I watched as Professor McGonagall tapped the bricks that would lead us to Diagon Alley. Before my very eyes the wall dissapeared and revealed a busy street filled with shops on either side of the road. My eyes almost bugged out of my head. This place was brilliant!
"I like this place, Mrs. Professor," I said honestly, grinning hugely as I watched the busy shoppers. Most were kids that looked about my age pulling their parents around excitedly. If only Severus were here to see this. . .
Professor McGonagall gave me a small smile. "Make sure to keep close to me, or you'll get lost."
My eyes widened in fear. Imagine getting lost in this place! I'd probably never be found again, and then I would never get to go to Hogwart's. I nodded and grabbed Professor McGonagall's hand. She seemed surprised at the contact, but didn't pull away.
"Can we get my books first?" I asked shyly, looking up at her from beneath my eyelashes. Whenever I did that to Mum she always went soft and gave me whatever I wanted. It worked again this time, and Professor McGonagall's strict face instantly softened.
She gave me a wide smile. "If you wish. Florish and Blotts is this way," she said, leading me towards a large store that was overflowing with shoppers.
Thirty minutes later, we emerged with all my books and a few extras that I picked up for some light reading. It wouldn't hurt to learn as much as possible. Plus, I adored reading.
"You remind me so much of my when I was eleven," Professor McGonagall said, smiling at me fondly. I tried to keep the shock off my face, I wasn't really sure if that was a good thing or not; Professor McGonagall was just so . . . serious. "So dedicated to school and learning. You like reading?"
I nodded enthusiastically. Reading was one of my favorite hobbies.
Professor McGonagall gave me a wide, proud smile. "Me too."
"Will you be my Teacher at Hogwart's, Mrs. Professor?" I asked, hoping she would say yes. I liked her a lot, even if she was a little stern at times - something I had learned at my house while she was talking with my parents.
She nodded her head and I jumped in glee, accidentally knocking over a small flower stand as I did so. The stand fell right onto a boy who looked to be about my age and the flowers fell all over him and the ground around him. I ran over to the boy and offered him my hand.
"I'm so sorry!" I exclaimed. "I-I was j-just so e-excited," I said, tears gathering in my eyes. They were never going to let me into Hogwart's now! I hadn't even gotten my wand, yet and I had already failed as a Witch. Mum and Dad would be so dissapointed in me!
I helped the boy stand up before turning to Professor McGonagall, who had already repaired the stand and put all the flowers back into their proper places. "I'm so sorry, Professor. You can take me home now."
"Take you home, Ms. Evans? What ever do you mean?" she asked, one of her eyebrows raised curiously.
"You're going to kick me out of Hogwart's now, aren't you?" I asked, a couple of tears falling down my face. "Can I at least keep my books?"
Professor McGonagall looked at me strangely. "Ms. Evans, I will not send you back just because you knocked over a simple flower stand! You can still come to Hogwarts."
I beamed at her, throwing my arms around her neck and hugging her feircely. "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
When I pulled back, she was staring at me, startled, and I blushed bright red and took several steps away, knocking into someone and almost falling over. I looked up and recognized the boy I had just knocked over.
"I'm sorry!" I said, my hand covering my mouth in horror. "I didn't mean to, I promise!"
The boy smiled at me, not the least bit upset. "Don't worry about it," he shrugged. "I'm James Potter," he said, thrusting his hand out towards me proudly.
I took his hand gingerly, giving it a small shake before quickly pulling my hand back. I didn't want to go to Hogwart's with cooties. "Lily Evans."
"Ms. Evans, if you wish to get your wand and things, we must leave now. We're on a very strict schedule," Professor McGonagall said, putting her hand on my shoulder.
I looked up at her and nodded. "Okay, Mrs. Professor. I'm coming." I turned back to James. "Goodbye, James."
"Wait!" James said, falling into step beside me. I timidly took a step closer to Professor McGongall and grabbed her hand again. "Are you going to Hogwarts?"
I nodded once. He beamed at me.
"Me too!" he said happily. "I'll see you at Hogwarts, Lily," he said, taking my free hand and kissing it before walking away happily.
"Eww!" I exclaimed loudly, wiping his gross cooties off on my jeans. "He just gave me his cooties!" I said, stomping my foot. "I didn't want his cooties! I don't like cooties!"
"I highly doubt Mr. Potter could give you Cooties, Ms. Evans; they are a very rare insect!" Professor McGonagall said.
I turned towards Professor McGongall, who was looking amused. I narrowed my eyes at her. "Do you like cooties, Mrs. Professor?"
"No, I don't," she admitted, still looking extremely amused "but we better not talk of them anymore, because we are running out of time."
I gasped and started running towards the closest store, pulling Professor McGonagall behind me.
Author's Note: Ah, cooties. I rememeber the days when getting cooties from a boy was my biggest problem. I miss those days!
Anyway, what do you think of mini Lily and James? Aren't they charming? Personally, I like seeing the softer side of 'Mrs. Professor'.
Current Dare: lyssanolle! I put both your dares into one, just because I didn't know what to do with the flower dare, except for stuff that has already been done before, and where's the fun in that? So, she knocks over a flower stand and I figured that would be good enough. It's all I've got, anyway.
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