When I woke up, I made some decisions. First: I was going to put off nghề viết văn to my mother. She can't solve all our problems, especially when she isn't here. Second: I was going to talk to Hugo. I knew that it wouldn't be easy, but I was still going to try. Third: I should talk to my cousins thêm often.
I got up, and ''made'' my cot, and walked into Hagrid's ''main'' part of his hut. Most of my cousins were awake, the only ones who were still asleep were Louis and Teddy.
''While the men are asleep..'' Dominique whispered, ''Is anyone in the bathroom?''
Victoire đã đưa ý kiến no, and Dominique disappeared into the back of the hut.
Victoire then looked at me, with wide eyes of guilt and understanding. ''I know how bạn feel,'' She whispered. ''..Sort of.''
This takes me bởi surprise. For all my cousins, Victoire always seemed the most.. perfect out of us. She's organized, sweet, honest, brave.. what could she possibly have had happen to her?
She explains. ''When I was in my 6th Year, and Dominique was in her 4th.. we had a falling out. A big falling out. And Louis didn't want to talk to either of us, he wasn't taking sides. So basically, for the whole year, the three of us were.. alone.''
I gawk at her, unable to close my mouth. ''But.. what about giáng sinh Holidays?''
''We pretended to be fine, because we didn't want our parents to worry.. but looking back, that was a dumb thing to do. It took us a whole năm to get over it, and it's a năm without each other we'll never get back.''
''Do bạn think Hugo and I are going to be in this for that long?''
''No, bạn and Hugo don't have as much of the Weasley temper in you.. Dominique and I are very hot-headed. The only thing we're missing is the hair.''
I blush, and look at a thick, bushy strand of my red hair. I never really took notice to it, but it's true. Victoire is a blonde, and Dominique is a brunette.
''I've decided to talk to him,'' I say. ''Hugo. I'm going to walk up to him and talk, no matter what. I need to make this right.''
Victoire smiles. ''I'm sure he'll come around. Maybe not at first, but he definitely will. Just be optimistic.''
I smile, and after that all we do is make small talk. We don't tell anyone else about our conversation, and when Louis wakes up and Dominique gets back from the bathroom, I look at Victoire, Louis, and Dominique's relationship, and it's perfect.
Hugo and I are going to get back to that.
Walking Back to the Castle
As I walk through the cỏ on this perfect Autumn day, I wish I had worn a thicker sweater. It's not too cold, but the air has enough chill to make me shiver. When I get into the castle, there isn't much activity, which is odd. Most people run around and do things on the weekends.
But then I notice that there are signs all over the walls, and a track recording running on the speakers.
ATTENTION! Any student not in their dormitory in this time limit - I see a giant stopwatch on the walls- will be assigned detentions for the rest of the year. This is a first class drill.
...First class drill? I start to sprint. But I think of my cousins, and how they don't know about the emergency. I try to remind myself that they should be an toàn, két an toàn in Hagrid's hut. ''20, 19, 18..'' The clock keeps ticking down, and I'm not just at the Common Room yet.
I finally get up the stairs, and can just see the Fat Lady's face, and before she even asks, for the password, I breathe,
The portrait swings open and I jump inside, and finally, we all hear:
[i]''One. There is no talking hoặc movement.''
We all go deadly still. I'm lying on the ground in an awkward position, and I'm wondering why we're even doing this, but there's no time to ask. Our eyes dart around the room, no one saying a word. Finally, my eyes meet Aimee's, and we have a conversation bởi mouthing things to each other.
''What's going on?''
''A drill. Just in case something goes wrong..''
''What do bạn mean 'if something goes wrong?'''
''I dunno, throughout the year! If something ever happens, this is the drill.''
The voice sounds again. ''All students can resume to their behavior before the drill.''
Everyone breathes, and starts to di chuyển again. Although it's not exactly 'normal' anymore.. we're all whispering and looking around, waiting for something horrible to happen.
I walk over to Aimee. ''Do bạn think they know?''
''Know about what?''
''Hugo! bạn know, his, umm.. secret.''
''Nah, probably not. They've been careful with it.''
I look around, and expect not to see Hugo.. but finally I see him. He's over at the chess table, playing a first năm who looks most familiar, and is obviously losing but Hugo's doing his best to make her feel better. Him diễn xuất like this surprises me, and it makes me thêm optimistic that our talk will be easier.
Aimee looks at me, and knows what I'm about to do. She doesn't say anything, just nods, and says words of encouragement. I gulp in nervousness, and nod back.
I walk over to Hugo and the first year. ''Hi,'' I manage.
He doesn't even glare at me. ''Hi, Rosie..'' He smiles. ''This is Kendall.''
Kendall nods at me, and says, ''I think Wizard Chess really isn't my thing.''
I laugh. ''It's not mine either, Hugo just learned from our father. He's brilliant at it.''
Kendall smiles and blushes, and then looks down. I turn to Hugo. ''Can I talk to you, for just a second?''
''Sure,'' He says. Something is wrong: I was prepared to literally drag him into a corner.
We finally get to a private place and I try to speak, but Hugo cuts me off. ''I know what you're going to say,'' He says. ''But just know this - I .. guess .. bạn .. were .. right. They were jerks.'' bởi 'they', he meant his two friends. I couldn't even remember their names anymore.
''What made bạn figure this out?'' I ask, because I'm curious. Hugo is known to be stubborn.
''They..were teasing her. Kendall.'' We look over to Kendall, and she seems to be preoccupied just reading.
''Wouldn't she be scared of bạn if bạn were with them when they teased her?'' I'm a little skeptical, the pieces of Hugo's story aren't fitting together.
''Well, I wasn't there. I was serving detention because I got thêm than them.''
But for some reason, I still don't believe him. ''But why are bạn just giving this all up? Wouldn't bạn be more.. reluctant?''
In answer, he holds out a letter.
I've heard through our family gossip about what you've been doing and who bạn have been 'hanging out' with. And let me say, Hugo.. I'm really upset. I thought I raised bạn better, not to get involved with people who were never doing the right thing.. but no. And your sister is distraught, I read the letters she wrote to your mother.. so I think bạn should really rethink all of this.
And as I predicted, my father found out eventually.
''The letter kinda scared me a little,'' He blushes. ''Dad can be menacing.''
''Yeah.'' I nod in agreement. ''But do your Những người bạn know that you're not hanging out with them anymore?''
At this, all the color drains from his face. ''..Umm, no. I haven't exactly.. broke it off yet. But I will.''
''You better.'' I say, and hand him back his letter. ''And just so bạn know, the whole family is at Hagrid's hut.''
''Mum and Dad are here?'' His reaction is priceless.
''No, idiot. Our cousins.''
His face relaxes. ''Maybe I'll visit.''
I smile. ''That would be perfect.''
Author's Note: It seems that this story is going bởi fast! .. Is that good hoặc bad? xD But anyway, YAYY! Hugo's finally come around and stopped being annoying. I decided this would be the best chapter to do this - I was beginning to feel really bad for Rose. And, quick question: Are my endings good? Because sometimes I feel like they could be better. Oh, and a little side note: I realized today, while đọc my own work over, that in my story.. I make Slytherins seem like evil people. I don't have an opinion like that, at all, but I realized that I'm sorta.. judging them. So, what I'm meaning to say is: I didn't mean to be prejudice. But anyway, bình luận please~!