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Chapter 3 – Arabella’s Secret

Lily walked into the girls dorm room to get her diary. Everyday Lily would spend a few minutes writing in her diary about her day and her thoughts of the day. She kept her diary under her pillow. It was charmed to look like a school text book so that no one would want to look in it. She walked over to her bed and lifted up her pillow to grab her diary. A piece of parchment with her name on it was sitting on top of her diary. She sat down on her bed and unfolded the letter and began to read.

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Dear Lils

I’m so sorry I had to write this in a letter to you. Please don’t get angry at me I’m just scared about what the others will think. I don’t know what I would do if they hated me for this. Don’t say just be yourself and everyone will love you Lils, cause you know it’s not that easy. Anyways on with what happened on holidays…

On the second week of holidays Ella, my cousin, and I, went to France to see her sister. Do you remember Beck? I think you met her once during our 4 year summer holidays. Beck was the girl with the fashion designer husband. Beck and her husband went to France cause he got a job there working for this really big muggle designer company. So Ella and I went to see them.

We stayed in Paris. Lily, it was so beautiful! I think we should live there after we finish school. We visited all the muggle tourists’ sites. My favourite was the Louvre. The art was beautiful. We spent the day their discussing the art. As you know Ella is an art genius. The Eiffel Tower was amazing at night when it was all lit up! I have photos I want to show you!

When we were there my cousin met up with her friends that had gone on a trip to Paris as well. They were really nice people and a lot like Ella. They were all dressed in all this cute clothing from all the boutiques. We went shopping and that’s when I got my new wardrobe. I got close to one of the people. They were really nice. They had the most beautiful smile and every time I saw it I couldn’t help but smile myself. We would talk for hours and never get bored. We talked about everything. It was amazing! I went around to most of the historic places with them and we discussed all the art and history of the muggles. They are a magical by the way. They graduated from Hogwarts last year. You actually might know them. They are really smart and they were in Gryffindor.

I fell in love, Lils. I don’t know how to describe it but it was this wonderful feeling. There was one thing wrong with it though… I had fallen in love with a girl. Her name is Lisa. She felt the same way as me, which was a good thing. We are together now, but when we first met it was hard because I didn’t know what to do. Love is love, it doesn’t choose a sex, but it was still hard to come with terms with the fact that I liked a girl. I was afraid what people would say when they found out.

This is me Lily and I understand if you don’t want to be friends anymore but I know you’re above that. Please don’t hate me Lils or think any less of me because I’m still Arabella.

Love Arabella

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Lily put the letter down shocked at what Arabella had written. She didn’t think Arabella was like that. ‘I have to find her. I have to talk to her.’ Lily thought. She got up, placed the letter into her pocket and ran down stairs to the common room to find Arabella.

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Arabella was sitting at one of the many tables inside the Gryffindor common room. She was working on the mountain of homework that she had received on her first day; well at least she was trying to work on it. Her mind kept straying to the letter she had left under Lily’s pillow a few hours ago. She couldn’t concentrate on anything else. The same questions were chorusing thought her head. ‘Has Lily read it?’ ‘What does she think?’ ‘Does she hate me?’ ‘She couldn’t hate me? Could she? I can’t help who I am’.

“Bella!” someone playfully shouted. She turned around and saw Sirius Black walking through the portrait hole.

“Hey” She said forcing a smile on her face. Sirius Black walked up to her and pulled up a chair and sat with the backrest facing his chest.

“Why are you working? It’s a great day. Come and hang with James, Remus, Peter and me?” Sirius said.

“I should do this work. I don’t want to get left behind on the first day.” Arabella said and turned back to the essay she was writing.

“No. C’mon!” Sirius said jumping up and pulling her out the portrait hole.

“Sirius! Sirius let go!” Arabella said in protest.

“Not unless you agree to come hang with us. Lily’s there. At least she was there. She went to go get something from her room. She’ll be back soon.”

Arabella turned away from Sirius. She was afraid of what Lily would say. ‘Does that mean she has read the letter’ Arabella thought. Sirius grabbed her shoulders and pulled her to face him. She rid her face of any emotion and looked up at him.

“So you coming?” Sirius said slightly annoyed that she wouldn’t give in.

Arabella shrugged. She knew that no matter what she said she would be dragged down stairs anyway.

“Yay!” Sirius squealed in delight and pulled her though the corridors and out the main door and into the grounds.

James, Peter and Remus were sitting under a tree in the grounds. Remus had his nose in a book and was furiously scanning the page. James was sitting there showing off by playing with his snitch. He was letting it go and grabbing it just before it was out of reach and Peter was sitting there watching in awe of James skill.

“Oi! Wormtail! The wind will change directions and your face will be stuck like that.” Sirius shouted at Peter from across the grounds. Arabella couldn’t help but laugh at Peter’s face. He quickly shut his mouth and turned a bight shade of red. Remus looked up the instant he heard Sirius voice and saw Arabella walking with Sirius towards him. Jealousy began to flow though his veins. He looked down at his book again avoiding eye contact with the approaching teenagers. Sirius walked up to him and ruffled his hair before sitting next to James and leaning against the tree. Arabella stood there awkwardly not knowing where to sit. Sirius grabbed her waist and pulled her into his lap.

“Hey Arabella” James said staring at his snitch. “Seen Lily?” He asked. Arabella shook her head and pulled herself out of Sirius lap. Sirius pouted at her but she shrugged him off and turned to Remus.

“Hey” She said. Remus looked up from his book and smiled at her.

“Hey” He said. A slight blush crept into his cheeks as his eyes meet Arabella’s brown ones.

“What are you reading?” she asked curiously. Before Remus could answer Lily appeared in front of the group. She was holding a letter with her name on it. She was a little puffed and just stood there as she tried to catch her breath.

“What can we do for you Lily?” Sirius teased.

“I need to speak to Ari.” Lily said and outstretched her hand to Arabella so that she could pull Arabella up. The four marauders stared at the 2 girls curiously as the walked off. They had seen the strange expression on Lily’s face and as soon as Lily turned up Arabella’s face had drained and she was suddenly a sickly pail colour.

“What’s up with those two?” James said.

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“Arabella” Lily said cautiously.

“Look. Before you say anything Lily, I just want to explain myself.” Arabella said quickly.

“Ari, you don’t have to repeat what you already said in the letter.”

Arabella looked away from Lily and she felt tears well up in her eyes.

“Oh Ari. Don’t cry. Look Ari, I don’t care if you’re in love with a girl or not. I’m happy for you. Really.” Lily said sincerely. “Like you said, you’re still the same Ari. Remember. Come here.” The two best friends embraced.

“Do you want to talk about this some more, or go back to the boys?” Lily asked.

“Let’s go back. They are giving us strange looks.” Arabella said giggling. They both looked over to the boys who were in fact staring at them. The boys quickly looked away when they saw that the girls were looking directly back at them.

“So, What was all that about?” Sirius asked casually, but the two girls knew that he was dieing to find out what they had been talking about.

“Oh wouldn’t you like to know Sirius Black.” Lily said cheekily. Sirius pouted and crossed his arms.

“Well fine then! Don’t tell me. I know when I’m not wanted, so I’ll just go to sleep.” He flopped his head against the tree and began to make snoring noises. The group exchanged snickering looks. Sirius opened one eye and glanced at them.

“Hey! Are you snickering at me! How could you!” Sirius cried dramatically. The group broke out into uncontrollable laughter. Lily snuggled into James and they began talking while Arabella took her previous seat next to Remus.

“So. What are you reading, Remus?”

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Ok. Well I’m not actually sure anyone is still reading this but I got bored today and decided to give this another go. I can’t seem to write anything more mature so I have decided to give up on my many other stories and write this. Hope you liked it…. Well tell me what you think.

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