Chapter 2 : Colors
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“Oh calm down Ellie, what’s the worst thing that could happen?” Angelina thought I was overreacting, as usual.
“I don’t even want to think about it.” Streaking and skinny-dipping isn’t the worst, but it’s pretty bad. I’m not a color, being a color involves being daring, brave, all of the qualities of Gryffindor I don’t have. Why I’m a Gryffindor, I’ll never know.
I let out a sigh and lay facedown on my bed. This year was going to be a long one.
I rolled over in my bed and moaned, “Five more minutes.”
“I don’t think so sleepy head! Breakfast started a half hour ago and class start at 8:30. Let’s get a move on.” A bubbly voice floated above the moans and groans of all the still sleeping girls.
I heard a crack and a gust of cold air came into the dormitory. “Now Alicia, that wasn’t very nice! Reparo.” I looked up to see that Alicia had thrown something at Katie, but missed and it went out the window.
“Katie, you are way to happy for it being 7:30 in the morning. I thought we agreed that we didn’t wake each other up before 8.” Alicia said as she sat up and dragged her self out of bed. She stifled a yawn, “Its 7:30, not 8.”
“No silly, we agreed on 7:30. Remember?” Katie replied, completely unfazed from having things being thrown at her.
Alicia threw her a death glare and shuffled into the bathroom.
“We’ve been here for a month and you think she’d get used to you waking us up.” Angelina said as she pulled on her uniform.
“Correction, we’ve been here for 6 years and none of us have gotten used to Katie waking us up.” I said. Every morning Katie wakes us up with her chipper morning attitude, none of us really appreciates it.
Katie left to go into the common room and Angelina whispered, “I don’t understand how she can not realize we don’t enjoy her waking us up.”
“You want to tell her? Break her little heart? Be my guest.” I think Katie actually looks forward to waking us up every morning.
“I get your point, well, only a year and some left right?” Actually it’s two years considering its only October of our 6th year, but I didn’t say anything.
Five minutes later we were all ready and we headed down to the Great Hall. We entered the Great Hall and saw Oliver and the Weasley twins.
“Don’t you all look… happy?” George said as we sat down.
“Don’t even go there.” Alicia said; she takes waking up early the worst. She sat down in a huff furthest away from everyone.
I sat down next to Oliver and he smirked my way. “What’s that for?”
“What are you talking about Ellie?”
“That look you just gave me.” I’m not hallucinating; He did give me a look.
“Oh that? It was nothing. You guys going to the party tonight?” Oliver asked.
“Yes.” Alicia and Angelina said at the same time I said, “No.”
“Ellie don’t be ridiculous, we’re going to that party.”
“Come on guys, a Halloween party? Really? It seems a little childish. Not to mention I don’t really go to parties.”
“Is that surrender I hear?” Fred asked with a glint in his eyes.
“What are you talking about Fred?”
“Don’t tell me you forgot already?” George said.
“What are you talking about?” I was so confused. They weren’t making any sense.
“Alicia! That counts as surrender! We win!” Fred and George said in unison.
“No way! We didn’t forget, we’re just getting started. You guys better be there tonight to see our victory and to crash and burn.” Angelina cried out to Oliver and the twins. “Come on Ellie, we’re going to be late for class.” She grabbed my arm and we started to leave the Great Hall as Oliver stood up.
“We’ll be there, don’t worry.”
“I wasn’t” Angelina said and she all but dragged me out of the Great Hall.
“What the hell was that all about?” I asked when we were out of earshot of the Great Hall.
“You honestly don’t remember?”
“Um, no. I probably blocked it out of my memory because it was so horrible. The way all of you are going on about it, I don’t know if I want to know.”
“The bet Ellie. You being a popping lime green by the end of the year?” Suddenly it all came back. Yeah, I had blocked it from my memory.
“Damn, I forgot all about that.”
“Now that you remember, we’re going to that party tonight. We’re also skipping History of Magic last period today to get you ready. You need to look hott.” Angelina said.
“No, I can’t skip a class.” I’ve never skipped class before.
“God, you should be a bloody Ravenclaw. Live a little! George was right; you’re going to be hard to crack. But don’t worry, I’m up for the challenge.” Angelina said suddenly full of energy, “Come on, we’re going to be late Transfiguration.”
We entered the classroom just as the bell rang; I slid into my seat next to Oliver and Angelina into hers next to Katie.
“How is it that you two left before me, but got here after me?” Oliver leaned over and whispered as McGonagall started the lesson.
“Don’t even ask.” I whispered back.
“It’s about tonight isn’t it.”
“I’m trying to listen here Wood.” God he’s distracting.
“Ramsey, you aren’t going to win. You’re too much of a goody two shoe. Just give in now. Save yourself from embarrassment.”
That got me mad, “Are you saying that I can’t go out of my comfort zone? For your information Wood, I want to go to this party tonight. It wasn’t Angelina’s idea; it was mine. By the time this bet is over, and we win, you’ll be eating your words.”
“Alright Ramsey, whatever you say. But did you even ask Alicia what she thinks a color is?”
“No why?” I honestly didn’t think it was important.
“Maybe you should ask her, then you wouldn’t be so confident that you’ll win.” He maintained eye contact with me as McGonagall call him out, “Wood, would you please pay attention?”
“I am Professor, you were just talking about the difference between switching spellings and human transfiguration.” McGonagall seemed satisfied with the answer and went back to her lecture.
Oliver didn’t try talking to me for the rest of the lesson. I couldn’t focus, all I could think about was what Alicia thinks a color is. Alicia isn’t exactly the purest of people; her definition could be someone like her, or worse.
“ALICIA!” I cried as I ran into the Great Hall three hours later. She looked up from her seat at the table between the twins.
“Hey Ellie, what’s up?”
“Come outside, I need to talk to you.”
“Ellie I’m eating can’t it wait until tonight?”
“No, it can’t.” I grabbed her arm and dragged her out of the Great Hall. I didn’t let go until we were safe under our favorite tree by the lake.
“Okay ouch. That hurt a little. What on earth is so important that you have to drag me out here for?”
“What’s a color?” I asked breathless.
“Um, a property of an object that-“ Alicia looked really confused.
“No, for the bet! What is a color?” I interrupted.
“Oh that! Well, you have to be completely outside of your comfort zone. Since you’re single you need to have a boyfriend or at least a few hookups. You need to be known by people whom you’ve never talked to. Let’s see what else? I mean, everything that you aren’t is a color. Bold, daring, brave, creative, and not to mention you have to be completely crazy and do crazy wild things.”
Shit, I can’t do this. “Oh fuck, why Alicia why?”
“Why would you make being a color that hard? Don’t you see I need to win?”
“Come on Ellie, It’ll be so much fun! Think of it as…never mind, no encouraging words here. Sorry El, but I’ve made up my mind. I’ve already told the guys what a color is, they even helped me come up with it.”
“Alicia! Why would you let them help you?”
“Yeah, but they knew getting me to do stuff like that will be impossible!” Damn it! That’s why Oliver had that smirk on this morning. He knew that me winning this was going to be impossible.
“No, it’s not impossible. Ellie, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but this bet is already changing you. Last year you would have fainted if I told you to run into the Great Hall shouting my name, and you just did that.”
“Yeah, but that’s one thing. Being a color is completely different.”
“I have faith in you El okay? You can do it. Between us, I’m secretly rooting for you. But my answer at the end of the year will be completely unbiased.”
Psh, as if that were possible. Alicia and I made our way back up to the castle in silence. I was lost in thought of what Angelina was going to make me do at the Halloween party tonight.
“See? Cutting class isn’t that bad!”
“No, I just have piles and piles of guilt on my chest right now, no big deal.” Angelina and I were sitting in the bathroom off our dormitory; we’ve been there for what seemed like hours while Angelina fixed my “excuse for hair”. It was just past dinner and we were both getting hungry.
“Alright, now hold still. I’m going to go get us some food.”
“Great, I’ll come with you.”
“NO! No one can see you until I’m done. You have to look amazing and no one gets pre glimpses. I’ll be right back, I promise.” Angelina said and she left.
Since 4 this afternoon Angelina has been all over me, trying to make me ‘presentable’ for tonight. I haven’t seen my reflection since 7:30 this morning and I’m dying to see what I look like. Maybe a quick sneak won’t hurt.
I turned around and in the mirror I couldn’t see anything, the glass was so fogged up there was no reflection. Of course.
About a half hour later, thanks for being quick Angelina, she came back with food for both of us. I ate like a mad man, I didn’t eat lunch and my breakfast got cut short this morning, again thanks Angelina. Normally, I never let anything between my food and me.
“Please, eat faster.” Angelina said with a hint of sarcasm.
“I’m sorry, I’m starving since someone cut my breakfast short.”
“What happened to lunch huh? You never showed up.”
“I was handling something.”
“See? It’s not my fault.” She smiled and said, “Its 7 now which leaves us two hours to finish you up, get myself ready and make our way down to the room of requirement.”
“Who’s throwing this party again?”
“Hufflepuffs. The only house I would consider attending a party they host.”
Hufflepuff, god only knows what’s going to happen tonight.
Two and a half hours later Angelina and I descended the staircase to the Gryffindor common room where Katie and Alicia were waiting. As soon as they saw me their jaws dropped.
“Damn, Ellie. You look hott.” Katie said.
“Wow, Ellie. See? I told you this isn’t impossible.” Alicia said.
“So I’m a color?” I asked hopefully.
“Not even close.” Alicia responded.
“Let’s go, we’re past fashionably late, and I want everyone to see how hott Ellie is before they get to drunk.” Angelina said.
On our way out of the common room I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror. Damn. My hair was half up half down with loose curls, and it looked redder than usual. My blue eyes look electric with the pounds of makeup Angelina used. But it all looked flawless and even almost natural. I was wearing my red off the shoulder tight shirt tucked into jean shorts with black ankle boots. Not to be conceited, but I looked hott.
“El, stop checking yourself out and let’s go!” Alicia said.
“Sorry guys, I’m not used to this.”
“Well get used to it. This is your new look.” Angelina smirked.
Maybe being a color won’t be too bad. Stepping out of the entrance to the common room I tripped and landed flat on my face. Alicia, Angelina and Katie erupted in laughter.
“Shut up.” I said as I stood up. My face was bright red.
“Oh calm down! All of us have done it. You aren’t a really lady until you’ve tripped in heels.” Katie said as she helped me up.
“Remember that time when I tripped in those stilettos, in front of the Hufflepuff 5th year guys in our fourth year? I was so embarrassed.” Alicia said.
Oh yeah, I remember. It was hysterical. Alicia couldn’t get up because her heel was stuck in the mud and all the guys laughed at her. Sometimes we still make fun of her for it. “Haha. I remember that. At least only you guys saw this.”
“Yeah so no complaining.” Alicia grumbled.
We all laughed and continued our trek to the Room of Requirement in silence. I was silently freaking out. What if people think I’m a whore? What if I make a fool of myself? I thought to myself, what if… All these what ifs, I can do this. I’m a Ramsey. Ramseys don’t give up.
We got to the Room of Requirement and Angelina stopped us. “Ellie, you can do this.” Damn, it’s like this girl is reading my mind. “Don’t freak out. We are all here with you.”
“God Angelina, we’re not getting anywhere just standing here.” Alicia said impatiently.
“Let’s go break some hearts.” Angelina said gave one last hair flip and opened the doors.
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