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Why James and not Severus?

Sirius, James, Peter... they never asked. Severus did once. Nearly inaudible he screamed it into the howling autumn wind after her. Why Potter and not him? She hadn't even turned around but walked on. It had been too late anyway.

Several months later, on their wedding day Remus asked her. Of course he did. Sweet, gentle, observing Remus. He had found her in a quiet corner staring at the seat she had wished Severus had sat in during the ceremony. But he hadn't even been invited.

Why James and not Severus? Because in the end she knew and she knew that Remus knew she could have loved them both.

She knew one thing about James for certain: He loved pranks. They made him feel special, powerful, accepted and respected.

She knew one thing about Severus for certain: He loved the Dark Arts. They made him feel special, powerful, accepted and respected.

When she asked Severus to stop, he didn't.

When she asked James to stop, he did.


AN: I hope you like it. This just came into my mind because of DH part 2 and because everyone is talking about Lily's choice again.