“I thought that you said I had to eat. If you’re in here how am I supposed to?”
“Stop being cheeky and get on with it,” he replied. “I only came because I figured you wouldn’t
want to get lonely.” He sat in
silence while she ate her meal, and when it became apparent that she had
finished, he spoke again.
“So, do you want to talk about it?”
“Do I have any choice?” she retorted.
“Hey, Lil, if you don’t want to talk, I can’t force you. I just thought it might help.”
“Well…seeing as you asked so nicely…it’s like this. I was absolutely devastated when I got Mum’s
letter about Dad, of course, and I got myself home as fast as I possibly
could. At home it was awful. Dad looked like he was going to die any second,
and Mum wasn’t much better. Petunia
was no use, so I had to take charge. First of all, I had to get mum to actually listen to me, and then
when she did, the whole house relied on me.
I had to look after Mum and Dad, and keep everywhere clean. I didn’t have time in the day to do anything
else, so I wrote to you lot, and learnt all my school stuff at night. I was tired out by the end of three weeks,
but Mum and Dad were going to be okay, so I didn’t mind. But since I got back I can’t sleep, and eating is like forcing slugs
down my throat. Still, Madame
Flooey thinks that I’ll be okay by the end of the week, and then maybe
you’ll all get off my back.”
“I knew it,” Felicity said, entering at this point. “I knew you were trying to do too much. No point in telling you that though. You know how to give a girl a fright, Lil,
I’ll say that for you. I almost
had hysterics when you fainted, and Cee and Ellie were even worse.”
“What are you doing in here?” Madame Flooey shouted at Felicity
and James. “This girl needs rest. You must go.” So they did grinning wildly. However,
Lily’s collapse, and James’ actions afterwards began a series of rumours
that were eventually going to affect the pair concerned.
Chapter 11 - Rumours
Lily was back in circulation, she was acutely conscious of the whispers
and stares that followed her around. She knew only too well that people
thought that she was a spineless weakling, and this sudden influx in Avoid-Lily
Syndrome did nothing to put her at ease. She spoke to Felicity about it.
really unfair Flick. They all think that I'm pathetic, just because I'm
small, and quiet, and it just so happens that I fainted. That's not the
real me...is it?"
listen to me honey. Yes you’re small, but no one who really knows you
would ever describe you as quiet. They might think that you're spineless,
but they don't know the real you. You're one of the toughest people I
even Felicity's reassurances didn't stop Lily from worrying. One morning
at breakfast she noticed James was looking at her in a strange manner.
She thought "Now even my friends are going to desert me." She
was about to comment, but he got in first.
start that again," he said, looking at her plate. Lily looked down
at the food she had been pushing around for the past half an hour, blushed,
and then smiled at him, before proceeding to clear the plate.
was only through her friends’ watchfulness that she didn't begin to start
doubting herself. She hated people she didn't know knowing anything about
her, especially when what they knew was not necessarily truth. What Lily
didn't know, and none of her friends were going to tell her, was that
the rumours were actually about her and James. Sadly for them, their plan
didn't quite work out the way it was expected too.
day, Lily was sitting, hidden from view, in the library, writing an Arithmancy
essay, when she heard her name mentioned. She heard her name, and her
ears sharpened, unconsciously.
reckon that they're hiding it. It's obvious that they're together."
James Potter and Lily Evans? You've got to be joking. He's Mr. Irresponsible,
and she's Little Miss Perfect. There is no way the two of them would ever
don't know. Potter's been more responsible since he got the whole prefect
thing, and Lily isn't as perfect as she seems."
let me get this straight. Lily and James are together, but no one is supposed
to know, but everyone does. Sounds a bit far fetched..."
didn't stay to hear any more. On the one hand it hurt her to think that
people would believe things about her that were not the truth, and on
the other hand, she found it highly amusing that they put her with James
of all people. To Lily he was nursemaid and guardian, but never lover.
Not looking where she was going, she bumped into someone. Looking up,
she saw James Potter, and she burst into gales of laughter. He looked
at her, frowning, probably suspecting that she was slightly unhinged.
are you laughing at me?"
I'm not. Don't worry about it James. It's just something I heard. It was
when she told Felicity, Eleanor and Cecelia about it, they didn't find
it funny at all.
lighten up girls. I'm mean, of all people James Potter. He acts like my
dad, not my boyfriend."
it's not funny. People in this school are starting to hate you. They want
old James for themselves you see, and you've snagged him." Felicity
said, stating bluntly what all three were thinking.
we're not together." Lily said, suddenly confused.
think that you are. And let's face it Lil, sometimes the two of you could
appear to be lovey-dovey."
the two of you get on so well, and before you say it I know that you get
on equally well with Remus and Sirius, but it's James you sit next to."
Cecelia put in patiently.
in Transfiguration, and only because you three and Remus, Sirius and Peter
decided to pair up boy/girl. And you decided who got to sit with whom.
James and I were stuck with each other whether we liked it or not."
they don't know that. Look Lil, just forget about it. The rumours will
die down. They always do. In the meantime, don't worry."
when Lily was off catching up on some of the work she had missed, Felicity
spoke to Eleanor and Cecelia.
was wrong." She began. "Lily isn't worried about us teasing
her, because she doesn't even know that she's in love. And now I know
exactly who it is that she's gone for,"
Cecelia asked, curiously.
Cee, you can't see anything unless it's shoved under her nose. The rumours
aren't all that wrong. Okay, James and Lily aren't together yet, but I
reckon they soon will be."
reckoning without taking them into account. How do you know that James
likes Lily? I still can't work out how you decided it's him she fancies.
But never mind."
the conversation ended. Eventually it became obvious that James and Lily
were not an item, and so the rumours died down, but those in their inner
circle were all too aware of the growing warmth between them.
Chapter 12 - A Trip to Hogsmeade
had been and gone, and Christmas was on the way. The sixth years were
all looking forward to a trip to Hogsmeade. Lily was particularly interested,
as she had missed the last visit, and was dying to see all the new jokes
that were out at Zonko's. Also, being literary minded, she planned to
buy a couple of books to keep her going throughout the Christmas break,
much to Sirius' disgust.
the Saturday morning, Felicity was the first to wake. Glancing at her
watch, she realised that it was six o'clock, far too early to wake the
others, so she tiptoed out of bed, and hurriedly put on her robes, shivering
madly as she did so. Realising that it was unusually cold, she peered
out of the window, to a fairy tale scene of whirling flakes of snow, and
frost patterns in the lattices.
isn't it?" A voice murmured from beside her. She turned to see Lily
sitting up in bed. "A bit chilly though. We'd better go down to the
common room, otherwise we'll disturb this lot." So Lily too dressed
in haste, and the two girls crept to the common room. Once there, the
fire was stoked up, and they stood in front of it to warm themselves.
later, a tired looking Cecelia entered the room, yawning.
are you two doing?" she asked, suspicious.
worry Cee, Flick was just telling me how her father managed to single-handedly
ruin all their Christmas decorations last year."
how long have you been here?"
the time?" Felicity looked at her watch. "About two hours, lazy
bones. And it's stopped snowing now, so you missed a treat. Where's Ellie?"
was muttering something about lost socks. Better leave her too it. You
know what she's like. They're probably adorning the astronomy tower, or
something equally pathetic. She'll be down soon."
the boys beat Eleanor by a fraction of a second, Sirius grinning wildly,
a super angelic glint in his eyes that could mean only one thing - mischief.
James and Remus looked equally self satisfied, while Peter showed no sign
of any preoccupation, so the girls decided not to say anything As Eleanor
had once pointed out, they had big enough egos that the girls didn't need
to improve them.
merrily, the made their way down to breakfast. By ten o'clock, they were
on the way to Hogsmeade. The chill in the air gave Lily's usually pale
cheeks an extra flush, and Cecelia's blue black hair had broken free of
it's usual restraint, and waved down to her knees, studded with icy jewels.
Sirius was employed teasing Eleanor, who had wound five scarves around
Eleanor...is this the new fashion?" he asked, gesturing towards the
colourful lengths of knitting, "or did you just feel like showing
us your entire wardrobe."
actually," Eleanor said icily, "I just don't want to catch a
Cecelia and Felicity looked at her in astonishment. It wasn't like Eleanor
to worry about her health, in fact, if Cecelia wasn't there to ensure
that she was rational, she would have spent much more time in the medical
sensing that if the topic of conversation was not changed then something
could go badly wrong, hurriedly changed the subject.
we all going together, or are we just meeting up later?"
everyone wants to go to Zonkos..." Cecelia started, "but Lily
wants to go to Bewitched Books, and I know that Ellie needs to get some
more quills...didn't you say that you needed to go to the Post Office
nodded. Then Remus entered the conversation, an unusual glint in his eyes.
wants to get a book or two as well, don't you James? And Sirius, you have
to get some more nightshade, or Assize will put you in detention for the
next six weeks. Wormtail?"
going to the sweet shop." Peter said, decisively. "That way
if Sirius tries another of his trick I'll at least have something to remove
that, the rest of the company fell about with laughter. It had turned
out that the reason for Sirius' glee that morning had been a joke at Peter's
expense. A foul tasting potion had been poured over his food, and when
he had taken a bite of what was supposed to be scrambled egg, the yelp
he made had the entire table in hysterics.
Remus said, with a glance at Eleanor. "We'll all go to Zonko's, then
James and Lily can go off to the bookshop. Sirius and Ellie can go to
Super Scholastica together, and I'll go with Flick to the Post Office,
while Cee can take Peter to the sweet shop."
only change made to Remus' plan involved Cee going with Flick, and he
himself was to accompany Peter.
do you reckon Remus has twigged on?" Cee asked Felicity.
think so. And something tells me that old Moony likes stirring more than
anyone imagined. Come on Cee, I really do need to get this letter to Dad.
There's a parcel to go with it, and all the school owls are in use."
James and Lily, unaware of their friends’ ambitious plan, were walking
companionably to the bookshop.
exactly is it you want?" Lily asked James, suspiciously.
a new book, ‘How To Play Jokes and Remain Innocent’. I thought
it might be rather...erm...handy!"
bet." Lily said dryly. "I should have guessed you wouldn't want
If I haven't got it already, then I don't need it. My mum gave me all
of hers. She's a swot like you!"
take that back James Potter. I'm no more swot than the next person, and
if I didn't read half as much as I do, your jokes wouldn't be any where
near as good as they are." As she was speaking, Lily grabbed a handful
of snow and threw it at him with all her might. He retaliated, and ten
minutes later her efforts paid off. A particularly large snowball resulted
in him lying flat on his back in the middle of the street.
believe I won." Lily said primly, but he saw the laughter in her
eyes, and when she offered him her hand, instead of hauling himself up,
he pulled her down.
give up until your enemy is totally defeated. Otherwise you might find
yourself joining him." Their eyes met, and for what seemed like hours
they gazed at one another.
going to kiss her..." James thought. As if she could read his mind,
Lily blushed, and scrambled to her feet.
on smarty, or we'll never get back in time." James looked at her,
but she was studying the ground intently. So he to got up, and they resumed
their walk in the usual way, albeit in silence.
eight of them met up in the pub later, and James recounted their tale.
Sirius looked up, and spoke with the usual laughter in his voice.
I seem to recall hearing how shy you were right at the beginning of the
year. Obviously the sources got it wrong."
Lily replied laughing. "Quiet does not mean shy. If you live with
Petunia shyness is not something that you can keep."
Sirius! Did we forget to tell you? It's all a careful myth..." Felicity
lowered her voice. "...in her free time Lily is an actress. She's
a member of a Muggle society. And they taught her that the best way to
remain unnoticed is to say nothing and pretend to be bashful."
glared at her, and she returned his look with a smile. Then Remus glanced
at his watch, and they realised that they would have to finish up, as
in twenty minutes they were due back at school. The rest of the day passed
without incident, but a spark had been lighted, and eventually that spark
could only grow into a huge fire, spreading warmth and happiness.
Chapter 13 - Hagrid
was over, and January had been and gone. At last it was February, and
the inhabitants of Hogwarts rejoiced at the return of the sun. Though
fine days were few and far between, they enjoyed them as much as possible,
and even the bad weather was suddenly worthy of praise.
lived in a small house near to the castle that housed the students of
witchcraft and wizardry. Many of the school loved his open way of dealing
with them but it was the eight mischief-makers’ company that he enjoyed
the most. Perhaps it was James' unassuming friendliness, or Lily's sympathetic
nature, but when he was with them he was at his happiest.
happened that the second Saturday of February was fine, and being free
of lessons, the girls decided to pass it with Hagrid. The boys had some
mischief of their own to be getting on with, and when questioned they
would give cryptic clues that not even Lily could solve.
in spring was one of the most beautiful scenes Lily had ever witnessed.
The Forbidden Forest blossomed, and the ground was covered with delicate
blooms that would later be used in Potions or Herbology.
the door to Hagrid's hut Lily rapped a rhythmic rap, and called in a musical
voice that could soothe the sourest of tempers
Hagrid. It's us. Is it all right for us to join you, only we thought you
might forget what we looked like if we abandoned you for much longer."
it's Lily an' Flick an' Cee an' Ellie. How're you three doin'? I 'aven't
seen you four in many a day!”
had so much work Hagrid, you wouldn't believe. And it's been hard too.
Professor Assize must really hate us, because I swear he sets us essays
on the least known potions on purpose. We've been in the library every
day this week researching. But how are you?" Cecelia babbled at a
rate of knots.
just fine. Lookin' after Dumbledore's pumpkins. Great man, Dumbledore.
I was just weedin' them. We'll have some fine ones come Halloween."
you want to get married and have children one day?"
Lily, I 'ave to say that the thought never crossed me mind. I suppose
if I met the right girl...yeah...then I would. Otherwise, there's no point.
Don' worry though. I think you'll find the right person for yeh, if yeh
"Oh. Okay. Hagrid! What on earth is that?"
Lily glanced warily at the rodent-like creature sprawled on the floor.
my new pet. She's a ratunike. Rattie, meet Lily, Flick, Cee an' Ellie."
The rodent looked up and bared her teeth at the girls. Ellie shrank back.
look at 'er. She's smilin'."
She's very, um, different." Cee said, quickly.
think she's adorable." Lily said, and Flick laughed, seeing the fingers
she had crossed behind her back.
is that." Hagrid agreed. "Stroke her." Lily realised that
she would now have to do as Hagrid suggested, so she stretched her hand
towards Rattie, and let the bizarre looking creature sniff her fingers.
The creature had a guinea – pig’s body, with a rat like face, and rabbit
ears, and looked slightly sinister. She sniffed the proffered fingers
warily at first, and then climbed on the hand before her. Lily gasped,
and tentatively stoked the black and white striped creature.
likes yeh." Hagrid said smiling. "Yeh've got a friend for life
her surprise. Lily actually began to agree with Hagrid. In spite of her
peculiar appearance, Rattie showed Lily great affection. But when Cee
came close enough, and tried to stroke her, the little animal bit her,
squeal startled Lily and Rattie, and the two of them jumped. Rattie hid
herself away somewhere, and Lily sat down, heavily, on one of the old
armchairs that adorned the room. Hagrid hurriedly saw to Cee's cut, and
then they stayed for lunch, in spite of Ellie's misgivings. She'd eaten
with Hagrid before, and his cooking erred on the less than successful
side of cuisine. However, it would be cruel to refuse the offer, and so
the girls devoured doorstep sandwiches and rock hard rock buns, washing
them down with huge cups of tea.
spent the afternoon with Hagrid, listening to him regaling them with tales
of old. In spite of his appearance, Hagrid was an excellent storyteller,
and all too soon it was time for the four listeners to leave. It was getting
dark, and soon dinner would be served at the castle. But they promised
to come back soon, and Lily privately decided to learn more about ratunikes.
Little did she know how useful the knowledge she was to gain would be
to her in days to come.
Chapter 14 - The Marauder's Map
The girls enjoyed their afternoon with Hagrid, while James, Sirius, Remus
and Peter were industrially employed. They had decided in the weeks beforehand
that they needed to pass what Sirius called their "superior knowledge"
of the school’s design on to younger generations. Remus did mention that
they had another year to work on this plan, but James and Sirius had brushed
his announcement off. As James had pointed out, next year would be their
last, and they would have other things to sort out. Besides, as they had
realised their dilemma now, they should solve it at once.
how can we do anything?" Peter had wondered.
the obvious answer to that would be a map..." James mused. "That
way people could follow it easily. Most people have some understanding
Sirius replied, deep in thought. "But if it's a map, then everyone
would be able to read it. Can you imagine what McGonagall would say if
she saw it? 'I've never been so disappointed in my life. You boys should
know better' blah blah blah. We'll have to do something to sort that out."
simple enough." James declared. "We'll charm it to respond only
to a specific phrase."
But shouldn't we have it a little more interesting. It should help the
prospective mischief-makers, not just guide them."
got it. Remus said suddenly, startling James out of ten years’ growth.
"What would be the most useful thing to have when we go on nightly
you mean apart from knowing exactly where Filch and Mrs. Norris are?"
Remus replied. "We'll charm it so that it will show where everyone
in the castle is. That way, you'd be able to move before you were found."
not everyone has an Invisibility Cloak." Peter added.
one, Remus. But we want to, um, upset anyone who tries to read it unlawfully."
Charm." James was quick to come up with it. "And we should mention
that we wrote it. Not our real names you idiot!" This to Peter who
was about to protest. "Our nicknames. Right. So we've got the framework."
the best at drawing. You'd better draw the thing. If we let Sirius or
Peter loose, it'll just be a black blob, and I'm not that good."
Remus said, firmly.
James sat down to draw a map of the school as they knew it. It would have
been easier had they been able to use magic to plot it, but Hogwarts was
Unplottable. While James drew, the others looked up the various charms
in preparation to use them. After an hour’s solid work, they just needed
to charm the parchment.
anyone could do anything, Remus removed the parchment form James' grasp,
and began to write on it.
Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs
Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers
are proud to present
THE MARAUDER'S MAP
peered over his shoulder, and read it.
touch Moony. Very poetic. McGonagall would be impressed...if she didn't
understand what it meant."
they performed the charms. The first and most important was the Invisibility
Charm. Unless the correct password was used, the map would not reveal
itself, and it would disappear on command. The Insulting Charm was then
added. Each of the Marauders added their own charm to this, so each would
be able to insult unlicensed readers. Finally came the trickiest charm.
The Tracking Charm, which would ensure that all of those in the castle
would appear on the map, complete with label. The charm was complex, but
James, Sirius and Remus were up to the challenge, and when the girls arrived
back from their visit to Hagrid their work was complete. The Marauder's
Map was now a reality.
what is it you've been doing then?" asked Cecelia, curiously.
being as you are like ourselves, I suppose we might let you in on the
secret." Sirius looked at his friends, who nodded. "This."
He presented the startled girls with a blank piece of parchment.
spent all day doing nothing." Felicity guessed. "Well in that
case you'd have been better off at Hagrid's. He told some great stories."
Remus warned. "There is more to this parchment than meets the eye."
Eleanor looked at them, then fished out her wand and placed it on the
removium." Nothing happened.
happened." Lily observed.
you'll show your secret, or my name isn't Eleanor Anne Silver." Eleanor
replied, hotly. To the girls’ surprise, writing began to bloom across
Moony appreciates the suggestion but politely requests you to find something
else to do, as this is a futile attempt to gain knowledge.
Prongs concurs, and would like to add, ‘Have a nice life’.
Padfoot suggests that Miss Silver turns her hand to something more in
tune with her character.
Wormtail would like only to finish with Good Riddance.
do I get the feeling doing something you shouldn't be?" Felicity
asked, eyes narrowed.
Flick, I can assure you - I solemnly swear I am up to no good." James
replied, his eyes glinting mischievously. The map surfaced, and in the
Gryffindor Common Room, the girls noticed their own names and positions.
a map." Lily said stupidly.
Lil. You have learnt to recognise the obvious." Sirius replied, sarcastically.
tells me that this isn't just for show," Cecelia joined the conversation.
Remus said, grinning like a Cheshire cat. "We're putting it to good
Chapter 15 - Young Love
the weeks went on, Felicity began to despair of James and Lily ever getting
together of their own accord. Lily was too naive to realise what was going
on, and James seemed to be equally so. In the end, Flick decided to take
matters into her own hands. So, she called a meeting, involving herself,
Cee, Ellie, Sirius, Remus and Peter. The boys came, curious, wondering
why they had been told not to mention it to either James or Lily, and
the girls knew exactly what Felicity was going to do.
for coming guys. I suppose I'd better explain." she began.
right!" Peter exclaimed. "I should be revising for the Transfiguration
Felicity continued, unperturbed. "I suspect you've noticed how James
and Lily have become rather, how can I put this? Preoccupied recently."
not to." Sirius whined. "James has been in cloud cuckoo land
for months. I'm surprised he ever deigns to join us."
know where this is going." Remus said smiling.
know, don't you." Felicity said, her eyes meeting his.
what?" Sirius asked, confused.
James and Lily." Remus replied. "They've fallen in love."
Sirius nearly fell off of his chair in his surprise. "I thought the
whole thing was just an act. Anyway," he calmed down, coming to his
senses. "How do you know?"
it's obvious." Felicity retorted, patiently. "Look at how worried
he was when she was ill...and vice versa. And the Hogsmeade thing. It
all adds up. But anyway. That's beside the point. What I want to know
is this. How do we get them together...?"
their friends were planning how to bring them together, James and Lily
were together in the library, supposedly helping Flick by looking up some
outrageous potion recipes. James kept glancing at his female counterpart
out of the corner of his eye, and Lily had read the same page three times,
without absorbing any of it.
James was the outspoken one, but for some reason, he was suddenly shy.
Lily, the more reserved of the two, on the other hand, was prepared to
stick her neck on the line.
anyone ever tell you, you've got nice eyes?"
another half an hour they worked, or rather appeared to work, steadily.
Then James spoke.
you mind if I did something?"
He leant forward and kissed her on the lips. Then he sat back, watching
her flush prettily.
was...unexpected." She said grinning. "At least we're hidden
away from everyone else here."
So, are you thinking what I'm thinking?" he asked, smiling at her.
depends what you're thinking." she replied, softly.
thinking that you feel the way that I feel. And I think that we're sort
love?" she suggested.
Thank you." He looked at her, and sparkling eyes of blue locked on
jewels of emerald green. For a moment, nothing was said, they just looked
into each others’ eyes, as if they could see their souls in them. At last
Lily broke the spell.
think that people will start to think I live in the library if I don't
leave soon. Besides, you can guarantee that the others are up to mischief.
Without us. It's criminal!"
Why would they want us out of the way anyway...unless they're planning
to do something to us."
like to see them try," Lily smirked. "We'd have to retaliate,
and between us we could give the six of them a couple of pretty hectic
weeks. But anyway, I don't think they're planning mischief in the way
you mean. I overheard Cee talking to Sirius, and Flick called the meeting.
And if I know Felicity, she's trying to act as matchmaker."
do you know?"
the way she's been acting for the past couple of weeks. She's itching
to get us together. So's Remus if it comes to that. Why else did they
send us book shopping together."
shopping. Yeah...really romantic." James replied, deadpan. "But
if they're trying to get us together and we already are...at least...I
think we are?"
Lily said, decisively. "Something tells me we should go and finish
the meeting before they plan something completely outrageous. I'll bet
you a sickle that's what it's about."
in arm they left the library, talking companionably as they went. Anyone
who saw them would not define them as a couple, but that is what they
were. When they arrived outside the portrait hole, Lily turned to James,
and kissed him.
you can do the talking. I'd just put my foot in it." He exclaimed.
know." she replied. "Which is why you need luck." He glared
at her. "For goodness’ sake James - these are our friends. But if
you're that bothered then I'll do it." And having announced the password
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks - she marched in, and spied her friends almost
immediately. When she arrived, they stopped talking abruptly.
guys." She announced her arrival.
hi!" Felicity spoke, a frown creasing her brow. "Weren't you
in the library?"
but Flick, why exactly do you want to know how to talk to the animals?
I'd have thought that this lot were animal enough for you." At which
James, Sirius, Remus and Peter spluttered, although they managed to control
Um. I thought.."
- what exactly are you planning? Only we've been secluded in the library
for a good hour and a half, and if we'd stayed there much longer, then
we'd look like books."
wants to get you two together." Peter squealed, in spite of the glares
Remus and Felicity were bestowing on him. Lily looked at James, and then
held out her hand. He reluctantly gave her a sickle, and then the two
of them burst into gales of laughter.
on earth are you doing?" Cee interrupted their squeals of mirth.
okay." James calmed down enough to give a coherent answer. "Only
Lily bet me a sickle that you were plotting to get us together."
that's not funny." Peter objected.
but what is funny," Lily replied. "Is that we're already together,
so you needn't have bothered."
you weren't when you left." Ellie objected.
after an hour and a half looking up potions in the mustiest corner of
the library, you'd be ready to declare your love too!" James replied.
mean we didn't need to..." Remus said, smiling.
Now. If you've quite finished planning out our lives for us perhaps we
could do something more constructive."
Chapter 16 - The Joke Gone Wrong
became obvious even to the most unobservant of those attending Hogwarts
that James and Lily were an item. He was envied by many a man, and she
was multi-cursed by the female population of the school. Fortunately,
neither of them knew of this, and so the days passed without incident.
Snape, meanwhile, was determined to discover where it was that Remus Lupin
went every month. It was difficult for anyone to ignore Lupin's perpetual
absences, and Snape was devious enough to realise that the cause of them
could be used to his advantage. However, his intelligence did not branch
to the same levels as that of Remus' friends. Snape did not notice the
telltale signs that Remus was a werewolf - the boggart that turned into
a full moon, checking out the lunar chart and the like. He was curious,
and his curiosity led to carelessness.
day, Sirius overheard him talking to his cronies. Sirius, quick of wit,
and hot of temper decided that Snape deserved a lesson. Not realising
the harm he could cause, Sirius told Snape the secret of the Whomping
want to know about the Whomping Willow? Fine. I'll tell you. Use a long
stick to tap the knot in the roots, and the willow will freeze. Satisfied?"
was, and Sirius went about his business, never dreaming that his revealing
this information would later cause more harm than he could ever imagine.
to both Snape and Sirius, someone else had overheard their exchange. Felicity
Howell was no fool. Knowing that Remus was a werewolf meant that it would
be unsafe for any human to come into contact with him when he transformed.
She recalled Cecelia once telling her that the Willow had been planted
the year they started at Hogwarts. She put two and two together, and realised
that it was the Whomping Willow that prevented anyone coming into contact
with Remus in his transformed state.
may only have been at Hogwarts for a term and a half, but she knew enough
about Severus Snape to realise that he would use Sirius' information.
She also knew that for him it was a potentially fatal situation.
to Felicity's arrival, Lily, Cecelia and Eleanor had formed a threesome,
but Lily had once mentioned that Cee and Ellie were closer to each other
than she. Since Flick joined them, she had become Lily's confidante, and
she instinctively knew that her softly spoken friend would know exactly
what to do with this information.
for Flick, she had no opportunity to catch Lily on her own that day. Even
more worrying was the knowledge that tonight was going to be a full moon.
wasn't until the two of them were in the dormitory that she told Lily
all that she had overheard. Lily looked at her in horror.
if Snape does what Sirius told him..."
bye Snape - I know. And while I admit that Snape is highly annoying, even
Sirius wouldn't want him dead. And Remus would be mortified. We've got
to do something Lil. Have you got any - Lily! Where are you going?"
For as Felicity had been speaking, Lily had grabbed her robes, and was
struggling into them. Felicity hurried after her, but it was no good.
For someone so small, Lily was incredibly fleet footed, and by the time
Flick had reached the common room, Lily had disappeared from sight.
knew exactly what she needed to do. Like any other witch who had studied
werewolves, she knew how to deal with them. But this wasn't a werewolf,
it was Remus, and if she didn't find James quickly then everything would
go horribly wrong. But by the time she reached the Whomping Willow,
she had not got the energy to travel any further. After running a good few miles from the common
room, she sank to her knees, and hoped that some divine power would help
her to prevent the inevitable.
a queer twist of fate James Potter happened to be studying the Marauder's
Map at the time Lily arrived at the Whomping Willow. Startled, he decided
to investigate, knowing that she would never leave the Gryffindor tower
this late, unless some prank was planned. If that had been the case, then
he would have known. So, he hurried to discover why it was that she had
come to the Whomping Willow of all places.
You took your time didn't you." she gasped, trying to breathe, and
talk at the same time.
are you doing?" her concerned boyfriend enquired, mildly.
don't play dumb. I know Remus is a werewolf, okay. And there's no time
for me to explain, so just listen." she continued, seeing an unspoken
question on his lips. "Flick heard Sirius tell Severus Snape how
to stop the Whomping Willow from tearing you into shreds. Flick, in her
wisdom, realised that the Willow was there to protect us from Remus in
a werewolf state, and Snape will come, and if we don't do something, then
either Remus or Snape will get hurt."
Damn Sirius, he never did know when to keep his mouth shut. Lil. You get
back to the castle, and let Flick know that everything will be fine, before
she blabs. I'll stay here, and wait for Snape. And don't worry. I have
ways and means of protecting myself." Lily gave him a ghost of a
know you're Animagi - Prongs." and with that she fled, hoping that
he would be able to stop Snape before it was too late.
in the girls dormitory, she gave Flick a muttered explanation, before
climbing into bed to fall into a restless sleep.
was up early the next morning, and she reached the common room as a tired
James, Sirius and Peter entered. She knew that Remus would probably be
in the medical wing, recovering. Sirius and Peter ignored her and made
for their dormitory, but in answer to her imploring look, James stayed
long enough to explain.
happened?" she asked curiously.
and settled back to tell the tale.
Lily had left James was prepared. Lying in wait for Snape, without being
seen to lie in wait was difficult, but he pulled it off. Snape had stilled
the Willow and entered the Shrieking Shack before James could get to him.
He froze in horror in front of the werewolf, and were it not for James'
forceful pushing, he would have stayed there, easy bait for the creature.
Thankfully, James had enough presence of mind to get Snape into the passage
leading back to the castle.
it been anyone else, they would be grateful. Snape had no knowledge of
James' capacity to transform at will, and so as far as he was concerned,
the Gryffindor had risked his life to save him. But Snape merely snarled
at James, and insisted that Dumbledore would expel him for his folly,
which James thought was rather rich, as Snape himself had been wilfully
defying as many rules as he himself had. However, Snape had gone and the
danger was over.
all I have to do is wait for Dumbledore's summons. And I'll guarantee
that Snape'll tell him." James concluded. "Now, if you don't
mind, I'd like to catch forty winks before breakfast." He kissed
Lily quickly, and then hurried after his friends. But an interview with
Dumbledore was inevitable, and Lily knew that it would happen sooner rather
Chapter 17 - In Dumbledore's Study
Felicity, Cecelia and Eleanor met the boys at breakfast later that morning.
The boys said very little, but Cecelia and Eleanor more than made up for
it with trivial small talk.
and Flick, knowing of the boys’ antics as they did, said very little.
They were waiting for the climax that was yet to come. Sure enough, as
they left the dining room, Dumbledore clapped his hand on James' shoulder.
Potter. I'd be very much obliged if you'd step into my office."
Professor." James met Lily's eyes, and winked. Lily sighed with relief.
Apart from any residual tiredness, James was on the top of his form. Snape
had no chance.
Dumbledore's office, there was an undercurrent of mischief that James
was quick to pick up on. The Professor may well have been the best wizard
ever to grace the earth, but James Potter realised that the old man was
not without his eccentricities.
gestured that James should sit down.
Mr Potter. Mr Snape seems to think that you and your friends planned to
... assassinate him last night. He seems to believe you deliberately attempted
to molest him. What would you say?" Dumbledore looked at James, and
although his expression was sombre, his eyes were more questioning than
James began, slowly. "I suppose I should start at the beginning.
I know that you know that Remus is a werewolf. We found that out for ourselves.
He explained everything to us, and I for one, didn't see any reason to
discontinue our friendship." James frowned. "Remus is not a
werewolf, and just a werewolf. He's a human being most of the time. He
deserves a little happiness. I don't see why he should be reviled. If
you ask me, the attitude most people display towards Remus borders on
xenophobia. I appreciate that most werewolves fall under the influence
of dark magic, but if anyone is good, then Remus is." James stopped
his tirade for long enough to draw breath, and Professor Dumbledore entered
the conversation once more.
know all of this James. I need to know about last night."
understand that. Sorry Professor. Well, it all began when Flick -"
Howell, Professor. She overheard someone tell Snape how to freeze the
Whomping Willow. She also knows about Remus, and for someone as intelligent
as she is, it was easy enough to put two and two together." And you
knew all that anyway. James added, silently.
Felicity told Lily, and Lily decided that I should deal with it, as I
see more of Remus than they do. So I did. Snape arrived, and I couldn't
stop him from seeing Remus, but I got him out before he could come to
thinks that you knew of this plan, James, and got cold feet." Dumbledore
not stupid Professor, and I know that Remus would be devastated if he
caused harm to anybody. I had to stop Snape and I would never put anyone
into that kind of jeopardy - even my worst enemy."
Snape is." Dumbledore finished, smiling. "I suppose I should
really interview Miss Howell and Miss Evans, as well as Mr Black. Snape
told me that it was Sirius who told him of the secret. I'm assuming he
got the information from Remus."
Remus promised you he wouldn't tell anyone. Sirius' dad works at the Ministry,
and you'd be surprised at how much research he can do. Once he knew we
needed a knot, it was a case of trial and error.
thank you James. I would suggest you all stay away from the Whomping Willow.
It was planted for a reason. Obviously I cannot comment now, but I think
that, perhaps Severus was mistaken."
like you know, James thought. There's not much you don't know, and I'm
prepared to bet that you know Snape hates me.
you send Lily and Felicity to me, please James. I need to sort out this
whole mess, and then everyone will be so much happier."
left Dumbledore's office and went of to find Lily and Flick. Somehow,
he instinctively knew that their interview would not be as easy as his,
even though they had done nothing wrong.
hearing of his summons, Lily and Flick travelled to Dumbledore's office
with a sense of foreboding. As Lily pointed out, it was stupid to worry.
They had nothing to hide, or to be scared of. Then again, unlike James'
band of merry men, Lily and Co. had never had to visit Dumbledore before,
and consequently didn't know what to expect.
reaching the portrait, they heard Dumbledore's voice.
password is Liquorice Allsorts. Muggle sweets that I'm not above eating."
girls smiled at each other and announced the password. The picture swung,
and they entered.
Evans, Miss Howell. Have a seat." Lily and Felicity sat down, and
Potter has informed me that the two of you heard of Mr Snape's supposed
plan. I would like to know why you did not inform a member of staff. It
was a high risk to take."
and Lily looked at each other. They couldn't exactly say that James, Sirius
and Peter would have been there anyway, and to inform a teacher would
culminate in a discovery of the boys hidden talents.
suppose we didn't think, Professor," Felicity began, to smooth ruffled
feathers. She could ooze charm on occasion, and was not above using it
to get her out of a sticky situation. "Really, there wasn't time.
I couldn't talk to Lily about it until we were in our dormitory, and it
was getting dark by then. We'd have to have found a teacher, and explained,
and by that time it would probably have been to late."
see." Dumbledore was pensive. "But why go to James Potter? You
could have told Snape himself, and then all of this," he waved his
hand around, "could have been averted.” Lily frowned.
would have been an excellent idea, but I don't think that it would have
been viable. Snape doesn't really ... like James and-"
like him! Hey, Lil, join the real world. They hate each other!"
for that clarification Flick." Lily said dryly. "Anyway, as
we're James' friends, he doesn't like us either, I suppose it's by default."
As Lily stopped for breath, Felicity took up the tale.
we'd said anything to Snape he'd think we were either trying to stop him
finding something incriminating about Remus, or he'd ignore us."
see. So...you couldn't tell a teacher - it was too late. You couldn't
tell Snape - he wouldn't believe you. What I want to know is why James
was your first choice?"
looked at Felicity. She could see that Flick was thinking the same as
her - Dumbledore was suspicious. At last Felicity, in her usual forthright
manner gave an explanation.
I know I'm going to embarrass you Lil', so just sit tight and let me get
this out. When you know someone really well, then you can tell where they'd
be useful. Lily and James are sort of, um, together, and she knows him
almost as well as he knows himself, and he's good at problem solving.
And he and Remus are our friends. So he'd know what to do. I suppose we
could have gone to Sirius or Peter," Lily suppressed a snort at that,
"But," Flick continued, "it was Sirius' fault, and he can
be awfully hot headed on occasion. And Peter. He's great and everything,
but he relies on Remus, James and Sirius to help him, so he wasn't any
good either. So it had to be James."
seemed to realise he wasn't going to get anything else out of the girls.
Perhaps he didn't want to. After all, he had ways and means of obtaining
the exact truth if he wanted.
you girls. You may go. Send Sirius to me please."
and Felicity left the room thankfully.
You are the absolute limit. He's the headmaster, not your granddad!"
was fishing, and you know it. And that's strange for a start. I mean,
dad said he's quite laid back. He's being awfully...I don't know...uptight
about it all."
was a stupid thing to do, and it could have got Snape killed, which would
probably have lost Professor Dumbledore his job. If there was an award
for coming up with the most harebrained scheme of all time, Sirius would
win it - Flick - what are you staring at?"
as Lily had been speaking, Felicity had come to an abrupt halt outside
a seemingly empty classroom. Lily peered in, and then looked at Felicity,
the colour draining from her face.
the classroom, James Potter was kissing another girl.
Chapter 18 - Consequences
Dumbledore finished his interviews. He passed judgement. Snape lost Slytherin
thirty points. As Dumbledore had told him, his actions were against the
rules for a reason, and if he was not capable of reasoning, then he must
bear the consequences.
lost Gryffindor ten points. He had no right to tell Snape about the Whomping
Willow, and his thoughtlessness could have caused serious repercussions.
However, Dumbledore was perceptive enough to realise that Sirius had not
meant to endanger Snape, and so had been lenient.
Potter had won his house twenty points for bravery in the face of danger.
It could have been more, but in his actions he had broken rules, and had
to be penalised.
meant nothing to Lily. People may have seen her as a walkover, but she
wasn't. Most of the time, she was either bitterly angry, or highly bemused.
Her friends supported her, and they were all giving James the silent treatment.
Not knowing what Lily and Felicity had seen, James himself was confused
at her attitude. She would happily chat to Sirius, Remus and Peter, but
she froze every time she saw him, and the other girls weren't much better.
Remus and Peter were concerned, and so they spoke to Felicity about their
diminutive friend's sudden coldness.
Why's Lily suddenly become an Ice Maiden in Jimmy boy’s presence? Come
to think of it you, Cee and Ellie are just as bad. The guy's really cut
up about her freezing up when he walks into a room."
He deserves it!" Felicity replied in heartfelt tones.
was kissing someone else. If he wants to play with fire then he should
expect to get burnt. Lily's far too good for the likes of him."
way!" Remus exclaimed. "Look, Flick, I know James, and he'd
never two time Lily. He thinks she's the best thing that ever happened
He's got a funny way of showing it. I mean, I agreed with you, but I was
with Lily when we saw him. She's devastated, understandably. I suppose
it was too much to hope for - a sixteen year old boy who actually cared!"
don't put all of us down. I never had you singled out as a man hater!"
not," Felicity sighed. "I suppose I'm just mad at James, and
taking it out on you. Then again, I don't need to be. Lil's absolutely
livid. I wouldn't advise messing with her right now!"
another explanation." Sirius was convinced, and his tone showed it.
"And I'm going to find out what."
boys were never going to turn against James, and the girls were never
going to alienate Lily, so the two groups were at a checkmate. The boys
were not so sure that Lily and James should be together if she didn't
trust him, in spite of Felicity's exasperated reasoning. Lily only believed
because she had seen.
atmosphere among the mischief-makers was fraught with tension. All of
the previous camaraderie had been eaten up by suspicion. One day, when
there was yet another awkward silence, Cecelia cracked.
she began, heatedly, "I hate this. If you two don't sort something
out then I'm going to explode. For goodness sake, deal with it! If you want us to leave, we will."
bother," came Lily's frigid tones. "I have nothing to say."
James exclaimed. "You've been ignoring me for a week, but you forgot
to let me know what I've done wrong!"
already know." Lily said, quietly. "Or have you forgotten already?"
Lily grow up and talk to me!"
up? GROW UP! You're the one who needs to grow up James Potter. I'm not
the one who's a two timing good for nothing!"
you've forgotten have you. Well, I suppose I'd better remind you. You
remember Dumbledore telling you to find Flick and I. When he dismissed
us we had to find Sirius. On the way we happened to glance into an empty
classroom. Only it wasn't empty was it? No! Because you were in it, weren't
you. Kissing someone who definitely wasn't me." The icy calm of Lily's
voice was more disconcerting than any temper tantrum. James looked at
her, startled, and then, to everyone's surprise, he laughed. Lily looked
at him, and then her temper got the better of her. Her hand came up, and
before anyone could realise what she was doing, she slapped him. Then
she turned on her heel and left, throwing one final shot as she left.
glad you find it funny. Well, you just keep laughing because I never want
to see you again. Ever." And with that she left, leaving an astonished
company gazing in her wake. No one would have thought that Lily, usually
so docile, had enough pepper in her to dish that one out. Typically, it
was Sirius who spoke first.
He said in awed tones. "That went well."
yes, it was a complete success." James spat at him. "Absolutely
marvellous. Now I'm one girlfriend down."
one to go." Felicity muttered, angrily.
James turned on her.
one more to go!" Felicity said clearly. "You deserved every
word of that."
I see. Let's all support Lily. Didn't anyone ever think that perhaps it
might be a good idea to ask me about it?" James stormed.
because I saw you too. And the only thing higher than you on my top ten
hate list is Voldemort. I even hate Snape less!"
I didn't kiss her." James said, testily.
saw you, lovey, and it wasn't just a friendly kiss on the cheek!"
Flick, I didn't kiss her, she kissed me. And she was a Slytherin. One
of Snape's little friends. Something tells me that it was planned all
along. Snape knew that Dumbledore would never expel us. That was his revenge."
telling that to Lily." Felicity said, sceptically. "Although
I actually believe you. It was hard to believe in the first place. Snape
must be having a field day."
me about it!" James said, wryly.
James. I'm not particularly good at this whole apologising thing. It isn't
really me, but I owe you one. I'm sorry. Forgive me?"
It's not your fault. But even if you girls know the truth, Lily doesn't."
tell her the truth." Cecelia entered the conversation. "You
sit next to her in Transfiguration, and we can't swap seats this late
in the year. She'll listen once she's cooled off. She's been in tempers
at Ellie and I before, and we're still friends."
Cee? I doubt she told you she never wanted to see you again!" Remus
intervened. "Still there's no harm in trying. But I've got a better
suggestion. She probably won't listen if you talk. Try writing. Then she'll
have to read it. Cee, your dad's a Muggle, can't you send her a Muggle
envelope thing, and then James can put his letter inside that.
worth a try." Ellie said doubtfully. "Have you Cee?"
You write the letter, we'll see she gets it. That's the best we can do."
the seven of them set to, and Lily received the end result two days later.
She tore the letter open curiously, not knowing the handwriting. Cee had
got Jo to address it for her, and her younger sisters clear print was
an unknown to Lily. She opened it, and looked at the contents.
said you never wanted to see me again, you didn't mention letter writing.
So here is my explanation. Yes there was a kiss, but I wasn't the one
doing the kissing. You should know me well enough to know that if I say
something, I mean it, and I told you I was in love with you. While I won't
guarantee you can't be in love with two people, I'm not, and so here's
my explanation. You saw one of Snape's female Slytherin cronies kissing
me, not the other way round. It's his idea of revenge. And if you don't
believe this then you're playing into his hands. So, Lil, forget about
it. I love you, not some other pathetic nobody.
the letter, Lily could tell that it had a ring of truth to it. There was
no beating about the bush. James told her exactly what he wanted to, with
no fancy poetry or lovey dovey stuff. He could tell that in her current
mood she'd never accept that. And while she admitted that he could be
lying, she doubted it. Her face broke into a smile, and she winked at
him across the table. He smiled at her, and winked back. Sirius, Remus,
Peter, Flick, Cee and Ellie all breathed a sigh of relief. The tempest
Chapter 19 - A Peculiar Warning
that harmony had been restored in the realm of romance, there were more
practical matters to deal with. Like how to get back at Snape for his
attempt to damage James and Lily's relationship.
swear," James said, from the comfortable chair they were sharing,
"if I had it my way he'd remember this one for a fair few years."
but James," Lily said tartly, "he had to ruin us because let’s
face it, who'd be interested in a slimeball like him?"
now," Ellie intervened, laughing. "Looks aren't everything!"
but they help." Cee giggled.
Felicity said decisively. "I'd go for character over looks any day."
but Flick," Sirius said, mocking her, "Snape has no character."
you girls going to get girlie?" Peter asked, from his perch by the
fireplace, "Because if you are, I'm leaving."
they're not." Remus replied. "We're here to decide how best
to bring Snape off of his high horse - again."
lot are awful." Lily said, in spite of the merriment they could see
in her smile. "We should just leave the poor guy alone."
Lil, " Sirius ventured, tentatively, "Yesterday among the many
insults that you heaped upon him in his absence you mentioned a desire
for revenge, quite emphatically. As I recall you were prepared to carry
out the deed there and then."
but you didn't come up with a plan did you? And today I'm not quite so
You never told me you were violent when I declared my undying love for
you!" James joked.
my dear, is because I didn't think you'd be subject to it. Sadly, fortune
meant that all did not go to plan, and now you know."
spite of the prolonged meeting, none of them, not even Sirius, could come
up with a solution which would sufficiently pay Snape back. And very soon,
Snape was the last thing on their mind.
next morning, Lily received an owl. That in itself would not have been
strange, but she didn't recognise the owl. Not knowing anyone in the wizarding
world, she was scarcely likely to receive one, and her curiosity was aroused.
wonder who it's from?" she said to Felicity.
it and see. You seem to do nothing but get mail!" Felicity retorted.
on her advice, Lily took the parchment, and unrolled it. The owl didn't
leave, but that wasn't unusual. Many owls waited for replies to their
letters. However, the note the owl carried was unusual, and Lily's went
pale as she read it.
must heed this notice, or I fear it will be too late. Listen to the owl.
I have bewitched her so that she can speak. She, like myself has been
in captivity for the past several months, and only recently did I find
something that I think might interest you. Don't show this to anyone that
you do not trust. Above all, be careful. The information the owl has is
paramount to your continued survival. If this is found then I am in grave
danger. Good Luck my young friend, and take care.
others were startled when Lily pushed back her chair, and hurried out
of the room, the owl on her shoulder, eyes wide with fear. Felicity looked
at James, and the two of them followed her. Rolling his eyes, Sirius motioned
for the others to follow, which they did curiously. It was something that
they always did. The eight of them stuck together, and any threat to one
of them, was a threat to all.
all eight of them assembled in the Gryffindor common room.
can't stay here," Lily murmured. "We need to go somewhere private."
In the end they made their way to the Shrieking Shack. The rumour of a
haunting presence were enough to keep others away.
they arrived there, Lily read the cryptic letter to them all. When she
finished, she added her own thoughts.
says not to let anyone that I don't trust know, but I think I can trust
you, besides, I might need your help."
don't you ask the owl to tell her story?" Remus suggested. If he
was uncomfortable in the Shack then he didn't show it.
was just getting to that." Lily turned to the owl. "Who sent
you? And what on earth is this all about?"
owl replied, much to her delight. But as they listened they grew sombre.
mistress, Halfreda, sent me here to warn you. She is special. She doesn't
need a wand to make magic, which is why I am able to talk to you in this
way. I suppose you need to know everything.
recent years there has been a lot of fuss about Voldemort." Only
Peter looked stricken, the rest just nodded their agreement. "People
seem to have forgotten that just because there is one bad person who is
publicly prominent, it does not mean that others cannot exist."
agree with you there." Lily said, softly. "All we ever hear
about are the atrocities Voldemort has carried out. Yet in times of war
there are often others, equally bad, who are overlooked, or who become
allies. The Muggles do it, and the witches and wizards do it. I suppose
it's a part of human nature."
Well anyway, have any of you heard of Endommager?" The owl asked.
have," James spoke up.
I," Sirius agreed. That was no surprise, both boys had fathers who
were high up in the Ministry hierarchy, and consequently heard more than
most wizards and witches.
for the sake of those of you who don't, I'll explain. Endommager has been
around for years, and he is about as bad as they come. His only reason
for existence is revenge. You see, when he was a child his parents were
killed by a freak accident, and he blamed the Ministry for improper supervision.
Ever since he has been trying to ruin Ministry members, trying to hurt
those close to them, make them understand how they feel. He is evil, and
my mistress was caught up in an attempt to reprimand him. She and the
hit wizards were all taken prisoner, and have been treated as animals
ever since. That was seven months ago, in October. In the time since then,
she has been listening, trying to fathom his next plan. And you, Lily
Evans, are it."
looked at the owl calmly, although Cee gasped, and even Felicity looked
why would he want Lily?" James asked, puzzled. "She's Muggle-born.
She's never had anything to do with the Ministry. If it were Sirius or
I then I'd understand, but what good will harming Lily do?" His question
was valid. Lily, as the only one of them with no magical heritage should
have been the only one not likely to be affected, not the first on a hit
my young friend you are very wrong. You see, the young lady has something
that Endommager wants very much. She has the power to make you, James
Potter, miserable. She has stolen your heart, and any threat to her will
affect you. If you are affected then your family will be. As your father
is Minister for Magical Maintenance, you are an exceptionally good target.
And by hurting Lily rather than you, you are helpless, in the same way
Endommager was helpless all those years ago. He's twisted, but he's clever.
Endommager wants you to suffer, and if you are not careful suffer you
will. Now, I must go. I have been away from my mistress for too long as
it is. But listen to what I say, you will need to remember it."
Chapter 20 - What Shall We Do?
the owl had flapped off, the young witches and wizards looked at each
other in horror. They did not see how anyone could use someone to hurt
someone that they cared for.
you think that it's true?" Lily asked Sirius for confirmation, and
avoided meeting James' eyes. She wasn't sure how to react to the information
the owl had brought. She certainly had no intention of hurting the Potters.
Not to mention the worry it would give to her own parents should they
true," James answered anyway. His own head was spinning. How on earth
were they going to solve this problem? "And the owl’s right - you
need to be careful."
Lily challenged. "Because this evil wizard might hurt me, or because
he might use me to hurt you?"
he might hurt you." Remus looked at Lily. "You know Lil, hard
though this may seem to believe, James does actually care about you."
Prongs worries about more than just mischief, though you wouldn't want
to believe it!" Sirius added. Then Felicity started laughing. The
others looked at her, startled.
come on guys, you have to admit it was kind of funny. The owl knew more
about our two lovebirds than we did, and we're with them every day. The
owl had never even met them."
was slushy," Peter said, disgusted.
thanks for that little slight on my personal life Peter, Flick, but you
may have forgotten that I'm the one who this evil wizard is going to come
after. Pardon me for being edgy, but if someone you'd never even heard
of held a major grudge against you, you'd be upset too. And I don't have
a clue as to what to do about it." Lily was flushed, and she leant
against the wall thoughtfully.
as it said - be careful. There's not much else you can do." Cee stated
could tell Dumbledore," Ellie added, doubtfully. "Maybe he'd
know what to do."
he'd believe us. Excuse me sir, but a talking owl told me that my life
was in danger. Can you help?" Felicity mocked. "It sounds rather
far fetched, don't you think. And that lot," she nodded towards the
boys, "have got the reputation that'll make him think it's one huge
right." Remus said, sorrowfully. "And we've been in enough trouble
recently without this."
come on Moony. You love it really. Just think how boring life would be
without Wormtail, Moony, Padfoot and Prongs!" Sirius sounded pleased
and safe." Lily retorted. "I don't think safe is a word that
features in your vocabulary Sirius, but for future reference, it's part
of mine. Right now, a very important part of mine. Which means I'd rather
you didn't come up with any stupid stunts that left us wide open to ambush."
sound like a blinkin' army general," Flick moaned. "Lighten
up Lil. So someone's after you. There's not much that we can do about
it. I suppose we'll just have to be careful. Don't let it get to you.
Be your normal bubbly self, or people will get suspicious."
that dopey lot?" James smiled. "Don't make me laugh. They wouldn't
notice that something was wrong even if you pointed it out to them. But
Flick's right. Under the circumstances, there's not much we can do, except
watch and wait."
Cee chipped in. "Who'd attack you at Hogwarts? They'd have to be
Cee, just because Voldemort is scared of Dumbledore, doesn't mean that
this Endommager will be."
but at Hogwarts, it would be pretty hard for anything bad to happen to
you without someone noticing. And it's the Easter hols next week, which
means that we'll be able to look out for you."
not five, you know!" Lily snapped. "I can look after myself."
know you can," Ellie said soothingly. "But we've established
as much as we can. Now we just have to wait, and hope for the best. Oh,
and I suggest we get out of here. No offence but it's horrible in here
- cold, damp and fusty musty dusty. Let's get back to the castle. At least
it's warm and cheerful there."
one could argue with her assessment, and so they left the Shrieking Shack.
Although none of them were particularly happy with the plan they had formulated,
they needed to sleep on it, before they could do anything else. Their
main concern was to last until the Easter holidays. That way they had
some chance of finding more information on this Endommager.
week flew by, and the Easter holidays were upon them. Of the eight mischief-makers,
Ellie, Cee and Peter were going home. James, Sirius, Remus, Lily and Flick
would remain in school for various reasons.
the Saturday, they woke up optimistic. In spite of their extraordinary
escapades, all five of the remaining mischief-makers had a positive outlook
on life, and even Lily couldn't stay worried for long. By the end of the
previous week she was her usual self. Now that the owl was no longer there,
it was difficult for her to worry. It was a case of out of sight, out
of mind. However, she had listened to the often-repeated warnings, and
was careful about what she did and where she went.
know, this could be quite fun. Now that Wormtail, Cee and Ellie have gone,
the 'don't do that, it's dangerous' army have disappeared. We can blow
things up to our hearts content." Sirius said, with a beam of satisfaction.
only you, James and Flick like blowing things up," Remus replied.
"Lily and I go for more sedate forms of mischief."
from the time she blew Snape's breakfast up. Although he deserved it."
He was referring to an incident of a couple of weeks ago, when James and
Lily had still been at odds with each other. Just because she was no longer
speaking to James, didn't mean that Lily liked Snape any better. And when
he ruined her Potions homework, she let rip. After insulting him with
vigour, she bewitched his meals for a whole day, so it was impossible
for him to touch it without it blowing up in his face. And although he
knew full well it had been Lily, he had no way of proving it. So, as always,
she got off scot-free.
agree with you actually," Flick said to Remus. "We don't need
to blow anything up - Snape's gone home for the holidays. Which means
that we can explore instead. I reckon the Forbidden Forest could be potentially
interesting." She looked at the boys with a peculiar glint in her
eyes, knowing all too well that they were very familiar with the forest’s
layout. She was prepared to bet that they preferred to travel in a transformed
state while within it though.
actually a good idea," James said, hiding the uncomfortable pause,
while Sirius and Remus collected themselves. "We could take a picnic.
I'll bet the forest’s not as bad as it's made out to be."
took pity on the squirming boys. It would make it so much easier if they
knew that she and Flick knew.
you can drop the innocent act. Flick and I aren't stupid you know. If
Remus is a werewolf, which we know he is," at this, Remus squirmed,
"then you guys will have found some way to join him. And unless I'm
mistaken, you're Animagi. Which is probably why you were so interested
in them when we studied them in the third year. And why you're so particularly
good at Transfiguration. So 'fess up. Oh, and I think that Flick agrees.
You go into the Forbidden Forest more than you'd like us to think, don't
did you...James?" Sirius' gaze hardened and he fixed his friend with
a glare. James held his hands up in a gesture of innocence.
guilty. I told Lily nothing. Anything they know, they worked out for themselves."
Realising that he meant it, Sirius sighed, and turned to Lily and Felicity.
I'm not going to deny it. We got fed up of breaking school rules, and
decided to break the law instead. Yeah, we're Animagi, at least, James,
Peter and I are, and we do use the Forbidden Forest fairly frequently.
And I don't think I want to know how you found out. Do Cee and Ellie know?"
At least, they haven't mentioned it to us, which they would have done
if they did. Well, seeing as you boys are experts at navigation, you can
find us the perfect spot for our picnic..."
so the week passed. It was a week full of laughter and fun. If James,
Sirius and Remus were awful for teasing, then Lily and Flick were more
than able to match them. They ran riot, and yet no one in authority found
out. An Invisibility Cloak was an asset that they were prepared to use.
Free run of the forest was granted to them, although they always stuck
together. It wasn't called the Forbidden Forest for nothing, and there
were plenty of not so pleasant characters inhabiting it. But by the end
of the week, they were tanned, happy, and exhausted. On the Sunday evening
before the summer term started, Felicity coined the phrase to describe
been too good to be true, you know. Something's bound to go wrong soon,
I'll guarantee it."
Chapter 21 - Endommager
summer term began. Those in the sixth year had to study. They had NEWT's
to take next year, and there was no time to be wasted in classes, or so
they were told. Sirius was never one to heed warnings, and consequently,
the entire Gryffindor sixth year enjoyed the occasional bit of light relief,
when things began to get too overwhelming.
first three weeks passed without incident. If Lily was in danger, then
no one seemed to be acting against her. Indeed, she had almost forgotten
the owl with it's ominous warning. Almost, but not quite. In spite of
her best efforts there was something about it that scared her. And that
in itself was strange. Lily Evans did not go in for being scared. There
were better things to do with your life then live it in fear. But then
again, she had never been threatened by an evil wizard before, if you
didn't include Snape, so perhaps that was it. Whatever the problem was,
she wasn't prepared to discuss it. So outwardly, even to her friends,
she was her normal, carefree self. Late at night, it was a different story.
Nightmares broke her sleep, and she often went to breakfast with dark
circles under her eyes. That was put down to studying. She was cautious.
clearly she wasn't cautious enough. At the end of a seemingly normal day,
as usual, she retired to the Gryffindor common room. But by a queer twist
of fate, she realised that she needed her Defence Against the Dark Arts
Notes, which she had left in the classroom, accidentally.
entered the room, and went to her desk, humming merrily. But the silvery
notes died on her lips when she looked up. Someone was there, and that
someone was not a resident at Hogwarts. Lily, usually so organised, had
left her wand in the common room, not thinking she would need it on a
ten minute walk to find some misplaced notes. And that was her mistake.
The dark presence in front of her wasn't likely to let her go back and
retrieve it. Thoughts ran through her head, and she was about to scream.
But before she got the chance, the world went black.
awoke, much later, in what looked suspiciously like a prison cell. Fantastic.
She thought. One slip and everything goes wrong. Her head was pounding,
and she seriously doubted that her limbs would ever work properly again,
but with an effort of will, she hauled herself to her feet, and then leaned
against the wall for support. There was only one thought in her mind -
won't escape." A chilly voice penetrated the thick cloud that was
clogging up her mind. "You see, I'm not that stupid. I have studied
you, Lily Evans, and I know how you work." The evil presence in front
of her could only be the evil wizard she had been warned of, so many weeks
do you want with me?" she asked, defiantly. Whatever it is, she added,
silently, I'm not giving you it.
my dear, I'd have thought it was obvious." he replied.
call me your dear, you pathetic lynch. Do I look like I've sprouted antlers?"
She had to smile at that. James could not have used that particular piece
of wit. As a deer, he did have antlers, even if it wasn't all the time.
suggest you learn some respect, darling, or you might find this stay much
less comfortable." The icy tones were full of menace. Lily matched
the tones with frostiness of her own.
sorry, I don't recall you inviting me. This stay isn't a stay at all,
it's a capture. Oh, and if you want respect, you're gonna have to earn
it honey, and you're not doing too well so far. I don't tend to be polite
to people who assault me when my back's turned." I spend far too
much time with Flick, she chastised herself, and that sounded like something
out of a Muggle film. Oh well, it sounded good. Her thoughts were interrupted
as a huge gloved fist connected with her head. Once more, the world went
was with her again when she came to. It hurt, but she could live with
pain, and there was no way she was giving into this particular man. Not
in a million years, and not in eternity. So her defiance was not curbed.
hope that you've come to your senses. I don't particularly like playing
games. Not even the childish ones you seem to favour. Now. You're going
to tell me about the Potter family. Everything about the Potter family,
and then you might like to enlighten me with stories of the Blacks. You
see, darling, I'm not just a pretty face. I did my homework, and I know
for a fact that you and James Potter are on intimate terms. And that you
and Sirius Black are what one would term close friends. Myself, I think
friends are a ridiculous waste of time."
never tell you anything about any of my friends. It would betray their
trust, and unlike you, I have morals."
charming. But my dear, where are your precious friends now? You've been
missing for hours, and I can assure you that no one is concerned about
the middle of the night you moron, of course they’re not concerned. They're
asleep. As soon as they find out I'm gone..."
do what? Come and rescue you. You seem to have read far too many Muggle
fantasy books. This isn't fantasy darling, this is real, and there's no
one there to save you. Your knight in shining armour hasn't turned up,
and my dear Sleeping Beauty, until you tell me what I want, you're going
to be spending a lot of time in this little room." And with that
he directed his wand at her, and she was fast asleep.
continued his little talks with her, but to no avail. The pretty girl
had more determination than he could have anticipated, and her faith in
her friends was extraordinary. Endommager wanted to know about the Potters,
wanted to hurt them in the way he'd been hurt. It gave him great pleasure
to inform Lily that when she gave him his information, he planned to kill
James Potter. That way his parents would appreciate the anguish you went
through when those close to you were hurt by powers you couldn't control.
That was his mistake, letting her know his intentions. After the horrified
look had left her eyes, she had pursed her lips, and he couldn't coax
any words out of her. Threats didn't work, nor promises. She was resolute.
She would never betray James.
was growing desperate. In the end, he decided that he needed to take more
drastic measures. He did not have time to mess around with schoolgirls,
even spirited ones such as this. First he tried the Cruciatus curse. After
all, he was an evil wizard. He could use the Unforgiveables if he wanted.
But pain did not weaken her resolve. In fact, it strengthened it. So he
went on to Imperius curse. But she resisted his control. She would not
break under that one. In the end he fell back on the tried and tested.
Veritaserum was made, and she was forced to drink it. Now he had his chance.
She would reveal all of the Potters' secrets, and then he could continue
to avenge his parents’ deaths.
Chapter 22 - The Search
morning after Lily's capture, Felicity woke up early with a sense of foreboding.
The previous night, Lily had not been around when she went to bed, but
this wasn't unusual. She had spent a lot of time in the library lately,
brushing up on defensive skills. So it was strange that Flick should be
the sleep from her eyes, Felicity sat up, and the next moment, she wished
she hadn't. Lily's bed was empty. It was true, she sometimes did get up
early, to enjoy a morning walk, or to write letters to her parents. Lily's
pyjamas were neatly folded on her bed, which was tidily made. That was
nothing new either. Felicity knew that her friend always ensured that
all her things were in perfect order before leaving the dormitory. But
even the logic of this knowledge could not shake Flick's feeling that
something was badly wrong.
to render her fears as useless, Flick went down to the common room, praying
that she would find Lily there. But she didn't, and what she did find
brought her heart into her mouth. Her friend’s satchel was on the floor
by a table which was strewn with writing paraphernalia. But the most telling
sign was the wand sticking out of the bag on the floor. Felicity waited
ten minutes, but Lily didn't arrive. And then she knew it was serious.
Lily would never abandon her things or leave her wand if she was going
to be gone for more than ten minutes. Which meant that something bad had
realised that the chances were that Lily had never been to bed the previous
night, and the memory of the talking owl was suddenly all to clear. Picking
up the ten and a quarter inch wand made of swishy willow, she hurried
up to the dormitory once more, and attempted to shake Cee awake.
She whispered as loud as she dared. But it was to no avail. Cecelia could
and would sleep like the dead. Realising that she was attempting the impossible,
Felicity tried Eleanor.
wake up. Come on girlie, get with it...I need your help."
me alone...too early..." Eleanor mumbled in her sleep. Felicity threw
her hands up in despair. Her friends were clearly going to be no use for
at least the next hour, and she didn't want to wait that long. She got
dressed as fast as she could. Sighing in a resigned fashion, she headed
for the boys' dormitory.
a second she paused outside the door, but she decided that rules would
just have to be broken. And that was a laugh. Since when did she ever
pay heed to the rules? She marched into the room in a determined fashion,
and gazed in wonder at the boyish forms sprawled in each bed. How could
they sleep at a time like this? But this wasn't the time to have trivial
thoughts either, so she hurried over to the nearest bed, which James Potter
happened to inhabit, and plonked herself on his legs. Fortunately for
her, he'd always been a light sleeper, and he sat up almost immediately.
you later. Get the others up." She whispered. In tandem they interrupted
the slumbers of Sirius, Remus and Peter. Once all four boys were up she
suggested they went to the Common Room.
our pyjamas?" Peter said, doubtfully.
hurry up and get dressed," she replied exasperated.
front of you? You'll be lucky!" Sirius replied.
wait for you downstairs. Now get on with it!" And she vacated the
room. Within ten minutes, all four boys were downstairs, and Felicity
told them all that she knew.
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but for goodness sake don't shoot
the messenger." She looked at James as she spoke. "Did any of
you see Lily last night."
"The last time I saw her, she wanted to do her Dark Arts homework,
but she'd left her notes in the classroom. I met her in the corridor when
she was on the way." Remus volunteered the information.
did any of you see her after that? I know I didn't and I can't ask Cee
or Ellie. I tried, and their fast asleep, and likely to stay that way."
All four boys acknowledged that they hadn't seen Lily since that time.
"Well, all her Dark Arts stuff is all over the table, and I know
it wouldn't take her more than half an hour to get it finished. Oh, and
I found this in her satchel too." Flick held up Lily's wand. "And
I don't think that her bed's been slept in either. Which means that something
is badly wrong."
let me just get this straight," Sirius growled, "you think Lil's
gone missing. And you're worried about her. And you want us to help you
look for her."
it in one. So, are you with me?"
might be a good idea to have a look in the Dark Arts room, to see if there's
evidence that she went there." Remus suggested.
the group wandered to the room, and looked around. It wasn't long before
James came across evidence that was hard to ignore.
found her notes guys, and I suggest you come and see this!" The others
crowded round, and saw Lily's notes scattered over the floor, as if she's
dropped them. Even more telling were the huge muddy footprints marring
the neatness of the notes.
Flick said, breathlessly, "that solved that problem."
really. We don't know whose footprints they are." Remus replied.
voiced the fear that was with them all. The most probable explanation
was Endommager. Which meant that Lily wasn't having it easy. In the discussion
that followed, it was difficult to know what to do. Eventually it was
time for breakfast, so the four boys, and one girl made their way to the
arrival of the post gave them the news that they feared the most. It was
addressed to James, and when he opened it, the other four crowded round.
thought you might like to know that I have Miss Evans right where I want
her. Her belief in you and her friends is touching, but she can't resist
forever. You might appreciate the knowledge that she resisted the Imperius
and Cruciatus touchingly well. Don't try to help her, it will be a fruitless
attempt, and I guarantee you'll regret it. I'd love to stay and chat,
but some of us have prisoners to torture.
Remember, I have her
I don't think." Flick spluttered.
on the bright side." Remus suggested.
there is no bright side. My best friend has been kidnapped by an evil
wizard. I don't see anything promising in the situation!"
said she was resisting the Imperius and Cruciatus. That's something to
got to rescue her." James said, suddenly.
have you gone mad?" Peter asked, terrified.
he hasn't." Flick retorted. "And I'm with James. We'll find
her. We'll just have to figure out how. Oh, and it might be a good idea
to tell Cee and Ellie. Two more will make it so much easier."
with you!" Sirius exclaimed. "That guy has got some nerve. Those
curses are Unforgivables!"
me in." Remus added, quietly. They looked at Peter expectantly.
okay. I'll come too."
Cee and Ellie were approached, they wanted to join the rescue party. Strangely
enough, no one missed Lily's presence, and none of those aware of it thought
to go to someone in authority. Instead, they plotted. Today was Friday,
which meant they would be able to execute their plan on the morrow.
they got through their lessons that day, none of them knew. But as soon
as all the learning was over, they hurried to the Shrieking Shack. On
the way there, they were waylaid by a Hippogriff.
the...Why exactly is there a Hippogriff loose in the grounds?" Cee
am here because my mistress sent me. She is Halfreda Dubrillsiod, and
I believe she has contacted you before. I am here to help." The hippogriff
tones were lilting, but understandable.
does your mistress know anything about Lily? Where she is would be a good
start." Flick suggested.
can do better than that. My mistress instructed me to bring four of you
to assist your friend in her escape. We regret that more could not come,
but I can only carry so many of you. The journey is long, and as you cannot
Apparate, we will have to go there slowly. Miss Evans does not know it,
but she and my mistress are in cells that adjoin each other. Consequently,
Miss Halfreda can hear everything that goes on. I will take you to her
as soon as we get to Endommager's castle, and she will help you rescue
great! Thanks!" Flick was enthused. "Okay guys. Only four of
us can go, which means three have got to stay behind. So I suppose we're
going to have to argue it out amongst ourselves."
shouldn't be that difficult," Sirius was scornful. "Obviously
Prongs will have to go-"
not so sure that would be a good idea," Ellie mused. "It seems
that Endommager is after the Potters, which would put James at risk. And
I don't know that Sirius should go, either..." The hippogriff entered
the conversation once more.
Halfreda realised that you would have difficulty in deciding. From the
information she has gained, she suggested I tell you this. In spite of
the danger to Mr Potter, she thinks it would be wise for him to come.
He has talents that would be handy, talents that Endommager does not know
about. She heard Miss Evans talking about 'Flick' when Endommager was
not with her. I believe that Miss Halfreda thinks it would be wise for
this 'Flick' to come with me. She feels the Miss Evans would appreciate
her friend joining the rescue party. And Mr Black would likewise be an
asset. Miss Evans was wishing that she was as 'devious' as him so that
she could get away, so Miss Halfreda wishes him to come. And Hibou, the
owl who brought her warning to you told my mistress that Mr Lupin would
be of assistance. Hibou seems to think that you are intellectual. Miss
Halfreda understands that Mr Pettigrew and Misses Silver and Hall would
like to join, but the others are more likely to be useful. I know it sounds
harsh, but all of you would help, if you could, and we really do not have
time to argue."
say we go with Miss Dubrillsiod's suggestion. The hippogriff - what's
your name again?" Remus asked.
Palo's right - we don't have time to argue. If Cee, Ellie and Wormtail
will agree, then we'll do as she says."
three agreed, and James, Sirius, Flick and Remus clambered on to Palo.
When they reached the tower outside the boys’ dormitory, James collected
his Invisibility Cloak, and then they said goodbye to their friends, telling
them to let Professor Dumbledore know of Lily's predicament. Then they
were off in earnest, clinging to the creature, and hoping against hope
that none of them would fall off.
journey was long, and there was very little conversation. As Remus said
later, there were more important things to worry about than talking. Like
not ending up as a blot on the landscape.
they reached a castle, surrounded by wrought iron railings. There was
an opaque cloud of mist surrounding the actual building, and the negative
emotions surrounding the building were palpable. But the four adventurers
didn't care. They had a mission, and they planned to carry it out.
Chapter 23 - Rescued and Freed
suggested they use the Invisibility Cloak to enter the castle. The hippogriff
could get them in, but it was vital that they were not seen.
if Lily knows about the cloak then surely Endommager will have been able
to find out about it. If he knows I have one, then surely it won't be
as much good." James said, in a worried fashion.
if he knows, he won’t be able to see us.
So we have an element of surprise, and I suggest we use it."
cloak wasn't manufactured to house four bodies, and if James, Sirius and
Remus weren't used to dealing with it, a lot of time would have been wasted
getting it to cover them. However, they were quickly invisible, and Palo
took them to a small entrance to the castle. From there, they would be
on their own, but they could not get lost.
thanking the hippogriff, the explorers started ion their journey.
know, if someone asked me what life was like in England when I was in
the States, I'd have said pretty much the same as there. I take that back.
Over here it's far more dangerous, and people are much more eccentric.
Have any of you got any idea when we're going to find Lil?"
And we're finding this Halfreda Dubrillsiod first. Palo said this tunnel
led to her cell. And be quiet, just because we can't be seen, it doesn't
mean no one can hear us."
travelled up the dusty passage, cold and clammy, in silence, save for
the occasional berating of one of their counterparts.
Flick that was my toe!"
I can't help it...if you didn't have such big feet..."
one occasion, Felicity found herself in Sirius' arms, after Remus had
pushed in exasperation.
getting scared are we?"
move, I was just getting comfortable."
you are disgusting, and this is not the time for teasing."
they reached a dimly lit cell, with a sole occupant. The woman could only
have been in her early twenties, not much older than the rescuers. But
her wavy blonde hair was tangled, and the blue-green eyes that she turned
to them were haunted.
must be Lily's friends." The voice was musical.
you're Miss Dubrillsiod right?"
me Halfreda, please."
James Potter, this is Sirius Black, Remus Lupin is on your left, and our
female counterpart is Felicity Howell."
you can call me Flick," Felicity smiled. "Thanks for all your
help. If it wasn't for you we'd never have known where to start. Have
you got any idea as to how we're going to get Lily out of this place?"
only solution I can see is some serious magic. If she'd had her wand,
she's have been out of here ages ago. I'd have helped, but the extent
of my wandless magic is limited, and use of it leaves me tired. You'll
have to be gentle with her incidentally, he's been a bit rough."
and by the looks of it, Lil's not the only one to suffer." Remus
said wryly, eyeing the purple bruise adorning her eye.
nothing. I've learnt to live with pain, and he can do far worse. But this
is getting us nowhere. You need to get your friend out of there, and soon.
Endommager has used Veritaserum on her, there is nothing you can do about
that, but he'll want to hurt her even more. He is a madman, and it gives
him strange pleasure to hurt other people."
James said, with determination. "Anyone have any ideas?"
letting Lily know we're here might be a good start." Flick suggested.
thinking. You can do the talking - it was you're idea."
she's not going to bite."
but you're her best friend. Hurry up - I'm getting jumpy."
Felicity hurried over to the wall that Halfreda indicated.
Lil, are you there?"
Is that you?"
it's me. You okay?"
I'm fine. Some imbecile has just interrogated me using the most potent
form of Truth Potion known to man. I'm in top form. Are you by yourself?"
Sirius, Remus and James are with me."
did you bring those jokers for? No, actually I don't want to know. Guys!"
up Lil?" Remus asked.
swear, if you do anything stupid, I'm never going to let you forget it.
But thanks for coming."
pleasure. Okay, we're trying to formulate a plan."
useless at plans." Lily groaned. "And none of you are any good
at charms, or we could get a door in the wall."
that was insulting. James could do it. And that was actually a good idea!"
they knew it, Lily's plan was implemented, and she joined them in Halfreda's
cell. After an emotional reunion, she sobered up.
I'm grateful that you rescued me and everything, but couldn't you have
done it just a tiny bit earlier? He knows just about everything he wants
to now, and believe me, coughing up information that you really don't
want to give, but having absolutely no power at all over what you say
is not particularly pleasant."
have to agree." Halfreda concurred. "I'm Halfreda, if you hadn't
guessed. We need to get you lot out of here. Palo can carry all five of
you, if you squash up a bit. You'd best go back the way your rescuers
what about you?" Lily asked, suddenly concerned. "How are you
going to get free?"
can't, my dear. You and your friends are able to use that tunnel, simply
because you're all flexible enough to wriggle down the narrower bits.
I am not. So I shall have to bide my time until Endommager is stopped.
However long that may be, I am content to wait."
I have anything to do with it, it will be sooner, rather than later. And
how did you get in unseen? Endommager was certain that you'd never get
far enough to rescue me."
there are some things even you don't know." James said, smiling at
his girlfriend’s expression. "We have an Invisibility Cloak, and
we're perfectly happy to use it."
I'm not fussy. Let's get out of this joint."
five of them made their way back out of the castle, and it was much harder
covering all of them. Lily may have been small and slight, but she took
up valuable surface space. At last they were back in the fresh air.
me for asking, but how exactly are we getting back to Hogwarts?"
He's Halfreda's hippogriff. Come on."
Chapter 24 - Explanations
was Sunday by the time they arrived back at Hogwarts. Cee, Ellie and Peter
greeted them, and then informed them that Dumbledore wished to see them
as soon as possible.
after I get changed." Lily said, firmly. "I've been in these
robes since Thursday, and there doesn't seem to be much left of them."
James, Sirius and Remus agreed with her, and so they departed to freshen
up. When they arrived back, all looked much better, but Cee noticed that
Lily's hair, usually tied back and out of her face, was gripped back only
on the right side.
what's wrong with your face?" she asked, curiously.
Lily replied, firmly in a tone that allowed for no disagreement. So all
eight of them proceeded to Dumbledore's study.
know, before we joined forces with you, I didn't even know where Dumbledore's
study was. Now I'm back again. It's your influence."
laughed at Lily's attempt to lighten the mood, and Cee and Ellie joined
her. The boys just looked at them, silently wondering if all the tension
had got to them, and they were having hysterics.
in Dumbledore's study, Lily began her story.
assuming that Cee, Peter and Ellie have told you all that they know, so
I'm only going back to Thursday evening?" she questioned. Dumbledore
nodded. "Right. I wanted to get the Dark Arts homework done, but
I needed my notes to complete it, and I'd left them in the classroom.
On the way to get them, I bumped into Remus on the way. Anyway, I got
to the room, and I was just about to leave, when this dark presence stepped
in front of me. I was about to scream, but I don't remember anything else.
I think he stunned me. And I think I dropped my notes as well."
did - we found them." Cee informed her.
James found them. You and Ellie were still asleep. Carry on, Lil."
Flick chimed in.
thing I knew, I was in this dingy little cell, and Endommager was with
me. And I was thinking that now might be a good time to escape, only he
assured me that I wouldn't, and he wanted me to tell him all about James
and Sirius, but I suppose I insulted him, because I remember coming round
again, and he was there, and he kept telling me that none of you cared,
and that I'd never get out. I think he was trying to intimidate me, but
it didn't work, it just made me mad. Well, I remember he tried using the
Cruciatus Curse. And let me tell you that one hurt. So I told him he could
take a hike if he thought I was going to tell him anything using that
tactic. Then he tried the Imperius Curse, but it didn't exactly work the
way he planned. I think that he realised that there was no way I was going
to tell him anything voluntarily, so he force fed me Veritaserum. That
potion is not one to be taken lightly. I think he knows pretty much everything
I know now - including details of my personal life, which was quite embarrassing.
And he knows where you all live, and the password to the Gryffindor tower;
he even knows Cee's middle name is Marie. Well, then you guys came along,
and you know the rest. So I'm here, he's there, and if I'm not mistaken,
he plans an ambush. But not of Hogwarts. I think he's going to torture
Mr and Mrs Potter, and trust me his idea of torture isn't particularly
pleasant. So I suggest you get an owl to them ASAP, so that they can catch
him when he comes. Then he'll go to Azkaban, and we can all go back to
living a normal life."
heard Lily's story, Dumbledore dismissed the mischief-makers, and settled
down to think. In recent years not much had been done about Endommager
- Voldemort was a more visible problem, and consequently time and resources
had been devoted on stopping him. However, Endommager had attacked a schoolgirl,
which meant that he was out of control, and from what Lily had said, rather
insane. Dumbledore began to plot.
evening, Flick, Sirius, Remus, Ellie, Peter and Cee left James and Lily
to their own devices. Instinctively they realised that the two of them
would want to talk.
the owlery, meanwhile, Lily was acting rather strangely.
what exactly is up with you?" James said, at last.
she said, keeping her head down. He tilted her head back, and gasped at
what he saw. The whole of the left side of her face was one huge purple
bruise, and her eye had swollen shut.
honey, that isn't nothing. Have you been to Madam Flooey?"
and I don't want to. Besides, it doesn't hurt that much."
so I'm a liar. It hurts like crazy. But that's not why I wanted to talk
to you, so forget about it."
she covered his mouth with her hand.
wanted to say I'm sorry, okay. I never meant to let things go this far.
If I'd been a little bit more careful, none of this would have happened.
Your parents wouldn't be in danger, and I wouldn't feel like I've betrayed
everyone." Gently, James pried her hand free.
listen to me. It wasn't your fault. There was nothing you could do. It
must have taken an awful amount of will to withstand the curses, and Veritaserum
is failsafe. There was no way you could conceal anything. Ask Flick, or
Sirius, or Remus, or Cee, or Ellie or Peter, we all agree. And you've
told us everything, so we're all prepared. Mum and Dad are tough, he'll
never get anywhere with either of them. Before you know it he'll be locked
up for life. Stop giving yourself a hard time."
now lets see Madam Flooey. Something tells me that you need a little bit
more than TLC at the moment."
don't know, it could work."
don't think it would have the same effect."
Come on then."
weeks later, James received a letter. After reading it, he showed it to
time someone kidnaps your girlfriend I suggest you tell Dumbledore, rather
than joining the rescue team. However, that's completely beside the point.
Your father and I got your letter about Endommager, and so we have been
on our guard. He came two nights ago, after we'd had a message from an
enchanted owl. Anyway, the owl told us to expect him, so a team of Hit
wizards were in the house. I suspect that you'll be pleased to know that
he's now under lock and key, and is not likely to escape. Your father
says he'll get life in Azkaban for what he's done.
like you to thank Lily for all that she did. From what the Ministry have
heard from Endommager, she was a very difficult case to crack, and if
it wasn't for her warning, no one would have taken us seriously when we
requested Hit wizards, even if your father is important to the Ministry.
after yourself, and for goodness sake, try to keep out of mischief for
more than two days in a row. Remember that you're a prefect. Give our
love to Lily, and our regards to Sirius.
so it was all over. Later Lily got a letter from Halfreda Dubrillsiod
telling her how she was now free, and was grateful to Lily and her friends
for their contribution to the capture of Endommager. But there was no
time to celebrate. Exams were on the way, and studying was the order of
Chapter 25 - The End Of Term
were in full swing, and Lily had never seen anyone so carefree as Sirius
on the subject.
you ever study?" she asked him, just before their Charms exam.
yeah...I read up on Endommager when you got that letter, and I know all
sorts of things about magical mischief making."
didn't mean that, and you know it!"
I study. Just not very hard, and not for too long. Besides, James is just
can't argue with you on that. It never ceases to amaze me that you both
pass with flying colours. I haven't seen James touch a study book at all.
couldn't get them, even if we wanted to - you, Flick, Cee and Ellie have
got all of the Charms books, and I haven't seen any of you leave them
alone for more than ten minutes."
Must go - Flick's finished with Medical Charms, which means that I can
sighed. But Lily's studying paid off. When the results came out, she was
third in the year, with only James and Sirius above her.
is so unfair." She glowered at James, who smirked at her. "As
far as I can tell you and Sirius did absolutely nothing, and you still
did better than me."
went in for real life training, Lily, it's more fun, and much easier to
well, next year, you can take me training with you. Then perhaps I'll
be able to experience this new form of study, and do even better."
I don't think so."
I'll do better than you?"
But I don't think Sirius' idea of studying would quite coincide with yours."
you know something? I think you're right."
eight of the mischief-makers passed the end of year exams, even Peter,
thanks to tuition from the other seven. Flick, Ellie and Cee did particularly
well, so perhaps all their studying paid off. Whatever the reason, all
eight of them were particularly pleased with themselves at the end of
sat down at the Gryffindor table, and looked to Dumbledore for his end
of term speech. Gryffindor had won both the Quidditch Cup and the Inter
House Championship, so the hall was decorated with Gryffindor's scarlet
and gold colours.
time too!" Lily muttered to Flick. "We won in the first year,
but last year it was the Slytherins, and the year before the Hufflepuffs.
The Slytherins got it in our third year, and Ravenclaw the second. But
we've got to get it next year. They way we can leave with a bang."
feast was full of merriment, and Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs couldn't
resist the opportunity of playing one more joke on Snape. When their nemesis'
hair started sprouting chips they were hard pushed to keep from laughing.
always did say you could fry food in his hair." Sirius muttered to
James, who choked on his roast lamb. Lily thumped him on the back, and
then murmured at him.
thought your mum told you to stay out of trouble."
won't know it was me."
you were there when we planned it!" Sirius whispered.
told you not to do it then. As if he didn't hate you enough!"
you can't be universally loved."
mind Sirius, we'll put an add on the Lonely Hearts Club page of the Daily
Prophet." Felicity said loudly. Cee, Ellie and Lily burst into gales
you see his face?"
I wouldn't give for a camera!"
Flick!" Sirius grinned at Felicity, and then spoke.
darling, why would I need the Daily Prophet when I have you."
thinking, honey. Not going to happen."
If you two ever get together, I'm getting a one way ticket out of here."
go with you." Remus concurred. "Flick and Padfoot together.
On second thoughts, it could be quite amusing. They should have learnt
something from observing Lily and James-" Lily attacked him then.
a good idea to say that when one of us is sitting next to you, Remus dear."
tells me you and Flick spend far too much time together."
meal was passed in lighthearted chat. While they planned to get together
over the summer holidays, they would not be able to arrange for all eight
of them to see each other at any one time.
next day, they adopted a compartment on the Hogwarts Express. If it was
a bit of a squash, they didn't seem to mind. After a rowdy game of exploding
snap, they sat back to enjoy a good lunch.
get to see Jon's baby, won't you Cee. How does it feel, being an auntie...oh,
and what have they decided to call her?" Flick asked, curiously.
an auntie doesn't feel much different to being a sister-in-law which didn't
seem to be much different from being a sister. And they're going to call
her Violet. And don't laugh!"
Violet?" Lily asked, stifling her giggles. "It's almost as bad
a pretty name. As for Violet, they didn't say, and I really don't want
baby's due at the end of August. We can compare horror stories. What about
you Lily? Isn't Petunia getting married?"
my mother informed me, last time she wrote. And I've got to be a bridesmaid!"
wrong with that?" Peter asked, inquisitively. "My mother says
all girls love weddings."
like weddings just fine. I'm just not so sure about Petunia's fashion
taste. I have this really bad feeling that I'm going to look awful. She's
only having me because she has to, as I'm her sister. She'll probably
have lot's of pretty pink. Yuk!"
conversation couldn't continue, as they reached platform nine and three-quarters.
So they all piled off, and said their last good-byes.
to me." James said to Lily.
and stop me. And you'd better reply. And you should send the first letter
too - I don't have an owl, and how else are you supposed to get a letter?"
James kissed her, and then she had to hurry away. Her father was waiting
for her on Platform Nine.
Chapter 26 - Petunia's Wedding
to his word, James wrote a letter to Lily, and she received it in the
first week of the holiday. But at the beginning of August, Lily sent James
a letter that startled him.
is going to sound really stupid, but how else am I supposed to ask you.
Mum's told all of her friends about you, and they're expecting to see
you at the wedding. You see, everyone can take a partner or guest. As
my mum's friends are Muggles, they have absolutely no idea about magic,
and they think I go to boarding school in Scotland, which isn't strictly
speaking a lie, because Hogwarts is in Scotland, and it is a boarding
suppose this letter is really an invitation, and a plea. Please please
please please please come to Petunia's wedding. I hate having to do this
to you, but you'll either find it completely boring, or amusingly quaint.
I'm hoping it will be the latter. Obviously you can't come in wizard robes,
and I doubt you've got a formal suit in amongst your Muggle clothes, so
if you agree (and you will agree, won't you?) then I suggest you come
shopping with me to London. Reply as soon as you get this.
Love you (but only if you agree)
I was only joking about not loving you if you don't agree. Lily.’
replied that he could manage a wedding, and would meet her on the Muggle
side of Diagon Alley on the 18th of August.
are you skulking in the shadows? Come on. We'll go to Harrods, I think
you'll be okay there. Oh, and don't make any remarks that mention anything
magical, or the shop assistant will think you've gone mad."
spent the whole morning shopping, in spite of James' moaning.
you know I hate shopping."
my sister will kill me if I turn up at her wedding with someone who looks
like they got off at the wrong stop. If you'd stop whining we'd be finished
I don't want to outshine the groom."
got the biggest ego! Anyway, if you turned up wearing a black sack you'd
look better than Vernon Dursley, even if it is a little unconventional."
Lily noticed the glint in his eyes that usually meant trouble. "And
don't go getting any ideas or I'll never speak to you again!"
they eventually left London, James had a morning suit, complete with waistcoat,
shirt and cravat. Lily looked at him dubiously.
you'd better stay with us the night before the wedding, otherwise you'll
be late, and I'm prepared to bet you'll need help putting that stuff on."
you be busy getting turned into a bridesmaid?"
do Petunia first. So, be at my house at 7:00 on the 20th August. The wedding's
at one o'clock on the twenty first." She kissed him, and they parted
ways, he to catch the Knight Bus, and she to the London Underground.
the morning of the wedding, James was up and dressed before Lily. He met
her, looking rather dopey, at the breakfast table, at eight o'clock that
Lil'! Sleep well?"
would have if you didn't talk in your sleep."
do not talk in my sleep."
you talk in mine. And just for the record, I don't want a wedding like
wedding like...hold on Lily, who said anything about getting married."
as far as I'm aware, Vernon mentioned it to Petunia."
one. I just said I didn't want a wedding like this. I never said anything
you always this crazy in the mornings?"
should know. I have breakfast with you most mornings of the year."
been up for hours at Hogwarts. Go and have a bath or something, but for
goodness’ sake wake up!"
going, I'm going. Oh, and James!"
cravat's on crooked!"
Lily emerged, some time later, she looked significantly more awake. And
she was wearing her dress, rather than her pyjamas.
you do the buttons up for me?" she asked, with a pleading look. "Petunia's
having hysterics, and mum's trying to calm her down, and Daddy's in the
study, practising his speech, and the hairdresser will be starting on
fret Lily, I'll sort your dress out. Are all weddings this hectic?"
don't know. This is the first one I've been to."
There you are. You look lovely."
will get you everywhere. Love you." And she disappeared once more.
half past twelve, everyone was ready. Lily, her mother, and James were
going in one car to the church, and Petunia and her father would arrive
in another one, slightly later.
James said that Lily looked lovely, he wasn't lying. Her fears of pretty
pink were not realised, and the soft green silk emphasised her slight
figure, and rich colouring. The red hair was loose at the back, while
there was an elegant braid circling her crown, studded with tiny flowers.
himself looked rather more dashing than usual. The suit was a change from
the robes Lily was used to, and it emphasised his height. Even his unruly
black hair did not look out of place, and the spectacles he was forced
to wear made him look intelligent.
wedding went well, and then they all went off to the reception.
it okay?" Lily asked James, anxiously.
Although if I outshone the groom then you were ten times as beautiful
as the bride."
my sister you're talking about. Besides which you're biased. Come on,
we've got to circulate."
had to laugh at some of Lily's Muggle acquaintances.
look lovely Lily dear. Who's your friend?"
is James Potter, Auntie Maureen. He goes to my school."
you're Lily's young man. Will we be hearing your wedding bells soon?"
too soon. For one thing we're still at school. For another, I'm not sure
that's what we want." As soon as they left Lily's aunt, Lily stood
on tiptoes, and whispered into his ear.
want to get married James love, I heard you propose in your sleep."
and she giggled.
How much champagne have you drunk?"
And I resent that slight on my sanity." She hit him in mock anger,
and soon the two of them were in fits of laughter.
on James, let's dance."
the same as wizard dancing, you fool, and I know you can do that, Flick
the two of them glided around the room, oblivious to the events around
them. Lily's Auntie Maureen turned to her mother.
two will be a match, if I'm not mistaken, Evie. And something tells me
they were made for each other."
DISCLAIMER – All of the characters and situations in
this story are based on the ‘Harry Potter’ novels by J. K. Rowling.
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