Title: Face the (Green) Light

Summary: Lily would do anything to protect Harry.

Rating: T (WARNING FOR CHARACTER DEATH)

Pairings: Slight mentions of Lily/James

Challenges: Once Upon A Time Characters Category Challenge-tition - Competition: Rumplestiltskin - "Write about a parent who is willing to do anything for a child."

Extra Notes: Enjoy!

Face the (Green) Light

Lily Potter knew that it was only a matter of time.

As she rocked her baby son, Harry, back and forth in her arms, her mind raced. She was terrified; terrified that the Dark Lord would find where she and James had gone into hiding, terrified that he would come and rip them away from her, terrified that her son's life would end before it even had the chance to truly begin.

She looked down at the sleeping child cradled in her arms and smiled softly. He looked so much like James, his dark hair already thick and messy. Except for his eyes. Even though they were closed at the moment, she knew they were green. Just like hers.

She glanced around the nursery, remembering when she and James had spent days assembling the crib in the corner and painting the walls with a pastel blue and hanging up the mobile on the ceiling.

It was all for Harry. Everything was for Harry.

And when the door to the nursery burst open, Lily leapt to her feet, already drawing out her wand with one hand and clutching Harry close to her chest with another.

It was him.

It was Voldemort.

Harry began to wail in her arms, disturbed from his slumber. His cries echoed in her ears.

She would not let him die.

She would never let anybody hurt her son.

Lily Potter had known that it was only a matter of time.

"I love you, Harry," she whispered to the baby.

It was time.

It was her time.

And she stared into the eyes of the Dark Lord. It was time to face the spell, the magic words that would steal her life forever.

Time to face the light. That blinding green flash of light.

Voldemort raised his wand, eyes glinting. Lily steeled herself.

I love you, Harry.

"AVADA KEDAVRA!"

And then the green light consumed her.

Lily Evans Potter was gone.