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They walked through the Great Hall together, and every single eye was on them. Lily blushed, but James took it in stride and practically strutted to the Gryffindor table where Lily was surprised when he sat with her instead of Remus, who was already seated.
After they sat down, James asked, "So how have things been with you, Lily?" And Lily, rather taken aback stuttered her answer after being surprised twice by the same person in about a minute.
"Oh, ok-k-kay, I guess. A-and y-you?" Lily returned, mostly out of habit. James beamed with happiness. Awww... That's so cute! Lily thought, her contradicting voice adding, and arrogant! Get a grip on yourself! God, I'm not gonna get any sleep today with these thoughts running through your head all the time.
"It's been great! And already today has been amazing! Padfoot out of bed early! Wormtail being the one to get him up! Moony gets up at six- thirty! And you down here with- I mean- Well, I meant- I didn't- I was just-" James exclaimed before turning beet red.
"Ecstatic I let you walk me down? Rambling? And, I don't believe it! The James Potter is- it can't be! Blushing? And some say you're smooth talking! Ha!" Lily teased in a mock surprised tone as James turned even redder.
"No, no, that wasn't it, I was- I- well, yeah, actually that's basically charming the hammer to hit the screw on the head, or whatever Muggles say," James admitted shamefacedly. God, for being so uptight, she really knows how to embarrass a guy. Most would say that means she likes you, but me? I think it means she loves you; she just doesn't know it yet. What James didn't know was that the feeling is very much returned by him; he just doesn't know it yet either.
The rest of the meal passed for the most part in a comfortable silence, but polite conversation was attempted a few times, but it sort of fell through as James was concentrating on not saying anything to upset her and Lily was trying to keep her thoughts from wandering to the new side of James she had just seen.
When Lily's friends came down to eat, they shot questioning looks at Lily but the looks were mixed with pride. Lily had finally given in, sort of.
After breakfast, James split up with the girls. Lily found herself disappointed. She had grown used to and liked his presence, but the girls kept him there with conversation the second they were out of earshot of James.
"Lily, what the hell was that? Did you fall for James at last? We're so happy for you!" Alice said.
"No, I didn't. I wanted a reason to hex him when he asked me to let him walk me down so I said yes. I thought he would try something but he didn't. When he sat with me, I couldn't figure out how to get rid of him, so I just let him be," Lily said, realizing she just should've jinxed him then. Damn! She would've usually thought, but it didn't seem to bother her that much right now.
"Come on. Just give him a chance. As in to Hogsmeade, not breakfast. That would be fair. And you'd see he's not as bad as you think, Lils," Kate said unexpectedly. Usually Kate (yes that's how she spells it), whose real name is Katherine, would only say something if she knew both sides and knew which side was really right. What no one knew except for Alice, Emmi (her friends from even before school) and herself so far was that she had dated James once and he had shown her a good side, but she knew that he loved Lily so they split, but not like in a bad way. She talked with him and he admitted that Lily would only ever be the one for him, and she agreed. She wasn't heartbroken, but that also made her think. James and Lily, Alice and Frank, and Kate and ? There didn't seem to be anyone who could fill that spot. Not a single person she knew of.
Again though, there it was. But as the saying goes: 'Love is blind'. And she was to hers. Especially to the person she would fall for in her end.
The others, including some that hadn't said anything just yet, stopped in their tracks to look at her. A very pretty but not dumb blonde, Emmi, asked, making sure to avoid the James thing, " You know, Lily, since that just came from Kate, that practically means that you'll end up married with five kids!" she joked.
Everyone laughed and skipped off to Charms, dropping the subject until afterwards knowing Lily would be in a good mood. As if to aid them, Professor Flitwick said that they would be practicing Cheering Charms for a review. Lily had absolutely no problem and neither did any of her friends. Sirius and Remus got right on the first time. Peter struggled a lot, as he did with all of his classes. This was one of the few he got an OWL in at all. James always excelled in Transfiguration the most but today he looked as if he was putting all his strength into his charm. His mind was very obviously elsewhere as he kept glancing at Lily, who was very undisturbed by this, if she noticed at all.
At the end of class, though considerably happier, the girls walked out the same way as before. Waiting to be out of earshot of the boys so that they could pester Lily.
"Please Lily! Just say yes once! You know you'll love it!" Reiley said.
"I bet she can't do it! In fact Lily, I dare you to do it! I dare you to accept when James Potter asks you out and to stay with him for at least a week!" Kayla dared, knowing it would get to Lily to some extent.
"Alright! I give up! I'll do it! But since there are only two weeks left, not yet. I will decide when to do so," Lily said, her temper cooling down after flaming up at their persistence.
Her friends were all very happy for her. Kate decided that Lily deserved to know what James was really like and, as a bonus, Lily might accept sooner rather than later. Kate wanted to tell her friend right away, but she determined that it would be best if she waited until the other Gryffindors were asleep other than Alice and Emmi before she explained to Lily about James and Kate being together.
The other classes slipped by as if they hadn't even happened. The only thing interesting was that Lily had to stay after class in Transfiguration, their last class before lunch. Lily's friends (which were a lot, since she was very popular) didn't know what that was about yet.
She had used one of the secret passages James had shown her after Professor McGonagall had told her that she was going to have a tutor since McGonagall knew that Lily struggled with it compared to the other classes. The professor also understood that Lily would want to keep her grades up to scratch with the seventh years since she had talked to Lily about the classes Lily would take to become a Healer, which was her job choice.
James had to stay after class also to find out that since he was the best in the class, he would be tutoring her. His heart soared above heaven. This was the perfect way to show Lily he wasn't what she thought. He skipped out of the room and took a passageway he had shown Lily earlier that day. He was so ecstatic that he didn't notice a person ahead of him until he bumped into her.
"Oh- sorry- hi Lily!" he said happily. She looked at him, confused.
"James? What's got you so happy?" she asked, completely bewildered. "Did you break your record on detentions when you stayed after?"
"No, I just get to tutor the most gorgeous, beautiful, kind, caring, and smart person in the whole school!" he said, not quite recognizing whom he had said this too. Then realizing this, he added, "I mean, I'm going to tutor you, if you want. I mean, you don't really seem as though you need it. But, I don't know your grades, so..."
Lily heart was in her throat. If he proved that he was kind, then she would want to go out with him, but would her pride let her? The other thing she thought about was that, even if it did, she couldn't. She couldn't let her heart be broken by the person who most likely held the record for the most hearts broken, second maybe to Sirius.
"Oh. Okay, I'll see you later," she replied flatly, and with that she turned and dashed down the corridor to the hall right next to the Entrance Hall. She was getting ready to walk into lunch when she realized she wasn't hungry.
She turned and started walking down a hallway, thinking, What am I going to do? I can't fall for him the way they all have. I don't just want to be another one of the chicks thrown in the trash after a week, if that. Then as she turned a corner, she saw James and his friends hexing a couple of Slytherins. Yes! Now I can go back to hating him in peace.
James let Sirius talk him into 'having fun' as Padfoot, his empty headed friend, called it. But in regular terms it was hexing people who were generalized as evil, the Slytherins. This is stupid. I don't like this anymore. What if Lily were to walk around that corn-
Lily walked around the corner at that moment. For a second, an odd flash of glee appeared on her face, but then she was gone.
James was still looking at the spot where she had just disappeared, a million and one thoughts going through his head, none of them making any sense except for one word: 'Lily'. In that moment, he realized something that he could never admit. James Potter loved Lily Evans. And he always would.
Love is only half blind now.