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Chapter 8 : Step 8: The Jealous One and On/Off Love
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"That arrogant, egotistical, self-centered, son of a bitch!" Rose threw another vase against the wall. It broke with a satisfying shattering sound. Albus yawned as he repaired the pieces and summoned them back to the table.
"This is the fourth time you two have broken up; surely, you can't have anything more to fight about." Rose glared at her cousin.
"It's the third time actually. And we have plenty to argue about, thanks to that bastard." The door opened as she threw a plate at it. Lily carefully stuck her head in and looked around the room.
"Hey, Rose, I thought you'd be in here. Hi, Al, what are you doing?" The older two waved at the newcomer.
"Hello, Lily, we're just holed up in the Room of Requirement, getting over Rose's latest break-up." The fifteen-year-old grinned.
"Oh, isn't this the fifth time they've ended it?"
"Third," Rose snapped, getting tired of throwing things. She sat down next to Albus. Lily sat cross-legged in front of her brother and cousin.
"What did he do this time?" She asked, wearily. Albus snorted and then tried to look sorry about it.
"I saw him talking to Rebecca Warwick in the hall yesterday." Twin blank stares were all she got in response. "And her boobs were practically hanging out of her shirt. And you know she's had her eye on him for years." Lily opened her mouth and then closed it. Then she opened it again.
"Um, Rosie, don't you think you're overreacting a little?" Rose stared incredulously at Lily.
"Not at all. No girl can look at my man. Ever." Albus glanced at his sister.
"He really isn't your 'man' anymore Rose. He's his own person." Rose snorted.
"Not if I have anything to say about it! He's mine." Before either of her cousins could protest, they all heard a knock on the door.
"Rose? Rose, I know you're in there; I can see the door! Let me in." The three looked at each other.
"Let him in; you need to talk, and the room didn't hide the door. You obviously want to talk to him." Rose rolled her eyes, but didn't hex Albus, who considered himself very lucky to get off unscathed. She stood up and held out her arms.
"Alright, Room, let him in." The door opened and a boy with blond hair and blue gray eyes entered.
"Hello, Albus.. Lily." The Potter siblings nodded at him.
"Hey, Scorpius," Lily replied, assuming she was allowed to speak and look at him, as she was his girlfriend's cousin and, therefore, not a threat. Rose didn't hex her either, so she figured she'd assumed right.
"What do you want, Malfoy?" Rose's voice slashed across the room like a whip.
"On last name basis are we, Weasley?"
"Don't you get mouthy with me! I'm mad at you and that doesn't help! What the hell were you thinking?" Scorpius matched her, glare for glare.
"I was thinking that I was talking to a housemate about a homework assignment! Why are you always so damn possessive?"
"Did you look at her boobs?" Scorpius blinked.
"When you ask me questions like that, there is no safe answer." Albus grinned from his seat.
"That's true, Rosie."
"Shut up, Albus," snapped Rosie and Lily.
"Leave Al alone, Rosie! He's the only one ever on my side."
"He is not! He's my cousin, not yours. And don't call me Rosie; I don't like it."
"But Al just did, and you didn't say anything to him." Lily thought that sometimes Scorpius just liked to throw more fuel on the fire. That was all very well for him, but she would have to clean it up later.
"That's because he's my cousin, stupid; and, like I said, I'm mad at you right now. I actually hate you!" Scorpius smirked; he'd fought with Rose enough to know when she was losing steam.
"No, you don't; you love me. I love you even when you're being a pain in the ass, which you are, ninety-nine percent of the time."
"No! I hate you. You're such an asshole!"
"You love me, and you know it." Rose turned and started to walk away. Scorpius followed, still grinning like a madman. Lily and Al, used to these fights, requested for the room to give them a box of Bertie Botts' Every Flavored Beans; they waited for the big finish with anticipation.
"No I don't!"
"Say it, and I'll stop."
"Fine!" Rose cut him off. "I freaking love you! Will you leave me alone now?"
"If you kiss me I will." Albus and Lily packed up their Beans and decided to leave. As they closed the door, Albus shook his head.
"How do they do it? It's tiring to watch." Lily shrugged as the sound of breaking tableware came from the room behind them.
Back in the Room of Requirement, Rose gasped as her newly-reinstated boyfriend pinned her to the wall.
"You're still a asshole."
"And you're still a pain in the ass."
"I love you."
"I love you too. Now shut up and kiss me."
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