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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.

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Chapter 8: That's a no, right?

Lily and Tia had come up with a plan. It was obvious to all of their recently formed “gang” that is the Marauders and themselves- that the general student population would not listen to reason, but that was going to work against them! Between the four Marauders, the two girls and a few well-staged conversations a new rumour was spreading like wild fire.

Lily and James had split up!

~*~

James called out as someone grabbed him by the arm and pulled him into an alcove in which a suit of glistening armour stood and, surprisingly, one Lily Evans.

“James, shush,” Lily said placing her finger on his lips and looking around to see if anyone had heard him. James simply stared at her in shock and hope that … something would happen having to do with her finger still on his lips and her lips and her hand on his … nope, it was no use his brain had stopped working.

Lily looked back at him once she was sure no one was coming to see what the noise was. Oh, she thought. Didn’t realise quite how cramped it would be in here, there is quite a lot more to James Potter than Tia Roberts. A hell of a lot more man, well there’s bound to be with him being, you know, a man and Tia being a girl and all. Oh, yeah right.
“Lily?” James asked after a gulp.

Lily shook her head, she had been staring at him – not a good idea when he was close. Extremely close, so close I can feel the heat pouring off him, and smell him, and… Oh God he sells SO good!
“Lily?” he said again looking around a little worriedly.

“Oh, yeah, right, sorry. I just thought it would we best if we weren’t seen together for a little while, seeing as we’re meant to have ‘broken up.’ This seemed like a good idea at the time but you’re a lot bigger than Tia, normally we can hide in here quite comfortably, but…have you been working out?”

“Lily?”

“Sorry. Do you know somewhere we can go?”

“Erm… sure. Follow me,” he said, and she followed him out from under the archway as he shot strange looks in her direction every so often.

James pulled aside a tapestry a short while later and Lily stepped inside in front of him James replacing “The Flutist” right behind them.

“Where does this lead to?” Lily asked peering towards the other end of the concealed passage.

“Comes out near the charms corridor.”

“Wow, didn’t even know this was here and I reckon Tia and I know most of the shortcuts. This is going to save so much time getting from –”

“Lily.”

Lily’s head, her hair burnished by the torch light, snapped back to look at James and her porcelain features tinged with rose. “Sorry, I was babbling again wasn’t I?”

“Little bit.” James sent her a very disarming half smile and Lily blushed again, tucking her hair behind her ear. “So…”

“So?”

“So… what did you want to talk to me about? I assume that is what you wanted.” He left the other options hanging.

Lily took a second to remind herself that there were know other possibilities. It’s James Potter. James Potter. Hmm…James Potter. Sigh! “Right, talk, yeah, I just wanted to see if you were alright. The rumours have been escalating quite badly. Has it gone too far? It all seems to come out as your fault. Did it hurt your feelings? Did I ruin your stud career? ‘Cause Tia said…”

“Lily, it’s fine. Wait… my what? Stud…?”

“That’s what Tia calls it,” Lily explained as she flushed crimson in the flickering light.

“Calls what?”

“You know…”

“No, enlighten me.”

Lily had a feeling he knew exactly what she was talking about, he just wants you to say it aloud. “Well what I supposedly told those girls about you not being any … ahem … good … Tia thinks it may have affected your career as Hogwarts’ very own Casanova.”

“Ah, you mean I won’t be getting any for a while.” Lily blushed even more furiously but found that James not “getting any” for a while was quite a satisfying thought.

James laughed. “Don’t worry about it. My reputation may have taken a hit, but hey! At least it got rid of that group of giggly fifth years that follow me around everywhere I go. Besides, it’s not like I was planning on seducing anyone anytime soon, no one who doesn’t know the truth anyway.”

“But I’m the only one… oh,” Lily mumbled to herself and she could not help the smile that formed on her red face, she liked that thought. “Planning on seducing Remus or Sirius then are we?”

James laughed gently and reached out a hand, he touched a strand of hair close to her face, watching it move beneath his fingers before looking into her eyes. “You know who I’m taking about, Lily.”

The way he said her name shot through her like a bolt of electricity leaving a crackling, tingly sensation in her lower stomach and a spark in her eyes. Well that’s new.

James smiled that sexy little half smile again and dropped his hand, sitting on a chest to the side of the passageway. “So how was your day?” he asked.

Lily sat on the floor opposite him and tucked her legs to the side of her. “Surprisingly, not that bad. All the girls you have ever turned down, which was actually quite a few – some were really pretty too, don’t know why you didn’t want to go out with them.”

“They weren’t you,” James whispered watching Lily, who did not hear him, continue chattering away.

“Well all of them thought that they should congratulate me for seeing the error of my ways, a couple of the ‘I heart J.P. Club’ members told me to stop spreading lies about their precious Jamie, which is quite ironic, ‘cause well we have all been lying haven’t we? And then all of your exes” which were startlingly few- yay! “wanted to discuss that ‘yeah he was really bad in bed wasn’t he?’”

“Like they would even know!” James scoffed.

“What… you mean you’ve never…?”

“No! God I’m so fed up of people spreading lies about me,” James said as his voice rose in exasperation, and he turned his back to her forcing his hands through his hair.

“I…I’m sorry James,” Lily said in a voice not much louder than a whisper, quite taken aback by his sudden change in demeanour.

“What?” James asked turning back to face her, his anger immediately turning to regret when he saw her face. “Oh Lily, I didn’t mean you.”

“No, it’s alright James, I just thought of this easy way out of the problem and just went for it, I didn’t even really consult you first, I just stormed ahead as normal thinking ‘Lily knows best.”

“Lily, it’s fine, I didn’t mean you.”

“But it’s not fine, I hate lying, I absolutely abhor it yet here I am caught up in a web of them and all of my own making.”

“Lily,” James said softly and taking her shoulders gently in both hands. “I wasn’t having a go at you.”

“I’m really sorry James,” she said sincerely, looking up at him through slightly watery eyes.

“Nonsense, there’s nothing to be sorry for. You were just trying to help me out and it all just got a little out of hand is all. I shouldn’t have let you cover for me in the first place. And who cares if a few silly little girls don’t think I’m quite so cool anymore? I’m not mad at you Lily, or disappointed or upset or anything. Besides, it’s the match tomorrow. Everyone will forget all about this when we thrash Slytherin and take the lead for the cup. As captain of the winning team I’ll once again be – what’s the phrase you girls use these days? Ah yes, ‘Hogwarts number one hottie.’” As he said the last phrase he spread his hands as if imagining a giant banner with this inscribed upon it floating before him.

Lily giggled. “You wish Potter.”

James grinned at her. “Come on Evans, admit it – you think I’m sexy.”

“Maybe,” she answered, biting her lip on a smirk as she walked down the corridor away from him.

“Wait, what?”

“So James, any annoying packs of spurned boys wishing to commiserate with you?”

“What? You can’t just change the subject like that!”

“I just did,” she said with a wry smile.

“Fine,” he grumbled. “Nah, no one dared talk to me about it. It appears that my reputation is still good for something. They’re all worried they’ll get hexed if they say something and that as McGonagall loves me so much she’ll let me get away with it.”

“You know that’s not true right?” Lily questioned, eyebrows raised.

“Don’t spoil my fun, Evans.”

They continued walking in silence for a while until Lily finally worked up the nerve to confront James about his earlier comment. “So you really never…?” Lily asked James forcing her eyes forward and trying to act casual. Damn your curiosity Lily Evans.

“Oh… no. Have you?”

“James! You can’t ask a lady that question.”

“Why not?”

“Because… because… You just can’t, ok!”

“Oh. Ok. So… have you?” Lily let out and frustrated sigh. “That’s a “no” right?” he asked.

Lily flung aside the hanging at the end of the corridor and started the trek back to the common room refusing to look back.

James stopped at the exit. “But that’s a ‘no,’ right?” he shouted down the passage after her.

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