Chapter 12 : Chapter 12: Stress
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First of all, why would Dumbledore let a werewolf into Hogwarts? Second, how would no one notice? I mean, it's not like everybody disappears every month!
It has to be someone at Hogwarts. Who else could get into the whomping willow?
That's why I was here in the, burying myself in books. I needed to take my mind off things.
So I decided to make a list of what's stressing me out so I could deal with it all.
Elizabeth Moore's List of Stressful Things
1. The stupid Winter Ball. Who the hell came up with that? I want to know who I should murder. Not in their sleep, of course. If it was in their sleep they wouldn't feel it . . .
2. There's a werewolf at Hogwarts. That's pretty big.
3. I have a boyfriend. Whom I really like.
4. I have a major crush on Remus Lupin. Who is not my boyfriend.
5. Leslie is sneaking around a lot lately. What is she doing?
6. We have NEWTs next year.
7. Lily won't shut up about Potter.
8. I keep getting paired up with Remus for rounds.
9. Sirius Black won't leave me alone.
10. I've been having trouble sleeping. Merlin, is there another pea under my bed? Must investigate.
11. The Winter Ball and Christmas break are coming up.
12. Knowing Ash, she's somehow going to get Remus to come over to Lily's-well, the house Lily and I share- house this summer.
13. I'd have to explain to him that my parents are dead.
14. I already have trouble enough resisting him.
15. Remus Lupin looks really hot today.
"Come on, Elizabeth. You have to find a dress," Lily said, grabbing onto my arm.
"No!" I said, digging my heels into the ground as Lily dragged me along.
"Lily? Elizabeth? What are you doing?" Remus appeared above me.
"My savior!" I cried, holding a hand out to him. "Help me!"
"We're helping Elizabeth find a dress," Lily said cheerfully. I hate her.
"If we didn't, she would go in jeans and a t-shirt."
"Alright. Go ahead. Enjoy yourselves." Remus grinned.
"Traitor!" I yelled after him, Lily still pulling me along.
She of course took me to the room of requirement. Most likely so we would definitely find a dress.
Leslie apparently already had a dress, a beautiful blue halter dress that lightened as it headed toward the bottom. The skirt was scattered with white sparkles. It reminded me of the night sky.
"Here, Elizabeth. Try these on." I looked down, aghast, at the bright red, pink, and violet garments.
"This? Why can't it be something simple?" I asked.
Lily looked up from her examination of a strapless dark emerald green dress.
"What's wrong with those?"
"I want something simple."
Lily pursed her lips.
"Fine. Come help me, Katie."
They scoured the racks, pulling things out occasionally. I put the bright clothes back on the racks and waited for them to finish.
"Here," Katie said, thrusting the dresses into my arms.
I sat down, getting ready to look through them.
"No," I muttered, placing the short purple dress beside me.
A couple minutes later and I was left with three dresses. A simple, flowy green dress, a strapless teal dress, and a dark purple halter dress.
"Okay. I'm ready," I announced, getting up.
"You got rid of more than half the dresses," Lily pointed out.
"I know. You're awfully perceptive, Lily." I grinned before entering the changing room in the corner.
I pulled on the green dress and made a face. I looked awful.
Nevertheless, I swung open the door to the changing room to show Leslie, Katie, and Lily.
"How bad is it?"
"That's what I thought." I laughed and pulled the door closed once more.
I grabbed the teal dress and slipped it on.
It had a fitted bodice with jewels trailing down it. The full skirt moved quite nicely against my legs. I looked pretty.
I opened the door to show it off. I walked out and twirled.
Lily stood there, holding her dark green dress she was looking at earlier and staring at me.
"Well? What do you think?" I asked, suddenly very nervous.
"Remus is going to have a cardiac arrest when he sees you," Katie announced.
Leslie just nodded.
"So it looks good?"
"So this is the one?"
"It better be, considering it looks great on you," Lily spoke up.
"Thanks." I mumbled, heading back to the changing room to get back into my normal clothes.
When I exited, Lily was wearing that green dress.
"Wow," I said. "You look great."
"Thank you," she said, twirling and looking at herself in the mirror.
Maybe girl time can be okay.
I smiled and looked up at Michael.
"I was wondering if you would like to go to the Winter Ball with me." He smiled nervously.
"Great. You are going to need a dress."
"I know. I already have one."
"When is the ball, again? I keep forgetting."
"Okay, cool. I have to go. Bye, Michael." I leaned over and gave him a kiss on the cheek before leaving.
"Hello, Remus!" I smiled cheerfully, sitting down across from him.
"Hello, Elizabeth. What are you doing here?"
He nodded slowly.
I looked away.
"So, did you get your dress?" Remus asked.
"It's really pretty."
"Who are you going with?"
"Who are you going with?" I looked back at him.
I raised my eyebrows.
"No one? You didn't ask anybody?"
"Thanks, Elizabeth," he said sarcastically.
"It's fine. I want to go alone."
I started humming.
"Would you please stop that, Elizabeth?"
Sometimes I hate Lily.
Like now, for instance.
She was making me sit here so she could experiment with my hair for the ball.
"Ow!" I yelped, bringing my hand to the back of my head as a particularly painful pin went in.
Lily smacked my hand.
"Don't touch it. Wimp." She muttered the last part under her breath.
"Why can't I just let it loose?" I asked.
"Because that's unsophisticated," she replied haughtily.
"Whatever," I mumbled, slouching.
"Sit up straight."
I heard a shuffle.
"What are you doing, Lily?"
Remus! My savior!
"Torturing me," I informed him.
I could practically hear Lily roll her eyes.
"I'm practicing with her hair for the ball."
"It looks painful."
"It is," I said.
"It's not that bad. Elizabeth is just weak."
"I am not!" I protested.
"Yes, you are."
I huffed and crossed my arms.
"Save me, Remus."
"No can do. It's fun to watch."
"Hey!" I chucked a pillow at him.
I glared at him as best I could, considering he's only in my peripheral vision, and Lily wouldn't let me move my head.
"I hate you."
"You know you love me." He grinned cheekily. Yes, I do . . . GAH! I didn't mean that!
"No, I'm pretty sure I hate you."
"So, what are you guys doing over break?" Remus asked, changing the subject.
"Going back home," Lily and I said at the same time.
"I am, too."
I smiled lightly, only to have Lily stick a pin into my head again. I scowled.
"Sounds like fun."
"It will be. Maybe we'll visit you," I paled.
"We?" Lily asked.
"Yeah, I'm staying with James and Sirius."
It was Lily's turn to scowl.
"I'd appreciate it if you didn't bring those two over." Lily said.
I really hope he doesn't come over.
Or if he does, that he doesn't bring them.
"Sit still Elizabeth!" Lily hissed, grabbing onto my shoulders.
"But I don't want to!"
"Deal with it," Lily said, holding the eyeliner pencil tightly.
I held as still as I could while Lily traced my eyes carefully with the death pencil.
"That was scary," I murmured as she pulled it away.
"Don't be a baby."
"Thank you," she replied, grinning as she pulled out some teal eye shadow.
"Hey, that's pretty!" I said.
"Close your eyes," Lily demanded.
I closed my eyes as she applied the eye shadow, careful not to flinch.
"Now the awful part is over." She grinned, pulling out the lipstick.
"Sorry that I don't like objects near my eyes."
Lily sorted through the lipstick to find a color for me.
"There!" she said triumphantly.
When she finished she said, "Now smack your lips."
I did so and she smiled.
"Perfect. Go put on your dress."
My friends are beautiful. I thought to myself as I observed them.
Lily was in her emerald green dress. It brought a lot of attention to her eyes. Her hair was curled and splayed across her shoulders.
Katie was in a flowy, white halter dress, her hair straightened. Her eyes looked huge.
Ashley stood in a dark red dress, way taller than the rest of us. The dress clung to her curves, and had a split up her leg. Her eyes were lined impeccably. She was smiling brightly and helping Leslie apply her finishing touches on her eye makeup. A bit of her straightened hair fell in front of her dark green eyes.
Leslie was wearing her blue dress, her hair pulled into a bun. She looked like the night sky.
I looked at the mirror.
My curly black hair was pulled back in a French twist. You couldn't really tell what colors my eyes were. The teal dress stood out from my pale skin.
"Wow, we look great!" Ashley declared, finished with Leslie's makeup.
"Definitely." Lily grinned. "Let's go see Elizabeth send Remus into a heart attack."
I rolled my eyes, pulling on my silver, flower-engraved locket.
"That's unlikely. Remus doesn't like me that way." I replied.
"Right. Sure. Of course."
For some reason, I don't think Lily believed me.
"Let's go, anyway." Leslie said, heading down the Ravenclaw steps. Because the majority of us are Ravenclaws, we decided to get ready here.
"Alright." I said, falling into step with her.
We were walking down the grand staircase when we found Michael, James, Sirius, Peter, Remus, Xenophilius Lovegood, Amos Diggory, and another Hufflepuff whose name I didn't know.
"Hi, Michael." I said shyly, noticing his eyes on me.
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