Lily was sitting under the big oak tree by the lake watching the waves hit the shore. It was very cold outside so Lily was wearing two extra layers of tights, two sweaters, a jacket and a very ridiculous looking hat. She looked very odd sitting there her legs almost twice their size and sitting completely still, all her sweaters were making it very hard for her to move. In the distance she saw Molly walking towards her and tried her best to stand up, but it was proven to be a very hard task.
“You look ridiculous” said Molly, fighting back a smile. She reached out her hand and hinted for Lily to grab it. Molly tried to pull her up but Lily couldn’t move her legs, so as a result they both fell down. Molly started laughing and pulled herself to her knees and looked at Lily.
“I’ve forgotten how fun we used to have” Lily took off her jacket and said:
“Yeah I know. Hey could you just help me get this sweater off? It’s choking me” said Lily as she bent forward, stretching out her arms. Molly grabbed the end of her sweater and pulled it off. “Thank you, I haven’t been able to feel my arms for the past hour” Molly chuckled and pulled herself up to her feet.
“It’s ok!” Molly cut her off.
“It’s not! I’m horrible!” Lily moved closer to Molly and looked her straight in the eye.
“Remember what I told you about saying that?” Lily nodded, smiled, and wiped a tear of her cheek. “There’s no need for that” Molly said as she took hold of Lily’s hand, letting her know that everything was ok.
“So, what made you change your mind?” Lily asked as her and Molly walked back up to the castle.
“I’m still mad Lily, but I’ve decided to give you a chance” Molly stopped and turned to face Lily.
“I’ll do anything to have you back Moo, you know that” Lily readjusted her hat and looked deep into Molly’s blue green eyes.
“You need to tell James. You need to tell him everything” Lily looked down at her shoes.
“What’s everything?” she asked, never taking her eyes of her shoes.
“You need to apologize, for every god damn little thing you’ve ever done to him that he didn’t deserve, so…basically everything. You need to tell him about reading his letter and you need to give him a proper apology for that, and finally, you need to tell him how you feel, because if he’s been miserable for the past 5 and a half years because he didn’t think you liked him when it turns out, you’ve liked him all along” Molly looked at Lily convincingly and Lily nodded.
“Of course I will” At that moment the very fist snowflake fell down from the cloudy, grey sky and landed on Lily’s nose. Molly and Lily both looked up.
“It’s snowing!” exclaimed Molly as she started dancing around in circles singing ‘it’s snowing, it’s snowing, hurray, hurray, hurray’.
Remus James Sirius Peter
Sirius, James, Remus and Peter were sitting in the common room finishing of work since they wouldn’t have time tonight, tonight was the full moon.
Sirius was working on his potions essay on felix felicis which Slughorn had set them, Remus was reading a book having already completed his homework the previous night, James was looking up information on the curse ‘Avada Kedavra’ and Peter was finishing his star chart for astronomy.
“FINITO!” exclaimed Sirius as he threw his copy of ‘Advanced Potion Making’ over his shoulder, accidentally hitting a 2nd year boy who ran up to the boy’s dormitory crying. “Oops”
“Well done” James looked up, grinning, and clapped his hands. Sirius stuck out his tongue at him and walked over to his bag where he got out a small, brown package tied with string. Remus lowered his book and looked curiously at Sirius.
“What’s that?” James was too, looking at Sirius.
“Oh, it’s a package from my mom” Sirius face seemed to tighten as he mentioned his mom, his jaw clenched; he took a deep breath and stuffed it back in his bag.
“What was the point of that, I have to ask?” asked Remus.
“I’m trying to decide whether to open it or not” Sirius answered.
“Open it!” James exclaimed. He walked up to Sirius bag, pretended to yawn, grabbed the package and started to open it. Sirius ran towards James who tossed the package to Remus who continued the procedure.
“Come on! It’s not funny! You have no idea what it could be! She might be out to kill me you know” Sirius tackled Remus who, in the last second, threw the package at James, who caught it.
“Your mom isn’t that cruel” Grinned James as he continued to open the half opened package. Sirius forced a laugh and said:
“You don’t know my mom, mate” He ran towards James but it was too late. James let out a piercing scream and rose 6 feet into the air. Sirius jaw dropped and in a flash he was out the portrait hole yelling at the top of his lungs, “Help! We need help!”
A few minutes later Sirius returned with McGonagall and Dumbledore who ran straight towards James, who was still hovering in the air, screaming as if his life depended on it. Dumbledore closed his eyes, he was mouthing some kind of spell and McGonagall was tugging at James feet, trying to get him down.
After 15 minutes James stopped screaming, his eyes widening, and he fell to the ground, let out one last breath and closed his eyes.
Sirius ran up to him, shaking him violently and screaming, “James! James, wake up! James!” but Remus ran over to him and pulled him away, kicking and screaming. Peter was still standing over by the couch, completely paralyzed and Dumbledore was whispering something to McGonagall who rushed out the portrait hole.
“Remus would you please calm him down” commanded Dumbledore.
“Yes…Professor” Sirius stopped kicking and screaming and started violently crying. Remus pulled him into a hug and tried to calm him down.
“James…” whispered Sirius as pulled away from Remus’ hug and looked him in the eye. Sirius knees gave way and he fell to the floor, still crying. Remus went over to the couch, sat down and buried his face in his hands. Dumbledore walked over to where James was still lying on the floor and put a spell on him, making him weightless, picked him up and carried him out the portrait hole.
As Lily and Molly walked through Hogwarts towards the Gryffindor tower they talked about James.
“You hugged him? Like, hugged him? And he hugged you back?’
“Yes! How many times do I ha…” but Lily was cut of by the sight of a dark figure moving towards them. As they came farther towards them Lily noticed that I was Dumbledore, but who was he holding? Lily followed them with her gaze and as they passed, Lily noticed the oh-so familiar jet black hair of James.
Lily Molly Remus Sirius Peter
Remus, Sirius and Peter were in the exact same position as they had been half an hour ago, Remus on the couch, Sirius on the floor and Peter was still standing up completely paralyzed.
“What happened?” a sweating Molly and a heavy breathing Lily had entered the common room through the portrait hole and were staring at the three marauders. Sirius didn’t move an inch, Peter gaze moved to the two girls and Remus looked up from his hands with red eyes.
“I don’t know” Remus whispered as he turned to where James and the package had been lying half an hour earlier. McGonagall had wrapped the package in her cloak and brought it with her when she had left.
“What do you mean you don’t know, you were here weren’t you?” Lily was almost yelling at Remus who looked frightened.
“Lily calm down!” Molly walked over to Sirius and took hold of his hand, lift up his chin with her hand and brushed the hair out of his face. Sirius looked at her for a moment then pulled her into a tight hug. Lily walked over to Remus and mumbled an apology.
“I’m sorry Remus, I’m just, worried” she whispered. Remus turned to her and gave her a look of fright, “What happened?”
As Remus told her what happened Lily’s eyes filled with tears. She walked over to the couch, picked up a pillow and screamed into it. Remus sat down next to her and pulled the pillow out of her hand and pulled into a hug. She cried for minutes, maybe hours, no one really kept track of the time. As night started to fall Remus quickly jumped up gave Peter a look and ran out the portrait hole. Peter followed him out with a puzzled Lily left staring at the closed portrait hole.
When she fell asleep, she didn’t know, but Lily had spent the whole night on the couch, she had only slept for a second. She had spent most of the night thinking of what was happening to James at the very moment. Sirius and Molly were still on the floor, Molly sleeping against Sirius’ chest and Sirius was still wide awake re running the nights happenings through his head. He was thinking of what would have happened if he hadn’t shown them the package, if he had waited until he was alone to…but if that had happened he would have been the one in Sgt. Mungos, or not, what if everyone had been too scared to do anything about it. Would he be dead? Is James dead? A tear rolled down his cheek as he looked down at Molly’s peaceful face, her cheeks wet from the tears and her sweaty hair sticking to her forehead. Sirius moved the hair out of her face and wiped the tears of her cheek. He had never been so scared, terrified, miserable…but at the same time, he had never felt so warm inside.
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