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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 17: Jump in the Name of Love

Lily was sitting in the Common Room with Tia when the Marauders crashed through the entrance. Sirius had one arm around James’s shoulder and was talking animatedly. Remus followed with a disapproving look on his face and Peter trotted along behind them.

“…and that right hook…that was a beauty!” James smiled reluctantly and a little guiltily at his friend’s enthusiastic praise.

“James?” Lily stood, as did Tia as the boys strolled over to them. “Have you been fighting?” she asked with a little gasp as she saw his face. He didn’t answer but glared at Sirius, Lily didn’t need a response though. “It’s not his fault; did you really think I wouldn’t notice? Honestly James.” She closed the gap between them; one hand stretched up to rest on his shoulder, the fingers of her other hand ghosting over a cut above his left eyebrow, a rapidly bruising cheekbone and a split lip. “What happened?” Although she had been prepared to be angry with him, her voice and face showed concern only.

“Nothing.” He muttered, he shot another dark look at Sirius who was now sitting on the settee with Tia regaling her with a second by second re-enactment, actions and all. Peter was kneeling in front of them hanging off his every word as if he hadn’t just witnessed the whole thing firsthand. Remus sat in the armchair shaking his head at his friend’s antics.


“Come on you.” Lily said taking James’s hand, “Let’s get you cleaned up.” he followed her up to the boys’ dorm where she sat him on the end of his bed. Lily grabbed a couple of clean cloths from the bathroom, she cleaned the cut and cast a quick healing charm, then held a flannel that she had run under the cold tap to his cheek.

Lily found it very hard to concentrate on the simple tasks she was completing. James had placed a hand on either of her hips as she stood between his legs and his fingers were playing with the hem of her shirt. His eyes didn’t leave her face as Lily tried to focus on his injuries.

“Tell me what happened, James.” She asked meeting his gaze for a second.

“It was nothing.” Lily pressed the cold compress harder to his flourishing bruise and James winced. 

“Does that hurt?” he nodded, “Good. Tell me what happened or I shall be forced to assume it was your fault.” Lily looked into his eyes and flashed him a cheeky smile before turning her attention back to his cheek.

“Fine, but you won’t like it; you’ll get angry.” Unless he says it was over another girl I very much doubt it, damn it! Why can’t I be angry with him for longer than it takes him to smile at me anymore?! Lily raised her eyebrows but said nothing as he looked down at his left hand, which was now giving her goosebumps as his thumb traced a line back and forth across the hot skin of her hip just above the waistband of her skirt.

“I had a fight with a Ravenclaw; you would think he would have been smart enough to know knot to talk about you like that when I’m around- apparently not. Now don’t give me that look! I only told him to shut up and have some respect but then he said some stuff and I said some stuff and then out of nowhere, he punches me! So you can’t tell me off for defending your honour because really I was defending mine. It wasn’t even a real fight; just self defence on my part.” Lily frowned.

“Are you in trouble?”

“No, no teachers were around to see it and Poynter won’t tell anyone because he started it.”

“Hmm.” Lily said noncomitantly, then “So what did he say about me?”

“You don’t want to know.”

“Yes I do- that’s why I asked.” James returned her grin.

“Fine, you do want to know, but I’m not telling you.” Lily pouted playfully and James laughed.

“Alright, you’re done. There’s not much I can do about a split lip.”

“You could kiss it better.” James suggested with a wink. I could…

“Do you really think that would help?” Lily asked sceptically with a wry smile.

“You could always try.” His voice dropped an octave and the gravely baritone had more of an effect on Lily than she would like to have admitted.

“You’re incorrigible.” Lily joked slapping him lightly on the shoulder to hide how flustered she was. James dropped his hands from her waist and leant back on the bed as he laughed, when the little dimple appeared in his left cheek Lily was undone. What the hell, Eve didn’t resist temptation. Lily swooped down and pressed her lips to James’s slightly parted ones his breath mingling with hers for a second before standing back up, her cheeks flushed and heading to the bathroom to tidy up. Don’t look back. Don’t look back. Do. No. Look. Back. She chanted to herself but when she heard a whispered “yes” she couldn’t resist turning back to see James with his fist at his side where he’d just punched air. Lily giggled and quickly slipped into the bathroom before he could catch her watching him.

A minute later Lily was a lot calmer and ready to face her Quidditch Captain. Your Quidditch Captain? Oh, who am I kidding? He’s mine, all mine… or he soon will be at any rate.
“Let’s go.” She said and James got up off the bed and strolled over to her. “You know I’m not going to do this next time.” She said walking towards the stairs, when James slipped his hand into hers with a cautionary glance Lily pretended her hand wasn’t attached so the heated tingle wouldn’t spread further than her palm and continued. “Next time you’re going to Madame Pomfrey.”

“No I’m not.” He didn’t even try to deny that there would be a next time.

“Then I guess you’re just going to have to suffer in silence, Nurse Lily has officially retired.”

James grinned, “If you say so Lily.”

“I do.” She insisted. Is he smiling because he knows I won’t stick to my word or because I just gave him a mental image of me in a nurse’s outfit? Lily wondered before deciding that both were equally disturbing.

~*~

“All fixed up?” Tia asked when they returned to the common room.

“Yup.” James said flopping into the armchair as Lily took a seat next to Tia on the sofa.

“Why didn’t you get rid of the bruise?” Tia asked as she sat down.

“I’ve not done it before, didn’t want to risk it so close to his eye, it won’t last long anyway besides, he deserves it for fighting.”

“Sure it’s not because you like the ruggedly handsome look? Admit it Lily; you like him fighting for your honour, you think it’s sexy and chivalrous.” Lily laughed at Tia’s lighthearted teasing.

“You read too many of those romance novels T.”

“I’m bored.” Sirius winged.

“Me too.” Tia agreed with a sigh.

“Wanna go make out?”

Tia shrugged before saying “Ok.” And standing she took Sirius’s outstretched hand.

Lily was gob smacked by this new development. “Wait, WHAT is going on between you two?”

“We're just friends.” Tia said shrugging again.

“Who kiss?” Lily asked still trying to get her head around this odd agreement Tia and Sirius seemed to have.

“Sure, friends can kiss.”

“I don’t think it’s quite the same Tia.” Lily said raising her eyebrows at her friend.

“We're just friends...” Tia said again.

“...who kiss.” Sirius said with a cheeky grin pulling Tia out of the common room before anything else could be said.

Oh, she is not getting away that easily! Lily thought, There is going to be major girl talk later. “Can you believe those two?” Lily asked. James chuckled at her.

“It’s Sirius.” He said by way of explanation. “And you know better than most how impulsive Tia can be.” She did know that. “Exploding snap?” James asked pulling a deck of cards from his pocket.

~*~

Lily and Tia were perched on one of the tables in the school kitchen with a selection of chocolate covered goodies between them.

“So what’s really going on between you and Sirius?” Lily asked.

“I told you; we’re just friends.” Lily raised her eyebrows and Tia sighed. “And we kiss sometimes; it’s not a big deal.”

“Do you want it to be a big deal?”

“I know what you’re getting at Lily.” Tia accused, Lily put on her best innocent face and sucked on a chocolate lollypop shaped like a pumpkin. “We’re not going out, we’re just having a bit of fun is all.”

“How much fun?” Lily asked with a mischievous glint in her eye.

“Lily!” Tia exclaimed and the redhead laughed at her friend’s astonishment. “Not that much fun. We just kissed some. And no I don’t want to get into a relationship and no I don’t want to go any further with him.”

“So you wouldn’t mind if he was having ‘fun’ with other girls then?”

“Why, what do you know?” Tia asked sharply.

“I knew it! You do like him!”

“That’s so mean Lily.” Tia said pouting at her friend.

“You’re not going to deny it then?”

“What’s the point?” Tia asked popping some chocolate into her mouth. "You know me better than I know myself.”

“So what about Sirius, does he like you back?”

“I don’t know. I mean… I know he likes me and we do have fun and he is sooo sweet.” Lily gave her friend a sceptical look. “Oh Lily you should have seen him when you were in the hospital, he was so worried about you and James and he was so nice to me when I was upset. He didn’t try to take advantage or anything, just held my hand and told me not to worry, that everything would be ok.”

“So why don’t you just ask him?”

“What?”

“Ask him if he just fancies the pants off you, which we all know he does, he’s not a subtle guy.” Tia laughed. “It’s probably literally too.” Tia giggled harder and blushed. “Or if he wants something more.”

“But I’m not sure if I want something more.” Lily nodded. “So what about you and James?”

“What about me and James?”

“I saw you holding hands when you came down the stairs earlier. You tell me you had a knee-weakening, tummy-tingling kiss that made him so happy he cast a corporeal patronus and then nothing. Nada. Zip. Back to this weird little routine you had going before as if it never happened. How?”

“Tia, I really don’t think I described the kiss like that.” Lily said trying to avoid the subject.

“I definitely remember tummy-tingling.” She said nodding enthusiastically. So do I. The traitorous part of her brain muttered.

“But that’s nothing, I mean I get tummy-tingles pretty much whenever he touches me, sometimes even when he just looks at me.”

“You got it bad girl!”

Lily groaned, “I know!”

“So…?”

“‘So’ what?”

“So what are you going to do about it?”

Lily remembered the decision she’d made in the bathroom earlier. “I don’t know, but I may have kissed him earlier.”

“May?”

“Ok I did but it was only a peck on the lips. I wasn’t thinking properly; he was playing with my shirt and he kept stroking the skin on my hip, it was confusing.”

“Confusing? It sounds pretty straight forward to me; you should have jumped his bones right then and there.”

“I can not believe you just said that!” And the two girls burst into fits of hysterics, tears streaming down their cheeks. Every time they were about to stop one would catch the other’s eye and they would start all over again.

A few moments later Sirius and James sauntered into the kitchen. “We saw you on the map, we decided we were hungry.” Sirius said, as he walked over to Tia and made a playful growling sound and snapped his teeth at her before tossing some chocolate up and catching it in his mouth.

“What are you two laughing about anyway?” James asked as the girls gasped and gulped in air trying to calm down.

“Nothing…we were just talking about…umm… trampolining.” Lily caught Tia’s eye and they both tried to control their breathing, Sirius looked confused.

“Those muggle things you jump on?” At the word ‘jump’ the girls could no longer hold in the silent laughter, they collapsed against each other clutching their sides as the boys watched in bemusement. “What’s so funny?” Sirius asked James who just shrugged and grabbed some chocolate from the bowl on the table.

"Not a clue mate."


A/N: ok guys sorry for the wait but as all coursework is now complete and handed in I should finally have time to myself to write! Plus I now have trusted author status *does happy dance* so I no longer have to wait for validation, it does however mean I'll be employing all of you as spot checkers; if you see any typos etc please let me know via review.

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