“Lally,” I was looked over to my left, it was the group of boys, even Thomas was there. I looked down to them. “It’s Lockwood!” I yelled but continued to walk down.
I was at the top of the small hill Hogwarts had, they were obviously at the bottom. I walked quickly down the hill, small rocks and sticks got kicked to the side, I wouldn’t call it running, just quick walking.
“You’re late,” Angus stated angrily, crossing his arms and raising an eyebrow. I laughed, partly because of the fact he could guess the reason why I was late, he was there to see why anyway. “Dude,” I finally spoke, snickering slight, “you know the reason why I’m late.” He glared at me for a moment, “well you shouldn’t have gotten into trouble then,” he grumbled.
I looked up towards his, much taller, friends. “Does he always act like this?” I asked. They all shook their heads, shrugging their shoulders a bit, pulling faces to match.
“But dudette,” Jackson grinned, “what you did was awesome!” He and Isaac gave me thumbs up, like proud parents that I never got. Some others nodded in agreement,
“It was hilarious,” Cooper remarked. Ryan and Kevin looked up into nowhere, wanting me to acknowledge them or something. I smiled, “and thank you Ryan and Kevin for teaching me that spell!” I felt like exclaiming that.
The others of the group turned to them, “seriously?” Isaac questioned with a grin. Ryan and Kevin laughed, “We’re just as bad as you,” Ryan stated. “And plus, we decided it would be nice to teach someone a spell or two,” Kevin added, winking at the rest of the group, including me.
“Good work guys,” ANGUS actually smiled and commented. That was the first time I’d ever heard him happy. I was a bit stunted but laughed as well, I could tell these guys were different from other boys, they were nicer, not afraid to show real emotion, I was amazed how quickly I picked that up, but also, how slowly I picked it up as well.
“So,” I finally spoke again, “what do you need to show me? And please, rape doesn’t work out too well for a second impression,” I winked. They looked back at me. “It’s something important,” Ryan explained. “And we need to talk to you about something,” Brandon stated. I nodded.
The boys turned around, walking towards the forest. I looked side to side, It was getting darker, I wasn’t sure if we were allowed to be here, I mean outside at this time of night. I ran a little to keep up, ending up walking next to Brandon, the other Hufflepuff, I soon remembered that he’s a chaser in the HufflePuff Quidditch team.
They walked into the forest, Thomas walked in front, insuring that if he got hurt, no one else would, he seemed like a leader of the group, he reminded me of someone, I couldn’t put my finger on it though.
I had to step over a few tree roots and broken off branches. Cracking wood sounds filled up the boys’ and my eardrums, it was almost awkward, no actually it was just awkward, no questions…
“I think we’re almost out of this area,” Thomas finally announced, I almost wanted to praise him for saying that. Everyone, well from what I could see, nodded. It was getting darker, so dark that I could only just see everyone’s outline.
I felt softer ground, just mud and dirt, no branches or roots anymore. Thomas looked over at Ryan, who nodded and walked over to me.
“Becky,” “Lance!” “Right,” he started again, very awkwardly… “Lance, this might sound alarming, and vaguely shocking for a 14 year old, but this is you and Thomas’ first challenge,” Ryan informed. I looked over to my right, I heard roaring noises, loud roaring noises. I looked, it was, dragons! Not like my pet dragon, like big dragons, fully grown ones!
“Dragons?” I exclaimed, “You mean adult sized dragons?” I questioned (very loudly) darted my arms in the direction of the creatures.
“Yes…” Ryan awkwardly answered in a scared voice (after flinching at my movement as if he thought I was about to punch him.)
I stared back at the dangerous, yet so fascinating creatures, breathing fire angrily.
“Duck!” Cooper yelled. I basically ducked as soon as heard him in order to not get burned by the flame.
I blinked quickly as Cooper got up to check everything was alright.
“Clear,” he gave us a thumbs up. They all laughed, even Angus, again?! And picked themselves up, Ryan asking if I needed help.
“No I’m fine…” I said, getting off the ground quickly and brushing myself off, just like everyone else. They all looked at the dragons again.
“Just came from Romania,” Ryan informed, “help of the Weasley family, you won’t happen to know that?” I looked over to him again. “I’m not from the Weasley family,” I explained.
The group suddenly bursted out laughing (which made me jump, then get a bit annoyed.)
“You certainly would be mistaken for one,” Cooper retorted as they all laughed, it was true though, I was called a Weasley the first time I met people like Draco.
“So are you from a Ravenclaw family?” Kevin asked more seriously. “No, I’m actually from a Slytherin family,” I sighed as I got strange looks from some of them.
“Wouldn’t that mean you’d be in Slytherin?” Thomas asked, sitting down on the ground, as did the others. “I guess,” I responded with a shrug, sitting down in the circle that we’d formed just then, “but the sorting hat is never wrong.”
Thomas nodded at that. “You know what,” Jackson laughed, “we don’t know much about you Lance, is there anything important?” “What like blood types or something?” I asked, they laughed slightly at my answer.
Cooper thought out loud for a moment, “Actually, we’ve never talked about our blood types in this group,” he remembered. “Really?” I asked with an eyebrow raised, they all nodded, slightly embarrassed, “well then you can start.”
Basically they were all pure, except for Thomas and Ryan, who were half-bloods. “I’m actually half blood,” I smiled with a shrug, “my mother and father were wizards, my mother was a mud blood but my dad was a pure blood, and by biological blood types, that makes me half.”
They all nodded. “Never knew that was the way it worked,” Cooper laughed. “That’s just the way I guess,” I smiled.
“So you’re smart,” Jackson tried to deduce. “You could say that,” I responded with a laugh. “But she plays Quidditch,” Ryan added. “Captain and seeker,” I shrugged.
“What kind of smart?” Cooper asked, “because obviously you’re not exactly academic smart.” I paused for a second, glaring at him. “Well thanks…” I responded, “but I guess I’m more of an arty, logical and also supernatural smart.” I shrugged.
“Supernatural smart?” Angus questioned. “Yeah like anti-possession spells, symbols, exorcisms and stuff,” I said almost too casually for them. They literally gave me these scared eyes. “Do you know like anti, anti-possession spells?” Thomas asked in a concerned tone. “Yeah,” I just said out loud.
They literally backed UP! (Well except Thomas and Brandon, they seemed to be interested…) As if I was actually going to possess them, I could...but as if I would. “I’m not going to possess you,” I stated with a sigh, “plus if that was going to happen I 1) would have to tie you up or something and 2) take THIS off.” I stated, pulling up an anti-possession symbol necklace (called a pentagram) to show them. “Can’t exactly possess someone whilst wearing an anti-possession symbol around their neck.”
The boys slugged back and thought for a moment, until an idea shot into Jackson’s head.
“What about your group?” he asked. “Do they act like you, or are they different?” “Very different if you ask me,” I laughed. “How different?” Angus raised an eyebrow, his arms crossed. “Oh, some of us act similar, but we’re all different, don’t know why we’re friends,” I explained.
“Sounds like us,” Jackson stated, they all started to snicker. “So true,” Cooper added. “Maybe we could all get along then, if we tried,” Kevin recommended. “Yeah,” Ryan agreed, turning to face Kevin.
They all thought for a moment, goofy smiles still locked onto their faces.
They looked back at me. “Listen,” Thomas finally said, “we’re sorry for kinda, you know, coming up to you and talking rudely to you.” They all nodded in an agreement.
“Guess you’re all just as stupid as me,” I smiled, flashing my teeth slightly. “Very funny,” Angus responded, adding a fake laugh with that.
“Say. You guys are 7th years right?” I asked, just to make conversation. “Yeah,” Kevin stated, “some of us are head boys even.” I raised an eyebrow, “Thomas by any chance?” I questioned with a raised eyebrow. Thomas smiled, “how’d you guess,” he laughed. “And Kevin too,” Angus informed, turning his head to face Thomas. “I was about to say that,” Thomas laughed nervously. “And I knew that,” I added.
I looked at them both, something was different about these two, like a different relationship, they didn’t look at each other the same way as they looked at the others. I didn’t know what to call it, I didn’t even know what it was.
“So did you guys get a pass or something to be here at this time?” just as I asked, someone toke a step from behind me, I turned around and backed away as best I could, still sitting down.
We looked up at the figure, it was…Hagrid! I sighed in relief, if that was Snape or Mrs McGonagall I would have been dead.
“God Hagrid,” Cooper laughed, “you scared the crap out of us.” I laughed too, “I was scared that Snape would come out here?! Why would you do that anyway?”
“So what were you trouble makers doing out in the woods at this time?” Hagrid asked, sitting down in his chair. The nine of us just stood up, just one way to show off our heights if you ask me, “and what are you doing with Miss Lally over here? Did she get lost?”
“After how much trouble she got into today, I don’t think she could get anymore lost,” Jackson commented as he and Isaac began to laugh.
“That was a risky move you made today,” Ryan commented. “Well you know,” I retorted, “interviews annoyed me enough, and then he comes along and bothers me, no way am I taking shit from him.” “You’re clearly not going to last long if you can’t handle one interview,” Kevin reminded me.
“Well you kids are pretty crazy for being out here, especially as there are dragons around,” he paused and thought, “I shouldn’t have said that should I?”
“We know Hagrid, it’s okay,” Thomas assured. “Plus we have to face them soon,” I added. “That’s right, you two are champions,” he exclaimed getting up and hugging the two of us.
“As I’ve heard,” I commented with a lot of sarcasm. “No need to be a smartass,” Hagrid laughed.
He let go of us. “You kids best be off,” he recommended. Thomas nodded, “and would it be possible if you don’t informed the other teachers about this?” he asked.
“Of course,” Hagrid assured, pushing us out of his little hut of a house. “Thanks Hagrid,” the boys said in sync. I gave them a strange look but laughed it off.