Before she was halfway to the door, a loud bang sounded from the floor above.
Madam Pomfrey spun around, and without a second thought to her patients, ran out the door and presumably to wherever the noise had sounded. Snape was still, thankfully, asleep, but Sirius, James, and Lily all looked at each other. With a shrug of his shoulders, Sirius took out his wand and started yet another doodle on the Snape mural on the wall. After a few minutes, it materialized into three students pointing and laughing at Snape.
Madam Pomfrey returned just then, with a rather livid look on her face. She was followed by a fellow seventh-year, a Slytherin by the name of Narcissa Black. She and her sister Bellatrix both attended Hogwarts, but Bellatrix was a year younger. Narcissa held her head high, disdainfully looking at all the other occupants of the Hospital Wing. No one could see what was wrong with her until she passed them to walk to another bed, separated from everyone but closest to Snape, a kinsman of sorts. She was also walking in a rather odd fashion.
This was because she happened to have a cat tail coming from the base of her tailbone.
James doubled over in laughter as Lily covered her mouth as silent tears streamed down her face. Sirius simply looked on impassively, though James could have sworn a slight smile tugged at the corners of his lips.
Madam Pomfrey whipped around, pointing her wand in James' face, who recoiled instantly. "I wouldn't laugh if I were you, Mr. Potter! As it so happens, Ms. Black over here was a cat only moments ago, and she was chasing a poor rat down the halls, who just happens to be a transfigured friend of yours!"
James and Sirius looked at each other, and Lily could see the blood leave their faces. Seconds later, Professor Slughorn waddled in, attempting to support Peter Pettigrew as he limped into the Hospital Wing. He looked at James and Sirius, and seeing their scared faces, said carefully, "It's okay, guys. Everything's under control. It was an accident. They transformed me back alright."
James and Sirius visibly relaxed, the tension leaving their bodies. So their secret was still safe.
Later that night, as the patients were preparing for bed, Remus rushed in, out of breath. "Madam Pomfrey!" he panted. "Out....on the grounds....there's a student....black hair, tall...I couldn't see the face, but I think it was a girl...she's hurt, but...I couldn't bring her up here..." As Madam Pomfrey followed Remus out of the Hospital Wing, Lily looked at James and Sirius.
Could this be the girl who had attacked her?