Welcome new and old readers. I really recommend you read The Magic Charm before you read this as its sort of the second part of the story. For those who are old readers I am really sorry this took me so long to get up. Just the usual things keeping me back like School, work and guys. All the horrible things :-) Anyway I'll get on with it.
Disclaimer: I own nothing that you find familiar from the Harry Potter books as that is all JK Rowlings creation not mine. The only thing that is mine is the story idea.
When Phoenix's Cry
Lily smiled as she walked through the beautiful corridor. She couldn't suppress the smile on her face and she didn't want too. She stopped a few times to look at the exquisite French paintings. One caught her eye of a handsome prince watching a beautiful princess. She gazed at it for a while before being startled by a voice.
"It's a nice painting, isn't it?" Lily looked at the person who owned the voice and smiled another wide smile at seeing her best friend.
"Hestia don't scare a person like that." Lily said before turning back to the picture. "Is it just me or does that prince like really familiar?" Lily said as she took a step back and squinted. Hestia looked at her oddly.
"I suppose he looks a bit familiar." Hestia said. She had creamy skin with coffee eyes and long black hair. She had a small mole on her left cheek.
"It's his hair that gives away the real similarity." Lily said thoughtfully. "But once you notice that then you can see that the nose, chin and … lips are the same." Lily said with a slight smile.
"You've gone over the edge, haven't you?" Hestia asked looking at her friend oddly. "When you fell you banged your head didn't you? You should have got Alice to look at you, Lily." Hestia said taking Lily by the arm and leading her away from the painting.
Hestia was of course talking about the battle that had happened the day before, in which James and Lily had come face to ghostly face with Voldemort. Lily had fallen to the ground after being knocked over by James and a fighting deatheater, causing a very important amulet to be broken. Not that Lily really minded, considering Voldemort had wanted it very badly and would obviously be very upset that he had never been given it.
"I'm fine, Hes." Lily said with a chuckle.
"Are you sure?" Hestia asked as she put her hand to Lily's head. Lily waved her away.
"Yes now can we go get something to eat, I'm a bit parched." Lily said. Hestia looked at Lily once more then nodded in agreement. When they reached the large dining mostly everyone was there. From the medi-wizards to the Aurors and the Unspeakables. Lily stopped before walking into the room, as this had been the very room that she and James had encountered Voldemort. Hestia, who had walked a few steps in front of her, noticed that her friend was no longer beside her. Hestia turned to her.
"Lil, What's wrong?" Hestia asked. Lily looked around the room and the memory of what had happened the previous day came back to her.
Just as James pointed his wand at Nott there was a flash of blinding light and James tried to shield his eyes. Lily screamed.
Suspended in mid air was a tall, thin, pale man with horrific red eyes and slits for nostrils. It was Voldemort. But he wasn't real because Lily could see the portrait through him. It was like he was a ghost but he couldn't have been.
"Where is the amulet?" He asked in a thunderous voice. There was silence.
"The girl has it." Nott replied. Voldemort turned his eyes on Lily. Lily could feel pain running through her.
"Give it to me!" He demanded.
"N-No!" Lily stuttered. As Lily said this James fell to the ground and started screaming in pain. "James!" Lily screamed. She looked at Nott to see that his wand was upon James.
"You will give it!" Voldemort shouted.
"It's shattered." Lily screamed at him. "You can't do much with it now." Lily said as she pointed towards the red fragments of glass. Voldemort let out a deafening roar that shook the chateaux.
"NOTT YOU FOOL!" Voldemort screamed. "This isn't over!" He said directing his words to Lily. "Come you fools." Voldemort said as he disappeared. Nott disapparated after his master and James stopped screaming in pain. Lily crawled over to him. There were tears streaming down her face at seeing James lying there motionless. She took his head and put it in her lap. She checked to see if he was still alive - he was. Lily cried even harder. There was a lot of blood around James' left shoulder and some blood coming out of his mouth.
Lily paled as she remembered this. It had been the scariest moment of her life and it had happened in that very room. And now she was forced to go back into it and eat breakfast as if nothing had happened.
James had been eating his breakfast as he noticed Lily walked into the room. A smile formed on his face but it soon disappeared as he noticed Lily stare at the far wall. It had been where Voldemort had stood the day before. James sat down his knife and fork and got up from his seat, making it scrape across the floor. He walked over to Lily; he stood in front of her for a few moments trying to catch her gaze. He resorted to putting a hand under her chin and forcing her eyes to look up into his own.
"I can't go into that room." Lily said barely above a whisper.
"I know. But you need to get something to eat." James said quietly. "We both worked up quite an appetite." He said as a small smile appeared across his lips. Lily blushed and smiled also. Hestia had sat down as soon as James walked up to Lily; so hadn't heard this but she was keeping a watchful eye upon the pair, as were many other people.
"I may be hungry, but I can't go into that room." Lily said once more as her eyes darted about the room.
"Lily he isn't going to appear in the same place twice. It's not his style." James said gently. Lily looked into his eyes and saw compassion and concern in those hazel orbs. His hair was attractively messy and all Lily wanted to do was run her hands through it as she had done the night before. A small smile passed her lips and she nodded. James smiled and walked towards his seat, Lily followed and sat opposite him in the seat beside Hestia. Hestia looked at her best friend curiously.
"What was that all about?" Hestia asked Lily in a whisper. Lily looked at her friend.
"I just got a little freaked." Lily said also in a whisper.
"Oh, I'm sorry I never thought." Hestia said apologetically. Lily smiled appreciatively at her friend. She scooped some cereal from a bowl in the middle of the table and put it into her own bowl before adding some milk. Just then Sirius sat down on the other side of Lily.
"Good morning all." Sirius said cheerfully. James eyed his friend carefully.
"Why are you so happy?" He asked.
"It's a beautiful day. We all survived yesterday's attack and Voldie never got his precious necklace. It makes me feel pink inside." Sirius added with a chuckle. Hestia rolled her eyes at him. "So when do we go home?" Sirius asked curiously.
"Why are you so eager to leave?" Lily asked as she finished her cereal.
"People to see, places to be." Sirius said with a knowing smirk. Lily chuckled as James smiled and rolled his eyes. However, Hestia pretended to not be paying attention.
"I'm waiting on an owl from the Ministry giving us the all clear to come back." James said as he pushed his plate aside. He gave a slight wince as he stretched his arms.
"Are you all right?" Lily immediately asked. James smirked.
"I'm fine. I just slept funny, what with being stabbed and all." James said a cute shrug. A smile passed Lily's lips.
"I thought you were given the all clear?" Hestia asked as she buttered some toast.
"He was but it's seems he over-exerted himself erm working out." Sirius said with a grin. James chuckled, as he knew what his best mate was getting at. Lily blushed and tried to hide it by dabbing at her mouth with her napkin.
"Don't be so crude at the breakfast table." Hestia said with disgust. Sirius smirked.
"This table seen a lot, I think it could handle a few innuendo's." Sirius said looking at Hestia with a grin. Hestia glared at him.
"Am I missing something?" Lily asked looking between the two. That's when James understood and pushed his chair back in disgust. Sirius chuckled as James quickly stood up.
"This room has seen a lot then." James said as an owl was let into the room. It headed straight for James and dropped a letter off before heading off again. James read the letter before clearing his throat.
"Can I have your attention please?" James waited until there was silence before continuing, "I have good and bad news. The good is that there is no more to be done here, the bad is that we need to leave within the hour." There were murmurs throughout the group.
"Why so fast?" Marlene McKinnon asked.
"The ministry fear that we may be attacked if we stay any longer as there are deatheaters that know of our position." James said. "We have –" he looked at his watch, "-23 minutes before the portakey takes us back to the ministry. Could everyone please gather their items and meet in the ball room in 15 minutes, please." James said. He then turned to Frank Longbottom to say something.
"Let's go Lily." Hestia said standing up. Lily looked at James and Frank who appeared to be having an argument.
"I'll be right up, Hes." Lily said as she pushed out her chair. Hestia shrugged and walked out of the dining room, as did Sirius. Lily walked around the table and stood beside James and Frank, who instantly stopped bickering. "What's wrong?" Lily asked curiously as she looked at the two men.
"Nothing." James said quickly as Frank clenched his jaw. "Why don't you go pack?" James suggested.
"I am packed James, you were there when I done it this morning." Frank looked at James with his eyes raised. James face remained stony. "Now what's wrong?" Lily asked again.
"You can't hide this from her, so stop trying." Frank said to James. James's expression didn't change as Frank handed Lily the piece of parchment that James had been reading a few moments before.
"Oh my Merlin!" Lily said as she read it. "This was my fault." Lily said as tears came to her eyes.
"It's not!" James said adamantly. "This is why I didn't want her to know." James shot at Frank.
"She would've found it. It's probably plastered all over the papers anyway." Frank said.
"All those people died because of…" Lily trailed off as she stared at the ground.
"Don't even think it. You saved lives yesterday." James said as he put a finger under lily's chin. "He did this out of anger. Voldemort did this not you." James said. Lily stared blankly up into his eyes. "You saved a lot more people by destroying the charm." James said gently. Frank watched the pair as Lily's hands shook and James tried to calm her down.
"James, why don't you take Lily upstairs to get her stuff." Frank said. James nodded and put his arm around Lily's shoulders and led her upstairs. Frank sighed as he watched the pair go.
"Is everything okay?" A cheery voice asked. Frank turned to the voice and smiled.
"Of course, Alice. Have you got everything packed?" Frank asked. Alice walked into the room and nodded.
"Yes." She said as she held up the luggage bag in her hand. "Why can't they just transport the bags the way they did yesterday?" Alice said with a sigh as she sat down in one of the seats. She had lengthy brown her and beautiful dark eyes. Frank sat down beside her.
"We need to take precautions." Was all Frank said. Alice shrugged and then smiled at Frank. She then leaned over and kissed him on the lips. He smiled and gave her a bewildered look.
"What was that for?" Frank asked.
"Can't I kiss my Fiancé?" Alice asked with a smile. "That sounds good." She said with a chuckle. Frank smiled and took Alice's left hand. "It's beautiful." Alice said as she looked down dreamily at the 24-carat gold ring with a square cut diamond in the middle and two sapphires on both sides.
"I'm glad you like it." Frank said. There was silence as the pair glowed happily. "You don't think - it was too soon do you?" Frank asked as he looked at Alice. She smiled and shook her head.
"It wasn't soon enough." Alice said as she put her hand to Frank's face and stroked his cheek gently. Frank stood up, Alice's hand still clutched in his own.
"Let's go get my bags." Frank said as he walked out of the dinning room.
A while later the group gathered around the assigned portakeys, which had arrived a few minutes before they had to leave. Lily had wiped her eyes and applied some make up to look as if she had never been in distress. Everyone had shrunk his or her belongings so that it was a lot easier to use the portakey. Finally it was time for the potakey to transport the group back to the ministry and it did with a great lurch forward. Lily opened her eyes to find herself in a large boardroom. She stood still until a moment of wanting to be sick passed.
"You okay?" Edgar Bones asked as he looked at Lily's pale face. Lily nodded her head.
"Just motion sickness. Never did like travelling by portakey." Lily said with a chuckle. Lily watched as James scratched his head and said something to Sirius, who laughed.
"Lily, Bagnold wants to talk to us." Frank said as he walked towards her. He then turned to the large group. "Could you leave all possessions to the lock up then you will be free to go home. You have today and tomorrow off. But I expect to see you all in on time on Thursday." Frank said. There was a round of "Thank Merlin" and "My bed is calling my name!" obviously from Hestia. Lily rolled her eyes as Sirius's widened. Lily and James walked with Frank towards the lift.
"It feels like we just started this bloody mission." Lily said as she rubbed her eyes. James looked at her worriedly.
"I'm glad it's over. It was two months too long." Frank said as the lift doors opened as they stepped in. Frank touched his wand to the number 1 button. It didn't stop until it reached that floor. Lily stepped out first and nearly bumped into Amelia Bones.
"Oh sorry Amelia." Lily apologised. Amelia smiled and shook her head.
"I take it you guys got back all right then." Amelia said as James and Frank walked out of the lift. James looked at Amelia questioningly. "Everybody knows, especially after…" She trailed off.
"Oh." Lily said quietly as she looked at the ground. James put a hand on her shoulder and rubbed it gently. Amelia looked at the pair oddly.
"Well I better get going." Amelia said with a smile as she entered the lift. They said their goodbyes and Lily, James and Frank walked towards Bagnold's office. The secretary told them to go on in as the minister had been waiting for them.
"Please sit." The Minister said as she pointed to three chairs. Lily sat in the middle as Frank and James sat on either side. "I'm glad you all got back safely. We were very lucky to have such little causalities," James and Frank nodded as Lily sat in silence. "If it weren't for you three then this never would have been found and the magical community will always be in your debt. But unfortunately the project has to end, as you know. You will go back to your normal jobs. Frank as Head of Law Enforcement and James as an Auror Group leader." Millicent Bagnold said. The Minister, was a tall powerful looking woman who seemed to be in her late fifties with grey hair and puissant green eyes. There was no mention of Lily and James was about to say something when he remembered something she had said a few days before. After this mission you won't have to deal with me at all. I'm going back to America. I've been offered a better job. His heart sank as he remembered this. He was going to lose Lily for a third time - something he wasn't going to let happen.
"You will return to your jobs on Thursday, where your current replacements will fill you in on all you have missed. There is very little paper work to fill out as Lily did most of it before you left. All you need to do is sign it." Bagnold said as she set five sheets of paper at the end of her desk. James took a pen from her desk and signed each sheet then handed the pen to Frank who also signed it. "The project has now ended." Bagnold said with a small smile. "I am sure you are angry about this." Frank and James nodded. "But an alternative has been set up. You will be contacted soon about this." James and Frank looked at each other oddly, as the minister was being very vague about what was happening. "Now if that is all you may leave." Frank, James and Lily stood up. "Lily can I talk to you for a minute." Bagnold said. Lily nodded her head.
"I'll meet you in the break room, then we can go home together." James said to Lily. Lily nodded as she sat down in the seat she had been sitting in before. Once Frank and James left the room Bagnold gave Lily a warm smile.
"Have you thought anymore about what I asked you?" Bagnold asked. Lily nodded her head. There was silence before Lily let out a huge sigh.
"I don't know what to do." Lily said. "I really want to take the job and I want to do anything to stop him. But I can't stay in a place where there is continuos suffering and death – especially if it is my actions that caused it."
"Last night's attacks were not your fault." Bagnold said strongly. "Voldemort is sick and twisted. Those people died because he acted like a spoilt child who never got the present he wanted. Those people died at his wand not yours." Bagnold said as she looked at Lily who looked past Bagnold and at a painting on the wall behind her.
"You are a smart and very powerful witch. And I know you left Hogwarts at the top of you class, which in any community is a great achievement. We would benefit greatly with having you as part of our team. And I know one person who would be extremely happy if you took the job." There was silence as Lily mulled this over. "You may not think this, but you can make a difference here."
James took a sip from his teacup as he waited for it too cool down. Sirius was sitting opposite him at the table reading the Daily Prophet. He had been told of the deatheater attacks earlier that morning by James so wasn't shocked to read about them in the paper. But he was still very angry at what he read.
"I still can't get over this." Sirius said angrily.
"It's horrible, isn't it?" A female voice said as she sat down at the table. Sirius and James smiled at Amelia.
"Did anyone survive?" Sirius asked.
"Not that I know off." Amelia said with a sigh. Sirius closed the paper and pushed it aside, unable to read anymore.
"So Amelia, how are you?" Sirius asked pleasantly.
"I am fine. And you?" She asked courteously.
"Could be better." Sirius said with a shrug. "What about you James? How are you?" Sirius asked with a smile.
"I'm okay." James said with a chuckle.
"Just okay?" Amelia asked. "I thought you would be feeling ecstatic." James looked at her curiously. "You foiled the bad guys plot at domination." Amelia said with a smile.
"More like tired." James said as he yawned.
"But I thought you spent last night resting after your injured shoulder." Amelia said innocently. James blushed as Sirius laughed.
"Jamie rested all right. You looked very relaxed this morning coming out of Evans' room." Sirius said with a barking laugh. Amelia chuckled. James looked at Amelia awkwardly.
"Don't James. You and I were a long time ago. You shouldn't feel awkward around me." Amelia said with a smile. James smiled and looked down at his tea. Just then the door opened and Lily walked in. She sighed as she sat down between Amelia and James.
"I am so tired." Lily said with a yawn, which caused Amelia and Sirius to laugh and James to smile. Lily looked at them oddly.
"Did you guys hear? I'm moving up to your floor." Amelia said excitedly as she changed the subject. "I've joined Law Enforcement. I start Monday." James and Sirius congratulated her.
"Monday?" Lily asked. "We don't get to work with each other then." Lily said disappointedly.
"So you -" Amelia began.
"Yeah." Lily quickly said with a small smile. She looked at James who was looking curiously at her. "I think I wanna go home." Lily said. James nodded and the pair stood up. Lily turned to Sirius. "If you dare show up at all today, I will kill you." Lily said tiredly. "I am not making Lunch, Dinner, Tea, Supper or any other meal time you have. I plan on sleeping all day and I do not want to be disturbed." Lily said with a smile.
"You here that James. She doesn't want to be disturbed." Sirius said with a grin.
"He's a welcome distraction, you are not. Now go talk to Hestia and sort out the mess you made yesterday." Lily said. Sirius looked at her oddly.
"How'd you know bout that?" Sirius asked.
"I have my ways." Lily said as she walked out of the room followed by James. A while later the pair arrived at their home through floo powder. Lily plopped down on the couch with a sigh. James stood awkwardly, not knowing what to do or say. He had so much he wanted to tell her and there was so much he wanted her to tell him.
"You're going to America aren't you?" James finally said after a while. Lily opened her eyes and looked at him for a few moments.
"I have no reason to stay … do I?" Lily asked. James looked at the ground and then back at Lily.
"You have me." He said quietly. "I want you to stay." Lily looked at him carefully.
"I'm not going." Lily said. "I wanted you to want me to stay." James grinned as he heard this.
"You'll stay?" James asked confoundedly. Lily nodded with a smile.
"I don't like leaving you. I cried when I left after Hogwarts. And my heart broke when I walked out of your hotel room in New York. I'm scared of what will happen if I leave for a third time." Lily said. James sat down on the coffee table opposite her.
"I should have made you stay the first time." James said as he touched her cheek. "I've wasted five years of my life without you and I don't want to miss another minute." James said with a smile.
"We're together now, aren't we?" Lily asked. James smiled.
"Yeah. I'm not going anywhere and neither are you." James said with a smile. "Just like we promised each other last night."
"I'm madly in love with you, you know that right?" Lily asked with a smile as she felt James's lips brush against her own.
"I think you told me that a few times last night. But it's nice to hear it again." James said in a whisper as he kissed her neck. "I love you too." He said as he moved back up to capture her lips in a deep, passionate yet gentle kiss. Lily pulled away after a few moments.
"I hate to be a downer but… I'm a bit tired. Last night took quite a toll on me." Lily said with a smile causing James to grin. "I just want to fall asleep in your arms." Lily said as she yawned. James nodded, took her hand and stood up.
"Let's go to bed." He said as he led her upstairs. They stopped as they faced two doors on opposite sides of the corridor. One was Lily's room and the other was James'.
"Which room?" James asked as Lily rested her head on his shoulder.
"I really don't care." Lily said tiredly. James kissed the top of her head then led her into his room. The pair undressed and got into James's bed. James tucked the blankets around Lily and him and wrapped his arms around her as she lay her head on his chest. She had beautiful soft skin that made him tingle as her cheek touched his chest. He couldn't help but feel so happy and relaxed at having the red head in his arms. He had dreamed of this for years and finally it had come true.
"I love you." Lily whispered as she drifted of to sleep. James grinned.
"I love you too. Sweet dreams." James whispered as he too drifted off to sleep.
Thank you for reading. And can I just say a huge thank you to all those who reviewed The Magic Charm