Disclaimer: The OC's and parts of the plot are all that belong to me. The story title comes from Taylor Swift and the rest is J.K Rowling's. Thank you for reading.
“Are you guys relatively civil yet?” Nathaniel asked, nodding his head over at Shelena. Coralie shrugged her shoulders in response, trying to avoid the question for as long as she possibly could- Nathaniel, however, noticed.
“Well we have mumbled something along the lines of hello but bitchier” she replied, turning her attention back to the Charms homework in front of her. Since they’d arrived back at school the professors had begun to pile mountains of homework on to everyone for the up and coming N.E.W.T’s.
"Just be careful" Nathaniel sighed, pursing his lips together slightly before opening his own Charms book- he read a few lines before glancing back up at Coralie. "I don't want you ending up in the Hospital Wing again"
"I'll be fine, honest" Coralie replied, scribbling down something she had just thought of to add to her three foot long essay.
"Whatever you are worrying about Nate, don't" Sarah interrupted, throwing her books onto their table and joining them. Nathaniel sent her a look in response.
"He's worrying about Shelena getting me, again" Coralie explained and Sarah stared blankly at Nathaniel in response.
"Did you not see your girlfriend-" Coralie blushed slightly at this causing both Sarah and Nathaniel to break into wide grins. "-take on Millen before the holidays? She was winning"
"No, actually I didn't" he responded sternly before sighing again and burying his head in his Charms papers.
"Don't worry" Coralie added after the three of them were silent for a while, Nathaniel sent her a look and she rested her hands over his. "I'll be perfectly fine, Now Sarah- what did you write about the effects of the Bubblehead charm?"
Mary’s school shoes tapped along the corridors, at the sound of someone coming towards her she quickly sped up before ducking behind a tapestry. She sighed a little when she realised it was in fact two people- Coralie and Nathaniel, walking hand in hand in the direction of The Great Hall. It was coming up to dinner time therefore it made sense for their actions, not something that she was able to say for herself.
She hadn't had much time to talk with Coralie, with everything that was going on at the moment in her own life and she regretted it. She wanted to know the juicy details of her friends new relationship but she just didn't have the time or energy to do that now. As they finally passed, she ducked out of her hiding spot and made her way back to the Gryffindor Common Room hoping to have it to herself.
Sadly, she was mistaken. Cory was sitting in her favourite armchair watching the potrait hole, she knew he was waiting for her without even having to ask.
"Hey" he said with a smile, she was glad he didn't seem to be too upset with her which made her feel slightly better. She'd really being ignoring him lately and she felt horrible for it. "You want to come down to dinner?" Mary tried to smile, if she was being honest with herself then she just wanted to go up to bed and sleep until morning. She was beggining to doubt if that would ever happen.
"I'm just, really tired" she said solemnly and Cory sighed but nodded, he kissed her on the cheek and headed down to dinner by himself. Mary watched for a minute before heading upstairs, at least her dormitory room was empty.
She got changed into her pyjamas and was ready to snuggle up into her bed when she noticed something moving in one of her friend's beds- Coralie's bed. She frowned, took a step towards her own bed before grabbing her wand and carefully peeling back Coralie's sheets- screaming at what she found.
After a minute Mary pursed her lips together and said a spell to get rid of it, she had a feeling that the present for Cora would have been from Shelena. Boy, was she going to be disappointed when Coralie didn't get the fright of her life tonight. With a small chuckle to herself, she climbed into her own bed and fell asleep the moment her head touched the pillow.
Lily glared at her Transfiguration book whole-heartedly, she had no idea why but for some reason it was probably the only subject at Hogwarts she didn’t understand completely and that annoyed the hell out of her. She loved Professor McGonagall as a teacher, and loved the idea of Transfiguration but some of the things just did not click.
“How are you going?” James’ voice interrupted her. He for one was exceptionally good at Transfiguration, in fact all the Marauders were- something that Snape had always tried to convince Lily was out of place. It had bothered her, around the same time she was still friends with Snape but now...not so much.
“That’s really the question I should be asking you, isn’t it?” She responded, she knew what he really wanted to know- the state of her father, but she didn’t feel like talking about it much. She hadn’t even told her friends nor had she mentioned the fact she hadn’t told them to her family during the holiday break.
“I’m fine” James responded, she knew this was hardly true though. Remus had told her when they had run into each other on the train ride back that James had been exceptionally close to his parents as long as Remus had known him, he was taking their death hard.
“Then I am too” Lily replied slyly, he sent her a look of disbelief which she gladly returned. At this, he pulled the seat next to her and sat down.
“It’s been hard but somehow being back here makes it slightly easier” he paused and ruffled his hair before continuing. “I think I’m kidding myself into believing that when I get home that they’ll be there waiting for me. It’s stupid, I know”
“It’s not stupid at all James, I keep telling myself that my father will get better-”she swallowed back at sob at this. “He isn’t going to though”
“You don’t know that” James replied immediately in a soft voice, but Lily nodded her head. He sighed and placed his hand on her shoulder. “It’s not fair, is it?” she shook her head at this, fearing to say anything in case she simply burst into tears.
“Have you talked to someone else?” James shook his head instantly, staring down at the floor for a second before reverting his glance to Lily again.
“Sirius is still pissed with Shelena and hung up over Coralie, Remus is freaking out about N.E.W.T’s and Peter is hardly around. I can’t exactly talk to Noble about it either” James sighed, running his fingers through his hair nervously.
“Become best friends with Nathaniel then” Lily teased, James replied with a glare before scrunching up his nose. “Hey, he lost his parents too- It might be good to talk to someone who understands”
“Sirius would never talk to me again” he replied dryly, though Lily noticed a tinge of regret in his voice. She had the feeling that he would very much like to talk to someone who understood even if that was Nathaniel.
“He doesn’t have to know” He closed his eyes at this and let out a little sound of disbelief. “If Sirius finds out then tell him you were asking him how to win me over”
“And why would Peakes know a single thing about that?” Lily smiled cheekily at this, brushing down her skirt before replying.
“He seemed to be pretty good at getting Cors” James thought about this for a second.
“Touché” Lily’s smile broke into a grin and she pulled out her work again, shuffling closer to James so that he could explain Animaguses to her again- he was remarkably good at it for some reason. “What you said before, that was true but I can’t see Sirius taking it well” Lily only chuckled at this.
“How are you and Natey-poo then?” Coralie sent her brother a worried look before they both burst into fits of laughter that filled the Common Room in seconds. They were sent a few odd looks by some first years who were too scared to leave the Gryffindor Common Room except for meals and classes yet.
“Good, how are you and Azure?” she replied in the same teasing manner. Angus paled slightly in response before he tried to smile and pretend like nothing had happened. “What’s wrong?” Coralie asked immediately, her grin turning into a frown in a flash.
“We aren’t together, that’s it” Angus replied, staring down at the socks on his feet and did not utter another word.
“Oh Angus” Coralie said, kissing the top of his head before hugging him tightly. The two of them stayed like that for a while before he finally broke the silence.
“There’s another girl, Anastasia” Coralie frowned slightly- Angus wasn’t the kind of boy who liked two girls at a time- ever. “I think she likes me but there’s something odd going on”
“What do you mean?” she asked, furrowing her eyebrows and Angus sighed in reply.
“She won’t tell me her last name”
Authors Note: I'm sorry this chapter is so blegh and short. I just for some reason could not make this chapter work. I hope you can all forgive me? Also last chapter I mentioned that I would give you clues about the sequel which is probably coming about April/May of this year so here is your one for this chapter- It begins four months after graduation. So I will see you next time with another chapter and clue!