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Chapter Twenty~*~Quidditch Lessons


Heather woke up feeling extremely happy and refreshed. She gave a sigh as she sat up. Saturday. Finally! Running her hands through her long, chestnut hair, she rubbed the sleep from her eyes. She looked around the silent room and saw Lily smiling broadly in her sleep. It had been two weeks since Lily and James had announced their plans of marriage. Her hand hung over the edge of the bed, and a delicate ring made from fairy-gold coveted her finger. Heather felt a twinge of jealousy, but quickly squashed the feeling. What nonsense! Set daintily on the band was a dark green gem, sparkling merrily, as inside it was water from a magical spring somewhere in Ireland. James said that it had amazing healing powers, and that if ever Lily was hurt, the water inside the ring would speed up the healing process, as long as she had the ring on her finger. Heather found this quite interesting, having never heard of such a spring, or having water inside the stone of your engagement ring.

Stretching the knots from her shoulders, her eyes flitted to the empty bed that had belonged to Sara, who was now at home with her family, for Christmas. Hogwarts was a very empty place, what with Christmas break, but Heather preferred it this way. There was no Lucius to constantly hound her steps, watching her every move. Of course, she had been offered the chance to spend Christmas with the Malfoys, but when Lucius asked her with no real conviction, she answered quite frankly that she would rather spend Christmas with a hoard of raging Hippogriffs.

Thinking about all of this brought her gaze to Alex. Alex had become a completely different person, and so had Peter. Peter no longer seemed to hate Heather, though he didn’t seem to like her either. She simply didn’t exist to him, which was fine with her, but rather odd. It was obvious that he was smitten with Alex, but Sirius was saying that Peter was acting extremely unnatural, and the couple seemed to be getting more and more distant with Heather and the Marauders. Alex had tried a few times to get back to normal with Heather, as if nothing had ever happened, but the truth was that things were just too awkward, so the two gave their friendship up for good.

Heather nearly leapt out of her skin in shock to see Alice staring at her. She had decided to stay at Hogwarts because Frank was staying. The truth was, Heather hadn’t seen very much of Alice at all, she and Frank spent all their free time together, and they somehow managed to pretty much ignore everybody else during class. Heather gave a soft smile, unsure what to say, it was as if they were strangers.

“Hey...” Heather said, grabbing a brush from her night stand and starting to run it through the thick mass of curls that hung down her back.

“Hi,” Alice said quietly. “Ummm...”

“Sleep good?” Heather asked, wincing as a few hairs parted company with her head.

“Yeah...well...actually...” Alice blushed, and looked at Lily and Alex uncomfortably.

“What’s up?” Heather asked, seeing the odd look on her face, and frowning.

“Well...do you reckon those two are actually asleep?” Alice asked, looking nervously at them. Heather glanced at the two slumbering girls and shrugged. They looked sound enough.

“Yeah, I’d say so. Is there something you don’t want them to know?” Heather asked, rather concerned. “Is everything okay? Nothing’s wrong?”

“Oh, no. Nothing’s wrong. Everything is perfect,” Alice said, grinning slyly. She didn’t say anymore, but stared shyly at the ground. Heather waited patiently, but after about two minutes of silence, Heather’s curiosity got in the way.

“So...you want to tell me what it is? Maybe I can help?” she said. Alice gave a giggle.

‘I don’t think I’ll need you to help me. You see, I’m getting married,” she whispered excitedly, happiness sparkling in her clear blue eyes. Heather didn’t seem to hear correctly. After a few seconds though, she realized what her friend was saying.

“You too!?” she asked, incredulously.

“You’re WHAT?!” Lily yelled excitedly, leaping out of her covers. Alex also sat up. Apparently, the two had been awake the whole time. Alice stared in shock.

“You were awake?” she said, looking gloomily at Lily. Heather’s eyes were wide.

“You didn’t expect us to miss out on something like that, did you?” Alex asked, grinning.

“When did it happen?” Heather asked, gleefully. Alice’s grin was back in place, along with a deep blush.

“About a two weeks ago...” she said.

“A week ago?!” Lily asked incredulously. “A WEEK?” she gasped.

“Oh, I knew you would be mad...” Alice said anxiously. Lily frowned. Obviously she had mis-understood.

“Alice...I’m not mad at you!” she said with a slight laugh. “I said that because I can’t believe you didn’t tell us earlier!”

“Oh...” Alice said, looking relieved.

“Why didn’t you?” Heather asked, her smile bright.

“I was afraid Lily would be angry because...well I didn’t want you to think I was trying to copy off of you or trying to steal your glory or something,” Alice said very quickly. The three other girls stared in shock, and then burst out laughing.

“That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard!” Lily said, shaking her head exasperated. “How could you ever think I would be mad at you for something like that?!” she said, and grabbed Alice in a big hug. Alice smiled happily.

“Well?” Alex said expectantly.

“Well what?” Alice said.

“Let’s see the ring!” they all started laughing and Alice put her hand out. The ring was beautiful. It had two vines that twisted tightly together to make the slight, silver band. From the vines, on the top, a bright blue flower rested magnificently. Inside the flower, if you looked close enough, you could see clouds swirling around inside the blue. It looked exactly like the sky.

“It’s a mood ring,” Alice explained. “See, it’s all blue sky’s right now, but once, when I was very distraught, the flower got very gray and cloudy, and I could have sworn I say a streak of lightening.

“That’s brilliant!” Heather said, her eyes wide with amazement. Alice blushed, looking fondly at the ring.

“Hey, what’s all the ruckus?” a cool male voice said from the corner. Heather grinned as she saw Sirius leaning against the doorframe. Standing next to him was James, looking excited and wide awake. Sirius grinned sloppily, taking in Heather’s half-brushed hair and muggle shorts and tee-shirt.

“Hey gorgeous,” he said, coming to sit down beside her.

“Don’t say things like that!” Heather said playfully.

“What do you mean? I was talking to Lily,” he said, feigning confusion. Everybody started laughing, except James.

“Hey, watch it, Padfoot, or I might just have to get possessive,” he said jokingly, sitting down on Lily’s bed and putting an arm around her. Sirius laughed.

“How did you guys get up here?” Heather asked, looking at Sirius who leaned back against her pillow. She leaned back against him.

“Levitated,” he said casually. She laughed. “So...what do you guys feel like doing today?” Alice looked away hurriedly.

“What’s the matter, Alice?” Alex asked.

“I can’t do anything with you guys today...” she said.

“Why not?” Heather asked.

“Well, I was going to teach Frank how to feed a Four-Leaf Grovetule today,” she said. They all stared at her.

“A what?” Sirius said.

“A Four-Leaf Grovetule, you know, those really adorable little plants that we learned about in Herbology last week?”

“Oh, I’ll bet that’s what you two are going to do...” James said, wiggling his eyebrows. Lily hit him on the shoulder.

“Just because everything means sex to you, doesn’t mean it does to everybody else. You’re just a pervert,” she said simply. James grinned.

“And proud of it,” he said, squeezing Lily tightly.

“Yeah...so...moving on....” Sirius said loudly. Heather giggled.

“So about what we’re going to do today,” she said encouragingly. “We could just hang out and listen to music. I have a CD of the Blood Bats!”

“You like the Blood Bats?” Sirius asked. Heather nodded.

“You?” she asked. Sirius shrugged.

“Their alright. I like the Viva Ruin,” he said.

“Yeah...their okay,” Heather said, smiling. Sirius grinned too.

“As fun as that sounds...it doesn’t,” James said.

“Yeah, listening to music doesn’t sound all that great to me either,” Lily admitted.

“How about Quidditch!” James said enthusiastically.

“Only one problem, Sherlock,” Lily said. James gave her a quizzical look. “You and Sirius are the only one’s here who know how to play! What are Alex, Heather and I supposed to do? Sit and watch?” she said pointedly.

“Oh, that sounds fun,” Alex said sarcastically. Heather grinned.

“Hey, how about we teach you guys!” Sirius said, looking down at Heather. Her heart filled with dread...she was terrified of heights.

“I know how to fly! I’m probably a far sight better than you guys,” Alex said indignantly. “And besides, Quidditch isn’t really my thing.”

“So you don’t want to come?” Heather asked. Alex shrugged.

“No offense, but I have better things to do,” she said haughtily.

“Like Peter,” Sirius said rather snippily. The room got deadly quiet. It was true that Sirius had been rather testy with Alex and Peter. They had started all the problems in the first place, yet they hadn’t said anything. Remus, he could easily forgive, seeing why he didn’t say anything. Remus didn’t have all the information, but as soon as he did, he told Sirius straight away. Oddly, Remus had seemed to be extremely happy lately. Sirius hadn’t known why until just a few days ago, when he had seen Remus eyeing a girl he had only seen in passing. He was informed that her name was Candy, and apparently, she and Remus had a little ‘thing’ going on. Sirius wasn’t sure what kind of ‘thing’ but he encouraged it whole-heartedly.

“I’ll see you guys around,” Alex said, before glaring at Sirius and then leaving.

“That was very stupid,” James said. Sirius didn’t care though. He looked down, trying to see what Heather was thinking. He could tell that she was torn, not knowing what to think. Lily shrugged, siding with Sirius.

“I think maybe we should let up on Peter and Alex. They didn’t know what they...” Heather began, trying to defend them half-heartedly.

“I think we should let up on Peter, but it was Alex that enforced it. All because she thought you killed her parents,” Sirius said.

“But Peter...” Lily said.

“Was just going along with Alex,” Sirius supplied. “You’ve got to understand. Peter has never had a girl like him, I can see where he would be willing to do anything to keep her.”

“Even betraying his friends?” James asked. There was a silence. Heather buried her head in her hands. She hated this. Why did she have to be caught up in all of this? Why did she have to be a Malfoy? Why did she have to have visions?!

Sirius saw Heather’s actions, and realized that this subject really didn’t need to be talked about right now. He put a hand on her shoulder.

“Sorry,” he muttered.

“Don’t apologize...it’s just...I don’t know who to trust anymore,” she said, looking up earnestly. “Sometimes I think the only person I can trust is you...” she whispered. Sirius smiled softly.

“Get a room!” James said loudly. Sirius threw James a very annoyed look, but it was soon replaced by grin.

“Quidditch anyone?” Lily asked, rather excitedly. Learning something new might be fun...

“Why Lily,” Sirius said, “if I didn’t know better, I would say you were excited about learning Quidditch.”

“Hey, don’t tease her, or else she might change her mind,” James said tentatively, as if Lily was a bomb that could go off at any minute. Sirius stood up, pulling Heather with him.

“Ready?” he asked excitedly. It was only his eager face that forced Heather to nod. How she hated heights. “Great, come on!” he said enthusiastically. This was going to be the best day ever. Combining his two greatest loves...Heather and Quidditch.

~~

“Okay, now you guys learned how to mount and everything, right?” Sirius asked. Heather nodded, and mounted the broom clumsily. Lily did so too, except much smoother than Heather, who was nearly shaking with fright. Was she insane?! “And you’ve ridden a broom before?” Sirius asked her. Heather shook her head, nervously. Sirius stared.

“I’ve never ridden before,” she said, deciding not to explain her horrid fear of heights.

“Never?!” he asked incredulously. “How have you survived?!”

“Chocolate,” Heather said with a smile. Sirius laughed. He got on his own broom, but then thought better of it.

“Actually, take my broom, it will be easier to ride than one of the school brooms, not to mention more comfortable,” he said, swapping her brooms.

“Are you sure you don’t mind?” she asked tentatively. He grinned softly.

“Positive,” he murmured. He stared at her in awe. The bright sunlight bounced off her dark hair, making her look like an angel. Her soft lips were now curved in an anxious smile, yet he also sensed nerves. He figured that was normal, everybody get’s nervous the first time they ride a broom. “You’re beautiful,” he whispered, almost to himself. She laughed, blushing harder than ever.

“I think the sun is getting to you,” she said, smiling brilliantly. He had to look away, his pulse was quickening so fast. He couldn’t believe how badly she effected him. He smiled in spite of himself.

“Alright then, let’s see. You’ve got a good grip on your broom?” he said, checking her grip. “Okay, now sit down, and just hover off the ground a bit,” he said, holding on to her. She took her feet off the ground. Sirius felt her pulse quickening. He smiled, and put his arms around her tighter. “I won’t let you go anywhere,” he said.

“Yeah...” she said distractedly.

“Alright, now I just want you to fly up a few feet. I’ll fly right beside you,” he said charmingly. Heather looked over to see how James and Lily were doing. To her immense surprise, Lily was flying around cautiously. Sirius raised his eyebrows. “She picked that up quick,” he said mildly.

“Well, this is Lily we’re talking about. She has a heart-attack if she doesn’t master something within the first five minutes,” Heather said, trying to sound casual. Her cheeks burned with the knowledge that only a few feet off the air could make her stomach flip-flop all over the place.

“That’s a good point,” Sirius said. Soon they were up in the air. Heather was clutching the broom tightly, and it wasn’t long before Sirius realized. “Are you alright? You look like death,” he said concernedly.

“Yeah, yeah I’m fine,” she said, airily. “Let’s see if we can swoop down a little lower now,” she said. Sirius frowned.

“Heather, are you afraid of heights?” he asked, grabbing her broom to steady her as she was starting to wobble.

“Of course not, I’m just WHOA!” she said as her broom suddenly flopped upside down on her. She held on tightly. Her breath stopped altogether, and so, it seemed, did her heart. She felt as if all the blood had drained from her body. Sirius was beneath her in seconds, pulling her down onto his own broom. Heather squinted her eyes shut, terror visible in every breath she tried to take.

“Heather, why the Hell didn’t you tell me you were afraid of heights!?” Sirius said rolling his eyes, his heart hammering as well. The thought of her getting hurt sent his entire being in a frenzy. He saw how pale her face was, except for the bright red spots on her cheeks where she was blushing with embarrassment. Sirius saw James and Lily heading towards them, but motioned for them to stay where they were. He knew Heather would feel even worse if she thought James and Lily had watched her flip upside-down.

“Well, I thought I would at least try it! I don’t want to be a coward, and you love Quidditch so much...I thought if I tried Quidditch, then maybe we could practice together and stuff,” she Said very quickly as Sirius flew them down to solid ground. He held her tightly, trying to comfort her.

“Heather, it doesn’t matter to me if you can play Quidditch or not!” he said, a slight laugh in his voice. He kissed her on the forehead. “You really are absurd,” he said.

“Thanks,” she said sarcastically, trying to regain her composure. Sirius smiled softly.

“I’m glad you tried it though when I was there. You could have broken your neck,” he said, shuddering at the thought. She looked up at him.

“Oh, yeah. I guess I kind of owe you a thanks. You kind of saved my life,” she said.

“I’d do it a hundred times over,” Sirius said, and he kissed her tenderly just before she collapsed on the ground, unconscious.

~~

Heather looked around nervously. “Sirius?” she asked wildly. Looking around for him. But she couldn’t find him anywhere. She looked at her surroundings, and saw that, oddly, she was in the middle of a room. Yet the room had no windows or doors. It was simply a box, oddly illuminated and rather creepy. “Hello?” she called, but only her echo answered her. Suddenly, however, she was surrounded by a dreary voice. Her ears pounded with the message that was forced into her head:

“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... And the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not ... And either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives ... The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies...”


A/N: YAY! We finally get to this part of the story. It gets very intense from here on. And it also gets tougher to write! Because not only am I trying to display some angsty emotions soon, but I'm trying to get the many facts write while still writing my own story! Lol, but I've found many interesting twists and turns that 'm able to do while still being true to the books! Now, I know the whole Quidditch thing was kind of pointless, but I wanted a dramatic setting for Heather to have the vision in. Okay, well review, and as always thanks for reading!

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