Once Defied by pennyardelle
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The Great Divide
Lily had always considered herself to be brave, but she had never dreaded anything more in her life.
Power, Potions, and Professors
“Merlin, why’s Dumbledore even bothering protecting the castle?” Sirius said as they left the classroom to go to dinner. “With Slughorn shoving Veritaserum down our throats and this Dearborn bloke pretending to teach us how to protect ourselves, we might as well take our chances with Voldemort.”
Just A Name
“Or maybe you just think everything I do is earth-shattering.”
The embarrassment of standing in a room with a giant picture of his own head was enough to make James want to die. What in the world had Slughorn been thinking?
Dark Corridors and Lit Offices
It had been extremely lucky that Dumbledore had never found out they were Animagi, and James did not want to take the risk. He desperately wanted to make it through their last year without the Headmaster finding out that the Head Boy was engaged in illegal activity.
Outside the Shrieking Shack
After his anger at Snape had subsided, he had been fairly impressed by Lily’s courage. Of course, this had its drawbacks, since he was now more attracted to her than he had ever been before.
She was going to say yes this time, he could feel it. As long as he didn’t put his foot in his mouth again.
A Not-So-Sweet Halloween
“There’s not much I wouldn’t do to you,” Lily threatened. There was a moment where she thought she might actually have to duel with Mulciber, until a new voice sounded in the Entrance Hall.
Lion and Serpent
“Good score by Gryffindor Chaser—can’t quite remember his name at the moment, though. It’s something like Porter...Parker? Perkins?”
A Future Far Beyond Christmas
James had a strange moment where he felt like he had been sent back in time, watching Lily and Snape standing around as a pair in classes, feeling equal sensations of disgust and hopelessness. He picked at the corner of his textbook, angry at Dearborn and Snape and Lily and the Dark Arts and the fact that he was supposed to figure out the rest of his life in the course of a few months.
Behind the Tapestry
“James, you’re not my brother.”
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
“...early estimates indicate at least 100 dead, killed late last night in a Muggle shopping center in Manchester. Death Eaters fled the scene before Magical Law Enforcement arrived...”
Out in the Cold
It had always been understood that they would never leave someone behind when they were out on a full moon, and James could only imagine how Remus would feel when he realized his friends had abandoned him.
When Professor McGonagall asked him and Lily to stay after Transfiguration one afternoon, James found that part of being Head Boy meant that he was told bad news that the other students weren’t.
Forgotten and Remembered
“Every time we’re alone I’m afraid she’s going to take it as an opportunity to try and snog me. I’ve had to develop new ways of standing and sitting to lessen the odds.”
Love Gone Awry
The sad truth was that Anna was right: Valentine’s Day always seemed to push the students of Hogwarts into very public and very pathetic displays of affection.
A Little Like Sickness
This was James Potter the troublemaker, and Lily couldn’t remember why she had ever disliked him so much.
The Right Moment
She had a very strange look on her face—slightly embarrassed and reluctant, somewhat like the one she had worn when they had spoken after the Quidditch match. James was becoming more and more convinced that she had something important to tell him...
“Right. Anyway, your entire history with Evans has been disaster after disaster,” Sirius continued. “It’s like every time you get near a girl your brain shuts down and you do something stupid to try and impress them. I blame the glasses.”
An Unexpected Invitation
This was justified, even if they had to use questionable means to achieve their ends. And in any case, it wasn’t as if anyone else was ever going to find out that they, and not the Slytherins, were the ones behind it all.
She laughed, and for the first time since they had entered the room, she realized that they were standing so close that their arms were brushing together.
Sitting in the Trees
“Well,” she said, “I would prefer it if you’d keep calling me ‘Lily’, of course. ‘My girlfriend’ seems a little impersonal.”
Back to Reality
“Just ignore it,” Anna said to Lily, as the two of them and Mary entered one of the girls’ bathrooms after lunch. “Whenever two people at this school start dating it’s like the circus has come to town.”
The Good Side of Bad
Say something, you dolt, a voice in his head told him. Silence, he had learned from experience, always made you look guilty.
“You know, I really thought that you were going to be supportive,” Mary said. “I should never have told you at all.”
Another boy stepped forward, this time a Slytherin—although James thought it was probably because his friends had shoved him to the front—and the entire room went dark, shrieks echoing off the walls.
The Last Saturday In May
Why in Merlin’s name had he just said that? He was supposed to say it for the first time in a romantic, meaningful way, not when they were about to go off in separate directions.
No Calm, Just Storm
There was a very strange moment where she saw both James and Snape’s gaze shift to her and they seemed to be on the verge of withdrawing, but neither gave up their ground.
A Nastily Exhausting Week
“Do you know what a—cross-counter Transmorgrification is?” Anna asked, sounding slightly horrified.
For The Best
"Life is hard and tumultuous—but so it has been for all of the past graduates of this school, and so it shall remain for all that follow you.”
“That’s actually why I’ve asked you to meet me here,” he said, speaking softer than before. “You see…well, this business we’re speaking of…both Dumbledore and I believe that you two might be well-suited to assisting us.”
Shadows in the Dark
They were going to get out of this, they had to, they were only eighteen years old, and things couldn’t possibly end this way—not on some ordinary Saturday evening, out-of-the-blue. James simply could not accept that his life was going to end without him having some expectation of it beforehand.
He wasn’t sure why he expected the world around him to have changed so much. It had always been the same; he had just seen a different side of it now.
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