James left the classroom, followed by his two best friends and his biggest fan. He was very curious. Sirius had returned, but Lily hadn't. He decided to skip and look for her. He needed to get rid of Peter first, though. He knew exactly how to do that.
"Peter, why don't you run along. We'll catch up." Peter wasn't the brightest of them
"Alright," Peter nodded and walked off
"What was that about?" Remus asked
"I am going to go look for Lily. If you care to join me, you may." James replied nodding behind him
"Alright then," Sirius replied, "I'm up."
"I suppose, if it's about Lily." Remus answered
"Then, let's start with where you were when she found you. I'm going to assume she did, Sirius." James commanded
"She did," Sirius nodded, "Follow me."
James knelt down inspecting the spot where Sirius said Lily had found him. There wasn't anything useful. He wasn't a brilliant wizard, he didn't know how to find people. He stood back up and sighed. Remus laughed.
"She must have stayed after Sirius left, like he said. Someone else came to her. Otherwise she would be here or in class." Remus pointed out
"Right," James nodded, "I was just about to say that."
"Sure," Remus laughed again
"Oh, shut up." James rolled his eyes
"Whatever," Remus smiled
"Then which way did she go?" James raised an eyebrow
"That way," Remus pointed
"Then that's the way we're going." James declared
They finally came out to the outside of the school. Remus continued to lead them. He led them straight to the entrance of the Shrieking Shack, the entrance under the Whomping Willow. They and Peter were the only ones, the only students, who knew of that entrance.
James leaned down in front of the large tree and picked up a note. He nodded his head at the tree and one of it's limbs bobbed back as if in reply. He smiled weakly and read the note. His face fell leading the others to guess that James' nightmares of Lily being in true trouble were becoming real. He dropped the note into the wind. The note was pushed along to Sirius.
Dear, dear, James,
I believe that you are indeed the one to have found this, possibly with your little cocky friends. Ha. Well, you and I are at an impasse. I have your girl and well, you, I promise, have something I want. I do not feel I have the need to tell you what this is as I see it will goad you. Yes James, I am that kind of a person. It gives me such pleasure to see you agitated or in grief. It would serve you well to remember that.
Now, I must tell you how to get your inamorata back. That, you see, is perplexing. Her very life is depending on this. You will meet me at sundown, with both Sirius and Remus, at the Whomping Willow. Believe me, I know how to get to each and every one of you.
I know your every move,
You shall know in time