Chapter 11 : prom song (part one)
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Boy, it's late, walk me home, put your hand in mine
At the gate, stop and say, "Be my valentine"
You are, by far, the brightest star I've ever seen
And I never dreamed I'd be so happy that I could die
Prom Song (Gone Wrong) -- Lana del Rey
Rainne wakes up Saturday morning with her heart beating through her chest. Today is the day.
Why is she so nervous?
All she can think about is the feeling Ben’s lips provide. That feeling of pure and utter joy.
She jumps out of bed and hurries into the shower. For the first time in her life, she cares about how she smells. She looks at the large soap and shampoo collection her roommates have, debating whether or not she should use it. She opts for Lily’s cinnamon scent, hoping she doesn’t mind.
As she showers, the girls wake up one by one. They yawn and put their hair up in messy buns. Nobody wants to leave the dorm.
Rainne exits the bathroom wrapped in a towel, her hair dripping onto her shoulders. The girls greet her with smiles.
“L-Lily,” she says, “I u-used your cin-nnamon--.”
Lily jumps up.
“Don’t worry! My cousin sells scented beauty products for a muggle company and sends me loads of stuff,” she says excitedly, “I could have her send you some if you’d like?”
Rainne smiles and nods.
“Yeah,” she says quietly. Lily grins.
“Guys,” says Carmen in her deep, raspy morning voice, “Can we have breakfast in here?”
Marlene nods, “I really don’t look presentable enough to be seen in public,” she says.
Lily looks at Rainne, who shrugs. It’s not like she plans on eating, anyway.
They summon a house elf and soon the room is filled with delicious pastries. The scent flows into Rainne’s nostrils and she feels her self control waning.
Lily offers her a roll.
“Oh my gosh, you have got to try this, Rainne,” she says.
Rainne shakes her head, trying to hide her disgust.
“I... I h-had breakfast b-before I sh-showered,” she lies.
Lily eyes her, dropping the subject -- for now.
When the girls are done eating, they lay on their backs, rubbing their bloated stomachs. Rainne tries not to grimace.
“That was heavenly,” says Marlene. Carmen and Lily nod in agreement.
Suddenly, Lily sits up.
“My cousin sent me these spa treatments last week,” she runs to her trunk, pulling out creams and moisturizers, “We should have a spa day!”
The girls agree and have a much needed relaxation day, enchanting the spa treatments to do everything themselves and gossiping about who they think will wear the most revealing costumes.
“Where are the girls?” asks James, looking around the Great Hall. Ben looks around as well.
“Who cares?” he says, “We’ll see them tonight at the party.”
Ben and James nod, still slightly upset.
“Did you guys see the notice in the common room?” asks Remus. His friends shake their heads, “Curfew for Halloween this year is eleven.”
“What?!” exclaims James.
“Last year it was two in the morning!” whines Ben.
“It said something about late night Death Eater attacks,” says Remus.
“Fuck curfew. The party starts at ten, there is no way I am coming back at eleven.”
Ben and James nod in agreement.
“As long as we don’t get caught,” says Remus, “It said we’ll get detention until New Year if we skip out.”
James rolls his eyes.
“When has detention ever stopped us?” he says. They all laugh and discuss Halloween pranks.
The sixth year Gryffindor girls bustle around their room as they get ready.
Carmen wears a long, skin tight black dress and a muggle witch’s hat. She teases her blonde hair in the bathroom. Marlene casts spells at an old gown, making it sparkle. Glitter dust falls off whenever it moves, fading into the air. She is dressing up as a charm.
Rainne sits with Lily on her bed, waiting for the girls to be ready. They are all loaning her different parts of her costume. She doesn’t know how she’ll ever return the favor. Lily stares at nothing.
“Wh-what’s your costume?” Rainne asks her.
“I don’t know,” sighs Lily, “I can’t think of anything.”
Rainne grins, going to the trunk at the foot of her bed.
“I was g-going to wear this,” she says, taking out a dress and hanging it to Lily. Lily takes it, admiring it in awe, “It’s my grandmother’s o-old flapper’s dress,” Rainne adds.
Lily gasps, looking up at her.
“Rainne, I couldn’t...” she says.
“Please,” insists Rainne,“S-someone should wear it. It’s t-too beautiful to sit in my t-trunk.”
Lily nods, still admiring the dress.
“Thank you,” she says. Rainne shrugs it off, still smiling.
“Okay,” says Carmen, leaving the bathroom, “I’m ready for you, Rainne!”
She opens her closet, grabbing a strapless gold sequin dress with a sweetheart neckline. She tosses it at Rainne.
“Put this on,” she says.
“Wait!” says Marlene. She hands Rainne a pair of white feathered wings, “This too!”
Rainne goes into the bathroom, putting on the disguise. She admires it in the mirror, surprised at how perfectly it fits. She tries not to look at her own features, instead admiring the dress. When she re-enters the bedroom, the girls gasp. They hurry over to her.
“I’m going to put your hair up with little braids...” starts Marlene.
“...You need gold eye shadow, and fake eyelashes...” continues Carmen.
“...And little feathers in your hair!” adds Lily.
They fuss over her, smearing lipstick and tugging at her hair. Rainne giggles, overwhelmed by all the attention.
Yes, she definitely likes having friends.
After snacking on leftover pastries for lunch instead of going to the Great Hall, the girls are nearly ready. They add finishing touches to their lipstick and walk through perfume mist. Ignoring the girls’ protests, Rainne’s arm is still covered in bracelets. She adjusts them nervously.
“Rainne, do you want to borrow my cinnamon lip balm?” Lily holds out a thin tube of chapstick to Rainne, who takes it and applies it to her bright red lips.
“Thank you!” her stammer is slowly fading away. She is starting to feel comfortable around her roommates.
“Gotta keep those lips kissable,” says Lily, winking. Rainne blushes.
“Do you think you’re going to kiss Ben?” asks Carmen.
“I don’t kn-know, last time--,”
“Last time?” asks Marlene, “What do you mean last time?”
Rainne’s eyes widen.
“Uhm, well. When I --when I got the l-letter about my grandma,” Rainne fumbles over her words “and I was, you know, I was crying, well, h-he asked me if he could, you know, if he could k-kiss me. And I -I said yes.”
The girls smile.
“That is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard,” says Lily.
“He asked you if he could kiss you?” asks Marlene, in a kind of trance, no doubt imagining someone doing that for her.
“I wish guys did that with me,” complains Carmen, “They just shove their tongues down my throat without warning.”
“Yeah, but you’re a slut,” laughs Lily.
“Shut up, you’re not supposed to acknowledge it!”
The girls laugh. Lily checks her watch.
“It’s almost eight, wanna head out?” everyone nods and leaves the room.
The Marauders sit in a booth at the Three Broomsticks, sipping on butterbeer.
“You excited for your date with Rainne?” asks Remus. Ben nods, his right knee shaking.
“Nervous, much?” laughs Sirius, who sits beside him. Ben sheepishly puts his hand on his knee to keep it still.
“I just don’t wanna mess this up,” he says.
“I know what you mean,” says James, “I mess it up with Lily pretty much every time I open my mouth.”
Ben laughs, “I wonder what her costume is,” he says.
“A sexy cat,” says Sirius.
“A sexy nurse,” laughs James.
“A sexy quidditch player,” adds Remus.
“A sexy devil.”
“A sexy pirate!”
“A sexy waitress!”
“A sexy school girl!”
“A sexy vampire!”
“Okay, okay, enough,” says Ben, laughing, “I doubt she’s going to be any of those things.”
“She better not,” says Sirius, “I have vowed to snog any girl wearing a costume with the word sexy in front of it.” Ben smacks him upside the head, “Ow!”
“You are such a whore,” says James.
“Whatever, you’re just jealous,” says Sirius, feigning hurt.
“You’re going to be the jealous one when Lily agrees to marry me!”
“Woah, slow down there, big boy, she hasn’t even agreed to go on a date with you yet,” laughs Sirius.
“Exactly, yet,” says James.
Ben notices customers leaving the pub.
“Hey, I think it’s time for us to head over to the club, looks like the party is gonna start soon.”
They drop a few coins on the wooden table and leave the pub.
The girls walk down a side street in Hogsmeade, talking and laughing. Rainne is only half paying attention, thinking of everything that could go wrong tonight. She lights a cigarette and takes a hit, calming herself down. Lily snatches the cigarette and stomps on it with her foot while Rainne stares at her wide eyed.
“You do not want cigarette breath, there is no way Ben is kissing you with that dirty mouth!” she says. She grabs mouth spray from her clutch --cinnamon, of course --and holds it up to Rainne’s mouth, “Open!” she commands. Rainne obeys, blinking rapidly as Lily sprays her tongue repeatedly.
“Ahh, that tastes like chemicals,” she complains.
“But it smells delicious,” says Lily.
Rainne sticks out her tongue in disgust, trying to get the taste to go away while Carmen and Marlene laugh at her. She glares at them.
“I think he would want to k-kiss me more if it tasted like fags.”
“You are not smoking a cancer stick,” says Lily, “Not tonight.”
Rainne sighs in defeat as they arrive to the club. It is a small building at the edge of a forest, ending the last street in Hogsmeade. A green nose with a purple wart on it flashes above the door, Witch’s Wart flashing below it in magenta. The party has barely started, but the building is already vibrating with music. They enter and, after leaving their coats and handbags at the door, begin to dance together in the center of the room. Rainne doesn’t care whether or not Ben shows up because right now she is having the time of her life.
She dances to the rhythm of the music, laughing along with her friends as they share stupid dance moves. Rainne’s wings flutter slightly as she dances, making her feel like she’s flying. Suddenly, Lily looks behind her and grins, ushering the girls away. Rainne feels a pair of hands slide onto her hips and turns around quickly. Ben grins and kisses her on the cheek. He tries to shout something, but she can’t hear it. She points to the door and they go outside.
“What did you say?!” she yells, her ears deafened by the loud speakers. Ben laughs, “I just yelled that, didn’t I?” she says sheepishly.
He nods and pulls her closer to whisper in her ear.
“I said you look beautiful,” he says. She blushes, a shiver running down her spine at the feeling of his hot breath on her ear, “What are you?” he asks.
“A golden snitch,” she says quietly.
“Very fitting,” he says, “I’m a seeker, you know.”
She nods, smiling. He winks at her and they go back inside.
When Rainne and Ben reenter, Rainne stops to take it all in. She’s glad she can call this group of people her friends.
She sees James dancing over to Lily and laughs. Lily turns around and smacks him in the head, walking off with her head held high. Ben chuckles and grabs Rainne’s hand, pulling her into the sweaty crowd.
As Rainne and Ben dance, Rainne thinks to herself, life is looking up. Maybe things are really getting better.
Rainne looks around. She remembers what Remus said about her eating habits, and searches the crowd for him, but he is distracted by a seventh year Ravenclaw in a revealing cat costume. Sirius leans against the damp stone wall, taking a sip of his drink. Rainne notices he looks sad and wonders how all those rumors about him being a womanizer got started up. She watches him, empathizing with him.
Suddenly, he looks up and their eyes meet. Rainne is caught off guard, she feels as if he knew she was looking at him. His piercing eyes seem to look into her soul. She quickly averts her gaze, searching the dance floor for more familiar faces.
The song changes and the thick air fills with girly screams. Apparently, this is everyone’s song. Lily finds Carmen, Marlene, and Rainne. The girls form a group in the center of the dance floor and show off their best moves. The guys join in and soon they’re all laughing and dancing. Lily even smiles at James; she’s having too much fun to be angry with him right now. Ben squeezes his way through the group to dance closer to Rainne. She looks up at him and smiles as they both move to the beat.
This is the happiest she has felt in a long time.
I would like to take this space at the end of my document to thank my friend Savannah. Because she is the baddest bitch of them all. I really had a hard time writing this chapter but she helped me through it and made it perfect. Because she is perfect.
Okay moving on.
I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a few days, I’ve been terribly busy and I’ve hardly had time to get on my laptop. I’ll update as often as I can, and in a few weeks I should have more time.
Thanks for reading.
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