"Hey, Lily-flower." James Potter grinned.
"Go away, James." Lily demanded.
He ignored her in order to glare at Severus.
"What are you doing with Snivillus?" James demanded going for his wand.
"That wand clears it's holster, boy, and I'll have the Aurors on you for attacking my grandson." Ignotus said, loudly.
"Always having others fight your battles, Snivy." Sirius laughed. "You're pathetic."
Severus kept his mouth shut he wasn't rising to the bait. Not this time. He took a few calming breathes and looked at Snow again.
"So as I was saying I probably wont even rank in the top 100."
"Of course you will." Snow beamed.
"Yeah, Snape." the girls except for Alice and Lily agreed.
"Everyone knows your the best at Potions." Snow said, fidgeting. "You're even better than Slughorn."
"That's very kind of you to say." Severus said, blushing himself. He tried to smile at them and they giggled. "But Prof. Slughorn is a highly regarded Potions Master I could never come close to his talent."
The girls giggled the Marauders were shocked. Though Remus was smiling a bit.
"You're so modest." Alice laughed.
Severus knew he was being modest he knew he was already better than Slughorn because Slughorn always made him brew the Potions for the Hospital Wing ever since he was in first year. So yes he knew he was good but he also didn't want to end up like James Potter and Sirius Black with a huge ego. It seemed to him that these girls liked modesty from a guy as he continued talking to them. He caught sight of Lily smiling at him with bright shining eyes. He guessed it was probably because he was finally talking to people outside of his for once and at least attempting not to bite their heads off.
James and Sirius had finally had enough of being ignored by the crowd of girls and began flirting and trying to get their attention though James focused solely on Lily who ignored him in favor of talking happily with Alice. Neither were dumb enough to start a fight here in the Ministry but they were really getting annoyed with Snivillus hogging all the girls. Since when was he so popular? They were both disgusted by Peter trying to flirt and both noted that Remus had joined the girls in their conversation with Snivillus and was asking questions about his potion. Both felt a little betrayed but knew why Remus had such an interest in the Wolvesbane Potion.
One by one people began getting called back to have their parents and or guardians sign forms so that they could use magic outside of school.
Petunia stood against the wall arms across her chest and ankles crossed glaring at the opposite wall. She was bored. She suddenly caught sight of a really handsome boy moving toward them. She watched as the boy grabbed Severus and Lily and moved them away. The gaggle of girls protested.
"Oi, LeStrange, bring Lily back here!" James yelled.
Severus was soon shaking his head and pointing at Lily then Petunia motioning between them. A good Stinging Hex had Severus flinching. Lily dragged Severus back over giggling uncontrollably into his arm that she had a hold of.
"Tuny..." Lily tried but then broke down giggling again.
"You are of no help." Severus deadpanned.
Lily fled to Alice still giggling.
"Petunia Dursley this is Rabastan LeStrange." Severus said, motioning to the boy beside him. "He's a Pureblood wizard in Slytherin which is my House, he 16 years old, is very quiet, and wants to get to know you." Severus finished. Then glared at Rabastan. "There I made introduction now leave me alone."
Rabastan waved Severus back to the gaggle of girls who swarmed him instantly.
Severus was grateful when his name was called along with Lily's the gaggle of girls pouted. Petunia wasn't moving she was talking quietly with Rabastan.
"Oi, Rab, keep an eye on her for a few would you?" Severus asked, "We've got to sign the paperwork."
Rabastan waved his hand at them.
"She'll be fine?" Severus tried at Lily's worried look. Lily glared at him. "Look she'll be fine. Rab said they were soul mates. That has a very different meaning in Magic Terms. He couldn't hurt her if he wanted to. They are meant to be together the other half of their soul. He will do everything he can to protect her. She'll be fine."
Lily sighed and tossed a worried look back at Petunia before following.
Severus was worried for a different reason. Rab was a Jr. Death Eater he wanted to take the mark like his older brother or at least that's what Severus had thought and yet he was open to getting to know a muggle. Severus' whole world view was getting torn to heck and back again. The signing of the papers was rather quick and they were back within twenty minutes.
"I knew we shouldn't have left Tuny!" Lily cried.
Rabastan was talking to his parents as they hurried over as they got closer they heard the word Soul Mate being tossed around several times. Petunia looked at them 'Soul Mate' she mouthed at them.
'Later.' Lily mouthed back, 'This first.'
Petunia gave a sharp nod.
It was Ignotus that came to the rescue siting several different ancient laws which caused horrible side effects if people kept soul mates apart. In the end Petunia and Rabastan were going to be allowed to send owls to each other.
Once they were back past wand check out Ignotus turned towards the floos. Severus hastily thanked his grandfather for helping him but the old man waved it off. Then it was into the Ministry restrooms for Severus and Lily so they could change into Muggle clothes. Severus packed Lily's Gryffindor Robes in his backpack with his Slytherin ones and it was back out into Muggle London for all of them. Petunia seemed to relax but noted that Severus and Lily were keeping their wands in their waistbands tucked under their shirts for a quick draw if need be. Was this war in their world really so bad that they needed to keep their wands that close during summer? She was confused there was so much she didn't know. But one thing she did understand was the word 'Pureblood' if it meant what she thought it meant then she needed to learn about the Magical World as fast as she could.