Chapter 5 : Newest Marauder
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“Shit!” she muttered.
“Morning Miss Evans.” Dumbledore said with a slight chuckle.
“Oh, sorry Dumbledore.” Lily said quietly.
“Never mind Lily. Now I think we need to talk. I have sent the boys away for a while.” Dumbledore said kindly.
“Oh ok.” Lily said.
“Lily I really need to know about your past. We can’t help you until we know what is wrong.” Dumbledore said sadly, not entirely telling the truth.
“Dumbledore, I really, really don’t want to talk about my past.” Lily begged. She didn’t want to have to go through it.
“Lily we need to know. Everything.” Dumbledore urged.
“You’ll keep asking me wont you.” Lily stated, Dumbledore sighed and nodded.
“I know you don’t want to talk about it, but you must Lily.” Dumbledore said smiling kindly at the young girl.
Lily’s eyes welled up. This was going to be bad.
“If I need to stop please can we.” Lily asked almost scared of the task of going over the past.
“At anytime Lily.” Dumbledore said.
“When I was younger all the kids in primary school thought I was weird because when Catherine Wells pushed me over her hair turned blue. Since that moment I knew there was something different about me. It wasn’t until I got my Hogwarts letter I realized I really was different, I had magical powers. My parents were so proud my daddy said I was his special little girl twice over.” Lily paused and tear leaked down her face at the thought of her mum and dad. Dumbledore placed a reassuring hand on her shoulder and she continued.
“My sister had been my only friend up till then, she is seven years older than me. But when I got my letter she was jealous and turned on me. I was so sad but I thought that when I got here I would be able to make new friends, with people like me.” Lily sighed.
“Well I arrived here and I was so excited. I didn’t know anyone but I soon found a compartment with another boy, it was Severus. He didn’t hate me and seemed quite nice. But then Sirius and James appeared and asked why I was sitting with the idiot. I yelled at them, Severus was nice to me and I wouldn’t have them insult him. After people found out I had insulted the James Potter they decided I wasn’t good enough so they all turned on me, others didn’t like me ‘cos I was muggleborn. I didn’t think it would cause me any problems until in my first week I was beaten up by some Slytherins in their fourth year.” More tears fell from her emerald eyes.
“And then there was all the name calling and the pranks, I spent every day hiding, scared, alone. Finally the end of the year came and I was so glad I got to be with my dad and mum again; they would love and accept me no matter what.
Then a week in to the summer we got some visitors, I didn’t realize they were death eaters. They sat and had tea with us and talked about me and my pretty red hair. My dad got suspicious that they were talking so much about me and asked them to leave. They laughed and pulled out their wands. My mum covered me and my dad her, Petunia was out luckily. They killed my dad in front of me and my mum, she told me to run and I did. I turned in time to see her hit the floor dead, that’s when Mr and Mrs. Potter turned up with you. But you were too late.”
Lily cried, Dumbledore’s heart broke, this wasn’t fair.
“I was placed under Petunias care as she had moved in with her boyfriend, but she blamed me for our parent’s death, her boyfriend would hit me. And they treated me like a slave. When I got back I was still being bullied and I couldn’t cope and ended up cutting. Severus was my only friend. This carried on until third year in the last week of third year, a Slytherin cornered me. He said that there was only one thing a pretty mudblood like me was useful for, and I asked what it was and he said he would show me. I couldn’t fight him off he hit me and cursed me and then he raped me. He was a lot older then me, it hurt for days after, the only person I told was Severus and he comforted me in his own way.”
Lily had stopped crying now and just sat there emotionless. Tears stinging her face and blurring her vision but she wouldn’t let them fall anymore. She had let enough fall.
“Lily.” Dumbledore said his eyes showed how he felt, shocked and angry and sad and proud all at the same time.
“And here you stand still living everyday, through thick and thin, past the most desperate days. Through it all. You are the strongest person I know my dear. You should never had to go trough that but you did, many would have fallen and never got up again but you got up and you carried on. I’m so proud that you did.” Dumbledore said smiling at Lily.
“But you must tell me when people do these things Lily, we will help you. I will help you.” Dumbledore said encouragingly.
Lily looked up at her head master and hugged him, and he hugged her back. But he was still saddened by the fact that he now really had to tell her some bad news.
“Lily my dear, it’s not yet over.” Dumbledore said pulling back.
“Voldemort is after you, he doesn’t want you dead he wants you on his side but he will kill you if you don’t join him.” Dumbledore said sadly.
“WH-what do you mean he wants me?” Lily asked.
“Lily you are one of the most powerful witches of our time. Muggleborn or not Voldemort appreciates power when he sees it. And Lily there is a prophesy about you, you are needed to help bring the end to him, you may not kill him but you give strength to others to kill him.” Dumbledore said grimly.
Lily sat in shock. She wasn’t special, not really. This wasn’t right.
“But sir, I’m not special. In anyway. People hate me.” Lily said.
“But that does not mean they will always hate you and to tell you the truth, not everyone hates you, you’ll realize that. Some people care for you a lot.” Dumbledore said a smile back on his face and his eyes shinning.
With that the old man got up and left Lily to think but as he left he gave a small wink to the group of four boys standing at the end of Lily’s bed.
Once Dumbledore was gone they pulled the cloak off and Lily screamed.
“What the fuck are you doing here!” She hissed mainly at James, Sirius and Peter.
“Did you hear everything I told Dumbledore?” She asked fearfully.
When the boys just looked at their feet she cried.
“Why would you do that to me!” she cried.
Remus came up and sat down next to her and placed an arm around her shoulders, she weakly attempted to shrug him off but he was stubborn.
“Lily you are now one of my close friends whether you like it or not and I have a secret to tell you.” Remus stated she looked at him and he was smiling at her, well she hadn’t had many friends before so she wasn’t going to argue.
“I’m a werewolf.” Remus said somewhat nervously.
“Oh god!” Lily exclaimed, Remus looked at the floor and slid off the bed.
“It’s ok, I’ll go now.” He said. But Lily reached out and pulled him back and hugged him.
“You were there for me, as I will be for you.” She whispered in his ear.
When she drew back he noticed James and Sirius looking uncomfortable while Peter looked confused.
“Lily, we’re sorry and I realize that doesn’t make up for what we did but, god, we didn’t realize what we were doing.” Sirius said he looked truly upset. And she could tell that he, Remus and James had been crying it was obvious from their red eyes.
Lily nodded she didn’t know what to say.
“Do you maybe want to hang out with us?” Sirius asked.
“You’re really good at charms and you’re fairly smart.” He smirked as Lily grinned back. “You could help us with our pranks.” Sirius suggested.
“Sounds fun.” Lily replied.
“Lily look, we know your sister isn’t nice so if you really want, you can, if you want, stay at my house over summer, I have a big house, lots of spare rooms, Sirius and Remus spend most their summer at mine. I just don’t know how else to make everything up to you.” James said sadly.
Lily nodded again and yawned.
“Sorry I’m a bit tired, er I think I might sleep for a bit.” Lily said and the boys nodded.
As they left James turned around quickly.
“Oh and Lily all your notes and homework is done, I know you don’t like falling behind so I did it for you.” He said shyly.
“Thanks Po-James.” Lily said with a smile and then fell into a comfortable sleep.
As the boys left they found Dumbledore waiting outside for them.
“I see Lily might have some new friends.” He said with a smile. The boys didn’t say anything just smiled.
“Boys, look after Lily she is in great danger.” Dumbledore said and then left.
Then next day Dumbledore managed to convince Madame Strout to discharge Lily from the Hospital. To the great enjoyment of Lily.
Madame Strout supplied Lily with her school uniform since it was Tuesday, but luckily Dumbledore said she wouldn’t have to go to classes till Thursday. It was still early morning when Lily was let out so she wandered along the empty corridors wondering if anything would change.
When she finally arrived at the portrait she gave the password to the fat lady only to find it had been changed.
“What, but I’ve been in the hospital, unconscious, how could have known if the password had change. I need to wash my hair and catch up and please let me in.” Lily begged the fat lady who looked sympathetic.
“I’m sorry deary but I can’t let you in without the current password.” But just then the portrait hole opened and Sirius appeared.
“Oh Lilykins!” He yelled and crushed her in a hug.
‘Ok this is weird.’ She thought but laughed anyway.
“I heard someone out here and opened came to see who it was, and then I find you!” He yelled like an excited eight year old on Christmas. And then quite unexpectantly he chucked her over his shouldered, and she screamed, causing the whole of the Gryffindor common room to stare.
“Sirius what are you doing with Evans?” Morgan Dunne asked outraged. Twirling her dyed blonde hair and her brown eyes flashing in annoyance. Morgan was a bimbo in Lily’s year and house unfortunately.
“Why Morgan dear.” Sirius started making Morgan flutter her eye lashes. Lily watched repulsed at her lack of class.
“Have you got something in your eye?” Sirius asked confused making Lily snort in laughter and Morgan look rejected.
“I am simply introducing you to the newest Marauder.” Sirius stated like it was the most obvious thing in the world.
“Sirius We’ve only just really become friends, do you think it wise.” Lily asked shocked.
“Why on earth wouldn’t it be?” Sirius asked.
“You cant have her in your group!” Morgan screeched. “She’s Loser Lily! Freak Show! She’s a skank!” She screamed. Well that was a mistake.
“Don’t you dare insult my Lily!” Sirius hissed.
“Sirius really it doesn’t matter.” Lily said weakly still slung over his shoulder.
The common room went silent.
“What’s going on?” Remus asked from the staircase.
“Dunne here is insulting Lily big-time, and I wont have it.” Sirius said.
James and Peter had now appeared.
With Lily still over his shoulder Sirius made an announcement.
“I would like for the whole of Gryffindor to know that Lily Evans is the newest Marauder! Whether you like it or not!” He bellowed making Lily cover her ears.
“Oh sorry Lilykins.” He apologized and then carried her over to the girl’s stair case where he put her down.
“So you guys mean it, I’m one of you now?” Lily asked.
“Sure.” James said with a smile.
“OK.” Peter shrugged.
“Of course.” Remus said.
“Well you already know my opinion.” Sirius grinned.
With that Lily pulled them into a hug and then went to get ready for the day. Her hair really did need a wash.
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