Power
Part 1

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"Good morning sweetheart," James said, kissing Lily lightly.

"Ugh," Lily groaned. "Is it time to get up already?"

"If you don't want your boss killing you, I'd think about getting up now," James said.

"Why'd you let me go out with you guys?" Lily moaned. "Now I'm hungover and not ready to go to work until I have ten cups of coffee and an entire bottle of aspirin."

"We warned you after your hundredth drink, but you didn't listen," James yelled from the bathroom.

"Damn you! When I married you, stopping me after two drinks was part of the agreement," Lily teased, rubbing her temples.

"Oohps, mwy bwad," James said, toothbrush in mouth.

Lily groaned one more time and got out of bed. She stood beside James as they both brushed their teeth. James looked at Lily and Lily grinned up at him. She kissed him, foamy toothpaste mouth and all.

"Well…that's the mintiest kiss I've ever received," James teased, kissing Lily again. "So…shall we attempt to get those ten cups of coffee in you in the next thirty minutes?"

"Actually I feel like ice cream," Lily said.

"It's eight in the morning!" James exclaimed.

But before Lily could answer, she threw up all over the floor.

"Oh honey," James said. He took her hand and led her to the bed. "There's no way you're going anywhere today."

"But work…" Lily said, lying down in the bed.

"Work can wait," James insisted. "I'll get you some aspirin but then I'm heading off to work. But I'll come back on my lunch break."

"No James really, I feel fine now," Lily said, starting to get out of bed.

"No way. You're staying right where you are," James said, giving Lily a kiss on the forehead.

"Ugh, why are you so good to me?" Lily groaned sarcastically.

"Because sex is no fun without you," James teased back.

"You know, one of these days I'm gonna leave you, and you'll really regret those kind of comments," Lily joked.


"Hey James, you're late," Sirius said, sipping his coffee.

"Does Larine know?" James asked, referring to their boss.

"Not yet," Remus said, sitting down at a desk beside James.

"So how's the Newlywed's?" Sirius asked.

"We've been married for three months. I think it's time to stop calling us newlyweds," James pointed out.

"None of my other friends are married, so when they get married, they'll be newlyweds and you'll just be washed up news," Sirius said with a shrug.

"Well then I will be a newlywed forever, because you have no friends," James teased. "An to answer you previous question, I'm good but Lily is sick."

"Sick?" Remus asked.

"She threw up this morning," James said with a shrug. "It was probably from the fact that she was thinking of eating ice cream at eight in the morning."

Sirius and Remus exchanged glances. "Uh…I don't think so buddy."

"What?" James asked.

Sirius and Remus grinned. "So wait, she's throwing up and requesting weird foods?"

"Yeah…" James said, not catching on.

"She's pregnant!" Remus and Sirius exclaimed.

"What?? No she's not," James said. "She just had a few too many drinks last night."

"Dude, she would just have a headache this morning if that was the case," Remus exclaimed.

"No, you guys are crazy. She's just hungover," James said with a shrug. "Lily was never able to hold her liquor."

"James, she didn't have that many drinks last night," Sirius said.

"Four margaritas, three glasses of wine, and three beers in two hours is a whole hell of a lot for Lils," James said.

"She is pregnant," Remus insisted.

"You're such a dawg! What did you guys do on your honeymoon?" Sirius teased.

James stopped and then a smile crept up on his face. "She's pregnant."

"Well, you just gonna stand there? Go celebrate Sirius Jr!" Sirius cried out.

"I will!" James exclaimed, starting to run off. "Wait…Sirius Jr?"

"Eh…it's a work in progress," Sirius said.

James laughed and then ran off.

"So…you're taking your lunch break?!" Larine, his boss, yelled after him.


"Oh my god," Lily exclaimed, staring at the blue line on the pregnancy test.

"Lily?? Lily!" James shouted, running up the stairs and violently pushing the door open to the bedroom.

Lily came out of the bathroom. James grinned at her from across the bedroom. Slowly, Lily returned the grin. James rushed over to her and whirled her in the air.

"We're having a baby!" James exclaimed.

Lily smiled and laughed. James kissed her and then put her down. "How did you know?" Lily asked.

James shrugged. "Oh come on, throwing up, requesting weird foods, feeling nauseous. Only an idiot wouldn't figure it out."

Lily just looked at him for a few seconds. "So…Remus and Sirius told you huh?"

James's mouth dropped wide open. "How'd you know that??"

"Because, and I say this with love, you are an idiot," Lily joked.

James looked offended. "Now, is that how you treat the father of your child?"

Lily squealed and kissed her husband.


"So here's to Lily and James Potter!" Sirius exclaimed, a few nights later.

"Cheers!" everyone else announced. Everyone included James's best friend, Sirius, Remus and Peter, and Lily's best friends, Kyra and Teri.

"Ugh, let me have a sip," Lily pleaded, reaching over for James's wine.

"Nuh uh, no way," James said, pulling his arm away. "Drink your water."

"This baby better come out of me fast. I want alcohol," Lily whined. Everyone laughed.

"I must admit, Sirius Jr. is going to be damn hott," Sirius admitted.

"Sirius Jr?" Lily asked, raising her eyebrows and looking over at James.

"Oh yeah…I meant to talk to you about that," James said slowly.

"No way is our baby gonna be called Sirius Jr. We don't need another one of you running around," Lily said to Sirius with a laugh.

"So why is their baby going to be hott and how do you know this? You some kind of psychic?" Teri asked.

"Well no…but look at it's parents. You've got James over here who is incredibly handsome," Sirius said, giving James a smile. "And his mother…well she's got a smoking body."

"Hey! That's my wife you're talking about," James said.

"And this is assuming it's James's kid…" Sirius said.

"Yes it's James's baby," Lily said, rolling her eyes.

"Damn…I thought maybe it was mine. You know, that one fling we had a month ago," Sirius said with a wink.

"You know, I'm getting tired of you hitting on my wife. You did it when we hated each other at Hogwarts, you did it when we were going out, you did so the night of our wedding, and you're still doing it," James joked and the whole group laughed.

"Well I'm waiting for the day she leaves you," Sirius said with a shrug.

"You have your own girlfriend," Remus reminded him.

"He does?" Peter asked.

"I do?" Sirius asked.

"What about Jeanne?" Remus said.

"Oh yeah…that didn't work out," Sirius said with a shrug.

"They never do," Kyra said.

"Hey! I resent that," Sirius insisted.

"You always do," Kyra replied, and the whole group laughed.


Four months past, and Lily was not having a fun time.

"How much longer til this baby comes out of me?" Lily groaned to James, while trying to put on mascara. "It makes me look so fat and ugly."

"Honey, you look beautiful," James said, kissing her on the forehead. "But we have to go now or we're going to be late for the party."

"Don't rush me," Lily insisted. "I'm almost done."

"Yes, I know, you said that ten minutes ago," James said, trying to be calm.

Lily was attempting to put on lipstick when she burst into tears.

"Honey, Lily, what's wrong??" James asked.

"I hate this stupid baby. When'sit coming out?" Lily asked, sitting down on the bed.

"Oh no, don't sit down," James said, trying to be sweet. "You only have two months left. They'll fly by."

"Don't tell me they'll fly by. These past few months have not flown by. They've been the slowest few months of my life," Lily said, hiccupping from her tears.

"I'm sorry. I wish there was something I could do," James said. "But we really have to get going."

"Don't tell me what to do James Potter. I can read a clock," Lily said stubbornly.

"Okay, okay," James said.

"Are you getting impatient with me??" Lily asked.

James tried to hide his sigh and instead forced a sincere smile. "Of course not."

Lily got up. "My make-up is nowall messed up. Give me another few minutes."

"No, no," James insisted. "We have to be going now."

Lily burst into tears once again. "You don't care if I look pretty at the party. I'm already fat, can't my face at least look pretty? Nooo, you have to get there on time. Probably to greet all the non-fat pretty girls."

"Okay, now you're talking crazy," James said, through gritted teeth.

"You know what?" Lily said, taking off her shoes. "I'm not going."

"Lily! Why not??" James asked, trying hard not to glance over at the clock.

"Because," Lily insisted. "I don't want to."

"Um, okay. But you know that I have to go…right?" James said. "I'm giving a speech…"

"Oh riiight. Don't stay home with your fat wife. Go out and mingle with all the other girls. I'll just sit at home lying in bed," Lily said angrily.

"Ugh! That's not it Lily. I'm giving an important speech," James said. "And I'd like it if you were there…"

"I said I wasn't going," Lily insisted. "You have no respect for me James Potter. All you care about is you and your important events."

"What? Why would you say something like that??" James asked, getting aggravated at Lily's mood swings.

"Because it's true!" Lily cried out. She folded her arms across her chest and turned away from James.

James groaned. "Look Lily, I really have to go. Can we talk about this later?"

"Well I don't know, won't you be off screwing one of your colleagues??" Lily exclaimed.

James threw his hands up in the air because he was frustrated. "Stop accusing me of cheating on you. Would I have married you if I didn't think I was going to be faithful??"

"Well yeah. That way you can share tax bills, you get a great house, and you get a woman who will bear your children," Lily said.

"Ugh! Lily, you're impossible!" James exclaimed.

"If I'm impossible, then why don't you just leave?!" Lily cried out.

"Fine! I will," James said stubbornly and then stormed out.


"Whoa, someone doesn't look that great. You nervous about making the speech?" Sirius asked, as James entered the room.

"No, I've made plenty of speeches before," James pointed out and thenhe sighed."It's Lily. She's driving me crazy."

"Mood swings?" Remus asked, just walking in, and the three of them walked over to their table.

"Yes," James groaned. "And she's really getting on my nerves. She takes forever in the bathroom, accuses me of cheating, exclaims that I don't respect her, and she's always telling me we never should have gotten married."

"She's pregnant James," Sirius said simply. "This is just the start of it."

"What do you mean?" James asked.

"You're going to be cranky at each other after early morning feedings, you'll both be too tired to even talk to each other, and Lilly will be angry that you get to leave and go to work while she has to stay home and hear the baby cry all day," Sirius said with a shrug.

James slouched down in his seat. "Why'd you have to tell me that?"

"But there are a lot of perks with having a baby," Remus said, trying to cheer him up.

"Oh really? I'm starting to think that there's nothing positive about having a baby," James mentioned.

"Well, for the first thing, she won't have any mood swings because she won't be pregnant anymore," Remus said with a shrug. "And when that baby comes out and you hold it for the first time, you will feel that nothing else in the world matters. I mean come on, you and Lily created something together. And what about when you hear its first words? And see its first step? And it's first haircut? And don't forget about the first time it says dad. Face it Prongs, having a baby is going to be the best."

James just smiled weakly. "I know, I know. I just wish Lily would stop biting my head off. I don't want to ever go home. I'm actually scared of her!"

Sirius and Remus laughed. "Well, you can crash at our place if you want to," Sirius offered.

"No way," Remus insisted, shaking his head. "You are going home to Lily."

James groaned. "Aw, do I have to?" he whined.

"If you think you're upset, think again," Remus pointed out. "Lily is sitting there thinking her husband doesn't love her, thinking she's fat, and basically she's just confused. She can't control her emotions or her body and it's driving her crazy."

"Which is driving me crazy," James muttered.


"You heading home now?" Sirius asked, coming into the lobby where James was sitting.

James looked up. "I don't know if I can."

"Why not?" Sirius asked, sitting down beside him.

James looked up at Sirius. "I don't know if I can do this."

"Do what?"

"Take care of a baby," James explained. "I just…I mean, are we responsible enough? We're so young. I'm just starting to get this Auror thing down, how can I be a father? Will I even be a good father? Will this kid like me? I only get one chance with this kid. What if I screw it up?"

Sirius smiled. "James, you've been taking care of me since I was two."

"Huh?"

"Oh come on. Who did I go to when my family life fell apart? Who did I go to when Kyra and I broke up? Who do I go to every timeI meet a girl?" James smiled. "You've been taking care of me since we were kids. This kid will be no different."

"He'll sleep, eat, and poop just as much as you do," James joked.


"Hi, Sirius?" Lily asked. She was on the phone calling Sirius and Remus at 3 AM in the morning.

"Hmm?" Sirius asked, obviously still half asleep.

"Is James there?"

"What??" Sirius asked, fully awake now.

"James didn't come home so I was wondering if he was there," Lily said.

Sirius jumped out of bed and started throwing clothes on. "I'll be there in a second."

Sure enough, Sirius 'popped' in a few seconds later and Remus was with him.

"Oh Sirius, what if something happened to him?" Lily asked, obviously really worried.

"I'm sure nothing happened," Sirius said, trying to stay calm.

"Well how do you know??" Lily asked.

Remus and Sirius exchanged looks. "He told us about your fight. He's probably just scared to come home."

"Yeah, well maybe if he wasn't so insensitive, I wouldn't have to yell at him," Lily said stubbornly.

"I think James is doing pretty well with it all," Remus said.

"Huh?" Lily asked.

"Most first-time fathers freak out and go nuts in anticipation of the baby," Remus said with a shrug. "I think James could be a lot more paranoid and scared."

"He's scared shitless," Sirius spoke up.

"What?" Remus and Lily asked.

"Um, Remus, can I talk to you for a second?" Sirius muttered, bringing Remus into the hallway. "James and I were talking before I thought he came home and he is on the brink of losing it over this baby. He's afraid the baby won't like him, he's afraid of what will happen between him and Lily, he thinks that he and Lily are too young, he thinks he's gonna end up screwing up the baby's life. He's more paranoid and scared then I have ever seen him. And he was a nervous wreck on their wedding day." Remus sighed, and Sirius and Remus walked back into the bedroom.

"So, he's really doing that bad?" Lily asked.

Remus and Sirius looked at each other. "I always forgot you were an expert eavesdropper."

"Hey Li-" James started. "Oh…um, hi guys."

Lily practically ran to James's side and gave him a hug. "Are you okay?"

"Yeah…" James said.

"Oh," Lily responded. She hit James on the shoulderas hard as she could.

"Ouch! What the hell was that for??"

"I was so worried about you! Where the hell have you been?!" Lily exclaimed.

"Out."

"Oh yeah, there's somewhere we should have checked," Lily said angrily.

"Uh…I think we're just gonna go…" Sirius said from the background.

"Yeah, I'd do that. You don't want to see me murder your best friend," Lily said through gritted teeth. "Thanks guys."

"Uh huh," Remus and Sirius said, actually worried that they may never see their friend again, but very happy that they were not in his position.

After they popped out, Lily turned back to her husband. "You are so inconsiderate. I wake up and notice that half the bed is empty. You know, this baby took two of us and I don't think it's fair that you think you can bail."

"Lily!" James exclaimed, trying to get her to be quiet. "I don't want to bail. I mean, I have to admit, at first I thought I wanted out. But I was wandering around this god forsaken town, and I came across that baby shop on Fourth Street. I looked through the window and saw this tiny yellow shirt with ducks on it. I mean, how can something that wears that be scary?"

Lily sighed and sat down on her bed. "If you were scared, why didn't you just talk to me?"

James sat down beside her. "Um, hate to admit this but, honey, you scare me."

Lily smiled a little. "I can't control my mood swings. Ugh! I can't control my emotions or my body. When is this over?"

James smiled and kissed his wife. "Sooner than you think."

"Should we call Sirius and Remus and tell them that everything's okay?" Lily asked.

James kissed Lily a little more passionately. "We don't want to bother them."

Lily smiled as James pushed her against the bed and kissed her.


"Oof," Lily said, clutching her stomach. "Ow, ow." Lily looked over at James who was sleeping soundly. "James, get up."

"Hmm?" James said, not wanting to get up. "Is it eight already?"

"Ow, ow!" Lily exclaimed.

"I'm up, I'm up," James claimed. "What's wrong?" He looked at the clock and saw that it said 6:45.

"I think the baby's coming," Lily said.

"Don't worry honey," James exclaimed, turning over and closing his eyes. "It's not due for another 7 weeks."

"I don't think he wants to wait-OW!" Lily cried out.

"Hmm?" James asked.

She clutched her stomach and got out of bed. "Owww," Lily moaned. "Oh…um, my water broke."

"Oh it's okay, we'll buy you another one," James insisted, still groggy.

"No James," Lily said, rolling her eyes. "my. water. broke."

"Ooooh!" James exclaimed. James threw the covers off, and jumped out."Well we have to get you to the hospital right away! I hope our doctor is on call. I like him and you seem to like him also. And I kind of get the idea that he likes us. And I won't feel comfortable if anyone else delive-"

"James!" Lily burst out. "Stop rambling and get me to the hospital."

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This story is going to be short compared to other's I have written. Only one more chapter!