D/C: I don't own Harry Potter.
Hello!! I'm finally back with my last chapter!! I know it's been a while since I updated, but I was out of ideas for this chapter...I mean, I really didn't know how to start it, and the start of a chapter is the most important thing to me! Well, anyway, I'll stop babbling now and let you read. Oh, and individual thanks at the bottom!
It didn't matter how much she said it, but Lily still loved the sound of it. James smiled down at her and kissed the top of her head. Sighing blissfully, she rested her head against his chest as they slowly danced to the music. They were the only ones on the dance floor. Even though almost all the guests had been dancing when the music started, but after a brief while, they had all retreated and left the floor for the newly-wedded couple.
Even though she always thought that other girls were exaggerating when they claimed that their weddings were the best days of their lives, but now she finally knew what they meant; she had never felt happier in her life before. After all, she was married to the most amazing guy in the world.
'I love you,' she said softly.
James wrapped his arms around her and pulled her tightly against him, and rested his chin on her shoulder. 'I love you, too, you know I do,' he replied.
'Mmm, I know; but it feels good to hear you saying it,' she replied. She suddenly felt a tap on her shoulder, and she looked around to see Sirius, who was smiling at them. She frowned, puzzled. 'Oh, Sirius! Er...is something wrong?'
Sirius shrugged. 'Well, I was wondering if I could have a dance with you,' he replied, and Lily continued to frown, while James gave him a questioning look. 'But of course, if the groom minds and is starting to get possessive from the beginning...'
'What? No!' James exclaimed, and Lily laughed. Scowling, he released her and handed her hand over to Sirius. 'Don't you dare tread on her feet, you hear?'
Sirius smiled. 'Don't worry. Of course I won't; I'm not you,' he said smoothly, and before James could protest, he had swept Lily off onto the dance floor. They waltzed silently for a few moments. 'You look beautiful, Lily, you really do.'
Lily smiled back at him. 'Why, thank you, Sirius,' she replied. 'Although...I'm slightly confused. To what do I owe the honor of dancing with the famous Sirius Black?'
Sirius chuckled. 'Not everything I do has an ulterior motive, Lily,' he remarked, and she rolled her eyes. 'You people always take me for granted; mark my words, when I die you're going to look back and regret ever being mean to me.'
'Sirius, is this conversation going somewhere, or are we just talking for no reason?' she persisted.
'No, no; I assure you that I'm getting to my point; I only wanted to talk to you about James, that's all,' he told her, to which she raised her eyebrows in surprise. He shrugged. 'You know, I found him really freaked out this morning when I went looking for him, mumbling stuff about being worried that you two may end up fighting and arguing...before finally filing for divorce. It was something along the lines of, if getting married to you meant arguing, then he didn't want it.'
Lily's expression softened, on the contrast to what Sirius had expected. 'He did, did he?' she murmured.
'And...well, I just want you to know that it's quiet normal for any guy to have such thoughts before his wedding; I mean, you girls aren't the only ones who get worried about marriages and weddings, you know. So, umm, well...you have to cut James some slack, you see...' he said in a rush, and he broke off when he heard her laughing. 'What?'
Lily clutched on to him as she laughed, and he looked down at her, apparently annoyed. 'Oh, God, Sirius; you should hear yourself!!' she wheezed.
'I really don't know whether to feel happy or insulted,' he muttered. Lily ceased her laughing, and she stood on tiptoe and kissed him on the cheek, which really took him by surprise. 'Okay...now what was that for?'
'That was for being the most amazing friend James and I could have ever asked for; you're much better than what a mail-order friend would be!' she cracked, and he rolled his eyes. 'Seriously, though, you worry too much about us, and you keep doing all sorts of things to make sure that we're happy. I know you probably think that I'm going to keep James away from you once we get married, and you still put up with it for the sake of our happiness...'
'Aw, come on, Lily, you're exaggerating,' he murmured, lowering his gaze.
She shook her head. 'No, I'm not...and by the way, I will let James go out and play whenever he wants, so you don't have to worry about it,' she said softly, and he positively beamed at her. 'Alright, I have one question for you.'
'Ask anything,' he replied.
'When you talked about guys who worry about their marriages, where you including yourself in that arena?' she asked slowly, and his eyes widened. She grinned mischievously. 'Because, you know, you're still not married, and now that I think about it, it may be due to the fact that you're afraid of marriages!'
Sirius quickly pulled away from her. 'Bullshit!' he hissed. 'You women come up with the weirdest ideas!!'
As he stalked off away from her, she cupped her hands around her mouth and shouted after him, 'Don't try to deny it, Sirius!! And when I throw my bouquet, I'm gonna make sure you're the one who catches it!!'
James chuckled as Sirius called out for the attention of the guests, but failed miserably. They were in the reception hall now; the cake had been cut and distributed among the guests, and the champagne bottles had had all their corks popped out and their contents poured out. Everyone was now seated at their tables, and the families and friends of the bride and groom took the main table.
Lily was sitting next to him, talking to one of her bridesmaids, and Sirius was sitting on his other side. He leaned over towards him. 'Sirius, mate, the public seem to be ignoring you,' he told him.
Sirius scowled at him. He picked up his spoon and started hitting it against his champagne glass. 'People, I would like to say...' he said loudly, and paused when the glass smashed. He stared, bewildered at it, before looking around to see that everyone was watching him. He grinned nervously. 'Hi!'
The guests continued to watch him.
'Well, okay,' he murmured. 'I guess it's time for my wedding speech, so...'
He looked around at Lily and James, and they both beamed encouragingly at him. He took in a deep breath and stood up.
'Well, when James told me that he was getting married, I simply couldn't believe my ears…I never thought that my best mate was the type to take a step into commitment without being forced to it,' he said, and James scowled at him. 'But there you go…I was wrong. Not only did James make the first move, but he also managed to pull the whole wedding deal off! So far, I haven't noticed anything wrong with this wedding…except perhaps the physical demeanors of some of the guests.'
He looked pointedly at Petunia and Vernon Dursley, at which point Lily had to give him a warning look, while trying to stifle her laughter.
Sirius smiled. 'Never mind that,' he said casually. 'Moreover, when James told me he was getting married…I couldn't help but feel a little sad. Call me selfish, but part of me didn't want him to get married. I felt like that step would take him away from me…and I couldn't deal with that, because James had been my best mate and my brother ever since our first year at Hogwarts…"
At the mention of "Hogwarts", many of the guests exchanged puzzled glances, and Sirius remembered that he wasn't supposed to mention anything of Hogwarts or magic since a lot of the guests were Muggles.
He smiled apologetically. 'School…in Scotland,' he said hastily, and there was a murmur of "Ahhs!!" amongst the guests. 'Well, as I was saying…James and I had been very close, and we still are…and I thought that Lily might take my best mate away from me…but I was being too harsh on Lily, I must admit. By this marriage I didn't lose any friends…I gained myself a new family.'
He looked around and grinned at the newly-married couple. James was grinning back, and Lily was looking deeply touched, and mouthed a thank you at him.
'Of course, now that I approve of the pair of you, you're going to have to bear with the consequences,' he warned them, and they both frowned inquiringly at that. 'You're going to have to expect me for lunch everyday, since I'm too tired of fast food at the moment."
James groaned, and there was a collective laugh from the guests, before they all started clapping.
'Way to go, Sirius!' Peter said, clapping his hands.
'Nice speech, mate,' Remus told him.
Sirius gave an exaggerated bow to the guests, before taking his seat again. He looked at his friends. He smiled at them…and there was a slight moisture to his eyes. 'Congratulations,' he said in a choked whisper.
'Well, this went well!'
James took a glance around their suite in the hotel they were going to spend their honeymoon. After the reception was over and everything, he and Lily had to go through the strain of having to ride away on a vehicle, so that the Muggle guests wouldn't suspect anything. However, their choice of vehicle, Sirius's huge motorbike, mortified the guests instead of easing their suspicions.
They had left the bike after they'd moved a good distance away, and Disapparated and Apparated themselves at the entrance to a hotel in Australia, where they had decided to spend their honeymoon.
He looked around at Lily, who had plopped down on the petal-strewn bed and was fidgeting with the folds of her white dress. She had a distant look upon her face, and was staring into something James couldn't quiet see…but it didn't matter, for she looked amazing just the way she was. He made his way towards her, and knelt before her.
He took both her hands between his and smiled up at her. 'Hey,' he said softly.
Lily smiled back. 'Hey,' she replied.
'What are you thinking, sweetheart?' he asked her.
Lily withdrew her hands from his and placed them around his face. 'I was just thinking how lucky I am to be married to an amazing guy such as you,' she said earnestly.
James stroked her cheek. 'The feeling's mutual, darling,' he replied. He smiled at her again. 'What did you think of the wedding?'
Lily grinned at the mention of the wedding. 'I seriously couldn't have asked for anything better,' she admitted. 'Everything was so perfect! Nothing really went wrong, and none of out wizard friends did anything out of the ordinary!'
James raised an eyebrow. 'Are you forgetting, Sirius?' he asked.
Lily laughed. 'Of course I'm not forgetting Sirius! I doubt anyone will forget Sirius after today! He really was the centre of the entire party! Everyone thought he was amazing!' she exclaimed. 'All my cousins were asking me for his phone number…I told them he was already taken, just to avoid saying that he didn't really have a phone.'
'I really don't think that put them off…especially when he caught your bouquet,' James replied, his eyes twinkling with merriment. 'If you ask me…I find it highly weird that the bouquet flew over the heads of all those females, and fell into the lap of Sirius, who was sitting at the back.'
Lily tried to appear innocent. 'I don't know what you're talking about, James; I just happen to have a good arm,' she said in a dignified tone.
James laughed. 'You're an absolute angel, you know that?' he teased her. He got up from the floor and sat down on the bed next to her. 'Well…let's not talk about Sirius now, shall we? I can think of some more interesting stuff for us to do than talk about him at the moment…'
Lily gave him a mischievous look. 'Yeah? Things like what?' she said softly.
James smiled at her, his fingers tracing the side of her face. 'I don't know…what would you like to do?' he whispered. 'I'm all yours now.'
Lily smiled. 'I like the sound of that,' she murmured.
While James and Lily enjoyed their first night of married life…things weren't looking up for a certain guy living on the other side of the sphere. Normally, guys would be thrilled to be in the company of four pretty girls at the same time, but Sirius was really wasn't in the mood for punch-drunk-love girls at the moment; he just wanted to stay at home, down a few beers, and brood on his upcoming new relations with Lily and James. He didn't want to party tonight.
He found himself smiling forcibly at the four girls who had insisted they come home with him to see where he lived, since he was a rich boy and everything…and apparently, they have never experienced the lifestyle of the rich before. Sirius was left with no choice but to get a cab, since James had taken his motorbike, and load the girls in it and take him to his apartment.
He really didn't know why this was happening to him…it seemed as if all the trouble had started once that darned bouquet had fell into his unsuspecting lap, and after that, all the gals at the reception seemed to only have eyes for him. That bouquet was jinxed; he could tell it was!!!
One of the girls, a pretty lass with blond hair, suddenly started fanning herself with her hand. Then, to Sirius's horror, she started unbuttoning the top buttons on her blouse.
'Wow, it's really hot here, isn't it?' she said, smiling seductively at him.
Lily...I hate you.
A/N: DONE!!!!! Oh my God, I can't believe this story took such a long while to finish…I mean, it's not even that long!! But you know Writer's Block…it doesn't really have a schedule at which it appears. Well, now that this is done, I feel a sense of emptiness…I'm thinking of writing a story with the Marauders still in school, and they're a rock band, but I'm not really sure about it. What do you think?
I also want to tell you people why I've been so caught up to write anything. There's this Harry Potter site I found (it's a forum, actually), but it's sort of like Hogwarts. You have classes, Quidditch Games, Hogsmeade, the Burrow, Diagons Alley, and many other things! It's really so cool, and I've made a lot of friends there! I've been sorted into Ravenclaw, and I'm now a Prefect, and a Beater!! Why don't you check it out? Here's the site: finalprophecy (dot) proboards50 (dot) com/index (dot) cgi
Just remove all the brackets and replace them with actual dots. Tell them Zen sent you!!!
Finally, I'd like to thank…
Lady Potter of Tortall, Adelaide MacGregor, asianhomie101, elven cats eyes, red head, amose, iwishiwereathogwarts, lucerito-del-alma, mimbulus-mimbletonia, Miss Sirius, Amenti, Hikari Annie, Zippy-Wings, Lily's Petal, redglasses, Clueless Girl, messyblackhair66, Luna the Moon Fairy, Super Cara, RandomObsessivePsychoFangril, Richard Cypher, Dudette13, Issa1711, DolphinDreamer24-7, eliza-w, Kiari Sage, marauders rox
…for reading and reviewing my story! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I couldn't have written this without your support!
- S. N. B.