Chapter 6 : The Letter
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“Cinderella,” Sirius whined as I slammed my books down on the floor next to where he sat in the Hufflepuff common room. I had dragged him there after class was over so he could get started on my homework.
I smiled at him sweetly, “you agreed to do my homework for a month so shut up, be a man, and get to it. I have three essays due Thursday.”
He grumbled incoherently before returning to his own homework. He was such a baby. I sat on the couch behind him and started playing with his shaggy hair. I twirled it around my fingers.
“What are you doing,” he asked me amused.
“What do you think I’m doing you idiot, I’m playing with your hair of course,” I rolled my eyes at him.
He shook his head knocking my hands out of the way.
“Hey!” I exclaimed. I put my hands on my hips even though he couldn’t see me. “That wasn’t very nice,” I pouted.
He leaned his head back so he could look at me. He smirked at my expression in that annoying way of his. I grabbed a chunk of his hair and forced his head back up. Then I slapped his head playfully.
“Now hold still or I’ll cut all your hair off,”
He froze; he didn’t want to lose his precious hair. It was freaky how important his hair was to him. He spends an hour every morning getting it to fall in the shaggy way he wore it that made it look like he just rolled out of bed five minutes earlier. And I thought girls were bad. He is nothing compared to a girl when it comes to his hair.
I took one of the four rubber bands that I always wear off of my wrist. I tilted my head to the side and bit my lip before pulling a clump of his hair together on the top of his head. Using the rubber band I tied his hair up so it stuck straight in the air. I felt him wince a couple of times. I used the three remaining rubber bands to tie little ponytails around the one on the top.
Once I was done I stood up and walked around to the other side of the table in front of the couch that Sirius was doing my homework on. I exploded in laughter as soon as I saw him. He looked ridiculous. He looked like an alien from another planet. He pouted and crossed his arms in a very good imitation of me. It just made me laugh harder.
“Are you done yet?” he asked after several minutes of my insane laughter.
I held up a finger and tried to gain control of myself; with great difficulty I managed to do it.
“I’m okay,” I gasped out. My sides ached from laughing so hard. He raised his eyebrows. “Really, I’m okay.” I took a deep breath to steady myself before going back to sit behind him.
He reached his hand up to the ponytails. I slapped them away.
“No touchie,” I snapped. “You have to keep them in.”
“Why,” he whined childishly.
I smirked evilly. “Because I said so and you are my slave so you have to do anything I tell you no matter how stupid and embarrassing it is.” I put my hands on his shoulders and leaned forward to whisper in his ear threateningly. “So you better be nice or you’ll see just how evil I can be. Do you understand me?”
He gulped nervously and nodded his head wildly.
“Good,” I said cheerfully and flopped backwards into the couch.
Soft giggles bubbled out of my mouth every once in a while at how ridiculous he looked. I could almost imagine the scowl on his face every time he heard me. He worked at both his homework and mine. Our comfortable silence was suddenly very rudely interrupted.
“Cindy!” Andy screamed in a very high pitched squeal that sounded uncannily like the scream of a little girl. “Oh Cindy, my darling, how I have missed you.” He threw his arms around me and pulled me into a bone- crushing hug.
“Get off me you dork,” I yelled at him while waving my arms around wildly trying unsuccessfully to break his grip.
Sirius watched in amusement. He was enjoying this. I stuck my tongue out at him and he just smirked at me. I rolled my eyes.
Andy released his death grip on me and glanced from me to Sirius then back again. Suddenly he threw his arms back around me and pulled me protectively to his chest.
“My girl,” he told Sirius in a playful way.
“Hey!” I yelled loudly making both of them jump and everyone in the common room to glare at me for disturbing them. “I ain’t nobody’s girl.” I wiggled out of Andy’s arms and smacked his head.
“Okay, okay, you don’t belong to anybody. I get it.” he shielded his head with his hands.
I scowled at him and crossed my arms. I wasn’t a thing that they could claim. Even though I knew Andy was only joking I hated being called somebody’s girl. I’m not an object, I choose who I belong to and I say I belong to nobody. I overreacted, I knew that. It may not seem like a big deal to them but to me it was.
“And don’t call me Cindy,” I muttered as an afterthought. My fingers shook in anger. It took all of my self-control not to explode at Andy.
“Aw, I’m sorry Cinderella.” Andy hugged me gently this time. He knew if he didn’t calm me down soon that he would most likely end up in the hospital wing.“I didn’t mean to upset you. You know I love you, right.”
I couldn’t help but smile. I couldn’t stay angry at Andy, it just wasn’t possible.
“Love doesn’t exist, stupid.” I stated.
“You might not believe in love but I do and I love you like the little sister I’ve never had.” He gave me one last tight squeeze before letting go of me. “You’re the best little sister in the world.”
I smirked, “I know.” I shrugged innocently. I kicked Sirius in the back. “Get back to work you, those essays aren’t going to write themselves you know.”
He growled at me like a dog before doing what I said. I patted his head where there were no ponytails.
“Good puppy,” I told him in a voice you would use to talk to a baby.
He gave a short laugh but said nothing.
“What did you do to his hair?” Andy asked amused.
I smiled innocently. “What makes you think that I did it? It could have been anyone.”
He rolled his eyes at me. “It’s always you Cinderella.”
I laughed and then shrugged. “I was bored and his hair was right there. I just couldn’t resist. And he can’t take it out; he’s my good little slave.” I patted his head again.
“I can hear you,” he told us without stopping the quick movement of his quill.
I put one of my feet up on his shoulder to use it as a footrest. “Good.”
He growled again making me laugh.
“Cinderella! Cinderella! Cinderella!” Gaby’s overexcited, high pitched squeal rang through the common room as she bounced excited toward me.
My hands snapped up to cover my ears from her ear- shattered yelps.
“Could you yell any louder, Gaby,” I asked her. “If you keep screaming like that I’m going to go deaf. I would die if I went deaf, I need my ears. My poor little ears aren’t going to last long with you around,”
She was hopping up in down with her goofy smile on her face and I knew she hadn’t heard a word I just said.
“What is it Gabrielle, what is so important that you have to break my eardrums to tell me.” I asked her in an overly sweet, somewhat annoyed voice.
“You got a letter,” she simply stated as she held out her hand with a neatly folded letter clutched in it.
I dropped my foot from Sirius’s shoulder and my whole body tensed. There was only one person I knew who folded her letters in that annoyingly perfect way.
“Thanks Gaby,” I muttered emotionlessly. Sirius watched me curiously.
Gaby bit her lip nervously and nodded before rushing away.
“Uh-oh,” Andy muttered under his breath, “this can’t be good.
I hesitantly peeled open the perfect letter. The parchment smelled faintly like lavender, her favorite perfume. Then I saw it, her perfect loopy handwriting. My hands shook violently.
My Dear Little Sister,
I hope you are doing well and staying out of trouble. It would be terrible if mom and dad received a letter that you had done something wrong, wouldn’t it? Your grades are perfect I hope, nothing like last years. You could really succeed in school if you tried a little harder, Cinderella.
You remember my boyfriend, William Laurent? We’re getting married. The wedding is going to be on Valentines Day. Isn’t that romantic? You are going to be my maid of honor and don’t worry, I already picked out a dress for you. You’ll look more beautiful than you ever had in it, I promise. This dress can make even the ugliest person look amazing.
We’ll talk more about it when you come home for Christmas. I’m so happy, Cinderella. All my dreams are coming true. I hope you can find someone someday that makes you as happy as William makes me.
I was shaking so badly I could barely read the letter. Anger flowed through me like a disease. It spread to every inch of my body. I was suffocating. The room was getting smaller and smaller, I had to get out. I jumped to my feet, and then ran. I didn’t think I just ran.
I watched her run out of the common room as fast as her legs could carry her. I could see her shaking.
“What was that about,” I asked Andy.
“That letter was from her sister,” he stated. He wasn’t looking at me but in the direction that Cinderella had run.
“I’ve never seen her that angry.” What could her sister have written that made her so mad?
“The only time she is that angry is when she gets a letter from her family.” He finally looked at me. “She has issues with her family,” he hesitantly said.
I could tell she didn’t get along well with her family but the look of pure anger on her face was shocking. I looked at Andy questioningly.
“I don’t know what kind of issues she has with them. It’s not a topic she willingly discusses. She’s generally an open person but when it comes to her family she just closes up. She rants about them a lot and complains about how they’re obsessed with fairytales but I know there’s a deeper reason why she hates them so much.”
I made a move to follow her but Andy pushed me back down.
“You do not want to be around her when she’s mad. Trust me; she needs time to cool down. Why do you think she left? She didn’t leave for her benefit; she left so she wouldn’t hurt somebody.”
I thought about ignoring him and going to find her anyway but then I realized that Andy knew her better than I did and I stayed where I was.
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