A/N: Well I’ve been working on this story for a very, very, very long time. You have no idea. So I am very happy that it is up! I have two things I will say in this authors note.
One- I want to donate this story to my wonderful friends Meghann and Daniela who pushed me extremely hard to post this. I love you guys!
Two- Music greatly influences my writing so in every chapter there will be a little clip of what song (for me) relates to the chapter the most, so enjoy!
Be My Escape- Reliant K
I’m giving up on doing this alone now
Cause I’ve failed and I’m ready to be shown how
He’s told me the way and I’m trying to get there
And this life sentence that I’m serving
I admit that I’m every bit deserving
But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair
Cause I’ve been housing all this doubt and insecurity and
I’ve been locked inside that house all the while You hold the key
And I’ve been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there’ s no way in knowing where to go, promise I’m going because
I gotta get outta here
Cause I’m afraid that this complacency is something I can’t shake
I gotta get outta here
And I’m begging You, I’m begging You, I’m begging You to be my escape.
Chapter 1: Escaping Petunia
“You, you, you LITTLE WITCH!” screamed Petunia Evans.
“Well that’s the WHOLE IDEA!” bellowed Lily Evans, and with that, she marched out of her house and slammed the door.
How Petunia infuriated her! Lily tires to be nice, tried to be civil, but Petunia was intent on hating Lily because in reality, Lily was a witch and attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardly. Petunia hated anything out of the ordinary. Petunia was also a bit jealous of Lily. Lily was 17, lean, but with long crimson hair and bright emerald eyes. Petunia was 19, tall and gangly with thin blonde hair and blue, glassy eyes. It wasn’t that Petunia wasn’t pretty, but Petunia had to spend at least an hour on her hair to look as Lily’s did with out makeup and beauty products.
As Lily walked onto the sidewalk, still fuming, she thought about her and her sister’s fight. Lily was too upset to remember it had been over Lily getting the position of head-girl at school. As se rounded the, she set off towards the park two blocks away. Lily was not only angry, but she was sad. When they were young, Lily and Petunia had gotten along, but then Petunia got older, and Lily got accepted to Hogwarts. Twisted with jealousy, Petunia began to hate Lily. By Lily’s fourth year Petunia would barely acknowledge her.
Lily entered the park. She barely registered that she had tears running down her eyes. Still thinking about Petunia, she walked into someone.
“Oh sorry,” she started, but she couldn’t finish her sentence. It was James Potter. James Potter, theMarauder (what his little group of friends called themselves) James, the arrogant, self-centered prat. Lily has always hated him because of his attitude and being an arrogant, self-centered prat. But by the end of sixth year, he had begun to tone down his arrogance and was able to have a few civil conversations.
James Potter, heart breaker of the school. Messy black hair, hazel eyes, glasses, hot body James Potter. James Potter, boy who claimed was in love with her. He looked up in surprise. “Ev-Evans”, he said astonished. As he said this he ran his hair through his hair. “What are you doing here?” he asked.
“What am I doing here!? I live three blocks away. What are you doing here?” she said as she hurried and wiped her tears.
“My father’s cousin’s daughter is getting married to a muggle born. They are having a party,” He shrugged. “What’s wrong?”
Damnit thought Lily I thought he wouldn’t notice.
“Nothing. Where’s Sirius?”
“Oh he went to Remus’ for the night, my aunts wants family only, but don’t change the subject. “What’s wrong?”
Lily sighed. She knew how stubborn he was. “Well my sister and I don’t get on well. Well, we-she hates me because I am a witch and now she-we had a row while making dinner. So I left the house.” Why the hell am I spilling my guts out to this perfect bo- no prat-ugg...Damn him!
“Oh,” said James, leading her to a bench and they sat. “Well you’ll make up I’m sure.”
But Lily snorted, “Fat chance,” she said wiping her tears.
"I have an idea,” said James. “I’ll go back to my aunts, get some muggle money and we will get a bite to eat- just as friends.”
Friends, she mused, what a foreign word when it comes to James Potter.
Lily looked up reluctantly, “James, I couldn’t.”
“Oh come on” said James airily. “You just said you were making dinner so you must be hungry. I’ll be quick. Please?” he asked.
“Fine, I’ll meet you back here in 5 minutes?” she said.
“Umm, make that 10, I’ll have to find and tell my parents, but I’ll hurry”
“Okay,” she said giving him a small smile, and they both exited the park.
Lily walked back home and went into the backyard, behind the bushes. Lily had recently just passed her apparition test and apparated right to her bed. She quickly brushed her hair, grabbed a bag and a sweatshirt and apparated back behind the bush. She then walked back to the park thinking the whole time of James Potter.
-What the hell am I doing? Going to eat with James Potter! I barely know the guy.
-Just as friends. Anything to get away from Petunia, right?
-He is rather cute though and seems more mature
-Shut up, Shut up, Shut up! Just as friends, just as friends, just as friends!!
As Lily sat down on the same bench as before, she looked at her watch. Five minutes to spare. Damn. She looked towards the entrance and groaned. The three girls she loathed more than anyone (not including her sister) in the muggle world had just entered the park. Jessica Williams, Madison Chopan, and Allison Baker. They had always hated each other in grade school, and whenever they saw each other during the holls, it was unpleasant. All the guys fell for them, and Lily felt like she couldn’t compete in looks anyway. She hoped they wouldn’t notice her and hoped James would come soon.
The ring leader, Jessica, looked over and saw Lily sitting on the bench alone. She smiled maliciously and started over to her. Damn thought Lily.
“Oh look whose here girls,” Jessica stated. Amazing observation skills this one has “Isn’t it our dear friend Lily.” The others nodded.
“Well hello Jessica, Madison, and Allison,” said Lily in a mock sweetness tone. “It’s been too long or not long enough”
“Oh look, the cow has wit!” said Madison. Allison giggled.
“Oh Evans you think your so smart” said Jessica.
“Oh, from the girl who still on a grade 5 reading level,” said Lily coolly.
Jessica glared at her. “Oh Lily,” she said matching Lily’s tone, “Brains are only a small part of it. You need to be able to get a guy. You need to be pretty.”
Now it was Lily’s turn to glare. She was just about to retort when she heard,
Hey Lily” and an arm snaked around her waste. She looked up smiling. James was standing there. He gave her a small wink and said “Sweets, are these friends of yours?” He asked, inclining his head.
“Oh yes, love,” Lily said fighting back laughter. “This is Jessica, Allison, and Madison.”
James smiled sweetly and said, “Don’t you just love reunions? Sorry…Erm... ladies, but we best be off if we’re going to make dinner,” and with a broad smile from James and a contemptuous look from Lily, they walked off.
As soon as they were out of sight, they burst out laughing. “That was bloody BRILIENT,” laughed James.
"Did you see their faces? Their mouths were hanging open!!” laughed Lily even harder. They were laughing so hard they were clutching each other for support.
"I don’t think I’ve laughed this hard all summer,” said Lily clutching her sides.
"Glad to be of service,” said James with a lopsided smile.
“They’re gonna hate me more loath fully than ever now,” said Lily.
"Why do they hate you in the first place?” asked James.
Lily thought, “I’m not quite sure, ever since I can remember. We have always had this mutual hatred. They picked on me, I made a fool of them," Lily said. “How much did you hear” she asked him curiously.
"The bit where brains is only a small part of it when getting a guy, and you have to be pretty,” he said showing the firsts signs of anger.
“Oh well yeah that’s normal” Lily said.
James looked angry but smiled and said, “Where do you want to eat?”
“Um, well, there’s this great burger place on the next block.”
"So to the burger place then,” he said and Lily laughed.
When they sat down James looked serious. “Do you listen to them Lily?”
Lily looked at him, though not meeting his eyes she said, “No, not really…Oh and thanks for pretending to be my boyfriend before, it was a laugh,” she said, desperate to change the subject.
“Yeah, a laugh,” he said dryly.
That night Lily and James really got to know each other. They laughed some more and talked. The thing that surprised Lily the most was that James had changed. He wasn’t so arrogant, conceited, or self-centered. After they finished and were walking through the park, Lily was thinking about all this. James looked at her. “What” he said simply.
"Hmm,” she said.
“Why are you smiling?”
"I am? I was just thinking about something.” Lily sat on the swing.
“Oh,” said James as he sat on the swing beside her. “What about?”
“Well, I was actually thinking about how much you changed,” she said matter-of-factly.
James looked surprised. “Really?” he asked.
“Really,” Lily smiled.
As Lily began to swing, James was entranced on how the setting sun shimmered off her hair. James began to swing too, still watching Lily.
“What,” she asked as she swung back and forth, higher and higher.
“Nothing,” James said quickly. “Watch this,” he called and jumped off the swing and landed on his feet. “Now you try, its so much fun!”
Lily smiled. “I used to do this all the time when I was younger. Petunia hated it.” She swung one more time and let go.
She flew through the air and landed on her feet unsteadily. She wrapped her arms around James’ neck trying desperately not to fall, and he grabbed her around the waist to steady her.
They were close. Too close. Thought Lily. Their faces were inches apart. Inches!
She looked into his eyes. They were soft hazel. Lily was realizing how good looking he really was. Suddenly Lily felt a strange feeling come over her. She wanted him to kiss her. He was staring into her eyes. But they broke apart.
“See,” said James shakily. “I told you it was fun.”
She smiled. Maybe next time. Wait, I don’t want there to be a next time! Lily stole a glance to her watch. “Damn. I should be getting home soon, since I didn’t exactly tell my parents I was leaving.”
“I’ll walk you,” said James.
As they walked Lily said, “I wonder who the Head Boy will be this year.”
“Why?” asked James.
“Oh, I didn’t tell you? I made Head Girl,” said Lily proudly.
“Wow Lily, that’s great!” Exclaimed James giving her a high five; Lily laughed.
"I don’t want to overshadow your news but,” said James smiling, “I made Head Boy.”
Lily actually stopped. “James are you serious?” she asked.
“Yep, big surprise I know but―” but Lily cut him off.
"James that’s great!” she squealed and gave him a quick hug. He smiled even wider and ‘Was that a blush?’ thought Lily.
“Thanks,” said James.
As they rounded Lily’s corner, Lily stopped. She saw Petunia outside. “Well, I think it would be best, erm, not to mention, safer if we said goodbye here,” said Lily a bit uncomfortably.
“Ah,” said James eyeing Petunia. “That’s Petunia?”
“Huh,” said James. “Well, my father’s, cousin’s, daughter’s wedding is next Saturday, so maybe we can hang out again?” asked James tentatively.
Lily smiled. “Yeah, I would love that. Get me away from here,” she glanced towards her house. Then looking up at James, she tilted her head slightly and smiled. “I had so much fun James; thanks for making me feel better.” He smiled back and looked into her eyes. Her stomach fluttered.
“No problem,” he said with a crooked grin.
"Night James,” she said and reached up on her tip toes and gave him a swift kiss on the cheek. He looked stunned.
“Night,” he replied.
“Lily,” hissed Petunia. “Where the hell were you?”
“No where,” said Lily smiling.
“Who the hell is that?” said Petunia pointing to James.
“A friend from school,” said Lily smiling evilly, and she walked into the house with Petunia behind her hissing insults in her ear.
Lily just tuned her out and went to her room and threw herself onto the bed because at this point, she knew she had a new-found feeling for James Potter.
Yes, the very same James Potter she thought she hated. He had changed. He was kind, and not so conceited. He helped her when she was sad. She had been thinking about him all summer. Did she like him?
Lily buried her head into her pillow and sighed. Maybe, just maybe, she would give him a chance.
A/n: Please reveiw! =] Tell me what you think!
There is a Prequel up called 'A New Leaf', because i almost felt there wasn't enough explaination of how Lily didn't try and hex James when she saw him in the park.