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Chapter 6: Do You Want To Know The Future?
A/N: Hello again! Since you're such great readers I wanted to surprise you with a super-quick update.
I hope you'll like this one. It features Alice, as I'm sure you foresaw from the title. And much more. ;)
Do You Want To Know The Future?
Professor Dante of DADA decided this morning that it was a splendid idea to give us homework. Already.
I mean, how do they expect us to like the subject when someone like that teaches it?
I wouldn't have anything against it. If it was a reasonable word count. But he crosses every line.
It's like, mate, chill out!
And since I'm mentioning Chill...
Of course he is at the library, too. His nose deep in a book, three tables away.
I glance at him.
He does this thing, like always when he's concentrating... brushing his deep brown locks away to his right side.
I never noticed, though, that he looks kind of... I don't know... peacefully... cute, when he does that.
Don't be shocked. I already said he's hot. But it doesn't help him at all. He's a jerk. And period.
Strangely, I feel lonely here without Charlie. We always sit together and do our homework while Roxy's doing her Quidditch stuff.
Lee's having her Divination class which I gladly haven't chosen as one of mine. I've heard stories about it. And I don't like them.
That weird I still am not.
I take another glance at Faldo.
He's doing it again.
How does his hair look better than mine?
I'm a girl!
Concentrate, Dora! This homework won't write itself!
I sigh and return to my school duties.
Just for a second, though.
Soon I get up, strangely-not even having second thoughts, pick up my things and go to sit with Faldo.
He looks up and as soon as he notices it's me, he furiously hides his book.
"What do you want, Dursley?"
I blink. He never calls me Dursley.
"Er... For some reason, I don't have a wish to sit alone anymore. So I thought..."
"You thought wrong." He stands up and packs too.
"Here's your table." With that he leaves the library and I'm standing there, staring at the door.
What the heck was that?
All right, this Faldo thing is beginning to get to me.
He is weirder than usual. And that's saying something.
Not that I'm worried for him. Just... I don't know.
I thought I'd never say this, but I kind of wish he'd call me Blue again. At least there's something playful about that nickname.
The way he said 'Dursley' was so... So cold.
I know he's like a robot. But sometimes, when he does these little things... Like the hair brush or, or when he smiles when I frown at him and when he calls me Blue... I forget that he's so stern and actually believe that I could maybe someday tolerate him.
I don't know.
Why am I even thinking about him this much?
He annoys me.
I glance at the door again and sigh.
But Faldo teasing me, the two of us constantly bickering... It is what holds my world in a balanced state. However peculiar that sounds... It's true.
I must be going insane.
Only that could explain why I'm considering to tolerate Faldo one day.
I'm still doing it.
* * *
"Students, open your books to page 124." Professor Binns says in that droning voice of his.
Every Raveclaw student does so.
Gryffindors, on the contrary, are doing anything but that.
Roxy and I give our best to stay awake.
Even entertaining ourselves writing dirty notes to each other.
But it's hardly helpful.
I glance at Charlie. She's sleeping. Typical.
I just don't understand how she gets all these great grades when all she does at classes is sleep.
Apart from Divination, Potions and Astronomy, of course. In those she makes up for the frequent absence of mind. And she does it with passion. It can get really annoying.
Wait, why am I complaining about her sleeping again?
Roxy smirks evilly nodding her head at Lee.
She gesticulates a poking.
Oh, I see.
I smirk back.
We take our wands out and on a silent count of three we poke Charlie with them.
She jumps up from her chair.
Mind you, she says that very loudly and to a full classroom.
Roxy and I try to hide our giggles.
Professor Binns doesn't look too happy.
Neither do the Ravenclaws.
Seriously, guys. You're not helping breaking the stereotypical view of us Ravenclaws being selfish little nerds.
"Why did you do that?" Charlie whines. "I was having the most beautiful dream."
"Let me guess." Roxy interrupts. "You saw your future."
"With Sam." I fill in, still giggling.
Charlie frowns. "I can't wait until you guys fall in love. I know it'll be torture and I'm already looking forward to it."
"I am in love." I protest crossing my arms.
Charlie looks at me with sympathy.
"You're not." She says sternly.
"I am. I am. I am."
"Dora, what is it that you like about Louis?" Charlie examines my face.
"What are you doing?" Roxy shakes her head at Lee.
"Why are you asking me that?" I stutter.
"Just answer. Why do you like Louis? Tell me."
I open my mouth.
But nothing comes out.
Who knew this would be so hard?
Lee smirks. "See? You don't know. And that's because you're not in love with Louis. He's just a fantasy, your way of escaping and hiding..."
Roxy rolls her eyes.
But I'm still.
Something actually wakes up in my body. My mind.
Like she struck a nerve.
"I think you picked him because he'll never fall for you. And you'll always be at a safe distance."
"What about you? Sam has a girlfriend, too." Roxy, my advocate.
Lee smiles. "I know Sam. That's why I like him, to begin with. I'm not saying we'll end up together. But I'm not afraid of failure. Putting myself out there. I'm not afraid to open up."
Yep. She definitively struck a nerve.
I nervously search through my mind to find something appropriate to say.
But, thankfully, Professor Binns decides he had enough of our little chatter.
We end up scrubbing the floor after class.
Has Professor Binns punished anyone before?
I guess there's a first time for everything.
"Thanks guys." Roxy hisses at us. "I really need this now when I'm supposed to train for the tryouts!"
Lee forcefully swings her cleaning cane and soaks Roxy's whole back with it.
Roxy turns around with a wide mouth and death-glaring at Charlie.
"What the heck, Lee?! What was that for?!"
"For being a suckish team mate, Weasley. I pity those poor bastards who have to bear with you."
Oh, no. Not again.
Roxy inhales deeply several times before taking her wand and pointing it at Charlie.
Charlie standing in a plash of water shaking her head.
"Payback!" Roxy smirks to herself and starts packing after I cast the drying spell on her back.
"Where are you going?!" I yell at her. "Clean up your mess!"
"Sorry, mum. I have better things to do. Besides, this is as much Charlie's mess as it is mine."
She laughs before running out.
"Havens! I'm not ready to be a single mum!" I yelp.
Charlie rolls her eyes.
I know, we're such a lovely bunch.
* * *
Scorpius and I sit together at dinner.
I missed the guy.
My older brother.
My best boy friend.
"So, you never told me how it was at your aunt Daphne's." I mutter while chewing my pumpkin pie.
I kind of eat it every evening.
I know it's not healthy!
I'm just too lazy to pick out a good meal.
I wish I have Faldo's nerves.
But I don't. So, no making me feel worse than I already do.
Just look at him. Tasting his boiled carrots. How can anyone sane like that?! I mean, really!
"All right, I guess." He shrugs.
"Just all right?" I smile at him suggestively.
He laughs. "How do you do that?"
"Do what?" I pretend to be all innocent.
"Make me wanna tell you everything. And I mean everything. Even the color of my underwear."
Charlie perks up. "Oh, do tell us that."
Roxy rolls her eyes. "Leave the boy alone, Lee. You already have one to blubber over."
Charlie crosses her arms seemingly offended and Roxy smirks.
"Ok. Now back to the story. What happened, Scorp?"
"You don't give up, do you?" He laughs at me.
"Why would I?"
"To spare us some headache." Faldo looks at me with his half open baby-blues.
I stick out my tongue at him. I usually do so when I don't believe I have an answer that will rival his. This is one of those cases.
He sighs shaking his head and goes back to, insert shudder, eating his boiled carrots.
"Can we, er, talk about this in private?" Scorpius eyes me. "Crowds make me nervous."
"Oh, come on! How do you play Quidditch then?" Roxy snorts.
We all look at her.
"What? It's a valid point!"
I laugh. Is it possible that Roxy wants to hear this, too?
Scoprius and I still go to sit a little farther, leaving our friends behind.
"What is it, Scorp?" I ask finally, at a safe distance.
He takes a deep breath. "I... I met a girl."
The whole Hall stares at me. Our friends included. They're glaring especially passionately.
"Sorry. Please, carry on."
Scorpius smiles at me. "Her name is Jane."
"Jane." I repeat with a small sigh.
"We... We kissed."
Ok, I really, really tried to stay calm.
What? You don't believe me?
Well, I don't care, anyway.
I trow myself at him and we lend on the floor.
I'm so trilled that I don't even notice the small flying camera twirling above us.
"That's great, Scorp!"
Scorp looks at me, smiling gently. "Thanks for being so happy for me, sis."
My heart does a small jump. He called me...
"Come here, dummy."
We lie-hug. And let me tell you... it is the best hug I've ever experienced. And I'm not ashamed to admit that it's with my brother. No. I'm proud of it.
It turns out, Scorpius' fling... Didn't last.
But the feeling of his first kiss will always remain.
He says it was the only moment when he didn't think of Rose. And it made him happy.
I actually wonder if he's starting to let go of her.
That is, until the next day. When all hell breaks loose.
* * *
I wake up like every day, not suspecting that my life's about to become just a little more complicated than it already is.
As soon as I open my eyes, Charlie jumps me.
"Did you read this?!" She shoves a copy of 'Daily Hogwarts' in my face.
"How could've I? I've been sleeping!"
Lee ignores my peevishness. "Read!"
I take the paper from her.
"Of course, I already knew this would happen." She sighs shaking her head.
But then, the headline strikes like a deadly virus. The one going by the name of, who else, Marilyn Gold.
Malfoy and Dursley
Finally an official couple
I drop the paper, my breath caught up in my throat.
"Oh, this is bad."
I walk into the common room, gulping.
As I expected, Scorpius' stalker-fan girls are trowing daggers at me with their death looks. You know, the ones that hoped Scorpius was single all this time because of exactly them.
But as soon as I take a glance at Al, Scorp and Faldo, I wish I stayed locked up in my dormitory. For an eternity.
Albus is crossing his arms and frowning, Faldo is pretending to read a book (Not convincing at all.) and Scorpius is glancing at me in sheer panic.
"Sit." Albus orders.
I gulp again and don't even think of doing different.
Albus can be scary. Just like aunt Ginny. I think all of them got that gene.
"What is this about?" I ask quietly.
"Oh, you really don't know?" Al looks like he's about to explode.
From rage, I suppose. No, I know. It's pretty obvious, actually.
I glance at Scorpius.
"No, no, no! Don't look at him!" Al warns me. "Eyes on me!"
"Are you sure this is the right place to do this? I mean, there are people here." I whisper.
"What on Earth were you thinking?" Al ignores me.
"Just as I thought. Nothing!" He waves his hands at us furiously.
Al then gets up and starts pacing around the room.
Faldo glances at me.
I mouth a 'what'.
He's giving me weird looks.
Al suddenly runs to Scorpius and pokes him in his chest. "How could you not tell me!? I'm your best mate! And she's my cousin!"
"I'm not saying I have anything against it. But still! It would've been nice to know before the whole school does!"
"Al, we're not a couple!" I finally yell, much to relief of all Scorp's fan girls.
"I knew it!" Faldo shrieks.
We look at him puzzled.
"What?" He clears his throat pretty loudly. " I was right, so I'm happy. Just because I was right. I'm always right."
He mutters some more before returning to his book.
"So, what is this all about?" Al eyes us.
"It's Marilyn. You know her." I say as a matter-of-fact.
Al nods his head. "So... that thing yesterday in the Great Hall..."
"It's private." I glance at Scorp and he smiles thankfully. "Scorp'll tell you later. But it's not that we're together. Besides, you know who he likes."
The fan girls begin to mutter among themselves again.
"Right... I kind of forgot about that." Al looks at us guilty. "Sorry, guys."
"It's ok." Scorp shrugs and I smile at him in a reassuring way.
"Besides, it's obvious these two are just friends." Faldo adds. "I told you, Al."
"No..." Al frowns. "What you told me is that Dora has no taste in men."
Scorpius glares at Faldo.
"I... I was just..." Faldo stutters.
"Guys, guys!" I stop the madness.
Even though this is so much fun-seeing Faldo scared to his knickers.
They all look at me.
"Not that I'm offended by being paired up with Scorpus, but we need to set things straight."
"I guess you're right. Not that she'll care anyway." Scorp sighs.
And I sigh with him.
Neither will Louis.
But when we actually do get to the Great Hall, we're proven utterly wrong.
As soon as Scorpius and I walk in, side by side, Rose Weasley stands up and runs outside past us. Almost in tears.
Louis goes after her giving me a pasty look in the process.
Is this some kind of an alternate universe?
I'm beginning to think so.
"She broke up with Dorian." Lily explains to us after we ask for an insight. "And now, every time she sees a happy couple, she automatically bursts into tears. She can't help it."
Lily shakes her head sorrowfully.
"I wouldn't have pegged Rose down as a sentimental lunatic."
"Roxy!" Lee gloats at her.
"All right, you want me to stop talking completely?!"
"Actually, I think I'd enjoy that for a moment. A very long moment!"
Lost in his own world, Scorpius is beaming.
"She's single." He almost sings.
"Scorp, not to be a downer but even when she was single before, you never had the courage to ask her out." Al says.
"I know. But now I see things clearer. Besides, I have you guys." He smiles at us lovingly.
"What do you mean?"
I'm actually a little scared here.
"Oh, you'll see." He smirks rubbing his palms against each other in a mean-cartoon-character-way.
Why do I have a feeling this won't end up good?
Oh, that's right.
Because Scorpius is the world's worst plan-maker and it won't.
* * *
That night Alice pops into my mind again and I almost don't sleep at all. It's hard to when all you think about is how someone close to you maybe knows it all. Knows where you're headed. Knows all the mistakes you'll make. All the hurdles you'll have to survive.
I mean, how am I supposed to be able to sleep?! Come on! It's impossible.
I turn to Lee and our roommates. They're all fast asleep.
Well, now I feel better.
I stand up, rubbing my eyes.
I guess I can as well go for a little walk.
I put my vest on and silently slide out. I walk down the stairs on my toes.
Happy that I managed to reach the middle of the common room with no one catching me in the process, I do a little dance.
"Nice moves, Blue."
I immediately stop, frozen.
Already knowing what's awaiting me, I turn around sighing, defeated.
And sure enough, there he is. Sitting by the fireplace. Reading a book. And how can I forget, smirking.
But I can't deny it, the 'Blue' makes me just slightly happy.
"Ok. What do you want in exchange for your silence?"
He stands up, walks to me and starts circling me like a vulture.
Which I'd say he was in his past life. If I belived in those.
"So, tell me, Blue. What are you up to?" He smirks into my face.
Oh, that is so low. Using my own words against me!
"Come on, Faldo. Just say what you want and things won't get ugly."
"You're threatening me?" He fakes a surprised expression.
I curse silently.
"No. I'm just asking."
"I didn't hear a 'please', though." He smirks even wider.
My eye twitches again. That is not a good sign. Well, for Faldo it isn't.
"Forget it. This is not worth it." I twirl around to go back to my room with four snoring girls.
Now I'm the one smirking as I turn around. "What is it, Faldo?"
He sighs. "Fine. I won't tell anyone."
I happily skip beside him to the common room entrance.
"But isn't it a little too late for you to wonder around the castle alone?"
I grin. "Why, Faldo, I'd almost presume you're worried for me."
"No." He answers immediately. "I just don't want to have your death on my conscience."
He returns to sit by the fireplace and picks up his book.
I almost scream in frustration. But decide not to. Since I fought so hard to leave this place without being noticed.
I walk out and pace through the dark corridors, Faldo's mention of death not exactly helping me feel calm.
* * *
The Owlery is my hide spot. Not that it's secret. Just with muggle technology making it big time at the wizard market, sending letters is not popular as before.
I used to come here when I was upset. Which happened almost on a daily basis. Especially in my first year.
It was all a big shock for me. Being so... hated.
I was just a child. And even though now I'm almost sixteen, I sometimes feel like that hurt child again.
But I don't run to anyone for help. I run to be alone.
It was always like that. I guess with so many people turning against me, I began distrusting them.
But can you blame me?
I'd love to be more like Scorpius. He's tough. He doesn't let it get to him that much.
And, because all of that... I wonder if I'll ever be able to let anyone in completely.
I enter the room with dozens of owls and one petite girl staring at me.
I stumble backwards.
"Havens! You scared the crap out of me!" I shudder.
Alice stands up. "I'm sorry about that."
"What are you doing here? It's so weird that we decided to come here at the same time, so late." I gasp.
"It's no coincidence, though." Alice nears me.
"What do you mean?"
Her hazel eyes search mine. "I saw you coming here."
A creepy feeling runs down my spine. "In a... vision?"
She nods and finally smiles.
I breath out with relief.
For a moment I thought she was some kind of a zombie.
Weirder things have happened at Hogwarts!
"Well... Why did you want to meet me?"
She sighs. "It wasn't my only vision of you."
My heart races up. "Really?"
She nods. "It sometimes happens when I have an important talk with someone or if the memory of that person is fresh... I get a vision of that individual."
"I understand..." I slowly nod my head too.
"I saw it in your eyes, Dora. You want to know the things I know. Am I right?"
I guess she gets it from her dad. The 'can read your thoughts just by looking at you' quality.
"Yes." I answer honestly. "What did you see?"
She smiles again. "Are you sure you want to know? I mean, I already saw whom I'm going to marry. And it took the element of surprise away. It'd love to be able to just go through life expecting the love of my life at every corner. And I'd be more devoted to all of my boyfriends. Now... I just don't think I'll be able to be so loving to them when I know that our relationships won't last. Do you understand what I'm trying to say here?"
I gaze at her.
How come she's so much more mature than I am?
Why am I like this? Why can't I just accept life as it is and enjoy it?
But no! I still need to know.
"What?" I ask, confused.
"I know that look. You can't help yourself, can you? It's the Ravenclaw in you."
I smirk. "I guess so."
"I get it. So...you really wanna hear this?"
I nod my head in anticipation.
"All right. You asked for it." Alice closes her eyes.
I suppose in order to concentrate on her memory better.
"It's a warm evening." She begins in that light voice of hers. " You're wearing a blue jacket. A male figure stands behind you. He has his palm over your eyes. You don't see anything. You're walking through a dark corridor..."
"Stop!" I gasp suddenly.
Alice opens her eyes and glances at me confused.
"I... I..." The air is escaping my lungs and I can't breath. "I... I dreamed about that... exactly the way you described it!"
"Wait... How... ?" She frowns.
"I... I don't know!" This is becoming more strange by the second. "I saw a man or a boy pushing me forward until he took away his hand and we were standing before the Eiffel Tower."
Alice's eyes twinkle with an unusual light. "That's it! That's what I saw too!"
"So... So it wasn't a dream?! It'll happen?!"
I can't breath.
I sit down on a pile of sawdust.
My chest hurts. Hard.
Alice joins me and puts a gentle hand on my shoulder.
"Are you ok?"
"What does this mean?!" I face her. "I'm not a Seer! I'm not!"
I realize how I'm acting. Like it's some kind of a disease.
And it's hurting Alice.
"I didn't mean it like that."
"No. It's all right." She looks away.
"Alice, I'm sorry." I take her hand and she gazes at me. "I'm just confused."
"I thought you wanted to know."
I look up to the stars.
Is it really possible to tell the future by studying them?
I turn to Alice again."You know who he is?"
She smiles. "I know."
A shudder slowly creeps and overtakes my whole body.
All this time, even when I tried to convince myself that it's just a silly dream, I secretly hoped that the dream guy is real. And now, when I have the chance to find out who he is... Why am I hesitating? Wouldn't it make things easier if I just knew?
But then I realize...
In my twisted theory, it most certainly would. In real life, though...
She scans my face. "What do you mean?"
I smile. "I want to be surprised."
"Yeah." I laugh and look at her once again. "But... Can you just tell me one thing about him? One thing. It'll satisfy my appetite."
Alice laughs too and stands up, nearing the entrance.
I lift myself up too.
She then turns around, giggling.
"He's at Hogwarts right now." With that she winks at me and runs off.
I laugh to myself at her playful tease and finally realize.
I'm glad I still don't know.