Chapter 1 : NEWT results
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The two figures lay in the bed twisted in the duvet. One of them had short black hair. He was well built and had the cheekiest grin imaginable. The girl was giggling and had long blonde hair that was spread over the pillows and her body. She was slim, beautiful and quite clever.
“Lily and James will kill us if they discover we’ve done this.” She said grinning. The man kissed her and rolled over her slightly causing her to laugh.
“We’ll just have to make sure they don’t find out then.” Said the man.
“Sirius.” The girl said.
“Oh April, April.” Sirius said dramatically. She wrapped her arms around his neck and they started kissing even more.
April and Sirius stopped dead.
April looked up while Sirius turned to see. At the end of the bed stood two figures looking at them.
“Do I even want to know what this is about?” asked the man. He had a mop of messy black hair. He wore black wire-rimmed glasses and had chocolaty brown eyes.
“James.” Sirius said rolling off April and sitting up. April quickly pulled the duvet around her. The woman next to the man, James, was his wife Lily. She was exceedingly pretty and one of the smartest people April knew. She had long dark red hair that she had recently cut to just longer then shoulder length. She was wearing a pair of sun glasses and took them off slowly.
“When I asked you to look after my house, April, I didn’t really expect you to-” Lily grinned.
“I can explain everything” April said. Lily raised an eyebrow. “Ok I cant but-”
“We’ll be outside.” Lily said saving her best friend the trouble of coming up with an explanation. Lily took James’ hand and led him down the stairs to the living room. April fell back in the bed and slapped her forehead.
“That wasn’t so bad.” Sirius said getting out and pulling his pants on.
“Yeah, Lily’s just never going to trust me again.” April said.
“Now that’s not true, you’re her best friend. You’ve done worse then this.” Sirius said. He threw April her underwear and pulled his shirt on.
“Yeah? Tell me one?” April asked. Sirius sat and thought while April put her own clothes on.
“Ok, she’s never going to trust you.” Sirius said jokily, unable to think of anything that April had done that was worse then this. April sighed when she finished changing. Sirius put his hands on her shoulders.
“Don’t worry, she’s not going to hurt you. Lily can’t do that.” Sirius said giving April a kiss. She smiled and followed him out of the bedroom. They found Lily and James sitting on the sofa of their living room. Well, James was sitting Lily was lying on the sofa. Sirius and April joined them but sat on separate seats. April felt slightly uneasy when Lily gave her a curious look.
“So how was your honeymoon?” Sirius asked. They had literally just come out of school and Lily and James had already married at eighteen. It was late October nearly November and Lily and James had been away for two months. Lily looked at James and grinned.
“It was great.” James said.
“Where did you go?” April asked.
“Everywhere.” Lily answered, “Everywhere but the places under the control of Voldemort.” Voldemort was an evil dark Wizard who was determined to rule over the world and rid the world of Muggles, non-magic folk, and ‘mudbloods’ or magic folk who had non-magic parents, people like Lily. Who’s parents had been muggles and had been killed the previous Christmas by Voldemort’s followers.
“So, you went to Asia, Africa and America?” Sirius asked.
“Pretty much.” James said. April had noticed that the Lily and James hadn’t let go of each other’s hands at all.
“Well I got to go.” Sirius said. “I told the boss I’d tell him when you’re back.” Sirius disappeared with a crack. Sirius and James both worked for the ministry of Magic in the Department of Magical games and sports. Lily worked for Muggle Relations in the Ministry of Magic while April was training to be an auror, mainly because Lily and April’s old best friend wanted to be an auror before she was killed by Voldemort. So April was living for her and because April had developed a taste for danger in their last year at Hogwarts school for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
“I’ll go and tell Dumbledore that we’re back. You know what he was like when we left.” James said.
“Ok, try not to be long.” Lily said smirking. James kissed her and grinned.
“I’ll try and be back as soon as possible.” He said and with a crack he apparated out of the room. April felt a little nervous about what Lily was going to say.
“I suppose there’s no need to ask how you’ve been while I’ve been away.” Lily said with a smirk. Lily sat up properly and smiled at her best friend.
“Uh…well, it was alright.” April said.
“How many times have you and Sirius slept in my bed?” Lily said. “Do you want a drink?”
“No and that was the first time.” April said uncertainly. Lily smiled and shook her head. “Aren’t you angry?”
“Why should I be angry?” Lily asked. “James and I have spent our honeymoon doing it in other people’s beds.” April smiled.
“So where was the best place you went to and why didn’t you write?” April said getting up and following Lily to the kitchen.
“Oh, the best place had to be China.” Lily said. “I met Jenny’s older brother and his wife. Their baby girl is soo cute“ Jenny Chang was their old best friend, she had been killed by Voldemort the previous February during their Valentine’s ball. Her older brother had married and his wife had given birth to a young baby girl.
“What did they call her?” April asked leaning against the work surface.
“I think she’s called Cho. James and I didn’t stay long, we had…other…things to, um, attend to.” Lily said. She went to the fridge, a device that still baffled April. Lily and James lived in a place called Godric’s hollow. It was a small Muggle neighbour hood so they had electricity, running water and all the ‘muggle comforts’ as Lily put it. Lily had complained that she wanted some reminder of her history when James asked if she wanted to move to Hogsmeade, the only non-muggle village in Britain. In Godric’s hollow they had TVs, stereos, Fridges. Everything that a Muggle would have and everything that you would expect in a Magic household.
“Had other things hey?” April asked grinning. Lily looked at April and smirked.
“You wipe that grin off your face.” Lily said. She held a carton of Orange juice in her hand and poured some in a glass. “How’s Auror training?” Lily asked April.
“It’s cool. My mentor is Mad-eye Moody.” April said. Lily made an o with her mouth.
“Good luck.” Lily said.
“I’ve survived three months. Oh yeah, this came for you.” April said getting her wand out and summoning an envelope. Lily took it and looked at it.
Lily Potter, Godric’s Hollow, Wales. it said. She flipped it over to see the Hogwarts crest.
“NEWT results.” April told Lily. “There’s one for James as well.” Lily opened the envelope and read the letter.
“Oh gosh.” Lily said surprised.
“What? What did you get?” April asked “Did you get less than an O in any of them?”
“I got all outstanding.” Lily said amazed.
“And you’re surprised by this?” April asked.
“Yeah, I thought I’d get an E or an A in a few of my subjects.” Lily said. April rolled her eyes.
“You always were the smartest girl in our year.” April said taking Lily’s letter.
“What did you get?” Lily asked.
“O in everything but Charms.” April said. “Got an E in that one. I think I messed it up with my Patronus suddenly coming out the end.” April said. Lily smiled. During April’s practical she had accidentally said the Patronus charm for the first time and had a large dog shoot out of the end and running around in the great hall.
“I want to know what James got now.” Lily said eyeing James’ envelope.
“Then see, you are his wife now.” April said. She was scanning Lily’s letter carefully. Lily reached for it but then stopped and shook her head.
“No, it’s wrong. He should know first and then decide to run if he gets a bad mark.” Lily said smirking. April looked up amused.
“Meow” She said cattily. Lily looked innocent and took a sip of her orange juice.
* * * *
“James!” said a light brown haired man. He looked pale and slightly ill but happy to see James.
“Remus!” James said giving Remus a brotherly hug. Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and James Potter made up three quarters of the infamous Marauders of Hogwarts. “Where’s Peter?” James asked. Remus shrugged and sat down in a large comfy armchair. James followed suit and sighed happily as he got off his feet.
“I haven’t seen him for a month.” Remus said, “But Sirius did see him about a week ago in Diagon Alley.” James nodded.
“Dumbledore around?” James asked.
“You just missed him. He was here a few minutes ago but he had to get back to the school” Remus said.
“Anything new in the Order?” James asked.
“No, just the usual. Voldemort is killing more people. Over the summer he killed three Hogwarts students and apparently he’s on the hunt for someone who could have their child in July” Remus said.
“How do you know?” James asked.
“Dumbledore” Remus said. James nodded. The Order was the Order of the Phoenix. It was a group of witches and Wizards dedicated to trying to stop Voldemort but there were very few of the Order and hundreds of Voldemort’s supporters. Lily and James had joined along with Remus, Sirius, April and the fourth Marauder, Peter Pettigrew, a short slightly chubby watery eyes boy. Lily and James had only just joined when they got married and went on their very long, very pleasant honeymoon.
“What were you NEWT results?” Remus asked. James looked alarmed.
“Oh, I completely forgot about them. I hope I got good marks or Lily is going to Kill me. She spent ages trying to tutor me.” James said frowning.
“And is Lily punishing you such a bad thing. I recall you used to love it before you two got together.” Remus said with a smirk. James made a face and bit his lip. Lily and James hadn’t even been seeing each other for a year. About this time last year James had saved Lily from getting raped. She had hated him before that.
“I suppose I better get back.” James said.
“Is Sirius still at your house? When I last spoke to him…this morning, I think it was, he had a few not so innocent intentions.” Remus said.
“Oh yeah. We caught him and April in the bed.” James said. Remus laughed and waved his hand to tell James to go. James disappeared with a crack and the next minute he was in his empty Living room.
“Oh my god I can’t believe you did that.” April said laughing from the kitchen.
“Yeah, it was very embarrassing.” Lily said. James strolled into the Kitchen to see April clutching her side and Lily looking slightly red.
“What are you two laughing about?” James said looking at Lily suspiciously.
“Just talking about some of our…adventures.” Lily said smiling. James nodded and turned to April.
“NEWT results.” James said.
“Oh yeah.” April said. James turned to Lily
“What did you get?”
“All Os” Lily said happily. James went to Lily and hugged her tightly.
“I’m so proud of you.” James said.
“No lets see if I can be proud of you.” Lily said, “If you got good results you will get a present if not you’re sleeping on the sofa for the next week.” James frowned and took the results from April. Please have good results, please have good results. James prayed as he opened his letter. He opened the letter and looked at the list of results.
Dear Mr. Potter,
We are please to inform you of your results:
Defence against the dark arts-Outstanding
Charms- Exceeds Expectations
Care of Magical Creatures- Outstanding
History of Magic- Average
We would also like to offer a small note of Congratulations to you and Miss. Lily Evans on your recent marriage
James bit his lip slightly. Would Lily consider this good? He did get three Os two Es and an A.
“So what did you get?” Lily asked. James glanced at Lily.
“What do you consider good results?” James asked. Lily looked at James impatiently and took the results from him and read them. She looked quite serious as she read them. April looked at James worriedly.
“Good luck” April said before wandering over to the Larder. Lily frowned and looked at James seriously.
“James.” She tutted.
“You don’t like my results.” James commented. “I’m sorry, I did try hard but you were just too much of a distraction for…me…what are you smiling about?” Lily had broken into a grin.
“These are really good results.” Lily said smiling. James grinned.
“So I’m not sleeping on the sofa?” he asked putting his arms around Lily’s waist.
“Like I could make you sleep on the sofa?” Lily said kissing James’ lips lightly, “I’d get lonely.” She pouted. James kissed her pouting lips and then kissed her neck.
“Hey, guys can I-” April said coming out of the Larder. “I’ll come back later, maybe tomorrow” April said, the other two didn’t notice her and she disappeared with a Crack. Lily pushed James away slightly.
“I think we should go to the bedroom.” Lily said. James looked at her pleadingly.
“But it’s so far away.” James said.
“Fine” Lily said pushing him away. “You’re on the Sofa.” She turned and finished her glass of Orange juice.
“Alright.” James said giving in. Lily could mould him like putty and James hated it but loved it at the same time. Lily turned around grinning slightly. “You know, everyone thinks you are one heck of an innocent girl” James said pointing at Lily. Lily shrugged.
“Easy mistake.” Lily said.
“Shit you’re worse then April.” James said smirking, “I’m glad I got you and Sirius got her.” Lily grinned. In School Lily had always been the clever one who had no time for anything but school work and April was the socialite who everyone admired. She’d often go perusing with many of the boys and flirted with everyone but Lily and April had suddenly switched roles once they left school.
April was the one who worked hard constantly and though she was a tease a lot of the time and like to have fun she took her work seriously. Lily, however, did also take her work seriously but she didn’t really find it half as interesting as James was.
“Come on.” Lily said taking James’ hand.