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Chapter 5- HIT THE BALL! They did leave me alone… reluctantly. They kept my secrets and I kept theirs. I still talk to Lily, but usually only in between classes so we’re luckily not that close. I can tell that the boys are having a really hard time to keep from speaking to me. After potions, I have a free period so I go up to the library. One day while I was there, writing poetry in my book I felt like someone was watching me. I looked up and looked around but there was no one there. I just went back to my poetry. A delicately folded paper crane flew its way to my desk. It said ‘Open Me’. “I know what your handwriting looks like Black.” I said out loud and smashed the crane. I went back to my poetry. Then three more cranes flew to my desk, all sporting the same words on the back. I smashed them and went back to my poetry. Then more came, got smashed, then more-smash-reinforcements came yet again, this time twenty came. Some were bigger than others some really small. I smashed them all and then left the library. I heard feet after me so I ran outside to the beech tree beside the lake. I started to write my poetry again. I heard grass crunching behind my so I turned the page so that he couldn’t read what I was writing. Another bloody crane came but this one said ‘Just hear me out’. It wasn’t Black’s writing this time. This was Lupin’s writing. Reluctantly I took it and opened it. Dear Mutt- We didn’t know that something like this was going to you. And I know that you have a hard time believing us, but what did happen to you was really something that we ourselves would never do to anyone under any circumstance. Just hear us out and if you still don’t want friends, then we’ll understand, but remember- our dorm is always open to you, for good reasons and even for the bad ones. Cordially, Remus and the Marauders I set it down on the grass beside me. I might hear them out. Probably not. Even though it’s killing me inside not being able to laugh with them anymore or to talk with them, I am a very stubborn girl. What was killing me even more was the look on Sirius’ face every time he tried to sit beside me in class or in the common room and I just turned away from him or ignored him continually. I didn’t REALLY want to be the cause of that face, but after the whole Willis incident, it was hard to trust people. I got a piece of parchment and wrote ‘I don’t think so’ and folded it into an origami rabbit. I set it on the ground and enchanted it to hop to Remus-wherever he may be. I got up and walked to my next class. I sat in the front row of Transfiguration right by the teacher’s desk. The only Marauder who would dare sit that close to the teacher was Lupin but I doubt he will after the note. Everybody settled in the class and a gray tabby cat came into the classroom. McGonagall transfigured back into her normal self when she reached her desk. She took a look at the students. When she noticed that I wasn’t sitting by the Marauders she raised an eyebrow but dismissed it. It was only then did I notice the person sitting next to me. “Well look here, it’s the Marauders ex whore. Who’s the rich man now?” Malfoy sneered. I looked at his face and almost burst out laughing. I was having a hard time holding in my sniggers. His nose was bandaged and his eye was black. “Lovely make up you got on there Malfoy, and oh look, did you get a nose job? You must give me the name of your Healer. I’ve been wanting mine done for ages.” I turned back to the board in which McGonagall wrote the instructions on the board. I took out my Transfiguration book and started reading the pages she instructed to. In the middle of my reading Malfoy passed me a piece of paper that had several boys names, mainly from Slytherin, and different dates. I looked at the top of the page and it read: Need a good time or a one time stand? Why go out searching when you’ve got your Hogwarts go to girl- Gwyneth Jones. Write your name and a date that’s good for you and she’ll find ya! Before I got too rash I started reading the names. All were Slytherins except one. The one name being Willis’. I crumbled up the paper and put it in my bag. I started to cry but just kept my nose in my book. When the class was done I was the first one out of the class. I started running when the Slytherin guys started whistling at me. When I got in the common room Dan was there. “Oh what’s wrong? Did you not get enough money from your last client?” I just sniffled and tried to go up to my dorm but he blocked my way. “Please get out of my way. I don’t want any trouble.” I told him trying to keep my anger. “Too bad, because that’s exactly what I do want.” He pushed me and I fell to the ground. My bag fell off my shoulder and I heard an ink well break and the note that was passed around fell out of it. I tried to get back up but he just got on top of me. “You’re not going anywhere Jones.” He got up and he pulled me up. Nobody was in the common room so nobody could help me. He pushed me against the wall and started to kiss me. I was just frozen. I wasn’t kissing him back but I couldn’t move. After what seemed like hours, but in reality was only a minute and a half, the portrait hole opened and in popped the Marauders. Their eyes just bugged out of their heads. They thought that I was willingly doing this. Willis stopped and looked at them. “Can we help you?” He asked innocently. “What, what… what?” Sirius just sputtered. “What’s going on here?” James asked. “We’re just snogging, what does it look like?” Willis answered. That was it. I pushed him away from me. “Don’t EVER do that to me again.” I turned to the Marauders and glared at them. “I don’t have to explain to anybody what happens to me.” I picked up my bag, accidentally leaving the note, and went up to my dorm. “Get out of here Willis.” James spat as Sirius picked up the note. Dan left and Sirius opened the note. He read it and reread it. “Guys, look at this. It looks like Gwen has expanded.” He sneered. Remus took the note and read it with James read it over his shoulder. Remus frowned and James glared. “What the bloody hell is wrong with her? I can’t believe her. She’s gone from a nobody to a whore.” He spat. Remus just shook his head. “No, guys, this makes no sense. Mutt wouldn’t do something like this. Besides didn’t you see her in Transfiguration? She was crying after Malfoy put a note on her desk. This is probably what the note was.” He said. Sirius took the note again. He pointed to Dan’s name. “Then how can you explain this and what she was doing when we got in here?” Sirius asked. “Dan is a bloody ass hole.” James agreed. “You weren’t on that double date, the way she reacted from him just looking at her. She would never do something like this.” “Ok, so you explained that. But what about what we caught them doing just a few minutes ago?” Sirius asked. “Well, didn’t you hear her? She still looked like she was crying and she pushed him off of her when he wasn’t paying attention to him and told him to ‘never do that to her again’.” Remus pointed out. Then he looked to where the note was found and saw a puddle of ink. “Look at the ink.” Remus said. James and Sirius shrugged. “So? What does ink have to do with Gwen?” Sirius asked. “That’s where her bag was and I noticed an ink blot on her bag. Moony, do you think he pushed her down and then forced her against the wall?” James asked wide-eyed. “It’s a possibility. It’s also most likely what happened.” Remus said. James nodded. Sirius just frowned and sat on the couch in front of the fire just staring at the burning embers. I skipped dinner and just cried in my dorm. I fell asleep and woke up around two in the morning. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I picked up my fiction book ‘Spare Me or Bite Me- The Tragedy of Two Werewolves’. Usually reading made me tired so I went downstairs and sat on one of the chairs with my back against one of the arms and my legs hanging over the opposite arm. I started reading. “What are you doing?” I jumped and then turned to see Black standing at the bottom of the boy’s staircase. “What does it look like? I’d rather not be bothered.” I told him plainly and then went back to my book. “So how do you think you did on your potion today?” He asked. I ignored him and kept on reading. “Yeah, it was hard.” He said talking to himself. He just stared at me while I continued to read. He sighed and ran his hand through his hair. He sat down on the couch next to my chair. “So, James kicked Dan off the team.” Silence. “We’re going to have Quidditch try outs on Saturday.” More silence. “And after that we’re going to throw a party in the common room.” This time I answered. “I’ll be sure to remember about the party.” He smiled. “So you’re turning around then?” I kept my eyes on my book so I wouldn’t have to see the disappointment on his face. “No, I’ll be sure to be else where during the party.” Sirius turned from me to the fire and he slumped down in his seat. “Oh.” Silence from both of us. I put my book down and started to look at random stuff. Something drew me to look at the bottom of the boy’s stair case. Willis was there. “I’m going up to bed now.” I went to pick up my book. “No, don’t leave on account of me.” Dan said. Sirius glared at him, just now noticing him. “She doesn’t have to listen to you. If she’s tired she can go back up to her dorm if she wants to.” Sirius growled. “She doesn’t really look tired to me. Does she look tired to you Sirius?” Sirius turned to look back at me, I had wide eyes and I looked scared out of my mind. I looked into Sirius’ eyes. ‘Help me’ I said in my mind. I swear I saw Sirius nod his head slightly before he turned back to Willis. “She looks exhausted to me.” Sirius told him. “Well, you’re really stupid if you think that.” Dan told him. They continued to converse without sparing me a single glance. I took that as my chance. I quietly walked towards the steps to my dormitory. When I got to the top I glanced back down and noticed my book lay there, forgotten. I shrugged, I’d get it tomorrow. I went to my dorm and fell asleep. When I woke up, my first thoughts were, ‘Ah, Saturday!’ but then I remembered this morning and that I wasn’t speaking to the Marauders and that I had Quidditch try outs today. I looked at my watch. 7:13. I got up and got dressed in jean Capri’s and wore a tan tank top. I wore my real ballet slippers from when my mother insisted that I took up ballet to become more graceful and I put my hair in a bun using my wand and wore brown owl feather earrings and wore my giant thumb ring that had a cat’s eye gem in the middle along with lot’s of Gaelic writing all over it. My older brother bought it for me before he left to live in Australia with my dad. That was over 3 years ago and I haven’t seen them since. I never really wear the ring, but it’s really pretty. ‘I should wear this more often’. I told myself and I nodded in agreement. I went down for breakfast and I sat by myself. I smiled, remembering all the times before I met the Marauders. I was never this unhappy. ‘Or maybe it was that I was never happy before I met the Marauders.’ I shook my head making the thoughts go away. When I had finished, the Marauders were just coming in, half of them wearing their uniforms. “Gwen, you should get your uniform on soon.” James told me. “It’s in the dressing room, and I’m heading there now.” I told him and made my way to the Gryffindor dressing room for Quidditch. I got dressed slowly knowing that they would take forever to get dressed. I looked at my ring before taking it off. I was instantly flooded with my last memory with my brother, Austin. “Gwen, your father and your brother have a surprise for you!” I went downstairs and saw them. They looked like they were ready to travel. “Hey Wen.” My brother said in a sad voice. Something was wrong, but I’m only 14 and they would never tell me what it was. “Sweetie, your brother and I are going to be traveling for a little while.” I glared at my father. “You don’t have to sugar coat anything for me father. I think I’m old enough to know the real reason why you’re leaving.” I cried. My brother, who was 18, took me to our astronomy room. “Wen, if we thought that telling you the real reason for leaving was going to benefit you in anyway, then we would.” He said softly. I nodded, letting the tears that got caught in my eyelashes fall. “Where are you going?” I asked. He smiled. “Dad and I are going to Australia.” I nodded again. “For how long?” He grimaced and didn’t answer. I started to cry more. “When are you coming back?” I asked more loudly this time. He got on his knees in front of me and held my arms. “We don’t know how long it will take us to do what we need to do. I just want you to know that when we are able to come home, you will be the first to know.” I smiled a sad smile and nodded once again. “I’m going to miss you Austin.” I hugged him and he hugged back almost instantly. “I’m going to miss you too. More than you could know.” He stood back up and reached into his pocket. He pulled out a ring box. “I got you something.” He opened the box. I pulled out the ring. “It’s really pretty.” I smiled. “I thought that you would like it. Now listen. Every time you look at the stone, I want you to remember me.” He said in a stern yet loving voice. “Of course.” I pulled him to the middle of the room where the ceiling was glass so that you could star gaze. I pointed to the brightest star. “See that start Tin?” I asked using his nickname. He nodded. “It’s called Sirius, the dog star. Every time you look at it, remember that I’ll be looking at the same star.” He ruffled my hair. “Because you will be!” I nodded and smiled. We hugged again and we went back to the front room where our parents were. My father smiled and hugged me. “I’m going to miss you Star.” He told me, using his nickname for me. “I’m going to miss you more.” “Not possible.” He smiled. “Promise me something dad.” He looked at me and nodded. “Just come home soon, both of you.” He patted me on my back. “Of course.” He smiled and kissed my mother. “We should be on our way now. I love you both.” “Remember the star thing ok, Wen?” I nodded. They apparated with their stuff and that was the last time I saw them. “Gwen? Are you ok?” James asked. I looked around, remembering where I was. “I’m fine.” I told him as I got up and put my ring with my stuff. “Are you sure? You’re crying.” I wiped my face and nodded. “I’ll be fine. Let’s go.” I said and left with my broom. There were lots of people trying out, since there was only one position. First they had to volley the two bludgers with Sirius. Then they had to protect Jen Lee, our seeker. Then James, John Bell and I flew around and they had to protect us. It felt so good to be up and flying again. All of my previous worries were gone for now and all I felt was the wind through my hair. In the background I heard their voices but it didn’t matter to me. “Hit the ball, hit the ball. HIT THE BLOODY BALL!” I heard James yell. I tried to snap out of my reverie, but I couldn’t. “MUTT! MOVE TO THE SIDE!” Sirius yelled. All of a sudden I felt white hot pain in my leg and then in my stomach. I fell off of my broom and finally came out of my daydream. The only thing I saw though was Sirius’ look of pure horror and James flying forward to catch me, because after that I hit the ground and passed out. I woke up and the first thing I saw was blackness. I heard people talking and was about to make my presence known when I heard my name. “Pomfrey said that she’s going to be fine. Mutt had some internal bleeding, but she was able to stop it. She gave her some blood replenishing potions as well. Pomfrey said that Mutt’s leg will have to heal on its own though because the spell would have masked the one for her bleeding. She’ll have to use crutches.” “She’ll have a hard time getting around, unless she’ll allow us to help her.” “She might. I really hope she will. She was crying when I went to get her from the dressing room earlier and I didn’t know why. She was staring at his really cool looking ring and just crying silently.” “I wonder what that was about.” There was a murmur of agreements. Now that I knew what was wrong with me I decided to open my eyes and show them I was awake. I rubbed my eyes with my hand that wasn’t attached to the arm currently residing in a sling. “You’re awake! It’s about time sleeping beauty.” James said. “What happened?” I asked them. “Well during the tryouts you kind of spaced out and just stopped flying. The kid who was trying out got nervous and couldn’t hit the ball and Sirius was too far away covering John and the ball hit you on the leg and then swooped back and hit you on your stomach.” James said. “You fell on your arm. Your arm and leg are going to have to heal on their own because of,” I nodded at Remus. “I know I heard you guys.” They looked at each other cautiously. “Don’t worry about it.” Sirius and James got on their knees and started begging. Remus stood behind them and shook his head. “Please don’t be mad at us anymore Mutt.” Sirius said. “We really didn’t want for any of that to happen.” James explained. “We feel really bad about it, but we really just want to be your friends again.” “It’s killing us all, seeing you like this.” “We feel responsible for it! If you’ll just be our friend again though, we promise that nothing like that will ever happen again.” “Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please…” They both chanted. “I’d like to be your friend again.” I said quietly. Only Remus seemed to hear. “…please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please…” “Guys, you can stop now, she’s accepted.” Remus said. “…please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please…” “Guys! If you don’t stop I’ll take back what I said.” I told them sternly.” “…please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please…” “GUYS!” Remus yelled. They finally stopped and looked at him. He motioned towards me and they turned back to me. “I’ve been thinking. For the time that I wasn’t talking with you guys has made me realize something. I had never been that unhappy, but that wasn’t it. When I was with you guys, I had never been so happy, and, well, I’ve come to the conclusion that having friends isn’t such a bad thing. Especially when they’re you guys.” Sirius and James jumped up and gave me a bone crushing hug. “OW!” I cried. “Merlin, Mutt, I’m so sorry!” Sirius said. Madam Pomfrey came out and noticed that I was awake. “Your stuff is on the end of your bed, your crutches are beside you. When you have gotten dressed you can leave. Come back in a week and we’ll see how your leg is doing.” She said. I got dressed and put my ring on. Sirius took my other stuff and handed me the crutches and we left. “So who is the new beater?” I asked. James and Sirius looked at each other. “Well, see, we had to cut the tryouts short. We had to result in something we figured you wouldn’t very much like…” Sirius babbled. “As much as I hated to do it, I had to let Willis back on the team.” I nodded solemnly. “Well, I think I can handle him now that I’ve got you guys again.” I smiled. The boys all grinned at me. We are back in business. A/N: So I've finally updated. I'm sorry it took so long. I've been bust will schoolwork and the likes. I know you're probably not wanting to listen to excuses so I'll stop. There are a couple things to look forward to. My younger sister Rain (PadfootsPrisoner) is writing a good story that's called 'I Just Can't Tell You'. It's a story written in letters, notes, diary/journal entries/ detention slips/ hospital wing slips/ IMP (instant messaging parchment)/etc. It's not posted yet, but once she finishes it She'll start posting. It probably won't be posted until summertime though. It'll be really cute so I'll update ya on when it'll be posted. Another thing that you have to look forward to is more TTWY updates. We've written a couple more chapters and chapter nine (i think) is going to be updated sometime hopefully next week. What else... oh right. Check out the stories by Anastasia. She has some great ones out... what else... cheese. I think that's it...

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