The cold air whipped around Lily's face pulling her long fiery hair across her face as she ran to platform 9¾ with her brothers. She could see the puffs of cold air rising in front of her as she ran, her petite fingers felt numb from the cold and her face was flushed pink from exertion.
Lily was in her fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, still living in her father's shadow having done nothing outstanding at school yet unlike her most of her family. Her brother James was now head boy, he had become Keeper in his fourth year and Quidditch captain in his fifth year, managing to keep his title for three years running. Her brother Albus was the top of every class in school and seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team following in his father's footsteps. It was safe to say that Harry Potter was very proud of his two sons. Her cousin Rose often fought Albus for the top spot in class and led almost every club at Hogwarts. Her god brother Teddy was doing wonderful things at the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures encouraging support and equal opportunities for people with lycanthropy. Lily was sure she could have made a list long enough to cover a Quidditch pitch with all the stuff her family were good at that she wasn't. Lily struggled with most of her classes, just scraping by in each of them, nor did she play on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Being afraid of flying she refused to even attempt trying out becoming the only Weasley (and probably Potter too) by blood who couldn't fly.
Lily grabbed her hat just as it made an attempt to fly off her head she ran straight at the wall between platforms 9 and 10 with her brothers just as the a large elegant clock chimed 11 and the portal was sealed between the wizarding world and the muggle world. Lily turned back towards the now sealed portal and shook the closed gate behind her.
"Come on Lily the train is going to leave without us." James called as he started making his way towards the Hogwarts express.
"But we didn't get to say good bye to Mom and Dad" she called after him.
"It's okay Lils we can send them an Owl when we get to Hogwarts." Albus told her.
Albus - always being the most caring of her brothers - stroked her head before turning and running off towards the train himself.
Lily nodded and accepted the fact that this was all they could do now. It was James' fault they'd been late in the first place if he hadn't over slept. She scowled at her eldest brothers back annoyed that she couldn't say good bye to her parents, this wasn't the first time her annoying eldest brother had made them late for something.
On the train Lily sought out the company of her cousins Hugo and Rose Weasley. She found them sitting in one of the compartments at the back of the train with her other cousin Dominique and her twin brother Louis. They were both Lily's Uncle Bill's children and were in their last year at Hogwarts with James. Their older sister, Victoire, was following a carrier in fashion as she left Hogwarts about five years earlier. She was now successfully running Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions alongside Madam Malkin who was now very frail with age. Victoire was also planning to get married to Teddy Lupin in the following spring which everyone was over joyed about.
Most of Lily's other cousins were still in school except for her Uncle George's son Fred - named after George's twin brother who died in the war and her Uncle Percy's daughter Molly. Her cousins Rose and Hugo were her favourite out of her nine cousins. Not that she would say that to anyone, it would just be asking for trouble. Hugo was in fourth year with Lily and Rose was in sixth year with Lily's brother Albus. . Lily's other two cousins Roxy and Lucy were in their fifth year and were polar opposites. Roxy was tan and athletic, dominating any competitive sport, while Lucy was introverted and quiet she liked to write stories and poetry and yet the two girls were best friends, you hardly saw one without the other.
The journey to Hogwarts seemed incredibly long. They spent most of the trip reminiscing about the summer holidays, like when her cousin Victoire brought her friend Antoinette to the burrow and James had pranced around trying to impress her, which ended with James falling into the long grass at the bottom of their grandparent's garden which was infested with Gnomes. He had come out with bite marks all over his body and his clothes ripped quite badly and had to spend the rest of the day with their mother Ginny Potter while she applied healing potions.
The door to the compartment suddenly slid open. A brawny male with platinum blonde hair and silver eyes stepped in he took one look around the compartment and a look of pure disdain washed across his face when he saw them.
"Sorry didn't realise this was where they kept the trash." He stated a smirk spreading across his chiselled face.
"Move along Malfoy no one wants a bratty snake stinking up the place." James said coming from behind him as he got back from his head boy meeting with the prefects.
Hatred sparkled in his eyes; his hands balled up into fists at his sides, the skin over his knuckles turning white and his body went ridged.
"Gladly Potter, quite frankly all the red is making my eyes sore."
Lily watched as Malfoy turned to leave, the Charmed Galleon that never left her pocket burned making her thigh where it rested flush pink from the heat the whole time the galleon whispered up to her repeating softly in her mind:
Hi, I've missed you.
Lily looked down to hide the small smile that had crept onto her face as her brother slumped into the seat next her muttering incoherent things and cursing under his breath about how much he hated the Malfoys. How he never understood why dad had tried to make them be friends with the ungrateful Slytherin when in truth James had never given him a chance in the first place.
Come on guys they'll be here in a minute" Harry called up the stairs to his three children.
"Were coming Dad, I still don't see why their coming in the first place I don't know about Draco Malfoy but his son is a nasty piece of work." James stated as he slid down the banister and towards his father. Ginny came into the hall just as James jumped off of the banister almost colliding with his mother and she dropped the cup of tea she was holding.
"Honestly James you should try to use the actual stairs now and again." Ginny said as she pulled out her wand and waved it over the mess on the floor causing it to speed up into her hands as one full piece. Just then Albus came whooshing down the banister of the staircase knocking into Ginny again who managed to keep hold of her cup of tea this time. Ginny walked back into the kitchen.
"We should have just had three girls instead" she called jokingly over her shoulder
"Oh Ha-Ha we love you too Mum" James called back to her.
Just then a little girl appeared at the top of the stairs her long red hair floated down to her waist, freckles were dotted about across the bridge of her nose and her eyes sparkling hazel colour.
Lily Potter was the spitting image of her mother from the Weasley' fiery red hair to her slender hands, the small girl started to jump pulling herself up on the banister trying to copy what her two elder brothers had just done.
"Don't even try it flower you'll just hurt yourself" Harry chuckled lines fanning out around his emerald green eyes.
"Daddy please" Lily just watched her dad shake his head once more and came bounding down the stairs flying into his open arms.
"Why are they coming daddy? James says their evil people who tried to kill you. I don't want them here if they'll hurt you." Lily stated boldly.
Harry let out a slight chuckle at his daughter's protectiveness over him. He turned to glare down at his eldest son who had done a disappearing act and had run into the next room where his mother was.
"They are not evil, sweetie. The Malfoys have helped me a lot over the last few years."
What harry said was true the Malfoys had in fact helped him a great deal in capturing all of the death-eaters that had managed to escape after he had killed Voldemort but he was under no circumstances about to tell his eleven year old daughter this.
A knock came from the front door. Lily jumped out of her father's arms as he went to answer it. Three tall figures stood in the open door way. The first was a women she was tall and slender. Her long blonde hair was scrapped back into a bun and was streaked with silver. She had lines around her face some from age and some from smiling. Narcissa Malfoy looked genuinely happy to see the Potters unlike her brooding son. Draco slumped against the frame of the door, one hand on his sons back. His son looked a lot like Draco same platinum blonde hair and silver/grey eyes, but he looked more muscular than his father would have been at his age. He looked rather confused not sure if he should follow his grandmother and be happy to be there or brood with his father.
Lily was fascinated by the Malfoys. She couldn't take her eyes off them, but she was also quite intimidated by them and took a step back behind her father. Draco seemed to spot this gesture and a small smile slipped across his face.
"Draco it's good to see you again." Harry stated
Draco nodded curtly and stepped into the house pushing his son along with him and followed the hall round to the next room. Lily swiftly followed them to curious to stay with her father for any longer. She could hear Narcissa strike up a conversation with Harry and apologise for her son's behaviour.
After a while the Potters and the Malfoys all went and sat down in the main room with drinks and grandma Weasleys homemade biscuits. Lily hovered around the room not sure were to sit or to stand.
First she sat down on her father's knee but some strange erg to impress the Malfoys told her that this would make her seem like a baby, so she went to join her brother James who for some reason that Lily could not understand was in a foul mood. Lily didn't want to seem like she didn't like the Malfoys so she eventually just sat directly in the middle of the room, no man's land.
The conversation about the ministry and work dwindled and Harry introduced Lily more officially to the Malfoys in an attempt to fill the awkward silence.
"I'll be joining Hogwarts this year; I'll finally be going with James and Albus." Lily told them proudly.
"How wonderful dear. Scorpius is in his third year now aren't you dear?" Narcissa asked him.
Scorpius gave a quick nod before looking at Lily and smiling for the first time he reached out and picked up a strand of her flame red hair that had fallen on her face.
"The trade mark Weasley red hair."
A loud crack suddenly filled the room and the only thing Lily could make out was her eldest brother's fist connecting to Scorpius' face and a whole lot of blood.