Chapter 2 : Two: Bliss and Jazz
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After my last lesson before lunch I took my time going to the Great Hall so that I wouldn’t get there first and have to sit alone. As I entered the room I saw Remus wave me over to where he and his friends were sitting. I wandered over, scratching my arm in kind of a nervous way. I guess it was because I’d never actually had friends that were boys before. That was always more Petunia’s field. Whenever she was hanging out with her boyfriends I’d just sit there quietly because I wasn’t quite sure how to behave around them. I decided, as I sat down beside James, that I should just be myself. As much as possible.
“Afternoon, Evans,” he greeted me. “You remember Sirius, Peter, and - of course - Remus?” I rolled my eyes playfully.
“Drop that, it was just my opinion,” I replied.
“Well I am going to make sure that by the end of this meal you have changed it,” he answered.
“Oh? Changed it to what?” I asked.
“Well, next time you’ll pick me, of course,” he said. Sirius snorted with laughter.
“You seem pretty sure of yourself,” I remarked. He shrugged.
“Ignore him Evans. His head’s too big for his own good,” Sirius assured me. Peter, who was sitting beside him (looking at him in admiration), laughed loudly. Sirius leaned across the table and I leaned forward to hear him. “Peter hasn’t left us alone since I pulled him into the competition thing this morning,” he whispered. “I’m starting to wish I hadn’t done it!” I laughed and sat back in my seat.
“So Lily, did you want to meet some girls from your house?” Remus asked. “I mean, you have to have someone to talk about… girly stuff with, right?”
“Um, I really don’t know. . .” I hated being forced into meeting people. I imagine it developed from when I was three years old and my parents took me to meet this very scary couple, who said I was so sweet they wanted to take me home. I did not want to go home with them.
“I insist. I know these girls from primary school, they’re harmless, honestly,” Remus pushed. I shrugged begrudgingly.
“Alright, if you say so.”
“Bliss, Jasmine,” Remus called to a couple of girls a little further down the table who were chatting together excitedly. They looked up, startled, and Remus beckoned them over.
“Honestly, they’re really nice,” Remus assured me as they got up and walked over.
“Hey Remus!” said one of the girls, who sat down between him and Sirius. The other smiled down at me before squeezing herself in between me and another Gryffindor who I didn’t know – pushing me right up to James. The girl beside me had really light yet somehow dusty looking blonde hair. Her eyes were very big and round, a transparent blue colour. She was the most extraordinary looking eleven year old I had ever seen, and reminded me somewhat of an elf.
In contrast, the girl across the table had slightly dark skin and shiny black hair that was wound up into two long plaits on either side of her head. Her face was oval and her cheekbones were prominent. If she was only a bit taller she could have been a model.
“So Lupes, what did you want?” she asked.
“Well, Lily here doesn’t know any of the Gryffindor girls yet, and I figured you two could look after her,” Remus replied. The girl turned in her seat and took a long, hard look at me. I tried to avoid her gaze, feeling embarrassed. Then suddenly she smiled.
“I’m Jasmine. That’s Bliss.” The girl next to me smiled shyly.
“Um, I’m Lily Evans,” I replied.
“I’m sure I’ve seen you somewhere,” Bliss commented. Her voice was soft and slightly high; strange.
“She’s the girl who was fast asleep when we came into the dorm last night,” Jasmine reminded her. Bliss nodded.
“Yeah, I didn’t get much sleep the night before,” I said apologetically.
“I know, I was the same! I can’t believe we’re here. I’ve heard so much about this place,” Jasmine replied.
“Yeah, I was so excited after I read Hogwarts: A History,” I said.
“Oh, I thought I was the only one who’d read that!” gasped Bliss with a broad grin on her face. “Did you read the part about when Hogwarts was founded?” I nodded enthusiastically.
“Oh, please do not launch into a conversation about school in our break time,” James said exasperatedly. I laughed. “How about quidditch?”
“Have you read Quidditch through the Ages?” Bliss asked me.
“Yeah, I thought it was really interesting the way the snitch used to be-“
“How, how, did they manage to make me not want to hear about my favourite topic?” James commented, to everyone’s amusement.
“I need to go sort out my hair,” Jasmine said. “Lily, can you French plait?”
“Yeah, I used to have to do my sister’s hair every morning because she couldn’t.” I smiled in reply.
“Great! I don’t suppose you could do mine?” she asked.
“Sure, Jasmine,” I replied.
“Oh, you can call me Jazz.” She added.
“Ooh, that’s a real honour; she only lets people she really likes call her Jazz,” Sirius commented. Jazz hit him playfully on the arm and got up.
“Coming, guys?” she continued. Bliss and I got up and she linked arms with both of us as we walked away. I turned back and smiled at the guys. James gave me a thumbs up and I laughed. Maybe this was going to be fun after all.
A/N: I think I should get this straight: Remus, Sirius and James knew each other before they arrived at Hogwarts. Who knows why; that's just the direction in which I am going.
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