Don’t hate me for this ridiculously long wait. I have no excuses and I am terribly sorry. Anyway, big stuff coming up. A bit more Corry and James and we finally find out what this mystery note says. P.S. had some serious writers block with the first half of this chapter so it’s not as good as I want it to be.
I don’t own Harry Potter.
James hadn’t talked to me in a month. Another moon had come and gone and we were still in this endless cycle of silent treatment and resentful glares. He had a right to be angry. James had never kept secrets from me I was keeping a huge one from him. I would be angry with me too. However, James hadn’t given me a chance to explain anything and wasn’t willing to accept that I couldn’t tell him. About a week ago, James had gotten a new girlfriend Carly Frazier, a sweet and caring fifth year Hufflepuff with strawberry blonde hair, bubble-gum checks, and warm brown eyes. She was almost as tall as James was and her shape wasn’t like boys. Unlike me, she had the curvy figure that most girls would kill for and I was strangely jealous of this girl.
Even though it was absurd to be jealous of a girl I didn’t even know. My stomach would turn into a nervous pile of knots anytime they would saunter past me hand in hand. If I didn’t know better I would have though James was flaunting her and their new relationship to the public of Hogwarts more than he ever had before. On top of that, Freddie was getting angry with us. I had told him the bare minimum of what had happened between James and me because apparently James was too busy with Carly to talk to Fred these days. He found the argument petty but was more annoyed at James than at me. I was grateful, because in all honestly, without Freddie the past month would have been torture.
I was lying on a floor rug in the common room drawing golden swirly patterns in the air above my head with my wand. The common room was quiet, almost empty as everyone was either in bed or at breakfast, when Freddie came thundering down the stairs. He spotted me on the floor behind the couch and bounded over to me.
“Corry. Breakfast. Up. NOW!!!” He all but screeched at me. He tended to get rather pissy when he was hungry but other than that, he was normally rather mellow if not a bit mischievous from time to time.
“Ok. Help me up would you?” I asked, brushing away the patterns in the air and extending my hand to him. He crossed his arms over his broad chest and gave a rather sulky “No.”
“What’s got your wand in a knot?” I grumbled as I got to my feet and started walking towards the great hall with Freddie.
“Nothing.” He sighed as we got to the portrait hole. “Don’t you want to wait for James?” he asked hopefully. I rolled my eyes at him for the thousandth time that year.
“Nope, he’ll have plans to eat with Carly anyway.” Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him shake his head but ignored it. I was recovering from the moon two nights ago and just didn’t have the energy to argue with him. “Do you want food or not you goof?” I prodded him in the side with my elbow and he jump about a foot in the air before starting to walk again, rubbing his side like the man he is.
When we reached the great hall we took our normal seats at the Gryffindor table. I helped
myself to a platter of bacon and eggs while Freddie poured me some pumpkin juice.
“You know we still haven’t put those Dungbombs in the Hufflepuffs air vents” I smiled mischievously at Freddie and watched as his face lit up.
“We’ll start planning tonight in the common room. I’ll tell James in Charms after break or will you see him in ruins first?” he babbled, a lot happier now that he had a plate of food in front of him.
“Hate to burst your bubble Freddie but James won’t want to take part in this prank.” I sighed, taking a bite of bacon.
“Why the hell not? James lives for this sort of thing.” I needed to try really hard to take him seriously as there was a piece of egg hanging out the side of his mouth. He looked bloody ridiculous.
“That’s why not.” I said motioning to the entrance of the great hall where James and Carly were walking in. “His girlfriends a Hufflepuff. He won’t want to upset her.” I couldn’t help but let a glum tone set into my voice.
“But we’ve never done a prank without him! We always do our pranks together.” He said huffily.
“No. Remember that one time we used one of your dad’s products to glue him to professor Longbottom for the day?” It had been hilarious. I had rubbed this invisible salve around James’s glass of pumpkin juice. After he had taken a drink, Freddie had dared him to slap Longbottom on the arse as he passed the Gryffindor table. The look on both of their faces when they realised the salve had seeped through the layers of Neville’s clothes and they were bonded to each other’s skin was priceless.
“That doesn’t count. He was still involved somehow.” He moaned like a seven year old.
“Fine. Ask him if you want. I’ll see you in Transfiguration.” I said as I got up from the bench and then left the great hall. I had caught a glimpse of James and Carly all cuddled up at the Hufflepuff table and was suddenly feeling rather nauseous. I didn’t know why it was bothering me so much and to be honest I don’t think I wanted to. All I knew was that every time I seen James with Carly, Freddie looked at me with pity and understanding, and I hated
After Corry had left the great hall I hauled myself up from the table and walked over to James at the Puffers table.
“You can stop that now. She’s left.” I huffed as I slumped down next to him. He looked up and down the Gryffindor table and when he realised that Corry had in fact left he withdrew his arm from around Carly’s shoulders. She smiled at him slightly before getting up and walking over to her friends.
“James seriously, this isn’t working mate. All you’re doing right now is putting me in a really tight spot. I don’t want to lie to her anymore. Just tell her you’re sorry.” For some reason James though that he could make Corry apologise- even though it was his fault- by making her jealous of Carly for spending more time with James than her. At least that’s what he said he was doing. I knew it was something else entirely. James had had a massive crush on Corry since the start of third year. Everyone knew about it. Even his parents figured it out last year, which was why they decided to buy a second bed for James room. The only person who couldn’t see it was Corry; which was slightly unfortunate since she had been in love with James since the end of fifth year. She just hadn’t realised it yet. And caught in the centre of all this confusion was me. I was split between the two of them for a month and let me tell you they were both as bad as one another. I would spend my time with Corry watching her try to pretend that seeing James with Carly didn’t bother her and the time I spent with James was full of his regret for letting his jealousy get the best of him and blowing up at her that night. It had gone on long enough.
“It is working.” He huffed.
“No, it’s not. Just apologise to her for being an arse. You know it’s your fault and this game you’re playing is hurting her. She’s miserable not speaking to you but she won’t apologise. She’s too stubborn for that. It wasn’t her fault. Don’t be more of a dick than you already have been because for whatever reason you might still have a chance with her.” I stood up from the table and clapped him on the shoulder before leaving for class. Love, I sighed inwardly, it made people into absolute idiots. This is why I never have girlfriends.
I was walking towards ruins after breakfast having quite the inner struggle with myself. One the one hand I missed James like crazy. I needed him in my life. He just made my day better and although I loathed to admit it, I hated seeing him with Carly all the time. He used to spend all his time with me and that was the way it was meant to be, you know, cause we’re best friends.
On the other hand, I was not completely to blame for this. He started it and he was the one who over reacted. I shouldn’t be the one to apologise first. I also knew that if I did apologise he would demand to know what my secret was again and I just couldn’t face that. I loved James –like a brother of course- and if I told him, I would lose him: maybe not because I was a werewolf, but because I had been lying to him for years.
Caught up in my inner monologue, I didn’t see him in front of me until I walked straight into him. I collided against his chest and fell to the ground in shock.
“Easy there trouble. You know you should really watch where you’re going?” he chuckled as he offered a hand to help me up. I stared at it in bewilderment for a second before taking it cautiously and letting him pull me up. Once I had found my feet I watched him carefully. He looked happier than he had in weeks and was still holding onto my hand a little bit tighter than was need. He smiled at me, I felt a wave of warmth, and relief wash over me that was quickly replaced with a chilly dread at the next words out of his mouth.
“Didn’t think you could hide from me forever did you?” he chuckled and I paled. His grin faltered when he notice my hand shaking, in fact my whole body was trembling in absolute fear and dread.
“Corry? CORA?! Are you ok?” panic was laced in James eyes now but I couldn’t hear him. Couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe, and couldn’t do anything to control the tears that were now streaming down my cheeks. All I could think about was the letter I had received that night over a month ago.
You didn’t think you could hide from me forever did you? I know you’re alive and I know where you are. I’m going to kill you like I killed your stupid parents. I’m going to finish what I started; rip you limb from limb and there is nothing you can do about it. If you tell anyone about this, I’ll know about it and I’ll kill them too. Best not to have that on your conscience.
Until next time Coralline.
By the time James managed to snap me out of whatever trance I was in, we were in and old dusty classroom. I was shaking all over and couldn’t catch my breath for crying so damn hard. He grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me hard.
“Cory what’s wrong? Please your scaring me.” I looked up at him for a brief moment before latching my hands onto his school shirt and burying my face into his shoulder before a new wave of hysterics came crashing over me. His arms automatically wrapped around me and he whispered soothingly into my ear.
I thought the tears would stop eventually but they just kept coming. Each wave crushing me more than the last. The only thing that was keeping me conscious was James hand stroking my hair and the other around my back. He would place the occasional kiss to my temple and I would quieten for a few seconds. We ended up missing the whole day’s lessons and it was time for dinner before I finally quietened. I stayed where I was sitting in James lap on the floor of the dusty old classroom with my head pressed to his neck for a few minutes until my stomach gave a rather obnoxious growl at the same time James’s did and we both laughed.
“I think I might be a bit hungry.” I whispered hoarsely after hours of crying and James chuckled again. He hooked one arm under my legs and the other on my back before standing up from the floor and cradling me to his chest.
“What are you doing?” I giggled.
“Carrying you down to the kitchens.” He answered simply as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
“I can walk you know?” He smiled at me in a funny way that sent butterflies into my stomach and my heart racing.
“I know, but you’re mad if you think I’m ever letting you go again.” He replied seriously and my heart fluttered. I smiled at him shyly. “I never want to go that long without talking to you again.” I rested my head back onto his should and smiled. I knew he wasn’t going to ask what had got me so upset. He knew I just wasn’t ready to talk about it. I placed a soft kiss to his cheek and whispered “thank you” because I knew it wasn’t an easy thing for him to let go of. I was so glad to have him back, even though it meant I was still lying to him.
What did you think? Did you think it was dramatic? What about James and Carly? OR James and Corry? Did you find the note scary? What’s going to happen next?
Pls review and let me know. Even if it’s to yell at me for leaving this story for so long. Again I’m sorry.