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The rumors followed James around all day. By dinner he was furious.

"Shut up, Sirius!" Sirius glared at James.

"Just because Lily got you back for that freaky prank doesn't mean you get to be a total arse!"

It didn't help to be yelled at.

"Whatever, Sirius. Why don't you go and shag Lily?"

James knew instantly he had taken it too far. Involving Lily physically was a bad idea around Sirius.

"Shut up!"

"No, YOU shut up!"

"You're just jealous because you still like Lily! Well, news flash: She likes me better!"

James froze. How dare him!

"SHUT THE BLOODY HELL UP! OF COURSE I STILL LIKE LILY! BUT I LET YOU HAVE HER!"

James was panting, his face was red.

"I LOVED LILY! HELL, I STILL LOVE HER! I LET YOU HAVE HER BECAUSE SHE LOVED YOU!"

He stopped shouting. His voice was a broken whisper,

"I thought you wouldn't take her. Because you were my best friend. But you did, Sirius. You did."

James suddenly stood up and left.

Lily could hear the muffled shouting through the walls. God, it's probably those annoying boys again. Really, have they never heard of anger management class?

When she turned the corner, she saw Sirius and James yelling at each other.

'"I LOVED LILY! HELL, I STILL LOVE HER! I LET YOU HAVE HER BECAUSE SHE LOVED YOU!"

Lily froze. James loved her? She had always thought that James only asked her out because he thought it was funny! Suddenly, her respect for Sirius plummeted. Sirius betrayed James! If there was anything Lily valued, it was loyalty. Obviously, Sirius was lacking in that department. Plus, she didn't love Sirius! Actually, she was planning to break up with him.

James' voice suddenly turned into a whisper.

"I thought you wouldn't take her. Because you were my best friend. But you did, Sirius. You did."

Lily was surprised.

She was not prepared for a hurt James' to walk into her arms.

Sirius was frustrated. He was angry. Why couldn't James stop with the emotional torture already? Why did he continue?

HE rounded the corner and saw James and Lily. Embracing. He froze. Lily whispered something, and they walked away. For some reason, he didn't feel anything. Not pain or jealousy. Nothing.

Hmmm… Strange, he thought. Shouldn't I be furious at James?

But he wasn't.

"I'm sorry, Sirius. It just doesn't work."

Surprisingly, Sirius didn't look very upset.

"Okay, darling. I understand. Friends?"

"Friends!"

They parted ways.

That night, it was the full moon. Lily sat at the Astronomy Tower, thinking. Suddenly, a ragged scream pierced the tranquil silence.

She raced down the steps, toward the doors outside.

Lying on the grass, his cloths soaked with blood, lye James. There were several gashes, and a particularly ferocious looking bite mark on his shoulder.

She levitated him to the hospital wing, where Madame Pomfrey fussed over him. Once she had retired to her office, Lily sat down next to his sleeping body.

"Sorry I wasn't there sooner, James. Want me to sing?"

And with that, she started to sing a lullaby:

"Hush, my dear one, sleep serenely

Now my lovely, slumber deep

Mother rocks you, humming lowly

Close your eyes now go to sleep

Angels hover ever nearer

Looking on your smiling face

I will hold you, close enfold you

Close your eyes now go to sleep

Lovely darling, I will guard you

Keep you from all woe and harm

Softly, gently I will rock you

Resting sweetly on my arm

I will hold you close enfold you

Close your eyes now go to sleep

May you slumber ere so softly

Dreams of visions wondrous fair

I will hold you, close enfold you

Close your eyes now go to sleep

May you slumber ere so softly

Dreams of visions wondrous fair

I will hold you, close enfold you

Close your eyes now go to sleep

"Sing it again."

Lily jumped. She hadn't noticed that James was awake.

She repeated it, and finally James was completely asleep.

"And she sat here all night, waiting for you to awaken!"
Lily awoke to the sound of Sirius's voice.

"You reckon she likes me?"

"I don't know mate, but if she does, I give you my blessing."

"Oh, right. Like your blessing is so valuable."

"Hey! It is too!"

"Is not."

"Is too."

"Is not!"

"SHUT UP!"

That shut them up.

"Lily, love. You're awake!"

"Yes, James. I'm awake. Now, for the love of God, could you shut the hell up?"

"Fine."

"Hey Lily. Go to Hogsmeade with me?"

Lily sighed.