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Lily Evans flopped down on the bench in the great hall, and grabbed a bagel and some cream cheese.

Her friends Alice Summers and Andromeda Black looked at each other with raised eyebrows.

“Uh, Lil,” Alice said uncertainly, “You’re a vegan – you don’t eat cheese remember.”

Lily blinked and stared at the cream she had just spread all over her bagel.

“Oh yeah,” she said slowly, pushing the food away from her.

She picked up an apple oatmeal pancake instead and began to eat it.

“Er, you not gonna cut it up and eat it with a knife and fork like you usually do?”asked Romeda, alarmed at her friend’s complete change of character. Lily was always neat and tidy and really believed in being a vegan, so something huge must’ve happened to bring about this new, cheese loving, messy Lily Evans.

Lily eyed her sticky fingers, her face hardening.

“Oh I hate him!” she spat. “Look what he’s done to me!”

“Who?” chorused Alice and Romeda.

Lily opened her mouth to answer, when the object of her distaste entered the room with a full-on fan-fare in the shape of his fellow Marauders.

“Roll up, roll up!” cried James through a magical megaphone. “Come and get your tickets for the Marauders’ gig, this Saturday at 8pm in the Great Hall. No admission without a ticket! Only seven sickles, all proceeds go to future pranks on the Slytherins!”

“Here here!” yelled Sirius, crashing his cymbals together enthusiastically.

Around twenty girls leapt up from the surrounding house tables and sprinted up to James, all clamouring to buy a ticket from him.

“Now now ladies, no pushing, there’s plenty of me to go around!” he said loudly.

“Urgh,” said Lily, rolling her eyes and turning away from the sickening sight in front of her.

“Oh,” sniggered Romeda. “Him.”

“Why are you laughing?” asked Lily, wide-eyed. “It’s not funny!”

“It is Lil,” replied Alice, also laughing.

Lily’s eyes darted between her friends.

“Oh God, don’t tell me you actually like him!” she said in horror.

Alice and Romeda merely looked at her.

“Oh man!” cried Lily in despair. “Not you two too! What is happening to the world?!”

“Aw come on, Lil!” said Alice earnestly, “You’ve gotta admit he is quite funny, along with the rest of the marauders! My life would be very humourless without them!”

“Yeah,” added Romeda. “Plus, James is damn fine!”

Lily rolled her eyes.

“Please, please let me not have heard you correctly,” she begged, closing her eyes and willing her friends to return to normal.

Romeda grinned.

“But he is Lil! I have seen him getting changed after quidditch, and BOY has he got some good abs!”

“No, no, no!” moaned Lily, covering her ears, whilst firmly keeping her eyes closed.

“Merlin, please relieve us of this alien impersonator, and give us the real Romeda back!”

Romeda laughed.

“Hate to break it to ya Lil, but this is me, non-alien, and very much in envy of you!”

Lily eyes snapped open.

“Pardon?”

Romeda smirked.

“Work it out,” she said snidely.

Lily frowned at her in confusion.

“Why would you be envious of me?”

“Think about it Evans.”

Lily honestly didn’t have a clue what she was talking about.

“Romeda I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about!”

“Potter,” she replied simply.

Lily gave Romeda a look that suggested that she thought her friend had gone mad.

“What about him?” she asked confusedly.

“Well,” Romeda began, as though explaining to a five year old that two plus two equals four, “If a guy as yummy as Potter gave me half as much attention as you receive from him, then I would die one happy girl!”

“Unh,” was all Lily could say in response to this statement, as her mouth was hanging so far open that you could’ve fit an entire orange in it.

Lily managed to close her mouth with some effort, and stared in disbelief at her friend.

“Ok,” she stammered, “Let me see if I’ve got this right. You’re envious of me, because Potter pays me so much attention. Are you insane?!”

Romeda grinned.

“Quite possibly,” she replied, eyebrows raised, tongue hanging out, giving her the look of someone who’d gone mad.

Lily was about to lecture Romeda when James called to Lily from across the hall.

“You alright there Evans?” he yelled. “Hands not permanently stuck to your ears are they?”

Lily realised embarrassedly that she still had her hands over her ears, and hastily removed them whilst glowering at James.

James put his hands up in mock surrender, stuck his tongue out at her with a wink, and then turned back to the girls in front of him, all vying for his attention.

“Oh, I hate him!” Lily growled for the second time.

“Don’t!” Alice said.

“Why not?!” asked Lily incredulously. “He is so ANNOYING!”

“In a really cute way though,” teased Romeda.

Lily glared at her.

“Aw Lil, don’t look at me like that! I think you two would make a GREAT couple!”

Lily stared at her friend, horrified.

“What?!” she spluttered. “No we wouldn’t!”

“Lil,” said Romeda sternly, “He worships the ground you walk on!”

“No,” replied Lily coldly, “He worships the legs attached to the feet that walk on the ground. It paints a completely different picture of his intentions!”

“He totally loves you girl!” Romeda cried in frustration. “Why won’t you give him a chance?”

Suddenly a girl started squealing, and they all looked round to see James Potter holding a fifth year Hufflepuff above his head.

“That’s why not,” said Lily.  

 

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