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Chapter 5 : Chapter 5
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"Merlin Sirius!" James sighed. "The old guy has been inviting us to every single party he's thrown for the last four years. We only went twice. We'll have to go again sometime soon. And I don't buy that, I don't care if I fail stuff. I thought you wanted to become an Auror."
Sirius grunted unhappily. They walked in silence for a few moments after that.
"You have to stop being scared of your brother." James finally said.
Sirius shot James a murderous look.
"Never say that again. Never. I mean it James."
James nodded, wondering if he'd finally crossed some sort of line this time. Sirius was very sensitive about everything concerning his twisted family. James wearily glance at his best friend. A smile was creeping onto his face. James breathed a sigh of relief and focused his gaze on the quickly approaching Quidditch pitch. The two boys almost ran into the dressing room.
"We'll go see Slughorn on Halloween." Sirius conceded, taking off his school robes.
James smiled unpinning his captain's badge from his school robes and transferring it to his Quidditch robes.
"You know you have to try out, right?" James whispered as people started to file into the dressing room.
Some were old team members and some were hopeful students who wanted to win a spot on this year's team. You could easily recognise new and old members by the colors of their robes. Black against red.
"Of course!" Sirius barked, his eyes twinkling. "But I'm not worried. My talent is undeniable."
James and Sirius lead the way onto the pitch to loud whooping from the stands. Some Slytherins stood huddled in a corner and frequently made vulgar comments.
James ignored them, waiting for everyone to follow him onto the pitch. When everyone's attention was fixed on him, he raised his wand to his throat.
"Sonorus!" he said with a flick of his wrist. "Hello everyone. Thank you for coming out."
His voice boomed loudly across the pitch. A few girls in the seats screamed.
"We love you James!" some girl yelled.
"Thank you random Ravenclaw girl. I love you too, but I really need to focus on the try-outs right now. Please, shut up."
Sirius snickered and patted James on the back.
"Ok, now, for the reminder... Even if you were on the team last year, there's no guarantee you'll play this year. Good luck to everyone! We'll be starting with a few simple Quaffle drills. If my fellow chasers would follow me."
Lily sat with Alice and Frank in the stands. They watched as Hazel flew towards the hoops at full speed and easily beat the keeper., scoring for the fourth time. She pumped her fist and shot a dazzling smile in James' direction. He clapped his hands enthusiastically, smiling back at her.
"Well, I guess we know Hazel will be on the team again this year." Lily said, surprised at how bitter her voice sounded.
Alice shot her a surprised look.
"I mean, she's really good isn't she? Just look at her." Lily said, watching some poor fourth year almost fall off his broomstick.
"What's the matter?" Alice asked.
"Nothing." Lily said quickly. "Why would ask that?"
Frank who had appeared completely engrossed in the tryouts, turned to look at her.
"Even I know you're lying." he said. "I do sincerely hope you aren't jealous of Hazel."
"Why would I be jealous of Hazel?" Lily said, annoyed.
Alice's eyebrows shot up.
"Merlin! You are jealous."
Lily felt her cheeks grow hot.
"I am not jealous."
Alice and Frank stared at her, their disbelief evident.
"I just don't see why she has to flash flirty smiles in front of everybody."
Alice moaned and hit Lily over the head.
"Are you insane?" Lily cried, outraged.
"No and you are going to listen to what I have to say very carefully."
Alice took Lily's hand in hers, her grip firm.
"You have a boyfriend. You insist on saying you like him. You won't dump him even if we all think you should. Now, we all know James likes you. But you have turned him down so often I can't even keep track of it."
"So? Why are we even talking about Potter?"
Alice laughed, effectively angering Lily.
"Because you seem to have developed feelings for the jerk and we need to address that."
"I do not like him Alice. At all." Lily said without meeting her friend's eyes. "Just leave me alone."
Frank quickly intervened, sensing a fight would be inevitable if the discussion continued in the same manner.
"That might be true, but your actions speak otherwise. Just be careful what you say about Hazel. She's really nice."
"Another thing." Alice said in a much softer tone. "I'm not saying you have feelings for Potter, but if you did, it would be a good idea to act on them sooner rather than later. Potter's been declaring his undying love for you since fifth year. He won't wait around forever. One day, he'll find someone he likes just as much as he likes you and, then, it'll be bye-bye Evans."
"I hope he finds the Barbie of his dreams."
"What's a Barbie?" Alice asked.
James pulled on his black robes and decided he needed a bath. Sirius, next to him, scratched his head, sending sweat flying in every direction.
"I knew I'd get to spot." Sirius declared beaming at James. "Have you seen my arms? No one can hit the bludger better than I can."
James laughed and waved to the last few people who were exiting the dressing room.
"I'm happy you're as talented as you think you are. If you stunk, some people might say I had favorites."
"And they'd be right, wouldn't they?"
"Who can say no to those eyes?"
Sirius let out a huge bark of laughter.
They made their way back towards the castle, tired but happy.
"Stop it!" a voice shrieked. "Get off me!"
James and Sirius didn't hesitate. They sprinted towards the lake, where the voice was coming from.
"I'll hex you. I swear, I will!"
It was Lily's voice.
"Over Dylan. It's over! Now, get out of my way!"
She was sobbing, holding her wand pointed towards Dylan's chest. Her hair had fallen out of her usually neat bun.
"What's going on here?" Sirius said loudly.
Lily only shot them a quick glance, her wand never leaving Dylan's chest.
"Go away Black." she muttered.
James got out his wand and pointed it at Dylan's head.
"He bothering you Evans?" he asked, nonchalantly poking Dylan's cheek with his wand.
"Stop it James. I don't need any help."
Dylan's face turned pale white.
"I knew it! He's James now. Really, Lily? I didn't know you were that type of girl."
Lily's wand hand trembled.
"What is that supposed to mean?" Lily screamed.
"He's calling you a slut." Sirius clarified, flicking his wrist. "Petrificus totalus!"
Dylan's legs snapped together and he fell to the ground, stiff as a board.
"Moron." James sighed, putting his wand back into his robes.
Lily did the same and turned to glare at Sirius.
"That wasn't necessary!" she said angrily. "I didn't need your help!"
"Why did you threaten to hex him?" James asked seriously. "He didn't have his wand out."
Lily turned a deep shade of red.
"None of your business." she snapped.
Sirius and James exchanged a concerned look.
"Did he try and, hum..." James started.
Both boys had turned the same shade of red as Lily.
"None. Of. Your. Business." Lily said, wiping her eyes angrily.
She stomped off towards the castle without another glance for the cursed boy. James and Sirius followed her after kicking Dylan for good measure.
"We just wanted to help." James pleaded with Lily.
"I appreciate the sentiment, but your arrival was just about the worst thing that could happen. Dylan already thought I was dumping him for you. Now, he'll hate you even more."
"We aren't scared of that prat."
Lily shot him a murderous look.
"Please, just leave me alone." she said before stalking off.
Sirius and James exchanged perplexed glances before entering the castle.
Alice sat on the edge of Lily's bed, flipping through the morning's newspaper. Lily was curled up in a ball under soft blankets.
"I can't believe that arse!" Alice exploded for the hundredth time.
"Alice." Lily muttered.
"What?" she yelled. "Don't you dare defend him!"
Lily rolled her eyes. They had been having the exact same discussion since the end of dinner when Lily had told Alice she needed to speak with her.
"I can't believe you dated that jerk for two whole years." Alice continued, staring at her newspaper.
"He used to be really really nice." Lily protested. "At the end, he was just too jealous of Potter to be any good."
"Anyway, I'd have done something way worse than a body-bind to him."
Lily pulled the blankets closer to her body. Her arms hurt from Dylan's grip. Her mouth was also sore from his aggressive kiss. He hadn't taken nicely to being dumped and wouldn't let her go."
"Let's talk about something else." Lily pleaded, shuddering from the memory.
Tears threatened to spill onto her cheeks. She wanted her father.
"Sure Lily." Alice said for the hundredth time.
She started reading the newspaper again. After a few minutes of silence, she looked up again.
"I cannot believe you dated him for so long, but Merlin am I happy you finally left him."
Lily sighed and pulled the blankets over her head.
James had been in a horrible mood all evening. Remus had been completely horrified when Sirius had recounted what had happened.
"We need to report him to Dumbledore." he exclaimed anxiously. "Oh, poor Lily. She must be feeling horrible."
"I'll ask her tomorrow." James said. "But I get the feeling she'll be too embarrassed to tell Dumbledore."
"Embarrassed?" grunted Sirius. "If I see him touch one single other girl, and I don't care if the girl wants it, I'll curse his balls off."
James and Peter laughed loudly.
"I'll help you." Remus grumbled. "That guy should be expelled."
They continued planning ways to get Dylan expelled long after curfew, getting angrier and angrier with each new idea. Yawning, James checked his watch.
"Guys, you need to leave. It's two am."
Peter was already snoring in his chair. Sirius elbowed him.
"We're leaving Wormtail." he said, stretching his arms above his head.
James raced up the stairs to get his invisibility cloak. He was surprised to find light streaming under Lily's door. Softly, he knocked on her door.
"Lily?" he whispered. "Are you okay?"
He pushed open the door.
"I'm fine." Lily said.
She was reading in her bed. Her eyes puffy, but dry. Her hair was a complete mess.
"I couldn't sleep so..." she gestured to her book.
"I could keep you company for a while if you like." he said, nervously. "I just have to give my cloak to the guys."
"You're cloak?" Lily asked.
"Hmm." James muttered, quickly realising his mistake. "Peter didn't have his and he was cold."
Lily arced an eyebrow.
"Cold?" she said dubitatively.
"Cold." James replied firmly.
"I think I'll just read a bit more. Goodnight." She said, returning her gaze to her book.
"Goodnight." James said, disappointed, closing the door behind him.
He rushed back downstairs with his invisibility cloak.
Before Sirius exited the portrait hole, James took him aside.
"She didn't dump him for me." he muttered.
"Merlin, Prongs! Give her a bit of time." he laughed. "You're so hopeless."
Still laughing, he followed Remus and Peter out of the Head's quarters.
AN: If you have a few minutes a review would be greatly appreciated! I hope you like the chapter! Have a nice day!
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