CI by aconite.@TDA
“Lily!” My boyfriend James called, running up to me.
I smiled. James has that effect on me. He calls my name, and I smile. He gives me a hug, and it brightens my day.
“What’s up?” I asked.
“Nothing much,” he said smiling, “just wanted to see if you needed any help before we left.”
I pulled him into a hug. I loved him so much. He was good for me, and I was good for him. I helped him be less of a bully, and he helped me be less insecure. He was the first person other than my parents to tell me I was beautiful, and I was the first person to tell him that he could be whoever he wanted to be.
We made a strange pair, the player and the brains, but it worked. No one knew why, but there wasn’t a single soul that could honestly say we didn’t work.
We walked along the corridor, holding hands, him telling me about his Quidditch practice, me loving to listen to the sound of his voice. I finally tuned back into the conversation.
“I’m going to miss you so much Lil.” he said, looking at me with his puppy dog eyes, “How will I survive a whole summer without you?”
“I don’t know,” I said, feeling my heart sink.
I had tried to forget that it was the end of 7th year. I was staying in Cokeworth, since my sister was off at some kind of summer camp. I would probably spend the summer in my room, catching up on reading, doing whatever Mum and Dad wanted me to do. James on the other hand, was spending his summer traveling with the rest of the Marauders. Heavens knows what they would be doing. We both hadn’t decided what kind of careers we wanted yet. We would probably do something with the Order undoubtedly.
“It’s almost time to catch the train,” he said, looking at his watch, “we better go.”
We walked to the Hogwarts Express and boarded the train, looking for our friends. We found them, and James pulled the door open for me. I walked in first, and we sat down.
“What exactly are you doing this summer?” I said laughingly to Remus, Sirius, Peter, and James.
“We can’t tell you.” Sirius said, “It’s guy stuff.”
This got me a bit worried. The Marauders had a reputation. They were the bad boys of Hogwarts, the ones that mothers told their daughters to stay away from.
My fear must have showed in my eyes, because James pulled me in and planted a kiss on my head.
“Lighten up,” James said, “I’ll write. It’ll be like I’m there with you.”
I gave a weak smile. I continued chatting with them, along with my best friend Marlene McKinnon, Remus' girlfriend. Time flew, and it was soon time to exit the train. I walked slowly, trying to savor my last moments with James. He helped me carry my trunk off the train.
“Don’t look so upset,” James said, “smile.”
I saw my father, and I waved to him. I kissed James and bid him goodbye.
“Write to me,” I said.
“Always,” he said.
I watched him as he walked away.
“Lil!” Marlene said, hugging me, “Promise you’ll write?”
“What are you doing over the summer?” I asked.
“I’ll probably stay at home most of the time,” she said, “maybe I’ll visit Remus while all of them are off gallivanting.”
“Lucky,” I said jealously, “my Mum would never let me do that.”
“My Mum’s here,” she said, “I’ll see you!”
I found my dad standing toward the side, trying to find me. I made eye contact and walked toward him.
“Lily!” Dad said, pulling me into a hug.
“Dad,” I smiled.
“All set?” He asked me.
“Yeah,” I said, and we walked out of the platform toward his parked car.
When we arrived home, Mum greeted me with a smile and apple pie. I laughed and chatted to her about my year, then I carried my trunk up to my room and took out my stuff. A photo of me and James, a photo of the Marauders, a photo of me and Marlene…the photos were bittersweet. They held good memories, but I knew I could never relive them.
I spent the first few days of my vacation lounging around my room. I’d missed Mum’s cooking. Magic food would never compare. It pains me to say it, but most of what I did was read, eat, and wait for a letter from James. It makes me look desperate, but I did really love him.
On my third day of waiting, a letter finally came.
Right now we’re all still in London. We’re staying at the Leaky Cauldron, and we’re buying supplies from Diagon Alley. Sirius wants to go to Ireland, so that’s probably where we’re headed. They all say hello. I miss you already. Sorry for the short note, I'm short on time.
I wrote a long note detailing everything I'd done and sent it off with my owl, Felix.
“Lily!” Mum called from downstairs, “Come down here a minute!”
I walked downstairs.
“Yes?” I asked.
“Sweetie,” she said, “you’ve been in your room for days. Go outside, do some gardening or something.”
I walked out the door reluctantly. I couldn’t be constantly pining for James of course. I was in the process of pruning a rose bush when a boy from next door caught my eye. He was a muggle, and I remembered being good friends with him before I went to Hogwarts. His name was David, I think.
The boy noticed me too.
“Lily isn’t it?” he said, walking over to me, “I haven’t seen you around in a long time.”
“I went to boarding school,” I said, “you’re David, right?”
“Yes,” he said.
He had changed considerably from when I’d known him. The David I’d known was chubby, and this David was muscular and tall. They both still shared the same electric blue eyes and sandy brown hair. He was definitely attractive, but not as much as James.
“What have you been up to?” he said, “School’s out. What are your plans for the summer?”
“I don’t know,” I said, “reading maybe. I’m gardening because my Mum wants me out of the house.”
“Well,” he said, “need some help?”
“Sure,” I said, smiling.
“Let me get my tools,” he said, racing back to his house.
I stared after him. Maybe it wasn’t going to be such a bad summer after all.
A/N: First Marauder fic :) Review please? It means the world to me.