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My Baby Girl’s Wedding by obsessive

Format: Novella
Chapters: 21
Word Count: 47,941
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence, Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme, Contains Spoilers

Genres: General, Humor, Romance
Characters: Lupin, Sirius, Lily, James, Pettigrew, OC
Pairings: James/Lily, Snape/Lily, OC/OC

First Published: 04/23/2007
Last Chapter: 02/23/2009
Last Updated: 02/23/2009

Summary:
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My name is Edward Evans. About thirty years ago I married my wife Kendra, and we have two daughters. One of them eloped with a man I can’t stand. My youngest is the only one I have left, and there is no way I’m going to let her walk down the aisle. Especially not with James Potter waiting at the alter. Yay! Over 17,000 reads!!!


Chapter 11: Lily Evans and James Potter

Disclaimer: The Plot and Lily’s parents are all my doing. However Lily and James aren’t mine. I’m not JKR and this is in no way connected to her. Live with it.



 



AN: Now I just finished the tenth chapter, and I haven’t even posted the seventh one. Forgive me, but I’m getting inspired to keep writing, but I don’t want to just give you everything on a silver platter. I have to spread each update out a little bit. Forgive me. I know I’m horrible. Sorry!



 



Well I knew lunch was a bad idea. I just knew it. Now my baby girl…my precious baby girl was in the examining room. Alice had insisted on rushing us all to St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. It was clear to me why we were rushed to the hospital. Lily was unconscious, but I didn’t know why all the wizards in the uniforms were fussing of Potter and I. 



            We had beaten each other up a decent amount back in Frank’s pub. Once we’d reached the hospital, an unconscious Lily being carried bridal style by James, despite my objections, the hospital the wizards, healers I guess, had whisked Lily out of Potter’s arms, and the rest of them had started fussing of the spawn of Satan and I. My daughter’s fiancé had refused to be treated until he knew if Lu Lu was alright. He made quite a scene really.     



            Now, an hour later, my wounds and bruises had been magically healed, and Potter, to my knowledge, still hadn’t been treated. I was sitting in the waiting room, and none of the people who had come here with me were talking to me. I wasn’t surprised about his friends. Of course I had already known whose side they were going to take. Kendra…well from all the conversations we’d had about how she felt about the engagement, I knew that she wouldn’t be happy with me. In fact I could never remember her ever being this furious with me. She hadn’t even looked at me or showed any concern for me when I was bleeding.



            I had only been out of the treatment room for about thirty minutes, but the groomsmen were all sitting muttering to themselves and glancing at me menacingly from time to time. All the while Kendra didn’t look up from perusing and out of date magazine called Witch Weekly. She was clutching the paper so tight her knuckles had actually turned white. I was sitting next to her, and from time to time I’d look over at her. She however continued to ignore me with every fiber of her being.



            After another thirty minutes of being frozen out, one of the wizards in the special robes, with a wand and bone crossed on the chest, came out, and gestured for Kendra and I to come talk to him. We walked across the waiting room floor to the Healer as he took a look at his clipboard. Before either of us could open our mouths he’d started filling us in on what was going on. 



            “She’s fine. In fact she’s in perfect physical health, but can either of you tell me, has your daughter been under any pressure lately, from her work or social life?” Kendra nodded while I said of course not our daughter had a very stress free life. We made sure of that. She looked at me coldly, and turned back to the doctor.



            “Yes, Lily has been having some trouble lately. She’s been busy planning a wedding and dealing with some,” she glanced a me before continuing, “family issues. In fact she had a nervous break down a couple of days ago.” The Healer nodded scribbling on his notes as my wife spoke. I glanced behind my shoulder to see Potter’s friends sitting so close I knew they could hear every word. 



            “Alright then,” he said looking up from the clipboard again. “Well we’ll need to locate the main problem and either fix it or cut it out entirely. In the mean time, she’s going to need a sedative, so I’m prescribing this potion, Ms. Evans should take it before she goes to bed every night and anytime she has trouble breathing. However, I’d still say the best thing to do would be to fix whatever it that’s over taxing her,” just as he was about to go though he turned around. “Oh and she’s awake if you want to see her.”



            Once he’d left I moved towards Lily’s room, but Kendra grabbed my elbow and growled in my ear, “We need to talk…right now!” Then she steered me into a corner far away from Potter’s friends. She wheeled around to face me, once she was sure no one could over hear us.



            “Listen if Lily and James are still together, I think she should move out and live with him. It’ll be easier this way. If she moves in with him now there won’t be a huge shuffle of boxes right after the wedding. ” I opened my mouth furious, but she put a finger over it to stop me. “Listen. I want you to think about what the healer just told us Edward. She needs to have the most stressful thing removed from her life, and at the moment I think that’s you!” she hissed angrily, pointing at me with her other hand as she said the last word.



            “No if memory serves she had the nervous breakdown after she and Potter started having some problems.” Kendra bopped me on the back of the head for the thousandth time in a week.



            “Yes but you’re the one who forced those rifts between them, and you’re the one who freaked her out and made her panic so much that she literally lost all of her color and passed out cold. This is honestly the best thing for her. I think that she needs to get away from you. She needs her space, and she needs five seconds alone with James that doesn’t involve worrying about the different ways you can wreck their relationship. This is what she needs right now, and as her parents it is our job to provide her with whatever it is needs. No matter what.”



            “No! She’s not moving in with Potter. There is nothing you can say that’s going to change my mind,” I growled. She put her hands on her hips
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            “You know what either she moves out or I do,” I froze as she frowned hard at me. I looked down at her feet. “Why don’t you go to Lily’s room and tell the kids.” I looked sharply up at her. She answered my question before I could ask it. “No I’m not doing it, because while you’re back there you’re going to apologize.” I nodded defeated and headed towards my baby girl’s hospital room. When I reached the door though I paused. The healer was right she was awake, but Potter was still in the room with her.



            “Lils…it’s alright. Everything’s fine. Just calm down,”



            “But you’re leaving aren’t you?” she was gasping for breathe like she’d just been running. There was a creek of bedsprings, as my hopefully never to be son in law sat down next to her.



            “What would make you think that?” This was a moment where, if I knew my daughter, she’d be biting her lip. “Lils?” 



            “Well why wouldn’t you be leaving? My dad told you. I lied to you. I was friends with Severus back when we were little, best friends actually.” Then she burst into tears was the rustle of fabric; Potter was clearly rubbing her back sympathetically. 



            “I already knew about that,” he whispered to her delicately over the sounds of her shaking sobs. She stopped. The door was open a crack so I quickly moved in front of it. They were sitting, side-by-side, on a hospital bed. Potter was still bearing bruises and cuts from our fight, and Lily flower had regained some of her color and was wearing a hospital gown. Her eyes were tear stained, and the dark haired boy was still rubbing her back soothingly. 



            “You…” she stammered a little, “you already knew?” He nodded and she burst into tears again, her body shaking uncontrollably. James had her in his arms quicker than I would have even been able to scoop her up. He made shushing noises to calm her. Finally, after five minutes or so, she sat up again, her face and the front of his shirt both soaking wet. “You knew?” he nodded again. “Well then why didn’t you say anything!” she hollered standing up, and putting her hands on her hips, in a way that I was forcibly reminded of her mother. 



            “Well I didn’t know that was what was bothering you. Did I?” he told her gently, pulling her back down on the bed next to him. She was looking hard at him now, and he answered her unasked question. “Well come on Lils, how could I not know. You two used to hang out a lot in first year. I would even see you together once or twice years later.” She smiled to herself, relieved. “And how could I not know you two were…together for at least a little while,” he winced slightly at this, “I saw him hanging around a lot whenever I would take you out at school.”



            Lily jumped up and shook her head quickly at this last statement. Potter grabbed her elbows quickly to steady her as she was still swaying a little on her feet. “No! James! We were never going out. We were just friends. He never even asked me out or anything like that,” she clarified with gusto. The boy smiled at this pulling her back down on the bed again.



            “Well then Lils,” he stated soothingly, “little Snivellus must have just fancied the pants off you.” Lily shot him a look when he said the name, and he laughed at her expression. “I can’t believe that still bothers you!” he roared, and a small smile spread across my daughter’s face, a genuine amused smile. I hadn’t seen that smile in weeks. It looked good on that perfect face of hers. James stretched out a hand and tucked a stray strand of hair behind her ear. She in turn put a hand on his face.



            “What happened?” she asked tenderly moving a finger of the purple bruise beneath his right eye. He grabbed her wrist.



            “Your Dad and I, had…a…bit…” he looking at her carefully trying to gage weather she was up for this kind of news. She looked at him in a way that took all the power of the matter out of his hands. “A…bit…of a brawl…after you’d passed out.” Lily groaned and fell back on her pillows. James moved so that he was lying on the opposite side of the door to her. He kept his head propped up on his elbows, and meanwhile I shifted quickly so as to keep them in sight to them in sight of the crack. They were lying vertically on a bed now after all.



            “It’s ok Lils. He’s in just as bad a shape as I am maybe worse, or at least he was. The healers have probably fixed him up by now. Don’t worry. You know I can hold my own. It wasn’t nearly as hard as the times Padfoot and I get into fist fights.” She groaned even louder at this, lying on her back, hands covering her face. He started playing with a lose strand of her dark red hair. She grabbed his hand quickly and squeezed it desperately. He looked at her curious again.



            “Let’s elope,” she suggested quickly. James smiled at her. He thought she was joking. “Come on James. Let’s just check out, and run off to…to…I don’t know. We can find the minister who does magical weddings and ask him to marry us…then we can…I don’t know.” Potter had suddenly realized she was not joking.



            “Lils calm down. It’s ok. We don’t need to elope. I’ll behave myself from now on. I promise, and you just need some sleep. Who knows how many medical potions they have you on right now. You just need to breath.” But Lily was shaking her head.



            “No. No. I don’t just need to breath or just sleep it off. Listen to me please,” Potter had opened his mouth to argue, but Lily had put a finger over his open mouth to stop him. “James. I want to marry you. I’ve never wanted anything more in my entire life. Please!” she nearly screamed when he tried opened his mouth again. He closed it quickly probably, like me, thinking this couldn’t be good for her health. “I love you, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I really do, but my father…” she took a deep breath. “My father is never going to let that happen, so let’s just go. Please let’s just elope.” He waited a minute to make sure she was done.



            “Lily we’re not going to become one of those couples.” She looked confused at this. “You know one of those couples that runs off and gets married without any warning. The war is making a lot of people do that you know. They all think they might be dead tomorrow. We’re not going to become one of those couples Lils,” he repeated firmly.



            “Why not? There’s nothing wrong with it. Frank and Alice did it, and it’s not like there isn’t any warning. We’ve been engaged since the end of July.” Potter was shaking his head though. “Why not? You’re the one who was dreaming about eloping.” He smiled, but kept shaking his head.



            “Lily…it’s different for us. Frank and Alice don’t have anyone really. Alice’s parents died two years ago, and Frank just has his mother, and she was actually at the ceremony. Plus do you want to do that to your mum? Petunia eloped. She has never gotten to throw a wedding for one of her little girls. Also Lily…don’t you want a wedding? You’ve been so excited about all the plans and everything. Do you honestly think that you could live with just an I do and nothing else?” Lu Lu was shaking her head now. James smiled and kissed her on the forehead. 



            “That’s my girl,” her murmured against her dark red hair.



            I finally decided that it was time to make my presence known. I cleared my throat loudly and knocked on the door. They both sat up as I walked in. Lily had regained a little more of her color, but Potter looked the same as he always did, disrespectfully sloppy. He stiffened when he saw it was me. Lily glanced nervously between the two of us.



            “Hello,” I offered awkwardly. “How are you feeling sweetie?” Lily shrugged a little. I nodded, and Potter put his arm around her shoulders and squeezed her into him lovingly. “I talked to the healer…” I began, but trailed off. If she did move in with James and the problem did in fact go away that would mean that it was true that I was the reason my precious little girl had been having such a hard time. I was the reason she had to be hospitalized and sedated. It would mean admitting that what I was doing was hurting Lily. It would be like admitting that I’m a bad father. I looked at them both sitting there waiting for me to go on.



            “Your mother and I were talking, and…we were thinking it might…” This was harder than I thought. I didn’t want her to leave. “It might be easier on you…if…if…” I gritted my teeth. “If you…two…moved…in together.” I finally growled out. Lily stared at me, shocked. James however was gazing off into space as though thinking about the idea of living with my daughter. The giddy grin made me want to punch him again.



            “Daddy are you alright with this?” Lily asked concerned. “I mean last time something like this came up.” Potter cut her off before she could finish her thought.



            “This subject has come up before?” he asked quickly. Lily nodded.



            “Just once. We were having a fight,” James snorted a little bit at that. Lily Lou sighed and continued. “And he was being a little unreasonable, and telling me that I had a curfew and I threatened to move out, and that went pretty badly.” Potter nodded looking at Little Lou in a curious way. “What?” she demanded.



            He shrugged. “I just didn’t know you thought about taking that step.” She laughed. They both seemed to have forgotten that I was here.



            “You didn’t know that I was thinking of taking that step? You’re the one who proposed to me that night. I’m sure that everyone in the world agree that’s a bigger step than living together,” they both grinned at the joke and hugged sweetly. I cleared my throat, to remind them I was still in the room. Potter let go of my daughter quickly at the look I was giving him.



            “Well,” I growled, using all my self-restraint not to kill him on the spot. 



            “I don’t know Daddy…are you sure you’re ok with this?” I didn’t answer I just stood their and stared furiously at the two of them. Potter was nodding to himself now.



            “You know what…I think it’s a good idea,” he informed the room at large. We both turned to look at him. He however chose to address Lily. “Think about it. You’re going to have to move in at some point, and now might be better. It’ll be easier on you if you just move in now. We won’t have to make those long trips to see each other and plan the wedding. You’d have your own space, and I’d be able to keep on eye on you. Make sure this,” he gestured around the room as he spoke, “never happens again. It would make me feel a lot better if I could see that you’re all right with my own eyes. That’s why I want to marry you,” he mumbled to us. Lily smiled and kissed him on the lips.



            “Alright. If you think that it’ll work out,” she took a deep breathe, “Then ok…let’s do it…let’s move in together.”



            “You sure?” he asked excitedly.



            “Yeah…I’m sure. It’s not that long before the wedding anyway,” she smiled happily. 



            “Great! So we’re moving in together!”



            “Yeah we’re moving in together!” The engaged couple hugged each other, and I turned around, so as not to see him holding my daughter so delicately in his arms. 



            “Yippee,” I growled heading towards the door.


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