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Chapter 15 : Accusations
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For once—in the first time Harry experienced—Gryffindor faced a challenge in defeating Hufflepuff. Gryffindor, unlike Hufflepuff, faced a huge reassembly after so many players graduated. Of course Oliver Wood was long gone. The Weasley twins, Angelina Johnson, and Katie Bell had graduated already and the Gryffindor team was entirely dismantled. Basically, their team relied heavily on Harry and Harry hadn’t exactly had been concentrating on Quidditch since he met Marwood.
Harry had become a bit cocky since the start of the Quidditch season and hadn’t been to all the practices on time. Practices were usually three times a week at seven, but their captain, Alicia Spinnet, agreed that Harry was talented and he was probably right about not needing the extra practice every week. Then their game against Hufflepuff showed Harry falter that nearly cost them the game.
“Looks like Potter’s new broom hasn’t improved his game.”
“I can’t believe we almost lost to Hufflepuff!”
“At least we beat Ravenclaw!”
“That was bleeding luck, that’s what it was!”
Harry was disappointed at the near loss to Hufflepuff, but didn’t feel that it was his fault. He blamed it on the fact their team was so dismantled after last year.
After the game, Laura was the first spectator to run over to Harry and congratulate him. “You won! You won!” She kissed him on the lips, throwing her arms around him.
It was as if all the previous Quidditch games paled in comparison. He never felt so glad to win if not to impress someone he cared for. He couldn’t hear the cheers or the expressions of contradiction over his performance. All Harry heard was, “You look awfully sexy in uniform,” which Laura whispered in his ear causing him to smile broader.
“It’s all Laura!” Ginny exclaimed in the Quidditch stands.
“What?” Hermione asked her, only half-listening.
Ginny pulled Hermione’s arm saying, “It’s Laura’s fault! She’s the one who’s behind everything! She’s the reason Harry took so long catching the snitch—She’s—”
“Really Ginny, I don’t think she’s all that bad,” Neville piped in.
“Not all that bad?” Ginny looked as if she could smack him.
“Don’t mind her, she’s just jealous of her because she’s Harry’s girlfriend,” Natalie McDonald explained to her boyfriend Neville.
“I’m not jealous!”
“Denial…” another fifth-year interjected
“Anyway,” Ginny ignored them, “if you don’t believe me, then how do you explain it?” she asked Hermione.
“I don’t know, Ginny, maybe he’s not having a good day.”
Ron put in, “Do you really think it’s Laura’s fault that Harry wasn’t great today?”
“I do.” Ginny crossed her arms. “She’s a Slytherin and she’s evil.”
“Well that’s going a bit far, don’t you think?” Hermione added.
“Sure,” Ginny said simply. She pointed towards the Quidditch field where Harry and Laura were embracing. “It’s all in my head.”
Hermione, Ron, Neville, and the other Gryffindors who overheard their conversation also looked onto the field and saw them.
“Doesn’t prove anything, her going and congratulating him,” Natalie said.
Hermione was tired and the fighting was making her head hurt. She disappeared from the crowd and headed inside to get something to eat. Ron followed her.
Hours later, once Harry changed out of his uniform and ate supper, he realized Ron and Hermione hadn’t congratulated him after the game. He hadn’t even seen either of them at the game. That was strange. He conferred with Laura about this and she seemed to agree there must be something wrong.
“You should go back to Gryffindor Tower and see if they’re there,” Laura said. “Plus, they’re sure to have a party seeing as how you won today and all.” She smiled reassuringly.
He squeezed her hand and got up from the table. “Want to meet up later?” he asked before he left.
“I hope there isn’t any trouble, Harry, but even if it isn’t, I think you should be with your friends tonight.”
He nodded a little glumly. “I’ll see you tomorrow then.”
“Tomorrow,” she replied.
He bent over and kissed her deeply.
Before getting uncontrollable, she pushed away saying softly, “Go.”
Eventually Harry strode away. When he got to Gryffindor Tower, there were only a few late partiers, but most of them had already gone out to Hogsmeade or up to bed. He looked around for Ron or Hermione, but they weren’t there. He walked over to Ron’s room and knocked on the door.
Ron opened the door. “Harry! Er-Good job today…”
“Thanks,” Harry said, “Was wondering why I didn’t see you or Hermione after the game. Is everything all right?”
Ron made a motion for him to lower his voice whispering, “Everything’s fine. Hermione wasn’t feeling good, but she’s all right now.”
Harry looked into Ron’s room and saw Hermione asleep in his bed. Not wanting to jump to any conclusions Harry merely asked, “What was wrong?”
“Not quite sure, she wouldn’t tell me. Complained of a headache though. I think she just needed to sleep.” Ron shrugged.
Harry was suspicious, but didn’t want to make anything out of what was probably nothing. They were his best friends… They wouldn’t hide the fact if they were in a relationship, would they? “There’s nothing else going on then?”
Ron shook his head.
“Right, well…” Harry looked behind at the common room. “Better catch up with the lot headed for Hogsmeade. Want anything?”
“Er-No thanks, Harry,” Ron replied swiftly.
Harry gave his eternally hungry for junk food friend a questioning look before saying, “All right. See you.”
A/N: I’m making Alicia Spinnet the Gryffindor team captain, because I didn’t want Harry to be Captain. She probably already graduated, but I didn’t want to make up a name. I know she was in the first three books as a Chaser, but you never know, she could have been a year older than Harry. ::shrugs:: If you have a better suggestion, please let me know. It’s pretty easy to swap a different name in ;) [it’s so hard because it’s not like there was school Quidditch in the 4th book]
Stay tuned for Christmas Holidays, Mistletoe, and shippiness!!
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