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[fic] every victory has a taste that's bittersweet (james/lily, nc-17)
by sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
at February 1st, 2006 (12:05 am)

Author: thistlerose
Challenge: 20
Title: Every Victory Has a Taste That's Bittersweet
Summary: James and Lily dominate during a difficult battle against the Death Eaters. Celebratory sex ensues.
Warning: sex
Word Count: 1350
Rating: NC-17
Notes: Thank you so much to my wonderful beta readers, midnitemaraud_r and laurificus. There's nobody hotter.



They Apparated right into the bathroom, shucked their clothes, and got into the shower.

"You were brilliant!" The water splashing their bodies and the porcelain wasn't that loud, but the sounds of battle still roared in Lily's ears, and she had to shout just to hear herself.

"You were brilliant!" James shouted back.

"You forgot to take off your glasses!"

"I know!"

Then they were kissing. The glasses slid down James's nose and bumped Lily's forehead. She tried to grab them so she could put them somewhere safe, but James caught her wrists and held them while he pushed her against the wall.

"Oh God." The wall was so cold compared with the water, and James's breath and hands. Something was supposed to happen when extreme heat met extreme cold, but that was something she'd learned a long time ago, before Hogwarts, and she couldn't remember it now. Heat rippled through her, even as the cold nibbled her buttocks and shoulders.

She thought, Well, I'll find out soon enough, I suppose.

Already the shower was full of steam. Lily had to gulp air into her lungs, which meant that she had to tilt her head back, which meant that James had to fasten his lips to the base of her neck and begin kissing his way down her body.

She was able to snatch his glasses when he released her wrists. But then his lips and tongue were teasing her nipples and he was rubbing her clit with the pad of his thumb, and what was this thing in her hand, with its wire frame and glass lenses? It couldn't possibly be important so she let it fall, and thought vaguely, as it clattered against the porcelain that she had not done a very bright thing.

But she'd worry about that later. Right now James was kissing her breasts and teasing her with his fingers, getting her good and ready, and she couldn't be arsed about anything except breathing and fondling his thick, wet hair.

He'd have fucked her against the wall, but she made him lie down in the shower, his legs bent because they were too long. She got on top of him, eased herself onto him.

Like the rest of him, James's cock was long and slim, but fuck, he knew how to use it. She squeezed while he thrust, gently at first, then so hard that she had to brace herself or he'd have sent her sprawling. Water pelted her face; she caught it in her open mouth, let it spill over her lips, over her breasts and belly, onto him. She almost choked when he reached between their bodies, found her clit, and began to rub it again.

He came first, but he kept going until she followed, which wasn't long afterward. She raised her hips so his cock could slide out of her, then lay beside him, pillowing her head against his shoulder and stroking his chest.

There were scratches there, which she hadn't noticed when they'd stripped – not that she'd been aware of much besides her own need.

"I didn't do that, did I?" she asked, with some concern. The scratches weren't bad, but they probably stung.

"Nah, Bellatrix."

"Scratched you?"

"Hit me. With stuff. Thought I had her cornered, but then she levitated all this junk and…hurled it at me. Nothing serious. Lils…please don't do that."

She was tracing the red marks with her fingertip. "Sorry, I—" She swallowed. There were bruises too, all over his upper arms. "I should get something for them."

"I'm all right," James insisted, touching the small of her back. "Stay." His lips moved in her hair. "I survived your pummeling. I'll be all right."

"Sorry," Lily said again, though she wasn't. Her blood still thrummed with the power of her orgasm – and she smiled. "You were pretty fucking fantastic, Potter."

"Just now?" James asked, as if he needed to. "Or before?"

"Both," said Lily.

"You were pretty fucking fantastic, too. Potter."

Lily moved her hand lower so she could play with the short, curly hairs below his navel. She felt his cock twitch against her wrist and was tempted to reach lower, to see if he had enough energy for another go, but a thought struck her – and chilled her.

"James," she whispered.

"Mmf? Don't stop."

"No, but – James, I didn't take my potion. I was going to, but then Moody said he needed us, and I forgot."

"Oh," said James, and for once she couldn't tell what he was thinking. If she raised her head… But his shoulder was so warm and solid against her cheek. She couldn't move.

"Well…" James began, but left it there.

Lily finished the sentence. "Well, I can go to Diagon Alley in the morning and pick something up. It's not like…"

But when she closed her eyes she didn't see herself there at all. Not in Diagon Alley purchasing an emergency contraceptive, not anywhere but in bed with her husband, maybe pregnant, maybe not, but certain somehow that no mistakes had been made.

Her skin tingled, especially where it touched James's.

Maybe pregnant, maybe not. No mistakes tonight.

"We did everything right," she heard herself say. She wasn't sure whom she was trying to reassure; James wasn't saying anything and the chill had already left her body.

"If I get pregnant," she said, more to prompt James than because she had any more insight.

"If," he repeated. She felt him swallow. "I'd be happy, Lils. Honestly. I can't think right now, but I'd be happy. Even if it meant things getting a bit more complicated than they are now."

"They're already pretty complicated," Lily agreed. There was the war, of course, and their friends and families. She wondered briefly if Petunia would resent being an aunt to Lily's baby as much as she resented being Lily's sister.

"We can think about it tomorrow," she said firmly. The door she was closing would be straining at its hinges by morning, she knew, but if they could deal with all the other complicating factors in their lives, they could deal with this. And she might not be pregnant.

"Are you sure?" There was worry in his tone. The worry was discomforting, but at least she could read him again.

"I'm sure," Lily said. "Right now I just want to think about how hot you were, hexing Dolohov. I barely recognized him by the time you were through."

James snorted. "I don't even remember what I hit him with. I was too busy marveling at the…finesse…with which you Stunned Rosier."

"That did come out well." She smiled at the memory.

"You were hot," James said. "You were on fire."

"You were."

"Not as hot as you. Definitely the hotter Potter."

This time Lily snorted.

"I could compose a poem in honor of your hotness," James said.

"The hotter Potter
is Evans's daughter
Give her a swatter
Put her in hot water
Death Eaters she'll slaughter
In battles fraughter—"


Lily laughed and tears streamed down her face, mingling with the water from the showerhead. "Stop," she pleaded. "Or, I swear—"

"Kiss me if you want me to stop.

"They almost caught her
That peerless Potter
But Dumbledore'd taught her – Mmf!"


"You were wise to keep this talent a secret until after I'd married you," she said, her hand over his mouth.

"Mmf," James said again. He licked her palm.

"I know that you can put that tongue to better use."

"All these demands," James said when she lifted her hand. "Lick me. Stop composing poetry—"

"That wasn't poetry."

He tapped her nose with his fingertip. It was wrinkled, she noticed. As were hers, no doubt. "It rhymed. Kiss me. Everything's going to be all right."

Lily wasn't so sure about that and she doubted he was either, but if she kissed him, neither of them would be able to talk about it. With a small sigh she lowered her lips to his and put her hand over his heart to feel its erratic thump.

Everything else could wait until morning.

01/31/06

Comments

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Posted by: Soufflé Girl Wannabe (ragdoll)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
Potter Meat <lj user=glimmergirl>

Aw. So sweet, so hot, so lovely. (Except for the poetry which was dreadful... ;)) I really like the way you've characterized both of them and give us a little insight into such an intimate moment.

Minor correction in the second paragraph:

that was something she'd learned a long time ago, before Hogwarts, and she could remember it now.

You mean "couldn't remember it now", right?

Other than that, wow. Another amazing story from you! :)

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thanks!

Heh. Obviously, that part was added after the fic came back from the beta readers.

I'm glad this one worked, since I struggled with it and rewrote it...I forget how many times. At least four. :)

Posted by: Soufflé Girl Wannabe (ragdoll)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)

Posted by: Soufflé Girl Wannabe (ragdoll)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Soufflé Girl Wannabe (ragdoll)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)

Posted by: Soufflé Girl Wannabe (ragdoll)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)

Posted by: The Artist Formerly Known as Irish_Lily (kellygreen)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)

God, that was lovely. I'm bawling, but it was lovely. I have this love-hate relationship with James/Lily fic...so beautiful while it lasts, but it lasts so short a time. *sniffle* And I love so much the idea that Harry wasn't planned, and you handled it brilliantly. Well done. Now I have to go find some kleenex.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thank you so much!! :)

It's hard to write J/L sometimes. Even their happy moments are shadowed because they're SO doomed.

Posted by: secret welfare poet (secondsilk)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Fic: ever victory has a taste that's bittersweet

They are so great together.
You've written a perfect rhythm in their relationship.
And the scene slips so well into their story.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Fic: ever victory has a taste that's bittersweet
books/English major

Thank you so much! :)

Posted by: OMG it's full of STARS! (leelastarsky)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
LilyJames

That was great! :~D

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thank you! :)

Posted by: Marauder The Slash Nymph, NEW MOM (marauderthesn)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
lily

Hee hee hee, James and weird poetry.

Nice work on this fic; I'm glad you wrote James as wanting a kid, because that fic in Midnight Conversations you wrote a while back with James pretty much wanting Lily to have an abortion depressed me for days after I read it, and now I feel like this balanced that out.

I love them yelling at each other in the shower before they start snogging. :D

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)

Thank you! :)

They're a fun pair to write. I like them more with each bit of canon we're given. I loved them after learning about their rocky start in OotP.

Mm...I still think you misread that MC fic. The news came as a surprise, and James was terribly young - only 19. They were involved in a war. They weren't even married yet. He just reacted badly, that's all. He would never have forced Lily, or even pressured her, to get an abortion if she wanted to keep the baby - which she did. He just needed some time for it to sink in. I can't quite see them planning to have a child so young and with so much going on.

But I'm glad this fic balanced that older one. *g* This is more how I see them these days, anyway.

Posted by: Di (crazzyd)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)

Posted by: née sous une (mauvaise_etoile)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
James/Lily

Fantastic! The sex was, of course, hot as hell.

Like the rest of him, James's cock was long and slim, but fuck, he knew how to use it.

Loved. That. Line.

"If," he repeated. She felt him swallow. "I'd be happy, Lils. Honestly. I can't think right now, but I'd be happy. Even if it meant things getting a bit more complicated than they are now."

Bwah. I heart James.

I can't believe you were able to pull off so many different really intense emotions is such a short piece, and do it really well too!

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
brunette/dance

Thank you so much!!

I was in such a panic over this fic. I loved the prompt, but for some reason I had a lot of trouble writing the story. It went through several revisions. But I'm happy with it now and I'm so glad that you liked it! :)

Posted by: Rusalka (marinarusalka)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
HP: PoA in 15 m -- wooo!

Whoa, that was hot! The world needs more James/Lily smut. And banter. And doggerel poetry. I totally loved them both here.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
drama

I had Sirius torture Remus with awful poetry once. I think James's is actually worse. *g*

Thank you SO much!

Posted by: James Potter for President! (foreveroptimist)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Prongs

I loved them both in this, great job! =D

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
flowers

Thank you so much! :)

Posted by: castaliae (castaliae)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)

It was a nice look into, an albiet very exciting, night in the Potter's lives.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
drama

Thank you! :)

Posted by: Ella (leialiai)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)

Eeep, this was lovely! Fantastic fic! :D

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thanks so much! :)

Posted by: Marek (luinthoron)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Aquarius by teufelchenicons

Thank you! This was absolutely wonderful! :)

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
flowers

Thank you so much! :)

Posted by: Angst Queen Extraordinaire (nekare)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)

I love the way you've painted their marriage, still burning and yet so full of love, and the sex was incredibly steamy.

I really, really like your characters, and their interactions. Lovely fic, in all. :)

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
drama

Thank you so much! :)

This one was a bit of a struggle - it took me a while to decide how I wanted to use the prompt. I'm so glad that you liked it!

Posted by: Kat (kyasuriin)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
art nouveau


oh so much love! I really love the characterisation & everything. It seems I either read James and Lily pre-marriage or after-Harry, but I love this little piece, just in between. *hugs*

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thank you!

I'm not surprised - I mean, they had so little time between school, parenthood, and death. *sniffle*

Posted by: Foxymoron (rosie_red73)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)

Maybe pregnant, maybe not. No mistakes tonight.
*sniff*

That was just lovely, I adored the characterisations and the interaction between them. Gorgeous story.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
flowers

Thank you so much! :)

Posted by: distorted moodswing smile (absinthe_lust)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)

Wow. I normally don't like James/Lily, but this was excellent. Very hot, but not just smut, with the ending. Excellent.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
brunette/dance

Thank you so much for giving my story a chance! I'm so pleased that you liked it. :)

Posted by: sam, just sam (rockgoddess66)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
happy

Very hot, funny and sweet. You really captured them here in a great way. I love the attitude you gave Lily about deciding to just wait and see if she was pregnant. Amazing.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thanks so much! :)

I tend to be a bit nervous addressing Lily's pregnancy. I mean, she's so young, and they're at war. I can't imagine being happy about being pregnant at such a time. But I'm not Lily.

So glad you liked this!

Posted by: the bart simpson of scranton (krabapple)
Posted at: February 1st, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
lily and james

Oh, that's lovely. And I adore James' bad poetry. *g*

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

*g* One of my beta readers told me that "hot" isn't really something a British man would say, but we didn't have the heart to James's verses.

Thanks! :)

Posted by: Rah rah (bingblot)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)

That was hot and wonderful- can never get too much Lily/James smut. and I like the substance- and that it was sort of a mistake- but not- of Lily getting pregnant. Very cute.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
Eilonwy/magic

Thank you so much! :)

Posted by: Renaissance Girl (elanor_two)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
inara happy

Oh, YAY. This was hot and sweet and adorable...and the poetry was priceless. :)

(Also? The "I don't like to write, I like to have written"? Best quote ever. Where did you get it? I saw it in a Steven Deitz play but he might have been quoting too...)

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
written

I got the icon from skellorg (I think she posted it at obsessiveicons). I don't know who first said it, but I love it.

I'm so glad you enjoyed the fic! Thank you so much! :)

Posted by: The one and only SiriuslySmitten (siriuslysmitten)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)

Really fabulous!! So sweet and so sexy.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
brunette/dance

Thank you! :)

Posted by: Katie (mermaidqueen)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
lily/james

oh wow. I loved it, really did. James/Lily is my fav. pairing in the whole series, and you did it so so well. much love to you!

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thank you SO much! I'm really glad that you liked my story. :)

Posted by: Christina (fragilesymphony)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)

Oh, fabulous. Hot, and sweet, and...guh. So wonderful.

I love their dynamic, the way you write them.

And also? James's "poetry"? *shakes head* Oh, the dear boy. It was great...in an awful sort of way. Heh.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
brunette/dance

Thank you SO much!

*g*

I had fun writing James's poetry. Poor Lily.

Posted by: I got nine lives (dramaphile)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Daddy

I love the banter and the ease of their relationsip. it's so familiar and sweet and yet so damn hot! Well done!

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thanks so much! *g*

Posted by: Kyra Cullinan (kyrafic)
Posted at: February 5th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)

You know, I've always wondered why James and Lily had a child in the middle of the war, barely out of school -- this answers that well and is hot to boot.

"All these demands," James said when she lifted her hand. "Lick me. Stop composing poetry—"

Heee. Excellent.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 5th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much!

I used to wonder that same thing - which is one of the reasons I haven't written much J/L, despite the fact that I like the ship. It's hard to reason out. Why not wait? What were they thinking?

I'm so glad you liked this. :)

Posted by: walking encyclopedia of weirdness. (octagonal)
Posted at: February 11th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
HP // C/F text

;lfadsjf;dkjgladfj. :)

That was perfect.

And I have an unusual love for James' poetry, right there.

Posted by: sunlight on your path (thistlerose)
Posted at: February 11th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
James/Lily/dancing

Thank you so much!

*g* I had fun writing James's - er - poetry.

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