“Grant... You’ve know me since I saw three. It’s Lily Evans for god’s sake.”
“I’m not taking any chances. Two newbie’s have already got in tonight.” He replied.
“Newbie’s?” I asked. Nobody new ever got in. These parties were always kept secret, or well to the best of our abilities. We were always changing time, date and venue. “Who?”
“Dunno two blokes. Backpackers I recon. One had a funny name. Can’t remember what it was. Some hippy’s kid.”
“I’m sure they won’t do any harm. If it’s two blokes it’s probably the ones staying at the motel. They’re just touring around. They’re only booked in another night as far as I know.” I told him. He just grunted and shuffled me through.
Gee nice seeing you too Grant.
The floor was already littered with empty cups and some people were wandering around slightly tipsy. I’d learnt from the time I was here with Remus to bring my own water. Everything here would already be spiked.
I tried not to laugh thinking back on how ill Remus had been the next day. Poor bloke had been so legless I’d taken him home with me. Not that my parents knew about that, thank Merlin they’d gone to visit friends for the weekend.
Everyone was dancing and having a blast. Fleetwood Mac blaring from the DJ stand, it was nice to be listening to muggle music for once instead of wizarding music. I scanned the crowd looking for any familiar faces. Not that I knew anyone all that well now that I didn’t go to school with them anymore. I saw Many Smith dancing with a few of his buddies. I’d had a crush on him when I was about 10, I’d accidently dropped a plant pot on his foot once. Yes he was defiantly someone to avoid.
“Well hello there. I recognise you, you’re the bird from the motel. So sweet thing what do you say care to dance?” There it was... that voice again. I knew it from somewhere. I turned around to find myself face to face with...
“SIRIUS BLACK!!” I screamed in horror.
“EVANS!” He replied just as horrified. He looked like he was going to be sick, or wet himself. One of the two.
“What the fuck are you doing here?!” I cursed. Oh crap... there had been two of them at the motel. If Sirius was one, who was the other?!
“I could ask you the same thing!” He retorted.
“I live here you twat! Well not here as in here in this building but... oh you know what I mean! Now explain!”
He didn’t even give me a chance to finish. He bolted for the other side of the room. I dodged through the crowd trying to follow him.
(James Point of View)
“The girl... the girl is Evans”
“What do you mean the girl is Evans?” I asked confused.
“I mean, Lily bloody Evans is here. At this party, she cleans our room. Wanna know the best bit? She fucking lives here! We didn’t need to know who Moony’s friend was my ass!”
“SIRIUS BLACK GET YOUR ARSE BACK HERE!”
“Oh shit that’s her. Come on Prongs we’ve gotta get out of here!” Sirius yelped trying to pull me away.
“What’s the point Padfoot? She knows we’re here now. And she knows where we’re staying. There’s no point.” I sighed. Hurricane Lily here we come.
“SIRIUS BLACK... Potter?” Lily stopped in her tracks as she realised who was in front of her. “Okay what’s going on? Am I being stalked now?!”
“No we are not stalking you. We didn’t even know you were here...” Wait a minute... Sirius said Evans had a nice arse... ha so holding him to that. “If anything you should be mad at Sirius. It was his crazy idea to go riding around England. And he’s the one who called you the bird with a nice arse.”
I don’t know who looked more embarrassed Sirius or Evans. Then again, Sirius could have been red with anger too.
“You said what Black?” She stammered.
“I... I only saw you from behind! And in my defence it wasn’t even a good look. It was like a second. And it’s not like I knew who you were. I don’t make a habit of looking at your arse.” He mumbled. Lily looked as though she was torn between laughter and shame.
“Outside... Now. Both of you. You have some explaining to do.” She said calmly and walked towards the exit.
“Did she just talk to you... calmly?” Sirius asked in shock.
“I think she did Padfoot. I think she did.” I replied.
(Lily’s Point of View)
“Alright. Start talking. Why are you here, how did you get here, how long have you been here and how the hell did you know about this party?” I said calmly, as soon as we long out of sight and ear shot of Grant.
“Which one of us? Me or Prongs?” Sirius asked.
“Both of you I suppose.”
“Okay well, at the beginning of the summer I inherited a... substantial amount of money from my Uncle. So I went and bought a muggle motorbike since well... I’ve always wanted one and I just thought. Road trip with Prongs!” He began.
“I wasn’t that keen at first, but then I thought meh... Why not? So we’ve just been travelling around Britain... seeing the sights” James continued.
“Crashing parties!” Sirius butted in with a wink.
“It was pure accident we ended up here.”
“Yeah, that’s kinda my fault.” Sirius admitted.
“How so?” I asked. Stay calm Lily... just stay calm. Yes Potter and Black are annoying toe rags. Just remain calm.
“We err... kinda got onto a chase with the muggle authorities...”
“Oh Merlin what did you pair do?” I asked in dismay.
“So I was a little over the speed limit. No biggie...” Sirius replied, he sounded nervous though.
“So... you’re hiding here?”
“Kinda I guess” James said, he was being awfully quiet for a change.
“Okay... so how’d you know about the party?”
“We visited Remus earlier today.. He said there was a night life if you knew where to look. Said he got told by a friend. So I’m guessing that’s you.”
“Why were you visiting him so close to the full moon. He’s probably exhausted...”
“Wait you know...” James said with surprise.
“That Remus is a were-wolf? Of course I’m not an idiot. That and we are friends you know.” I huffed.
“You’ve never said anything.” Sirius replied.
“Not my place to really is it? We can keep secrets.” Like that night at the last party...
“No I suppose not.”
“Come on, let’s get you two back in there then...” I said with a sigh.
“Hang on a minute Evans... what were you doing there? You never come to any of our parties...”
“Padfoot... she doesn’t have to answer if she doesn’t want to... Sorry Lily” James said quickly. Wow... usually he’s asked me out at least twice by now.
“It’s alright Potter... I’m here trying to get my mind off someone.” I admitted.
“You had a boyfriend we didn’t know about?!” James asked in alarm, I just laughed.
“No. I was referring to my sister. I’ve never had a boyfriend thank you very much.” I laughed. He blushed.
“Why you trying to get your mind off you sister?” Sirius asked. He actually sounded concerned. I sighed and sat on the curb.
“She’s mad at me...” I whimpered. I will not cry, I will not cry.
“What’s she mad at you for?” James asked sitting beside me. Sirius not far behind.
“I ruined her engagement announcement. I didn’t know...” Why am I even telling them this? “I just found out I got head girl and I got excited so I ran downstairs...” No don’t cry, oh shit I’m crying. “I... I didn’t know she was telling mum and dad she was getting married... Now she doesn’t even want me at her wedding” Oh brilliant now I was sobbing. I was sobbing in front of bloody James Potter and Sirius Black.
Then the unexpected happened. Sirius Black pulled me into a hug.