The Best Thing Out There

A HariPo freeverse piece

by mew-tsubaki

Note: The Harry Potter characters belong to J.K. Rowling, not me. This fic is a Christmas present for my good pal, lonely hands. You are the best and my favorite next-gen author, girl. You are forever fab, no matter what. :'3 For everyone else: read, review, and enjoy!

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Lily'd always i_m_a_g_i_n_e_d Teddy'd join their family someday
[but someday just couldn'tcome fast enough, in her opinion]

Lily'd been too -little- to know r.e.a.l.l.y what Teddy meant to her
[he's just another brotherbrotherbrother]

Lily'd had a picture of her & Mum & Dad & James & Al & Teddy & Vic & the rest of the family in her mind
&&Teddy would chuckle 'n ruffle her hair
[oh, Lily-Dilly, you always made him smile]

B::u::t

Lily'd grown
She wasn't some !kid! anymore
Yet she wasn't the WoMaN that Teddy wantedneededwas meant to have
[even if Victoire couldn't make him :)smile(: as brightly as she could]

((and ±suddenly±))

When Teddy ruffles her ~h~a~i~r~
it's not as playful anymore
[because she has the first d.a.t.e, the first k*i*s*s, the first «time», the /w\e/d\d/i\n/g\, the h•o•n•e•y•m•o•o•n, the kids' n-a-m-e-s, && the g_r_a_v_e_p_l_o_t_s figured out]

{she's feeling quite h!o!r!r!i!d by now}

Isn't it that Teddy's a brother?
Her
G O D B R O T H E R
(and she'd like to curse the gods all the more for creating that sacred thing known as
.::family::.
'cuz she's not too fond of it right now)

So.
Lily does the next best thing
She watches
O
. V
M E
I R
H
[& with every day that »passes» it gets harder&&harder to tell herself that Teddy's just another guy, that it's not l-o-v-e she has for him]

((she's been known to /lie\ to herself every now 'n then))

But even though Lily tried to ^throw^ herself into school
(a Potter with Exceeds Expectations—who woulda thunk it?)
The day that Vic&&Teddy call it quits is when her resolve comes
C
r
A
s
H
i
N
g
D
o
W
n

[you knew, Lily-Dilly, that nothing would change with you even if it did with
THEM]

As so the year passes.
And a/n/o/t/h/e/r goes by.
And while she's trying to juggle Auror-training
w/playing w/potions,
she's calming herself down
Because Teddy only is another guy
[he's just another
brother
brother
b r o t h e r]

In the Potter house, it's as though
¤Teddy&&Vic¤
•never•
.was.
*poof*
&&it's almost like early times again,
when Teddy can ruffle her crimson locks
&&she can tease him about becoming a Potter someday
&&he can smile 'n let his hair turn its brightest turquoise ever as he cracks a joke to make herlaugh

[& she has yet to realize *at* this point
that Teddy only ever smiles&laughs for her anymore]

So, one day
(let's call it "once upon a day," instead!)
Teddy takes her out to lunch
&&it's a normal thing
•u_n_t_i_l•
Teddy asks her to try him out
[because Scorpius was meant for Rose, Lorcan was meant for Roxanne, & sadly Lysander was meant for Dominique]

She agrees
She gives it a GO
She promises that he'll still be her (god)brother even if he can't be her lover

;)well...(;

Lily'd always i_m_a_g_i_n_e_d Teddy'd join their family someday
[but Teddy Remus Potter had a better ~ring~ to it than Lily Luna Lupin, she's s*u*r*e]

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Well, it's been a while since I wrote a Lilted, but I think this is my best one yet. My best work, meant as a Christmas present for the best LilyTeddy author on FFN. Thanks to jojor99 for the prompt "sacred."

I hope you liked this, Aimy—it's just for you! -w-

For everyone else: Happy Christmas, thanks for reading, and please review!

-mew-tsubaki :}