Friends First
Chapter 1

As you can see, I love LJ fics...in fact, that's all that I've ever written! So here's another. Anything you don'trecognize belongs to me, everything else belongs to JK Rowling (who I bet is having a hard time writing and editing her next two books because of the new baby!)

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"Well if it isn't the hottest ladies at Hogwarts," a voice teased. It was the first day of seventh year, and they were all standing around in the courtyard.

Lily whirled around and sighed. "Hi Sirius."

"No, no. Then you say, well if it isn't the sexiest guy alive," Sirius said with a goofy grin.

"But I don't see Snape anywhere around," Lily's best friend, Kerri, joked.

"Hey!" Sirius exclaimed, obviously offended by the comment.

"Where are your partners in crime?" Millie, another friend of Lily's, asked.

"Who knows?" Sirius said with a shrug. "Probably hexing someone."

"Ugh," Lily groaned under her breath.

"Did you say something Evans?" Sirius asked, with a fake sweet voice.

"No, of cours-"

"Lily!" a voice cried from behind. Lily turned around and grinned from ear to ear.

"Hey Remus!" Lily said, embracing him in a hug. "Now Remus, answer me this. Why do you hang out with Hogwart's most arrogant boys?"

Remus laughed. "I do it just to annoy you."

"That's odd…because we try to annoy Evans with everything we do," another voice said, joining the group.

"Oh good…it's Potter," Lily groaned out sarcastically.

"Don't try and contain your excitement," James mumbled.

"Hey guys. It's seventh year…you think maybe this will be the year you guys finally get along?"

"No," Lily said quickly.

"Whoa, could we answer any faster there Lils?" Sirius asked.

"Ugh, for the last time Black. My name is Lily. Only my friends call me Lils."

"Okay Lils," Sirius said and James couldn't help but laugh.

"You guys torturing the girls again?" Peter asked, joining the group.

"Yeah, you'd think they'd get bored after six years….but nope," Mandy, Lily's other good friend, answered.

"Bored? Ha!" Sirius exclaimed.

"We spent all summer coming up with new ways to mess around with you four," James responded.

"Oh my gosh," Sirius muttered under his breath.

"What? What?" James asked.

Sirius pointed at someone. "Look at Rebekka Jenson…"

James and Peter quickly turned their bodies and looked in her direction.

James gave a low whistle. "She looks damn good this year. The summer did wonders on her."

"Ugh, you guys are such pigs," Lily exclaimed.

"Oh don't worry Lily; the summer did wonders on you too. You look pretty damn good too," James teased.

"Oh really? Because I think the summer made your head much bigger…do you even fit through doors anymore?" Lily asked in disgust as her friends let out a laugh.

"Okay…well as much fun as being ridiculed is…I'm going to go mingle with girls who actually want me," James replied.

"Good luck finding any that you haven't dated already!" Lily called out after him.

Remus just shook his head, "Why can't you two get along?"

"Because that would mean the world is falling apart," Lily mumbled. He shook his head again in Lily's direction and followed James. Peter followed Remus.

"Well, ladies, as nice as it was to see you. I will be following the guys…and perhaps I'll run into Rebekka on the way," Sirius said.

"Bye Black," Lily urged, just wanting him to leave.

Sirius just rolled his eyes, winked in the direction of her friends, and left.

Kerri moaned and leaned up against a wall. "I want him so bad."

The other three girls exchanged looks and burst out laughing. They've gotten used to Kerri whining about Sirius. "Yeah? So does every other girl at Hogwarts," Mandy stated with a laugh.

"Not me," Lily insisted.

"Well that's because you and James are destined for each other," Millie pointed out.

"Ugh, don't make me gag," Lily mumbled.

"Oh come on. It's so obvious that he wants you. Every witch and wizard knows that…every professor knows that. Hell, even Ms. Norris knows that," Millie explained.

"Yeah…so?" Lily asked. "Let's go back to talking about Kerri."

"He's just so cute, and buff, and sweet, and-" Kerri started.

"-and arrogant, and immature, and way too good for you," Lily finished.

Kerri sighed. "I know, I know."

"Hey, not to sound too much like the Marauders but…look at Jackson Hilton," Mandy interrupted.

All four girls turned to look at a much tanner, leaner, more muscular, blond haired, gorgeous Jackson Hilton.

"I'd do him any day," Millie said with a low whistle.

"Hate to say it…but he looks good," Lily mumbled under her breath.

"Well you better watch out, because James doesn't look too thrilled," Kerri said, darting her eyes over at James. James eyes were focused in on the girls. More particular, his eyes were focused in on Lily.

"Well, then he won't be too happy when I do this," Lily said, as she saw Jackson walking over to them. "Well hello there," Lily said, batting her eyelashes at Jackson.

"Hey Lily," Jackson said, giving Lily a hug. Kerri just rolled her eyes, and walked over to the Marauders.

ACROSS THE WAY:

"I don't get what everyone sees in that Jackson guy," James said, not taking his eyes off of Lily and Jackson talking.

"Probably the same thing everyone sees in you Prongs," Sirius said, rolling his eyes.

"And you," Remus reminded Sirius.

"Nice bod, easy to flirt with, and great to screw," a girl said from behind them. The guys turned around to see Kerri standing there.

"Is that what you think of me dear Kerri?" Sirius asked.

"Actually no, I was referring to Jackson," Kerri teased. There was no way in hell she would ever let Sirius know she wanted him.

"Oh come on," Sirius said, flashing her his award winning smile. "You don't see something good about me?"

Kerri hesitated, trying to think of the right words. "Well…I guess you can be sweet at times... and somehow, it makes girls fall for you."

"Girls? Or you?" Sirius taunted.

"Get real," Kerri said with a playful laugh, and then she walked away.

"I want her so bad," Sirius mumbled.

"Nuh uh….no way," Remus insisted.

"What?"

"She's a friend. You'll make out with her, fuck her, and then never want to see her again. And that will just create too much drama in this group dynamic we have," Remus said.

"Oh we don't have a group," Sirius said. "We aren't friends, we're just all acquaintances. And let me tell you, I want to be better acquainted with Kerri Miller."

"You want to be better acquainted with her body," James corrected. The four boys laughed, as Sirius longingly watched Kerri walk away, not hiding the fact that he was watching her ass.


"Isn't life great?" James asked, practically skipping into the common's room a week later.

"I can't argue with that," Sirius said with a smile.

"This is gonna be hell," Remus mumbled.

"Oh, you working with Kerri and Sirius can't possible be hell," James said.

"This project is worth like half our grade. And I'm gonna have to deal with 'I want you,' 'no I want you,' the entire time," Remus mumbled.

"Oh we don't act like that," Sirius insisted. Remus just raised his eyebrows at Sirius, but didn't say anything.

"I can't believe I get to work with Lily for an entire month," James said with a smile.

"Didn't you hear who your other partner was? Dude, it's not gonna be that great," Sirius said.

"What? No, I didn't hear. I was too busy imaging Lily and I together for an entire month," James said.

Remus, Sirius, and Peter exchanged glances. "Um…your other partner is Jackson."

"What!" James exclaimed. "You just made my mood go from a 10 to a negative 3." James plopped down on the couch.

"So far, I'm thinking Peter got the best group," Remus said.

"Yeah! You got two girls," Sirius said.

"Yeah, Millie and Mandy who are joined at the hip. They'll ignore me completely," Peter said.

The boys just sat there in silence for a little while. "Our lives suck," James mumbled after a few seconds.

"What's wrong boys? Get turned down by girls?" Mandy asked, sitting down on a couch besides them.

James ignored her. "I know what we should do to keep our spirits high," James said with an evil grin. 'We need to play the coolest prank ever."

"Oh wow, have sadder words been uttered?" Lily mumbled.

"Yes," Sirius said. "I think they went something like, let's name her Lily."

Lily clenched her fists. "Why do we always have to sit with them?" Lily moaned.

"Get used to it, you'll be working close to me for the next month," James said.

"I just got that out of my head. Thanks for bringing it up," Lily muttered.

"Anytime sweet che-"

"If you call me anything but Lily, I will personally hurt you," Lily said.

"Jeez, who made you ice princess?" Sirius mumbled.

"Go to hell," Lily murmured.

"You guys all really need to learn to get along," Remus noted.

Sirius ignored Remus. "What's wrong with her?"

Kerri shrugged. "The usual…you and James."

Sirius smiled. "Well then, our job is done."

"…for today," James finished.

"Can't you guys learn to be nice for once?" Mandy wondered.

Sirius and James exchanged looks and burst out laughing.

"Hmm…I'd take that as a no," Remus answered.

"James, you'd think that you'd be nicer to her since you like her," Millie said.

"Like her? Ha!" James exclaimed.

"Oh come on. You're always asking her for dates, teasing her, smiling at her," Millie explained.

"Yeah as a joke. It's a running joke between Lily and I that's been going on for many years now. I'm surprised you haven't realized that," James said, knowing flat out he was lying. "The day I like Lily is the day…well, is the day Sirius actually commits to someone."

"Hey! Don't bring me into this," Sirius insisted.

"You were brought into it the minute you became his best friend," Peter warned.

"Oh yeah…" Sirius said slowly and then turned to James. "I want out."

"Out?" James asked.

"Yup, out of the friendship," Sirius teased. "Is it too late?"

"Uh yeah, seventeen years too late," James pointed out.

"Damn…I've been putting up with you for seventeen years?" Sirius asked. "I need a life."

James threw a pillow at him and then gazed over at the entrance, hoping Lily would come back.

"So Kerri, you glad to be working on this project with me?" Sirius asked flirtatiously.

"Oh yeah, it's every girls dream to work on a project with you," Kerri teased, but it made Sirius smile. "Which means that it's every girls dream to fail the project."

"Hey! I can get work done," Sirius insisted.

"Let me just say that it's a good thing Remus is working with us," Kerri said, smiling at Remus.

Remus groaned. "I can't believe I got stuck with you two."

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Just a brief overview at first...more to come.