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“Hey Lily!” Sirius leapt from the Gryffindor table and ran after Lily out of the great hall. “I have to ask you something.”
Lily turned to face him with a sour expression. “What is it? I’m in a hurry.” She asked impatiently.
Sirius grinned. “We heard that you like somebody. I’ve come to find out who.”
“Yeah, no. Like I’d tell you.” She scoffed.
“C’mon!” whined Sirius. “Please tell me? I swear I won’t tell anybody.”
“No. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get to the library.”
“Fine. You’ve brought the upon yourself.” Sirius shrugged.
Lily gave him a suspicious look. “Brought what on myself?”
“Oh, you’ll see. Just go on, off to the library. Go on!” he shooed her.
However, as soon as Lily took her first steps towards the library, she found out what exactly it was. “Tellmetellmetellmetellmetellmetellmetellmetellmetellmetellme!!!” Sirius pestered, following behind her and continuously poking her arm.
He didn’t even stop when they arrived at their destination. He rather just dropped his voice to a whisper and continued his bothering.
In the mean time, Diana was putting up with her own form of Marauder induced torture. James had cornered her in the common room and refused to let her out until she told him.
“Oh for crying out loud, James. I’m starving! Let me out!” Diana cried with frustration.
“Ok, ok. I’ll let you out.” He shrugged.
“After you tell me who she likes.” He grinned.
“James!” she yelled. “You let me out of this God forsaken common room, or so help me, I’ll ruin any chance you may have of reproducing.” She fumed. “I don’t know anyway. Lily hasn’t said anything about that to me.”
“Well why didn’t you say that earlier?” James pouted. “Now you just wasted both our time, and we’re going to be late for potions. Nice going, Diana. Geez.”
“Ergh! You are impossible!” she spat, shoving him out of the way.
It was only when Lily made it down to the dungeons for potions did Sirius stop harassing her. Even he had better sense than to beleaguer her in the midst of Professor Slughorn. Lily was his absolute favorite student, and anyone who had the nerve to upset her in his class would pay dearly. It was for this reason that Lily was particularly fond of potions. It was her one class where she was always safe from Potter.
Predictably, James and Diana were the last of the class to trickle in. Diana stormed off to the seat up front next to Lily, while James, smirking, took his usual seat in the back by Sirius. “What did you find out?” James asked him in a whisper.
“Nothing! That girl is impossible to crack. And now my finger hurts!” Sirius groaned, massaging his hand.
“That boy is impossible Lily! I really don’t know how you’ve been able to deal with him for this long. I’m so sorry I ever doubted you.” Diana said hotly. “Do you know I had to miss breakfast because of him? Stupid prat.”
“Yeah, well Black’s no picnic either. I went to the library to finish my charms essay, and he had the nerve to follow me there, poke me non stop for half an hour, and bug me about who I like.” Lily replied.
Diana looked at her curiously. “That’s what Potter was hounding me about too! I guess he’s not as over you as he says.”
Lily made a small noise somewhere between a squeak and a cough, and hastily began dumping ingredients into her cauldron.
“Who do you like then?” Diana asked quietly.
“I can’t tell you here!” Lily protested, scanning the room uneasily. Her eyes seemed to automatically rest on James, but she quickly had the sense to face forward. It was only then that she realized she was blushing.
Diana noticed this too, and at the end of class, she grabbed Lily’s arm and dragged her to a deserted corridor. “Alright, out with it. You like Potter, don’t you?”
Lily bit her lip and let her eyes wander the ceiling. “Oh, I don’t know.” She said vaguely.
“You do! Lily, what the hell?” Diana cried in shock. “All these years hating him and all of a sudden you adore him? What the hell?”
“I said I don’t know!” Lily said defensively. “I mean, I do hate him. Or at least, I did hate him. But then, you know. He wrote that book. And, well…maybe there’s a lot more to him than you think.” She looked down at her shuffling feet. It wasn’t a lie. Some days she was convinced she liked James, but other days, she thought maybe she just didn’t hate him anymore, and just needed time to get used to that sensation.
“I can’t believe you, Lily. You’re impossible.” Diana rolled her eyes, as she led the way out of the hall.
Unfortunately, the corridor Diana chose for its lack of inhabitance was not quite as abandoned as she thought….
“James! James!” Peter squeaked, scurrying to catch up with him, Remus, and Sirius.
“Huh?” James asked, turning around.
Peter, out of breath from running and from excitement, anxiously tried to tell the group what he had just overheard. “I…..know….who…..L-Lily….likes.” he panted.
“Who, who?” James asked, gripping his arm. “Out with it!”
“Okay, fine then Lily. You like him, he likes you. Do something about it!” Diana scolded.
“I couldn’t.” Lily shook her head vigorously. “Think of what people would say! They would react just like you did. I spend all this time hating him and now all of a sudden I like him? That would be a disaster.”
“Oh, please. Since when do you care about what people say about you?” Diana asked.
Lily shrugged. “I don’t know. I don’t really. Just a little bit.”
“That’s no excuse.”
“Whatever. Can we talk about something else, please? I think we’ve devoted quite enough time to this topic.” said Lily.
“What? What do you mean me? How do you figure this?” James asked.
Peter looked up at him fearfully. “I heard her telling her friend after potions!” he said.
“You’re sure? Absolutely sure?” James pressed.
Peter nodded nervously.
“What the hell am I still doing here? I need to go find her!” James said excitedly, making to run off to find her.
Sirius grabbed his shoulder and pulled him back towards to group. “Whoa, hold it Prince Charming. What exactly is it that you intend to do once you find her?”
He shrugged. “I dunno. Ask her to Hogsmeade?”
Sirius and Remus shook their heads in unison. “Well why not?” James asked.
“How long do you reckon she’s hated you?” Sirius asked in mock curiosity.
“Since first year, but so what? If she likes me now…”
“But how long has she liked you?” asked Remus.
“Maybe a week? I dunno, I only found out about it today…”
“Don’t do anything.” Remus and Sirius ordered simultaneously.
“But why??” moaned James.
Remus looked him straight in the eye. “You have to let her make the first move. Give her some time to get used to the idea of not hating you. If you rush into it, things will just turn out badly.”
James sighed irritably. “But that could take years! Think of how long it took her just to realize that she didn’t despise me!”
“I know.” Sirius agreed. “But really, don’t do anything rash. Keep your head down for a bit.”
A/N: So the big secret's out, eh? Well, not that big of a secret. Most of you had it figured out. ;D So yes, short chapter. But too bad. I like them short. Will you tell me what you think though? I went for a little different style in this chapter. A bit more jumpy, but i really couldn't think of any other way to do it. Anyhoo, review, please??
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