Chapter 3 : One Mistake and A Bucket Full of Regrets
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“Remember what I told you.” Angelina whispered in my ear. Did I mention that in addition to a makeover so gave me an assignment? One that I’m not entirely comfortable with? Oh shit this is too much. Angelina sensed my hesitation and gave me a slight push.
Taking a deep breath I walked over the twins and Oliver. I slowly dragged my hand across Oliver’s chest and said, “Close your mouth sweetie, you’ll let all the flies in.” I turned around and walked away shaking in my boots.
People started talking again as I got my self a drink. OF BUTTERBEER not fire whiskey. Angelina came up to me, “That was great! You did it almost better than I would have.”
“Never again. I’m not even kidding right now. Never again. I can’t believe I did that, I almost fainted you know.” I’m still shaking.
“Oh calm down Ellie! Relax, you showed them you can be interesting and crazy; now go have fun. We’re starting a game of Truth or Dare in a little while, I expect you to play.” With that Angelina sauntered off into the mess of people dancing.
I stared at Angelina’s retreating back, Holy shit, if this is anything like the rumors, I won’t make it through the night. I thought to myself. Suddenly Alicia came by me and grabbed my butterbeer out of my hands. She replaced it with a red solo cup (cliché I know) and whispered, “Don’t say I never helped you” and walked away.
I took a small sip and almost gagged. This is not me, never was and never will be. I don’t care about this stupid bet anymore, I’m done. I turned around and walked straight out of the Room of Requirement.
“Hello boys.” Damn these guys were looking good. I could vaguely here myself and my speech was slightly slurred. Not that it mattered, everyone was drunk, not just me.
“Hey Alicia.” One of the boys, I’m not really sure who, said to me. He wrapped his arm around me and said, “This is the kind of girl I like, someone who is fearless!”
I’ll show him fearless. I grabbed him and dragged him out to the dance floor. But before I could really show off my moves, someone grabbed me from behind.
“SOS. Ellie left.” They said. I turned and saw through my blurred vision that it was Angelina.
“Fuck that. I’m having fun, go away.” I attempted to say, who knows how much I got out.
“Damn. Katie let’s get her out of here. She’s completely wasted.” Angelina said to Katie.
“No, I want to stay. I’m fine I only smoked a little and I didn’t have almost none fire whiskey.”
“Come on Alicia, time to go. It’s late anyway.” Katie grabbed my arm and dragged me out of the Room of Requirement.
“What the hell? I was having fun!” I yelled at them. Why weren’t they understanding? I was on top of my game, if I leave then… All of a sudden my tongue was glued to the roof of my mouth and I couldn’t talk at all. They brought me down to the kitchens, I didn’t object much, and I really do like food.
We entered the kitchens and only a few house elves were still awake considering it’s about 2 or 3 in the morning. I mean who cares what time it is when chocolate éclairs are on the line.
Angelina was talking to one of the house elves while I went on the hunt for the chocolate éclairs.
After I found the éclairs a house elf took it out of my hand and replaced it with some drink in a glass.
“What the fuck, I want my damn éclair.” No one takes away my éclairs. No one.
“Drink this miss. Then you can have the éclair.” The house elf said to me.
“Drink it Alicia, don’t be a coward.”
I looked at the bright green drink skeptically. My friends wouldn’t poison me, I’m sure of that. I assumed this was going to get me even more drunk than I was now so I took a gulp.
SPLAT. I sprayed the green crap everywhere, that shit tasted horrible! Some had already gotten down my throat though.
“That’ll do thanks Rosie.” Katie said to the house elf. Rosie did a deep curtsy and ran into a room off the side of the kitchens.
“What the fuck did you just give me?” Maybe they are trying to poison me!
“A drinking remedy.”
“Funny, it didn’t taste alcoholic.”
“No, not like that. Give it a minute, you won’t be drunk any more.” Angelina said.
“But I like being drunk.”
“I can’t believe you bitches dragged me from that party and made me become undrunk.” I said while lying on the floor of the Gryffindor common room.
“I’m sorry, but there’ll be other parties I promise. For now we need to focus on Ellie.” Katie said; she was curled up in the armchair closest to the fire.
“So why am I here? I’m not on your side. I’m not on any side, I decide who wins in the end.” This is so stupid.
“Bullshit. You want us to win as much as you want to win the house cup this year.” Angelina said. She’s right of course, about the house cup, not about wanting Ellie to win. I’m not sure how I feel about that just yet.
“Alright, let’s say I do want Ellie to win, how would I help without being biased.” I asked.
“Coach her. Come on Alicia, you’re probably the biggest whore in Gryffindor, give her a few pointers.” Katie said pointedly.
“Hey! I take that as an insult!” Angelina said.
“I’m sorry. What do you want me to say?”
“I believe we’re tied in being the Gryffindor whores.”
“Ha-ha. True. We’re looked at as the same.” I replied. I don’t really care about being a whore. It makes everything fun! “But you just want me to give her pointers? Honestly, I don’t think she wants them.”
“When the time seems right, make your Alicia magic!”
“You want me to seduce her?!”
“What? No! Help her! Why would I want you to seduce her?” Angelina looked horrified in the firelight.
“I don’t know that’s why I asked.” God, these girls. Suddenly the common room was too crowded for me. Yes at 3 in the morning with only the three of us awake. “I’m going for a walk.”
“At 3 in the morning?” Katie asked.
“Don’t judge me. I like my late night walks.” I stood up and walked out of the Common room. Now all I have to do is watch out for the prefects and teachers.
I was walking around for about 10 minutes when I suddenly heard footsteps around the corner. I dove behind a suit of armor, but not quickly enough.
“Alicia Spinnet, what on earth are you doing?”
A bright light shone in my eyes and dread filled every fiber of my being. Of all the times I’ve snuck out or done things I shouldn’t have in certain unmentionable places, I’ve never been caught. Now, on the one night I’m sneaking out without cruel intentions, I’ve been caught. Ironic isn’t it?
“I-I don’t know what to say.”
“You can say, I’ve been played.” The light lowered and I saw Oliver and the Weasley twins standing above me. I breathed a breath of relief.
I stood up and smacked each of them upside the head. “That’s what you get for scaring the crap out of me.”
“You should have seen your face Alicia it was priceless.” Oliver said. His speech seemed fine and he wasn’t swaying like Fred was. Oliver was always able to hold his liquor well.
“Oliver, I know you like to talk, but Fred and I need to go lie down. I think we had a bit much to drink tonight.” George said. He and Fred were leaning on each other and swaying together.
“Alright let’s go. I’ll walk back with you guys.” I said, happy for the excuse to go back to the common room.
“No Alicia they can make it back on their own. Anyway I want to talk to you.” Oliver grabbed my arm and pulled me back to him.
“Um. Okay. George, if the girls are still up tell them I’ll be along soon.” I turned back towards Oliver and we set of away from the common room.
Once Fred and George were out of sight I turned towards Oliver, “where are we going and what did you want to talk to me about?”
I thought we’d go down to the lake.”
Oliver didn’t say another word until we got to our favorite tree by the lake.
“What is this all about? I swear you’re acting as strange as Ellie.”
“That’s what I want to talk to you about. This bet.”
“You aren’t going to convince me to help you boys cheat.” I see what he’s doing. It won’t work he doesn’t know my weakness.
“Leesh, you don’t understand. I can’t lose this bet. Angelina is going to make me go out with Terry Caufield.”
“Aw, Terry’s not that bad. Besides the fact that she’s a foot taller than you, is a complete and total bitch, hates everything, is really ugly and is missing a tooth. It won’t be too bad.”
“Not going to happen Oliver.” I turned around and started walking back towards the castle. All of a sudden I felt Oliver’s arms around my waist and he whispered in my ear, “What if I make you an offer you can’t refuse.”
Oliver kissed my cheek and spun me around so I was facing him, “Oliver what are you doing? This isn’t you.”
That’s a lie. Oliver isn’t a man whore, but he has slept around a little bit. He’s not the relationship type. I’m just surprised he’s using this to get what he wants. Again, another lie. I’m a sex addict, Oliver’s becoming one, why not?
“Don’t lie to yourself Alicia.” He snogged me full on the mouth. Damn, this boy is a good kisser.
I broke away, “How is this going to help you?” Was what I wanted to say but before I got the chance to speak Oliver pressed his mouth on mine again. All thoughts left my head as Oliver pushed me up against the trunk of the tree. We slid down to the ground as Oliver started to unbutton my shirt.
I wasn’t thinking of how this was going to compromise our friendship or even how wrong this was, I only wanted more.
Ten minutes later I looked into Oliver’s eyes and he said, “I got you Alicia. You’re mine.”
It finally dawned on me how he just won the bet.
Yes! Not only did I lay the hottest girl in Gryffindor, I just won the bet. One word: blackmail.
The look on Alicia’s face was priceless. She must be beating herself up right now, but honestly, I could care less. I never lose bets. I guess it must be my competitive side coming out, but this bet wasn’t going to change that.
“You do it?” George’s voice floated through the darkness as I entered the dormitory.
“Gentlemen, we just won this bet.”
“Fred’s out cold, but we can tell him in the morning. This is great.”
“I would have never made the bet if I thought Ellie could actually change.” I said. When I saw Ellie at the party tonight, I had to admit, she looked hott. This was really the first time I thought that I wasn’t going to win this bet. Ellie as a color is something that I would have never thought could happen.
“Nah, I figured she would be able to do it. I wanted to push her to see if she could. I have to say, if this bet changes Ellie, we’re going to have some real fun this year and next.”
“So we’ll just have to push her beyond her limits.”
The next morning we went down to breakfast and found all the girls sitting at the table. Fred and George placed themselves between Angelina and Katie while I sat down next to Alicia.
“How was your night last night Alicia?” I said with a smirk. Call me mean, but this is the first time I’ve ever had something over Alicia, and I was going to flaunt it.
“Jackarse.” She whispered in my ear. Then she stood up and stalked out of the
“What’s her problem?” Katie asked.
“I just asked her how her night was, I didn’t say anything bad.” I said innocently, “Why don’t you go talk to her?”
Katie stood up and followed Alicia out of the Great Hall. Fred and George snorted into their oatmeal and Angelina threw the three of us a dirty look. “What the hell is going on?”
“Calm down babe, you’re over reacting.” Fred said and he put his arm around Angelina. She huffed, threw his arm off her shoulders and followed Katie and Alicia out of the Great Hall.
This day is off to a good start, it’s not even 9 and we’re left with just Ellie.
“So Ellie, you made quite the impression at the party last night.” I said.
Her face turned bright red and she bowed her head to look at the floor.
“Don’t be like that, it’s a compliment El, not an insult.” George said.
“Well thanks then. I’m sorry I’m not used to people complimenting me, it’s not like you guys have ever complimented me for the six years we’ve been friends.”
“That’s not true.” I objected. We’ve complimented her!
“Yeah, what about that time-“ Fred started.
“Or the other time with that hairpiece-“ George continued.
“Or when we had… that thing… at the place…” I tried. Nope, never.
“Thanks guys. Love you too.” She was smiling so we assumed she didn’t care, “I’m not one to take compliments very well anyway.” She said, “Anyway, what’s the deal with Alicia. I know you three know something.”
“It’s nothing, we just got into a little spat last night. I’m sure she’s still mad about it.” I said quickly.
Ellie gave me a look then said, “She is hot tempered. Well, I apologize for whatever she said. She was pretty drunk last night even before I left.”
“We saw you leave early. Why?” Fred asked.
“I just… didn’t feel like partying last night.” We could all tell she was lying. I stole a glance at the twins and we were all thinking the same thing, maybe I didn’t have to sleep with Alicia. Now thinking about this whole bet and everything, I do feel kind of bad about it all. I mean this wasn’t her idea in the first place.
“Listen, Ellie. I feel really bad, thinking about all of this now. We practically threw you into this bet. If you don’t want to do it, we can call it off.” I said; the twins looked at me dumbfounded. What the hell? Was written all over their faces.
“Are you trying to get me to give up? I won’t let you win.” She had a look of determination on her face.
“No El, we’re calling a draw.” I said, hoping she would take it. Secretly I could tell this bet was going to get out of hand before long.
“Um… I mean… are you?” Her face was full of confusion and after a few seconds something dawned on her and the look of determination came back, “Is this surrender I hear? Be happy I’m refusing to accept it now. You boys are in for the ride of your life.” She stood up and sauntered out of the Great Hall leaving the three of sitting at the table with looks of absolute shock on our faces. It had finally dawned on us that maybe we weren’t the only ones playing with cruel intentions.
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