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“Alright, let’s try again,” Remus said to Sirius as they walked down towards Hogsmeade. “If an object contains any form of poison, you can always use a bezoar to restore him to his health. That’s spell b-e-z-o-a-r.”

Sirius grunted and brandished his arms in the air. “I don’t care anymore, Moony,” he said lazily. “I’m going to fail those bloody O.W.Ls, so it doesn’t matter.”

“If you just concentrated then maybe you wouldn’t fail,” Remus insisted.

“Stop acting like such a mother,” Sirius responded. “Let’s just go to down to Hogsmeade and get hammered.”

“I wish you wouldn’t say that,” Remus said. “It just sounds like we’re getting ourselves into more trouble than we’re worth.”

“Did Prongs say he’ll meet us there?”

Remus nodded. “He’s by the front entrance, I think.”

“Why?” Sirius asked.

Remus smiled slyly and lowered his voice. “Professor Binns is patrolling the hallways tonight and Prongs has skipped at least two detentions with him.”

Sirius laughed. “That’s so classic,” he said as they approached the main doors that lead out of the castle and on the path towards Hogsmeade.

“Oye! Moony! Padfoot!”

Both Remus and Sirius looked over to see James waving them down at the bottom of the stairs. “I’ve been freezing my bloody behind out here! Where’ve you guys been?”

Sirius rolled his eyes and laughed. “I had to convince our little furry friend here to come – he needed to study .”

James laughed too. “I swear Moony, you’re such a good student that sometimes I wonder how you got mixed up with us.”

Remus rolled his eyes. “I wonder that myself too.”

“Alright, let’s move already!” Sirius yelled as snow began to fall lightly and dusted the pathway with soft, white snow. “If we hurry we can get back by midnight.”

“No!” James hissed. “Binns is still patrolling around midnight. If we wait till 1 a.m. Flitwick starts to supervise the halls – we can get past him easily.”

Sirius nodded and led the way down from the castle to Hogsmeade Village. “Where’s your invisibility cloak?” Sirius whispered after a while.

“It’s right here,” James said as he removed a large piece of cloth from his bag. “But we need to be careful with it, I think Dumbledore suspects something.”

“That old man seems to know everything about everyone,” Sirius mused as Remus spread the cloak over the three of them and they disappeared out of sight.

“Shouldn’t we have invited Wormtail?” Remus asked guiltily.

Both James and Sirius scoffed. “The last time we did that,” James began. “He couldn’t hold two firewhiskeys and threw up all over the front steps of the castle – bloody idiot.”

“He’s better off hanging out in the castle with his little toys and whatever else he plays with.”

James laughed and Remus couldn’t help but smile too. “Alright, who’s paying tonight?” Sirius asked, looking at the other two.

“I paid last week,” James said defensively.

“I paid a week before that,” Remus responded and they both looked at Sirius who sighed.

“Fine,” he said grumpily. “I guess I’ll pay. Just don’t order too many firewhiskeys.”

As they arrived closer to Hogsmeade, James saw the bright lights of the bustling village filled with people from all around the area. At corner of one of the streets stood the Three Broomstick where they were heading.

The pub was the same as it had been every Saturday night when the boys had snuck away from the castle. It was warm and comforting compared to the harsh coldness outside and was crowded with people including other students who’d snuck away.

James glanced around the room. There were Avery and Mulciber, Hannah Dmetri with Jensen Watts and Lily Evans and – wait…Lily Evans?!

“EVANS?!” James exploded rather too loudly, causing a few heads to turn in their direction.

“What’re you talking about, Prongs?” Sirius whispered.

“Isn’t that Evans up there?” James asked, pointing to the young red-headed girl slumped over the bar with her head hanging off the table.

“Whoa,” Remus remarked. “That is Lily.”

“What is she doing here?” Sirius asked incredulously. “She’s a prefect.”

“Yeah,” James rolled his eyes. “But so is Moony but he’s still here.”

Remus blushed guiltily and craned his neck over the others to see what Lily was doing.

“Maybe she…maybe she’s keeping an eye out for students breaking the rules?” Sirius suggested.

“I don’t think so,” Remus replied. “She looks pretty wasted.”

“Is she unconscious?” James asked.

“No, I don’t think so. She’s arguing with Madam Rosmerta.”

Before either Sirius or Remus could say anything, James had pushed his way through the crowd and rushed up to Lily – followed closely by Sirius and Remus. As he approached he could hear Madam Rosmerta’s conversation with Lily.

“-if he found out that a prefect of all people was lying drunk in my pub, he’d be so disappointed.”

“I…hic…don’t…hic … care…” Lily replied dazedly. “Dumble-bore can do whatever hic he wants.”

Madam Rosmerta sighed and caught James’ eye. “Potter!” she said, sounding almost happy to see him. “Please talk some sense into this girl. She’s had over twelve bottles now.”

James nodded and Lily turned her head to get a better look at him. She squinted to see who it was and then almost lost her balance causing her to stumble in her seat. James immediately rushed over and grabbed her, to help her up.

“Who are hic you?” Lily said, still sounding very confused. “I…I have seen you hic somewhere before.”

“It’s me,” James said slowly. “James.”

She still looked very confused.

“I mean,” James said. “Potter. I’m Potter…now do you remember me?”

Lily thought for a second and then smiled. “I do know you!” she said happily.

By this time, Sirius and Remus had made their way over to the bar and both looked equally surprised at finding Lily at the Three Broomsticks.

“Yes, you do,” James said gently.

“Yeah,” Lily agreed and the furrowed her brow. “You’re that boy I hate.”

James sympathetic smile vanished followed by a bemused expression. “All this alcohol and she still can’t forget that she hates me,” he whispered to Sirius and Remus who couldn’t help but laugh a little.

“Alright Evans,” James said. “Let’s get you out of here and back to the castle.”

“No!” Lily protested. “I hic don’t want to move from here!”

“And why is that?” Remus interjected as he realized James was about to yell at her.

“Because hic Professor hic Dumblebore will be very angry hic at me.”

“I thought you said that you didn’t care what Dumbledore thought,” James added. “I’m sure he’ll understand that everybody makes mistakes.”

“No! No! No!” Lily said loudly and then lowered her voice. “He’ll be angry because I fought with…hic…Severus…again…”

“Snape?” Sirius said, sounding worried.

“He didn’t hurt you, did he?” James asked Lily.

Lily nodded her head. “In hic here.” She stumbled once again and then pointed to her heart.

James looked confused. “He’s my hic frie-hic,” Lily couldn’t seem to get the word out of her.

“Friend?” Remus gently offered.

Lily nodded excitedly. “Yes! Yes! Friend!”

James rolled his eyes. “She’s out of it, she doesn’t know what she’s saying,” he said to Sirius.

As he took his attention off Lily for one second, she fell off her stool and landed painfully on the floor. A few people got up but James was already down on the floor helping her up. He leaned in closer and put one hand beneath her neck and the other on her right hand.

“Are you okay?” he asked softly.

Lily looked a little confused and then looked straight into James’ eyes. “You have very pretty hic eyes,” she said dreamily.

James looked surprised. After a painful fall which probably did result in a broken bone or two, all she could think of was that he had pretty eyes. He sighed and helped her off of the ground.

“Make sure she doesn’t fall unconscious,” Remus warned. “She needs to be sober before she sleeps or she’ll have a concussion.”

James nodded and held Lily steady with one hand on her waist and the other supporting her left hand. “Is that why you came here?” he asked Lily softly in her ear. “Because you were upset about Snape?”

Lily looked at him with a genuinely soft expression that seemed to hide the fact that she was drunk. “Did I mention that you havehic pretty eyes?” she said.

James gave up trying to ask her questions and helped her take a step or two. Sirius dashed forward to help James carry Lily but was held back by Remus.

“He needs my held carrying her,” Sirius told Remus. “Why can’t I go?”

“Because,” Remus began, “I don’t really think he needs you.”

They both turned to see James and Lily slowly walking out the pub and Sirius knew what Remus meant. “Maybe we should just leave them alone.”
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A/N: So please let me know what you think of this story! I hope you enjoy it!

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