I woke up groggily.
Where was I? I knew I wasn’t at home, cause my bed smells of lilies (cliché much? Yeah I thought so). So I must be in my hotel room. But there’s no Tami beside me. So where—
I yelled and jumped up on the bed. Oh my God! What did Sirius do to me? I checked to see if all my clothing was in place just as Sirius jerked up from the floor with a yell.
“What??!” he yelled.
“What did you do to me?” I yelled.
Sirius flushed faintly. “Nothing! You fell asleep on the couch so I carried you to my bed and slept on the floor!”
I shut up.
That was oddly sweet of him.
I was about to thank him when the door banged open.
“Oh my God Lily, what did he do to you??!” Tami yelled.
Ah. She’s just like me in every way.
“Hey!” Sirius cried indignantly.
“Don’t worry Tami,” I jumped off the bed. “I'm okay.”
“Are you sure?” she asked suspiciously.
Sirius rolled his eyes.
Then he looked Tami up and down. Ah. She was in her boxers and an oversized white tee. Of course. He was still Sirius Black after all.
She blushed and hissed at him. “Eyes up here Black.”
He laughed shamelessly.
Tami gritted her teeth, walked up to me and dragged me out of the room. I looked back at Sirius. He was smiling at the window. I smiled too. He would be alright.
I yelped as Tami pulled me ferociously into our room, then pushed me unto my bed.
“Don’t you ever do that again Lily Evans!” hissed Tami. “I was scared out of my wits for your… you… your- your precious flower!”
I laughed insanely.
Precious flower? Really? That’s the best she could come up with?!
“Calm down, T! I was telling him something and I fell asleep on the couch, sheesh.”
She glared daggers at me and huffed into the shower.
I stopped laughing and sighed. I still can’t believe Sirius Black is in my house. Well not technically in my house, but you know what I mean. Few days back, I hated him. Like absolutely despised him. Ok, not hated hated like I hate old Voldy over there, but again, you know what I mean. I had a strong dislike for him. Who wouldn’t? Walking around with half of the girls in Hogwarts on his trail, and pranking people just for the fun of it. Grrr…
I'm gonna have to straighten him out. If he is going to live with me, he is going to live by my rules! MINE! …right after I'm done with my bath.
So I waited for Tami to come out of the bathroom, then went in.
When I was done, I threw on a green sundress. I put on some mascara and eyeliner, swiped my lips with strawberry gloss, and walked out smacking on the fruity goodness.
The first thing I noticed when I walked out is that my mum wasn’t around. If she was, the kitchen wouldn’t be such a mess. Must’ve gone shopping or something.
Second thing was that Tami and Sirius were huddled by the kitchen counter talking in low voices. Their backs were to me so they hadn’t noticed me yet.
I crept up to them slowly, hoping to catch a piece of the conversation.
“…gonna hate that!”
“Well then she’s just gonna have to suck it uuuuuu – Heyyyy… hey Lily!” exclaimed Sirius, as he whirled round guiltily.
Oh. So they aren’t talking about me. Good to know.
I put a hand on my hip. I wasn’t ready to play games this early morning. Well, 11 0’ clock isn’t really early in the morning… but for the last time you know what I mean!
“Just tell me,” I said exasperatedly.
Tami and Sirius exchanged unsure looks.
I took a step forward menacingly.
“Wait, wait. I’ll tell you!” Tami said hastily.
I grinned. Tami really needs to realize that she is wwaaaayy stronger than me. At least outside Hogwarts, where I can’t use magic. I have the upper body strength of a baby tortoise. In fact a baby tortoise probably has more strength than me because of the crawling around with a house on its back concept. Really. I can’t even do one push-up… I'm working on it though! I've got the whole push concept down! Just… the up part I'm still… still – er, working on…
“We were hunmishhdsujbdhjnx.” Tami mumbled guiltily.
Okay. Sure. That totally cleared everything up.
“Come again?” I asked.
Sirius rolled his eyes and sighed.
“We were trying to set you up with Prongs.”
Pron – Ah. Potter. Never understood those nicknames. I'm guessing it has something to do with Remus being a werewolf. Yeah. We figured it out in fifth year. They don’t know we know though. But I fully intend to use it to torture them eventually.
I rolled my eyes and walked to the fridge.
“Ok. I am so not in anymore.” I opened the fridge. “I’m over the Potter thing. Personally I can’t be bothered to waste more than a second on Potter. He’s too pompous and big-headed for his own good and I cannot actually waste some minutes of my life on him. He already gets enough attention as it is.”
Hmmm. I feel in the mood for cereal.
I grabbed the milk and turned round to see Sirius and Tami looking scandalized.
I cocked an eyebrow.
“Is there a problem?” I asked.
“But you two would be absolutely perfect together!” Tami pouted.
“Pfft. I'm just doing this because I made a bet with… with er… okay fine. I have to admit you guys do look good together,” Sirius admitted, as Tami punched him subtly in the arm.
“Something tells me you guys got hit on the head,” I said suspiciously.
Sirius sighed. “No really, I think he likes you too! There was this time I caught him staring at you with his mouth open when you were laughing with Tami. Oh and every time you yell at him, he always looks deep into your eyes, which I just noticed are really gorgeous by the way, where they always like that-”
I slammed the milk unto the counter angrily.
“Ok. First of all? Get your adverbs right. There’s no too. Because I do not even think about thinking about liking Potter, as he is the biggest jerk to walk the face of the planet. Second, Potter was only staring at me because he was waiting to see when my pumpkin pie would blow up in my face, which by the way? Yeah, it did! And lastly, the only reason Potter looks into anybody’s eyes, is because he is staring at his bloody reflection in that person’s eyes! Ok? So do not even bother with me and Potter! The day I go out with him is the day he deflates that oversized ego of his. OH WAIT! That’s not ever going to happen! So why don’t we just cross that off our list, hmm??!”
Tami just looked exasperated, while Sirius looked stumped. Well, he isn’t used to my constant rantings. But he will get used to it. Eventually!
Tami sighed. “Just let it go,” she murmured to Sirius.
Sirius slumped, then brightened up. “Wait! There’s an annual three-day ball at the Potter Manor in four weeks. You guys should totally come!!”
Tami and I stared.
Then burst out laughing.
“What?” he asked defensively.
After five minutes, I straightened up and wiped my eyes.
“Phew!” I gasped. “Sounded for a second like you said we should come for a three day ball at the Pot-ter manor.”
“Really?” Tami spluttered. “That’s what I heard too!”
“Yeah I know, it’s so weird!”
“That is what I said,” Sirius said slowly.
We stopped immediately.
“We barely like you!” Tami cried bluntly. “Why would we want to go to Potter’s manor? For three whole days? With the same people who made copies of my diary and handed them out in front of the Great Hall?!”
We were furious now, at the memory. Luckily, the only relatively embarrassing thing in the diary was when Tami wrote about how she thought this guy (Dani Osmere) in Ravenclaw was really cute. Instead of the idiot to be proud that someone with Tami’s class and personality actually thought he was cute, he came up to her all embarrassed, and asked her to tell everyone that they weren’t going out. I was furious. If not for Tami, that guy would have been in the hospital wing for six days. I am not necessarily a violent person, but I hate being ticked off. I really do.
Sirius looked sheepish for a second.
“Ok I'm actually sorry for that, but you have to admit, it was hilarious!!”
Tami cracked her knuckles threateningly.
Sirius stepped back with his hands raised in front of him. “Ok ok it wasn’t! Dang, you girls are scary. But you might as well come. I mean, what else are you going to do?”
“We could watch TV!” I said furiously.
Sirius rolled his eyes. “Oh yeah. Sure. Real fun.” He replied sarcastically.
“Yeah it’s fun,” I hissed.
“Look,” Sirius flopped lazily unto my kitchen chair. Well…not technically mine, but it’s still mine! “Give me one reason why you won’t go.”
“Give me one reason I should.” I shot back.
“I asked you first!”
“Well I asked you second!”
“Because it will actually be fun. And it’s not as if you are even going to be with James! It’s just a ball in his manor!”
“Oh yes. Because I'm sure I will not see Potter in his manor!”
“Fine then. You can stay at home and be uptight.”
“I am NOT uptight!”
“Prove it! Go then!”
“Fine I will!”
“FINE!” I screamed.
I whirled round and cracked my knuckles. If I had turned round, I would have seen Tami gleefully high five Sirius. But I was too furious. I am not uptight! I’ll show him!
Call me stupid.
No really! Do! You realize that it took me three weeks to realize Sirius had duped me? I can’t believe I fell for it!! How do I get myself into these situations?! I am so stupid! Now, next week, we are headed off to the Potter manor… Pfft. Even when he’s not here, it sounds as if he is showing off. Manor…
But I guess that’s what I should expect from one of the oldest wizarding families…
Oh God. I am hyperventilating now. There has to be a way to get out of this. There just has to! What the hell am I going to do in Potter’s house? I wasn’t even invited.
Wait. I wasn’t invited! They didn’t invite me for the ball so I can’t go to the ball! Yes!
I better go tell Sirius the deal is off.
I jumped off my bed. Yes. We were at home. We came back two weeks ago. Florida was an awesome adventure. I really don’t wanna go into it because it we didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. We just went to the beach everyday and went sightseeing. Loads of fun though. It turns out Sirius is hilarious! And he’s totally changed too. I feel like I'm in an episode of Extreme Makeover. From Drab to Totally Fab! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha…
Phew! But no, in all seriousness (no pun intended. Sirius seems to find that joke funny) I guess it would be more like, From Mean and Heartless to Funny and Easygoing. Tami would tell you differently though. She and Sirius have developed a weird sort of relationship. They don’t dislike each other… they just seem to like insulting each other. Don’t ask.
And yes. Of course, Potter sends an owl every day. Every bloody day. No he doesn’t know Sirius is in my house. He thinks Sirius is in his cousin, Andy’s house… at least he better. I told Sirius that if he tells Potter he’s in my house I would knock his teeth into his brain. He fell about laughing, and called me a “piece of work” but, I mean, he wouldn’t want to go back to Hogwarts with no teeth.
Speaking of Hogwarts, we go back in three weeks. Seventh year. My last chance to prove myself…
You know something? Most wizards completely take being a wizard for granted, but for Muggleborns like me, it’s like a dream come true. I still wake up in the morning sometimes and think this is all a dream because it’s just that surreal.
I got this opportunity to explore a whole new exciting world, and getting my Hogwarts letter was the best day of my life!! The only thing ruining it is Potter. He’s a pure blood so of course he doesn’t realize how much of an experience this is for me. So what if I like to answer questions in class? I do it so I can prove to the world that a Muggleborn is just as good as any other wizard. To prove that blood purity is just a state of mind. But all Potter does is throw it in my face, and make me look like a fool, which just spoils my whole plan. How am I meant to stand as a representative of Muggleborns everywhere, if everyone just thinks I'm a nerd anyway?
Sigh. I need help.
You probably think I'm just standing here in front of my bed going through all this in my head, but when you’re thinking it, not reading it, it actually just takes a few moments. In those few moments, I was walking to the guest room and am now standing in front of the door.
“Damn it. Who the heck is that? Probably Lily again. I swear that girl gets crazier every day. I wonder what she wants at 8 o’ clock in the morning. Even that bitch of her sister is sleeping…”
I pouted at Sirius’ muttered comments. He obviously doesn’t know I can hear him.
The door opened and revealed Sirius in his pajamas. His hair was rumpled and he had this rather pathetic attempt at a grin on his face even though it was quite obvious he was irritated.
“Don’t bother, Sirius. I heard you.” I pushed past him and marched into the room. Quite a boring room actually. Just a bed, a wardrobe and a bedside table in it. But Sirius just kept smiling when we showed him the room. I swear that boy has serious problems. His house must not have that homey look my house has.
He groaned and closed the door.
“What now Lily?” he groaned.
“I'm not going to the ball,” I announced. “Because I wasn’t invited.”
Sirius walked to his bed and flopped unto it. “Ah. But I was invited. And you two will be my guests.” He yawned.
I glared at him and folded my arms. “And what if I don’t want to go?”
He closed his eyes. “I know you don’t want to. But you already agreed…”
“But what if I –“
A loud snore cut me off. Oh. How polite. It’s tradition in the Okpa tribe to fall asleep while in an important conversation.
I just made that up by the way.
I walked out and slammed the door behind me. I hope it woke him up.
What to do now? I definitely wasn’t going to be able to go back to sleep; Tami, Mum, Dad and Petunia were all asleep.
I walked downstairs the kitchen and started frying some sausages. If I was lucky, the smell would wake at least one of them up.
Tap tap tap.
What the hell?
I looked around.
Tap tap tap.
I looked at the window. A large tawny brown owl was floating outside the window with a stack of letters tied to its leg.
I quickly removed the sausages from the pan unto my plate before they got burnt. I have a history of, er… bad cooking.
Then I ran to the window and opened it.
The tawny owl flew into the room and hopped unto the table. It looked at me and stuck out its leg.
“Hi there,” I said softly, and gently untied the three letters.
I stroked its head and it hooted twice. Then it took off out of the window. For some weird reason, the letters felt way heavier.
Shrugging the thought off, I flung Tami and Sirius’ letters on the table then tore my letter open.
What is it with these strange noises? This time, it sounds as if something fell on the floor.
Sighing with frustration, I bent down and picked up the damn thing… then froze.
The damn thing glinted in the sunlight as if winking at me. It was a badge. To be more specific, it was a red and gold badge with the letters HG on it.
No no no no this is probably some sort of joke. It’s probably Potter. He probably sent the badge, and I'm betting my left foot that the letters mean something mean like… like hideous geek or something.
I scrambled for the envelope and practically tore the actual paper open.
Dear Miss Evans,
I am pleased to inform you that you have been chosen as the Head Girl of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
You are required to report to the Heads Compartment upon boarding the train on September 1 to inform our new Prefects of their duties.
Please find the enclosed list of your duties now as Head Girl and, of course, necessary books and equipment for Seventh year. We hope that you will do us proud.
I took a deep breath and let out the most ear splitting scream you will ever hear in your life.
The doors to all the bedrooms burst open and I heard what seemed like a horde of elephants climbing down the stairs; I almost broke out in peals of laughter when I saw what was going on.
Tami was almost falling because she was so sleepy, Sirius had already started sleeping on the wall, Mum and Dad were looking around confused, except my dad was in his underwear and he was holding a baseball bat. Even Petunia had come out. Aww, I didn’t know she cared.
“I made Head Girl!!” I squealed.
Tami rubbed her eyes sleepily, Sirius let out a snore, Dad let out a sigh of relief, Mum’s face broke out in a grin, and lovely Tuney huffed and marched back upstairs.
My mum and dad ran forward and hugged me, all sleepiness forgotten.
“Aww, sweetie I'm so proud of you!” my mum squealed. “See! You did deserve the trip!”
“Way to go, champ!” My dad ruffled my hair, proudly.
Tami yawned. “That’s fantastic Lily. Right, Black?”
Sirius snored again, and Tami kicked him in the shin.
“Huh??!!” he jumped. “Oh yeah! Yeah, great! Wonderful! Congrats Lils! I'm just gonna go ahead and celebrate on my bed okay? Oh and if you see my eyes closed, I'm just… just… ”
“Sleeping?” Tami rolled her eyes.
“Yeah that.” He yawned and walked back upstairs.
I rolled my eyes too and grinned at my parents. My mum was wiping her eyes.
“Honey? It’s time,” she told my dad.
My dad nodded. “I think it is.”
“Time for what?” I asked.
“I’ll be right back,” my dad said, and walked hurriedly upstairs.
After a few minutes of Mum and Tami congratulating me some more, Dad came back downstairs.
“Lily, I know you are a witch and all,” Dad beamed. “But every seventeen year old needs… their own credit card!!”
Oh my freaking Merlin!! A credit card??!
Tami and I screamed again. A distinctive “Damn, what is it now?!” could be heard from upstairs.
My dad whipped out a blue Visa card, and I snatched it from him. Oh God. It has my name on it! It’s so smooth and shiny and glossy and – ah – it smells good too!
“Oh Lily, can I just smell it?” Tami begged.
“You already have a credit card!” I exclaimed. Tami is so lucky. She asked her mum for a credit card and her mum told her to ask her dad. Her dad, being the wizard, didn’t even know what a credit card was. So he said yes. Of course, when the bills started arriving, he was forced to learn the definition of “seventeen year old with credit card.”
“But they smell wonderful,” she said dreamily.
My dad chuckled. “Let’s leave them to it,” he whispered to my mum. And they walked back upstairs, chuckling.
“Lily, think of all the things you could do with this credit card,” Tami whispered.
“Oh I'm thinking, alright. I'm thinking.” I whispered back. “Oxford street tomorrow, yeah?”
“Lily, why do you always forget about the important stuff?!” she sighed, frustrated.
“Shopping is important!” I said defensively.
“Yeah, but not for what you think.” She sighed.
I stared at her.
“Ok I'm lost. What are you talking about?”
Tami grinned mischievously. “Lily? What’s today?”
“Sunday.” I said.
“And what happens in three days?” she continued.
“The Annual Three day Potter ball,” I answered carefully.
“Good. Good.” She said softly.
She was now pacing around me, slowly. This girl is starting to scare me.
“Now answer me. What is the most essential thing for a ball?” She put an arm around my shoulders.
“A dress?” I said in a small voice.
“Ah. Now let me tell you something.” She put her head next to mine so we were both staring forward. “Potter, being a pure blood himself, will be sure to invite mostly pure bloods. In fact, I bet you will be the only Muggleborn there, and there won’t be a whole lot of half bloods.”
“Where are you going with this?” I asked suspiciously. Why does Tami have to be so devious sometimes? First of all, it freaks me out. Second, it always gets me into a whole load of trouble.
“Lily? Tell me. Why are we going to the ball?”She asked softly.
“Because Sirius tricked me into it,” I said, ashamed.
“Oh?” she widened her eyes. “So we’re definitely going? Ok, that’s good.”
Damn. I think I just sealed the deal there.
“Now as you know. Potter will also be going.”
I sighed with frustration. Is this what she’s being playing at? “Look Tami, I already told you. I'm not – ”
“Shhh.” She shushed me. “Lily, I know! You don’t care about Potter. And that’s good, ‘cause I don’t either. But this is our time to shine! This is our time to show a whole bunch of purebloods that muggleborns and half bloods can be just as sexy and beautiful, regardless of what they think! Lily! This is a wonderful opportunity! Isn’t this what you always wanted?”
I was still staring forward, and Tami was behind me.
This is what I always wanted. To shine, regardless of my blood status. But Potter will be there. I can’t shine with Potter there! He’d probably drop a Grindylow on my head.
“Yes Tami. This is what I've always wanted! But I can’t when Potter is there.” I moaned.
“But he won’t even recognize you! You’re totally hot now. And no one ever noticed me before anyway, so he won’t recognize me too!” she said exasperatedly.
“What about when we go to school, huh?” I asked. “He’s sure to recognize us then. Besides, if we’re gonna shine, I wanna shine knowing I was myself throughout and had no pranks to distract me or ruin it.” I said stubbornly.
Tami groaned. “Fine. How about… masks!! Oh my gosh, why the hell didn’t I think of that before?! Masks Lily!” she squealed.
“Perfect!” I yelled.
Masks! That way, Potter will not notice us, we can go there and enjoy ourselves without fear of being pranked, then go back to school and Potter will be none the wiser!! Yes!
“Wait. But Tami, how do we shine?” I asked curiously.
She grinned. “We have an advantage remember? They are purebloods. Their gowns and dresses are going to be all those ugly robe like dresses. We have designers like Roberto Cavalli.”
“And Giorgio Armani.” I grinned back.
“Yeah… Too bad we can’t afford them.” I laughed.
What? Don’t look at me like that, Muggles have amazing fashions, honestly. It’s hard not to ignore them. But they are so expensive that a Chanel handbag would cost me my house.
“Yeah,” Tami giggled. “But top designer or not, they will be gorgeous. Now all we need to do is tell Black before he messes everything up.”
And we ran up to Sirius’ room, still giggling.
“Black! Open up this door before we smack the chap off your lips!”
Isn’t she sweet?
The door was wrenched open.
“What??!” Sirius moaned.
Tami, being the polite girl that she is, pushed past him and jumped on the couch.
Sirius raised his eyebrows at me as I walked past him. “Did she really say she would smack the chap off my lips?” he chuckled.
I laughed too. “Yeah. We’re full of them.”
Sirius shook his head and closed the door. “What is it now?”
I sat down next to Tami and folded my arms behind my head.
“Well,” I started. “As you know… I got a credit card!” I squealed.
Sirius looked at me, confused. “What’s a credit card?”
Aw come onnnn!! How can you not know what credit card is!??
Tami and I jumped up in outrage. I whipped the blue beauty out.
“A credit card,” I said, fervently caressing it, “is every woman’s weapon.”
Sirius grinned suggestively.
“No you idiot!” I cried and threw a pillow at his head. “A credit card is like a card that muggles use in place of money, so they can pay it later. But that’s not why we’re here.”
“Why are you here then?”
I sat back on the chair. “I’ll go to this ball. But undercover.”
Sirius rolled his eyes. “Why? He won’t recognize you anyway.”
“That’s what I said,” Tami said exasperatedly.
“I'm not taking any chances.” I said. “We’re getting masks.”
He looked at me thoughtfully. “That’s actually a good idea.”
“Yeah, and you can’t tell Potter it’s us.”
He raised his eyebrows. “Prongs is a boy. If I show up with two of the hottest girls he has ever seen, he’s gonna ask me who they are. More importantly, he’s gonna flirt with you. Do you think you can take that without punching him in the face?”
Could I? Probably not. But I would try anyway?
“Tell him that we’re your cousins,” Tami suggested.
He shook his head. “Not gonna work. He knows all of my cousins.”
“Then we just won’t come with you,” Tami said. “Potter won’t be the one dealing with the guest lists, so he doesn’t have to know you’re bringing guests. We walk in together, tell them we’re your guests and we split up. Potter will be none the wiser! Not that he was ever wise.”
Hmm… that’s just crazy enough to work!
“Okay then,” I grinned at Tami, then turned back to Sirius. “We are going shopping, by the way.”
He groaned. “Arggghh! But I don’t like shopping!”
“Well suck it up.” I stood up. “’Cause we need dresses and you need a suit. You can’t get robes sorry. If we are getting dresses, you might as well get a suit.”
With that, I grabbed Tami and walked out.
“Oh and Sirius?” I called back. “Wear comfy sneakers. Oxford street is a jungle.”
X-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-xokay i know a lot of you are mad that i didn't make florida a big deal, but cut me some slack! at least they're going to a ball at Potter manor! i am so sorry, but personally i can't wait for it! now i need you to answer me a question. do you want me to post a pic of Lily's dress? i was thinking i should because i have it, and it's really beautiful, but i want to know what you guys think. should i?
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