Chapter 1 : One - Who?
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Lauren, whom was sitting across the table from me, blushed furiously.
"I - uh," She started to say it again, but all that came out was some stuttering that turned into quiet muttering as though she was talking to herself.
Despite my feelings of disproval, I smiled as she struggled to form comprehensible words.
"Lauren, use your words and tell me again, who are you dating?" I asked again, trying very hard to suppress my smile, although I knew I was failing miserably.
Her reply came out barely above a whisper, "James Potter."
I pressed my hand against my forehead, fighting very hard to keep from shaking my head at her, "Lauren.."
"Please don't say it," She started, and I removed my hand from my face to look at her in amusement, Lauren rarely used words like please, "Just. . . don't."
"But Lauren -"
"Don't!" She said, rising from the table, only to cross the hall and take a seat at the Hufflepuff table next to Jessica Corner.
I sighed and began to work on a slice of cheesecake as someone took the seat across the table from me.
"So, I'm guessing she told you?"
I looked up from my cheesecake to see Josh Whitby, Lauren's twin brother whom belonged to my house and whom somehow looked very little like his sister, looking at me with a knowing expression.
Whenever something upsets me I tend to turn to cheesecake.
Lucky for me, these things don't happen too incredibly often.
Well, often, but not often enough to fatten me up.
With some concentrated effort, I swallowed the cheesecake that was already in my mouth and began to stab at another piece of the cake.
"She did," I said, not looking up from my plate.
To my slight surprise, Josh laughed.
I looked up at him, my mouth now full of more cheesecake, "What?" I asked, offended.
"It's just how predictable you are."
I swallowed hard and furrowed my brows at him in confusion, "What?"
I must be missing something.
"What are you going on about?" I asked irritably.
"It just surprises me how you're best friends with my sister when you seem to be such opposites. It's like the difference between night and day with you two."
"What does this have to do with-"
"You're really predictable," To my surprise, he cut me off, "and she's not.. at all. Well, she's somewhat predictable to me, but I'm still learning how her brain works and I have known her since we were-"
"I really don't need to hear you say 'in the womb together' Josh, I really don't."
He snorted again, shaking his head.
I rolled my eyes and began to attack the last of my cheesecake that I had been ignoring for a while now.
"She told you she's dating James, right?"
I glanced at him to see that he was smirking at me before I answered, "Yeah, she said something about it..."
"Oh come off it, Luke, I saw the way she was stuttering when she tried to tell you." He laughed again, "She didn't just say something about it, she told you and she was incredibly nervous about it. It's surprising."
He paused and I looked up at him, "What's surprising?"
I swear if he keeps saying that things are surprising I'm going to hit him.
Josh rolled his eyes, "How she's more afraid to tell you these things, you'd think that you were her brother and not me."
I rose and swung my legs over the bench of the Ravenclaw table.
"Where are you going?" Josh asked, although I guessed that he meant something more along the lines of, 'What'd I say this time?'
"The library." I said, picking up my bookbag and slinging it over my shoulder, "I'll see you later, and tell your sister that I'll talk to her later."
I glanced at him before hurriedly exiting the hall, his eyes were wide and I knew why-
Anytime I referred to Lauren as 'your sister' or something of the like, it usually wasn't a good sign.
"Are you alright?"
I looked up from my Transfiguration text to see Rose Weasley take the seat across from me in the library.
It didn't surprise me that she came to see me here, chances are that she had already been studying here for some time before I ever even came in. It still surprised me, however, that she - the brightest witch of our age - was in Gryffindor, rather than in Ravenclaw with me.
"Yeah, I'm just a little confused."
"As to why Lauren is dating my idiot of a cousin?" She grinned at me knowingly, "Yeah, me too."
I looked at her and absentmindedly flipped through the pages of my book, "I thought she didn't like guys that play Quidditch."
Rose laughed quietly, stifling it with her hand, "That's not necessarily true, I mean she likes you, doesn't she?"
The corners of my lips turned up into a very small smile, "That's a little different Rose, I'm not James Potter. . and I'm her best friend."
She crossed her arms.
"True, but it's not just Quidditch, it's the dating habits, I guess you could say." She said quietly, "But she is a girl, you know. When we decide we like someone we convince ourselves that they'll change for us."
Thank God she didn't lecture me. Normally when she crosses her arms it means that a lecture is about to follow.
I laughed this time, "Lauren's a really great girl and all, but I doubt that your cousin will even take notice."
"I know," Rose sighed, "I wish she would've dated Al instead."
I raised one of my eyebrows, "Al? You mean Albus Potter?"
Rose laughed, "Yeah, he and James are practically opposites when it comes to girls."
"I didn't even know he had ever dated anyone."
Rose looked at me, a little shocked.
"He dated Vera Wood last year, you didn't know that?"
"No. . . was I supposed to be keeping up with who he dates?"
"Well, no," Rose said, smirking, "It's just that they went everywhere together, I figured that you might have noticed."
"Nope, sorry." I said.
Rose shook her head at me and looked past me at something, "Oh bloody hell."
I turned just in time to see Scorpius Malfoy walking towards our table.
Just . . fuck.
This is turning into a wonderful day.
He stopped at the end of our table and leaned over it towards Rose, "Mind telling me what you're doing hanging out with this," he paused to glance at me, "tosser? I thought you had better taste in men, Weasley."
"Oh blow it out your arse, Malfoy," I said, rising to my feet, "She doesn't want to talk to you."
Malfoy straightened to get in my face, "Maybe you should let the lady speak for herself, Albine."
"Scorpius," Rose had risen to her feet as well and was trying to push him away from me, "Get out of here before you do something stupid."
Malfoy broke eye contact with me and backed away from her to turn on his heel and stomp off.
I raised a brow at her questioningly, "Mind telling me why he got in your face?"
Rose looked at me incredulously, "He's just being Malfoy, you know how he is-"
"He referred to you as a lady," I started, "Not even James Potter would refer to one of his girls as lady, Rose."
Rose gaped at me for a few moments, "You cannot be saying that-"
"That I think that slimeball has a thing for you?" I finished for her, "I think I am.. I was just wondering if you knew about it."
She continued to gape at me.
I laughed, "Sorry Rose, I didn't mean to offend you, I just thought he was acting a little.. odd."
She blushed furiously and gripped her right elbow with her opposite hand.
To relieve her embarassment I asked her one of the questions that talking to her had previously put into my mind, "So Albus likes Lauren too?"
Rose sat down at the table again, and I joined her, before she answered, "I think so, he does bring her up every now and then.."
"Why does it bother you so much when other guys like her?"
"Well, after she dated Malfoy I'm a little afraid of-"
"James and Albus are nothing like Malfoy." Rose started, looking at me with a brow raised, "Well.. I know James isn't the best boyfriend on the face of the earth, but Al, on the other hand, isn't an arse. I thought you would know that."
"Well, I don't know Albus that well," I laughed, "In case you haven't noticed, I don't refer to him as 'Al.'"
Rose just blinked at me a few times before shaking her head.
I never thought that Lauren would date James Potter.
She had always said that he got on her nerves faster than Scorpius Malfoy, as if it were possible for that slimy git - whom also happens to be her ex-boyfriend - to be any more obnoxious.
Now she was practically skipping around the castle with him glued to her arm.
Yes, James Potter does have a bit of a complicated dating past and yes, he does have many girls throwing themselves in front of him just so he'll notice them, but Lauren is definitely in charge of their relationship.
Which probably won't last long if she keeps it up, but - considering that I've known her since we were about five years old - I know that she will keep it up. Sometimes she's too headstrong, independent, and rebellious for her own good.
Damn it, Josh was right. We are like night and day.
I'm not saying that I'm not headstrong and independent because that's definitely not true.
I'm just not rebellious.
Well, that's only half true.
Lauren does bring out a rebellious part of myself that - before she ever influenced me to prank the entire Slytherin House with her - I didn't even know I had.
Let's just say we both had detention with Filch for months.
Seriously, don't ask what we did. It's a long story.
"Luke! Hey, Luke!"
Oh dear mother of -
"Hi Lauren!" I said as cheerfully as I could, forcing a smile that probably looked something like a painful grimace.
"Erm," She seemed to think my expression was a grimace, "Is this a bad time?"
"Oh no, not at all." I said carefully - it took a lot of effort to keep it from sounding sarcastic.
Lauren sat down beside me under the willow tree, her red hair even more bright in the sun. I looked at her expectantly, waiting for her to say something.
She wouldn't have come looking for me if it wasn't important, considering she had been avoiding me like the plague since she told me she was dating Potter.
I didn't blame her though, she was right in assuming that I wouldn't be thrilled about it.
Finally she spoke, "I'm really sorry, Luke."
I raised a brow, Lauren rarely apologized for anything sincerely, and I could tell this was sincere because she couldn't look at me for more than a few seconds at a time.
"For being such an arse."
"You haven't been-"
She turned her entire head to look at me and I immediately shut up.
"Yeah I have," She started before looking down at the surface of the water - the willow tree overlooked the lake, "I've been avoiding you since I told you about James and I and you cannot tell me that I wasn't being a bitch in doing so."
"Okay." I said, my gaze now directed at the lake, but I could see through my peripheral vision that she was studying my face, trying to analyze what I had really meant.
"I mean 'it's okay', Lauren." I kept looking at the surface of the water as I spoke, leaning back on my elbows, "I understand why you didn't come and talk to me. Believe me, I do."
I'll admit it, I can be a bit of an arse.
I wouldn't have demanded she break up with him or anything - I know that would be stupid - I just mean that I would've said what I really thought about her dating Potter...
Which would upset her..
"James is being a bit of a prick." She said suddenly. Then - apparently realizing what she had just blurted out - she slapped a hand over her mouth.
I raised a brow but quickly lowered it again and shifted my gaze from the lake, to her face, and back to the lake again. After a few moments of considering what to say next I spoke again, "Oh."
Yeah, I couldn't think of anything else to say without sounding like a complete asshole.
"Sorry." She muttered, "I shouldn't have said anything, but it's just that I didn't want to talk to Rose about it."
I laughed, "Rose wouldn't care, she actually told me that - uh, nevermind."
I very nearly told her that Rose knows that her cousin is, well, a bit of a prat, but I thought better of it.
Perhaps I thought better of it only a few moments too late..
"Nevermind." I said with finality.
Before I could turn to look at her she struck me across the face, the force of the blow knocking me over, "Are you mad?!" I exclaimed, touching my face with my hands and checking them to see if my nose was bleeding.
But when I turned to look at her I realized she was gone.
Some best friend I have.
Sooooo please review.
I'll be very appreciative if you do. :D
Thoughts on Lauren, Lucas, Rose, James, Scorpius? Whoever else? Advice? Comments? Friendly criticism?
Oh, by the way, I just want to point out that Lauren really isn't a bitch.. she's just.. Well, haha. Poor Lucas. x]
Wondering if Lauren broke his nose or not? Well, read the next chapter!
As soon as I add it. . .
Sorry if this is bad right now, it gets better.. Promise!
On another note, if you've read my other story "Whispers of Shadows" I just want to say that throughout the course of writing this story I will be editing/addingchapterstoit.. Yay :)
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