I woke up the next morning to the loud and annoying banging of a fist on my door. I groaned and pulled my pillow over my head. It was early, I knew, because I couldn’t smell coffee my mother made every morning, I always woke up to the smell. Fresh coffee was one of my favorite smells. More banging.
“ Go away!” I called.
“ Lily! We need to talk to you!” it was Jake. I pulled myself out of bed pulling a robe over my pajamas and opened the door not caring how I looked. Jake had seen me in the morning so many times, it was no big deal.
Jake was dressed and completely awake. He wore a grim expression and Courtney was standing by his shoulder with a frown. She looked exhausted and seemed to want to be anywhere but at my house at 7:30 in the morning. With a yawn I stretched and looked at Jake.
“ What is so important that you needed to wake me?” I asked allowing my friends in my room. I took a seat back on my bed and looked at them curiously.
“ Who is James?” Jake asked darkly. I looked at my boyfriend in shock. I had told him about Potter so it was very odd for him to be asking me. Of course, Jake didn’t know Potter’s name. I called him “ the Prat-That-Won’t-Leave-Me-
“ Uh, the Prat-That-Won’t-Leave-Me-Alone,” I answered, “ James Potter. He writes all the time. Why?”
“ Who is Sirius?”
“ Potter’s best friend. Jake, how do you know all this?” I asked suddenly very confused.
“ This James and Sirius purposely sent that letter you got yesterday with an OWL. They seemed to send “George” out a lot!” Jake snapped looking a bit angry. I just stared at Jake. Courtney seemed very confused, too, and was staring at her brother like he had recently gone crazy.
“ So. They trained their owl to deliver mail. They
have no lives,” I replied. My voice shook even though I wasn’t nervous or anything.
“ What’s a Muggle?” Jake threw the question at me so unexpectedly that I didn’t have time to play dumb. My eyes grew wide and I gasped that he knew the word. I didn’t answer for a long time. Jake smirked at my expression and I knew I had no way out of this one. Courtney just laughed.
“ Nice word, Jake. Come on, let’s let Lily get dressed and then we can steal some of her breakfast,” she said getting up to leave, but Jake didn’t move.
“ What does it mean, Lily?” he asked. I avoided his eyes and took a deep breath.
“ It’s a non-magic person,” I said so quietly that I could barely hear it myself. Jake narrowed his eyes and pulled open my trunk that was at the end of my bed. I didn’t make any move to stop him.
Jake moved aside all my Muggle clothes and set them on my bed. Courtney watched confused again. Then he pulled out some of my robes. He looked at the Prefects and Gryffindor badge. When all my clothes and uniforms were on my bed I realized I was holding my breath. Jake pulled out my Astronomy scales and then my cauldron. Jake stared at them for a moment in shock and then continued through my trunk. Next came my potion ingredients. He studied them and Courtney came over to look at the stuff that came from my trunk. Then came my books. My friends’ eyes widened at the titles and they flipped through them. When my trunk was empty they just stared at me.
“ Where do you go every year, Lily?” Jake asked sounding pained, “ Why are you keeping this a secret?”
“ You’re Muggles,” I said, my voice and hands shaking uncontrollably. I reached for the drawer on my night stand, “ I have to keep it secret. The Wizarding world is supposed to be kept secret,” I showed them my wand, “ I hated keeping it secret and hard. Anything I said could easily slip. And now that you know I’m afraid you’re reaction will be the same as my sister’s. I’m a freak to you,”
“ No. No, Lily,” Jake was suddenly kneeling in front of me, “ I was just mad because all those things I couldn’t understand made me jealous of that James and Sirius. It was like there was something between you three that kept a barrier between us. I’m sorry. I don’t think you’re a freak. I mean, yeah, this is a bit shocking, but it’s not. Everything makes since now. How you never mentioned anything about your school, how strange things happen when you get upset, all that kind of things,”
“ So, you don’t hate me?” I asked amazed by how well Jake was taking this.
“ Of course I don’t,” Jake replied kissing me. My stomach tightened. This was the type of moment where Jake would say he loved me, but he didn’t say it, instead he said, “ You’re to pretty to be a witch,”
“ Whoa, whoa, whoa!” Courtney said, “ A witch?! Lily! I’m your best friend! Why couldn’t you just tell me? I wouldn’t have said a word!”
“ Sorry,” was all I could say.
“ It’s fine now, because this is amazing!” my friend laughed, “ I mean, a witch! You can do all this amazing stuff!”
“ I can,” I smiled glad my friends didn’t freak or hyperventilate or anything. I lofted my wand and flicked it. Everything went back into my trunk and my friends stared at me amazed.
I then went down to breakfast. Mum and Petunia were down there deep in discussion. I started cooking breakfast for me and my friends, using magic, and when it was done we sat down. Petunia looked frantic. My mother was trying to sooth her.
“ What’s wrong?” I asked.
“ Two!” Petunia whined, “ Two seats left! The Petersons can’t make it to the wedding so now we have TWO seats left and two meals paid for and two everything left
“ Isn’t there anyone that can come?” I asked, “ Anyone from work or something,”
“ No!” Petunia said.
“ Well, that’s a thought,” Mum smiled, “ Why doesn’t Lily invite two friends from school? Jake and Courtney are already coming, it would give them a chance to meet Lily’s other friends!”
“ NO! NO MORE OF THOSE FREAKS!” Petunia cried. Her mother threw a worried glance at Jake and Courtney. This happened often.
“ Mum, they found out this morning that I am a witch,” I said. My mother relaxed but looked a bit dazed. Petunia was now crying.
“ Sweetie, I’m sure they won’t do anything to ruin your big day. I won’t even force you to talk with them, they’ll just take up the extra seats and meals so our money won’t go to waste,” Mum said to Petunia.
“ FINE! But if ANYTHING goes wrong they are the
ones to blame. Them and Lily!” Petunia said. She got up and stomped up the stairs. I stood there in shock. No way.
“ Mum! I don’t have any friends that would want to attend a Muggle wedding! I don’t have any friends at Hogwarts at all, anyway! I’m the freaky smart prefect who never breaks a rule!” I said looking at my feet and turning red
at my confession.
“ What?” Mum asked a bit shocked. I kept my head down, “ But there must be someone who wouldn’t mind
“ Yeah, Lily, what about that James and Sirius?” Courtney asked, “ The one said he was doing a report for his, uh, Muggle Studies class?”
“ That’s a great idea!” Mum said with a smile, “ They’re the two boys I met, right?”
“ James Potter and Sirius Black to a wedding?” I asked, “ They can’t sit still in class for five minutes! They’ll ruin the wedding,”
“ Please sweetie? Petuina is desperate to fill the last tow places. Everything was so much money and those two places alone was quiet a lot of money. Please. If not for your sister for me?” Mum looked so desperate that I caved.
“ I’ll write to them and ask,” I muttered.
“ Ha! You’re down Padfoot!” I shouted as I squirted Sirius with a water gun. Sirius feel into the mud, exaggerating his movements. I laughed and walked over to him, my halfway filled water gun pointed at him.
“ I can still fight!” Sirius yelled making his voice sound pained. He lifted his own water gun towards me.
“ Never will you shoot me!” I said. At the same time we shot each other. I ran out of water first and Sirius continued till he was out. Then I feel into the mud just as Sirius did. We laid there for a moment in the sun, pretending to be dead, when I opened my eyes and looked up. An owl flew through the sky and to my bedroom window.
“ An owl!” I shouted jumping up. Sirius followed as we ran into the house and up the stairs. It was mid afternoon. Sirius and I have been awake for about a half hour and we decided to have a water war after breakfast. Or lunch.
Anyway, I have waited all night and all my waken hours for a letter. I was hoping it was from Lily or my pen pal. Well, not really my pen pal, but I was hoping that I would just want my grade, so I would have to send a letter soon.
So anyway, I went up to my room and pulled open the door. I ignored the mud that was dripping of me and Sirius. I would get the house elves to clean it later. Or Sirius because he can use his wand. Lucky.
“ It’s from Lily!” I said happily when I glanced to see who the let was from.
I got your letter and I have to say I was not to upset to see it so soon. Actually, it came at a very good time. You see, my sister is getting married. Two of her guests are not able to make it and because my sister is going a little nuts with the idea of a perfect wedding. Since you need to get some information for your Muggle Studies project, I was thinking that instead of me just writing to you, you could come to my sisters wedding and see what it’s like to be a Muggle yourself.
It is alright if you don’t want to come, but I would appreciate it if you did. You aren’t my favorite person in the world, but I don’t really know anyone else well enough to write to. I must ask that you do this....for me.
Sirius, of course, can come, too. We do have TWO places for each of you. Please send word that you are coming then be at my house on Friday by 12 noon. Petunia’s wedding is on Sunday. The rehearsal dinner is on Saturday. I suppose you can even stay at my house for a few days afterwards. My mother and father are very interested in meeting you. And my friends. They discovered I was a witch and are excited to meet another.
Please reply very soon.
I read the letter twice just to be sure. Then I made Sirius read it so he could tell me I read the whole letter wrong. When he raised his eyebrows I made him read it out loud. Then I ran downstairs and made both my parents read it out loud. Then I made my entire family pinch me, just to be sure I didn’t fall asleep outside in the mud. Then I ran around the house whooping and cheering.
LILY EVANS INVITED ME(and Sirius) TO HER HOUSE!!
When I finally calmed down I wrote her a letter telling her that both me and Sirius would be at the wedding. Then, just because I was getting ready to pass out and needed to calm down a bit more, I wrote a letter to both Peter and Remus. Then I wrote one to Sirius even though he lives with me. And then I talked about how wonderful Lily is. And then, I stopped saying “and then” over and over.
“ Can you believe my Flower is finally coming around?” I asked. Sirius shook his head.
“ Prongs, I don’t think she is coming completely around, but if the wedding goes well, she might,” he said patting me on the shoulder.
*** Dear Hazel Stag,
How has your summer been? You don’t need to tell me details. My has been pleasant so far. My friends and I have gotten closer because we are being honest with each other and my sister will be married soon and I will see no more of her! I told you she was a nightmare, right?
I guess because only about two days have gone by the summer isn’t really that exciting. So, instead of complaining about my life, I will share those two secrets that I owe you. But first I must asked, why would you name your elbow? And an eyebrow? You’re kidding right? And I don’t know why you are so scared of telling your friends you like to draw. You are very good by the way. I would like to see more, just not personal stuff, like pictures of people. Guess it’s time to share my secrets. And I’m not going to care if I give myself away because as long as I don’t know who you are, I will keep revealing my secrets to you.
Secret #1: When I entered Hogwarts I wanted to prove to people I can be good at magic, so I am now like this really smart, follow-the-rules, type of person. A good-two-shoes, I suppose. Really, I am screaming to get out and do something crazy. Like, pull some prank not even the Marauders would think of. Sometimes I feel like another person is inside me just screaming to get out, but I lock her away, keeping my perfect image. I’m shaking and I don’t even know you. I never even told one of the many diaries I started, but never continued, that before.
Secret #2: I have a boyfriend. He’s Muggle so I don’t get to see him and he doesn’t really understand me. Sometimes, even now as I write, I feel like he isn’t the One I am supposed to be with. He doesn’t act as sweet as I hope. What I want is a guy that will hold me in his arms when I’m sad, make me laugh, and protect me even if it means losing his own life. I want to say ‘I love you’ to him so badly, but that person has yet to come. Why is this a secret? I don’t know, most girls feel this way, but it’s such a strong and personal feeling I never have voiced to written it before.
Well, okay. I guess, that wasn’t so bad. I just hope you don’t figure out who I am and tell everyone. So, that’s all that is good enough to write now. Please, write soon, I beg of you.
*** Dear Trapped,
I have great news but if I tell you, I will give way to much away. My summer has been great. My best mate and I have been having water fights and stuff. We can sleep in late and eat whenever we want without having to go to the kitchens. Of course, my parents think I’m being a total kid, but it’s summer. My last summer before I have to start work, so I’m going to enjoy myself!
Those secrets were really deep. I meant for you to give me some crazy secret like if you pick your nose or something like that. Like my elbow. I can’t really laugh at your secrets. I know how you feel about another person being inside of you. I feel that way, too.
There’s this girl I like. A lot. So much, it could be love. She doesn’t really like me back and may possibly even have a boyfriend for all I know. She never had given me a chance to befriend me or anything. When I am with just my friends talking about her, this really romantic side of me comes out. Then when I try to be romantic to her face, I act like this total prat and make a fool out of myself and she hates me even more. That romantic person is like trying to claw his way out as I totally mess up, but my loser side is the only thing that shows.
About the love thing, I want that too. With that one girl. Just to know that she can trust me and all. That I can protect her. I would die to protect her, even if she didn’t love me back. Again, she never really realized how much I really liked her because I act like a total fool. I know how strong and personal the feeling is. I keep it from my friends, too. Well, I’m a guy. If my mates knew they would laugh at me, so it’s best to keep it secret. They don’t believe that I am in love with this girl anyway.
I hope I’m not giving to much of myself away. And don’t give yourself away! It’s fun not know who you are. These letters are sort of nice. I can tell you everything and know it won’t get out because you don’t know who I am. I really want to become friends now after this letter. No more goofing off just for the extra credit. Hope to hear from you soon.
P.S. The drawing is of the Hogwarts ground during a full moon. It’s my imagination, not real. The werewolf just appeared and I thought a stag would be cool and dogs remind me of someone and the rat(it’s hidden in the grass) just sort of appeared, too. You can keep it, I have very similar ones. Write soon!
A/n: Sorry if it took so long. I was a bit busy with my other stories. Please leave a REVIEW beacuse i really would like some feed back and you are welcome to share your ideas.
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