"Can you believe that in three months we graduate and leave this place," said Alice.
Gryffindor had just won another Quidditch match and so the team had decided to throw a party in the common room. Lily was talking to her best friend Alice. The common room was packed, every Gryffindor and some Ravenclaw's were there. Music was blaring but it wasn't so loud that they couldn't hear each other speak.
"Yeah I know, we're going to be alone in the big bad world," said Lily. "Pretty scary."
"Yeah it's alright for you," Alice scoffed. "You have the Quidditch Captain in your bed to keep you safe."
"You have Frank," said Lily allowing a little smile to stray onto her lips at the mere mention of her boyfriend, she knew how pathetically in love she was with him but she really couldn't help it nor did she want to.
"Oh nothing is even happening with him," Alice sighed. "He went out once and then…nothing."
"He is just shy," said Lily. "I think it's sweet."
"I think it's annoying, if he liked me he would ask me out again," she moaned.
"I'm sure he will," said Lily.
"Maybe I should just snog Sirius instead," she said.
"I don't think that is ever the answer," said Lily screwing up her nose.
"Now, now lets not be hasty," said Sirius who had been walking past. "I think we need to really consider that option."
"Alright you two do that," said Lily rolling her eyes. She walked across the room to where James was talking to his two other best friend Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew.
"Hey you," said James softly.
"Hi," said Lily.
She quietly turned her body so that she fit nice and snugly into James' side. She loved being close to him and it was nothing to do with his gorgeous body (well alright perhaps it was a little bit) but there was something warm and safe about James. James was naturally quite protective of her and it showed in his body language, even when he wasn't aware of it. He was so safe, that any chance she got she would be as close to him as she could be. James without even thinking rested his hand on the bottom of her back, slowly rubbing small circles with his hand.
"You okay?" he asked. She rested her head on his shoulder, with her eyes closed. "You tired?"
"A little," she lied.
"You've been tired a lot lately," he said concerned. "Is everything okay?"
"Everything is fine," Lily lied.
"Okay," said James pressing a kiss to the top of her head. "Just let me know if you want to head upstairs to sleep, I'll make them keep the noise down."
"That's okay," she said. "I love you."
"Love you too," smiled James. He never ever got tired of hearing her tell him that she loved him, after all the times he never thought it would happen. He loved that she just said it now, for no particular reason and without anyone coaxing her.
Recently it had occurred to Lily that they only had a few weeks of school left. James was already talking about fighting in the war and that terrified her, he was far too eager to put his life on the line as if it was nothing. He didn't even seem worried that he could die, he worried about her getting hurt all the time he was always telling her to be careful but he barely even acknowledged that he could be a target as well.
"Are you sure there isn't something on your mind?" James asked again. She had been quiet all week and he couldn't help but worry that maybe he was losing her. Even the prospect of that terrified him, he had fancied Lily for years but only when he really got to know did he realise just how much he loved her, there was never going to be another girl for him, he wouldn't let her go without a fight.
"Hmmm…we can talk about it tomorrow," Lily promised. She knew she had to talk to him about how she was feeling but she wasn't going to ruin the party for him.
"Okay," he said feeling the panic rise in his throat, he wrapped his arm around her tighter. He had to ask her if she was going to break up with him, but first he just wanted to hold her for a few minutes, just in case that was last time he got to do it. Lily cuddled into him when he pulled her closer.
"Do you still love me?" James whispered into her ear.
"I just said so," Lily laughed softly. "Of course I love you."
"Do you want to break up? Is that what you want to talk about tomorrow?" he whispered to her.
"No," she said shocked that he would even think that. James was not the insecure type, he never jealous or paranoid. "Why would you think that?"
"It's just you've been distant and…I'm sorry I just thought…"
"No I'm sorry if that is what you thought," said Lily guiltily. He looked so vulnerable like a scared little puppy that Lily couldn't help but find adorable. "You don't have to worry about that. I love you, I really love you and I don't plan on putting you back on the market again because…well frankly your taste in girls sucks…"
"Well I disagree," he said kissing the tip of her nose. "And since that is the case…I have a little secret to tell you tomorrow."
Lily didn't know about Remus' furry little problem or that he was an Animagus. It was time to tell her, they were due to leave school soon and he planned on having her in his life for a very long time and if they were serious about their relationship then he shouldn't be keeping secrets from her.
I know I really shouldn't be starting a new story when I haven't finished a load of my older ones. But this story is just a short one, probably 4 chapters in total. So anyway it will be a good one...REVIEW