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Chapter 17: Part II - Let Christmas Begin
Charlie escorted me down the stairs and towards the Great Hall.
Tonight was going to be a perfect night, I was with the perfect guy – someone I had waited for since third year, umm…well, will wait for – and I had the perfect dress – thanks to McGonagall – and I was with some of my new friends.
All of us where paired off, David, Virgil, Jayson, and Vladimir were the only ones with out dates so they where tagging along behind the line of couples. Bill had gone with one of his friends from a different house.
Jasper and Victory hadn’t taken their eyes off the other since they first saw the other, Josh and Honor followed behind them.
Why, oh why did I get stuck with him! I heard Vladimir’s thoughts break into mine.
I turned around to see David humming again (this time to the tune of Yankee Doodle) with Vladimir walking next to him, one hand rubbing his temple, the other kept clenched, deep in his pocket. Virgil was staring at the Christmas decorations of the walls, mumbling something under his breath (every now and then one of the fairies in the lamps would turn a bright-violet color before going back to normal) while Jayson was hurrying off to the Hall as to get away from Vladimir’s wrath.
I shook my head with a smile and turned back to Charlie.
You should have gotten a date then Vamp, I thought.
I could see the jerk Vladimir gave when my voice spoke inside his head.
But he recovered quickly.
Well, excuse me—but I had to deal with you not having a date, I didn’t have time to find one.
I smirked, Yeah right, you don’t even like anyone do you?
Maybe I do.
I rolled my eyes, No, you don’t
Yes, I do! His voice came back annoyed.
No you don’t
Yes I do
No you don’t
YES I do
Ok I don’t
I smirked, knew it!
Well, uhh…I turned around to see him sticking his tongue out at me.
Oh, very mature.
He jerked his head towards Charlie; Just go back to your date sis.
Oh, I will…
I closed the connection, gave one last look at David who was skipping down the hall, stopping every now and then to give a famous line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
I sighed, my spell had worn off and now he was back under Jayson’s Jinx. His wand must have backfired drastically for him to still be under the spell.
‘But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?’ David said, kneeling down and looking up towards the ceiling, ‘It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!’
‘It’s a damn fairy.’ Vladimir hissed grabbing the scruff of David’s collar and pulling him up into a standing position – which was slightly difficult because David was a good four or five inches taller then him.
The fairy – which was still an amethyst-purple – shook her fist at Vladimir, Virgil trying to hold a laugh in while she did.
David placed his hand over his heart as Vladimir tried to pull him up, the other was reaching out to nothing, ‘Oh true apothecary! They drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss—’
‘DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!’ Vladimir dropped his hold on David and stepped back.
‘—I die!’ And with that David fell on the floor clutching his chest and tongue handing out.
‘Oh, you have got to be kidding me…’ Vladimir knelt down and pulled David once again to his feet.
Charlie had stopped to watch the interaction between the two and was now holding back his laugh – failing miserably, just like Virgil was.
‘Um…you might want to–to take him to the h-hospital wing.’ Charlie laughed.
Vladimir rolled his eyes, swung his arm around David took keep him standing and started down the corridor to the left. Virgil finally released his laugh and continued past Charlie and I to the Hall.
Charlie and I turned back around to see everyone else laughing and clutching at stitches in their sides.
‘Are you ready to go down to the hall now my lady?’ Charlie whispered, holding out his arm.
I nodded and took it as we started once more down the stairs.
Nothing could ruin this night.
‘The potion is complete Albus. Now may we please send those brats back to where they came from? The know-it-all is getting on my nerves.’ The sneer was more pronounced then usual for the Potions Master.
Blue eyes a glint the Headmaster shook his head with a slight smile, ‘Not yet, let her enjoy her night for a few more hours, and then we shall send Hermione Granger back to her home with young Mr. Nyx.’
‘No Severus, let them be.’ He turned his attention towards the window, his eyes deep in thought.
The Professor took this as his dismissal and left with his cloak billowing.
The Great Hall erupted with beauty before my eyes. Holly and mistletoe where entwined in chains of garland across the ceiling.
Twelve-foot trees where decorated with all different sorts of ornaments, some even had blue-flamed candles.
Icicles hung down from the ceilings paired with the light-snow fall making the finishing touches for the Hall.
Everything was perfect.
Not even Poinsettia Brown – who walked by in her scanty strapless red-dress and nose so high in the air we thought she would tip backwards – could ruin this evening.
‘W-would you like to dance?’ Charlie asked, his eyes staying on me as Poinsettia tried to grace her way between us.
I smirked – smart man.
‘Um, sure.’ I laughed as he took my hand and tripped nervously as we started towards he dance floor.
‘I-I’m sorta new at this—dancing that is.’ He replied as he took my waist and pulled me gently towards him.
I smiled, ‘Me too.’
The music was slow and just kind of floated through out the Hall. It was graceful but passionate, and soon all the couples where dancing close to their partner – their foreheads softly resting against the others.
Charlie caught the hint, and pulled me slightly closer. My arms wrapped protectively over his neck as I fell into his warm embrace.
The song ended too soon and Charlie left to get us drinks. I made my way over to a table where Victory and Jasper where seated, with Virgil.
Virgil was sitting next to Jasper taping his wand absent-minded again. Everyone in a while he would point it towards his water glass and make it boil with light blue and azure bubbles.
‘Virgil, what type of wand is that? It is made of bored wood or something?’ Charlie laughed walking up behind me.
‘Actually, it’s made of Elder.’ Virgil replied casually.
‘Really? What’s it made of?’ I asked curiously, taking the free seat next to Virgil. I took a closer look at his robes and noticed that they where a dark bottle-green, different from the other boys – especially David’s – which where plan black.
At least it had no lace. I smirked at the thought of Ron at the Yule Ball.
‘It’s fourteen inches,’ He replied, holding his wand in front of him with a finger on each end, ‘The cores made up of a Thestral’s heartstring.’
‘Ohh, I have never heard of that before. Does it work well? What spells are it’s best? Charms? Transfiguration? Jinxes? Or maybe Defense?’ I said with a single breath.
Everyone’s eyes grew as I went on about his wand, Virgil started to look like he was actually beginning to enjoy the evening a little more.
‘Transfiguration works best, but it’s pretty great with defense spells as well. Charms are okay.’ He sat up a little straighter – finally coming into a conversation. And not looking bored for once, ‘I haven’t tried any Jinxes, but it’s perfect for Dueling.’
‘Oh, mines best for Defense. Really it’s—’ A bright silver light shot out from the corner of Virgil’s wand.
A fox erupted from the tip of the wand and started to prance around the Hall. Blue sparks shot off as it pranced around the room, setting a few tapestry on non-burning fire.
‘VIRGIL PEREGRIN TOOK!’ McGonagall’s stern tone rung trough out the silent room.
I broke out laughing at the sound of his name, it was very—fitting.
‘Sorry.’ He blushed and placed his wand carefully in front of him, his hands withdrawing to his lap.
With a swish of her wand the flames where gone. McGonagall through one last stern frown towards the Beater and returned to her conversation with Dumbledore.
The fox strutted back over to the boy before dissipating into the rooms light.
My hand flew to my mouth – trying to stiffen a laugh.
‘S-s-so, what are the b-best spells with y-your wand?’ Virgil stuttered.
‘Oh,’ – a small laugh escaped – ‘Charms mostly. It’s my best subject as well.’
‘Mines Arithmancy, Transfiguration as well.’ And that was how the night progressed.
Charlie placed his arm around me protectively as Virgil and I continued out conversation. A warning to any boy that dared to challenge him.
It was a magical evening. Nothing could ruin it.
It’s ready. Vladimir’s words rung through my ears.
I froze mid-sentence. That would only mean one thing.
‘It’s ready.’ His real voice replied. I turned around to meet his scared-brown eyes.
I nodded a few tears building at the side of my eyes.
I was going home.
AN ~ Mwhauwhuahwauu, dreaded cliffy! Sorry for the long wait, hope this wasn’t a totally crappy chapter. I was re-reading it again and again and it just isn’t up to my usual best. But as always leave a review if you please with your thoughts on it.