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Move Along by Jaggy

Format: Novel
Chapters: 21
Word Count: 67,581
Status: WIP

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Strong Language, Mild Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme

Genres: Drama, General, Romance
Characters: Dumbledore, Lupin, Snape, Sirius, Lily, James, Pettigrew, Skeeter, OtherCanon
Pairings: James/Lily, Sirius/Lily

First Published: 07/24/2006
Last Chapter: 01/12/2008
Last Updated: 01/12/2008

A companionship and somewhat awkward relationship one year in the making, finally becomes official. But the secretive love of Lily and Sirius is turned upside down as Lily finds a new bond in none other than James. In their sixth year, how is the number one guy in Lily's life changed from Sirius Black to James Potter?

Chapter 21: The Running Rat || Posted January 12, 2008
-on hitus-

Chapter 2: Say no to Pity

A/N: I'd like to tell you that I have some nice long spiel up here for you, but I don't. Read, enjoy, review. Or don't. I don't really care. Write because you like it, not for the reviews!


It was the first Hogsmeade weekend of the year and Lily had a date, with not one Marauder, but four. James had asked her, as usual, and to his great surprise, she'd agreed, but on the condition that it wasn't a date, and that she got to go with all four Marauders. He'd been so happy that she was willing to spend time with him that he'd agreed. Though, she'd really done it so that she could spend the day at Hogsmeade with Sirius, and Sirius had scolded her for it, but let it happen all the same. She had a suspicion that the prospect of being close and not getting caught thrilled him greatly.

So far, they had been to Honeydukes, where she and James had competed to see who could fit the most Licorice Snaps in their mouth without crying out in pain. Lily won and promptly showed off by sticking out a tongue with many little candies pinching on it painfully. This had made Sirius bark out with laughter, and tease her that she was obviously used to her tongue on rougher things. At these words, she and James had simultaneously hexed Sirius with Bat-Winged Ears, resulting in Sirius (whose ears had flown him to the ceiling) to beg for their counter jinx, and the entire store had laughed at his plight.

Then they had paid a visit to "Lady Cassandra's" to have their 'fortunes' told. James, Remus, and Peter had been taken into the makeshift booths with the three fortune tellers, leaving Lily and Sirius alone in the lobby for a short time, where Sirius had pulled her close and snogged her very quickly before pulling away just as Remus left his booth. Lily had gone in to be told that she would someday do 'great and terrible' things. After leaving the fortune teller's shop Lily told the Marauders that Divinations had to be the most pointless branch of magic she'd ever heard of. However, she was soon reminded that pointless things made good jokes for the Marauders, who were soon mocking the fortune tellers by making strange faces and making a big to do with their hands and voices. She was particularly amused when Remus had put on a voice that greatly resembled the lady they had visited, something Trelawney.

Currently she was sitting at a table in between Remus and Sirius while Peter and James sat across the table. Lily was holding a Butterbeer in hand and listening to James and Sirius argue over who had the sexier smile.

"I'm telling you mate, girls swoon over the Potter smile," James said laughing. "It's much more charming than your silly smile."

"Impossible Prongs!" Sirius countered, though he was laughing as well. "The Black smile is obviously dominant to the Potter one, I mean...look at it!"

At that Sirius flashed the most charming smile he could manage and Lily laughed at the two of them, bringing James' attention back to her. He smiled at her suddenly.

"Hey, we do have a lady here; tell us Evans, which of us has the more appealing smile? A stag like me," he said, giving her what she assumed was a sexy smile for him, but she found it completely ridiculous. "Or a dog like him?"

He motioned at Sirius who, in turn, gave Lily a suave smile that Lily did find quite charming. Darn boy knows just how to smile at her doesn't he?

"The dog wins," she said simply, causing Sirius to laugh triumphantly.

"Ah! Your own crush thinks I'm better looking!"

James scowled playfully at him.

"She didn't say better looking, you just have the better smile. That is no indication what so ever that she finds you more attractive."

"Sure it does. Didn't you catch the hidden meaning in her words? 'The dog wins' in girl talk actually means 'Sirius is damn sexy and I can't keep my eyes off of him.' Everybody knows that."

Lily bit her lip in amusement at how Sirius was really telling James the truth, but in a joking manner. Sirius was a bad boy. But as he'd reasoned with her, to be a Marauder was to break rules, and technically when James had placed such a forceful claim on Lily, he'd placed a rule, and Sirius would be denying his calling as a Marauder if he didn't break it. However, that didn't seem to be a good enough reason for him to want to tell James.

"You have a big head Padfoot."

"Look who's talking Prongs."

"She accepted my invitation here didn't she? I have a right to have a big head."

"She only accepted your invitation to get to spend time with the rest of us, such a smart girl she is," Sirius said. "She's using you to get a touch of Marauder fame."

Lily scoffed at this.

"You wish Black! I simply thought the Marauders could use a more forceful Prefect in their mist."

"Hey now, that's uncalled for!" Remus said joining the conversation now, though his smile showed that he was far from offended. "You can't even tame these two Lily, how do you expect me to?"

"Blackmail?" Lily offered.

"Ah, that's true..." Remus said giving Sirius and James a mischievous look.

"Hey! Don't go giving Moony ideas!" Sirius said in mock outrage. "She's turning him against us Prongs! Wormtail! Run away quickly before she suckers you in too!"

"Now, now Moony," James reasoned. "We've got blackmail on you too. Need I remind you of..." he looked around mysteriously and continued with mock darkness in his voice "that photograph?"

"Not that photograph!" Remus said in horror. "You wouldn't dare!"

"Oh wouldn't he?" Peter jumped in. "I think he would. Padfoot?"

"Oh yes Wormtail," Sirius said evilly. "He would indeed."

"What is that photograph?" Lily asked bewildered at the boys before her who were acting so silly.

"Well that photograph is a picture we took of Moony here one night when he had a few too many drinks," James said sounding completely thrilled at the look of horror on Remus' face.

"Shhh! Don't tell her about it!" Remus cried. A sly smile now crossed Remus' face. "Or I'll tell her about the blanket incident."

"You wouldn't dare!" James said, now mimicking Remus' earlier words, his face now showing horror.

"Oh wouldn't he?" Peter said again.

Lily laughed as they continued to go through this charade, Remus and James would go back and fourth, tempting each other with embarrassing stories, only to tell the other one they wouldn't dare and then be egged on by Sirius and Peter.

"Enough!" Lily said laughing hard as James had just told Remus that he would spill about the 'furry problem' and Remus this time actually looked horrified. "I'm starting to think the two of you are just making up embarrassing things to see how long Sirius and Peter will egg you on."

"That we are Evans!" James said jovially, giving Remus what she thought was an apologetic look. "But never fear! We can make you laugh in other ways. And what a laugh it is! So—"

"Spare me the pick up line Potter," she sighed.

"Ah, live a little Evans, let me make you swoon over me."

"Ha! The day I swoon over you is the day the Giant Squid learns to fly."

"I could teach him," James said enthusiastically. "Get a big enough broom, I bet he'd learn quickly."

"No, sorry," Lily said. "I'd still date him over you, you know."

"Ah come on Evans," he laughed. "You know I've got to be warmer than he is! He's all slimy and what not, and look at me! I'm just so loveable!"

Lily was growing irritated. They'd been at Hogsmeade for hours and been having a great time without James trying to get her to date him again.

"Potter," her voice lowered dangerously, and Sirius, sensing the danger, decided to intervene.

"Why don't we check out Zonko's? We haven't been there yet and it's our favorite store!"

James broke his begging look at Lily to smile at Sirius.

"Good point Padfoot! Let's go!"

James pushed Peter out of the booth with a laugh. Remus followed after the two, shaking his head in amusement. Lily made to climb out behind Remus, but Sirius held her back momentarily by slipping his hand in hers for a second and giving it a quick squeeze to show his love, before he pulled it away and pushed her out like James had done to Peter.

"That's uncalled for Sirius!" Lily said laughing from where she sat, now on the ground, her butt paining slightly. She gave him a playful glare. The other Marauders turned and watched in amusement.

"Well if you would move your lazy ass, Miss Evans, then I wouldn't have to push you," Sirius countered jovially.

"I was moving!"

"Well you weren't moving fast enough, now were you? You've got to learn to keep up with the fast pace of the Marauders Lily!"

"I can keep up with you lot just fine," she said defiantly. "I haven't gone crazy yet, have I?"

"That, my dear, is debatable."

"Sirius Black!" she screeched, to which he instantly took off running out of the pub followed closely by a mockingly angry Lily and the other three Marauders, all of whom were laughing brightly at Sirius' rapidly approaching doom.

"Oye! Padfoot! She's supposed to be jinxing me!" James yelled after Sirius' running form.

"Telling you mate," Sirius yelled back over his shoulders. "I just can't keep 'em off me, even Evans is enchanted by the Sirius love. It's a curse Prongs!"

"Black, you arse, you're mouth is getting too big for it's own good!" Lily called to him as he ran from her. "I'll hex your hair pink!"

Sirius ran to the Shrieking Shack, laughing wildly, but he raised his hands up in defeat.

"I give Lily! You win!" he cried out laughing at her approaching form. "You're not crazy! Don't mess with my hair! Please!"

Lily glared at him, and he offered up his charming smile once again, and offered her the biggest pouting look he could manage, and her glare fell through as she smiled with him.

"Very well then, you're forgiven."

"What? If I had done that you would have hexed me senseless!" James said in mock outrage.

"Yeah, well, I don't like you as much."

James' playful mood fell instantly at her words, and Lily saw it. She'd just angered him. Uh oh.

"Why not?" he asked, his words were harsh now.


"You heard me," he shot. "Why is it that my friends are good enough for you to laugh and play with, but I'm not? Why is it that you can give them a chance to befriend you and not me?"

"James," Remus' voice was warning, but James shot him an angry glare, and Remus shut his mouth. Sirius, on the other hand, wasn't scared of James' glare.

"Listen to yourself Prongs! Lily's spent the entire day with us, with you! You don't call that a chance?"

"No!" James' eyes never left Lily's startled face. "You'll spend time with them alone, won't you? You and Remus have been studying together for years, and last year and this year you and Sirius go off and have those long walks around the Lake, and you can laugh and joke with him, but not with me? You've even given Peter time with you by tutoring him. What makes me so low on the chain that even the Giant Squid has a better chance of dating you than I do? What makes me so horrible?"

Lily looked at James and his face looked broken and defeated and all her defenses that she held for him suddenly fell back. This was the real James Potter and he held just as much insecurity as she did.

"James, I'm sorry," she said, but her pride suddenly caught back up to her, and she was suddenly snapping back at James as he had been to her, "You've never given me a reason to believe you'd be a better study partner than Remus, and you've never given me a reason to think that you need my tutoring like Peter does."

She suddenly stopped. She didn't have a reason for why she gave Sirius a chance and not James. Truthfully, both were very much like the other, the only problem being that Sirius was her boyfriend, however secretly.

"But," she said, calming, "if you can control your desire to constantly ask me out, I'll give you the same chance as Sirius. I'll do my best to be your friend as well."

She was lying through her teeth. Sirius' chance with her was very different. Sirius had had sex with her once already and she didn't plan on sleeping with James. Although, she didn't plan on sleeping with Sirius again anytime soon, no matter how he hinted at it. She'd meant it last year when she had said they had been mistaken when they had given into each other.

"I don't want you to be friends with me because you pity me," James spat. "If we're friends, we're going to be friends because you want to be friends."

Lily felt outraged. She'd just offered James her friendship and he'd thrown it back in her face.

"What's your problem Potter?" she yelled. "We were having a nice day! A good time even and you go and ruin it! This is why I don't become friends with you! Any time it looks like we might have a halfway decent conversation you seem to think it's because I want to date you! Get over yourself Potter!"

James' face seemed just as angry as she was, but he was unable to come up with a good retort. Lily let out a frustrated cry before she turned on her heel again and left the four Marauders in front of the Shrieking Shack.