Chapter 9 : Christmas and Drama
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Harry was finally back for Christmas. He arrived back home on December 21 and didn't have to go back until January 5. He was so happy to finally see Mum and I again.
Mum was about four months along. She was going to be five months in a few days. You could definitely tell that she was pregnant and she managed to convince herself that she was fat. Dad had to reassure her that she wasn't fat and it was just the hormones.
Katie told me that she liked Harry. I was completely shocked and I told her. I thought that she liked Mason. She just laughed.
"No," she said, after she recovered from her laughing fit. "I mean, Mason's cute, but I really like Harry. He's just so nice, caring, and cute. I wish he'd date me."
"Katie," I said, "He's fifteen, and he's my brother! You can't date my brother!"
"Em, calm down, we're not dating yet."
So now she was chasing after my older brother, when I had thought that she liked Mason. Well, Dad had always said that we shouldn't always assume everything, because it might not turn out the way we expect. He was right.
I was lying on my bed, after I had helped Harry unpack. I stared at my ceiling, wondering if Harry and Katie were ever going to date. I rolled to face the door when I heard a knock.
Harry was leaning on the door-frame of my doorway. He looked nervous and happy. He grinned at me. He walked in my room and sat down on my bed. I sat up to make more room for him.
"So," he began. "I heard that you were dating Sam Carter and Dad has caught you two kissing twice already. Am I right?"
I blushed. "Yeah. Who told you?"
"Wonderful," I muttered. "They're aren't any secrets in this family."
'Emma. . . " Harry said, trailing off.
"Yeah?" I asked. I had a feeling where this conversation. I was hoping that it wasn't going to go the way I felt it was going to go.
"Does Katie like me?" he asked. He looked away, embarrassed.
"Do you like her?" I asked.
"Emma," he sighed, "Please don't answer my question with another question. Does she like me or not?"
"Yeah," I replied. I hoped that Katie wouldn't kill me if she found out that Harry knew her secret.
"I like her, too," he said softly. "I keep thinking about her. She's so young though. I mean, what would it look like? I'm fifteen and she's thirteen."
"No one would care," I said. "You don't have to answer to them. Who you like is none of their business."
"I guess you're right. I'm thinking of asking her to be my girlfriend."
"Go for it," I said immediately, without thinking about what I was saying.
"Maybe I will," Harry said as he got up and left the room. As he left, I noticed how deep in thought he was.
Katie called me a few hours later, extremely happy. She practically screamed when I answered the phone. I held the phone away from my ear, waiting for her to finish her screaming session.
"Hey," I said when she was done.
"Hey!" she said, really fast. "Guess what?"
"You're on a sugar rush?" I guessed.
"No silly, Harry asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes. He came over to my house earlier. We talked for a while, then he just asked me," she said.
"Did you kiss?" I asked.
"No, because my dad was in the room. He's not really happy that I'm dating a guy that's two years older. He knows your family, so he's no that mad. He's probably going to get Mum to talk to me about. . . that stuff again. Ugh!" she said.
"I know how that feels. Dad almost started on that when he caught us kissing at the ice cream shop. He was sort of angry," I said. "So, how are you?"
"I'm good and really happy."
"He could break your heart one day," I warned.
"I know," she said. "I'm trying not to think about it. I hope we date for a long time."
"Emma," Dad said. I turned around to face him. "You need to get off the phone. Dinner will be in five minutes. Don't be late."
"Yeah, Dad," I said. I rolled my eyes and went back to the phone. "Hey, Katie, I've gotta go. Dinner's in five minutes and Dad told me to get off the phone."
"Bye, Emma. I''ll see you soon, I hope," she said.
"Yeah, 'cause you're dating my brother," I said. "Bye."
We hung up. I went upstairs and got ready for dinner. A couple of minutes later, I heard Mum calling us to come down and eat.
I sat down next to Harry and Mum and Dad sat next to each other. Dad glanced at Mum, then gave Harry and I a small smile. Harry and I looked at each other, confused. We started eating.
Halfway through eating, Mum asked, "So, Harry, what's up lately?"
"Uh," he stopped eating and looked at me. I gave him the thumbs up sign and continued eating.
"I've got a girlfriend," he said. Mum and Dad looked at each other again.
"Oh?" Dad asked. "Who is she?"
"Katie Monroe," he said slowly.
"Isn't she a bit young?" Mum asked.
"Yeah, but I've liked her for awhile. I'm sorry, but I just like her a lot for some reason," Harry said.
"Oh, Harry, we don't mind. It's just that Katie's parents might have a. . .different idea on your relationship," Mum said.
"Mum," I said. "Katie's dad isn't very happy, but they don't mind that he's dating her. Our family's know each other pretty well."
"So, Emma," Dad said. "What's going on with you?"
"Nothing," I said. "I was just wondering. Can Sam come over for Christmas? His parents said he could if you guys were okay with it."
"I guess that could be alright," Mum said, after she and Dad did some silent debating.
"Yes!" I cheered quietly. Dad gave me a strange look.
Christmas morning dawned bright and early. I had gone to Sam's house for Christmas Eve, and now he was going to come over at ten o'clock this morning. He wouldn't have to leave until tomorrow. Harry, Katie, Sam, and I were going to sleep in the living room. Our Christmas tree was going to be set up in the living room.
I hopped out of bed at seven-fifteen. I got into the shower before Harry could wake up and we would fight over the shower. As soon as I walked out of the bathroom, fully clothed and ready for the day, Harry was shooting me a murderous glare. He hurried into the bathroom.
I went into my bedroom and started working on a History assignment that had been assigned for Christmas homework. I struggled for a while. It was supposed to be about the reason for why there was the Marriage Act of 1777.
We were supposed to give 5 reasons and to explain why those reasons were used. I didn't understand most of it. We also had to tell why it was repealed and give a 3 reasons.
I felt someone give me a kiss on my cheek. I jumped and turned around to see Sam grinning at me. I smiled and stood up. I kissed him back.
"Guys," a voice said. "Now is not the time to make out. Mum's got breakfast downstairs."
We broke apart and turned to see Harry and Katie grinning at us in the doorway. I mock glared at them while Sam laughed. We followed them downstairs.
After breakfast, we all got bundled up and went outside to have a snowball fight. The teams were Harry and Katie verse Sam and I. Dad cast a spell so that if we did magic, none of the Muggles would notice.
We threw snowballs at each other. We also bewitched some to fly after and to break over someone's head. We were having so much fun when Dad came out.
"Children," he said. "It's one-thirty. You should come in and get warmed up."
Sam, Harry, Katie, and I exchanged a look. We used magic to form snowballs in our hands. In one motion, we threw them at Dad.
All four of them hit him his face, all at once. He stood there for a few seconds, dripping snow and shocked. He got a strange look in his eye.
Suddenly, we were knocked to the ground as a lot of snow fell on our heads. We crawled out of the new snow bank, shocked. He saw our faces, and just smirked.
Time seemed to stop. Then, war was declared silently. It was the four of us against Dad. Snowballs flew through the air at fast speeds. Snow was dumped on an unfortunate person if they came to close to Dad.
Mum came out about a half an hour later. She took in out appearances and immediately burst out laughing. I guess that she was laughing at the misfortune of her husband, children, and the children's friends.
We were drenched in snow, but we didn't feel the cold. We'd been running around for a few hours, and we had placed warming charms on our bodies. Mum led us inside.
Mum and Dad did some charms to dry us off and to dry our hair. We then had some hot chocolate and a light lunch. We talked for a while and Mum told stories about her life when she was our age. We had a fun time, not worrying about tests or school.
After our light lunch, Harry, Sam, Katie, and I went into the living room and played cards. We also played Monopoly and other games.
We played Liar and Go Fish. After that, we played BlackJack and War. I won Liar and War. Sam won Go Fish. Harry won BlackJack, and Katie didn't win any of the games. Harry gave her a long kiss, so she "wouldn't feel bad that she was losing."
We had so much fun. Dad came in to tell us to quiet down a bit because Mum was tired and she was taking a nap. He left and went to his lab.
At six, we ate dinner. We had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and olives. We also had a vegetable and fruit platter. For dessert, we had chocolate cake and apple crisp.
After dinner, we went in the living room. We all sat on the couches. Sam and I were curled up on one couch and Harry and Katie were curled up on another couch. Mum and Dad looked at each other, and Dad just shrugged his shoulders.
Mum levitated our presents to us. To Katie and Sam's surprise, they also got presents. Mum giggled at their slightly shocked looks.
Harry got a book about Quidditch from me, a Griffyndor scarf from Katie, a chess set from Mum and Dad, and a book about how to charm a girl from Sam. He blushed when he saw the gift and told Sam that he already had a girlfriend. Sam just smiled and shrugged his shoulders.
I got a pretty necklace with S+E hanging from a chain from Sam. I blushed and he helped put it on me. From Mum and Dad, I got a book on how to get good grades. Harry and Katie joined their money together and bought me a writing kit.
Katie got a necklace from Harry, but with H+K hanging from a chain. Our necklaces were almost identical, except for the initials. Mum and Dad got her a Charms book and Sam and I got her a joke set.
Sam got a broom cleaning kit from me. He gave me a kiss on the cheek and thanked me. Mum and Dad gave him a potions kit. Harry gave him a Quidditch book and Katie gave him a scarf that she had made.
Sam, Harry, Katie, and I gave Mum and Dad a card that gave them a free trip to a restaurant of their choice in Wizarding London. We had all paid at least some money to buy it. It was expensive, but it was the best thing we could think of. They were happy with it and said they would use it sometime soon to "get away from their naughty teenagers for awhile."
Harry and I mock gasped. We acted like we were deeply hurt by their words. Dad snorted and I burst out laughing. Soon, everyone else joined in.
Later that night, we laid out sleeping bags. Sam and I had two next to each other, about a foot apart. Katie and Harry did the same. Dad forced us to be at least a foot away, so that it was "appropriate."
We watched a horror movie. Katie and I freaked out and clung to our boyfriends. After a while, Dad came in to tell Sam and Harry turn it off because they were scaring us. We kept watching it anyway.
We stayed up until about two o'clock in the morning. Sam and I drifted asleep, holding hands. I guess Harry and Katie did the same. I was happy, because I had spent Christmas with the people I loved dearly.
The next morning, we were woken up at ten o'clock by Mason and my Dad. They filled buckets with freezing, cold water and dumped them on us. Katie and I screamed.
"Dad!" I yelled.
"Yes?" he asked innocently.
"Dad," Harry said. "Don't ever do that again, please!"
"Severus!" Mum scolded. She noticed us shivering, wet bodies. She looked at us for a while, then she started laughing. After a few minutes of staring at her in shock, everyone else joined in.
Yes, oh yes, I had a wonderful Christmas. Even if it did include dumping freezing water on us, I had lots of fun. I had spent time with my family, even if one day, I desperately needed to get revenge.
Revenge, sometimes, is fun, right? Because, tomorrow, Dad and Mason will be waking up with green hair.
I didn't do it, I promise. Or did I?
AN: I finally got this up. I wanted to make it really long, (or try to) because someone wanted longer chapters. This chapter is over 2,000 words, so I hope that's pretty long.
What should the baby's name be?
I hoped you liked their revenge. I don't think Severus would be happy waking up with green hair.
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