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I Always Loved Him… I Just Didn’t Know It Yet
Chapter Eight

Lily and James walked around the halls of Hogwarts. They were both quietly laughing at the fact that Sirius would sign his own name on a love letter that was supposed to be from someone else. The witch and wizard saw no one, so they walked back to their common room. The pair walked into the room and they went over to the table where their things were.

Lily picked up her bag and said, “Night James.”

“Night Lils,” replied James.

Lily was halfway up the stairs to her dormitory before she realized she had called Potter, James. “What was I thinking?” thought Lily.

James sat down in front of the table and thought, “Did she just call me James? Wow! We sure have come a long way.” He opened his book and began to study.
The next morning, James woke up to an empty common room. “Woah, I fell asleep in here.” He went back up to his dorm and took a shower, changing into his robes and walking back down to the common room. He sat down at the table to finish his homework. After a few minutes, he heard someone come down the stairs behind him.

James turned around and said, “Morning, Lily.”

Lily smiled and yawned. “Morning, Ja- I mean Potter.” James grinned at her slip up and Lily walked over to the couch. She was dressed in her Hogwarts robes. The red head sat down next to James and said, “What are you doing?”

“Just studying,” said James.

Lily laughed. “Oh, yeah. You’re serious?”

“When am I ever not?” asked James, grinning.

“Hm,” said Lily, pretending to think. “How about every day of your life?”

“Oh,” said James, shaking his head. “You’re gonna pay for that!” He lunged at Lily and started to tickle her, mercilessly.

“J-James!” shrieked Lily through her laughter. “S-Stop!”

“Uh- uh!” said James, tickling her.

Lily laughed and gasped, “P- Please?”

“Oh, all right,” said James, lowering his arms. Lily raised her hand and punched James in the shoulder.

“Ow!” said James, rubbing his shoulder. “You’re tougher than you look, Evans!”

Lily smiled. “I guess I’ll take that as a compliment.”

“That’s good. Because it wasn’t,” said James, grinning. Lily punched him the shoulder again. James sighed and said, “You are a fiery one, Lily Evans.”

“Of course I am,” said Lily, firmly. “Now, let’s study.”

“Let’s!” exclaimed James.

Lily laughed and leaned over James’s book. “What are you studying?”

James leaned forward. “Transfiguration.”

Lily shot up, knocking James in the chin with her head. “Ow!” she said, rubbing the top of her head.

James was massaging his chin. “Sheesh, Lily!”

Lily smiled feebly. “Sorry.”

Suddenly, Sirius leaped down the boy’s dormitory stairs. He looked at the pair on the couch. “Oooooooooooh, what are you two doing?!?”

James sighed and thought, “Great job ruining the painful moment, Padfoot.”

Lily also sighed and said, “Nothing, Sirius.”

The boy in question walked over to them and said in a girly voice, “Were you kissin’?”

“Of course not!” exclaimed Lily, in indignation.

“Come on,” said James, standing up and touching Lily lightly on the shoulder. “Let’s go.”

Lily looked at her watch. “We still have half an hour until breakfast!”

James grinned slyly. “We’ve got somewhere to go before then.” He winked at Sirius and hauled Lily out of the common room.

“Where are we going?” asked Lily after a few minutes of walking.

“Nowhere.”

“What?” exclaimed Lily, looking at James.

“I just said that so Sirius would leave us alone,” replied James.

Lily laughed and said, “So what are we going to do for a half hour?”

“Let’s fly!” exclaimed James, running through the open front doors.

Lily took off after him and screamed, “No! I hate flying!!!!”

James stopped at the broom shed and grabbed at school broom. He turned to face Lily, who was panting behind him. “Now, why would that be?”

Lily tried to catch her breath. “I’m just not very good at it, that’s all.”

James scoffed at Lily. “That’s all? You’re not good at it?” James laughed and straddled the broom. “Get on!”

“What?!?” shouted Lily in a panic.

“Sit behind me!” ordered James.

“No. Way,” said Lily, shaking her head.

James turned his head to look at her. “Just get on the broom, Lily.”

The red head sighed and sat on the broom behind James, who grinned and exclaimed, “Here we go!” He flew the broom up into the air above the Quidditch pitch. Lily gave a high-pitched scream and wrapped her arms around James’ waist to keep from falling to the ground. James smiled to himself as they flew around with Lily screaming most of the time.

“She sure is warm,” thought James as Lily took a break from screaming and clung to him tighter.

“He sure smells good,” thought Lily. “Like apples and cinnamon or something. Woah, what am I thinking?”

They flew around a bit longer before James landed on the ground. He got off the broom and helped Lily off. He put the broom back in the shed and they both walked back to the school.

Lily glanced at her watch; it was 7:55. “We should go to breakfast.” James nodded and they walked into the Great Hall.

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