So, my When You Read series got deleted for the most ridiculous reason that had nothing to do with the story (somehow it was a list and not an actual story) so I'm going to finish this one first mostly because I can't remember what I wrote for the other one and I don't have it saved anywhere and I still have this one so…Enjoy! Reviews are most welcome!
It had been a long day. O.W.L.s had been killer. The fifth years were all exhausted and some were even stressed. Even though the tests were officially over, several Gryffindor fifth years were in foul moods or sobbing in their room. Lily Evans was sitting on her bed sobbing onto Savannah White's shoulder. Mary MacDonald and Alice Marks were sitting on Lily's bed rubbing whatever part of her they could reach.
"I told you he would turn on you one day," Savannah remarked. "Snape was nothing more than a greasy git."
"You must admit, most everyone but you saw this coming," Mary said. "I wish you would have just let me hit him."
"I think Potter and his goons have done enough," Alice said.
"There's the problem!" Lily burst. "If Potter hadn't been embarrassing Sev, he never would have lashed out at me!"
"What kind of friend says such awful things though?" Savannah asked.
"It was Potter's fault! I could wring his neck!" Lily leapt up but Savannah and Mary grabbed his arms and flung her back onto her bed.
"Sit down Lily and quit being ridiculous," Mary said.
"As your best friend, I think you should stay up here and cool down," Savannah said. She turned to Mary and Alice. "Let her have a breather. We'll be downstairs in the common room if you need us."
Savannah, Mary and Alice left. When they got to the common room, James Potter shot toward them.
"Where's Lily?" he practically demanded.
"Upstairs thinking of the many ways she could get away with dismembering you," Mary said. James took a step back in alarm. Savannah rolled her eyes.
"Geez, Mary, just scare the poor guy out of his pants, Lily's upstairs calming down. You really pissed her off, James. Once again, you have blown your chance for her heart," Savannah teased.
"What happened to our deal, cuz?" James asked.
"I can't get Lily to like you if you're jinxing her friends. On the other hand, you may not have to worry about that. I think you have killed their friendship. Congratulations," Savannah said bowing to her obnoxious cousin.
"I don't get it, isn't it a good thing that Snivellous and Lilyflower aren't friends?" Sirius Black asked walking over.
"Snape was never a bad kid, you just brought out the worst in him because you're a bunch of idiots," Savannah spat. Sirius was the worst of the group in the girls' opinions.
"No matter how stupid Sirius or James are, neither one would ever use such a foul word when riled up," Remus spoke from behind his book. He was sitting on a nearby sofa apparently immersed in it.
"Still, it wouldn't have happened if they had left him alone," Alice said.
"Ouch!" Remus yelped. The others stopped arguing and looked over at him. An orange book was in his lap and he was rubbing his head as if the book had landed on it.
"What is that?" Sirius asked.
"A book, not that I would expect you to know that," Savannah said picking it up. "It doesn't have a title. It's just orange."
Remus took the book and attempted to open it to no avail. He shrugged.
"Wait, there's a name on here, possibly the author," Remus said looking at the spine. "Harry Potter, I wonder who he is."
"No relation to us," Savannah said looking at James who shook his head.
"Most Potter's in our family are Daniel, James or Harvey," James replied.
"Harvey?" Mary snickered. James glared but Mary kept giggling.
"Maybe something will happen and we'll be able to open the book. I'll keep it in my trunk," Remus said.
Nothing happened that day, or the next or even that month. The group waited in vain but soon summer was upon them and they were more worried about O.W.L. results than a stubborn book. It was an eventful summer. Sirius finally had a full out explosion with his mother in which he finally ran away. He spent the night at his cousin Andromeda's and then went to the Potter's place, much to Savannah's annoyance as she and her brother Dave were spending the summer at James' place. Frank finally got the courage to ask Alice on a date where they became an item. Lily wrote Savannah to tell her that Petunia, Lily's older sister, was engaged to a man named Vernon Dursley and that it had happened, Tobias Snape, Severus Snape's father, had gotten drunk and shot his wife, Eileen in the stomach with some contraption called a gun and was arrested for attempted murder under the influence or something of the sort.
The weirdest summer of all was Regulus Black's. He was sitting on his brother's bed wondering if he would come back and apologize or continue to be rebellious when something thunked onto the desk. Regulus yelped and jumped back. When he peered at the desk he realized it was nothing more than a green book. A novel by the size of it. Regulus picked it up and examined it. It had no distinguishing marks on it. The spine simply said Harry Potter. Regulus figured it was simply the author's name. Interest peaked, Regulus tried to open the book but it refused to give. Regulus stared at it dumbfounded. It had to have been one of Sirius's grand prank ideas. Regulus was about to toss it but he stopped. If it was indeed something of his brother's then he'd at least have one thing to remember Sirius by before his mother burned everything. Regulus gripped the book tightly and slipped into his room where he stuck the book in his trunk.
That school year Sirius and Savannah started dating to many student's (and professor's) shock. They had hated each other even more than Lily hated James. Even more shocking was that Lily was talking to James civilly. It was almost like they were friends. Peter wasn't around as much for whatever reason, though the marauders hardly noticed since Mary had asked Remus to be her boyfriend by snogging him in front of the whole common room effectively turning him into a tomato. Toward the end of the year, Severus was nearly killed by Remus in werewolf form after a very angry Sirius told him how to work the Whomping Willow. Savannah found out through Lily what happened and she promptly dumped Sirius in her fury over his stupidity. Severus was told to tell no one, but he told Regulus as his brother was hanging out with a werewolf. Regulus was shocked but he wasn't angry like Snape was. He liked Remus, the only one from the marauders who didn't tease him or bully him. Sirius was then suspended for a month in which he was imprisoned by his cousin Nymphadora for "being naughty."
All too soon summer was back and everyone was going their own ways. When Lily got home she opened her trunk to unpack only to find a rather large blue novel sitting on top of her text books. Curious, she picked it up and examined it. The spine read Harry Potter. She had never heard of that author before so it must have been a wizard author as she knew most muggle authors. Wanting to know more she tried to open the book to no avail. She shrugged. It must have fallen in her trunk by accident. She'd leave it in there and return it to the train on September first and see if anyone was missing a magical book by Harry Potter. She soon forgot all about the book as that summer she got her first taste of the war everyone talked about. Her parents were murdered not four weeks into the summer vacation. Petunia blamed her and refused to let her come to the funerals. Having no place to go, Savannah offered to take her in which meant Lily saw a lot of James and Sirius that summer (Savannah and Sirius had gotten back together after his "well-deserved punishment"). It turned out that James had had the same luck as Lily because both his parents had died in an attack when James was on his way home.
As the summer came to a close, Frank Longbottom was packing his things in his trunk when he realized there was an extra book in his trunk. It was a large brown novel with no title. Thinking his mother had bought him a new book he looked at the spine and saw Harry Potter as the author. He shrugged and tossed it into his trunk wondering if he'd even have the time for pleasure reading this year. It turned out he didn't. Alice kept him busy as did his ever crazy roommates. James and Lily finally got together that year. Peter was almost non-existent claiming to have a girlfriend which Alice confirmed was Hufflepuff Karen Allbright (who turned out not to be very bright ironically). Lily cried for almost a whole day when she found out Severus had joined the Death Eaters at the first Hogsmeade weekend. James could find no way to comfort neither her nor Sirius who was in a similar predicament. Regulus had done the very same thing and Sirius had grown uncommonly quiet since he found out. Then graduation came and everything was forgotten as Frank proposed to Alice.
That summer Dumbledore approached the newly graduated seventh years and invited them to join an anti-Voldemort group. He told them that they had been the best in their year and that they would be valuable assets. James and Sirius joined immediately. Slowly, Lily, Remus, Savannah, and Mary joined. Frank and Alice were recruited by Rufus Scrimgeour to be quick trained aurors so they could immediately start fighting Death Eaters. Soon after they too joined the Order of the Phoenix. Alice and Frank were married and shortly after James and Lily were engaged. It was after Peter told him that Snape was in his room angrily shredding blank paper when the little green book appeared out of the pile of papers. Upon seeing Potter scrawled across the bind, he threw it with all his might into a random bin and fell to the floor sobbing.
It was the day before James and Lily were to be wed when something finally happened. The gang was together having a joint bachelor and bachelorette party when James had gone to the kitchen to get more Kool-Aid (yes, Kool-Aid) where, sitting beside the Kool-Aid jug on the counter, he found a small red book. It seemed familiar. He looked at the binding and realization hit him. Harry Potter…the orange book Remus had…
"Remus, come here!" James called.
"What is it?" Remus asked coming into the tiny kitchen. He saw the book in James' hand. "What is that?"
"Do you still have that orange book that hit you after the O.W.L.s?" James asked. Comprehension dawned on Remus' face.
"Is that another Harry Potter book?" he asked. James nodded. "I don't know if I still have it, I forgot all about it," Remus said honestly.
"What is taking so long, James?" Lily asked coming into the already space-limited room. She saw the book. "Why are reading at a time like this?" she asked.
"I'm not, it just appeared here. Remus has one just like it from years ago. This author, Harry Potter must not want anyone to read his writings or something-"
"Harry Potter, I have one of his books," Lily said taking the book from him and trying to open it.
"You do?" Remus asked. Lily nodded. "I got it right before my parents died. It was in my trunk and I thought someone had dropped it in there but I forgot all about it. I think it's still in my trunk."
"Do you think it's a coincidence that the three of us have gotten a Harry Potter book?" Remus asked.
"No, someone's trying to tell us something. I can feel it," James replied.
"Do you think anyone else has one?" Lily asked.
"I don't know, but we're going to find out." James said taking the book back and going into the living room.
"There you are, we thought you had gotten lost," Sirius teased.
"No, another one of those books was sitting on the kitchen counter," James said showing Sirius the book.
"Wait, there are more of them?" Frank asked.
"You have one?" Alice asked.
"Yeah, I thought my mother had given it to me. I didn't have time to read it though because last year was so hectic," Frank said.
"Did yours open?" Remus asked.
"I don't know, I never tried,"
"We need to get them all here, Remus, Lily, Frank, why don't you go fetch your books," James said.
"Then what?" Savannah asked trying to see the logic.
"Maybe if they're all together they will finally open," Alice suggested.
"It's worth a try," James said. The others nodded and went to get their books. When they had returned they set all the books on the coffee table. Nothing remarkable happened. The covers remained blank and the pages still refused to be pried apart.
"That was exciting," Savannah said sarcastically.
"Wait," Remus said always being the first to notice something.
"What?" Sirius asked excitedly.
"There are numbers appearing on the spines at the very top," Remus said pointing to the orange book. Year 7 appeared in white lettering. "Maybe that means book seven."
"As in a series?" Mary asked.
"Exactly," Remus said. "Mine is book seven, Frank's is book four, Lily's is five, and James' is two."
"So where are one, three and six?" Sirius asked. Suddenly the books shot into a stack, one on top of the other in order (or as much as they could with their missing counterparts not among them). They began to float toward the door.
"I think they can track each other down," Lily said. "Is anyone else a bit creeped out?"
"Let's follow them before they get away!" Sirius shouted running after the stack. The others quickly followed. They didn't know how long they walked but soon Sirius grew agitated.
"I don't like this," he said.
"You wanted to follow them," Savannah snapped shivering slightly in the chilly summer night air.
"I didn't think it would lead us to Grimmauld Place," Sirius spat.
"Grimmauld Place, you mean the street you grew up on?" James asked.
"I don't blame you for leaving," Alice said staring at a bum sitting in a gutter. "This place is creepy."
"It just got worse," Sirius moaned watching the books float up to a second story window and crashing into it making a heck of a racket.
"Oh no, it'll wake the beasts up!" Sirius shouted running over to the books. "Stop that!" he hissed. The books continued to bang until a shadow appeared at the window.
"Hide!" Sirius hissed. The books flumped down at his feet. Before Sirius could hide with his friends the window opened.
"What the he-what are you doing here?" It was Regulus and he didn't seem pleased to see his brother under his old window.
"Miss home then, huh? Not as detached as you thought," Regulus asked leaning on the windowsill.
"I don't care about anyone in this damned house," Sirius spat. Regulus glared though clearly hurt by his brothers words.
"Then why are you here?" Regulus asked again more coldly this time.
"We're looking for a book," Remus interrupted coming out of hiding. Regulus raised his eyebrows in surprise.
"How many of your buddies did you bring?" Regulus demanded.
"It doesn't matter; do you have a book by Harry Potter?" Remus asked.
"Yes, but I'm not giving it to you," Regulus said.
"Come on Reg, we need it," Sirius pleaded. He hated begging his little brother.
"What will I get out of it?" Regulus asked.
"You can come with us and read them. We think all of them have to be in the same room before they'll open up," Remus said cutting off Sirius with his elbow. Sirius glared. Regulus seemed to be thinking.
"Okay, but I have one request," Regulus said.
"Of course you do," Sirius muttered. "What is it?' he asked.
"How the hell did you get out of this window without getting yourself killed? I'll have to come out this window."
Sirius almost laughed. He shook his head and climbed the tree up to the roof where he climbed on and inched over to the window. He slipped in then tossed the brown book down to Remus. The book immediately zoomed in between Remus' and Lily's books and the stack took off.
"Hurry!' Remus hissed up at them.
"We'll have to jump," Sirius said.
"Are you mad? This is a two-story window!" Regulus hissed.
"Just bend your knees and roll," Sirius said jumping down and rolling to a stop by the sidewalk. Regulus gulped and followed. It wasn't so bad, he'd have a few bruises but he was alive. He and Sirius quickly ran to catch up with the others and the books. It was few hours later when Lily gasped. The books were floating over the playground between her neighborhood and Snape's and heading toward Spinner's End. Her steps faltered but she kept going. It seemed that Severus had one of the other books. The books floated right up to Snape's childhood home and flumped loudly onto the doormat. A TV in the room beyond was muted. Lily gulped.
"What's wrong, love?" James asked.
"This is…" Lily began. The door opened. Severus Snape stepped back in surprise and then glared.
"What the hell are you all doing here?" he demanded. Lily frowned.
"Visiting you apparently," she snapped. Severus gaped at her before Regulus stepped forward.
"Do you have a book by Harry Potter by chance?" he asked.
"Unfortunately, I tried to throw it away several times but it just keeps coming back, why?" Severus asked suspiciously.
"We'll get it off your hands," Regulus said. "We're looking for it and we've walked halfway across the stinking country to get it."
Severus stood in the doorway one more minute before retreating back into his house. Seconds later he appeared with a little green book. He handed it to Regulus.
"Good riddance to it," he said preparing to shut the door. The door had other plans though. Before he had closed it all the way it swung back open. Snape glared at Sirius. Sirius shrugged.
"It's not me, I left my wand in James' flat," he said.
"Not the brightest idea," Savannah remarked. Snape rolled his eyes and went to close the door again but it smacked his rear end and sent him sprawling into his front yard before swinging shut. A distinctive "click" was heard. It was hard for many of them not to laugh as Snape picked himself up.
"Okay, who's doing that?" he demanded.
"None of us have wands," Lily said.
"Well maybe it's the books," Severus said sarcastically.
"Maybe it is," Lily said glaring at her former best friend.
"How am I supposed to get back into my house?' Severus snapped.
"I don't know, why not break a window?" Lily said cheerily. Severus glared.
"Or just come with us," Regulus suggested. Sirius groaned and James mouthed "no."
"Seeing as my other option is to vandalize my own home, it would appear that I have no choice but to join you,"
"Good because the books are glowing blue like a portkey," Remus said quickly touching them.
"Yes, that means we don't have to walk," Savannah sighed touching the books. The others followed, Severus rather reluctantly. Soon they were all spinning in a circle and slamming into the ground. Except some of the ground was up higher making it rather lumpy. Lily and Mary landed on a pile of blankets and Savannah landed on the pillows beside them. Frank landed on some very uncomfortable mattresses and Alice landed on top of him. Sirius, James and Remus landed in a pile on a large sofa and Regulus fell on a recliner that promptly snapped open smacking him in the face. Severus landed on the floor. All of them groaned and sat up.
"Where are we?" Alice asked.
"I don't know, but there are couches, beds and FOOD!" Sirius said jumping up. He ran toward the table where he began to stuff his face full of tacos. His friends laughed but it didn't last long. Sitting on the only table in the room was a small purple book. It was the first book only it was different. On the front was a boy that looked a lot like James. He was flying on a broomstick about ready to catch a Golden Snitch. There was also a three-headed dog in the background. Both were in a castle. The title of this book shown in gold letters: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
"We had it wrong," Remus said picking up the small book. "Harry Potter isn't the author, he's the main character."
"Read the back, let's find out what it's about," Lily said. Remus flipped the book over.
"Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick."
"That's a shame," Sirius interrupted. Remus rolled his eyes and continued.
"He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys,"
"What is it?" James asked.
"Dursleys, that's my in-laws last name. My sister married Vernon Dursley." Lily said.
"Coincidence?" Mary suggested.
"I don't know…maybe," Remus said. "his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounter."
Remus looked up.
"Sounds good, let's read," Sirius said settling on a gold striped red couch with a taco and a burrito. Savannah shrugged and sat beside him. Remus sat beside her and Mary sat beside him. Frank and Alice took a yellow loveseat with black dots on it. Severus sat on a blue chair with bronze stars and Regulus sat on a green chair with silver moons. James sat on the other yellow loveseat. Lily bit her lip, still thinking about the Dursleys and Harry Potter, and then joined her fiancé. Remus cleared his throat preparing to read.