Chapter 14 : When a Plan Backfires
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The next few weeks were tough for Lily. Her relationship with Will was mostly physical, which she was not happy about. Plus, she had cut off her main source of advice and comfort that usually helped her most in tough situations. She and June still were not talking, both being too stubborn to cave.
Social drama aside, Lily was also being bombarded with school work. She could not go a day without at least one teacher reminding her that it was O.W.L year and she needed to study harder than she ever had if she was going to pass. As if she didn’t already know that. Most of her nights were spent in the common room, because if she went to the library chances were Will would seek her out there for a snog session.
He was really fond of snogging. He even had a favourite broom closet to go with her (it was exactly halfway between the Gryffindor and Slytherin common rooms). She was okay with it when she could use it to her advantage, usually when Scorpius was around and she could make him jealous. Most of the time, though, she just got uncomfortable and made him stop.
As the first Hogsmeade weekend rolled around, Lily was actually looking forward to it. Her hope was that getting out of the castle and doing something productive with her boyfriend would get him to see her as more than just a kissing buddy. Honestly, she couldn’t harp on him too much because she was pretty much using him. But she figured she might as well try to have a good time.
Lily met Will in the courtyard to walk down to the village together. They held hands as they walked (she had noticed Scorpius a little ways behind them), and talked about their go-to subject: Quidditch. It was getting a little boring listening to him talk about how “ready they were to beat Slytherin.”
“You guys are going down this year for sure,” he said for what seemed like the millionth time. Lily rolled her eyes. Just as he said it, though, Scorpius passed them.
“As hard as you’ve been working, I’m sure you have a good shot, babe,” she said, and batted her eyelashes for good measure, “you’re the best beater in the school! You could certainly knock all our players out if you wanted…”
Scorpius turned to them and glared at her, “I didn’t know you had it in you to be so traitorous, Potter. Aren’t you the one who’s always claiming to be a ‘true Slytherin’?” There was something in his voice that almost sounded like hurt. Before she could respond, he turned and continued walking towards Hogsmeade.
Will was laughing at Scorpius’ comment. Lily let go of his hand and turned on him, eyes blazing. “Why didn’t you stick up for me?” she asked indignantly.
“Sorry, but he’s kinda right,” he joked, but she wouldn’t have it and refused to take his hand.
When they got to the village, Lily suggested they go to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, which had bought out Zonko’s a few years back. George initially refused to buy the branch after the war because it was Fred’s ideas to do so, but eventually the Hogwarts demand just became too big to ignore.
“Nah, I’m bored with that place,” said Will. Lily rolled her eyes again, tired of his attitude. Every day they spent together, it became clearer and clearer to her that they had nothing in common. “Let’s go to Madam Puddifoot’s,” he suggested.
“That place? My Dad went there on a date once… it, er, didn’t go well,” she remembered him telling her. Will looked at her funny.
“My Dad talks about how many dates he went on there and how many of them ended up… successfully,” he trailed off. She knew he was thinking about snogging again. Figuring it couldn’t hurt to get a cup of tea, she decided to give it a shot.
When they walked into the shop, she remembered why her Dad’s description of the place made her never want to go there: the amount of frills, bows, and lace doilies was overwhelmingly unappealing to her. They sat down at a table next to a couple from Hufflepuff. When the girl saw him, she blushed furiously and glared at him before returning to her date.
“What was that about?” asked Lily quietly; it was so cramped it seemed impossible to have a conversation in there without it being overheard.
“Er, nothing,” he said, then mumbled something about having dated her and it not ending very well. Now that she took a closer look, a lot of other girls seemed to be throwing him nasty looks in the place. Had he dated all of them? Even better question, had he snogged all of them?
“I want to leave,” said Lily. She was not going to sit around with this guy she didn’t even like very much and receive death glares from his ex-girlfriends. He obliged, and they left the shop after he gave a friendly smile to Madam Puddifoot (he was probably a regular customer of hers). They walked out into the alley, and he took her hand and started walking away from the main street.
“Where are we going?” she asked, getting more and more annoyed with him by the minute. He dragged her to a bench by a small pond that had a surprisingly nice view of Hogwarts. He sat down and patted the bench next to him. She sighed and wearily obliged, sitting down and letting him put his arm around her.
Before she knew what was happening, he was kissing her. She was caught by surprise, by the kiss and by the fact that she was somewhat enjoying it. His kisses were more aggressive than usual, but he seemed to have kissed her enough to know what she would go for.
After a few minutes, his hands started wandering along her body, and when she started to pull back, he pulled her closer. He was pulling at her shirt, his hands making their way underneath…
“WOAH!” she yelled, jumping up from the bench, “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
“Lily, it’s been a month! Do you know how far I’ve gotten with other girls in that time?” he asked. He seemed frustrated, like something he had been orchestrating for quite some time had not gone according to plan.
“I don’t care about other girls! You’re in a relationship with me, not anyone else! If I’d wanted to go there, I would have told you! I’ve put up with the excessive snogging, but that’s as far as I’ll go!” she shouted.
“You were the one who asked me out, remember? Why even bother asking me if you weren’t interested in that?” he asked, frustration still evident in his voice.
“I thought you were different,” she lied. The only reason she wanted him was because she knew dating him would make Scorpius jealous. Now that she was successful in that venture, she decided, it was probably time to end this already failing relationship.
“I don’t think this is going to work out, Will,” she said softly.
“No, Lily, I’m really sorry. I promise we can go slow,” he said. She was impressed; even though he didn’t look too happy at the thought of “taking it slow,” he still wanted to stay together with her. However, as bad as she felt about the fact that she had used him, breaking up with him sooner rather than later seemed to be the next logical step.
“I’m sorry,” she said, then turned and walked back towards the main street. Tears formed in her eyes as she made her way to the Three Broomsticks, where she was sure she would find at least one of her friends or relatives. She wiped her eyes on her sleeve to clear the wetness—why she was crying over a boy she didn’t even like, she wasn’t sure. Maybe it had to do with his trying to take advantage of her.
She spotted Kendra with Rose, Hugo, Albus and June sitting at a table near the back. She and June still weren’t speaking, but she wanted to tell them about her break-up. As she approached the table, Kendra and Hugo and Albus all gave her wide smiles, but June suddenly started examining the painting of goblins playing a card game on the wall.
“Hey, all. Hope you’ve been having a cozy little date. I just wanted to let you know that I broke it off with that Davies pig,” she said. Her voice was not solemn, but they gave her looks of sympathy anyways. June looked away from the painting and at her best friend. She looked like she was about to say something but then looked down at the butterbeer in her hands instead.
This was the final straw in a really crappy day. Lily turned and rushed from the pub, and was running back to the school when a voice called her from behind. She turned, about to tell off whoever was talking to her, but when she saw that it was Albus she let him catch up.
“Lily, I have been instructed to tell you that we are all very regretful that you have to deal with this, and that you should consider doing what it is you like doing when you are feeling stressed out,” he said, obviously confused by June’s cryptic message.
Lily smiled. She knew it was from June because of the word “regretful,” which was a word they used when they were supposed to be sorry about something, but they really weren’t. As for what she does when she was stressed, that was easy: sneaking into the potions dungeon and brewing a new potion.
The knowledge that June was thinking about her and was happy about the decision she’d made greatly improved her outlook on the day. Albus returned to the Three Broomsticks, and Lily decided to grab some sweets at Honeydukes to snack on while she was making her potion.
After heading back up to the castle, she went to her room and grabbed her copy of Advanced Potion Making. Even though she did not need the book for her class (this was the NEWT level book, and she was technically still on OWL level), her mother had bought it for her over the summer and she had been experimenting with the more advanced potions recently.
Today, she decided to tackle Elixir to Induce Euphoria. It was tricky, but it seemed to be just the thing to brighten her mood. She started getting out her ingredients when someone entered the dungeon.
She turned around, expecting it to be June making amends, but instead she saw Will staring back at her.
“What are you doing here?” she asked him. She was shocked that he had found her.
“I went to your common room and waited outside for you, but someone came out and mentioned that you’d come here,” he explained simply.
“Okay, but what are you doing here?” she asked again. She honestly had no desire to see him at the present moment.
“I don’t want to break up with you. I know you aren’t experienced like I am, but I thought I could help you change that. It’s better to lose it to someone you like than someone you don’t, right?” he asked. She gawked at him; was he talking about what she thought he was talking about?
“You honestly think this is just about that? On our date today, practically every girl we passed glared at you. How many of them have you given that little speech to?” she flared up.
“None of your business,” he said coolly.
“I think it’s time you left,” said Lily, turning her back on him. Before she knew it, his arms wrapped around her from behind and flipped her back towards him.
“I’m not giving up that easy. I spent the first month of my seventh year with you, I’m not leaving this alone until I get more than just a snog,” he said. She struggled to release his grip. Her brain told her to cry for help, but her mouth didn’t seem to get the message. His lips crashed down on hers, and she was at a loss for what to do when suddenly he was being pulled off her by some great force.
Scorpius Malfoy stood in front of her, glaring fiercely at the burly Gryffindor. Though Scorpius was slightly smaller, the look on his face was enough to intimidate anyone. He pulled out his wand and pointed it in Will’s face.
“Leave her alone,” he growled, “or I will make sure you are never able to ride a broom again.”
Will glared at Scorpius, then turned to Lily. “Fine, I’m sure you wouldn’t even have been worth it. You’re such a bloody tease,” he scoffed.
Without thinking, Lily pulled out her wand and hit him with a bat-bogey hex that would make her mother proud. As he ran from the dungeon, gooey bogeys emerging from his nostrils and attacking him, Lily fell back into a chair and cried.
“He was a total pig. I’m honestly at a loss as to why you started dating him,” said Scorpius, putting a comforting arm around her shoulders. His arm felt so natural in that position, so much more so than Will’s or Tom’s ever had.
“You really don’t know?” said Lily, her tears disappearing at his comforting touch. Scorpius shook his head.
She sighed. “I was just trying to prove a point,” she said vaguely. Then a thought occurred to her.
“How did you know to come here?” she asked.
“I overheard June telling your brother that you liked to make potions when you’re stressed while I was at the Three Broomsticks today, and she mentioned that it would make you feel better about breaking up with that jerk. I saw you running towards the castle, then I saw Davies rush by a few minutes later, and I thought something might be wrong. I dunno, I just sort of had this feeling…”
“Thanks,” she said, leaning her head against his shoulder. They sat like that for a few minutes before Lily jumped to her feet, realizing what the situation might look like. Not that she didn’t want him comforting her, but considering she was almost just forced to go all the way, she wasn’t sure she wanted to just jump into some other guy’s arms.
“I, er, have to go,” she said, then rushed out of the dungeon, leaving her potions things behind. She ran to the common room, down the corridor to her room and burst into the room. June and Kendra were sitting on their beds reading.
“Did making a new potion help? I figured you understood my message through Al,” she said casually, then looked up to find Lily in a right state. Both girls leapt to their feet and hugged their distressed friend. Lily burst into tears at their embrace, and they guided her over to her bed to sit down.
Lily explained the story to them with difficulty. At some point, Mia entered the room, but then soon left to go to the kitchens to get Lily some tea. When Lily finished telling the story, June was fuming mad.
“What the hell did that Davies swine think he was doing? No one crosses a Potter without paying the consequences,” she said.
“Thanks June, but can we talk about how we’re going to get him back in the morning? Right now I don’t really want to think about everything that happened tonight,” said Lily. Mia returned with the tea, and Lily changed into her bedclothes. Soon, she was bundled up in her bed, her roommates tucking her in like her mother used to.
June sat down on the bed and held her hand. “I’m really, really sorry, Lily,” she said softly.
“Me too. I should have listened to you, you’re always right,” said Lily apologetically.
“It’s forgotten. Now just get some sleep, and tomorrow we will come up with the most embarrassing, awful way to get back at that moron,” said June. The two reunited best friends smiled warmly at each other. Lily settled down into her bed and fell asleep, dreaming not of the turmoil she experienced that day, but of the comfort she had received from her friends and from Scorpius…
A/N: Bit of a longer chapter (for this story, at least), hope you enjoyed! Please feel free to leave a review, I love feedback! The story is almost over, I have only three chapters left to post. Stay tuned J
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