This sort of ran away from me a bit…
They were all gathered in the Potter’s kitchen for Sunday morning breakfast, as it had become something of a tradition. Lily was making fresh orange juice and Sirius was at the stove, cooking bacon and blueberry pancakes. James was seated at the table, feeding mashed bananas to his two year old son.
“Is Harry awake yet, dear?” Lily asked, slicing another orange in half.
“I believe so.” James said, wiping some of the mush off the toddlers face with his knuckle and then licking it off. Lily made a face at him, but he didn’t notice. “He leaves for Hogwarts in three days, I don’t think he’s slept much at all since his letter came.”
Sirius laughed, “Little tyke can’t wait to get away from you two.”
“That’s not funny, Sirius.” Lily frowned.
“Oh pish. I’m yanking your chain, love.”
“Morning mum, dad, Uncle Pads.” Harry said with a large grin on his face as he sauntered into the kitchen. “I tried to wake up Jane.”
“And?” Lily prompted.
“Well,” Harry looked around the kitchen and held his hands out. “Do you see her?” Sirius laughed and Lily clicked her tongue.
“Don’t speak to you mother like that, young man.” James said. “And you haven’t said good-morning to your brother yet.” Harry rolled his eyes and walked up to the drooling toddler.
“Good morning, David.” He patted him on the head and David shrieked with excitement and started banging his fists on the table.
Lily cocked her head to the side and smiled. “He’s going to miss you.”
Harry grinned a bit, but tried not too. “I suppose I’ll miss him as well.”
“I won’t miss you.” Jane snapped, marching into the room and angrily taking a seat next to her father. “Prat you are, waking me up at eight o’clock.”
“Good-morning, sunshine.” James lent over and kissed the nine year old on her cheek. She crossed her arms and slouched over in her chair.
“Is Uncle Remus coming?” She asked.
“I’m not good enough for you?” Sirius asked, twirling around and waving his spatula in the air. Jane and Harry exchanged a look and then both started laughing at the same time. Lily patted Sirius on the shoulder and tried not to let him see her smile.
“Remus should be over here soon.”
“Is he bringing the funny lady with the pink hair?” Jane asked, now completely over her morning funk.
“Not this morning.” Lily said. “You like her though, don’t you?”
“She can turn her mouth into a duck’s mouth.” Jane giggled. “And she has pink hair. I like pink, so I like her.”
“Sounds reasonable.” James said with a nod. “You want to finish feeding David for me?” Jane agreed and James stood up to get the plates out of the cabinet. “So, what are you most excited for, Harry?”
“I don’t know. Everything!”
“Sounds about right.” Sirius laughed. “Though your dad and I have to have a talk with you before you go.”
“What kind of talk?” Lily asked, raising an eyebrow at her husband.
“Relax Lily, we’re just going to talk to him about girls.” Sirius shrugged. Jane and Harry exchanged yet another look, Harry’s face had gone slightly red but Jane looked confused.
“I can tell you about girls, seeing as how I am one.” She flicked her red hair over her shoulder and sat up straight. “Girls are sweet and nice and better at everything than boys are.”
Lily bit her lip and started shaking with silent laughter as James nodded along with his daughters words. “I’d like to add that they are also always right.” James said. “Always. Even when they are wrong.”
“That’s very important.” Sirius said solemnly.
“Morning everyone!” Remus walked in through the back door and walked up to Lily, kissing her on the cheek. “Sorry I’m late.”
“S’fine.” Sirius smirked. “How’s Dora?”
“Excellent, thanks for asking.”
“You might want to join this conversation, Remus.” Lily said, an amused expression on her face. “They’re giving Harry girl advice.”
“Isn’t Harry a bit young to be dating?” Remus asked.
“Dating!” Jane shrieked. “Ooooo! Harry’s got cooties!”
“All boys have cooties.” James said, ruffling his daughter’s hair. “Never forget that.”
“You can’t tell her that and then give Harry advice about girl!” Lily put her hands on her hips. “That’s not right, James.”
“Yeah yeah, alright. Nobody in this house is allowed to date until they’re… forty.”
"That’s exactly the kind of overly dramatic proclamation I would expect from you.” Remus laughed, falling onto a seat next to Jane who grabbed her dad’s hand and smiled up at him.
“I don’t want to date anyone. I just want to live here with you and mum forever.”
“If only.” James smiled ruefully and then looked at his eldest son. “But in all honesty, you shouldn’t be thinking about dating anyone until you’re at least thirteen.” Then he looked at Jane and mouthed, “Sixteen.”
“And stay away from the redheads.” Sirius said, slinging his arm around Lily’s shoulders. She rolled her eyes.
“They’re nothing but trouble.” James nodded. Harry, still red in the face, grinned.
“I’m eleven. If I’m not allowed to date for another two years, can we hold off on this conversation till then?”
“Sounds perfectly reasonable. Besides, it’s time to eat.” She brought her pitcher of orange juice to the table just as Sirius was putting the last of the pancakes and bacon onto a plate.
They sat around the table, they joked, they laughed, and most importantly, they were not dead.