Summary: James Potter returns to Hogwarts School, this time as a teacher, and meets Lily Evans, brilliant and full of life. He falls for her and romance, comedy, and drama follow.

Disclaimer: I don't own the characters, anything from the brilliant mind of JK Rowling, and whatever else that isn't mine.

Prologue

James Potter breathed in as he entered the classroom. The castle was slightly chilly but not uncomfortable. He sat in his desk, the desk that he would occupy that entire year. Not just any desk, but the desk at the front of the classroom, which was made of sturdy oak, with various drawers, all enchanted to fit far more than they could logically accumulate.

James Potter had returned to Hogwarts for the first time in eight years, and he knew it now: this was home.

His career as an auror had been short-lived, but very successful. He had enjoyed it, had learned much, but this year, it was time for a change. He had beat out several others for the very much coveted position of Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

And why shouldn't he have? He was much better suited for it than all of them. If Dumbledore believed it, then James had every right to assume it was the case.

He hoped.

Appreciating the peace of the castle in it's few last hours of summer, James leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes.

They shot open only seconds later. Who the hell was he kidding? He wanted to meet the students, watch their lives unfold as his had only a few years ago. The next few hours would pass too slowly for his taste, he knew.

Author's Note: Inspired by the lovely Moony4Moony. Her fic Professor made me want to write a teacher/student fic. So there. Go read hers, too. Also, future chapters will be longer, this is simply the prologue.