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There she was. James saw her walking down the corridor with Marissa. Her beauty always took his breath away. He loved her beautiful red hair and the freckles on her nose. He loved how she smiled at the world and how her laughter rang out so loud. He loved the way she walked, the way she talked, the way she brushed her out of her face, the way her nose wrinkled when she was concentrating. And, oh my God, did he love her eyes! They sparkled in the light and were a dazzling, vibrant green. He just loved everything about her.
James was pulled out of his reverie when Sirius clapped him on the shoulder and gave him a grin. James had told Sirius he liked Lily last year, even though James had a strong suspicion he knew all along. Every time they were all together, Sirius dropped little hints to Lily about James' feelings. Somehow a hex found its way to Sirius afterwards.
"Hello Lillian dear. How are you this lovely afternoon?" Sirius said with a mock bow.
Lily smiled at him. James melted whenever he saw that smile. "I'm just fine Sirius. James, we have to go to a prefect meeting tonight at 7 o'clock. Don't forget" Lily said.
James nodded and gave her a lopsided grin. "Don't worry, I'm not like Sirius. I don't forget THAT easily." Sirius gasped in horror and slapped him on the back of his head. James just rolled his eyes and pushed him into Transfiguration, winking at Lily on the way.
Lily felt her knees buckle. He's just too cute... she thought to herself. She smiled as she thought back to when they first met on the train.
Lily couldn't find a compartment. All of them were taken. She brushed back the tears in her eyes as she continued down the row. "Why does this have to happen to me?" she asked herself.
Lily was nearing the end when someone with raven black hair and glasses bumped into her. They both fell, and Lily's owl cage went flying.
"Sorry!" the boy yelped as he offered his hand to help her up. She took it gratefully and stood up, brushing herself off. The boy ran to get her owl cage and picked up her trunk.
"My name is James Potter. What's yours?"
"L-Lily Evans. Sorry for k-knocking you down" Lily stuttered. She often did that when she was nervous and she hated it.
"Aw, no it's ok, mostly my fault anyway. It is nice to meet you Lily. Did you find a compartment yet?" James asked. Lily shook her head. "Okay, cool, you can sit with me, er, us!" James led Lily down the hallway a little bit further. He stopped in front of a partially open door. They walked in to find a little boy sitting against the window. His hands were clutched together and his eyes darted around nervously.
"Hey Peter! Where's Remus and Sirius" James asked.
"Oh, uh, t-t-they said something ab-about turning someone's hair green" Peter stuttered.
"Without me! I'll hex Sirius when he gets back" James said angrily. He looked at Lily. "Oh, yeah, sorry. Peter, this is Lily Evans. Lily, this is Peter Pettigrew."
Lily took Peter's hand and shook it, saying, "It's nice to meet you Peter." She smiled warmly at him and Peter visibly relaxed.
Soon they all began talking when two boys burst in and sat down out of breath. "James!" the taller one said, "Give me your cloak!"
James turned his back. "Why should I? You didn't invite me along for the prank." James rubbed his eyes and gave the boy a puppy dog pout.
The boy rolled his eyes and said, "I would've if you were here! Now please give me it! Hurry!" James sighed and tossed him a silvery cloak. The boy smiled and tossed it around himself and the other boy. Lily had to rub her eyes. They had both disappeared!
"James did they just-"Lily started but she was interrupted.
"Yes they disappeared. It's an Invisibility cloak. My dad gave it to me. Now just act natural." Lily was about to ask why when a boy with greasy hair and a pointed nose slammed open the compartment door. Lily had to bite her lip from laughing. The boy's hair was slowly turning from black to green.
"Where are they?" the boy hissed.
James gave him a quizzical look. "Where are who?"
"Don't play dumb with me Potter! Where are Black and Lupin?" the boy spat.
James clicked his tongue on the roof of his mouth. "Severus, Severus, Severus. You really don't know anything. If I knew where they were, I'd be with them. So they're obviously not here."
The boy called Severus narrowed his eyes. "I'll get you four back if it's the last thing I do."
James smiled and patted his shoulder. Severus flinched at his touch. "I'm sure you will. By the way, your hair looks very lovely that shade of green. I believe you should keep it that way."
Severus turned on his heel and left, muttering to himself. After they were sure he was gone, the two boys under the cloak suddenly appeared again. They were both laughing.
"Did you see his hair?" the taller boy asked, wiping tears out of his eyes.
The shorter smiled and nodded, gasping for breath. "Bloody hell that was fun! James you should really join us next time."
James gave him a glare then said, "Guys, I have someone I'd like you to meet. This is Lily Evans. Lily, the boy with the black hair is Sirius Black and the boy with the blonde hair is Remus Lupin" James said as he pointed to each of them in turn. Lily smiled and shook their hands.
"So Lily, I see you've had the misfortune of meeting James" Sirius said, smiling at James. James' face turned red as he looked away quickly. "I've known him since I could crawl, I have! We basically shared the same diaper!" James turned a deeper shade of red and threatened Sirius with his wand.
Lily laughed and asked, "So you all have known each other for all your lives?"
Remus shook his head. "No, I met Peter on the train then we both ran into Sirius and James, literally" Remus said, rubbing his elbow.
"Funny, that's how I met James" Lily smiled and gave James a nudge, who in return blushed and muttered a "sorry".
Sirius gasped. "You ran into this poor girl? I'm so sorry, Lillian, dear. Excuse James, he's a bit of a klutz."
"ME? A klutz? You should talk Sirius, you ran into three parents, fell on top of seven girls, and tripped over a cat!" James exclaimed.
Sirius grinned and barked out a laugh "Now the girls I meant to do..."
Through the whole train ride the five new friends carried on with talking, playing pranks on a few misfortunate students (some of them being 6th years and getting very upset that first years out hexed them), and introducing Lily into the Wizarding world. Lily, being a Muggle born, had no idea about anything that could happen.
They were in the middle of explaining Quidditch when the magical loudspeaker came on announcing that they would be arriving at Hogwarts soon and that they should change into their school robes. Lily walked out to find somewhere else to change.
After Lily changed she met another person. She had brown hair, clear violet eyes, and was about three inches taller than Lily. Lily walked up to her and held out her hand.
"Hi! My name is Lily Evans. What's yours?"
The girl took the hand timidly and said "Marissa Peele. What house do you think you'll be in?"
"House?" Nobody explained to her about a house yet. "Um, I'm not sure. I better go. I'll see at Hogwarts?"
Marissa nodded. "Yeah, I'll see you at Hogwarts.
Lily nodded. "Bye!" Lily made her way back to the compartment. Before she made it there, she saw Sirius and James running down the hallway, their robes billowing behind them. Sirius saw Lily and grabbed her wrist to pull her in the compartment.
Breathing heavily, they all sat down. "What did you do this time?" Lily asked suspiciously.
They both smiled. "I have no idea what you're talking about. Sirius?" James asked.
"Nope not a clue" Sirius responded.
They all enjoyed the rest of the train ride to Hogwarts. They've all been friends ever since...
James was also thinking about how they met. He fell in love with her when he first set eyes on her.
Lily kept thinking back on all the memories they've shared together. She then started thinking about to when she first started liking James more than a friend.
"JAMES POTTER SCORES ANOTHER GOAL!" Remus shouted through the magical microphone. He was dictating a very close Quidditch match, Gryffindor versus Slytherin. It was third year, and Lily was biting her nails throughout the whole game. Marissa pulled Lily's hand out of her mouth and patted it reassuringly.
"Just chill, no one else will get hurt." Marissa said. Lily nodded along with her but she didn't feel that way at all. Already Sirius had gotten knocked off his broom from a Bludger that hit him in the stomach. Madame Pomfrey had already started to tend to him, but their backup Beater wasn't the best.
"Slytherin scores a goal! That's 70-50 Slytherin. Abbott better hurry up and catch the snitch before those slimy bast-"
"LUPIN" McGonagall shouted.
"Sorry Professor! What I meant to say was we need a new seeker 'cause the one we have now is dreadful, being very distracted with his girlfriend in the stands. Chris, don't think I don't know what you two do in the astronomy tower-"
"LUPIN I WILL HAVE YOU SUSPENDED IF YOU CAN'T PROPERLY DICTATE THE GAME!" McGonagall shouted.
"Okay, okay. Finney passes to Gruber. Gruber takes aim and scores! 80-50 Slytherin! Come on Jackson, it can't be that hard to bloody block a goal, especially since those dimwits-"
"LUPIN! DETENTION! WITH ME! FRIDAY AT 8!"
"No good for me McGonagall. You see the Marauders have a prank planning session-"
"Aw, you're no fun. Hey Lils, can you sub in for me on-"
"LUPIN, WATCH THE GAME!"
"Oops, sorry Professor! James has got the Quaffle. He passes to Rolander and Rolander aims...wait, Rolander fakes out and passes to James. Great move. James aims and SCORES! 80-60 Slytherin! Gruber has possession and passes to Usalavage. BUT ITS INTERCEPTED BY JAMES POTTER! He speeds towards the goals aaaaaaaaaaaaand SCORES! 80-70 Slytherin! James is on a roll! Finney has possession. He seems distracted..." Remus started laughing along with the crowds. "He's watching a butterfly! Oh this is too good! James flies towards him and plucks the ball from his hands while Finney is STILL watching the butterfly!
"James is speeding towards the goal posts and SCORES! Ladies and gentlemen, this is a tie game! Slytherin captain DeSantis is speeding towards Finney, probably to yell at him for being stupid, and ugly too, while he is at it," Remus stopped talking for a moment as McGonagall gives a warning glare.
"Er, right, anyways, Gruber has possession. He passes to Usalavage and he passes to Finney. Finney aims and is blocked by Gryffindor Keeper Jackson! Rolander has possession and – WAIT! SLYTHERIN SEEKER SHAW HAS SEEN THE SNITCH! ABBOT, QUIT BLOWING KISSES TO YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND GO FOR THE BLOODY SNITCH! OH NOW YOU SEE IT! COME ON ABBOTT!"
Everyone in the stadium was sitting on the edge of their seats as Abbott and Shaw raced around the pitch, both of their hands outstretched. Even the other players didn't move as they watched them both race. James was the only one to move as he shot towards the two seekers.
"JAMES WHAT THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU DOING! YOUR CHASER, NOT SEEKER! WAIT, HE'S TRYING TO THROW OFF SHAW! GO JAMES! WAIT, IS THIS ALLOWED?" Lily was standing up trying to see what was going on. She then saw one of the other players move. It was Slytherin Beater, Crabbe. He was zooming towards a Bludger. He arched his arm back to swing...
"JAMES! LOOK OUT!" Lily and Remus shouted at the same time. James looked up and saw a Bludger zooming towards him he dodged it and smiled to the crowd. There was a momentary roar from the students then the Bludger turned around and hit him hard on the back of is neck. The whole stadium heard his bones cracking as it hit him. He yelled in pain then passed out. His broom fell and hit the ground hard. Right after that, Abbott caught the snitch.
No one even bothered to cheer about the win. Most of the stands rushed down on the field to see if James was all right. Lily, Remus, Marissa, and Peter rushed down and shoved everyone out of the way to see if James was okay. Sirius tried to get up but McGonagall held him down as Madam Pomfrey rushed down to the field.
Lily, Sirius, Remus, and Marissa stayed with him for the rest of the day. Peter got bored after an hour and went to go finish homework. Madam Pomfrey tried to get them to leave but Remus' smooth talking turned her around and she let them stay.
Lily was stroking James' bruised hand. Without realizing so, James wrapped his hand around hers. She squeezed it and James smiled in his sleep. Marissa, Remus, and Sirius looked at each other quizzically.
He looks so peaceful when he's sleeping, Lily thought to herself. His smile makes him look a lot cuter than he already is. Lily mentally slapped herself. She couldn't think he's cute. He's her friend! He probably doesn't like me anyways. But what if he does? No he probably couldn't see me as more than a friend. But I am a lot closer to him than I am to Sirius or Remus.
Lily continued her mental battle until it got dark. "I'm going to go down to dinner and bring us back some food. Unless anyone just wants to leave the hospital wing for right now?" Sirius asked. Everyone shook his or her heads. "Okay then I'll be right back."
they finished dinner they stayed with James for another hour or so,
replaying exactly what happened on the Quidditch field. Crabbe got a
permanent ban from Quidditch and a month of suspension for the
Bludger. He could've killed James if the Bludger had hit a little
higher on his neck. Finally Madam Pomfrey pushed them out of the
hospital wing so they could get some sleep. But Sirius and Lily snuck
back down there under the Invisibility cloak and stayed with him all
night. Lily figured out during the time that she really did have a
crush on James...
"Miss Evans, could you please describe the punishments for an unregistered Animagus? Miss Evans? Hello?" McGonagall was trying to ask Lily a question, but she was still thinking about that night in the hospital wing. "Miss Evans? LILY EVANS!" Still Lily did not move. She kept daydreaming.
Finally, McGonagall pointed her wand in the air and fired a loud blast out of the end. Lily jumped and screamed. The whole class burst out laughing. Lily's face was turning a deep shade of crimson.
She looks so cute when she's embarrassed. James thought. Lily caught his eye and James gave her a reassuring smile.
"Now that Miss Evans is finally with us, we can continue our lesson. Could you please describe the punishments for an unregistered Animagus?" McGonagall asked. Lily nodded and began listing the punishments, her mind only half on what she was doing. She had fumbled quite a few times before she got them all correct for James continuously resurfaced on her mind.
Marissa kept staring at her friend all through Herbology. Lily clearly had her mind on something else. Or someone... Marissa thought. She had noticed that Lily was staring at James a lot. Hell, she was staring at him right now!
I guess I'll just have to talk to her. Marissa thought. She already knew James has liked her since forever. They looked great together. In fact, Marissa has been secretly hoping she liked him. Lily was such a good actress that Marissa couldn't ever tell what she was thinking or feeling.
Suddenly an idea struck Marissa. I could get them together! After I have confirmation that Lily likes him. Marissa thought. I can't do this by myself. I need a mastermind. A genius! Marissa smiled secretly.
Author Notes: I had this story on with 808 reviews and 46 chapters, then it was removed for the second time. I love this story and I don't want to stop so I'm reposting it. I've worked on it for almost two years and it has been removed twice. The last chapter I wrote (46) is posted on my author page under my stories where I will be posting the last few chapters of the story. I spent a year just reposting the whole story and editing little by little when it was first removed. I know it aggravated my old readers to slowly re-read the whole thing when they were so close to the end, so I'm only reposting for those who have not read it on FF. I'm posting the last few chapters separately so my old readers will be able to finish the story and not wait another year for the end. Once I get reviews I will post the second chapter. Please Review!