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Chapter 13 : It Was Love
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Lily had convinced everyone that it would be fun to get everyone together and hang out. So she convinced Marlene, Alice, Frank, Leah Hockerly (one of the new chasers on the Gryffindor team, she had long brown hair and hazel eyes), Kieran Brown (The other new chaser, he had short, spiky black hair and dark blue eyes) to come with the Marauders and herself to Hogmeade, as well as anyone else from the years five upwards.
They were laughing and joking as they sat in the three broomsticks.
“So Lily, what’s it like hanging out with this lot all the time?” Leah asked smirking and jabbing a thumb towards Sirius and James.
“Well it’s slightly annoying, although I generally get to pick who we prank.” Lily said grinning.
“I think we’re lucky she sticks around, not many can put up with James.” Sirius said with a shrug, the table erupted with roars of laughter as James looked highly affronted.
The conversation moved on to quidditch and Lily had fun talking to Kieran as he liked the Irish quidditch team, which happened to be her favourite. They were having a discussion about the best chaser when they heard screams.
Lily looked up and the pub fell silent, and then again terrified screams filled the air, panic settled in and everyone darted out of the pub.
James, Sirius, Remus, Lily and the other ran outside and found themselves faced with about a hundred death eaters. One of them shot a curse at Lily, he missed by mere millimetres.
“Get away from here! Get to the school!” James bellowed, however he knew it was worthless. There was no way Lily would back down and run.
Sirius duelled with two Deatheaters. Remus was trying to stun the Deatheaters closest. Marlene was fighting a deatheater. Kieran had gone to one of the shops to floo the ministry. Poor Leah had been hit with a curse and was lying unconscious. Frank and Alice were fighting five Deatheaters back to back. James was duelling three Deatheaters. While Lily duelled two.
There was another scream, Lily who just stunned her second deatheater saw Morgan fighting a deatheater, but she had fallen to the floor. The deatheater raised his wand ready to shoot the killing curse. Lily ran faster then she had ever before, she ran towards Morgan, and just as the deatheater muttered the curse Lily jumped in front of Morgan. A green light shot towards Lily’s body, and for a second everything went silent, Deatheaters, student, and people of hogsmeade alike stopped. They watched in fear and pride as Lily threw herself down in an attempt to save Morgan. However, just as the curse hit lily a barrier appeared surrounding her body in golden light.
The red head fell to the ground as hundreds of pops indicated that the ministry and teachers had appeared.
“LILY!” James screamed, tears fell down his pale face as he watched one of his best friends fall to the ground. Fear and emptiness like no other filled him, he broke.
The Deatheaters disappeared. James, Sirius, Remus, Peter, Alice, Frank, Marlene and Morgan gathered around Lily.
Tears fell down each of their faces.
“No please don’t be dead.” James begged.
Remus checked for a pulse, and gasped.
“She’s alive!” He shouted. Dumbledore rushed forwards, several ministry officials at his heels.
“By Merlin, I saw her get hit.” One of the ministry officials gasped. However truth be told, Lily was not alright, the spell had hit her, she was bleeding heavily from the stomach.
“Touch this, make sure Madame Strout deals with Lily Immediately.” Dumbledore stated to the teenagers. They all grabbed the boot Dumbledore handed them and Sirius took Lily's hand and touched it against the boot. They were whisked away, a weird pulling sense at their navels. They landed in a heap in the hospital wing, Madame Strout running around the place. She turned when she heard their distraught cries and screams.
“Merlin, what’s happened?” Madame Strout asked them poking each in turn with her wand until her eyes landed on the blood caked Lily. “Get her to a bed!” Madame Strout demanded. Sirius and James carried the heavily bleeding Lily to one of the only free beds, Madame Strout came rushing back and started murmuring lots of spells. But not before kicking the kids out of the hospital wing.
Morgan sat crying against the wall.
“I’m so sorry.” she said to the others, they looked at her sadly.
“I’m really sorry. Merlin, she shouldn’t have done that. I’ve always been so horrible.” Morgan cried. Alice sat down next to Morgan and wrapped an arm around the blonde shoulders.
“Lily is just one of those people who doesn’t hold grudges. She wouldn’t have wanted you dead not matter what.” Alice said.
“And hey you’ll have a year and a half to make it up to her.” Kieran said from the other side of Morgan.
“That’s if Lily lives.” Peter mumbled.
“She’ll pull through Peter; remember what Dumbledore said last year. She still was standing through everything else. She will continue to stand tall.” Remus said somewhat angrily at Peter for even suggesting that Lily might not live.
Later the hospital wing doors opened and Leah appeared, she was limping slightly so Sirius helped her.
“Did you see Lily?” Marlene asked hopefully.
“Yeah. She doesn’t look to good, there a lot of people around her. Dumbledore and I think the minister of magic was there too.” Leah answered as she sat on one of the chairs.
“Why?” Frank asked.
“That’s easy.” James said, speaking for the first time they had arrived at Hogwarts.
“She was hit with a killing curse but it didn’t kill her, the golden glow appeared, she is seriously hurt. They are trying to figure out what happened. But I think I have my own theories.” James said.
“Alright, let us hear them.” Kieran said.
“Well think about it this way. We know Lily is strong, and a powerful witch. Not to mention that in the moment that the curse was sent everyone froze. I think that everyone’s power kind of combined to protect her. I know they say the killing curse is unstoppable, but there were about three hundred people there, not including Deatheaters. Together surely that much power could stop or tame the effects of that single spell.” James concluded.
“So right you are Mister Potter.” James turned to see Dumbledore standing in the doorway of the hospital wing, staring at him proudly. “Although it was not just raw power that saved Lily, it was love.” Dumbledore said.
“How’s Lily!” James asked impatiently.
“She is not very well, she’s responding to medication. But the wound is not healing as well as one would hope. But we believe that she shall be alright.” Dumbledore said.
He left the kids.
“I’ll leave you guys, you won’t want me there.” Morgan said getting up shakily.
“No, please stay. Lily thought you were worth her life. We should at least think you’re worth the company.” Sirius said grinning.
And for the first time since third year Morgan didn’t swoon or bat her eyelids.
The next morning James could be found sitting by Lily’s bed, he however was alone, well bar Lily and the other sick people.
Sirius, Remus, Peter, Marlene, Frank, Alice and even Morgan were sitting together in the great hall eating breakfast.
Half way though however everyone paused when Dumbledore stood up.
“As you all know yesterday there was an attack on the student in the school during the hogsmeade visit. I am afraid to say that four of your fellow student died. Natalie Freeman a fifth year from Gryffindor. Claire Manson a seventh year from Hufflepuff, Steven Danes a third year Hufflepuff and Madoc Rivers a fifth year Ravenclaw.” Dumbledore said he looked to the ceiling, where the usual house banners were hung black banners. “I ask you to remember these people, and to celebrate their live. They weren’t yet adults still they had their lives taken, we have lost good students and friends alike.” Many of the students sat crying. Alice was comforting Morgan, tears running down her own face, while Marlene comforted Katie.
“I must ask you to remember one more student. Miss Lily Evans was caught in the attack. She jumped in the way of the killing curse to save a fellow student. She risked her life to save Morgan Dunne. Although through a powerful type of magic Miss Evans did not die, I want you all to remember that she made a sacrifice. She risked her life to save another. She made the choice between what is right and what is easy. It will soon be your turn to make that decision.” With that Dumbledore sat down and allowed for the students to mourn the loss of their friends, but also to think over what he had just said.
The hours ticked by slowly, they felt like days to James as he sat by Lily’s bed.
“Come on Lily wake up.” He begged her.
“Lily I need you to wake up.” He said.
“Lily please wake up.” He pleaded.
A single tear fell from his face and landed on her hand.
“Hmm.” James looked around. No one else was up.
“Lily!” James whispered hopefully.
Lily opened her eyes revealing her bright emerald eyes.
“Ouch.” She whispered.
James laughed, he laughed so hard he cried.
“You nearly died yesterday and all you can say is ouch!” he exclaimed.
Lily smiled but didn’t comment. Madame Strout was nearing them, looking thoroughly annoyed.
“Mister Potter this is a –“ The matron turned to Lily and paled then looked suddenly ecstatic.
“Miss Evans!” The nurse cried out happily. Then whipped her wand out and started poking Lily with her wand.
“I need you to drink this.” The nurse said pushing a goblet full of pale green goo towards Lily.
Lily did as she was told and drunk the goo. It tasted foul but the potions effects started straight away and Lily’s headache disappeared as well as the drowsiness and sore throat.
James perched on the edged of her bed and looked down at her.
“You scared me.” James said quietly.
“I’m sorry.” Lily said.
“Promise me never to do something like that again.” James asked.
“I can’t do that. You know I can’t.” Lily said so softly.
“Lily when you hit the ground I thought you were dead. Please you can’t make me go through that again.” James said.
“I won’t make a promise I can’t keep. But I will promise you this. I will never put you through that again, at least if there’s another option.” Lily said. James deciding that was the best he would get accepted it.
It was a week before Lily was dismissed from the hospital wing. She hadn’t fully recovered. She stomach ached some of the time and she had a scare the shape and size of two pound coin just above her belly button, however she didn’t try and hide it, nor was she ashamed of it, she just saw it as more motivation to fight for the good.
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