A/N: Sorry about the delay in updates! I've been swamped with college and exams that are coming up in two weeks!! I'm out for winter break after that so I plan on doing a LOT of writing. Until then, please bear with me. Enjoy this chapter!
Catch Me if I Fall
Three days had passed since Katie had been discharged from the hospital wing, and Oliver had not seen hide nor hair of her. Not to mention that Angelina and Alicia wanted absolutely nothing to do with him.
This year was definitely not going well.
"Something wrong, Oliver?"
Oliver looked up, startled, as Jason Burton entered the dorm, followed by Michael Sando and Ben James.
"Not really," he replied, playing with the frayed threads of his blanket.
"We know you," said Ben. "Something's up."
Oliver sighed. "Am I obsessed with quidditch?"
Ben sat on his bed. "Do you really want me to answer that?"
Of course, that wasn't the answer Oliver was hoping for. "Am I really that bad?"
"Let's just say you put quidditch above a lot of other important things."
"Like friends," finished Jason.
"I do?" Oliver said, interested.
Jason sat on the end of Oliver's bed. "I was talking to Lauren yesterday and she told me that Katie is pretty upset with you. Over something you said, I think."
"This is about Flint. He's trying to get to her."
"Are you positive?"
"Then don't dwell on it. Until you are sure he has an ulterior motive, stay out of it. Katie is a strong woman. She'll take care of him if he gets too frisky."
"I'm not worried about him getting frisky. I'm worried that he's trying to jump on our chances at the cup!" Oliver said, standing up.
Ben laughed. "There's your answer."
Oliver glared at Ben and sat down again. "I'm so confused."
Mike finally intervened. "Well, what would hurt you more? Losing the cup, or losing Katie?"
"To lose Katie. No contest."
"Then I believe you have an apology to make."
Oliver smiled and left the dorm, after hollering a "thanks" back at the guys.
Mike leaned against the door. "Lauren was right. All he needed was a little motivation."
Ben flipped through one of Oliver's magazines. "Let's hope it works."
~ * ~ * ~
Oliver entered the common room, in search of Katie. He hadn't seen her in days, so he didn't have the faintest idea of where to start looking.
Luckily, he found Angelina and Lauren sitting on the couch, chatting.
"Have either of you seen Katie?" he strolled up to them.
Angelina glared up at him. "Why do you care?"
"I want to talk to her."
"She doesn't want to talk to you."
"I think she can speak for herself."
"Are you going to yell at her again?"
"No. I want to apologize."
Angelina jumped up and smacked him lightly on the shoulder. "Why didn't you say so?" she said, darting up the stairs.
Oliver glanced at Lauren. "That girl can swing moods faster than she can throw the quaffle."
Lauren snickered. "Don't I know it."
About a minute later, Angelina came back down, Katie following behind her. As soon as Katie spotted Oliver, however, she turned to the stairs again.
"Wait Katie, " said Angelina, tugging her robes. "Oliver has something to say."
Oliver moved to say something but stopped. "Do you mind?" he said to Lauren and Angelina.
"Leaving, Leaving…" said Lauren as she pulled Angelina out of the portrait hole.
Katie sat down on the couch and stared into the fire. "What do you want?"
Oliver came to sit beside her. "I want to apologize."
She turned to look him in the eye. "Go on."
"You were right. You can take care of yourself, and I know that. I know quidditch is all I think about, but I really do care about what happens to you."
"You sure have a funny way of showing it."
Oliver laughed. "So I've been told. I really don't want to lose your friendship over this. I'm sorry, Katie."
She looked at him skeptically. Oliver was never one to apologize. "So, no more hounding me?"
"Nope. What you do in your love life is none of my business. Just look out for yourself, okay?"
Katie smiled broadly and leapt onto Oliver, pinning him to the couch, sitting on his chest. "You just won me two galleons."
Oliver looked bewildered, "What?"
"Angelina was set on the idea that you were never going to apologize and I said you'd come around eventually. So, she bet be two galleons she was right, and look here! I was."
"Well, I'm glad my heartfelt apology was worth something to you."
"Apology accepted, Oliver."
Oliver laughed. "You know, if any of the others walked in right now, we'd never hear the end of it."
"Yeah, but it would make a great joke."
"Katie? Oliver? What the h - "
They turned to see Angelina holding her hand over Fred's mouth, Lauren snickering behind them.
"He apologized. You owe me two galleons, Angelina."
"Yeah I know. I'm just glad you two are on … sitting terms again," she finished, laughing loudly.
Katie snickered and pushed herself off Oliver. "I've got to go. Marcus and I are going over Potions notes."
"Okay, see you later," said Lauren as Katie exited the room.
Fred broke away from Angelina and looked aghast. "She's seeing that git!?"
"Yes," replied Oliver. " and we're not to get involved. She can handle it. Besides, maybe Flint's not that bad."
Lauren walked over to the couch and sat on the edge. "Do you really believe that?"
"I'm trying to. For Katie's sake. I don't want to go through this again."
"Good," said Angelina. " Neither do we."
A knocking sounded from the portrait. "Hello? Oliver? Are you in there?"
Oliver got up. "That's Jaylene. I'll see you later." he exited the room.
Angelina sank into the couch next to Lauren. "We need another plan."
"Sorry, fresh out of ideas," said Fred.
"Maybe we should let destiny ride it's course. If they're meant to be together, it'll happen," conjured Alicia, filling the last empty spot on the couch.
Angelina scoffed. "I think destiny decided to take a vacation."
Lauren suddenly jumped up. "I've got it."
They all looked at her questioningly.
"You know they just opened a smaller pub in Hogsmeade called the Alliade, right?"
"Yeah, so?" George said.
"Well, it just so happens that they're having a dance contest the next time we have a visit. I think we should all pair off beforehand and leave Katie and Oliver for each other. I'll go with Jason, Madison can have Ben, Angelina, you can go with Fred and Alicia can go with George. Mike's already got a date."
"What's the contest for?" inquired Fred.
"A hundred galleons."
"ONE HUNDRED GALLEONS?!"
"Yup. And I know Katie want's to save up for a new broom, and she loves dancing. It's perfect."
"Won't Oliver want to go with his girlfriend?"
"Do you really think she'll ruin her two hundred galleon shoes?"
"Case in point."
Angelina looked impressed. "I like the way you think."
Lauren sat back. "Me too."
Alicia interrupted their moment. "One question. Flint."
Lauren and Angelina glanced at each other, then sank back into the couch.
~ * ~ * ~
"Are we ever going to get past thyme potions?" muttered Marcus, sifting through his notes.
"Eventually. Once everyone else is as good as we are," laughed Katie.
He turned the page as Katie picked up his textbook. She was seated on top of the desk he was working at, looking through his notes with him.
"Well, I've soaked up all I can handle," he said, standing up to stretch.
He looked at his watch. "We've got about 45 minutes before curfew. What do you want to do?"
"I don't know. Want to talk?"
"Sure. What do you want to know?"
"What's your family like?"
He leaned back on the desk in front of her. "Well, obviously, my family is pureblood. My father works in the Improper Use of Magic Office and my mum's a nurse a St. Mungo's. I have a little sister, Adrieanna, and I live in Oxford. You?"
"My father is a lawyer, a muggle, and my mother is a witch who works as a secretary for the CEO of my dad's firm. I have an older sister, Jamie, and a younger brother, Dillon, and I live in London."
"Seems like we have pretty good lives," he smiled.
"There was a moment of silence before he spoke again. "Listen, there's this new club that opened in Hogsmeade - "
"The Alliade. I know."
"Would you be my partner in the dance contest? I promise I'm really good."
Katie thought for a second before replying. "Sure."
"Cool. Well, I've got to head back,. I'll owl you with the details later."
Katie smiled. "Sure. I'll see you in potions."
Marcus grabbed his books, kissed Katie on the cheek, and strolled out of the room.
Katie flung her bag over he shoulder and exited as well. She turned to where Marcus had left and saw him meeting some of his Slytherin buddies, who were laughing.
She shrugged and headed towards Gryffindor Tower.
A/N: Wellllll there you go J Stuff is a brewin'. LoL. Review if you love me!