“Lily! We need a steak sandwich right now! What happened to it?!” One of the older cooks yelled at me.
I flapped my arms around and looked for the little tiny note that said the order. I quickly scanned it and sure enough, there was a little scrawling that read: 1 x steak sandwich w/o tomatoes.
“Crud! I forgot about it! Sorry!” I bit my lip and started to pull out a steak to try and quickly make a sandwich.
“No, don’t worry about it. I already did it,” Marina said smugly. She shoved a plate towards… towards…
Ah crap, what was his name again?
When he took the plate, she shot me a triumphant smile. “You know, it’s not actually that hard. If you actually tried you might get somewhere.”
I resisted the urge to hit her across the head with the hot frying pan. I didn’t respond but I heard a familiar voice come from behind me.
“Marina, Lily is doing wonderfully for her first day. Talk like that to her again and you’ll be out of here.” I gave Hannah a grateful smile and she winked at me.
Marina flushed and went back to work. Hannah then walked towards me and asked gently, “How’s your first day going?”
I shrugged and played with the edge of the apron. “Not very well. I’ve screwed up a grand total of six times.” I gave her a grimace and she just nudged me gently.
“It’s fine! You think when I first worked here I was perfect? I caught the bar on fire, it’s a wonder how I got to own the place.” She laughed and I felt myself relaxing slightly. “Seriously though, don’t stress about it. We all start from somewhere and don’t mind Marina, she’s not very pleasant.”
I giggled. “Why is she like that?”
Hannah shrugged. “Why is your brother an idiot? A loveable idiot, but still an idiot,” she said fondly, ruffling my hair.
“I actually don’t know why he’s such an idiot. Mum and Dad aren’t that stupid, are they?” I asked.
Hannah snorted. “Well, your dad did run an illegal organisation, ride a dragon and sent himself to Voldemort. And your mother purposefully set hexes to Slytherins double the size of her. With those genes, it’s a wonder how you and Al – scratch that, it’s a wonder how you turned out normal.”
I laughed and she gave me a pat on the shoulder before leaving the kitchen with a wink.
“Lily! I need a Caesar salad!”
Work was hard.
“GUESS WHO GOT A JOB?” Glitter shouted. I rolled my eyes and continued reading Witch Weekly.
“GIVE ME AN L!
“GIVE ME AN I!
“GIVE ME ANOTHER L!”
Huh, apparently Celestina Warbeck married an eighteen year old girl, I didn’t even know she was a lesbian. I flicked the page and Glitter continued with his chant.
“GIVE ME A Y!
“WHAT DOES THAT SPELL?!
He danced around me, singing very out of tune, “Lily got a jo-ob! Lily got a jo-ob!”
“Lily.” I shifted deeper under my covers and grumbled. I then felt a gentle nudge and after a few minutes, a hard poke.
I yelped and wrapped my quilt around myself even tighter. “Go away,” I muttered.
“No, I want to cook cupcakes and you’re really good at that,” Glitter whined.
I hissed at him like a cat. Glitter then huffed and grabbed the ends of my cocoon. “Don’t you dare,” I warned. He paid no attention and rolled me onto the floor. I landed with a loud thump and a lot of pain.
“FUCK YOU, GLITTER!” I shrieked, holding my arm tightly.
Glitter gasped dramatically. “Lily, did you just curse?”
I hissed at him again. “Yes I just did. Look what you’ve done to me. You’ve turned me into a chav.”
He snorted and poked me with his foot. “Just get up and make cupcakes with me,” he griped.
I pulled myself out of the quilt and winced painfully. Putting on my glasses, I grumbled, “Why do you need me to make cupcakes with you? You made a fucking croquembouche.”
Glitter tutted me but I gave him a look that made him put his head down. “We made a croquembouche, Lily. And you did most of the work, really. You’ve really got a knack – oh my god.” He stopped talking with his eyes wide.
“What?” I asked, looking around the room. Purple-pink quilt still looked the same. One desk, one chair, fluffy white carpet on the floor, half open wardrobes with clothes hanging out. Same old, same old.
He clapped his hands excitedly. “WHY DON’T YOU OPEN A BAKERY OH MY GOD!” he squealed.
I blinked and thought about it. I loved cooking, especially desserts and I was getting some sort of an income, it wasn’t much, but it was a start.
When I stood up, I started dancing around with Glitter. “OH MY GOD THAT’S A GREAT IDEA!” I shrieked.
“LET’S START PLANNING!”
Glitter pranced towards the kitchen table and I followed him, pulling out the chair next to him. He then pulled out a pen and paper and started scribbling like a loon.
I stayed quiet and he said, “Okay, how much do you make an hour?”
“One gallon, fifteen sickles and eight knuts,” I said promptly. He stared at me impatiently and I smiled sheepishly. Squinting my eyes, I tried to work out what it roughly was. “Er… I think that’s about ten pounds?”
He nodded. “Alright so do you know how much a place would cost?” he asked, immersed in his calculations.
I crinkled my nose. “I don’t really want to buy another flat, that would be so expensive –” I broke off when Glitter started laughing. “What?” I asked confusedly.
“Not a flat, like a shop. A place to put the bakery.”
“Ooh.” I blushed. “I don’t know, I could always ask my Uncle George, he works in Diagon Alley. He’d know.”
Glitter stared at me. “What?” I asked again.
“Well, aren’t you going to call him?” he asked, raising a plucked eyebrow. Now that I noticed, his eyebrows were better shaped than mine.
Maybe I should do something about that.
“No.” I shook my head, clearing all thoughts of eyebrows and tweezers away. “He doesn’t have a phone, but I’ll probably see him soon so I’ll ask then.”
“Lilyyyyyyyy,” he whined. “I wanna do maths. I’m in a mathy mood.”
“Go play with a calculator. I’m meeting some friends today.”
That got his attention. “Who?! I thought you didn’t have any friends.”
I scowled. “Excuse me, just because I preferred hanging out with my family at school doesn’t mean I didn’t have friends! I had the girls that I slept with!”
Glitter winked and I snapped, “Shut up. You know what I meant. We slept in the same room and in different beds. But I am friends with them so we’re meeting at eleven thirty.”
Glitter checked his wrist before remembering he didn’t wear a watch. I rolled my eyes and looked at the tiny clock sitting on top of the fridge which read 11:15AM.
“I NEED TO GET READY!” I ran to my room and quickly threw on blue shorts and a grey top. I put deodorant on at the same time I was brushing my teeth, accidentally inhaling it.
I choked and washed my mouth our vigorously, spitting like a llama.
“You okay, Lily?” Glitter asked boredly.
My answer was me coughing and spluttering. I searched the small medicine cabinet that held my potions. Still coughing, I shoved tiny bottles aside and found an antidote potion.
After swallowing the disgusting liquid, I closed the lid and put it back in there, and returned to brushing my teeth.
I am never multi-tasking again.
“Lily!” Mary-Jane yelled out, gesturing wildly to an empty table. “Over here!”
I smiled at her and tried to ignore the uneasiness inside of me. Out of the three girls, I liked Mary-Jane the least, I mean, I still liked her but she was very blunt and often revealed far too much of her sex life.
“Hey MJ,” I said, sliding in the seat diagonal from her. “How are things?”
She smiled widely and said proudly, “Great! I’ve a job at Gringotts and slept with two of my workmates. Both were fantastic.”
I smiled again, trying to hide the fact that I was extremely uncomfortable. “Still a virgin Lily?” she asked, filing her nails.
I gave her a grimace/smile thing. “I haven’t the time to date guys right now. I just started working at the Leaky Cauldron.”
She scoffed, “You don’t need to date guys to sleep with them. Shag them and never talk to them again.”
“Sounds like you’re a walking STD, MJ,” Lisa’s voice came from beside me. “How are we all?” she asked, grinning at us.
“Lisa! It’s so good to see you! I’m good and you?” I asked, jumping at the chance to get away from MJ.
“Good, good. What about you MJ? Still sleeping with every guy you lay eyes on?” she asked, sitting down next to her.
She laughed and flicked her red and blue dyed hair out of her eyes. “Not every guy. Just the ones with a good body and a nice face.”
Lisa laughed and said, “How on earth don’t you have any diseases?”
She rolled her eyes and I realised her eye-shadow had been painted to look like her eyes. “I’m a slut, but I’m not stupid.”
“MJ, did you paint eyes on your eyelids?” I asked curiously.
She nodded and closed her eyes so we could see. “It’s the new thing. Doesn’t it look amazing?”
Lisa and I exchanged glances. MJ had always been a bit eccentric with her fashion sense. “It’s very… unique,” I said, trying to think of a nice word for creepy.
She smiled brightly and I realised she had glued jewels on her teeth. Oh good grief.
Lisa and I looked at each other again and giggled. “Where’s Lara?” MJ asked, looking around.
I shrugged and turned to Lisa. “So, Lis, what have you been up to lately? I haven’t heard from you at all!”
She grinned and said, “Well, I lost two pounds, did you notice?”
“That’s great! I thought you looked different but I couldn’t put my finger on it! You look amazing!” I said, grinning at her. Lisa had always been a bit on the chubby side, but she was probably my favourite out of all of them. She was one of the nicest people you could ever meet but she was rather blunt. It was refreshing though, because when I first started Hogwarts people always told me how perfect and angelic I was and then Lisa came and said I was too quiet and needed to become more charismatic.
Not that I’d listened to her, but I became friends with her soon after that little incident.
MJ cocked her head to the side. “Why are you trying to lose weight, Lis? Anything special happening?”
“My sister’s getting married. I’m going to be the Maid of Honour so I want to try and look at least decent when I stand next to her.”
“Eh, you’ll look decent if you turn up in a potato sack Lisa. Your sister looks like my dog’s backside,” MJ stated, applying green lipstick on her lips.
“Well that lipstick looks like something that would come out of my dog’s backside, MJ.” I laughed and MJ just gave her a pout.
“Oh, am I late?” Lara’s dreamy voice said from behind me.
MJ snorted and said sarcastically, “Nuh, you’re only half an hour late. Actually everyone was late except me.”
Lisa protested, “I was working okay?”
MJ tutted. “Who the fuck stops working at 11 in the morning?”
Lisa smiled sneakily. “A girl who just got a job at the Department of Mysteries.” She grinned widely at us and the three of us cheered for her.
“BARTENDER! GET US THREE SEX ON THE BEACHES NOW!” MJ shrieked excitedly. The bartender jumped slightly and she snapped, “Hurry up! We need to celebrate that our friend just got an awesome job!”
He stuttered, “Y-you have t-to come to the b-bar and or-order.” He cleared his throat nervously and MJ rolled her eyes.
“I’ll get this one girls,” she whispered with a wink. Flicking her chair back, she strutted to the bar and whispered something in the bartender’s ear, giving him a nice view of her cleavage.
She came back with a tray of shots. “What did you do?” Lisa asked, grabbing one of the small cups.
MJ winked. “That’s for me to know and you to find out in about four hours.”
I crinkled my nose and asked, “Isn’t it a little early for shots? It’s not even past midday!”
Lara checked her flowery watch. “Actually it’s one minute past midday.”
“Just have one,” Lisa encouraged me. “It’ll be fine, nothing will happen.”
Famous last words.
“A-and then he –hic– told me that he –hic– wanted to take a –hic– break!” Lara stumbled.
“NO!” I gasped. “THAT’S JUST LIKE FRIENDS!”
“W-what?” she asked, spilling another shot down her front.
I quickly knocked another shot down and bit down on a lime. “Like Friends! It’s a muggle TV show! My cousin makes me watch it! It’s hilariousssssssss…” I started giggling and MJ joined me.
“Muggle is a funny word, isn’t it? MUG-GUL!” She started giggling again and we all laughed when she accidentally fell backwards off her chair.
“Excuse me ladies, but I think you have had enough to drink and we’d like you to leave,” a posh voice said from behind us.
MJ pouted from the floor. “Boo. You aren’t any fun. I won’t be shagging you later! Shame though, you have a nice butt.” She gave it a little pinch and he jumped, his cheeks going a bright red.
“Aww, look he’s blushing!” Lisa cooed. We giggled again and MJ growled like a lion.
“You’relikealion MJ,” I slurred, “you’re a true Gryf-Gryffindoooooooor.” I started giggling again and Lisa nodded. MJ slowly got back on her seat and took another shot.
“YOU’RE RIGHT LILY! SHE’S A GRYDDINFOOR! Wait that isn’t right.” She crinkled her eyebrows and squinted her eyes.
“WHO CARES LET’S TAKE SHOTS!” MJ squealed, clicking her fingers for some more.
“YES, ERRYBODYY! SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS!” We all clapped our hands and swayed, ignoring the gasps and mutters from the families surrounding us.
The guy twitched. “No. No more drinks for you four. You need to leave.”
MJ pouted, her green lipstick smearing all over her teeth and he grimaced. “Please don’t make this hard. It’s four in the afternoon; there are young children in here.”
“FUCK THE CHILDREN!” MJ shouted and a collective gasp went throughout the room.
I stumbled through the door and Glitter came out, looking confused. “Are you confuzzled Glitter? Hehe, your name is Glitter, hehehe,” I giggled and clapped a hand to my mouth.
“Are you drunk, Lily?” he asked, looking behind him in horror.
I pinched my forefinger and thumb together, pressing them against my glasses, leaving smudges. “Just a little bit.” I gave him an impish grin and he slapped a hand to his forehead.
I was trying to wipe my glasses with them still on my face when he said, “Lily your parents are here!”
I gasped and put my hands to my mouth. “OH NO!” He pressed a finger to his lips and I whispered, “They’ve never seen me drunk! OH NO!”
“Lily! Be quiet! Okay, so we’ll get some coffee into you, don’t make that face Lily,” he said in response to my grimace – because ew coffee, “and just try to talk as little as possible! Now, why the hell are you drunk at five-thirty in the afternoon?”
“We did shots!” I said proudly. He slapped his hand to his forehead again and I asked, “Doesn’t that hurt?”
He rolled his eyes and grabbed my arm. “Alright, we’ll sit you down and try to say as little as possible.” I nodded to show my approval and he carefully led me into the room.
“MUM! DAD! HOW GREAT TO SEE YOU! I HAVEN’T SEEN YOU IN YONKS!” I said when I saw them. Glitter let out an exasperated breath and I nodded slowly and gave him a wink.
Mum and Dad both looked at me oddly. “Lily, are you okay?” Mum asked.
“Course I am, Mum! Why would you say that?” I asked, smiling widely. Glitter thrust a mug of coffee in my hands and I took a drink as Dad stood up from the couch.
“Lily, you’re swaying. Are you sure you’re okay?”
I sighed and threw the coffee over my shoulder, ignoring the crash. “You caught me. I’m drunk.”
Dad checked his watch incredulously. “Lily, it’s five thirty-seven. What are you doing drinking at this time?”
“Weeeeeellll,” I started, “we wanted to meet at eleven thirty,”
“Who’s ‘we’?” Mum asked disapprovingly. I looked at Glitter who was cleaning up the coffee and the broken mug, Dad waved his wand and in an instant, the mess was gone and Glitter was happy again.
“Lisa and MJ and Lara and me!” I said brightly, “but then we were all late except MJ and so then we decided to drink and we did shots and now I’m DRUNK!”
I giggled again and Mum and Dad shook their heads. “And you can’t stop me because I’m eighteen!” I said proudly.
Mum laughed. “Oh we know, we’re just concerned for you sweetheart.”
I shook my head. “Well you don’t need to be! I’m a fully repons-respon-re,”
“Responsible?” Dad asked, sharing a glance with Mum.
“That’s the word!” I pointed at him and gave him a thumbs up. “So I’m a fully reponsible adult,” I chose to ignore the looks Mum and Dad gave each other and Glitter’s snort, “and I feel as if I should be honest with you.
“I drink,” I announced proudly.
Dad and Mum laughed and gave me a nod. “Thank you for being honest with us, Lil.”
I smiled but before I could say anything, I bent down and threw up all over the floor.
here's the long awaited chapter four! :D hope you guys enjoyed!
oh and friends is owned by david crane and marta kauffman (best show in all history of shows) and the 'shots' song is by lmfao (great song, great song)
also, this is just the start of the substance use/abuse warning and there's much worse to come so if you feel uncomfortable with reading that then take this extra warning now, instead of being shocked in later chapters. :p
anyways, hope you enjoyed and please leave a review about what you think :)