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The Receptionist and The Courier

Obligatory shoutout to my true loves, alrightevans​ and alrightblack

Summary: James Potter does not particularly enjoy being a receptionist. He does not like talking on the phone, he is terrible at remembering to be polite, he is notoriously bad at stamping the date on incoming mail, and he is inexplicably awful at operating a laminator.

Lily Evans certainly had not expected to be working for the post office when she was doing her A-Levels, but here she is, two years down the track, cycling around town as though her life depends on it.

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James Potter does not particularly enjoy being a receptionist. He does not like talking on the phone, he is terrible at remembering to be polite, he is notoriously bad at stamping the date on incoming mail, and he is inexplicably awful at operating a laminator. The job was only given to him as a favour to his mum by the head of HR, and so far, he has hated every minute of it.

Well, that’s a lie. There is one part of his job that James very much enjoys, a single slice of heaven to break up the exceptionally dull rest of the day. Every morning at ten fifteen sharp, the post is delivered to the front reception of Hills: Financial Advisor, and every morning at ten fifteen sharp, James smiles his only genuine smile of the day.

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Lily Evans certainly had not expected to be working for the post office when she was doing her A-Levels, but here she is, two years down the track, cycling around town as though her life depends on it. She neither adores nor abhors her job; there are high points and low points (the lowest of these being number 7 Eadon Crescent’s excessively aggressive Rottweiler). The highest point, however, is when she delivers the mail to Hills: Financial Advisor.

This particular expedition has not always been a high point for Lily. When she had first begun her route, the Hills’ receptionist had been a frumpy middle-aged woman who didn’t even look up when Lily came through the door. But, by some godsend, about three months ago, she was replaced by possibly the most gorgeous man Lily has ever laid eyes upon. Lily lives for the few minutes a day when they exchange pleasantries and she can bask in his glorious smile.

Once, she had not stopped her iPod properly when she entered the building, and he had complimented her on her music taste before recommending another band. His recommendation proved to be fantastic, and she has had an enormous soft spot for him ever since.

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