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Chapter 10: Fiery Redheads Solve Everything

I woke to the sound of screeching in the hallway

“…….THOSE FILTHY MUGGLE FOOD DELIVERY BOXES EVERYWHERE AND DON’T THINK I DON’T KNOW WHO’S SLEEPING IN THE GUEST ROOM”

I put the blankets over my mouth to keep from laughing, looks like we succeeded in ticking off Mrs. Davidson.

A few minutes later I heard a door slam and Amy casually strolled into the guest room.

“Good sleep?” She asked with a hint of a smile.

“Yes, it was very peaceful” I replied.

She sat at the edge of my bed “Better get up and get dressed, she’ll only be gone for around an hour and we should be gone by then.” She told me and tried to pull back the covers but I resisted and pulled them over my head.

“Noooooooo, bed is safe and nice and not humiliating” I whined.

“You have nothing to be ashamed over, it was just a moment of weakness, we all have them.” Amy comfortingly told me.

“Oh god I just remembered, the midnight thing” I groaned as a realization dawned on me.

“What midnight thing?”

“You and Remus, the whole kiss at the stroke of midnight thing, I completely ruined it” I said as I poked my eyes out from under the blankets to see her reaction.

She sat still for a before replying “If it wasn’t for you, he wouldn’t even know I existed”

As we sat a silence she took the opportunity to grab the covers and ran out of the room.

“HEY” I called after her “What if I had decided to sleep in my birthday suit and one of you billions of servants saw me?”

“You’re the rich girl now” she called back “They can sue you instead of me for blinding them.”

I laid back against my pillows (fully clothed) and felt glad that she wasn’t walking on eggshells around me. After telling her what happened I didn’t feel like a pity party.

“Your dad sent an owl over, he wants you to come home as soon as you can” Amy told me as she walked back in the room. I’d sent an owl to him to tell him where I was. I looked mournfully at me bandaged finger, the Davidson family owl didn’t take too kindly to being woken up so late.

I went to collect my things and smelled waffles. They were extremely mouth watering.

“Now that I have the moolah, I’m going to have to get me one of these cooks”

“Are you going to tell them?” She asked.

I kept my back turned. My hope that we were going to forget all this was dashed.

“No” I answered her, keeping my back turned.

“You’ll come around.”

She sounded so sure of herself and I didn’t feel like picking a fight right now so I didn’t reply.

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“You are being stupid” Amy point blank told me as we settled into our compartment all the way at the end of the train.

We hadn’t seen each other since New Year’s Day, she being grounded and I was spending time with my Dad. When we finally met on the train she was disappointed to learn I hadn’t changed my mind about sharing what had happened.

I ignored her and locked the door. I may be comfortable around her after the whole mother incident but I didn’t feel like dealing with my other friends.

“You have to see them sometime, they are your friends, tell them what happened, they’re understand and we can try to go back to normal.” She tried to reason. I don’t know why though, I have a history of not responding well to reason and commonsense.

“How about we just constantly avoid them until they give up or forget about us and then it can be me and you, just like old times” I suggested.

She made a face “Now you’re just being selfish, I don’t want to avoid them, and with the exception of staying holed up back here, I don’t plan on it.”

“Fine, leave me all alone and go hang with you super cool friends and be normal” I said dramatically and flopped down on the seat, lay on my back and closed my eyes.

After a short time, I heard her get up and unlock the door but instead of protesting I just made an annoyed groan before continuing my impression of a Shakespearean corpse.

Minutes of silence droned by and I was beginning to doze off when the sound I was dreading came, the door sliding open and the shuffle of people entering.

“I’m having déjà vu” male voice said.

“Is she okay?” asked girl voice.

“If we’re talking mentally, definitely not” Amy said bitterly.

“I think she meant emotionally” another male voice said.

I could almost feel my best friend scowling “I know, I just wanted to get the fact that she is behaving like a crazy out there.”

“I’m okay, I’m rich and the rich never have problems” I sarcastically spoke, breaking my brief internal vow of not speaking. I finally opened my eyes to see Lily, James, Sirius, Remus and Peter all squeezed into the compartment. They all had the look on their face, concern with a hint of unsure on how to act. I made a point of counting the number of people and the amount of seating room.

“Looks like seven’s a crowd” I noted when I finished and got up to leave.

No sooner then I stepped outside, I heard the words “Locomotor Mortis” and I fell over as my legs were binded. I sat up and glared at the only person with their wand out, my oldest and truest friend.

“Now you bonehead, are you going to grow up and-“but she didn’t finish because in a flash I had my wand out and said “Engorgio”

As soon as I uttered the words she was ready and yelled “RICTUSEMPRA” I hit her first, the left ear and it began to swell in size. But her spell had its effect also and I began laughing uncontrollably. Soon tears slid down my face and I was rolling around shrieking manically from laughter.

“I hope you don’t break a rib” Amy spat as she finally managed to stop her left ear from growing but it had already reached the size of a grapefruit.

“Did you ever think it’s not the spell and you just look really hilarious?” I giggled, failing at sounding as menacing as I could.

“ENOUGH, FINITE INCANTATUM” yelled Lily and I stopped laughing as my legs separated from their bind. Remus turned to Amy and said “Reducio” and her ear began to shrink again. She smiled at him gratefully.

We looked at Lily, whose eyes were looking particularly fiery. “Amy, its Paige’s decision whether or not she tells us what happened” I smirked at Amy as Lily lectured her but then she turned her attention to me “And Paige, we are your friends, you can’t just ditch us without a good reason, and no, embarrassment isn’t a good reason. So what, you got upset and cried, we all do it doesn’t mean you are weak or girly.”

Wow. I noticed James was looking at her dreamily. I suddenly understood why he thought her anger was attractive. If I were boy or swung the other way, I think red heads would be my type. We all sat uncomfortably for a little longer, Amy and I each refusing to look at each other.

“I’d just like to point out, not all of us in the compartment cry when we are upset” Sirius said, breaking to the tension.

James coughed “ahem Julie Fellows.”

“I was 10, and it wasn’t crying, I had something in my eye and that was supposed to remain a secret under penalty of death” exclaimed Sirius and he tackled his friend to the ground.

My eyes locked with Amy and we shared a grin

“I can’t believe you called me bonehead” I told her with a smile. Just like that, all was right again in our strange friendship.

“Are you going to tell us what was wrong?” asked the always quiet Peter.

I turned to him and took a deep breath “Let’s just say I briefly left and rejoined the My-Mother-Sucks club over the break” I disclosed.

“Welcome back” Sirius sympathized.

“Yah, we have buttons now” Amy told me.

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The adjustments to classes were much less difficult then it had been after the summer break. Soon it was February and the Hogwarts student’s conversations changed from missing being on holidays to excitement about Valentines Day and who they would go with to hogsmeade.

I received one letter from my mother. I wasn’t going to get any hopes up our dragged back in so I instantly tossed it out. No more came after that. I guess the Fraydons took the threat of me cutting them off if they contacted me seriously, so I happily heard nothing from them. Malfoy however didn’t feel the same way about forgetting the holidays as me and Amy insisted I was with at least one person at all times. Meanwhile, schoolwork was piling up.

With Lily now by our side we had someone to finally help us with our home work who actually knew what they were talking about. Of course that came with the added pressure she put on us about studying for our N.E.W.T.S exams.

“This is vital for our post Hogwarts career” she lectured. “This is what helps us achieve our dreams of the future” I suddenly felt like we were in transfiguration listening to McGonagall.

“Dreams shmeems” Amy moaned with her head resting on a pile of books.

“I think Amy and I will just be rich snobby trophy wives” I joked.

“This money is starting to go to your head” Remus remarked teasingly.

“You’re just mad because I got it after I bought your Christmas present” I teased back and started packing up my books.

“As much fun as I’m having, I need a break and this stuff isn’t due until next week, see you guys later”

As I walked away, I checked to see if the librarian was occupied before calling over my shoulder “And Lils, make sure you don’t leave them alone or they’ll start macking all over each other in a disgusting manner of PDA.”

I almost laughed out loud at their embarrassed faces as I strolled out of the library. Remus had gotten the courage to ask her to the V-day hogsmeade trip and I used every opportunity to make them turn pink about it. Hey, I never said I was the perfect friend.

I walked through the halls feeling slightly joyful, I knew for a fact the Lily was also thinking about saying yes to a certain stalker of hers when he asked.

I forgot about Amy’s buddy rule as I walked down the empty corridors. Sure enough, when I was least expecting it, everyone’s favourite blond and his little gang stepped in my path. My smile faded, only a little though because I caught site of red marks on Malfoy’s face. What was left of the boils was my guess.

“Well Barbie, I see you’re taking advantage of this lovely day to go for a walk, I won’t bother you” I told him sweetly. 98% of my brain told me this wasn’t going to work but I’m a bit of a risk taker, so I had to try. Plus, Barbie, this was my A-material.

“I’ve been waiting to get you alone” he seethed. I wonder if he was above hexing girls. I doubt it.

“Her answer’s final, she doesn’t want to go to hogsmeade with you.”

Sirius suddenly appeared at my side and I breathed a sigh of relief.

Malfoy looked like he might retaliate, but the voices of two teachers in conversation came from the corner. He glared at us as they came our way and he and his followers slinked in the opposite direction.

“I think that boy may not like you” Sirius concluded as he watched them go.

“And usually I’m so popular with everyone” I sighed.

And there was that bark laugh that I was growing used to. “Yes, envied by all for your many talents” he remarked.

“Exactly” I agreed. “Adored for being……..err…adorable.”

He looked at me strangely.

“What is it?” I worriedly asked, I didn’t recognize this look.

“You are adorable”

And then he leaned his head towards me

And the most desired lips of every girl in school

Were aiming straight for mine

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Author’s Note: I think I better start the next chapter soon.

p.s I heart my awesome reviewers, so please don’t be mad at the cliff ending :)

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