Disclaimer: The OC’s in this story as well as the plot were all created by me, All other things mentioned in this chapter and this story as a whole are property of J.K Rowling. The lyrics below are from Sweeney Todd and the story title comes from Taylor Swift. Thank you for reading.
Without you all these years, I'll never know!
Ripping open the letter she’d been sent by Coralie, Marcelle smiled down at the familiar script of her youngest daughter. Despite her two younger children had been attending Hogwarts for a couple of months now, she still wasn’t completely used to having them gone yet (though she doubted she ever would get used to it). She was thankful for every letter they sent home whether it was essay length or just a few lines, they could always make her smile. Carefully she pulled out the letter and began to read it.
I’m sorry I haven’t had much time to write- I’ve been so busy with all of my classes but I’ve finally had time to sit down and write to you. I miss you so much, I wish we could just pop home and see you now. I know Angus misses you too; he’s busy too with his friends lately. I met a few of them and saw Azure again; they are very kind and seem to be aiding him along with adapting to life at Hogwarts.
I’m going well too. All the girls are really kind and are always checking up on me whenever something is wrong- it reminds me so much of Emma and home. I’ve made a few new friends recently too, Sarah and Tyler their names are. There are in a different house to me but in the same year- I mentioned them at Christmas I think, they both sent me cards?
I’m enjoying school all in all and both Angus and I are very well. How is everything at home? Once again, I miss you and please say Hello to everyone.
Marcelle smiled, folding the letter back up and placing it back in the envelope-she had started collecting all the letters from both Angus and Coralie during their time at Hogwarts so that one day they could all look back on them and remember the times- it was one of Marcelle’s favourite things to ever do.
Placing the envelope into the little box that she had bought specifically for that reason, she threw on her light dressing gown and headed downstairs. She figured it was still far too early, being only eight o’clock in the morning, for either of her two remaining children to be up but she was pleasantly surprised to see both Violet and Jacob- eyes wide open sitting crouched over something in the living room.
"Good Morning sweethearts" she said, she had apparently shocked both of them as they half jumped out of her skin upon hearing her voice. They quickly regained their composure, both flipping around at the same time to respond with the same pleasantries.
“Morning mother” they said in unison, before turning their backs to her again. She saw Violet whisper something furiously and Jacob pick up whatever they had been studying and shoving it in his pocket.
“What was that?” she asked subtly, she knew it was highly unlikely that they’d tell her the truth straight up but they could always entertain her with their petty excuses.
“Nothing important, just a letter from Cora” Jacob replied, he had always been the better liar out of the two of them- Marcelle figured he inherited it that trait from his father. Marcelle nodded calmly, letting the two of them believe they’d made their way out of the question when she shot back.
“Funny, she didn’t mention anything about a letter to you two in the letter I just received” Violet paled slightly- it was clear they hadn’t expected this.
“Maybe she forgot?” Violet added, trying to regain her composure but was failing terribly. Marcelle figured that she’d had her fun; whatever they were crouching over wouldn’t have been that important- otherwise she’d know about it. With a nod, she headed towards the kitchen, leaving the other two to their own devices.
Waving goodbye to her little brother’s friend- Briony, whom she had walked down to the Great Hall with, Coralie paused and looked around a little. Considering it was rather early in the morning- at least that’s what the rest of the girls thought, the Hall was quite filled with students. In fact, to no real surprise- the Gryffindor table was the emptiest.
Noticing that not even one of the Marauders were at breakfast, Coralie instead made her way over to the Ravenclaw table to sit with Sarah and Tyler.
“Still here Bennett?” Nathaniel commented as she passed him, she wanted to turn around and say something in return but the fact he was sitting alone, far away from the rest of his house was enough for her.
“Morning Sarah” she said, plopping herself down on the seat across from her two Ravenclaw friends. “Tyler” she nodded in which he responded with a big wave before continuing to shove his face with a sandwich of some kind.
“Morning” Sarah responded- staring at her friend is disgust before she shook her head and ran her fingers through her hair.
“Good ham sandwich?” Coralie chuckled and Sarah joined in as Tyler wiped his hands on his uniform as he finished off the sandwich.
“I don’t like ham sandwiches” he said in response as calmly as she had ever heard him speak. Coralie raised an eyebrow in reply , she could remember quite clearly him telling her that he loved ham and sandwiches and most of all, the loved ham in sandwiches. Despite this, both girls knew that there was no point trying to disagree with Tyler- that would just land them in a pickle.
“I saw you talking to Nathaniel Peakes back there” Sarah said nonchalantly, clearly deciding that now was a good time to change the subject.
“Are you friends with him?” Coralie asked, picking at her nails as Sarah smiled and nodded.
“Yeah, he’s pretty awesome” Tyler however scrunched up his nose and Coralie couldn’t help but want to agree with him.
“He is a boorish, narrow minded, corpulent scum sucking, rump fed runion and an idiot!” he yelled, causing multiple people to turn around and stare at the three of them- including Peakes. Though Sarah looked like she wanted nothing more than for some dragon to fly through the window and eat Tyler on the spot, he instead glared at Nathaniel. “That’s right! I’m talking about you...my archiest of arch enemies!”
“Dear Merlin” Sarah whispered, burying her face into her hands. Coralie didn’t know how quite to respond to something like this, she certainly didn’t want to take Peakes’ side but on the other hand Tyler was perhaps...a little out of control.
“You know what?” she said, pushing herself up from the Ravenclaw table and sending her friend’s a little wave. “James can came in so I need to go talk to him” she quickly made an escape back to the Gryffindor table and slipped next to James who had been watching the scene with wide eyes- he wasn’t quite used to the madness of Ravenclaw’s that Coralie knew.
“How are you friends with those people?” he asked, staring at Tyler like he’d grown an extra head. Coralie shrugged her shoulders and they both turned their backs to the table.
“I ask myself the same thing” she whispered, the two of them falling into a comfortable silence as they began to eat their breakfast- Tyler had started to scream poetry at Nathaniel now who was rolling his eyes.
“I have my reasons to hate you, though none of them are reasonable” Sarah nodded in agreement as Tyler continued. “I would easily kill you, in fact the idea’s feasible, One of the reasons I hate you, is you see things differently. I say Pot-A-Toe, You say Pot-Ar-Toe, Wait, Who actually says Potartoe...What a stupid saying, Anyway know that I hate you, I hope you enjoy your "rose" scented Shampoo!”
“What’s up with Angelo?” Sirius asked as he joined the pair of them, he didn’t look nearly as freaked out as James had.
“He doesn’t like Peakes” James shrugged in response, stuffing some bacon into his mouth- Coralie wondered if it was an English boy thing, because she’d never seen a French boy ever eat like that.
“Got someone on my side then” Coralie stared at Sirius with disbelief.
“One, Trust me on this- Tyler is not on your side and Two, what do you have against Peakes?” she asked, leaning over the table and whispering furiously at him.
“I just meant that not everyone sees Peakes like you do” he replied in a casual tone and Coralie scoffed, taking her elbows off the table and leaning back again.
“And how do I see Peakes?” James bought his hand to his hair, clearly realising where a conversation like this was going to go but he did not interfere probably out of fear of getting caught in the middle.
“You think he’s the best thing to ever happen to this world don’t you?” Sirius spat, his eyes widening with anger. “Just the same as Barrow” he commented, using his hands to point at Sarah who was trying to calm Tyler down still.
“Sarah doesn’t think that and I can assure you that Peakes is in fact one of my least favourite people in the world” Coralie swung her legs over the seat and stood up. “You, however, beat him for that title” The two boys watched her walk away before turning back to each other, James ran his fingers through his hair and shot his friend a look.
“What?” Sirius snapped and James shook his head knowingly.
“You didn’t half screw that up” he quirked an eyebrow at his friend.
“Shut it” Was Sirius’ reply as he stared moodily down at his food.
As Angus made his way back to the Gryffindor Common Room after spending most of the night hanging out with Azure in the library, his mind was racing a mile and minute. Though he’d been trying to hide and ignore it for the past couple of months he could finally admit to himself that he indeed had it bad for Azure Simons. Next step, admit it to someone else.
It wasn’t the only thing on his mind though- as well as trying to decode absolutely everything the Hufflepuff said to him and wondering whether she felt even the smallest non-platonic feelings for him, thoughts of his older sister also occupied his mind a great deal of the time.
He was worried about her, not just because of this thing with these crazy Millen family members but more with her change in environment. Just before Christmas she’d been happier than Angus had seen her months, she’d settled in England, had a boyfriend that she was smitten with and had many more friends that seemed to want to stick by her through everything than Angus could count on his fingers and toes. But now, she looked like she wanted nothing more than to go home to France and return to the lives they had been living before all of this had happened. Back to her best friend, Emma and her other school friends whom she had known since childhood.
Angus wished for nothing more than to be able to see this happen for his sister. He wanted her to be happy even if that meant packing everything back up and leaving again, but they couldn't. It was too dangerous now.
Pushing the portrait open, he made his way through the common room, nodding at James who was furiously scribbling down what Angus figured to be Quidditch plans- he'd never quite understand that game even if Azure tried to convince him otherwise. It just didn't make sense to him.
Then again, he wasn't an overly sporty person- no one in his family was. He figured as he spent most of his childhood inside reading books with Coralie that was why, and it was the exact same reason that the two of them were so close.
He was grateful for this, one hundred percent grateful that he had become so much closer to Coralie than anyone else in his family. She was someone he could always rely on no matter what was happening in her own life, she was his rock...forever.
Angus wished desperately that he would be the same for Coralie, despite being younger than her, he wanted to be the little brother that she told everything and her shoulder to cry on not the little brother who would always just be that. He wanted to be strong and he wanted to be noticed.
Coralie had always told him that girls liked sweet and sensitive guys like him, would that mean that Azure could possibly fancy him half as much as he fancied her? He certainly hoped so. Getting into his pyjamas, he pulled out his favourite book from his side table and slipped into his bed.
“Hey Angus” One of Davies’ twins- Matthew said, as he too hopped into bed- Angus found Matthew, or Mattie as he preferred, easier to relate too than his identical twin Ryan because quite simply, he was tad more studious like Angus rather than a trouble maker. Evidentially, Ryan reminded him of Jacob right down to the fact the both of them played guitar religiously...at ridiculous times at night, like for example- three thirty am. Needless to say Angus was not a happy camper when he had been awoken by the constant three-chord strumming of his roommate.
“Hey Mattie” Angus replied after a few seconds, leaning his book face down on his knees- he could tell that his friends wanted to chat about something.
“Do you think Briony likes anyone?” he asked, and Angus stopped to think for a moment. To be quite honest with himself, he’d never really given it any thought whatsoever. Sure, Briony was an amazing girl but he could only see her as friend.
“I’m not sure, I suppose she makes googly eyes at Lupin sometimes” Angus answered- he knew where Mattie wanted to go with this conversation but Angus didn’t know the answer and he always thought it would be better to hear a lie than to hear an ‘I don’t know’. At least that’s what one of Angus’ childhood friends- Sophie, had told him. Mattie sighed, shuffling down in his bed which Angus quickly copied as the lights switched off.
Why did one’s first love sting so much?
A werewolf. That’s what he had told her just a few days before. Remus Lupin was a werewolf. She’d pretended to be okay with it, hell, she’d been okay with it at that moment but now, now something was clicking in her mind.
She liked him, a lot. She didn’t love him yet though, as terrible as it sounded in her mind. He was beyond sweet to her, always trusted her with things and made her feel like she was worth everything in the world. Could she trust him though?
It explained everything, his disappearances once a month that Miranda had realised were also on full moons- she could hardly believe she had missed it originally. It had been so obvious, so directly in front of her eyes and yet she had been so oblivious to the dark secret that her boyfriend was hiding. Did it really change anything between the two of them?
No, it didn’t change a single thing between them. Maybe she didn’t love him yet, but she sure did like him a lot. She knew he’d be heartbroken if she hated him after this, he had trusted her enough to tell her about his big secret and she couldn’t just leave him now. And so her mind was made up, she was staying with him.
She smiled a little to herself, who had she been kidding? Thinking she could actually leave Remus for once and all?
“You look happy Mir” Kiki noted, joining her on the bed. Miranda chuckled and leant her head on her friend’s shoulder.
“Yeah, I am”
Authors Note: As I said in the last chapter, I’m doing NaNoWriMo at the moment as well as juggling exams so the time between chapters will vary depending on what’s happening. The next chapter is finished already so it depends on my exams and etc. Thank you for reading.
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