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Chapter 6- Step by step.

“Lily wait up!…Ok. That’s fine too. Whatever, keep walking.”

“James, hold it I have to talk with you.” James spun around to face Sirius, not at all in the mood for joke. He hadn’t talked to Lily since Christmas eve…which was a total of 9 days. They both had gone home early Christmas morning to be with family and he had not yet had a chance to talk to her. Mainly because she would not stay in the same room with him for more than a minute. He gave Sirius a look that clearly said this better be good or you will die a slow and painful death.

Sirius chose to ignore James’ look of annoyance, steering him towards an empty armchair. Sirius crouched before James as a mother would her small child and gave a small sigh, clasping his hands infront of his mouth in a thoughtful way. “Look Prongs I know this may be hard to accept but I really think you need to hear it from someone who can speak through experience. James I-“ Sirius paused to take a deep breath, steadying himself to shock James.

“Sirius will you get on with it!?”

“Sorry, I’m just not ready for this. James, you don’t know how hard it is to see you in pain but I think its time you knew that Evans is avoiding you. I just thought you should hear it from somebody who cares. Wow what a relief! Thank god that is out in the op- are you smiling? Is James smiling again? Excellent, my work here is done.” Sirius told him, standing up and wiping his hands together.

“You idiot Sirius! Must you always make a joke of my life?” James asked shaking his head at his friend who always seemed to see how to make light of a situation.

Sirius pretended to think for a moment. “Yes. Yes, I think I must, as I am Sirius Black and you are James Potter and I am simply by far superior and- OW! What was that for?” Sirius cried as James punched him in the arm.

“For being you. Come on lets get to Transfiguration before McGonagall ends us.”

“Aye, Aye Cap’n. Lets go!”


Holly disliked transfigurations. She couldn’t seem to focus enough to turn the chair into a chicken. She flicked her wand once more and when that failed she turned to Lily who was changing her chair into a chicken and back without thought. Typical. “Hey Lily?”


“What am I doing wrong?”

“Yes.” Lily replied distractedly.

Holly rolled her eyes. “Lily!” she cried snapping her fingers infront of Lily’s face. “Focus! That was not a yes no question!”

Lily blinked and looked at her. “What? I'm sorry Hol, what did you say?”

Holly sighed. “I asked if you could help me…but as if thats important... Lily? What’s wrong? You haven’t been yourself since Christmas.”

Lily opened her mouth to speak but was cut off by the bell. Or saved by the bell. She rushed from the room but Holly soon caught up with her. She looked around for the second interrogator but realised she was with Remus still.

Lily looked around quickly and dragged Holly outside into the empty courtyard. Seconds later Ruby joined them. “What’s going on?”

Lily ignored her turning to Holly and shivering slightly in the cold. “He almost kissed me.”

“What?” Asked Holly. While Ruby who had caught on surprisingly quickly only muttered a small “Oh.”

“And I bolted.” Lily told them beginning to pace the small courtyard.

“And you haven’t talked to him since?” Ruby asked.

“Or more to the point you have been avoiding him.” Holly added having finally connected the dots.

Lily looked up at them sharply. “Is it that obvious?”

Holly and Ruby looked at each other. “Yeah. Yeah it is.”

Lily grumpily sat on the stone bench nearby. “Oh great. Do you think James has noticed?”

“Lily, when you pretend not to hear him when he shouts out in a quiet room, you could say it is obvious.”

“Oh Merlin. What should I do?”

“Talk to him?” Both her friends told her impatiently.

“And tell him what?” Lily cried jumping up to pace again.

Holly gave her a wide grin. “How much you love him and-“

“I do not love James Potter!”

“Lily,” Holly started seriously, placing her hand on Lily’s shoulder. “I believe that is called denial.”

Lily scowled, then sighed. “I don’t know what to do! I’m so confused.

Lily: If there's a prize for rotten judgment
I guess I've already won that
No man is worth the aggravation
That's ancient history, been there, done that!

Ruby and Holly: Who'd'ya think you're kiddin'
He's the Earth and heaven to you
Try to keep it hidden
Honey, we can see right through you
Girl, ya can't conceal it
We know how ya feel and
Who you're thinking of

Lily: No chance, no way
I won't say it, no, no

Ruby and Holly: You swoon, you sigh
why deny it, uh-oh

Lily: It's too cliché
I won't say I'm in love
I thought my heart had learned its lesson
It feels so good when you start out
My head is screaming get a grip, girl
This is James we’re talkin’ ‘bout

Ruby and Holly: You keep on denying
Who you are and how you're feeling
Baby, we're not buying
Hon, we saw ya hit the ceiling
Face it like a grown-up
When ya gonna own up
That ya got, got, got it bad

Lily: No chance, now way
I won't say it, no, no

Ruby and Holly: Give up, give in
Check the grin you're in love

Lily: This scene won't play,
I won't say I'm in love

Ruby and Holly: You're doin flips read our lips
You're in love

Lily: You're way off base
I won't say it
Get off my case
I won't say it

Ruby and Holly: Girl, don't be proud
It's O.K. you're in love

Lily: Oh
At least out loud,
I won't say I'm in love”

Holly and Ruby grinned at her “We so knew it.” Holly teased.

Lily’s eyes widened and she sat back down on the bench. “What do I do?” She whispered fearfully.

“Talk to him. Next time he approaches you, don’t run. Listen.” Ruby told her, then looked at Holly. “And I thought she was smart…”

Holly laughed while Lily stared at them in annoyance. “Oh that’s right you two laugh it up, while I panic at the thought of actually talking to the guy I apparently love. Oh my God, I'm losing it!” Lily cried but they only laughed harder. “That’s it. I am leaving. Some friends you are. Teasing me in my time of need.” Lily moaned. “I’ll see you both later.”

She walked quickly inside out of the cold and up the stairs, totally lost in her thoughts until she crashed into somebody.

“Oomph!” She cried as she landed sprawled on the floor, her books scattering in every direction.

“Lily Evans. Just the person I’ve been hoping to run into.”

Lily groaned. “James Potter, the very person I really didn’t want to run into.”

He smiled sadly, offering his hand to help her up. “I sort of got that impression.”

“Not the most subtle of people am I?” She joked half heartedly.

“You could say that. So now that I have you in one place, can we talk? That’s all I want to do. Just talk.”


Lily strolled back to her dorm in a daze. So many thoughts were running through her head. Mainly ones that involved James Potter. Before Lily could open the door it swung open and she was pulled roughly inside.

“Was that absolutely necessary? I would have only been another few seconds!” Lily muttered as she sprawled tiredly on her bed. She had just began to relax when two thumps joined her from either side. Lily opened her eyes to find two eager faces looking at her. “What?” She asked irritably.

“What did he say?”

Lily sighed and sat up. “Nothing much, that he's sorry he ruined things and can we go back to being friends.” She told them before throwing herself back onto the bed.

“And?” Ruby questioned.

“I don’t want to be his friend!” Lily wailed. her friends sighed and both wrapped their arms around her in a comforting hug. The mind of Lily Evans was not something that should be messed with. It was simply best not to question any further.


”We need to do something tonight.” Sirius complained. He and the marauders were lounging in their dorm. Sirius was busy staring at the wall while James had located his stolen snitch and had began playing with it again. “That thing hasn’t surfaced for a while.” Sirius commented lazily, not really caring for an answer.

James shrugged in reply. “Moony, you’re awfully quiet over there.”

“So are you.” Remus replied.

James shrugged while Sirius rolled back over, already bored with the conversation. “I was just thinking.

“Bout what?” Remus prompted casually.

“Lily.” James sighed. “I told her today I wanted to be friends.”

“Why?” Remus asked in bewilderment. “You’ve never wanted to be friends with Lily!”

James angrily tried to throw the snitch, he watched as instead of crashing into the wall as it should have it fluttered away untroubled again before answering. “I don’t, You're right I never have but I'm stupid and I just wanted her to talk to me again. It's slightly better than being ignored. Slightly.”

“Oh.” Was the only reply.

James nodded and tried to recapture the snitch while everyone else fell into silence again. “So how bout you Moony?”

“Ruby.” Remus replied without thinking. “I mean, what? Who said that! Not me! I didn’t! Nooo…” He rambled sitting up straight in his chair.

James, Sirius and Peter chuckled. “So Moony are you actually admitting to liking fair Ruby?” Sirius asked, glad the evening had finally gotten interesting.

“Yeah,” he sighed. “There's just something about her.”

“What?” Asked James.

Remus shrugged. “I can’t explain it... And why do I have to? I haven’t asked you what it is about Lily, now have I?”

James thought for a moment. “Actually you have. Numerous times and each time I tell you the same thing. It’s the eyes and the way they sparkle with intelligence and fire when I piss her off. That’s what got me.” He told them dreamily. “How just her smile can make me want to dance, her laugh and the way it reminds me of sweet music, the way she looks when she she scrunches her nose and-“

“My God! Make him stop! PLEASE have mercy!” Sirius yelled, slamming his hands over his ears.

“OK OK!" Remus cried, seeing how James Could and given the chance probably would go on all night. "I take back my comment, but you do realise that you are only describing her qualities that you find likable, not saying why you actually do.” Remus told him.

"Are you saying my love for Lily is superficial?" James demanded.

"No!" Remus replied quickly, alarmed at his friends sudden outburst. "Simply that theres something unexplainable."
James considered this for a moment, his anger vanishing instantly as thought. "Yeah, i get what you're saying..." He said quietly before lying back down on his bed.

“Ok, that’s kinda way to deep…” Sirius told them both after a moments silence. “So Moony why don’t you tell her?”

Remus sighed dejectedly. "Isn't it obvious?

(A/N- Adapted slightly from Every little thing (he) does is magic, by Shawn Colvin.)
Though I’ve tried before to tell her
Of the feelings I have for her
In my heart

Every time that I come near her
I just loose my nerve like I’ve done
From the start…

Cause every little thing she does is magic
Every thing she does just makes me smile
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on

Do I have to tell the story?
Of the laughter that we shared
Since we first met

It’s shouldn’t be a dilemma
But it’s always me
who ends up getting hurt.

Cause every lil thing she does is magic
Every thing she does just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on

I resolve to tell her straight up
A thousand times a day
And ask her if she’ll go out with me
In some old fashioned way

But my silent fears have gripped me
Long before I call out to her
Long before my tongues tripped me
must I always be alone

Cause every little thing she does is magic
Every thing she does just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on

Cause every little thing she does is magic
Every thing she does just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on

goes on…goes on…”

“So you’re not going to tell her?” Sirius asked in confusion.

“No…I think there is something else I need to tell her first.” Remus replied thoughtfully.

Sirius looked confused still but James gasped. “You wouldn’t.” He asked in disbelief.

“Wouldn’t what?” Sirius asked.

Remus ignored him and turned to James. “I trust her.”

“Someone tell me what’s going on!” Sirius whined.

“Hey, I get it. Mate,” James continued. “Whatever happens we’ve got your back.” Remus smiled at James gratefully and both fell silent for a moment until Sirius interrupted with a snap of his fingers.

“Oh! I get it!” He exclaimed at last. “That’s big. So big. Like wow.”


“So when are you going to tell her?” Sirius questioned at breakfast the next day but was shushed by Remus. He glanced at the doorway as Ruby, Holly and Lily entered in a fit of giggles. They sat down across from the marauders as Peter jumped up to leave.

“Bye Pete!” Sirius called, slightly confused at his sudden departure. The thought that something was up was quickly dismissed as he caught sight of his breakfast. “Morning ladies.” He said in between bites.

“So Hogsmeade today…Join us for a butterbeer?” James asked in between mouthfuls.

Lily looked at her friends. “Sure.” She shrugged. James almost choked on his toast but quickly recovered to send her his most charming smile. Lily scrunched up her nose then flicked a piece of her crust at him. It hit him in the middle of the forehead causing everyone around him to laugh.


“So you never told me when you are going to tell her!” Sirius whined as the boys made the trip from Hogwarts to Hogsmeade. Remus couldn’t help but grin. He tapped his nose and winked at his friend.

“All in good time, Padfoot. All in good time.”

Sirius Pouted. “That is so not an answer!”

“Fine.” Remus told him. “Soon but not today. Today we are going to have fun.”

“That’s right.” Sirius called loudly as they entered Three Broomsticks. The girls were already waiting for them at a table down the back. Remus gestured to the table and went to get drinks for them all. The six of them sat in the crowded pub talking and laughing for a couple of hours before Holly jumped up.

“We have to go check out the sale at Gladrags Wizardwear!”

Within seconds the girls had all said their goodbyes and departed leaving James, Sirius and Remus in silence. After a while they too left and strolled back to Hogwarts.

“That was fun.” Sirius said with a smile. “Its funny to see you and Evans talking, Prongs, like civillyand i swear she may have even been flirting, eh?" He teased, nudging his friend in the side. "And did you notice Holly didn’t even shoot any evils my way! It was great. Maybe I’m growing on her. You know getting closer, step by step." He said, suddenly swerving in front of them with a smooth half turn and a clap of his hands.

(A/N-Adapted from Step by step by New Kids On The Block.)
Sirius: Step by step ooh baby
Gonna get to you girl
James: Step by step ooh baby
Really want you in my world

Sirius: Hey girl in your eyes
I see a picture of me all the time
Remus: And girl when you smile
You got to know that you drive me wild

All: Step by step
Ooh baby
You're always on my mind
Step by step
Ooh girl
I really think it's just a matter of time

Step by step ooh baby
Gonna get to you girl
Step by step ooh baby
Really want you in my world

James: Hey girl can't you see
I've got to have you all just for me
Remus: And girl yes it's true
No one else will ever do

All: Step by step ooh baby
Gonna get to you girl
Step by step ooh baby
Really want you in my world

Step one
We can have lots of fun
Step two
There's so much we can do
Step three
It's just you and me
Step four
I can give you more
Step five
Don't you know the time has arrived.”


I Won’t Say (In Love), music by Alan Menken, lyrics by David Zippel, vocals by Meg (Susan Egan)

Every little thing (he) does is magic, by Shawn Colvin

Step By Step, by New Kids On The Block

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