First, it was "Life's Like This (#1)." Then, it was "Life's still Complicated (a sequel)(#2)." After, it was "MORE Complications!(#3)" And finally, it's

"Life's Like This, All Over Again!"

(A/N: Hope you guys like! A little help about job placements and time. . .

Remus is a photographer *don't ask,* Sirius and James are both aurors *don't contradict me!* Lily and Ali are both journalists for the newspaper *probably still the same Daily Prophet* and Sierra is still at school.

TIME: MWPP times (and if you don't know what that is, you're lost). Everyone (except Sierra) is around 18 years old, but turning 19 soon. And yes, they CAN hire 18 year old aurors if they're smart, ok?? So don't ask.)

Disclaimer: I am very well aware that I don't own anything J.K Rowling-ish, and if I did, I'd be really really lucky and probably I'd be a bazillionaire! So, yeah. I do own, however, the CHARACTERS of Sierra and Ali (No, Als, I don't own you, just the character!) ;-)

Summary: The whole gang has graduated now (except for Sierra) and they're moving into James's and Lily's houses. Betrayals, proposals, weddings, a baby-and the Marauders as sitters. What next? **The last in the "Life's Like This" series.**



Chapter Numero Uno: Life's Like. . .how?

(Hehe, I'm having fun with languages!)

"Lily! Phone!" Ali's voice came into Lily's ear loudly. Lily groaned. Ali grinned, placed the reciever in Lily's hand and walked off.

"Hello?" Lily said sleepily, not opening her eyes.

"Hey, Lil' Red!" It was James, her boyfriend, and pain in the neck at the time.

"What d'you want?" she answered grumpily.

"What's your problem?"

"I don't have one."

"Yes you do."

"Well, I usually don't have a problem, but my boyfriend seems to think that the appropriate time to call me is at 5 in the morning."

"It is not 5-oh, so it is. Sorry, Lil," James aplogized.

"It's ok. Sorry for snapping at you," Lily said, sitting up in bed and rubbing her eyes. "So, what's up?"

"Ah, nothing. Moony has left for work-"

"So he still has a job," Lily confirmed.

"Yeah. He didn't tell anyone about his, er, condition so far."

"Oh."

"Padfoot is getting ready for work, I'm all done," James said proudly.

"Oh. So you called."

"Yeah, just to see how you were."

"I was sleeping."

"I know that now!"

"Ok, ok."

"So, hey, today's Friday. How 'bout you ladies come by for dinner? Remus has to stay on an overnight assignment, I dunno, he's taking pictures of some big group that's having a party, so he won't be home 'til around dawn. So, we'll kind of double date. What'd'ya say?"

"Say yes, Lils, say yes!" Ali's voice said.

"Hey!" James and Lily said at the same time.

"What? I want to go!"

"Als, how long were you listening in?" Lily demanded.

"Just now," Ali said truthfully. "I heard our invite. So can we go??"

"Yeah, we'll be there."

"Ok, great. 7 sound good?"

"Yup."

"Yeah."

"Bye, ladies."

"Bye!" Ali called. *click*

"See you. Love ya!" Lily said.

*~*

"Hi!" Lily greeted James at the door. The nippy night air blew past her face as she flung her arms over James.

"Hey, don't knock me down please. . ."

Ali and Sirius smiled and walked inside, calmly, while Lily was still hugging James.

"Dag, Lil, what's up? Seems like you haven't seen me for about 10 years! I just talked to you this morning!" James exclaimed.

Lily pulled back. "Nothing's up. Just feel like being lovable!"

"Oh. Ok then," James said, and they walked in.

"Wow, did you guys cook this?" Ali breathed, gazing at the food on the table.

"Yeah, we did. We're learning," Sirius said seriously. (A/N: Ha, bad, bad pun!)

Ali and Lily gave him a look.

"Ok, ok, so we magicked it. We can't cook for ourselves!" James confessed.

"That's what I thought," the girls said together.

*~*

"So I was thinking about Sierra. We should go down and visit her sometime. It'd be nice," Sirius explained to Ali. They were alone in the living room, the TV was on, but they weren't really watching it.

Ali gazed at her boyfriend. "You really miss her, don't you?"

Sirius shrugged.

"Aw, that's so sweet!" Ali said, nuzzling her nose against Sirius's neck. Sirius grinned.

"Yes. We'll go visit Sierra. . . as soon as there's a reason to see her, ok? We can't just go for no reason. And she's got to study for her N.E.W.Ts. If we go, she might get a little distracted. Besides," she added affectionately "I like being alone, with you. . .all alone. . ."

Sirius grinned even wider. "Then again, no Sierra isn't a bad thing," he said, his face inching closer to his girlfriend's.

"It just is for Remus," Ali whispered.

"But not for us," Sirius whispered back. They both traded similar smiles and started to kiss deeply. Finally, some alone time!

~*~

"So this is Remus's room," James said. Lily and James were upstairs, and James was giving Lily the new tour.

As Lily and James had been friends and next door neighbors for quite some time now, Lily had been into James's house several times before. But they had changed a lot since Mr. and Mrs. Potter had died.

Lily peered into a room, mostly organized, but a few articles of clothing were thrown around on his bed. "I think," Lily offered "That a room displays the person's personality. This is just typical Remus-neat, tidy, quiet and sensible. . . except for a few things."

They moved onwards to the next room. Good thing James's house had 5 rooms and 3 ½ bathrooms!

"This is where Sirius lives, obviously," James said with a grin, as Lily stepped into Sirius's room.

The whole thing was littered with clothes, stuffed animals, his wand, and a few muggle toys.

"Padfoot's been discovering the Muggle **Toys R Us.** He seems to like it there," James explained.

(A/N: Ok, I dunno if there are Toys R Us's in England, but. . .lets just pretend, ok??)

Lily laughed. James seemed to be studying her.

"What?" Lily asked.

James grinned sheepishly. "I just love how you laugh."

"I love it how boys use tons of cheesy romantic stuff to get us to love 'em," Lily said.

James rolled his eyes.

They walked on. "This is my room," James said.

Lily's eyebrows shot up. "This can't be your room, James."

"Why not?"

"It's. . .clean, that's why not."

"Oh, I cleaned it before you came over. I didn't want you to think I was messy," James said, showing his adorable sheepish grin again.

Lily rolled her eyes and laughed. "James, honey, I already KNOW you're messy! I lived in the same place as you for 7 years, AND I knew you before then!"

"I know. . ."

"Hey," Lily said, realizing something. "Your door has a lock. No one else's has one. . ."

"I just thought I might want some 'alone time' with my favorite girl, that's all," James said, lowering his voice.

"Which girl?" Lily asked shrewdly.

"Oh she's blonde, blue eyes, really cute in a swimsuit-"

Lily hit James's arm.

James laughed. "The REAL girl I'm talking about has really cool green eyes, and really pretty red hair, and she's about 2 inches shorter than me," he said, measuring with his hands. "Let's see. . . she's almost 19 years old in about 2 months. She's sweet, caring, friendly, and she can punch you really hard in the-"

"Ok, ok, enough with the compliments and kiss me already!" Lily said exasperatedly.

"That can be arranged," James said, pushing the door shut.

(A/N: Ok, I know it probably wasn't what you all expected. . .and sorry it took so long for me to start posting chaps of this!! I probably can't post tomorrow, as I'm starting to head back to the torture chamber **or, what grown-ups call 'school'** *shudder* but I'll try. See y'all later!!! And I have another fic posted now. . .a new Lily/James story!!!!!! Check it out!)