chapter fifteen :D
“So, Artemis,” Sarah said eagerly, leaning forward as she surveyed me. “Tell me more about yourself.”
Dear Merlin, why do you put me into these situations?
“Erm, well –” I started nervously, looking around for a polite way to escape like the rest of my friends had. Ella and Jason went off to explore broom closets together, Rose and Scorpius went on a walk around the lake, Freddie and Dom were Chocolate Hunting, and Al decided to stalk Noah a bit.
They’d all left, leaving me here with Little-Miss-Barbie. Useless buggers. And to think that I actually call them my friends.
“…Um.” I said, glancing back at her again. She was looking at me expectantly, her blue eyes wide as she nodded a bit to indicate that I could go on. “My name is, er…Artemis Jones.” I started.
Insert: Mental Slap. She already knew that, you imbecile!
“Yeah.” I said quickly, before she could interrupt with a comment about how she was aware of my name. “I, er…I play Chaser on the Quidditch Team –”
“With James!” Sarah inserted excitedly. “He’s also a Chaser! He’s the Captain!”
I fought back the strong urge to shoot back a mocking ‘No way’, instead settling with the more polite, “Yes, I know. Along with Scorpius, me and James are the best Chasers in the whole school.”
I looked expectantly at her, just hoping that she would go on a tirade about Hufflepuff’s greatness and I could have a reason to hate her.
“You guys really are fantastic.” She said instead, smiling at me. “Especially that last game, with that one move where you three threw the Quaffle back and forth to confuse our Keeper – that was very clever.”
I blinked at her, surprised. “You follow Quidditch?”
She nodded. “Yeah! I love Quidditch. It’s a shame that I can’t fly to save my life.”
God hates me. WHY IS SHE ACTUALLY LIKEABLE?! DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO HATE HER RIGHT NOW?!
“Wow.” I said. “You really didn’t seem the type at first glance.”
She laughed. “I sort of act like a bit of an airhead, I know.”
A bit? “Er, just a little.” I smiled nervously.
She laughed, shrugging. “I just can’t help it; it’s how I’ve always been. I’m really not as stupid as I make out to be, though.”
Could’ve fooled me. “You don’t seem stupid.” I lied.
She raised her eyebrows at me. “Yes, I do.”
“Not anymore, you don’t.” I grinned at her, and she smiled back.
“Look –” She began hesitantly. She took a breath and looked at me. “James told me about – about how he used to love you.”
My stomach plunged through the floor. It is now sitting in Tarturus; I can forget about ever eating again.
“And, well, I reckon he’s still sort of in love with you.” She continued, biting her lip as she stared at the table. Hope flared in my heart, and I beat it back as viciously as I could.
“He doesn’t.” I said heavily. “Trust me. I broke his heart over and over again; there’s no way he could forgive me for something like that.”
“He’s a forgiving person.” She insisted.
“No one’s that forgiving.” I shook my head. “There’s nothing to worry about, Sarah. He doesn’t love me.”
She looked relieved. “Okay. I just – I’m sorry if I – I really like him.” She finished, blushing slightly.
I smiled, hoping it would be enough.
Merlin, why is she so nice?
“WHY DOES THE WORLD HATE ME, NOAH?!” I moaned melodramatically later on that day, sitting in the niche as she rubbed my back.
“Because you’re a bitch to fate.” She responded, smirking.
“Thanks for the advice.” I shot back sarcastically. “You’ve helped so much.”
“It’s a talent.” She said sweetly. “Look, how about we talk about something else? It’ll help take your mind off of your problems for a bit.”
“Okay.” I agreed, sitting up. A thought shot into my head, and I smirked. “So, what do you think about Al?”
“Al who?” She asked innocently, playing absentmindedly with her tie.
My eyes narrowed. “Al Potter.” Who else? Are there any other Al’s in this school that I don’t know about?
“Oh.” She said knowingly. “Al Potter. What about him?”
She’s stalling for time. This is the oldest trick in the ‘stalling for time’ book, Noah. Don’t think I’m fooled by this pathetic attempt to divert my attention. I am as quick as a fox and as agile as a…a…panther! Yeah! A panther. Because panthers are all agile…and stuff…
…wait, panthers are agile, right?
You know what? Forget that.
“What do you think about him?” I pressed, narrowing my eyes further.
“He’s nice.” Noah said vaguely.
“Nice.” I repeated skeptically.
“Yes. Nice.” She finished, smiling serenely at me.
I raised an eyebrow at her. “You know, just because I temporarily lost my visions doesn’t mean I don’t know what’s going on.”
With that impressive parting sentence, I stood up to walk away, Noah calling after me to explain what the ruddy hell I meant.
“Bye, love!” I called cheerfully over my shoulder.
“ARTEMIS! GET BACK HERE NOW!”
“No time, darling!” I yelled back happily. “I’ve got class now!”
Alex_MATT_4everz: Okay, this is getting ridiculous. What’s up, everyone?
Freddieboy_96: So, Alex, how’s the boyfriend?
Alex_MATT_4everz: None of your sodding business.
Freddieboy_96: Look, can’t we just
Freddieboy_96: Hear me out, Alex!
Alex_MATT_4everz: Why should I?
Jay_boy_BEATyourARSE: Really? We’re going to go into this again?
SilverSeeingEyes: No way. There is no way in hell that I’m sitting through another one of their computer-fights.
Prongs.Junior: How incredibly selfish of you, Jones. Though I wouldn’t really expect anything less from you.
EllsBells_bludger.of.DOOM: James, shut the fuck up. Right now.
Alex_MATT_4everz: Yeah James, shut up about things you don’t know about.
Alex_MATT_4everz: You know, Weasley, curiosity killed the cat, but I’m still curious. What did you want to say to me?
DomInikkiex3: …I didn’t want to say anything to you, Lewis. Jeez, way to fall back on last names.
Freddieboy_96: She meant me, you dumbshit.
DomInikkiex3: …right. Sorry. Carry on.
Freddieboy_96: I wanted to apologize, actually.
Alex_MATT_4everz: I’m not stopping you.
Freddieboy_96: Alex…I’m sorry.
EllsBells_bludger.of.DOOM: Lex, darling, this is your cue to be all ‘Omg, Fred, you’re forgiven! Let’s ride off into the sunset and make gorgeous babies together!’
DomInikkiex3: That was a tad too far, Ella.
Jay_boy_BEATyourARSE: Damn hilarious, though.
Alex_MATT_4everz: Why are you doing this to me?
Freddieboy_96: What do you mean?
Alex_MATT_4everz: I don’t understand! Why are you trying to be nice to me all of a sudden? Is this guilt? What, do you feel pity for me or something?! I don’t want your fucking pity, Weasley.
Freddieboy_96: Ever thought that maybe I just really wanted to be your friend? That might be a possibility, don’t you think?
Alex_MATT_4everz: But why?
Freddieboy_96: Because I was too stupid to realize who you really are before this, and I’m going to learn from other people’s mistakes before I go and make a really big one of my own.
SilverSeeingEyes: Yay for being the perfect example. Listen up, everyone! If you want to become an aging cat-lady for the rest of your life instead of ever finding love, do what I did! It’s foolproof, I tell you!
Prongs.Junior has logged off.
SilverSeeingEyes: Fuck my life.
SilverSeeingEyes: I’m fine, Dom. Really. Carry on, guys.
Alex_MATT_4everz: No, I don’t feel like talking anymore. Fred…you’re forgiven. We’ll see about the whole ‘friends’ thing.
Freddieboy_96: Good enough for me! Eat dinner with us, Alex.
Alex_MATT_4everz: I don’t know…
SilverSeeingEyes: I’m going to go, guys. I’ll see you all later, okay?
EllsBells_bludger.of.DOOM: Where are you going?
SilverSeeingEyes: I don’t know. Somewhere. Anywhere. Away from fucking here.
Jay_boy_BEATyourARSE: I’ll come with you.
SilverSeeingEyes: You don’t have to, Jay.
Jay_boy_BEATyourARSE: I want to.
EllsBells_bludger.of.DOOM: Alright, we’ll see you guys soon. Bye.
SilverSeeingEyes has logged off.
Jay_boy_BEATyourARSE: Bye, Ella, love you!
Jay_boy_BEATyourARSE has logged off.
“What?” Ella breathed, staring at her computer screen with wide eyes as me and Jason got up to leave. I looked down at her, brows furrowed in confusion, then looked up at Jason, who was wearing an expression similar to mine.
“Is something wrong, love?” He asked her.
“You…you…” She gestured at the screen, and he crossed over to peer at it over her head.
“You said you loved me.” She managed to get out. His eyes widened.
“Shit! I wasn’t supposed to tell you that yet! It was supposed to be freaking romantic, with candles and all that shit! Fuck, what is wrong with me?” He moaned, clapping a hand to his head.
“Jason –” Ella said.
“Look, I understand if you don’t feel that way about me or anything yet; it’s a bit fast for that, honestly – ” He rambled, continuing to look like he seriously wanted to punch himself for being such an imbecile.
“No, Jason –” She protested.
“ – supposed to wait a couple of weeks until you were ready for that, really, sometimes I don’t even bloody think, I – mmmmmm.”
“They’re so sweet, it’s almost disgusting.” Alex said distastefully as we watched Ella get up and kiss Jason.
Dom sighed and rubbed her stomach, looking down at it and biting her lip. Fred reached over to stroke her hair a bit. James should be doing that.
“I love you, too, Jason.” Ella said breathlessly as they pulled apart from each other. I smiled affectionately as Jason’s smile grew even wider and he leaned down to capture her mouth again.
“Excuse me! This sort of behavior is not acceptable in – EXCUSE ME, WE ARE IN A LEARNING INSTITUTION! Behave yourselves!” The teacher cried angrily as Jason and Ella continued to kiss.
I sighed. “Sorry, professor. I got it.”
Acting like this was something I did on a daily basis, I walked forward, grabbed Jason by the ear, and dragged him away with a thoroughly disinterested expression etched onto my face as he yelled out in pain.
“It’s peaceful here.” Jason said simply as he gazed out over the lake. I smiled.
“Yes, it is. It helps you forget your problems for a bit.” I agreed, letting a serene look pervade my features as I looked over at the view.
“It’s like…how do I explain it?” Jason sighed and looked at the water as he sorted his thoughts. “It’s like…nature moves on. Even though humans have huge problems that seem like the end of the world to them, everything just keeps moving. The sun doesn’t stop rising and setting. The birds don’t stop singing. The moon doesn’t stop shining. Life goes on.” He said, shrugging. “The world doesn’t stop for your problems.”
I let out a breath. “Wow.” I whispered, impressed. “That was…wow. That was wise, Jason.”
He shrugged again, looking slightly abashed. “Don’t tell anyone.” He said, letting his eyes dart around dramatically for a moment. I laughed.
“Your secret’s safe with me.”
He laughed for a bit, and then sighed again. “I’m no Noah, Artemis.” He began haltingly. “But I really wish I could help. I’m sorry about all of this. I mean, I don’t really understand the whole story; no one really does, but I can still tell that everything’s wrong for you right now.”
I looked down.
“There’s just something different about you.” He went on thoughtfully. “Before, you had like…an aura. You were so sure of yourself. And now…well, it’s gone. You’re nervous and anxious and stumbling through life just like the rest of us.”
“Perceptive.” I grinned jokingly, making sure that the inner turmoil rolling around inside of me wasn’t noticeable. I didn’t realize just how well my friends knew me. I put too much trust in hoping that they didn’t notice the little things about me. I put too much trust in the theory that they didn’t care.
But they did. My friends...they honestly love me.
“You don’t have to tell me anything.” He said hastily, putting his hands up. “Just…you know. I’m there for you and shit. When you need a teddy bear or something.” He mumbled the last part and looked at his foot.
I laughed. “How did you know that I call you the teddy bear of the group?”
He laughed back, relieved that I didn’t make fun of him and his sappy speech. “I’m not in idiot, Missy.”
“I know you’re not, Jay.” I grinned and hugged him. “And you’re the best teddy bear ever.”
“Yay.” He said dryly. But he wrapped his arms around me anyway.
Because that’s what friends are for. They’re always there for you, through anything and everything.
I can’t believe it took this much for me to realize that I don’t just have friends; I have bloody good friends. I’ll never be able to replace them.
Just like I’ll never be able to replace James.
I learn everything the hard way, and it’s all my fault.
Yay for me.
“I just lost my appetite.” I mumbled, looking down at the food that I was, up until two seconds ago, devouring like a rabid animal.
Fred pushed away his portion, also looking sick. “You’d think that, at this point, people would understand that snogging at the dinner table isn’t exactly acceptable behavior.”
“And yet they do it anyway.” Al added, shuddering slightly and pushing his treacle tart around on the plate.
“Well, I’m always hungry.” Dom declared through a mouthful of various foods. “But I’m still disgusted and stuff.” She added, nodding. “This food is just too good to waste. Pass the mustard, will you, Al?”
He looked uncertainly at her. “But Dom, you’re eating cake.”
“And it needs mustard.” She said, eyes wide and persuasive. “Could you give it to me, please?”
“Don’t argue.” Fred whispered when Al turned to us, looking unsure. “Just give it to her.”
Al handed her the mustard, still looking slightly fearful of her sanity, and watched with wide, disgusted eyes as she plopped some on her cake and took a large bite, closing her eyes as she chewed happily.
I have yet to decide which is more disturbing: the fact that Dom is enjoying her mustard and cake, or the four couples currently engaged in a snog-fest around me.
“Look at him.” Fred’s fist closed convulsively on the table as he glared at Matt, who was snogging Alex with one eye closed and the other looking down her shirt.
“Classy.” I snorted.
“He’s disgusting.” Fred snarled. “I just – urgh, I just hate him.”
“He’s sitting right in front of you, Freddie.” Al said absently as he watched Noah laugh with her friends at the Hufflepuff table. He smiled slightly at her laugh, his green eyes softening.
Al Potter is the cutest boy I have ever had the fortune to meet.
“Good.” Fred said angrily. “Then he can hear me declare my utmost detestation of him. And he can hear me say that I hope he goes to hell.”
Matt didn’t seem to hear a word Fred was saying as he continued to snog Alex as though his life depended on it.
Fail, Freddie. Epic fail.
“I’m still recovering from James and Sarah.” I said miserably, wincing again as I accidentally glanced at them.
“I’m still trying to ignore the fact that my best friend is sucking my cousin’s face off.” Al put in, tearing his gaze away from Noah to make a face at Rose and Scorpius.
“And I’m really wishing for some chocolate right now.” Dom sighed, looking sadly at her empty plate. We stared at her.
“I’m still disgusted.” She added hastily. “Very disgusted. So disgusted, in fact, that I’m going to go down to the kitchens and have some chocolate. Because I’m disgusted.”
“Just go get your chocolate, Dom.” I sighed, waving her off. With a happy squeal, she got up, careful not to jostle her stomach too much, and bounded out of the Great Hall.
I sighed, and beside me, the sighs of Fred and Albus echoed back.
“I’m going to go sit somewhere else.” I decided, getting up and casting my gaze around the Great Hall.
“Where?” Fred asked, also getting up. “I’ll come with you.”
“Oi, you’re not leaving me here by myself!” Al scrambled to his feet, looking affronted.
I looked around at the Great Hall again, unsure of where to go. Then my gaze landed on one of the windows, and I watched the rain lash against the glass for a moment, wondering what that would feel like on my skin.
Rain feels amazing. I want to go outside.
“Let’s go…to the Quidditch pitch.” I said, turning around and walking out of the Great Hall.
“Anywhere’s better than here.” Fred mumbled, following me.
“I’ll go and get our brooms, shall I?” Al asked excitedly. I turned around and grinned at him.
“And I’ll ask Noah if she wants to come.”
I think Al just died of happiness.
After coming back from the refreshing fly in the rain with Al, Noah and Fred, I really wasn’t in the mood to receive some bad news.
But, seeing as life hates me, of course the second I step into our dorm, Dom would come running up to me to deliver some piece of information that was sure to completely ruin my day.
“What?” I asked blankly, trying to make sense of the situation as Dom continued to bawl like there was no tomorrow.
“Everyone knows.” She choked, flying at me so that she could cry into my shirt. Her tears didn’t make much of a difference to my already soaking shirt, so I let her continue, instead sending my confused gaze over to Ella and Alex, both of whom looked miserable.
Great. This is going to fantastic, I can just tell.
“The whole school knows that Dom is pregnant.” Ella announced dully.
This day just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?
I sighed heavily. “That’s just lovely.”
“And guess who screamed it loud enough for the whole school to hear?” Alex continued in a dry voice, her tight lips and blazing eyes showing me that she was actually more upset than she let on.
“Who?” I asked tiredly, rubbing Dom’s back gently as she continued to sob.
“Our lovely friend Sarah.” Alex said, sending a furious, tight-lipped smile my way.
“And then James dumped her, right?” I asked hopefully.
“Of course not.” Ella chimed in sardonically. “Why would he do such a thing? I mean, she didn’t mean it. Not at all.”
“Who fed you that bull?” I asked furiously.
“Oh, she did. And then she actually expected us to believe it.” Alex put in, her lip curling in disgust. “The sad thing is, James did.”
“He’s a blithering idiot, though, so it’s not that much of a surprise.” Ella muttered. “I mean, you’d have to be pretty dumb to date the President of your fan club. That’s just creepy.”
I sighed and continued to stroke Dom’s hair. “I wish I had a fan club.” I muttered morosely, not wanting to think about anything else right now.
“We’re your fan club.” Ella said right away, a fierce edge to her voice.
I smiled at her. “Thanks, Ells.”
I sighed again. “Tell me exactly what happened.”
“Well,” Alex began, drying me with her wand and making room on her bed so that we could all climb in. “We were at dinner, and we noticed that you three had run off someplace. Dom was back, and she was eating this disgusting monstrosity of a sandwich. It smelled horrible, I don’t know how she managed to choke it all down without puking her guts back up.”
Dom let out a hysterical, watery chuckle and flapped her hand at Alex in protest. Alex smiled slightly, glad that she was making Dom feel at least a little bit better.
“And Jason asked where you three had gone, and Dom managed to get out a barely intelligible sentence – ” Here Dom let out another chuckle and a hand-flap of indignation. “ – telling us that you four had gone out to the pitch to fly. So, that was about when Scorp noticed her sandwich, and he naturally asked her what the hell she was eating. Dom rattled off this immense list of items that would probably kill a human being if eaten together, and everyone but James and Jason looked totally disgusted.”
“Yeah, we went down to the kitchens one night and she ate a similar sandwich.” I put in, and Ella nodded as though that explained everything.
“So, then Sarah went ahead and asked her if there was a particular reason she wanted to kill herself –”
“Except her question was more like,” Ella adopted a breathy, dumb-sounding voice. “‘Um, why are you like, eating that?’”
Dom giggled again, this time not as watery.
“Yeah.” Alex nodded. “And then James, being the absolute imbecile that he is, told her that Dom was pregnant. And then Sarah screeched it loud enough for the whole school to hear.”
“Which they did.” Ella inserted. “And it got really quiet, and everyone was staring at Dom.”
“And then I sprinted out of the Great Hall as fast as I could.” Dom sighed. “And the whole gang followed me, and Sarah looked really upset and she kept going on about how she didn’t mean it and all that nonsense –”
“She started crying.” Alex rolled her eyes. “Like, literally bawling.”
“She seemed so nice, though.” I noted absently. “Like, I was actually starting to like her. She talked about Quidditch and she was really nice about the whole ‘me breaking James’ heart’ thing.”
“Are you saying that you think she didn’t mean it?” Ella asked doubtfully.
I shrugged. “I don’t know. I mean…”
We were interrupted by a knock on the door. Confused, I crossed over to open it, and was confronted by a distressed-looking Sarah. Her hair was a mess, and her eyes were puffy and red.
“I’m so sorry.” She blurted out without preamble as soon as the door was removed from the front of her face. “I’m so very sorry. I feel horrible –”
“Calm down.” I said, looking warily at her as she nodded and attempted to control her hysterical breathing.
“Can I come in?” She asked, her eyes welling with tears again.
Wordlessly, I opened the door wider, and she stepped in and closed the door behind her, twisting her hands nervously as she looked at the four of us perched on Alex’s bed. Dom looked like a right mess as she lifted her face from Alex’s blankets and sniffled at Sarah.
Sarah looked behind her at the door, then at the four of us again. Suddenly, her distressed expression was replaced by a sneer.
“You’re a whore.” She informed Dom brightly.
My jaw dropped open, and I blinked in shock.
“You’re only dating that Connery bloke so that Fred Weasley will become jealous –” She said to Alex, who raised her eyebrows and managed to look thoroughly unimpressed. “You…I have nothing to say to you.” Sarah spat at Ella, who rolled her eyes. “And I know your secret.” She said menacingly to me.
I raised my right eyebrow at her, hoping that my facial expression was smooth and calm, a mirror image of Alex’s bored expression. “What’s that?” I asked coolly.
“I know you’re a Seer.”
Cue: World imploding.
whoa, chapter fifteen :D
i can't believe we've actually gotten this far - this is the longest thing i've ever written! ever! how exciting! i mean, i'm currently writing chapter 23 and i'm still not done with this yet, so that says a lot. i can't believe it.
once again, thanks soo much for everything, guys :) i'm nothing without you. you're my inspiration and my support and thank you so SO MUCH!
mushy things aside, IT IS NOW SUMMER XD
i'm free! free, i tell you! it's currently one a.m and i'm sitting in my room with the fan on, putting this chapter up because, hey, i dont have to wake up tomorow! how fantastic is that?! REALLY FANTASTIC, THAT'S WHAT.
okay, so, sarah, right? i feel like her change is totally cliche, but i sort of had to do it. make her the evil girlfriend villain, i mean. she's a little important to this whole shebang, so i had to make her like this. please no angry 'GAH YOU'RE SO CLICHE! YOU OFFICIALLY SUCK!' reviews? i really had to do it. really.
but what do you think about her?
also, what about this whole new knowing-she's-a-seer developement? are you shocked? i was shocked. i was like, dude, what?!
even though i wrote it like this. ahem.
alex and fred? sensing some things happening for them...*waggles eyebrows*
who thought jason was the cutest thing ever in this chapter? i did. what an adorable loveybear.
yes, i just called him a loveybear. don't judge me.
let me know what you think in a review - i swear i'm getting around to responding. it's just taking a bit longer than planned. i go to the 'unread reviews' section, look at the appalling number, and then chicken out after plowing through thirty of those babies. so much for being a gryffindor.
OH AND I LOVE FAVORITE QUOTES! HINT HINT!
(subtlety was never a strong point of mine...)
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