A/N: Hey everybody, I hope you're not to mad about me closing down the other story it just wasn't feeling right. So here is my new story, you may notice that Lily is a little different in this story. I feel like she would have been a bit more quiet and not as crazy as the rest of her family since she is the youngest. So read on and tell me what you think.
I walked in the fields behind the Burrow looking at the newest muggle contraption that my grandfather had picked up for me. It looked exactly like a wizard camera but the pictures didn't move they just froze and stayed that way. The camera was fascinating. I walked further and further until I came across the trees my grandmother had planted when each of the grandchildren were born. My tree was the tree on that was the last in the row since I was the youngest. I sat beneath the familiar branches that were covered in orchids. There were so many different buttons that you could push and each one did something different. I sat underneath the comfort of my tree as I waited for someone to look for me. The sun was just beginning to hit the horizon to set for the night when my cousin and best friend Hugo found me.
"Hey Lil." He said as he sat under the tree next to mine that was meant for him. Both of our trees were planted 14 years ago exactly 9 months apart from each other. So technically Hugo's tree has been planted for 15 years, while mine would be 15 next week.
"Hey Hugo." I replied quietly. We both returned to staring as the sun slowly began to fall. I looked over at Hugo and saw how the sun's rays were bouncing off of his skin and how his tousled red hair. I pulled the camera out turned off the flash so he wouldn't notice and snapped the picture of him. I put the camera away and just sat there lost in thought.
Me and Hugo had it the hardest in our family. With 11 cousins and 9 aunts and uncles not many people will notice the youngest. Today was Victoire's baby shower. She was due in a few weeks. In our family everyone was in a group. There were the pranksters, Uncle George, my cousin Fred II, my brother James, and Louis. The bookworms, Uncle Percy, Aunt Audrey, Aunt Hermione, Rose and Molly,. Also there were the Quidditch players, Uncle Bill, Aunt Angelina, Uncle Ron, my mum Ginny and my dad Harry, my brother Albus, Roxanne and Uncle Charlie when he was around. And the girly group, Aunt Fleur, Victoire, Dominique and Lucy. The only two in our entire family who aren't in a group is me and Hugo. We usually spend our time together and we don't even talk much.
When the sun had finally set me and Hugo got out from under our trees and begun to walk back to the Burrow. The house was still decorated in pink streamers – for her soon to be born baby girl- and banners that read "Congratulations Teddy and Victoire!" Everyone was everywhere. The mums and the girly group were putting away the main meal that Hugo and I had missed like usual and were setting up for dessert that I also don't eat. With my family at least. The Quidditch players were in an intense game and the bookworms were all discussing what books they had read over the summer and giving each other heads ups on the classes they will be returning to in two weeks.
"I'm going to go get some food from inside." I said to Hugo and headed into the kitchen where my mum and grandmother stood preparing a plate which I already knew was for me.
"Hello dear." Grandmum said as I walked in.
"Hello Gran." I said in my quiet voice. I pulled my light red hair into a neat pony tail at the base of my head so none of my hair would get in the way as I was eating.
"I'll be outside with everyone else." Mum said as she walked out.
"Alright Ginny." Gran said as she walked out. "Lily, I've been meaning to talk to you."
"Oh, what about Gran?" I said as I picked at my mashed potatoes.
"I wanted to know why you don't eat with everyone when you are here. You and Hugo."
"Oh." I replied looking down at my food so I wouldn't have to see those eyes that held so much warmth and love. I knew Gran and Gramp loved me and Hugo as much as the others but there wasn't time for us to be noticed when all of the other cousins present. That and the fact that I am always being scrutinized by Vikki, Dominique, Lucy and Aunt Fleur.
"That isn't a real answer Lily petal."
"I'm sorry Gran, but I just can't stand being left in the background any more. Being the youngest makes me unnoticed, and then when I am noticed I am being judged by everyone. I know I'm not the daughter my dad wanted and my mum would prefer if I were on the Quidditch team. And at every dinner I attend Aunt Fleur, Vikki, Dom and Lucy watch me like a hawk! It's like I have to please everyone at the same time. I hate it." By the time I was finished telling my Gran tears were already threatening to spill over.
"Oh Lily, your mum and dad love you so much. Your mum is so worried about you and Hugo. And if anyone should understand how it feels to be the youngest it's your mum. She was the youngest and the only girl out of 7 children! Talk to her, and to me. We are always here for you and we will love you without judging. I promise." Gran pulled me into her warm embrace and kissed the top of my head.
"Thanks Gran, but that isn't going to change anything." I said and walked out to the field to lay alone.
The night air was fresh and the grass underneath me was tickling my arms. The sky was clear and the stars were as beautiful as they could be. The moon was full and I remember the stories dad used to tell me about Remus Lupin. Teddy's dad. He had been a werewolf and was so afraid of what would happen when Teddy was born. He never wanted anyone to be like him, he was the nicest teacher and man that my father knew. I wish I had met Lupin. I realized suddenly that I had left my camera in the kitchen in the Burrow. I got up slowly and walked myself back to the house. I thought everyone was outside enjoying the warm evening when I found I wasn't alone.
"Lily could be pretty if she actually tried. I mean her hair is gorgeous and all but she just leaves it in a plain bun almost all of the time. She should at least style the bun!" I recognized the voice of Lucy as I walked into the kitchen. They were sitting in the living room which was right off the kitchen.
"Lily? Pretty? That is impossible! I mean yeah her hair is a beautiful color but her nose is way to pointed and her hair is so like lifeless! She doesn't have a nice body either! She is as skinny as a stick and has almost no curves at all. I wouldn't be surprised if she was anorexic." Victoire said to the other girls.
"Yeah, come on Lucy! Lily is so ugly that even the most amazing products couldn't make her look any less like a night troll." Dominique said. At that I ran out of the house with tears streaming down my face. I forgot all about my camera and ran straight for my tree. I quickly climbed up to the highest and sturdiest branch that was there and cried until I was out of tears.
"Lily?" I heard Hugo say from down below.
"What?" I said a little too harsh to my favorite cousin.
"I saw you run away crying and I came to find you. I knew you would be here." He said as he begun to climb up to where I was.
"They are so mean." Is all I said as Hugo slid behind me on the branch we were sitting on.
"Who?" He whispered.
"Victoire, Dominique and Lucy." I said trying to stop the tears from returning. I told Hugo what they had said.
"Lily, don't you dare listen to them." He said with so much anger in his voice I was scared. "Dom and Vikki think they are superior since they are like a 16th Veela. And Lucy, well she is a spoiled little princess."
"Thanks Hugo. I just don't want to be around them anymore." I whispered back.
"Come on Lil, I think we're leaving soon. You know how Aunt Ginny doesn't like to be out to late." We slowly climbed down the tree and walked back to the Burrow.
"Hey Lily! You look AMAZING tonight by the way!" Lucy yelled at me.
"Yeah! Lily how do you stay so skinny? I need some advice but remember I still need to eat once in a while!" Dom yelled after her.
"Just keep walking. Don't let them get to you." Hugo whispered to me as we walked into the living room where our parents were.
"Oh Lily, there you are. Are you ready to go?" my mum asked. I nodded. I gave Hugo a small hug and whispered a thank you before taking my mum's arm and apparating home.