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A/N: Ah, this is a filler chapter, and I'm not happy with it.

“Are you mad?!” Gina bellowed to Leah as soon as they exited the Great Hall after breakfast.
“Hey, Leah,” a Hufflepuff girl in their year called to her. “You really asked Black out right after Amber dumped him?” Leah let out a nervous laugh and shrugged slightly. “Wow! Good luck. Hope you guys actually last.” And she was gone.
“You don’t just ask him out right after he’s been dumped!” Gina continued, throwing her arms into the air. "There's a certain etiquette around this kind of stuff."
“Oi! Leah!” another classmate started. “You’re on the ball, aren’t ya! Hope you and Sirius have a good time in Hogsmeade!” Leah could not help but detect a slight note of sarcasm.
Leah raised her eyebrows as Gina started up again. “And I thought you weren’t going to go through with the dare? You are now?”
“Leah! Can’t wait to see what happens with you and Pretty Boy!” called out another kid in their year on his way to class.
“Is the whole Earth centered around the Marauders, or is it just this school?” asked Leah, the corners of her mouth twitching.
“Leah! Focus,” Gina commanded.
She turned to her and thought of how to answer. “I am mad; I did ask him out right after he was dumped; and I’m not going through with the dare. I’m looking at it as more of an experiment.”
“An experiment?” Gina lifted one of her eyebrows just as a couple other people wished Leah luck on her supposed new bound relationship.

After they left Gina continued on with her rant. “What kind of experiment could you possibly be planning?”

Leah shrugged. “He interests me.”

“How can he interest you?”

“The same way he interests everyone at this school. Why else would he recieve so many offers for dates?”

Gina paused, having difficulty finding an appropriate retort. “Leah,” she finally said, “Don’t you remember all the years we’ve spent laughing at the girls who ask out Pretty Boy? All of our dorm has had their fifteen minutes in his arms. Do you really want to be yet another girl who does the same thing?”

Leah sighed and turned to face her friend, thinking then would be a good time to explain what was up her sleeve. “Okay look, I’m trying something here. I want to see—” She stopped as a young Hufflepuff girl ran up and offered her congratulations and sympathies at the same time.

“What?” Gina asked as soon as the girl had left. “What are you trying to see?”


She was cut off again as two Slytherin boys swaggered by waggling their tongues at her and voicing a few choice comments about her preferences in men.

Apparently fed up with this behaviour, Gina pulled Leah into the nearest empty classroom, which, it turned out, was empty except for a very startled first year boy making up a Charms exam.

Ignoring this, Gina spat, “Okay, what is this all about? It had better be good.”

Leah swallowed. “I-I want to see if I can make him break up with me. I’m going to try and not become phased by his indifference and see how long he can take me.”

Her friend stared at her blankly for not one, but two moments before bellowing, “That is the worst idea I have ever heard!” Her voice resonated so loudly that the nervous first year upended his ink bottle all over his half completed test.

Scourgify,” Leah sighed, pointing her wand at the ruined test, restoring it to its original form. She turned to Gina and raised one eyebrow. “You really have a knack for beating around the bush there, hun.”

“I’m sorry. Look, it’s just...I don’t...want to see what happens to all these girls happen to you.”

“It’s not,” Leah reassured her. “That’s the point. I’m going to try and drive him crazy, rather than the other way around.”

“I’m not sure the world works like that. The girls he date get driven crazy for a reason. It's not just shit and giggles for them. They don't choose their own mental status.”

“Well,” Leah rolled back on the balls of her feet several times. “I think something very remarkable may happen. I just want to see what takes place. You know, end the year with a bang and whatnot.”

Gina shook her head. “What in Merlin’s name has gotten into you? Since when did you even think like this?”

Leah laughed through her nose. “It’s not a state of mind. I’m just...curious.”

“Curiosity killed the cat.”

“Satisfaction brought him back, blah blah blah.”

There was a moment’s interlude as both girls stared at each other.

“I can’t talk you out of this, can I?”

“Nope.” Leah paused. “Listen, don’t worry about me.” She giggled, “and for all I know, I’m ‘the one.’”

“Oh God, don’t talk like that. Your brain’s gone to fluff if you’re really starting to believe that.” She hastily retracted her steps. "Not that I don't think you could be. It's that boy I doubt."

“Don’t worry. I’m perfectly fine. I don’t have any sort of physical attraction toward Pretty Boy. Just an urge to see what he’s really made of.”

Gina scoffed. “No physical attraction? Please, you’d have to be comatose to not have an attraction toward him. He’s the best looking male any of us have ever laid out eyes upon. Don’t bother trying to fool yourself.”

“True, but you know what I mean. There's no...spark. Yet, at least.”

“So what’s this your reckon him being made of?”

“Well,” Leah halted. “He’s human, isn’t he? That means he can’t possibly be as callous as he acts. I think he’s got a bit more to him.”

“Or he’s just a weird kid who doesn’t like people.”

“He’s got friends, though,” Leah insisted. “He and those other boys are really close, and he acts perfectly normal with them.”

Gina shrugged. “Define normal.”

“Normal for teenage boys with raging hormones.”

Gina slung her school bag across her shoulders. “I’m going to be late for Potions. Do yourself some good and really think about what you’re doing before meeting Pretty Boy on Saturday.”

“Nah. That’d take the fun out of everything.”

“Your funeral.”

A/N: I'm sorry for the wait, you guys. I had quite a difficult school year and I really didn't have time to keep up with my Fan Fiction, or any of my writing, for that matter. i just finished up with this year and I'm trying to get back on track and become a bit more productive. Task one: Getting some updates onto HPFF. My author page is covered in cobwebs right now, but that'll soon change.
Anyway, as I said earlier, this is just a filler chapter that was necessary. I tried and failed to make it any bit interesting. I'm sorry. Next chapter is much more interesting, in my opinion. It's on its way to being done and I'll probably put it up once I get a start on the fourth. (I'm trying this new thing where I actually have a bit of a buffer between chapters.) Please leave a review. I really appreciate all the support I've gotten even though this story is still quite young. Thank you very much for taking the time to read the chapter. =]

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