Chapter 2 - September 1st
“I wish I could have convinced Petunia to come with us,” my mum, Elizabeth Evans, sighed across the barrier between platform nine and ten.
“It’s okay Mum,” I shrugged.
“No it is not, I can not believe she is still jealous of you after all of these years.”
“No it is true,” my mother went on. “She acts now as if you are some kind of…”
“Freak?” I offered.
My mother sighed again, “I hate when she calls you that.”
“I have gotten use to it now, but I don’t care.”
“Yes you do.”
“Let’s not talk about her Mum.”
“Fine,” she smiled at me.
When I looked into her eyes, the very same eyes that I have, I smiled. “I will miss you.”
“Oh,” my mother gave me a bone crushing hug. “I will miss you too, please send Bella often.”
My mom was talking about my owl, “I will write at least twice a week.”
“Good,” she kissed me on my forehead. “I love you so much.”
“I love you,” I hugged her tightly. The one thing I hated about going back to Hogwarts every year, was saying good bye to my mom. This year happened to be even harder then ever.
Petunia had graduated from her boarding school last year and moved out of our Mum’s house and was now living with her boyfriend of three years but now turned fiancé, Vernon Dursley. Over the last seven years I thought Petunia hated me, she was nothing compared to Vernon…or I had just gotten use to Petunia.
I then turned towards the barrier that turned into Platform 9 ¾ and with a look back at my Mum, I was headed back to my home away from home for the last seven years.
After I walked onto the Hogwarts Express, I headed to the Head Girl and Boy compartment. I was so excited, I had hoped from my first day at Hogwarts that I would be Head Girl in my seventh year and now here I was…
As I entered the compartment I was surprised to not see the Head Boy, I had been running late and the Hogwarts Express would be leaving in less then five minutes. I put Bella’s cage down in the compartment as well as my trunk. Of the two benches in the compartment, I fell down upon the one to the right and fell asleep almost instantly.
“Petunia, please come with us.”
“I’m sorry Mom, I can’t.”
“Of course you can.”
“No Mom, I do not agree with her lifestyle.”
Petunia sighed, “Vernon and I do not agree with her being…different.”
“Do you know how much it would mean to me if you came with me to say goodbye to her. Your father always came with me.”
“Yes he did, but you and daddy agreed with her…”
“Being a witch?” Elizabeth Evans asked with her voice getting a little in defensive.
“Your father and I accepted it.”
Petunia cackled, the obviously did not know I was at the top of the stairs listening. “You did not only accept it, you boasted about it. Besides I have better things to do.”
“Petunia dear, please do not tell me you are still jealous of her after all these years.”
“I AM NOT JEALOUS OF HER!”
“Mum,” I called from the top of the stairs. “I will be right down!”
“Okay love,” she hollered where she thought I could hear her from my bedroom.
Elizabeth Evans lowered her voice to almost a hiss at her eldest daughter, “What on earth do you have that is more important then seeing your sister off to her last year at Hogwarts as Head Girl?”
“Vernon and I are headed to London to meet with the wedding planner.”
“Oh I see, well maybe after Christmas.”
“Sure,” Petunia said dripping with sarcasm that either Elizabeth Evans did not notice or ignored.
I came down the stairs grinning at my mother from ear to ear, “I am ready to go!”
“Okay let’s go, Petunia say bye.”
“Goodbye,” I said without looking at my sister. I knew Petunia did not mean it and I was not going to wish anymore that she really did.
Mum and I drove for a while before she said anything, “I am so sorry Lily.”
I had been looking out of the window and was not paying attention but that statement grabbed my attention, “For what?”
“Petunia, I know you overheard us bickering.”
I blushed, she always knew me so well. “I am sorry.”
My mum shrugged, “Don’t be.”
“So what are you sorry about?”
“Oh,” I chuckled. “Do not apologize for her, I am use to it.”
“The thing is, you shouldn’t be.”
“Oh well, onwards and upwards.”
“You know she is just jealous.”
I just nodded and she drove the rest of the way to King’s Cross in silence.
“Lily? Lily?” The sound of my name awoke me, and once I opened my eyes I found someone I really did not have the patience right now to see.
“What the hell are you doing in here?!” I yelled
“Hang on Lily before you get mad, let me explain…”
“No I am not listening to any of your lies!”
“No Lily, wait…”
“No,” I jumped to my feet. “Get out before I throw you out!”
He smirked at me, “That would be interesting.”
“I can not believe Remus would give you the password! It specifically stated that we could not tell anyone!”
“Lily, Remus did not tell me anything.”
“You can not honestly tell me that you just guessed what the password was?!”
“No I didn’t guess, if you would listen for just once second…”
“Lily wait,” he grabbed my arms but not tightly. “I have a simple explanation.”
I huffed and rolled my eyes at him, “Spit it out then.”
“I know the password because it came in my letter when I found out that I was to be Head Boy.”
“What,” I chocked as my eyes popped out of my head. “There is no way in Dumbledore’s right mind would he make you Head Boy!”
To my surprise he laughed, “That is what I said. In fact my mum, Sirius, Remus, and Peter all agreed with me.”
I frowned, “You laugh because you do not want the responsibility?”
“No,” James then frowned at me. “I laughed because I could not believe it was me and not Remus.”
I threw my hands to my mouth, “Oh Merlin! Poor Remus, how did he take it?”
James looked at me oddly, I would later find out that he could not believe we were actually having a civil conversation. “He was okay with it.”
“Lily,” he said changing the subject. “We really need to go.”
I frowned at him with confusion, “Go where?”
“Are you okay?”
“I don’t know,” he shrugged. “You are being very nice to me.”
“Oh,” my face dropped. “Well…you are not being you’re normal annoying self.”
Surprisingly he laughed again, “We have got to get to the Prefect meeting.”
“Wow,” Alice McKinney gasped. “I can not believe James Potter is Head Boy! I for sure thought it was between Severus Snape and Remus Lupin.”
“I did too,” I sighed.
“I think it is hilarious,” Amelia Bones laughed.
“Whatever,” I rolled my eyes and continued to eat my dinner in the Great Hall for the Start of Term dinner.
“You do realize you have to work very closely with him all year, right?” Alice asked.
“Of course I know that,” I snapped at one of my very best friends.
“You do remember that Head Boy and Girl share a common room,” Amelia spoke up.
“Duh,” I rolled my eyes again. “Gryffindor Common Room.”
“No,” Amelia cackled and I really thought she might have an accident. “Head Boy and Girl share a common room and a bathroom but separate bedrooms.”
“Oh Merlin,” I gasped as I felt all the air being sucked out of my body. “I forgot!”
Amelia roared with laughter, but Alice looked sympathetic. I sat at the Gryffindor table and brooded until Professor Dumbledore released us from dinner.
I was lounging on one of the two fluffy couches in the common room I would be sharing with James Potter for the next nine months, when James came walking in through the portrait hole.
He walked over and sat in the arm chair next to me and watched me as I read my new Potions book for our seventh year.
“Studying already?” He asked with a killer grin as he sat in a red wingback chair beside the couch I was laying on.
“Yup,” I stated without looking away from my book.
“Look Lily, I promise I will not mess this Head Boy thing up.”
That was it, he had already blown my nerves. I dropped my book on the floor and glared at him, “Head Boy thing? Are you kidding me?! My dream since the first day I came to Hogwarts was to be Head Girl my seventh year. I busted my butt for six years straight and am I honored that Dumbledore chose me to be Head Girl!”
“There is so much to do and so much responsibility and I will not let you slide by doing nothing!”
He stood up and I stoop up as well, then I realized how much he had grown over the summer. “I know it is an honor! I know how much I did not deserve this! I know it should have been Remus or Snape in front of me to get Head Boy. Hell I was just as dumbstruck as you are! They were the ones who were always studying and always making the grades, while I goofed off with Sirius and won Quidditch game after game for Gryffindor. So if you really think I am going to mess this up, go complain to Dumbledore because otherwise you are stuck with me!”
“What do you expect me to think?! You really think that I think you are just going to be good out of no where and quit causing havoc with your friends?!”
“I thought Remus was your friend as well?” He yelled at me.
“He is!” I yelled back, “You know what I do not have the time for you!” I grabbed my book and stormed off to my room.
The next day in Herbology, the first class of the day, I was seated with Alice. Amelia was still laughing across the room and she was partnered with Remus.
“So how was last night?” Alice asked.
“Promise not to tell Amelia next class?”
Alice smiled at me, “I am suppose to fill her in but I can forget and blame it on my blonde hair.”
“Good,” I smiled back at her. “Oh Merlin it was horrible.”
“Was he blowing stuff up?”
I frowned at her, why would be blowing stuff up? “No, I think I hurt his feelings.”
“So,” she shrugged her shoulders. “You hurt James Potter’s feelings every time he asks you out and you say no. How many times has that been now?”
“Nine hundred eighty-three.”
“Oh Merlin,” she giggled. “That was a rhetorical question, but oh my you have actually kept track?”
“He came in and asked if I was studying already. I told him yes and unlike him I take being Head Girl serious.”
“What?” I asked.
“Well,” Alice bit her lip. “You know that our families are close friends and I know that both of James’s parents were Head Boy and Girl in their time…”
“His father died over the summer vacation…”
“What?!” I yelled.
It was enough to startle the teacher, “That is enough Miss Evans and Miss McKinney.”
I frowned, now I would have to wait to find out more. How strange that both James Potter and I had both lost our fathers over summer vacation.
At lunch I passed James, Sirius, Remus, and Peter to sit with Alice and Amelia. As I passed by them James still looked upset about our argument, not that it really meant anything to me at that time. What made me upset that day was that Alice had decided to eat lunch with her boyfriend of a year now, Frank Longbottom, at the Ravenclaw table. So I was stuck with Amelia and her twenty questions.
“So?” She asked me.
“So what?” I asked as I acted as if I had no idea what she was talking about.
“Come on Lily!” She groaned, “I know Alice played stupid because you asked her to.”
“I am afraid I have no idea what you are talking about, you know Alice does have her blonde moments.”
“Lily,” she whined.
“Fine,” I snapped. “No laughing at me our I will hex you into next month.”
“Okay,” she agreed looking like an eager child awaiting its much anticipated candy.
“Everything was fine until he showed up in the common room.”
“Of course,” she laughed at me.
“I thought I told you not to laugh at me?” I glared at her.
“I wasn’t laughing at you, but with you.”
“I’m not laughing,” I pointed out.
“Mark my words, one day you will marry that boy.”
“Ek,” I gagged. “You do realize you sound more and more like Black everyday.”
“You know I am telling the truth,” she said in a sing song voice.
I rolled my eyes, “Not likely. Anyways, I was reading my potions book…”
I kept on as if she had not interrupted me, “He asked if I was studying already and I told him that unlike he, I do take being Head Girl an honor…”
“Oh Lily, you didn’t!”
“Yes I did.”
“You shouldn’t have! His dad was Head Boy at his time here at Hogwarts.”
“Yeah, Alice told me that…” I shrugged my shoulders.
“No,” Amelia shook her head. “You don’t understand, you don’t know the Potters. James’s father was an Auror, one of the best, his dream was for James to be Head Boy like he had been. Now with all the goofing off that he does up here with Black no one ever thought that he would get Head Boy. James being Head Boy had been his father’s dying wish and then a month later James got the letter.”
“Oh Merlin,” I sighed. “I have to apologize.”
“Whoa, wait…you are actually going to apologize to James Potter?!”
“Amelia I have to! I had no idea, I feel awful!”
“Well of course you had no idea and I know that James knows that too.”
In my third class of the day, Potions, I was partnered up with Remus Lupin. I had seen Severus eyeball me and want me to be his partner as most of our class had dropped Potions this year unless they really wanted to take the class or they needed it to go on with their careers once they left Hogwarts. I still refused to speak to him, of course I missed him. Severus had been my rock for so many years but he had betrayed my trust and he still hung out with those horrible friends of his that I knew were all Death Eaters. As long as he kept up with that crowd, we could not be friends. He knew all of this, I had stated this to him over a year and a half ago.
“Are you alright Miss Evans?” Professor Slughorn asked me as he was making his rounds through the classroom.
“Yes,” I smiled at him. “I promise I am fine, just daydreaming.”
He nodded and went on to the other students. “I was just about to ask you the same,” Remus spoke to me.
“Sorry, I am just kind of out there…”
“What is on your mind?”
“I am assuming Potter told you about our argument last night in the common room.”
Remus nodded, “Yes he did.”
“You think I am an awful person.”
“Of course you aren’t,” he smiled at me. “You have been such a wonderful friend to me and kept my secret a secret.”
“That has nothing to do with what we are talking about here.”
“I realize that,” he nodded as he added ingredients into the potion. “You had no idea about Harry’s wishes, how could you?”
“I still should apologize.”
“Yes you should. James knows you did not know about Harry but it still hurts that he lost his father just recently and you know that as well. How proud would Paul be?”
I smiled as I thought about how my dad would have probably jumped up and down when he found out I had made Head Girl, “Ecstatic.”
I had taken my time at dinner that night, just trying to think of a way to apologize without sounding like a sap. I truly did feel horrible about our argument the night before, if I had only known.
‘You have never given him the time of day to know you.’ I heard inside my head but I ignored it.
“You alright Lily?” Sirius asked as he came to sit by me, when I looked up I noticed I was one of the last people still in the Great Hall.
“Yeah,” I shook my head to get myself out of the daze I was in. “Where did Alice and Frank go?”
He gave me a sad kind of smile, “They left ages ago. They told you they were leaving and you never responded back.”
“So you came to check on me?”
“I am a little worried about you.”
I laughed at this, “Why in Merlin’s name would you be worried about me? We have never been friends…”
“That is only because you never gave any of us the time of day except for Remus.”
“Obviously,” I laughed and I could tell he was surprised to hear me laugh. “I know what I said to James was wrong and now that I know the story I feel horrible.”
“If you had not heard about Harry though you would have never been sorry. You really do not know him Lily. Yeah James has a good time, we pull a few tricks here and there…”
“Just here and there?”
“Okay,” he laughed a bark like laugh. “A lot…well it won’t be so much this year….”
“Why wouldn’t it be?”
“Isn’t it obvious? We will all be busy with N.E.W.T.s and James is going to be so busy with Head Boy duties and Remus doing the Prefect thing. I am left with Peter and to tell you the truth he is not so good with the tricks and treats.”
“So is this your way to tell me to go apologize to Potter?”
“No,” his answer surprised me. “Do not tell him you are sorry because you feel bad about his dad and you know that Harry wanted James to be Head Boy. Only tell him you are sorry if you really are. I know back in the day all we were was tricks and treats but all of us have grown up. You could really give him a chance, James is not as bad as you put him out there to be.”
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