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The act of chewing in itself is rather disgusting. I hate chewing, so I try to eat as little as possible, choosing instead to use charms in order to liquidate my food. Surprisingly, it’s not as gross as you might think! Camilla tells me all the time that this repulses all the guys, but since I’m not exactly interested in them, it doesn’t matter. I’m not gay or anything, just not obsessed with the males. I like chicken and corn-bread shakes.

My mother likes to point out my flaws, and therefore loves to remind me how disgusting the shakes are. “You can’t just liquidate all your vegetables!” Whatever. I think being different is the key to blending in, if that makes sense. That’s why I like Peter. He’s so simple—not complex like most other guys, including his three best friends—and therefore I understand him. He’s really cute too. My twin sister, Haley, enjoys teasing me about him. I used to obsessively stalk James, but when he proved too in love with Lily, I discovered Peter. Don’t get me wrong, please, I’m not saying he’s a second choice—a consolation prize—but rather the brightest of the light bulbs.

I’ve only talked with him, face to face, once before. It was magical.

“Hi, I’m Elsie Aliskaiser, Gryffindor,” I told him, smiling. He looked a bit timid, so I held out my hand. He took it and beamed. I don’t believe he’s had much interaction with girls, but he wasn’t sweating and stuttering or anything. He actually seemed like a very normal guy, which was wonderful!

“Peter Pettigrew, Gryffindor.” He had a slightly higher voice than most of the guys I know, but not feminine or anything. Actually he looked really cute and completely straight! “Nice to meet you!”

“It’s nice to meet you, too. Are you here alone?” We were in a crowded corridor, but he looked all by himself.

“Yes. Are you?”

“Yes…”

We talked for a few more minutes and then we had to go to class—him to transfiguration, me to ancient runes—so we didn’t actually have a deep, meaningful conversation that completely changed my life, but it was still magical.

When Camilla suggested the dare, I was immediately enthralled with the idea that I could be closer to Peter. I don’t want to hurt him; I see this as a way to bring us together. Not tear us apart. If you have nothing, you have nothing to lose, right?

I walked slowly down the stairs and stopped on the last step, listening through the crack that was between the big two wooden doors that separated the common room from the dormitory staircase. In the common room there were only four students—convenient, no?

“Lily just came up to me and smiled softly. I don’t know, I think something is going to happen! What if she likes me?” James was practically whispering. I had to strain to hear it, and I understood why he had to whisper—didn’t want Lily to hear him talking about her.

“Well, have you spoken to her?” Peter said. My heart pounded, feeling like it would shatter if I let my pulse speed up any faster. I closed my eyes and smiled.

“No,” James interrupted my heavenly minute. “I am kind of nervous.”

“Don’t be. But now it’s my turn for report,” Sirius said, as if the report was some kind of event. “So I talked with three Ravenclaws, snogged a Hufflepuff, and I had a conversation with this girl named…Camilla.”

“Lily’s friend?” James asked fervently.

“I guess. She’s really class, I mean her jumper was unbuttoned; I almost started to lean in to kiss her,” Black muttered the last part. I had to stifle a giggle. The topics these guys talk about…

“I met this one girl named Mute. We talked for four hours straight. She’s sweet, but…well you know my issue with relationships,” Remus’s voice sounded for the first time, seemingly giving his ‘report’.

“Your furry little problem?” James laughed. I’m guessing that Remus nodded, because they moved on. I waited for Peter to say something…

“What about you Pete?” I held my breath. Then heaven arrived.

“I talked to a really pretty girl!” Peter sounded ecstatic! Eek!

“That’s great, Wormtail!” James and Sirius said together. I heard a clap; they’d smacked him on the back.

“Yeah, she was real pretty, and she likes the Blubbering Blades, just like I do!” Wait...I hadn’t mentioned that I liked them…

“What’s her name, Wormy?”

“Haley Aliskaiser…” WHAT?

I hope that you all liked it! Thanks so much to everyone who has reviewed, please continue! Chapter image by me.
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