Something Like Deception

Summary: James has a crush on Lily, but she can't stand him. Out of all the Marauders, she only talks to Remus. So what does James do? Get Remus to switch bodies with him, of course!

Chapter 1 - All he ever thinks about

"I don't get it," James Potter remarked gloomily to Sirius Black as they sat in the common room on Saturday night after a trip to Hogsmeade.

Sirius sighed. He could feel another Lily-talk coming on. "What don't you get?" he asked the unavoidable question. He knew James would answer it either way.

"How can she talk to Remus and not me? How can she be his friend, and not mine?" James said.

"Oh, I don't know," Sirius said sarcastically. "Maybe because you aren't Remus?"

James rolled his eyes. "No, I'm serious. We hang around the same people, we do the same things, and we're are all in the same classes. Almost. So how come she won't give me the time of day, yet she hangs on to Remus' every word?"

"Maybe she likes him," Sirius said, half-heartedly.

James rounded on him, his face as dark as thunder clouds. "You better be joking," he growled.

Sirius gulped. "No, no, I meant as a friend. Maybe she likes him as a friend, you know?"

"Well, of course she does," James answered, matter of factly. Sirius shook his head at how fast James' mood changed when it came to Evans. "If she didn't, then she wouldn't talk to him all the time."

"Yeah," Sirius sighed. "Plus there's the fact that they're both prefects."

"Uh huh," James nodded. "Yeah, that, too."

"Right," Sirius said.

"They spent a lot of time together," James added darkly. "Makes me kinda suspicious."

"Of Remus!?" Sirius asked, surprised. James nodded. Sirius laughed. "I don't think you have to worry. This is Remus Lupin we're talking about. He knows Evans is strictly off-limits."

*_*

Remus Lupin pinned Lily Evans to the empty classroom wall with his body as he kissed her feverishly. She returned the kiss with just as much ardor, surprising him and herself. His hands explored her body, as his tongue explored her mouth.

Lily was something way more than surprised. They had been patrolling the school, prefect duty, when Remus suddenly spotted the empty classroom and the door standing wide open. They both agreed that that was pretty suspicious-looking, and when they stepped inside, Remus had attacked her. To say she was shocked would have been an understatement.

She suddenly pushed him away, embarrassed. "What are you doing?" she panted.

He looked as embarrassed as she felt. "I'm s-sorry," he stammered. "I-I shouldn't . . . I j-just . . . it's - " He paused and took a deep breath. "We should go," he said, avoiding her eyes.

She didn't answer partly because she was confused, and partly because she was still too shocked to say anything.

They both walked back to the Gryffindor common room in silence.

-_-

James was lounging on his bed that night. "Okay, how about if I try a love potion or something?"

Sirius clicked his teeth. "No good. She'll see right through it."

"Come off it! You can't see through a love potion!" James exclaimed. "Can you, Remus?"

"Oh, I-I don't know," Remus mumbled.

James and Sirius exchanged looks. "Hey, Remus, you did put in a good word for me with Evans like I asked you to, right?"

"Yeah," Remus said. "Sure I did." He covered himself up with the covers.

"Well?" James demanded, looking across the now darkened room. "What did you say to her?"

"Stuff," Remus muttered.

"What kind of stuff?" he asked, exasperatedly.

"I dunno, Prongs. Listen, I'm real tired. Can't we talk about this in the morning, or something?"

James sighed loudly. "Can't you just tell me a little bit of what she said?"

"She didn't say much," Remus said. "G'nite." He rolled over and covered his head with the pillow.

James shook his head. "Sometimes you guys are absolutely useless."

*_-

Lily blushed as she looked at herself in the mirror the next morning. She was the first one up, as usual. But today was different. Remus Lupin had kissed her. Remus Lupin had actually . . . She sighed. "Why did he do that?" she whispered, staring at herself.

She had come to the conclusion a long time ago that there was absolutely nothing special about her. Sure, her eyes were a brilliant shade of green, and to a lot of guys she was pretty, but . . . that was it. Her hair was nothing special. There were plenty of girls who had red hair in the world. Maybe not exactly her shade of red, but . . . Lily grinned. Who cared anyway? Remus had kissed her!

She tried on a million different outfits before settling on a yellow tank top with some dark denim jeans. Then, for once in her life, she actually put on earrings. She brushed her hair so that it hung long down her back, wavy and it stopped at her waist. Then, she pulled on her white tennis shoes and smiled at her reflection.

By the time she was finished, her roommates were all grumbly and irritated. They stopped grumbling when they saw her however. One of them, Emmeline, just stared. Another of them, Lana, grinned, "Go Lily! Go Lily!" Lily just blushed again, and disappeared from the room.

Once she was actually out in the actual hallway, she stopped. What was she doing, dressing up for Remus? Sure, she liked him, but . . . He would know she dressed up for him. She frowned. What if she was being too forward? What if yesterday was nothing but a mistake?

Lily shook her head. "No," she whispered to herself. "You don't kiss someone by mistake." Even so, she walked downstairs hesitantly, and practically crept into the common room.

"Hey, Evans! Whazzup?"

Lily stopped and turned toward the voice. James Potter and Sirius Black were sitting in chairs in front of the fire, though they were sitting on them wrongly. Strangely, Lily couldn't find the heart to tell them off.

"Hi," she said, grinning back, and giving a little wave. She glanced around (and missed the shocked look James and Sirius shared), but didn't see Remus anywhere. Or Peter for that matter. (A/N: but who cares about him? He sux!) "Have you seen Remus?" she asked, hesitantly.

James eyes visibly narrowed. "Why?" he said suspiciously. "What do you want with Remus?"

"Prefect duty," she snapped. She turned back to Sirius. "Is he in his dorm?"

"Nope," Sirius said. "Great Hall."

"Who?" A squeaky voice said from behind all of them. They turned to face Peter. "Remus?" the stupid boy asked. (A/N: sorry bout that, but I really can't stand him)

"Yeah," Sirius replied. "Hey, Evans, we're going down to the Great Hall. You wanna come?"

"Sure, why not?" Lily said, glancing at James. He was smirking at her. She suppressed the urge to stick out her tongue. He really irked her sometimes. Instead of sticking out her tongue, though, she merely led the way out of the portrait.

Which is why she didn't notice James grin behind her.

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Ariana S.