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Lily was sitting in the living room of Potter Manor. She was dressed casually in one of her old quidditch jerseys with a white long sleeve t-shirt and a pair of fitted jeans that had a slight flare at the end by her feet, which were covered in white socks. She had her hair pulled back in a messy bun.

She had her knapsack, with her school work, next to the couch. She had her charms textbook sitting open on the coffee table in front of her, with her notebook in her lap. While she used the parchment paper for assigned work that would be turned into the professors, she preferred to use notebook and pens for her personal notes and studying. For her, it kept her grounded in who she was, and reminded her of where she came from.

She was deep into thought when Sarah came into the room. She took a seat on the chair that was across from Lily. She had been dressed to the nines. She had a dark blue off the shoulder long sleeve shirt. She had it paired with a pair of black dress pants that hugged her legs, than flared slightly, to give way to a pair of black high heel boots.

“How can you be studying it is Christmas Eve, even you can’t be dumb enough that you need to study on a holiday?” Sarah asked.

“No, I am far from stupid. I like to be ahead and prepared, with NEWTs this spring I want to make sure that I am ready for the testing.” Lily said. “I would have thought that you would have wanted to go into town with James?”

“I would except then I would also have to spend time with Sirius and that is never fun.” Sarah said.

“It took me a while to get used to him. The first time that I met him, I almost changed his gender for him. He decided to come into James’s bedroom when I was just in a towel, James was not in the room at the time. He made some crude remarks, and would not leave the room. Alexia got a kick out of it when I later came down the stairs with James and Sirius was cowering behind her.” Lily said. “There are still times that he gets on my last nerve, but for the most part I have learned to live with him.”

“Then you are doing better than I ever did.” Sarah said.

“At first I never thought that we would have been friends, but he really came through for me when I first started at Hogwarts. I had been attacked at school, he and the rest of James’s friends really help keep me sane and helped to keep James sane when I had been unconscious.” Lily said as she closed her book.

Suddenly, James’s grandmother came into the living room. “You girl, where is my grandson?”

“Lily. He and Sirius needed to run a few errands, but should be back soon.” Lily said, while starting to pack up her school supplies.

“So what are you still doing here?”

“Well I live here. I had been in the middle of studying when Sarah came into to chat, so I decided to be polite and accommodate her.” Lily said. “Besides I needed a break from those two, sometimes watching them drains all of my energy.”

“You don’t get to talk about my grandson that way.” Addison said.

“You live with him all day long, and pair him up with Sirius for most the day and see if you are not tired by the end of the day.” Lily said. “Is this something I can help you with, or does it specifically need to be James?”

“Like you would know.” Addison said before turning on her heel and walking back into the kitchen. She was mumbling under her breath when she left the room.

“Guess I know where I rate in her world.” Lily said. “Is it bad that I don’t really care that much?”

“I don’t think it’s bad, I think it shows you how mature you are.” Sarah said.

“I told you dragon lady.” Sirius said as he and James walked into the living room. Both of the boys were in sweatshirts and jeans.

“She was fine with me, until you had to go and tell her that I was James’s wife.” Lily said. “So I blame you for her treatment of me. So for the rest of holiday you are on my list, and remember this, the only other person on my list is Ariel.”

“I think I can handle it.” Sirius said with a smile.

“By the way, your grandmother is looking for you. That is all I know, she didn’t want to talk to me.” Lily said as James took a seat next to her, now that her school work was back into her knapsack. She put her legs over his lap and rested her head on the back of the couch.

“Did you get your errands all done?” Lily asked.

“We did and in one piece, no thanks to Sirius, he was going girl crazy.” James said.

“Jamie.” His mother’s voice filtered into the living room.

“In here mum.” James turned his head as his mother walked into the living room.

“Your grandmother is looking for you.” Alexia said as she walked up to the group. “You guys came home just in time, it is time for dinner.”

“FOOD!” Sirius rushed to the dining room. The rest of them made their way to the dining room casually.

James and Lily were hanging slightly behind the rest of the group. James was behind Lily, rubbing her shoulders. She closed her eyes and relaxed at his touch.

“So were you able to get your studying done?” James asked as she

“Some, I had wished to get more done, but I will honor our agreement, no more studying for the next two days.” Lily said.

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Lily was in the kitchen making hot chocolate the way that her mother had taught her. It was a tradition that her family had back when her parents were alive. They would spend Christmas Eve playing board games, drinking hot chocolate and spending time as a family.

James came into the kitchen and wrapped his arms around her waist. “Is your famous hot chocolate almost ready?”

“Right now actually, and you are right in time to help me take them into the living room.” Lily said. “However we can stay in here while we wait for them to become drinkable. I don’t mind. It gives me a reprieve from your family.”

She turned around, while staying in the embrace of her husband. She wrapped her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder.

“Are you sure that you are up to playing board games? You have spreading yourself so thin lately. We can slip out early and just have an early night?” James suggested.

“As good as that sounds, I think that we should at least play for a while.” Lily said. “But what you are suggesting is really tempting. I say when we are done with school, we go on a vacation, just the two of us. I don’t care if all we do is go on a camping trip, I just want some time with on one else in the picture.”

“I think I can handle that request.” James said.

“We should probably get out there before they think that we are making that invisible baby that everyone seems to think that we have.” Lily said.

Together they brought out the hot chocolate to the group.

James took a seat at the end of one of the couches. Lily took a seat next to him, and tucked her feet underneath her.

“I say if we play a trivia game, I get Lily on my team.” Sirius declared.

“Why don’t we play kids verses the adults, we will even spot you two extra people.” His grandmother said.

“We should probably spot you a few extra people, we have the smartest witch on our side. What have you got?” Sirius said with a smile.

Three fourths of the way into the game Lily had fallen asleep, leaving the rest of the group to finish.

“I should get her up to bed. I have to admit she lasted longer than I though she would have, I thought she would have fallen asleep two hours ago.” James said.

“I can’t imagine that she would fall asleep before eight in the evening. Are you sure she isn’t pregnant?” His grandmother accused.

“I am positive that she in not pregnant. You need to stop suggesting that, because it is maddening. The only reason that we came for the holiday, is I was hoping to give Lily some relaxation time a few weeks were she wouldn’t feel like she was under attack. And instead she has to deal with your accusation.” He gathered his wife in his arms. “She has been through a lot lately. Ever since she was attacked at school she has had a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. She will wake up screaming and crying, afraid that the group that had attacked her has come back.

“Sirius, you didn’t hear that.” James said.

“Hey, there are some things that are not allowed for joking. James I was the one that found her, there was so much blood when I found her I thought that she was dead when in that hallway.” Sirius said.

“And if the lack of a good night’s sleep was enough to wear her out, the fact that she is working on revision work for the upcoming NEWTs because she feels that she not only needs to pass with all Os, she feels that she has to prove something to the rest of our class.” James said. “Sirius could you do me a favor, could you get your cousin here a few days? I think that Lily could use one of her best friends.”

“I will do my best.” Sirius said. “Take care of our girl.”

Sirius watched as James took his wife upstairs where their bedroom was located.

“Sirius are they any closer to figuring out who attacked Lily?” Harold asked.

“No, and we are starting to think that we will never figure it out. With as many threats as she had received since the beginning of the term there is no way to narrow it down, except to know that it was done by our own house

“Now why would anyone in Gryffindor want to hurt Lily?” Addison asked. “Gryffindor is an honorable house and for you to say such things is ludicrous.”

“The people that attacked her used polyjuice potion. They tried to pretend that they were from the Slytherin house, but the part the people forgot is that polyjuice potion doesn’t change their clothes. The people that attacked Lily were wearing Gryffindor ties.” Sirius said. “You know I got used to you not liking me from the minute that you found out my last name was Black, but you never even gave her a chance. The minute you found out that she was married to James you saw her as an enemy.”

“Of course she must have seduced him…” Addison was cut off.

“That just goes to show how little you actually know about her.” Sirius said. “And with that I am going to bed before she tries to lecture me. Good night mum, dad.” 

Sirius walked away leaving the adults speechless, to the fact that he had called out Addison's actions.





A/N -  I know it has been a while since the last update and I am sorry.  There is a lot going on in my personal life and I don't have the free time or the internet connection that I used to.  I hope that the next chapter will come out faster (fingers crossed).

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