Something I've had rolling around in my head for a while. Not a particularly exciting chapter, just Lily explaining the world around her, and the characters that inhabit it. Let me know what you think, Enjoy!
I didn't exactly mind the company of the Marauders. Somehow, over the course of the last 5 years they had grown on me. I would even say that over the course of the last year at Hogwarts Remus had become my friend. We had been selected as to be the 5th year Prefects for Gryffindor House and this constant contact with him led to our friendship. But, when you become friends with one Marauder, you get the set. Peter was harmless enough. He was always polite and a bit overly shy by himself, not coming out of his shell unless at least one of the other Marauders was present. Potter and Black were another story completely. Those two had been the bane of the Hogwarts Staff's existence since they stepped foot on the grounds. Potter had also been the bane of my existence. He was an arrogant, thick headed, pompous bully. He was also supposedly in love with me. Sirius Black didn't directly bother me, but he was a terror to the entire female student body of Hogwarts. He ran through girls faster than seemed possible. He also rivaled Peeves the Poltergeist in the amount of pranks pulled on fellow students, especially Slytherins.
The more undesirable characteristics of the Marauders had seemed to wane in the last couple of years. They had still run amok, cursing Slytherins and playing large scale pranks, but the frequency of these events had died down considerably. Also, Potter had been saying more than just "Will you go out with me Evans?" to me. Well, truthfully he said more than just that to me in the past, our very public rows had become legend in the halls of Hogwarts. But we only had one of those last year, at the very end. Other than that though, last year had been quite pleasant with the Marauders, Remus must have been rubbing off on them. They had actually made things much more fun for me, though I would never admit it. That row at then end of last year probably put a stop to that though. Potter just had to go and ruin everything.
He cursed my ex-best friend, Severus Snape. Even though Severus and I had grown apart over the past 5 years, I still stood up for him. He repaid my kindness with venom. I guess it had been coming for some time. The last nail in the coffin of our friendship, it was going to happen sooner or later. Severus had been gaining new friends over the last few years, friends that hated me. I have Muggle parents, parents with no magical ability that is. And the group of Slytherins that Severus was congregating with hated people like me. They believe that people like me aren't fit to use magic. They consider themselves followers of Voldemort, the wizard leading the movement to get rid of Muggle-Born's like me. Muggle-Born is the polite way to say I have non-magical parents, last year after I stuck up for him Severus used the very much not polite term to describe my parentage, Mudblood. Potter had become enraged when I was called this, and tried to make Severus apologize, and I rounded on Potter. Why I chose Potter to vent my anguish at what Severus called me, I still don't entirely know. Maybe it was because I blamed him for starting the whole mess with Severus that afternoon. Maybe because I couldn't scream at Severus without crying over the friendship lost. Maybe it was because he was the first person to talk to me when I was trying to walk away from the situation. Maybe it was because of his lame attempt to defend my honor and score points with me. I have a lot of maybes, but no real answer.
So now I sit alone in a compartment of the Hogwarts Express on my way to start my 6th year. I hadn't seen any of my friends yet, they are the other girls in my year that are also Gryffindors, Marlene, Dorcas and Emmeline. I had been a little distant with the other girls in my dorm for the first few years at Hogwarts. I had spent most of my time with Severus while the three of them bonded. In 4th year when things between me and Sev began to deteriorate, they were there for me, and I finally became one of the girls. Marlene was the most outgoing, she was the most beautiful, she played Chaser on the House Quidditch team, and she left a trail of boys in her wake. She has long straight blonde hair, and striking blue eyes, and was the only girl to conquer Sirius Black. Dorcas wasn't as brash as Marlene, but was ten times more devious. Dorcas knew everything about everyone, and wasn't above using said information to get what she wanted. She had jet black hair cut into a bob, dark brown eyes, and was rumored to have more notches in her bedpost than Marlene, but nobody could prove it. Emmeline was the quiet one, but if you got in her way or hurt one of her friends she wielded a greater wrath than any other student at Hogwarts. Nobody could out-duel the small brunette in Defense against the Dark Arts, even the Marauders knew crossing Emmeline had consequences.
As I mused about my friends the door to the compartment slid open to reveal two Gryffindor 7th years. Frank and Alice were my favorite older students since I came to Hogwarts. They both played quidditch, and had near perfect grades, and were set to be Aurors. They also had been dating since their 5th year, and seemed perfect for each other. The Golden couple came into the compartment but did not sit, and I noticed the shiny HB badge pinned to Frank's chest.
"You made Head Boy?" I asked excitedly. Frank beamed.
"Yeah, actually we were walking to the Prefect meeting and saw you sitting here." Oh no, I completely forgot about the meeting. Alice must have noticed the shock and worry on my face.
"Come on Lily, you can walk with us, don't sweat it, they couldn't have started without Frank." Alice chuckled, trying to lighten up my obvious state of distress as I dug through my trunk for my Prefect badge. She already had hers pinned neatly to her immaculate robes. Alice was the 6th year Prefect last year and would be the 7th year this term. Wait a sec, she wasn't Head Girl?
"You're not Head Girl?" I asked her as I pinned on my badge and the three of us exited the compartment and began to walk to the meeting. She sighed.
"No, just a lowly Prefect." Frank put his arm around her and squeezed her reassuringly.
"Ah, come on Alice, if Dumbledore gave Gryffindor everything it would look like favoritism." She laughed and Frank seemed satisfied at his job of cheering up his girlfriend.
"Who is it then?" I asked Frank.
"Molly Prewett, from Hufflepuff." I could see why she was chosen. She was so motherly to anyone younger than her. Always had a smile on her face but was quick to dole out the punishment if somebody was acting out of line. She had docked quite a bit of points from Gryffindor on account of the Marauders antics. The four troublemakers never knew how she found them out, but she was always keen to their pranks. Maybe it was because she had to deal with her two older brothers all the time, the twins Fabian and Gideon Prewett. They had graduated two years ago, but may have caused more havoc than the Marauders while at school.
"She seems like a good choice." I responded to Frank, giving an apologetic smile to Alice.
We then entered the Prefect compartment, and I separated from Frank and Alice when I saw Remus in the corner. He was talking with two 5th years, the new Gryffindor Prefects by the looks of it. Remus looked a little sick, but he always seemed that way. Always pale and hunched over. Whenever he looked to be on the mend, he would go right back to looking sickly. Severus had a particularly outlandish theory on why Remus was constantly in the infirmary, but it was far too crazy to be true. He looked up when he noticed me coming.
"Hi Lily, how are you? How was you're summer?" Remus was much more cordial than I expected. I was sure I would get the cold shoulder after how I treated Potter at then end of last year.
"Good, and good, thanks Remus. How about you're summer?" He shrugged.
"Spent a lot of time with the Potters. I swear, if you leave James and Sirius alone for too long something is going to be destroyed." I laughed at his joke about his friends, those two definitely a disaster waiting to happen. Remus continued, "Sirius bought a motorbike, he and James spent the summer taking it apart and charming it so it will fly." I covered my mouth to try and hide how impressed I was by this. Potter and Black were delinquents in all aspects except for their grades. They always got full marks, without trying it seemed. Much to the chagrin of our Transfiguration teacher and head of our house, Professor McGonagall. The two 5th year Prefects looked at Remus with shock and awe, all the younger Gryffindors adored the Marauders. Even though they hexed plenty of younger students, not a one of them were from Gryffindor. In fact, they regularly came to the aid of young Gryffindors that had gotten into fights in the halls.
"Those two, really." I said, doing my best to sound disapproving. Remus knowingly smiled at me, obviously seeing through my charade.
"We were looking for you earlier, by the way." Remus said, re-directing the conversation.
"You mean Potter was looking for me." I said standoffishly, Potter always tried to get Remus to put in a good word for him, and this was obviously where this was going.
"No, all of the 6th years," well maybe it's not where Remus was going with this. "We were all hanging out in a compartment, and the girls said they hadn't seen you at all." Well, damn, I was sitting all alone for nothing. If I had taken a short walk I would have probably found them quite easily. The Marauders always had the most raucous compartment, Sirius said it was because it was the last few hours without the tyranny of professors. I think it was just to have a party for party's sake.
"Well, I'll just head back with you after Frank and Molly have the meeting." I said offhandedly, turning to where the Head Boy and Girl were standing, beginning the meeting. I wanted to see the girls, I had exchanged a lot of letters with them over the summer, but it didn't beat actually talking to them. The only big advantage to writing was seeing my sister Petunia's head nearly explode when an owl arrived to deliver the letters. She hated anything to do with the magical world, and was always worried about what the neighbors would say if they saw all these owls coming and going. But going to the Marauders compartment meant seeing Potter. Was he mad at me? He avoided me for the few days in between our big row and leaving school for the summer. The last words I said to him were just awful, it was such a shame, considering how well we were getting on all last year. Frank began talking about scheduling rounds and Hogsmeade weekends.
The meeting went quickly, Molly had held the new Prefects back afterwards for more instruction, but the 6th and 7th years were let go since we heard it all last year. I followed Remus towards the compartment where all the 6th year Gryffindors were hanging out. We chatted about our summers in more detail, and talked about how we thought the new Head Boy and Girl would do.
"Molly seems like a good fit," Remus said. "She always seems to get James and Sirius to shape up when she's around. More than I can anyways." I laughed at how Remus had the same line of thought as I did.
"I think you've done a good job of rubbing off on those two, they're one hundred times better than they used to be." I assured Remus, still laughing. Then we reached the compartment, I could see everyone through the glass door. Peter was playing chess with Emmeline, Sirius was in an animated conversation with Marlene and Dorcas, and Potter was reading something in the corner. "Is he mad at me?" I asked Remus as he reached for the handle. He took the handle but refrained from sliding the door open, and followed my gaze to Potter.
"James?" Remus asked, thoroughly confused, "Why would he be?"
"Well, that row about Severus, he didn't talk to me for the rest of the term." I answered, looking down, breaking eye contact with Remus. I fidgeted as he looked at me with a mix of confusion and amusement.
"The day James Potter harbors any animosity towards one Lily Evans is the day the world would end." He finally answered, laughing heartily and opening the door. Sirius was the first to acknowledge our arrival, jumping up and grabbing Remus into a tight embrace, resting his head on Remus's shoulder and closing his eyes with an over dramatic sigh.
"You were gone for so long," Sirius started raising his head up to look directly into his friend's eyes. "I couldn't bear it if I lost you!" Sirius swooned backwards, with the back of his had against his forehead. He then regained himself to look at me. "You harpy, you stole him away!" I laughed at Sirius's theatrics, as did the rest of the compartment. Except for James, he still had his nose in that damn book, look at me damn it! Unfortunately Sirius saw whom I was staring at, and he grinned like the devil he is. I looked quickly back to Sirius, but it was too late. "Was it not enough that you captured Prongs with your gypsy ways!" The whole compartment roared even louder with fits of hysterics, and a book promptly hit Sirius in the back of the head.
I know, it's another one of those Lily and James Fic's, but they are the most dynamic couple of characters that don't get all that much time in the novels. Well, not as much as I think they deserve. Review please!