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Five Minutes

By galindaba

Romance / Humor

Prologue

Disclaimer; I don't own the wizarding world of Harry Potter or any of the characters in it. I wish I did. But I don't.

Cover Image by anxiouspineapples. Absoloutly my favourite artist for James and Lily! :) Check out her stuff.

Hello reader!

Ok. So this is my uber long Lily and James story, you've been warned. I hope you give it a chance. It's just how I think things may have gone down and how they may have gotten together. It runs from the end of their fifth year to the end of their seventh year. (For the years after that I'm writing a different story. Well, same story just a different document...I hope that makes sense.) I've tried to make sure I don't overstep on the things we already know but I do warn you, for the purpose of this story, I have had to move something around but I promise you it still fits in!

The story doesn't just focus on James and Lily (though it is mainly about them). It has sections based around other characters so that it is more rounded and because there is more to the story then just those two. After all, what someone else does can affect the path we choose. The other sections are from the point of view of Severus Snape, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Dumbledore, Voldy-Mouldy and Lily's friends. It's all in third person so you know exactly who you're getting at the start of a section.

I've tried not to invent too many new characters and some of the ones I use are actually from J.k Rowlings EPIC books. (I love them!) I have had to create their personalities though but all credit does go down to that genius of a woman though. (I love her!)

I've got to warn you that later on it does contain swearing, violence, (but I think it's moderate and not too gory. Might be though I'm not a great judge of that), and has references and mention of sex because as they mature so does my writing because, well, I've matured too. UNI STUDENT! :)

I'm gonna stop trying to sell it now because to be perfectly honest if you're gonna read it then great! Thanks for the support! It means a lot. But if you're not than I promise I won't take it personally...

Also, I'm not too great with grammar and spelling so please don't get mad if I've made a mistake which I probably have. Quite a few of them.

Anyway, I'm gonna shut up now and let you read.

Hope you enjoy it!

Prologue

'Lily? We're gonna be late! The port-key is set to leave in five minutes! Lily?'

James Potter ran up the stairs in his brand new home in Godric's Hollow, which he shared with his newly wed wife, Lily Potter. He swung himself round the top of the stairs and ran into their bedroom to find Lily sat crossed legged in the middle of the bed, finishing her packing. He walked over to her and climbed on the bed, quickly pecking her on the cheek, and sitting next to her.

'Still packing?' He said with a slight chuckle. He loved the fact that she took so long to pack. It was rather amusing to watch her keep changing her mind. Packing and unpacking. Again and again. He loved it.

'Yes! And don't make fun of me!' Lily Potter said pushing her new husband off the bed. After falling in a heap on the floor James peered over the side of the bed to glare lovingly at Lily, his round glasses barely hanging on his face. Lily laughed and leant over to correct them, but before she could get there James leapt on the bed to engage her in a furious tickle attack. She squealed with laughter and tried to push him off with no success.

'James! Stop….it… Ahh!' She managed to squeak between breaths.

'Not until you apologise for pushing the love of your life of the bed!' James laughed, still tickling her with no intent of stopping.

'Never!' Lily cried dramatically which sent the pair into fresh peals of laughter. She eventually pushed him off of her and the pair of them, still laughing madly, settled themselves on their large double bed.

A minute later, after their laughter had subsided, Lily was lent on James shoulder, James cheek on her head and stroking her long, flaming, red hair. He loved her hair. It was always so smooth and silky. He could have stroked it all day, but they were set to leave in five minutes. Five minutes. James suddenly jumped up leaving Lily to flop down on the bed.

'Oh, I really hope there was a reason for you doing that James!' Lily mock scolded.

James tilted his head on its side and smiled at her looking straight into her emerald green eyes.

'Yes, my dear, there was.' James replied, still smiling at his new wife. 'Hate to break it to you love, but, we have to go in five minutes and you're not finished packing. What exactly have you been doing anyway? I mean, I know you're usually a really slow and picky packer but, this is really slow. Even for you!'

Lily sighed and gazed off towards nowhere in particular. She had actually been thinking instead of packing.

'You ever wonder how we got here so fast?' she asked James seriously, looking him dead in the eye.

James looked at her questioningly and then replied, in all seriousness 'Err, yes.' But James, being James, had to continue. 'You see, we are magic. And can therefore, apparate, which is the fastest way to travel. I thought you were smart Lils!' he said with a bit of an evil grin on his face.

Lily sighed and looked at him exasperatedly. 'You know what I mean James!' she said. 'I mean, it just seems like yesterday we met on the Hogwarts express!'

'You know what Lils, love, I think you mean 'It just seems like yesterday when I was still calling you an obnoxious, stuck-up, vindictive, self-loving, irresponsible toe-rag'.' James said with a smile.

'I never said vindictive, but, yeah,' Lily laughed, 'that too! I didn't mean all those things you know. So, I'm sorry that if at the time my words hurt you!' she said with a bit of a sheepish look. James waved her apology away and replied, 'Ahh! Don't worry about it. I never understood all of those words anyway. Especially toe-rag. Really Lils, I think you just made that one up, to be honest!' They both began to chuckle lightly.

After they'd stopped, Lily took on a good natured, serious looking face and spoke again 'OK, now. Seriously. When did it all change? When did I stop calling you all of those thing?'

'Err, Lils,' James replied with a bit of a mischievous grin 'you still call me all of those things.'

Lily sighed, 'Ugh James! Seriously! When did you notice a change?'

James began to think, after a few seconds of thought, Lily began to grow impatient.

'JAMES!' She shouted in his ear.

'Jeesh Lils! I'm meant to go deaf when I'm 102! Not now!' He replied with a laugh and his hands over his ears.

'Well you were taking too long to answer me!' Lily whined.

'What?' James replied with a confused look, 'You asked me three seconds ago!'

'Well that's three seconds too long!' Lily retorted

'What?' James replied for a second time, 'That makes no sense!'

'Just answer me!' Lily said with a pout, bottom lip out.

'OK,' James replied pushing her bottom lip back to stop her pouting, 'I don't really think there was a day when you just stopped insulting me. I think it was more of a gradual change. It happened over a couple of years.'

'Really?' Lily said with a surprised look 'A couple of years? So it started in, what, sixth year?'

James paused for a second. He didn't want to answer this question because if he told her where he thought it really all changed, she'd suddenly become really upset.

'James?' Lily asked, searchingly.

'Err, yeah,' James replied, 'let's say that. Come on you better, err, carry on packing. We've got to leave any minute now.' He turned away from Lily and started to walk out of the room, his head down, ruffling the back of head to make his scruffy, jet black hair even messier.

'James…' Lily said tentatively to James' back. James stopped, sighed, put on a giant cheesy grin and turned around to face Lily.

'Yes my love?' he said so goofily, Lily couldn't help but give a small giggle.

'What did you mean when you said, 'Let's say that'?' she asked curiously.

James looked down and sighed, 'If I tell you, you'll just get upset. And, to be honest, I'd rather not have you mad with me when we're about to leave for our honeymoon. You're not as fun when you're mad.' James said.

'Look,' Lily replied, annoyed, 'I promise I won't get mad! I'm just curious to know when you thought our relationship changed. That's all!'

'OK,' James said with the air of someone finally giving in, he couldn't deny her anything, 'If I tell you, you promise not to get mad?'

'I promise!' Lily said excitedly. She loved getting her own way.

'Well, I think that our relationship changed, after…after, deep breath James, the incident in fifth year after our DADA O.W.L's. That was when we both made some important decisions which affected our relationship.' James revealed slowly and cautiously. He peered at the shocked and distant look on Lily's face. 'I knew I shouldn't have told you.' he sighed shaking his head. 'Just forget I said anything! ….Well, Lily love, you should finish packing. We need to be leaving in five minutes!'

James winked at her and left the room calling over his shoulder, 'Remember! Five minutes! Or I'll call Sirius and take him on our honeymoon!' He paused. 'Actually, I think I'd just go alone! Hurry up love!'

But Lily hadn't heard a word he'd said after he had mentioned the incident. She had to agree with him. Their relationship had gradually, very gradually, changed during the years that followed the incident…

Reviews are not necessary but always welcome!

Thanks for reading!

Galindaba

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