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A/N: Well, here it is… The last chapter… I have some very sad news for you guys… I've decided to end this fic… I know that this is the last chapter anyway, but I'm not going to continue after Hogwarts as I had previously planned… I have a really good plan for how James and Lily spend life after school… But I realized that this story isn't quite good enough or funny enough and that the ending wouldn't go along with the rest of the story and since it's my hearts desire to use that ending, I have no other choice but to write another fic… It will be a billion times more funny and Lily and James will not get together in the second chapter as they did in this fic… I plan on beginning the other fic in about fifth year and it will be told by the point of view of many characters, not just Lily… Sorry to disappoint, but this fic does have a semi-ending… I'll prob use the same characters in the other fic, but develop them more…
Today is the last day of my life I will spend as a student at Hogwarts. I have been looking towards this day with a mixture of excitement and nausea. Seventh years do not have any classes today. Eden, Remus, Gwen, Sirius, James, and I are all going to spend the day together, reminiscing. Tonight, it happens. Before all of our families, we will graduate from school and begin our lives in the cold, cruel world.
After spending a few seconds in bed, trying to imprint the memory of my dorm room in my mind forever, I slowly got out of bed to find that Gwen and Eden were already up and gone. A quick glance at the clock revealed that it was half past eight. I sighed, knowing I had missed breakfast…
"My last breakfast at Hoggy's," I said to myself with a sigh. I would never again get to have another breakfast here. Little Boy Green and Little Girl Blue would never come in and give James and Sirius letters again. Sirius and James would never again argue over breakfast. Sirius would never sit at our spot at the table while stuffing his face and leaving a tiny bit of egg dripping down his chin. It was like the end of an era.
Just thinking about these things brought tears to my eyes. It was as though I were losing my best friend.
"Get a hold of yourself, Evans," I said, looking into the mirror. But, then this tiny voice in my head told me, "This is the last time you'll ever look at yourself in the mirror in the morning again!" And I just burst into tears.
I walked around my dorm room, sniffling and trying to get dressed and fix my hair and do all my pre-day rituals. It took longer than usual, probably because every few minutes, I would notice something that I would "Never see again" and break into hysteria.
"Lily! What are you waiting on?" Eden asked, peaking her head into the room.
"I-I-I," I stuttered between sobs.
"Yeah, well, get over it so we can totally make the most out of our last day!" Eden said before turning around and leaving me to my own thoughts.
After a couple of minutes of looking around, I decided it was time to go down to the common room. It was empty except for my friends, all of the other students were taking exams.
"Lily! Finally!" Gwen said when she saw me at the foot of the stairs. She got up and ran across the room, grabbed me by the arm, and dragged me to where everyone was sitting on the common room floor.
"Where have you been?" James asked, giving me a hug.
"Nowhere," I answered sadly.
"Well, now that certain people have finally decided to join us," Eden said with a smile as she tossed her blonde hair over her shoulder. "Can you tell us what you wanted, Gwen?"
"Oh, yeah, that… Ok, well," Gwen began as she pulled out a stack of papers, each with our names at the top. "I'm… doing something… and I was wondering if you guys could help me."
"Duh!" Eden said.
"Hey, you stole my word!" Sirius accused.
"Sirius!" James said, gesturing towards Gwen who was trying to talk.
"Oh, yeah, sorry, Gwennie," Sirius apologized. Gwen looked for a moment like she would correct him, but then thought better of it.
"Anyway, there's a sheet of paper for all of us and what I want you to do is… like… write a short note on all of them to the person who's name is on top," Gwen explained.
"You mean to tell me that I just finished taking notes everyday and now you want me to write more?" Sirius asked.
"Well—" Gwen started.
"What are you talking about?" James asked Sirius.
"You never took notes. You three copied mine," Remus said.
"Oh, yeah," Sirius said, looking pensive… well, as pensive as Sirius could ever look.
"I have a reason… come on… it'll be fun… please?" Gwen asked, giving us a puppy dog face.
We all agreed and got to work, writing on the papers. I noticed that there was no paper with James' name on the top… Just one with James and I's name on the top.
"Hey, Gwen," I said.
"Yes?" Gwen asked.
"Well, why do James and I share a paper?" I asked.
"Because… you'll just have to wait and see," Gwen told me.
I started to write the notes to my friends. I got through everyone's paper without any trouble until… Peter… What should I write to Peter? In all honesty, I hate the little rat. I mean, it is almost as though he is scared to get, like, beaten up, so he hangs around with the guys in school who no one would ever beat up.
"I'll be back later," Gwen said when we were all done, rushing out of the room.
"But—" Sirius began.
"Later!" Gwen said, rushing up the stairs.
All of us, with the exception of Gwen, sat around, remembering the good times. We talked about all of the funny things that had happened in the past seven years. All of the quidditch matches that James managed to almost kill himself for. All of the girls Sirius had dated. All of the times Eden had dated.
"Remember the time when James got hung by a pole by a pack of pixies, fell off the pole, and was stampeded by a pack of hippogriffs?" Sirius asked.
"Sirius?" James asked.
"You're an idiot." James told him.
"That seems about right," Sirius said.
When Eden got up to go find out what Gwen was doing, we all talked about the whole werewolf thing.
"Hey, James… That dog in my room—" I began.
"Sirius the dog? Yeah, that's Sirius' animagi form." James confirmed.
"I thought it was a bit creepy that you had a dog named Sirius," I told them.
"What? Am I not dog-name-worthy?" Sirius asked defensively.
"Well, you and James hate each other ninety percent of the time," Remus threw in.
"We do not—" James began.
"We're the cutest couple!" Sirius argued. James looked at him as though he wanted to kill him, but then…
"Hey, Sirius, Great Hall," James said simply. Sirius shuddered.
"I thought we agreed—" Sirius gasped.
"I'm done!" Gwen said as she walked back into the room with Eden. Gwen had a stack of what looked like journal type books.
"What did you do?" Remus asked.
"Well, you'll see," Gwen said, giving each of us—well, James and I had to share—a book. "Open them."
We all opened them. I was sitting in front of James, leaning on his chest. Upon opening the book, I found a paper with notes from all of the others on the left side and a song on the other.
Dear Lily and James,
I know that the two of you and myself have had our disagreements. I hope you know that I love the two of you and wish you the best luck for the future. I'll always remember our times together and the fun things we've done. Thank you Lily for being an amazing friend for the past seven years and you, James, for being my almost older brother.
Dear Lily and James,
I have never met two people more perfect for one another than the two of you. Lily, you're an amazing person. You're smart and witty and one of the strongest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. James, you are without a doubt the most loyal person alive. You're the best friend anyone could ask for. I hope that all of you two's dreams come true.
Dearest Mr. and Mrs. Potter,
Well, well, well, James and Lily. Lily and James. Mr. and Mrs. Potter. Mr. and Mrs. Evans. I have had some interesting times, being friends with the two of you. I could tell you that I hope you stay together, but I know there's no need to. Lily, I give you permission to take my darling James.
Lily and James,
I've had some great times. Good luck in the future.
Dear Lily and James,
You're two of the most amazing people I know. Lily, you're brilliant and an awesome friend. You deserve the best and I hope you're happy in whatever path life chooses to lead you. James, you're an amazingly loyal friend. You can make anyone laugh at any given time. I hope the two of you have all of your dreams come true. You deserve it.
Tears were streaming down my face. James squeezed my hand. Looking around, I realized that everyone had been reading their letters and looked quite touched.
"Guys… Thank you so much," I said between sobs. "You guys are such great friends."
"Thank you so much, Gwen," Remus said giving her a weak smile.
"Keep reading," Gwen said with tears streaming down her face.
I looked at the next page. It was a song… Perfectly describing our friendships and lives.
Everytime that I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face gettin' clearer
The past is gone
It went by like dust to dawn
Isn't that the way
Everybody's got their dues in life to pay
I know what nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it's everybody's sin
You got to lose to know how to win
Half my life is in books' written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages
You know it's true
All the things come back to you
Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, if it's just for tofay
Mabye tomorrow the good Lord will take you away
Dream On, Dream On
Dream yourself a dream come true
Dream On, Dream On
Dream until your dream come true
Dream On, Dream On, Dream On...
Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter and sing for the tears
Sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away
After reading this song, I had tears streaming down my face. James reached down and flipped the page. Flipping through the book revealed that it had atleast a hundred pictures of all of us and another few hundred quotes from us. When I finished flipping through the book, I started sobbing freely. James put his arms around me and hugged me tightly.
"Gwen, thank you, that was so sweet," Eden said. She also had tears streaming down her cheeks.
The seven of us sat in silence for a few moments, thinking about the past and the future.
"So… what are you guys going to do after school?" Eden asked.
"James and I got accepted to the auror training program," I said, beaming at James.
"Hey! So did I!" Sirius added.
"Oh, yeah, you too," James said as a sidenote.
"What are you going to do, Gwen?" Remus asked.
"Healer," Gwen said, smiling.
"How about you two?" James asked Remus and Peter.
"It's not like I could do anything if I wanted," Remus said, bitterly. We all gave him looks of sympathy. Eden and Gwen looked confused.
"I-I don't know," Peter squeaked.
"You?" Gwen asked, turning to Eden.
"Ministry of magic," Eden said, smiling. "Hey James, want to be my new best friend?"
"I don't talk to my father very often. Sorry," James said with a smile.
"So, are you guys nervous?" Eden asked James and I. As head boy and girl, we had to give speeches.
"No," James said at the same time as I said "Yes."
"How did you ever get to be head boy?" Gwen asked James.
"Well, it was a toss up between Sirius and I," James began.
"He got it because he had one less detention than I did," Sirius interrupted. Quite bitterly.
"It's not my fault you decided to torture Snivelly without me!" James said.
"Well, maybe if you could stay on your broomstick, we wouldn't have this problem!" Sirius shot back.
"If you could save a bludger," James began.
"Hey! This is our last day." I began.
"Shut-up!" Eden finished.
That evening, the seventh years had their last supper in the Great Hall. All the seventh years except Sirius, that is. He still winces every time it's mentioned. We all then made our way down to the quidditch field for the ceremony. There, all of our families were waiting, expectantly, for us to graduate. Dumbledore began the ceremony by making a brief speech and then allowing James to give his head boy speech. After James went, I was supposed to go. The problem with this is that I had been in tears ever since we looked through that dang scrapbook. James finished his speech, looked at me, and walked over to me and gave me a hug and helped me up and told me that I had to make my speech now and that I would do a great job. I know this was supposed to make me feel better, but it actually made me cry harder. I got up to the podium and stared out into the faces of my fellow classmates and their families. Somehow, between sobs, I made my way through the speech. At the end, everyone applauded and I made my way back to my seat.
"Great job," James said, smiling and applauding.
"Did anyone understand what I said?" I asked James.
"Perhaps," He said with a smile.
After the applauding ended, everyone's names were called and we all received our diplomas. After the presentation was over, we all made our way to our families. I left James and walked over to meet my family. Well, some of it. The only people who had managed to drag themselves over were my mum, Oliver, Granny, and Great-Aunt Edna.
"You did an amazing job!" Mum squealed when she saw me.
"Good job, little sis," Oliver said, smiling.
"Thanks so much," I said beaming.
"Hello Mrs. Evans," James said, walking up with his family and Sirius and giving my mum a hug.
"Great-aunt Edna!" Sirius gasped. She glared at him.
"You did a fine job, James," Mum told him.
"Good job, lad," Oliver said, clapping James on the shoulder.
"Oliver!" Sirius cried as though he had been reunited with his best friend.
"Mrs. Evans, there's someone I'd like you to meet," James began. "This is my mum and dad," James said, gesturing to his parents.
"Nice to meet you. You have a fine son," Mum told James' parents, shaking their hands.
"Hey, guys," Gwen said, walking up and giving me a hug. She then gave James a hug and she and Sirius kissed briefly.
"Oh, so this is the one," Great-Aunt Edna said, bitterly.
"I never said that you and I—" Sirius began. Gwen gave me a questioning look. James and I just shook our heads.
After the graduation, everyone visited with their families for a couple of hours. After a while, the guests slowly began to filter out. Later that night, Eden, Peter, Remus, Sirius, Gwen, James, and I were sitting on top of the astronomy tower, talking.
"Gwen and I have an announcement," Sirius began. Everyone looked up expectantly. "We've decided to give our relationship a chance and stay together." There was a chorus of well wishings.
"What are you and James going to do?" Gwen asked, turning to us.
"We're just taking it one day at a time," James said.
"We plan on getting married someday, but we want to wait until we're ready," I added.
That night, all seven of us fell asleep on top of the astronomy tower. I was lying in James' arms, thinking about life.
"What are you thinking about?" James whispered.
"Life… Us… The future… Is it true, what they say about evil—" I started to ask.
"Don't worry about it. We have each other and that's all we could want. We'll cross the other problems when we get to them," James said looking deeply into my eyes. I felt tears coming out of my eyes, again.
"I love you, so much," I said looking into his beautiful, blue eyes.
"I love you more than life," James said, holding me tightly.
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