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Chapter 10 : Everything
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How had this never occurred to me? I had never even considered that Scorpius may have to leave. What had happened in Potions seemed like a distant memory, but it had happened only a few days ago and the Ministry must be in an absolute fit over it. We had a few days together at the most.
A prank wouldn’t get him a very long sentence in Azkaban, but there was a great chance that he would get expelled from Hogwarts. How would I be able to see him? What if my parents were to find out?
Scorpius had been saying my name urgently for about thirty seconds before his voice finally cut through my racing thoughts. “Rose!” I blinked and looked at him, startled. He gently lifted me up off him so that we were both sitting, gazing at me in concern.
“I… I can’t… You can’t leave!” I choked, my voice rising in anxiety. Scorpius smiled and grabbed my hands in his.
“Rose, listen to me,” he began, wiping away the tears springing from my eyes, “The Ministry is really busy nowadays, and Headmistress Willows says that I probably won’t get a hearing for at least two weeks. I’ll be confined to Hogwarts for that entire time and they won’t consider expulsion until my hearing is done. We have time.”
“Not enough time,” I whispered, my chest aching. Scorpius smiled, softly kissing me.
“Rose, when I’m with you, any amount of time is enough for me.”
I pushed back his thick hair and cocked my head at him. “You big softie,” I murmured, grinning. He laughed and pulled me closer to him, locking his beautiful blue-eyed gaze on me.
“You don’t have to wait for me,” he whispered softly against my skin.
“Try and stop me,” I whispered back, gently kissing his ear. He groaned quietly and pressed his cheek to mine, stroking my hair.
“Thank you,” he murmured. The way he said it made me cling to him even tighter, holding him so tight I felt like my arms would snap in half. But I knew they wouldn’t. Because when I was with Scorpius Malfoy, I wasn’t a broken puppet or wrecked marionette. I was whole and together, but only with him.
I pulled away, keeping my arms wrapped loosely around his neck as I gazed at him. “You have no idea how much I needed to see you.”
“I think I have an idea,” Scorpius replied, grinning his stupid contagious crooked grin.
“When the world goes dark, you’re the only one that can fix me,” I whispered. Scorpius smiled at me tenderly and placed a cool, pale hand on my face.
“You’re more than worth fixing,” he said softly. Tears glittered in my eyes.
“Are you going to get in trouble for not going back to the Hospital Wing? Maybe we should…"
“Sh.” Scorpius put a finger to my lips and stared at me mischievously through his thick blonde bangs. “Don’t think about that now. We’re here and we’re together. That’s all that matters.” And then he leaned in to give me the most amazing kiss I’d ever gotten from him.
His mouth curved to fit mine perfectly, lingering softly on my top lip and placing his warm hand on the back of my neck. I had always thought that when people said a kiss made them melt, it was a cliché of the most horrible sort. But I understood now. I felt like my entire body was melting into a puddle on the floor.
Every part of me felt warm to the touch as he held me. It was the most amazing feeling in the world.
“ROSE?” a voice interrupted my reverie and I flinched away from Scorpius, whipping my head around to see Hugo standing in the corridor, his mouth open in horror. “Wh-What are you doing?
My mouth opened and I tried to formulate an answer, to no avail. I had never, ever seen Hugo, my adorable little brother, look like this. His fists were clenched in anger at his sides, and his usually kind brown eyes were full of hurt and anger as he glared at Scorpius.
“Hugo, I… I can explain…”
“Nothing you say can possibly make me understand this,” Hugo snapped, pointing a finger at Scorpius. I got up and crossed to him, reaching out my hand to touch his face.
He flinched away and looked at me in disgust. “Don’t touch me,” he whispered vehemently. I stepped away, ice crawling through my chest and skin. “I can’t believe you, Rose! Because of this prat, a Potions professor is going to be permanently disfigured, and you’re in here snogging him! What is WRONG with you?”
“I-I…” I struggled for a reply, but the way Hugo was looking at me made it impossible. He had never acted this way towards me before. We had always had a sort of unspoken respect for each other, but the minute he saw me with Scorpius his respect for me must have flown out the window.
“Just don’t,” he began quietly. “I don’t want to hear it.” He paused for a second, licking his lips and looking down at the ground. “You being with him isn’t even the worst part. The worst part is that you didn’t even tell me. And you weren’t going to, were you?"
“That’s not true. I… I just didn’t know how to tell you.”
“Well lucky you. You don’t have to now. In fact, you don’t have to tell me anything ever again. Just stay away from me.”
Tears welled up in my eyes. “Hugo, why are you acting this way?”
“Because, Rose. I thought that we were the kind of brother and sister that could be honest with each other. Because I thought that you trusted me. I get that you didn’t know how to tell me. But that doesn’t change the fact that you’re sneaking around with this guy. This isn’t smart, Rose. He could be headed to Azkaban.”
I could hear Scorpius shuffling his feet behind us and I longed to go put my hands on his face and tell him it was okay. I could almost feel how upset he was.
“I… I don’t care!” I replied, much louder than I had intended. Hugo’s eyebrows raised in surprise. “Look, Hugo. You don’t get it. You don’t get me. I care about Scorpius Malfoy, okay? And those feelings aren’t changing. He needed someone. Can’t you imagine how he feels? Can’t you understand how alone you’d feel if you were him? I was there. Falling for him wasn’t planned, but it happened. And I need you to deal with it, because there’s no going back now.”
Hugo looked at me, his eyes cold and emotionless. “Who are you?” he murmured quietly, before turning on his heel and walking away.
I stood in the middle of the hallway, staring at Hugo’s shadow moving across the wall until it was gone. After standing there like an idiot for a few minutes, I turned around to find Scorpius leaning against the wall, his knees folded up to his chest.
I bent down and tried to touch his face, but he turned his cheek away. “Sc-Scorpius,” I choked.
“Can’t you see what being with me is doing to you?” he asked softly.
“Yes. I can,” I said, grabbing his hands in mine and trying to meet his gaze. “I can see what it’s doing to me. I can see how happy you’re making me. I can see how much you’re teaching me about myself. I can see how much joy and love you’re supplying me with. The question is… can’t you see it?”
“All I can see is you getting hurt,” he replied softly.
“Only if you leave me,” I whispered, my voice cracking. Scorpius’ head whipped up at the heartbroken tone of my voice and his hand reached up to automatically push back my hair as he stared at me in concern.
“Rose. I’d never dream of leaving you.”
“Then stop talking like that. Please. I can’t take it. I don’t care what people say. You need to understand that you’re worth all of this. If they can’t accept who I have feelings for, then I don’t want them in my life.”
“Rose. Lily is your best friend, and Hugo is your brother. You love them and they love you. You can’t just not have them in your life. You need people like that to be there for you.”
“You’re here for me. And if they really do love me, they’ll still be there if I need them.”
“I think you’re making a mistake,” Scorpius murmured.
“If you think this is wrong, then I don’t want to be right,” I replied, tilting my head and kissing him softly.
“I hate that saying,” he muttered after I pulled away.
“Me too,” I said, smiling and kissing him again.
I didn’t care. It was that simple. Give me any option, I’d pick him. He was the only choice. There was nothing else that would surpass him.
He was my everything.
The only problem with having someone be your everything... is that when they’re taken away from you… you’re left with nothing.
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