“I hate him so much!” Kelsie exclaimed, using hand gestures to portray her resentment for the one and only Sirius Black.
“Hey! I thought the hating and complaining was my job?” Kelsie’s best friend, Lily, replied, chuckling slightly.
After a quiet pause, the two girls burst into joyous peals of laughter. Lily Evans was well known for her constant, and reliable, extreme dislike of James Potter. In her opinion he was a big headed, arrogant toe rag and deserved nothing less the many detentions he managed to receive each week.
Lily and Kelsie were currently sat in compartment 6a, which is the compartment next to 6b. 6b wont mean anything to any first years, or anyone who isn’t acquainted with anything to do with Hogwarts, but, 6b is the marauders’ compartment; which they have shared for every single train ride, since the first time they nervously boarded the Hogwarts express 6 years ago.
After their laughing had subsided, an unmistakable bang of a hex or curse rattled the compartment causing both girls to grab their wands and prepare for a fight.
“I don’t like this” Kelsie commented lowering her wand, “I’m so jumpy now, and even the littlest things make me think…he is here”.
They both knew who ‘he’ was. Since the start of the summer holidays, there were rumours of a dark wizard, gaining power day by day and seeking to destroy anything muggle related. That included witches and wizards who were muggle born. Like Lily.
“I think it’s kind of exciting, you know, having real battles for something you believe in!” Lily said passionately.
Kelsie Snorted, to which lily scowled.
“you just wait and see, I’ll end up locked in fierce battle with you-know-who himself and I will win” she said, grinning.
Kelsie rolled her eyes, then threw her wand down next to her.
“what do you think you’re doing?” Lily demanded, already opening the door to their compartment.
“oh yes, I forgot, Lily Evans must always meddle and know what’s going on” Kelsie replied sarcastically. Sarcasm, whilst being the lowest form of wit, was one of Kelsie’s specialties.
“No!” Lily said, affronted “I’m head girl now, I need to make sure everything’s ok”
Lily was pleasantly surprised to find out that she had been appointed the title of head girl. On the morning of her sister, Petunia’s, first date with a walrus look a like, Vernon Dursley, a tatty owl had flown straight into the Evans’ kitchen window, causing Petunia to squawk and flap her arms like a lunatic.
After bringing the owl inside, Mr Evans untied the letter from the owls leg and took it up to his youngest daughter.
Lily and her parents were thrilled when a gold badge, with head girl written on it in black, fell out of the letter. Of course it wasn’t that much of a surprise considering how hard Lily always worked, and, she had never received one detention in her life.
Finally agreeing, Kelsie followed Lily out of the compartment, into the corridor. Everything appeared to be in order. However Lily had the suspicion that the commotion caused had something to do with the marauders. In fact, she’d bet her new peacock feather quill on it.
Relishing the opportunity to have some kind of authority over the hooligans, she yanked open compartment 6b’s door and strode in, Kelsie in tow.
“I know that hex had something to do with you” Lily said, eyeing both James and Sirius.
“Oh lovely Lily, the love of ickle Jamesie’s life. It was not us!” Sirius declared, trying not to laugh.
“Shut up Sirius, Lily isn’t stupid, she knows it was you.” Remus injected, looking up from his book and smiling at her.
“Ahh Remus, why did you do that! Seriously, just because a girl is in our presence, it doesn’t mean you have to do as they say to impress them!” Sirius complained, shoving Remus.
“At least one of the marauders is a gentleman” lily responded, smiling back.
She looked around the compartment, searching for any clue that suggested what had happened, but to no avail, until…
“Lily look!” Kelsie exclaimed pointing at the ceiling.
Lily looked up to find, her former best friend, Severus Snape, stuck to the roof of the compartment, obviously under some form of enchantment.
She sighed and crossed her arms over her chest “let him down”.
James who had not said a word so far, stood up. The cloak which had been thrown over him slipped off revealing a shiny gold badge, very similar to Lily’s, pinned to his chest.
“WHAT?!” Lily shouted, in shock.
James flinched, then coughed to clear his throat “I heard you got the place of head girl, congratulations, you deserve it” he held out his hand.
Lily didn’t take it, “well you defiantly don’t deserve it” she said coldly, turning on her heel and storming out of the compartment, leaving Kelsie to deal with the marauders.
She slammed the door of 6a and curled up on the long seat which back was against the wall, which separated 6a and 6b.
James potter, Head boy? It just didn’t seem right. What has he done to deserve that? Then, the true horror of the situation dawned upon her. The letter which Dumbledore had sent, informing Lily of her new role at Hogwarts, also said that, because of this role, you may be required to stay up later than normal and so the head boy and girl have their own dormitory. This dormitory, has 2 bedrooms (one for the head boy and one for the head girl), 1 bathroom and a living area.
Lily Evans was going to have basically live with James for the whole year.
“you had to go and leave me with them didn’t you!” Kelsie huffed, throwing herself down onto the seat opposite Lily.
Lily was about to apologise but was interrupted by “actually it wasn’t too bad, once Snape was gone, it turns out they’re quite friendly. Remus is lovely”
The mouthful of water lily was about to swallow, was spat out in a rush, showering Kelsie.
“Heyy! I know I’m meant to have some kind of eternal hate for them, but I just can’t do it.”
This little spout of wisdom from Kelsie, shocked Lily into forgetting to open her mouth which resulted in a puddle of water spilling onto her lap. Because lily had impregnated the material of the school skirt with a water repellent charm, the water didn’t sink in and she managed to return the water to the bottle.
“Nice save lily” she said to herself.
Then, the train pulled into the Hogsmead station.
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