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Chapter 1 : Realising.
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She had that look in her eyes again. The one which she's had in her eyes for the past couple of months or so. The one that I can't figure out what she's thinking. The one look which makes her unreadable.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
She glared at me, got up and walked away. I sat there with my mouth hanging open; what had I said this time?
"You have some weird friends," Casey said, her voice full of spite, "you should hang around with me and my friends. We're not weird."
I rolled my eyes, it was a known fact that Casey and Rose couldn't stand each other, "Rose isn't weird, and you know I'd rather hang out with my friends than with yours."
"Scorpy," she simpered, "you haven't even met my friends. They're dying to meet you."
I sighed, "I've already met them, remember? When we first started going out. Anyway, I'm going to go and see what's up with Rose."
"Why does everything you do revolve around Rose!" she exploded, "it's always Rose this, Rose that! It's never about me! You may as well go out with Rose instead of me seeing as you care about her so much more than you care about me."
"If I care so much about Rose why have I gone out with you for 6 months?" I snapped, "I wouldn't have put up with all of this if I didn't like you, would I?"
Her face softened, "I suppose. Do you want to do something today then?"
I shook my head, "Sorry, I promised Al that I'd help him with our Potion's essay."
"Oh," she said, "never mind. I'll just do something with Jade."
"Maybe tomorrow," I said.
"Whatever," she muttered and she got up and left.
I sighed to myself. Why did I put up with Casey? She was clingy and rude and it was always her who got angry with me. So why did I always apologise when I was better off without her?
I knew why. Our relationship was convenient and simple. She was a pureblood Slytherin like me and our parents approved of our relationship. No one gossiped about us because there was no external drama even though there was a lot of internal one. It didn't bother anyone and I had a quiet life with no questions asked. Even though I didn't like it, it was how it was supposed to be. Simple and convenient.
"Hi," I greeted Al as I sat down at the table in the library.
"Hey," he said, "how are you?"
"Good," I said.
"Sure," he smirked, "what's happened this time?"
I sighed, "Casey thinks that I care about Rose more than I care about her. She said that I should go out with Rose instead of her."
Al looked at me, his green eyes were full of concern, "Look, I shouldn't really say anything as this has nothing to do with me but, I think Casey is right."
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"You're always there for Rose, whenever she's upset. You even cancelled your date to stay with her that time Alex dumped her," he told me, "and, she likes you."
I frowned, "Well, I would hope that she likes me, we are friends after all. Best friends."
"I mean, she likes you."
"How could you not have noticed?" he asked, "it's pretty obvious that she gets really jealous when you have a girlfriend."
I thought about what Al said for a moment, I could remember how she would always try and avoid me when I was with Casey or any other girl who I was going out with.
"I guess... I'm going to find her," I told him.
"Hey! What about the potions essay?"
I shrugged, "Sorry, but you're going to have to find someone else who is willing to help you."
"Hi, Rose," I smiled, "what are you doing here?"
"Transfiguration essay, you?" she asked.
"I'm waiting for someone," I said, "now that you're here, I have something to tell you. I'm going out with Casey!"
"Casey Wren?" she asked, her face looked downcast.
"Yeah.. I know you don't really like her, but give her a chance," I said hopefully.
"Right.. are you waiting for her now?"
"Yes, it would be a good chance for you to meet her!"
"Oh, um, sorry. I have to go... and do something," she said, quickly, "bye!"
Rose fancies me?! For some reason that made me feel happier than it should. I had a girlfriend after all, I shouldn't be thinking about other girls who fancy me, especially my best friend. Though she does have a nice bum and those cute freckles on her nose and that curly, red hair...
What? Of course I didn't fancy Rose, I just found her attractive. I can't not notice her, can I?
"Close your mouth, you're going to catch flies!" Al nudged me, causing me to spill my drink.
"I don't have my mouth open," I said, "I was just thinking."
"Yeah, about Rose," he smirked.
"Don't deny it! I just saw you staring at her like a lovesick puppy," he laughed.
"That must have been an accident," I said hastily.
"Whatever you say," he said, though he was still smirking.
"Rose?" I walked up to her, she was sitting by the Black Lake, her feet dipped into the cool water.
She turned around, "Scorpius," her voice was hard and it looked like she had been crying.
"What's wrong?" I asked as I sat down next to her.
"Nothing," she said simply.
"Is it about Casey?" I asked.
"Why would it be about Casey?" she snapped, "she hasn't done anything to upset me this time."
"I know, but you don't like her so I thought-"
"Well don't think," she snapped, "you wouldn't understand, I don't even understand what's wrong with me."
She began to cry, tears fell down her pale face. She looked beautiful, even when she cried she was still beautiful.
"I'm going to dump Casey," I announced, "and this time it's for real, there's no going back."
"Oh," I noticed how she tried to hide her smile, "why?"
"You'll find out soon enough," I said, smiling, "don't cry, Rosie."
I kissed her on the cheek and she blushed slightly.
"See you later," I said.
"See you, Scorpius."
Rose was holding hands with Alex. Alex McLaggen! Why the fuck was she holding hands with Alex McLaggen aka the biggest player in the school.
"Don't stare, it makes it really obvious that you're jealous," Al muttered, his face buried in The Daily Prophet.
"I'm not jealous," I said, through gritted teeth, "I'm worried about her, he's obviously in it to shag her in a broom cupboard later on."
"Probably, but you're also jealous," Al put the newspaper down and smirked at me. He seemed to smirk at me nearly every day.
"No, I have a girlfriend, remember?"
"So why are you here spying on Rose and her date when you could be on an actual date with your girlfriend?" Al asked, his eyes bore into mine.
For once, I didn't have an answer to that.
I was sat in the Astronomy Tower, thinking about everything that had happened in the last few months and about everything Al had told me that day.
"Scorpy," Casey purred into my ear, "I'm sorry about earlier, let me make it up to you."
She began to caress my face and my hair and her hands made their way to my shirt.
"No," I said defiantly, "I'm tired of all of this, I'm tired of having to always apologise to you and I'm tired of thinking of reasons for why I should stay with you."
Her face hardened, "Are you dumping me?"
"Yes," I said, bluntly, "I should have dumped you months ago."
"You bastard," she hissed, "I've given you everything and now you're dumping me? I should be the one dumping you. I've been a loving girlfriend and all you want to do is spend your time with that bitch."
"Don't you dare call Rose a bitch," I hissed back, "the only bitch around here is you. Rose has tried being nice to you and all you do is be horrible back, she doesn't deserve it."
"Fine, go!" she screamed, "we'll see who comes running back when they realise that they have no one else!"
I got up and looked at her one last time, "I do and this time, she actually cares about me as well."
I turned around and left, not turning around when Casey screamed my name.
"Why do you put up with her?" Rose asked, suddenly, "you've been going out for a month now and she's still the same as always."
"Because she's a nice person," I said.
Rose raised her eyebrows.
"To me anyway," I said hastily. That was a lie, she was never nice to me.
"It's just that.. oh never mind!" she began to read her textbook again.
"No, tell me! What were you going to say?"
She sighed, "Wouldn't you want to be with someone who actually cares about you? Someone who likes you for who you are not because you're rich, famous and good looking."
"Like who?" I asked.
"No one," she said quickly, "forget I said anything."
I walked into the Gryffindor common room, luckily Al trusted me enough to give me the password. A few of the students gave me funny looks as I stepped into the common room and walked towards Rose who was sitting on one of the armchairs.
She looked up, "What are you doing here?"
"I need to talk to you," I said, "come on a walk with me."
"I have patrol in half an hour," she said and she continued to read her book.
"Fine," she said bluntly, but she smiled slightly.
We exited the common room and we walked down the corridor in silence.
"I dumped Casey," I told her.
"Really? How did she take it?" she asked, her eyes instantly lit up.
"Not well, she called me a bastard and you a bitch," I shrugged.
Rose smiled, "She had it coming anyway, I still think that you should have dumped her earlier. Not that it's any of my business," she added quickly.
I stopped and looked at her, "It is your business. I dumped her because of you."
"Why would you dump her because of me?" she bit her lip and she gazed at the floor.
"Because, I like you Rose, not Casey. And it took your cousin to make me realise because I was so stupid not to realise," I said easily, "you're right, I should have dumped her ages ago."
I closed the gap between us and pressed my lips against hers. At first she didn't respond, her lips were frozen against mine. A couple of seconds later she responded enthusiastically and I felt the butterflies in my stomach and the fireworks. It felt so right, like it was meant to be, something which I never felt when I kissed Casey.
She broke the kiss, "Scorpius, what are you doing?"
She punched me on the arm, "Ha ha. Seriously, don't feel the need to tell me this just because you feel sorry for me."
I grabbed her arms and stared at her intently, "Don't think that I said all that just because I feel sorry for you. I like you Rose, I really do, I just wish I had realised sooner."
Her eyes were full of tears as she listened to me and she hugged me, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean for you to think that, it's just that I've liked you for quite a while now," she said into my shirt.
I smiled to myself, "It's OK, I know."
She looked up at me and for the first time I looked at her properly, she was absolutely beautiful. She wasn't just pretty or attractive, she was gorgeous.
This time she kissed me, her lips were soft and gentle and once again I felt the butterflies and fireworks in my stomach. I could have kissed her like that for hours.
"You have patrol in five minutes," I whispered into her ears once I had broken the kiss.
"I think that I can get away with skipping patrol for once," she smiled at me and she pulled at my arm as she began to walk down the corridor.
"Where are we going?" I asked.
"To continue our walk," she said casually.
I smiled to myself as I let her pull me down the corridor.
I hope you liked it, even though I'm not too sure about it as it's quite cliche and everything :/ Review?
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