“Where are we going, James?”
“Somewhere special. I need to ask you something, but not here, okay?”
“Wait, you’re taking me to the Forbidden Forest?”
“Yes, and no, just walk a bit over here, underneath the branches, careful now, watch your step.”
“Umm, James, I don’t think this is a good idea. I mean, the forest is forbidden
for a reason. And we should be enforcing –”
“Don’t worry, Lily, its perfectly safe. I’ve been here before.”
“So have I.”
“Nothing, let’s get this over with.”
“It’s not that bad, Lily. You’ll like this surprise, honest.”
“Look, I found this path in the forest. Aren’t the tree trunks laid out like steps? It’s hard to imagine they were made naturally.”
“That’s because they weren’t.”
“Are you sure you are dressed warmly enough?” he inquired, his eyes taking in my cloak, scarf and gloves – yet still not satisfied.
“Yes, Sev,” I replied in a bored tone. “Can we go already?”
“Wait,” he took off his heavy coat and placed it on my arm. I sighed and took it, rolling my eyes all the time.
“At this rate, the fungus will be extinct by the time we reach it. Or are you forgetting that we have to do a fair bit of scrambling to where it grows?”
“We won’t have to resort to that,” he replied with a smug little smile on his face that was absurdly easy to miss – or be mistaken for a sign of irritation – if one did not know Sev well enough.
“What do you mean we won't–” I stopped dead. Stretching in front of me was possibly the most perfect path I had ever seen. Just subtle enough to give the appearance of looking natural, but not enough to fool me.
He continued to smile that almost undetectable smile of his.
“When did you -”
“I had some spare time these past few weeks. And it seemed an interesting way to test Elemental Transfiguration,” he shrugged.
Before I could stop myself, I was hugging him tight. I had the best Best Friend in the world.
“Oh, sorry. What were you saying again?”
“Well, Lily, I- we- well, it's no secret that I love you like crazy. And this is our last year so, naturally, I- we have to think about the future.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, it’s just that I wanted to ask you- no, to give you something.”
“James, you aren’t making any sense. Wait, what are you going down f –”
“Lily Evans, I don’t know how long I will live. But for as long as I do, I will love you. Will you please do me the honour of marrying me?”
“Aw, come on Lily.”
“I c- ca-”
“Is it so bad that you have to cry?”
“No, I just… don’t know what to…”
“Say? How about 'yes'?”
“I love you, Lily.”
“I love you too, Se – so much.”