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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



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 21: Decided

Lily sat down opposite James who studiously avoided her eye whilst blushing bright red. So he’s just going to ignore it?? Uh uh now way! Not after THAT!

Tia nudged Lily and slid a note in front of her “What happened?”

“That obvious?”
Lily scrawled back.

“to me”

“he kissed me”

“Good as last time?”



“I know”


“I’ve decided”


“James- I’ve decided I want him”

Tia underlined this five times, Lily grinned at her and surreptitiously tossed the note into the fire.

“James?” His head snapped up and he gulped almost audibly.

“Yes Lily?”

“Could I speak to you outside please?”

“Erm… sure.” James timidly tailed Lily out of the portrait hole looking down at his shuffling feet, hands in his pockets. “So is this where you slap me?” James asked staring at the corridor’s stone floor.

“Maybe.” Lily said, trying to keep the amusement from her voice Bless him I think he’s actually scared, poor boy. Well trained more like!

“Perhaps you should.”

“What?” Lily asked, shocked by his response.

“Well that’s how it works isn’t it? I step over the line, you smack me, I apologise and everything goes back to normal. I don’t want it to be awkward between us Lily.” He looked up then and smiled a little sheepishly. “I like us being friends Lily, I don’t want to ruin that. So just get it over with, yeah?” he closed his eyes and braced himself for the blow. Lily raised her hand, try as she might she couldn’t fault his logic that is how it had worked for them in the past, in the PAST she thought, not now, you know he makes you illogical anyway, he drives you crazy! She just couldn’t bring herself to strike him.

“Well?” James asked, opening one eye and looking at her expectantly.

“I’m working myself up to it.”

“You’ve never had to do that before.”

“I was never not angry at you before.” Lily told him messes with your coherency too, that sentence made absolutely no sense Lily. Shut up, love is nonsensical. So it’s love now...?
“You’re not angry with me?” James said interrupting Lily’s internal debate.




“So…” James eyed Lily’s still raised hand and she blushed and lowered it hastily. “So how does this work then, we just forget it never happened?”

“I’m not sure I want to forget.” Lily said coyly, that I could forget! She fiddled with his tie as he looked confused. “James, do you have a suit?” James blinked seemingly surprised to find her so close.

“Yeah, Mum forces me into it every chance she gets.” James chuckled, relieved to have moved onto what appeared to be a much safer topic.

“Hmm.” Lily hummed, staring at his chest with a little crease between her brows.


“I’m not sure I like the idea of that.” She admitted honestly.

“Why not?”

“I imagine you look quite irresistible in a suit.” Lily smirked ruefully up at him. “I don’t think the other girls need any more temptation.”

“But not you ‘ey?” James guessed. “You could resist.”

“I’m sure I could…” liar “but who says I’d want to?” Lily glanced at him from under her lashes, before he could speak she pecked him on the lips and turned to the portrait to utter the password. “Amore.” How fitting Lily grinned to herself as she hopped through leaving James stood stock still trying to process the unfathomable conversation he’d almost participated in.

Lily walked straight through the common room to her dorm, winking at an inquisitive Tia on the way. After a minute of curious glances sent between the group in front of the fire Sirius stood up and opened the portrait hole and called through to the other side.

“Prongs mate, you alright?” James turned in somewhat of a daze to look at him, “What happened?”

“I’m not really sure.” He answered truthfully as he took a seat in the armchair. “She just asked me if I had a suit.”



“Well what does that mean? And why couldn’t she ask that in front of the rest of us?” Sirius asked, looking just as bewildered as James now. Peter and Remus, both just as clueless, simply shrugged.

Tia shook her head, “Honestly you guys are so slow, she was asking you to go to the wedding with her James.”

“Oh. Are you sure because she didn’t mention the wedding at all, at least I don’t think she did, it was kinda hard to concentrate, she was standing really close and playing with my tie…” Tia just raised he eyebrows in an omnipotent ‘you dare question me?’ way. “Ok, cool.” He said with a big grin.

“So, does this mean she like, likes you now?” Sirius asked, still looking confused. Tia huffed a huge frustrated sigh and left the room.



“I can’t believe the first terms over already, it’s gone so fast, but then so much seems to have happened too. It’s weird.” Lily exclaimed as she looked out of the window of the Hogwarts Express onto the bustling Hogsmede station.

“I know it’s crazy. So if I write to you over Christmas will you reply?”

“Of course I will. Wrote to you all last summer didn’t I?”

“I guess, but for five years before that you just ignored my letters.”

“Well we weren’t friends then, god that seems so long ago! I still can’t believe you thought I actually hated you.”

“You remember that then?”

“It was only three months ago James.” Lily said rolling her eyes.

“Well a lot’s happened since then.”

“Yeah it has.” There was a long pause before James whispered. “I’m going to miss you.”

“It’s only a few weeks James and you’ll see me on the third of January anyway.”

“I’ve gotten used to seeing you everyday though.”

“You always were good at forming bad habits.” Lily teased with a warm smile.

“Oi.” James said nudging her arm gently as they both laughed.

“I’ll miss you too James.” Lily said quietly, she took a step towards him and he opened his arms automatically to her. Lily wrapped her arms around his waist as his went round her shoulders. James rested his chin on her head as she pressed her cheek to his chest with her eyes closed. Lily smiled and sighed. I could get used to this. Correction: I WILL get used to this.
At that moment the door to the prefect’s compartment opened, the two boys entering froze in the door, awkward at catching the two hugging. Although the embrace was platonic, it seemed like a very intimate moment.

Lily and James unravelled themselves slowly and Lily took a step back reluctantly. “Well don’t just stand there.” James said as they dithered in the doorway, loath to disturb the intimate moment. The boys took a seat and quietly continued their conversation.

“You’re blushing.” James whispered in Lily’s ear, playing with a piece of hair that lay against her back, almost long enough t reach her waist.

“They keep staring at me.” She whispered back, moving to fuss with some papers on one of the benches.

“I don’t blame them.” James answered and without looking at him Lily knew he’d be grinning at her with a teasing twinkle in his eye.

“Shut up you.” Lily told him, smiling softly to herself.