Chapter 1 : Asleep
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The Importance of Being…
Steam billowed from beneath the gleaming scarlet engine, small children ran through the clouds laughing. Out of the steam’s reach, men and women were hugging and kissing older children goodbye, who were in turn trying to avoid this complete social faux pas.
At 10:45 the clock above the platform chimed, serving as a reminder to the mass of people congregated on the platform.
At 10:46 a group of three boys arrived; each had the type of looks that made girls go weak at the knees, which had happened often, especially when an unsuspecting girl received a cheeky smile or wink from one of the boys. The three boys were called James Potter, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. They surveyed the crowd looking for someone; they spotted him being held in what looked like an iron grip by a large woman with a tear-streaked face.
“Don’t worry James, I’ve got the trunks, I wouldn’t want you to strain yourself” A rather harassed looking man appeared behind the three boys.
“Sorry dad.” James, who was a tall and slim, but well-built 15 year old boy, turned to help his dad with the trunks.
“Don’t help or anything guys.” James grumbled at his friends, (All three of the boys had the same build – tall slim and muscular – the only thing that made them appear slightly different from one another was their hair) Remus, who had sandy hair, unlike James and Sirius’ dark hair (although James’ hair looked as though he was constantly wind swept) went to help him.
“I wont, don’t worry,” said Sirius, who gave a group of 6th year girls a sly wink, watching as they collapsed into giggling messes. Sirius was by far the most attractive looking of the 3 boys, but as most of the girls of Hogwarts agreed, “It really depended what your taste was.”
“Fine Sirius, just make yourself useful and go and rescue Pete from his mum,” James shot a glance at the boy, who looked to be turning purple between his mothers arms.
Sirius made his way over to their friend while James and Remus hauled their trunks onto the train.
Five minutes later Remus and James were joined on the train by Sirius and Peter, who was muttering a garbled thanks to Sirius for saving him from being suffocated by his own mother
“Its fine Pete,” Sirius looked at the boy next to him; he was definitely the odd one out of the group, not as tall as the other three and definitely not as good looking. Most of the girls at Hogwarts thought he had a rodent feature about him, which was just “wrong” in their opinion.
“Come on, let’s get a compartment before they’re all gone,” said James, who began to drag his trunk behind him.
“I can’t, I’ve got Prefect duties,” Remus shrugged at his friends, who smirked.
“Go on then Mr. Perfect,” Sirius joked, punching his arm lightly.
“Right Moons, well just find us when you’re done, ok?”
“Will do.” And with that he made his way to the front of the train.
“You’ll notice he’s left his trunk with us,” James said, looking down at the four trunks.
“He’s a prefect Prongs, not stupid,” Sirius laughed, then picked up his and Remus’ trunks before following James’ lead and following him down the train, leaving Peter to cover the rear.
At 10:59 the boys had made their way right through the train and were now in the last few compartments. James opened the second to last one to find it empty but for one blonde girl, who sat with sunglasses on, leaning against the window, a black Labrador curled up at her feet.
“Sorry, we were just looking for a compartment,” James tried to explain, but when he received no reply he took a step in, allowing Sirius to get a look in.
“Who is it Prongs?”
“Dunno, she must be new, whoever she is she’s asleep, so we should just leave her.” And so the three boys went to the last compartment, which was thankfully empty.
At 11: 45 Remus and a red haired girl had made their way through the full length of the train and had reached the last two compartments.
“Lily, I really don’t see why you won’t give him a chance.”
“Really, Remus? You can think of no reason why I would continually refuse to go out with James Potter?” The red head looked at Remus, a slight smile tugging at her lips. She liked Remus; it was his choice of friends that were the problem.
“Fair enough,” Remus smiled at Lily “Come on, let’s get this done.” He peered into the compartment that contained the mystery girl; the dog looked up at him and growled.
“Who is it Remus?” Lily asked, trying to look in the cabin.
“I don’t know, I’ve never seen her before”
“Don’t think so, she looks too old.”
“Well, just ask her,” Lily said impatiently as Remus had refused to move to allow her to look inside.
“She’s asleep Lil’, I don’t want to wake her up,” He eyed the dog who was still growling at him, “come on, let’s go.”
They made their way to the compartment that held the three boys.
“Why Lily,” James’ hand immediately ran through his hair. “How nice of you to join us, I feel highly privileged.”
“Well don’t Potter!” The feisty redhead snapped at him, causing his three friends to smile. She turned to leave, but stopped when she heard Sirius speak.
“Did you see the bird next door Moo-Reems?” Sirius wiggled his eyebrows,
“What do you reckon?”
“Leave. Her. Alone. Black!” She hissed at him.
“What? I haven’t even done anything!” Sirius put his best innocent schoolboy expression on his face, which was reserved for teachers and Lily.
“No, not yet you haven’t! Now just leave her be!”
“And how would you know if we did anything anyway,” Sirius narrowed his eyes at Lily, “you’ll be too busy sitting with your hoity toity friends at the top of the train.”
“Fine, I’ll sit with her.” With that said Lily marched out of compartment, slamming the door behind her, leaving Remus feeling slightly guilty for not stepping up, but they were his friends. He sat on the floor and challenged James to a game of exploding snap.
Lily made her way up to the compartment where her friends had seated themselves.
“Sorry girls, I’ve got to go and sit down the bottom.”
“Aw Lil, why?” A brunette whined at her.
“Because the “Marauders” are planning on terrorising a new student and she’s on her own, and I feel kind of sorry for her,” Lily shrugged at her friends.
“Always looking out for the little people. But are you seriously going to sit with a first year?” A girl with mousy brown hair asked, her eyebrows raised.
“No. I don’t think she’s a first year, looks like she’s at least our age, maybe older, but I don’t know.”
“Oooooo, an exchange student.” The brunette squealed. “We’ll come and see you in a bit yeah?”
“Ok yeah, see you in a bit girlies.”
Lily waved to her friends before dragging her trunk to the compartment she was going to share with the girl.
As she walked in, the dog lifted its head from the floor to look at her, but after deciding she wasn’t a threat placed its head back between its legs. Lily took a seat opposite the girl and looked at her with her sunglasses on, then looked out the window where the sun was shining brilliantly. Shrugging her shoulders, she pulled a book out of her trunk then settled back to her reading. She could hear the boys next door talking and laughing; that was a good sign, it was when they went quite that she worried.
Three hours into the train ride, the dog stood up and made its way over to Lily’s seat.
“Hello gorgeous,” she tickled the dog behind its ears, then had a look at the tag on its collar. “Indie is it?”
The dog looked at her with a puzzled look on his face, as if he was asking her “Have you seriously just asked me if that’s my name?”
Instead he just gave her a paw to hold, causing Lily to chuckle, “Sirius will love you, he’s got a thing for dogs.” Smiling Lily patted him on the head.
“Indie, leave her alone.” The voice startled Lily, she looked at the girl who had sat up and was – Lily assumed – looking at her from behind the violet lenses in her sunglasses.
“I’m Lily, Lily Evans. It’s really nice to meet you.” Lily smiled at the girl; it was making her slightly nervous not being able to see her eyes.
“I’m Lyla.” The girl smiled at Lily, who relaxed slightly. Lyla had long blonde hair, and Lily soon learned that Lyla was quick to laugh, and behind her mane of long gold hair was just an immature teenager, much like the boys next door, who, now she thought about it, had been relatively quiet for the past hour.
“I should probably let you know that you’ll probably catch the attention of at least one of the Marauders,” Lily told her, rolling her eyes as she did.
“The who now?” Lyla looked confused.
“They’re a bunch of immature little boys who like to play tricks on people and generally cause mayhem. They also happen to be the schools biggest players; well, three of them anyway.” Lily raised her eyebrow as a whine issued from outside the door where the “Marauders” were listening in.
They had been planning to barge into the room, causing Lily’s head to explode, instead they all trooped in with disappointed looks etched on their faces – Indie made his way over to the boys and began to sniff around Sirius enthusiastically, who crouched down to scratch the dog behind the ears.
“That’s low Lily,” Peter sulked.
“Who said I was talking about you?” She sneered at James, whose ears promptly turned red.
“Aww Lil, I know you don’t really mean it, and one day you’ll see that too,” James gave her a wink.
“So aren’t you going to introduce us? That’s extremely rude little miss prefect.” Sirius chuckled.
“Shut up, Sirius.”
Lyla chirped up at this, she had been sat listening to the exchange between the five teenagers but that name had caught her off guard.
“Sirius? As in Sirius Black?” She asked, sunglasses still stuck to her face.
Sirius stood up from playing with Indie, a curious look on his face.
“Yeah, do I know you?”
With a huge smile plastered on her face, she snatched her sunglasses off. One of her eyes was a deep brown, but the other was the most violent blue that any of the group had seen, bar Sirius; he’d seen it before.
“Oh. My. God” Sirius gasped. “Lyla fucking Capulet!
Sirius launched himself at her and picked her up in a bear hug. “What the fuck are you doing here?” He asked, laughing as he put her down.
“I’m starting Hogwarts, surprisingly enough. How are you? I haven’t seen you for like, 6 years!”
Sirius and Lyla sat down and began to catch up, leaving Lily, James, Remus, and Peter staring at the pair.
“What’s goin’ on?” Remus asked no one in particular.
“No idea,” James answered “But I think they know each other.”
“Sharp as a tack you are, Potter.” Lily sneered at him, but she was too distracted by the turn of events to slap him away as he sat down next to her.
“So... what’s been going on with you? Why didn’t you write?” Lyla smacked Sirius lightly on the arm as she tucked her sunglasses in her pocket.
“What?! Me? I bloody did write, you never replied!” Sirius shouted at her.
“Well I never got one letter off you.” She shrugged “I s’pose it was my mum and dad.”
“Ahhh, such lovely people,” Sirius shook his head and his eyes landed on Indie, who had sat in front of the pair, watching them intently.
“So this must be Indie!”
“Yep, he’s a big lad now, 7 years old.” Lyla snapped her fingers and the dog trundled over to her and rested his head on her lap.
“I cannot believe it, last time I saw him he was running around stealing underwear.”
“He only ever did that to you,” Lyla laughed. “And I think you deserved it, to be honest.”
“I didn’t do it on purpose.” Sirius sulked, folding his arms over his chest.
“What did you do, Black?” Lily asked, casting Lyla’s eyes furtive glances. Lyla didn’t seem to notice, as there was a glazed over look about her eyes.
“I may have forgot to feed him….for three days.” Sirius looked guiltily at the dog that just barked, wagged his tail, walked over to Sirius, and jumped onto his lap. “Well, I think he’s forgiven me.” Sirius laughed picking up Lyla’s hand and placing it on the dog, she frowned.
“Sirius, he’s not supposed to do things like that, you’re already being a bad influence on him. Indie here!” She let out a short sharp whistle, and immediately Indie jumped off Sirius’ lap and sat back down next to Lyla.
“Wow, you’ve got him well trained,” Remus said, clearly impressed.
“I should hope so; I don’t need him pulling me under the Knight bus,” Lyla laughed. Sirius laughed with her then, noticing his friends’ confused looks, stopped.
“What’s up guys?”
“Well Padfoot, it’s just that erm…” James voice trailed off as he eyed Lyla.
“Prongs, she’s blind.” Sirius smiled at his best friend.
“Oh,” James’ face flushed. His wasn’t the only one, Lily, Remus, and Peter’s had also.
“We-er, didn’t realise you know… sorry.”
Lyla chuckled, “don’t be. I’m not. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’d much rather be able to see, but I’ve had compensations. They don’t make up for it completely, but it’s better than nothing. Besides, I’m used to it, I was born like this.”
“So you’ve never been able to see?” Lily gasped. “That’s awful, you’ve never seen the stars of a sunrise or…”
Sirius cut her off. “Yeah that’s nice Evans, but I don’t think she needs a reminder of everything she has never seen.” Sirius growled at the redhead, whose face instantly went red once again. However Lyla started to laugh at all of them.
“Don’t worry about it Lily.” Lyla sighed and shook her long blonde hair in her face. “And Sirius, did you just growl?”
“What? No. I don’t growl.”
“Hmm ok th-… There’s someone in your compartment next door.”
“What?!” James, Remus, Sirius, and Peter jumped to their feet and ran out the compartment, slamming the door behind them, shattering the glass.
“They’re gone then, yeah?” Lyla smiled at Lily, who found it slight un-nerving that Lyla knew exactly where she was even though she couldn’t see. Lyla seemed to sense this and pulled her sunglasses out of her pocket, placing them back on her face.
“What the fuck?” Lyla and Lily jumped to their feet, wands in hand.
“I’ll check it out.” Lily went to walk out of the compartment, but was unceremoniously shoved back inside into Lyla, who fell back onto the floor.
“Oh god, Lyla. I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t worry about it. What’s going on?” Lyla clambered to her feet, picked up Indie’s chain lead and wrapped it around her wrist, her wand still in the other hand.
“It’s the bloody Marauders and Slytherins! Always at each other’s throats!”
Lily put her wand out of the door and sent a curse flying down the corridor. She was satisfied when she heard a grunt of pain.
“Well come on then, miss prefect lets go help.” Lyla stood waiting for Lily to leave the compartment.
“Yeah ok…. Erm, Lyla, I don’t me to be harsh, but how are you?”
“Don’t worry about me. Let’s go help Sirius.”
Lyla! I cannot “go help them”! I am a prefect! I’m supposed to put a stop to it!”
“Fine! But I’m not and I’m helping! Now how many are there out there?”
“They’re out numbered 3 to 1.”
“That’s cheating!” Lyla growled, similar to how Sirius had earlier. “Come on, Lily that’s not fair, they need help, just ‘til the other prefects arrive.”
“Well, two of the Slytherins are prefects, so why the hell not?”
“That’s my girl.” Lyla grinned wickedly at her. “Now let’s go!”
Both girls jumped out of the compartment and shot stunning spells towards the Slytherins at the end of the corridor. Indie, who had been to all of Lyla’s lessons with her and to her duel training, knew just what to do; he lay close to the ground waiting and listening in case his mistress needed him (he had taken more than one shot for her). The curses hit their targets, catching the group momentarily off guard as two new voices were added to the fray, giving the Marauders a chance to fire more spells down the corridor, hitting three more people. The odds were evening up now.
“Lily!” James shouted a warning at her. Lily ducked just in time as a scarlet light hit the wall behind her.
Lyla was moving and dodging the curses that were flying towards her, and shooting her own towards the slowly dwindling group at the other end of the corridor.
“Lyla! What the fuck!” Sirius roared at her. “Get out of here.”
“Screw you, Black!” Lyla shouted as she avoided a curse thrown at her from Narcissa Black, so the crowd of battling teenagers didn’t know if she was screaming at Sirius or Narcissa.
“How the fuck are you doing that?” James shouted at Lyla now as she stunned two Slytherins with one curse and then immobilised another.
More and more voices were adding to the fight now as some of the older students who had taken compartments at the back of the train joined in.
Lily and Lyla swerved away from each other as a flash of light whipped past them blowing a hole in the back of the train. James, Sirius, and Remus were caught in the face as a spray of blood blossomed in front of them. This fight had escalated far beyond any that had previously broken out before.
BANG! BANG!! BANG!!!
Everyone stopped at the noise, a few people ran back to their compartments to try and avoid being caught by the head boy and girl who were marching down the corridor, livid expressions on their faces.
“What in the name of Merlin do you think you’re doing?!” Dave Corcoran, a burley Hufflepuff, screamed at the group.
“You’ve blown the fucking train apart! And YOU FOUR!” He rounded on Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Black (the Slytherin Prefects), Remus, and Lily. “You’re supposed to be fucking prefects! You’re supposed to stop this, not JOIN IN!” his voice cracked slightly as he bellowed at the four students; Lily was the only one decent enough to look guilty for her actions.
“Don’t think for a second that Dumbledore won’t hear about this!” Clarissa Meadows, possibly the tallest girl in the school and from Ravenclaw, took over the rant from Dave.
“I am absolutely disgusted with your behaviour! I couldn’t give a flying rats arse if you’d hurt each other!” she shrieked at them, “You could’ve hurt someone else, imagine if you’d hit a first year for fuck’s sake!”
The two Heads stood glaring at the group, their chests heaving up and down in fury.
“Get back to your compartments, NOW!” Dave bellowed once more before flicking his wand at and sealing the gaping hole at the back of the train, while Clarissa herded the Slytherins back to their own carriage.
The Marauders, along with Lily and Lyla shuffled into their respective compartments.
“Well” James sighed and slumped in his seat, hands up behind his head, “that could’ve gone worse.” A smirk appeared on his lips.
This pushed Lily over the edge and she launched herself at him, punching him hard in the face several times before anyone even thought to react.
“Whoa there Evans!” Sirius grabbed her round the waist and pulled her off James, kicking and screaming.
“I’ll kill you!”
“Lily he was only joking,” Remus said quietly, making Lyla stare at him. “But not really he thought to himself ‘cos she can’t see, so I guess she’s just staring where my voice came from or…” Remus shook his head.
“Evans, you’re bleeding.” Sirius frowned looking at his hands that were stained with Lily’s blood.
“What?” Lily looked down then caught sight of her left arm, which had a deep gash in it. “I didn’t even feel it happen,” she said, as if she was mesmerised by the drops of red running down her arm and dripping from her fingers onto the floor.
“Endorphins,” Lyla spoke up “and adrenalin.”
“Fuck Lyla, you’re bleeding as well, the same place as Lily but your other arm.”
“That’s hardly the same place then is it,” she said, wincing as the pain came flooding at her. She shook it off, “Ok Lily, come here.”
Lyla whipped her glasses off and pocketed them once again; and once again Lily was startled with her one vivid blue eye. “Where is it?”
Lily lifted Lyla’s hand and placed it lightly on the wound, luckily she was wearing a plain green t-shirt with no sleeves so they were not getting in the way.
Lyla placed her other hand on the wound also and began to lightly feel the area around it before placing her fingers right in the mess, causing Lily to shudder. Seeing this, James came and sat on her opposite side and squeezed her other hand. Lily just glared at him, but squeezed back when Lyla pushed down on the wound.
Remus, Sirius, and Peter just stood as though in a trance, watching Lyla feel around and in the injury with the lightest touch.
“I don’t suppose any of you heard the curse that was used?” Lyla asked, startling everyone out of his or her thoughts.
“Erm, no I don’t think so.” Remus tried to remember back, but it was all a blur.
Lyla sighed. “Right, I think I know what it is anyway and I can heal it, but it’s going to leave a scar, dark magic like that always does in some way or another.”
“You can heal it?” James asked, shocked.
“Yeah, I’ve made it like a hobby; learn how to heal cursed injuries stuff like that.” The group stared at her. “What? I thought it would come in handy. Besides, I want to be a healer. I’ll go first if you want Lily, show you that it’s ok.”
Lily nodded her head then realised that Lyla couldn’t she her doing that.
“Yeah ok.” She whispered instead and watched as Lyla placed her wand – which she was holding with her left hand – on the wound. She used a non-verbal spell and instantly felt warmth spread through her entire arm; she flexed her fingers and elbow enjoying the feeling of having the full use back, while the others breathed a sigh of relief. Then her face fell.
“Oh no, oh no, oh no! Lyle" (his nick name for her) "are you ok?” Sirius asked, grabbing hold of her, and then let go of her as a smirk crept across her face, “That’s not funny.”
“I beg to differ.” Lyla sat laughing for a moment, then brought her attention back to the situation, but not before having one last chuckle.
“See, it’s fine, now it’s your turn.” Once again, Lyla raised her wand; she placed it delicately on Lily’s left arm, this time muttering the spell to herself. Lily felt the warmth run down her arm and to her fingers, like Lyla had before her she flexed them.
“Let go of my hand Potter. If it hadn’t been for you, we wouldn’t have been in this mess.” James dropped Lily’s hand as if he had been burned, then moved away from her. Lily looked out the window, then at her watch.
“Come on Lyla, we’d better go get changed, we’ll be there soon.” Before she left the four boys to change themselves, she rounded on James and hissed at him “ If I lose my badge, I will NEVER forgive you James Potter!” and with that she slammed the door behind her and followed Lyla to their compartment.
“I still don’t understand how she managed to duel like that,” Sirius said with a shake of his head, then began to change into his uniform.
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