Chapter 9 : Chapter Nine
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I frowned into the large antique mirror. Merlin, I look so stupid. I cannot believe Dad is making me have a wedding party here, at Malfoy Manor. He’s doing this to spite me. Well, at least my hair looks decent. I frown at the silk, light lavender dress and the matching heels. I’ll have to walk extra slow so that I don’t fall flat on my face and ruin my hair and makeup, thereby making me look like an inebriated hooker.
I sighed again and frowned. I looked up again and couldn’t help but dread the impending guests. Now Callum would get his first taste of overly extravagant and snobby parties. Why did my dad feel the need to throw Al and me something so overly grandiose? The answer: he’s a snobby git.
“Allisha, what are you doing? The guests are starting to Arrive” Mum said, walking in behind me. She was dressed in beautiful dark violet witch’s robes and her hair was done up out of her face. Makeup perfectly in place. I really wish I could be as graceful as Mum.
“Oh, I was just making sure I looked alright” I said, smiling at her. Time to put on the happy face for everyone.
“You look lovely Allisha now come along” Mum said, making me sigh as I followed her out of my old room. We walked down that stairs together and I immediately spotted Dad standing at the bottom of the stairs. He was holding his hand out for Mum, while I had to brave the last steps alone.
I bet you thought I was going to trip, didn’t you? Well, for once I did not. Nope, I got to the bottom step and I was safely on stable ground. Mum and Dad looked so happy together, it made me smile. They were so perfect for eachother, despite the fact that Dad was a notorious snob and Mum was the sweetest woman alive. So, I was walking past the stairs when my toe got caught in the carpet and I stumbled forward. Thankfully though, before I could do a face plant on the floor, a pair of strong hands wrapped themselves around my weak biceps and pulled me to my feet.
I looked up into the familiar bright green eyes of my fiancé, Al. Oh shit. I really didn’t want us to meet up like this. I haven’t seen him for days and I just shagged the Hell out of one of his mates, yesterday. He smiled at me awkwardly which made me grimace slightly. Damn, we’re still not over that disastrous date. Damn you Ero. Damn you. “Are you alright Alli?” he asked, in his oh-so-sweet voice. Damn him for being so innocent looking.
“Yeah, thanks for catching me Al” I said, looking up once more.
“Well, it’s the least I could do for not catching you five years ago” he said, smiling.
He just had to bring up that day. “Yeah, I guess you do owe me that” I said, laughing a little. Then we both just started laughing. It felt nice. Except for the nagging in the back of my head screaming “YOU CHEATED YOU HORRIBLE SLAG!! YOU DON’T DESERVE HIM!!!”.
“Alli, we really need to talk” Al said, as we slipped outside into one of the courtyards. He looked very handsome in his wizard’s robes and I couldn’t help but fall more for him. Except that now that I’ve said it…I really don’t want to marry him. Fuck.
“Okay, we’re alone now. What do we need to talk about?” I asked, not daring to look up at his face. Crap, I think he knows. I bet that stupid arsehole Erien said something. Or maybe Ero did. Oh sweet Merlin, let him not know anything about it.
“I just wanted to make sure we’re okay. I mean, I did some thinking after that train wreck of a date and I do want to marry you Alli. I want us to be a real family, living together” he said, pulling me into his arms. Oh bollocks. Al really is clueless. And overly innocent.
“We’re okay Al. Definitely, I can’t wait for the wedding” I lied, smiling at him. Merlin, being a Malfoy must make me a very good liar. At least to some people.
“Great, come on let’s start greeting everyone” he said, taking my hand and pulling me into the Manor. People already started arriving by the time we got inside. Scorpius and Rose were talking to Dad and Mum was in the corner with Mrs. Weasley and Mrs. Potter. A lot of hugging and kissing ensued while we made our way around the room. So far no sight of unwanted people.
I was starting to relax a bit when Mum goes to answer the door for the billionth time and there he is…Erien. Flint.
He looked as fit as ever and this made it even worse. Merlin, I could still remember it as if it happened yesterday. Oh wait. It did. He was shaking Al’s hand and smiling as if nothing had happened. That dirty arsehole. I hate him. Then I looked closer and on his arm was a leggy hourglass figure type blonde in the tightest most revealing dark green dress I have ever seen. Was it even a whole dress? She looked like the slag of the century, if May Chang didn’t already hold that title.
How could she walk in those three inch spike heels? I hope she trips and bangs up her gorgeous yet slaggy face. Al was smiling and shaking her hand next. Then he points over to me and Erien and Slaggy Blonde look over at me. Great, now I’ll have to come over. “This is my fiancé Allisha Malfoy” Al said, making the slag look at me. I could see as her judgmental gaze scrutinized my appearance and she smirked slightly. Definitely an Ex-Slytherin.
“This is Patricia Parkinson, my girlfriend” Erien said, avoiding my gaze. What?! When does Erien Flint have a girlfriend?
“Nice to meet you Miss Malfoy” she said, in an all too-sweet voice. I hate the bitch already AND she’s a Parkinson. I’m surprised she isn’t trying to shag my brother’s brains out.
“Eh, pleasure” I said, before Flint and Slag-face walked off. “When did he start dating her?” I asked, working to keep the disgust out of my voice.
“Er…I think about three months ago” he said, as Blaine entered the room. WHAT IN VOLDY’S KNICKERS DID I JUST HEAR? Erien’s a cheater too. Oh Merlin. I should have known he was lying when he’d said all those things. “Hey Blaine! Glad you could make it” he said, hugging him. Blaine was accompanied by his girlfriend and Tamsin’s teacher, Rebekah.
We greeted them and blah, I won’t bore you with the details. After making our rounds once more, we sort of just separated and mingled with the large group. James and Shannon were in a conversation with Fred, Begley and Wynter. Crap, Ero is here then. I went over to the refreshments table when I ran into my new BFF Callum. “Nice place to throw your party Alli. I didn’t think you were into this sort of stuff” he said, hugging me tightly. He was in a nice set of dark blue robes.
“Eh it’s not my thing. This is my parent’s house and they are the Hosts of this party” I said, making him go wide eyed. After a moment of us talking, I went outside to get some fresh air. And, who should I run into but Ero having a fag by the marble bench. “Hey, why aren’t you inside with everyone?” I asked, sitting down.
“Why aren’t you? It’s your party” he said, sitting next to me. He was in black robes with crimson stitching. Nice. Who knew he cleaned up well. Except that his nails were still black and his expression was bordering on extreme boredom.
“I needed fresh air but it’s kind of not working out because I’m breathing in cancerous smoke” I said, looking at him.
“Well, in times like these, cancerous smoke is actually quite calming” he said, offering it. For the second time this week, I refused. I’m not going to be one of those coffee drinking, fag smoking, bitches-about-everything-in-her-life mums. “Alli, you can’t keep this charade up. You’ll end up hurting Al, Tamsin, and yourself. You’re being fucking selfish” he said, stubbing it out on the ground. Damn him. He’s always right.
“I need to do this. Tamsin needs stability” I said, looking into his grey non judging eyes.
“Fine, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Go ahead and screw up your family. But don’t come to me when it’s all mucked up” he said, before standing up and leaving to go inside. Fucking asshole. And yet, he really was right. What the fuck am I doing? I don’t even know but, it’s too late to back out now. I’ve dug my grave and I’ll have to lie in it.
“Hey” said a voice I really didn’t want to hear. I looked up and there he was. Perfectly Perfect Erien Flint. Man-whore and cheating sweet-talker extraordinaire.
“What do you want?” I said, angrily. Stupid stupid stupid arse. “Why aren’t you with your girlfriend?” I said, turning away again.
“She wouldn’t stop clinging to me. I needed a rest from the claws” he said, sitting next to me. His leg accidentally bumped mine and that “hot” feeling was back. Goddamnit.
“Then why are you with her?” I asked, not really caring. I think.
“Because she’s hot and she put out on the first date” he said, sarcastically. Except he probably was telling the truth about her putting out. Fucking jerk.
“You’re disgusting” I said, standing up.
“Wait” he said, taking my hand and spinning me around to face him. Oh Moldy Voldy, he has the darkest bluest eyes. Like liquid sapphire. The hot feeling was burning my thighs and girly bits. I wished it would go away.
He was still sitting down and his hand was still wrapped around mine. “What do you want from me? I have Al, you have Patricia and you’re a liar and a cheater!” I hissed.
“I’m not the only cheater here Alli. You wanted it as much as I did and you reciprocated the actions. It takes two to tango. Besides, what exactly did I lie to you about? You never asked if I had a girlfriend” he said, his grip tightening on my hand.
“You lied about loving me” I whispered. His eyes reflected the hurt in mine and I instantly regretted my words.
“I would never lie about that. I do love you Alli. I want to be the one to go to sleep with you at night and wake up with you in the morning. I want to protect you and Tamsin. I want to be your husband. Please, don’t marry Al. Marry me” he said, shocking me more than he had yesterday.
“What?” I spluttered, my eyes widening to their limit.
“Marry me Alli. Not Al. Please” he said, taking out an equally gorgeous engagement ring. Oh fuck. Oh fuck. Oh fuck.
Before I had a chance to form a coherent reply, a voice spoke out. “What in bloody arse is going on here?!”
A/N: Ok so I hated to end it here but, I felt like having a cliff hanger. I hope this chapter isn’t too disappointing. Once again, thank you to everyone who at least is still reading this, even if no reviews are sent
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