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Chapter 4: The new love fixation
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“So I was thinking, since I’m going into Hogsmead with Sirius, maybe you could ask Jordan or something, because otherwise you’d have to stay here alone and then I’d feel bad. Oh I know, I could get Jordan to ask you, then you wouldn’t look desperate…”
Kelsie kept talking, unaware that the person she was talking to, wasn’t listening.
Lily Evans was confused. She had been confused before; in exams, during lessons and even at home, but this time it was like her whole world had been taken over and the only thing that mattered was trying to find answers to the questions rattling her brain.
They had only been back a few days, and yet, almost everything had changed.
“Lily! Lily? Lily!?” Kelsie demanded, bringing Lily back to reality.
“Oh, um sure that sounds great!” She said quickly, adding a smile to make her answer seem more genuine.
“So you’re ok with asking professor Slughorn to Hogsmead? Wow, I never realised he was your type!” Kelsie replied with mock surprise.
Lily sighed, “Sorry Kelsie, I’ve just got a lot on my mind at the moment”
Kelsie gave her friend a hug and a sympathetic smile. “This whole head girl thing must be tough” She sussed, linking her arm through Lily’s.
Lily held onto Kelsie’s arm a little bit tighter, she felt so bad for not correcting her, and telling her best friend that actually her hatred for James Potter had dissolved in the space of minutes.
The two girls entered the dark and dingy dungeon, which smelled, for once, not unpleasant.
“Ah! Lily, would be so kind as to tell us all what potion I have concocted today?” professor Slughorn enquired, pointing to the cauldron bubbling merrily on his desk.
Lily weaved her way between the desks till she reached her destination. The potion had a mother-of-pearl sheen and its steam rose in spirals. This was just too easy.
“I believe it’s amortentia, Sir. The strongest form of love potion” Lily said, her clear voice echoing slightly.
Slughorn smiled at his favourite student. “Yes, yes you are right. Of course! 10 points to Gryffindor.” He dipped a ladle into the love potion and poured it into 25 clear vials. “Right, I want each of you to take one of these vials, and to analyse the substance within. For example I want you to state its appearance and smell, then explain why it looks/smells like it does. That is all”
Kelsie grabbed two vials and took them back to the desk, that she and Lily shared. “right lets get to it then” She said, getting out a quill and potions book.
Lily nodded in agreement. She already knew what it would smell like, as a couple of years ago, she had stumbled across a brew of the stuff when talking to Professor Slughorn. Lily dipped her quill in the ink and began to write what the potion smelt like.
“I know you’re clever, but I think it’s best if you smell it before you write about it!” Slughorn suggested, leaning over the two friends.
Rolling her eyes, Lily picked up the vial and raised it to her nose. It would smell like pine needles, freshly baked bread and vanilla. Inhaling the spiralling steam, Lily knew something was wrong.
“Sir, I think mine is faulty” Lily exclaimed, in shock, sniffing it again.
All she could smell now was; wet pavements, freshly cut grass and oranges.
Slughorn frowned and took the glass from Lily’s hand.
“No, it is perfect. I hope you’re not suggesting, by that comment, that you think I’m an inadequate teacher?” Slughorn said, the normal warmth, gone from his voice.
Lily recovered from her initial shock “Oh no Sir! It just smells completely different, compared to the last time I smelled it.”
A small smile appeared on her professors face. “But Lily, you surely know that the smell does change for each person, depending on if they have a new love fixation etc…”
Lily gasped, fear seeping through her whole body. “Thank you professor, for settling my previous confusion”
“That’s ok Lily, we all get puzzled sometimes!” Slughorn replied, bumbling off on his merry way.
“Lily!” Kelsie whispered, kicking her friend under the table.
Lily looked up to see Jordan Lloyd sauntering over, running his hand through his hair.
Jordan Lloyd was a tall, hansom, 7th year Gryffindor, with brown hair and big brown eyes. Not including James Potter, he was one of the best looking boys in the whole school.
“Hey Lils. Was wondering if you wanted to go out for a butter beer this weekend at Hogsmead?” He asked, with a cheeky smile on his face.
Lily’s mind went blank. Jordan Lloyd was talking to her!
“Sure!” She blurted out, tucking her hair behind her ear and smiling back.
“I’ll meet you in the Gryffindor common room at 10 on Saturday then” He said, winking, then going back to his own desk.
Once the class had been dismissed, Kelsie waited till everyone was out of earshot, before shouting: “YOU HAVE A DATE WITH JORDAN!”
However, Lily’s reaction wasn’t what she expected.
“What’s wrong with you?! You’ve always thought he was hot, and you loved the way he smelt of…”
“Pine needles, I know!” Lily murmured, covering her face with her hands.
“Seriously, what is wrong with you! You’ve been acting weird all day!” Kelsie said, truly worried about her friend.
Lily took a deep breath in before replying “Sorry, I’ll be normal from now on!”
“Hey, you’ll never be normal!” Kelsie replied, pulling Lily in the direction of their next class.