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Lily was just getting up, ready to leave after Madam Pompfrey had patched up her war wounds, when the hospital wing doors burst open and in flew Romeda and Alice, both looking flushed, but excited.

“Lily, Lily! Guess what?! Guess what’s happened!” gasped Romeda, her eyes shining with anticipation.

Lily raised her eyebrows.

“Hey, Lily, how are you? I hope you’re ok, seeing as how you’re in the hospital wing!” she replied sarcastically.

Romeda just rolled her eyes.

“Oh, shut up, Lils, of course you’re alright! I’d hardly call crashing into the wall a major injury!”

“Uh!” said Lily, her mouth hanging open.

“Aw, Lils, don’t look like that! We have much more important stuff to talk about-!”

“-Yeah, like how James Potter’s going to have his Head Boy badge taken off him!” cut in Alice excitedly.

“What?!” shrieked Lily, causing Giles Fawcett, who was laying in the bed next to her, to gasp in pain as he snapped his neck round to see what had happened.

“Miss Evans!” cried Madam Pompfrey, appalled. “There are very sick patients in here, and I do not wish for them to be disturbed!”

“Sorry, Madam Pompfrey,” she said sheepishly, signalling for Alice and Romeda to leave the hospital wing with her.

As soon as they were clear of Madam Pompfrey, Lily burst out, “What happened?! How come it’s being taken off of him?!”

“Something about Professor McGonagall catching him, Black and Snape duelling with each other!”

“Yeah, it’s a good job you scampered when you did Lils; she might’ve demanded you give up your badge too!”

“What, so he’s not Head Boy anymore?!”

“Nothing’s been confirmed, but I would say that outcome is very likely.”

Lily couldn’t believe what she was hearing!

She knew she’d threatened James with getting his Head Boy-ship taken away from him, but she’d never really meant it, and she did genuinely think that he was a good head boy.

A slightly bent one, but good nonetheless!

“I’m going to see Professor Dumbledore,” she burst out, surprising Alice and Romeda.

“What?!” gasped Alice, staring at her wide-eyed.

“I thought you hated James now,” added Romeda, looking bewildered. “Surely this is what you wanted?! I mean, he did hex you, and you two had that massive fight-”

“I know,” said Lily, “But that doesn’t mean I want him to lose his badge! It means everything to him!”

To Lily’s great surprise, Romeda and Alice looked at each other, grinned, then burst out laughing.

“What?! Why are you laughing at me?! Alice! Romeda! What did I do?!”

“It’s just… you-”spluttered Alice, shaking her head.

“‘Oh that James Potter makes my blood-boil; I can’t wait until we leave Hogwarts and I never have to see that obnoxious git again!’” quoted Romeda solemnly, as she regained some of her composure. “Wasn’t that what you said just last night, Lily? Or was it some other fiery red-head that shares our dorm?”

Lily turned red.

“When I said that, I… I just… It’s not that I like James now-”

“Oh, come off it, Lils!” grinned Romeda. “He’s gotten under your skin, and, you’ve gotta admit, you like it.”

“I do not!”

“You do too,” said Alice, with a smirk.

“I-” began Lily, but suddenly remembered a very similar argument she’d had with a certain arrogant, albeit very attractive, Gryffindor.

Lily froze.

She couldn’t believe what she’d just thought!

“Oh god,” she muttered, looking terrified. “I haven’t-”

“You have!” chorused Alice and Romeda, grinning widely.

“Noooo!” cried Lily, burying her face in her hands. “Oh, mother of Merlin, my life is over!!”

Her friends eyed her bemusedly.

“He’s not that bad,” commented Romeda, smiling slightly.

“It’s not that he’s bad,” said Lily, lifting up her head and shaking it. “It’s just that I’ve spent nearly seven years saying how much of a toad he is, and how stupid the girls who liked him were, and now I’m one of them! Oh, I’ll never live this down!!!”

A sudden horrible, terrible, thought crossed Lily’s mind.

“You won’t tell him, will you?!” she gasped, looking at her friends frantically. “If you did… if he found out… well, at least there’s only half a year left in which to bask in the humiliation!”

“Oh, for crying out loud, Lily, we’re not gonna tell!” laughed Romeda, smacking Lily on the arm. “We’re not that mean! Now, if you wanna go and save your love, then-”

“Andromeda!”

“Alright, alright! And don’t call me Andromeda!”

Lily just glared.

“Quit glaring Lily, and put your running shoes on!”

Lily frowned.

“Why?” she asked confusedly.

“’Cause if you wanna save James’ neck, then I suggest you get to Dumbledore’s study pronto – it’s two minutes to eight.”

“What?!” she gasped, grabbing Romeda’s wrist in an attempt to see her watch. “How did it get so late?!”

“Ah, Lils, you know what Madam Pompfrey’s like!”

“Argh, I’ve gotta go!” cried Lily, panic evident in her voice. “Get out of my way!”

“We’re not in your way, you silly cow! Dumbledore’s office is that way!”

As Lily spun round and tore down the corridor, Romeda looked at Alice and said, with a smirk, “How long do you give it until she starts dating him?”

“Two weeks?”

“You’re on.”

 

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