Chapter 9

Lily apparated to the Leaky Cauldron to meet James, she immediately noticed that people were whispering and pointing towards her and the person at the table in the left corner, James.

"Do you ever get the feeling you're being stared at?" said Lily as she went over to James.

"Yeah," said James, "I think the cat is out of the bag"

"Seriously what is it they're watching we're just talking," said Lily looking round, as the entire bar quickly averted their gaze to pretend they weren't staring at the couple.

"We should put on a show for them then," grinned James then he leaned forward stroked Lily's cheek and gently kissed her.

Lily quickly got over her initial surprise and kissed him back, placing her hands on either side of his head and deepening the kiss. This was met by gasps from the entire bar.

"Hmmm," was all Lily said when they pulled away.

"Come on I'm starting to feel like a…. goldfish in you know them Goldfish plates," said James.

"Bowl, James a goldfish bowl," giggled Lily, "But I agree, lets get out of here."

"Alright come on then," said James grabbing her hand and taking her to the apparation point.

"I got my flat back, we could go there," suggested Lily.

"Sounds good, show me the way," said James then Lily grabbed his hand and apparated them to her flat.

"God that was awful, how do all those people know what happened yesterday?" said Lily collapsing onto her sofa.

"Why don't you have any anti apparation charms anyone could just wander in and out of here?" said James in amazement.

"Dunno, I just haven't," shrugged Lily.

"It's not safe, you need some sort of protection," insisted James.

"I have you"


"James, stop being an Auror"

"Sorry can't help it," said James sitting down next to Lily.

"So…." said Lily swiveling round to face James tucking her legs under her.

James took Lily's left hand in his and ran his index finger over her ring finger and sighed loudly.

"This isn't right," he said then he pressed a kiss to it.

"James although you're being sweet, you're also being cryptic. What isn't right, the fact that I don't have my ring on my finger or what we're doing?"

"That you don't have your ring on, of course"

"Oh right. Well we are legally divorced now"

"Do you want it to stay that way?"

"What do you think?" said Lily

"Honestly Lil, I don't know. I… you've put up your walls again and I'm having trouble getting past them. Talk to me"

"I haven't"

"Yeah you have, please don't pull away from me sweetheart. If you really want this to work out this time then…"

"I do, I'm sorry I really do want us to… I'm just…"

"I know, I hurt you with Lauren and everything, but please just let me in because if you don't then we…"

"I know we can't try to make our marriage work"

"Exactly," said James.

"I don't want us to stay divorced, I want my husband back"

"Thank god," said James pulling Lily to him and pressing a kiss to her forehead.

"I'm sorry, I really am it's just those people in the Leaky Cauldron they all think…"

"I don't care what they think, I only care about us"


"What are we going to do Lils?"

"I dunno, get remarried and a good therapist"

"Therapist?" said James.

"Marriage Counselor whatever, after all the stuff we've been through don't you think we need one?"

"I guess, but we are going to be remarried. I'll call the planners"

"No we don't need a big wedding, we already had one lets just do this quickly. We don't need a huge celebration, just having you back is enough," said Lily snuggling into James.

"I love you"

"Love you too"