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Stars Apart by Willow Rosenberg

Summary: The sequel to “Trickster”: The Marauders return to Hogwarts for their seventh and final year. Lily and James juggle more responsibility than ever, and James learns that convincing Lily to go on an actual date with him is harder than he would have imagined. Remus frets about post-Hogwarts life while Peter drifts even further from his friends. But when Sirius discovers a group of fourth-years who are bound and determined to steal the Marauders’ title of Greatest Hogwarts Troublemakers he wages war, rallying his friends so they can maintain their legacy. Meanwhile, outside the castle grounds, Voldemort is gathering supporters in unending preparation for a much darker battle…

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

-E. E. Cummings

September 2012: HEY guess what I couldn't wait, and the third installment, "World Enough," is UP NOW under James/Lily. Or just under my name. Or at this link: http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=92131. Yay! :D

Ratings: 3rd-5th Years [ - ]
Category: James/Lily
Characters: None
Canon Compliance: None
Warnings: None
Serie: None
Chapters: 27 Completed?: Yes
Wordcount: 107059 Viewcount: 163387
Published on: 09/22/10 Updated On: 06/22/12

Story Notes:

June 2012: and it's COMPLETED! (Finally) Wow, and thanks so much for everyone who has followed this. Notes on the upcoming third and final installment are before the last chapter :)

Okay. Hi! So this is the sequel to "Trickster." It picks up approximately two months later, and will go through the end of seventh year.

A note on the categories: I had the worst time trying to decide if this was a James/Lily romance fic or a Marauder Era, because, while the James/Lily storyline is one of the main ones, unlike in "Trickster," it isn't the only one. Sirius definitely gets his own storyline fleshed out more, and Remus and Peter both have more individual plotlines. It ended up being James/Lily (because it always comes back to them) but, just for the record, know that there will be a little more of everyone else, and some opening up of the story. Enjoy!


1. Way Back Home by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (2079 words)

2. Suspended by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (2877 words)

3. Limbo by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3088 words)

4. Crash Into You by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (2989 words)

5. Fight or Flight by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4967 words)

6. Gossip Girls by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3488 words)

7. Entropy by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (5066 words)

8. Sad Songs by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3846 words)
Sorry the wait time on this chapter was a little longer--finals kind of ate my life. If I haven't responded to your reviews yet, it's for the same reason. It's not because I don't love you!

Also, fun fact (and if you want a little background music while reading this), I wrote practically this entire chapter to Matt Nathanson's "Sad Songs." I sort of felt like James would appreciate it ;)


9. Frankly, My Dear by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3873 words)

10. Better than Revenge by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (5301 words)

11. Subterfuge by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3124 words)

12. Bare by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4931 words)
Hi! So I am sorry I have fallen down so completely on responding to reviews. I will get to them as soon as possible--life's been a little hectic, and I figured you'd rather me write the next chapter first :S But a blanket thank-you to everyone who reads this, and an extra-special thank-you to all of you who review. You guys rock!
Anyway, here's chapter 12. Enjoy :D xxx


13. Beautiful Disaster by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4041 words)

14. Gravity by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3728 words)
Something always brings me back to you

I know I haven't been up to my usual speed on updates here, and I'm sorry about that--the only explanation I have is that real life does have to take precedence, I'm afraid. But you all have been really patient, and I'm grateful for that--here's the next chapter!


15. The Most Real Things by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4199 words)
This is a bit of a bashful update. Okay, so, good news/bad news really, the bad news being midterms/finals/life in general. The good news: I'm alive again! Temporarily. Better news: about five weeks from now, life calms down a whole lot, and you can probably count on weekly updates again. Until then, I'm not really sure, but I'm writing when I can.

It may be a little too soon to tell, but it's looking like there's maybe about eight chapters left in "Stars Apart," and then I'll start the third and final edition of this little trilogy here. I know I've been behind, but thank you, everyone, for reading, and thanks for your patience!

Now to chapter 15.


16. So Quite New by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3760 words)

Sooo my crazy semester is finished, finals are over, and it's summertime! Which means, among other things, much quicker updates! Here's the first one, thanks for all your patience :)


17. The Best-Laid Schemes by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3906 words)

18. Schisms by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (3407 words)
Happy last-HP-movie release everyone!!

Anyone else really sad about that?

Anyone else think Mcgonagall is AWESOME?


19. Fix You by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4009 words)
This is basically a continuation of last chapter. Enjoy!


20. Viva la Vida by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4713 words)
Note on the werewolf: So the movies aren't canon, and especially, in my opinion, where the Marauders are concerned (Gary Oldman = great actor, but he's not MY Sirius! etc.) So, basically, the way I see the werewolf thing is not how it is in the movies. I mean, to paraphrase JKR in book 3, "the werewolf differs from the true wolf in several small ways" and it's like, a different snout shape and a tufted tail. Not, a wolf is a wolf and a werewolf is a giant, hairless, bipedal rat. So Remus as a werewolf, in this story anyway, looks pretty much like...a wolf. He's a little bigger than a true wolf maybe, and a little shaggier, but if you don't know what you're looking at, he could easily be mistaken.

Have at it!


21. Come What May by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4342 words)
This is a pretty Sirius-centric chapter, so for those of you who like him, have fun!

As far as this story goes...it's a little hard to tell at this point, but it looks like there's going to be maybe four or five more chapters, plus an epilogue. I have them all planned out and everything, so time willing, the last few should come pretty fast! Thanks everyone who reads, and especially everyone who reviews, you guys rock :) xxx


22. Sparks Fly Up by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4262 words)
Hey everybody. So I had a little bit of writer's block for this chapter. Stuff gets a little more serious in the next chapter, but I didn't want to put it in this one and leave you all with another cliffhanger, so...writer's block! BUT I got it all figured out in the end (I hope I think), so here's the next chapter, cliffie-free! Enjoy, and the next one, which has been in the plans literally for years, should be along shortly.

Also. Pottermore, anyone?! I just got my early access account approved and um. So cool.


23. Brave New World by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4458 words)
OH MY GOODNESS EVERYONE. So my hard drive crashed. And, because I am dumb, I backed up nothing, which means that I lost everything on this story that wasn't online. So I've been in rewrites, which is not quite as fun as it sounds, which is why this has taken so long to update. So, my sincerest apologies for that. And public service announcement: if you have not backed up your computer recently, DO IT! DO IT RIGHT NOW!!! TRUST ME!!! Okay. Back to this. Enjoy, and again, super sorry for the wait!!


24. Panicking by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (5154 words)

25. Preparations by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (4154 words)
We're in the homestretch! Shoutout to Sam for editing the past few chapters :)


26. Graduation by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (5326 words)
....i'm terrible. cone of shame. many many apologies. So I did that horrible writer thing where I had one chapter to go and i disappeared off the face of the earth (for what it's worth, I was graduating university myself, and was doing final projects/emotional goodbyes/etc!). But! I am back... just in time for the last chapter!! There's gonna be an epilogue too, so it's not QUITE the end the end. And I wrote this and the epilogue together!! So there will not be another four-month wait!! SORRY I LOVE YOU SORRY!!! so it goes:


27. Three Months Later by Willow Rosenberg [ - ] (1971 words)
anddd this is it! Thanks so much everyone for your patience, and I hope you like it:) There is going to be a third (and final!) installment in this little trilogy, but it might be a little while before I start posting it. Because my life is kind of transitory right now, if I started posting it updates would probably be pretty sketchy/inconsistent. I know how frustrating the delayed updates were for this story, and I don't want to do that to you guys again, so I plan to get a decent way into the next story before I start posting, so there's some buffer there. Hope that's good for everyone, and thanks to all of you so much for reading!! xxx