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Summer's Where It Began by Ms_D_Longbottom
Chapter 2: Chapter Two
(James point of view)
“So what are we going to do Prongs?” Sirius asked as we finished breakfast.
“I don’t know, wander around I suppose. There must be something to do around here.” I replied “Excuse me... Sir? What do most people do around here for fun?” I asked the old man behind the counter.
“Well there’s the community football league, but the next game isn’t until Thursday. Other than that not a lot. I know the young ones like to throw parties in the empty factories from time to time. But it’s never the same one. Sorry lads”
“Thank you” I replied and got up to leave. “Come on Padfoot; let’s see if we can find some people who can speak our language hmmm?”
“Party” I replied with a smile.
“I dunno Prongs I don’t think this place can handle us.” Sirius grinned.
“I’m sure they’ll manage.”
We left the bakery and wandered around trying to find someone, anyone. But this place was a ghost town.
“No party by the looks of things Prongs” Sirius said glumly
“Where do you suppose everyone is?”
“My guess? Left this dump. I mean look at it prongs everything is shut down, abandoned... who wouldn’t?” He replied “Prongs? Hello earth to Prongs!”
“Hush!” I scolded and strained my ears. “Do hear that?”
“It sounds like someone crying.” We walked along the road until we reached a children’s playground.
Even this looked miserable. The slide was broken, a gaping hole in it. The see-saw had missing seats. There were two swings, one was snapped it half and the other was occupied by a crying girl.
The girl was thin with blonde hair and her pale eyes were swollen from tears.
“Are you okay?” I asked kindly approaching her.
“Does it look like I’m okay?” The girl spat.
“Well no that’s why he asked” Sirius said rudely, sitting beside her on the ground. I decided to join him.
“Piss off!” She scowled, she wasn’t exactly pretty.
“Not until you at least tell us why you’re crying.”
“Because of my rotten sister happy now? I announce I’m getting engaged and she has to ruin everything by saying she got head girl at her stupid school. My parents were thrilled of course, I was left ignored. It’s not like I wanted her at my wedding anyway.”
“Well that wasn’t very nice, but isn’t that a little harsh? Not wanting her at your wedding.” I replied softly.
“You don’t understand what it’s like! She’s so... so... urgh she’s just so aggravating. The whole world revolves around her because everyone thinks she’s so perfect! I moved out with my fiancé to get away! If I didn’t have to come back to see my parents I wouldn’t even be here” She sniffed miserably. I detected a hint of jealousy in her voice.
“I know what that’s like. My parents think the world revolves around my brother” Sirius butted in “I hated them so much I just walked out. Now I live with this guy” He said gesturing to me. “You want my opinion? Go back home to your fiancé and plan your dream wedding. Fuck her. If you don’t want her there then that’s your choice. It’s your big day”
“You’re right” She sniffed. “Fuck her. I’m going home to Vernon.” And with that she got up and stormed off.
“Well gee no thank you necessary” Sirius huffed. I laughed.
“Good on you mate”
(Lily’s Point of view)
“Hey Hun, how was work?” My mother asked as I walked in the door.
“Fine” I replied.
“Your sister is here... She’s up in her room” She said carefully. She knew Petunia and I weren’t on the best of terms “She’s brought Vernon”
“That’s nice” I said biting my tongue. Vernon, Petunia’s boyfriend was an absolute pig.
“Hungry? You want some lunch?”
“No thanks” I’d lost my appetite.
“Okay then dear... An owl brought you a letter while you were out. I left it on your bed. It has a wax seal on it.”
I raced upstairs to my room. I snatched the letter off my bed. My mother was right; there was a wax seal, the Hogwarts crest. I exhaled deeply. It would be this year’s school supply list; I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I didn’t wanna know how much it was going to cost. I put the letter on my bed side table and lay on my bed.
I stared at the ceiling and couldn’t help but feel out of place. Two years ago by now I would have ripped open the letter and called Severus to see when he wanted to go to Diagon Alley. But there would be no calling Severus... Every since he’d called me... Mudblood.
I swear I’d only closed my eyes for a second but when I opened them several hours had passed. I turned over and looked at the letter on the bedside table.
You have to open it eventually Lils. Better get it over and done with.
I sat up in bed and picked up the letter. It seemed heavier than usual. Oh brilliant.
To Miss Lily Evans,
First I wish to congratulate you on your successful year last year. May you have another this year?
Your supply list for this year is enclosed, along with a little something special.
Congratulations Miss Evans on being Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizard’s head girl for the year of 1977. I trust you will do a marvellous job. Your first order of duty is the briefing of this year’s prefects. This will take place in the heads compartment of the Hogwarts Express on September 1st. Enjoy your holiday.
I couldn’t believe it, I tipped the envelope upside down and sure enough there was the supply list and the gleaming heads badge. I squealed with excitement and rushed downstairs letter in hand.
“Mum! Dad! I got head girl!! I yelled as I entered the room.
Petunia looked at me like she was going to explode.
“Oh Lily that’s wonderful” My dad said giving me a big hug.
“You FREAK! You just had to ruin MY moment didn’t you?” Petunia shrieked. Vernon stood shaking his head.
“I’m going to go home now my love. I don’t want to be around for this. I’ll see you” He said giving her a sloppy cheek kiss and heading out the door.
“What are you talking about?” I asked as he slammed the door.
“You know exactly what I’m talking about. I tell mum and dad I’m getting married and you just have to try and top me!” She screamed hysterically.
“I didn’t know!” I yelled back. I stopped and calmed myself down. “That’s great Tuney” I said trying to give her a hug.
“Get away from me you FREAK! You ruin everything!” She screamed, crying her eyes out and bolted for the door. But not before giving me a harsh slap across the face.
I think it was the shock that hurt more than then the actual slap it’s self, it still knocked me back a few steps.
I ran to my room, threw myself at my bed, crawled up in a ball and began to cry...