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The Unexpected: A Lily and James Story! by Emms16

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

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


Chapter 8: Quidditch Game & Truth



CHAPTER 8: Quidditch Game and Truth.


On the day of the Quidditch match Lily was woken up early enough to hear the early birds twittering away happily outside of her closed window. She lay in the bed for a few minutes, staring unblinkingly at the scarlet canopy above her bed, willing sleepiness to take over again. This wish turned to be in vain, when she began to hear the Quidditch team stampede down the stairs, shouting loudly to one another. She sighed and pushed her covers off of her and sat up.

‘How had she ever slept through their noise?’ She rubbed her eyes hurriedly, and threw her pale legs over the side of the bed, testing the ground. Of course, it was freezing this early in the morning, so she slipped on her fuzzy slippers, and padded over to her dresser to look at her appearance in the mirror that hung above it.

Her long dark red hair was wild from sleep, and her eyes were red from her rubbing them. Her purple pajamas fit her very loosely, making her look very small in them.

She decided that she wanted to go downstairs, and finish reading her book that she’d been reading. It was frigid in the castle this time of November with December in only a couple of days, so she wrapped her large red heavy comforter around her shoulders, and hugged it to her body. It covered her whole frame, and dragged on the stone ground as she picked up her book from her nightstand by her bed. She headed for the door, not really caring who was out there.

She opened the door, and climbed slowly down the stairs toward the common room, careful not to trip on the abundance of comforter that trailed behind her on the stairs.

Lily suddenly heard hurried footsteps run from behind her, and a voice that was familiar.

“Come on James, lets move it! We have four hours, before the Slytherins come to practice!” the voice said, as it rounded the corner, and hurtled down the stairs, Quidditch robes billowing out behind him.

“Whoa, who are…”

Lily slammed herself against the rough wall, making herself as small as possible so Sirius could pass, and not run her over in the process.

Sirius stopped a few steps above her.

“Lils? What are you doing up? It’s like five in the morning.”

“Yes thank you I know. I was woken up, and can’t get back to sleep. I plan to read for a little bit,” she said, as she turned, and headed down the stairs into the warm common room. Sirius followed a bit behind her.

She plopped herself into a big red chair, and lifted her legs up cross-legged, wrapping her comforter around her tightly to block out the chilly morning cold.

Sirius walked over, and sat down on the couch, his feet spread apart, and his arms resting on his knees.

“What are you reading?”

Lily held up the cover of the book.

“A Classic Romance?” Sirius crinkled his nose in distaste. “You like that stuff?”

“Maybe, I like to dream,” Lily said opening her book to the page she’d left off on.

“Ah huh,” Sirius said, gazing into the flames in the fireplace.

“Don’t you have to go with the rest of the team?” Lily asked, glancing up at him.

“I’m waiting for James. Um…Lils…are you and May coming to the game later?”

“Probably, May really wanted to go, and I said I would,” Lily replied, not looking up from her page.

“Oh good,” Sirius said nodding.

Lily looked over her book at Sirius. He was gazing into the fire, with a small smile on his face.

She smiled and shook her head, before returning to her book.

Just then a loud stamping of feet flew down the staircase. It sounded like a heard of elephants rampaging down the stairs. Lily looked up in amusement, as James’s red face flew into view.

“Come on Sirius, we’re gonna be late!”

“Who’d fault is that?” Sirius asked with a smirk.

“You know, one day…Lily Flower? What are you doing up?” James asked coming closer. He looked tired in the firelight. His hair was a mess on top of his head, and his red and gold Quidditch robes lay askew on his shoulders, like he hadn’t had time to put them on properly that morning.

“Was woken up, couldn’t get back to sleep, decided to finish book,” she said, putting her book page down on her lap.

“Oh. Are you coming today?” he asked, his face splitting into a smile that Lily could only characterize as hopeful.

“Yep, well, as long as I can have a short ride on your broom afterwards,” she added with a sly smile.

He smiled in amusement. “Of course, anything to get you to the game.”

She smiled, and turned her head back to begin to read her book again. She sensed him staring at her for a few seconds later.

“What? Don’t you have a practice to go to?” Lily asked, glancing up at him for a moment.

“Yep, I’ll see you later.”

“Bye Lils, remember to bring May,” Sirius put in.

James looked at his friend funny, before sharing an amused look with Lily curled up in the armchair.

Lily smiled brightly at Sirius, “of course Sir.”

The two boys disappeared out of the portrait hole.

Lily sank into the warmth of her comforter, and began to read her book, her muscles slowly relaxing into the cushions. The fire warmed her considerably, and she curled up into the chair. She soon found herself falling helplessly into a deep sleep, her book lying open on the armrest.


“Lils, Hey Lils.” Someone was shaking her gently. “Come on Lils, wake up.”

Lily’s eyes slowly opened, and she immediately shut them, keeping the blinding light at bay.

“Come on, Lils.”

Lily groaned, and opened her eyes tiredly, blinking back the light as she sat up straighter, the comforter surrounding her falling from off her shoulders to her waist. She sighed, and looked around the room; she was in the common room. It was now light outside and the fire had died down somewhat. She looked up to see May hovering above her. Her hair was falling straight spilling beautifully around her shoulders. She had her hands on her hips and a look on her face that clearly said. ‘What the hell are you doing down here?’

“All right I’m up,” Lily mumbled.

“Good, cause I’m starving. Remus and Peter just went down while I was trying to wake you up, sleeping beauty.”

“What time is it? We have to go to the game,” said Lily.

“It’s only 10:30. We have an hour until we should move down to the pitch,” said May smiling.

Lily nodded, and stood up, her blanket falling to a puddle on the floor. She streched tall, and bent to pick up her comforter.

“I have to go shower and change,” Lily said, eyeing her over large pjs.

“Yes, you should. I’ll wait down here.” Lily nodded, and bounded up the stairs to her dorm, dragging her comforter behind her.

She took a quick shower, drying her hair quickly with her wand. Then she changed quickly into a large red warm sweater, (Gryffindor spirit of course) and a pair of blue jeans. She didn’t bother putting on her robes, since it was Saturday. She put a little make up on, not too much, and combed her hair out, one last time. She grabbed her cloak from her desk chair, and ran down the stairs to meet up with May. She was sitting on the couch, reading the book Lily had been reading. She looked up when she heard Lily enter.

“Took you long enough. I’ve been reading here for a half an hour,” said May.

“Yea, I’m sorry, so now we have a half an hour to eat?” Lily asked.

“Yep, but that’s no big deal,” May said. “Hey Lils, do you think I can borrow this book when you’re done? It was really good so far,” asked May.


They quickly made their way down to the Great Hall for breakfast, and ate it hurriedly. Remus and Peter who had already finished, decided to wait for them at the table.

“You can go out, and save us some seats,” suggested May.

“Yea, you really don’t have to stay here,” Lily added, looking at the two boys uncomfortably.

“No, it’s fine,” Remus said, while Peter just looked around the Great Hall.

The girls took a few more minutes before they were finished, then they made their way out to the pitch.

They quickly wound their way through the crowds of Hogwarts students, making their way out to the game. They climbed the bleachers to the top of the stands, and sat down, watching the crowds enter the pitch.

“Good thing we came when we did,” said Remus.

“Yea,” May said sitting down between him and Lily. Pete sat on the other side of Remus.

They waited a few minutes before the game began.

“And they’re out! McCormick, Whiten, Rick, Bigter, Black, Scott, and Captain James Potter!”

Lily watched them circle the pitch once, before forming a circle, with the Slytherins around the box that contained the four balls. Madam Hooch, stepped up, and released the balls.

“The balls are released, and the game begins!” the announcer called.

Lily watched James soar high into the air to survey the scene below him, he was scanning the area for a flash of gold.

She watched as a bludger pelted toward Sirius’s back, and heard May next to her suck in a breath. Sirius turned around just in time, and raised his club, to hit the bludger back to the Slytherin that had hit it at him.

Lily watched in amusement as he made a rude gesture with his hands, when McGonagall and Hooch weren’t looking.

She heard May left out a breath of relief, and kept her eyes glued on the game.

“McCormick passes to Rick, and back to McCormick, who flings it through the hoop! Twenty to zero Gryffindor!” Lily heard the announcer shout. She watched McCormick give a high five to Rick from on their brooms. She marveled at their balancing skills.

Suddenly she saw James drop into a mad dive. She instantly held her breath, ‘had he spotted the snitch?’ The Slytherin seeker dived hot on his heels, reeling ever closer to the hard cold ground. She raised her hands to her mouth. He wasn’t going to stop! She wanted to scream to him, to stop, but she couldn’t open her mouth. Suddenly James pulled out of his dive, and pelted upwards. The Slytherin seeker plowed into the ground. Mediwitches came out and scooped him off the ground. He seemed to be ok, and this bought the Gryffindor Team time. Lily lowered her hands. ‘What had just happened? That was so dangerous! She’d kill him! To risk his life for some stupid game! He would never do that move again.’

“What was that?” Lily shrieked leaning over May to address an amused Remus.

“The Wronski Feint, James is famous for them,” Remus said smiling.

“Well it’s dangerous! How can he do that, one day soon, he’ll miss his time to pull up, and plow into the ground, and then where will he be? Dead that’s what!” Lily ranted leaning back into her position next to May.

Remus just chuckled, and shook his head. “He’ll be fine, he’s been doing it since before I can remember.”

May glanced at her friend, amusement evident in her stormy eyes, “why do you care anyway?” she asked.

Lily’s cheeks redden. “I don’t,” she replied.

“Sure,” May giggled quietly so Remus wouldn’t hear.

Just then, it seemed that James had seen the snitch for real, and pelted toward it, across the pitch, near the Slytherin goal posts. The Slytherin seeker, who seemed to be fine, except for an injured foot tried to catch up, but his injury, held him back.

She watched as James clasped the tiny gold ball, struggling beneath his fingers. Lily smiled, and clapped with the rest of them.

“James Potter has caught the snitch! Gryffindor wins!” the announcer shouted happily. The Slytherins scowled at the Gryffindor team, with hatred in their evil eyes.

The four sat, and waited, for the crowds to part before heading down to congratulate the team. When it was finally clear. Lily, May, Remus, and Peter all made their way to the pitch where the team was giving each other high fives.

When they reached the pitch, Lily looked around for James; she wanted to congratulate him, for catching the snitch. She found him easily due to his height, talking to Sirius. His side was too her, his Quidditch robes were a mess, dirt and mud lined the bottom of it, and his hair was as messy as ever, being windblown. There was a streak of dirt running down his cheek, and all this only seemed to make him more handsome.

“James!” Lily shouted unable to help herself.

He spun around, and Lily noticed that he had beads of perspiration on his forehead. She smiled.

He grinned at seeing her. “Hey Lily Flower!”

“James, Congratulations!” She ran over, but stopped a few inches short of hugging him. “You know James, you’re a mess.”

James chuckled. “Yes, I know. Well, come on give me a victory hug!”

He pulled her roughly into a hug. Warmth blossomed in the pit of her stomach, and she felt her cheeks flame up, as she shyly wrapped her arms around his waist, and squeezed him tightly. She felt him rest his head on top of hers, and begin to rock from side to side happily. She bit her lip, and squeezed her eyes shut, to keep from crying at how perfect being held by him felt. She couldn’t think such things! She was Lily Evans, he was James Potter, there was no way that he would ever, EVER, feel anything for her beyond friendship! She opened her eyes, and pulled back from him, smiling.

His deep blue eyes shined brightly in the midday sun.

Lily glanced over her shoulder at May, and saw her in an embrace with none other than a sweaty, dirty Sirius Black, and the weird thing was, she was smiling. Lily turned back to James smiling brightly.

“Hey James, look over at May and Sirius.”

James broke eye contact with her reluctantly, and looked passed her shoulder.

“I think he might like her,” said James.

“Yea,” Lily said dreamily. James regarded her. She was so beautiful.

“Your beautiful, you know that? I think you deserve to know,” James said.

Lily felt her face flame up, and she looked down at her shoes. “Thank you, James,” she whispered quietly. That was the first time anyone’s ever told her that, besides her parents.

James just smiled, and reached up under her chin to pull her face up to look at his. “Ok, you ready to fly?” he asked.


He watched as Lily’s embarrassment turned to excitement. “Yes!” she shrieked reaching for the broom he handed her.

He watched as she took the broom in her hands, and slid on. A look of anticipation on her gorgeous face. She pushed gracefully off the ground, holding tight to the polished wood underneath her. Her face a mask of excitement.

Minutes slipped by, with him just standing there, as the Gryffindor Quidditch team celebrated their win.

“Can’t get enough of flying,” a feminine voice said from next to him.

He tore his eyes away from the sky, and looked at the girl next to him. It was May.

“She loves it. I guess it takes her away from her reality. What with her sister and all, and her position in life.”

“Her sister?”

“She never told you?” May asked nervously, glancing at him, “I assumed she did.

“What?” James asked.

“I’m not sure if I can tell you,” said May.

“Please,” James pleaded.

“All right, but this stays between us! Got that?” May said venomously, turning to prod a finger into his chest.

“Right,” James nodded.

May sighed, seeming to contemplate how she was going to proceed. She turned away from him, and bit her lip, looking up at the sky to watch her friend soar through the crisp night air. “Lily comes from an all Muggle family,” she began.

James nodded.

“Her sister Petunia, is as Muggle as they come.”

James looked down listening intently. He kicked small pebbles with the toe of his Quidditch boots, and glanced periodically into the darkening sky.

“When Lily got her acceptance letter to Hogwarts, her own sister turned on her. Petunia hates her, and does everything in her power to harass her. That’s why she hates going home for the summer. That’s why she’s always unhappy on the last day of school. Her school life may suck, but not as bad as her home life. She is emotionally scarred, that’s why she placed these huge walls around her. She’s so afraid to open up to people that she shuts herself down from everyone, I’m surprised she let you get so close,” said May sadly.

James looked up at the girl on his broom, frowning. He’d finally learned the truth of who she was, and he felt like he needed to help her. It was worse than he thought, he never imagined that her home life was that bad.

“I’ll help her,” James muttered. “If it’ the last thing I do,” he said, staring at her as she flew though one of the goal posts.

“Just be careful James,” May said seriously, “don’t hurt her.”

“I would never,” James said strongly, as he watched her fly. He felt his stomach flop. He wanted to hug her, to tell her everything was all right, and that he would protect her, from whatever’s bothering her, including her sister. He would break down the walls she so protectively built around her, make her trust him, more then anyone. He needed her to trust him.

Lily flew down, and landed in front of him and May. She jumped off his broom, and handed him it back smiling happily.

“Thanks James!” she said. He couldn’t help but smile, she did that to him, made him smile, no matter how he was feeling.

“Don’t mention it,” he said.

She turned with May, and began to walk up to the castle, talking excitedly. Sirius held back, and walked with James.

“So, who are you taking to the dance,” Sirius asked.

James sighed and ran a hand through his hair. “I don’t know. I know whom I want to take, but she’ll say no. She doesn’t even want to go to the dance, let alone have a date,” James said sadly, staring at his shoes as he walked.

“Lily?” Sirius asked.

James sighed heavily, “yea, what about you?”

“May, but she probably will say no too.”

James just nodded.


“Sirius, James! Hey wait up!”

Sirius and James groaned. “What do you want, Cindy?” James asked.

“Sirius, will you go to the dance with me?” she asked, flicking her blonde hair over her shoulder.

James stared at her. He looked at his friend, who was looking thoughtful.


James’s mouth dropped open. ‘What had he just agreed to?’

Sirius just seemed to come to his senses, and looked frightened out of his mind.

“Great! James will you go with Alicia.”

James’s eyes widened, as his head turned to face her.

“Hell no,” James said with disgust, and he spun around, and began to walk toward Gryffindor Tower.

Sirius ran after him.

When he finally caught up with James, James turned to him abruptly.

“Why the hell did you say yes?” he asked with raised eyebrows.

“Shit! I don’t know! James, what am I going to do, it just came out!”

“I don’t know what to tell you Siri,” James said shaking his head. “I thought you liked May?”

“I do,” Sirius said quietly.

“Than why did you say yes to Cindy ROADS?” James asked angrily.

“I don’t know! Maybe because I know that May would say no?” Sirius said.

James shook his head, and walked into the warm common room.

“Siri, you do realize that Cindy will be hanging on you, and May’s far from stupid, she’ll figure it out,” James said.

Sirius plopped down on the couch, and put his head in his hands. “I know,” he whispered.

Just then voices could be heard near the portrait hole. It was Lily and May coming back from the library.

“Shit!” Sirius said looking up at James pleadingly.

“I’ll handle this,” James said patting his friend on the back. Sirius just nodded.

The two girls entered. They stopped, and looked at the grim looks on the boy’s faces.

“What’s wrong?” Lily asked, an expression of worry flitting across her features.

“Lily Flower, come here for a minute.” James led her to the dark corner of the room, to tell her the predicament.

“Ok, problem, does May like Sirius?” James asked quietly.

Lily looked at him oddly, “um… I think so, but she doesn’t talk about things like that. It seems like she does though.”

“Well, Sirius likes her a lot, and he wanted to ask her to the dance.” Lily opened her mouth, but James continued before she could reply. “But, he knew that she would say no.” Lily shut her mouth. “So, when Cindy Roads asked him…” She sucked in her breath. “He said yes, but he really doesn’t want to go with her.”

Lily just looked at him. “Well, that’s ok. I mean I know that May would have probably said no anyway, we don’t intend to stay very long in any case,” she said shrugging.

“You’re not?” he asked shocked.

“I don’t think so, I’m going for our dance, and then her and I will probably leave,” Lily said glancing at the other occupants of the room.

James felt sting of shock wear off, and was instantly replaced by a dull pang of disappointment at her words. He looked down at his shoes; ‘she wasn’t even staying long?’

“Oh,” he heard himself mutter, before he looked back up into her vivid green eyes. His heart began to pound as he noticed that she was looking right back at him. “So, you’ll tell her, before Cindy does?” he stammered.

“Yea, sure,” she shrugged.


James turned to walk back to where May and Sirius were sitting.

“Siri, What’s wrong?” May insisted frustratedly.

Sirius looked at her in the face, before turning his head to watch James sit down on the armchair next to him.

“Hey May, lets go upstairs,” Lily said from the staircase. Sirius put his head in his hands, as he felt May leave the seat next to him.

“Coming,” said May shooting Sirius a look.

Once they were in their dorm, Lily shut the door tightly behind her.

“Lils, what’s wrong with Sirius?” asked May.

‘Ok maybe this would be harder than she thought.’

“Ok, May, do you like Sirius?”

May blushed. “No,” she said quietly.

“Well, he likes you.” She blushed even harder. “He wanted to ask you to the dance, but knew you would say no, so when Cindy Roads asked him…” May sat down slowly on her bed. “He said yes,” May looked up at Lily, “but he didn’t want to, it just came out. Are you ok?” Lily asked worriedly.

“Yea, fine, just…. Cindy? Anyone but Cindy,” she moaned, rolling her head back and staring at the ceiling.

“I know, but we won’t be there for long anyway.”

“Yea, I guess your right.” May looked down at her hands. “It’s really not that big of a deal, I don’t like him anyway. I just don’t like my friends associating with the bimbos,” said May strongly.

Lily just smiled sympathetically.


NOTE: Sorry for Sirius getting a date for the ball that wasn’t May, but I had to, it was for the plot, you’ll see.