Friends First

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Lily curled up in a recliner in the corner of the very empty common room, reading her book. Every few minutes she would look up and tried hard not to cry at how empty the common room was, and how much she felt like a loser for not being at the party.

After getting used to the very quiet and empty common room, the fat lady portrait opened and someone came marching in. Lily jerked her head up and groaned.

Sirius jumped when he saw Lily. He figured everyone was at the party. "Hi."

Lily just looked up, glared at him, and went back to reading her book.

Sirius shrugged and walked up to the boys room to get more food and alcohol for the party. Lily paid no attention to him when he walked back down and left the room…or so she thought.

Sirius was almost out of the common room when he stopped and backtracked. He walked over and stood right in front of Lily.

"Look Black," Lily said, not even bothering to look up. "I don't feel like arguing with you right now so why don't you go away because nothing you say will make me put down this book."

"He really likes you," Sirius said.

Lily closed her book. "What?"

"All he talks about is you. He's throwing a party right now and he's sitting in the corner sulking," Sirius said. "He's miserable."

"How much is he paying you?" Lily asked.


"You haven't liked me since the moment you saw me, you've played a prank on me at least once a day since the first day of first year, you've ridiculed me, you've yelled at me, you've called me names, and you've made my life a living hell," Lily justified. "And now you're standing in front of doing something niceand you want me to believe you're doingit willingly.What the hell is up?"

"When you say things like that, you make me look like a horrible person," Sirius said. Lily gave him a look. "Okay, okay, so I am a horrible person."

"Whoa, he must be paying you a lot," Lily muttered.

"What are you talking about?" Sirius asked.

"You did something nice for me and talked bad about yourself in the same minute," Lily said. "Obviously you're being paid…or you've been abducted by aliens."

"Lily…may I call you Lily?" Sirius asked.


"Okay," Sirius said. "Lily…" Lily rolled her eyes. "...he likes you. It's my fault you think he doesn't. You overheard that conversation wrong. I was just joking…" Lily raised her eyebrows. "…sort of. You have to talk to him because I am tired of hearing him talk about you."

"Okay," Lily said.

"Okay?" Sirius asked quizzically.


"Is that an 'okay I'll talk to him' okay? Or is it more like an 'okay, but stay out of the bedroom tonight' okay?"

Lily hit Sirius over the head with her book.

"That's an okay, I'll think about it but leave me alone before I change my mind," Lily said with a slight smile.

Sirius laughed and started leaving, but stopped abruptly.

"Hey Evans?" Sirius asked. Lily smiled at the sound of her last name.


"I'm sorry," he said. "…about everything."

Lily smiled. "I know."

Sirius smiled back and turned to see Kerri standing in the entrance with Millie.

Kerri turned her head to Millie and whispered teasingly, "Oh great, now that he's stopped being gay, he's moved on to other girls. And not just other girls…girls he hates."

Sirius laughed at her comment, kissed her on the lips, and handed her some alcohol to carry down to the room.

"Ugh, whose idea was it to have this party and invite tons of people who make a mess like this?" Sirius asked several hours later, groaning at the bottles and food all over the floor. James, Remus, Peter, Kerri, Mandy, and Millie all turned their heads and gave Sirius a glare. "Oh…me?"

James threw an empty beer can at Sirius and continued picking up trash.

"So Prongs, I noticed you started having fun towards the end," Remus said from across the room.

James shrugged. "I realized that I was ruining my reputation by standing in the corner."

"Oh right sure," Remus said, rolling his eyes.

James rolled his eyes and walked to the other side of the room to empty the trash. He picked up a beer can on the way over there, but stopped and looked up when another pair of hands grabbed the can also.

"Need any help?" the voice asked.

James looked up and smiled widely. "I guess so."

Lily smiled back, picked up the can, and tossed it in the garbage.

Sirius looked over and saw Lily and James smiling at each other. He smiled secretly to himself. Kerri came over and put her arm around his waist. "You know, you're really sweet."


Kerri smiled. "I overheard you talking to Lily in the common room earlier."

"I didn't do that to be sweet," Sirius argued. "I did it because I'm tired of hearing James complain."

"Say what you want," Kerri said with a shrug. "It was sweet."

Sirius turned and faced Kerri. "We need to talk."

"Talk?" Kerri said. "Can't we skip that part and go straight to sex."

Sirius rolled his eyes. "We need to talk about what we are."

"You mean have 'the conversation," Kerri stated. "Now, that's no fair. A girl should be forewarned at least a week before the guy wants to have the conversation. I haven't had time to think about what I'm going to say."

"C'mon Ker," Sirius said.

"I thought you were the kind of guy who didn't want to have the conversation," Kerri said. "I thought you were a cool guy."

"I am…but our relationship has gotten too complicated," Sirius said.

"Well I don't want to have the conversation," Kerri said.

"Kerri, it's not fair to either of us if-"

"Who cares about fair?" Kerri interrupted.

"Ker, wecan't just keep on acting like there's no-"

"I said I didn't want to have the conversation and I mean that," Kerri said harshly and thenstomped off and started picking trash up from the other side of the room.

Sirius ran his fingers through his hair, obviously frustrated.

"What's wrong with Kerri?" Mandy asked Sirius, noticing that Kerri had stormed off.

"I'm not sure," Sirius said slowly. "I mean, I just brought up the topic of us, and she completely freaked out."

"Oooh," Mandy said, obviously understanding why Kerri was mad.

"Wait, do you know why she's like that?" Sirius asked.

Mandy shrugged.

"Mandy, please tell me why she's angry because I want to have the conversation," Sirius pleaded.

Mandy looked up at a desperate Sirius. "You're an idiot, you know that right?"

"Of course," Sirius said, "But that doesn't help me get any closer to understanding why Kerri's angry right now."

"Why do you think, Sirius? All you have to do is sit down and think or two seconds about why she's scared to have the conversation." She saw that Sirius still had a blank look on his face. "She's afraid you'll say something that will hurt, like you don't like her and you only use her for sex." Mandy sighed and walked away.

Sirius looked over at Kerri who was slumped down in a chair in the corner. Sirius sighed and walked over to her.

"Look, I didn't mean to get angry before, I don't even know why I got angry," Kerri said defensively.

"I think this whole having sex and not having feelings for each other thing isn't work," Sirius said, diving right into 'the conversation.'

"Yeah, I know, we should stop. It was stupid to think it could last anyway. You can't have sex and not have feelings for each other. Eventually, it just stops being fair to the other person," Kerri said immediately, not meaning a word of what she was saying.

"No, I mean it's not working because feelings are starting to form," Sirius said.

Kerri looked at him suspiciously. "What?"

"It's not working for me because I have feelings for you," Sirius restated.


"Feelings?" Sirius asked. "You know, those things you get when you like someone…wow, has it really been so long since you've been with a guy you've had feelings for that you forgot what the definition is?"

"Ouch," Kerri muttered.

"Sorry, I didn't mean that," Sirius said.

Kerri shrugged at his apology. "I know what feelings are, I just didn't know if I heard you right."

A small grin crept upon Sirius's face, "You heard me right."

Kerri got out of the chair and kissed Sirius passionately. "Good," Kerri said, kissing Sirius again. "because I would have kicked your ass if you hurt me."

"Is that right?" Sirius questioned. Kerri laughed and pulled Sirius into the chair with her.

"Okay love birds, you making out in front of us isn't getting this cleaning process go any faster!" Remus exclaimed.

"Yeah…but it's more fun to make out," Sirius said. "And there's an added bonus: we annoy you by doing so." Sirius ducked as a soda can came flying at him.

"We've been cleaning for hours," Lily moaned.

"Then let's take a break," James suggested, sitting down on the bed. Lily shrugged and sat down beside him. "What made you change your mind?"

"Hello, I'm fine, how are you?" Lily teased. James gave her a look so Lily answered the question. "Your best friend."


Lily nodded. "He talked to me."


"He made me understand that I shouldn't have taken the conversation between you two so seriously."

"Okay, are we still talking about Sirius? Tall guy? Dark hair? Hates your guts?"

Lily laughed. "Yes…he really cares for you."

"I'm not sure if 'cares' is the right word…I think it's more like 'bored of my complaining all the time,'" James said.

"Complaining about what?" Lily asked.

James shrugged. "You. About you not wanting to talk to me. About you thinking I didn't like you."

"Ah, those complaints," Lily said. "Well, just ask my best friends. I think they'd say I was a huge complainer as well."

James and Lily smiled at each other. James looked at Lily who smiled ever so slightly so James leaned in and kissed her. Lily kissed him back and when they pulled apart James said, "So…thanks."

Lily laughed and slapped him in the arm. James smiled and leaned in again and just as their lips were about to touch-

"Say CHEESE!" Sirius exclaimed.

There was a bright flash and James and Lily jerked their heads to look at the door to see six pairs of eyes on them, and six people grinning from ear to ear. And Sirius with his thumbs up sign.

"I think we should frame this," Sirius suggested, talking about the picture he just took. "It can hang up above the bed that James and Lily will soon be occupying because we all know that-" but he didn't have time to finish that sentence because he was too busy running from a raging James. Lily's head was still buried in her hands and the other five people came over to sit on the bed.

"I'm best man at the wedding!" they heard Sirius shout as he ran around the room.

"You can't be best man if you're dead!" James shouted.

"You wouldn't kill me!" Sirius screamed. "I'd come back and haunt you for the rest of your life…it wouldn't be pretty."

"Stop running away from me!" James exclaimed.

"I have a great idea! We'll frame this picture and it can replace the picture of the Fat Lady!" Sirius cried out.

"SIRIUS!" James cried out.

"You know…I have a feeling this year is going to be the best year ever," Kerri said and then turned to Lily. "We have the greatest boyfriend's in the world huh?"

"At least mine's not gay," Lily joked.

"It was one kiss!" Sirius shouted.

"Yup…this will truly be the best year ever," Lily said with a genuine smile.


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