A.N. / This is my third fanfic. I have written, From a Second Glance. And it’s sequel, It’s a Beautiful Life. This story has nothing to do with that saga. I wanted a story about Lily and James. If you haven’t read The Order of The Phoenix, don’t read this fanfic, it has spoilers. I don’t own anything at all; it all belongs to J.K. Rowling. There are parts from the 5th book in this chapter. So here it is…..
Lily Evans was sitting with her best friend, Cassidy O’ Brian. Cassidy was a very pretty girl, she was light skinned like Lily, but unlike Lily’s straight auburn hair, Cassidy had curly blond hair. Being fifth years, they were some what known…but not as well as the Marauders. Which in their case was a really good thing; they were both the top girls in their class. Lily was prefect, as she was smarter than Cassidy, and honestly Cassidy wouldn’t want it any other way. The two girls were relaxing after their last exhausting OWL test. “Where are Alice and Gabriella?” Lily asked Cassidy, looking around for her other two friends.
Cassidy sighed, Lily always had to know everything, “Their off with their boyfriends again.”
“Surprised are you?” Cassidy laughed.
“Well, kind of, Cass. I thought they’d hang out with us…we did agree that last night, remember?”
“Oh yes Lily I remember...but they have boyfriends, we're second best until they break up."
“Oh yeah. I forgot they don’t remember us.” Lily sighed. “Why aren’t you with Remus?”
“Remus?” Cassie laughed. “Remus and I are just friends, nothing more. You know I don’t like to hang around him when he’s with his friends. Peter is just creepy and smells really bad, Sirius thinks he’s a god and can get any woman in bed that he wants and….”
“James Potter is the biggest airhead alive,” Lily snarled. Lily truly hated James with a passion. James Potter was the ringleader of the Marauders, or maybe co-ringleader, because Sirius Black did keep up his pranks with James. Since the beginning of this year James had been asking her out at least two times a day, and it was very agitating. He was starting to stalk her now, and it had been more than once that she’d gotten so sick of it that she smacked him across his face.
“Hello ladies,” Remus said as he joined them where they were sitting. Remus was the only Marauder that the girls got a long with. Lily and Cassie hung out with Alice and Gabriella a lot, but they also liked James and Sirius…to which Lily and Cassie really didn’t like at all. “So where are Alice and Gabriella?
“Well,” Lily started. “I imagine that Alice is where Frank Longbottom is, you know that their dating now, right?”
“Yeah, Sirius told me they were dating today after the OWL test today, odd couple they are…aren’t they? I’d never imagine Alice and Frank together, oh well. So where is Gabriella?”
“Ug. I don’t see what she sees in him.” Remus chuckled shaking his head.
“Me neither,” Cassie said starting to gag again. “So where are your friends?”
“Um, Peter is watching Sirius and James mess with Snape again.”
Lily looked up, pink bubbles streamed from Snape’s mouth; the froth was covering his lips, making him gag, chocking him. Lily had had enough of those two always bullying someone, she got up and ran to defend Snape and give James a telling off.
“Uh oh, there goes trouble,” Cassie said smiling.
“Yes, she sure is something else isn’t she…care to watch her give James a telling off again?” Remus asked.
“But, of course,” they got closer.
“Leave him ALONE!” Lily screamed running to the boys.
James and Sirius looked around. James’s hand that wasn’t holding his wand at Sirius jumped to his hair to make it messy…as usual. Lily rolled her eyes.
“All right, Evans?” Said James, and the tone of his voice was suddenly pleasant, deeper, and more mature, than it had been when Lily had been watching him just moments before.
“Leave him alone,” Lily repeated. She was looking at James with every sign of great dislike. “What’s he done to yo9u?”
“Well,” said James, appearing to deliberate the point, “it’s more the fact that he EXISTS, if you know what I mean…”
Many of the surrounding watchers laughed, Sirius and Peter included, just feet away from Lily and James. Remus and Cassidy were a few feet behind Sirius and Peter, they weren’t laughing, and neither did Lily.
“You think you’re funny,” she said coldly. “But you’re just an arrogant, bullying toerag, Potter. Leave him ALONE.”
“I will if you go out with me, Evans,” said James quickly. “Go on…go out with me, and I’ll never lay a wand on old Snivelly again.”
Behind him, the Impediment Jinx was wearing off. Snape was beginning to inch toward his fallen wand that was on the ground, spitting out soapsuds as he crawled.
“I wouldn’t go out with you if it was a choice between you and the giant squid,” said Lily.
“Bad luck, Prongs,” said Sirius briskly, turning back to Snape. “OY!”
But too late; Snape had directed his wand straight at James; there was a flash of light and a gash appeared on the side of James’s face, spattering his robes with blood. James whirled about; a second flash of light later, Snape was hanging upside down in the air, his robes falling over his head to reveal skinny, pallid legs and a pair of graying underpants.
Many people in the small crowd watching cheered. Sirius, James, and Peter roared with laughter.
Lily, whose furious expression had twitched for an instant as thought she was going to smile, said, “Let him down!”
“Certainly,” said James and he jerked his wand upward. Snape fell into a crumpled heap on the ground. Disentangling himself from his robes, he got quickly to his feet, wand up, but Sirius said, “Locomotor mortis!” And Snape keeled over and went as rigid as a board.
“LEAVE HIM ALONE!” Lily shouted. She had her own wand out now. James and Sirius eyed it warily.
“Ah, Evans, don’t make me hex you,” said James earnestly.
“Take the curse off him, then!”
James sighed deeply, then turned to Snape and muttered the counter curse.
“There you go,” he said, as Snape struggled to his feet again, “you’re lucky Evans was here, Snivellus…”
“I don’t need help from filthy little Mudbloods like her!”
Lily blinked. “Fine,” she said coolly. “I won’t bother in future. And I’d wash your pants if I were you, Snivellus.”
“Apologize to Evans!” James roared at Snape, his wand pointed threateningly at him.
“I don’t want YOU to make him apologize,” Lily shouted, rounding on James. “You’re as bad as he is…”
“What?” yelped James. “I’d NEVER call you a…you-know-what!”
“Messing up your hair because you think it looks cool to look like you’ve just got off your broomstick, showing off with that stupid Snitch, walking down corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can…I’m surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fat head on it. You make me SICK.”
She turned on her heel and hurried away.
“Evans!” James shouted after her, “Hey, EVANS!”
But she didn’t look back.
“What is it with her?” said James, trying and failing to look as though this was a throw away question of no real importance to him.
“Reading between the lines, I’d say she thinks you’re a bit conceited, mate,” said Sirius.
“Right,” said James, who looked furious now, “right…”
There was another flash of light, and Snape was in the air hanging upside down. Lily turned around when she heard Snape yell, Lily looked at all three of them with disgust. Lily approached Cassie and Remus again. “Cass, can we go? If I stay out here any longer, I’ll kill the three of me…and Azkaban doesn’t sound too good to me.”
“Alright,” Cassie said knowing this was true. Lily really did hate James Potter to the bone. “Guess we’ll see you later, Remus. You might want to calm your friends down before Professor McMullen comes out here and raises hell and you all get in trouble.”
“Yeah,” Remus sighed.
As Lily and Cassie went up to the castle to go inside and up to Gryffindor Common room they heard, Sirius yells “Who wants to see me take off Snivelly’s pants?” Lily’s eyes rolled again, and Cassie knew that Lily was really mad.
Once up in Gryffindor Common Room, on their usual couch that they sat on…and the Marauders, except Remus, would come and bug them. “Lily are you okay?”
“Am I okay? I’m so mad! I hate James Potter with such a passion! He’s such an arrogant, selfish, sexist pig! He thinks because he’s a Marauder, and he’s top boy in our class that he’s all that. I can’t stand him!”
“Wow, Evans. Didn’t know you hated me so much.” He said smugly.
“AHHHH!” She screamed.
James got closer to her, but not too close afraid she’d give him a black eye. “Maybe you wouldn’t hate me so much Evans, if you’d date me…wanna be my girlfriend?”
“NO! Leave me alone! I hate you!” She went up the girls’ staircase to their dormitories.
Cassidy was laughing, still seated on the couch that she had been occupying with Lily; James sat down with a sigh. “Why does she hate me so much?” James asked with a sigh.
“James, do you know how big-headed you are? She hates that…she hates it with a passion.”
“Why is that?”
“You remind her lot of her older sister, always picking on someone. Ever since Lily could walk and talk, Petunia has always been mean to her. You think you’re so cool and so sexy. James, do you remember the sixth year foreign exchange that was here last year?”
“Stoyan Krum? Yeah, why does this have anything to do with Lily?”
“They dated for a short time….”
“She fell for him…really hard, and…”
“Well,” Cassie sighed. “He ended up cheating on her, with Narcissa Black.”
“Eggh! Narcissa Black…are you kidding me…she’s got an awful personality and an awful face. So what does that have to do with me?”
“It has to do with every guy that roams the Earth, and has a thing for Lily,” Cassie said. “She doesn’t trust any guys what so ever.”
“Just for a guy cheating on her?”
“Well, there’s more than that…that she doesn’t trust guys.”
“What is that?”
Cassie shook her head no, “I can’t tell you that. That’s a secret and I swore on our friendship I’d never tell a soul. She’ll have to tell you.”
“Cassidy!” He yelled. “You can’t get me going and then be like ‘She’ll have to tell you,’ that is bull!”
“I can’t tell you James.”
“Why not?!” He whined.
“Because it isn’t any of her business to tell you, Potter! Get over yourself, you don’t have to know everything. Not everything and everyone revolves around that big head of yours!” She yelled at him and stormed back up the stairs to her room.
“I need to go check on her,” Cassidy said excusing herself out of the Common Room. “Later James.”
“Wow!” Came a voice behind James, “you really know how to put that ‘Potter Charm’ on her don’t you, James?”
“Shut it Padfoot.”
Sirius began to laugh as he threw himself on the couch where Lily and Cassie had been. “Well, you’ve got to think about it. You’ve had this little crush on Lily Evans since the beginning of the year, and she’s still turning you down.”
“May I add the only girl that has ever turned me down,” James piped up.
“Yes, yes, Prongs I know.” Sirius chuckled. “But, how many times do I have to tell you, give up on Lily Evans, she’ll never give you the time of day.”
“I’ve got to figure out a way some how.”
“I think you’re only going after her, because she’s the only girl that you can’t have.” Peter said. Sirius and James gave him a death glare, Remus looked up from his book amazed that Peter actually had the guts to say that.
“That is not why I keep going after her,” James raised his voice.
“Then do tell, Prongs.” Remus said closing his Transfiguration book, “why do you keep trying to get Lily Evans?”
“I don’t know…” James said thinking for a moment, “there’s just something about her that I don’t see in any other girl.”
“That she’s censoreding hot,” Sirius said, and James hit him in the back of the head for that. “Ow! What the hell was that for?!” A pillow came from Remus’s way and hit Sirius, also. “What the hell is it?!” Sirius now yelled, “Beat up Sirius day?!
Remus sighed, “I don’t have time for this.”
“Where are you going?” Sirius asked questionably.
“Up to our dorm, I need to catch up on my reading.”
“Ug.” Sirius groaned sounding like he was nauseated, “You’re getting as bad as Evans.”
“Good, maybe I can pass Potter up for Head Boy.”
“Remus your nuts, you’d never pass up James.” Peter said quietly.
“I don’t know…it’s two years away…and I’m not really keen into getting the job.” James said nonchalantly.
“Yes, but your mum and dad are.” Sirius said.
“Don’t remind me Padfoot.” James looked a little sad, but then an idea came to his mind. “Want to go have a visit to Hogsmede? I want a Sugar Quill really bad.”
“Yes! An expedition!” Sirius said starting to dance around.
“What are you doing?” James asked looking very disgusted.
“My happy dance.”
Peter didn’t look impressed either, “I’m leaving…I’m afraid this is contagious. Besides Amy is waiting for me.”
James and Sirius turned around and gasped at their friend, “Wormtail!” Sirius said starting to get all excited. “You’re still dating that third year?” Peter nodded. “What base?” Peter blushed and then muttered, “Second.”
“Aww, man you’re pitiful!” Sirius yelled, and Peter blushed even more. “Let’s go, before I put pity on this poor man, Prongs.” James took his invisibility cloak out of pants pocket and put it over Sirius and himself. Then pulled out the map and said, “I solemnly swear I am up to no good!” The school popped up on the map and everyone else was on it and little dots moved. James looked for the dot named ‘Lily Evans.’ Put, Lily Evans wasn’t up in her dormitory like she said she’d been. She was wondering around the Room of Requirement. But, why would she been in there, something was up…and James wanted to know.
“Uh, Sirius. I don’t think I want to go. I think I’ll just find Mary Monroe and go find a broom closet to make-out in.”
“Aww, alright, Prongsie.” Sirius said getting out of the cloak, “I’ll go bug Moony…that’s always nice.
Cassidy began coming down the Girls’ staircase, “Bingo!” Sirius whispered, “I’ll bug her, she gets really agitated and it’s so funny!” Sirius raised his voice so that Cassidy could hear him. “Hey Cass, where is Lily?”
“Upstairs asleep, she said she needed to be alone.” Cassie lied, she noticed that James wasn’t around. “Where’s James?”
“Oh…Jamsey?” Sirius said guiding Cassidy down to the sofa with him, “He went to go snog some girl.” James snuck out of the portrait hole to go meet Lily in the Room of Requirement.
Meanwhile in the Room of Requirement…
Lily sat on the bed in the room, it was exactly like her room was at her house in Surrey. Lily was curled up in a ball, with her back turned to the door, crying and clutching a letter close to her. She couldn’t believe this had happened, she needed to go talk to Dumbledore about leaving on Friday and returning on Sunday. She couldn’t believe her grandmother had passed away. Lily knew it wouldn’t be much longer, but it was heartbreaking. Lily’s grandmother had had cancer for a few years now, and she’d been going through chemo-therapy. Lily was hoping that her grandmother would be getting better. That she’d see her grandmother in a few short weeks, because they’d be going home for Summer Vacation in a few weeks…but then again, these things come when you least expect them. Lily looked down at the letter she’d received again from home telling her about her grandmother’s death. Petunia had written it, because their mother and father had been arranging the preparations for the funeral and memorial. Lily looked down at the letter again and re-read it.
Mum and Dad said that I should mail you telling you about Grandmamma. She passed away last night in the Hospital, the chemo-therapy didn’t work. They thought you’d want to come, since the two of you were so close. Obviously not close enough, since she doesn’t know about your freakiness. If she knew she probably wouldn’t even want you here. Mum and Dad have arranged the memorial to be on Saturday and the funeral on Sunday. They want you to see if your Headmaster will let you leave on Friday after classes and return Sunday night. That is if you’re actually normal enough to come to a funeral, which I know you’re not.
I’ll be attending both with my handsome boyfriend, Vernon Dursley, and don’t you dare try to put any hocus pocus on him, or I will kill you with my bare hands. You should bring a date, but you probably don’t even have a boyfriend, because you’re a loser.
So come if you want, but if you don’t anyone will miss you.
Don’t write back loser, no one wants to listen to you.
Petunia Evans (The REAL Evans daughter.)
Petunia and Lily had always had sibling rivalry, but they always got along…that was until Lily started Hogwarts. When Lily accepted to go to Hogwarts Petunia began to hate Lily…and every year the hate just grew and grew.
Lily couldn’t understand how she’d made Petunia so angry. No matter how much Petunia hated Lily, Lily would always love Petunia. The door opened behind Lily and she gasped, the boy that had entered closed the door behind him and locked it. “Go away, I want to be alone.”
“Lily, what are you doing here…why is this place decorated like this.”
Lily was now even more upset, that’s all she needed was Potter here to make her day even worse. Lily sat up and James didn’t expect what he saw, she had tears streaks all down her face and her eyes were full of tears. “Why can’t you leave me alone? Come to ask me out again?! Potter, I’m sick of it! Just leave me alone this isn’t a good time.”
“I’m sorry, I just saw you were up here…and I wanted to know why you weren’t up in your room…like you said you were.”
Lily sighed and James sat down in the chair across from the bed that Lily was on. “I don’t know why I’m telling you this, because I don’t like you.”
“I know you don’t.”
“But, I’ll tell you.”
“Potter, I need someone to talk to.”
“So why me?”
“You’re the only person that noticed I was gone and came looking for me. So if you don’t want to hear then leave and leave me alone.”
“No, I want to know.”
Tears began to leak out of her eyes again and James felt so sorry for her, “My Grandmamma died yesterday of Cancer, it’s a muggle…”
“I know what it is, I pay attention in Muggle Studies.”
Lily began to sob and for some odd reason James knew he had to get up and sit by her and comfort her. James sat next to her and put his arm around her waist, and she put her head on his shoulder. “How long have you known that she died?”
“Since I went to my bed, I read it and told Cassie to leave me alone that I was going to sleep. She went to take a shower and I snuck out.”
“I didn’t even see you leave,” James said impressed.
Lily sat up and looked into his hazel eyes and James breath was taken away when he looked into those beautiful eyes of hers. He’d never looked directly into them. James had always fancied Lily Evans, since the first day he saw her, but since the beginning of the year she just progressed to be more and more beautiful. “I did an invisibility charm on myself and ran and ran and I found this room. It comforted me, it’s like the room at my house. When I was little my Grandmamma helped me decorate it…it’s been like this for years, she got Cancer and I couldn’t dare change my room.” She began to sob again and she herself crying on his shoulder. They sat like that for almost an hour. Lily crying and James stroking her back and soothing her. Lily finally realized that she was in a room with James Potter and she wasn’t wanting to kill him.
“Oh, James!” She sobbed, “You must think of me terribly common.” James chuckled and she sobbed, “Oh no! You do!”
“NO!” James said very fast. “No, Lily I don’t. I know you’re under a lot of pressure and you’re very upset about your grandmother. I just thought it was a little funny.”
“What’s funny?” Lily said still very much upset.
“You’re upset and coming to me for comfort…and you’re caring about how I feel about you.”
Lily chuckled a little, “Yeah I did didn’t I? Who’d have thought it?”
“Not I,” James began to fidget.
“What did your sister say to make you so upset,” James asked and Lily sighed. She handed him the letter. “No, Lily I couldn’t.”
“Please Potter. I’ve told you everything else, just please do it for me…please.” James began to fidget again. “Before I change my mind,” she said.
He chuckled and began reading it, and James began to feel hate more and more for the person who wrote this. Finally when he finished reading it he looked up at Lily…he felt so sorry for her, he couldn’t see how someone could hate Lily so badly. Lily was crying again, and James had to hug her.
“You know she’s right,” Lily sighed sitting back.
“That I’m such a loser that I don’t even have a boyfriend, or a date to go to the funeral with.”
“Whoa?! Muggles bring dates to funerals? I thought funerals were suppose to be sad.”
Lily chuckled at this, “They are, but haven’t you ever gone to a funeral and usually someone is there with another person?” James nodded, “Well, in the Muggle world…or maybe just my friends and family, call it a date.”
“So who are you going to bring?” James asked.
“No one, I’m a loser. I couldn’t get anyone.”
James almost chocked on his own saliva, “Lily are you joking me? You could get any guy in this school.”
“Potter could we not talk about it?”
“I’ll go with you Lily.”
“I said I’ll go with you.”
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