My name is Lily Evans, and I was Muggle-born, I know that sounds bad, but still, I am one of the brightest in my year. I am in my seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and I am so excited to be going back after the summer. If only it wasn't for that insane James Potter and his delinquent friends, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. Remus was okay, I studied with him on occasions in the Gryffindor common room, he was smart, one of my avid study partners; he was like a brother to me. Sirius Black on the other hand, he was a troublemaker, always getting Remus, James, and Peter into all kinds of mischief. He was one of the most popular boys in the school though and almost every girl swooned when he walked by, I was one of the few who didn't fall for that charming smile. Peter, well, he never really spoke up much, he was a pretty quiet kid, kind of chubby, only talks and thinks of food, but he was nice to me at least. James, on the other hand, he was so aggravating. He asks me out every chance he bloody gets and I always say no, and yet his determination never seems to falter. I don't know why I constantly say no, but I do, and, for some reason, it's fun to do. Not that I'm manipulative or anything, it's just that James is so carefree does anything he wants and I'm well, I obey rules to put it bluntly. Summer was over and I would be heading back to Hogwarts in a few hours. I had everything I needed and my parents drove me to King's Cross Station and I boarded the train at platform 9 ¾ and found my seat in one of the back compartments.
My friends were usually late, so I waited for them in the usual spot. I pulled out a novel and began to read it quietly when I heard the laughter of four unmistakable voices. I dreaded them walking past my compartment. Remus, Peter, James, and Sirius all stopped as they looked into the compartment, well, Peter didn't, he was too busy shoving chocolate frogs into his mouth and ran into James who was in front of him.
"Well, it looks like Evans is all alone today. How about we keep her company," said Sirius, looking at James mischievously. I just about died and also resisted the temptation to smack Sirius in the face.
"How about we leave her alone, she looks like she's okay with reading the book she has," saved Remus. I threw him a grateful smile and he winked at me.
"Moony, I think we should get our seats before the trolley lady comes with the snacks," piped Peter. They always used strange nicknames for each other and I never understood quite why that was.
"Go ahead, Wormtail, and find us some seats, we'll be there in a minute. I think Prongs wants to ask Evans something," muttered Sirius with another mischievous smile. One thing that really bothered be about Sirius was that he ALWAYS wanted to see the look on my face when I turned James down, and he always instigated the cruelty I had towards James. Normally I would just say no, but Sirius made it so that I had to say it over and over again. Please let him just go, I thought to myself.
"So, Lily," began James. I heard Sirius laugh from the corner. "I was wondering if maybe, you wanted to go to the first Hogsmeade visit with me, on like, you know, a date."
"James, I have literally told you a thousand times, no," I responded calmly.
"Wait, Evans, I didn't catch that, what did you say?" asked Sirius with a grin.
"I said no, and Sirius Black, if you don't stop this nonsense now, I will…I will," I stopped, I couldn't think of a proper punishment for him.
"You'll what, Evans?" he asked sarcastically. I whipped out my wand, having what I was going to do in mind before I even said it.
"Tarantallegra!" I shouted. Immediately, Sirius began dancing like an idiot in the middle of the compartment. "You gonna stop?" I asked sarcastically.
"Yes, just make it stop, please, Evans," Sirius pleaded. Remus gave me a disapproving look and I muttered the counter spell and Sirius fell to the ground, clutching his legs.
"I'll show you, Lily!" challenged James, producing his own wand. "Rictusempra!" Immediately I felt a tickling sensation all over my body and began squirming in my seat. I fell over on the floor, clutching my side and trying to mutter the counter charm to stop it, but I couldn't get a word out because I was laughing so hard.
"Prongs," began Remus. James said the counter charm and I felt the tickling feeling go away.
"James Potter, that was not fair. I gave you what your friend what he deserved and you tickled me with that stupid charm?" I asked angrily.
"Calm down, Lily, I was just joking around."
"You always are," I said coldly, standing up and sitting back in my seat.
"Lily, I - " began James apologetically.
"Save it, go find Peter and just leave me alone," I said, picking up my book and sitting back down. I turned away from the three of them.
"Evans, what's your problem?" asked Sirius.
"You two are, you and James, I mean."
"What about Moony?"
"He's fine, he doesn't try to make my life miserable."
"Oh, Evans, you and I both know you like to turn down Prongs, you and I both think it's funny. You look forward to when he asks you out."
"Shut up, Sirius Black, no I do not." I knew I could've gotten away with it, but my face betrayed me, my blood pooled on my cheeks, turning them a bright red to match my hair.
"Ha, look at me, Evans," commanded Sirius, seeing the tips of my ears turn red. "You can't hide it."
"Go away," I said angrily. "I noticed that the train had begun to move and my friends were nowhere in sight. "Where are my friends?"
"We told them we'd be the ones keeping you company today, didn't we,Moony?" asked Sirius.
"Don't look at me, I had nothing to do with it," said Remus.
"They're sitting with their boyfriends in the very back so that they can snog each other the whole ride," said Sirius bluntly.
"Oh, very tactful, Padfoot," said Remus. "Anyways, he's right, that's where they are."
"So, Evans. I figured out why you always turn down Prongs," said Sirius, coming to sit next to me and wrapping it around my shoulders. James looked like he was about to have a heart attack. "It's because you love me, just admit it, Evans."
"Get real," I snorted, pushing him onto the floor of the compartment. James's smile returned to his face again. Remus, as usual, saved me by telling me to scoot over to the wall and sitting next to me on the other side so that neither of those two could get near me again. James knew Remus was like my brother and knew he would never, ever try anything. James came to sit in front of me and Sirius sat next to him. "What about Peter?" I asked, looking around.
"He most likely finished his chocolate frogs and cupcakes and fell asleep about ten minutes ago," said Sirius with a chuckle. I tried to act serious, but I let out a short giggle.
"Lily Evans laughs at an insult, send an owl to the Daily Prophet," exclaimed Sirius.
"What are you talking about?" I asked.
"Come on Evans, you and I both know that you could never do anything bad, you're goody-goody Lily Evans after all," said Sirius.
"Is that really what people think of me?" I asked.
"No," Remus said. "Padfoot, please, not a good time."
"Moony, please, don't lie to her at a time like this," said Sirius. I turned to face Remus. He looked back innocently.
"What? You lied to me?" I asked Remus. "I guess, if that's truly what people think then I'll have to change my reputation."
"Oh come on, Evans," said Sirius. "They talk about who you are not what you wanna be. You could never be a bad girl." I looked to James who was staring right into my eyes the entire time.
"James," I said, snapping him out of his trancelike state.
"Huh?" he asked, shaking his head.
"Can I have a piece of gum?" I had noticed earlier he was chewing some enchanted gum, never lost its flavor, ever.
"I only have the piece in my mouth," he said sadly.
"Yeah, so," I said impatiently. All three snapped their heads to look at me, completely astonishment in their eyes. I wouldn't even drink after people normally, and that was obviously what they were thinking. James took the piece of gum out of his mouth and everyone watched as I picked it up and put it in mine, their hands following mine until the piece of gum was safely in my mouth. "Yum, watermelon," I said, smacking the gum in my mouth and blowing a large bubble. I popped it with my finger and sucked the gum back into my mouth.
"Padfoot, what have you done?" asked Remus.
"I like it," said Sirius with a laugh, "Prongs?" James was still staring at me, awestruck that I would take him gum from his mouth and chew it. "PRONGS!" yelled Sirius.
"Huh? Oh yeah, great," said James, not really paying attention.
"You don't seem so excited, this new Lily might just say yes to you, right Evans?" asked Sirius.
"You never know," I said with an impish grin.
"I like it a lot," said Sirius with a chuckle. "Hurry up, Prongs, if you don't get her to say yes to you, it could be come a contest for us."
"Trust me, it will never be a contest, I said, leaning forward towards Sirius. He leaned forwards too and I grabbed his black hair and yanked it towards the floor making his squeal in pain, more like someone killing an elephant. "Because, Sirius Black, I could never like you that way, I don't believe I could ever be your friend even." I laughed, it was my plan to do that.
"Okay, she's feisty," said Sirius, lifting his head. "And that hurt. Apologize, Evans."
"Why should I? You're the one who made a move on me."
"Ha, you leaned first," said Sirius.
"Fine, I am terribly sorry, Sirius Black, for compromising you honor." Everyone knew that Sirius Black would never turn a girl down, he would go out with her, snog her, and dump her the next day if he didn't like her. If he did like her, though, it would last about a week and the only thing they would do would be to snog in broom cupboards all day, even skipping class.
"Wait…what?" asked Sirius absently.
"She's being sarcastic, Padfoot," said Remus. I noticed James still staring at me and waved my hand in front of his face. He snapped back to reality.
"For a start, Potter, don't stare at me, it's flattering the first few times, not the first thousand," I joked.
"Sorry, Lily," he said, going red.
"How about you guys explain to me what these nicknames mean, you've been calling each other by them since like last year." All three of them exchanged glances of nervousness. Then turned to look at me.
"Just some stuff we made up when we were in school last year," said Remus, answering for the three of them. I knew they were hiding something from me, but I would never get answers out of them if I pestered them about it.
"So, Lily, I'm sure you already heard, but Prongs is Head Boy," said Sirius with a laugh. "Traitor." I turned to look at James, pure astonishment in my face. He could never have…did he change last year, something was blatantly different about the way he acted. No more wisecracks and insults or jokes or hexing little kids last year. Had James Potter really grown up? "We also heard that you, Evans, are Head Girl." Sirius nudged the now-blushing James. I had never seen him blush before, he was usually the proud guy that announced everything to the world. I nodded, still looking at James, who had his eyes on me again, but he wasn't staring, more like evaluating my expression.
"Are you that surprised?" asked James with a laugh.
"Yes, actually," I said with a grin.
"Well, I knew you would be Head Girl, that was obvious, so I needed a way to be with you and I had it, I had to act like a goody-goody all last year. It sucked." I laughed at his words. He really was funny, but why hadn't I noticed that before. He ran his fingers through his permanently messy, black hair. He wasn't too hard on the eyes either, but still, it was James Potter, JAMES POTTER. Why was I beginning to like him all of the sudden?
"Evans, you're blushing," said Sirius. "Not something you usually do around Prongsie over here unless you're embarrassed he just asked you out or something."
"Padfoot, how many times must I tell you, my name is not Prongsie, it's Prongs, just Prongs, unless you want to call me James again."
"Sorry," said Sirius sarcastically.
"And knock it off, we don't need to have her traumatized by the time we get to the school."
"What?" asked Sirius, Remus, and I together.
"Seriously, Prongs, you love tormenting Lily," said Sirius.
"Only if it's to get her attention, and right now, I don't need it, I need to go check up on Peter and make sure he hasn't had an anxiety attack when we never showed up."
"I got it, James, Sirius and I will take care of it," said Remus.
"What?" asked Sirius in disbelief. I saw Remus nudge him in the ribs. "Oh, yeah, right." They both got up and slid the compartment door open and left, shutting it behind them. I sat across from James, neither of us speaking. I was getting a little tired, though. He got up and came to sit next to me. I looked at him and took out my book, eyeing him suspiciously.
"Hey, Lily," he began.
"Hmm?" I asked, not looking up from my book. I knew what he was going to ask.
"I was wondering if well, maybe you were tired." I looked up at him; my jaw fell open. He had asked me a question that wasn't asking me out. I nodded after being able to close my mouth.
"A little bit," I admitted.
"Well, go to sleep then, don't worry, I won't try something, and you should know that by now." I nodded. I believed him, he was respectable, he wasn't a womanizer like his friend. So, I closed my book and fell asleep sitting up. I dreamed, but surprisingly, James was starring in them, every dream.
A/N: Review and I'll continue it, I know the next chapter will be waaay better, especially the beginning and the very end.