By: TheFifthCharmedOne

Disclaimer: I don't own Harry Potter in any way, shape, or form.

Summary: At the end of her sixth year at Hogwarts, Lily Evans was kissed by a mysterious boy at Hogwarts' Masquerade party. A whole summer has passed, and she still has no idea who he was. She wants to know, and she'll do anything to find out. L/J, Sirius/OC

Prologue: A Brilliant Plan

"Come on Prongs, it's a bloody brilliant plan!" Sirius Black cajoled the stag Animagus, who seemed extremely skeptical.

"Lily and Sabrina would see right through it Padfoot." he said. "They're the two brightest witches in our year; no masked man kissing them would fool them."

"Actually, the plan is fairly sound, in my opinion." Remus interjected. Sirius grinned.

"Even Moony agrees! Come on James, what do you have to lose?"

"Whatever's left of my dignity?" James retorted. "I've finally become friends with Lily after five years of pointless attempts to win her over. I'm not going to ruin that just because you're too chicken to ask Sabrina out yourself."

"I'm not chicken; she'll kill me if I ask her out!" Sirius said indignantly.

"I thought you always liked a challenge." James deadpanned. Sirius narrowed his eyes.

"Not when the challenge is Sabrina bloody Craven!"

"Now, now Padfoot, no reason for that sort of language." James mock-scolded.

"Cute, Prongs." Sirius rolled his eyes. James laid down on his bed, folding his hands behind his head. "Come on mate, a year ago you would have been ready to do anything to get Evans to even look at you without glaring."

"Things change Padfoot. Do you really expect me to follow through with this when it's only going to hurt me in the end? Evans hates me. End of story."

"It doesn't have to be!" Sirius sat down on his best mate's bed, running a hand through his mangy black locks. "You love her James. I can see it when you look at her." James raised his head to look at his friend, not confirming or denying the claim. "Why not just take one more chance? The outcome might surprise you."

James put his head back down, deep in thought. Being with Lily had been his dream for as long as he could remember. He did love her, that much was true, however he had tried so many times to get her to believe him, and every time he was tossed away like old garbage. Each one of those breaks had hurt, and there was only so much he could take. But on the other hand, if he took one more chance, maybe he could win her over this time. Maybe…maybe…she was worth it. No, no maybes about it. She was definitely worth it.

"Fine." James allowed after about ten minutes of silence. Sirius looked at him in surprise. "But if this plan fails, I'm going to kill you Padfoot." His voice was extremely serious, though there was an eager smile playing on his lips.

"Trust me Prongs, if this plan fails, which it won't, mind you, I'm sure Sabby will kill me first."


The Great Hall had been decorated accordingly for the evening. Lily Evans walked with her two best friends, Sabrina Craven and Alice Stevens. She wore a simple green summer dress that brought out her eyes, her auburn red hair down and straight, falling across the middle of her back. Her mask was a dark black with minty green sparkles, and she held it up to her face as soon as she entered the room.

Sabrina wore a midnight blue dress, her curly black hair pulled into a high bun with curls hanging around her heart shaped face. Her eyes were only visible through her dark blue mask that was decorated with sparkles that both matched her dress and brought out her eyes.

Alice's dark brown hair was straight for a change, her brown eyes lit up as she looked for Frank Longbottom, her boyfriend. Lily and Sabz knew that as soon as they found each other, they would be inseparable, so they left her to her search. Her maroon dress was simple with black flowers sown into the hem of the gown.

The Marauders were all dressed in costumes, their masks in place. James saw Lily immediately; he could find her with his eyes closed.

He didn't make the first move to dance with her, though jealously bloomed inside him when she dance with Amos Diggory, who made no move to hide his identity. When he leaned to lift up her mask, James had had enough.

"Can I have this dance?" he cut in. Amos scowled at him, though James knew he had no idea who he was. Lily looked at him, eyebrows furrowed, as though she was already trying to discover who he was beneath the mask.

"Who are you?" she asked, reaching to pull off his mask. He'd even put a top hat on to cover his telltale messy hair, so that was probably the main reason she didn't realize who he was right away. He caught her wrist and put her hand back at her side, holding her warm arm for a few extra seconds.

"Now, now, telling secrets would ruin the fun," he smiled his voice airy but layered with truth. She pouted, and James had a hard time not spilling everything.

They danced through the Great Hall, maneuvering through the crowd. Lily caught Sabz's eye a few times and found her dancing with her own masked stranger.

The ball ended quickly, too quickly for James's taste, and Lily continued to watch him, waiting for him to slip up and reveal something that would tell her who he was. James was sure to keep himself secret because if he didn't, the plan would fall apart and Lily would probably never speak to him again.

As the students wandered out of the hall, Lily made a point to not lost track of her masked marauder. He tried to lose her, sure, but she would not be denied. Eventually, he grabbed her arm and pressed her against a nearby wall. He still wore his mask and hat, so Lily had no idea who he was.

Though for some reason, Lily's heart was racing as she looked into his eyes. There was something…familiar about them. Something she couldn't place. Slowly, he pressed his lips to hers.

Lily's eyes drifted closed and just as she was going to lose herself in the kiss, he was gone.


A/N: Short little story that I came up with basically out of the blue. It's a little distraction, kind of like a lone chocolate chip that rolled out of the bag while you were making cookies. :3

Sorry for the food reference, I'm hungry. Baha. xD

So, yeah. Let me know what you think by reviewing! :33