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Chapter Six: Guilty Consciences




Sydney stared at Lily in shock. What was she playing at? Minutes ago they were laughing about how even dating Amos Diggory was ridiculous….and now she was claiming to love Severus Snape…of all people?

"Lily stop it…"

Lily turned to Sydney with a bit of an angry face.

"You're just jealous! Severus is mine and mine ALONE!"

Sydney took one look at her crazy friend then at the box of chocolates that lay on the couch. Suddenly it hit her….a love potion.

Lily got up in a quick motion.

"I've got to find him and tell him."

Sydney grabbed her arm and smacked Lily across the face. Hell, she needed something to calm Lily down.

"HOW DARE YOU!"

"Lily please…we'll…we'll go find Snape...okay?"

"Really?!"

Lily stood up with a giddy smile. Fluffing her hair a bit and smoothing down the wrinkles in her robes she turned to Sydney with an expectant gaze.

"Well how do I look?"

"Lovely…" Sydney murmured, she was trying to think of a way to find an antidote…SLUGHORN. Of course, Slughorn would know what to do.

She grasped for Lily's wrist and led her out the portrait to Slughorn's office. Unfortunately, students had just finished their dinner and were heading up to the dormitories and common rooms. They passed the marauders in a rush but they were spotted.

" Hey Lane we need to talk!"

Sydney waved Sirius off and kept dragging Lily behind her.

"EVANS!"

They paused to see who it was and there was James looking quite aggravated.

"Look…we have to patrol tonight. The Ravenclaw prefects backed out for some exam studying," He said ignoring Sydney's pleas to leave them alone, " Hey…what's going on?"

"I'm in love with Severus…so if you'd just move out of the way we're going to find him."

James smacked himself a couple times wondering if he heard her right. Sydney apologized a couple times before pulling Lily along with her. James stood there in disbelief; she was in love with Snape of all people?

"Hey Prongs what was that about?"

James ignored his fellow marauders and kept staring at where Lily stood. All these years and it was Snivellus that she loved?

"Prongsy? Earth to Prongsy?"

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

"Miss Lane? What seems to be the problem?"

"Where's Severus…you said we were going to see him!"

"He's meeting us here!"

Lily smiled and sat down in a chair, she constantly fluffed her hair and looked around expectantly. Professor Slughorn stared in confusion.

"I don’t understand."

"Sir, there was a love potion in Lily's chocolates."

Slughorn nodded and examined Lily as she kept gazing back at the door wondering if Severus was visiting them anytime soon. He reached into a cupboard and pulled out a vial filled with a clear looking substance. He handed it to Sydney, who then offered it to Lily.

"What's this?"

"Something Severus made for you."

Lily grinned and gulped it down. After a couple seconds her smile faded and she looked around her surroundings in horror. She didn’t speak a word until they left Slughorn's office.

"Thank you sir…"

"No problem Miss Evans."

Sydney remembered James telling them that Lily had to patrol so she let her know. As Lily rushed off to find him, she turned to head back to the dormitories but was stopped by professor Slughorn.

"Miss Lane?"

She spun back to face him.

"Yes?"

"Be sure that you don’t use my classroom for your make out sessions."

Sydney's face turned a bright red and she nodded curtly and rushed off to the Gryffindor common room.

*~*~*~*~*~*

"Potter!"

James turned and found Lily running up to him in a distressed state. Her red hair was a disheveled mess and her robes were flying everywhere, yet James thought she looked beautiful. She finally caught up to him and started breathing deeply after her running in the halls.

"Okay…where do we start?"

With a smile fading into a frown, James just turned and kept walking expecting her to follow, which she did. He still couldn’t believe that she had fallen for Snivellus. WHY?! Sure, he was smart but he didn’t exactly get points for charm or looks. Lily seemed to notice that he was quiet and in a grumpy mood, so she brought it up.

"What's wrong with you?"

"Nothing…I'm fine."

She sighed and waved it off. If he didn’t want to tell her then fine, she'll just ignore him. But he apparently didn’t want to let it go.

"How could you love Snape of all people?!"

"I don’t love him, okay?"

James felt a lot lighter after her reply. He began to smile but then wondered why in the world she would declare to like someone like Snivellus.

"So why'd you say it?"

"Because…I was under a love potion…" she practically whispered but James caught her every word.

"I had NOTHING to do with it! I swear!"

Lily managed a giggle and couldn’t believe she let it escape her lips. He grinned and ruffled his hair obnoxiously. She shook her head smiling.

"Guilty conscience, eh Potter?"

"Just wanted to make sure you knew I would never do such a thing."

She rolled her eyes as they searched on the astronomy tower, the stars were shining brightly and she sighed. It was so romantic…why'd she have to be there with Potter?

"I know you didn’t do it."

"Good."

Lily felt that maybe she was being a little too nice. She walked a bit away from him and grinned so he couldn’t see her.

"Besides you're not that much of an expert in potions…"

James smile drooped a little and forced a chuckle. He walked over so he was closer to her. She leaned against the low wall. Looking out onto the beautiful school grounds, she could see everything from up there. James stopped patrolling and leaned against the wall with her. She could feel his gaze on her and it made her a little uncomfortable. She shivered at the cold and held her arms tight to her.

"Lily…"

She turned in surprise. He didn’t call her by her last name. Peering beyond his glasses into his hazel eyes, she felt a little sigh flee her mouth and she mentally argued with herself.

"Yes?" Her little peep of a response even caught her by surprise and realized why most of the girls in school fancied James. He was sort of irresistible no matter how annoying he may be.

"'I was wondering…why do you hate me so much?"

Turning back to the scenery, she had to think about her reply. She shrugged.

"I don’t hate you…you're just so insufferable sometimes."

James face fell and he turned back to the stars too. Maybe there was a way to show Lily he was better than that. There had to be a way…

"I wish we could start over."

Lily was caught off guard and she gazed at James in a new light. He was still staring up into the sky; he had actually said it was sincerity. She felt the corners of her mouth lift into a smile. Sure she was attracted to James sometimes but she would never admit to it.

Nodding in agreement, she just let it go. Leaning over to James, she kissed his cheek. He automatically lit up and spun to see if she was still there, but she was already walking away from him. She left the astronomy tower and he stood there for a couple minutes thinking it over.

After a while, he caught up to her and they didn’t speak of the kiss. Instead they went back to normal. When Lily went up to her dormitory, he sat on their common room couch and thought about it all. He had to do something…because Lily did show a sign of interest. Didn’t she?

He had to do something.

A/N: Okay okay….you know what I'm going to say…REVIEW TIME, maybe next time I'll add some more spicy stuff haha…we'll see…

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