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Chapter 5 : Confusing Memories, Green Eyed Boys And Mother's Who Just Won't Listen
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Gorgeous CI by Elysian @ TDA!
For most of the night I had been sorting out the boxes of crisps and nuts out the back as well as sorting the barrels which had been recently delivered so it wasn't until now that I went out behind the bar. To my surprise Albus Potter was sat at the bar nursing a pint, looking sorrowfully at bottles behind the bar.
"Can I have a pint please love?" A bald guy asked before I could head down the bar to see Albus.
"Sure," I replied as I grabbed a glass and pulled him a pint. "That's two-ninety," I told him as he dug around in his pocket before handing over the muggle money.
Even though Tony the owner and the rest of the staff, are all magical like me, Tony decided to run an all muggle pub (as he's half-blood) in memory of his dad who used to run pubs all his life.
Opening the till I put the money in and headed down the bar. "You okay?" I asked making him look up.
"I forgot you worked here, Lyss," he murmured as he sat up a little straighter on the stool.
I shrugged as I knew he was lying about knowing that, he'd mentioned it before. "Since just after we left school, a jobs a job and plus I like it. You meet loads of different people. Anyway what's with the long face?"
He made a noise of disgust. "Crappy date, she kept asking about how much money I earned and how much my parents earn. She was a gold digger by the seems of it, wasn't that nice either."
I nodded sympathetically. "I know how you feel. Mum just won't give up on trying to find me a boyfriend. She keeps trying to set me up again with Awful Terry, you know the creep you saved me from last month."
Albus nodded as he held his glass up. "Here's to mothers who just won't listen." Realising I didn't have a glass to clink he said, "Let me buy you a drink, Lyss."
"Can't I'm working," I replied as I became surprised at myself at the fact that me and Albus were talking. I mean since Ayli's birthday it's been a bit weird between us, not awkward like it has been in the past, just weird.
"When do you get off?"
"Midnight, so an hour and a half away."
He smiled which seemed to bring back a confusing memory. "I'll wait."
I nodded as a group of people came in. "Gotta go," I excused myself to go and serve them. My thoughts trying to remember what exactly happened the night of Ayli's birthday.
"Lyss, you can go now," Bri said bringing me out of my thoughts as I stood leaning against my locker.
She shook her head, her red hair which was in a ponytail was bobbing wildly. "I said you can go now."
I smiled. "Thanks, Bri, sorry I was just thinking."
Smirking as she put her stuff away she replied, "About that little green eyed hottie sat in the bar waiting for you? Yeah, well I would be too if I was you. I'll see you soon."
With that she left me stood there clueless and a little worried, I could still vaguely picture things that happened at Ayli's birthday, all of them seemed to involve a green eyed person but I mean there were loads of people there. It can't all of been him right?
And Ade said I came in via my bedroom window at nearly seven in the morning after waving goodbye to Albus. But what happened between? Either I can't remember or I just don't want to and it's really bugging me. I don't want to ask him and seem like an idiot.
I took a big deep breath and breathed out, gathering my bag and jacket I left and headed downstairs. Albus was still sat where I had left him, this time Bri was talking to him.
"Lyss?" she asked holding up a glass.
"Just water p-please," I yawned. "Actually make that a vodka coke." I decided after realising I might need a little Dutch courage.
Nodding she sorted my drink out and she slid it down the bar, one of our many skills that Tony taught us and I caught it. I counted out the change in pocket and held it up to her before placing it on the bar. Albus indicated to one of the tables over in the corner and we went and sat down.
"So?" he muttered, "Are we-"
"Are-" I started to say.
"No carry on," he insisted.
I drank my drink before saying anything hoping it would give me a little courage. "Are we going to talk about what happened at Ayli's birthday?"
Shrugging he took a sipped his own drink. "I don't know are we? Do you want to talk about it?"
"I'd like too but I don't remember a lot except you," I admitted, feeling myself blush. I was sure we said we'd be friends and of course we kissed but would he think it was more than that?
Smiling he looked at me and I watched him closely. "It was a drunken kiss, or two. We're friends again now and that's all that matters to me."
On impulse I hugged him but as we slowly broke apart his lips caught my cheek. Before I knew it I was kissing him and he was kissing me. He tasted of whatever beer it was he was drinking and I couldn't help notice that he was nibbling my lip slightly.
After breaking apart I blinked hard to stop myself from looking at the meadow that were his green eyes.
"Shit," I breathed as I came to realise something. "I gotta go," I said as I stood up abruptly and grabbed my bag. "I'm sorry."
I rushed out of The Golden Lion pub and stopped outside, leaning against it breathing fast.
Was this actually happening? The butterflies in my stomach were telling me the same as my heart but my head was doubting everything.
When I got home the first place I went was the kitchen to get a glass of water. I almost jumped a mile when I saw mum sat at the breakfast bar with a mug in her hands and a magazine in front of her.
"Melin's beard," I muttered as I dropped my bag on the counter and got myself a glass.
"How was work?" she asked.
I shrugged. "The usual, pulled pints, sold crisps. Turned away some kid with a fake ID. How come you're still up?"
Pulling her dressing gown tighter around herself she sighed, looking as if she was picking her words carefully. "You know Terry?" I groaned but before I could speak she continued, "Well he said he'd like another date if you're up for it. He really does like you, Alyssa, this could be your chance to finally settle down."
Breathing deeply for five seconds I controlled myself before I spoke. "I'm not saying it again mum. I am never, ever going on another date with that creep ever again. Say I'm ill, say I've got a boyfriend. Merlin, tell him I've turned lesbian. Do whatever it takes to get rid of him," I snapped.
Mum looked taken aback. "But I thought you liked him, he was so nice."
I scoffed, "If it wasn't for Albus rescuing me from him that night who knows what would have happened. I don't get where you got him from mum? He's nine years old than me and a total perverted pig."
"One of his friends came into the shop, she mentioned that she knew someone who was single."
I sighed. "Mum, I love you, I really do but please do not set me up on any more dates. Ever. Oh and whilst I think about it, lay off Chloe and Lorcan. Yes I know you don't like him but he's probably going to give you grandchildren one day so get over it." I kissed her on the cheek before she could say anything else and left the kitchen.
Looking forward to nothing but my lie in tomorrow, provided that Ade didn't come over with Hayden and wake me up like she has before, I headed up to bed. The second I flipped the light switch on in my room I wished I hadn't, as there seemed to be two heads popping out of the top of Chloe's quilt.
"Great," I muttered to myself as Chloe sat up, fully clothed thankfully.
"Yeah it's me and Newt boy needs to be out of here by morning." Lorcan and Chloe laughed even though I was being deadly serious. "Any funny business and he's out that window before you can say 'Weasley's Wizard Wheezes'."
I pulled my quilt back and flopped onto my bed fully dressed, not really caring.
All I could think of was that kiss with Albus Potter and how it made me feel.
Edited - 02.04.2014
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