Chapter 30 : An Apple a Day Keeps the Brain-Dead Little Squirrels Away... Sorta
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Chapter 30: An Apple a Day Keeps the Brain-Dead Little Squirrels Away... Sorta
Lily walked towards the Prefect Meeting Room during the second week of November, trying not to drop the huge stack of papers she was carrying. Reaching the door of the Prefect Room, she fumbled with the latch, juggling the stack as the top papers attempted to obey gravity and slide off to the corridor floor. Just as Lily started to lose control and end up with a shower of parchment, a hand reached out and steadied the stack.
“You need some help there, Evans?”
Peeking over the stack of parchments Lily was greeted with the sight of a smirking James Potter. Flushing, Lily tried to think of something to say to the grinning Head Boy. Since the Quidditch match, James and Lily had been on amiable terms with each other. They still weren't comfortable with each other, but James had stopped scowling at Lily, and no longer singled her out on the Quidditch Pitch.
“Oh, Merlin, he's so cute!” thought Lily as she looked at James, her mouth still open slightly from her surprise at seeing James. “With his gorgeous hazel eyes, his mischievous grin, his tie loose around his neck, and that adorable messy hair... Oh, dammit! Pull yourself together, Lily! He hates your guts now, remember? You blew it!!!”
Lily realized that she had just been staring at James and hadn't answered his previous question. She quickly snapped out of her daze and replied, “Oh, um, I'm having a bit of trouble with the lists-”
James gave the red-head an odd look before pulling out his wand and aiming it at the burden in Lily's arms. A quick levitating spell later and Lily was flushing in embarrassment as the parchments started to gently float behind James as he walked into the Prefect Meeting Room.
Throughout the entire walk from her dorm room through the countless corridors and moving staircases, the thought of using magic to help her hadn't even crossed Lily's mind. Trying to reign in her blush, Lily entered the room and made her way to James, who had set the floating stack on a table and was perusing through one of the parchment sheets.
“Are these the lists of assignments for the prefects for the Yule Ball?” inquired James, as he pulled a couple more papers from the pile to look over. Lily nodded.
“Yes. I went ahead and added some checklists for each assignment, so the Prefects had a guideline they can follow. I thought that since last meeting we assigned each Prefect with a job, this meeting we could go over what each of their assignments is going to entail.”
James nodded in agreement and started to organize the lists. “We might as well use our Head meeting to put these in order by assignments, so when we go over their duties with them during the Prefect meeting, we don't have to go hunting to find the particular parchment we need.”
Lily gave James a broad smile. “That's a wonderful idea, James!”
James gave Lily a bland stare, and for a moment, Lily was afraid she had pushed James farther than their new shaky companionship could handle.
Instead of snapping at the red-haired girl, James gave Lily an minuscule grin. “Of course it's a wonderful idea, Evans. I'm a Potter! Coming up with wonderful ideas is second nature to us.”
Ducking her head, Lily smiled as she sorted the stack, glad that James wasn't being a prat and was actually willing to hold a conversation with her.
Any further conversation between the two of them was stalled when the one person Lily had no desire to see walked into the room.
Daphne, strolling into the Prefect Meeting Room, took one look at Lily's pleased grin, the flush over her cheeks, along with the severe lack of a scowl on James' face, and promptly threw herself across the room to drape herself on her boyfriend.
“James! I've missed you so much! I haven't seen you since forever ago!!”
James raised his eyebrows as he looked at his beaming girlfriend. He took a glimpse over at Lily, who had her head down and was shuffling through the parchments on the table furiously, despite the fact her eyes were glued to the two of them.
“We saw each other during dinner,” replied James, apparently confused.
“Oh, I know, it just seems like such a long time!” With a sly glance towards Lily, Daphne continued. “I just wanted to thank you for last night, I had a wonderful time.”
James noticed Lily stop her shuffling and was staring at the Ravenclaw Prefect in disgust, though he couldn't figure out for the life of him the reason for the Head Girl's sudden bad mood. That couldn't be jealousy on her face, could it? James turned his attention back to Daphne as he decided that he must have just been imagining things.
“Well I'm glad you enjoyed our Transfiguration review...” said James, nodding his head and furrowing his eyebrows together in puzzlement.
Daphne ignored James' nonplussed attitude and coyly fluttered her eyelashes. “I was thinking, Jamsie, that for tonight you could accompany me on my rounds, and we could stop by the Astronomy tower...”
Lily practically growled at the smug girl as James gave his girlfriend a befuddled stare. “Er, alright. I'm free for the evening.” James, looking for an escape from the awkward situation, (despite the fact that he couldn't understand why he was feeling this way), quickly spotted Remus, who had just walked into the room for the Prefect meeting.
As James hurried over to greet his friend, Daphne and Lily each leveled a glare at the other girl. After a few moments of glaring, Lily rolled her eyes, shook her head, and turned her attention back to the lists, shuffling through them rather harshly.
Remus, after talking with James for a moment, made his way over to the Head Girl.
“Lily, are you alright? You look rather like someone just canceled the holidays.”
Lily frowned and continued to sort through the papers, mumbling.
“It's just Daphne, and then- with James- and how-”
Remus looked over towards Daphne, who had flounced off to James and was hanging off his arm as she cooed at him, throwing a glance in their direction every now and again. Remus was surprised to find that when he looked at Daphne now, he felt no feelings for her whatsoever – especially because of how Daphne was childishly trying to make Lily jealous.
“Weird!” thought Remus. “Maybe James was right! She's not my type – she is a complete turn-off to me right now, compared to the beginning of the year where I couldn't keep my eyes of her!”
With a quiet “oh...” of understanding, Remus put a comforting hand on Lily's shoulder. “It's alright Lily, I understand.”
Lily turned towards Remus, her eyes suspiciously bright as she surprisingly gave him a large, rib-crushing hug. “Thanks Remus, I just really need a friend right now.”
Remus awkwardly patted the sniffling girl on the back as he tried to breathe. “Um, no problem.”
By this time, the rest of the Hogwarts Prefects had arrived for the meeting and were all milling about, chatting and waiting for James and Lily to start. Remus turned slightly so his body blocked the other Prefects' view of Lily before gently prying her away from him to look at her with concern.
“Are you going to be alright?”
Lily nodded before hastily wiping the tears from her cheeks and giving Remus a bright smile, though Remus noticed it seemed rather forced.
“I'll be fine.”
With a parting wave, Lily marched over to where Daphne and James were standing before snatching James' arm from the Ravenclaw's leech like grip with impressive force from such a tiny person and hauling James towards the table again.
“Sorry, but we're ready to start, James.” As James nodded and ambled to the front of the room to start the Prefect meeting, Lily stood and faced Daphne's cold stare, matching it with a hard glare of her own.
Heading to his seat, Remus raised his eyebrows at James as he glanced towards the girls in an unasked question. In return, James shrugged as if to say, “I have absolutely no idea what's going on.” Before he could answer Remus' incredulous gaze, Lily rapped on the table next to him to gain the Prefects attention.
“Alright, we're ready to begin.”
For the remainder of the week, whenever Lily and Daphne happened to cross paths, it seemed as though daggers were shooting out of the girls' eyes as they glared maliciously at each other and the death stares would ultimately result in Daphne finding James as soon as possible to rub it in Lily's face and Lily rolling her eyes as she stormed off to sulk. Marissa and Rebecca, who both thoroughly enjoyed seeing Lily pissed off at someone other than themselves (or James, for that matter), ended up starting to take polls as to whether Lily or Daphne would crack first.
“Put me down for two galleons and a sickle that Daphne will be the first to pull Lily's hair.” whispered Rebecca to Marissa one afternoon during lunch as they watched Lily get up from the Gryffindor table to go to the Library and, as she passed the Ravenclaw table, determinedly refused to look towards the brunette Prefect, who was looking at Lily smugly and talking to her friend in hushed tones.
“Ooh, count me in!” exclaimed Sirius as he passed where Marissa and Rebecca were sitting and looked over Marissa's shoulder at the bit of parchment that she used to keep track of the bets. “I say five galleons that Lily throws the first punch this Friday! After that impressive Quidditch match, I'm not going to put anything past Lily Evans – she's a tough bitch!!”
James, in the meantime, still had no idea that any of this was going on, or that Lily had any feelings towards him whatsoever. He and Lily weren't exactly friends again, but they were however getting along quite nicely as teammates and as Head students. Deep down, James was still slightly mad and hurt (more hurt than mad) that Lily had slapped him and treated him so badly, but he was starting to slowly warm up to her again for the sake of making it easier for them to work together. And despite James being clueless to all the girl drama that was going on, he did notice that Lily wasn't the most happy of people lately. She seemed to be scowling a lot more than usual and many times, James thought that her scowl was because of him, not realizing that her mood had changed because Daphne had walked into the room or that somebody had mentioned James' girlfriend.
The rest of the Marauders, along with Rebecca and Marissa, were all getting extremely frustrated with James' blissful unawareness (which Rebecca liked to refer to as his “eternal denseness”) and Sirius decided that it was time that they all took desperate action to separate James from his overly-clingy girlfriend. Sirius was successful in shanghaiing Remus in the plot, (who was sick of seeing Daphne all over James and the crushed look on Lily's normally cheerful face) along with Marissa and Rebecca, but the group still had a major problem – they still had no idea how they were going to break James and Daphne up without either of the two of them realizing that they were being set up. That is, until one day when a revelation came to Marissa and Rebecca.
Lily, Marissa, and Rebecca were all walking to the Head's Common Room after dinner that Sunday night, and were jovially laughing at Marissa's story about her whacked-up dream involving Professor Flitwick, Hagrid, a bunch of house-elves, the Giant Squid and an enormous barrel of mulled mead, when Lily suddenly stopped giggling and stared straight ahead of them with a look of revulsion on her face. Following her gaze, Marissa and Rebecca spotted Daphne skipping down the stairs, coming straight towards them.
Lily quickly pivoted on her right foot to turn and walk in the opposite direction. “I'll meet you guys in my common room,” she said dully as a frown clouded her face. “I'm going to take the long route through the tapestry on the third floor.” She then hurried off, with a magical black cloud forming uncontrollably over her head.
“Wow, she sure does get in a tiffy whenever ol' what's-her-face shows up, doesn't she?” said Marissa as both she and Rebecca looked over their shoulders at Lily's retreating back.
“No kidding. Can't say I blame her, though. That girl is a nightm – AUGH!!!” Rebecca had just turned her head around to find Daphne Holmes right up in her face, grinning ear to ear.
“Hi!” said Daphne cheerfully as Rebecca put her hand over her chest to try and alleviate her rapidly beating heart after that initial shock of having someone else's nose just inches away from her own. “We've never been properly introduced, I don't think, and since I'm dating your twin brother, I definitely think that we need to become great friends, and we need to do it right now! I'm Daphne Holmes – Ravenclaw Prefect.” She held out her hand to Rebecca and waited for Rebecca to grab it.
Rebecca raised her eyebrows incredulously at the smiling girl as if to say, “you really think you're brave enough to come and talk to me? Wow, you're dumber than I thought”, while Marissa bit her lip to try and stop herself from laughing her head off.
“I already know who you are, and you know who I am so why don't we skip all the frivolities of getting to know one another and get on with our own very separate lives?” replied Rebecca coldly as she pushed past Daphne in an attempt to walk away, but Daphne remained persistent and began to follow her. Marissa trailed behind them, occasionally snorting from her silent fit of giggles.
“But I really think that we should get to know each other better because we're both important people in Jamsie's life!” explained Daphne, who was struggling to keep up with Rebecca's fast pace.
Rebecca's disgusted frown became even more etched into her face as she rolled her eyes. “Oh, yes, of course! Being one of Jamsie's many girlfriends makes such a great impression on his life! You're so important to him even though he's only known you for about two months as compared to myself who shared a freaking placenta with him!”
Daphne missed the sarcasm in her voice and put her hand on Rebecca's shoulder.
“Oh, I'm so glad you understand, Becky!”
Rebecca stopped dead in her tracks and turned around to face Daphne.
“What did you call me?” she whispered dangerously.
“Uh oh! You shouldn't have done that!” choked out Marissa to Daphne, malicious laughter dripping from every word she said as she wiped the tears of mirth from her eyes.
At the murderous look in Rebecca's eyes, Daphne had dropped her arm and unconsciously took a step away from the girl.
“See here, you pathetic excuse for a witch,” growled Rebecca vehemently, “I think you are the most annoying, brain-dead little squirrel that I have ever had the misfortune of breathing the same air with. A miserable floozy like yourself will NEVER truly mean anything to my brother other than a warm body to snog the hell out of until a better candidate comes along! If I so much as catch you sneezing in my direction, I'll rip out each one of your gaudy fingernails and feed them back to you!!”
With a final glare, Rebecca spun around and stormed off down the corridor, leaving Marissa laughing hysterically at Daphne's confounded and slightly frightened expression.
Patting the stunned girl on her shoulder, Marissa reigned in her laughter. “Don't worry about her - just don't go near her for about a month, and she won't hurt you... too permanently!!”
After jogging to catch up with her fuming friend, Marissa leaned her weight on Rebecca as she started to laugh again.
“Now now, Rebecca, you have to be nice to those dim-witted mortals!! After all, you just might make one of them cr – AUGH!!!” Just as Marissa started to turn towards the branching corridor, she came face to face with a grinning Amos Diggory.
“Hey, Rissy!!!” Amos gushed, pulling Marissa's hand towards him. “I saw you walking and I thought that I should walk you to wherever you're going!!”
Rebecca, who until this point had been grumbling under her breath, grinned evilly at the shocked blonde. “What was that about dim-witted mortals, Rissy?”
Marissa spared a glare towards Rebecca before attempting to pry the clinging Diggory off her arm.
“Look, Diggory, as much as I appreciate the attention, I really don't have the time. So I hate to say hi and bye in the same sentence, but I've got to go!”
Finally freeing herself from the simpering Hufflepuff, Marissa shot off down the hall, leaving Rebecca smirking widely at Diggory.
“Don't worry, she'll only avoid you for the remainder of your existence, but at least there's hope for the afterlife!”
Sauntering down the branching corridor, Rebecca wasn't surprised to find Marissa hiding behind the next corner.
“Did he follow you?”
“Does it look like I'm hiding him under my robes or something?”
Rolling her eyes at Rebecca's antics, Marissa fell in step with the Gothic girl. “God!! Those two are so freaking annoying!!! It's like they're made for each other or something!”
Rebecca shrugged distractedly and continued walking a few more steps before she realized that the blonde was no longer beside her. Looking back, she spotted Marissa gaping in amazement.
“I just had myself an apostrophe.”
“I think you mean an epiphany.”
Ignoring Rebecca's bemused correction, Marissa stretched her arm out and wiggled her middle finder as she moved her hand towards her temple.
“Lightning has just struck my brain.”
“Well, that must hurt.” replied Rebecca deadpanned, wondering if her friend had been ingesting her experimental potions again.
“No, listen!” exclaimed Marissa excitedly as she grabbed Rebecca on the shoulders, her eyes wide as she stared at Rebecca. “We need to go catch Sirius and Remus! I just figured out a way to get Little-Miss-Ravenclaw-Prefect out of the way!!” Marissa squealed as she started to do a happy little jig (which was pretty impressive in her 3 inch stilettos).
“But we promised to meet Lily in her dormitory -” Rebecca's protests were waved off by Marissa as she roughly turned Rebecca around and pushed her in the direction of the Gryffindor Common Room.
“Oh this is much more important than working on Sprout's blasted diagram!! Come on! Dash it all!!”
A/N: Missus Moony: Padfoot, can you believe that we've made it all the way to chapter 30?! Missus Padfoot: Omg, no!!!! We're amazing!!!! Missus Moony: Well, we would have never made it this far without all you magnificent readers and reviewers out there so this story is all thanks to you guys! Missus Padfoot: Especially you guys that have been faithfull readers from the beginning and have been reviewing for EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER!!! You know who you are... Missus Moony: Yeah, big kudos for you! Anyways, now go do what you do best and review! We know you're just itching to do it! We'd really appreciate it! Missus Padfoot: And we're just having a love-fest today and we just want to let you know how much we appreciate you all and love you all!!!! Mwah! Spread the love, baby! Spread the love! Missus Moony: .....Uh, yeah, what she said...
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