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Lyla’s Point of View
Well, it turns out that Lily is a bucket of fun. After we had sent the letter to her inviting her over for a girl’s night, she turned up at the house an hour later. We had never laughed so much with anybody other than the Marauders, but Lily held her own when it came to our unique, crude humor. She also wasn’t as prudish as she puts off to be. We quickly discovered that Lily was kind of a freak, but in a good way.
It was a little weird at first with Blair and Lily, but Blair warmed up to her quickly and they ended up clicking well. Before Lily left the next morning, I decided I wanted to invite her to the wedding. I wanted all of my friends at the wedding and even though she was a new friend, I wanted her there. Blair had a mini freak out about it because she said it was going to throw the seating chart and the food way off. I assured her that everything was going to work out and I’m sure it wouldn’t be a big deal to add one more person.
After the night of the sleepover, when there was no longer anything to distract me, Alexa took me into the backyard to have me just cast a bunch of random spells. She told me I had wanted to do it for months so I should go big and get some of the pent up aggression out of my system. I changed the color of the lavender in the flowerbeds, I watered all the plants with my wand, and I transfigured Little Sirius into a small dog and levitated him all over the place. Needless to say, he wasn’t too happy with me afterward, but it felt so good to do magic again. In a way, it was like I had been repressing an integral part of myself and I was finally able to find that part of me again. Alexa was right; it was therapeutic.
I realized after I had nearly redone the entire backyard that even if I didn’t agree with Remus and even if I was still a little mad at him, I couldn’t just run away from our problems. Alexa tried to convince me to stay until Remus and the rest of the Marauders came back, but I knew that I had to go home; the home that Remus and I shared now. I hadn’t fully forgiven Remus yet and I didn’t know how we were going to work this out, I knew I had to try. I knew I loved Remus even when he infuriated me and that’s all that mattered.
Alexa stayed a couple nights at the apartment with me but it was finally the day that Remus was supposed to be getting back, so there I was sitting alone in the apartment, waiting. While I waited I cleaned the entire apartment, completely by magic, and did the laundry. Once I had run out of things to do and the sky was growing dark as night approached, I took up residence on the couch in the living room and read the Daily Prophet from that day. When I had read nearly every article of the paper, some even twice, I heard a key enter into the lock on the door.
The door slowly swung open and Remus walked in slowly, a bag over his shoulder and looking very ragged. I could tell that this had been a particularly difficult full moon and I couldn’t help but feel guilty figuring it was partially my fault that made it so hard. Still not having seen me, Remus closed the door behind him and then went over to the nearby kitchen counter. He threw his keys onto the surface and then leaned over, resting his arms on the cool marble. He let out a deep breath as he hung his head, clearly exhausted from the night before.
I wanted to go over to him the moment he came through the door, but I couldn’t move. When he finally turned around and saw me, he stopped mid step and just looked at me. He had scratches all over his face and arms and I knew that there were similar ones all over his body. His face was sad but when he saw me I could see a little bit of light creep back onto his face.
Pulling myself off of the couch, I went over to where he was still standing. We both just looked at each other for a moment and then I pulled him into a hug and held onto him tightly. He made a pained groan as I squeezed him so I released him slightly but I never let go. Remus put one arm around my back and one cradled the back of my head where it rested on his shoulder.
Neither of us spoke because there was simply nothing to be said. I didn’t know how to explain it, but as soon as I was in Remus’s hold, nothing that happened the past few days even mattered anymore. I forgave him and he forgave me. I pulled my head back to look at him; I rose up on my toes slightly and then brought his lips to mine, placing an easy kiss on his lips. My fingers traced over several of the cuts and scratches that he had on his body and discovered that they were worse than I had originally thought.
I pulled out of his hold and then took his hand in mine. I led him back into the bathroom off of our bedroom and leaned him up against the sink. He eased himself up onto the counter that surrounded the sink and I got one of the many washcloths that we had for this very purpose. I wetted it slightly and dabbed at a particularly large cut at the top of his forehead. Slowly, he raised his hand and placed it on the one that was currently tending to his wounds. He stilled my hand and brought it to his lips. I gave him a smile and continued. After I had cleaned his wounds the best I could, I cast the vulnera sanentur spell, which knotted up the cuts, and then I applied dittany to the big cuts to reduce scarring.
After drawing Remus a shower and leaving him a fresh set of clothes in the bathroom, I changed into my own pajamas and getting into our bed. Hearing the water turn off, Remus emerged from the bathroom already looking a bit better. He slid onto the bed next to me, simultaneously turning the lamp on his bedside table off. I scooted my body closer to him and he put his arms around me, holding me close. “I’m glad you’re okay,” I said into the darkness of the room.
“I’m glad you forgave me,” he responded, placing a kiss on my forehead and then on my lips. Neither of us fell asleep right away. We just laid there in silence, holding one another and enjoying being together.
When I woke up the next morning, it suddenly hit me that it was the day before my wedding. I was panicking slightly inside but I tried my hardest not to let these nervous feelings show. Remus and I put our fight behind us and attributed it mainly to growing stress put on us by the wedding and the baby. He admitted that he perhaps went a little overboard with restrictions during my pregnancy and promised to ease up on the whole no magic before the baby is born thing.
While last minute preparations were being handled at the church and the Potter’s, Remus and I had a meeting with the gentleman making the cake. He was going to show us the finished product and get us to sign off on everything. After I took a shower and got ready, I noticed that Remus had slipped out. He left me a note saying that he had to pick something up but that he would be back in plenty of time to make it to our appointment.
Remus returned as I was sitting down at the island in the kitchen to drink a glass of water and eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich. I honestly hated peanut butter, and as a child would pretend to be allergic to it to get out of eating it, but ever since I got pregnant, I have had this unnatural craving for peanut butter. Remus placed a kiss on my cheek and then moved to the other side of the island right across from me. “Where did you get off to this morning?” I questioned, taking a big bite of my sandwich.
“I just had to run out and pick something up,” he said mysteriously.
“What did you have to pick up?” I pressed.
“Just a little something for you,” he told me with a smile. My heart started beating quicker and a large smile spread across my face like a kid on Christmas.
“And what is this little something?” I asked, so very excited to see what he had gotten me.
“Even though we put this whole fight thing behind us, I just wanted to get you something to say I’m sorry and to show you I love you,” he said to me. “Also, I think you could use it tomorrow.” I looked at him curiously and then he pulled and long, thin black velvet box out of his back pocket, placing in on the counter before me. I timidly looked at the box and then back at Remus. “Well, go on then,” he said, laughing at me.
I reached for the box and gently pried open the delicate, sleek box. Inside the box was a silver bracelet with alternating blue and clear oval-shaped stones. “I called your mom this morning and she said that you didn’t have anything blue yet so I thought I would take care of that for you. Those are diamonds and aquamarine gem stones,” he explained. I let my fingers trace the dainty bracelet and then looked to Remus yet again. “Do you like it?”
I laughed slightly. “Like it? I love it,” I told him. “This is so beautiful. So completely unnecessary, but beautiful all the same,” I gushed. “This had to have cost you a pretty penny, Remus; you didn’t have to do this.”
Remus took my hand in his and focused on my eyes. “You don’t need to worry about how much it cost and I know I didn’t have to do it; I just wanted to. This is my last gift to you before we become husband and wife and I wanted it to be something special. So, promise me that you won’t obsess about how much money I spent and on all the things that money could have gone toward, and just enjoy the bracelet. Can you do that?”
I smiled and nodded my head. Looking at the bracelet one more time, I closed the box and said, “I can’t wait to wear this tomorrow.”
“I know it will look absolutely beautiful on you,” Remus told me, placing a small kiss on my cheek. “You ready to head to the bakery?” he asked. I nodded, put my dishes in the sink, and then grabbed my bag.
When we got to the bakery, as soon as we stepped into the store, the scent of sugar just filled my nose. “Oh,” I said, grabbing my stomach because the baby kicked really hard. It seemed like every time I came to this bakery the baby went on a kicking spree.
A few minutes later, Mr. Carroll came out from the back and greeted us. “Hello, Miss Parker,” he smiled, offering his hand to me. “Now, is this your fiancé?”
I nodded my head and introduced Remus to Mr. Carroll. “Yes, Mr. Carroll, this is my fiancé, Remus Lupin,” I explained. Remus and Mr. Carroll exchanged pleasantries and then he led us into the room that Sirius, James and I had tasted cake in and sitting on the table was our cake.
I was blown away when I saw the cake. I had left much of the design up to Mr. Carroll and his team and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect cake. This was exactly what I wanted. The cake was three tiers and was covered in a white frosting. A small cluster of blue hydrangea flowers adorned the top of the cake with a single green leaf. At the bottom of each tier, there were delicate frosting pearls piped around the outside and they looked almost exactly like real pearls. There were similar clusters of edible hydrangeas scattered around the cake and the middle tier had what looked like a satin ribbon wrapped around it, held together by the flowers.
“What do you think?” Mr. Carroll asked, looking at the cake with pride.
“It’s absolutely beautiful,” I told him. “You did an amazing job. Thank you so much.” I pulled Mr. Carroll into a hug, which caught him off-guard. Mr. Carroll gave me a smile and said he was glad that I liked it.
Remus gave Mr. Carroll James’s address for delivery and the time that we would need the cake. Mr. Carroll assured us that everything would run smoothly and that he would personally be delivering the cake. We said our goodbyes and Mr. Carroll congratulated us in advance.
When Remus and I got home, Alexa, Blair and all the Marauders were sitting around in the kitchen eating our food. In that moment I completely rethought giving Alexa a spare key in case of emergencies. Upon seeing us, Alexa and Blair jumped up from their seats and pulled me away from Remus’s side. “Well, the time has finally come to split up the lovebirds,” Alexa said. “You two will go your separate ways and then come this time tomorrow you two will be united as one, or something along those lines.” I laughed slightly at Alexa’s inspiring words. “Take a good look, Remus,” she continued, “This will be the last time you see this little lady as a single woman.”
The Marauders gathered around Remus. “Come Moony,” Sirius said, patting Remus’s shoulder, “Say your goodbyes so we can start getting drunk as hell.” I gave Sirius a look and hoped that he was just joking to try and get a reaction out of me.
“You guys mind giving us some privacy?” Remus asked, signaling them to back up a little so we could have a moment. Remus put his arms around my waist and pulled me closer. “You ready to do this tomorrow?” he asked me with a smile.
“I couldn’t be more sure,” I assured him. He placed an unrushed kiss on my lips and then placed another kiss on my forehead.
“Well, Miss Parker, I shall see you tomorrow,” he told me. “I love you.”
“I love you too,” I responded. “And Sirius,” I said looking over to Sirius, “If any of you show up tomorrow even the slightest bit inebriated, I will personally murder every single one of you.” I gave him a sweet smile and Sirius just laughed.
I left the apartment with Alexa and Blair and headed back to my parents’ house. Before lying down to go to sleep, Blair insisted that she put a soothing facemask on me to avoid puffy eyes in the morning and demanded that we get to bed early because, as she put it, ‘there’s nothing more tacky than a tired bride.’ When we finally got ready for bed, I couldn’t fall asleep. The anticipation of tomorrow was gnawing at me and there were a million things running through my mind.
Alexa and Blair had fallen asleep almost immediately, leaving me to my thoughts. It’s not that I questioned for a second that I wanted to marry Remus, but I was getting somewhat nervous about tomorrow and was filling up with anxiety. I suddenly heard a noise at the window. I figured it was just the wind or a bug or something so I just ignored it. Then, I heard the noise again. I quietly got out of the bed and tiptoed over to the slightly cracked window. When I looked out into the backyard, to my surprise, I found Remus looking up me, a handful of pebbles in his hand.
I slid the window open all the way and leaned out of the window slightly. “Remus, what are you doing here?” I questioned, confused as to what was going on.
“I just wanted to see you,” he said. “Will you meet me down here?” he whispered to me. I told him that I would meet him down there in a few minutes and then proceeded to quietly maneuver past Alexa and Blair. If they knew what I was doing, they would be furious.
When I walked outside to the backyard, Remus had spread out a big blanket and was standing next to it with a smile. “What is all this?” I asked, going over to him.
“I couldn’t sleep,” he told me. We both lay back on the blanket and I let Remus put his arms around me and hold me close. “I couldn’t stop thinking about tomorrow so I snuck out past the rest of the Marauders and headed over here.”
“I’m glad you came,” I said, looking up at the clear sky. “I couldn’t sleep either.” We sat there for a while just looking up at the stars and holding each other. Remus walked me back to the backdoor and gave me one last kiss before we were married. I headed back up to Alexa’s room and climbed back into bed. Remus’s visit had put me somewhat at ease and I was finally able to fall asleep.
From the moment I woke up the next morning, we were all running around in a panicked frenzy. I kept thinking that I had forgotten something and had to run and make sure everything was as it should be. Blair was freaking out about everything. She had made up a schedule for us that was literally planned down to the second. There was a makeup artist coming, a hair stylist, and mimosas on the terrace for her and Alexa and a number of other things.
After eating a good breakfast that Mother made for us, we had our makeup and hair done. I wanted all of our makeup to be really natural and nothing too drastic. Alexa and Blair had their hair curled and then pulled back into an elegant chignon with a few pieces hanging down. They looked absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t wait to see them in their dresses. I had my hair curled and left it down.
Alexa and Blair changed into their dresses first so they could help me get into mine. When they came out in their dresses, I couldn’t help but gasp. They truly looked like royalty, so elegant and regal. I then went into the bathroom and slipped on my dress. I stepped out of the bathroom, my veil in hand and smiled at Alexa and Blair who were just staring at me with wide eyes. “Want to zip me up?” I asked them.
Blair quickly came out of her stupor and hurried over to zip up the back of my dress. Alexa walked over to me and I could see the tears welling up in her eyes. “You look absolutely beautiful, Lyls,” she told me, pulling me into a hug. She took the veil from my hands and fixed it into my hair.
“Alright,” Blair said, clapping her hands together, “We’ve got something blue and new with Remus’s bracelet.” I looked down at the delicate bracelet on my wrist and then back to Blair. “And Alexa let you borrow the pins to pin your veil. So, that just leaves something old.”
“I think we can help with that,” my mother said, peeking her head in. She came all the way into the room, Gran following right behind her. They stopped in front of me and smiled. “You look gorgeous,” my mother said. Mother pulled out a handkerchief and dabbed at her eyes. Gran patted her daughter on the back and gave me a smile.
“Your mother and I have something for you,” Gran continued, stepping closer to me, something in her hand. “These were originally my great-grandmother’s and ever woman in my family has worn them on her wedding day. So, it’s only fitting that you should wear them today, and when Alexa gets married, and Lord only knows when that day will be, she will wear them as well.” Alexa rolled her eyes as Blair tried not to laugh. Gran opened her hand and in her palm was a pair of pearl earrings.
I took them from her hand and then pulled my mother and Gran into a hug. “They’re perfect,” I told them and then slipped the earrings onto my ears.
“Well, the car has just arrived,” Mother said, “So, whenever you girls are ready, we’ll be downstairs.” Mother and Gran left the room and I turned back to the mirror to look at myself. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. To be honest, it was all a little bit overwhelming. I just couldn’t fully believe that I was getting married.
Blair scurried about the room gathering all of our necessary items and then she ushered us down the stairs and into the waiting cars. My parents and Gran were already in one car and then there was a second one for Blair, Alexa and myself.
When we arrived at the church, Mom, Dad and Gran went on in. Alexa moved to open the door, but I just grabbed her arm. Alexa turned to me and looked at me, highly confused. “What’s wrong?” she asked, shutting the door.
I just looked straight ahead and started to breath heavier. “I don’t know if I can do this,” I whispered.
“What do you mean you can’t do this?!” Blair exclaimed. “You sure as hell better do this.”
“I’m freaking out,” I told them. “I don’t know if I can get married. I’m not sure if I’m ready to be a wife and a mother. I’m only seventeen.”
“Lyla,” Alexa said, grabbing my face and turning it toward her, forcing me to focus. “Calm down. You can do this, I promise. Do you love Remus?” I nodded my head. “Do you want to raise a family with him?” I nodded my head again. “Well, then you’re ready. I know this is scary, but you just have to get your ass out of this car and into that church. We will be with you every step of the way and when you see Remus, all of your doubt will be gone. You’re ready,” she assured me again. “Now, let’s do this.” She opened the car door again and stepped out.
I followed her out of the car and picked up the bottom of my dress so it wouldn’t drag on the ground. We made our way into a side room in the church where my mother, Father and Gran were waiting. Blair brought in the hydrangea bouquets and we made a few last minute touches, but before I knew it, we were lining up to walk down the aisle. Remus’s parents walked down the aisle first followed by my mother. Next, James and Peter accompanied Blair into the main part of the church and then Alexa readied herself for her entrance.
I linked my arm through my fathers and held onto it tightly. My dad patted my hand. “You make a very beautiful bride,” my father told me. “I am so incredibly proud of you.” He placed a kiss on the top of my head and then it was our turn. The doors opened and everyone in the church rose from their seats. I suddenly stopped breathing and almost forgot to move my feet.
I looked up and found Remus at the end of the aisle. He had the biggest smile on his face, and Alexa was right; as soon as I saw him, I could breathe again and I wasn’t nervous. When we got to the altar, Daddy handed me off to Remus and placed a kiss on my cheek. Remus took my hand and we walked up the steps to where the priest was waiting. I handed my bouquet to Alexa and then turned back to Remus.
It was such a strange thing, when I turned to Remus, it was like everyone else in the church disappeared and it was just us. When it came time for the vows, Remus went first. “Lyla,” he started, “I never thought that I would find someone who could love me for what I am, but you did. You looked past my imperfections and saw me for the man that I really am. You saved me from myself and have made me the happiest I have ever been. I know that I don’t deserve to have a wife as wonderful as you, but for some reason, you chose me and I thank God every single day that you never gave up on me even when I’m impossible to be with. I will love you forever and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”
The tears flowed from my eyes, but all the while, I was smiling. Alexa handed me a handkerchief as I prepared to say my vows. I quickly wiped away the tears and then held the handkerchief tightly in my hands. “You have been there for me, through all of the good times and all of the bad. Even though we have had some rough patches, we’ve gotten through them together and I truly believe that with you by my side, we can overcome anything. I love you so much.”
We turned to Father Michael, who continued. “Do you, Remus Lupin,” he said, looking to Remus, “Take Lyla Parker to be you lawfully wedded wife?”
“I do,” Remus said, looking at me.
“And do you, Lyla Parker, take Remus Lupin to be your lawfully wedded husband?” Father Michael asked me.
“It is my pleasure, to pronounce you, husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.”
Remus gave me a smile and then we embraced each other and shared our first kiss as a married couple. We turned back to everyone in the church and applause erupted. They all stood and looked at us with great cheer. I turned to Alexa and Blair and gave them a hug as Remus did the same with the other Marauders.
“Congratulations,” Alexa told me as she handed my bouquet back to me. I gave her a squeeze and then took Remus’s hand in mine as we prepared to exit the church. Mother and Daddy looked at me lovingly as we passed by, Mother, with tears of joy in her eyes.
After everyone had exited the church and started to head over to the Potter’s, the wedding party filed back into the church to have our pictures taken. “So, how does it feel to be Mrs. Lupin?” Remus asked me as we waited for what seemed like the millionth picture to be taken.
“It feels absolutely wonderful,” I told him. I cupped Remus’s face and brought it to mine for a kiss.
“How many more of these are we going to take?” James wined.
“Stop trying to ruin a perfectly lovely day,” Blair chastised him.
“I agree with Prongsie,” Sirius said. “Moony, I know that this is a big day for you and Lyls, but do you need ten thousand pictures to remember it?”
“You literally don’t have a brain, do you?” Alexa commented to Sirius. “If you ever have a wedding day, you can do whatever you want, but for now, shut the hell up and smile.” I just laughed at my sister. Honestly, nothing anybody said could ruin this day. We all turned to the photographer, smiled and the flash went off.
Alexa’s Point of View
“I am so ready to get this party started.” Sirius said as he leaned back in the seat of the car that was taking us all back to James’ house for the reception. I nodded and fixed a piece of my unruly curls that were starting to come out of their hold and then smiled happily as I looked over at Lyla and Remus who were continuing to stare at each other, not noticing the rest of us along for the ride.
“Oh, the wedding was so amazing.” Blair continued to gush like she had all through the pictures we had been forced into taking. Don’t get me wrong; I loved my sister and I am so happy that her wedding was amazing and beautiful, but after the first 100 flashes, I was going to be seeing stars for at least a week. James smiled at his girlfriend while looking somewhat wearily at her as she continued to wax poetic about the wedding.
I sent a look Sirius’ way when I felt him lean over to whisper in my ear. “I’m so glad you’re not itching to get married immediately.” He said with a wink and I felt my heart beat jumpstart at the thought of myself in a white dress, walking the aisle towards Sirius.
“Well, it’s a bit premature to think about that when you haven’t even officially asked me to go steady again.” I mentioned with a slight frown, pouting my lips and looking down at my bouquet in my lap.
Sirius threw an arm around me and then pulled me into him with a laugh. I couldn’t help the flush that came over me when Blair and James looked our way and then rolled their eyes. Peter, on the other hand, looked like he was ready to bolt from the car as soon as the doors opened. Couple central; I felt bad for the kid.
“Peter, we need to get you hooked up with some family member, huh?” James asked the shorter boy who looked at James and grinned awkwardly. “I’m sure there will be someone there who will strike your fancy; unless, of course, you were planning on saving a dance for Lydia?”
I rolled my eyes at James’ ribbing and then looked out the window as we neared James’ house. “Lyla, we need to start fluffing your dress. If you’re going to be keeping that bad boy on all night you need to look fabulous.” I grinned at my sister who looked at me like I was crazy and then Blair dug around in her magically enhanced bag of goodies (aka her huge as hell duffle bag full of make-up and brushes and everything good).
“I have powder for oily skin, a curling iron to help keep our hair in check, and some sort of magical goo thing that is supposed to keep your makeup fresh; which one do you want?” She asked and James and Sirius exchanged a look with each other before scooting away from Blair a bit. Lyla bit her lip and thought about it for a moment when Remus cut in.
“I like my bride just the way she is, right now.” He said and Lyla smiled happily at him before they exchanged yet another kiss and nose rub.
“Okay, okay! Cut the PDA children; we’re about to arrive in public.” I called towards them as the Marauder’s wolf-whistled and Blair repacked her bag. “Blair, we’ll have to do touch ups later. Merlin knows how Sirius’ skin gets without his powder.” Winking at the outraged boy, I helped gather Lyla’s dress and train as we pulled up to the curb outside of James’ house.
Mr. and Mrs. Potter, along with Remus’ parents and my own parents, were standing outside by the curb ready to greet us as we got out. I marveled at how awesome the scenery was and gave James and Sirius a hearty pat on the back. “You two actually pulled this shit off without majorly screwing something over! Congrats!”
“Alexa Noel!” My mother chided me and I shrugged before taking Sirius’ proffered elbow and hooking my arm around his. The loud din of the party seemed to quiet down as we followed the magically lit lanterns that lined the stone path towards a large fairy-tale looking tent in the back yard. All around were beautiful bunches of flowers, their petals lining the path and mixing with the small stream that ran towards the tent as well. The flowers matched almost perfectly with the dresses Blair and I were wearing and our bouquets seemed to be made out of the exact same kind.
“You all, this is so perfect.” Lyla whispered as she and Remus stopped to look at the stream and the flowers. She grinned so widely I was surprised her face didn’t split in two and then they continued on. From inside the tent, the noise had dimmed down and we stopped to listen to Mr. Potter announce that Lyla and Remus had arrived.
To the sound of many cheers and whistles, the newly married couple entered the tent, followed by the rest of us and we all laughed and cheered as Remus dipped Lyla into another kiss, her veil trailing the back of her dress as she blushed and then was brought back up. Mrs. Potter directed us all to the head table where we would be served our dinner and as we made our way to our seats, I noticed the inside of the tent.
There was a large dance floor, made from hardwood, in the center of the room, directly in front of the table where we would be dining. Then around the dance floor were small circular tables, with floating lanterns and more flowers spread everywhere. Lining the outside of the tent were the buffet tables where people would get their food, and periodically there were small bars placed for drinks.
Currently, in the center of the large flood, there was a small table upon which sat the magnificent cake that had a picture of Lyla and Remus on the top tier. Instead of the bride and groom statue, there was a picture of Lyla and Remus, and in the bottom of the picture, a small ultrasound of the baby. It was perfect and showcased their love for one another and their family nicely.
“I can’t wait to eat.” James moaned from the other side of Remus and I peered over my sister and my new brother-in-law to look at him as Blair did the same. “James!” We both reprimanded at the same time, joined in kind by the mother’s, and he rolled his eyes before shaking out his napkin with a flourish. “A man has to eat, women.”
“Literally, nothing you say ever makes sense but that’s why we love you.” Lyla said to James who smiled and nodded at my loopy-with-love sister. Leaning my head on her shoulder, I laughed along with her. “You’re my best friend, Alex.” Lyla whispered and I smiled while grabbing her hand and squeezing it.
“Right back at you, Mrs. Lupin.” I winked and she beamed and then as if it was ‘magic’ (which I suppose it really was), food appeared on the table in front of us. Not really caring about what the muggles present thought of this display, they were all probably too tipsy to realize at this point, I felt my stomach rumble as I looked at the delicious food.
“I’m not going to lie; this looks fucking awesome.” Sirius said before I could say the exact same thing and we all laughed before digging in. The food was beyond spectacular and I let out a happy sigh as I chewed a bite of the most succulent chicken I’d ever had.
“I don’t care what we had to go through to do this, I am so happy our parents ended up combining forces to cook.” I let out between bites and Blair raised her glass in an ‘Amen’ type gesture as we all continued to eat.
Soon enough, the food disappeared and more people began to mill about and finish their food. As our glasses were filled with champagne, Lyla deeming it okay to have just a little bit for the toasts, I started to get nervous about the upcoming speeches. I knew what I wanted to say to my sister, but I didn’t want to really do so with everyone staring at me.
Finally, as everyone finished and the dirtied plates began to be taken back, Sirius looked at me and nudged me with his elbow. Taking a deep breath, I took the microphone from the DJ and stood up. “If I could have everyone’s attention, please.” I hesitantly said and everyone slowly began to filter to his or her seats so they could look at us all. “Well, uh, first I’d like to thank you all for being here to share this amazing day with our families. I can’t tell you all how lucky I feel to have a sister like Lyla and now a brother.”
I looked to Remus who smiled at me and then I looked down to Lyla. “Lyls, I am so lucky to have an older sister like you. No matter what you’ve always been there for me; and not just because you had to be.” I felt myself start to choke up some as everyone let out a chuckle. “For so many people they don’t have someone that clicks with them, but with you I always know that you’ll have my back. And it’s hard to let my sister go to be a wife and a mother, but I know you’ll be fantastic at both.
“You’re going to be such a great mother to your little girl and I know that no matter what you’ll have Remus there by your side and that makes me happy. I hope that one day I can share the same love that you and Remus have. And just know that I love you, big sister.” Taking a deep breath and wiping at the tears in my eyes, I turned to Remus and fixed him with my best look. “Reems, you better take good care of my sister and little niece. Otherwise, just remember that I know where you live.”
He laughed and wrapped an arm around Lyla before kissing her on her forehead. “I love you both and again, I’m so lucky to have you in my life. And I wish you so much happiness and a fantastic future.” Turning to the crowd, I raised my champagne glass and held it high, “To Lyla and Remus!”
As we all repeated it, I took a small sip and bent down to give my sister a strong hug and a kiss on the cheek. “I love you too, Alex.” She said with a smile and I squeezed her tight again before passing the microphone off to Sirius.
“Lyla,” Sirius started, turning to look at her forlornly, “I guess it’s too late to tell you how deeply in love with you I am.” Lyla laughed and rolled her eyes, while Remus pointed a finger at Sirius and we all laughed at their antics. “But seriously, no pun intended, I just want to say how lucky you two are to have each other. No matter what has happened in your lives, we all knew that it was going to be okay as long as Lyla and Remus stayed together. And now it’s forever. You’ve given everyone and me else belief that true love does exist and that it can prevail.
“I want to thank you two for being there for me and being my best friends. We are all so lucky to have you all here to keep us grounded and I know that no matter what happens, you two have each other. Lyla, if Remus ever gets out of line, you send him to me and I’ll make sure to straighten him out. And Remus, you treat Lyls right, because she’s the best thing to happen to you. Besides me, of course.” I laughed and looked at Sirius as he winked at everyone. “So, let’s raise our glasses again to the best couple I’ve had the good fortune to witness. Lyla and Remus, everyone.”
As we toasted again, I intertwined my hand with Sirius’ and smiled at him happily. There were a few more toasts given, one from James and Blair, then another from some of the parents, then a nice little aside from my Uncle Scott. They were all hilarious and heartfelt, and more than a few times I felt myself tearing up slightly. Throughout all of the speeches, my fingers continued to stay laced with Sirius’ and every so often, his thumb would slide over the soft skin of my knuckles, causing my face to blush deeply.
Finally, when the last toast was given, Lyla and Remus made their way to the dance floor to cut the cake. Sirius, James, Blair, Peter, and myself joined them as they acted all cute and Remus fed Lyla her piece before she shoved a nice little hunk of icing all over his nose and lips. He pretended to be outraged and I laughed and bit my lip as Lyla cackled with joy.
Soon after the cake exchange, and let me tell you I eyed that cake enviously, it was time for Remus and Lyla’s first dance. I was excited to see what the song selection would be, considering Remus had kept it on lock since he had picked it out. The first strings of the song ‘That’s All’ began to fill the air, and I felt my heart just a little bit as Lyla looked at Remus adoringly and he held his hand out to her.
As they swayed on the dance floor, I looked over to James and Blair, who were standing with their arms around each other, swaying slightly as they watched the couple. My parents were smiling happily from the other side of the dance floor, and Mr. and Mrs. Lupin were laughing with the Potter’s over by the cake table. I sighed wistfully and felt someone snake their arms around my waist from behind. Turning to look slightly, I grinned at Sirius who rested his chin on my shoulder.
“Remus sure is a hopeless romantic, even after being married.” He said as Lyla and Remus laughed about something and she put her forehead against his chest.
“They’re so in love. It makes me jealous.” I said while leaning more into Sirius’ chest. My feet were beginning to ache from the heels I was wearing, which were concealed under my pretty dress.
“You know what makes me jealous?” Sirius whispered into my ear and I shook my head slightly. “That dress you have on. Because it’s so close to your skin.” He slowly trailed off and I blushed heavily as the song ended and we all clapped for Lyla and Remus. Sending Sirius a look, I met Blair over at the drink table as Lyla and my father, Remus and his mother, danced to the next song in the traditional dances.
“Ready to party?” I asked Blair and she nodded as she sipped on her pretty pink Cosmo. “Sirius is being inappropriate.” I said in answer to her unspoken question as I held my cool whiskey and soda to my burning face.
“Yes, well, James is picking out china patterns.” I laughed at her quick comeback and she winked at me before waving to Lily who was talking to Monica over by where my uncles and aunts were sitting. She made her way over to the table and I milled around, saying hello to people and making small talk with the guests. Finally, I ended up over next to my mother who wrapped her arm around my waist and pulled me in.
“Doesn’t your sister look lovely?” She mused and I leaned into her embrace as she pushed an errant curl behind my ear. “It’ll be your turn next.” She told me in an ominous voice and I widened my eyes while bumping her playfully.
“Mum, let’s not jinx me. I’ve got at least four good years of being insane before I can even think about it. And then I have to find the right famous person who wants to spend all their money on me.” We laughed as the dance floor opened up to everyone as the dances were all over. With a bow, I took Lyla’s outstretched hand as she made her way over to us. Joining her on the dance floor, we made complete fools of ourselves, being joined soon by Blair and Lily and Monica and a few of our other cousins.
A few songs later, I looked over to see James and Sirius dancing with Clair, and I couldn’t help the look that came over my face. Blair, seeing what I was looking at, gestured them over and we all took turns dancing with the littlest girl, who was fascinated with the way her dress twirled around her ankles as she swung around in James’ arms. Remus joined us soon; a big red lipstick outline on his cheek as he had ran into Gran.
We laughed and chatted, danced and drank, and soon the already setting sun was replaced by the moon and lots of stars. Taking a break from dancing, I walked over to the cake table, utterly disappointed by the fact that there was no more out on the table. Cursing my luck, I was about to get another drink when I turned around and ran into Sirius. “Might I have this dance?” He asked me and I blinked slowly before realizing that the usual fast paced songs we had been dancing to had switched into a more big band, couple dance song.
“Of course.” I told him and he bent down to kiss my hand as we walked over to the dance floor. “Your speech was beautiful, by the way.” I told him and he grinned, just a quick flash of his white teeth before he was twirling me out and pulling me back to him.
“I feel honored that the great speech master herself paid me a compliment.” I giggled and then wrapped my arms around his neck, pulling him down for a quick kiss before we spun around and he twirled me again. After the song ended, I danced with James, Remus, Uncle Scott, and my father a few more times before I made my way back to Sirius for a few more dances.
We spun slowly, my head resting on his chest and every so often as we twirled I would catch a glimpse of James and Blair together, chatting on about nothing, as they were likely to do. Then on my next go around, I’d see Lyla and Remus. They were never really dancing, mostly just swaying and looking into each other’s eyes and occasionally he would lean down and kiss her forehead. The crowd was still thick and the patrons were getting more and more drunk as the night dragged on but everything was perfect. As it should be.
“Sirius, my feet are about to fall off.” I whispered as the song switched from a subtle slowness to a much quicker and livelier pace. With a grin, he looped the arm that was around my waist around my knees and swept me up into his arms as I laughed. “Oh, my hero!” I put my hand against my forehead as if I were overcome with a fainting spell as his deep laughter rumbled through his chest.
“Milady.” He pulled a chair out for me and deposited me there while I pulled my heels from my aching feet. Taking on of my blistered heels in his hand, Sirius slowly began to massage the aches and pains from my soles. I watched him intently, then closed my eyes and smiled to myself. “Alex, I wanted to ask you something and I don’t want you to freak out or anything.”
Opening my eyes again, I looked at where he was sitting across form me. “As long as you don’t ask me to rub your feet I’m sure I won’t freak out.” I sent a quick glance to his dress shoes and then met his eyes. He laughed before pulling my chair closer to his. Tucking my legs under my body, I adjusted my dress and then focused my attention on him again.
“It’s pretty obvious that I like you and that I haven’t stopped liking you for quite a while now.” He pushed a hand through his hair and then flicked his fallen bangs out of his eyes. I sat still, biting my tongue, not wanting anything to pass me up. For once, I exercised patience. “And you’ll never know how sorry I am for everything that happened last year. But I want everything to be right this time around. I would really like it if you would be my girlfriend again.”
The small smile that tilted his lips was hopeful and I couldn’t help the wide grin that broke out on my lips as he finished. “Oh, Sirius,” I said while reaching out to take his hands, putting my free hand up to his cheek. Stubble was starting to grow from the long day and it made his good looks even more roguish. “I’ve been yours longer than you’ve even known.”
We met in a slow kiss, his lips resting on mine and applying just the lightest pressure. It was sweet and loving and so different than any of the kisses we had shared in the past. When we pulled apart, I blushed deeply, feeling as if I had just experienced my first kiss all over again. As we continued to sit contentedly, holding hands and looking out to the dance floor, Blair came running over to us, dragging James along with her.
“Come on, you two! Lyla and Remus are about to depart for the night! It’s time to catch the bouquet.” Blair grabbed my hand and pulled me from my seat and I grabbed for my shoes as we made our way to the dance floor where Lyla was standing and looking at all the girls and women from the reception.
She winked at Blair and I before turning around as we all counted down and with a strong toss; she launched the flowers over her head. I moved back, trying not to be caught in the struggle for the flowers, when the bouquet fell perfectly in the lap of one Lily Evans. We laughed and joked, as Lily blushed as red as her hair and smiled at everyone.
Walking over to Lyla, I gave her a hug and then stood back, my hands on my older sister’s shoulders. “Don’t forget to use protection.” I said with a grin and she laughed loudly while placing her hand on her pregnant belly.
“A bit too late for that advice, Al.” She pulled me in for another hug and then squeezed my hand.
“I’m so happy for you, Lyls. Really, you deserve everything and a happy life.” I said, feeling myself tear up slightly. “I’ll see you tomorrow afternoon, yeah?” She nodded and then I handed my sister off to my parents while Sirius came up behind me and placed a hand on my waist.
“Ready to go?” He asked while holding out my cream-colored wrap, bag, and shoes. I nodded and went to tell my parents goodbye before meeting Sirius back outside of the Potter’s house. Taking one last look at the beautiful tent, stream, and garden that was used for the reception, I grabbed Sirius’ hand so he could apparate us back into my back yard.
We made our way up to my room, which was a mess of clothes I had packed for Italy and the things we had used to get ready for the day. Stripping out of my dress, I quickly rid myself of my strapless bra and slipped one of Sirius’ old sweaters over my head while pulling up my pajama shorts. Sirius came out of the bathroom in a pair of plaid pajama pants and a black shirt, rubbing a hand over his face.
After washing my hair and brushing my teeth, I climbed up onto my big bed where Sirius’ sat with my cat, rubbing his soft ears. “Aw, little Sirius missed all the excitement today.” I said in a baby voice and my cat padded its way into my lap. I stroked his soft fur before looking over to Sirius who was watching us. “You know, I never got any of that cake.” I lamented with a sigh and Sirius’ eyes lit up before he bounded from the bedroom.
I looked at Little Sirius with my eyebrows raised before I shrugged and continued to play with his tail. Within a moment, the door to my bedroom opened again and Sirius walked in, levitating two very large pieces of delicious looking wedding cake and two tall glasses of milk. I smiled widely and felt happy little butterflies fill my gut.
“You’re literally the best ever.” I told him as he climbed back on the bed and held out a piece of cake and a glass to me. Reaching over before I took a bite, I kissed him on the nose and then pulled back. “Best day ever?” I asked him through a mouthful of the delicious cake.
“Best day ever.” He said with a wink and we sat in happy contentment, eating our cake and playing with Little Sirius.
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