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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 11: James's infatuation, and Sirius shunned.

DISCLAIMER: I OWN NOTHING!



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For the next hour after the girl’s departure, James, Remus, and Peter scoured the Great Hall for any sign of Sirius. Needless to say, they were having little success, and were becoming slightly worried about their missing friend.

“He probably left,” James said, staring around the room slowly emptying room.

“Sirius?” Remus asked looking skeptical.

James shrugged. “It’s possible.”

“Want to look up in the dorm?” asked Peter.

James grinned and nodded. “I think we should.”

They quickly made their exit, and headed toward Gryffindor Tower.

Remus cast James a side-ways smirk.

“What?” James asked turning his head toward Remus.

“So, I saw you dancing with Lily.” Remus smiled, as he watched a dreamy expression pass over James’s face. “You like her, A LOT, don’t you?”

“She is sooo pretty, and her lips are so soft,” James said slyly.

“Wait! Rewind! Hold up! You kissed her?” Remus asked in obvious shock. “You got her to kiss you?”

“Oh, yea,” he said dreamily. “I can’t stop thinking about her.”

Remus just patted his friend on the back, still stunned that he had managed to get Lily Evans to kiss him. He said the password for the portrait hole to open.

It swung open, and James looked toward the girl’s staircase.

“Sirius remember, not Lily,” Remus said, watching James’s eyes.

“I know, I was just thinking….”

“OK!” Remus cut him off, and waved his hand toward the boy’s staircase.

The boys made their way up the staircase to their dorm. They pushed open the door, and walked in. They looked over at Sirius’s bed, and noticed that he was sitting up in it. He was biting his fingernails. He was already dressed in his pjs. His hair was already a mess on top of his head.

“Where on earth have you been all night young man?” James asked, trying to look stern, but failing miserably, when he launched himself on the end of Sirius’s bed.

Sirius looked up at him. “I’ve been up here.”

“Why have you been rotting up here when you could have been having a hell of a time down at the dance?” James asked a goofy grin breaking out on his face.

“Um…James, I think you’re the only one who had a hell of a time at the ball,” Remus said with a chuckle. He unbuttoned his dress robe, and flung it over his desk chair, throwing on a sweatshirt over his undershirt. He pulled on a pair of sweat pants and sat down on the edge of his bed.

“What do you mean? Didn’t you and Kayla have great time?”

Remus laughed. “We only went as friends, or so she said.”

“What did I miss?” Sirius asked curiously at James’s unusually chipper mood.

James stood up from his bed, and walked over to his bed. He pulled off his own robes, and pulled on a red T-shirt over his night shirt, and pulled on black string pants, before sitting down cross-legged on his bed, grinning at Sirius.

“Ok Remus, what the hell is wrong with James?” he asked, looking worriedly between his two best friends.

Remus, Peter, and James all burst into laughter at Sirius’s confused face.

“He’s likes someone.”

“Lily?”

“Got it in one,” Remus nodded.

“You sure it’s only like?” Sirius asked watching James’s eyes widen, and his face turn bright red, but he didn’t deny it.

“So, why did you leave so early Siri?” James asked breaking the silence. He looked at Sirius happily again; nothing could diminish his good mood.

“Long story.”

“We’ve got time,” James said.

“Well, don’t freak out on me, ok?”

James frowned. “What?” he asked quietly.

“Roads kissed me,” he said simply.

“WHAT!” James screamed.

“She just attacked me!”

“You didn’t kiss back did you?”

There was a pause.

“Please, don’t tell me you kissed her back.”

“NO!” Sirius said quickly. “I just stood there, I was in shock! What do you want?” he asked at their expressions.

James rubbed his eyes. “How long did you just ‘stand there?’”

“I’m not sure, less then a minute, I think,” he said shrugging.

“Did you push her away?”

“Yes.”

“Good. Does she get the hint?” James asked.

“I think so, I don’t remember exactly what I said, but it was along the lines of ‘I never want to see you again.’”

James nodded. “Good.”

“So, what happened with you lover boy?” he asked with a smile.

James broke into a sly grin. “I got kissed, well, more like I kissed her, and she kissed me back.”

“No shit! Are you kidding me? Someone actually kissed you back?” Sirius asked in mock shock.”

“Oh, shut up! I didn’t see you kissing anyone…oh wait….you did! You kissed Roads!”

Sirius blushed, and looked down at his lap. “I take it you kissed Lily?”

James nodded grinning stupidly. “Yep, I was…well…I was about to tell her…something…” he blushed crimson, when Sirius, Remus, and Peter all smirked at him knowingly, “when May showed up. She was really upset.” He scratched his head in thought.

This perked up Sirius hearing considerably. “What’s wrong with May?”

“I don’t know, all I know is that she was crying pretty hard, and Lily left with her to calm her down.”

“Oh, I hope she’s ok,” Sirius said worriedly.

“Here, we can see.”

James stood up and walked to his trunk at the foot of his bed. He bent over it, and rummaged in the contents. He grinned, when he pulled out a round small sphere, he held it up for the others to see.

“You took the sight ball?” Remus said smiling.

“So?”

He pulled out his wand, and pointed the tip at the ball. He whispered ‘May’ and the fog began to swirl. The fog swirled fast until an image of Lily and May was replaced by it. May was sitting under the covers of her bed, and Lily was sitting next to her with her arm around her shoulders, May looked to be crying.

“Siri, look at this.”

Sirius stood and walked over. He felt an unpleasant lurch in his chest, at seeing her tears. Whoever made her cry was going to pay.

“Do you want to go see how she is, for ourselves?” James asked hopefully.

Remus laughed on his bed. “Yes, we all know James’s ulterior motives.”

James blushed, and chucked a pillow at him.

“What is this? A girl’s slumber party,” Remus laughed.

“Dick,” James replied.

“Asshole,” Remus said with a smirk.

Sirius forced a laugh. James burst into laughter when he finally realized what Sirius was wearing, leopard print pj bottoms.

“Leopard? Sirius?” James laughed.

“Oh shut up. Come on I want to see if May’s alright.”

“Oh, I’m coming!” James said.

“I’m not sure if I like you happy, you’re kind of scaring me,” Sirius said with a sarcastic grin.

“Oh shut up and open the door. Remus, you coming?”

“No, I think not.”

Sirius opened the door, and made his way toward the girl’s dorm. It was pitch black, and there was no noise. They padded along. No body seemed to be back from the ball yet; it was after all only 10:30 and the ball ended at 12:00.

When they finally reached the door that read seventh year girls, they stopped, and listened inside. There was the sound of someone sniffling.

“I hate him.” They heard May say quietly.

Sirius reached his hand out, and knocked. They heard shuffling from inside the room, and a voice, which they recognized as Lily’s say,

“I’ll just see who it is, hold on.”

Suddenly the huge oak door swung slightly open. Lily’s bright green eyes, now makeup free looked out. When she spotted Sirius, her eyes grew wide.

“Sirius, you better leave,” she whispered.

James and Sirius shared confused looks, then turned back to Lily.

“What?” Sirius asked.

“What? WHAT? You don’t even know what she’s upset about do you?”

Sirius shook his head.

“Who’s at the door?” May’s tired voice asked from inside the room.

Lily glanced nervously in the room. “It’s James,” she said hurriedly.

“If Sirius is with him, you can tell him to…” The last was unheard, as Lily flew out of the room, and slammed the door shut behind her.

“Now, why are you here?” she asked glaring specifically at Sirius.

“I wanted to see how May was.”

“Oh, you’d love that wouldn’t you?” Lily said sarcastically.

“I’m confused. Why are you and May mad at me?”

“Hum…I’m mad because you upset May,” Lily bit back icily.

“What did I do to May?”

“I can’t believe you Sirius,” she said annoyed. “You hurt her, you put her back into her shell, I’ll be lucky to ever get her to associate with any of you ever again. If you didn’t like her, couldn’t you find a less painful way to tell her? She was beginning to trust you, and you go and ruin it! You betrayed her!” Lily shrieked.

“What did I do?” Sirius asked in a shaky voice. He didn’t like where this was going.

“What did you do?” Lily looked at him; she just simply couldn’t believe him. “Cindy Roads ring a bell? Hum? Our arch enemy?”

Sirius suddenly couldn’t breath; he looked at her pleadingly. James looked from Lily to Sirius.

“Sirius, she saw you kissing her,” she said savagely.

“Lily…I…”

“No Sirius, you don’t have to explain to me, you have to explain to May, if she lets you, which I doubt she will.”

“Ok, let me in.”

“Are you sure you want to do that?” Lily asked.

“Dead sure.”

“Fine, don’t blame me if you don’t come out alive.” She pushed the door open, and shut it after him.

“She’s not going to listen to anything he has to say, but it’s worth a try,” she sighed, and rubbed her eyes. “I’m never going to get to sleep tonight.”

James smiled at her, and rubbed her back. “Let’s sit down, and wait.” He slid down to the ground, and smiled up at her. She smiled weakly back; she was in no mood to argue. Just being in his presence made her feel better somehow. She slid to the ground next to him.

He spread his legs, and pulled her in between them, so her back was resting against his chest. She sighed sleepily. He rested his chin on top of her head, and wrapped his arms protectively around her waist. He grinned lazily.

Lily just sat there in comfortable silence. This might be the last time she ever got that chance. May would take her away from the Marauders. She was determined to stick by her first, and most loyal friend. But what about James? He was loyal, and kind. He was her other best friend. Her first love, dare she say it? That’s what it sure felt like, but she was scared. Did he even feel the same way? Was it better if she didn’t hang out with him anymore? She didn’t know if she could ever give him up, but she also couldn’t leave May.

She wouldn’t think about it now, she would just relax in his arms, enjoying right here right now.

The door then slammed open, and Sirius walked out, just as he had entered. The only thing that was different was the battered and broken look on his handsome face. Lily felt sorry for him. She knew that he probably hadn’t kissed her back, but he had hurt May enough to be thrown out of her life, that was after all what she was known for. But somehow, Lily thought this was different. If this were anybody else, she wouldn’t have gotten as distraught as she was right now. She was killing herself using her own rule.

James looked up at his friend sympathetically.

“James, can we go?” Sirius asked miserably.

Lily stood up to let James go. Lily held out her hand to help him stand up. James took her hand, and pulled himself up.

“Yea, let’s go.”

He turned back to Lily. “Good night, Lily.” He bent and kissed her hand that he still held. He smiled, and turned to walk away with Sirius, whom had his head bent.

Lily almost wanted to cry. James had been so sweet. She walked back into her dorm room.

“What did you say to Sirius?” Lily asked May.

“Don’t ever call him that again, he is now ‘Black,’” she said with sadness in her voice. Lily could tell that it was killing her to not have Sirius as a friend.

“May, seriously, you can’t keep doing this. If someone hurts you, you need to learn to forgive them, and move on, if you keep pushing people away, who’s going to be left besides me?”

May gave her a murderous look.

“If you just think about, it doesn’t make sense. Sirius hates Cindy. Cindy kissed Sirius. Maybe you just didn’t stick around for his reaction,” Lily said, trying to cause May to think about it.

“That’s not how it happened,” May said simply.

“Did you let Sirius explain?”

“I didn’t want to hear it.”

“May, you should have at least listened!”

“I thought you were on my side here! The only reason why you’re saying all this is because you fell in love with his best friend!”

Lily stepped back. “That’s not true,” she said the first thing that came into her foggy mind. She was stunned at what May had just said, not of the harshness, but because it hit so close to home. She shook her thoughts away. “Don’t turn this all around on me,” she blushed, and continued “The point is, is that I am just looking out for my best friend. I’ve watched you turn people away all six years here at Hogwarts, and now I’m watching it again with Sirius.”

May looked thoughtful for a moment, before her face clouded over again. “I know Lily, but I just can’t be hurt anymore, I can’t.” A lone tear fell down her face.

Lily walked over, and sat down to rub her friend’s back. “I don’t think Sirius is trying to hurt you.” She then stood up, and walked back to her bed, and climbed in. She would let May think about what she was saying, let it sink in as best she could. As soon as her head hit the pillow, she was out cold, dreaming of James, and the perfect night.

May wasn’t as lucky, she was up all night, running over Lily’s words in her head. She didn’t know what to do. So finally by the end of the night, long after Cindy and Alicia had come up from the ball, she decided that she would so what she always did, become invisible, she already knew what to do, and it was the safest way out.






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