*Yay, chapter 25. Thanks so much for reading my story. Hopefully you'll continue to read my future stories!


"There it goes." James said, sitting down and watching the castle as the train lurched and pulled slowly away from the station. Lily sighed and sat across from him, resting her legs on his lap.

"I know. I think I've cried enough though." She said, chuckling. James laughed and kissed her hand.

That morning had been very emotional for the 7th years. Many of the girls were crying and hugging as many people as they could. Lily had even hugged a third year she had never met before all because she asked for help to get her trunk on the train.

James and Lily were sitting in the Head compartment, thankful for a little privacy. They had no doubt however, that the others would soon be up there with them.

"Come here." James said, patting the seat next to him. Lily moved over and sat next to him, wrapping her arm around him. James put his arm around her shoulders and rested his chin on the top of her head.

"You tired?" she asked. James closed his eyes and nodded. "You have a nap. I'll wake you later." She said, tracing circles on his chest. James exhaled slowly and shut his eyes.

"Alright." He said. Lily smiled and relaxed against him. "Lily?" he asked.

"Hmm?" she said, smiling.

"Will you...sing to me?" he asked in a bashful voice. Lily sighed and snuggled into him closer, pulling her legs up underneath her.

"What would you like me to sing?" she asked. James shrugged.

"I'm not fussed." He said. Lily nodded, thought for a moment and then began singing.

"At Last. My love has come along, my lonely days are over, and life is like a song...' she sang slowly. James smiled as Lily's beautiful voice filed his ears.

"Oh, at Last. The skies above are blue, my heart got wrapped up in clover, the night I looked at you.' Lily smiled and began singing a little louder.

"I found a dream that I could speak to, a dream that I could call my own, I found a thrill to press my cheek to, a thrill that I have never known...'

"You smile, and the spell was cast, and here we are in heaven, for you are mine...at last." She finished softly and kissed his chest. James sighed and kissed the top of her head.

"Thank you." He said. Lily hummed in answer, and the two of them fell asleep minutes later.


James and Lily were awoken a few hours later by the sound of someone knocking on the compartment door. James grunted and blinked the sleep out of his eyes as Lily sat up and stretched.

"Wakey Wakey, hands off snakey!" Sirius said, poking his head through the door with his hand covering his eyes. James chuckled and sat up straighter.

"Get in here you dickhead." He said. Sirius chuckled and turned around back out into the hall.

"Yep, their decent! Fall in!" he said. James and Lily moved over as Sirius plopped down on the carriage opposite, followed by Allison, Remus and Peter.

"Oh Allison, not you too." Lily chuckled as she spotted her best friend with fresh tear-stains on her face. Allison chuckled and wiped her face with her hands.

"Oh, I know! It's his fault. He got me started." She said, nudging Remus with her elbow next to him. Remus chuckled and poked her back.

"I did not. All I did was start talking about how our time went quickly and then the next thing you know she's sprung a leak." He said, jerking a thumb at Allison. Lily chuckled and Sirius lay down on Allison and Remus's lap with a dramatic sigh.

"Yes, but I was the strong shoulder to cry on. I assure you it wasn't that bad." He said, laying his head in Allison's lap. She rolled her eyes, but bent down and kissed him. Remus made gagging noises as he moved Sirius's legs into a more comfortable position.

"It is sad though, not being able to pull pranks there anymore." Peter said, pulling a box of Bertie Botts out of his bag. They all nodded in agreement.

"What good will the map be now?" Remus asked.

"Hey, where IS the map anyway?" James asked. The four boys all looked at each other for a second.

"I thought Wormtail had it." Sirius said. Peter looked at him with horror.

"Me? I thought Moony had it!" he said, pointing at Remus.

"But...I thought Prongs had it. Don't you have it?" He said, looking at James. James shook his head.

"No! I thought Padfoot took it." He said. James looked at Lily. "Do you have it?" he asked, clearly very worried. Lily shook her head. James looked at Allison for an answer, but she shook her head also.

"Oh crap! I can't believe we left it! All that hard work gone to waste." Sirius said, hitting himself in the forehead. The four boys were clearly horrified. "It was clean when we last finished with it wasn't it?" he asked. Remus nodded.

"Yeah. Yeah, I cleaned it." He said. Sirius let out a sigh of relief and Peter relaxed slightly.

"Well then, I guess we can only hope that a new breed of Gryffindor pranksters find it instead of Filch." James said. They all nodded in hope as the witch with the food trolley arrived. She looked a little stunned to see so many students in the Head compartment for a moment, but it wore off as Sirius leapt up from Allison's lap and threw himself at the cart, demanding all different sorts of food.

For the next hour, the 6 of them passed around general conversation about their futures and what they could possible hold. They ate, slept, read and basically made the best of their last train ride on the Hogwarts Express. Many students had come in to with the Marauders the best of luck, but some of the younger ones that quite literally hero-worshipped them, had broken down completely at the prospect of them leaving and it had taken James and Sirius a good ten minutes to calm one girl down.

"So Prongs, are you having a house-warming party?" Remus asked, looking up at James from the floor. James chuckled and looked at Lily.

"I suppose. But not for a while. We haven't even moved in yet." He said. Lily smiled and kicked Remus lightly in the knee.

"Don't worry. You're definitely on the guest list." She said.

"What about me?" Sirius asked, grinning. James chuckled.

"No way. I've had enough of you." He said. Sirius smirked and threw half of his cauldron cake at James. Allison rolled her eyes and she and Lily exchanged a look.

"Boys." They said.


At no time at all, the Hogwarts Express was slowing down as it approached Kings Cross. It was with much sadness that the Marauders, Lily and Allison all got off the train, collected their luggage and walked onto the platform, giving the train one last look.

"Well, come on." Remus said, and he walked through the barrier back into the real world. The others exchanged a glace, before following suit.

Once they were out in the real world, they all temporarily went their separate was to greet their families.

"Oh Lily sweetheart. Good to see you." Lily's mother said, embracing her daughter. Lily smiled and hugged her mother.

"Thanks mum. Where's dad?" she asked, looking around.

"Oh, he got caught up at work. He's dreadfully sorry he couldn't be here, but he'll see you tonight." She said. Lily nodded and looked around at James. He was talking enthusiastically with his parents, Sirius at his side. Lily shook herself and turned her attention back to her mother.

James looked over at Lily, talking to her mother. Both of them stood out as they both had the same fiery red hair. He smiled and turned back to his father.

"So, your mother and I checked out that place of yours in Godric's Hollow. Its very nice son." He said. James looked at his father with curiosity.

"You've checked it out? Without me being there?" he asked, slightly outraged.

"Oh, Richard. Did you have to tell him?" James's mother said, her arm linked with Sirius's. James snorted slightly as he looked at his mother and best friend, before his father sighed.

"Well, I didn't think he would mind. You don't do you James?" he asked, pushing his glasses up the bridge of his nose. James sighed and did the same.

"No, I guess not. But now Lily and I don't get to give you any 'Grand Tours' or anything." He said rather sulkily. Sirius chuckled.

"We didn't go in James. We simply looked at it. That's all." Mrs. Potter said. James sighed in relief, before Sirius suddenly dragged Mrs. Potter off over to Allison.

"I need your approval." He muttered to her. Mrs. Potter snorted as Sirius indicated for Allison to come over. She did so, although very reluctantly.

"Allison, this is James's mother Bethany Potter. Mrs. P, this is my girlfriend Allison." He said, beaming at her. Allison politely shook Mrs. Potter's hand.

"Ah, so this is Allison. I must say that Sirius simply doesn't shut-up about you." She said, smirking. Allison chuckled and relaxed. James's mother was a lot like her son it seemed.

"Yeah, I've been told that." She said. Mrs. Potter chuckled and looked to her left.

"Oh, I must go see Remus. It was nice to meet you Allison." She said and walked off, leaving Sirius and Allison alone. Sirius smirked and wrapped his arms around Allison.

"Come on. Come meet my parents." She said, looking up at him. Sirius looked over at her parents, who were watching them out of the corner of their eyes.

"Um, are you sure?" he asked. Allison chuckled.

"Of course. Now come ON! Heel puppy." She said, pulling him by the arm. Sirius laughed and let himself be dragged over to meet her family.

For the nest ten minutes, the families and their children all mingled, whether it was introducing or catching up. Finally, James and Lily broke away from all the fuss and got a few seconds by themselves.

"Oh, I want to go home with you." James said in a child-like tone, resting his forehead against Lily's. She chuckled and wrapped her arms around his waist.

"The feeling's mutual, don't worry." She muttered. James chuckled and kissed her.

"Only two more days. Do you go for your Apparation tests tomorrow?" he asked. Lily nodded.

"Yeah. Do you?" she asked. James shook his head.

"Nah. Remus, Sirius and I booked it in for this afternoon." He said. Lily chuckled.

"You're a bit eager." She said. James smiled and shrugged.

"Well, we've been ready for ages. No point waiting. And plus, I cant stand Floo Powder anymore." He said, cringing slightly. Lily chuckled and hugged him.

"Oh, you're parents look ready to go." She said, looking over his shoulder. James sighed and pulled back from Lily. He looked around to see his parents talking with Lily's mother. They did look like they wanted to go.

"Alright. I'll meet you at your house on Tuesday, and we can apparate together." He said. Lily nodded, smiled and kissed him.

"I miss you already." She said. James chuckled, pulled her closer and kissed her rather passionately, making some people nearby turn a little pink.

He pulled back and looked at Lily. She had a dopey expression on her face.

"That's for the road. Until we meet again my fair maiden." He said, bowing. Lily chuckled and curtsied.

"Until then, good sir." She said. James chuckled, winked at her and jogged over to his family.

Lily watched him go, before shivering and deciding to talk to Allison.


"Ok, that has to be it. Prongs, tell me that's it!" Sirius said, walking in topless and putting a large box down on the floor with a grunt. James stood up straight, looked around and nodded.

"Yeah, that's it." He said.

Today was the day James and Lily were moving in. Although they hadn't bought much furniture yet, they still had a lot of possessions from their homes. Remus and Sirius had volunteered to help. Peter was off on holidays with his mother, and Allison was already starting work. Sirius laughed and let his head droop.

"Thank Merlin for that. How much stuff do you guys own?" He asked, running a hand through his hair. James chuckled as Remus walked into the room with another small box, also without his shirt.

"Here you go. This one's from Lily's pile." He said. James nodded and ticked something off the list he was holding and Sirius looked at Remus with horror.

"Why do you get the easy stuff?" he asked outraged. "I've been working like a dog here!" he said, smirking. Remus rolled his eyes and Lily walked into the room, her hair up in a bandana and she was carrying a tray with cold lemonade on them.

"Lillian, can I marry you instead?" Sirius said, running over to her. She chuckled and handed him the tray.

"Sorry, no." she said, walking over to James and kissing him on the cheek.

"Can I move in then?" he asked, looking around the large living room. "This place is great!" he said. Lily smiled and nodded.

"Isn't it just? I mean, it looked great in the paper, but that photo did this place no justice at all." She said, looking around the house in admiration. James nodded, although he was still reading his checklist.

"Ok. I think that's all. Thanks for helping out today guys." James said, looking up at his friends finally. Sirius shrugged and he picked his shirt up.

"No problem Prongs." Remus said. Lily sighed and walked between boxes to them, giving them both a kiss on the cheek.

"Yeah, I don't think we could have done it without you." She said. "But you two smell, really bad. So get out of my house." She chuckled. Remus and Sirius looked down at themselves. True, they were both rather sweaty.

"Oh Lily, are you sure you don't want some?" Sirius said, pulling Lily to him. She laughed and pushed him away.

"No! Sicko." She chuckled, running back into the kitchen. Sirius chuckled and put his shirt back on.

"Alright, we're out of here. We'll see you tomorrow." Sirius said, pulling his shirt back on. James nodded, shook Sirius's hand and hugged him.

"Alright. See you. Bye Remus." He said, turning to Remus and hugging him as well. Remus pulled back and got his wand out of his pocket, as did Sirius.

"Bye Lillian!" Sirius called. There was a two second pause, before...

"Bye! I'll see you tomorrow!" came Lily's voice. The three men chuckled and Sirius and Remus Disapparated with a 'pop'.

James stared at the empty space for a second, before walking into the kitchen. He smiled as he saw Lily standing on a chair, already stacking plates and cups in the cupboard to the way she preferred.

"You don't have to do that now." He said, walking up to her. Lily chuckled and put the last cup away.

"Doesn't matter, I'm done now." She said. She leapt off the chair and James caught her with a laugh.

"Can you believe it? Its all ours!" she said, wrapping her arms around his neck. James chuckled and kissed her, carrying her back into the living room.

"I know." He said, spinning around with her. Lily laughed as James put her down. He put his hand on her waist and took her hand in his. "Our home." He said. Lily smiled and danced slowly with him.

"Our home." She said. James smiled, bent down and kissed her.

And they continued to dance in their new home, looking forward to the next phase in their lives.


*Yay! Oh, I'm so happy with all this. Thanks so much for reading my story guys. I hope you enjoyed it. And a sequel? Let me know! Oh and by the way... * drools over shirtless and sweaty Moony and Padfoot * Lol.

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