As I walked into the common room, I was bombarded with a series of questions from just about everyone. God, Lavender has such a big mouth.
"Ohmigod! Did you get in trouble?" a petite fifth year girl asked me.
"Did Dumbledore see you hit Suzie?" Nevielle asked.
"Way to go Herms!" Ron yelled, pushing through the small crowed that had gathered around me and pulling me into an one-armed hug.
"Ron get off," I said, breaking free of his hold, "No, Dumbledore didn't see what happened. He just wanted to know if I was alright after getting lost in the forest."
I could tell everyone was a bit disappointed that I was not in trouble or anything. They shook their heads and dispersed about the room.
"Well I'm happy you didn't get in trouble," Lavender said from the couch, "But you should have seen Suzie afterwards. She was crying and her nose was all bloody. Funniest thing I ever saw."
"You have a sick sense of humor, you know that right?" I asked plopping myself down in 'Ron's' chair.
"Excuse me!" Ron said, placing his hands on his hips and started tapping his foot.
"What?" I asked innocently. I love to pester Ron; it is one of my favorite things to do.
"You know what," Ron said, pointing to the chair.
I just smiled at him, before turning back to Lavender to get a few more details about what happened to Suzie. Suddenly I felt two strong arms lift me out of the chair and over Ron's shoulder.
"Ronald Weasley!" I yelped in surprise.
"What?" Ron asked innocently, then started twirling about the room. I think I might get sick.
"Put me down this instant!" I screamed, holding onto his back for dear life as he started to spin faster.
"Or what?" Ron asked, stopping suddenly.
"Or I will tell your mother what really happened between you and Anna Trinket this summer!" I threatened, making Ron gasp and set me on my feet.
"You wouldn't dare!" Ron said.
"Wouldn't I?" I teased, turning away from him pointedly.
"Yeah, well I'd just tell your parents how that scratch really got on their car!" Ron countered. I gasped and turned around.
"I'd tell your parents how you managed to get yourself lost in an airport and ended up in Canada!" I said, jabbing Ron in the chest.
"I'd tell you parents how…how..how you… Damn it! I got nothin' else," Ron said, shaking his head and laughing.
Smiling and walked back to the couch and sat next to Lavender just as Harry came bursting the portrait hole.
"Hermione!" he yelled.
"What the hell?" I asked, looking over the couch at him.
"What in the bloody hell were you thinking? Hitting Suzie like that?" he asked, looking surprisingly pissed off. I just defended him, and now he's mad about it.
"Why are you so upset? I stuck up for you against that floozy! You should be thanking me!" I yelled, shooting up from the couch and meeting Harry's cold glare.
"I'm upset because that isn't you Hermione! I thought you were above that! You've been turning into this whole other person lately; I don't get it. You used to so responsible and mature, but now…now you're just..just…" Harry ranted, unable to find the right word.
"Just what Harry?" I challenged, crossing my arms over my chest. Once again, everyone started to gather around, ready for all hell to break loose.
"No you're just average," Harry finished, shaking his head and walking away. To any other person, this might not sting so badly, but for me it did. Especially coming from Harry.
Harry. The one always trying to make sure that nothing happens between him, Ron, and I, and that we will all be friends forever. Ever since his loss of Sirius, he has been extra sensitive about loosing someone else. I could not help but be shocked.
"Harry, wait!" I called at his retreating back, but he did not stop. He did not even pause. He just kept walking, with his head hung low. Everyone around me was quite, from either shock or disappointment that I did not slap him or something. I just stood there and watched Harry walk slowly up the boy's dormitory stairs.
"Don't worry Herms, he probably didn't mean it," Ron said, placing an arm around my shoulders again. I know he's just trying to make me feel better, so his effort failed. I shook him off and let a tear escape from my eye.
I felt so stupid. Harry's right, how could I allow myself to sink to that level? I should have just walked away; be the bigger person. But no, I felt the need to prove myself. Well a lot of help that did. Not only did I get Harry mad at me, but also Suzie will probably tell Snape, who will probably make sure that I get punished, and my reputation goes down the tube. Sure, I have punched Draco before, but who doesn't want to at some point in time? But I should have known better today.
Suddenly the common's didn't seem as warm and comforting to me, and I felt the need to just be alone. I grabbed my cloak and made a mad dash for the portrait hole.
"Hermione wait!" Ron called behind me, but I just kept running.
I made my way down to the lake after seeing many of people point at me and whisper to their friends. I didn't care right now, I just wanted to be alone.
I sat down under the whispering willow and let out a long sigh. I closed my eyes and replayed what had happened between Harry and I in my mind over and over again. I kept hearing him say "You're just average."
"Hermione, are you alright?" A husky voice floated into my thoughts.
I slowly opened my eyes and looked right into Lupin's beautiful blue one's.
"Yes, I'm fine," I lied, managing to give him a weak smile.
"Sure you are," Lupin said, giving me a knowing look. Damn, can he tell when people lie too?
"Harry and I kinda had this fight, and I'm a little upset about it," I confessed, playing with a loose thread on my cloak.
"Was it about what happened between you and Suzie Summers?" Lupin asked, making my eyes bulge in shock.
"Bugger! You know?" I asked, making him chuckle lightly.
"Naturally," he said, raising an eyebrow. Of course, no one can keep a secret more than five seconds in this school. Hell, most people thrive on the gossip.
"Oh..yeah.." I sighed and started pulling grass out of the ground and letting it fly away in the wind.
"Don't worry, I'm sure you and Harry will make up soon enough. You two have been through too much to end a friendship of something as childish as this," Lupin said waving his hand as if shooing the problem away. If only it were that easy.
"I hope you're right," I said, looking out to the lake. I watched as the waves rippled across carelessly only to crash into the rocky shore.
"I know I am. I mean how could Harry every stand to be mad at something so angelic?" Lupin asked, brushing my cheek lightly with his fingers. I smiled and felt myself begin to blush. Why do I always have to blush!
The bell began to ring across the grounds, signaling for the next class. Charms, I sit next to Harry in that class. Oh joy.
What happened next caught be totally by surprise and left me floating on a cloud; Lupin offered me his hand to help me up, then swooped down real quick and kissed me softly on the cheek. I just about fainted to tell you the truth.
He gave me his ever so sexy smile before going on his way and me on mine. It took all the energy in my body to stop from jumping around and screaming like a fool.
Hey everyone! I'm baaaack!! I hope you liked the chapter, it was kinda rushed last night when I typed it.