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James was sitting quietly, playing with his hair and Remus was sitting quietly at his desk, looking straight ahead where Professor Cleavry and Clarissa were standing.

“I assume you know why you’re here Remus” said Professor Cleavry, but Remus shook his head and continued looking at Professor Cleavry. “Oh…well…” He cleared his thought and continued: “Well Miss Vain came to me just before class and she told me about what you and James here did”

“What are you talking about?”

“Um…well…Miss Vain” but he was interrupted by Clarissa’s loud sniffles. He turned to her and asked:

“Would you like to tell them what happened?” Clarissa nodded and after sniffing a few more times she said:

“They…they…I can’t do this…” she broke out in new crocodile tears and ran out the door.

“Clearly you have hurt Miss Vain, whether you know how or not, so I’ve decided that you will spend the next 5 Saturday mornings from 8 to 12 sorting out my files… ” Professor Cleavry walked up to James who was dozing off and hit his fist into the desk. James woke up with a start and stared at Professor Cleavry. “…in alphabetical order. And Mr. Potter, if you so much as even close your eyes for more than 5 seconds in my class I will personally make sure that you will never have a spare weekend for the rest of the year, is that clear?”

James rose from his seat and said “If you’re finished, I’d like to leave” Before Professor Cleavry could say anything James had rushed out the door, Remus following him.


***


James Lily Molly Remus


As Remus walked back to the Gryffindor tower they were discussing what had just happened. They were both trying to figure out what they’d done, and no sooner than they had figured out that it was probably just a plan of Lucius’ did they hear the loud voice of Molly French.

“You have to tell him!” Molly and Lily were standing outside the Portrait hole.

“I will tell him, I just, I can’t tell him now!” Lily took a step towards Molly who, in turn, took a step back.

“Why on earth not?” snapped Molly, the expression on her face almost terrifying.

“I…I just” but she was interrupted.

“You…have…to!” Molly was on her way to step inside the portrait hole, which had been standing open this whole time, when Lily’s knees gave way and she broke down crying.

“Moo! You have to understand…actually…you’re the only one who will understand, or should understand” Lily yelled from the floor. Molly stopped in her tracks and turned around to face Lily.

“Understand? All I understand is that” but Lily cut her of.

“Please don’t say it out loud! Please!”

“Why should I? You stole…”

“No!” Lily interrupted her once more.

“You stole Lily! You stole! And I know you’re a girl who everyone looks up to and it would be terrible for you if anyone found out, but please, just, think about James, doesn’t deserve this”

“James…” whispered Lily “He’s the reason I can’t tell him! I’m kind of in the middle of letting him know that…that I love…him…” at this James, who had been hiding in the shadow of a statue of a giant, stopped breathing for so long that Remus had to remind him to start again.

“Well, you have a funny way of showing it, and funnily enough, I don’t think I’ve seen you even close to James during the past week, and when you are, you’re yelling at him or breaking his heart, like you always do” As Molly walked off Lily grabbed her robe, but Molly ripped it out of her hands “You don’t deserve him” her voice was cold and bitter.

After Molly had left Lily was on her knees for another 5 minutes. James, who was still having difficulty breathing, was watching her every move. Afterwards she rose up, wiped the make-up off her check and mumbled ‘get it together, Lily’ as she walked through the portrait hole.

“James? James, are you alright?” Remus shook James a little bit to check if he was still alive.

“I…” but James couldn’t make a sound. His throat was so dry he could barely swallow.


***


James Sirius Remus


“So, you’re telling me…that Lily…loves you?” Sirius was still having difficulty understanding what had happened since James couldn’t say more than a few words at a time. He was still in shock.

James cleared his throat and said:

“I…She…” James picked up the bottle of butterbeer Sirius had handed to him, trying to clear his throat.

“Mate, this is great! Right?” James looked furiously at him. Sirius looked at Remus who started explaining.

“He’s not suppose to know she loves him, and since Lily’s never going to have the guts to tell him, nothing is likely to happen”

“Where’s the positive attitude mate?” Sirius walked over to Remus and punched his shoulder lightly. James stood up and poured the rest of the butterbeer down his throat.

“I…I…I have no idea what to do” He sat back down again burying his head in the pillow next to him.

“Mate, it’s all right! I can fix this for you” James looked up from the pillow to find Sirius looking at him with a ridiculously big smile on his face.

“And…and….ARGH! And how are you going to do that?” James was still having trouble speaking.

“You’re forgetting that I’m Sirius Black, I can accomplish anything” Sirius stuck his chin in the air and took a deep breath.

“Oh yeah? What about that time you couldn’t get the parcel open that your uncle had sent you, so you ended up throwing it away and telling him that you never got it, so he had so send another one, or was that a completely different situation?” Remus reminded him.

“Ok, I’m the NEW Sirius Black”

“I thought you hated being a black?” Remus was clearly enjoying this.

“Oh, bugger off will ya?” Sirius made a face at Remus and walked over to James.

“I swear on my two opposable thumbs that I will make sure that you and Lily end up together” Sirius placed his hand on James’ shoulder and handed him another bottle of butterbeer.


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James Lily


James had fallen asleep on the couch, being too tired after being questioned so many times by Sirius, and after repeating the incident what seemed like a million times. Lily walked in through the portrait hole and looked around the common room. There was no one else there, no one, but James. She looked at him for a minute, noticing every feature, recording every movement. She was so lost in him, that when he woke up and found her staring at him, she didn’t move one inch, she stood there for a minute and then she shook her head and made a rushed apology.

“What were you looking at?” James was blushing and looked down at his feet.

“I…I…I have no idea, I was just, distracted” mumbled Lily.

“Oh…”Lily’s and James’ eyes met, but both of them turned away quickly, pretending to be interested in something elsewhere “How are you?”

“What do you mean?” snapped Lily, regretting it almost immediately.

“You know there’s no need to snap at me, I was just asking because I’ve seen that you and Molly aren’t talking anymore” James stood up and looked at her with a hurt expression on his face.

“Ok fine! I’m sorry!” Lily blurted out as she turned her back towards him and covered her face with her hands. James could hear a few sniffs before she turned around to face him, her eyes slightly red and full with tears. “Oh James!” she cried as she ran towards him and buried her face in his chest. James put his arms around her as she cried. After 20 minutes she pulled away from the hug and stared at James, shocked. What did I just do?

For those few precious seconds that James had held Lily in his arms his heart had started beating twice as fast. When she’d pulled away he could feel the top of her head brush against his chin.

“I’m sorry” she mumbled. She was staring at her shoes, clearly embarrassed.

“It’s fine” James said as he put his hand under her chin and pushed it upwards so that she was looking at him. She was crying, partly because she was so embarrassed, but mostly it was because of all that had happened between her and Molly. She brushed away his hand from her chin and ran towards the portrait hole. James stood motionless for a few seconds before he bent down to sit back down on the couch, but he accidentally missed and landed on the floor.

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