Early Mornings and Deadly Bludgers

“Katie Wake up.”

I slowly opened my eyes, sat up and glared at Sophie. It is a well known fact that when I am asleep, I don’t get woken up. Ever. It’s a danger to the person waking me up. That’s how seriously I take my sleep.

I glanced at the alarm clock on my bedside table, which informed me that it was 6:00am.

Not only had I been awoken from a blissful sleep, but it had been at the earliest point in the day. Someone was going to pay for this.

“What. Do. You. Want?” I said slowly, hoping to imprint each word on Sophie’s pea-sized brain. Talk about best friend. You’d think after 7 years she would have known to let me sleep.

“Quidditch practice!” she trilled in her annoyingly high-pitched voice. Who was this cheerful this early? It wasn’t natural. Wait. Did she say Quidditch practice? Don’t make me laugh. Like I’m going to get out of my warm, comfy bed at this hour to play Quidditch in the freezing cold.

“No way. No way in hell. Besides, no one told me about it.” I replied smugly, thinking that I had found a way out of freezing to death.

Sophie smirked, “We decided not to tell you about it until the last possible minute.”


“We knew you’d act like this.”

Damn, the girl had a point.

“Wait, who’s we?”

“The Gryffindor team.”

I could not believe this. My team, the team that I work so hard for, had gone behind my back to talk about me and my sleeping habits. What happened to that famous Gryffindor loyalty?

“Listen to me. I. Am. Not. Going.” I turned my back on her, and settled to go back to sleep.

“Hey, Katie, just remind me, does the tram captain usually attend these practices?”

Without turning round, I nodded my head.

“And, who’s the captain of the Gryffindor team?”

Does she really think I don’t know this? James Potter is the Gryffindor captain. Wait, what? James? James will be there?

Wow, even I am shocked by how slow my brain processes vital information.

I sat up again and beamed at my best friend in the whole universe. “What are you waiting for? We have practice!”

Sophie raised an eyebrow at me. I’ve always wondered how people do that. Raise just one eyebrow. It’s like a skill, a talent.

I wish I had talent.

Sorry, back to the matter at hand.

6:00am. Quidditch. James. Right.


When we were dressed in thick layers, Soph and I walked through the Common Room on our way to practice. Before we reached the door, I suddenly stopped in front of her. “Wait. What happened with Josh?”

“What makes you think anything happened?”

This girl annoys the hell out of me sometimes.

“Because. You’re too cheerful. Especially if you too were fighting.”


So something had happened. Nothing gets by me!

Woops, I probably shouldn’t have walked into that chair.

There was a silence as I waited for Sophie to tell me what happened. But instead she twirled a strand of her blonde hair round her finger, her blue eyes darting around the room. Did I mention this girl is stunning? Lucky girl.

“Sophie!” I shouted. Could she not see how desperate I was to hear the details of her love life? It’s a sad moment when a girl tries to live through her best friends life, but there you go.

“Well, last night I couldn’t sleep, because someone,” at this point she glared at me, “Was snoring. Loudly.” I ignored this last sentence. I know I don’t snore.

“So I went down to the Common Room and guess who was there?”

This was a tough one. I wonder who it could be. If you don’t detect my sarcasm there I suggest you go and get checked out, and the nice people in white coats will help you.

“Josh!” she squealed, much to my surprise. And yes, she actually squealed. Who squeals at this hour?

“And then he apologised to me and we both saw that we were wrong, and then he kissed me and –“

I held my hand up to stop her. “Ok, I think I get the picture.”


We were the last to arrive at the Qudditch field. For a change. The rest of the team were already flying in the air, and James was on the ground, glaring at me and Sophie. Even when he glares he looks cute.

“Why are you late?” he growled at us.

“Katie refused to get up!” Sophie informed him cheerfully.

I shot James a weak smile. No point in denying it, he knows me too well.

“Get your brooms and get in the sky.”

“No problem captain!”

Wow, where did that enthusiasm come from? I must have an adrenaline rush from James’s smile.

The best feeling in the world is getting on your broom and kicking off from the ground. That and when James smiles. Then, you’re in the air, flying as fast as you can, racing against the wind.

The rest of the team had started a game, and me and Soph flew up to join them.

“Katie! Look out!” I heard James shout from below.

I turned round quickly, but not fast enough.

The deadly bludger flew towards me, at a hundred miles an hour. It knocked me off my broom so hard that I fell, and was plummeting towards the ground.

I reached the ground with a loud bang, and the last thing I remember is someone hovering over me, calling my name.

And that’s when everything went black.


A/N: Hi guys, thanks so much for reading :). I hope you enjoyed this chapter! Leave me a review to tell me what you thought!



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