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Southern Comfort by Muse2488
Chapter 13 : Boyfriends, Girlfriends, the Whole Sha-Bang
 
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His hands were in my hair, on my face, gripping my shoulders. Everywhere. And my hands were roaming through his hair, his face, gripping his shoulders. We couldn't get enough, couldn't get close enough.

"Merlin Paislee..." James muttered against my lips. I pressed his head closer to mine, crushing his lips against mine.

"You're killing me woman." James commented. I said nothing, just continued kissing him. Any moment I didn't spend kissing James was a waste. Unfortunately we heard someone calling for us. I jerked my head up and James lifted his own head.

"Oh my gosh. We're so busted." I said. James looked down at me and grinned. I was still on the shelf with my legs wrapped around James' waist. I unlocked my legs and sat up a bit straighter. I smiled back at James because I just couldn't help it. Those dimples were too stinkin' adorable.

"We'll be fine. I'll let them know we aren't quite finished....talking, quite yet." He said in a seductive whisper. I blushed furiously and started trying to smooth my hair back. James walked out of the shed and I could hear him talking to a deep voice. It was either Freddie or Al. A few moments later and he walked back in.

"Who was it?" I asked.

"Al. Making sure we hadn't killed each other yet." James said with a grin. I rolled my eyes at him.

"What did you tell him?" 

"I told him I wasn't as angry as before but that we were still working things out. Now, where were we?" James asked as he walked back up to me. I blushed again and he chuckled softly before grabbing my chin and lowering his face back down to mine.

We kissed in the shed for a good ten minutes; only stopping for air every few minutes. He was a fabulous kisser. I didn't have anyone to compare him to, but I knew he was fantastic. I didn't want to stop, but once I wrenched his shirt from his body I knew that I needed to before things went too far. James must've thought the same thing because he pushed slightly away from me. We were both breathing heavily, panting as if we had just ran a marathon. I looked up at him and he rested his forehead against mine.

"We should chill out for a sec." I told him.

"I'm not a hundred percent sure what that means, but I'm guessing you're saying we should take a breather." James replied.

"Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying." I said with a laugh. James nodded against my forehead and smiled at me.

"They're probably wondering what we're doing." I said.

"I don't even want to think about what's going to happen once they find out." James said with a groan.

"And what exactly is...this?" I asked pointing to him and then to myself a few times.

"I'm not a hundred percent sure. I know I fancy kissing you and I should've been doing it a lot more often." James smirked. I playfully punched him softly in his rock hard abs. James pretended to be hurt and rubbed the spot I hit.

"What you don't fancy kissing me?" He asked.

"I didn't say that." I told him and smiled despite myself.

"Even if you did I would know you were lying." James smirked.

"Oh shut up." I said with a laugh. "Seriously though, what is this?" 

"I dunno American. I mean, I do have a girlfriend and you have an annoying bloke after you whom you seem to fancy a bit. What do you think this is?" He asked me.

I thought for a moment. James put his shirt back on and faced me again.

"I know that I'd drop Braeden like a bad habit in an instant if it meant I could be with you." I whispered and looked at the floor. The admission suprised me, of course I had been thinking that for months now but I never really said it out loud before. James walked towards me and lifted my chin up so I was facing him.

"You know I've been convincing myself for months now that I didn't fancy you. That all I needed was a distraction. And then Kaelynn cornered me at my party, I was pissed so I didn't really know what I was doing and then all of a sudden we were snogging and she was introducing me as her boyfriend. I don't even remember asking, but I went along with it. Kaelynn was my distraction and it worked for a few weeks. Then you went and started dressing all...well sexy is really the only word I'd use to describe it, and every bloke in school started fancying you and I had to listen to the lot of them describ what they wanted to do to you. I almost hexed a group of wankers in Ravenclaw. And then of course Braeden came into the picture and captivated you. I wanted to throttle him. And at the Ball, he was holding you so close and you looked so beautiful. I couldn't take my eyes off of you. Even Kaelynn noticed me staring. She's quite jealous of you." James said and smiled at me.
 

"I don't see why." I told him.

"She should be. she could never hold a candle to you Paislee. You're funny, smart, adventerous, and bloody gorgeous." 

"Kaelynn's way prettier than I am." 

"Never. Like I said, she's only a distraction. But she never really could divert my attention from you. You captivate me Paislee." James said softly.

"Really?" I asked.

"Really. I feel like I have to do right by her though. Before we start anything I need to finish things with her." James told me.

"I think that's fair." 

"What about that tosser Braeden?" James asked with slight annoyance in his voice. I laughed at that.

"What about him?" I asked.

"Well are you, what was it you said? 'Kiss him in the Great Hall and stake your claim on him?'" James asked quoting what I had said earlier. I blushed.

"No I'm not. But if you don't watch your tone I just might." I warned playfully. James growled and kissed me softly on the lips.

"We're not together. But if he asks me to be with him I'll tell him no, as long as it's because we have a chance." I told him. James stepped back and then grabbed my waist and lifted me off of the shelf and set me on the floor.

"We definitely have a chance." James said and I smiled.

 

 

 

 







Despite every fiber of my being screaming to spill the beans on what happened between me and James, I kept my mouth shut.

We left the shed and had dinner with the rest of the family and pretended everything was A-Okay. James apologized for freaking out so much and assured his family that he was rethinking his relationship with Kaelynn. Dom and Starlene pestered me about what we talked about and I gave them a good story but for some reason I don't think they really believed me. At least I don't think Starlene did. She kept looking at me and narrowing her eyes at me. I knew it was only a matter of time before she ambushed me and forced me to tell her everything but so far I've been in the clear.

My Dad teared up this time as we said goodbye. I promised to write more often and he did as well. I told him I'd see him once we had our Easter break. We were going to meet at the Burrow again of course and Vic and Teddy had decided we would all have our final dress fittings then too. I was excited about it of course, but also a bit apprehensive. I had never been in a wedding before. Heck, I'd never even been to a wedding before. I was terrified that I was going to trip and fall flat on my face in front of everyone. I was however, looking very forward to seeing James in a tux. I'm sure he'd look devestatingly handsome.

We've been back at Hogwarts for three weeks and our homework load was bigger than anything, which was keeping everyone fairly busy. James and Kaelynn were still together but they seemed to be fighting every single day. Many times the girls and I have walked into the common room to a screaming match between Kaelynn and James. How she keeps sneaking into our common room I will never know. I was on my way downstairs when I heard Kaelynn screaming at James again.

"Then why don't you just go and marry the stupid little foriegner!" Kaelynn shouted. I stopped at the foot of the stairs, still concealed by the wall.

"She's not stupid Kaelynn, I wish you'd stop saying that." James said tiredly.

"Well she's not in Ravenclaw so obviously she's not a genius!" Kaelynn argued. I knew she was talking about me.

"So everyone who isn't in Ravenclaw isn't smart? Is that what you're saying? Because in case you haven't noticed, I'm not in Ravenclaw." James said and I could hear the anger in his voice.

"No, that's not what I meant. I'm just sick and tired of you always hanging out with her James. You're my boyfriend." Kaelynn seethed.

"Yeah, and I'm beginning to question why! She's my friend Kaelynn and she's all alone here. She doesn't have any family members or life long friends like the rest of us! She's in a whole different country! For the love of Merlin, she's on a whole different continent! I enjoy her company and I'm going to continue to enjoy her company!" James said loudly.

"No you won't! I won't allow it!" Kaelynn screeched.

"You do not dictate what I do and don't do Kaelynn! I've tried to break it off with you before, but you insisted you'd be better but you're not, you're getting worse. I can't deal with this, I can't deal with you Kaelynn. We're done. And nothing you say now is going to change anything." James shouted.

He's breaking up with Kaelynn? 

Kaelynn's out? 

HUZZAH!!!

My heart started beating faster as I heard Kaelynn screech again at James.

"I can't believe you're ditching me for her!" 

"I'm ditching you because we aren't a couple anymore Kaelynn. We started out okay, but it's gone down hill. Some of this is my fault. I wanted a distraction and you provided that, but the truth is...I don't want to be distracted anymore." James said.

"She's a total bint James! How can you fancy her?" Kaelynn screeched again.

"I've been putting it off too long now. And she's not a bint Kaelynn. Now, we aren't together anymore so get out. Gryffindor's only." James finished in a deadly whisper. I peeked around the wall so I could see Kaelynn's face, it was something that was too good to miss.

Ah, I wasn't disappointed.

Kaelynn looked pissed. And not the British version of pissed, the American version. She screamed and then reared her hand back and slapped James, hard, in the face. I had to cover my mouth with my hand in order to stifle my gasp.

"Your stupid arse doesn't deserve someone like me!" Kaelynn yelled and then walked out of the common room. I waited a few beats and then walked out of the stairway. James was sitting on the couch with his head in his hands.

"Are you okay?" I asked as I approached him. James looked up at me and his left cheek was red. I winced.

"I've been better." James said dryly but smiled at me when I sat next to him.

"That looks painful." I said.

"A bit. I've had worse though. At least now I'm rid of her." James said and smiled at me.

"You should get some ice on that." I told him. He shrugged and then winced as his shoulder touched his cheek. I waved my wand in the air and summoned an ice pack. He looked at me quizzacally for a moment before the ice pack zoomed through the air and into my hand.

"Here." I said and held the ice pack up to his face. I gingerly touched it to his cheek and he hissed in pain as the cold touched his cheek.

"Ouch." He muttered a bit on the petulant side.

"Stop being such a baby." I told him playfully. He scowled at me.

"I'm sorry she hit you." I said.

"It's alright, not like you did it." 

"Yeah you're right. I don't feel bad at all." I said with a smirk. James nudged me in the ribs and I winked at him.

"So what've you and Braeden been up to?" James asked trying to sound casual but failing miserably at it.

"Well, he asked me to be his girlfriend last night." I told him.

Which was true. Braeden didn't know about James and I kissing of course so he thought we were gonna pick up where we left off.

Braeden ate his meals with us and sat by me just like before Christmas break. We hung out after class like before, not as often of course because the obscene amounts of homework we now had kind of kept us all busy, but we studied together a few times. I felt really bad for telling him no when he asked. We were in the common room alone, only because Starlene left to get a snack, and he grabbed my hand.

"Paislee, I've been meaning to ask you something." Braeden had said. I looked at him and before he opened his mouth I knew he was going to ask.

"What?" I had questioned.

"Well, we've been spending a lot of time together lately and we even went to the ball together and I just fancy you so much. Do you think, uh, that is, would you like to be my girlfriend?" Braeden had asked nervously. He was smiling though. And I felt like such a jerk when I answered.

"Oh Braeden. You are one of the sweetest guys I've ever known. You're smart and funny and nice, but..." I had trailed off. Braeden let go of my hand and turned away.

"But?" He had asked.

"But...some things happened over Christmas break and I'm...I think...I may be in love with someone else." I had said softly and looked at my hands in my lap.

"It's Potter isn't it, James?" Braeden had asked. I looked up at him and frowned.

How did he know? 

"I see the way he looks at you. At the ball, you couldn't keep your eyes off one another. Doesn't take a Ravenclaw to see you two fancy each other. I was just hoping you fancied me more." Braeden had said.

"I'm sorry." I had whispered.

"Hey now," Braeden put a hand on my shoulder and I looked up, "you can't exactly help you love." 

I smiled at him. "I'd still like to be friends though." 

He grinned back at me.

"I'd like that too Paislee." Braeden had said.

The memory flashed through my head in a span of five seconds and James sat there and waited for me to continue.

"And?" He asked impatiently. I laughed.

"And I told him that I appreciated the offer, but that I didn't quite feel as strongly about him as he did me." I said. I removed the ice pack and  he winced again.

"So...you two aren't a couple then? And you're not going to be?" James asked.

I looked at him and smiled.

"Nah, there's this crazy haired, annoying as hell, thorn in my side guy I'm kinda fond of." 

"Really now?" 

"Yup. What about you? What're you gonna do now that Kaelynn's out of the picture?" I asked.

"Well there's this short, strawberry blonde, country girl I fancy." James said playing along.

"She sounds like a looker." I said with a smirk.

"Oh she is." James said advancing on me. I leaned back into the couch and he kept coming until I was flat on the couch with James on top of me. His arms on either side of me, holding most of his weight.

"What else do you like about this chick?" I asked.

"She's got the most beautiful eyes. So blue they're almost cerulean in color. I could drown in them." James continued huskily.

"I think you might be exaggerating." I said as I felt myself blush

"She also has the wicked adorable accent. I could listen to her talk all day. She has the cutest laugh too." He continued.

I rolled my eyes.

"It's easy to make her laugh too, wanna know why?" He asked, continuing his game.

"Why?" I asked with a smile.

"She's ticklish as hell." James whispered in my ear.

"James! Don't!" I warned and wrapped my arms around my middle. James laughed and then lowered his lips to mine.

I instantly melted and wrapped my arms around his neck, savoring the feel of his lips on mine. He tasted like honey and I couldn't get enough.

We kissed for a few more moments when he pulled away and looked at me.

"I really want to ask you to be my girlfriend right now." James said.

My heart started beating fast as I felt excitment surge through me.

"I would'nt mind too much." I whispered.

"I think we should wait though." James said.

My heart fell.

Wait? 

Wait for what? I wanted him now!

I soooooooo did not just think that.

James must've sensed my disappointment.

"It's not because I don't want to be with you as quickly as possible, because I do. It's just that I just ditched Kaelynn and if we start dating right now people are going to think you've been a bird on the side the entire time I've been with Kaelynn. I don't want that, I don't want you being looked at in that way." James said.

I agreed with him on that. It made sense and of course I didn't want to be viewed that way either.

Wait. What the heck is a 'bird on the side?'

"What do you mean by bird on the side?" I asked. James laughed.

"I forgot how little you know sometimes." James said.

"Hey!" I replied sounding outraged and I pushed against his chest. James laughed and sat up. I sat up as well and we were sitting on the couch together again.

"It means that I was going out with you and Kaelynn at the same time." James told me.

"Oh. Well why didn't you just say that?" I asked.

"It's an expression American." James said with a smile.

"Well, y'all have the wierdest expressions." I insisted. James laughed and leaned over to kiss me again.

I rather like kissing this man.

And that's when we heard them.

James opened his eyes at the same time I did, our lips still connected.

"We're not alone anymore are we?" He asked against my lips.

"Nope." I told him.

"Think they're all there?" He asked.

"More than likely." 

"Think they'll leave us alone?" James asked.

"What do you think?" I asked him sarcastically.

"No." He sighed and then the room erupted into shouts and applause.

"I KNEW IT!" Starlene screamed as she ran over to the couch and jumped on top of James and I.

"Starlene!" I shouted as I got a face full of her hair.

"You two are such sneaky little prats!" Dom insisted, running over to us and jumping on the couch like Starlene did.

"Dom!" James shouted indignantly.

"You two are sitting here snogging and we didn't know?!" Lily said angrily and followed her cousin's example.

The couch was becoming increasingly crowded.

"I can't believe you two are snogging!" Rose shouted excitedly.

"You know she'll be jumping on you two soon don't you?" Al asked with a smirk on his face.

"You know I will hex the lot of you if you don't get off now?" James said threateningly.

Freddie and Al looked at each other and then at us.

"Get them!" They both shouted at the same time.

"NO!" James shouted but laughter was threatening to spill out of his mouth. Pretty soon Roxanne, Rose, Scorpius, Freddie, and Al were jumping on the couch and on top of us as well. The couch tipped with the weight and we were all sprawled out on the floor with James and I on the bottom.

"What should their punishment be guys?" Starlene asked with a grin.

"They should definitely suffer." Lily said.

"And it should be something they both fear." Freddie added.

"Well, you all know what's next right?" Al asked with a glint of mischeif in his eyes.

James and I looked at one another with puzzled looks.

"Tickle them!" Dom yelled and we were attacked.

"No!" I shouted and tried to fight them off but there were eight of them and only two of us. Starlene found my ribs while Dom had my knees and pretty soon I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. The strange thing was when I heard James laughing.

Now I had heard James laugh before of course because it was normally at me. However, I had never heard him laugh with such abandon before. It was uncontrolled and loud and deep and gorgeous and....

Holy blonde cheerleader batman! James is ticklish!

I snuck a glance at him while fending off my own attackers and saw Freddie, Al, and Lily attacking James' knees and stomach. James was struggling to get away just as much as I was and before I could process anything else Starlene hit that spot again and I was lost.

"O-Okay! We're s-sorry!" I yelled through my laughter.

"I didn't hear James apologize, did you lot?" Al asked attacking his older brother even harder.

"AL! S-Stop! Plehehehease!" James laughed.

"Please is not an apology big brother." Al smirked.

"I'm sorry!" James yelled and finally their assualt stopped.

James and I lay panting on the floor with the couch still upturned and the rest of the gang grinning goofily at us.

"Prats." I panted and glared at them. They all laughed at my use of the British term.

"Brat." Rose replied fondly. I couldn't help but grin at her. I slowly sat up and wiped the tears of mirth from my eyes and James followed suit.

"So, you two are together now eh?" Freddie asked as he slapped James on the shoulder.

"Er...not exactly." James replied.

"WHAT?!" Everyone exclaimed and James and I winced at the screaming.

James told them what he told me and they quieted down.

"We fancy each other and we both have admitted it and are now working on it. Isn't that enough?" James asked.

"For now." Starlene smirked.

Oh Merlin, what have we gotten ourselves into? I thought to myself with a smile.
 

 

 

 

 






A/N: So I know this chapter is bit shorter than I normally write but I really wanted it to focus more on James and Paislee than anyone else. And even though it's much shorter I am oh so pleased with it! What do y'all think? Are you glad this wasn't a run of the mill 'Oh I like you but I have a girlfriend and we can't be together?' I really didn't want to do that to y'all. Please leave me some love! Y'all know it gives me the warm and fuzzies! =]]
 
 
 


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