Chapter 6 : Fights, Bonds, Sorry And Me
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Authors Note Welcome to this chapter. Ah we’re up to number six already? Wow.
I was ironing out some kinks, I was figuring on when to take it after Hogwarts within this story or start a sequel for after Hogwarts. Not too sure yet. Plenty of time though to figure everything out. I have chapter seven planned and half of eight, but I haven’t exactly put everything I wanted to in this chapter as it wouldn’t quite fit and didn’t go with the flow of the chapter.
I think that this is quite a fast update for me, I wasn’t going to update quite just yet, but I read and replied some of your reviews and I just couldn’t believe the response I’m getting on this story, So I think you deserved the next chapter for being so amazing. I’m so glad you like the character of Nellie and all the others. You all really are the reason I write this story so quickly.
I quite like this chapter, well, after the whole drama though. It isn’t that funny in my opinion, but hey, it’s quite needed.
I hope you enjoy this chapter.
If you spot any typos, please tell me.
Comments and Opinions are welcomed as always.
Fights, Bonds, Sorry And Me
The sun is shining, yet it’s still freezing. Why did I have to pick Care Of Magical Creatures?
Because I like it? And I love animals? Yeah, that probably is the reason.
Oh well. I’m still going to complain.
So yeah, it’s cold and I’m freezing my toes off, even though I’m wearing four pairs of socks. I had a lot of trouble getting on my shoes. I was going to wear two hats too, but Izzie said ‘No’. she said it was ‘totally different than the socks’. She also threatened to hex me. After that, I didn’t even mention my brilliant idea of three scarves.
We’re learning about Griffins today. I honestly don’t know where Professor Sebring got one. Professor Sebring is a little kooky. She would so look good with Professor Dinglebat though. They could become Hogwarts power couple. I think I’ll mention this to Izzie and see what she thinks.
Griffins, I conclude, are rather creepy looking. We’re sketching them at the moment and I think mine is quite good. A master piece even!
“Nellie. Yours looks like an elephant.”
Perhaps it isn’t a masterpiece then.
“Well, yours looks like a turtle.” I lied of course. It’s actually quite good.
Izzie rolled her eyes and went back to shading in her picture.
Griffins are beautiful in their own unique way. I guess. Then again, I say that about everything, even Flobberworms.
“Nellie, that’s a rather freaky drawing.” Lily commented; she was standing next to me and Izzie, probably because we were the furthest away from the Marauders and James has annoyed her for some reason. I didn’t dare ask why because she had look of a murderess on her earlier and I was worried about being caught in the crossfire.
I looked over at hers; it was good. “I think mine’s rather unique.”
“We were all meant to be drawing the same thing though.”
“Well.” I paused, “Mine is from when it just gets up.” I drew a little tuff of hair at the top. “Look!” I pointed at the tuff, “Morning hair.” Lily giggled and Izzie snorted and muttered something that sounded like ‘loser’ but it could have been hover. So, I’m not too sure.
I reckon it was hover though.
Why would she call me a loser?
I’m the king of cool. I would have said Queen, but King sounds so much cooler.
“We’ll finish our drawings next lesson. Class dismissed. ” Sebring smiled. I heard the shuffling of everyone quickly picking up their bags as they headed back to the castle.
“I’m hungry.” Izzie complained.
“Well that was the last lesson. So it’s almost dinner time.” I reasoned.
“Thank Merlin, The joyous old fellow. I’ve been hungry since breakfast.” Izzie rubbed her stomach in delight.
“You should have had a bigger breakfast.”
“Or have two? Like you did the other day?” Izzie snickered.
“Yeah. That works just as well.”
Izzie rolled her eyes, “Pig.”
“It’s better than being a boring human.”
“I’m sure it is.” Izzie answered sarcastically as we made our way up to dinner where a feast awaited. Literally. They sure don’t starve us here.
I was sitting at dinner eating, when Lola D’Forentino, a gossipy sixth year, informed us of some news. If you want news or dirt on anybody; go to Lola. Lola seems to know everything about anyone. She calls it a skill; I call it being plain nosey. She even knows stuff about Slytherin’s! And Slytherins are quiet about their business. That is, until Lola finds out.
“You heard what’s happened?” She informed anyone who was near her and would listen, which pretty much ended up being everyone.
Of course we haven’t and she knows that.
She grinned wickedly. “I know some gossip.” That‘s a given. “Sirius Black and Cade Petrillo are dating!” Lola announced.
“Since when?” Some cried out. I mean, literally cried out. A few girls were near tears. Come on, it’s just Sirius Black.
Cade Petrillo was a seventh year Hufflepuff, she was attractive I guess, but she had this annoying laugh that made me want to flick her in the eyebrow. Not that I can talk though.
“Yesterday!” A few girls burst out crying by now.
Let me get one right: Sirius isn’t a playboy, he’s a heart throb. He’s only dated a handful of girls. Except for a few, he can capture the attention of any girl with his looks and personality. That’s Sirius. I should never doubt the Marauders’ popularity again. They seriously do have fan clubs. I couldn’t help but think about how strange people are.
I don’t know Cade that well…but she never seemed the type Sirius would go for. I suppose they would look cute together…but something wasn’t right.
Saying that, I sound jealous. I’m not. Not one little bit… I think.
“Nellie, you okay?” Izzie asked, “You look like you’ve drank a whole bottle of lemon juice.”
Funny enough, I did feel a little sour. “I’m fine. Why wouldn’t I be?”
“Only you can answer than m’love” Izzie said in an eerie voice, it’s just like her posh voice, it doesn’t sound eerie.
Rather cheerful, I think.
And cheerful irritated me.
I have no idea why.
After dinner, Izzie decided to go and work on her essays in the dormitories while I headed towards the library to pick up a few books. I fancied a light spot of reading.
I was walking through the hallways, when I came across a particular sight. It was the Marauders deep in a huddle, for reason, their usual fun and aloof charm was washed away and it was replaced with something serious and dark.
Once they saw me, all conversation ceased to exist.
That’s not normal.
I mean, I know I’m not part of their group or anything but still.
“Hey Nellie.” Sirius coolly greeted.
“Hello.” I responded. “What are you up to?” I asked, rather bluntly.
“What do you mean?” James asked, rather naively.
“Well, four guys in a huddle, talking. As soon as someone comes along, the conversation stops. Doesn’t that seem a little dodgy to you?”
“I guess.” Sirius shrugged, I rolled my eyes and for a moment, I reminded myself of Izzie.
Then Severus Snape came walking along and a grin appeared on all of the Marauder’s faces. I didn’t like it. It wasn’t a nice grin; it was the grin of a clown.
Severus Snape; he and the Marauders argued all the time. They haven’t never got on; not since the first year. They’ve hexed each other more times than I can remember. Besides being a Slytherin, I don’t know why the Marauders hate him so much. But the feeling is mutual. I reckon one of the factors behind James’ hatred is Lily. She and Snape used to be close friends, but separate paths and the word ‘Mudblood’ ripped them apart.
He needs a better friend than the lot he hangs around with too. Regulus told me they were all Death Eaters. And most of them look a little grubby, like they haven’t been a bath in a few days
“Snivellus.” James muttered, his voice full of loathing and hatred. For a pretty laidback guy like James, it was frightening to watch the change in him.
The Marauders didn’t even notice me; it was all Snape.
“Potter.” Snape replied, his hatred matching James, if not a little more.
“Still haven’t washed your hair yet Snivellus?”
“Get lost.” Snape muttered trying to walk off. Snape finally noticed I was there. He looked me up and down and he shot me a dirty look.
“What?” I replied, "I’m just an innocent bystander."
“Don’t talk to filth like that.” Sirius snapped at me.
“Don’t be horrible.” I lectured automatically.
One of the major flaws of the Marauders; Severus Snape.
Snape shot me a dirty look. He was obviously getting offended by my help.
“Shut up.” He muttered at me.
Well I never!
“That’s enough.” James muttered as he pulled his wand out, in fact everybody but me had their wands out. The Marauders pointed theirs at Snape. Snape had his pointed at them. “I’ll make you regret ever being born.”
Four against one?
That’s hardly fair.
Perhaps I should leave about now.
“Sectumsempra!” Snape snarled at James, which he just about missed. I had never even heard of the spell, but I reckoned whatever it was wasn’t good.
So, leaving sounds really good about now.
James fired at hex at Snape which he dodged, and before I knew it, everybody was firing hexes. I had to say, Snape was good. He was against four and he was holding his own.
I wanted to move, but I couldn’t. I was glued to the spot.
Good time for my legs to stop working eh?
More hexes were thrown; I hadn’t even heard of most them. I didn’t know where they had picked these spells up; because I swear that they weren’t on the curriculum.
I remember the mutters of curses from all corners. Each one different, each one more violent than the last. It was like being in a war.
I heard a crash.
Then I heard a scream.
Then everything around me spun for a little and then it all went black.
I can hear voices.
Not the ones that live inside your head either.
“You’ve killed her!” Izzie’s hysterical voice could be heard. By the tone of the voice, I could instantly tell she was feeling hurt and angry but even with everything we’ve been through, I have never heard her this angry; hatred dripped from each word. “I swear, if you’ve left any damage, I will murder you.” She hissed, deadly serious. “You’re all stupid.”
“We’re sorry.” I heard Sirius whisper.
“Sorry?” Izzie seethed. “That’s going to wake her up isn’t it? She’s in the hospital wing! You could have killed her! She could have died! And all you’ve got is sorry.”
“Izzie, violence is not the answer.” Lily tried to reason with my friend but at this state I knew that reason had disappeared a long time ago; she was an emotional bomb just ready to go off.
“I don’t care,” came Izzie’s sharp reply. “It would make me feel better.”
“Then hit us.” Sirius answered, quietly, not wanting to fuel Izzie’s anger anymore, he understood we were already in dangerous territory. “Merlin knows we deserve it.”
I better open my eyes now.
They feel heavy.
My whole body feels heavy.
I didn’t put twenty stone on, did I?
Maybe all the food is catching up with me.
I wouldn’t be that surprised to be honest
“Nellie.” Izzie squealed before hugging me.
Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.
“Ow.” I muttered.
“Sorry.” She grinned before letting go. “I’m so glad you’re awake. You’ve been out for two days.” She sounded worried and relieved at the same time.
“Two?” I spluttered. I still felt exhausted! "How crap do I look?" I asked her.
"You look a bit like a mummy." Izzie told me warmly as she passed me a mirror.
I looked at myself as much as I had the energy for. A few cuts, bruises and bandages here and there. The bandage on my head felt quite heavy, it made me want to lie down all over again.
"So, I've been out for two days?" I questioned.
“Yeah. They thought it would be longer, but I guess it’s ‘cause your head is made out of steel.” She winked at me.
“It has to be.” I replied, “With all the times I bash it.”
I looked at Sirius, Peter, James and Remus, each one refusing to look at me; my gaze upon them made them squirm in their chairs. I looked away, I didn’t like doing that to them and smiled at Izzie and Lily.
Madame Pomfry came over, smiling. “I’m glad to see you awake Miss O’Neill.”
“Thanks. Me too.”
“Are you feeling alright?” She inquired.
“My body feels heavy.” I told her weakly.
“That’s because of the potions dear; you sustained a rather serious injury. I had to repair over ten of your bones. There was also some internal bleeding, but thank Merlin that these boys got you here as quickly as they did. I managed to stop it before any lasting damage was caused.”
I nodded slowly trying to take it all in but at the moment, it was too much and I just wanted some chocolate and sleep.
“I see no reason why you shouldn’t make a full recovery.” Thank Merlin, I was part of a magical community. The odds probably wouldn’t be in my favor if I were in a Muggle hospital. “You’ll have to stay here for the night but after that, I see no reason why you shouldn’t be allowed to rest in your dormitory, providing you take your medication of course. The medication you’re on makes you feel a little weak because your body is repairing itself. I’m not allowing you to attend lessons all this week. You mustn’t do much either. You have to rest from now on.” She explained, "Now just a few tests to see that everything is still in place.” She smiled.
“Nellie O’Neill, I’m not revealing the rest though Madame Pomfrey.” I told her as Izzie snorted. “It’s embarrassing.”
She looked at the clipboard with my details on it; a smile formed on her face. “Of course Miss O’Neill. Age?”
“Seventeen and a tiny bit.” I replied.
“I think everything’s is in order. If you have any changes, don’t hesitate to call me. I‘m going to sort out your next dosage.” She gave one last smile before walking off.
“Eugh, I feel horrible.” I complained, “I can barely move.”
“That’s usually what happens when you get hurt and you’re recovering Nellie.” Izzie rolled her eyes.
“Oh no!” I complained again, “I’m going to get behind on work!” Not like I was a nerd or anything. It’s just that If I fall behind, I'll never catch up.
Izzie snorted, “We’ll help out with whatever you’ve missed, so don’t panic, just rest.”
“But Izzie, you suck at school work.” Izzie glared at me so I tucked myself tightly in my blankets. She wouldn’t attack me while I was hurt would she?
I heard hushed whispers which I couldn’t make out.
“Nellie. The Marauders want to talk to you.” She squeezed my hand warmly, I knew she wanted to hug me, but she didn’t want to hurt me anymore. Lily gave a little wave. “You hurt her anymore and I will make you sorry.” Izzie threatened the Marauders, before giving me a sweet smile before walking out the hospital wing.
“You can sit on the sides of the bed if you want. Just don’t sit on me.” I smiled; Sirius and James sat on each side nearest to me, Remus behind James, Peter behind Sirius.
We sat in silence for a little while. Sirius chose to break it. “ Nellie. We’re so sorry.” He said quietly looking at the spot on the floor.
“More sorry than you’ll ever realize.” Remus whispered.
“If we knew that would happen. You’d get caught up in our mess, we’d be clean. We wouldn’t have done it.” James mumbled.
“What happened?” I asked, “All I remember is hexes being thrown, then a crash, then I’m screaming…then everything faded.” I closed my eyes for a moment before opening them again. I didn’t want to think about it too much.
“Well.” Sirius cleared his throat. “We all uttered five hexes at the same time…and somehow we missed our aim…and a few hit the back of the wall…It collapsed and ended up crushing you.”
“What happened then?”
“We stopped our petty fighting, dragged you out and Sirius carried you up here.” James finished the story off.
“Don’t.” Sirius whispered, “We don’t deserve thanks. We’re the reason you were in that pile of rubble anyway.”
“You must know some strong spells.” I muttered, “I’m still saying thank you. You could have been stupid and a coward but no, you’re all just stupid. A coward would have left me to die. You heard so yourself, your fast working saved me.”
“No. Stop it.” Sirius muttered.
“It’s our entire fault.”
“Shout at us please.” James pleaded, “We deserve it.”
“We deserve everything you give us. Hit us if you like. Hex us to an oblivion, but please just don’t be nice...” Sirius trailed off.
“Just please. No fights like this again?”
“Why did you have to get into that stupid argument?” I was telling them off I knew but they needed to hear it. “Stupid boys.”
“It was Snape.” Peter muttered, like that was a proper reason.
“We know.” Remus answered.
“We feel so bad.” James admitted.
“Look at me.” As if they had all rehearsed it or something, all four of their eyes slowly rose from the ground to look at me.
“It could have been worse.” I mused, “A few scratches, bruises, but I’m okay. Least it was the wall that hit me, not your spells.”
“That’s only ‘cause Pomfrey has healed you. You broke over ten bones if I remember right. You were bleeding so much. For once, I didn’t see a smile on your face. I remember the blood coming from your head. “ Sirius blurted out. Strange, he was usually composed, like music. “You were like a doll. We didn’t think. We just got you and ran.”
“It was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to endure.” James admitted, “And what made it worse, we created the situation.”
“We don’t expect you to forgive us.” Remus stated “We just wanted to tell you all this. We don’t want you to hate us Nellie but we understand if you do.” All their expressions hardened.
“I don’t hate you guys.” Their expressions instantly brightened up.
“Really?” Peter asked.
“Of course not. Hate gets people no where. Heed the advice.” I smiled, “Plus, you guys are okay, I suppose. Even though you're all mean and you keep on laughing at me all the time.” I grinned to show I was joking.
“I got that. Now if you say that one more time, I’m going to tell your fan club how emotional you guys actually are. Honestly, you’re like girls.” I giggled, but quickly stopped as it hurt my chest.
“You wouldn’t!” Sirius feigned a horror.
“Here are your medicines Miss O’Neill” She had half a dozen vials on a small tray.
“Ew.” I muttered, “I hate taking medicines.”
“Well that’s what you’ll be doing for the next week or so.”
“Visiting times are almost over.” Pomfrey said as I swallowed the first vile. It was a brown colour and it tasted like dirt. Yes, I do know how that tastes like. A kid gets curious when she’s ten.
I drank the purple one, the green one after, then the orange one.
Four down. Two more to go.
Red and blue. I wonder what these will taste like.
I drank the red one; tomato.
Last one; blue.
It tasted like blueberries.
Definitely my favourite.
“We better go and let you rest.” Sirius smiled. It was different from the glaring I had been receiving lately but I liked it better never the less. Each of them gave me a small awkward hug before I snuggled down and fell asleep thanks to the lovely dirt potion, which is the one that made me the most tired.
I woke up, feeling exactly the same as I went to sleep.
“You can go back to your dormitory today, but remember, you have to rest, so keep doing things to an absolute minimal. Here are your potions and here are the directions. Take one of each, every day.” Madame Pomfrey said.
Izzie came to pick me up and escorted me back to the dorms.
I crawled back into my bed. It was more comfy than the Hospital wing ones. I quickly fell asleep.
“Nellie.” I felt someone poking my head.
I opened my eyes and there was Sirius Black right in front of my face; grinning.
“We brought you some food.” He said.
I sat up. “Thanks.”
“Wow, you’re messier than us.” James joked looking around, trying not to step on any of my things.
“It’s an organized mess.”
“Yeah, yeah, sure.” Remus laughed.
I looked at them, “How did you get up here?”
“Magic.” James replied.
“It’s better you don’t know.” Remus smiled.
“How did you know what room I was in?”
“They are labeled.” Peter grinned.
“What are you doing here anyway?”
“We’re visiting you.”
“It’s no problem.”
“What the hell is this?” Sirius said holding up Mr. Snuggles Le Fuggles La Muggle.
“It’s a bear, Sirius. His name is Mr. Snuggles Le Fuggles La Muggle.” I said, taking him off Sirius.
“He’s ugly.” Sirius observed.
“You’ve got to be gentle with him. He’s been through a lot.” I said as I patted his head as I ignored Sirius ugly jibe.
Sirius held up a vial, “What do they put in to these things? Essence of Insanity?”
I bet it’s the dirt one.
...To Be Continued
Next time on The World, Biscuits And Sirius Black According To Nellie O’Neill.
“Don’t bother Nellie. It’ll be a waste of time.” Sirius sighed, as he looked around the hallway.
“What you mean?” I asked, confused.
“Just don’t go there.” Sirius muttered.
"Okay." I nodded.
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