"Isn't he the cutest thing ever?"
"Well… he's alright."
"Alright? James! Padfoot said our son was alright!"
"Lily, just leave the guy alone. Harry is the cutest baby ever, don't worry."
I smiled as James gave me a chaste kiss, and I turned to stick my tongue out at Sirius. "See? My baby is beautiful."
"Handsome, Lily. Beautiful is for girls," Sirius said as he stared at Harry, who was sleeping in his crib.
I smiled as I saw James walking to him, and both Marauders smiled at the little raven haired baby.
"Let's go downstairs? I don't want to wake him up," Sirius said, as he caressed Harry's face with his finger. He was definitely the perfect Godfather.
"Don't worry. Harry sleeps like a rock," James said, putting a hand on his mate's shoulder. "He's like his mother."
"Hey!" I complained as I smacked his head, "I do not sleep like a rock!"
The bell ringing stopped him from answering.
"I'll get it. It must be Remus and Peter," Sirius said, walking to the door. He turned back for a while to look at us. "Now don't you go and wake him while I'm gone!"
I raised my hands in a peace gesture. "Don't worry, no one will touch him," I tranquilised him.
I watched as he closed the door carefully, and I couldn't ever hear his footsteps as he walked down the stairs.
"For someone who says he's an ugly baby he cares a little too much about him," I told James, grinning.
He chuckled, "Leave him. You know he's ecstatic with having a Godson. I don't think Sirius ever had any kind of responsibility with any being."
"He never had a dog?"
James gave me a funny look. "What?" I asked, bemused.
"Was it me or you have just compared Harry with a dog?" he asked me, amusement written all over his face.
I pouted. "'Course not!" I said, "My baby is nowhere near a dog!"
He put his hand over my shoulders and pulled me close, kissing my forehead. "Of course he isn't."
"Now, enter quietly. Harry is asleep," Sirius said, as the door opened as he let him Remus and Peter before entering himself.
"Lily!" Remus said as he walked forward to hug me.
"Shh!!" Sirius said, and we chuckled quietly as I hugged Peter as well.
"Calm down, he won't wake up," James said, as he walked forward and hugged Remus, "Haven't seen you in a while Moony, is everything alright?"
Remus shrugged, "Order business," he said. We all nodded and I stared again to my baby. Why did it have to be him?
James sensed my distress as he took my hand, "Lils…"
"I'm okay," I told him, looking up at his anxious face, "Really."
He nodded. Remus and Peter walked forward too to take a look at my baby. "He's bigger," Peter said.
"How old is he now?" Remus asked.
"Six months," I said, proudly, "Dumbledore's been here the other day. He says Harry is growing up really well."
"He'll be a fine lad, full of girls, won't you Harry?" James said, touching the baby's tummy with his finger. "Angry redheads and all, right?"
I punched him lightly.
"You too, be quiet! James, be careful when you touch him!" Sirius said from behind us. We chuckled again.
"You know what?" Remus said, "Why don't we just take Padfoot downstairs?"
"I agree," Peter said, as both of them took his arms and dragged him out.
"We'll be down in a minute," James said, as the door closed and we were alone once again. I stared at the baby in the crib.
"Don't worry, we'll be fine," James said, as he squeezed my hand, "Harry will be fine," he added.
"I know, I know… it's not that," I said.
"What's the matter then?"
I looked out of the window, trying to contain my tears. "I'm tired of being here, James. I miss Alice, I miss Emmeline, Mary" I lowered my voice as two tears escaped my eyes, "Dorcas…"
"Lily, there was nothing anyone could've done," he said, "Stop blaming yourself, alright? We're in a war, people die," he said, "Just, please, don't think about that right now."
I nodded, cleaning my tears, "You're right," I said, "Forgive me."
He didn't say anything as we simply stood there, holding hands and looking at our baby.
"Will this ever end?" I asked after a few minutes. I looked at James to see him smiling.
"Of course it will," he said, "And we'll be together when it ends, just like we are now."
"I love you," I told him as I leaned my head on his chest, "And I love Harry."
"You know I love you both too."
After some more silent time, the door opened again, "Hey, you said a minute," Remus said, as his face popped into the room, "Wormtail and I are kind of tired of having Sirius complaining about you two waking the baby."
James and I chuckled. "Okay, mummy, time to go down!" James said as he kissed Harry's forehead and then pulled me by the hand to the door. I stopped him.
"One more minute? Just to make sure Harry's alright?"
James sighed, "Honestly woman, you're going to turn that baby into a girl" he said.
I chuckled and punched him slightly before he left the room following Remus.
I smiled and, against Sirius' will, picked up the baby from the crib, sitting with him in a chair nearby. Harry opened those amazing green eyes of his and looked up at me.
"Don't tell Padfoot," I told him, and he smiled, reaching my hand that was playing with his tummy with his little ones.
I stood staring at the ring he was trying to take off my finger and smiled, switching the finger he was playing with, "No, no, Harry James Potter, your father had a lot of trouble to put that in there, so don't try to take it now."
Harry simply smiled and laughed at me, and I smiled back.
It was great to be a mother.
It was great to be married.
"If I... if I asked you to marry me now, what would you say?"
"Marry me," he repeated, "Be my wife."
"I—I—", I sighed, taking deep breaths before I spoke, "Yes."
"For real this time?"
"Yes. I want to marry you. I want to be your wife."
Author's note: I know, you should have me killed for taking so long to update the last chapter. But this time, it really wasn't my fault. My computer broke down and he's really old, so that gave me a lot of trouble. Besides, I lost the chapter I had already written and then I had no idea of what I had actually written.
Anyway, the last chapter is here. And I was mistaken, there was one last flashback! xD
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