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Chapter 19 : I've kissed you and I've got a badge to prove it
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I noticed it straight away. There were more people staring at us, whispering behind their hands to their friends as we passed. Even first-years pointing and 7th years laughing.
“What have we done?” asked Lily frowning slightly at a group of second years who were staring at Lily and I like hawks.
We didn’t need to answer because at that moment a large group of boys walked out of the Great Hall, laughing and joking loudly. On their chests large luminous yellow badges were pinned.
Some said I’ve kissed Jemini Lander. Yet some said I’ve kissed Lily Evans.
Some of the boys were even wearing both badges.
What kind of fuckery was this? I dont even know half those boys names, why are they wearing those badges and more importantly, where did they come from?
Lily was frowning as we walked into the Great Hall, noticing the flashes of luminous yellow on hundreds of robes. Even some girls.
Right, moving on.
As we walked to the Gryffindor table heads turned, and conversations hushed as though they were just talking about us seconds ago. Their heads turned as we walked past as if trying to gain information.
“Looks like you guys have succeeded in kissing half the male population of Hogwarts,” said James as soon as we sat down.
“And some of the girls too, though I’m not complaining about that,” added Sirius with a wink.
I gave him a dirty look before spooning some porridge into my bowl and saying “It’s obviously a lie, and a stupid one at that.”
“I think most people are just wearing it for a joke, nobody actually believes it,” said Lola.
“I don’t know, Hogwartians will believe anything you throw at them,” said Mimi, thoughtfully, pinching a peice of toast off of Remus’ plate.
“Thanks Mimi,” said Lily, sarcastically.
“Mimi’s right, though. People were whispering and pointing on our way down here, they obviously think there’s some truth in it,” I said.
“Hey Lander,” shrieked a voice from across the hall. We all turned to see the source of the screech.
I raised my eyebrows at her.
“Why don’t you change your group name to the slutties instead of the Gigi’s” she said. And that ladies and gentleman is Priscilla Parkinson’s lame attempt at an insult. I just flipped her a middle finger and went back to my breakfast, deciding she’s not even worth wasting my breath on.
“All in all, I think we’ve endured worse whisperings,” said Lily.
“I agree,” said Mimi, “Fourth year must have been the worst, this is nothing compared to that.”
Minutes passed in silence as I looked around the hall picking out people wearing the badges.
A girl walked passed, an I’ve kissed Lily Evans badge on her chest.
“Diane Crisper, Lily? I didn’t know you and her had a thing,” teased James.
“Oh shut up James,” said Lily but she was laughing.
“Well anyway, I’ve got a free now. Anyone else?” I asked.
“I do,” said Lily, getting up and flattening her skirt.
“We do,” said Remus. “But we’re planning something for Defense this afternoon.” His eyes sparkling.
“Oh god,” I said, rolling my eyes.
“It’ll liven up the lesson, I promise,” said Sirius, grinning at me.
“A lot of colours,” winked James.
“I look forward to it,” droned Lily, before following me out of the Great Hall.
As we made our way across the entrance hall and up the marble stairs we faintly heard our names being called. We didn’t take any notice thinking it would be a stupid remark about the badges but suddenly there were hands on our shoulders stopping us from walking any further.
It was Katy and Mya.
“Well, look what we have here. Queen Bitch and Bitch Best Friend,” said Katy.
I glared at her, “What do you want?”
“Just wanted to ask whether you liked our badges, they were quite ingenious,” she said, smirking.
“Ingenious?” scoffed Lily. “Oh please, a house elf could come up with something better than that.”
“Really? Because they seem like a pretty big hit in there,” said Mya, pointing to the Great Hall.
“Great, people are wearing badges, but could you find three people who actually believe we kissed all those people. You didn’t really think this through did you?” I said.
“Tomorrow something else will come up and this will be yesterdays rubbish gossip. Bottom of the pile, just like you two,” said Lily, bitchily. I love it when this side to Lily comes out. No one could win an argument with this side of her, it’s brilliant.
Not wanting them to have a chance to reply, I said “Why did you do it anyway? It seems pretty stupid to waste your time doing something like this. So what did we do to annoy you?”
“Just the fact that you’re alive, really,” said Katy.
“Well, I don’t think your existence worthwhile but I don’t make badges about you,” snapped Lily.
Katy just scoffed, unable to come up with a comeback.
See, what did I tell you? Lily’s unbeatable.
“Everyone thinks you guys are amazing, royalty, fucking queens of the world. But we don’t. We see you for what you really are, cold heartless bitches,” said Mya, her voice breaking.
“I’m quite lost now,” said Lily, frowning at me. “What did we do?”
“Don’t you get it? You made Sirius and James just use us. You’re horrible people,” said Katy.
What? That’s ridiculous.
“We didn’t make them do anything! We didn’t even know they were going to get girlfriends, that was them,” I said.
“It was you! If you hadn’t had this fucking jealousy thing then we wouldn’t have been brought into it. We wouldn’t have had our hearts broken,” said Mya.
“Hearts broken?” I asked.
“You didn’t even go out with them long enough to fall in love,” said Lily.
“It’s James Potter and Sirius Black!” exclaimed Katy.
“How could we not?” asked Mya.
“We’re really sorry if you are heartbroken, but this isn’t our fault. You’re blaming the wrong people,” I said.
“No,” said Mya. “It’s you who did this.”
I shook my head, “You’re actually more stupid than I first thought.”
“You’ve got to take this up with James and Sirius, not us. We had nothing to do with it,” said Lily, trying to walk away.
“No! We’re going to take it up with you,” said Katy, bitchily.
“Well, if you’re going to have a vendetta against me and Lily then I guess you’re both off the cheerleading squad. I mean, if we’re really cold hearted bitches, you won’t want to be on my squad anyway, would you?” I said, smirking. My bitchy side making an appearance.
“You can’t do that!” said Katy.
“Why not? I’m head cheerleader, I can do what I want. So it would be great if you could return your uniforms by no later than tomorrow.”
“That was beyond weird,” I said, sitting down at our usual table in the library.
“I know, absolutely ridiculous. I mean, if they had an ounce of common sense they wouldn’t be blaming us at all,” said Lily, crossly as she got out her Defence Against the Dark Arts text book to get started on the monster of an essay we had been set.
“Right, bitchy girls out of our mind. We need to focus on identifying, stopping and resisting the Imperius Curse,” I said, taking charge seeing as Lily was too angry to start.
“Right,” said Lily, writing the title and underlining it.
“So, in the introduction should we outline the effects or the resisting part?” I asked.
“Sorry Jem, I’ve only just realised I’ve got prefect duties, I was too angry to look at the time until now. Will you be ok?”
“Of course, go ahead. I’ll make a start on this and we can finish it together,” I said, smiling as my best friend stuffed everything into her bag and stumbled out of the Library.
I had only written the title; Identifying the effects of the Imperius Curse and five ways a witch or wizard is able to avoid or resist one, when I noticed someone standing by the side of the table.
“Hey, Jem. Mind if I sit down?” said an all too familiar and comforting voice.
I looked up and found none other than Matheus McLaggen.
Well, isn’t that a surprise.
“Um, yeah sure,” I said, hesitantly, moving my book and parchment closer to me so he would have more room.
He sat down and promptly pulled out a NEWT Potions book.
“So, how have you been?” he asked as he flipped through the book.
“Good, I guess. What about you? How’s NEWTS keeping you?” I asked, being polite but not really knowing where this was going.
“I’m fine, yeah NEWTS are a killer. You’re up for a tough year next year,” he laughed.
I smiled, “I’ll cope.”
“I know you will, but honestly there’s a lot of work,” he said.
“Well, it can’t be much more than sixth year, right? I’m coping ok with this year,” I said.
“That’s what you would think, but they pile it on you like it’s nothing.”
We fell into an uncomfortable silence until Matheus piped up again.
“So, I’ve been thinking more about this friends thing...”
Ah, there it is. I knew it would crop up.
“Yeah, me too,” I lied.
“Really?” he said, “Well, what do you think? Could we be friends again?”
“Yeah, why not?” I said, smiling. I don’t see any reason for us not to be friends. I do miss our jokes and his company so being friends is fine with me. Especially now I’m totally over him.
“Great,” he said, enthusiastically.
“Great,” I repeated, smiling back.
“Here, my mum sent me these easter eggs a few weeks early,” he said, pulling some chocolate eggs wrapped in colourful foil out of his bag.
“Oooh, easter eggs,” I said, my eyes lighting up.
He chuckled, “Always the same.”
I rolled my eyes.
“Here,” he said, passing me a chunk of chocolate he had broken off the egg.
“Thanks,” I said, taking a bite. “Oh my god, these are honeydukes finest.”
“Trust you to indentify the chocolate,” he said.
“What is this?” screeched a voice behind me. “Chocolate in the Library? How dare you?”
Madam Pince. Oh mother of Merlin, we will die today.
“Run,” I practically shouted at Matheus, grabbing my stuff and my bag before bolting out of the library, Matheus and Madam Pince on my tail.
Matheus and I ran all the way to the common room before stopping in front of the portrait of the Fat Lady, laughing so much we couldn’t talk.
“I can’t believe that crazy old librarian,” he said as soon as he had stopped laughing.
I shook my head, still laughing before looking at the fat lady who was frowning down at us.
“What’s so funny?” she asked.
“Chocolate Frog,” I said.
“That’s not funny,” she said but she swung the portrait open all the same and we clambered in.
“Want to finish off our homework here?” asked Matheus, walking over the coffee table and sofas by the fire.
“Yeah I guess, now I can’t go to library for about a week,” I said.
He laughed, “Maybe more, than librarian has the memory of Merlin. Honestly,”
I smoothed out my parchment and began writing the introduction while consulting my book.
A few minutes passed of just scratching quills and the crinkles of a page being turned.
“I’m bored of Potions, what are you doing?” he asked, leaning over to read the title of my essay.
“Imperius Curse,” I said, “It’s quite interesting, about the effects and stuff. Nice to know in this day and age, right?”
“Yeah, it is. I got an O on that paper last year, came up in the exam too,” he said.
“Well, help me then,” I said, punching him in the arm.
“Alright alright,” he said, reaching for the book on the other side of me causing him to lean across me.
“Oi!” there was a shout behind us.
Sirius and James, with their wands raised. Oh boy, what are they doing now? Me and Matheus have just become friends and they’re going to ruin it. I couldn’t help but look at Sirius and feel immensely guilty even though I haven’t done anything wrong.
“What are you doing here?” demanded James, coldly.
“I’m a Gryffindor, and this if I’m not mistaken is the common room,” said Matheus standing up, facing them.
“What are you doing with her?” rephrased James.
“Helping her with her essay, got a problem?” he asked.
“Yeah we do,” growled Sirius, pointing his wand at Matheus.
“Put the wand down mate, nothing here to duel over,” he said.
Sirius narrowed his eyes, “Leave.”
“Excuse me?” asked Matheus.
“I said, leave. Before I make you,” roared Sirius.
“Fine,” said Matheus, holding his hands up in mock surrender. Walking towards and out of the Portrait hole.
“What was that?” I demanded as soon as he left.
“We could ask you the same question!” said James, lowering his wand.
“We were studying,” I said.
“We were saving you from him,” said Sirius.
“From what? He was helping me with my essay,” I said.
“A likely story,” sneered Sirius.
I narrowed my eyes, “We’re friends.”
“You don’t need to be friends with scumbags like him!” said Sirius.
I only half noticed James subtly making his way towards the boys dorms.
“It looked like more than friends to me,” said Sirius.
“Oh please,” I said, “he was reaching for a book!”
“So you don’t like him?”
“I DONT LIKE HIM!” I yelled.
“Well you don’t act like it,” he said, his jaw set looking at me with a fiery expression.
“He’s my friend and if yo-”
“Is that how you act with your friends?” he asked, coldly “That certainly looked like more to me.”
“How many times, Sirius, I don’t like him and never will again. Just believe that,” I said.
“I don’t know what to believe anymore.”
I just stood there, unable to think of anything else to say before slowly making my over to the girls dorms.
He didn’t even try and stop me.
how are you all? Hope you're all enjoying the story (and the breif return of Matheus) and if you are then please please please review, they make me really happy and also spur me to write more!
Lots of love, hiral x
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