When I finished explaining what had happened in the room with Rose, Al and Lauren’s expressions were very nearly identical. What with the wide eyes and gaping mouths. It was Lauren that recovered first.
“Wait wait wait,” she said, blinking, “She kissed
As if it wasn’t already awkward enough…
“Yeah,” I said quietly.
Lauren made a face, “Gross.”
“Hey!” I was offended, “What is that supposed to mean?”
Then Lauren laughed, realizing how it sounded, “I’m sorry, I meant the two of you kissing is gross. That’s all.”
“But seriously,” Lauren continued, “What if Sarah finds out?”
“I don’t know,” I replied, and a few seconds of silence passed between us.
Then Al spoke for the first time in a while, “I’m guessing you’re counting on her not
finding out, then?”
I nodded, “Yeah, so I’d appreciate it if this stayed between us.”
They glanced at one another before Lauren said, “Don’t worry about it; we won’t tell anybody.”
By the time I made it up to the common room that evening I was very intent on just going to bed, but before I could cross over to the dormitories I was stopped by Sarah.
“Luke,” she said quietly, “Do you mind telling me why you didn’t tell me you were staying with one of your girl friends over the holidays?”
Here we go.
“Erm, well,” I put a hand to the back of my neck, and I’ll admit it was a poor way to start, “I didn’t even think much of it…”
Okay, I’ll admit that was a really idiotic response.
She didn’t look convinced, and I found myself wanting to hit myself for being so stupid.
I’m seriously beginning to question my house placement.
Next time I’m sent to the headmaster’s office I’m demanding an explanation from that dirty old hat.
“Okay, well there’s not anything going on with you and Weasley, is there?” Her arms were crossed, and she sounded quite condescending, “Because if so then I feel that I should know about it.”
As I answered, I noticed Lysander and Lorcan standing a ways behind Sarah, pretending that they weren’t listening in, “No, there’s nothing going on.”
Sarah still didn’t uncross her arms, “Okay then. Well, I guess I’m going to bed now. Good night.”
With that, she turned on her heel and entered the girls’ dormitories. As soon as she was gone, Lysander walked up to me.
“So, I’m guessing you’re walking on some thin ice now?”
I frowned and shook my head out of frustration, “I suppose, but right now I just want to go to bed.”
The first full day back from Hogwarts was going pretty well for me, I’m not going to lie. First of all, classes hadn’t started yet, so I could read whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted to. Second of all, my cousins were too busy getting reacquainted with their friends to bother me. Third of all, Luke and I were back to normal for the most part.
But then she
, the girl that I had pretended to have a problem with for such a long time, had to put a damper on my day.
I was minding my own business as I walked through the corridors after lunch, heading back up to the Gryffindor common room, when she came out of nowhere and tapped me on the shoulder.
“Yes?” I asked hesitantly when she didn’t say anything right away.
She twirled one of her long, brown ringlets around her fingers as she replied, “Oh, I just wanted to tell you something, that’s all.”
I raised a brow, “Okay?”
She put on a smile, “I think it would just be better for all of us if you kept your distance from Luke, that’s all.”
“I’m sorry, but what did you just say to me?”
“You heard me, Weasley,” she said before pushing past me, glancing over her shoulder as if she were daring me to say or do something.
Once she was well out of sight I dropped my book out of surprise… and anger. I just stood there in the corridor for a few minutes, contemplating what to do. Eventually I picked my book back up and turned around to head back downstairs.
I practically ran down to the ground floor, hoping that I would find who I was looking for before they retreated to their common room.
I saw Louis in one of the corridors I was hurrying through and stopped him, “Have you seen Lauren?”
“Lauren?” He asked stupidly, “Lauren who?”
I rolled my eyes, “Lauren Whitby, you imbecile! Red hair, blue eyes, Hufflepuff sixth year; have you seen her?”
Louis laughed, “Oh yeah, she was in the courtyard a few minutes ago.”
I breathed a sigh of relief, “Thank you Louis!” before running toward the entrance hall.
It wasn’t until I stepped out into the courtyard that I remembered it was freezing outside, and that I was only wearing a pair of jeans and a light jacket, but I didn’t care because I saw Lauren in the center of the courtyard. She was sitting on a bench with Lysander, but I approached anyway.
“Rose?” She looked surprised to see me, “What’s going on?”
“I need to talk to you,” I managed to say despite that I was out of breath, and the cold wasn’t making it any easier to breathe.
“Uhm,” she glanced at Lysander, “I’m sorry. I’ll have to talk to you later.”
Then she rose and followed me back into the castle.
“Rose,” she said as we crossed the entrance hall, “Are you okay?”
I slowed down a little, assuming that we didn’t necessarily need to find a private place to talk, “I’ll tell you what’s going on as long as you swear not to tell Luke.”
Lauren raised a brow, “Erm, okay. I swear. Now, what the hell is going on?”
I finally stopped in a deserted corridor and turned to her, “Well, I was heading back up to the Gryffindor common room when Sarah stopped me in the corridor-“
“You mean Luke’s Sarah or the other Sarah?”
I rolled my eyes.
“What? There are two Sarah’s, you have to be specific!”
“Sarah Nott,” I continued, “And guess what she said to me…”
Lauren looked confused for a moment and then she looked concerned, and then she looked slightly angry, “What did she say to you?”
I was angry as well when I answered, “She told me to stay away from Luke.”
Lauren crossed her arms and looked around the floor of the corridor for a moment, thinking, “Bloody hell, I even liked
her too. Do you know why?”
I shook my head, “No. I can’t say that she might not have reason to, though.”
Lauren shook her head this time, “No, she doesn’t. It’s not like Luke would tell her what happened over the holidays. He may be thick, but he’s not that
“Wait… What did you just say?”
She clapped a hand over her mouth before removing it to say, “Oh shit.”
I balled my hand in a fist, “What did you say?”
“Look, I wasn’t even supposed to find out that you kissed him. But Albus wanted to know what happened when you were locked in the room together, and he kind of dragged me into it.”
I was so angry with Luke that I just about punched something.
It was probably a good thing that I didn’t though, considering I probably would have found myself in the middle of a fist-fight with Lauren.
“I’m going to kill
him!” I shouted, turning to start back up the stairs.
“Rose, no!” Lauren shouted, chasing me up the stairs, “It wasn’t his fault Rose, Albus threatened him!”
I passed through another corridor, if she was going to stop me she’d have to tackle me.
And it wouldn’t surprise me if she did, but I kept going anyway.
“Rose!” she kept shouting, “You don’t even know where the Ravenclaw common room is! ROSE! Don’t make me hurt you!”
Just then, she caught up to me and grabbed my arm, pulling me backwards suddenly. My arm popped painfully and I started shouting at her to let go, but she had a good grip on my wrist.
One thing to know about Lauren: If she wants to stop you, she can
“Rose, seriously,” Lauren breathed, “Use that big brain of yours, it’s not Luke that you’re mad at.”
I kept struggling for a few more moments before stopping, “I hate to admit it, but you’re right.”
Lauren released me and breathed a laugh, “When are you ever going to learn? I’m always
I nursed my wrist once she released me, and she apologized for hurting me.
“It’s fine,” I said, letting it fall back at my side again, “You were probably doing me a favor.”
Lauren frowned, “So what are you going to do?”
I sighed, “I haven’t the slightest idea.”
“Well, I think you should just tell him what she said to you,” Lauren said calmly, “That would probably be best.”
“I’d like to, Lauren. I really would, but I don’t feel like fighting him again.”
She raised a brow, “Rose, I’m pretty certain he would believe you. If he didn’t then he’d figure it out eventually anyway.”
I shook my head, “No, I really don’t want to risk it.”
Lauren shook her head, “But Rose, are you just going to ignore him to keep his stupid girlfriend happy?”
It took me a few moments to answer, “I figure it’s either I ignore him, or he ignores me.”
Then she huffed in frustration, “Well, what if I tell him what happened?”
I narrowed my eyes at her, “You promised you wouldn’t tell him, remember?”
“No, I’m not dragging you into this either.”
She crossed her arms, “Okay, fine. But what am I supposed to tell him when he asks me why you’re ignoring him?”
I huffed angrily, “I don’t know,” I said, starting to slowly walk away, “Just make something up.”
Back to Luke’s POV
I was glad when classes started up again, and I mean it, too. Don’t get me wrong, the first few days back weren’t too bad. I spent most of my time on the Quidditch Pitch or in the library with the guys. The rest of the time, however…
Sarah went with me everywhere.
I’d wake up in the morning, and she’d be waiting in the common room. Then we would walk down to breakfast together. After breakfast, she’d usually follow me to the library or back up to the common room. Then she’d meet me again for lunch, and then she’d leave me alone for a few hours while I knocked a bludger around with Albus. Once I went back up to the common room before dinner, she’d re-join me and we’d head down to dinner together.
But when classes started up again, she seemed to back off a bit. I could walk around the corridors without feeling like my every move was being closely watched by my girlfriend.
Sometime in the first week of classes, while I was walking to Charms with Lorcan, he brought it up.
“So is your crazy girlfriend backing off now that classes have started, or is it just me?”
When I didn’t answer him, he turned more serious.
“Okay, really,” Lorcan said, “Do you think she’s going to drop it anytime soon?”
I sure hope so.
“No idea,” I replied, keeping my eyes ahead of me.
Lorcan shook his head, “Do you want my opinion?”
No, Lorcan. I really don’t want your opinion. I just want you to shut up.
I shook my head.
He frowned, but continued anyway, “I think you should just end it yourself.”
To be honest, I had thought about it once…
However, I had come to the conclusion that I didn’t want to do that.
I just wanted her to stop acting like a crazy, jealous…
Luckily for me, we had just sat down in the classroom, and I didn’t necessarily have to answer him. It was a good thing I liked Charms because it made it that much easier to push certain things from my mind. The next hour passed a little too quickly though, because I found myself out in the corridor with Lorcan again. But before he could start talking, Lauren walked up to us.
“Hey,” she smiled at me, then at Lorcan, “Do you mind if I borrow Luke?”
Lorcan shrugged, “Nah, just be careful; his girlfriend might hex you.”
Lauren laughed, “I’m not worried.”
Once Lorcan was out of sight I raised a brow at Lauren, “So…”
Then she grinned again, “Seriously, cupcake. You need to chill out. I’m not bringing you bad news this time.”
Is she really still stuck on that ridiculous nickname?
“Quit calling me that!”
“Calling you what, cupcake?” she asked sweetly, before starting to walk down the corridor with me on her heels.
“Cupcake,” I said quickly, embarrassed.
“Hmmm – no. It’s just too much fun. Sorry Luke,” she said, laughing again, “Anyway, what do you want to do?”
Well I wasn’t expecting that.
“Erm,” I started, “What do you mean?”
She smirked at me over her shoulder, “I mean that we have a couple hours before dinner. So what would you like to do?”
“-And don’t say that you want to go to the library,” she interrupted, “Or I swear I will write ‘Cupcake’ across your forehead.”
I tried to suppress a smile, “I’d like to see you try.”
Lauren grinned, “Finally! I was beginning to wonder what it would take to make you smile! Sheesh!”
I guess I failed in suppressing said smile…
Lauren - 1
Luke - 0
“Uh. What?” I felt my brow travel so far up my forehead that it was a little uncomfortable.
“You know what I want to do?” Lauren suddenly perked up, ignoring my question, “Let’s go down to the kitchens!”
To the… to the what?
She knows how to get into the kitchens? Since when?
“You know how to get to the kitchens?” I asked incredulously.
Lauren smiled apologetically, “Well, Al kind of showed me how…”
“How does he know?”
“Beats me,” Lauren answered, “But I’ll show you, just follow me!”
Then she proceeded to lead me downstairs and through a few more corridors that were mostly deserted. After a few minutes of walking, we stopped in front of a large painting of a fruit bowl.
I looked at her and raised a brow, “Uhh…”
Then she laughed and extended her hand, tickling a pear with her forefinger.
I swear, one of these days my brow is going to disappear completely…
The pear then turned into a handle and Lauren pulled it open. When I didn’t follow her through the doorway that had just been opened, she stopped.
“Well?” She asked expectantly, grinning at me, “Are you coming or not?”
I looked up and down the corridor and didn’t see anyone coming around to tell me not to, so I followed her inside.
When I entered, I was surprised to see four long tables that were identical to the ones in the Great Hall, and dozens of House Elves that stopped once they saw us enter the room. Several of them approached us, eagerly asking if we wanted anything.
“Erm,” Lauren scrunched up her face in thought, “Have you got any butterbeer?”
One of the elves piped up, “I have some, miss!” then turned and ran off to wherever they were keeping the butterbeer.
Then Lauren looked at me, and gestured for me to follow her as she walked toward one of the long tables. So I followed and took a seat beside her.
Once the elf came back with the butterbeer and set it down in front of us, I looked at Lauren quizzically.
“So Al brought you down here?” I asked, “When was this?”
Lauren took a swig of butterbeer before replying, “A while ago actually. I ran into him while he was on the way down here back in…” she paused and scrunched up her face to think, “Well, back in December, right before we left for the holidays, actually. Why?”
I shrugged, “Just curious.”
“Hmm,” Lauren set her mug down after taking another drink, “So do you mind my asking why you and Sarah are suddenly attached at the hip?”
I finished taking a drink of butterbeer before shaking my head, “She’s just… jealous, I think. When she heard I spent the holidays with Rose she went a little…”
“Crazy?” Lauren offered.
Seeing the expression on my face, she frowned and apologized.
I shrugged, “I don’t know. I don’t really want to talk about it right now.”
“Okay,” she said, taking another long drink from her mug.
Wow, I don’t think she’s ever been this… cooperative.
“So,” she started, clapping her hands together, “You don’t have any idea of who this bloke that Rose fancies is?”
I shook my head, feeling a little uncomfortable about lying to her. Especially when she was being so…
I guess you could say she was being more normal… So let’s call it that.
“Hmm,” she put a finger over her lip, and then removed it to add, “I have a theory.”
I smirked at her, “You do?”
She nodded, “Mhmm.”
“Who do you think it is?” I asked, humoring her.
Lauren laughed, “Nah, you’ll think it’s stupid.”
I raised a brow, “Try me.”
“Okay,” she hesitated for a few moments, “I think she fancies Malfoy.”
I nearly spit out the butterbeer that was in my mouth in surprise. Instead, I snorted and set it down before I made a mess.
I thought that Lauren would laugh at me, but she looked concerned instead, “Sorry, it’s just a theory. Are you angry?”
“No,” I shook my head at her, “But I do think that you should slow down on the butterbeer. I’ve never seen anybody drink it that fast.”
Considering she was just about to drink the last of the butterbeer that was in her mug, she set it down after I said this. She sighed, “I think you’re right.”
I laughed, “I’m always right.”
Which earned me a solid punch in the arm, but I just laughed at her.
“Anyway,” I started once I quit laughing, “Why do you think she fancies Malfoy?”
She frowned, “Well… I saw her talking to him once.”
I gave her a look, “You saw her talking to him? And that’s supposed to mean that she fancies him?”
Lauren rolled her eyes, “She was closer to him than I am to you right now.”
I glanced down at the space on the bench between us, figuring that we were about an arms’ length away from one another.
“Oh, I see.”
“All right,” Lauren said, standing up, “I think that’s enough butterbeer… Now what?”
I stood up as well, and the House Elves hurried to remove the glasses from the table.
“Well… Are there any other places in the castle that I don’t know about?”
Lauren smirked and pursed her lips together for a moment, “Not that I’m aware of.”
“Okay then, do you want to go outside?”
She shrugged, and smiled at me, “Sure.”
A/N: Okay, so I have some commentary for each section of this chapter!
First section (when they’re on the train): Well… I don’t actually have much to say. Although I’m sure you’re wondering how long it will be kept a secret… Well – you’ll just have wait and see ;)
Second section (when Sarah is being… bitchy): I know that prior to this chapter Sarah seemed pretty cool with Luke being around his girl friends and all, but in reality she thought that there might be something between Luke and Rose and was always worrying about that. I know that seems to come out of nowhere, but it actually doesn’t lol. I never really reveal what Sarah’s thinking, in case you haven’t noticed…
Third section (when Sarah is continuing to be bitchy… but to Rose): Well… Sarah’s not necessarily calling Rose a whore or anything like that, but she feels threatened so she’s basically trying to let her ‘competition’ (inwardly I am rolling my eyes because Rose isn’t competition) know that she’s onto her - whatever that means. Also, Rose goes to Lauren immediately afterwards because she doesn’t think it’s a good idea to alert Luke as to what’s going on… Besides, who is she going to tell – Al? I LOVE AL, but he can’t keep his mouth shut.
Fourth section (when Lauren is actually being really nice to Luke, for the most part): Now if this doesn’t seem like a slight character change in Lauren then I’ll be a bit surprised. What isn’t revealed here is what Lauren is thinking… Which is basically - Luke, your girlfriend is crazy and she threatened Rose because she’s crazy and now Rose is actually avoiding you although you haven’t noticed it yet and I can’t tell you any of this because I’ve been sworn to secrecy and Rose will kill me if I tell you but I feel badly because you’re already dealing with your crazy girlfriend and now you’ll be fighting with Rose again, and probably me too when I can’t tell you why Rose is avoiding you and I FEEL BAD ABOUT THIS!
Yeah… To sum it up, Lauren just wanted to hang out with Luke before shit hits the fan.
Additionally, I have to say that there will be Rose/Scorpius stuff. There will also be more Louis, and Albus :D Also, Lysander has a secret that Lorcan knows about (not sure if anybody remembers this) and that will come along eventually – it’s actually pretty important, although you guys won’t believe me at first. Also, there will be more Rose and Luke AND Lauren and Luke interactions/fights. Should be fun.
Also, there will be a large scene involving Rose, Scorpius, and Luke… and probably a couple of other people, too.
Oh, my favorite color is purple, what’s yours? Tell me in a review!