“Nice to see you again,” Aiden said, slinging his arm round Lily’s shoulders. She shrugged it off quickly, still looking at me, worried for my reaction.
“Look Lena, I know you may not approve,” she said hurriedly, “but please do not tell my brothers. Especially James. He will slaughter us both! And this is the first time this has happened, it was a mistake! So please Lena, please say you won’t tell them.”
“I won’t tell them, don’t worry,” I assured her, still looking at her disappointedly, “But really Lily? Your brother’s best friend who’s two years older than you, and a massive player?” At least she hung her head in shame, even as Aiden cried out ‘Hey!’
“And you,” I turned on him, glaring, and was glad to see he had gone slightly pale, “Out of all the girls to pick you, you pick on Lily? Don’t you realize how messy things could become here? And Lily’s right. If James ever finds out this happened, I really doubt he’s going to have a lot of sympathy for you. So just be glad, I’m saving you from being pummeled to the ground.”
I let him go eventually, and made sure me and Lily made our way to the dorms. Rose was still missing, which seemed quite unusual, but Lauren was already sound asleep. Lily quickly fell asleep, not before thanking me again, but I stayed up for a while, waiting for Rose.
Finally, after what seemed like hours, she walked in with a big grin on her face. Hmph. She looked like a lovesick puppy; I wondered if it had anything to do with Scorpius.
“Where were you?” I hissed, as she finally took notice of me, “Lily and I left ages ago.”
“I was with Scorpius,” she blushed, “We went to the kitchens and then headed up to the Astronomy tower because he didn’t feel like going to the party again. We just talked and stuff but I realised that there was a lot more to him that I thought. He apologized for calling me all those names, and we decided maybe we should be friends or something along the lines of that now.”
I didn’t what to say at first. Malfoy had miraculously become Scorpius, and they had ‘talked and stuff’? From what I had seen, they wouldn’t miss a chance to argue.
“Well someone had a change of heart,” I commented, waiting for her reaction, but she just changed the subject quickly.
“So what happened with you? Meet anyone to distract you from my cousin?” she winked at me, now all traces of red vanished from her cheeks. “After all, he was so subtly attached to his girlfriend.” She wrinkled her nose in slightly disgust.
I laughed. “Yes, you’ll be glad to know I did meet someone, and he’s someone you’d like. Smart,” Rose’s eyes lit up at this and I couldn’t help but roll mine, “witty, and very attractive. Liam Sanders, you know him?” Rose squealed slightly and I winced, taking that for a yes. If this is what spending time with Scorpius does to her, I am totally against their friendship. Only joking.
“Liam Sanders, Lena?! That’s a good catch! And a very good one to take your mind off my cousin. Did you two snog?” she asked enthusiastically. I grumbled slightly before replying. “No, we didn’t snog. We just talked, maybe even flirted a little bit. And he even asked me if I had a thing for Al? What is up with that? Then his friends called him over, so I told him he should go.”
“Did you want him to go?”
“Well no…not really, it was nice to talk to him.”
Cue: more squealing. My ears don’t like you very much right now, Rose Weasley. And yes, I just addressed my ears as if they were people.
A moan from Lily told us to shut up and go to bed, so I promised, per her request, that I would give her more details tomorrow.
Very few people were at breakfast the next morning, thanks to all the hangovers. Al, Rose and I were sitting when Scorpius joined us, looking tired but still happy.
“Hi Rose,” he said quite shyly, and I just wanted to scream awww. “Hi Scorpius,” she replied back, indicating for him to sit next to her as they engaged in a conversation.
Al whispered to me, his eyes wide, “What’s going on? Is this some kind of joke?” I shook my head as his eyes become even larger. (How is that possible?) “Nope, they had some sort of realization moment where they decided to be friends.”
“But, but, that’s just…strange!” Al struggled to form his words.
“Same thing I was thinking. Speaking of strange, mind telling me about how speechless you got at Arianna yesterday?”
Al froze and started picking at his food, clearly avoiding the question. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
I scoffed quite attractively. “So it wasn’t you who was making googly eyes at her?"
“Well…she looked different."
“Pretty?” “No, just different!” he protested vehemently. God, this boy was so in denial. “Fine, so, if say, a hot guy came up to her and asked her out, you wouldn’t mind at all?” I’m pretty sure my eyes were gleaming wickedly. That’s how cool I am.
His eyes flashed, as I knew they would, before he said in a controlled voice, “Bennett can do whatever she wants to. It doesn’t bother me.” And he closed the subject.
“Au contraire, Al, au contraire,” I said softly, although he didn’t quite hear me.
Someone tapped my shoulder, and I whirled around, hitting Al with my hair in the process. It was Liam Sanders. Great, he’d seen me hit one of my friends in the face with my HAIR. Could this get any more embarrassing?
“Hey Lena, you still remember our conversation from yesterday?” he smiled at me. I think the temperature just rose in here. “Yep 100%!” A bit too enthusiastic maybe? “Good, just making sure you weren’t drunk or something. Would you like to join me for breakfast?”
I hesitated slightly. Apart from Liam, who I had just met yesterday, I didn’t know anyone in Ravenclaw. Aside from Dominique, I guess, and she preferred to sit with her family. And I enjoyed sitting next to the Wotter family.
“Why don’t you come join us instead?” Rose had been watching us keenly and I guess she couldn’t resist. Liam looked surprised, but then quickly sat down next to me, and helped himself. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Al and Scorpius looking at him suspiciously.
I glared at them both, hoping they would understand. They did. “So Liam,” Scorpius started off, and I wanted to hug him, “Hear you’re a big fan of the Tornadoes.” Quidditch? I mean I know I play it, but boys took it to crazy limit. Although, it seemed to have made a difference, because Liam replied back smoothly, and both boys visibly relaxed as they started talking animatedly about the sport.
Rose gave me a look as in ‘Nice Work’ and I rolled my eyes, but still grinned despite it. Emily sat down, and sent me a questioning look, her eyebrows raised at Liam beside me.
“Lena’s got herself a little crush,” Rose whispered to her, not exactly very quietly, and Emily squealed. I glared at them and told them to shut up as Liam faced me.
“I’m glad you introduced me to your friends,” he grinned, “But I did come here to talk to you.” He was so cute when he said that, I couldn’t help but get lost in his face. The way his eyes flickered over to mine every few seconds, and his lips would quirk up into a smile. “Will you stop staring at me? It’s only becoming the slightest bit creepy,” he teased me and I blushed. Trust myself to be caught staring by him. “I was wondering if you’d like to spend a little time with me, maybe when you’re free or something. Not as a date or anything, just to get to know each other.”
I giggled slightly at his rambling, and leaned a bit closer to him as I whispered, “I’d like that.” Our moment was interrupted as someone cleared their throat behind us. We separated slightly in surprise and looked up to the face of James Potter.
His defined jaw was slightly tense, and his eyes seemed to have a stormy look to them, which slightly scared me. He flickered his gaze between me and Liam, then called the Quidditch team to the field for a meeting. His eyes were slightly red, probably from last night’s drinking, and he avoided my gaze as I got up from my seat and hugged Liam goodbye.
Everyone looked confused as to why he was calling us for a meeting, but we followed him silently. I glanced over to Lily, who was keeping her distance from Aiden, and frowned; I needed to talk to her more about yesterday.
When we finally reached the pitch, he turned on us, ruffling his hair with one hand. “I’ve decided we’re going to do some exercises throughout the term to build our strength as a team, and learn to trust one another. So you’re going to pair up and work together. You will practice together, even you if you are not in the same positions, and you look out for them. Any questions?” Silence. “Good. Alright, go ahead, get a partner.”
Fred chose Scorpius because he decided he wanted to work with someone who ‘actually knew how to whack those bludgers’. Al screamed “I choose Lena!” straight after, but for some reason, James disagreed.
He looked at me briefly before saying, “Lena’s new, she needs the most work.” Ouch. Something must have flickered across my face because he then continued to say, “I need to run through all the tactics with her. Strengths, weaknesses, that sort of thing. Al, go with Scorp and Fred. Lily, guess you’re stuck with Aiden.”
Lily looked horrified (luckily her brothers weren’t looking) but Aiden just smirked and pulled her towards the broom shed. She looked at me, her eyes wide, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her.
Al joined the beaters, dismayed at not having gotten me, but glad to be with his best friend. James turned to me, and muttered, “Come on, let’s start.” We sat down on one of the stands, as he explained some of the plays, and our players’ signature moves. Occasionally, his hand would brush over mine, and although I confined my blush away, the butterflies in my stomach did just not stop fluttering.
When we finished, he left without a word, and I frowned, wondering what was wrong with him. Lily and I headed up to the castle, her complaining of getting Aiden as a partner, and what would happen if James found out.
The day flew by pretty quickly after that; Transfiguration was only the slightest bit awkward. Rose and Scorpius had decided to sit together and I was stuck in between Al and Ari. Although she tried to make an attempt at conversation, he blatantly ignored her. Eventually she got pretty mad.
“Lena, can you tell Al to pass me another button?” she gritted out, after attempting and failing to transfigure her button into a piece of furniture. I started to translate this to Al, but he just wordlessly passed me one before I finished.
Now this was pissing me off. Al, being amazing at transfiguration, just lay back in his seat, flicking his wand around, whilst Arianna was close to breaking hers into pieces because she couldn’t do it.
“Need some help, Bennett?” Al’s snarky voice called out, and it wasn’t just Arianna’s face that was laced with frustration. I heard her exhale loudly beside me, trying to calm herself down, as she replied coolly, “None from you thanks.” I snorted and glared at Al, who looked amused, however his eyes had darkened considerably. Good. Serves the prat right.
“Well, then why don’t you go fetch Johnson? I’m sure he’d love to help you out, especially after last night,” he proclaimed, knowing that it would get a rise out of her. He was right.
She didn’t turn to him, but I could see her shoulders shaking with fury. Uh oh. I didn’t particularly want to be part of a scene in class. Slowly she turned round and looked him dead in the eye. And boy, if I was Al, I would want to take those words back.
Then all of a sudden, she flung her hair over shoulder, and flashed him a smile, saying, “Maybe I will.” She walked over to a nearby table (we had class with the Hufflepuffs) and tapped this guy on the shoulder. He looked excited to see her, and when she asked him loudly, “Hey Eric, come to Hogsmeade with me?” his smile widened even further.
I have no idea where Hogsmeade was, but I guess she was asking him on a date because Al’s jaw started twitching, as he clenched his fists until his knuckles were going white. I put my hand on his, and slowly unclenched them, but he just glared at the pair in front of him
“À bon chat, bon rat,” I whispered to myself, feeling happy for Ari that she threw him off guard. Al gave them one last glare, and then stalked out of the classroom.
I hope you all liked that chapter! Did you expect it to be Aiden?
À bon chat, bon rat actually is a French saying meaning Tit for tat, I just learnt it from my teacher! I wanted to show Lena’s French side a little bit so hope that did a bit…
And what do you think of Liam so far? I have got to say, his name was inspired by One Direction (:
I was tempted to name him Niall or Zayn, but Liam and Lena sounded kinda cool so decided to go with that. This chapter was written in a bit of a rush, so I think it’s a bit all over the place, but please leave a review and tell me what you think!
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