I fixed my uniform as I came down from the girls’ dormitory. The common room was empty. I yawned tiredly. I really hate Mondays.
I guess I should be thankful. If it was the weekend, Kristen would’ve given me my ‘makeover’ that would supposedly break Lupin’s heart.
I quickly checked my watch.
“Shit!” I yelled loudly and sprinted out of the common room. I only had fifteen minutes to eat before I had to go to classes. I passed several students who were giving me very shifty looks and muttering ‘what’s her problem?’ to each other. I was just heading down the last staircase when I collided into something very solid.
This, of course made me fall and falling on the stairs is never a good thing.
I slid down the stairs on my arse cursing and swearing until I finally hit the floor. I rubbed my sore butt and cursed a bit more. I wondered what sort of moron would be standing in the way of me when I was clearly running to get somewhere.
“Oi! Are you alright, Weasley?” a rough voice called and held out an even rougher large hand to help me up.
I rejected it and pushed myself up. “How very polite,” I said sarcastically and annoyed, dusting off my robes. “Who do you think you are?”
“Didn’t we already have this conversation?”
Shit. I really don’t have that awful luck, do I?
Unfortunately, I do. Standing there all proud and git like was Lupin. There was a shiny purple and black hand print on his left cheek. Ha-ha, I knew that slap would be a good one. Normally, I would be doing a victory dance but he was still standing there like an arrogant prat. His blue eyes were twinkling with mischief as he laughed at my misfortune.
Damn Lupin. Taking away my moment of happiness.
“Ugh, get out of my way, Lupin,” I grumbled angrily and tried to push him aside. But Lupin and his stupid testosterone wouldn’t budge.
“I really don’t think that I deserve that kind of attitude, Weasley” Lupin said with a grin, “I’ve really done nothing to deserve it. I was politely offering to help a lady up.”
I rolled my eyes irritably. “Well, you knocked me over in the first place.”
“It was an accident.”
“Well, I don’t bloody care!” I snapped angrily. “It’s still your fault.”
“You’re right,” he agreed, “So, how about I make it up to you with a date? Next Saturday? Hogsmeade?”
GAH! What a bloody idiot! Did I not say no?
Angrily I jabbed him sharply on his bruise. He cursed violently and clutched his cheek.
“Read my lips!” I yelled furiously, “I will never go out with you! Ever!”
I huffed frustrated at him before I passed him and made my way to the Great Hall.
“Oh, trust me, you will,” Lupin called just as I was about to enter.
Now, normal people would’ve just ignored him but I, being the nutcase that I am, walked back again.
“I don’t know if you’re actually that full of it to think that I actually want you or if you’re just plain mentally retarded but I will never want you,” I hissed at him, “You’re just a stupid, arrogant little wanker.”
He still grinned at me. “Ooh, I love a challenge,” he said with a cocky smile, “But trust me, you will want me. Every girl does.”
I really can’t explain it, but being around Lupin gives me this crazed state of mind that usually ends up in physical violence. For the third time in two days, I lunged at Lupin but this time, I punched him.
Breaking his nose.
Ha-ha. Take that one pretty boy!
Lupin reached his hand up and touched his nose and looked at it with mild surprise to find that there was blood on it.
He looked at me in shock. “Did you just punch me?”
I smiled cheekily at him. “I’m pretty sure we already had this conversation last night. Yes, I did indeed punch you.”
His stupid little smirk was off of his face. “Detention, Weasley,” he snarled at me.
This time I looked at him in shock. “You’re giving me a DETENTION!?” I shrieked in outrage.
“I don’t know if you’re actually that full of it to think that you’d never get detention or if you’re just plain mentally retarded,” he countered with a challenging look.
“This isn’t really the way to win a girl over,” I hissed at him crossing my arms defiantly.
“I’ll tell you with information about your detention later, Weasley,” he replied with a smug little grin. “See you around.”
He turned on his heel and walk confidently down the hallway.
Even when I punch him he wins!
“Yeah! Well have fun with your broken nose!” I called after him.
He turned around and scrunched his face up bizarrely in concentration. I was about to ask him if he was constipated when his nose suddenly reformed. Then I remembered.
“Ugh!” I screamed in frustration and threw my hands in the air.
Where was the justice in the world!?
And I’m supposed to seduce this wanker?
“I can’t do this!” I announced loudly as I stormed into the Potions room. The class started to snigger as I stomped to my seat.
“Do what, Miss Weasley?” Professor Slughorn asked with an amused grin.
“Er- Be late for another Potions lesson. It just sets such a bad example for all of the first years,” I amended with a convincing smile.
The class continued to laugh and Slughorn joined them. “Of course, Miss Weasley. Just make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
I let out a sigh of relief. Kristen giggled beside me and I flashed her a death glare. I was not in the mood. Damn Lupin, making me miss my breakfast. Kristen grabbed a spare piece of parchment and wrote neatly on it. She passed it to me pretending to pay attention to Slughorn’s lecture on poisons and antidotes.
So are you ready to commence Operation STRL?
I frowned confused and scribbled in my own messy chicken scrawl beneath Kristen’s.
What is STRL?
Seducing Teddy R. Lupin. I thought we needed an official name for it.
Okay, first, you’re an idiot. And second, I don’t think I can do it.
First, I’m not an idiot. I’m bloody brilliant. And Second, why not!? You said you would!
I can’t even stand the prick, how am I supposed to seduce him?
Suck it up, buttercup!
Can I have a map to that sentence?
You know that we need to stop Teddy. And you’re the only one who can do it.
Two problems. One, Lupin’s a giant jack arse who has no feelings for anyone but himself and two, I already told him that I’d never date him.
You WHAT!? He asked you out already!?
He’s asked me out a bunch of times. I just didn’t think it’s a big deal…
This is going to be easier than I thought! He’s already interested in you!
But I said no!
So say yes!
… But I said no!
Merlin, you’re an idiot.
I told him that I’d never go out on a date with him!
Well, you could just say that you changed your mind!
… But I haven’t.
Good God, woman! Just say that… I dared you to do it!
How thick can you be to fall for… Oh, right that would probably work on Lupin…
I know! I’m brilliant aren’t I?
But I still don’t like him…
Psh. Who does? Just try not to hit him when you’re around him.
Er, I’ve already punched him in the stomach, slapped him and broke his nose.
… We’ll work on your anger issues.
“I’m sure that that parchment is very fascinating, but can you girls please pay attention.”
“Yes, Professor,” we said in unison as Slughorn muttered ‘teenage girls’ under his breath.
“Out of the way,” I grumbled pushing the little students out of my way ignoring the indignant cries.
“Merlin, Victoire,” Kristen cried as she trailed behind me, “I know you’re hungry but you don’t need to kill all of the first years.”
I glared at her before I made my way to the Gryffindor table. I found Emily sitting by herself while Lindsay was chatting up some sixth year Hufflepuff. Emily looked sadly at the plates of food as she silently sat.
I instantly went and sat beside her. “Hey, Em, how are you feeling?” I asked her kindly before I grabbed a peanut butter sandwich and shoved it quickly in my mouth.
Emily weakly raised her head and sighed. “I’m alright,” she croaked and wiped her nose noisily, “I’m just sad…”
I tried to open my mouth and respond but I realized my mouth was full. Luckily, Kristen’s mouth wasn’t full and she said worriedly, “You told me you would come to Potions and you didn’t. Are you sure you’re okay?”
“Really, I am…” she reassured unconvincingly.
“Are ‘oo soor?” I tried to say. Kristen eyed my distastefully.
“Swallow, Victoire,” she scolded and I tried to force the food down my throat.
My throat throbbing slightly, I corrected, “Sorry, are you sure?”
“Yeah,” she sighed, “It’s okay.”
We sat in awkward silence as I messily chewed my sandwich.
“Good god, Victoire,” Kristen said in disgust, “Teddy’s never gonna date you with those kind of manners.”
I rolled my eyes, flipped her off and continued to indulge myself in my food.
“So you’re actually going to do it?” Emily asked quietly, “You’re going to get Vick to date Ted?”
Kristen looked at my worriedly. “If we can fix that.”
“Whas thas upposed ‘oo mean?”
I rolled my eyes irritably.
“I think she has a pretty good chance,” Em added rather unexpectedly.
My eyebrows shot off my forehead. Kristen gagged on her orange juice.
“Well, she does,” she continued, “If you think about it, Kris, Lindsay and I all know what he likes and what he doesn’t so all we need to do is coach her a bit.”
“Ha!” Kristen scoffed, “Victoire does not take to changing her identity well.”
“Would you?” I countered.
Kristen dismissed me. “Are you going to help, Em?” Kristen asked concernedly, “’Cause you guys just broke up. Won’t that be hard?”
“It’s really okay,” Emily persisted, “I want to show him what it feels like.”
“Hey, hey, HEY! I didn’t say that I would do it. I said maybe.”
“So in other words yes,” Kristen said smartly, “Otherwise you will be disappointing your friends.”
I rolled my eyes. Way to guilt trip me.
“Anyways,” Kristen continued, “I think we should start tomorrow. We’ll fix your hair and get rid of the ridiculous curls, put on some makeup and teach you how to flirt with him.”
“But he’s already asked me out,” I interrupted, “So why do I have to change?”
“Because… you have to.”
“Thank you very much. That was very well reasoned.”
“Oh stuff it.”
For the next several minutes, Kristen and I debated for a while on why exactly I must get a makeover to impress some guy who has already asked me out.
“It’ll help you get in touch with your feminine side!” Kristen argued.
“I don’t want a feminine side! It makes you all icky and emotional.”
“I resent that!” Kristen cried indignantly.
“I resent you!”
“Heartbreaker at six o’clock,” Em notified us, interrupting our battle of wits.
Both Kristen and I pivoted around to see Lupin heading our way. He was surrounded by three or four other Gryffindor seventh year boys who were laughing maniacally at presumably a joke that Lupin made that probably wasn’t even funny. Girls from all of the houses looked at the boys longingly. Even Kristen and Emily were silenced and glazed over looking at Lupin and company.
I rolled my eyes and snorted loudly. Merlin, this school is seriously disturbed to idolize this poser.
I coughed loudly and got the attention of the two drooling girls.
“Really guys!?” I exclaimed exasperatedly. “What is there to even be smitten with? Yeah, he is good looking but he’s a metamorphagus so it doesn’t really count! Other than that, what is there?”
“Well,” Kristen started, “He’s smart-”
“Merlin, this is barf worthy,” I groaned disgusted.
I rested my very annoyed head on my hands and propped my elbows on the table. I was so tired it’s a miracle that I can stand up straight.
Did I mention I hate Mondays?
Unexpectedly, I felt an arm snake around my waist. I instantly recoiled at the touch and sprang up from my seat.
He was sitting beside where I was previously was. He grinned at my cockily with his friends sitting around him.
“Lupin!” I screamed voice unusually high. “What the bloody hell is wrong with you?”
“I was just coming over to say hi,” he replied with false innocence on his face.
“You better leave before I personally punch your face in,” I growled at him.
“I thought you learned from that this morning,” he grinned pointing at his perfect nose.
I clenched my fists tightly.
Do not hit.
Do not hit.
“So I was just going to ask if you changed your mind about Hogsmeade.” Emily instantly stiffened. She gritted her teeth uncomfortably.
He’s asking me out in front of her!?
“You bastard!” I roared before lunging at him again.
I knocked him onto the floor and began punching every inch of him. Lupin held his hands up futilely to shield his face.
“You ask me out in front of your ex!?” I shrieked angrily while punching him. “You bloody wanker!”
A large group of students had formed a circle around us.
“Fight, fight, fight!”
I could feel Kristen desperately trying to pull me off of Lupin. I threw her off and continued to punch him.
“WHAT IS GOING ON!?” a loud voice cried over the chaos.
I looked up and saw the crowd break away so that there was a pathway.
Neville made his way through the students. His eyes narrowed when he saw me straddling over Lupin.
Well, this must look awkward.
“What is the meaning of this, Miss Weasley?” he asked harshly.
“Well, you see Neville-”
“It is PROFESSOR!” he roared at me.
“Sorry, professor. Well, Mr. Lupin here was provoking me and I, well, I punched him.”
He frowned. “Is this true, Teddy?”
Lupin, who was still lying on the floor, nodded weakly and held his bleeding nose.
“I’m especially disappointed that two Gryffindors would fight, in the Great Hall, no less,” he said strictly. He looked sharply at Lupin. “This is not Head Boy behavior, Teddy. You will be suspended from any Head Boy work for the next week.”
I sniggered at Lupin’s misfortune then Neville looked directly at me. “I think… that you two need to learn how to work together. Two weeks of detentions. Together. Meet me in my office tonight at eight o’clock. No exceptions.”
I grumbled angrily.
“This is nice and all, but can you please get up?”
I looked down and saw Lupin who besides the bruises and blood was still looking handsome.
And who I was still straddling.
The students around started to chuckle under their breaths as I blushed.
“Scatter vermin!” I yelled angrily at the students. They all walked away whispering about what had just happened. Lupin sprung up to his feet and glared at me.
“Thanks a lot, Weasley,” Lupin growled at me. “I’m off Head Boy duty for a week. I hope you’re satisfied.”
I grinned. “I am. ‘Cause if you realize, you can’t give me any detentions for punching you.”
Lupin who had just realized this snarled at me
“I’ll see you tonight, Weasley,” he hissed
I smiled cheekily at him.
Lupin turned on his heel and marched out of the Great Hall. His mates crowded him muttering quietly to him.
"See you tonight, detention buddy!" I called after him.
Then I suddenly realized that I had detention.
I had to waste my night with Lupin.
A/N: See! I told you I'd get it out after the queue reopens ( : Sorry about any grammar or spelling mistakes! Let me know if you see them! HAHAHA! It's summertime! ACED all of my exams! 90s in everything! WOO - HOOT! Okay, anways... how'd you like the chapter? Was it good? How are you liking the characters? I haven't exactly written the next chapter yet but I'll try to get it done soon! REVIEWS MAKE ME SMILE! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REVIEW! I've noticed that this story was favored quite a few time but it doesn't have nearly as many reviews... curious...
Preview: "Don't make me kill you, Lupin!" I yelled angrily with my wand whipped out.
He grinned cockily at me. "I really don't think you are going to kill me."
"Oh, you just watch me!" And I leapt on him again and punched his jaw with a satisfying crunch.
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EDIT 2/2/2009 - I AM SOOO SORRY FOR THE SLOWNESS IN UPDATING! School has kept me busy with the physics and the biology and the english and the ENDLESS ART ASSIGNMENTS! BUT GOOD NEWS! New semester means, what??? NO MORE ART! I now have a managable Anthropology, Math, Chem and Gr. 12 English soooo guess what? Story is back on track! I'm about half way done - ish on the new chapter so I'll probably be done by the end of this week which means good news for you, my fabulous readers, you will discover what happens to our beloved Victoire :) I'm SO grateful for the amazing response on this story that I'd NEVER imagine would happen, even though it has barely started! I promise to make updates more frequent! I'll try for an update once every week or two! And thank you for everyone who is still willing to read this story after my inexcusable leave of absence :( Feel free to yell at me all you want, I deserve it... BUT CHECK BACK SOON :D NEW CHAPTER COMING AT YEAH!
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