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Chapter 2 : Chapter Two: Lovesick
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“You should have seen the look on her face when I said that.”
It was lunchtime and James was reciting what had just occurred to his other two friends, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, as they ate scalding hot vegetable soup and white bread.
Remus gave a heavy sigh. “You probably just made her mad, James.”
James frowned at him. “You’re ruining my moment, Moony.”
“If you want her to like you, you need to be sincere and compassionate. Show here that there is more to you then meets the eye,” suggested Remus.
Peter started nodding in agreement.
“You don’t think I’ve tried?” snarled James. “Every time she is around me I can’t resist trying to make her like me. It’s like I loose control of my actions and either do or say something stupid that makes her hate me more."
“You know what we are going to do?” asked Remus, who could not stop himself from smiling. “We’re going to find someone to turn you into a gentleman.”
“What about him?” asked Peter, pointing to someone behind them. ”He usually has a girlfriend.”
They looked over their shoulders to see Sirius running across the Great Hall in their direction. A split second later he slid along the bench towards them. He was going so fast that he crashed headlong into the group of friends and fell sideways into the food, upending the large soup bowl that then cascaded down right on James. He was covered head to foot in smoldering broth and carrots.
He dared to opened one eye and say the Marauders falling over themselves with laughter. The rest of the Great Hall had gotten to their feet to see the commotion and now several they were taking pictures. James laughed along with the rest and then took the liberty to pour the rest of his own soup on Sirius’ head.
Lily and Sarah headed back to the Gryffindor common room.
“We should have just eaten lunch with him,” Sarah grumbled. “He could probably see right through your lie. You’re top in Slughorn’s class. You don’t need to study for your exam. Besides, that’s all you were doing last night.”
Lily wasn’t listening. She was beside herself with rage. “I cannot believe that he had the nerve to say something like that. Fall for him? He could have had the decency to let me respond. But, no, he is so bloody stuck-up that he had to make sure that the last word was in his favour.” Lily kept ranting, “He is so cowardly that he can’t have an honest conversation with me. He has to make himself feel superior by pushing down others.”
When they reached the portrait hole Lily was still fuming. Sarah decided to go out on a limb and say, “Lily, calm down. I’m sure James was just playing around.”
They walked into the nearly empty common room (everyone else was still down at lunch) and prided themselves with getting the two chairs by the lit fire.
Lily sighed as she collapsed into the one on the right. “I don’t know why I’m so mad. I just wish that he would give up on me. I can’t wait to go home for the summer and forget about him.”
“Well,” began Sarah cautiously. “He obviously likes you quite a bit. What if he is really nervous and can’t control himself around you? Maybe if you gave him a chance he would calm down around you and act more civilized.”
Lily looked at her friend with raised eyebrows. “It’s James Potter. It’s just the way he is. Can you honestly see him of all people nervous?"
They heard the portrait hole open and both turned to see the very man on topic stumble through the opening. He appeared to be sopping wet and covered in what seemedto be small bits of food. When he saw them sitting in front of the fire he waved and started walking towards them.
“So how are you ladies?”
Lily got up, walked past him, and headed towards her dormitory.
James reached out and took hold of her arm.
She tried to pull herself free but he held on tight. “What is the matter with you?"
She faced him, her face a picture of pure hatred. “Potter, just leave me alone." He refused, which was probably one of the biggest mistakes he made. That just seemed to set Lily off more. "You think that you’re so high and mighty, but it’s really just hot air. I thought that you would have the sense to realize that if you wanted to go out with me then you might have to change a little, you know, maybe deflate your head a bit? But obviously, you don’t have the sense God gave a sodding goat. God, you make me sick.” With that she kicked him in the shins with all her strength.
He grunted and let go of her. She ran up the stairs into her dormitory.
Sarah gave James a terrified look and then ran up after her.
He swore and then began to run up the stairs. Within the first few steps the stairs turned into a slide. He tried to climb up the slide by bracing his hand and feet against the side of the wall. He inched up very slowly. Several times he fell and slid all the way to the bottom.
He finally got to the top of the first landing and saw that there were several more staircases before he would get to the sixth year girls.
Already exhausted from his first climb and still wet he gave up and slid down to the common room. When he got up to his dormitory he changed his clothes and lay down on his bed, thinking about what had happened.
Lily sat on her bed and stared at the wall ahead of her. She had surprised herself with what she had said down in the common room. She had always refused Potter, but she had never been downright cruel. Well, at least not to his face. She and Sarah sat on the bed in silence as they listened to James try and climb the slide. After he eventually gave up Sarah said, “He must really like you Lily.”
“Don’t remind me,” said Lily miserably. “Only a week until term gets out. I can’t wait.”
“Maybe he’ll change,” said Sarah hopefully.
“Tomorrow’s the last Hogsmeade trip. We’re going right?”
“Of course,” said Lily, glad for the change of subject. “Emma and Alice are coming with us too,” referring to two other girls in their dorm that they were friends with.Suddenly Lily leapt to her feet." Oh my God, Sarah, I forgot to tell you!"
"Tell me what!?!"
Lily rubbed her temples," I can't believe I forgot to tell you something this important...I forgot..."
"What is it?" Sarah shouted, throwing a pillow at Lily.
"Okay. So I was talking to Alice yesterday after charms. She said that her boyfriend wants to go to Hogsmeade with her, but he also wants to spend time with his friends since it is the last trip before the summer."
"Understandable," said Sarah.
"Well, as you know, Alice is dating Frank Longbottom. She told me that Frank and all his friends are going to accompany us to Hogsmeade so that everyone can have their way. And Frank is best friends with..."
"Nathan," breathed Sarah.
Sarah was silent for a moment and then, "Oh my God Lily, what am I going to wear?"
Lily laughed, glad to finally be on a new topic, and threw a pillow at her friend." Don't worry. We'll wake up early tomorrow and work on it. But right now, we have to get to potions."
They checked themselves in the mirror and then headed down to the common room. When they got down to the first staircase they noticed that they were stairs again, but there were sticky handprints on the walls from the soup on James' hands where he had gripped the walls to support himself. When they saw the newly displayed artwork, they looked at each other, and burst out laughing at the absurdity of it all.
James sat on the alcove by the window. He pulled up his trouser leg and saw that where Lily had kicked him had turned dark with a tint of purple around the edges. At that moment Sirius, Remus, and Peter burst into the room.
"Wow," cried Peter in a shrilly voice. "That was so funny, wasn't it?"
Their eyes fell on the bruise on James' leg.
"Woah Mate," said Sirius. "Soup doesn't bruise."
James looked up at him. "That's true, but Lily does."
"Evans did that!?!"
Sirius held up his hands in a surrender position, "There's no way I'm messing with that girl again."
Remus eyed him. "I told you she'd be mad."
"What would she be mad about?' asked Sirius curiously.
James told him what he said to Lily.
"Woah, and that's how she reacted?!"
"Well, when I got to the common room she was there with Sarah. When I got there she looked mad, so she got up to leave. I grabbed her arm and she tried to break free. I wouldn't let go, so she yelled at me, and then kicked me."
"What did she say?" asked Remus.
"I don't remember all of it. There was a part about being full of myself, full of hot air, deflating my head...Oh! And apparently I don't have the sense God gave a goat."
"Is that so?" asked Sirius. He looked like he was going to burst out laughing.
"Oh, and Remus, She said that if I wanted to go out with her, I'd have to change."
Remus raised an eyebrow. "Really?"
"Yeah, so, I got it all figured out. When I come back next term, I'm going to be completely different, a real gentleman."
Sirius and Peter looked at him in shock.
"Hey man," said Sirius. "What if we don't want you to change? We like you the way you are. You shouldn't change for some girl."
"I happen to agree," said Remus. "Is it worth changing your entire personality just to make a girl happy? If she doesn't like you the way you are then she's not worth it."
James held up his hands. “Guys, you are blowing this way out of proportion. I'm not going to change completely. I'm just going to try and train myself to keep my head when I'm around Lily. I mean...you know how I can't stop myself from showing off when I'm around her. If I can, I'm going to try and cut back on that."
"Prongs, why do you even like her?"
James groaned. He ran his fingers through his hair. "God, I don't know. She's just perfect. She's so different from the stereotypical teenage girl. Not fussing around all the time with cosmetics and appearance. She is beautiful and smart. She doesn't try to put herself forth. She isn't overly flirtatious and she is confident," he paused and sighed, "She is amazing."
The other three boys looked at each other with raised eyebrows. They didn't know what to do when one of their friends was lovesick.
A/N: Ah...this chapter...well, I'm not too happy with it, and I've tried editing...but it may just have to stick. Please review!
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