"All rise for the honourable judge Lennon" said a court clerk
Sirius Black was sitting in the spectator gallery of the court. He couldn't believe he was actually there, two of his best friends were getting divorced. He never thought it would have come to this, James and Lily obviously belonged together but they were the only two people who couldn't see it.
"Be seated" said the judge, "this is the divorce of James Arnold Potter and Lillian Evans Potter" he said leafing through the papers, "What are the grounds for this divorce?"
"Mr Potter's infidelity" said Lily's lawyer.
"Mrs Potter's infidelity and emotional detachment from the marriage" said James' lawyer.
"Emotional detachment, what a load of bullshit" said Lily, "What the hell is that James?"
"I thought you were the smart one sweetie" said James
"I was not emotionally detached" said Lily angrily, "if anyone was it was you"
"What the hell, I was 100 there emotionally in our marriage" argued James.
"Except when you were banging Kim from muggle liason department" shouted Lily
"You were screwing the pool boy" James shouted back
"Well at least he could get the job done, which is more than I can say about you and I'm not talking about cleaning the pool"
"That is not what you were saying at the time"
"I'm a good actress"
"Well..." started James before the judge interupted him.
"ENOUGH, I've heard enough, now both of you go into the room on your left while the papers are drawn up, they'll be sent in for you to sign"
"The same room your honour, it is standard procedure for them to be in separate rooms while they await the papers" said James' lawyer.
"I make the rules in my courtroom and I want Mr and Mrs Potter to wait in the same room" said the judge.
"Great" muttered Lily loudly.
"And might I suggest you use this time to try and sort out your differences" said the judge.
James and Lily didn't say anything, they both got up and went into the room.
They went in and sat down in opposite sides of the room. They were in there almost 10 minutes before either of them said anything.
"These damn shoes" said Lily as she removed her shoes, "they've been killing me all day"
"I warned you before you bought them that they would" said James
"Don't start" sighed Lily, "I'm just trying to be civil, I'm sorry about what happened out there"
"Me too" said James, "How did we end up like this?"
"I dunno. We just..." said Lily,"we're just not...Oh I don't know"
"I thought we'd make it"
"So did I, sometimes things just don't work out the way you thought they would"
"I guess" sighed James, "for what it's worth, it's all over between me and Kim, it was never anything really. I was never going to leave you"
"Yeah and same with Mario, he's gone"
Just then the court clerk came into the room,
"Here are the papers, you each sign a copy then switch and sign the other copy" said the clerk as he handed them each a booklet of papers, "You can either sign them here or take them home and do it, as long as they are filed within a year"
"Okay, thank you" said Lily
"Yeah thanks" said James
The clerk left the room, leaving Lily and James staring at each other across the room.
"So... I guess this is it" said Lily
'What am I doing. I love her, I don't want our marriage to end. Should I tell her? Probably not, I cheated on her, she hates me, she's just trying to be civil' thought James miserable
'Oh my god I'm actually going to have to sign these. I never thought it would get this far, I thought we'd work it out. I love him so much, I've loved him since I was 16, I don't think I'll ever feel this way about anyone again. He's my soulmate, my one true love. Maybe it's not too late to tell him, why I...? No it is he'll never believe it now, he just thinks I slept with Mario because I'm a cold selfish bitch, which I suppose I am, I didn't trust him enough to tell him..."
Both of them picked up their Quills, but neither of them could bring themselves to touch the papers with them.
"You know the hardest thing about this?" said Lily
"Uh deciding whether to sign Evans or Potter"
"No" said Lily smiling, it was just such a 'James' thing to say, "knowing that I'm not only losing a husband but a best friend as well"
"I know, but we'll still be friends"
"Do you know how many couples must say that and then never see each other again"
"That won't happen to us"
"I hope not, but I don't think we'll be able to control it"
"Well I'm sure your next wife won't be too happy about you keeping in touch with me"
"Next wife, how many do you think I'm going to have. I only ever thought I'd have one" laughed James
"Well I think you'll have 4 or 5. You'll end up bankrupt at 40 from paying child support to all your ex wives"
"Wow thanks, looks like I've got a lot to look forward to" laughed James then he stopped, "wait ALL my ex wives, you're not... are you?"
"No I'm not" laughed Lily, masking her pain, 'not anymore'
"Are you sure? You'd tell me if you were, wouldn't you?"
Lily just laughed
"Lils it's not funny. Are you pregnant or not?"
"No I'm not but your face right now is hilarious"
"Are you absolutely positive? I'll support you no matter what, even if it's not..."
"I'm not pregnant you idiot"
"I'm positive, now back to the matter at hand" said Lily reading down the divorce papers, "You get the house, I get the joint account at Gringotts"
"Uh huh" said James also reading the papers, "Can I tell you something?"
"Sure, you can tell me anything, you know that"
"I don't want to sign these papers"
"Thank god, me neither. I'm 22 I'm not ready to be an ex wife"
"Really, I'm so glad"
'LIAR' James' mind screamed at him, "you want her back. TELL HER!'
"So...what do we do?"
"Well we've got a year"
"How about I sign my copy and you sign yours then when we're ready we'll switch and sign the other one" said Lily
"Okay, but that means we'll have to see each other again to sign the other copies"
"What, don't you want to see me again?"
"Of course, I didn't mean it like that" said James, ' I want see you all the time, I want to wake up in the morning next to you, I want to be the one to kiss you goodnight'
"Or we could both die really old and alone because we lost the papers and couldn't get a divorce"
"Jesus Lils, I'm scared to leave this room, you've painted such a bright picture of my future" said James, 'although I know my future will never be bright if you're not in it'
"Sorry" laughed Lily, "so we're agreed?"
"Looks like it"