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Friends or Foe? by Sunny_Hogwarts

Format: Novella
Chapters: 11
Word Count: 19,863
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language

Genres: Humor, Romance
Characters: Lupin, Sirius, Lily, James, Lucius, Pettigrew, OC
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC, Sirius/OC

First Published: 02/11/2006
Last Chapter: 07/13/2007
Last Updated: 07/13/2007


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James didn't look too jokey at the moment. He said gently, "Why dont you like me Lily?" This was the first time he hadn't called me 'sweet' or 'angel'. I thought about it and said truthfully, "Its weird, you know? No one has ever really liked me this much before. Its surprising, I guess. I'm a little afraid really." I shocked myself and James by this confession. Over 8,000 reads! OMG I love you all!

Chapter 9: Questions, questions...

Disclaimer: Yip, yip, I don't own anything. But this plot, Jas, Sally and all the other randoms I give names to. But I dont own the random people's last name's. Their usually present tense characters name's.

A/N: Hey! Chapter 9?! Wow! Pleeeease review - I know I shouldn't be so nagging since you guys have become so faithful in revieiwing - but it's just a reminder. Thanks!

 I tried to prise out of Jas what was wrong, but she never said a word. She insisted she was okay, and I guess I should trust her. But she's just been acting so nervous, what am I to think? 

"Come on man, I'm fine."

 "Jas, I'm not a man. And also, if you're so fine, why have you been so nervous and twitchy lately?" I patted her arm gently. And as I predicted, she flinched. "Well... you know, it's 'that time' and everything so I'm just... not top of the pop's," She insisted. 

"Okay. Only if you're sure."

"I'm sure!" Jas changed the subject quickly, "Holidays! Christmas! New Years Ball! We have to get ready for these events... when's the next trip to Hogsmade?" 

"This Saturday," I informed her, "Only two days away!" 

Sally entered the common room and flopped down beside us, "Oh, you guys are so lucky. I wish I had a free period right now, I just got back from Herbology and its freezing out there." 

"Yeah well, we've been doing homework and stuff so it's not that good," I said. "Ooooh, what are you guys gonna wear for the Ball?" Sally asked, her eyes wide with interest. "I was thinking green... you know, to go with my eyes. What about you?" I replied. 

Sally stood up, "Okay, I was thinking black and short. Like those cute little cocktail dresses in the Muggle world," She measured a few inches above her knee, "And then with a halter neck. Hot or what?" 

"Definitely hot," came a handsome voice from behind Sally. She spun around and threw her hands around the boys neck, "Oh Sirius! Hey!"

I turned to Jas, "What about you?" Jas tapped her chin in thought, "Well... I was thinking pink. Like, pale pink. Kind of long - down a little past my knees - and shimmery. No sleeves... like a boob tube dress."

I nodded enocouragingly, "Sounds great! I might go for the pinchey bit just under my chest and then kind of flowing out to around knee level. Maybe a floral dress... Like, the basic background color green and then some really pretty flowers." Jas nodded with a grin, "We're like... gonna look so... awesome." She waved her hands around, trying to pick out the right words. 

"Awesome for what?" Remus entered the Portrait Hole from behind Sirius. Jas went all nervous again, "Oh... um, for the Ball. Yeah... so, um, yeah." Remus looked concerned, "Jas... if you're not okay with it, it's fine. I've dealt with it before."

Not okay with the Ball? Not okay for what? What is he talking about?

They seemed to be speaking in code. Jas's eyes darted around, "No, it's just... I'm getting used to it. Slowly. Um... yeah. Really. I - I just need time. Okay?" Remus nodded. 

"Where's James?" I asked Remus, trying to change the subject. His piercing gaze met mine and he said, "He has to talk with Flitwick. I dunno what about. He'll be back soon." I nodded and smiled in thanks. 

I looked over at Sirius and Sally who seemed to be slow dancing. Without music. ... Right. I'll take a stab at guessing and suppose that those two are reaaally in love. 

Remus kneeled in front of Jas and said, "Jasmine. Do you want to talk about it?" Jas shook her head and I noticed she had tears in her eyes. What's going on?!

Jas gripped Remus's hand and said softly, "Are you okay?" Remus laughed and kissed her cheek, "Of course I'm okay, sweetie. I've had it for years."  

Had what?! 

But before I could ask, James got back from Flitwick's office and stumbled into the common room. "Urgh! Flitwick is so weird," he cried. I smiled, "What happened?" James waved it away, "Doesn't matter now. You're here, and that's all that matters."

"I was here before you."

"Oh, right. Maybe I should say, 'I'm here and that's all that matters'." 

"That definitely sounds more James-like."

James chuckled and came to sit beside me. 

"So how are you?" he asked, taking my hand in his. I shrugged, "Good. Are you going to come to Hogsmade with me on Saturday?" James grinned and nodded, "I can't wait to see you trying on all those hot dresses." I laughed and kissed him on the cheek, "You're so cute." 

"Not as cute as you."

"Jaaaaames!" I heard a shout from the boys dorm. James cursed, "That's Peter. He's probably stuck again. I told him not to mess with Muggle superglue!" 

Superglue. Typical. 

I watched James climb the stairs to his dorm, then I looked over by the window where a third year had stuck his tongue on the window. Ha ha ha ha ha! His other friend came up and conjured boiling water out of his wand to un-stick it. 

Ouch. That would hurt your tongue. 

"Where was I?" James's voice became silky as he sat back down and slung his arm around my shoulders. I snuggled into him, "You were saying how cute I was." 

"Ah, yes. Of course," James's hand stroked my arm, "You are so cute. The most cutest, most adorable thing I have ever seen. But really, you're very scary." 

I scoffed, "Oh thanks."

"Well you are! All that scary shouting and hex throwing can really scare the shit out of a bloke," he reasoned, "But those days are over now. Well... they're over until you get angry at me again." I grimaced as I thought back to all the years where I screamed at him almost everyday. And hexed, jinxed and cursed him. Once, I transfigured him into a slug and threw him out a window. 

I had to give him credit, he had put up with alot. 

"So am I going to see you during the holidays?" he asked. "Of course! I'm staying here all holidays, and if you're coming for the Ball then you will be," I exclaimed.

 By Saturday, I was up early and getting ready. Shaking Jas and Sally awake I said, "Come on! Hogsmade trip today!" and they jumped out of bed and ran to the showers. I pulled on my light colored, hip hugging jeans and slipped my feet into my flats. 

I yanked my yellow tank top over my head and dried my hair with a wave of my wand. 

"Girls! I'll meet you in the Great Hall, I'm gonna go have breakfast," I called to Jas and Sally. Once I heard them reply, I made a quick stop at the boys dorm and ducked in. 

"James," I whispered. Approaching his bed, I shook him gently, "James, wake up. We have to go to Hogsmade early. It's going to be a long day." 

James opened his eyes blearily before shooting out of bed, "Lily! What are you doing here? I'm... I'm not prepared!"

"Not prepared for what? Do you need to style your hair?" I teased. "Well... no. But how about I need to dress?" he pointed at himself in his boxers. I kissed him on the lips and whispered, "I like you in your boxers. You look hot."

Yet again, this was a moment where I noticed how I changed. Since when do I tell James he looks hot in his boxers?!

Believe it or not... since now. 

He drew me closer and I wrapped my arms around him. It was really romantic until everyone else began waking up. There were many remarks as;

"James scored!"

"Ooo lala, someone's getting it on!"

"Hey, it's Lily! Kissie kissie!" 

In the end, I had to leave because they wouldn't shut up. Boys, honestly. As I went out the door I called to James, "Hurry up and get ready. I'll meet you in the Great Hall." Closing the door behind me, I heard the boys wolf whistling. 

Starting on my second coffee, Jas and Sally turned up looking gorgeous. They honestly take forever to make themselves look pretty. Munching through a piece of toast I saw, James, Sirius and Remus arrive.

Jas gave Remus a nervous peck on the cheek and she whispered, "I love you no matter what."

James sat down beside me and hugged me, before grabbing some toast and shoving a bowl of porridge towards a pale Remus. I leaned towards Remus and said, "Are you all right? You look a little ill." Sirius laughed and I glared at him, "Shut up. He could be sick." 

Remus smiled reassuringly, "No, I'm not sick. It's just cold." He quickly ate the porridge to convince me that he was okay. 

Finally we were all ready to go, just as everyone else was filing into the Great Hall. 

We walked down to the gates together and stopped off at Madam Malkin's first to get our dresses. 'Our' meaning us girls. Though it would be funny to see the guys in a dress!

Browsing through all the different dresses, Sally and Jas found the exact dresses they wanted. After trying them on, Sally got her's hitched up even higher and Jas got her's a little longer. 

They both looked AMAZING, I thought my mouth was going to drop off!

I couldn't find a dress that matched what I wanted, so I chose a green dress with straps, with a silver high-waisted belt. So I still got the pinchey bit I wanted. When I came out of the change room to show everyone, James ran up to me and snogged right there.

"So... You like it?" I asked, breathless after the kiss.

"Damn straight."

James insisted on buying my dress, and he even got it wrapped up in tissue paper. How sweet!

Happy with our choice of dresses, we made our way over to the shoe shop. The boys were a little hesitant about going in, but after a lot of persuasion, they followed us in. Rows and rows of shoes were stacked - I felt like I was in heaven.

I found the perfect silver heels, and a free pair of silver earrings came with them, which was a bonus. Yet again, James bought my items.

Sally bought black peep-toe pumps, and Jas bought white low-heeled shoes.

After everything James had bought me, he still shouted everyone some ice cream. "You are the BEST guy in the world," I told him after he handed me my ice cream. "Is it just because I bought you stuff?" James asked smugly. "Not only that, but you bought ice cream as well!" I joked.

"No, I'm kidding. You're the best because you're you," I whispered, "And I wouldn't have it any other way." 

"I love you," James and I whispered together.    

A/N: Sorry if you were expecting the Ball this chapter - but isn't it better that the story's longer? Please review!