Chapter 10 : Burgers, Bad endings and Birth Rights
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“Bloody hell what happened to you mate?” he asked as he examined Ali’s injuries.
“Well, after we exposed Summersby as an angry fraud, he went kinda ape shit on me,” Ali explained. “We had a word though, me and Mace, I think he’ll leave us alone now.”
“Good, I never liked that creep,” James snarled slightly at the thought of Summersby tricking Amy and hurting Ali.
“Yeah well the girls have been looking for you, you’ve been MIA all day,” Ali said, a concerned note creeping into his voice.
“Sorry Ali, I had some stuff to sort out. I’m going to head up to bed early, could you let the girls know where I am please mate?” James asked, yawning to prove his point.
“Yeah, of course James, they’ll be down soon enough now they know you’re back,” Ali replied, patting James on the back as he headed upstairs.
James had been lying on his bed for less than five minutes when he heard the door open. He looked up, unsure who he was hoping it was. The way his heart soared when he saw Amy told him his answer. She looked as though she’d been through the wars, she was ragged and messy. Still, after everything he’d been through that day, it had been Amy that had gotten him through it, without even being there. He loved her and today of all days; it was time to show her.
Bloody hell he looks a wreck. But he’s your wreck. After nearly losing everything today, I think it’s about time to listen to your heart for once.
Amy for once couldn’t argue with the voice in her head. She’d discovered her boyfriend was an ugly loser, nearly gotten expelled by her worst enemy and almost lost her best friend. The time for throwing the cards on the table had come.
“Hey James, I was worried about you,” she spoke softly, sitting beside him and rubbing his arms.
“Yeah well things got kind of heavy in there with Lupin. I told him everything and he just looked so pathetic. Like he was broken by it. I couldn’t hurt him as I had planned, it wasn’t right. So I just modified his memory so he won’t remember the talk we had. What about you, you look like you’ve had a barrel of laughs.”
“Well,” Amy sighed. “Turns out David was a lying, ugly, uncaring freak who tricked me. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I had to worry about you getting expelled and then Clearwater turned up. She tried to knock both me and Laura out so she could modify our memories and make everyone think I attacked her and Laura.”
“Shit,” James groaned. “I’m sorry. I knew about Summersby but if I’d known Clearwater was going to pull a stunt like that…”
“Don’t be sorry. It’s not your fault. I can’t help but worry about you, just as you worry about me.”
“Yeah but I shouldn’t have left you knowing who Summersby was. Nor should I have gone gallivanting off and nearly ruining everything.”
“You could never ruin things James, not when I love you.”
The words seemed to sink in slightly to James as Amy shifted closer to him. He gazed into her eyes and after recomposing himself, James breathed heavily.
“I love you too Amy. More than I could ever love anyone else.”
He found himself dragged in closer to her. Their heads was so close they were almost touching and then as Amy smiled, he moved in so he couldn’t see her lips. James had no idea what he was doing as they lingered there for a few seconds. They both wanted to kiss the other but were so afraid of the other pulling out that they hung there, inches apart, both too terrified to move. Then, without even thinking, Amy kissed him. Their lips met and as they did so, James knew this was right. If there had been a single doubt in either one of their minds that they were perfect for each other, it was dispelled. The magic and sparks that seemed to erupt from James’ heart told him the whole story. After about a second, the tentativeness disappeared as they both felt it. James kissed back, biting Amy’s bottom lip gently as they both moved their arms towards the other. Fierceness overcame their kissing as James ran his hands through Amy’s matted hair and she lay her hands on his chest, rubbing his torso gently. Just as James went to remove her shirt, the door slammed shut and the incessant sobbing that could be heard on the other side told the whole story.
“Oh fuck!” James cried, pulling away and jumping towards the door before turning back to Amy. “I’m so sorry but I need to talk to her. This was…”
“Brilliant,” Amy breathed. “Don’t ruin it because of your guilt at dumping her.”
James nodded hesitantly and chased Laura down the stairs.
Laura tore through the common room and breakneck pace and was out the portrait within a flash, a trail of tears following her. James was as quick as he’d been in his whole life and flitted out the portrait hole, catching up to Laura and attempting to pull her into a hug. Laura shoved him off and James stood back raising his arms defensively.
“Listen Laura, I’m really sorry,” he started.
“Don’t be,” Laura sobbed. “It’s not as if you’ve made a mug of me or anything.”
“Seven months James Black. I’ve loved you for seven months. I still love you,” Laura cut in.
“Look Laura, I love you I do. It was just a mistake. I didn’t mean for this to happen,” James pleaded.
“Look James, I’m not going to ask you to choose between me and Amy. It’s obvious you love her more and I was nothing more than something to fill your time until it happened.”
“No Laura,” James grasped her hand. “Yes, I love Amy and yes I should’ve told you but I love you too. I always thought I’d never have a chance with Amy, that we were nothing more than friends. Clearly I was wrong. I thought if I couldn’t have Amy, I’d be mad to turn down a beautiful, funny, smart, amazing girl like you!”
“So I was a consolation prize?” Laura asked indignantly.
“Look Laura, look at it that way if you want but I do love you. You’re the perfect girlfriend and these seven months have been the best of my life…”
“But I’m not Amy?” Laura finished for him.
“I’m sorry. I never meant for this to happen. I always thought you and I would go the distance and Amy would find someone else and we’d both be happy,” James said, trying hard to keep Laura on side.
“Look James, I’m not angry,” Laura soothed. “I’m gutted, I can’t quite believe this has happened but I’m not angry. If you love Amy then you can’t help it and I know that you were as into this as I was. You’ve been the first guy to really bring me to life in a relationship and I wouldn’t undo any moment of the last seven months. Don’t think of this as a bad ending, think of a new beginning. We can still be friends, I hope.”
She kissed James softly and he hugged her. For a few minutes he held her as she wept, letting her exhaust herself, knowing it was the least he could do after breaking her heart…
“Well, how did it go?” Amy asked nervously as James slumped back onto his bed beside her. “It can’t have gone too well, you’ve been gone a while.”
“Yeah well she cried, a lot!” James sighed. “I think she’ll be okay though. And we’re going to stay friends at least, she’s not angry about you and me, she’s just heartbroken.”
“I’m sorry James,” Amy whispered.
“Don’t be,” James replied. “I love you and it’s about time we got together. I just wish I’d had a chance to end things better with Laura. She deserves better.”
“Yeah,” Amy acknowledged. “Can we not talk about Laura anymore? I think we need to make up for lost time. After all, we’ve loved each other for months without telling each other, we’re slightly behind the times. But we’re here now, so let’s make this moment last…”
Macey was nothing short of a pig at breakfast time. Ali would never kiss her between 8am and 10am, simply because he couldn’t stand the smell of bacon and BBQ sauce on her breath. Maybe he was a bit fussy, but on some occasions it seemed like she went all out to prove his point.
“Burgers Macey? Are you kidding me?” Ali exclaimed.
“What’s wrong with burgers?” Macey asked in between bites of her triple decker.
“Absolutely nothing but when you have three layers of crap in them and eat it at this time of the morning there’s something wrong with you,” Ali retorted smugly.
“Fine, your loss,” Macey shrugged and continued to tear her teeth into her meal. Ali returned to his cereal and had to admit that a burger did sound pretty good even at that moment in time. He reached towards her plate with his hand, only for her wand to appear from nowhere and press threateningly against his hand.
“Fuck off,” Macey murmured absent-mindedly, as if his attempt to steal her breakfast was nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Ali scowled and sat back, noticing Amy and James enter. They were smiling and holding hands, cuddling up to each other even more than usual. Ali nudged Macey and as she caught sight of them she almost choked, spraying Ali with dismembered burger bits.
“You don’t think…” Macey cried excitedly.
“Hey guys,” Amy said as they sat down. “We have something to tell you.”
“Oh my god, you guys are together aren’t you?” Macey squealed, leaping up and suffocating Amy with a hug. James nodded and winked at Ali who grinned triumphantly and clasped his best mate’s hand.
“Yep, it’s official, we’re a couple,” Amy grinned, kissing James on the cheek.
“How’s Laura taken the news?” Ali asked, glaring slightly at James.
“Better than could have been expected,” James replied. “She cried for a bit but we’ll hopefully stay friends.”
“Well here she comes now,” Macey interrupted. “Good luck guys.”
Laura strolled down the Gryffindor table. It was only when she got near that Amy could see she’d been crying, though she’d done well to cover up her red eyes and blotched makeup but it was there. He reached the four and smiled wearily at James, who smiled back as apologetically as he could. Laura’s eyes met Amy’s and she nodded, managing to keep her face pleasant. Amy could see this was tough for her but she was managing well. In time, things would get better for everyone. Until then, Amy knew they’d just have to get on with their lives and try to cope as well as they could. Looking across at her boyfriend she knew they were perfect for each other and she was happy. Happier than she’d been in a long time…
James Black was happy. It had always seemed like fate that he and Amy Hunt would end up together. Especially after their parents. It seemed as though they were born to be together. Their new found relationship was like their birth-right. And now they were together, there was nothing in the world that would stop them...
A/N: Hey guys, this is the penultimate chapter so when Chapter 11 comes up that is it for LP 2 :( However, for those of you who love the series, have no fear, after a brief One-Shot called One Starry Night, Lost Potters 3: Careful What You Wish For, will be up on the site :D I'm stupidly excited about it and I hope you guys enjoy it. But for now, please please please Read and Review :) HP
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