“Potter.” I said to the prick standing in front of me.
“Well hello to you too, Malfoy.” Albus said.
Albus and I hated each other. Plain and simple. Which made it awkward because I was Rose’s best friend and Scorpius was my cousin/best friend and Albus was Scorpius’s best friend and Rose was his cousin/best friend. So we all hung out together.
To my dismay.
“So how was your summer, Potter?” I asked, taking a step towards him. “Have fun spending all your daddy’s money and acting like you’re the best bloody thing on the planet?”
“It was great, Malfoy,” Albus said, taking a step towards me. “I bought my own street and named it ‘Albus Potter Way’. So that people know that I truly am amazing.” Stupid git. “And how about you? Have fun with all the boys trying to get in your knickers?” Albus meant it as a low blow, saying that a boy would never want to get in my knickers (which is actually a lie, a lot of boys want to get in my knickers but I don’t let them get that far. And Scorpius often beats any boy up who even looks at me. Speaking of Scorpius, he normally he stops us from getting into it, especially when it is concerning talk of my knickers.) I looked around and saw Scorpius and Rose being awkward toward each other, too busy with their own problems to notice us. (THEY ARE SO CUTE IF I WASN'T TALKING TO THE TOSSER IN FRONT OF ME I WOULD SO GO OVER THERE AND HUG THEM AND FORCE THEM TO BE TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY ARE SO PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER!!)
“You know what, I did. So many boys were stalking me that I had to stay on house arrest and get bodyguards. But of course, being the slag I am,” Note: I am not actually a slag. I’m saying that sarcastically. “I still got around. No pregnancies this summer, which is always a good sign.”
“Yeah it is,” Albus said. We were right in front of each other now, something that often happened with us, because we kept stepping towards each other, as if thinking that we somehow got more power the closer together we were. We argued with each other sarcastic tones, with insults thrown out at each other at a normal voice level. We never really started yelling when we argued. We just take steps toward each other. Since we were so close, I looked up into his emerald green eyes. And how they so perfectly looked on his face. Because even though I hated him, even I had to admit that Albus Potter was hot. Like he-should-be-a-super-model hot. But that didn’t change the fact that I hated him. “Would hate to have to bring a child into the world, especially when you are still in school.”
We had a crowd around us, because we always got into it and many people thought it was entertaining. I saw that Dom, Freddy and Louis, more of the Weasley family, were here too, watching us next to James. Louis hung out with our group, so he was pretty used Albus and I arguing. He knew well enough not to get involved though, because unlike Rose and Scorp (who for some reason enjoy getting involved in our arguments) Louis knows that if Albus and I are going at it, we don’t like to be disrupted.
…I just realized what that sounded like. And I most certainly did not mean it like that.
Louis had an amused expression on his face, while Freddy was making a bet with James as to who would win this one.
“Yeah, I’m actually surprised you haven’t fathered a child yet,” I said. “You womanize so many girls that I would think that you have at least three kids.” He isn’t actually a womanizer, but he has had his fair share of hook ups. He, Louis and Scorpius are some of the guys who are swooned over by all the girls and, well, they do take advantage of that. Combined they’ve hooked up with nearly all the girls in our year. “Especially since if you had a child, you wouldn’t know if the girl actually liked you or if she wanted to be a part of the ‘Famous Potter’ family. But on the bright side, you would’ve done the one thing you did that your father never did. You would finally be your own person, instead of having to live in his shadow, trying to fill his shoes. Which you never will be able to fill by the way. People will always look at you as ‘Albus Potter, Harry Potter’s son who isn’t as good as him’.”
From the look on his face, I could tell I had hit him right where it counts. That he will always be in his father’s shadow and people will always expect him to be as good as his dad. I couldn’t help but smirk the Malfoy smirk. There was no way he could top that.
“Well I would rather be living in someone’s shadow then not even knowing where my mother is,” Albus said, smirking himself. “Then having to live off of my uncle and my aunt who got dumped with me because my mother didn’t want me. Because my mother didn’t even love me enough to stay.”
I felt like I had been slapped. But he didn’t stop. He kept going.
“Where my mother is too much of a slag to even know who my father is, or where he is, or even care. She was born as a bastard so why not have her child that way?” He said, smirking more and more as he could see me grow weaker and weaker. I look and saw that Rose and Scorpius had stopped being awkward towards each other and were gaping at Albus. In fact everyone was looking at Albus in shock. The amused expression that was on Louis’s face had vanished, replaced with one of shock and anger and confusion as to what he was talking about. Scorpius looked like a part of him wanted to murder Albus, but that he knew it was his best friend and his cousin and that we always fought. But it had never gone this far before. “Why not just have a kid and dump them on her rich brother and his wife so that she don’t need to do any of the work. So that she can go on pretending she doesn’t have a child and continue slagging around while her child turns into total bitch who will never know what it is to be loved by parents?” Albus seemed to have finished because he said, “I would much rather live in someone’s shadow then live life with a mother who doesn’t care.”
By the end, I was looking at the ground, just hoping he would stop. I was forcing myself not to cry. I never cried when Albus and I fought and I wasn’t going to let him see me cry now. But I decided that he had gone too far and I didn’t care if he saw me cry. So when he finished, I finally looked up at him, showing him my face, and how there were probably tears streaming down it. Once he saw my face, his triumphant smirk was whipped off his face and replaced with something else. And by the look in his eyes, I could tell he knew he crossed a line that was never supposed to be crossed.
“You bastard,” I whisper to him. I turn away from him, showing him that he had won the fight, and ran into the house into Rose’s bathroom.
Which is where I burst into sobs, tears flowing out of my eyes, ruining my make up, and just overall being the photo of a person who hadn’t cried in too long of a time.
My mum was a love child of one of Lucius's affairs. She was born a little after Draco was by one of the housemaids that Lucius and Narcissa employed. She didn't look anything like the maid, though, she looked like a Malfoy. So Lucius and Narcissa decided to bring her in and raise her as their own daughter, but keeping her a secret. She didn't go to Hogwarts, she went to Beauxbatons in France. But because her and Draco were close, they always wrote one another.
I hadn’t seen my her in 11 years. We had been staying with Draco and Astoria for a while at that point and one day I woke up and Draco sat me down and told me she was gone. Ever since then, I had lived with Draco, Astoria and Scorpius and they became my family. Draco and Astoria have practically been my parents and Scorpius had been my brother.
“Addie!” Rose yelled through the locked door. “Come on Ads let me in!”
“No!” I yelled back. “Besides Scorpius is probably out there and he’ll probably try to come in too!”
There was silence from the other side of the door. Which just proved I was right.
“No he’s not out here!” Rose yelled. But her voice was high pitched, which always happens when she is lying. “You don’t even have to let me in, just open the door a crack so I can see if I need to go kill my cousin or not!”
I looked at myself in the mirror and saw that my makeup was smeared all over my face, my hair was a mess on account of me pulling it because of how stressed I was (a weird habit I know, I have tried to stop but I can’t for some reason, pulling on my hair is a great way to relieve stress), and I just looked terrible. If I were Rose and I saw me, I would kill Albus. (No this has nothing to do with the fact that I hate him, if I saw Rose like this because of Scorpius I would, well, not kill Scorpius, but hurt him. Badly.)
So I opened the door just a crack and then I heard, “GO!” and see Scorpius push the door all the way open, Rose ran in, followed by Scorpius who then shut the door and locked it again. During this whole thing, I was shoved up against the sink (uncomfortably might I add) freaking out on the inside because Scorpius and Rose helped each other WITHOUT BEING AWKWARD BECAUSE THEY ARE TOTALLY IN LOVE!!!!!
They are so perfect for each other.
“Oh honey,” Rose said after looking at me. She tore off a piece of toilet paper to dab my eyes with. “I’m sorry. Albus can be a git sometimes.”
“Only sometimes?” I asked, laughing.
“Addie you don’t know Albus like we do,” Scorpius said. I was sitting on the sink counter so he came over and put his arm around me. I lean my head against his shoulder. “He’s a good guy. And if it makes you feel better, Louis and James are pretty pissed at him, so I would expect to see him with a black eye or bruises. You know how the Potter/Weasley Family temper is.” As he said this, he looked over at Rose with the Malfoy smirk because Rose has quite a temper herself. She hit him. They’re so cute. And what he said did make me feel better, I hoped Albus was in a wheelchair with all the bones in his body were broken.
“Scorpius, you heard what he said.” I said, as Rose finished cleaning my face off and pulled out her wand to do fix my hair. Even though she’s only 16, because she lives in a house full of other witches and wizards, the Ministry can’t tell if she is the one actually using magic or if it someone else. “It’s hard to believe that. No one but you two know about it, not even Louis knows about it. How did he even know that much about Mum?” I looked accusingly at Rose and Scorpius. “Did you tell him?”
“I’ve never told him anything,” Rose said. “And I’m pretty sure Scorpius didn’t either.”
“Well…” Scorpius said. I pulled my head off of his shoulder and looked at him accusingly. How could he? I mean that stuff is personal!! The only reason that he knows about it is because he was there and Rose knows because she is my best friend and I tell her everything! “I told him a little bit. Just that your mom left when you were five and that you’ve lived with us ever since then. But I didn’t tell him…everything.”
“See so while Scorpius told him some stuff, he didn’t tell him everything,” Rose said. This was comforting because if Albus knew the entire story about Mom…well that would just be bad. “Besides most people know all of that already. No one knows everything. Just me and Scorpius.” She put her wand away and came onto my other side and put an arm around me. “And we aren’t going to tell anyone. Are we, Scorp?” She looked at him and I could see how they both had a slight blush on their faces just by looking at each other.
It should be illegal to be this adorable.
“Of course we are,” Scorpius said. “Now how about a group hug?” I wasn’t sure if he was doing it because he thought it would help me or if he just wanted to hug Rose.
But either way, him and Rose both hugged me tight and at that moment, it didn’t matter why they were hugging. Just that my two best friends were hugging me and I was feeling so much better.
“Thanks guys,” I said. “ I love you guys so much.”
“We love you too,” Rose said pulling away from the hug. “And if you will excuse me, I have a cousin who needs a good talking too. Because no matter what Louis and James do to him, I still get to yell at him or hurt him.”
Rose gave me a pat on the head and walked out of the room. Scorpius watched her leave, and I saw the look on his face.
“You know, for not wanting me to know who you liked, you did a horrible job of it.” I said to Scorpius. “But I’m happy that you like Rose, because she isn’t your normal taste in girls.”
“Well she isn’t like any other girl I met,” Scorpius said. “So now that you know I suppose that you’ll tell me to stay away from her?”
“Actually, no,” I said. “I think you guys would be great together. But if you hurt her, then I would have to kill you. If I didn’t then it would go against the Best Friend Code.”
“Yeah well its not like she would ever go out with me,” Scorpius said, looking a little defeated. “She’s…Rose Weasley, smart, beautiful, nice, pretty much the perfect girl. And then there’s me, the son of a Death Eater, and rival of her father.” He snorts. “Yeah we’d be a great match together.”
I looked at him in shock. He could not actually believe that Rose would never like him because her father didn’t like him. I came around and hugged him around the middle and looked up at him.
“Scorpius,” I said. “Don’t think that just because Draco and her dad hated each other that that will influence her in anyway. Rose is a big girl. She makes up her own decisions. And trust me, she already knows how to because..." I really debated on whether to tell him or not. Because as a best friend, I shouldn't tell but as Scorpius's cousin/sister, I should. But I eventually decide to tell him because, honestly what is the worst that could happen? He goes and asks her out and they fall in love and get married? Yeah, I think Rose would be happy if I told him. "She likes you Scorp."
Here's the weird thing. He doesn't jump up and down. He doesn't freak out. He doesn't do a happy dance.
He doesn't do ANYTHING.
I mean what is wrong with him?! I just told him the girl he likes, likes him too!!!! I think that calls for a celebration of SOME kind.
"Oh," Scorpius said.
Oh? Oh?! OH?! THATS ALL HE CAN SAY?! WITH ABSOLUTLY NO EMOTION?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM?
"Gee Scorpius, I think your a little too excited," I said, as I pulled my arms back. Because he doesn't deserve a hug. If this is all the excitement he is going to give for finding out that a girl he seems crazy about, liking him back, then he doesn't deserve a hug. "You may want to calm down before you have a heart attack. Why aren't you excited?"
"Because now there is no way I can ask her out," Scorpius said, moving from the sink to the wall opposite of it.
What he said really confused me because...well there is just so much wrong with the sentence.
"I'm sorry but when you find out that a girl that you like, likes you back," I said because this isn't making any sense. "Wouldn't that be a reason to ask her out without fear of rejection?"
"Addie," Scorpius said, seeming amazed that I don't understand. Well Scorpius, I'm sorry that I don't have a weird brain that makes no sense like you do. My brain makes sense.
...most of the time.
"Addie, I can't ask her out now," Scorpius said. But before I could ask why he goes, "But why?" (in a very bad imitation of my voice might I add. My voice isn't nearly as nasally as he made it sound.) "Because now that I know she likes me, I know she will say yes, and then I know that I will eventually hurt her and that her family would hate me more then they already do, and then I will be hurt because she will pick them over me, and then you'll come in and not pick any side but in actuality be picking hers because she is your best friend and I would never see you again and I would never be able to live with the guilt that I broke the heart of the one girl that I could actually love."
At the end, his voice got more and more miserable and he slid down the wall until he was sitting on the ground. And I looked at him, slumped up against the wall, looking at the ground and I didn't see my big, overprotective cousin/brother who seemed fearless about anything, but the sad, little 5-year-old boy who just put his arm around me and cried with me as I cried because my mother wasn't coming back. I hadn't seen that boy for about the same amount of time that I hadn't seen Mum.
"Scorpius," I said and sat down next to him. "You don't honestly believe that the only way it would end is if you were both hurt, do you?"
"It is the only reason that makes sense. Look at who my father is, I am not going to have a happy ending. Especially not with Rose Weasley," Scorpius said. He sounded so sad so I pulled his head onto my shoulder, put my head on top of his and rubbed his back. (Not in a gross way in a comforting way, the guy is my COUSIN for Merlin's sake).
"Well I don't believe that," I said. "I think that you and Rose...you guys could be an epic love story." When I said it, I realized that it was true. They really had the background to be that. "You're not Draco, you already proved that by being sorted into Gryffindor. You are your own person Scorpius and no one, not even yourself, should think that just because your father didn't make the best choices, means that you don't deserve a happy ending." I kissed him on the forehead. "And even if you don't get a happy ending, I will be there with you. Because you are more of my brother then my cousin, and I will always be there for you."
Scorpius moved around so that now it was me with my head on his shoulder, and his head on mine. He pulled me into a really tight hug. "Malfoys until the end?" he asked me.
I squeezed him tighter, smiling at our inside joke we made when we were younger and said, "Malfoys until the end. I love you Scorp."
"Love you too, Ads."
AWWWW. I love Addie's and Scorpius's relationship. They're so cute <3
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