A/N: Heyy. I'm jumping on the drabble bandwagon and starting my own drabble collection, and voila, this is the first drabble. :)
They stand, facing each other, staring.
"Potter," she says, still in shock. "You're Head Boy?"
He grins lazily, hazel eyes both serious and full of mischief at the same time.
"No need to sound so surprised, Evans."
She smiles. "Why don't you return that badge to Remus?"
"Really, it's mine." He laughs loudly, and she realizes that his laugh is contagious.
"I don't believe it."
His laugh stops abruptly. "I've changed, Evans, can't you see that? I've really changed. I stopped hexing people for no good reason, I stopped picking on Snape, I've minimized the pranking, hell, I actually study now!"
He looks so pained at his last statement that she laughs.
He puts his hand on her shoulder. "Look, I know that we didn't exactly start off our Hogwarts years the best of friends, and I know that I've been an absolute prat, but I was hoping that we could start over. Pretend that all the horrible things that happened in the past didn't happen. Clean slate and all that."
She looks at him, considering. "Who are you and what have you done with James Potter?"
He chuckles. "I've changed, Evans. All for you."
Those two sentences are spoken with an emotion she can't quite place, and she shivers, a little frightened of the intensity she sees in his eyes.
Slowly, she nods. "All right," she says solemnly. Then, she grins. She holds her hand out. "I'm Lily."
He stares at her hand, confused.
She rolls her eyes. "If we start over, then we call each other by our first names. I'm Lily."
He shakes her hand, smiling. "I'm James. Nice to meet you, Lily."
She withdraws her hand, and gives him a bright smile.
"You too, James."
A/N: I was gonna post another drabble first originally, but since it's the new year (happy new year, btw), I thought this drabble was symbolic of it. New beginnings and all that.
Oh, and before I get sued, this drabble stemmed from one of the scenes in my fic posted here in FFN, How The Wizarding World Was Saved, which is on hiatus, because I have writer's block. How sad. So they're both very much similar, but they're both mine. :)