Fandom: Harry Potter
Main Pairing: James Potter/Narcissa Black
Side Pairings: Bellatrix Black/Tom Marvolo Riddle; Andromeda Black/Ted Tonks; and Lily Evans/James Potter
Warnings: alternate universe; and het
Prompts: (Character) Narcissa Black; (Feeling) Love; (Word) Earth; and (Word) Practice

Rewrite the Stars
008. Third Times is the Charm

Narcissa Black frowned as she checked the short message. Nothing had changed since she last checked the note – and it still read the same as it did this morning in Ancient Runes. James Potter had managed to slip the note into her note as they headed into class, and Narcissa found it when she went to retrieve her silver ribbon to pull her hair back. When she found it, Narcissa caught James winking at her before he turned his attention to Remus Lupin and Lily Evans.

Meet on the Astronomy Tower at seven tonight. –JP

Fighting the urge to sigh or run a hand through her hair, Narcissa leaned against the wall. What was keeping James? She knew he had a busy schedule today between classes, Quidditch practice, and his duties as Head Boy, but he was running late. He was almost thirty minutes late – and that was a few minutes ago when she last cast the Time Charm.

It took nearly all of her will power to resist casting Tempus, again. The time would have only changed by a few minutes. The change in time would only serve to annoy her and make her irritated with James. Narcissa would stay, and she would patiently wait until eight o'clock. At eight, she would return to the Slytherin common room, plotting revenge.

As she continued to wait, Narcissa found her thought drifting to her family and her relationship with James. While James was a pure-blood gentleman from a decent family, her parents wanted her to marry Lucius Malfoy. Lucius was from a prominent dark family with politics and ideas that were closer to her own family's. It seemed as though she were facing a difficult decision: her wants and desires or those of her family's.

Narcissa was a good daughter: steadfast and faithful. She showed no signs of rebellion, like her sisters had. Bellatrix chose to forsake her betrothal to Rodolphus Lestrange in favor of T. Marvolo Riddle, a high ranking employee at the Ministry of Magic, and Andromeda had eloped with Ted Tonks, a muggle-born wizard. According to her parents, Narcissa needed to marry Lucius in order to redeem their family name and restore their honor. It was a lot of pressure.

If she were honest with herself, Narcissa admired her older sisters for putting themselves first. They were going after what they wanted, not their parents.

While Lucius was polite man, who could be kind and thought, he didn't Narcissa's heart racing like James did. Narcissa knew she felt something strong for James. Her breath caught every time they entered the same room, her heartbeat sped up when he walked by, and her skin tingled whenever they stood close enough. There were times, when they were together, she swore she was flying, though her feet didn't leave the earth. Narcissa was certain that this – with these feelings – was love, but she didn't think about it too much.

How did James feel?

James and Narcissa had only been dating for a few months, since April of their sixth year. It was November of their seventh year, and Narcissa didn't know how James felt about her. In the weeks before he asked her out, James stopped chasing after Evans, and he barely glanced her in direction these days, which made Evans frown and stare at James.

Pushing herself off of the wall, Narcissa crossed over to the windows. She glanced in the direction of the Quidditch Pitch, which appeared to be vacant. Her eyes dropped to the grounds, looking over the students walk around.

"–understand, Potter?" the voice of Lily Evans said, pulling Narcissa from her thoughts.

Turning, she bit her lip. She waited, holding her breath, as the door opened to reveal James Potter.

"Not now, Evans," James snapped, glaring at the witch. "I'm running late."

Evans reached out, grasping his shoulder. "No!" she hissed. "Not until you tell me why."

James' hazel eyes met Narcissa's gray eyes. He offered her a small smile. "Because I fell in love with someone else," he answered, "and I can only hope she feels the same way."

Narcissa's eyes widened.

"But you love me," Evans said, her voice close to a whine. "Everyone knows a Potter only falls in love once, and you loved me first."

"I never loved you, Evans," James told her, fighting to keep his voice steady. "I was interested in you, but I would never allow myself to fall in love with someone who was rude and disrespectful."

Evans' grip on James loosened as she stood there in shock, allowing James to walk away. He headed straight for Narcissa, pulling her into his arms.

"B-but," Evans said, tearing springing into her green eyes, "I love you."

James shook his head. "And I love Narcissa," he declared, staring down at his girlfriend.

Evans stood there, staring at them.

"Do you have plans this Yule?" Narcissa asked, staring into James' hazel eyes.

He shook his head. "Only going home to my parents," he replied. "What are you thinking?"

"I hear Yule is an excellent time to get married," she suggested. A witch couldn't ask a wizard to marry her, but she could suggest it.

James smiled. "I'll write my mum," he promised before pulling her into a kiss.

Narcissa smiled into the kiss. It would appear that she was the third Black daughter to elope. Hopefully her parents could recover from the shock. She had a few letters to send in the morning. Bellatrix and Andromeda better be available for her wedding.

Count: ~900

This was written for

Are You Crazy Enough to Do It Challenge
208. (Feeling) Love

Build a Zoo Challenge
(Enclosure) Ostrich: (Setting) Astronomy Tower

Can You Make It Until the End Challenge
Round Eight: Write a fic about (Character) Narcissa Black about an important event in their life. (Two of three.)

Character Boot Camp: Character Diversity
15. Practice

Character Boot Camp: Favorite House
01. Earth