I did something stupid. Ridiculously stupid. I always thought I was a reasonably intelligent person, I get good marks and I have never fallen in the gap between the stairs but then I did that!


A week later the entire school was gathered in the Great Hall listening to Dumbledore give them a speech about safety during the war, nothing that they didn't already know.

"I have not been able to stop thinking about you," James murmured into her ear. He pulled her hair back so that his lips were almost touching her ear. "You're driving me insane."

"I'm not doing anything," she said smiling to herself.

"Exactly," James whispered furiously. "I am not good at this playing it cool thing.

I cannot play hard to get!"

"You have been playing hard to get?"

"I have been trying!"

"Why?"

"Because you don't seem to like it when I am pathetic and needy and border line stalker," said James. "I thought I would try leaving you alone and letting you come to me. I hate it by the way."

"Well you are doing a splendid job."

"You are enjoying this," James accused.

"Just a little," she said smugly.

"You are a tease."

"I am just standing here listening to Dumbledore's speech," said Lily innocently.

"You are an evil vixen."

"You're not being very nice to me," Lily pouted. "All the girl magazines warn you about this...boys are always mean after sex."

"You're the mean one," said James. "I was weak and good looking and you took advantage of me. You used me and then disposed of me."

"How exactly were you weak and good looking?"

"I had just gotten back from Quidditch practice, I was exhausted we flew for hours, and I do not have to explain the good looking part!"

"You don't?"

"I am flawless. Flawless I tell you!"

"You're making a scene," said Lily. "You're becoming hysterical."

"I am good looking," James hissed. "Have you seem my bum? It is perfection."

"Oh Merlin," Lily muttered. "Perhaps I should leave you alone with yourself."

"I have had 17 years..."

"Do not even finish that sentence, I do not want to know what you have done with yourself...frankly I think it would a little slutty."

"I have a very good imagination."

"I know you do," said Lily.

"Come on seriously, just talk to me," James groaned. "You can't just not acknowledge what happened."

"I acknowledge it," said Lily. "We...you know last week. It happened."

"Oh good I thought it was another of my Lily dreams, they were always the best ones," said James.

"Please don't tell me things like that, it's not attractive."

"This speech is boring," James groaned. "Come on."

"Come on where?" she said. She felt James slip is arm around her waist.

"Away from here," he said and she could practically hear the grin on his face.

Lily felt him lift her slightly off the ground, he spun her round and lifted her inside. When they were in the corridor he put her down.

"Come on," said James. He offered her his hand, she took it.

"Where are you taking me?"

"A magical place."

"The entire castle and it's grounds are magical," said Lily. "There is broom closet right round the corner by the way."

"Oh! You plan to seduce me in a broom closet, is that the kind of guy you think I am? I am not cheap!"

"Oh boy never mind," said Lily rolling her eyes. "I'm sure you would rather be alone in there anyway, pinching your own ass!"

"I'm sure I would have much more fun with you," said James. "In here."

"Oh he says no to a broom closet and then takes me to the prefect bathroom...a little more sophisticated than the closet but still a bathroom."

"We haven't given the prefects the new password yet," said James. "We won't be disturbed."

"Oh so you're not just a pretty face then."

"So you admit I have a pretty face?"

"I have seen worse," said Lily. "So what exactly are we doing in here, instead of listening to Dumbledore?"

"We had sex," said James seriously. He turned to face her, still holding her hand.

"I remember," she smiled.

"What does that mean?" he said.

"That we had a spare 90 seconds between class."

"Oh you are just hilarious today!"

"Sorry," she smiled. "I have no idea what it means, I have been trying to work out what it means and I don't know."

"We should go to Hogsmade and talk about it further," said James. "Just the two of us, not everyone else."

"We should," said Lily.

"Okay then, you free on Saturday?"

"I'm free," said Lily.

"Okay then, we can go on Saturday."

"Fine," said Lily. "So..."

"So I guess you can go back out to Dumbledore's speech," said James. "It seems a little silly that I pulled you all the way in here just for that."

"Hmmm but Dumbledore's speech is really boring," said Lily.

"It is?"

"Yes," said Lily. She took a step forward so that she was almost touching James, she pressed her lips against the stubble that was growing on his chin. "It is dull and I want to be entertained."

"Hmmm do you want me to start juggling or..."

"Nope," she said. She kissed his throat and unbuttoned a few more buttons of his shirt.

"You're not playing fair."

"Just say the word and I'll stop," she said. "I could always go and find Sirius, I hear he is quite."

"Oh shut up," James moaned. He grabbed her wrists and pinned her against the wall and kissed her.

"Hmmm...James?" Lily moaned.

"What?" he said impatiently as he pulled his shirt over his head.

"I...forget," said Lily as she took in the sight of a shirtless James. "You should really keep playing Quidditch, even after you leave school...never stop."

"I told you I was flawless," said James. "Now why do you get to keep your shirt on...