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Chapter 12 : A Very Surprising Weekend Out
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I stumbled out of bed the next morning only to find the room completely empty. I began wondering why there was a lack of sleeping girls this Saturday morning, when I realized it was the first Hogsmeade trip of the year today. I frowned, remembering that I would be spending the day alone due to the argument Maddy and I had gotten in last night.
By the time I had trekked into the dorm last night, all of the girls were asleep, including Madison. I didn’t have the heart to wake her up just for an apology. So I fell onto my bed and drifted off to sleep. It was the first night in a long time that I actually slept. I didn’t even care that I had fallen asleep in my uniform, not bothering to change at all. It was just nice to be able to have a nightmare free night. Actually it was quite a nice dream of myself, a field of blossoming flowers and a certain James Potter. I wont go into details. I’m sure only my notebooks and myself would enjoy such a matter.
Speaking of which, considering my lack of entertainment for the day, it would give me a nice chance to just sit back and write in my notebooks. After all, I hadn’t done so since before school had started without some sort of distraction. I felt like I had been neglecting my poor books and quill. It would be nice to just do so without anyone ruining the moment.
I sighed out of relief. Maybe this lonely day wouldn’t be so bad after all.
I manoeuvred my way to the bathroom, careful not to trip over my own two feet. As I looked into the mirror above the sink, I cringed at seeing my red hair all tangled into a rat’s nest. My nose scrunched up as I quickly dumped my fresh clothes onto the floor next to a shower stall and started the water. A nice shower would change everything. A nice hot shower. Yes. That’s exactly what I needed right about now. They were always so relaxing. I enjoyed the warm water flowing over my body, enveloping all the tension. It was nice to be able to enjoy such a thing again.
However, as I stepped into the shower, I was met with an unpleasant surprise. I screeched loudly as cold water pounded over my skin. I immediately jumped from the shower, my eyes wide as I shivered. All right, so maybe I didn’t need a shower.
I growled as I just threw on the clothes I had ready for the day; a simple black t-shirt and my favourite pair of jeans. As I made my way over to the mirror again, I tried to figure out one of the many spells Madison had taught me to do my hair. I began throwing words out, hoping something would fix the mess that I knew a brush couldn’t. Finally after many attempts, my long hair fell limp across my shoulders. I frowned, but was relieved to know that at least it wasn’t tangled anymore. I pulled the limp hair into a loose ponytail before leaving the bathroom, my morning already off to a sour start.
I dumped my uniform from last night onto my bed before rummaging around the floor for my desired quill and notebook. After finding them, I promptly left the room, not wanting to have to stay in the messy room for too much longer. Sure, I was used to the mess, but it didn’t mean I enjoyed staying in it for longer than I had to. So I carefully made my way down the stairs and into the empty common room. All third years and above were more than likely wolfing down a quick breakfast before heading off to the wizarding village close to the school. First and second years were probably off sleeping, taking in the weekend bliss. I smiled, as I knew I wouldn’t have to deal with anyone for at least a few more hours. And by then, I could have a silent lunch to myself before going to the library for a quick study session with me, myself, and I.
I decided to steal a chair close to the fireplace. After all, it was quite chilly this October morning, and the fire held certain warmth to it. I ignored the fact that the Marauders usually sat in these seats. If I thought about it for too long, I surely would find myself back in my dormitory, and I desperately didn’t want that. So I settled into the comfortable chair, surprised at how comfortable it actually was. Shrugging, I cracked open my notebook and flipped to a new page. There was no use in trying to finish that dreadful list about murdering Sirius Black. I had been interrupted too many times that I knew it was cursed. It was better to just start fresh. But what about?
I tapped the quill to my chin as I began to rack my brain for an appropriate topic. As I was deep in thought, I hardly heard the footsteps coming from the boy’s staircase. My eyes travelled over the dancing flames as they glossed over. It usually wasn’t this hard to think of something. My mind was a bit more…out there than the normal teenage girl. It was usually a synch to figure an intriguing topic out. But not today. Today wouldn’t allow anything productive would it?
I growled in frustration before slamming my notebook closed. Maybe I was acting a bit rash, but no one could really blame me could they? All I had wanted was a nice quiet day to myself. A fun day perhaps. Where nothing went wrong. However, I never was able to get what I wanted was I?
“A bit frustrated there Andrews?”
My face grew dark. He wasn’t supposed to be here. He was supposed to be at breakfast, or causing trouble somewhere. No. He wasn’t supposed to be here. This was supposed to be my time alone, without him breathing down my neck and driving me up the wall.
“No hello? That hurts.”
I so wanted to hit him, to show him the same kind of pain he had put me through the past month. But I couldn’t. Lord only knows that if I did such a thing again, I would only get it far worse than I’m sure its going to get. I settled on just ignoring him as I kept my face to the side, my arms crossed over my body.
“What’s that you got there Andrews?” his hand inched towards my notebook.
He may have been a Quiddtich star, but I was much too protective over my notebooks. I quickly snatched it out of his grasp, holding it close to my body.
“Sentimental value Andrews?” I could just hear the smirk in his voice.
He draped an arm around the back of the chair, leaning forward so I could feel his breath on my neck.
“How’re you holding up Andrews?” he asked amusingly into my ear. “I hear your having quite the meltdown.”
I know I really should control my anger, but I couldn’t help it. He was quite annoying after all.
“Oh just shut up Black.” I stood quickly, glaring him directly in the eye.
He stumbled back, not expecting my reaction. He composed himself though as he stretched up into his full height, now towering over my small figure. While I had to admit the look in his eye did frighten me, I put on a brave face, faking the confidence.
“You should really just sit back and keep your mouth shut Andrews.” He stepped forward before I could move away from him and brushed a stray piece of hair behind my ears. “Before you get yourself into more trouble than you’re already in.”
My face burned at how close he was. But I couldn’t let him see how much he was affecting me, how the shudders were rolling up my spine.
He just sent me one last smirk before tearing his hand away from me and walking towards the portrait hole. I sighed out of frustration as he left, leaving me alone once again. Or else so I thought.
“He’s not much of a listener.”
I moved my gaze over to the stairs and saw Remus standing there with an annoyed look on his face. I quickly looked back down as I took a seat back in the chair, pulling my knees to my chest. Remus sighed as he walked down the remaining stairs and over to where I was sitting. He sat cautiously on the arm of the chair and stared down at me.
“I tried talking to him last night. This morning as well. I thought we had come to an understanding. Apparently not.” He ran a hand through his sandy brown hair. “He’s stubborn. One of the qualities I both admire and dislike about him.”
I shrugged. “I knew it wouldn’t do much anyways.”
He nodded. “So are you staying here then today?”
“Yeah. Better than going out there into the village alone.” I shivered at just the thought of it. I hated the idea of being alone. At least these walls gave me some sort of comfort. The cool October air could do none of that.
“You could come in with me if you’d like.” Remus offered, like the gentleman that he was.
“you’re going to be with your friends.” I gave him a look.
“I doubt they would notice if I ditched them for one trip in.” a smile was tugging at his lips. “What do you say? It’s much better than just sitting around here all day being all alone. It’ll be fun. I promise.”
I eyes him carefully, not sure whether to take him up on his offer or not.
“No Sirius. No pranking. Nothing whatsoever. Just a nice relaxing day out of the castle. You do deserve it after all.” He offered a kind smile.
“I don’t know…” I bit my lip. I admit, it was a rather attractive offer. While he may have not of been Maddy, he was almost as good. And it would be nice to get away from all the trouble that came with this school. Maybe he was right. And I did deserve it.
“Oh all right, but please spare me those horrible puppy dog faces.” I finally sighed.
Remus grinned from ear to ear as he grabbed my hand and pulled me to my feet before pushing me towards the stairs to my dorm.
“Go get you coat. I’ll meet you in the hall.” He shot me a grin before dashing out of the hall.
I laughed at how easily I was able to please that boy. Shaking my hair, I made my way up the stairs, shockingly excited for today. Maybe it could look up after all.
“I cant believe that you, Remus Lupin, are a fan of muggle movies.” I looked at him incredulously.
“Well I am half blood you know.” He shrugged. “I’ve just always been intrigued with them. Their fascinating.”
“Oh I agree one hundred and ten percent.” I nodded. “I absolutely adore the James Bond series. The idea of undercover agents always interests me. That and he always seems to be rather handsome looking.”
Remus laughed. “I agree…somewhat with that.”
I laughed as well. It was nice to laugh. I hadn’t done so in such a long time that it was almost foreign to me. But here I was, laughing with Remus Lupin. If you had told me a few months ago that this would be happening, well I would have told you you were off your rocker. It was actually a quite promising day. We had immediately gone into honeyducks once we arrived. It seems both Remus and I have a unanimous agreement that Chocolate is the greatest invention of all time, both muggle and magic history combined. As we walked through the village, we ate the delicious different chocolates we spent a fortune on while just chatting about each other. We found quite a bit out about one another. I found out that his father is a muggle, and works for the muggle government that always sent him overseas to America, while he and his mother stayed home. Remus always felt guilty when it was time for him to come to school every year, leaving his mother alone most of the time. It was nice to see how much he cared about his family.
Meanwhile, Remus found out about the many things my brother and I fought about. It was quite a list actually. Remus of course found it all to be amusing. I don’t think having your hair cut while your tied to a tree upside down with a pear randomly stuck in between your feet was actually an amusing story. But alas, it was to that boy. Hm…actually…when you think of it…it was a quite random story. Ha ha ha, that was me laughing. All right, enough amusement at my expense.
At the moment, we were chatting about muggle things, considering we both were raised with muggles and magic folk. It was nice to hear the stories of someone else. While Maddy was muggleborn, and could relate to a lot of the things I could, there was some stuff that she just didn’t understand. Where as Remus was in the same boat as I was. It was nice to be honest.
“I’m having a really fun time by the way Remus.” I mentioned as we soon came to a halt outside of the three broomsticks.
He grinned over at me. “Me too. Its nice to get away from the guys sometimes.”
“I bet.” I rolled my eyes.
He chuckled. “Would you like to get a butterbeer? My treat.”
“Well if it’s your treat…” I linked arms with the much taller boy. “Then by all means lets.”
He snickered before leading me into the rather crowded room, Hogwarts students and local villagers piling into the warmth of the building while chatting away with their companions. I peered around for a place to sit, but it was quite hard considering how short I was compared to the rest of them. Remus eventually tugged my arm towards one side, indicating that he had located some place to sit. I graciously took the chair that he had pulled out for me as we reached the rare empty table. I plopped down, laying my bags on the ground beside the chair.
“You know, honeyducks and chocolate can really ware a girl out.” I joked.
Remus laughed as he took off his jacket and laid it on the back of the other chair. “I’ll go get us some drinks.”
I smiled at him as he took off towards the bar. I followed in his previous footsteps and took off my warm coat, allowing for the natural warmth of the room to fall over my bare arms. I couldn’t help my smile widening as I thought about the day Remus and I had. It was nice just to be able to hang with the boy and not have to think about my problems. Now if only Madison was here, this day would be perfect.
“Oi Prongs, look whose sitting in our spot.”
But of course, I couldn’t surely have a good day could I? I heard James snigger before he must have spotted Evans, as I watched his form dash past my table and off to the other side of the place. I rolled my eyes, ignoring the envious pang I felt.
“So, Andrews, I didn’t expect to see you here today.” Sirius pulled up a seat, sitting rather close to my own seat.
I nudged to the side, trying to get any sort of space I could between us. He of course had none of that as he threw an arm around my shoulders, keeping me in place at his side.
“I hear you’re the reason Moony isn’t out with us today. I don’t exactly like the fact that one of my best mates is more interested in some skanky girl than his own friends.”
I felt the color rise in my cheeks as I stared ahead, not daring enough to look into his stormy eyes.
“So why are you here with Moony?” his face came closer as he spoke, sending chills up my spine. “Hm?”
Where was Remus when you needed him?
“Hm, seems you don’t want to say anything. Maybe you’re finally getting the hint. Now if only you would stay away from my best mate.” His breath was now tickling my ear as he spoke softly but defiantly. “I’ll give you one warning. Stay away from him, or else.”
My body had tensed at the threat. I hadn’t expected him to be so…cruel I suppose you could say. He knew Remus was behind me rather him. He knew Remus had been hanging around me lately more so the Marauders. He knew Remus was frustrated with his actions. In his eyes, it probably looked like I was the one tearing apart his little group. Oh dear, this doesn’t appear good.
What if I didn’t listen to what he said? I knew what Sirius could do. Everyone knew what he could do. He was the most popular person in this bloody school. Every girl was in love with him, all the boys wanted to be him. Everyone knew that if you crossed Sirius, even for a moment, then you would have hell to pay. I unfortunately had done so on more than one occasion. And I knew how much worse it could get. Did I really want to risk more of this treatment? But I couldn’t surely just stay away from Remus. He had grown into the brother I wish I had. He was there when Madison wasn’t. He was the guiding force in me not turning to murder. Where would I be right now without him? Surely a depressed girl sitting alone in my dormitory feeling sorry for myself. But instead I was actually laughing, and having fun. Something I wasn’t used to this year. Could I really allow a silly threat to ruin that for me?
“Think about it Andrews.” He whispered in my ear one last time before promptly standing up, returning the chair to the rightful table and strutting off towards James.
I blinked rapidly as I watched him walk away. My mind was turning in all directions. I wasn’t sure of what I should do anymore. I wonder where I’ve heard that one before. Oh wait, last night. How did I manage to get myself into these situations?
A/N: pfft! mean Sirius. threatening her if she continues to hang around Remus. what do you think she'll do?
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