It had been two weeks since I went back to my house for the holidays, and I was getting ready to return to Hogwarts. I missed Hogwarts a lot. Also, using magic.
I kissed my mum and my dad.
"I'll miss you, mum. I'll miss you Dad."
I left the house, dragging my trunk with me, Rose sitting on my trunk looking perfectly contented. I was going to meet Sev at his house in Spinners End. I'd only been to his house once, and the only thing I knew about his parents were their names, Tobias and Eileen. Eileen was a witch, Tobias wasn't.
As I walked up to the door I heard shouting and sobbing. I held my breath, then I knocked.
The sobbing stopped abruptly, and Sev flung open the door. His cheeks were stained with tears.
"Hi, Severus,"I said to him.
"Hi, Lily,"he smiled at me.
I heard the sharp thwak of a slap and I gasped.
"Stupefy!"I heard Eileen shout. "Petrificus TOTALUS!"
She walked into the little room. Her cheek had a red mark on it.
"Hi, Lily,"she said to me. "My husband was going to drive you to Hogwarts, but instead I'll floo you. Mr. Dumbledore will understand, I'm sure."
"Floo?" I asked nervously.
"Don't worry,dear. Okay, take this powder."
She held out a flower pot.
I took some powder. Most of it fell through my fingers.
"Step into the fire."
My eyebrows furrowed.
What if Sev had been faking our friendship all these years? What if this was a cruel way to kill me?
I took a deep breath.
"Say Hogwarts when you step in," encourage Eileen.
I stepped into the fireplace. I dropped the powder. Rose looked at me reproachfully as the flames turned green and engulfed us.
"Hogwarts," I said knees wobbling as I urged my words not to shake.
In a whirl of green powder I was at a magnificent office.
It was a huge room, with marble walls and floors.
I gasped. On a perch stood a handsome bird with red and yellow feathers.
"Hi," I told the bird softly. Rose mewed gently.
"It's pretty, isn't it," I heard a voice say. I looked up.
"Hi Remus," I said in surprise.
He looked exceptionally pale and weak.
"Are you okay Remus?" I asked him anxiously.
"Yea-" he started just as Sev whirled into the room.
"Hi, Sev," I said just as Sev snarled, "What's HE doing here?"
I shrugged. "What does it matter, Sev?" I asked him, rolling my eyes.
"It doesn't," said Professor Dumbledore stepping into view. He stroked the bird.
"Now, Miss Evans, you and Mr. Snape may go down to the feast. Would you also escort Mr. Lupin to the Hospital Wing?"
I nodded and nudged Severus. After a moment, he nodded too.
After dropping Remus off at the hospital wing, we sauntered to our separate houses to greet our friends.
"Molly!" I cried as "Abercrombie, Anna!" became a Ravenclaw.
"Oh boy, Lily!" shouted Molly.
"Chang, Ben," said Professor McGonagall loudly.
Ben Chang became a Hufflepuff. The Hufflepuff table applauded.
I fought my way through the crowd and openly hugged Molly.
"Marlene!" I yelled. Professor McGonagall shot me a look.
"Ah, Lily!" said Marlene dramatically. "We meet again, my old friend!"
I rolled my eyes but happily.
Severus looked over at me. His face was almost bitter?I dismissed the thought, and waved to him. After a moment he waved back.
"Seriously, Lily, we missed you!" gushed Alice, then whispered to me, "Tonight's the full moon. We'll creep out and check for werewolves."
Professor Flitwick toppled off his pile of books.
Potter grinned at me.
Professor McGonagall glowered disapprovingly at me.
Dumbledore's eyes twinkled.
"Sorry," I muttered and went of to greet Mary.
That night, Alice woke me up.
"NO, Alice," I told her.
"No worries Lil," she told me. Rose squeaked.
"You woke up Rose," I whispered.
"I know. I heard. Look, Lily. We're going to just peek out the window."
I heard a howl in the distance and I gulped. I heard another howl. This one sounded uncomfortably close.
We ran and looked out the window.
Hazel eyes. Gray skin.
The werewolf looked up. His eyes seemed to widen. So did ours.
I don't know how we knew. We just did. The small hints seemed to add up...HIM missing, HIM looking sick, HIM being so kind. I just had assumed that was his natural personality.
"Remus," I breathed