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In Emerald Eyes by Midnight Ink

Format: Novella
Chapters: 24
Word Count: 50,776
Status: WIP

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

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

First Published: 10/29/2007
Last Chapter: 01/27/2009
Last Updated: 01/27/2009

Summary:





PAUSED DUE TO FINALS COMING UP FAST

Leap into Lily’s world and see what life is like through Emerald Eyes. 
Delve into her thoughts which.... rather worryingly... all  seem to be centred around James Potter.

A light-hearted romance with comedy straight from the mind of Lily Evans herself.

I'm astounded over 20,000 reads Thanks to all who have recommended and reviewed this.


Chapter 2: Morning Glory

 
Lily woke with a smile on her face; she stretched her arms over her head and slumped back on her pillows contentedly. She could hear her dorm mates talking, their voices muffled by the thick curtains, but not quite silenced by them. She threw them back and was welcomed to the day with a glorious glare of sunlight that warmed her face. Before she could appreciate what seemed to be a perfect day she was ambushed by three predators, hungry for gossip. The girls flung themselves at her, bouncing up and down on her bed in excitement.

"Is it true? Is it true?" squealed her best friend Tia. Lily laughed and looked at the other two girls on her bed, just as eagerly awaiting her answer.

"Err... is what true?" she said glancing around, she caught Julia- the fifth member of the dorm- giving her a disapproving look from where she sat at her desk. Lily threw her a questioning look in return.

"Did you really kiss James Potter?" Tia asked, bubbling with anticipation and not a little impatience. A "tut" drifted across the dorm room and into her ears. Lily searched for the cause; her eyes alighted on Julia, who picked up her book bag and stormed out of the door. Lily released herself from the hand tugging at her hair, demanding her attention and confirmation and ran after the disappearing girl.

"What...what's wrong?" she asked catching her up.

Julia just shook her head. "Just don't lead him on Lily. It's beneath you," she turned her back on Lily and walked down the stairs that separated the female from male dorms, Lily stood stunned for a moment. Since when was Julia so opinionated? She's the quiet one!

"I'm not leading him on!" she said, and then realised Julia had already gone. "Julia! Julia!" she called out running after her. Lily was soon on the landing below, but Julia was nowhere to be seen. Where the hell did she go? I was right behind her! Lily put a hand to her head and looked both ways before deciding she was gone, she turned around to head back to the dorm. As she spun her face to the stairs she locked eyes with the very man who had occupied her thoughts since the previous night. He loves me. She thought, stifling a giggle and ignoring the funny sensation in her stomach, you’re just hungry, you haven't eaten yet. She smiled at the memory of his shocked face as she had grazed her lips over his rough stubble.

"Morning, James." she said brightly. "Remus. Sirius." she greeted the last with more warmth than he usually received. They had all stopped dead on the steps above her that led to the boys dormitories.

"Lily?" Remus asked. Asked? Lily questioned herself. Of course it was her, why wouldn't it be?

James still hadn't said one word; he was staring at her, mouth wide open. Oh come on! I know I haven't brushed my hair yet, but it can't be that bad!

"Good morning, Evans!" said Sirius with much more enthusiasm. Lily saw his eyes sweep down her body slowly, then return purposefully, to meet her gaze. He had a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous grin on his face; it made her feel a little uncomfortable.

Lily looked down at herself; tracing the path Sirius's eyes had taken, then up at James's stunned face, then back to Sirius. She let out a yelp, crossed her hands over her chest and practically flew up the stairs to her dorm.

Sirius let out a low whistle of appreciation, Remus shook his head of the most inappropriate of his thoughts and James just continued to stare at the space Lily had occupied seconds before.

"Prongs! Why the hell didn't you tell me Evans was so hot?! I mean I knew she looked good and everything but...but..." he let out another whistle. "Wow!"

James wasn't listening, his brain was still trying to process what his eyes were telling him he had just seen. He turned to Remus, his mouth opening and closing, his hand pointing to where Lily had been standing, his eyes glazed.

"I know mate." He said clapping James on the back. "It's alright." James just continued flapping his mouth; he was doing a rather good impression of a goldfish.

It was a good job that James wasn't listening to Sirius, who had continued in the same vein as before but only a lot more crudely, and with hand gestures. Moony put his hand between James's shoulder blades and directed him down the two flights of stairs, picking up the satchel James had dropped upon first seeing Lily.

"Just wait till I tell Longbottom!" exclaimed Sirius. This caught James's attention, and his tongue was suddenly loosened. He grabbed his friend by the back of his jumper and yanked him back from the common room entrance, into the corridor.

"No Padfoot. You will NOT tell Frank. Nor will you tell anyone else."

"But-"

"No buts! You will not tell anyone." James's eyes flashed and burned, even Sirius didn't dare cross him when he was like this.

"OK" he said sulkily.

"Promise?"

"Promise."

"Good." said James, a smile back on his face. He let go of the handful of clothing he had Sirius pinned to the wall by and dusted his friend off. Remus hid his laugh as he passed James his bag- he loved it when Sirius got told off!

"Well can I at least tell Worm-" Sirius was silenced as James stopped in his tracks. His shoulders hunched. "Right tell no one, got it!" James apparently satisfied continued into the common room and lay down on the sofa. Remus and Sirius followed him and sat on the floor in front of the hearth.

Fifteen minutes later Peter arrived in the common room. He was rubbing bleary eyes. His shirt was half tucked in, half out, his tie was on top of his collar as opposed to under it and off to one side, and his jumper was caught in his named underpants.

Sirius began to bounce up and down excitedly. James gave him a warning glare and he slumped back down, sitting back on his bottom disappointedly.

"OK. What happened?" said Peter, far more awake than before. Sirius looked at James who pinched the bridge of his nose and shook his head. He waved a hand at his friend, giving him permission to tell the lump of a boy everything.

"But no one else." James instructed. Sirius saluted his best mate.

"Got it boss." he added for good measure. James sighed, but laughed all the same.

~*~

 

Lily ran up the stairs and into her dormitory, slamming the door behind her and leaning her back against it. Oh my God, oh my God!

“Oh my God, oh my God!” she repeated aloud.

“Lily, what’s wrong?” asked Tia, wondering at her friends strange behaviour.

“I... I... Oh my God!” Her friends surrounded her, concerned.

“Lily what happened?”

“I...I... just saw James and Remus and...” gulp “Black”

“So?”

“So?! So- they saw me!”

“Oh...Ohhh.” said Tia, realisation dawning. “And you kissed Potter last night didn’t you?”

Lily nodded her head once and ran into the adjoined bathroom. Her friends collapsed into hysterics the moment she had locked the door.

Lily put up a hand to stifle her own half-giggle. Swinging between mortification and amusement. The look on James’s face! She turned on the shower and waited for the stream to warm. She crossed her hands one over the other and pulled her very short, very silky, very sheer, almost see-through nighty off over her head and let it drop to the floor.Just be glad you were wearing big knickers! She let out another chuckle surface- this one mixed with relief. If only you’d been wearing a bra! Oh Lily you stupid girl! Seven years you’ve been at Hogwarts and the one day you happen to forget to get dressed, you let James see you. She stepped under the water and turned her very red face up to the jet. She closed her eyes and ran her hands through her hair- a very James like gesture. This is going to be a long day.

Lily dried her hair and applied a slick of mascara. It was the only make-up she wore, she blushed often enough anyway, and her skin was too pale for foundation, she didn’t want to look orange. Unlike a certain Barbie doll I know. Those Slytherin girls look like they’re made of plastic! Just false advertising if you ask me. Besides whatever she tried she could never hide all those blasted freckles.

She left the bathroom, taking a second to brace herself for the ridicule she was sure to receive, but none came. Must be later than I thought. She smoothed down her skirt and picked up her satchel.

~*~

 

James looked down at the tattered book in his hand “Pride and Prejudice”. He had never read it but it was Lily’s favourite. He always teased her about re-reading it repeatedly.

He did know what the novel was about though. His Mum had insisted he watch the Muggle adaptation last summer. One rainy day they had spent six hours locked in the lounge, butterbeer on ice. She had said it was “relevant” whatever that meant.

“A rich man falls in love with a woman that society deems inappropriate. He loves her, but she hates him. She tells him he is arrogant, pig-headed and egotistical and that she could never, ever even like him. He changes and she falls in love with him. They marry no matter what everyone else thinks. They live happily ever after. And this has relevance to me because...?” he had said at the end of the film.

“You can be slow, James, darling.” his mother had said, stroking his cheek affectionately. At his apparent confusion she gave him a knowing look and a loving smile. “You’ll see soon enough darling.” He had just raised an eyebrow at her in scepticism.

“I’ll never understand women.” this made his mother laugh, but she still didn’t offer an explanation.

~*~

 

James was sitting in his favourite armchair when Lily descended the stairs and entered the common room. It faced the fire and was unbelievably comfortable. She knew it was his favourite armchair, because it also happened to be hers. It had caused quite a few, shall we say ‘disagreements‘, over the years. His long legs were dangling over the arm, and his jet hair was sticking up over the back.

Maybe I can just sneak out? Lily thought, making stealthily for the portrait hole. Well it was stealthily; until she stubbed her toe that is. She cursed and held her foot in her hands. She immediately stopped jumping up and down on the spot when she saw James watching, amusement etched in his features. He cocked an eyebrow and Lily gave him a half smile- half wince, and flushed what she was sure was a very attractive beetroot colour.

“Stubbed my toe.” she explained.

“Weren’t trying to sneak out were you?” he asked, but he was only joking. He stood up, “Hi Lily.” he added, not having actually greeted her yet.

“Hi James” she replied, and looked around. “So, erm, where is everyone?”

“Oh, your friends went to breakfast. I said I’d wait for you.” James said looking a bit uncomfortable. James looking uncomfortable? Surely not? It’s kinda cute actually. No it’s not, what am I saying? Just ‘cause he looks all vunerable and adorable... Stop it!

“Oh...err...thanks.” Some friends! She thought leaving me with Potter, James. She mentally altered.

“I found this last night. I think you dropped it.” he handed her her book, it looked even sorrier for itself after last night’s expedition.

“Thank you.” she said, really meaning it this time. Both quickly looked away as their hands brushed at the same time as their eyes did. Do I just ignore what happened this morning, and act as normal or...? What is normal though? Normal was changed last night- wasn’t it?

“I best-”

“I should-” they both started speaking at the same time. They shared an uncomfortable laugh, as James put his hand back to his neck in that kinda cute gesture.

“I should go take this back to my room, don’t think it would survive the day in my bag.” she laughed at the pathetic looking but much treasured book in her hand.

“Yeah alright. I’ll see you in charms then.”

“No, wait, I’ll only be a second, I’ll walk with you if you like.” said Lily without thinking.

“OK” agreed James earnestly.

Lily ran back to her room. Stealing a glance in the mirror as she passed it. She stopped to check her hair, but then scolded herself. Stop being such a girl- it’s only James. But I am a girl! She told herself. And he’s a boy. She thought as she left the dorm and headed back downstairs. If it only it were that simple!

~*~

 

Lily and James went straight to Flitwicks’s classroom. There had been no time to grab breakfast. When they arrived Sirius gave her the most annoying knowing smile, but before he could say anything she took a slice of toast off of the pile he held in his hand.

“Hey, that’s Prongs’s.” Was all he could come up with- even he knew it had been lame. She winked at him, and his mouth fell open. Wasn’t expecting that!

 

“See you later James” She said as she walked over to her friends, breakfast in hand. She said something to them and looked back at Sirius, all the girls followed her lead and burst out laughing, she winked again as she took a bite.

Sirius sulked and took a huge mouthful of the buttery bread. James smiled and took the rest of his breakfast before his friend ate it all.

 

N/A Pride and Prejudice was of course written by the wonderful Jane Austen.

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