Amazing and heartbreaking chapter image of Ashley and Nick by a very talented callisto @ tda
“Ashley, what the fuck?!” Gerard asks when I show up at his door in the middle of the night. “It’s three A.M!”
“I know.” I say my eyes still puffy and red from all the crying.
“Oh, Christ! What’s wrong?” he asks pulling me into a hug.
“There’s no one I can talk to here!” I say ruining his shirt with my make-up. “You’re the closest thing I have to a friend in here and I…”
“Ashley, what’s wrong?” he asks looking at me worriedly.
“Nick’s ex-girlfriend is pregnant.” I say and he opens his mouth in shock.
“Sit down.” He orders. “And I will get us a bottle of gin.”
“I don’t want to drink.” I protest.
“Oh, trust me, you do.” Gerard assures me. He flicks his wand and a bottle of gin shows up on the coffee table in front of us.
“Now, explain everything.” He orders when he pours both of us a drink.
“My evil wannabe stepmother said something about Nick and Jenna being arrested when they were together.” I start.
“Wait, what?!” Gerard asks.
“They have been stealing around other people’s houses.” I explain tears streaming down my face. “They have been arrested and Nick called my Dad for help. That’s why the two of them were having a fight the other day.”
“Okay, but how can you be sure that your Dad’s girlfriend isn’t lying to you?” Gerard asks.
“That’s why I went to Jenna’s house.” I explain. “I wanted to find out if that was the truth and ended up finding something I wasn’t ready to know.”
“That Jenna’s pregnant?” he asks and I nod my head taking a large sip of my drink. “Well, you can’t know if she’s telling the truth either. Maybe she’s lying.”
“You haven’t seen her.” I say. “She was crying her eyes out. She wasn’t her usual self. She’s pregnant and she’s not ready for it.”
“Oh, shit.” Gerard says and takes a sip as well.
“Oh, yes.” I nod downing the rest of my drink. “I don’t know anything about him, Gerard. He’s a criminal and I had no idea. He got someone pregnant!” Tears start streaming down my face again. “I have absolutely no idea what his family’s like. Or does he even have a family because according to Elena, he has no father! I had no idea about that, Gerard!”
“I am so sorry, sweetie.” Gerard says and hugs me again.
“I am too.”
“You really love him, don’t you?” he asks and I nod my head.
“I would give everything up for him.” I say. “That was, until now. Now I realised I had no idea who he actually is.” I grab the entire bottle of gin and take a sip directly out of it. “To think that I wanted a future with him.”
“Ashley, maybe you’re overreacting.” Gerard says. “He’s still the same person.”
“Not in my eyes.” I say bitterly.
“He got someone pregnant! It’s not like that doesn’t happen on regular basis today!”
“He was supposed to be with me!” I yell finally. “We were supposed to be together! We were supposed to have kids! We! And not him and Jenna!”
Gerard just looks at me sadly not knowing what to say.
“He’s the love of my life, Gerard.” I say somehow calmer. “He broke my heart. He broke it!”
Without a word Gerard hugs me again and I don’t know how long I cried, but I finally managed to fall asleep. Half drunk and with raging emotions, I dreamt of Nick and Jenna and their new baby.
“Do we have to have this talk every time you’re going to a Quidditch practice?” Hilary yells from the other side of the door.
“Yes.” I say from my hide out place in the bathroom.
“Just come out!” she yells. “I’m tired of breaking the door.”
“It only happened once.” I open the door and walk straight towards my bed.
“Oh, no, no, no!” Savannah yells from her bed. “You’re not hiding out in your bed, either! You’re going to that practice!”
“Yes!” Both Hilary and Savannah yell.
“Lydia, tell her, please.” Savannah turns to Lydia who’s been awfully quiet, reading the book on her bed.
“She’s free to do whatever she wants.” Lydia shrugs.
“Thank you.” I say and sit on my bed.
“Oh, hell no!” Hilary says and pulls me back on my feet. “You’re going even if I have to drag you there myself.”
“No, I’m not!” I say childishly.
“Why not?” Savannah asks.
“I don’t want to!”
“That’s lame.” Hilary says. “Can you at least come up with an excuse?”
“I don’t want to see James, okay?!” I say finally and Lydia looks up at me sadly. “I don’t want to see him. Especially not if his new girlfriend is going to be there.”
“Oh.” Hilary says lamely and exchanges looks with Savannah and Lydia.
It’s a well-known fact that James Potter started dating Kyra Falling, the sixth year Ravenclaw. And since then it became clear to Hilary and Savannah that I had some unresolved issues with James. They didn’t ask anything, though and I was thankful to them for that.
“You can’t just run away from him forever.” Savannah says quietly.
That much was true. I couldn’t run away, although I did my best. Unfortunately for me, I was still his Potion’s partner and I was still in Gryffindor which meant I couldn’t hide from him.
“Maybe you should just quit the team.” Lydia suggests again. “I mean, if it’s such a torture for you…”
“No.” I shake my head. “You were right the first time. I won’t run from him. I will go to that practice.”
“That’s the spirit!” Hilary says with a wide smile. “And if you need someone to hex him, send me an owl.”
“You’re late!” Lily spits poisonously as soon as I join the rest of the team on the pitch.
“Sorry.” I mumble darkly.
“That’s okay.” She says with a smirk. “James is not here either.”
“He’s probably in some broom closet with Kyra.” Fred adds with a smile. I don’t dare to look at any of them. I just keep staring at my shoes not wanting to give them another reason to provoke me.
“She must be a special girl if he’s late for Quidditch practice because of her.” Lily says staring at me.
“James is in the Captain’s office.” Rose says and I give her a hopeful look. “He would never ditch Quidditch practice for a girl.”
She gives me a short look and I give her a small smile. She doesn’t return it, but looks behind my shoulder to someone who’s walking towards us.
“Or maybe I’m wrong.” Rose adds annoyingly and I turn around only to find James and Kyra walking towards the pitch, hand in hand.
Well, isn’t this just dandy!
“Hey guys!” James greets us with a wide smile. “Sorry I’m late, I’ve been, khm… busy.” He smiles at Kyra who smiles back at him.
I take a deep breath trying my best not to tear that bitch apart limb by limb. Yes, when I get jealous, I turn into a psychopath. I am a girl after all. That’s in our DNA.
“So, today I’m not going easy on you!” James continues. “Chasers, here’s a Quaffle, try to score as much points as possible! Rose, try to block as many shots as you can and Beaters, I will release the Bludgers. Don’t attack your co-players, just defend them. Today, I want to test your defensive skills.”
“Oh, this shall be fun.” Fred says to Lily.
“Sweetie, you can wait on the stands.” James says to Kyra and kisses her before she heads for the stands.
“Most definitely.” Lily agrees and both she and Fred look at me.
“Oh boy.” I whisper before I grab my broom tightly and fly in the air.
Six of us fly in the air and after realising the Quaffle and Bludgers, James joins us.
“Go James!” Kyra cheers from the stands and James smiles at her. Okay, that’s it, bitch. The second I get a Quaffle, it’s flying directly into your head!
“Okay, people!” James calls. “Game on!”
In the next second Lily already grabbed the Quaffle and is flying towards Rose. She doesn’t hesitate to shoot, but unfortunately, she doesn’t score.
“Lily, pass to the other players!” James yells at her.
Rose throws the Quaffle back to Lily and this time she throws it to Georgina Smith, our other Chaser, who quickly throws it back to Lily.
“Lily, pass the Quaffle!” James yells again, but Lily ignores him although I’m flying right next to her and am in a perfect position to score.
“Come on, Lily, I’m right here!” I say and she looks at me darkly refusing to pass me the Quaffle. She shoots again and misses completely.
“Lily, what are you deaf?!” James screams red in his face.
“Sorry, I thought I could do it on my own.” She says.
“Don’t think next time!” James hisses. “Just pass the bloody Quaffle!”
This time she actually listens to him and throws the Quaffle to me, but before I can shoot, I feel a great pain in the back of my head. The last thing I remember is James yelling and then, everything goes black.
I knock on Jenna’s door second time in two days. After I woke up at Gerard’s, cured a hangover with some strong coffee and listened to Gerard bitch about boys, I realised I had no one other to talk to but Jenna. We may not be friends, but I just felt like we could help each other.
“Hi Mrs. Rollins!” I greet Jenna’s Mum when she opens the door.
“Blair! It’s nice to see you again!” she says with a smile.
“I really don’t won’t to intrude but I wanted to see how Jenna is doing.” I say and follow her inside the house.
“She refuses to leave her room.” Mrs. Rollins explains sadly. “She claims her life is over.”
“I can only guess how she feels.” I nod my head.
“Things aren’t ideal, but she will make it.” Mrs Rollins says. “Her father and I will help her out as much as possible. But I think she could really use a friend like you. None of her other friends have visited her.”
That doesn’t surprise me. Allison and Sasha don’t exactly look like they’d be ready to babysit Jenna’s baby. They actually remind me a lot of Victoria and Meredith.
“I’ll do my best.” I promise and head towards Jenna’s room.
I knock on the door of her bedroom gently and when she doesn’t answer I slowly walk in. I find her lying in her bed staring into the ceiling.
“Jenna?” I ask.
“Have you told everyone already?” she asks. “God, of course you did. The entire school probably thinks I’m a slut.”
“Actually, I haven’t been to school either.” I admit. “Mostly I’m wondering around parks at night trying to clear out my head.”
“Wait?” she says sitting up in bed. “No one knows?”
I shake my head. “It’s not my secret to tell.”
“Why are you being so nice to me?” she asks me when I sit next to her on the bed. “Shouldn’t you be mad at me?”
“Oh, I’m mad.” I admit. “But strangely, not at you.”
“These things happen, Jenna.” I say. “Condoms break. You’re not the first one or the last one who’s having a baby so soon. You shouldn’t beat yourself up for that.”
“My life is over, Blair.” She says her eyes filling with tears. “You couldn’t possibly understand.”
“You’re right.” I nod my head. “I don’t understand.”
“And yet, you’re still here.” She adds and I nod my head.
“What did your parents say?” I ask.
“They are disappointed, what else?” she says desperately. “After everything I put them up with lately…”
“You mean stealing and ending up in jail?” I ask and she looks at me in shock.
“Nick told you?”
I shake my head. “No, he didn’t.”
“Oh, God, I’m so sorry, Blair.” Jenna says again. “I ruined your whole relationship with Nick.”
“No, you didn’t.” I assure her.
“Did you even break up?” she asks.
“I have been avoiding him, actually.” I admit. “I can’t break up with him until you tell him about the pregnancy.”
“I can’t do that!” she says and buries her head into her hands.
“Well, I think he’ll find out eventually.” I point out. “No secrets stay hidden for long. And this is a big one.”
“Why are you helping me with all of this?” she asks suddenly looking up at me.
“I’m trying to help myself as well.” I say. “I know we never were actually friends, but I think we have no other choice now but to rely on each other.”
“I really am sorry.” Jenna adds. “For everything.”
“So am I, Jenna.” I nod my head. “So am I.”
I open my eyes feeling great pain in my head. I painfully blink a few times and when my vision focuses, I notice unusually pale James sitting next to my bed.
“Hi!” he says when he notices I’m awake. I just blink one more time not able to say anything. And what would I say anyways?
“Madame Pomfrey said you have a brain concussion and a skull fracture.” James starts explaining. “She gave you some potions. That’s why you feel all foggy and sleepy right now. You’ll have to stay here for a few days.”
I just stare at him and blink again. Finally I look around the room wondering if anyone else has visited me.
“Your friends were here.” James says as if reading my thoughts. “Lydia, Savannah and Hilary. But they left when it was time for bed. I’m sure they’ll be here first thing in the morning.”
Just then I realise it’s dark outside and that the candles around the room are lit. I look at the clock on the wall. It’s 3 o’clock in the morning.
I finally look back at James.
“Why are you here?” I manage to say in a whisper.
“I couldn’t sleep.” He shrugs. “I was worried.”
I even manage to snort although it hurts my head. “Right.”
“I mean it.” He tries to assure me. “I am sorry about this. I’m sure Fred didn’t mean to hit you-“
“Fred hit me?” I ask looking at him in shock.
“He accidentally hit you with a Bludger.” He says and looks down. “I’m sure he’s sorry and-“
“I quit.” I cut him off.
“What?” he asks in confusion looking back at me.
“I quit the Quidditch team.” I repeat. “I’m done with all of you.”
“What the hell is wrong with you?!” A sound of someone screaming wakes me up the next day. “You could’ve seriously hurt her, you maniac! I’m curious, is there one brain cell left in that pumpkin you like to call your head?”
“Because it doesn’t seem like it!” The yelling continues. “So, she started dating someone else instead of your cousin! So what?! Did that deserve a Bludger to the head?! No, you moron! Plus, that is between her and James so why don’t you and the rest of your bloody ginger family, stop harassing her?!”
“It’s not me you have to apologize to, you hairless ape!”
“Oh, Hilary.” I moan.
“Actually, I’m here.” Hilary says and I open my eyes looking at Hilary and Savannah who are sitting next to my bed.
“Wait, if you two are here, then who..?” I ask and look towards the closed door.
“Lydia.” Savannah explains and I turn towards them in shock.
“Fred showed up fifteen minutes ago.” Hilary explains. “I don’t know why. Maybe he wanted to apologize or something, but when Lydia noticed him, she kicked him out and since then she’s yelling at him like this.”
“I think that even Madame Pomfrey is scared of her.” Savannah adds with a small smile. “She’s been hiding out in her office not daring to say a word.”
“Or maybe she’s enjoying this like the rest of us.” Hilary says. “Fred finally got what was coming.”
“He’s the one who hit you with a Bludger.” Savannah explains and I nod my head.
“I know.” I say. “James told me.”
“James?!” They both ask in unison.
“As in James Potter?” Savannah adds.
“He was here when I woke up in the middle of the night.” I explain. “He told me he was sorry.”
“And?” Hilary asks curiously.
“And I quit the team.” I finish and both of them open their mouths in shock.
“You did?” Hilary asks and I nod my head.
“I ended up in a freaking hospital wing with a skull fracture and a concussion.” I say. “I had to quit.”
“And after that?” Savannah asks. “What did he do?”
“He just stared at me for a moment and then I asked him to leave.” I say. “I told him I don’t want to see him here anymore.”
“Woah.” Hilary says and exchanges looks with Savannah.
“What?” I ask.
“I don’t know.” Hilary shrugs. “I kind of felt sorry for him.”
“Sorry?” I ask in shock. “I am the one in the hospital wing, not him!”
“He just looked so pathetic when we came to see you yesterday after the accident.” She explains. “He was crushed.”
“And soothes him well!” Lydia who just showed up at the door looking like a maniac says. “He’s a prick and so is that idiot he calls his cousin!”
“Lydia!” I say with a smile. “I heard all of that. I can’t believe you defended me like that!”
“He deserved it!” she says and sits on the chair next to the bed. “He’s a baboon with no smart bone in his body. I can’t believe he purposely tried to hurt you!”
“And managed, don’t forget that.” Savannah points out.
“It’s all behind us now.” I say and turn to Lydia. “I quit the team.”
“And good for you.” Lydia says. “None of them deserve you, Ashley. James doesn’t deserve you.”
“You might have a point there.” A voice says and the four of us turn around only to find James standing at the door.
“What are you doing here?!” Lydia snaps at him in a second and James raises his hands defensively.
“I’m not here to fight.” He says. “I just want to talk to Ashley. Alone, if possible.”
“I don’t want to talk to you.” I say.
“Ash…” he starts.
“She prefers Ashley.” Hilary says standing up from her chair. She starts walking towards James threateningly. “And I suggest you leave, Potter. Because if you and your family continue to harass my friend, I will make sure you regret it, okay?”
“I never meant…” James starts but this time Savannah cuts him off.
“I’m sure Hilary was clear when she said that you should leave.” She says and joins Hilary. “You don’t even deserve to breathe the same air as Ashley, Potter.”
James looks at me and takes a deep breath. “Maybe you’re right.” He says finally. “It’s better that you quit the team!”
“Just leave!” Lydia threatens.
“Bye Ashley!” he says and with one last look, he disappears.
“Bye James.” I add quietly.
“Where have you been?!”
Dad and Nick both await for me when I finally come home. Since I left for school on Monday, I haven’t showed up at home. First, I have been sleeping at Gerard’s and then, last night, at Jenna’s.
“Hi, Dad, I’m sorry.” I say. “I was sleeping at a friend’s house.”
Dad stands up from the couch and hugs me. “Don’t ever do that to me again!” he says. “I thought something has happened to you! And Nick, he had no idea where you were at, either.”
I just nod my head not daring to look at Nick. I don’t want to look at him before I really have to.
“Is everything okay, Blair?” Nick asks clearly worried.
“I…” I make a big mistake of looking him in the eyes. Immediately I feel tears burning my eyes, but promise myself I wouldn’t cry. Not again. “Actually, I need to talk to you.”
“I’ll go get us something to eat.” Dad offers and kisses me on the forehead before he leaves the apartment in a hurry.
“Blair, what is going on?” Nick asks. “Where have you been for the last two days?”
“At Gerard’s.” I say. “And then at Jenna’s.”
“Jenna’s?” Nick repeats furrowing his eyebrows in confusion.
“Yes.” I nod my head. “I know about your visit to jail a couple of weeks ago.” I finally say and he turns pale in a second.
“Jenna told you that?” he asks sitting on the couch.
“No, Elena did.” I say. “But I heard you and Dad arguing the other day as well.”
“Look, I’m sorry, Ashley.” He says quickly and stands up coming closer to me. “I don’t know what came over me that night. I never meant to…”
“I think it would be for the best if we break up.” I cut him off and he stares at me in shock.
“What? Because of what happened?” he asks. “No, Ash, I already promised your father it will never happen again.”
I shake my head. “No, not because of that.”
“Then what is it?!” he asks. “Ashley, look me in the eyes!”
I finally look at him immediately feeling as if I’m going to pass out. But I made a promise to myself I will go through this with my head held high. “Jenna is pregnant, Nick.” I say. “And you’re the father.”
I screwed up big time.
I completely fucked up.
My Mum is going to kill me. Your Dad is going to kill me.
And Ashley… Oh, God, she hates me now.
Well, congratulations to everyone who survived a heart attack after the last chapter. And thank you all for not hating on me too much.
Also, congratuations to everyone who guessed that Nick was a criminal, but unfortunately, that's not all of Ashley's trouble.
What do you think about all of this? About Jenna? Is she being honest, or is she lying like usual? And about James and Blair? How proud is everyone of Lydia, Hilary and Savannah for standing up to James?
Keep on reviewing because it really means a lot and thanks for all of your support.
In the next chapter: Blair has a talk with Rose and finally, some things become clear to her. Both girls get visited by their parents and some deep secrets are being relieved in the process.
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