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Chapter 49: The Future
Disclaimer: I am not J.K Rowling who owns most of the things mentioned below, I am not Taylor Swift who owns the story title. I do however I own the OC's and piece of the plot. Thank you for reading.
Another Hogsmeade weekend came around and so Sarah found herself sitting in the Three Broomsticks hoping to see the cute waiter again, only this time she was joined by Tyler rather than Coralie. This wasn’t ideal, she couldn’t really see Tyler being willing to giggle over a hot guy with an accent with her.
Then again, this was Tyler she was talking about and weirder things had happened.
She didn’t get much time to think over this, as the barman made his way out from behind the bar and passed their table- without even realising what she was really doing she turned to Tyler and whispered furiously at him over the table. “Say something to him”
“What?” Tyler responded, half-yelling but Sarah quickly shushed him. She motioned to the barman walking passed and repeated her words again. “Him?” Tyler asked, furrowing his eyebrows slightly and watching after the man.
“Yes” Sarah said with sigh before her voice dropped down to what is was before. “Now quick, say something when he walks past” Tyler didn’t respond and as the barman passed again, Sarah was prepared to hex her friend when the barman stopped in front of their table.
“Hello, my name is John. Are you happy now?” Sarah burned bright red and turned her attention to a spot on the table that didn’t really exist though once John was gone, she smiled widely.
“You’re a little red there, Sarah” Nathaniel teased, drawing a seat up next to Sarah.
“Don’t you have any friends or are you intent on taking mine?” Tyler huffed, turning back to his butterbeer in order to ignore Nathaniel- he didn’t seem to notice the difference at all.
“Actually yes, why are you here?” Sarah asked, though she was much more polite than her friend had previously been.
“Cora’s out buying something for someone’s birthday apparently, I didn’t want to tag along” He explained, Sarah nodded understandingly but Tyler continued to ignore him. The three of them fell into an awkward silence, or at least that was the way Sarah perceived it. It wasn’t until John walked past, sending a wink in her direction that Nathaniel broke the silence. “Someone’s got their eye on you then” Sarah blushed again and averted her eyes to the table, all the while- they same small smile playing on her lips.
Rain poured heavily down on Leeds and therefore, down on Violet. She was beyond sick of this English weather by now; she was ready to move back to France as soon as she could. In fact, the thought had been running through her head for a while now.
She loved the art classes she was taking in Leeds; she’d even made a few friends that she occasionally went out for a coffee with or maybe to the local library. Nothing more though.
Friends weren’t her main reason for wanting to move back to France, she hadn’t really had many friends at home either- she was more comfortable without them, besides she and her siblings had now become a lot closer, who else did she need really?
That was really the only thing keeping her England- the rest of the family. If she moved back to France, sure she could move back into their old house and get it all fixed up again but it would be at least two years until her mother was willing to move back at least then Angus, being the last of them to go through school would have finished.
Violet knew that the rest of her family didn’t really love England, sure Coralie and Angus adored Hogwarts and all the friends they had met there but for as long as all of them would live, France would always be home.
With this thought, she carefully stepped into the rain- propping up an umbrella she had borrowed from her mother and darting into the rain. Even with the umbrella, she found herself soaked through and through by the time she even reached the next place to take cover under.
She could see, a little in the distance that Jacob was waiting for her in the tiny little car that she had once hated with every fibre of her being. She supposed that due to the fact that it no longer bothered her, signified that she had in fact grown up over the year- and for that, she was incredibly glad.
She waited for the rain to die down slightly before she madly dashed towards his car, holding her art book as close to her stomach as she possibly could- she couldn't stand the thought of her art being ruined. Once she reached the car, she went to grab onto the car door to swing it open only to find Jacob etched the car forward slightly. Despite the fogging of thee car, she could see Jacob laughing through her hair that had begun to stick to her face.
"Stop it" she said, she didn't raise her voice like she would have a year or so ago. She didn't quite understand why, but for some reason she was even laughing. Eventually, Jacob swung open the door and Violet slipped in. She threw her bag and umbrella into the backseat as well as her art book before looking over at Jacob and laughing.
"Come on then, let's get home before you soak my car too much" Jacob chuckled, pulling out of the parking space and headed in the direction of their house. They were silent for a while, Jacob's favourite muggle radio station playing in the background.
"I've been thinking" Violet started and Jacob pulled a face in a teasing manner; he didn't have to speak for Violet to know what he would say. "I might move out"
"You, move out before me?" Jacob responded, half in a serious manner and half in his usual joking manner.
"Angus will probably move out before you, Jakey" She teased in response and he sent her a fake glare. "But really, I think I want to move back to France"
"Don't you like England, Vi?" The joking manner is his voice had almost completely disappeared by now. Violet wanted to shake her head, there were parts of England she loved- the people, the landscape, the buildings, the history- it was all amazing but there was something missing for her. Something that kept it from being home.
"France is home" She simply responded and Jacob made no reply. This left Violet wondering whether she was needed too much here, with her family.
Regulus Black usually wasn't the kind of person who got caught up with Hogwart's latest gossip but this year, that was different. His friends sometimes joked around with him, telling him he was going to become a giggling girl from Hufflepuff if he paid much more attention but it wasn't the 'she stole my boyfriend' kind of gossip he was interested in.
It was Sirius. Sirius, Millen and Bennett to be exact. Something about that little love triangle caught his attention more than he would have expected. Those who didn't know Regulus, Sirius or anyone in the Black family whatsoever would have said he was just looking out for his brother, but Regulus didn't look out for that blood-traitor. Not anymore.
He found it ironic that Sirius had fought so hard to break away from pureblood traditions only to find himself caught in a love triangle with two other pureblooded girls. He had to wonder what his mother would say if she knew.
Technically she did know, or at least she knew about Millen and Bennett separately. Mrs. Black wasn't the kind of woman who got caught up with gossip either, as long as it wasn't tarnishing the good name that Regulus had built up for himself. If Regulus were the one mixed in the web, he could only imagine the one his mother would pick out.
She would tell him that they both had redeeming qualities, while they were both Gryffindor both of them came from good pureblooded lines that dated back centuries- though Bennett would earn an extra point for being the first Gryffindor in the family- that was a trait that could be stamped out if need be. Their French heritage would certainly please his mother too, for some reason she had a taste for the Parisian lifestyle despite never leaving England herself.
Personality wise, Millen would earn big points for being a manipulative little bitch but Bennett could be viewed as the perfect lady- much like Regulus' cousin Narcissa. In fact the two of them probably shared some qualities; Regulus had never bothered to speak with the former though. Millen however reminded him more of his cousin Bellatrix. It was difficult to say which of those two his mother would prefer.
He knew Sirius wouldn't care though, though it made Regulus wonder whether he'd pick the opposite of whichever his mother would choose just to spite her. He was exceptionally good at doing that for the past seventeen years of his life and Regulus doubted that it was something Sirius would ever grow out of.
"Still daydreaming about all the attractive boys in our year level, eh Reg?" Barty Crouch Jr, one of Regulus' best friends asked with a chuckle. Regulus only snorted in response before the two of them headed down to dinner together, all of the younger Black's thoughts buried deep into the back of his mind.
Something was wrong. In fact, something had been very wrong with Remus for weeks. It bothered Miranda endlessly; there was just that constant nagging noise in the back of her head to remind her that something was wrong. Even when things felt perfect, it was still there making sure to keep Miranda on her toes at all times.
She'd asked him about it, a few days back and he had simply told her that he was fine.
If there was anything Miranda hated in the world, it was that one word- 'fine'. What did it even mean? Did it mean that Miranda was the one causing all the problems? Was she so blind to have missed the signs completely? If she thought about it, it made sense somewhat.
She'd tried to be a good girlfriend; the whole werewolf thing never bothered her, honestly. She tried not to show pity, she knew Remus did not take well to that at all but she was at a lost. She didn't know how to act around him anymore.
And there it was the big problem.
They weren't made for each other, at least not anymore but then that was saying that they had once been made for each other and Miranda didn't know if that was truth. She could hardly think straight when that thought entered her mind; it consumed her- all day and all night.
She couldn't bear to ask Remus in fear of hurting him even though she knew something was wrong, he knew something was wrong too. Hell, probably half the school knew something was wrong by now. This didn't help her out at all though; she wanted to be able to talk about it with someone.
Lily had been off with James all week though- the pair of them were so close now that everyone was just waiting for the day when they came out as couple. Coralie was much the same with Nathaniel, though obviously the two of them were together now and were becoming closer and cuter every day. Mary was off with Cory, though sometimes they appeared to be having difficulties they always seemed strong. Alice and Frank were forever inseparable. Kiki was off flirting with that Alex boy again. Marlene had thrown herself head first into studying which left one person.
And so, Miranda found herself sitting across from Shelena in an abandoned classroom that very afternoon.
"I don't understand why you need me" Shelena asked, the venom in her voice as cutting as ever. The two of them had never really been close friends so it made sense that she would have to ask.
"I didn't know who else to talk to" She responded, staring at the ground though for a moment she swore she saw a smug smile on Shelena's lips.
"What seems to be the problem then Miri?" Shelena asked in a patronizing tone.
"This isn't some psychologist appointment" Miranda stated harshly and Shelena nodded. "I need help with Remus" Shelena perked up at this, a grin appearing on her face within seconds of the words leaving Miranda's mouth.
"That, I can help you with" She twisted the side of her lips slightly and let out a small chuckle. Instantly, Miranda wondered whether this would be a good idea after all.
Hogsmeade was pretty much empty compared to the usual trips; apparently most of the students had decided it was far too cold and instead stayed back at school. Most of the seventh years however, with the exceptions of one or two, were all in attendance for what would be their last trip of the year.
This thought hadn't left Alice's mind for the entirety of the past two weeks. She would miss Hogsmeade in a way though she knew she could easily apparate there if she was ever in need for some Honeydukes chocolate. She was more excited about the fact her seventh year would be drawing to a close shortly and then she would be free.
Free to be with Frank whenever she wanted. At this, she turned her head to smile at him as he laced his fingers with hers and squeezed her hand tightly. He had managed to get the weekend off Auror training in order to come and visit her for the afternoon.
"The Three Broomsticks?" He asked with a grin and she nodded in reply, cuddling into his side in order to keep herself warm from the freezing weather- Frank smiled down at her with what she and her friends had deemed the 'Frank-smile' before they were together and while he was still in school.
It seemed crazy to her that in less than six months she would be finished at Hogwarts for good and would be starting her own auror training under Mad-Eye Moody. She was excited but she was scared as well. She wondered if she would become too busy to able to catch up with her friends and whether she'd even ever see some of them again. It had passed all of the girls’ minds that they would all be heading in very different directions.
Coralie was even considering heading back to France for a few months to catch up with the friends she had back there, she knew it had passed a few of their minds as to whether she'd ever come back. Sometimes it seemed like the only thing that was keeping Coralie around was Hogwarts and Nathaniel. Well in a few months Hogwarts would be gone from their lives and it was highly likely that Nathaniel would follow Cora wherever she would go.
While the rest of the girls were staying in England for the timing being, it didn't mean they wouldn't be apart for a while. Marlene was beginning Healer training almost straight after graduation, Lily was being thrown into planning her dreadful sister's wedding to a man that Lily described to look 'more like a whale than a person'. Mary wanted to travel around Britain more and to hopefully discover her family history a bit more; of course Cory would be tagging along.
The other's futures hung in the air. Who knew what Kiki would end up doing with her life? And Miranda? Sure, Miranda was intelligent enough to get into whatever she wanted and everyone knew she'd get the grades but she seemed uncertain. And then, there was the big one- What would happen to Shelena?
"You alright?" Frank asked, taking both of Alice's hands in his in order to warm them up a little- she smiled at him softly.
"Just thinking about the future" She responded.
“Whatever happens” Frank paused for a moment to kiss her hands, “I’ll be there”
Authors Note: I'm so sorry that I skipped my update on Wednesday, I've been super busy with school and being sick this past week but now I'm all better so expect my regular updates again. I'd like to thank Keziah for helping me choose who to put in this chapter, also if anyone else has any requests of characters they'd like to see more of then tell me in a review- I will try my best! Anyway, thank you for reading and see you all on Monday.