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Chapter 41 : My Brother's Acting Like I Thought He Would
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“What. Is. That?” He said through clenched teeth. I’d never seen him so angry. He looked like he was about to hurt someone, and in that moment, I’d never been so afraid in my entire life. Not when I found out I was responsible for another human being. Not when I had to tell James. Why did everything dramatic have to happen in this classroom?
“What Bastard knocked you up?” he whispered menacingly. I just stood still. There was no way I could tell him. All the mental images of Jack killing James I’d had in the past few weeks all came flying back, only they seemed a lot more serious. James never got back up this time, like someone would in cartoons. And Jack was a lot more frightening.
“Tell me who the fuck he is, Amy!!” Jack yelled, anger rolling off him. I started to shake. This wasn’t happening, This wasn’t happening.
“I SWEAR TO GOD, I’LL GET JAMES TO HELP ME HURT HIM!!!”
I flinched, small enough to usually go unnoticed. But Jack saw it. Oh God.
He froze. His face darkening, and the look of murder in his eyes doubled. I had no doubt in that moment, that he was going to cause a lot of physical pain.
“Jack?” I whimpered, tears rolling down my face. My voice broke him out of his trance-like state.
“It’s James” He didn’t ask. It was a statement. “That day. He was in St Mungo’s. He was with you wasn’t he?” And then he started walking in the direction of the door.
“Oh god no!” I stood in between him and the door, to try and stop him. By this point, I was sobbing hard. To me, my life was falling apart. I use to be stronger than this. I use to be able to argue my way in any situation, but apparently pregnancy has screwed me up, and now I cry at everything.
“You can’t hurt him” I cried. “Without hurting me. You love me enough not to do that, right?”
“I’m not gunna hurt him.” He said calmly. Too calmly. “I’M GUNNA BLOODY KILL HIM!”
He pushed me out of the way and stormed out the classroom door. I ran after him, yelling at him to stop, but he didn’t listen. He had one destination. The seventh year boys dormitories.
We must have been a sight on the way to the Gryffindor Common room. Jack striding down the corridor in fury, with me bawling my eyes out running after him. I grabbed onto his arm as we approached the fat lady, but he just pulled his arm out of my grasp, and climbed through the portrait hole. By the time I had also climbed through, he was jogging up the boy’s staircase.
I ran up the stairs and into the dormitory, before looking around at the room.
Jack was standing in the doorway, glaring menacingly at James, who was looking at my brother in confusion. Both Fred and Sean were lying on their respective beds, looking up as Jack had walked into the room. When James saw me over Jack’s shoulder in tears, his face changed from confusion to understanding.
Two simple words. They had the ability to coax another batch of tears from me, Jacks face to go a deeper purple, and both Weasley and Wood to look to each other in bemusement.
“You fucked my sister.”
James quietly put the Quidditch magazine he was reading down, and stood in the middle of the dorm, facing Jack.
“It wasn’t something I planned.” He said calmly. “It just happened. I wouldn’t have done something like that to you. You’re like a brother to me.”
My heart broke. I actually thought he cared about me. I let myself believe he felt more than that. Stupid pregnant delusion idiot.. He looked up and saw my face behind Jack. It must have reflected the emotions I was feeling, as I was too hurt to control facial expressions. The next part, gave me more optimism.
“But I’m glad it did. I’ve never been so happy, apart from keeping it all from you of course. And I’d like to think she feels the same.” He looked straight at me.
“I’ve fallen in love.”
This time, I felt my hopes go up. My heart stuttered, my breathing rate increased. I stared straight back at James, a smile creeping its way onto my tear-stained face.
Jack continued to glare at James before saying “You fucked my sister, and then knocked her up you bastard!”
His fist went flying towards James’ face, before anyone could react. By the time I had screamed, and Fred and Sean had leapt up to run and pull Jack back, he’d already got three or four good punches in. James wasn’t fighting back, probably thinking he deserved it, or that he would be doing the same, if someone had gotten Lily pregnant.
“Stop it!!!” I shrieked, trying to get Jack’s attention away from punching and kicking any part of James he could reach. “Leave him alone!”
Every time Sean and Fred tried to pull Jack off, he pushed them away, and carried on. I ran forward and pulled on his arm again.
I don’t know if it was an accident, or if he thought that either Weasley or Wood were trying to stop him again.
His fist flew back and hit me in the face, knocking me back and making me fall over. I think everyone in the room heard the resounding crack, as his hand came into contact with my cheek.
James looked up from the ground, his face covered in blood, dark patches forming that would turn into bruises and the beginnings of a black eye starting to appear. He saw me on the floor and looked up at Jack, who was horrified by the fact he had hit his own sister. Then James started to fight back.
By this point, Fred had come over to where I was, and started checking to see if I was ok. His eyes widened when he saw my bump, as my robes had fallen open again, but didn’t say anything about it. He kept glancing over to the fight with a anxious look in his eye. James was now the one with anger in his eyes, and had moved around in the room, so he was between me and Jack. Sean was a statue as he watched the fight reverse, James was now the one getting the punches in.
Sean had the most common sense out of all five of us, and had put up a shield between them, so Jack and him were on one side, and James, Fred and I were opposite, closer to the door. Both James and my brother were glaring at each other, but kept looking out the corners of their eyes towards me, both worried.
The adrenaline had worn off, and I was now starting to feel the pain in my face. My eyes watered, and I concentrated on not letting the pain show.
“This is stupid. you’re meant to be friends.”
“Son of a Bitch should’ve thought about that before screwing my sister!”
“It takes two, Jack.” I replied, wincing as the movement sent pain through me.
James looked physically pained as he looked towards me. I gave him a look that said I was fine. He wasn’t fooled for a second. Damn it.
Sean took charge of the situation. “Fred, take those two down to the hospital wing. I’ll follow later with Jack.”
James helped me up, and as we walked out of the dorm, I heard Jack whisper “I didn’t mean to hurt you, Ames.”
“How exactly did you do this again?” Madam Pomfrey asked, examining my cheek. James was standing by my side, even though his injuries were clearly worse, but he insisted I was seen to first. Madam Pomfrey had stopped telling him to stay on his bed ages ago, seeing as he wouldn’t leave me alone.
“Fell down the stairs.” I lied, shifting in my seat from the intense scrutiny I was under. She gave me a look of disbelief.
“Well you’ve fractured your cheekbone.” She said. James’ jaw tightened. “But it’s easily fixed so you won‘t have to stay the night.” She pointed her wand at my cheek and said “Episkey”. She then gave me a potion to bring down the swelling. I thanked god that I wouldn’t have to change into one of those hospital gowns. I don’t think they make them for pregnant girls in schools.
“Right then Mr Potter,” She started. “Dare I ask you to sit on your bed now?” He smirked, causing himself to wince, before walking over to his cubicle, with me tailing behind him. “And how did you get your injuries?”
Once again, he grinned. “Isn’t it obvious?” he answered. “Fell down the stairs as well.”
She made a noise of frustration as I tried to contain my giggles. Not the right time.
“Of course you did.” She said sarcastically. “I can already tell that your going to need more than one spell to heal you up. I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to see you again before you graduate.”
“Please Pomfrey.” He said, as she used ‘Tergeo’ to get rid of the blood on his face. “This is me you’re talking about, and I still have the Quidditch match against Slytherin to play.”
As she healed his cuts, she replied “One can hope Mr Potter.”
The door to the hospital wing opened. Jack, Sean and Fred, who had been waiting outside, walked in and made their way to the other side of the room. Jack glaring murderously at James the whole time.
Madam Pomfrey was clearly looking at both parties, and had seen the look pass between Jack and James. Along with the fact I was standing by his bedside, I’m guessing she could put the whole scenario together.
Frowning, she turned back to us, but didn’t say anything. She silently healed his black eye, and after several minutes, he was completely healed. Handing him the same potion I had for swelling, we both turned to leave. During the short walk to the door, I could feel my brother’s eyes burning into my back.
“Let me guess,” we heard Madam Pomfrey say. “You fell down the stairs?”
“Did you really mean that?” I asked, breaking the silence we had as we walked back to the Gryffindor Common room.
“Mean what?” James responded, a confused look on his face.
“What you said. In your dorm.”
His expression cleared up when realisation crossed his mind. “Yeah.” He said, looking straight ahead. A shy smile was creeping onto my face. “I did.”
“And you weren’t just saying it? To make Jack less angry?” I said, doubt forming.
He sighed, before turning my way and gently pushing me up against the wall. I looked up and down the corridor to make sure that no one was around, but James didn’t seem to care.
“I love you.” He said, honesty written on his face, and voice steady.
“Good.” I managed to say.
James raised his eyebrows in amusement. “Good?”
“Yeah.” I whispered. “’cause I love you too. And it would be annoying if you didn’t love me back.” I smirked, as he let out a warm laugh.
Pressing his lips to mine, I sighed in response. When Jason had me against the wall after the detention, I felt claustrophobic, scared and on edge. With James, it was exactly the opposite reaction.
I felt safe. I felt protected. And I felt loved.
He broke the kiss and pulled back, smirking when I whimpered at the space he put between us.
“Someone might see us.” He said.
Still missing the pressure on my lips, I responded in an annoyed tone. “Do I look like I care right now?” Chuckling, he held my hand and pulled me in the direction to the kitchens.
All the way down, he kept stopping when the halls were empty, and pulling me close for a quick make out session. Not that I was complaining.
When he tickled the pear by the entrance, he lead me in after him.
“Hey Sushi.” He said, as the excited house elf ran to greet us. “Can you get us two hot chocolates please?” He turned to me. “Do you want anything else?”
“Umm I don’t think so.” I said before changing my mind. “Actually can I have some pizza please? Ooh and some olives. Can I have some shrimp as well? And a jar of peanut butter please.”
James was looking at me like I’d hit my head too hard. “Is that all?”
“You’re right it’s missing something.” I answered. “I know, raisins please.” Sushi bowed before running to get our order.
“Pizza, olives, shrimp, peanut butter and raisins?” He looked disgusted. “Have you destroyed your taste buds?”
“No.” I said, looking affronted. “It’s what I’m craving idiot.” He shook his head, as if to say ‘what am I going to do with you?’, before sitting down at one of the tables.
“So how come we’re down here?” I asked, my curiosity burning.
“I wanted to talk to you.”
What did he want to talk about? Was he changing his mind about us? Since Jack clearly didn’t approve. Even if he didn’t know I was pregnant, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be happy that his best mate was shacking up with his sister.
“Jack knows now, so I wanted to know how you’d feel about going public.”
“Like telling a few friends?” I asked.
He ran his hand through his hair, making it stick up, but as if it had been styled. “Well, it would be a lot more people than that.” He looked sheepish. “We’ve been dating in secret, so you don’t know the lifestyle that us Potters have to deal with. As soon as the rest of Hogwarts find out, it’ll be in the papers next day. Just because they’re not allowed to take pictures of us in Hogwarts, doesn’t mean that they won’t try when we’re out.”
“So what are you saying?” I said, confused.
“That it’s up to you.” he explained. “But as soon as we do tell, you’ll be in the spotlight with us. And what they write isn’t always nice.” He put a hand on my cheek, and stroked where it was still swollen. “I’ll try to protect you from the worst of it, but I can’t guarantee anything.”
I took the hand that was on my face, and held it in mine. “I’m ready if you are.”
A breathtaking smile overtook all other emotions that were on his face. The smile alone made all the doubts about my future disappear.
“I’m definitely ready.” He grinned. “We’ll stop hiding it tomorrow. That gives us today to have a bit of peace and quiet.” I nodded. Sushi came back with our hot chocolates and my food, asked us if there was anything else we wanted, before scurrying away.
I was digging into the feast I’d ordered, when I finally let myself think over Jack’s reaction. I should be grateful that he wanted to look after me, but all I really wanted was for him to support any decisions I make. To be the one to let me cry on his shoulder, not the one who made me cry.
“Are you okay?”
James’ question broke me out of my thoughts. “Huh?”
“You look upset.” He stated. “Are you changing your mind about going public? ‘Cause you don’t have to……”
“No.” I said, not wanting to give the wrong impression. “It’s….” I sighed, pausing for a moment. “It’s Jack. I knew that he wouldn’t be happy about it, but I was hoping that I was wrong. I wanted him to be okay with it.”
“Same.” he whispered. For the first time all day, I could see how this was affecting him. He’d most likely just lost his best friend. And I was the cause.
His head snapped up. “What for?”
“For ruining your friendship. For messing up your life. You didn’t need any of that, especially in your NEWT year.” I answered, feeling guilty.
“Stop it.” He said firmly, as if daring me to argue some more. “I knew that if I wanted to get involved with you it would affect me and Jack. But I still went ahead, because you’re worth it.”
Getting ready for bed that night, everyone was in complete silence. Even Holly, which was surprising. Having told all the girls what exactly happened, and that Jack now knew, they had spent the last hour telling me everything would be okay.
Not that I believed it for a second, mind.
After I’d pulled on a pair of shorts and a tank top, that finished half way up my bump, I was broken out of my bedtime routine by a knock on the door. Glancing around the dorm to see if anyone else was expecting anyone, I realised that they all had expressions of surprise on their faces as well.
Pulling on my school robes over my nightwear, I opened the door to find James standing there with a pillow, blanket, toothbrush and a change of clothes in his hand.
“Hey” he said, nervously running his hands through his hair. “Any chance I can sleep on your floor? Jack has decided that I’m not welcome in our dorm anymore. The other guys tried to argue, but I’d rather not make him any angrier.”
“Sure.” I agreed, without missing a beat. “Come on in.” He walked in through the door, allowing me to close it behind him.
Holly came out of the bathroom, and when she saw James standing in the middle of the room she started yelling “Boy! Boy in the dorm!”
“We know Holly.” I said in a bored tone, as she dived into her bed.
“I have to make myself decent!” She said, hiding under her duvet.
“You’re already fully dressed.” I replied, giving her a weird look.
“Well I might not have been.”
“Ignore her.” I whispered to James, making him smile. “Bathroom’s that way.” I pointed to the room Holly had just left. He thanked me, dropped the pillow and blanket on my bed, then made his way to the door on the opposite side of the room with his toothbrush.
“How come the boyfriend is here?” Holly asked bluntly.
I made sure my voice was loud enough so Rose and Dom could hear. “He’s going to be sleeping here tonight.” I said, hoping that no one would mind. I hoped it was obvious in my tone that he needed to sleep here tonight.
Holly shrugged, got changed and climbed into bed before James came out of the bathroom. I knew Holly wouldn’t mind. I could threaten to slap her around the face with a fish, and she’d probably just cheer me on.
Dom whispered “Jack giving him a hard time?” I nodded in response, making both Rose and Dom sigh before doing the same as Holly.
When James was finished in the bathroom, he came out and walked over to my bed, allowing me to go in and brush my teeth. When I came back, all three of the girls had closed the curtains around their beds, and James had made up a bed on the floor using the blanket and pillow he had brought with him. The change of clothes for tomorrow were on top of my trunk, along with the trousers and T-shirt he’d worn when he arrived.
“You don’t have to sleep on the floor you know.” I said, climbing into my bed. “I’m sure there’s enough room in this bed for both of us.”
“You sure?” He asked.
“Yeah come on.” He stood up, but as he went to climb in my bed, I added with a smirk “But you have to turn the light off.”
He shook his head, but chuckled and put the candles out using his wand. I moved over as he slid into the bed behind me. He pulled me back closer to him, and tucked his legs next to mine. I turned my head to give him a kiss goodnight, but what was meant to be a quick peck ended up being something much longer. We tried to keep the noise down, but obviously we didn’t try hard enough.
“Alright. I have no problem with James sleeping over,” Holly yelled from her bed. “But if you two start making sex noises, I’m going to be really pissed off.”
Rose and Dom burst into laughter, whereas I pulled away and blushed. James smirked at me, and gave me one more peck before resting his head on my pillow, and placing one of his hands on my stomach.
All was quiet until James said one last thing.
A/N: Jack officially knows everything! Mwahahaha
I know a lot of readers have been waiting for this bit of the story, and I hope it lived up to your expectations.
Did you think he’d react this way? Or did you think that he would have reacted better than Aiden? Can James and Jack repair the friendship?
Shall I give you a sneak peak? I don’t know, this has been a rather eventful chapter :S
Oh go on then :P
“I want you to stop seeing him.” Jack scowled.
“Well that’s not going to happen.” I snapped back. “Who do you think you are telling me what I can and cannot do?”
Jack grinded his teeth together. “Is that what this is about?” He said. “Doing something because I told you not to?”
“NO!” I yelled, not having to worry about people overhearing. “He’s kind, considerate, he cares about my feelings and HE LOVES ME. He’s perfect, but to you, he’s still not good enough for your little sister.”
“Can you hear yourself?” He sneered. “That guy took advantage of you when you were drunk, knocked you up and you think you’re in love with him.”
“Can you hear yourself?” I replied coldly. “Last week he was your best friend James. Now he’s ‘that guy’.”
“LAST WEEK I DIDN’T KNOW HE’D SLEPT WITH MY SISTER.”
Tension. I like it : )
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