Chapter 6 : Chapter Six
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I sat in a corner of the common room, looking out a window. The only light in the room with the dancing flames of the slowly dying fire. For some unknown reason, I decided to come down here instead of my secret room. I hugged my legs to my chest, looking at the crescent moon, hanging against the dark black night sky.
“You okay, Aspen?” A voice asked, I didn’t need to turn around to know it was James.
“They’re most likely dead.” I whispered to the window.
“Don’t say that, they could still be alive.” He said, sitting down next to me. It had been two days since we came out of the forest. “We weren’t supposed to come back until tomorrow anyways.”
“Seven professors have been out there for two days, without coming back. The only reason we know that they are still alive is that they send up sparks every hour.”
“Have hope Aspen. If we have hope, everything will be okay. Like you and your cancer.”
“I don’t even know Jamie’s last name. I’ve known her for seven years, and I don’t know her last name. And now she’s dead. She was one of the nicer Slytherins. Helped me with a potion back in second year.”
“She could still be alive Aspen. Don’t say that she’s dead.” He said it was force, I didn’t respond. Just gave a small nod.
James pulled me into his lap and kept hugging me. “Everything is going to be okay, Aspen. I promise you that.” I nodded and started crying, burying my face into his chest. He proabley didn’t like that I was getting snot all over his tee shirt. I hated it when Ally, Megan and Roxy did that to me.
“Do you her last name? Jamie’s I mean. I just, I want to know.”
“Flint. Her full name was Jamie Anne Flint.”
“Oh.” I said. “Thank you James.”
I woke up on the couch in Gryffindor common room. I rubbed my eyes and sat up. It was totally empty, not a single person in there but me. My eyes flew to the clock in the corner, oh crap. It was three in the afternoon.
My short legs carried me to the great hall. A few students where milling around. Including my friends, they were all grouped together, looking they didn’t want anyone to hear them.
“Morning.” I said to them, my voice sounded hollow.
“Aspen, your awake.” Ally tried a smiled, but it didn’t work out.
“Yeah, what’s going on?” They all looked sad again. “What is it, what’s happened?!”
James’s jaw was locked. “They found a body Aspen. Jamie’s body. And Lorcan is still missing.” I bit my lower lip. I didn’t even know Jamie, almost everyone in our year proabaly knew her better then I did. Yet, I was so torn up about it. And, I didn’t even know why. I had known lots of people that had died. People that I shared hospital rooms with had died. My aunt and uncle had died. But I didn't feel as sad as I did now.
“Oh.” I whispered. And before I knew it, I was running. I hated running, but it just felt right then. I finally stopped under James’s and my tree.
I fell to the ground, sobbing. Everything was, well, shit. I must have stayed there for ten minutes, just crying under a tree, still in my older brother’s old shirt and gryffindor sweats. “Aspen.” James said. “Since when did you get so fast?” I didn’t respond, “Professor Longbottom wants to see you, the password is ‘Dumbledore’.”
“Okay, I’ll see you later.” Before he answered, I was gone. Ten minutes later, I found the entrance to Professor Longbottom’s office. “Dumbledore.” I said and the garogyle stepped aside. I stepped on to the staircase and it rose up. Finally, I knocked on the door to the office.
“Come in.” His voice called and I opened the door. “Ah, Miss Powells. Please take a seat.” I obeyed and sat down in a chair that faced a large desk. “I understand that you have been very scared about the events that have been happening lately.”
“Well, I was wondering if there is anything I can do to help you.”
“I don’t think there is sir, expect to be update on what is happening.” I said.
“I believe I can do that. Meanwhile Miss Powells, try and focus your mind on other things. Your birthday is in two weeks, right?”
“Well, focus on that and other things. You can go now.”
“Thank you.” I headed for the door, but stopped. “There is one more thing Professor. When James was attacked, he said they tried to take me. Do you know why?”
“We don’t even know what went on in the forest Aspen, until then we can’t have any idea of anything really.”
“Okay, goodbye.” I said as I left the room.
Two days later I was sitting on the dock, the wood underneath me was rotting and I was kind of afraid that it would collapse under me. Never the less, I sat on it swinging my legs back and forth. My toes skimming the water’s surface. Since when was I so deep?
I think it’s everything with people being killed by some weird thing in the forbidden forest. That could be it. But it’s just a wild guess. Please tell me you caught onto the sarcasam there. It was just after lunch and I had a free period and I should of been studying for my Charms quiz tomorrow, but I didn’t feel like it. Not that anyone ever feels like studying.
“HELP!” A voice called, and it was coming from the forest. Everyone was told not to go near the forest and all. But I swore then that it was Lorcan’s voice. I grabbed my wand from beside me and flung on my flip flops and ran towards the voice. “HELP ME!” It yelled again.
“I’M COMING!” I called as I reached the edge of the forest. “WHERE ARE YOU?!”
“OVER HERE!” It cried. I ran towards the noise and rounded a boulder and my jaw dropped open. Oh my merlin.
It was Lorcan. It was really hard to tell, but it was him. I was sure of it. His body was soaked in blood. And I mean it, even his hair. His left leg was under the boulder and the bone of his right arm was sticking out. I could freaking see his bone. His face was really burned, so were his arms. One of his eyes was swollen shut and then other was squinting at me. “Lorcan.” I said, shaking my head.
“Aspen! I’m so glad it’s you. Please, please help me.” He said, in barley a whisper. His voice was horse and it looked like it hurt him to talk.
“Oh merlin! What do I do?!” I cried. Tears streaming down my face.
“Levitate the boulder off my leg for starters.”
“B-but I’ve never done anything bigger than a desk! And the boulder is about fifty desks!” I exclaimed.
“ASPEN POWELLS! I HAVE GOT A FUCKING BOULDER ON MY LEG AND I HAVE JUST ALMOST DIED ABOUT HALF A MILLION TIMES SINCE WE ENTERED THIS FUCKING FOREST SO LEVITATE THE BOULDER OFF MY LEG OR SO HELP ME MERLIN!” I had never heard Lorcan swear. I’ve known him since I was seven and I have never ever heard him swear. I guess being stuck under a boulder can do that do you.
I squeezed my eyes shut and pointed my wand at the boulder. “Wingardium Leviosa!” I shouted and opened my eyes. The boulder was lifting off of Lorcan’s leg. I really wanted to run and dance around and shout, ‘SUCK IT!’ but I had to pay attention. I set the huge rock down a few meters away.
“Are you okay?!” I asked, rushing over to his side.
“Aspen, you need to heal me.”
“No, I need to take you to the hospital wing!” I told him.
“I’ll die by then Aspen! You need to heal me right now.”
I sighed, “Okay.” I started waving my wand and muttering spells. “Vulnera Sanentur. Brackium Emendo. Sana Vulnus. Tergeo.” He looked much better now, the blood was gone, his bone was back in his arm and was healed, the gashes had sealed. But there was still his leg. No matter what spell I preformed on it, I wouldn’t heal. And I knew what
I had to do. “Lorcan, I-I’m going to have to apputate your leg.” I said. “Otherwise your going to die.” I told him. “I’ll try and make it as painless as I possibly can.”
“Do it.” He said, clutching the grass next to him.
“Crus abiit!” I cried and his leg vanished, leaving only a stub. Lorcan started crying in pain. “I’m so sorry Lorcan!” I told him.
“Thank you.” He sighed, “Thank you so much Aspen. Thank you for saving my life.”
“No big deal.” I joked and he cracked a smile. “Lorcan, what happened to you?”
“Terrible things. B-but I can’t remember what.” He said, his eyebrows furrowing.
“It’s okay.” I whispered, “Let’s just get you to the hospital wing, okay?” He nodded and I levitated him next to me. After fifteen minutes of walking through the deserted corridors we reached the hospital wing.
“Lorcan! Merlin!” Victorie cried. “They found you?!”
“No.” He whispered, “Aspen did. I was on the edge of the forest and she heard me crying out and healed me.”
“Aspen, you know your not allowed to do that.” She said.
“Don’t blame it on her. She saved my life.” He told her.
“Well in that case, good job Aspen and seventy points to Gryffindor.” I had to reist the urge to do a little dance right then and there. It was too deep of a moment to do that.
“Please go tell Professor Longbottom what happened.” I nodded and left the hospital wing.
Half an hour later I was in Professor Longbottom’s office and had just finished explaining what had happened to him. “Your a brave person Aspen. I admire what you did to help Lorcan. I’ll be awarding thirty points to Gryffindor.”
“Sir, Madame Pomfrey already gave me seventy.” I told him.
“I know. And I don’t believe its enough. Now, go back to your common room and I’ll let everyone else know. You did a great job Miss Powells.”
“Thank you. Goodbye.” I said before leaving and making my way the Gryffindor common room and collapsing on a couch. Two seconds later a bell rang and I knew that swarms of Gryffindors would be coming into the common room.
Five minutes later Dom, James, Freddie, Ally, Danny, Megan, Roxy and Bradley came in and sat around me. “Aspen? Is that blood on you?!” Dom asked.
“Um...yeahhhhh.” I said.
“Mind telling us why you have blood on you?” Danny asked.
“Well, I kind of found Lorcan and he was covered in blood, so I saved his life, he doesn’t remember anything that happened in the forest. I took him to the hospital wing and then earned one hundred points for Gryffindor because of what I did. Yep, that’s pretty much it.” All nine of them looked at me with shocked expressions. I mean really guys, pick your jaws up off the ground. It’s not very attractive. Expect James, his jaw dropped his quite attractive.
“OH MY GOD!” Dom called. Everyone started screaming and freaking out. They all asked me a million questions and I answered them. But after a while I slipped out of the common room.
I was walking, I didn’t know were. I was just walking. After a few minutes I found myself in the hospital wing. Lorcan was passed out on a bed towards the back. “How is he?” I asked, causing Victorie to turn around to face me.
“You want to be a healer, correct?” She asked and I nodded. “Well you just saved your first life without any training, so I think your going to a very good one.” She said.
“Anyways, he is in shock and still in pain. So he will be here for about a week before I can release him. He keeps saying your name. Whispering ‘Thank you Aspen’.”
I nodded again, “I just came to check on him. So I’ll be going now. Can you tell me when he is awake?”
“Oh course. Goodbye Aspen, take care.”
Four days later, Lorcan finally woke up and I was called to the hospital wing. “Aspen.” He said and gave me a weak smile from his bed, I sat down on the end of it.
“How are you feeling?”
“Fine, I woke up about an hour ago and I’m still in some pain. A lot of it is phantom pain from my leg.”
“I’m sorry about your leg, Lorcan. I really am.”
“Stop it. If you didn’t do that, I wouldn’t be alive right now. Victorie told me herself.”
“Victorie told me a few minutes ago that I’m going to get a magic leg, it won’t be the same and all and it won’t look natural. But it’s something. A lot of it are muggle things. I love muggles, so it’s kind of cool for me.”
“That’s good news.”
“Your birthday is next week, right?”
“Well I hope that I’m out of here in time to give you a birthday hug.”
I smiled, “I hope so too. I was wondering, do you remember anything from the forest?”
“Nothing. I lost a few weeks worth of memory. Last thing I remember is hearing you threatning Fred with stabbing a spork in his hand on my way to class.” I smiled. “Then I woke up in here.”
“Maybe it’s a good thing that you don’t remember. The way I found you, it was bad.”
Lorcan nodded, “By the way, I know that we all had partners out there in the forest. I was wondering who mine was.”
“Jamie Flint from Slytherin.” I said quitely.
“When you see her, can you ask her to come up here? Because between the two of us we might be able to figure some stuff out.”
“Lorcan, I can’t do that.”
“Why not?” He asked, confused.
“Because two days before I found you, they found Jamie’s body.”
He gasped, “I see.” At that moment, I decided to leave. Lorcan didn’t stop me so I thought it was okay.
The days kept going on, and I didn’t even realize what day it was until I woke up on a Saturday with Ally yelling, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASPEN SEPTEMBER ISABELLA ANNELIESE MADELINE POWELLS!” Wow, it was my eighteenth birthday.
“Hey Ally?” I mumbled, “How about your present to me is not to use my full name?”
“Come on Aspen! It’s your birthday and its already eleven o’clock in the morning!” She yelled.
“I don’t wanna.” I moaned into my pillow.
“Your eighteen now! And I know for a fact that there is toast at breakfast this morning.”
“TOAST!” I screamed, “WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY THAT BEFORE?!” I leaped out of bed and the girls and I went down to breakfast together, still in our pajamas. But you only live once!
When we got done there, James, Freddy, Louis, Danny and Bradley all ran up and tackled me. Have you ever had five seventeen blokes tackle you on cold stone floor? No? Well, it hurts like fuck.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” They yelled in my ear. I love my friends.
“Got off me you prats!” I said with laughter and they grinned and rolled off of me.
“Happy birthday little A.” James whispered in my ear, making shivers run up and down my body.
“Thanks.” I smiled. “Now, were is the toast. I was promised toast.”
“Over here!” Freddie said, making me walk over to the Gryffindor table. There was lots of toast. Oh, TOAST! It’s like toast heaven. I think that the house elves knew it was my birthday, because I’m drowning in toast.
I loaded my plate with lovely buttery toast. “We have the whole day planned out for you Aspen!” Roxy cried as she got a piece of bacon. Who would eat bacon when there is toast?! A mad person, that’s who.
“Should I be scared?” I asked threw my toast-filled mouth. Oh look at how sexy I am.
“Yes.” Everyone said together. I groaned, but smiled.
After our lovely breakfast of toast, we changed into bathing suits and went down to the black lake. It was still really warm out. I was wearing a coverup, my friends hadn’t seen me in a two piece bathing suit since third year after all.
When we got down to the beach, the guys were already in the water, splashing around. The other girls took off their coverups and jumped into the water that had been warmed up by Megan for us.
Everyone looked at me. “What?” I asked.
“Come on in girl!” Louis exclaimed.
I slowly took off my coverup. And the guys wolf whistled. Freddie the loudest, merlin that boy is messed up. I ran and jumped into the lake. When I resurfaced, I was forced onto James’s shoulders and Roxanne went on Freddie’s shoulders. I know what your thinking, and your right. CHICKEN FIGHT PEOPLE!
Roxanne shoved me a little bit and I pushed her back. She grabbed my arms tigthly and soon I found myself in the water. Damn, that girl was strong. And I’m the quidditch player out of the two of us! I resurfaced laughing my head off.
A few minutes later we all went up to a cliff thirty feet above the black lake. The boys jumped in immediately. Slowly, Dom, Ally, Roxy and Megan jumped in together. It was just James and I then.
“Ready?” James asked and I shook my head. “Are you afraid?”
“Yeah. I’m terifed of heights.”
“You play quidditch though!”
“I know. But I don’t notice it while I’m on a broom. Right now, I’m afraid though.”
“Just jump, you’ll thank me for it later.”
It was insane, but I trusted James so much so I did it. I jumped.
When I resurfaced James was staring at me. “Thank you Jamise.” He smiled and shrugged.
We spent another hour chilling out in the water, and then went to play quidditch in our swimsuits. About twenty guys watched the girls and I in our bikinis. Perverts.
After a dinner of chicken I walked into my dorm and was ambushed. By my own friends. On my birthday. Fuck my life.
Dom had shoved a towel in my mouth and they had for whatever reason been working on my makeup and hair for about an hour now. “AH HA!” Dom yelled from the huge closet all five of us shared. “FOUND IT!” She emerged with a strapless blue dress with a pouffy bottom after the waist.
“Put this on.” She threw it at me.
“MBREBHFOEBSUI!” I said.
“Ally, take the towel out of Aspen’s mouth.”
“You do it! Your closer!”
“Yeah, and I’m pregnant.”
Ally rolled her eyes, “Fine.” She took the towel out of my mouth.
“WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING TO ME?!” I yelled.
“Were getting you ready, stupid!” Ally said joyfully. Creep.
“It’s a suprise!” She exclaimed.
After another half hour we were walking somewhere. I didn’t know where, because I was blindfolded. That’s right ladies and gents. My best friends fucking blindfolded me on my birthday. Joy.
All of a sudden we stopped. And my blindfold was torn off. About six hundred people jumped out at me and screamed, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASPEN!” My mouth fell open as music started pumping throughout the room.
I turned to my friends who were grinning, “Is this all for me?” I asked.
“Of course, you deserve this!” Dom said, hugging me, “Happy birthday A!”
“Thanks Dom.” I smiled.
“NOW LETS PARTY!” Ally cried and we made our way to the center of the dance floor. An old song that was making a come back called Sexy and I Know It was playing. It was from like 2011, which was eleven years ago, but it was still good.
“I’M SEXY AND I KNOW IT!” James sung alongside me and I laughed as he pumped his fist into the air. I love that boy so much, it hurts. “DANCE WITH ME LITTLE A!” He yelled over the loud music and people screaming and dancing.
“OKAY!” I yelled back and we started dancing like an idiot with him. But it was my birthday, it was my party and I’ll do whatever I want, even if that means dancing like a crazy monkey on drugs.
A little while later I found myself at the bar. Some Slytherin dude was behind the counter, “Can I have a shot of firewhisky?” I asked. He nodded and poured me one. I took one. It was my first one.
“YEAH! ASPEN’S FIRST SHOT!” Louis yelled, kissing me on the cheek. I laughed and nodded and soon I was back on the dance floor again.
The party was amazing, Freddie was playing the role of DJ, there was a huge dance floor that lighted up, the bar was huge, there was a bunch of my favorite food. I loved it. My friends were so awesome.
At nine o’clock a huge cake was brought out. Written on it was: HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU SUPER AMAZING GIRL, ASPEN! I smiled and everyone digged into it.
“Aspen!” Dom exclaimed, hugging me. “Have you had any firewhisky yet?”
“Yeah, a few shots of it. You haven’t had any right?” I asked, pointing at her stomach.
“Of course not! And you can ask Bradley if you don’t believe me. He’s been with me the whole night!”
“I trust you DomDom.”
“Your getting drunk A. I’m an idiot, so I’m gonna let you loose. Just don’t do anything stupid!” She called before disapearing into the crowd.
“A!” I heard someone yell, James.
“JAMISE!” I called back.
He laughed, “The guys and I are having a shot contest. And they asked me to invite youuuu!”
“SURE!” I giggled and we went to the bar.
Louis, Bradley, Freddie and Danny were sitting there with shots infront of them.
“ASPEN!” They all boomed and I waved.
“Are you joining us for the competition?” Danny asked.
“Yeppers!” I exclaimed.
“LET’S DO IT!” Louis yelled and we all took a shot. “One.”
“Two.” I said as we all took another one.
And soon enough we were at thirty one. “I feel dizzyyyyy.” I slurred.
“Me two!” James giggled. Oh my god. Have you ever seen a seventeen year old boy who is captain of a quidditch team, giggle? No? Well you should because its fucking hilarious.
“HIGH FIVE!” I exclaimed and we high fived each other. It didn’t work out to well, I hit his face instead.
The rest of the night was a blur. One thing I do remember after the shots is a slideshow my friends had put together of my life. There were pictures of when I was a baby, then as a toddler, then hanging out with James as a small child, me with my brothers, my first day of Hogwarts, random photos of my first year at Hogwarts with all of my friends. Then through second and third years. There were a few of me in the hospital during my birthday or Christmas, my brothers always decked out my hospital room every year. Finally, a few from the month I had been back at Hogwarts.
“Thank you so much you guys!” I said to my friends while we had a huge group hug with me in the middle. I loved it, I had missed them so much while I was gone.
“No proabs little A!” James said.
That is all I remember, and as I said before. It was all a blur. The next morning my head was pounding and the light was burning my eyes. Ugh, I have never had a hangover before but I think this is what it feels like. I’m never drinking again in my whole life. Ally probably made me a hangover potion.
I noticed that something was draped over my stomach, an arm. I looked around to see that I wasn’t in my own dorm. I was in the Gryffindor 7th year boy’s dorm. Again. How many times do I have to wake up in this dorm?!
James was the person who the arm belonged to, he was sound asleep next to me. I rolled over and that’s when I realized it. I was only wearing a shirt with a few buttons buttoned. Then I remembered. Last night I had lost my virginity, to none other then James Sirius Potter while I was drunk. I sat up straight in bed and said, “Fuck.”
Author’s note: I’m so sorry for how short this was! I intended for it to be a lot longer, but then I changed the plot line, well actually I just delayed it a little bit. I hope you guys liked the chapter! And I really hope you have all been doing well! Now, here are the chapter questions:
Is anyone sad about Jamie, even though we didn’t know her? Cause I am!
Aspen found Lorcan! What do you think about that?
What do you think the thing in the forest was and do you think it will come back?
Do you guys like Aspen’s birthday party?! Incase you don’t remember her birthday is September 28th! Oh and I have never been drunk before in my life (I’m only a freshman!) so I’m sorry if that part sucked!
JAMES AND ASPEN HAD SEX! OH MY GOD! WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?! I wasn’t comfortable writing a sex scene, so that is why there wasn’t one.
And lastly, favorite quotes anyone?!
Please review! It means the world to me! I’ll see you next time, you beautiful HPFF unicorns! ;)
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