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BEAUTIFUL CHAPTER IMAGE BY WillowAryaCyrilla @ TDA
It's been a month since the James incident and it was still all over Witch Weekly. It's also been a month since I've seen my friends because I'm embarrassed.. including James. Obviously Claire doesn't count. She's been over here almost every day comforting me but that's it. I won't let the rest of them in. Why did I always land a cover page? Can't people just see I'm just a regular and extremely awkward teenager. Just because my father is the Minister for Magic and I'm friends with the kids of very famous wizarding families does not make me any different from the rest of the people my age. Well.. It does because I'm always in the stupid gossip magazines. They went too far this time. They invaded a private moment and displayed to the entire wizarding community. Now I'm not even talking to James because I can't face him. I don't want him to tell me it was just a mistake. I've only got one month to get over all this because I'll have to go back to Hogwarts and face him everyday.
Suddenly there was an owl pecking at my window taking me away from my current thoughts. Oh boy. It was Isabelle's vicious owl. I've gotten used to him this past month. I learned that if you don't keep him waiting and you occupy his time with owl treats that he'll leave you alone and fly away. No blood drawing necessary.
"Hello Simon! How are you today, you handsome boy? You have a letter for me from Isabelle?" Yeah I know I'm talking to the owl again but he likes it. I untied the letter from his foot and tossed him a few treats. After guzzling them down he immediately took flight leaving me in solitude once again. I sat on my bed and opened the letter. Isabelle and I have been exchanging letters almost daily since the incident. It's helped me get some outside support.
How are you doing today? Have you talked to James or your friends yet? You really should. You don't want it to be all weird when you got back to school do you. Besides you shouldn't keep yourself indoors all the time just to avoid the cameras. You'll go insane. You're a witch.. can't you like turn your closet into a private beach. I dunno. All you need is some fresh air to help you clear your head.
Oh, so Jo and I are totally official now. Eek. I know I've said time and time again that I wasn't interested in a relation ship but El he asked and I couldn't resist. I'm so happy. Our friends don't know yet. Not even Juni. I want us to be a secret for the time being.. like just in case we don't work it.
You better write me back asap!
I'm so glad Professor Burbage gave us this assignment. Although Isabelle and I have yet to officially meet she has grown to be a pretty good friend. She's also a genius. I don't know why I didn't get my dad to charm my closet before now. I mean it won't be the real outdoors but it will look and feel like it. It'll be my own little oasis away from everyone. I grabbed a quill and parchment off my desk to write to quick letters. One to Isabelle and one to Dad.
I just want to start off saying that you're a genius. Seriously. I'm about to write to my Dad asking him to send someone over to charm my closet. You're the best. Everything is the same as it's been for the past month. I'm still mortified about what happened which means no, I've yet to talk to any besides Claire and my brother. Nate stopped bringing over Al, Lou and Scorp because I would just hide in my room while they were here. I know I have to talk to everyone soon but it'll just mean that I have to face James and I'm not ready yet.
YAY! Finally some good news, It's about time that bloke asked you yet. I'm glad you're happy.. you deserve it! Especially after listening to me bitch everyday for the past month. I understand why you want to keep him secret. I wanted to keep the James thing quiet too so we could figure out what it meant. That obvs didn't work out for me.
I can't wait to actually see you! :)
I need you to send someone home asap that can charm a closet into a beach as we both know I'm underage. Don't tell me Mom can because we both know how good she is at charms..
I tied one letter to Max's foot and put the other in his beak. I sent him to Dad first since he was closer and then off to Isabelle's. Once Max was gone my stomach started to rumble. Ugh, what time is it? I'm starving. I looked at my wristwatch.. 2PM!? No wonder I'm hungry! I must have skipped breakfast again. I've been so distracted by my thoughts lately. Mom should be home, maybe I'll go bother her to cook for me. Yeah that sounds like a good idea. I need to go eat my feelings.
I left my bedroom in hopes to find solace in my Mom's words and food. As I was making my way towards the staircase I could hear whispers from Nate's bedroom. Hm, I wonder what's going on in there? Would it be completely immature if I decided to eavesdrop? Shush, I don't care. I'm nosy. I can't help my self. Luckily for me I always keep a pair of Extendable Ears in my pocket for moments like these. You can stop judging me now. If you had them you would use them too. I threw one of the ears near my brother's door and listened to the conversation transpiring behind the door.
"Mate, you've got to get her to talk to him. He's driving me mental!" Albus Potter whined. Ugh, why was Al here? I mean I know he's my brother's best friend and in the past he's generally over here every other day.. BUT times are different. He's now the brother of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.. No, not Voldemort you dafty.. It starts with J ends in ames which makes him the enemy.
"Dude, she'll barely talk to anyone! She hasn't spoken to Dom or Alice in like 3 weeks and that was VIA letter. She only talks to Claire. The guys are even worse! Frank, Fred and Lorcan haven't got a response at all. The last time she talked to them was a day before the.. uh.. incident." Nate was pleading with him to drop it but without actually saying it. I loved my brother. He rocks!
"But if I have to go another month of James bitching about your god damn sister not talking to him I'm going to lock them both in a room until they sort their shit out. It was one kiss. Why is she ruining a lifetime of friendship" Al said bitterly. Ouch, Al. That hurts. No need to go freaking angry Ginny Potter on me. Yeah, I get it he is her son but still. Why can't he be calm and collected like Harry?
"That actually sounds like a pretty good idea Allie! Maybe Claire will help us out? Dude, this is brilliant. We need to go to the Finnigan's like STAT!" My brother sounded really freaking excited. Lord help me. When Nate sets his mind on something it WILL happen.. Merlin, why!? I take back saying Nate rocks because he actually SUCKS!
"Seriously? I was just kidding but great this sounds sweet. Should we enlist Scorp and Lou while we're at it? Unite the Core Four!" Al said very giddily. "By the way, don't call me Allie.. Nathaniel!" I could tell he did the signature Potter smirk because of the tone he used.
"Merlin, you sound like a 5 year old girl. Dude stop calling us the Core Four.. We made that up when we were 7. It's getting old Mate. However, I will forever call you Allie. Use Nathaniel all you want. Mom calls me that everyday of my life. I've gotten used to it.." Woo! Go Nate. Take that Albus stinking Potter. I don't know why I was so mad at Al? Maybe because he looks a lot like you know..
"Whatever Mate, let's just get out of here. Get the plan in motion.. like the ocean." Really Al? In motion like the ocean?
"Really Al? In motion like the ocean?" Nate said condescendingly. Haha, We really do think alike. "Come on weirdo.. We're leaving now." Oh god, I could hear them shuffling towards the door. I tugged on the ear and it wouldn't budge. It's stuck on the door frame. Shit, shit, shit, shit. How the hell am I supposed to get the ear and get out of here without them noticing me? Think fast Eloise.
"Wait, Nate! Can I borrow that book your Mom bought you? Yenno, the one that helps you learn French. I wanna impress this Muggle girl I met in London the other day." I sighed in relief. Thank you Al for being a player.
"Yeah, sure man. Let me look for it." I heard Nate moving things around. He's definitely looking. Now's my chance to grab it and RUN! I crept towards the door trying to make sure the floor doesn't creak. "Aha! Here it is.. 'So you want to learn the language of love?' I forgot how cheesy the title was. I hope it helps you out, bro!" I grabbed the ear and ran to the kitchen! Thank Merlin I didn't get caught. This is the only problem about being so nosy!
"Bonjour Mama!" I knew I was panting and I knew she was looking at me funny. God. This month in my room was not good for me. I need to get back into shape ASAP. James is a brutal captain.
"Eloise? Vhy are you panting? 'ave you been running? Are you okay? I zought you vere in your room." She said this looking very concerned. I love my Mom. Her french accent was so cute. Even after all these years in England she still had it.
"Uh.. I was in my room. I was just, yenno, doing push ups.. and I got tired. Definitely okay." I'm a horrible liar.. I hope my Mom buys it. She hates when I eavesdrop on people.
"You aven't been eavesdropping again? I know you ave zee 'abit too and you know 'ow I feel about eet Eloise." She said sternly. Ugh, I swear I have a family full of legilimens.
"Nope! Not me! Just the workout. It's been a while. Anyways, Mama can you please make me something to eat. I'm starved!" I made sure I used my whiny voice accompanied by my pouty face.
"Vhy of course ma chérie*
!" She said all motherly like. Phew. I changed the subject AND she bought my lie. Woo! 1 for Eloise, 0 for Mom. "Vhat vould you like?"
As I was about to tell my Mom I heard Nate and Al stomp down the stairs. They both looked smug when they saw me. Ha! Those idiots didn't know that I knew about their stupid plan. If they want to play a game I can play along too. It's been a boring month and Godric knows I need a little mischief in my life. I'm in Gryffindor and friends with the 2 biggest pranksters at school. What do you expect from me? Wait, I guess I WAS friends with them.. Seeing as I haven't spoken to either of them in a really long time.
"Al.. Nate.. What's wrong with your faces you look like you've just eaten Booger flavored Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. It's not very attractive!" Take that Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Ha! Good one El. You made a funny. Wow.. I really am going crazy from lack of socialization.
"Wh-What?" Nate stuttered.
"I'll have you know I'm very attractive. Last week I hooked-" Al immediately stopped his sentence when he saw Mom. "Oh, Hi there Mrs. Thomas!" He managed to squeak out.
"Al, 'ow many times 'ave I told you to call me Gabrielle!" Mom looked extremely amused from the situation unfolding in front of her. "But seriously boys.. Vhat eez wrong viz your faces?" I giggled which cause Nate to send a murderous glare my way.
"Ugh, Mom. Seriously? We're leaving now! I'll be home later.. or NOT! Seeing as there is something wrong with my face!" Nate stormed out leaving an awkward looking Al in the kitchen.
"Uh, See yah?" Al scurried after his friend. Mom and I burst out laughing.
"Vell zen, as you vere saying.. Vhat do you vant me to make for you?" Mom managed to stop her laughing and get back to business.
"Escargot!" I basically screamed this in my Mom's face because I was really excited about the possibility of her making it.
"Ma chérie*, you are zee only person in zis family besides myself zat adores zat deesh!" Mom was beaming like I had just told her I found a cure for Spattergroit that wasn't dreadful tasting. She was extremely proud about being French and always wanted us to embrace it as well. I did more so than Nate but that's because he took more after Dad.
"How could I not like it.. It's soooo yummy!" I was practically drooling. For those of you that don't know escargot is snails. Yep.. snails.. You can't knock it til you try it.
Mom began cooking away and I just sat at the table reading the latest Witch Weekly. I know, I don't know why am I torturing myself by reading this garbage either. I really couldn't help myself though. I needed to see what was going on with everyone or if they've moved on from me! Doubtful but still. Much to my surprise I was not on the cover for the first time in a while; Woo hoo! Unfortunately for me James was and once again unfortunately for me he was kissing another girl. I know I haven't talked to him since we kissed but I didn't think he would do this. My life sucks. I wait my whole life for something non-platonic to happen between James and I and when it does I freeze him out. It wasn't so much the embarrassment of everything that transpired with the press that stopped me anymore. I just didn't know how we would act around each other. I opened it up to the stupid article about James and read the title, "James Potter is at it again but NOT with the Minister's daughter! Who is this mystery girl?" I threw the magazine at the wall and stormed out of the house forgetting all about my hunger. I was going to the one place I knew no one would find me.. Except James but he'll be too busy kissing that stupid redheaded slag.. Stupid Potter men and their damn love for redheads.
If Nate and Al knew about this then why would they try to get us to talk. Why would I want to talk to some man whore? Stupid Al. James can't be complaining that much because he's too busy sucking face with some random bitch. Stupid Potters. They all suck. Well, not Lily but Harry and Ginny suck for having 2 stupid boys. I really don't know why I'm so upset. I can't expect James to wait for me. He doesn't even like me that way. I need to get over him and everything that happened. I miss my friends. If I pretend the kiss never happened then it didn't happen.. Even if there's proof it did and everyone's seen it.
I finally made it to this enormous willow tree beside Godric's Hollow Pond. James and I made this our secret hideout when we were kids. It's actually really cool. If you climb the tree a bit there's this hole big enough to squeeze through. We've obviously disguised the entrance because we wanted to keep it hidden from everyone else. Anyways, one day we came to the tree with a whole bunch of building supplies and we made a floor. The next day we begged our parents to enchant some furniture that would fit into our pocket. It would expand again when we placed it in the desired spot. They happily obliged not asking any questions. Over the years we've redecorated but it's mostly been the same way since we were 8. It was comforting knowing some things haven't changed.
Just as I curled up onto the couch I could hear people approaching the tree talking and rather loudly if you asked me. I instantly recognized those voices.. It was the 4 amigos. Really? Can I not just have my own space. Well, I guess it's back to eavesdropping I go. I peeked my head slightly out of the hole in the tree and saw the boys sitting by the pond with their fishing poles. If they keep talking that loudly they aren't going to catch anything. Nate and Al must have gotten Lou and Scorp to tell them their plan. I reached into my pocket to grab my Extendable Ears only to find an empty pocket. What!? They were just in here! I put them back right after I last used them. They must have fallen out when I climbed the tree. I looked at the base of the willow and saw them hidden in a bush. At least they weren't in plain sight but they were no use to me there. I must have left a pair in here. I quickly searched the hideout and found some in a cookie jar. What a weird place to put them? It must have been James. I cringed at the thought of him. The picture of him kissing the mystery girl still fresh in my mind.
"So! Why'd you drag Lou and I out here. We were happily chatting up two extremely fit witches until you freaks came running yelling about some sort of emergency." Scorpius said obviously annoyed. I lowered an Extendable Ear down just far enough to hear their conversation clearly.
"Yeah, I don't seen an emergency. I see you two idiots with fishing poles. Fishing is not an emergency." Louis said with the same tone Scorpius had. "Now, if you don't mind I'm leaving."
"Just hold on a second. We brought the poles so it looks like we're actually doing something if someone walks by. It's a cover up" Nate said slyly leaving Scorp and Lou very confused.
"What are you on about?" Louis said sounding frustrated
"Well, we're here to discuss the James and Eloise incident. If I have to hear my brother complain one more time about how the LOVE of his life won't talk to him because of this stupid kiss I'm going to go all Voldemort on his ass." Al blurted out "And this time a Potter will not win! Well, I'll win but in this case I'm Voldemort." Wait, James has a love of his life? She wasn't talking to him because we kissed. I felt like someone had just stabbed me in the heart. I knew the kiss was a giant mistake. I pulled the ear up because I couldn't listen anymore. Why am I so nosey? I put on my headphones and cranked my music up. I had to drown out the voices below.
"Potter, You are so weird but I agree." I replied to him after his weird tangent about Voldemort.
"Thanks for the compliment mate!" Al beamed at me.
"It wasn't a compliment Al." Scorp chirped in and Al dramatically pretended to cry.
"Enough of the theatrics Allie. I want to know how we are going to convince El to talk to James. It's going to be extra hard after today's cover story of Witch Weekly" Louis threw the copy of it on the ground. Yikes! I hadn't seen that. This might be a bit more complicated now.
"Oh.. Well this is going to be hard to explain" Al said sounding defeated. The other didn't really know why. I did though. Al told me who kissed James and if El finds out lord help us all.
"Yeah! But he didn't actually kiss this girl. She attacked him with her lips." Lou defended James.
"It looks pretty bad though and if El has seen this.. Merlin help James." Scorp added.
"Okay! So this is just another obstacle in our mission but we can do this because we are.. THE CORE FOUR!" My voice raised with each word so I basically shouted the end of my sentence.
"Ha! I knew you still liked that name for us." Al smirked at me.
"Shut up Potter!" I frowned at him. Scorp and Lou had very amused looks on their face. Stupid gits!
"So 'Mission: Convince Eloise that James is in love with her' is officially a go?" Lou said sounding like a child!
"Yes but we're going to need reinforcements!" I said in a serious tone. Honestly why couldn't my stupid sister see that her best friend is in love with her and vice versa. Love really is blind I guess.
"We gotta call in the big guns.." Al said with and air of mystery.
"You guys are talking about Alice, Dom and Claire right?" Louis questioned us.
"Obviously Lou. Don't be stupid." Scorp snapped at Louis. Ha! That's what you get for asking a stupid question Weasley.
They continued to bicker at each other but I just tuned them out. I know I shouldn't meddle in my sister's life but I couldn't stand her being miserable anymore. I've known for a while that she likes James. Usually I'm super protective. Especially after the whole McLaggen thing but I trust James. He just has a lot of things against him right now. For example the attack of the mystery woman. Besides if Al is involved the rest of the Wotter's will get involved and that means I get to spend time with Roxy. If I don't stutter around her like usual it should go well. Here's to hoping everything goes according to our mission that is need of some serious planning.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Well.. Here's the 2nd chapter. Too be quite honest I don't really like it.. But I keep rewriting it without any gratification at the end. I'm hoping next chapter will be better. I'm just trying to get the story going.
Do you think Eloise is over reacting? What did you think about Isabelle's advice? Do you feel sorry for James? (I do) What do you think about Eloise's awful habit? Anyone think it'll get her into some trouble? How did you like the Core Four action at the end?
Thanks for reading and if you take the time to review you will forever be my hero. I have one last thing to ask. That was the first time I've written in an "accent" was Gabrielle's accent too much.. like did it make it hard to read? If so let me know if I should tone it down or just take it out of my story!
ps. If you actually read that giant A/N you deserve a trophy.. so here... Y (yeah.. that's a trophy)
*ma chérie = my darling