Chapter 8 : Fearing
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I could not believe I punched somebody in the eye. Why the hell would I do that? I lashed out unexpectedly because my temper got the better of me. I didn’t mean to, I mean I never physically try to hurt somebody. Not ever. I sighed and accidentally knocked over my pot of ink. Now my Ancient Runes homework was destroyed. It didn’t really though, because I was too preoccupied with my thoughts. I was just sitting here, pen raised, thinking. Then I decided. I needed to stop this constant thought of bloody Regulus Black. I had barely done anything with Soph and Jackie all year.
I got up and hurried over to the staircase to the girl’s dorm. “Soph, Jackie?” I called, running up the stairs and into the dormitory. Sophie was sitting on her bed reading, while Jackie was doing homework. They looked up when I ran in. “I’m sorry” I said breathlessly “I’ve been ignoring you all year and you are my best friends. Will you forgive me?”
Jackie grinned, jumped of the bed and hugged me. “Soph?” I asked. She looked at me, then grinned, and came over and hugged me too. “Right” I said “This weekend’s a Hogsmeade weekend. Do you want to have a girl’s day out and go?”
“Hell yeah” Jackie said. Soph nodded. Then we hugged again and squealed. Suddenly I felt the happiest I had felt all year. Who cared about Regulus bloody Black? I had my best friends and that was all I needed.
The next day, we all got up especially early to get ready for the Hogsmeade trip. We then hurried down to breakfast. Only a few people were there and none of them were from Gryffindor. We ate and chatted, and ate some more. Slowly, one at a time, people began to trickle into the Great Hall, filling it up as they did. Along with these people came James, Sirius, Remus, and Peter.
“Hey” I called to them. Sirius spotted us and wandered over, plopping in a seat next to me. The rest followed.
“Soooo” said James “any news about Regulus?”
“No” I said “And I’ve decided to not talk, think, or notice him anymore. It’s a complete waste of my mental energy.
“Sounds good” Sirius said grinning and putting a arm around me. Remus smiled at me and turned to talk to Sophie. Just then, James spotted Lily Evans walking into the Great Hall with a group of friends.
“Hey Evans” he sang out “over here.” Lily heard him and turned. When she saw who it was, she sighed and was about to turn away when she saw me.
“Alex” she called hurrying over. I stood up and gave her a hug. “I haven’t seen you in forever.” She said.
Lily and I knew each other because I had helped her hide from James at times. Of course, I’d never told him that. I scooted over, closer to Sirius, so that Lily could sit down next to me.
“How’s life as a head girl?” I asked her. She grinned and said, “Despite having to share the duties with James, great.”
“I still can’t believe James became a head boy. I mean, it’s just so weird.” I agreed with her.
“Oi, I’m sitting right here you know. And in case you’re wondering I became a head boy because Dumbledore believed I was worthy of it.”
Sirius snorted into his eggs and began coughing rather loudly. James glared at him while Lily and I glanced at each other and grinned.
“Anyway” I said “Who’s going to Hogsmeade today?” Everybody chorused that they were and started chatting again. Soon enough, it was time to go. I linked hands with Sophie and Jackie and we headed off for Hogsmeade.
It was early December, so there was barely any snow which made the trip easier for us. When we arrived we walked down the cobbled street to Honeyduke’s, a favourite of ours since we were all obsessed with chocolate. Once buying our huge amounts of chocolate, we headed down the street to the Three Broomsticks.
As we stepped inside, I grinned at the room. I loved the Three Broomsticks. The atmosphere was always cheerfully and fun. We found a booth and sat down. When the waiter came, we ordered three butterbeers and began chatting about everything going on at the school. Halfway through our drinks, I looked over as the door opened and a hooded figure stepped in. As she pulled down her hood, I let out a gasp of recognition. It was Bellatrix Black who just graduated school last year and was Sirius’s cousin. Bellatrix, Sirius had told us, was a huge supporter of You-Know-Who and was a soon to be death eater.
Sophie and Jackie had looked over at my gasp and were now gaping at the women. What was she doing in Hogsmeade? The question was soon answered as Regulus Black and Rabastan Lestrange appeared next to her. Regulus and Bellatrix murmured to each other in low voices for a moment before walking over to a booth in the corner. I watched them, pretending to sip my butterbeer the whole time. Sophie was looking a little anxious and Jackie had a frown on her face.
“Hey, listen” I said to Soph and Jackie. “There table is right near the bar. I’m going to go up and order us another round of drinks, but try and here what they are saying at the same time.”
“Alex” Soph warned. But I ignored her and picked up our empty mugs and walked over to the bar, passing close by Bellatrix’s table. “Hi” I said to the waiter “I’d like three more butterbeers.” The waiter nodded and disappeared behind the bar. I stood there, trying to hear what was being said. I heard whispers of what was going on, including the words, recruit, soon, worried, impatient and how many. The waiter reappeared with three frothing mugs of butterbeer.
“That’ll be 1 galleon and six knunuts.” He said.
“What?” I asked distractedly “Oh” I quickly gave the waiter the money, but it was too late. Bellatrix had looked up suspiciously and was whispering to Regulus. I pretending to not notice them, picked up the butterbeers, and hurried back to our table.
“Whew” I said, sitting down. “That was close, they nearly discovered that…” I broke off midsentence at Soph’s warning look. Slowly I turned around. Bellatrix was standing there, inches away from me looking furious.
“Hello” she said, in sneering, cold voice. “May I be so impertinent as to ask who nearly discovered what?”
“Excuse me?” I asked, recovering quickly.
“I said, may I ask who nearly discovered what?” She repeated in a deadly voice. I looked back defiantly. “I’m sorry” I said “But aren’t you being a tad rude?”
“Me?” She asked, all traces of a smile gone. “You are the one who was eavesdropping on mine and Regulus’s conversation.” She said. Regulus slowly got up when he heard Bellatrix’s raised voice.
“What proof do you have that I was eavesdropping?” I spat at her “I was merely getting me and my friends some drinks. Is there anything wrong with that?”
Suddenly, Bellatrix’s voice dropped to a whisper as she said in a deadly voice, “I should warn you, Miss Fore, become too involved and an accident, may… just… happen.” She turned away, but not before I drew my wand.
“Are you threatening me?” I asked. She slowly turned around and a terrifying smile creped onto her face.
“Ah, Miss Fore, so you want to duel, is that it? Well, then a duel we shall have.” Slowly, she drew her wand. By now, we had attracted quite a crowd of people, including Regulus and Lestrange.
“Alex, let’s go” Jackie said urgently.
“And turn down this duel? I don’t think so.” I said. I knew I was being foolish, but I didn’t care. I turned back to Bellatrix. “You want a duel? I’ll give you a duel.” I was about to cast a spell, but she got there faster.
“Petrificus Totalus” She cried.
“Protego” I muttered, my shield charm appearing and deflecting her jinx.
She then shot spell after spell at me. I was very good at duelling, but I had trouble stopping her jinxs and I barely was able to shoot a spell of my own. All of a sudden, Bellatrix shouted a spell so fast I couldn’t stop it. The crucio curse travelled from her wand and hit me straight in the chest.
Immediately, the most terrifying, unbearable pain entered my body. I fell to my knees, screaming my lungs out. My vision was going black as the torment continued. I heard the faint sound of shouting and somebody kneeling beside me calling my name before my eyes rolled up in my head and everything turned to nothing.
I'm sorry about the cliff hanger. I'm also sorry it's so short. This is sort of a build up chapter to the next one. So, what did you think of Bellatrix? Was she believable? Let me know in the little box below! Read and Review!
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