Chapter 16: The Vampire And The Veela
I was suddenly a bit nervous for my date when I woke up on Saturday morning. I made sure that I hunted, to avoid any accidents. I could see Cassie holding tryouts on the Quidditch pitch as I went past on my way to the Forbidden Forest.
I got back to the dormitory at about ten, and chose my clothes for the day. A black shirt, and black jeans. My eyes were back to their soft green, my black hair messy.
I went downstairs to wait for Dom. She came down from her dormitory a few minutes later, wearing a sun dress. She smiled at me nervously. It suddenly hit me that I was on a date with a Veela.
“Where d'you want to go?” I asked her as we left the common room.
“I don't mind,” she said, shrugging.
We got down to the Entrance Hall and were greeted by quite a sight. Teddy, with silvery blond hair, the same as Victoire and Dom's, had his tongue down Victoire's throat.
“EDWARD LUPIN AND VICTOIRE WEASLEY, THAT IS NOT APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR FOR PREFECTS!” McGonagall screeched at them. “TEN POINTS EACH FROM GRYFFINDOR!”
They pulled away from each other, giggling.
“That's disgusting,” Dom said, shaking her head.
I wouldn't mind it, to be honest. Just not in public.
“Come on,” I muttered to Dom, grabbing her hand and pulling her towards the door.
Oh. I was holding hands with her. I grinned to myself as we walked along.
“What're you smiling at?” she asked.
“I'm holding hands with a Veela,” I said.
“I'm only one eighth Veela,” she corrected me.
“Your charm works, I'm counting it,” I told her cheerfully.
“You glow in the sun,” she frowned at me.
“That's part of my charm,” I said, grinning widely, showing my fangs. She smiled in response.
We ended up walking to a small park in Hogsmeade that barely anyone knew was there. We'd be pretty much alone, with only the occasional person walking by.
Dom was surprisingly easy to talk to. Even without her Veela charm, I was drawn in by her charisma.
She was halfway through a sentence when I kissed her. I actually really liked her.
“Dom,” I said when I was finished, looking straight into her pale blue eyes. “I'm a vampire, and I'm dangerous, but I like you. Be my girlfriend?”
She smiled and took my hand. “Ok Angel. I'll be your girlfriend.”
“You two are going out?!” Victoire said incredulously.
“Yes,” Dom said, getting tired of the question. She'd asked it about six times already.
“Gosh Vicky, I didn't know you were stupid,” I smirked, and she kicked me under the table.
“Don't call me Vicky,” she hissed at me.
“I bet that's not what you tell Teddy,” I said cheekily. I was in a good mood. Dom squeezed my hand.
“Merlin,” said a voice, and a butterbeer slammed down on the table. “I hate being Quidditch captain.”
Cassie sat down next to me, looking cross.
“Does that mean I win the bet automatically if you have a crap team?” I asked her.
“Piss off Black,” she said. “I will kick your arse.”
“Yeah yeah,” I smirked.
“Oi,” Teddy shouted across the room suddenly. “You're not supposed to be here.”
“Oh Teddy, don't tell on us,” I heard James' voice before he came into view.
“I knew I'd regret giving you the map,” I told him as he and Freddie sat down.
“Grandad James' orders,” he smirked at me. “I had to get out of the castle somehow in my first year.”
“Grandma Lily's going to kill him,” I joked. It was probably true.
“Dom, I need to talk to you,” Victoire suddenly announced, giving her a look.
Dom kissed me on the cheek and followed her sister towards the bathroom. I bet this was about me.
Cassie's eyes were huge.
“What?” I asked.
“What was that?”
“What was what?”
“She just kissed you.”
“They're going out,” Teddy cut in, knowing that this would take forever otherwise.
“But I thought you liked me?” Cass frowned.
“I did. I like Dom now,” I shrugged.
“She's a laugh, she's not a bitch... I could go on,” I said.
Dom stormed out of the bathroom and headed towards the door. Victoire came back to the table. I jumped up and followed Dom.
“Dom!” I shouted after her. She stopped when she heard my voice. “What's wrong?”
“She has some nerve!” Dom shouted, looking like she was about to start crying.
“What did she say?”
“She tried to warn me off you!”
“Oh,” I said.
“She said you were only going out with me to make Cassie jealous.”
“What? Why does she think I'd do that?! I actually like you, Dom, that's why I asked you out.”
Dom smiled through her tears then. “She can be such a bitch sometimes.”
“I don't know what Teddy sees in her,” I said, putting my arm around her, and leaned down to kiss her.
“Oi, creep!” A voice shouted. I looked up and glared at Victoire. “Let's get one thing straight. If you hurt my sister, I will hunt you to the ends of the earth.”
“I wouldn't dream of it,” I spat back at her, then turned around and walked hand in hand with Dom back to Hogwarts.
It was a joke. It had to be. A sick joke that fate had played on me for continually rejecting Angel, and now it was too late.
I wanted him, and he was with someone else.
I watched as he walked away with Dom, their hands entwined, fingers laced together. I couldn't compete with a Veela, for fuck's sake.
Fuck it. I went back into the Three Broomsticks and ordered myself three shots of Firewhisky.
“Cass, are you alright?” Teddy asked in alarm as I downed them all.
“I'm fucking wonderful,” I snapped at him.
“I'll take her back to the castle,” a bloke's voice said. I turned around, and there was Cedric Diggory the second. He was in my year and house, and of course he'd returned to the Quidditch team as a beater, having outflown everyone else. He was good looking, of course. Grey eyes, a straight nose, slightly tanned skin and dark hair. The perfect mix between his parents. Oh, and he was Head Boy this year.
“Come on, Cass,” he said cheerfully, pulling my arm over his shoulder.
“I'm not drunk,” I slurred.
“Yeah, yeah,” he said, reminding me of Angel. “You came straight down from tryouts without lunch and I just saw you neck three shots. You'll be asleep in a minute.”
“Don't be silly,” I told him. He ignored that and picked me up because I was walking too slowly.
“Hey, nice arse Diggory,” I said, my head hanging over his shoulder.
He laughed. “Thanks.”
After about twenty minutes we arrived in the Hufflepuff common room. He put me down on a sofa, conjured a glass and filled it with water. He gave it to me and I sipped it.
“Do you have a girlfriend, Diggory?” I asked abruptly.
He shook his head.
Two first years appeared through the entrance to the common room. I recognised one of them as Louis.
“Hey, it's my favourite honorary cousin!” I shouted.
“Are you drunk, Cass?” he frowned.
I said “no,” as Cedric said “yes”.
“Your hair looks different,” I noticed. He had a black bit in his fringe that had definitely not been there yesterday.
“Alice dyed it for me,” he said sheepishly, gesturing to the girl beside him, who had a round face and dark blonde hair. “Hufflepuff colours and all.”
“Oh! You must be Professor Longbottom's daughter,” Cedric said. “He mentioned in Herbology yesterday that you'd started this year and got sorted into Hufflepuff.”
The poor girl blushed and nodded.
“Puff pride!” I said gleefully, waving my arm around. Cedric grabbed it before I could injure anyone.
“You need to sober up,” Cedric told me. Louis and Alice literally looked scared for their lives, and left to go and sit by the window.
“Ten galleons says he's gay,” I mused, watching them walk away.
“It's not a bet if I agree with you,” Cedric laughed.
“Am I sober enough yet?” I asked him.
“Not even close. You're a complete lightweight.”
I was quiet for a minute.
“Cedric? Do you think I'm pretty?”
“Are you joking Cass? Everyone knows you're gorgeous,” he said. “You know you're gorgeous.”
He was actually making me feel better. I looked at him, weighing up my next move. I leaned over and kissed him.
“Cass, what are you doing?”
“Shut up and let me kiss you.”
He pushed me off. “Cass, you're drunk.”
“Don't you like me?” I demanded.
“Of course I do! But you're drunk and it'd be taking advantage of you,” he said sadly.
“Fine!” I said, standing up, and dramatically leaving the common room.
“Cass!” I heard him shout after me, but I'd already left.
I made my way towards the Ravenclaw common room. Some first year got in ahead of me so I ran to catch them before the door closed.
Angel was nowhere to be seen. I headed up to the boys dormitories, just in case.
He was sat on his bed, poring over a piece of parchment. He looked up as the door opened.
“Cass! What're you doing?”
“Fucking hell Angel,” I said. “Apparently I'm drunk.”
“I can see that,” he smirked. “But what are you doing here?”
“I like you Angel,” I said, before I could sober up and run away. “I want to be your girlfriend. I want you to be my boyfriend. I more than like you. Actually I think I love you.”
“What? Cass, you hate me.”
“I could never hate you,” I said, sitting on his bed. Actually, I fell onto his bed in a very undignified way.
“What changed your mind?”
“I couldn't stand seeing you with her...” my voice trailed off.
He raised an eyebrow. “Are you sure you're not just jealous because I'm not paying attention to you anymore?”
“There's a reason I ignored you all summer, you know,” I told him. “I didn't want to admit how I felt about you. You drive me mad, in more than one way.”
Angel jumped up as I began to lean in for a kiss. “Cass, I want you to leave.”
“Why?” I blinked up at him.
“Because I have a girlfriend,” he hissed at me, looking angrier than I've ever seen him. “I don't want to fuck up something good just because you want me to be your plaything and you can ditch me when you get bored.”
“How do you know that's what'll happen?” I snapped back.
“I know you Cass. I know how you treat guys. I've seen it.”
“But this is different,” I insisted. “I feel different.”
“No you don't,” he laughed at me. “You just got confused because I'm not following you around like a little lost puppy anymore. Guess what. I grew the fuck up. I like someone else. Get over it.”
How ironic. I never thought he'd reject me. I got up and left.
Well, that didn't help anything. I was proud of myself for resisting her though. I knew it was because of Dom.
Fuck. Dom. I'd have to tell her. It was only right.
I headed for the door and she came in.
“Why is Cassie crying at the bottom of the stairs?” she asked me.
I sighed. “Because I told her that I didn't like her anymore.”
“Yes Dom, for you.”
She smiled. I leaned down and kissed her.
There was just something about Dom. She was kind, honest and pure. She wasn't like Cass, angry, loud, opinionated, and to be honest, a bit slutty. I realised that I definitely preferred Dom's company to Cassie's.