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“You will never believe who is Head Boy,” Lily said. She was sitting in a compartment with her two best friends.

“Remus Lupin?” Alicia Carols asked. She had always had a thing for Remus, but denied it to her friends.

“Sirius Black?” Kristen Noll asked. She, like most girls at Hogwarts, fancied Sirius and had no problem admitting it.

“HA,” Lily laughed. “The day they make Sirius Black Head Boy is the day pigs fly out of my nose.”

“Who then?” asked Alicia. "Remus?"

“Yeah, I wish. Remus would make a much better Head Boy," Lily said bitterly. "But no, it's James Potter, my enemy for life,” she announced. “There is no way I’m going to survive this year,” she added, putting her head in her hands.

“It won’t be that bad,” Alicia said, patting her friend on the shoulder.

“Yes, it will. I don’t know what I’m dreading more; him pulling pranks on me or asking me out.”

“Well, maybe you try getting along with him," suggested Kristen.

Lily burst into laughter.

“Lily?” asked Alicia.

She and Kirsten looked at each other uncertainly.

“Lils, are you alright?” Kristen asked.

Lily caught her breath and looked up. “Sorry, I thought I heard you say that I should try to get along with Potter.”

“I did,” Kristen said slowly, as if fearing for her friend’s sanity.

Lily didn't start laughing again, but it was obvious she thought the idea was absurd. “You do realize that would be like me asking you to get along with Lucius Malfoy, don't you?”

“No way. Lucius Malfoy is totally evil.”

“Oh, yeah? And what do you call constantly asking me out, pestering me, and annoying me?”

“Flirting?” Alicia said.

“Yeah, whatever,” said Lily. “I call it being a pompous jerk.”

“Who’s a pompous jerk?”

Back in the boys' compartment, Remus had tried to explain to James the complexity of Lily.

"Pick-up lines don't work on her," he said. "Compliments are what she wants."

“Compliments don’t exactly work on her either; I told her she had a nice ass and she slapped me,” said James.

Sirius started laughing, while Remus, having more compassion, just shook his head.

“Next time, try complimenting her on her hair or sweater, and not her body parts," Remus suggested.

"It's no use; she's always going to hate me."

"James, you just have to show her the real you. The you when you're around us. You're a good guy James. A guy I think Lily would really like. Quit trying to impress her and just be yourself," Remus said. "But whatever you do, you better do it fast because you two will be sharing a common room."

"Oh, Jamsie-poo," Sirius said, "I'm no Seer, but I predict you and Lily will be getting quit comfy by the fire," he laughed.

A few minutes later Remus had convinced James to go apologize to Lily.


The three girls looked over and saw three boys standing in the doorway. It was Remus that had asked the question, Sirius and James were behind him.

“Do you even have to ask?” Lily asked, glaring at James.

The three boys stepped into the compartment. Alicia was blushing at the sight of Remus. Kristen, however, took a more direct approach.

“Hey, Siri,” she said, going over to him.

“Lily,” James said, stepping forward. “Can I talk to you? Alone,” he added, looking around at their friends.

"Whatever,” Lily said.

She followed James into an empty compartment.

“Uh, listen. I’m sorry about earlier. You know, the comment I made. It was rude and uncalled for. And I’m sorry,” James said.

“Okay,” Lily said, a little confused. ‘Did Potter just apologize?’ she thought to herself.

“Well, you know, I just figured that we should try to get a long with each other, seeing as we will be working together.”

"Yeah, yeah. I agree,” Lily said. She was still trying to wrap her head around the whole situation. Why was he being so nice?

“Well, Remus and Sirius are waiting,” said James.

“Yeah, so are Alicia and Kristen,” Lily said, though she did not move.

James headed for the door.

“James?” Lily said.

“Yeah?” he said, looking at her.

“I’m, uh, sorry for slapping you.”

“It’s okay. I deserved it," he then added. "And thanks.”

“For what?”

“For calling me James. It sounds much better than ‘POTTER!’” he said, imitating Lily.

Lily laughed. “Yeah, it does.”

James turned once again to leave the compartment. He opened the door and in fell Sirius and Kristen. They stumbled onto the floor and Sirius landed on top of Kristen.

“What the hell?” asked James and Lily at the same time. After the surprise of their friends sudden and weird entrance wore off, they started laughing.

"James, don't you know it's rude to open a door that someone's trying to snog on?" Sirius asked, looking at his friend, causing Lily to laugh.

"Yeah, James, where are your manners?" she giggled.

Kristen squirmed under Sirius, who was crushing her, making it hard to breath. “Sirius, you gotta get off me.”

“But, I like this position," he whined.

“Yeah, well you’re too heavy.”

“Fine,” Sirius climbed off her. He held out his hand and helped her up.

“Where’s Remus and Alicia?” asked James.

“When we left they were talking about homework,” Kristen answered.

“Yeah, I bet they’re studying now,” said Sirius with a suggestive smile.

They all walked back to the compartment.

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