Chapter 8 : Random Partners and a Hot Date
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I tried to get guys to ask me out, I talked to guys I haven’t talked to before, I smiled at guys but nothing seemed to work and I was too shy to ask out someone. It was already Thursday. How am I going to do my dare!
‘’Look Layla, you can’t lose hope. You’ll find a date. You just need a little help,’’ said Lily.
‘’Besides, we can’t lose the bets we made on you with the guys. So, we are going to give you a makeover,’’ said Dom.
‘’You bet on me? Some friend you are,’’ I said sarcastically.
‘’It’s to show that we believe in you,’’ protested Dom.
‘’Yeah, right. And I don’t want a makeover. I don’t want to look desperate,’’ I said.
‘’Sorry to say this but you are kind of desperate. You want to do this dare badly. But we will make sure that you don’t look desperate. We will be subtle with the make-up,’’ said Grace.
So they put some mascara on me and did my hair in a nice French braid. When I looked into the mirror, I didn’t look much different except that my hair was not bushy and my eyes looked a little brighter. I was ok with it.
We had breakfast and made our way to the Herbology class that we had with the Hufflepuffs.
‘’Good morning class. Today you are going to work in pairs. I am going to assign partners. Sit accordingly,’’ Professor Longbottom said.
I got paired up with Sandra Price. We started working quietly.
‘’You know, this won’t work,’’ Price said to me.
‘’Sorry? ’’I asked.
‘’I mean if you are trying to get some guy to ask you out this little mascara and hairstyle won’t work,’’ she said.
‘’I wasn’t trying to get a date,’’ I said too quickly.
‘’Oh save it, Carpenter. The girl who never even makes a pony properly is now in a French braid and wearing mascara. And its Hogsmeade trip this weekend. I can put two and two together, you know,’’ she said with a smirk.
I opened my mouth and then closed it again.
‘’So, do you want someone special to ask you out or are you just looking for a random date?’’ asked Price.
When I didn’t answer, she continued, ''oh c’mon just tell me. I can help. I dated nearly half of the male population of Hogwarts. Surely I know a thing or two about getting a date.’’
I pondered what she said. She was right. I needed help and she could help me.
‘’I was dared to go on a date this Hogsmeade weekend and someone practically implied that I am not capable of finding a date. So, I got furious and accepted the dare,’’ I said.
‘’Ok. Let me tell you this, if you want a guy to ask you out then you have to put on some acts,’’ she looked at my questioning face and continued, ''no, I don’t mean showing your boobs, though that works for me, but you are a good girl, you can’t do that. You have to show interest in the guy in order for him to be interested in you. Laugh at his jokes even if they are silly, pay attention to whatever he says, smile at him, flirt with him and make him feel like the king. In short, boost his male ego. A guy won’t ever ask you out even if he likes you, if he knows for sure that he will be rejected. But if he thinks that he have even a slight chance with you, he won’t let it go,’’ she said.
‘’Can I ask you something?’’ I asked. She nodded so I continued, ‘’why do you sleep around and cheat on people? Sorry for being blunt, I have a habit of being straightforward. A lot of people don’t like me because of that.’’
‘’It’s ok. I don’t mind. And to answer your question, I sleep around because I don’t know what I want or who I want, so I keep experimenting. Besides, the guys that I cheat on are not exactly innocent; they only want to sleep with me. They don’t care if I cheat on them because they were doing the same thing,’’ she said.
‘’What about Jared Wilde? He is a nice guy.’’
‘’Yes, he is. But he was already in love with Amanda when he started dating me. He just didn’t realise it then and when he did, it was too late, we were already dating. He was too much of a gentleman to dump me like that so I did all of us a favour and cheated on him. Besides, he is not my type.’’
‘’You are a nice person. You helped them and you are helping me now.’’
‘’Like I said, I didn’t just help them, I was helping myself too. And I am helping you because you helped me back in first year when some Slytherins were bullying me,’’ she said.
The bell rang.
‘’See you around,’’ I said to her.
‘’Goodluck,’’ she said to me and left.
Some people are really different than they seem to be.
The rest of the day was uneventful. I was still dateless because I spend all my free time thinking about my talk with Sandra Price. At night I had Astronomy with the Ravenclaws. Not many people were taking the class, not even any of my friends. I was stupid enough to take one extra burden in my NEWTS year. Well actually I am taking this class because I love to watch the sky and I sleep late at night.
‘’Class, today I am going to assign you partners. You have to work in pairs for today’s assignment,’’ said the Professor.
Not again. What’s with today and assigning random partners, anyways?
‘’Seems like we are partners today. I am Hector Watt, by the way.’’ I turned around to see a tall, muscular, brunette looking at me while extending his hand for me to shake.
‘’Layla Carpenter,’’ I said while shaking his hand.
‘’Nice to meet you,’’ he said with a gorgeous smile.
It was just the perfect opportunity. I knew this guy was a Quiddich player, a beater and like every Quiddich player in this school, he was popular and had his fair share of girls. He broke up with his last girlfriend recently, so I guessed he was single right now. He was a known flirt, so I knew he wouldn’t get clingy and that’s what I wanted, a single date, not a serious relationship. So basically, if I put on my acts right now I could get a date with him.
‘’You know, the brightness of those stars or even the moon in the sky is nothing as compared to you,’’ said Watt suddenly.
Oh my god! This guy is trying to flirt with me and we have just met. Seems I don’t have to do much work. All I need to do is flirt back and encourage him.
‘’Do you think that cheesy pick up line will work on me?’’ I asked with a sweet smile.
‘’How about this….I think I am sleeping because you can only be a man’s dream,’’ he said.
‘’Still cheesy, but I am flattered,’’ I said.
‘’You are?’’ he asked curiously.
‘’When a nice Quiddich player uses pick-up lines on you, you are bound to be flattered,’’ I said. Oh Merlin, I can’t believe I just said that. I feel like vomiting. Screw you, Hugo Weasley!
He looked satisfied as if Quiddich is the only great thing in the world and by implying that he was a good Quiddich player I just fed his ego.
‘’Can I ask you something?’’ he asked. I nodded so he continued, ''do you have a date for this Hogsmeade weekend?’’
‘’Unfortunately, no,’’ I replied.
‘’Well, that’s good for me. So, will you go with me to Hogsmeade this weekend?’’ he asked.
‘’Yes,’’ I finally said.
‘’Great. I will pick you up at 11 in the Great Hall.’’
Bingo! He asked me out. Sandra Price was so right. Take that Hugo Weasley! I got a date and a hot one too.
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