I do hope you are right, love. And I know you are always there, that’s why I keep you around. Well, that and that fact that you cheer me up whenever I need it and are one of the best people I have ever met.
And I intend to stay around, even though in the future you may push me away, I’ll stay anchored. You’re pretty great in my books, Doe. One of the greatest, actually.
Well, I finally got around to letting my parents know I am gay. Mum took it well, I suppose. However, Father did not handle it easily. He told me he never wants to talk to me again. *shrugs*
You know if you ever need a study buddy, that you best friend is here right?
Oh, Doe… I’m sorry about that, he’ll come around eventually. Who can resist my best friend who always makes me smile whenever I’m down?
I care for you so much, Dorcas Meadowes, that I don’t want to put you in a very agitating state. But I know you’ll always be there, as am I for you. *smiles*
“Yes, but going from healing charms to why children cooperate with the doctor is a bit weird, isn’t it?” he asked. Only Lily would be able to take a strange and seemingly irrelevant topic and make it relevant. He had completely forgotten why they were talking about doctors and children and such, but it was pretty amusing and didn’t feel like changing the subject just yet.
Remus smiled when Lily said that, reminding himself not to subconsciously self-deprecate himself in front of her again. “But given the friends that I have, it isn’t always a good thing,” he reminded her. He couldn’t even count the number of times that James and Sirius have used the fact that he was the ‘nice one’ or a prefect to get what they wanted. Strangely enough, he didn’t really mind. “If he heard you say that, he would faint, you know,” he said, laughing along with her. “Oh, yeah, go ahead,” he responded, standing still so Lily could preform the charm.
“Well, everybody’s a bit weird every now and then… Some weirder than most,” she commented thoughtfully. As she said that, she thought of Sirius and James, the two boys who are as close as brothers and have the maturity of five year olds. “Those two aren’t so widely different from each other, they’re sort of related. If children knew that the effects of the healing charms are far more bearable than the traditional healing practices then they’d enjoy going to the doctor, or Healer, more often,” she told him with a self-satisfied smile on her face. “And that is how healing charms and why children cooperate with the doctor are linked,” Lily grinned at him.
Lily frowned at the thought of him being used. She rolled her eyes and then placed her usual smile on. “It’s a blessing and a curse, use it well and know your limits, Remus,” she told him. Lily felt like an old lady who gave children advice and then she chuckled to herself at the thought. Her chuckle bloomed into a laugh when the image of James fainting in her head formed. “James Potter doesn’t faint, it’s not his nature,” she said in between her laughs. She then calmed down to perform the charm on Remus. The last thing Lily wanted to do was hurt Remus so she carefully spoke the incantation and followed the wand movements. Lily looked unsure if the charm worked or not. “How to you feel?”
I have missed you too! It had been lonely without my best friend around! I am quite well today. I had a bit of a crisis the other day, but Remy helped me with that. And how are you? Doing great, I hope?
Crisis? What happened? Anything wrong?
I’m panicking over essays but overall, I’m pretty great. It’s been really quiet though…
Remus shrugged noncommittally as he considered the thought. “I think all children go to the doctor because their parents force them to. Or at least my parents did. But, yes, I do believe that they only cooperate because they’re promised sweets if they sit still,” he said decidedly, laughing after a moment. “We are having a serious conversation on why children go to the doctor.” Not that that was really anything out of the ordinary. If Remus looked back on the conversations he’s had with Lily, he wouldn’t be surprised if he noticed that some of them were more unusual than his conversations with James or Sirius.
“I’m slightly offended that you’d think I’d actually insult you,” he sniffed, trying to look offended for a moment. “I admire your stubbornness, really. You’re strong-willed. I cave too easily.” Lily would never allow her homework to be copied on a daily basis, he figured. Nodding, he smiled at the look of surprise on her face. “James found it. How complex did you think it’d be?” Although he liked to consider himself a good friend, he always refused to talk James up to Lily, though James would always insist that that duty fell on him because he was the closest to Lily. At least he told her that James was the one who found the spell. That must count for something.
Lily giggled at what Remus said. They were really having a conversation about doctors and the reasons why children like going to them. It was an odd thing to talk about but she’s had odder things to converse about before this. Besides, it was sort of relevant to what they were doing right now. Healing charms and doctors, they both did the same thing in a different way. “The topic’s linked to what we’re doing here, Remus, it’s not that strange,” she replied with a smile.
“You don’t cave in too easily, you’re just that considerate and warmhearted towards people and that’s a good thing,” Lily reassured him with a strong look on her face. She didn’t like it when other people make themselves a victim of self-pity. It was strange that she didn’t like it when people did that when she herself sometimes did. Pulling herself out of her reverie, she laughed at Remus’ comment. “Well, he did a great job with finding a simple spell that had very useful effects, hats off to James,” she partly joked and partly said honestly. She reminded herself to thank him the next time she saw him, and probably would thank Sirius for helping him find it. “So, shall I?,” Lily asked him as she raised her wand, with her eyebrow in a questioning curve.
“Right, the doors. Can’t forget about those doors,” Remus retorted, his voice as full of sarcasm as hers. “Lils, you’ve probably had many concussions. I bet you just hate going to the doctor,” he stated, crossing his arms decidedly. “We probably are able to run into things without getting injured because we’ve been so horrible at walking these past sixteen years,” he suggested.
“You know, sometimes I like that you’re stubborn. This isn’t one of those times,” he told her, smiling to show that he wasn’t serious. He grinned at her eagerness when she took her wand out and moved to stand next to her, placing his hand over hers to show her the correct movement. “Right. So, just kind of swish and flick like you’re about to levitate something, but say Episkey,” he instructed, stepping back to his spot across from her when he finished demonstrating.
Lily shook her head rapidly, her red hair brushing against her cheeks. “I loved going to the doctor for those vanilla flavored little lollipops he gave if I cooperated with the things he did, like when giving me shots and stuff,” she countered. That was only a fraction of the truth about Lily’s visits to the doctor. Yes, she loved going to him for those lollipops but she didn’t get them that often. It wasn’t often that Lily refused to cooperate with the doctor. But she wasn’t going to tell Remus that. “I think that’s the reason why all children go to the doctor, for the lollipops, right?”
She braced herself for his answer then sighed softly in relief when she saw the smile on his face. “Remus, I nearly thought you were serious about that, do you know how worried I was?,” she inquired. Lily released a small chuckle, it was sort of mixed with an exhale.”Just like that?,” she asked with a tone of surprise. The wand movement was easy and the whole charm itself was simple. It was getting into the right mindset that required a little bit more effort.