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That's What It's All About by a_shooting_star

Format: Short story
Chapters: 6
Word Count: 23,040
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature

Genres: Fluff, Humor, Romance
Characters: Lupin, Sirius, A. Longbottom, F. Longbottom, Lily, James, Pettigrew, OtherCanon
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC, Sirius/OC, Other Pairing

First Published: 05/27/2006
Last Chapter: 07/26/2006
Last Updated: 04/21/2007

Summary:
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Thanks to Midnight Cityscape for the amazing banner! Frank, Remus, Peter, Sirius and James. 5 Gryffindors, 5 different people, 5 best friends. The Girls have had their say and now it’s the Boys turn. Welcome to their life * * Part two of the 'Five Friends' trilogy! Sequel to 'Love Starts With A Kiss'  Sequel is posted! * *


Chapter 5: James

Disclaimer: I don’t own Harry Potter or any thing remotely related to him. That of course belongs to the wonderful JK Rowling.

A/N – I just want to say thank you to all my reviewers. I love you all *hands out chocolate*. You are all AMAZING!!!!

James [takes place after Lily and after the epilogue.]

Head-boy, Quidditch Captain, Marauder King; I’m a natural born leader. I’m a Leo, the son of the Head Auror and the Head Boy. I mean it when I say I was born to be in charge. James Potter is my name and I was born to be a leader.

Of course I was also born to be a lover as my wonderful new girlfriend will tell you. Who is she, I hear you ask? None other than the lovely Lily Evans, also known as Lils, Lily-Loo and the list can go on. I really like her but I'll tell you more about her later. I could go on for hours about Lily to be honest. My friends used to think I was mad but now they now how I feel.

My name is James Potter and I’m the Head Boy of Hogwarts. I’m tall, I guess, with average hair and average coloured eyes. I play Quidditch and so naturally I’m the Quidditch Captain. My mother was so proud of me when I got the post but then she slapped me and told me I wasn’t to be getting big-headed about it. My dad was Quidditch Captain and Head Boy too, just like my granddad and my great granddad. It’s a Potter tradition and I’m glad I didn’t break it. I’m quite close to my family and I would hate to let them down. There is only my mum, my dad, Louisa and I.

Louisa’s my older sister and she’s fan-diddly-tastic, I don’t know anyone as cool as her. She works for Zonko’s in Japan so she gets all these super-cool products to send to me. She sent me these mirrors so I can talk to my friends in detention and even these super cool singing socks. I gave them to Sirius for Christmas one year and he was plagued by them until he worked out how to take them off. It was so funny.

Speaking of Christmas, IT’S IN FIVE DAYS! That’s right, it’s the twentieth of December and we’re on our way home. Everybody is coming to mine until Christmas Eve and I’m so excited! My parents are a little apprehensive about having 10 teenagers in the house but I know that it’s going to be great.

“Oh Jamesie boy!” Sirius, my weird and wacky best friend, poked me in the shoulder. “Do you think Auntie Maggie will have made mince pies?”

“Auntie Maggie makes the best mince pies,” Remus agreed, his eyes rolling with bliss as he obviously thought of my mum’s mince pies. They are the best!

By the way, Sirius and Remus are not my cousins although they wish they were. However, they spend so much time at my house that they might as well be. Remus only lives a couple of blocks away and his parents work odd hours so he’s around a lot but Sirius’ family is awful so he lives with me. He’s got an apartment but I’ve invited him around for Christmas anyway. Nobody likes to spend Christmas alone. My other friends Frank and Peter don’t spend as much time at my house as Sirius and Remus because Frank lives quite far away and Peters’ got a scarily protective mother. I met her once; she calls Peter, her Petey Wetey! We have never let Peter live it down!

I’m a bit nervous really, as Lily’s coming to my house for the first time today to meet my family. Sirius, being the evil git that he is, told them all about my obsession with Lily and they all found it cute although Lily didn’t apparently. But two weeks ago, a momentous thing happened: SHE SAID YES! I suppose now is as good a time as any to tell you about my Lily. She’s gorgeous: her red hair sparkles, her green eyes twinkle and I dream about her day and night. She is shorter than me, which I'm quite grateful about, and unlike many girls of Hogwarts can hold a decent conversation with me. Her five friends, except Emmeline, are going out with my five friends, except for Peter. So to the surprise of all the teachers, four Gryffindors [Frank, Remus, Sirius and I] are going out with four Gryffindors [Alice, Dorcas, Hestia and LILY!]. So this Christmas it’s going to be couple-land at the Potter residence.

“You seem in a little world.” Lily whispered from behind her book and I shot her a smile.

“Just thinking about Christmas.”

“There I was thinking you were going to say you were thinking about me,” she replied in a mock-offended tone.

“Well you and Christmas go together.”

“Well, if I suppose I have to be compared to something then I’m glad it’s Christmas,” she grinned and I almost swooned. I’m such a girl.

I looked around our squashed compartment with a happy smile. If anyone had told me that I would have been sat in a compartment with Lily as my girlfriend at the beginning of the year, she would have hexed them and I would have kissed them. It’s like a dream come true. I’m not the only one though; Frankie’s as love sick as I am and he’s cuddled into the corner with a gorgeous blonde on his arm. Remus is going out with one of Sirius’ ex-mortal enemies [he has quite a few of them] Dori Meadows who beat him up a few years ago while Sirius is dating the school geek, I still don’t get that but he seems happy and besides Hestia seems like a nice person, a lot less bookish than I thought. Emmeline, one of our closest friends is dating our mischievous successor Gideon Prewitt.

When I saw successor, I suppose I should tell you more about the Marauders. It’s our mission to cause mischief wherever we go and Gideon and his twin brother Fabian are learning fast. In fact they would probably be quite good if we weren’t here!

I like to think of Frank as being a Marauder too but we only got to know him this year really so he’s not a fully fledged marauder. He knows about Remus’ furry little problem and the fact that we’re Animagi [I’m a stag; how cool is that? The correct answer is VERY!], but he isn’t an animagus with us. He’s a dude though, much cooler than Peter to be honest but Petey’s a mate, I’ll stick by him for a while. He adores me. Our favourite thing to do is to pull pranks, usually on the Slytherins. Especially Severus Snape.

Well Snape is awful, a brick, crazy, deranged, evil, filthy, greasy, horrible, an IDIOT, jumpy, kooky, a liar, mucky, nasty, pathetic, smelly and oh well you get the picture. Thinking of words is more Moony’s thing than mine. I hate him, he hates me. That’s that.

He calls Lily a mudblood which makes me mad and he also knows that Remus is a werewolf. Of course that’s all bloody Sirius’ fault but if Remus can forgive him so can I. The problem with Sirius, one of many, is that he doesn’t look before he leaps. At least that’s what my mum tells me.

“How about a game?” Sirius suggested wickedly and I rolled my eyes at him. I noticed with a snort that I wasn’t the only one.

“Like?” Emmeline grinned.

“I don’t know,” he replied when he obviously did. When it comes to games like that, he only EVER wants to play one but I know I wasn’t in the mood.

“No, Sirius.” I said firmly and he gave me a strange look. He’s been giving me them quite a lot lately but when I asked Remus why he does so he says it’s because I’ve changed. I don’t really think I have changed that much though.

“Fine,” he narrowed his eyes and returned to staring at the ceiling.

The train pulled into the station fairly swiftly and levitating my super heavy trunk I was the last one of the train. The first thing I saw was a hot chick standing by a pillar. Her hair was long and dark with curly bits everywhere and her eyes were bright blue.

“LOU!” I yelled and dropped my trunk, running into her arms. She hugged me back tightly reminding me of my mother so much except for the fact that her hair was like my dads and come to think of it; mine.

“Hey Jamie,” she whispered in my air and I pulled back. I haven’t seen her for a year so that’s why we are a little emotional. As I said before she was in Japan and the last time I saw her she was different to what she is now. I don’t know how but she was!

“Sirius,” she hugged my best friend who lifted her up and twirled her around, “Hey Remie.”

I noticed with a laugh when she said that Dorcas growled and I placed a hand on her shoulder. She immediately shook it off me, giving me an angry look. I winked at her and turned back to my sister who was hugging Peter and looking very reluctant about it. Louisa doesn’t like Peter very much.

“Louisa, this is Hestia, Alice, Emmeline, Dorcas and Lily,” I introduced and Louisa shook all of their hands pausing when she got to Lily.

“You’re the infamous Lily Evans,” she joked, “I feel like I know you already.”

Both Lily and I blushed as Louisa hugged Lily warmly. Yes, I’m one of those sad, sad guys who talk, well write, to their sister about the girls in their life. Louisa gives really good advice though as she’s been around the block a few times. My mum wasn’t the biggest player in the world but apparently my father was. Just the thought of Harold Potter flirting is enough to make everyone laugh uncontrollably.

“I volunteered to come and meet you all,” she grinned, “I brought the car.”

Remus, Sirius and I all groaned at this. Louisa is a rubbish driver to be honest and last summer, the one before 6th year, she took us all down to the seaside. We got down there okay and had a great day filled with fish ‘n’ chips and plenty of ice cream but on the way back when we were going down the motorway, we got stopped by those Muggle law enforcers. Erm… P… something…. Pelcio? Oh I dunno. But he’s there waffling on at us about going too fast and we weren’t even flying for merlin’s sake. Louisa just whispered something in his ear making him blush and he just handed her a piece of paper with a number scribbled on it. She grinned at him and we drove off again. I never really understood why we got away with it.

“How, my darling Louisa, are we going to fit 10 people into your little Volkswagen Beatle?”

“Sirius, my silly boy, I’m a witch remember.” she walked off and we followed her. She was the Head Girl when she was at Hogwarts, three years ago, and she literally did rule the school. She was paired with Lucius Malfoy, this pretentious idiot from Slytherin and boy, did she kick him into shape. Now when Mum tells us he’s gone to the dark side and Louisa just laughs and said that she knew it all along.

Louisa’s precious car hadn’t changed a bit and the bright pink colour stood out a mile away. Sirius leaped into it pulling poor old Hestia with him. She, like the other girls, looked very wary of Louisa as well as a little amused. Even Dori, who had been giving her the evils for a while, laughed out loud when she saw the car. The car had obviously been enlarged and Hestia, Sirius, Remus, Dorcas, Alice and Frank squeezed in the back, while Lily, Emmeline and Peter had joined me in the front.

“Hold on tight!” My sister yelled and we were all thrown back in our seats. My sister is not a fabulous driver but I’ll give my friends credit where it is due, they were all silent as we drove home. Well except for Sirius, because my best buddy is never known to be quiet!

“We’re going home, we’re going home,” he sang tunelessly making everyone laugh. I turned to Lily who looked exceedingly squashed and she smiled brightly.

“So then, hows school?” Louisa asked as she ‘expertly' or rather by really taking everyone’s life into her hands around a roundabout. “Is it as amazing as I remember it?”

“It’s still good,” I laughed as she did a rather rude hand gesture in the direction of another car. She’s so much like my mum when she goes driving.

Sirius was just about to open his mouth when Louisa pulled into my driveway. I live in the little village of ‘Godric’s Hollow’ and I can’t imagine ever leaving it. I saw the familiar red brick of my home appear and I broke into a smile. We all piled out of the house and I saw Lily’s mouth drop open.

So what did I do? What do you expect me to do! I stole a kiss! Which naturally made everyone groan but Lily just smiled against my mouth. I broke away from her and slid my arm around her waist.

“Now that was a sight I didn’t particularly want to see,” Louisa joked, winking at Lily, “You are my baby brother after all.”

“Where’s Aunty Maggie?” Sirius enquired hopping up and down on the spot. I can never work that boy out, he just always keeps moving. My friends were all gathered outside the house and I pulled them all inside the door, looking to my sister for an answer.

“Mum’s gone to Diagon Alley,” she answered with a smirk, “Something about mincemeat.”

“YAY!” Remus, Sirius and I jumped up and down, knowing exactly what that meant. My mum was making mince pies! YAY!

“She said to make yourself at home,” Louisa reeled off, “And she’ll be back about four o’clock with food.”

“I’ll show you to your rooms.” I felt so important as I led my friends to their rooms. I love my house and I’m glad to see the girl I love in my house. That’s right, I love her. I haven’t told her yet, I’m a bit nervous too but I really love her. I LOVE LILY EVANS!

“James,” I looked up to see Lily staring at me, “You’re standing there with a goofy expression on your face.”

“And we haven’t got all day, Jamie boy,” Sirius pushed past me playfully and he led the way to my room. He knows my house better than I do, I swear! Ever since he left home a year ago, he spends quite a lot of time there. He has got a flat, which he loves, but there is something about my house that he adores.

He showed everyone to their rooms while I just chilled. Maybe that is a bit lazy but I have got a lot on my mind. Maybe today should be the day that I actually told Lily that I love her, I could get it over and done with. I was nice and relaxed, drifting of into my own little daydream involving Lily in a bikini, on my bed as Remus and Frank came in.

“What’s up?” Remus said instantly and I just shrugged. He’s very intuitive though and he knows immediately when something is up. I hate him for that! The problem is he doesn’t even know he has such a gift.

“I’m just tired,” I lied and he raised an eyebrow in my direction. I smiled at him weakly and he just dropped the subject which is another reason Moony is amazing – he knows when to stop something which Sirius should take note of!

They sat there for a while just chatting while I watched. I’m not usually a quiet person but today I felt like reflecting on everything. Remus would call this a ‘pensive’ mood and he’s right! He would probably also call this an ‘odd’ mood!

“Let’s go and see where Sirius got to,” Frank said suddenly and I catapulted myself off the bed. We walked down to the living room to see Sirius draped all over my furniture with his arm around Hestia. Lily, Dorcas and Emmeline were sat there deep in conversation while Peter was – wait - Peter was eating! That boy never stops eating! He had about 30 Cauldron Cakes on the train!

“Where did you all get to?” Lily asked as she stood up. I ran towards her theatrically and she giggled.

“We were in James’ room,” Frank answered from his spot on the floor. Alice was curled up next to him and she gave him a funny look. “Unpacking.” he added quickly

“Sure you were,” Dorcas said with a mischievous smile, “That’s what they all say.”

“Sssh you,” Remus teased giving her a quick kiss. I have to admit I felt a bit sorry for Emmeline at that point because she had no-one. I’d like to say I felt sorry for Peter but the way he was devouring a cheese sandwich made me feel more sorry for the sandwich. It’s no wonder the poor boy doesn’t have a girlfriend. Note to self, have a word with Peter about his eating habits!

While everyone else was otherwise ‘engaged’ and Emmeline was reading ‘Quidditch through the Ages, I whisked Lily from the room. She gave me a funny look but I pulled her towards the kitchen.

“Do you want a drink or something?” I asked nervously and she shook her head. I chewed on my lip as I wondered what to say next.

“Are you okay?” she asked softly and I nodded vigorously, “You seem really nervous.”

“I’m not nervous,” I lied, “I’m fine, I’m more than fine, I’m just dandy.”

She gave me an odd look but I took her hand softly. She smiled warily and her eyes began to twinkle. I love it when they do that; I just could stare at them for hours.

“James…. JAMES,” she called and I snapped back to attention, “What is up with you?”

“Nothing,” I lied again, “Erm, Evans, I mean Lils, I mean Lily.”

“I think we established my name,” she interrupted, “What’s the matter?”

“I need to tell you something,” I revealed and the twinkle disappeared from her eyes. A look of something crossed into them and my heart sank.

“Are you breaking up with me?” she burst out at exactly the same time I blurted out;

“I love you.”

My eyes met hers as she realised what I had said. The twinkle reappeared as did a beautiful smile.

“You love me,” she whispered and I nodded gently, “I thought you were breaking up with me.”

“After asking you out 500 times.” I joked, trying to lighten the situation, “Do you think I’m stupid?” She still hadn’t said the words back and my nerves were rising. What if I had moved to fast, what if I was just being stupid?

“I love you to,o” she said clearly and I jumped out of my seat, resisting the urge to scream. She giggled as I punched the air and I wrapped my arms around her. She leant in and kissed me and…. Let’s just say… WOW!!! I didn’t realise it could be that good.

“JAMES HAROLD POTTER!”

I broke away from Lily feeling dazed and happy to see my two favourite people in the whole wide world; Harold and Maggie Potter, known to me as Mum and Dad, standing there. My mum was trying to look stern but I knew she was failing. My dad just had a big smile on his face!

“Hi mum,” I said sheepishly, “You’re back early."

“Actually James,” she grinned, “I’m back an hour late, but thank you for noticing. It’s nice to know you were so worried.”

I blushed at this, realising that time literally had flown by. Lily poked me in the side at this point and I remembered my manners.

“Mum, Dad, this is Lily, my girlfriend!” I smiled broadly, “Lily this is my Mum and Dad.”

“It’s nice to meet you,” she held out her hand and they shook it. She smiled awkwardly at them while they studied her for a moment. I held my breath for a second but my Dad broke into the infamous ‘Potter Grin’ and unknowingly so did I.

“It seems our James has picked a winner!”


A/N – There's only the epilogue to go :D It's a long one, over 8000 words I think :]

Also there should be a short little sequel to this, probably a chapter from everyones point of view but they won’t be as long as these chapters!! More details will be coming soon ;)

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Chapter Edited ~ 22/03
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