Chapter 5 : Preparations.
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I walked up the stairs to my dorm room quietly, trying not to wake anyone. Even though it was only about nine, and most of the first years were in bed, I didn’t fancy being in the same room with the rest of them any longer than I had to.
I opened my door and found Al sitting on his bed, reading. He looked up and when I was about to greet him, and cut me off by saying “You’re in love with a nut case.” Luckily no one was in the room, so I didn’t have to be quiet when I snapped at him.
“Excuse me?” I asked. If he wasn’t Rose’s cousin his head would be rolling around on the floor right now.
“She burst in here about an hour ago and took my invisibility cloak,” he said.
My heart dropped.
“Did she say where she was going?” I asked.
“Not a single word. I was honestly afraid to ask, mate.”
Great, what if she came into the library and heard Molly and I?! No, she wouldn’t do that; she’d have no reason for it. Unless she wanted to get a book out of the restricted section…? No, she wouldn’t do that either. Would she? Oh Merlin…
As my thoughts were running wild, I couldn’t help but be a little annoyed at Al. If she did happen to hear, it was pretty much all his fault.
“What if she followed me, Al?” I asked, a little pissed off. “I was in the library with Molly. She could have heard us talking!”
His face went white. “Did you guys talk about her?” he asked.
I nodded, feeling even more nervous than before.
“I doubt she followed you, Scorp. Do you want me to go and ask her?”
“How is that going to look?” I said. “No, just let it go. I’m sure it was nothing.”
I decided to go to bed and try to forget about everything, but it was pretty much impossible. I am going to ask the girl I’ve loved for almost six years to go out with me in less than twenty four hours, and I don’t even know if she feels the same way. And she might have even heard about it by me talking to Molly… Smooth, Scorpius, real smooth.
I slowly drifted off to sleep around 3 am. Al kept apologizing, and I was getting more annoyed by the minute, so I picked up my wand from my bedside table and silently cast Silencio on him. I wasn’t sure if he noticed at first, but I didn’t care. I fell asleep shortly after that, thinking I would just have to try to act naturally tomorrow and see if she acts any differently.
I was awoken only a few hours later by Al jumping on top of me. “IIIIIIIITS THE BIG DAAAAAAY SCORPIUS!” he yelled. I nearly punched him in the face. I guess one of our dorm mates must have reversed the spell.
“Shut it, will you? The whole school is going to hear you.” I glanced in the direction of my dorm mates Eric and Ben but they didn’t say anything.
“Well get up, mate. We’ve gotta eat and then find Rose so she can ‘help’ you,” he laughed, walking over to his trunk. “And don’t silence me again, mate, are you forgetting who my dad is?”
I laughed. He never used the Dad card on anyone so I knew he was joking. Knowing Al could kick my arse any day; I promised I wouldn’t do it again, and he seemed satisfied enough.
I reluctantly got up and headed to the bathroom for a shower. It was probably one of the quickest showers I’ve ever taken, too. I was so freaking nervous I couldn’t stand still for more than twenty seconds.
I got dressed quickly and headed down to breakfast with Al. He could tell how nervous I was and kept giving me words of encouragement.
“It’ll be fine mate, just stick to the plan, and she’ll love it.”
Breakfast was terrible. Nothing appealed to me at all, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep anything down if it had. Al pretty much had to force feed me some toast, and when I didn’t throw it up, shoved cereal in my face as well.
“Come on, you don’t want to pass out from hunger right before you tell her, do you?”
That was all I needed. I practically swallowed the food whole, and as soon as I finished the last drop of milk, I made my way over to the Gryffindor table.
Rose was sitting with Dom and her other roommates Rebecca and Sarah when I walked up behind her. I stood nervously with my hands in my pockets, and they all stopped talking abruptly once they realized I was there.
“Hey,” I said to Rose as she turned around to see why they had stopped. She smiled and greeted me back politely. “You ready?” I asked.
“Ready as I’ll ever be,” she said with what I think was a sigh. She downed the last of her pumpkin juice and stood up to walk with me. I followed her out of the Great Hall and she stopped outside the doors.
“Do you need help picking out your outfit?” she asked.
I looked down to what I was wearing. Black pants with a plain white t-shirt; normal for me, but not first date material.
“Uh, yeah,” I replied.
Half an hour later, I found myself in my dorm going through all the clothes in my trunk with Rose. I truly hope this isn’t the last time I do something like this with her. It was actually kind of fun, her teasing me about my clothes and complimenting me on my boxers.
Not too long later, I was dressed in some nice dark jeans, a black shirt and a grey sweatshirt to go over it. Rose nodded in approval and I had to admit that she has a good sense of style. She laughed at me when I told her this but didn’t say anything. My mind secretly wondered if she had ever helped other guys with this kind of thing. I tried to calm it down deciding that she probably just helps her brother Hugo pick out his clothes, but who knows? The good thing was that I was bonding with her.
“So, what should I talk about with her?” I asked her. It would be interesting to see what she would want to be talked to about on a first date.
“Well if you are sure you haven’t met her before, just start with the basics,” she said. I had the feeling she didn’t believe the date was blind. “Ask her questions about herself, but don’t be too pushy. Stuff about her family or what she wants to do in her life. Start out small,” she said smiling.
It took all I had not to tell her right there. I couldn’t stand the thought of her thinking I liked someone else but… I couldn’t. It needed to be perfect.
We took a walk outside for a while, just chatting. She told me to practice the questions that I was going to ask the “mystery girl” as she put it, on her, so I started out with the most basic one.
“How are you?”
“Oh, I’m just peachy,” she replied, looking at her feet.
“You don’t sound peachy,” I commented, trying to look at the expression on her face. She had a bit of an edge to her voice and it kind of worried me a little. What if she doesn’t want to come to Hogsmeade with me before the “date”?
She looked up and gave a sad smile. “Next question.”
“Alright, um…” I really didn’t know what to ask. I already knew everything about her, why should I ask something I already know about?
“God, Scorpius, just ask a stupid question, it’s not that hard!”
“I already know you!” I said. “What am I supposed to ask?”
“Who cares if you do? It’s not me you’re going on the date with!” She said, blushing. She increased her pace and I had to jog to catch up to her
I caught her, grabbing her arm. “Okay, I’m sorry. What’s your favorite color?”
She just laughed.
“Green,” I replied. It did feel a bit strange being asked questions when you know the person knows the answer already, but hey, I was here to help Scorpius. This has nothing to do with me.
We walked around the lake for probably an hour, just him and I. I had to admit, it was nice being able to talk and hang out with him without Dom or Al around.
We ended up playing twenty questions. If you aren’t familiar with it, we just asked each other any random twenty questions and we would take turns answering. No repeats though, of course. We also decided to have a sort of twist on this game. Every time the person didn’t want to answer the question, he or she would have to jump in the Black Lake.
I know it was cruel to make him jump in the lake before his date, but I promised him I would dry him off right away. And plus, it was the middle of November. Who would be stupid enough to actually jump into the lake?
Scorpius did manage to surprise me, though. He failed to answer two of my questions and didn’t even hesitate to jump in. I got him at “Who was the first girl you slept with?” and “Have you ever been in love?” He was still sopping wet by the time he asked the next one so it was hard not to laugh at him while he looked so awkward. I still hadn’t jumped in yet.
“Okay…” he said for my eighteenth question. “Who was your first kiss?”
I was surprised at this. I thought he would have known. Eric was his roommate after all.
“Eric Turner,” I said simply, drying him off with my wand for the second time.
“When did you kiss him?!” he asked as he was being blown with hot air. Was that jealousy I heard in his voice?
“After Gryffindor beat Ravenclaw for the House Cup back in third year,” I explained. “Remember how Gryffindor had a party? Well It got sort of out of control and it just happened, I guess.”
“You kissed a Slytherin…” he said, his voice leveled. It wasn’t a question, he just stated it.
“So?” I said. “What’s wrong with that? You’re a Slytherin.”
He raised his eye brows “So you’re saying you’d kiss me?”
He was started walking towards me, getting extremely close. What is he doing? He had a smile on his face and it kept me rooted to the spot. I wanted nothing more than to kiss him, but I knew it would be wrong.
“Scorpius…” I whispered. He was so close I could smell hints of mint on his breath. “You have a date in a few hours…”
He was still very close but now he looked a little hurt that I rejected him.
“I know,” he said, backing away and shaking his head. “Sorry.”
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