“Muggles are so weird,” Sirius stated, looking around the room packed with people scowling at each other.
“Why’s that?” Lily asked, stepping in forward in the security line.
“I mean, they travel by packing themselves into a large metal blob that gets flung into the air. It’s not natural.”
Lily raised an eyebrow, “And traveling by broom or through the fireplace is?”
“Yes,” Sirius answered back immediately, pleased when James said yes with him.
Rolling her eyes, Lily chose to ignore them and instead pointed forward.
“See these?” She asked.
The boys nodded yes, signaling for her to continue.
“You’re suppose to put your bag onto the belt and it goes through the scanner.”
“Why?” Sirius asked.
“It’s for security purposes.” She replied.
“Why?” he asked again.
“To make sure no one is carrying something in their bag they’re not supposed to be bringing onto the plane.”
“Because - oh stop that!” she smacked Sirius on the arm, scowling as his snickering.
“Now,” she continued, “I’m going to go over to this one right here, because it’s open. You two go to that one over there. When you’re through, we’ll meet on the other side and continue to our plane.”
“Yes ma’am!” James answered dutifully with a goofy smile.
Lily answered back with a happy smile and bounced off.
Taking deep breaths as though they were about to face something terrible, the boys stepped forward to the place Lily instructed them to go and lifted their bags onto the black belt.
Sirius looked up at the sign and snorted, “Hey, look: Baggage Scan. Bet we’d see all sorts of baggage you’re carrying.”
James rolled his eyes, “Not nearly as much as you.”
“Oh really?” Sirius asked in challenge, “What about Tiffany?”
Rising to the challenge, James responded, “What about Jennifer? Or Abagail? Or Marlene? Or Sandra? Or Tyler? Or - “
“Okay, fine, you’ve made your point,” Sirius cut in, “Just - hop onto the belt.”
“Hop onto the belt.” Sirius repeated.
“I can’t hop onto the belt. Lily will kill me!” James insisted.
“Just do it.”
“C’mon - “
“I can’t just - “
“It’ll be so funny - “
“Why don’t you - “
“Just do it - “
“But - “
“Please - “
“Ugh! Fine.” James said finally looking around to make sure no one was watching.
When he was sure he was clear, he lifted his leg up and hoisted himself onto the belt.
“Lie flat on your back,” Sirius said, pushing him down all the way.
“You want me to actually go through it?” James asked.
“Yeah, it’ll be so cool.”
Thinking about it for a moment, James nodded in agreement, “Okay.”
The was already up through to his knees when a security guard stopped them.
After an hour of interrogation, lots of insisting from Lily that this was their first time flying and they were a bunch of idiots, and a missed flight - the group decided to use the floo network.