I exploded. Outright exploded.
Without a second thought, I lunged across Dom’s bed with a mad shriek, flying onto Apollo by using the strength of my whole body. He managed to catch me, staggering back a couple of steps, his eyes wide.
“What – are – you – doing – here?!” I yelled, punctuating each word with a punch. Apollo winced, but let me continue to punch him.
“You come back here after weeks, and you just expect us to – oh, where’s my wand?” I turned away from Apollo to glare at James and Dom as I realized that my wand was no longer in my pocket.
I am going to hex Apollo until he is no longer recognizable.
James quickly hid the wand behind his back.
“Give that here.” I said in a low voice, stepping towards him. He took a step in the opposite direction, shaking his head.
“Give it to me, James.” I ordered, holding my hand out. He shook his head again, looking defiant.
“Artemis –” Apollo tried, putting a hand on my shoulder. I shook it off with another screech of rage.
“DON’T TOUCH ME!” I screamed, slapping his hand.
“Artemis, just listen to me!” He pleaded. I let out a shriek of hysterical laughter.
“Just listen to you?” I echoed incredulously. “Just bloody listen to you?! You think, that after abandoning me and Dom, I’m going to sit here and just listen to you?! Do you know what’s been going on these past few weeks?! NO! You just left. You didn’t even bother to think about all the people that you were leaving behind – do you know what’s happened to me in that past month? Dom’s five months along, Apollo! FIVE! I went to her house! I nearly got killed because I happen to be the fucking sister of the idiot that impregnated her!”
“Don’t exaggerate.” Dom said in a disapproving voice. I ignored her.
“I’ve been absolutely helpless without you! I’m lost, Apollo. I can’t bloody See anymore!” I yelled, tears streaming down my face.
That’s when I realized that James was standing right there, looking confused beyond belief.
You know what? I don’t care. He can just be confused.
“YOU JUST LEFT ME! YOU JUST LEFT HER! And if you think I’m going to just take you back with open arms, oh god, you are so very wrong!” I yelled. “You can forget about ever talking to me again, you – you – you – ARGH!” I spluttered, unable to speak in my current level of extreme indignation.
“Can I talk now?” Apollo asked, thoroughly unimpressed by my display. I snarled at him. He took that as a yes.
“As soon as I left that room, I felt horrible.” He said, not looking at me, but at Dom. She froze on the bed, her eyes wide. “I didn’t mean to say that, Dom. I never meant it. I got scared. I’m still scared. But that’s nothing compared to what you must be going through, and I’m sorry I left. I never should have done it. When I thought about it that night, I realized that I’m not going to leave you. Ever. I want this baby, too, Dom. I want you. I love you. I have loved you, ever since fourth year when you screamed at me for walking into the room while you were still walking around in your knickers.” He smiled at this, and I scoffed, rolling my eyes. Dom’s eyes were filled with tears, but other than that, she showed inclination that she had heard a single word that he said. He took her hand gently, but she pulled out, her gaze firmly set on the ceiling. James just stood there, unable to believe it.
“I never left, I promise. I was just gone for a bit.” He paused, waiting for someone to ask him where he’d went. When none of us talked, he continued on anyway.
“I went to my dad’s house.” He said softly, and this time all three of us swiveled around to look at him.
“Your – dad’s – house?” Dom asked, her voice struggling to stay cold and uninterested. “I thought he hates you.”
Apollo flinched slightly, but shrugged nonetheless. “He does.”
That must have taken a lot of courage to do. Dad hates us. Me…I’m alright. I’m ‘useful’. I’ve got my visions. But Apollo…well, Apollo doesn’t have Seer powers. To dad, he’s just a useless bystander, another person to spend his hard-earned money.
Have I mentioned that I despise my father? Well, I do. Immensely.
“But I had to go.” He said, looking at her, his voice earnest. “I had to talk to him about giving me my inheritance. He didn’t listen to me for a couple of days. I had to sleep in a tent in the backyard. It wasn’t too bad.” He assured her hastily, when her face accidentally betrayed a flicker of worry. “I told him about everything. About you. About how much I loved you, and how I made this huge mistake, and…finally, he listened to me. He gave me control of my own bank account. I bought a house for us, Dom. You’ll like it; it’s a lot like Shell Cottage. I also –”
“Stop it.” Dom said, her voice angry. “Just stop it, Apollo. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want it.”
“I’m not giving up on you again, Dominique.” He said, his voice mirroring hers. “You need to understand that.”
“You left me!” She accused loudly, turning her disbelieving gaze on him. “You told me you didn’t want it, and you just left me!”
“I do want it.” He said, looking at her with his big grey-blue eyes. “And I didn’t leave you. I just temporarily left to make arrangements.”
“And what makes you think that I’m going to marry you, huh? What makes you believe that I want you?” Dom asked, her voice cold and rough.
He grinned all of a sudden. “Artemis.” He said, like this was the most obvious response. Both James and Dom turned to look at me, and I shrugged, eyes wide.
“What do you mean, ‘Artemis’?” Dom asked, her brow furrowed. He looked at her like the answer was really obvious.
“Artemis, Dom.” He said.
Is he on drugs?
“Artemis didn’t say anything, you tosser –” Dom began angrily, but Apollo cut her off by leaning down and kissing her, full on the mouth. To my immense surprise, Dom responded right away, putting her hand behind his head to hold his face securely to hers.
I cleared my throat loudly, my gaze riveted on the ceiling. On the other side of the bed, I saw James do the same, looking more than disgusted about the fact that his best friend and cousin sister were snogging very blatantly in front of him.
Finally – finally – they dislodged their faces from each other, and Apollo rested his forehead against Dom’s.
“Oh.” She whispered, her face alight. “Artemis.”
What the bloody hell?
“Will you guys stop saying my name? I don’t have anything to do with this!” I said, throwing my hands up.
Apollo turned around to grin at me, his face already looking so much better. “Au contraire, dear sister. You’re all over this.” He raised his eyebrow at me.
It hit me suddenly. Oh. Oh. My visions. They figured it out.
A slow smile spread over my face. “Well,” I said. “Took you long enough, didn’t it?”
“Will someone please explain to me what is going on?” James finally demanded, looking confused and just a little angry.
“They’re together. They were meant to be together. That’s all there is to know.” I said placidly. James’ eyebrows furrowed, if possible, even more.
“So, what do you have to do with it?” He asked me, eyes narrowed.
I continued to smile serenely. “Just about everything.”
“Care to explain how?”
“No, not really.”
He threw his hands up in the air with a frustrated growl. “Fine. Fine. Just…whatever.” He closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose, taking a deep breath. “I didn’t follow that one bit, but that’s okay. I’m glad you’re back, Pol.”
“Me too, Jimmy.” Apollo punched James’ shoulder lightly, and James’ face relaxed into the first smile I’d seen in a long time.
“Don’t call me Jimmy.”
“Don’t call me Pol.” Apollo countered.
“Touché.” James laughed.
Simultaneously, Apollo and James walked towards each other and hugged, clapping each other on the back rather fiercely.
I’ll never understand that concept of man-hugs. It looks so bloody painful.
And then, something amazing happened. My eyesight went black, and the world spiraled around me, taking me to a different time and place.
My visions are back. My visions are back.
Oh, thank you, Zeus! THANK YOU TIMES A MILLION!
“Hey, sweetie.” Dom said absently, tilting her head slightly so that Apollo could kiss her cheek.
“What’re you doing?” He asked her, peering interestedly over her shoulder. She grinned and proudly held up a mass of tangled yarn.
“I’m making socks.” She declared happily.
Apollo stared at the yarn for a moment. “Er…they’re lovely.”
“It’s only one sock.” Dom blinked up at him, and he hastily hitched a winning smile on his face.
“Of course it is. Great job, love.” He kissed her nose, and she smiled as he sat down next to her and pulled her against him. She sighed and leaned her head against his neck, absently rubbing her large stomach.
“How’s number three doing?” Apollo asked her, laying his hand on top of hers.
She frowned disapprovingly. “I really wish you would call our children by their real names, Apollo.”
“I do call them by their real names!” He protested.
“Rarely.” Dom muttered.
“Besides, this one doesn’t even have a name.” He declared, proud of his impeccable logic.
“I was thinking Elvendork.” Dom said vaguely, looking out of the window as she continued to rub her stomach. “Auntie Luna said it was unisex.”
Apollo stared at her, his mouth hanging open. “You want to name our child Elvendork?”
“Or maybe…Thor.” Dom splayed her hands out in the air as she gazed impressively into thin air.
“Thor.” Apollo said flatly.
“Yes, Thor!” Dom nodded excitedly. “It’s so fancy, you’ve got to flourish your hands when you say it! And you have to make your voice all deep to make it sound more impressive. THOR.” She said in a deep voice, flourishing her hands around like a crazy person and swatting Apollo in the face.
“It’s such a nice name, isn’t it?” She asked, smiling happily.
“Actually, dear, I was thinking something along the lines of Logan for a boy and maybe –”
“Don’t argue with me, I’m pregnant.” Dom cut him off. “I like Thor.”
Apollo rubbed his hand into his forehead. “We’ll talk about it later.”
This wasn’t just a vision. It was a happy vision.
Zeus gets major brownie points for this one. YOU ROCK, DUDE!
“Artemis?” Dom’s voice, anxious and unsure, rang out from above me, and I immediately opened my eyes, letting a large smile spread across my face.
“You’re not naming your child Thor.” I said happily as I sat up. Apollo looked relieved, James looked confused, and Dom looked disgusted.
“The hell I’m not!” She said. “I would never inflict that kind of name on a poor baby.”
“My parents did, with Albus.” James cut in.
“Albus Severus Potter.” Dom laughed. “Poor kid. Uncle Harry and Auntie Ginny must have been high.”
“I’m thinking pot.” James nodded wisely, and I laughed.
Suddenly, the curtain was ripped open to reveal the red faces of our friends, who, judging by the way they were panting, had basically sprinted here from various parts of the school. Louis was the worst; he must have run straight from the Ravenclaw Tower.
Bloody hell – that’s on the other side of the castle.
“Hey, what’d we miss?” Al huffed, his hair askew and his glasses lopsided.
That’s when they caught sight of Apollo.
“Oh, dear.” I muttered.
“WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS HE DOING HERE?”
“So…that’s it?” Alex asked, after our lovely story-time.
“That’s it.” Apollo shrugged.
“You really didn’t leave her?” Rose asked.
“I really didn’t leave her.”
“And now you’re back?” Scorpius clarified.
“And now I’m back.” Apollo confirmed.
“Do you want to stop talking like that?” I cut in.
“No, dearest sister, I do not want to stop talking like this.”
I stuck my tongue out at him, and he grinned.
“For good?” Jason asked, eyebrows raised.
“For good.” Apollo nodded.
There was a short silence.
“Well.” Ella said. “That’s good.”
Another short silence.
I groaned and threw my head back. Seriously? Seriously?
“Oh, Apollo, you gotta meet Noah!” Al suddenly burst out. I pounded my head into my fist.
“Who’s Noah?” Apollo asked with interest, glad for something to distract the awkward silence.
“His stalkee.” Alex put in helpfully.
“The girl he’s totally obsessed with.” I said into my arm.
“I am not obsessed. I’m just in love!” Al said in a floaty voice, gazing happily out into space. Apollo stared at him, eyes wide.
“Is he feeling alright?” He stage-whispered to the rest of us. “Like, in the brain area?”
“Of course he is! He’s in love, Apollo. Love.” Jason nodded wisely. “Apparently, love makes you act like a total idiot.”
“Ah.” Apollo nodded back. “I get it now. When did this happen?”
“You’ve missed so much.” Dom shook her head.
“Three whole months.” He said regretfully, laying his hand on top of Dom’s for a moment. She smiled down at it, flipping hers over to give his hand a squeeze. “I’m so sorry, love.”
I cleared my throat loudly, giving him a pointed look and a raised eyebrow.
“Yes, I’m sorry to you, too, Artemis.” He said loudly, turning around to give me a cheeky grin. I stuck my tongue out at him.
“Oh! I completely forgot to tell you.” I grinned. “Rose and Scorpius are together now. So are Ella and Jason.”
“Seriously?” Apollo asked eagerly. Both couples nodded, Rose biting her lip slightly and Jason positively beaming. “About time!” Apollo laughed. “Took you guys long enough to figure it out, didn’t it?”
That’s when it suddenly hit me. Took me long enough to figure it out, didn’t it?
“Dominique, why were you in the hospital wing again?” I asked, turning to her with my eyebrows furrowed. She smiled sheepishly.
“Erm – I thought you might have forgotten about it.” She muttered, pulling on a lock of her hair.
“I didn’t. And I would like to know.”
You know you have some serious rebelling to do when you start resembling your mother.
That’s it. I am going for an illegal walk around the school tonight.
“Apollo surprised me.” She sighed loudly. “I sort of fainted.”
“It wasn’t just my fault.” Apollo reminded her gently. “Remember what you were doing that caused you do faint?”
Dom blushed. “Er…I might have sprinted around the school a couple of times.”
“A couple?” I echoed flatly.
“Like, seven. Or eight. Or eighteen.” She mumbled, her face turning redder.
“May I ask why?” I continued in my flat tone.
“Do you have to?” She asked weakly. I narrowed my eyes slightly at her, and she sighed loudly.
“I was trying to forget.” She said. The stern expression melted off my face right away.
“Forget what?” I asked her softly. She looked up at me, her eyes suddenly brighter, covered by a light film of water.
“Everything.” She whispered.
I closed my eyes. “I wish I could do that.”
“Too bad you can’t!” I jumped slightly as Jason’s arm draped itself over my shoulder. I’d completely forgotten that they were all sitting there in my moment with Dom.
“Life sucks.” I sighed, leaning my head against his shoulder. “And then you die.” I tacked on as an afterthought.
Everyone around me laughed, Jason’s whole body rumbling. I smiled as his laugh spread through me, infectious in more than one sense.
I guess as long as you have friends who really love you, you’ll keep laughing. Just because they’re always there to make you do it.
And when you most want to cry, they’ll be there for you like no one else can, trying their best to make you smile instead.
You know what? It always works.
“Hey, where’d the computers go?”
This is not a fun sentence to hear when you’re fully ready to walk into your favorite class and start banging away at a conversation with your buddies. At all.
“No!” I cried, looking around at the computer-less classroom. “Where did they go? I need computers! They were my favorite! BRING THEM BACK.”
“We will be starting a new unit today!” The teacher called out as the rest of the class filed in, each person looking profoundly displeased about the blatant lack of computers.
“Can’t we just keep the computers?” Dom pouted.
“Wait, what are computers?” Apollo asked, his brow furrowing.
“You know that thing I have at home?” James said. “It’s that.”
“Oh,” Realization dawned on Apollo’s face. “Right.”
“You missed the best unit ever.” I informed him.
“Sucks to be me.” He grinned, then raised his intertwined hand with Dom and kissed the back of it. She blushed slightly and looked down to hide her smile.
Excuse me while I attempt to keep down my lunch.
“Could you not?” James asked in a disgusted voice.
“What, kiss the back of her hand?” Apollo shot back. “I can hardly see that as offensive. We’re not even snogging, Jim. Get over it.”
“It’s still gross.” I told them, my nose slightly wrinkled.
“Compared to shagging, which we have also done, I don’t think this even compares.” Dom said. I let out a shriek of disgust and covered my ears while she and Apollo both grinned deviously. James seemed to be retching in the background.
“Don’t ever talk about that again!” I commanded. “Ever.”
“But it’s true!” Apollo said earnestly. “I mean, she’s pregnant, isn’t she?”
“I know, dumbshit. Just…don’t talk about shagging around me. It’s traumatizing.” I shuddered a couple of times to dispel the images. Disgusting.
Apollo rolled his eyes, while Dom muttered, “Just think about what they would do if we started actually snogging.”
He smirked down at her. “Let’s test it.”
She smirked back, but before they could even lean towards each other, James was in between them, both of his arms slung over their shoulders.
“Hey, there, buddies.” He said in a fake-innocent voice. I covered my mouth to hide my grin while James continued to smile serenely as both Dom and Apollo shot him thoroughly disgruntled looks.
Merlin, I love him. I love him so much it hurts.
I’m such an idiot. Someone, slap me. I deserve it.
“Okay, class, settle down! Settle down!” The teacher cried over the noise. Her attempts, however, were fruitless, as the students continued to blatantly ignore her.
She and I are in the same boat, it seems.
Sighing exasperatedly, she ran a hand through her brown hair, and I was slightly surprised to see that it was a scraggly mess. Even her usually stylish clothes were a bit rumpled, and her face, normally quite pretty, was tired and drawn out.
Merlin, what happened to her?
“SHUT UP!” She suddenly screeched, and everyone got really quiet, looking at her with wide eyes.
“Thank you.” She said stiffly. “Now, as you must have already noticed, the computers are gone – DON’T, Mr. Weasley, make a snide remark, I don’t want to hear it.”
She must be on her period.
Fred gaped at her indignantly, his arms spread. “What the fuck?” He whispered. Alex bit her lip to keep from bursting out laughing.
The teacher’s lips pursed slightly before she continued. “We are starting a new unit today. It is called Family and Home, and you will each be assigned a partner. We will first start off with learning how to cook.”
Oh, dear. Cook. Probably muggle. Which means…
“Please pass up your wands.”
With a resigned sigh, I looked sadly at my wand, then placed it in the bucket that the teacher was passing around. Apollo looked like was being physically tortured, and Dom had to gently pry the wand from his fingers.
Looks like he’s also got issues with leaving his wand.
I knew that kid was my brother for a reason.
“Thank you,” Professor said, putting the bucket of wands on her desk. “Now, I’ll be assigning you partners. Please listen up for your names.”
You know that feeling you get? You know that something big is going to happen; you can feel it running through your veins. It’s like a tangible aura in the air around you, whispering warnings to you, telling you that everything’s about to change.
That’s what I’m feeling right now.
“Dominique Weasley and Apollo Jones, Artemis Jones and James Potter, Alexandra Lewis and Fred Weasley, Elizabeth Longbottom and Jason Black, Leanne Elliot and Drew Morris…”
Artemis Jones and James Potter.
Of course. Of course this would happen to me.
I mean, why should life be simple for me? When has life ever been simple for me?
Let me answer that one myself: that would be – oh yeah! – never.
My expression already wary, I turned to James, who looked as though he had been punched in the gut. He also looked as though he couldn’t believe his terrible luck. I swallowed thickly.
Everyone makes mistakes. I made a mistake. Why do my mistakes have to be so large? Why do my mistakes have to affect my world so much?
“Hey, partner.” I said weakly, wincing at my poor attempt to sound casual and friendly. James’ eyes turned to me, flat and emotionless. A cold fury had taken itself onto his face, and it blazed across his features, telling me everything I needed to know: He hates me for breaking him.
But he’s doing the same thing to me.
Now he’s slowly breaking me, from the inside out, starting with my heart. And just with his expression, too.
I can’t breathe without you. I’m sorry.
I wish I could say that. I wish I could scream it for him, for the world, to hear. I was willing to fling everything away and beg him to love me again.
He opened his mouth, and another fault line cracked through my chest.
And when he smiled, my whole body was healed, like I was never broken in the first place.
I don’t deserve to be forgiven, but it seems like he’s done it anyway.
He’s too good for me. He’s always been too good for me.
hi there! so, this is probably the last updaet i'll be able to make before the staff has their vacation. and then i'm gone all of august to go to india, which means...no updates until school starts.
sad, i know.
but you shall endure, right? right! because you are a bunch of resilient people and i love you for it, because it means that you've put up with artemis for this long, even though she is one extremely annoying girl.
see, i was having a dilemna. i didnt know whether i should update this or Welcome To the Chase, but since i left you at an awful cliffy, i thought i should give you this one, even though i just updated this and left my ariadne-lovers hanging.
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ps - my hair has finally started to cooperate! it now curls nicely to the middle of my back, and my bangs don't need to be twitched out of my face.
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