I eyed Lily nervously from my seat in the far back corner. I was at the farthest distance I could possibly be from her, yet I could still practically feel her anger as she scribbled down the Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor's words furiously. I guess that she was still just a bit upset over the whole love potion mishap.
She was clutching her quill so tightly that I distinctly heard it crack. As she turned her head furiously to Mary, the terrified girl handed over her spare quill with a look of trepidation.
Okay, maybe more than just a bit upset. I was just glad that I had nothing to do with it.
James was seated on her other side, looking apologetic and very desperate. He kept tapping her on the shoulder, trying to get her attention, and would only receive venomous looks in return. By the end of the class, she looked ready to put him in the Hospital Wing, despite the presence of a Professor.
"Lily, please listen to me, I didn't know--" James begged.
Lily turned so rapidly that James drew back slightly. "Listen to me, Potter," she spat. "I don't want to hear it. You're an even bigger prat than I thought you were, and that's saying something. Now leave!" she ordered. James took a long, sad look at her before slowly walking out the door.
I was equally slow in rising from my seat and walking towards the furious girl, who was fuming while stuffing her things angrily into her bag. I watched her friends quickly leave, throwing her fearful looks that showed how I felt pretty accurately. I approached her tentatively as the students continued to file out of the room.
She turned to me and took a deep breath, as though trying to cool down her anger ever so slightly. "Yes?" she asked in a strained voice. I lost my resolve instantly, but took a deep breath and steeled myself to speak. I would prove I belong in Gryffindor. I would prove that I was a force to be reckoned with.
"I just wanted to tell you that you should go out with James--" I began, and immediately regretted it. Lily's already angry face hardened, and she looked absolutely terrifying.
"Have you heard what Potter tried to do to me, Pettigrew?" she asked harshly. I cringed, trying to ignore the fact that by using my last name she was showing clear dislike of me.
"I'm sure he was, um, just doing that because he cares so much for--"
"That Amortentia was very old. You saw what it did to Alice, didn't you? Didn't you?!" she demanded. I nodded fearfully. This wasn't going to plan at all. Then again, when did it ever? "I've never liked Potter, and I hate him even more now!" she declared.
"Just please give him a chance--"
Her eyes were flashing, and she looked extremely menacing. "Go away," she said in a low, dangerous voice, "And never ask me that ever again."
She began to walk away, and I panicked, knowing one of my last chances was up. I didn't think about my actions - I just waved my wand towards her and whispered the incantation for a Cheering Charm. She froze, and I watched anxiously as she turned around. In place of the angry scowl that was there moments before was an overly cheerful grin, which was equally frightening because of the rapidness of the change.
Then she burst out laughing, smiling widely at me.
"Um…" Had I cast that wrong? She was just supposed to feel a little happier…
Suddenly, Sirius's head popped out of the doorway. He frowned at me. "Wormtail, what just happened?"
"W-what do you mean?" I asked nervously, wringing my hands together.
"I saw Evans start to walk towards the doorway, then she suddenly became all… happy."
He looked mildly disgusted at Lily, who was laughing loudly now. "But you're the only one in here… you cast the Charm?"
I nodded meekly.
"Wormtail!" he groaned. "You're supposed to use persistence, I'm supposed to use magic, remember?"
"But… but she was so mad!" I protested. "I had to use it, otherwise she wouldn't listen to me!"
"So you thought you should go against the terms of the bet?" Sirius demanded. I gulped. Loudly.
"I'm sorry!" I told him sadly. "I didn't mean to - it just sort of happened!" He was still studying me rather unsettlingly, so I added, "I'll wait for it to wear off, I won't take advantage of this."
"Good," Sirius replied with a wolfish grin. "Because I totally am. A Cheering Charm, really, why didn't I think of that?" he mused.
"Hey!" I exclaimed, a rare feeling of boldness creeping up inside of me. Sirius raised an eyebrow at me, as though asking me to continue. Now would be no time to stutter or mumble. I planned out what I was going to say in my head, using my most eloquent words. I struggled to keep my voice both cool and authoritative. "As I am playing fair by not taking advantage of her when you are the one who gets to use magic, I believe you should play fair as well by not taking advantage of my idea."
"What are you saying?" Sirius said slowly in a tone that suggested he knew exactly what I was saying.
"What I'm saying," I said patiently, "Is that since that was my idea, you shouldn't use it to win."
"Remember our bargain, Wormtail?" he asked. "That can apply here, too, if this works. We can both win that way."
My efforts to win this contest on my own did seem to become more and more futile each time I tried. Sirius's last two attempts might have failed disastrously, but he still had a much better chance than I did. "Fine," I conceded.
"Lily? Are you still in here?" Sirius and I turned our heads sharply to the door, where James had just poked his head in the doorway. He looked concerned, as though he had been waiting for Lily this whole time. Then again, he probably was.
He caught sight of Lily and frowned. "Err, what's up with Lily?" She just began laughing hysterically in response, bringing a look of alarm to James's face. "Is she so angry that she's gone mad?" he whispered frantically to us.
Sirius snickered. "No, Wormy here just did a bit of overdose on a Cheering Charm."
James advanced slowly towards Lily, who was looking incredibly pleased by everything she saw. He carefully slung his arm around her shoulders, and she just looked at him and giggled.
A grin spread across James's face. "I like this Charm," he said to us with a smile, turning and striding away with Lily by his side.
Wait… had I actually done something right?
AN: I'm so sorry for not updating for a month! D: The story's almost over, so I'm pretty sure that won't happen again, though I will be busy for the next week or so. However, I should find some time to update. Thanks so much to all of you who are still reading this story! ~WaterLily :)
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