Chapter 6 : velvet crowbar
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Life is a velvet crowbar
Hitting you over the head
You're bleeding but you want more
Velvet Crowbar -- Lana del Rey
The next few days are a blur. All anyone can talk about is the upcoming quidditch match between Slytherin and Gryffindor. Girls talk about what outfits they’re going to wear, guys predict the winning score. Fans make enchanted posters that flash, sparkle, and scream.
Rainne is also excited, but not about the match. Everyday she is getting away with eating less and less. Nobody is noticing. She has reached a point where she no longer eats, she merely plays with her food to make it look as if she has.
Nobody cares enough to notice, she thinks. Why would they? She is a waste of space.
Saturday finally arrives with a gust of autumn wind.
Rainne puts on some red and golden clothes and heads for the Great Hall. She makes sure she is a tad late so that she won’t have to pretend to eat breakfast.
The Marauders are leaving just as she arrives.
“Finally!” Ben exclaims, “What took you so long?”
“Overslept,” Rainne says. She meets up with them and turns around to leave with them.
“Aren’t you going to eat breakfast?” Sirius asks her.
“I-I’ll go to the ki-kitchens later,” Rainne lies. Sirius eyes her then shrugs it off.
James, Sirius, and Ben stop in the hallway.
“We’re going to meet up with the rest of the team before we go on the field,” says James.
“Okay,” says Rainne. She hugs Ben and the three of them walk towards an empty classroom.
“Good luck!” Rainne calls after them. Ben grins and waves goodbye.
“So,” says Remus, “Wanna go snag some front row seats?”
The two walk to the field as Remus explains the rules of the sport.
“So James is the... chaser?” Rainne says as they exit the doors of the castle. Remus nods.
“He tries to score on the other team,” Remus says.
Rainne nods. The sharp movement makes her dizzy. She steadies herself by putting her hand on the stone wall
“Are you okay?” Remus asks. She nods, this time more slowly.
“Yeah, just... all this thinking is making the b-blood rush to my h-head. Q-quidditch is hard!”
Remus laughs, still eyeing Rainne. She feels faint.
She grabs Remus’s arm.
“You sure you’re okay?”
Rainne nods once more.
Then, all of a sudden, she can’t hear. All sound is gone. Her vision follows suit and everything fades into darkness. Her head hits the grass with a thud.
Remus watches as Rainne faints.
“Shit,” he mutters. He levitates her and takes her to the hospital wing.
He has a feeling she hasn’t been visiting the kitchens lately.
Rainne’s eyes flutter open.
“Madame Pomfrey!” a familiar voice calls, “She’s awake!”
The young nurse bustles over, peering into Rainne’s view of the ceiling.
Why is she in the hospital wing? How did she get here?
“Hello, dear,” Pomfrey says, “How are you feeling?”
Rainne sits up, rubbing the back of her head.
“My head hurts,” she says. Pomfrey hands her a glass with a clear, green liquid. She drinks it and the pain in her head clears.
“Mr. Lupin here tells me you fainted,” Pomfrey says, “When was the last time you ate?” she asks seriously.
Rainne’s heart stops.
“I... uhm,” she counts the days in her head, looking back and forth between Remus and the nurse, “Er... T-tuesday.”
“Tuesday?!” Pomfrey exclaims. Rainne nods, afraid of what the nurse will do, “You need to eat more, dear. You are already so thin!”
Rainne frowns. There is no need to lie, she knows she clearly looks like a sack of potatoes!
Pomfrey looks at Remus.
“Mr. Lupin,” she says, “Please watch Miss Pemberton closely. Make sure she eats! As for you, dear, I am giving you a strengthening potion,” Pomfrey summons another glass and, without warning, shoves the warm liquid down Rainne’s throat.
“Promise me you will eat,” she says.
Rainne nods. Pomfrey looks at her then flusters back into her office.
“You are free to leave when you feel ready!” she calls.
Rainne looks at Remus. He is frowning.
“Please don’t tell Ben,” she pleads.
“I will if I see you’re not eating enough,” he says.
She will just have to go back to purging.
Rainne thanks Madame Pomfrey and she follows Remus to the common room.
She is ashamed. Ashamed because she couldn’t come up with a lie quickly enough. Ashamed because she missed the match.
“What are we going to tell Ben?” she asks Remus when they reach the Fat Lady.
“I don’t know,” he says. He doesn’t care.
“I... I’ll just say I had the st-stomach flu.”
Remus is angry at her. She is so smart, he thinks, how could she be doing this to herself?
They enter the common room. Students run around, cheering, jumping, singing.
“Rainne! Remus!” Ben calls from the center of the room, “Where have you been?”
Rainne tries to speak, but her voice is too quiet and the crowd too loud.
Ben leads Rainne to a corner where they can talk.
Remus congratulates his friends on the win and heads upstairs to his dorm. If there is one thing he hates, it is smart people doing stupid things.
Ben forgives Rainne. She tells him that she isn’t feeling very well and heads to her dorm after congratulating the team.
She kneels over her toilet and tickles her throat with her fingers. She is not going to let anyone get in the way of her being thin
author’s note: i would like to thank everyone for your reviews. you are all so kind, and you have no idea how much your comments mean to me. lately i’ve been lucky and the queue has been fast, so i will update as often as i can.
i have a question for you guys. have you been listening to the suggested tracks? i think they add a bit to the chapters, so if you have the time please do. if you have been, what do you think of them? any comments?
also, i'm sorry this chapter is so short. the next one is short as well, but they pick up after that.
thank you again for reading.
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