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"I can't tell you that," James stuttered.

"So you lose. You forfeit," Lily implored.

"I don't lose," James interfered.

"Then you're going to answer the question?"


"Then I win," Lily triumphed.

James started. He was incredulous. How could she ask such a question? How could she possibly expect an answer? Did she really think she'd win like that?

"No, you don't," he stated.

"How is that?" Lily asked, turning angry. "Is there some rule about winning that I don't know? That you've decided to keep to yourself so that in the likely event that I'd win you could change it all around to benefit you?"

"Do you really think I'd do something like that?" James asked, maddening himself.

"I wouldn't put it past you," Lily answered coldly; unfairly.

James opened his mouth to speak, his face contorted in rage. But he thought better of it and closed it again, becoming aware that he'd stopped in his tracks. Lily was standing just as still as he was.

"It's not my secret to tell," he muttered.

"But you still failed to answer the question," Lily pointed out.

"But I don't lose," James said indignantly. "That was an unfair question."

"Life is unfair," Lily said.

"I've answered every single one of your questions that pertained to me. This involves other people and I have no right in telling it. I barely have a right in knowing it."

"Don't try to wiggle your way out of it! You lost."

"I did not," James said through clenched teeth.

"Is winning really so important to you?"

"Is it to you?" James said doggedly. Lily gaped at him in very apparent anger.

"I- no- of course not- I-" she stammered.

"Fine," James said. "I got out with Remus, Peter and Sirius. Remus has stuff going on once a month that he needs help with. That's all."

"That's not true," Lily accused.

"It is so."

"If that were the truth you wouldn't have had such a problem telling me in the first place!"

"It's the truth," James shrugged. "Next question."

"No! No it bloody well isn't! You're holding back."

"So?" James demanded.

"You have to tell the truth," Lily reinstated the rule.

"Yeah, but that's it right? The rules never said you had to tell the whole truth."

They were walking again, but very unaware of doing so. Lily remained very silent rather that retaliating. She seemed to be struggling to work out what had been said. Perhaps she was looking back on their first night of the game, looking for a refrence to the rules. Perhaps she was looking for the rule that would prove James false, but she wouldn't find it. There was only one rule. You have to tell the truth. But how much of it was to be told was never said.

"You cheater!" Lily suddenly hissed.

"What?" James said, clearly startled.

"You never said that we didn't have to tell the whole truth!"

"I never said that we did, either," he pointed out.

"That's not fair," she whined.

"Life's not fair.

"Stop that!" Lily growled.


"I can't believe we never had to tell the whole truth. I could have held back. There was stuff I could have not said, but I didn't think it was an option," she said, clearly hurt.

"What have you told me that was so secret? What have you told me that could have been held back? That would have been worth holding back?" James asked, angry again.

"There was stuff." Lily muttered.

"Well, I'm sorry," James said, in somewhat of an unfeeling tone. This fight was pointless. It was a game. None of it really mattered. Not yet. Lily knew countless of things about him now, but he knew nothing about her. That's the only reason he refused to admit to losing. Yes, perhaps the half truth he was telling was very unfair, but then again, it was Remus's secret. Not his. As James had said, he had no right to tell it, and very little right to even know about it. If he hadn't been so nosey.....

"How many other things did you tell only part of the truth on?" Lily suddenly rounded on him, her voice dragging him away from his thoughts.

"That was the only one," James said truthfully.

"How do I know that isn't a lie?"

"It's not."

"Yes, but how do I know?" Lily insisted.

"You're being stupid," James said calmly. But in less than a second he realized that was a very wrong thing to say indeed. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean that."

"So now I'm stupid?"

"No, I-"

"Oh! I get it! Very funny. Yes. The joke's on me. Well, har, har, har. I don't think much of your sense of humor, Potter."

"What? Lily, no, I-"

"Evans," Lily demanded.


"Never say my first name with your filthy lying tongue again. 'Lily' is only for people I consider friends."

"Lily, c'mon. It's not that big of a deal. Listen. You win. Happy?"

"Happy?" she shrieked. "Not that big of a deal? I stand here, telling you my secrets! Telling you things not even Rebecca knows about me, while you, you- argh!"

"I what?"

"Shut up Potter," Lily said, turning on her heel and walking away.

"Lily!" James said, running to catch up with her and placing a hand on her shoulder, which she pulled away quickly. "I want to know. Seriously."

"I've told you enough, I believe."

"I've told you a lot too," he said quietly, half jogging to keep up with her pace. How was it that girls could move so fast without breaking into anything more than a walk? "What have I done wrong?"

She laughed mirthlessly. "How many more half truths, Potter?"

"I told you!" James said, his voice rising a notch or two. "It's not my secret. It's Remus' thing. If you really want to know about it, ask him. If he doesn't mind you knowing, he'll tell you. But otherwise it's none of your business."

He could tell by her swift movements that he'd just done more than cross the line.

"If it were up to me, I'd tell you," he attempted. "But it's not. It's his biggest secret. How would you like it if I told Rebecca your worst fear? Your greatest ambition? Your biggest secret? What would you do, how would you feel, if I told her about your sister? It's kind of like that. Even though Remus knows you, he might not-"

But he was cut off. Lily had whipped around, eyes flashing, wand out. James almost ran smack into her, and had to stop so fast he nearly fell.

"Don't you dare, Potter."

"Will you stop calling me that, L- " he tried.

"Leave me alone. I don't want to talk to you again. I don't want to hear you again. I don't to see you again. Good bye."

And with that, she stomped off, leaving a very confused James behind, his brain full of muddled thoughts and the sound of her voice still ringing in his ears, along with the sobs he swore he heard issue from her as she hurried away.

A/N: Wow! Did you like this chapter? I absolutley loved it! I've been planning it for weeks. I had so much fun writing it! And I actually updated super soon. My holiday treat to you. And I'm a trusted author, so, make sure you check in on this story during the staff's break, because I'll still be able to update. The next two chapters will prolly not compare to this one, but, I'll see what I can do. The climax of the story starts soon (I'm excited) but it'll be tricky to write. Important The point of view will change shortly from James to Lily and will continue like that for a few chapters. I will tell you the chapter before it changes that it is about to happen. Just be aware that it will. Okay, well, that's all. So please review. Thank you!! ♥AMW

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