Chapter One

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"Messing with your hair because you think it looks cool to look like you've just got off your broomstick, showing off with that stupid Snitch, walking down corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can – I'm surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fathead on it. You make me SICK!" With that, Lily Evans turned on her heel and stormed off towards the castle. Although Lily looked like a normal sixteen-year old girl with large, emerald green eyes and thick, shoulder-length dark red hair, she was about as far from normal as you could get. Lily was a witch, and she was finishing her fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She had spent the morning taking her second to last O.W.L., or Ordinary Wizardly Levels, which would determine the career she could have once she left Hogwarts. After she finished her exams, she had sat down at the side of the lake with a bunch of her friends when she noticed the Marauders torturing Severus Snape, a greasy-haired Slytherin, again. James Potter, the ringleader of the Marauders, had then asked her out in front of everybody.

Lily was fuming as she walked to her dorm. James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew, or the Marauders as they liked to be called, were the bane of her existence. James Potter had messy black hair and hazel eyes behind thin, silver glasses. He was probably the most popular guy at Hogwarts; he was in the top two of their year and he was a chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. He was probably also the most arrogant guy in school. He had been chasing after her since fourth year, asking her out everyday and then pranking her when she said no. Sirius Black had long, shaggy black hair that fell elegantly into his gray eyes. He was the best looking guy at school, and also the biggest player. He was popular, smart and a troublemaker, just like James. Peter Pettigrew was short and stocky with blonde hair and watery blue eyes. He wasn't as smart or attractive as the other Marauders but he was popular all the same. Remus Lupin had sandy brown hair, and blue eyes and he always looked kind of sickly. Remus was very sweet but he had a dark secret. Fenrir Greyback, a werewolf, had bitten him when he was younger and ever since, he underwent the painful transformation into a werewolf every month. James, Sirius and Peter had found out in second year and had become illegal animagi; risking a life sentence in Azkaban, the wizarding prison, so they could keep him company on the full moon.

Lily slammed the door to her dormitory and frowned as she sat down on her bed. No one could get her as angry as James Potter could. He was so arrogant, so conceited, and such a jerk. He acted like he owned the school and it really got on Lily's nerves. Her friends had a theory that the reason why Lily got so angry with James was because she cared about him. She had thrown a book at them when they had said that to her. She winced at the thought of that. She had gotten angry because they were right. Lily had been friends with James up until third year, which was when his ego started to get a little too big. He had started hexing random people, torturing the first years and Severus Snape. At that moment, Lily's three friends came into the room. Madison Hopkins and Emily Sullivan were laughing hysterically while Alice Smith simply looked amused.

"Lily," Madison said, clutching her sides, "That was the funniest thing I've ever seen. You should have seen the look on his face. 'What is it with her?'" She started to laugh harder. Madison had long, blonde hair, dark blue eyes and was around 5'6". She was very popular and dated a lot of guys but always seemed to run away when things got serious. She was a muggleborn like Lily. She was an only child and her parents, who were incredibly rich, spoiled her immensely. Madison was very blunt about things, and that made a lot of people think she was a spoiled bitch, but Lily knew she could also be incredibly sweet. Madison was very observant and always gave great advice.

"It was great, Lily," Emily said, leaning against the doorframe. Her face was red from laughing so hard. "McGonnagal showed up right after you left and she was pissed. Her face got really pale and she screamed at him for a good ten minutes." Emily had long, curly brown hair and large, bluish-gray eyes. She was short, 5'3", and petite. Despite her appearance, Emily was tough. She was incredibly strong from being on the Gryffindor Quidditch team and she always stood up for what she believed was right, even if it meant getting into a fistfight. However, that year she had stopped being such a tomboy and started to become a little girlier. She was a halfbood; her mother, a muggle, had died when she was a little girl. Her father had raised her and her three older brothers by himself, so Lily could see why she had been such a tomboy.

"Yeah," Alice said, smirking. "He got into so much trouble." Alice Smith had short, dark brown hair, brown eyes and a warm, friendly face. Alice was very sweet and caring. She was nice to everyone; sometimes a little too nice, and very motherly towards those she cared about. However, she was not afraid to stand up for her friends or what she thought was right. She was always honest with her friends, but unlike Madison she was very sweet about it. She was also very intelligent and loyal.

"Good," Lily said darkly. "He deserves it. He's such an arrogant prick; I can't believe him. And Snape isn't much better. I really meant it when I said that I wasn't going to help him again. I mean, I was just trying to be nice and he calls me a mudblood!"

"He's always been like that," Emily said, absent-mindedly. She had gotten out her Transfiguration book and was sitting on her bed, reading it. "It never stopped you from standing up for that prat before."

"Well, I'm fed up with it," Lily snapped. She grabbed her Transfiguration book out of her bag and sighed as she sat back down on her bed. She was still angry about what happened with Potter and she was taking it out on her friends. "I'm sorry," she said, looking at the three girls. "It's just that Potter really gets under my skin."

"Uh-huh," Madison smirked as she walked over to the large mirror that she shared with the other girls in the dormitory and started brushing her hair. "He's able to get under your skin because you like him."

"I do not like James Potter!" Lily yelled angrily. "He is the most conceited, arrogant prick I've ever met in my life! There's no way in hell I would ever like James Potter!"

"Ok, ok," Alice said, looking up at Lily. "Calm down."

They sat in silence for a couple minutes. Alice and Emily were studying from their Transfiguration books while Madison put on make-up at the mirror. Finally Lily, who had been lying on her bed and thinking, broke the silence.

"Where are you going?" Lily said, eyeing Madison suspiciously.

"The library," she said loftily.

"With who?" Alice said, smirking. Madison pretended to look shocked. "Oh, don't act like you're not going with someone."

"I'm going with Nathan Davies, that sixth year Ravenclaw. He said he'd help me with my Transfiguration," Madison said, smiling.

Emily snorted. "Yeah, like you'll get any studying done."

Madison laughed and then pretended to look hurt. "What kind of girl do you think I am? Don't answer that," she said sternly when she saw Emily opening her mouth to say something. Emily smirked at her and went back to her Transfiguration notes. A few minutes later, she was done. She said goodbye to the girls and went to meet Nathan in the library.

Alice, Emily and Lily sat in silence, all three studying for their Transfiguration O.W.L. After an hour and a half, Alice got bored with studying. She closed her book, turned to Emily and said, "Won't you be seeing Fabian tonight?"

Emily had been dating Fabian Prewett, a seventh year Gryffindor, since Halloween. He was very good looking with light blonde hair and warm brown eyes, at the top of his year and he had been the Gryffindor Quidditch captain for two years now. "No, he has to study for his Defense Against The Dark Arts N.E.W.T. tomorrow." she said sadly, looking up at her friends. "I think I'm going to break up with him."

"What?" Lily said, looking incredulously at Emily. "But I thought you guys were perfect for each other."

Emily sighed. "I don't know. I really like him, but… I don't think I'll be able to do the long distance thing. We talked about it the other night and he doesn't think he can do it either."

Lily nodded and said, "Yeah. It would be tough. He'll be pretty busy next year, isn't he trying to join the Auror Academy?"

Emily smiled sadly and nodded. Alice sat down next to her and said, "Don't worry about it now, Emily. You should just enjoy the last week at Hogwarts here with him and not do anything until at least the train ride home."

Emily smiled. "You're right, Alice." She looked at the clock and jumped up. "Oh crap, I told Remus I'd meet him in the library." She started to shove her notes into her bag. "Do you guys want to come with me?"

"Sure," Alice said, grabbing her Transfiguration book.

"Will the other Marauders be there?" Lily asked. She did not want to see James Potter again that day.

"How am I supposed to know that?" Emily said, smirking.

"Oh, you have to come, Lily!" Alice pleaded with her. "I mean, what's the worst that can happen?"

"What's the worst – This is Potter we're talking about, Alice! Think about what you're saying!" Lily said, looking at her friend in shock.

"He's not that bad!" Emily said from the door. Her father had been a close friend with James's father when they had gone to Hogwarts together and they were still very close. In fact, Emily lived on the same street as the Potters. She had been good friends with James since they were little kids and usually stuck up for him when Lily was being unreasonable. She crossed her arms and stared at Lily, "Honestly, you're acting like a five year old."

"I am not!" She sat down on her bed and crossed her arms. Emily gave her a look and Lily laughed. "Ok I am. So what?"

"Lily…" Alice said, exasperated. "Honestly, if he does anything you can just leave."

Lily looked at her two friends and knew she wasn't going to win this argument. "Fine, I'll come," she said, sighing. "But the second Potter tries anything, I'm leaving."

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James slammed the door to the boys' dormitory and flung himself on his bed. Professor McGonnagal had taken him to Professor Dumbledore, the headmaster's, office where he was not only given a week and a half of detention with Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest, starting that night, but had lost fifty points for Gryffindor in the House Cup.

Sirius opened the door a second later and said, "Thanks for slamming the door in my face, Prongs."

James didn't say anything. Instead, he glared up at the ceiling. "Prongs, why are you so angry?" Remus said, sitting down on his bed. "It's not like you haven't gotten in worse trouble."

"It's not that," James said quietly. "It's Evans."

Sirius groaned. "Come on, James. I think it's time you got over that."

"That's the thing, Padfoot," he said, sighing. "I tried but I just can't get over her. And I don't understand why she doesn't like me. I mean, I'm James Potter."

"I think that might be why," Remus smirked at his friend. "You heard her. She doesn't like you because you're arrogant, you play pranks all the time, you hex the first and second years for getting in your way, and you're a prick to the Slytherins, especially Snape."

"So," James said, sitting up, "What can I do to make her like me?"

"Stop doing those things?" Remus said as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.

"What! That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!" Sirius said, acting as if Remus had just suggested that they go jump off the Astronomy Tower. He turned to James and said, "Don't listen to him, Prongs. Lily is just playing hard to get. You saw that she was trying her hardest not to smile when you flipped Snape in the air."

James scowled at Sirius but didn't say anything. He had noticed the corners of her mouth twitching, as if she thought it were funny. But then why would she yell at him for doing something that she found amusing? James didn't think he would ever understand girls. The Marauders sat in silence for a little while. Remus and Peter were studying from their Transfiguration books while Sirius read a Quidditch magazine and James was staring at the ceiling, deep in thought.

Finally, Remus got up and started to put his notes into his bag. "I'm going to the library to study with Emily. Do you guys want to come?"

"Yeah," Peter said eagerly. "Do you think you can help me with these vanishing spells?"

"Yeah," Remus said. He and Peter walked over to the door. "Are you guys going to come?

"No," James muttered. "I don't think I could face Evans right now."

Sirius sighed, not wanting to be around while James sulked over Evans. "I guess so." He got up, shoved his magazine in his bag and followed Remus and Peter down the stairs. When he caught up with them halfway across the common room, he said, "Man, he has got it bad." Remus nodded sadly. "I think we should get back at Lily for this."

"Not a good idea," Remus said as Peter agreed with Sirius. They stopped walking and looked at Remus as if he had just suggested canceling Christmas that year. "She'll think Prongs was in on it, hate him even more and then he'll sulk around even more."

"Yeah, that's a bad idea," Peter said quickly. Although the boys felt bad for James, they were getting annoyed with his constant talking about and sulking over Lily Evans. They walked in silence for a few minutes before Peter said seriously, "Do you think she'll ever go out with him?"

Sirius laughed derisively. "Well Wormtail, let's just say there's a better chance of a monkey flying out of my butt than Lily dating Prongs."

Remus laughed. "I don't know. Maybe if he just deflated his head a little…"

"Like that would ever happen," Peter sniggered as they walked into the door of the library. Remus scanned the tables for Emily and frowned when he saw Madison with a sixth year Ravenclaw. The truth was that he had had liked Madison since third year. She had always been so sweet to Remus, and she was the prettiest girl he had ever seen but he knew that nothing could ever happen between them. He tried not to let it get to him but he always got incredibly jealous whenever he saw her with some other guy. He hadn't told anyone that he felt that way, but he was pretty sure that the Marauders knew.

"Oh no," Sirius said, pulling Remus out of his thoughts of the blonde-haired girl. He pointed over to where he had spotted Emily sitting with Alice and Lily. "Why did Sullivan have to bring her?"

"They are best friends," Remus said, smirking. This should be interesting, he thought.

The three Marauders walked over to the three girls and sat down. "Hey," Alice said, smiling at them.

"Ladies, Sullivan" Sirius smirked, nodding his head at the girls.

Emily laughed sarcastically and said, "Wow Sirius, I'm surprised you even knew what a library was."

Sirius pretended to laugh and said, "Merlin, that was a bad comeback, even for you."

Emily opened her mouth to say something when Lily stopped her. "Will you two knock it off? You're going to get us kicked out," Lily said, looking amused. Emily and Sirius had hated each other when they first met, and they had spent the first half of first year at each other's throats. They had called a truce finally at Christmas that year, but they still fought a lot, although it seemed to be little friendlier. Emily glared at Sirius and then turned back to her notes.

"Where's James?" Alice asked Peter, who was sitting across from her.

"Probably off torturing some more Slytherins," Lily muttered darkly.

Sirius turned and glared at her. "Actually, Evans," he said coldly, "James is in our dormitory, sulking over what you said to him."

"It's not my fault if he can't handle the truth," Lily muttered. She had her eyes fixed on her notes, refusing to look up at the Marauders. She really didn't like hurting James's feelings, but what she said had been the truth.

"You know, I don't understand why you have to be such a – OW!" Sirius exclaimed. Madam Pince shushed him and he rolled his eyes at her. He turned to Emily, who was sitting directly across from him, and said, "What was that for?"

"Oh, I'm sorry!" she whispered, although it sounded like she was anything but sorry. "I didn't realize your shin was there!"

Sirius glared at her but kept quiet. He pulled his Quidditch magazine out of his bag and started to read in silence. He could feel Lily glaring at him and after a few minutes he couldn't stand it anymore. "What?"

"You're not even going to study?" she asked disbelievingly.

"No," he scoffed. "I don't need to." She gave him a disgusted look and went back to studying.

Then Emily started to shuffle frantically through her notes. In a panicked voice she said, "Have any of you seen my notes on Vanishing Spells?"

"No…" Alice and Lily said in unison.

"I can't find them," she said, still sounding panicked.

Lily smirked and clucked her tongue at her. "I guess you can borrow mine, but you should keep track of your notes next time."

"Evans, must you nag everyone at the table?" Sirius asked. He yelped in pain and was shushed by a very angry Madam Pince. "Will you quit doing that?" he said to Emily, who was glaring at him.

Lily glared at Sirius. She slammed her Vanishing Spell notes down in front of Emily and said, "Here. I'll be in the common room." With that, she grabbed her stuff and stormed out of the library.

"What the hell is the matter with you?" Emily hissed at Sirius.

"She was getting on my nerves," he said, flashing his trademark lop-sided grin at her. This usually got him out of a lot of trouble with girls, but Emily just rolled her eyes at him. He turned back to his Quidditch magazine and after a few minutes, started to laugh. "Sullivan," he whispered, "you've got to read this article by that new nutter keeper for the Harpies."

"Catherine Higgs?" Emily whispered. "She's a genius!"

"What!" Sirius said, looking at her in shock. "You can't tell me you believe this rubbish about mentally blocking the quaffle."

She shrugged, "It makes sense. Well, to me anyways."

He looked at her in shock. "I always knew you were insane, Sullivan." She rolled her eyes at him again. "You know, if you keep doing that, they'll roll right out of your head someday."

"Honestly, Black," Emily said, sounding annoyed, "That's the stupidest thing I've heard all-"

At that moment, Madam Pince came up behind her and said, "If you two can't keep quiet, you will have to leave! Now get out!" Then she hurried off to scold some fifth year Hufflepuffs.

Emily gave the librarian a dirty look as she started to gather up her stuff. She noticed Sirius smirking at her and said, "You know what, Sirius? Since you got us kicked out, you can help me with my vanishing spells!" Sirius groaned as she grabbed him by the wrist and dragged him out of the library.

"They're so blind," Alice muttered. She turned to Remus and noticed that he had not heard what she had said. He was too busy shooting dirty looks at Madison and Nathan Davies, who had just been thrown out of the library for snogging.

"To what?" Peter asked, looking confused.

Remus snapped out of his trance and said, "What?"

"Looks like they're not the only ones," Alice whispered with a smile on her face. The two boys looked at her in confusion.

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Later that night, Lily and Alice were sitting in the common room, studying for their Transfiguration O.W.L. like all the other fifth years. Except for the Marauders, minus Sirius, who were sitting in the corner, hunched over what looked like an old piece of parchment, whispering frantically.

"I bet they're planning their stupid end of the year prank," Lily whispered, watching the Marauders with a disapproving look on her face.

"Mm," Alice said, not paying attention to her. She was too absorbed in her notes.

"I can't believe Remus is still playing pranks after Dumbledore made him a prefect! I mean, does he have no sense of responsibility? I should go over there and remind him of his duties as a prefect!" Lily continued on her rant. She noticed Alice wasn't paying attention to her and said, "And then after I do that, I'll declare my undying love to Potter and start making out with him right here in the common room."

"You do that," Alice said absent-mindedly while flipping through one of her spellbooks.

Unfortunately, Lily hadn't noticed Madison coming up behind her before she said that. "Declare your undying love for whom!" she exclaimed, looking at Lily in bewilderment. James Potter looked up so fast that he was sure he had whiplash, and watched the two girls in interest. Madison was shushed by several frazzled seventh years.

"Be quiet, Maddy!" Lily whispered as she pulled Madison down into a seat next to her. "I was just trying to get Alice to pay attention!"

Alice smirked at her and then turned to Madison, "She was going on one of her 'I hate the Marauders' rants."

"Oh. I wouldn't have been paying attention either," Madison smirked. She looked around the common room and said, "Where's Emily?"

Alice shrugged. "We haven't seen her since she left the library with Black."

Madison smiled and rolled her eyes. "Figures."

"So how were things with Nathan?" Lily asked, wiggling her eyebrows at her friend.

Madison smiled, "Oh, you know." She looked around the room as Alice and Lily rolled their eyes at her. "Alice, Longbottom's staring at you again."

"I know," Alice said, blushing slightly. She suddenly became very interested in her notes again.

"Oh no, Smith," Madison whispered, smiling. She grabbed Alice's notes away from her.

Lily was trying hard not to laugh. "You like him, don't you?"

"Shh," Alice said, looking around. "Someone will hear." She grabbed for her notes but Madison was too quick for her.

"Why didn't you say anything?" Madison asked, smirking.

Alice got her notes back on her second try. "It just happened," she said, smiling. Madison and Lily both turned to look at Frank Longbottom. He was a sixth year and had shaggy, dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. The girls knew Frank because he was Emily's older brother, Matthew Sullivan's best friend. They were so different that it shocked most people when they found out that they were best friends. While Matt was a troublemaker who played on the house Quidditch team, Frank was a rule-abiding prefect that was at the top of his year. Frank, who had been staring at Alice, noticed the two girls looking at him. He blushed slightly and turned to pay attention to whatever Matt was saying to him.

"I think he likes you," Lily whispered. Alice blushed again but didn't say anything.

"I bet we could find out from Matt!" Madison whispered, coming up with a plan. "If anyone would know, it would be him."

"No!" Alice said, wide-eyed. "You can not tell Matt! Or Emily, for that matter," She added as an afterthought. She knew Emily couldn't keep a secret from her brother.

"Tell Emily what?" Emily said from behind Alice. She had snuck up on her friends after getting back to the common room with Sirius.

Alice jumped and then shot a dirty look at Madison and Lily, who were both giggling. "Nothing," she muttered.

Emily laughed and sat down next to Lily. "I'll find out, Smith," she said, smiling at her.

"Why are you in such a good mood? Have a nice snog with Black?" Madison smirked. She rolled her eyes as Emily made retching sounds and then was promptly shushed by five of the seventh year girls who were sitting at the table next to them. "You're so immature," she whispered.

"You know," Alice said, smirking at Emily, "I have this theory that-"

"No one wants to hear about your crackpot theories, Smith," Emily said, interrupting. She started looking around the room and said, "Have any of you seen Fabian?" Alice and Madison shook their heads.

"So now they're crackpot theories?" Lily whispered. "So the one about Potter and I-"

"No," Emily interrupted. "Alice, Frank's staring at you."

"I know," Alice muttered, blushing.

"Oh," Emily said in comprehension. She smirked, "That's what you didn't want me to know." Alice blushed even more and looked down at her notes again. "I wonder if Matt knows-"

"No!" Alice exclaimed, looking at Emily. Lily and Madison snickered at this. "You can't say anything to him!"

"Alright, alright," Emily said, laughing. She rolled her eyes as she was shushed again. "I'm going up to our dormitory."

Madison got up from her chair and yawned. "I think I am too."

Once the two girls were gone, Alice whispered to Lily, "Potter's staring at you."

It was true. James had been staring at her for the past 10 minutes. Lily rolled her eyes and said, "Like I care." She looked over at Frank Longbottom and smirked. "Longbottom is still staring at you."

Alice blushed a very deep shade of red and pretended to have not heard her.