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Present and Future by lovegood27
Chapter 3 : Chapter 3
 
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Strangely, Teddy looked extremely happy and relieved to see me.

I have no idea as to why and at this moment in time, I don't really care. Maybe he came to put more spiders in my bed.

"WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING HERE?!," I screamed. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw James casting a Muffliato Charm in the door hastily.

"I-I'm sorry!," Teddy stammered. He looked taken aback that I was yelling in his face.

Well, he's got it coming then, hasn't he?

"Oh you're sorry?! For WHAT?!," I screeched. "YOU ARE A COMPLETE AND UTTER DICKHEAD, TEDDY LUPIN! SPIDERS IN THE SHOWER!"

"W-what? Spiders?" Teddy looked utterly confused.

"YES, SPIDERS!," I screamed. "AND YOU PUT THEM THERE! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW CREEPED OUT I WAS!"

Teddy was still looking a bit confused but now he wore a more amused expression like the one James was wearing now.

Fuck them both. There is absolutely NOTHING funny about finding a million spiders.

That were originally gnomes.

In your shower.

Which is in your bedroom.

Which is in your house.

On your seventeenth birthday.

At midnight.

That's just downright creepy.

I stormed up to Teddy and kicked him hard in the shins.

"Ow! What the fuck, Vic?!"

Oh, so NOW he decides to Vic.

"That's for being a fucking asshole the whole time!," I screeched.

I punched him hard in the arm.

"Will you stop?!," Teddy said, rubbing his arm.

I ignored him.

"That's for taking Louis's gnomes!," I yelled.

Really, I don't really care if someone took Louis's gnomes. Any excuse to punch Teddy.

That wasn't the worst of it.

"AND THAT"-I slapped him across the face-"IS FOR LEAVING SPIDERS IN MY FUCKING SHOWER!"

"That fucking hurt! Can you stop?!," Teddy said again, rubbing his cheek where I slapped him.

I took a step back from him, taking deep breaths.

"What the bloody hell was all that stuff about spiders in your shower or whatever?," Teddy said. "I just got here by accident and you start screaming at me and kicking me!"

"You just put spiders in my shower a few hours ago," I said, my voice wavering as I fought to keep it even. "And you're saying you don't know what's going on?"

"We're from the future," James piped up.

I stared at him in shock. I couldn't tell if he was lying, because James is an exceptionally good liar, so I turned to Lily and Hugo, hoping they would tell me that James was bluffing. They were sat against the bed, looking scared from my screaming at Teddy.

"It's true," Lily said.

Maybe James got her to lie.

"Hugo, is it true, are they lying?," I demanded.

Hugo nodded.

"Teddy, tell me this isn't true," I said, turning to him.

Say it's a joke.

Please.

Teddy sighed. "Look, no one is joking, it's true," he said.

If no one is lying, this could cause problems.

"How did you get here, then?," I asked.

"With this," James said, taking something long out of his pocket.

It was a tiny hourglass, with a circle surrounding it and another circle surrounding both of them. The whole thing was gold and hung on a delicate gold chain.

"Wait, what?! A Time-Turner?," I gasped. "Where did you get it? Dad said they were all destroyed!"

"Apparently not," Teddy said. "We found this one in Uncle Harry's office."

"Why were you there?," I asked, curiosity getting the better of me. Uncle Harry's office was private, no one went in there with his permission except for himself. He didn't even let Aunt Ginny in there, so I highly doubt he would let James, of all people.

Teddy stole a glance at James, who went red and stared down at his shoes.

"He let us," Teddy lied, in the most unconvincing way possible.

"Like hell he did," I snorted.

"Daddy wasn't at home," Lily chirped. "Mummy wasn't either. They had to-"

"Shut up, Lily!," James shouted furiously.

Aha.

I sense somebody keeping a secret.

Such observation skills.

"Lily, come on, they had to what?," I asked.

"They took Albus to St Mungo's," Lily stated matter-of-factly.

"Why? Was he sick?," I asked. I remembered that this was Lily from the future I was talking to. But she was only from the next month and Albus was fine when I saw him today.

Well I think they're from next month since they don't look very different.

I thought of James telling Lily to shut her mouth. "Did James jinx him or something?"

"What? No!," James said defensively. "And he wouldn't have to go to St Mungo's just because of a jinx!"

Oh right.

I waited for Teddy to call me and idiot, like he always does when I'm being stupid.

I must be a really sad person, if I'm actually waiting for the person I hate to insult me, just so I can start a insult him back.

They're not arguments, they're just friendly debates.

What? They are!

Ok, call me a dumbass, Teddy.

Then I can kick your stupid arse and you can piss back to the future.

He doesn't say anything. No one says anything, everyone just looks at me expectantly.

I look at Teddy expectantly.

Because if he doesn't insult me, something is seriously wrong with him and if something is seriously wrong with him then I don't want to go back to the future.

I would rather have Teddy the Annoying Dickhead than Teddy the Abnormally Nice Person.

Hey, I'm not saying I like him being a dickhead. It's just that that's the closest to a preferable person to be around that he'll get. People who are too nice aren't always preferable to be around.

"Why is no one talking?," Hugo asked, apparently totally oblivious to the awkwardness that has filled the silence.

"Are you alright, Teddy?," I asked, completely forgetting to ask the others about how they had got here.

"Yes," Teddy replied, looking confused. "Why?"

I shrugged. "You're being a bit nicer than normal," I said, bluntly.

"Am I supposed to take that as a compliment?," he asked, looking mockingly offended.

"No," I said. I crossed my arms. "You can't even be bothered to call me an idiot an anymore."

Teddy looked at me like I had gone insane.

"Why would I call you an idiot? I only do that if we have a fight or whatever," he said.

"Which is all the time," I said. Teddy frowned.

"No we don't," he said, "there was that time when you came up to me and-" He broke off, realisation dawning on his face.

"Never mind," he said quickly.

This time, it was my turn to frown. "What?," I demanded.

"Shall I call you an idiot?," Teddy asked awkwardly, trying to change the subject.

"Don't change the subject!," I shrieked. My legs were tired from standing up so I crossed over to the other side of the room and sat down on my bed. "Seriously, what's going on? You're acting all weird and nice now."

"Just because I didn't call you an idiot?," Teddy scoffed.

...

And that's another chance gone where he could have said I'm stupid, but he didn't.

Yes, I know you probably think I'm "off my rocker" or whatever other weird sayings Muggles have, but Teddy has seriously gone wrong. It might just be because of once or twice where he didn't call me stupid, but honestly, the Teddy I know never misses a chance to insult me and annoy me as much as he can. It's in his nature. Come to think of it, he didn't even call me the Red-Headed Veela when he saw me, and he loves calling me that, because it pisses me off the most and also because it's true and I can't contradict it.

Yep, something is up with Teddy.

"Yes," I replied. "You're being very civil towards me."

"And you're saying I can't?," Teddy said.

"No!," I said quickly. "I just...why?"

"That's for us to know and you to figure out," James said from the floor, grinning mischievously.

"Wait, you all know there's a reason he's being nicer to me," I said. "And you're not going to tell me."

"Nope," Hugo said from the corner where he was playing Rock Paper Scissors with Lily.

That's the first thing he has said since he got here and it has to be something that pisses me off.

Really, I should just run a stall at a Muggle Funfair or whatever, it can be "Piss the Veela Off in Five Minutes." Prizes for whoever was the most annoying, because they would be likely to a black eye.

"I'm going to bed," I snapped.

"No you aren't," Teddy said in an annoying voice.

"I will," I said. The first argument we have has to be about going to bed.

This is stupid.

"Fine, I won't," I said, glancing at the clock. It read a quarter to midnight.

"Why don't you all continue your story of how you came to find a Time Turner in Uncle Harry's office instead," I said, remembering.

"Oh that," Teddy said, also remembering. "You say, James."

"Why me?," James protested. Teddy and I both glared at him.

"Okay, so we, um...went to, Uncle Harry's office, and, yeah, that's it," he said James finished lamely.

Why are all my male cousins idiots.

"Yes, but why weren't Uncle Harry and Aunt Ginny at home?," I asked.

"We told you, they took Albus to St Mungo's," James said irritably.

"Rose went with them," Hugo added.

"Why?," I asked. "I mean, why did Albus have to go to Mungo's?"

"James gave him Uncle George's new Boils Biscuits and he had an allergic reaction," Lily said.

"Lily!," James glared at her.

"And James wanted to sneak into Daddy's office so we all went inside to see and Hugo found the Time Turner," Lily continued, ignoring James.

"Why did you use it?," I asked.

"James wanted to go back into the past, he thought it would be fun," Teddy filled in, looking uncomfortable.

"Don't blame this all on me!," James shouted, pointing at Teddy. "It's not like you tried to stop me!"

"You didn't try to stop him?," I demanded. I was going into full on lecture mode, like Mum does. "Lily and Hugo are still young, it's not their fault, but you? Do you have any idea what a Time Turner even does? How are you supposed to return to the future again?! I always knew you were dumb, Teddy, but this is just plain stupid!"

"We just wanted to go back a few hours!," Teddy protested. "Something just went wrong!"

"Sure," I said sarcastically.

"I'm not lying, it was jinxed or something, I swear," Teddy said.

"Don't," I advised him. I yawned. "We'll have to sort this out in the morning. I'm actually going to go to bed now, okay? But don't leave this room in the morning if I haven't woken up. Mum and Dad could see you so stay in this room unless you want to start World War III, understand?"

Everyone nodded, except Teddy, who looked bored. I climbed into bed, resisting the urge to slap his face again.

"Hey, we have to stay too, and we don't have beds!," James whined.

I sat up, grabbed my wand and conjured up four beds as best as I could. I was tempted to put Teddy's bed outside after the whole spider fiasco, but he wasn't really Teddy since he was from the future and was being all nice, and it wasn't like I had no room.

Don't bother telling me my room is massive; I already know.

"There, happy?," I snapped when I had finished.

I thought the beds weren't that bad, they looked quite comfortable. James didn't think so, and neither did Hugo or Teddy, because the next ten minutes were spent with them complaining about the colour of the bedsheets, which were pink.

"Just sleep in it for Christ's sake!," I yelled at Hugo, who wanted his bed sheet to be the exact green shade to the one he had at his home. Hugo burst into tears. Lily, looking angry and alarmed, sprang up from her bed and quickly out her arm around Hugo.

"Hugo, don't cry," Lily said, comforting and uselessly because Hugo continued to cry.

"I want to go home!," Hugo wailed.

I hadn't inherited my dad's kind nature, and neither had Dom. Louis had, but I felt no sympathy for Hugo, only annoyance. I know it makes me and awful person to say this but it was partly his fault that he's in this situation and he should at least try to be strong like Lily.

They could still have warned James and Teddy not to.

And now I'm contradicting myself from what I said earlier on.

I put my head in my hands. I had no clue as to what I should do. I had three of my cousins from the future in my room, not to mention the boy I had hated since I could walk as well.

"Everyone go to bed," I snapped at Teddy, who was changing the colour of Hugo's bed for him. "Stop bothering with all this stupid stuff."

I climbed into bed and switched the light off.

"And nobody go outside until I say you can, otherwise you can piss out of this house," I threatened, before pulling my pillow over my head and falling asleep.

It was eleven o'clock by the time I woke up the next morning.

Hugo and Lily weren't there. Neither was James. Were they in the bathroom?

Please let them be in the bathroom.

Even if the idea of Lily crammed into the shower with two of her male relations was slightly weird. And disturbing.

They weren't in the bathroom.

WHY MERLIN WHY?!

Fuck James. It was definitely him who let them out. I hope he's expelled from Hogwarts. I hope he dies in a hole and goes to rot in hell.

Teddy was evidently even more tired than I had been, because he was still asleep in his bed with no signs of waking up.

Well lucky him, he'll get to miss me murdering James. That is, if Mum doesn't kill me first.

But she'll only kill me if she finds James, Lily and Hugo.

And she won't find them unless James decides to turn Lily's hair blonde.

And he'll only do that if he feels like pranking someone.

In other words, it's a 100% chance that Mum will kill me because James is always, and I mean always, in a pranking mood.

Unless he stole out of my room in the middle of the night with Lily and Hugo, stole the Firewhiskey and got all three of them drunk. In which case Mum won't will me because she hasn't woken up yet, but she will later on.

I'm so doomed.

Fearing the worst, I got dressed quickly and made my way downstairs.

It was worse than the worst. My entire family-who lived in this house, I mean-was there. Mum was drumming her fingers on the kitchen table and looking very pissed at me, Dad had the same expression on his face and was standing next to Mum with his arms folded.

Dom, like the wonderful sympathetic sister she is, was looking like she was about to burst into laughter at the whole situation and Louis just had this disapproving look on his face.

"Victoire Weasley," Mum said in her I'm-about-to-explode-at-you voice. "You have some explaining to do. What are James, Lily and Hugo doing here? I know it was you who told them to come here."

"I didn't tell them to come here!," I said truthfully.

"Don't lie!," Mum shouted. "What are they doing here?!"

Teddy chose that moment to come down the stairs. We all stared at him.

Mum turned back to me, her nostrils flaring like mine do when we're angry. "You're grounded," she hissed.

Well done Teddy, excellent timing.

A/N: Sorry I haven't updated for a while, I actually had this chapter written already but I accidentally deleted it and I started finding all sorts of factual errors when I was rewriting it. Let me know what you think of this story and review :3


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