Chapter 22 : Chapter Twenty-Two
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It was April second, and I was standing in my aunt’s shop in muggle London. Only five days until the wedding. I couldn’t believe it. In five days I was going to be Mrs. Aspen Potter. I glanced down at my emerald ring. I still thought it was it too much.
“Ow!” I exclaimed.
“Oh, I’m sorry Aspen. Don’t worry dear, I’m almost finished.”
“It’s fine Auntie Susie.” I smiled as she hemmed my dress.
Fifteen minutes later, I was standing in front of the mirror as my mum put a vail in my hair. I saw my Auntie Susie, my mum, Dom, Ally, Rose and Lily all smiling at me in the background.
It was all becoming real. It hadn’t really hit me until I was staring at my reflection in a wedding dress. It was really beautiful, my aunt had done an amazing job. The dress had two straps, although they weren’t really straps. They were triangle shaped and they were simple, just a piece of fabric really, and went over my shoulders, cap style.
The neckline was sweetheart style, and the dress was cinderella style. It was tight up until my waste, were it flowed down to the ground. Right below the bust was some simple lace work. My dress was so simple, and yet so elegant. Just what I wanted.
“What do you think honey?” Auntie Susie asked, putting her hands on my shoulder and smiling at me through the mirror.
I wiped a tear out of my eye. “It’s perfect, Auntie Susie. Thank you so much.”
“Anything for my favorite niece.” She grinned.
“Your only niece.” I reminded her and she laughed. I turned to face everyone else, “What do you guys think?”
My mum was crying, “Oh my baby, I can’t believe your getting married already.”
“Mum, don’t cry.” I gave her a soft smile.
“You just look so beautiful.” She began blubbering and Auntie Susie gave her a box of tissues.
“You’re mum is right Aspen, you look amazing.” Dom said, “You are going to look stunning on Friday.” Ally nodded.
“I still can’t believe you’re marrying my brother.” Lily smiled, still in her light pink bridesmaid dress.
“Oh, damn it!” Ally cried.
“Alice!” Mum exclaimed.
“Sorry Mrs. Powells. It’s just we need to get back to the castle pronto. Professor McGongall said if we were going to do this, we need to get back by five o’clock and it’s nearly ten till.”
“Well okay than, Aspen and Lily go get changed, and then you girls can go.”
A little while later, after flooing to the Gryffindor common room, we were back at the castle. “How did the dress fitting go girls?” James asked, as I sat down in his lap.
“Great.” I said, “Dom, Ally, Lily and Rose all got their dresses fitted, as well as mine. Roxy and Megan’s dressed were shipped to them. Plus I got to talk to my mum about everything. She is triple checking everything this week, but the photographer is all set, the florist is bringing the light blue hydrangeas and pink lilies, the caterer is good, Luna is officiating the ceremony, my dad has taken dancing lessons so he won’t step on my feet during our dance, plane tickets are set for us for the honeymoon, directions to the church have been sent out, the band is set, we have makeup and hair people for all us girls and my little cousin Hollie is the flower girl and her brother Michael is the ring barrier.”
“James, you are marrying a psycho bride.” Freddie said. So I threw a pillow at him. I am not crazy!
“I’m not crazy Freddie, I’m getting married in five days. I have a right to be stressed.”
James kissed me softly, “Don’t worry love, everything is going to be great, and if it isn’t I will beat someone up.”
I smiled, “You really need to learn to control your anger.” I murmured before kissing him back.
“Ew! Save it for Friday, will you!” Freddie cried.
“Jealous much Freddie?” I grinned.
“Excuse me,” He put his arm around Ally, “I have a girlfriend thank you very much.”
Dom came back from changing into her pajamas upstairs, “Hey guys. Aspen, my sister keeps bugging me to get you into the hospital wing.”
“I already told Vic that I’m fine, my cancer is gone, and as much as I love Vic, I want to stay as far away from healers as I can.”
“Fine, I’ll tell her.”
I grinned, “Thanks Dommy.”
“Oi! James! When is the next quidditch practice?” Athena shouted from across the room. Even though I didn’t have cancer anymore, I couldn’t play quidditch for Gryffindor. For two reasons, first I couldn’t just take my spot back, Athena had earned it while I was gone. Second of all, I wasn’t cleared for sports yet. Sure, it had been a month since my cancer had left, but people don’t get better that fast.
“Tomorrow night, five o’clock.” James yelled back, Athena nodded and went back to talking two her friends.
Although Athena was nice enough, she didn’t really fit in with Dom, Ally and I. She had friends though, just outside Gryffindor house. She mostly talked to Ashley Bennett from Ravenclaw and Lucy Cusack from Hufflepuff.
“It’s almost time for dinner, you guys want to head down?” Ally asked. I nodded and James helped me up.
A little while later, we were all sitting down to a dinner of chicken. I was in the middle of discussing the match between Puddlemere United and the Chudley Cannons with James, we had listened to it last night on the radio, when I heard a voice shout, “Oi! Powells!” I turned around to see Michelle Parkinson and her cronies, Jackie Holden and Hope Ravies.
I hadn’t really had an encounter with them since the first night of school when Michelle thought my hair would look better with some milkshake colored highlights. Sure, they made snarky remarks in classes and threw an insult here and there, but nothing like this.
“What do you want Parkinson?”
She grinned, “I hear you and Potter are getting hitched.” Michelle smiled and threw James a flirty wink, “Hi James.”
“Michelle, can’t you leave us alone and go torture some first years?”
“Sorry, Powells, no can do.”
“And why is that?
Parkinson grinned again, “I’ve left you alone for most of the year. I let you date James, I let you go through cancer treatment, I didn’t do anything. But now, I’m gonna fight for what I want.”
“What do you want?”
She rolled her eyes, “You heard me Powells. I want James.”
“What is this, a bad romance novel? James is a person, not an item for trade.”
Michelle turned to James, “You said you would do anything if I got you what you needed.”
“What is going on here?” I questioned.
“Michelle, I’m getting married in a few days, you can’t just take me away.”
“You told me to name my price, and I finally have. Don’t forget what I can do.”
James sighed, “Michelle, I’ll talk you tomorrow about this. Aspen, why don’t you come with me.” He offered me his hand and I took it as he led me away from Michelle and everyone else.
Fifteen minutes later I was sitting on James’s bed in his dorm. “What was Parkinson talking about?” I asked, staring down at my feet, “Why do you owe her?”
It was silent for a few minutes before he said, “It’s complicated.”
“Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I won’t be able to know unless you tell me. James, what the bloody hell is going on here?”
“Did you never wonder, what the potion was? The one that saved your life? Why didn’t you ask me where it came from?”
“I figured you didn’t want to talk about it.”
James ran his hands through his hair, “Do you want to know?”
“Are you sure, are you ready to talk about it?” I asked.
He shrugged, “You deserve to know.”
“Okay. Than tell me, tell me everything.”
James sat down next to me. “You were dying, Aspen. Victorie said that you had a one in two thousand chance. I couldn’t just sit back and let the love of my life, and my best friend die. So I asked Victorie if she knew of anything, anything that could save your life.
“It took some persuading, but she finally told me about these extremely rare potions. Seventy years ago, three students were messing around in an abandoned potions classroom. They mixed some random ingredients together, and what is known as the five miracle potions was born.”
“I’ve never heard of those.”
“Oh, not many people have. Barley any healers know of them. Anyways, there were five potions. One was the Sanare potion, it could heal any injury in the world. Then there is the Sapor potion, it brought people back from death, not like my dad’s story about that stone, it made them live again. Finally, the third was the Nasus potion.”
“What did it do?”
“The Nasus potion, you drank it, and it makes any illnesses go away. From colds to cancer. So I slipped into into your drink when I took you up to the roof.”
I bit my lip, “How did you get your hands on something like that?”
“That’s the thing, only the people that came up with the potions can brew them. Michelle saw me looking up some things about the potions, and she told me that her grandfather was the one that could brew the Nasus potion.
“So, she got it for me. On one condition, I did whatever she wanted. Seems like she figured out what she wanted.”
“What about her saying, ‘Don’t forget what I can do’?”
“She says she can reverse the potion. I don’t know much about the miracle potions.”
I stood up, “She’s lying. You can’t reverse something that saves a life. I read it in Hemmer’s rules of magic book, back in fifth year.”
“Are you sure?”
“Absolutely. Back you bags James Potter, because we have a wedding to get to in two days.”
James picked me up and swung me around and kissed me, “I love you Aspen.”
Author’s Note: Hey everyone, I really hope you liked the chapter. It’s about one am in the morning, and I have school tomorrow so I don’t really have time for a long author’s note. Sorry, I know it’s the second time in a row, so I’m sorry. I really hope you are liking the story so far. Right now, I’m thinking it’s going to go about twenty seven chapters, and there will be a sequel. Thanks everyone! See you next time!
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