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Better In Time by hermione_weasley_angel
Chapter 2 : Pumpkin Juice
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Pumpkin Juice

 Dear Grandma Jo,

I’ve arrived safely to Hogwarts, so please don’t worry. Everything is the same here, except for yesterday which was a total nightmare...but don’t worry about that, anyway. And yes, I know I said I would write to you once I get to Hogwarts, but please understand that I was very busy and really tired yesterday...

I miss you very much granny and I would do anything to be at home with you, keep that in mind. I hope you; Uncle Tim, Aunt Lisa and Rebecca are well. Tell Rebecca I miss her a lot. Oh, and offcourse give the Grangers my greetings and tell Eric I will see him soon, I hope.



I re-read my letter about three times now. If it wasn’t convincing, granny Jo would owl me a zillion times until she is convinced. I hadn’t lied about anything in the letter though; I really did miss all of them. I missed my cousin Rebecca who will be old enough to attend Hogwarts next year, when I would leave. And also my muggle neighbour, Eric Granger. He’s been my friend ever since we moved to our house.

 I folded the paper and sealed it into the envelope. I looked up to see where Shimmer had got to. Yes, I was in the owlry. I came to leave Shimmer in here, but as I was about to leave I remembered that I was supposed to write a letter to granny, so I took my quill and piece of parchment out of my bag and wrote it here.

“Shimmer, where are you?” I called looked at all the sleepy owls. I really hope Shimmer didn’t fall asleep. “Shimmer!”

And then she was flying right in front of me and landed on my arm. “That’s a good girl. Now Shimmer, I know you’re tired from hunting last night, but can you please send this letter to Grandma Josephine?” She hooted in response for ‘yes’. “Thank you Shimmer, I promise I’ll give you treats when you come back.”

I tied the letter around Shimmer’s leg and in an instant she was already flying off to the direction of London.

I walked my way outside the owlry and back to the castle. I entered the Great Hall and, mercifully, it  hardly had any students, only 4 or 5 students from each house. It was early in the morning and no one needed to be awake this time. I woke up at 5:30 am only to escape from my dorm mates, who probably were still asleep.

I sat at the same place I usually do and took my time eating since there was plenty more time until classes would start. Slowly, the Great Hall grew noisier by the minute and I spotted Lily and Alice entering. I prayed to god they wouldn’t realise me and I kept my eyes shut.

I felt someone tapping my arm and I quickly jumped in response. I really had a bad feeling this was Lily. I looked around and saw Mandy, the girl I had met at dinner yesterday. “Merlin, you scared me.” I breathed.

She suppressed a giggle. “Sorry, but you looked as though you were going to die any second.” She took her place next to me. I realised her friend, Tracy, was there too.

“I did?” I asked rather foolishly.

“Yeah,” she said. “What was in your mind anyway?”

“Nothing,” I lied.

Mandy shrugged and started buttering her toast. “Why don’t you sit with your class mates?” she asked, cocking an eyebrow.

“Well, I...” Damn it. “I just...don’t like it.”

Mandy opened her mouth but was interrupted by Professor McGonagall. “There you are Miss Taylor,” she said and handed me a piece of parchment. “Here are your lesson timetables for this year. If you lose it, come to me.”

“Thank you Professor.” I said.

McGonagall nodded. “You want to be a Healer. Am I correct?”

“Yes, Professor.” It was my passion to be a Healer ever since fifth year. At first I had thought of being an Auror, but now when I think of it, I wouldn’t have suited to be an Auror at all.

“Good. You must do well in most the subjects you have chosen to become a Healer. So I recommend you try your best.”

“I will, Professor.” The professor looked at me for a few seconds and then left without another word.

I looked at my timetable and suppressed a groan. History of Magic was first.


I walked my way to the dungeons for the last lesson of the day, Potions. We didn’t learn much today apart from the monotonous speech from teachers about our N.E.W.Ts and how important they were. I was dying to go to the dorms and have a little nap.

I arrived in front of the classroom ten minutes early. No one was there apart from Severus Snape who didn’t show a sign of recognising my presence. His long greasy hair covered half of his face, so I had no idea what he was looking at.

I laid my left shoulder on the stone wall, unable to support myself standing anymore. I tried to distract myself by staring at the floor and making patterns from it. I only moved my eyes from the floor when I heard the chattering of students arriving.

“Oie Prongs, looks whose here!” I heard the famous loud voice from behind me. It was no other then the arrogant Black.

“Old Snivellus, is it?” said Potter, flashing his eyes at Snape. “What’s wrong Snivelly, miss your mummy?”

Everyone around started laughing and Snape didn’t even lift his head up to retort. I really did feel sorry for him, even though he was a Slytherin. I looked around to see if Lily was anywhere and spotted here just arriving along with Alice. She had no idea what was going on.

I saw Narcissa Black coming out of nowhere, her long white blonde hair dancing behind her. I really hated her, but not only because she was cousin to Sirius Black. I thanked god that her crazy sister, Bellatrix Black, and toffee-nosed boyfriend, Lucious Malfoy, left Hogwarts already.

“Ah, nice to see you, dear cousin.” said Black coldly. I knew completely well that he didn’t mean that.

“Do not talk to me. We are no longer related to you or the traitor I used to call my sister!” said Narcissa with her icy voice. I knew she was talking about her other sister, Andromeda, who was completely different then their lot.

“You really do scare me, cousin.” Black joked, acting as though he was scared. He and Potter burst into laughter.

Suddenly the door flew open and Professor Slughorn appeared. “Enter my children!” he said cheerfully.

I quickly grabbed my bag and entered swiftly after Snape, and took a seat at the front of the classroom. I caught Lily’s eye as she entered, she smiled and came to take the seat next to me.

“Where were you yesterday, Eliza?” Lily asked. I winced from the usage of that nickname. “Why did you leave us?”

I hesitated. “How come you’re not sitting next to Alice?” I asked, trying to change the subject. I still wanted to know why though.

“She’s sitting next to Frank,” she answered. “Please don’t change the subject. I really want to know why you went.”

I stayed silent and, thank God, Slughorn broke the chattering and told us to take our potions books out. Like the other teachers, he started talking to us about our N.E.W.Ts the whole lesson. I swear I was about to fall asleep any minute.

I checked the time and there was only a few seconds till class would end. Thank God.

Slughorn finally dismissed us and I got up to pack my things. I could feel Lily’s gaze on me. She was obviously still waiting for an answer.

“Look Lily, I’m sorry,” I started. “I saw you going to Alice so I thought I’d leave you two alone.”

Lily looked at me as though browsing if I was lying or not. She sighed. “It’s Ok. It’s just that we did want you around you know.”

“Thanks Lily, I really appreciate it.” Lily smiled and nodded and I grabbed my bag, wanting to run to the dorms and have a nap before dinner.


“Elizabeth!” I heard someone say. “Elizabeth, wake up! It’s nearly time for dinner!”

I moaned. “I wanna sleep!”

“You have to eat. You can’t just sleep all day!” said the voice that my mind couldn’t register properly. I opened my eyes and met the honey brown eyes of Alice.

“Good, you woke up.” She said. “I just came in here to change my clothes and then I saw you asleep, so I decided to wake you.”

“Well, er, thanks Alice.” I said.

“No problem,” she said warmly. “Now get up and wash your face before we head for dinner. You’ll be sitting with Lily and me tonight.” I froze.

I couldn’t get myself out of this one and I knew it.

I quickly jumped of my bed and went to wash my face before joining Alice on our walk to the Great Hall. We walked past the place I usually sit in and I saw Mandy. She saw me and waved. I waved back, startled by what she just did.

I mean seriously, who would wave to me, the weird invisible Elizabeth Taylor?

Alice took the place where all the seventh usually sit and I, unwillingly, took the seat next to her. This was the first time I sit here in my six years at Hogwarts.

“Where’s Lily?” I asked, trying to distract myself from the stares I was getting. Oh Merlin, me getting stares? I don’t think so.

“Don’t worry about her, she’ll be here soon.” answered Alice. “Eat, Eliza.” Not that bloody nickname again.

I stared at the food in front of me. I really had no appetite tonight but sill I put some food on my plate to pretend I was eating.

“I’m back Alice!” I heard the voice of Lily say. I glanced at her and she saw me. “Eliza!” she aired.

“Hi, Lily.” I greeted, smiling. Lily grinned and took the seat next to me.

Only a few seconds past and we already heard the famous laughter of Potter and Black laughing at something that Pettigrew had said. Remus saw me and winked. I felt my face burn and I smiled in response. The four of them came and took the seats in front of us, laughing so loudly that everyone in the Great Hall could hear them.

Losers. Except Remus.

Lily frowned. “Will you guys keep it down!”

Potter stopped laughing and smirked at Lily. “Lilyflower, I didn’t see you there, love!” he remarked rather loudly.

“You’re an absolute disgrace, Potter! I can’t believe you became Head Boy!” Lily flared.

Potter and Lily kept on arguing through the whole dinner. I tried to block their voices away from my mind, but I couldn’t. Seriously, this was not new. Even in my previous years I could hear them arguing from miles away.

I looked around to see were the pumpkin juice was and saw it in Black’s hands. I waited impatiently for him to set it down so I can have some for myself. He didn’t put it in back in the middle of the table; instead he put it next to his plate.

My mouth was so dry that I couldn’t take it anymore. I wanted to tell him to hand it over, but I was too...timid.

I couldn’t do it.

“Alice,” I whispered, bending towards Alice since Lily was busy with Potter. “Can you tell Black to hand over the pumpkin juice.”

Alice looked as though she was going to ask me why I wouldn’t do it myself, but instead she turned her face towards Black. “The pumpkin juice isn’t yours Black, hand it over.”

Black’s handsome face looked up. “Manners, Prewett.”

Surprisingly, Alice snorted out laughing. “I see you should learn manners yourself!”

“I’m not going to give it to you if that’s what your hoping, Prewett.” Black said smugly.

Alice rolled her eyes and just sat their glaring at Black. “Please pass me the juice.”

Black smirked. “That’s more like it.” He handed the pumpkin juice to Alice.

Alice snatched it off and poured some juice into my goblet. Black realised this and raised an eyebrow in my direction. I had a feeling he was going to ask something but he didn’t say a word.

I quickly had drank and got up. I couldn’t take it anymore. I mean me sitting in front of the Marauders was not right.

“Where are you going?” asked Lily.

“I’ve ate quite enough, I’m going to the common room.”

“Dessert hasn’t even been served yet, Eliza,” Lily said. “And besides, you’ve hardly eaten anything.”

“I’m full, Lily, really I am.” I lied. Before she could say anything else, I quickly darted my way out of the noisy Great Hall.

Hello again! :)
This chap is not as long as the previous one, I know.
Please Review!! :)
Consructive criticism welcome!

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