DISCLAIMER: I OWN NOTHING! I WISH I DID, BECAUSE I’D BE RICH, BUT I DON’T SO CONTINUE! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “ What’s Lily making for dinner tonight?” A sweaty Sirius Black asked, as he wiped the perspiration from his forehead with a towel, in the locker room after a grueling auror session. James smiled at the thought of his wife. “ Probably pasta.” He said with a grin, as he pulled on a long sleeved black shirt. Sirius chuckled. “ You know, I can’t wait for this to be over, so I can be a full fledged auror, and not deal with the training anymore.” James said. Sirius nodded. “ One week.” James grinned, swinging his bag over his shoulder. He slammed his locker shut. Just as he was about to leave, his leader, Marty stopped him head on. “ POTTER! BLACK!” “ Here sir.” Sirius said, pulling on his dark blue shirt over his dark head. “ Come into my office for a minute.” The two men followed their tall extremely tall, extremely strong leader into his room. He shut the door behind the men. He had a stony, but gentle face, like he was a softy inside, but had a hard as rock exterior. “ I have your auror pagers in, when ever it starts flashing, or making loud noise, apparate your asses here ASAP.” He looked at them stonily. They stared back at him, before glancing confusedly to each other. They weren’t supposed to get their pagers until next week. “ I know what your thinking, but since you’re James Potter, and you’ve been working your asses off, I’m going to give you pagers now, the times are getting darker, and I feel that you’ve been trained enough. We want you out there now, whenever James is buzzed, Sirius you’re to come in with him, hear, your pager will go off too.” He gave them a look that if he didn’t look so hard originally, might have been classified as a smile. Sirius nodded. “ I believe that’s all, still come into work as expected, you’ll start normal work tomorrow, you’ll probably meet some other boys who we’ve been training over the next couple months, after they finish training, and we’ll give you all the information you’ll need tomorrow.” The men stared at their new boss, stunned. He lifted his lips upward, which could only be a smiled, and held out two small black rectangular boxes. “ They will make a buzzing, sound, and light up red when there’s an emergency, remember, ASAP.” James and Sirius nodded. James grinned, as Marty stood up, and walked toward the door. After the door slammed shut behind him, James turned to Sirius excitedly. “ So we made it?” Sirius just grinned. “ Looks like it.” “ I have to go.” James’s smile never left his face. He tightened his hold on his bag, and smiled one last time, before apparating from Marty’s office, straight home. He appeared right behind Lily. Her back was too him. He watched her movements, as she stirred the pasta in the pot. She hummed lightly to a slow song that was playing on the wizarding radio, propped up on the window. The steam from the pasta was thick in the room, giving off a delicious smell. He grinned, and reached out, and grasped her hips. He grinned happily, as he heard her gasp, and drop the wooden spoon she’d been stirring with. He whipped her around, and kept one arm wrapped around her waist, and grasped her other hand with her free one. He began to dance with her around the kitchen. Holding her body to his tightly. He heard her giggle, and rest her head on his shoulder. “ I’ve got some news to share, after dinner.” James whispered in his wife hair. “ So do I.” Lily said with a grin. LATER AFTER DINNER: James sat on the end of the couch. The fire was crackling merrily in the fireplace. He couldn’t help but think about this being like the prefect’s lounge, with the fire burning next to them. The only difference now was that they weren’t at Hogwarts, they were in their own house, and Lily was married to him. He smiled contentedly at the thought. Ever since he’d married Lily he’d been the happiest man alive. He wanted to live everyday, and everyday was for Lily. Lily laid across the rest of the couch. Her legs dangling from the sides of the couch. She had her head in James’s lap. He continued to play with her hair. He tangled his fingers in it, and ran his fingers through the silky locks. He ran his finger over the soft flesh of her cheek, and smiled. “ Lils I’m an auror.” “ You’re going to be an auror.” Lily said. “ No, I am.” “ I don’t get it.” She looked up at him from her position. “ Marty gave Sirius and I our pagers.” Lily frowned. ‘So it was starting.’ What about the baby, James was going to be away all the time for when the baby came. James dug in his robes, and came out with a small black box. He handed it to Lily. She took it in her small hands, and regarded it. This thing that would take James away from her, she frowned inside, but tried to keep on a happy face for James. “ That’s great James.” She said, trying to sound excited. James looked down at her and frowned. “ What’s wrong?” Lily looked up at him guiltily. “ Nothing.” She whispered, and handed him back his pager. “ Lily what’s wrong? I know it’s something.” “ It’s nothing.” But she couldn’t hide the tear that was starting to fall. James looked at her concerned, and reached down and wiped the tear away. “ Are you scared for me?” He asked softly. Lily just nodded mutely; her tear running down toward her hair fanned out on James’s lap. James reached down and cupped Lily’s face. “ Love, please don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine, I promise. Don’t cry, I can’t take seeing you cry.” He gazed down into her intense green eyes with worry. She couldn’t help but crack a smile. “ I’ll try not to.” He nodded. He really didn’t want to worry her, but what else was there to do? It was his job, his calling, he was doing what thousands of Potters had done before him. He continued to stroke her hair. They sat in comfortable silence for a few minutes, James just enjoying spending time with his wife, and Lily trying to think of a way to tell James her big news. Lily flipped over on her side so that her face was facing the fire, her head still comfortably on James’s lap. She stared into the fire, and sighed. She loved the feel of James’s fingers running through her hair. She felt him run his hand down her arm that was facing up at him. James stared down at his wife. She seemed to have something on her mind. She was staring into the fire. He slowly rubbed her upturned arm. He loved being here with her, he loved this time after work, where they would cuddle on the couch by the fire. “ You know Love, I love this, just the two of us, on the couch by the fire.” James said running his hand through her hair. “ You mean the three of us?” She said quietly. James’s hand stilled. She closed her eyes, ready for the blow. James’s stomach dropped. He stared down at his wife. She hadn’t move from her position. Had he heard her right? ‘The three of us? Was she…?’ His eyes widened. He had a surge of love and protection race through him. Was he…? He felt a prickling behind his eye. “ The…The…” James croaked. “ The three of us.” Lily said again, just as softly as last time. “ Lily?” James asked. “ James I’m pregnant.” Lily said. James felt a tear drop from his eye. He grinned stupidly. He was never as happy as he was now. This was one of the many memories with Lily that could fight a thousand dementors. He was going to be a father! A real father! Lily waited in the silence. It thickened, making Lily more nervous. She turned her head to look at James. She was shocked to see a single tear trail down his left cheek. She sat up. “ Are you unhappy?” She asked panicking. She pulled his chin toward her to look at her. She searched his warm blue eyes. His eyes were dancing with love and happiness. He reached out, and crushed her against his chest. Lily grinned, and buried her head in the crook of his neck. “ I’m the happiest man alive, when did you find out?” James’s voice cracked with emotion. “ I found out today.” Lily said, tears rising to her own eyes. James held her tighter. He buried his face in her hair. “ I love you Lily.” “ I love you too.” She whispered back. She finally pulled away, and James settled back into the cushions with a huge grin on his face. He was going to have his own family, something he’d always wanted, and he was going to have it with Lily! He pulled Lily back to relax against his chest. She leaned her head back, and rested it against his shoulder. His hands wandered down to her abdomen, where they stayed. He held her protectively, his life, his Lily, his family. He held it all to his heart. “ Are you happy, truly, I wasn’t sure if this was too soon?” Lily asked. “ Happiest.” James said kissing her cheek tenderly. She smiled up at him, and he leaned his head down to capture her lips in a long kiss. “ We have to tell Sirius, Remus, and Peter.” Lily said, as she place her hands on his that were resting on her abdomen. James just grinned, and kissed her forehead. “Tomorrow we’ll invite them over for dinner or something.” Lily nodded and smiled. She snuggled closer to him, and they stared into the dying fire. “Love?” “Hmm?” She asked tiredly. “ What about May? Does she know?” “ Yea, she came with me to get checked out.” She closed her eyes, her body relaxing. James’s arms tightened around her, and his family, he rested his head on hers, and sighed contentedly. NEXT DAY: The next day seemed forever for the two future parents. James was already getting protective of her, and she was actually on her last nerve. “ Love, should you be working in the kitchen?” James asked worriedly. “ James….” She said getting annoyed. “ I’m only a few weeks pregnant, I’ll be fine.” “ I was just wondering.” “ Well go into the living room, and wait for the others to come.” Lily said turning back to check the turkey in the oven. He admired her beauty, like he always found himself doing. She had gotten her hair trimmed, and it was now back to being just falling on her shoulder blades. Her dark blue shirt hugged her nicely, not showing that she was pregnant yet. James walked over, and grabbed her hips. He spun her around to face him. He grinned at the stray piece of auburn hair that fell over her emerald eyes, as she stared into his eyes quizzically. He could smell her perfume, and almost taste her sweet lips. He bent his head, and brought those lips to his. He kept a firm grip on her hips, bringing her closer to him. He felt Lily’s mouth form a smile against his mouth, and he inwardly grinned. He slipped his tongue between her lips, and she gasped in surprise, before complying and opening her mouth for him to enter. He brought his hand up, and buried it in her thick hair, bringing her head closer to his, so their mouths, and noses were pressed together. He backed her up so that she was backed up against the counter next to the stove. She brought her hands behind him, and ran them slowly up his back to his shoulder blades, and into his hair, where they fisted, before traveling slowly down his back again, stopping at his waistline, where she hooked her finger in his belt loop. He groaned happily, when they were then interrupted by a cough. IN THE LIVING ROOM: May and Sirius entered the warm living room of James and Lily’s house. The fire was crackling merrily behind them, filling the room with the soft glow. “ ‘ello?” Sirius asked, getting no reply. He glanced over at May, and raised his eyebrows. “Where do you think they are?” He asked with a smirk. May just smiled, and rolled her eyes. Just then the fire behind them roared green, and Remus slammed into Sirius. “ What the hell Moony! You could have warned me!” Sirius shrieked, as he flew forward, and wobbled uncertainly, trying to gain his footing. “ So sorry Padfoot, but who decided to wait right in front of the fireplace?” Remus asked with a smirk. “ Yea, yea.” Sirius said, as he pulled a giggling May to his side. “ So where are they?” “ We for one have no clue.” “ So you’re feeling normal then?” May remarked. The fire grew green again. The three stepped far out of the way. Peter stumbled out; he was dangerously close to falling. He glanced up, and dusted off his robes, glaring at the others. “ Thanks for helping me.” “ Hey Petey, nice entrance!” Sirius shrieked. Peter looked disgusted. “ Don’t call me that.” He said softly. Sirius backed up. “ Whoa boy, sorry, what crawled up your butt and died?” Peter just glared at him. “ So why are we here?” Sirius and Remus shared a look. Remus shrugged. “ Search me, Lily invited us for dinner.” May grinned brightly. Sirius glanced over and saw her grin. He nudged her in the ribs. “ Do you know something?” He asked suspiciously. “ You’ll have to wait and see Mr. Black.” “ You know! Tell us!” “ They’ll tell you.” “ Come on just a hint?” Sirius persisted. “ No.” “Pwease!” Remus rolled his eyes at his friend. “ Nope.” May said grinning. “ Why don’t we find them, and see what’s going on?” Peter said, managing to smile. “ Good idea Pete.” Remus said smiling. “ Lead the way.” Sirius said holding a hand in front of him toward the kitchen for Remus and Peter to pass. “ You’re such a loser.” Remus chuckled. “ Hey now! There is no need for name calling!” Sirius shouted in mock anger. “ Yea, Ye…Holy shit.” Remus stopped in the doorway, and backed up. “ What?” Sirius asked coming up next to him. He looked over Remus’s shoulders, and felt a surge of uncontrollable laughter bubble up. May immediately slapped a hand over his mouth. Peter just stood there, his mouth gaping in the doorway. The two of them were snogging in the kitchen. They were getting pretty heavy. They couldn’t see Lily, but they could see her hands- May cleared her throat and the two immediately broke apart. James looked behind his shoulder, and sighed. “ You always come at the wrong time.” Sirius’s eyes were sparkling. “ Well if you weren’t at it all the time, this wouldn’t be a problem, besides, you invited us over.” “ We weren’t at IT.” James said annoyed. Lily stepped, red faced out from behind James. “ Why hello Lily.” Sirius smirked. Lily blushed to the roots of her hair, but smiled back. “ Hey everyone.” She said quietly. There was an awkward moment, before Remus broke it. “ So, when are we eating?” “ Any minute now.” Lily said, turning toward the oven. AT DINNER: “ So what’s the news that you wanted to share with us?” Sirius asked when everything had been cleared away. He regarded Lily and James, as they stood in the center of the kitchen. Lily and James shared a smile, and James reached over to grab her smaller hand, bringing it up to his lips. “ Lily and I are going to have a baby. Lily’s pregnant.” He said. He couldn’t hold in his bright smile. Remus smiled happily, he jumped up from the table, and hugged Lily. “ Congratulations you guys!” He said brightly. “ Thanks!” Lily and James said happily. “ A BABY!” Sirius shrieked. “ OH MY GOD! A MINI MARAUDER! I’ll teach him everything he needs to know Ohhhh the havoc he will cause! A new generation of Marauders! Slytherins are in for it!” James chuckled. “ Sirius you will not be corrupting our child!” Lily said, as she patted her stomach. “ I’ll be his favorite uncle, no offence Moony, Wormtail, it’s just you’re not as cool as uncle Sirius is.” Sirius said ignoring Lily’s protests. “ He’s already referring to himself as Uncle Sirius.” James chuckled quietly in Lily’s ear. She smiled, and watched Sirius. He seemed to be doing mental calculations. “ When the baby turns, let’s say two, we’ll put him on his first broom.” Sirius said thoughtfully. “ EXCUSE ME! This is my child! I’ll be putting him on his first broom!” James said. “ Or her!” Lily added. “ Or her.” James said as and after thought. “ But not at two, more like 10.” She added. “ 10!” James and Sirius shrieked. Remus chuckled, and shook his head. “ Ok 6.” Lily said. James pouted at her. “ Ok, we’ll talk about this after he or she is born.” She smiled, and kissed James on the nose. “ What are you going to name it?” “ The baby, isn’t an it Siri.” May said, and patted his hand smiling. “ Yea, the baby.” “ Haven’t thought about it yet.” James said. Then they all noticed Peter sitting alone at the kitchen table, seemingly deep in thought. He had a terrified look in his large watery eyes. What was up with him? “ Pete, you all right?” Sirius asked slowly. “ Wha…Huh? Oh yea, congratulations guys.” He said breaking into a huge smile. “ Thanks Pete.” James said brightly, disregarding his unusual behavior. That night, the seven sat around the fire, all talking about the upcoming baby. After Remus, and Peter had left, May and Sirius were the only one’s left with the happy couple. “ Siri, May, we have something to ask you that we couldn’t while Remus and Pete were here, we didn’t want them to feel bad, and since you’re our best friends we wanted to ask you guys if you would be our baby’s god parents.” Lily asked quietly. James held her hand tightly. She looked up to see their reactions. They both were grinning happily. “ Duh! Of course!” May said, hugging Lily in a death grip. “HELLO ARE YOU INSANE, DO YOU EVEN HAVE TO ASK? OF COURSE WE’LL BE PRONGS JR.’S GODFATHER!” Sirius shouted, and engulfed the two girls in a bear hug. Lily and May were laughing hysterically as he squeezed them tightly. James chuckled as he watched the two struggling girls, trapped beneath the storm that was Sirius Black, then remembered that may not be the best thing for his pregnant wife. “ Hey Siri, get off, she’s PG.” James said seriously. “Oh that’s right. I didn’t hurt you did I?” He asked backing off, and giving her a sympathetic look. Lily rolled her eyes. “ Guys! Honestly, nothing will happen to the baby or me. I’m not that delicate, yet.” Lily said. May grinned. “ She’s right you know.” She said with a smirk, but only received two glares back. Finally after they said their good byes, and promises to visit again soon, Sirius and May disarapprated( I’m not sure if that’s how you spell it.) back to their flat, after all, May had to get up early the next day to floo apparate to the school for classes the next day, and Lily had an apparating test the next day. James walked began walking up the stairs to their bedroom, with Lily tagging along behind him. She then attacked him from behind. She flung her arms around his neck, and wrapped her legs around his waist. He faltered, almost plummeting back to the ground, but he caught his balance, and grasped Lily’s legs, that were wrapped around his waist.. “ What are you doing Silly?” He asked tenderly, with a chuckle. Lily just giggled, and rested her head on his. She could smell gel in his hair, and crinkled her nose. “ Are you wearing gel?” James grinned, He leaned forward, and held her legs tighter so he wouldn’t lose his balance and drop his beloved down the stairs, that probably wouldn’t be too good for the baby… “ Maybe.” “ Honey, I don’t know if you notice, but nothing will help your disaster of hair.” She raised her hand from around his neck, and ran her fingers through his untamed spikes. “ Hey! You know you were first attracted to my hair.” “ You’re right your charm had nothing to do with it, I just thought you had sexy hair.” James chuckled. Lily rested her cheek on the top of his head. “ Are we there yet?” She yawned. “ Hey, we’d be there earlier if you hadn’t attacked me on the way up.” “ Oh please you know you loved it.” “ I did.” James admitted. When they finally reached their bedroom, James pushed the door open with his foot, and walked into the room, with Lily still hanging on him. She reached over, and pushed the door shut behind them. James walked with her over to their bed, and bent over. Lily went tumbling over his head, onto the soft mattress. She looked up at him scandalized. “ Hey!” “ Oh stuff it.” He grinned. She sat cross-legged on the bed, and watched him as he changed into his sleep boxers. He threw his shirt into the dirty hamper, and strolled back to the bed. “ So you coming to bed?” James asked grinning down at her. “ Or are you going to sit there in your day clothes all night?” Lily rolled her eyes, and stood up off the bed. She pulled off her day clothes, and slipped a silky nightgown over her head. She kicked her jeans into the bathroom, next to the hamper, and grabbed her brush from the dresser. She walked to sit on the bed, next to James. “ Let me do it.” He said quietly. “ Are you kidding me? Remember the last time I let you do my hair?” “ Please.” He pouted those irresistible lips, and Lily could do nothing but comply. “ You’ll be the death of me James Potter.” “ And you for me Lily Potter.” He grinned back, and took the brush from her hands. Lily turned her back to him, and he scooted behind her, to have better access to her hair. He ran a hand through the silky softness, before replacing it with the brush. He could hear her soft breathing, as he ran the brush slowly through her hair. James couldn’t figure out why she needed to brush it there were no knots in it. He reached in front of her face, and gathered all the hair in front into his hands. “ What are you doing?” Lily asked in a slight panic. “ Don’t worry my love, I’m only brushing it all out.” James chuckled. Lily sighed. When James had finished, he put the brush on the nightstand next to her side of the bed, and pulled her too his chest. She leaned her head against his shoulder, and turned her head, to kiss his jaw. He then turned his head, and caught her lips in a passionate kiss. His hand came up to hold her face in place. When they broke apart, James rested his forehead against hers, and looked into her eyes. “ I love you.” “ I love you too.” He gently fell back on the bed, bringing her with him. She rested her head on his chest, her body molding into the curve of him, her legs wrapped around his. She laid her hand on his chest, and watched it rise and fall with his breathing. “ James?” “ Yes.” “ What do you want name the baby?” “ Well for a girl, I don’t mind, but if it’s a boy, do you mind if we name him Harry, after my father.” His voice seemed to crack when he said this, and Lily turned her head to regard him. “ Of course.” She kissed his chest. They laid in silence, before she broke it again. “ If it’s a girl, what do you think about Matilda? Or Emma?” “ I like Emma, better than Matilda.” James answered. “ Yea, so do I. What do you think the baby will be like?” “ Well, he’ll have my sexy hair.” Lily chuckled. “ And his fathers charm.” James added. “ I hope he doesn’t have as big of an ego as his father.” Lily smirked. “ Hey! I resent that!” “ What about the girl?” “ Well, she’ll have her mother’s eyes.” He bent and kissed her head. And her mother’s hair, but, it’ll be as messy as her fathers.” Lily chuckled. “ So no one’s getting out of having your hair?” “ Not on your life Potter.” “ Ok Potter.” James chuckled, and held her tighter. The two of them lapsed into silence. When James heard the Lily’s breathing had become slow, he knew that she was asleep. He held her protectively, no scratch that, he held THEM protectively. He brought his family closer to his heart. That night he fell asleep as soon as he allowed himself to. 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