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“Ughhh!” Stupid!” The red head stormed through the common room, slamming books on tables as she went. “Ignorant!” She began to unpack her school bag onto one of the tables, slamming a new book down for each word. “Ridiculous! Self-centered! PRAT!”

“Merlin Lils, you wanna keep it down to a dull roar over there? Some of us are trying to study here!”

Lily glanced over at the black haired Gryffindor who was slouched on the couch, legs hanging over the side with an amused expression on his face.

“You wouldn’t know a book if it hit you in the face repeatedly screaming ‘I am a book’, Sirius.” Lily sighed with frustration and sat down.

“Aww.” Sirius cooed. “Did Wiwy have a bad pwefect meeting?” He asked in a voice one word normally reserve for speaking to infants.

She raised an eyebrow at him and then with a noise of aggravation flopped into a chair and dropped her head into her hands.

“that bad?” Sirius swung his legs back to the floor and rested a gentle hand on her back but she shrugged away from him. “Com on, Lils. What happened?”

The red head begrudgingly mumbled something that Sirius could not make out. The only words he could decipher were ‘everybody’, ‘asked’, ‘Potter’, and ‘childish’.

Sirius made an “ah” of understanding as the portrait swung open to admit said Potter to the room.

‘Where’s Remus?” Lily asked, standing and preparing to leave the room.

“Oh . . He’s uh . . “ Sirius stuttered. “He’s in the hospital wing . . . Said he wasn’t feeling well. . .”

“Wasn’t he just there a few weeks ago.?”

“Uhh . . Maybe . . . Frail little scrap he is . .. Poor chap . . .”

“Oy! Evans!”

Lily cringed at the voice and looked beseechingly towards Sirius, but he had slunk away to the other side of the room. She groaned as a hand patted her on the shoulder. Deciding that ignoring him was the best course of action she sat down at the table and opened her History of Magic text book.

James raised an eyebrow amusedly at the redhead bent over her book, the tip of her quill in her mouth, and then glanced over at Sirius who was sitting in the corner of the room and who gave him a quick thumbs up sign and large grin.

James grinned back and then pushed himself up on the table, his legs swinging over the edge. He leaned back on his hands, which were purposefully placed on top of her parchment and waited for her to notice him.

Lily re-dipped her quill in her ink well and continued writing her sentence, right across James’s hand.

“Ow!” James cried, grasping his hand and looking at her disdainfully. “that hurt Evens.” He said, pouting his mouth playfully.

“You’re rump is on my text book.” She said without looking up.

“Is it?” He said, unperturbed. He scooted over so that there was no longer a way for her to ignore him.

She threw her quill down in frustration.

“Now, now Evans.” He said, wagging his finger at her. “No need to throw a hissy fit.”

“A hissy fit!?” The redhead cried at him. “A hissy fit!” She threw her hands in the air in frustration and stood from her chair abruptly, throwing James off balance. “You’re a git, James Potter. A real git!” Then she stormed up the stairs to the girl’s dormitory.

Sirius roared with laughter from the corner he sat in at his friend’s mishap.

“What’s so funny.” James grumbled, running a hand through his hair and sighing.

“You should have seen it mate.” Sirius continued to laugh and clench his stomach. “That was the worst one yet.” James threw Sirius a reproachful glare and stared at the stairs the redhead had disappeared up. “So what did you do to her at the prefect meeting that caused her to be in such a foul mood?” He said as his laughter became controllable.

“I only asked her out.”

“Was it like the time you had all the ghosts follow her around all day and sing ‘Lily be my love’ or more like the time you bewitched her crystal ball in divination to read ‘Go out with me Evans’? Or how about the time you stole all the sheets from the girl’s dormitory, tied them together and then hung them around the ceiling of the common room and told her her friends wouldn’t get them back until she agreed to a date with you? Or was it more like the time you-”

“Must you always point out my failures to me?” James cried out in mock disdain.

Sirius grinned and clapped his friend on the back. “But in all honestly, what did you do?”

“I wrote ‘Lily Evans is my love’ on the prefect meeting room wall in chocolate pudding.” He mumbled quietly.

“You what?”

James groaned and collapsed in the closest squishy chair as Sirius was overcome by laughter once more.

“Why are you holding you’re hand like that?” Sirius gasped out between laughter.

James shrugged and then looked down at his hand and jumped up in surprise, holding his hand before him by the wrist as if it were some disgusting object.

“What? What’s wrong?” Sirius asked at the bug eyed expression on his friends face.

“She-she- my hand- wrote- I can’t - Merlin - how do - believe- bloody- talk- go - to her!”

Sirius stared blankly at his friend who was staring at him waiting for a reaction.

After a moment Sirius took a deep breath. “Okay one more time.” He said.

James rolled his eyes. Sirius noted he was now clenching his hand to his chest as if it were Lily’s sock. He tried to remember why he had helped James steal some girl’s sock so that he could admire it but was sidetracked by James crying out. “Bloody Hell Sirius! Look!” and he thrust his hand at him.

Sirius raised his eyebrows and an amused smile crossed his face. “Little minx.” He said under his breath in appreciation and gazed up towards the stairwell.

James was in a dream world, holding his hand before him and gazing at it lovingly while prancing around the room. “I’ll never wash my hand again!”

Sirius cringed, he probably wouldn’t. “So what’s the plan?” Sirius said placing a hand on his waltzing friend’s shoulder and leading him towards the sofa.

“Plan?” His friend asked a little wistfully.

“You can’t just continue on as you have! There’s actual hope now! You can’t mess this up!!”

James nodded in understanding and sat down on the couch and looked gravely at his hand.

Sirius sat down next to him and looked at the writing too.

Sirius shook his head again in disbelief. What was she doing?

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Lily pranced quickly up the stairs, ignoring the fact that she had left all her books and homework on the table down in the common room. She was still infuriated, but what had possessed her to write that on his hand?

She cringed at the memory. Prove Me Wrong. She had etched across his hand. Did she really want him to? She grimaced as she reached her dorm. James Potter was the most annoying male creature to walk the halls of Hogwarts. No, the entire continent. The entire world! She groaned. Boys are stupid.

She reached her bed and lay across and gazed up at the ceiling. After a moment her mind started to wander and she let her eyes drift closed. Her body lulled into a deep rhythm and she breathed slowly in and out. It was calming to just lie there and pretend that James Potter didn’t exist and that if she stayed like this forever then he couldn’t bother her anymore.

“Lily and James sitting in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G! First comes-” Lily rolled her eyes and clamped the pillow over her head. When did people actually grow out of that song? Did they ever??

The door to the dorm swung open and the rest of the girls in her year traipsed in laughing and giggling amongst themselves. “Hey Lily!” Her friend Arianna called to her from across the room. Arianna was a pale skinned beauty with dark and flowing black hair. At the moment the tips were frosted bright pink. She was the only girl in their year who was friendly to Lily and the only one who considered Lily a friend.

“Hey Arianna.” Lily grumbled into her pillow.

“Why are you hiding in your pillow?” Arianna asked. “Dinner is in an hour if you’re that hungry.”

Lily shook her head in amusement but due to the pillow Arianna didn’t see it.

“Oh hey, I heard about what happened at the prefect meeting. . .” Arianna said with a smile, earning another groan from her redheaded friend. Arianna was all for Lily and James, in fact sometimes Lily suspected her of consorting with James and assisting him in torturing her. Fraternizing with the enemy, that’s what that was. “It couldn’t have been all that bad Lils.” Arianna said.

Lily removed the pillow from her face and stared at her friend with raised eyebrows.

“Come on now! Chocolate pudding?! Did you ever consider the magic it must have taken to get that stuff to stick to the wall?!”

Yup. She fraternized with the enemy for sure.

Arianna was suddenly over come by laughter. “What?” Lily looked at her questioningly.

“Oh -gasp- it’s just -gasp- I saw James on the way up here.” The laughter became harder and she shook with mirth. “He was dancing around the room holding his hand before him and singing some song that sounded like ‘kiss me my angel sugar dumpling turtle dove’.”

Lily recoiled and dove under the pillow she had cast aside before. Today could just no get any worse.

“Oh, but wait!” Arianna cried out in delight. “It gets better!”

Please don’t. Lily tried to push the girl off her bed but she refused to be budged.

“He was going on about ‘Lily finally realizing we are soul mates’ or some nonsense like that and I turned to Sirius, who was looking might fine today-” She said that everyday. “-and asked him what was going on and he just smiled that smile of his at me and said, ‘Why didn’t you know, my dear Arianna Rupertin? Lily seems to have decided to give James a chance.’ Now I know my best friend and I just stared at him and started laughing but sure as can be James came prancing over-”

Lily cringed.

“-yes he pranced, and shoved his hand in my face and there it was, written as clear as my fuschia tips.”

“They’re pink today.”

“That’s beside the point.”

Lily sighed and then, as if the words were being pulled out of her, with gritted teeth said, “I don’t know what possessed me.”

“Oh Lils!” Arianna launched at Lily and grabbed her in a tight hug. “I was wondering when you would come around!”

“I haven’t ‘come around’ or whatever you’re talking about. James is the most self-centered, annoying, useless, immature … git in the world!!”

Arianna just continued smiling and nodded as if she were really paying attention. Lily sighed, knowing full well that Arianna was as thick headed as they came and if she believe one thing, then that’s how it was. That was why she had been not so secretly helping James in his attempts to get to Lily. Lily suspected it was also an excuse for her to spend time in the presence of Sirius Black, whom she was crushing on majorly currently.

“Why do you look so glum Lils?” Arianna asked.

“It’s just . . . Now I have a strong feeling . . . Everything is about to get extremely annoying.”

“You have no idea.” Arianna sniggered under her breath.

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Back down in the common room Sirius was trying to convince James that he looked like a fruit cake dancing around the common room like he was.

“James, come on mate, stop the fairy dance already.” Sirius groaned as another group of people came into the common room and gazed peculiarly at his best friend.

“But I could just float away!” James cried out from across the room as he ran across the top of the sofa and leaped into the air as if he really could.

Sirius shook his head and caught his friend by the shoulder as he ran past and pushed him into the couch.

“We still need a plan!” He said.

“Oh right. Plan.” James said, although Sirius could tell he was completely in another world.

“You need to first show her she likes you. Once she realizes that then you’re golden. Toy with her a bit, and then reel her in!”

“Lily isn’t a fish.” James said, coming back to earth and looking at his best mate like a lost puppy dog that had just been found out on the street and put into a warm bed in front of a fire place.

“You aren’t listening.”

“Of course I am.” He said as he stared out the window.

“Yeah, sure you are.”

“What did you say?”

“Prongs!”

James turned to look innocently at his friend. “Alright alright …What do we do?” He sighed.

“Welcome back to earth.”

James punched Sirius’s arm playfully and then they put their heads together to come up with their plan. The plan that would make Lily realize she had a need for James Potter.

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