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Chapter 16: The Madness of Being Creepy
I took my time heading back to the Common Room, letting the fact that Caleb and I just broke up set it. It didn't take too long and soon I found myself at the Fat Lady's Portrait. I took a deep breath and walked in. I saw that everyone was there.
Louis and Alice were in one armchair, Alice sitting on Lou's lap with his arms around her waist. I smiled, glad that they were able to fall back into place so easily. I just hope Louis doesn't screw it up this time.
Scorp and Rose were in the other armchair, although Rose wasn't sitting on his lap (sad...that would've been adorable). Scorpius was sitting in the chair, Rose on the armrest with her legs across Scorp's lap. Her head rested against the chair and Scorpius was drawing circles her legs with his fingers. (All right they were still pretty adorable)
James, Dom and Freddy even joined us, James lying on the ground with Dom next to him. Freddy was sitting on the couch shaking his head as James tried to convince Dom to give him a back rub.
I heard a loud laugh and looked next to Freddy and felt my heart speed up. Al was watching Dom hit James for whatever reason. I just watched Al, his eyes bright and carefree, and noticed how...handsome he was. Yes he was hot but there was something more than that. I don't know how to explain it. He was just...beautiful.
Because that is what all boys want to be called.
"I'm not giving you a back rub," Dom said to James.
"Whyyyyy?" James whined.
"Because I don't like giving back rubs," she said.
"Really Dom?" Freddy said, smirking. "Because do you remember what I caught you doing yesterday?"
"Shut. Up. Fred." Dom said, glaring at Freddy.
"What were you doing yesterday?" James asked. "Did you give Freddy a back rub?!"
"She didn't give me one," Freddy said. "I caught her in the Charms Classroom with some guy."
"What?!" James and Louis yelled.
"Alice get off me, I need to go kill this guy," Louis said trying to get Alice off his lap but Alice refused to move.
"I'll help," James said, sitting up. "You in Fred?"
"Nah, I took care of him yesterday," Freddy said. "Didn't I, Dom?"
Dom glared at Freddy. "Not only did you send him to the hospital wing, but he didn't speak to me all day. In fact every time he saw me he ran in the opposite direction."
"Good job Freddy," Louis said, giving Freddy a high five and settling back into his seat.
"Ugh I hate my family," Dom said and put her head in her hands.
"No you don't you love us," Louis said.
"You're too over protective," Dom said into her hands.
"It's our job to protect you Dom," James said. "You hook up with too many guys. And they tend to be bad guys. We need to protect our baby cousin."
"I'm older than you!" Dom cried. Everyone laughed and I even cracked a smile at that. "You guys are so over protective it's impossible to even find a decent guy because they're all scared of you. It's amazing how Addie got a boyfriend with you guys around."
"That doesn't mean we like Caleb," James muttered.
"He's a good guy just not the right guy for her," Scorpius said and looked over at Al. I followed his gaze.
Al was looking down at his pants picking at a hole in his jeans. His jaw was clenched and I didn't see that boy who was laughing at his cousins. He looked sad and I wanted to do nothing more than crawl into his lap and hold him until he felt better.
"You just don't like him because he's not Al," Rose said.
Suddenly I was really happy they couldn't see me. Because then I could eavesdrop.
I like to eavesdrop.
"It's not our fault that she can't see her feelings," James said. "But ever since Halloween they've been a lot more obvious. I bet Caleb can even see them."
"I've noticed that too," Alice said and was lost in thought for a minute. "Al, did something happen on Halloween?"
"No," Al lied. "Just the boggart-"
"We know about the boggart," Alice said. "Did anything else happen?"
I saw Louis and Al share a look. Louis raised his eyebrows almost as if to say, "I don't care if you tell them but Ads may kill you. And Caleb."
"No," Al said. "For the millionth time, nothing happened."
There was a moment of silence.
"Al," Dom said quietly, breaking the silence. "Have you ever thought of just kissing her? If taking her by surprise and kissing her is what it will take to make her notice her feelings for you why don't you just do that?"
Al ran a hand through his hair. "She has a boyfriend. She's with Caleb and she's happy with him. I'm not going to screw that up for her." He sighed. "There have been times where I have thought 'Fuck all this and kiss her' but I don't. If she wanted to be with me, then she would have broken up with Caleb by now. I’m done trying to make a move on her. Its up to her now. I've liked her for 5 and half years. I think I can wait a little longer."
Holy shit. Five and a half years?! He's liked me since first year?! But he was a jerk for most of that time period!
Rose sighed and rested the side of her head on the top of Scorp's head. "For what it's worth, Addie is an idiot."
Hey! I take offense to that Rose!
Although it's kind of true.
Al smiled. "I know."
"But you luuurrrvvvee her," James said.
Everyone started laughing and unless you were watching Al intently (like I was. No, that is not creepy) then you never would have heard him say, "Yeah I do."
I decided now might be a good time to stop being creepy and enter the room. I had gotten some freaked out looks from a few yougins.
"Hey guys," I said, walking into the room. I looked around at everyone laughing and pretended to be confused. "What's so funny?"
"Nothing," Dom said. "James was just ranting about Annalise again."
"Oh how is that going?" I asked James, walking towards the only seat available.
It was on the couch. Next to Freddy. And Al.
James sighed. "Apparently blowing up her potion isn't a good way to try to win her heart."
I groaned. "James please tell me you didn't do that." I plopped myself down on the couch.
"I wish I could, but I can't," James said.
I sighed and looked at Al. "Your brother is an idiot."
"I'm well aware of that fact," Al said, smiling at me.
I smiled back and then looked away, not wanting to creep him out by staring at him. Now that I liked him (yeah, scream and fangirl all you want) I didn't want to creep him out.
James through a pillow at Al for calling him an idiot but it hit me instead. I rolled my eyes and put the pillow on my lap, one hand underneath it.
"Even about James's failed love life," Alice said. "How's Caleb, Addie?"
"Yeah, how is the oh so hot boyfriend?" James asked.
"Um," I said. I hadn't actually figured out how I was going to tell everyone. I figured that I would tell Rose and Alice and then it would just get around to everyone else. “Well...actually he's not my boyfriend anymore. We just broke up."
"What?" Scorpius said. "Why? Did he hurt you? Do I need to beat his ass?" He pushed Rose's legs off of him and started to stand up, going into incredible Hulk mode.
I let out a small laugh and shook my head. "No, you don't need to beat him up. It was mutual."
"Oh," Scorp said. He sat back down and pulled Rose's legs back onto his lap.
"Why did you guys break up?" Rose asked.
I shrugged. I didn't feel like telling everyone that we broke up because of Al. "It just wasn't working."
"Bullshit," I heard Louis say. Alice elbowed him in the gut, but not before he gave me a pointed look.
"We're sorry, Addie," she said. "Are you okay?"
"Yeah," I said. "I'm fine."
The conversation moved back to James and Annalise but I didn't pay any attention to it. I just stared intently on the fire and again, absorbed the fact that I had broken up with Caleb. I had been so hesitant to because with him, I didn't have to take a risk and I knew he wouldn't break me. He didn't have the power to break me.
Al reached under the pillow and grabbed my hand. I looked over at him and saw him staring intently at me. "You sure you're okay?"
"Yeah," I said, smiling. "I'm okay."
Al smiled back at me but made no move to let go of my hand.
And for once, it was okay.
"Alright everyone get to bed!" James said.
"It's nine o clock," Dom said.
"Yeah but most of us have a Quidditch game tomorrow," James explained, standing up. "Now all of you get to bed! We need to be well rested for tomorrow!"
Alice grudgingly got up off of Lou and Louis said, "Aw, don't look so sad."
"You were comfy," she said.
"You want a piggy back ride?" Louis asked her.
"Oh for the love of Merlin, LOUIS WEASLEY GET TO BED RIGHT NOW!" James yelled. "STOP BEING CUTE AND GET YOUR ASS TO BED. SAME GOES TO YOU SCORP. GET YOUR ASS TO BED." Alice jumped on Lou's back and he went up the stairs and Scorpius and Rose both awkwardly walked up the Common Room, almost as if trying to figure out if they should do that or not. It was adorable. "OI! AL GET OFF YOUR ASS AND-oh." James looked at Al and I sitting next to each other and (in a rare moment for James Potter) became very awkward. "Well, ugh, you guys can, um, talk for a little. Just get to bed soon. Bye Al. Bye Ads. Stay safe. Don't get pregnant. Remember there are children around."
I used my free hand to face palm. James is a moron. And he is causing me to blush.
"Just go to bed, James," Al said.
"Okay, but not before I TAKE MY PILLOW!" James ran over to us, grabbed the pillow that was covering our intertwined hands and ran up the stairs to his dorm.
"He is so weird," I thought out loud.
"Yeah and you don't even have to live with him during the summer," Al said. "He's even weirder then."
We sat in silence for a while and watched the fire.
"So," Al said, tentatively. "You and Caleb are done?"
"Yeah," I said, looking over at him. "Me and Caleb are done."
"Are you sure you're okay with that? Do you need a shoulder to cry on?" Al asked me.
"No, I do not need a shoulder to cry on, but thanks for offering," I said. "Strangely, it was a good break up."
"Is it okay if I ask why you broke up?"
I bit my lip. "It's fine."
"Well then, why did you guys break up?" Al asked.
"Because my feelings became clear," I said, looking down at our hands.
"Oh," Al said quietly.
I looked back up at him into his beautiful green eyes. "Yeah." I leaned forward and kissed his cheek. "Thank you for carrying me today," I whispered. "Night."
"Night," he said.
I got up off the couch and couldn't hide the huge smile that I had on my face. As I reached the steps I looked back at Al and saw that he had just a big of a smile on his face.
"Hey," Al said as he sat down next to me at breakfast the next morning.
"Hey," I said, smiling. "You ready for the game?"
"Yeah," he said, smiling back. "You?"
"Never more excited," I said and fought the urge to lean forward and kiss him.
"The amount of eye sex you guys have is disgusting," James said as he squeezed his way in between us. "You both are eye whores."
"Eye whore?" I said. "Did you just make that up?"
"Yes," he said. "Now I'm sorry to be an eye-cockblock but I must eat my breakfast and not want to puke because my little brother and my fake little sister are having eye sex." James thought about what he said and then made a disgusted face. "Ugh, my little brother and my fake little sister have had eye sex. That must be some sort of incest."
I rolled my eyes and went back to buttering my toast. Louis and Alice sat down and soon were later joined by Scorpius, who looked very annoyed.
"What's up with you?" I asked him.
He glared toward the doors of the Great Hall and I saw Rose talking to Ryan. "Our git of a cousin is talking to my girl."
"Scorpius, I don't think you need to worry about Ryan," I said.
"Why?" he asked me. "He seemed very interested in her and I would not put it past him to try and get her back."
"Scorp, trust me he won't want Rose back," I said. "He knows you two are going to Hogsmeade together and he knows that you're crazy about her. He wouldn't screw that up."
Scorpius still didn't look completely satisfied and grumbled into his oatmeal.
It was all I could do not tell him that Ryan didn't want Rose because he was gay.
But that wasn't my secret to tell. Ryan would come out on his own time.
Which I respect.
But it's really annoying because I would like to find some wonderful boy for him to be with and then they could fall in love and adopt children from China or Africa or where every it is popular to adopt children from.
People really need to listen to me and just let me make their lives for them.
"Hey, guys," Rose said, sitting down besides Scorpius.
"What did Ryan want?" Scorpius asked, his annoyance laced in his words.
I saw Rose's cheeks instantly begin to flush. "Um, well, he...ugh-"
"I knew it!" Scorpius said and slammed his hand on the table. "That bastard is trying to get you back! I knew it. I swear to Merlin I'm going to kill him. You're my girl and no one is going to take you away from me-"
"Scorpius calm down!" Rose said, pulling him back to his seat. "He was talking to me about you and how he thought that we were really good together! He wasn't trying to get me back at all!"
"...oh," Scorpius said, realizing what a fool he made of himself. "Well, ugh, sorry about that."
"It's okay," Rose said. She cracked a cheeky grin. "So I'm your girl, huh?"
Scorpius' face turned bright red. "Um, ugh, well."
My cousin is so slick with the ladies. (He actually is really slick with the ladies as a whole; it's just that when the particular lady is Rose Weasley, he loses all his slickness.)
"It's okay Scorpius," Rose said. "I like being your girl." And then she kissed him on the cheek.
SHE KISSED HIM ON THE FUCKING CHEEK.
HOLY SHIT YES.
I HAVE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR THIS.
Rose grabbed some waffles and put them on her plate, acting like she kissed Scorpius on the cheek everyday, but Scorpius was quite the opposite.
He was sitting there, frozen in place. Until he broke out into a really big grin when he realized what had happened.
"Good," Scorp said and wrapped his arm around her shoulders and pulled her close to him. He kissed her cheek. "That's why you're wearing my jersey, because you're my girl."
Wait. I actually think that I have died and gone to heaven.
Rose and Scorp are kissing each other on the cheek like they did that everyday AND she's wearing his jersey.
I'm going to die because of how adorable they are.
I sat there, just staring at them with a huge smile on my face.
No it wasn't a creepy smile.
Yes, I'm sure.
"Ads, why are you creepily smiling at Scorp and Rose?" Louis asked.
I glared at Louis. "It wasn't a creepy smile."
"Yes it was," he said.
"No, it wasn't."
"Yes it was."
"How old are you both, five?" James asked us.
"I'm actually six," I said to him.
James shook his head and looked at Al.
"I don't get what you see in her, bro," he said. "She's crazy."
Hey! I'm not crazy!
Al shrugged. "At least she doesn't hate me anymore. That's more than I can say for you."
"That hurts, little bro," James said, clutching his heart. He looked up and smiled at the entrance of the Great Hall. "Now if you don't mind, my girl just walked in." James got off of the bench. "Meet at the pitch in 20 minutes. And you two," he said, looking at Al and I. "Be there on time. I don't care if you're having an intense snog session or intense eye sex, just get your asses to the pitch on time." He straightened up and put on a giant smirk, one that was so similar to Al's jerk smirk. "Hey, Annalise!"
He walked to the entrance in long, confident strides. I hated this version of James so I was glad that I rarely saw him. This James was really similar to how Al had been to me for the past few years: total jerk, rude, arrogant, believed his was better than everyone else because his dad saved this wizarding world. I'm not going to lie, James could be a tool around people and especially when girls are involved. The only reason he doesn't act like that around me is because he knows that I'll kill him if he does. James acted like all he wanted from girls was to sleep with them and somehow girls fell all over him.
Annalise is the only girl who's never fell at his feet before. Normally he can be a total jerk to girls and they still want him.
But not Annalise.
I think that's why he likes her. She isn't impressed because he's James Potter, Harry Potter's son, amazing Quidditch player, and hot. It's different for him and she challenges him in a way he's never had to be challenged before. I personally think that she'd be really good for him because she won't let him get away with any crap.
James grabbed Annalise by the arm and talked to her, much to her extreme annoyance. I could tell that all she wanted was to go to the Slytherin table but James kept being an annoying pest and wouldn't let her. He seemed to say something that got her really pissed off, so she started walking away and James' face was one of sheer panic. He ran in front of her and blocked her path and started rambling.
It looked like a severe case of word vomit. I saw Annalise's face soften as James talked and then I saw her say something. James started smiling like an idiot and let her walk away.
He tried to walk coolly out of the Great Hall, but I saw him burst out into the happy dance right as he left.
"Malfoy hands it off to Malfoy who passes it off to Potter and Potter shoots, HE SCORES!! Ten more points to Gryffindor, making the game 120 to 60, Gryffindor in the lead," Dom announced into the mike. "HA TAKE THAT YOU LOUSY SNAKES."
"Dom!" I heard Teddy yell.
"Sorry Ted," she said.
I chased down one of the Slytherin's who now had the Quaffle, only to be nearly hit by a Bludger.
"Fuck!" I yelled, as it whizzed right by my head. I saw Freddy appear ahead of me.
"Duck!" He yelled and I went into a dive. Freddy hit the bludger and it raced in the other direction, hitting one of the Slytherin Chasers.
"Nott is down! Hit by a lovely bludger by my wonderful cousin Freddy! Alright Freddy!!" Dom said. "You never would have guessed he used to be afraid of getting on a broom-"
"Dom get back to the game," I heard Ted say.
"You okay?" Freddy yelled at me and I gave him a thumbs up.
"And Potter gains control of the Quaffle!"
I looked up and saw James racing towards the Slytherin posts. I raced below him, ready to catch the Quaffle if it dropped.
But it didn't. James held onto the Quaffle and aimed it at the right goal post and then threw it straight into the left, making his ninth shot.
He was kind enough to let Scorp and I make two shots each.
James had a look of triumph on his face and flew towards the Slytherin stands, blowing a kiss at a smiling and blushing Annalise.
I raised my eyebrows at that. Has Annalise finally come around?
I hope so because then James would finally stop talking to me about how I should just lock them both in a broom closet together.
"Slytherin heading down the field again, Goyle shoots and IS DENIED BY MY AWESOME COUSIN HUGO! GO HUGO!!!!! I'M SO PROUD OF YOU DUDE."
I smiled at Hugo and gave him two thumbs up. He really had been doing great all game, blocking most of the Slytherin shots.
"Addie, take a breather!" I heard James yell as he flew up next to me. "Scorp and I can handle it but I don't think Al's seen the snitch. Save your energy!"
"Okay," I said and aimed for the only place safe during a Quidditch game.
Al and the Slytherin seeker were up here as well so I flew up next to Al and caught my breath.
"Hey," I said. "Any sign of the snitch?"
"Nope," he said. "Nothing."
"Well when you see it, can you catch it?" I asked him. "Because I'm getting really tired."
Al smiled at me. "I'll try my best." And then he shot off into a deep dive towards the ground.
I'm going to go out on a limb here that he saw the snitch.
Either that or he's committing suicide.
One of the two.
The Slytherin Seeker followed him, trying to gain on him and failing. Al followed the snitch intently, weaving throughout the players and many balls.
"Oi, Ads," I heard Dom say. "I know my cousin is dreamy, but could you please stop drooling and get back in the game?"
I scowled and gave Dom the finger before wiping my face.
I knew I wasn't drooling.
I dove back into the game and looked around for the Quaffle. Slytherin had it again and were making a beeline to the posts. He smirked as he raced down the field, hardly anyone blocking his way, confident that making the shot would be a cakewalk.
Not on my watch buddy.
I was in below him, more toward the ground and he was above. He hadn't quite reached where I was and I knew that to do this, I needed to make sure I had perfect timing.
As soon as he was a foot or two away from me, I shot up, aiming straight up and praying that I wasn't going to die.
"Holy fuck, Addie what are you doing?" I heard Louis yell when he realized what I was planning on doing.
The Slytherin chaser was right above me, totally unaware of me racing toward him. I focused on the Quaffle and flew up.
I passed him at the perfect angle, right next to his body, freaking him out enough for him to drop the Quaffle. I looped down to catch it but saw that Scorp was already underneath me, catching the Quaffle and giving me a wink before he raced off to the other side of the pitch.
For once, Scorpius read my mind. We had a telepathic conversation that I wasn't even aware of.
I'm so proud of him.
"After some great cousin work by the Malfoys, Scorp races down the field," Dom announces. "He shoots, and HE SCORES!! AND IT APPEARS THAT AL POTTER HAS CAUGHT THE SNITCH!" I looked up and I saw Al flying down to the ground, a huge grin on his face and the snitch in his hand.
Yes! We won!!
All of us landed on the ground and James pulled Al into a brotherly hug.
"You did it little bro!" He said as people from the stands came down from the stands. I was going to say something to Al, but he got welled up into the huge group of people and I found myself standing with Louis and Scorp.
"Great play at the end there," Scorp said and pulled me into a hug.
"I thought she was going to kill herself," Louis commented, looking around the crowd.
"Alice!" Louis called. Alice appeared through the crowd, a huge smile on her face and ran towards Louis.
"You did it Lou! I'm so proud of you!" She said before kissing him.
Man she really kissed him too. This wasn't just some chaste kiss. No there was tongue and everything. It was disgusting.
Why am I still looking?
I looked over at Scorp and saw that he was looking across the crowd.
I'm going to guess that he was looking for a certain red head that happened to be wearing his jersey.
But I'm just guessing.
"Looking for someone?" I asked him, smirking.
He looked down at me and reddened at my smirk. "Shut it, Addie."
I smiled and was about to make a comment but was cute off by Rose jumping into Scorp's arms.
"I'm so proud of you!" she said, holding herself close to him. "You did so well!"
I decided that I should probably give them their privacy for once. I knew that there would be no way that their first kiss would be here, in the middle of a giant crowd. My Rose doesn't do PDA.
I walked through the crowd, getting congratulated as I went. I saw James talking to Annalise, him smiling and her smiling back at him. He wasn't being the jerk he was earlier, he was being the guy that I saw.
I got the feeling that Annalise could like the guy that I saw.
"Addie!" I heard someone say and turned and saw Caleb heading toward me. "You did great out there!"
"Thanks," I said. I awkwardly put my arms out for a hug. "Friends give each other congratulatory hugs right?"
Caleb smiled and hugged me back. "Of course they do."
"Thanks for coming," I said. "You didn't have to. Especially since we broke up."
"Ads, I don't care if we broke up," he said. "I would've come anyway. Besides, if I had missed that play you did at the end, I think I'd be more pissed about that than anything else." He looked over my head and waved. "I think your boyfriend wants you to himself."
I turned and saw Albus standing a few yards away, looking awkwardly at Caleb and I. I couldn't help but smile as I turned back to Caleb. "He's not my boyfriend."
"Not yet," Caleb said, winking. Then he kissed me on the head. "You played great out there, Ads. Don't be a stranger, okay?"
"Okay," I said. "Thanks."
"No problem," he said and walked toward Al. He and Al talked for a second before Caleb walked away.
I walked over to Al and noticed the strange look on his face. "What did Caleb say to you?"
He gave me a strange look. "Nothing," he said, before smiling at me. "You played great out there."
"Not as great as you," I said.
"I was pretty great wasn't I?" he said, smirking at me.
I rolled my eyes.
He was always going to be a little arrogant.
I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled him into a hug. "You weren't that great," I said into his chest.
"Liar," he whispered in my ear as his arms wrapped around my waist, pulling me closer to him.
I felt the world fade away, as I always did when he hugged me. It was always just me and him when we hugged.
I liked that.
I took in everything about him, his scent, his arms, and how we fit so perfectly together.
And for once, it was okay for me to like all of that.
It was such a good moment.
So of course it gets ruined.
"Addie!" I heard a voice yell and groaned as I pulled myself out of Al's grasp.
"Don't be so upset," Al said, smirking. In response, I stuck my tongue out at him.
I turned and saw Rose coming toward me. "You did brilliant out there! and did you see Hugo? Didn't he do great?! Mum and Dad will be so proud of him!"
"Thanks, Rose," I said. "And Hugo did fantastic. He deserved the spot on the team.
"I know!" Rose squealed. "Albus, do you mind if I steal Addie away?"
"Nah, you can have her," Al said. "I was getting sick of her anyway."
Again, I stuck my tongue out at him.
I wasn't lying when I told James I was only six years old.
Rose watched him get pulled into a crowd of people and said, "So what's going on there?"
"What?" I asked her.
"What is going on between you and my cousin?"
"Nothing," I said, but she looked at me like she didn't believe me. Which, I understand. But I didn't feel like telling anyone that I liked Al. The only person I wanted to tell was Al. "It's true Rose. Believe me."
"Really?" She said, eyeing me. "Because I felt like I was disturbing something when I walked over here."
"We were simply giving each other congratulatory hugs," I said. Rose looked disbelievingly at me. "Friends do that. Caleb gave me a congratulatory hug. It's not a big deal."
"Whatever you say," Rose sighed. "What ever you say."
"Well, since you brought up feelings for cousins," I said. "What's up with you and my cousin?"
"I don't know what you're talking about," Rose said. I raised my eyebrows at her. "Okay, so I'm wearing his jersey and going to Hogsmeade with him. Big deal." I kept staring at her. "Okay so it is a big deal." Rose sighed and looked across the lawn at where Scorp was talking with some Ravenclaw girls. "I'm so far gone."
I watched Scorp talk to the Ravenclaws and noticed that he seemed extremely uninterested in them. Al walked over to him and I noticed that some of the attention had been drawn from Scorp to Al. I felt a pang of jealous as Al talked to the girls and how they flirted with him. I was suppressing the strong urge to go over there and punch them all in the face for trying to get with him. He was mine.
At least, I thought he was.
My jealousy was calmed when Al looked around and when he spotted me, smiled brightly at me, more brightly than he ever smiled at anyone else. The girls noticed too and looked over at me, annoyed that Al didn't care about them because he wanted me.
He chose me.
Butterflies exploded in my stomach and I was smiling like an idiot. I just wanted to run over to Al and kiss him, letting him know that I chose him as well (but I'm pretty sure he already knew).
Rose, you aren't the only one so far gone.
Because I'm just as far, if not more, gone as you are.
"Who's ready to party?" Freddy asked as we all changed.
James gave Freddy a high five. "I got more victories than just the match to celebrate."
"What else could you have to celebrate?" Hugo asked.
"I, James Sirius Potter, have finally gotten the girl of my dreams to agree to come to Hogsmeade with me."
"No fucking way," Louis said. "There is no fucking way that Annalise said yes."
"Oh but she did," James said. "After she rejected me for the billionth time, I lost it. I told her how she wasn't just another hook up for me and how I really was genuinely interested in her. I told her how she was special and how I had liked her from the very first day I saw her, at Platform 9 3/4 and how me playing pranks on her for the past seven years was my screwed up way of trying to woo her. I told her that I didn't care if we hooked up or even went out on a date because simply being around her was enough." James's voice was soft. "I just let her know that all my feelings weren't fake or phony. They were- they are real. And I told her that if she could look me in the eyes and tell me that there was no possible way for her to ever have feelings for me, I'd back off. I'd leave her alone, for good. But she didn't." James had a small smile on her face. "She said that, strangely enough and against her will, she did have feelings for me. She didn't know what they were but she knew she felt something for me that she never felt for any other guy. She said that she'll come to the party tonight and we'll go on a date next week and we'll see where it takes us." James smiled and ran a hand through his hair.
I have never seen him like this. He was so excited that she said yes, so excited that he had a chance that he could barely believe it. He was still awestruck by the whole thing.
"I'm a completely straight male," Scorpius said. "But if you said that to me, I would totally be in love with you too."
"Well I guess it's a good thing that I didn't say that to you," James said, smirking a little.
His eyes were still twinkling though.
He's so fucking adorable.
"So she's coming to the party?" Hugo asked and James nodded. "Can you at least make sure my sister doesn't get totally pissed like she was on Halloween?"
"She's not my responsibility," James said. "I trust Scorp with her." I saw Scorpius smile at that. Being trusted by the Wotter boys is a big accomplishment. "But, I swear to Merlin if you push her to do anything or get her pissed I will murder you."
Scorpius looked scared as shit now.
"Alright, everyone, TO THE PARTY!" Freddy yelled and lead everyone but James and I out of the room.
"Hey," I said to James and walked over to him. I pulled him into a hug. "I'm happy for you."
I felt him smiling into my hair and pulled away to see him with a full swoon worthy smile. "I'm so happy Ads," he said. "I cannot believe that this is happening. For once both of the Potter boys seem to have a good love life."
I couldn't help but blush as I looked down. "Just don't screw this up with her okay?"
"I won't," James said. "Trust me, I won't."
"Good," I said, grinning up at him.
"Promise me one thing?" James asked me and I nodded. "Don't screw whatever you and Al have going on up."
"I won't make any promises," I said, quietly. "But I'll try my best. I really like him, James. I think I may have for a while but I didn't want to see it. I don't know what we have, but whatever it is, I don't want to screw it up."
"Good," he said grinning down at me before pulling me into a hug. "He wanted to fly around for a bit and I told him I'd get him when we were leaving. But I think that he'd be happier to see you."
I smiled into James's chest. "Thank you, James."
"You're welcome," he said, pulling away. "He's done chasing you, just so you know. So why don't you go out there and show him that he's finally caught you?"
I smiled and turned away from James. "Have fun with Annalise."
"Bye," he said. I was at the door to the field when he said, "Just kiss him, Ads."
I blushed and opened the door, not giving James a response.
The air was cold outside and I saw Al flying around in the air, getting lower and lower to the ground. He landed in the middle of the field and I walked out to meet him there.
"Hey," I said as I got closer to him.
"Hey," he said back. "Has everyone gone up tot he party?"
"Yeah," I responded, wrapping my arms around my middle to warm myself. I hadn't worn outdoor December clothing, but indoor party clothing. I just had jeans, boots, a nice shirt and a cute little cardigan.
"You cold?" Al asked before taking a step towards me. I nodded and was ready for his arms to come around me. I was disappointed when, instead of pulling me into him, he just said, "We should get you inside."
"No, I'm fine," I said. I looked around the Quidditch pitch. "You never realize how big the pitch is until you're standing in the middle of it."
"I guess," he said. "I noticed it was pretty big when James made us run laps yesterday."
"Yeah, I guess I should have noticed then," I said quietly. "You missed his big news. Annalise finally said yes to him."
"Really?" Al asked, dropping his broom on the ground. "Never would have saw that coming."
"I don't think many people did," I responded. "I'm just glad she came around."
"James has been chasing her for years now, it's only fair that he gets some chance at her," he said. "One of the Potters deserve the girl of their dreams, at least."
While it may have sounded like he was mad at me, I knew he wasn't. The way he said it wasn't in an angry way. He said it in almost a pathetic way, like he believed he didn't deserve the girl of his dreams.
But he did. I didn't know if I was that girl, but I wanted to be. I wanted to be the girl that Albus wanted more than anything.
I can't believing I'm actually saying this.
But I'm going to take James's advice on boys.
"You deserve the girl of your dreams to," I said, quietly. "Whoever she is...you deserve her. I...I would love to be the girl that you want that much." I felt Al's green eyes on my face, but I was too busy looking down at the ground. "I would be so happy to be that girl because I...I want you that much."
I lifted my eyes and met Al's intensely green ones. And even though I had just admitted all of that, I knew that what James had said was true. Al wasn't going to chase me. I had to show him that he finally caught me.
I close the space between us and put my arms around his neck. My body was warm and tingly, every inch of his body touching mine. My heart was racing at about a million miles a minute and I couldn't think of a place I would rather be than out on the freezing cold Quidditch Pitch in December.
Don't even get me started on the amount of butterflies in my stomach.
Slowly, I raised up onto my tiptoes and kissed him softly. He didn't respond at first, so I kissed him again. Slowly his lips started moving against mine in a kiss that wasn't all that different from the kiss we shared on Halloween. It was slow, soft and passionate.
It was perfect.
We broke apart and I looked into his emerald green eyes and whispered the one thing I knew would shred any last doubt from his brain.
"You can stop chasing me. You caught me, Albus Potter."
A/N: JSDLFJAIFJKLAJ SO MUCH FRICKEN CUTNESS. Sorry. That was just so adorable. Like, everything is going so great in the story now. Everyone is together. I'm so fricken happy.
So what did you think? Are you fangirling as much as I am?
Al and Addie! James and Annalise! Rose and Scorpius! Louis and Alice!
*excuse me while I make weird hand motions and claim how perfect they all are*
Please tell me everything! I hope you all liked it! Favorite part? Quote? Anything? Please let me know!!
Also: I have decided that a sorta prequel for this is Off Limits. You don't need to read it to understand this or vice versa. But they are *in a sense* my version of canon for these characters.
Anyway, I just had my prom last night and only got 2 hours of sleep, so I’m sorry if there are huge spelling/grammer/plot errors in this.
Please review! I love you all!