Chapter 13 : Chapter Twelve
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James was sitting next to me, his leg would not stop shaking. It was getting past the point of annoying now. If it wasn’t for the fact I felt sorry for him and needed him at his best today I would have happily ruined his morning with a face full of porridge. But alas today is game day and James would be acting as Captain for the match… so that explains the nerves.
But I’ve never known him get this nervous before a game before. He looks even more nervous than poor Hugo whose is currently getting paler by the second.
I wrote to Hugo’s dad before I told Hugo that he’d be replacing me in today’s game. I just thought it would mean more to him and it was something he definitely would not want to miss. His Dad has booked the day off work especially, Ron would now be joining the rest of the Weasley and Potter family in watching today’s game.
It made me slightly sick in side knowing I wouldn’t be playing on my team but watching nervously from the side lines.
I finally snapped. “Will just stop shaking your bloody leg?” He froze like a deer in headlights, a guilty look spread across his face. It almost made me feel bad. “You being nervous is making me feel nervous”
“I’m sorry” he stated. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve heard those words from his mouth if I’m honest. I grinned at him.
“Come on Captain” I said slapping him cheerily on the back “You were made for this. Leading the school into victory, it’s what you wanted isn’t it?” I questioned giving him a knowing look. He wouldn’t have applied for the position if he didn’t want it.
“I know” he droned “but it’s suddenly a lot scarier when your best player is out injured”. I was taken off guard.
“Is that a compliment?” I pride not even attempting to hide the smile that was tugging hungrily at my lips. If I didn’t know any better I’d say I just saw the James Potter blush, either that or it was the reflection off the red on the badge in his quidditch uniform. I’m going to go for the latter that makes me feel better about myself.
“Just take the compliment Greengrass, don’t get too big headed” I grinned at him. It was just an hour and half before the game was about to start. I don’t think Hugo has even looked up from the food in front of him, never mind listened to a word we were saying.
Roxanne and Andie were currently having an arm wrestle from either side of the table. Andie was bright red in the face; her blonde hair was tied loosely back, her blue eyes glinting with amusement. At least she wasn’t nervous this time. After all she’s a natural. Out of all the twenty-six schools, there are seven first years representing their schools and Andie is one of them. If anybody has got a bright quidditch filled career ahead it’s her. She’s definitely her father’s daughter.
It looked like Roxanne wasn’t even trying, she was grinning her teeth fully on show as her arm remained in the middle as Andie began to stand up pushing against her. I wouldn’t bet myself against beating Roxanne either though; she’s a beater for a reason. Her arms are pure muscle.
I’d been informed that Al was currently getting in one last snog session before the game. Him and Melody had been together, off and on since our little plan. It was his own way of dealing with stress and as long as it didn’t affect his game. I didn’t care. I was fully for keeping your private life away from quidditch, it just so happen both were connected in my life. I know it’s sad. I’m a quidditch nut.
I’d been studying the quidditch cup table since the game began; every team had played at least once now. Their second games were just beginning due to that we stood fourth on the table, partly down to goal difference and partly down to we were the first team that played.
Beauxbatons were first, playing two games and winning both. They won the first one 400-190 with Midnight Lore scoring the majority of them. I don’t know part of me couldn’t wait to play them, I just wanted the self-satisfaction of saving at least one of her goals. She was definitely over rated. And call me jealous or just paranoid but I don’t think it’s fair to have a female chaser part veela going against a horny pubescent teenaged boy goal keeper. He had no chance. The second game they won, but only narrowly… 260 to 150 and surprisingly that was against a female keeper… so you can see my theory has some sense to it… But I may just be, being irrational.
Germany was next. Again they’d played two games, won both. They had a male populated team, aside from one beater. Leah Henry. Somebody I hear Freddie has a keen eye for. I’d only spoken to her once, her English was pretty good actually, twanged with a thick German accent but I couldn’t fault it. She was nice, fierce and striking but nice. And yes I am jealous of her pink hair. It’s the curses of my families dark haired genes. Bleach won’t touch it and I’m slightly scared of using potions… Did you know Scorpius used to have brown hair until his dad got angry and dyed it permanently a matching colour… I’m joking. Apparently the Malfoy gene is stronger than the Greengrass.
Anyway I’m getting side-tracked. Back to Germany, their first game was against New York’s institute, they won by 60 points. New York held their own though, they just weren’t prepared for Germany’s chasers I’ve never seen a team so fierce. Their third game is against Durmstrang, call me mean but I’m really excited to see how it plays out. Their second game they won by 220 points against Africa’s school of witch craft. but to be honest that was a close game, if it wasn’t for the snitch literally floating behind Kirstoff’s ear (Germany’s seeker) and McAdam basically announcing it to her, I doubt she would of found it. That sounds mean, mean but very true.
And in current third place we have… Salem witches. They’re only sixty points ahead of us, with playing two games. So basically we were in a good position today… as long as we win.
“Hugo!” Scorpius shouted slapping Hugo firmly on the back. Shaking Hugo’s body completely.
“Ouch” I exclaimed feeling Hugo’s second hand pain for him.
“Somebody had to knock some sense into him” Freddie laughed his mouth still full with food. We’d made quite a tradition of eating meals as a team now, with the occasional new guest. Most of the time it was Elyan, he asked me if I wanted to watch the game with him today. I accepted, I didn’t have many other offers. Dad was going to be here, but I planned on staying well clear of him until after the game. I didn’t want to have to see the disappointment in his eyes, of me not playing.
“Half an hour to go” Arya chimed. She was seeming awfully chipper this morning. I suppose it’s different being a full time reserve, never knowing if you’re going to get called on. If today goes well, I’m going to try mix it around a bit more. So here’s hoping ay?
I looked back over at the team. They were idly talking away, trying to distract themselves. James watch was on full display. I couldn’t help but gulp at the time. Half an hour. It felt wrong that I wasn’t in my uniform like the rest of them, but it was for the best of the team… or so I’m telling myself. My selfish nature calls.
“We better go” James announced glancing down at his watch. The team nodded I felt myself getting up with them, forgetting my crutches. I touched James’ arm wishing him good luck, he gave me a firm nod with a grimace. I smiled as I watched the team walk away, Hugo slowly walking behind them.
“Hugo?” I asked he looked at me frozen, he was nervous. He shouldn’t be though. “Can I have a word?” he nodded back solemnly at me.
I smiled as I walked closer to him, slower and behind the rest of the team. I waited until we were clear of the great hall before leading him in a quiet hallway. I breathed in heavily, preparing myself for the pep talk.
“Hugo there’s no need to look so nervous. You’re going to do fantastic” he gave me a nervous smile, not utterly convinced of my true words. “Just play how you played in practise, and Florida aren’t going to know what’s hit them. There’s a reason you’re my reserve, and there was a reason you’re Gryffindor’s main keeper. You just need to be more confident and trust yourself. And I can personally say I’ll be leading Weasley is our King, when you show everybody else what you can do” he grinned at me his freckly cheeks reddening.
“Thank you” he grinned, his face now beaming.
“No problem, now catch up with the rest of them. And do me a favour?”
“Yeah?” he questioned already setting his eyes on his route.
“Do me proud” he flashed me a grin before running off after the team.
I turned and saw Eylan smirking at me, my crutches in his hands. Ah… caught out. My bad.
“Lost something?” he questioned a playful tone in his voice. I supressed a grin.
“Ah that’s where they were… it’s wrong to steal a young woman’s crutches” I said attempting to snatch them back off him. He laughed at my failed attempts.
“You’re not injured are you?” he asked, his dark bushy eyebrows raised knowingly.
“Urmmm.. urm… urm…” no excuses were coming to mind… might as well confess after all it’s only Eylan “ no. I mean I was. I twisted my ankle at practise, but Madam Poppy fixed it in an instance. I just asked her for the crutches. I wanted to give Hugo a chance to be keeper. I felt bad that he wasn’t going to get a chance so…” so the truth is out.
“Unbelievable” Eylan laughed roping his loose arm round my side. I shrugged him off. Fed up of his bravely affection. “Why not just ask him to play instead?” he asked curiously.
“He needed to believe he was needed. And anyway imagine just telling your team that you’re going to sit this one out. Imagine if it goes tits up they’ll blame me”
“What if it does go tits up?” I could help but laugh, my term sounded unnatural in his mixed Bulgarian accent.
“It won’t” I told him solemnly, I had complete faith in Hugo. Wednesday’s practise proved that.
I was sitting next to Eylan and his team mates; I was on the end thankfully. I needed to focus. I was already biting my nails in anticipation and the match hadn’t even begun yet. Was I regretting my decision of not playing? Only slightly. But it was only because I was jealous, I’d prefer pre-match jitters over spectator’s nerves any day.
The match was due to start at any point. We were just waiting for the teams to come on. The crowd was unusually rowdy today, like more than usual. I breathed in heavily, the atmosphere finally getting to me. They’re going to do fine. I told myself. I had complete and utter faith.
“HERE WE HAVE IT FOLKS, IT’S THAT TIME OF DAY AGAIN!” McAdams’ voice filled me with excitement. It was finally beginning. I jumped up eagerly, already screaming along with the rest of the crowd.
“TODAY WE HAVE THE HOSTS’ HOGWARTS VERY OWN! VERSES FLORIDA STATE!” there were some boo’s from the audience aka from most of the Hogwarts population.
“AND HERE THEY ARE FLORIDA STATE! WE HAVE THEIR CAPTAIN AND KEEPER JAKE LONG, RYAN RAIN AND ADAM HOST WHO HAVE ALREADY SHOWN THEMSELVES TO BE AWFULLY GOOD BEATERS!” they’re not that good. They only broke Denmark’s keepers arm. That’s barely worth mentioning….
“THEN WE HAVE JESSICA HIGH, LUCAS WORM AND CARL MONTGOMERY AS THEIR TRIPLE THREAT OF CHASERS” James, Scorpius and Andie were better…
“AND FINALLY THEIR GOLDEN LITTLE SEEKER, ABIGALE GORDAN!” The crowd erupted as Florida state flew their entry lap around the pitch.
“AND WELCOMING HOGWARTS BACK FOR THEIR SECOND GAME!” I screamed my head off, getting too into my environment. Krum was happily clapping next to me, laughing at my enthusiasm.
“IT SEEMS WE HAVE A CHANGE IN ORDER FOR TODAY FOLKS. WORKING AS TEMPORARY CAPTAIN WE HAVE THE ONE AND ONLY JAMES POTTER! PLAYING AS CHASER A LONG SIDE ANDIE STAR AND SCORPIUS MALFOY” I smiled with pride as I saw them appear. Andie was smiling from ear to ear, enjoying every second of it as James and Scorpius had their serious quidditch faces on. They were here for a good game.
“THEIR FANTASTIC SIBLING BEATERS, ROXANNE AND FREDDIE WEASLEY!” they were play fighting pushing each other as they came onto the pitch. Play fighting I presumed. They better get their heads in the game… ah relief. They smiled and straightened up carrying on their arriving lap.
“ALBUS POTTER AS THEIR SHINING SEEKER” I bet Al loved that one…
“AND FINALLY AFTER AN INJURY WE HAVE HUGO WEASLEY MAKING HIS DEBUT IN THE QUIDDITCH CUP” Hugo flew on looking down at his broom, he needed to shake the nerves, urgently. The crowd erupted though, welcoming the Hogwarts champions on to the pitch, I screamed louder than I thought possible.
They lined up ready to play, my feet were itching. I wanted to be there with them, but I’d made my choice. I squeezed my hands tightly together as the signalling whistle was let off.
“AND HERE WE HAVE IT! THE GAME HAS BEGUN!” the quaffle was released into the air. “JAMES POTTER CATCHES THE QUAFFLE FIRST, HE PASSES IT TO STAR. WHO NARROWLY AVOIDS A BLUDGER, IT SEEMS RAIN AND HOST ARE ON TOP FORM TODAY. BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING THIS SHOOTING STAR! STAR CARRIES UP ON THE LEFT WING”
Three… two… one… pass it. “SHE PASSES IT TO MALFOY ON THE RIGHT! WHO PASSES IT STRAIGHT BACK! STAR SHOOTS LEFT - GOOOOOOAAAAL. HOGWARTS HAVE SCORED!!!” I screamed jumping up and down. Long had no chance of catching that.
“THE SCORES 10-0 THIS IS ALREADY SHAPING UP TO BE A BRILLIANT GAME!”
“FLORIDA STATE, NOW HAVE POSSESSION OF THE QUAFFLE. WORM IS FLYING STRAIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE. BLUDGER! WORM DUCKS, I DON’T KNOW WHICH WEASLEY SHOT THAT BUT IT WAS CLOSE” if that had hit him he’d of either fell off or died… good shot. It was aimed directly at his head, I suppose it’s lucky that he ducked.
“POTTER SNATCHES THE QUAFFLE BACK, HE FLYS AHEAD THROWING IT LONG TO MALFOY. MALFOY CARRIES ON – NO WAIT HIGH TAKES IT BACK. FLORIDA STATE HAVE REGAINED THE QUAFFLE…”
“HIGH PASSES IT TO MONTGOMERY, WHO THROWS IT BACK TO WORM, ALL THREE OF THEM, ARE STICKING TOGETHER. WORM PASSES IT TO HIGH, WHO SHOOTS! WEASLEY SAVES THE SHOT. I REPEAT WEASLEY SAVES THE SHOT” he smacked it away with the end of his broom, my heart was in my mouth but he did it. Hugo saved the shot.
“WORM CATCHES THE REBOUND, IS HE GOING TO- NO A BLUDGER TO THE RIGHT HAND SORTS THAT OUT. OUCH. FEMALE WEASLEY HAS GOT A LOVELY RIGHT SWING ON HER. HOGWARTS BACK IN POSSESSION! STAR FLYING AT RAPID SPEED UP THE WING, THESE BEATERS HAVE GOT NO CHANCE OF GETTING HER! WEASLEY HITS BACK THE BLUDGER SENDING IT DIRECTLY AT HIS SISTER. STAR SHOOTS, WEASLEY SMACKS THE BLUDGER AT LONG” save the quaffle or don’t get hit by a bludger, I’d know what I’d rather choose. “LONG DODGES OUT OF THE WAY OF THE BLUDGER, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN NASTY”
“STAR SCORES MIDDLE HOOP! 20-0 TO HOGWARTS!” That’s my girl.
“That should be illegal” Krum commented. I told him to shush, and pushed his head with my hand as I continued intently watching the game.
“MONTGOMERY HAS GOT THE QUAFFLE, HE PASSES IT TO…. HIMSELF?” he threw the ball forward just before Roxanne almost hit him with a bludger before speeding a head and catching the quaffle again. Lucky git.
“HE SWARMS AHEAD PASSING IT LEFT TO WORM. WORM SHOO—THROWS RIGHT. HIGH SCORES. I REPEAT HIGH SCORES, THAT’S 20-10 TO HOGWARTS. BUT FLORIDA ARE STILL IN WITH A FIGHTING CHANCE!” damn that was unlucky, he almost had it too. Hugo bit his lip down looking more determined than ever. That’s it. I thought. He’s going to do it now.
And I was right. 340-10 Florida state hadn’t scored another point past Hugo. He was on fire. He’d almost fell off his broom twice catching them. I couldn’t help but smile with pride. But two and half hours in and the snitch was still nowhere to be seen. Andie had scored 12 so far, she was beaming but still as humble as ever, her face was blood red from trying so hard, she was exhausted I could tell. Scorpius had scored 9 and James had scored 13. They were dominating them.
“STILL NO SIGN OF THE SNIITCH. BUT THE GAME IS HEATING UP. FLORIDA STATE ARE HAVING A COME BACK” High had the quaffle, her face was determined, angry. I’d be angry too if we were losing that bad…
“SHE THROWS LEFT TO WORM, WHO THROWS IT STRAIGHT BACK. HIGH ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY OF A BLUDGER SHOT FROM MALE WEASLEY. THEY’RE AWFULLY DEADLY TODAY FOLKS”
“HIGH SHOOTS. AND SH E SCORES! THAT’S TWENTY NOW FOR FLORIDA STATE. THEY’RE GOING TO NEED TO GET THEIR ARSES INTO GEAR IF THEY WANT TO CATCH UP BEFORE THEY CATCH THE SNITCH!”
“LOOKS LIKE YOU SPOKE TOO SOON HARTNELL” McAdams screamed.
“THEY SEEKERS HAVE SPOTTED THE SNITCH!” my eyes shot towards Al. Even if Abigale Gordan catches the snitch, they’ll still have lost. But if Al catches the snitch, that puts us in first place…
“IT’S HEAD TO HEAD. BOTH ARE DIVING DOWN PICKING UP HIGH SPEEDS” Abigale was one of the other first years, she was like Andie and had no fear yet. “IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE LOSING CONTROL OF THEIR BROOMS” their brooms were shaking like mad, but both looked more determined not to pull up, they carried on holding the brooms tightly.
I saw Al reach his arm out. If they didn’t pull up soon they were going to hit the ground. I was stood routed to the ground. Pull up AL I wanted to shout.
“ALBUS POTTER CATCHES THE SNITCH!” he pulled up last second, but Gordan wasn’t so lucky she pulled up but her broom hit the floor, she tumbled tucking in, she rolled to a complete stop. The audience gasped. She lay their still before the cameras zoomed in. she was lifting her arms slowly. Before slowly putting her thumb up in the air. There was a sigh of relief through everybody. She was ok.
“SHE’S OK FOLKS” McAdams screamed.
“YOU’RE MISSING THE BIGGER PICTURE” Hartnell laughed “HGWARTS HAVE WON 490 TO 20! PLACING THEM FIRST IN THE LEAUGE!” I screamed to the point where I couldn’t breathe anymore. WE’D WON!
I jumped up and down excited. I should be down there with them. I looked over at Elyan was just clapping “Well done” he told me, a smug look on his face. I grinned. As I hugged him too happy about this moment. “I’m going to go down and celebrate!” I almost screamed down his ear, he laughed as he let me go. I ran down the stairs not even pretending about my precious ankle anymore.
Hugo was already talking to his dad. His smile was larger than mine, they were hugging and I could almost swear I saw a tear roll down Ron’s cheek. I smiled at him as I walked passed and jumped straight on to Scorpius’ back. “YOU ALL DID SO WELL” I shouted, happiness spreading throughout me. We were all jumping around happily like we’d won the whole cup; we still had a far way to go. But this was the moment we were celebrating. I hugged James thankfully “See you would have made an excellent Captain” I whispered into his ear smiling playfully. He looked taken back from our close proximity, but he laughed anyway spinning me around. “WE THRASHED THEM!” he shouted.
“Shit” he realised putting me down softly “I forgot about your ankle” yeah me too. “Where are your crutches?” he asked puzzled. Forgetting about celebrating.
“I lost them…” I said slowly realising how ridiculous it sounded. Somehow he laughed before hugging me again.
“You weren’t injured were you?” he laughed into my ear. I shook my head at him confirming his theories. “Well thank you for giving Hugo a chance” and that was exactly what I did. Just the look on Hugo’s face made up for me not playing today, I’d never seen somebody look so happy. Hell I was happy for him.
And that’s when Hogwarts into the chorus of “WEASLEY IS OUR KING!”
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