Disclaimer; The OC's in this story and the plot are owned by yours truly. The story title is owned by Taylor Swift, and the extract from Jane Austen's, Emma. The rest it owned by J.K Rowling, I do not claim to own it.
Resting her head on the Gryffindor table, Coralie sighed and held her stomach. Perhaps the fourth slice of chocolate cake wasn't such a good idea. But, she had to admit, that it was one of the nicest things she had ever eaten. The Hogwarts food was amazing, to say the least. The presentation of the many extravagant deserts was a work of art – the ice-cream was stacked in a tower, and it never melted; the toffee apples were served on a platter of mint; and the vast array of cakes and tarts had so many different colours of icing, it was like a sweet shop! She looked at a small cupcake, contemplating whether to have just one
little nibble, when the food vanished suddenly. A little voice at the back of her head told her that that was a good thing.
If this was what dinner was like every night at Hogwarts, Coralie had a feeling she'd be either diabetic or look like her Uncle Alex by the Christmas holidays. Either way, she wouldn't want to go home to her mother's cooking, which was ordinary at best. She recalled that the last time her mother had attempted to cook a roast, the house had nearly caught fire, although her mother insisted that the oven was faulty and that was the cause of smoke billowing from the kitchen. Thankfully, Angus had noticed the burning smell before any serious damage could be done.
Coralie turned to face Mary, who was also resting her head on the table and groaning in pain as she hugged her stomach tightly. Coralie couldn't help but laugh softly at her new friends’ appearance; when she had meet Mary on the train she seemed like a pretty innocent little girl. But now, with her wavy golden hair all tousled and her mouth covered in chocolate sauce, Coralie could tell she was much more.
"So, Miss Bennett, you think you make it to the common room with Miss McDonald here without vomiting?" Cory asked, breaking the content silence. Coralie looked up, and realised that only Mary and Cory were the only ones left that she knew. All of the other girls had left the Great Hall earlier with mixed reasons; Lily had prefect duties, Miranda had to take her little sister to the Hospital Wing, Marlene had headed off to the library, Alice had gone off to find her boyfriend and Kiki had declared loudly that she needed to find some guy to snog.
Coralie and Mary cracked a small smile before attempting to stand up.
"Maybe not," Mary said, falling to a heap on the floor. Coralie let out a small giggle before pulling her back onto her feet and dangling her arm over Mary's shoulder.
"We'll make it, thank you very much, Mr. Noble," she said to Cory, a hint of mock offence in her voice before both girls attempted to storm out of the Great Hall, only to find themselves collapsed in a heap halfway down the table.
As they stumbled past the Marauders, Coralie heard Sirius say loudly; "look, Prongs, we already have girls falling over us and the school year has hardly begun!" Coralie ignored the bark of laughter that had escaped Sirius as the other Marauders watched the two girls slowly make their way out of the hall.
"Finally, you guys are back. What took you so long?" Lily asked as Coralie and Mary finally trudged through the dormitory door. Mary promptly collapsed onto the nearest bed, and curled up into a ball, and Coralie stayed awkwardly by the door..
"It was probably the fifth slice of cake they had, Lily!" Marlene laughed from the bathroom.
"Hey, that's no fair. We only had four
pieces of cake," Mary retorted, her voice muffled slightly. She let out a loud sigh and flicked through Kiki's copy of Witch Weekly
Kiki looked up from her trunk and shot Mary a look of mock disgust. “That's my
bed and my
magazine,” she informed Mary brightly, sticking out her tongue, before disappearing into the bathroom as Marlene came out.
Groaning, Mary slowly made her way to her own bed, and collapsed yet again. “I'm never moving or eating anything. Ever. Again,” she declared.
Coralie smiled and looked around the dormitory nervously; the room was decorated by red and gold and had seven four-poster beds. Coralie could tell which bed belonged to who; Kiki's was the closest to the door and was already covered in clothes and make-up (which Mary has messed up from lying on it before).
Marlene's bed was beside hers, looking remarkably cleaner with a soft, light brown teddy bear lying on the golden pillow.
Lily's was next; it was covered in books and parchment as well as a pile of letters she had already received from James Potter.
The next bed was bare, with just the custom red and gold manchester. However, Coralie guessed that this one was to be hers, as her trunk was rested on the floor before it.
She looked to the next bed, which she concluded was Miranda's. It was perfect and clean with a picture of what Coralie guessed to be her family on the bed side table.
Mary's was the next bed; it was obvious straight away. Especially since she had a red, quaffle shaped pillow.
The last bed left was Alice's; there was an photo album sitting on the edge of the bed but other than that it was practically bare. Coralie walked over to her brand new bed and sat on top of it, staring into the distance. She remembered what Cory had told her while they were walking in the corridors together. What had happened to that other girl, the one who was Lily's best friend...Shelena? She briefly thought about asking Lily, but quickly shook her head at the thought. She was sure someone would tell her soon if it was something she needed to know.
"Coralie, are you alright?" Alice asked, sitting down next to her while brushing her hair.
Coralie jumped a little. "Yeah, I just miss my best friend and I'm a bit nervous about classes tomorrow..." she trailed off. It wasn't a complete lie; Coralie missed all of her friends, Julianne, Sarah and most of all Emma, and she was
nervous about classes tomorrow. However, that wasn't what was bothering her.
Alice didn't seem to buy it either. "You can tell me, you know? If you don't want anyone else to know I won't tell them, it'll just be between us," Alice whispered, looking around to make sure that no one else could hear her.
"There is something I was going to ask you..." Alice nodded, motioning Coralie to continue. "Something Cory told me about this girl, Shelena Millen? What happened to her?"
Alice sighed, and looked around the room once more before talking. "To be honest, we’re not sure,” she told Coralie fairly. “She left last year and never came back. Just don't mention it around Lily, she's still sensitive about it," she added quietly, concern showing in her eyes.
"I won't, I promise. I was just wondering," Coralie explained, blushing.
Alice smiled brightly at her, looking somewhat relieved. “Goodnight, everyone!” the former called as she made her way over to her four poster bed, quickly sliding under the duvet and pulling her red hangings closed around her.
"Night, Alice," the rest of the girls chorused and made their ways to their own beds before blowing out all of the candles in the room.
Coralie pulled her curtains closed, quickly changed into her pyjamas and wrapped herself in her bed covers, not feeling the least bit tired. She pursed her lips, growing bored, and trying not to think. She sat up and listened to the sounds of her new friends as they drifted off to sleep, wishing she could so the same. However, she was far too nervous about tomorrow to even think about sleeping right now. She grabbed one of her books and slipped quietly down into the common room, taking a seat on the floor close to the fire. She flipped the book open to the page her bookmark was placed at and began reading.
"I will say no more about him," cried Emma, "you turn every thing to evil. We are both prejudiced; you against, I for him; and we have no chance of agreeing till he is really here.
Authors Note; Well here you guys go, Chapter Four already. This would of been up earlier but it was my last week of school and some stuff happened with my best friend so yeah but I decided to quickly finish the chapter off considering it's the first day of school holidays and I'm in such a great mood. I'm adding some chapter images for the first three chapters so you guys should really check 'em out. Moving on, a big thank you goes to honeybunny77 who reviewed the previous chapter. Hope you enjoyed and look out for Chapter Five coming within the next week (hopefully)