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Back at Hogwarts, nothing had changed. It was as if that conversation had never happened. Sirius continued to mostly ignore Addy's existence, which she was fine with, as she did not have an endless supply of firewhiskey on offer. 

 


When Addy's birthday came around, and she was unwrapping a few packages at the foot of her bed that morning, she frowned at what she received from her parents: a new set of green dress robes, and a pair of emerald earrings. Last year they had given her a bracelet, emerald, and a set of green dress robes. Basically, the same present every year. And she didn't even like green. 

 


'Oh, those are lovely,' Lily said politely. 'Happy birthday.' 

 


'Thank you.' Addy eyed Lily for a second. She had brilliant green eyes, almost the color of the robes, and she actually liked wearing green. 'Say Lily?' 

 


'Hmm?' 

 


'Your birthday is in a few days, yeah?' Lily looked surprised. Maybe didn't think she'd remember. 

 


'Yeah...' 

 


Addy held out the robes. 'Happy birthday.' 

 


Her eyes widened. 'Oh no! I couldn't! Those must cost a fortune.' 

 


Addy rolled her eyes. 'Yes, you can. Please? I won't wear them. My parents just get them for me to make a point. You know I've got the same thing for the last three years? They don't care what I do and don't like.' Lily's brow knitted. 'Please? Really, they'd look great on you, and otherwise, I'm just going to sell them.' 

 


Lily hesitated. 'Well...if you're sure?' 

 


'Positive,' Addy smiled and handed them over. 

 


Lily smiled broadly. 'Thank you!' 

 


'You're welcome.' 

 


Addy's good deed only did so much to brighten her mood. The accompanying note of disappointment put her in a foul temper for weeks to come. The only benefit of that being that it helped her focus on winning their match with Hufflepuff. The down side was getting detention for hexing a group of first years when they got on her nerves for standing in the middle of the hall, blocking the way. Really though, figure out where you're going and go there! Don't just stand around! 

 


Some time in mid-February, as the class were leaving charms, David Gillem pulled on Addy's sleeve. She followed him to the side of the hall, and he fidgeted with the edge of his sleeve, looking at a spot behind her. She glanced behind her, confused. It was just a wall there. Nothing special. 'Was there something you wanted David?' 

 


He jumped as if he forgot she was there. 'Uh...yeah...well...er...' Her eyes widened. This could take a while. 'Um...I was, er...wondering...' She looked to the floor. His trainers were looking a bit worn. 'Are you going to Hogsmeade this weekend?' His face was red, and Addy's brow knitted. 

 


'Well yeah. I thought we were all going together?' 

 


David bunched a bit of his robes in his fists. 'Uh...well...I was, uh...wondering...' She looked down at her own trainers. 'If you would go with me?' 

 


Addy's head snapped up. He was still staring at the wall behind her. His face had grown redder. 'Oh! Like...like together? You and me?' Her voice had gone up an octave. Breathe Addy! 

 


David finally looked at her. 'Yes.' 

 


'Oh.' She felt a blush spread across her cheeks. 'Ok.' 

 


David smiled. 'Ok?' She nodded. 'Ok great! I'll um...see you later!' He suddenly dashed away and she turned to watch him disappear down the corridor toward Ravenclaw tower. Well that was...awkward. 

 


'Alright there, Ad?' The voice snapped her out of her daze, and she turned to see Alice smiling cheekily at her. 

 


'Um, yeah...just,' her voice was still high. She cleared her throat, gesturing toward the hallway. 'You know.' 

 


Alice threw an arm around Addy's shoulders. 'I do know. You'll be fine,' she said knowingly. She steered them to the Great Hall, where they sat with Frank and Allen, and Alice's friend Hannah joined them a few moments later. 'You'll do great,' Alice went on, 'just act normal.' 

 


Addy grimaced. 'Easier said than done. Do you know me?' 

 


'What is it? What's happened?' Hannah asked. 

 


'First date nerves,' Alice said. 

 


'But is it a date?' Addy asked skeptically. 

 


Frank cocked his head to the side. 'What did he say?' 

 


'He asked if I was going to Hogsmeade. And I said, 'yeah, I thought we were all going together?' And he said he wanted to know if I would go with him.' 

 


'It's a date then,' Allen nodded. 

 


Frank nodded. 'That's what he wanted.' 

 


Addy's eyes widened. 'Oh,' she squeaked. 

 


Alice patted her hand. 'You'll be fine.' Addy nodded slowly and looked down at her plate. 

 


 

 


On Saturday Addy met David in the entrance hall at ten o'clock. He was shuffling his feet, nervously kicking at the floor with his toes, his hands shoved in his pockets. She cleared her throat. 'Hi David,' she said in a broken staccato. 

 


David's head shot up and he smiled. 'Hi Addy,' he inclined his head. She felt her cheeks heat up. 'Shall we go?' She nodded and smiled back at him. 

 


They walked quietly down the street to Hogsmeade, and she became uncomfortably aware of her hands swinging awkwardly at her sides. What the bloody hell do I do with my hands? David still had his in his pockets, so she stuffed hers in her own pockets, balling them into nervous first. They tread through a puddle, her footfalls splashing mud onto his robes. Lucky it was black. She was no good at housekeeping spells. Real selling point for the future husband she never planned to have.  

 


The silence was deafening. 'So where do you-' she started to say, just as David said, 'will you be-' 

 


They both laughed. 'Go ahead,' he smiled, his cheeks flushing red. 

 


'No, it's alright. You go first.' 

 


'Er...ok. I was just going to say...' He shifted uncomfortably and Addy stopped walking. 'Will you be my girlfriend?' 

 


'Oh!' She wasn't expecting that. She fell her cheeks flush too. 'Ok,' she squeeked. 

 


David looked over at Addy and a smile spread across his face. 'Ok?' 

 


She nodded. 'Yeah.' His smile broadened and he started walking again. She hurried to catch up. 

 


'What were you saying?' 

 


'Oh...I was just going to ask where you wanted to go?' 

 


'Oh,' he shrugged. 'I dunno...I was so nervous about asking you...' He cleared his throat, 'I didn't think that far...er, where do you want to go?' 

 


Addy smiled and shrugged back at him. 'Honeyduke's? Zonko's? Three Broomsticks?' 

 


David smiled. 'Is that a question?' 

 


She shrugged. "I'm up for whatever.' 

 


He nodded. 'Alright then. We'll do all of those. In that order.' 

 


'Alright.' And they did just that. Their conversation was strained. Their behavior awkward. They both kept their hands shoved in their pockets for the most part. When they got to the Three Broomsticks they found Darcy, Saoirse, Jenee, John, and Killian sitting at a table and joined them without discussion. David sat next to Saoirse on the end. Addy sat next to Darcy opposite.  

 


'How's it going?' Darcy muttered. Addy shrugged. 'Well, I've got to go to the loo. Addy?' She looked at her expectantly. 

 


'Sure,' Addy nodded. 

 


'So?' Darcy said when they were safely hidden behind closed doors.  

 


'I dunno...he asked me to be his girlfriend,' she said, staring blankly at the floor. 

 


'Which is good, right?' Darcy's brow knitted together in confusion. 

 


'Which is good...' Addy confirmed. 'But...' 

 


'But?' 

 


'But...it's been weird. I dunno what to say to him. And he keeps his hands stuffed in his pockets. So, I do too...it's awkward,' she frowned. 

 


'Well...it's just the first date, right? I mean...it's a first for both of you. And you've never been alone together. It'll get easier...?' She didn't sound so sure. 

 


'I hope so,' Addy shrugged. 

 


Though it didn't get easier. Nothing seemed to have changed in their relationship besides the title. David didn't sit by Addy in class. He seemed stiff and kept his hands decidedly in his pockets when walking next to her. He continued to hang round Saoirse most of the time. The only change was that he would sometimes tap Addy on her shoulder, while standing on the other side of her, so when she would look round, there would be no one there. He would laugh while she looked at him blankly, trying to stifle the irritation rising inside herself. Darcy said he was flirting, but Addy wasn't so sure. After roughly three weeks, she had had enough. The confusion she felt about their relationship was exhausting. It was easier to just be friends. Addy had a feeling David really liked Saoirse but didn't have the guts to ask her out yet. And the fact that that didn't bother her in the slightest, told Addy it wasn't meant to be.  

 


 

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