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Valour by blackballet

Format: Novel
Chapters: 45
Word Count: 100,067

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Contains profanity, Strong violence, Scenes of a sexual nature, Substance abuse, Sensitive topic/issue/theme

Genres: Drama, Horror/Dark, Romance
Characters: Dumbledore, McGonagall, Lupin, James, Lily, Sirius, Pettigrew, Voldemort, OC
Pairings: James/Lily, Remus/OC, Sirius/OC, Other Pairing

First Published: 08/07/2013
Last Chapter: 06/05/2016
Last Updated: 01/12/2017

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Life goes on

But so does death


          Innocence and arrogance combine in a story about eight newly-graduated revolutionaries. 

Chapter 26: The Quake in the Calm

 (July 30th, 1980)


“Why won’t you come out?” Lily moaned, twirling up the spaghetti on her fork and jabbing her stomach with her other pointer finger. “And how are you so put together?” Alice laughed heartily and took a sip of her water. Lily leaned back into her chair, and wiped her forehead of sweat. “And you,” she said shortly, pointing at James. “Go get me some more water.” James smirked at the back of Lily’s head and

“It’s weird!” Alice exclaimed in defense. “I think little Neville will be right on time,” she said fondly, rubbing her stomach. “One more week!” Lily smiled at Alice politely, and took a great sigh as James handed her a new glass of water.

“Thank you, sweetheart,” she mumbled. She took a great gulp of water, and exhaled in satisfaction. “It’s so unfair! Alice gets glowy and I get sticky.” Lily sneered, and waved herself with an issue of the Daily Prophet.

“Come off it, Lily. You’re glowing,” Frank said as he stuffed his food into his mouth.

“Frank, slow down,” Alice reprimanded, standing up and picking up her cleaned plate. She pat him on the back and reached over him to take James and Lily’s plates, too.

“Sorry, love, I haven’t eaten all night. This paperwork is going to kill me.” He wiped his mouth with a napkin, and tossed it on his now clean plate. Alice motioned with her free hand for his dish, but Frank shook his head, stood up, and walked into the kitchen with her.

“Do you need any help?” Lily asked, her eyes closed and her head dripping.

“I’m all set. Would you just bring in the glasses?” she asked, turning on the sink and scrubbing the dishes gently. Lily scoffed, but let James help her up from her chair.

“Come on, Lily. It’ll happen soon enough,” James appeased. She picked up her glass and shuffled into the kitchen to assist Alice with the dishes. She leaned in the doorway and held her side as James took the glasses and handed them to Alice. Alice didn’t take the glasses from James, but leaned against the edge of the sink.

“Alice, honey you’re letting the water go all over the floor,” Frank said tiredly, taking the dish that she held in her limp hand and drying it. Lily’s mouth dropped open, and she fell further against the doorway.

“No she isn’t,” she whispered quickly. Frank dropped the plate as he realized what was happening, and ran next to Alice. Her knees weakened, and she put her weight into her husband’s arms. “James conjure a wheelchair.” James didn’t respond to Lily, but ran his hands through his hair as Frank struggled to get Alice standing on her own. “James!” Lily said again, pounding her hand on the wall. He shook his head slightly, and nodded. He pulled out a chair from the kitchen table, took out his wand, and transfigured it for Alice to sit in.

“We need to get to the hospital.” Alice tugged on Frank’s sleeve, and dragged him down to her eye level. “Call Dorcas,” she said urgently. James began wheeling her towards the grand fireplace, and Lily lagged behind, clutching her stomach as James picked up the hospital bag that hung over the end of the stairwell.

“We will floo her as soon as you two get to St. Mungo’s,” James soothed her, handing the bag off to Frank. He placed a hand on Frank’s shoulder, and nodded at him. “We’ve got you,” he said strongly, turning Frank back around to face the fireplace.


“We’ll probably see you in a few days, anyway,” James said quickly to Alice, giving her a kiss on the forehead. Frank took Alice’s hands, and she stood up. The two walked slowly into the fireplace, and James grabbed the pot of floo powder from them mantle.

“James,” Lily groaned again. He only ignored Lily, taking a handful of the powder and motioning for the two to prepare to floo away.

“Go straight up to the obstetrics floor. You’ll want Kelpie. Healer Kelpie. Dorcas says she’s the best. Repeat it, say the name.”

“Kelpie,” Alice said breathily, glaring at James. “We’ve got it, James. Now let us go.”

“James!” Lily exclaimed, crouching over and collapsing on the ground.

“Merlin, Lily!” he said, turning back around and dropping the sand that sifted through his hands.

“Lily?” Alice asked, tightening her grip on Frank’s hand as Lily cried out.

“James, give me the floo powder or I swear,” Frank said gravelly, cringing slightly as he felt his bones click together under Alice’s grip.

“James, it hurts,” Lily cried out. She and James shared a glance, and he nodded at her as she lifted her arms up. He picked her up and carried her towards the fireplace. Frank widened his eyes, but he and Alice shifted over without another word.

“What is going on?” Frank asked desperately as Alice began hyperventilating.

“Apparently we’ve all got to go to St. Mungo’s,” James said, hiking Lily up in his arms gently. “Can you grab the floo powder from above me, flower?” he asked Lily calmly. Lily nodded silently and reached her arm above the fireplace. She brought down the jar, and held it out to James.

“Lily, just smash it!” Alice groaned, leaning her head back in frustration against Frank’s shoulder.

“At least you’re sweating now, too,” Lily said angrily, throwing the pot of dust against the fireplace floor. “St. Mungo’s!”



The chaos of the emergency room was not lost on James. He looked around frantically as healers ran back and forth tending to different beds

“Somebody, please help us,” James yelled desperately as he, Alice, and Frank walked out of the fireplace in the emergency room swiftly. Lily tightened her arms around James shoulders, and let out a cry of anguish. Two healers rushed over to them, one taking Alice’s hand and leading her over to a bed. Frank followed, listing out Alice’s stats on her pregnancy nervously.

“Is she hurt?” the man in a cream doctor’s kit asked, taking his wand out from his chest pocket and scanning it over Lily’s body.

“She’s pregnant, due six days ago today. We were rushing our friend out of the house when she just fell to the floor,” he recalled easily. “Are our friends taken care of? Alice, her water broke. She’s not due for another week is she okay?” he asked, laying a whimpering Lily down on the bed.

“She’ll be fine,” the doctor snapped quickly. “Is this your wife?” James nodded, kneeling on the ground next to Lily’s bed and kissing her knuckles gently. “Hello, you can call me Healer Mannon,” the man said to Lily calmly. “What’s your name?” He swished a curtain shut around them, and it effectively drowned out the noise of the ER floor.

“Lily,” she gritted out between her teeth. She held her stomach, and seized unexpectedly.

“Lily can you tell me where the pain is?” he questioned again, taking a stethoscope from around his neck and placing it to her lower stomach. Lily took in deep breath, and let it out through her teeth again.

“It feels like contractions.” The man frowned slightly, and put away his stethoscope.

“Have you been pregnant before?” he asked, taking out his wand and performing a nonverbal spell over Lily’s abdomen.

“Never.” She gripped the sheets next to her head, and James wiped her hair out of her face. “But I had some Braxton-Hicks yesterday. It felt just like this.” She breathed out heavily, a whine backing her breath. She searched for James’ hand, and he gave it to her willingly. The man tilted his head strangely, and whipped open the curtain suddenly.

“Somebody page Healer Kelpie stat,” he yelled into the ER. He turned back to James, and ran his hand over his crew-cut. “Sir, if you would go to the waiting room and fill out a patient information sheet, we can get your wife admitted.” James scoffed and held onto Lily’s hand tighter.

“You’re crazy if I’m letting go now!” Healer Mannon crouched down to James and nodded in understanding.

“I get it. This is scary. But Healer Kelpie cannot examine your wife properly if she isn’t admitted. It should only take about two minutes.” James looked to Lily, and she nodded in agreement, taking deeper breaths now.

“Go, James. Don’t worry. The pain’s subsided,” she said tightly. James nodded frantically, and Healer Mannon put a hand on his back and pointed him towards the entrance desk. James kissed Lily’s hand, and took off to fill out the papers. Lily peered over Healer Mannon’s shoulder, and finally cried out in pain when James was out of earshot.

“It hasn’t subsided?” he asked with worry. Lily shook her head, and her hair flew over the back of her pillow. “Alright, I don’t want to make you nervous, but you’re in labor.” Lily opened her eyes and clutched the front of his shirt tightly, pulling him closely to her face.

“I’m in labor!” she growled. He put his hand over hers and smiled nervously, pulling back as Lily relaxed onto her bed again.

“Healer Kelpie is the gynecologist obstetrician on call tonight. She will confirm, but-“

“Move out of the way Mannon,” an older woman said quickly, swishing Lily’s curtain back open and elbowing him out of the way. “Chart.” She held out her hand, but Healer Mannon didn’t move.

“This is Lily, her husband’s still signing her in, I think she may have gone into labor, she said she had Braxton-Hicks yesterday, but the baby is in birthing position, and her contractions are about,” he paused, checking his watch as Lily began groaning again, “four minutes apart.”  

“Useless without stirrups,” she mumbled, kneeling next to Lily and taking out her wand. She ran her wand over Lily’s stomach, and she stopped over her lower abdomen suddenly. A warm smile graced her face unexpectedly, and she took Lily’s hand softly. “Lily dear, has your water broken yet?”

“Not that I know of,” Lily burst out before crying out again and scrunching her knees as close to her chest as possible. Healer Kelpie stood up and turned to whisper to Healer Mannon conspicuously, and he rushed out into the corridor without another word.

“Alright, Lily,” she said profoundly, opening the curtain again. “It seems that you’ve been in labor for approximately twenty-four hours, and we’re going to have to get you to a delivery room.” A rolling bed appeared with two orderlies and James, who looked even more ragged than before.

“Already in labor?” he asked, gaping at the new healer. She looked back to Lily, who was being helped out of bed by the orderlies.

“This is the husband?” she asked knowingly. Lily nodded, and laughed gently through her pain at James’ uncertainty. “Yes,” she said, turning to James. “Your wife’s Braxton-Hicks contractions were real contractions. It’s uncommon, but not impossible,” she explained to James as they began wheeling Lily away on the stretcher. James relinked his hand in Lily’s and listened intently to Healer Kelpie. “She’s got quite the pain threshold.”

“But what about the,“ Lily asked quietly, screaming in pain as another contraction hit.

“-water breaking? You may have been going to the bathroom when it happened. Another rarity, but it seems you’re full of those this evening Lily.” Lily threw her head back as another contraction set in, and they wheeled her into a private room. “I want her set on epidural,” she called to a staff of nurses that piled into the room. “A two-day labor is not going to be easy, no matter how much prep she’s already had.”

“Wait, drugs? I thought, natural, James?” Lily managed out through her breaths.

“Lily, now is not the time to show your valour. Take the drugs.” She nodded, and squeezed her eyes shut tightly. Healer Kelpie smirked, and she nodded towards the nurse who was about to insert a needle into Lily’s arm.

“Okay Lily, now we’re going to turn you on your back. It’s not going to be comfortable, even with the epidurals, but we need to move you. Can you squeeze James’ hand harder?” Lily nodded in agreement, and squeezed James’ hand tighter with vigor. “Good. Ready? On my count: one, two, three.”

James and Lily both cried out in pain, Lily from her contractions worsening in the position change, and James from Lily’s grip.

“You do not get to scream!” Lily yelled at James as he winced under her hand. “Oh my god!” she screamed again suddenly as Healer Kelpie put her legs in stirrups and her sundress fell back to her knees.

“What, what can I do?” James asked, kissing Lily’s forehead and pushing back more of her hair.

“We forgot to get Dorcas!” James clicked his teeth and rolled his eyes at Lily, whose eyebrows were furrowed in worry.

“Lily, now is not the time,” he reasoned, going slightly green as Healer Kelpie picked up a pair of surgical scissors.

“Gerwin, get the woman Meadowes,” Kelpie said from her seat in front of Lily. “Now is exactly the time to get Lily whatever she wants,” she said, glancing at the chart, “Mr. Potter.” James swallowed, and smiled weakly at the girl named Gerwin who had been writing in a small notepad up until that point.

“Yes, Healer Kelpie,” she said squeakily, rushing out of the room.

“Alright, Mrs. Potter. I need you to try and push for me now. It’s going to feel like you’re not doing anything, because your body has become accustomed to a widened cervix over the past few days, but you need to try your hardest.” James took a deep breath and clenched his jaw before leaning down in front of Lily and holding her face with his free hand.

“Okay Lils. You can do this. Just think of our little baby boy.” James stroked the side of her face as tears streaked down her face. “Just think of little James,” he whispered again, attempting to persuade her one last time.

“WE’RE NOT NAMING THE BABY JAMES, JAMES,” she roared as Healer Kelpie demanded for her to push.