© Charlotte Stevens - 14th August 2007
A/N: This story is dedicated to two good friends, Laura and Anais, who have always been there for me for editing and helping banish writers block - thanks heaps guys :)
Obviously, this story was inspired by J.K Rowling and most of the characters are hers, however as you will see I have created many of my own characters and filled in the history we didn't see in any of her books.
PROLOGUE"Well, well, well, what do we have here?"
Bright green eyes glistened with tears in the back seat of the car.
"Come on, Tuney." The girl pleaded with her sister. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry."
Petunia Evans, looking nothing like her sister, hadn't spoken to Lily since it was first discovered that she was a witch and destined to go onto Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, without her. Petunia refused to step out of the car or to say goodbye. It hurt her at the thought that her sister, her best friend, was about to be taken from her and into a world where she herself, did not belong. It broke her heart and spirit, that she instantly fell into her little sisters shadow as her parents were positively excited at the thought of having a witch in the family.
"Tuney, I'll speak to Professor Dumbledore, I'll make him see it's a mistake and you're supposed to be with me. We can send for you." Lily sobbed upon deaf ears.
"Come on, honey," Mrs Evans said, opening the back door and encouraging her daughter to step out. "The train will be leaving soon."
Lily looked up at her mother and turning back to her sister, she gave her a tight hug and kissed her tear stained cheek.
"I'll write you every day." She promised before being pulled from the car.
A gangly boy with black, greasy hair, stood near by in mismatched muggle clothing, helping Mr Evans load Lily's heavy trunk onto a trolley atop his own one.
Mr Evans spoke animatedly with the boy, discussing all the elements of the Wizarding world of which he knew nothing about, but his daughter was soon to become submerged into.
"Hello, Severus." Lily said politely, dabbing at her eyes with her handkerchief.
"Hi," Severus Snape responded, trying to keep a grin from spreading across his face as his cheeks went bright red, contrasting his pale complexion. "The train leaves at exactly 11 o'clock, we should probably get going." He added, glancing up at the big towering clock.
"We really shouldn't leave your sister," Mr Evans said regretfully whilst kneeling down and looking back to Petunia still sulking in the back seat. "Will you be okay with Severus?"
"Of course, Daddy." Lily forced a smile.
"Oh, I'm proud of my little girl!" He grinned, hugging his youngest.
Mrs Evans stooped down on the opposite side of her and squeezed her tightly, kissing the crown of her head.
"You're sure you've got everything you need?"
"And you'll write us?"
"Every day." She finished with a smile.
"Uh, Lily?" Severus interrupted as the clock ticked one minute closer to eleven o'clock.
"I've got to go," Lily said, hastily giving her parents one last kiss, before running after Severus and right through the brick barrier between platforms nine and ten.
A gust of wind swept around the corner and Lily's dark red hair whipped up into her eyes, as the pair crossed through the barrier onto platform nine and three quarters.
A long train of black and crimson was before them and families everywhere packing trunks, caged owls and other pets, onto the train before saying goodbye to one another.
It was a sight unlike no other that Lily had ever seen and the anticipation prickled within her, at the thought of being surrounded by so many people who possessed magical powers and finally having an explanation for the weird things she was able to do as a child; of having somewhere to fit in.
For the first time in his life, Severus felt important. He had always known he was a wizard, as his mother was a witch and despite his father being a muggle with no magical ability, she passed her abilities onto him. For this reason, he felt like he could fit in and guide Lily into this new environment. He was the one who told Lily that she was a witch; he was the one who escorted her on her first trip to Diagon Alley to exchange her muggle money for galleons and purchase a wand and other school requirements; and now he was the one to lead her onto platform nine and three quarters where they were soon to depart for Hogwarts. He liked this feeling of importance and even more, liked the fact that Lily hung onto his every word said about the wizarding world. He had felt an attraction to Lily the first day he laid eyes on her and at the age of nine when she leapt from a swing and literally flew around the playground before gently landing back down to on the grass, his heart leapt with joy, knowing that they shared so much more than he ever could have hoped for.
With their trunks safely stowed in the rear compartment, Lily and Severus stepped onto the train and found their way into a small compartment just as the train was about to depart. Two girls were already seated in the compartment right by the window and they giggled as the girl on the right muttered a couple of words and a beautiful blue butterfly emerged from the tip of her wand and fluttered around the cabin.
"Hi, do you mind if we join you?" Lily asked the girls shyly, gesturing to the empty seats.
"Sure, no problem." The girl who had conjured the butterflies said smiling and tossing her long black hair over her shoulder. "I'm Cherie Burke."
"Amelia Lambeth," the other girl introduced herself with a smile.
"I'm Lily Evans, and this is Severus Snape." Lily smiled and taking a seat next to Cherie she could feel Severus silently take a seat on the other side of her.
"That butterfly is gorgeous! Where'd you learn to do that?!" she couldn't help but add excitedly.
"My cousin taught me." Cherie grinned. "But, shh… under age wizards aren't supposed to do magic, though I hear they don't actually enforce that until you start at school…"
"So, of course, we're making the most of it." Amelia laughed, flicking her wand at the compartment door to close it.
"Could you teach me?" Lily asked hesitantly.
An hour later, she was elated to finally be able to send pink sparks out of the tip of her wand.
"Look Severus! I'm doing it! I'm doing it!"
The scowl that had set on his face since entering the compartment, and being overshadowed by Cherie and Amelia, soon melted from his face as he watched the sheer excitement and glee which Lily was over-flowing with.
The compartment doors could be heard sliding open and four pairs of eyes turned towards the entrance.
"Well, well, well, what do we have here?"
Another boy of their age stood in the doorway, brown soft curls atop his head. Behind him stood a second boy, wearing glasses underneath his thick dark mop of hair which was hanging down into his eyes.
"Underage magic ay?" With that, a single red rose shot out of the tip of his wand, which he passed down to Amelia as he took a seat next to her.
Cherie giggled as Amelia blushed.
"Sirius, Sirius Black." He nodded, and lounged back in the seat.
"James Potter." The other boy said, sliding the compartment door shut and taking a seat next to Sirius whilst running his eyes over Lily.
Severus scowled heavily at the two new entrants and sat in silence for the rest of the journey to Hogwarts.