Chapter 4 : You Don't Know Me
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“Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there is nothing to make it last.” -Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks
I jerked my head up with a start as a large package fell in front of me, nearly knocking over my goblet of pumpkin juice. I looked up to see Apollo, my brown family owl, circling around the ceiling of the Great Hall. I rubbed my eyes tiredly before picking up the package. “You didn’t sleep at all last night, did you?” Alex asked, shoving a piece of toast smeared with marmalade into his mouth. Shaking my head in response, I ripped open my mail to find a wrapped box full of sweets and a long letter from my mother. I tried to stuff the parchment back into its envelope, but Alex snatched it from my hands
“Is it from your mum, Scorpius? Did mummy write to her precious Scorpy-poo and whine about how much she missed him?”
“Shut it, Alex.”
The whole table roared with laughter and I swiftly plucked the letter from his fingertips. “Don’t tease him.” Mary Claire said disdainfully as she reached out a hand to stroke my hair. “You’re just jealous.”
“Isn’t everyone?” Titus said scathingly. He watched us with a mournful look as Mary Claire gave me a long, lingering kiss.
“Well done, Scorpius! Ten points to Slytherin!”
Professor Belgoney clapped his hands in delight as I managed to reduce a training dummy to dust with a well-placed Reductor curse. I twirled my wand between my fingers with ease and cast a smirk in Rose Weasley’s direction. She was forever trying to beat me in every class, and most of the time, she was successful.
Defence Against the Dark Arts, however, was my best subject and even Weasley with her “mother-inherited brains” couldn’t get better marks than me, no matter how hard she tried.
Rose crossed her arms and refused to look at me as I returned to my seat. I felt a tap on my shoulder and tilted my head to the right slightly. “That was really excellent.” Bella Vancore whispered in my ear. I merely smirked and leaned back in my chair, settling myself in a more comfortable position.
Dante was busy beside me scribbling down notes and hanging on to every word Professor Belgoney said. I didn’t bother; I could just copy them down from him later. From the corner of my eye, I could see girls staring at me in awe.
Double Defence Against the Dark Arts with the Gryffindors was always fun.
I caught up with Mary Claire after the lesson and slung my arm around her shoulders as we strode through the corridor. She ran a thin finger down my cheek before giving me a quick kiss on the lips. She pulled away and tossed her long brown hair over her shoulder with a frown. “Ugh, my hair is a mess today, isn’t it?”
“I think it looks great, Mary Claire.”
Titus snuck up on us without warning and began walking in between us. His girlfriend, Bella, was nowhere in sight. “Though I don’t know how someone as beautiful as you could be attracted to Scorp here. He’s an absolute troll.”
Mary Claire let out a high-pitched giggle that could have shattered a few windows. I gave Titus a gentle shove and he stumbled a few paces behind us. “Bugger off, mate.”
I turned to see the Slytherin Quidditch Captain, Ethan Holt, jogging towards me. “We’ve got Quidditch team tryouts Wednesday at seven. I assume you’ll be wanting the Keeper position again?”
I nodded vigorously. I had been the Slytherin Keeper since my second year, and it was common knowledge that I rarely let a goal in. Yet Ethan still forced me, along with the rest of the team, to try out every year. “Listen, tell Song when you see him, okay?” Alex was the team’s Seeker and had been since our second year (we tried out together). I nodded and Ethan gave me a satisfied sort of smile before walking away.
Mary Claire, Titus, and I strode across the castle grounds towards our next lesson, Care of Magical Creatures. I kept whistling at girls as they passed us, which caused a lot of giggling and a hard smack on the arm from Mary Claire. Professor Hagrid was waiting for us by the edge of the Forbidden Forest. He had a broad grin on his face, as usual, and clapped his hands enthusiastically when we had all gathered before him.
“Got a real treat for ye today!” he announced, beaming. He led us towards a paddock fence, where several horse-like creatures were grazing. The Slytherin girls all gasped in delight when they realized what they were.
“Unicorns!” Professor Hagrid boomed. “Was no easy task, catchin’ em! Prefer a woman’s touch, they do. Ladies, yeh come take a look!”
I wrenched my arm out of Mary Claire’s ensnaring, death-like grip and she scrambled towards the paddock fence eagerly, flanked by Bella and Claire. Titus and Alex simultaneously began babbling about the Quidditch World Cup that had taken place over the summer and paid no attention whatsoever to their surroundings. Dante pulled out a book and became lost in the pages. I glanced around at the class before slowly edging towards the Forbidden Forest. I threw several furtive looks over my shoulder and took great care not to tread on any twigs on the forest floor. Once I was sure that no one had noticed my sudden absence, I threw myself behind a tree and pulled my mother’s letter from my pocket.
Hello, dear! How was your first day of school? It has been awful lonely here in the Manor without you. Your father, as you know, is quite busy with work and does not have much leisure time. I must admit, it is much quieter here with you gone, but the silence seems wrong somehow. I do miss you so, dear. I remember my first time bringing you to Platform nine and three quarters, when you were merely eleven years old. I bawled my eyes out when the train left and continued to do so for several weeks after your departure. But my wonderful boy has grown up now, into a lovely young man. I cannot express how proud I am of you, Scorpius. I love you so much! Do try your absolute best at school. Write back soon!
P.S. Your father sends his love
I couldn’t help but smile. My mum adored me and had since the day I was born. I hastily folded the letter back up again as I heard Professor Hagrid’s booming voice calling for the class to gather around him.
“Where did you go?” Dante mumbled out of the corner of his mouth as I appeared breathlessly beside him. Hagrid was telling us what unicorn blood and hair was used for in a very enthusiastic manner.
“Erm, I thought I saw something in the forest, so I went to go check it out.” I said lamely, conjuring up an excuse in a heartbeat.
Dante gave me a grin. “Reading your mum’s letter, were you?”
I scratched my head sheepishly and shrugged. Best mates sometimes seem as if they can read minds.
A large group of Slytherin girls was slowly inching their way towards me, trying not to arouse the suspicion of the professor. Dante tilted his head in their direction before giving me a friendly slap on the back. One of the girls with curly black hair batted her eyelashes at me. “Hi, Scorpius.” she whispered.
“Hey, Emmeline.” I said, glancing in Mary Claire’s direction. Luckily, her back was turned. Mary Claire had a vicious jealous streak that resulted in many cat fights. Alex and Titus rushed to my side so quickly; you would’ve thought that someone had Conjured them over.
“Hello, ladies.” Alex whispered with a wink. Emmeline’s friends giggled and shot Alex dazzling smiles. Professor Hagrid was still rambling on about unicorns, and paid us no attention. “Scorpius, you’ve got absolutely gorgeous eyes.” Emmeline tilted her head to the side and traced my cheek with her fingers. “I get that all the time.” I said with a smirk. Emmeline twirled a strand of her curly raven hair around her finger and leaned in close to me. “You know, I’m always free on-”
All heads turned towards our direction as Mary Claire spoke up loudly. She looked absolutely livid. Her hands were on her hips and her eyebrows raised. The glare she was giving Emmeline could have shrunk even the most confident person down to size.
“What do you think you’re doing with my boyfriend?!” Mary Claire marched right over to us and gave Emmeline a violent shove.
“Erm, babe...” I said in a small voice.
“I wasn’t doing anything!” Emmeline raised her voice defiantly. “We were just talking!” Mary Claire scoffed. “Talking? Yeah, right.” “Why are you such a jealous freak all the time?” Emmeline tilted her chin up and folded her arms.
“Jealous? Jealous?!” Mary Claire’s face was slowly turning scarlet.
I turned to look at Professor Hagrid over the sea of gaping faces. Surely he would put a stop to this before things got really ugly. I mean, it was his duty, he was the bloody professor! Instead, he was staring at Mary Claire with his large mouth hanging ajar in astonishment. He seemed to be rooted to the spot from bewilderment.
Wands were whipped out and curses were sent flying in every possible direction. After a few spells, Mary Claire threw her wand over her shoulder and leaped at Emmeline with her perfectly manicured nails outstretched. Titus and Alex were whooping and clapping their hands, and after the other Slytherins recovered from their initial shock, they joined in.
I tried my best to disengage my troubled girlfriend from Emmeline. She accidentally raked a crimson-painted nail down my cheek as I grabbed her , which didn’t make me so eager to get in the middle of the fray. I stepped back with a sigh and instead tried to comfort Emmeline’s group of friends, who were all nearly in tears.
Five minutes later, Emmeline was sent up to the hospital wing by Hagrid. He had finally seemed able to budge and take control of the situation after one of Emmeline’s friends sprinted up to him and screamed “Do something!” in a half-crazed state. Mary Claire had somehow managed to emerge from the frenzy unscathed. She tossed her glossy hair, grabbed my hand, and shot daggers at the other girls (who all instinctively shifted away from us) before dragging me away
I don’t know if she noticed, but the Slytherin boys were all staring at her in adoration.
“That bloody whore!” She hissed in my ear as we walked back to the castle. “Did that revolting cow actually think she had a chance with you? She is the vilest, most atrocious, hideous-”
“I know right.” Claire said with a sniff, interrupting her.
“She has got some nerve.” Bella agreed, wrinkling her nose.
I kept my mouth shut and my hand firmly clamped in Mary Claire’s. I had learned my lesson not to argue with her when she was in a bad mood. She turned into a little she-devil when she was provoked, as she so graciously demonstrated with Emmeline. Alex, Titus, and Dante were a couple paces behind us, hooting and laughing with a couple of Slytherin fifth years.
A small second year sprinted up to Mary Claire breathlessly and began stumbling along beside her.“Excuse me?” the second year said in a small voice. “Um, Mary Claire?”
Mary Claire continued walking but gave the girl an annoyed look. “What?”
“Erm, P-professor Pemblerton wants to see you at his office.” The poor girl looked as if she wanted to melt into the ground under Mary Claire’s harsh gaze.
“I-I don’t know, he just sent me to-”
“Alright, alright!” Mary Claire let out a dramatic huff that sent the second year scurrying away. “Ooooh! Someone’s in trouble!” Alex crowed obnoxiously.
“Shut it, Alex. He probably just wants to talk to me about the fight, that old bat.”
My girlfriend grabbed me by the front of my robes and pulled me in for a passionate kiss while everyone else waited patiently. “I’ll see you later, Scorp.” she said before releasing me and stalking across the courtyard towards the Headmaster’s Office.
I didn’t see Mary Claire for the rest of the day. She wasn’t in the Great Hall for her meals, and did not make an appearance in the Slytherin common room after dinner either. I must admit, it was sort of relaxing not having her tugging on my arm and whining in my ear twenty four-seven.
After dinner, everyone milled about in the common room. Titus and Alex were playing Wizards Chess in front of the glowing fire, which greatly distracted me from attempting to finish my homework.. After a couple of useless tries, I dragged a startled fourth year over to complete my Potions essay for me. He eagerly agreed and went straight to work after I bribed him with a couple of Galleons. I sank into the black leather couch in the middle of the room with a sigh and was immediately swarmed by a mob of girls.
“Where’s Mary Claire?” Claire asked in a pouty voice. “I haven’t seen her since Care of Magical Creatures.”
“I don’t know.” I covered a yawn with my hand and leaned against the leather armrest. “Is it true that she got into a catfight with Emmeline Vane?” a sixth year asked, glancing at me quickly.
“Yeah.” I mumbled. “You know how she is. She’s really overprotective and-”
“Sounds like she’s jealous to me. Haven’t you noticed how absurdly clingy she is? You should ditch her and get a new girlfriend.” the sixth year said boldly. All the girls gasped in unison. “What?!” the girl protested defiantly. “He should!”
“I love Mary Claire.” I said. “I don’t want or need a new girlfriend.”
Elena Midgen suddenly broke through the throng of girls and nearly tripped onto me. I scrambled hastily out of the way as she straightened up. “Scorp!” she said eagerly. “You’ve got prefect duty tonight! Have you forgotten? I ran into Rose Weasley when I was coming back to the common room. She’s been waiting for you for ten minutes, you know.”
My heart sank as everyone’s eyes immediately flickered to the badge on my chest. Just as I thought the whole ordeal had been forgotten, it had come back to haunt me. Titus leaped up and crowed, “Go on, Scorp! Can’t miss your date with Weasley, now, can you?” I exited the common room with the sounds of fading laughter behind me.
Rose was leaning against a column and gave me a glare when she saw me. “You’re late.” she said, before tossing her curly red hair over her shoulder and striding away abruptly. I caught up to her quickly “I’m not late, you’re just early.”
“I don’t have time for your immaturities tonight.” she snapped impatiently. “Just hurry up, Malfoy. I want to get back to bed before midnight if you don’t mind.”
She walked briskly down the enchanted staircase, not looking back to see if I was following.
“Oh, you don’t fool me, Weasley. I know you’re thrilled you got me as your patrol partner.” I said. I stared at the red-head in annoyance. I wanted to hate her because she was a Weasley, but I’d never really understood this rivalry my father had had with her family, and truthfully, I could care less. She caught my eye and I quickly turned my annoyed gaze into a wink that should have left any normal girl breathless.
Instead, she rolled her eyes and said, “Don’t further inflate your already abnormally large head, Malfoy.”
So, she was playing hard to get, was she? Well she obviously did not know who she was dealing with, because that was my game. And I always won.
“You know, most girls would kill to be you right now.”
“And why would that be, Malfoy?”
I almost laughed. She had to be joking. “Why? You’re alone with me. At night.”
She let out a harsh laugh. “You think you’re so great, don’t you? Believe it or not, I’d rather be anywhere else at the moment.”
“Whatever.” I smirked. “I know you, Weasley. You secretly adore me; all girls do.”She turned her gaze to me, and I was startled by the coldness in them. Why wasn’t she falling under my spell? My smirk faltered slightly and I felt my confidence slowly start to slip away.
“That’s the problem Malfoy; you don’t know me at all.”
*A/N: Have you guys noticed the chapter images in the beginning of every chapter (I’ve been practicing my Photoshop skills) :) How did you like this chapter? I know things are moving kind of slow right now, but bear with me. Things will pick up very soon. There will definitely be more ScoRose to come, so stay tuned! Reviews are always appreciated! Thank you so much for reading!
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