Chapter 7 : Introductions...and a new friend?
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heya folks!! this is the seventh chapter, and this is also from Layla's view...warning : this one is HUGE!! hope you like it!! as always, R&R
“There you are!” I heard a relieved voice behind me.
I turned to find Dana rushing at me. “Where the Hell have you been, Lewis?”
“Do you have any idea how worried I’ve been?”
“I ran all over the place trying to find you!”
“Did you know that the castle is huge?”
“So you must have known how hard it was for me to try and find you! Merlin, it was like you disappeared off the face of the planet! I was so worried! I haven’t seen you get angry, and I still don’t understand why you did, but seriously, running off like that is not cool!”
“Actually I stormed off-“
“I DON’T CARE!”
“DON’T YOU EVER PUT ME THROUGH THAT AGAIN, DO YOU HEAR ME?”
“I had to find your brother and drag him out of Transfiguration! Let me tell you, McGonagall was not pleased! The two of us have been all over the damn place trying to find you! Did I mention how huge this place was?”
“Whoa! Dana! Calm down!”
She finally took a deep breath. I get why Logan was freaked out earlier. I mean, I’ve known Dana since the time we were in diapers, and I myself couldn’t handle her when she got all freaky and high-pitched like she was now. My poor brother would have been thrown off, and I couldn’t blame him too. I mean, he wasn’t exactly what you’d call a ladies’ man, except when it came to me, and that is just because I make stuff easier for him by spelling out how I feel. I felt sorry that he had had to deal with Freaky Dana.
“I’m sorry” I said, hoping she was too busy catching her breath to start shouting at me again.
“Yeah, well, sorry doesn’t cut it” she said, still pissed at me.
“I know, I know. I shouldn’t have lost my temper”
“That’s not what I meant” she said.
“Well, what did you mean?”
“Nothing. What are you doing here, wandering about near my Common Room?” she asked, narrowing her eyes suspiciously.
“I was looking for you. Logan found me, and he told me you were looking for me. Plus, I figured you would be worried and I felt really bad about earlier so I thought I should apologize to you”
“That’s fine. But what are you doing here? You could have waited for me in the Entrance Hall, right?” she reasoned.
“Well...” I dragged, not quite meeting her eyes.
“Spill it, Lewis”
“Alright! I also wanted to find Potter and apologize to him! Happy?”
I wanted to smack the grin unfurling across her face right then.
“Well, what are you doing loitering out here then?” she demanded “Come in and apologize all you want!”
“Have you gone mad?” I asked “I can’t come in there! Everyone would be there!”
“Oh come off it! It’s not like you haven’t been in the Gryffindor Common Room before!” she argued.
“That was different! No one knew me back then! It was really late and your Common Room was empty! And it was once, way back in our second year, when I had to help you walk because you twisted your ankle tripping over Mrs. Norris. That classified as an emergency, Robbins. This is not” I countered.
“Honestly, stop making such a big deal out of this”
“There is a reason why people from other Houses aren’t allowed in the Common Rooms, Dana”
“Oh, really? May I know what that reason is?” she asked, raising her eyebrow at me.
“Yeah...well...it’s just...you know...privacy?” I gave a weak answer.
“Uh-huh. Save it Lewis. You’re coming with me”
“No, I’m no- Hey!” I said, as Dana being the lovely, gentle person she is proceeded to drag me into the Gryffindor Common Room, ignoring my protests.
“This counts as harassment you know” I grumbled, as my friend deposited me in front of the portrait of the Fat Lady.
“Password?” she asked.
“Smart. No wonder you people are so brilliant” I commented, smirking at her.
“Are you a Gryffindor dear?” the Fat Lady asked me “I don’t seem to recall seeing you around”
“Yes. She is” Dana cut in rather rudely “Now, do you mind?”
The Fat Lady sulked, but swung open to let us in.
Dana pulled me though the portrait hole, and I followed reluctantly, trying not to be obvious. There was a sudden hush, as every face in the Common Room swivelled to look at us. I tried to ignore the fact that they were staring at me, and looked around the Common Room, not meeting anybody’s eyes. I noticed how the walls had scarlet wallpaper, the huge Gryffindor banner over the mantelpiece, chairs were all mismatched and haphazardly thrown, the fireplace had a roaring fire going, there were sweet wrappers and spare parchment and quills strewn about the place, someone had left a card-castle of Exploding Snap which was smouldering, there was a group of First years sitting around chatting, and a huge group of people around the fireplace. There was a nice homey feel to the place. Of course, at the moment it was not homey because it was still quiet and I could feel every eye on me.
“What are you staring at?” Dana snapped at a First year, who looked scared out of his wits. The whole group of First years fled, mumbling something about Potions homework and the Library. It was just me, Dana and the other group in the Common Room.
“And what are you doing standing there? We already have a guardian for the portrait hole” she said to me. I glared at her, but I couldn’t move an inch away from the doorway.
I felt self-conscious. They were still staring at me.
I mean, it was not like I was worried about going into another Common Room and facing a whole lot of strangers who may or may not hex me.
And it was not like they lost to my team in a recent Quidditch match.
I’m a dead woman.
Someone, anyone, please talk.
The silence could not be more awkward.
This is killing me.
The only person unaffected was Dana. She kept grinning like she’d had a Cheering Charm put on her.
Well, excuse me if I don’t find this funny.
I mean, I could see the headlines of the Daily Prophet tomorrow, you know.
“TEENAGE GIRL EMBARRASSED TO DEATH BY BEST FRIEND”
What a fun way to go!
Someone cleared their throat “Er...Dana, aren’t you gonna introduce us?”
“Oh yeah! Sorry” she said “You lot, this is my best friend Layla. Layla, this is the lot”
I gave a feeble smile and some people smiled back.
Maybe I’m not gonna die tonight.
“So, this is James Potter, Ian Cooper, Lily Potter, Hugo Weasley, Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy”
“Hey” a few people mumbled and Hugo waved at me. I liked this kid.
“Hey, why don’t you come and have a seat Layla?” said Ian, taking my hand and leading me to the couch.
“Thanks” I mumbled, sitting down. The others sat around, with Dana by my feet (I can kick her when I want to) James and Ian on either side of me, Rose and Scorpius shared a couch across from me, Lily between Rose and James, and Hugo between Scorpius and Ian.
“I don’t like you Cooper” James grumbled.
“I literally duel you for the seat by the fire, and you give it to her?” he said, pointing at me “I mean, no offense to you, but I have been fighting with him for that seat since forever! It is the best seat you know, with the springs and soft cushions that make it so nice and so cosy and so warm with the fire nearby...” he trailed, a bit glassy eyed.
Whoa. The kid is in love with the chair.
“Yes, James and the chair are gonna announce their engagement any day now” smirked Rose.
“Well, you will get that seat when you look like this” Ian said, pointing at me (I may have blushed at that...what? I don’t tend to get a lot of compliments, especially from guys who looked like Ian) “and when you stand up to Al” he finished.
“Shameless flirt” James mumbled and Lily whacked him upside his head.
“Stop it you two! You’re being rude” Lily said “So, Layla” I turned to face her “How’s it going?” she asked.
“Oh, it’s alright” I shrugged.
“Really, are you sure?” James asked me, grinning like a Cheshire cat.
“Were you hoping to run into someone?” he asked me and a few other people started to grin at this point.
Were all Potter boys this irritating?
“Well” said Ian, coming to my rescue “She probably wanted to confess her undying love for me”
I take back what I said about him rescuing me.
“You wish Cooper” Dana scoffed, though I thought I heard a tinge of annoyance in her tone. Now this was a surprise.
“Are you sure it was him and not me?” James asked “I am a Potter after all”
“That’s supposed to impress me?” I asked him, raising my eyebrow.
“Duh” James said.
I rolled my eyes at him.
“Stop hitting on her you guys!” Hugo spoke up. See what I mean? Weasleys over Potters, any day.
“Merlin’s Beard! Is this supposed to be flirting?” I asked.
All of them laughed at the expression on James’ face, and Rose winked at me.
“Are you sure it’s okay for you to be here?” Scorpius spoke up, looking at me.
“I mean, well you are in Hufflepuff” he shrugged.
“Says the Slytherin in the Gryffindor Common Room” I retorted
“Touche” he said, smiling at me. I grinned at him.
“Did I just hear someone diss Malfoy?” I heard a voice, and turned to see another of the Weasley boys grinning at us. “Wow! Who was that?”
I raised my hand, “Guilty”
He grinned at me, “You got spunk, girl. Not everyone can insult a Malfoy and get away with it, especially if he happens to be Rose’s boyfriend”
“True, that” Hugo agreed, grinning at me as well.
“I think you’ve just earned out respects a bit” piped up Lily.
“Hey, I’m not that bad!” Rose denied, and got several snorts in return.
“Love, you Bat Bogeyed a girl just because she happened to mention she didn’t like my tie” said Scorpius “Nobody could recognize her once you were done with her and she had to stay in the hospital wing for a week”
“In my defence, it was a really nice tie. It bought out the colour of your eyes” Rose sniffed as the others laughed.
“Wait...is that the reason Sally Parkinson was in the hospital wing?” I asked her “You hexed her?”
Sally Parkinson was a Slytherin girl in our year. She was highly irritating and she acted like she owned Hogwarts. She always kept commenting about other people and showing off how much she thought she was better than us. She was a complete cow, and her IQ was also around the same level.
“Wow” I remarked “That is some truly impressive spell-work Ms. Weasley. Respect” I saluted her.
“Thank you!” Rose bowed and grinned. I grinned at her.
I may like these people, they are so easy going that I think I may survive the night and live to tell the tale.
“Hey wait a minute...” the new Weasley said, “Have we met before?” he asked me.
“I don’t think so” I said, trying to place him. He seemed familiar, but I swear the whole school’s filled with Potters and Weasleys that it’s difficult to remember all of them, let alone tell them apart.
Dana gave the new Weasley a sharp jab and he exclaimed “Ouch! What was that for, Robbins?”
“Where are your manners?” she scolded him.
“What? I didn’t-“ he started, and his eyes fell on me.
“I don’t believe we have met” he said, his voice smoothing over (Dana rolled her eyes) “Fred Weasley” and held out his hand and I shook it “Layla Lewis”
“Lewis...you don’t happen to be related to Logan Lewis from Ravenclaw do you?” he asked me
“I’m his sister”
“Holy mother of Merlin!” he exclaimed
“What?” Scorpius asked him.
“I can’t believe it’s you!” Fred said
“There is no way she can be Logan’s sister mate! There must be some mistake!” James exclaimed.
“Do you mind telling us why this is such a huge deal?” Rose asked.
“Logan is our partner-in-crime” James answered
“Really?” I asked him “He’s never mentioned that before”
“Well, I suppose you are just too insignificant to know about us” Ian said, looking pleased with himself.
“Wait...are you the guys involved in the Great Fork incident?” I asked.
“The one and the same” James said, a proud look on his face
“Oh my God!” I laughed “I can’t believe you guys are so lame”
They looked affronted at that, but hey, it’s not my fault. They were lame. As to the Great Fork incident, all I can say is that it involved a fork, the Great Hall, a few Cornish pixies, some of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes pyrotechnical products and the post owls.
“Hey!” Dana piped up suddenly, “Where is Al?”
Yes, where IS Al?
“I don’t know” said Lily, looking troubled “We haven’t seen him since...afternoon. He said he wanted to be left alone”
I shifted uncomfortably.
“I’m sorry” I mumbled, looking at my knees.
“Hey” Hugo said softly, “Don’t worry about it. Al will be fine”
“Too right he will” Rose snorted “If you ask me, he could get used to being snubbed”
“You know” Scorpius said thoughtfully “You’re alright Lewis”
“Thanks” I smiled
“Maybe you and I should team up. Everyone knows I’m the best prankster in Hogwarts. I’ve got the spirit of Fred Weasley Sr in me” Fred said.
“Oh I don’t know Weasley. I’m not sure if you’re good enough to be on my team” I retorted, smirking at him.
“Yeah, Weasley, you aren’t good enough! And fyi, the best prankster in school is yours truly”
“You wish Cooper” Fred retorted
“Hey, remember the Great Fork incident” James piped up and they started arguing amongst themselves, with Dana giving pointers, Lily and Hugo were laughing at them and Rose and Scorpius ignored the others and went back to...well, flaunting their relationship.
Believe me, that’s the politest way I can put it.
This lot was loud, boisterous and over-friendly.
I loved them.
I was heading downstairs to dinner, having spent nearly an hour with the Gryffindors (I’ve decided to call them that from now on) when I spotted a lone figure at the lake. Could it be...?
I made my way to the lake, and I spotted the person. It was hard to miss that trademark Potter hair.
He was throwing pebbles across the lake, and a few of them made two or three bounds across. He kept his back turned, and I watched him for a few minutes, noticing the way his muscles contracted as he threw the pebbles and his untucked shirt and the way he kept running his hand through his thick black hair in frustration...
I cleared my throat.
He turned to look at me. It should be illegal for someone to look this good. The first two buttons of his shirt was open and his tie hung undone around his neck and his hair was dishevelled because of the number of times he had run his fingers through it and his eyes were tired and a bit bloodshot.
He opened his mouth to say something, but I cut him off saying, “Can I say something?”
He closed his mouth and nodded; his eyes wary.
I opened my mouth, but no sound came out of it. He was looking at me, waiting. I cleared my throat and tried again.
This should not be so hard. It was just an apology, but I couldn’t seem to get it from my chest. He kept looking at me expectantly, his green eyes seeming to glow at me.
I took a deep breath and said, “I’m sorry. I’m really sorry about what happened this afternoon. I shouldn’t have lost my temper with you and I shouldn’t have said those things, I was incredibly rude to you and I hope you’ll forgive me for that. I don’t want to fight with you and I hope there are no hard feelings. I’m sorry if I’ve hurt you”
He seemed incapable of speech. He just kept staring at me, and I cleared my throat awkwardly “Well...that’s it. I’ll be going now”
He looked at me dazedly and I turned and walked back to the castle, feeling his eyes on my back the whole time.
This was the second time in a day that I’d rendered Albus Potter speechless.
I couldn’t help but grin broadly (and flush a bit too) as that thought crossed my mind.
first, thanks for reading the looong chapter. kudos.
second, what did you think of the Gryffindors (and Scorpius)??
third, are Layla and Al gonna become friends, or are they gonna stay the same way??
fourth, (i know the list is long) the next chapters will be from Al's point of view
fifth, (this is the last, i promise) a tiny spoiler?? Chritsmas is in the air, folks!! will it be at Hogwarts or...???
keep reading to know!! ;) ;)
and pls do review...your reviews help me write better..thanks!!
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