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Lily had always wanted black hair, but the shock of finding out someone had secretly changed her hair colour, no matter what colour, was too much for her to be able to like her new hair colour.

James hadn’t paid too much attention to whether or not Lily liked the new hair colour. All he had done was to check the list for another wish; wish number one!

After breakfast, he excused himself and sprinted up the stairs to the Fat Lady. He told her the password and climbed in. The common-room was nearly empty, the only people in the room were two second years, sitting in a corner doing their homework.

James sat down in a comfy chair by the fire and pulled out the list. He paused for a minute, thinking that this was the moment he had been waiting for. At this minute, he regretted nothing of what he had done. And to think he had almost given it up!

He unfolded the small piece of paper, and saw…

Wish number two.

”What?” he said to himself, “This must be some kind of mistake!”

He looked at it again, making sure his eyes weren’t pulling pranks on him. Nope, wish number nine still wasn’t crossed out. James swore out loud, causing the second-years in the corner to start giggling.

As the common-room started filling up, James put the list away. Instead he went up to his dorm to find a piece of parchment to get his thoughts gathered.

Dear… piece of parchment

I don’t have a diary, but at this moment I wish I had. I need to clear my thoughts, get them out of my head…

I know what you mean. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

James looked at the parchment in front of him, his mouth dropping. Who was writing back to him in bold font?

Who are you? he wrote back, and then he waited for a reply.

I’m a piece of parchment! The last thing I am is a black dog!

“Sirius, where are you??” yelled James, and after seconds he saw Sirius coming out from under Remus’ bed, looking disappointed.

”Holy Shrieking Shack, how did you fit under there?” asked James silently. He wasn’t even sure he wanted to know.

“I’m like a snake, James. I can get into a pencil-case if someone dares me to it! But how did you know it was me?” Sirius asked. James raised his eyebrows, and then they heard the door open.

Remus came in, whistling a sad song.

“What’s up with you?” asked Sirius, looking at Remus’ sad face. Remus just sighed.

“I’ve got our schedules. We have double History of Magic with the Hufflepuffs first thing Monday morning” he said. Then he sighed again. Sirius looked at him weirdly.

“That’s like the best thing you can have on a Monday morning. You get to sleep even longer!” he said, waving his arms like crazy. James and Remus backed away not to get hit.

“You don’t understand. This is our final year. NEWTs year. We have to pay attention!”

“Wrong. You have to pay attention!” said Sirius, waving his finger.

“I won’t let you cheat off of me this year, Padfoot. You have to learn for yourself.”

“Why did I even become your friend if you won’t let me cheat off of you?” asked Sirius, sitting down on Remus’ bed.

“Because, I’m the brains of the Marauders, remember?” said Remus. “Who planned the Waterson-attack? The Heygrone-prank? The Thombhouse-joke? Huh, huh, huh?” Remus pushed Sirius off his bed and sat down himself.

James grabbed the opportunity to flee the room. It was getting too crowdy for his liking.

Just before he left, he heard his two best-mates say:

“Well, you wanted to have your head shaved!”

“No! I wanted to shave my head. Not to have some psycho maniac shave it while I’m sleeping!”

At that moment, something clicked inside James’ head. The thing he had just been so frustrated over suddenly made sense.

He kept on walking, out of the castle and down to the lake. He ignored Peter yelling his name, pretending that he didn’t hear him. The lake was cold, even though it was only September. James took off his shoes and socks, and sat down on one of the rocks at the shore.

Back up in the castle, Lily had just finished re-colouring her hair. She dumped down on the sofa next to Mary. She was reading ‘Hex and Here’, a magazine on celebrities, fashion and make-up. Lily read over her shoulder for a while, but soon got bored.

“How about skiing?” she asked Mary, who looked up from the magazine looking bewildered.

“It’s September, Lily. Where do yah wanna ski?” she replied.

“In here. I know just the spell!” said Lily, standing up. Mary pulled her back down without looking away from her magazine.

“We will do no such thing as to turn this dorm into a freakin’ snow-mountain” she said, sounding alarmingly much like Professor McGonagall. Except the swearing…

“All right, but I haven’t heard any suggestions from you!” said Lily, defending her suggestion.

“Why don’t you go do my homework?” asked Mary sweetly.

“We don’t have any homework yet!” whispered Lily into her ear, like sharing a secret.

“What?? Oh…” Mary was off in another world and wouldn’t come back until the last page of the magazine had been turned. Lily knew because she’d tried it every single month, which was how often Hex and Here came out.

Lily got up again, and went down to the common-room.

“You know I’ve done loads of stuff to help the Marauders!” said Remus angrily. “Don’t you even try to pretend that you don’t know that!”

“All right, all right. You’ve done loads of stuff to help out. I’ve done heaps of stuff!” Sirius replied.

“Loads is much more than heaps, just so you know!” Remus informed him of.

“Is not! Heaps is so much more than loads there should be a rule that everyone knows it!” Sirius said, trying to make sense but really failing.

Remus just looked at him strangely.

“Well, let’s ask Evans, then!” said Remus, noticing that she had just entered the common-room. “She’s like got a whole dictionary in her head…”

“Whatever” said Sirius.

“You’re afraid you’ll lose!” accused Remus. “You are afraid!”

“Am not!” he said, and then he went over to Lily. “Evans!”

“Yes” answered Lily, looking at Sirius. ‘Now what does he want?’ she thought to herself.

“Which is more, heaps or loads?” he asked, and then he waited for the verdict.

“I think…” she started, but then she paused. She knew the answer, but Sirius looked so hopeful. She’d heard him arguing with Remus, and she knew Remus always won. She caught herself feeling sorry for the guy, and before she could stop herself she blurted out, “heaps is more.”

Sirius finally drew his breath again after holding it while she had been thinking, and used the air in his lungs to yell out to Remus a couple of words that no one really knew what meant.

Remus looked strangely at Lily, knowing that Lily knew that he knew that Lily knew that they both knew Sirius was wrong. Lily ignored his stare, and headed for the portrait-hole.

Down by the lake, James was almost freezing his feet off. He got up and away from the water, pulled out his wand and preformed an un-freezing charm on his feet. They immediately felt warm, and he put on his socks and shoes again.

Just then he saw someone walking down towards the lake. He grabbed the shoe he hadn’t put on yet and hid behind the nearest big rock.

The person walking was, as you might have guessed by now, Lily. James, still hiding behind a big rock, watched her sit down on the same rock he had been sitting on just seconds ago. She then leaned back and lay down on the flat rock.

James had an inner struggle on whether or not to go talk to her. He decided on the latter, and walked away as silently as he could. But, it wasn’t silent enough.

“James, is that you?” Lily asked, and James stopped dead in his tracks.

“Yes, hello” he said, and went over to her.

They sat there for a while in silence, and then James grabbed the opportunity. He had to get her to change her hair-colour herself.

“I thought you looked nice with black hair…” he said. Lily looked at him.

“Really?” she asked, smiling nervously.

“Really” he confirmed, smiling too. Oh how he loved her smile.

“Maybe… If you gave it a chance…” he continued.

“No, I don’t know…” she said, looking at her feet. “I mean, I think I know who did it.”

James’ heart started pounding even faster. If she knew about him, then… How did she know, anyway? He hadn’t told anyone. Maybe she’d set him up, and she’d known from the beginning?

“You know…?” he started, also staring at his feet.

“She’s the only person I ever told.”

“Excuse me, what?”

“That I wanted to dye my hair black. But, well, I wanted to do it myself, and not to have it come as a complete shock.”

“Wait a minute, who are we talking about?”

“Mary. Your best friend’s girlfriend, remember?”

“Oh. Right.”

“I mean, I know she did it, but I haven’t told her that I know yet.”

It wasn’t until then she realized what she was doing; pouring out her heart to James Potter!

“I’m sorry, I have to go…” she said suddenly, and got up. “Oh, and by the way James –“

“Yes?”

“– Don’t take this personally!”

With that she took out her wand, and before James had the time to defend himself she put a lighter version of ‘obliviate’ on him. It would erase his memory from just before he woke up until now.

James was left on the rock, alone and confused. How had he ended up here all of a sudden?

He didn’t feel like getting up, so he just sat there. Looking up at the castle, his thoughts fled back to his earliest days at Hogwarts.

He remembered coming to Platform 9 ¾ six years ago. It was a warm 1st September the day young James was getting on the express for the first time. The Platform was crowded, as it was always on September 1st, and James was just saying goodbye to his mother when he saw a young girl about his age, with long, red hair and a short, white dress.

He helped her with her luggage, but didn’t have the courage to ask for her name. She thanked him shyly, before Sirius suddenly turned up. The two of them fought, over what he didn’t remember anymore, but then they both ended up in Gryffindor…

The trouble with Lily started when she became friends with Severus Snape, a slimy git and a Slytherin. But, Lily liked him, and she wouldn’t hear a bad word about him. Whenever James and his friends would pull a prank on the Slytherins, Lily would be furious.

James only wanted to prove his point that Snape was bad for her, for anyone, but instead of following his advice she started dating the guy. They were together for more than a year, and it made James sick.

Then, in the fifth year, Severus was given the Slytherin prefect-title. So was Elaine Haygrone.

Even though Lily was also a prefect, she didn’t find out until half a year later…

*PANG*

James was scared out of his daydreaming by Remus, who had finally found him after searching the whole castle for an hour.

“In the name of Merlin, what did you do that for?” he asked, getting up.

Remus was just smiling, which made it all a bit more irritating.

“I bet you have something to do with this also” continued James, pointing at the rock he had been sitting on. “The last thing I remember was going to sleep in my own bed. Now you tell me, or you’re gonna end up out there beside the giant squid!”

“Prongs, are you all right? You woke up in your own bed this morning!” said Remus.

“Don’t lie. You know just as well as I do that you and or Padfoot moved me here. Did I miss breakfast?” he asked, and without waiting for an answer he started towards the castle.

Following James, Remus tried to collect and organize the facts. James had to be kidding.

“You already had breakfast” he said.

“So you didn’t think it was enough to move me down to the lake, you also thought it would be fun to feed me while I was sleeping? I want the pictures you took, because knowing you I know you took loads of pictures for the Prankbook” said James, not stopping.

The Prankbook was the book about all the pranks the Marauders had preformed during their years at Hogwarts. Had it been a normal book it would’ve been full several years ago, but this was no normal book. If anyone but Marauders read the book, it would bite the nose off the poor person. Except, you know, the person reading it was a worthy replacement. It would be preserved for the next generation pranksters at Hogwarts…

Inside the castle Lily had went back to her dorm again, and found that Mary had left. Lucious Malfoy, however, was sitting in front of the fireplace, reading.

“Hello” Lily said civilly.

Malfoy didn’t greet her back, but Lily had decided to try to follow Dumbledore’s advice, and clear out their difficulties. Except first they had to be able to talk to each other, of course.

“What’re you reading?” she asked casually. Malfoy closed his book and held it up for her to read, still not talking.

‘How To Become The Best Head-Boy and How Not To Let The Head-Girl Get All The Honour’. Oh…

She sat down, and Malfoy started reading his book again.

“Should we prepare for the prefect-meeting?” she asked after a while.

Malfoy sighed and closed his book again.

“You mean now?” he asked, making his voice sound like he was talking to a five-year-old.

“No, I mean sometime. Before the meeting, that is.” He didn’t answer, and she gave up. She went out to find Mary and give her a piece of her mind about colouring her hair.

Meanwhile, James still believed neither Sirius nor Remus that they hadn’t had anything to do with his ‘waking up’ by the lake. They explained it to him over and over again; he had been awake long before he had gone down to the lake.

“Okay Prongs, I’ll list everything you did before you went down there.”

List.

The list!

“Okay, I believe you. Man, I can’t believe you fell for that!” he said, though he still didn’t believe a word they were saying.

Remus and Sirius looked strangely at him, before shaking their heads and going back to doing whatever.

James carefully put the list in his pocket and went to the library. The moment he stepped in, an alarm went off and Madam Pince came storming towards him.

“You are banned from the library for another whole month, Mr. Potter. If you want a book, rules say I have to get it for you while you wait outside.”

Oh yeah, he’d almost forgot. He’d never prank anyone in the library again…

“I don’t need any books, thanks” he said, and left.

The only place he could be alone now was the owlery. Luckily there were no one up there, and now only the owls could read over his shoulder. Wait –

“No, that would be too crazy. Birds can’t read!” James assured himself.

Then he took out the list.

‘This is the moment I’ve waited for!’ he thought to himself.

‘I’ll finally find out Lily’s number one wish…” He opened it and saw that wish number nine was crossed out. Instead it said…

“1 – Go on a date with LM”

James couldn’t believe his eyes. All this time he had been hoping… dreaming… that now that she was over Snape, that… No… Not another Slytherin. He couldn’t bare it! Deep inside he had always wished… hoped… dreamed… that it would be him. With her. But no, not now. Anyone before him… And now she had fallen for her fellow Head… It was just too much!

He sat there for a while, watching the birds flying. How happy they were, flying. Happy, as they were coming in through the window. And jumping out.

AN: I've changed my mind... again! I'm adding another chapter, and it's the last one. I'm adding it right now, actually. THEN the story will be finished. Ah... Oh well. Enjoy! :)

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