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(A/N: I know alot of you were hoping to get a glimpse of the Scotts last chapter, but I promise they'll be ntroduced soon. Thank you to everyone for your awesome reviews, they mean so much! On a side note, this is a less happy chapter of Nikki. Everyone has their imperfections. Especially James and Nikki ^_^. Enjoy!)



"Nikki! Nik, guess what?!" James cheered happily as he practically skipped into the common room.

"Um, Malfoy came out of the closet?" I replied without looking up from my book.

"No! Better!"

"What on earth would be better than that?" I replied as I raised an eyebrow.

"This!" He laughed giddily as he shoved a paper in my face.

"James, I can't see it when it's plastered to my face," I snapped as I snatched it out of his hand.

I hate getting interrupted when doing schoolwork. James knows this. Especially when Sluggish gave us a God-awful six parchment assignment.

"Wood wants me to try out for the Cannons!" He grinned as he bounced in place.

Wood had left Puddlemere to become manager of the Cannons. Oh joy.

"Wait, what? When?" I exclaimed as I scanned his letter.

"Christmas break! Isn't that great!"

'No.'

"Yeah, James, that's wonderful," I mumbled unhappily as I shoved his letter back to him and buried my nose in my Potions book.

"Wow, thanks for the support, Nik," He spat.

"James, I didn't-"

"Whatever, Nikole. I'm going for a walk," He growled as he stormed out of the common room.

"Oh, Christ Almighty," I heaved as I ran my hands through my hair.

"What's wrong with you?" Rose asked as she came down the stairs.

"Nothing. Just stressed," I lied again.

"You are a bad liar. You know this. But I'll leave it alone," She smiled warmly as she sat in an armchair, "That Potions homework is the devil."

"You think? I don't know why he hates us so damn much. Cranky old geezer."

"I broke up with Malfoy."

"WHAT?" I exclaimed as my eyes nearly popped out of my sockets. I actually dropped my book.

"He was driving me nuts. Did you know all he ever talked about was Quidditch?"

He's not the only one.

"...And if wasn't that, it was about how much he hates you. It was completely unnerving and I couldn't handle it anymore."

"He talked about how much he hated me?" I chuckled.

"Yeah. I think he secretly has a thing for you or something," she said with a roll of her eyes, "You okay?"

"Yeah, I just threw up a little in my mouth is all," I twitched, "Don't ever say anything like that to me again, please. My stomach can't handle it."

"Sorry," she giggled, "Alright, I'll talk to you later, I have to go meet Heather so we can work on Ancient Runes."

"Later, Rose," I smiled weakly as I waved to her.

I sighed heavily as I leaned down to grab my book, only to have someone beat me to it.

"Here you go, Nik."

"Thanks, Frank," I said as he handed it to me.

"No problem. Did you hear about James?"

'Keep it cool, Nik. Don't freak out.'

"Yeah," I nodded.

"He wanted that so bad, I'm happy for him," He smiled.

"It's a... great opportunity for him," I replied as I flipped through the pages, not even remembering what I was looking for.

"You don't like it," Frank smirked as he leaned back in the armchair.

"No, I... I'm... happy for him..."

"But you're not happy for you," He finished.

"As a matter of fact, Mr. Psychiatrist, I'm ecstatic," I snapped as I grabbed my things and sped up to my room, slamming my door behind me.

'Don't cry Nik. You don't cry. Ever. Don't let it get to you, you can't be selfish, it's what he wants more than anything, it's his dream, don't cry,' I told myself as I leaned on the closed door.

Yeah, my mantra did not work in the slightest.




"Where's that slimy git of yours?" Frank asked Rose as she and I sat down for dinner.

"I dunno," She shrugged, "We aren't together anymore. So I really don't care where he is."

"Seriously?" He chuckled.

"Yep. I broke up with him earlier. I can't be with someone who doesn't like the majority of my friends and family. So I dumped his arse," She said smugly.

I just sulked and poked at my food with my fork.

"Nikki-" Frank spoke up.

"I don't want to talk about it, Frank, so just shut your damn trap. Thanks," I snarled as I leaned my cheek on my fist.

"I just wanted to say sorry for earlier."

"Yeah, thanks," I huffed as I made shapes out of the corn kernels on my plate.

"Did you see Heather is sitting with Al?" Lily squealed as she sat down.

"I hope they get together," Dom giggled.

"He better watch himself with my sister, that's for damn sure," Frank chuckled.

"Who better watch himself?" James asked as he sat next to Frank.

Across from me. Next to Frank. On the other side of the bloody table. Away from me.

I just shot him a dirty look then glared at my plate again.

"Your brother," Frank replied.

"Ah," James said quietly.

"What's with you two?" Colin asked as he took to James' other side.

"Who?" Frank replied.

"These two," Colin answered as he pointed at James and I.

"I have no idea what you're talking about, Col," James mumbled.

"Bollocks. Why aren't you over there, then?" Colin retorted as he pointed to the empty seat next to me.

Lucky the Leprechaun needs to learn to shut his mouth. I was practically denting my plate with my fork, I was dragging it so hard.

"Nik, you okay?" Rose whispered.

"Fine."

"You sure?"

"Yes."

"Okay," she said as she rubbed my shoulder.

I caught James glancing at me every now and again, but neither of us said a word to each other for the majority of dinner.

"Okay, I can't deal with this tension between the two of you. My hair is on ends waiting for Armageddon. I don't care if you go Gladiator on each other's arses, but say something, for Merlin's sake!" Fred spoke up as we started dessert.

"What's there to say," James shrugged, "I have an unsupportive girlfriend. End of story."

"Excuse me?!" I growled as I slammed my fork on the table, "I think I heard you wrong. And for your sake I hope I did."

"No, you most definitely heard me right. Un-su-por-tive girl-friend," He sneered as he pointed at me with every stressed syllable.

"Oh no," Rose whimpered.

"Fred, what have you done?" Lily whined.

"So that's how you wanna play this, eh Potter?" I chuckled half-crazed as bit the inside of my cheek, "Alright, we'll play your way. Yeah, first off- I NEVER FUCKING SAID I DIDN'T SUPPORT YOU!"

"WELL IT SURE SEEMED LIKE YOU DIDN'T!"

"DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT ANYONE BUT YOURSELF, POTTER?! DID YOU EVER STOP AND THINK ABOUT HOW I WOULD FEEL ABOUT THIS?!"

"I THOUGHT YOU'D BE HAPPY AND PROUD OF ME!"

"NEXT TIME, MAYBE YOU SHOULD STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU FUCKING SPEAK! DID IT EVEN CROSS YOUR MIND THAT THE SUBJECT OF YOU LEAVING ME HERE UPSETS ME?! YOU'RE GOING TO BE OUT THERE, LIVING IT UP LIKE A HUGE QUIDDITCH STAR, WITH GIRLS THROWING THEMSELVES AT YOU MORE THAN THEY DO NOW, AND WHERE WILL I BE? RIGHT FUCKING HERE WHERE YOU LEFT ME! YOU SELFISH SON OF A BITCH!" I roared as I threw my napkin at him and stormed away from the table before I started crying in front of the whole school.

"DON'T YOU WALK AWAY FROM ME NIKOLE!" He screamed as he started to follow me.

"MISS SCOTT, MR. POTTER! STOP YOUR NONSENSE! DON'T MAKE ME TELL YOU AGAIN!"

"I SAID DON'T YOU WALK AWAY FROM ME!" He growled as he grabbed my arm.

"LET GO OF MY ARM, YOU'RE HURTING ME!" I yelled as I punched him in the stomach.

He didn't flinch.

"I'm not done with you," He snarled, "So no, I will not let you go."

"MR. POTTER, LET GO OF HER!"

"Obey your elders," I growled as I tore my arm out of his grasp, "And don't fucking talk to me!"

"NIKOLE, I SWEAR TO GOD, IF YOU WALK AWAY FROM ME..." He threatened.

"YOU'LL WHAT?! BREAK UP WITH ME?! MIGHT AS WELL GET IT OVER WITH!"

"MISS SCOTT, MR. POTTER, THAT'S ENOUGH!"

"What are you talking about?!" James scoffed as he threw his arms in the air, "I'm not breaking up with you!"

"YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO EVENTUALLY!" I cried as a lump rose in my throat, "WE CAN'T HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU ON THE OTHER FUCKING SIDE OF THE WORLD! YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE ALL THESE GORGEOUS WOMEN HANGING ALL OVER YOU, AND I'LL JUST SLOWLY FADE OUT OF THE PICTURE, SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO IT NOW!"

"DETENTION, BOTH OF YOU, EIGHT O'CLOCK!" Minnie yelled as I turned my back to everyone in the hall and ran out the doors.

"Nikki, please!" James yelled as he ran after me.

I kept going.

He kept following.

"Nikki, come on, stop, please!"

"FUCK OFF!"

"Nikki, just talk to me civilly for a second!"

"GO FUCK YOURSELF, POTTER!" I screamed as I finally reached the Fat Lady.

"Gillyweed," I muttered as I wrapped my arms around myself.

Stupid Herbology related passwords. That's what you get with Neville as the Head of your House.

"That is no longer the password," she replied snobbishly.

She's always hated me, the stupid fatty.

"How is it no longer the password?! I just used it three hours ago!" I screamed in her face.

"Because it's been changed. If you want it, ask a Prefect or Head of House," she huffed as she shoved her nose in the air.

"Fat bitch," I mumbled to myself.

"Marauders," James huffed as he caught his breath.

"Thank you," she replied, "And tell your little... friend... here to go take an anger potion."

"Fuck you!" I snapped.

"Come on, Nik," James said as he led me through the portrait hole.

"Don't touch me!" I yelled as I shook him off of me, "I am perfectly capable of getting inside by myself!"

"Nikki, can we please talk like normal people for a second?!" He pleaded as I headed to the staircase.

"What is there to talk about?!" I replied as a tear crept down my cheek.

I didn't dare face him. No one in that school has ever seen me cry. Ever. In fact, before that day, I hadn't cried in over four years.

"Just... come here," he said softly.

"No," I said shakily.

"Nik, are... are you... crying?" He asked worriedly as he set his hand on my shoulder

"No! Just leave me alone!" I cried as I shoved his hand away from me.

"I'm sorry," he said solemnly as he wrapped his arms around my waist and rested his cheek on the back of my head, "I'm so sorry,"

"Don't touch me!" I yelled as I tried to shake him off.

To no avail. James is alot stronger than me.

"LET GO OF ME!"

"No," he whispered as he spun me around and pulled me into his chest, "I won't let you go. Ever."

"I don't want to go through this! Why did I have to fall in love with you?!" I sobbed in his chest, "It's not fair! I don't want to be in love with you!"

"Shhh," he hushed as he ran his hand over my hair, "I'm right here."

"I fell in love with you, like an idiot! And I'm going to lose you!"

"You're never going to lose me Nik."

"But I am!" I sobbed harder, "I am, and there's nothing I can do about it! How could this happen to me?! How the bloody hell did I fall in love with you?!"

"Everything's going to be fine, Love," he sniffed as he buried his face in my hair, "I love you, Nikole. More than you know."

"I love you too. As much as I know better, I love you."

"Look at me," He said softly as he tilted my face up toward his, "I'm not going to leave you."

"Yes, you will."

"No, I won't," he whispered as he kissed me softly, "I won't."

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