This wasn't happening. Why did it have to happen to her? Lily Evans felt dismayed. She couldn't believe it. "Potter, Headboy? You can't be serious."
Marlene Mckinnon, a tall girl with green grey eyes and long light brown hair grimaced sympathetically. "No, unfortunately I am. Remus told me himself. He thought it would be better coming from me rather than him… or James."
Lily scoffed. "Marlene, nothing could make this situation any better."
Marlene shrugged, "it could be worse."
"How could this be worse?" Lily almost shouted. "I hoped Remus would get picked to be Headboy, instead it had to be Potter. How? He isn't in any way responsible!"
"He's more responsible than Sirius." Alice Prewett, a short girl with short spikey hair and pretty brown eyes said truthfully.
"That isn't saying a lot Al…" Marlene said in an amused voice. "Personally I don't know why you're worrying so much Lils. Dumbledore will have his reasons for making James – I mean Potter Headboy. He's really not that bad you know."
Lily narrowed her eyes at Marlene's slip up at saying Potter's first name. She supposed that she couldn't really blame her though; he was her Quidditch Captain so she was bound to see a different side of him. Still... "Not that bad? Are you kidding? You know how he treats me! How he treats everyone who doesn't fall at his feet!" Lily exploded.
Marlene opened her mouth to reply but Alice said quickly "we should probably get on the train now!"
"Okay then," Lily said taking a deep breath to calm herself down. "We'll see you later then Lily." Marlene said over her shoulder as she started towards the train. "Don't worry, we'll save you some food," Alice said. "Good luck."
"Thanks." Lily said somewhat bitterly.
Oh no Lily thought, her heart sinking. She turned to face Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, two of James Potter's best friends. They were standing about a meter away from her; Sirius was leaning against one of the barriers, watching her with his grey eyes. He had dark hair that fell over his face and everything about him shouted confident. James and Sirius were both considered practically royal by most of the female population of Hogwarts and Sirius in particular had a bit of a reputation. Remus on the other hand was calm and sensible. He had sandy coloured hair and light blue eyes. He was usually the one to pull James and Sirius out of trouble. Remus was the only Marauder that Lily came close to liking. Peter Pettigrew was the last one of their little group and he was the least popular. He was a short, watery eyed little boy who trailed after the others and hero-worshiped James and Sirius.
"What?" Lily snapped irritably.
Sirius pushed himself off the barrier. "Cool it, Evans, I only wanted to know if you've heard the news about James."
"What? That he's Headboy?" Lily said, not using the nicest tone of voice she'd ever used.
Sirius smirked. He could see that she was getting annoyed. "Now there's no need to use that tone with me Evans, I was only asking."
Lily turned away, extremely bothered and irritated.
"I think we'll be seeing a lot more of you this year, Evans!" Sirius shouted after her as Lily walked away from him.
"I really don't think you should tease her like that." Remus said to Sirius as Lily's red hair became invisible in the steam from the train. The crowds of people on the platform were so tightly packed together that Remus sometimes had to physically move them out of the way.
"Why not?" Sirius asked. "It's fun and it's not like she can do anything about it, c'ept put me in detention." He let out a bark of laughter. "And like that's gonna work!" He met Remus's eyes and sighed "okay, okay I'll be more careful."
Remus nodded knowing that he'd get nothing better out of Sirius than that.
"Hey Prongs!" Sirius yelled over the heads of a group of teary eyed first years saying goodbye to their parents.
Remus saw James turn and grin at them.
When he and Peter had reached them, Sirius launched straight in. "So Peter, is what I have heard true? Did you or did you not ask out Dorcas Meadowes?"
"You did what?" Remus exclaimed at the same time as Peter nodded. He looked downcast.
"You can't be serious!" Sirius said. "What in Merlin's name came over you?" then in a slightly more sympathetic voice he said "what did she say?"
"She said that she doesn't date strangers and even if she did then she would only date them if they're taller than her." Peter said miserably.
"HA!" Sirius yelled then he caught sight of Peter's face and said "better luck next time, mate."
Remus checked his watch. "James, we need to get to the prefect carriage soon. You won't want to be late."
James stared at him for a moment.
"Prefect carriage; Headboy and Headgirl need to give instructions to the prefects." Remus prompted.
"Oh right, yeah." James said, catching up with the conversation. They said goodbye to Sirius and Peter and walked away towards the train, Remus mentally preparing himself.
Lily faced the prefects and felt herself growing more and more annoyed at James Potter with each passing second. Suddenly the door slid open and in strode Potter. Lily grinded her teeth together as she saw that hated smirk of assured self-confidence. "You are late." Lily hissed when he reached her.
"It's good to see you too, Evans." James replied dismissively. "Right then, listen up you lot." He said, addressing the prefects in front of him. "You've all just got to do exactly what you did last year."
Lily noticed Remus making frantic hand signals to stop talking. James completely ignored him even though Lily was pretty sure he'd seen.
"Potter," Lily interrupted him. "I am going to talk and you are going to keep your mouth closed and listen." Without waiting for a reply Lily launched into a speech about behaviour leaving Potter standing next to her with his mouth still hanging open.
"He is unbelievable!" Lily announced, bursting into the compartment that Marlene and Alice were in. "We haven't been back one day and he is already getting on my nerves!"
Marlene hardly glanced up from her Quidditch magazine. She just turned the page and said absentmindedly "you know Lily; I don't think he actually tries to get on your nerves." She had her feet propped up on the table and both she and Alice had changed into their school robes.
Alice was amusing herself by throwing bits of scrunched up paper across the floor for her cat Tiger – a small ginger cat whose name was very out of place with its looks. Tiger was jumping on the paper and savaging it to pieces. Alice's boyfriend, Frank Longbottom was also there, playing a game of Wizards Chess with his best friend Martin Darrow who was also Marlene's boyfriend and the Gryffindor Quidditch Keeper.
"Of course he tries to get on my nerves!" Lily exclaimed.
Alice sighed and looked up. "Lily, you don't honestly think that, do you?"
Lily frowned. "You two are supposed to be on my side."
"We are Lils." Marlene said barely glancing at her.
Martin chuckled and shot her a glance.
Marlene ignored him and said, finally looking at Lily, "I just don't think you should be so harsh towards him. He does try you know."
"Really? Well he does an excellent job of showing it." Lily replied sarcastically.
At that moment the compartment door slid open and in walked Sirius Black, accompanied by Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew. "Oh, you were just talking about Jamsie, were you?" Sirius instantly guessed. He seated himself down next to Marlene, who barley acknowledged his presence and said "My favourite type of conversation."
"How did you know?" Frank asked curiously.
"Mate, come on, you only have to take one look at her face," he pointed at Lily whose scowl deepened. "To tell that you've all been talking about James."
"Why are you here?" Lily asked. "And why isn't Potter with you?"
"James is trying to be a good boy and leave you all alone."
"So why are you here?" Marlene asked pointedly.
"Well, James can only speak for himself. I'm here for the good company," he nudged Marlene's arm with his elbow, a gesture that didn't go unnoticed by Martin who frowned.
Sirius continued "Remus because he wants to talk to you, Lily and Peter... actually, I don't know why Peter is here. Pete, why are you here?"
Peter looked at him. "I'm here to make sure you behave and to give Lily James's message."
Even Marlene put down her magazine to stare at him. Lily saw Sirius's eyes widen and Remus kick Peter in the leg.
"What message?" Lily said suspiciously.
Sirius glanced at Remus fleetingly then jumped to his feet. "Oh look at the time Remy, the food trolley will be down our end now, we'd better go. See ya Evans. Bye gorgeous." He threw a wink in Marlene's direction and shoved Peter out of the compartment in front of him.
Remus hurried after them leaving the contents of the compartment in stunned silence.
The first to break it was Alice. She turned to face Marlene, ignoring Tiger who was pawing her to throw more paper. "Why did he just call you gorgeous?"
"Because he's a dickhead." Marlene replied, disappearing behind her magazine again.