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Chapter 13 : When Lily Takes Her Pick
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With her best friend dating her brother and another friend dating her cousin, Lily was definitely ready for September 1st to roll around. After a train ride full of cuddling couples, she was finally back in her bed at Hogwarts, looking forward to putting her plan in action.
Lily had thought long and hard as to who she thought her dating would annoy Scorpius the most. She decided on someone from the Gryffindor Quidditch team, seeing as the two teams were enemies and all. Considering most of the team was related to her, she landed on William Davies, one of the beaters. She had heard from Rose that he was a bit of a womanizer, but this actually added to his potential for annoying Scorpius.
A few days after the term started, Lily was sitting at dinner with the triplets (June was off with Albus and Kendra was “studying” in the library with Hugo), when Scorpius walked up and sat down next to her. She tensed at his close presence.
“How was your summer, Lily?” he asked pleasantly. She was slightly taken aback by the use of her first name, but she took it in stride.
“Fine,” she replied curtly and turned back to her friends.
“Glad to hear it. How’s the family? Dad still famous and all?” he said humorously. She refused to laugh, and instead said to Natalie loudly, “so, Nat, have a good summer? I’m glad you got to spend some time at my place. I’m so lucky to have you as a friend.”
Natalie and her siblings looked at her as if she were crazy, but Scorpius received the message and sulked away.
“What was that about?” asked Tom.
“Nothing,” muttered Lily.
The next morning at breakfast, Lily made sure Scorpius was there to watch her get up and walk over to the Gryffindor table. Rather than heading towards her family, she made her way over to the devilishly handsome Will, sitting with a bunch of his sixth year friends. He looked up when he saw her, and smiled.
“Hey, Will! Did you have a nice summer?” she asked him. She batted her eyelashes ever so slightly.
“It was alright. Played a lot of Quidditch—gearing up to beat you all when we play you,” he replied with a wink. She laughed girlishly, without overdoing it.
“So I was wondering, I know it’s a few weeks away, but do you want to go to the first Hogsmeade weekend with me?” she asked. He gave her a satisfied smirk; asking someone to Hogsmeade was essentially the same thing as “do you want to be my boyfriend.”
“Yeah, sure, I’d like that. Want to go for a walk later to sort out the details?” he replied. She knew he probably had other things in mind than talking, but she nodded in confirmation nonetheless.
“Meet you in the entrance hall at 7? We could watch the sun set over the lake,” she suggested. He smiled at her and confirmed their plans before turning back to his friends with a triumphant look on his face.
Lily made her way back to the Slytherin table, where she announced her date to her friends (she made sure that Scorpius was in earshot). June looked at her knowingly, but the others looked surprised.
“What do you want to go out with that moron for?” asked Tom. Even though they would probably never be a couple again, he still did have some feelings for her, and tended to get a little jealous when she talked about other boys.
“Well, he plays Quidditch for one, which is super attractive, and he’s older. Plus, he’s a Gryffindor, which means I can see him but he won’t always be hanging out in the common room so I can have my own space.”
“Potter, the way your mind works is and always will be a mystery to me,” said Scorpius from down the table, earning him some confused looks. He got up and walked away with what Lily saw as defeat. She felt triumphant in making him jealous, but there was also something in her that felt bad for him.
That evening, Lily met Will in the hall after dinner. He gave her a peck on the cheek when she saw her, which took her slightly by surprise. But, being the quick-witted girl she was, she took it in stride and the pair walked out onto the grounds.
“I don’t know how word travels so fast around this school, but I had so many people come up to me today and congratulate me for scoring the smartest and most beautiful girl in the whole school,” said Will.
“Umm, thanks, I guess?” she was not sure how to respond to his statement. It seemed to be just as much a compliment to him as it was to her.
“I mean it, Lily. You look amazing tonight, but you look amazing all the time. And you’re the best potion maker in the school, everyone knows that. I’m really, really lucky,” he said earnestly. She smiled at him and took his hand in hers.
The two walked to the lake, still holding hands, and sat down at the water’s edge. They talked about their classes this year for a while, and then Will looked at her. She met his eyes and he leaned in. She held her breath and waited for his lips to meet hers.
When they did, she was slightly sad to find no fireworks, no gut feeling, nothing to tell her that this was a good match. Kissing Will was nothing compared to her short kiss with Scorpius. But she couldn’t, wouldn’t think about him right now. Instead, she focused on the fact that the kiss was quickly getting faster and deeper. When she felt his tongue try to break through her lips, she pulled back.
“Woah there,” she said, “we just started dating a few hours ago.”
“You’re right, I’m sorry. I just got so excited about the fact that I was kissing Lily Potter!” he exclaimed. She frowned; she didn’t like the fact that he attached her last name, because it implied that he liked her for her name rather than her personality.
“I am really happy I’m dating you,” she lied, “but I think we should try to take it a little slow.” He nodded in response. They sat there for a while, watching the sun set, until the grounds were dark and Lily started shivering. Having no sweater or jacket to offer her, Will helped her off the ground and walked her back to the school.
When they got to the entrance hall, he said, “I had a really nice time tonight, Lily. I’m really excited about Hogsmeade.” He then leaned down to kiss her, and she was about to turn away until she spotted Scorpius walking out of the great hall. She let Will kiss her, and put her hands around his neck and pulled him closer. His hands found the small of her back. After about ten seconds, she pulled away and smiled at him. When she turned away from him, she saw Scorpius still standing there, staring at the spot she had just kissed Will.
“Got a problem, Malfoy?” she asked. It was as if it was her first year again, and the two were still fighting like children.
He shook his head and mumbled, “I just don’t think that’s a very good match.”
Before she could reply, he shoved his hands in his pockets and walked down to the dungeon. She followed, a little dumbstruck, a few minutes later. When she entered her room, she found the now familiar sight of her roommates sitting in a circle on the floor.
“How did it go?” asked Kendra.
“Fine. We just sat by the lake and talked for a while,” replied Lily.
“Did you kiss?” asked Mia.
“Yeah, but he got a little more enthusiastic than I would have liked, so I cut it off.”
“Did Scorpius see you?” asked June.
“What are you guys, my parents? What’s with all the grilling?” said Lily, suddenly defensive.
“Lily, June told us about your plan,” explained Kendra. Lily turned on her best friend and gave her a look that everyone in the room knew meant she was about to lose her temper.
“Before you go all nutjob on me, know that I had the best intentions. They were wondering why you would go for that Davies kid when you’ve never brought him up before. We all know he can be more physical with girls than you’re used to, and we’re concerned about where this relationship might go,” explained June.
“For the last time, why does everyone feel the need to watch out for me? I’m not some helpless little girl! Everyone seems to think that I can’t make my own decisions without it ending in disaster! Just leave me alone!” she shouted.
June glared at her. She was getting tired of Lily losing her temper at her. All she was trying to do was get her friend to see reason.
“You know what? Fine, I won’t give you my perspective any more. In fact, I won’t give you the time of day if you really dislike hearing what I have to say,” shouted June. Both girls stood in the middle of the room staring each other down, and then Lily turned and got into bed without even bothering changing into her pajamas. June did the same and the others got ready for bed in the awkward silence that followed the fight.
Lily stared at the wall next to her bed, tears silently falling down her cheeks. She didn’t want to let June know that she was crying. She didn’t want to let her know that not being able to talk to her hurt her more than she would ever know. She especially did not want to let her know that part of her thought that what June said was right, that this relationship was heading in a direction Lily didn’t really like…
A/N: Not the greatest way to start of O.W.L. year, I know. But I think Harry had it worse… Anyways, hope you enjoyed, leave a review (please!) and keep an eye out for the next chapter, which should be posted soon!
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