Chapter 4 : Fights and Friends
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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival – C. S. Lewis
Something weird was going on. Lex wouldn’t look at me and she was chewing nervously on her hair, Lex never avoids looking at me.
“Lex, are you okay?” I asked.
She wasn’t acting like herself. She was never nervous.
She jumped and forced a smile. My eyebrows knitted together in concern. She was hiding something from me. I could see guilt and fear in her blue eyes.
I suddenly grabbed her arm and dragged her into an empty classroom. I crossed my arms angrily over my chest and glared at her.
“What aren’t you telling me?” I demanded to know.
She slowly and reluctantly pulled her hair out of her mouth.
“Please don’t hate me.” she begged. Her wide eyes stared at me pleadingly.
“Lex,” my glare softened. I put my hands on her shoulders. “I could never hate you, no matter what you do.”
She bit her lip and mumbled something incoherently.
“Speak up, Lex,” I gently commanded.
Whatever she did I’m sure it’s not as bad as she thinks it is. I’m usually the one that overreacts, not Lex. Lex was always the one calming me down and making sure I don’t kill someone. If it wasn’t for Lex I would have killed Malfoy by now, multiple times.
“I have a boyfriend.” She said miserably.
I smiled brightly. “Lex, that’s great.” I don’t understand why she’s so upset. Having a boyfriend is a good thing, not that I want a boyfriend but it’s a good thing for her. I just don’t understand Lex sometimes. “Who it is?” I asked.
She opened her mouth to tell me when I glanced at my watch and swore loudly. I jumped up and grabbed her hand to pull her to her feet.
“We’re late for defense.” I yelled.
We sprinted as fast as we could through the maze like corridors until we finally reached the Defense against the Dark Arts classroom.
“You’re late.” Professor Lambert stated.
Gee, thanks. I had no idea we were late. He hates me, I swear, and for no reason. He hates me as much as I hate Scorpius Malfoy.
“Sorry, Professor,” I panted.
He glared at me. If look could kill I’m positive I’d be dead. “If you’re late again I’ll give you detention for a month, Miss Weasley,”
He resumed his lecture as Lex and I took our seats. Roxy smiled at me and blew on her nails. She paints her nails a different color every 10 minutes, no joke. She cares way too much about what she looks like.
I slowly pulled out my books. I tuned out Professor Lambert’s lecture, like I did every defense class, and glanced around the room. I spotted Al and Scorpius two tables over from Lex and me. Al furiously took notes and Scorpius, as usual, had his feet propped up on the table and he was leaning calmly back in his chair. I scowled and my blood boiled just at the sight of him. I hate him. I hate him so much. With a start, I realized he wasn’t smirking at me; that was a first. In every class we had together he would annoy me every chance he got and smirk that awful smirk at me, but not today. Today he was staring at Lex and smiling, not smirking, smiling. It was strange but good. He was finally leaving me alone. A huge smile lit my face, but he was staring at Lex. The smile slid off my lips just as quickly as it had come. Why was he staring at Lex? Why was he smiling, not smirking, at her?
I glanced back and forth between them in confusion. Lex’s eyes met mine. I tilted my head and nodded toward Scorpius. She turned to look at him then stared down at the table. She bit her lip and glanced at me nervously.
An uneasy feeling filled me. What was going on? I glanced between Lex and Scorpius again.
“Please don’t hate me,” Lex whispered to me. Her eyes begged me for forgiveness for whatever it was that she had done.
Then it clicked. My mouth fell open and my eyes widened. I stared at Lex as though I didn’t know who she was. Scorpius was Lex’s boyfriend! Scorpius Malfoy, the devil and my enemy, was dating sweet, innocent little Lex, my best friend.
“You didn’t, Lex. Please tell me you didn’t.” Maybe I was wrong, maybe I was jumping to conclusions. I hope I’m wrong. Please say I’m wrong.
“I’m sorry, Rose.” She whispered apologetically.
I stared at her in shock. No, this can’t be happening. My best friend can’t be dating my enemy. It’s not possible. I’m dreaming. None of this is real, it can’t be. Lex wouldn’t do that to me but looking into her apologetic eyes I realized she had. For a minute all I could feel was betrayal, then anger.
My hands shook and I balled them up into fists. I glared at Lex. She flinched away from me and lowered her eyes to the table. She looked like she was about to cry but I didn’t care, I was too angry at her to care. I clenched my jaw and tried to keep myself from screaming at her. I don’t understand. How could she do this? How could she possibly date him? He’s arrogant, cocky, selfish, extremely irritating, and not at all attractive. Okay, so he might be a little attractive, just a little bit, but that doesn’t matter. Lex can’t possibly like him; there’s nothing likable about him.
Lex glanced nervously at me and then I saw her gaze flicker toward Malfoy and my anger flared stronger than before. I had never been so angry or felt so betrayed. I could feel my cheeks flushing in anger and I bit my tongue so I wouldn’t start screaming at Lex in the middle of class.
“Rose,” Lex pleaded. She placed a gentle hand on my shaking fists and I jerked them away from her touch.
I was so angry I could barely think. What was Lex thinking? She barely knew him. Why didn’t she tell me she liked him? Why didn’t she warn me? This isn’t like her. She would never do something like this to me, but she did. This doesn’t make any sense.
I didn’t know what to feel. I felt like crying and punching something as hard as I can at the same time. She’s dating Scorpius Malfoy. I can’t believe it, I don’t believe it. What is going on?
The seconds ticked by slowly. Each second felt like an eternity. I couldn’t hold in my anger any longer. I snapped my head toward Lex. I glared at her with livid eyes and she winced.
“Why, Lex, why?” I screamed at her. The class grew silent and stared at me but I didn’t care. “What were you thinking? Are you insane?”
I ran both hands through my hair and screamed in frustration before grabbing my bag and marching out of class just before the tears started to fall down my cheeks. I ignored professor Lambert’s threats of detention that he cried toward my retreating back.
“Rose!” Lex yelled after me. I ignored her and wiped furiously at my wet cheeks. “Rose, please, let me explain.” Lex grabbed my arm and I spun around to face her.
“Explain? There is no explanation, Lex. Why are you doing this! You know what he’s like, why would you date someone like him?”
She reached up and wiped my tears away while her own tears leaked from her eyes.
“I didn’t mean to hurt you, Rose, I would never do that.” She whispered. “He’s not as bad as you think he is. He can be really nice.”
I shook my head in disbelief. Scorpius Malfoy, nice? The day he is nice is the day the world ends.
“Lex, I don’t understand. You have to be crazy to even consider dating him!” I screamed at her and jerked out of her reach. I paced up and down the hallway. “You’ve gone insane, Lex! Why would yo-” I was cut off by the ground colliding with my face. I swore as loudly as I could and rubbed my throbbing nose. It was just my luck to fall flat on my face when I was in the middle of an angry rant. “Stupid floor.” I grumbled to myself as I slowly pushed myself back onto my feet. “That floor wasn’t there a minute ago.”
I looked at Lex and her eyes danced with amusement. She had her hand over her mouth to contain her laughter. I stared at her emotionlessly for a second before bursting into laughter. Lex rushed forward and hugged me tightly. We hugged each other and laughed uncontrollably.
“I love you, Rose.” Lex said as she wiped tears of laughter out of her eyes. “I’m really sorry.”
I hugged her again. “I love you too, Lex, and no idiotic thing you do is ever going to change that.” I told her.
“Will you please give him a chance?” She begged. Her big eyes widened. Oh-no. I can never resist her ‘innocent’ face. “For me, Rose. He’s not like you think he is. Just give him a chance. I really like him and I think you would too if you let him show you how nice he can really be.”
Must refuse face, must refuse face. I can’t refuse that face. “Okay,” I reluctantly agreed. “But if he does anything to annoy me I’m going to punch him.”
Lex nodded her head and smiled. “Okay. You’re the best friend anyone can ever have.” She linked her arm with mine.
I tugged her arm and pulled her toward the kitchen. “I’m hungry.”
She laughed, “You’re always hungry, Rose.”
I smiled. I love Lex, no matter what she does.
I slipped out of James’s, another one of my many cousins, room with the marauders map hidden under my jacket. I snuck back down the staircase to the boys’ dorm and prayed that James wouldn’t catch me. He’d kill me if he knew I was borrowing his precious map. I dashed out of the common room and breathed a sigh of relief that James hadn’t been in there before tapping the map with my wand.
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” I muttered and instantly ink lines spread from the point where my wand tapped the once blank parchment.
I scanned every inch of the map until I finally found the name I was looking for.
“Mischief managed,” I mumbled before marching off in the direction of the library.
I passed a group of giggling girls and they instantly stopped their chatter as soon as they saw me. I rolled my eyes at them. They had obviously been talking about me. The whole school knew how much I hate Scorpius Malfoy and now my best friend is dating the little devil.
I marched loudly into the library where the crazy old librarian shot me a deadly glare but I ignored her. My eyes searched the rows until I spotted him at a secluded table in the back corner doing his astronomy homework.
I slammed my hand on the table in front of him and he didn’t even flinch. He looked up slowly with that infuriating smirk on his face. His pale blonde hair fell in his eyes and he did nothing to push them back.
“Rosie,” he said calmly with a smirk. My hands curled into fists. I wanted nothing more than to smack that silly little smirk off his face.
“Listen to me, Malfoy,” I commanded dangerously. His smirk grew. “If you even think about hurting Lex I will kill you with my bare hands. Do you understand me?”
His eyes sparkled in amusement and I gritted my teeth. I hate him. He stared straight into my eyes.
“I would never hurt Lex,” he said sincerely. “She’s special. Why would I want to hurt her?” he asked.
I put my hands on the table and leaned forward.
“Because that’s what you do, it’s who you are. You can’t help but be an insufferable prat,” I smiled sweetly at him. “She deserves so much better than you. She doesn’t even like you.”
He smiled right back at me. “Then why is she dating me?”
I pushed my wild curls out of my face in annoyance. “She had a momentary lapse of judgment.”
“Sure she did little Rosie,”
I leaned in even closer to him so that our noses were almost touching and glared at him with a fiery hatred.
“I mean what I say. Don’t hurt her, or I will make your life a living hell,” I threatened. “Do you understand?”
He smirked. “You don’t have to worry about anything. I’m not going to hurt her.”
I bit back a response and turned on my heel to storm out of the library while ignoring the stares that followed me.
Its official, Lex is insane.
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