quick note! sirius & remus and james & lily will be the only two couples i'll really be focusing on. there will be sightings and mentions of marlene & dorcas and alice & frank but not a lot since i'm not as familiar with their characters and relationships.592Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡLXqjx0lmsA
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"Okay! So the rental cars should be here in an hour or two. We might as well unpack and then find the closest grocery store and go stock up on food once the cars get here," Lily spoke out after they all had finished exploring the house.
"Sounds good," everyone said in unison.
"Just pick whatever room, I guess," Lily said, grabbing James' hand and pulling him to the only upstairs bedroom, claiming it as their own.
"Godric, Lily. If you wanted me alone from the others so bad you could've just said so," James joked, winking at her. Lily rolled her eyes, hitting him in the chest with her hand.
"I just wanted this room," Lily grinned moving toward the window. "It has such a beautiful view."
"I have to agree with that," James smiled.
He moved so he was standing behind Lily and wrapped his arms around her waist, laying his chin on top of her head. Lily involuntarily leaned back into his chest, feeling at home in his arms even though they were far from it.
"Alright, let's get unpacking," Lily said, moving out of James' embrace and down the stairs to collect their suitcases. James followed her downstairs to help.
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"C'mon Sirius," Remus said, pulling his suitcase behind him to a random room.
Sirius followed obediently, pulling his suitcase behind him as well. When he entered the room he left his suitcase at the door, running and jumping belly-first onto the bed.
"Really?" Remus asked amused. "We have to unpack, babe."
"Ugh," Sirius whined. "Can't you just do it for me?"
"Fine, I'll do it," Sirius grumbled, getting off the bed and opening his suitcase. When they were done the headed back out to the living room where the rest of the group was waiting.
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"Rental cars should be here in a few minutes and then we can go shopping," Lily announced to the group once everyone was settled back in the living room.
"Do we have to go," James and Sirius both whined. "It just seems like so much work and we're tired."
"Don't even think about trying to get out of grocery shopping," Lily scolded the two. "We're all tired but if we don't go get anything from the store we won't have anything to eat for breakfast tomorrow. So suck it up."
James and Sirius grumbled before catching the death stare that Lily shot them, shutting them both up immediately.
The doorbell rang moments later and Lily went to answer it, greeting the car rental guys with a smile. She signed the forms they had brought and then took the two sets of keys, closing the door behind her after saying goodbye.
"Okay! So James, Sirius, Remus, and I in one car and you four in the other?" Lily asked the group.
After getting their approval she handed the second set of keys to Marlene while keeping the other pair for herself. "Great, let's go!"
Lily grabbed her bag, as well as a shopping list she had made on the plane and followed the others out the door, turning around and locking it behind her. She unlocked the car from where she stood and watched as Sirius and James fought over the passenger seat.
"Figure it out you two, we don't have all day." Lily groaned, ready to get this trip over with so she could get back and sleep. They finally decided that they'd take turns, James getting to go first tomorrow and Remus getting to sit up front for this trip. She found it funny, the two kids in the back with the two adults up front.
Lily started the car and pulled out, Marlene and the others following behind in the other car they had gotten. She started the GPS on her phone to the closest grocery store and made her way down the streets of the new city they had yet to explore.
James and Sirius kept pointing out different billboards that held photos of fun attractions they wanted to try around the area. Lily promised them they'd find a pamphlet or two that had suggestions of things they could do.
Once at the store the eight of them split up into their respective couples and went around trying to find things they thought they would need. Lily stuck to the list she had made and scolded James every time he'd try to sneak some type of junk food into the shopping cart. Eventually she gave up and let him have his fun, it was Christmas break after all.
It wasn't until Lily had gotten a text from Remus that he and Sirius had been kicked out of the store that she started to feel overwhelmed and extremely tired.
"Hey, lils," James spoke softly, pulling her into a hug. "I think we've got enough to last us a few day, plus what the others got. Let's just go pay for all this and if we need to we can come back tomorrow when we aren't so tired."
"Yeah, okay, that's probably a good idea." Lily whispered, holding onto James a bit longer. She laid her forehead against his chest, closing her eyes for a few minutes before she took out her phone and texted the group chat to meet at the check out area.
When they had finished paying the group each took two bags and walked outside to find Sirius and Remus sitting on a bench looking ashamed that they had gotten kicked out of the store.
"Sorry lily-flower," Sirius said, taking the bags she was holding from her. "It was my fault."
"It's okay, Sirius. Let's just get back to the house, I think we all need some sleep."
The group fit the bags into both trunks and then got into their respective cars, driving back to the beach house. Once there they unpacked the groceries and put them away before saying their goodnights and heading to their rooms for a well-deserved nights sleep.ns 188.8.131.52da2