Chapter 2 : Chapter Two
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On Thursday morning, Faith walked out of the bathroom to discover that Lily was still in bed. This was not like Lily at all; she was usually up before anyone else.
"Lily, are you going to get up?" Faith asked.
"I don't feel good," Lily grumbled.
She didn't look too well either: Her face was pale, and she seemed to be shivering beneath the covers. Carmen, who was closest to Lily, walked over to her bed, pressing her palm to Lily's forehead.
"She's burning up," Carmen said. "Do you think we should take her to the hospital wing?"
"I don't know, "Faith shrugged. "I mean, sometimes she gets real high fevers, but she usually sleeps them off." Faith walked over to the bed and stood beside Carmen. "Lily, does your stomach hurt? Do you have a headache: Anything like that?"
Lily only shook her head.
"Yeah, it's probably just a fever." Faith said, before turning back to Lily. "You stay here and rest. I'll come by to check on you at lunch, okay?"
Lily nodded as Faith tucked the covers around her, making sure she was nice and snug.
Faith and Carmen finished getting ready and left the dorm fifteen minutes later. Down in the Great Hall, they found Carmen's boyfriend, Kevin, and sat next to him. Faith had begun piling eggs onto her plate whilst talking to Carmen about their Charms essay.
"I stayed up half the night finishing the bloody thing. I didn't even get a chance to start on any of my other homework. I understand that it's our 7th year, but this is ridiculous. We've only been back for a few weeks and already the Professors are giving us tons of homework-"
Faiths' ranting was soon interrupted.
Faith looked up to find James Potter standing behind her.
"She's still in the dorm," Faith said casually. "She's feeling ill."
James' hazel eyes filled with concern.
"Ill?" he repeated. "Is she going to be all right?"
"Yeah, she'll be fine. She has a slight fever, but she's sleeping it off."
After breakfast, Faith and the others headed to Potions class. Faith, Carmen, and Kevin sat at their table in the very front, while James and his friends sat at the table behind them. The bell rang shortly after and Professor Slughorn, an overweight, slightly balding man, took role before addressing the class.
"Okay, class, today we are going to begin a project that will be due before Christmas break. You will get to work with a partner, which I will assign you." He paused for a second, looking around at his students. "This is your big project for the year. It's worth fifty percent of your grade, and I want you all to have an ample amount of time to complete it, which is why it's not due until Christmas. Now, the project: I want you and your partner to write about a potion. You have three to choose from: Poly Juice Potion, Veritaserum, and Felix Felicis." He wrote each on the board. "I want an essay on its history, uses, what part each ingredient plays in the potion, along with anything else you want to include. Are there any questions?"
Everyone was silent and the only sound was the scratching of quills on parchment as the students wrote down the information. Slughorn clapped his hands together and walked over to his class roster.
"Okay, I'll pair you up now. When I call your name and that of your partners, I want you to sit there quietly until I'm finished. Then, you may get with your partner. Today, I just want you to decide which potion you are going to research. Okay, first group, Ms. Adams...you will work with Mr. Pettigrew-"
Remus turned to James. "When Slughorn gets to Lily, he's going to let people volunteer to be her partner. You can volunteer and this will be your chance to show her you've matured."
James nodded. He loved the way his friends mind worked sometimes.
"Ms. Baldwin, you are with Mr. Echols...Mr. Black, with Ms. Johnson...Would anyone like to be paired with Ms. Evans?"
Faith was about to raise her hand when she heard someone behind her speak.
"I will, Professor," said James, his hand in the air.
Faith looked behind her as she heard Slughorn say, "All right, Mr. Potter. Thank you?"
She gave James a questioning look before turning in her seat and exchanging a similar glance with Carmen.
Slughorn continued to call out names. He ended up pairing Faith and Remus together, and when he was done pairing everyone up, he let them get with their partners to begin choosing their potion. After class, Faith walked up to James and his friends.
"What are you trying to pull, James?" she asked.
His friends looked between the two of them.
Faith continued to talk. "You know Lily's not going to be too happy about this."
"I know," James agreed. "But I changed over the summer, and I just want Lily to see that, but she won't even give me the time of day."
"He really has changed," Remus chimed in. "And even if, in the end, Lily doesn't like James that way, at least she'll see that he's more mature. Then, she'll be more likely to work with him as Head Girl. They'll get a lot done."
Faith studied Remus.
"This was your idea, wasn't it?"
Faith sighed. "It's going to take a miracle for this to turn out okay."
"I know, but trust me; I wouldn't have suggested it if I didn't believe anything good could come out of it. Please say you're okay with it. You and I are partners and if you're mad at me, we're not going to get much done."
Faith was quiet for a few seconds. Then she sighed, and even though every part of her body was telling her this was going to turn into a disaster, asked, "Who's going to tell her?"
The boys smiled.
"I guess I will," said Remus, "seeing as how it was my idea and all. Plus, Lily might be more likely to be somewhat accepting of the whole situation when she learns that I think it's a good idea."
"Believe me," Faith scoffed. "I don't think there's anything that could make Lily accepting of this. I really hope you all know what you're getting yourselves into."
"Well, in that case, Faith, would you go with me when I tell her? Maybe the two of us can keep her from hurting us or James."
"What about me?" James asked. "Should I be there too?"
"Uh, that's probably not a good idea," said Faith. "Lily's going to be pretty pissed, and you being there will probably just make things worse. No offense."
"None taken. I understand," he said. "Well, we better get to our next class."
Faith went up to check on Lily during lunch, as she said she would. She walked into the dorm to find Lily sound asleep in bed. Her friend had kicked off most of the covers.
'She's going to be so mad when she finds out,' Faith thought to herself as she tucked Lily in for the second time that day.
She felt her forehead. Lily's fever had gone down a little, but she was still warm.
Faith walked out of the room wondering what she had gotten herself into.