Being trilingual is very beneficial for one’s learning. I have mastered the art of keeping not one, not two, but three languages kept safely in my mind. If I can do that, surely, I can pass charms class.

“J'en ai rien à faire” Dom muttered under her breath, tossing the parchment across the table.

“Now Dom, I don’t think that’s very nice.” Al said, leaning back in his chair.

“Don’t you have some O.W.L.s to study for.” Dom snapped back.

“We all know I’m the smart one in my family.” Al replied. “I’ll be fine.”

“Hey! I resent that.” James cried out.

“Sweetie,” I cooed. “You’re barely passing potions and charms.”

James scowled and stared down at his essay.

I laid in my bed, staring up at the ceiling. Dom went home late last night. She tried to stay but I apparently did a good job convincing her I would be okay. If she stayed here any longer, well, who knows what she would’ve tried to make me do. I just wanted to be alone before tomorrow.

Exams started to creep upon us, causing fifth and seventh year students. Al’s cocky attitude dropped and he began to ask me for help. I mean, I did get O’s in Charms, Herbology, and Transfiguration, and E’s in Defense, Potions, and Arithmancy (not to brag or anything). The only person to outscore me was Hallie Dunn, a Ravenclaw.

Al and I spent the majority of our days in the library. I would study for my exams, he would study for his. Whenever he needed help, I would stop what I was doing and explain it to him. I would return back to my work once he moved on.

I made a snap decision to venture out of my room and down to the kitchen for a snack. I was hoping I could make it down to the kitchen without running into anyone.



She refused to call me Belle like everyone else because she said it’s too generic to go with the name everyone else uses. Thus, the nickname Isa was born.

“Hi Lils.” I said softly.

“I…how are you?” She asked tentatively.

“Shitty.” I responded, looking down at the floor.

“Yeah, me too.” Lily whispered.

I grabbed a pint of ice cream out of the freezer. I snapped the lid off and snatched a spoon from the draw. I shoved a spoonful in my mouth. This was uncomfortable. Being around Lily made me feel guilty and uncomfortable.

“I miss him.” I blurted out. “I miss Al.”

“I do too.” Lily said.

I looked over at the fridge. Ginny still had his O.W.L scores hanging up. I felt a wave of guilt wash over me. Al’s scores were amazing.

“AL!” Lily screamed from the kitchen. “Al, your scores are in!”

“Merlin, could you be any louder?” I mumbled.

Al flew down the stairs. If it wasn’t for his footsteps, I could’ve believed that he actually did fly downstairs.

“Give, give, give.” Al demanded, grabbing for the letter like a small child would grab for candy.

Lily, Ginny, Harry, James, and I watched as Al ripped open the letter. His eyes scanned over it but his face remained emotionless.

“What did you get?” Ginny asked.

“O’s.” Al replied. “I got O’s in everything but Herbology.”

I snatched the letter out of his hands. Not only would he beat me with that score, he would also beat out Hallie Dunn.

“He did. Al, you beat out Hallie Dunn and me.” I said. “That’s incredible.”

Al looked over at his father with a huge grin on his face.

“So, when am I getting my new broom?”

“God, I hate myself.” I whimpered. “I wish I never got in that damn car. I wish I never took all.”

I shoved the top of the ice cream back on, angrily shoving it back in the freezer. Lily just watched my fit of rage and tears.


“I ruined your whole family.” I cried. “And my stupid parents won’t come back home. I just want to go home.”

“Isa, stop.” Lily cried.

I brushed the tears off my face and looked at her.

“You did not ruin our family. You are home, we are your home.” She whispered. “I miss Al so much, but I miss you too. I miss the old happy you.”

“Me too.”

“I know James is being very cold to you.” Lily said.

“He has every right too.” I responded.

“I think things will be better after tomorrow.” She said. “I think he just needs closure.”

I’m not too sure about that Lils. James is pretty pissed at me.

“Here.” Lily walked over to me.

She handed me a plate that had a sandwich and some crisps. I took it from her and gave her a confused look.

“It’s for James.” She said lightly. “I think you should take it to him.”

“Oh Lils.” I sighed, handing the plate back to her. “He’s so mad at me. He doesn’t want to see me.”

“Please, just take it.” Lily pleased.

I sighed. Of course, I was going to say yes to her. I couldn’t say no to Lily.

“Fine,” I sighed.

“This broom is awesome!” Al yelled as he zipped around the backyard.

Harry didn’t back down on his promise. He told Al if he got 3 O’s that he would get him the latest broom model. Al went and exceeded his expectations. I zipped around James on my broom. All four of us kids were chasing each other around, abandoning our little two on two game of Quidditch.

“Hey!” James yelped.

“Catch me if you can.” I taunted, sticking my tongue out before zipping off.

I held the plate tightly in one hand and formed a fist with the other. I held it up to knock on the door but froze. I couldn’t face him yet. After what he said the other night, the last thing he would want to see is my face Maybe I could just leave the plate on the floor, knock and ditch.

Just knock! My heart screamed.

I raised my hand back up to knock but the door flew open before I could make contact. James stood in the doorway. He was wearing one of his Quidditch tee shirts and a pair of black shorts. He looked at me but his face remained emotionless.

“Yes?” He asked.

“Oh, um…” I stumbled on my words. “Lily asked me to bring up your lunch.”

James silently took the plate away from me and began to shut the door.

“Wait!” I yelped.

What am I doing?

“Can we talk?” I asked. “Please?”


The door slammed shut in my face.

The blow went right to my gut.



AN – Here we are, chapter 6! I got some goodies for the next chapter. I'm sorry it's short. I've been trying to make each chapter longer and longer. But I think the next chapter will make up for this 

J'en ai rien à faire – screw this  

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