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At 8:30, Lily took Jackie to her room. She read Jackie a book and then tucked her in. Jackie was being a really sweet girl. Lily wondered if she was actually James’ sister.

Earlier that evening, Sirius, Peter, and Remus had shown up. James told them that he was going to stay. Sirius gave him a playful hard time before they left.

Lily sat in the room that looked like the Gryffindor common room reading a book about some witch who decided to kill her family because her parents punished her for using magic in front of muggles. Lily thought that the girl overreacted a little but that was just her opinion. Then she heard a thump above her and ran up the stairs to Jackie’s room.

“Are you okay Jackie?” Lily asked when she got to the room. Jackie was tangled up in her blanket on the floor.

“I fell out of bed,” she said, sticking out her lower lip. Lily knelt down beside her to help and had to smile at the cute face Jackie was making. After Lily got Jackie back into bed, she started walking out of the room when she tripped just as she was taking a step through the doorway. She fell face first onto the carpet. Jackie was laughing behind her. When Lily turned to look at what she tripped on, she didn’t see anything. She got up and turned to face Jackie.

“Good night,” Lily said, and then walked away, heading for the third floor. Lily knocked on James’ bedroom door. His eyes widened when he saw her.

“You are so stupid Potter,” Lily said.

“What?” he asked.

“You used that charm on your sister’s door to make the first person to walk through the door trip.”

“I didn’t do anything,” James insisted, “And if I was going to do something like that, I would make it so anyone who walked through the door tripped.” Lily rolled her eyes.

“Who else could have done it?” she asked.

“Jackie,” James answered as if it was the most obvious thing in the world. Lily snorted, disbelievingly. “Have you seen a mirror?” James asked.

“What?” Lily snapped. James pointed down the hall to a bathroom. Lily quieckly walked in the direction of where he pointed. James followed behind her. When Lily looked in the mirror that was just inside the bathroom door, James put a hand over her mouth to muffle her scream. Her hair had turned a bright shade of blue.

Lily stalked into the hall when she was done screaming and pulled out her wand. She muttered the spell to turn her hair back to red but it didn’t work. She rounded on James.

“What did you do?” she demanded through clenched teeth.

“I didn’t do anything,” James said again.

“Just turn my hair back to its’ normal color, Potter!”

“I don’t have my wand,”

Lily stared at him for a second then said, “You lost it?”

James looked at her like she was crazy. “No. My parents took it away. They said that just because I’m of age doesn’t mean I act like it. I have to prove that I can be responsible before they will let me do magic outside of school.”

“Wait, if you don’t have your wand, then who changed my hair color?” Lily asked.

“I told you. Jackie.”

“Stop giving me bull crap stories. That sweet little girl wouldn’t do something like that.”

“I bet your sister acts like the perfect sister around other people but behind closed doors, she’s a brat.” Lily thought about it. That was true. Petunia acted like she was proud of Lily about the witch thing around her parents but once they were alone, Lily was a ‘freak’ or ‘weirdo’. Was there any sister who didn’t act like a brat around other people?

Lily walked quickly down the stairs to Jackie’s room. James followed.

When Lily opened Jackie’s door, there was no doubt in her mind that Jackie was a sister like that. Lily opened the door and there was a loud pop and flour covered Lily completely but didn’t get anywhere else. Lily blew some flour out of her mouth and whipped her eyes. When she turned to face James, he was covering his mouth with his hand and his shoulders were shaking in laughter. She was about to tell him off when she heard a giggle to her right. Lily turned and Jackie was standing there, laughing.

“Jackie,” Lily said but Jackie ran off towards the stairs going down to the first floor.

Half an hour later, Lily was looking for Jackie everywhere. When Lily had taken a step to go downstairs after Jackie, her foot got stuck in some goo. She couldn’t get it out until James helped her.

Most of the flour had come off. There was still a lot in her hair and spots of it on her clothes. It had come off around the house. Lily was going to have some cleaning to do once she caught Jackie.

Lily was just looking under and in the grand piano when the doorbell rang. Lily ran to answer it. When she opened the door, her best friend Erin was standing there. Erin had dirty blond hair and a great personality. She always made Lily laugh.

“Surprise!” she said. Then she looked at Lily and asked, “What happened?”

“I’m babysitting the Potters’ little girl.” Lily said in a mock sweet voice.

“As in James Potters’ family?” Erin asked.

“Yup,” Lily answered, not so sweetly anymore. “And Jackie is a little brat. It’s like brother like sister.

“Wow,” Erin said. She looked around at all the flour everywhere and the mess Lily had made looking for Jackie. “Well have fun,” she said and turned to leave.

“Oh, no you don’t,” Lily said, pulling her back and closing the door. “You have to help me.”

“I hate kids,” Erin whispered to Lily as if afraid that she would offend someone in the room.

“Well I don’t think Lily is to fond this kid.” James walked up to them. “She wasn’t on the third floor Lily.” He added.

“What are you doing here?” Erin asked. Lily quickly explained and then convinced Erin to help her look for Jackie.

“Fine. But remember I’m only doing this because I’m your best friend.” Erin said sulkily.

“Good enough reason for me,” Lily said. Then she turned to James. “We’re going to continue to look around down here for Jackie. You look on the second floor.”

“Why can’t Erin look on the second floor so I can look down here with you?” James asked like a little boy who was being denied a treat.

“Don’t start,” Lily warned.

“Fine,” James said and walked up to the second floor. Lily lead Erin to the ‘Gryffindor common room’ room.

“Just start looking around. She isn’t very big so she can fit almost anywhere.” Lily said and started looking under couches. Erin didn’t think that anyone could fit under one of those couches but didn’t say anything. She started looked by the fire place. There wasn’t a fire in there so she could have climbed up it.

“What are you doing?” Lily asked. Erin pulled her head out of the fireplace.

“I’m looking for Jackie.”

“Up the fireplace?” Lily questioned.

“You’re looking under the couches,” Erin said.

“She’s three. She can’t climb up a fire place,” Lily said as she started looking under tables and behind chairs. Erin rolled her eyes and started looking again. Lily stood up after looking behind every chair and under every table. “I’m going to search the kitchen. You look in the closets and stuff,” Lily said as she walked towards the door leading to the kitchen.

Lily opened the door and walked in. She gasped. The kitchen was a mess. Before it was perfectly white with black and white checkered floor tiles and now there were purple handprints everywhere. Dish soap was all over the floor and dishes were pulled out of the cupboards.

It could all be easily fixed though. All Lily had to do was use her wand. She reached into the pocket.

Her wand was gone.

Lily was going to hypervenalate. Did wizards have paper bags? She would need one. There was a gasp to her left. Lily quickly turned and saw Jackie.

She was staring wide eyed at Lily. Her hands were pressed to her cheeks. She hadn’t seen Lily at first. Lily took a step towards Jackie as Jackie turned and ran through a door to the next room. Lily hadn’t seen that door when she was in the kitchen earlier. Lily quickly took a step forward to follow and slipped on dish soap.

“OW!” she exclaimed as she hit her head on a pot. She got up, using the wall for a support and carefully chased after Jackie. When she got to the door that Jackie went through, the door turned into a wall. Lily pushed on the wall.

Nothing happened.

Lily hit the wall with her fists and yelled “OW!” again.

Think Lily think she thought. She would have to go ask James about the door. Lily sighed and started towards across the kitchen again. She caught herself on the counter as she slipped again and accidentily pushed papers onto the floor.

“Damn it,” she muttered before slowly and not very gracefully making her way out of the kitchen.

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