Chapter 2 : Pouring rain
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When I get home Friday afternoon I am exhausted. Last week was very rough. I had lectures till five on Monday and Tuesday, then a big test and practical training in the hospital most of yesterday and today. It’s a big relieve that it’s weekend. Two days of - working my ass of in The Beanstalk. Good god how will I survive?
Frustrated I kick of my shoes and flop down on the couch. I can’t imagine how I’m going to survive this, if I have any more tests to learn and reports to write I won’t have time to work anymore, which means I won’t have money to buy me food. How do other student do this?
There is one thing that will make it better though... Lily. I start grinning at the mere thought of her. I’ve been wanting to see her again since the moment she closed her door behind me. I’ve purposefully taken the bus that drives though her street, to get a glance of her. So far I’ve had no luck. Oh, how I would love to see her pretty face, that cute smile. Well, at least I’ll see her tomorrow.
Suddenly my stomach give a very loud rumble. Yeah yeah, I’ll make dinner, don’t worry about it, It’s not like I would starve myself. That would be stupid. Roaming my kitchen for something to eat I find half a bread, some juice in a carton (that I’m pretty sure I drank from) and half a jug of bad smelling milk in the fridge. So much for not starving myself. My two cupboards are empty, save from a container with baked beans. This leaves me with two options, either do some shopping (I hate shopping) or get some take out food. The last options seems way more appealing.
So ten minutes later I find myself in this little Italian restaurant, ordering a large pizza with cheese and unions. I’m sitting at the little bar, waiting for my order.
“Wouldn’t you rather be eating lasagne?” A voice behind me asks.
“Well, that depends on who...” I turn to look at the person and stop. Shocked. “Hey Lily” is all I can manage now. It comes out in a very high, unmanly voice. I clear my throat. “That must be the lamest pick-up line I’ve ever heard.” I tell her. She giggles and shrugs.
“Yeah, but you squeaked like a girl, so we’re even.” Lily answer, grinning broadly.
“If you say so.” I wonder what she’s doing here. This place is not even remotely close to hers. Surely there are Italian restaurants where she lives. I’m about to ask her when her order is placed on the counter.
“Thank you. How much?” She says politely, taking out her wallet. I see her looking for the right amount of pounds, pushing aside some golden looking coins. Strange, I’ve never seen that kind of money before. I watch Lily’s face while she’s pushing around the contents of her walled.
“Damn,” she mutters “I’m all out of pounds.” She looks up at me pleading. “Can you lend me some, I’ll give it back tomorrow.” She begging smile she gives me almost melts my heart. Who can say no to such a smile?
“Yeah, sure,” I take out my wallet just when my order is place on the counter as well. “I’m paying all of this.” I tell the take out guy. It’s more then I expected.
“If you want you can eat it at my place, that’s much closer then yours.” I offer, while we take our bags of food.
“I’d love to but I can’t, I’m meeting with Hugo today. See you tomorrow.” She waves and walks away. I walk in the opposite direction, when I turn to look at her one last time she’s gone. Just like that. How strange.
I wonder who this Hugo is... He could be the friend or her boyfriend. Maybe I should ask her about it. I really hope he’s not her boyfriend.
Lily kept her promise and paid me back before our shift started. Followed by a long and heartfelt description of her dinner with Hugo. She seems to get along with the boy quite well. It’s sounds like they had a lot of fun together. I wish I could to meet him, see what he’s like for myself. I bet he’s a git.
To my great astonishment I get my wish. Around three o’clock the door opens to let in a boy with hair as red as Lily’s. He’s got his head down and make the immediate impression of a shy person. When he sees Lily he raises his hand, a shy smile now playing around his lips. Lily practically runs toward him and envelops him in a bear hug. He pets her back awkwardly.
“Great to see you Hugo!” She exclaims when she lets him go. Another shy smile forms on his lips and he answers in a soft voice.
“Yeah, it’s been sooo long!” do I detect sarcasm there. Well of course, they saw each other yesterday, maybe even this morning. I don’t want to know what they did last night.
They are a strange combination, however. I have come to know that Lily is very much outgoing. It seems weird she would want a guy that shy. And they look so much alike, they could have been siblings. With the same red hair and slender build. Even their eyes are shaped the same.
“So you made it home safely last night?” Lily asks, so he did not stay over, I have to say that’s a relief.
“Yeah, t’was alright. Mum sends her thank, for letting me use your fi...” He looks at me and goes bright muttering “Never mind”.
“What are you doing here, apart from visiting me?” Lily asks, obviously trying to cover up what Hugo had almost slipped out. I decide this is my cue to leave.
“So, are you and Hugo dating?” I ask bravely when Hugo has found a table in the corner of the lunch room. Better to know it now and get it over with, I guess.
“Hugo? Ew no!” She say, her nose wrinkled. That’s a strange turn in events. And a rather harsh thing to say. She looked really happy to see him. If she’d run at me like that I would have thought she was into me. I hope he knows how she feels about him.
“Well, why not? He seems nice enough.” Yeah, he wishes.
“Yeah, I forgot you don’t know this. Hugo’s my cousin.” That explains a lot! “And I would not do that to Rena, either. His girlfriend of two years.” She explains when I raise my eyebrows. It really is a relief.
“She must be a lucky girl then, he seems really nice.” This time I mean it. Lily nods and smiles.
“They are great together.”
Hugo is sitting quietly in a corner with a big mug of hot chocolate in frond of him. I am about to offer him the lunch menu when a girl walks in. Her coat reaches her knees and her big dark red scarf is wrapped around her neck several times. Her hand are hidden deep in her pockets and she’s looking around anxiously. Then her face turns to the corner Hugo is sitting in and the anxiety falls away, she quickly makes her way over.
So this must be Rena, I suspect. Hugo is helping her out of her coat, stealing a kiss so secretly I almost missed it. Picking up another menu, I make my way over, too.
“Good afternoon and welcome to The Beanstalk. Here are your menu’s. What would you like to drink?” Handing them both a menu I look at Rena. She looks at Hugo’s mug and smiles.
“The same as him, please.” She does not look at me, her eyes are cast at her hands. Her voice, like Hugo’s, is soft. Remind my to ask Lily how on earth they ever got together. It seems unlikely either of them made the first move. I smile to myself when they pick out their lunch. Such an interesting family Lily has.
When we leave The Beanstalk that evening it raining like hell. I really wish I’d brought an umbrella. To my huge surprise Lily put a hand in her handbag and pulls out a big enough umbrella to fit the both of us. I knew lady bags can hold a lot, but I didn’t think an umbrella this big would fit inside.
“How did you...?” I start. Lily smiles mischievous.
“It’s a very large bag. Now get under here, you’ll get soaked.” She’s giggling a little when she sees my bewildered expression. Her face is alight with mirth. It looks very, very pretty in the dim lights from the streetlamps. So pretty it drives away the confusing thoughts of umbrella’s and handbags. What does it matter, anyway.
Lily has started a tale about something she had seen the other day, animatedly describing the scene. I’m not really paying attention to what she says. I’m to distracted by how her lips move, how her nose wrinkles and how she rolls her eyes from time to time.
“So what did you plan on eating tonight? Pizza again?” she suddenly asks. It probably would not have been so sudden if I had paid any attention before to what she was saying. I shrug. I’m not sure what I’m eating. I haven’t had time to go to the supermarket.
“Don’t tell me you have no food at home?” She says sternly. “Oh, my brother is just like you. I have to help him with shopping half the time, he says he does not know how it works. Honestly!” She rolls her eyes again. “I guess I have to find him a girlfriend. I never have this problem with Al.” She’s shaking her head a little. “Well, I’m taking you to the grocery store, would you like me to cook for you as well?”
I chuckle. “Yes, please!” Is all I can manage. She would not have taken any other answer, I suspect.
“Come on then.” She takes my hand and pulls me into a supermarket.
She’s pushing a trolley around, stuffing it with all kinds of vegetables. I would not know what to do with most of them. I can make eggs and boil water, but that’s as far as it goes. When I confess this to Lily she rolls her eyes again.
“Tell you what,” She says seriously. “I’ll teach you some very easy, very nice recipes with these.” She points at the vegetables. “Then you can eat something healthy when I’m not around to cook for you.” Again that mischievous smile. It lights up her face like the sun, her eyes sparkle when she looks like that. It’s amazing. She’s amazing.
“Okay.” I grin. You can’t say no to her.
“Thank your, for everything!” I say when she leaves that evening. She smiles, rolling her eyes.
“No problem. What are friends for?” Yeah, friends. I should have known. But at least it’s something.
She walks out the door. I watch her walk down the hallway and then suddenly she’s gone. This is getting weird!
But there are more pressing matters at hand. I close my eyes and lean against the door. Inside my closed eyes I see her face, she’s smiling at me with the mischievous smile of hers. A sudden urge to kiss her rises from stomach. It’s undeniable. I have fallen in love- with Lily Potter.
This is crazy!
A/N: I do not own Lily or Hugo or anything else you recognise.
Yeah, Neil is a muggle, if you were still wondering. Hope you enjoyed!
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