James Potter's house, Presteigne, England Time: If you could even call it that. She felt like she was underdressed, and the house looked as though she might accidentally run into the Minister of Magic, or the Queen of England. Normal people didn't live in houses like this. Not that James was normal per say… She took a deep breath and knocked on one of the large oak doors that was almost twice as tall as her own front door, and filled with colorful glass paneling.
Soon, a woman that looked to be in her late sixties or early seventies answered the door with a smile. The woman quickly closed the door behind her. The woman looked old enough to be James' grandmother. However, Sirius laughed at him when he said that. A house elf appeared almost instantly at Mrs. I believe he's in the study with his father and the minister.
Of course, this isn't exactly a social visit. They walked quite a ways from the door before reaching the kitchen, and despite all of the other incredible things she saw during the walk, she still couldn't get over the fact that the Minister of Magic was actually in the house.
Eldon Macmillan had been elected to office the previous year and his strong stance on Muggle rights and suppressing the Death Eater movement had made him seem like a good leader in Lily's eyes. At the time anyway. The way he handled the issue with the Japanese Minister about the portkeys and floo networks last year was less than stellar. I get that you have to take a certain degree of precaution when you open your country up to thousands of others, but it was the world cup, and what he said was more than slightly offensive.
But I was there when he said it, and they were kind to him. The Prophet's always circling the ship looking for bait. Merlin, would that have helped me out when I was head of the D. E; having a blood relative at the Prophet. She had known that James' parents were important people in the wizarding world, but she was still blown away. Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement?
The entire thing had been under Mrs. But she seemed so Charles has his sister Lucille and he had a brother, Richard. But he never married and doesn't have any children that we know of.
He died two Christmas's ago. No love lost there. Those two never did work out how to get along. Drove their mother to drink if you ask me. She was like the overly friendly grandmother that Lily wished she could replace with her own grandmother and Lily still couldn't picture her working along side Aurors like Alastor Moody and Marcus McKinnon. She could picture her arguing politics either.
She seemed the type to smile at whatever you had to say and then tell you a story. But maybe Lily only felt that way because that's what she had done with her.
That's why we had to move out here. I miss the old house sometimes, but my older sister always liked it more than I did. Left it to her husband's nephew in her will though.
Never did understand the way she thinks. I like it here though. No neighbors for James to terrorize. Not that he walks around in the nude anymore.
He stopped doing that after I had my friend Luisa over for tea and forgot to tell him. He was embarrassed to say the least. You two stay out of trouble. Your mum told me. He doesn't want his parents finding out that he's staying here. Not that anyone that my parent have over here would talk to his family.
There was a grand piano in the far corner and a fireplace surrounded by large couches. James walked across the room, Lily following behind him, taking in the extravagant statue in the corner, the Persian rugs that were bigger than her den, and all the portraits of men and woman on the walls some had James' nose, others had his eyes.
While she was busy having a staring contest with a particularly old looking man, James reached for one of the bookcases near the fireplace and pulled it open, revealing a secret room. Lily bit her tongue and mentally berated herself for being surprised. She tried to keep her face impassive, but she could tell by the smug look on James' face that he could tell she was impressed. It reminded Lily of the Gryffindor common room actually. She walked over to the fireplace she looked into the fire and realized that it was the same fireplace that was in the other room, she could see the elegant couches from where she was.
James picked up a deck of cards off the mantel and sat down on the rug in front of the fireplace. She liked that he did that, switched from caring friend to playful in a matter of seconds. James threw his head back and laughed, "You didn't do that. And that's not what I was talking about.
Then yes, she's alright. And then she just talked to me like she hadn't seen me in a while. She tells everyone that. Spending more time with me only makes you like me more, which makes you enjoy spending time with me more. I have to get back home, before my grandmother has another reason to shout at me.
They call it a ball, it's really not though. Lily tucked her hair behind her ears and pull the hem of her shirt down, trying to make herself look more presentable. She had thought he would have left hours ago. James grabbed hold of Lily's shoulder to stop her from walking into the foyer.
As soon as he was gone, James let go of her shoulder and walked out in front of her. It's going to cause all sorts of problems if it passes.
Maybe the biggest problem will be the merit it's going to give to what that Voldemort character's been saying.
I'm going to be calling in favors all week over this bill. Charles, this is James' friend Lily Evans. It's a pleasure to meet you dear. Will you be staying for dinner? Lily stepped forward and shook it. My grandmother is cooking dinner for us tonight and she's invited my aunts and uncles. I've got to be home in twenty minutes to help set the table. I found a place up in Paris that sells fireworks that spell out 'Happy New Year. Will your parents come as well? They are more than welcomed to.
Mum's already gone and invited the whole family over for New Year's so she's got to stay and babysit them. Make sure no one gets into too much trouble. The statute doesn't apply to them. Of course they didn't care. If they cared, it would have rubbed off on James, and he obviously didn't care. She's completely fascinated with magic. It was easier to show him then try and explain it all. I wish I could remember the first time I went to a Quidditch game. He always had so many questions about how everything worked.
And telling him that it was magic stopped working after I started school. She looked over and saw James leaning against the wall with his arms crossed, wearing a satisfied smile. He winked at her when he noticed her looking and she got the feeling that she had at the end of their third date again, the growing feeling. Lily left shortly afterwards, promising to bring her mother round as soon as possible.
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