Chapter 1 : Under Pressure
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One moment can change it all. One minute, everything is perfect, or at least it is perceived as perfect after that perfection is breached. Then, a split second later, reality comes crashing down. Her parents were dead. She didn’t have a place to live anymore. Once summer came around (which was sooner then she realized) she would have to fend for herself. She couldn’t burden her friends any more than she already had. They had helped her far more than they knew it. Besides, although they would both gladly offer her a place to stay, she knew that neither of their families had room for her to stay with them. If only Petunia wasn’t being such a brat over it all and blaming Lily for their parents death. She wasn’t even there when it happened, and even if she were there, she couldn’t have done anything to save them. Petunia thinks that just because Lily can do magic, she can fix anything, but she cannot. Maybe she would try writing her another letter explaining her situation.
Lily Evans shook her head to clear it of these thoughts. She would deal with the housing situation when the time came. Right now she was trying to focus on studying for her OWL’s. She couldn’t concentrate on her reading about werewolves, so she let her eyes roam across the common room. There were quite a lot of people in the common room since curfew was in about 30 minutes. For a few seconds she watched a couple of second years playing Gobstones, and she winced as one of them was squirted in the face. She noticed that a lot of fifth and seventh years were studying for their important exams that were coming up in the next few weeks. Her eyes wandered over to the corner of the room, where Sirius Black and James Potter were trying to get Remus Lupin to partake in what was most likely a prank, while Remus tried to convince the two of them to study.
Lily didn’t really know the three of them, nor did she know their fourth friend, Peter Pettigrew. They were housemates and classmates, and that’s the furthest their relationship went, besides in Potter’s dreams. From her people watching over the years she deduced that Potter and Black seemed to be somewhat self-centered, what with them always cursing or pranking innocent bystanders, all for just a laugh. They seemed to think that they were better than others and that they deserved whatever they wanted. She didn’t dislike them, per se, but she didn’t really like their attitudes and how they treated others. Potter tried too hard to impress people, especially Lily, and only seemed to be himself when he thought no one was paying attention. She didn’t understand his infatuation with her, and she decided that he didn’t either. Black tended to act first and think later, especially when he was bored, which she couldn’t blame him based on the rumors she’d heard about his family. He was handsome, and because of this all of the ladies adored him, even though he seemed oblivious to them. Those two were the loudmouths of the group and were always calling attention to themselves. Remus and Peter were the quiet ones. Remus had a way of instilling calm in anyone. He also had this way of avoiding any questions that he didn’t want to answer. She wasn’t sure how but she has watched him dodge many uncomfortable questions throughout the years. He was intelligent, and he had an unexpected streak of mischief, which she supposed was why he got along well enough with Potter and Black. He always looked like he was recovering from a nasty bout of the flu, and he always looked guilty, as if he were hiding something. Remus was the only boy out of the group that she would consider calling her friend. The two were the Gyffindor prefects that year, so they had patrol duty together. It was during these patrols that Lily learned about Remus’ mischievous and witty side. Peter was the last fifth year Gryffindor boy. Lily wasn’t sure if he was only part of that group because he shared a dorm with them, or if he had some hidden qualities. She noticed that he was an excellent liar, although he hid it well enough by stuttering and cowering. He also seemed to appear out of nowhere, but she wasn’t sure if this was because he is just an unnoticeable person or because he could blend in excellently into his surroundings.
“Are you people-watching again, Lily?”
Lily jumped and looked around to see her two friends, Riley and Gemma smirking at her for being caught unawares once again.
“No. I was just thinking,” Lily replied to Riley’s question. “Where were you two anyways? Weren’t we supposed to meet up 30 minutes ago? And why are you covered in…never mind. It’s probably best that I don’t ask.”
Riley decided to answer the unfinished question anyways. “Well you see Lily, Gemma decided she was hungry and…”
“OI! I did not! You were the one who suggested that we go to the kitchens. It isn’t my fault that you were too busy drooling over that Hufflepuff Matt Bishop in the library to realize that it was dinner time.”
“I wasn’t drooling! And it’s your fault why we are covered in this gooey stuff. You were the one who decided to take a bloody ‘short cut’. Turns out that the ‘short cut’ took an extra 20 minutes, and not to mention it was a trick so that whoever walks through gets covered in green goo. Who the hell would do that anyways?” Riley retaliated while trying unsuccessfully to get the green slime off of herself.
Lily started giggling at the two and their antics. She didn’t know what she would do if she didn’t have them in her life. The two had comforted her during the worst time in her life, and they continued to comfort her. She couldn’t even imagine what they would do If they knew that Petunia was being a bitch and wouldn’t let Lily stay with her.
After a few more minutes of their arguing, Lily took pity on them and tried to clean them up with a simple spell, only to realize that by using the spell, she made it worse. The two retaliated by rubbing the green goo in her hair and running away laughing in order to clean themselves up. She chuckled once again before putting her books away and following them to their room.
3 weeks later, after the Defense Against the Dark Arts Exam
Lily was starting to worry about the housing situation. She still hasn’t told Riley and Gemma about her living problems because she didn’t want them to worry. They knew that something was wrong with her, but every time they asked, Lily just vaguely replied that it was nothing important. She was starting to look pale and clammy and was becoming feverish from stressing so much.
Since it was a nice day out after their DADA exam, Lily decided to join a group of people hanging out by the lake. She decided to forget about her problems for a day and relax with her friends when she noticed James Potter and Sirius Black picking on Severus Snape once again. She couldn’t quite understand what they had against him. She grew up with him and he wasn’t all that bad. Sure, he might like the Dark Arts a little too much, but he wasn’t evil or anything like that. It wasn’t until Potter used Scourgify on him that Lily decided they went too far.
“Leave him ALONE!” she screamed at them.
“All right, Evans?” Potter answered in a charming voice.
“Leave him alone. What’s he done to you?” she asked, hoping that it was Severus who started it, but somehow knowing this to be untrue.
It wasn’t until Potter answered with “Well, it’s more the fact that he exists if you know what I mean…” that had Lily losing her temper. Honestly, sometimes Potter acted as if he were God. She called him an arrogant, bullying toerag and warned him once again to leave Severus alone. Lily barely had the words out of her mouth when Potter responded.
“I will if you go out with me, Evans. Go on…go out with me, and I’ll never lay a wand on old Snivelly again.” He looked kind of hopeful when he said this.
“I wouldn’t go out with you if it was a choice between you and the giant squid,” she responded.
“Bad luck, Prongs,” Black said while laughing before he saw Severus had reached his wand. “OI!” he yelled as a warning, but the warning came too late. Severus had already shot a curse at Potter that cut his face and had splattered his blood everywhere. Potter responded by hanging Severus upside down. The sight of Severus in his graying underwear had Lily holding back a smile. After Potter let Severus down and Black used another curse on him, Lily pulled her own wand out. The two wouldn’t dare duel with her. She was known for her dueling.
“Ah, Evans, don’t make me hex you,” James said somewhat warily.
“Take the curse off of him, then,” she responded. He listened to her and let Severus go while saying, “you’re lucky Evans was here, Snivellus.”
“I don’t need help from filthy little Mudbloods like her!” Snape said. The hurt kicked in and Lily realized that maybe Severus wasn’t as innocent as she always believed him to be.
“Fine,” she said coldly. “I won’t bother in the future. And I’d wash your pants if I were you, Snivellus.”
She was lost in her thoughts when she heard Potter ordering Snape to apologize to her. She wasn’t sure if it was all of the built up stress on top of the thought of losing a friend, but Lily let go on James. After screaming that they made her sick, Lily ran off to the Astronomy Tower.
The nerve of him, of all of them. She couldn’t believe that they were being that petty, she thought on the way to the Astronomy Tower. Her anger as well as her fever had tired her out. After pacing on the Astronomy Tower for about ten minutes, Lily felt light-headed. “Oh shit,” she murmured before blackness engulfed her.
“Is she alive?”
“Padfoot, you idiot, of course she’s alive, she’s still breathing!”
“Ow! Moony, why’d you have to hit me? It’s not like I knew,” Sirius responded while rubbing his arm. “Do you reckon that when she said we made her sick she meant it literally?” he said with a small smirk before Remus punched him again. “Hey, if now’s not the time to joke, then when is?” he asked before moving aside to dodge another punch.
“You don’t think the Slytherins got to her, do you?” Peter asked Remus.
“No, she looked flushed when she was yelling at James, but I assumed it was out of anger and not because she was sick. James, you really need to stop flustering her so.”
“I know, I know, but whenever I go near her I am an idiot,” James responded while shaking his head.
“We better take her to the Hospital Wing before some Slytherins do get to her,” Peter said.
“Good morning, sweetheart!” A deep voice said when she opened her eyes. The person turned away before she could see who it was in order to yell to some other people. “She’s finally awake.” It was upon this statement that Lily recognized the voice and saw the others in the room.
Why would Black and Potter be waiting by her bed, especially after she basically told them that she hated them? And where were Gemma and Riley? She was trying to figure this out when she heard Peter say, “Damn it, she’s gone and fainted again.”
“I haven’t fainted, don’t get your panties in a twist. What do you guys want?” she asked warily, surprised that they even cared that she would faint again.
“We were just making sure that you’re alright,” Remus said with a glance at James.
Lily instantly became guilty for suspecting them. They were kind enough to actually bring her to the Hospital Wing, and here she was practically insulting them.
“I’m sorry,” she started out while trying to figure out what she was going to say next. “I probably shouldn’t have yelled at you as much as I did by the lake, even if most of what I said was true. I’ve just been so stressed lately what with OWLS and being homeless and whatnot. You guys don’t always make me sick-”
She was rambling and she knew it, she just didn’t know how to stop it. Why was she telling this to four guys she didn’t particularly like when she couldn’t even tell her best friends?
“Woah, slow down there, Red. First off, why are you worrying about your OWLS? Everyone knows that the top four brightest people on our class are standing in this room right now, and that you’re probably the brightest of us all. And second, why are you homeless?” Sirius asked.
"Umm...well, my parents died a few months ago and my sister won't let me live with her because she thinks that it is my fault our parents died in the car crash…”
“Well, we just can’t let that happen, can we?” Peter said while exchanging glances with James.
“I’m sure that Jamesy-boy here would just love for you to stay in his house until further notice. Hell he’d probably think he’d died and gone to heaven,” Sirius said with a smile.
“Alright then, so it’s decided that Lily is going to move into the Potter’s household until she can find a place, or her sister stops being a bitch,” Remus declared.
“I couldn’t do that! How can you just assume something like that without even asking your parents, Potter?” Lily replied angrily, not exactly liking where this conversation was going.
“Huh, what…” James responded dazed.
Sirius took pity on James and pitched in with “Mum and Dad would love to have a girl around, especially the one that their son has such interest in.” After a quick look at James, Sirius continued speaking.
“We better get Prongsy here somewhere before he faints from shock. It’s not every day that the love of your life moves in with you,” he said while he and Remus all but dragged James out of the Hospital Wing.
After thinking it over, she decided that this was the best she could have, even if she did have to live with Potter all summer. Maybe around his parents he would be better behaved. She laughed at that thought before thinking about all of the pranks or curses she could practice on him if he tried anything.
Even though she was still confused about how she had let this happen, she realized that she was going to live with the Potter’s.
Updated author's note:
So after re-reading my story and re-reading the whole Harry Potter series I realized how much I disliked a lot of my writings. I've been working on editing the entire story, even though there are only four and a half chapters finished. Some chapters you might notice huge differences in them, such as this one, and others you probably won't. Basically I decided that James already had a crush on Lily whereas in the other version he didn't. Subtle changes can make a huge difference.
About the fifth chapter... I could be done with it now, but it wouldn't end right, and no one likes those types of endings that aren't really endings. I'm going to try my hardest to finish it within the next couple of days, so hopefully that will be up soon.
As always, feedback is greatly appreciated. Let me know what you liked and what you didn't. Also let me know if you have any ideas. I apologize for all of the typing errors and gramatical mistakes. Hopefully there aren't too many.
Once again I'm apologizing, only this time it's for this huge note.