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Chapter 3: Surprise
"Why are you so nervous?" Alana asked the morning Draco was coming to stay.
"Um, hello, boyfriend coming to stay for the rest of the summer? I want everything to be perfect!" I said.
"Yeah, I wouldn't count on that happening." She muttered.
"What do you mean?!" I asked quickly.
"Rien, rien." Alana said waving her hand. Nothing, nothing.
I rolled my eyes. She had been making comments like this for the past week. "Whatever, aren't you supposed to be leaving with Maman et Papa to go get my stupid surprise?"
"Yep, you're gonna love it too." I could tell from her voice, I wouldn't. "Bye Aria." She said exiting the room.
I sighed in frustration. What was the surprise?! And why wouldn't I like it?! I went into Adam's room.
"What is the surprise?" I asked him.
"I'm not allowed to tell you, Aria." Adam said. "I wish I could though."
"Is it going to ruin my summer with Draco?" I asked.
"It might." He shrugged uncomfortably.
I sighed, laying back on his bed. I wanted this summer to be perfect. I needed it to be perfect. Last summer was just horrible. All because of Nate.
For as long as I could remember, I'd had a crush on Nate. Him and Adam were best friends. We all grew up together, we would spend hours playing outside. And every summer, Nate would stay with us. When we started school, nothing changed, except I guess his feelings about me.
Apparently, he started seeing me as more than just Adam's sister, and before he could tell me, I had decided I wanted to attend Hogwarts. We wrote to eachother all through my first year at Hogwarts. I told him about the friends I had made,and he told me about what was happening at Beauxbatons.
That summer was when things really changed. Nate told me how he felt, so I told him how I felt. It took Nate all summer to tell me, so I was off to Hogwarts again. But we promised eachother that we would be together for real the next summer.
By the time the school year ended, I was dating Blaise, but I had a promise to keep. I put me and Blaise on a break, telling him it was because I was going to France, which was half true. I would be in France, but I'd be there with Nate, as my boyfriend.
That summer was amazing. It was sad when it ended and we once again we had to go our seperate ways. We decided he would be my summer boyfriend and I would be his summer girlfriend, so we could date other people while we were in school.
We still wrote to eachother. I started falling in love with Nate, even though at the same time I was with Blaise, Cedric, and Ron. When summer started, I put me and Ron on a break, just like I did with Blaise. I now know that it didn't matter much to Ron, he was already cheating on me with Hermione.
By then, I was in love with Nate. I didn't want be with anyone else. I wanted to be with him all the time, not just during the summer. He said he was in love with me too. We started talking about the future. I remember he used to say we'd be together until the end of magic. Everyone knows that magic never ends, so that was a big deal. I was ready to give up everything so that would happen.
I was going to fully break up with Ron, and I wouldn't return to Hogwarts, instead I would go back to Beauxbatons to be with Nate. My parents were ecstatic when we told them. They had always liked Nate, and they thought he would be a perfect husband for me. French people marry very early, so that's why they're always so interested in who I wanted to marry.
Then Nate started acting really weird, he became kind of distant and secretive, but I never thought much of it. I was just so focused on our future together. One night, after we made love, he told me he was really going to miss me. I thought he meant he'd miss me while we were sleeping.
The next day, when I woke up, Nate wasn't in bed. I went downstairs to the dining room, he wasn't there either. My family had looks of sympathy, and Maman handed me a letter. It was from Nate. He said he was going back home for some space, he said it had nothing to do with me, and he just needed some time away.
I still blamed myself, I thought I had pushed him away. I was getting too serious and rushing things. A few days later, I was in the room where Nate had stayed,and I found a letter from a girl named Anya who went to Beauxbatons. It read:
So I asked my parents if it was okay that you come for the rest of the summer, and they said it was fine. I can't wait to see you again, I miss your kisses. We're going to have so much fun together! Let me know if you can escape Aria. I miss you so much, and I hope you can come.
I still remember the feeling I had after reading it. I felt sick and betrayed. Nate had left me for someone else, and he didn't even have the decency to tell me truth. Or even tell a lie to my face, he wrote me a letter instead. He was going to let me think I had done something wrong. I wanted to rip the letter Anya wrote to shreds, as though it would change the reason why he left. But it wouldn't.
I kept the letter as a reminder of the betrayal and the fact that Nate Onsorìo wasn't in love with me. He had manipulated me and took advantage of the fact that I loved him. Never again would I let him or anyone else do that. Of course, Ron ended up doing that, but it barely hurt, compared to the pain of Nate doing it.
Telling my parents that Nate and I were no longer together was hard. They were devastated. I didn't tell them the real reason, I used the lie that Nate had. I showed Alana and Adam the letter Anya had written, though, so they knew the real reason.
So here I am, a year later, my heart was finally put back together after Nate had shattered it, and now it belonged to someone else. Draco.
"Aria, wake up." Someone was shaking me. My eyes snapped open. When had I fallen asleep? I was just talking to Adam.
"What?" I asked yawning.
"Your surprise is here." Adam said.
I sat up slowly. "Where?" I asked.
"In the drawing room." Alana, who was behind me answered.
I got off of the bed and sighed. Adam and Alana accompanied me to the drawing room. They stopped a few feet from the door.
"What are you guys doing?" I asked.
"This is something you need to see for yourself." Adam answered.
I nodded. I opened the door, stepped in quickly without looking at anything, and then turned to close the door behind me. I was so scared to see what was waiting for me. I finally turned around.
There wasn't 'something' there, 'someone' was. Standing only a few feet in front of me was Nate Onsorìo. My breath caught in my throat. I couldn't believe my eyes, there was no way he was really there. I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't still dreaming. I wasn't. I just stared at him.
"Hey, Aria, I've missed you." He said smiling.
How dare he stand there and lie to me?! How dare he come here after what he did?! All I could do was shake my head, still in shock.
"You look amazing." Nate continued.
I had always thought of the moment I would see Nate again. All the the things I would scream at him, how I would cause him as much pain as he caused me. All of that seemed to fly out of my head.
He walked towards me slowly. A smile still in his gorgeous, betraying face. "Did you miss me?" He asked.
Nate was now right in front of me. So close, I could smell his cinammon scent. Something finally snapped in me. I slapped him across the face, kneed him between the legs, and shoved him to the floor.
"Comment osez-vous revinir aprèz ce que vouz faisiez?!" I shouted. "Vous mentir, tahir comment osez-vous vous tenez devant moi après avoir menti?! Je vous dèteste!"
In English, I said "How dare you come back after what you did?! You lying, betraying jerk, how dare you stand in front of me after you lied?! I hate you!" I stormed out of the room.
"What is going on?!" I shouted as made my way down the stairs to the living room where my family was.
"Que fait-il ici?!" What is he doing here?!
"He's your surprise honey." Maman said startled.
"Why?" I asked trying to calm down just a little. "We broke up a year ago!"
"We know, but we thought you should see eachother again. He's staying all summer, just like old times." Papa said.
"Okay, let me see if I can understand this." I said laughing out of pure anger. "You thought it was a good idea to invite my ex boyfriend, who ditched me last year, to stay for the summer, while my current boyfriend is going to be staying for summer also? That seemed fine to you?!"
My parents were usually very smart, but this is just the stupidest thing I had ever encountered in my life.
"We told them you wouldn't like it." Alana said grimacing.
"Wouldn't like it?! This is the worst thing you guys could do to me!" I exclaimed.
"Well, we're sorry, but there's nothing we can do. We can't tell Nate to leave. He's our guest, Aria. So you should calm down and accept it." Maman said.
"Well, our 'guest' is currently on the drawing room floor in a bit of pain. Just a little greeting I gave him." I said before stalking away.
I went in the kitchen. "Please leave." I said to all the house elves. I was becoming nervous. Cooking always calmed me down. I'd make cookies and brownies for Draco. Draco. Oh, how would he feel once he found out about Nate staying here?
Every time we were in my room, I saw him glancing at the pictures of me and Nate. Oh, I'm in trouble!
I was working really hard. I had made two batches of cookies,and I had put brownies in the oven. I was washing the dishes I had used when the kitchen door swung open. I didn't have to look up to know it was Nate. I pretended to not notice him.
"Ignoring me after you attacked me. Not very nice of you, Aria." He said. I didn't respond, I wasn't giving him the satisfaction. "Correct me if I'm wrong,but it seems like you're not happy to see me. And you're cooking? What am I making you nervous about?"
I slammed the bowl I was washing into the sink. "First of all, don't pretend like you know me, or that you have any affect on my moods. Second of all, of course I'm not happy to see you! You are a lying, betraying piece of shit!"
"What are you talking about, Aria?" Nate asked, sounding genuinely confused.
"Don't stand there and act like you don't know what I'm talking about!" I yelled. "I know the real reason why you left! I know all about Anya!"
"Aria, I have no idea what you're talking about. Really." He stepped towards me.
I shook my head. "I saw the letter she wrote you telling you that you could stay with her." I said quietly. He just looked at me. He knew he was caught.
"Did you have fun, Nate? Are you glad you got to escape me?"
"I-it wasn't like that it-"
"I am not stupid." I whispered, determined not to cry. "But I was stupid for loving you."
"Listen to me. Y-you weren't supposed to find out like this. I was going to tell you." Nate insisted.
"When are you going to stop lying to me?" I said angrily. "Why don't you tell me that."
"Aria, if you just give me one more chance-"
"No." I said. "I refuse to make the same mistake twice. You had your chance, and you lost it."
"I'm gonna win you back." He said seriously taking another step closer.
I took a step closer too, ready for the challenge. "No, you're not."
Our faces were so close, and he started leaning in. A part of me didn't want to stop him.
"Aria!" Maman voice said, and I snapped out of my momentary relapse, and stepped away from Nate.
"Yes?" I called.
"Draco is here."
"Send him in!" I said.
"What the hell is a 'Draco'?" Nate asked.
"Not 'what', 'who'. And my parents didn't tell you?" I asked, a smirk coming on to my face.
"No." He said as Draco entered the kitchen.
"Hey." I said walking up to Draco, and kissing him hard on the mouth.
"Wow." He said wrapping his arms around me tightly and getting ready to kiss me. Then he noticed we weren't alone. "Um, hi." He said akwardly.
"Hey." Nate said. He held out his hand. "I'm Nate, Aria's boyfriend."
"What?!" I asked.
"No, he's not." Aria said coldly. I relaxed. I had easily recognized Nate. What the hell was he doing here?!
"Well, I'm Draco. Aria's actual boyfriend." I said.
"Are you staying for dinner?" Nate asked as though it was any of his business.
"Um, I'm staying for the summer." I answered matter-of-factly.
"Really?" He asked. "So am I."
"Huh?" I asked hoping I heard him wrong.
"Draco, I made you some cookies and brownies." Aria said quickly. Aria cooking? That could only mean one thing.
"Are you nervous about something, babe?" I asked looking at her strangely.
Aria giggled nervously. "No, of course not! I, uh just wanted to make you feel welcome." Her voice is unaturally high, and I know she's really nervous. But about what?
"That was really convincing." Nate mutters, and Aria glares at him. How would he know? He shrugs at Aria, smirking. "What? You're voice is all unaturally high, and you did your nervous giggle."
He seems to know Aria just as well as I do. I don't like that at all.
"Oh tais-toi!" Aria snaps. She told him to shut up. Good thing she did before I did.
"I'll shut up lorsque la magie se termine." He said smiling. "When magic ends." This seemed to affect Aria a lot.
"Don't ever say that again." She whispered dangerously. She turned to me with a smile. "Come on, hun, let's go unpack your stuff."
As we left the kitchen, Aria gave Nate the dirtiest look I had ever seen her give anyone.
When we got up the the room I was staying in, Aria turned to me. "I'm really sorry about that." She said.
"Who is he?" I asked.
"He's my ex." She answered hesitantly.
So I was right, there had been something more than a "school boy crush". But that didn't explain anything.
"Why is he here?" I asked. I was trying not to sound as threatened and worked up as I really felt.
Aria shook her head. "My parents thought it would be a wonderful surprise for me if he stayed here for summer, like old times." She sighed. "They are so clueless."
I realized how bitter and angry she sounded. Their break up must have been bad. "What happened between you two?"
"What do you mean?" She asked.
"I mean, when were you two together? How long were you two together? Why did you guys break up? Why do you hate him?" I didn't mean to sound so paranoid and nosy, but I just needed to know.
"You really want to know?" Aria asked nervously. I nodded. She sighed and sat down on the bed. "All right, I'll tell you..."
I'm speechless after Aria tells me all that happened between her and Nate. I'm seriously shocked at Nate's betrayal. How could he be stupid enough to leave Aria? She was going to give up everything to be with him, and he just brushed it aside like it was nothing. Now I'm sure he regrets it.
I'd be lying if I said that the whole relationship didn't bother me. I mean, she was actually in love with this guy, and she was going leave everything behind, just for him. Her parents wanted them to get married. They had it all. I'm so glad Nate fucked up, though. Otherwise this could be a different conversation.
I couldn't imagine what might have happened if Aria hadn't come back to Hogwarts last year. Where would I be? Who would I be with? Would I still be in love with her? Of course I would. I couldn't stop loving Aria if I wanted to. I had already tried once and failed.
"I know that was all really horrible for you, but I'm so glad Nate fucked things up with you." I said.
"And why is that?" Aria asked.
"Because then I wouldn't be here. And you wouldn't be mine, and I would have never won you over." I said bringing my face closer to hers.
She smiled. "I guess something good did come out of him being an asshole, huh?" We kissed. And it still felt the same. It didn't feel like her ex was here to possibly tear us apart. I could see it in Nate's eyes. He wanted Aria back, he would do anything to get her. But too bad for him, I would do anything to keep her.
Aria leaned back on the bed, bringing me with her, kissing me harder with each passing second. I held her down, kissing her as passionately as she was kissing me. Showing her I would never screw up the way Nate did. Showing her I was truly in love with her, and no one else mattered but her.
She pulled away, out of breath. I brushed her wavy hair out of her face, so I could see her clearly. Her dark blue eyes seemed to pierce my grey ones. I couldn't read her for some reason.
"I love you." She whispered so softly, I barely heard. The chill I used to get when she said my name, I now got when she said those words.
"I love you too." I whispered back, kissing her again.
"Well, this sure brings back memories." A voice said. I pulled away from Aria to see Nate in the doorway, the jealousy clear in his face.
"What do you want?" Aria asked, annoyed.
"Dinner time, mi amour." He answered, before leaving. He called her "my love" I hated that.
Dinner with Aria's family and her ex. This should be interesting.
A/N: Sorry there wasn't much of Draco's POV, but the next chapter, there will be. What did you think about Nate? Thanks for reading! :)