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Against Bullies by Sycamore125
Chapter 5 : Quidditch of Different Sizes
 
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*A/N*: For clarification, this is where the Potters 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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Lily gripped her broom, her knuckles white. She stood with the other Ravenclaw hopefuls in the middle of the Quidditch pitch. They had just finished a three-hour-long, strenuous try-out, and Lily just wanted to know if she made the team or not. She couldn’t stand there much longer without collapsing.

“Thank you for coming out today and trying out for the Quidditch team,” Ryan said. “You all did well and showed good skills. Unfortunately, we only have two openings.”

‘Just tell us already,’ Lily thought, unable to bear the wait.

“It was a hard decision, but the new Ravenclaw beater is Devlin Corner,” Ryan continued. “And our new chaser is Lily Potter. Congrats, you two and welcome to the team!”

The team members from last year applauded. Lily blinked, and blinked again. She glanced around at the other chaser-hopeful; they were all staring at her, with looks of jealousy and awe. Lily looked back at Ryan. He smiled at her encouraging. Lily grinned. She made the team!

“For the rest of you, thank you for your time and effort. You may leave now,” Ryan said. He turned his attention to the new team members. “Corner, Potter, you come with us. We’ll show you your lockers and the team space and get you settled in.”

Lily was assigned a locker and given practice and match uniforms. Ryan handed both of them Ravenclaw Quidditch team sweaters with their names on the back. The rest of the team was already wearing theirs. Lily and Devlin pulled theirs on over their wet shirts from try-outs.

“Are you ready to show Hogwarts our new talent?” Ryan said.

“Yeah!” they all cheered.

He led them from the locker room and to the Great Hall. Ryan theatrically throw the doors open, drawing the attention of everyone in the hall. Upon seeing their quidditch captain, the Ravenclaw table burst into applause and cheers. The team filed into the Hall, splitting around the Ravenclaw table to sit on both sides. When Lily appeared, some shouts erupted from the Gryffindor table as her family acknowledged her.

“She did it! Lily made the team!” James yelled over the din, pounding on Louis’s back.

Lily blushed at the ruckus James and the rest of her family made. The team sat together at the table and started to get to know their new teammates. Before the desserts appeared, Lily excused herself to talk to her family.

She ran across the space between the Ravenclaw and Gryffindor tables and hug-tackled Albus, knocking him into Dominique. Albus righted them, pulling Lily sideways onto his lap.

“Congrats, sis!” Albus said.

“Thanks! I can’t believe I actually made it,” Lily said.

“You deserve it,” Rose said. “You looked very good at our two practice sessions. I would have been more surprised if you hadn’t.”

“Another quiddtich player in the family,” James said. “That makes all three of us Potters, living up to the history of the name.”

“Mum and Dad will be so proud,” Albus said. “Did you write them yet?”

“No, there hasn’t been time. We just finished try-outs,” Lily said.

“Wow! It must have been a close competition. I’ve never seen them go that long,” James said. “Why don’t you come by tonight? We’ll throw a small party for you.”

“Thanks, but I have to get started on my work. I haven’t had any time yet today,” Lily said. “Can we do it tomorrow?”

“A Sunday night?” James clarified.

“Sure.” Lily shrugged. “Classes happen every week. I only join the quidditch team once.”

“I never thought I’d see the day when you’d party the night before classes,” Roxanne said.

Lily smiled slyly. “Things change.”

“I’d say so,” Roxanne said pleased.

“Well, I need to get back to the team,” Lily said. “See you later.”

She returned to the Ravenclaw table. They heaped their plates with sweets. As they slowed down, Ryan drew their attention back to him.

“We will practice Tuesdays nights most weeks, with extra practices as we approach a match,” Ryan said. “Practices will start at 7 and go until I call it. See you on Tuesday.”

They were dismissed. Some of them stuck around, but Lily had to work to do. As she walked to the common room, she chuckled, thinking that it was just her luck that practices were on her busiest day of the week. When practices will go long, she wouldn’t have much time to due her assignments. Being on the quidditch team will be an adjustment. Lily hoped it won’t take long.

 

Lily spent most of Sunday in her favorite nook in the library. She went to the Ravenclaw tower to drop off her bag; she didn’t want to take it to dinner or to the family party later. Lily was prepared to have a good time, especially since she complete the assignments she needed to.

“I am always hungry, I must always be fed; the finger I touch, will soon turn red,” the brass knocker said. “What am I?”

The hallway was deserted, as most other students had most likely figured it out earlier. It was late in the afternoon to be solving it for the first time. Lily thought about it, trying to think of something, that when touched, turned the thing red. It was always hungry. She smiled and thought of Uncle Ron, although he probably wasn’t the answer.

It always had to be fed. Lily thought of the phrase Ginny quipped to Harry when he’d join the kids in an argument - usually about quidditch. ‘Don’t feed the fire.’ That made sense and fit all the criteria.

“Fire,” Lily said.

The door swung open. Lily dropped her school bag at the foot of her bed. Despite it being just family, she threw on some mascara and brushed out her hair. She left her robes on her bed, wanting to be more comfortable and relaxed.

At the end of the meal, Hugo grabbed her. “Come on! James has already set up!”

Lily laughed. “I’m coming. You’re so eager, it’s like you’re the one we’re celebrating.”

“Not this year. Next year, I’m going after one of the chaser spots,” Hugo whispered.

“Cool,” Lily said.

Hugo said the password, and they entered the Gryffindor common room.

“Oi!” James called out. “Come over here. We saved you a seat.”

“How nice of you,” Lily drawled. “I was worried you’d forgotten about me.”

“Har har.” James handed her a Butterbeer. “Congrats, Lily!”

“Thanks,” Lily said.

“I’m not even going to ask how you got the Butterbeer in here,” Dominique said as she joined them. “The less I know the better.”

“Exactly, Dom,” James said. “What you don’t know can’t hurt us.”

“As always, you do sure know how to throw a party,” Louis said.

“Why thank you,” James said, inclining his head regally.

They all laughed.

“What are we going to do with them?” Rose sighed, shaking her head. She squeezed onto the couch between Hugo and Lily.

Lily relaxed and enjoyed this time with her brothers and cousins. After they each had a few, James cut them off, saying he’d save the rest for another time. They didn’t want to have too much when they needed to go to class the next day. It was well after midnight when Dominique forced them to go to bed. Lily snuck through the halls, luckily not running into Filch or the prefects on patrol.

 

Monday went slowly for Lily. She was struggling to pay attention in class because she kept dozing off. She stayed out too late and didn’t get enough sleep. It didn’t help that she had been wondering about the problem with the first years. With that on her mind, Lily stopped by the unused girls bathroom, after her classes were over, to see if Malfoy was there. She walked down the row of stalls and saw that one door was shut.

Lily knocked on the door. “Malfoy?”

She heard shuffling inside. He opened the door.

Lily stared at him. How hadn’t she noticed before how good he looked, especially with his appearance disheveled? Malofy’s hair looked like he had run his hand through it many times. His tie was loosened haphazardly to one side, and his robes were askew.

“Potter?” Scorpius questioned, looking at her oddly. “What are you doing here?”

Lily shook her head to clear it. “I stopped by to see if you had made any progress yet.”

“No,” he said. “I had been trying to decide how to punish them when I found them, but I still don’t know how to find them. I need to focus on that, especially since I came across another first year.”

“I think you should just turn them into McGonagall,” Lily said.

“But they deserve much worse than that,” Scorpius snapped.

“I know,” Lily said. “However, if you act on it, you’re no better than them.”

“How?” Scorpius demanded.

“You’ll be beating up boys weaker than yourself,” Lily said.

“Fine,” Scorpius said. He sighed. “Sorry. I don’t mean to be in such a bad mood. It hasn’t been a good day, and this isn’t helping.”

“Why don’t we take a break?” Lily suggested. “We can play quidditch.”

Scorpius’s eyes lit up. “You brought your set?”

“Always. Why don’t we set it up over there?” Lily waved her hand towards the open area in front of the sinks.

“Sure, Lily,” Scorpius said.

Lily looked down, feeling the heat rise in her face. It felt odd to hear him say her name, but she liked it. She sat down and pulled out her pouch of bobby pins. Scorpius had opened his Potions textbook on the floor between them. Lily began the spells that would bring the players and the pitch to life.

“Could you teach me how to do that?” Scorpius asked.

“Next time,” Lily said.

“Ah, it looks like you’ve found a new opponent,” Ginny’s figurine said. “Are we teaming up again?”

“Of course,” Lily said. She looked over at Scorpius. “Are you ready to begin?”

“Uh, how do I get them to listen to me?” he asked hesitantly.

“Oh, right.” Lily explained the commands to him. “Understand?”

“Yes,” Scorpius said. “So, how do we start?”

Lily waved her wand, and the balls launched into the air. Ginny swooped in and grabbed the miniature quaffle. And so the match began. Scorpius was having some problems with his players, but Lily - who played with both teams frequently - was having no such trouble.

“Didn’t you see her beater?” one of his chasers yelled at Scorpius. He had barely held on after a bludger pummeled him in the stomach. “He was aiming right for me. And where were our beaters?”

“I’m sorry,” Scorpius said, flustered. “I’m still getting the hang of this.”

The man flew off muttering about incompetent coaches. Lily’s team scored another goal. Scorpius called timeout. The score was 90-30 in favor of Lily’s team.

“This game could last forever,” Scorpius said. “The snitch could be anywhere in this room and our seekers haven’t left the pitch yet.”

“Actually, it can’t,” Lily said. “I put a ward around the pitch so that the balls and players will stay inside. There’s enough room to play, but it keeps things from getting out of hand.”

“That’s smart,” Scorpius said.

“Thanks,” Lily said.

The players took to the air again as play resumed. Scorpius seemed to have a better handle on the game, and the match drew closer. Scorpius’s chasers scored another goal when Lily was distracted by the door banging open. She quickly called timeout.

“Hello,” Lily said cheerfully when her brothers entered the room. “I’ve never seen you here before.” She studied their faces and frowned. “Is everything okay?”

“That’s because we’ve never been here before; it’s a girl’s loo,” Albus said.

“We were, uh, checking out things before leaving to prank…someone and saw you in here with him,” James said, waving a hand in Scorpius’s direction. He’d barely remembered to skip over some of the more important details.

“How could they know that, Lily?” Scorpius asked.

“It doesn’t matter,” Lily said. She didn’t need James’s sharp look to remind her to keep the Map a secret.

“We just wanted to stop by and check on you,” James said.

“Why?” Lily asked.

“We didn’t know you knew him,” Albus said. “And honestly, I couldn’t think of a reason you’d be here, especially with Mum and Dad’s stories about this bathroom.”

“What are you talking about?” Scorpius asked.

The Potters ignored his question. None of them wanted talk about it.

“What are you doing here?” James asked.

“Playing quidditch, obviously,” Lily said.

“You should really find a better place to play,” Albus said. “I’m sure it would be fun to play on the grounds or in the courtyard.”

“Or is there a reason you wanted a secluded place where no one goes?” James asked, his eyes narrowing at Scorpius.

“No, it’s not like that,” Scorpius denied, a little too quickly in Lily’s opinion, although she had to admit that her brothers were intimidating.

“What’s it like then?” Albus asked.

Scorpius gave Lily a questioning look. She nodded.

“Lily came in here at the beginning of the school year when I was working on something,” Scorpius said. “She was very upset, and I talked to her. After that, we would both happen to be here at the same time.”

James turned to Lily. “What was wrong? Why didn’t you come to us?”

“I hadn’t planned on telling anyone and didn’t want to trouble you,” Lily said. “He eventually drew it out of me and helped me deal with it.”

“But what was it? We’re always here for you, no matter what,” Albus said. “You could never bother us that way.”

“Scorpius helped me with my house problem,” Lily said. “Remember we talked about it later? Remember what you said you’d do?”

“I didn’t know it was him,” James said.

“I don’t care who you thought it was,” Lily said. “And if you even try to say what I think you’re going to, I’ll do what you said I would before we got on the train.”

James scowled at Lily. “No, you wouldn’t.”

“Are you willing to bet on that?” Lily asked.

Albus laughed. “Oh, excellent, Lily. I didn’t know you could be so devious.”

Lily grinned at Albus. James glower darkened.

“So?” Lily prompted.

“Fine,” James snapped.

Lily waited but James didn’t say anything. She raised a brow.

“Thank you, Malfoy.” The words seemed to get stuck in his throat. “What you said caused Lily to lose whatever inhibitions she had about her house issue and be more relaxed, more herself.”

“See that wasn’t so hard,” Lily said lightly.

Scorpius leaned toward Lily. “How did they find out we were here?” he asked softly. “If we find out how, we could use that to help with our little problem.”

“The only way that will happen is if we tell them about it, and they agree to help,” Lily said just as quietly.

Scorpius stared at her, indecision marred his face. He looked between her brothers and sighed.

“Potters, we are in the middle of a…project,” Scorpius said. “We could use your help - if you want to assist - especially if you use whatever told you we were here.”

“What project?” Albus asked.

“We’re going to work on it tomorrow night,” Scorpius said. “If you are interested in finding out more and working with us, you can join us then.”

“It will have to be after quidditch,” Lily said. “I have practice tomorrow.”

“Oh, that’s right,” Scorpius said. “Congrats on making the team.”

“Thanks,” Lily said with a smile. “We could do it Wednesday.”

“We have practice,” Albus said.

“Thursday?” Lily asked.

“Nope. That’s when we practice,” Scorpius said. “How’s Friday?”

“I was going to see if Laura was free,” James said.

“You don’t have to come,” Scorpius said.

“You have all week to decide,” Lily said.

“Can we please meet somewhere else?” Albus glanced around. “I really don’t feel comfortable in here. Why don’t we go to the courtyard?”

“We need privacy,” Scorpius said. “We might end up breaking a school rule or two.”

“A prefect breaking the rules?” James said, shocked.

“Oh, stuff it,” Scorpius said.

“Count me in. I’m always up for mischief,” James said, grinning cheekily.

“How about we use the Room of Requirement?” Lily suggested.

“That works,” Albus said. “See you then.”

“The room of what? I’ve never heard of such a place,” Scorpius said.

“Meet me here, and I’ll show you,” Lily said. She addressed her brothers. “We’re going to finish our game of quidditch now, if you don’t mind. I don’t care if you stay to watch or leave.”

“I’ll stay,” Albus said, sitting down next to the pitch. “Who’s winning?”

“Lily is, 120-80,” Scorpius said.

James sat down too. “I’ll watch. It’s closer than I thought it would be.”

The match resumed. Lily controlled most of it. Her seeker soon caught the snitch, ending the game at 290-110. Lily worked the charms to undo the pitch and the figurines.

“Well, you did better than I thought you would,” Lily said.

“You must not have had much confidence in my quidditch skills,” Scorpius said sourly.

“It’s not that,” Lily said.

“No one ever beats Lily the first time they play with her quidditch set,” Albus added. “You scored over 100 points, which is more than most people can say. As it is, she hardly ever loses.”

“What about you two?” Scorpius asked. “Can you beat her?”

“Not as often as we would like,” Albus said. “The players know her so well that she doesn’t have to work as hard to get them to listen to her.”

“Another well played match, Lils,” James said. “You show such knowledge of the game and how to direct the players. I think you could be your team’s captain by your seventh year.”

“It’s too early for me to think about that,” Lily said. “I still haven’t had a practice yet. Besides, working with real people is different.”

“We need to get back to our dorms,” Scorpius said. “It’s almost curfew.”

“I doubt we’ll get caught,” James said, sharing a secret smile with Albus.

“Well, I might,” Lily said. “I’m heading back. See you boys later.”

They split ways outside the bathroom, each returning to their own common rooms for the night.


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