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Lucas Watson, a devil in disguise? Well, that’s what I was calling him.

And I just happen to have a date with this little demon… even though apparently it wasn’t technically real. It was a scheme all planned out. But what got to me the most was I didn’t necessarily know it was that obvious I had feelings for Oliver. We’ve become friends, not considering the past couple of years, but I didn’t think that I showed other feelings. I thought friendship was the only emotion I was sharing out loud. Angie and Katie warned me it was a tad obvious, but I thought they were just messing with me.

I was up in the girls’ dormitory, looking for something to wear on this fake date, along with my best mates, of course.

“Okay, how about this one?” I said, stepping out to show them a dress I tried on. It was a simple-looking, knee length dress that was white with some lace trimming.

They both just stared at me, “No,” they said in unison.

“Seriously, Holly… don’t wear a dress. It’s near winter time,” Angie said. “Wear something cute, but not a dress. It makes it look like you’re trying too hard.”

I shrugged, and walked back to the wardrobe to find another outfit to try on. Kate spoke, “Holly, if you’re like madly in love with Oliver, why did you even agree to go on a date with this asshole?”

“Yeah, have you suddenly gone dumb or something?” Ang asked. I love my friends, but sometimes, they can be too honest.

“I don’t know,” I screamed from behind the wardrobe, trying to put on a pair of skinny jeans. “I’m not in love with Oliver, girls, and he asked me out. It would be rude to just say no.” I could just imagine the disgusted looks upon their faces without even seeing them. I hate lying to them, and I must admit I was doing a horrible job at it. I couldn’t believe that they haven’t caught me yet…

“Oh please, that’s retarded. You’ve turned down people before,” Kate stated.

I peeked my head out to give them an evil look, “Yeah, Bradley Thompson in third year does not count.” They both starting laughing loudly, “It is not funny.”

“Yes it is,” they said, once again, in unison.

I stepped out so they could see me again, “Alright, how about this outfit?” This time I was wearing a pair of very dark and very tight skinny jeans, some boots and a tank-top with a jacket over it. “Well…”

“You look really pretty,” Katie said.

“I agree,” stated Angie.

I looked at myself in the mirror, “You really think so?” I questioned them, “Don’t lie.”

“Yes, you look good.” Katie said. “Some hearts are going to be broken tonight.”

I laughed, “You really think that Lucas will like it that much?”

She just stared at me, “You really are dumb. I wasn’t talking about Lucas…”

“Then who were…” I paused, “Oh… shut up Katie.” But at the same time, I was hoping that she was completely right. If Oliver did happen to see me, I wanted him to have a look of complete shock on his face when he sees me all dressed up. Usually, the only look Oliver sees of me is either when I’m covered head-to-toe in our Hogwarts’ robes, which aren’t exactly the most flattering things in the wizarding world, or when I’m sweaty and muddy in a t-shirt and sweatpants from after hardcore practices.

“You know it’s true...” she said quietly. I turned away from the mirror to look at them.

“We have already discussed this many times before, Oliver and I are not anything together. He’s got Elizabeth and now…” I didn’t want to say it, but this entire situation had to be convincing, “I have Lucas.”

They both just gave me a wide-eyed look, “You seriously cannot tell us that you actually have feelings for this arrogant little bastard? After all these years of thinking he hated you, and suddenly he’s your man?” Angie questioned, overreacting a slight bit.

I started refreshing my make-up, trying to still continue getting ready while also being fully apart of the conversation, “I wouldn’t necessarily put it like that, Ang. It’s just one date, it couldn’t hurt.” The lies coming from my mouth just felt like poison to me.

She rolled her eyes, “Whatever, Holly.”

I turned to her, “Are you seriously angry that I’m going on a date with Lucas?”

“I’m not angry at you,” she started.

“Then why are you all defensive about it?”

“I don’t know honestly.” She looked towards Katie. “Just something doesn’t sit right with me when it comes to Lucas. I just feel like he’s using you or something selfish like that. I’m just trying to look out for my best friend.”

I smiled at her for two reasons: one being that she was totally accurate when it came to the assumption of Lucas using me. And even though I had full knowledge of this, I didn’t want her knowing the plan behind it. And two being that it was nice hearing that from her about us being best friends. It just made me feel good. I stood up and hugged her.

“I’m fine. I’m a big girl now. I know what I’m doing,” I smiled at her, and she weakly smiled back.

“Aww, group hug!” I heard Katie exclaim. And suddenly, we were all hugging on to each other, tight. I stepped back afterwards and did a little model pose for them.

“Well, how do I look?”

They smiled, “Gorgeous.”

I was walking down the stairs to meet up with Lucas and leave for Hogsmeade, when I spotted him near the door talking to Oliver and Elizabeth. As I walked forward, I noticed how pretty Lizzie really was: tall, but not towering over anyone with a nicer figure than me, that’s for sure. Her hair was naturally shiny and long with a hint of wave, and her smile was so bright that it could have put than stars to shame. I was nothing compared to her. Yeah, I had long hair but it was dark and straighter. I wouldn’t consider myself fat beyond any means, but her body seems more proportional compared to mine. No wonder Oliver had chosen gorgeous and stunning Lizzie instead of boring and average Holly.

“Hi,” I said kind of quietly to them as I reached the door.

Lucas turned around, and smiled, “You look really pretty tonight, Holly.” I just smiled as he took my hand. If he was just trying to get Oliver to notice, than that probably would have done it, so I went along with the charade. “I was just talking to Oliver and Liz, and they’re heading down to Hogsmeade, as well.”

“Oh sounds like fun,” I simply said to no one in general.

“I asked them to join us, if that’s okay with you?” He looked at me, giving me a wink.

“Um… yeah that would be brilliant,” I said.

“Well, that’s settled than. Let’s all head down,” Lucas said, proudly. He continued to hold my hand as we made our way down to the village. The walk was sort of an awkward one, with no one saying much at all. In the occasional moment, Oliver and Lizzie would steal a kiss and giggle here or there, but nothing other than that. Lucas was even silent, constantly looking over at the couple walking besides us. Maybe I was only imagining things, but hints of jealousy were written all over his expression. I nudged him softly.

“Are you alright? You seem upset.”

“I’m okay,” was all he said.

Finally reaching Hogsmeade, Oliver turned to everyone. “You guys hungry? I could sure use a bite to eat.” Elizabeth just giggled randomly at this.

“You’re always hungry, silly.”

“Yeah, that sounds alright to me,” Lucas said quickly jumping in to interrupt Liz. “How about you, Holly?”

I just nodded as all four of us headed in the direction of the Three Broomsticks. We were quickly seated at a table when a waitress came to ask for a drink order, “Two butterbeers,” Oliver started, pointing to Elizabeth.

“And two for us, as well,” Lucas added.

“Actually, I’ll have some hot tea please.” There was no way in hell I was drinking butterbeer today. I wanted to remember all of this lovely “fake date”.

“Um yeah… same here instead,” I heard Oliver say out of nowhere.

“Alright,” the waitressed said, flipping her long bangs out of her face, “Two butterbeers and two cups of hot tea will be right out for you bunch,” she said before leaving. We all just sat there in another awkward silence, hoping someone would break it.

“So…” Elizabeth started, looking towards me, “How’s the no Quidditch thing going for you, Holly?” All I wanted to do was give her a death glare and slap her right across that perfect smile of her’s, but I remained civilized even though my thoughts were not.

“Oh well I miss it and can’t wait to play again, but Lucas is trying to keep the team going. Even though I’m not in the next match,” I paused, turning my gaze towards Oliver and then back to Lizzie, “I believe we’ll come out with another victory.” I smiled.

“Well, good,” she said, while also smiling. “And with Oliver being captain and all,” she started again while wrapping her arms around his, “Of course I agree with the fact that you guys will have another victory in your record book. Oliver’s that best there is.” She kissed him on the cheek but the only reaction from Oliver was a simple blushing forming in his cheeks.

That’s when I felt Lucas grab my hand, “Holly’s pretty good herself, you know Liz. She’s definitely got some natural talent going through her bones. And I mean, not to be show-offish, but I’m not that bad myself.” He smiled at me. My face started blushing as well. I liked the compliment but it was sort of embarrassing having Lucas and Elizabeth trying to show off in front of Oliver and I.

But eventually the moment was interrupted by the waitress bringing our drinks, “Two butterbeers and two cups of hot tea.” I took my cup and stirred in some sugar while Oliver did the same, and Lucas and Liz started chucking down the butterbeer.

Not very classy for a lady, I kept thinking.

About an hour or two passed by of mostly small talk and Lucas and Elizabeth getting totally buzzed up on a few more butterbeers. They were acting a little loony, to put lightly. And arguing more than they had when they were completely sober and knew what was going on.

Oliver turned his attention to me while Elizabeth was going off about something to Lucas, “This isn’t exactly how I planned spending my weekend.”

“Yeah me either. I wouldn’t especially call this a date anymore either.” I signed.

“You want to go take a walk or something… let them hang for awhile?” He asked me.

I nodded. We put stood up from the table, but Lucas quickly grabbed my hand and dragged me back down to me seat, “Where are you going?” he asked, kind of screaming in my face.

This guy was just so not attractive anymore, “Just for a walk. We’ll be right back, I promise.”

“Okay, but don’t leave me with this bitch for too much longer,” he said, making it obvious that he was talking about Elizabeth. I was waiting for Oliver to step in and say something, defending his girlfriend after another man just called her a bitch right in front of both of them. But he did nothing, which definitely surprised me. The only noise I remember before walking out of the Three Broomsticks was more yelling and complaints coming from both Liz and Lucas.

Outside, the wind was chilly just hinting at the arrival of winter and the sun was shining bright. “Let’s go this way,” I heard Oliver say, and I followed after him.

I felt him staring at me while we were walking, “What are you looking at?” I asked.

“Nothing, but I’m sorry your date wasn’t necessarily pleasant.”

“It’s fine. It’s not like you did anything to ruin it. That was all Lucas and Elizabeth,” I said, but suddenly wishing that I didn’t. “I’m sorry, Oliver. I didn’t mean it like that, I just meant…” But I was interrupted.

“Don’t worry about it, I understand.”

I was confused on so many levels, “You do?”

He put his hands in his pockets as another burst of wind came running through, “Yeah, I mean they were both on the verge of being completely trashed, but that’s not how a first date should go. And with Elizabeth…” he paused. “I don’t know, she’s always been like this since the moment I started dating her. But today was just flat out horrible and not to mention, inappropriate.”

I just looked at him, “Yeah well if you’re in love with someone, you have to learn their imperfections.” He just laughed. I couldn’t help but smile, “What are you laughing at?”

“I’m not in love with her,” he said, still slightly laughing.

“But you guys have been in a relationship for quite some time now…” I started.

“Yeah, about that…” he said, not looking at me and laughing again to himself.

“I don’t understand why something like this is so amusing to you,” I stated with complete seriousness.

“Our relationship is just complicated, let’s just leave it at that.”

“Okay.”

I felt him looking at me again, while we continued walking through the village, “Are you mad at me?”

I shook my head, “No, why would I be?”

“You just seem like it.” I just shook my head again, telling him that I wasn’t. “Well even if you were, you couldn’t possibly stay mad at me forever.”

I was the one laughing this time, “And why do you say that?”

“Because one look into my eyes and a glimpse of the smile on my face, and you’re sailing into a dreamland paradise,” he said a little too proudly.

“Sure, you just keep thinking that.” Even though it probably was true, but I didn’t want him knowing that, “But if you don’t remember, I spent about six years hating you. So… don’t doubt for a second that I couldn’t stay mad at you.”

“That’s true. Honestly Williams, I keep forgetting that we were enemies at one point in our lives,” he said, looking straight ahead.

“I don’t understand how you forget something like that though.”

“Yeah me either,” he started, “maybe just because how close we are now, it just doesn’t seem like it.”

I nodded my head in agreement. “This is some deep stuff were discussing here, Oliver.”

“Shut up, Williams.” He said in a joking manner, laughing it off.

“I do have a question for you though, if you don’t mind.”

“Ask away.”

“Why do you still call me Williams even though I have moved on from calling you by your last name?” I asked, trying to be serious but at the same time, trying to be sweet about it.

He just shrugged, “I never really noticed. I guess just out of habit possibly. I’ve called you that for the past seven years now, and once you form a habit, they never seem to leave you.” He looked at me, “Does it bother you?”

“Not so much anymore, but it was just something I always thought about.” I saw a smirk come across his expression, “What’s that face for?” I asked.

“Oh nothing,” he said, teasingly.

“No, tell me now.” I said while pushing him lightly on his shoulder.

“Well if you said that it was something you were always thinking about, that means that I must always be on your mind, Williams,” he said. I just rolled my eyes and smiled. “I just caught you red headed.”

“You know what I meant, Oliver.”

“Yeah… that you are constantly thinking about me,” he said while smiling.

“Have you ever really considered how cocky and self-absorbed you are?” I asked him bluntly.

He just shrugged, and smiled a tad. “I’m just messing around with you, Williams.”

“I know, but don’t try and show off around me. I’ve know you for too long to be fooled by you,” I said.

He just laughed. We continued walking when he suddenly, but gently, grabbed me by the arms and pulled towards a random clearing near the far end of the village of Hogsmeade. “Come here.” He said, so I started following him once again. Not that I really had much of a choice, for the fact that he was basically dragging me along. I didn’t mind though because when we stopped walking again, the scenery was new and exciting. There was a view of a gorgeous valley, covered in different colors of the leaves changing in the fall. It was so beautiful.

“Wow,” were the only words that escaped my lips.

“You like it?” Oliver asked me.

“I love it. It’s so pretty,” I commented back. I continued looking out over the valley. “I’m guessing you bring Elizabeth here all the time, don’t you?” I asked him suddenly.

He gave me a confusion expression, I noticed, “Why do you say that?”

“I don’t know,” shrugging my shoulders, “It’s just one of those romantic places where you would take a girlfriend, wouldn’t you think? I mean it’s like something that just came out of a movie… a boy with the girl he truly likes, looking out over a valley like this, it’s not just an everyday thing.”

“That’s very well thought out,” Oliver started. “But for your information, I’ve never brought Lizzie here before. She’s not exactly the out-doors type of girl. She can’t just sit here and witness something as brilliant as this. She’s not you.”

I looked at him, “What’s that suppose to mean?”

He looked down into my eyes, and took a moment to answer after looking away, “You know what it means, Williams.” He just signed.

“I’m pretty sure if I knew what it meant, I wouldn’t have asked you in the first place,” I said. I was kind of getting defensive about this, and I realized it. I know I wasn’t anything like Elizabeth, all pretty and naturally amazing, but I honestly didn’t know what he meant when he said that.

“You’re just different than her. You can just stand here with a friend and look out there and appreciate everything, even the smallest of things,” he said. “I’ve always liked that about you, Williams. Your capacity to love and understand the smallest of things just amazes me sometimes.”

I smiled slightly, “That’s one of the weirdest and yet sweetest things anyone has ever said to me.”

“Anytime, Holly.”

I eyed him, “You called me by my actual name. That’s probably like the third time in your entire life.” I laughed.

“Don’t get use to it though.”

“Sure, whatever you say Oliver.”

We both just started laughing hysterically. My stomach was feeling tight, and I could barely breathe from how hard I was laughing. And Oliver was laughing right along with me. I can’t really tell you what we were laughing at because I honestly don’t know. It’s just one of those moments when suddenly everything is just hilarious no matter how stupid or immature it might be. You just can’t help but laugh your ass off. I believe we laughed for a good five minutes before finally settling down a bit.

“Oh bloody hell,” I heard Oliver say. And I started laughing a little bit more. I didn’t notice that I was walking forward a tad when I felt myself jerk and begin to fall. The wind was taken out of my lungs, scared that I was going to hit the ground hard, but I then felt arms being wrapped around me. And just like my knight in shining armor, there was Oliver Wood at my rescue.

“Gosh Williams, we don’t need you out any longer than what you already are. Remember you still have that cast on. Be more careful,” he said, trying to bring me back up to my feet. All I remember from than on was him still holding on to me, with his hands slowly making their way down to my waist, our eyes just starring into each others, and our heads getting closer and closer as the seconds passed. I could feel his breathe near my lips and knew that he was just centimeters from kissing me.

“Oliver….” I whispered.

“What in the bloody hell is going on here?” I heard a high-pitched voice coming from behind me. Oliver and I both took a second to react, until he finally and hurriedly let go of my waist and straighten ourselves up. We turned around to find Elizabeth and Lucas both just staring at us.

“Um, Holly fell and I was just trying to help her up,” Oliver said.

Lizzie rolled her eyes, and then looked at me with a death stare, “Oh you don’t fool me, you guys were about to kiss. I could definitely see it.”

Lucas decided to pop out of nowhere, “See princess,” he started at me, “I told you it would work.” His words were still a little bit slurped from the butterbeers that he drank before. Who knew how many he had consumed by the time Oliver and I had left.

Oliver looked at me, confused, “What would work?”

“Nothing,” I began, shaking it off, “Just forget about it.”

“Oh don’t lie, Miss Princess,” Lucas started up again. I was getting annoyed with his little drunken act he was playing, “You know exactly what I’m talking about. Remember… I asked you out to make Oliver jealous and at the same time, I get the reward of the beautiful Elizabeth Clearwater.”

“Elizabeth is the girl you’re after?” I bluntly asked.

“Don’t act surprise, love.” Lucas was acting like such an asshole. Katie and Angelina were definitely right about this one. How pathetic could I really get after this? I was completely embarrassed, and I felt Oliver’s eyes just glaring at me, full of disappointment, shame, and embarrassment himself.

“Listen Holly, thanks for going along with the plan though. I really do appreciate it. I owe you one,” he said. I felt disgusting in many different ways, for helping this fool and probably pissing off Oliver.

I turned to him, wanting to apologize, “Oliver, I can explain….” I started. But he didn’t let me finish. He just put his hand up to stop me from talking. I watched him as he slowly made his way over to Lucas and just stare him down.

“So this was your plan? Use Holly to your advantage, and then drunken up my girlfriend with the chances of hoping you would impress her and make her move on to you?” Lucas just shrugged. “Well good for you, but it looks like your little plan didn’t work out so well.”

Lucas just smiled, “You don’t think so… because I thought it went wonderfully especially after snogging your so-called girlfriend after you two love birds decided to take a walk.”

Oliver turned his attention to Elizabeth, than to me, than once again back to Liz, “Is that true?” he asked her. I wanted to do something… anything. But there was nothing more for me to do rather than just stand back and let things take its natural course.

Elizabeth just blushed. Oliver nodded his head slowly and looked back up at Lucas. He was just about to make another comment, probably another one about his brilliant plan working and leaving Oliver and I in the dust but right before sound could make it out of his mouth, Oliver punched him so hard in the mouth that I could almost hear his teeth shatter.

“Were done,” he said to Elizabeth before he started walking away. Elizabeth just ran to Lucas’s side, and tried to comfort him and his soon-to-be fat lip.

I ran after Oliver, leaving them behind, “Oliver, wait up…”

“Save it, Williams.”

“Oliver, just talk to me…”

He stopped, and turned around, “What?” he said, rather snappy and angry.

“I’m sorry.”

“Yeah, I’m sorry too… for ever believing that you were my friend.”

I wanted to cry, “Oliver, I am your friend… your best friend if you remember.”

He just shook his head, “Friends don’t keep secrets from each other.”

“Oliver, I promise I didn’t know that Lucas liked Elizabeth. If I would have known the truth, I would have told you. You know that I would. I wouldn’t keep something like that from you…” I started.

“It’s not just that.”

“Than what is it, I would like to know.”

“You were a part of this scheme, to make me jealous… of you dating Lucas Watson,” he said. “You could have just told me you liked me rather than go off with some asshole and try to plan out some ridiculous little immature plan.”

“Yeah because I was just going to come right up to your face and tell you I like you… that’s right. The boy wonder and his super perfect girlfriend wouldn’t intimidate me the tiniest little bit. You want the truth, Oliver… than listen up because I’m only going to say this once. I like you, okay? You may be the most cocky, cruel, over-powering tool bag I’ve ever come to know, but yet I have still found myself falling head over heels for you. Are you happy now? Is that the answer you wanted?” I was out of breathe and I couldn’t believe that I was actually telling him all this. I had been so scared as to what he or anyone else would think, but at the moment, I just didn’t care. Everything was out in the open.

He stepped closer to me, and for one second I thought he was going to actually kiss me this time like one of those moments I was talking about before from a cheesy romantic movie. I thought he was actually going to grab me by the waist again, pull me toward him, and kiss me passionately. It would have perfect, and an amazing story to tell one day. But I was shortly mistaken when instead of kissing me, he was walked right on by without saying a word. And he continued walking without stopping… or turning around to face me.

“So, that’s really how it’s going to be? You’re just going to turn and walk away after I just spilled all of that out to you?” I was getting very upset. And tears started rolling down my red cheeks.

He just left, without saying anything. I sat down on the ground, hoping to some how disappear.

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Author's Note: YESSS finally i'm getting another chapter out, it's been quite some time. I'm sorry about that guys... i know some people are really dedicated to this story but it's just been difficult with school and everything else... i'm doing the best that i possibly can. Well, i hope you liked the chapter (: i was really exicited about this one. I wanna hear your thoughts, the good & the bad. Also what do you expect from the next chapter.... Oliver and Holly getting together finally, Oliver forgive Liz and going back to her, ect. I want to hear your thoughts and opinions as to where you would like the story to go. After all, you are the ones reading it lol i'm just trying to publish a good story. Thanks guysss!
 

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