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The next morning Alex woke up fully dressed in her common room. As she sat up, the room immediately started spinning. She blinked hard as the light burned her eyes. Her head pounded and her stomach turned. As far as she could tell, she was hungover.

After a few minutes of gaining her composure and wondering how she had got to where she was, she stood quietly and looked around the room. Some seventh years were sleeping in the armchairs, fully clothed like her. She shook her head and made her way up the stairs to her dorm. She opened the door to her room, careful not to wake the others up. She looked at the other beds. Only two didn't have the curtains drawn - her own and Scarlett'sWalked over to her bed and crawled under the covers after glancing at the clock. It was 8 o'clock and she wanted to sleep a little more.

Light shone through Alex's undrawn curtains and hour later. She groaned and rolled onto her stomach, determined to regain her sleep. After a few moments, she surrendered to the sun and rubbed the sleep out of her eyes. No one was in the room besides herself. She got up and remembered that she had a hangover. Her head still pounded and the light still hurt her eyes a bit. She forced herself to open her eyes fully. As she made her way across the room to the bathroom, she caught a glance of herself in the mirror.

She was shocked at her appearance. Her skirt was on backwords, her shirt was extremely wrinkled and her hair was all over the place. She quickly grabbed a pair of jeans and a shirt to put on after her shower and hurried to the bathroom. She took a quick shower and dressed in her clothes. She dried her hair with a quick spell and put on her shoes. As she sat on her bed, tieing the laces, she thought about the previous night. she didn't remember much, but she did remember some. She remembered that Harry and Scarlett had gone off into their own little world. She remembered that she had taken several shots of firewhiskey and that she had danced with a few of the boys that were at the party. She remembered Ernie, Ron, Seamus, and... 'Who was the last one?' she thought. 'Oh yeah, Draco' she concluded. she finished tieing her shoes and walked down to get a quick breakfast while trying to remember what had happened.

She walked through the deserted hallways and into the Great Hall. She walked through the doors of the giant room and made her way to the Ravenclaw table. She saw her friends and smiled. "Hey" she said, moving to sit down. As she sat, the other girls turned away from her and slid down the bench a bit. Alex was stunned.

"What's up?" she asked, wondering what she did wrong. Scarlett just looked at her and whispered something into Becky's ear. Alex felt her face grow hot. They were mad at her for something, but she didn't know what. She decided no to challenge it and she ate her breakfast silently. Halfway through her toast she saw Harry walking over to the table smiling. She smiled back at him but when he saw her, he frowned. He stood behind Scarlett and kissed her head. She turned around to stand and wrap her arms around him in a hug. She pressed her lips against his for a moment before telling the others goodbye. Before she left with Harry, they both sent a nasty look her way.

The Becky and Padma got up (Padma gave her a simpathetic look) and left the table. Alex was alone and the familiar feeling rushed over her. She had spent six years at Hogwarts as a friendless nerd. Then it had all turned around for her at the beginning of this year she found herself suddenly popular. But now, in a matter of hours, she went from popular, to friendless. She felt the eyes of every seventh year in the Great Hall on her as she left. She saw some people whispering and pointing at her as she passed. She needed to know what was going on. The only person she could think of that might have the slightest idea of what was happening was Draco.

She found him outside the Great Hall, talking to some other Slytherins. As she approached, they looked at her longingly. She felt their eyes on her but she kept hers locked on Draco. He waved his friends away and adjusted his bag on his shoulder.

"Tell me your as hungover as I am" she said to him when she stood in front of him.

"I'm not." he said plainly.

"Good, so then maybe you can recap last night to me. You are the last person I remember talking to last night and everyone else isn't speaking to me" she said.

"Well, do you really want to know?" he said, teasing her with his eyes.

"Yes." she said, exasperated. "I want to know why everyone is looking at me funny and whispering about me behind my back."

"Well.." he started.

"You said that already" she said shortly.

"Come" he said, taking her wrist and leading her into an empty classroom nearby. He closed the door behind her and faced her again. "Last night you were really wasted and I asked you to dance. We ended up snogging in some secret room in the Room of Requirements. And then it got a bit out of hand and someone walked in, I think it was Scarlett." he didn't finish.

"You took advantage of me?" she exclaimed. "I was drunk and you took advantage of me?"

"We didn't do anything, Scarlett came in before we were totally naked" he said, fighting a smirk as he thought about the previous night.

"I can't believe you! You are a big, sodding bastard!" she yelled at him.

"Listen, I was the one who helped you back into your clothes and got you back to your common room unharmed. And besides, you didn't seem to mind at the time." he added, letting his smirk overcome his lips.

Alex exploded. She yelled at him, calling him names and insulting everything she could think of. At first it amused him but he quickly grew tired of her yelling. He shut her up the only way he could think of. He pressed his lips to hers. She kissed him back for a few seconds before she realized what she was doing. She pushed him away forcefully and her anger returned.

"What was that for?" she yelled at him.

"It was the only thing I could think of that would shut you up." he said, looking as innocent as he could. She was speechless, partly because of the kiss. She looked into his eyes, getting lost in the process. They looked into eachother's eyes for a long while, until Draco closed the space between them once more. They kissed softly at first, but then deeper as time passed. She parted her lips when his tounge asked for entrance. Her arms went around his neck as his went around her waist. Then suddenly, the bell signaling two minutes to get to class sounded in the distance.

Alex pulled away once again and looked at Draco angrily. She slapped him hard in the arm. "Stop doing that" she said before storming out of the room. Draco just watched her storm away with a confused expression.

Later that day, the girls were sitting in the common room starting their Potions essays. Scarlett and Becky were talking loudly.

"So Scarlett, how are you and Harry doing?" Becky asked, making sure Alex could hear them.

"They've only been together for a day-" Padma started before Scarlett answered.

"Oh, we're happy as can be." she said, glaring at Padma. A few minutes later, they decided to continue their conversation upstairs. Alex waited a minute to be sure that Padma didn't follow them. She moved to sit next to her.

"Can I ask you something?" Alex asked cautiously.

"Sure" Padma responded. Alex took a breath.

"Why are they being so hostile towards me?" she asked.

"Do you really want to know?" Padma asked. Alex nodded. "Well, Scarlett thinks that you started it. She walked in on you and Draco last night. She wasn't happy. She came back to Becky and me and conplained about you betraying her and stealing her man. Apparently, people overheard and the word got out that you and Draco... well you know." she said. Alex just stared at her. How could this be her fault? Scarlett was the one snogging Harry the previous night.

"But I saw her and Harry last night. That's why I went after Draco. She was the one to start it. Not me." Alex said.

"I know. I saw too. Personally I just think she feels threatened by you. That's why she started this whole thing. And now Becky is mad at you because she doesn't want to lose Scarlett as a friend and she supposedly saw you and Seamus dancing last night." Padma finished with an eye roll.

"I can't believe this. I try to get revenge and it all backfires on me. I hate this!" Alex said, frustrated. Then she looked at Padma simpatheticly. "I hate to see you caught in the middle of this. Thanks for your help." she said, giving the other girl a hug. After Padma got up to go to their room.

"Oh wait one more thing." Alex said, stopping her.

"Yeah?" padma asked.

"Scarlett was with Harry all night last night, right?" Alex asked, curiosity getting the best of her.

"Er, yeah, pretty much." Padma replied. The two girls made thier way to their room to put their books away.



Harry was waiting for Scarlett outside the common room when the girls left for dinner. He ignored Alex the whole walk down to the Great Hall. They were early for dinner and the doors to the hall weren't open yet. She couldn't stand watching Scarlett snog Harry any longer so she went to talk to some of the other people who were standing in the entrance hall with them. Alex found Hermione Granger and walked up to her.

"Hey' she said, smiling slightly.

"Hello Alex. How have you been?" Hermione asked politely.

"I've been good." Alex replied and was about to say something else when someone came up to them.

"Hi Ron" the two girls greeted the boy. He wrapped an arm around Alex's waist and rested his hand on her rear. She was a bit startled. She assumed that he wasn't repulsed by the rumers - they probably turned him on more.

"Hello ladies" he said, smiling widely at Alex. Hermione rolled her eyes and Alex stepped away from Ron just enough for him to remove his hand that had now started to move down her leg. After a few minutes, she bid goodbye to them and walked back over to Padma, until she was stopped by a strong body. She stumbled backwards but he caught her. Before she knew what was happening, lips crashed down on hers; but not before she caught a glimpse of who they belonged to. She immediately pushed him away.

"Draco! Stop it!" she yelled at him before storming passed him. "Guys are such jerks" she said out loud to herself.

Blaise caught up with his friend and they watched her disappear into the recently opened doors together. "She so wants me" Draco said to his friend before they too disappeared beyond the doors.


Author's Note: Kinda a wierd ending to the chapter I think. But hey, dont be disappointed because there's more drama to come. I hope I didn't lose most of my readers because it takes me so long to update. Also I have a question. How do I get my stories to be bumped up not just on the recently added page (cause i know it does it automatically) but on like the romance page (for this story)? Cause I see that my story gets lost in the crowd while others are bumped up everytime they add a chapter. I was just wondering cause thats why i think i get fewer and fewer readers for every chapter. ANYWAY, I really hoped you liked this chapter and I would LOVE to hear about it in a review! Until next time...

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