Chapter 1 : Finding Love
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“I’ve done it! We’ve done it!” James cried rushing into the common room. “Look Moony! Look what me an’ Padfoot did!” James then triumphantly held out a…spoon/fork thing. Remus looked quizzically at the thing held in James’ hand.
“Er…what is it?” Remus asked.
“It’s a spork! Isn’t it neat?” James asked, looking quite proud of his and Sirius’ accomplishment.
“Lovely,” Remus simply replied and went back to his book. Or at least, he tried to.
“Don’t you want to know what it does?” Sirius asked coming up behind James.
“Not really…” started Remus but an overexcited Sirius cut him off.
“It’s a spoon AND a fork!” Sirius exclaimed. “Aren’t you the least bit excited about this Moony? This could be the discovery of our lifetime! And me and Prongs made it and named it ourselves!”
“It’s wonderful,” Remus said unenthusiastically and went back to the book he was reading. Really sometimes he didn’t know why he was friends with them. “I just hope that you don’t try and use it to impress Lily, Prongs.”
James snapped his head around to look at Remus. “Why shouldn’t I? I mean look at it! This is a huge discovery!” James said, proudly holding up his spork.
Remus sighed, setting down his book. “Listen to me James because I’m only going to explain this once. Lily is not impressed by you showing off. That includes inventions of any sort,” Remus explained slowly. James opened his mouth and was about to interrupt Remus, but he headed James off and continued with his lecture. “Now James, I’m telling you she won’t be impressed by your…”
“Spork. And why wouldn’t she be?” James asked.
Remus sighed again; this was harder than he thought it would be. “James, do you remember the pink alarm clock incident?” Remus asked.
“Hey, it was fuzzy too,” Peter supplied sitting down with the rest of the marauders.
“I remember that! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Evans go off like that before,” Sirius laughed.
James scowled at his three best friends. It wasn’t just an incident, it had been a fiasco. Last Valentine’s Day James had thought he should do something romantic for Lily. He thought it was only fitting that pink and fuzzy entered the plan. All girls were supposed to like stuff like that, James had reasoned. So the night before Valentine’s, James had somehow managed to sneak up into Lily’s dorm. He then proceeded to charm her alarm clock pink and fuzzy. As a bonus feature he made it so it would recite poems he had written specifically for Lily instead of just buzz. James had thought that it was a rather clever Valentine’s gift. Lily did not share his enthusiasm however. It turned out the clock was a gift from her grandmother who had passed away. Sirius was right, James had never seen Lily madder. Or yell louder.
“I thought we agreed never to speak of that again,” James said, glaring at his friends.
“I just thought I should remind you not to mess with Lily, James,” Remus said picking up his book.
James and Sirius just shrugged and sat down in chairs beside him. They were discussing the finer points of quiddich, joined by Peter, when a beautiful redhead walked into the common room. James stopped talking mid sentence to watch her walk across the room to her friends. James thought that she was the most beautiful creature to walk the face of the planet. She didn’t just walk; she glided with the grace of a swan. James continued to watch her walk across the common room to her friends. He only stopped when Sirius powerfully punched him in the arm.
“OW!” James yelled rather loudly. Everyone stopped what they were doing and turned to stare at James. He just grinned sheepishly at everyone who all rolled their eyes and resumed what they had been doing. All but one girl, who was sitting across the room who began to watch James Potter.
Lily Evans didn’t know why she was finding herself all of a sudden fascinated with James Potter. She had begun to notice him more since they were both made Head Boy and Girl. At first Lily thought working with him would be pure torture. But to her surprise it wasn’t at all. She found herself laughing at his corny jokes. Lily found that she enjoyed to be in his company and was eagerly waiting for when they took their rounds together. James wasn’t the same immature boy he had been a year ago. He was more considerate of others and had stopped hexing everyone in sight. He had seemed to almost stop with all the pranks that he and his friends would pull. Yes, in Lily’s mind, James had grown up to be quite the man.
Lily snapped back to reality and joined in laughing with her friends, even though she didn’t know what they were laughing at. Lily tried her best to pay attention, but her mind just wouldn’t let her. She kept daydreaming about herself and James. Lily smiled to herself at the thought of her and James together. Lily realised that when for about the tenth time her friends had to bring her back to reality that she was not going to get any work done. Lily stood up and excused herself from her friends. She left the common room and began to walk aimlessly through the castle. Unbeknownst to Lily though, she was not alone.
Lily had been walking for about ten minutes when James popped up behind her. James grabbed her shoulders yelling ‘Boo!’ in her ears. Lily jumped and spun around. When she saw who faced her she could feel her anger flaring up. Lily was about to scold James for startling her when he said, “Hello Miss Evans.”
“Oh it’s you James! Why did you do that? You scared me half to death,” Lily scolded him.
“Just thought I would see what you were up to,” James said, smiling.
“I just wanted to go for a walk. To clear my head because…well, that doesn’t matter. But why do you feel the need to follow me?” Lily asked, crossing her arms. James looked down at the fiery redhead. To him, there was no other woman in the world who could ever compare to her.
“Well you are the Head Girl and I am the Head Boy, so I thought I’d see if you needed me,” James said. He then smiled and added, “Plus I saw that you couldn’t keep your eyes off me tonight.” James paused to see the effect that his words had on Lily. Lily’s eyes went wide for the briefest of seconds, making James wonder if he’d really seen it. Lily’s back stiffened and her eyes flashed angrily.
“How dare you say that! I was doing no such thing!” Lily said angrily and stormed off down the corridor. James took off after her, chasing her through the school. Lily saw him coming behind her and ducked into a nearby bathroom. She slammed the door shut and locked it. James pounded on the door, calling her name. Lily ignored him, not saying a word.
James banged once more on the door. It was useless though. Lily was the best at charms and he wouldn’t be able to open the door no matter how hard he tried. “Lily,” James pleaded. “Look I’m sorry. I didn’t realise that you would get this upset. Please come out.” James might as well have been talking to the door for all the answers he got. James was about to give up and go back to the common room when he heard crying coming through the door. Confused he said, “Lily look, it’s no reason to cry…”
“It’s not me!” Lily snapped irritably. “It’s Moaning Murtle.” James grinned to himself; he knew exactly how to work this situation to his advantage.
“Oh, alright Lily. You and Murtle have fun then. But I don’t think I’ll join you two; it’s quite lovely out here. There’s this nice suit of armour,” James said through the door.
Lily didn’t respond. She didn’t know how to. The last thing that she wanted to do was to stay in the bathroom with Murtle. But she also didn’t want to face James, not when he knew that she had been staring at him. Murtle gave a loud moan and dived into a toilet, splashing water everywhere. Lily quickly stepped aside and was narrowly missed by the water. Steeling herself she opened the bathroom door to find James waiting for her.
James smiled and held his hand out to her and said, “Allow me to assist you madam.” Lily paused before she grabbed it with her own. She smiled at James and they began to make their way back to the common room.
They were almost back at the common room when James turned to her and asked, “So Lily…would you like to go to Hogsmead with me?” James looked down at the vivacious redhead, patiently awaiting her answer.
“I’d love to,” Lily said smiling. Together they turned and walked into the common room, hand in hand.
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