Christmas Wish Chapter 5
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A/N: Sorry it took me so long to update. I've actually been working on this chapter for a while, just never posted it because I've been busy. This is the last chapter of this story. It wasn't initially going to be, there was going to be one after this, but I'd like to concentrate on my Gilmore Girls story and I have a Saula story on another forum. Then I want to start another Harry Potter one.
Gabby, Charli and the rest of the school returned a few days after New Years. I had been anxious to tell them what had happened over break that as soon as they entered the dormitory I launched into the story about James and I.
"You kissed?!!?" Charli exclaimed, laying her suitcase on her bed before taking a seat on Lily's.
"Yup" I smiled.
"How was it?!" Gabby asked.
"Amazing" I sighed.
I spent the most of the next couple days retelling the details of me and James's first(and the ones that followed after Christmas night) kiss to Gabby and Charli. I couldn't tell who was more excited that we had gotten together, me or the two of them.
"I'm so happy for you. You've wanted this for so long!" Charli squealed over lunch on the first day of lessons.
"Really? Because you hide it so well" I added sarcastically.
Though Charli and Gabby shared my excitement about my new relationship, most of the school seemed against it. The news that James Potter and Lily Evans were a couple spread through the school at rapid speed. It seemed that everyone knew by dinner of their first day back. And since I'm not the most popular or prettiest girl in the school, many wondered why James was even interested in me. Most when they heard about it said, "Who's Lily?" And to be honest, despite my excitement, I could almost see why they thought that. James had always gone out with the most popular girls in school, regardless of how old he was. He was going out with 7th year girls when he was only a 4th year. No one seemed to care about the age difference, just that he was a quidditch star, from a wealthy pureblood family, and that he had great hair.
At least James didn't seem to care. Or if he did, he didn't show it.
James and I sat in the common room after dinner the first day of lessons after break doing our charms homework. Most of the other Gryffindors were still at dinner so the common room was pretty quiet.
"It can't be! James Potter doing homework!"
I looked up and saw Sirius, Remus, and Peter enter through the portrait hole, closely followed by Charli and Gabby. By the astounded look painted on his face, I assumed Sirius had been the source of the last piece of noise in nearly 15 minutes.
The group came over and sat in the chairs and couches around us. Sirius took it among himself to close our books.
"Why are you doing that now?" Sirius asked. "It's not due for 3 days"
"Lily wanted to start on it early" James told his best friend.
"Oh so if Lily jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?" Sirius joked.
"Huh?" James asked, raising his left eyebrow in a confused expression.
Sirius shrugged, "I heard some muggleborn say it. But still, why waste time doing it now?"
"Well I've got to admit, it's better than 2:00 in the morning the day it's due" James remarked, reopening his book the correct page.
Sirius shrugged and began playing rock, paper, scissors with an unenthusiastic Remus.
Months had passed since James and I became a couple and we were down to our last few days as Hogwarts students. Though we were both excited, we were also nervous about what was ahead of us.
Exams had ended and we were spending a majority of our time outside sitting by the lake with the rest of the school. There were students swimming in the lake, girls tanning on the surrounding grass, people laughing enjoying the nice weather simply because nothing else needed to be done.
One day in particular, me, James, Sirius, Remus, Peter, Gabby, and Charli, sat under a tree near the lake. I was reading a book and James and Sirius were playing with a snitch James had once again stolen from the Quidditch equipment. Apparently, he saw it as his right to take it because he had once again led the Gryffindor team to the House Cup.
I closed my book and stared up at the castle.
"What's the matter Lily?" Gabby asked.
"I can't believe after tomorrow we won't ever be coming back here" I told her.
James put the snitch in his pocket and crawled over towards me.
"It's kind of weird isn't it?" James asked.
"Hogwarts has been the best time of my life. I made amazing friends," he glanced at Sirius who beamed. "had a lot of fun, and met you"
"I'm going to miss the girls" Sirius said. He winked at Charli and Gabby.
We all laughed. Typical Sirius.
"You're not going to miss me?" James asked pretending to be hurt.
"Prongs, I'll still see you. I'll miss the trouble we caused" Sirius said.
"Imagine what we can do now that we can legally do magic" James grinned. Sirius noticed the glint in his best friend's eye and grinned too.
"Uh oh. The world is not ready for those two" Remus said.
"Don't worry so much Remus" Sirius tried to comfort his friend.
"It's too bad you two didn't get together sooner," Remus said to James and me "This might be the only time we ever really hang out as a big group."
James slung his arm around my shoulders as we continued to stare up at the castle, reminiscing about the past 7 years.
Finally, the last day of school arrived.
Wardrobes were cleared, trunks were packed, and the train was waiting at Hogsmeade station.
Everyone was ready to go back to the Muggle world. The 7 new friends took two compartments, on the 4 boys request. For some reason it was important for them to have their last train ride. Apparently, they had been planning it since their 4th year.
So, James, Sirius, Remus, and Peter took one compartment, while Gabby, Charli, and I took the neighboring compartment and slid the door shut.
"I can't believe this is our last time on the train." Gabby said.
"I know" I replied.
Once all the students were on the train and the platform was clear, the train began to leave the station and headed back for London. I turned around and stared back at Hogwarts Castle until it had completely disappeared from view. I turned back to face forward, a few tears pooling in my eyes.
"Lily why are you crying?" Gabby asked.
"It's nothing" I said. I wiped my eyes and stared out the window.
The train began to pick up speed as the train moved towards London. The compartment was quiet except for the constant bang coming from the boys compartment.
"I wonder what they're doing" Charli finally said after 20 minutes of silence.
About halfway through the train ride, the lady pushing the food cart appeared at our door. We each took some pumpkin juice and our favorite sweets, planning to share everything like we always did.
The last hour of the train ride announced the 4 boys entrance into our compartment.
"What are you doing in here?" Gabby asked. "I thought it was important you had your last train ride"
"Well apparently we didn't plan enough to do. We're done with the list we had made" James shrugged, sitting next to me and helping himself to a chocolate frog. "Aaw Dumbledore again."
"What exactly is on that list?" Charli asked, licking an acid pop.
"That's for our eyes only" Sirius told her.
"Hey Lily what's wrong? You're awfully quiet" James said.
"I'm fine." I lied. I couldn't tell him that I was afraid that once we got back to Kings Cross Station and he went back to his Wizard family and I went back to the muggle world he would forget all about me. What if the last 6 months had just been a fling? What if none of it had been real?
Before we knew it, the train was slowing down and eventually stopping at Kings Cross Station. We all picked up our trunks and dragged them down the corridor, fighting the crowd of students getting off the train. We eventually worked our way onto platform 9 and 3/4 and waited in the line to exit through the barrier.
Finally, it was me and James's turn. We grabbed our trolleys and together, headed through the barrier back into the muggle world. Once we were through, and clear of more students coming through the barrier, James grabbed my arm.
"Lily?" James asked.
I looked at him. "What?"
"I...I love you" James told me.
I stared at him, trying to wrap my mind around what he had just said. Finally able to comprehend what he had said, I smiled and kissed him.
"I love you too"
The smile on his face melted away all the fears that I had had on the train. I knew he wasn't going to bolt. And I know I wasn't either. This was for the long run. I could feel it.
A/N: Sorry again it took me so long. And while I was writing this last chapter, it inspired a new Harry Potter story that I'll start probably after I'm done with Magic Always Happens When it Snows. Thanks to everyone for reading and sorry it's so short.