1. Chapter 1
"You stupid woman, why would you send him there? You want him to learn to be a freak like you?" Tobias shouted at his wife.
"Tobias, you're scaring Severus!" Eileen shouted back at him.
Severus stood from the corner he was crouching in and ran to the playground where he had first met Lily. To his surprise, she was also there, and stood when she saw him coming.
"Sev!" She called out in greeting. "Come sit with me!"
Severus smiled for the first time that day and sat down next to her.
"My letter came today!" Lily shrieked, bouncing up and down. "Someone named Professor Dumbledore came by and delivered it!"
"Mine came today, too." Severus said, smiling at her excitement. "And we leave in a week!"
"I know!" Lily squealed, getting onto her knees and bouncing more. "I'm so excited! I thought it all had to be too good to be true! I mean," she continued hurridly, "I believed everything you told me, but I thought that there was bound to be something that would stop it from happening, or ruin it. But it's really happening! We leave in just seven days!"
"We still have to go to Diagon Alley." Severus pointed out.
"Oh, I know." Lily assured him. "Dumbledore's coming back tomorrow to take my family. Do you want to come with us?" she asked, looking at him expectantly.
"Umm..." Severus said. "Yeah, I'll come. I haven't got any money, though."
"Oh, don't worry, my parents said that I could invite you and tell you that they'll pay for everything." Lily said, beaming. "I'm so glad you're coming! Even though my parents are coming, too, I like that I'll have someone who knows about magic with me." She enveloped him into a hug. "Come on! Let's go to my house!"
The pair stood, and Lily skipped ahead of Severus, who was smiling and shaking his head at how bouncy and excited she was.