The weeks Lilly spent with Zach felt like the best time of her life. She had never felt so happy. Zach made her laugh and she felt so comfortable with him.
Christmas was fast approaching Hogwarts and Lilly was so excited about it.
"Oh my gosh, I love Christmas!" She told Zach one day while sitting cuddled by the fire, Zach on a comfy chair and Lilly sat by his feet.
It was snowing lightly outside but was sure to turn into a blizzard through the night.
"Really?" Asked Zach.
"YES! I love all things Christmas! Don't you?" She replied.
"I'm not really a big fan of Christmas. It's kind of depressing at my house." He shrugged.
Lilly gasped in mock horror. "But. But the decorations! The presents! The food!!" She said, the food was her favourite part.
Zach sighed. "The food's okay I guess. But we don't... Really have... Um presents."
"Oh. Well. Christmas isn't about presents anyway! It's about spending time with the people you love!" Lilly said comfortingly.
"Oh. Yeah. About that. I have something to tell you." Zach said with a weird expression on his face. He reached out to pull Lilly up to sit on his chair with him and took her hand.
She was suddenly worried. "Um. Yeah?"
"Well. I've decided to stay here for the holidays! I know you're staying, And if Christmas is about spending time with people you love then... I wanna spend it with you." Zach said.The last part a shy whisper as his cheeks flushed rosy pink.
"Zach! That's amazing! Thank you so much! You're the best!" She kissed his cheek lightly.
"I hoped you'd be pleased." Zach grinned widely, resting his head on her shoulder.
Lilly really was pleased.
The weekend before Christmas there was a Hogsmead trip and Lilly and Zach had planned to go together, when Annah and Audrey convinced Lilly to go with them. She did need to get Zach a present after all and it was going to be a surprise.
When Lilly told Zach the day before the trip that she was going with the other girls he seemed relieved. "Of course that's fine! My friends have been bugging me to go with them anyway!" He said when she told him. "I'm going a bit early with the guys so I'm not going to see you in the Great Hall." He sighed sadly.
"Oh. Okay then. I'll see you in the common room after the trip then." Lilly said, a little disheartened as she usually ate with Zach, Annah, Audrey and a few others at meals.
"Have fun sweetheart." He tilted her head up with two fingers on her chin so their lips were at the same height and kissed her gently. Lilly closed her eyes as she pressed into him. He pulled away slightly and so did Lilly, but Zach just pulled her into his arms in a warm embrace.
"You too." She said to his chest, slightly breathless. He rested his chin on her head.
"Okay. I've got to go." Zach said, kissing Lilly one last time and walked to his friends.
"Bye." Lilly whispered to no one in particular, too quiet for anyone to hear. Don't be stupid. You two can't spend everyday and night together.