Chapter 2 : the moment that scares me most
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"Day two." I whispered to myself as I rolled out of bed and hopped in the shower, the warm water hit my body instantly making all of the goose bumps disappear. I went about my normal morning routine until I heard a loud thump in the other room. I put down the mascara that I had just finished using and walked out to the room where Harry slept. Madame Pomfery was crouched down picking up a bowl that had crashed to the floor. Harry rubbed his eyes and sat up in his bed, a confused look came over his face which slowly faded when he remembered that he was staying here I assumed. After a moment I walked over and helped Madame Pomfery gather up the broken glass.
"Careful Jessica, you don’t want to cut yourself." Madame Pomfery warned as she stood up and walked over to a cabinet and pulled out a small vile of the purple liquid I had given Harry yesterday. She tossed it to him which he caught and unfortunately had to take. As soon as the fluid traveled down his throat a look of disgust formed over his face, causing me to laugh - Harry glared at me and then smiled. Damn he was cute, he was so cute I wonder what other cute boys will be at Hogwarts. Madame Pomfery was talking to me but her words just went in one ear and out the other as Harry and I stared at one another.
"Jessica?" Madame Pomfery questioned. Quickly I snapped out of my trace and looked at her and nodded. "Harry is going to show you around Hogwarts, I need to go to an important meeting with the rest of the professors." I gave her another nod and then she walked out the door.
"Well I guess I should get dressed." Harry chuckled as he placed both of his feet on the floor that I was sitting on. I looked up into Harry's electric green eyes they were so amazing, they reminded me of my older brothers. Harry walked into the bathroom to get dressed. As he was getting dressed I pulled myself off the floor and made the bed Harry was sleeping in. After a few minutes Harry walked out of the bathroom in a nice polo and jeans, he looked amazing. I swear my heart stopped beating for a moment or two. Once I snapped out of my trance I managed to speak
"Well lets go." I flashed him a quick smile, Harry walked up to me and grabbed my hand - dragging me out of the room after him behind him. The hallways of Hogwarts were dark and cold the goose bumps slowly raised on my arms as Harry gripped my hand tighter. I walked slowly next to him taking in all the paintings and tapestries. Time flew by as Harry showed me various spots around Hogwarts, the great hall, the classrooms, the Gryffindor common room, the dungeons, secret passages, and the room of requirement. Hogwarts really was amazing. "Want to see my favorite spot?" Harry's eyes lit up full of happiness
"Yeah, I do." I replied as he grabbed my hand again and ran me up a few flights of stairs and the stopped in front of a large wooden door.
"Ready?" he asked placing his hand on the door knob. I felt the anticipation growing within me as he slowly opened the door to reveal the starry night sky. "Welcome to the Astronomy Tower." He walked me out of the doorway, my eyes never left the sky.
"This is amazing." I whispered finally pulling my gaze away from the stars and into his eyes which reflected the stars so beautifully, he was smiling a genuine smile at me, which made my heart flutter. These moments always made me nervous, you know - the moments when your heart couldn’t beat any faster and breathing was one of the hardest tasks, when the butterflies in your stomach were equivalent to the fluttering of your heart…moments like this made me scared, it showed that Harry had the power to make me feel something and after only knowing him for two days, that was scary. Harry walked over to the ledge and leaned on his arms looking out onto the water that surrounded Hogwarts. Should I walk over there? No. Yes. Slowly I walked over and leaned next to him. He looked into my blue eyes, the breeze blew my dark blonde hair over my face. He raised his hand and brushed it behind my ears.
"Your eyes look amazing with the reflection of the water." He whispered, things were getting to intense, quickly I dropped my gaze down to the water that seemed miles below me.
"Thanks." I whispered back, looking back into his gaze. Things were going to far, I couldn’t like Harry, this wouldn’t ever work - I am not allowed to fall for students, just like teachers cant. Snap out of it Jessica! This cant happen. This wont happen. "So, um students are arriving tomorrow morning?" I quickly changed the mood.
"Yeah, and then another wonderful school year shall begin." He replied with a sigh, looking down at his fumbling hands.
"Why do you say it like that?" I asked in a concerned voice
"I mean, I'm glad to see my friends and all - but… something bad happens every school year, and the anticipation is overwhelming, what's going to happen this year? Last year Voldemort killed my good friend Cedric Diggory… right in front of me." He buried his face in his hands at the memory
"Yeah I heard about all of that… it was all over the daily prophet, and how people think it’s a big scandal because the ministry doesn’t want to believe that he's back." I explained thinking about an article I had read months ago.
"Its ridiculous." He scoffed, turning around so he was facing the building - his back was leaning against the ledge which I was still leaning on. I looked up at his face, it was overcome with sadness. I pulled myself up off the ledge and looked at him closer.
"Harry…?" I whispered. He looked at me, he was so sad - a sadness that I wouldn’t ever know. I couldn’t find the right words to say but for some reason out of reflex I hugged him. And at that moment I felt like my body was going to explode between the butterflies, my heart racing, my muscles tingling. I felt like I was going to collapse but I held onto Harry just as tight as he held on to me. The moment was ruined almost as quickly as it had happened by the beeping of this device that Madame Pomfery makes me carry around just in case she needs me. "Sorry." I whispered as I reached into my pocket and pulled it out to turn the beeping off. "That means we need to get back." I said quietly as I shoved the stupid thing back in my pocket. He nodded and I turned to walk back down to the nurses station but I was quickly stopped by Harry's hand grabbing my wrist and pulling me back into him.
"Jessica, there's something about you… something I don’t understand, but somehow you're the only person that gets me, and I don't know how I know this, but I just know. You get me." He took both of my hands in his as he looked into my eyes. I took a deep breath, and before I knew it I closed my eyes and my lips crashed onto his, only for a moment before we both pulled back and then ran off laughing to the nurses station.
The two of you walked into the Nurses Station to see a distressed Madame Pomfery pacing around the room. "Oh thank goodness you are back! I was starting to get worried." She let out a sigh of relief
"Sorry" you replied as you headed to your room to go to bed. "Goodnight Madame Pomfery, Night Harry."
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