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Chapter 9: The Truth is Out
Disclaimer; Coralie De Luca/Bennett, The rest of the De Luca/Bennett family.Any other OC's and the plot are all owned by yours truly. The story title is taken from the song of the same name by Taylor Swift and the lyrics included by Three Days Grace. The amazing chapter images for the past chapters are made by the amazing !lifeisasong over @ TDA. Everything else is J.K Rowling's.
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"Good morning, oh lovely world we live in," Marlene sang, pulling Alice's curtains back in order to let the sunlight stream in.
"Damn you and your morning person-ness," Alice groaned, pulling her blankets over her head.
"I second that," Coralie, replied muffled by her pillow.
"Come on, sleepyheads. It's a beautiful day outside. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining. And there are three incredibly hot guys standing topless by the lake."
"What?" came the reply of the girls as they all sprung out of bed in order to see these “incredibly hot topless guys”.
"They are definitely worth getting out of bed for," Coralie said, leaning against the window in order to get a better look."I bags the black-haired one. "Dark and mysterious, just my type." Just as she finished her sentence the three boys turned around, and, catching their eyes on the girls, they winked.
"Ew, Marauders," Kiki commented, walking back to her bed and getting back in the covers."So not worth getting up for." The girls all agreed and continued doing whatever they were before. Coralie still stood at the window, staring down at the black-haired one. Sirius caught her looking again and winked up at her for the second time. She blushed, trying hard to hide it before rolling her eyes and walking back over to her bed, hoping for another few hours’ sleep.
When the girls finally woke up, feeling refreshed, it was almost time for lunch. Coralie was a tad surprised - she could hardly ever sleep in, and when she did the latest was probably around ten o'clock before she gave in and got up. Coralie linked arms with Alice as they all walked down to the Great Hall.
"I saw you looking at Sirius before," she whispered into Coralie's ear. Before Coralie had a chance to deny it, she continued. "I don't blame you. He's not half-bad to look at." Both girls smiled as they walked into the Great Hall, taking their place at the end of the table. She looked around the Hall quickly, her eyes finding a pair of grey ones staring straight at her. She smiled softly at Sirius, and he returned it with another wink - Coralie was beginning to wonder if he could show another kind of emotion when he smiled flirtatiously at her before jerking his hand to the door and then using his eyes to signify the two of them. She stared at him for a moment before glancing over to her talkative friends and then back to him. She nodded and stood up.
"I just forgot the Divination homework we have. I really need to do it." She smiled nervously - there was no way these new friends of hers would believe her. First of all, there wasn't any Divination homework, and secondly, she'd done all her homework last night.
"God, I'm starting to wonder why you weren't put in Ravenclaw," Kiki sighed. Coralie noticed that her mind was elsewhere. The other girls simply nodded as Coralie left. She found Sirius waiting for her just around the corner, leaning casually against the wall. Some of his hair had fallen into his eyes and Coralie had to fight herself to resist brushing it out of his eyes.
"Hello there," he smirked, drinking her appearance in.
The conversation quickly changed paths as Coralie disappeared. Kiki was only half-listening; her mind was on Alex and how she was going to get him to ask out Coralie. She noticed him sitting by himself at the Hufflepuff table. Didn't he have any friends? Maybe Coralie would be good for him. She stood up, muttering an excuse before walking over to him and sliding into the empty seat next to him.
"Just hurry up and do it, Crawford, before you change your mind again."
"Oh, back to a last name basis, are we, Soho?" Alex asked, raising his eyebrows ever so slightly.
"We never left, Crawford," Kiki replied, trying to be as innocent as she possibly could - this didn't work out overly well for her.
"It's too difficult. She'll just say no anyway."
"It's simple. Walk up to her and ask her to Hogsmeade. See? Simple."
"What if she doesn't know who I am?"Alex said, absentmindedly playing with the hem of his school shirt. Kiki sighed frustratingly. Now he was just making up pathetic excuses.
"How could she not? You sit behind her in Potions and you practically drool over her. Besides, Lily and I already told her you like her," Kiki said nonchalantly, ignoring Alex's murderous stare.
"What about her and Black?"Alex retorted. He seemed to enjoy coming up with pathetic reasons not to ask Coralie out.
"What do you mean? There's nothing going on between her and Black."
"Like you didn't see the two of them this morning. They were having eye sex."
"Lily?" Alice asked, staring at the letter in front of her.
"What's up, Alice?" she replied, sitting next to Alice on Coralie's bed.
"Another letter came for Coralie." The other girls all crowded around her.
"Should we open it?" Miranda asked, staring at letter. All the girls turned to face Lily, who shrugged her shoulders and slowly opened it, her eyes staring at the small piece of parchment.
Hogwarts, oh dear Hogwarts. The safest place in the wizarding world with old Dumbley there, but let me tell you this, dear. He doesn't scare me. Did you really think you could escape me that easily? Until Miss Bennett made any good friends who'd be willing to stick by her, even with your past? Waiting tightly for your reply. Let your mother know that your family's demise is underway.
Lily stared at the note with wide eyes, the other girls all watching her in anticipation. Marlene spoke first.
"Was Kiki right? It was Alex, right?" Lily shook her head - she was too focused on collecting her thoughts to speak. "Who was it then? Cory? That Ravenclaw from Charms?" Lily shook her head again. "Black?" Lily's eyes went wider, if that was even possible.
"First of all, why would Black send Coralie a love letter? Bit too romantic for him."
"Obviously you've been ignoring the sexual tension between the two of them." Lily looked outraged.
"There is no sexual tension between Cora and Black."
"Lils, I hate to say it, but you must be blind not to see it," Alice piped up.
"I will ignore that and move on. As I was saying-"
"So you admit the tension’s there?" Mary asked. Lily ignored her.
"It's not really what I'd define as a love letter."
"What is it, then?"
"It's more of a I-have-something-against-you-but-I'm-not-going-to-tell-you-because-it's-actually-really-stupid-so-instead-I'm-going-to-ruin-your-life-because-I'm-secretly-in-love-with-you letter."
"Also known as an IHSAYBINGTTYBIARSSIIGTRYLBISILWY," Miranda pitched in.
"So what do we do?"
Authors Note; Considering the queue has been closed and my updates have been pretty slow I decided to give you guys this mega chapter. There are probably heaps of questions like, Whats happening with Cora and Sirius? And what about Alex? And who is Coralie's sweetheart? Well, here's where I be extra mean and say you'll have to wait til next time. It'd be really great to have some more reviews, although the eighteen I have at the moment are amazing I'd love to hear what the rest of you think. I'd like to thank the twenty three people who have favorited this story so far and odd 3,000 that have read the previous chapters. I never thought I'd get such amazing results from this story. So THANK YOU! Depending on school and things I hope to have the next chapter out in the next fortnight or so.