Chapter 2 : Chapter 2
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The next day, when I noticed that I'm indeed back at Hogwarts, I smiled a bit. Sadly, this was my last year and I wanted it to be one which I'll never forget. I also got the chance to take a proper look at the room; stayed the same, only I had different girls in it. On my right, Evans slept and Alice Smith was on my left. Smith was going steady with Longbottom, a Herbology freak. It's only a matter of time before he pops the question. To my relief, they aren't a "lovey-dovey" couple, and I know I'd never be like that with someone.
Sure, I had my share of flirts. Did I mention that ol' Sluggie caught me and Alan Sheffield making out in one of the broom closets? (Sheffield was the captain of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team) I guess not, but I also didn't mention that last year I fell for someone and hard. He was a seventh year Ravenclaw and we went out for quite some time. We loved raising hell and landing in detentions together. One of my best pranks was with him. I was different: happier, satisfied, caring. But it soon turned ugly, and I don't want to talk about it anymore.
Anyway, I woke up and got dressed. After that, I entered the bathroom to brush my teeth. When I opened the bathroom door, I saw Evans in front of it.
"Morning." She said quietly.
I gave her a quick nod "Morning."
I exited the bathroom as she entered. I was watching Smith button up her blouse.
She noticed that I was watching her. "Good thing you talked back to Marlene."
"Huh?" I was confused.
"You lashed out on her, way to go!" Smith said, clearly happy about it. It was no secret that she didn't like McKinnon.
"Evans told you?" I wanted to make sure. Smith nodded as she finished with her blouse.
She was about to put her shoes when I said "Smith?" She looked up.
"How are things with Longbottom?" I wanted to have a small chat with her; she was one of my peers.
"Couldn't be better!" She grinned at me and began trying her shoes.
Still looking down, she told me "Call me Alice, will you?"
"And don't call me 'Evans'." I heard Evans call out from the bathroom. I guess it pissed them off.
We went together to the Great Hall, and I noticed many people were looking at us. Screw them.
As we ate breakfast, Alice asked me "How many detentions have you had since you first came here?"
Oh boy, I had to think about it.
"Let's see, umm…maybe 30 detentions? I'm not sure, I lost count."
"I think it's 36." A new voice entered the conversation. We turned around to see Black.
"How would you know?" I asked.
"Well, first of all, good morning ladies. Second, I know since I've had many of them with you." He said and then grinned. I rolled my eyes.
Lily spat "Don't you have something better to do? For instance, eat the whole damn table? Terrorize other girls?"
Potter came quickly behind Black and sniffed dramatically "Oh, we're hurt, Lily flower!"
This was annoying me; I had to interfere "Oh grow up, Potter! You will have to grow a pair if you want Lily to take you seriously! Stop the charade already!"
"Since when do you call her by her first name?" Black asked, bewildered.
"Since this morning." Lily replied, still quite surprised from the way I lashed out on Potter.
Potter was unusually quiet, until he piped "Can I talk to you, Osbourne?"
I shrugged and followed him.
He took me aside and asked me "What's your problem? Are you trying to be a bitch?"
"I beg your pardon?" I asked, getting angrier.
"I don't know what's up your arse, but you could've expressed your opinion in a more civil way. You embarrassed me in front of her, for Merlin's sake." Potter said softly.
I looked deep into his eyes and knew why girls fell for him; his hazel eyes usually glistened, his hair looks like he just got out of bed and he had a killer body.
"Look Potter, if you want her, all I'm saying is that you have to quit being a kid and be a man."
"Are you saying this as her new best friend?" He said jokingly. I didn't think it was funny.
"No, I'm saying this as a girl. Girls crave for a confident, mature, kind man. Try changing your strategy and you'll probably get the girl." I smirked. He knew I had a point.
"What do you suggest I do?" He asked.
"Well for starters, stop asking her out, that'll definitely make an impression. Next, try being the perfect schoolmate but without sucking up to her." I advised him, as he took mental notes.
He grinned and said "Thanks, Osbourne! You know, you're not so bad." He patted my shoulder and went back to the table.
I grunted. Barely a day with the girls, and I'm a softie. Damn.
We finished eating and got our schedules from McGonagall. We compared our tables and I saw that I had less N.E.W.T.s than the girls. Well, I can't say that I'm surprised, but I didn't care. I had Divination with Alice now, so we parted from Lily and went to class. This year is going to be strange and exciting, I just know it.
Then I had Defense against the Dark Arts with her and Lily, and of course with them. They kept interrupting by talking and chuckling from behind us. I really tried my best not to yell and throw my shoe at them, and luckily Lily was there to calm me down. She didn't want me to get detention, and I wanted to really give my all this year, but I was mistaken.
As soon as Professor Middow left, I lashed out on them.
"We're only in the beginning of the year and you're starting to piss me off!" I threw my book at them so they would shut up.
"What did we do?!" Pettigrew yelled.
"You buffoons won't shut up! Some of us are actually trying to learn." I retorted as Lily shook her head at me.
"You're going to get in trouble!" Lily whispered cautiously. Black and Potter laughed in my face, which angered me even more.
"What's going on?" Professor Middow entered the class and someone pointed at me and said "She threw a book at them."
Great. What was I supposed to do, deny it?
"It was my fault, Professor." I heard Black say. I turned around to look at him.
"What are you doing?" I mouthed to him, and the idiot just winked at me.
"I talked during class, and she got mad and rightfully so." Black said.
Middow said "Detention, tonight. The both of you will come to my office after dinner." Another detention to add to my record. Way to go. I had an afternoon Black-free, to my relief. I hoped he wouldn't annoy me more than he already had.
"Grit your teeth and do it." Alice muttered to me as we sat in the common room.
"Yeah, I don't have a choice." I chuckled lightly.
"Just don't lose your temper around Black again." Lily advised. It felt good that someone actually cared about me; it was an unfamiliar feeling.
"Like you do with Potter?" I grinned. Lily smacked my arm playfully; she knew I wouldn't hit her back.
"I can't yell at him, we're Heads, remember?" She said sourly.
"So? Even if you do, he'll get it over it as he always does." Alice replied.
They shared a laugh. "He's a moron!" I exclaimed as they laughed harder.
Later on, we went to the Great Hall and ate dinner. I thought that if I ate quickly and went to Middow's office, then I would start the detention before Black, but I forgot that the rules had changed; I had to go together with him. I wanted some bread and it was next to him, and since I sat a few seats away from him, I got up and approached him. I lowered myself to his level as I grabbed a piece of bread.
I whispered in his ear "Eat quickly so we can get this over with.", and he looked back at me, making our faces closer than ever. I inspected each and every part of his face and went back to my seat.
As I continued eating, Alice said lowly "You had a good look at him, did you?", and I felt a smile creep from her lips. I gave her a 'don't be silly' look as I took my last bite of food. Luckily, Black was a quick eater. We wiped out mouths and went to Middow's office.
And again, we had to help Hagrid take care of flobberworms; how predictable. He had to take care of a few things back at his hut, but told us to stay close.
"Great, flobberworms. This couldn't get any worse." I muttered as I bent down to spray them. I knew Black was grinning like an idiot, so I didn't bother looking at him.
"It could get worse, believe me. Remember detentions with Filch?" He said as I shuddered a bit; Filch gives me the creeps, to say the least.
"You know how much I hate his guts." I said as I rose to take a break.
"As much as you hate mine?" He just had to ask. I took off my cloak and put it aside.
"I don't hate you. I hate what you stand for. You stand for a childish, horny, a 'wannabe' entity which clearly I don't like." There, I confessed. Black stopped dealing with the worms and got up. He looked at me in awe.
"What are you looking at?" I asked sourly.
"You don't hate me?" He asked, surprised. I mentally smacked my forehead; he clearly didn't listen to me.
"You didn't listen, huh?"
"I did. You think I'm childish and a typical red-blooded male." He said, not taking his eyes off me.
"Bingo." I smirked. I had to admit, even though I found him staring at me eerie, I felt slightly embarrassed; what's there to stare at so much?
"You have every right to think so, but you don't know me, Osbourne." After a slight pause, he said "A month."
"Huh?" I was definitely confused.
"Hang out with me a month, and you'll change your mind." Since when did he care what I thought about him?
"What's in it for me?" I wondered.
He smirked at me and said "New ideas for pranks, to explore places you've never gone to. What do you say?"
I didn't have anything to lose; I was already civil with the guy. He was obviously trying to prove that he's more than what I thought he was.
"You're that confident?" I asked as he mirrored my smile and put out his hand for me to shake.
"You bet." He said. I looked at his hand and back at him.
"Alright." I said as I shook his hand. As we went on with the worms, I was positively sure that I would be right about him. Little did I know how wrong I was.
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