Chapter 4 : Friends and Other Company
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Rose was sitting on the edge of her hospital bed and looking around as Madam Pomfrey was walking back and forth from opposite sides of the room—trying to mend one broken bone at a time.
Looking down at Rose’s ankle, she threw her hands in the air. “You two have completely emptied the supply closet,” she looked over her shoulder at Malfoy, who met her gaze but shamefully reverted his eyes back down to his own broken wrist.
Madam Pomfrey stood up and said, “I'm going to see if I can find more bandages. You two make sure you stay put and don’t move. Knowing you two, I’ll come back to more damage.”
Rose took a deep breath. The air was filled with a silent tension. She unconsciously began to grind her teeth together—an old habit.
Hearing this, Scorpius’ skin began to crawl. The sound of grinding teeth was as bad as fingers scraping down a chalk board. He looked up at her with a look of disbelief and annoyance on his face. “Would you stop doing that?” he asked with fierceness in his voice. Rose looked at him with an emotionless face; she stopped and whipped her head back around to face forward.
The silence continued for what seemed like forever, until a light knock came from the huge doors that led to the hospital wing. Rose looked up and saw the faces of her closest friends coming toward her. Albus and Stacy came toward her, gave her a light hug, and sat down in the guest seats beside the bed; Benjamin, though, was a different story: he walked in with worry written on his face. He looked as if he thought Rose had died. He walked up to her and gave her a kiss before sitting down beside her on the bed and lightly wrapping his arm around her.
They were all quiet at first, but Ben looked at Rose, and knowing what she was thinking, he broke the awful silence. “How are you holding up?” he asked while giving her a gentle squeeze.
She looked at him and smiled, “I'm fine. I’ve fought better before, though.” Her smile fell a little at the thought that she hadn’t given her best. Albus looked at her, knowing that kind of smile only appeared on Rose’s face when she was disappointed. Rose looked him in the eye and asked, “What?” while trying to hide her expression.
Albus, not wanting to upset his cousin, looked away and said, “Nothing.”
Stacy thought for a minute and then said, “You know people are talking about what happened.”
Rose looked at her and rolled her eyes. “People are always talking,” she shook her head and continued, “But what exactly are they saying this time?”
Benjamin spoke up, “The same stuff as usual. That Malfoy tortured you and they found you just in time because Malfoy almost killed you. Oh, and that you were saved practically an inch away from death.”
“So dramatic,” Rose groaned and turned red. She started to rant, “You know, people really annoy me with that kind of talk! Am I seriously not strong enough to be the one who leaves Malfoy an inch away from death?”
Benjamin rubbed her back. “Rose, calm down. It’s not that big of a deal; we all know you are just as strong as Malfoy.”
Rose closed her eyes and relaxed a little. “It’s just annoying, is all.”
“I know,” Ben said like her dad.
Albus laughed at the scene in front of him.
“What's so funny, dear cousin?” She asked, eyeing him.
“Nothing. I just can’t wait until the next time we have a family dinner and to hear how altered this story is by then.” Albus couldn’t stop laughing. Rose shook her head while laughing with him; she knew he was right. Their family had a way of taking the most innocent thing and turning it into “the world is going to end.” It wasn’t that they lied, it was just the way news got around.
Benjamin and Stacy watched them with confused looks on their faces since they didn’t know exactly what they were referring to. They were about to ask when they heard the double doors open.
Draco Malfoy stood in the door and looked at his son disappointedly. Scorpius could feel his father’s eyes bore into him, and he looked up from the floor and over to his father.
“You,” Draco pointed to Scorpius, “Out here now.” Draco had one of those voices that was not meant to be disobeyed.
Scorpius stood up slowly and strode over to his father with fake confidence plastered on his face.
Draco looked over at Rose with a harsh look in his crystal blue eyes. He nodded his head to her and turned around without hesitation.
Scorpius met his mother and father outside in the hall. His mother’s eyes were wide, which meant she was afraid of something. He looked his dad in the eyes and spoke: “Father.”
Draco grabbed his son’s shoulder as soon as he was within reaching distance. “What were you thinking?” He asked sharply.
“Father, I didn’t mean to,” he tried to explain.
“Now, you listen to me, boy, and you better not do any selective hearing with this statement,” he said while shooting his eyes into Scorpius. “You stay away from that girl. I mean it.”
Scorpius winced as his father tightened the grasp on his shoulder. Draco looked at his son’s expression and released him from his grip, realizing he was becoming a little too much like his father. He closed his eyes and breathed, then turned around and left before he did anything else he might regret later.
Scorpius looked to his mother. “I'm sorry, mom, I didn’t mean to hurt her that bad...”
“Scorpius, stop.” She looked at him sternly. “I raised you better than that.”
“I know you did,” he said as he broke eye contact with her.
“Scorpius, look at me when I speak to you,” she said in a gentle voice. Scorpius met her eyes. Astoria searched them as if she was looking for something. Speaking to herself in a whispered tone, she said, “Oh, how much like your father you are.” Shaking her head of the thought, she came back to reality and said, “Listen to your father.” Then she gave Scorpius a light kiss on the forehead and walked off to meet her husband outside.
Scorpius didn’t like the thought that he had upset his mother; he didn’t like the fact he had upset his father either, but that was for an entirely different reason. He looked over to the entrance of the hospital wing, not wanting to go back, but knowing he had to. Taking his dear, sweet time, he walked back inside the room.
A/N: Okay I'm sorry that I haven’t updated in so long and I'm so sorry that it is with such a lame chapter but good new is that the other chapters are coming a long great I will try to update more. The next chapeter is literally almost done and will be up shprtly. It is also longer and filled with more Rose/ Scorpius scenes :)
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