Chapter 3 : Someone Else's Girfriend
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I woke up the next morning before any of the other girls in my dorm. I hadn’t heard Anna or Scarlet come back last night, but when I looked over at their beds they were asleep under their covers.
Margaux Littleton and Mary McDonald, the other two girls in our year were still asleep too, so I quietly got out of bed and dressed myself.
I was supposed to meet Alex this morning before breakfast so I quietly snuck down the stairs and into the common room.
I stopped at the foot of the stairs, taking in the site of the completely blown up common room. McGonagall would have a fit if she saw this.
I heard some gentle snoring coming from somewhere and I peered over the couch, a mischievous smile creeping onto my face when I recognized the sleeping lump as James Potter.
Sirius was draped over an armchair in the corner, Remus was nowhere to be found, and Peter was curled up on the table, his legs twitching slightly.
I kneeled down next to the couch, being careful to be quiet. Potter’s breathing was steady, his messy dark hair stuck up all over the place and his black-rimmed glasses were clutched loosely in his hand that was spilling over the edge of the couch.
I leaned forward slightly to that my mouth was dangerously close to Potter’s face.
“Good Morning!” I shouted happily in his ear.
“Whazzat!” Potter jerked upright, almost smacking me in the face with his hand and a giggle escaped my lips as he stared wildly around the room for the source of his abrupt awakening.
He shoved his glasses onto his face and his hazel eyes focused on me kneeling in front of him. Miraculously, Sirius and Peter had slept through all the commotion.
“Ugh,” Potter groaned, laying his head back down on the couch. “Morning, Evans.”
“Have fun last night?” I asked loudly, smiling as he pressed his eyes shut and rubbed his temples.
“Has your voice always been this shrill?And loud?” Potter mumbled, rolling over onto his back and draping his arm over his eyes.
“Aw, I think someone’s hung-over,” I said, making sure that my voice was as shrill as I could get it. I mussed his hair roughly before getting back to my feet.
“I hate you,” Potter groaned, remaining motionless on the couch.
“And I hate you” I said fondly, watching as his mouth twitched in a smile. I turned on my heel and slipped out of the portrait hole.
I walked quickly down the empty halls towards the front doors where I was supposed to meet Alex. I turned the corner in front of the Great Hall and my breath caught in my chest when I spotted him.
I still wasn’t used to the feeling I got when I saw him; that feeling in my stomach like when you miss a step going down stairs. Alex heard my steps and turned towards me, giving me a lopsided smile that made my heart stop.
Alex was a fifth year, like me, but in Hufflepuff. His dark brown hair fell just above his bright blue eyes that sparkled in the morning sunlight.
He grabbed my hand when I came within reach and pulled me through the large oak front doors without a word. The warm spring air whirled around me, intoxicating me with its sweet scent as Alex pulled me across the grounds towards the owlery.
“Alex, where are we going?” I giggled as our feet squished through the soft earth.
“It’s really nice out today,” Alex called over his shoulder, shooting me another heart-stopping smile. “I have the perfect spot.”
We reached the large owlery tower but instead of ascending the stairs, he pulled me around the back of the tower where the edge of the forbidden forest loomed.
“Alex, I wanted to talk to you about something first,” I said nervously when we stopped walking. After my conversation with Anna and Scarlet last night about my relationship with Alex, I wanted to clear things up.
“We can talk in a minute,” Alex said taking a few steps towards me and my mind went fuzzy. I couldn’t think anything coherent when he was so close to me.
I blushed and looked towards the lake that was still slightly visible from where we stood. I wasn’t very good at this whole romance thing, yet.
I felt Alex’s fingers trace my jaw and lift my chin up towards him. My eyes flitted back to his face just briefly before I closed my eyes and let his lips touch mine.
The novelty of kissing someone for the first time was still there and my skin tingled at his touch. I was still new at this and I never wanted to stop. I brought my hands up to his face, feeling like I could go on like this for hours. But somewhere in the back of my mind I knew that there was something I had wanted to ask him…
What was it I wanted to talk about? Everything in my brain was so fuzzy and all I could concentrate on was the way Alex laced his arms around my back, pulling me closer.
“Alex,” I breathed, trying to break off our kiss.
“Mmm,” Alex murmured absently, moving in for another kiss.
“Wait,” I said, bringing my hands around to the front of his face and pushing it slightly away from me
“Wahfudoin,” Alex tried to say something but my hand was covering his mouth. I let out a small laugh and dropped my hands from his face.
“Sorry,” I smiled innocently at him. “I just wanted to ask you something and if you keep kissing me like that I’ll never remember it.”
Alex sighed and unwound his arms from around me, leaning his shoulder against the owlery.
“Everything ok?” Alex asked, frowning slightly, obviously peeved that I’ve broken off our snog session.
I nodded and bit my lip, trying to re-compose myself.
“Erm… I was just wondering,” I started, dropping my eyes to my feet. I felt myself blush before I’d even said the words and I hoped Alex didn’t notice. “What exactly… are we?”
I glanced up at him and he was watching me carefully, his eyes squinted slightly as if he were thinking really hard about something.
“Er… I dunno,” Alex said truthfully. “What did you… want to be?”
“Well,” I stuttered. “I thought maybe we shouldn’t keep this—us—a secret anymore, for a start…”
Alex nodded and I couldn’t tell if he was just considering the idea or saying yes to it.
“So would that make me your…boyfriend, then?” Alex asked, his blue eyes twinkling in the hazy sunlight.
“Only if you want to be,” I said quickly, not wanting him to be pressured into it.
“So then I guess you would be my girlfriend,” Alex said, taking a step towards me, one corner of his mouth turning up in a smile.
“Only if you want me to be,” I said again meekly, my brain going spazzy at his proximity.
“I want you to be,” Alex smiled, his fingers lightly entwining with mine. Did he have any idea the effect he had on me? It was like I lost all my senses when I was around him. I’d never felt anything that powerful before… but I suppose that kind of goes along with the whole first romance thing…
“So, er…” Alex said quietly in my ear, giving me goosebumps.
“Oh!” I gasped, catching his drift. “Right! Snogging!”
Alex laughed loudly at my spazziness but I silenced him by pressing my lips to his. Maybe I was better at this whole romance thing than I thought…
* * * *
An hour of snogging later and my lips were about ready to fall off. Alex and I agreed to take a break and get some breakfast. Plus, I was eager to tell Scarlet and Anna about what had happened this morning.
“What are you up to after breakfast?” Alex asked, our clasped hands swinging carelessly between us as we walked back up to the castle.
“I have to do some major studying for O.W.L.s,” I said, trying not to think of all the hours I’d have to spend in the library to make up for yesterday.
“I thought maybe we could hang out later?” Alex said, pulling me up the stone steps towards the front door.
“Oh,” I said, frowning. “I just have a lot of studying to do. I didn’t get anything done yesterday…”
“Oh,” Alex said, his face falling slightly. I wasn’t trying to blow him off or anything, I really did have to study… I couldn’t afford to let myself get distracted with exams so close…
We pushed open the front doors and people were filtering into the Great Hall for breakfast. Alex reached down for my hand again but a figure ascending the stairs from the dungeons made me quickly pull my hand away.
Severus Snape, along with two other Slytherin boys were heading towards the Great Hall. Severus’s dark hair had fallen over one side of his face and I was pretty sure he hadn’t noticed me standing by the door.
“You go on ahead,” I said quickly to Alex. “I need to talk to Severus.”
“Severus Snape?” Alex asked, his eyebrows knitting together in confusion. “Why on earth d’you need to talk to him?”
“We’re kind of… friends,” I explained hastily. “I just haven’t seen him in a couple days. I want to catch up.”
Alex shrugged and stuffed his hands into his pockets, shaking his head like he still didn’t understand. He wandered off into the Great Hall and I hurried up behind Severus.
“Hey, Sev,” I said tugging on his sleeve.
Severus turned, along with the other two Slytherins who I recognized as Mulciber and Avery. The latter two gave me dirty looks and turned away, gesturing to Severus that he should do the same.
“Go on,” Sev told them and they turned back towards us incredulously. “I’ll meet you inside.”
I crossed my arms over my chest, irritated already at the Slytherins’ behavior.
Severus waited until his friends were out of site and he turned back to me, his face splitting into a smile.
“Hey Lily,” He said warmly and I frowned at him.
“Are you done?” I said acidly, my eyes flitting towards the Great Hall.
“Done with what?” Severus asked, his dark eyes were intent on my face.
“That little show for your friends?” I said without humor. “I can’t believe you’re still hanging around with them. You know what creeps they are.”
“They’re not that bad,” Severus tried to defend them, but I didn’t buy it. Mulciber and Avery had a bad reputation for cursing people—specifically muggle-borns.
“Where have you been lately? I haven’t seen you all week,” I said, trying to change the subject. Sev and I had exhausted the topic of his friends over the past year and I just wanted things to be normal between us again. I wanted it to be like when we were kids. No complications.
“I’ve just been…. studying,” Severus shrugged and I narrowed my eyes at him. I could always tell when he was lying to me.
“Come on, Sev,” I said quietly, peering up at his tall lanky figure. He had grown so tall in the past year, and he had let his hair go long. He was starting to look less like the little boy I used to play with and more like, well, a man.
“I’ve… I’ve just been busy,” Severus said, looking down at his feet. “You’ve been pretty out of it yourself, you know.”
“I’ve been studying,” I said quickly, throwing his excuse back at him.
“Is that all?” He asked and I could tell he knew I was hiding something. He knew me so well sometimes, better than I knew myself… it always surprised me.
“Well, no,” I said truthfully shuffling over towards the wall where a stone bench sat. “I actually have something I want to tell you.”
Severus followed me to the bench, his eyes were intent on my face and I felt myself blush again.
“Is everything ok?” Severus asked, concern coloring his tone.
“It’s fine,” I assured him and bit my lip, not really knowing how to continue. “You know Alex Winchester?”
Severus frowned slightly, thinking. “Er, yeah. Hufflepuff, right?”
“Right,” I said, keeping my eyes carefully trained on his face. “Well, he and I have sort of started… dating.”
Severus blinked at me and my face burned in embarrassment.
“You’re… dating him?” Severus repeated hollowly. I knew he wouldn’t be happy about this… he had always been weird anytime I mentioned boys around him. But he was supposed to be one of my best friends, right? I should be able to tell him stuff like this.
We used to tell each other everything.
“Aren’t you happy for me?” I asked, slightly hurt by his reaction even though I thoroughly expected it.
“I… don’t know,” Severus muttered and I frowned at him.
“You don’t know?” I repeated.
“No that’s not what I meant,” Severus said, shaking his head. He looked flustered. “I just… I never pictured you with a guy like Alex Winchester.”
“Well, who did you picture me with, James Potter?” I scoffed, my infamous temper flaring before I could stop it.
“No,” Severus growled angrily and I started a little at his reaction.
I remembered what Sirius and Remus had said last night about Severus liking me… were they right? Was the reason Severus couldn’t picture me with a guy like Alex Winchester because he had been picturing me with… himself? Was that anger in his voice right now caused by my being someone else’s girlfriend?
“Sev?” I said tentatively, reaching a hand up towards his sallow face where I pushed his dark hair out of his eyes. “Are you mad at me?”
“No,” he answered flatly, leaning forward slightly at my touch. “No, I’m not mad at you.”
“Are you sure?” I asked and Severus lifted his hand, grabbing mine where it still lingered on his face. I would have considered holding hands an intimate gesture, had it been anyone but Sev. But he was like a brother to me, it was all so natural.
“I’m not mad,” He assured me. Severus closed his eyes, pressing them shut tightly as if he were trying to suppress something… anger, perhaps? “Just… be careful alright?”
“I’m a big girl, Sev,” I rolled my eyes at him. “I think I can handle a sixteen year old boy.”
“I just don’t want you to get hurt,” Severus mumbled and I smiled warmly at him.
“Alex is nice, Sev,” I said. “I don’t think you have to worry.”
Severus nodded and let out a deep breath. He still looked really upset.
“Can I tell you what I did to Potter this morning?” I said, trying to lift his spirits. He perked up at this.
“What did you do?” Severus asked, his mouth twitching in a smile. When in doubt, the best way to cheer up Severus Snape was to relay stories of causing James Potter physical pain.
“Well, I went downstairs this morning and there he was, passed out on the couch, obviously hung-over,” I began my story, watching happily as Severus’s spirits visibly lifted. It felt good to see him smile. I was glad that he had been fairly accepting of my news about Alex and if anything, we always had our hatred of James Potter to bring us together.
* * * *
“Ok, let’s move on to Summoning Spells,” I said, flipping through my Standard Book of Spells Grade 5 book.
“Ugh, I’m completely useless at summoning,” Scarlet grumbled from the desk she was sitting on.
“All the more reason to practice, right?” I raised my eyebrows at her and she groaned in response.
The three of us had taken over an empty classroom for the afternoon to practice. Professor McGonagall had tried to kick us out but after I nearly had a nervous break down in front of her about not being able to master a simple cheering charm, she had backed out of the room very slowly and left us alone since then.
See kids? Sometimes it pays to be a neurotic psycho.
“You just have to concentrate, Scar,” I said placing the pillow we had been practicing on back on top of the desk.
“Accio!” Scarlet jabbed her wand at the pillow but instead, the bottle of ink sitting behind it flew towards her. She ducked with a shriek and the bottle of ink went sailing across the room, smashing into the far wall.
“Nice one,”Anna rolled her eyes as she flicked her wand, repairing the smashed ink bottle.
“Well at least I summoned something,” Scarlet sighed. “Can we work on something else? I’m too jittery for summoning.”
“Ok,” I said flipping through my book. “Well, we haven’t gone over color changing spells or patronuses or Alex and I became official this morning.” I let the last part slip out and I winced slightly as Scarlet and Anna realized what I just said.
“You WHAT?!” Anna shrieked dropping the ink bottle she had just repaired and it smashed into a hundred pieces again.
“I can’t believe we’ve been here for nearly two hours and you’re just telling us this now?” Scarlet scolded me, hopping off the desk and whacking me on the back of my head.
“Ow,” I muttered, tenderly rubbing my head and Scarlet stuck her tongue out at me.
“Details, please,” Anna demanded like she had been waiting forever.
“Well, this morning we were snogging behind the owlery,” I started and Scarlet giggled, interrupting me. I glared at her.
“I’m sorry,” Scarlet said, her shoulders still shaking in laughter. “It’s just… you pick the oddest places to snog people.”
“Let her finish, please,” Anna scowled at her and then turned back to me.
“Like I said,” I began again, shooting a dirty look at Scarlet who was still laughing quietly. “We were behind the owlery and I asked him what we were.”
“You asked him that while you were snogging?” Scarlet asked once she had stopped laughing.
Anna and I both glared at her.
“Obviously we had stopped snogging by then,” I rolled my eyes. “And I said that maybe we shouldn’t keep it a secret anymore and long story short, he called me his girlfriend.”
Anna squealed and hugged me and I felt like I was trapped in some cheesy teen drama movie.
“I’ve never been anybody’s girlfriend before,” I said, shaking my head. I still hadn’t been able to wrap my head around that thought… I was officially Alex Winchester’s girlfriend. Oh Merlin, I can die happy now.
“This is so exciting,” Scarlet beamed at me and I couldn’t help but giggle a little. It was hard to be worried about O.W.L.s when everything else in my life was so good…
“There’s more…?” Anna guessed, studying my face carefully.
“Er… well, I told Severus,” I said. I wasn’t too sure how they would react to that. I never talked about Severus with them.
“And?” Scarlet pressed. “What did he say?”
“I dunno,” I said, frowning at the desk. “He just seemed…upset. Remus and Sirius reckon he fancies me.”
“Of course he does,” Anna said like it was obvious. “We’ve known that since like, third year.”
“I just don’t see it,” I shook my head. “We’re just friends, we’ve always just been friends. He’s never hinted that he wanted something more.”
“And what would have happened if he had?” Scarlet raised her eyebrows at me.
“Nothing… I’m not interested in him like that,” I assured her, but she still looked skeptical. “Really. It’s like you and Sirius, right? You grew up together and you’re just friends. There’s nothing romantic about it.”
“Urgh, please don’t compare Snape to Sirius…” Scarlet grumbled, dropping her violet eyes to the floor. Anna and I exchanged a quick look but said nothing.
“If anything, I’m sure Severus is just glad it’s Alex and not James Potter,” Anna said, trying to lighten the mood. “He’ll come around, don’t worry.”
I nodded, biting my bottom lip as I looked back down at my Charms book.
“Ok, let’s try some colour-changing charms,” I suggested, trying to push all thoughts of Alex and Severus from my mind so I could finally concentrate on the exams that lay ahead of me…
A/N: Hey everyone! I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who's reviewed so far! It's great to hear feedback! Thanks everyone for reading :)
Second, sorry for all the mushy stuff with Alex... I felt like it was important that you guys get a taste of the relationship between him and Lily. And same with Severus... it's all important I promise!!!!
(and just to give you a clue as to what happens in the next chapter, it involves Snape's Worst Memory.... )
Thanks again for reading!!!
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