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"Pregnant woman coming through! Pregnant woman coming through!" James cried out, rushing into the hospital.
"What is her name?" the nurse behind the desk asked.
"Lily Potter," James answered. "Get her a room. Ooh and a wheelchair. Why aren't you moving??"
"Because, we need a patient," the nurse answered.
"Huh? OH!" James exclaimed, and ran out to the parking lot, rushing Lily backin. "Here she is."
"Okay, you fill the paperwork out, we'll get your wife a room," the nurse said. "Who's your OBGYN?"
"Dr. Weaver," James answered, taking the paperwork.
After her filled out all the paperwork, he went to a payphone. "Sirius? Remus? You there?" James called out into the answering machine. "HELLO!? WAKE U-"
"What??" Sirius asked groggily, picking the phone up.
"I'M GONNA BE A FATHER!" James shouted, not caring if people were staring at him.
"What?? Now??" Sirius asked.
"YES! Call the girls! Get Remus up! Find Peter!" James exclaimed, and then hung up the phone. He stopped by the gift shop and then practically ran to Lily's room.
"Lily, honey, I'm here," James said, entering the room.
Lily just smiled weakly.
"I got you something," James said, taking the green teddy bear out from behind his back. "Well actually it's for the baby. Since you didn't want to know the sex of the baby, I couldn't get pink or blue, but I deci…what's wrong?"
Lily wiped away her tears and whispered, "I'm scared."
James rushed to his wife's side with a slight smile. "I know…but you'll do great."
"I hope so," Lily whispered, taking the bear from James.
James kissed Lily on the forehead.
"Knock, knock," a voice said, opening the door.
"You called them?" Lily asked James as she saw Remus, Sirius, Kyra, and Teri walk in.
"Of course," James said, squeezing Lily's hand lovingly.
"We wouldn't miss this for the world," Teri said, sitting on the end of Lily's bed.
"Since we didn't know if it was going to be a boy or a girl, we bought two pairs or presents," Remus said, holding up an "It's a boy!" and an "It's a girl!" balloon.
"Please tell me you're able to return half those presents. I'm not having a boy and a girl," Lily said.
"Eh…they're probably non-refundable," Kyra said with a shrug. "But we'll just stow away the other pair or presents until the next baby. And…okay why are you looking at me like that?"
"What if I do have a boy and a girl?? Oh my god, what if we have twins? James! I can't handle that!" Lily cried out.
"Lily, Lily. Calm down, the doctor would have told you guys if you were having twins or triplets, or whatever," Sirius said.
"Triplets?? I didn't even think about that!" Lily cried out.
"Thanks a lot Si," James hissed with a grin. "It's okay Lils, we're only having one baby."
Lilytook a deep breath and smiled.She looked back at her friends. "I can't believe you're all here…it's sooo early. And you guys all have work…"
"Not anymore. Don't you know the flu is going around?" Sirius said with a sly grin.
"In July?" Lily teased.
"Oops…" Sirius said slowly.
"Okay, so you all skipped work, popped over here, and you…OW!" Lily cried out. "Ow, ow, ow, ow."
"Ow, ow, ow," James suddenly cried out.
"What the hell's the matter with you?" Sirius asked.
"He's having sympathy pains!" Kyra squealed.
"Uh…no, Lily's squeezing my hand really hard," James squeaked out. Everyone laughed as Remus tried to pry Lily away from James.
"Whoa, we've got company," the nurse said, walking in, noticing all the people in the room. She sat down at the end of the bed to see how far Lily was dilated.
"We've all been the best of friend since Hogwarts," James said.
"Well, everyone's gotta get out except for the husband," the nurse said with a bright smile."This baby is ready to come out."
"It's a boy!! Definitely a boy!" James exclaimed as the baby was almost finished coming out.
"Okay Lily, we need one more giant push," Dr. Weaver said.
Lily pushed, screaming as hard as she could, and squeezing James's hand. Lily plopped back on her pillows as James watched the umbilical cord being cut and the baby being handed to the nurse to get cleaned up.
James rushed out into the waiting room and noticed that only Sirius and Remus were there. "It's a boy! It's a boy! I'm a father!" James suddenly gasped. "Oh my gosh…I'm a father."
"You're a father!" Sirius exclaimed. "Sirius Jr it is."
"Our baby is not going to be named Sirius Jr," James said.
"What if I pay you?!" Sirius shouted after him, as James went back into the room.
"I can't believe it Lily! It's a-" James stopped when he noticed all the doctors surrounding Lily. "Lily?? Lily??" James tried rushing to Lily's side but doctors were pushing him out of the way.
"Mr. Potter, I don't think you should be in here," the doctor said.
"What's wrong with my wife? What happened??"
"Someone escort Mr. Potter out!" Dr. Weaver exclaimed over the loud beeping of the IV and the rush of the nurses and doctors in and out.
"No! Stop!" James exclaimed as two nurses started pulling him out of the room. "What's wrong with her?!" The door slammed shut behind him and a curtain was pulled out.
"Well? How's the baby?" Sirius exclaimed as James trudged into the waiting room and plopped down in a chair.
The girls were now back and looked at James for an answer, who just sat there and said nothing.
"Uh…James? Is the baby okay?" Remus dared to ask.
"I don't know. I didn't ask," James mumbled, looking down at the ground.
"I don't know," James mumbled.
"Something's happened to Lily and those stupid doctors won't let me in there!!" James cried out.
"Oh my," Teri said, clasping her hand over her mouth.
"It'll be okay. Everything will be fine," Sirius insisted.
"Oh, what do you know?" James asked.
"Lily learned to fight from you. She's strong man," Sirius pointed out.
James just slouched down and ran his hands through his hair frustrated.
"Mr. Potter?" Dr. Weaver said, coming out of the room.
James jumped up. "I swear to god if you don't let me see my wife!" James shouted.
"You need to calm down Sir," the doctor insisted.
"Why can't I see my wife??" James exclaimed.
"James, calm down," Sirius hissed.
James sighed and looked helplessly up at the doctor. The doctor looked down at the floor and then back at James. "It seems your wife had an aneurism during labor…"
"So? Can't you fix it? Wave a wand and say a spell," James exclaimed.
"It's not that easy…" the doctor said slowly.
"Well is she okay?" James asked.
"We had to give her some medicine and she's asleep right now," the doctor said.
"But is she gonna be okay?" James asked.
"She's very weak and her blood pressure is extremely low," the doctor pointed out.
James started shaking and he could hardly get the words out because of the huge lump in his throat, "Is she gonna make it?"
"We're not sure," the doctor said slowly.
"You have to do something. She has to make it! She has a baby to take care of! She hasn't even seen the baby. Come to think of it…I haven't really seen the baby…Can I see him?"
The doctor hesitated. "It seems your baby is very premature."
"What?" James asked.
"Your boy is a month and a half early…" the doctor said. "He's having trouble breathing. We have placed him in the intensive care unit."
"Why are you doing this to me doc?" James complained. "First my wife, then my baby. Aren't you good at anything?"
"James!" Remus exclaimed.
"No, no. I get that a lot," the doctor said.
"Does that mean this happens to you a lot? Because if so, I think you should find a new profession," James said harshly.
"James!" Remus hissed.
The doctor just smiled and acted like it didn't bother him. "We can't let you seeyour babyuntil tomorrow."
James just gulped and slowly nodded, not having any words left to say
"Oh, but we need a name for him. We need to produce a birth certificate," the doctor said.
"Oh…he doesn't have a name," James said.
"Can you come up with one soon?"
"No," James said firmly.
"No? The doctor asked.
"No?" Remus asked.
"Um yes, the baby's name will be Siri-" Sirius started. James put his hand over Sirius's mouth. "Ignore him."
"We all do," Kyra muttered.
"Lily carried that child in side of her for seven months, so she's going to pick the name out," James said confidently. The doctor smiled and nodded.
"Sirius is on his lunch break," Remus said to James on the phone the next morning. "Are you at the hospital?"
"I haven't left since we came in yesterday morning," James said. "I slept by Lily's side."
"James," Remus said softly. "You need a shower…and some new clothes. You can-"
"I'm not leaving," James said firmly.
There was a pause, "I understand. Well, Larine is giving me a death stare, so I should go. You sound tired…try and get some sleep."
"I'll try," and with that said, James hung up the pay phone.
"Mr. Potter," Dr. Weaver said, coming up from behind him. James turned around to look at the doctor so the doctor continued, "You can see your baby now. If you go down the stairs and take a left, you should find the intensive care unit."
James nodded and thanked the doctor.
"Well hey little guy," James said, his voice shaking, a lump forming in his throat. He sat down in front of the incubator, trying hard to not burst out in tears at the sight of his small baby hooked up to all those tubes. "I'm your father. You're mother couldn't be here, but boy does she wish she were. I know she'll love you. She loves me and let's just say, I'm not perfect. But you…you're a different story. You are perfect. But you need to get better, because Lily needs to see you. Actually, Lily needs you, period." James took in a deep breath and let a tear fall. He then whispered, "I need Lily."
"Hey James," Sirius said with a soothing smile.
"Oh hey Si," James said weakly.
"Brought you some things I thought you would be needing," Sirius said, holding up a bag. "Toothbrush, clothes, food, money."
James smiled, "Thanks Si."
Sirius walked over to the baby and peered into the incubator. "We're going to have so much fun with this one."
James smiled weakly. "He has the best 'Uncle Sirius' in town."
"Oh forget about me. He has the absolute best parents in the world. But I must admit, Lily will have her hands full."
"Oh come on. You and I are still kids ourselves. Lily will have to deal with us fooling around with the baby and playing and screwing up the baby, and then she'll have to deal with unscrewing up the baby," Sirius said with a shrug. "No day will be uneventful."
"Do you think she's gonna make it?" James asked, looking up at Sirius.
"She's a fighter James," Sirius said, sitting next to James. "She was so ecstatic about the baby. There's no way she's going to leave us, not without getting to see and raise the baby."
"What if she makes it and the baby doesn't?" James asked.
"Okay, I don't like having to deal with all this negativity," Sirius joked. "That baby is the product of you and Lily, the two strongest people I know. There's no way that baby is gonna go without putting up one hell of a fight."
Just then Dr. Weaver came in and put a name tag on the incubator. "Oh, excuse me. He doesn't have a name yet," James said.
The doctor smiled at James. "Your wife has named him."
"My wife?" James asked quizzically. "Wait, my wife?? She's awake??" The doctor smiled and nodded. James turned to Sirius and gave him a giant hug. "She's alive! Oh my gosh! She'll get to see the baby…she's named him Harry! Wait...Harry? Where'd she get that name? Oh! Who cares!! I can't be-"
"James," Sirius squeaked. "You're cutting off my circulation."
"Oh…sorry!" James exclaimed, letting go. "But did you hear?"
"James…I think everyone heard," Sirius said. "But why don't you go and see her?"
James smiled and hugged Sirius again.
James practically ran down the hallway to Lily's room. He pushed open the door slowly. He was afraid of what he'd see, but he saw a smiling Lily looking up at him.
"Lily," James gasped out, running to her side and giving her a huge hug. "I was so worried."
Lily looked around the room at the tons of flowers, balloons, and cards that surrounded her. "Looks like everyone was."
"Not half as much as I was," James said, choking up. "Don't you ever scare me like that again Lily Evans Potter!"
Lily smiled at James. "I'll try not to."
James smiled and kissed Lily on the forehead. "So about Harry's name…"
Lily laughed. "Not ecstatic about it?"
"Oh, no it's wonderful. I was just wondering where it came from," James said, sitting down on the side of Lily's bed.
"Well you know when we were on our honeymoon?" Lily asked.
"Um, yes. I think I vaguely remember that," James teased.
"Okay, remember the boy down by the beach that looked like he was no older than five who made those amazing sandcastle?" Lily asked.
"What about him?"
"Well, I saw his mother later that night and I asked what his name was. Just because I was curious," Lily said. "She said they named him Harry. And since I figure that our baby was conceived on our honeymoon, I decided on Harry."
"Well it's perfect," James said, kissing Lily on the lips.
"And it means power…something I think Harry needs now…and will need throughout his life," Lily said, kissing James back.
"Knock, knock," Sirius said, entering the room.
"Hi Sirius," Lily said. Sirius walked over and gave Lily a hug.
"We were all worried about you," Sirius said.
"Ah yes, the 'get better because I don't want to have to deal with James' card pretty much stated that," Lily said.
"You wrote that in a card?" James asked.
"I wrote some other nice things," Sirius teased.
"Like, James will screw up the baby if I didn't get better. Oh, and my personal favorite, James will stop using a hairbrush if I'm not there to teach him," Lily said, skimming through the card again.
"Why do I let you near her?" James moaned at Sirius.
"Alright, so we saw that you named the baby Harry. And although it's a lovely name, Sirius Jr is a much better name," Sirius insisted.
"Sirius…when you have children, by all means, name the child Sirius Jr," Lily said. "And anyway, isn't being Harry's godfather enough?"
"No, I want to…" Sirius trailed off. "Wait…me? You want me to be Harry's godfather?"
"You're practically apart of the family anyway," James said with a shrug.
"I thought you told him," Lily said to James.
"I've been busy," James said.
Just then the nurse walked in with a wheelchair, "One wheelchair for the lady to go see her baby."
Lily smiled and was helped out of bed by James.
"I'm getting impatient James," Lily said. "It's been two weeks and Harry isn't getting any better."
"He's not getting any worse either," James pointed out. They walked into the hospital and turned the corner, knowing exactly where to go.
"I know," Lily said, grabbing James's hand as they walked towards the ICU. "I'm just worried."
James smiled and kissed Lily's hand. "I know. But a lot of talks from Sirius has taught me to be positive."
"Okay, okay. I know. Be positive. Harry will be fine and we-" Lily stopped short. "He's gone."
"Excuse me?" James asked, looking over to where Harry has been for the past two weeks. "Oh my god. He's gone!"
"What happened??" Lily asked rhetorically. "Oh my god. They would have called us if it was bad news right? Well, they would have called us if it was good news also. Why didn't they call us??"
"Lily!" James exclaimed. "Panicking is not helping the situation. Let's go find a doctor."
"Yes, good, smart. I knew I married you for a reason," Lily said.
"Yes, Sir?" James asked, coming up to a doctor just leaving the ICU.
"Yes?" The doctor asked, turning around.
"We're the Potters, and we were wondering if you knew where our son was," James said.
"Ah yes, the Potters," the doctor responded.
"And this better be good news doc. My heart can't take any bad news," Lily insisted.
"Why don't I go find your regular doctor and maybe he can tell you more information," the doctor said.
"That means it's bad news, doesn't it??" Lily exclaimed. "Tell me what happened to my son!"
"Lily!" James cried out, holding her back, and turning back to the doctor."I'm sorry."
"It doesn't mean it's bad news, it just means he knows more about this situation," the doctor replied to Lily.
"Situation? Situation? Don't call me baby a situation! He's a human being!" Lily burst out.
"Lily!!" James exclaimed, pushing her back with his arm, and looking up at the doctor."Thank you very much."
"Why did you send him away??" Lily hissed.
"Lily, you need to calm down or these doctors won't tell us anything," James explained.
"Oh, how do you know??" Lily grumbled.
"Because, I've already been through this twice. They made me stop yelling when they told me about you and they made me calm down before telling me about Harry," James said.
"Fine, I'll try being calm…but we better find something out fast," Lily said.
"Well, if it isn't the Potters," Dr. Weaver said, coming up to them.
"Where the hell is Harry?!" Lily exclaimed.
"Good job on being calm," James mumbled to her.
"Mrs. Potter, I assure you that Harry is fine," the doctor said, "In fact, he's better then fine. We have moved him out of the ICU. We tried calling you, but I guess you were on your way here already," the doctor explained and then smiled. "He is ready to be taken home."
Lily clasped her hands across her mouth and let out a squeal as James hugged Lily as tight as possible.
Lily practically dropped Harry as they entered their house. She turned to James who shrugged and said, "I made a few phone calls." Lily squealed in excitement and gave James a huge hug.
"Don't you guys ever have work?" Lily asked.
"Eh, that's not important," Teri said. "Sooo, let's see Harry!"
Lily opened up her arms to reveal the most gorgeous baby they had ever seen.
Lily looked around at her friends and James said, "Welcome Home Harry."
"Home," Lily repeated. "Home sounds nice." And she nestled close to James, with Harry in her arms.