Chapter 10 : Kiss With a Fist
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I awoke on Sunday morning feeling happier than a house elf doing chores. I jumped out of bed, threw on a cute outfit, and rushed out the door. I had only one goal in mind: the Great Hall. That’s where James would surely be waiting for me.
Yesterday was the most amazing day of my life. Sure I was forced to wear those god-forsaken heels that gave my feet blisters, and sure I blubbered like a baby in front of James. James! Oh Merlin, James. We kissed! We bloody freaking kissed! I stopped in the middle of the common room and did a little jig whilst burying my girlish squeal into an innocent pillow.
I threw the pillow aside and continued to skip to breakfast. Well, I guess we did more than kiss once. We stood there for Merlin knows how long just kissing. I would say snogging, but it sounds too vulgar for me. Ha, ha. Yes, I know Beth is a prude.
I left the tunnel and gave a little twirl, my skirt floating around me. I stopped and a small grin spread onto my lips. I stepped into position, my left leg stretched behind me and my right leg bent. My arms stretched out wide, one behind me one in front. I pushed myself up immediately and spun on the very tip of my toe, bringing up my left leg to my knee, and curving my arms into a circle.
I pirouetted down the hall, dancing from foot to foot. I loved the feeling of my skirt as it flowed around me, how my eyesight became a sea of blond curls. Well, I loved it up until I ran into someone.
“Oh!” I burst into a fit of giggles and steadied myself. “I am so sorry- oh! It’s you, Rose!”
Rose shoved her own curls out of her face. “You seem incredibly happy right now.”
I bit my lip and tried, with little avail, to stop smiling. “Does it show?”
“Uh, yeah kinda. What happened to you yesterday- Oh that’s right! You had the date with James. How did it go?”
My grin widened and I clasped my hands behind my back. “We may or may not have snogged in the green house.” Okay, yeah, I know I just said I wasn’t going to use that word. Sue me I’m a hypocrite.
Rose’s jaw dropped. “No way!” I gave an ecstatic nod. “I’m not sure if that’s good or bad…”
“Good, definitely good.” I tried to straighten out my smile but the task was almost impossible.
“Oh… well, yay!” Rose threw her hands up in celebration and wrapped me in a hug. “Where is James now.”
“I assume in or on his way to the Great Hall.”
“Well what are we waiting for?” Rose held out her arm and I hooked mine through hers.
We skipped all the way to the Great Hall. Once we arrived I immediately began to look for James. I scanned the Gryffindor table until I found the scruffy black head I was looking for. I dropped Rose’s arm like it was on fire and ran up to James.
I placed both hands on his shoulders and began to give him a massage. He moaned and leaned his head back onto my stomach. “That feels really good actually.”
“Yeah, I’ve got mad massage skills.” I bent down and placed a kiss on his forehead. James beamed up at me. “How did you sleep?”
“Really great. And you, beautiful?” He played with one of my curls.
“Same.” I sat in the empty seat next to him and James placed an arm around my shoulder.
I caught Cal’s eye and mouthed, “Mission accomplished.” He beamed back at me.
My brothers eyed us suspiciously. “James” Erik nodded behind us, “Rebecca is here.”
“Okay.” James said, not sounding the least bit interested as he took a bite of his eggs. Cal on the other hand, stood up and ran over to the Hufflepuff table.
Adam shot Erik a worried glance and Erik returned it with a look that clearly said calm down. “Um, James maybe you didn’t hear me. I said Rebecca is here.”
James looked at them. “No, I heard you.” He then turned to me. “So, Beth, I was thinking we could do something today. Maybe hang out by the lake.” He leaned in close to my ear. “Perhaps where no on can find us.”
I bit my lip and tried to control the stupid grin fighting it’s way onto my face. “That sounds perfect.”
I was very aware of my brothers watching James and I, but I could hardly care less.
* * * * *
Two weeks later and I’m still possibly the happiest person alive. James has all but forgotten about our original plan with Rebecca and spends all his time with me. Willingly I might add. Score board? Bethany: 1 Rebecca: 0.
This time, I’m the one James is kissing in the hallway, not some random girl. I no longer have to worry about running into him sucking some girls face off! Man, life is good.
I walked back to the Gryffindor tower hand in hand with James. We were hiding out under the invisibility cloak since we broke curfew. Don’t give me that look, it’s not like we were snogging or anything… okay maybe a little. Okay fine, we were snogging. Happy?
"I still wish you would have let me walk you back first. I mean I’m the one with the invisibility cloak. Doesn’t it make more sense for me to walk you to your house first?” James whispered.
"Meh, it’s fine. I don’t mind getting in trouble.” I lied. After I dropped James off I was gonna all but sprint to my common room. There was no way in hell that I was going to get caught. I had no plans on getting a detention, thank you very much.
james gave a scandalized gasp. “Miss Bethany Heart! What has gotten into you? But don’t get me wrong, this bad girl thing is kinda hot.”
I rolled my eyes. “I guess dating you has rubbed off on me.”
"Oh, has it now?” James wrapped his arms around my waste and pulled me flush against him. “Well, Miss Heart. Since my ‘bad boy’ rep has rubbed off on you, maybe we should go and continue to do bad things.”
"Oh, dear god!” I pushed James off of me and became exposed as the invisibility cloak slipped off.
"Wait, Beth I’m kidding. Get back under here.” James said, laughing hysterically.
"Not if you try to sexually assault me again.” I joked lightly, walking backwards and looking at the seemingly empty hallway.
"I was not sexually assaulting you. It’s okay and even allowed to act sexy with your girlfriend,” said James’ bodiless voice.
"Oh, is that what you call it?”
"That’s what everyone calls it! I am so sexy.”
I snorted. “Of course, I forgot. Having a bed head and being a quidditch team captain suddenly gives you merit to be sexy.” I cocked my head to the side and looked at the empty hallway, “Personally, I don’t see it.” Oh! Double pun! Man I am just too funny.
"You’re going to regret saying that.” And out of nowhere, and I literally mean nowhere, James grabbed me. The invisibility cloak lay on the ground forgotten as James twirled me around. I squealed, completely forgetting the fact that it was way past curfew and I was supposed to be in the Hufflepuff dormitory.
"Thank god you’re here!” James stopped twirling me and I stopped mid-squeel. “Where the hell have you been?” Adam demanded, running up to us with surprising speed.
"Oh.” James slowly put me down and took a step back. “We were just hanging out mate-“
"Like hell you were.” Adam growled.
My annoyance flared. “Adam!” I snapped, taking a step up to him and effectively putting myself between him and James.
"Beth, please go back to your common room.” Adam’s voice was low and dangerous.
I shook my head. “No, I’m not leaving you two together-“
"Beth! There you are!” Erik came running up behind us. He slowed as he took in the scene. “What’s going on?”
"What were you two doing? Think you can just make off with our sister and snog her?”
"It wasn’t like that Adam!” I snapped angrily.
Adam’s face contorted in rage, “So you two were snogging?” He tried to make to get to James but I was still standing in front of him and my Hockey strength rivaled his beater strength, for now.
"That is none of your business.” I spat through gritted teeth.
"Like hell it’s none of my business!” This time Adam did push past me, but Erik stepped in the way.
"Adam.” Erik’s voice was calm but powerful. That’s the way it had always been. Adam settled things by fighting. Erik settled things by talking. Erik was the only one who could calm Adam down when he was angry. He was the calm before the storm.
Erik’s large hand enveloped Adam’s shoulder and squeezed hard. “You need to get a grip.”
But for the first time in my entire life, Adam didn’t listen to him. He shoved past Erik who had to hold him back by his arms from attacking James.
"Adam! This is our best mate-“
"A best mate doesn’t go around shagging your sister for fun!”
I ran to help Erik but he only shook his head. “I think it would be better if you left, Bethany.”
I backed up slowly, not sure what to do. Could Erik handle Adam alone if I left? And if he couldn’t, would he attack James? I bumped into something hard but warm. I turned and saw James smiling down at me with kind eyes. He stroked my cheek softly and I turned to grip his shirtfront, unwilling to leave his side.
"Don’t worry Bethany. I’ll be fine.”
My heart ached as I forced my legs to take a step back. I turned to give one more venomous glare at my raging brother, and left the scene.
* * * * *
"Okay, let’s talk.” Adam paced back and forward in front of the common room fire. “What happened to the plan? What happened to Rebecca?” He was trying hard to contain his anger, I could tell.
"Yeah, I know I changed my mind, but it’s different with Beth-“
"No!” Adam cut across strongly. “No, it’s not different with Beth. You said this exact same thing about Rebecca, too. It was different. She was different. But apparently she wasn’t special enough because in a few short weeks you’re on to my bloody sister!
“And now my sister’s different, and now this, whatever the hell this is, is different. But do you think that’s going to last James? Do you think you’re actually going to stay serious over Beth? Chances are you’ll get over her and move on to some other pretty face. And what happens to Beth then, huh? She’ll be crushed! Devastated! Did you know she’s fancied you ever since third year? What do you think she’ll do when you drop her like a rock?”
I stared open mouthed at Adam, unsure of how to respond. “Mate, I know how I’ve acted in the past, but I don’t plan on dropping Beth.”
“How can we be so sure? You didn’t plan on dropping Rebecca and look what happened.”
I looked to Erik for some support, but he only shook his head. “He makes a solid argument.” Ouch.
“How can I change your guys’ minds?”
“Break up with Beth.” Adam said without hesitation.
“You heard me, break up with Beth. Date Rebecca. Go for the girl you were going for when you dragged my sister into this insane plan. If you can date Rebecca and still like my baby sister I might not think you’re such a man whore.”
I bit back an angry retort. Pissing Adam off even more is not something I wanted to do at the moment. “Correct me if I’m wrong, mate, but won’t going for Rebecca constitute as dropping your sister like a rock?”
Adam shrugged. “Maybe she’ll learn a lesson from this.”
I didn’t need to ask what the lesson would be. Don’t date guys like me- guys who date one girl after the other, guys who have the rep of “man whore”. Figures that once I find a cool girl I actually like I’m expected to break up with her. Karma is a bitch.
“So, you’ll forgive me if I break up with Beth? And if I still like her in a few weeks you’ll allow me to date her again?” If I could meet Adam’s ridiculous requirement it would make dating Beth a hell of a lot easier.
“If she takes you back.” Adam added unnecessarily.
I was quite aware of the fact that Beth might not take me back after this. But if Beth was willing to suffer three years of me ignoring her, I think I could suffer a few weeks of her hating me… or not.
“Erik, are you okay with this?” I asked, suddenly aware that my other best mate had barely said anything this whole time.
He looked torn. “It’s the only solution I can think of that keeps the most peace.”
I dragged my hands down my face in defeat. “Okay, I don’t want to do it, but I will.” I’m so sorry Beth.
I rushed through the halls of Hogwarts. James wasn’t at breakfast that morning which did nothing to calm me down or stem my horrible imagination. Had my brothers ruffed up James like in one of those old gangster muggle movies? Oh Merlin, not his face! I’ll still love him of course, but it would be depressing seeing it so messed up. Maybe it could be a testament to our love! Man, I need to get a life.
I came to a hall on the fourth floor that was completely empty. I huffed, another bust. As I continued to walk down the hallway, I heard a voice. It was James’ voice- that I was positive of. My heart lifted. He would be able to tell me what happened after I left. I had hardly gotten any sleep last night. I had tossed and turned worrying about James, wondering why I had left him to fend for himself.
As I got closer, I could hear someone else. Rebecca? Why were James and Rebecca talking? I slowed and barely peeked around the corner. James and Rebecca were alone in the hallway- too alone. They were also close, too close for my liking. I tried to remain unseen and stayed as silent as I could.
"I have to say James, this is a shock. What about you and Beth?”
My name caught my attention and I strained to hear more.
"Beth? We’ve been growing apart for a while. She keeps talking about breaking up.” James’ voice sounded soft and detached.
I frowned, raking my brains and trying to find a memory of me suggesting a break up. I came up blank so I decided to listen to more.
"I’m so sorry to hear that. You’ve really become someone special.” Rebecca sounded sincere.
"Yeah, whatever. So do you want to go out with me or what?” James said unenthusiastically.
I slammed my back against the wall and willed my feet to keep me standing. I fought the tears that stung the back of my eyes and bit my lip to keep from making a sound. Oh God, not this. Please not this. Not after I’d given him my whole heart. Was I wrong? Had James grown tired of me like he had every other girl? Was he moving on so soon? And what about Cal? Had his efforts towards Rebecca been ignored? What would he do if her answer to James was in fact, yes?
My body felt numb and my head buzzed. This had to be a dream. But it couldn’t be a dream. My heart hurt too much for this to be a figment of my imagination. This must be why they call it heartbreak. My heart literally feels as if it’s splitting in two.
"Sure, I’ll think about it.” Rebecca said cheerfully. I could hear her skipping off down the hall and around the corner. Oh, god… Cal.
I was barely aware of my feet moving. They directed me around the corner and up to James. The bastard turned around and had the sense to look scared before my fist made contact with his jaw.
He staggered backwards, cupping his face and cursing under his breath. “You stupid, egotistical, lying, son of a bitch!” I screeched.
"Beth, I deserve every word you throw at me.” James rotated his jaw.
"You’re damn right you deserve every word! God! I fought for you, I trusted you,” I bit my lip to keep it from wobbling. “I loved you, James.”
James’ eyes saddened even more. “Oh, Merlin, Beth, I am-“
"Don’t you dare say sorry,” I cut off violently. Tears spilled over my eyes and slipped down my cheeks, “Don’t you dare apologize for something this despicable.”
James looked physically pained as he ran forward to, I assume, comfort me. I jerked back out of his reach. “Don’t touch me!” James stopped and pulled his hand back, looking hurt. “Don’t touch me, don’t speak to me, and don’t ever look at me again.”
"Beth,” It was almost a moan.
"No.” I held up a finger stopping James. “I should have known I couldn’t have changed you.” James flinched as if I had punched him again. “Why do you look so upset, James? This is the big break up you wanted after all!” And on that note, I quickly left the hallway. As soon as I turned the corner I broke off into a run. I didn’t stop until I had closed the door to the girl’s bathroom and was effectively hidden in the stall. I slid to the floor, pulled up my knees, and began to sob.
Oh my gosh! I am so sorry for the late update! Things just got a little crazy.
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this chapter. I'm sorry it had to happen right after the last one! I just didn't want to keep post ponning this scene. Don't worry, things will definintely get better. :)
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DISCLAIMER: "Kiss With a Fist" is a song by Florence and the Machine. I love the song but I do not suggest listening to it while you read this chapter- it doesn't really fit the mood. Although, you can go listen to it any other time! I just loved the name of the song and thought it pretty much summed up this chapter.
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