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The following day, Lily was walking down the Charms corridor, a happy smile set permanently on her face. Everything had gone fantastically well with James last night – he had been kind and funny and his gifts to her had been so thoughtful! How he had known what her favourite film was, she didn’t know, but that hardly mattered; he had, inexplicably, managed to enchant a muggle television so that it would work inside Hogwarts grounds, a feat Lily knew was enormous.

And now, she supposed, they were dating; a fact that terrified and excited her in equal measures.

Her smile turned into a grin.

If she a year ago could have seen herself now… Well, she’d have thought she’d gone mad!

Perhaps she had…

“Lily.”

Lily jumped as a voice behind her shook her out of her thoughts.

Startled, she turned around to find Severus Snape leant against a wall, arms folded, expression unreadable.

“Oh, Sev!” she exclaimed, laying a hand over her rapidly beating heart. “You scared me!”

“I’m sorry,” he said, though his expression was not one of regret.

Lily frowned.

“Are you ok, Sev?” she asked concernedly.

He twitched slightly, a shadow passing over his face.

Ignoring her question, he said sourly, “Thinking about Potter, were you?”

“No!” she said, too quickly.

“Don’t lie to me, Lily,” he said coldly, straightening up and uncrossing his arms. “I saw you.”

Lily looked at him in surprise.

“What do you mean, you saw me?”

“Not you – you and him.” He spat out the last word as though it were poison. “Coming out of the Room of Requirement.”

Lily felt her blood run cold.

“We weren’t-we were just there to discuss our Head Boy and Girl duties,” she stammered, her facing turning red.

But she and James had done nothing wrong, she argued with herself. There’s no reason to feel embarrassed about it.

And yet, a small part of her still felt guilty…

Especially considering the way Sev was looking at her.

She’d never seen him look so angry.

“Well, it must have been quite a meeting,” he said, his voice dripping with disdain. “It is a usual custom, then, for Potter to present you with gifts and have House Elves prepare three course meals for you?”

Lily felt herself tense.

“Sev, it’s not what you-”she began, but he cut her off.

“What I don’t understand,” he said, looking as though he got it only too well, “Is how you could be staring so admiringly at someone you, and I quote, ‘hate with a passion’.”

Realising where this was going, Lily hurriedly said, “Look, I admit, I have been spending more time with James, and I have found him to be really funny and smart, as well as thoughtful. But that doesn’t mean there’s anything going on between-”

“You agreed to go to Hogsmeade with him this weekend.”

“Well, yes, but-”

“The same weekend you agreed to go with me,” he continued tonelessly.

Lily felt her heart stop momentarily.

She’d completely forgotten the promise she’d made to him.

“Oh, Sev, I’m so sorry!” she cried, meaning it. “I completely forgot!”

“I realised,” he replied coldly.

Lily didn’t know what to say.

On the one hand, she really wanted to go with James, but, on the other, she’d made a promise to Severus to go with him, and she knew she couldn’t go back on her word.

James would just have to go with his friends, she decided.

She told Severus this, but, instead of looking happier, he looked angrier than ever.

“You think I want to go with you now, knowing the whole time you’ll be wishing you were with him?!” he spat, looking at her furiously.

“No!” she gasped, shaking her head. “Sev, I want to go with you!”

“No. You don’t,” he said, his voice toneless once again. “And you want to be his girlfriend, just like I always knew you would.”

Lily gaped at him, speechless.

“And I’ve lost you forever,” he said quietly, so quietly Lily wasn’t sure if she’d heard him right.

“Wh-Sev, you haven’t lost me – don’t be so ridiculous!” she cried, firmly finding her voice again. “I’m still the same old Lily, even if I have fallen for James Potter!”

“Aha!” screeched Severus, an almost manic look in his eyes. “So you do fancy him!”

Lily blanched, realising what she’d just admitted.

“I was-I was being hypothetical!” she stammered, but it was too late.

“You’re a liar, Lily Evans,” snarled Severus, looking at her as though she were dragon dung. “A liar and a fool.”

“I hope you and Potter are very happy together,” he spat, looking as though he wished nothing but.

Before Lily could say anything more, Severus had turned on his heel and stormed off down the corridor, leaving her to feel confused and hurt.

Had Severus broken friends with her, she wondered, staring after his rapidly retreating back.

And why on earth was he so angry?

Yes, she could understand his annoyance at her accidentally – and it was an accident – double-booking herself, but his assertion that he’d ‘lost her forever’ was ridiculous! She admitted she fancied James (yes, finally), but that wasn’t going to stop her liking Sev as well.

It was as if he thought that, if she and James were to go out(!), she’d stop talking to him completely.

Which was, of course, ridiculous.

She knew that James and Severus didn’t get on (understatement of the century!), but they’d both have to deal with it – after all, she could just hang out with them separately from the other.

But what if James or Severus rejected that idea?

She pondered this all the way back to Gryffindor Tower, and didn’t even hear James call her name as she walked through the common room.

It wasn’t until he’d tapped her on the shoulder that she snapped back to reality.

“Wow, he must be some guy,” commented James, a smile threatening to form on his lips.

“What?” said Lily, distractedly.

 “The guy you were thinking about,” he replied, grinning. “He must be really amazing. I called your name three times and you still didn’t hear me.”

Understanding dawning, Lily shook her head, and said, “Oh, I’m really sorry. I was just thinking about Sev…”

The grin that had appeared on James’ face vanished instantly.

“You were thinking about Snivellus? I mean Snape?” he asked, looking hilariously jealous. “Any particular reason why?”

“Oh nothing,” said Lily, shaking her head, oblivious to how much of an effect those five small words were going to have on the rest of her life. “At least, it doesn’t matter at the moment. Where’s Al?” she added, looking around as she realised James wasn’t holding him.

“Oh, I put him down for a nap,” he replied distractedly. “Now, what’s this about you thinking about Snape?”

Lily opened her mouth to reply, but before she had a chance to say anything, a voice said quietly behind her, “Lily, I need to talk to you.”

She looked round to find Romeda, eyes red and clutching Apple (don’t ask) awkwardly in her arms.

“Romeda, what’s the matter?” said Lily, her voice full of concern as she took in her best friend’s appearance. “What’s happened?”

“Not here,” she muttered quickly, shaking her head. “Some place quiet.”

“Ok,” said Lily, nodding. “We’ll go to our dorm. James,” she said, turning round to look at him, “Can we talk about this later? I really have to…” She trailed off, but James understood; Romeda needed her.

Forcing a smile, he said, “Sure, you go. But don’t think you’ve gotten away with telling me why you were thinking about Snape!”

Lily flashed him a brief smile then turned her attention back to Romeda, who appeared to be shaking slightly.

“Right, upstairs,” she said, putting a hand gently on her shoulder and steering her in the direction of the stairs that led to their room.

As they climbed, Lily could hear how rapidly Romeda was breathing, and the shaking was getting worse.

When they reached their dorm, Lily pushed open the door and stood aside for Romeda to enter.

Clutching Apple tightly, she walked inside, her eyes, Lily realised, wide with fear.

Lily closed the door as Romeda settled herself down on her bed, Apple placed carefully on her lap.

Lily sat down too, so that she was facing her, and said softly, “Romeda, what’s happened?”

Romeda, who had been staring unseeingly at the top of Apple’s head, looked up, tears swimming in her eyes, and said, in an anguished voice, “Lily, I’m pregnant!”

 

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