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Against Bullies by Sycamore125
Chapter 1 : A New School Year
 
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*A/N*: For clarification, this is where all of the Potter and Weasleys stand in (and out) of Hogwarts:

Out of Hogwarts: Teddy, Victoire, Fred
7th years: James, Dominique
6th years: Albus, Rose (Scorpius is also a 6th year.)
5th years: Louis, Roxanne
4th years: Lily, Hugo, Molly
2nd year: Lucy

*Disclaimer*: I don’t own any of this; J.K. Rowling does. You know the drill.

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She flung her arms around her mother.

“Bye Mum,” Lily said into her mother’s shoulder.

Ginny chuckled. “Bye, sweetie. You’re only going for a term.”

Lily stepped back and sighed. “I know Mum.” She turned to her father. “Bye Dad.”

“Bye, Lily. Have a good term,” Harry said. “Try not to study too much.”

Lily rolled her eyes and laughed. It was a foregone conclusion that her spare time would be spent hidden away in the library. Lily didn’t like the look that came into James’s eyes.

“Like we’ll have to worry about that. She’ll be too busy charming the pants off all the boys.” James froze, a look of horror crossing his face. “But not literally!”

“Now you’ve done it,” Albus muttered, grinning wildly. He loved seeing his siblings going at it. It was much better to not be on the receiving end of it.

“Thanks for the idea James! I didn’t know you were so supportive,” Lily said. Her expression could be considered nothing other than an evil grin. “It’s nice to know that I won’t have my older brother getting in my way.”

“But…I…no…” James sputtered.

“As much as we love all of you, you need to get on that train or you’re going to miss it,” Ginny said.

“Look out for each other and try not to get in too much trouble this year,” Harry said, the last part directed at his oldest son.

“What do you take me for?” James asked innocently. “I learned from my mistakes.”

“The mistake being, getting caught,” Albus said.

James clamped his hand down on Albus’s shoulder and steered him towards the train. “See you at Christmas!”

Lily followed her brothers onto the Hogwarts Express. “Let’s go find Rose and the others. I didn’t see them on the platform.”

They weaved their way through the students looking for a compartment.

“Oi! Potters, in here!”

The shout came from the other side of the car. When they finally reached it, Hugo held the door open for them. “May I be the first to welcome you back to Hogwarts for the new school year!”

Lily shoved Hugo into the compartment. “Oh, shut up.”

“My brother, the comedian,” Rose sighed.

The Potters squeezed into the overfilled compartment with the rest of their cousins. Usually only with 6 people to a compartment, they had 10 people taking up every inch of seat and floor space. Lily looked around and smiled. As crazy as they were, they were her family and she loved them.

Dominique, Rose, and Roxanne sat on one seat, with Louis and Molly on the other. Lucy sat under the window. Lily ran to claim the last seat before her brothers could. James leaned against the door frame, and Hugo and Albus sat on the floor.

“Who’s prefect this year?” James asked.

“I am,” Louis said. “And Dom is Head Girl.”

Dominique glared at him. “That was my news to tell.”

Louis shrugged it off.

“You have them fooled, Dom, if they think you’re suited to be head girl,” Rose said.

Dominique elbowed Rose in the side. “Prat.”

“We have two free pranking passes!” Roxanne cried, very much her father’s daughter.

“You know the rules – it has to be one I agree with if I’m going to turn a blind eye,” Dominique said.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Roxanne waved her hand dismissively.

“Uncle Bill and Aunt Fleur must be very proud,” Lily said.

The two shot her a grateful smile.

“Lils, sometimes I swear something’s wrong with you; we never pass over a chance to tease a cousin,” Hugo said. “Maybe that’s why you aren’t in Gryffindor.”

“Oi, that’s my sister you’re talking about!” James smacked Hugo on the back of the head. “We all know that Lily’s in Ravenclaw because she’s the smartest witch Hogwarts has seen since Aunt Hermione.”

James and Albus both looked at her with fond smiles. Lily knew that they didn’t want her to feel left out by being the only Potter or Weasley not in Gryffindor, and she appreciated the effort. Her cousins didn’t understand what the big deal was (it wouldn’t bother any of them), but her brothers knew that it sometimes made her uncomfortable. Her smile felt forced, but it seemed to please them.

About an hour into the trip, James led the boys into the compartment where they stashed their trunks. They would change into their school robes first. When they returned, the girls called their seats before rushing out to change into their robes. Lily was the first one back; she didn’t spend as much time fussing with her hair or tie as the others did.

Everyone was silent for a few minutes. Of course it didn’t last long.

“You know,” Albus said thoughtfully, “this is the first year that we don’t have someone in the first year.”

“No, there was the year between Lucy and the three of us,” Hugo said.

“But we still had Lucy waiting,” Albus said.

“I know.” Hugo was grinning. “It just had to be said.”

“One of these times Hugo, you’re not going to know when to stop,” Rose said.

“He knows when to stop?” Molly said, her innocence fooling no one.

“She speaks! I was beginning to wonder if someone was impersonating my dearest cousin, but alas, you opened your mouth and proved me wrong,” Hugo said.

“You’re full of shit,” Molly said.

“If your parents heard you, you would be eating soap for days,” Hugo said.

“Well they aren’t here,” Molly said. “Besides, I know enough of your secrets that you couldn’t risk telling one of mine.”

“Well children, we’re off for our patrol duties,” Roxanne said.

Like the children they were accused of being, Hugo and Rose stuck their tongues out at Roxanne and Louis as they left. There was a rush for their empty seats. Albus and Hugo won; Lucy didn’t even attempt to claim one.

When the train arrived, they were herded to the carriages that would take them to the castle. They walked through the doors to the castle, her family going off to sit at the Gryffindor table, leaving her to the go to the Ravenclaw one alone. Lily couldn’t help but be overcome with wonder, even though this was her fourth year. Entering the Great Hall after being gone for the summer was like her first time all over again.

Lily found her best friend and sat across the table from her. It wasn’t long before the first years paraded in and were sorted. As Albus had mentioned, it was weird not to see a Potter or Weasley up there. Soon enough, the tables filled with food and the feast began.

“How was your summer, Rachel?” Lily asked.

“Fun and uneventful,” Rachel said.

“How can it be both?”

“I loved helping my mum in the nursery, but I didn’t do anything else.”

“You could have owled me to floo over.”

“I didn’t think of that.”

Lily looked thoughtful. “I didn’t know that your mum watched children.”

Rachel laughed. “Not that kind of nursery, the plant kind. You know how much I love Herbology, and I get it from her.”

“Oh.” Lily felt foolish for not making the connection.

Conversation bloomed around them, but Lily sat by shyly as Rachel talked with the others. She didn’t understand why she felt so uncertain around them, considering that she grew up in the midst of a boisterous crowd.

The prefects took the first years to their dormitories, and everyone else slowly started to leave. Lily walked over to her family to tell them goodnight before heading up to bed. She arrived at the common room and knocked on the door.

The brass eagle on the knocker unfurled its wings and said, “I’m the beginning of the end and the end of time and space. I’m essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?”

‘Oh good, an easy one to start the school year,’ Lily thought. Aloud, she said, “E.”

The door swung open. Lily bypassed the welcome back party in the common room and headed up the steps to the girls dormitory. Her trunk was at the foot of one of the beds on the fourth year’s level. She quickly dressed for bed, wondering what her class schedule would be like for that year.


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