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"Hey, Sarah! Wait up!" Lily screamed as she watched the hawk fly in the distance. She transformed into her animagus form and flew after her friend. She loved flying so much that it was now her favorite past time. The hawk slowed down, and waited for her friend. Giving her a look, Lily dove.
Sarah watched as Lily dove towards the ground. Then she shot after the red blur heading towards the ground as well. This was a game that they played, and they absolutely loved it. The point of the game was, well, pointless. But it was fun. They were to fly as fast as they could toward the ground, then pull up and race back toward Hogwarts.
Sarah pulled up out of the dive just in time so that she didn't hit the ground. Then she pulled up next to Lily and they raced back toward the castle. Sarah put all her concentration into making it back before the red and gold blur beside her could. She thought that those animals were slow before now, but now that she was racing one, she could never think that about phoenixes again.
"That was awesome! I so totally won that time, Lilykins," Sarah boasted.
"Yeah right," Lily scoffed. "The only thing that you won, was the award for blindness, and you being a hawk are suppose to see better. At least that's what I thought."
Sarah growled, "Well, at least I'm not a…"
Lily waited a while, watching her friend try and come back with an insult. Laughing, Lily said, "Yeah, I thought so." Sarah glared at her friend, but then, looking over Lily's shoulder, smiled in a way that meant only one thing: Remus was coming. Sure enough, when she turned around, she saw the original Marauders coming their way, with exception of Peter, who was off on a secret mission of some sort.
Lily smiled too; it had been a month since James had proposed to her, and Remus to Sarah, and she always fiddled with her ring whenever she wasn't doing anything. It always made James smile. He would say, 'That ring ain't going anywhere.' But he would be smiling just the same.
"Hello, Remus," Sarah said, greeting her fiance with a kiss.
"Hello, James," Lily said, greeting her fiance with a kiss.
After waiting a few seconds Sirius said, "Well, don't I get a kiss?"
"No!" both girls said, then went back to greeting their future husbands.
Sirius sighed. Even though he and Lizzy, as he had come to call her, were going strong, he didn't know if he should marry her. He talked about it with Remus and James, but he still couldn't make up his mind. However, he knew that if he didn't get a move on soon, Lizzy was going to leave him. She had never said it outright, but he knew that she didn't want to be strung along. She loved him; she always made sure he knew, and he would always say that he loved her too. Sirius took a moment to ponder. 'Wait,' he thought. 'If I love her, which I do, and she loves me, which I thinks she does, then we should spend the rest of our lives together,' he thought reasonably. Then the thought struck him. 'That's it!' Sirius thought. "I'll see you guys later! I've got something to do!" Sirius said, then ran toward the gate. He had some shopping to do.
The two couples separated, "I wonder what's gotten into him?" Remus asked.
"Who knows? He's Sirius, remember?" James told them.
"Of course we do, how can we forget? He never lets us forget it!" Sarah exclaimed. "It seems only like yesterday that he would always make a pun out of our asking if he was 'serious'."
"That was yesterday, Sarah," Remus said with a smile.
"Oh, right. Guess I kinda forgot."
"So, do you want to go inside and get something to eat?" James asked.
"Absolutely! Flying around like that makes me thirsty!" Sarah exclaimed, running to the Entrance Hall door.
"I bet she's glad it's still summer," Lily stated.
"I think you're glad as well. It wouldn't do for my future wife to be put in Azkaban for being an illegal animagus, now would it?" James remarked.
Lily smiled seductively, then ran to catch up to Sarah.
Remus and James shared a smile and an eye roll, then ran to try and beat the girls to the Great Hall.
The two couples looked toward the Entrance Hall to see Elizabeth running toward them. Thinking that something was wrong, they stood up quickly and ran to her. "What's happened?" Sarah asked.
"This!" she said, then thrust her hand toward the girls' faces.
It took the girls a few seconds to realize that the only thing that was wrong was the fact that they hadn't noticed the look of pure joy on Elizabeth's face. Taking a better look at her hand, the girls realized that there was a ring with a diamond on it. Lily and Sarah shared a glance and then screamed and the three girls hugged each other.
James and Remus looked on with confusion. Then they saw their other friend walk into the hall, slightly dazed. Then it clicked. Sirius had asked Elizabeth to marry him! The guys shared a look, then walked over to Sirius, who looked like he hadn't gotten over the fact that she had said yes.
"So, Sirius mate, want to enlighten us?" James asked his friend.
"About what changed your mind about wanting to marry Elizabeth!" Remus told him as if he was the dumbest person on the face of the earth.
"Oh, that. Well, I was just watching you and James with your future wives to be, and realized that I loved Lizzy and she loved me and we should spend the rest of our lives together!" he explained to them.
Remus and James shared an exasperated look. "We told you that weeks ago! You just figure that out now? Are you that dense?" James all but yelled.
Sirius looked sheepishly at his friends. He didn't want them to know how true that statement was. "Well…" he tried, but he couldn't figure anything to say so he decided to try and just look innocent. He knew he was busted. Remus and James had told him exactly what had gotten him to finally go buy a ring and propose. But he hadn't gotten it until he, basically, thought it out himself.
Remus sighed and asked, "How is it, Sirius, that you can be so dense?"
"Well, I'm not sure," he said thoughtfully. James smacked him, and Sirius smiled. "What?"
The girls sighed. "Men," they said together.
"Well, we're marrying them," Sarah said.
" Yeah, we are," Lily said with a small smile.
"Is everything ready? Where is Lily? Where's Sarah? I'm going crazy! I can't do this!"
Elizabeth and Sirius were the first to get married out of all their friends. Tomorrow was going to be Sarah and Remus' wedding, and then the next day, Lily and James would get married.
Elizabeth was an absolute wreck. Even though everything was taken care of, she still was going crazy. Her mom was doing her hair and makeup, trying to calm her daughter down. "Liz, everything is going to be fine. Sarah is with Remus, trying to get his tie tied, Lily is with James outside, and everything, except you, is ready."
"I know, I'm sorry mom. I'm just so-"
"Nervous?" her mom asked. She laughed, "I couldn't tell," she told her anxious daughter as she finished doing her makeup. She turned her around to face her.
"Elizabeth, I am so proud of you. You've found a man who will take care of you and love you for the rest of your lives. I know I have always told you that I wanted you to find a guy as good as your dad. I believe that you have found that, or at least from what I've seen. He loves you as much as your father and I do, and that is saying something."
Elizabeth smiled; she loved her mom and dad greatly. Sometimes she felt as if she never wanted to leave her parent's house. But she knew that it was time for her to test her wings and fly.
"Thanks mom," she said, taking a deep breath. "I don't know what I would have done without you and dad helping me and teaching me right from wrong. I know that I can go out into the world and conquer anything if I put my mind to it. Thank you for being my mom," she said, giving her mom a hug, crying slightly.
"You almost ready, Liz?" came Lily's voice from the other side of the door.
"Yes, I'll be right out," she called. She could almost see her nod her head and walk away.
"I think it's time," her mom said, opening the door. Her dad was standing right outside the doorway.
"You ready pumpkin?" her dad asked.
"Yes, daddy," she replied, smiling.
Her dad offered her his arm as they walked toward the aisle. "I love you, Liz, I don't want you to ever forget that," her dad whispered to her as they got into view of the aisle way.
"I know, daddy. I will never forget that, and I will always love you. Even though I'm marrying Sirius, he will never take your place in my life."
Giving his daughter a kiss on the cheek, they finally got to the opening and the wedding march started playing. Taking one last deep breath, they turned the corner and started the walk down the aisle.
"What? What's wrong?"
"I can't do this! I thought I could but I can't!"
Today was Sarah's turn to get married. And she wasn't taking it any better than Elizabeth had. Lily actually found this rather funny, and she hoped that she wouldn't be like that.
"You are going to be fine, stop worrying! Do you want me to go get Remus?" she asked.
"No! Are you crazy? It's tradition! And you know how much I like to follow tradition. I can't see Remus till the ceremony!" Sarah all but yelled at her friend.
"I know, I know. I'm just trying to get you to calm down, Sarah," her friend told her, trying to placate her.
"I'm sorry Lily. I'm just, I don't know. I just wish that we had eloped."
Lily laughed, knowing her friend wanted a traditional wedding, but hated all the pressure that came with it. "Come on, it's time," Lily said with a smile, looking up from her watch.
Sarah looked about ready to panic, but Lily showed her friend her wand and raised her eyebrows , causing Sarah to take a deep breath. She knew what Lily could do with a wand, and didn't want to test her. Walking out the door, Sarah's father met her outside.
"You ready, Sarah?" her dad asked, offering her his arm.
"I am ready, ready to get this over with!" she told her dad.
Sarah's dad smiled as she took his arm and walked toward the aisle way. She knew that she loved Remus and wanted to get married, but she just didn't want the added attention that went with it. 'It will all be over soon. Just keep saying it. It will all be over soon, it will all be over soon,' she thought as she stepped into the aisle way and the song started.
"I don't know what you guys were so nervous about," Lily remarked, walking with her friends toward the aisle.
"Well, you aren't us, Lily," Elizabeth said.
"Oh my gosh, you're right!" Lily said, shocked. "And all this time I thought I was just like you guys! Thank you for clearing that up for me!" she told her friends. Then a second later, the three girls started laughing.
"We're almost there, Lily," her dad reminded her. "So you might want to send your friends along ahead of us."
"Alright, we get the picture, we're leaving," Sarah said, pulling Liz along with her.
Lily snickered. She knew what her dad was trying to do, and that made her get a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
"Lily," her dad said quietly.
"Yes, daddy?" she replied, knowing what was going to come. Lily was ready for some tears.
Her dad stopped and turned to face his daughter. "My baby girl is getting married. It's a hard concept to grasp but here we are, about to go down the aisle. And that means me having to give away my little girl to someone whom she didn't really like in the first place," he stated, smiling at his now tearful daughter.
Lily was already in tears; she loved her dad so much, and she was going to have to leave her parent's house forever. It would never be her home again. It would be, from this day forth, the home she grew up in, not the house that she called home. She would be living with James in Godric's Hollow, which had been in his family for many generations, which was the next best thing to being at home. "Daddy, I love you so much, but I'm not your baby girl anymore, I'm..."
"You will always be my baby girl, Lily. Even when you are 100 years old, you will still be my little girl," he said, giving her a kiss on the cheek. Lily quickly was pulled into an embrace, where she cried silently as father and daughter held each other. She was the first of his two daughters to get married, and he didn't want to let go of her. But he knew that he had to; he couldn't keep her at home her entire life, so he had to let his little girl spread her wings and fly. Something no loving father had ever found easy.
"It's time, Julian."
Lily and her dad broke their loving embrace and looked over to see her mom standing in front of the doorway to the church. She was smiling at the sight, knowing that Lily and her father had a strong bond. She knew it would be hard on Julian to let their girl go, but it was time for them to walk down the aisle together.
Giving her dad a smile, Lily took his arm and then led him toward the entrance to the church.
"That was just amazing!" James screamed.
"Yeah, the way that he swooped down and pulled up just in time to catch the snitch and to keep from hitting the ground! His toes were touching the ground I tell ya!" Sirius added.
"I hear you, Sirius, and the way Bagman hit that bludger toward the keeper of the Cannons! He was amazing! Took the bloke right off his broom! Not many can do that, especially to a guy that BIG!" Elizabeth inputted.
All the non-obsessive Quidditch fans looked at each other and rolled their eyes. It wasn't that they didn't like Quidditch, they just weren't overly obsessed about it. The Marauder couples were at Godric's Hollow, the new home of Lily and James. Sarah looked at Remus, smiling. Remus loved Sarah with all his heart, and she loved him, even though he was a werewolf. She could even be with him during the full moons now.
It took Lily and Sarah just a few months to get the hang on the animagi transformation. And since the male Marauders knew how to do it already, it was quite simple for the female Marauders to do what they did in three years in just three months. Now Sarah could transform into a hawk and Lily into a beautiful phoenix.
"James?" Lily began quietly.
James looked over and saw Lily's face. She looked like she was about to be sick. 'Uh oh,' he thought. "Lily, could I talk to you for a second?" he asked, so they wouldn't look suspicious.
"Sure, I'll be right back you guys," Lily told her friends. She stood up and followed James into their house. Once into the house, she ran up the stairs and into the bathroom, promptly being sick. James ran after her and went into the bathroom after his wife. He hated seeing Lily so sick, but he knew he would have to get used to it, there would be many times in their lives together that she or he would be sick.
Once she cleaned up, she and James went back downstairs to their friends. "You guys done talking?" Sirius asked.
Everyone turned and saw Lily and James walking toward them. It was then that they realized that Lily didn't look very good.
"Lily, are you alright?" Sarah asked, getting up.
"Yes, I'm fine," she told them.
They didn't look convinced but sat down just the same. "I'm pregnant," she said suddenly.
Everyone nodded their heads and continued talking. James and Lily smiled at each other and waited for the information to sink into their friends' brains. Then suddenly, the talking stopped. Elizabeth and Sarah exchanged looks and then screamed and ran to their friend. Giving her big hugs, they all started crying. James then took hold of the situation. "You know, that's my son that you're squeezing."
The two girls just realized what they were doing and let go of their best friend. "I'm so sorry, Lily," Sarah started, but Lily stopped them.
"Don't worry about it, you didn't do any damage," she told them. She then turned to James, and retorted, "And how do you know that it's going to be a boy?" she asked her husband.
James looked at his wife who was looking quite intimidating. He heard Sirius say, "He's in for it now." James then took the liberty of sending a quiet curse his way.
While Sirius was hanging upside down and being tickled by an invisible hand, James was trying to sway his wife. "Now, Lily. We all know that it's going to be a boy. And we all know I'm always right. It's just a matter of time before we know for sure."
"Do you want to have any more children after this, darling?" Lily asked, stepping forward.
"Uh oh," he heard Sarah whisper.
"Why, yes, my dear. Why ever do you ask?" he asked her.
Lily smiled, and continued, "Well, if you do, then you had better stop talking, unless you don't want to be able to have any more kids," she told him, lifting her foot a little to get her point across.
James took a step back and said quickly, "Yes, ma'am!"
He heard their friends snicker. His face was turning bright red, and he knew that everyone could see.
Sarah and Remus shared a look, and Remus nodded. "We're pregnant too," Sarah said.
Everyone turned quickly towards the couple with a loud exclamation, "What?"
"We found out this morning. We were going to wait for the right moment and this seemed like the best time so, yeah, we're expecting!" she said, a huge smile gracing her face.
Elizabeth and Lily both screamed and went to hug Sarah, but gently hugged her. "You're not pregnant too are you, Liz?" Lily asked.
Liz shook her head, "No, sorry. But it's not for the lack of trying, I can tell you that!"
"Elizabeth!" Sirius said, looking quite surprised that she would say that.
"What?" she asked.
The rest of the Marauders rolled their eyes and started to walk inside.
"What?" Elizabeth asked to the crowd of people who had their backs to her. "What was it that I said?" she asked. Sighing, she walked in behind them, determined that she would be pregnant before the both of them delivered.
Well, you guys, that's it! I hoped that you liked it! I'm sorry, I know I said that the past chapter would be the last, but I found that I hadn't answered a few things so, I decided to post one last time before I start my new story! I hope that you all enjoyed it! And I can't wait to start the new story! Thanks to all who have reviewed! I give you all big thank you's! Well, that's all from me! Please review, I absolutely love them! And a huge thank you to Nita for Betaing this story from start to finish! She has done a wonderful job don't you guys think? Well, that's all from me! Thank you all sooo much!