Disclaimer: The Characters and World of Harry Potter is entirely J.K.Rowling's. The first few paragraphs are taken straight out of Deathly Hallows.

Darkness Approaching

Chapter 1

"I'm sorry" begged Severus snape

"I'm not interested," replied the red haired girl in her dressing gown. Lily Evans had her arms folded and looked at her 'friend'. She had tried to defend him and he had just spat it right back into her face

"I'm sorry,"

"Save your breath," Lily said with a slight coldness that usually followed a friend's betrayal, "I only came out here because Mary told me you were threatening to sleep here," Though she was slightly pleased that he would do that for her it wouldn't hide the fact that he had called her a…even thinking about the word made her angry.

"I was. I would have done. I never meant to call you Mudblood, it just-"

"Slipped out? It's too late. I've made excuses for you for years. None of my friends can understand why I even talk to you. You and your precious little Death Eater friends-you see, you don't even deny it! You don't even deny that's what you're all aiming to be! You can't wait to join you-know-who, can you?" She watched as Severus struggled to reply, "I can't pretend any more. You've chosen your way, I've chosen mine."

"No-listen, I didn't mean-"

"-To call me Mudblood? But you call everyone of my birth Mudblood, Severus. Why should I be any different?" Lily didn't even wait for him to reply. She just turned around and walked back through the portrait hole into the common room. She looked down at her hand and saw it was shaking, she was so angry. Severus had been one of her best friends and he'd just severed their friendship. Nearly ten years of friendship and he had thrown it away with that filthy word.

"That's what happens when you're friends with Slytherins," said the cocky little toerag, James Potter from a couch. Lily stopped and looked at him and Sirius Black.

"Can't be trusted," Sirius said with a shrug.

"At least I tried," Lily said before she stormed up into the girls' dormitory. Mary McDonald was just getting into bed and Hiba Qazi (Lily's other best friend) was sitting eagerly awaiting news and brushing her long brown hair at the same time. The other girls were asleep in their beds.

"So? How did it go?" Mary asked.

"I don't want to talk about it," Lily muttered as she shrugged off her dressing gown.

"I told you your friendship with Snape would only end in tears," said Hiba sympathetically.

"Lily, I don't understand what you saw in him anyway. He's not even that good looking," Mary said. Lily climbed into her bed and pulled her covers up around here. Even though it was stifling hot in the summer heat, the covers felt like they protected her from her friend's comments.

"I have to admit I saw it com-"

"Will you two just be quiet!" Lily snapped, "It's bad enough that Severus called me a…and then Potter and Black criticising me. I don't need you two telling me how it's not a good idea to be friends with a Slytherin. I've had it since I started school and now I see the error of my ways. I'm going to bed." With that she threw herself down onto her bed and covered her head with her blanket. She heard Hiba and Mary muttering to each other before the lights all went out and Lily was finally left alone with her thoughts. She tried to hold back the tears as she thought about Severus. They had been friends since they were seven. He had introduced her to the wizarding world and helped her to find her way around Diagon Alley. They had helped each other through their problems in life, school and friends.

Lily had to admit she had seen this coming and had expected Severus to turn against her but part of her had hoped he wouldn't. It meant it hurt even more when he had come out with it earlier by the lake. Part of Lily wanted to ask Potter to just punish him for it. She knew he would if she asked. Potter would do anything for her if it meant getting a date, a kiss or even that precious little smile he desperately wanted.

With a solitary sob Lily went to sleep.

Lily woke up at lunchtime the next day. She didn't have an exam that day so she had just let herself sleep in. As she got up she saw that Hiba and Mary had the same idea. Lazily she got ready and put on a pair of jeans and a polo shirt. She picked up her bag and made her way down to the Hall to get something to eat before heading to the library.

The hall was almost empty but Lily recognised a few students dotted around. She saw Jenna Crawley sitting at the Ravenclaw table. Potter, Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew sitting at Gryffindor showing off to a bunch of first years, and then Severus at the Slytherin table. She saw Severus glance her way then stand up so Lily made her way as quickly as possible to the Gryffindor table and sat down next to Remus.

"Good morning," Remus said with a smile. He offered Lily a plate of sandwiches, "I heard you had a rough night," Lily gave Remus a thankful smile for the sandwiches.

"Are you going to lecture me as well Remus?" Lily asked. Remus blew some hair out of his face then poured Lily a drink.

"No," Remus said, "I expect you're getting it from everyone else so I'll spare you the pain," Lily's smile grew slightly.

"Have I ever said how wonderful you are?" Lily asked

"Frequently but I think I can hear it again," Remus said with a cheeky smirk. Lily gave a small laugh, which caused Potter to laugh suddenly. Lily looked at him with disdain.

"That's funny," Potter said at Remus. Black turned to look at Potter as well and smirked in amusement.

"You alright mate?" he asked. Potter cleared his throat as he realised he'd just made a fool of himself and nodded.

"Yeah," Potter said. Lily rolled her eyes then turned back to Remus.

"Charms soon, do you think you're ready for the exam?" Lily asked.

"I'm pretty confident that I'll pass if I can get these to knuckle heads to leave me alone for a few minutes," Remus said nodding at Potter and Black. Black spread out his hands and made a face.

"What? When do I ever pester you?" Black asked.

"You transfigured my text book into a tarantula," Remus said. Lily detected a hint of amusement in his voice mingled in with his annoyance.

"I'll have you know that your text book is probably living a very happy life now in the corner of the library," Black said.

"You see what I mean," Remus said to Lily.

"Well, I'm off to the library after lunch. Do you want to come and revise with me and the girls for a while?" Lily asked as she inspected a sandwich that looked suspiciously brown.

"Yeah, why not?" Remus said, "I always learn so much from you," Lily blushed slightly.

"I'm not that good," Lily said being modest.

"Are you kidding me? You're like the best student in our year," Peter mumbled to Lily.

"Thanks Peter," Lily said. She glanced at Potter, expecting something to come from him but he just turned and whispered something to Black. She knew it was about her because Lily heard her name.

Lily stood up, "Well, Peter, you can always join in as well, the more the merrier," She said as she picked up her bag.

"Does that mean we can join?" Black asked.

"No," Lily said, "I've had enough of you two this year to last me another four," Black grinned as if it was a compliment.

"Thanks Evans,"

"Any time Black," Lily couldn't help but give him a slight smile then made her way out of the hall. She once out she took a hidden passageway up to the Library so that Severus wouldn't follow her. She went to her usual table by a window that looked over the lake and the quidditch pitch. She saw Hagrid walking around his hut before she sat down and opened up her books.

"Moony, how do you get her to be so nice to you?" James asked as soon as Lily's back disappeared around the door. Remus shrugged.

"I guess she must like me," Remus said with a slight smile.

"That's not funny," James said with slightly narrowed eyes, "I probably shouldn't have criticised her choice of friends." His eyebrows seemed to form a V shape over his eyes.

"Bit late for that now," Sirius said as he gazed around the hall, "Oh, look who's on the move," James looked in the direction that Sirius was looking. Across the hall Snape had just got up and had a rather determined look on his face.

"I think it's the right time to make Snivellus sorry for what he's done to Evans," James said with a smirk. Sirius returned the exact same smile and Remus rolled his eyes. The four of them stood up and followed Snape from the Great Hall.

"Hey, Snivellus," Sirius shouted as they left the hall. A group of first years stopped to watch. Snape turned around to glance at them then hurried away, "Stop and Listen when someone's talking to you," Sirius said as he got out his wand, "Petrificus Totalus," Snape's body seemed to lock and he fell on the floor.

"Finite Incantatum, Levicorpus," James added with a few careless flicks of his wand.

"What do you want now Potter?" Snape leered.

"I'm not very happy with how you've treated Evans over the last few days," James said as he waved his wand in small circles. Snape watched his wand carefully.

"That's none of your busine-"

"It's completely my business," James said. Behind him Sirius' smirk grew bigger while Remus and Peter kept an eye out for teachers.

"You're just jealous Potter that she preferred a Slytherin over you," Snape jeered.

"Not any more," Sirius chipped in. James turned to look at Sirius then they both looked up to the ceiling. Amongst the many amazing and intricate carvings in the ceiling of the Hogwarts entrance hall was a few small bits of masonry that stuck out like small hooks. James flicked his wand up and Snape flew high into the air. James turned him upside down then hooked his trousers onto the stone. Snape held onto his trousers as tightly as he could so that they wouldn't slip off.

"Don't you go near her again Snivellus," James shouted at him. The group of them made their way up to the library where Remus and Peter broke off and joined Lily, who was currently sitting on her own. She seemed lost in her thoughts before they came and James was struck again with how beautiful she looked. Sirius and James sat down at another table a few windows down so that James would have a good view of Lily.

"You know, I would say this obsession with Evans is getting a bit much but I think she's slowly starting to come around," Sirius said.

"How do I get her to like me?" James asked, "She seems to like you, Moony and Wormtail."

"Well, I would listen to what she calls you then take that as your lead," Sirius said as he got out a quidditch magazine from his pocket, "Oh, look, Gryffindor girls at eight o'clock," He said as he saw Hiba and Mary entering the library.

"Leave them, Padfoot, you know what they're like if you interrupt their study sessions."

"I'll teach them something," Sirius said with a flick of his eyebrows. He nodded as Hiba glanced over. She waved at them then continued her conversation with Mary. Sirius looked back at James who now was gazing out of the window.

"Oh cheer up Prongs," Sirius said as he flicked through his magazine, "We could go and thrash a few second years at Quidditch," James shook his head, "How about go swimming for a while," no response. Sirius shook his head in disapproval and shifted in his seat so he was more comfortable. "I don't understand why you're getting so worked up over it. It's not like she has a boyfriend."

"Two years, Padfoot," James mumbled. James turned to looked at Lily, "and I think she hates me more then she did when we first started,"

"You probably shouldn't have transfigured her hair in third year then," Sirius said with a smile, "That was classic! The look on McGonagall's face when we had to explain what happened," A small smile appeared along James' lips.

"That probably didn't help," James said.

"I don't think so," Sirius said with a smile. He turned around to look at the table of Gryffindors studying.

"You know, sometimes I think I should probably revise for Charms but then I think that I can't be bothered and the only reason to study anyway would be to get closer to Lily,"

"And even she doesn't want you revising with her," Sirius said with a grin, "Ah, you got it rough mate. If you don't fancy a girl then they can't mess with you."

"Thank you for your wonderful insight," James muttered. He put his head in his arms and closed his eyes while Sirius began reading then scanning the library for girls in sequences of five minutes each. After half an hour James was roused from his sleep by a girl clearing her throat. James turned and looked straight into Lily's waist. He sat up properly once he realised who it was and tried to press down his hair. Sirius looked up as well. Lily looked down at them with her arms crossed. She looked as though she didn't want to be standing there.

"Ev-Lily," James said. Lily looked at him slightly surprised but she regained her annoyed composure.

"Potter, Black. The others want to invite you to study with us," Lily said.

"I'd rather not," Sirius said, "I know it all already." Sirius winced as James kicked him under the table, "You know what, I lied. I'd love to study with you guys," Lily nodded and returned to the table. James stood up and dragged Sirius to the table.

"Yes, I know, I owe you," James said when he saw Sirius' look. They summoned some seats and sat down next to Remus and Lily. Lily glanced at James sitting next to her then turned to her book.

"We've covered all the basic charms now so we've just got a little bit on the more complex things to do then I think that's all we can do," Remus said to the group.

"Why do you need to revise this? You guys already know all this," Sirius said to the group.

"Better to be prepared," Hiba said as she wrote something down in her textbook. Sirius craned his neck to see what she'd written but she covered it with her hand.

"Fine," Sirius said.

"Do you think we'll have to learn the theory behind Levicorpus?" Lily asked.

"Why do we need to know theory?" James asked.

"She likes to learn everything," Mary explained.

"I'm just asking," Lily said, "Remus and I were discussing it the other day. I think that we might need to know it," James and Sirius both looked at Remus.

"What?" he asked.

"I don't think we'll need to learn the theory," Hiba said, "I asked Flitwick for a few past questions and I was running the syllabus past him and he said that he didn't think it would come up." James stared at them. He'd honestly never put this much thought into what to study. It honestly surprised him how in depth Lily was going into Charms. All he needed to know was which way to point the wand and what to say.

"Well, just teach me all you know because I don't think I'll pass this exam," Peter said as he gazed over the piles of notes that were scattered on the table. They belonged to Lily, Remus and Hiba since they took the most detailed and concise notes out of all the Gryffindors. James settled down enjoy the revision session. Any excuse to sit next to Lily for any time at all was time worth savouring.

"Right, so, the impedimenta charm-" Mary said.

"We're finished at last!" Sirius said as he punched the air after their Charms exam.

"Nothing to do for two whole weeks while the other years finish off," Peter said, "What are we going to do? Just sit in the sun?"

"Sounds good," Remus said.

"You want to play some Quidditch?" asked James, who until then had been ignoring his friends. He only joined in when he overheard Mary suggesting the girls go and relax at the Quidditch pitch.

"Why not?" Sirius grinned. Remus smiled as well and they went to go and fetch their brooms. James went to the quidditch cupboard and unlocked the door to steal a quaffle and a snitch. When they walked out onto the pitch they saw a group of Ravenclaws with their brooms laughing loudly. Lily, Hiba, Mary and the two other Gryffindor girls, Gabbie and Sarah, were talking with them. James watched as a final year Ravenclaw boy, put his hand on Lily's shoulder and whispered something to her that made her laugh. James instantly saw red and marched over to them.

"Hey Potter!" the Ravenclaw shouted, "You fancy a quick match? Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw?"

"Alright," James said, "Peter you want to play?"

"No, I think I'll sit this one out," he said.

"Alright, you're on Crawley, three on three," James said.

"Freedom rules?" He asked. James nodded. Crawley went to organise who he would play with when Sirius slapped James on the back.

"Way to go, Prongs. You've just challenged the Ravenclaw Captain. You know that he's tough,"

"I'm better," James said as he watched Lily and her friends walk off towards the stands. James loved playing Freedom Rules. There were two chasers and a beater but the chasers were also allowed to double up as seekers and goalie. One of the Ravenclaws scurried off to get a bludger and some bats.

"I'm beater," Sirius said.

"Suits me fine," Remus said. James mounted his broom and did a few quick manoeuvres. He hadn't played quidditch in a while. He looked down to see if Lily was watching and when she was he did a spectacular practice dive.

"Ready Potter?" asked Crawley.

"Of course," He replied as he took his place next to Sirius.

"Go!" shouted a Ravenclaw as he released the snitch and threw the quaffle towards Crawley. James shot forwards and nearly hit Crawley's head by only a few inches. He did a barrel roll as he did. He managed to pluck the ball from Crawley's hands and threw it to Remus. Remus caught it and did a sharp turn to the right to avoid a bludger. He passed it back to James once he'd flown free of the Ravenclaws and then James bolted towards the goals. To James' annoyance Crawley kept pace with his easily, having a slightly superior broom then James, it wasn't hard. Crawley flew into James and nudged him slightly off course. James pushed back and dropped the quaffle. He did a somersault with his broom and caught the quaffle a few feet below him. Crawley grinned at the challenge and flew at the goals to act as goalie. James glanced behind him and saw Sirius intercepting a bludger. He smacked it as hard as he could and the bludger flew past James' shoulder. Crawley had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit, leaving the goal free. James threw the quaffle and scored a goal. When he glanced down at the stands he saw Lily talking to Hiba and not watching the match.

"Watch me!" He muttered to himself before returning to the centre of the pitch to block the Ravenclaws. James cursed as Remus let a very easy shot get past him and nearly swore when Sirius nearly hit Remus instead of the Ravenclaw beater. Sirius was a member of the Quidditch team but Remus wasn't and James couldn't help feeling that they should have the best team, even if it was only a friendly match. James tried every manoeuvre he knew to get any number of goals he could get. It was a challenge that part of James enjoyed. Samuel Crawley was a very good Quidditch player and would probably go into professional Quidditch. His team mates were a seventh and a sixth year Quidditch players and so the three fifth years had some difficulty keeping up with the bigger and stronger boys. Eventually James saw the snitch by his own goal and caught it.

"Good game Potter," Crawley said with a grin, "I'm going to miss playing against you." He held out his hand and despite Crawley's blatant flirting with Lily James shook it. The girls came down from the stands.

"Good game guys," Hiba said, "Nice catch with the snitch James," James smiled and turned to Lily. She didn't look all too impressed and turned to the Ravenclaw boys.

"She's so infuriating. I try so hard to impress her and she just makes a date to go to Hogsmeade with Crawley once school is over," James ranted later in the common room.

"Well, it's not really a date. All of them are going," Remus said.

"Still, he'll be there. He's already been scouted into the Tornados."

"Why aren't you looking at the bright side of this?" Peter asked, "If she likes Crawley then it means that she doesn't completely detest Quidditch players like we thought she did." Sirius tore his gaze away from Hiba, who was laughing with Sarah Humphries, her roommate.

"You actually said something clever, Wormtail!" Sirius said. He softly punched Peter in the arm as the boy gave a sheepish grin. James just grumbled and stared at the window.

"Get your mind off it mate. Think about our holiday. Days of lying in the sun and playing Quidditch and maybe, even, Snivellus bullying. I found out where he lives," Sirius said with a grin.

"How?" James asked, his attention suddenly diverted from Lily.

"One word. Brother," Sirius said, "managed to wrangle it out of him." James grinned and conjured a piece of parchment and a quill.

"You two realise that tonight is the full moon?" Remus said as James and Sirius started planning.

"Don't worry, we'll be there as usual," Sirius said, "Do we ever forget?"

"Just reminding you," Remus said with a smile, "So what are we going to do?"