And here's the next chapter! Sorry for the wait, but you know how it is with school, work, sports, etc. I don't really have much time to write. Oh, and I apologize for any gramatical errors you may encounter. I do my own editing.

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Chapter six: Weightless

I love that time of night where the sun is setting in the winter sky making the snow clouds pink and causing the grounds to look hazy and mysterious. I love staring out the large glass windows on the third floor of the castle and watching the sunset with no one around me to disturb my thoughts and being able to sit on the windowsill and lose myself for an hour. I love the castle when it’s just before curfew and I’m all alone in the hallways. It makes Hogwarts seem peaceful, almost tranquil.

I’m so glad I’m back.

I know, I know; at first I said I couldn’t wait to come back, and then I said I never wanted to leave home, but now that I’m here, I’m finally at peace for the first time since Christmas. It was like all my earlier problems didn’t even matter anymore, like it was stupid to worry about such trivial things. It was like at this moment, these few minutes of alone time in my true home, nothing could ever go wrong again.

Of course when I wake up the next morning all of my problems will be back.

But until then, I won’t worry about it.

Even though it was well after curfew, I couldn’t get myself to walk up to the Gryffindor common room. I wasn’t ready to be around other people. I wanted just a little bit longer to be by myself. As long as no one caught me I’d be fine.

I spent the next hour and a half roaming around the dark castle, just thinking to myself. I wasn’t even thinking about anything important. I was just wondering what we were going to have for breakfast the next morning and if I would play well in the Quidditch match against Ravenclaw on Saturday. James will probably murder me if I don’t. The last Quidditch match we narrowly beat Slytherin, and I could remember James giving out to me for missing a shot. He didn’t even care that a bludger broke three of the fingers on my right hand. And I sure as hell don’t recall him giving out to the beaters on our team for not protecting me. But that’s James for you.

My mind continued to wander around small things such as this as I wandered through the castle. I never came across anyone except for a few ghosts who were drifting around, but they never bothered me. The only time I heard any sound except for my own footsteps was when I would come across snoring paintings.

When the watch on my wrist flashed midnight, I decided I had better get back to my dormitory. Not because I was ready, but because I was rather tired and had classes the next morning. I was also a little cold. So, with the prospect of climbing into my nice warm bed, I made my up to the Gryffindor common room. I paused only briefly to give the password to the Fat Lady (mimble wimble) and then stepped inside to the deserted common room. Embers were still smoldering in the fireplace, but it looked like everyone had gone up to bed.

I made my way up the girl’s staircase, and pushed open the door that read sixth years’. Gentle snores reached my ears as I stepped inside, the door clicking softly behind me. My roommates were all sound asleep.

There were sixth of us in here, and four of us were Weasleys’. There were three beds on the right side of the dorm and three beds on the left. Dom, Jessica Spinnet, and I had the three beds on the right, while Rose, Lucy, and Sammie Finnegan had the beds on the right. I like everyone in the room except for Lucy and Sammie. Lucy hates my guts, though I’m not sure why, and Sammie is Lucy’s best friend, so she hates my guts to. I can’t stand Lucy and wish she would fall off a cliff, but we don’t always get what we wish for, do we? Sammie on the other hand, I think I could like if she wasn’t always following Lucy around, who is an insufferable bitch.

Don’t you just love roommates?

Jessica Spinnet is a nice girl that I've grown to like. Dom and I generally hang out with her during classes and I consider her to be one of my good friends. Rose, on the other hand, spends her days with Lucy, Sammie, and their group of friends. I’m not really sure why, considering how big of a bitch Lucy is.

I quickly changed into a pair of pajamas before crawling under the covers of my four poster bed and shutting the curtains around me. I didn’t fall asleep immediately; instead I lay awake staring at the ceiling thinking about the next day. I had classes and Quidditch practice and would have to interact with people I didn’t want to be around.

And with those cheery thoughts, I drifted off to sleep.

* * * *

When I woke up the next morning, my first thought was that it was way too early to be awake. My second thought was that it couldn’t be later than seven. My third thought was that I did not want to get out of my nice warm bed.

I could hear my roommates as they got ready for the day. Without looking I knew Lucy was in the bathroom doing her hair and caking on make-up. Any minute now, Dom would start pounding on the bathroom door yelling at her to hurry up.

Any second now…

BANG! “Lucy, hurry up!” Dom shouted. Right on time.

Sighing in defeat, I sat up and groggily pushed my curtains aside, and instantly regretting it as sunlight blinded me from the large window in our dorm. I hate the reflection of the sun off of the snow.

“Morning Riley,” Jessica Spinnet said from where she was laying across her four poster bed. Her chestnut brown hair was slightly ruffled, and her eyes were glassy from waking up so early. Jessica was a tall, elegant girl and was supermodel skinny. She had a naturally pretty face and wore black rimmed glasses that made her light green eyes pop. “I didn’t even hear you come in last night.”

I slumped back down on my pillow. “I was out late.”

Dom, who had stopped banging on the bathroom door in defeat, fell back onto her own bed, muttering angrily about Lucy. I don’t even know why Dom felt the need to get ready. Her silvery blond hair was perfect, as always, even though she just woke up. Dom was just one of those girls that never looked ugly, no matter what.

Sammie was standing in front of the mirror just beside the bathroom door performing straightening spells on her long black hair…that was already straight! Seriously, this girl has issues.

It was only then that I noticed someone was missing.

I sat up and looked over at Rose’s bed. Everything was in order, as it always was; her trunk was neat and organized and her bed was made. Rose must have left a while ago. She’s always been a morning person, but she usually waits for her bitchy friends before leaving. Maybe she went to meet Scorpius or something.

Lucy finally walked out of the bathroom, to Dom’s delight (who ran in there before anyone else had the chance to). Lucy completely ignored me and Jessica, not that I really cared. “Sammie let’s go, before the Ravenclaw Quidditch practice ends.” She said in the annoying, high-pitched, nasally voice you’d expect a snobby girl like her to have. It was common knowledge that the Ravenclaw Quidditch team had some of the best looking blokes on it. Lucy had pretty much stalked their team and now knows their practice schedule by heart. This is rather surprising because Lucy isn’t the smartest witch. This is also surprising considering who her parents are.

“One minute, my hair’s not straight enough.” Sammie said without taking her eyes off her reflection. How much straighter could it get?

“Well hurry up! I want to get to Zach Davies before all those pathetic Hufflepuff’s do!” Only Lucy would call other girls pathetic for stalking some guy just like she does. Really, it’s pathetic.

Sammie set her wand down and turned to admire herself from different angles. I guess her hair was finally straight enough. (I saw no difference from when she started.) “All right Luce; let’s go get you a boyfriend.” Giggling, my two annoying roommates left the dorm to go watch Zach Davies fly around on a broomstick.

Zach Davies was the gorgeous Ravenclaw Quidditch captain and had as many admirers as James. With his floppy brown hair and charming smile, he attracted all the Lucy-look-a-likes, poor bloke.

Once Dom left the bathroom, I took a quick shower and put my brown hair into a braid down one shoulder, since I didn’t feel like taking the time to do it. I pulled my school robes on, then Dom, Jessica, and I left the dorm and headed down to the common room. Jay was already waiting for Dom by the portrait hole. Dom waltzed over to him (seriously, she’s just so graceful there’s no better word to describe the way she moves) and kissed him, then together they left the common room. I tried to hide my jealous glare, but apparently it didn’t go unnoticed.

“What’s that face for?” Jessica asked with raised eyebrows.

I quickly rearranged my features so that I looked indifferent. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” She was still giving me that amused, eyebrow raised expression, so I looked away. That’s when I spotted Rose sitting at a table in the corner of the common room by herself. “Hey Jess, go on down without me, I’ll catch up in a bit.” Without waiting for a response, I made my way over to my twin sister.

Rose was bent over a piece of parchment with a quill clutched in her fingers. Whatever she had written wasn’t satisfactory, apparently, because she scribbled it out a second later. Rose was biting her bottom lip, so I knew she was thinking deeply about something.

“What are you doing?” Rose jumped in surprise as I spoke to her from across the table and instantly crumpled up her parchment before I had a chance to see what was on it.

“Oh, hey Riley,” She said nonchalantly, as if I didn’t just see her destroy all evidence of what she had just been doing.

I sat down in the chair across from her. “What were you writing about?”

“Nothing!” She said much too quickly for me to believe. I frowned at her. What did she have to hide?

“Okay…How come you’re not down at breakfast?”

Rose shrugged, looking annoyed. “I’m not hungry?” She said that as if asking me if it was an acceptable answer. “Do you need something, or are you here just to bug me?” Wow, someone’s moody.

“Well if you want me to leave don’t be so subtle.” Sarcastic? Me? Not at all.

Rose rolled her eyes and crossed her arms over her chest. “Just leave me alone Riley.” Her voice was thick and it sounded like she was going to start crying. “Please, just go.”

I didn’t want to leave, but she sounded so distressed that I really had no choice. So I stood up and backed away from where she was sitting with her head in her hands. “You know if something’s wrong, I’m here if you need me.” She made no sign that she heard me, so I left her alone.

I wasn’t really in the mood for breakfast anymore, so instead I slowly made my way downstairs towards the transfiguration classroom, my first class this morning. I figured I might as well wait there for the bell to ring. No, I’m not a nerd.

As I was hurrying to get onto a staircase before it moved away I ran into a petite Ravenclaw girl.

“Oh, sorry Riley,” It was Gaby Miller, Al’s girlfriend. She was smiling at me in the way always nice people smile and she looked generally happy to see me. “Are you heading down to breakfast? I was just going there myself.”

“Eh, actually I was-”

“Great we can walk together!” Gaby beamed at me and moments later I found myself walking down flights of stairs with her. Gaby talked the whole way about things that weren’t even important; such as the potions class we had together the next day and the Quidditch match between our houses that weekend. Soon we were entering the Great Hall, and I still wasn’t sure how I had gotten there.

In a way, Gaby’s constant rambling was a nice change. She didn’t ask me questions about myself that I couldn’t answer, she just asked me for my opinion on where my favorite place in Hogsmeade is and if I liked spending time in the Gryffindor common room. She didn’t judge me, she didn’t try to pry into my life just because I have famous parents, and I was thankful for that.

I said good-bye to Gaby when we reached the Gryffindor table. She sat down with Al, and I moved past them and dropped into a seat next to James, Fred, Dom, Jay, and Lily. Daring, I know.

“Hey James, look at who it is.” Fred sniggered pointing towards someone behind James. We all turned around to see the Hufflepuff slut, Danielle Walker as she entered the Great Hall. James gave Fred the finger as Dom snorted into her cereal bowl. She is such a lady. Lily pretended to gag on her eggs as she recalled the conversation on the train.

“You’re just jealous Freddy because you wouldn’t be able to get it in.” James smirked.

“Eww stop!” Lily complained jumping up from the table and running away. Her spot was then taken by Tony Brown. He had his eyebrows raised at Lily’s sudden departure.

“Don’t ask.” I advised him.

“Hey Tony, did you get the stuff?” James asked and then started shoveling eggs into his mouth. Tony grinned and ruffled his short brown hair.

“Course I did.” I had no idea what they were talking about, and by the looks of it, neither did anyone else.

“Well I think it’s about the time to go to class.” James said getting up from the table. Tony followed his lead. “Coming jealous Freddy?” James called over his shoulder. Fred jumped up and followed them out. I knew they were up to no good. James never goes to class early.

I then realized I had been left alone with Dom and Jay, the two people whose company I would prefer to not be in. It was like déjà vu. I swear the silence was just as awkward as it was back on New Year’s Eve. I was trying to keep my eyesight away from Jay, and I could tell he was doing the same. We haven’t spoken to each other since our fight a week ago.

For the lack of anything better to do, I let my eyes roam around the Great Hall. The Hufflepuff’s were at the table behind me, and I instantly spotted Danielle Walker, who was making out with some bloke. I shuddered when I realized she had done the same with my cousin.

The Slytherin’s were on the far side of the room, and the all looked gloomy and mad as usual. It’s probably because they have to sleep in the dungeons. How depressing. Scorpius was sitting by himself at the end of the table and he looked upset about something. It probably had to do with how strange Rose was acting. Maybe they got into a fight?

I looked over at the Ravenclaw table and easily spotted Lorcan and Lysander Scamander. They were sitting and talking animatedly to one of my cousins. I think it was Molly, because she was the only Weasley in Ravenclaw. But then I took a closer look and realized it was Lily (hey, they both have red hair). I guess that’s where she ran off to. I soon spotted Molly sitting with some of her other third year friends. It’s a miracle that she turned out somewhat normal, especially considering who she grew up with. The poor girl has had to suffer with Percy, Audrey, and Lucy.

Speaking of Lucy, she was also sitting at the Ravenclaw table, and next to Zach Davies. He was surrounded by his many admirers, as usual. Sammie was next to Lucy and looked uncomfortable like she really didn’t want to be there. As I watched them, I noticed how often Lucy would touch Zach’s arm or leg. She never took her eyes off of him. I wanted to laugh because he didn’t seem to want her attention.

“So…what time’s Quidditch practice at tonight?” Dom finally asked to break the silence, and I stopped watching Lucy and looked at my best friend.

“Seven,” Jay answered immediately. “James must have told me and Al twenty times last night.” He checked his watch. “Speaking of Al, he promised to help me with my Transfiguration homework before class starts.” He stood up, kissed Dom on the cheek, and walked off. He reached where Al was still sitting with Gaby and whispered something into his ear. Al got up and left the Great Hall with Jay, and Gaby went to find her Ravenclaw friends.

Now it was just me and Dom.

“Sorry,” She said suddenly, looking up from her cereal. “Sorry for making things so awkward between us.” I had no idea what she was on about, so I just nodded and pretended I did. “I know you and Jay were good friends."

If only you knew.

“I don’t want this relationship to ruin any friendships.” I smiled at Dom.

“Don’t worry about it. As long as you’re both happy, I’m happy.”

That was such a lie, but Dom bought it.

“So are you? Happy I mean.”

Dom absentmindedly brushed her fingers through her long silvery blond hair and had her blue eyes fixed on something behind me, but I had a feeling she wasn’t looking at anything that I would be able to see.

“I think so.” She finally said. Don’t worry, I totally understand. “I mean, I like Jay, who wouldn’t? But, I don’t know. We haven’t been together long. Who knows what will happen.”

Well as long as you don’t fall in love with the kid, I’ll be happy. Oh and if you guys want to break up anytime soon, I really wouldn’t mind that either.

Good thing no one can hear my thoughts, right?

It seemed like this was the talk we needed, because things were back to normal between me and Dom. We walked to our transfiguration class together talking and laughing like we used to. All the previous awkwardness was gone, and I was just happy to have my best friend back.

Throughout the day, I increasingly became more aware of the bad state Rose was in. She was so pale, and her eyes were glassy and distant, as if not all of her was there. She looked ill almost.

I glanced back at my sister again during charms, and she still sat in the row behind me with that same spaced out look. She was all by herself too; not with Lucy and Sammie like she usually was. There were dark circles under her eyes and she looked like she had been crying.

I knew I had to find out what was wrong with her, even if she didn’t want to tell me. I guess there was only one way to find out.

I had to talk to Scorpius.

I know, it wasn't the best chapter, but I had to introduce some new characters and give you a glance of some upcoming problems. The next few chapters will be better and some interesting stuff will be happening.

Thanks for sticking with me so far!



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