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As much as I loved being around James and I loved how he made me feel, the weeks leading up to exams weren’t spend lying in the bed lazily or taking long walks around Black Lake, as much as I wished it. No, they were spent cramming in the common room until long after midnight for the upcoming N.E.W.T.s.

As much as I wanted to concentrate on my studies because, let’s face it, Ashley would kick ass at them, I couldn’t. One look or smile from James was enough to break my concentration. All fifth and seventh years were under a lot of stress. Even Hilary, who never seemed to be studying could be occasionally found with a book. Lydia could be found mumbling to herself from time to time. She would walk around the common room, suddenly remembered something then started picking up her notes looking for the right answer.

The night before the exams, all of us were sitting in the common room. Lydia was sitting in an armchair, Charm’s book on her lap, Fred was sitting on the floor leaning against her armchair and was going over her notes from third year. Savannah was sitting on the armchair opposite of them while Hilary was sprawled out on the floor and was currently cursing Flitwick and his, and I quote, ‘stupid troll’s ass kind of a subject’ while James was lying on the couch and I was sitting next to him going through Ashley’s notes from last year.

Honestly, I had no idea how I was to pass these exams. Ashley has it way easier than I do. For her N.E.W.T.s classes she picked out the hardest possible subject. Out of all the people sitting here, Lydia and I had the most exams coming. James had it way to easy which meant he was lazily flipping his Transfiguration notes.

I, on the other hand, was slightly panicking. If I fail my exams, Ashley won’t be able to graduate school and, of course, everyone will know something’s not right. Ashley was the smart one out the two of us and I was, well, not stupid, but free – spirited. Meaning that I was free – spirited to skip classes together with Nick. And look at me now. How the mighty have fallen.

“I don’t know why you’re so stressed out, Ash.” Hilary says when I sigh rather loudly and smack my forehead with the Charms book. “All you ever got was ‘O’s on your exams.”

My face scrunches up. “Yeah.” I say. She clearly hasn’t seen my grades lately.

“Anyways, I’m done!” Hilary announces as she gets up. “I don’t even care anymore. Let’s just get it over with.”

“Where are you going?” Lydia asks looking up from her book. “The Charms exam is tomorrow morning!” she points out, completely unnecessary if you ask me. Hilary stretches.

“I’m going to see if Roger Davies is up for some one-on-one exam time.” She winks and heads for the portrait door.

“Be there for the exam!” Savannah calls after her.

“Yeah, yeah.” Hilary says before the door closes.  

“I wish I was like her at times!” Savannah says and I nod. “Not a care in her mind.”

“Yeah.” I agree and James looks at me with a smile. “What?” I ask but he looks back at his book.

“Nothing.” He shakes his head.

“You know what?” Fred announces as well. “I’m done with this shit as well.” He turns to look at Lydia. “You want to go for a walk?” he asks and Lydia raises her eyebrows.

“It’s past the curfew.” She points out and Fred looks at James. James simply nods and winks at him.

“I’ll be back in a sec.” Fred says as he jumps on his feet and heads for the boys’ dormitories. He’s back in a minute carrying James’ Invisibility Cloak and his Marauder’s Map. “You ready?” he asks Lydia.

“What if someone sees us?” Lydia asks as she puts her book down.

“No one will, I promise.” Fred says as he offers her his hand. “Come on, girlfriend. Let me take you out for a date.”

If anyone had told me ten months ago Lydia would abandon her studies and sneak out after the curfew with a guy, I would say you’re bonkers, but she smiles at Fred and takes his hand. “It was about time, boyfriend.” She says and kisses him lightly on the cheek causing for Fred to blush. He winks at James and follows Lydia through the portrait hole.

Now only Savannah, James and I are left in the common room. James winks at me behind his book and I smile. Savannah looks at us and rolls her eyes. “Okay, I’m not going to be a third wheel here.” She says when she gets up from her armchair and starts picking up her books. “Since no one cares about the most important exams of our life, I’m not going to care either. Good night!” she smiles as she heads to our dormitory. As soon as she’s left, James throws his book onto the floor and kisses me.

“I thought they would never leave.” He says and I laugh at him.

“Take it easy, stud.” I tease looking at the portrait door. “Anyone can barge in.”

“No one will come in.” He says as he places kisses on my neck. I have the urge to tell him of his cousin who was sneaking out of one certain Slytherin’s bed but decide against it. James would probably be outraged and would kill Scorpius.

“James, we have to study.” I insist and he grunts hard. He looks down at me and rolls his eyes.

“You’ll be a Quidditch star.” He says. “What do you have to study for?”

“A Quidditch star or not, I still have to pass my exams.” I point out.

“What happens when the school is over?” James finally asks and I look at him.

“What do you mean?” I ask and he shrugs.

“You said your Dad was in New York.” he says. “But you won’t leave, right? You’ll stay here? In England? With me?”

“I-“ I start but the words catch in my throat. “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know?” he asks raising his eyebrows. He pushes himself off of me and sits on the couch.

“I want to. I do.” I say sitting up as well.

“Then what’s stopping you?” James asks and I sigh.

“My family, James. It’s all so complicated.” I try to explain and he grabs my hand.

“Then explain it to me.” He says and I stay quiet.

This is it. Now is the perfect time to tell him the truth. I open my mouth to speak up but can’t seem to say the words out loud. I look at him. As I look at his hazel eyes and messy dark hair, I realise I’m too scared to tell him anything. If I tell him who I really am, I might lose him. So instead, I tell him the partial truth.

“I don’t think I’m capable of living with my mother and grandmother anymore.” I say finally. “My Dad has always been more supportive and- My Mum doesn’t even know I play Quidditch.” I say as I look at him. ”If she knew, she’d probably have me home – schooled.”

“It’s not like my Mum approves of me wanting to play Quidditch for living.” James says furrowing his eyebrows.

“You don’t get it.” I sigh. “Your parents aren’t crazy with the thought of you playing Quidditch but they’ll still love you, even if you do something they’re not fond of. My Mum, on the other hand,” I shake my head. “She’ll disown me.”

“And that’s why you want to live with your Dad in New York?” James asks and I nod. That and I have no idea how my twin sister and I, who I switched places with without anyone knowing, will handle the situation after the school’s over. When I think about it, this plan sucks.

“I don’t know yet though, I’m just rambling and-“

“Then move in with me.” James suddenly says and I look up at him in shock.

“What?” I manage to say and James smiles.

“Yeah!” he nods. “Move in with me.”

“With you and your family?” I ask and he rolls his eyes as if I was stupid.

“No, silly. With me.” He insists. “Just with me. To our own place.”

“James, we’ve been dating for a month.” I point out and he waves his hand at me.

“Feels like longer.” He just shrugs. “Just-“ he sighs. “I don’t want to lose you. I don’t want you to move away to a different continent.”

“James, we’re just graduating school.” I say reasonably. “Where do you think you’ll come up with money to rent out a flat?”

He simply shrugs. “We’ll figure things out.”

“James, I-“ I start, a smile on my face. “This is insane.”

“How about this?” James suggests. “You don’t say anything just yet. We’ll figure things out as we go. Just promise me you won’t leave if you don’t have to.”

“I promise.” I say with a smile and he kisses me.

“Now.” He sighs raising his eyebrow. “You want to go upstairs?” he asks alluringly and I shake my head.

“What about our exams?” I ask and he kisses my neck again hitting my soft spot.

“What about them?” James murmurs into my skin and I immediately feel warm.

“Fine.” I give up throwing my notes on the table. “Let’s go!”


 


 

ASHLEY

It’s official. My time here in New York is turning into a hell hole. Don’t get me wrong, having Nick here with me, although we’re under constant supervision of my Dad, was the best. I enjoyed having breakfast with him, riding to school together and then, after school, I would go to work while Nick would stay at the school library to catch up on his studies. Exams were now just around the corner. And, if anything, I couldn’t be less prepared.

Still, even with Nick here, Elena was making my life miserable. She was slowly moving her things from her apartment to ours and Dad was helping her. He took a few days off work so the two of them could her settled in. Dad gloated around the flat, a smile never leaving his face. I, on the other hand, felt like she was taking over my Dad and, Dad’s apartment, where we would usually cook together or just order pizza, laugh and tell each other secrets, was a safe place no more.

Two weeks have passed in a breeze with all of us adjusting to her being here. I think it’s safe to say, I haven’t adjusted just yet.

“Elena!” I scream as I slam on the bathroom door. She was in there for an hour already and Nick and I had to get ready for school or we’ll be late. “Get out! I need to get ready!”

“In a second!” She sing - songs from the inside.

“Dad!” I cry out to him when he comes out of his bedroom, putting on his tie in a hurry. I point to the bathroom door in desperation.

“I’m sorry, sweetie, I have to run. I’m already late for work.” He says.  I breathe out furiously and look at Nick who’s sitting in the kitchen eating his cereal in silence. Charms book is right in front of him and he’s trying to cram everything from this year before our N.E.W.T.s start today.

“But Dad, we’ll be late for our exam!” I point out and Dad looks at me.

“You two will just have to come up with a solution, sweetie.” He says as he puts on his shoes.

“Oh, I’ll come up with a solution!” I hiss as I pull out my wand and point it at the door.

“Blair!” Dad warns and Nick looks up at me from his book. Just in the moment I’m ready to blast the door, Elena walks out, fresh make up on her face, her hair styled to perfection and with a smile on her face. She completely ignores me and walks up to my Dad.

“Honey, you’re leaving already?” she pouts and I roll my eyes. Nick chuckles at my grimace.

“I got called in.” Dad points out to the letter in his hand. “A case with some antiques from Chile. They need my opinion.”

“Oh, I hate it that you’re so good in your job.” Elena cries as she rests her hands on Dad’s chest. “It’s keeping you away from me.”

I feel like vomiting.

“We’ll see each other at work.” Dad reasons with her.

“I’ll still miss you.” Elena says sweetly. 

“If you continue like that, my breakfast will reappear.” I say sarcastically and Elena stares at me gloomily.

“Such lovely manners.” She says to me and I feel like flipping her my middle finger.

“So I’ve been told.” I say and Nick can’t help but laugh. I know exactly what he’s laughing about. A year ago I wouldn’t be caught dead expressing myself like this and disrespecting someone older than me, but I guess being Blair for almost a year, it sort of rubbed on me.

“Blair, behave.” Dad warns and kisses Elena once again. “Good luck on your exams!” he adds to Nick and me before he disapparates. Elena turns to look at me, her face nor sweet or happy as it was a second ago. I cross my arms and stare at her.

“You will learn to respect me, Blair.” She says threateningly. “You have no other choice.”

“If you’d told me that a year ago, I might’ve believed you.” I say and she raises an eyebrow. “Now, you’d be surprised at how many choices I have.”

“What is that supposed to mean?” she asks looking at me confused and I look at Nick behind her shoulder. He shakes his head.

“Nothing.” I say then look at her. “Satan.” I add and she smirks crossing her hands as well.

“I prefer the ruler of all that’s evil.” She says poisonously and with a flick of her hair, she turns around and leaves to Dad’s bedroom. I look after her and when the door closes, I sigh. “Bitch.”


 


BLAIR

And the most dreaded time has come. I swear to Merlin, although it was June and the summer was here, the weather inside the castle was cold and dark. That only meant one thing, the exams were here. On Monday I had Charms, which went exceedingly well given that that was always one of my weakest subjects. I think all went well, until I had to levitate one of the desks in the Great Hall as my last task and I flicked my wand a little too eagerly and, let’s just say, my examiner was left with a bleeding nose. Other than that, I think I didn’t screw anything.

I had Ancient Runes on Tuesday which I am one hundredth percent sure I failed since I never took that class and I have no idea why Ashley chose it as her N.E.W.T. class. Only a really unstable person would do that.

Wednesday was for Herbology and that was usually one of my best subjects but when Hilary started being chocked by a Devil Snare she was supposed to handle, I jumped in and almost set fire to the entire place. At least Hilary’s alive and well though.

Thursday was a day off but all of us used it to get some studying done for the Tranfiguration exam next day. Okay, I might suck in other subjects but Tranfiguration was one of my favourites which is weird, I know, because I’m all over the place and Transfiguration is an exact science.

I was happy to see James’ reaction when I transfigured the toad I was given into a duck, pig and then into a buffalo before I duplicated the buffalo and then when the two started running around, with a flick of my wand they turned into bubbles. My examiner nodded happily and I beamed at James who’s toad had a pig’s tail and pig’s ears on.

By the time the weekend came, I was too exhausted to function. And I still had another week of this torture upon me. I swear, never have I studied this hard in my entire life. The weekend was usually spent strolling around the Black Lake enjoying the sun, but with the upcoming exams, all of us locked ourselves in the Gryffindor common room and were going through the complicated potion recipes or difficult Defence Against the Dark Arts incantations.

Monday was a day off for most of us since it was the day dedicated to the History of Magic, on Tuesday we had Defence Against the Dark Arts and finally, everything was over on Thursday when my Potion’s exam took place. I figured it wasn’t my most brilliant exam so far, but I was happy everything was over.

“Thank you, Godric!” Hilary announces when she joins the rest of us in the common room. She jumps on the couch and puts her feet on the coffee table. “We are done!”

“Yes, finally!” Savannah nods and smiles at Al who has joined us in the Gryffindor common room. “I’m all done with exams and you still have a year left.” She teases and he sticks his tongue out at her.

“At least I still have a year to win the Quidditch Cup.” Al says.

“Oi!” James protests. “Over my dead body!”

“You won’t even be here.” Al shrugs. “What do you care?”

“I won’t.” James smiles. “But Rose will.”

“What?” Fred asks from his place by the window where he’s snuggled next to Lydia. “Is Rose taking over your spot as the Captain?”

“I really can’t say.” James says but winks at Fred and Al shakes his head.

“Fuck.” He says and the rest of us laugh.

“You know, I’m actually thankful that we’re leaving the school now.” Fred says. “Knowing Rose, she’s going to be even crazier than James.”

“What is that supposed to mean?” James protests. “I’m not crazy!”

“You are a bit.” I say to him and kiss him lightly on the lips.

“So, now we can focus on what really matters.” Fred announces. “Senior ditch day!”

“Shhh, stupid!” James shushes him. “Don’t discuss that in front of the enemy!”

“The enemy?!” I ask starring him down. “I wasn’t your enemy last night when-“

“Whoa!” Al stops me. “We don’t need to know everything!”

“Whatever.” I say then look at James. “Now, what do you mean enemy?”

“Well, sweetie,” James starts. “The Ditch night is a game.”

“It’s played in teams. Every senior dorm is a team for itself. That means, that Gryffindor has two teams.” Fred explains.

“Us girls and you.” Savannah says looking at him and he nods.

“So what’s the game?” I ask and Hilary answers.

“Whoever’s the first one in a muggle bar we all agree upon to, wins.” She explains. “The game starts tomorrow, after 9.”

“That’s past the curfew.” Lydia points out and Hilary looks at her.

“That’s the point.” She says. “It’s harder to sneak out of the castle if the teachers are patrolling the corridors.”

“And what’s the prize?” I ask. “For the winning team?”

“Eternal glory?” Fred suggests.

“And free drinks from the rest of the teams who lost.” James finishes and I nod.

“Seems fair.”

“Oh, don’t even try.” James says. “We have this thing in the bag.”

“That’s right!” Fred agrees and winks at him.

“Yes, well, we’ll see.” Hilary says with a smirk and James chuckles at her.

“You have no idea who you’re dealing with.” He says to her.

“No, but I do.” I say smiling sweetly at him.

“Bring it on.” He winks at me.

 

Mrs Pierce,

We are proud to invite you to your daughter’s, Ashley Pierce’s graduation ceremony which will take place on June 21st at Hogwarts School of Whichcraft and Wizardry. The ceremony starts at 6 in the evening and is followed by a celebratory dinner.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Headmistress M. McGonagall 

 

A/N

So, another chapther is up! I know this one's a bit of a filler, but it leads to the big reveal that will happen in chapter 43. I can't wait for you guys to read it! I'm beyond excited. 

Once again, thank you all for your support and reviews. I love you all xo 

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