Let It Snow
Chapter One: Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful
Quote: To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.( Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC), The War with Catiline)
A/N – Okay, well I'm skiing in Colorado and this idea just came to me. This has absolutely nothing to do with my other fic, FOREVER. Enjoy!
Sixteen year old Lilian Dulcia Evans was freezing. Had she not been in a crowd of muggles she would have certainly pulled out her wand and said a simple heating spell. For Lilian Evans was no ordinary girl. She was a witch, a witch who was on winter break from her sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the only school of its kind in Britain. However, at the moment, Lilian, or Lily as she was most commonly called, was a long way from home. In fact she had just gotten off a train in Zermatt, Switzerland. She sighed and zipped up her ski coat as high as it could go and looked for the nearest taxi. It was only one in the afternoon, so she didn't expect any of her friends to be at the hotel yet, but thought she might as well go and check in anyway. Snow swirled all around her and with her arms crossed over her chest, she speed walked to the taxi area.
Lily, her best friend Adelle and their boyfriends, Sirius and James respectively, were going to spend the last two weeks of their Christmas vacation skiing the Alps. It had been a long battle with their parents, but after each agreed to go home for Christmas first, they were free to spend two whole weeks skiing up a storm.
Lily grinned as she finally found a taxi and slid into the back seat. "The Schöne Hütte, please." She said softly. Lily had always been a little shy. In fact, when she first found out she would be traveling alone, she was horrified. She hated speaking to strangers.
The taxi driver said nothing but pulled the car out of the station's parking lot and onto the street. They rode for nearly ten minutes before the taxi pulled to a stop in front of the Schöne Hütte. It was a huge, stately building, made entirely of gray stone.
"That'll be 7 Swiss Francs, miss." the driver said and waited patiently as Lily counted out the money. "Thank you, miss." He said as she gathered her bags and shut the door. With one last wave he sped off leaving Lily very much alone. She took a deep breath and gathered her courage to speak to lady at the front desk. She only hoped that she spoke English…
James Baldwin Potter ran a hand through his already-messy black hair and smiled charmingly at the woman behind the counter. "My name is Potter." He said. "I believe I have a reservation."
The lady typed furiously into her computer and nodded. "Yes, sir. Mr. Potter. May I see some ID?"
He showed her his passport.
She nodded. "One room, twin beds, alright?" she asked without looking up as she read off the screen.
He nodded. "That's fine," he said. "My friend should be checking in" He glanced at his watch and tried to remember what time Sirius' train was supposed to come in. "in the next hour or so, so be sure to have an extra key." He said and looked about the hotel as the woman went to fetch the key. It was nice enough, he supposed, but rather sterile for a ski lodge.
"Here you are, sir." The woman said and handed him his key. "and the elevators are around the corner." She pointed across the lobby to a small hallway.
He stared at her for a moment in confusion. Elevators? Then suddenly it clicked. Elevators were those things that took you up and down. He remembered now. "Oh, yeah, thanks." He said, grabbed the key and walked in the direction she had pointed to. He knew what elevators were, now if he could only remember how to work them…
"Next!" The woman called. Lily stepped up to the counter and took a deep breath. "Name?" The woman asked and stared at Lily scornfully through her glasses.
"E…Evans." she whispered.
The woman said nothing and typed it into her computer. "Do you have a reservation?" she asked impatiently
Lily nodded, her stomach sinking. She was supposed to anyway.
The woman typed some more. "Are you sure it's under that name?"
Lily bit her lip. Now that she thought about it, it probably wasn't under that name. Who made the reservation then?
"Are you here with a friend?" the lady asked after a moment.
Lily smiled brightly and nodded. Maybe Adelle had already checked in.
"British school kid? Rather arrogant, dark hair?"
Lily grinned and nodded again. That sounded like Adelle alright.
"Well here's your key, then. Your friend already checked in. Elevators are around the corner. The bell boy will take up your bags." She handed Lily her key. "Next!"
Lily took it and sighed inwardly with relief. Thank goodness, Adelle had come early. She grabbed her purse and started towards the elevators. Feeling significantly happier, Lily stepped into the elevator and pressed 12. She grinned as she thought of all the fun they were going to have. She was even whistling as she reached room 1425. She put the key in the lock and turned it eagerly. As she opened the door she could hear the sound of the shower. Lily shook her head and smiled. Adelle had always been ridiculous when it came to personal hygiene. Lily, plopped onto one of the beds, grabbed the nearest controller and flipped on the TV.
10 minutes later
James stepped out of the shower and tied the towel around his waist. In the next room he could hear the TV. Sirius must have gotten in he thought with a shake of his head. Ever since Sirius had started dating Lily in their fourth year, he had been fascinated with everything and anything muggle. In fact, on one trip into the muggle world, Sirius had spent eight hours at the movie theater, seeing a quadruple feature.
"Hey," James said as he stepped out of the bathroom. "How was your-" James stared. Unless Sirius had shrunk a foot and grown red hair, Lily Evans was sitting on his bed.
"James!" she gasped in horror, her eyes wide. He looked good with his shirt off! She quickly realized she was staring and looked away, blushing deeply.
"What are you doing here?" he cried. Just then his towel started to slip but he caught it deftly with one hand. "How did you…" he was absolutely dumbfounded.
"You're not Adelle." She said after a moment.
"No," he said, slightly angry. "No I'm not." What right had she to just bust in here while he was taking a shower. Surely this was invasion of privacy or something. He had never really liked Lily, he'd always thought her rather boring and dull, but then he had never disliked her…till now.
"I went to check in, they gave me a key." She said, purposely avoiding his eyes but they began to slip lower they shot right back up again, her blush growing even darker. "I…I thought you were Adelle." She added after a minute.
James sighed. "Well I'm not." He snapped. "I thought we'd already established that."
Lily was so embarrassed that she wanted to die, right then and there. Her lip began to tremble and James, seeing this, softened. "Look." He said. "I'll get changed," if possible her face grew redder. "in the bathroom and then we'll go down and get you your room."
As annoyed as he was, he really was a nice guy and knew how shy Lily was. He also knew how badly his ass would get kicked if he wasn't nice to her when Sirius came. James shivered thinking about it.
"What do you mean, you can't give her that room?" James roared as the lady stared at him stubbornly.
"I mean what I say. Her name is not Adelaide Lamoure. The reservation is under that name, not hers."
James opened his mouth to say something but though better of it. He shook his head and turned to Lily. "They should be here pretty soon, do you want to hang out until then in my room?" he asked.
She hesitated, remembering how welcome she was last time.
"I promise I'll stay dressed." He said, with a grin.
Lily giggled and blushed yet again.
"Your friends are not here yet?" The lady asked, grinning wickedly.
James shook his head. "but it's only 2:30. The last train isn't until 6."
"Not tonight." She said. "Didn't you hear? There was an avalanche about half an hour ago, the tracks are absolutely covered. It could be a couple weeks before the train is up and running again and there is no other way into Zermatt."
"What?" James gasped. "Is everyone alright? Nobody was hurt, right?"
She shook her head.
"But if Adelle and Sirius aren't coming and I can't get another room…." Lily said and looked from the lady to James.
James just sighed and shrugged. "It's a good thing I got twin beds, then, huh?"
Disclaimer- Okay, for the record I own nobody but Francesco and Adelle. I have never been to Zermatt, Switzerland but my parents go once every couple years so I know a little about it. The hotel is completely fictional, so don't go to Zermatt looking for it. Also, as far as I know, the train is the only way into Zermatt but as I have never been there I can't say for certain if an Avalanche is possible or not so for the sake of fiction, it is. Stay with me, it should get better! Please review. Comments, constructive criticism and flames are welcome.