A/N: Sorry for the lack of publishing of this story. It is something I'm hoping to resurrect again. Hope you all enjoy.
It had been three weeks since the incident where I had accidentally caused everyone to think my best friend was pregnant. What had once been funny gossip, were now disturbing rumours that circulated not only the walls of Hogwarts, but the wizarding community as a whole. There is nowhere to hide when you are the son of Draco Malfoy or daughter of Ron Weasley. The pair of them were not speaking to me and worse to each other. Incidentally, neither was the son of Harry Potter.
I'd been avoiding the Great Hall during peak times and sneaking food from the kitchens but tonight Peter dragged me along.
Everyone looked up and fell silent. I spotted Scorpius and Albus nearby seeming more annoyed than anything else.
"No one wants to see me there," I whispered to Peter.
"Well I do," my brother replied. "You're eating breakfast with me and that's final. You've been a hermit for weeks."
"And it's been better than way for everyone."
Peter rolled his eyes and pulled my arm causing me to stumble across to the Gryffindor table. I looked down at my pancakes and avoided eye contact. I could hear whispers and chatter.
Roxanne approached us in a friendly manner and gave Peter a kiss on the cheek.
"Iris, how are you?" She asked, genuinely concerned. "I've missed seeing you around."
"Fine thanks," I muttered as politely as I could.
Roxanne and Peter looked at each other then back to me.
"Have you considered talking to Rose?" she asked.
"I tried multiple times but she doesn't want to talk."
"How about Albus then?" she suggested. "You two are friends now, and he's close to Scorpius, maybe he can help."
My eyes widened in panic. "No-" I began.
But it was too late. Roxanne had already summoned him over to our end of the table.
He walked across calmly with his hair still wet from his morning shower. He avoided eye contact with me.
"What's up cuz?" he asked Roxanne.
"Iris would like to speak to you."
Albus raised an eyebrow and looked towards me. I inwardly cursed at his intimidating gaze. "Is that so?"
I gulped and looked up at him. "I feel terrible."
He scratched his head uncomfortably with the knowledge we were being watched. "Okay, tell Rose and Scorp that."
"I tried," I replied stubbornly. "Look I didn't ask for this drama to happen."
He must have detected a slight defensiveness in my tone.
"Didn't ask for this drama to happen?" he asked incredulously. "Please, you are the definition of drama."
I gulped and focused on not letting my eyes well up with tears. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"It means that we've ever done our entire lives knowing each other is fight! That sounds like drama to me."
"Well it takes two parties to fight," I spat. "You don't think I'm not upset?"
"This isn't about whether or not you're upset Miller. This isn't about you."
I cringed as he called me by my last name. It felt like the bad old times.
"My best mate hates himself!" He continued. "He can't even go near Rose because he's so fucking freaked out that he thought he got her pregnant!"
"Al?" asked a voice.
Shit. It was Scorpius.
Albus ignored him. "I think you need to lay low for a while. My family and my friends don't need any more drama"
"They're my friends too," I retorted.
"Well your friends aren't too happy with you at the moment."
"You're my friend," I added softly.
The footsteps of Scorpius grew louder until he emerged from around the corner. He eyed me up and down and then placed a hand on Albus' shoulder.
Albus paused then said, "Well I'm not too happy with you at the moment either."
And with that the pair headed out of the Great Hall. From the other side of the table I spotted Rose trying to avoid being notice and slyly leave the hall.
"Rose!" I called out. "I'm really sorry."
She looked at me with watered eyes. "I know," she said sadly. "They're just being protective over me."
"Then why are you avoiding me?" I asked.
When drama arrives into your life you can deal with it in one of two ways. The first is you can live in self-exile territory and be utterly miserable, or you can be utterly miserable but focus all your emotion and anger into your schoolwork and Quidditch. I voted for the latter. Every morning I woke up before everyone else and did laps around Quidditch pitch. After classes I headed straight to the library and studied. As long as I kept myself busy I could almost avoid the lingering feelings of loneliness and guilt that crept inside me.
One Tuesday night I decided to mix things up a bit and study in the morning and fly after class. The weather was oddly pleasant for this time of year. It felt exhilarating to be up in the air where no one could touch me. Strictly speaking, we were only allowed to fly on the Quidditch pitch, but I felt like a change of scene so I cast a Disillusionment charm on my broom and myself so that I was transparent and blending into my surroundings.
Past the Whomping Willows and the edge of the Forbidden Forest I headed over to the Black Lake and lowered myself so I was gently skidding across the water. Strictly speaking, students were banned from The Black Lake due to an emergence of sea monsters, but I couldn't resist. It was still light after all.
I noticed a certain blonde haired boy and red haired girl sitting at the bank. They hadn't seen me, as they shouldn't I was practically invisible. Thankfully the wind also made me inaudible. I flew closer to them with their backs facing towards me so they couldn't see my outline.
"I was scared," I heard Scorpius say. "When I heard you were pregnant. Even after I knew it wasn't true I panicked."
"You ignored me and rejected me," Rose replied.
"Rosie, don't you get it?"
He grabbed her hand and placed it in between both of his.
"We're 17. We're not ready to have kids. You have a whole future ahead of you. The thought that my actions had stopped you from achieving your dreams scared the absolute shit out of me. You knew all along you weren't pregnant but I didn't. It changed the way I saw things."
Rose shuffled. "I guess I hadn't thought about it like that."
"I don't want to ever hurt you again," he continued. "Rose I think I've fallen in love with you."
Whoa. I nearly fell off my broom.
Rose sat there wide-eyed and red faced for several seconds. Then she spontaneously pulled his head near hers and kissed him fervently and held onto him tightly. Scorpius returned the kiss with an equal amount of passion, placing one hand on her waist squeezing tight and the other at the nape of her neck.
After a beat he pulled back and they both stared at each other shyly and then looked to the water.
"Um… Rose?" he asked, scratching the back of his neck. "Was that an 'I love you too'?"
Tears began running down Rose's eyes and she laughed and nodded. "Yes," she cried. "I love you Scorpius."
I smiled softly to myself and then slowly drifted away. It was time to give my friends some privacy. Even though we were not on speaking terms, I was glad they were on speaking terms with each other. Scorpius and Rose were a match made in heaven.
As I headed back I heard several splashes in the water. It was a bit too cold for a swim, but I guess they were young and they were in love. I shrugged and kept flying. When all of a sudden I heard a scream. My head jerked back in the direction of the lake. Scorpius's flailing body was floating on the water with several long black tentacles choking him. Rose herself emerging and submerging from the water by a set of tentacles, screaming and coughing every time she made an appearance to the water's surface.
I flew over to them at the speed of lightning without a plan. I had basically failed Care of Magical Creatures and had no idea how to deal with these mysterious creatures. This was not the giant squid, I'll tell you that. I pulled out my wand and cast red sparks into the air, praying that someone from the castle would see and come for help. By now my Disillusionment charm had also faded but this was no time to worry about seeming like a stalker. My friends were in trouble.
I cast several stunning spells at the creatures but they did no use. If anything it caused them to place tighter grips on the pair. If I attempted any more advanced spells, I risked seriously injuring them if my aim wasn't right.
Think Iris, I told myself. Think. When it came to battles, Quidditch was my expertise. But this wasn't a Quidditch match. The sea monsters were the Chasers and Rose and Scorpius their quaffle. Killing them was their goal.
That's when it occurred to me. "Bludger!" I yelled.
A bludger would cause a Chaser to be thrown off their goal. I need a bludger.
"RELASHIO!" I yelled, holding out my wand.
Fiery sparks shot out of my wand, causing hot bursts of water to shoot from the Lake a few meters away. Immediately a loud screeching noise emerged from one of the creatures and it loosened its grip on the pair, sensing the danger in the water it knew it had to abandon its prey. The monster had retreated.
Not giving myself a second to think about the fate of my broom, I dove into the lake and swam over to Scorpius and Rose.
"He's un-" Rose coughed in panic. "Unconscious!"
"Grab one of his arms," I instructed. "I'll grab the other."
We both held onto a limp Scorpius Malfoy and dragged his deoxygenated body onto the bank of the lake, before the pair of us collapsed ourselves.
It appeared the alert to the castle had worked and Professor McGonagall, Madame Plumpton and several staff and students were running down to the scene.
Madame Plumpton ran up to Scorpius and cast several spells on him. I could only guess they were to resuscitate him.
"Rosie!" yelled her brother Hugo, running from the crowd and hugging her.
Behind him was Peter, Roxanne, Dom, and the rest of the Wotter crew. Albus was there too. He began running up to me with the others before McGonagall stopped them in their tracks.
"None of you are to speak to Mr Malfoy, Miss Weasley or Miss Miller until they have been cleared with Madame Plumpton in the Hospital Wing," she warned. "This is a serious incident that has occurred due to the reckless of students who did not obey the clear warning of the Black Lake being out of bounds."
She turned to Rose. "Rose, I expected better from you. What do you have to say for yourself?"
"I'm sorry Professor. Scorpius and I–"
"Scorpius and Rose," I interjected. "Came here to meet me. It's my fault Professor."
Rosie looked at me alarmed, but I gave her a stern look to keep quiet.
"We had all been fighting and I wanted to come somewhere quiet to talk. I didn't think there would be any 'monsters'. To be honest I thought they didn't exist and it was just a ploy to stop students from skinny dipping."
Albus made a sound that sounded awfully similar to a stifled laugh.
"Everyone has been gossiping all over the castle, it seemed the only place fit to speak openly being out of bounds and all. It wasn't even dark out yet."
"Well you were very wrong to undermine the dangers of your actions Miss Miller," said Professor McGonagall. "I will see the three of you in the Hospital Wing shortly. You will all be punished respectively."
"I understand Professor," I replied.
And it was true. I understood completely. But it didn't matter. The punishment I would be given was unlikely to compete with the misery of the last few weeks with my friends.