Spy in the Ointment Keeperoliver Chapter 1

It was the start of the seventh year for the Marauders, and things were looking up for the romance between James Potter and Lily Evans. She had agreed to a date with him, and it turned to be a wonderful evening for Lily. Now to see how the year will progress with James as Head Boy, and her as Head Girl.

She would have thought that Remus Lupin would have been made Head Boy, as James had never been a Prefect. Dumbledore was getting strange in his old age. He never listens to his Professors, and is constantly sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong.

Lily was pleased that James and Severus had become closer to being friends, although to call them friends to their faces would have brought negative responses from both of them. They were just too proud to admit it.

Lily had just settled into her seat in the Head dorm's common room, when James, Sirius, Remus and Peter came through the entry way. "Potter, did you have to bring the tribe with you, and is the mutt, potty trained yet?"

"Lily my love, you know you care for me, deep down inside." Sirius rebuked.

"Yes, and I hope I can keep it deep down inside me, just so that it doesn't show, and ruin my reputation. It wouldn't look right to be seen with school Lothario. And did you take your flea bath today, before you sit on our furniture?"

"James, will you please keep your girlfriend under control. People might think she doesn't like me. It could hurt my image as a chick magnet, if the Head Girl does not fall under my charms."

Peter said, "Pads, it may actually improve your image, if the girls see you as human, and not as an infallible love god. Think about it, you're hurting, and you need comforting. It may even get you McKinnon, who has avoided you like the plague.?"

"Wormy, you have been hanging out with Evans too much, you are starting to make sense?" Remus stated.

"And your point being!!!" answered Peter.

Remus thought about it for minute and said, "I have no idea, forget I said anything."

"Does anyone have any idea who our new DADA professor is going to be?" James threw in.

"Haven't the foggiest mate." returned Sirius.

Peter stood up from his seat and walked over to Lily. "Lily, could I speak to you in private for a minute?"

"Sure Pete, let me mark my spot, so I don't forget where I'm at." she said, as she retrieved her book mark, and placed it in the book she had been reading. Instead of putting it down, she took it with her. She knew how Sirius was, and didn't want to take any chances.

They walked into the study room set up for the Heads, and took a seat across from each other.

"Lily, I want to thank you so much for leading me in the direction of Delilah. She has been the brightest spot of my miserable life. You have shown me friendship, that no other female, other then Delilah, has ever shown me. I know that my appearance is less then acceptable, and I have a terrible lack of confidence. The Marauders are helping me there. But if you had not introduced Delilah and I, my life would have been a very lonely one, indeed. I don't know what I did, to deserve such friends, but I know I would never do anything to any of you. School would have been a torture for me if I didn't have my friends."

"Peter, you have thanked me before, and I have told you, all I did was introduce you, you did the rest. Now what is the real reason for bringing me in here?'

"Alright Lily, to get to the point, I was approached by Lucius Malfoy this past summer, wanting to know how my life is? If I am happy with it? He told me that, if I wanted, he could set up an appointment with his colleague, and possibly find a position for me. Lily, I know for a fact, that Lucius is a Death Eater. I don't want to turn down that road. What should I do?"

"Peter, do you trust me enough to tell me this? You know how I feel about the whole Death Eater thing. What it did to Severus, and my relationship. We would be in love now if not for His need to be important. He is a half-blood, accepted by a pure-blood supremacy group. Is that what you want also? To inflict pain on others less fortunate than you? To kill innocent people, just for the joy of it? This is not the Peter I know. The Peter I know, is a gentle person, who wouldn't hurt a fly. He cares about his true friends, and would do anything to protect them."

"That is what I am talking about Lily. I want to know if I should join this group as a spy for the Marauders. I came to you, because you would give me an honest answer from your heart. If I had gone to the other three Marauders, they would have jumped at the chance to have inside information on the Death Eaters and Vo---, He Who Must Not Be Named. You can give me the direction I need to figure out what I should do. Please help me?"

Damn, Peter, you are asking me if I think you should risk your life, in order to help the Marauders, and the rest of the Wizarding world. I'm afraid I couldn't do that. Peter, you mean too much to me, as a friend, to ask you to do something like this. This has to be your decision, not mine, or James, or Sirius or Remus. You have to think of your own safety first before others. Is this what you think will help turn the tide, in our favor?"

"Yes, Lily, I think this is exactly what needs to be done, in order to gain the advantage for the light. I may be a small fish, but small fish sometimes land bigger ones. If my fate in life, is to die for the cause of good, then so be it. I just can't sit back and watch anymore. If I am able to save on life, then I have done what I set out to do. Is that so hard to understand. I have a chance to be a deciding factor in this war, and I think I should take. The problem is, how do I go about doing it. Can you help me?"

"Peter, who all do you want to know about this? I mean, the fewer people who know, the better off you are. If I am to help you, I don't think the Marauders should know. I love them all, yes even the git Padfoot, but they are too big of a risk, with knowledge of this importance. I don't even think Dumbledore should know, as he has been showing signs of senility lately, and hate to trust him with something this big. Someone else besides me needs to be in on it. Who do you feel most secure about knowing?"

"Well, There's Professor McGonagall, and Professor Flitwick."

"Perfect, They would make excellent choices on how to proceed. See, already you are starting to think on your own, without the Three Amigos for guidance. Let me set up a meeting with Professor McGonagall and Flitwick. We may have a working plan yet. And with your little friend to help, this may work out better than we hope."