Before They Fall by Jchrissy
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Join the Potters as they try and answer a very important question - where is Sirius Black?
The train was already starting to slow down, and that could only mean one thing, they were almost home.
Head Boy and Girl
Lily felt another rush of the newly found guilt-coated happiness flooding her. Head Girl!
A Night of Surprises
Old memories, shadows in the corridor, and an empty flask.
Secrets Surrounding Us
“I’m sorry mate, I know he’s a git and all, but he’s still your brother and-”
The Picture of Friendship
"We’ll figure something out...eventually. We have all the time in the world, right?” James locked fingers with her as he spoke.
Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
James kicked his front hooves a few times, prancing them over the hardened dirt. The sensation of power tingled through him and the muscles of his four, large legs ached to run.
No More Secrets
Not even the screams of the ambulances could break through his delirium. Cars stopped behind the cones, but he couldn’t hear any of it. That silence was as terrifying as the glass covering the street.
One of Theirs
“There has been an attack.” Lily heard the breath catch in Alice’s throat. She squeezed her friend’s hand tighter, eager for Dumbledore to continue.
“Mr. Longbottom, put your wand away. Mr. Rosier, out in the hall, now.” Professor McGonagall’s voice snapped through the room, but neither student moved.
“I thought it was kind of silly before, when they called it the Wizarding War in the Daily Prophet. Now I realized how stupid I was. Because that’s exactly what it is.”
James stepped away from the counter before glancing sheepishly up at her. He reached into his cloak pocket, and out of it pulled a small bundle of golden fur that couldn’t have been any larger than a Remembrall.
“I left my ‘ome… rather I was told to leave ‘ome and not return because I made a decision zat my parents could not agree with,” Belle began as she stood up from the sofa and seated herself next to the fire.
“Course, and that’s how it’ll always be. Even after you and Lily have a big girly wedding and loads of kids, you’ll still have us,” Peter said with a nod.
Not Just Friends
“James? You’re not so bad, you know,” she said with a smirk that looked so practiced, he was certain she must’ve picked it up from Sirius.
A Day for Madness
And with a quick flash of white teeth and red hair, she was gone, an echo of catcalls from his team trailing behind her.
Yes, James Potter was definitely wearing off on her.
“We’re going to France,” Sirius echoed, giving her a smile that sent butterflies through her stomach.
Train Rides and Memory Lane
As laughter and chatter surrounded Lily, students all making their way from their compartments, she felt her spirits rise even higher. Yes, it was her first Christmas without her family, but it was also her first with James.
No Turning Back
Everything would work out how it was supposed to.
When Past Collides With Present
“But before we go in that house, I want you to think about how much of you they’d strip away, who they’d turn you into, in trade for those things they’d give.
Holding On To You
“So, you’re an amateur magician. At least you aren’t Petunia’s unfortunate little sister who isn’t ready to leave her special school in Scotland yet,” Lily grumbled, her breath circling around them as she spoke.
Surviving the First Defy
She was dizzy. She was exhausted. But she was alive. She was alive. And right now, she didn’t know if she could say the same for James.
“Girls?” Olivia said, reaching forward and taking Lily’s hand in her soft, slender one. “I really am so happy to have you all here. Merry Christmas.”
Trouble on the Hogwarts Express
It wasn’t long until his attention was back on the small item Lily had given him for Christmas. After looking all around to be sure no one was near, he stopped and leaned against a window then gripped the ball in his palm; the cool metal felt oddly comforting to his clammy hand.
The Marauder's Map
Belle didn’t know why she was heading into the storm, but before she could think twice she was pushing the doors open, heaving wood creaking against rusty hinges.
A Game of Sorts
No matter how hard they tried to protect their students, no matter what they did to keep their Order members safe, it never felt like enough. Yes, as usual, Albus was correct. There really was always something to worry about.
“Did you ever think it would get like this?” she asked, glancing up at him as large tears pooled in her eyes. “Did you ever think it would be this bad? That we could hurt this much for people we’ve never even met?”
Alice remained silent, a large tear running down her cheek. “I can’t lose him,” she mumbled, turning her head and burying it into Lily’s shoulder.
Compromising and Conniving
Lily laughed at Belle’s matter-of-fact tone, and she was certain that the blonde was right about Violet’s game. But it still baffled Lily. Didn’t Violet realize that there were more important things than trying to steal someone’s boyfriend out from under their nose?
How To Love You
“You’re a handful, Lily Evans,” James said as nestled his head into the curve of her neck, pushing the table over so he could lay down next to her.
Then maybe, if that thought would have crossed her mind, she’d have been prepared. Her wand wouldn’t have been left lying on the floor beside Butterscotch’s bowls.
A Servant's Attack
“There’s nowhere to go now, pretty Lily,” Alrek said with a merciless laugh. “And now all you’ve done is make me very angry.”
Accepting and Understanding
A humorless chuckle slipped from Remus. “It’s incredible that you can still believe the best of people, even after what’s happened to you.” He reached over and grabbed her hand while they spoke, squeezing it lightly.
How on earth someone survived with such a suffocating bunch of friends, she had no idea. But she was certainly thankful they were hers.
The Last Match
After a torturous wait, Madam Hooch appeared. James had to fly down a few feet, then took the Ravenclaw captain’s hand in his own. The sweaty palm of his opponent calmed James’s nerves. They were worried... the Ravenclaws. They knew what they were up against.
A Test of Wills
A rattling sort of sound, like the breath of person whose lungs were filled with fluid, stole Lily’s attention. It came again, and Lily realized it was the inhaling of the hooded figure.
Forever Frozen In Time
He knew that knife. He knew the monster who wielded it.
The Force That Drives Us
“Professor,” Lily finally said, her impatience outweighing James’s need to take in every detail. “We need to help. We know you have something, a group, that work against Voldemort. We want--need--to be part of it.”
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