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Joined: 18-December 11
Another school year was approaching and the seventh year was beyond excited and looking forward to finishing the last year of school. Sure, the world outside of those walls was going to pieces, but Alice Logan didn't care what was going to happen. She was going to make something out of her life and prove to people that she was more then she appeared. At least, if she could get into one of the Auror camps then she would do that. Until she finished her N.E.W.Ts there was no way to tell what what her future would hold.
"Dad, I already told you that I would write every chance that I got and everything is going to be okay. I promise, you're not going to have any bad news from me. I love you and I'll see you at Christmas!" Laughing as she hugged her father tightly the seventh year smiled and kissed his cheek, giving her mother a short hug before waving her wand to lift her trunk. Stepping up onto the train, the girl turned to wave through the doorway before moving into the crowded hallway, attempting to find a compartment with friends or empty. Either would be fine with the quiet Gryffindor, perfectly content to curl up and read or to cuddle with her boyfriend.
Hearing what sounded like his laughter, Alice whipped her head around, standing upon her tiptoes to try and see over the waves of people. Frowning, she cursed her height and let her body fall back onto flat feet. Opening a door, she blushed brightly and quickly closed the door. Couldn't they wait until people were done looking for places to sit!? Was that what people thought when they saw her and Fred snogging, or were these two just too upset about being gone for the summer months? Trying to shake the worry of seeing more then she wanted with her classmates, Alice opened up a second compartment, smiling at the emptiness within.
Quickly, Ali slipped into the room, lifting her trunk up onto the top shelf with the help of her magic and sitting down on one of the bench seat, letting out a sigh of relief. "Thank goodness for magic. I don't know how I used to luge that thing up there. God it is good to be of age finally!" Curling up in the seat, Alice took a book from her bag, opening it up but not bothering to even look at the pages. The platform through the window was crowded with people the steam making it all look like a dream. Tilting her head she could see little first years hugging onto their parents, some crying from the fear of going away for so long. Had she ever been that little and scared?
Biting her bottom lip, she jumped as the train began to roll slowly, just a signal to those still standing around that it was eleven and they were all bound for another year at Hogwarts, for a time free of parents and of all worries from the outside. There was no danger at Hogwarts, not with Professor Dumbledore there. Nothing was going to happen to all of them under the protection of their head master. No one would be stupid enough to try it, not even the dark forces that were rallying slowly. Brown eyes looked away from the window, glancing towards the door to see whom would be joining her. It was only a matter of time until others needed to find a seat and she was more then willing to share, so long as they would get along.
Sirius had spent the remainder of his summer with his best friend James at his home in Godric's Hollow, which had been fun, but he was oddly enough anxious to get back to school. He was ready to see his other friends, and of course he was looking forward to getting into trouble at Hogwarts as much as humanly possible. There was plenty of nervous anxietry surrounding Sirius's return to Hogwarts as well, however. He hadn't spoken or heard from his family since he'd walked out the door at 12 Grimmauld Place, and whether he liked it or not, he knew at some point he'd unfortunately have to run into his brother Regulus. Even though they were in different houses, there would be no escaping him. He had no idea what that would be like, or what he would say to his brother if they were to come face to face with one another.
As he and James arrived at Platform 9 3/4, Sirius's gaze darted around the crowds of people nervously, hoping he wouldn't see the familiar faces of his parents or his brother or anyone else that was a near, dear friend of his family's. Of course, that was probably far too much to ask. The Blacks were one of the most well-known families in the wizarding world, and his parents had friends everywhere. In fact, at that very moment, he was sure he saw the Rosier family nearing where he and James were standing on the platform. He grabbed his friend's shoulder and nodded towards the train. "We should get on, alright?" he said.
He knew his friend well, and he knew that he was probably looking around for a particular redheaded girl, but they didn't have time to do that right now. She was probably already on the train anyway, and Sirius thought about mentioning this to James, but he thought better of pointing out how obvious his best friend was being. He found it extremely humorous that his friend was so blatantly hung up on Lily Evans, especially since Snivelus Snape seemed to be her best friend, for whatever reason. However, why James would be so focused on one unattainable girl when he could easy have any girl in the whole school was beyond Sirius's comprehension. "Come on, let's go," he urged, sensing his friend's hesitation. His parent's friends were getting closer, and he didn't want to deal with their questions, if there were any.
The two friends got on the train together, and just as Sirius suspected, several of the Hogwarts Express cabins were already full. He looked around half-heartedly for Lily, knowing that's who James would want to sit with, even though that hadn't gone very well on their last ride on the Hogwarts Express. The train was beginning to move, and they'd walked through what seemed like nearly half of the train when Sirius heard what he thought was his brother's voice. Reacting immediately, Sirius grabbed James by the back of his shirt and pulled him into the nearest empty cabin.
He'd thought it was empty, anyway. As he spun around on his heels, he noticed a petite teenage girl sitting quietly in the room. She was so quiet and so small, that Sirius did not notice her right away, and when he did look down and see her, his nerves were so on edge that he started a little at the site of her. "Oh. Hey, didn't see you there," he said, sliding into the seat next to her. "I know you, don't I?"
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no one else, we've walked to school all by ourselves
James understood why Sirius was concerned. Really, he did. He’d actually been thinking about the issue while they packed their trunks the night before, thinking about how hard it would be for Sirius if, at the station the following day, the boys happened to run into the Black family. Since he’d arrived at the Potters’, Sirius had been playing off the whole incident with his family as though it were no big deal; he exhibited no signs of homesickness, and actually seemed rather cheerful about it (save for that first night, which was entirely understandable). Obviously, James didn’t blame Sirius for being aloof about leaving his childhood home—the Blacks were, in a few words, horrible people—but he knew that thinking about someone and seeing someone in person were two entirely different things, capable of provoking two entirely different reactions. James knew that while Sirius seemed to be doing alright miles away from Grimmauld Place, things might get a bit uncomfortable if the boy were to come face to face with the family he’d ultimately deserted.
Despite the fact that James could easily fathom the reasons why his best friend might want to hurry through the station and onto the train, all of this so-called understanding seemed to go flying out the window the moment the two of them broke through the barrier and emerged onto Platform 9 and ¾. The chatter of voices, the rush of blustery autumn air along the tracks, the screech of screech owls and the low hum of the train’s engine… all of these things immediately conjured up the memory of the first time James had ever set his eyes upon Lily Evans. It seemed that most things about Hogwarts had a way of reminding him of her, but the train station (and the great scarlet engine itself) were particularly reminiscent of the redhead and her flaming green eyes.
Years of concern for Sirius’ well being were sent to the wind as James immediately slowed his pace, hazel eyes darting around, dashing over back of head to back of head in search of girl of his dreams. He had, as per Lily’s request, brought her notes and favorite book in his satchel, and it was his hope that he would be able to return them to her, strike up casual conversation, and manage to squeeze his way into her compartment for the ride to Hogwarts. Of course, nothing ever went as smoothly in real life as it did in James’ deluded fantasies, but he had never been much of a realist, and all of the things that could possibly (and probably) go wrong with his plan were of no consequence to him as he perused the crowd for Lily. He could feel Sirius tugging and pushing at him, but had no real concept of why, and batted at his best friend’s impatience until Sirius managed to shove him up the steps of the train and down the aisle towards a seemingly empty compartment. “Mate, can’t you see I’m trying to—” he started, but was cut off by Sirius’ desperate pull and plunge into the nearest cabin.
As the glass door slid shut behind them and James righted himself, his eyes landed directly on Alice Logan. Despite his momentary fury with Sirius, James couldn’t help but smile. Alice was a quiet girl, but had always been impossibly sweet; she’d been dating Frank Longbottom for quite some time now, and although James could be critical, he had a very hard time finding anything wrong with either of them. They were genuinely good people. As he shoved his trunk up onto the rack above their heads and then dropped onto the seat across from Alice and Sirius, he had a sinking feeling that he was going to have to accept the probability that he would not, after all, be sharing this train ride with Lily Evans. He vaguely wondered if there was some sort of duty he needed to perform as Head Boy, but dropped the thought from his mind as he looked at the two sitting across from him and settled into his seat.
The way Sirius addressed Alice brought a snort of amusement from James, for it was just like Padfoot to be unable to recognize a female classmate they’d interacted with on multiple occasions. He was still a little sore that Sirius had pulled him from his pursuit of Lily, so he sighed in a loud and obvious fashion. “She’s only been in most of our classes for the past six years,” he said pointedly, and gave the girl an apologetic look as he shed his jacket and tossed it onto the seat beside him. “Have a good holiday, Alice?”
Member No.: 11
Joined: 18-December 11
here we go again
As a present before Remus scooted out the door to go to his seventh year at Hogwarts, his mother had surprised him with a gift of a brand new jacket. Brand new. The Lupins hardly splurged money on something that wasn’t quite needed. After all, they hardly had money to do so. When Remus was attacked at the age of four, his father had quit his job at the Daily Prophet. Greyback had gotten to him. Not to mention, he also spent most of his time out in the back shed trying to find a cure for his son. His mother, a muggle, stopped working to be a stay at home mom. It goes without saying that money was very tight, so Remus was rather shocked as she held it out to him. The soft fabric tickled his fingers fingers as he held it. It felt nice on his hands, but he could only feel guilty in his heart. She didn’t need to go out and buy him this. It was hardly necessary seeing as his current jacket only had a few patches on them. “Thank you, mum. It’s very nice.” Of course, his mother knew him pretty well… if not better than everybody else in the world. “Don’t be silly, Remus. It’s to congratulate you on entering your last year of school and as a good luck for your NEWTs.” Putting a small smile on his face, he slide it over his shoulders. Well, it was enough to make her happy seeing as she stretched up to put a small kiss onto his cheek. “Be safe!” With that, he moved to drag his trunk and a rucksack from the house to apparate to King’s Cross. Yes, apparate. He was considered of age, and boy it felt nice to use magic out of school.
Upon entering platform 9 ¾, Remus looked around to survey the chaos. As normal, it was pretty loud as parents fussed over their children leaving home for the first time. Older children were running around trying to find their friends and stuff their trunks into the carriage of the train. Giving a sigh, Remus dug into his pocket to produce a shiny badge with the letter “P”, pinning it to his chest. From there on out, it was just a hassle to get to the train. ”Yes, Ms. Bridgewaters… Hogwarts does have owls so your daughter can send you letters every day.”… ”Buckley! No running!”… ”Emily, here let me help you with that.” It seemed to take hours to approach the coach, but once on he was able to slip quietly through the halls to his destination. Thankfully, everybody was too busy in conversation or trying to find their friends in the right cabin to need something. He took this time to regain some sort of sanity. Well, whatever sanity he could before he slid open the door to the cabin reserved for prefects. It was time for the yearly meeting in which the head boy and head girl had an informational meeting for prefects. Well, head girl anyway… Hogwart’s newly appointed head boy was absolutely nowhere in sight.
The meeting was over… well, the part that Remus had to sit through was anyway. He quickly left Lily’s scowl, leaving the poor newly appointed fifth year prefects to her wrath, as quickly as possible. In a way, he felt a bit sorry for them but there was no way that he was going to sit through that. Peering through glass doors, he aimlessly moved through the corridors. ”Hey Longbottom!” Every once in awhile he would be met with a wave and motioned over to exchanged excited hellos. Other times he was met with glares and he continued on carelessly. It wasn’t until nearly the end of the train that he saw the faces he was looking for. Reaching to slide the door open, he grinned at the sight. There was two of his best friends, and another good face from school. Alice Logan, a quiet girl, but one of the most adored in the Gryffindor common room. Everybody adored the quiet girl and Remus was not an exception. ”It’s nice to see you, Ms. Logan. How was our holiday?” Before going to slide into the seat next to James, he tossed his rucksack to the baggage shelf. ”… has anybody seen Peter? Oh, and James. If you wanted to keep your face intact, which I assume you do, I wouldn’t talk to Lily right now. ”
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Joined: 18-December 11
As someone came into the room, rather quickly and to the point where Alice actually jumped to avoid someone being flung into her lap and wrecking her book. Eyes moved over the two boys that had flown into her cabin rather quickly shaking her head a little bit. Goodness, they were completely oblivious to the fact that they had just invaded her own little personal sancatury before arriving at the school. Sometimes you needed a few hours to prepare for all that hustle and bustle, especially when you were an only child. However, as Sirius Black fell into the seat next to her, she rose an eyebrow as she looked at him. "Didn't see me? Well now I am offended and don't know what to say. Are you calling me little or insiginicant?" A quiet laugh came from her lips as she looked over at James Potter and waved to him. Shouldn't he be with Lily? She had seen the red-head hurrying off in when she got onto the train and figured that it had something to do with being head girl. Then again, she couldn't be sure if Lily had been avoiding someone for some reason or another.
Just as she was about to speak and ask the two boys how the summer had been Alice narrowed her dark eyes. "Tell me that you are joking Sirius Black." That was the one thing that Alice hated, being over-looked by people for whatever reason. As James spoke though her attitude changed into one of a more pleasent nature and she smiled at him, "It was good. My parents were worried about me coming back this year though, with all that news that was going on during the break. Did you catch any of it? Not to mention I was busy spending time with Frank and that was lovely." Looking over at Sirius once again she smirked a little bit, "You know Frank don't you? The guy you have been sharing a dorm with for going on seven years? The guy who has been my boyfriend for one? Any of that jogging your memory of who I am Sirius Black?"
Shaking her head at James and Sirius she curled back up on the seat, shifting so that the skirt kept her covered up, Alice listened the the two of them joking around until the door opened once again and the other missing puzzle peice came into the room. Looking at him with a smile, she sat up a bit more to be polite, "It was wonderful Mr. Lupin. How was your own? Also, might I say that you look very nice in that jacket. It really suits you." Smiling at the Prefect she crossed one leg over the other, giving up on curling up with her book and reading while in a full compartment. "James Potter, what on earth did you do to Lily this time?" Laughing she couldn't help but roll her eyes. Somehow, no matter what the boy was doing he was always getting into trouble with her friend and dorm mate. >br>
"So Remus, how was your summer? Anything new happen?" Looking out the window for a moment to see the English country side she smiled and looked back at the three boys in the room. Normally there was a fourth with them, Peter Pettigrew, but he was an odd little boy. At least, he seemed like it to Alice who didn't have much of a personality to go by. He seemed to just tag along with these three and try to be just like them. In some way or another right? "Have you seen the first years? Goodness, I don't remember being that little. Do any of you? Or were you always acting like you are now, the guys that rule the school and find a way out of everything? I mean, it must have been a calling for all of you to get thrown together in Gryffindor and bonding so quickly."
Sirius eyed his best friend contemptuously when he pointed out that the girl sitting in the cabin was none other than Alice Logan, another Gryffindor in their year. Of course, Sirius knew who she was. He'd just said that he knew her, didn't he? He didn't understand why James had to go and make him look like a fool. It seemed, however, that both Alice and James were intent on ganging up at him at the moment, which seemed highly unfair to Sirius. He crossed his arms and frowned. "I'm not calling anyone insignificant, Miss Logan. You just surprised me, that's all," Sirius said, trying to back track a bit, although he saw no reason why he should, in all honesty. The truth was he'd had his mind on other things; he was so worried about running into his family or one of their many friends on the Hogwarts Express that there was little room for any else in his fuzzy mind. The sight of anyone else in what he thought would be an empty cabin was enough to make him jumpy, considering his state of mind, and he was a bit peeved that no one seemed to be understanding of that. "Anyway, of course I knew who you were. It just took me a minute because . . ." he paused, looking over the young girl sitting next to him, trying to think of a reason for his momentary memory lapse. "Well, because you've done your hair differently this year, haven't you? It looks nice, by the way."
In an attempt to win back Alice's favor, although he wasn't sure he'd ever had it in the first place, Sirius made an effort to listen carefully as the Gryffindor girl talked about her summer vacation. He vaguely remembered Frank saying that he was dating Alice last year, and he supposed they were still together, which he guessed was good for him, though it seemed like an awfully long time to be with one person when they were both so young, not that it was any of his business what his two classmates chose to do with their free time. "Right, I said I remembered who you are," Sirius said when Alice began to poke fun at him, getting a little annoyed now. "And I know who Frank is. He's got nothing but nice things to say about you." It was true, come to think of it. Frank did say nice things about Alice Logan, though at the moment, Sirius couldn't see why. The girl did not seem all that friendly to him.
Sirius was highly relieved when Remus Lupin found them, glad to maybe have someone in their cabin during this long train ride that would take his side every now and then, since James and Alice seemed to content to make him feel like an idiot the whole way to Hogwarts. He leaned back in his seat, relaxing a bit as his other best friend sat across from him. "Good to see you too, Remus," Sirius muttered when his friend greeted Alice rather than saying hello to him. "I haven't seen Peter," he informed Remus. "Although, to be honest, we didn't really look too hard. We were in kind of a rush, you see." He looked between his friends James and Remus, hoping they'd understand why he was quick to find a safe cabin to hide in without him having to go into a long explanation. He wasn't really in the mood to discuss his family drama at the moment, especially in front of Alice, who didn't seem to care for him at all.
When Remus said that Lily was upset with James, Sirius was not surprised. It seemed like that girl was always angry with his friend for one reason or another. Knowing she was on the rampage, though, always made him a little nervous; usually, when James was in trouble with that girl, he always seemed to find a way to make it Sirius's fault, and he was sure that today would be no exception. He squirmed in his seat, mentally preparing himself for the moment when James would turn Lily's anger on him. Again.
As was normally the case with the beginning of a new year at Hogwarts, there was so much going on, so much to think about. Everyone in the cabin was talking, and Sirius was so busy thinking about whether or not the Rosiers had seen him ducking away or if Lily was possibly about to storm in and try to hex him that he was having trouble focusing on whatever it was that Alice was talking about now. It took him a moment to realize the girl in their cabin had directed a question towards them, and even longer for Sirius to process what that question had been. "Erm, right," he managed. "I mean, probably."
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It was different this year. It was as simple as that. While ordinarily a specific pretty little muggleborn red-haired girl would have found herself busy as usual even before arriving at Hogwarts, it was so much more than that this year. Lily was... could it be? Nervous? Being a prefect was nno big deal, sure she had authority, but she still had to answer to the head students and the professors. Now... she was the head student. She was Head Girl, which meant really she only answered to the professors. Though the biggest task to get accustomed to was the idea of having even more authority. Before it was petty things like "No running in the halls!" or "Stop jinxing first years!" Now she was able to do things about it. Not that Lily was the type to abuse her power, but she certainly did think she would be a good role model. Still the idea of all the pressure on top of the slugclub, choir, and all of her regular and extra classes was a bit intimidating. Even for her. It wasn't like Lily to allow things to stump her, or worry her, but she felt it, and it was hitting her hard. Perhaps it was the fact that it was her last year, and she felt like she needed to make a bigger impression on the professors in order to get her internship at St. Mungo's as a healer? Or maybe it was the fact that James Potter was her counter-part as Head Boy, and she just knew that he was going to slack off and leave her to do everything on her own. As if she didn't already have loads to do. She shook her head at the thought of James as she hoisted her trunk onto the train, wishing she were allowed to use music to get it on board. A happy sigh escaped her lips as she kissed her mother and father goodbye, wrapping them into a warm embrace, before bidding them farewell. Petunia, Lily's older sister hadn't joined her parents to see Lily off, as she never had before, and apparently never had any intentions of doing so.
The red head boarded the train and immediately took to taking her rightful place at the front of the train as she was expected to. She stood in the door way for a good while inviting first years onto the train, offering assistance, chatting a bit with parents, before making her way into the compartment where the start of term prefects meeting was to take place. She of course was the first one there. She wasn't entirely sure what all she was going to say, it's not as though her and James has worked out a speech or anything, but she was hoping it would just come to her. As time went on, the house prefects slowly found the designated compartment, and the meeting was soon to begin. Lily hadn't seen many of her friends until now, so she exchanged quick hugs, and greetings before peering out of the room to see if anyone else would be joining them. The halls were pretty much empty, with but a few people scrambling through doors, but that was mostly it. As the whistle blew, signaling that the train would be leaving, Lily's eyes rolled angrily as she took note of a certain Head Boy who was not present. 'Responsible? Fat chance...' She thought to herself, giving a quick glance to Remus, who seemed to have missed it. It wasn't as though she was surprised or anything. In fact, she'd expected it if anything. He was James Potter after all, at this point she'd have been more shocked if he'd actually shown his face. A smirk spread across her lips, as she forced her annoyed expression into a smile and began her meeting.
A few of the more senior prefects, meaning the more practiced ones, dipped out of the meeting rather early. Not that she could blame them. Surely they wanted to see their friends and catch up, and being that they've already heard most of the contents Lily was spouting off, several times before, she figured it was only fair that they get to leave. In a way she envied them even. She had to stay behind and put fear into the poor newly appointed prefects, just to keep them in line, while all of her friends got to go off and catch up. After all, the train ride back to Hogwarts, was one of the most exciting parts of going back! Seeing everyone again after a long summer. It seemed unfair that she had to host this meeting, since it was taking longer than usual. Then again, most prefect meetings have both a Head Girl and a Head Boy present, and she was lacking a Head Boy. It was at this time, that she had begun to resent James more and more, as the minutes ticked onward.
About half way to Hogwarts, Lily finally managed to tie up all the lose ends, and answer all of the frustrating questions. She dismissed the prefects, even though some stayed behind, and went about her business. Perhaps she could find Alice or Mary? It'd be nice to see some of her dorm mates. Lily always liked to see what classes they had chosen to take, and see if they had any in common. For the most part, most of the Gryffindor House took all of the basics together, but their were always the more elective classes, that were a bit more optional. On her way down the hall, Lily found that she had to stop a few times to address a couple situations that were a bit suspicious, but she eventually found the compartment where Alice was. And Sirius, Remus, and... James. It came up all at once, she hadn't even had time to process the situation entirely. Seeing him abruptly made her blood boil. It wasn't anything less than expected, but it still irritated her. She was at least expecting for him to have some pathetic, useless, life-threatening, escape from death, whacked out story about why he hadn't made it, but here he was, sitting there, as if he didn't have other things to be doing. Lily stood there in the door way, hand on her hip, lips pursed, weight shifted to one side, foot stomping angrily against the ground.
"Right, so I suppose you just figured I'd take care of it then, did you? Thought you'd just take the day off? It's no problem, Lily's Head Girl, she'll deal with all of the petty things! Merlin I knew this was a mistake! What happened to responsible James? Wasn't it you that was going on and on about how much more mature you're getting? Not doing a very good job at proving that are you?! Next time there is a meeting you prat, you better be there, or so help me James, I will make sure to shove your wand so far up arse, you'll be vomiting sparks for the rest of the year! I'm not going to do everything for you, I hope we're clear!"
It was like word vomit. She just started shouting. She couldn't even remember what she'd said after it escaped her lips. She thought it would take longer for her to blow up, after all... she'd only been around him for 30 seconds, and he already found his way under her skin, just enough to piss her off. She took in a deep breath, before letting it out. It was then that she took note of everyone staring at her, and she swallowed hard, before forcing a smile. She seemed to be doing a lot of that so far this morning. The pressure was definitely getting to her.
"Oh... sorry. Hullo Alice, Remus... Er... Sirius. Did you lot have a nice summer?"
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if the world should stop, we'd still have each other...
no one else, we've walked to school all by ourselves
The afternoon seemed to speed by as quickly as the engine moved over the tracks, sunlight and scenery flickering behind the glass windows of the train like the landscape within a dream. James felt a lazy contentment as he leaned his back against the window of the compartment, rays of sunlight beating warm on the back of his neck. It was amusing to listen to the casual bickering between Alice and Sirius, though James did notice a slight edge to his best friend’s voice that was not entirely playful. James imagined it probably had something to do with the prospect of seeing Regulus on the train, and he decided not to say anything about it, knowing that Sirius had already talked enough about his family for one summer… or perhaps for one lifetime.
By the time Remus showed up, James had already comfortably settled into his seat, all thoughts of potential Head Boy responsibility far from his mind. Of course, all of those concerns returned in a flood the moment the door slid open and Remus’ shiny Prefect badge glinted in the afternoon sunlight, and James sat up with a start, realizing the weight of his irresponsibility only now that it was too late to repair his error. “Remus!” he greeted with a cheerful, albeit guilty smile, and pulled his legs back to make room on the seat for his friend. Though the sight of Remus reminded him of his own disregarded responsibilities, it was still nice to see the boy, who was looking quite spiffy in a new brown jacket; Remus did not often show up with new things, and James was glad that Alice had said something, for he was aware that Remus would appreciate the compliment more than Alice had any way of knowing.
The question of Peter was yet another of the many reasons for James to feel guilty at this particular moment (weren’t friends supposed to look out for one another?), so he glanced at Sirius, and then nodded his head once. “In a rush, yep. Makes you forgetful, being in a rush does,” he clarified awkwardly, implying that he’d had reason to forget more than one important thing this morning. He was hoping to skirt the topic of his abandoned Head Boy duties, and seemed in good shape as they began discussing the whereabouts of Wormtail, but then Remus mentioned Lily and his hopes were shot to Hell. He let out something halfway between a sigh and a groan, and pushed his hands through his dark, disheveled hair, tugging slightly in his frustration. “I know,” he muttered, and shook his head sadly, looking around at his friends and heaving another sigh. “Say goodbye to my face, you lot,” he announced dramatically, “for by this time tomorrow, it’ll be horribly mutilated by the unforgiving claws of a redheaded angel…”
The ride continued and casual conversation passed between the friends; the fact of the new school year had not yet entirely dawned on them, and they enjoyed the last bits of summer like it was the sugar one licks off of fingertips after finishing an entire bag of sour candies. James had considered leaving their secluded space to find Lily, issue an apology, and help her with whatever it was they were supposed to be doing, but he had realized that these moments on the train might be the last few moments of boyhood he had remaining. From here on out it would be duty, responsibility, studying and preparing for a future he had never much liked to consider. As much as they all seemed to be denying it, there were dark times ahead, and James needed to enjoy this before it was ripped from him; he knew it was selfish, but he was desperate to hang on for as long as he possibly could.
He was in the middle of chuckling at something that Sirius had said when the compartment door flew open. James’ face froze mid-laugh as he looked up and saw the one person he’d been thinking about for the past three months before him at last, sporting a facial expression that certainly merited a spot on the list “Top Five Angriest Facial Expressions Of All Time.” It really was a shame, how often James saw her angry, for he knew from passing glances and casual observance just how beautiful Lily could be. After a few moments of loaded silence during which James was sure he could feel Lily’s green eyes carving scars into his skin, he closed his gaping mouth, and not knowing what else to do, let out an awkward laugh. That was when the yelling began.
This wasn’t the first time (and certainly wouldn’t be the last time) Lily Evans had yelled at James Potter. He sometimes thought that somewhere in her dormitory was a little box of insults that she collected and saved for each time James inevitably screwed up. The words came out of her like a flash flood, and James just sat there, facing her, letting her anger hit him like a sharp, salty ocean wave. While one might think that he would be embarrassed in this situation—being berated by the girl he loved in front of his friends—it actually felt strangely familiar to him, so regular and expected that it was almost comfortable. He sat calmly, waiting for her to finish, and once she had, he let out a long breath he’d been holding in, which filled the otherwise stark silence in the cabin. “I think she might be angry, mate,” he said under his breath, nudging Remus with an elbow. He stood then, quickly running a hand through his dark hair and stepping towards the door where Lily stood, hands still on her hips. “S’cuse us,” he told the others cheerfully, and taking Lily by the forearm, lead her out of the compartment and into the aisle. The door slid shut behind them.
They were mostly alone in the hall, save for the food trolley witch, and James looked down at Lily, admiring the gold flecks in her green eyes, the pink smudge of anger over her pretty cheeks. “Can’t I get a look at you before you start yelling again?” he joked, giving her a crooked smile. He’d finally reached his full height that summer, and he was quite a bit taller than her; if he’d wanted to he could have rested his chin on the top of her head (or, if she’d let him, because of course he wanted to). The Head Girl badge was pinned perfectly on her sweater, and James rubbed the back of his neck, raising his eyes from the proof of her position to guiltily meet her fiery gaze.
“Listen...” he began, but stopped suddenly, his brow furrowing. He looked down at Lily, examining the expectation and predisposed disappointment in her eyes. How many times had they been through this? It’s time to swallow your pride, James. “I’m… I’m sorry,” he stated finally, and abruptly dropped her forearm from his grasp, realizing that all this time he’d forgotten to let go.
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Alice was truly a pleasant surprise when Remus had opened the door to the cabin. He did quite adore her. She was always so kind, not to mention always brought a sense of calm into the area. It was quite the task to be angry when Alice Logan was around. To Remus, she always seemed to be one of the types of people that you just couldn’t help but have a smile on your face when she was around. It was especially true when she seemed to notice the smallest of things. Perhaps the bridge of his nose seemed to deepen in color as Alice pointed out his new coat. He wasn’t really expecting anybody to notice because he only truly ever hung out with his three best friends. Who would’ve expected three guys to notice something as small as a new jacket? ”Thank you, Ms. Logan… and I’m glad to hear that your holiday was wonderful. Mine? Well… it was mostly quiet. James, Sirius, and Peter visited me a couple of times but otherwise I kept up on homework. My mother always seems to get a little better when I get home, so it was pleasant. Thank you for asking. I assume you spent time with Longbottom?” Obviously he missed that part of the conversation seeing as he came in rather late, ”I saw him in a different cabin, so I heard a little bit. I am so happy for you guys.” Ah, the sick mother excuse… even as a seventeen year old he was still spreading that little story around. It was mandatory though, seeing as nobody but the closest of his friends knew about him. It was quite the rouse though, seeing as it was extremely believable. Besides, his muggle mother rarely was seen in the wizarding world, so it was a perfect excuse.
Remus was neither great at reading lips nor reading minds, so he didn’t really hear what was muttered by Sirius. However, he knew something wasn’t right just by mere body language. However, something told him that now was not the right time to confront him. Not like Remus liked confrontation anyway, but it was especially not the right time in front of Alice. Besides, Remus had to acknowledge that Sirius wasn’t the type that liked to talk openly about certain subjects, i.e his family. At least they had Peter to talk about, right? ”Ah, I see. Well, I didn’t see him when I was walking. Maybe Hestia or Mary Mack found him.” Remus was naturally a worrier. He worried because he was a protector. He wanted to be the one that could protect his friends, which was definitely the case with Wormtail. It wasn’t unnatural to find him cornered by some of the Slytherin bullies. It wasn’t that Wormtail was weak. It was hard for Remus to call his friend weak, seeing as Remus had a habit of seeing the strengths that everybody possessed, but he’d prefer to put it as though Wormtail had limited backbone when faced with such foes. Remus blinked towards Sirius, seeing his friend’s blank look. It was not a look that Remus really appreciated in his friend, but there was nothing he could do. What he could do was be his wingman when it came to answering Alice’s question. ”I think I agree with him. I am a big believer in fate, although my grades in Divination did suffer a bit back in the day, so one could argue that it was fate that brought us all together. Then again, I think Sirius and James more or less just bullied themselves into other’s lives.”
A laugh was on Remus’ lips as he more or less remembered how Sirius tracked him down like a bloodhound when he kept them at arm’s length. It was almost like they did bully their way into Remus’ life anyway. The laugh seemed to stay on his lips as the conversation continued. The moment a red-headed fury entered the compartment, his grin seemed to twist up to hide a small bit of laughter as James’ elbow dug into his rib cage. Really, James did have a way of bringing a little amusement to a possibly dire conversation. After all, Remus would be quite surprised if James’ face wasn’t horribly mutilated by the end of this conversation. Lily was quite well known for her charm work. His smile though did momentarily die as Lily proceeded to yell her little lungs out at James. Seeing as Remus was seated between the two of them, there was no escaping it. He couldn’t just turn away to ignore it. Where was a book when he needed one? All he could do was cringe. Remus did not like it when mommy and daddy fought. Thankfully, it was over sooner than later… Lily obviously winning due to her creative use of words. At least he could momentarily let out a small ”Good to see you again, Lily.”
As James escorted Lily out of the compartment, Remus tried to stammer on to get everybody’s mind off of the scene that just happened in front of them all. ”Hey, Sirius. I have my herbology paper with me in case you wanted to read off of it, you know, to compare. Are you taking herbology this year, Ms. Logan? It took… me a lot longer than expected to write this all out.” Of course, through his stammering James’ voice seemed to filter through the door. It was almost like Remus’ ears were sitting right outside the door alongside them. He couldn’t help the small smile, accompanied by a small chuckle, at the sound of James apologizing. Remus really liked being right about how Lily would change the boy. Looking over towards Sirius, he tried to gauge his friend’s reaction to this new turn of event. ”I bet you and Longbottom don’t fight like this, Ms. Logan. I’m sorry you had to witness all of this.”
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Alice couldn't help but look at him with a small smile on her face. It was nice to joke around with the pranksters, but she couldn't tell if she had really pissed him off or not. Biting her bottom lip she looked at him before nodding her head, "Sirius, I'm not being serious. I mean, I'm joking with you. I know that you weren't trying to call me anything at all. I was trying to make a joke...something I'm not good at apparently." Alice knew that people often overlooked her and that she wasn't a well known person. At least, nothing like the two boys that sat before her very eyes. They were legands and everyone knew their names and knew what they were. They knew anything and everything about the school and about the people inside of it. Somehow or another they could get out of any sitution. Running a hand through her hair as he referenced to it she gave a smile. "I cut it a little bit differently then I have before and it's lighter from the sun. I didn't think that you were the kind of person to notice those things, so thank you. Frank wouldn't notice if I didn't make a point to ask him if it looked alright."
To be honest, Alice couldn't not like Sirius and James, even if they were both a little more pompus then she would like. Maybe it was something to do with the fact that both were nice guys when they were forced into a proper conversation without needing to pull jokes and impress other people. As Sirius seemed to compliment her she couldn't help but blush slightly, laughing nervously. "Oh please, I am sure that people have said some rather mean and rude things about me. Don't make it seem like I'm that nice," she said to him before chewing on her bottom lip. Maybe she shouldn't have made those jokes, he seemed generally angry with her. Reaching over she put a hand onto his knee and leaned in a bit with a warm smile, "I really didn't mean to offend you and I am very sorry if I did. Please forgive me Sirius? I would much rather you as a friend then as an enemy."
Eyes moved over to where James sat, almost completely slient throughout the entire conversation. As Remus came into the room she couldn't help but smile and shook her head slowly. Poor James was constantly getting into trouble with the red-head and she was sure that herself and the other girls in the dorm would hear about this later on for sure. A smile stayed on her face as she slowly shook her head, "You know James that you could try and do what she likes once in a while instead of pushing her buttons? I mean, most girls don't usually like a guy who does that to them all the time. There is playing hard to get and then there is not in a million years. You are falling closer and closer to that second category daily I am sorry to say. Regardless, I wish you luck with you 'clawed redheaded angel'."
Looking to Remus as he began to blush she smiled at him and couldn't help but shake her head a little bit. Maybe it had been too much to push him on that, but she did like the jacket he was wearing and it didn't look like the one he had been in for as long as she could remember. "My holidays were lovely and I am glad that you had visits from your friends. That is always a wonderful way to spend the time and to be able to truly relax all the time. I think it is really sweet that you make your mother so happy when you go home. You seem like a very devoted son and I am sure that she loves having you to herself for two whole months. Yes, I did spend a lot of time with Frank we had a good number of visits this summer. It really was lovely if I say so myself. You did? Well I'll let him be, I think he might be sick of me after seeing so much of him on his time off." Alice joked before shaking her head. It was nice to hear about Remus spending time with his family and his friends, glad that he was able to do all of that without too much trouble. For some reason, he always seemed very tight lipped about his family life so she was shocked by the off-handed comment.
As both Remus and Sirius seemed to answer her question rather then James she nodded her head slowly. "I think that you four are lucky to have one another at the end of the day. If it wasn't fate then it must have been luck. Maybe that was the point of their more abrasive personalities since you lot seem to get along together very well. That is the best thing for you four I think. Who knows, maybe being around people like James and Sirius will help you and Peter to speak out more and to make more friends in the same manner." Looking at Sirius she couldn't help but smile at his answer, short, sweet and to the point. Just like he always seemed to answer something or another. "Well I must agree with both of you though my mark in Divination was nothing to be proud of I can assure you of that. I think it must have been fate."
As Lily came storming into the room, Alice jumped a tiny bit. She had seen the red-head angry but never this angry and never in a million yeasr to the point of forgetting everything else except to yell at the person before her. Chewing on her bottom lip, Alice watched as Lily basically tore into James infront of everyone else in the cabin, not caring at all what was heard. "Hi Lily, my summer was nice. I'll talk to you later on...it might be best." As the Headboy and Headgirl stood outside the cabin she took a deep breath, hoping that James wouldn't say anything to anger the girl anymore then he already had. If he did, well, she would be happy to help the other two boys pick up his peices from the floor. From the look on hre face Lily was going to tear him to peices with just her words alone.
Shifting a bit uncomfortably in her seat she wondered what was going to happen now and if Lily would be reasonable enough to wait until they got to the school to give him a proper bollocking. As a question was addressed to her she looked over at him before nodding her head, "Yes of course. It is one of my favourite subjects and I need it to be an Auror." As everything seemed to fall to slience, she attempted to ignore the sound of the voices outside of the room and tired to look out the window and focus on counting how many bails of hay were in a field or how many birds flew by, anything at all to distract her from the arugment outside the door. Looking back over at Remus she shook her head, "We haven't really had a big fight like that before no. Little things of course, but nothing liek what they are constantly going through. Oh don't be sorry, I would hear about it later on anyways. It comes with sharing a dorm with Lily and being a good person to confide in if I say so myself...But that is very subjective so forgive me for sounding so self-absorbed."
Sirius smiled at Alice's apology. It was really unnecessary, but it was kind of her all the same. In truth, he was still more upset over the potential run-ins he'd almost had on his way onto the train than he could ever have been about his present company. He'd been only a few feet away from some of the Black family's oldest friends, and thankfully he'd been able to act quickly and drag both himself and James into the nearest empty cabin before any of them had spotted him and made a huge scene about it in the middle of the train station. His mind was still reeling from all of that, which probably made him appear moody and distanced, and he truly felt bad that he'd somehow made Alice feel as if it were her fault. "Nothing to apologize about, Alice," Sirius told her. "I think I'm just overtired today. But that's no fault of your own. You never need to worry about having me as an enemy." As he said this, he thought to himself that he had enough enemies as it was without trying to make more, especially with a girl like Alice who'd never done much to offend anyone in her life.
While his friends continued to talk to one another, Sirius leaned his head agains the wall and began to tune out completely. He wondered if they would all be terribly offended if he fell asleep for the remainder of the ride. He just didn't know if he was in the mood to try to keep up with all of this banter about pleasant summers and things like that. His summer had been pleasant enough after he'd finally been exiled from his family's home for good, but it still wasn't the stuff of light train car conversation. His eyes were slowly beginning to shut when he heard the door to their cabin slide open again. He immediately sat up straight again to look and see who their new visitor was, but before his eyes could even focus on Lily Evans standing in the doorway, he heard her voice loud and clear. Just when he thought this was going to be a dull and uneventful train ride, here came Evans to liven things up. Even though he knew it would frustrate Lily if she noticed it, Sirius could help the mischievous smile that spread across his face as Evans continued to screech at James. It was silly, the way this girl was carrying on; she was acting as if James had killed her firstborn son or something like that. It was only a bit of missed Head Boy duties, and he was sure it had been nothing that Lily couldn't have handled better on her own anyway.
If Sirius was a real friend, he supposed the thing to do would be to admit that it was sort of his fault that James had skipped out on his duties. Sirius had basically begged his best friend to stick with him and help him keep out of sight of his family. He was just being a good mate to Sirius, and this was something Sirius could have spoken up and argued about if he'd really wanted to do so. However, there was something in Lily's tone that was admittedly a little terrifying, and he didn't want to get involved at all, even if it was to save his friend.
"Alright, Lily?" Sirius said in response to Lily's greeting, smiling almost defiantly at her. It was clear that she was not alright in the slightest. She seemed absolutely livid, actually, which was hilarious to Sirius as long as it wasn't directed towards him.
As James led Lily out of the cabin and closed the door behind them, Sirius exchanged looks with Remus and Alice. "Wonder if they realize that we can hear everything they're saying," he muttered to the two others sitting in the cabin with him. He leaned a bit closer to the door so he could make out what the two were saying to each other. It sounded as if James was apologizing to Lily, which he supposed was the right thing to do. Heck, if he were in James's shoes, he'd probably be begging for forgiveness as well. That girl could be quite scary when she was angry; Sirius wasn't sure how such a pretty girl was able to manage being so intimidating at the same time, but maybe that was what James liked about her so much. Maybe that's why she was Head Girl. Dumbledore wasn't about to toss away that position to some wilting flower of a girl, was he?
Once again, it took Sirius a moment to realize that someone was talking to him. He turned away from the door and looked to Remus, amused that his friend was trying so hard to cover up all of the drama that was going on right on the other side of that sliding door. Grinning at his friend, he said, "Ah, right, yes, I would love to compare notes." He searched his mind to try to remember what on earth Remus was even talking about, and then it dawned on him; over the summer, Remus had said something about some sort of herbology homework they were meant to do over the summer. Well, Sirius has conveniently forgotten as soon as that owl had flown away once again, but he wasn't too worried about it. If Remus was willing to share his work with his friends, then Sirius would be able to come up with some sort of alternate version of it to turn in on the first day of class. Who assigned homework over the summer anyway? That was madness.
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It wasn't as though these circumstances were any different than they usually were. Most of Lily's disappointment with James came from him saying he was going to do something and then not following through. Maybe it was because he tried so hard to impress her that it always backfired, or maybe it was because she was slowly beginning to get feelings for the boy, so she was starting to expect more from him. In turn, she was harder on him. She was most likely this way because she didn't want to believe that she liked him. Deep down, she knew they were surfacing, so being mad at James seemed like the best and easiest way to keep herself from falling too much. After all, this was James Potter. It wasn't as though she could just date him and be done with it. There was no way she could let him know how she truly felt. It would just get ugly. No, it was much better to just pretend like she couldn't stand the ground he walked on. Now that they had head duties to full fill together, she knew it would get tough to keep lying to herself, given that they would be spending so much extra time together. Still, she had to try.
Lily smiled at her friends... as well as Sirius, after they gave her their short greetings before James was excusing them out of the compartment. She rolled her eyes, as he grabbed her arm and they proceeded to the hall, where James closed the compartment door behind them. Lily was ready to start screeching at him again once he'd turned her to face him, but then he mentioned something about getting a look at her before she began yelling once more. Oddly enough this caught her off guard, and she raised her eyebrows at him. She had to look up at him now, for he was quite taller than when she'd last seen him, and it made her mildly uncomfortable. Mostly because she suddenly felt small around him, and nobody made Lily Evans feel small, not even the professors. He was awkwardly or rather... guiltily rubbing the back of his neck, causing Lily to roll her eyes again. One of his signature moves. No matter how cute it was to watch James fidget, she couldn't help but think it was just another arrogant play of his, just like how he ruffles up his hair.
If there was anything weird about the events currently taking place, it was the fact that James had just apologized to Lily. That rarely ever happened. In fact, now that it was happening, Lily was struggling with trying to remember if it had ever happened before. It hadn't. Well... at least not toward her. She swallowed hard, and nodded slowly, looking him up and down as if he were some sort of an imposter. He looked sincere, and honest and it puzzled the red head. She bit her lip, before he let go of her arm, something she hadn't even realized he was still doing. This too, made her uncomfortable. How could she possibly not have noticed him touching her? For a moment she turned pink, before she straightened her posture and started staring him down again. 'Lily, don't start getting weak now...'
"I- Well it's fine. I didn't expect you to show, honest. You never kept up with your responsibilities before, how could I expect now to be any different? Do not let it happen again James. I refuse to do everything for you!"
She had struggled with the words a bit in the begging, but managed to come out strong in the end. She needed him to know that she wasn't going to put up with his games anymore, but she was still trying to be a little bit more nice. She could have said a lot worse than she did, but she was sparing him.
"So... have you got my things then?"
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if the world should stop, we'd still have each other...
no one else, we've walked to school all by ourselves
James Potter was not usually the type to experience guilt. He had done loads of things in his life that were probably worth feeling bad over (endlessly bullying Severus, stealing the golden snitch from the Quidditch trunk, occasionally treating Peter like a servant, etc.), but he hadn’t been losing sleep over them and probably never would. However, knowing that he had upset Lily in a way that could easily have been prevented if he’d been more responsible, James felt an odd sensation in his gut—a certain heaviness that he couldn’t put his finger on. He figured it must have been guilt, as unrecognizable as it was, and once the apology had rolled off of his tongue and wrapped itself around the two of them as they stood in this cramped walkway, he knew by the sound of his own voice that he was being sincere. He was—really, truly, and shockingly—sorry.
He watched her watching him, her green eyes searching his face for signs of treachery, and when she spoke he felt a gale of relief rush through his chest. The prize of her forgiveness was so grand that James barely felt the sting of her professed expectations of him (which were, apparently, none). He knew from experience that she had let him off easy this time, and he felt like the luckily boy in the world. Grinning broadly, he clapped his hands together once and looked upon her with that ever-familiar glint of mischief in his eyes.
“Brilliant. It won’t happen again, I swear by my…” he trailed off, raising his eyes to the ceiling for a brief moment while he racked his brains for something that meant enough to him that swearing by it would seem monumental. “I swear by… my broomstick,” he finished definitively. He was not sure if Lily knew how important said broomstick was to him, but if she had any idea at all, she would surely take his promise seriously.
Of course, Lily made sure to cut off his cheerful little moment of redemption rather more quickly than he’d have liked. Her request implied her hope that James had at least managed to garner up the responsibility to bring with him the things he and Sirius had stolen from her the year before. If he hadn’t, it was pretty clear that Lily would literally explode. Luckily for the both of them, James had stowed Lily’s notes and book in his trunk the night Sirius had come to stay at his house for the summer, and he hadn’t removed them since. Grin still intact, James nodded his head once and turned on his heel, pulling back open the sliding glass door they’d exited through just minutes beforehand.
One look from Sirius was enough to tell James that everyone in the compartment had heard the entire conversation that had transpired between he and Lily in the hallway, and he smiled sheepishly, letting out an awkward laugh for lack of a more appropriate response. He reached up to pull his trunk from the overhead racks it was resting on, having no choice but to set it down right smack in the middle of the floor. At this point he had already interrupted whatever casual chatter had been going on between the others, so there was really no point in trying to be discreet with this exchange; without hesitation he easily undid the latches and lifted the top. He retrieved Lily’s notes and book from where he’d placed them (in a neat little stack atop his own school books), dropped the trunk shut, and turned to face Lily once more, holding out her things as though they were some sort of offering.