“Hurry up you guys! The train’s getting ready to leave!”
Lily Evans stood in the sun-lit grounds of Hogwarts, shielding her gaze from the sun’s rays with her hand, an old fashioned camera
on a tripod in front of her.
“I was waiting for you actually; have you got that old antique all set?”
James said with his usual cocky smile. “Oi Padfoot!”
Sirius Black turned his head in the direction of his friend’s voice.
“Just hold on for a bit!” He bent and placed a kiss on the cheek of a pretty brunette with whom he was earlier engrossed in a face eating battle.
“See you later…” And with a wink at her he walked towards James.
She giggled and waved goodbye just as Peter came into view, lugging behind him a huge trunk.
“Who was that Sirius?”
your wits Peter, just another one of his birdies…” said James lazily.
Sirius flashed a devilish grin in the direction of the camera before saying, “Everyone ready? My looks can’t wait for you lot all day you know…”
Lily sighed at the scene before her. She tapped her foot impatiently on the ground, clicking her tongue.
“Wait a second, where’s Moony?”
Lily looked around and saw Remus running up to her.
“Sorry, just thought I should leave my trunk in the train. Luckily I saved us a good compartment.
Sirius rolled his eyes and said “Always the prudent one, aren’t you Moony? Now hurry up and get over here before Evans decides to blow herself up!”
Remus looked apologetically at Lily before joining his friends in front of the camera.
“OK, everybody set? Good. Now say chee—no wait.”
The foursome let out collective groans as Lily bent down to make another adjustment.
“Couldn’t you hunt
down something better than this Peter?” said James with an exasperated sigh.
“It was the cheapest one they had!” protested Peter from somewhere between Remus and Sirius’s tight hold of him.
James opened his mouth to retort just as Lily said, “Done”.
“All set? Did you calculate
the button, knobs and whatnots? Goody! Ready everyone?”
Lily bent down, her dark red hair a curtain around her face, squinted her eyes in focus, her finger on the button-
“Oww! Peter you're on my foot!” came Sirius’s haughty voice.
Lily bit her lip and focused:
James, with his trademark messy hair sticking out in all directions, grinning; Sirius smiling lazily, standing with an arm around James’s neck; Peter, with his usual look of pleasurable delight on his face; and Remus with his calm smile and a happiness in his eyes. It was hard to believe that they were about to leave Hogwarts for good...
She pressed the button to capture their grinning faces on paper. But in her memory was imprinted forever the image of four friends, standing arm in arm, ready to withstand all the hurdles that the world they were about to venture into had to throw at them.