Chapter 5 : Chapter 5: I Hate You, James Potter
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I looked at him. "Which part?"
Michael Davies glared at the paper. "How the tevelision is powered."
"So basically all of it." I muttered under my breath. "You mean television. You see, it's powered by electricity, which is like lighting..."
I was helping Michael with his Muggle Studies homework. He clearly wasn't very good with it, so I don't know why he decided to take it at a NEWT level. Or how he managed to get an OWL in it.
"Oh, hello Elizabeth." I was knocked out of my reverie by Remus.
I smiled lightly. "Hey, Remus." Yesterday, we had a whole conversation without my stuttering. I was very proud of that.
"Is something wrong?" he asked, sitting down.
I shook my head, but whispered, "Michael Davies is really bad at Muggle Studies."
He raised an eyebrow. Dammit, he can do that too! This is so unfair! "The Ravenclaw chaser, Michael Davies? I didn't know you knew him."
I laughed a little. "Of course I know him. He's a Ravenclaw, too. We hung out last Hogsmeade trip."
"Oh. I hadn't seen you."
I shrugged. "I only went to Honeydukes and the Three Broomsticks."
"That was probably why."
I quickly checked the clock. "I think it's time for dinner." I said, packing away my Charms and Defense against the Dark Arts books.
"Right." Remus stood with me. "Would you like to sit we us today?"
I looked at him, slightly confused. "Alright." I just hope Potter doesn't annoy me.
Remus grinned. "Come one, Elizabeth."
He held the door open for me to walk in. All of a sudden I felt something grab my ankle and hoist me into the air. My skirt fell down. Mushroom. Everyone started laughing. Of course. Why me?
I felt tears form in my eyes. I was so embarrassed.
"James Potter! Detention! Put Ms. Moore down right now!"
I was having trouble breathing.
CRASH! Was the sound I made when Potter dropped me. Crying, I ran straight out of the Great Hall.
I know. I'm a coward. But the sorting hat didn't consider putting me into Gryffindor for a reason.
"Elizabeth? Are you okay?" Leslie's quiet voice came from outside my bed curtains.
I didn't respond.
I didn't respond.
"She really must be out of it. She didn't respond." Leslie told someone.
Slowly, my bed curtains were pulled open. Leslie, Katie, and Ashley sat down in a half-circle around me, before pulling the curtains closed and spelling it so no one can hear us.
"I'm sure everyone will forget about it soon enough." Katie smiled slightly.
I shrugged. "It's my fault I get embarrassed so easily."
Ashley looked at me doubtfully. "You showed the entire school you underwear. I'd be embarrassed, too."
"Besides, it sort of seemed like Remus set you up for it, doesn't it? He led her into the Great Hall, and made sure she entered before him." Katie piped up.
I looked at her, stricken. "You don't seriously think that? Do you?" I couldn't believe it. Remus was too nice to do that sort of thing!
Then again, he was friends with the Marauders.
"Katie!" Leslie hit her over the back of her head. "Why the hell would you say something like that to Elizabeth?"
Katie looked at her. "James undoubtedly thinks Elizabeth pranked him. He could have convinced Remus, thus getting him to help him prank her."
I groaned. "I hate your logic!"
"Maybe you'd appreciate it if you had some." Katie said, laughingly.
"Thanks for helping my self esteem."
Suddenly, I started laughing. "Oh, well. Maybe someone decided it was a good sight." I waggled my eyebrows.
Ashley giggled. "There's the Elizabeth we know and love."
Leslie still looked doubtful. "You bounced back quickly."
I shrugged. "It's my life. Why should I let someone ruin it without my permission?"
"Was that a quote you messed with?"
"Come on, Lizzie, let's brave the common room." Ashley grinned, pulling me up. We headed down the stairs from the girls dormitory.
"Don't call me that." I felt that it was obligatory now. They would start to get worried if I didn't tell them to stop.
When I entered the common room, I found Michael staring intently at the stairs. When he saw me, he grinned. "Hey, Lizzie!"
"Don't call me that." I responded immediately, before realizing I never told him that I hate being called anything but Elizabeth.
He looked at me confused.
"Sorry," I apologized. "I just hate it when people call me anything but Elizabeth. Lizzie, Moore, Beth, ect. I hate it all."
"I think Elizabeth is a perfectly pretty name, so why not use it? Sure, sometimes I don't feel like saying it all, but still."
He smiled. "Okay, Elizabeth."
I giggled slightly, but blushing a little.
"I heard what James did." He said quietly.
I winced. "You didn't see it?"
He looked away. "No, I did. I just thought you might react better if you thought I hadn't."
The left corner of my lip lifted a little. He was so adorable. "It's alright."
He grinned. "Would you like to get some lunch, then? You didn't get any breakfast, I'm sure."
I shook my head. "No, I hadn't. I'd love to get some lunch."
He held out an arm, and I took hold. Ashley grinned, and gave me a thumbs up. I'm glad to see that they're going to get over it. In response, I gave her a two fingered salute with my free hand.
When we got to the Great Hall, Sirius tried to call me over. "Lizzie!"
I held my head high, and walked straight to the Ravenclaw table with Michael.
"Lizzie!" He couldn't leave me alone? "Lizzie Moore! Elizabeth! Elizabeth Moore! Elizabeth I-don't-know-your-middle-name Moore! Get your mushroom cap over here!"
I gasped. "You did not just use my curse word!" I cried, turning toward him.
"I did." Sirius said seriously. Ha ha. Get it?
"Silencio!" I grabbed my wand and waved it toward him. Quite maturely, I stuck my tongue out at him, and stalked off to my seat across from Michael.
"Silenced him?" he asked.
I nodded happily before digging in. "Food time!" I cheered.
He laughed, a black strand of hair falling into his gray eyes.
Hmmm . . . He was handsome.
"Elizabeth, please listen to me."
Angry, I turned on my heel, and whipped out my wand. I pushed the tip of it against his neck.
"I know a hell of a lot more spells than you do. And, I'm the best friend of Leslie White. She invents spells. She even taught me one that can make someone lose their voice completely. Would you like me to test that one on you?" I hissed before letting Sirius go and walking away.
Ashley whistled. "Don't you think that was a little harsh?" she asked, tucking a blonde strand behind her ear.
"Well, if it helps I refused an invitation to go to the Astronomy tower with him."
I thought about it for a moment. "Yes, it kind of does."
She smiled. "I'm glad."
"New potions partners!" Slughorn announced. I groaned. I had scored a spot next to Katie. She was the best of our group in Potions. Katie also wanted to be a healer. Leslie wanted to be a curse breaker for Gringotts, and Ashley wanted to be a reporter for the Daily Prophet.
Slughorn started announcing the partners. "Potter, Evans. White, Lovegood. Winters, Edwards. Lupin, Moore . . ." I sit with Lupin. Does Merlin hate me?
I got up and sat next to him in the front. At least he sits there.
As soon as I sat down, he tried to talk to me. "Listen, Elizabeth, Sirius had nothing—"
I held up a hand. "I don't want to hear it."
Remus looked properly dejected.
"Let's get to work."
"I sit next to Remus." I said sadly.
Katie rolled her eyes. "So?"
"As in, I wanted to get over him, but Slughorn is just making all of this so much harder."
"Stop complaining, Liz. People have it worse. Lily has to sit with James, and someone has to partner with Snape." Leslie pointed out, not looking up from her essay.
I huffed, looking back down at my Herbology essay.
"I really don't want to work."
"No one does, love." A voice came from behind me. I rolled over onto my back to find Sirius there.
"Why are you here, Black?" I asked, propping myself up on my elbows.
"I'm here to talk to you. Pack up."
I sighed. "Anything to stop working." I pushed my parchment into my bag and helped myself up with the tree. I followed Sirius into the castle.
"What do you want?" I folded my arms, looking into his eyes.
"I want to tell you that I wasn't the one who pranked you."
I rolled my eyes. "Well I know that."
His eyebrows furrowed. "Then why were you angry at me? Go yell at Prongs and threaten to remove his voice box. He's the one who showed off your knickers in front of Moony!"
I gapped at him. "W-what do you mean?"
It was his turn to roll his eyes. "It's obvious you have a thing for him." Mushroom. "You're not exactly subtle about it."
I blushed. "I do not like Remus."
"Uh, yes, you do."
"Oh, shut up Sirius!" I yelled.
"Go freak out at James, not me. It was his idea."
I scoffed. "Like you had no part in it."
"Exactly! He kept it from me because he knew we are friends."
I snorted. "I'd hardly call us friends."
Sirius put on a wounded puppy dog face. "I would call us that."
I waved him off.
He smirked. "I do know about your crush on Remus."
I paled. "You wouldn't tell him about that, would you?"
"Would I do that to you, Lizzie?"
"No, I won't. Just admit we're friends."
"Fine, we're friends."
Sirius grinned. He gave me a big bear hug and ran off, yelling, "I won't tell a soul!"
"So all of a sudden, you and Sirius are friends again? Just like that?" Ashley looked doubtful.
"That was quick."
I shrugged. "Apparently, he had no hand in showing off my knickers."
"So you're friends again."
"Did everyone think we were friends?" I asked, exasperated.
Katie nodded. "Some people thought you were more than that?"
"But he was with Ash."
"That's why it was so scandalous." Leslie laughed.
"So you've forgiven Sirius?" Remus asked, sitting down across from me.
I nodded. "But I'm planning on getting back at Potter. Do you think Evans would appreciate him no longer having a voice box?" I asked, not looking up from my books.
"Why, I think she would appreciate it a lot." Remus chuckled. I blushed a little at the sound.
"That's one of the options I'm considering."
"There's a spell that does that?"
"Yup. My friend Leslie invented it. She's really good at that." I explained, closing my book.
"Leslie White the Hufflepuff?" Remus asked.
"Who else do you hang out with?"
"Ashley Edwards and Katie Winters. They can be a little weird, but they're fun. Plus, I make them look normal." I laughed.
"I don't think you're that weird."
"That's because you've never been to one of our movie nights over break." I sympathetically patted his arm.
"You guys have movie nights?"
"Yeah. Unfortunately, you can't bring electronics to Hogwarts. Ash, Katie, and Leslie are all either Purebloods or Halfbloods, so I had to show them, but now they love it."
"Elizabeth!" I turned to see Michael calling my name.
"Hey," I smiled at him.
He walked over, and saw Remus. A weird look came over his face.
Michael looked back down at me, bent down, and planted a kiss on my lips.
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