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Chapter 5 : The Madness of a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
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But Albus still got a black eye.
This was why you didn't mess with Scorpius.
Well, I guess this was my fault. It was my hand in his pocket. But Scorpius somehow though it was Albus' fault.
Oh well. No point in trying to argue with him. He was way to stubborn.
The Welcome Back Feast was pretty much the same as every other year. Little firsties got sorted, food appeared and everyone ate until they felt like they were going to explode. All students talked loudly and pretty much went crazy.
Scorpius was making things awkward by just staring at his food and only talking to Rose. (Okay so even when he was mad he still talked to Rose. How cute was that?! I thought it was adorable and even more of a reason for them to be together. Besides at one point he touched Rose's hand and I could tell she was freaking out on the inside. Oh, young love).
"Come on Scorp, we'd better go lead the first years," Rosie said, getting up off the bench. Scorpius glanced from me to Albus as if we would pounce on each other at moment.
"Don't worry Scorp, I'll make sure these two don't do anything scandalous," Louis said, receiving a glare from Scorpius.
"If you're not careful you'll be the one with the black eye next," Alice said to Louis once Rose and Scorpius were gone.
Louis shrugged. "Bruising makes a man more sexy. But I guess that I'm already so sexy, it would be hard to make me more sexy."
Alice rolled her eyes and started heading out of the Great Hall. We all started following her when she said, "Whatever you say, Louis. You aren't that sexy."
"What?!" Louis practically screamed. He pushed Albus and I out of the way so he could catch up with Alice. "You obviously are delusional. I'm clearly the sexiest man here."
They somehow managed to walk past the large amounts of students and far ahead of us, arguing if Louis was sexy or not (He was. Just for the record). Which left me and Albus walking to the common room.
"How's your eye?" I asked, as we worked our way through the mass of students.
"It's fine," Albus said. "Doesn't hurt as much anymore."
"Good," I said. We walked in silence for a while.
Things had been awkward between Albus and I after the episode on the train. We weren't allowed to be in the same carriage so he went with Rose and Alice, while I went with Scorpius and Louis.
Scorpius made me sit right next to him and told me how I was never allowed to date anyone, ever, because boys were bad. Boys would only break peoples hearts. He used Louis as an example and made me promise not to date or do anything stupid with Louis or boys like Louis.
Louis was offended that Scorpius thought he was a jerk. But then Scorpius pointed out that he was the same. And that I should never, ever, not in a million years, or if my life were depending on it, go out with boys like them. I needed to find a nice boy who wasn't going to fight with me or stand up to me and wait on me hand and foot. Someone who was loyal, kind, my best friend.
I asked him where I could get one of those since they don't exist.
Deciding I didn't want to walk in silence anymore (it was so awkward. Because we were clearly walking together but we weren't talking and just the fact that we were walking together after he apologized and then I fell on him and got my hand stuck in his pants and both our lives were in danger that was awkward. I hate awkwardness) I decided to talk to Albus. About anything.
Really I would have talked about anything.
Potions, charms, summer.
Even nargles. I would talk about nargles even though I had no idea what the fuck nargles were.
"So..." I said. "Um...ugh..."
Albus eyed me strangely. "So...trying to think of something to say?"
I couldn't help but crack a little smile at this. "Yeah, I just really hate-"
"ALBUS!" a voice screamed from down the hall. "OH BABY, I MISSED YOU!"
Well, speaking of things I hated.
It was Albus' ex-girlfriend and forever stalker, Erica Ericson.
I wondered what her parents were thinking naming her that.
It was a bimbo name. And a stripper name.
They must have known that their daughter would turn out the way she did.
How she ended up in Ravenclaw I would never understand.
"Shit," Albus said, realizing who it was. It was good to know I wasn't alone in hating her.
"Don't want to see your little girlfriend, Potter?" I mocked, flashing the Malfoy smirk. It wasn't fighting. Just teasing.
"No, Malfoy," he said, glaring at me. "She is not my girlfriend and I don't want to see her."
Erica's cries for Albus were getting closer and closer.
"Well you might want to tell her that," I said about to walk away when I felt his hand on my wrist.
"Oh, no Malfoy," he said as he pulled me back. "I got a black eye because of you. Now you get to deal with this for me." I was about to protest when he said, "Are you about to start an argument Malfoy? You will lose the bet after only a few hours?" I glared at him and he smirked. "That's what I thought. You know this is fair."
"Life isn't fair," I said, as the annoying twat came up to us and threw herself over Albus.
"OH ALBUS, I MISSED YOU SO MUCH! DON'T EVER LEAVE ME AGAIN! YOU NEVER VISTED ME AND I NEARLY FELL APART!" She was strangling Albus but he pulled her off of him and put her arms length away. While he was doing this I had a very good look at his arms muscles.
All I could say was, damn.
How did he get his arms so nice? And how was I just noticing this?
DAMMIT ADDIE YOU WERE THINKING HE'S ATTRACTIVE AGAIN!
Oh, hello brain. It wa me hormones. How are you?
ADDISON MALFOY DON'T YOU DARE KEEP THINKING HE'S ATTRACTIVE.
But he is...
NO, NO HORMONES, HE IS NOT. STOP THINKING THESE THINGS.
THAT MEANS STOP STARING AT THEM TOO.
But they are so nice to look at!
STOP. ALBUS IS WONDERING WHY YOU ARE STARING AT HIM.
I looked up and saw Albus was indeed looking at me with a questioning look. I pulled my eyes off of his amazing arm muscles (sad) and looked over at Erica.
Oh great, she was giving me the death glare.
Should I death glare back?
Nah, I would take the high road.
I stuck my tongue out at her.
I was so mature.
"I just don't understand Albus!" She whined. And that was when I noticed the tears.
Shit, what did I miss when I was staring at Albus' arms?!
"Erica," Albus said, trying to be patient, but I could tell he was getting pissed off. His jaw was clenched, which normally only happened when I started to argue with him. I knew that when the jaw clenched, I was getting exactly what I wanted, which was making him angry. "I told you last year, in March for Merlin's sake, and you can't seem to get it."
"Get what Alby?" She asked. I couldn't but snicker at that, receiving glaring looks from both of them. But come on, Alby? That was just hilarious.
"That I don't like you. That I dumped you. That I don't want you in my life," Albus said. "You're a clingy, annoying little girl, who doesn't seem to understand what no means. All you seemed to care about was my family image, you never cared about me. You're a fucking poser who really could care less about anyone else as long as she got what she wanted. Well here's something you can't seem to understand: I don't fucking like you. You're a slut who cheated on me and didn't care about me so stay out of my fucking life. Go run home to your rich daddy and beg for more money, maybe he'll actually start to pay attention to you more. Or maybe go try and talk to your mom if she can get away from one of the many affairs she's having. Merlin, you're pathetic. "
Okay. Even I dropped my jaw at that. I knew he had a temper but what was with him these days? He was just hitting the low blows. I looked over at Erica and saw her staring at him in shock.
"Albus," I said. I surprised myself by putting my hand on his arm, trying to force him to look at me. "I think you went to far."
"Addie," he said, his voice low as he pulled my hand off of his arm. "Stay out of this."
Erica looked between us with a shocked look on her face. "Oh now I get it, Albus," she said. "It's not about you not wanting me. It's about your loyalty to your new girlfriend."
Girlfriend? Albus had a girlfriend?
This was brand new information.
Hopefully Scorpius would get off my back about what happened on the train if he had a girlfriend.
"You have a girlfriend?" I asked Albus.
"Apparently," he said. "Erica what the hell are you talking about? I don't have a new girlfriend. I just don't want to be with you. Like I didn't in March."
"Please Albus," she said as she sniffled. "Don't lie to me about your love life when you are showing it off right in front of me."
What?! I was so confused. It was only Albus an me.
She really was as dumb as her name.
"You two are clearly together!" She yelled, causing some students to look back at us. "Albus you're dating Malfoy! It's clear. I get it, and you two are torturing me by showing it off in front of my face."
"Erica, are you insane?" I asked her. I was very worried for her mental state if she though that Albus and I were dating. I should have owled St. Mungo's and booked her a room in the mental ward. "We are not dating."
"You two are holding hands!" she yelled again. I looked down at my hand and saw it was in Albus'. I didn't notice that. Shit. "You are standing here with him and walking back to your common room together! Albus I thought you always thought she was an annoying bitch!"
"I do think she's an annoying bitch!" Albus yelled. I looked at him and he said, "Sorry."
"Well then why are you with her?!"
"For the last time we aren't together!!" Merlin how thick do you have to be?! I pulled my hand out of his to prove it.
"Lies will get you no where, Malfoy," she said as she came face to face with me. She was shorter than me, and I was only 5'4", meaning that she was really short. "You mark my words I will get him back. No matter what you do, I will get my Alby back."
She turned around and walked away.
"I don't want him!" I yelled at her back. "I don't even have him! Take him! I don't care! Take him if you want him! I don't want him! He's yours! He is all yours!! I hate him! Take him if you want him so badly!!"
She turned around with a laugh. "Oh, Malfoy," she said to me. "I don't know how you are trying to play this game but I promise you, I will win."
"What game?!" I yelled at her retreating back. "I'm not playing a game! There is absolutely nothing going on between Albus and me!" But no matter what I said, she just kept walking down the hall toward her tower.
"How the hell did she get into Ravenclaw?" I asked Albus.
He shrugged. "Beats me."
"She's a psychopath."
"I know. Kind of the reason why I dumped her."
I sighed and played with one of my curls. "Weirdest day ever?" I asked him.
He nodded. "Weirdest day ever."
There was no argument over that.
"OI! SHUT IT!" James yelled at the mass of students standing in the Quidditch Pitch. It had been two weeks since school started and that meant one thing in James Potter's mind: Quidditch. "There is one position on the team. We need a keeper. So separate into groups based on how much experience you have."
The group shuffled around, trying to arrange themselves. There were about 20 people, mainly younger kids, as many of the older kids have heard of James' craziness of being Quidditch captain. He was kind of...passionate about Quidditch, to the point that it was very hard to recruit people our age to join the team. There were a few older kids, mainly boys (none of whom were attractive), but none of them looked ready to play Quidditch.
"Well this is sure an interesting turn out," Louis said, as he put his arm around me. "Hopefully some of them are good otherwise James might have an aneurysm."
I laughed and leaned into him. “He’s crazy," I said as he made some people leave he field when they said they wanted to try out for a chaser position. He flipped and yelled at them saying that all positions were taken by Scorpius, himself and me. "You excited to get a new keeper?"
"Yeah except for no one will be as good as Wood was," Louis said. Luke Wood was the other beater last year and he got drafted to the Canons, much to his father's dismay (His dad played for Puddlemere). "We will just have to see who is even some what close."
"True," I said.
"Lou, Scorp will kill you if he sees this," Albus said. He was standing next to Louis and was looking over at Rose talking to Scorpius. Louis removed his arm from around me and followed his gaze.
Albus and I had been pretty civil toward each other since the train. We would exchange words and had full conversations on more than one occasion. It was good. We hadn't had an argument but we've had bicker spats. We wouldn't be us without our bicker spats.
"He'll only kill me because of what happened on the train between you two," Louis said.
"Louis nothing happened," I said, sighing. Louis seemed convinced that something had actually happened on the train. Especially when Erica Ericson started saying we were dating. People were so dumb.
"Sure," Louis said. "Sure, Addie we'll just go with that."
I rolled my eyes at him. It was useless trying to convince Louis otherwise. He was such a stubborn little git.
"So has anyone else noticed that Rose and Scorpius have been pretty friendly towards each other lately?" Louis asked. That boy could not stay silent for long. He was like a little kid.
"Yeah I have," I said, smiling. They were so cute. Even from a distance I could tell Rose had on a shy smile that she rarely wore. And Scorpius was looking at her like she was the most beautiful thing ever. They were so adorable. If I didn't want them to be together I might have puked from how adorable they were.
"So have I," Albus said. "And I don't like it."
That brought me out of my oh-aren't-they-so-cute trance and back into reality. I whipped my head around to look at him. "Why don't you like it?"
"Because she's my cousin," he said, still watching them. "And he's my best friend. I know what he does to girls and I'm not letting that happen to Rose."
"How do you know he's going to hurt her?" I asked. "What if it's actually different for him?"
"But what if it's not?" Albus asked me. I noticed Louis backing away slowly to go stand with James. "Then Rose will be in tears and I will have to kill my best friend. There's no way I'm letting that happen."
"Oh. do they need your permission?" I asked him. I was really starting to get pissed off. But I couldn't start a fight. I would not lose the bet.
"No," Albus said, his jaw clenching. He was getting angry too but he wasn't going to give in to actually argue. We were having a discussion. "But I will stop it. Rose doesn't deserve to have her heart broken. She's better then that."
"Are you saying that you're convinced that he will break her heart?" I asked him. "Or are you saying he isn't good enough for her?"
"No one is good enough for Rose," he said.
"Not even your best friend," I said. "Who you trust more then anything, who you've known since you were 11, who is pretty much your brother-"
"Yes he is all that but that doesn't mean I want him dating my cousin!" He said at me. "You saw how angry he got when he thought something was going on between us and you think that it's different if I were to get mad about something going on with him and Rose?"
"It is different!" I said. "There is nothing going on between me and you and besides Scorpius thought we were just hooking up! Rose would never just hook up with someone and maybe Scorpius actually wants to be with her! And trust me when I say this, I would never be with you, so Scorpius doesn't need to worry about that. You are a huge jerk, who doesn't even seem to think his best friend is good enough for his cousin and I absolutely hate you!"
We were really close again. Like our chests were almost touching close. And I noticed that his eyes changed when he seemed to realize how close we were. All of a sudden all the anger was gone from his eyes and replaced with something that I didn't understand. I saw him gulp. All of a sudden I just became really nervous and had butterflies in my stomach as I stared into his eyes.
I needed to look away.
Okay look away...NOW.
Why was I not looking away? I said look away!!
I couldn't seem to turn my head. Dammit these butterflies needed to stop.
But he wasn't looking away either. He was standing there staring back at me with that weird expression. I honestly had no clue what is going on but I got the feeling he was just as nervous as I was.
He was so attractive.
"Um, Addie? Al?" Albus and I snapped out of whatever weird trance we were in and looked away. I all of sudden felt really awkward like I was caught doing something I wasn't supposed to. I looked up and saw Scorpius and Rose standing there staring at us.
"Ugh...hi," I said, trying to ignore how awkward I felt.
"Hi," Rose said, seeming to pick up on my awkwardness. "What were you two doing?"
That was a good question Rosie.
"Talking," Albus said and I noticed that his voice matched mine. Shaky with a bit of awkwardness.
"Okay..." Rose said. She looked at Scorpius and I saw him looking at the sky trying to avoid the awkwardness. So it wasn't just Albus and I. Even Rose and Scorpius felt the awkwardness from catching Albus and I doing...nothing. "Well, I'll go sit in the stands." She turned to face Scorpius. "Um...good luck Scorpius," she said and she kissed him on the cheek. I might have freaked out a little more if I wasn't so awkward.
"Thanks," Scorpius said. He seemed kinda in a daze and walked away from Albus and I with a goofy smile on his face.
Which left Albus and I alone again.
"Um," I said, looking at anything but him.
"We should, ugh," Albus said, seeming flustered. Which was weird because Albus NEVER gets flustered. "We should, um go, ugh to the um team."
"Yeah," I said. Why were we so awkward? Just two minutes ago we were arguing and now we can't even look at each other. We were just staring at each other. So why the fuck was this so awkward? "That, um, might be good."
So we walked over to the rest of them (far away from each other, but no matter how far I got I still felt extremely awkward. I was in a cloud of awkward) and stood in the circle that had formed. Majority of the people had left the field and were sitting in the stands--they probably left after they heard the crazy practice schedule and what we do for training. There were only about five, Hugo being one of them.
Currently, the team made up of me, Scorpius and James as chasers, Louis and Freddy as beaters, and Albus as the seeker. James didn't want the entire team to be his family and friends, but we couldn't help it that we were better then everyone else.
If Hugo made the team, James would be annoyed because then it would seem like he was picking favorites.
Hugo was a fourth year and he wasn't very social. Even though I was best friends with Rose and over at their house all the time, I rarely saw the kid. He was always up in his room or out with his friends (at least I assumed he was out with his friends. I'm actually not sure where he was). So in six years I have probably said less then six words to him.
"Alright, everyone line up and then you will have your turn blocking the hoops. Scorpius, Addie, and I," he motioned to us. "We will try and make the Quaffle into the hoop. Whoever blocks the most is on the team."
They started getting in a line and I walked up to Hugo. "Hey, Hugo."
"Hey Addie," he said, nodding at me.
"I didn't know you were trying out," I said. "When did you decide to do that?"
He shrugged. "Over the summer."
Wow this was such an amazing conversation.
"Well good luck," I said and walked toward my broom. Scorpius still had the goofy grin on his face and was looking up at Rose reading in the stands. "Scorpius could you make it more obvious?"
He looked at me. "I could ask you the same thing."
I looked at him questioningly. "What?"
He nodded over to Albus, who was talking with Louis. "Exactly what I said. You sure make it pretty obvious."
"I'm sorry Scorpius, what?" I said. Because I think I know what he's talking about but I'm not sure.
"Addie, it's very simple to understand," he said as he handed me my broom.
"No, Scorp it's not-"
"OI! ARE YOU TWO ACTUALLY GOING TO PLAY?" James yelled at us from the air.
Scorpius pulled at my braid and said, "Don't worry about it Ads." And then he was up and in the air.
And of course because he said not to worry about it I was worrying about it. The entire time I was playing, trying to score, I was worrying about it. Was he implying that I liked Albus?
God no. That was weird. Albus was a jerk.
Most of the people trying out for keeper were bad. Like really bad. Like I got everything in and I was totally distracted bad.
That is until Hugo (he was last). He blocked every single Quaffle anyone threw at him. He was awesome. I was amazed. He must have practiced really hard to get like that.
"Hugo!!" I yelled, as I ran toward him after we all landed. "How did you become so good at Quidditch?"
"I've been training," he said.
"Well you looked amazing out there! You're getting on the team for sure!"
He nodded. "Yep. I'm gonna hit the shower."
"Okay," I said. I got the feeling he didn't want to talk to me and I was insulted because of it. "Well bye."
Once he was in the locker room, with nearly everyone else with him, I said, "Well I could've had a better conversation by myself."
"Don't take it personally," a voice behind me said, as I jumped. I turned around and saw the smirking face of Albus. "Scared, Malfoy?"
"Yeah, I kinda am because this creeper came up behind me," I said back. "And what do you mean, 'don't take it personally'?"
"Don't be insulted that Hugo didn't talk to you," Albus said. "He doesn't talk very much. I thought you would have noticed that after being Rose's friend for so long."
"I have noticed," I said. "I just assumed it was because he didn't like me."
"Nope. He just doesn't talk much," he said looking around the nearly empty pitch.
"Yeah well sucks for him on missing out on an awesome person like me."
"Sure, Malfoy," Albus said in a sarcastic tone. He was looking off around the now deserted pitch.
We were silent for a few seconds and I turned around to talk towards the locker rooms.
"Addie," I heard him say. I turned around and faced him. He walked closer to me and looked at the ground. "What I said before, I didn't mean that Scorpius isn't good enough for Rose. In fact, he's probably perfect for her."
"So then why don't you want them to be together?" I asked looking at my shoes because I felt awkward if I was looking at him looking at the ground.
"Because I don't want one of them getting hurt," he said. I crept a look at him and saw that he was frowning at the ground. "Love doesn't always last. Yes, with most people it might but there is no guaranty, nothing saying it will last forever. If they got hurt because of each other, well, that would suck because both of them are my best friends."
I thought about this. "I guess we're in the same boat," I said.
"And if they started dating, then what if they became that couple where they forget about their friends? Then it would just be you and me," he said. "And we're not exactly friends."
"Well apparently you haven't heard the rumors," I said trying to lighten the mood. "Because apparently we're more then friends."
He brought his eyes up to me and smiled. "Oh yeah, I forgot."
We were quiet again. But I had a question nagging in my mind.
"So, earlier, was that fight?" I asked.
"I was wondering the same thing," Albus said. "But I don't think it was. Only because I can't tell who started it."
"Meaning you started it," I said poking his chest. He grabbed my hand and pulled it off. Maybe I was imagining this, but he held onto for longer then necessary.
"So you think Rose and Scorpius would make a good couple?" he asked me.
I nodded. "Yeah," I said, smiling at thinking of how they were when they were together. "I really think they would."
"And you are trying to get some plan to get them to be together?"
'I'm figuring stuff out," I said, even though that was a lie. I had no idea how to get them to go out.
"And no matter what I say, you will still try and get them to be together?"
"Well," Albus said running a hand through his hair. "I guess I'll have to just deal with this."
"I guess so," I said back.
He looked at me and smiled a small smile.
I could tell that this wasn't a normal smile. He was telling me that if I thought it was right, he would back off. He would let me try to get Scorpius and Rose to be together no matter what the outcome may be. He was offering a friendship of sorts.
I wasn't sure if I was ready to take that next step. Yes, we agreed to try and be friends, but this was the first thing where that seemed actually possible. I wasn't sure what to do.
I let my instincts take over.
I felt myself do a small smile back.
A/N: I'm so sorry I haven't updated! I was suffering MAJOR writers block, which may explain this chapter. It's mainly a filler chapter but there is key stuff.
I would like to thank all of you are reading this story and continue to read it. I hope that you enjoy it.
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