I must admit that, although I liked Lily from the very start, I still find it hard to believe that she, who swore to hate me for all of eternity, changed her mind in the end.
James' head slipped off of the hand it had been resting on when the bell rang. Defense Against the Dark Arts had just ended, and if the professor had called on him during the class period, he hadn't noticed. James had been too absorbed in staring at Lily the whole time as she studiously took notes on everything the professor said.
"You're doing it again." James vaguely registered Sirius saying. When James didn't respond, Sirius rolled his eyes and exited the classroom without his best friend.
James slowly stood up as Lily stayed behind to chat with their professor, intent upon going to talk to her about what had been on his mind throughout all of the class period. All of a sudden, Lily seemed to sense someone behind her, because she stopped talking abruptly and turned around. When she saw James, her eyes widened and she hurriedly said goodbye to the professor.
Sighing in defeat, James followed behind her as she fled the classroom, but at a much slower pace. He couldn't do anything right when it came to Lily, lately. He wandered aimlessly through the corridors, his mind in a haze as he thought about Lily. He was so distracted, in fact, that he would have run into the portrait hole if Sirius hadn't been coming out of it at that exact moment. It took a moment for James to register that Sirius was holding his broomstick in his hand.
"What are you doing with that?" James asked his friend.
"I'm going flying on it." Sirius said slowly, looking concernedly at his captain. "This isn't the broom I usually sweep floors with."
James nodded absentmindedly. Then, "Wait. Why are you going flying on it?"
"Because that's what we do at Quidditch practices." Sirius replied slowly. "Are you alright, James? You usually don't forget about Quidditch practices."
"We have Quidditch practice?!" James practically shouted, fully focused on what Sirius was saying by now. "Why didn't you say so sooner?" He demanded. "You go on ahead, tell everyone I'll be right there."
Without another word, James leaped through the portrait hole, which was still hanging open. He sprinted through the common room, and disappeared up the stairs to the boy's dormitories just as a certain red-haired girl was coming down from the girl's dormitories. He grabbed his broom out of his trunk and was just running back through the common room again as that same red-haired girl was going back up to her dormitory to get some books.
In his haste to get to the practice he couldn't believe he had forgotten, James, one of the four creators of the Marauders Map, somehow ended up getting himself lost. As he rounded the corner, he wasn't paying attention, to busy trying to figure out where he was.
"Oh, I'm so sorry, James," Lily said, bending over to pick up the massive pile of books she had dropped when she and James had collided.
"It's OK." James replied, wincing as he rubbed his foot. It was a good thing he didn't need his foot to fly a broom, well, for the most part, anyway.
"Are you alright?" Lily asked worriedly, having noticed his pained expression.
"I'm fine." He said, coming to a sudden decision that now was a better time than ever to tell her what had been on his mind for a while now. As he came to that decision, his hand unconsciously reached up to his head, where he ran it through his hair nervously. "Listen, Lily, I wanted to talk to you about something…"
"Yes?" She prompted.
"Never mind." He said suddenly, dropping his hand. "It's stupid anyway."
Lily suddenly grabbed his hand as it fell to his side, causing James' eyes to widen in surprise.
"I'm sure it isn't stupid." Lily reassured him, standing up as she spoke, leaving her books scattered on the floor.
"Well…erm…I was just thinking today in Defense," He began, curling his fingers around Lily's smaller hand, "You know how we agreed we'd be friends this year?"
Lily nodded and James gained the courage to continue
"I don't think it's a good idea." He said slowly.
Lily's eyes widened. "Why not?"
"It's just…I can't…" He trailed off, not looking at her, trying to hide the sad expression in his eyes. He didn't want to be doing this. He loved Lily…But she didn't love him, and while he loved not fighting with her every second of the day, somehow that seemed easier in comparison with being just friends with her.
"Well I don't care." Lily said, suddenly defiant, before she pulled his head down to her level, pressed her lips to his, and kissed him like her life depended on it.
It took about a second for James to respond. He leaned in closer, and wrapped his arms around Lily tightly. After a few minutes, she pulled back and rested her head against his shoulder, which made a smile spread across his face.
"You know, I think you're right," Lily began after a short silence, "Us being friends really isn't a good idea."
James just continued to grin.
Yes, that was the beginning of it all…well, all of the good stuff. There was already a beginning to the bad stuff at least seven years before that happened. But I stuck through to the end.
I stuck through my first meeting with Lily when she first decided to hate me. I stuck through my first fight with her, even though I knew she was right and my arguing was totally pointless. I through the first time she turned me down (and every single time after). I stuck through just being her friend, because I knew nothing but good could come of it by that point. I stuck through our first kiss (but, really, why wouldn't I?), even though I know Sirius, Remus, and Peter must have had something to do with it. Hey, I even stuck through our first date. But, again, that was me sticking through to the end and my ultimate goal.
And you know what? That darn music just started, I just noticed Sirius suddenly start to pay attention, and I think I can see Remus way at the back. I have one more thing to stick through on my own…until Lily and I get to stick together through life as Mr. and Mrs. Potter.
a/n-i am so incredibly sorry it took so long for me to get this chapter up. Believe it or not (and this is a really sad excuse, i promise), the reason it took me two+ months to write this chapter was because I couldn't figure out the last two paragraphs. So sorry about the long wait. So extremely sorry.
Anyway, on a more positive note, since this story is officially finished, if you want something else to read, got to my profile and click on the two links I have there for the two stories I co-authored with An-Jelly-Ca. Please! especially if you like humor.
So, I hope you liked the chapter, and the story as a whole. In advance, thank you for everyone reviewed and stuck through with this story to the end, especially since it's taken so long...