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The Unexpected: A Lily and James Story! by Emms16

Format: Novel
Chapters: 36
Word Count: 168,086
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language

Genres: Romance
Characters: James
Pairings: James/Lily

First Published: 12/13/2002
Last Chapter: 06/19/2003
Last Updated: 08/24/2005

Summary:
Prologue!


Chapter 6: Planning of Spirit fests

DISCLAIMER: I DON’T OWN ANYTHING! Continue:

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CHAPTER 6: PLANNING OF SPIRIT FESTS

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Lily was woken up the next morning by May throwing a pillow at her head. Propping one eye open, Lily picked up the discarded pillow and chucked it back at her.

“Wake up! Class today!” May said loudly, sitting up in her bed.

Lily groaned, and shoved the covers off her body.

“So, what Spirit Fest are you guys planning for this year?” May asked with fake enthusiasm .

Standing up and stretching her body, Lily sent May a scowl.

“Dance, Hogsmead days, and parties.”

With each activity that Lily mentioned, the corner of May’s lips began slowly descend into a frown, until she was staring open mouthed at Lily. “Oh no, wait until Alicia and Cindy hear of this! I hate to think!”

“That's not even the worst! The worst part is thatI have to go to the dance. It’s mandatory! May, what am I going to do?”

“Go home for the holidays?” May suggested, shrugging.

“Yea, right. I’d rather be subjected to a dance.” A loud yawn escaped Lily, and she smiled sheepishly.

“Oh I don’t know, I think I’d rather have to endure Petunia’s wrath.”

Lily cringed. “Don’t say that.”

“Do you…” May gulped, “have to find a date?”

“NO, thank god! Oh, MAY! I don’t want to go,” Lily whined. “Maybe I can go, dance the beginning dance, and leave, I mean who would notice?” Lily said gaging May's reaction.

“You have to dance the beginning dance?” May asked.

“Yea,” Lily answered.

“With who?” May already knew the answer, but wanted to make sure.

“James. Who else?”

May sucked in a breath. “Oh, well, that’s ok then, dance with him, then slip out undetected.”

“Will you come? Please!” Lily asked suddenly.

“WHAT! NO, DON’T BRING ME INTO THIS!” May backed away, her hands held palm out in front of her.

“May PLEASSSSSSSSE,” Lily begged.

“No.”

“Please!” Lily got on her knees, and put her hands together, looking up at May with puppy dog eyes. “Please,” Lily repeated.

“No.”

Lily wrapped her arms around May’s legs.

“PLEASSSSSSSE!!!!!!! PRETTY PLEASE.”

May giggled. She grabbed a handfull of her friend's hair, and yanked Lily’s head up, so she was staring her in the eye.

“Fine…BUT…we leave right after your dance! Got that?” May asked strongly.

“Yes,” Lily whimpered, as May released her head.

“The things I do for friends.” She shook her head and made her way down the stairs to let her friend change into her school robes.

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When she reached the bottom, she gave an annoyed sigh. “Why are you everywhere we are? Are you stalking us?”

The three boys turned in the direction of the voice and smiled.

“Yes, we live to stalk you,” Sirius said, with an amused smile.

She found herself smiling back before catching herself. ‘It’s all a joke,’ she reminded herself strongly.

“Why aren’t you at breakfast getting your schedules?” she asked suspiciously, coming closer to them.

“We were waiting for you,” Sirius replied.

“And Lily,” interrupted James, “Where is Lily?”

May did a double take, waiting for us? Where’s Lily? Her eyes narrowed, as she advanced on James and Sirius.

“Ok, that’s enough, what are you two planning?”

“What?” James and Sirius asked, both sending her a genuinely confused look.

“It’s not like your doing all this out of your own free will,” May exclaimed, waving her hands in the air, trying to drive her point home.

“But we are,” James said seriously, looking scandalized at her thinking they had ulterior motives. Sirius nodded frantically, looking at May pleadingly.

“If you hurt Lily, I swear I will personally remove one of your most precious organs, and feed it to Hagrid’s dog.”

James’s eyes widened. “I don’t want to hurt Lily,” he said defensively, “ I swear.” He crossed his heart.

“You better not.”

Remus chuckled, and sank down on the couch.

“Well, Lily is getting showered and dressed. You can go down, she’ll be a while,” May sighed in defeat.

They nodded, and walked out the door. James glanced back over his shoulder.

“Remind her that we have to talk about the dance tonight, after class in the library,” James said to May on his way out of the portrait hole.

May just nodded.

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A few minutes later Lily walked down the stairs in the process of trying to tie her hair into a pony holder.

“I’m sorry I took so long, you could have just gone.”

“I didn’t want to, if I did I would probably have to sit with the Marauders,” May said standing up, and stretching her bones. “Ready?”

Lily raised her eyebrows.

“Why would you have to eat with the Marauders?” she asked.

“Coz, they were waiting down here for us,” May told her, not bothering to hide her frown. “I think they actually want to be our friends. Either that or they're just really good actors.” She looked down thinking, before quickly raising her head to meet Lily’s eyes.

“Oh, I almost forgot, James said to remember about talking about the plans for the dance tonight.”

“Oh…Good thing he reminded me, I totally forgot,” Lily said, running her hand over her hair, in an attempt to smooth any bumps.

“Yea, so let’s go.”

The girls walked out of the common room, and down the corridor, blending in with the normal flow to breakfast.

Feeling a tap on her shoulder after a minute, Lily looked up from her shoes to meet Amos Diggory’s large brown eyes smiling happily down at her.

Her eyes widened, as the flow of students around broke out into a turret of whispers. May glared threateningly at them all as they passed.

“Hello Lily, May. Mind if I walk you to breakfast?” he asked, displaying his perfectly white teeth.

May narrowed her eyes.

“I suppose, if you want to,” Lily replied cautiously. The handsome Ravenclaw grinned, and wrapped one long arm around Lily’s shoulders, and the other around May’s.

Both girls stiffened, and looked straight ahead, not daring to look at him.

If one thing was certain, it was that Lily wanted more then ever to go back to not being noticed.


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Dispite his internal battle, James's eyes kept moving toward the doors, looking for a specific redhead. He couldn’t get her out of his head ever since last night, when she was asleep in front of the fire in the prefect’s lounge. Her words kept replaying in his head, over and over again. He just couldn’t understand not wanting to go to a dance. However, he was never in a position like her, just like she’d explained.

The door to the Great Hall opened, and James's were magnatized toward them. Seeing who had just walked in caused his stomach to drop, as well as his jaw. He turned to nudge Sirius, and nodded his head in the direction of the doors.

Lily and May had just entered the Great Hall, with Amos Diggory, the biggest player at Hogwarts. He had his arms wrapped around Lily and May’s shoulders, and they were smiling nervously at something he was saying, though both of their faces were bright red. That alone was evidence enough for James to see that Lily and May desperately wanted to get away.

He snapped out of his shock, and raised his hand to his mouth, along with Sirius, who was on the same train of thought.

“Lily!” James yelled. He began waving the girls over, frowning.

“May!” Sirius yelled.

The two girls looked in their direction, looking hesitant.

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On one had they could leave this baffoon, but on the other, Sirius and James weren’t smiling, and they didn’t know if that was good or bad. But they decided they’d rather deal with James and Sirius then Amos Diggory, who for the record was scaring them.

“Sorry Amos, but we’ve got to go,” May said. Waving good-bye as she began walking toward the Marauders. But Amos grabbed onto Lily’s robes to keep her from moving.

“Are you going to sit with the Marauders?” he asked.

“Um…I think so.”

She glanced at the table where the Marauders and May were sitting. May had sat down next to Sirius, though, it was easy to see that she was trying to maintain a safe distance. James was turned all the way around in his chair across from Sirius. He was staring at Lily and Amos, well, he was actually more glaring angrily at Amos.

‘This was so uncomfortable,’ Lily thought.

“Why don’t you sit with me?” he asked smiling. She regarded him for a moment before shaking her head.

“I'd love to, but I can't, I have to talk to James about head duties.” She wasn’t lying somewhat.

“You have to talk to James?” he asked quietly, it almost sounded like he was disappointed.

“Yea…Well, bye.”

“Bye.”

And the two made their way to their different house table.

When Lily reached the table, James was still staring at her, even as she sat down next to him. She glanced at him and smiled lightly. He didn’t smile back.

“What did Diggory want?” he asked.

“I don’t know, to sit with him I guess,” she said quietly, glancing at him. James looked murderous.

“Don’t trust him, Lily. You don’t know him. He’s the biggest player that was ever to attend Hogwarts. Haven't you noticed that he’s got a new girl on his arm every week? We’ve heard him talk about how he takes advantage of them,” James said sounding serious.

Professor McGonagall came around, and handed their course schedules to them, glaring warningly as she handed them to the Marauders.

Lily turned back to James, giving him a funny look, before replying quietly, “James, I hardly know you either, am I to trust you?”

He stopped, and looked at her. “You can trust me,” he whispered.

“Can I? How am I too know that? You’ve only noticed I exist the end of last year. This can all be some huge cruel joke that I just haven't picked up yet?” said Lily, looking at him.

His face contorted with shock. “It’s not! And I did notice you! I did! But I don’t know what I can say to prove it.”

Sirius, Remus, Peter, and May all watched the exchange.

Lily just nodded, standing up. “I’ll see you guys later,” she muttered before walking swiftly out of the Great Hall.

“Lily!” James called after her, “Lily wait!”

“James, just leave her alone,” May said shaking her head. Standing up, she followed Lily out of the Great Hall.

“Well that went well,” Sirius said sarcastically, picking up a piece of bacon.

James just frowned, and stared down unseeingly at his plate.

~~~~

When May caught up with Lily, Lily was pretending like everything was normal.

“Lily, are you ok?” May asked her quietly as the two made their way into the dungeons.

“Course, why?” Lily asked cheerfully.

“Well, why did you say that to James?” asked May, “it’s not like you like Diggory or anything. Is it?”

Lily sighed. “Of course not! Look, it’s just, I hardly know James! I’ve known him like what a couple weeks? Should he really be telling me whom to trust? I don’t even know him well enough to know if I trust him! It felt like he was trying to take away my freedom or something. Does that make sense?” she asked, looking at May for her opinion.

“Of course it makes sense, Lily. It must have come as a shock, or whatever, but I think you went a little hard on him. I mean he was being serious, Diggory is a player, I’ve seen him and his new girlfriends, every week. I think it sounded like he was just trying to protect you,” said May, looking at Lily’s face to see her reaction.

“I know, I was a bit rough,” Lily sighed heavily, a guilty expression settling on her features. “I’ll apologize in class, or later in the library,” she said as she pulled the dungeon door open, and stepped in.

“Oh that’s right, your busy tonight, what am I going to do?”

“What you used to do when I went to prefect meetings,” answered Lily.

“I don’t feel like reading tonight,” May said frowning.

“Hang out with Remus and Sirius,” Lily said seriously.

“Are you kidding? Are you softening to them?”

“They seem nice enough, I mean they don’t seem like they intentionally want to hurt us. Just as long as we’re careful.”

“Yea, I guess.” May rolled her eyes, but inside she was considering it as an option. She knew Lily was speaking the truth.

The bell rang loudly, signaling the end of breakfast. Lily and May walked to the back of the room, where they normally sat. It was away from everyone, so they wouldn’t be noticed easily. A few moments passed, before people began to file into the room, either not seeing the two, or pretending not to. Cindy and Alicia ran into the dungeon, and picked a table right in the front.

“I can’t wait for them to come! Save those four seats! Do you think Sirius likes me?” Cindy asked, twirling a long piece of blonde hair around her index finger, chewing loudly on a piece of gum.

May smirked at Lily, who tried to supress her laughter at the face May was making at the bimbos.

“Oh totally!” Alicia responded, fidgeting in her seat. “What about James? Do you think?”

“Definitely.”

May put her index finger in her mouth, and made a gagging sound. Lily smiled. The class had all filed into the room, the only ones missing were of course the Marauders.

Cindy and Alicia were doing everything in their power to save the seats for them.

“Sorry, these are saved,” Cindy said to people, not sounding the least bit apologetic. She would end the sentence with a smack of her gum, and a giggle, as the poor student walked away to find a seat of their own.

Lily and May sat in the back, laughing at their pathetic personalities, why would they get so jumpy about being in the Marauder’s presence, it wasn’t like they were Godlike or anything, it was laughable, they were just people.

The door to the dungeons slammed open, just as the bell rang, four huffing boys ran into the room.

“So-sorry-professor,” Sirius huffed, clutching his sides. James was bent over, resting his hands on his knees, trying to catch his breath, and Remus and Peter were breathing heavy. “Forgot-our-books-had-to-go-get-them,” Sirius managed.

The Professor, Professor McKay, regarded the boy.

“10 points from Gryffindor. Go sit down,” she said greasily.

“But professor, we weren’t late,” Remus said.

“You were a few seconds late after the bell rang.

“B…” Jame’s started.

“Finish that sentence, Potter, and it’ll be 20 points from Gryffindor.”

“Sirrriiiiuuuuussss! Come sit here!” cooed Cindy. Sirius looked at her in disgust.

“I’d rather not, thanks.”

“Sirrriiiiiuuuuussss!” May mocked under her breath, causing Lily to burst into laughter, louder than she had intended.

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James’s head snapped to the back of the room, where laughter was coming from. His eyes instantly connected with Lily’s bright green eyes, sparkling with amusement at something May had said.

“Lils,” James said quietly, as he walked toward their table in the back.

“Lils? Who’s Lils?” Alicia asked stupidly. “Jammmeeyyyyyyy! Where are you going?” She pouted.

Sirius growled at the girls, before following James to their table. Remus and Peter followed them.

“Heyyyyy!!!!! Guuuyyyyyyysssss! Come back! Why are you sitting with them?” Cindy shouted in anger. “They’re just losers!”

James stopped, and turned around slowly. He gave them a glare that could cut ice. “Maybe because they’re our friends, and we actually like them,” James spat back, as he sat down next to Lily. “My goodness! You’d think that they had claim over me or something!” he growled.

Lily studied him curiously from the corner of her eye. “James, why are you sitting here?” she whispered.

“I want to.” He turned fully in his seat so his entire torso was facing her. His left elbow rested on the table, and his right elbow on the back of the chair. “Look, Lily, I know that we really only knew each other for a couple months, but if you’ll give me a chance, I would really like to get to know you better.”

Lily stared at him in confusion. “Why?”

“Because little Lily, you puzzle him, Plus you and May aren’t blonde airheads, like some people I can mention,” Sirius said as he squeezed himself in between May and Lily. May protested loudly, but lost that particular battle. He nodded his head in the direction of the two angry blondes who were staring at them in disgust.

“Why are they looking at me like that?” asked Lily.

“Because they’re jealous,” said James, settling back in his seat, chuckling, and giving the girls a mini wave.

The blondes huffed angrily, and turned in their seats.

“Of course they are, look at you Lils, you’re gorgeous, what girl wouldn’t be jealous?” Sirius said, with a smile. Lily blushed, as James nodded his approval and smiled at her.

“Are you jealous of Lily, Sirius?” May had leaned into the conversation.

The six laughed.

“Damn, I wasn’t going to tell anyone, how long have you known?” asked Sirius in a false high voice. “I just can’t get down to her dress size, and my boobs are too small. Oh well, you can’t always get what you want,” he whined in mock distress.

May rolled her eyes, and playfully punched his arm.

He quickly brought his hand up to where she had hit him, his face screwed up in a look of intense pain.

“Gosh, woman!”

“Oh, shut up.”

“Hey, I thought you were shy!” Sirius shouted in a accusing voice.

“WHA…” May never got to finish her sentence.

“CLASS!” Professor McKay raised her voice to get the attention of the class. The six teenagers looked up along with the rest of the class.

“Today, I will partner you with someone. You will be creating a truth potion. It is not a strong one, a weak, and legal one. It is fairly simple, the directions are on the board, and I will walk around the class about 45 minutes into class to check on everyone’s progress. So the last 15 minutes will be used to test it on your partners. You will ask appropriate questions, ones that will not embarrass the person, the potion will last for about 10-15 minutes, ask them what their name is, where they live, that kind of thing, if they are lying, they’re eyes will glow. Now for partners.” She flipped open her notebook, and began to read the partners down. “Snape, Mullet; Smith, Verde; Lupin, Pettigrew; Thomas, Venado; Black, Delfin; Medlin, Durcheck; Potter, Evans…” Lily stopped listening. She looked over at James, who was grinning at her, and smiled weakly back.

She turned to May to see how she liked the arrangement, only to let out a giggle. May was trying to fend Sirius away from her. He had grabbed onto her hair, and seemed to not want to let it go. She smacked his hands away, turning red in the process. He still wouldn’t let go, so May reached up, and took his hair in her hand, and tugged until he shrieked and released her hair.

“Ok, ok mercy! Mercy!” shouted Sirius. May laughed evilly.

“Come on Sirius.” She led him to her cauldron by his hair.

“Ahh…Gentle woman! That hair is precious you know!” screamed Sirius as she led him away.

Lily heard James chuckling behind her. He tried to gain his composure, but then he would glance at May and Sirius again, and start laughing again.

“I’ve never seen Sirius actually have someone fight back to him, and win, besides me of course,” James said jokingly. Remus over heard this, and laughed.

“Right Prongs.” Remus shook his head, and patted James’s back. “Sirius always wins. Usually people are afraid of him, I think that’s a first,” Remus laughed.

“Right, well lets get started.” James grabbed the sleeve of Lily’s robes, and led her to his cauldron.

Lily began to get out the ingredients, and organized it in front of her, so she knew how much to put in of each. She poured two ounces of dragon’s saliva, and one ounce of frog’s waste into the bubbling cauldron, as James cut up slugs into tiny slimy pieces, wincing, and grimacing with each slice. Lily had to smile at this.

“What?” he asked, smiling at her.

“Nothing.” She smiled into the cauldron as she stirred it as the directions called for.

“What?” he asked again, cringing as he decapitated a rather large one.

“It’s just, I’m not used to seeing, big bad James Potter grossed out by cutting up slugs,” she giggled.

“Hey!” he laughed, “You try cutting these thing up. It’s disgusting, they’re slimy, and gross, and look at them.” He picked up the container of the large ugly, slimy creatures.

“I don’t want too,” she laughed, raising her hand to push the offending container down.

“See you don’t like them either! I’m the bravest here, to brave the big bad slugs.”

Lily laughed. James smiled at this laugh; he liked it more and more.

“Oh yea, move over.” She gently pushed him away from the slugs, and picked up the slimy knife. She slowly began to cut it into more pieces, while smiling at James.

“Ok, but will you touch one?” James asked, leaning his hip against the table.

Her smile quickly fell from her face.

Lily glanced down at the table, next to the slug container was a bottle of hand soap, to clean your hands off after you were done with your potion. She put her hand into the cylindrical container, and pulled out her fist, that was now covered in slimy looking hand soap. Her fist was closed tightly. She grinned at him evilly. His eyes widened, and he backed away from her.

With a swift hand movement, and a great deal of guts on her part, she grabbed his hand with her gooey, warm one, and smeared the slim all over his fingers, and palm. James felt an electric shock shoot up his arm, and through his entire body, as his hand made contact with hers.

He gasped, and slid his hand away from hers.

She doubled over in laughter.

“What’s so funny?” he shrieked, “my hand is covered in slug goo!”

Sirius and May looked over from their cauldron to see what had happened.

“What’s funny is that the slug goo, as you so elegantly put it was actually hand soap,” Lily giggled.

James face broke into an amused grin. “Well, in that case.” He raised his hand, and smeared the slimy soap all over her face, and down her neck, she tried to push him away, but she was laughing to hard.

“Stop!” she shrieked laughing, pushing his hand far away from her.

“Ok.” His hand fell to his sides. His facial expression grew serious, for a moment, before his face split into a wide grin as he turned back to the potion.

Lily giggled, as he dumped the cut up slugs into the cauldron. They were silent a moment before Lily broke in.

“James, I’m really sorry about, well, at breakfast,” she said, looking at him with apologetic eyes. “I was just…weary of you, but now that I see your intentions fully, I want to apologize for saying that I didn’t trust you.”

James waved it off, with a grin. “Don’t worry about it. Now that I think about it, it must have been pretty weird, having us suddenly want to hang out with you.” He ran a hand threw his hair.

Lily nodded, smiling. “You know, James, you’re not so bad.”

She turned then, to wash off her hands, and missed James pause over the cauldron, stirring spoon in hand, and blushing crimson at her unexpected acceptance. He grinned, as she turned back around after wiping her hands dry.

“You’re not bad yourself Ms. Evans.”

Lily giggled, and gently pushed him. He swayed slightly; a mock hurt expression blossoming on his face.

~~~~

Sirius watched his friend, flirting with Lily Evans. He knew James, and that wasn’t like him, he rarely ever flirted, in fact Sirius couldn’t even remember a time when he had flirted. There was only one thing that could mean. He was beginning to really, really like Lily Evans, and was terrified to admit it. He had backed down when she said ‘stop’, because he was probably afraid of her running away, which was probably likely for Lily Evans. Sirius smiled at his friend.

He turned back to May who was also watching them and smiling. She had a dreamy thoughtful expression on her face, and when she made eye contact with Sirius it was gone as quickly as it had come. She turned her head swiftly, causing her long hair to fan out in front of her face, making her look even more beautiful, or so Sirius thought.

~~~~

Lily sat waiting patiently at one of the large tables. She had opened a large book to keep her occupied, while she waited for James to arrive.

A moment later, James came into the library, his hair sticking up at odd angles, he was wearing a dark blue muggle long sleeved shirt, making his blue eyes stick out behind his glasses, the shirt showed off his finely toned muscles, and also, a pair of slightly baggy jeans. He was grinning happily, and Lily had to admit it to herself, he looked irresistible, no wonder every girl wanted him.

“Hey Lils!” he said cheerfully, pulling out a chair next to her, spinning it around to straddle it.

She snapped out of her trance and looked into his gorgeous blue eyes.

“Hey, James.”

“Sorry, am I late?” he asked frowning.

Lily glanced at her watch, and noticed that he was actually five minutes early.

“No,” she said, her voice showing surprise. She’d figured he would have been late. “You five minutes early.”

“Great! Let’s get started.” He grinned, and leaned forward on the table looking at her. “Got any ideas?”

She chuckled a bit, before taking out her notepad, and quill. “Yea, I was thinking the first Hogsmead visit can be December 19(My Birthday!) Because it’s a week before the Christmas ball, and it will give everyone a chance to shop for their robes, and gifts, and whatnot.”

James nodded. “Sounds like a plan. Um…For the dance, will it be fourth years and up?”

Lily nodded. “It always is, I think anyone younger, may be a bit immature for a ball.”

James nodded, and leaned back in his chair, it's hind legs wobbling precariously under his weight.

“Now all we have to do is assign prefects to music duty, decorations, and food,” muttered Lily, trying to rub sleep from her eyes. She reached down into her book bag, and pulled out the list of prefects.

She scanned the sheet; there were two from each house. They consisted of, Kayla Rebbons, and Jeff Honeyburg, of Ravenclaw; Hannah Dwarts, and Mimi Prenger of Hufflepuff; Severus Snape, Natalie Venger from Slytherin; and finally Dean Year, and Nancy Trinity from Gryffindor.

She showed the parchment to James, and began to mark it up.

“How about Mimi and Kayla on music, they won’t pick crap,” James put in.

“Ok, and if they do, they have to have it okayed by us anyway, that goes for anything, music, food, decorations,” Lily reminded him.

“Oh your right, this is good for us then.”

Lily giggled, and bent over the parchment.

“Ok-how about Snape and Natalie on food, less contact with them,” Lily suggested, looking at him to see his opinion.

“Sounds good. As long as I don’t have to see them,” James muttered.

“That leaves Jeff, Dean, Nancy, and Hannah on decorations,” Lily said. “They should do just fine. So are we all set?”

“I think so. So meeting after dinner?” asked James.

“Yes I think so.”

“Let’s go then.”

Lily folded up the parchment containing the list of prefects, and stuffed it into her bag, hanging from the back of the chair. She swung it over her shoulder as they both stood up. They walked out of the library in silence. Lily was a little uncomfortable when James didn’t say anything, so she said the first thing that came to mind.

“So, when are you holding Quidditch tryouts?” asked Lily.

James looked down at her amused.

“Probably next week. Why, you want to try out?” he teased.

Lily blushed. “No.”

“You should! You like to fly don’t you?” James asked glancing at the redhead.

She had a dreamy expression on her face. “ Yea, I love to fly.”

“But you’re afraid of being knocked off your broom,” he said it like a statement.

“Yea.” Lily looked down.

“Let me ask you something, what do you love about flying?” James looked at her, awaiting her reply.

She grinned.

“Well, there’s so much really-I guess what I love most about it is it takes you away from reality. It’s the only place where you leave your worries on the ground, and focus on the wind in your hair. In a way it’s like an escape.” Lily sighed, and looked at him. His mouth was gaping at her.

She had just summed up how James felt when he played quidditch; only she made it make more sense.

“I just wish I had a broom. Just to fly around by myself.” She frowned.

“Tell ya what, you come to the tryouts next week, to watch,” he added when he saw her face, “and I’ll let you have a ride on my broom after the game.”

Lily’s emerald eyes lit up with excitement. “Don’t you have a Comet 360?” asked Lily.

James smiled in amusement. “Yea.”

“Oh my God, thank you!” She turned toward him, and pulled him into a tight, short hug. He was caught so completely off guard, he thought his heart had stopped beating, and he couldn’t get a breath past his lips. Before he even managed to snake his arms around her waist, she had pulled back.

He smiled, his face glazed, as he followed the excited Lily into the Great Hall.

~~~~

Dinner went quickly, James didn’t say much, he only nodded, and smiled everytime Sirius, or someone would say something to him. They concluded that he was deep in thought, and left him alone for most of the meal.

When Lily and him announced that there was prefect’s meeting, all the prefects got up from their table, and followed the head students out.

The Prefect’s lounge was warm and welcoming, the fire having been started hours before. The prefects all filed into the room, as Lily sat down on the large green velvet armchair. They were silent until everyone was situated, and ready to listen.

~~~~

Lily started out by telling all the prefects the plans for the dance. James watched her, how she sometimes talked with her hands, to get her points across, or how she would twirl her dark red hair around her thumb, and bite her bottom lip when she was nervous. She was beautiful. He admired her, until Lily called him to attention, looking at him oddly.

He coughed, and looked at the parchment in front of him. He began to read off who was working with who, and when he looked up to see everyone’s reaction, all the girl prefects were glaring at Lily, who was fidgeting uncomfortably, unaware of what they were glaring at, and Jeff was smiling knowingly at him, that confused James more than anything, while Snape smirked.

When he had finished, Lily started up again, but she was much quieter.

“On a final note, the first Hogsmead trip/party will be on December 19. So tell your houses, third years, and up can go, second and first years are too young.” Lily looked at James.

“That all?” she asked.

“Yep, you can all go,” James said, watching them leave.

After everyone had all disappeared, and gone to their house Common rooms Lily turned to James, an almost apologetic expression on her face.

“So, James, about the party after Hogsmead, I hate to ask you this, but can you and the Marauders pick up some food? I promise I’ll get the butterbeer.”

He grinned at her. “Of course Lady Lily, no problem. So, you’re going then?”

Lily regarded him a moment before replying. “Yea, only to Hogsmead. I have to don’t I? I have to find a dress for the ball, and I have to go somewhere to find the butterbeer.”

“But your not going to the party?” he asked quietly, concentrating on a spot on the wall. He couldn’t figure out why her blatant refusal to go to the party was hurting him, it was practically all he could think about.

“Probably not.”

“I still don’t understand,” he said, shrugging.

Lily shook her head, and looked at the ground.

“Are you going with May?” he tried again, watching her face.

“Yea, she said she’d go to the ball with me, since I’m being forced to go. So we have to look for some dress robes.” She paused for a moment, and the silence began to grow. James stared at her eyes. They were the most beautiful eyes that he’d ever seen. If she truly wanted a date, she could find one in a heartbeat. He just hoped that it wouldn’t be Amos Diggory. He wouldn’t let Lily, innocent Lily be hurt by that asshole.

“Well I’ll see you later, good night James.” Her voice cut through his thoughts.

He smiled at her. “Night Lily.”

She smiled back, and walked past him out of the lounge to make her way back to Gryffindor tower.

After she had disappeared, James put his head in his hand, and shook it. What was happening to him? He couldn’t seem to get Lily Evan’s out of his head. He hoped that he was just happy she was finally opening up to him, but something told him that wasn’t it. He sighed loudly.

He lifted his head, and began to make his way back to Gryffindor tower to go to bed.

He instantly fell asleep the minute his head hit the pillow. He had sweet dreams of a red haired someone.

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