Lily Evans boarded the Hogwarts express, not as nervous as she had been six years ago. All of this was familiar now. It still struck as fantastic, of course, but it was familiar.
She poked her head into one of the compartments. Her friend of six years, Isis Meriwether, sat as beautiful as ever.
"Isis! How was your summer holiday?"
Isis was gorgeous, and rightfully named after a goddess. She had long, silky black hair and violet eyes. She had a natural tan (which made everyone extremely jealous) and a bright smile.
"I spent it with my mother in Paris," she said dreamily. "It was beautiful. But they didn't have very good potato chips."
Lily laughed. "Of course you would notice that. Have you seen Annalynne yet?"
Isis started to reply when Annalynne burst through the door that very second. "I'm here!" she announced.
Annalynne Strauss was an absolute oddity, and was proud to be one. She had almost-white blond hair. She had cream colored skin and deep brown eyes.
"Nice shirt," Lily commented.
Annalynne was a strictly jeans and t-shirt girl. The one today was purple and said "I'm with..." surrounded by dozens of eligible adjectives going every which way."It's a favorite," she replied, reaching up to stow her trunk overhead. "I passed Alice in the station. She should be here any minute."
Lily stretched back on her seat. "I'm just glad we haven't seen any of the Marauder's yet."
"Yes, thank God," Isis agreed, just as annoyed with James Potter as anyone.
Alice stumbled in. "James found me!" she whispered frantically. "Just when I thought we could have a peaceful ride to Hogwarts, he pops up out of nowhere with Black, Lupin, and Pettigrew!"
Alice shoved her trunk up on the rack and tried to barricade the sliding door with her foot.
Lily hid behind her hands. "I spoke to soon."
James appeared on the other side of the glass, Sirius and Peter at his sides while Remus hung slightly behind.
Annalynne waved enthusiastically.
"Don't wave!" Isis hissed from behind her own hand. "You'll make them think we want to see them."
Alice glared at them. "Go away!" she yelled through the glass. Alice's bouncy brown curls framed her face, making the whole fierce effect falter. She wasn't terrifying enough to pull anything like that off.
James cupped his hand over his ear. "Can't hear you," he taunted.
Sirius easily slid the door open, despite Alice's efforts to keep it in place. They all filed in, making for very cramped quarters. James swooped down and kissed Lily's cheek.
She turned a violent shade of red, resembling a tomato more than a girl of seventeen. "You're a pig, Potter," she spat, crossing her arms.
Remus stood in the doorway, leaning against the frame.
"Hi, Rem," Isis said happily.
He nodded acknowledging her.
She bit her lip, worried about him, but quickly replaced it with that false cheeriness people often get.
"Did everyone have a nice summer?" Annalynne asked, pulling her hair into a sloppy, droopy bun and zipping up the sides of her boots.
Sirius spread out on the seat, forcing Alice to be squished into the window. "Mine was fantastic," he said, sharing a grin with James.
"Ew, Black, you're sitting my jacket," Isis complained, pushing him off.
Peter, who was very large, took up most of the seat. Lily, who absolutely could not stand it anymore stood up. "I'm going to the bathroom," she announced, pushing past Remus and out into the corridor.
Lily looked up. Severus Snape, her best childhood friend, stood in front of her. He was as stringy and sallow as ever, his black hair framing his face in a curtain of black strings.
"Hello, Severus," she replied stiffly. "Where's Avery? And Mulciber? Where's Malfoy and the other Death Eaters?"
"They aren't Death Eaters," he snapped back.
She crossed her arms. "Not yet anyway, but just you wait. You and the rest of them. And don't deny it," she added as he opened his mouth to protest.
"I was hoping you'd changed your mind," he said.
Lily noticed he didn't have his young, naïve voice anymore, but a very even, deep, bored voice that was impossible to read.
"No I have not," she agreed. "I hope you have a good year," she finished, stomping back down the corridor her compartment.
Annalynne was sitting Indian-style, elbows on her knees, looking down at Isis, who had traded her seat next to Pettigrew for the floor.
Alice was arguing Sirius when Lily reentered.
"No, Black, I do not think that's a smart idea," she shot back to whatever the argument was.
"Welcome back," James said, grinning.
"I am most definitely not in the mood right now, James."
She huffed and plopped down on the seat. "Oh God, there's Petunia," she groaned as the train lurched.
They all crowded at the window to get another glance of her infamous muggle sister.
Petunia stood, arms crossed and sour-faced, next to her fat pig of a boyfriend, Vernon Dursley. One of the other wizards would have to use a memory charm on him later.
Petunia glared at her sister. "Freak," she mouthed.
"Oh, she is a sour one," Alice said, still in awe of that girl's ability to never stop sneering.
"She hates me, you know," Lily said quietly.
Isis patted Lily's shoulder. "We still love you, Lils," she said.
"And I love you most of all!" James said quite loudly, wrapping his arms around her.
"Get off, Potter," she said, pushing him back into Pettigrew, who fell over Annalynne, who tripped Remus, who grabbed onto Sirius, who fell into Isis and Alice, leaving Lily the only one standing.
She laughed behind her hand, offering her hand to James, who grabbed it and pulled her down into the pile.
Isis crawled out of the pit of seventh years. "Everyone who is not of the female gender, get the hell out!" she shouted forcefully. And Isis could be very forceful.
Remus stood up, pulling Peter off the floor. "See you at the school," he said, nodding at Isis. "Nice to see you again."
Isis looked worried again, but nodded again and forced a smile. "Nice to see you, too."
Sirius and James stood up, pulling Annalynne, Alice, and Lily off the floor. "Yeah, we really should be going," James said, stretching. "Got work to do," he grinned at Sirius.
Sirius flashed a smile at Annalynne. "Bye, Anna."
"Bye Sirius!" she called to him happily, waving again.
Isis rolled her eyes. Poor confused girl.
Lily nodded. "Right. So I guess you should get out now," she said, pushing them out the door.
James kissed her forehead. "Have a nice trip," he grinned.
Lily glared. "Likewise," she responded through gritted teeth.
It was going to be a very long, very interesting year.
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