James helped her through the portrait hole as they walked into the common room, unnoticed by the few people who were still awake. The flame cast shadows across the carpet as they padded to the staircase. Stifling a yawn, he sincerely hoped that tonight, the others were already asleep. He was much too tired to listen to their incessant teasing. Not to mention Sirius questioning Lily about whether his four-poster was any good for sex. He kept her close as they made their way quietly up the stairs, and through the door that led to his dorm. Tomorrow would be a long day, of lessons and responsibilities and homework, but at least he would still be with her. There wasn’t much longer to go until exams, and then the summer, and the fact that Lily Evans wanted to stay with him after Hogwarts made the wait worthwhile. Squeezing her hand, they tried not to wake the others as they crossed the room to his bed, and he started to change, quickly pulling off his shirt.
Hardly taking any notice at all of those still awake, Lily kept close to James, her eyelids drooping even as they walked. She glanced over at James, knowing exactly what he was thinking as she was too; Sirius’ invasive questions had their moments and, occasionally, made Lily laugh if she was in a particularly good mood. She knew he only kept at it because it irritated her, and she also knew that the best solution to that was to pretend that it didn’t bother her: he was almost child-like in that way. She had even grown quite fond of Sirius since she’d been with James, as she’d seen other sides to him. But all the same, she did not like being asked about their sex life. Not by anyone other than James. She tried to listen to see if she could hear any of them, but they weren’t high enough up the stairs yet, so she’d have to wait. When they entered the boys dorm to find the others asleep, Lily breathed a sigh of relief, glad that the night was still just theirs. As she sat down on his bed, Lily started to undress, barely able to gather the energy to pull on her pyjamas. They needed their rest for tomorrow, but, as exhausted as she was, a part of Lily relished the idea of lying awake in James’ arms all night talking and kissing and cuddling, but she knew that was neither wise nor possible tonight. Besides, they’d have all summer to do that with no worries of responsibilities the next day. Smiling at the thought of an entire summer with James, Lily slipped under the covers and made herself comfortable, her body positioned so that when James climbed in, she could snuggle up to him just the way she liked to.