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Title: Kiss and Tell
Fandom: Harry Potter
Character/Relationships: Lily/James, Sirius
Word Count: 625
Written: Drabble Tag over at the ff.n Harry Potter Challenge Forum for the prompt James/Lily, chase

“Now, I’m not one to kiss and tell,” James said, picking at the last of his dinner.

“Only, you are,” Sirius interrupted. “Even first-year Hufflepuffs know you kiss and tell by now. Honestly, Prongs, first-year Hufflepuffs!”

“Well,” James said, a little defensively, “maybe I have told one or two--”

“Houses,” Sirius suggested.

People,” James corrected, emphatically, “but I think I’ve earned the right, don’t you?”

Sirius nodded. “It was a long and hard and annoying journey. I will give you that. Evans might not.” He tipped his head, down the table where the girl in question was sitting with her usual group of friends.

They were glaring daggers at him.

“Oh, erm,” said James.

“Yes, oh, erm,” Sirius repeated.

“I’ll just go...” James trailed off, but Sirius understood.

“You’d better.”

As he approached, the looks of loathing from the seventh-year Gryffindor girls intensified. James didn’t swallow and his steps didn’t falter and he really had faced down scarier things than this before in his life even if none came to mind just then.

When he got close, Lily nodded and they scattered.

“All right, Evans,” James said to fortify his nerves, sitting down across from her.

On a scale of one to murderous, James didn’t even feel the need to pull his wand in defence. Truthfully, Evans had looked angrier that time he and Sirius had set a Niffler loose during History of Magic and no one cared when that class was disrupted. But there was something wrong. James had spent many hours over the past couple of years studying one Lily Evans, but the expression on her face now was not one he recognized.

“Potter,” she said in return. Even her tone was guarded.

“What did I do wrong?” he asked bluntly.

“Nothing,” she answered. “You took me on a perfectly lovely date.”

James knew he was walking into a trap, but he couldn’t see any way around it, so he continued on. “And that was wrong?”

“It was lovely,” she repeated. “Better than I expected.”

“But,” he swallowed hard now, “not enough to want to try it again?”

“You tell me. Did you want to ask me out again?”

“Er, yes?” James asked because he was sure that somehow this was a trick question.

“Are you sure? Even though the thrill of the chase is gone?”

“The what?”

Lily smiled, although the corner of her eyes didn’t wrinkle in that manner that James found adorable. “You got what you wanted. I agreed to go on a date. You even got a kiss out of it. Isn’t that what you’ve been after for the past two years?”

“Yes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want another one!” James protested.

“Really?” Lily didn’t exactly sound surprised, but rather sounded like she was play-acting at being surprised. “And I suppose all that bragging was just your way of showing--”

“That I’m a berk?” James broke in

‘Yes, that does sound about right,” Lily agreed and James knew he might be reaching for straws, but the smile playing on her lips looked a little more genuine now.

“Am I a berk that’s lost his chance at another date?”

“If I had a policy against dating berks, do you think we would have been at Madam Puddifoot’s yesterday?”

“Does that mean...”

“Yes, I’ll give you another chance. But no more bragging about finally getting to kiss me, right?”

“Promise.” He slashed his hand across his heart to drive the point home. It wasn’t too big a concession; James would much rather brag about being able to kiss her whenever he wanted for the rest of his life, but suspected that it was too soon to say as much without risking scaring her off.

Maybe after their second date.

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