Chapter 1 : The Beginning
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"Stop," I managed to exclaim but she didn't listen, her hands travelling down my chest, which was, unfortunately bare, due to the excruciatingly hot weather outside. I forced myself to place my hands on her bare hips and push her forcefully off me, "stop it, Kassie!"
Kassie looked up at me, utter shock in all of her features. "What, are you gay?" She demanded, furiously.
"No!" I snapped at her, getting up and turning my back on her, so I wouldn't be tempted, "you're my brother's girlfriend!"
"So? He's not even at Hogwarts anymore," I felt her come up behind me and wrap her hands around my waist, pressing her body sensually into mine, "he's left. He never needs to know!"
I felt my body wanting to give in but I'm not that kind of guy. I don't cheat. And I don't let others cheat with me. "Seriously Kassie," I said quietly, "It would be best if you left." A look of humiliation briefly flashed across her face and she backed off me, turning away. I groaned, this was going to make family holidays so awkward if James were ever to find out, "sorry," I said weakly and she shook her head.
She didn't say another word, merely collected her discarded clothes and left the room, the door snapping shut behind her.
Feeling violated, I pulled on a shirt and went to wash my face. Looking in the mirror, I saw that my normally healthily pale skin was waxen. This encounter had really stressed me out. Groaning, I left the en-suite bathroom and headed out of the seventh year boys dormitory. Practically running down the stairs, I saw my friends crowded around the fire. Slytherin Common Room was quite dark and dungeon-y but the fire lit it up and made it appear a lot warmer than people would expect.
"Hey guys," I said, sitting down and trying to appear nonchalant. Scorpius Malfoy, my best friend, gave me a strange look.
"Why did Kassie just come down from the boys dormitories looking like she wanted to kill someone?" He asked and I groaned. So much for keeping it a secret.
"Okay, but you guys can't tell anyone," I hissed, leaning forward and Scorpius, Casper Evens, Nick Bunch and Lewis Hannigan exchanged glances, leaning in as well, "We've started an underground sweet shop but her contacts pulled out on her!" I leaned back, smirking. There was absolutely no way I was going to embarrass her.
"Oh shut up," Casper rolled his eyes and I laughed.
"Seriously, that's the truth!" All five of us settled back in our chairs and the conversation changed into a more comfortable topic.
The next few weeks passed pretty painlessly, except I was suddenly a social reject as far as it concerned every single girl in the school. After a couple of weeks of being completely avoided by the female sex, I tracked down Rose Weasley, my cousin, and demanded that she talk to me.
"What?" She snapped, after I had dragged her into an empty classroom.
"What's your problem?" I was hurt by her tone. Rose and I had always gotten along quite well and I didn't understand why she was angry with me.
"Why don't you ask Kassie?" She snarled and I frowned. What did Kassie have to do with any of this? Before I could say another word, however, Rose stormed out of the room. Well, at least she had given me a lead. I didn't really want to talk to Kassie but it didn't look as if I had a choice.
It was tough, however, finding a time to talk to her. She was constantly surrounded by girls that gave me nasty looks whenever I came near them. I eventually mustered up the courage to go ask her for a chat, in front of all of her friends.
"Kassie," I called, running after her after potions and she turned, blanching when she saw it was me.
"Hey, get lost Potter," snarled Alice Connor, Kassie's best friend. I froze, shocked. I'd always had a reasonably good relationship with Alice, "she doesn't want to talk to you."
"Um...," I hesitated, but I had to ask her, "Kass, can I please have a word with you?"
"What?" Demanded Nicole Shroud, another one of her friends, "so you can-"
"Yeah, sure," Kassie interrupted Nicole, giving her friends warning looks.
"Kass," Felicity Pullen touched her arm gently, "are you sure?"
"Yeah," Kassie nodded, giving them a small smile, "I'll be fine!"
She followed me into an empty classroom and I shut the door. She turned to me, warily, and I swallowed. "Look, I didn't want to have to ask, but have you said anything about me to anyone? It's just...I was talking to Rose and she said I should talk to you!"
She avoided my eyes when she answered, "of course not."
"Are you sure?" I asked and she rolled her eyes.
"Yes, can I go now?" She jumped from foot to foot impatiently and I sighed.
"Fine." She quickly exited the room and I groaned. Something was definitely up.
I had no idea I would find out what later that same day.
"Mr Potter," Professor Carlton came up behind me in the Great Hall, looking at me, completely disgusted. My friends gave me strange looks. I'm not normally one to get into trouble, unlike my older brother, "please come with me." I noticed that she couldn't even look me in the face.
"What's this about?" I asked cautiously and it was then that she snapped at me, in the loudest tone any teacher has ever spoken to me in.
"Just come with me, Potter!" Terrified, I pulled myself up from the bench and followed her out of the hall. She wouldn't say a word to me, which was odd considering we'd always had a decent relationship. She led me all the way to Headmaster Longbottom's office and led me up the stairs. Once inside, I immediately saw my parents standing by the corner of the room, looking incredibly confused and angry and Professor Longbottom was sitting at his desk, looking distressed. What was going on?
"Mr Potter," Professor Longbottom said sadly, "I'm afraid that something has come to my attention about you that needed to be addressed immediately."
"What's going on?" I was glancing around, panic-stricken, "mum? Dad?"
"Mr Potter," Professor Longbottom drew my attention back to him, "there's been a very serious allegation made against you, I'm afraid." I swear, my eyes were the size of saucers. I had no idea what was going on.
"What?" I demanded, "what's someone said?"
"You know Kassandra Olto?" Professor Longbottom asked gravely, and I swallowed, memories from before flying back.I nodded, unable to speak, "she said that you forced yourself on her." I couldn't help it. I laughed. The idea was so preposterous that it was actually laughable. "This is no laughing matter," The Professor was suddenly furious and I realised that my laugh must have made me sound guilty.
"Professor," I said patiently, figuring that this could be sorted in an instant, "I didn't do anything. She came on to me."
"Albus," my dad snapped "you don't seem to understand how serious her allegation is. Don't take it as a joke."
"What do you mean?" I whipped my head around, staring at my parents in a sudden rush of fear, "I didn't do anything wrong!"
"We'll be forced to temporarily suspend you," Professor Longbottom cut in, "and I'm afraid the ministry will have to get involved."
"What?" This was ridiculous, "just give her some veriteserum or something, she'll say that truth!"
"It's against the law to use anything she says under the influence of Veriteserum in a law court after the reforms two years ago, designed to make the judiciary more fair. She's made the accusation against you, Mr Potter, that's the important thing."
My mouth actually fell open. This had to be some kind of sick joke. It was my last year at school and NEWTS were coming up; they couldn't suspend me!
"Are you kidding me?" I demanded, furiously, "seriously, I haven't done anything!"
"I believe you Al," Mum said sadly, "but what she says counts for just as much as what you say. And it's actually her friends that came forward about it, not her to begin with, so there is a lot of word against you."
"Dad?" I turned to him and he looked away from me, towards the wall.
"Al, you'd better pack your things. We'll take you home today."
This could not be happening to me.
I hadn't done anything wrong!
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