Lily and James riding together on the express in their Sixth Year because she had a shit summer, couldn’t find the girls and he’d gotten really cute.
Lily and James spending said ride actually getting to know each other: he’s actually really polite and she loves using really subtle innuendos.
Lily and James becoming friends quickly, actually finding out that they’re alike in far too many ways.
Lily holding James’ hand just ‘cause she’s bored.
Lily kissing James around Christmas 1976 because they were arguing and man, he looked beautiful when he was upset.
Lily and James deciding to keep their relationship a secret just ‘cause it’s fun. Staging arguments in the Great Hall, snapping stupid insults at each other then meeting after curfew and laughing their arses off.
Lily sitting next to James one night and, with a very serious face, telling him that they should have sex soon. James nodding and telling her he enjoys that idea.
Lily and James having a normal, functional relationship and only telling their friends come Christmas 1977, their Seventh Year.
Lily and James learning exactly what love is: the good, the bad, the ugly.
Lily and James making the choice to join the Order and never questioning each other because they were doing it together.
James’ dad dying right before graduation and Lily trying her hardest to help when, in reality, she doesn’t know how.
Lily and James leaving school, moving in together and beginning to live their adult lives. He proposes, she says yes. Life’s good.
Then, they see pain and destruction and they’re 18 but it doesn’t feel like that; he’s not done grieving, she’s scare out of her wits and their relationship begins to suffer.
Lily and James realizing that they’re not ready to be grown-ups or for the big white wedding with hundreds of guests so they postpone the wedding.
Lily and James waking up one morning and deciding that they want to get married that afternoon. They owl their closest friends and family and tell them to bring whatever they have at home because they don’t have any food ready.
Lily and James getting married in the gardens of the Potter Manor, she’s running up and down the aisle (which consists of a white bedsheet spread on the floor) trying to find something her blue, yelling at James to close his eyes. He has his tie lopsided on his neck because those things are bloody uncomfortable.
Lily and James spending their honeymoon locked up in their small flat because all they need is each other.