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Chapter 14 : Who We Are
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Author's Note: Here we go, chapter 14!
This one is a chapter of things coming to light and as the title suggests, the reading has an understanding now of who the characters are. Hope you enjoy!!
Monday morning came around and Sydney’s mood was not lifted. She stared down at her parchment angrily which consisted of the subject, her name and the date. She looked up at professor McGonagall who had begun to move her way through the isles of the desks peering over at people’s parchments.
Sydney looked around her to see everyone’s heads down and quills scribbling hurriedly. Sydney looked to her right and peered at Lily’s parchment which was now about four feet long. She had at the top ‘The Art of Transfiguration’. Sydney looked at her parchment once again and sighed.
She put her quill to the paper in hopes of it magically writing her essay for her.
She kept it there for a few seconds before she decided to focus and attempt to start her essay.
“Transfiguration is a branch of magic that focuses on the alteration of the form or appearance of an object, via the alteration of the object's molecular structure. Transfiguration can be done to most, if not all, objects and, as with most forms of magic, it includes, but is not limited to, Transfiguration spells. Transfiguration is also regarded as "very hard work" and is "more scientific" than any other form of magic as you have to get it exactly right for the transfiguration to be successful.”
Sydney sat back and looked at her parchment with a tiny bit of relief. She rubbed her arms as the coldness from the classroom hit her and she put her jumper back on. Suddenly a crumpled piece of parchment landed on her desk and made the tiniest of noises, however in a silent room it seemed to echo off the walls. She glared at the parchment and hid it under her hands as the professor glanced over to her. Once she wasn’t in McGonagall’s eye line she opened up the parchment.
Am I making you shiver, Maura?
Sydney glowered at the parchment and then shot a dirty look over her shoulder to where Sirius was sitting , attempting to look innocent.
No but it’s creepy that you’re watching me.
Sydney couldn’t help but feel a little smug as she crumpled the parchment into a ball and kicked it behind her.
She then put her head down again and continued writing.
‘Transfiguration is divided into four branches, these are:
Sydney then felt a slight knock to the head and sighed irately. She looked at the floor and saw that another crumpled piece of paper had hit her and fallen to the floor.
She looked up at Sirius, who was now smirking his trademark smirk at her. She glared and picked up the piece of paper, once again unfolding it.
I can’t help but look at a saucy minx like yourself.
Sydney gave Sirius an unimpressed look as he winked at her. Sydney couldn’t help but feel slightly giddy as she nudged her dorm mate, Nadia, who was sat beside her and had been glaring at Sydney throughout the entire lesson, and handed her the note.
“Sirius asked me to hand this to you.” she whispered.
She noticed Nadia redden and grunt at Sydney as she turned around desperately trying to catch Sirius’ eye, whilst he merely glared at the amused blonde girl. Sydney bit her lip to stop herself from laughing and turned to finish her essay.
She began scribbling once again until she felt a nudge in her side, causing her to jump. Sydney looked up to see Lily giving her a strange look.
“What?” Sydney hissed.
Lily looked up to professor McGonagall apprehensively and when she saw the teacher had sat back down and begun grading papers, she turned back to Sydney “What was that all about?” she asked barely audible.
Sydney merely shrugged and nodded to Nadia “I think Amelia’s so-called ‘best friend’ has a crush on arse face.” She said then nodding towards Sirius.
Lily looked back at her essay and muttered “I’m pretty sure Amelia will have the head of anyone who has their eye on Black.”
Sydney snorted and put her head down again as McGonagall looked towards the two girls.
Towards the end of the day Sydney had begun to feel run down and rather unwell. She felt hot all over and her neck burned. As she sat in the great hall she put her head in her hands and sighed.
Her normal healthy appetite had quickly diminished. She pushed away her plate of food and stared at the Gryffindor table.
“Sydney, are you ok?” asked Lily apprehensively.
Sydney swept her hair back with her hands and breathed deeply. “Yeah, I just feel a bit sick.”
“Perhaps it was something you ate?” asked Ashley sitting besides her, shovelling mashed potatoes onto her own plate.
“Maybe.” Sydney mused, not particularly caring about the cause.
“I don’t know,” said Lily pensively “It seems like there’s something going around.” She looked down the table “Remus has been looking quite ill for days.” Lily sighed “Poor thing, he’s meant to be going to visit his grandmother tomorrow, he just doesn’t look up to it.”
Sydney looked down the table and could see a sickly pale Remus breathing deeply to himself whilst the rest of the marauders joked around him. Sydney rolled her eyes which consequently gave her a headache. “Yes, poor Remus” She said bitterly, resting her forehead on the cool table.
“Aww, bubby.” Cooed Ashley comfortingly stroking Sydney’s hair.
Sydney put her cold hands around the sides of her neck and sighed heavily again.
“Why don’t you go to the nurse if you’re feeling bad?” asked Lily.
Sydney sat back up and looked over towards Lily. “I can’t,” she said downheartedly “I’ve got detention with McGonagall tonight.”
“I’m sure it won’t matter if just for one night--”
“On the first night you mean.” Lily said interrupting Ashley. “Sydney’s right, she can’t miss her first detention with professor McGonagall, it would look dreadful.”
“Well, if you feel worse just tell her!” Ashley said “She can’t force you to stay if you’re sick.”
Sydney rubbed her eyes with her palms in a feeble attempt to make herself feel better. She sat on her seat and did all she could which was just wait for the night to end.
That evening Sydney didn’t even look up when she shuffled into the classroom slightly late for her detention. She slumped herself onto one of the seats and once again put her head into her hands, not particularly caring whether she received a scolding from McGonagall or not.
“Sydney?” a low, male voice said softly.
Sydney didn’t look up as she recognised the voice, however she felt calmed by it. “Hello Remus.” She said, not knowing nor caring why he was there.
“You’re the person who’s detention I have to watch?” Remus asked confused.
Sydney looked up at him and realised that the professor was not in the room. “Is she not coming today then?”
Remus shook his head “She’s stuck in the hospital wing with that third year student, Jarvis Berry.” he said “Some Slytherin kid turned him into a toad.”
Sydney took an attempt at looking appalled or shocked or any sort of emotion really, however it failed miserably as she merely groaned and put her head back into her arms. She took another attempt at being sociable and propped her head up.
“So what have you got?” She asked looking at Remus with a pale, sickly stare.
“Sorry?” Remus asked, looking slightly amused.
“The flu? Stomach bug? Dragon pox?” Sydney listed.
“Oh,” Remus said, his expression turning solemn.
“Because whatever you’ve got, you’ve given it to me, thank you very much.” Sydney snipped irately.
Remus smiled awkwardly but shakily got to his feet, quickly grabbing his textbooks and clutching them to his side. “Yeah, sorry -- uh, flu.” He managed to say as he began to walk towards the door. “You know, I’m not really feeling that great, I think I’m just going to go to bed.” He said with a meek smile “Maybe you should too.”
“I dunno,” Sydney said, brushing off Remus’ strange behaviour. “I think I might just go to the hospital wi--”
“No,” Remus said quickly “No, if professor McGonagall sees you, we’d both be in trouble.”
Sydney nodded. “Alright,” she said with a half smile. “Can I walk back with you?” She said without thinking and mentally slapped herself.
Remus’ serious face soon melted and became soft and warm. “Of course.” He said smiling.
Sydney picked herself up and delicately walked towards the door that Remus was holding open for her. “Thanks.” She said weakly.
The two Gryffindors walked down the hallway both clutching onto their books, attempting to make it to the common room.
“So are you still going to see you grandmother tomorrow?” Sydney asked in an attempt to start a conversation.
“Uh, yeah,” Remus said stiffly. “She’s not feeling well at the moment. I suppose there’s something going around.”
Sydney laughed a little “You’re telling me.” she said as she held her stomach.
“How long have you been feeling ill then?” Remus asked looking rather concerned.
“I’m not sure,” she said shrugging. “I felt a bit groggy yesterday but today I woke up feeling quite rough.”
Remus nodded and looked down at the floor, “Maybe it’s, uhh,” He paused and Sydney could see colour flood through his cheeks. “You know, your time, uhh”
Sydney laughed loudly. “It could be my time of the month, if that’s what you’re saying.”
Remus seemed to become more uncomfortable by the moment “Is it like this – umm – every -- every month then?”
“Sometimes,” Sydney shrugged. “But it seems to be worse than usual so that’s why I think it could be a bug or something.”
“Oh.” Remus said lamely. “Metamorphis.”
Sydney didn’t even realise they were at the portrait hole until she looked up strangely at Remus’ outburst.
“Any tips then?” Sydney asked
“Sorry?” Remus asked.
“For the bug. You seem to be dealing with it ok.” Sydney explained.
“Ahh,” Remus said, grinning “I’m just not a moaner.” He winked uncharacteristically.
Remus caught Sydney off-guard and she blushed at the double entendre.
“Yeah, well,” Sydney paused as she struggled to think of a retort “At least I don’t bite people.”
Remus suddenly turned pale again and his grin faltered. “W—what do you mean?”
Sydney rubbed her neck, feeling rather foolish “Well you bit me” Remus’ face turned more solemn by the second. “When we – well, you know.”
Remus suddenly turned monosyllabic and disinterested. “Right.” He said shortly “I’d better go.” And he moved quickly up the stairs, his knuckles turning white because of his hard grip on his books.
“Well that was rude.” Sydney muttered to herself as she looked around the common room to see if anyone had noticed Remus’ strange behaviour.
The common room was relatively empty apart from a few fifth years busy chatting and laughing amongst themselves. Sydney trudged upstairs and made her way into her dorm room where she was knocked back by a whopping slap across the face from Amelia herself.
“You bitch!” Amelia screeched. “You think I would let you get away with that?” Dianna was holding the girl in the arm cast back, whilst Andrea and Nadia looked on with a worrying glance. “First you snog my boyfriend,” she bellowed “and then you attack me like an animal!”
Sydney merely stood there, holding her cheek which was beginning to glow red hot.
“You’re a disgusting spawn of a murderer,” Amelia spat, “That’s all you are.” She seethed “I bet your mother is glad she’s dead.”
Sydney looked at the fury and hatred in Amelia’s eyes and did something that no one expected of her. Without saying a word, she turned from the fuming Amelia and walked out of the dorm, slamming the door behind her.
She felt tears well in her eyes as she began to feel more and more disgusted with herself. The words of Amelia had stung her and what she did with Sirius was wrong. Very wrong.
She didn’t know where to go, Lily was doing her head girl duties and the other girls in Lily’s dorm weren’t particularly fans of hers. She knew she would have to brave the corridors and prefects and head to Ravenclaw.
She walked down the stairs and pushed open the door into the common room. She walked past the student’s whose eyes were drooping in the common room and ignored a “Hey! Where are you going?!” as she swung open the portrait door and left the Gryffindor sanctuary.
She walked through the hallways and could hear her footsteps echoing and bouncing off the walls. She looked at the ground, feeling particularly sorry for herself and dragged her feet across the stone flooring. Her vision was blurred due to the tears in her eyes. As she rounded a corner she walked into something extremely hard and extremely loud. There was a huge clang as a suit of armour crashed to the floor and perhaps woke the entire castle up. Sydney wiped her eyes quickly as she heard footsteps come running towards her. She scrambled herself off the floor as she heard a voice ring out of the darkness “Who’s there?” they asked loudly as they continued to run towards her. In a panic, Sydney began to back away in the direction she has just come from until a flash of red hair was in front of her and Sydney stood completely still, knowing she was busted. Lily Evans stood looking at her friend, her mouth open as if she were about to say something, when eventually she did.
“There’s no one here,” she called out behind her shoulder. “It’s just Filtch’s stupid cat.” She gave Sydney one last glance as she headed back round the corner as the other male voice sighed and began to grumble irately.
Sydney couldn’t help but think that that was a jibe at her. She peered her head around the corner and saw complete darkness. Lily and the prefect were no where to be seen. She pulled out her wand and whispered quietly into the darkness “Lumos.”
Her wand illuminated a tiny tinkerbell type light that radiated from the tip and allowed her to see at least a meter and a half in front of her. She walked along the corridors and soon came face to face with that all too familiar silver door knocker. It moved to look at Sydney and looked as though it was irritated with her.
“What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?” It asked in a melodic voice.
“I know this one you bitch,” Sydney said smugly “A towel.”
The door knocker gave her an evil look before reluctantly letting her into the common room. She made her way into the common room and saw that Ashley was sitting there on her own, a stony look on her face and the fire crackling in front of her which was charmed to be a bright blue.
Ashley looked up at Sydney and furrowed her brow. “Sydney?” Sydney sat down beside her and worriedly looked to her friend.
“What’s wrong?” they both asked at the same time. They both laughed meekly and Sydney shrugged.
“I’ve been kicked out of my room.” Sydney said, embarrassed about the truth. She wasn’t exactly lying. She was just bending the truth and missing out a few bits.
“Why?” Ashley asked defensively.
“Amelia’s back from the hospital wing so…” Sydney explained. “Perhaps I can ask if I can be moved from my dorm.” She pondered “Maybe I can be moved house!” she continued.
“Don’t be silly,” Ashley said fondly “You don’t run away from your problems.” She said sternly “You’re brave and passionate and loyal,” she said smiling “You’re a Gryffindor.”
Sydney smiled to herself “I suppose I am.”
She looked to the nervous looked Ashley and tilted her head. “There’s been something I’ve been meaning to tell you.” Ashley said clasping her own hands in a vice like grip. Sydney saw her cheeks grow hot and she raised her eyebrow.
“Yes,” she said allowing Ashley to continue.
“The reason I was angry with you,” she couldn’t look at Sydney, she kept her eyes fixated on the ground. “It was silly because it was nothing to do with you,” she said her palms growing sweaty “It was to do with me and my problems.” Sydney sat quietly as to not interrupt Ashley “You see, I’ve been having these odd feelings about someone,” she chocked out. Sydney could tell her eyes were welling up. “And I’ve come to realise that I like a girl the way I’m supposed to like boys.” She said almost inaudible. She breathed heavily for a few seconds “I like Lily the way I should like boys.”
Sydney looked at Ashley with a confused look on her face before the realisation dawned on her.
Author's Note: I know, I know, i'm a little devil aren't i. Let me know if you liked it, let me know if you hated it, whatever, just let me know and keep those reviews coming!! Love you all, peace out.
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