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Author Notes: This is AU. However, it is in line with Snape's background stated in the sixth book, but not the seventh book.

'blah' means thoughts

"Shadowfang"

Chapter One – Year One

It was a grey day. It wasn't raining, but the sun wasn't shining either. A black haired youth was following his mother through the crowded train station. They arrived at the barrier between platforms nine and ten.

Here we are. You just have to walk through the barrier."

"And I'll be at Platform 9¾?" the boy asked.

"Exactly," the brunette answered her son.

"Good-bye, Mother. I'll owl you to tell you about my first week."

"Good-bye, darling. Have fun," she replied as her son disappeared through the barrier.

The eleven-year-old crossed the threshold with a rush of exhilaration. A scarlet steam engine came into view with several students getting their luggage loaded and/or boarding the train. A smile crossed his face as he pushed his trolley toward the train. He was so busy admiring the train that he accidentally ran his trolley into another boy's. "I'm so sorry!"

The other boy (a brunette) smiled. "It's all right. No one was hurt."

The raven-haired boy smiled and started unloading his trolley. When he as done, he made his way to the stairs and boarded the train. He started to search for an empty compartment; however, his search was in vain. Most of the students had friends and were sitting with them. He saw a nearly empty compartment with its door open. Sitting inside was a very attractive redhead. The boy swallowed hard. He wasn't very good around girls. He rapped on the door, effectively getting the girl's attention. "May I join you?"

The girl flashed him a pretty smile. "Sure."

As the boy entered, the redhead marked her place in the book she was reading. When the boy went to sit across from her, she informed him of her other companions. "Don't sit there. There are four boys that I met recently that will be joining us. They want to sit together, so you can sit beside me."

"If you have other companions, I can find another compartment."

"Don't be silly. I'm sure they'd love some more company."

The boy sat down next to the pretty girl, and the two sat there in silence, unsure of what to say to each other. Just then, four boys came in. The two raven-haired ones were laughing about something. A blonde pudgy boy was eating some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans while the brunette smiled warmly at the redhead and her companion, who smiled at the brunette. "It's you."

The brunette sat down across from the boy. "Hi. I'm Remus Lupin."

The raven-haired boy with blue eyes sat next to Remus. "I'm Sirius Black."

The raven-haired boy with hazel eyes and glasses sat next to Sirius. "I'm James Potter."

The pudgy blonde boy with dull blue eyes sat on the other side of Remus (closest to the door). "I'm Peter Pettigrew."

The redhead who had vivid green eyes spoke up. "I'm Lily Evans."

All eyes turned to the raven-haired boy with jet-black eyes who was sitting beside Lily. "I'm Severus Snape."

"How do you know Remus, Severus?" Lily asked.

"My trolley accidentally hit his."

James was looking thoughtful. "Snape and Evans. I don't remember hearing those last names before."

"I'm muggle-born. I'm the only one who in my family who can do magic," Lily replied.

"My mother is a witch," Severus said, careful to not mention his father.

"What was her last name?" James asked.

"Prince."

"Prince…Prince…" James muttered to himself. Then, it dawned on him. "Eileen Prince, right?"

"Yes."

"Didn't she marry a muggle?" James inquired.

"Yes. She did."

James grinned at that point. "That would make you a Half-Blood Prince."

"It's like you're royalty," Lily added.

"Half-Blood Prince," Severus repeated. A grin matching James's appeared on his face. "I like it."

"I noticed you didn't mention your father. You're probably ashamed to have a lazy bum for a father," Sirius sneered.

"He's not a lazy bum! If you must know, he walked out on us the day I got my letter!" Severus exclaimed.

"Oh, Severus! I'm sorry," Lily said.

Remus leaned over and whispered in Sirius's ear, "Be nice."

Sirius snorted, but otherwise didn't acknowledge Remus's comment.

"Anything from the trolley, dears?" the old witch asked from the corridor. In front of her was a huge cart of treats. All the boys were up in a flash, ordering one sweet or another. Being the last one in line, Severus noticed Lily was still seated. "Do you want anything, Lily?"

"I don't have much money. I want to try some of the sweets, but I should save my money."

"We can buy you some sweets, Lily. Right, guys?" James had overheard.

"Sure," Remus replied.

"Not a problem," Sirius added.

"Our treat," Severus put in. He held his hand out. "Come see what you want."

Lily took his hand, and he pulled her to her feet. James started telling Lily the names of the treats as she pointed out what looked interesting.

They ended up with a variety of sweets piled on the seats next to them.

"Here, Lily. Do you want to try an Ice Mice?" James asked.

"Eww! No way!"

"How about a Cockroach Cluster?" Sirius inquired.

Both Severus and Lily turned a little green. Severus pulled two Licorice Wands out of the pile between Lily and himself. "Licorice Wand, Lily?"

"Thank you, Severus." Lily accepted the sweet. James and Sirius made disgusted faces as the pair ate the Licorice Wands.

Remus picked up a Cauldron Cake and offered it to Lily. She accepted it and looked at it, quizzically. To alleviate her suspicion, Remus picked up another Cauldron Cake and took a bite. Seeing nothing wrong, Lily followed suite.

Suddenly, they heard, "Yuck." However, it was from both sides of the compartment. Sirius and Severus both realized that they just agreed on something and glared at each other. Sirius picked up a Cockroach Cluster, while Severus picked up a Licorice Wand. They proceeded to eat their chosen sweet, while glaring at each other.

"Lily, try a Chocolate Frog," Peter said.

"They're not real frogs, are they?" she asked.

"It's just a spell," Remus assured her.

"Besides, it's the card you want," Sirius mentioned.

"Card?" Lily perked up.

"Each pack's got a famous witch or wizard," James explained.

Sirius opened a pack and caught his frog before it jumped away. Keeping a firm grip on the struggling frog, Sirius asked, "What should I eat first?"

"The legs!" Peter exclaimed.

Sirius considered it for a minute. "Naw. I'll eat the head." He looked at his card. "Hey, I've got Miranda Goshawk."

The rest of them opened their frogs and looked at their cards.

"I've got Morgan Le Fey," Lily said.

"I've got Circe," Peter added.

"I've got Dumbledore," Severus commented.

"I've got Nicholas Flamel," Remus put in.

James looked at his card. "I've got Ollivander."

After a few minutes of reading their cards, Lily picked up a carton. "Every Flavor Beans?"

"They have every flavor, like chocolate," James told her.

"And grass," Peter chimed in.

Lily made a disgusted face.

"They have peppermint,"' Remus added.

"I got a boogey flavored one once," Sirius put in.

Lily turned an interesting shade of green. James elbowed Sirius in the side. Severus dug through the box that sat between Lily and himself. He pulled out a spotted bean. "Try a toasted marshmallow."

Lily looked at the Every Flavor bean. 'It looks harmless enough.' She picked it up and popped it into her mouth. She leaned back against the cushion, her expression one of pure bliss. "Oh! This tastes good!" (AN: This was the reaction one of my friends had with a toasted marshmallow bean I gave her).

The six first years spent the next few minutes eating Every Flavor Beans and/or daring each other to eat one. It was dark by the time they decided to change into their robes. Lily left the compartment and changed her clothes in private, while the boys all changed in the compartment.

Lily returned to the compartment just in time to join the conversation about which house they wanted to be in.

"Gryffindor," James and Sirius chorused.

"Anything but Slytherin," Remus mentioned.

"Gryffindor," Peter said (following James' and Sirius' leads).

"Gryffindor or Ravenclaw for me, "Lily put in.

"I think I'd fit in Ravenclaw," Severus commented.

"You'll probably end up in Slytherin with all the other dark witches and wizards," Sirius sneered at Severus.

Before Severus could reply, the train started to slow down. It stopped completely, and the doors opened, allowing the students to leave the train.

"Firs' years, this way please! Firs' years, this way!" a booming voice could be heard calling. No one could see anyone, but they saw a lantern near the engine of the train. "Come on! Don' be shy!"

James and Sirius strode forward with Remus and Peter next and Lily and Severus bringing up the rear. The person holding the lantern and calling out to them a ten foot tall man! He had a bushy black beard and hair and warm black eyes.

"Whoa! He's tall," James whispered.

"I think he's a giant," Sirius commented.

"No. He's only a half-giant," Severus corrected.

"How do you know that?" Remus asked.

"I've read that giants are close to twenty feet tall," Severus replied.

Remus's eyes lit up with instant like. 'I'm really going to enjoy Severus's company.'

"Follow meh," the half-giant said. He led the group of eleven-year-olds to the edge of a nearby lake. "I'm Hagrid. I'm teh Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts." He motioned to boats at the water's edge. "Four teh a boat please. Teh can ride with meh."

The students piled into boats. James, Sirius, Peter, and Lily claimed one, while Remus pulled Severus into the boat with Hagrid. The boast ride was mostly uneventful. The only incident was when the giant squid scared Sirius half to death. One of its tentacles gently landed on Sirius's shoulder, which caused him to scream like a little girl. Hagrid noticed this and called out to Sirius, "Don' worry. 'e won' hurt ya."

Hagrid wasn't the only one who noticed. Severus also saw what happened and shot a satisfied smirk at Sirius.

When the boats rounded the bend in the lake, the castle came into view. It was magnificent with its many turrets and glass windows. Remus gasped. 'I never imagined I'd get to see the castle in person. I'm just glad tonight is the half-moon.'

The boats docked near the castle stairs, and Hagrid led them up said stairs and into the castle. They followed the half-giant up staircases and down corridors until they met a stern-looking witch. He brown hair was done up in a bun, which was hidden by a green witch's hat.

"Here are teh firs' years, Professor McGonagall," Hagrid said.

"Thank you, Hagrid." The half-giant left. "Welcome to Hogwarts. In a few moments, you will walk through these doors and join your classmates. Before you can be seated, you must be sorted into your houses. They are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin." At the name Slytherin, Professor McGonagall had a look of disdain on her face, which was reflected in her tone of voice. "While you're here, your house is like your family. Your triumphs will earn you points. Any rule breaking and you will lose points. At the end of the year, the house with the most points will be awarded the House Cup. The Sorting Ceremony will begin momentarily." McGonagall retreated through the double doors that were behind her.

Sirius looked around at the assembled soon-to-be sorted students. He recognized several from both family gatherings and formal parties (Purebloods only). 'I see my cousin, Narcissa, as well as the two Lestrange boys. There's Malfoy and Rosier. Of course Crabbe and Goyle are near Malfoy. I know that lot will end up in Slytherin.'

It was at the point the McGonagall came back. "Follow me, please."

The first years followed the professor through the doors and into the Great Hall. As they followed McGonagall between the tables, Lily looked around. 'Each house is separated. All the professors sit in front.' She looked up. 'Wow! That's some ceiling! It looks like the night sky.' A ragged looking hat was sitting on a stool in front of the Head Table. A rip near the brim of the hat opened, and it started to sing. A quarter of the first years were shocked. Among them was Lily. 'What a spell! I hope to learn advanced spells like that!"

Lily was in such awe over the hat that she almost missed the first person being sorted.

"Black, Narcissa."

A pretty blonde with a look of arrogance stepped forward and sat on the stool. The hat was placed on her head. A couple seconds later, the hat called out, "Slytherin!"

McGonagall lifted the hat, and Narcissa hopped off of the stool. McGonagall looked at her list. "Black, Sirius."

Sirius passed Narcissa on his way to the stool. He whispered, "Slytherin scum." She glared at her cousin before continuing her walk to the Slytherin table. Sirius hopped up into the stool, and McGonagall placed the hat on his head. It didn't take the hat long to shout out, "Gryffindor!"

Sirius hopped off the stool and joined the Gryffindor table. Before he sat down, he sent a smug expression in Narcissa's direction.

"Crabbe, Stephen."

A stout brunette ambled up to the stool and took at seat. It took the hat a few minutes to call out, "Slytherin!"

McGonagall took the hat off and called the next name, "Evans, Lily."

Lily stepped up to the stool and sat down. McGonagall placed the hat on her head. It took a couple of minutes for the hat to decide between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. It ended up calling out, "Gryffindor!"

Lily joined Sirius as the next name was called. "Goyle, Gerry."

A thick bodied brunette stepped up to be sorted. It didn't take the hat long to cal out, "Slytherin!"

As a few more first years got sorted (Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw), Sirius and Lily talked to each other.

"I hope our friends end up in Gryffindor," Sirius said.

"All of our friends," Lily corrected. Sirius rolled his eyes but said nothing.

"Lestrange, Rabastan," McGonagall called out.

The ebony-haired and eyed boy standing next to James stepped forward and took a seat forward and took a seat on the stool. McGonagall dropped the hat on his head, and it immediately called out, "Slytherin!"

McGonagall picked the hat back up and Rabastan stepped down, heading toward the Slytherin table. "Lestrange, Rodolphus."

He followed his twin's footsteps, including being sorted into the same house.

"Lupin, Remus."

Sirius and Lily perked up at hearing their friend's name. They watched as Remus took a seat on the stool. The hat was lowered onto his head. It sat there for a few minutes before calling out, "Gryffindor!"

Remus joined his two friends. He was across from Lily who was sitting on Sirius's left.

"Malfoy, Lucius."

A snooty blonde stepped forward with an expression befitting royalty. He sat on the stool, and the hat was lowered onto his head. However, when the hat was a foot and a half above his head, the hat called out, "Slytherin!"

As more students got sorted (Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw plus a few female Gryffindors), Sirius asked Remus, "The Sorting Hat took a few minutes to pick your house. What happened?"

"It wanted to put me in a different house, but I asked it to put me in Gryffindor."

"It probably wanted to put you in Ravenclaw, didn't it?" Sirius inquired.

"Yeah," Remus readily replied. 'I'm not telling anyone the Hat wanted to put me into Slytherin.'

"Pettigrew, Peter," McGonagall said.

Peter went up and sat on the stool. McGonagall placed the hat on his head, and a few seconds later, it called out, "Gryffindor!"

Peter joined the Gryffindor table. He sat across from Sirius.

"Potter, James."

James made his way up to the front and sat on the stool. McGonagall placed the hat onto James' head. A few seconds later, it called out, "Gryffindor!"

James hopped off the stool and took a sear next to Lily.

"Rosier, Evan."

An athletic blonde went up and sat on the stool. McGonagall placed the hat on his head. A few minutes went by before that hat called out, "Slytherin!"

"Snape, Severus."

Severus walked up to the stool and took a seat. McGonagall placed the hat on Severus' head. It tool several minutes for the hat to make a decision, but eventually, it called out, "Gryffindor!"

Severus went over to the Gryffindor table and took a seat across from James and next to Remus. Remus smiled. "The hat took a long time to place you, Severus. What happened?"

"It was having a debate. It didn't know whether to place me here or Ravenclaw."

"Same with me, Severus," Lily mentioned.

"You guys can call me Sev."

"Sev it is then," James commented with a smile.

Sirius snorted. 'I can come up with a better suited nickname for him.'

%%% THE NEXT MORNING

The first year boys' dorm was filled with slow, even, rhythmic breathing. This is what Remus woke up to. He smiled as he looked around at his roommates. 'I feel like I belong here. I'm not going to jeopardize that, even if it means lying.'

Movement from the bed to his left caught his attention. A head of tousled ebony hair appeared from behind the maroon curtains.

Remus smiled again. "Good morning, Sev."

"Morning, Remus," Severus replied with a yawn.

One by one, the rest of the first year Gryffindor boys woke up. After they got dressed in their grey, black, and maroon uniforms, they headed for the Great Hall. Lily joined them, when they sat down at the breakfast table.

"Morning, guys," Lily greeted.

"Morning, Lily," they chorused. (AN: Isn't that a feat? Five people chorusing something besides singing?)

The redhead sat down next to Severus, who was sitting next to Remus. She reached for a pitcher of pumpkin juice. "So, how do we know what class we have first?"

"According to my parents, we're supposed to get out schedules this morning," James replied.

At that point, McGonagall came over and proceeded to hand out schedules. Sirius was the first one to get his schedule followed by Lily. Severus looked at Lily's schedule until he received his own. All six of them were in the same classes.

"Look! Out first class is Charms!" James exclaimed.

'Looks like we have a very interesting year ahead of us,' Severus thought.

%%% THE END OF THE WEEK

Dear Mother,

How have you been holding up? I met four guys and a girl. I'm friends with all of them except one. His name is Sirius Black. Do you know of the Black family? I am friends with Peter Pettigrew and James Potter, but I am real close with Remus Lupin and Lily Evans. All six of us got sorted into Gryffindor.

Lily is really good at Potions, but she's exceptional at Charms. James' specialty is Transfigurations. Sirius is good at Herbology, but Peter doesn't know what he's good at yet. Remus is really good at DADA, but I'm right behind him.

I'm considering staying here for the winter holidays. I don't mind spending my holidays with you, but I'd like to get to know my friends better.

I better end this letter here, so this own can sent it to you. I'll write you later/

Love,

Severus