Chapter 4: Moony, Padfoot and Prongs
When he was back, I wasn't sure if I wanted to know anymore. Everything would change. If I did have magic, and I was accepted into that school James went to, I'd be a freak, a late bloomer, he'd said.
"Lily, I need you to convince your mom that you and I are going out tomorrow. I don't care if you say on a date or just as friends." He paused. "Well, actually… Evans, will you go out with me?"
I glared at him. Now? He was bringing this up now?
"Nope," I told him.
"Well anyway, Professor Dippet wants to see you do magic, and if you can prove to him you can, no problem for you, then you'll be admitted into Hogwarts. I don't know what they'd do because you'd be behind… oh well. So, you're coming, right?" he ended his speech to breathe.
"I…" I wasn't sure exactly what to say. "Yes, I'll come." I couldn't just not go, not even try. I'd go to a new school this year anyway, so why not make it a magic one?
Suddenly a thought came to me.
"Are we going all the way to London?" I wondered aloud.
James shook his head.
"No, luckily for us he's in vacation in the US somewhere. We'll meet the professor in the alleyway behind Wal-Mart. Actually, he'll likely side-along apparate us to London… no wait, I don't think you can apparate that far…"
Apparate? Magic sounded complicated…
"Can we go today?" I didn't particularly want to wait.
"No. And you can't practice either. I'm lucky I'm not expelled after demonstrating the sparks. We're not supposed to use magic outside of school."
"Sorry," I mumbled. I'd almost gotten him expelled.
"Wait…" I said as something clicked. "I can't practice? I'm not allowed to study? I can't just not study for tests! I get all stressed out and I'll probably fail this one anyway and –" James cut me off. He looked afraid I might start hyperventilating.
"Lily. It is not a test. You don't need to study. You will be fine. You definitely have magic. I saw you produce some pretty amazing sparks. Trust me. You'll be great."
And when he looked me in the eyes it was all I could do to nod my head.
The second Lily was gone I ran into the house, past my mother who looked absolutely bewildered; I'd walked Lily up and she'd been extremely quiet. But I didn't wait for mom to speak. I had to talk to Sirius and Remus. Remus might actually know something that could help us. He reads enough, I thought, rolling my eyes.
I picked up my phone and texted them. Get here now. Important.
They were both here within minutes. Remus arrived first.
"James, if this is about some stupid video game…" he stopped seeing the look on my face. "What's wrong?"
I pointed up the stairs.
"We'll wait for Sirius upstairs." I said simply.
When Sirius did get there twenty seconds later, he didn't even bother to knock, just walked in and bolted up the stairs to my room and plopped down on my bed.
"What's up? Girl trouble? Little Lily changed her mind about forgiving you?" Sirius joked, remembering our phone conversation. Remus just looked at me, like what did you do to Lily?
"It is about Lily." I told them, running my hand through my hair.
"Does Prongsies have a crush on a little flower?" Sirius taunted. I glared at him, and he exclaimed, "Knew it!" at the top of his lungs.
"I think she's a witch." I spoke quietly, not sure whether or not I wanted those words to be true. Yes, I'd have more chances to ask her out. But… it's all so complicated… her being 13 and all…
"So… what's the problem? Is that bad?" Remus asked slowly, trying to work it out.
"She didn't know," I replied. "She didn't know until today. That's at least two years after you're supposed to have weird things happening to you. She knew nothing about wizards. We're going to see Professor Dippet tomorrow to try and get her into Hogwarts."
The room stayed silent for a few minutes, and I'd swear I could see the wheels turning in Remus' head.
"That's… strange. Are you sure it wasn't just a coincidence or something?" he asked carefully.
"Yes. I gave her my wand. She could make the sparks, better than any I've ever seen."
"Better than mine?" Sirius' sparks had been some of the best in our year. I nodded.
"Better than yours, Padfoot. I swear they were the purest green I've ever seen..."
None of them seemed to know what to say.
"I told her. I'm going to be in huge trouble if I was wrong," I stated simply, not wanting to elaborate.
"And she believed you?" Padfoot didn't look too shocked when I nodded.
I sat, unsure, not knowing how to phrase my next question.
"What do you think is going to happen to her, if she is accepted? Will people think it's cool that she's new and all, or that she's a freak? I'm… I'm worried about her, guys." My voice had dropped to a mumble by the end of the sentence, and I wasn't sure whether or not to be embarrassed.
I could practically see the wheels turning in Moony's brain, though Padfoot looked confused and slightly disbelieving, still seemingly stuck on the fact that she newly had powers.
"I think…" Remus began. "that you just need to be ready to stand by her, be her friend, no matter what the others say."
Sirius understood that much.
"What! Kill our Marauders reputation? For some girl?" he shut up when he saw the murderous glare I shot at him.
"She's not just some girl."
We sat in silence for a few minutes, before Moony suggested we play video games to take my mind off Lily.
On our way home, I couldn't think of anything except the possibility of magic. I could hardly wait until we got home to discuss it with my mom.
"Yes, Lily dear?" she replied, distracted, reading an email on the computer.
"James and I are going out tomorrow, okay?" when she looked up and raised an eyebrow, I quickly invented a lie. "He's taking me to meet his friend Remus down by McDonalds so I know someone else when I start school this fall."
She continued looking at me.
"What?" I asked, somewhat self-conscious.
"Lily, don't you remember what's tomorrow?" I tried my best to think, but my mind drew a blank. Mom sighed an exasperated sigh. "Your sister Petunia is coming home from camp!"
Oh. I'd almost forgotten Petunia.
"When?" I asked, trying to be hopeful although almost sure it was at the time it couldn't be at.
"I'm sorry. I can't go to see her. I'm sure she won't mind. We can go see a movie together day after tomorrow." I crossed my fingers discreetly, hoping that I would still be allowed to go.
"Lily, I don't think it would be fair to your sister for you to miss this! She's been gone for two whole weeks!" She exclaimed.
I looked at her pleadingly and said nothing.
"Sweetie…" I could hear her resolve wavering. "Fine. Go. But Lily… you will spend some time with Petunia afterwards, right?"
"Sure thing. Of course." I told her enthusiastically. Yes. I could go.
I went up to my room in a perfectly good mood.
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