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Chapter 4 : Motivation
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I would be lying if I told you that Freddie and I had actually spent the train ride catching up.
Well, our tongues got well acquainted from all the snogging we were doing but that was the best we were probably going to get.
During the time we were huddled in the prefect carriage together, I wouldn’t have minded actually talking to Fred, but this was just as enjoyable and he seemed to be enjoying it too much to stop.
Looking out the window after a few hours, the sky had changed for the ice blue with sun rays into pitch black, meaning that we must have been close to Hogwarts. I quickly broke away from Freddie to see if I could see Hogwarts, and of course, I could see the lights shining in the distance.
“Oh Merlin! We’re almost there and I’m not even changed!” I shrieked.
“Don’t worry ‘bout it,” Freddie muttered, his hands sliding up my sides and pulling me back down so he could continue kissing my neck.
I sighed, boy, he knew how to charm a girl.
Quickly pushing him away, I looked deeply into his eyes,
“Get changed and meet me at the outside,” I whispered to him. Then I turned on my heel and left the room.
Sprinting down the corridor with wedges was no easy task, especially when you could tell people were watching you as you passed, judging your every move.
When I reached my compartment, puffing and slightly sweaty, the train had begun to slow. I stripped down to my panties and bra, quickly changing into my Hogwarts uniform consisting of a shirt, tie, skirt, robe and heels.
Doing up my trunk and I ran back out the door just as the train stumbled to a halt at Hogsmeade station. Hearing the click with announcing the unlocking of the door, I stood up straight, looking at myself in the reflection. With a quick flattening on my hair and a reapply of lipgloss I was done, time to go find Freddie.
As I opened the door, I skipped out quickly scanning the crowd to try and find a tall, tanned red haired male (there were so many red haired people at this school, mostly being Weasley’s). But then I found myself running into two dark haired people wrapped around each other, snogging each other’s faces off.
James and Alessandria.
“Merlin! Sorry!” I said.
“That’s ok,” Alessandria smiled, hugging James and putting her head on his chest. Geez, why did they have to look so cute together?
“You guys seen Freddie?” I asked desperately.
Where is he? I scanned the crowd, looking for tall, red head. I couldn’t find him anywhere!
“Nope,” James said popping the ‘p’.
“Where were you the whole ride Mae?” Dom asked, curiously, popping out from behind the happy couple. When she caught my eye, she rolled her eyes causing me to giggle.
“Didn’t James tell you?” I asked, gazing on a lovestruck James.
“No,” they replied, looking from me to him.
“Thanks,” I muttered to him before giggling, “I was with Freddie.”
“Mae!” Robyn exclaimed.
“You were with him the whole ride?” Carolyn squealed, flapping her hands up and down. The on going ‘chemistry’ between Freddie and I was pretty well known around the school as Freddie went to all heights to impress me and until this year, I had dismissed it all. One time last year, he had summounded a pack of doves to fly into the Great Hall with him before he got down on one knee (no I’m not kidding) and asked me to go on a date to Hogsmeade with him that weekend, it was hard to turn down such an extravagant man trying to win me over, but he just wasn’t the man I had my eyes on.
“You didn’t do it, did you?” Dom shrieked.
“No! We just…” I explained, scratching my head awkwardly.
“Snogged the whole time?” I voice finished behind me.
Turning around, Freddie finally appeared as he straightened his tie and ran his hand very sexily through his messy hair.
“I’ve been waiting for you!” I said kissing his noise.
“I couldn’t find you!” he grinned in return, wrapping his arms around my waist and pulling me in for another snog that completely blew me off my feet.
As much as Freddie was a sensational snogger, he just wasn’t James.
I heard a few cute awww’s from the crowd and we broke apart. When I looked at crowd grinning, I scanned through the faces of my friends they all were smiling in awe, but when I reached James, I was utterly confused, his face was screwed in confusion. Shouldn’t he be happy that hi best mate had finally landed the girl he’d been asking out for a year?
“So, should we go to the castle?” I asked, holding Freddie’s hand.
“Yeah, let’s go,” Dom said, walking towards the carriages.
We all set of towards the carriages, and we squeezed Dom, Carolyn, Robyn, James, Alessandria, Freddie and me into one, although I did have to sit on Freddie’s lap. When we reached the Great Hall, Alessandria, Robyn and Carolyn left us to join the other Ravenclaw’s, while James, Freddie, Dom and I walked over to the Gryffindor table. Freddie and I sat on one side while James and Dom sat on the other. Normally we sat with the other sixth years, so it was extremely different to be sitting with seventh years, our friends certainly were surprised with their wide eyes.
“So, how was your train ride then?” I asked James and Dom, resting my head on Freddie’s shoulder.
“Nothing much, just talked and James and Alessandria snogged and kept to themselves but it was all pretty boring,” Dom shrugged.
James snorted, “Yeah, but Alessandria and I wouldn’t have been as bad as these two.”
“You two seemed pretty bad when I saw you at the station,” I shot back.
“You mean ran into,” James corrected.
“Shut up,” I mumbled into Freddie’s shoulder.
Dom and James laughed at the memory while Freddie looked between the three of us, completely lost.
“Wait, ran into?” Freddie asked.
“She ran into Alessandria and James,” Dom explained to him.
“If they hadn’t been snogging right in the middle of the path I wouldn’t have run into you!” I shrieked.
“Maybe you should have been looking where you were going!” James exclaimed.
“How did you know that I wasn’t watching where I was going when you were meant to be kissing your girlfriend?” I shot back.
James just stayed silent.
“So, did you guys enjoy your summers?” Dom asked awkwardly.
“Yeah, France was good, but I would have liked to been around here, 2 months is too long,” I admitted, controlling my slowly decreasing anger.
“Yes, I know! It definitely is! I would have liked to see you a bit more,” Dom explained.
“I know I missed you at all the parties,” Freddie said, eyes shining, “I kept telling James to invite you, but he said you were in France,”
I actually stopped breathing in that moment in time. James knew that I wasn’t in London so he didn’t invite me to his parties, I thought he had never heard who I was?
“James, I thought you’d never heard of me?” I asked, raising my eyebrow.
James blushed scarlet,
“Albus told me about you,” he admitted.
Oh, damn it. I thought that he’d actually know who I was, well, he did now.
“How did Albus cope after Robyn?” Dom whispered, looking down the table at Albus.
Albus was sitting with his friends, but he seemed a bit out of it.
“He’s been a depressed shit all holidays since that night,” James said looking down at his brother, “locked in this room the whole time, only coming down for meals or when the family came over, Mum and Dad were getting worried.”
“Poor Albus!” I muttered.
“He’ll recover, I’ll just get him a hot girl to play with,” James snickered.
“God James, you’re impossible!” Dom shrieked.
“And you,” Freddie said poking my arm, “will not be getting out of any parties this year.”
“Ok, cool, I’m happy with that,” I winked.
“Awesome! This is going to be the best year ever!” Dom squealed, clapping her hands together.
“What are the parties like?” I asked, eyes open in wonder.
“Wait, you’ve never been to a party?” James asked me, leaning in closer to the middle of the table.
“Well, a Hogwarts one, yeah,” I answered.
“I was just never invited.”
“Well, we’ll have to get you invited then,” James grinned, “Won’t be hard seeing as we host them.”
“Sweet!” I giggled, “So what are they like?”
“Amazing,” Dom admitted.
“Fantastic,” Freddie agreed.
“Give me more details!” I squirmed, I was actually going to get invited to an elite party at Hogwarts!
These parties were run by either James or Fred (it was a Wotter special) and they only invited the top students to the school. They were quite hard to get into so getting an invite was a big deal.
“Well, all the big elite ones are held in the Room of Requirement and they go till about 3 in the morning.” James explained, “There’s always tons to drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, but people normally go for the alcohol. Everyone gets wasted.”
“There’s always tons of food, happily supplied by the house-elves in the kitchen,” Dom said, her eyes glossing over dreamily.
“And little private rooms for people to walk off and do private things,” Freddie whispers in my ear causing me to giggle.
“Any plans for a party this year?” I asked James.
“Yes! I have the best idea…” James began, before he was interrupted by the doors of the Great Hall opening, and Professor Flitwick was leading the first years down the centre of the of the Great Hall. The school went utterly quiet as we gazed upon the new students.
“When I call your name, please come up to the stool and place the Sorting Hat on your head. When he yells the name of your house, please take the hat off and go sit with the rest of your house,” Professor Flitwick explained.
“I hope we get some good newbies,” I muttered. We had narrowly lost to Slytherin last year in the house cup.
“Me too! We need to win this year,” Dom whispered.
“Maybe if these two don’t get as many points taken off them we will win,” I gestured towards Fred and James who sniggered.
“Nothing stops us!” Freddie whispered into my ear. James grinned at us from across the table.
“Allen, Timothy!” Professor Flitwick squeaked from the front of the room.
A tiny boy separated himself from the group of little first years and sat on the stood, with the old hat on his head.
“RAVENCLAW!” the hat yelled.
The rest of the feast passed reasonably well. We ate tons for dinner, there was no shortage. Then dessert appeared and we ate all that as well. We chatted aimlessly about our O.W.L’s and the subjects we were taking this year, when I remembered about James’ comment before the Sorting.
“James, what was your idea that mentioned before the Sorting?” I asked.
“Oh! That!” he said, eyes wide, “Well, I’m planning on having a massive party, after the first Quidditch game back. Absolutely huge A-MAZ-ING,”
“I’m all for it!” I agreed. James smiled at me, making butterflies appear in my stomach. “What about you guys?”
“Absolutely,” Dom squealed, nodding her head.
“If my girls there, I’m there,” Freddie grinned. Oh no, it had only been a couple of hours of snogging and he already regarded me as ‘his girl.’
I kissed him to cover how worried I was.
Then there was a tinkling of glasses.
“Welcome everyone to Hogwarts!” the Headmistress, Professor McGonagall yelled to the school. “Just a few announcements before you all go off to bed! I would like to remind everyone the Forbidden Forest is out-of-bounds for all students and that there is no magic in corridors. Our lovely caretaker, Mr. Filch, has told me to remind you that all Weasley Wizard Wheeze products are banned, along with two-hundred-and-sixty-three other items which are all displayed outside his office, if anyone needs to check.
“On a brighter note, I would like to congratulate all new prefects on their appointments, and Julia Dustin and James Potter, this year’s Head Boy and Girl. Now off to bed!”
“God, I hate start of term, speeches,” James said gloomily, “They just remind of things I hoped they’d forgotten.”
“Not slowing down Head Boy?” Dom asked.
We all laughed. I was about to open my mouth when a small hand, poked me on my shoulder, and turning around I found Albus smiling lightly at me.
“Hey Al,” I grinned up at him.
“I just thought I’d remind you that we have to lead the first years up,” Albus nodded, motioning the group of midgets at the front of the table as well as eyeing James harshly.
“Oh!” I shrieked, “Bye guys!”
I gave Freddie a kiss on the cheek and ran with Albus to the nervous first years, which were still around the table, not sure what was happening.
“Hello, my name is Mae Flick and this is Albus,” I began.
“Al,” Albus interrupted.
“Al Potter,” I rolled my eyes at Al as well as watching the first years make the realisation that they were standing in front of the Saviour of the Wizarding Worlds son, “and we are two of your six prefects for Gryffindor.”
“If you would like to follow us, we’ll lead you to the common room and answer any of your questions as best as we can,” Albus added helpfully, ignoring the shocked expressions.
Then we set of towards the common room, I’d done this last year, so it was pretty simple. The only difference was this year’s group was a lot shyer, last year’s first years wouldn’t stop asking questions. Albus and I walked ahead of the group chatting aimlessly about O.W.L’s, it seemed to be taking up a lot of my time tonight.
“What did you get into?” Albus asked.
“Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, Defence, Charms, Transfiguration, Herbology, Potions, Muggle Studies and I’m taking Alchemy as well,” I answered.
“You’re doing nine N.E.W.T’s?” Albus said shocked.
“Yeah,” I explained, I didn’t lose my brains when I changed from loser to beauty. “What are you taking?”
“Defence, Charms, Transfiguration, Herbology, Potions and Alchemy,” Albus sighed, “Auror training.”
“Don’t you won’t to be an Auror?” I asked.
“Yes! I want to be better than my dad, but, it’s going to be hard.”
“Yeah, apparently Auror training is terrible.”
“At least I’m not doing nine N.E.W.T’s,” Al laughed, eyeing me.
“I know, it’s going to be tough.”
“I didn’t want to give any up.”
We’d arrived at Gryffindor common room’s entrance the portrait of the Fat Lady.
“Devil’s Snare,” Albus and I said.
The portrait swung open and we filed inside, the little first years eyes were popping out of their sockets in utter wonder.
“This is the common room, the boy’s dormitory’s room is up the stairs and to the left and the girls the same but to the right,” I explained, then leaving them to explore.
“What are you training to be?” he asked.
“A healer,” I replied.
“Nice,” he said, as he took the best seat in front of the fire. I could hear people slowly approaching the Common Room.
“Al?” I asked.
“Yeah?” he said looking away from the fire.
“Can you tell Freddie and the others that I’ve gone to bed? I’m tired and I need a break from everyone,” I said yawning.
“Yeah, sure, night Mae,” he sighed.
I walked past the first years, and started to climb the stairs while unbuttoning my robes, thinking about today’s events, Alessandria, James, Freddie, I realised, I had completed the end of step 2 and step three catch James Potter’s attention.
I was pretty sure I’d got his attention.
I threw my robes on my bed as I walked in the door and opened my trunk, pulling out an oversized Quidditch jersey. I pulled it on, and without removing my makeup, I climbed into bed. I’m pretty sure, as my head hit the pillow, I was unconscious.
A/N: So thats that! This chapter was just mainly getting into Hogwarts and to get started, the next chapter is like this, but then we get onto chapters that go over a few days.
I hope youor enjoying my first fanfic and please if you have time, review!! It really makes me feel better! Next chapter will be up ASAP!
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