As per usual, Lily got up early the next morning. She wanted to leave the night's craziness behind and see Marc. As she skipped over to the Gryffindor common room to find him, she heard some movement in a classroom and decided to investigate. She opened the door and found the person she was looking for in the arms of someone else, Marc kissing some blonde Ravenclaw. Lily resisted any feeling of upset and went straight to anger. She walked swiftly towards him and tapped him on the back.
“Marc.” She cooed.
Marc jumped a foot in the air. “Lily! Oh bugger, um his isn’t what it looks like. Er—I, I don’t know what to--,”
Lily quickly cut him of with a hard slap in the face and stormed out of the classroom, tears falling down her face that she swiftly wiped away. She turned and walked back to her room.
“Lily! Lily please wait!” Marc yelled behind her. “I need to talk to you!”
“What is there to say!? You’re a cheating bastard and there is nothing to say! So stay the hell away from me!” She yelled, breaking into a run.
Lily had crawled into her bed as soon as she got back to her room and cried herself back to sleep with the vivid image of them together, and how long it had been going on and if she was what he was doing last night during the party.
At one o’clock in the afternoon, Lily got up and slowly stumbled out of bed. She pulled on a sweater and some jeans and made a decision right then and there. That Marc was not worth wasting time over and lunch was calling her name, even though food was the last thing on her mind.
She was half-happy, half-annoyed to see all of the marauders, Amelia and Jane already sitting and eating.
“Hi guys!” Lily said, her best attempt to be cheerful.
She got a couple of moans in response.
“Oh! Very good guys! So you’re all hung-over!?”
No one met her eyes. “Very responsible. Did I miss anything else last night?” Lily said faking intrigue, keeping up her charade, her eyes no longer red.
Peter finally piped up. “No Lily, but might I say you look very…good today.” Lily scrunched her nose and smiled looking anywhere but at him.
Peter continued. “Anyways, Lily I really wanted to ask you something. Well you see there is going to be a Hogsmeade trip in… well in a couple of months, but I was just wondering well maybe if you’d like to go with me?”
The entire group or maybe the entire Gryffindor table went dead silent. James dropped his fork full of eggs that was half way to his mouth on his plate, Sirius’ mouth fell open and Remus swallowed his food, staring at him, afraid what Lily would do to him, let alone James.
Lily looked at Peter and shook her head. “WHAT?” Lily coughed realising how loud she was. “What did you say, Peter?”
“HE ASKED YOU OUT!” James suddenly yelled, making the whole room flinch.
“Uh…Um Peter…I’m dating…” Lily started, realising that she wasn’t dating anyone. “I’m…”
“Oh…well you danced with me last night and Marc wasn’t there and I just thought… Sorry.”
“I’m sorry Peter…” Lily said in a whisper, getting up from the table and leaving the great hall without eating anything, having a sudden urge to take a shower, feeling royally disgusted and wanting to wash the already absolutely awful day..
Sirius and Jane walked to the lake after an extremely awkward breakfast.
“Jane, we need to talk…”
“He said since we started going out, he had changed too much and that he wasn’t himself.” Jane cried loudly, putting a spoonful of ice cream into her mouth. “That I didn’t like him as much as he did and….” Jane began to wail.
“Oh Jane! I am so sorry.” Amelia said, hugging her into her shoulder as she cried.
“Men are pigs.” Jane muttered. “How did you two find the only good ones?” Jane cried, lying on Lily’s bed.
Lily flung herself on to her bed with the pair. “But why would he make such a snap decision? What on Earth would compel someone to make a complete turn around and dump you? I mean what’s wrong with you anyways? Was there some other tart on the side that…” Amelia shot Lily a warning look. “Oh, sorry, I’m not helping.” Lily knew she wasn’t helping but she needed someone to talk to about Marc, she just didn’t want to say anything yet.
“No, you’re not!” Jane said with frown as she flung herself down next to her.
“He is just such an arse!” Lily fumed, still talking about Marc ,to herself anyways. “I just-just hate him! I can’t believe it!”
“Don’t hate him. I don’t hate him. He was right, I guess, I did change him…” Jane said, turning over onto her face.
“Ugh! Jane don’t you dare blame yourself. Okay, I need to get us some ice cream.” Lily decided, sweeping out of the room.
Lily spotted James face-planted into a sofa in their common room and was eager to continue venting.
“Potter, do you know what Sirius did?!” she said with a desperate tone, sitting at his feet on the couch.
“I think so, but he does so much stuff to annoy you, I’m not going to even try to guess.” James said groggily, turning over to sit up.
“He broke up with her! And now she’s up there heartbroken.” Lily said, uncontrollable tears springing to her eyes.
James couldn’t control himself. He pulled Lily against his chest and hugged her, rubbing her back. “Breathe, Lily. Jane can figure this out, she’s really strong, you know. You can’t always put everyone else’s problems on yourself.”
Lily continued to cry and James began to worry. I must have been bad if she was pouring her heart out to him. “Lily, are you sure that’s all you’re upset about. If it’s about Pettigrew, well, I’ve already seen to him. Lily, what is it?”
“It’s not just Sirius. And it’s not Peter, though that was really…weird…”Lily interjected her sobs. “It’s Marc.” She wailed.
James let go of Lily and sat back on his heels, holding her by the shoulders. “What did he do to you?” James asked sternly, voice as cutting like glass.
“Marc—blonde—empty classroom” Lily choked out.
James’ eyes widened with fury, somehow understanding Lily’s sobs. He hugged her and bolted out of the dorm, clutching his wand.
Lily had a smile on her face when she saw Marc’s empty seat in Herbology that morning. Even though it was completely unjustified for James to break both of Marc’s arms, it still made her mischievously happy to know that he was in the hospital wing. She did feel terrible for James though, who had a months worth of detention and double patrolling duty. Something about James seemed different since Marc came to the school. He was no longer acting like she was a challenge but he defended her and treated her more like a friend, rather than a piece of meat. And Lily couldn’t help notice the change.
A/N: The end of Jane and Sirius :( and of Lily and Marc :)
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