Jily AU Week Day 2 Prompt: Muggle AU
Summary: Newly-elected Prime Minister Potter has his work cut out for him. If only a certain red-headed MP weren’t deliberately making life harder for him.
Acknowledgements: Three cheers for Katie and Lindsey, who held my hand as I ventured into new territory. Three more cheers for Nikki for correcting my British politics. This wouldn’t have been possible without your guys’ encouragement. :)
James has just delivered a particularly ribald answer to a question on nuclear power when it’s her turn. He leans on the podium with one arm and turns sideways, looking back to find her.
The Honorable Member for Hastings and Rye sits tucked up on a backbench among a bunch of senile old men from Labour, a vibrant shock of youth and color among drab suits and grey hair. The Conservatives are still booing him, but she takes no notice. She stands with her shoulders back, her red hair tucked in a practical bun, and a vintage scarf tied elegantly around her neck.
James sends her a winning smile.
“The Prime Minister may not be aware,” she begins, ever so respectfully, “that in the month since he took up residence at Number 10, there has been a fifteen percent increase in total household expenditures.”
She’s suddenly drowned out by a wave of discontented noises from James’s Labour mates. She’s one of Vance’s and fuck it all, why didn’t Vance warn James about this?