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“Lily, you’re going to look great!” Rose exclaimed, fingering Lily’s damp hair. Lily had invited Rose into her private room so they could get ready for the dance in peace.

“Do you really think so?” she asked skeptically, smoothing her hand over her emerald green dress robes that were lying on the bed.

“Yes,” Rose said forcefully, leading Lily into the bathroom.

“Oy!” James shouted, pulling a shirt on very quickly. “Ever heard of knocking?”

“Ever heard of locking the door?” Rose retorted, dragging Lily over to the large mirror over the sink. “Besides, this is Lily’s bathroom, too. And shouldn’t you be getting ready for the dance?”

James shot her an incredulous look, completely ignoring Lily, something he had taken to doing the past three weeks. “Hello…We have two hours before the dance!”

Rose smirked as she ran her hands through Lily’s fiery locks. “Just go, James,” she sighed. “And don’t come back in here until you’re getting ready, we’re busy.”

He shrugged and exited through the door that led to his room, glaring at Lily.

“Has he been this sweet to you all month?” Rose joked, tugging a strand of Lily’s hair.

“He’s still mad about me going to the dance with Ryan. Since I’m opening the dance with him, he expected me to dance with him the whole time, I think. Yeah right.”

Rose lifted an eyebrow, but said nothing.

**

“Hey Prongs,” said Sirius as James entered the Gryffindor common room. “What are you doing up here with us common folk?”

“Shut up,” he muttered. “Rose and Lily basically kicked me out.”

“Oh, are you talking to Lily again?” he asked.

James shook his head, shooing a first year out of the armchair next to Sirius’ by the fire and sitting down.

“Why not?” Remus asked, seeming to appear out of nowhere.

“She started to be nice to me, and I thought I had a chance, and then she went and made plans to go to the dance with that PRAT, Ryan.”

Remus chuckled and shook his head in disbelief at his friend. “James, do you really expect her to give in that easily?”

He shrugged and nodded.

“Well,” began Remus, “you’ve been asking her out for over six years, and she’s made it clear that she can’t STAND you. Now that you’re her friend, you can’t take things too quickly. Make her trust you. Get to be more than a boyfriend to her, be her best friend. Then just let things develop from there.” Remus couldn’t believe that he was explaining matters of the heart to Hogwarts’ biggest heartthrobs.

James nodded slowly, picking at a thread on the chair he was sitting in. “Do you really think that’ll work?” he asked.

Remus nodded and Sirius agreed.

“Oh my, gosh!” James suddenly exclaimed, jumping up and heading to the portrait hole.

The two Marauders lifted their eyebrows at him.

“There’s only an hour until the dance and I get to dance with Lily! I have to get ready!”

Without another word, he bounded out of the common room at full speed.

**

“Lily, you look gorgeous!” Jade insisted as she, Lily, and Rose made their way to the entrance hall.

“Are you sure?” she asked, smoothing her hair and tugging at her dress robes.

“YES!” they shouted together.

Once they got to the entrance hall, Jade and Rose went into the Great Hall with Ryan and Sirius and Lily stayed to wait for James so they could open the dance.

“Sorry I’m late!” Lily suddenly heard. She turned around and saw James flying down the steps, blue dress robes billowing behind him. He looked kind of cute, for being James, anyway.

“You look lovely, my lady,” he said, offering his arm and offering a smile.

“Not mad at me anymore?” she whispered, watching for the doors to open, their signal to enter.

“I never was,” he said softly, loving the feeling of her arm locked safely with his.

“Rubbish.”

Just then, the door to the Great Hall swung open and James urged her forward. The Great Hall looked amazing. The enchanted ceiling shone with eerie looking stars from outside. Pumpkins hung in midair and countless black and orange candles were enchanted to float just over their heads. There were bats flying over the heads of the students, leaving shimmering black and orange dust behind them.

Trembling slightly, Lily made it out to the center of the floor with James, trying not to look at the circular tables where everyone in school was watching them as they walked.

“Ready?”

“As I’ll ever be,” Lily murmured, placing her hand in his as the music began.

James began leading her and she followed, not having much experience in dancing, herself. Suddenly, she put pressure on her shoe the wrong way and her heel bent the wrong way. She fell into James, leaning on him to try to cover it up.

“Are you all right?” he whispered concernedly as he helped her get balanced.

She nodded and he tightened his grip on her hand. A chill suddenly ran down her spine. She passed it off as being cold, though she was well aware that it had nothing to do with the temperature of the castle.

Before the couple knew it, the rest of the school was making their way onto the floor to join in a faster dance. Lily quickly pulled away from James, wondering how the dance had ended with her knowing it.

“Save the last dance for me?” James whispered in her ear as she set off to the refreshments table to find Ryan.

She paused for a moment then whispered back, “I’ll think about it.”

He smirked as he watched her go. “That’s good enough for me,” he murmured under his breath, searching the crowd for Remus and Peter, who didn’t have dates as well.

**

“There you are!” Ryan exclaimed as Lily approached him. He handed her a glass of punch and led her to the table he had been sharing with Jade, Rose, and Sirius. Sirius and Jade were in a bit of a snog session, and Rose was staring fixedly at the wall.

“Thank goodness!” she exclaimed as the couple approached the table. “I thought you guys would never get here.” She shot a disgusted look at Sirius and Jade.

The dance seemed to drag on. Ryan wasn’t the date Lily had expected. He mainly sat glumly, staring at the dancing couples.

“Would you like to dance?” Lily finally asked exasperatedly.

He shrugged and followed her out to the dance floor. He put his hand loosely on her waist as they flowed to the music.

After that one dance, the couple sat back down next to Rose where they stayed for the remainder of the evening. At long last, the second to last song was announced.

“I’m going to go talk to Alice and Frank,” Lily said suddenly, arising from her seat and hurrying into the crowd.

She began searching for that annoyingly messy hair that she hated so much. Suddenly, she felt a pair of hands grab her waist from behind and spin her around.

“ARRRGH!”

“Lily, calm down,” a soothing voice murmured. Lily turned around to find the cheerful face of James Potter.

“I think I promised you the last dance,” she said, keeping her voice level.

“Yes, you did,” he whispered, taking her waist in his arms. A slow song began playing and she wrapped her arms around his neck. She began to lay her head on his chest, but thought better of it. As every other couple in the room was melting into the music, Lily pulled away from James.

“I’ve got to go,” she whispered, turning from him and starting to the door.

“Wait, don’t go!” he protested, lightly grabbing her arm. “I thought… Will you…”

She whipped around and narrowed her eyes at his beautifully arrogant face. “When pigs fly, Potter,” she spat in his face. “When pigs FLY!”

Then she wrenched herself from his grip and flew out of the room, attracting many peculiar looks from her fellow students.

**

“What could’ve happened down there?” Sirius wondered out loud as he, Remus, James, and Peter slunk into the Gryffindor common room, well after midnight.

“I don’t even know,” Remus admitted. “This wouldn’t have happened had you taken my advice and been her FRIEND instead of trying to ask her out again. Well, what exactly happened again?”

James described the evening in detail for the fifth time that night. Once to Jade and Rose; once to Sirius; once to Remus; once to Peter; now again to the Marauders as a group.

Remus listened intently to the whole explanation, hands clasped in his lap. When James was done speaking, he clapped his hands, a smile on his face.

“James,” he declared. “You didn’t do anything wrong. You’ve got the cat in the bag.”

James stared at him blankly. “Um, Remus, perhaps you weren’t listening. She pushed me away. I’m back to square one.”

Remus shook his head firmly, a smile planted on his face. “No. You said she was getting ready to lay her head on your chest, shoulder, whatever, and that’s when she pulled away, right?”

James nodded. “I suppose.”

“Then she doesn’t hate you again! She’s scared!”

James stared at him, trying to decide if he was crazy or not. “Remus,” he said seriously. “Have you and Sirius taken Polyjuice Potion lately?”

Remus continued grinning from ear to ear, shaking his head. “James, don’t you see?! She likes you now, and she’s scared!”

Sirius, who had been listening silently the whole time for once, finally spoke up. “You know, Prongs, I reckon Moony’s right.”

Peter nodded and squeaked enthusiastically, an act that was quickly silenced by a look of disgust from the three boys.

“Hey!” Sirius said suddenly, his face lighting up.

“Hm?”

“James, what’d you say the last thing she said was?”

“She said ‘When pigs fly,’ why?”

Sirius nodded, rising from his seat. “I’ve got an idea.”

The other Marauders looked at him expectantly.

His smile grinned wider and he said, “Boys, I think it’s time to take the Marauder pranking a step higher.”

**

“Lily?” Rose called quietly as she and Jade stepped into the Head’s common room. As long as Head Boy or Head Girl told their friends how to get in, they could. If they hadn’t been told how to get in personally by someone, tickling the man in the portrait wouldn’t work. It was one of Dumbledore’s more clever ideas.

“Just a minute,” the familiar voice shouted down the stairs to them.

Jade shrugged and made herself comfortable on the couch. “Ah. These couches are so much more comfortable than ours are,” she complained.

“Remember,” Rose warned, “take things slow. Don’t jump into the subject too quickly.”

She had just sunk into the chair nearest to the fire when Lily came springing down the stairs, clad in purple pajama pants and a fit white tee-shirt.

“Yes?” she asked, collapsing into the armchair across from Rose.

Rose opened her mouth to speak, but was interrupted when the portrait hole swung open.

“Girls, shouldn’t you be in the common room?” James asked. “It’s one o’clock. You know, four hours past normal curfew, one hour past dance curfew.”

“Oh no!” Rose cried. “Gryffindor tower is miles from here! How are we supposed to get back without getting caught?”

“You can sleep here on the couches for the night,” Lily offered, doing her best to ignore James as he slid up his side of the stairs. The girls waited until his door was safely shut to continue their conversation.

“Lily… what happened?” Jade spat out, ignoring the death glares that were emitting from Rose.

“I don’t know what you mean,” Lily insisted.

“Lily!” Rose cried. “You were dancing with James! Everyone in the school saw how cozy you guys were getting on that dance floor! Then… you just drew away from him and started yelling. What happened?” she persisted on.

Lily scratched her head in an annoyed sort of way. “Okay,” she began. “He — he wanted me to dance with him… and it just didn’t feel right. So I pulled away. But, of course, he was being normal James, and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Hence the screaming argument.”

Rose and Jade exchanged skeptical glances. “Are you sure—” Rose began.

“—yes,” Lily interrupted. “Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed. There are extra blankets and pillows in the cupboard under the stairs for you.”

Without waiting for an answer, Lily practically ran up the stairs and slammed her door.

The look that Jade and Rose shared plainly said, “What’s up with her?”

**

“Okay, guys,” James said the next morning over breakfast. “Lily usually sleeps till noon on Saturdays, so we have plenty of time.”

Remus and Sirius nodded. Peter was in the hospital wing. Something about the trick step on the fourth floor staircase and Peeves stealing a wardrobe from one of the teachers. They really didn’t want to know.

“Hey, guys,” said Rose as she and Jade took seats across from the Marauders.

“Hi,” they muttered, looking distracted.

“What’s the prank this morning?” asked Jade amusedly.

“Sort of a prank,” James corrected. “How’d you know?” he asked, puzzled.

“Oh, please,” Jade snorted. “I’ve known you three since first year. I know when you’re planning a prank. So, what is it?”

“Promise you won’t tell?” Remus whispered, leaning toward them over the bacon and eggs.

They nodded.

The three Marauders explained their plan in hushed whispers, fighting over whose explanation was more accurate.

“Whoa,” Rose breathed. “That’s so sweet. Who came up with it?”

“Sirius, of course,” Jade scoffed. “Who else?”

Sirius stared at her, looking amused. “How do you know these things, baby?”

“I know your style by now,” she said simply.

The Marauders shrugged and went back to their breakfast.

“What time is it?” James asked impatiently an hour later.

“It’s eleven,” Jade said, checking her watch. “She should be coming down soon.”

Then, as if on a timer, Lily came prancing into the Great Hall.

James and Sirius exchanged a smirk and slipped their wands out underneath the table. Lily sat next to Rose, not acknowledging that she had seen any of the boys.

“Hello, Rose, Jade,” she greeted cheerfully.

“Why so happy this morning, Miss Mary Sunshine?” Jade wondered out loud jokingly.

“No reason,” she said with a smile, not hearing the teasing manner in Jade’s voice.

She reached across the table to grab the waffles, but drew back with a gasp. Suddenly, countless pink circles were floating over the table near Lily.

“They’re… They’re flying pigs,” she breathed unbelievingly.

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