Written for sick-atxxhearts's 100 Quotes of Life Challenge on HPFC, which is linked in my profile. I claimed the character Lily, and there will be 100 chapters, each using one of said quotes, from many times in her life and with many characters. Each chapter will be given at least a general date, so you have an idea of what's happening in the wizarding world. Enjoy, and don't forget to R & R!

I can't do this on my own:

May 1980


"James . . ." Lily pauses in the doorway to their room, biting her lip as she watches him don the Muggle clothes he always wears on guard duty. "James, be careful tonight, okay?"

"Lily. I'm always careful."

"Careful like a bull in a china shop," she mutters reproachfully. "It's just—the Order keeps diminishing. Marlene, Fabion and Gideon, the Bones' . . ." Unknowingly, Lily's hand drifts to her swelling belly as she continues. "Someone has to be next, James."

He finishes buttoning his shirt and walks over to her, drawing her into a loose embrace. "If I'm to be a bull, I'll be the large horned kind that spears anyone who gets close enough to hurt him. Don't worry about me."

"It's not only you I worry for," Lily confesses, taking one of James's hands in her's and drawing it to her stomach. "Because . . . I can't do this on my own."

He leans down and kisses her. "Which it why," he murmurs, "You'll never have to."