A/N: Here's Chapter 5, lovelies! Read and Review if you please. And if you would, go check out Roses and Ashes or Musicboxes, my other stories :) You might like 'em! And as always, reviews are always quite appreciated.
Yessir. Rose and I were still enemies, of that I was sure. Good. The world was still in its rightful place.
With me at the center, of course. Kinda.
And I had an ace up my sleeve. Rose didn't know I was a prefect yet.
I had made sure of that, since I planned on shocking her when we went to the prefects meeting together. Secretly, I wanted to be on rounds with her.
Where did that train of thought come from?
Rewind, brain, rewind. Erase. Delete. Rose is not someone to get along with.
But she IS beautiful.
No. Stop it brain. Stop it bloody hormones. You hate Rose.
GOT IT? Yes? Good.
After my internal mental argument, I picked myself off the floor and sauntered over to Albus.
"Move over Al. Scarlet over here obviously can't handle my good looks."
It was true, though. I knew I was crazy attractive. And I knew Rose thought so too. I could see it in her eyes and in the brightness beneath her wonderfully now-prominent cheekbones.
I was totally going to play that to my best advantage.
I was so wrapped up in my own thoughts, I didn't pay any attention to Tayla and Tianna bickering with each other as they always did.
And then, suddenly, Rose realized the time. I enjoyed watching her squirm and panic as she manically got ready to go to the meeting. I especially watched her face as I stood up, making sure my shining prefects badge was perfectly in plain sight. (I had just snapped it on, so she couldn't have seen it before.)
The look on her face was absolutely priceless. I drank in her bright doe-brown eyes as they widened with shock.
"Y-you? You're a prefect?"
I widened my smile even more as she realized everyone else had already known before her. I loved having the upper hand.
"Guess I'm not as dumb as you say I am, Scarlet."
I enjoyed being on par with lovely Rose, especially since I appeared to work so much less than her. Just to clear the record: I did work hard, probably just as hard as she did (if not harder), but I was just sneakier about it. See, I did my studying either very late at night or ridiculously early in the morning, when no one would be awake to know.
Why did I do this, you ask?
Because I would not be labeled as a bookworm.
But if I didn't get good grades, Dad would have my head. Still, I would not be labeled anything that Rose was. I would not be anything like Rose.
Rose seemed quite put out that I was a prefect too. I supposed that was because it made me her equal. Something I was undeserving of in her eyes. I knew she didn't want me to accompany her to the meeting, and I didn't want to push her scarily far. But I really did have to go to the meeting too. So I just followed her from behind.
Don't look at me like that. I totally WASN'T ogling her.
Okay, maybe just a little...
We got to the prefects meeting. I couldn't help but add one jab at her obsessive time keeping skills.
"Look Rose, you're thirty seconds late!" She held her wrist up hastily to her wide eyes and then glared at me as she realized I was totally lying.
I made sure not to flinch under her gaze. Scorpius Malfoy did not flinch, especially not for a Weasely.
Especially not for Rose.
We entered the train compartment, and took seats apart from each other on purpose. We were enemies, after all.
The door opened, and the head girl sauntered in.
It was Lia. AKA my crazy strict, uber possessive, super annoying semi-stalker. I hated Rose less than I hated her, and that was REALLY saying something. Stalkers seriously pissed me off. They put dampers on my life, and now one was here. In authority over me.
The fuck was this.
Her cold gray eyes traveled over me and made me shiver inside. her eyes had always creeped me out a little. Lia had some sort of a superiority complex, which made me skeptical of her becoming Head Girl, well, legally.
I had always thought she should have ended up in Slytherin. And I could never figure out for the life of me, why I was the one she had determined to procure for herself. Other than my obvious attractiveness, of course. I noticed Rose observing the other prefects as Lia introduced herself.
The other prefects were...nothing special, to say the least.
"Fun." Rose muttered.
At the sound, Lia whipped her head around to fix her dead eyes onto Rose's bright ones.
"Rose." Rose smiled cheekily at Lia in response.
Ooh. Bad move. Lia did not take kindly to cheek.
"For that comment, I'm tempted to dock your house points when we get there."
Rose visibly inflated with rage and sputtered,
"You-you can't do that! We're not even there yet!"
Like I said, Lia had an intense superiority complex. She would surely hate Rose, since Rose was famous, smart, and now beautiful, to boot.
And I was right. Figures.
"I. Can. Do. Almost anything I want, dearest Rose. I've got the entire staff wrapped around my little fingers. Don't cross me, understand?"
Rose looked slightly shellshocked, and angry, before she composed her face into remorseful blankness.
"Sorry, it won't happen again." I could tell she wasn't really sorry. I wouldn't have really been sorry either, had I been in her place. Lia was apparently satisfied, though.She began droning on about rules and whatnot. I knew the rules already, and would have ignored her if not for the fact that her gaze was boring through my skull. So unfortunately, I had to pay attention, at least a little.
By the end of the meeting, I was more than a little bored. I had watched Rose glare at Lia for a good quarter hour, finding her anger oddly amusing. I chalked that amusement up to my extreme boredom.
When the meeting finally ended, Lia called me over.
"Scorpy." She smiled in what she hoped was a flirtation manner in an attempted to win me over.
It failed. I nodded curtly at her. Nothing more.
"Lia." Immediately I began to leave the compartment, but she grabbed my wrist in an iron hold.
"Scorpy. Why do you not understand this? We're meant to be. So you'll be on patrol with me, okay?" My brain whirled for an excuse, any excuse.
"Lia...uh....I have to partner with someone who's a prefect."
"No you don't." Damn.
"I...um...have to partner with Rose. McGonogall wants us to, um, learn to get along." I tried to look like I meant it. Really, I did.
Aw shit. Possibly the worst thing I could have said. It didn't help that it was a complete lie. Complete bullshit.
The thing that made it worse was that she accepted it with nothing more than a raised eyebrow. I could see the twisted gears running through her head.
It scared me.
"Fine, then. You will do your rounds with Rose. All of them. Unless you feel like coming to me and doing rounds together. Which, I think, you will find yourself doing."
Great. Just great. Out of the frying pot and into the fire.