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Chapter 1: The One with the Roommate Search
“Ugh,” a pretty redhead girl groaned as she sat in her apartment, hanging out with her friends. “I’m never going to find a roommate.”
“Lily,” said the blonde sitting next to her. “You’ve had tons of applicants. Why haven’t you chosen one of them?”
“Well, Maddie, they are either guys, extremely weird, my personality wouldn’t work well with them, or they are one of those people that would mess up my beautiful and clean apartment.”
“We all know how Lily is when it comes to apartment cleanliness,” Sirius, a very attractive man with black hair said.
“Hey Lily,” said Remus, a man with sandy blonde hair and very memorable amber eyes. “Isn’t there supposed to be someone coming soon?”
“Yeah, actually that person is supposed to be here in a minute,” Lily responded, checking her watch. “Hurry up and go! I don’t want you lot scaring off this person!”
“Lily, you say that like its true.” retorted James, a tall and messy black-haired man, in a mock-hurt voice.
“Well, you would scare the person off, James.” Maddie said as they started towards the door.
“Why would I be that person?” James argued. “People love to be around me!”
Ignoring their little argument, Lily shut the door after her friends had left. She wasn’t sure what to expect from the next applicant, but something in her gut told her that this would be a memorable interview. Lily combed through her silky red hair, a habit she had developed when she was nervous, and nearly jumped when there was a knocking at her apartment door. After taking two calming breaths, Lily walked to the door and answered it.
“Hi,” greeted Lily politely. “Come on in.”
“Thanks,” said the brunette woman with startling blue eyes and she entered the apartment. As she entered the apartment, something seemed familiar about her to Lily, as though she knew this person. They sat down around the round dining room table in Lily’s kitchen to start the process. “Well, I guess I’ll start the introductions. I’m Rachel Delancy, and—”
“That’s why you look so familiar!” Lily exclaimed excitedly. “Rach, it’s me, Lily,”
“Oh my gosh, Lily? How have you been?” Rachel said, embracing her old friend.
“I’ve been terrific. How about you?”
“It’s been pretty good,” Rachel replied with a shrug. “Gosh, when was the last time that we saw each other?”
“It was graduation night at Hogwarts,” Lily reminded her. “But then I guess we just went our separate ways and lost track of each other.”
“Yeah, Lily, I’m so sorry that I didn’t call you or something,” apologized Rachel.
“Oh, honey, don’t be. It’s okay. It’s both of our faults that we haven’t talked in, like, seven years. Oh gosh, and I was so nervous about my next applicant coming over! I didn’t realize I would be meeting an old friend! There’s no doubt about it, you can definitely move in!”
“Thank you so much, Lily!”
“Well,” said Lily, almost too excited for words, “let me give you a tour. We’re obviously sitting in my kitchen and dining room." She was indicating the tan and maroon kitchen/dining room. "Over here is the living room. My bedroom is the tan and extremely organized bedroom over by the large window, and your bedroom will be the pale pink one. Over there by the living room is the bathroom. And I know that you don't really like the color purple, but that's the color that the bathroom is. So, when can you move in?”
“Wow, you must be really happy that I’m moving in,” Rachel chortled.
“I’m just so excited that me and my old best friend can reconnect,”
“Yeah, me too,” admitted Rachel with a grin. “I can move in right now. I have my suitcases shrunken in my pockets.”
Rachel pulled five tiny suitcases out of her sweater pocket, pulled out her wand, and said, “Engorgio.”
In the blink of an eye, all five of the black travel suitcases were back to their normal size and resting on the bed inside of Rachel’s new bedroom. Her bedroom was a fairly decent sized room with a plushy queen sized bed and a large closet.
“You know,” said Rachel thoughtfully after exploring her new room. “I think that closet was made for me.”
“Oh yeah, I forgot how into fashion you are,” Lily said. “So, make yourself at home.”
A couple of hours later, Lily and Rachel sat on the couch, watching a comedy while drinking a couple of margaritas. Lily had called James, Sirius, Remus, and Maddie a few minutes ago and the new roommates were waiting for them to show up. Lily hadn’t told Rachel who her friends were, for she knew that there was going to be some tension when they finally showed up.
Both Rachel and Lily were doubled over, clutching their stomachs, and teary-eyed from a hilarious scene in the movie when the door opened and inside came the other four.
“So, Lily, let’s meet this new roommate of yours,” Sirius said excitedly.
“Come on, don’t hit on her when it’s her first night here,” Remus said.
“What are you talking about? The ladies love me,”
“Anyway,” said Lily, wiping her laughter tears away, interrupting the conversation. “Um, most of you already know my roommate. So, everyone take a seat.”
Maddie and Remus sat next to each other on a loveseat while James and Sirius took up the other arm chairs. Rachel was too occupied wiping her tears away to notice the familiar faces sitting before her.
“Well, Rachel, I’m sure you remember some of these people. Rach, this is James Potter, Remus Lupin, my former roommate Maddie Zimon, and I’m sure that you remember Sirius Black.”
When Lily started listing off the names, Rachel jerked her head up happily, but her happily lit eyes turned cold when they landed on Sirius. Sirius looked up at her and they made eye contact, blue eyes staring down gray eyes. Tension instantly rose in the atmosphere until Rachel broke eye contact and said to the blonde, “It’s very nice to meet you, Maddie. Lily, I didn’t know that you and the Marauders had become friends after Hogwarts.”
“Yeah, well, some things change, I guess,” Lily replied. “Listen, honey, it’s not a big deal that I hang out with Sirius, is it?”
“No, this is probably for the best,” Rachel assured her. “Sirius, it’s very nice to see you again.”
“You too, Rachel,” Sirius replied nicely. “So, why don’t we all catch up? We haven’t seen or heard from you since Hogwarts, Rachel, so why don’t you start? What do you do for a living, now?”
“Oh, um, okay,” she agreed, surprised at his kind reaction to her. “Well, after Hogwarts I went to study at a Muggle university to study fashion. After I got my Bachelor’s degree three years ago, I got a job as Assistant Buyer at Ralph Lauren. Actually, that job was in New York City, but I decided to move back to North Carolina after my boyfriend and I broke up."
"That's sad," said Maddie. "So, why did you move here?"
"We were living together, and I needed a new place, so I decided to make a fresh start down here. I’ve already gotten a job as Assistant Buyer at Gucci, and now I’m living here."
"Hey, how are your sisters and brother?" Lily questioned. "I know that I talked to Tommy a couple of years ago and he said that he had just became an uncle."
"Well, yeah." Rachel confirmed excitedly. "I am the aunt of three beautiful nieces and one handsome nephew. Danielle had twin girls a couple of years ago, and then a boy. Angela had a baby girl just last year. Tommy is actually a newlywed. He and his girlfriend got married last month.”
“Wow, that’s terrific!” Lily said. “Um, wow, you’ve been my roommate for two hours and we haven’t caught up yet. I’m a chef at a restaurant called Foley’s. Petunia had a son a few years ago named Dudley, but she and I don’t talk still, so I haven’t met my nephew. I’ve lived here since we graduated, and I am really hoping to be a head chef. James, why don’t you go next?”
“I am working in advertising right now. I help figure out slogans for new businesses, especially in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. I actually live right across the hall with Remus. Other than that, nothing as really happened. Hey, Maddie, why don’t you talk about yourself? Rachel only met you today.”
“Sure,” Maddie agreed. “Well, I moved to the city after I graduated from Beauxbatons. My parents actually abandoned me when I was a baby and my aunt Rose raised me in France. I am a hairstylist and manicurist. Although, I must say that when I first started out it was difficult not to just use my wand to change their hair. Remus, you go next.”
“Well, unfortunately, I’m unemployed,” Remus said a little awkwardly. “That’s actually why I moved in with Prongs over here. Other than that, there’s really not much to tell.”
“I guess it’s my turn then.” Sirius said. He hadn’t taken his eyes off of Rachel since the introductions began. “Well, I live across the street. I got into potion-making and I help supply St. Mungo’s with medicines. Regulus passed away a couple of years ago in a boating accident. This guy that had a grudge during Hogwarts blew the boat up."
"Wow, I'm so sorry." Rachel told him, sympathy evident in her voice.
"Well, it was awhile ago, so I don't think about it very much."
“So,” started Lily, looking between Rachel and Sirius as they looked at each other. “Now that we’re all re-acquainted, will we be able to handle this situation?”
“Of course,” Sirius and Rachel replied simultaneously.
“Yeah, that conversation wasn’t tense at all,” retorted James, earning a pillow to the face from Remus.