Lily Potter lumbered into Headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix feeling as big as a boat. Her lovable, but ridiculous husband buzzed around her, peppering her with questions.
“Are you sure, you want to do this? Maybe you should go back home and lay down? You know what, I think we should-” Lily tried to glare at him, but could not help smiling at his rumpled hair and the look of concern in his brown eyes.
“James, I told you, I don’t want to slow down just because I’m having a baby.” He grabbed her hand and moved a piece of red hair out of her face.
“You haven’t slowed down; I mean you took on two Death Eaters when you were six months pregnant!” She smiled at him and gave him a peck on the cheek, for the first time all day James gave her his signature crooked smile.
“And that was three months ago.” Replied Lily has she headed towards the meeting room, grinning broadly and not daring to look at James in case she would start laughing. He froze for a minute before racing after her.
“You don’t mean that you’re-?” As the panic flashed across his face, Lily took pity on him and shook her head.
“No, I won’t be going on any more missions, but honestly James, I think I can sit in on a few more meetings.” She gave him a quick kiss on the lips and tried to smooth down a little patch of his black hair.
“I’ll see you later, good luck today and I’ll see you at home.” Reluctantly he watched his wife march through the meeting room, her stomach leading the way.
Lily sat down in the chair next to Sirius, secretly relieved to be off her feet. No matter how many potions she tried, her ankles continued to swell and her feet always hurt. However, she wouldn’t tell James that, mostly because then he would never let her out of the house. Which is always why she couldn’t tell Sirius, because then he would just turn around and tell James. So, she plastered on a conspiratorial smile,
“So, how was your date with Vanessa?” Sirius groaned and sank back into his chair, Lily laughed, “That good huh?” He shot her a dirty look, which she politely ignored.
“You know there is a reason why I normally only go on one date with a woman.” The only response Lily could deem appropriate for that comment was an undignified snort. Sirius just threw his head back and laughed which started Lily laughing until her stomach hurt and the baby started kicking again. She put a hand over the baby and smiled before turning to Sirius.
“Did she spend the entire night talking about shoes like the last one?” He shook his head, his eyes also on Lily’s belly as he replied,
“Worse, fleshing eating slugs.” She swallowed heavily, suddenly feeling very nauseous and determined not to think about anything that resembled food. Slyly, she looked at Sirius before he added,
“She sells slug repellant.” Despite herself, Lily smirked and studied Sirius’s typically rumpled appearance.
“Are you sure?” Sirius pretended to look offended,
“Are you trying to insinuate something?” With a snort Lily smacked him on the arm.
“Big word Sirius, where did you learn that?” Sirius shook his head with mock shame, but seeing Lily’s skeptical face he couldn’t help breaking into a wide smile.
“From you of course.”
At this time, the meeting began, Mad-Eye Moody stood at the front of the table, attempting to keep it under control. However, inevitably it deteriorated into a shouting match over the best way to protect the ministry, which they believed was Lord Voldemort’s prime objective. Not surprisingly, Sirius was one of the loudest people yelling.
Lily just sat back and shook her head at the insanity before glancing over at where Alice Longbottom usually sat. Although the two of them had never been close friends, Lily and Alice had bonded over their pregnancies. Both of them had insisted on being present at the meetings, despite the objection of their husbands. Usually when the meeting fell into chaos they would discuss baby toys and potential names.
However yesterday Alice did not show up to the meeting, Lily heard that her water broke early that morning. Lily hoped that she had rethought some of her name ideas; most of the names Alice liked were rather horrible.
Seeing at the meeting did not appear to be going anywhere, Lily just leaned back and rested her hands on her belly. As the baby shifted around, she couldn’t help smiling, at least until the baby decided to lean against her bladder.
“Ugh oh.” With one hand on her hair and the other hand on the table top, Lily managed to pull herself to her feet. Sirius, who had been standing up yelling about something or other, looked over at her, immediately concerned.
“What’s wrong?” In some ways he was just as bad as James when it came to the baby. Lily shook her head and tried to wave him off,
“Nothing, I just have to use the bathroom.” Despite her protests, Sirius insisted on walking her to the bathroom, acting as annoying and endearing as her husband. As she waddled down the hall, Lily shook her head as he watched her anxiously.
“You realize women are built to do this right? We’re not so fragile that at one little bump we’ll break the baby.” He did not look convinced and all she could do was roll her eyes. The baby shifted again slightly, taking the weight off of her bladder, but Lily froze, her eyes widening as she realized,
“My water just broke.”