Chapter 1 : Someone Like You
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“Lily give that back,” 14 year old Severus reached around Lily’s robes for his potions book that she held behind her side in the long grass near the lake. Their homework was sprawled out in their laps between the two of them, quills tossed carelessly aside as Severus tried to wrestle the book back from her.
“What’s this say?” she laughed lightly, “Property of the Half Blood Prince?”
“Lily,” Snape whined. She smiled at him and tossed it back into his lap before reaching for her white feather quill.
“You think it’s funny, don’t you?” Severus said, a teasing look in his eyes. Quickly he reached around her sides and began tickling her, her legs flailing helplessly in the air, knocking their already spread out homework even farther out.
“Sev!” she screeched, “Sev stop!”
Ad quick as the tickling started, it stopped, with him reaching back to his essay as if they hadn’t been doing anything at all. Lily took a few breaths to regain her composure before gathering up her papers for her essay and starting to write them again. She snuck a few looks at Severus’s paper as she casually wrote on her parchment. She stole a few of his lines before he finally noticed her copying his work.
“How is your essay Lily?” he asked casually, carefully skirting his eyes over her paper.
“It’s good,” she said casually, hiding it from him a bit.
“Can we compare?”
Lily looked at Severus in the eyes, the green meeting black before she nodded and smiled at him.
“All right, so for the Aging Potion,” Lily began, “You need to start with a bottle of ginger and some moonstone. Then you add a few unicorn hairs-”
“No,” Severus said, “Not hairs, teeth. Ground unicorn tooth.”
“Grisly,” Lily murmured happily, scribbling down the ingredient into her essay. Severus watched her scribble it down in her essay, watching the sun reflect glittering strands of spun silk of her hair into his face. He so desperately wanted to reach out and touch it, but before he could stop that thought, he was doing exactly that, the strand twisting in his fingers.
“Sev-” she started, but trailed off as she watched him watch her hair, the fascinated look on his face made her blush and turn her eyes downward from his, watching her fingers twist in her lap. It was for a few seconds before he dropped the strand and went back to his essay.
“I think you’re just copying me,” he said after a while, a lopsided smile on his face. Lily shrugged.
“Maybe,” she admitted without guilt, “You are the one who is going to get the good grade on this, not me. So if I just copied a little bit, maybe I’d get a better grade.”
Severus shook his head. That logic was silly. “You, Lily Evans, have silly logic.”
“You, Severus Snape, just don’t understand my logic. It is perfectly good reasoning.”
They smiled at each other once more, getting lost in each others faces before turning back to their parchments and writing away again. The day was perfect. The sun was casting long fingers of light over the black lake, the ripples jutting up and sparkling like tiny fields of diamonds before they crashed and broke apart on the golden grass in the late autumn weather. Here Lily and Severus sat, beneath a quiet wispy willow tree, finishing their assignment and laughing until sundown.
“Okay,” Lily said as she slammed shut her book, “That’s enough studying for one day.”
Severus looked over at her, who- at that time- already flopped back into the grass and smiled.
“All right,” he said, setting his book down next to him and laying back with her, his body shifted so he could face her.
“What are you doing for winter break?” she asked quietly.
“I’m staying here,” came Severus’s hard answer, “What about you?”
“Well,” Lily started, “I was going to go home. But...”
She turned her face to him and bit down on her lip in the adorable way she did when she was about to ask something insanely crazy that she knew he would say no to.
“No,” Severus said, knowing that look, “I know that look.”
“I don’t want to go home and deal with my sister all by myself!” she blurted out before she started laugh.
“No, no way,” Severus said seriously, “You’re just going to have to suck it up without me.”
“Please!” she whined, “Please, please please!”
“I’m not going home to deal with my parents, Lily,” he said sternly, “I wont.”
Lily pouted for a moment and turned her head away to watch to the floating clouds sail above her in funny shapes. Severus, thinking the discussion was through, rolled onto his back and admired the sky as well, imperfect cotton balls floating away on the blue liquid above him.
“You could stay with me,” Lily said so quietly that he wasn’t sure he had heard her, “I can write my mum. You’re parents don’t have to know. You can stay in the guest room.”
“Lily,” Severus started, unsure how to decline the wonderful invitation.
“Don’t say no,” Lily whispered, and he turned his head to see her closer than she was before. Her big, beautiful green eyes where just inches from his face, and he almost lost his composure and let his black eyes slid to her lips, just a breath away from his. She stared intensely at him, knowing full well that he could never refuse her with that stare.
“If you’re mum says no,” he said, watching her face relax and break into a smile, “If she says it’s not okay, you’re on your own.”
She rolled over a few more inches and threw her arms around his body in delight.
“Thank you Severus!” she said, face pressed into his chest. He wrapped an arm around her and inhaled her sweet scent from her hair. It was just for a moment before she broke away and stood up, dusting off her robes. He sat up and watched her gather her things in delight.
“Come on,” she said with a lopsided smile, “It’s getting late. It’s probably dinner time.”
She tossed his book onto his lap and he left out a loud huff as it knocked the wind from him. He set it aside and began gathering his things up as well.
“So,” Severus said, “What are the chances your mum will say no?”
“On a scale of ‘yes I’d love to have him’ to ‘no’,” Lily said with her back turned to him, “It’d probably be ‘why didn’t you have him over sooner!’”
Severus sent a book sailing her way and she ducked, dancing gracefully out of the way. He let a smile grace his face.
“You knew,” he said, “You knew she wouldn’t say no.”
Lily shrugged and smiled at him, handing the book he threw back and stuffing her parchment into her books.
“Well,” she said, “It was the only way I’d get you to come home.”
Snape shrugged on his robes straight and grabbed the last book. It rested next to a small flower that was still in full bloom in the grass. Severus picked it from the grass and spun, approaching Lily in two large strides.
“Severus,” she said, watching as he placed the flower behind her ear and pulled back his hand. He smiled at her before grabbing her wrist and starting back toward the castle.
“Come on,” he said, “We’re going to be late for dinner.”
Lily followed, pulling her wrist from Severus’s grasp and jumping onto his back, causing him to stumble under the sudden weight change but stand up again and continue up toward the castle.
The sun was just setting on them as they reached the stone arch-windows, beautiful colors painting the grass and across the now stilled water of the black lake. Severus carried Lily all the way up the steep hill to the school before setting her down and looking back the golden hues that were slowly darkening as night fell. Never had the day been more beautiful in his eyes.
“Sev?” Lily asked when he had stopped. She slid her hand into his and he curled his fingers around hers.
“Coming,” he answered, and he turned his head back to face her beautiful smile and green eyes once again.
Many many years later, Snape relives the memory, pulling it from his mind and placing it in a tiny little vial, the silver string bouncing up and down inside as he watches it before capping it and placing it away on a shelf in his parents old home on spinners end. He places it up and away, shutting the cabinet carefully and turning his back away. The vial glows for a moment before it turns dark and joins the rest of the vials in long cabinet, bursting full of Lily’s memories.