“Wait, no. Dad- Please- Just-“ I said, snatching things from his hands.
We’re in Diagon Alley and he was picking up everything; inspecting it. He was fascinated with magic. He has been since I’ve started attending Hogwarts. Whenever I learned a new spell, he wanted me to tell him all about it. He was never disappointed, no matter how useless or meaningless it was.
“Lily! Lily!” He said excitedly. “That man just disappeared!”
I smiled. He had such a kind face. “It’s called apparating, Dad. You start off in one place, think of somewhere you really want to be, then you’ll be there.”
“Is it really that simple?” He asked.
“Well. No.” I paused. “But I thought that was the best way to describe it to you.”
“It sounds amazing.” He was caught off guard when a little boy flew right in front of him. “Lily, did you see that?!?! He was on a broom. A broom, Lily!”
“I saw, Dad.”
“Darling, don’t we have to go to the bank?” My mother asked.
She wasn’t as fascinated with magic when others preformed it, but she loved it when I did. She was a very kind and supporting mother.
“Oh, right.” I said. “Gringotts.”
“My word! Look at that building! It’s HUGE.” My father exclaimed, pointing at Gringotts.
“That’s where we’re going.” I said. “You think after six years of Hogwarts you would recognize that building.”
“I haven’t come every time, Lily. This is only my second. Now you’re going to graduate and I wont be able to anymore.” He said pouting. “Ohh, what’s that?” He continued, pointing at a spell book.
“Honey,” My mom complained, going after him.
I was standing there, abandoned by my parents, when I saw Remus. Overjoyed, I shouted his name, “Remus! Over here!”
As soon as he saw me, he started to move faster. When he reached me, he said, “Lily, I haven’t seen you in a week, but it feels like forever.”
“What a line.” I said, punching him lightly on the arm.
“Did it work?” He asked.
“A little.” I replied, smiling.
Just then, he bent his head down and kissed me lightly on the lips. It only lasted a few seconds because I shoved him away. “Remus, my parents are right over there.”
“I checked to make sure they weren’t looking.” He said defensively.
It was true. My father was flipping through a spell book and my mother was reading it over his shoulders. I kept hearing him mutter words like, “Fascinating!”, “Amazing!”, and “Spectacular!”
“Well, still.” I said, embarrassed. Why was I being so uptight? “Sorry.” I mumbled.
“Does that mean I can do this?” He asked, bending down yet again.
Seconds before his lips touched mine, Sirius interrupted, “Oi! Moony, get a room!”
Thank you, God! I turned away from Remus, smiling. I knew Sirius was good for something.
“Hello there, beautiful.” He said grinning.
“Hey there, handsome.” I said following Sirius’s lead.
“I don’t think I like this game.” Remus muttered angrily.
“Don’t be jealous, Moony. Green isn’t an attractive colour on you.” He paused and looked towards me. “You on the other hand. . .”
“Whatever, Sirius.” I said, looking at the ground.
“No, really. James keeps going on and on about your green eyes.” As soon as I heard James’s name mentioned, my head shot up. Merlin, I was pathetic. “He says they’re beautiful; that they’re the window to your soul. So, obviously green is a nice colour on you.” He said grinning.
Remus suddenly looked up and shot daggers at Sirius. That was my cue to leave.
“Okay, well. I’m going to leave. See? My parents are over there.” I said pointing.
“Isn’t it convenient that James is over there with his parents?” I heard Sirius chime in as I walked away.
“Hey, Mom. Can we go to Gringotts now? I need to buy my books.” I pleaded.
“Not now, darling. Your father and I are talking to Mr. and Mrs. Potter. They’re telling us, and when I saw us I mean your father, about some sort of floo network. It’s quite intriguing.”
“Right then. I’ll just go by myself.” Ugh. I shuddered. Those goblins are so disturbing.
“Actually.” Mrs. Potter said. “Those goblins scare me. Are you sure you don’t want someone to go with you? Why don’t you, James? You need to take some money out for your supplies, as well.”
“Sure.” He said, walking towards me and grinning.
“No, it’s fine.” I said shortly. “I can go by myself.”
“Lily.” My mother scolded. “Don’t be rude. Mrs. Potter was just being kind. It would be polite to accept her offer.”
“Fine.” I mumbled, walking ahead of James.
Why does he always have to be there?
Remus is staring at us. I thought it would be in my best interest, and James’s, to walk separately, but he wasn’t having that. He tried to walk beside me, but I just sped up. At one point, I was sprinting towards the door and James was following me, laughing.
“Umph!” I said when he ran into me.
He kept going, though; pushing me into the bank. Once we were out of the sight of Remus, he grabbed my hand. “Miss me?” He asked.
“No.” It didn’t sound convincing at all.
His face faltered for a minute, but then he smiled. “You don’t mean that.”
“Yes. I do.”
“No. You don’t.” He said coolly. “Otherwise, you would have let go of my hand.”
As soon as he said that, I wrenched my hand out of his.
20 MINUTES LATER; AFTER THEY LEFT GRINGOTTS
“Lily, admit it.” James said angrily.
“I will not because I do not.”
“Huh?” He asked, confused.
“James, I don’t love you.” I said.
“I don’t believe it for one second.”
“That’s because you’re persistent.” I paused, adding in, “and annoying.”
“Ouch, that hurt, Lily.”
“Err! Why are you following me, James?”
“I’m not following you. I have to get these things, too!”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Nothing.” I said.
“Well, then was there really any point of saying it?”
“Leave me alone, James.”
“No.” He said, standing in front of me, blocking the exit for the store. “I’m not leaving until you kiss me.”
“Well, then we’re stuck.” I said.
“Good thing there’s no one else here.” He said, winking.
“Oh, Merlin.” I said as I sunk down against one of the bookshelves.
“Lily! Lily!” I heard a woman shout. “Lily, honey! Where are you?”
I stood up, going for the exit. “James, let me leave. That’s my mom.”
“You know the deal.” He said, grinning hugely.
“Honey! Do you have your things? We have to leave soon!”
“You’re pathetic. You know that, right?” I looked around. “Where’s the shop keeper anyways?”
“Dunno.” James said leaning in. “You don’t want to keep your mom waiting.”
I quickly kissed him. He was shocked and still not leaving his position. “Now move.” Without really hearing it, he obeyed and slid to his right. “Bye, James.” I whispered and I felt my lips tingle once more from his touch.