Hey guys! Hey girls! I'd like to introduce myself before I do anything. I'm Lady Knight 1512 and I'm Australian so if I say things in the story that aren't British or whatever, that's probably why. This is my first Harry Potter fic. Most of my writing is found in the Tamora Pierce part of the site.
I'm not really sure how good this story is going to turn out because I've never written a Harry Potter one before but I'll try my hardest to please. I've got a few other ideas so if people like this story I might put up some others. The ironic thing about that though is that none of my Harry Potter stories have Harry in them; they're mostly about James and Lily.
Anyway, now that I've said all that…
Disclaimer: All the characters, spells and places belong to J. K Rowling who I thank God for every day. The only people I own are Emily Sawyer, Gabrielle (Gabby) and Courtney.
The story is in normal writing.
People's thoughts (I'll specify who's) are in plain italics.
Who's That Girl?
Lily Evans, a seventh year Gryffindor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, sat at Gryffindor table in the Great Hall with her two best friends Courtney and Gabrielle who preferred to be called Gabby.
Lily curled a lock of fiery, red hair around one slender finger as she stared out into the Entrance Hall at a group of seventh year boys, also in Gryffindor. She paid no attention to her friends, who were in the middle of a game of wizard chess.
The boys were Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew and James Potter. They were the most popular boys at Hogwarts; the boys every girl wanted. Some girls were already crying that they'd never see them again after they left. This was rather stupid in Lily's mind because it was only October and there were months to go before they finished.
Remus Lupin was a smart, quiet boy with brown- blonde hair. He was nice to everyone despite the company he kept. Lily knew him well and had even fancied him for about a month in third year. She knew that he liked to play pranks, just like his friends, but he was humble as well and didn't like people to get hurt in the fun. Lily had gotten to know him even better this year. She had been made Head Girl and he had been made Head Boy.
Sirius Black came from a long line of dark wizards and he certainly looked the part. Sirius had long, black hair that he kept tied back in a pony tail and a slightly hooked nose. He was remarkably handsome and Courtney had had a crush on him since second year. Lily didn't like him very much. He enjoyed pranks but didn't mind if people were hurt in the process and always wanted to have fun. Despite this, he had good grades and it amazed Lily to know that he had made it to seventh year.
Peter Pettigrew, the tag along. No one knew why he had been taken in by the group. He was the butt of half the jokes played by Remus, Sirius and James but Peter didn't seem to mind. In fact, he usually appeared to enjoy them. Peter was a small, mousey boy with dirty- blonde hair. His nose was long and he was a bit on the round side. Peter's grades weren't at all good and Lily knew that he had gotten through the years with lots of help from his three friends.
Finally, James Potter. Every girls dream and the object of Lily's unwavering, green- eyed gaze. Throughout their years at Hogwarts, Lily and James had been, well, not enemies, but certainly close. Lily had hated everything about him, from his jet black, messed up hair to the soles of his dirty trainers. She hated his arrogance and the way he walked. She hated the way he talked and the way he rode his broomstick while playing Quidditch. Lily even hated his hazel coloured eyes, set behind a pair of glasses. That is to say, she used to hate all those things. Now, all she could do was admire them.
James had changed over the summer break. He wasn't as arrogant and he paid attention in class. The most astonishing change though, was that he had stopped asking Lily out to Hogsmede. At first, Lily had been thankful but then she realized, shocking as it was, that she missed being stopped by him in the corridors. She missed him showing off whenever she was in the vicinity. She missed him, period. Lily hadn't confided this piece of information to her friends. They'd take it the wrong way and say that she liked him, fancied him even.
The worst part of the situation was that, just last week, Lily had finally admitted to herself that it was true. She liked James Potter.
Life used to be so simple, Lily thought. All that mattered was getting good grades, chatting with Gabby and Courtney, my parents and of course annoying Petunia. How could one person, one boy turn my whole world upside down?
People went about their daily business as usual at Hogwarts but everything looked different to Lily's eyes. Everything kind of, glowed. Lily supposed that, as stupid as it seemed, she was in love. There was no other way to explain it.
"Lil? Lily!" Courtney said and gave her a shove.
"What?" Lily said, startled.
"Lily, we know. It's obvious who you're thinking about," Gabby said.
"I…I don't know what you're talking about."
Courtney and Gabby rolled their eyes at each other.
"Lily. Stop pretending. Okay? Ever since you saw James on the train on September the first, you've been all dreamy eyed. You don't talk, you don't eat and you don't even listen in class. All you ever do is day dream."
"I do not."
"Lily. You…like…him. So what?" Courtney said the words slowly. "So do lots of other people. It's nothing to be ashamed of."
"Lil, Courtney's right. Tell him. He's different now; he'll hear you out."
"Uh huh and what if he doesn't like me? I'll make a total fool of myself."
"He's liked you since third year, I mean, really liked you," said Gabby.
"Gabby, there was a key word in that sentence. Liked; as in past tense; as in he did like me, now he doesn't," Lily was trying her hardest to get out of this. "People get over other people. Besides, he's been hanging around Emily Sawyer a lot lately."
"C'mon, Lily," Courtney said and dragged her out of her seat.
Together, Courtney and Gabby pulled Lily to the Entrance Hall, towards the group of boys laughing there.
"No, I don't want to. Come on, let me go. I really don't want to do this," Lily said, struggling.
"Too late, you should have done this yourself, before we brought it up," Gabby replied, dodging a kick. "Now, with us around, you have to tell him."
Courtney nodded in agreement.
As they drew closer to the group, Sirius told a joke and they all laughed anew.
They stepped up to them and Courtney laughed. "Good one Sirius. You really have to tell me how you come up with your jokes; I think they're really funny."
The four boys looked at the girls. Gabby was smiling but frowning at Courtney. Courtney herself had both eyes on Sirius, lightly flirting. Lily though, was staring at the ground and trying to edge away. When her two friends realized this, they took her arms and pulled her back.
"No," Lily whispered, sounding desperate.
"Yes. Come on, it won't be that bad," Gabby whispered back.
"James?" Courtney said.
The boys turned back to them.
"Yeah?" James said.
Courtney smiled at him. Not the smile she gave Sirius, but still a smile. "Lily has something to say."
Courtney and Gabby shoved their reluctant friend in front of him. Unfortunately, they shoved a bit too hard and Lily was propelled straight into James.
Lily fit perfectly, the top of her head coming to rest right under James' chin and his arms went around her automatically, to hold her there.
Courtney and Gabby giggled and Remus, Sirius and Peter stifled their laughs.
Lily turned as red as her hair as she pushed herself away and straightened her skirt. She swallowed. "H… hi James."
James frowned and said, "You called me 'James'. You've never called me 'James' before."
Lily's eyes widened as she realized her mistake. "Oh, ah, slip of the tongue I guess. It won't happen again."
James laughed. "Don't worry about it. I mean, it's my name isn't it? Do I have permission to call you 'Lily' now?"
Lily melted inside when he said her name. "I… I guess."
"Great. So what was it you wanted to say?"
Lily swallowed and licked her lips. She was suddenly conscious of all their friends watching them. "Um… I… well… see, uh… I…"
Gabby poked Lily in the back.
"Ow! What was that for?"
"Would you say it already? We're growing old here."
"All right! I'm getting there."
Lily turned back to James and opened her mouth to finally say the words when Emily Sawyer, a sixth year Ravenclaw, came up to James and kissed his cheek. James slipped his arm around her waist and Lily's heart shattered.
"Hi Lily," Emily said.
"Hi Emily," Lily said, falsely cheerful. "How are you?"
"Great! Who wouldn't be, if they were going out with James?"
"Yeah. Right. Who wouldn't be?" Lily said backing away. "Well, I have to go. Homework, you know."
"Oh right. See you then."
Lily turned away but James said, "Wait, Lily, what did you want to say?"
Lily turned back to them and said, "Oh, nothing, it wasn't important anyway."
"No, come on, tell me."
"It's just, well…um… I…"
Courtney and Gabby leaned forward. Maybe she would tell him anyway, despite Emily's presence.
"I… think your hair looks good," Lily said, looking at the floor with tears in her eyes.
Lily gave a tiny, watery laugh and said, "I'm sure Emily agrees."
"Oh yeah," Emily said, wholeheartedly. "Of course!"
Lily nodded. "I'll see ya then."
Quickly, she turned and almost ran up the stairs, Gabby following.
Courtney however, hung back. The look in her eyes told James that that wasn't what Lily had been planning to say.
James frowned at her. What did she want to say? His eyes asked.
Courtney shook her head slightly. You'll have to find out for yourself. Was what he got back before she followed her friends up the stairs.
A/N: That was not the best story I've written. The start wasn't too good, but it kind of improved towards the end. I think I might continue this. It depends on what I think when I read it again. Anyway, please review. Constructive criticism is welcome but please, no flames. Should I continue or not?