GAH! It absolutely makes my heart melt that he says “I think it’s brilliant” when she asks about having a baby.
Yes. I realize I wrote the thing, but do you think I’m making them say things? They just do it in the scene I’m watching right here in my mind’s eye.
And they are the sweetest little couple.
“I think it’s brilliant.”
“James! James!” Lily could barely control her giggling as she ran through the house. ”Stop it, James! No! It’s not fair!”
“My cookie!” he shouted as he chased her onto a couch in the den.
“It’s mine!” She wriggled underneath him, trying to keep the last cookie away from him. She pushed at him with her knees and he started to tickle her sides. She couldn’t speak from laughing. She held tight to the little chocolate chip cookie.
“No! No!” she gasped out. ”Stopit!” She laughed so hard, tears were streaming down her face.
The tickling stopped abruptly and he grinned at her. Then, he lifted himself off of her and, for a moment, she thought she had won. But, with a roar of triumph, he laid himself out flat right on top of her. Lily squealed as he squished her into the cushions.
“Mrs. Potter, relinquish the cookie or you will meet your very flat end,” he said in his best deep, threatening voice.
“No.” Lily’s giggles were muffled by his shirt.
“I will give you one more warning,” he said, cracking a grin, “hand over the cookie or suffer the consequences.”
She smiled up at James and shoved the cookie in her mouth. He started laughing hard at the little overstuffed, mischievous grin on her face and she pushed him onto the floor. As she chewed the cookie, Lily watched her husband laughing at her. Suddenly, he grabbed her hand and pulled her off the couch, too. She spit out some cookie in surprise and it got on his face.
“Gee, Lils,” he said, wiping away the crumbs, “thanks for a bit of the cookie. Next time, aim for my mouth.”
She snorted with laughter in an effort not to spit out the rest of her dessert.
“Tasty?” he asked.
Lily nodded down at him. ”So good,” she said after swallowing it. ”Best cookie I’ve ever had. Too bad you didn’t want any.”
His smile widened and he reached up to push some of her hair back. He let his hand rest on her cheek.
“You are something else, Lily.”
“A good something else, or a bad something else?” she asked.
“The perfect something else.”
The cookie was already long forgotten.
She sighed happily and put her head down on his chest. He put his arms around her and they spent a few more silent minutes there on the floor.
Something occurred to Lily.
“What do you think of a baby?”
“Which one? There are so many out there.”
She gave his shoulder a light slap. ”Haha, so funny.”
He chuckled and she shook lightly with his laugh. It made her smile a little more.
“I mean…why don’t we have a baby?” she tried again.
She listened to his breathing for a minute or two. Lily wasn’t sure what he was thinking, but she knew he would be sincere this time. He started running his hand up and down her back. Lily closed her eyes and waited.
“I think it’s brilliant,” he whispered.