A/N: HEY EVEERYONE, I TOLD YOU I'D UPDATE QUICKER! THIS IS THE LAST CHAPTER AND EVEN THOUGH IT'S SAD TO END IT, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING A NEW PROJECT IF I CAN THINK OF ONE TO DO!

THERE'S A REFERENCE TO THE SECOND CHAPTER IN HERE, SO IF YOU'VE FORGOTTEN READ OVER IT IF YOU WANT THE END TO MAKE SENSE! ONE WORD, FLASHBACK!

I WANT TO DEDICATE THIS LAST CHAPTER TO MY FRIEND ARCH! YOU KEPT ME GOING WITH THIS STORY HUN! YOU ROCK! ANYWAY,

THE SHOW MUST GO ON...

Chapter 22

Black.

That's all James Potter could see.

'Come on, why is this happening? Why can't I see anything? I can hear people just not see them. That's... that's Madam Pomfrey talking to...er...Dumbledore and Sirius! Sirius! Mate! What's happened to me? I don't understand? Why does everyone sound so worried? I don't remember a thing. I know I'll wave. What? Why...why can't I move? Shit this isn't fun anymore, something serious has happened. Everyone sounds like they're about to cry.'

Silence.

'Woah went out for a bit there. Merlin I need to wake up. Surely this is all just a bad dream, why can't I remember anything? Hang on, where's everyone gone? They've all left me! But...no, wait. There's one more voice. It sounds like an angel. Oh no, please don't let me have died, I don't even know why I'm like this? Remember James! REMEMBER! Did you play a plank on Snivellus that went horribly wrong? Nah, doubt it I'm too good at pranks...I AM THE KING!!!! NO! Bad brain! Focus. Okay what did I do... oh but that voice is so distractingly heavenly. Okay, I'll focus on that for a while...'

'But that's not what hurts me the most. What hurts me the most is that...

'Oh no, it's Lily. What's she trying to say, I can't hear her properly. Focus brain! Focus!'

...And that makes me feel like the worst person alive...

'Hang on; what makes you feel like the worst? I know...it's me isn't it. Great, now I really wanna wake up...not.'

...or the one person you love. I guess what I'm trying to say James...

'Yeah yeah, I know, I bet you're in love with someone else, like that Rubin Malvaez dick cheese. Yeah, that's right! I called your husband DICK CHEESE because I reckon he's so far in the closet he's in NARNIA! That's right, I do read and muggle literature at that!'

...at the future I see you. You and me, and...

'I'm going to get that dick cheese if that's the last thing I...wait...did you just say me? Me and future...in the same sentence? You and me and what? And what? DAMN IT!'

...or both if we have the chance, I don't mind but either way it's with you. No one else...

'Lily, you're starting to scare me...hang on are you crying? No please don't cry, you're making me cry. Or both what? Why can I never hear everything you're saying?

...because I do James. I...

'You what, oh please tell me!'

...There I said it...I...

'Fucking shit arse goblin!'

...I'm going to start now you know. I'm going to tell you now every morning and night how much I...

'How much you what? Hate me? want me? Want to shag me to pieces? What is it?'

...else so I really hope you'll take me back...

'Take you back? Lily, of course I'd always take you back, why wouldn't I? Just please tell me what you're trying to say!

...Merlin, I love you.'

'... l-love me? Sweet Merlin, why can't I open my eyes, this isn't fair. I love you too, Lily...

'I LOVE YOU TOO!'

James's anguished cry rang through his head, he could hear his own pain in his voice. But he had also felt something else, he had moved ever so slightly and now through the haze that was his surroundings he could feel his throat hurt.

Had he just spoken?

Silence.

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Madam Pomfrey walked in the next morning and in a way was surprised not to see Lily asleep somewhere in the wing. She smirked to herself.

'Dumbledore must've said something to make her feel like she would have to leave before feeling my 'wrath''

Madam Pomfrey chuckled to herself then softly peeled back the curtain surrounding James's bed. She looked at his face and gave a start.

There were tears on his cheeks and they looked fresh. Madam Pomfrey put her finger tip into one of the tears that had stopped just by his nose.

'Still warm!' Her trail of thought was interrupted by another person entering the wing. She spun around and had a rare smile lighting up her face.

"Albus! Excellent news! James has warm tears which means his memory is still working! Oh this is amazing news!" she turned back around to face James and immediately started running tests on him by casting a number of spells.

"Sorry Madam Pomfrey but why is it amazing that his memory is working?" Sirius's voice, uncharacteristically small and weak from a night of worrying, came from the entrance to the Hospital wing.

"It means, Mister Black, that you're friend here is going to pull through and make a one hundred percent recovery."

The smile on Sirius's face was so big you could hardly see his eyes.

"Haha! Holy shit! He's going to live! After everything that's happened he's going to be okay! I've got to go and tell the others." He was just about to run off when he was halted in his tracks by the Headmaster's voice.

"Master Black. I just thought you might have wanted to know that Leonardo McNairy has been taken care of by the aurors. He was involved in a lot of drug deals to both Muggles and magical folk alike. No doubt you have saved a lot of lives, so I'm going to award you with one hundred and ten points to Gryffindor for acts of honesty and bravery." Dumbledore could see that Sirius was speechless, it had been a long time since he had been awarded points. However, he did seem slightly confused.

"Sir, if you don't mind my saying, one hundred and ten points is an odd number to give... any reason for that?" The smirk on his face became even more pronounced as he saw the twinkle in Dumbledore's eyes increase.

"As a matter of fact there is, ten points from Gryffindor for swearing in the presence of a lady. You are dismissed." He could barely contain his chuckle as he saw Sirius's smirk turn back into his blinding smile.

"Yes sir!" He exclaimed while saluting, before running out of the hospital wing at a full sprint.

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CRASH!

"FUCKING ARSEHOLE! Who put the sofa there?" Sirius cried out while clutching his leg.

"It's always been there you tosser! And why the hell are you up before breakfast? That's a rare occurrence if I've ever seen one," Came Remus's muffled reply from his bedroom.

"Oh, well in that case, we should move the sofa, it's dangerous. And anyway, like I was planning to say... ahem hem...

EVERYBODY WAKE UP! QUICK! THERE'S SOMETHING I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU! NOW COME DOWN! ITS ABOUT JAMES, I REPEAT NEWS ABOUT JAMES!"

Doors banged open as everyone fell over themselves to get into the common room. To his surprise Roxie was there as well. It seemed as though Roxie had bunked with Lily and obviously Jess had stayed with Remus.

"Hmm, was I the only one to go back to Gryffindor tower last night?" He asked Roxie.

"Yeah you were, sorry babe, but never mind that, tell us about James." Her voice still slightly rough from sleep sent shivers down Sirius's spine and straight to, well, slightly below his waist. He then realised how much he had needed Roxie through this whole escapade.

"Well, I barged in on a conversation between Pomfrey and Dumbledore. And well long story short, he's going to make a one hundred percent recovery!" He jumped up with the rest as they all embraced together. Roxie and Jess were crying into each other's arms and the boys were patting each other's back. It was an emotional moment for the whole group.

A few minutes later they all pulled back and saw that Lily was still sitting on the sofa. There were tears streaming down her fair cheeks, her bottom lip quivering.

"Lily flower, what's wrong?"

"He's going to be alright, he's going to be fine. Oh my goodness, I thought I'd lost him, but I haven't." Her smile radiated through her tears making her look happier then she had been in a long while.

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Lily kept her promise to James, she told him every morning and every night that she loved him, and even though she was always alone and James still hadn't woken up, she felt more at piece every time.

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A week passed and James still hadn't woken up, however, every time someone enquired Madam Pomfrey would say how he was making progress and it would be any day now.

Lily was encouraged by this news and could feel the change in him. One morning he had tightened his grip after Lily had slipped her hand into his. This episode alone had nearly given Madam Pomfrey a heart attack due to Lily screaming for her to come over.

After this small incident Madam Pomfrey said it was in everyone's interest for James to be left alone with no visitors so that he could wake up without being startled awake. Apparently this could have dire consequences.

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Lily was making her way through her rounds, she was ecstatic. An announcement that morning had informed the whole school that James had in fact woken up but was still not allowed to see anybody as he was still fragile. Everyone had cheered (save the Slytherins' who had booed and hissed) but were slightly perturbed about the fact that they couldn't see James until he was out of the wing for another couple of days.

Lily was anxious as well as excited to see him.

'I wonder how he'll react. Will he hate me for what I did to him? Or will he forgive me? Could he hear what I said to him when he was unconscious? Oh goodness me, I'm all in a flutter!' She giggled out loud to herself and received an odd look from an on looking painting.

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Lily was seated at breakfast the next day and was surrounded by Jess, Sirius, Remus and Roxie. They all had a definite glint to their eyes and a smirk on their face.

"Okay, spill it. What's going on already?!" she looked around at the group waiting for an answer.

"Going on? I'm not aware of anything going on, how about you Moony?" Sirius asked innocently.

"Why of course not Padfoot, I know nothing of anything out of the ordinary. How about you girls?" he looked enquiringly over to Roxie and Jess.

"Nope, not that I'm aware of." Answered Jess

"Absolutely fuck all." Explained Roxie.

Lily lifted a sceptical eyebrow.

"You know I don't believe a word any of you are saying don't you." She said flatly.

"Well, I do believe I have an essay to be getting on with, that really horrible potions one that Monoghen set us." Remus got up to leave and was followed by the other three. Lily stayed seated out of confusion.

"But I'm in your potions class and I'm not aware of any essay being set! What on earth is going on?"

"Er...um...well you see..." Stuttered Remus.

"It's extra credit." Sirius said while flashing one of his trademark grins. You could practically hear the Hufflepuff girls swoon. With that said the four friends walked out of the Great Hall leaving Lily completely perplexed.

"Why is it that I'm always left alone?" she sighed under her breath. Feeling left out she lost her appetite and decided to make her way to her bedroom. AS it was a Saturday she figured she would get the weeks homework done.

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"Did she suspect anything? Were you subtle?"

"No we weren't subtle and she suspected the world of us." Replied the cheerful voice.

"You're kidding right?"

"Actually I'm not."

"You suck balls Padfoot."

"Actually I don't considering Roxie hasn't got any, but I do however suck other things."

"Slightly off topic."

"You're right, good luck mate, I mean it"

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Lily lay down on her bed with parchment all around her. She glared at all the words and then at the quill willing them with her mind to kick start her into working mode.

She let out a disgruntled sigh and gave up. Banishing all of her school stuff to her bag and desk.

"What the hell were they up to? This isn't fair! Why have they left me out?!"

She gave a jump when her door slammed open. She turned to see who was standing there but saw no one.

"H-hello? Who's there?"

No reply.

Something tickled her back and she screamed as she spun around. Her wand drawn against her intruder. She let out a relieved laugh as she saw a paper aeroplane flying in circles. Obviously a message was enclosed for her.

She grabbed the parchment out of the air and opened it. There were only two words written.

Follow me

As soon as Lily had red the paper it turned back into the aeroplane and started to fly out of the room. She grabbed her robe and ran after it. As soon as she was outside the Heads' Quarters the parchment started spouting Lily petals. She gasped. This was all too familiar.

Nevertheless, she still flowed the parchment it was taking her up higher and higher into the castle. Her breath started to come in shortened bursts but not form exertion. It was from realisation of where she was being taken.

'This better not be a joke.'

She arrived outside the door leading to the stairs of the astronomy tower. She looked up at the parchment, it had started circling again. She went to reach up for it to check if there definitely wasn't any more writing but it burst into flames just as she was in reach.

'Oh well, I guess the only way is up. Nothing to lose...I think.' Uncertainty had settled in with Lily along with anticipation of what was in store for her up those stairs. She took a deep breath and opened the door to start her ascent.

Five minutes later she came to the last obstacle preventing her from being at the top of the astronomy tower. She took another deep breathe to calm her nerves and pushed the door open.

She gasped at what she saw.

James Potter was standing by the window holding a bouquet of Lily flowers. He smiled shyly and held them forward for her to take. She stepped forward and took the flowers but remained speechless. James spoke for her.

"Okay, I don't really know how to go about this considering our situation, so I'm just going to say what I feel." He took a deep breath to calm himself. Lily braced herself for what he was about to say.

"I heard everything you said to me while I was unconscious. Even that first night. I remember that I never heard the important bits until the end. At first I thought it was an angel speaking to me. I thought I'd died. But it was you. I heard you every time after that. Saying how you felt and even though I knew it was you, I couldn't help but think I was in heaven. I could still think clearly while I was out, but I couldn't se anything but darkness and I couldn't move a muscle. But every time you spoke to me or touched me, I could feel the darkness lifting. And when I heard your scream of joy after I had managed to squeeze your hand it elated me to no end."

He paused as he saw tears coursing down Lily's cheeks as she held the flowers tight to her chest. He had never seen such a beautiful sight. He felt a lump in his throat but still dared to carry on. He stepped closer.

"You are the reason I'm standing here Lily, no one else. Of course you are the reason I was there in the first place..."

"I'm so sorry." She whispered. James was so close now. He wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed away the two tears that had escaped after the others.

"Don't be sorry. Consider us even after seven years of hell from me." He smiled as she laughed softly and leant into his embrace.

"Look at me Lily." He said hoarsely. She did.

"I want everything you want and everything you'll give me. This year made me realise what it is I've been missing." A tear leaked from his eye but he had no shame.

"Merlin Lils, what I'm trying to say is that I love you." He waited for what seemed an eternity for her reply.

"I love you too James. Words cannot express what I feel for you." And with that she broke down into his arms and sobbed while he kissed her hair softly whispering sweet nothings. When she had calmed down enough he tilted her head up with the end of his finger.

"You don't know how happy you've made me."

Then he kissed her. He kissed her so softly yet it held so much passion and feeling Lily could feel her heart sing. After the need for air became too great they pulled away and looked into each others eyes.

"Lily, be mine. By my first and be my only true love, for it's always been so."

Lily replied with a soft smile and one simple word.

"Always."

fin

A/N: WELL THAT'S THE END OF THAT RIDE, AND WHAT A FUN ONE IT WAS. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO READ THIS AND DOUBLY THANK EVERYONE WHO REVIEWED. I LOVE YOU ALL! I CURRENTLY HAVE NO IDEA AS TO WHAT TO WRITE NEXT SO IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS I'LL GLADLY LOOK OVER THEM.

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