The one where Lily completely misreads the situation. (again)
It’s almost midnight, and they’re sitting against a tree by the lake when the conversation first crops up. Lily’s discarded her astrology homework in favour of just watching the stars aimlessly, a procedure Sev thinks is stupid, but he doesn’t mind, because at least he’s spending time with her, kind of like a date.
“Do you think Remus has a crush on me?”
Severus sits up straighter, contemplating how to answer his friend. He feels what might be another bit of his teenage heart breaking, but he’s used to it by now. He’s in this for the long game. “Um, no?” He almost questions, it never even crossed his mind that Remus was the one she was pining after. “Why do you think that?”
Lily shrugs, or as much as she can, given she’s now lying down.
“I figure we’ve know each other a long time - since we met on the train in first year - and I just thought…he doesn’t really look at other girls much…you know?”
Severus sighs. “Yeah. I know.”
“I thought it would be quite romantic, you know, the friends-to-lovers thing. He’s just so reserved and sweet, Sev. Do you think I should say something?”
Severus doesn’t say anything for a while. How ironic that they’re both staring up at the constellation Sirius. He sighs. “You two are…different, Lily. I’m not too sure he thinks of you like that.”
“But I’m the only girl he talks to?”
Severus stifles a laugh. “That’s my point.” He picks up his wand, which is classy and carved straight, and places it in Lily’s hand. In the other he places hers. Lesson time.
“My wand is like you…pretty perfect.” He grins and she laughs, basking in the compliment. “Your wand is more like Remus…don’t you see?”
Lily frowns, not seeing anything particularly special. “You mean he’s softer than me? I don’t get it, Sev?”
Severus can’t help but laugh. For the brightest girl in the year, she really wasn’t that smart. “Look at the shape of your wand Lils…”
“Bent?” Her eyes widen, as she starts to realise. “Merlin…REMUS IS GAY? For who? How do you know this, Sev? Are you sure!?”
Severus just laughs again, and looks back up at the stars knowingly. Lilly joins him, her head on his shoulder. “Those ones are pretty.” She whispers, pointing up at Sirius. Severus decides that perhaps if she’d have done the homework she would be a little wiser.