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Chapter 2: Beginnings
Summary: New situations are sometimes the scariest things to face.
Rubeus Hagrid turned from his roses and watched her walk around the lake. He knew her mind was obviously somewhere else – her body aimlessly taking whatever path that jumped in front of her feet. He had seen this scene before as student after student had taken to walking around the lake to muse over their problems – after all young love was difficult.
Hagrid knew this one however; it was the first day of her last year and he would miss her when she was gone. She was the last of her family and had done herself proud after becoming Head Girl. When she went he would have to make some new friends, for it would be nearly twelve years before the next Weasley would come along to Hogwarts. Hagrid hurriedly wiped his eyes.
The oldest Weasley, Bill, was expecting a baby soon – it would definitely be a long wait before that child came to school. That was if the mother allowed it – the poor child might end up going to school in France. It was just like that Bill to marry a foreigner. They were one good family though, the Weasley’s and Hagrid hoped, as he watched he, this one the youngest one would do all right and make the right decisions.
Hagrid sighed; as much as he hated to admit it, he knew that, really, Harry didn’t deserve this one. He had realised his true feelings too late. He was just like his father.
James had been slow as well – but then again, things had worked out brilliantly with him and Lily and perhaps it would for Harry too. It would have to be different this time though; Lily and James were in the same year. This time, history couldn’t just repeat itself; Harry always had things harder than his friends did.
Hagrid smiled to himself, as Ginny wondered back to the castle and turned back to his roses.
Ginny walked around the empty school feeling uncomfortable. She really hated being alone in such a huge place. She knew her brothers, Fred and George, would have been disappointed with her for not creating any havoc or pranks on the other students who would be arriving later that evening. She blinked back tears as she imagined how her brothers would have laughed at her receiving a badge and she smiled despite herself.
As much she despised it, she did, however, understand why she had to come to school early. It was just like she understood why her brother had to go to Dumbledore’s hiding place with his best friends Harry and Hermione. Although their master had been defeated, a few Death Eater‘s were still around and trying to take revenge. She had been far too involved in the plot to be safe anywhere else. Ginny only wished she could have gone with her brother; maybe then she wouldn’t feel so alone. She wondered why she had been there though, she hardly spoke to Harry anymore, not since he had left her back during her OWL year. Was it possible she still cared? Was that why she followed when Harry finally decided it was time to go after Voldemort? No. She couldn’t care for him. That was wrong. He had been so horrible - he only gone out with her to get to Ron.
Ginny remembered the nore he had sent her. After looking at the envelope for three days, it hadn’t been what she has expected. Instead, she had found a long letter from Hermione - he must have just addressed it. Looking at his handwriting had made her cry, she knew she still loved him. But why couldn’t she look at him?
James sat uncomfortably in the Head’s compartment of the train. This was the last place he wanted to be - it was time to forget everything he had said about Professor Dumbledore being a good man. What was wrong with him? Had the Professor suddenly forgotten what detentions were? What kind of punishment was this? How was becoming Head Boy going to make him more responsible?
All of the horrible things that could have happened to him seemed to be incorporated into this punishment. Being Head Boy would completely ruin his image. People would think he had gone funny or something, they would think he had lost his touch at being number one prankster of the school. James remembered the look on his friend’s faces when he had got his letter. Padfoot; who was supposed to be his best friend simply laughed at his expense for days without even trying to come up with a plan to get him out of it.
That was another thing, Sirius and the other Marauders – he wouldn’t be sharing dorm with them anymore. Instead he would be stuck with some girl; who no doubt would fancy him. Why did other girls not understand that he didn‘t fancy them? It was only Lily. There was no one else for him. Why did she not see that?
Lily was probably the worst part of this punishment. He would miss seeing her around the common room. He would miss watching her study- the dimple on her chin that appeared when she tried to concentrate. He would miss looking at her bouncing red curls wishing he could run his hands through it -
James was disturbed from his thoughts by an all too familiar voice. A grin spread across his face as he spun around.
‘Evans?’ He saw a very pale, from shock, red haired girl staring avidly back at him.
‘What are you doing here?’ Shock approached both voices as they spoke together.
Lily frowned and rolled her eyes as she reached into her pocket and pulled out her badge. James, in turn, smiled as he kicked open his trunk to do the same.
Harry sat at the table and looked around, he hadn’t felt this lonely in a while and he truly hated being alone in Dumbledore’s hiding place. Granted, he was with Ron and Hermione but they were still asleep. Sleeping - that was he forced himself to believe they were doing.
To take his mind off things he began scratching out another letter. Once again he was apologising to Ginny about his behaviour. He knew that once he had finished it, he would put it into the box with all the rest he had written. Harry remembered why he had fallen for Ginny in the first place. He had asked her out to upset Ron and now it was all one big mess. He still couldn’t see Ron and Hermione as a couple and the only girl he had ever loved was unable to look at him. He missed being at Hogwarts, there was always something to do there. Here, in the hiding place, all he could do was think.
‘So is it true then?’ asked Lily reluctantly taking a seat opposite James. ‘Did Professor Dumbledore really have to isolate you from society over the summer? Were you really in risk of that much trouble?’
James laughed. A little trouble would have been fun , he thought, after all sitting in that house all day long, even if it was with his three best friends, had been the most boring summer he’d ever had.
‘Yes it’s true.’ He replied and Lily rolled her eyes. ‘Can you blame me, they deserved it! Have you seen that man they are trying to put in as minister? Even I’m clever than him!’ James scoffed.
‘You didn’t like the new Minister so you let nifflers and fire crabs lose in the Ministry? Seriously, James that’s…’ She faltered; unable to think up the word to describe what exactly James was.
‘Hey, we didn’t have anything to do that weekend! We were bored so we went on a field trip, and it worked. That man’s got such bad burns that he’ll be in St Mungo’s for nearly a year and the whole place is a mess so they can’t find any documents on the other potential candidates. That means Madame Marchbanks will have to keep the her place!
‘And anyway. it’s not like we got away with it, even if Professor Dumbledore sent us a way to keep the pressure of the public and media of us. We’re still in loads of trouble, apparently it’s against the school rules to leave the premises without permission! What kind of rule is that? So anyway we’re all stuck with stuff that’s apparently supposed to make us more responsible. The others have to help the house elves in the kitchens for a month each - but you know the elves won’t actually let them do any work! Apparently, according to Professor McGonagall, I’m a lost cause and so Dumbledore made me take this badge. It seems I’m actually going to have to do some work this year!’
Lilly was disgusted by his arrogance, a feeling she got almost every time she had spoken to him since she could remember. Although it could be said she had never known he cared enough of the well being of others to mess up the government. She ignored him and left the compartment to give the prefects a letter that Dumbledore had left in the compartment. She would have to explain to them their duties for the upcoming year alone.
A/N: Ok, so I know James’ story is very far - fetched but I thought it would be much more of a challenge to work with something so stupid that it would most probably never happen as a basis to a story. I also wanted to show how easy it is for a few people to change things. I look forward to your reviews!