust you will uphold school tradition and bring refreshing new ideas and joy to the school. You may go to your dorms where I assure you, your beds will be waiting for you.”

James and Lily walked off in the direction of Gryffindor tower together, they did not talk nor make any sign of recognition towards each other, until James broke the silence, “Why didn’t you tell me you had a boyfriend?”

“And how exactly is it any of your business, Potter?”

“Why him?” James asked ignoring Lily’s question, “What’s he got that I don’t?”

“Maybe it’s what you have, that he doesn’t.” She sighed.

“What's that supposed to mean Evans?”

“You just don’t get it do you?

(A/N: Adapted from ‘You’re So Vain’ by Carly Simons.)
“You walk into the classroom
Like people should bow to kiss your feet
Your hair strategically messed to give that look
To entice the girls you meet.
You have one eye in the mirror as you strut along the halls,
And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your girlfriend
They'd be your girlfriend, and...
You're so vain, you probably think I’m actually like them
You're so vain, I'll bet you think I actually want you
Don't you? Don't You?

You could’ve had me several years ago, if you weren’t quite so proud
Well you said that we’d make such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But then you screwed it up by acting big, and lost any chance with me,

I had some dreams, of what love could’ve been
like light through the darkness, and...
You're so vain, you probably think I’m actually like them
You're so vain, I'll bet you think I actually want you
Don't you? Don't You?

I had some dreams they were light through the darkness
light though the darkness, and...
You're so vain, you probably think I’m actually like them
You're so vain, I'll bet you think I actually want you
Don't you? Don't You?

Well I hear you vowed to win my heart, like it was some kind of prize
Then you dared to tell me and I’m suppose to swoon
But I don’t have stars in my eyes,
Well you’re charm and games wont work on me
And so you’re wasting your time
Its just something that I can’t stand in a boyfriend,
stand in a boyfriend and…

You're so vain, you probably think I’m actually like them
You're so vain, I'll bet you think I actually want you
Don't you? Don't You?”

Lily turned and stalked away, leaving a stunned James behind.

“Lily wait!”

“No, James that’s where you and I are different, while you are willing to wait I am not, I am sick of waiting for you to grow up!” She yelled before turning and running away, he watched her disappear around the corner before turning on his heel and heading towards the forest. From the sounds of that speech he couldn’t help but feel that he had blown it, big time. Lily Evans was once willing to give him a chance but that moment was gone.

***

A/N:
Back To School, music by Louis St. Louis, lyrics by Howard Greenfield, vocals by the Four Tops

You’re So Vain, by Carly Simon

To any one who has read this before...yes the original first chapter was deleted! never liked it...held no improtantance to the stroy therefore bubye!

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