I skidded to a halt in front of the last statue before I would reach the stairs that went down into the Great Hall. Pointing my wand at my face I said a quick “Scourgify” before starting to calmly walk the rest of the way to the staircase and walk down the stairs. I didn’t want to show up with chocolate all over my face from eating the chocolate bar as I ran and I was attempting not to appear winded from the running even though my heart was beating so fast I thought it would burst out of my chest.
As I walked down the stairs I searched the faces by the door for the beautiful face of my Rose. It took me a minute to find her but when I did our eyes met and I couldn’t help but smile. I felt like I was walking on air and nothing would be able to bring me down. It was when our eyes met that it fully hit me that Rose had asked me out. She had asked me when she could have had any guy that she had wanted in the school.
“Hi Rose,” I said once I had reached her.
“Hi Remus,” she said, smiling.
Nerves overtook me suddenly and I found myself babbling like a mad idiot.
“Sorry I am so late,” I said. “Sirius took my shirt and then he turned my hair blue and I couldn’t find anybody to fix it and then Lily had to reprimand Sirius before she would fix my hair and, well, it was kind of hard get completely ready.”
“It’s fine Remus,” she said, placing her hand on my arm. “I completely understand.”
The nerves disappeared only to be replaced with giddiness. However, before I could say anything everybody started walking out of the doors and Rose started to follow them, grabbing my hand as she did so. Happiness filled me and it was going to be a great date, I could just feel it.
Midway though our date found us in another clothing shop. I hadn’t known that there were that many clothing shops in Hogsmeade but I was perfectly happy to do whatever Rose wanted, and what Rose wanted was to shop.
“What do you think Remus, pink or orange?” Rose asked, holding two shirts up to herself.
“I think that they would both look great on you,” I said, not sure how she could hate any of the clothes that she picked up when they would all look wonderful on her.
She pursed her glossed lips for a moment before putting the pink shirt back on the rack.
“I think I will get the orange, it will go with that adorable tangerine skirt that I have that I have never been able to find a shirt to go with,” she said, nodding her head.
Draping it over her arm she skipped up the counter, the little pink purse on her arm swinging merrily. Carefully she set the shirt down on the smooth wood.
“Is that all for you miss?” the lady behind the counter asked, punching in the numbers into the ancient looking register.
“Yes please,” Rose said, opening up her purse.
“That will be five Galleons and two Knuts,” the woman said, starting to wrap up the shirt in sparkling tissue paper.
Rose dug around in her purse for a moment before making a distressed noise.
“Oh no,” she said, looking up at me and then the lady behind the counter. “I don’t seem to have enough.”
The woman behind the counter gave her a dirty look that I thought was completely inappropriate and started to unwrap the shirt.
“I am afraid that I will not be able to give you your purchase then,” the woman said nastily.
“Yes you will,” I said, sticking my hand in my pocket and starting to dig out the coins needed to pay for her shirt.
“Remus, you don’t need to pay for it,” Rose said as I handed the lady my money. “It was just poor planning on my part.”
“I am happy to pay for it,” I said, watching as the lady rewrapped the shirt with almost a shocked look on her face.
I wasn’t going to tell Rose but I was really proud to buy her shirt for her. I didn’t like that look that the lady had been giving her, I didn’t want anybody looking at my Rose like that, especially not in front of me. I grinned as I watched the lady put the shirt into a bag and held it out toward Rose.
“Have a nice day,” she said, not smiling at all.
“Don’t worry, we will,” I said, not feeling at all like being nice to her.
Rose took the bag and together we walked out of the store with smiles on our faces. We weren’t walking down the street long before I noticed that many Hogwarts students were heading back to the castle. Looking at my watch I found that it was nearing the time that all of the students had to be back.
“Wow, I didn’t realize that it was so late,” I said, showing Rose my watch.
“Neither did I,” Rose said, flipping her hair over her shoulder. “I have just been having so much fun.”
“So have I,” I agreed, feeling disappointment at the prospect of having to go without Rose again.
Internally I was beating myself. I had been so boring. I should have talked to her about topics that would have interested her instead of just blabbering and wearing out the subject of our classes and such.
“Do you think we could study together sometime or something?” Rose asked as her friends started coming toward us.
“Yes!” I replied immediately, elated. I couldn’t believe that she actually wanted to have another date with me.
“Excellent,” she said, pecking me on the cheek. “I will talk to you later about the details.”
With that she left me on the cobblestone road, my hand touching my cheek where the burning feeling of her kiss still lingered. It took me a moment to come out of the trance, but once I did I started walking toward the castle without a care in the world, I felt like I was on top of the world.
A/N- I planned on getting this chapter up sooner but I couldn't seem to get myself to write it. I hope that you all liked it! Please leave a review!
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