“Ouch! Lily, honestly!” Melody gasped as Lily tugged on her hair as she pulled it, Muggle style, into a fancy twist. Lily laughed, rolling her eyes.
“Oh, please, I'm not even pulling that hard,” she said.
“Looks pretty painful from where I'm sitting,” Lisa muttered from the otherside of the room where she was trying to zip up the back of her dress without falling over backwards. Melody looked away from her friend, trying not to laugh.
Today was their graduation. Every 7th year in the school was getting dressed up in their best and preparing to accept their Hogwarts diplomas. Melody could do her own hair, easily, but Lily was freaking out over her speech she and James need to make, and knew that doing something that took as much concentration as hair, Lily would calm down. And Melody was right. Lily was laughing and joking and putting all her nervous energy into pulling out Melody's hair strand by strand.
When Melody and Sirius had returned home from the wedding, they crashed in the Room of Requirements, not wanting to answer questions. And the next day, the entire school was shocked to see Melody and Sirius walking into the Great Hall, hand in hand. And to prove to everyone that she and Sirius were together for real now, he planted a long, loving kiss on her lips, which Melody happily returned. And to make Melody even happier, was that Marissa had to be escorted from the Great Hall by Mcgonagall and Mr. Filch, her frustrated screams and cries echoing down the corridors.
Marissa now was to stay away from both Sirius and Melody and was most likely going to get no where in life. There was a huge rumor going around the school that Marissa had low grades in all her classes, guaranteeing not to get her a job that would actually be useful to have. Melody almost feels bad for Marissa. Marissa also seems to have gotten back with Kyle, most likely temporarily, however, for Melody saw Kyle feeling up a Hufflepuff just a week before.
But Melody could careless about Kyle and Marissa. All she cared about was her friends and herself for the time being. She and Sirius are together, James and Lily are in love, and Remus and Lisa are in the awkward beginning stages of their own relationship. Peter is still with his little girlfriend and everything is just happy-go-lucky. Things were starting to look up for Melody and that was all she really needed. She had everything she wanted and was not ready to experience life outside of Hogwarts with Sirius by her side.
The ceremony was to start in about an hour. And Melody was getting nervous and excited. What if they forgot to call her name? What if she tripped? What if Mcgonagall decided that Sirius was going to stay another year because she feared he wasn't mature enough for the real world yet? Melody laughed aloud at the thought. Honestly, she never thought she had seen Mcgonagall so happy!
Lily frowned as she tugged a little more on Melody's hair, she winced.
“What are you laughing at?” she asked, raising an eyebrow.
“Your mom,” Lisa said from across the room. Lily rolled her eyes and Melody just smiled and shrugged before wincing again as Lily tugged on her hair.
“Just Sirius,” she said.
“Ah, I see,” Lily nodded, “Keep it to yourself then.”
Melody smiled. With one final tug, Lily stepped back and looked at her handy work. She smiled and nodded happily.
“Very nice,” Melody said, looking in the mirror, “But you some magic, I could have endured a lot less pain,” she added. Lily just smiled.
“Yes, but you're too nice of a friend to let me flick a wand to do your hair and immediately go back to thinking about the speech!” Lily grinned and then the smile wiped off her face, “Oh no, the speech!”
“Calm down, Lils, you'll be fine,” Lisa said, walking over with her hand behind her back, holding her dress up, “Now zip this up for me.”
Melody walked across the room to her own dress. It was black and simple. She didn't want to draw a lot of attention to herself tonight. Just Sirius' attention. And all she had to do was smile at him to do that. Melody was sure any other girl can dance naked in front of him and he'll be too absorbed in Melody to notice. Not that Melody was complaining, she was discovering she was very possessive over Sirius.
She slipped into the dress, her arms sliding through the straps, and then waved her wand to zip up the back, laughing slightly that Lisa hadn't thought to do that. She then looked in the mirror, fingering the locket Sirius had given her that had not left her neck. She had on a silver bracelet to match and diamond earrings. Her heels waited by the door and her make-up was done. Melody smiled at herself.
Looking in the mirror, Melody had always seen her beauty. It wasn't hard to miss. But now, as she stared at herself, she really saw it. She saw what Sirius saw. The reason why he loved her. It wasn't because of how she looked. It was because of who she was. He was the only one who really ever saw through the mask she constantly wore. And he was helping her get rid of that mask. She smiled, not wanting to look away from her reflection, afraid she'll lose the image she saw. The image she wanted to see.
Melody turned around to look at Lily then. Lily was looking at her oddly, her light pink dress matched her eyes and somehow, did not clash with her hair. It complimented her skin complexion and looked beautiful on her.
“Are you ready? The boys are waiting,” Lily said, smiling.
“Oh, yeah, I'm coming,” Melody said quickly, surprised at how long it had taken her to get in a dress and stare in the mirror. She grabbed her purse that matched her dress and put her wand inside. She slipped into her shoes and took one last look in the mirror, seeing that image once more. She smiled and then followed Lily down the stairs.
All the seventh years were gathered there. Remus and Lisa were standing by the fire, Lisa laughing at something Remus said, both their cheeks flushed, and both all smiles. James was drooling over Lily as her cheeks burned as he went on and on how beautiful she looks. A few heads turned as Melody headed down the stairs, but Melody was ignoring them all, looking for that one familiar face that she never got tired of.
She reached the end of the stairs and still could not see him.
“A rose for a beauty,” someone said in her ear as a hand went around her waist a rose between the fingers. Melody smiled as she took it and turned around to see Sirius.
“Hello, lovely,” she said.
“I have to say you're the lovely, today,” Sirius said, smiling, “Because you make everyone else look as if they're wearing rags to this thing.”
“You don't look so bad, either,” Melody said, honestly.
“Well, that's because you're on my arm. You just compliment me so well.” Sirius laughed.
“Like you compliment me,” Melody added, leaning closer to Sirius. Everyone else in the room seemed to just disappear.
“Exactly,” Sirius smiled, “We compliment each other.”
Then he closed the narrow gap between them, kissing Melody so softly at first, before getting deeper. Melody will never understand how Sirius did it, but she felt every love and passion he held for her and she tried to return it. When they pulled away, Sirius smiled.
“Shall we go, love?” he asked, “I hear a rumor we're graduating today.”
“Really now?” Melody asked as she hook arms with Sirius, “Us?”
“That's what I said!” Sirius grinned, winking at Melody and leading her towards the portrait hole, “Honestly, like Mcgonagall will ever be able to get rid of me! She loves me too much.”
“Sure she does, Sirius.”
“You don't think I'm serious, do you.”
“Sirius...honestly, who else would you be?”
“Oh, haha, very funny.”
“You know you love me.”
“Love you?” Sirius asked, pulling Melody to a stop in the middle of the corridor and smiling down at her, “More then you'll ever know.”
“I think I do know, because I love you just as much,” Melody smiled, looking into his grey eyes.
Sirius smiled and placed a gentle kiss on her lips.
“Come on, let's go graduate,” Sirius laughed, slipping his hand into Melody's.
“Finally,” Melody laughed.
“Yes, love, finally.”
A/N: Yes, that was the final chapter. And I know after a very long wait, that was not a very long chapter. But I have a good excuse as to why I haven't updated.
My computer crashed.
And I got it back a while ago and had to answer a kazillion never ending reviews. And then there's a lot of personal stuff that also had be busy, such a cheerleading and all. But everything is falling apart now, so you might see more of me. :(
Well, I hope you all enjoyed Pretty Girl I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope you all loved reading it. Thanks so much to everyone who reviewed and stuck with me. And thanks to everyone who has been reading.