Chapter 4 : Chapter Four
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“AHHHHHHHHHHHH!" I screamed, waking up in the middle of the night, shaking and sweating and screaming.
"WHAT THE HELL WOMAN?!" Someone yelled. Who was it? It wasn't one of my room mates. Then I remembered that I wasn't in dorm. I was in James's. And I think that the voice was Freddy's.
James woke up and wrapped his arms around me again. "Are you okay, Aspen?" He asked as I panted.
"Just a dream." I whispered, "Just a dream, just a dream, just a dream, just a dream, just a dream, just a dream." I repeated, over and over again. I thought the more I repeated it, the more I would believe it.
"Aspen? Aspen, you okay?" James asked me again. I nodded slowly and the hangings were torn open.
Freddy, Bradley, Danny and Louis all stood around, "What the hell where you screaming about Aspen?" Freddy shouted, "Why the fuck would you wake all of us up with your blood curdling scream at four in the fucking morning?"
"I'm sorry guys, I just had a bad dream is all."
“No kidding." Bradley said.
"Let's just go back to sleep guys." The guys all nodded and closed the hangings.
"A, what did you dream about?" James asked.
"I dreamed about this time last year, to this exact day."
"What happened on this day, last year?"
A sigh escaped my mouth and I couldn't bare to look at him any longer so I tore my eyes away. Yes, very dramatic on my part. I'm quite proud. What was I saying? Oh yeah! "It was the day they told me I was going to end up in a morgue within a few weeks."
"What?!" He shouted, causing all the boys to yell at him to shut the hell up. Wow, he has amazing friends. Wait, those are my friends too. Correction: Wow, we have amazing friends.
"Obviously, they were wrong. And they didn't say it like that and all, but they might as well have. I had a ninety nine percent chance of not surviving the cancer. Or in other words, a one percent chance of survival. So basically, I was screwed." Only I am so bloody causal about my almost death. Guess that comes with the whole, 'Belongs in a loony bin' thing I have going on.
"Is that what you were dreaming about, them telling you that you were going to die?"
Damn, he should be the next Sherlock! Note the sarcasm people. Note the sarcasm.
“Yeah." I said, my voice breaking. Merlin, I was turning into one of those girls whose voices broke, the weak girls. I'm not weak. I survived cancer, bitch! You call that weak?! Didn't think so.
“Then why did you keep repeating, 'just a dream, just a dream'?"
"I was hoping that if I said it enough times, it would be true."
"Oh Aspen." He said, pulling me in towards his rock hard chest. Slowly, I drifted to sleep once more.
“ASPEN SEPTEMBER ISABELLA ANNELIESE MADELINE POWELLS! GET YOUR LAZY ARSE OUT OF BED, RIGHT NOW!" A male voice boomed into my ear. Ugh. Oh and what is with everyone using my full name now?!
“Why?!?!" I whined like a four year old.
"Because quidditch tryouts begin in ten minutes!" The voice shouted again. People should really learn not to shout. Wait, did he just say?!
"WHAT?!" I yelled jumping out of bed. This didn't go very well cause I ended up on the ground, still wrapped in the blankets. Joy.
I looked up to see Freddy, Louis and Bradley dressed in their quidditch robes. "Come on little A! Ten bloody minutes!" Freddy yelled, throwing my sports outfit at me, a dark pink sports bra and volleyball shorts. How the hell did he get my sports outfit?!
"How did you get my sports stuff?" I questioned.
“Ally gave them to me, to give to you." He explained.
I took my clothes and headed for the bathroom. Ew, their bathroom is disgusting. It smelled like shit and giant squid bits. Yeah, I'm not going to ask either. There is trash and dirty clothes everywhere. I am pretty sure that one of the house elves tried to clean this once, that house elf probably didn't come out. Yes, it was that bad.
So, I quickly changed and the second I stepped out of bathroom (SWEET AIR! I'VE MISSED YOU!), since this is my life and since I just have to best fucking luck on planet earth, Louis flung me over his shoulder and the boys all started running like their lives depended on it. Which, they kind of did. Dom had told me stories of James as captain. He would murder them if they were late.
"WHAT THE BLOODY HELL LOUIS?!" I screamed as they ran through the common room, first years were staring at me. It could have been because I'm on top of Louis Weasley and screaming my head off, or because I'm just looking fine today. I hope its the second one, to many people already think I'm crazy. Which I am, but doesn't mean they have to think it!
Five minutes later, we were on the pitch and Louis put me down on the ground. I punched his arm. He looked hurt. Haha. "All right!" I turned around to see James's voice booming. "These are chaser tryouts, so anyone else, get the bloody hell off my pitch!" Five people left. Nice, now only about thirty people left to beat. Joy.
"This is going to be simple, our keeper-Hugo Weasley-is going to be up blocking shots made by all of you. You each get three shots, the people that make all three are to go to the next round. Now, line up." Everyone scurried to form a line, people shoving and pushing and I ended up at the end of the line. I love my life. Note the sarcasm.
I watched everyone go, and I saw how good Hugo was. Not just good, bloody amazing. What is it with all the Wotters being attractive and good at quidditch? Its not fair to the rest of the human race! Or is it wizarding race? Or witching race? I'm going to go with wizarding race. Anyways, its not fair to the rest of the wizarding race! Merlin, I need a therapist.
After everyone had gone but me, only five people had made it to the next round. I mounted my broomstick and flew up into the air. James passed me the quaffle and I sighed, running my hands over the ball. This is normal behavior for me. I find it an achievement that you haven't run away screaming yet.
My eyes opened and I saw Hugo looking at me, and I smiled a little bit, focusing. I flew back a few meters and then took off a insane speeds, the wind causing my pony tail to blow back, I lifted my right arm and heaved the ball through the air, having it soar through. HELL YES!
Someone threw the ball back to me and this time, I stayed put. I passed it back in forth between my hands, getting ready. With both my hands on the ball I threw it over my head and watched it fly over Hugo's shoulder and it went straight through. OH YEAH! ITS MY BIRTHDAY! NOT REALLY! MY BIRTHDAY IS SEPTEMBER 28TH! AND ITS ONLY THE FIFTH OF SEPTEMBER! BUT WHATEVER! Hey! That rhymed.
For the third shot, I didn't do anything fancy, just a simple underhand throw into the hoop. And, again, it went it! Yes I'm not as rusty as I thought I was. I landed beside the other five who had made it to the second round.
"Okay, everyone congrats on making it this far. Now, all of you are going to go up in the air, the bludgers are going to be up there by the way, anyways your going to take turns shooting and if you miss your out. The last person flying gets the spot, okay?" We all nodded and I tightened the grip on my Firebolt 7000.
“Don't just stand there! Mount your brooms people!" James exclaimed, pointing to the sky. I quickly swung my leg over my broom and pushed off, getting to the fourth spot in line.
First up was this little second year, but man he was good! His went in. Next was a sixth year named Alexis, she was decent but hers ended up not going through by a few inches. She smiled, shrugged her shoulders and wished the rest of us luck. She should have been a Hufflepuff. Then, it was a fourth year who I didn't know turn, theirs also went in.
Then it was my turn, I chucked it over my head and it went straight in. Aw yeah! Thats how we roll up at Hogwarts! I watched as a third and fourth year. The third years went in, but the fourth years didn't. He started screaming stuff about this being rigged and stomped off the pitch. What ever happened to Gryffindors being noble? The world is going crazy I tell you!
And then there were four. And there we three for an hour and a half! AN HOUR AND A FUCKING HALF! We were sitting up there, throwing balls at hoops for an hour and a half. I hate my life. Anyways, the second year finally missed and then the fourth year, and then the third year's. So guess who gets to be chaser on the Gryffindor quidditch team nowww? Thats right! GRYFFINDOR'S OWN CRAZY PERSON! Me! Aspen Powells! Suck it haters!
I was smiling as I returned to the ground. Louis, Freddy, Hugo, Al, Bradley and James all crowding around me. They were the other part of the quidditch team. Hugo obviously played keeper for us, Freddy and Bradley were our beaters, and Louis, James and I were our chasers while little Al was the seeker. How the bloody hell did I end up being on a team with all guys?
The team I had been on before I left was James, Freddy, Beatrice Jones, Alison Featherway, Darren Boatman, Claire Richa and I. Beatrice and Alison had been fifth years. While Darren was a sixth year and Claire (our captain) was a seventh year.
"Okay team, here are the practice schedule, and the dates of all of our games." James said, passing out pieces of paper. I looked down at mine.
“WHAT?!" I screamed and everyone looked at me, "Four practices a week! And all of them for three hours! Are you barking mad?!" I exclaimed.
I waited for all the boys to start screaming at James too, but they didn't. "That's right Aspen! You haven't been on James's team before. He is about twice as worse as Claire." Freddy told me. Oh no. Claire was absolutely crazy about quidditch, she worked us harder then any Hogwarts quidditch team before. We also won all of our games that season though. But she was still insane. I think she plays for the Holyhead Harpies now.
“Why me Merlin?! Why?!" I moaned, looking up at the sky.
“Oh come on Aspen, this year is going to be awesome! We'll kick Slytherins' arse!" James grinned.
"Yeah, if you don't kill us all first!" I said, hands on my hips.
“Whatever, lets just go back to the castle." We all nodded and decided that it would be smarter to fly up to the castle instead of walking. I said goodbye to the blokes and flew straight up to my window.
Dom was snoring, Megan was drooling, Ally was probably out helping first years (she finally remembered to tell me she was head girl!) and the shower was running in the bathroom, Roxy. I put my broomstick under my bed and walked down the hall to the fourth year girls' dorm, my legs feeling like lead from tryouts.
"Aspen?" Lily Potter asked.
"Hey girlie!" I sing-songed.
"You look like shit." She said bluntly. Oh how I love that girl.
"I feel like shit. Anyways, your cousin is taking forever in the shower, can I use yours?"
"Roxy?" I nodded. Roxy was well known for her extremely long showers. Once she was in there for three hours! THREE FUCKING HOURS! Thats like, enough water to fill the black lake! "Sure, my roommates are all down at breakfast anyways."
"Thanks Lils." I said, walking towards the bathroom. After a nice long (not as long as Roxy's though) shower, I went back to my dorm.
"Dom? Dom wake up honey!" I whispered, shaking her awake.
She moaned in a very unattractive way.
"Come on Dom, its nearly noon!"
"But its Saturday!" She cried, hugging her pillow.
“Dominique, get your lazy arse out of bed before I tie you to the Pigfarts statue again!" I yelled and she popped out of bed.
"I love you and all Aspen, but you really suck sometimes." I smiled.
"What would you say if I told you that I set up an appointment with Madame Bones for you in twenty minutes?" I said, rocking on my heels. Madame Bones was the school healer. Dom froze and her face paled.
"Dom, you know you have to see a healer!"
"Aspen, Madame Bones isn't the school healer anymore. It's Victorie now." My eyes widened. Oh shit.
“Crap.” I said bluntly.
“I can’t go and have my older sister find out I’m pregnant, Aspen! Cause then she’ll tell mum and dad, plus Teddy! And then everyone is going to freak! Not to mention my father is going to Bradley, and Louis will help him!”
“Calm the fuck down Dom!” I cried, “Victorie can keep a secret like no one I know! And she loves you and won’t tell anyone. So get dressed and lets go see her!” Dom let out a small squeak and got dressed.
She was squeezing my hand off the whole walk to the hospital wing. And it’s a long walk! Dom kept speaking to herself, rehearsing what she was going to say. “It’ll be alright Dom.” I told her, “You already told Bradley, so telling Victorie can’t be any worse!” I pointed out.
Dom didn’t say anything, and within a few minutes we entered the hospital wing. Nobody was there, so we knocked on the door to Victorie’s office. She opened it, “Aspen and Dom! How to nice to see you!” She smiled a huge smile. Victorie was the kind of person you just can’t help but like. She looks a lot like Dom, with her long wavy silvery golden locks, blue eyes and porcelain complexion. But unlike Dom, she was one of the nicest most gentlest people you will ever meet.
“Hey Vic.” I said with a smile.
“Are you girls okay? Because I heard about your, cancer.” She whispered, ‘cancer’ softly.
“Don’t worry Vic, Dom knows. But this trip isn’t about me.”
“Dom, what is wrong?” Vic said, as we walked into her office. It was rather nice, the walls were painted blue and she had dark wood bookshelves lined with medical books. Bloody Ravenclaw. I noticed she didn’t have a bed in here and then I remembered that she was engaged to Teddy and since he was our defense against the dark arts teacher, they were probably living in his quarters together, just like Ally’s parents.
“Vicky, I’m pregnant.” Dom whispered and Victorie looked shocked, join the crowd Vic.
“Oh, Dominique!” Victorie cried, wrapping her arms around her little sister. “Are you sure?” She nodded, “Well, I’ll be here for you, okay?”
“Thank you so much, Victorie!” Dom said, while tears flowed down her face.
“Is it Bradley’s?” Victorie asked quietly.
“She told him a few days ago, incase your wondering.” I said.
“How did he take it?”
Dom smiled a bit, “He said that he is going to try and be a great father, and that he loves me.”
“That’s wonderful! Have you told mum and dad yet?”
“No, I’m too afraid that they’ll kill me and Bradley.”
Vic gave a small laugh, “I don’t think they’ll kill you Dom, maybe Bradley but not you. Who else knows?” Dom looked to me.
“Bradley, James, you and I.” I told her.
“Good. I suppose you girls came up here so I could check out Dom, is that right?”
“Yeah.” We both said at the same time.
“Okay then, lye down on the couch and I’ll do the wand scan.” Dom laid down and Victorie waved her wand over her a few times, muttering a spell. Victorie looked at them for a while before telling Dom she could get up.
“So, how does the baby look?” I asked.
“The picture of health.” Victorie smiled, “Your about one month along, so you should be due on about the twenty first of May.” Dom squeezed my hand and looked a little relieved. It was because we took the NEWTS two weeks before that, so she would be able to take them.
“Now, Dom, would you like to find out the gender of the baby?” Just then, Bradley and James burst into the office and we all looked up at them, startled.
“We got the note!” James panted.
“What note?” I asked.
“The one Dom sent us a few minutes ago.” Bradley said, his hands on his knees.
Dom gave me a weak smile and I understood. “What did we miss?” James asked.
“The baby is totally healthy and is due of the twenty first of May!” I squealed and the boys smiled.
“And I was just asking Dominique if she wanted to find out the gender of the baby.” Victorie added.
“I want to know.” Dom said, as she let go of mine and clutched onto Bradley’s. They both looked excited to find out what the sex of their baby is. Aw, they’re so cute together!
“Okay, your child is, a girl!” Dom, once again, burst into tears and hugged Bradley tightly.
“Were going to have a baby girl!” She said.
“The best baby girl on the face of the planet.” Bradley whispered and hugged her back.
“They’re so cute together.” James whispered into my ear, making shivers go up my spine.
“I know. I can’t believe that they are going to have a baby girl in eight months!”
“Scary, isn’t it?” I nodded.
That night, I sat in my favorite room in all of Hogwarts. It was so secret, that it wasn’t even on the Marauder's Map. You see, on the wall behind my bed there was a painting of Hogwarts. The painting swung open and there was a set of stairs. If you follow those stairs, they lead to the very tippy top of Gryffindor tower, a dark wood room with high ceilings and huge windows, some of them stain glass.
I loved it up here, I had decorated it with pictures of me and my friends and family. Plus a beanbag and a few notebooks. I was sitting in my beanbag that was facing the lake and quidditch pitch and I was reading the letters my brothers had sent me.
I hope your having fun back at Hogwarts! I know how much you missed it, and I’m glad that you can be back where you are happy. Mum and Angela (Leah’s mum) are going crazy planning the wedding, even though its not until this summer. We have deiced to have it on June 22nd (mum and dad’s anniversary) and we are going to have it at grandmother and grandfather’s house. I love you so much Aspen! Write me soon!
I smiled as I read it, the moon lighting the page because if I light candles up here, they make the painting glow. And even though its Hogwarts, glowing paintings are a little odd.
ASPEN! MY LITTLE SISTER! GUESS WHAT?! I’M AT A PARTYYYY RIGHT NOW, ITS SO AWESOME! GOD I LOVE COLLEGE! OH LOOK, SOMEONE ON A MOTORCYCLE! MAYBE I SHOULD JOIN THEM! I’M SO HIGH AND DRUNK RIGHT NOWWWW! DON’T DO DRUGS SIS, THEY ARE BAD BAD BAD FOR YOU! AND ALSO DON’T HAVE SEX! CAUSE YOUR TOO YOUNG TO BE PREGGS! PLUS I WOULD HAVE TO KICK SOME GUYS ARSE! AND I’M TO HIGH TO KICK SOMEONES ARSE RIGHT NOW! ANYWAYS, I LOVE YOU! I ALSO LOVE MUFFINS! MUFFINS ARE AMAZING! MUFFIN, MUFFFFFINNNNNNNN FOR EVERYONE! HAHA! LOVE YA!
YOUR BIG BROOOOO,
I laughed and rolled my eyes. Matt wasn’t a pothead or anything, but he was a badass. Once, when he was high school he drove his motorcycle across the school’s lawn and nearly killed a dozen cheerleaders. He was always the rebel of my family. You see, I had come up with a category each of my brothers fit into. Kyle was the perfect one, Brandon was the smart doctor (even though Kyle is a doctor too). Adam was the athlete, Jason the chef and Matt the rebel. Cole was the writer and Dylan was the artist. As for me, I’m pretty damn sure I’m the crazy one.
After I put the letters in a box and looked at the dark grounds once last time, I went down to bed. I pulled the covers over me and brought my knees up to my chest, making myself into a ball.
The next morning I woke up to someone screaming. Karma is a bitch. I opened the hangings to see Ally in a full blown melodrama scream. Her hands were next to her face, and her mouth so open I swear I could see her tonsils. Gross.
Then I noticed why she was screaming. Ally’s hair was sticking up in all directions and it was lime green instead of its usual dark brown. “OH MY GOD!” Roxy cried.
Dom came over to sit on my bed, since she sucked at charms. Since I wasn’t too amazing either, I let Roxy and Megan try to undo whatever had been done. “Who do you think did it?”
“Don’t know, could have been the Slytherins, since its green and all. Want to go ask the fat lady?”
“Sure.” We started walking out of the dorm, and going to the portrait hole. Nobody was up yet because it was only about six am, but I could hear water running from early risers taking showers.
“Excuse me, but did anyone from any other houses come through here last night?” I asked.
“No, no one from other houses. But there was one boy who left just after curfew and came back about two hours later with a green bottle.”
“What did he look like?”
“Dark hair, brown eyes, looked to be about thirteen.”
“Frankie.” Dom and I said to each other a the same time. I love when stuff like that happens!
We rushed back to the dorm and Dom shot me a look that said, ‘You tell her, I’m pregnant.’ I rolled my eyes and nodded my head.
“Ally?” I said, almost scared.
“We think it was Frankie.”
Ally’s eyes grew wide, her fists tightened and her jaw clenched, her face was red. Oh crap, she’s pissed off. Ally marched from the room and we followed her, she ended up in the third year boys’ dorm. “YOU FUCKING BASTARD!” She yelled, flinging the door open and causing four boys to wake up.
She marched over to one of the beds and flung open the curtains so violently they fell to the ground. This is why you don’t make Ally pissed. She picked up a pillow and started hitting Frankie with it, “YOU GOD DAMN BASTARD! LOOK WHAT YOU FUCKING DID TO MY HAIR!”
Frankie’s eyes grew wide and he smirked a bit. What is it with these Longbottoms?! They are all bloody mental I tell you. I think they get it from their dad, their mum was actually not completely crazy. “You look hilarious.” He said. Oh Frankie, never say that to Ally.
“TAKE IT OUT!” She screamed.
“I don’t think I will.” Frankie said, amused. I’ve got to hand it to the kid, he was stupidly brave. He wasn’t put in Gryffindor because of his family, that’s for sure.
“Frank Remus Longbottom, you reverse it or I’ll tell dad that it was you that let Trevor the second free into that pond down the street.”
Frankie paled, “You wouldn’t.”
“I may be a Gryffindor but everyone knows I can be such a Slytherin when I want to.” It was true. You don’t mess with Ally and get away with it scot free.
“Sorry sis, but its going to last until the end of the day, no matter what I do.”
Ally look furious. “Fuck you.” She said and left. I quickly followed.
When we got down to breakfast, the guys were already there. “Nice hair.” James commented and Ally flipped him off.
“What does everyone have first, today?” I asked, sipping some orange juice and eating-what else?-toast.
“Aspen, we all have potions first with the Slytherins.”
“Oh, right.” I said.
“Wow little A, your so stupid in the morning.”
“Thanks Freddie.” I said, looking around.
“Anytime little A, anytime.”
A little while later, after breakfast, we all walked to the dungeons. Everyone staring at Ally’s hair. I’ve never seen her look so mad.
I sat down next to Dom in the classroom, who hasn’t spoken much today. I wonder why. “Alright everyone, lets settle down. I have something exciting to tell you all!” Slughorn grinned. God, I hate this class. “We are staring a new project! Everyone is going to be in teams of two. You will be working with your partner all of this week in the Forbidden forest. The two of you are going to have to find certain ingredients in the forest and then make a potion out there. You will be there for the entire week, starting tomorrow. So come to class with your things! Also, you’re going to be excused from all your other classes, obviously. Anyways, the partners are…” He fumbled around for some papers. Dom looked at me and I nodded, telling her that I wanted to be parents as well. I just hope I don’t get stuck with that weird Hufflepuff kid who eats paper and makes things explode every day in this class.
“Ah ha!” Slughorn cried, “Here they are! The partners will be, Lorcan Scamander Jamie Flint, Carlos Hark and Alice Longbottom, Dominique Weasley and Lysander Scamander, Nikki Classen and Fred Weasley, Megan Wood and Daniel Hansen, Roxanne Weasley and Joey Corner, June Alessi and Bradley Finnigan, Sam Holden and Tuesday Soltero, Aspen Powells and James Potter-“ Slughorn kept on droning names out while I looked to James. He smiled and winked at me.
Seven days and six nights alone with James in the forbidden forest didn’t sound so bad to me.
Authors Note: Okay everyone, I really hope you liked this chapter! Please, please with a cherry on top will you review? I absoutley love them and they make me want to write! Anyways, here are your chapter questions:
What did you think about Aspen’s nightmare?
Did you like the Quidditch tryouts? I’m usually not very good at writing quidditch parts so feel free to give constrective critism!
Are any of you starkid fans? Cause if you are then you noticed my refrence. I love starkid! And I get to see them on tour! Excuse me while I have a fangirl squeal.
How Dom’s baby is a girl? I hope you guys liked that!
Did he like the part with Aspen’s secret room? It was my favorite part of the whole chapter.
Frankie, Ally’s younger brother, I want to know what everyone thought of him!
Anyways, the next two chapters should be about their project! I can’t wait to write it! Until next time!
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