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Lily watched the pigs as they seemed to dance in midair. Then, the cutest and fattest of them all came to a halt in front of her face. She noticed that there was a note in its mouth. Trembling a bit, not knowing what to expect, she reached out and took the note.

I’m sorry about last night. Meet me by the lake at five o’clock and we’ll talk about it then. (By the way, I won’t hold you to your word that you’ll date me when pigs fly, if you don’t want me to that is.)
Forever yours,

A smile began forming on her lips but she wiped it away before she looked up at Jade, Rose, and the Marauders. James was smirking, staring at her intently.

“Who did that?” he asked wonderingly. Sirius snorted into his pumpkin juice and looked away pointedly.

She narrowed her eyes and pursed her lips. “I don’t know, James,” she said in a falsely sweet voice. “I’m done eating. I’m going outside,” she announced, getting up from her seat and walking out of the Great Hall.

Rose arched her blonde eyebrows. “I thought the note said five o’clock, James?”

“It did,” he answered. “She’s just mad at me.”

“Uh…do you think she’ll meet you at five o’clock?” Jade wondered out loud.

“No doubt,” Remus said. James gave him a confused look but Remus didn’t specify what he meant. “I’m going to go to the Library,” Remus said suddenly, rising and walking straight out of the Great Hall.

However, he did not go to the Library as he had said. He pushed open the doors of Hogwarts and headed outside. He set off at a rapid pace, heading for the lake. He soon saw her tiny silhouette sitting by the lakeside, hugging her knees to her chest, shoulders heaving.

He held back for a moment, not sure if he should butt in or not, then decided that, whatever was bothering her, she could use a friend.

He cautiously approached the water’s edge and touched Lily gently on the shoulder.

She looked up, shocked, and gave him an accusatory look.

“Why are you here?!” she demanded. She and Remus had always been friends and he figured that she was just having a rough day and that she didn’t mean anything by what she was saying.

He carefully sat beside her and looked kindly into her emerald eyes with his puppy-dog brown ones. “Do you want to talk about it?” he asked soothingly.

She wiped her eyes with the sleeve of her long-sleeved green Muggle shirt and shook her head stubbornly.

He gave her a sweet smile and nodded, turning his eyes to the water. The water appeared to be still and looked like glass; he was afraid to touch it for fear of breaking it.

“Oh, all right!” Lily screeched, making Remus’s head turn, his face wearing an amused expression. “I’ll tell you!”

She was no longer crying, but her eyes still held the puffiness that said that she had been.

“I’m scared,” Lily said plainly. Remus’s eyes still burned into hers and she turned away uncomfortably. “I don’t know. It’s just… James isn’t turning out to be who I thought he was…”

Remus tried to hide his smirk and remain looking just as somber as she was. “Specify, please,” he requested.

She crinkled her nose in thought as she squinted at the glassy lake. “I-I don’t…I don’t know,” she stuttered, seemingly flustered. “I always thought he was just this big-shot Quidditch player, and an arrogant prat. Then I got to know him, and he’s not, and oh, Remus!” She put her face in her hands as her shoulders began shaking again.

He looked at her, horrified, for a moment then placed a comforting arm around her shoulders. She leaned onto his shoulder and sniffled. “My life isn’t right,” she muttered with a chuckle. “Remus, tell James I can’t meet him tonight, okay?”

“What do you mean?” he asked innocently.

She rolled her eyes. “Cut the act. I know he tells you guys everything.”

His eyes widened as he pictured James’ reaction. “Why — why not?”

She averted her eyes as she stood up, brushing grass off of her jeans. “Can you just tell him?” she asked, still avoiding eye contact.

“I — sure,” Remus sighed, his shoulders drooping. How was he going to explain this to James?


Lily snuck past the Great Hall, keeping out of view of the Gryffindor table, hoping for dear life that her friends and the Marauders had remained there. She really didn’t feel like facing them at the moment.

As she climbed the stairs to the Head’s dorm, keeping her eyes pealed for any signs of familiar faces, she could feel guilt lying heavier and heavier upon her shoulders. By the time she had made it to the portrait of Herbert the Hungry on the third floor, the guilt was tremendous. She ignored the guilt and collapsed into her favorite arm chair by the roaring fire.

She looked guiltily at her pile of homework and turned her gaze back to the fire. She didn’t know what had come over her lately. She had never passed up doing homework lately. True, it wasn’t due for another week, but it never hurt anyone to be early.

She smirked as she looked at James normal homework table and saw that none of his books were open. Actually, they looked as if they’d never been opened.

She arose from her seat and sauntered over to his table, looking to see if he’d started any of his homework at all. Then, a bit of parchment caught her eye. She picked it up and looked it over. It was yellowed and looked very old. But she’d seen all of the boys, aside from Peter, with that piece of parchment at least once. What could they want with an old bit of parchment?

Unless there was some kind of enchantment on it. Or invisible ink! She whipped her wand out, tapped the parchment three times and said, “Aparecium!” Nothing happened. Slightly crestfallen, she lowered her wand. Whatever it was, she was sure that it aided them in their troublemaking habits.

That was it! She tapped the parchment again and said “I’m a troublemaker!” When nothing happened, her face fell, and she felt slightly stupid. “The troublemaker of Hogwarts commands you to reveal your secrets!” she tried. Nothing.

Frustrated, she stamped her foot and squealed, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good, you stupid paper!!!” She hit it furiously with her wand a few times and sat down. Then, the parchment suddenly began filling itself with writing. Amazed, she stared as the words blossomed across the top.

Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers are proud to present

Dumfounded, she opened the “map”. She gasped. It actually was a map. A map of Hogwarts.

She could see all seven floors and she saw several passages that she’d never known had existed. And, there seemed to be a label for every person in Hogwarts. The dots were moving continually. She quickly found James’s dot and saw that he was walking up the first floor staircase with Sirius. Then, he walked up the second floor staircase, parted with Sirius, and began walking toward where Lily’s dot sat.

“Oh no!” she squealed. She picked her wand up from where it sat on the desk and folded the paper. “Umm… I’m done!” she tried, tapping her wand upon the map. “Uh… I solemnly swear that I’m done?!” Nothing. Flustered, she ran at top speed to her table and shoved the map into a book. Just as she’d sat down, James walked into the room.

“Hi!” she said, maybe a little too cheerfully.

He shot her a cold look.


“What time is it?” he asked coldly. “And since when do you call me James?”

“Didn’t you talk to Remus?” she asked softly. He walked over to his table and began searching frantically for something. She turned away and tried to look occupied with her homework.

“Have you seen an old bit of parchment?” he asked in what was apparently supposed to be an offhand voice.

“No,” she said, perhaps a little too quickly.

“Right,” he muttered. Then, without another word, he walked back out of the portrait hole. Lily looked after him dejectedly. What had she done?

She shifted her books around until she once again found the Map. “Err… mischief managed?” she tried unenthusiastically. It wiped itself blank. She took a deep breath in and skipped up the stairs, but not before looking behind her to make sure that she wasn’t being spied on.

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