Meeting The Doe
If you asked anyone in the school to list five things about James Potter they would be:
*A trouble maker
*Loyal to his friends
*And most of all Lily Evens obsessed.
All these things are true, but if there is one thing no one would say was that I was an illegal animagus (A/N Spelling?).
One of my best friends, Remus Lupin, was a werewolf, so me and the rest of our gang, commonly known as the Marauders, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew (A/N I hate him so much, but he has to be mentioned... sadly =[ ), studied for years so we could transform into animals to help him through his 'fury little problem' every month. Soon the worst times of his life turned into the most fun. With us there to help he was able to roam free of the Shrieking Shack, and wonder the Forbidden Forrest on the edge of Hogwarts, famous school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
I loved spending time as a Stag, my animagus form, even though I only ever needed to use it once everyone month. I loved the way it felt to run on all fours, it felt like I was flying across the ground, it was almost as good as flying on my broom.
I would disappear for hours and wonder around the forest on my own, exploring parts of it that we didn't have time for on the full moon.
And that's were I found myself on a sunny Saturday morning, walking lazily by the Black Lake, when I spotted a beautiful young doe.
Her hide had a slight reddish tinge, and her head was bent down near the water, drinking it hesitantly.
I approached her slightly, not wanting to scare her away. When my hoof trod on a twig, causing it to snap loudly, she looked up and I was met by the most fantastic green eyes I had ever seen. So green in fact that they reminded me of my love Lily's, and if I didn't know her so well I would of thought that the doe was her. But of course the Head Girl and rule lover would never of became an illegal animagus like me and my friends, and I would of known if she was a registered one. I knew everything about my infatuation, and love of almost seven years. I could tell you everything from her favourite type of jam to her lucky charm, which happens to be a tiny soft toy in the shape of an owl that she keeps with her at all times. And no, I am not a stalker; you just learnt these types of thing when you've been chasing after one person since you first met her.
When the doe saw that her that it was only a young stag that had approached her, I immediately saw her relax.
Looking at her soft coat, I had the sudden urge to run my fingers through it, I have no idea why. But I backed away, and slowly turned back into my human form.
I saw the does eyes widen when she saw a boy in front of her, but she didn't run, which I took for a good sign. I slowly approached her, with my hand stretched out in front of me.
"It's okay I won't hurt you." I said and clicked my tongue, they way you do, and I could of sworn I saw her shake her head in disbelief at my actions. But before I could pay closer attention she edged towards me. When she was close enough I rested my hand on her head, running my fingers through her soft fur.
"You're a pretty girl aren't you?" I asked, and once again I could've sworn I saw her roll her eye's in a very human like fashion, but was distracted when I heard barking in the background.
The doe itched away from me, and looked in the direction of the barking, and just then a shaggy black dog came bounding out of the trees, making the doe inch away even further, but she made no move to run.
"Padfoot, what are you doing here?" I asked him, not taking my eyes of the brave doe. She tilted her head to the side as I addresses the dog, who turned into my best mate Sirius Black.
"I was bored, so I thought I would come and find you. But I see you have made a new friend." He joked looking at the doe as well, who was coming a closer again, out of curiosity. Pads held his hand out, and tried to call her over to him.
"That's it bright eyes, come over here to uncle Pads, I won't hurt you." She came closer, but instead of nudging her head into his hand, she head butted him in the stomach making him fall flat on his arse.
The doe made I sound, that could of been laughter, and I gladly joined in.
"I don't think she enjoys being called bright eyes." I said.
"I couldn't think of anything else. And in my defence she does have absurdly bright eyes. Remind you of anyone?" he asked nudging me.
"Huh?" I asked, feigning confusion.
"Her eyes kind of looks like Evan's, so much in fact that if she wasn't such a goody-goody, I would be a bit suspicious." I nodded in agreement, and I watched the doe fascinated.
We sat down in the clearing talking quietly, and eventually the doe came and lied down besides use, appearing to be listening to our conversation and jokes intently.
Eventually the whole Marauder group was there, and even Peter noticed how the does eyes looked like my Lily's.
"We better get going Prongs. The Hogsmeade trip is in an hour." Remus said, he was the only one who seemed uneasy in the does presence. I nodded and reluctantly left the doe.
That night, I watched Lily again, and I couldn't help notice the similarities between her and the doe.
The same green eyes. The reddish tint in the does hide. And how gentle they both were.
I was getting more and more suspicious by the second. Could she really be an animagus. It sounded absurd, but it may just be true.
"Remus?" I asked, distracting him from the book that he was reading.
"Hmm?" he signed, still trying to read.
"Do you think it's possible that Lily could be that doe we saw today?" I asked in a hushed tone. He stiffened.
"No, why would she be?" he asked quickly, a little too quickly if you asked me.
I was determined then to find out once and for all.
The next day, I followed Lily all day on the Marauders map, and under my invisibility cloak, hoping that she would go into the forest, so I could know once and for all if she was the doe or not.
I did this for the rest of the week, but she was a good little girl, like she always is, and stayed in classes or in the library, only venturing outside to sit by the lake to talk with her friends, or to sit quietly to read a book.
This was getting me nowhere, onto plan two.
"Lily!" I said excitedly, sitting down next to her near the lake.
"What is it James?" she asked slightly amused. She had quite calling me Potter at the beginning of the year, when she found out that we were going to be heads together.
"I was just wondering if you had seen a doe anywhere near the edge of the lake by the forest." I asked casually.
"A doe?" she asked uninterested. Damn, she wasn't going to make this easy was she?
"Yeah a doe. You know a female deer, kind of like Bambi but bigger."
"First of all, Bambi was a boy, and secondly I know what a doe is." She said angrily.
"Then why ask?" I teased. She sighed, and shook her head.
"I was just wondering why you would of asked me. I spend most of my time in the library studying."
"I dunno, just thought you might of seen her."
"In love are you James." She teased at my dreamy voice.
"Only with you Lily." I smiled at her blush.
"No you don't Potter." She mumbled, stood up and left.
I quickly watched her on the map. Watching her journey up to her dorm, and then back down heading for the forest. Bingo!
I followed her into the forest under my cloak. She travelled further and further in until she looked around her.
"I know you're here James." She sighed.
"How?" I asked slipping off the cloak.
"Because you weren't very subtle when you were asking me about the doe, and I know that when you get an idea in your head you're very persistent." She sighed.
"Figured that out did you?" I asked jokingly.
"When you've been harassed by the same guy for almost seven years it because common knowledge." She said between gritted teeth.
"I haven't harassed you." I defended, hurt evident on my face, even though I tried to hide it.
She just shuck her head again, and mutter 'why me' under her breath.
"Because I love you." I answered her question.
"No you don't." She said angrily. "You only love the thrill of the chase."
"Is that what you think?" anger seeping into my voice as well. How dare she think I was lying about my feelings for her, and okay it was the thrill of the chase at the beginning. But then I got to know her, and my feelings grew from a crush, to infatuation, and finally ended in love.
"Yes, why else would you ask me out every five minutes, but go out with random girls at the same time?" this stung a bit.
"I did that because you always turned me down." I growled. "If you had just said yes..."
"and became another notch on your bedpost? I think not." She scoffed. "If I had said yes you would of dumped me in a week, and I refuse to be that kind of girl." With that she turned and started to stomp away, tears in her eyes
I went to follow her, but before I could she transformed into the beautiful doe and galloped off into the forest.
She was gone for the rest of the day and well into the night. And if it wasn't the full moon then I would've gone out looking for her, but Moony needed me more at the moment.
That night we stayed in the forest, but when we heard someone crying Moony ran straight for the unsuspecting person.
Padfoot and I ran after him, and just got there in time to watch a crying Lily jump back from the wolfs claws, and quickly transform into her animagus form.
She stood on her back legs, and pushed the wolf away from her, and Moony instantly calmed down, but to make sure I pushed her back, and stood in front of her and harm. Padfoot quickly followed suit, snapping out of his shock at seeing Lily, not only break a rule, but a law as well.
She made a frustrated noise, which I took to mean that she was unhappy that we didn't think she could take care of herself.
She kept with us for the rest of the night, helping us move the excited werewolf back into the Shrieking Shack.
"So Evans has been a very naughty girl then." Sirius teased her when we came back into the common room.
"Shut up, idiot." She laughed, pushing him. They continued to tease each other, with Peter joining in occasionally, but she completely ignored me.
"Why'd you do it then bright eyes?" he teased, she pushed him over. "Oi! That hurt!" he protested but she just laughed.
"You should of learnt the first time Padfoot." She teased him back, making him pout.
"Why did you do it?" he asked again.
"Because that nick-name is absolutely redicu..."
"No! I mean why did you become an animagi?" he asked curiously. She sighed.
"Shouldn't we wait until morning, so Remus knows as well?" Peter asked.
"Good point Wormtail." Sirius signed defeated.
"See you in the morning then." Lily said making her escape.
"We won't forget!" Sirius shouted menacingly up the stairs, and we heard her laugh travelling back down in response.
As promised, Sirius dragged us all over to where Lily sat studying quietly in a secluded part of the library, in the muggle fiction section.
"Tell us, tell us, tell us..." Sirius chanted as soon as she was within ear shot.
"I was bored." She answered simply, causing us all to laugh.
"Are you serious?" he asked astonished.
"No, you are." She joked.
"Bad pun Lil." Remus laughed. she just shrugged.
"But why do it Lils?" I asked her, speaking up for the first time. "I mean, you love rules more than anyone else in the school, and not only did you break about a dozen of them, but you also broke a law." I said worried.
"When McGonagall showed us her transformation in third year, I got really interested in it, so I asked her about it. Dumbledore knows about it, and he didn't punish me when he found out. He just congratulated me, and told me to consider registering when I leave school." She shrugged, and I could feel my jaw drop.
"He didn't make you register?" Sirius asked amazed. She just shuck her head, reading a book she had summoned from the nearest shelf.
"That's awesome. It's seems that we have another adventurer to join us on Moony's special time of the month." Sirius laughed loudly.
"Be quite Mr. Black." Madam Vince hissed from across the room.
"I don't think that's a good idea. I don't want to hurt you." Remus said worriedly.
"Like Prongs would let that happen." Sirius rolled his eyes, and Lily blushed. "He would jump between the two of you in seconds, just like he did last night."
"I am sorry about that Lily." Remus apologised.
"Don't worry about it, I was an idiot for not being in doe mode on the night of the full moon." She reassured him.
"That reminds me." Sirius said. "Why were you out in the middle of the forest in the middle of the night?"
She blushed, and so did I , knowing that I was the reason.
"I-I was just a bit upset." She said looking straight at me.
"What did you do Prongs?" Remus asked worriedly.
"Nothing..." I trailed off.
"Right, nothing." Lily scoffed, and left, tears filling her eyes again.
Remus followed her concerned.
"Honestly Prongs, what did you do that got her that upset?"
"I told her that I loved her." I muttered. He laughed.
"Why would that make her upset? Most girls would be jumping for joy."
"She thought that I was lying, that I only want her for the thrill of the chase. She doesn't want to be like the other girls." I said quoting some of the things she had said to me.
"Tuff luck mate." He said, sobering up a little.
"We need to give you a nick name!" Sirius declared later that night. Sitting next to Lily, draping his arm around her shoulders.
"Please not bright eyes!" she mock begged.
"But it's such a good one... oof." For the third time, Sirius ended up sprawled on the floor, with everyone laughing at him.
"How 'bout Bambi?" Peter supplied.
"A but obvious don't you think?" Remus pointed out.
"You pick one then smarty pants." Sirius teased. Remus thought for a while.
"How about Fawn?" he asks. "As in a young deer."
"I like that." Lily said with a smile.
"I still like bright... OW!"
"Serves you right." Lily said, sticking her tongue out at Sirius.
"Lily, can I speak to you for a moment please?" I asked her. she nodded and followed me out of the common room.
"What... " I kissed her, cutting of whatever it was she was going to say. She tensed, and I was afraid she was going to push me away, but she relaxed slowly. Wrapping her arms around my neck. I responded, deepening the kiss, sighing.
I can't believe I was snogging Lily Evans! The girl I was had pined after for seven long years. And she was snogging me back!
I ran my tongue over her bottom lip, begging for entrance. She obliged, and deepened the kiss even further.
After five glorious minutes, we had to surface for air.
"I love you Lily." I whispered in her ear. "You're not like any other girl in the entire school. And I promise I won't..." she cut of my speech with another passionate kiss.
"I believe you." She sighed against my lips. I smiled.
"Will you go on a date with me?" I asked, hopefully for the last time, and waited impatiently for her answer. She tortured me with a mock look of concentration on her face.
"I'd like nothing more." She laughed at my relieved expression.
I picked her up, and spun a laughing Lily in a wide circle around the corridor. I put her down and dragged her back into the common room, shouting.
"She said YES!" there was a round of applause from those in the room, and several cheers. Smiling I swooped down and kissed her again, just to show her other admirers, and there were a few, that she was taken.
The applause got louder, and there were a few wolf whistles as well, mostly from Sirius.
"What is going on at this late hour?" McGonagall's voice sounded from the portrait hole.
"Lily-flower has finally said yes to Prongs, my dear Minnie!" Sirius laughed.
Me and Lily broke apart, blushing furiously.
"Well, I'm sure they don't want you all applauding them, so everyone quite down or I'll be giving out detentions." She left, and I could of sworn heard her muttering about Slughorn owing her five galleons.
I laughed and dragged Lily over to a quiet corner, to resume one of many snogging sessions.
I'm glad that I liked spending so much time in my animagus form, or me and Lily might of never gotten together.