IMPORTANT AUTHOR'S NOTE!
I know I really should be working on and finishing The Angel's Seal before I even think about writing this sequel but my good friend Writer's Block has decided to come and visit so I'm therefore running out of ideas for the little tests. I thought I'd just start this one because I had a really good idea or at least I found this first chapter easier to write. I'll do my very best to finish The Angel's Seal before I go and write too much more on this.
I'm only writing one of these at the beginning!
Disclaimer: I own nothing you recognise. If I did, I would not be writing fanfiction now would I? I'd be getting my other million and a half stories published instead of this. Thank you.
One more thing: reviewers are my best friends. I got some amazing feedback on The Angel's Seal and I'm always looking for suggestions for this one or tests for TAS (funny acronym reminds me of middle school TAS sessions). Thank y'all (no I'm not really from the south… well, at least of the USA)!
WARNING: There are mini spoilers for The Angel's Seal in this. If you would haven't read it and are planning to DON'T READ THIS YET!
The Hogwarts Express at platform 9 ¾ was as bright red as ever as seventeen-year-old Lily Evans stepped onto the platform.
Another new year, she thought smiling happily. The last one had passed so quickly now that she looked back on it. The mystery of the Angel's Seal had been cracked and Lily and her friends had made it out of the school alive for the sixth year running.
Speaking of my friends… she thought looking around the platform for any hint of her five other companions.
They're late. As usual. She shook her head silently pushing her trolley to the front of the train to drop off her trunk and belongings in the Head's Coach. Being Head Girl did have its privileges…
"Sirius Black," a dirty blond haired girl said in a dangerously low voice. "If you don't get your sorry ass moving this instant I swear to whatever God is listening that I will hex you so bad…"
"Alaura, darling, you would never want to do that before you had a taste," the black haired brown-eyed teen replied cheekily. The two had just arrived on the platform and Alaura Cook really wanted to find her best friend, Lily Evans. Sirius on the other hand was quite content to flirt with all of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh year girls crowded around him.
"And what makes you so sure I even want a taste?" Alaura asked him plastering a sweet smile on her face.
"Well, love, there's the fact that I'm charming, and good looking and…"
"And if any of those qualities actually suited you…"
"Padfoot, I believe you just got insulted," said a new voice from behind Alaura. Alaura spun quickly to find Remus Lupin.
"Just don't," Alaura said interrupting Sirius before he could finish. "We need to find Lily."
"Or she could find you." Alaura smiled at the familiar voice. Lily Evans, her best friend three years running had joined them.
"Whatever floats your boat," Alaura answered watching her auburn haired friend greet both Sirius and Remus with hugs.
"I haven't seen you two in ages!" Lily exclaimed. It was true. Lily had been forced to spend the summer travelling Spain to see her family and had only seen Alaura when Lily's parents had asked the lavender-eyed girl to join them.
Lily looked over her friends carefully. She remembered back to the Angel's Seal and how, well, they hadn't come out looking all that good and although it had only been a couple of hours in Hogwarts time it had been days in Lily's dream world.
Remus was a rather tall boy and exactly six feet and had sandy hair. His always-tired expression seemed even more pronounced and Lily reminded herself that it had been a full moon only days before. Though Remus didn't play quidditch for his house team Gryffindor, a summer playing with James and Sirius showed through his navy blue t-shirt and black jeans.
Sirius did play quidditch for the Gryffindor team and as a beater, his muscles in his chest and arms were a little more pronounced. Lily looked him up and down carefully for any scars or other wounding that the journey through the Seal may have caused him. His black hair was as neat as always and his six foot two and a half frame was covered in black pants and a dark red t-shirt. As she reached his sparkling chocolate eyes she grinned. There was mischief in them all right, but no more than there had been the previous six years.
Alaura came next. Her dirty blond hair was left long, as always on the first day of school though she had cut it to her shoulders, a look that, in Lily's opinion, suited her five foot eleven frame much better. Her lavender eyes matched her sister, Tanice's. Alaura had spent fifteen years of her life in New York City and had yet to use any sort of British term (loo, lift, etc.) though Lily and her other best friend Liandra Winters could understand her.
Speaking of Liandra… Lily thought to herself before voicing the question out loud.
"I'm right behind you," Liandra's soft voice answered. Lily spun quickly enveloping her friend in a hug before any words were exchanged.
Liandra's somewhat curly black hair was pulled back into a small ponytail, and her blue eyes shone with excitement at a new school year. She looked down at Liandra's simple white sundress that dropped to just below her knees. Two thin straps held up the dress and Lily noticed a slight beading on the neckline.
"Love your dress," Lily commented. Lily, Liandra and Alaura – much to her dislike – had gone and bought similar dresses, though in different colours. It had been complete coincidence that Liandra, or Lia as they liked to call her, and Lily had worn their dresses at the same time. Lily was sure she had worn her emerald green dress for a different reason than Lia.
Where is James? Lily thought referring to her boyfriend. Probably la… coming up right behind Sirius! Lily's smile grew at the sight of the six foot three, hazel eyed, black haired young man approaching their group of five. James Potter was the final addition to the six and, in Lily's opinion, the most important. Known as Prongs, the stag, to his friends Moony – also known as Remus Lupin – and Padfoot – Sirius Black – was the undisputed leader of the Marauders (A/N: as I said: Peter is not a Marauder in my mind so I couldn't care less about him!) though no body quite knew why. His muscles from extensive quidditch training – he was seeker for the Gryffindor team – showed through his white t-shirt and khaki pants as he approached the group. James wasted no time, walking around to Lily's side and sweeping her into his arms. God how she loved this boy.
"Hello, love. How was your summer?" Lily asked him.
"How was your summer?" Lily's melodic voice sounded in his ears.
"Completely boring without the sight of you," he replied.
"Corny, James, even for you," she answered smiling up at him. This gave James a better chance to observe her. Lily's auburn waves were, as always, pulled back into a high ponytail to get it off of her neck though he didn't understand this. Her hair was long enough that it hit her shoulder blades even in a ponytail. Lily's eyes were objects that would never cease to amaze James. He loved watching them change colour with her moods. The emerald green they were when she was happy was intoxicating and the dark forest green they turned when she was angry or upset made any one who knew her take a step back in fear. James let his eyes slowly wander down her body, holding down a groan at the green sundress. The material hugged her waistline, showing off the curves that James longed to look at and run his hand up, though in his fantasies the dress certainly wasn't present.
"I heard the heads get a compartment all to themselves," Sirius piped up happily.
"Are you implying something, Padfoot?" James asked grinning impishly.
"Well… I was just thinking that, you know, to keep things between you and Lily PG-13, the rest of us would be able to join you," Sirius replied with a nonchalant shrug of his shoulders. Lily turned beet red.
"I don't know if that's a smart plan, Sirius," she ground out.
"Still…" Sirius said.
"Alright, alright. You guys can come and stay in the head compartment with us," James finally decided with a shake of his head, "but one, and I mean ONE wrong move and you're out. Understand?" He received enthusiastic nods from Sirius and Alaura; calmer ones from Lia and Remus. The six friends wandered up to the front of the train where they entered the first coach.
Lily gasped as she took a good look at the inside of the coach. It was beautiful. Decorated in gold and red – both head students were Gryffindors – the coach reminded Lily of the Gryffindor common room. A red couch was against one row of windows with two chairs across from it. Shelves of crystal balls were beside the door (To watch the other students, Lily reasoned) and a shelf of various course books was against the opposite wall. Beside the bookshelf was a door that Lily guessed led to the bathroom.
"Wow," Alaura whispered following Lily inside. "This isn't a head's compartment this is a cross between a head's coach and the common room!" Lily followed Alaura inside and took a seat carefully on the couch.
"This is brilliant!" Sirius exclaimed following Lily and Alaura. He immediately looked into each ball. "We get to spy!"
"It's to make sure students are behaving. I overheard Damon and Kati talking about it last year," Remus told Sirius referring to last year's head students.
"Good. I'm just going to sit here and watch Malfoy and Snape. I'm looking for a reason to get them in trouble before we have to prank them," Sirius replied, situating himself comfortably in front of the crystals.
"Lils, look at that lovely shelf of books," James said tauntingly pointing across the room. Lily smiled.
"I saw them already," she replied, proceeding to not move from her spot. "I could sleep right where I am without a book."
"Tired?" Lia asked gently pushing Remus out of her way.
"Understatement. Petunia, my lovely sister," she began sarcastically, "decided, to torment me even further than normal, that she'd wake me up at seven to help her chose what she was going to wear on her date this afternoon. Seven in the morning! I was here by quarter after ten!"
"Ouch. Tanice didn't wake me up until nine. She's pretty excited," Alaura replied. As if on cue, a knock sounded on the door and four girls entered.
"We're out numbered," Remus said jokingly. The oldest girl, Kristiina Peters, glared at him.
"I don't appreciate that," she replied lifting her head in the air. She didn't stay like that for long. Within seconds, she and the other three girls were on the floor in fits of contagious laughter. Lily, Alaura and Lia chuckled with them.
"Hello to you to," Lily said when they had all calmed down somewhat.
Kristiina was a fourth year. She had been sorted into Slytherin, though no one was quite sure why, and hadn't, even for a second, got along with her housemates. Kristiina had met Alaura, James, Sirius, Remus, Lia and Lily the Christmas prior when she had gone up to meet her sister Karissa. Kristiina, like her sister had chestnut brown hair and a beautiful peach complexion. That was were the similarities stopped though. Kristiina had stunning navy blue eyes and enjoyed all schoolwork presented to her. Lily had tutored her in Charms for a couple of years and had been asked by both the Charms teacher and the Hogwarts headmaster to watch over her. You see, Kristiina was in Slytherin, but she wasn't a pureblooded witch. This had baffled the entire school. No muggle-born was ever sorted into Slytherin. It was unheard of!
Her sister, Karissa, was going into her second year at Hogwarts. She was a Gryffindor along with her friend Lucy Penner and Alaura's sister Tanice. Lucy and Karissa had also celebrated Christmas with the Marauders, Lily, Lia and Alaura, when Tanice had been unconscious the year before. She, like her sister, had chestnut brown hair and a peach complexion but her hazel eyes were what differentiated herself and her sister. Karissa wasn't as enthusiastic about school as her sister, though she did do well. She excelled at Charms, something Lily was quite happy with, though lacked in Potions.
Lucy Penner was also going into second year and had also been sorted into Gryffindor the year prior. It had been a difficult year for the young girl, especially when Tanice had gone into a coma without any trace of what could have caused it. She generally was a courageous girl and a very loyal friend and Lily could tell by looking at her, that she would definitely end up breaking some hearts. Lucy was a small girl, elfish almost, at four foot eleven and had enthralling smoky eyes. Her blond streaked brown hair was down to her shoulders, curling slightly at the ends. She had one arm hooked through Tanice's and her other through Karissa's.
Tanice looked exactly like a younger version of her sister. Also sorted into Gryffindor, her lavender eyes had been brought out by the beautiful royal purple t-shirt she was wearing, though she had thrown a lighter purple sweater over top. Her dirty blond hair was pulled back into a braid that reached her shoulder blades and Lily could tell that the girl had not cut her hair this summer like her sister.
"Hi, aunt Lily," Karissa said giggling slightly. Karissa, Lucy, Tanice and, especially, Kristiina had taken to calling Lily 'Aunt Lily' at the end of last year. She had always acted like a second mother, though the only called her Aunt Lily when she was acting like such. Lily rolled her eyes.
"You know, Lily would suit me just fine," Lily reprimanded the girls gently. "And remember, this year I have the right to deduct points."
"That's right," James said excitedly. "Kristiina, do you mind if we use you as our scapegoat to take points off of Slytherin?" Lily hit him gently. She had walked over to where James was standing – left of the four girls – during James' words.
"You will do no such thing," she said.
"Sure," Kristiina shrugged.
"Kristiina! No way!" Lily was shocked. "I am not – do you hear me? NOT – allowing you to use Kristiina like that! There are many other ways to get the Slytherins into trouble without using poor Kristiina."
"I don't mind, Lily…"
"I do! Do you not understand that us using you to take points off of Slytherin will not be good for your welfare? The whole house will be against you… forever!" That silenced Kristiina. Lily did have a point.
"Sometimes," Kristiina amended finally. Lily sighed, exasperated. That was the best she was going to get.
"Lily, James, Malfoy's picking on some pretty scared looking first years. There only a couple of compartments down," Sirius said, not taking his eyes away from the crystal ball he was staring at. Lily looked at James and they both left the coach.
"The train hasn't even started moving yet!" Lily exclaimed as she made her way down the crowded corridors. They arrived a couple of minutes later. How did they know they were at the right place? A large group of Slytherins were standing in a group around a door. Lily sighed heavily pulling out her wand. They were outnumbered.
"Petrificus totalus," she intoned quickly freezing all of the Slytherins present. Well… almost all of them. Malfoy had turned around upon hearing thud after thud. His eyes were wide at the sight that greeted him. He snarled, leaving the first years and proceeding out into the corridor. Lily and James were ready for him if he even tried to make a move.
"Leave. Them. Alone," Lily said simply but forcefully.
"Who's going to make me?" Malfoy asked, trademark sneer in place.
"We're head students Malfoy. You really don't want us to take off points as soon as you get them do you?" Lily asked sweetly.
"I would have thought Dumbledore would have better taste than to make a mudblood Head Girl," Malfoy taunted.
"He does have good taste if he didn't pick you," Lily retorted. "It's funny how mudblood can take on two different meanings. A muggle-born witch, or a slimy pure-blooded Slytherin." Malfoy was livid with anger but Lily was faster. Before he could make a move, she had put him in the full body bind as well. James had wandered into the compartment where six first years were sitting, three girls and three boys.
"Sorry about him," he apologized quickly.
"We could have taken care of him," one boy piped up. He reminded James of himself at that age. James then remembered having the exact same scenario happen to him his first year. He thought back to what that head boy had told him.
"You probably could have, but you were very outnumbered. Lily does some of the fastest spell work I've ever seen and if it weren't for her, and you had attacked Malfoy, you wouldn't be sitting here in one piece," James replied calmly. The boy looked down at his feet.
"What are your names anyway?"
"I'm Russell," the boy who had reminded James of himself said.
"Ainslie," the girl sitting beside Russell answered.
"Kesia," the small, nervous looking girl across from Ainslie replied.
"Jaimie," the courageous looking, ashen haired girl beside Kesia answered.
"Jaimie what?" James asked.
"Jaimie Waite," she answered.
"I haven't seen you since you were in a crib!" the Head Boy exclaimed with a smile.
"James, are you scaring the first years now?" The students looked around at the petite redhead that had entered the compartment.
"What did you do with those guys?" Ainslie asked.
"Cute little charm," the girl replied shrugging slightly.
"You're James Potter!" Jaimie exclaimed suddenly. James faced her.
"That's me. How did you know?"
"My brother, Tristan, talks about you all the time."
"Tristan Waite… Plays quidditch for Ravenclaw?" James asked.
"I think I might have dated him once," the redhead said thoughtfully.
"Then you're Lily Evans."
"Damn, she's good," Lily muttered.
"So we've got Russell, Kasia, Ainslie, Jaimie, and…"
"Listen, you guys are first years. Be very careful around any Slytherins you might meet. Those boys won't be breaking out of their compartment any time soon…"
"Why?" Kasia asked.
"Because Lils here is the best in the school at Charms," James answered for his girlfriend.
"He loves bragging. Anyway, they won't be bugging you for at least the rest of the train ride. Also be careful about doing any spells. I know not all of you are muggle-born," she said looking straight at Jaimie, "but I still would be careful about any magic. Okay?" At six nods Lily smiled and followed James back to the head compartment.
The train was off at exactly eleven o'clock – which had just happened to fall about half way through James and Lily's trek back to the front – and Lily watched as the countryside flew by. She had her usual butterflies in her stomach about the start of school. In Lily's mind, she was going home. To Hogwarts.
"Let's play a huge game of Exploding Snap," Kristiina suggested. Alaura and Sirius had insisted that Kristiina, Karissa, Lucy and Tanice stay with them in the compartment.
"All of us?" Alaura asked.
"Only if your boyfriend can drag himself away from watching the students," Tanice replied grinning and dealing out the cards.
"Tanice," Alaura said warningly but Sirius hadn't heard any of the conversation. He suddenly stood and ran to the bathroom. He came out a few minutes later with a disgusted look on his face.
"I'm not watching those," he said decisively.
"Why not?" James asked.
"What the hell is he doing?" Lily asked.
"You really don't want to know," Sirius answered. James stood and made his way to the crystals. He looked at them all carefully. Finding the one Sirius was talking about, James followed Sirius' track to the bathroom.
"What on earth is so disgusting?" Lily asked watching James come out of the bathroom.
"Lily, honey, if it makes both Sirius and I sick, there is no way you can look at it," James said sitting down in the circle the group had created to play. Lily did not heed James' warning as she and Alaura made their way towards the crystals. They finally spotting the one Sirius and James were talking about and stood, stunned. There was Snape all right with a sixth year Slytherin on his lap and they were kissing heavily.
"Okay, just, no," Alaura began looking away. "Just… no."
"I told you," Sirius said superiorly. (A/N: It's a word! Funny!)
"We're not in the loo," Lily answered quietly. Then the explosion came.
"That is disgusting!" Lily roared. "He… her … who is that? Who would be insane enough to be sitting on Severus Snape's lap? And snogging with him on top of that!"
"Um… That looks like Paris Kensington," Kristiina said nonchalantly. "They were doing that in the Slytherin common room all last year."
"Ew…" Lily voiced.
"I second that," Alaura agreed.
"Carried," James and Sirius said in unison. Suddenly, Sirius' disgusted frown turned into a mischievous grin.
"We could use that you know…" he began.
"Beginning of the year prank!" Alaura exclaimed sitting attentively, her cards forgotten.
"Lily, you know a charm to replay things right?" Lily nodded.
"We're going to replay that for the entire school?" Lily asked. "No thanks, seeing it once was enough."
"Come on, Lily," Sirius whined. Lily shot him a glare.
"No way. I'm not watching that again."
"James you try to get through to her," Sirius said throwing his hands in the air and therefore his cards across the coach.
"Sorry, Padfoot. I'm with Lil on this one. I can only watch that once."
"Then what are we supposed to do?" The group lapsed into thoughtful silence, something extremely new for some members. Sirius sighed a couple of minutes later.
"I have a headache," he declared.
"Thinking," Lily, James, Remus, Lia and Alaura said, without thinking, in unison.
"Hey!" Sirius exclaimed indignantly.
"I've got an idea. It's mostly like the ones we've done in the past but we have to be careful now, with Lils and I as head students," James said carefully.
"Fine, we'll charm the Slytherin, except Kristiina's, robes red and gold, like Gryffindor, and we'll turn Snape and Malfoy's hair electric blue, and the rest of the Slytherins can have purple hair," Sirius said shrugging.
"Fun!" Kristiina grinned.
"Same old, same old, but we'll deal," Alaura agreed.
"Great! Little planning too! I'm liking this so far," Lily said watching the game as Sirius moved to collect his strewn cards.
"We will be at Hogwarts in five minutes time, please leave all baggage on the train, it will be taken to the school separately," the nasal sounding voice rang throughout the train.
"Shit! I don't have my robes on!" Alaura exclaimed, grabbing the backpack her parents had given her to put robes in and running into the bathroom.
Sorting had taken less time than Lily had suspected and Professor Dumbledore's announcements were short and sweet. Their prank had been a complete success, receiving the laugh they had coveted and no detention. That night, Lily and James were sitting up in the Head's common room in silence, enjoying each other's company.
"Do you think this year is going to be any different than the other six we've been through?"
"Of course it is. We're seventh years, Lil, we are the highest ranking students in the school. You and I have more authority than any students and privileges wanted by every one." Lily snuggled closer to her boyfriend, wrapping her arms around his waist securely.
"James? I think we should get some sleep. We have class first thing tomorrow morning," she said quietly proceeding not to move from her spot. James chuckled lightly cuddling Lily to his side.
"You might need to get up, love, before I can move."
"But I'm comfy," she answered. Shaking his head, James lifted her into his arms and carried her to her own room, tucking her securely under her blankets and kissing her forehead softly.
"Good night, Lily. Sweet dreams."
I did most of my blabbing earlier so I won't bore you now. Please review this and let me know if I should keep this going and such like. I'm not really sure at this moment where this is going but when I come up with a real plot line for the seventh year, I'll put it in… kinda weird seeing as I'm just going to write whatever comes to my head meaning that this could be a large collection of memory like stories as opposed to having an underlying plot like the Angel's Seal. Any way hope you like!