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Chapter 12 : When itís Summer Break at the Pottersí
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Lily usually loved summer break at her house. There were always cousins and friends around to keep her company. But when one of those cousins and one of those friends were always around to rub their perfect relationship in her face, it got a little annoying.
June, Kendra, and the triplets were regulars at the Potters, as were Hugo and Rose. That meant that often times when she was hanging out with her friends, Hugo was there to be with Kendra, and when she was hanging out with her two closest cousins, Kendra was there to be with Hugo. It wouldn’t be so bad if the two weren’t so… giggly.
They were always holding hands, and it wasn’t like they were physical or anything, but they were always so in-your-face about their relationship. One day, Lily found herself expressing these feelings to June as the two sat outside under the shade of a huge willow tree.
“They’re just so touchy!” she complained for the millionth time. June was getting very annoyed listening to her best friend whine about the same thing all summer.
“So I’ve heard,” said June sarcastically while idly flipping through an old issue of Witch Weekly.
“Excuse me? What’s up your bum?” asked Lily. Her temper had been worse than usual recently. June looked up from her magazine, saw the fire in her friend’s eyes, and sighed.
“Lily, do you really still think this is about Tom and Kendra? Clearly there’s something else that’s triggering this that you’re not telling me. You’ve been acting strange ever since the end of last year,” she said.
Lily hesitated. The only person she told about her encounter with Scorpius was Rose, who had thankfully kept her mouth shut. She had wanted to tell her best friend, but she wasn’t sure how she’d react.
“I’ve just got a lot on my mind,” she mumbled sullenly. This piqued June’s interest.
“What sort of stuff could you be thinking about during summer holidays? It’s obviously not schoolwork,” said June, and Lily shook her head, “it’s nothing to do with me,” Lily shook her head again, “and it can’t entirely be about Tom and Kendra,” Lily hesitated before shaking her head again.
“What’s left?” pondered June, then it hit her. “It’s something to do with a boy!”
Lily’s blush and refusal to respond was confirmation enough.
“Hold on, hold on, let me guess. Is he in Slytherin?” she asked. Lily nodded wordlessly.
“Is he in our year?” she asked again. Lily shook her head. She couldn’t lie to her best friend.
“Is it Scorpius?” asked June. Lily looked at her with pleading eyes and nodded. June laughed triumphantly.
“I knew it! I knew you couldn’t just drop him after the victory party! I was so convinced that you two were going to be together after that night, but then he started dating Natalie, and—” June paused suddenly and looked at her friend with wide eyes. Lily refused to meet them.
“Is that why he broke up with her?” she asked quietly. Lily just shrugged, still refusing to look at her.
“How should I know?” said Lily, barely above a whisper.
“There’s something you’re not telling me,” June pointed out. She could always tell when Lily wasn’t being completely honest with her.
Lily finally looked up and met June’s eyes, and her own started to fill with tears. June quickly pulled her into a hug.
“What is it, Lily? What happened?”
Lily explained everything that had happened that night after she left the library, how Scorpius had cornered her and gave her the best kiss of her life, how she could not believe he used Natalie like he did, and how she was going to tell Nat but she was afraid it would only make things worse.
June was quiet for a minute or two after she finished. After considering Lily’s words, June shared her thoughts on the situation.
“I hate to point this out, but remember how you sort of used Tom to get to Scorpius?” she asked. She immediately regretted this because Lily flared up at once.
“I was not using Tom like that! I wanted to be with Tom, I just wasn’t feeling anything! Why doesn’t anybody understand? I thought you of all people would. I thought you knew me the best,” shouted Lily. She then got to her feet and started walking towards the house. June scrambled up and caught up with her.
“Lily! You know I get you! I just think you should maybe cut Scorpius a little slack! It’s obvious you still like him!” explained June exasperatedly.
“I do not like him. It was just one kiss! And besides, if he did that to Natalie, there’s no telling what he’ll do to me. I swore off boys for a reason: all they can do is bring too much drama and heartbreak.”
“You do realize that he was only dating Nat to get you, right? And to be honest, I think he made a smart move. I feel bad for her, I do, but it meant he got to spend some more time with you as a friend so you could see that he really changed as a person,” said June. Lily considered this for a moment.
“-But why did he kiss me while he was still with Natalie? And there were other ways he could have gotten to know me,” said Lily.
“I don’t know how boys’ minds work. But didn’t you get at least a little jealous when you saw them together?” asked June knowingly. She figured Scorpius knew the best way to really get a firecracker like Lily to like him, and to realize she liked him, was if he made her jealous.
“Oh, so he was trying to make me jealous, was he?” said Lily maliciously. June knew the look on her face: it was the look she made when she was scheming.
“Lily, don’t…” started June.
“Well, two can play at that game!” said Lily. And with that, she turned and jogged into the house, leaving her best friend to speculate as to what she had in mind.
When Lily walked through the back door into the kitchen, she found her father sitting at the table reading the paper. He looked up when he heard her enter, and a big smile spread across his face. Harry was so happy when his children were home over the holidays.
“Hi there, Lily. How’s my favourite daughter?” he asked her with a wink. Lily rolled her eyes.
“Dad, I’m your only daughter…” she said, and then broke out in a grin as well. June walked in and Lily was reminded of why she had come in the house: to go scheme on how to get back at Scorpius. She turned and sprinted up the stairs and up to her room.
June turned to Harry and gave him a sheepish look. It was always so hard for her and the rest of Lily, Albus and James’ friends to cope with what a down-to-Earth guy he was. Mr. Potter was pretty much the coolest guy they knew, and not just because he was famous.
“It’s nice to see you again, June,” he said, “I hope you are keeping that daughter of mine out of trouble?”
“I’m trying, but it’s a full time job,” she laughed. “Speaking of, I better go check and see what she’s up to. See you later, Mr. Potter!”
June then raced up the steps behind her friend. She approached the threshold of Lily’s room with caution; you never knew what she’d be up to or if it was safe to enter. But this time, she found Lily sitting at her desk, writing away.
Upon closer examination, Lily seemed to be drawing a sort of diagram, one that had circles with people’s names in them. Before June could get a close look at it, Lily covered it up with her arms and glared at her.
“You can’t see. This is between me and Scorpius,” said Lily matter-of-factly.
“And me. I’m your best mate, and I’ve been cheering for this relationship from the get-go, remember?” said June with a tiny bit of hurt in her voice. Lily considered her for a minute, then uncovered the diagram.
“What I’m doing is mapping out all of the people involved here. It includes me and Scorpius of course, but also all of the people we’ve dated and all of the people who have been caught in the crossfire. See here, there’s Tom, there’s Natalie, there’s Alyssa Smith…”
“What’s that list on the side there?” asked June.
“Ah, that’s the list of girls who I think he’s snogged, or so I’ve heard,” explained Lily.
June was impressed by her friend’s organization, but she was weary of where this plan was going. “Lils, what exactly is your plan here?”
“I don’t want to involve anyone who’s already involved, you see,” she explained. This did not clarify things for June. Lily continued, “I’m going to try to make him jealous just like he did me! Give him a dose of his own medicine!”
June’s eyes widened. “Lily! Remember how that ended with you and Tom?”
“No, that’s what the diagram is for! I don’t want to hurt anyone else who’s already been hurt, or anyone who’s already involved. I’ll probably pick some no one from Hufflepuff or something,” she said pensively. June looked at her skeptically, sure that this plan could only end in heartbreak.
“Oh! I’ve got it! I need to date someone who will affect him the most!” exclaimed Lily. She then turned back to her diagram and continued scribbling away.
June knew a hopeless case when she saw one, so she headed downstairs to see what Albus was up to. It had been a long time since she first admitted she liked him, but she had been so wrapped up in her friends’ love lives that she sort of put hers on the backburner. This summer, however, she was spending almost as much time hanging out with Al as she was Lily.
When she walked out onto the Potters’ makeshift Quidditch pitch (where she could usually find him), he wasn’t there. She sighed and was about to walk back inside to look for him when she spotted the open broom shed.
Figuring no one would mind, she picked the broom she always used when she was there and rose up into the air, the pleasant summer breeze gently rushing past her ears. She loved the feeling that flying brought her. She was drifting around aimlessly when suddenly a voice broke the silence.
“Hey! What do you think you’re doing up there?” teased the voice. June looked down and was about to apologize when she saw it was Albus. He had a wicked grin on his face and she flew down to him and swatted him playfully over the head. Then she raced away so he couldn’t retaliate.
Albus grabbed his broom and a quaffle from the shed and joined her in the air. They tossed it around for a bit, chatting about their summers.
“So, what’s Lily up to? Right before I came down here I stopped by her room to see if you two wanted to come fly with me and she told me to go away. It looked like she was doing homework or something,” he said doubtfully.
“Not exactly. She’s brewing herself a whole mess of boy drama,” said June.
“I don’t get girls. Why do they always want so much drama? It should be simple: if a girl likes a guy, why don’t they just tell him?” he asked. June blushed; she liked him, but she was afraid to say anything.
“Sometimes, she’s just waiting to see if he likes her back. It can be really scary to put yourself out there,” she said.
Albus looked at her pensively. “Sometimes it can be scary for the guy, too,” he said quietly. He dropped the quaffle to the ground and started flying towards her slowly. Butterflies erupted in her stomach, but she held his gaze.
“Isn’t it supposed to be the guy’s job to summon the courage?” she said. He was now just about a meter away, and in the setting sun she could see his face with every perfect detail, right down to his gorgeous emerald green eyes.
“You know what, I think you’re right,” he whispered, bringing his broom right alongside hers. Before she knew it, they were kissing. It was a long, steady, perfect kiss that she wanted to last forever. When he finally pulled away, the two smiled warmly at each other.
“I’ve been summoning that courage for a while,” he said. She reached out and held his hand.
“I hope it was worth the wait,” she teased coyly, “because it certainly was for me.”
He smiled at her, and the two returned to the ground and went in for dinner. They held hands the entire way.
A/N: So there’s some Albus/June romance for you. I figured with Lily and Scorpius’ relationship at a bit of a standstill for now, we needed a new couple to cheer for (at least for now…). I hope you enjoyed, and the next chapter will be up soon!
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