Chapter Two: Hogwarts?
Lily and James were now eleven and had almost completely forgotten about each other, although they still remembered fun times and adventures they had had when they were little, they often thought they had those adventures with other friends.
It was two weeks before Lily was to start at school again, when the unexpected happened. Lily was sitting at a table in their table, munching on a piece of toast. He red hair had grown longer and darker. Her teeth had grown back in. She had become taller, although she was still little, and a neat row of freckles had appeared across the bridge of her nose. She flipped through the pages of her advanced reading book that she would need for school and highlighted a few important sentences on how to properly take notes from science and physics presentations, although she was much too young to be attending these, she was advanced for her age, and her father often took her along to his work, where everything consisted of science and maths, her least favourite subjects in school.
It was then that a large bird flew through the window and landed on the table in front of her, causing her sister to shriek and fall off of her chair at the table, and Lily to drop her toast on the floor. She jumped up and backed away from the table slowly. It was an owl. The owl hopped closer and closer to her, until it was perched on the back of her chair, hooting indignantly. Her father had come down the stairs and he was brandishing a mop threateningly. Her mother was holding out a frying pan, letting the eggs she was cooking slip out and fall on the floor.
The owl hooted again and held out it's small leg. On it's leg was a roll of what looked like old parchment paper. Lily reached out and quickly untied the letter. The owl hooted once more and took flight, soaring through the open window in the kitchen. Lily look down at the letter and turned it over in her hands.
'Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry' She hmmmed to herself and flipped it over again.
24A Morningside, Edinburgh EH10
Lily ripped open the letter and a thick pile of parchment fell out, falling all over the floor. Lily kneeled down and picked them up, unfolding them one by one.
"Mum, Dad. I think you might want to look at these," she said uneasily, holding out the letters. Her parents quickly took them and set down their mops and pans. Lily's mother quickly read over the letter before dropping it in surprise.
"Is it true, mum? Is it real?" Lily asked, walking towards her mother. The older woman looked up at Lily and backed away. "Mother? Mum!" The woman shook her head and took more steps backwards. Lily turned to her father. "Daddy? Please? Petunia?" Her older sister had a look of disgust on her face after she read the letter. Lily didn't know what was wrong.
"Get out," her father said quietly. "GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!"
Lily sobbed and quickly grabbed the letters out of his hands. She ran upstairs, tears streaming down her face, and into her room. She slammed the door shut and leaned against it, slowly sinking down to the floor.
"Where am I going to go now?" she asked no one quietly through the tears.
"James, hun, you got your Hogwarts letter!"
James ran down the long spiral stairs from his room, through an office where they landed, around the tearoom and through the small entrance hall in his parents' mansion to the kitchen where his mother was waving his letters accepting him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He jumped up and snatched them from her hand.
"James, your father, Kerry, and I are all going to take you to Diagon Alley at ten to get your new school supplies. While we're there, you can pick out a nice new pet, okay?" she said, smiling down at her son.
"Hmmm, okee dokee, Mum. What's for breakfast?" James sank into a chair at their kitchen table, reading through the letters from his school.
"James, isn't this you second breakfast of the day?! You eat too much!" his mother scolded.
"Mmm, but Mum, I'm a growing boy, I need food! Just ask Sirius!"
"Just ask Sirius what?" said another black-haired boy as he walked into the kitchen. "Hey, Mrs. P! What's for breakfast?" James's mother sighed.
"Sirius! I told you to stop crawling through the doggy door!" the older woman said, pulling out a long dark stick from her apron and giving it a quick flick. Instantly, a pan was out and eggs were being poured inside.
"My dear mother," said the boy, Sirius, "didn't want me around the house today. She and father are having some nasty old Ministry of Magic people over today. Ah, she'd practically disown me is she knew I decided to come here instead of go off and play with that big git from down the street. What's his name again, James?"
"Snape?" he said absent-mindedly, still staring at his letters.
"Aye, that's the laddy! Anyway, thought you wouldn't mind if I dropped in for a bit!" He appeared thoughtful for a minute. "Oh yeah, and I think that other kid from the next street over and his friend might drop in, too. 'is name's Remus Lupin. The other kid is Peter Pettigrew, I think he said. Anyways, they're all real nice."
Sirius slid into a seat next to James and looked over his shoulder.
"Ooo! Hogwarts letter! My mum thought I'd get accepted to Durmstrang! Right lot of fun that'd be, though! Hey, here come Remus and Peter! I'll let them in, Mrs. P!" Sirius jumped off of the chair and ran to the front door. James's mother shook her head and smiled.
Soon, Sirius led to shy looking boys into the kitchen. They both looked to be about the same age as James and Sirius, but one was taller with light brown hair and the weirdest gray eyes, while the other was short and fat.
"Mrs. P, Jamsie, meet Remus Lupin," Sirius gestured towards the tall one. "And Peter Pettigrew!" The short one waved energetically. Remus just nodded.
"Hullo, Jamsie, Mrs., erm, P!" Peter said.
"My name is not JAMSIE!" James roared. Peter squeaked and stepped behind Remus. Sirius just started to laugh.
"Right, sorry, mate. Remus, Petey, this is James and that beaut over there is Mrs. Potter!" James scowled. Mrs. Potter blushed.
"Sirius! Boys, call me Evilyn! Come come, sit down you three. Sirius, would you mind getting some orange juice out for the boys?"
"Sure thing, Mrs. P!"
"James, will you put some toast on and get the jam out? I'm assuming you're all hungry, as well?"
James smirked and got up.
"Yes, Evilyn. Thank you!" Peter said, sliding into a seat across from Sirius. Remus cautiously sat down across from James, looking down at the table quietly.
"Are you all going to Hogwarts?" Peter nodded. "Well then, I'm sure your parents wouldn't mind if Mr. Potter and I take you to Diagon Alley to get your school supplies today? I'll just apparate over and ask them, shall I? James, Sirius, show them around while I'm gone." She cleaned her hands on a towel and took off her apron, stuffing her wand back in her pocket. She walking out into the hall and a small 'pop!' was heard as she dissaparated from the house.
"Come on, then," James said gruffly, leading them out of the kitchen. Sirius jumped up beside James and put his arm around the shorter boy's shoulders.
"Don't worry, James, I know you don't like to make new friends after that one you had when you were little," he said quietly. "But that's in the past. You made friends with me, now make friends with them."
"I'm trying, Sirius." He sighed almost inaudibly. "I'm trying."