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Untouchable like a distant diamond sky
I’m reaching out and I just can’t tell you why
I’m caught up in you, I’m caught up in you
“Lea!” Lily snapped her fingers in front of Lea’s eyes.
Lea jumped out of her thoughts and nearly knocked her books of the table. “What?” she asked.
Lily shook her head with a small smile upon her lips. “You haven’t heard a word I’ve said have you?”
Lea bit her lip and smiled apologetically. Lily laughed at her friend who had obviously been in a completely different world.
“I said that Potions is about to start and if we don’t leave now we’re going to be late.”
Lea wrinkled her nose. “I don’t like Potions. Do I have to go, Lily?”
Lily rolled her eyes. “Of course you have to go. I’m not going to let you skip potions again. You have to actually be in class to learn something.”
Lea sighed and brushed one of her curls out of her eyes. She reluctantly gathered her books while Lily tapped her foot impatiently and glanced at her watch every few seconds. Lea smiled innocently when Lily grabbed her arm and dragged her out of the almost empty library.
“What were you thinking about?” Lily asked Lea as they quickly made their way toward the dungeons.
“Sirius Black,” Lea answered and chewed softly on her lip. “He interests me.”
Lily raised her eyebrows at Lea. “why does he interest you?” she asked her friend.
Lea shrugged and tugged on one of her curls. “I don’t know. There’s just something about him that intrigues me. He’s so sad all the time.” Her eyebrows furrowed together. “I just want him to smile again.”
Lily smiled and poked Lea in the side making her jump and squeal. “You like him,” she exclaimed.
Lea smiled and shook her head. “I just want to help him. He needs someone to help him.”
Lily looked unconvinced but didn’t press Lea for answers. “You’re too nice, you know that.”
Lea smiled warmly and started skipping. “There’s nothing wrong with being too nice.”
“You’re like an angel, Lea.” Lily stated. “A perfect little angel that can’t do anything wrong. You’re always so nice even to people who don’t deserve it.”
Lea laughed her bell-like laugh. “I’m not perfect; I’m not even close to perfect. I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I believe that everyone deserves kindness no matter what.”
“Lea, you are perfect.” Lily muttered to herself.
Lea didn’t hear her though. She swayed and danced to a song only she could hear. She closed her eyes and laughed. Lily watched her with a smile. Sometimes she just didn’t understand lea. Lea was so out of touch with reality. She lived in her own world. Sometimes Lily felt like Lea was hiding from something but she had no idea what. Lea was a very open person; she said whatever was on her mind. She was very honest but never brutally honest. She always found the gentlest way to tell the truth.
Lea and Lily made it into the potions classroom just as the bell rang. They sat at their usual spot in the front of the class. Lea hummed a song under breath as Lily pulled out her potions book, a quill, and some parchment.
Professor Slughorn suddenly barged into the classroom making most of the class jump out their seats. He had an excited smile on his face as he raced to the front of the room. He clapped his hands together before beginning.
“Today you will be receiving new potions partners.” The whole class groaned. They had chosen their partners at the beginning of the year and nobody wanted to switch. Lily glanced at Lea who seemed completely oblivious to what Professor Slughorn had just said. He ignored the class’s complaints and grabbed a piece of parchment off his desk. He slowly began reading off the list of new partners.
“Lily Evans and Sirius Black.”
Lily groaned. Lea looked up at the sound of Sirius’s name and smiled at Lily.
“At least it’s not Potter,” Lily whispered to Lea who laughed quietly.
“Leora Wakefield and James Potter.”
Lea gathered up her books and shoved them in her bag.
“I’m so sorry you’re stuck with him.” Lily told Lea.
Lea shrugged in response and smiled mysteriously. Lily knew that smile, Lea had a plan. Lily watched her walk to the back of the room and take the seat next to James. Sirius, who had been sitting next to James, made his way up to the front to sit with Lily.
Lea watched Sirius sit next to Lily without a word. Lily glared at him before turning to her book to carefully read through the instructions of the potion they were supposed to make that day. Lea glanced over at James to see him staring longingly at Lily’s back. He sighed sadly.
“You want to work with Lily,” Lea stated happily.
James jumped and looked over at her. He shifted uncomfortably. “Yes, no offense to you Leanna.”
“Leora,” Lea corrected. “But you can call me Lea.”
James nodded and Lea smiled.
“She loves you, you know.” she cocked her head to the side. “She’s really stubborn and won’t admit it but I know she loves you. She’s just scared. You shouldn’t ask her out anymore. She thinks you only want her because she’s a challenge. Be her friend and she will realize how much she loves you.”
James’s jaw dropped. His gaze switched from Lea to Lily and back again. He suddenly smiled brightly and ruffled his hair with his hand. “I just have to be her friend?” he asked.
Lea nodded. “Stay here.” She commanded gently. “I’m going to make her your potions partner.”
Hope filled his eyes and Lea smiled. It was obvious that James loved Lily. She loved him too; she just didn’t know it yet.
Lea walked slowly up to Professor Slughorn. “Professor?” she said quietly.
“Yes, Miss Wakefield?” he asked.
“I’m not very good at potions, as you know sir, and neither is James. I think it would be very difficult for us to learn if neither of us is talented at potions. Lily is you best student, however and Sirius does pretty well. Lily and I could switch partners that way James and I will learn how to correctly make potions.”
Slughorn considered her words for a second. One look at her wide, innocent eyes and he agreed. “Miss Evans,” he called.
Lily looked up, “Yes, Professor?”
“Please switch partners with Miss Wakefield.”
Lily’s eyes widened but she did as she was told. She grabbed her things with more force than was needed and scowled at Lea.
“You’ll thank me later.” She bounced back to where James was to grab her back. ‘Thanks’ he mouthed to her. Lea smiled and nodded. Then, she skipped to the front and sat next to Sirius.
He could feel her warm energy radiating off her. He refused to look at her but the temptation grew with each passing second. He longed to see her sparkling eyes and brilliant smile. Finally, he could resist the urge no longer and turned to see her staring at him with her beautiful eyes. She smiled at him when she saw him turn.
“Lily and James will be together by the end of the year.” She glanced at them. “They belong together.”
Sirius glanced from Lea to James and Lily in the back of the classroom. “She hates him.” he stated in confusion. How did they belong together if Lily couldn’t stand to be anywhere near James?
Lea shook her head. “There’s much more to people than what is on the outside, Sirius,” She smiled at him knowingly. “You should know that.”
He stared at her in amazement. She was unlike any girl he had ever met. “There’s a lot more to you than meets the eye.” She tilted her head and softly chewed her bottom lip. “You must learn to look beyond the surface, Sirius. You’ll miss so much of the world if you don’t.” she smiled at him brightly and turned away leaving Sirius more confused than he had ever been in his life.
I am so sorry it took me so long to write this chapter. I had really bad writer's block and this chapter still didn't come out the way I wanted it to but I couldn't keep you waiting any longer. I'll try to have the next chapter out soon.