It was kind of cute the way they ran. Like they thought they could escape. Do they know us at all? As much as I hate to admit this, but we did all………team up. Gah! There, I said it. Alex Zabini and Hugo took off up the Grand Staircase after Rose. Scorpius Malfoy made to follow them, but Ivor and Christopher roared at him to help track down Molly and Lucy, who had sprinted down to the dungeons. Roxanne and Dominique flew off in the direction of the kitchens, closely followed by Noel, Xavier Nott and Victor Macmillan. I went to follow them. Even though Roxanne is technically only five minutes younger than me, I’m still very protective of her. So Kane better watch his back. Growl. But anyway, James caught be by my collar and dragged me out into the grounds. I could see the two of them sprinting off in the direction of the lake, Jades hair shining in the evening sun; Lily’s burning like it was alive. Louis, Al and Fergal Flint had already started to give chase. I really didn’t know why Louis was chasing them, must question him about it later.
“Come on Fred! They’re gonna get away!” James grunted angrily at me.
“Well if you would so kindly let go…”
James released me roughly and we both sprinted across the grounds.
I looked back. Fergal, Louis and Albus Potter were all closing in on us, with Fred Weasley and James Potter not far behind.
“This way Jade” Lily screeched. We made a sharp left, veering away from the lake and began running madly in the direction of the greenhouses. I looked back and they were closing in on us. Fergal lunged, and grabbed both my legs, knocking me to the ground. Albus Potter used a similar approach to bring down Lily. We fell in a giggling mess. Louis flopped down beside me, panting heavily.
“Never-make-me-run-that-much-ever-again!” he panted.
We all giggled hysterically.
“Well I’m glad you’re laughing now, because you sure won’t be later”
A dark shadow fell across us. James Potter stood over us, smiling menacingly.
“Grab her arms” he ordered Fergal “And Louis, take her legs”.
Fergal and Louis obliged. I found myself suspended between the two of them. I was very conscious I was still in my school skirt. I looked over and Lily was strung between Albus Potter and Fred, flailing madly, but to no avail. James Potter marched in front of us. We trooped into the entrance hall, to find the rest of the girls bound together in the middle of the Entrance Hall, a mixture of The Neanderthals and my ‘so-called’ friends standing around them, ,with smug grins on their faces. Gits……….
“Tie them up with the rest” James commanded.
“Since when do you lot work together” I grumbled, and Louis and Fergal bound me to the others.
“Well, we could ask you the same thing” Fergal chuckled. I scowled at him.
“Now, how are we going to punish them? They, of all people should know that disobeying orders is not tolerated, and didn’t we specifically tell you that you couldn’t play Quiddich?” They all stood over us, with the same annoying look of superiority.
“James! Albus! Untie us RIGHT NOW!” Lily shouted.
“No, I don’t think we will” James Potter grinned mischievously. “Blindfold ‘em boys”
It was twilight outside. The sun had set, but the light hadn’t completely faded yet. I was tied to a tree, on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest, wearing nothing but my bra, and a pair of navy boxer shorts.
“What the hell!” I screeched. I looked either side of me, shocked that they would do this to their sisters and cousins. To my dismay, they sisters and cousins weren’t bound to a tree next to me, but Alex, Scorpius, Fergal and Xavier were.
“You perverts! You took off her CLOTHES!” Fergal and Scorpius roared. They hadn’t noticed yet that they were only wearing boxer shorts as well.
James and The Neanderthals were splitting their sides laughing at us.
“UNTIE ME NOW!” I bellowed, my voice echoing across the grounds. I screamed in frustration. Why was I always at the mercy of these idiotic boys? One thing that stung was that Rose and the others had let them do this.
“What’s goin on ‘ere then, yer screamin the whole place down so yeh are” Someone was coming through the trees behind us, and I was pretty sure I knew who. James and the others scampered off up to the castle.
“What are yeh playin at you lot?” Hagrid finally came into view.
“Please untie us” I begged.
Hagrid cut the ropes, and one by one, we dropped onto the ground beneath us.
“So does anyone of yeh want ta explain why yer tied ta trees half-naked?” Hagrid chuckled.
“Blame the combined efforts of the Potter/Weasleys” Scorpius replied darkly.
“I’m sure dey meant no harm” Hagrid reasoned.
Scorpius made to argue, but I thwacked him hard on the shoulder. He closed his mouth and stalked up to the castle. The rest followed suit.
“Thanks Professor” I muttered, and I scurried after them.
We had tied the rest of them up, and put them in a corner of the common room. We had warned everyone that if they untied them, they would suffer the wrath of The Marauders. Everyone had obliged. We found them the same way we left them. Fred, Louis and Victor were all sitting in arm-chairs a little way away from them, for some reason, they hadn’t wanted to take part in the prank tonight.
“UNTIE US JAMES!” Lily shrieked as soon as she saw me.
“Gladly Lily-pad” I pointed my wand at the ropes, and with one flick of the wrist, they were all free.
“What did you do with Jade and the rest?” Rose questioned, massaging her wrists at where the ropes had been tight.
“Oh I just thought them a lesson, never cross us” I replied lazily, sinking in to the armchair beside Fred, highly satisfied with my nights work. Fred didn’t acknowledge me; he just continued to stare into the fire.
“But they didn’t do anything!” Dominique stated quizzically.
I ignored her.
“What up Freddie?” I poked him with my shoe.
“I just don’t agree with what you did tonight.” He answered.
“What did you do” Lily asked warily.
As if on queue, the portrait door swung open and in walked Jade Goyle, wearing only her bra, and a pair of Albus’s boxers. The whole common room erupted with wolf-whistles and cat-calls. Goyle turned the deepest shade of red I had ever seen (and lets remind ourselves who my family is) looked pointedly in our direction, with tears in her eyes, and sprinted up to her dormitory. I squirmed uncomfortably in my chair. Usually when we pranked the Pure-Bloods, Goyle flew into a temper. We would have one hell of a screaming match, she would either punch one of us, or fly off in a temper down to the Slytherin common room, and that would be that. Not once had she ever gotten upset. Not even when we threw her broom into the bonfire at Halloween last year. I was pulled out of my contemplation by Rose.
“JAMES POTTER! YOU ARE UNDOUBTEDLY THE BIGGEST ARSE EVER TO GRACE THIS GOOD EARTH! What has she ever done to you? What makes you hate her so much? WHAT?” She bellowed into my face, punctuating each word with a sharp jab into my chest. She rounded on Hugo next.
“And my own BROTHER was a part of it! You disgust me!” Hugo stared ashamedly at his shoes. She addressed the entire common room lastly.
“All of you disgust me! You mean to say that when someone comes through the portrait hole, obviously after falling victim to a cruel prank, you don’t help them, oh no! You laugh a jeer at them!” Rose continued ranting for at least fifteen minutes. No one dared move. It was well known never to cross an angry Weasley. I looked up to see Lily looking from me to Albus. She didn’t look angry or ashamed, that I could handle, she looked disgusted, as if we were something revolting, not even human. Eventually, Rose stopped lecturing us all, and stormed up to the girls dormitories. I crossed the room to where Lily stood.
“Lils” I began.
“Stop! Just stop! You took it too far this time! And you’re going to have to pay the price.” She whipped her head round and stormed out of the portrait hole, leaving Albus and I gawping after her.
“Jade?” I placed my hand on her shoulder. She shook it roughly off.
“Jade?” I tried again.
“Just FUCK OFF Rose! I thought you were my friend! You were supposed to be my friend! And all along you were just going to do this!” She roared at me.
“Do what Jade?” I asked, shock and hurt colouring my voice.
“Hmm…. I don’t know” she spat sarcastically. “Could it have anything to do with TYING ME TO A TREE HALF NAKED?” She let out another sob and half-ran into the bathroom, slamming the door behind her. I sat there, Feeling like she had just slapped me.
I ran over and began hammering on the door.
“Look there’s no point in getting upset over James! He’s just a prick!” I reasoned.
The door flew open, and I almost flew backwards.
“You think I give a SHIT about that BASTARD and his cronies? I THOUGHT YOU WERE MY FRIEND ROSE! I thought you were all my friends! And what did you do? YOU STABBED ME IN THE BACK!” And she slammed the bathroom door shut. I don’t know how long I stood there listening to her cry before I fell asleep, but it was long enough to realise that my cousins had gone one step to far, and they needed to be punished.
I sauntered down to the Great Hall for breakfast the next morning.
“Sup my flowers” I plonked myself down across the table from Lily and Rose. Rose sent me a death stare, but Lily shot me a dazzling smile.
“Morning” she chirped cheerfully. Rose hit her on the arm. She smiled sweetly back at her.
“What’s up with them?” Fred muttered in my ear. He sat down beside me and nicked my toast.
“Dunno” I said. I snatched it off him, and ate it before anything else could take it from me.
“Post is here” Lily announced, like it was something very important.
“Great” I said sarcastically. Just as I was buttering my second piece of toast, a very familiar owl landed in front of me.
“Why’s Nan writing to me?” I muttered. Seconds later, my Dads owl touched down right beside Nan’s. Hugo and Albus, who was eating at the Gryffindor table each, had an owl standing before them as well. I shrugged and leaned in to untie the letter. I froze when I saw the colour of the envelope.
It was red.
“You didn’t” I gasped at Lily.
“Didn’t what?” Lily asked innocently.
All three letters exploded, and the screams of Nan, Aunt Hermione and Mom could be heard all over the castle.
I skipped breakfast. I wasn’t hungry. I made my way down to the dungeons with puffy, red eyes. I hadn’t gotten much sleep last night. To be honest, I knew I was over-reacting, but I had grown up with ‘protect your friends’, and the simple prank was a big betrayal for me. They just didn’t seem to get that friends are a BIG thing to us. Draco Malfoy wasn’t even on the best terms with my father, but because he was his friend, he agreed to look after me. When the Sorting Hat says you’ll make true friends in Slytherin, he isn’t kidding. I sat down in my customary seat at the back of the classroom. I was one of the first to arrive, most people were still milling around after breakfast. When Rose entered the class, ten minutes early as always, I dived in under the table, on the pretence of picking up my quill. I knew she would want to talk to me, and I didn’t want to make a scene in the middle of a classroom. Louis and Victor entered just after Rose. Unfortunately, it would have been a bit obvious if I ‘dropped’ my quill again, I had to remain upright.
“Hi Jade!” Louis said cheerfully.
“Hi” I mumbled back grimly.
“Look Jade, when Rose said she knew nothing about it, she was telling the truth! James and the others tied them up and put them in the corner of the common room for the entire evening.” Louis looked at me pleadingly. “Please forgive her”
I stayed doodling on my parchment.
“Jadie” he poked me. “Jade” another poke. He eventually ended put half poking me to death while chanting my name like some weird ritual.
“Alright! Alright! Stop poking me” I half laughed.
“You’ll forgive her?”
“Yeah” I sighed in defeat.
“Yay” he sang, leaning over the desk to give me a one armed hug.
“Get off you prat” I shoved him away playfully, blushing like a tomato.
“Anyway, you really should have come to breakfast!”
“Because Lily wrote to Aunt Ginny, Aunt Hermione and Nan, and told them what Albus, Hugo and James did! They each got a Howler from Nan and one from their moms, and believe me, they are three of the scariest people you will ever meet! And then Professor Longbottom kind of got the gist of what the whole thing was about, so he dragged Chris out of the Great Hall by his ear, and roared at him for ten minutes! It was hilarious!”
We both were still roaring our heads off when Professor Byram entered the room five minutes later.
The day of the Quiddich Tournament finally arrived. I had worked everything out with the girls, so all our focus was one again on the Quiddich Tournament. We practiced every moment we could, so for the week running up to the Tournament, I basically lived in my Quiddich robes. I made my way down to breakfast and plonked myself down beside Louis at the Hufflepuff table. The girls had banned me from sitting with ‘the enemy’, aka Scorpius and the lads on the morning of the competition, in case they sabotaged me. Rose sat down beside me, a frantic look in her eyes.
“Our first match is in an hour” she muttered.
“Team Super Awesome” Rose snorted.
“Ah well! It’ll be nice to have a warm up” Lily joked.
“Don’t underestimate anyone!” I said sharply “We’ve to be on our guard at all times, I don’t care who we are playing against, we give it everything we got! Ok?”
Everyone nodded silently. They obviously knew not to mess with me.
“So eat up, and we’ll go get ready!”
I made sure everyone had eaten a good breakfast before we made our way back up to Gryffindor Tower. We all changed into our different Quiddich robes. Rose and Roxanne wore Chudley Cannon robes, Lily wore her mothers Holyhead Harpies uniform, Molly, Lucy and Dominique wore Appleby Arrow robes, and I wore Puddlemere United ones. We were a motley crew, but we were passable.
“Alright everyone! Off we go!”
I lead the way out of the common room, and out to the Quiddich Pitch.
We hammered every team in Group C, and smashed our way through the quarter-finals. We met with The Weird Brothers, a team from Hufflepuff, and they gave us a bit of trouble in the semi-finals, but we got through to the finals, and who were we facing? The Marauders of course. They had obliterated every team they had come up against, including The Lads (yes, after all their brainstorming, that’s what they came up with). Scorpius, the others, and the three fifth years they had gotten to play with them, were currently sulking in the stands of the stadium. I looked around at my team. They were all caked in dry mud, from the morning rain, and sunburnt from the afternoon’s sun. I would have found this very funny, if I was not in the same state myself.
“Ok guys! The last match! I know that they are a very strong team, but are we going to go out there like we’ve already lost? NO WE ARE NOT! We are going to go out there and give it EVERYTHING and if we lose, we are going to go down swinging!”
“That was very inspirational Jade, but that doesn’t stop the fact that we only come up to all of their shoulders!” Molly snapped.
“So you’re going to walk away then? You’re going to throw away everything we have done today just because the other team is freakishly tall?”
“No!” echoed around the changing room.
“Let’s go!” I shouted and we marched onto the Quiddich pitch, where The Neanderthals were waiting for us. I still hadn’t gotten back at James for his little prank, so I desperately wanted to beat him.
“And here comes The Maraudettes! Now they are a very strong team, but will they be able to hold off The Marauders is the question on everyone’s lips, I personally think yes, because believe me people, they may look small and weak, but they are anything but, I mean, just last week-”
“Weasley! The match?” Professor Tiberdeem barked.
“Right you are Professor!” Louis answered.
“Captains, shake hands” Madame Spinnet ordered.
James grasped my hand and gripped it hard. I did likewise.
“Mount your brooms” Madame Spinnet called. “Three, two, one” the whistle sounded, and I soared up into the air.
“And their off! James seizes the Quaffle and speeds off towards the girl’s goals. Oooh! Nice bludger by Jade and Molly’s in possession. She passes it to Lucy, who passes it to Dom. Go on Dom! Throw it! YES! And its ten points to The Maraudettes! James looks absolutely furious!” Louis said in a gleeful tone. “Ah look! Now he’s roaring at Hugo! You’re the own that dropped the Quaffle in the first place James!”
“Weasley! If you’re going to be biased I will find someone else!” Professor Tiberdeem shouted.
“Ah no Professor! I promise!” Louis pleaded. “Some brilliant bat-work from Jade, and the Quaffle is knocked clean out of James’s hands AGAIN! He really is all over the place! It’s quickly picked up by Lucy. Oooh! Fred sends a bludger flying at her! IT’S GOING TO HIT HER ARM! Oh thank God! Rose swooped in at the last minute and intercepted it! Phew! Uncle Percy would so have killed Uncle George! Oh look! There they are! I didn’t know they were coming! And look! Uncle Harry and Uncle Ron are here too! Dad? You didn’t tell me you were coming! Did you see Dom’s goal?”
“WEASLEY! THE MATCH!”
“Sorry Professor! Professor? Are you alright? You’ve gone very red! Ow! Ok, ok the match; there was no need to hit me! Molly in possession. She passes it to Lucy, who passes it to Dom, who passes it back to Lucy. COME ON LUCE!!! YES! Twenty-zero to The Maraudettes! And James does not look pleased! On the other hand, Jade is looking delighted with herself. But not for long! Ivor’s in possession now! He passes it to Noel, who passes it to James, who shoots off down towards the other end of the pitch. Come on Rox! You can save it! Ah no! Gone through the hoop. Twenty-ten to The Maraudettes. Are you watching James? You see how Jade isn’t yelling her head off at Roxanne? That’s called losing with dignity! You should really try it some time!”
“Weasley for the love of GOD!” Professor Tiberdeem moaned, her head in her hands. The crowd roared with laughter, never had they had such amusing commentary.
“I wonder who Harry, Ron and George are rooting for? HEY GUYS! WHO ARE YOU-“But Louis broke off when he saw the look Professor Tiberdeem was giving him. “Ah yes, and back to the match! James in possession and Jade aims another bludger for him. NO! DON’T MOVE! Too late! James moved and the bludger hit him smack bang on the nose! DIDN’T I TELL YOU NOT TO MOVE? But of course no one listens to me.”
“Weasley” Professor Tiberdeem said in an exasperated voice. “If I have to remind you one more time-”
“Well that was related to the match Professor, in all fairness! Anyway! James has called a time out while he goes and fixes his nose. Uncle Harry of course looks very concerned, but George is laughing his head off! You have to love Uncle George, always sees the funny side of things. Ron, of course has joined in with the laughter, it did look pretty funny you have to admit! Oh look! James is fine and we are resuming play! Dom in possession- HOLD THE PHONE! I THINK THEY’VE SPOTTED THE SNITCH! Go Lily! Go! GO! Ah sh-suger. Professor, I didn’t say it so I don’t know why you’re looking at me like that, is this the whole biased thing again? Well it doesn’t matter anyway, because Albus caught the snitch, and The Marauders have won. There’ll be no hearing the end of this” Louis added sadly. “Awh look! The girls are group hugging! You see James! Another perfect example of LOSING WITH DIGNITY! I mean, remember that time at Nan’s that your team lost and you were so angry that you threw your broom through the kitchen window? And then you pushed Albus off his broom, and then you punched Fred and knocked out three of his teeth! That was funny…….oops! I wasn’t supposed to mention that………please don’t disown me or kill me like you said you would…………….. I’m just going to shut up now…………..”
Professor Tiberdeem never looked so relieved in all her life.
Hey!!!! A lot happening in this chapter! I had to use a lot of different people’s perspectives to get the whole story, do you like seeing it from different people’s perspectives, or do you just want Jade? I have personally fallen in love with Louis! He is just like a little ray of sunshine! Me love! James is being James, but he really means no harm! So you want to find out more about any characters? Who has too small a role? Please review and answer all my questions! I’ll love you forever if you do!!!!
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