Helena woke up early a few weeks later, refreshed and happy. Today was the deciding game of the season. Whether Ravenclaw or Slytherin would get the chance to play Gryffindor during the Cup finals. Helena got up and dressed after showering and ran down to the Great Hall for an early breakfast. Barely anyone was there. Which wasn't any surprise. Who would be awake at seven in the morning on a Saturday?
Apparently Remus Lupin. Helena was on her way to the Ravenclaw table, when she spotted Remus sitting alone. She didn't really feel like eating by herself, so she walked behind him quietly and covered his eyes as he turned a page of another one of his books.
"Pads, cut it out, I'm trying to read." When Helena didn't respond he said, "Prongs? Wormtail? Come on guys, it was getting good." Helena looked down and saw that instead of a large textbook he had a rather small novel called Blood and Chocolate in his hand.
Intrigued, she kept her hands on his eyes. He seemed a little miffed, but he just crossed his arms and said, "Guys. Guys."
Helena decided it was futile to keep this going, so she removed her hands and said, “You know, it's not very polite to call a woman a guy."
Remus turned and looked at her with so much shock in his eyes Helena nearly lost it.
"I-I thought that you were..." he stuttered.
"One of the Marauders?" Remus nodded, "Oh please, like they'd be awake this early on a Saturday." she said, sitting next to him, and grabbing some eggs and toast.
Remus laughed and said,"Yeah, you're right."
"What 'cha reading?" Helena asked quietly, sipping some juice from her goblet.
"It's just a stupid Muggle book." Remus replied, pulling it close to him, as if embarrassed he had been caught reading it.
"Cool. I love books. And stupid Muggles. Can I see?" she asked, giving him an irresistible stare.
"No. I don't think you'd like it, Helena." he said, tucking the book into his book bag.
She laughed, and he looked at her with a confused expression, “What are you laughing about?"
"Nothing, it's just- I think it's funny that you call me Helena." she answered, sliding closer to him.
"Why?" he asked, blushing slightly.
"Everyone uses Chase and my last name. I just think it's cool that you, Lily, and Professor F. are the only ones that don't. I don't know. I just think its cute is all." she answered, sipping more juice, “So, are you going to tell me about the book, or what?"
Remus smiled and nodded, “It’s about a girl who happens to be a werewolf. She falls in love with a Muggle and it’s against her clans "code" so she has to hide it from everyone. I just got to the part where she told him what she is."
"What happened?" Helena asked, hoping there was someone that could be able to find happiness. Someone who could find love while she was cursed.
"He tried to kill her. She had to jump out of a window to escape." he said, his head bowed a little.
"Oh..." Helena was distraught. Would that happen to her too? Would she ever find love?
"Well, you'll have to tell me what happens at the end." she said, with a little laugh.
"Yeah. Definately." Remus smiled at her, and for some reason her heart did a little back flip in her chest. No, she was just imagining it. Right?
Helena looked around and saw that her team was coming in one at a time, so she excused herself, knowing she would have to practically shove food down some of her player’s mouths. Remus waved a small goodbye, watching Helena as she went to her table.
"Hey guys. Ready to beat the crap out of Slytherin?" she asked, sitting on the table next to Rashid's plate.
"Hell yeah!" the team chorused, even the ones with food stuffed in every nook in their mouths.
"And are you ready after that when we beat the crap out of Gryffindor and win the cup?" she asked as the rest of the Gryffindor team piled onto their table.
"HELL YEAH!" the whole table yelled, sending both the Gryffindors and the Slytherins into boo-ing fits.
Helena just laughed, practically spoon feeding Chang his cereal since he didn't want to eat at all. After a few more minutes Helena stood up and made her team follow her. But while they were still in the Great Hall the boys began to sing. And it wasn't long after that the girls joined in too.
We're the smartest of them all!
We'll beat those suckas once and for all!
We've got the best damn seeker of them all!
Our captain's the hottest one by far!"
Soon the whole Ravenclaw table had joined in and when they reached the door and the last line was said, Helena turned, and bowed, getting many hoots and hollers from the boys of every house. Apparently they agreed with the song.
"And Chase has the quaffle, passes it to Chang, Chang passes it back to Chase and she's going to shoot! Oh! Fake out and pass to Avery! Avery shoots! He scores! 50-10 Slytherin!" James' voice carried through the whole stadium and the sea of blue and purple to the right of the field went into hysterics, drowning out the boo's from the Slytherins.
"Malfoy gets the quaffle... I hope he falls off and breaks every bone in his body... Sorry Professor, didn't mean it. Malfoy passes to Nott... what an ugly little bugger... just kidding Minerva! Nott passes to McNair..."
McNair raised his hand and was about to throw it, when Helena sped up behind him and grabbed it out of his hand, immediately turning and flying as fast as she could to the posts.
"Chase with the quaffle! Beautiful interception by the equally beautiful Ravenclaw captain! Chase passes to Avery! Avery shoo- no! He passes behind him to Chang and Chang passes back to Chase, and she... SCORES! 50-20 Slytherin! Come on! Get it back Chase!"
Helena pumped her fist in the air, suddenly wishing she didn't since it hurt so much, and then quickly sped back to the other end of the pitch, waiting for Malfoy to get close enough. She looked around and saw that most of her team was hurt. Chang's eye was turning blue, and his lip was split open. Avery's leg didn't look like it should bend that way, and the beaters and the keeper were trying to get the feeling back in their arms. It seemed like Rash was the only one not hurt.
"Malfoy comes up with the quaffle... wait! Where's Patil going? Patil has found the snitch! Patil is right next to it! Patil reaches! Aaaaand... PATIL'S GOT IT! PATIL'S CAUGHT THE SNITCH! RAVENCLAW WINS! RAVENCLAW WINS!" James yelled, jumping up and hooting, "Ravenclaw and Gryffindor will compete against each other two months from now for the Cup! We're gonna kick your ass- HEY! Malfoy! What the fuck are you doing?"
The Ravenclaws turned to see what was going on, mid-sentence to the Ravenclaw song, and saw Malfoy with a Beater's bat in his hand. The crowd was confused, but then they saw a blurry blue and purple figure falling down from the sky at an incredible speed. Then they gasped as a green and silver figure caught it. They gaped as they flew to the ground, to find their captain, unconscious, and being held by Severus Snape.
"Severus! What the hell happened?" asked Rashid, coming up to thank him for saving his friend.
"Apparently my captain doesn't like to lose. He took Crabbe's bat and hit a bludger right to her. Hit her in the back of the head. Didn't stand a chance. She was flying up to say something to Potter and her back was turned." he lifted Helena off of his broom, some of his greasy black hair getting in his eyes, “I guess being a reserve has its perks. Saving people is one of them."
"Thanks so much Severus! We don't know what we could've done without her!" said Aimee Smart, one of the Ravenclaw beaters.
"Of course. I should take her to the Hospital Wing." Snape said, his broom falling down to the ground.
"I'll go with you. Damn, she's not having a good month." Rashid said as the two boys took the unconscious girl to the nurse, “So, are you going to report Malfoy, or are you going to keep quiet?"
"What do you think?" Severus asked, eyeing Rash boredly.
"You know this whole house allegiance shit is going to get someone killed. And Helena isn't going to be the last one almost taken by it. You have to tell people about Malfoy or..."
"Or someone else will get hurt. I know. But Malfoy's a powerful guy. I rat him out and the rest of the year I'm getting beat up by half of my house and the Marauders. I'd like it to be one or the other. Not both." Severus stated, slightly hitching Helena up in his arms, wondering if the scrawny things would be able to hold her up much longer.
"Yeah, well I don't like that one of my best friends won't try and help my other one just because he was afraid of a damn Pureblood..." Rash's black hair fell over his eyes, covering the deep brown that many girls in his house swooned over.
Snape's eyes went dangerously dark, “Don’t. You. Ever. Say. That. Again." he said, his voice strained and low, walking a little faster, green robes billowing behind him.
"Sev, I'm sorry. I just-" Rash began, trying to catch up with his friend.
"Aww. The lovers are arguing." said a deep voice from behind them.
"Black, stay out of this." Rash said, turning back for a moment before jogging up to Severus.
"What happened to Chase?" he asked, running to catch up with Rashid and Snivellus.
"Malfoy chucked a bludger at her and it hit her in the back of the head. I had to do a pretty hard dive just to get to her in time." Severus replied, "Damn bastard."
"So, are you going to tell Dumbledore?" asked Rash.
"You mean no one else saw it?" Sirius asked skeptically.
"All the teachers were gone. I think Potter might have seen it though; Chase was going to talk to him. Gloat probably..." Severus said.
"Why would she gloat?" Sirius asked, looking from Snivellus to Patil.
"You know as well as we do that Potter had a bet against the Ravenclaws. Wanted us to win but after last year thought it was impossible. So Chase took it and now she's getting at least fifty galleons from him." Rashid said, smiling at Helena's pleased, but bruising, face.
"Fifty? Geez, that girl's a smart one. Well, I should go and find Evans; she's probably crying her eyes out and being comforted by Prongs."
"Is that a bad thing?" asked Rash, after Sirius turned and started heading for the pitch.
"Not until she realizes who's comforting her." he said smiling, and running off to find his best friend.
"Well, that was weird." Severus said.
"He didn't turn me upside down or anything. It was... different." he replied.
"Well, maybe because you were holding Chase. If I was he wouldn't have hesitated. We're here." Rash held open the door and Madam Pomfrey rushed over to them.
"What happened?" she asked, as Severus put her on a bed.
"She took a bludger. Back of the head." Rashid said, pushing the hair out of Helena's face.
Pomfrey tutted and started to mumble something that the two boys couldn't hear, but then turned to them with panic covering her eyes, “What day is it today?"
"Uh... it's the thirteenth. Why...?" asked Rash, looking up from his friends sleeping face.
"And what time is it?" Pomfrey's eyes were glazed over with fear, her body shaking as she looked down at the teenage girl lying unconscious on the crisp white sheets of the bed.
"Nearly seven. Madam, what's going on..?" but Rash never got the chance to ask anything else because Madam Pomfrey pushed them out roughly and closed and locked the door behind them.
"What the hell...?" Severus said, a black brow up as he looked at a shocked Rashid.
"I don't know. You know how Pomfrey gets." he turned and started to leave, shrugging his shoulders.
Severus started after him, but stopped when he heard a scream, then a yelp, and then total silence. He shrugged it off and walked away, stopping briefly to admire the moon, its fullness illuminating the silent grounds.
A/N: ooo, cliffy! haha. well, stay tuned, there's more to come. The book mentioned in this chapter is called Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. The book and its characters are not mine, but Annette's and its a really good book, so you should really read it. Please R/R. I'd love you forever and ever!
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