The Marauders

This is the story of Harry's parents and how everything fell into place.

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10. The other boy

James POV

"Screw Slughorn! Quittage tryouts are Thursday! I'm not gonna have anytime to write his stupid essay." Sirius complained.

"I know, Padfoot, but you have to do it. You can't start of the semester with a zero." Mooney warned.

"Eh maybe." He responded lazily.

I ran my fingers through my hair, trying to make it seem as though I brushed my hair.

"Hey James!" A voice I recognized as Samuel Higgens called out for me from down the hall. He sped up to catch up with the four of us.

He was a Gryffindor in our year and his blonde hair was slightly rumpled from running, but other than that it was immaculately brushed. He had honey skin and brown eyes.

"What's up, Sam?" I said shaking his hand.

"Not much, I just wanted to ask you a question."

"About what?" I asked, continuing to walk.

"About Lily." He said looking at her from down the hall.

"What about her?" I asked cautiously.

"Oh nothing. I was just wondering if you know...." He raised his eyebrows at me and smirked.

"I don't know."

"If you guys are like a couple." He said, juggling his words.

"What do you care?" I asked sternly.

"Oh I just wanted to know if it was okay for me to you know......ask her out." He said looking at her still.

Sirius almost double over laughing. He slapped his knee and wiped tears from his eyes.

"What's so funny?" Sam asked defensively.

"You-think Evans would go out w-with you?" Sirius said through laughter.

"Yeah, I do." Sam stormed off in Lily's direction, pushing through the crowd.

"Good luck with that." Sirius cackled after him.

After Sirius calmed down a bit, I popped him a question.

"Why did you laugh so hard?"

"What do you mean? At Sam?"

"Yes at Sam. Him asking out Lily could happen." I answered miserably.

"Come on Prongs, you can't be serious. She's in love with you! She would never go out with that shmoe!" Sirius said animatedly.

"I guess."

"And with that plan of yours, she's sure to fall for you." He added.

"Maybe, I don't know-"

"AND, he is no where as good looking as you are." Peter chipped in.

"Um, thanks." I said finally.

Class was pretty boring for everyone except me.

I kept thinking about Sam and the determination on his face and Lily and the possibility of them going out. All those things were swirling around in my head the entire class period.

I looked over at Lily and saw her taking notes on whatever we were learning. She stared at the teacher along with everyone else and rubbed the tip of her quill under her chin. It slowly moved up to her cheek and them her lips. Oh how I wish I could be that quill.

"Potter! What did I just say?" Professor Babbins snapped.

The whole class went silent and stared at me. I shifted in my seat and looked at the board. Something about numbers and salamanders was scribbled on the chalkboard.

"How many salamanders lived in England back then."

The whole class burst into laughter. Professor Babbins shouted over us all.

"Twenty points from Gryffindor, for pure stupidity and not paying attention."

Half the class groaned while the Ravenclaw half smiled a little bit. I looked at Lily, who tightened her lips and shrugged before turning away from me completely. Sirius threw a paper ball at me from four seats down. I dropped it in my lap and slowly unfolded it so it wouldn't make such a loud noise.

After class, we all shuffled out of the ancient runes class room and into the crowded hall way once again. And I saw what had been my worst fear all class. Samuel was leaning up against the wall, talking to Evans.

"Yeah so I was wondering if you were free for Slughorn's annual returning party. It's next Friday I believe." He said smoothly.

She held her books close to her chest as she blushed.

"No one has asked me yet." She said shyly.

"Well I'm asking you now." He added slickly.

Marlee, Elaine, and Jennifer all giggled uncontrollably behind her. She shushed them before responding.

"And I'm saying yes."

"Okay then. It's a date!" He said winking.

"It's a date." She beamed brightly before tucking a red lock behind her ear.

"Bye Lily." He walked away, confidence in his step.

"Bye." She said giggling.

All four girls turned into a feat of giggles and whispers. Elaine shouted something but was immediately shushed by all three. They walked in a pack so Evans became just out of reach of me. And look who came marching over to us.

"Look who's laughing now, Sirius." He said pompously.

"Try saying that with my fist in your mouth." I said through gritted teeth.

"I'd watch it, Potter. Lily might just forget about you." He said cocking his head to the side.

We were all silent.

"Good day." He said before rushing off.

Once he was out of ear shot, Sirius blew up.

"Un-FREAKING-believable! How could Evans even speak to that ass wipe?! I mean just look at him, stupid face, fat body-"

"You said he had a nice ass yesterday." Mooney added over his book.

"We don't talk about that." Sirius muttered.

Lupin scoffed and continued reading.

"I knew it. I'm done for. Trash in her trash can." I sulked.

"No." Sirius said sternly.

"No what?"

"We will not let that ass wipe win your lady." Sirius declared.

Lupin raised his eyebrows.

"It's a lost cause, Padfoot. We had a nice run while it lasted." I sulked, leaning on a pillar that lead to the courtyard.

"It's not over yet! Pretend like you didn't hear or see or say anything about Sam as her. Just act like everything is fine." Lupin interjected.

"Good idea!" Peter said clapping.

Lupin steadied Peter's hands and slowly shook his head. Peter nodded.

"If she doesn't come after classes, I'll know it's over."

"She will, Prongs. She will." Mooney slapped me on the back in a brotherly sort of way.

"Thanks." I nodded.

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