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AN: Written for the 'For The Love Of Scorpius Malfoy Challenge by Afterworld EverDawn.

Lily swallowed nervously as she stepped forward and sat down on the stool and the Sorting Hat was lowered onto her head. To say she was nervous would probably be something of an understatement. The youngest of three siblings, she was used to hearing all sorts of stories about how the chaos of Hogwarts and the rivalry of the house's ("You don't want to end up a slimy Slytherin like Al did, do you?" "Better a slimy Slytherin than an empty-headed Gryffindor James-y")

To be honest, the idea of being sorted into either house scared her. She loved her brothers dearly and she hated the idea of being drawn into their ongoing fights about who was in the better house. Half the time it made her want to bury her head under the bedsheets and never leave, the other half made her want to bang their heads together.

"So you don't like being caught up in the middle of your family my dear?" the Hat asked and Lily almost jumped out of her skin.

"Wh-" she stuttered and the Hat chuckled.

"I take it that nobody in your house warned you that I talk?" he asked with amusement, before continuing. "You know, I think you would do well in Gryffindor, there's no doubting your courage." Lily snorted at this, but the Hat pressed on. "Your courage is just one of your attributes however and it is not just a Gryffindor trait. No, no, Gryffindor is not the house for you. No, you my dear, belong in Hufflepuff!"

The last word was shouted out and Lily nervously stood up, her legs feeling like jelly as she walked over to the Hufflepuff table. So instead of being forced to pick one side or the other, she had her own house to call her own.

"Welcome to Hufflepuff," a familiar voice said to her and she looked up to see her cousin Rose's best friend Scorpius Malfoy offering his hand.

"Thanks," she said as she shook his hand and her stomach gave a little leap that she did not expect when she shook his hand.

"What in Merlin's name was that?" she asked as she walked down to the Hufflepuff dorms, half floating with a feeling that she was sure had nothing to do with her first day at Hogwarts.