Chapter 1 : Hangovers, Annoying Mothers And Albus Potter
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A/N Welcome to my latest story which will be Albus/OC. This is Written for milominderbinder’s Modern Romance Challenge and I hope that there will be twenty chapters in total! Enjoy :)
"ALYSSA MAY DARCEY!"
Sometimes I wonder whether my mother thought she would forget the month I was born in. So she named me after it, and most of the time I'm thankful I wasn't born in September. Just think Alyssa September Darcey? I cringed at the thought as I dragged my sorry ass out of bed.
As I sat on the edge of my bed, I put my head in my hands as my room had started to spin.
"ALYSSA!" my mother yelled again. Hoping that I wasn't going to be sick or faint, I stood up warily.
"Coming, mum," I called back to her, as I wondered whether she would give me enough time to shower and dress, before having to show my face downstairs. Another shout of my name told me I wouldn't and I sighed.
I really don't think I should have gone out last night. Having that last shot of whatever concoction of spirits really tipped me over the edge. From the end of my bed I picked up my dressing gown and pulled it around me as I made to leave my room, well mine and my sister Chloe's room that is.
Luckily for some, Chloe was still snoozing away, her blonde hair trailing over the side of the bed along with her right arm. I swear she could sleep through a war! I shook my head but soon stopped because it made me feel even worse as it was pounding.
"Eurgh," I muttered going into the bathroom.
"You're looking worse for wear, dear," the mirror told me as I looked at my reflection. "That hair needs a good comb too."
The whole reason I went out last night was because today my eldest sister: Adriana, also known as Ade, turns twenty-one and of course she wanted to celebrate last night because some of her friends couldn't do it tonight.
When I eventually made it to the kitchen mum was dishing up breakfast. "Morning, Alyssa, good night was it?" she questioned as she raised her eyebrows at my hungover state.
"I am never drinking again!" I muttered knowing that I didn't mean it, as I looked through the cupboards for paracetamol. I swear I heard mum scoff and mutter something whilst my back was turned, although when she slid a plate of toast in front of me I forgave her for making fun of me.
"So?" Mum started to say as she sat opposite me at the breakfast bar. "Did you happen to meet any nice boys?"
I chose my words carefully because I wasn't about to tell her that I had most probably kissed at least three from my drunken shenanigans. "I might have," I informed her as I thought back to last night. There was one guy who was nice. I mean he even held my hair back when I was sick despite having known me for all of five minutes.
I am such a lovely drunk, I'm friendly as well. I don't know why mum complains about me being boyfriend-less, if I was constantly drunk I'd have at least six. To be honest I think she's hoping for more grand-kids. I'm nineteen for crying out loud I don't want to be tied down by a man or have kids just yet. Okay so I have a fairly crappy job as a barmaid but I'm still young, I want to enjoy my life even if it isn't all that great. Why can't my mother see this?
"There's always that nice young lad from next door," she suggested as she cradled her steaming mug of coffee in her hands. "Not the older one, the one that was your age: Albus."
I ignored this comment, mainly because ever since I was little she and Albus' mum Ginny think that we're going to get married and have loads of kids. Add in the fact that in sixth year after I was getting over my break up with Todd (who was an ass by the way), I was playing spin the bottle with my friends and I had to kiss Albus. Ever since mum has got it in her head that Albus Potter is the perfect boy for me.
He's not though, his black hair is always messy like he never combs it. He's annoying, cocky and not only that he's the second son of one of the most famous people in the wizarding world. Oh and all the girls we went to school with, seemed to think that he is some sort of sex-god, which he is not.
"Morning all!" came a booming voice, which belonged to my dear old dad as he got ready to head to head off to work. He kissed the top of my head before going over to mum and kissing her on the cheek. "Wow you don't look so good this morning, Lyss?"
I mumbled a reply and I drank my drink as my littlest sister came running in like the crazy six year old child that she is.
"Mummy!" Carrie squealed and I wished she hadn't because of my poor head which was pounding.
Our one and only brother; Caine came running in after her and I knew why she was squealing now because he was probably playing monsters (her favourite game) with her.
"Shh!" I protested. Caine grinned at me as he stopped chasing Carrie who was now in dad's arms and sat opposite me.
"Why's that, Lyss?" he asked rather loudly smirking as he did so.
I groaned in response. "I sometimes swear you aren't my brother, I always wondered where Voldemort left his spawn."
"Alyssa!" Mum scolded. "Language. Caine go and wake your sister, tell her breakfast's ready. I don't see what that girl does to be so tired every morning," Mum ordered as she knew I was in delicate state right now and I was so not up to being annoyed by my fifteen year old brother who thinks he's all 'it'.
I knew why she was tired every morning, but I wasn't going to offer that information to mum because she would got insane. You see Chloe has a boyfriend, bear in mind she's eighteen in October and mum believes she shouldn't have one because she's still too young.
This is the same mother that believes that I at nineteen need to have a boyfriend so she keeps setting me up on dates with weirdos. I honestly don't get why she thinks I need one and Chloe doesn't. The other thing is that she dislikes Chloe's boyfriend but he's a nice lad called Lorcan Scamander. Okay so his mother is a little out of it, and his dad hunts for creatures that may or may not exist, but he's pretty normal in comparison to them and his twin brother Lysander.
The whole reason she's tired is because she sneaks out most nights to see him, and being the loving big sister that I am, I help her. So really if mum finds out it's not only Chloe's head on the line, it's mine as well.
Mum was busy making more breakfast as Carrie ran around the room because she was having pancakes. Honestly what I would give to be six again when the most exciting thing in your life is having pancakes for breakfast. I shook my head slightly as she came and hugged the parts of me she could reach.
I was lost with my thoughts as I was graced with Caine and Chloe's presence as they took seats opposite and next to me. Chloe looked like I felt: tired, grumpy and hungry.
"M-morning," she yawned.
"Here you go trouble," Dad said as he lifted Carrie onto the bar stool next to Caine. And placed her plate of pancakes, covered with chocolate sauce in front of her. Kissing her blonde hair, he waved goodbye before leaving for work.
Mum put a plate in front of Chloe as she looked at me. "Lyss, do you remember Terry? You went on a date with him last week." I nodded wondering where this was going because he talked non-stop about himself, he had bad breath and he was so not my type. The date hadn't exactly gone well. "Good news, you're going on a second date next Wednesday. It's all arranged, he told me he thoroughly enjoyed it. Think you might have a keeper there, Lyss."
I was gob smacked but as my mouth was full of toast I couldn't reply. The most I did was mumble words at her and spray crumbs at Caine.
"Don't forget you're supposed to pick Hayden up from Deano's at eleven and please don't drive in that state," Mum added leaving the kitchen just as I swallowed and regained my voice. "I'm going to see if the birthday girl is awake."
My eyes grew wide as I remembered I was supposed to get my two year old nephew.
"Shit!" I looked at the kitchen clock and saw it was half ten. "Double shit!" I muttered under my breath as I raced from the kitchen to get dressed, ignoring the protests from my stomach which was churning.
"Crap," I cursed as I tried and failed once again to get my car going. "Why aren't you working baby?" I asked hoping my little yellow bug would reply back to me. Thanks to both my parents being half-blood and both having grown up with muggle stuff they've taught us the same values. Hence me being able to drive, I prefer it to apparating as I like the journey as well, as not knowing where the world could take me.
After trying once more I gave up and crossed my arms; leaning my head on the steering wheel. I bet mum did something to it so I couldn't drive it, it was my only option despite me knowing I could get caught since there's probably still alcohol in my system, but the thought of apparition made me feel queasy. I stayed still for a while wishing I hadn't been so drunk last night when there was a tap on my window causing me to jump and to hit the horn on the steering wheel.
Jumping up, I looked to see none other than Albus Potter, next door's middle child looking at me, I rolled down the window and tried not to scowl because the horn had made my head feel even worse.
"Need a lift?" he offered as he jingled his keys awkwardly. "You're mum said you're going over to the Wood's and well I need to see Shaun," Albus babbled.
"Um thanks," I replied forcing a smile on my face as I grabbed my bag off the passenger seat and got out following him to where his car, which was a little green thing, was parked. I was about to get in when I remembered that I would need Hayden's carseat as my sister Adriana would probably kill me for not bringing her son home safely. "Is it okay if I get Hayden's carseat?"
He nodded causing his hair to become even more messy. "Should really get a comb," I muttered to myself as I went back to my car.
I had just finished making sure the carseat was in properly when Albus turned to look at me from the front seat, his gaze caught mine and I was startled by the colour of his eyes. I mean I knew they were green but it was like looking into a field of freshly mown grass.
"Ready?" he asked as he blinked at me, breaking me out of my trance.
I gulped. "Yeah."
Shutting the door I got into the front with him and did my seat belt up before Albus set off. It wasn't a very long journey, around fifteen minutes but to me it felt like a hundred times longer. There's always been a weird awkward-ness between me and Albus ever since we started Hogwarts and got sorted into different house, me into Gryffindor and him into Slytherin.
Mainly because we used to do everything together before that and then suddenly we stopped talking and the friendship we had went out the window. Of course we talked a little in school due to the fact I'm friends with two of his cousins but still the awkward-ness is there and I don't think it will ever go.
I was still slightly mesmerized by the colour of his eyes and when I glanced at him, he was looking back at me. As if it hadn't happened Albus turned his eyes back to the road in front of us. I looked out of the window wishing I had risked apparating instead.
The silence between us broke when Albus spoke, "So how've you been?"
I laughed; "Albus, we haven't held a conversation in nearly eight years and the first thing you ask if how I've been?"
In response he shrugged as he turned into the street that the Wood's live on. "We live next door to each other, Lyss, we can't not talk any more."
"We've managed nearly eight years I think we'll be okay if we don't start now." After that he didn't speak again and I shut the car door with more force than I meant to once he had pulled up outside Katie and Oliver Wood's house.
The gravel crunched under my feet as I went up the path. My elder sister's son; Hayden was in the living room window with his dad Deano, looking out. His face lit up when he saw me and he started banging the glass. I waved back and Deano motioned that the door was unlocked so I walked straight in.
The second I got in the hallway Hayden came running to me. "Lyss!"
I bent down and caught him in my arms, lifting him up and spinning him around. "I've missed you little man," I told him as I smothered him in kisses which made him giggle.
"Go on in, I'll get his stuff. Hey, Al," Deano added as Potter walked in and I let Hayden lead me into the living room where he started showing me his toy cars. I could hear Albus and Deano talking and then another voice joined in which I recognised as Deano's brother Shaun.
"Aww wow," I told Hayden as he handed me a racing car. "Did daddy buy you this?"
"Daddy's car," he replied. I smiled at him as both Albus and Shaun came in and sat on the other sofa.
Their mum Katie, came in then offering tea or coffee which I accepted and went off into the kitchen. Katrin, the youngest Wood was at the dining table painting what looked like a castle.
"Alyssa!" she exclaimed and hugged me.
"Hey, Kat, how's Hogwarts?" I asked remembering that Ade had said she had just finished her second year there.
"It's so much fun," she said, smiling.
"Thanks," I accepted the cup the coffee that Katie has passed to me.
She asked how mum and dad were as well as my siblings, and then it turned to my job and non existent love life. It wasn't like she was giving me the third degree like mum does but she laughed when I said about the lousy dates.
"I just wish she would see it from my point of view, so she met dad when she was my age, but that doesn't mean I want to marry the first guy that comes along."
"She just wants the best for you, all mums do."
With that Katie kissed Katrin which made her complain and I laughed just as Deano walked in looking confused.
"Come on misses if you want to go shopping. Don't forget to say bye to Hayden," Katie said as she shook her head in amusement at her oldest son.
Katrin nodded. "Bye, Alyssa," she said as she packed away and waved to me.
I waved back as Deano stood opposite me as his mum gave me a hug. "I suspect I'll see you again when you bring Hayden over. Take care of yourself and don't worry about your mother, she'll soon get that you're growing up."
After she left it was just me and Deano which is a little awkward considering he's currently on my family's dislike list. Yes that is a thing and yes my mother really does have one of those. You see he cheated on Ade and she was distraught when she found out, so now he's disliked by our parents, Ade (obviously) and at times me.
"Fine," I said, not really wanting to talk about my sister with her ex.
"Tell her I said happy birthday." He handed me two envelopes one addressed to 'mummy' and the other to 'Ade' along with a small wrapped present.
Deano looked at me with sad eyes. "You're not going to talk to me about her are you?"
I looked at him. "You really want to get into this now? You slept with someone else Deano, whilst you were in a relationship with Ade as well as having a son with her. Do you honestly not get why she dumped you?"
"That was a mistake, a stupid mistake. I never loved Sapphire McLaggen, it was a drunken mistake. Me and Ade, we were together for nearly three years, Lyss, I'll never stop loving her."
I rolled my eyes. "Again you shagged your team mate, Deano, the only reason Ade is still civil to you is because of Hayden. All that matters to her is Hayden and she knows he deserves both of his parents, even if she hates your guts. End of discussion," I concluded as I put my cup in the sink and walking out on him back to the living room.
"Shall we go see mummy?" I asked Hayden who was happily playing on the floor with his uncle; Shaun and to my surprise, Albus.
"Come on then." I helped him put his hoodie on and collected his bags from Deano who still looked sad but he smiled when he picked up his son and kissed him goodbye.
"I'll see you soon little man, love you lots." Deano kissed him and walked out to the car.
"Um sorry, Albus," I paused deciding if I sounded rude or not and carried on, "But is it okay if we go because mum will bite my head off if we're late."
Shrugging he chucked me the keys and looked at Shaun, I left as they exchanged words. Deano strapped Hayden in his carseat and I sat in the back next to him feeling it would be better than being awkward in the front with Albus.
It didn't take long until Albus came out and he got in.
"Thanks, Lyss. Bye, Hayden," Deano called as he stood waving at us.
"Say bye daddy," I told my nephew.
Hayden was grinning as he waved. "Bye, dada."
The car ride back was quiet between me and Albus, the only sound was the steady music coming from the radio and Hayden's occasional chatter. I had been looking out of the window when out of the corner of my eye, I saw him looking at me in the mirror, the second he saw me looking he looked away. Weird, I thought.
Hayden who had been babbling away to himself looked over at me." Lyss, sing."
I swear I heard Albus snigger to himself as I started to sing nursery rhymes complete with actions. And that is how I ended up singing 'The wheels on the bus' in a car with Albus Potter.
I said nothing but thank you to Albus when we got out, he even offered to take Hayden's carseat out and put it back in my car.
"Nice singing," he smirked at me as he re-locked my yellow bug. "You should totally do that at the pub, you'd probably get more tips."
I looked at him curiously. "How on earth do you know I work in a pub?"
"Small world, Lyss, really small world. I do have a life you know, that and my mother is friends with yours. Something we used to be: friends that is. I've missed you, Lyss."
I was lost for words and I couldn't anything either as I had Hayden in my arms, along with his bag and Ade's birthday cards. I opened my mouth to say something but Hayden decided it was a good time to hit me.
"Lyss," Hayden complained.
"See you around, Lyss." With that Albus walked up the garden path to his house and went in, I heard the slam of the front door leaving me stood there.
I could only stare, did that actually happen? After nearly eight sodding years he decides to talk to me? I shook my head and went into my own house, Hayden wriggled from my arms the second we were in and ran off into the living room.
"I'm back," I called to no one in particular although Hayden's happy laughing told me his mum was awake at last. "Happy birthday," I greeted my eldest sister who was still looking hungover, at least I felt slightly better and handed her the two cards and present Deano had given me.
She was lying on the sofa watching the TV, along with Caine who was now getting jumped on by Hayden. Ade smiled as she sat up opening the two cards, after reading the one her smile faded slightly but she spotted the present which cheered her up again.
She read the label out loud for both my benefit more than Hayden's, "To mummy, happy twenty-first birthday, lots of love Hayden. Kiss kiss."
Inside the box was a silver locket nestled amongst purple tissue paper.
"It's gorgeous," Ade whispered as she carefully lifted it out, the locket itself was an oval with flowers on one side. When she opened it a folded up picture fell out with a note, I picked both of them up as Ade smiled at the picture inside, which was of Hayden.
The note read: Ade, I still love you and I always will. Deano x. Unfolding the picture I saw it was from the previous Christmas, Ade, Deano and Hayden were all wearing Santa hats and smiling at the camera. I handed it to her, she glanced at the note and then crumpled it up but she tucked the picture in her pocket.
"Can you put it on please, Lyss?" Ade asked me as she passed it to me and then held up her blonde hair for me to place it around her neck as Hayden came over and proceeded to kiss his mother. "I love you so much, Hayden."
I yawned and stretched out, feeling like I could fall asleep. "I'm going for a nap since I didn't get much sleep, I'll give you your present in a bit."
With that I left the living room and crept upstairs hoping that mum wouldn't catch me and go on about Awful Terry. The second the thought had left my head I instantly bumped into her as she came out of mine and Chloe's room with a pile of washing in her arms.
"You didn't have anything else for the wash did you?"
I shook my head and mum went off into Caine's room, humming to herself. Feeling relived I pushed the door open to my room and went in. Chloe was lying on her bed, which is nearest the door, looking up at the ceiling sighing.
"You okay, sis?"
"I just wish mum would get over the fact that I'm not her little girl any more. I have a boyfriend and I've only got one year left at Hogwarts. I have a life!"
"I know the feeling, are you going to see Lily? Because I'm taking a nap."
Chloe laughed as she sat up. "Next time don't get drunk then."
I smiled back at her. "You wait until your eighteenth, then you'll know exactly how I feel when me and Ade take you out."
"I don't think so," she sang as she shut the door behind her and I settled down in my bed closing my eyes and falling asleep.
A/N And the first chapter's over! I love writing this because it's different to my normal style and it's so much fun as it's happy and crazy and fun! Thoughts?
Disclaimer I own nothing but the plot and my OC's. I also don't own the nursery rhyme 'The Wheels On The Bus' in anyway at all.
Edited - 19.11.2014
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