Chapter 1

"Hey Evans," called the voice of the one and only James Potter to a red-headed beauty. 'Evans' did not stop, turn, or inquire what the one and only James Potter wanted. She just kept walking with her friends into the Great Hall.

"Wow Prongs. You have reached a new level of rejection. Being totally ignored," chuckled a charcoal black- haired, handsome boy.

"Shut up, Padfoot," replied James half-heartedly, but obviously annoyed by his best friend. Padfoot just smirked to himself. They and another boy paused outside of the Great Hall.

"I think you're going about it the wrong way, James," said Remus, bringing himself into the conversation as he trailed behind his friends.

"Really?" noted James irritably, stopping and leaning against the corridor wall.

"I think Remus is right," jested Sirius, "I mean most guys would have given up by now."

"Shut up"

"No, James what you are doing wrong is that you always ask her out in front of people and make a big show about it, like she is a prize. You should take her aside and be serious…"

"Yeah," cut in Sirius, "Be me."

Remus glared at him for his over used pun then continued, "As I was saying, you have to be serious about it. Don't joke around, be romantic."

"Since when did you become a womanizer?"

"I'm not," replied Remus shortly, "I am just saying what I think would work, or would have worked, it is too late now."

"Then why are you telling me now!?" asked James exasperatedly.

Remus shrugged.

James sighed. "Why does she hate me so much?" he said dejectedly.

Remus and Sirius glanced at each other, concerned that their friend was so upset of this when he was usually so light hearted.

"It's not you, Prongs, mate," commented Sirius reassuringly. "You're a good guy really."

"It's just the way you act around Lily. You're not being yourself, you're being-,"

"A complete idiot," Sirius said with a playful smirk, cutting off Remus, who glared at him, not appreciating his friend's antics.

"Look," said Remus as they entered the Great Hall, "She probably doesn't even hate you… I mean, if she got a chance to know you…"

"Yeah," agreed Sirius, catching onto Mooney's game of cheering up James even if they didn't exactly believe everything they were saying. "I'm sure that if you had only twenty four hours you could make her fall head of heels for you, that is if you could actually get her within ten feet of you…"

Sirius trailed off as he realized James was no longer with them, but was standing stock still about ten paces behind Sirius and Remus. His eyes had glazed over in way that the other recognized easily as meaning he was conjuring up some plot in his devilish mind.

"Oy, earth to Potter." Sirius snapped his fingers a few time in front of his best friend's blank face.

James, however, seemed not to notice Sirius at all. "Twenty-four hours," he muttered to himself.


Again James ignored him as he brushed by Sirius.

"What's he up to?" questioned Remus as Sirius returned to his side.

"Probably something stupid, if I know him right," Sirius replied as they stared after James who had stalked half way down the Gryffindor table and was now standing behind a particular red-haired, green-eyed girl.

"Evans, I want to ask you something."

"The answer's no," she replied curtly, not even turning to look at the boy standing behind where she was sitting.

"Okay, just hear me out, okay?"

Lily Evans sighed in frustrated resignation. She turned on the bench to glare up James Potter. "Fine."

"You know how I ask you out all the time?... That's got to get pretty annoying."

"Indefinitely so," she added with a small, amused curl of her lips.

"Right, anyway," said James, attempting to ignore her last comment. "I have a proposition for you."

"What is it, Potter?" Lily asked, annoyed.

"Okay, give me one day, twenty-four hours, to show you that I'm not a, how do you put it-?"

"A bigheaded git."

"Yeah that. And if in that one day you fall for me- which I think will happen- then we take our relationship from there."

"And if I don't, because I don't think I will, then what?" said Lily.

"Then I'll never ask you out again," answered James. Remus and Sirius didn't believe their ears. Lily cocked her head to the side, considering him, wanting to know if he was for real.

"Never?" she asked after a moment.

James nodded in reply.

"Even the rather imaginative proposals of marriage?"

"Even the rather imaginative proposals of marriage," agreed James.

Lily was lost in thought for a moment. On the one hand would have to spend an entire day with the insufferable Potter, but on the other hand he would stop bothering her for the remainder of the school year. It was a tempting offer, she had to admit… and of all things Potter was, he was true to his word. He wouldn't break this promise.


Sirius stared agape from down the table. He obviously hadn't expected Lily to accept James' ludicrous offer.

James smiled, obviously he had. "How about the Hogsmeade trip next weekend?"

"You got it," replied Lily after a second moment of consideration.

"So it's a deal then?" asked James, extending his hand, as though making sure she had said what he thought she had said.

Lily rolled her emerald green eyes. "Deal," she replied, shaking James hand, trying to ignore how well her small delicate hand fit so well into James' larger, warm hands that were slightly calloused from intense Quidditch training.

James gave a final, satisfied nod to his crush before walking back to his to utterly amazed friends.

"Are you guys gonna' eat?" questioned James sitting down at the table, "I, for one, am starving."

"What just happened?" asked a still shocked Sirius to Remus.

"I think," said Remus, sitting slowly down on the bench, "That James just got Lily to agree to go on a date with him."

"But…" Sirius just shook his head, finally sitting down with his friends.

Down the Gryffindor table sat a thin girl with tan skin and short, light brown hair was staring, an eyebrow raised, at her friend across the table.

"What?" snapped Lily, feeling her friend's, Kaila, eyes on her.

"Nothing," Kaila replied, "Unless we are going to talk about what just happened here."

"Nothing happened here."

"Oh, if by nothing you mean you agreeing to go out with James Potter, who, if I remember correctly, you swore many times to never go on a date with."

"Look," said Lily, looked up her a friend, "I just said yes so he'd stop harassing me and I could spend my last year at Hogwarts in peace. Nothing else. Okay?"

"Okay," said Kaila, but it didn't sound as if she agreed, then she added under her breath, "If you say so…"

"What is that supposed to mean!?"


"Okay, we really need to get you a dictionary."