Jennifer wanted her sister to shut the hell up for the first time in her life, but that was impossible. Melanie never shut up. Melanie talked and talked until she lost her voice. So she didn't waste any energy trying to get her to stop.
She had stormed into her room early this morning, waking up all her dorm mates. They all had given her dirty looks for telling her sister the Hufflepuff password. They just didn't know Melanie. She had wanted the password so she could do exactly what she was doing. She called them 'emergencies', though Jennifer would argue about that. That is, she had energy to do so.
She had let her sister ramble on and on about how Ryan refused to kiss her back, how he had pushed her off, blah blah. Half of it was flying over her morning head anyways. She didn't care about any of it; poor Melanie for finding a boy who was immune to her charms. She was in no mood to soothe things over with her. Just talking about was probably enough to cool her.
Jennifer was rooting through her trunk, trying to find a clean sweater. Her sister was talking about how he was the first guy to ever say no, wondering maybe if he was homosexual. God, only Melanie would be that naïve - to think that a guy was gay because they didn't respond to her kiss. She truly bothered her sometimes.
"Jen?" Melanie said, her voice sounding far away because her heard was so far down in the trunk.
"Yeah?" Jenny said, before finding the sweater and standing upright to look at Melanie.
Jennifer looked at her with a confused look on her face, before pulling the sweater over her head, and over her white blouse.
"Do you think he's dating Scorpius?"
Jennifer had to laugh at that as she stood before the mirror and started attempting to do something with her hair. She saw her younger sister sitting on her bed; looking so perfect it was so unfair. It was seven in the morning for frick sake's. Couldn't she look like a mess like Jenny for once?
"Err... No. They hate each other, don't they?" Jenny replied before trying to run a hairbrush through her curly hair.
Melanie promptly jumped off the bed and walked to Jennifer. Standing beside her sister, and looking at them in the mirror was even worse than just imagining how they looked. But Melanie wasn't there to make her feel bad. Melanie would never do that. She was just too sweet, even if she did wake her up at six thirty to tell her about her boy troubles.
"You're right. I'm being paranoid. Let me try something with your hair..."
Jen watched her sister watched her magic. Of course she would have the talent to do hair too. All Jenny could ever do was put her hair in a ponytail but somehow Melanie managed to straighten some of it and put it into some sort of braid. She shook her head and smiled at Melanie.
"Thanks. How on earth you do that is beyond me."
She returned to sitting on her bed as Jenny ran around all over the room looking for her books to put in her book bag. When she finished, she stood at the doorway, holding open the door for her sister. "And don't worry about Ryan. He's just insane."
"Remember! Become friends with him tonight! You're my only hope Jen!"
They walked together to the Great Hall before they went their separate ways.
She had just a miserable day as days came. She had forgotten her transfiguration homework, had spilt ink all over a charms test, and had tripped twice in front of a group of cute guys. It just wasn't going well for her. So of course when she remembered she had that stupid book group/torture project thing in fifteen minutes, she freaked out. She hadn't read anything from the journal, pushing it aside for more important matters. She pulled it out and started to read the first couple of pages while walking to Binns' office.
We talked about starting a school together once more at a dinner party at dear Godric's ho--
'Okay. Dinner. Godric's house,' she thought as she quickened her pace. She didn't want to be the late one. The one to open the door and stare at everyone to realize you're the reason they're all waiting.
She flipped the pages to a random one and started to read again.
My sister is such a bother. She always thinks that I will give up anything to comfort her. She just does not understand that I have a life as well. I play the good sister, I do exactly as she expects. That is just my character.
Jenny slowed down for a moment as she skimmed the words in neat calligraphy. Maybe Helga was more like her than she had thought.
She always has boy troubles she tells me about. Does she not think these bore me half to death? I hate listening to her prattle on about all the boys she has lusting after her. She does not even consider my feelings in this matter. She knows that no boy is ever going to like me, with my plump figure and my curly hair. She is the prettier one, the one with fair skin, the one everybody likes better. If only Godric does not succumb to her petty flirtations. I will be much happier then. I will, won't I? Am I willing to sacrifice my ow-
She walked into something solid and fell to the ground, her journal falling beside her.
"Shit," she heard someone swear and she sat up to see Scorpius Malfoy across from her. She was mortified, and she felt her face turn warm. She looked down, knowing she looked like a tomato right now. She reached for her journal, but Scorpius quickly took it out of her grasp. She looked at him confused, afraid to say anything.
"That's... my... err, journal," she managed to stammer.
He looked at her with a raised eyebrow. "No. That's your journal," he said while pointing to a journal several shades lighter than the one in his hand. Knowing she was wrong just made her blush more. She picked it up and tried to stand up but she saw a hand in front of her.
"Come on. I'll help you, even though you did walk into me."
She gratefully took his hand and stood up, brushing the dirt off her skirt to avoid any eye contact with him. She didn't know why he was being civil to her. She had knocked him down after all. She imagined all the comments she would be getting tomorrow from the Slytherin populace. Obviously Malfoy would go and tell them that this fat Hufflepuff had knocked him over - right?
"You okay?" She heard him ask and she nodded quickly, wanting him to go away.
"Because, you really don't. Did you bump your head or something when you hit the ground? Should I take you to the nurse?"
She shook her head quickly again.
"Are you sure? I need an excuse to get out of this bloody meeting."
It was only then did she allow her face to look toward him. Her green eyes met his gray ones and she looked at him confused once more. Was he trying to help her for goodness sakes? Was he drunk? Didn't he know that she was the one he always pushed down in the halls in their younger years? The one he called fat over and over again when he sat behind her in classes just to torment her? Was this even Scorpius Malfoy?
"I'm fine," she said, managing not to stammer out those two words and make an even more ridicule of herself.
An awkward silence filled the space between the two.
"So... you were reading the journal? I was trying to cram some pages in before we go in. God knows Weasley will be up my ass about the whole thing. Trying to say she read the whole thing in a hour."
Jennifer looked at Scorpius curiously. She really should just scurry away, but she had never seen him this nice before. He was actually like a normal human being for once in his life. "Yeah... I forgot to read it," she answered, wondering what he wanted.
"Same. I read four pages though hope that's enough. It's really boring. All he did was talk about some dinner part--" Scorpius stiffened and stopped talking. Jenny turned around to see Ryan McCord walking toward them. He too was reading his journal.
He looked up when their chatter stopped and glared at Scorpius. Jenny felt weird being between such two rivals. She wondered if their staring contest would ever end.
Rose sauntered up sometime between her looking back and forth from Ryan and Scorpius. She had the confidence Jenny so desired to have. She instantly grabbed Ryan's arm and started to drag him to the door that they had been standing in front of for the longest time.
"Come on Huffie," she heard Scorpius say, as he held the door open for her. Rose and Ryan had gone in already.
She felt something itching at her heart; a strange, new emotion she didn't know the name of. As she looked at Scorpius Malfoy's sickeningly beautiful face she felt her heart flutter up. What on earth?
"Huffie! Don't have all day," he made a gesture with his hand to lead her in the direction of the door.
She didn't say anything, and quickly scurried in hearing the door slam behind her. Was she actually developing a crush on Scorpius Malfoy, just because he was civil to her for one bloody moment?
Was she an idiot?
She sat down in the empty chair, seated between Ryan and Scorpius. She couldn't look at Scorpius now. She knew her face, such like an open book, would give it away. Thankfully Binns flew in through the door and smiled at them.
"Welcome to your first meeting. I've taken the liberty to name you 'Founders And Now' or 'FAN' for short. Has a nice ring to it, does it not?"
What was she getting herself into? It was bad enough she was now part of this project disguised as a club with a stupid name, and she had a crush on Scorpius Malfoy.
Stupid, stupid, stupid Jenny., why couldn't she be more like Melanie?
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