Spring was in the air at Hogwarts. And that meant that love was also lurking around. Old couples were enforcing their feelings and new couples were being formed at alarming rates. Even the dreaded Severus Snape had managed to get a girlfriend. But, one couple wasn't feeling the effects of Spring. In fact, they were experiencing a complete opposite reaction.

"You're acting like an immature jerk, James!" Lily Evans screamed to her longtime boyfriend, James Potter. It was James' turn to visit Lily's common room, and the entire Gryffindor common room's eyes were fixed on the squabbling couple. The two teens stood opposite each other, about five feet apart and their gazes were locked. The argument they were currently engaged in was a recurring one, which had been causing tension since the very beginning of their relationship.

"How am I supposed to act, Lil? You're supposed to be my girlfriend, but all you ever talk about is another guy." Responded James passionately. "How would you like it if I started spending all my time with some chick and started talking about her non-stop?" By the end of this discourse, James' wild, unruly hair had fallen into his eyes. He made no move, however, to brush it away.

In response to James' heated diatribe, Lily regarded James coolly and said, "If this 'chick' had been your best friend since you were eleven, then I wouldn't mind at all."

James sighed sadly, and said, "Well, Lily, you're a hell of a lot more accepting than I am, because I just can't accept anything like that. I've tried. I've been trying for three years, and I just can't. So, what I'm getting at is this: It's either him or me."

Lily's eyes widened in shock and her stomach suddenly felt as if a vicious manticore was tearing it up. Inadvertently, Lily's mind flashed back to the beginning of second year, when she had first told her best friend (and the cause of this and countless other fights, Severus Snape, that she and James were going out.

Even at that time, Sev and James despised each other, and Sev had said solemnly, "He's not going to be able to accept us, Lily. You've got to see that. One day, he'll finally bread and force you to choose between us."

And now, three years later, when she had been sure that it would never happen, the day had finally come.

Lily looked at James, who was tapping his foot impatiently and looking at her expectantly. Lily looked at James and found, to her immense surprise, that this decision wasn't even that hard.

Maybe it was the fact that it was James acting like a jerk and making her choose like this, but she steeled herself, looked James straight in the eyes, and said, "Well, James, I choose Severus."

Lily opened her mouth to explain her decision, or maybe to scream at him, but then she thought, 'screw it' and stormed to her dormitory.

James was totally stunned as he watched Lily storm to her room. There was complete silence in the Gryffindor common room, and James could feel every eye in the room fixed upon him. They expected him to do one of two things: 1. Beg for Lily's forgiveness or 2. Loose his temper and scream and yell after her for an hour, and then start nasty rumors about her all over school. But James did neither of those things.

What he did do was wipe the stupid stunned look off his face. Then he gathered himself and what dignity he had left up and walked out of the common room without a word.