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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 19: The proposal!


The next day James was a nervous wreck. He wasn’t sure of himself anymore, as he shakily made his way with Sirius to breakfast. Sirius looked sideways at his friend, no one else, not Remus or Peter knew of what James was going to do. Sirius patted his friend reassuringly on the back.

“ Don’t worry mate, you know she loves you.”

“ Yea.”

When the four of them entered the Great Hall, all James could think about was what he was going to do.

He sat down next to Lily, stiff with nerves. He stared down at the food on his plate.

“ James everything alright?” Lily asked warmly.

He looked up at her warm, sparkling green eyes, so loving, and full of concern, and he instantly melted. “Yes, I’m fine.”

She leaned over and kissed his cheek. He swelled with emotion as he wrapped his arm around her shoulders and hugged her to his side.

Sirius just chuckled from next to May. They all stared at him like he was crazy, and he immediately shut up with a cough when James glared daggers at him.

Lily and May talked throughout breakfast, unaware of the boy’s frantic thoughts.


Later that day Lily was walking down the corridor with May.

The day went surprisingly quickly for Lily, without having to study for newts anymore, the teachers now thought it best to just let the students do what they wish, basically practice for what they want in life now, studying for their future career and what not. So all Lily had to do was go to a two-hour basic charms class, and another two hour advanced charms class. She was enjoying it thoroughly. At the end of the semester, they give you scores for the last weeks, that you can take on an interview to get a job.

She didn’t want to bother herself, but she was worried about James. He had decided to take DADA classes, and training to become an auror with Sirius for the last couple weeks of April and May, until they graduated on June first. She was scared for him. She knew of Voldemort’s power, and what could happen to him, but could she stop him from doing what he wanted to do, had to do? She pushed it out of her mind, but it just kept popping up. Haunting her thoughts. What if something was to happen to him. She was sure now, that she couldn’t live like that, without James. She refused to have such thoughts, but they came and went unannounced.

She was grateful that Sirius decided to do it with him, because she knew that they’d back each other up, but she just worried, that’s all, it’s a natural thing when you love someone.

“ Lils? You ok? You’ve been spaced out for the past couple of minutes.”

“ Wha..? Oh I’m fine.”

May was taking all of the original classes, with different people since she wanted to become a teacher. Lily was still amazed that May of all people wanted to study to be a professor, the idea of May teaching a class full of rambunctious students was mind boggling, but she had to have a basic knowledge of everything.

May smirked. “ Come on. We’re gonna be late for charms.”

The two scampered off down the corridors, and into Flitwick’s room. The one bonus about studying charms was that Malfoy and Snape were gone, and that they didn’t need to see them anymore.


Later that evening, after dinner, and spending an hour in the library talking quietly with May, Lily was exhausted. Lily and May walked tiredly up the stairs, and said the password to the common room. They walked in, and saw Sirius sitting on the couch with Remus sitting across from him.

“ Hey guys.”

Sirius whipped around, and stared at the girls.

“ Oh hey, didn’t expect you back so soon.”

“ Really?” May asked suspiciously.

“ Really.” He patted the couch next to him, with a grin, and she smiled and walked over to sit next to him. He leaned over and pulled her to his side, their shoulders touching. He kissed her cheek.

Lily smiled at the two.

“ Ok, well I’m going to go up to bed.” She yawned and turned toward her staircase.

Sirius grinned, and pulled May tighter to him.

Lily climbed the stairs one by one, wishing it to be the last. Her mind was racing with pleasurable thoughts of crawling into the comfort of her bed. She sighed, and trudged on, taking each step with exhausted precision, her eyes blurring as she gave a great shuttering yawn.

When she finally reached her door she sighed with relief. She could almost feel the warm cotton of her sheets on her body, as she snuggled deep within her covers. She smiled to herself as she pushed the door open. She peered in side, in confusion. There was a single candle burning in it’s bracket, the one above Lily’s bed, flooding that corner of the room with a dim flickering light, the rest of the room laid in darkness.

She shut the door behind her with her foot, and walked farther into her room to her bed to blow out the candle, but something caught her eye. There on her pillow was a single white lily, and beside it was a folded piece of parchment. She blinked in confusion as she picked up the lily to smell it. She smiled brightly, and put the lily on her nightstand. She picked up the parchment, and opened it.

She began to read in astonishment; any fatigue that she had had before was gone now. A single tear fell from her eye, and landed with a soft splash on the parchment in her hand.

My dearest Lily Flower,

From the moment I first saw you, I knew that I was in trouble, your beautiful hair, your eyes, that hid so much, and a beautiful soul. I wanted to know you better than anyone did, I wanted you to trust me, to think of me as one of your best friends, I made it my goal. On that quest, I not only achieved my initial goal; I fell in love, now my quest is that I want you to be mine forever. You made me realize what true love is, and taught me how to show it, and made me want to hold onto it forever. I can’t begin to describe how much or why I love you, because that is impossible. This note would take far too long, and wouldn’t let me reach my dyer point. Let me make it now. You complete me, I’ve been sure of it for most of the year now. I never want to leave your side, and I never want you to leave mine. I want to wake up every morning wrapped in your arms, breathing in your scent. I want to watch you sleep, and care for our children. Yes, I want to have children with you, I want to grow old with you, I live and breathe you, that’s how I’m surviving, through you. There is no me, without you, as I said before Lily Marie Evans, I LOVE YOU!. There is no way that I can possibly live with out you, so there is one thing left to say….

Turn around.

Lily smiled happily, as more tears spilled from her eyes. She slowly turned, and her heart skipped a happy beat. James knelt before her on one knee, staring up at her lovingly with a beautiful emerald ring in a velvet green box. His invisibility cloak spilling off his shoulders to fall around him, and a shimmering pool of silver.

He grabbed her left hand in his right.

“ Will you marry me, my Lily flower?” He asked quietly.

Lily felt tears leak out of her eyes, as she sank down to her knees, dropping the parchment that fluttered to the ground. She stared into his big blue eyes with her large emerald eyes, and reached up to cup his face with her hands, crying happily.

“ Do you mean it?” Lily choked.

“ With all my heart.”

“ Yes.” She whispered with a sure nod.

“ What?” James asked, like he didn’t believe what he was hearing.

“ Yes! I’ll marry you James Potter!” She laughed happily. She flung her arms around his neck, and hugged him tight. He returned the hug gratefully.

“ I love you.” He whispered.

“ I love you too.”

He kissed her then, on the mouth, his lips were warm and soft, and she clung to him, willing him never to go away. She pulled him closer.

He broke it off reluctantly, and took the ring out of the box. He slid the stone onto her ring finger.

“ Now, everyone will know.” He kissed her nose.

“ Do any of them know?” She asked meaning the others downstairs.

“ Only Sirius.” James said with a smile.

“ Let’s go down and tell them.” Lily said, as she wiped a tear away from her eye.

“ What ever you want.” James smiled. He stood up, and held out his hand for her to grab. Her small warm hand clasped into his, and he was delighted to still get the shivers whenever they touched. He helped her up, and put his arm around her shoulders. She rested her head on his shoulder, happier than she’s ever been. She gazed down at her ring; it caught the dim light iminating from the candle still flickering in the bracket above Lily’s bed. It sparkled, and shined. Lily smiled with a large sigh, it was really happening.

The happy couple walked slowly down the stairs to the common room, where they heard soft male voices. It sounded like Sirius and Remus playing chess against each other. The two walked into the common room, and saw what they’d expected Sirius and Remus playing against each other, Peter watching lazily from his chair by the fire, and May half asleep on the couch. Remus smiled at them, and waved them over.

“ Hey you guys, Lily I thought you were going to bed?” He asked.

Sirius twirled around to see the two teens grinning stupidly in front of him, he grinned, everything must have gone well. James had his arms possessively around Lily’s waist, and her head was resting against his chest.

“ Actually we have some news.” James said.

Sirius grinned broadly as he turned all the way toward them. May sat up tiredly, and regarded them with disheveled hair from lying down. Remus regarded them quietly.

“ Well what is it then?” Peter said anxiously.

“ We’re getting married.”

There was a silence, of mouths gaping open, and eyes widening.

“ I’m already best-man Lupin, so don’t get any ideas.” Sirius broke the silence, and they all laughed.

“ Oh my god Congratulations!” May leapt up, and ran to the other side of the couch to Lily. She threw her arms around her friend, who reluctantly left James’s side. “ I can’t believe your getting married! This is so exciting! I’m maid of honor of course.”

Lily giggled, and hugged her friend back. When they finally separated she attacked James. “ I’m so happy for you two!” She shrieked in his ear.

James laughed, as he rubbed his ear.

Remus came over to Lily smiling. “ Congratulations.” He said as he hugged her.

“ Thanks Rem.” She said as she pulled away smiling.

“ Hey! I get to hug the bride to be!” Sirius shrieked.

“ Padfoot…” James said lowly laced with warning.

Everyone laughed.

He jumped at Lily, and hugged her hard.

“ Ok Sir.” James said with a grin.

“ What are you gonna do if I don’t let her go?” Sirius asked with amusement. Lily couldn’t stop laughing, as she wrapped her arms around Sirius, she patted his back, trying to control her laughter.

“ I’m gonna kick your ass.” James said laughing.

Sirius let her go. “ Fine, you’re no fun, you know that?”

James just laughed.

Peter came, and shook Lily’s hand, she reluctantly took it, and smiled.

“ Congratulations, you two.” He said with a smile.

“ Thanks Wormy.” James said smiling.

The six of them all made it back around the fire, and sat and talked for a majority of the night. Lily curled up comfortably on James’s lap. Sirius sat on the armchair next to them, and May sat on the other side of the couch, next to Lily. Remus sat in the armchair, closer to the fire, while Peter had gone up to bed.

“ So Lily, I guess we’re not moving in together after Hogwarts.” May said.

“ Well…James…” She turned to her fiancée with puppy dog eyes.

“ Oh no. What?” James looked down at her.

“ Do you think May can move in with us, only until she finds her own place?”

“ I don’t see why not.”

“ Oh thank you James!”

“ Only if Sirius could move in too.” He added slyly.

Sirius grinned his most innocent face at Lily, and she smiled.

“ Ok, deal, if he behaves himself.”

“ Yea!” James and Sirius gave each other high fives.

“ And you don’t have to worry about me behaving myself, I’ll be on my best behavior.” Sirius said, as he winked at May.

Lily and May rolled their eyes.

“ This will be fun.” May murmured. Lily laughed.

All of the sudden, May gasped, and grabbed Lily’s hand. She stared at the ring on her finger.

“ It’s beautiful.” May said as she inspected it. “ I can’t believe I completely forgot that you would have in fact gotten a ring.” She smiled. “ Good choice James, I didn’t know you had it in you.”

“ Well actually, I was the one who chose that particular ring.” Sirius said with an air of self-confidence.

James whacked him in the stomach, and Sirius gasped for breath.

“ He was not.” James rolled his eyes.

“ Oh don’t worry James, you think I would believe that ‘he’ would pick something as beautiful as this?” May said gazing at Lily’s hand.

“ May, You’re supposed to be on my side.” Sirius said with a voice of betrayal, with a hand over his heart. May rolled her eyes.

“ Oh shush.” She yawned.

“ Well, I think I’ve had enough excitement for one night, I’m off to bed.” Remus said standing up. “I’ll see ya in the morning.” He walked toward the stairs, and disappeared up them.

May stood up then too. “ I’m sorry, but I have to agree with Remus.” As she yawned again, and made toward the staircase herself.

“ Oh great that’s no fun! I have to go up now too!” Sirius said as he stood up. “ Thanks a lot May.”

“ My pleasure dear.” She kissed his nose, before turning and making her way up the stairs. “ Night, Sir.”

“ Night love.” He said. He turned after she disappeared on the stairs, and turned back to the comfortable Lily and James. James smirked, while Lily smiled at him. He winked, and followed up the stairs a few minutes after Remus had.

Lily sighed happily, and relaxed more against James’s chest. He rested his head on her’s, and smiled lazily.

She let a yawn out.

“ You tired?”

“ Yes.”

“ Go to bed love.”

“ I don’t want to leave you.” She closed her eyes, and could already feel sleep pulling her in.

James kissed her head. He stroked her hair, until he was sure that she was asleep.

“ I love you Lily.” He whispered to the sleeping girl.

He sat there, just watching her sleep for a few minutes, after all she was his too look at forever. He wrapped one arm behind her knees, and the other behind her back, and lifted her. Her limp head rested comfortably against his chest. Her arms were resting loosely around his neck, and her legs dangled at his side. He smiled, and walked up the staircase to her dorm. He walked up quietly, trying not to make a sound. He finally made it to her dorm, and pushed the door open. James looked over at May’s bed, and saw that she was asleep, she had blown out the candle above Lily’s bed, and the parchment was placed nicely on her nightstand next to the one white Lily.

He walked silently to her bed, and pulled back the covers on her bed with difficulty. He slipped her in, and tucked the covers around her chin. She whimpered lightly in her sleep. He stood there, just watching her sleep. Her hair spilled in red waves over her white pillow and her chest rose and fell with her breathing. He smiled. She was his, and only his to protect and love. He smiled, and continued to stand there. He felt an amazing pride rack through him, a happiness that she had actually accepted his offer, that someone as perfect as she was going to be his wife.

He finally turned to go.

“ Stay.” A small voice said from behind him. He stood there, as he felt a small hand clasp onto his. He turned around. He nodded.

He pulled off the robe that he wore over his red T-shirt, and jeans. He threw the robe over her desk chair, and pulled back the covers to slide in next to her.

He laid down facing her on his side. He wrapped his arms around her body, and pulled her toward him. She laid her head on his chest, and snuggled deeper into him, curling up, close to him with a smile on her face. She nestled her head in the crook of his neck, and closed her eyes.

He smiled, and closed his eyes. He could feel her sweet breath tickling his neck. He found he liked this better than sleeping by himself. He didn’t think he could sleep without Lily right there with him any more.

He felt her sigh heavily, and bury her head farther into neck. He smiled, and opened his eyes again. He pushed a strand of red hair from her face. He kissed her hair, and laid his head down on the pillow, and closed his eyes again, falling into a peaceful happy sleep.


IMPORTANT NOTE: For this story, I’m going all the way up to their deaths, and a few chapters beyond, to tie up loose ends, probably between 2-4 chapters after their death, you know in the future w/ Harry and co. This story will be long!!!!! Like 30-40 chapters.