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James cut in. His expression was stony as he said, ‘Prove it. I wanted names, dates and years. Six people who I have supposedly ruined your chances with.’
He frowned and cocked his head, as if trying to figure something out. ‘You were! You looking straight at him and - ’ he snorted ‘ - drooling! I saw you!’
He shook his head, laughing his musical laugh, his golden locks falling in front of his eyes. ‘Why?’ he asked, looking me in the eye. He coughed nervously as he looked at me. ‘You’re beautiful.’ Argh. Where does he come up with this stuff? a notably stupid voice in my head asked.
Anthony Macmillan was a fourth year Ravenclaw and somehow, despite being in different houses and different years, we had developed a friendship. A girl in my dormitory, Linda Jumperable, said that she heard he liked me. I told Linda to go get her head checked.
The previous week, Sirius had told James he intended to take Hufflepuff Jackie Lowenstein to Hogsmeade. After Sirius beat James particularly badly at wizards chess and then proceeded to flaunt it in James’s face for the next week, James had decided to find revenge – in this case, in the form of Jackie Lowenstein. When I asked Sirius why he was so worked up, he said it was like ‘taking an eye for an eye, or in this case and love for a love’.
Despite being late, and the Great Hall being loud, the chatter almost completely died as I stepped into the Great Hall. I not-so-subtly craned my neck to see if Amos was sitting where he was supposed to sit, at the Hufflepuff table. Only he wasn’t there.
It was quite pathetic really. Now, I couldn’t even think about accepting any invitation of James’s in fear of getting my heart broken. It was a weak and pathetic strategy, but it was one that I stuck by, as I couldn’t bear to think what people would say if James Potter broke my heart instead of the other way round.
‘I’m done!’ Lily pronounced proudly the next morning during breakfast. She slapped down her small list of names in front of James who was sitting with the rest of the Marauders.
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