Chapter 1 : The Beginning
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"Would you two stop?" She hissed to the idiots behind our table. "He is literally sitting here doing nothing. Not even taking notes! Could you just leave him alone?"
She always made me smile. ON days like this when we have double transfigurations with Gryffindor, she makes it a bit more bearable.
"Miss Evans, " Professor McGonagall said sternly. "I do not wish to take points from my own house, but I will if necessary." She stared at Lily with harsh eyes. Part of me wanted to stand up and defend her, but I couldn't. She does so much for me, but I couldn't even muster up the courage to help her.
I don't deserve her.
I sunk down in my chair and glanced over to Lily. She was writing a note to her friend Kessie who say on the opposite side of her. She folded it in half and slid it over. Kessie unfolded it and giggled audibly. Sirius, behind her, poked her with his quill.
"Oi, shut it." He said, "I'm trying to learn, here."
"Oh sod off, Black," She whispered, still smiling. I laughed to myself. The bell rang, and we all got up to leave. Lily looked at me and smiled. She didn't say a word.
"Sev, you coming to lunch?" Lucius Malfoy, another Slytherin, asked me.
I nodded and followed him out.
"Bloody hell," Sirius sighed. "I hate transfigurations." he sank into the couch in the Gryffindor common room. "Do you want to get lunch?" He asked.
"I could eat," James Potter shrugged. "Let me run up to the dorm for a second. " He got up from his chair and skipped up the stairs. He unfastened his tie and tossed it on his bed, where he heard a slight crinkle of paper. He looked over, and saw a letter with his full name on the front. He picked it up and sliced it open. It read,
Dear Mr. J.H. Potter,
I write to congratulate you on your high class and house rank. Your class rank is currently number 5.
To congratulate your hard work, we would like to give you an opportunity of great proportions.
You may have heard that in the past years we have combined with our sister school, Salem Academy for Witches and Wizards, in Massachusetts, united States. We would like to reward our top five students with the chance to travel to the United States for a semester. This year, you are one of the lucky students to be honored with this privilege.
You and the other 4 students will be summoned down to speak with Headmaster Dumbledore. At this time, you will accept of decline this honor.
Congratulations and Best Regards,
Headmistress and head of Gryffindor house
Professor of Transfiguration
He read the letter again. And again. "This must be a joke. " He thought. James looked around the room, and saw a similar letter on Remus Lupin's bed. "You have to be kidding. This can't be real." He threw the letter down on his bed and walked hastily down the stairs.
"You alright, mate?" Sirius asked him.
"What class rank are you?" James asked him. He decided not to say anything about the letter.
"Uh, well, it just went down because I failed a test in Minnie's class, so probably 6 or 7. Why?"
"Don't worry about it, I was just wondering. Let's go eat." The two of them walked down to the great hall.
"Oh, come on," Kessie sighed. "I mean, are we ever going to need to know how many bones a Hippogriff has?"
Lily laughed and picked at the bread of her sandwich. "Well Kess, " Remus chimed in. "Say you bought what you thought was a baby hippogriff. But when you take him to the doctor, they tell you he's a dragon! And you would have known this if you remembered how many bones a hippogriff had." Lily and Kessie stared at Remus.
"That makes absolutely no sense." Lily finally said. James and Sirius came up alongside Lily and Remus.
"That's fine, I was finished anyway." Lily stood to leave.
"Oh, come on, Lil," Remus urged. Lily groaned and sat back down.
"Kessie, what's your class rank?" James asked.
"What?" Kessie asked, caught off guard. "Where did that come from?"
"I'm just curious, what's your rank?"
"Uh, I dunno, four?" She answered indifferently.
"Our house is bloody awesome this year!" Sirius boasted. "we have four of the top five in our class in Gryffindor!"
"Yeah, but Ravenclaw has the other 10 for the top 15." Lily said. "It's because they're all perfectionists. Their assignments are never in on time. If not for that, they would be killing us."
The group ate their lunch, joking and having a good time. An hour later , the group moved back up to the common room. James slugged into a chair by the fire. He knew in a matter of minutes, the girls and Remus would get their letters and Sirius would not.
A lot of things will change.
"Ah! Oh my god!" The shrill squeal erupted from the girls dorm.
"What do you suppose that was?" Sirius asked as he walked down from the boys dorm.
"Dunno," James shrugged.
"Sirius sat down next to James. "So why didn't you tell me?" He asked calmly.
"Tell you what?"
"I saw the letter on your bed. Remus got one too. Why didn't you tell me?" His voice growing in intensity. "Is that why you have been obsession over class ranks?"
James sat there, extremely guilty. "Yes," He said in a hushed voice. "I didn't want you to know."
"So you left it on your bed? Completely open? Genius." Sirius huffed. He relaxed a bit. "So, are you going then?"
"I dunno, you'd be pretty lonely." James laughed.
"Nah, I got Pete. He needs me." The two chuckled.
"You should go," Sirius assured him. "I'll be fine."
"I'm gonna miss you, man." James smiled.
"Come on, dude, don't be gay."
"This is huge! It's incredible!" Lily squealed again. Kessie just smiled. "Aren't you excited?!"
"Sure, " Kessie sighed. She really wasn't all that excited. In fact, she was dreading it. Kessie's father worked in the Auror office, keeping track of dark wizards. The last letter she received from him, said there was a huge rise in crime in the United States. While she never thinks on dangerous while in them, thinking about them throws her over the edge.
"Oh my gosh, I can't wait for this meeting!" Lily said giddily. "Wait." She stopped. "Who are the other three going?"
"Hm, Kessie thought. "Well Remus, surely. Severus?"
"Right," Lily sighed. Kessie walked across to her bed.
"The last is probably a Ravenclaw." Lily concluded. "Oh well, it doesn't matter! We're going to the States!" Lily grabbed Kessie by the hands and swung her around the dorm. A knock on the door startled the girls. They stopped immediately as the door creaked open.
"Oh, Remus!" Lily sighed. "It's only you."
"Nice to see you too?" Remus closed the door behind him. "So, I got this letter," He slowly pulled the letter from McGonagall out from his pocket with a smile. Lily squealed and threw her arms around him. "Us too!"
"Kessie as well?" He asked. Kessie looked to him with a smile and nodded. Remus gestured for her to join the hug. After some reluctance, she gave in and joined.
"Tonight," Remus said as he pulled back from the hug.
"Tonight what?" Kessie asked.
"Tonight we meet with Dumbledore! After dinner. And we'll get to see who the other two are."
"Any idea who it'll be?" Lily asked.
"I truly hope its James and Sirius. I'm not sure I can last a whole semester without them."
I truly hope it's not. Sorry Remus, but I love the idea of getting away from them!"
Kessie stayed silent through this. Not because she is naturally quiet, in fact, she is quite outspoken. But because she doesn't want to retort against her best friend. Kessie always liked the Marauders. She has helped them pull off pranks. Lily always hated them, although not as much this year, so Kessie always sided with her.
"Whatever, it doesn't matter, we need to go to dinner anyway."