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Lily Spencer
Mirror, mirror on the wall [tag Jozua]
Sat Mar 4, 2017 13:01
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Loads had happened this summer. Loads. First, Adam and Ginny had finally tied the knot and were officially Mr and Mrs Spencer. She’d cried a few tears over the heart-breaking realisation that Adam would be starting a family apart from her, but she was happy for him, really. Then Jack had almost died whilst on holiday in Darlington, but he was safe now for the most part, if not a bit more reserved than before. Then there was Geoff and his lot. When she thought about them now, she couldn’t help but feel a bit dreamy.

She and Geoff had been lying on the field after running about kicking the football around. Though she was breathless, she couldn’t quite let go of the anxiety she’d been carrying on her shoulders since she’d returned for the summer.

Geoff propped himself up to look at her. “So Liam—”

“Actually, it’s Lily,” she blurted out. “Lily Spencer.”

Geoff stared at her with his mouth open. “Lily,” he repeated. “As in a girl. You’re a girl. What—you’ve been a girl this whole time?”

“As I haven’t had a sex change in the past few months, yes I am, and I have been.”

Geoff shook his head. “You’ve got to be winding me up, mate. You look just like a boy.”

Lily swallowed nervously. “I’m not. I’m a girl, and I know, I’m sorry I lied to you all last year, but I didn’t think your lot would still let me play if you knew I was a girl.”

Geoff shrugged. “Probably not,” he said slowly, “but now we know you’re a brilliant footballer so I don’t want to exclude you just cos you’re a girl.”

Lily didn’t know how to take his message, but she nodded anyway. “Then… are we OK?”

“Yeah, we’re OK. Thanks for coming clean.” Geoff smiled with a corner of his mouth, and Lily’s heart fluttered. He looked perfect just like this, lying on the grass, his sandy hair reflecting the sunlight and his gentle brown eyes trained on her. “You really look like a bloke though,” he continued with a laugh of disbelief. “I never, ever would’ve guessed. I don’t think the boys will believe me when I tell them. Do you like passing off as one?”

“Sometimes, yeah.”

Geoff grinned. “You’re pretty cool for a girl.”


And then the melting.

Lily had never imagined herself the sort to fall head over heels for anyone, really, but Geoff was just so… perfect. He was nice and let her play with them and had broken the news to the other boys so she didn’t have to. After they all got over the awkwardness, they treated her just the same, just the way she wanted. And she liked that, really, but there was still some kind of uncomfortable feelings that welled up in her when she saw how they looked at girls wearing skirts and makeup, even Geoff.

As she munched on her chicken wing, she took a glance at Jozua, whom she’d sat down next to for the Welcoming Feast as usual. Joz was a boy and her best friend. She’d never really noticed it before, but he had nice hair and was well mannered and easy-going: all attractive qualities. Any girl would be lucky to have him. He’d have to tell her the truth even if she didn’t like it. She knew she wasn’t one of those beautiful, delicate pure-blood witches who wore expensive dresses and had perfect hair. She was rough and wore jumpers and trousers without a care in the world. Her short hair tousled after the long wagon ride, hardly attractive compared to the other girls in their year.

“Hi Joz, how was your summer? Do you think it’s possible for a wizard to fancy someone like me?” she asked bluntly. “Tell me the truth.”

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