D/C: I don't own Harry Potter.
Hello! I'm back with my final chappie! I'm glad you all liked my last one, since I thought it was stupid and crappy, so thank you for proving me wrong! I'll leave you to read now and I'll meet you at the end of this, okay?
WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?
'Thank you, James, today's been really special,'
'Really? Um…sure, you're welcome,'
James and Lily stood facing each other before the portrait of the Fat Lady. They had stayed up on the hill for another half an hour, talking animatedly and comfortably with each other, before they decided it was becoming late and that it would be better if they returned to the castle. But now that they were back in the castle where it was crowded and filled with people, they felt the old nervousness return, and they were at loss of what to say to each other before they each went off to their dormitory.
'So…' Lily said, pushing a stray strand of her red hair behind her ear. She smiled nervously at him.
'I'll be seeing you tomorrow, then?' James asked.
'Oh, yes, of course,' Lily replied. She wringed her hands together. 'Ok, good night, then.'
'Yeah, good night,' James said, nodding his head slightly.
She smiled at him one more time before turning to face the Fat Lady to give her the password. James wanted to kick himself. Say it! Say it, you idiot, before she goes inside!
'Hey, Lily!' he started.
Lily looked at him expectantly. 'Yes, James?' she said tentatively.
'Um…I just wanted to say,' he murmured. 'I really like you, Lily.'
Lily beamed at him. She took a step towards him and gave him a slight peck on the cheek. 'Thanks for sharing, James,' she said softly. 'Because I like you, too.'
The portrait door swung open and Remus watched as two people climbed inside. He smirked slightly as he watched the two exchanging a quick goodnight, before one hurried off towards the staircase leading to the girls' dormitories, and the other strode over to his table.
'Hello, James!' he said, trying to keep a straight face, and Peter, who had been lying on the hearth rug beside the fireplace trying to complete a Defense Against the Dark Arts essay, sat up straight.
'James! You're back!' he exclaimed, grinning goofily.
James looked extremely flustered, not to mention happy. 'Yeah, hi,' he stuttered, sitting down on a vacant chair. 'So…what have you guys been doing?'
'Nothing,' Remus said. 'We returned from Hogsmeade pretty early, I had to do some reading for Arithmancy, and Peter here had to finish his essay.'
'Right,' James said, toying nervously with the edge of the table cloth.
'So…er,' Remus said, and cleared his throat. 'How did things between you and Lily go?'
'What? Oh, they were good…everything was good,' James said absently.
'Really?' Peter squeaked excitedly. 'Did you treat her well? Did she like you? Did you kiss her?'
If looks could kill, Peter would've been dead by now, because James was glaring at him now. Peter recoiled slightly. 'What happens between me and Lily is none of your business,' he said angrily. 'In fact, it's nobody's business.'
'Alright, alright,' Remus soothed him. He knew perfectly well that James wouldn't hide anything from them if it was a bad thing, and since James was hiding everything from them now, he assumed things had gone really well. 'You don't have to get all touchy about it.'
'Who's being touchy? I'm not touchy!' James exclaimed.
'No, of course you're not,' Remus said, smiling. If that wasn't touchy, he didn't know what it is. He turned around to Peter, who was still looking a bit frightened. 'Now, Peter, you were asking me about something?'
Feeling slightly disgruntled, James sank back into his chair. He looked around at the room. 'Hey, have you guys seen Sirius?' he asked, when he couldn't spot his best friend anywhere in the common room.
'Sirius?' Remus repeated, frowning slightly. 'No…come to think of it, we haven't seen him ever since we left to Hogsmeade.'
'Weird,' James murmured. 'Wonder where he could be.'
In the library, hidden underneath the Invisibility Cloak, with his ignited wand in one hand while the other hand traced the Index of a book, sat Sirius.
He seemed to have found what he wanted, because the next moment he was flipping quickly through the book to page 399. He pored over the page for a minute, eyes squinted in the dim light provided by the wand. He cursed angrily when he didn't find what he wanted and slammed the books shut.
He sat and listened for a moment to see if his movements had attracted any attention, before standing up and heading to the nearest bookshelf and running his finger along the leather-bound book titles, all the while cursing whoever had gone and checked out the book from which he and James had found their spell.
He decided on a book, pulled it from its place and slumped down at the table. He threw the book open and started searching.
I'm going to find that counter spell no matter what!
A/N: Oh, poor Sirius! (grins) So, how did you like my last chappie? Was it good enough? I really hope it was, because I'm expecting reviews, people, so press that little purple button and send me one!
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- S. N. B.