Chapter 1 : Head Boy and Head Girl
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“James?” she said, as he walked in. “You’re the Head Boy?”
“Apparently, since I’m here,” James replied.
“It’s September the first, not April Fools,” she said. “Aren’t Head Boys supposed to be enforcing the rules?”
“Oh c’mon! I only spent every other week in detention last year! That’s practically a model student with me!” James joked. Lily had to laugh.
The new prefects entered the compartment, James and Lily greeted them.
“Welcome aboard!” she said. “Congratulations on being made prefect of your house!”
“As prefects, you are expected to set an example for the other students,” James said. “That means being responsible and follow the rules.”
For James Potter, rule breaker extraordinaire to be talking about setting examples, and following rules was too much for Lily and she was attacked by a fit of the giggles. James gave her a sideways look. Lily took a deep breath and cleared her throat.
“Being a prefect isn’t something to be taken lightly and definitely not something to be abused,” she said, with a brief glance at the Slytherin prefects.
After describing the duties, James and Lily headed back to their respective compartments. Out of nowhere someone sent a hex straight at James. Fortunately, James was able to deflect it. Both turned around.
“I saw that, Severus!” someone said. James’s friend, Remus Lupin, who was the Gryffindor Prefect
“What the hell, Severus?!” demanded Lily.
“I knew you fancied Potter,” Snape said. “I suppose you’re going to show her off around now like your little prize?” he said, glaring at James.
“We were just meeting the prefects, for your information,” James said coldly. “And that attack was unprovoked.”
“You don’t get to tell me who I date,” Lily said coldly
“That’s enough, Severus,” Remus said. “You attacked James unprovoked, and Lily has a right to date who she wants.”
Snape glared at them as they left.
“He’s still sour that I won’t speak to him anymore,” said Lily.
“Well, that’s his fault!” said James. “He called you a . . . you-know-what! What did he expect?! ”
Lily shrugged. “I’m over it now,” she said. “I gave him plenty of chances; I can’t spend my entire life trying to get people to be reasonable,” Lily said. “Anyway, I’ll see you in class.”
Was that last comment directed at me, too? James thought. He hid his uncertainty from his friends.
“Think this year she'll go out with me?"
“You’ll never give up on her, will you, Prongs?” laughed Sirius. “Her resistance to you just made you fancy her more!”
“Of course, I love a challenge!” said James. I hope it’s a sign! He thought.
The train stopped and everyone got off and climbed aboard the boats to Hogwarts. As they went into the Great Hall, Lily could feel Snape’s eyes boring into the back of her head, but she determinedly ignored him and took a seat at the Gryffindor table. James shot him a warning glare.
“Don’t make me hex you on the first day of school!” he said.
Snape glowered at them but took his place at the Slytherin table.
“Attack the problem, not the person,” Lily said.
Before James could answer, Professor McGonagall stepped forward with the sorting hat, and the sorting ceremony began.
“Ravenclaw!” the hat shouted
The small boy ran over to the Ravenclaw table.
Helena went over to the Slytherin table
Lily and James applauded very enthusiastically as Tom Branson went over to the table.
“Welcome to Gryffindor!” Lily said.
The sorting ceremony worked its way down. When the sorting was over, Dumbledore stood up to greet the students.
“Welcome one and all!” he said. “I have much to say but I will only say what needs to be said: Chow down!”
The plates and goblets filled up, and everyone began eating heartily.
“I’ll have to schedule the tryouts,” James said, “There are lots of new people trying out this year! We have a reputation to keep up!”
“We have a reputation to uphold, we can’t just hand this cup over to Slytherin!” Sirius agreed.
After the feast was over, the Gryffindors all headed to their dormitory. In her bedroom, Lily settled down for the night. Was it her, or was James actually growing up and less bombastic? She found him a bit less egotistical after deciding to get to know him, but now he seemed friendly, even a bit charming. Yes, he was still cocky, but it was far less obnoxious than in the past.
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