Helena left the infirmary with Lily and, much to Lily's dislike, the Marauders. She sat with the five Gryffindors in the Great Hall and the boys asked why she was there.
"Oh, they don't like me that much." she said, pointing to the Ravenclaw table with her fork, a piece of cantaloupe still stuck on, "Something about doing homework at the very last second and not taking notes during class. I don't really know, I kinda zoned out after a while."
She grabbed some toast and buttered it up. She immediately began eating, being hungry from last night's transformation. Most of the Gryffindors who came into the Great Hall late stared at her, but she ignored them. She'd rather eat with her best friend than with all the girls that hated her. Sharing a dorm room is enough.
"If you ever need notes Helena, you can borrow mine." Remus said to Helena's left.
"Thanks. But fortunately for me I can remember whatever the professor says. I write stuff down sometimes, but that's about it." she took a sip of pumpkin juice, "But thanks again for the offer Remus." she winked at him and he blushed.
"Hey Chase?" asked Sirius.
"Yeah?" she asked, still stuffing her face with eggs and bacon.
"Why is your team dressed in their Quidditch robes?"
"WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?" she dropped her fork and knife and looked around to find her teammates dressed and carrying their brooms.
"Oy Chase! You didn't forget about your own practice did you?" asked Rashid Patil, the one who gave Helena her nickname, his black bangs covering his eyes.
"Shit, I gotta go. See you in class Lils, Remus." Helena grabbed one last piece of toast and ran out of the Great Hall to her Common Room.
"You know, they hate her for different reasons." Lily said, watching Helena's retreating back.
"And what's that?" James asked, not believing she was actually talking to him.
"She's brilliant. The smartest out of all of them. Remember first year? She just sat on the stool and the sorting hat said 'Ravenclaw' even before it was over her head."
"That was her?" Remus asked, remembering how small and fragile Helena looked as she walked up to the hat, but exuded confidence as she sat down.
"Mm-Hm. She just listens to lectures and it's all stored in her head. She remembers everything, but she's nice and social as well. That's what pisses them of the most."
"What? That everyone loves her?" Sirius asked, knowing Chase's reputation well.
"No. That she's incredibly bright, and that everyone loves her. She's not made fun of because she's a genius, like the rest of them are. You know, she even has Slytherin friends." Lily said, eyeing the table at the far end of the hall.
"What?" James looked completely baffled. How could Chase have Slytherin friends?
"Yeah, but they're the ones that are overly ambitious, not cruel. She's a really good judge of character." she took a sip of her juice, quietly thinking about something.
"Chase, I can't believe you forgot about Quidditch." Rashid teased as they walked down to the pitch, the cool autumn air refreshing them.
"Sorry. I didn't have a good night last night." Helena said, not looking into her friends eyes.
"Oh. Bad dream?" he asked, genuinely concerned.
"No, I woke up feeling terrible, so I went to the nurse. Spent all night there." She lied.
Of course she lied. What was she going to do? Tell everyone the truth? She knows what'll happen if she does that. She'll have to put a pretty big memory charm to get that out of someone's mind. That's why she was so good at them. Helena remembered when she tried to tell Lily. She freaked out. It was third year, and Helena wanted to tell someone bad. She couldn't take being alone, so she decided to tell her best friend. She thought she would understand. She thought she would hold her and cry with her and tell her it was all right and that she would stay with her forever. That she'd help her and Helena wouldn't feel alone again.
But, of course, Lily ran away from her. When Helena found Lily again she was in the library, reading something. That was when she put a memory charm on her and decided she would never tell her or anyone else about what she was. She also decided then and there that she would pretend the pain wasn't around when she was with her friends. But when she was alone, that was when all the pain came out. That was when she wished she was dead, instead of living a lie.
Helena looked up and watched her team, "Alright kids! Let's get a scrimmage in and then we'll call it a day. Hey Chang! Let out the snitch! And leave the chest unlocked this time!"
She signaled for them to go up and as soon as everyone was in the air she took off. The light fall breeze ran against her skin and for the first time since the transformation she felt better. She felt as if nothing was going wrong. As if she was a normal person, and not an animal. She loved that feeling. Helena looked around and saw Rashid darting in and out of the posts to the far side of the pitch. She started to practice a play with the two other chasers and began to warm up the keeper. Only two minutes into the session Rashid came back with the snitch in his hand.
"Nice work. All right, get the reserves up here and we'll have a scrimmage." Helena said, going down to open the chest and let out the bludgers.
"Hello Chase." a sultry voice said behind her as she had kicked the chest, setting off the two speeding bludgers.
Helena froze. Great, it was him again. She turned to find her ex-boyfriend, Jorge, watching her. She wondered again why she had ever dated him. Oh yeah... the accent. And his good looks didn't bother her much either. His eyes were dark and stormy, the pupil lost in the deep sea of black that consisted of his iris. His dark hair was freshly cut, slicked down with some mouse, his uniform shirt was untucked, the buttons undone down to the third, and his green and silver tie lay forgotten, draped over his bookbag.
"Hey J." she replied, turning her back on the practice.
"¿Cómo estás?" he asked, coming a little too close to her.
"I'm a little sick but for the most part I'm just peachy." she backed away a step.
"I've missed you Chase. You know, life isn't the same without you." he came up to her and grazed her cheek with his rough, bronze hand.
She slapped it away, suddenly feeling sick, "J, you know the rules. I've already told you about two hundred times. One month is all you get. Now get out of here, we're practicing." she turned back to face the pitch but soon after everything turned black.
"What happened to her?" asked a voice that was strangely familiar.
"Bludger hit her straight in the head. Is Black coming with Pomfrey anytime soon? Jesus Christ! He's taking forever!"
"Rash! You're not even Christian!" said a woman's voice.
"So? What the hell were you doing with her Gutierrez!?!?!?!?!? I swear if you did anything to her...!"
"Are you blaming this on me? It's not my fault your beaters can't aim to save their lives! Bastardos ingleses estúpidos. Tienen que culpar todo en el Latinos." (Stupid English bastards. Have to blame everything on the Latins.)
"We do not blame everything on Latins. Just most things." Helena's eyes fluttered open, and she was soon enveloped in a huge hug by someone.
"Helena! Are you okay? Are you sure? Do you need anything?"
"Remus, I'm fine, really." she laughed as he pulled away and smiled sheepishly at her.
"I thought you were a goner." he looked as if someone in his family almost died. His eyes were wide with shock and his face was paler than white paper. His also looked as if he had pulled some hair off of his head.
"I'm fine." she gingerly sat up and hugged him, "I swear. Could do with some chocolate though." Remus smiled and handed her a tiny piece of brown goodness.
She bit into it and smiled, feeling the warmth course through her. She hugged Remus again and saw him blush once more. He did that a lot when he was around Helena. But, she never really noticed it until now. She smiled and then gasped for air as Lily jumped onto her and nearly squeezed the life out of her for a second time that day.
"I-I-I th-thought that y-you were g-g-gonna d-d-die!!!!! D-don't you e-e-ever do that t-to me again!" she cried as she lay on top of Helena and hugged her.
“Oh, Lilsie, its okay honey. I'm fine. I bet my face is a mess though." Helena tried to sooth her cries and looked at her best friend and wiped away a tear that fell down her cheek.
"N-no. You l-look f-f-fine." Lily hiccupped.
"Come on Lily, we should get to class. We're gonna be late." James said, grabbing her hand and pulling her off of Helena. Lily nodded and buried her head in James' shirt as a new wave of tears came out of her emerald eyes.
"Aw, Lily. Chase is fine, you don't have to cry." James and Lily were already far away from the small crowd and were making their way to the Ancient Runes class while Lily was still bawling her eyes out.
"I-I kn-know. It's just... she-she's my b-best friend. I-if some-something ha-happens to her I d-don't know wh-what I'll do." James wiped away the last of her tears and gave her a sincere hug.
Lily was surprised by this. He said all the right things and hadn't even asked her out yet. He didn't make any moves, or perverted comments when she was on top of Helena. She kind of liked this side of him. James pulled away and then blushed.
"Sorry. I didn't mean to. It was a spur of the moment thing. Don't hurt me." he was looking around for some help and Lily was a little hurt by his comments.
"James, I'm not going to hurt you. Thank you. Really, thank you so much." Lily stood on her tiptoes and gave James a hug, then pecked his cheek, "We should get going. Sorry about your shirt by the way." Lily began walking again, but he was rooted to the ground. He rubbed the spot where Lily had kissed him and then realized something. She called him James.
"Chase, do you need some mouth to mouth?" Jorge whispered hopefully as he leaned next to her.
"Get away from her." Remus and Rash said together, getting closer and closer to Jorge.
"Listen, I have the right to talk to my girlfriend." Remus' face fell as Jorge took a step towards him and Rash.
"You're NOT my boyfriend! How many goddamn times do I have to tell you?!? You stalker!" Helena yelled, and Remus' face lightened up.
"She's just kidding." Jorge said.
Helena got up and walked to Jorge, wobbling slightly, “I am not kidding! You were the WORST boyfriend I ever had! Now get the FUCK away from me!" Helena raised her hand and slapped Jorge's face. He looked outraged, then scandalized, and then malevolent, as the red mark of Helena's hand appeared on his smooth copper skin.
"You'll pay for that you little whore." he took a step toward Helena, but was stopped when Remus grabbed him, spun him around, and then socked him senseless.
"Don't you ever talk to her like that again." he growled as Jorge looked up at him from the ground.
"You'll pay for that too. You'll both pay." Jorge stood up and walked toward the castle, spitting out blood from his mouth. Oh yes, when opportunity came, he was going to make the little bitch pay. And if he could, the bookworm too.
A/N: I don't own anything you recognize. r/r.
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