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Chapter 15 : Boyfriend and...Boyfriend?!
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Lily walked to the Great Hall the morning after the outrageous party. Somehow, the Marauders had managed to keep it going until four in the morning. Professor McGonagall had to break it up, and she hadn’t been the least bit happy about it.
Lily had awoken a few hours after she had fallen asleep to the professor’s screams, and had smirked into the darkness after she fully comprehended the situation. Finally, the Marauders had gotten what they deserved. What surprised her was that she hadn’t heard Professor McGonagall single out any of the Marauders. All well. Hopefully they all received detention for that week or any of the weeks that followed, considering how angry Professor McGonagall had been.
“Mornin’, Lils.” A voice said groggily. Lily didn’t have to look behind her to know that it was Philip.
“How late did you stay up last night?” Lily teased him.
“Only until three.” Philip said innocently. No wonder the poor guy had bags under his eyes, Lily thought. Not only did they lose the game, they had gone out and practiced late last night.
“How did practice go?” Lily asked him. Philip let out a groan and rubbed a hand over his face.
“Please don’t remind me.” He whined, “Jenson was so tough on us. It’s like he thought we were no better than beginning Second Years. If he wasn’t my best friend, I would’ve yelled at him at some point.”
“That bad, huh?” Lily asked. Philip nodded and let out another yawn. Of course, Lily had to yawn too because of his yawn being contagious. They laughed at each other as they rounded a corner that led to the ever-changing staircases. Philip stopped walking when he saw them, and Lily turned to give him a questioning look.
“I don’t feel like dealing with the staircases today.” Philip explained and Lily nodded in agreement. They were both so tired that they’d probably forget where they were walking and miss a staircase that had moved from the position they usually used it at.
They found the door that led to a set of stairs that would bring them to the floor below them and slowly followed that. It was rather dark, so they could barely make out the stairs. Neither of them had the decency to think of lighting the way; that’s what they get for staying up so late.
“Hey, Lily.” Philip sounded hesitant as he turned to face Lily before opening the door to the next floor. She looked up at his face, and could just see it from the light shining out of the cracks in the door. She could make out his hands rubbing and a nervous look on his face.
“Yes?” Lily asked, truly wondering what he was so nervous about. He glanced at her, looked down at his shoes, took a deep breath, and then looked her clearly in the eye.
“Will you be my girlfriend?” He suddenly asked. Lily was surprised at that question, but the thought did appeal to her. He was definitely a nice guy, he was a good-looker, and she knew she could depend on him not to suddenly break up with her. That was her greatest fear of being with James Potter. Why was she even thinking of him when a guy she had always dreamed of was standing in front of her?
“I’d love to.” Lily said in barely a whisper, but a bright smile spread across her face as she knew it was true. He grinned back as a look of relief briefly crossed his face.
“I know it’s a jerk of me to just run off after asking that, but Jensen is making us
practice some more this morning. I’ll need a head-start on my broom to relax before he starts complaining at everyone. It sure is hard work holding out on your best friend.” Philip apologized. Lily laughed as she thought of her doing that quite a few times with Alice, Kara, Tyler, Kyle, Lindsey, and the Marauders, which didn’t happen a lot.
“I completely understand. Besides, you guys need to practice.” Lily joked, and got a soft swat in the arm by her boyfriend. Grinning ear-to-ear, they just looked at each other for a moment. Philip gently stroked her cheek with his thumb, and Lily felt herself blushing.
“See ya later, Lily.” Philip said, and left her feeling a little unfocused. Shaking her head she continued to the Great Hall, but wasn’t alone for very long.
“Good morning, Lily!” Remus suddenly appeared beside her, and he was alone. That was kind of odd to see this early in the morning. Ok, it was almost noon, but after a party like last night, it was early for her or any other normal teenager.
“Hey.” Lily replied back, actually relieved to see him alone; she wasn’t in the mood to deal with the other Marauders after so little sleep. Besides that, she didn’t want to get into a yelling match with James over last night. Being Head Girl, she would have to talk to them about it some time.
“Can I speak to you alone?” Remus asked after scanning the hallway carefully. Lily nodded uncertainly, and he led her quickly down the hall and into an empty classroom a little ways from the Great Hall. He shut the blinds and magically locked the door, then turned towards her.
“So, what’s up?” Lily asked at this furtive behavior. He didn’t reply immediately, as he put a spell on the door so no one would hear them. Lily was really beginning to wonder what this was about. Had the Marauders done something stupid and he needed her help for something?
“Have you seen the posters around school?” Remus asked. Lily shook her head. Okay, it seems that she was safe; she didn’t need to worry about the Marauders being in huge trouble. She mentally released a sigh of relief.
“Well, Sirius danced with a girl at the ball and he’s looking for her. So, in an attempt to get her to reveal herself, him and James put posters all over the school this morning. I’m surprised you didn’t notice them, what with them being pink and orange and yellow.” He explained.
“Oh. I was too tired to even remember left from right this morning. Especially since you guys kept the party going till about four this morning.” Lily gave him a glare. However, he held his hands up as if to hold her off an attempt to physically damage him.
“We did no such thing. Actually, we left the party around eleven and tried to find her. Of course, searching for someone who would be in their dorm resulted in nothing.” Remus proved his and the other Marauders’ innocence.
“Okay, so what does this have to do with me?” Lily asked.
“Just the fact that we both know the girl very well; she always studies with us in the library.” Remus pointed out. Lily though for a moment over who she was, then comprehension dawned on her face.
“B…” She started, but Remus clamped a hand over her mouth.
“SHH! Don’t say it! We don’t want anyone to know until she wants Sirius to know.” Remus explained hastily. Lily nodded to show that he could let go of her mouth. Goodness, this had to be a big deal! Even after all the spells, he still used extra precaution. She supposed that made sense since someone could find a way around the spell with the counter-spell.
“Alright. So what are we going to do?” Lily asked.
“We’re going to have a private conversation with Cinderella.” Remus said, “Tonight, if at all possible.” Lily grinned; she was so looking forward to this new match-making game.
“Come on, we’d better get to breakfast before James sends the whole school out to look for us.” Lily said. Remus laughed at that, but also agreed. He had actually done that one time, when they hadn’t showed up for lunch because they were in the library. It was a funny sight to see this mob of students wanting to find them first burst into the library and all receive detentions.
“The story is: you cornered me about the party last night.” Remus said as he took the spells off.
“Well, it’s partially true. “ Lily laughed as they left the stuffy room.
“MOONY!” Sirius shouted when he saw Remus come out of the room and ran towards them. Lily hurried out of the way as Sirius tried to jump into Remus’ arms.
Remus let out a groan as he tried catching Sirius, but it didn’t work. Lily giggled at the horrified look on his face as they crumpled to the ground. Sirius was lying on Remus with the silliest grin on his face when James walked up to them. Upon seeing the position his two best friends were in, he let out a girly shriek.
“Well, I never!” He said in a high-pitched voice, “See if I ever go out with you again.” He then threw his nose in the air with a ‘humph’, flicked his hair and pranced away swinging his hips.
“Jamie! No! Wait, Sweetie!” Sirius called in the deepest voice he could muster and climbed off Remus. Lily had to compliment him on his acting skills; he looked truly concerned about James walking off ‘angrily’.
“I can’t believe you thought I’d cheat on my sweet Jamie for the likes of you!” Sirius then turned on his heel and stomped off after James while swinging his arms in the imitation of a caveman.
“Well, fine!” Remus stood up and called in a high-pitched voice “I’ll just find someone better! Like Lily!” He then turned to Lily, grabbed her hand and practically dragged her to the Great Hall.
When they entered through the doors, they saw James and Sirius walking to their usual seats, holding hands. Remus began to swing their arms back and forth as he strutted across the room with Lily. She laughed and joined in by skipping.
As they walked like that, gossip began. People whispered everywhere, wondering if they were actually going out. Some girls began to worry if James and Sirius were boyfriend and… err… boyfriend. A few even cried over that, wanting so badly to go out with either of them. Of course, the Gryffindor tables let loose whoops, whistles and applause. Not to mention all the other guys cheering James and Sirius on.
Lily and Remus took their appointed seats across from James and Sirius, and they all burst into laughter. They laughed hard enough for tears to come to their eyes, but that was the usual affect of the Marauders’ disease: A very contagious laughing disorder began by James Potter, Sirius Black, or Remus Lupin (or all of them) in which tears form in your eyes and you cry actual tears of joy.
“So, when did you two get together?” Phillip asked as he suddenly, and surprisingly, appeared behind Lily. She looked up quickly, partially in surprise that practice was over so soon and partly to make sure he didn’t actually believe that. Knowing the Marauders for so many years, he had a grin on his face as Remus answered.
“Just this morning.” He said smugly, still using the high-pitched voice. James let out a snort.
“Only because my Suri wouldn’t go out with him.” James teased in his high pitch as well. Lily gasped, faking ignorance to that statement.
“I can’t believe you!” Lily gently slapped his arm and pretended to bawl her big, loving heart out. Remus was rubbing his arm like she had really hurt him as Phillip sat down and pulled Lily into his arms, which she had meant to happen all along.
“There, there, Lils. I’m here for you.” Phillip whispered soothingly. At the sight of Lily in Phillip’s arms, James had to suppress anger, but couldn’t hold back his jealousy. How was it she only liked guys from other houses? Not only that, but they just had to be guys he liked and couldn’t pummel to a pulp? Fate was cruel to him; it was just so cruel.
“We’re over, Remus. Phillip is my new boyfriend now.” Lily said as soon as she could stop the tears that had fallen while she was actually laughing against Phillip.
“But, Lily…” Remus looked purely devastated. If Lily didn’t know better, she’d actually think she’d broken his fragile heart.
“No buts, Mister.” Lily said sternly, “You became my boyfriend for a really bad reason,” She sniffed and wiped away the tears, “You really hurt me, and I just can’t be with someone who doesn’t love me as much as I love him.”
She didn’t know how much those words affected everyone who heard them. She just meant them as a joke, but the others took them seriously. Phillip grinned as he buried his head in her hair to stop the others from seeing how much that pleased him. Sirius and Remus on the other hand, sneaked a glance at James, and could see he desperately wanted to shout out that he loved her more than she could imagine. Not only was he desperate to get that out, he was devastated to know she loved Phillip.
“I’m sorry, Lily.” Remus said, to try and get the funny mood back in, “I just love Sirius so much…”
“Aww, that’s so sweet!” Sirius realized what Remus was trying to do and adopted his deep voice again, “I love you, too!” With that, James stormed out of the Great Hall, using it as an excuse to get away from heartbreak. Sirius then threw himself across the table into Remus’ arms…again.
“Let’s let the love-birds have some privacy.” Phillip whispered in Lily’s ear. She blushed at his intimate talk, and nodded.
“We don’t want to hang around and watch them do something they shouldn’t.” Lily said loud enough for Sirius and Remus to hear. Sirius gave her a wink and threw his arms over Remus’ shoulders.
“Yah, the professors might have to use force to break us apart.” Remus giggled and fluttered his eyelashes at Sirius. Lily and Phillip laughed, but quickly hurried from the room, just to be on the safe side.
“Those Marauders sure are a hoot.” Lily said as they walked hand-in-hand onto the beautiful Hogwarts’ grounds, shaking her head and grinning at the same time.
“I can’t imagine them any different, though.” Phillip smiled wryly. Lily agreed, and then remembered his unexpected appearance.
“What happened to bring you back so soon?” Lily asked. Philip suddenly had a sheepish grin on his face.
“Well…” Philip seemed to have a little joke stored in his pocket.
“What happened?” She pressed, pulling him to a stop so she could look him in the eyes.
“Ok, I’ll tell you.” Philip was grinning even broader now, “When I arrived at the Quidditch Pitch, the team was pretty much ganging up on Jensen. I know that he’s my best friend and all, but it was so funny to see his face go beet red as they accused him of being a mean captain. Of course, when Tracey started yelling that he was a big, fat monkey, I couldn’t help but laugh my head off.” Lily laughed at that thought too. Tracey was a girl who got along with everyone, thus she didn’t like calling people names, “I turned to Jensen and told him that I agreed with Tracey, and stormed off with the team in my wake. Of course, Jensen wasn’t really offended by this; he simply yelled that the next practice would be tomorrow around six, and we’d better be on time.”
“You are so mean to him!” Lily cried, and tried to look angry at him. However, the thought of the whole team storming off after calling their captain a monkey wouldn’t let her.
“Am not!” He said indignantly. Lily just laughed as they walked through the tall trees that made up the entrance to the beautiful garden.
“I love this place.” Lily said, “When I was in first year, I used to come here all the time to read and do homework.”
“Why don’t you anymore?” Phillip inquired as Lily stopped to smell the many different flowers along their path.
“James found me here once, and it kind of ruined the perfect little sanctuary I had for myself.” Lily explained. However, she was thinking that she didn’t care that James knew where it was anymore because of their new friendship.
“Was that in his first ‘stalking’ year?” Phillip asked. Lily blushed at how she had exaggerated their confrontations in that year…and all the ones that followed.
“Well, not exactly. See, I just over-exaggerated the bit about him stalking me because he was getting on my nerves.” Lily explained, suddenly very shy. For some reason, she didn’t want him to think she was an idiot for what she had done.
“That’s definitely an understatement. We both know he asked you out all the time, so a little kid would only assume that to be the closest thing to stalking.” Phillip laughed. Lily grinned as they sat down.
They sat in silence for a while as they took in the view. Lily realized after a few minutes that Phillip was sneaking glances at her and fiddling with the hem of his robes. He even opened his mouth a few times, but quickly shut it before anything came out.
“Is there something you want to tell me, Phillip?” Lily caught his eye as he glanced at her. She caught him blush slightly before he cleared his throat.
“Well, Lils, do you remember what you said in the Great Hall about your boyfriend?” He asked carefully. He didn’t want to come right out and say it, hoping she’d figure it out and say what he hoped she would.
“The part about you being my boyfriend?” Lily cutely crumpled her brow as she tried to remember exactly what she said.
“No. It was after that.” Phillip helped her along. His hands began to shake slightly as he worried about all that could go wrong: what if she didn’t feel the same way?
“Oh! The part about loving my boyfriend and him loving me back?” Lily asked softly. Phillip grinned when she figured it out and looked into his eyes.
“Yes. That part.” Phillip whispered.
A/N: ^_^ Sorry everybody, but I just couldn’t resist! Besides, be happy, you got more of a story than I had traditionally started to write. Please review and tell me how to improve (other than no more cliffhangers). Thanks to all my friends!! Now, now, Caitlin and Allison…DON’T KILL ME!! Pwease?
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