Chapter 7 : Chapter Seven
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James awoke next to me. He looked at me and his eyes got really huge and he looked shocked. “What exactly happened last night?”
“Exactly what you think happened last night.” I told him.
“Yeahhhh.” I said, looking down at my hands.
“And what do you think about that?”
“I think that you probably think it was a mistake. But I have something to tell you James.”
My heart was going at a million beats per second. My stomach was in knots. I couldn’t believe I was doing this now. “Okay, shoot.” He said.
“Um, I love you.” I said.
“I love you too Aspen, what did you want to tell me?”
My heart was going to kill me any second now. “I don’t love you as a best friend, I mean I do and all but thats beside the point. What I’m trying to say James is that I love you as in like-like. Not as a friend, but as a boyfriend.” HOLY FUCKING NARGLES! DID I JUST SAY THAT?! OH MY NARHWAL, I THINK I DID. I CAN’T BELIEVE I JUST SAID THAT. I JUST TOLD HIM I LIKE-LIKE LOVE HIM!
“For how long?” He asked.
“Since I first met you, when we were five.” I swallowed the lump in my throat. It didn’t go away. Curse you lump in my throat! Curse you to hell in back!
“Y-you have loved me-non friend loved me-since we were five years old.” He said, looking really confused.
“That’s right.” I said quietly, “And I know that you don’t feel the same way. I don’t even know why I just told you. Probably because of last night. And even though we were both drunk and such, I’m glad ‘it’ had happened with you.” I told him, not looking at him the whole time.
“Oh merlin.” He said, as his palm made contact with his forehead. Wow, thanks James. I feel so loved. “Aspen, I have fancied you since I was in first year. All the guys all wanted me to tell you and I think the girls knew that I liked you too. But since I’m stupid I never told you.” He said...oh merlin, oh my fucking freaking unicorn merlin! YES! HOZZAH!
“You fancy me?!” I asked and he nodded, “Well were both stupid!”
He laughed, “I know!”
“So, do you regret last night?”
“No. They say that when your drunk you do things that your to scared enough to do when were sober.”
“To think were both Gryffindors! But I’m glad you don’t regret it, because I don’t either.”
James smiled at me and slowly kissed me. “Hey Aspen?” He murmured.
“Okay, well I’ve never done this before. But, Aspen September Isabella Anneliese Madeline Powells, will you be my girlfriend? Because I love you.”
“I’ve been in love with you since I was five years old. So, yes! Yes I will be your girlfriend!” I told him, kissing him again. “Oh and by the way, were are my sweatpants?”
“You weren’t wearing any when you came in.” He said.
“The ones that I left in here a few weeks ago.”
“Oh, I think they are in my trunk.”
I changed back into my sweats and one of James’s shirts and went back to the bed. James pulled me onto his lap and kissed me. We stayed on his bed kissing for a while. But just because it’s my life I heard the drawings being thrown open and I broke away from James.
Freddie was looking at us, his eyes grew really wide and he started jumping up and down and screaming like a little girl. “OH MY MERLIN!” He yelled.
“FREDDIE SHUT THE HELL UP!” Danny cried from his bed.
“GUYS! I JUST FOUND JAMES AND ASPEN KISSING!” Freddie yelled to all the guys in the room.
“WHAT?!” I heard several voices cry. Two seconds later, Danny, Bradley and Louis were standing next to the bed, looking at me and James.
“Louis, go get the girls!” Danny told him and Louis jumped on his broomstick. The guys were shooting us a million questions per second.
“Did you spend the night here?”
“Did you guys have sex?”
“Are you two dating now?”
“SOMEONE TELL ME WHY THE HELL I’M UP AT SEVEN AM ON A SUNDAY!” My best friend’s voice called. Ally, Dom, Megan and Roxanne came over and their mouths dropped.
“OH MY GOD! OH MY FREAKING WIZARD GOD!” Ally said, jumping up and down like a child. Her and Freddie are way too alike.
“ARE YOU TWO TOGETHER?!” Roxy and Megan questioned at the same time. I really, really need new friends.
“Did you two have sex?” Fred repeated.
“If you did, please tell me you used a condom, because you don’t want to end up pregnant like me.” Dom told me, then her eyes grew wide. But, we had used a condom. Oh wait, that’s not what she’s thinking. Oh my god, she just told everyone who doesn’t know (Louis, Freddie and Danny) that she is indeed pregnant. Now lets watch as some shit goes down.
“WHAT?!” Louis screamed, his eyes were wide and his knuckles grew white from his fists being squeezed so tightly. He turned to his twin sister, “Your what?”
Dom bit her lower lip, “I’m so sorry Louis. I never meant too. It just happened.” Louis didn’t say anything, but he pulled her into a lovely twin hug. I always wished I had a twin, since all my brothers either had a twin or a triplet. I was just always the odd one out. No matter how much my brothers tried to make me feel welcome with them, they couldn’t change the fact that I was the odd one one out of my family. My mother was a triplet and my father was a twin.
Okay, back to reality. “Whose is it?” I heard Louis ask quietly.
“Mine.” Bradley spoke up. Louis turned to him and punched him in the face. Well then.
“WHAT THE HELL LOUIS?!” Dom ran down to Bradley who was now lying on the floor.
“It’s okay Dom, I kind of deserved it. And he’s your twin brother, he has to tell your dad that he did it.”
“He’s right. By the way, who else knew about this?” Louis asked.
“Um, let’s see. Me, Dom-obviously-, James, Ally, Roxy, Megan, Bradley and Victorie. I think that’s it.” I said.
“Does everyone know but me?!” He questioned. I shrugged.
“Guys! We almost forgot about the Aspen and James thing!” Ally cried and all heads went towards the two of us. Oh crap.
“So what is going on between you two?” Dom said, crossing her arms across her chest and giving me the ‘Dom look’. She’s gonna be a great mom, her child won’t get away with anything.
James and I looked at each other. He mouthed, ‘You tell them’ to me. I nodded, “Okay. Well, because the guys don’t know, I’ve been in love with James since I was five years old. And last night since we were both drunk and you do things your not brave enough to do when your sober when your drunk, we did, ‘it’. And then this morning I told him that I was in love with him, and he told me he has fancied me since he was in first year. So now I’m his girlfriend! Any questions?”
My friends stared at me like I mad. Which I was, but do people really need to point it out at me all the time? No, they don’t. So just stop it people! “Are you serious?!” Ally asked, her brown eyes wide.
“Yep.” James and I said at the same time.
“OH MERLIN! YOUR TOGETHER! AFTER ALL THIS FUCKING TIME YOUR ACTUALLY TOGETHER! YAY! NOW WE DON’T HAVE TO LISTEN TO JAMES MOAN ABOUT HOW MUCH HE LIKES YOU!” Freddie cried.
Everyone started freaking out and stuff. All of a sudden the door was thrown open, “Why in Merlin’s name are you all screaming?!” Al yelled, Scorpius was behind him, his hair insanely messy.
“James and Aspen are dating!” Everyone yelled.
The next fifteen minutes passed quickly, everyone just freaking out and running around the room and such. I quietly slipped out of the room and went take a shower. The last half hour had been insane, and I was now James Sirius Potter’s girlfriend. I loved it so much.
Once I got out I went to my bed and found lots of birthday presents. the girls must have brought them up last night. I smiled at sat down on my bed and opened the first one I saw. The card read, ‘Aspen, hope you have an amazing birthday. I hope you like your present! -Lorcan and Lysander’ I smiled and tore of the wrapping. I was never one for being neat about opening presents. I mean, what’s the point?
I grinned when I saw what it was. A voice notes set. A quill took down all the points your teacher was saying on a piece of parchment, it wasn’t against any school rules and it was supposed to make your life loads easier.
After I opened the last present (a book on healing from Jason) I made my way down to the great hall for breakfast. Everyone was sitting at the middle of the Gryffindor table. “There you are love, I was worried about you.” James said, putting his arm around my shoulders as I sat down. He pulled me in tightly and kissed me.
I heard the girls let out an, ‘aw’. The guys just rolled their eyes. “I can’t believe you too are dating!” Megan said, smiling like a fangirl. Oh great, she was supposed to be the sane studious one out of all of us!
Back in second year all of us girls came up with the a little title for each of us. Megan was the sane studious one. Ally was the crazy acts like a four year old one. Dom was the bitch you don’t mess with. Roxanne was the perky and is nice to everyone unless you hurt her friend one. And I was the insane crazy talks to herself and has conversations with her brain one. Yep.
“I was opening presents upstairs.” I told them, grabbing some bacon. There was no toast today. Excuse me while I go be depressed.
“We have practice in two hours everyone!” James announced.
“Really mate? It’s boiling outside!” Fred said.
“Yeah, and we don’t have a game until November!” Bradley started.
“Guys, we are having practice in two hours! Be there or don’t be on the team!”
So two hours later I was in my purple sports bra and black volleyball shorts and trainers and my dark brown wavy hair had been put up in an elastic band. Hugo, Freddie, Bradley, Louis, Al and James were all already down there stretching.
“Hola!” I called and jogged over to them and began stretching with them all. A few minutes later James stood up.
“Okay everyone, thirty laps around the pitch, every five laps you’ll do a lap with bricks on your back. Then we will start the real training.” He said.
“ARE YOU MAD?!”
“I’M SO NOT DOING THAT!”
“Should we bring you up to the hospital wing James?!”
“I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M DATING SOMEONE AS CRAZY AS YOU!” Hugo and Al looked at me.
“You two are dating?” Hugo asked me.
“Old news mate.” Louis told him. “Oh and Dom is pregnant.”
“WHAT?!” Hugo and Al cried at the same time.
“It’s Bradley’s, she is due in late May and it’s a girl.” I stated before they could get another word out.
“Aw! It’s a girl! That’s gonna be so cute!” Freddie grinned.
“Can we stop talking about all this and have everyone do their laps?!” We all glared at James. But I did a loving glare, because he is my boyfriend. But we still started running because there is nothing we wouldn’t do for quidditch.
I was on my sixteenth lap, after my third time with the bricks, when James came up beside me, “Hey love.”
“James, your amazing and all but might just kill you soon.” I panted as I kept on running.
“You know we have already done seven on our list.” He said as we jogged.
“Go swimming in the black lake, cliff jumping, quidditch at midnight, getting pissed, telling someone you love them, camping in the forbidden forest the muggle way and finally decking the the hall with Gryffindor colors. Wow, and its still September.”
“Yep, were amazing.”
I smiled, “I love you so much.”
“I love you too.” He grinned at me.
After thirty laps, I collapsed in the grass between Al and Freddie. Al was panting and gasping for air. While Freddie was lying with his face in the grass. “Is Freddie dead?” I asked, panting myself.
“I think so.” Bradley said.
“Wasn’t that amazing?!” James asked with a huge smile on his face, “Great warmup everyone!”
All six of us shot him dirty looks. “I can’t feel my legs.” I moaned.
Yet within a few minutes I was forced onto my broom for a mock game. Me, Al and Hugo against James, Freddie, Bradley and Danny. Can you say unfair?! But I didn’t care, I still scored eleven goals against Freddie. He sucked as a keeper. And I mean that in the your-my-really-good-mate way.
When we got back to the common room after streching, 30 laps, three mock games, tossing the bricks over our shoulders, flying with bricks strapped to our brooms, fifty sit ups, one hundred push ups and finally sprints, I was exhusted.
We had been at practice for four and a half hours! Dom, Ally, Roxy and Megan were all sitting near the fireplace. I finally sat down next to Dom and moaned. “How was practice?” They asked.
“Hell in a quidditch captain.” Bradley told them. I moaned in agreement.
“That bad?” Ally asked.
“Yes.” The six of us said.
“You know how I said I love James a few hours ago? I take that back.” I sighed.
Just then, James showed up. “That was the best quidditch practice ever! We are going to slaughter Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw. Oh and by the way, Dom can you sneak in Ravenclaw’s practice with Aspen and get back to me.”
“James, I love you and all but your taking this way too far.” Dom told him.
“Finally, a voice of reason!” Danny cried.
“Excuse me for trying to make sure my team wins!” He said defensivly.
“You won’t have a team if you kill all of us through training!” I said.
“Oh come on guys! You’ll be so happy and grateful to me when we are all standing in the middle of the pitch, holding the Quidditch Cup over our heads!” James told us, putting his arm around my shoulders, causing me to moan in pain.
“Sorry, love.” He said, kissing my cheek.
“It’s fine.” I put my head in his lap and he began playing with my hair. I could see that Dom, Ally, Megan and Roxy were smiling at us.
“You two haven’t even been dating twenty four hours and your all lovey dovy.” Megan said.
“That’s what happens when you love someone!”
“The two of you are so cute!” Ally cried, grinning like a manic.
Slowly through time everyone went to bed, leaving James and I in front of the slowly burning fire. It’s September, so why the heck do we have a fire going people? I guess it just goes with the room, you felt the need to have a fire in there.
“I love you so much Aspen, you know that, right?”
“Of course James. And I love you too, which is why I want to show you something. Something I never thought I’d ever show anyone.”
“Aspen, are you sure?”
“Totally. Come on!” I grabbed his hand and headed for the girls’ staircase. But he stopped before we started walking up the stairs. “What’s wrong?”
“I can’t walk up the stairs, I’m a dude.”
An idea started forming in my mind and I climbed onto James’s back. “What are you doing?” He asked.
“A little trick Dom taught me. If I’m on your back, you can walk up the stairs perfectly fine, because the stairs don’t want to hurt a girl.”
“Okay then.” He started walking up the stairs, looking suprised that it actually worked.
We walked to my dorm and I peeked inside to make sure everyone was asleep, I didn’t want them getting the wrong idea. And I think we all know what I mean by that.
“Over here.” I whispered and James followed me to my bed. “Watch this.” I swung the painting open and reveailed the secret staircase. Together, we walked up the winding dark wooden staircase to the secret room.
“Wow.” James whispered, “I’ve never seen this room on the map!”
“That’s because to anyone who wasn’t had that bed in that dorm, has never seen it.” I sat down in my beanbag and picked up a stack of blue leather bound journals.
“James, the reason I called you up here is because I want to read some things to you. I’ve been writing in journals since I was five years old and I want to share several entries with you.”
He smiled, “You don’t have to do this, A.”
“No, I want to.”
“Okay, whenever you’re ready.” He grinned as I picked up the first one that had ever written in. On the front it had 2010-2011 written in my mother’s handwriting with her sparkly gold pen I loved so much as a child. I flipped to page thirty and began reading out loud.
Today I met the boy that lives down the street from me, James Potter. My brothers’ football ended up in his yard, but by magic I got it back in my yard. He ran inside his house and told his mom.
She told me that I was magical, and she went to talk to my mom and told me to talk to James. We sat in a walnut tree in his backyard. He told me all about the wizarding world. I can’t wait for it, but James told me I have to wait six years to use magic at the school that we are going to.
You know how girls think boys have cooties and boys think girls have cooties? Well, I don’t feel like that about James. I like-like him. He makes me feel awesome. I don’t know what love feels like it, but I think this is it.
Aspen.” I took a breath and went to another journal, one that I had written when I was eight.
It’s my birthday today! I turned eight! Mum told me that I couldn’t have a huge party with a theme and everything. She didn’t say it, but I know it’s because we don’t have the money. Not with Kyle and Brandon going to Universty next year. They are seventeen right now.
But Harry, Ginny, James, Al and Lily came over. Mum was happy because she got to cook for a bunch of people. After dinner, James and I walked down to the river together and put our feet in the water.
James told me that I was his best friend and he loved me for that. I told him that I loved him too. What he doesn’t know is that I didn’t mean it that way, I meant it in the boyfriend girlfriend way.
I hope that one day he knows how much he means to me, and I hope he finds out that I love him. But I’m not sure if I’ll ever be brave enough to tell him. I hope I am though.
Aspen.” This time I opened a journal from when I was eleven years old.
Today was my first day of Hogwarts. I was sorted into Gryffindor with James, and I couldn’t be more happy. Also, my roommates are Dom Weasley, Roxy Weasley, Ally Longbottom and Megan Wood. Dom and Roxy are James’s cousins so I have met them a few times and they seem to like me. The Potters are also close friends with Ally and Megan’s families so I’ve met them once.
I already love it here, and I’m planing on trying out for the Gryffindor quidditch team...once I learn how to fly. The Gryffindors in our year tend to stay together and I think all of us our friends. But no other first year Gryffindors are muggleborn, so they didn’t get it when I talked about one of my favorite TV shows, and looked at me very odd when I told them about how I liked a show with a 900 year old bow tie wearing alien that travels around in space and time in a blue 1950s police box.
But I like it here. No, I love it here. I went right after James for sorting and he cheered really loud when I was placed into Gryffindor. I liked that. Now, I have to go to bed. I hope that all my Professors like me tomorrow.
Aspen.” Finally, I picked up the journal from this year.
It ended, the healers have told me that my cancer is gone, and that I can go back home and go back to school. I’m not sure what I think of that. I’m scared and happy and exicted and sad all at the same time.
But I think its good that I’m going back to Hogwarts, I’ve missed the castle, its amazing and not being near it all school year is tough. But I’m really exicted about seeing everyone back at Hogwarts.
The person I missed the most was James I think. I can’t wait to hug him again, to talk to him again. Just to simply be around him all school year is going to be amazing for me.
What I’m most scared about is telling everyone that I had cancer. I don’t want anyone seeing me as weak. My entire family already acts like I’m a crystal vase and if they so much as touch it, its going to shatter. But I’m not, I’m stronger than I was before. I hope everyone at Hogwarts sees that. I think James will.
Aspen.” I finished and put them away.
“Wow.” James said. “You know, the first time I ever realized I actually fancied you was when you were sorted into Gryffindor. And the first time I ever realized I loved you was when you came back to school and told us that you had survived cancer. I didn’t see you as some little girl I had to protect from things, I saw you to be so strong. I hope you know how strong you are Aspen Powells.”
“Right here, in this moment, I have never loved you more James. Your my everything, and I don’t ever want to be apart from you.”
“Good, because I’m not letting you go anywhere.”
Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay and the shortness, I just posted my final chapter to my first ever fan fic, so I’ve been kind of emotional. Anyways, I hope everyone liked it. JAMES AND ASPEN ARE TOGETHER! I came up with a couple name for them: Jaspen! Do you like it? Okay, chapter questions now:
What do you think of James and Aspen getting together?
Can you believe how much of a quidditch Nazi James is?!
Did you like the journal parts?
And finally, favorite quotes?
Oh and by the way the 900 year old bow tie wearing alien thing is from the amazing TV show, Doctor Who! I love you all and I hope you come back for the next chapter, it might be a week or so because I start work tomorrow! :)
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