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disclaimer: you all know the drill “Hey, Evans, got a minute?” Sirius asked, as he straddled the library chair across from Lily’s table. “Make it quick, Sirius,” she responded without even looking up from the parchment she was scribbling furiously on. After aggressively finishing a sentence, she paused and looked up at him. “Right, so, Mel and I were looking for a bit of alone time, and we thought, ‘hey, why don’t we go ask our best mates James and Lily if we can borrow their Head’s rooms’, so here I am, asking.” Lily looked up curiously at him. “You two are suddenly bashful about snogging in public?” Sirius chuckled. “Snogging, no... but...” Sirius raised his eyebrows suggestively. A look between shock and disgust crossed Lily’s face. “Didn’t care to know that, thanks.” She went back to writing her essay. “So... can we, then?” “You’re asking permission to...... in my room?” She asked incredulously. Sirius shrugged. “Pretty much, yeah.” “Absolutely not!” “Alright, alright, don’t get your knickers in a twist. Forget I asked...” Sirius got up and left the library. He jogged up the stairs and to Gryffindor Tower, where three expectant students waited anxiously for him. “Didn’t go as well as I hoped, I’m afraid. Maybe you should give it a shot, Moony, she likes you.” “What did you say to try to get her there?” Remus asked, heading towards the portrait hole. “I don’t want to try the same tactic.” Sirius grinned cheekily. “Don’t think you need to worry about that, Moony, you’re a decent bloke.” Remus shook his head and left for the library. He found Lily just as Sirius had left her, writing as fast as she possibly could. Taking a quick look around the desk, he started his act. “Hey, Lily. Sorry to interrupt you, but I was wondering if I could borrow you, um, Potions notes from today. I was a little tired, and um, I’m afraid I didn’t take very good notes.” Without looking up form her work, Lily groped along the table until her hand rested on a large pile of notes. “Here you are, Remus,” she smiled up at him, then immediately resumed her essay writing. “Thanks,” Remus replied. He had been hoping her notes would have been in her room so that she would have had to go up there. “Right... so... what about Herbology?” Lily looked up at him with a curious expression on her face. “Herbology? You’re not even taking it this year.” Remus stuttered for a moment. “Oh, well, yes, but erm, I was hoping for some, uh, light reading over the holiday, you know, to keep me out of trouble.” Still eyeing him suspiciously, she reached into her bag and pulled out her Herbology textbook. “Anything else I can help you with?” Taking the book from her, Remus could think of no other way to get Lily to her room. Admitting defeat, he thanked her and retreated to the Gryffindor common room, where Melanie Davies had joined Sirius, Peter, and Amelia Henley. He shrugged his shoulders apologetically when they looked expectantly at him. “Does she always carry all of her class work with her?” Melanie and Amelia nodded. “Alright, well, Peter, you ready to give it a go?” Peter looked as if Remus had just asked him to jump off of the Astronomy Tower. Amelia looked from Peter, to Remus, to Sirius. “Oh, honestly! You three could prank the entire school one-handed and blind-folded, but you can’t get one unsuspecting girl to head off to the safety of her room?” The three Marauders had the decency to look slightly embarrassed. Walking in the direction of the portrait hole, Amelia called out, “let a professional show you how it’s done.” As she entered the library a few minutes later, Lily was running her fingers through her hair tiredly. Amelia took a seat beside Lily and tried to put on her glummest face. “Hey, Lil. What are you up to?” “I’m trying to finish this Ancient Runes paper. I just can’t find a good way to end it.” “Oh,” Amelia said mock-sadly. “How come you’re doing it now? It’s Friday night.” “Well, I’m leaving tomorrow for the holidays and I don’t want to have to worry about doing this essay during my time off.” “Oh,” Amelia sighed. Lily finally took notice of her friend’s apparent sadness. “Amelia, what’s the matter?” She sighed dramatically. “I just really need to talk...but if you’re busy, I guess I’ll just go sit by myself in the common room...” Putting her quill down on the table, Lily turned, concerned, to face her friend. “You’re more important to me than this silly essay. What’s the problem?” Amelia looked around the library. “Well, I’d kind of like to discuss it in private.” Lily began to gather her things. “Alright, why don’t we go up to you room? No one should be in bed yet.” “We can’t!” Amelia burst out suddenly. Composing herself, she explained. “I think I saw Melanie and Sirius head up there, is all.” Lily raised her eyebrows at this. “Ok, then, my room it is.” Smiling inwardly to herself, Amelia followed Lily to the Head’s portrait. As she gave the password, a real smile spread across Amelia’s face and she let out a small laugh. Lily turned to face her friend, surprised, then heard someone calling her name from inside the common room. Feeling a slight push on her back from Amelia, Lily peered into the common room. What she saw there caused a gasp to escape her lips. The only light in the room came from the fire and a few candles leading a pathway to the center of the room. At the end of the path stood James, holding a single white rose and wearing a shy smile. He had enchanted their ceiling to look like the star-specked sky, and at his feet lay a large wool blanket and a few over stuffed pillows. Lily bit her lower lip as her entire body suddenly felt filled with anxious butterflies. Smiling shyly back at him, she began to walk down the candle lit path towards him, the anxious feeling multiplying tenfold as she neared him. Once she stood just in front of him, he held the rose out to her. When Lily took it in her hand, James stepped forward to hug her. Lily lifted her head and caught him in a kiss. James smiled as she did this, then reached up to touch her soft, flowing hair. When he pulled away to look at her, she pulled him back to her lips, muttering, “not yet,” which made James laugh through the kiss. Lily, in turn, laughed at her own actions. Still giggling, she looked up at him. “Sorry– making up for lost time.” “No one here’s complaining,” James grinned. “So, what’s all this for, anyway?” “Well, I figured that, since we won’t get to spend Christmas together, that we could have one night completely in each other’s company before you leave. Does that sound alright to you?” Lily’s eyes twinkled happily. “Sounds lovely.” “So... do you want to, um...” James cleared his throat, gesturing towards the blanket. Smiling, Lily sat in the middle of it, blinking expectantly up at him. James stretched out beside her, laying back with his hands behind his head. He looked from her to the spot next to him indulgently. Grinning back at him, she laid down, not beside him, but with her head on his stomach so that their bodies formed the letter ‘T’. Looking up at the enchanted stars, Lily sighed contentedly as she felt James play with her hair. She suddenly cocked her head and smiled as she remembered something he had told her nearly two months ago. “Hey, isn’t that Pegasus right there?” She asked, pointing and rubbing his side to get his attention. James smiled broadly. “You remembered.” Pointing his wand at the ceiling, he showed her something else. “That one’s Sirius; he took the liberty of showing me that one.” Lily grinned. He pointed his wand again and the stars joined together to form the words ‘James loves Lily’. Lily turned her head to smile up at him for a moment, then turned back with her own wand drawn. The words began to re-arrange themselves so that they now spelled out ‘Lily loves James’. Looking back up at him expectantly, Lily waited for James’ reaction to what she was telling him for the first time. His gaze fell from the ceiling to her eyes, not wanting to believe what he had just read for fear that someone would pinch him and wake him up from the best dream of his life. When he looked into her eyes, however, and saw that she meant it, a smile larger than he had ever smiled spread across his face. “Really?” Lily leaned on his chest and stopped inches from his face. “Really.” Still beaming, James took Lily’s face in both of his hands and kissed her

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