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A/N: you know what i'm going to say. i don't own the characters, blah blah blah. i only own the plot. if i owned the characters, i'd be jkr and i'd be busy writing the hp encyclopedia. please review! even constructive criticism is ok with me.

Lily's POV

"Lily!" I, 17-year-old Lily Evans found my vision suddenly obstructed by one of my best friend's shoulders.

"Alice, Alice, calm down," I said, pushing my friend Alice Sotheby off of me.

"Sorry," she said. "I just can't believe that we didn't get a chance to see each other this summer."

"I know," I said. Then, I pointed to my chest. Alice shrieked.

"You're Head Girl?" she exclaimed wildly. I nodded.

"You didn't know that?" Our other best friend Savannah Potter (James Large-Ego Potter's twin sister) had inserted herself into our conversation.

"No, did you?"

"Yes," said Savannah. "I saw the badge before I came over here."

"Oh, that's what you mean," said Alice. "Come on, let's get on the train."

Savannah and I followed Alice onto the train. "Alice, did you hear from Frank over the summer?" Savannah asked.

"Yes, he wrote me every week," Alice said. She and Frank Longbottom had started going out in April of sixth year.

"I know someone who wrote Lily every week," said Savannah. I groaned.

"I never read any of those letters, by the way," I said. "You can tell him that. I vanished all of them."

"What? Who was sending you letters?" Alice asked as we settled in an empty compartment.

"My brother," said Savannah.

"You explain," I said. "I have to go meet the Head Boy." Savannah suddenly grinned and after glancing at Alice, giggled. "What?"

"Nothing," she said. "Go and when you come back, you can tell us all about him."

I looked at her suspiciously but left our compartment and headed down the train towards the front. I slid open the door and saw the Head Boy sitting on the seat, reading a book. He had a hat on so I couldn't tell who it was. I stood in front of him and held out my hand.

"I'm Lily Evans," I said. "I'm Head Girl.  You are?"

"I know who you are," the boy said, closing his book and looking up. I stepped back. "I think you know who I am too."

"This-this is a mistake!" I said. James Potter could never be Head Boy! He took off his hat and stood up.

"I'm afraid not," he said, showing me his badge. I sat down, feeling faint.

"I-I can't live for ten months with you," I said. Head Girl and Boy did indeed have to spend a lot of time together, patrolling and whatnot. They also had a separate common room and dorms.

"You're going to have to," he said. After a second, he opened his mouth again.

"No," I said, immediately knowing that he was going to ask me out, like he had done every day for the past four years.



"Come on-"



"No," I said.

"You don't even know what I'm going to say!" he said. I rolled my eyes. "I was going to ask you what we really do anyway. You know, I wasn't a prefect so I don't really know."

"That's not what you were going to ask," I said.

"I swear it was," he said.

"Well, we patrol the halls, run prefect's meetings, and tell the students their passwords, things like that. If we wish, we can plan a school event as well," I said.

"Are we going to plan a school event?" he asked.

"I'm going to plan a ball," I said. "I refuse to plan anything with you. You would completely ruin it."

"When will the ball be?"

"Christmas," I said. ”You are not helping."

"I have every right to as Head Boy," he said.

"Fine, then you can plan your own school event," I said. "I should be going."

"Don't we have to talk to all the prefects?" I glared at him. I was about to tell him that if he was so concerned about the prefects, why didn't he talk to them, when the door slid open and 23 people came in (it would have been 24 but I moved up from prefect to Head Girl).

"Hey, Prongs. Hi Lily," said Remus Lupin, a friend of mine but best friends with Potter.

"Hello Remus," I said.

"How was your summer, Moony?" James asked.

"You can talk about your summers later," I said. "We need to talk with everyone now and make sure they know what they're doing."

"You're certainly taking this very seriously," said Remus.

"Why shouldn't I?" I asked. Then I addressed everyone. "So, I'm going to take a roll call. Please step forward when your name is called and then have a seat," I said. Everyone looked up at me as I took out a piece of parchment. "5th year prefects: Martin Nott, Kelly Green from Slytherin, Missy Lyngock, Carl West from Hufflepuff, John Lynch, Louisa Grafton from Ravenclaw, and Carrie Johnson, Zachary Harmon from Gryffindor." I took a quick count of sitting students. There was eight, the right amount.

"6th year prefects: Brad Cyrus, Hope Pitt from Slytherin, Maura Keene, Frank Herminie from Hufflepuff, Dirk Fletcher, Marie Chatom from Ravenclaw, and Adrianna Scoresby, Luther Johnson from Gryffindor," said James, grabbing the list from me. I counted the sitting students and saw that there were sixteen sitting. So far no one was missing. I grabbed the list back.

"7th year prefects: Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Black from Slytherin, Matthew Crowell, Marlene Fisher from Hufflepuff, Brandon Chang, Summer Hartley from Ravenclaw, and Remus Lupin from Gryffindor," I said. Seven students were now sitting on the floor.

"Okay, I'm James Potter, Head Boy," said James.

"And I'm Lily Evans, Head Girl," I said. Over the next five minutes, I explained to the 5th years what was done as prefects. "About passwords, the password for the prefect bathroom is pine fresh. The Head Boy has the starting passwords for House common rooms and he will be handing them out to the right prefects," I said. I realized it was awkward to call Potter "the Head Boy" but it would've been rude to just call him Potter and I couldn't bring myself to call him James. He handed a slip of parchment to each group of prefects.

"That's all," he said. "You can go now."

Everyone stood up and filed out of the door. I made to go with them but I heard someone say my name. I turned around. It was Remus and James.

"What?" I asked angrily.

"It's just, what's the password to our common room?" James asked. I suddenly realized even I didn't know the answer to that. I saw a piece of parchment lying on a seat. I grabbed it and read aloud,

"Password to Heads common room:" I groaned when I saw the password.

"What? What is it?" Remus asked.

"Now, Mr. Lupin, you can't know that," said James, faking a professional voice. Then he turned to me. "But what is it? What's so bad about it?"

He grabbed the parchment from me and grinned.

"What is it?" Remus asked again.

"The password to the Heads common room and dorms: True love," said James.  

"That's brilliant," said Remus. "I mean, it fits you two perfectly." I glared at him. "I'm being sarcastic," he said.

"I have to go," I said.

"Why? Alice and Savannah are fine," said James. "Why don't you come and sit with us?"

"No!" I said angrily. I opened the door and stormed down the train to our compartment. I opened the door and put my hands on my hips.

"Hey, Lily," said Savannah. "How was the prefect meeting?"

"Damn you, Savannah," I said. "Why didn't you tell me that your bloody brother is Head Boy?"

Savannah was obviously holding back from laughing. "I thought I'd let you find out for yourself."

I sat down across from them, fuming.

"I can't believe I have to practically see him every day for the next ten months," I said.

"You see him every day anyway when he asks you out in front of huge crowds," said Alice reasonably.

"Not helping my case," I said.

"Oh, Lily, it won't be so bad," said Savannah. "Honestly, I know my brother can get annoying but he's not that bad."

"How did he even get to be Head Boy?" I asked. Alice and Savannah looked at each other and shook their heads. "What?"

"Lily, you have this image of James that you can't get out of your head," said Alice. "You're still seeing him as the younger kid he was the first couple of years."

"If you tried 'meeting' him again, you'd see that he actually deserved Head Boy," said Savannah. "He's actually very responsible, smart, and caring."

"Yeah, right," I said.

"Lily, I'm his sister," said Savannah. "I should know."          

"Honestly, Savannah. He's arrogant and he has an overly inflated ego," I said. Savannah fixed me with look that said quite obviously and-how-would-you-know-you-never-spend-time-with-him.

"Lily, Savannah and I want you to do something," said Alice.

"We want you to have an honest-to-god conversation with James tonight. Pretend you never talked to him before. You've met him but you don't know that much about him. Act like he never asked you out, ever," Savannah said.

"Impossible. He'll start the conversation by asking me out," I said.

"No, he won't," said Alice. "And if he asks you out at all during your talk, you have our permission to get up and leave and we won't say another word about how he changed."

I stared at them both.

"You guys, I have a boyfriend," I said.

"What?" they said together in unison.

"Jason Stewart of Hufflepuff," I said. "We live near each other and we got together over the summer."

"Who cares?" Savannah said. "Just because you have a boyfriend doesn't mean you can't talk to other people."

"Yeah, other people who desperately want me as their girlfriend," I said.

"Forget about that! Forget about it until he asks you out," said Alice. "Please, give him a chance to be your friend."

"Fine, I'll talk with him tonight," I said. "But if he asks me out in any way or proclaims his supposedly undying love for me, I'm going to bed and not giving him any more chances."

"Agreed," said Alice quickly before Savannah could say anything else. The door slid open and Jason Stewart entered with his best friend Matt Crowell.

"Can we sit here?" Jason asked.

"Of course," I said. Matt sat next to Alice and Jason sat next to me. He kissed me lightly before saying to Alice and Savannah,

"I’m Jason Stewart."

"We've heard," said Savannah. I shoved her.

"I'm Alice Sotheby."

"I’m Jason's sidekick, Matt Crowell."

"Savannah Potter happens to be my unfortunate name."

"Why?" Matt asked.

"It means I'm related to James Potter," said Savannah.

"Why? I thought Lily was the only girl who didn't like him," said Jason, glancing at me. I smiled.

"She is," said Savannah. "But it means that I have a duty to defend him when Lily starts ranting about him. It takes so much time and if I wasn't his sister, I wouldn't bother."

"Bother with what?" James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin had appeared in the doorway. Sirius sat down next to Savannah and I silently begged Remus to sit next to me before James could. To my surprise, however, James sat near the side, leaving a space for Remus to sit between us.

"I wouldn't bother defending you if you weren't my brother," said Savannah.

"Defending me?"

"Yeah, when Lily starts ranting and raving about you."

"What exactly does she rant about?"

"Not how amazing you are," I said.

"Lily's always going on and on after she sees you about how annoying and bigheaded you are," said Alice.

"I am a bit of a prat."

I leaned forward and stared at him. Sirius and Remus' jaws dropped and Alice blinked her eyes surprisingly while Savannah simply examined her nails. Jason and Matt didn't quite know what to do.

"Prongs, are you feeling okay?" Sirius finally asked.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Moony, tell him I'm fine."

"I'm not sure myself of that," said Remus. "Padfoot, I think we need to alert St. Mungo's. James has gone crazy."

"Moony, you tell me all the time that I'm a prat. Why are you surprised?" James asked.

"Because whenever I say that, you scoff and tell me that of course I'm mistaking you for a Slytherin," said Remus.

"Well, I am a prat," said James.

"I think he might be under the Imperius Curse or the influence of Veritaserum," I said. Alice giggled.

"Come on, I'm finally admitting I'm a prat and you think it's because of something illegal?"

"I’m not surprised," said Savannah. "I think it's normal that you're admitting it. You've been changing for a few months now. I'm not sure why people are so surprised."

"Thank you," said James. He looked at me. "Oh, Lily-"

"No," I said, leaning back.

"I didn't even say-"




"Are you sure?"

"Completely," I said.

"Whatever," James said.  "I thought you were nicer than that but I guess becoming Head Girl has made you a little arrogant."

"What the bloody hell are you talking about?" I asked.

"Well I was just remembering that on the platform, this new first year asked me if I could tutor her as she's worried that she'll be behind the other students because she read her textbooks and she's coming two years early so everything seems hard. I told her that I was rubbish at tutoring but I could ask you," said James. "I mean, if you don't want to tutor her it's okay. Just next time let me finish my sentence."

I blushed.

"Are you changing your mind?"

"Who is it?" I asked.

"Some nine-year-old," he said. "You heard me say she was coming two years early, right?"

"Why is she coming so early?"

"Who knows?"

"What's her name?"

"She has this really long first name but she said to call her by her surname, Sonks or something."

"Was it Tonks?" asked Sirius.

"That's it! How did you know?" James asked.

"She's my.....something," said Sirius. "I don't know. She's my Cousin Andromeda's daughter. She's really smart that must be why she's coming early."

"You have a cousin who already has a nine-year-old daughter?" Alice asked.

"She's the older sister of Bellatrix and Narcissa," said Sirius. "She got married to a Muggle-born named Ted Tonks so she's blasted off the family tree but she was like eighteen and had Tonks when she was like nineteen. She's 28 now so that makes sense."

"There's eleven years between Andromeda and Narcissa?" Remus asked.

"Yeah Bellatrix is like 22 now or something so it's pretty even."

"What's her first name?" I asked.


"Tonks," I said.

"Padfoot, what's her name?" James asked.

"Nymphadora Tonks," said Sirius. "I don't blame her for wanting to be called Tonks. If I had the name Nymphadora, I would kill my parents. I think I'm going to kill them anyway they're so damn annoying."

"I'm going to go find this girl," I said, standing up. "What does she look like?" I asked Sirius.

"Er, I'm not sure I can help you," he said. I gave him a questioning look. "She could look like anyone. She's a Metamorphmagus."

"Well, what does she normally look like?"

"She likes spiky bubble gum colored hair but Andromeda says she's not allowed to have pink hair until she's fifteen so she usually has shoulder length brown hair and blue eyes," said Sirius.

"Thanks." I left the compartment and started looking around. A few compartments down, I found a girl fitting Sirius' description sitting alone. I opened the door and stepped in.

"Hi," I said. "I'm Lily Evans."

"I'm Nymphadora Tonks but please call me Tonks."

"No problem," I said. "I heard that you're worried about being behind everyone else." Tonks blushed.

"Yeah, a little," she said. "I'm only nine."

"I'm a seventh year so I can definitely tutor you if you want," I said. "I've tutored tons of first years before. It's sort of my gift."

"Yeah, I'd like that," Tonks said.

"Why don't you come and sit with me and my friends?" I asked. Tonks looked excited.

"Sure!" I led the way back to our compartment. Jason and Matt had left, leaving only the three Marauders, Alice, and Savannah.

"Hi, Sirius," Tonks said, sitting down tentatively next to Remus as I sat between Alice and Savannah.

"Hey Nymph," Sirius responded.

"It's Tonks!" Tonks exclaimed. Sirius raised his hands in surrender and started to laugh. "I hate my name," Tonks grumbled.

"What is it again?" Remus asked.

"Nymphadora," she said. "I can't believe Mum gave me such a stupid name."

"It's not that bad," I said. "What if your name was....Petunia?"

"That's a pretty name," Tonks said.

"Not anymore it's not," I said. "Once my sister was called Petunia, it became a wretched name."

Everyone started laughing. Even Tonks smiled, even though she had never heard me talk about my horrible sister like the others had.

"Seriously though," I said. "Nymphadora isn't that bad of a name next to, say, Millicent or Matilda."

Tonks giggled. "I guess not," she said. "Why do all the bad names start with 'm'?"

"It's just one of those things," said Remus.

"But names starting with 'j' are amazing," said James. "Honestly, a famous person will name their kid after me some day."

"Yeah, and the kid's middle name will be Sirius, after me."

"Dream on, you two," I said.

"When will we get to Hogwarts?" Remus asked.

"At least five more hours," I said.

"We should play Truth or Dare!" Sirius exclaimed. I rolled my eyes. "Seriously, we should. Prongs, Moony, you in?"

"Sure," said James. "Moony?"


"What about you three?" Sirius said.

"Sirius, that's not fair. We have a nine-year-old here," Alice said.

"So? I've played with Tonks before, haven't we?" Sirius asked Tonks. Tonks nodded innocently.

"Sure, why not?" Savannah said. Alice and I finally agreed.

"Yes, I'll go first!" Sirius said. "Prongs, truth or dare?"

"Is there any need to ask?"

"Okay, I dare you to..." Alice whispered something in his ear. "Oh that’s perfect! Thanks. I dare you to kiss Evans."

"No!" I shouted over Sirius chanting 'Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!' "I have a boyfriend, Black."

Suddenly Sirius fell silent. "You have what?"

"I have a boyfriend," I said. "Jason Stewart. He and his friend were in here when you came in."

"Padfoot, as much as I hate turning down a good dare, I'm going to have to tell you to change it. I'd rather not snog a taken girl and get hexed for it," said James.

"Fine, then," said Sirius. "I dare you to go skinny dipping with the Giant Squid tomorrow."

"Done. My turn?" Sirius nodded. "Lily, truth or dare?"

"Truth," I said instinctively. Savannah suddenly waved her wand.

"If you lie, your face turns green and we can keep asking until you tell the truth," she said to me.

"You're cruel," I said.

"Anyway, your question is..." Sirius leant forward and whispered something in his friend's ear. "Erm, Sirius, that's an invasion of privacy. And Tonks is sitting right here."

"Fine, I'll do it," said Sirius. "Are you a virgin?"

My jaw dropped.

"What? Do you have something to hide?" Sirius asked mischievously. "Is the answer 'no'? It is, isn't it?"

"You are one sick teenager," I said. "And yes, I am." Everyone peered at my face. It obviously wasn't green. I had made a pact to myself not to sleep with anyone until I knew we were completely in love.

"Damn, that wasn't interesting at all," said Sirius. I rolled my eyes. "Well, it's your turn now, Lily."

I thought for a minute. Before I could say anything, Frank Longbottom opened the door.

"Can I sit here?"

"Sure," Alice said, moving to make room for him next to her. "We're playing truth or dare. Sirius' idea."

"Er, Savannah, truth or dare?" I said.  

"Dare," said Savannah.

"I dare you to kiss Remus," I said mischievously. Remus looked appalled. Savannah shrugged and kissed Remus quickly. Remus blushed and decided to turn to the little girl to his right.

"Tonks, truth or dare?" he said.

"Um, truth," she said. Alice whispered something in Remus' ear.

"Okay. When and if you get married, who or what kind of person do you see yourself marrying?" Remus asked. I shoved Alice. It had been her idea after all.

"Well, this might sound sort of weird but I like standing up for people who are prejudiced against so I see myself marrying a werewolf," Tonks said. James, Sirius, Savannah, and I all looked at Remus who was blushing. Alice and Frank didn't know about Remus being a werewolf.


"Shut your mouth, Padfoot," Remus said.

"What?" Tonks said. "What happened?" I glanced at Remus again and smiled. I leant forward towards her and said,

"You don't really want to know."

"Okay. Is it my turn now?" I nodded.

"You guys, shut up. It's Tonks' turn," I said. Tonks decided to target the only one she really knew.

"Sirius, truth or dare?"

"Well, truths from you will be very innocent and not embarrassing so I'll go for truth, just this once," said Sirius. Remus decided to get back at his friend so he whispered something to Tonks.

"What does that mean?" she asked.

"It doesn't matter, just ask it," he said.

"Remus, what are you getting her to ask him that she doesn't even know what it means?" I asked. Remus simply smiled.

"Whatever," Tonks said. "Wait, what was the word again?" Remus whispered it to her. "Okay, Sirius, which girls have you ever-what's the word?-shagged?"

Sirius' jaw dropped.

"Moony, I will kill you for this," he said.

"You can't lie, Padfoot," said Remus.

"She doesn't even know what she's asking!" Sirius protested. "She has to ask something she can understand."

"That's not a rule," said Remus.

"Fine," said Sirius. "Marlene Fisher, Summer Hartley, April Killington, Brandi Cashton, and Jasmine Mordent." His face turned green.

"You're lying, Padfoot," said James.

"I left out a girl, so what?" Sirius said.

"Who's the last girl?" Remus asked.

"I can't tell you," Sirius said. "I seriously can't. You would kill me. Honestly. I don't want to die quite yet."

"Why would we kill you? We know you can't live without shagging," Remus said.

"What is shagging?" Tonks asked.

"You'll find out when you're older. Then you can remember this day and make fun of Sirius for it, okay?" I said. Tonks nodded.

"Padfoot, who was it?" James asked.

"I'll be right back," said Savannah. "I have to use the lavatory." She left the compartment rather hurriedly.

"Padfoot," Remus said warningly. "I will hex you if you don't tell us. Yes, I know you're my best friend but I will hex you anyway."

Sirius looked down and muttered something inaudible.

"Sorry, mate, you have to speak up," said James.

"Savannah," he muttered. I flicked my wand and his head was pulled up to look at us. The green was just leaving his face. James stood up.

"Sorry ladies but a good ass-kicking from friend to friend isn't something you'd like to see, I'm sure," he said and dragged Sirius out of the compartment.

"I'd better go make sure he doesn't get carried away," Remus said following them.

"What's so bad?" Tonks asked.

"Sirius took something very important from Savannah, who is James' sister and he needs to teach Sirius a lesson," I said. Alice looked at me.

"Took something?" I nodded. "Oh, I get it." At that moment, Savannah opened the door and after looking around, sank into the seat recently vacated by the boys, her face in her hands.

"Savannah Ariella Potter, you have some explaining to do," I said.

"I know, I know, I'm sorry," Savannah said. "It was at my house between fifth and sixth years. It was sort of an accident. We just got carried away."

"But with your brother's best friend?" Alice said. "Not a good idea."

"Can you please save me the lectures?" Savannah pleaded. I looked at Alice and we nodded.


After the feast, I headed up to the Heads common room. "True love," I said wearily as the password. The portrait of a girl standing in a meadow opened and I collapsed on a couch in front of the fire. A minute later, I heard the portrait open and close again and I saw James Potter sit across from me.

"What did you do to Sirius and Savannah?" I asked, closing my eyes.

"I yelled at Padfoot and I haven't seen Savannah yet," he said. Before I could say anything he said, "Please don't say he didn't deserve it. He's my best mate and he shagged my sister."

"I wasn't going to say he didn't deserve it," I said, sitting up and opening my eyes. A few minutes later, I said, "I'm sorry."


"I’m sorry I acted like you didn't deserve Head Boy," I said. "I’m sure you do. I guess I just didn't expect it."

"You don't mean that," said James.

"Yes, I do," I said. "I really do."

"Well, thanks."

"Have you seen Alice since the train?" I asked. James went red. "What? Have you or haven't you?"

"Well, to tell the truth, as I was coming up here, I turned the corner and found her and Frank snogging like crazy," he said. I started laughing. "What?"

"Nothing," I said. "It's just, Alice used to be the calm, innocent and pure one out of the three of us. I guess now that position would be filled by me."

"Why by you?" James asked.

"Well, it's obviously not Savannah," I said, feeling a little uncomfortable bringing that up again. "And it can't be Alice if she's apparently hiding in random parts of the castle making out with Frank."

"Well why does it have to be you?" I blushed. "What?"

"If you must know, I've never actually made out with anyone," I said.

"Impossible. I don't think you know what it means. As long as you've used tongue, you can call it making out," said James, obviously not feeling embarrassed at all at his use of words.

"Er," I said as a response. James stared at me.

"Are you serious?" he asked. "The most popular girl in school hasn't ever used tongue?"

I blushed again. "Shut up. It's not like you have. You've never had a girlfriend."

"That's my point. I have a reason," said James. "You don't. I thought you had a boyfriend?"

"Just because I do doesn't mean we've made out," I said.

"He's not your first boyfriend though," said James. "He's your, what, third?"

"Fourth," I said simply. My first three boyfriends had been in third year, fourth year, and sixth year. The first one had been Robert Markowitz that had only lasted a week before I realized he was totally wrong for me. The second had been a year older than I, Alan Fletcher. That had only lasted three weeks before I decided I didn't want someone older while we were still at the stage where age made a difference. The one in my sixth year had been my first real boyfriend: Ben Fuller. We had been together for five months until I decided that he wasn't the one for me.

"So, when did you and Jason get together?" James asked.

"You remember his name?" I asked, surprised.

"I don't have that bad a memory, Lily," said James. "I met him less than 24 hours ago."

"Well, when I had my last two boyfriends, you were always 'forgetting' their names," I said, rolling my eyes.

"I grew up, so what?" said James. "So, when did you get together?"

"Over the summer," I said. "We live near each other."

"That's pretty cool," he said. "I would wish I lived near some wizards but Padfoot lives with me so I really don't need any other wizards around."

"Sirius lives with you?"

"Yeah, he ran away and got disowned. He came to my home and Mum took him in," said James, leaning back in his chair, closing his eyes blissfully.

"Why did he run away and why did he 'disowned'?" I asked. James suddenly looked at me, surprised. "What?"

"Do you actually care about something that has to do with one of us?" he asked. I raised my eyebrows. "Well, you hate all of us Marauders so much, you never cared about anything we did or said."

"That's not true," I said. "Remus is my friend."

"Well, this isn't about Moony, is it?"

"Maybe I grew up too," I said. James grinned. "Anyway, can you answer my questions or do I have to hex you?"

"He ran away because his parents and family get really annoying. They're really pureblood and his parents aren't Death Eaters but they think that You-Know-Who has the right idea and everything. Regulus, his younger brother, is obsessed with You-Know-Who and says he'll be a Death Eater. He's the only Black in centuries to be put in Gryffindor. He got disowned because he ran away. That's the simple part," said James.

"How can someone disown their own son?" I asked disbelievingly.

"The Blacks are very pureblood," James said again. "They disown anyone and blast them off of the family tree when they do something unsatisfactory. Like, Andromeda got blasted off when she married a Muggle-born instead of a pureblood. Padfoot's uncle got blasted off when he gave Padfoot some money after he ran away."

"That's horrible!" I said. James smiled as if to say, 'I know but there's nothing we can do, is there?'

"Lily, why do you hate me?" James asked suddenly. I thought for a second.

"I don't hate you," I said slowly. He raised his eyebrows. "At least, I don't anymore. It's obvious that you've changed and I'm willing to give you a chance."

"What do you mean?" James asked, his voice not betraying any feelings.

"I'm willing to give you a chance to become my friend," I said, emphasizing the word friend.

"Oh, really?" James said, sitting forward in his chair.

"Don't push it," I said.

"Push what?" he asked, looking confused.

"First of all, I'm not saying we're friends yet," I said. "Second of all, you have to be clear that there is a difference between friendship and relationships."

"Of course I know there's a difference," said James. "I'm not that stupid, you know. I can be clever if I want to be."

"Yes but you spend so much time pranking and hexing people."

"You haven't seen me since June. Give me a chance to prove that I don't prank and hex people as much," he said.

"I already said I was giving you that chance, didn't I?" I said.

"No, you said you were giving me a chance to become your friend. There's a difference," he said.

"Close enough," I said, standing up. "Now, I'm very tired and I'd like to go to bed. Good night."

"Good night."

The next day was a Saturday. I got out of bed and showered. I put on a white peasant blouse and a sky blue skirt with a hem halfway down my calves. I dried my hair magically and combed it. After putting on a small amount of lip gloss, I slipped my feet into a pair of sky blue open toed sandals and a soft yellow flower on the band over my toes. I looked into the mirror and quickly performed a spell to rid my eyes of circles.

I went downstairs and found my way to the Great Hall. I sat down across from Alice and Savannah.

"Good morning," I said.

"Morning," Savannah said.

"Hi," said Alice. After a minute, "So?"

"What?" I asked. Savannah and Alice stared at me. "Why the hell are you looking at me like that?"

"Have you talked to my brother yet?" Savannah asked. I giggled.

"Is that all you care about?" I asked.

"Well, you're the one with issues right now so we, as your best friends, care mostly about you right now," said Alice.

"Since when do I have issues?" I asked.

"You have issues with recognizing your feelings," said Savannah slyly. I glared at her. "Anyway, did you talk to him?"

"If you must know, we ended up snogging," I said calmly. Alice spat out her orange juice and Savannah started choking on her bacon. Alice thumped her on the back and then they both stared at me. "I'm joking, you guys. I have a boyfriend whom I am entirely faithful to."

"Then what happened?"

"We talked," I said. "I told him I'd give him a chance to be my friend. We're not friends yet but I'm guessing there's chance of friendship within a month or so."

"Are you serious?" I nodded. Alice and Savannah both beamed.

"What are you girls smiling about?" Sirius asked as the three Marauders sat down next to us. Just like on the train, James sat next to Alice instead of me, as he would have done in the past. Instead I found myself between Remus and Sirius.

"No reason," Savannah said.

"Come on, tell us," James said, grinning.

"Why are you smiling?" I asked, smirking.

"This, you see, is where the difference between girls and boys comes in," said James. "I'm smiling because we finally had a conversation last night that didn't result in your wand coming out to hex me."

"And how is that a difference between girls and boys?" Savannah asked.

"Girls hide stuff," said Sirius simply.

"In truth, we're smiling for the same reason," Alice said.

"I don't see Lily smiling," said Remus.

"It's not something to be that excited about," I said, buttering my toast. "I honestly don't see how it's that amazing." When I looked up, I saw Alice, Savannah, James, Remus, and Sirius staring at me. "What?"

"What do you mean, 'not amazing'?" Sirius said. "Evans, every time he even spoke to you, you would hex him."

I shrugged. "I still don't think it's amazing."

"Whatever," Sirius said. I stood up and said,

"I'm going to go out by the lake. I'll see you all later." I took my toast and left the Great Hall. I sat underneath an oak tree by the lake and threw a few crumbs into the water. A second later, a large tentacle came up and grabbed them. I smiled and threw a few more.

"Don't give him your whole breakfast. You need to eat too." I turned and saw James Potter sit down beside me.

"I'm not that hungry," I said. "Besides, I doubt anyone else feeds him."

"Professor Dumbledore probably does," James said. I shrugged.

"It makes me feel good that I'm helping a creature so it doesn't have to hunt around the lake for food. I like the giant squid," I said.

"That's nice of you."

"I suppose so," I said, throwing the rest of the piece of toast into the lake. The tentacle came and took it immediately. I laughed and just stared out at the lake. I stretched out and put my hands behind my head, staring at the sky. "It's so beautiful, isn't it Alice?"

"Sorry, I'm not Alice."

"Oh, I'm sorry. It's just that Alice and I like to look at the sky together sometimes," I said. "Sorry, James."

"What did you say?"

"I said sorry," I said.

"Did you say James?"

"I guess I did," I said, looking over at him. "Is that a problem? That is your name, isn't it? I'd rather not call you Prongs."

"It's fine with me, it's just, you usually call me Potter," James said.

"That was before," I said. "This is now. Surely even you can tell the difference between the past and the present."

"What are you two lovebirds talking about?" Sirius asked as he, Remus, and Savannah sat down. James punched his shoulder and I glared at him.

"If you like your face and hair the way it is, I would shut up if I were you," I said. Sirius immediately grabbed his hair.

"Don't you dare touch my hair," he said. I giggled. "Well, what are you talking about?"

"The giant squid," I said.

"And the fact that she actually called me James instead of Potter," said James. "I can't tell you how surprised I was."

"Where's Alice?" I asked suddenly.

"Don't look, but she's behind us," said Savannah. Ignoring her, I looked behind us and around thirty feet away were Alice and Frank, snogging each other senseless. I turned back and grinned.

"Well, they're getting a lot out of their relationship," I said. Everyone laughed.

"It won't be long till we see a rock on her finger," Sirius said.

"Obviously," Savannah said. "They're perfect for each other."

"I'll bet twenty Galleons that he proposes before we leave," Sirius said, conjuring a box labeled Bets out of nowhere and throwing twenty gold coins into it. Savannah grinned.

"I bet ten that he'll propose before June the first," she said, putting ten Galleons into the box. Sirius wrote down their bets and looked at me, James, and Remus.

"I bet fifteen Galleons that he'll propose on Valentine's Day," said James, putting his own money in. We all laughed.

"You can't take that back," Sirius said. James shrugged.

"I have too much money as it is," he said. Sirius looked at Remus and me.

"Come on, Moony? Lily?" he said.

"I don't know," Remus said cautiously. I pulled thirty Galleons out of my pocket. I grinned mischievously.

"I bet thirty Galleons that he'll propose in May or before but she'll say no," I said, putting my money in. Everyone raised their eyebrows and finally they started laughing.

"Okay, that is so ridiculous that you can take that back right now if you want," Savannah said. I shook my head.

"Remus, are you betting?"

"No I don't think so," Remus said.

"Okay, winner takes all the money," said Sirius. "The total of which is 75 Galleons. Oh, and we can't talk about this bet. We can't tell them to do a certain thing. We are sworn to silence."

"Agreed," we all said, placing our hands in the middle. I stood up suddenly.

"I have to go to the library," I said.

"What? Why?" Savannah asked. "We haven't had any classes yet."

"So? I just remembered that I finished my book last night and my parents won't get any more books to me for at least a day," I said.

"So you wait until tomorrow," Sirius said.

"What about today? I need something to read today," I said.

"Why? Come on, it's a beautiful day," James said.

"Fine, I guess I can just reread Pride and Prejudice tonight," I said. They all looked at me bewilderedly.

"It's a Muggle book," I said, sitting back down and leaning against a tree. "It's one of my favorites."

I suddenly felt someone tap my shoulder and I looked up. It was Alice. Her lipstick was smudged and her lips were swollen but she was frowning slightly and she looked like she might cry.

"What is it?" I asked.

"Can I talk to you for a minute?" Alice asked.

"Sure," I said, standing up and following Alice to the edge of the lake. She sat down and pulled me down. "What is it?"

"Lily, I just need you to listen for a minute," Alice said.

"Sure, of course," I said. Alice looked around nervously. "What's so important that Savannah can't know?"

"She wouldn't understand," Alice said, not looking at me. "Lily, I-" she didn't continue. She finally looked at me and I was surprised to see tears streaming down her face. I put my arms around her and hugged her gently.

"Alice, what's wrong?" I asked.

"Oh, Lily, I'm just so worried," Alice said, sobbing into my shoulder. I pulled away and looked at my upset friend.


"It's Frank," Alice said, attempting to wipe her tears away but failing considerably. I stared at her.

"How is Frank a problem?" I asked.

"Well, last year, I felt like we were really in love, even though we never actually said it. I mean, we spent time together and I love him but now he made the move to make out with me and I feel like-"

I waited a minute and then said, "What?"

"I feel like he never actually enjoyed my company. I feel like he's just like Sirius Black. That he's going to 'romantically' work his way up to sex and then dump me like one of those worthless girls Black goes around shagging," Alice said, fresh tears rolling down her cheeks. I hugged her again.

"Alice Marion Sotheby," I said. "You are not worthless and Frank will definitely not do that. He loves you, it's obvious. If he was like Sirius, he would have made out with you long before now."

"Well, why is he suddenly obsessed with snogging me?"

"He's not," I said, pulling away. "You've only made out twice, right?" Alice nodded. "That's perfectly normal. You're both seventeen and while he loves you, he is a guy. After last night, he can't go back to light little pecks on the lips."


"Alice, he loves you and I know that he's extremely special to you but that doesn't mean he's so completely different than every other one of his kind," I said. "If you're so worried though, I'll talk to him if you want."

"Oh, would you, Lily, please?"

"Yes, of course," I said. I made to stand up, and then said, "Alice, what did you mean about Savannah not being able to understand?"

"Well, you know her. She's so carefree and wild. A long relationship with a boy for her is two weeks," Alice said. "She wouldn't understand how I feel about Frank."

"Right, well, I'll go talk to Frank right now," I said, standing and then helping her up. "Where is he?"

"I think he said something about reading in the library," Alice said, wiping away her tears. I hugged her again and set off for the library.

"Hi Frank," I said, sitting down next to him. He looked up from his book.

"Hi Lily," he said. "What's up? You look so serious."

"I do? I don't mean to," I said. I let him read for a minute, and then said, "What are you reading?"

He looked up again. "It's a fairytale book called the Tales of Beedle the Bard. This is my old copy and I read it sometimes."

"I've seen that book before," I said. "I saw in Flourish and Blotts. Just out of curiosity, why do you still read it?"

"I read it when I feel guilty," Frank said, tingeing pink a little.

"Why do you feel guilty?" I asked, my heart sinking. Maybe Alice had been right. I only hoped she wasn't. I didn't want to have to break the news to her.

"Well, I can tell that Alice is pulling away and I know it's my fault," he said.

"How do you mean?"

"I listened to the Marauders, for some crazy reason," Frank said. "They told me to snog Alice before I told her and I did but now I feel like an idiot because now she won't take me seriously."

"Tell her what?" I asked. "And why do you think she won't take you seriously now?"

"Would you take Jason seriously if he snogged you senseless and then right after, told you he loved you?"

"Admittedly, no," I said.

"Exactly," Frank said, looking miserable. "Now I can't tell her and it's my bloody fault for listening to the Marauders."

"You love her?" I asked. Frank nodded. "Frank, you don't have to tell her right after a snogging session. In fact, if you feel so guilty about it, I wouldn't even have those sessions if I were you."

"But Alice-"

"-doesn't like them," I finished. Frank blushed and I realized how that sounded. "Oh, no, she's not complaining about the actual kissing. She's just worried that you're like Sirius Black and are only in it for the kissing and everything."

"I'm not!" Frank said defensively.

"I know and that's what I told her but I think, if you want to tell her that you love her, I would lay off the making out if I were you," I said. "It's making her nervous."

"Erm," Frank said as a response. I grinned.

"You're worried she doesn't feel the same yet," I said as a statement, not a question. He blushed again but nodded. "Well, I think you have to be the one to say something. After all, it was you who listened to the Marauders." I stood up.

"Right, thanks Lily," said Frank. "Er, can you tell Alice to meet me right before dinner in the common room?"

"Sure, no problem," I said. "See you later." I left the library and headed down to the Great Hall. It was nearing lunchtime after all. Just before I sat down, Alice pounced on me.

"What happened?" she asked.

"Calm down," I said, sitting down and putting a few things onto my plate. "I'm not going to tell you."

"What?" Alice practically screamed. I shrugged.

"He needs to talk to you," I said. "You have to meet him tonight, right before dinner in the common room."

"Do you know what he's going to say?" Alice asked. I smiled and nodded as the Marauders sat down across from us.

"Where's Savannah?" I asked.

"She's outside with some Ravenclaw," James said. Alice grabbed my head and forced it towards her.

"Tell me," she said.

"I can't. You need to talk to him," I responded emotionlessly.

"You need to prepare me," Alice whined. "He's going to dump me, I know it."

"Alice, just meet him tonight," I said. "I refuse to say anything more about the subject. Eat some lunch."

"I can't-hi!" I looked over at Alice and saw that she was looking up at Frank.

"Can I sit down?" he asked. Alice pushed me over to make room for her to move over. He sat down and kissed Alice on the cheek. She turned and looked at me as if to say, 'Why did he just kiss my cheek?'

"James, pass me a roll please. Thank you. Alice, stop looking so appalled. It's only food," I said, subtly getting Alice to stop looking so surprised that Frank had only kissed her cheek.

"Yes, right," she said absently.

That night, I was eating shepherd's pie for dinner when Alice sat down across from me, red faced but smiling.

"Did you talk to Frank?" I asked.

"He loves me!" Alice said. "He offered to never kiss me again if I wanted, just because he loves me."

"Didn't I tell you I was right?" I said smirking as Frank sat down next to Alice.

"For once I'm completely and totally glad that I was wrong," she said. I smiled.

"Well, you should have believed me," I said. "You know I'm always right."

"Oh shut up, Lily Evans," Alice said, taking a bite of shepherd's pie. I kicked Savannah under the table to look at Alice and Frank.

"Hey, that hurt," James said. I blushed.

"Oops," I said. I aimed again but again kicked James.

"Why are you kicking me?" he asked.

"I'm trying to kick Savannah," I said.

"Why?" I gestured to Alice and Frank, who was now feeding Alice a forkful of shepherd's pie. Savannah covered her mouth with her hand to keep from laughing and ended up snorting.

"Don't make fun," I said. "That is the outcome of my work."

"You made them lovesick puppies?" Sirius said incredulously, his fork suspended in midair. I shot him a withering glare.

"I didn't mean them to become like that," I said. "I was keeping Alice from worrying herself into oblivion."

Everyone laughed, even Alice and Frank. Everything was perfect. I should've known it was too good to last.

A month later, I was happy to say that James Potter was officially my friend. He hadn't asked me out once that year and I was very glad of that. He was my friend and nothing more. In fact, I had my sights set on someone else. (Jason and I had broken up sadly a week into term.) I just didn't know if I could talk to James about it.

"James!" I called, sprinting after him. He stopped and turned around. I had decided to ask him for advice in the matter of my fancying his best mate, Remus Lupin.

"What's up, Lily?" James asked. I was about to suggest that we went to the Head's common room when Remus appeared out of nowhere. "Hello, Moony."

"Hi, Prongs," Remus said. "Erm, Lily, I hate to admit it but I can't find a book that I really need in the library. I saw you with it a few weeks ago and was wondering if you could help me find it."

"Oh sure," I said. "Meet me in our common room later. I need to ask you something," I said to James and then followed Remus to the library. When they got there, he sort of just stood there. "Er, Remus. What book is it?"

"Well, I actually just wanted to ask you something," Remus said. "Actually, I have two questions now."

"Go ahead," I said.

"What are you planning on asking James?" Remus asked. I blushed.

"I just need to ask him for advice on something," I said.

"Well, erm, this might sound sort of weird," Remus said.

"I doubt it can be weirder than the day I found out I was a witch," I said, smiling.

"Er, okay," Remus said. "Well, erm, there's a Hogsmeade weekend coming up and uh, I was, er, wondering if you wanted to, um, go with me?"

"Is this a joke?" I asked. Remus blushed immediately. "Is this like, some sort of sick prank to find out who I fancy?"

"No," he said.

"Then, yes, I would love to go with you," I said. Remus stared at me. "What are staring for? I'm speaking English, aren't I?"



"You honestly just said yes?" Remus asked.

"Merlin, this is some prank, isn't it?" I asked. "I thought that sort of stuff was beneath you, Remus."

"No, it is," he said. "It is beneath me. I'm just, stunned that you didn't say no."

"You can't be too stunned. You must have known something or you wouldn't have gotten the courage to ask me out," I said.

"I had a shrewd idea," Remus said. I smiled and laughed softly.

"Well, I'll see you this weekend," I said and left the library. I heard something and peered around the corner. Remus was dancing around the library. I giggled and walked down the corridor, finding myself in the Head's common room. James was sitting on the couch.

"Hey, Lily," he said. "Come sit." I came and sat in an armchair. "What did you want to ask me?" he asked.

"It's okay," I said. "I don't have a question anymore."

"Was it about Moony or something?" James asked. "Because that's who you were just with, wasn't it?"

The portrait suddenly opened and Sirius appeared, his wand drawn.

"Is Remus in here?" he asked. We shook our heads. "Do you have any idea where he is?" he asked.

"No," we said in unison. The portrait opened again and Remus appeared.

"Save me, Sirius is after m-me," he said, paling at the sight of Sirius. Sirius grabbed his friend and pushed him into a seat.

"What's going on?" James asked. Remus looked extremely scared.

"Please, tell him after you're done with me," he begged Sirius. "Please, I don't need both of you ganging up on me at the same time."

"What's going on?" I asked. Remus was staring at Sirius and Sirius looked murderous.

"Prongs, there's something you ought to know," he said.

"What?" James asked. "And why do you look like you want to murder Moony? Did he become a Death Eater or something?"

"I happened to overhear a little something in the library," Sirius said, still looking murderous. "Something that went along the lines of, 'Lily will you go to Hogsmeade with me?' and 'Yes, I would love to'," he said. Remus buried his face in his hands and I blushed.

"That's great," James said, grinning. Remus raised his head slightly and opened one eye. Then he slowly opened the other.

"Erm, Prongs, you're smiling," he said.

"I know," James said. "I seriously think that's great."



"I, er, never mind," Remus said. Sirius stared at James.

"Prongs are you understanding me?" he asked. "Maybe you didn't get it. I didn't mean any Lily. I mean Lily Evans, that girl over there. That girl over there is Moony's new girlfriend."

"I'm not a dimwit," James said. "You two didn't honestly think I was going to spend all seven years at Hogwarts embarrassing myself. No, six years is quite enough."

Sirius, Remus, and my jaws all dropped.

"Prongs, you're kidding, right?" Sirius said. "You're not mad? You're not going to kill Moony? You're not jealous?"

"No," James said. "However, I do have homework. So I'll talk to you all later." He grabbed his bag and headed up to his dormitory, leaving Sirius, Remus, and me in the Head's common room, silently contemplating what James Potter had just said.

A/N i'm a little slow updating what with friends and school and writer's block. so be patient with me please and don't kill me for typos, it happens to everyone. also, does anyone want to make me a banner?

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