Surprised could be the least that James felt when he heard what Lucius said. His parents were going to be breaking out along with a lot of other supporters. All they needed to do was wait for the right moment.
Returning to the house James and Carter got into a new routine of obstacle courses. Since they already had a lot of experience in spells, they decided to do more physical exercises. James and Carter would also do some sparring, which normally involved Carter getting knocked onto his ass.
Three weeks later, James was invited to meet Barty Crouch Jr. Pettigrew was there and clearly remembered James. During that time James met Lord Voldemort in a crippled state. Unfortunately some unfortunate soul stumbled upon them and was promptly killed. After that experience James was sent back to his home.
Five weeks after that James decided that he should keep his word on that date, so he mailed Tonks a letter asking if she could meet up with him by a local wizard cafe. After getting a letter back saying she would, James flooed to a wizard cafe and waited. Soon Tonks entered herself and sat next to James.
Tonks gave James a light peck on the cheek as they both got a drink. After finishing they decided to visit the Eiffel Tower. Getting to the top they stood behind the guard rail and took in the view. Tonks took the opportunity to lean her head onto James' shoulder. James wrapped a comforting arm around her as they enjoyed their moments of peace. Once it got dark James brought Tonks home, and was rewarded with a kiss on the lips.
James went back to his own place to see Carter sitting on the couch, holding James' guitar.
"Where did you find that?" James asks
"In your room" Carter responds
"And you were in my room because...why?" James asks
"I was bored" Carter responds, "I didn't know you played the guitar"
"Give me that back" James says as he snatches the guitar away from Carter
"OK, jeez, cool it" Carter says
James then puts the guitar back into his room and goes back. He then plopped himself down on the couch and turned on the TV so it was playing The Walking Dead (A.N. Any fans of that series, you're welcome)
"Seriously?" Carter says, but quiets down with a glare
After the episode ended James turned off the TV and went to his room to sleep. Since Carter fell asleep on the couch a little while ago he decided not to wake him.
Time seemed to pass quickly as the Quidditch World Cup began. James went with the Malfoys as usual while Carter went on his own. James was following Lucius and Draco up some stairs when they ran into Harry and the others.
"If it rains, you'll be the first to know" Lucius says
Harry keeps everyone moving until Lucius places his cane on his foot.
"Do enjoy yourself Mr. Potter, while you still can" Lucius says before letting go
Tonks gave James a wink as he walked by, and James gave Tonks a return wink. Soon everyone was in their places as the Teams started filling in. Harry seemed to be talking to another girl, and Ron seemed pretty jealous about that idea.
After the game, everyone left the stands to go back to their tents. James left with the Malfoys to prepare. Lucius called the others and all of them put their masks on. They then lit their staff torches and started their raid.
Chaos, was the only thing that could describe what was going on. James stayed in the back mostly, but did have to set fire to some of the tents now any then. And soon, the deed was done, and everyone left the wasteland. Barty Crouch Jr. stayed behind to leave the mark, but left soon after.
It was then time to return to Hogwarts once more, James went with Draco on the train as usual. Once everyone unloaded and got their things they went to the Great Hall as usual. The Golden Trio sat with James and Tonks, who somehow made it to the table before them.
Over time, Dumbledore announced Hogwarts was going to host the Triwizard Tournament. The Beauxbaton Academy walked through first, with one of the girls giving a subtle wink at Harry when they went by. Soon their Headmistress, Madame Maxine, stood the front table with Dumbledore, who gave her a polite kiss on her hand, and took a seat.
The Durmstrang Institute came in next, chanting and banging their staffs on the ground. They ran forward and showed off some fighting moves as their Headmaster, Igor Karkaroff, strutted through with Vikor Krum and his Adviser. The students then lit up a phoenix before taking their places at a table. Igor then gave Dumbledore a friendly hug and took his own seat.
Soon everyone was back to eating for a bit before Dumbledore continue his speech. Suddenly, the ceiling started going crazy, and a new comer in the corner calmed it down.
"That's Mad Eye Moody" Ron states matter-of-factly, "He's an Auror, half of Azkaban is filled because of him"
Dumbledore gives Moody a handshake before he backs away against a wall. He then takes a swig of something.
"What do think he's drinking?" Ron asks
"I doubt it's pumpkin juice" Harry responds
Barty Crouch Senior then walks up and announces the age limit for the Championship. The Weasley Twins were not happy. With a large yells for silence, Dumbledore melted away the podium, replacing it with the Goblet Of Fire.
Everyone was then dismissed and warned that they shouldn't enter unless they really wish to. The Durmstrangs went back to their boat while the Beauxbatons went back to their carriage.
James and the others went with the Gryffindors back to their own Common Room.
James and Tonks decided to sleep in their actual dorms this time, so no one would get the wrong idea.
The next day everyone gathered around the Goblet Of Fire to either place their name in it or watch the others do it.
After a failed attempt at an aging potion, Viktor Krum placed his name into the Goblet.
Soon, it was time for the champions to be chosen. The Durmstrang Champion was Viktor Krum, the Beauxbatons was Fleur Delacour, and Hogwart's was Cedric Diggory.
Just as Dumbledore revealed the Triwizard Cup, the Goblet's flame went red again. A piece of parchment then flew out of the flames, which Dumbledore caught. He then yelled for Harry to come forward, and he did once Hermione gave him a nudge forwards. From there, everyone went into a frenzy.
Dumbledore dismissed everyone and stormed off to the back room with the others, leaving the students to go back to their Common Room. In the Gryffindor Common Room, everyone was in a frenzy. Everyone was talking all at once, creating a very loud and confusing atmosphere.
"JAMES!" Tonks yells, "THINK THAT WE COULD GO SOMEWHERE MORE...QUIET?"
"YEAH, LET'S TRY THE DORMS" James yells as he leads Tonks upstairs
Getting upstairs, they see the Boys Dorm empty, so it was as good as it could get. They then sat on James' bed and listened to the more quiet "talking" going on. Tonks notices a guitar leaning against a corner of a wall and picks it up.
"What's this" Tonks asks
"Oh, that's my guitar..." James says
"Why don't you play something" Tonks asks, handing it to James
"Well, I haven't done it in a while, so don't expect much" James says as he tunes it
He then picked up a Guitar Pick from the night stand and began to play some of Ghost Of A Rose (A.N. Real song, just thought it would be a nice relaxing tune). Hearing the soothing music, Tonks starts to get drowsy as she leaned her head on James' shoulder.
Some people downstairs started hearing something, music. Everyone went quiet as they started up the stairs to the Boys Dorm. One by one they all gathered around the open door frame and listened themselves.
After noticing everyone was watching, James stopped, with a startled look on his face.
"Well, keep going" Hermione urges, while everyone started pilling into the room
James clears his throat as he continues where he left off. After finishing, everyone have him a soft applause, due to the fact that Tonks had fallen asleep.
"We didn't know you could play the guitar like that" Ron says
"Yeah, you said you forgot how and wanted to the keep the guitar as a souvenir" Dean says
"Ugh..." James says
"Well, you got some good skill" Fred, or was it George, says
"Agreed, very well done" George says
"You seem to have something on your shoulder by the way" Fred says with a smirk
James then notices that Tonks had fallen asleep on his shoulder.
"We'll leave you to wake her up. Come on all of you, let's give 'em some privacy" Fred says
Fred and George led everyone out of the room while James gently shook Tonks, waking her up.
"*Yawn* Hey James, OH, I fell asleep when you were playing...sorry" Tonks says
"It's OK, notice anything?" James asks
"It's...quiet...huh..." Tonks says
"Yup, apparently everyone heard me playing came in" James says, "You must have been asleep"
"I'm guessing that they liked your playing" Tonks says
"Yeah, we'd better head down before they start getting ideas" James says
"And what would be wrong with that?" Tonks says, giving James a kiss on the cheek, causing him to go slightly red
They both left the room in each others arms. Getting downstairs they see Harry walk in, getting support from the others. Ron, however, was being a bit annoying and kept at it even when they went to bed. During the night, James woke up early and went down to sit on the couch. He could feel the snake move around his back. It still felt strange, even though he'd been living with it for most of his life.
Tonks woke up as well and went downstairs to see James sitting on the couch, holding onto his back where the "scar" was. She walked over and wrapped her arms around him before walking around the couch and sitting down next to him.
"Hey, you're up early" Tonks says
"Yeah, I could ask you the same question, but I couldn't get back to sleep" James responds
"Me neither" Tonks responds
They give each other a soft kiss before leaning on each other. Soon they drifted off into a soft slumber.