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The Untold Story of James and Lily by hothoney111
Chapter 21 : Chapter 21 - Welcome to Miami
Rating: MatureChapter Reviews: 48

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This chapter contains a scene of a mild sexual nature (non-graphic sexual situations and suggestive language). Take note that you can skim over it and still follow the story.


Lily sighed as she waited in the Entrance Hall for the Marauders. She and Lauren had been waiting for almost twenty minutes now. Tasha was supposed to be meeting them in Hogsmeade so they could all apparate back to Potter Manor together. Lauren looked over at her amusedly. “That’s the fourth time you’ve sighed in the last five minutes, Lily.”

Lily grumbled, but she managed a small smile. “Well, it was one for each of them then. James said he was going to help them pack, but I didn’t realize it would take them all forever.”

Lauren laughed. “It’s Sirius. He probably never even started packing to go home.”

Lily nodded knowingly. “It wouldn’t surprise me. However, they should all be able to use the packing charm. It takes what? Five seconds?”

Lauren gave her a look. “You’re kidding, right? I saw James attempt that charm once and his clothes all piled into his trunk like a hurricane went through all of his things. He has all the patience in the world for transfiguration, complex wards, powerful magic, and the like, but for everyday charms, he’s hopeless. He’s mastered a few that he uses regularly, but the only one I saw him actively practice was the one for correcting his vision so he can get away with not wearing his glasses every once in a while. Even then, it only lasts him a few hours at most— hence why he sticks with his glasses. Sirius has no patience in general so needless to say, I find he’s rather hopeless at quite a bit.”

Lily chuckled. “That’s funny.”

Lauren sighed and leaned against the wall with a smile. “I can’t wait to go tomorrow. We’ll be lying on an awesome beach, I’ll be getting a great-looking tan, and there will be cute boys everywhere I look.”

Lily looked over at her with a smirk. “You’re completely boy-crazy.”

Lauren cocked her eyebrow at her. “And you’re not, Miss ‘I’m Always With My Boyfriend?’”

Lily smiled at her. “I suppose you do have a point.”

Lauren giggled. “I think you two are adorable. I hope I eventually meet someone I want to spend all my time with.”

Lily sighed while she thought about James. “You will.”

Lauren nodded, but then turned to her tentatively. “Do you know why I’ve always wanted to go to Miami? Did Jimmy ever mention it?”

Lily was curious. “I don’t think so. I just remember the both of you always saying that you’ve always wanted to go.”

Lauren sighed with a sad smile. “That’s how my parents met. My Mum and Aunt Judy took a trip to Miami one year while they were in school. My Mum met my Dad there, and they continued corresponding and whatnot. After her graduation and a few trips back and forth later, my Dad moved out here to be with my Mum. They were married a year or so after Aunt Judy married Uncle Drew. She was always a step behind Aunt Judy, marrying second and having me after she had James, but my Mum always boasted about falling for my Dad before Aunt Judy fell for Uncle Drew. It was funny.”

Lily watched Lauren quietly as she spoke about her parents. James never talked about them, probably because he didn’t want to offend Lauren or bring up bad memories. “You must miss them a lot.”

Lauren nodded a bit, but looked away with a small frown. “Yes and no. It happened when I was so young. I mean, I remember certain things about them, but Aunt Judy and Uncle Drew were great parents. Jimmy has always been there for me too.” She shook her head, her face brightening. “Anyway, I’ve always wanted to go to Miami to see if something like finding my someone special out there could happen to me too. It’s unlikely I know, but…”

Lily nudged her in the arm with a grin. “It’s not unlikely, Lauren. And even if it doesn’t happen, you can sure have fun testing out the hopefuls as you go along.”

Lauren looked back at Lily shocked. “Don’t let Jimmy hear you giving me that advice.”

Lily gave her a look. “Lauren, I did not mean that in the extremely dirty way you just took it.”

Lauren giggled. “I wouldn’t do THAT.”

Lily nodded her head. “Good because if James ever found out you did that after knowing a guy for a day or two, he’d maim you.”

Lauren sighed, lowering her voice as she looked around. “How long did you two wait?”

Lily looked around as well before eyeing her curiously. “I figured you knew. Valentine’s Day.”

Lauren giggled. “You did look overly beautiful that night, my dear. I should’ve known what you were up to. He wasn’t a prat?”

Lily bit her lip to keep from smiling like an idiot as she remembered that night, and the many other fun nights the two of them had had since. “No. Not at all.”

Lauren sighed dramatically. “Damn. No blackmail material.”

Lily rolled her eyes and glared at her playfully. “James really is a gentleman, you know.”

Lauren nodded, her eyes twinkling. “I know, but it’s so fun to mess with him.”

The two of them continued to giggle with one another for a bit before they finally heard a loud laugh that was distinctly Sirius. The group eventually rounded the corner as they came out of the corridor. Both girls immediately turned to them with unimpressed expressions for having to wait so damn long, but Sirius just held up his hands innocently. “I swear it wasn’t me.”

Remus pushed him, scoffing. “Are you kidding? We practically had to pack FOR you.” He turned to the girls apologetically. “Sorry, ladies.”

James rolled his eyes at Sirius before leaning down to pick up Lily’s things. He turned to the rest of them, gesturing for the door. “Let’s get a move on. The last set of carriages is supposed to be leaving in any minute. We’re bound to be the last ones. Thanks soooo much for that, Padfoot.”

Lily tried to grab some of her stuff back from James, but he insisted on holding everything for her. She eventually took his arm with a sigh. “So stubborn.”

James looked down at her, smirking a bit. He leaned over to kiss her forehead and whispered into her ear, “You, Lily love, are the stubborn one.”

The ride to Hogsmeade went rather quickly, and right after saying goodbye to Peter, they met up with an extremely bored Tasha sitting in front of the Three Broomsticks. She must’ve been in one of the first sets of carriages if she had already got there that quickly. She rolled her eyes at Sirius. “Took you long enough.”

Sirius gave her puppy dog eyes. “How’d you know it was me?”

She gave him a look. “When isn’t it?”

Sirius laughed. “Touché.”

Both Lauren and James apparated to Potter Manor so James could show Lauren how to adjust the restrictions on Potter Manor. After a few minutes, James eventually apparated back by himself. “You guys can come along now.”

Sirius nodded and immediately apparated away. James turned to Tasha curiously. “Have you passed your test yet? Do you need me to take you?”

Tasha sighed. “Yes and no.”

And with that, she apparated away. Lily smiled at him cheekily. “Race you there.”

James rolled his eyes, smiling, as he watched her apparate away. He gestured for Remus to go ahead before he apparated back home himself.

He helped Lauren close off apparition before looking back at everyone. “Ok. We’re supposed to leave tomorrow at noon with the International portkey. Sirius, remember to be ready this time.”

Remus frowned at him, before asking, “Do they know about me?”

James nodded reluctantly. “Unfortunately. It was a question on the form I had to fill out for the portkey. Since you’re leaving before there’s a problem, it shouldn’t be a big deal. I made sure to put that information on there after I checked yes. I’m just hoping they don’t give you a hard time when we arrive. I mean, everything was approved so there shouldn’t be too big of a hassle.”

They all looked at Remus sympathetically after James spoke. Lily felt awful at seeing Remus’ face fall. This was supposed to be a fun week away, and he had to constantly worry about being treated differently everywhere he went; not to mention, have to look forward to a full moon transformation about every twenty-eight days. It really wasn’t fair.

Everybody soon made their way up to the West Wing of the house. Remus piled into the first room on the right, across from Sirius; Lauren and Tasha both went into her room, giggling with one another. Lily, meanwhile, just followed James into his. He looked at her curiously. “I won’t mind if you wanted to take your own room, Lils.”

She just sighed as she sat on his bed. She watched him set down their things before looking up at him. “Nah. I’d just end up in here anyway. I like sleeping next to you. Besides, it feels weird sleeping alone now, in a good way.”

He nodded at her words with a smile as he sat down next to her. He kissed her lips gently before laying back on his bed with a sigh. “I agree. I just didn’t want you to feel uncomfortable around everyone. I want you to be happy.”

She shifted on the bed so she could look down at him as she sat. She cocked her head, smiling at him as she ran her fingers over his stomach. “I am happy. They all know anyway; well, maybe not Tasha, but she could probably figure it out. We have been dating for almost five months now, you know.”

James grabbed her hand resting on his stomach in his own and began running his fingers over her palm while he looked at her. “I knew that. I suppose it makes no difference then.”

Lily nodded, and when he met her beautiful green eyes once more, they were filled with excitement. “What do you want to do first?”

He smiled at her. She was adorable when she was excited like this. “I don’t care. Swim, lounge around in the sunshine, shop, eat at restaurants, take walks, whatever you want. As long as I’m with you, I’m going to be happy.”

Lily chuckled. “If you add taking me out dancing to that list, it’s a deal.”

James groaned playfully. “If you insist.”

She hit him lightly in the stomach as she smiled at him. “I do. You just won’t admit that you like dancing.”

He sighed, conceding slightly. “I like dancing with you.”

Lily observed him quietly. He had closed his eyes as he played with her fingers which were still resting on his stomach. She watched as his chest rose up and down steadily as he breathed. The weather had warmed up a bit so he was just wearing a dark blue t-shirt which showed off his muscular arms along with a pair of jeans. He had no idea how sexy he was sometimes. She knew that he knew he was good-looking, but the effect he could have on a female, particularly her, seemed to evade him. She was looking forward to this trip for many reasons, but she was especially happy that she was basically going to get to stare at his chest and stomach muscles all the time while they were on the beach. She knew he would probably say the same about her in her bikini though so she didn’t feel that guilty. When she didn’t reply for a while, he opened one of his eyes and found her staring at him. He cracked a smile. “What?”

She shrugged as she continued to look at him. “Nothing. I can’t look at you?”

James could feel a blush start to creep up from the back of his neck. “You’re the beautiful one. I should be staring at you. In fact, I do it all the time.”

She chuckled. “I know you do. That doesn’t mean I can’t look at you. You’re handsome.”

He gave her a small smile, and brought her hand up to his lips to kiss it. “You’re sweet.”

She leaned over him a bit, feeling her heart flutter as he looked over her body. “I love you.”

His hazel eyes immediately met her green ones, and one of his hands pushed some of her hair behind her ears. “I love you too.”

She leaned down further to kiss him, keeping the kiss slow and delicate. He gently pulled her down so she was resting her weight comfortably on top of his chest. After a few seconds of kissing him, she pulled back slightly to look at him. She was quite comfortable while she was leaning on him so she remained where she was. “Thanks for letting me come on this trip with you.”

James looked at her like she was crazy. “Are you kidding? I wouldn’t want to go with anyone but you. Even Sirius.”

Lily was slightly surprised. “This trip is for Lauren, I thought?”

James laughed. “Well, yes it is, but that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from it too. Sirius will be basking in bikini-clad American girls while I get to bask in my beautiful girlfriend. Besides, you and I can both consider the trip an early birthday present if we wanted to. I‘m still going to get you something though, although I haven’t figured out what yet.”

Lily gave him a look. “My birthday is still about a month away.”

James nodded, his eyes twinkling. “I know that, but I have to plan out my present for you in advance. Mine’s a week before yours.”

Lily chuckled. “I knew that. You and the Marauders wouldn’t let anybody forget about it last year.”

James shrugged. “That was mainly Sirius. He’s a little overzealous sometimes.”

Lily rolled her eyes playfully. “You know you act like an overgrown kid when you’re with him. I don’t know who you’re trying to fool.”

“Is that so?”

Suddenly, James was tickling her sides, causing her to shriek and laugh as she tried to pull herself away from him. After a couple of minutes, Lily was out of breath and still giggling hysterically, but she had gotten James some too. He eventually pinned her a bit on his bed and looked down at her with a smile. “I win.”

Lily pouted, but said defiantly, “I let you.”

James’ eyes were filled with amusement. “I’m sure that’s exactly what happened.”

Lily nodded, her eyes twinkling. “It was.”

His eyes gazed over her entire face before he leaned down to kiss her. He nibbled at her lips a bit before he deepened the kiss with his tongue. He felt her fingers slide into his hair, but when a sudden crack filled the room, he pulled away from her abruptly. He turned around to see Reeny looking at him, almost cringing, while she rubbed her ear nervously. Her voice was even higher than usual. “Reeny did not means to disturb James.”

James sighed as he pulled Lily up to a sitting position next to him. “It’s ok, Reeny. Is dinner ready?”

Reeny nodded, still looking upset over disturbing him. Lily eyed the poor thing. She didn’t want the elf to think she did anything wrong. “Reeny, you don’t have to be upset, really.”

Reeny looked over at her in surprise. “Miss Lily is too kind.”

James chuckled over Lily’s face at being called ‘Miss Lily.’ A pretty blush stained her cheeks, and she was looking anywhere but at him or the elf. He turned back to Reeny with a grin. “We’ll be down in a minute. You can feel free to alert the others, ok?”

Reeny nodded and with a snap of her fingers, she was gone. He turned his attention back to Lily, who was shaking her head. She looked up at him and was not amused to see him smiling at her cheekily. “That was not funny.”

James chuckled. “Sure it was…Miss Lily.”

Lily punched him in the arm, and he groaned before he started to laugh harder. Lily humphed and crossed her arms in front of her while he laughed at her. He eventually sobered up, pulling her into a hug and nuzzling her neck. “It’s just how she and the other house elves address women. Lauren has tried to get them to stop, but they won’t. It was hard enough for them to get used to the idea of not calling me Master James, but since it’s an order, they do it even if they don’t like it.”

She sighed into his shoulder before lifting her head back up to look at him once more. “Then, I guess I’ll have to not be surprised by it. So dinner?”

He kissed her lips quickly as he pulled the two of them up. He took her hand and led her out into the hallway. “Dinner it is.”



James put his hands on top of Lauren’s shoulders to calm her. “Whoa, killer. We still have five minutes.”

Lauren rolled her eyes and humphed at him. “I hope he does get left behind. Then, he’ll be screwed while we all enjoy the sunshine.”

James shook his head at her with a smile. “He would destroy the house, Lauren. We can’t leave him behind.”

Lily sighed dramatically. “Leave this to me.”

James watched his incredibly beautiful girlfriend head up the stairs. He glanced over at Remus, raising his eyebrows a bit. Remus smiled gleefully and began a countdown, “5…4…3…2…”


Suddenly, they all heard someone barreling down the stairs at full speed. Sirius ran into the living room with his satchel on his shoulder, looking like a deer caught in headlights. Lauren, Tasha, Remus, and James were laughing at him hysterically when Lily walked calmly back into the room a few seconds later, looking quite satisfied. Sirius immediately backed away from her, holding his hands out in front of him, forming an X with his two pointer fingers. “Stay away. You’re evil.”

Lily chuckled at him. “No, I just know some really amazing charms.”

Lauren giggled. “Lily, I think we should talk.”

Lily smiled wickedly. “An-y-time.”

James wrapped his arms around Lily, kissing her cheek. “I can never thank you enough for your amazing magical prowess over Sirius.”

Sirius scowled at the lot of them. “Shut it.”

James looked at his watch before pulling over an old sneaker. “Hands on, people.”

It took about a minute or so, but the sneaker suddenly turned blue. Lily felt the familiar pull at her navel for portkey travel, and they were immediately thrust through time and space. Almost instantaneously, they had arrived in an unfamiliar location with witches and wizards at various checkpoints. Lily would have landed incredibly hard on the ground had it not been for James hanging onto her. She had only traveled by portkey once before, but apparently, he had traveled by portkey way more often because he didn’t seem to have any trouble landing on his feet. An uptight looking wizard gazed at the lot of them over a clipboard. “Potter and Black party. Please sign in and check your wands at the front desk. You are in the muggle Miami International Airport in a hidden area for magical arrivals. There is a door that can lead you to the muggle venue, but there are also apparition locations if you know where you’ll be heading. Enjoy your stay in Miami. It’s currently 81°F outside.”

James frowned at the wizard when he noticed him eyeing Remus rather carefully. Obviously, they were going to have more problems than he had thought. He hoped nothing too severe. It wasn’t right to treat him so differently. James took Lily’s hand and followed the group to the front desk. Tasha and Lauren signed in first before stepping off to the side, looking out the airport window in awe over the muggle airplanes. Sirius stepped up all cockily while he flirted with one of the witches behind the desk; they barely checked over his wand before he was told that he could go. He immediately joined Lauren and Tasha, talking animatedly with them. James urged Lily to go ahead of him. She handed over her wand as she signed the piece of paper. One of the witches looked her over rudely before saying, “10 ¼ inches, willow, a female unicorn hair, correct?”

Lily nodded at her assessment. The witch eyed her more interestedly. “Quite a rare combination. Powerful wand.”

James smirked. “For a powerful lady.”

Lily gave James a pretty smile, but the witch just frowned and held out her hand for his wand. James handed it over as he signed in on the paper. The witch looked at him appraisingly. “11 inches, mahogany, dragon heartstring, is it?”

James also nodded as he took it back. As soon as it was back in his hands, it let out some scarlet and gold sparks. James shrugged sheepishly at the witch’s surprise. “It sorta only likes me touching it.”

The witch watched him curiously. “Also a powerful wand. You should get it checked if it does that though.”

James nodded, but Lily was sure he wasn’t going to do anything about it. She had personally used his wand successfully a couple of times before so she was sure there was more to whatever he was hiding about his wand than he was letting on. Remus came up behind James, looking more than a bit nervous. He handed over his wand and signed in quickly. He was standing there almost rigidly as she surveyed his wand. The witch didn’t say anything, and instead, just looked up at him almost coldly. “Could you come with me please, Mr. Lupin?”

Remus practically deflated. James jumped in front of him before he could go with her. “Why does he have to go anywhere?”

The witch frowned, but could immediately see that the guy being a werewolf had no bearing on his friends. Both James and Lily were eyeing the witch in irritation while Remus looked embarrassed. Remus touched James’ arm to calm him. “It’s ok, James. I’ll be right back.” He turned to the witch. “Right?”

The witch nodded and looked a little less upset over everything. “There’s just one extra step for you, Mr. Lupin. If you could follow me please.”

About twenty minutes later, Remus came out from the back looking drained. All of them stood up, ready to make a fuss, but Remus put his hands up. “Just a lot of questions and a blood test. It’s nothing I haven’t had to go through for a general physical before. They also discussed my separate International portkey for Wednesday. It’s going to drop me right at my house.”

Sirius frowned. “Still, they shouldn’t have treated you like they did.”

The rest of them were nodding fervently. Remus sighed. “It happens everywhere, guys. They’re just being cautious. They don’t have many out here so they were especially concerned with me possibly being here during my time of the month is all.”

James sighed and gestured for everyone to go to the apparition location. “Let’s jumpstart our fun-filled week and forget about all of this.”

When they made it over there, Sirius instantly held out his arms for both Lauren and Tasha, wiggling his eyebrows. “Ladies, let me guide you to paradise.”

Lauren rolled her eyes while Tasha giggled a bit. Both of them locked arms with Sirius, and he winked back at James, Remus, and Lily before apparating away with the girls. Lily shook her head with a smile. “He’s such a goof. The American girls are not going to know what’s hit them. It’s a shame that all girls are suckers for guys with foreign accents. He’ll get girls without even really trying.”

The boys laughed at her assessment. Lily was already holding James’ hand so Remus placed his hand on James’ shoulder so the three of them could follow. James immediately apparated them to the townhouse. As soon as they arrived, they heard the girls’ shrieking and Sirius’ loud laughter so they were sure they were in the right place. The townhouse was a huge white home with a large wraparound deck. There was a sandy beach right in front of them leading straight to the ocean. Lily admired some of the house’s features upon entering the place. It had a large living room area with two couches, pillows, a TV, and more. The kitchen came right off of the living room area where there was an island countertop separating the two rooms. There was another room leading out to the deck near the stairwell. Sirius ran down the stairs just then, his grey eyes filled with excitement and mischief. “This place is fantastic! The girls claimed the far back room on the top floor. I claimed the first one up the stairs so when I bring a lady home, I don’t have to go very far.”

Lily rolled her eyes while the guys smirked. Remus shook his head at him. “Sirius, you are such a playwizard. I feel bad for all the un-suspecting American girls.”

Sirius shrugged, smirking. “That’s why you’re coming with me. Your Mr. Sensitive act will help me woo the ladies.”

Remus eyed him disapprovingly, but James just sighed. “Well, at least let us know if you bring home a muggle. We’ll need to know if we need to limit our magic use. Send us a patronus at the house or something.”

They all made their way upstairs and into their respective rooms to change. They were wearing clothes more appropriate for back home, which would not work in this weather. Remus grabbed the second room near Sirius while James and Lily went up to the top floor and took the room just off of the stairwell. James couldn’t help but watch as Lily pulled her jumper over her head with her back to him as they changed in their room. She unsnapped her bra from behind, and he was literally staring. Lily didn’t even look back at him when she suddenly said, “James, stop staring at me and change.”

James guffawed. “How’d you know I was staring?”

She glanced back over her shoulder at him with a cheeky grin as she adjusted her green bikini top, pleased to catch him without a shirt on. “I just know.”

James rolled his shoulders to rid himself of his dirty thoughts as he dug through his bag looking for his swimming shorts. There’d be plenty of time for that later. “You’re beautiful. What can I say?”

She finished changing quickly before she hugged him from behind, leaving a kiss on his back. He merely continued looking through his magically expanded satchel, although she did feel one of his hands run over her forearms that were wrapped around him as he continued his fruitless search. She took pity on him, whipping out her wand. “Accio.”

His swimming shorts flew into her hand, and she merely held them out for him. He took them from her hand with a sigh. He quickly changed into them and threw on a t-shirt. When he finally looked back at her, he whistled. “Wow. You look amazing.”

Lily looked down at her outfit. She was wearing a short jean skirt with a white tube top over her emerald green bikini. She had pulled on a pair of sandals and was holding a pair of sunglasses. She shrugged with a smile. “I want a tan.”

James chuckled and kissed her gently. “You’ll be sure to get one. Let’s go to one of the public beaches so I can show you off.”

Lily rolled her eyes playfully. “How can I say no to that?”

They waited for Remus on the landing before they made their way downstairs to join Sirius and the girls. James looked over at Lauren, slightly concerned. “Do you have your necklace on?”

Lauren gave him a look. “What will it take for you not to worry about me, Jimmy?” He just kept staring at her in response so she rolled her eyes before she continued, “Yes, I have my necklace on.”

James nodded. “Good.”

Sirius punched him and whined at him, “Forget about that right now. The girls are calling for me, Prongs. We have to go.”

Both Sirius and James apparated them all to a safe point close to one of the nearest public beaches. As soon as they made their way onto the very packed beach, they found a common spot to meet at before Sirius hastily dragged Remus with him to go chat up the ladies. Lauren and Tasha were giggling together and told James and Lily that they were going to walk around. Lily knew that they were really going to go boy watching. James turned to Lily inquisitively as the girls walked away. “I think we just got ditched.”

Lily chuckled. “I think you’re right.”

The two of them laid out in the sunshine, chatting about everything. James enjoyed watching her lie around in her extremely tiny bikini more than anything else. They had both become quiet in their relaxation after a while, but that was all shot to hell when he was suddenly covered in cold water. James leapt to his feet spouting out a string of swear words before his annoyed gaze landed on two familiar giggling girls. “Ok. That’s it.”

Lauren and Tasha both shrieked and began running away as James tore after them. Lily had only gotten a little wet from the assault and leaned back on her arms giggling as she watched James catch up to Lauren quite easily, grab her around the waist, only to take her out to the ocean and throw her in. He began laughing outright at the horrified look on her face as she came back up out of the water sputtering. Lily couldn’t help but smile at him. When he laughed, his whole face lit up. Lauren immediately started splashing him in retribution, but he had turned his attention to Tasha, who was still standing warily on the shore. He made sure she eventually got hers. It took him a few minutes, but he eventually came back over to her, utterly soaked from being in the water. She smirked at him. “Hey, sexy.”

He smiled at her mischievously. “Hey, yourself. Are you going to go swimming with me, beautiful?”

She tilted her head, as she surveyed his body. “I think you could persuade me.”

He offered her his hand, pulling her up to her feet. “Don’t worry. I’ll be kind to you and not throw you in. I can’t promise about tomorrow though.”

She smiled at him. “Oh, is that right?”

He leaned down and kissed her softly, his eyes twinkling. “It is.”


Lily awoke gradually, but she whimpered slightly when the pain in her head seemed to increase exponentially as she regained consciousness. Her head was pounding as she struggled to remember everything from the night before. She remembered being at the beach for most of the day (they had spent practically all of their days thus far that way), going to dinner with their group and a few others, and then all of them had decided to go home where they would relax out on their own beach with a bonfire. She remembered changing into more comfortable clothes and laughing by the fire, but then it hit her. There had been firewhiskey and drinking games. She had been giggling for absolutely no reason for a while, and she remembered catching James staring at her with a goofy grin on his face, but that was about it. She opened her eyes tentatively, but immediately shut them at the bright light that was coming into the room. James must’ve brought her upstairs if she had fallen asleep, considering he was lying behind her with his arm around her and they were upstairs in their room.

She sighed and knew she would have to get up in order to stop the pounding going on in her head. She pulled on James’ arm so she could slide away from him carefully. He also must’ve imbibed a bit too much, considering he didn’t wake up as she crawled out of bed. The bright light of the room seemed to make her headache worse so she immediately started going through James’ satchel despite its disastrous organization. After a few minutes, she found what she had been looking for— the hangover potion. She pulled out two vials, immediately taking one herself while she placed the other on the nightstand for James. Her headache seemed to dissipate almost instantaneously and she felt ten times better.

She knew what she needed. Her own trick to feeling better after a night of alcohol consisted of two things— coffee and chocolate. She stood up and grabbed her dressing gown, seeing as she was only in a white camisole and her knickers. James must’ve pulled off her pajama pants last night too, not in a dirty way, but just because he knew she hated sleeping with pants on. She didn’t think either of them was probably in a state to be thinking about that sort of thing last night. Maybe this morning though…

She made her way downstairs into the kitchen as silently as possible. She was sure the rest of the household was also suffering from a bad hangover this morning. She started making coffee the muggle way, although she sped up the process with a little magic. She looked around the kitchen and found a couple chocolate frogs lying around, immediately opening one up for herself. She tossed a piece of chocolate in her mouth as she watched the coffee brew.

“Wow. You’re up early.”

She nearly jumped out of her skin. She turned around completely shocked with her wand out, and Remus’ eyes widened as he held up his hands. “Sorry. I thought you heard me come down. Please don’t hex me.”

Lily was still recovering from being caught off guard. She lowered her wand and gave him a look. “Don’t ever do that again.”

Remus chuckled. “I’m sorry.”

She looked him over, noticing he was fully dressed and looked well-kept, which was odd, seeing as she had watched him drink a lot last night too. “Why are you all dressed already?”

He sighed. “I have to go back today, remember? My International portkey is leaving in about fifteen minutes. I was just going to apparate away when I saw you and thought I should say goodbye. I figured everyone would still be asleep after last night.”

She looked at him sadly. At least she had seen him have a lot of fun over the last few days. She remembered him chatting with a few different girls when they had gone out or had been down at the beach, but she could tell he was probably still smitten with Sophie since he didn’t try all that hard. “You’re right. I did forget. I’ll make sure the guys know you said goodbye and that they were too hungover to care.”

Remus rolled his eyes, smiling a bit. “You were pretty far gone yourself last night.”

Lily just sighed, knowing he was teasing her. “I don’t remember much besides giggling too much so I suppose I had fun.”

Remus chuckled. “You fell asleep at some point. The rest of us continued for a while, but when we all decided to come inside, James carried you upstairs and never came back down.”

Lily nodded because she had figured as much. “He’s out cold right now. He normally wakes up when I get up, but not this morning.”

Remus shrugged. “Well, I better get going. Tell everyone I said goodbye.”

She gave him a quick hug. “Will do.”

And with that, he apparated away. She turned her attention back to the coffee, pouring out two cups of it. She finished her chocolate frog before pocketing one for James and took the coffees back upstairs. As she entered their room quietly, she could see that James was still sleeping, but he had moved forward slightly so he was now lying on the edge of the bed. She set down the second cup of coffee on the nightstand along with the chocolate frog and pulled off her dressing gown before crawling up onto the bed to sit behind him with her cup of coffee. She admired his bare upper body a bit before reaching over to run her hand over his back as she sipped her coffee. “James? Time to get up, sweetheart.”

He groaned a bit and suddenly the curtains on their windows were drawn closed. She giggled at his wandless magic use. “James, I pulled a potion out for you and brought you some coffee, but you have to get up to get them...”

James tried to focus as he listened to Lily’s sweet voice, even if it was teasing him. His glasses weren’t in front of him so he waved his hand so he would be able to see for a short while without them. He always tended to be able to use more wandless magic when he was annoyed. The pounding in his head was reaching new heights so he immediately reached out to grab the potion vial on the nightstand, downing it in one gulp. He couldn’t thank Lily enough for making it taste better. His headache abated, and he sighed. “Thanks, beautiful.”

Lily nodded, even though he hadn’t turned around to look at her yet. She rubbed his back comfortingly a bit. “You’re welcome.”

He turned over eventually, sitting up as he grabbed the coffee sitting on the nightstand. He gave his beautiful girlfriend a once over. She was still wearing her white camisole and those fantastic green and white lacy knickers he had seen last night. When he had pulled her out of her pajama pants to make sure she slept comfortably, he had groaned softly to himself at seeing those. She had no idea what she did to him sometimes, especially since she had one hell of a collection of knickers. Her hair was still down, flowing around her all tousled and sexy, and her green eyes met his easily. She took a sip of her coffee before continuing, “Thanks for taking me upstairs last night.”

He smiled slightly as he reached out to run his fingers through her silky red hair. “You’re welcome. Have I mentioned how adorable you are when you’re intoxicated?”

She blushed completely, and he smiled while he sipped his coffee. “You’re horrible. I just giggled a whole heck of a lot.”

He chuckled quietly. “I know, but I love to watch you laugh.”

She shook her head at him, although she was smiling. “So what do you want to do today? Oh, and Remus left a few minutes ago. He said to tell everyone goodbye.”

James frowned slightly. “I forgot about that. I hope everything goes alright for him since he’s going to transform by himself when he gets back home. As for today, I’m not sure. We haven’t done any shopping. We could do that.”

Lily nodded. “Maybe…and you could finally take me dancing tonight.”

She had her teasing grin firmly in place as he looked back over at her. He waved his hand at her words though. “Actually, I was told by some of the local guys Lauren and Tasha had met up with last night that tomorrow was the better night to go out. I was going to take you then. I could take you out to dinner though, just me and you for once.”

Her eyes were sparkling at him while she handed him her cup of coffee to place on the nightstand since she had finished it. “Hmmm, I suppose that could be fun too.”

He sipped his coffee, nodding. “Sirius has been rather taken with that witch we all met the other day so he’ll probably be busy with her for the rest of the time here. Lauren and Tasha should be fine by themselves, even though I’d prefer they weren’t alone. I know I would rather spend time with you when we were alone anyway.”

She crept closer to him and kissed his lips gently. “Me too.”

He ran his free hand over her back as she rested her head against him somewhat, and his thoughts began to drift dirtier as he noticed her cleavage directly in his eye line now that she was sitting closer to him. Not to mention, they were both sitting on their bed half-dressed. “So…”

She lifted her head once more and kissed his cheek. “I’m going to take a shower, and then we can head out, ok?”

He was so surprised by her pulling away from him that he momentarily stared after her as she slid herself down to stand up at the edge of their bed. It wasn’t easy to pull his eyes away, considering her long legs, her sexy knickers, her perfect bum, and altogether perfect figure. She was walking towards their bathroom when he called out somewhat boldly, “May I join you?”

She stopped in the middle of the room to look back at him, her eyes twinkling. “I suppose you can help me scrub the places I can’t reach.”

And with that, she kept walking towards the bathroom, pulling her camisole over her head as she walked, leaving him staring after her amazing body in nothing but those knickers and a white lacy bra. He immediately scrambled out of the bed to join her in the bathroom. He was determined to make sure the both of them had one heck of a great morning.


The two of them eventually left their bathroom and bedroom so they could make their way out to explore some of Miami, but only after they both had thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They walked through a few muggle shops, but ultimately decided to just ask someone about finding some of the more magical locations. It was surprisingly easier than they had thought to tell the difference between witches or wizards and the muggles. Neither one of them could explain how they could tell, but they just could. The couple they eventually asked looked surprised that the two of them had known they were magical, but helped them to a more magical area nonetheless. James led Lily into a pub similar to the Leaky Cauldron where they were able to reach the more magical side of Miami. Some of the shops were similar to back home, but there were a lot more clothing shops compared with book or school-oriented shops. When they asked about this, some of the locals mentioned that there wasn’t a school in the area and the place centered around tourism. The closest wizarding school was actually located in Richmond, Virginia, and that it was one of four schools in the country, with the other three being in Salem, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois. Lily was surprised that such a large country would only have four schools, but James reminded her that there was only one per country, if that, back in Europe.

James insisted that she shouldn’t spend any of her money, but Lily didn’t like it. She felt guilty when he spent money on her. It was bad enough that he and Sirius had flat out refused to let any of them spend money for food and whatnot for the whole trip, but if she was going to buy a souvenir of some kind, she could pay for it. She knew deep down that he just wanted her to save her money and that he could more than afford it, but she wasn’t with him because he was loaded. She eventually won the battle of wills, purchasing a few things for herself and some people back home. James picked out some things too, especially some unique items from one of the joke shops they had been in. She merely shook her head, knowing that once they went back to school, the Marauders would be causing mayhem using some of the new items. She didn’t understand how some of them would come in handy, but she knew that both James and Sirius were creative enough to find a use. In fact, if James’ knowing smile was anything to go by, he already had more than a few ideas.

The two of them ate some lunch before they decided to just head to the beach. They spent their time swimming and lying out in the sunshine. They did spot Lauren and Tasha once, but they were with a bunch of people. James was going to go over there when he noticed a bunch of the guys blatantly flirting with the two girls, but Lily gently pointed out that Lauren and Tasha were also flirting with them and they could take care of themselves. When they were both officially sunshined out and slightly hungry for dinner, James apparated them back to the townhouse to change and get ready to go out to dinner together.

Lily plopped down onto one of the couches and rubbed her calves. “We did a lot of walking today.”

James sat down beside her with a sigh. “Yes, we did.” But then, he looked down at his legs and groaned. “Crap, I’m getting weird tan lines.”

Lily watched as he peeled back his shorts to reveal more of his lighter skin while he tapped his wand to it and it suddenly became just as tan as the rest of his legs. Her eyes’ widened. She was shocked as she looked over at him. “You know a tanning charm? How is it that you, of all people, know a charm that I don’t?”

He laughed and looked back at her amused. “You really don’t know it? I thought it was a female must have?”

She gave him a look. “If you haven’t noticed, I’m normally pretty pale-skinned.”

He was still grinning at her wickedly. “Oh, of course I noticed. I like that about you.”

And then, he looked over her entire body, reveling in the fact that she was only wearing a pair of jean shorts over her emerald green bikini. Lily practically shivered under his gaze as he crept closer to her, with that same devilish smile of his. “You’ve developed a bit of a tan too so let me see if you have any tan lines I can fix.”

She leaned backwards away from him slightly, her heart beating faster. He was being incredibly sexy at the moment. “James, I can do it myself, you know.”

He just chuckled, practically lying on top of her now. “I know, but I figured I’d have more fun doing it for you.”

He didn’t give her any chance to reply as he lowered his lips onto hers. Her hands went to his bare chest on their own accord. She felt one of his hands run over the front of her body as he kissed her. His hand stopped and pulled back a portion of her bikini top near one of her breasts as his lips mumbled against hers, “Tergum abeo.”

When his wand touched the area he had exposed, she felt the area warm slightly. He repeated his actions with her other breast, and then his hand slid lower towards the front of her shorts, grazing over her flat stomach softly as his lips continued to tease her. She shivered as his fingers gently ran along the inside of her shorts and bikini bottoms. When he mumbled the phrase a third and final time, she felt her bum among other things warm slightly from the spell.

She was not surprised to be turned on by his actions so she didn’t hesitate to wrap her arms around his neck, pulling him down to lie more comfortably on top of her now that he was finished with his tan line corrections. He needed no more encouragement and continued to snog her senseless. At some point, he slid his lips to the side, kissing and licking down the side of her neck, and that’s when she noticed that he must’ve apparated the two of them upstairs where they could guarantee their actions would not be walked in on. She could feel his fingers fumbling with the ties on her bikini top when there was a sudden flash of fire in the room, startling them both considerably.

James practically leapt off of her with his wand out, and Lily had gasped in surprise, also gripping her wand that she had pulled out from her magically-enlarged back pocket. James’ wand lowered instantly when he saw a burnt orange feather falling slowly through the air, although his brow furrowed at the sight. Lily sat up next to him, touching his arm gently, as he continued to stare at the feather now lying on the edge of the bed. “What is it?”

James’ face was stony. “It’s a message from Dumbledore. That was Fawkes.”

Lily was confused how a feather could be a message, but as soon as James reached out to touch it, it transformed into a piece of parchment. He didn’t make an effort to hide the message so she read it along with him as he held it out in front of him.

James (and Lily, as I’m sure you’re nearby) –

I have unfortunately encountered some news that your trip to Miami may not have been as secret as we had planned. I’m positive neither of you have been concerned with witches or wizards who may have been watching you up until this point, but I’m now suggesting that it would be prudent for both of you to become aware that it is and has been a real possibility. James, I’m afraid it would be in your best interest to take some precautions to hide your identity, and consequently, your friends’ identities as well— particularly Lily’s and Lauren’s. They are both a dead giveaway to you. I do not wish to ask you to come home early, but if you do plan on staying, such actions should be taken if you wish to remain safe.

I’m unsure how this information could have leaked out, as I’m sure you both have the utmost confidence in your friends. Perhaps talking too much on someone’s part while not in private may have allowed someone unfriendly to become aware of the trip. I’m looking into what could have been a possible source.

I truly am sorry about the inconvenience, particularly if I’m wrong. I shall meet with you at Potter Manor when you are due to come in.


Lily looked over at James, shocked. “Could he be wrong? I don’t remember being watched outright, do you?”

James was mulling everything over in his head as he sighed. “It’s more than possible. There have been a ton of people around all of us, considering we’ve been in public locations for practically the whole trip. They could have polyjuiced anyone to blend in with the locals. And no, I don’t think he’s wrong. Even if this is a guess, his guesses almost always turn out to be right.”

Lily looked over at him, concerned. “Now that I’m thinking about it, I can think of a few times that we’ve had people looking at the two of us over the last few days. Nothing bad, at least, that’s what I had thought at the time. I do have natural red hair, which is unusual and eye-catching.”

James nodded, meeting her worried gaze. “I can think of a few instances too.”

She frowned. “What are we going to do then?”

He wrapped his arms around her and kissed her lips gently, trying to help ease her discomfort. However, her troubled expression didn’t disappear entirely. “Well, I don’t want to go home unless we have to. I’m thinking some human transfiguration is in order. I’ll have to help the girls transfigure themselves a bit tomorrow, and I’ll mention the danger to Sirius. We’ve all been apparating to the townhouse so I don’t think they know where we’re staying at least. I’ll set up a few basic wards just in case though.”

Lily relaxed slightly. “So that’s it?”

James nodded and looked at her curiously, his eyes mischievous. “Yup. So do you want to be a blonde or a brunette?”

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