Soft Bed sheets
It was New years Eve, Lily Evans was at Alice and Frank Longbottom's New Years party. They had graduated that June and it was the first time Lily had seen many of her classmates, including her ex boyfriend James Potter. Lily and James had been together for a year but had split up a few weeks after graduation, James had been going to Manchester to train as an Auror, but Lily had been sent to Edinburgh for Healer school.
Now she was standing at the bar talking to Alice, trying to act casual as if she hadn't seen him arrive with Sirius Black, and he didn't look gorgeous in his bottle green robes. Lily quickly looked down at herself just to make sure she looked alright, and that she hadn't spilt anything down herself. At least she had the sense to wear a dress that showed off her cleavage and shoes that made her legs look longer. And to think she was going to miss this. Damn he looked good, his hair looked so soft and messy. That bastard had washed his hair right before he left the house!
"Oh looks like all the Marauders are here," said Alice. "Remus and Peter were here earlier."
"Hmmm," said Lily trying to act like she couldn't care less. "More champagne?"
"James looks pretty good, don't you think?"
"The boy has never been ugly," said Lily reaching for another glass.
"Why thank you Miss Evans, you don't look so bad yourself," said James from behind her. "In fact you look good enough to eat."
"Eyes off what you can't have Potter," laughed Lily.
"It's good to see you again," said James quietly into her ear. "I mean it, you really do look good."
"Thank you," said Lily willing herself not to blush, he was too charming and unfortunately she still wasn't immune to it, she blamed that gorgeous smile. "How have you been?"
"Horny as hell, how are you?"
"I'm fine," smiled Lily. It was just like James to make a joke when she asked how he had been, she had heard how he had been. His parents had died about six months ago, he was battling Deatheaters everyday and a few months ago an ex girlfriend had claimed she was pregnant with his child to get her hands on his inheritance. You had to love the Wizarding tabloids.
"Good so where is the boyfriend?" asked James looking round.
"Unfortunately he only exists in my dreams and he's perfect," smirked Lily. "What about you? Who do you plan to take home tonight?"
"Is that an offer?"
"In your dreams Potter."
"Always," he said charmingly. "Come find me later?"
"You come find me," she challenged him.
"I have missed you, my little fiery head case," laughed James.
"Right back 'atcha," she said raising her glass at him. "Fuck that's a nice ass!" she muttered as he walked away.
"Right back 'atcha," James called over his shoulder.
"Damn I need to learn to whisper," said Lily.
It was two minutes before midnight when Lily ran into James, at the bar again. Everyone had started the countdown to midnight and were standing in clusters around the room.
"Did you know they made it mandatory to kiss someone on the stroke of midnight?" James whispered huskily into Lily's ear.
"Really," said James.
"Hmmm well isn't that a smart idea," said Lily. "I should really hurry up and find someone to kiss then huh?"
"Yeah you better get going," said James. "I have my eye on that cute barmaid."
"Where is Sirius?" she asked looking round. "I remember those rumors at school and now I can actually sleep with him because his best friend doesn't have a little crush on me anymore."
"You want to sleep with Sirius?" asked James raising his eyebrows.
"Nah you're right, he's probably riddled with all sorts of diseases, not to mention fleas," said Lily.
"Less than a minute to go."
"I never wanted to play by the rules anyway," said Lily. "No kisses for me."
"It's a shame…"
"I want a kiss at midnight."
"Like you said the barmaid is pretty cute."
"THREE, TWO, ONE," the crowd yelled.
"Fuck it," muttered James as he hauled Lily's lips against his own.
As soon as he kissed her, Lily's breath caught in her throat. It was as if no time had passed, his kisses were the same they still made her stomach jump up and her heart race. No man ever kissed her the way James did. He slid his arms round her waist pulling her closer to him, she slid her hands up his chest resting on his shoulder.
"Come on," James growled when they had to part for air.
"Where are we going?" asked Lily knowing full well what was on his mind, never mind the fact that she could feel his erection pressing against her stomach, she knew that look in his eye.
"My place," he knew she was teasing. He grabbed her hand and apparated them to his flat, they were standing in the middle of the kitchen looking at each other, daring the other to make the first move.
"Are you going to give me the tour?" she said tilting her head so that their lips were almost touching.
"Uh huh," said James before capturing her lips once again in a passionate kiss. This time he wasn't going to let her tease him, he grabbed hold of her by the hips and steered her towards his room.
"I don't get to see the living room," asked Lily as James started to suck on her neck. He had just pushed her through his bedroom door, he clearly was in no mood to be patient.
"You talk far too much Evans," said James as he ran his hands up her dress, scooping her up into his arms, before she could wrap her legs around his waist he threw her onto his bed making her squeal as she bounced on his mattress.
"You have very soft bed sheets," she murmured as he climbed on top of her.
"You awake?" James whispered two hours later.
"I never fell asleep," Lily lied she had fallen asleep, sex tends to that to her and James has worn her out, not that she would ever admit that to him. "And you only slept for ten minutes."
"I only wondered," said James. "Geez your touchy."
"I just slept with my ex," said Lily turning onto her back. James was propping his head up on his elbow as he looked down on her. "A can of worms I really don't need right now."
"Oh come on," laughed James. "It's me."
"I'm perfectly aware of who you are," said Lily.
"So we had sex…" James grinned like a twelve year old boy.
"It was pretty good," laughed Lily.
"It's was fucking amazing thanks," snorted James. "And it doesn't have to be a big can of worms for you. I miss you, you're off your fucking head most of the time but I miss it. We should have stayed in touch, we were friends if nothing else."
"That sounds a little too thoughtful to be sincere," said Lily suspiciously.
"It is sincere," said James. "Really I do mean it, you amuse me…"
"In a good way," he laughed. "Come on what do you say, friends?"
"Fine," said Lily still eyeing him suspiciously.
"Shagging is obviously part of the deal…I think five or six times a day should be enough."
"I don't think so," Lily smirked. "You'll never get that lucky again."
"You're clothes are scattered round my room, you're going to have to get up and put them on and when you do…I think it's going to be a pretty lucky sight for me."
"You really are an arrogant toerag, you know that right?"
"I know," he said. "You loved me for it once."
"Hmmm I remember," said Lily. If she was honest with herself she had never fallen out of love with James, that night only reminded her of that. "Now I'm going to get dressed, so try to control yourself when you see me naked."
"I'm not promising anything," said James. Lily sat up to get out of bed but James seemed to have better ideas, he grabbed her arm and pulled her back down.
"What are you doing?"
"It's new year," said James.
"You can't leave yet," said James. "You look like you need a power nap."
"Just take a little nap," said James. He didn't want her to leave, he had missed her and now that she was finally next to him, he wasn't ready to let her walk out the door just yet.
"Alright," said Lily grudgingly. "I'll stay for a little while."
"Good," said James. "You hungry?"
"Nah I'm good," said Lily. "So how are you? And if you say horny as hell I'm leaving."
"I'm okay," said James. "It's not been an easy few months, you know."
"Yeah I know," said Lily. "Your parents were proud of you, I know they told me last Christmas."
"Yeah thanks," said James looking away. "They always loved you, my Dad told me to marry you as soon as I thought you might agree."
"They were great people," said Lily.
"Maybe I should have listened to him," said James almost bitterly.
"My Dad, when he told me to marry you. Maybe I should have listened."
"James, don't do this!" sighed Lily. "Don't bring it all back up, it doesn't do any good."
"We were good together," James argued. "We still are, clearly! Sex isn't that good with everyone trust me I've tried to find someone like you, and guess what there isn't someone like you!"
"You shouldn't look for someone like me," said Lily gently. "How can you love someone if you compare them to someone else? You have to love a person for them, not because they remind you of me."
"I loved you for you," said James. "As soon as I saw you tonight…"
"Don't do this, it won't do either of us any good," said Lily getting up and pulling on her dress. "This was a mistake."
"One I'd make over and over again," Said James.
"You've had a rough few months," said Lily. "I have missed your friendship though and I really hope we can be friends."
"Of course we can," smiled James. "I love talking to you, you're plain barmy sometimes."
"I know you've mentioned it a few times," laughed Lily. "Hey at least I know where you live now."
"I'm going to have to move now," James groaned.
"I'll still find you," smiled Lily. "I'll owl you, we should meet for drinks…actually alcohol and us don't mix well, how about coffee?"
"Coffee sounds good," said James. "I'll see you soon then?"
"Yeah," said Lily. "Bye."
"Bye take care," said James and he leaned forwards to kiss her forehead but she backed away before he could reach her.
"Oh no you don't," she said. "I can't believe you, I should slap you for that!"
"What did I do now?" exclaimed James holding up his hand while clutching the sheets with the other.
"I can't believe you would so something so perverse, so thoughtless, so…you were going to kiss my forehead!"
"So…you don't kiss friends' on the forehead, it makes them…Do you remember when you used to kiss my forehead?"
"Could you narrow it down a bit? I kissed your forehead a lot and it is hardly perver…"
"You kissed it after sex, every single time even if it was a quickie, you would kiss my head and then say 'I love you' so you can't do it this time!" she ranted.
"Because we broke up months ago!" she shouted then she added quietly. "It took me long enough to get over you the first time, I can't do it again."
"I'm not asking you to."
"What are you asking me to do then?"
"I'm asking you to come back into my life," said James. "I know I joke and tease you a lot but I…I miss you and I know you don't feel that way about me any more clearly but…come on Lily."
"We're friends," she said firmly. "Just no forehead kissing, okay?"
"Okay," said James.
"Bye," said James and he watched her walk out of his room.
He wondered if he would ever see her again, Lily was an avoider and he doubt they would be having coffee anytime soon. There was never an in between for them, they were either together or they weren't. It had to be Lily's decision this time, he had chased her for years at school and always made the first move now it was different, if she wanted him she had to prove it he couldn't pressure her into a lifetime with him. He just prayed she found a way back to him.