"Accio Letter." Lily waved her wand for the third time. No letter responded to the call of the spell. "Accio Dear Severus." She tried naming the letter by its first words, but she received no luck. "It's gotta be here somewhere." Lily said. She searched the room desperately once more, searching for her letter. She had set it down on the chair which was right next to the fireplace. "I know I left it right here. While I was chasing James, is it possible I could have breezed by and it blew into the fireplace? No. No!" But that's the only option left. It's the only possibility. Maybe this is just fate telling me that Severus was never meant to get that letter, Lily thought silently. For a short moment, the idea of telling Severus in person flickered across her mind. But she declined and walked out of the Gryffindor common room.
The section of Hogwarts devoted to Slytherin house had darker wallpaper and dusty bricks, not to mention less windows. The occasional window was foggy and musty and let through very little light.
Lucius bumped into Rodolphus Lestrange. "How would you like to deliver this for me?" Lucius showed him the letter.
"Don't bother me today, Lucius, I'm in a bad mood." Rodolphus stormed past.
Lucius groaned. "When are you ever in a good mood?" He snarled under his breath. He hated responsibility. Luckily Severus's dorm room was near. Lucius rapped on the door. "Snape! I've got a letter to you!" Lucius made his voice embarrassingly loud. Other wizards in the hall started chuckling softly now that their attention had been drawn. "Alohamora." Lucius whispered with a wave of his wand. After he realized that the door had a counter spell on it that made it Alohamora-proof. Lucius cursed. "Snape, if you're sitting on your bed with your nose in a book, I swear I'm gonna"
The door opened and there stood Snape, tall and dark but not handsome in the least. His hair was long and black and shaggy. His eyes were tired and it appeared as though Lucius had interrupted Severus' evening nap.
"Here." Lucius forced the letter into Severus's hand and then walked away briskly.
Severus closed the door and began to read the letter. "Dear Severus, whothis is Lily's handwriting." He was so astonished that he had to talk aloud so he would believe it was true. It was Lily's handwriting.
Jenette died? You wish we were still friends? You miss me?
Severus was in shock. How
The moment his eyes read the P.S., he just had to sit down on his bed.
She loves me? Somebody must have cast a love potion on her or something. I've just gotta go talk to her. But not today. Tomorrow. It's almost curfew. I wonder what she's thinking
right now. Maybe she's thinking about me. She wished I would kiss her. How quaint. A girl's never wished I'd kissed her before. I swear I'll never call her a mudblood again. Even if Lily's not pureblood, she's still the sweetest person I've ever met. She doesn't deserve to be treated like the dirtiest kind of people in the wizard world. Mudbloods are the lower-class, but Lily's the exception. Lily's perfect. Lily and I are perfect. We'd always be perfect, if we were together.
His mind faded into a dream. Unlike most of his dreams, Severus was in a happy place for once. He was back home, in summer. It was that summer in Spinner's End where he met the Evans sisters
Lily was on her way to History of Magic class with her friend Mary Macdonald, like almost every Monday morning. They sat together at a table near the front. Lily always found this class rather boring, but she opened her ears long enough to memorize the information so that she could later record the information on the "pop quiz" that was held every Wednesday.
By the time this class was over, Lily and Mary met up with Alice and Frank. The four of them would preceed to Divinations class together.
"Thanks for getting my wand back, Lily." Said Alice gratefully.
"How did you" Lily wondered.
"Professor McGonagall returned it to me, along with condolences for my lost cookies." Alice said.
"How nice of you, Lily." Said Frank.
"You're welcome, Alice." Lily said.
"Lily! Lily!" A voice called from behind.
"Oh gosh." Mary groaned under her breath.
Alice and Frank frowned. Lily turned around.
There was Severus Snape with a broad smile across his sallow cheeks. It looked unnatural. Of course, the most unnatural part was how closely he was standing to the red-haired Lily.
Severus." Lily jumped inside of her skin. It's strange how, if you think about someone enough, they'll appear.
"Need help studying for the pop quiz on Wednesday?" Severus asked with an eager smile.
Lily got the strange feeling that Severus had been itching to talk to her for a long time. But why? Why was he suddenly pretending like they were still friends? Lily didn't like that look on Mary's face. Mary had her own pompous way of looking down on people who dressed and creeped around like Severus Snape. Frank and Alice didn't like Snape either. Frank was too shy to say a word, and Alice was too polite to make her opinions known.
That left Lily to decide for herself whether or not Severus was pretending.
Slytherin were not above making up lies to get what they want. They'll settle for no less than their deepest desires.
Severus's smile seemed earnest enough. If he kept smiling, he'd soon lose that dark, shadowy image he'd worked so long to acquire.
Lily looked downward, embarrassed.
Mary could see Lily was uncomfortable. Mary had no desire to be modest. "Look here, Snape, Lily's a solid student and she won't need help studying from someone like you, no less." Mary stuck her nose in the air.
"That was mean, Mary." Alice said. Everybody turned toward Lily, awaiting any sort of reaction.
"But, Severus, you just barely passed the term last year." Lily pointed out. There were only so many excuses she could make before she'd be forced to admit how strange she really thought it was for him to ask. Here? Now?
"All the more reason to study." He said slowly, the smile fading from his lips. His cheeks flushed, and he almost looked normal.
Mary chuckled under her breath. Frank looked away, hoping that one of his other friends would pull him out of this awkward conversation. He pretended to be happy to see Peter Pettigrew as he and his friends walked by. Peter waved back to Frank, and then informed his three friends that Lily was standing over there.
Alice elbowed Lily. "Sure, Severus, you can meet me in the library after school." Lily said quickly.
Severus smiled again. He was even happier this time, if that were possible.
Mary rolled her eyes.
"Snape get over here. Class is about to start." Severus's friends Avery and Mulciber were waiting for him at the entrance to the potions classroom.
Avery was tall and lanky and blond. His face was yellowish and his thin lips were chapped. Mulciber was short and squat, with short ark brown hair and fat pink cheeks. Their frowns were identical.
"Right." Severus said to the two Slytherins. He looked back at Lily. "See you after school!" He jotted off.
Lily couldn't even begin to imagine how or why Severus had gotten caught up with the wrong sort of wizards. Avery and Mulciber looked down on everyone that wasn't pureblood. Whenever Lily would pass them in the hall, they would give her a look as cold as stone, with their dark heartless eyes. Lily would shiver, and then scramble back to the safety of the Gryffindor tower room.
Speaking of Gryffindor, "I've never seen Snivelbrains so happy about anything before." James Potter took it upon himself to infiltrate many of Lily's conversations. He smiled sheepishly as he put his arm around Lily. Lily pushed it off with a hard shove. "Take it easy. I'm just messing with you." He said, still smiling.
That's what irritated her the most.
The rest of the Marauders soon appeared. Sirius stood close to Mary, smiling charmingly. Peter gave Frank a high-five and Remus said "Hello." To Alice.
How lovely, they fit right in, Lily mused with sarcasm. Lily realized that she was the only one out of her friends that had distaste for the Marauders. As a matter of fact, all the other Gryffindors adored and applauded the Marauders. Most of the Ravenclaws liked them too. The Hufflepuffs only disliked the Marauders when James would beat their team at Quidditch.
Sirius began to brag about the final game of last Quidditch season, in which, James the chaser scored many points. The number seemed to vary each time Sirius told the story, increasing slightly each time.
Lily couldn't even count how many times Sirius had told the story just to baffle the girls. And it certainly was working on Mary.
Lily, not wishing to deal with the obnoxious quartet right now, made her escape into Divinations class where she was followed by Alice and Frank. It was when Trelawney began the lecture that Lily realized Mary wasn't in the classroom yet. She waited until Trelawney dropped the crystal ballshe did this three or four times a dayand had to get a mop to sweep up the remains. Then, Lily could get Alice's attention.
"Where did Mary go?" Lily whispered to Alice.
"I think she's still in the hallway talking to the boys. She's been hoping to snog with Sirius." Alice said with a smile.
"This is just like a soap opera, I'm telling you." Lily whispered back.
"What's a soap opera?"
"A muggle show."
"Listen, if you're dead silent, you'll be able to hear them." Said Frank.
Lily could just barely make out the voice of Sirius Black. Mary's voice was loud and overpowering. James's voice was downright annoying.
"So, yes, she's going to meet up with Snape after school
" That was unmistakably Mary's voice. Lily winced. Now that James knew about her planning to see Severus after classes were over, James would be sure to show up. At the wrong time. With the wrong idea.
James Potter was going to ruin everything.
He always did, so what was going to stop him this time?