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Chapter 50: Love and Hate
Disclaimer: The OC's and parts of this plot belong to me. The story title belongs to Taylor Swift and everything else if J.K Rowling's- I do not claim ownership to it. Thank you reading!
The corridor seemed quiet as Coralie made her way down to the Great Hall for dinner that night. She had spent the entire day in outside with Nathaniel despite the fact it still hadnít warmed up, but they had split ways in order to head to their respective Common Rooms and had promised to meet down at dinner.
And so Coralie continued on her way down to dinner, smiling at a few of the younger students she had seen around the common room. Besides them, she was pretty much alone. It had been a very rare occurrence since Halloween, her friends had all made a pact with Nathaniel to make sure she wasn't left alone for too long, not when Shelena could find her.
She was grateful that her friends took good care of her but there were times she just wanted to have a nice quiet break and some time to herself- to read a book or rather to sort through the material her mother sent her about the curse. There had been no breakthroughs as of yet, at least none that would help her in any way.
"Enjoying your sweet life?" Coralie sighed, wishing for once that her friends were actually stricter and never left her alone. She really wasn't in the mood for Shelena's silly games right now and therefore, she didn't bother to grant Shelena with a response. "Come on Bennett, don't let me be bored"
"I'm not some toy for your entertainment Millen" Coralie shot back and Shelena lips twisted with joy at her words.
"Haven't you learnt anything so far this year Bennett?" Shelena replied with a smirk plastered on her face. "Everyone is toy for my amusement. You, Nathaniel, Lily, James, Alice, Kiki...Sirius" Coralie pursed her lips together.
"Well, no one wants to play with you. It's about time you learnt that" Shelena only chuckled wildly in response.
"Sweetheart, what makes you think I care if you want to play or not?" She whispered, her eyes twinkling with excitement. "Just like Leo doesn't care whether he plays with you or your sister, you're both easy to crack"
"That's funny" Coralie responded, her voice filling with malice at the mention of Leo's name. "Your pathetic brother hasn't had the time apparently to bother us" Shelena tensed at this and Coralie filled with pride. She was about to walk away when Shelena grabbed onto her arm and pulled her back.
"Don't you dare mess with me" Shelena whispered furiously, Coralie almost stepped back- she hadn't heard Shelena talk more violently than she had just then. Beforehand, it had always been a game for her but now it seemed to mean more. "And stay away from Sirius" Shelena spat, turning on her heel but this time Coralie had the upper-hand.
"Sirius doesn't want you" She replied instantly and Shelena turned on her heel to glare at her.
"And he won't want you much longer" She spoke with fierce anger. "He's tried battling Peakes before and now he's realising just how alike you and I are" Coralie growled at this, scrunching her nose up in disgust about being compared to Shelena. "Besides, trust me. Neither of them are worth it"
"Is that why you are so desperate to get Sirius back?" Coralie questioned non-chantaly, "It doesn't matter anyway, because if he doesn't want me then he sure as hell won't want you"
"It's not my fault, you are leading him on" Shelena almost screamed, she then took a deep breath and sent her fiercest glare she could manage before almost sprinting off.
Once she was gone, Coralie leant against the castle wall and closed her eyes. What was Shelena going on about?
Lily was relieved to hear that her father had almost made a fully recovery since she had returned to school though she could almost hear Petunia's voice in her head saying 'Since you left, freak, daddy has gotten better'.
For some reason, it didn't bother her nearly as much as she had thought it would. She was glad that he had gotten better, there was no doubt that if he had died before her graduation that home wouldn't have been the same.
Despite this, she still felt terrible for James who was still grieving over his parentís death even if he did try to hide it from everyone else- she knew him to well to miss it.
It was funny thing for her to think, that she actually knew James Potter well enough to be able to tell his moods and what he was thinking about. If someone had told her she'd grow this close to him, last year, she would have hexed them for even thinking it.
Now, she considered him as one of her best friends.
The two of them were sitting outside together by a big tree that Lily didn't know the name of- the main thing was that it was something nice to lean against.
Lily had been reading a book of Potions, there N.E.W.T exam was less than two months away now and she had never been one to leave her study to the last minute. James on the other hand had been reading a book about Quidditch, at no surprise to her.
"Do you remember fifth year?" James broke the silence with an inquisitive glance at her. Lily nodded in despite of herself, she didn't really want to remember their fifth year if she could help it. "When Sniv-" he paused for a moment before correcting himself, "Snape, called you a mu-muggle born"
"Yes, I remember" Lily snapped, before sighing and apologising to James whose eyes had gone wide with a mixture of worry and excitement.
"You called me a toe-rag" James continued and Lily furrowed her eyebrows slightly as this before laughing.
"I believe that I did" James grinned at this and nudged her side softly.
"What changed?" His voice dropped at this question to a soft whisper, Lily stayed silent for a moment before she sighed quietly.
"I suppose you did" she answered and James nodded like he did not quite understand where Lily was coming from.
"Have I changed enough?" He asked, a look of uncertainty crossing his features for a moment. Lily was speechless. The thought had certainly crossed her mind a few times in the past month or so, well more than that if she was going to be honest with herself.
James had most certainly changed, she used to see him as an ignorant toe-rag but now he seemed sweeter and most definitely the kind of person that Lily would be friends with. She knew that wouldn't be enough for James though, he had always wanted to be more but would Lily let him?
"I don't know" This time James was speechless for a while, before he sighed and closed his Quidditch book and threw it to the side. Lily chuckled at his dramatics.
"You know that I still fancy you, I've always fancied you" Lily nodded and James grinned at her. "Is there a chance you could ever fancy me back?"
"Yes" Lily responded almost instantly.
"Is there a chance you fancy me now?" He said bluntly but with a kind tone to his voice.
"Yes" Lily said before they both broke into infectious grins.
The words that Shelena had spoken to her ran through Coralie's mind for days. It wasn't until she had repeated them to Angus that she understood.
"Well, she somewhat fancies Sirius still in her bitchy way and Sirius still fancies you but you and Nathaniel are together" Angus had told her, "She's just jealous because they both like you more than her."
From there, the thought had popped into Coralie's mind. It was a terrible thought but it seemed like the only option left for her.
She didn't dare tell anyone what she was thinking of doing, not Nathaniel, not Angus, not any of the girls and especially not James. She couldn't bear to think what they'd think of her after this.
"Hey Cora" Sirius said unsurely as he opened the door to his dorm room.
"Can I come in?" she asked, trying desperately to sound more confident than she was. It would be easier for both of them this way.
"Yeah, um...It's just me here" Sirius explained with an uncertain look in his eyes, Coralie nodded and told him that she knew that already. She'd planned it this way. "What do you need?"
"To talk to you" she responded, taking a deep breath. At this, Sirius furrowed his eyebrows slightly but didn't say anything to interrupt her. She couldn't help but wonder what was going through his mind. "You need to back off"
"What?" Sirius asked with such emotion in his voice that Coralie wanted to wrap him in her arms and not let go until he understood, but she couldn't. "I don't understand"
"I'm with Nathaniel now" She said sternly though her mind felt like it was ready to go into mental breakdown stage.
"I know that" Sirius responded.
"Then why do you still fancy me?" She spat at him with more venom than she had intended. He looked taken aback for a moment before his eyes glazed over.
"I don't know" He yelled back at her so furiously that Coralie felt tears prick in her eyes. "You're worse than her you know. I thought you were different actually," He paused for moment to send her a look of disgust. "But you are just like Shelena" Coralie shut her eyes for a moment; the words stung more than she cared to admit.
"You're right, absolutely right" She managed to say after a few minutes of silence. "I'm just like her" With that, she turned on her heel and shakingly made her way down the stairs- collapsing onto her bed in a fit of sobs.
Never had she hated Shelena more.
Author's Note: Wow guys! That was chapter fifty, can you believe there are only five chapters? On that note, there are only ten remaining days until this story is completely finished- Insane, right?
Even more exciting, I have decided on the post date for the sequel which will be...*drum roll* May 4th of this year! And so there are a few weeks without anything Coralie related being posted but I will be updating some of my other stories! I shall see you all on Wednesday!