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Tied Together With A Smile by MidnightBlue_x
Chapter 13 : Boys and Plans
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Disclaimer: The OC’s and parts of the plot are all that belong to me. Everything else belongs to J.K Rowling, I do not claim ownership to it. Thank you for reading.

Charms quickly became one of Coralie’s favourite classes. Not only was Professor Flitwick fond of her, but she shared the class with Sarah. They weren’t able to sit together- they’d tried that once but Tyler had been forced to sit next to Peter and to say that went badly would be an understatement. Now they just sat on nearby tables and made meaningful looks over Tyler’s head throughout the lesson.

That day happened to be one where they had double Charms straight after breakfast. Coralie had left the Great Hall with Sarah and Tyler, with the promise of saving a good seat for Miranda who had to run up to the Hospital Wing to check on her cousin, Ness.

They were the first ones to the class, but Coralie preferred it that way. The classroom door was left open, as Flitwick usually did, and so they secured seats towards the front of the classroom. They sat around for a moment, or rather Coralie and Sarah did, while Tyler danced around the room. It was like some sort of ritual he had, or something.

A few minutes later, the classroom door swung open again and a boy entered. Sarah seemed to know him, because a wide grin appeared on her face. She gestured to him, and he joined them- dumping his bag on the desk.

Coralie was finally able to get a good look at him. He was tall, and though Coralie was by no means small, she was sure he had at least a few inches on her. His light brown hair was neatly styled, and his eyes had this lightness about them- as if he could never be anything less than completely happy. He was handsome, that was clear, but in an unusual way. She figured this must have been the ‘Nate’, she’d been hearing all about.

“This is my friend,” Sarah gestured to the boy, but Tyler reached over to slap her hand away.

“He is not your friend!” Tyler screeched, sending ‘Nate’ a vicious glare.

“Oh, Angelo. Don’t be like that,” He replied dryly, rolling his eyes at the other boy’s antics.

“Do you enjoy being outdoors?” Tyler asked suddenly, resulting in the other three sending him weird looks, “Being with nature?” The other boy nodded slightly, “Odd. Considering what it did to you.”

“Okay then, Angelo.” He replied, taking a few steps back, “I get the message. We’re not friends.”

“However, we are,” Sarah cut back in, sending a sharp look to Tyler, “Anyway, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted.” Sarah sent Tyler another evil eye, and though Coralie wasn’t on the receiving end, she couldn’t help but feel a little intimidated. “This is my very, very lovely and normal friend, Nathaniel Peakes. Nate, this is my also very lovely and normal friend, Coralie Bennett.”

“It’s nice to meet you, Miss Coralie Bennett. I never thought this moment would come,” Nathaniel sent her a charming smile and Coralie felt her face warming up quickly.

“Oh no, no, no, no. Stop it right there.” Coralie and Nathaniel’s attention snapped back to Sarah, who was looking between them with a furious expression on her face. “Don’t you go flirting with her,” Sarah pointed an accusing finger at Nathaniel before turning to Coralie, “And don’t you let him flirt with you either.”

“Exactly,” Tyler exclaimed, clapping his hands together gleefully.

“You are not running off together and leaving me alone with this one, again.” Sarah stated, dangerously looking between the two of them. Tyler didn’t seem to hear the comment- he was still grinning madly to himself.

“Do you really expect me to leave her alone?” Nathaniel asked Sarah, who nodded in response. “Well, then I guess I’ll just have to flirt with you instead.” Sarah turned bright red, and shook her head meekly.

“Go back to flirting with Cora, it’s fine.”

Nathaniel grinned at Sarah “That’s great, Sarah.” He winked at Coralie, and she found herself unable to do anything but agree with him. “Will you come and sit with me today?” Coralie opened her mouth to agree, and was about to gather her things when a voice cut in.

“Actually, Peakes. She’ll be sitting with me.” Coralie turned around to disagree with the voice- to tell them that no, she actually would be sitting with Nathaniel today, when she came face to face with Sirius.

“Ah, I see how it is.” Nathaniel replied, a cold look in his eyes that Coralie never would have imagined he could manage until she saw it herself. “I should have known you’d already put your claim out on her, like you always do.” He turned on his heel and made his way back to his seat before Coralie could even open her mouth.

She turned to Sirius, furious, “What on earth was that?” Sirius went to speak but she cut across him, “Who gave you the right to say something like that? What the hell is wrong with you?”

Sirius shrugged his shoulders, “I’ve been asking myself the exact same thing lately.” With that, he walked off to join James at the back of the room, leaving Coralie thoroughly confused. How could he be so rude to her now after he'd been so nice just the other night?

“I don’t understand that boy at all,” She whispered to herself, returning to her seat next to Miranda as Professor Flitwick entered the room and begun the lesson. She turned around to look at Sirius again, only to find him glaring at her. She turned back to the front of the room and knotted her fingers in her hair in anguish. She remained confused and angry for the rest of the lesson.

Despite the fact they were all busy with classes, the girls managed to spend as much time to together in their rare spare moments as they possibly could. Therefore, Coralie decided she didn't feel nearly as guilty for wanted to spend time with other people during her spare periods. Eventually, she'd decided to head off to the library to spend some quality time with Remus. They'd planned to work on a few essays that were due later in the week, but they soon found themselves distracted with stories of their holidays.

"Then James walks face first into the wall, Sirius has no idea what's going on of course and Peter and I were too busy crying with laughter to try to explain to him what was going on." Remus finished, the two of them both chuckling quietly, as to avoid the rage of Madam Pince.

"I can't say that anything nearly as entertaining as that happened on my holidays," Coralie said after they'd finally managed to stop laughing, "My cousins came to visit from France on Christmas Day and that was good, but no one walked into walls or anything."

"Do your cousins live in Orleans like you used to?" Remus asked, and Coralie shook her head in response.

"No, they used to but they live in Paris now." Coralie smiled, "Oh, you know what did happen though? My older sisters had quite a nice little talk about you."

"About me?" Coralie nodded as Remus turned bright red, "Why were they talking about me?"

"I think Violet decided that you were cute when you met her in the Hospital Wing," So maybe Coralie was just teasing Remus, but it was so much fun to see Remus get so embarrassed and she wasn't exactly going to tell him that her entire family seemed to think there was something between them. Remus spent the next couple of minutes spluttering around and shaking his head in disbelief, all the while his face growing redder and redder.

"Merlin's beard, what have you said to Remus to make him this red?" A voice cut in- Sirius, much to Coralie's disgust.

"It's nothing, don't worry," Remus replied, slowly returning to a less noticeable shade of red. "Look, I've got to be on my way, Cora. I promised Pete I'd meet up with him to help him with his Potions essay. I'll see you later." Coralie watched Remus go, or rather she glared at his back as he practically bolted out of the library.

"So, it looks like it's just the two of us." Sirius grinned, though the small slid off his face slightly as Coralie turned her glare on him. "What did I do?"

"What was that?" She asked snappily, when he opened his mouth, probably to make some smart-ass comment, she cut him off, "With Nate earlier." She clarified.

"I was just saving you for that loser." He replied, his eyebrows furrowing slightly.

"Did I ask you to do that?"

"You mean to tell me that you wanted that guy drooling all over you?" Sirius rolled his eyes in disgust, "He's pathetic."

"He wasn't drooling over me. We'd only just met, and he seems like a perfectly nice guy, thank you." Coralie snapped back, "Nicer than you half the time."

"What's that supposed to mean?" Sirius asked, the look in his eyes changing to one of outrage.

"It's mean that you're kind of an asshole." Sirius made a noise of indignation, but Coralie cut him off you again, "You scared away Nate earlier and then you spent the whole class glaring at me. Who does that?"

"Oh, I get it." Sirius said, a small appearing on his face. "You wanted me to drool over you instead."

"What? No." Coralie placed her head in her hands, before looking back up at Sirius, "I just wanted you to stop acting like an asshole."

"You don't have to hide it, you know." He said with a smirk, moving closer to Coralie, "I'd happily drool over you."

"Oh, you're disgusting." Coralie replied, standing up and throwing her book bag over her shoulder. She ignored the way Sirius' laugh caused her stomach to turn over, and stormed off back towards the Common Room. She wouldn't let him mess around with her head.

There she was, yet again, pacing around her dormitory because Sirius was stupid. She felt like this was almost becoming part of her daily routine. Brush her teeth, brush her hair, go to class, get annoyed by Sirius. If it went on much longer Coralie had a feeling she was going to go mad before the Easter break even rolled around.

"You should be careful, Cor." Kiki commented dryly, from her place on the bed. "If you pace anymore, you're going to wear out the floor."

Coralie sent Kiki a dirty look, before continuing to pace, "Maybe if the floor swallows me up then I won't have to deal with this."

"Alright, now you're freaking me out." Kiki closed the magazine she'd been reading, "Tell me what's up. Unless it's something to do with homework, in which case, please keep this problem to yourself because I really couldn't care less."

"You really are a lovely human being, you know that?" Coralie responded sarcastically.

"Oh, trust me, I know." Kiki grinned, "Now speak."

"Sirius Black is the worst thing on this planet. He's so annoying, and his face, ugh, it's so annoying and that smirk!"

"Let me guess, it's annoying?" Kiki cut in, and Coralie sent her another dirty look. "But, other than that. Tell me something I don't know."

"How does anyone else put up with him?" Coralie ran her fingers through her face and groaned.

"Well, that's one of the seven wonders of the world. How are you just figuring this out now, by the way? I could have told you months ago that Black was horrible and we wouldn't all have to be worrying whether our floor is going to fall through on us one morning." Kiki droned off, and then looked at Coralie with a look of atonishment on her face. "Please tell me I'm wrong."

"What?" Coralie asked in confusion.

"Please tell me you do not fancy Sirius Black." Kiki pratically whispered.

"I don't fancy Sirius." Coralie responded instantly.

"Oh my God, you do."

"What? I just told you I didn't." Coralie replied, her eyes widening.

Kiki buried her head in her hands, "It's so obvious. I can't believe I didn't notice this before."

"Stop being so dramatic. I don't fancy him." Kiki sent her a knowing look. "Okay, maybe I do. Oh Merlin, I'm screwed."

"Well, yes. The others will probably bury you so deep in the ground that you'll never see the light of day again, but we've got to work quicker than that." Kiki jumped off her bed and moved over to Lily's trunk and started searching around in it. Eventually, she pulled out some parchment, a quill and some ink and sat back down on her bed. "Okay, our plan is..."

"Our plan?" Coralie cut across, "What plan?"

"Our plan to get you with Black before the other girls find out and have you murdered for it." Coralie just stared at Kiki in disbelief for a moment. Before she could tell Kiki that she was completely and utterly bonkers, the door to the dormitory swung open and Alice stepped in. The two girls froze in place, and then Alice also froze in place.

"What's going on?" Alice half-whispered, looking between the two of them.

"Cora fancies Black." Kiki stated before Coralie had the chance to even think of a response. Alice's eyes went very wide, before she turned to stare at Coralie.

Coralie glared at Kiki, "Are you trying to get me killed?"

There is something so unnatural about staring at your own house from the outside and knowing you aren't able to go in. Jacob felt rather uncomfortable staring at the house he and all his siblings had grown up in, knowing that he couldn't just walk across and let himself in. It was hard to imagine the place without his family in it. It'd also been a happy home, always busy with them all running around, even when they got older it didn't calm down. It looked the same from the outside, but Jacob could imagine the emptiness inside. He turned his attention back to the conversation in front of him.

"How are they all settling? How's your mother?" Madame Melot asked, her soft eyes watching Jacob with pity.

"They're fine, all fine. Mum is good too, she's got a beautiful garden set up already." Madame Melot smiled at this, and Jacob caught her eye wandering to the now destroyed garden out the window.

"It's so strange not seeing you all there. I don't think I'll ever get used to it." She smiled softly, tearing her eyes away and turning back to Jacob. "Can I get you some tea or something? Marcel shouldn't be too much longer."

"A cup of tea would be lovely, thank you Madame." Jacob replied.

"Oh please, Jacob, it's just Helene."

"Okay, Helene, a cup of tea would be lovely." Helene smiled, putting the kettle onto boil. "How's our little Emma?"

"Not so little anymore," Helene chuckled, "As I imagine our dear Coralie isn't very little anymore either. Is she even more beautiful than when she left?"

"I don't think I'm probably a good judge of that. She's my little sister, I always have to say she's beautiful but never to her face, of course." Both Jacob and Helene laughed at this. "She's been attracting the attention of some of the boys at her new school, or so I'm told."

"Ah, do those boys know they won't have much longer to live once you meet with them?" Helene teased, pouring two cups of tea. "Do you take milk or sugar?"

"Neither, thank you." Helene smiled, added a little milk to her own cup before passing Jacob his. "Has Marcel being working as hard as ever?"

"Of course, maybe even harder than usual. He likes to keep his mind off next door." Helene frowned slightly, as she took a sip of her tea.

"I'm sorry we had to drag you into this." Jacob started to say, but Helene brushed him off with a wave of her hands.

"Your mother and I have been friends for a long time, that's not something you just forget because life gets hard."

"She misses you dreadfully. She misses have someone to discuss the garden with, Violet and I are absolutely terrible at it. We can't tell a rose from a tulip, honestly."

"Oh, don't you worry. I'm just as useless here." Marcel called, as he closed the door behind him and joined his wife and Jacob in the kitchen. "Now, while we wait for Pierre, I'm going to go put these things away." Marcel disappeared up the stairs with his papers from work, leaving Helene and Jacob alone once more.

"How about your father? Do you talk to him often?" Helene asked.

"Hardly," Jacob frowned slightly, "To be honest, I didn't even know he was going to be here today."

"He was always doing that, wasn't he? Disappearing and reappearing around here whenever he felt like it." Helene sighed, "It used to worry your mother so much."

"I don't think she worries about it anymore." Jacob said, taking a sip of his tea, "In fact, I don't think she even thinks of him anymore."

"That's good, and what about Coralie? She was always the most excited to see him." Jacob shrugged his shoulders.

"I don't think he's send a single word to her since we left," Helene frowned, her eyes softening again, "I don't know that she cares anymore."

Authors Note: I promised I'd have this chapter up this week, and look- I actually did it! I've written the next two and a half chapters as well, so I should be updating more regularly at least until the end of July. I really, really love the next two chapters and I can't wait for you all to read them! Thanks for reading.

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