Condoms handed out by Planned Parenthood at the DNC.
Words by me, art by the lovely Meg!
First Few Moments
Following the move to Godric’s Hollow, mornings become the best part of Lily’s day; those first few moments when she wakes up, lying next to James, the gentle sunlight trickling in through a gap in the curtain. The world is still and silent, the only sound the occasional song from a bird; it’s too early for the sounds of cars or children on their way to school or for the neighbours to be calling hello to each other as they begin their days and Lily can believe, for those first few moments, that her and James are the only people in the world.
Later, after they have both gone about their days, doing work for the Order, Lily won’t be able to hold up the pretence that everything is perfect; invariably bad news will have come their way and all she’ll feel is the dull ebb of fading hope. But now, just after she opens her eyes, she can believe it, that everything is perfect, can take a grasp on that belief and hold it tight until they clamber out of bed and start the day.
Lily usually wakes up first, before the alarm has had a chance to sound out, and, rolling over so she is facing James, she lies and watches him, her lips tugging up at the corners at the way his hair sticks up in all directions and how even in sleep he has that unrelenting smirk on his face and how the sound of his heart seems to gently beat in time with hers.
At first when she used to watch James, he’d wake up suddenly, bolting upright in shock, unused to having someone beside him. He’d sink back into the pillows, giving a great shudder at being woken up so suddenly, muttering, “Will you bloody well stop watching me sleep? It’s unnerving.”
Now, however, he is used to it, has been for quite some time, and simply just cracks open an eye as he reaches an arm out and pulls Lily closer beside him. Neither of them speaks for a while, instead letting the quiet magnitude of the moment wash over them, both knowing that once they speak the peacefulness will be broken.
Eventually the alarm will go off and the sounds of the world waking up will creep in through the open window. James will lean down, pulling her even closer, and press his lips to hers, Lily marvelling at how even after all this time her heart races as fast as it did the very first time he kissed her. Then she will pull herself out of James’ embrace so she can reach across and turn the alarm off, whilst he’ll swing his legs over the edge of the bed, asking her what she wants for breakfast and their days will begin.
But in those first few moments, whilst the world is still and silent, and she is lying in James’ arms, Lily can pretend that only her and James exist and that everything is perfect, and it is the best part of her day.
my computer is busted and its being shipped off to be fixed and i have to use my old macbook for the next week and its sucks cuz its slow and bulky and all my shit is on my other computer :(
i think my computer is broken. teaching one more class then driving down to the apple store to get it looked at :(
Sam doesn’t get fireworks this year.
in which Lily has a penchant for wearing James’s boxers and horrible knitted socks