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Chapter 27: The One with the Premiere
A/N: I lost some reviews during the HPFF meltdown, so it would mean a lot to me if you all reviewed! And without further ado, here's the next chapter.
“I don’t care what you say,” James grumbled. “We’re not changing that thing into some…girly room with dust ruffles and all of that crap.”
“But James,” Lily whined, “it’ll be pretty.” When he refused to even acknowledge her, she asked, “Alright then, what do you want to do with her old room?”
“How about a guest room?” he suggested, finally glancing at her. His previous frustration had disappeared from his hazel eyes. It suited him much better, especially now that he had very tan skin from their honeymoon. “I mean, that way if anyone stays over, they can have their own room.”
Lily sat there for a moment stroking her chin quite comically. Maybe James was wearing off on her serious personality. “Well, it’s not a bad idea. Although pretty much everyone we know lives within a few minutes of our place. I mean, two of our friends are right across the hall.”
He sighed, obviously at a loss of what to do to fix their dilemma. “I don’t want to jump the gun or anything, but what about making the spare room into a nursery? If we make the room in gender neutral colors, it won’t matter which sex the baby is. And then once we have the baby, we can repaint the room if we want to.”
Without warning, Lily leapt into James’s arms and pulled his face towards hers so that they met in a kiss. He could feel love, excitement, and pure happiness pour out of her through that kiss. She pulled away, and let James set her down. “You have just made my day even better.” She squealed.
“Oh, what made it so good to begin with?”
“I woke up and saw your face next to me.” She told him without an ounce of shyness. “That right there told me that today would be a good day.”
He beamed at her, and lightly kissed her nose. “I swear that you make me fall more in love with you each day.”
The door opened, and a familiar voice told them, “I hope I’m not interrupting anything here. I know how lovey-dovey you lovebirds are.”
Chuckling, James and Lily pulled away from each other. “Don’t worry, Remus,” Lily assured him, “it’s safe to come in.”
“Yeah, what’s going on, Moony?” James greeted, hugging his friend. “You look excited and scared at the same time.”
Remus sighed. He came over to talk about the exciting part, but he was afraid of caving about what was worrying him. He couldn’t even imagine what his friends would say if he told them of his feelings. ‘Why do things have to be so complicated?’ he asked himself.
“Um, I have six tickets here for the premiere of the movie I shot awhile ago. I already gave the others their tickets, so I thought I’d pop over here to give you yours.” He pulled an envelope out of his pocket, and pulled two small yellow tickets out of it. They each accepted their tickets, and slipped them into their pockets.
“Okay, that explains the excited part.” James announced. “But what’s got you so worried? You’re not the type to worry. Maybe be a bit more on the serious side, yes, but not worried.”
“Well, yes, there’s something else going on.” He reluctantly revealed. Inside of his mind, Remus was struggling with how to tell them this news. Remus cursed himself for crumbling so easily. “You see, there’s this girl—”
“Ooh, Remmy-kins has his eye on a chica.” James grinned. “Well, do we know her?”
“Yes, you’ve known her for a very long time. Both of you have known her for years upon years.”
Lily’s emerald eyes widened, and her hand quickly covered her hanging jaw. She slowly walked over to him, questioning in her eyes, and guessed in a small voice, “Is it Rachel?”
Though no words came out of his mouth, with the expression in his amber eyes and the pink that somehow snuck onto his cheeks, no words were needed. James’s jaw dropped. “Moony, you’re in love with Rachel? Our Rachel? Sirius’s ex-girlfriend, the love of his life, that Rachel?”
Remus’ eyebrows shot straight up and looked at his friend with annoyed amusement. “How many Rachels do we know?”
“Well, there were a few from Hogwarts, there’s one that works at the Leaky Cauldron, another one that works at Zonko’s, and I know that there are two at my agency—”
Lily smacked the back of his head. “Seriously, shut up now.” She was clearly irritated. “Our friend is going through a very difficult issue in his life right now. Aren’t you, Remus?” When she received no answer, she turned and saw that the door was wide open. He had obviously left. “Way to go, genius. He left because of your hour long list of people you know with the name ‘Rachel.’”
He glared back at her. “Yeah, well, he asked me how many I knew, so I told him.”
Clearly wanting to avoid an argument, Lily looked at her ticket and informed him, “The premiere is tomorrow night. We’d better start figuring out what to wear.” Before James could protest, Lily grabbed his hand and dragged him to their closet.
“Can’t we just Apparate there?” Rachel whined. All six of them were sitting in the back of a limo that Remus had reserved for this evening. Luckily, the window was up so the limo driver couldn’t hear a word they were saying.
James snorted. “Yeah, Rach, that’s a good idea. Let’s see what happens when six people appear out of thin air in front of cameras. That won’t scare them at all.”
“Oh, will you please just shut up?”
All six of the friends looked incredible. James, Remus, and Sirius were wearing suits, and the color of their ties just happened to match each one of the girls’ dresses. Complimenting James’s black tie, Lily was sporting a sparkly black cocktail dress with off-the shoulder sleeves, and simple back high-heels. Matching Sirius’s deep blue tie, Rachel was wearing a short dark blue dress with a black mini jacket, and the same pair of shoes that Lily had on. Maddie was wearing a deep red long dress and matching shoes, going well with Remus’ maroon tie. The funny part was that the only ones that had planned their outfits to match were James and Lily.
As the six of them entered the building, all except Remus seemed to be amazed at the beauty of the theatre. Outside of the room where the movie would be shown was a fancy and sophisticated bar, and celebrities and other famous people were chatting there with each other. Suddenly, two suave and gorgeous-looking men approached the group, causing them to stop drinking in their surroundings, and each addressed Maddie and Rachel, “Hello, miss. May I say that you are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen?”
A blush was shining on both of their cheeks as Rachel and Maddie became flustered. Before Rachel or Maddie could say something, Sirius stepped forward and placed a possessive arm around Rachel’s shoulders. “Excuse me, sir, but we’re heading to our seats now. Have a nice night.”
Without a shocked expression, one of the men walked away from the group and over to a bar. The other man whispered something in Maddie’s ear, causing her to chuckle, and she linked arms with him while following the other man over to the bar.
Seething, Rachel grabbed Sirius by the wrist and led him over to one of the more secluded areas of the building. Once she assured herself that she and Sirius wouldn’t be disturbed, she turned to him with eyes glaring daggers. “What the hell was that?” she whispered furiously.
“Hey, I was just trying to protect you. I don’t know how much I can trust you when it comes to other men. You’ve been known to do stupid things when you’ve been single for awhile.”
Irate, Rachel slapped him across the face and a red mark was left on his usually perfect face. “I am not yours to protect anymore! I understand that my mistake is the reason that we’re not together, but I am sick of you acting like we’re still romantically involved! I’m done with this charade! We’re either together or not, so what’s it going to be?”
Sirius looked down for a few seconds, sighed, and said in a toneless voice, “We’re not together.”
Before he could see the tears that had suddenly appeared in her eyes, Rachel turned away and followed Remus into the room where the movie would be shown. Sirius made to follow them, but Lily caught him by the arm and informed him quietly, “I’m taking James to St. Mungo’s. He’s showing signs of appendicitis, and I don’t want him to die because I said otherwise. Tell Remus we’re sorry.”
“Don’t worry, Lily.” Sirius assured her with a small smile. “He’ll understand.”
“Thanks honey.” And with that, she had disappeared into the crowd. Deciding that it was time to find his friends once again, Sirius made his way into the theatre.
Rachel found Remus sitting in the second row, and took a seat next to him. He glanced her over, and told her very seriously, “You look really lovely tonight. But unshed tears don’t suit you. What’s wrong?”
She looked over at her friend in shock. Her mouth then started to chuckle. “How do you know me so well? You’re as observant as Lily is.” She sighed. “I just had a little run-in with Sirius. That’s all.”
“I’m sure he didn’t mean to hurt you, Rach.” Remus told her. She looked up at his sincere face from surprise. He looked her straight in the eye before continuing, “Sirius cares deeply for you, whether he shows it or not. The last thing he wants to do in life is hurt you.”
“Moony, you’re making it sound like he’s still in love with me.” She laughed. When Remus didn’t say anything, she sobered up. “You don’t think he is, do you?”
“The only that knows the real answer to your question is Sirius. I can’t read his mind, but I can tell you what I think.” He paused, contemplating how to phrase his answer. “I think that he’s confused. I don’t think he’s real sure about his feelings. But my advice to you is to not worry about it. If it’s meant to be, you two will get back together in due time.”
Comforted by his words, Rachel rested her head on his shoulder. She could not see the blush that appeared on his cheeks, but questioned, “You hung around with the most rambunctious group at Hogwarts, so how did you get to be so smart?”
With a small smile, he responded, “All of us were smart, Rach, it’s just that some of us tended to act like five-year olds. I won’t say names.”
“Hey guys, what’s going on?” Maddie greeted them, sitting next to Remus. She looked surprisingly giddy.
“What’s going on with us?” Rachel said incredulously. “What about you? You’re practically bouncing up and down!”
“Well, this actor named Carl Wilton asked me out. And he is so gorgeous, I think I might faint.”
“Carl Wilton?” Remus confirmed. Maddie nodded. “Carl was one of my co-stars in this movie. He’s a newcomer to acting.”
“Who are we talking about?” Sirius wondered, sitting next to Rachel despite the glare she was showing him.
“We’re discussing an actor that Maddie is dating now.” Rachel informed him shortly. Suddenly, she addressed Maddie in a chirpy voice, “I’m so happy for you, honey! It must be so exciting!”
The lights started to dim, and Remus shushed the group. “The movie’s going to start.”
At St. Mungo’s, James Potter was lying on a bed with Lily sitting in a chair next to him, holding his hand. A Healer entered the room and addressed Lily. “Mrs. Potter, your husband is fine. He did have appendicitis, but we’ve taken care of the situation. He should be able to leave tomorrow morning.”
“Thank you, ma’am.” Lily told her gratefully. Her attention was soon turned to her husband who was waking up.
“Lily, am I at St Mungo’s?” he groaned.
“Yes, sweetie, you are.” She smiled at him. “You had appendicitis, but the Healers took care of it, and you’ll be just fine. You’ll need to get some rest, but everything is going to be okay.”
James warmly returned her smile, and then adopted a thoughtful look. “You know, Lily, since we’re here at St. Mungo’s, maybe the Healers will do those tests for us.”
Her eyes widened from excitement. “You’re right! We’ll ask them to do those tests, and then we’ll find out if we’re okay!”
With his mind set, James nodded his agreement. “We’ll know before we leave the hospital.”