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Chapter 3: The Madness of Going Back to Hogwarts
After our little bathroom party, Scorpius and I headed back out to the party. He seemed a little bit happier than in the bathroom but I didn't see him for the rest of the party, so I assumed he was with Albus while I was hanging out with Rose.
And since I was avoiding Albus (I didn't want to face him. No, I was not being a coward. I just didn't want to look at his git-face. There is nothing wrong with that) and Scorpius was avoiding Rose (or so I assumed, because one time he was getting butterbeer and she was getting butterbeer and when he saw her, he practically ran away from her. Unfortunately Rose noticed, but I just told her that he probably saw a spider and that it had nothing to do with her. But then she went on about how she didn't care if it had anything to do with her because she DID NOT like him in that way, but we shared a look that said we both knew she was lying. So I changed the topic before I would have to comfort ANOTHER person. We were at a party. Where everyone lets loose. Not where people were upset over the people they like.) So anyway, I never saw Scorpius until we were leaving and even then he still seemed upset but he was a little giggly. Something made me suspect the firewhiskey that James and Freddy managed to steal had something to do with it.
The next two weeks went by rather slowly. Scorpius and I seemed to have a non-spoken agreement to not have Albus or Rose over for the sake of the other one. I got letters from Rose and I went over there a few times but Rose would always ask me about Scorpius and then talked about why he seemed to be avoiding her. (All this coming from the girl who couldn't even admit she liked him. I swear that girl would never admit it, even if they were getting married or having sex or ANYTHING. She was such a stubborn little bugger.)
I didn't like seeing Rose miserable and I didn't like seeing Scorpius miserable, so I decided that I'm going to do something about it.
I decided that this year, our sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I would get Scorpius and Rose to go out. Or admit they like each other and then go out. I honestly was not picky as to which one, just one of those.
I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to do this, but I was going to.
When there's a will there's a way. And I had a will. A large will, to see both my best friends happy with each other. So they will.
No matter who got in my way.
I would take out any slags that tried to lure Scorpius in with sex and stuff and I would take care of any boy who asked Rose on a date.
That was, if Rose didn't kill the slags, and Scorpius didn't kill the boys.
This should be an interesting year.
Finally, the day to return to Hogwarts came. Scorpius and I had already gone to Diagon Ally and gotten everything we needed. Since we were going alone, we made sure to find out the times Albus and Rose were going and go at a different time. Of course there was always the chance of running into them, but we managed not to. I was proud of us. We got everything and didn’t blow the money on stuff we didn’t need. Other then that, we didn’t do much. We trained for Quidditch together (we were both Chasers) and hung around the Manor.
I loved Scorp, but when the day of going back to Hogwarts came and the thought of not having to spend every minute with him (because all of a sudden Albus and Rose were always at each others’ houses, so we were avoiding our two best friends. We couldn’t even see Louis because he was with them) I was more then excited.
“Come on we’re going to be late!!” I yelled as my wonderful Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin were lagging behind me.
“Addison,” Astoria said to me. I decided to stop walking and wait for them. “Addison, slow down. It’s only 10:50. And we’re already at the barrier.”
I looked and saw that we were, in fact, standing right in front of the brick wall that separated Platform 9 and Platform 10. In my excitement to get to Hogwarts, I totally was going to miss the barrier. I’m so dumb sometimes.
“Alright, Draco go with Scorpius,” Astoria said.
They walked calmly to the wall, Scorpius acting like he was trying to find a platform, when they suddenly disappeared through the wall. None of the Muggles noticed, all too busy in their own business. I was about to start walking toward the wall myself when Astoria’s hand held my arm back. I turned to look at her and saw that she had that look on her face. The Addison-We-Need-To-Talk-But-You’re-Not-In-Trouble look on her face.
“Addison what happened at the Weasley’s party?” she asked. She wasn’t angry, I could tell that much, just curious. I was about to say that nothing happened when she said, “And don’t say nothing because ever since then you haven’t been going over there anymore, especially when they are having the Potter’s and the other Weasley’s over, which is normally when you and Scorpius are begging to go over there.”
“Well,” I said. I didn’t know if I should tell her the full truth or just a general overview. “Albus and I got –“
“Into an argument and he brought up your mother and you ran into Rose’s bathroom crying, while Louis and James proceeded to beat up Albus and then Rose came and yelled at Albus,” She said.
I was very confused as to how she knew all this. Was she a seer? Merlin, she must be! That must be how she knew! I HAD AN AUNT WHO WAS A SEER! THIS WAS AWESOME! I SHOULD ASK HER WHAT MY GRADES WILL-
“Before you start thinking something ridiculous like that I’m a seer,” Astoria said. Well, okay then guess that was out. “Hermione told me at work. She heard it from all the kids.”
“That family never can keep a secret,” I said, smiling. I loved them, even with their loud mouths.
“No they can’t,” Astoria said, checking her watch and seeing that it was only 10:53. “But why couldn’t you tell me? You normally tell me more then enough when it concerns Albus.”
This was true. Normally when I argued with Albus, I tended to still be pissed off when I got home and then Astoria would asked me what was wrong and then I'd spill everything out. So Astoria knew about all our arguments and comments, but I could tell that she thought that me not telling her signified something.
“I don’t know why I didn’t tell you,” I said. “It just went farther then usual and I didn’t feel like sharing. He was being a bigger git then normal and I just didn’t want to relive what he said to me.”
“Oh Addie,” she said, hugging me. She only called me Addie occasionally, normally when I was upset over a boy or Scorpius was being stupid. It was her way of comforting me. “Albus is a boy. And boys, well they take things too far. Draco said the meanest things to me when I first met him, but inside I found the wonderful man he is now.” As she talked about Draco, she was smiling at the memory. “Boys don’t know how to talk to girls, especially girls they fancy. And especially when the girl fancies them back.” Wait, WHAT? “Albus is just being a boy, and it’s normal. Look at how Scorpius talks to Rose. He can barely say anything to her.” She looked down at her watch again. “Oh, it's 10:55, we should probably get onto the platform.”
As she led me to the platform, all I could think about was what she said. She thought Albus liked me?! That was just, just…hysterical!! I could totally picture him being all “I totally like Addie, I’m going to seduce her by insulting her mum and reminding her no one loves her. I think that’s a great plan”. Albus did not like me. Astoria was wrong. Also how could she think I liked him?! He and I argued all the time, I hated him! I honestly didn’t know why I thought Astoria was a seer.
I hated him, and he hated me.
That was it, nothing else, zero, zilch, nada. Anyway you could say “nothing” or “zero” or anything else that was synonymous to that, that was what Albus and I were.
“Hey, what took you girls so long?” Draco asked. Well Draco, your wife was making silly comments about Albus and I fancying each other.
“Oh, just some girl talk,” Astoria said. “Now do you two have everything?”
“Yeah,” Scorpius and I responded in unison.
“Alright and you will write us?” She asked again. She never liked goodbyes. She missed us a lot. Then again when you have a wonderful person like me, it is understandable to miss me.
“Yeah, Mum,” Scorpius said, leaning in to kiss her on the cheek and hug her. “I love you, see you over Christmas break.”
So we said our goodbyes, and Astoria only teared up a little bit and then Scorpius and I got onto the train.
“So what was the girl talk about?” Scorpius asked once we were on the train and trying to find a compartment.
“Well, your mother is under the impression that Albus and I fancy each other,” I said, while looking into the window of a compartment to see if it had anyone in it. “Which is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.”
“Well, it’s understandable where she is coming from,” Scorp said.
“What? How is it understandable?” I said, wondering what was wrong with my family. “If arguing all the time and not being able to not throw insults at each other is love, then Albus and I are deeply in it.”
“That’s not what I meant,” Scorpius said. “It’s just that you two do spend a lot of time and energy on each other, whether it be arguing or insulting or throwing death glares at each other, that it seems like you guys could.”
“That makes no sense,” I said, stopping and turning towards him, even though we were in the middle of the hallway. “If a boy and a girl liked each other, then they would be trying to make the other one like them, not insulting them all the time and reminding them no one loves them. Only very stupid people would do that and I am not stupid. Albus, maybe, but even he is not that stupid. There is no fancying going on and no matter what, there never will be.”
“Never will be any what?” I heard a voice from behind me say. I turned and saw the wonderfully gorgeous face of Louis Weasley. I hadn't seen him all summer because I was been avoiding Albus and he was one of Albus’ best friends, which meant I rarely got to see him. Even though he was one of my best friends too.
“Louis!” I said, and jumped on him forcing him into a hug. There were joys of being short because then when you hugged someone, they could pick you up in the hug. So that was how the hug between me and Louis was, him holding me and me, with my arms and legs wrapped around him like if I let go, I would die. I was getting death glares from many girls because Louis was AMAZINGLY hot. Hottest boy in the 6th year, easily. And he was hugging ME. Ha, bitches that’s what you get for him not being your best friend, but mine.
“Hey Ads!” Louis said, as he set me down. Scorpius had that look on his face where he knew that by The Law of Family, you killed any bloke who touched your female family members, and that by The Law of Mates, the bloke never goes near family, so Louis would never like/love/seduce me (sadly). So he was torn between killing him and not.
Silly over-protective boy.
“I got a compartment down a little ways for us,” Louis said, taking my trunk. (Did I mention he was chivalrous too? Because he was. He so was. He was the perfect boy I swear. If I had to pick anyone in the Potter/Weasley family to marry, it would be between him and James. But he would probably win because then we could have wonderful veela children.) “I haven’t seen you guy around lately. Parties were definitely more dull without you guys.”
“Yeah, we got caught up in some…stuff,” Scorpius said. Stuff sounded better then what we were actually doing, sitting in the Manor, bored out of our minds because we didn’t want to see his cousins.
“Well that stuff better have been worth not coming,” Louis said, as he slid open the door to the compartment.
“Oh it was,” I said, walking in and noticing there were two people already in there.
The very two people who were the reasons why Scorpius and I were doing stuff and couldn’t come over.
“Addie!” Rose said when I sat down next to her, avoiding the gaze of the boy who sat across from her. “I can’t believe you and Scorpius never came over after the party. Why?”
“They had stuff to do,” Louis said, sitting down beside me.
"Oh, well that sucks. We missed you!" Rose said, before turning to Scorpius. "Hi Scorpius. How was the rest of your summer?"
Oh, just by looking at her face you could tell how much she liked him. Someone would have to be a complete idiot not to notice.
"Um..it was...it was good," Scorpius managed to stammer out. Just looking at HIM you could tell how much he liked her. He was looking at her all shyly and Scorpius was NEVER shy, so he really really liked her. (And through this whole thing I thought about how my cousin was such an idiot that he wouldn't ask her out. This is why I had to take matters into my own hands).
They just sat there looking at each other shyly for a little while and I sat there looking like a creeper for looking at them and the git across from me kept staring me down.
"Well..." Louis said. Apparently, this was very awkward for him.
"Um, Scorpius and I should go to the prefect meeting," Rose said, blushing because she knew that she was caught. She and Scorpius were chosen as the Gryffindor prefects last year. I knew Rose would get it because, hello, it was Rose. I was shocked when Scorp got it though because I just assumed that Albus would get it because of his dad. But it's good to see McGonagall doesn't base her choices on who people's fathers were. But on how awesome they are.
And let's face it, Albus sucked.
"Yeah would hate for you two to miss it," Louis said. "You being good students and, what did that letter say last year, Rosie? Oh, yeah 'an example among your peers'." Louis laughed. Maybe Scorpius shouldn't have been a prefect if that was what they were supposed to do. He couldn't even talk to a girl he liked, how could he be an example?
"Oh, shut it Louis!" Rose said. But she was smiling as well. "You're just jealous because YOU didn't get chosen as a prefect-"
"Like I would've taken the job!" Louis said back. He was one of the more laid back Weasley's. Not a stick-in-the-mud like his Uncle Percy but not a giant prankster like his uncles George and Fred (RIP You Wonderful Jokester). A nice medium. "That sounds like a lame job to have. Am I right Albus?"
Everyone looked at the boy sitting across from me. Well, actually, everyone but me did. Because he was staring me down. I could feel his stare blazing into me and I wasn't going to look at him. On principal. No matter how awkward or creeped out I was. (I was very awkward and very creeped out, by the way).
So I settled for examining my hair. And I had a lot of spilt ends. I should get that fixed somehow. There must be a spell somewhere that I could use to solve my spilt end problems and then I will have perfect-
"Addie, can I talk to you?" I heard Albus say. I was still examining my hair.
"Sure, go ahead," I said, without looking at him.
"I meant in private," He said. At that, I stopped obsessing over my split ends (although I need to get them fixed) and looked at him. And everyone else staring at us. I looked over at Scorp and from the look on his face I knew that if I said I didn't want to go, then he would support me. And not going sounded good to me. I'd rather not be insulted again.
But then I locked eyes with Albus.
His eyes were pleading with me, asking me to come with him. He wanted me to know what he said was going to be important. And for some reason, I couldn't force myself to look away. And before I even registered what I was saying, the words, "Yeah, sure" were out of my mouth.
Albus got up and so did I. So did Rose and Scorpius because Rose made a comment about how they were going to be late if they didn't go then. They still were both blushing and weren't really looking at each other but I saw them steal glances at one another. (Have I mentioned how adorable they are?)
As the four of us left the compartment, (despite Louis whining about how he had to sit alone because we were all leaving and what horrible friends we were for leaving him alone with no one to talk to) I looked over at Albus to see him open a door a few compartment's down from where Louis sat whining, going inside and then two seventh years coming out. They were a boy and girl and her hair was messed up and his shirt was untucked and his belt was undone.
"Addie, down here," Albus said to me. The couple looked over at me while I headed over to the compartment and gave each other a look. The guy saw Albus and I and winked at us with a smirk on his face.
Oh Merlin. They thought we're hooking up.
What was it with people today?! First Astoria, saying that Albus and I liked each other and then these two random people thinking we were going into the compartment to do...stuff that I didn't even want to think about doing with Albus.
Even though he was hot. But that was beside the point.
When we were both in the compartment with the door closed, we both stood there awkwardly.
"So," I said after a few seconds. I couldn't stand standing there any longer. "You wanted to talk to me?"
"Yeah," Albus said. He looked nervous. "Well it's about what happened at the party-"
"Oh, you mean when you were a complete arse and reminded me my mum left and no one loves me?" I said. I couldn't help interrupting him because hearing him starting to talk about the party caused me to become pissed off.
"Yeah, about that-" Albus started again, but I interrupted him again. (I liked interrupting)
"Did you get satisfaction in seeing me cry?" I took a step towards him, like I always didin fights with him. "Did you enjoy knowing that you broke me? That you finally hit the spot that counted?"
"That for once you actually beat me in a fight? That you made me run away from you, sobbing-"
"God dammit Malfoy! Stop interrupting me!" Albus said. He actually raised his voice a little for this, which we never do. "I didn't say it to make you cry, or hurt you badly. I said it because I was angry and when people are angry they say stupid things. I didn't think it would effect you that badly, so I said it!"
I was in shock but that didn't stop me from saying, "Well, you knew it would have some effect on me-"
"Of course I knew that," Albus said. "But I didn't think it would be so bad. I've already had to hear from everyone what a jerk I am for saying that! James and Louis took turns beating me up before Rose took them off, and then Rose yelled at me, and then Scorpius told me off, and then my mum and my dad too! My whole bloody family told me off for that and I already feel so fucking bad about saying it and I don't need you fucking guilt tripping me too when I'm trying to fucking apologize!"
Like at the party, we were standing so close to each other that I could really look into his eyes. And this time, not only did I see the beautiful color but also I could tell he meant it. He wanted to apologize.
And that was the weirdest part about all of this.
"Oh," I said, much calmer and quieter then before, while his green eyes were locked to my blue ones. "Well I'm sorry for accusing you then."
"Don't be," he said, his voice matching mine. "You have a right to be angry at me. I'm an idiot. I shouldn't have said that."
I would have been fine with this because these last few seconds were the most civil that we've ever been towards each other, but he took it one step further.
"I'm sorry Addie."
A/N: This isn't very good. Sorry about it.
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