A/N: Prologue. This will be continued! Pairings include James/Lily and maybe more if I get any suggestions. Reviews make my world go round! And round, and round, and round…

Let's begin!


"Look at them over there," James scowled, glaring at the table across from where he, Sirius, and Peter were sitting. "They look so… happy. I hate it."

Sirius rolled his eyes and slunk down lower in his seat. "Well, I hate being here. We're in the library, for Merlin's sake! Remind me, please, why we woke up at six in the morning to sit around in the library for two whole hours?"

"Because Remus, my ex-friend, is here on a date with Lily, my ex-love."

Sirius stared at James for a long time. "That's what this is about?" He heaved a dramatic sigh. "I turned down three girls to come here with you after you begged for half the night, and that's why?"

"…Yes?" James said, still glowering at Remus and Lily from across the library.

"No, James! No! That's so stupid! Remus, no offence to him, couldn't get a date if his life depended on it, and even if he stopped being oblivious and actually accepted one, he wouldn't betray you by going with Lily! Their only here to study for a Potions test or something."

"Oh, that. They actually study?"

"You know our Moony. Always…"


Sirius shrugged. "I was going more for bookish."

"What about academic? Diligent?

"Industrious? Learned?"

James grinned, always one to accept a challenge. "Intellectual! Thoughtful! Smart!"

"Moony!" Both boys cried gleefully. James almost forgot that he was supposed to be brooding.

"You called?"

Sirius spun to face the person who had just joined their table and jumped up to greet him. "Moony, I missed you!" He wrapped his arms around Remus so tightly that a weaker being may have been strangled.

"What are you three up to?" Remus asked, trying to pry himself away from the ecstatic Black.

"It wasn't me, Moony, I swear!" Sirius shouted, still clutching at Remus. "It was all Peter's fault! That boy is evil, I tell you!" He pointed at the chubby boy who had remained quiet this whole time.

"You're a bad liar, Padfoot," Remus finally managed to pull himself away from Sirius, who went right back to where he had been sitting before. "I repeat: What are you doing here?"

James scoffed. "You don't own the library, Remus. We can come here to, you know."

Remus narrowed his eyes, and all three boys recoiled. An angry Moony was a scary Moony.

"S-Sorry," James squeaked out, sounding more or less like Peter usually did. "I mean…"

"You were looking for Lily, weren't you?" Remus asked, sounding exasperated.


Remus heaved a sigh, sounding so dramatic that he probably learned it from Sirius. "Go get dinner, guys. I'll be down as soon as I finish packing up."

Peter nodded sharply and ran out the library door, happy to be out of the tense atmosphere. James and Sirius remained.

"I just," James started. "You know how it is Moony. I really like Lily."

He cast a nervous glance to where Lily was packing up her books, and was mildly distracted by the way her bright red hair fell over her shoulder just so.

He was so distracted that he almost missed the small smile that flickered over Remus's scarred face. "Yeah, I know. Go to dinner, James. I need to speak with Sirius. Don't forget we're working on the Marauders Map tonight, so don't come back to the room drunk or anything."

James wrinkled his brow, probably trying to say 'I know you guys are up to something, and I'm going to find out what'. Instead, he said, "Of course not Moony. Who do you think I am, Sirius Black?"

Remus rolled his eyes. "Please, I hope not. I don't think I can handle two of Sirius."

"You can't even handle one," Sirius winked flirtatiously at Remus, who hit him with a book. Hard.

"Go on, James," Sirius ground out, rubbing his head and glaring at Remus, who smiled back victoriously. "We'll only be a sec."

With one last glance at the two, James strode out of the library, hoping to catch sight of his true love/soul mate/soon-to-be-girlfriend, Lily Evans.