[A/N]I am sorry this has been without an update for so long. Thank you Emmy Grace for bringing this to my attention.

At dinner, I introduced Lily to Sarah, who, oddly enough, was talking to Lily's sister, Petunia Evans. Sarah loved Lily and the fact she got me to talk. Petunia, on the other hand, barely noticed me or her sister. That seemed to be her manner. When I asked Lily about it later that night, she said that Petunia had been cold toward her since she got a letter from a man called Albus Dumbledore telling her she was a witch.

She really was a bit too open, this girl. At least she understood the concept of reciprocation.

"So," she asked, "do you climb a lot of trees? 'Cause you've got all these bruises and scars, I figured that was it. So?"

Crap. Now what do I say?

Try the truth. She told you the truth about herself, said a voice similar to Sarah's.

"Ah. I'm not sure what to say," was my clever truth-answer. "No, no trees."

"Then what? Bikes?"

I shook my head.


"Whu-? No"


Blind curve, sleepy driver, guy's in a hurry. Wind. Frisbee. Truck. Blood. Black.

My world collapsed, and so did I.

"Jean? Jean? You okay?" I heard as I woke up.

"Lil, are you okay?" I asked, panicking a bit.

"Yeah, bit of a bruise. What happened to you? Are you okay? You got all funny-looking and passed out."

I sat up, taking inventory of my new friend, not registering what she was saying, just what I could have done. Yep, a couple of bruises on her knees. I touched one lightly. "How did this happen?"

"When you fell, I tried to catch you. Hit my knees pretty hard. Don't worry, I bruise easy. You okay?"

"Annie," is all I could say as I took off toward the E-Sector.

"*Who's Annie?*" I heard her think and call after me.

Nevermind the rules, I needed Sarah.