Chapter 15 : The Gentleman Caller and the Praxis Person
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I glared at her. “I’m not depressed.”
“Sure you aren’t.” She turned to Dominique. “What are we going to do about her?”
“I’m not depressed!” I repeated, looking at Dominique hopefully. Maybe she would be kinder to me.
“You have seemed sad lately, Eva.” She said softly, a slight frown on her face. Great. Everyone was out to get me.
Lorcan barged into the cabin then. “Ah, life can go on. I’ve found my reason to live.” He teased, sinking down next to me. He threw an arm around my shoulders. “Hello ladies.”
Lily and Dominique exchanged a look. I hated them and their secret Weasley language. “Where’s Anders?” Lily asked. She was happy for me, and whatever was going on between me and Lorcan, but she still preferred Anders.
Lorcan shrugged. “He’s with a person.”
“A person.” Lily repeated.
“Yeah, you know. Hair, eyes, breasts.” Lorcan explained. “Taller than a gnome, shorter than a troll.”
Lily kicked him lightly in the shin. “You’re impossible. Care to get slightly more descriptive?”
“Praxis. The Praxis person.”
A small squeak escaped from my lips. What the hell had that been? I liked Helene. Anders could spend as much time with her as he wanted to. It didn’t bother me. Why would it bother me? He had his life and I had mine.
“You alright, love?” Lorcan raised an eyebrow curiously. “Are you practicing your mouse impersonation?”
I shook my head. “I thought I was going to sneeze.”
“That makes absolutely no sense.” He gave my shoulder a light squeeze. “So, Red, how goes the quest to find our fair Dom a man?” Lorcan asked, already distracted.
Lily’s lips turned up in a grin. “Oh, quite well. Wouldn’t you agree, Dominique?”
Dom turned bright red at the sound of her name. “There…. There was a boy.”
“Tobias Sorin.” Lily added. “He’s a seventh year Ravenclaw, and he seems rather fascinated by our Dominique. Bloody hell, what am I? Someone’s dad?” She wrinkled her nose in distaste. “Anyways, Tobias seems nice.”
“What, Red, haven’t gotten to him already?” Lorcan teased.
Lily shook her head. “I don’t care for the shy nerds. I feel as if I’m corrupting them.” She explained.
“And you would never want to do that.” Lorcan rolled his eyes. “You need to point out Dom’s gentleman caller to me. I should sit down and have a chat with him.”
“Gentleman caller?” I scoffed. “Now who’s the dad?”
He grinned proudly. “I take care of my women.” Lorcan said nonchalantly.
That got Lily started. She loves boys, but she’s nobody’s woman. “Your women? Plural? You don’t possess any of us, and if you did, I believe it would be Eva and Eva alone.”
“Oh, don’t get your knickers in a twist, Red.” He gave me a quick kiss on the cheek. “I’m trying to look out for Dominique, same as you are.”
“I can take care of myself, thanks.” Dom grumbled, pulling her knees to her chest. “It was just one night, Lily. It’s not a big deal. I probably won’t even see him again, and if I do, he won’t remember me.”
Lily scoffed. “You’re such a downer, Dom. He’ll remember you. He’s outside our cabin right now.” She pointed out.
We all turned to see the dark haired boy standing awkwardly outside the door. He waved at us, his face quickly turning bright red. Aw! He was shy. I decided then and there that I liked him. He was cute, and hopefully his shyness meant he was a sweetheart who wouldn’t hurt Dominique like all her previous boyfriends had. Dom was just as embarrassed as he was, causing Lily and I to grin with pleasure.
Lorcan pulled the door open for him. “So you’re Dom’s new gentleman caller.”
I smacked him lightly on the arm. “You and your big mouth.” I muttered.
Tobias stuffed his hands in his pockets. “Erm… I guess so. Hi Dominique.” He grinned slightly as he said her name. “Lily. Um… I haven’t met you two yet. I’m Tobias.” He offered me his hand.
“Eva. We all like you, so don’t be nervous.” I assured him. “This git is Lorcan. I apologize in advance for everything that comes out of his mouth.”
“You know, you complain a lot about my mouth considering how much you like it.” Lorcan retorted.
“Yes, yes, we’re all sure you’re an excellent snogger, Scamander, but you don’t have to brag.” Lily leaned back in her seat. “Feel free to hit him whenever you feel like it, Tobias. I do.”
Lorcan hunched over. “She beats me, mate. She’s a menace. Ought to be in Azkaban, she’s so mad.”
Tobias took a seat next to Dominique. “Are they always like this?” He asked softly.
She nodded. “Unfortunately. They mean well.”
“We should wake her up.” I eyed a sleeping Dominique from my bedside where I was getting dressed. She didn’t seem likely to get up on her own any time soon. I couldn’t blame her. She had come in at around two in the morning.
“I’m on it.” Lily had a wicked grin on her face. Dominique was going to kill her. “Aguamenti.” A stream of water shot out of her wand, and onto Dominique’s face. She let out a scream as she sat up quickly.
“Lily Potter, I’m going to kill you!” Dominique screamed, flying out of bed and chasing Lily around our room.
“If you kill me then you’ll go to Azkaban, and you won’t be able to snog in the middle of the night!” Lily called before dashing into the bathroom and shutting the door closed behind her.
Dominique hit the bathroom door before turning to face me and Harriet. “Whoever made her prefect needs to get their head checked.” She muttered angrily. “Oh, by the way, Harriet, I’m sorry about how we’ve been treating you.”
“What?” We said the word at the same time, both staring at Dominique.
She shrugged. “I forgive you. If you want to date Aled, then that’s your business.” Yes, Dominique’s ex-boyfriend was named Aled. The whole feud was over a boy named Aled. It was Welsh, supposedly. I guess I’m not one to judge, since I’m in a quasi-relationship with a boy named Lorcan Scamander.
Harriet blinked. “I… Thanks, Dominique. I’m sorry about it too. I should have asked you first. We’ve lived together for years and… I owe you that.”
“Are we going to all start holding hands and singing songs together?” Lily demanded as she emerged from the bathroom.
Dominique turned away from her cousin. “I’m still mad at you.”
“Well, you’re up now, aren’t you? Go put on some clothes, dear.”
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